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  • 5 Reasons a 'Data First' Strategy Works

    Enterprise Apps Today
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:22 am
    A system-centric approach to standardizing enterprise data and reporting rarely works, says Pedro Cardoso of BackOffice Associates, who suggests using a 'data first' strategy instead.
  • Wearables, Drones Scare Americans

    InformationWeek:
    Thomas Claburn
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:06 am
    Google has some public relations to do. People remain wary of tech breakthroughs including care-giving robots and drones, Pew research finds.
  • Microsoft Office: 4 Changes, Explained

    InformationWeek:
    Michael Endler
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:06 am
    Microsoft maneuvers to keep Office on top, touting data analysis power, tweaking office 365, and more. What do the moves mean to you?
  • Microsoft Office: 4 Changes, Explained

    InformationWeek:
    Michael Endler
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:06 am
    Microsoft maneuvers to keep Office on top, touting data analysis power, tweaking office 365, and more. What do the moves mean to you?
  • Wearables, Drones Scare Americans

    InformationWeek:
    Thomas Claburn
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:06 am
    Google has some public relations to do. People remain wary of tech breakthroughs including care-giving robots and drones, Pew research finds.
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  • Wearables, Drones Scare Americans

    Thomas Claburn
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:06 am
    Google has some public relations to do. People remain wary of tech breakthroughs including care-giving robots and drones, Pew research finds.
  • Samsung Galaxy S5: My First Week

    Eric Zeman
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:06 am
    Samsung's latest Android smartphone proves an all-around solid performer -- and can survive a 30-minute dunk in liquid.
  • Microsoft Office: 4 Changes, Explained

    Michael Endler
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:06 am
    Microsoft maneuvers to keep Office on top, touting data analysis power, tweaking office 365, and more. What do the moves mean to you?
  • Google Trends Adds Email Notifications

    Thomas Claburn
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Keeping tabs on what people are searching for just got a bit more convenient. But Google Trends is still not a serious research tool.
  • Facebook Video: How To Disable Auto-Play

    Kristin Burnham
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:36 am
    Use Facebook's newest setting to disable auto-play videos and ads on desktop, limit them to WiFi on iOS and Android.
 
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  • Microsoft Office: 4 Changes, Explained

    Michael Endler
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:06 am
    Microsoft maneuvers to keep Office on top, touting data analysis power, tweaking office 365, and more. What do the moves mean to you?
  • Wearables, Drones Scare Americans

    Thomas Claburn
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:06 am
    Google has some public relations to do. People remain wary of tech breakthroughs including care-giving robots and drones, Pew research finds.
  • Google Trends Adds Email Notifications

    Thomas Claburn
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Keeping tabs on what people are searching for just got a bit more convenient. But Google Trends is still not a serious research tool.
  • Facebook Video: How To Disable Auto-Play

    Kristin Burnham
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:36 am
    Use Facebook's newest setting to disable auto-play videos and ads on desktop, limit them to WiFi on iOS and Android.
  • Windows 8.1 Update: 8 Tips To Avoid Headaches

    Michael Endler
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:36 am
    Windows 8.1 Update offers the best blend of legacy and Modern apps yet -- but only if your device is properly configured.
 
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  • Wearables, Drones Scare Americans

    Thomas Claburn
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:06 am
    Google has some public relations to do. People remain wary of tech breakthroughs including care-giving robots and drones, Pew research finds.
  • Samsung Galaxy S5: My First Week

    Eric Zeman
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:06 am
    Samsung's latest Android smartphone proves an all-around solid performer -- and can survive a 30-minute dunk in liquid.
  • Microsoft Office: 4 Changes, Explained

    Michael Endler
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:06 am
    Microsoft maneuvers to keep Office on top, touting data analysis power, tweaking office 365, and more. What do the moves mean to you?
  • Google Trends Adds Email Notifications

    Thomas Claburn
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Keeping tabs on what people are searching for just got a bit more convenient. But Google Trends is still not a serious research tool.
  • Facebook Video: How To Disable Auto-Play

    Kristin Burnham
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:36 am
    Use Facebook's newest setting to disable auto-play videos and ads on desktop, limit them to WiFi on iOS and Android.
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  • Of Cloud Vendors and Roofers

