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Social Media Outsourcing Update 4.18.11

3FORWARD's Complimentary Weekly Digest of Outsourcing-Related Social Media Discussions.

Great places to identify sales trigger events, connect with industry leaders, spot trends and possibly engage with clients or prospects.   For outsourcing providers, ITO's, BPO's, Analysts and Advisors – these are opportunities to engage your subject experts, showcase thought-leadership, reference relevant blog posts or other content and generate ideas for the future.  Enjoy!

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Is "outsourcing" hurting the well-being of the United State of America?

This question was asked by Ram B. B., Eng Mgr/SME-materials, processes, composites; developing people & solving problems; responsive, results-oriented & agile.

What is the best strategy for re-skilling for Cloud-computing consultancy?

This question was asked by Joost M., Information Architect / Trainer / Business Analyst. Expanded question: Although we should not be blown away by the hype around cloud-computing (the idea that we'll all soon be working on hosted environments at the likes of Microsoft, Google and Amazon are not realistic. There'll be private clouds, legacy environments and more). It is true that the environment is changing. ?Which skills will see demand shrink and grow and which kinds of training opportunities will be the most useful to bridge these gaps?

Survey Shows Mixed Emotions About Outsourcing

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Cloud computing might ultimately usher in an era where more IT assets and functions live off premise, but one of the things that jumped out of a recent survey about outsourcing is there is still a lot of customer churn when it comes to relying on IT service suppliers.

Offshoring: Are your Outsourcing Provider's Team Objectives Aligned to Your Goals?

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Success criteria typically applied to offshore delivery teams by their management: Revenue, Gross Margins, Revenue Per Hour Worked, Billable Utilization, Effective Cost Per Hour, Number of Team Members Per Lead, Engineers vs. Non-engineers, and Minimum Percentage of "Trainees", Client Satisfaction.

Apple Hiring a Team to Build "the Future of Cloud Services"

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A new job posting on the Apple website indicates the company is looking for the position of "Cloud Systems Software Engineer." The job, first discovered by Apple Insider, is a full-time job at the company's Cupertino campus.  Apple says it's looking for an engineer "who has built high-performance, scalable and extensible systems." That engineer will join the team that is building "the future of cloud services at Apple!" That exclamation is from the original posting, which in a nod perhaps to some of the questions raised by our Mike Melanson about what exactly constitutes "the cloud" has now been expunged of all cloudy references, replaced with the word "Web."

3 Ways to Virtualize Applications with Distributed Computing

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The explosion of data driven by sensors, data mining and social media and other Web-based interactions means that more and more companies will need to find ways of dealing with massive data sets – even companies that haven't typically been data driven before. But new business analytics applications may require more processing power than your organization has ever needed before, requiring you to find ways to handle data as efficiently as possible. Infrastructure-as-a-service providers and inexpensive data warehousing appliances with in-memory analytics will provide options for many organizations. But some may find distributed computing a better fit for their organization's big data needs.

The Cloud Stratosphere [Infographic]

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The infographic looks at the cloud according to four strata: Communications and Social Applications; Software as a Service; Platform as a Service; Infrastructure as a Service.

You're not ready for the Internal Cloud (A CIO Whitepaper)

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Discover how to bring cloud computing in-house successfully. Learn how to tackle standardization, automation and virtualization challenges, and fast-track your cloud education. Also, examine the Top 3 keys to making your organization cloud-ready.

Cloud Computing Is Not Just a Name for Outsourcing

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Get smart about services provided by both public and private companies and use these in any new deployments. And not just business applications, but also the platforms that cloud services use to manage the security, availability and performance of your portfolio.

Forrester's Mobile App Design Context: Location, Locomotion, Immediacy, Intimacy, And Device

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They say "content is king." But, "context is kingier" when it comes to designing great smartphone and tablet mobile apps. Don't make the mistake of thinking that mobile app design is just about a smaller screen size or choosing the right development technology. Content and context are both important to designing great user experiences, but mobile amplifies context on five critical dimensions: location, locomotion, immediacy, intimacy, and device. Understand each dimension of Forrester's mobile context to design mobile apps that will make your users say "I love this app!"

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