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The Canadian government calling out for insights into the gaps in their R&D innovation strategy is timely and provides a context for the market opportunity for Telco Cloud Services. Telcos can offer Cloud platforms that not only meet the core IT needs of governments but can also be aligned with these high-level strategic priorities. Most notably and critically important in these difficult financial times, it can be positioned as economy-boosting 'Innovation Infrastructure', on a SaaS basis. Unified Virtual Collaboration One of the hottest application areas for Telco Cloud services is UCC - Unified Communications and Collaboration, referring to hosted versions of products like Microsoft's Lync. This presents a huge market opportunity, with some predictions suggesting a whopping two thirds of large enterprise organizations will move to some form of Cloud-based Unifi... (more)

Open Government = Social Innovation

Our McS consulting practice specializes in fast-tracking cutting edge, new innovations such as Cloud computing, Open Government and Social Innovation. These can be utilized by start-ups, providing them a unique invention to launch and grow their business, and it can also be leveraged by large organizations and governments. The essential ingredient is that rather than these being seperate, standalone topics, the critical point is how they overlap and enable one another. As the title suggests, Open Government is actually a form of Social Innovation. Canadian Federal Government rese... (more)

Social Media Clouds

Welcome to Enterprise2.us, our new channel on Ulitzer focused on Enterprise 2.0, how businesses can use social media internally. Where this overlaps with Cloud computing is a very hot area for new ventures, as it helps to bring together a number of disparate and also quite technical strands and packages them into business and user-centric solutions. Enterprise social media The term 'Enterprise 2.0' was coined by Andrew McAfee, who became widely known for the topic following his MIT white paper 'Dawn of Emergent Collaboration'. This described how organizations could greatly impro... (more)

Microsoft Cloud Services

Of course Microsoft has their own Cloud hosting services, Azure, but there are still other scenarios where Microsoft software can be Cloud deployed, and these offer a fertile product development area for web hosting providers. These 'Microsoft Cloud Services' (MCS) offer the ideal way to move into more of an MSP mode, providing a fuller range of IT outsourcing services and growing recurring revenues accordingly, but without having to stretch too far from their core web hosting product set. Most organizations already have apps like Sharepoint and Exchange deployed internally, so h... (more)

Microsoft Open Government - To the Cloud!

With the US Government announcing a 'Cloud for Clunkers' migration plan for Cloud computing, and also an Open Government initiative to make agencies more transparent and responsive to the public, this overlap area is a very fertile zone for driving adoption of the technology and new models. Needless to say Microsoft is one vendor offering a powerful solution set for the requirement. They offer a Gov 2.0 resource centre, where there are tools like case studies, news, and articles that explain what Open Government is, and even an implementation plan template so that agencies can doc... (more)