Wednesday, May 25, 2011

More About Cloud Technology

What is there not to like about the Cloud Technology? None.  It is not a fad.  It is technology at its best, and it is going to change the way we live. Whether you are running a business or you are simply doing personal stuff, the cloud allows easy access to remote data. Imagine to have the information or the files that you need in a few clicks of your finger tips.

Google Docs is one of the most helpful tools there is especially to small business owners.  You can share files easily and modification is real-time, no need to send documents back and forth. What is good about it? It is free.

Small businesses may also benefit from these programs (source: http://thefranchisehound.com/2011/04/04/the-future-of-technology-is-in-the-clouds/):

  • Dropbox It allows you to store and sync folders with multiple users. It’s the perfect solution for a small business that doesn’t have their own server or wants to share large files without sending it through email. 
  • MobileMe -  A great tool for small businesses who use Apple products. It allows users to sync email, calendars and contacts. If a user’s iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad has been misplaced or stolen it is possible to track it through the software. 
  • Windows Live SkyDrive -  Microsoft’s version of software programs allowing the user to upload and share files. Documents can be uploaded, created, edited and shared through this system which includes versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. Files can be kept private, shared with contacts or shared publicly. Users can subscribe to RSS feeds of the content stored in public folders. It is free for up to 25GB.
It is our choice if we leverage on technology with the way we do our daily tasks, our work or how we run our businesses.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

It's All in the Cloud

Everybody seems to be moving to the cloud. Google was very quick to embrace the technology. Now, sharing files and documents has never been this easy. Modifications are done real-time too. Who else are in the cloud technology? Microsoft joins the cloud technology bandwagon. Elance launched the Startup Cloud. IBM introduced the IBM SmartCloud.

According to Makeuseof.com:

Most websites and server-based applications run on particular computers or servers. What differentiates the cloud from the way those are set up is that the cloud utilizes the resources from the computers as a collective virtual computer, where the applications can run independently from particular computer or server configurations. They are basically floating around in a “cloud of resources”, making the hardware less important to how the applications work.
With broadband internet, the need to have the software run on your computer or on a company’s site is becoming less and less essential. A lot of the software that people use nowadays are completely web-based. The cloud takes advantage of that to bring it to the next level.

Recently, in an article from Networkworld.com, CPro, the equipment front of Core Performance, taps the Internet to access cloud-based user and workout data.The training software delivers personalized workouts based on a slew of data, including a person's goals, current state of health and medical history.
Core Performance targets not just the athletes or the elite but it creates fitness program and equipment for the everyday people. The cloud technology allows Core Performance to operates in a bigger scale compared to solely relying to personal trainers, nutritionist and PTs. Powered by IBM's Websphere Business Rules Management System, Core Performance is capable of tracking around 33,000 training-related rules set by its fitness expert.
"We take the answers to current wellness questions, your evaluation data, your schedule, and everything that you've done in the facility in the past - every single rep, every heartbeat, every mile you ran on the treadmill - and we send that to our Prescription Engine," Jon Zerden of Core Performance said.
With the software, equipments adjust itself to meet the training you need in a day. CPro basically controls the speed and resistance of the equipments. Amazing!
For more information about Core Performance: http://www.coreperformance.com/
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