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By Bill Clerico, CEO, WePay
Embrace the change. Mobile is here to stay. Your 14-year-old niece is using her Samsung Galaxy to post photos of her “nail art” on Instagram and your family is using an iPad to stay connected via Facebook. Meanwhile, your customers are using their smartphones to search for local services while on the subway, tweeting you for customer support while waiting to get their oil changed and getting app recommendations from Apps for Execs during a lackluster conference call.
In July, 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer action will continue in Brazil, with the finals taking place on Sunday, July 13 at 2 p.m. CDT. The match will be broadcast live on ABC from Estádio Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro. Circus showman PT Barnum, Ernie from Sesame Street and Princess Diana were all born in July. The first zeppelin flight took place this month in 1900. NASA was established in 1958. And Apollo 11 made its voyage to the moon in 1969. In the words of astronaut Neil Armstrong, “Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon. July 1969 AD. We came in peace for all mankind.”
Cloud Foundry Summit kicks off today in San Francisco. As an open source project, Cloud Foundry is growing rapidly and is getting more industry adoption. This summit is designed to bring together Cloud Foundry developers and operators for community interaction and discussions. And the summit’s schedule is packed with sessions showcasing business and technical topics.
IRCE is one of the largest ecommerce events in the world, and 2014 looks like it will prove to be bigger than ever. IRCE is celebrating 10 years of bringing digital retailers together, and Rackspace will be representing in style.
Hadoop Summit kicks off today. And while I could start this post by providing a long diatribe about the momentum and disruption happening in the big data space, I feel I can spare you that point. This momentum is being felt across every sector and is addressing almost every new data workload coming into existence. The argument no longer needs to be made.
June brings us World Juggler’s Day on the 17th, presented by the International Jugglers’ Association (IJA). Henry Ford made his first operational car this month in 1896. Celebrating birthdays in June are Superman; the Olsen twins, Mary Kate and Ashley; Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street; and architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Father’s Day is celebrated on June 15, along with the first day of summer on the 18th. And, in the words of English philosopher Sir Bernard Arthur Owen Williams, “If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.”
OpenStack Summit Atlanta kicks off on Monday. Thousands of stackers will head to the ATL to hear more about OpenStack during keynote sessions, workshops, a design summit and much more. Rackspace will be out in full force hosting a number of speaking sessions, a keynote presentation from Troy Toman and a bunch of other awesome events.
Need to kick start your ecommerce platform? Looking to sharpen your digital strategy? Rackspace will have a team of experts on hand next week at the 2014 Magento Imagine eCommerce Worldwide Conference in Las Vegas. The event, for which Rackspace is a Diamond sponsor, runs Monday, May 12 through Wednesday, May 14.
Operating an OpenStack-powered cloud on your own has its challenges, and as the
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