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Is the obsession with appification hurting tech?

Yes, we get it. There’s an app for that. And that. And even that. The appification of everything is where it’s at. The kids love the apps. And the slightly older kids love making them. Where app making is concerned, the talent — and the venture capital — flows like champagne at a startup launch.  But wait. I may be mistaken, but I seem to recall that bubbles sometimes burst.

This week’s lead Searchlight item looks at what The New York Times Magazine contributor — and potential future app-maker — Yiren Lu calls Silicon Valley’s “youth problem.” The problem being, primarily, that the best and brightest young tech minds are drawn to work for companies whose stock in trade is comprised of things such as apps for sexting or hailing a cab. In other words, our best minds aren’t helping to solve our biggest problems. Not to mention their eschewing of less-sexy tech jobs means fewer folks are working on the technology that makes apps work. In the digital age, this is not just a Silicon Valley problem — it is an everywhere problem.

Also this week: Crowdsourcing could help solve the Malaysian Airlines mystery, Google gets serious about Fiber, why Christopher Columbus should be on your data analytics team and more!

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we have converted to Office 365 Exchange only and so far it has been a great experience. We are now able to easily support all the various smartphones . Also when we do network maintenance email is not affected so the user community is less impacted.
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After running Microsoft hosted email (BPOS and Office 365) for three years, we decided to move back to hosting our own email. MS Hosted email has been unreliable and their tech support is horrendous. The downtime and extra hours spent dealing with the problems with the hosted service costs us more than an in house Exchange server.
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I've looked at hosted Exchange and I don't see cost savings anyway you look at it. Every quote I've received is an annual cost that is more than our total cost for keeping Exchange in house. Somebody please show me this cost savings I keep hearing about.
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You guys (media types) keep talking up Cloud this & Cloud that as if it was the Holy Grail or the best way to slice bread ... ever. The Cloud for anything other than media content as it currently is primarily used for is a crock. On paper, Cloud content looks great; the reality is most businesses (large & small) can't afford the Cloud connections (anything beyond the T1x4 bandwidth) that will allow content in the Cloud to be used effectively. Based on our companies experience with the biggest SaaS provider in the business (Salesforce.com) -- unless you have a >25 MB pipe into your facility using anything in the Cloud will be slow & inefficient' it works -- but not well. The media should be talking about how the basic Cloud connection infrastructure needs to be built-up so we are able to effectively take advantage of the in-the-Cloud paradigm.
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Best option is hosted exchange
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You still have to add too many 3rd party apps to beat On premises
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Enterprise-class HIPAA compliance, email anti-[virus|phish|etc], outbound encrypted email service, "unlimited" size mailboxes (for execs), rich yet yet easy to use/configure rentention/archiving, self-service/assisted brick-level backup/restore, secured mobile access to email and the associated SLA for the above are some of the concerns that come to mind.
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just a full hosted solution
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rackspace!
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Funny all the people selling Cloud services think its great, if you listen them you must be an idiot.
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The Emperors new cloud
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You have more control managing your email systems.
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