University of Missouri-Kansas City Ranks First in Innovation Management Research

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Date: Tuesday, December 6, 2011, 7:32am CST

The Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City ranks first in innovation management research, the Kansas City Business Journal reports.

The school bested programs at 624 other universities evaluated by The Journal of Product Innovation Management. The full list will be released in March.

Read more [here].

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SMB Mobile Boom Creates Cloud Opportunities for Partners

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Aug. 1st, 2011 | Dan Berthiaume

Smartphone and tablet adoption within small businesses continues to skyrocket, according to AMI Partners. And as those new devices proliferate, cloud-related opportunities also grow for VARs and MSPs serving SMB customers. Here’s why.

AMI says nearly 3.5 million U.S. SMBs currently use smart phones and 700,000 currently use tablet computers. In the next 12 months, AMI estimates that the number of SMBs owning those devices will increase by 40% and 85%, respectively.

AMI astutely points out that the increasing availability of cloud computing is driving mobile technology adoption within SMBs.

Read more [here].

How cloud computing can save your company money

By Linda Johnson | August 1, 2011

This post is by Linda Johnson, a partner with CCP Global, which advises Fortune 500 executives on spend management; offers advisory services on supply chain improvement; and helps clients with cost cutting, risk mitigation and compliance, among other services.

Managing all spend is critical to boosting the earnings per share of any company. With 13 years of experience working with companies to reduce spend — including 50 of the Fortune 500 — we know the CFO battles to engage the entire organization in managing spend and to identify financial trends in time to control the impact on the earnings per share.

The advent of cloud computing for business has given the C-suite the opportunity to put true control of company spend in the hands of everyone and to make critical financial decisions with up-to-the-minute data. A few “best in breed” technologies even guarantee financial results.

Read more [here].

How Cloud Computing Will Change IT: 6 New Predictions

Fri, July 29, 2011 | By Bernard Golden

CIO — IT is in a time of disruptive transition, caused by the rise of cloud computing. CIOs are in the midst of a maelstrom, and—like Ulysses, the fabled hero from Homer’s Odyssey—are torn between the Scylla of established IT practices and the Charybdis of the future, both of which loom dangerously and portend trouble. Also like Ulysses, many CIOs must inure themselves to the din of tempting Sirens: the vendors who sing a sweet song of painless cloud transformation, made possible by the purchase of some software, or hardware, or a set of cloud services.

One can predict that, CIOs, like Ulysses, will eventually pass into calm waters—the future in which new processes and products will replace the legacy activities that make up today’s IT world. The shorthand term for these new entities is cloud computing.

It’s hard to envision that new world, of course, caught up as we are in the turmoil of today. Nevertheless, in my opinion, one can make confident predictions about how the cloud revolution will materialize. The light emanating from the cloud is strong enough that the outlines of the post-cloud future may be discerned.

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Nefarious: Merchant of Souls is finally here!

A documentary behind the veil of the sex industry.The long awaited documentary, Nefarious: Merchant of Souls is finally here!

Friday through Sunday, August 12-14, 2011 the screenings will begin. The Kansas City showings will take place at the Palazzo Theatre, 8601 West 135th Street, Overland Park, KS. Showtimes are 4pm and 7pm.

Recently released is a new Nefarious trailer. To view, click here.

For information on screenings in your area or to host a screening, click here.

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iPad moves ahead of Android at corporations

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| Jul. 21, 2011 | gigaom.com

The iPad is on a tear in the enterprise, and is now being activated more often than Android smartphones, according to the latest data from Good Technology. The enterprise software maker said the iPad accounted for 27.2 percent of all activations of its software in the second quarter ahead of Android phones at 24.4, the first time Apple’s tablet has pushed past Android phones.

The iPad and the iPad 2 now account for 97 percent of all tablet activations. And iPad figures have helped boost Apple’s overall share of activations to just under 80 percent, compared to just under 70 percent in the first quarter. IPhone activations are up to 66 percent, compared to 62 percent in the previous quarter. Good said iPad adoption was driven by the financial services sectors, which accounted for 46 percent of all adoption, more than triple that of any other industry.

Read more [here].

The complete guide to installing Mac OS X Lion

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Here’s how to make the upgrade to Apple’s latest OS as quick and painless as possible

July 20, 2011 | By Dan Frakes | Macworld
At long last, Lion (Mac OS X 10.7) is available, and unlike previous versions of the Mac OS, getting it doesn’t involve driving to the nearest Apple Store or retailer, or waiting for the FedEx truck to arrive — you just download it directly from the Mac App Store. The installation process itself is also easier and faster, requiring just a few clicks to install Lion over your existing copy of Snow Leopard. But just because Lion is the easiest-to-install version of Mac OS X yet doesn’t mean you should make the jump without any preparation, or that there are no important decisions to make along the way.
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Cloud Computing Chops Energy Costs, Carbon Emissions: Study

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By Andrew R Hickey, CRN
July 20, 2011

Cloud computing has the potential to save large companies a total of $12.3 billion annually on energy costs and reduce annual carbon emissions by 85.7 metric tons come 2020, according to a recent study examining the environmental impact of cloud computing published by the Carbon Disclosure Project.

The study, “Cloud Computing: The IT Solution for the 21st Century,” revealed that those dramatic energy savings and carbon emission reductions come as the amount of cloud computing spending by large U.S. enterprises increased from 10 percent to 69 percent of IT budgets. The study was conducted by independent analyst research firm Verdantix and was sponsored by AT&T (NYSE:T). It found that companies plan to accelerate their adoption of cloud computing from 10 percent to 69 percent of their IT spending by 2020.

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Lenovo Wows with New Tablets

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July 20, 2011 | by jgaskin | channelprosmb.com

Focusing on business customers and consumers, the PC maker has introduced three models featuring Flash graphics and a Netflix streaming certification. Built-in software on the ThinkPad business model eases deployment and security woes for IT pros.
Drum roll, please: Lenovo, headquartered in Research Triangle Park, N.C., has announced a family of tablets for both business customers and consumers. The tablets not only support Flash graphics (something Apple refuses to support for the iPad), but also come with a Netflix streaming certification—the first Android-based tablets to receive this recognition.

Read more about the new IdeaPad K1 and P1 Tablets and the ThinkPad Tablet [here].

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Cloud Storage Gains Traction as Demand for Data Backup Increases: AMI Report

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June 30, 2011 | By Nathan Eddy | eWeek.com

Moving storage to the cloud gives companies greater storage capacity and flexibility at a lower cost, the report says.

The proliferation of hackers, natural disasters and unstable market conditions are all significant drivers for small and midsize businesses in the United States to seek backup and storage platforms for their company’s data and email in the cloud. Pressure to reduce costs, improve flexibility and maintain privacy of sensitive data also lures SMBs to invest in cloud storage. Furthermore, for mobile SMB employees, cloud storage is an attractive tool for backing-up and storing data while on the go. Nearly a third (31 percent) of the 1 million U.S. SMBs using hosted storage have mobile employees.

According to AMI-Partners’ recent report U.S. SMB Cloud Playbook, the market for hosted storage will increase by 11 percent yearly compound annual growth rate (CAGR) through 2015, to $270 million. “Many U.S. SMBs are moving to the cloud to enhance existing packaged applications, such as CRM databases. Cloud storage provides these companies with the latest storage technology realizing a significant reduction in IT overhead due to decreased investment in physical storage devices on their premises,” said Nichelle Grannum, survey research analyst at AMI.

Read more [here].