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This Week in Cloud, May 9, 2013: U.K. issues cloud-first policy, Dell acquires Enstratius, OpenStack’s growing pains. And more…

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The Smart Enterprise team spent time at CA World 2013 capturing key stories, major announcements, and interviews with thought leaders on the show floor. View the coverage on Smart Enterprise.

Cloud News

  • The U.K. government announced that it plans to formally adopt a cloud-first policy, according to this InformationWeek article. As part of the cloud-first policy, government agencies will be required to evaluate cloud solutions to meet their IT needs before considering other options.

  • Dell announced that it is purchasing Enstratius, a cloud computing startup that provides tools and dashboards for private and hybrid clouds, according to this GigaOM article.

  • Adobe announced that it will not be offering the next edition of its Creative Suite on disks and instead focus on selling its software to customers via its Creative Cloud, which allows users to keep up to date with the latest software and backup their files to the cloud for a monthly fee, according to this InformationWeek article.

  • A new Kickstarter project aims to help users connect to the cloud when they’re without power or an internet connection with the BRCK, a portable wi-fi router and mobile modem, according to this Quartz article.

Featured Article

Mobility Trends Demand CIOs Become Chief Experience Officers

By George Watt, CA Technologies

George Watt

Recently, while thinking about several of the technology trends impacting mobility and mobile computing, my thoughts again turned to the one trend that I believe is driving all of the others. This trend has the potential to dramatically change the role of IT and IT leaders.

In order to better understand the overarching trend, first consider some of the most important trends impacting mobility: multichannel apps, app atomization, multi-persona, and context awareness and sensing. Those are but a few of the key technology trends impacting mobility and mobile computing. There are a host of others, such as open data that are making mobile applications even more powerful and valuable. Not to mention the advances in the mobile devices themselves. We really have moved past "feature rich mobile phones" and now have powerful mobile computing platforms which happen to be capable of placing a phone call. Though, to return to my original question, what does this mean? What do these things have in common? Read the full article.

Cloud Views

  • Is cloud computing revolutionizing the manufacturing industry? In this Forbes blog, Louis Columbus discusses why manufacturing companies are moving to the cloud and describes 10 ways in which cloud computing is revolutionizing the industry.

  • Is OpenStack experiencing growing pains? In this Cloud Storm Chasers blog, Marvin Waschke discusses the recent news of OpenStack members questioning the standard’s interoperability and why interoperability is so difficult to achieve.

Trend Watch

  • Is allowing BYOD (bring your own device) right for your organization? In this Forbes blog, Adrian Kingsley-Hughes discusses how BYOD is shifting the corporate policy, how to determine if BYOD is right for your organization, and what to do after you’ve determined to move forward with a BYOD policy.

  • Is social media changing the way we live our lives? In this Innovation Today blog, Jacob Lamm discusses the movie Disconnect and analyzes the way the film portrays a generation that has grown up with social media at their fingertips.

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