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The impact that Cloud Computing has brought to the IT industry to date has been primarily beneficial to application developers, system admins, and network architects, and not directly to end-users of technology. Yes, IT developers and architects leverage cloud computing’s flexible and virtualized compute, storage, and network infrastructure to build resilient applications that eventually benefit end users due to improvements in speed-to-market and improved up-time statistics, but the direct benefits to the tech-needy end user are still rarely recognized. Most daily users of personal and business class applications don’t have the turnkey, on-demand access to the applications they need. At work, their IT departments at work are too slow in delivering the apps they need or refuse to provide them due to cost, limited resources, or lack of recognized need. At home, user... (more)

A Cloud-Powered GIS App Store

The day the "cloud-powered, vendor-neutral, GIS App Store" concept was born was probably one of the best and worst days of my life. That rainy Southern California morning in December 2008 marked the day that is responsible for fully consuming the following 483 days of my life with conference calls to countless vendors, writing seemingly endless API calls, and completely scrapping two beta systems before reaching our final goal: TheGISmarketplace.com. Ultimately our vision is to bring an end to GIS software vendor lock-in and facilitate virtually painless delivery of even the mo... (more)

MailChimp moves off Amazon Web Services SES… onto private (cloud?) infrastructure

I was a little surprised to see today that MailChimp (a service that I have used at Skygone) announced that they have moved their STS transactional email system off of the Amazon Web Services SES service and onto their own infrastructure (renaming it “Mandrill”). MailChimp v7.2: Mobile templates, mobile testing, and the world’s largest species of monkey. It seems the move is not necessarily because they were unhappy with AWS SES  pricing or service, but more-so because they have formed a whole business unit around the transactional (e.g. triggered event like password reminder e... (more)

Free Art Available on Amazon…Amazon Web Services, That Is

Amazon has released some of the most awesome office artwork that I have ever seen. No, I’m not talking about knockoff copies of a Jackson Pollack on Amazon.com… I’m talking the about application and industry-specific cloud reference architectures now available on Amazon Web Services. Over the last several years, the industry has looked to Amazon as not only a technology leader in Cloud Computing, but also as a thought leader in redefining the landscape of IT and application architecture.  Other companies (including mine) have struggled to keep up with their seemingly endless re... (more)

Teach kids to type, not write?

Most of you that know me personally or follow me online know that I am pretty much neck deep in preschool hell.  With my three boys at the ages of 4 1/2 yrs, 3 yrs, and 4 months, it isn’t going to end anytime soon either.  Between making sure they have their backpack full of supplies for kiddie activities, packing their lunches that are required to have all 5 food groups or else we get a “you’re a terrible parent” nastygram sent home, and managing a ridiculously preventive doctor and dentist appointment schedule… you would swear I had four full time jobs (and if you saw my pre-... (more)