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Using Predictive Analytics to Avoid Hospital Layoffs By Sanjeev Agrawal, President and Chief Marketing Officer, LeanTaaS iQueue It seems as if news about another hospital laying off workers - or worse, closing - hits the news every day; at last count, 21 hospitals stopped treating patients in 2016. Hospitals and healthcare systems across the country, including some of the largest, laid off thousands of employees. In November 2016 alone, 13 providers eliminated more than 1,000 jobs. In September, HCCA's Vice President of Marketing Kathleen Johnson said, "The actions taken recently are in accordance with our planned and ongoing strategic realignment of the hospital's operations. We continue to streamline operations, improve efficiencies and healthcare delivery to our community." In October, UC Irvine Health spokesman John Murray said, "The layoffs are part of a multipro... (more)

Subscription Services | @CloudExpo #DaaS #XaaS #CloudNative #AI #ML #DX

What's Driving Subscription Services? From personal care products to groceries and movies on demand, cloud-based subscriptions are fulfilling the needs of consumers across an array of market sectors. Nowhere is this shift to subscription services more evident than in the technology sector. By adopting an Everything-as-a-Service (XaaS) delivery model, companies are able to tailor their computing environments to shape the experiences they want for customers as well as their workforce. While the need to customize computing and technology services is a major driver, there are a number of other factors fueling the growing global corporate demand for XaaS. By securing utility-based offerings on a per-seat, per-month model based on usage, companies have more control over costs and can free up capital and resources to pursue new product and services initiatives. XaaS elim... (more)

Ryobi to Exhibit at @CloudExpo | #IoT #AI #ML #DL #DX #ArtificialIntelligence

SYS-CON Events announced today that Ryobi Systems will exhibit at the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Pavilion at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on Oct 31 - Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Ryobi Systems Co., Ltd., as an information service company, specialized in business support for local governments and medical industry. They are challenging to achive the precision farming with AI. For more information, visit http://www.ryobi-sol.co.jp/en/. JETRO and prefectures of Japan (Nagano, Shizuoka, Okayama, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Oita) will present more than twenty cutting-edge technology companies for partnership opportunity with U.S. businesses. For more information, visit https://www.jetro.go.jp/en. 21st International Cloud Expo, taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clar... (more)

SaaS Adoption: Before You Sign on the Dotted Line | @CloudExpo #API #SaaS #Cloud

The purpose of this article is draw attention to key SaaS services that are commonly overlooked during contact signing that are essential to ensuring they meet the expectations and requirements of the organization and provide guidance and recommendations for process and controls necessary for achieving quality SaaS contractual agreements. Introduction The attraction of Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings for businesses include advantages such as speed of delivery, scalability, low cost of entry, accessibility, and lower costs to just name a few. But one can't deny another aspect of SaaS adoption which is the "selling" aspect of such solutions. SaaS providers want their customers to feel that not only do they have the best solution, but they have your best interest in mind and will take care of everything for you. They will often pitch their solution services as co... (more)

Cloud Orchestration Made Easy | @CloudExpo @CAinc #AI #DX #Automation

Cloud Automation and Orchestration Made Easy By Neville Kroeger Step into any boardroom and the talk is all about speed and quality: How to accelerate the delivery of innovative new products and services, while improving the quality of existing ones. When this question is asked, all eyes turn to the CIO: How can IT bring business velocity to both the software lifecycle and the digital business, end-to-end from digital touchpoint to system of record? This is especially the case for cloud-based services. Today's modern enterprise environments are no longer strictly on-premises, as most companies are now leveraging the cloud as well-whether it's a public healthcare provider remotely monitoring patient health, a bank delivering financial transactions in the cloud or an everyday retailer marketing its services in the cloud. The challenge is leveling the playing field acr... (more)

Cloud Computing Expo: Exclusive Q&A with Yahoo! SVP Cloud Computing

"Ultimately, we believe that advancement in cloud computing technology will be driven by open source initiatives where large communities of engineers can collaborate and develop new code for the new applications and demands posed by the cloud model," says Shelton Shugar, SVP Cloud Computing at Yahoo! - and upcoming Keynote Speaker at SYS-CON's 4th International Cloud Computing Expo, in this Exclusive Q&A with Cloud Computing Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan. Jeremy Geelan: What are the chief advantages of Cloud Computing from the point of view of Yahoo!’s customers worldwide? Shelton Shugar: Yahoo! has more than 500 million unique users per month across the world. Yahoo! Cloud services enable us to provide superior user experiences and deliver targeted content to our enormous audience. Examples include faster content access around the globe, real-time sports upda... (more)

