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This Week in Cloud, December 6, 2012: Cloud predictions for 2013, EMC & VMware’s new business unit, 1 in 5 employees use Dropbox. And more…

The Innovative CIO!

The Innovative CIO: How IT Leaders Can Drive Business Transformation – the new book from Andi Mann and George Watt

Cloud News

  • The contributors to the Forrester Cloud Playbook have put together a list of the top 10 cloud predictions for 2013, according to this Forbes article. The analysts predict that we’ll see some of the following trends next year: Cloud and mobile will become one, we’ll stop equating cloud with AWS, and we’ll finally stop saying – “everything is going cloud.”

  • VMware and EMC announced their plans to create a new business unit, the Pivotal Initiative, according to this InformationWeek article. The business unit will merge VMware and EMC’s cloud computing and big data products.

  • A new report by Nasuni reveals that 1 out of 5 employees use Dropbox to share and store work files even though their organization’s IT department prohibits it, according to this ZDNet article. The highest usage was found among director and VP level employees.

Feature Article

A Simple and Effective Acid Test for Innovation

By George Watt, CA Technologies

George Watt

Many believe innovation rarely happens by accident. That the eureka moment enshrined in popular culture is mostly myth. Certainly there are times when momentous insights and ideas pop into our heads as bolts out of the blue. But insights alone aren’t innovations. When it comes to business and IT innovation, success is nearly always the result of patience, practice, process and people.

That means orchestras, not soloists. Read the full article.

Cloud Views

  • How mature is the public cloud? Join us for a @CloudCommons #CloudViews tweetchat on December 18th at 2ET where we’ll be discussing the public cloud. You can preview the questions on Smart Enterprise.

  • What are the cloud questions you should be asking your provider? In this Forbes blog, Joe McKendrick outlines Spiceworks’ top 50 questions that cloud customers should ask providers. The categories range from “Nuts & Bolts” to “Warm & Fuzzy” questions.

  • How should you make the case for cloud? In this Smart Enterprise video, Markku Lepisto of Nokia Siemens Networks discusses the advantages of cloud computing for the telecommunications industry and what you can do to make the case for cloud within your organization.

Trend Watch

  • Data protection laws may stall some big data plans, but there may be ways to get around the challenge, according to this ZDNet UK article. In the UK, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) recently released a code of practice that aims to give organizations guidance on how to properly anonymize data and still leverage the power of big data.

  • Do cloud and big data go hand-in-hand? In this GigaOM blog, Derrick Harris takes a look at Amazon’s recent announcements from AWS re:Invent and what they show about the company’s strategy when it comes to cloud and big data.

  • A new Talking Innovation podcast was released featuring Andi Mann. The Talking Innovation series focuses on how you can transform IT to be a catalyst for innovation in your organization.

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