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Lee Kedrie: Enabling Cloud Computing - Planning in Real Life

posted Thursday Jun 28, 2012 by Guest Blogger

Lee Kedrie: Enabling Cloud Computing - Planning in Real Life

Lee specializes in developing cloud vision, and plan the transformation with customers.

While IT traditionally has been spending time in optimization, employing point technologies to drive out cost. Cloud computing requires a holistic view of infrastructure, applications, and operations.

Lee talks about the process used by HP, over a 12-14 week examination of the overall IT strategy for clients. Lee notes that companies that have invested strategically in bringing in experts to help with the development of a comprehensive strategy see the benefits in agility and savings from cloud based systems. Those who are thinking about cloud but are not investing in third party assistance may not be aware of the best practices that successful companies.

The workshop and consulting engagements are tools based, allowing consistent delivery of the service globally. Future state definition, baseline and gap analysis, culminating in development of a specific plan to bridge those gaps and set a plan to go forward.

The video interview from the HP Discover 2012 event by the SDR News team is available after the break.

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Jason Cohen: CIO Diversified Agency Services / Omnicom Group - A Two-Year Consolidation Challenge

posted Thursday Jun 28, 2012 by Guest Blogger

Jason Cohen: CIO Diversified Agency Services / Omnicom Group - A Two-Year Consolidation Challenge

Diversified Agency Services (DAS), a division of Omnicom Group Inc., manages Omnicom's holdings in a variety of marketing disciplines, including customer relationship management, public relations and specialty communications. DAS includes more than 190 companies, which operate through a combination of networks and regional organizations, serving international and local clients through more than 700 offices in 71 countries.

DAS CIO Jason S. Cohen outlined some of the challenges that HP faces in a large consolidation project.

With offices all over the world, DAS has many offices - and they have to be able to provide data and technology anywhere in the world for their clients, providing PR, Marketing and CRM services. Cost savings is a side benefit to the consistent quality and level of service that they are able to provide.

Jerry Kelly is the North American CIO for DAS : During the interview, he emphasized the change management portion of the strategy and use of HP 3PAR, Tipping Point, and the HP Server line. In the evaluation of various competing products, a clear vision of the HP Partnership emerged. Virtual network technology allowed DAS to address agency concerns on the security of agency data - shared IP space yet logically separate .

Roz Reich - Director of Communications at Consolidated Data Services emphasized the need to communicate among various stakeholders, emphasizing clear advantages that the consolidation will bring, and listening to agency concerns. Newsletters, websites, conference calls and in person meetings were essential tools that were deployed.

The video interview from the HP Discover 2012 event by the SDR News team is available after the break.

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Sprint Suffers Another Shipment Delay, This Time with the Samsung Galaxy S III

posted Saturday Jun 23, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

Sprint Suffers Another Shipment Delay, This Time with the Samsung Galaxy S III

Sprint isn't having very good luck as of late. At the end of last month, their flagship HTC Evo 4G LTE phone was held up in customs because of Apple's ITC violation against HTC, which caused thousands of angry customers at a time where Sprint is taking a big risk. This week, more phone shipment problems arose for the mobile carrier.

Samsung apparently did not predict that the new Samsung Galaxy S III would be the most in-demand phone worldwide as it turned out to be. This has caused an inventory issue with Sprint and Samsung was unable to provide enough inventory to cover all of the pre-orders since June 5th and estimated sales on launch day, which was June 21st.

From Sprint's community blog,

Due to overwhelming demand for Galaxy S III worldwide, Samsung has informed us they will not be able to deliver enough inventory of Galaxy S III for Sprint to begin selling the device on June 21. We are working closely with Samsung on a delivery schedule to support our launch.

We have begun shipping pre-orders for the 16GB version of Samsung Galaxy S III and anticipate they will be delivered by June 21. We hope to begin shipping pre-orders for the 32GB version next week as we receive inventory.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate the patience of our customers as we work through this minor delay in availability. We know they are eager to experience the next generation of the Samsung Galaxy series on the only network to provide unlimited data plans. Should this situation change, we will continue to update this post as we have new information to share.

It should be noted that Apple again tried to ban sales of the new smartphone, but a judge in the US District Court ruled that Apple could not start an argument for this case as there were already enough issues to take care of at the hearing. The judge reported that both Apple and Samsung filed a form that said they would partake in "additional discovery and briefing regarding the Samsung Galaxy S III at some later, unspecified time."

For now, hopefully the turnaround will be just as quick as the HTC one and phones can start to hit the market. I'd also like to make a footnote that T-Mobile was also affected by the shortage, but honestly, who's buying high-end phones on T-Mobile and expecting anything less than a catastrophic problem one way or another?

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Draw Something Could be Turned Into a TV Show on CBS Primetime

posted Saturday Jun 23, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

<i>Draw Something</i> Could be Turned Into a TV Show on CBS Primetime

Zynga might be making back the $200 million spent for OMGPOP sooner than they thought. Sources report that CBS has put in a significantly higher bid than several other networks to sign a deal for a pilot episode of a primetime TV show that is based on the fad craze Draw Something.

OMGPOP, the studio behind Draw Something, saw the game skyrocket to 50 million downloads by February and in April reached an average of 14 million users playing around with the app on a daily basis. Unfortunately the usage took a severe rollercoaster drop to almost half of that by May, causing investors to worry if Zynga may have overpaid for the potential up-and-coming gaming studio.

Last month, Zynga COO John Schappert fought off the negative comments of the purchase of OMGPOP, saying that, "We think of it as a game that's an evergreen franchise. It's a game that will live on for years."

Can this deal be the saving grace? We have details after the break.

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Vizio Brings Sexy Back with New Line of Computers, All While Still Packing a Punch

posted Saturday Jun 23, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

Vizio Brings Sexy Back with New Line of Computers, All While Still Packing a Punch

We thought Vizio might have been a little crazy when they said at CES that they were going to start making PCs this year. I am pleased to announce I am a bit surprised in seeing their new lineup has a lot of power under the respective hoods and are made pretty well. Here's a bonus: your eyes aren't fooling you either, as the images you're looking at are not Macs. They're Vizio PCs, and they're pretty damn sexy.

Vizio's new line of computers include two thin and light notebooks, a 15-inch powerhouse and a lovely duo of all-in-one PCs. These guys, however, stand out above the rest simply for their looks alone. We have a little more breakdown of the products after the break.

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Amazon Prime Instant Video Inks Deal with MGM Studios

posted Saturday Jun 23, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo

Amazon Prime Instant Video Inks Deal with MGM Studios

If you thought that Amazon was going to allow their Prime Instant Video service to just linger around now that it's on the Xbox 360, you were sadly mistaken. As more and more media partners find new outlets for their content, Amazon is trucking away at new partnership deals.

This week, Amazon went right to the top of the studio world and nabbed a huge licensing deal with MGM Studios. Amazon Instant Video will now have access to classic films and TV shows going all the way back to the 1980s and can hopefully snatch up a couple of those Netflix detractors with A-movies like The Terminator, Rainman and Silence of the Lambs.

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