Where retreat does not mean defeat, but a place to learn and grow.
This past weekend Vantage employees came together for our annual retreat. This year we opted to spend it in the “City by the Bay,” a.k.a. our San Francisco headquarters, complete with clear blue skies and mild winter weather (well, it was a little cold for our visiting Floridians).
This year’s theme was “bond and build,” where not only did we have workshops where we shared best practices, but we also got to spend time getting to know employees on other teams, and from other cities, forming new ties and strengthening old ones.
It wasn’t all workshops, though. Both natives and visitors explored the city, hiking and biking to and through locations like Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower and the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Our activities were fueled by all the great food the city has to offer, from clam chowder to ceviche to sushi.
With our bellies full of tasty food, and our minds full of knowledge, we’re charged up for what’s to come in 2013, and inspired to bring our best to our clients!
Three big cheers to our three new interns that have joined the Orlando office for the Spring semester.
We are very pleased to welcome from left to right order:
Lauren Durando (aka El Dorado), Monique Sampaolo, and Felicia Cruz (aka CRUUUUUUUUZZZ).
The second week of January marks the end of a very busy time for those of us who live in techland – or more specifically, gadget land. The much hyped (and overcrowded) Consumer Electronics Show is over and of course several publications are posting their annual roundups. So, here’s a roundup to a roundup and all the best ones you can’t miss!
- Engadget’s Steve Dent gives us the scoop on what’s new in TV in ‘CES 2013: HDTV and connected devices roundup.’ He outlines all new products debuted at the show from major manufactures like LG, Sharp and Sony. And if you happen to purchase an Internet-enabled TV, be sure to check out Alexis Santos’s The state of the second screen: Will TV companion apps proliferate or dwindle? It will give you the full low down on those companion devices to accompany your brand new 55” TV.
- For a fitness nerd like me, Mac Rumors provides a solid list of the tech that will improve my workout: CES 2013: Wearable Health and Fitness Tracker Roundup. Now if only I could get my hands on the HAPIfork…
- Lastly, IT Pro provides us with a new insight from Qualcomm’s keynote that I thought was most interesting out of CES this year: “The general consensus is that the once-premier event has lost its shine as there were a lack of big product launches. Instead companies focused on unveiling technology they plan to use inside flagship products.” And the fact that manufacturers are no longer pushing 3D (thank goodness).
We’ve been counting down to one of the biggest tech shows of the year – that’s right – CES 2013 kicks off today. There has been a lot of buzz in the industry leading up to this much anticipated event. Examiner.com editor Keith McFarland has written some great articles in anticipation for the event that probably capture the theme of the show the best. Check out his article, “A Global View of Technology, the International CES (Video).”
McFarland describes the show as an event that will impress those who are educated on the featured technologies as well as those who are just onlookers. He provides a preview of the technologies set to be showcased at the event, which range from the world’s first brain-powered helicopter to educational and gaming apps for kids.
When describing the applications and technologies set to be announced at CES 2013, McFarland couldn’t phrase it better when he states, “The world will be changed from it all.” We certainly can’t wait to see what this year’s event will bring!
Cloud computing has been a topic of conversation for a long time. Once upon a time, it was known as “hosted,” with original roots in PowerPoint diagrams that used a cloud shape to represent the Internet, but now has the added complexity of associated virtualization. A reasonable definition for cloud computing is the storage and accessibility of data and applications in a shared virtual Internet browser-based environment. Cloud computing includes software as a service (SaaS), enterprise applications, email services, and back-up and recovery services.
Because we are on the cusp of a new year—a time when everyone wishes for a crystal ball to see what the year ahead will bring, it seems like a good time to offer cloud computing forecasts for 2013. (The analyst in me does not allow me to make “predictions.”)
Looking at the many recent articles on cloud computing in the coming year, it seems that the three biggest growth areas will be private clouds, personal clouds and mobile clouds.
While private clouds initially resided within the individual user company, going forward there will be hosted private clouds existing in a hosted infrastructure environment under the control of the service provider. The user does, however, control the operating systems, storage, and deployed applications. Because physical infrastructure is provisioned and dedicated to a single customer, the customer benefits from increased security and privacy and better performance while retaining the benefits of cloud and not having to deal with hardware-related issues.
It’s no secret that mobile computing is on the increase. In 2012, according to industry research firm IHS iSuppli, the global PC market saw the first declines in 11 years with total shipments’ contracting by 1.2 percent to 348.7 million units, down from 352.8 million in 2011. Meanwhile according to IC Insights, tablets are set for significant growth with a CAGR of 33.9 percent through 2016. Consequently, companies are investing in and employees are bringing their tablets and smartphones to the office or using them to access work computers and applications hosted in the cloud. It therefore behooves corporate and IT management to assure the security of the corporate network and applications when personal devices are used to access the cloud. The good news though is that mobile access equates with increased productivity and if users can provision their own devices, the IT staff can be freed to focus on other activities.
While most people think of PC as personal computer, it also stands for personal clouds. Rather than having the home or work computer as the base of operations and content, the personal cloud will take over this function. Users can then access and share content from and to any device freeing them from having to keep that old PC because of the content residing on it.
While the above discussion may not be going too far out on a limb, the move to cloud computing has matured from hype to the way things are going. So in 2013, grab an umbrella because the forecast for cloud continues.
From all of us at Vantage to all of you:
A Very Happy and Healthy New Year with lots of Great Success in 2013!
Happy Holidays from Vantage!
Stay warm this holiday season!