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In 2011 a team of AT&T information technology, human resources and real estate professionals came together to create Workplace 2020, a blueprint to transform the company’s work environment. Here, in the first of three posts on Workplace 2020, guest AT&T contributor Chris Mach discusses the new technologies that help make this new world of work possible. Since our ancient ancestors first chipped a stone to make a scraper, tools have been evolving and changing, influencing the workplace. But today we’re seeing something new. Tools are allowing a fundamental shift in the meaning of “workplace,” and a cascade of new technology has freed us to work productively from nearly anywhere, far from the cave . . . or the office. These new tools make it possible to create a “work-everywhere” environment. Employees can move into, around and far away from the company office, yet re... (more)

The Cloud and the Network – a Match Made in Heaven

Next week I'll be speaking at Cloud Expo in New York City, one of the premier cloud industry events in the U.S. Of the 150+ sessions that will take place over the four-day conference, a handful appears to address an essential element of the cloud: the network. The importance of an enterprise-grade network at the center of cloud services cannot be overstated. Without it, private clouds are closed systems, and public clouds are subject to unpredictable performance and potential security breaches. The optimum cloud is one that is network-based, where cloud services are actually emb... (more)

Cloud Computing – Is Everything Old Really New Again?

Service Providers large and small have been delivering network-based services for decades, including infrastructure and software. These have come in the form of enterprise hosting, unified communications, managed security, and managed applications.  In fact, it’s not a stretch to include traditional telecommunications services such as Voice, MPLS, and Internet access into a discussion on traditional network services, since networks are shared. Over years of delivering these services, technological advances have taken place, many without interesting names or marketing budgets tied... (more)

Can the Cloud Move to the Mainstream in Health Care?

Imagine Jim, who’s had a CT scan and then is diagnosed with a stroke at the hospital. Although the on-call neurologist is at another hospital, and outside the hospital system, he accesses Jim’s radiology images on his mobile device, in real time. Upon review, the doctor learns that Jim had an aneurysm months before. He’s able to call a neurosurgery colleague who is making rounds at the same hospital and they review Jim’s images together on a laptop and tablet using cloud-based technology. The cloud allows these two doctors to begin an assessment on Jim before ever examining him,... (more)

Social Networks and Personal Data Can Be a Costly Mix

I urge you to think about this question: Are you exposing yourself online?  Social media has exploded, and millions of us are posting our most private information for the world to see.  While there are many good reasons to use social media, realize you may be giving away details that could be used to hack your accounts or break into your house. Sarah Palin had her email exposed by using publically-available information as her password.  “As detailed in the postings, the Palin hack didn’t require any real skill. Instead, the hacker simply reset Palin’s password using her birthdat... (more)