August 2014
In this issue
How to Send Your Computer in for Repair
Will The Smartphone Become Obsolete?
IT Innovation Starts in the Cloud
Business Continuity Tip
Cartoon and Quote
in the News

Idealogical President Andre Vittorio was a recent guest on Business Fix, a weekly program on Rogers TV. Check it out!

Continuity Tip

Isolated Incidents

While all disasters pose a serious threat, sometimes it's the ones we least expect that cause the most damage.

You never know when disasters such as burst pipes, illness, fire, or flooding due to a broken sprinkler system might happen to your business.

Anticipating and planning for these types of disasters can make all the difference. Download Agility's Isolated Events Whitepaper for real world examples of these unexpected events and the various steps you can take to protect your organization.

Quote for Today

If it wasn't for Philo T. Farnsworth, inventor of television, we'd still be eating frozen radio dinners.

Johnny Carson

Just for Laughs

How to Send Your Computer in for Repair

Video Editor Attilio takes a turn in front of the camera to explain the best way to pack your computer when you need to send it in for repair.

Will The Smartphone Become Obsolete?
Used with the permission of
by Kerry Doyle

A look at how cloud technology may change the future of mobile handsets.

In the current mobile manufacturing competition, device makers strive to give users a distinct product with unique features. So is it possible to imagine a common, ubiquitous device? That is, a mobile handset virtually the same as every other? Distinguished not by ‘bells & whistles' and physical features, but by its cloud-based, personalized profile, services & apps delivered to the user via SaaS?

Such a concept is interesting to consider, because some analysts believe that's the future for mobile handsets. Placing aside the recent patent wars between Samsung, Apple, and by extension, Google, it's clear that smartphone innovation has leveled. Critics contend that there is only so much device innovation, until what's truly unique are the services delivered to that device. For example, will a flexible screen or a less obtrusive fingerprint scanner truly enhance my mobile experience further?

By contrast, in the 1960s ‘dumb' terminals represented an early mainstay of mainframe computing. Before the introduction of personal PCs, users dialed in to a time-shared system, requested application access and all processing occurred on the mainframe. Granted, the cloud makes possible a level of computing, volume and scalability virtually unimaginable back then. But is the model really that different?

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IT Innovation Starts in the Cloud
used with permission from MSFT for Work
The cloud is often seen as a direct threat to IT jobs because it automates those rote, mundane tasks that make up the majority of an IT pro’s workday. The reality is that the cloud will not displace active IT pros; rather, it will create more IT jobs, according to the IDC. For IT pros, the cloud simply means a change in the way they work, not an elimination of work. Here’s what the data says about the evolution of IT and what the move to the cloud means for the IT crowd.

The Industrial Age of IT

According to Gartner research director, Gregor Petri, the cloud will be to IT departments what industrialization was to small-scale, manual labor. “A traditional craftsman might manufacture one pin a day. A pin factory, however, created 48,000 pins a day using ten men,” writes Petri. The cloud, quickly and cheaply, automates processes that used to take a lot of time and staff.

For IT departments, this means an elimination of all those rote tasks that make up an average workday (e.g., provisioning additional storage, rotating backup tapes, setting up servers for app deployments, etc.). While Petri acknowledges that for some people (particularly IT pros) this might be “very scary,” he believes it doesn't necessarily mean those workers will find themselves out of the job.

As editor for Ars Technica Peter Bright so aptly and succinctly put it, in the cloud “the result is not that IT becomes redundant; it becomes more strategically important than ever.” When the cloud automates mundane IT tasks, workers can focus on projects that move the department forward (e.g., develop custom apps, implement new workflows, or collaborate with other departments to make custom IT systems).

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