The Next Square in “Buzzword Bingo”

Author: Ashish C. Morzaria   Time: 3:17 pm           In: General

17 Mar 2010

If there ever was a “Buzzword Bingo” for technology (feel free to substitute Buzzword with another commonly played type of bingo that starts with “B”…), the center square that you get for free would have the word “cloud” deeply etched into the card.  Even if it didn’t, it is very likely that “cloud” would be the first square called out at the beginning of the game anyways. The danger is that other seemingly simple words can quickly become part of this game, and as some people say: “It’s all a lot of fun until someone gets hurt”.

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IT Requirements Cuts Through Cloud Confusion

Author: Ashish C. Morzaria   Time: 10:25 am           In: Network| Security

28 Aug 2009

it-securityOver 80% of respondents to an F5 survey state they are currently at least in trial stages for a public or private cloud deployment. The survey indicates that cloud computing appears to have reached critical mass, but with a high level of confusion over what that actually means, it is difficult to say “Everybody is doing it” if we have trouble agreeing what “it” is.

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When IT Meets Google Apps

Author: Ashish C. Morzaria   Time: 11:00 am           In: Data| Security

10 Aug 2009

google_appengineAs I wrote last time, developing an Enterprise/Web 2.0 product inside a security conscious company is interesting because you get to see “the other side of the coin”. So while we are developing cool new applications and addressing as many issues as possible, even the great mighty Google generates concerns for corporate IT. I just received an email from our IT department informing us about how Google Apps does not meet corporate IT policies, and usage of such a tool for internal purposes opens up quite a bit of risk in terms of confidentially, security, and traceability. Read the rest of this entry »

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What Cloud Vendors Can Learn From RIM

Author: Ashish C. Morzaria   Time: 9:57 am           In: Network| Security

6 Aug 2009

rim957I really like being a Product Manager. Sure, it can sometimes be a (very) thankless job, but I like seeing what happens when the software development team for my product meets with the IT department of our own company (who are effectively representing my future customers). I got both teams in a design room last week to go over architecture for a product that I am working on.  The results were sobering, but eye opening.

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Badge-TwitterTwitter is one of those things that you either “get” or you “don’t”. For some, having a large group of people know that you were “doing yard work in the heat” is a sense of validation (of what, I don’t know). For others, Twitter is a business tool that enables them to quickly and succinctly get information out to interested people and even get responses to tough problems.

One of the best uses of I’ve heard of Twitter: A technical support person at a notable wireless device vendor had a tough problem from a customer in the field. Nothing in the company’s knowledge base had an answer, so he put the question on his Twitter feed. Not only did he get multiple answers within 30 minutes, but the winning tweet was actually from a similarly tasked engineer at another (competitor) company. Cost to the company: zero. Benefits of a happy customer: priceless.

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facebook-privacyPerhaps sleep deprivation is actually a good tactic.  It is pure coincidence that my post yesterday about D-A-T-A being the most prized possession in or out of the enterprise was posted just before Canadian Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart issued a report detailing the results of an investigation into Facebook’s policies. Apparently Facebook has not totally changed its ways as I reported yesterday.  One of the primary issues she has with Facebook is how long they keep personal data after an account has been “deleted” - it could potentially forever. 

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Ashish C. Morzaria is a Senior Product Manager at SAP, Business Objects Division. He is responsible for an enterprise product line that leverages emerging strategies such as Enterprise 2.0, collaboration, and decision making.
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