Microsoft recently released its Windows Azure Pricing Calculator
, adding to the growing list of simple, web-based pricing calculators for cloud platforms. Amazon Web Services
, a public cloud pioneer, has had a pricing calculator
in place since 2009. Of course, in true cloud fashion, it’s still in beta.
You have likely heard about the business benefits of a strong Twitter presence: competitive intelligence, increased brand awareness and customer engagement, to name just a few. However, if the Twitterverse is still foreign to you and your colleagues, check out these tips for starting and maintaining a meaningful dialogue:
By Alan Brookstone | June 28, 2011 11:30 AM | Categories: eHealth
The 2010 National Physician Survey Results
are now available online. The numbers tell an interesting story regarding the adoption and use of EMRs.
The OECD has released its latest round of data on broadband services
in 33 of the world's most developed countries [update: While today's release [June 23, 2011] is new and incorporates this information into the OECD Communications Outlook 2011, a reader points out the broadband data was first released two months ago].
The Privacy Commissioner of Canada released her PIPEDA annual report
yesterday [21 June, 2011] with a clear emphasis on the Internet (Google Buzz & Wifi, Facebook, eHarmony, etc.). The headline grabbing stories included an audit of Staples
that found the company had frequently failed to wipe customer information from computers and other devices being resold in the stores and an investigation of eHarmony, the online dating site, that had led to changes to its customer data deletion practices.
It is definitely possible in this obsessively convenient world for you to literally never leave your house and still be completely social, stay current, be entertained, and even build a successful business. Pretty much anything you want to do, you can accomplish from a 10’ x10’ room.
Organizations typically implement ERP systems
to help improve business operations, whether it be to increase efficiencies, streamline business processes, or increase revenues. However, our research shows that a full 54-percent of companies have a high level of business risk at the time of going live with their new ERP software.
Given the critical role it plays in communication, culture, and commerce, most people now recognize the importance of Internet access. My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version
, homepage version
) notes a new report
for the United Nations Human Rights Council takes Internet access a step further, however, characterizing it as a human right.
By Alan Brookstone | June 21, 2011 8:45 AM | Categories: eHealth
Along with millions of others, earlier this week, I watched a very frail looking Steve Jobs address attendees at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference
in San Francisco. In addition to demonstrating new operating systems for the Mac and the iPhone/iPad, Apple announced the new iCloud service.
The CRTC's vertical integration hearing opens today
with fifty groups scheduled to appear
over the next week and a half. I've written a couple of articles about the issue over the past year. Last September, I noted
the Canadian consolidation felt like a last stab at a walled garden approach that has consistently failed and argued:
If the last few years have taught us anything about business, it’s that the successful companies adapt to tempestuous market shifts.
By Christine Sheppard | June 16, 2011 10:45 AM | Categories: Cloud computing
This summer, many of our Atum
Team members are ‘on the move’ – moving closer to the office, to a newer-flashier location or simply just for a change in scenery. In some cases the process can be exhausting and stressful, worthy of a half-hour special on HGTV. But many times, it is an absolute necessity based on your individual needs… so in the end, the destination should be worth the journey! Right?
This is the time of year when our clients are either in the midst of ramping up their ERP implementations or are on the verge of selecting an ERP system to implement later in the year. While the ERP selection process is critical to the success of an enterprise software initiative, even the most perfectly aligned software won’t make a bit of difference if it’s not implemented effectively. Since most organizations don’t have the in-house capabilities to handle the associated complexities and risks, they often choose to leverage the expertise of an outside ERP implementation consultant.
Apple has once again captured the attention of the Internet world with the unveiling of the iCloud, an online backup system that will allow users to instantly store their content on Apple computer servers so that they can be accessed anywhere from any device.
Recently on LinkedIn, over 150 Sales + Marketing Executives shared their views on the #1 reason for failure in sales. Several things really struck me from the conversation to date. Learning’s gotten little air time. Nor has better coaching. The need for it. The lack of it.
London, UK-based app developers Blippar
will soon be launching a brilliant platform for garnering pull-based mobile response to ads by with some ultra-cool augmented reality tools.
By Consider the Source | June 9, 2011 8:15 AM | Categories: Outsourcing
TPI has recently concluded its third annual captive benchmarking study in India. To enhance benchmarking results and analysis, in addition to cost factors we included operational and process complexity parameters to identify key industry trends and actionable insights for the participants.
Many companies running Infor Baan ERP software are reaching a crucial juncture. Do they upgrade to Infor's ERP LN
software, stick with their current software or expand the search to include other vendors.
By Consider the Source | June 7, 2011 8:00 AM | Categories: Outsourcing
Because telecom costs represent a significant investment for a global organization, effective negotiation of telco/service/product contracts is imperative.
Google's new +1 button
, released on July 1st (try it yourself above this post!) is Google's foray into social or "curated" search
With the new Parliamentary session set to kick off today [June 2, 2011] with the election of a new speaker, new cabinet members are busy brushing up on the myriad of issues they will face in the coming months. The appointment to cabinet comes with a private mandate letter from the Prime Minister that sets out his expectations and policy goals.
Christian Paradis delivered his first public speech
yesterday [May 31, 2011] as Industry Minister at the Canadian Telecom Summit.
By Alan Brookstone | June 3, 2011 8:15 AM | Categories: eHealth
Do you have a job opening you would like to post? Job postings are open to anyone involved directly or indirectly in healthcare as a physician, practice manager, program administrator, vendor, or a healthcare IT professional.
By Consider the Source | June 2, 2011 9:00 AM | Categories: Outsourcing
Earlier I posted the first installment of a two-part blog on the importance of using a value plan in performing value assessments and acting on their results. Today I address several steps you should take in conjunction with creating the value plan to help bring about a positive outcome for your company and your service providers. If you haven’t already done so, please read part 1 of the discussion here.
By Consider the Source | June 1, 2011 9:00 AM | Categories: Outsourcing
“Be careful what you ask for” — it’s fortune cookie wisdom. We have many client situations where they want to know whether they are really getting the value out of their outsourcing relationships. They ask us to look at the situation from all kinds of angles: services, invoice and resource unit accuracy, risk, productivity and so forth. We do these types of assessments from time to time, and they almost always show that there is some value loss in the relationship.