Virtualization Expo New York Call for Papers to Expire January 15, 2010

Virtualization Expo on Ulitzer Virtualization cuts across just about all that you might find in the today's data center: to one degree or another, clients, servers, applications, storage systems, data networks, and security can all now be virtualized. . By compressing multiple workloads onto a single physical server, Virtualization enables data centers to save tremendous amounts of money on hardware, power, cooling and floor space. For small and midsized enterprises, Virtualization can also help data centers tap into levels of fault tolerance previously enjoyed only by huge organizations. And chief executives are discovering that Virtualization has the potential not only to improve the balance sheet, but also to strengthen competitive advantage and put a shine on the corporate brand. Designing and managing IT environments independently from physical limitations is... (more)

The Top 250 Players in the Cloud Computing Ecosystem

In the run-up to the next Cloud Expo, 7th Cloud Expo (November 1–4, 2010) being held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley, it's time to give my earlier list a complete overhaul. Here, accordingly, is an expanded list of the most active players in the Cloud Ecosystem. I have increased it from the 'mere' 150 I identified back in January of this year, to 250, testimony – as if any were needed! – to the fierce and continuing growth of the "Elastic IT" paradigm throughout the world of enterprise computing. Editorial note: The words in quotation marks used to describe the various services and solutions in this round-up are in every case taken from the Web sites of the companies themselves. Omissions to this Top 250 list should be sent to me via Twitter (twitter.com/jg21) and I will endeavor to include them in any future revision of this newly expanded rou... (more)

CloudCamp @ Cloud Expo Europe To Be Held June 21, 2010 in Prague

Register for CloudCamp @ Cloud ExpoEurope Further cementing its position as the fastest-growing and highest-energy cloud computing event in the world, the 6th International Cloud Expo being held at the Prague Hilton in the Czech Republic on June 21-22, 2010, will also feature - on June 21st - a CloudCamp unconference. CloudCamp @ CloudExpo Europe is aimed at anyone working with, or interested in working with, cloud technologies. "With the rapid change occurring in the industry, we need a place where we can meet to share our experiences, challenges and solutions," said CloudCamp co-founder Dave Nielsen, who will personally be facilitating the process on site at the Prague Hilton. "At CloudCamp @ Cloud Expo Europe," Nielsen continued, "participants will be encouraged to share their thoughts in several open discussions, as we strive for the advancement of Cloud Computi... (more)

Best Practices for Amazon Redshift

Data Warehouse as a Service Recently Amazon announced the availability of Redshift Data warehouse as a Service as a beta offering. Amazon Redshift is a fast, fully managed, petabyte-scale data warehouse service that makes it simple and cost-effective to efficiently analyze all your data using your existing business intelligence tools. It's optimized for datasets ranging from a few hundred gigabytes to a petabyte or more and costs less than $1,000 per terabyte per year, a tenth the cost of most traditional data warehousing solutions. Architecture Behind Redshift Any data warehouse service meant to serve data of petabyte scale should have a robust architecture as its backbone. The following are the salient features of Redshift service. Shared Nothing Architecture: As indicated in one of my earlier articles, Cloud Database Scale Out Using Shared Nothing Architecture, the... (more)

Are IT Organizations Headed for Irrelevance? By @PhilAbdoulaye | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Are IT Organizations Headed for Irrelevance? No, But Changing Today's IT Paradigm Is Urgent Yesterday I had the chance to attend a great conversation on Twitter and Youtube. Brillantly facilitated by Tim Crawford, the discussion revolved around the relevance of IT today and involved Mark Thiele EVP Datacenter at Switch, Stuart Appley CIO at Shorenstein, and Bob Egan CEO of the Sepharim Group. A Consensus on the Fact That a Greater Collaboration of the Business and IT Is the Way to Go Throughout the conversation - that's not the words that were used - but it seemed that there was a consensus on the fact that the way we delivered IT services had reached an inflection point and that new paradigm more centered  on"Piecing Together the Business and IT" and on "Not Seperating IT From the Business" would make IT more relevant particularly in today's digital age. Mark bril... (more)