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:41 pm
    We recently had our roof redone. Should have had it done years ago. Instead we periodically had it patched with new shingles. Cosmetics instead of real work. The thought of days and weeks of workers and cost estimates that reflected...
  • Infor: Its a vertical world after all

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Charles Phillips, CEO of Infor, is a sharp dresser. His lean frame and his attention to detail (he has designed his own shirt collars since he was young) certainly help. At dinner he politely explained to a few curious analysts...
  • More global innovation

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:14 am
    Innovation from around the globe' iElevation – Nepal A museum or a library? – Mexico Technology on the ICE Train – Germany Shipping ice cream globally – US, China Big Data of Long Lives – Italy, Greece, Japan Nokia alumni...
  • Its a small world after all

    9 Apr 2014 | 5:10 am
    Innovation from around the globe Wagenstandanzeiger – a beauty of data visualization - Germany Daring New Buildings – Azerbaijan Microsoft and the Sochi Olympics – Russia Video Analytics Capital – Macau World Design Capital – S. Africa Innovation is GREAT...
  • Plex a nuanced version of 2 Tier ERP

    8 Apr 2014 | 7:48 pm
    The concept of 2 (or 3) Tier ERP is certainly not new. Platinum (now Epicor), J. D Edwards (now Oracle), and more recently NetSuite have for decades gone to large, typically multi-national companies and convinced them to adopt their software...
 
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    Hu' Blog

  • What is the next step in Storage Virtualization?

    Hu Yoshida
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:20 pm
    In 2004 Hitachi Data Systems introduced the Universal Storage Platform, USP, which was the first storage array that could attach and virtualize third party Fibre Channel storage arrays. Instead of following other vendors by doing virtualization through an appliance that added complexity and another layer of management in the Storage Area Network, Hitachi chose to do virtualization through the storage controller.  By virtualizing external storage through the USP controller, the virtualized arrays could inherit the latest capabilities of the USP and be managed through the USP management…
  • Business – Not Company Size – Should Define Storage Infrastructure

    Hu Yoshida
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:01 pm
    Traditionally, storage has been defined as either midrange or enterprise, based on the assumption that midrange or smaller customers did not need the performance and availability of larger enterprise customers. As a result, midrange storage could be built on a simpler, lower cost, dual controller architecture, where one controller supported the other controller in an active/passive mode. In other words, the data that was being stored in one controller cache was copied into the other controller cache so that if the primary controller failed the data in its cache could be protected and…
  • Internet of Things and Train as a Service

    Hu Yoshida
    28 Mar 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Last week I was in the UK and had an opportunity to get an update on the Hitachi Train project, which was initially installed for the London Olympics. There has been a lot of progress in the past four years. Mechanized rail transport first appeared in England in the 1820s, almost 200 years ago. Today there is a major initiative underway in the UK to convert its 40-year-old, diesel, intercity train system to electric trains using innovative technology from Hitachi. The Internet of things, where sensors and machines are interacting with each other, will play a major role in this project. These…
  • Gartner’s Critical Capabilities Provides Transparency

    Hu Yoshida
    19 Mar 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Gartner has long been a major influencer in many technology markets. Many CIO’s include Gartner’s research assessment to support their evaluations before they make a buying decision.  Up to now, Gartner’s research methodology was comprised of the Magic Quadrant, also known as the Magic window for the graphical way that technology providers are positioned in four quadrants representing their position as Leaders, Visionaries, Niche Players and Challengers. For emerging or mature markets, Gartner’s MarketScopes is represented as the best tool to help clients understand how the…
  • Storage security must be designed in from the beginning

    Hu Yoshida
    12 Mar 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Storage security is getting more attention as I outlined in my top 10 trends post in December. In that post I talked about the availability of data encryption in the backend directors of Hitachi storage systems, VSP, HUS VM and HUS 150 with local or external key management. This encryption was designed into our storage system as well as many other security and privacy features. Security is not something that you can bolt on as an after thought. The advantage of our data encryption is that it is designed into our backend directors and can provide data encryption using the latest AES 256 in XTS…
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    Andrew McAfee's Blog

  • On Monday, April 21: Talking with Walter Isaacson About The Second Machine Age

    Andrew McAfee
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:54 am
    Next Monday morning at Noon I’m talking with king of all media Walter Isaacson about The Second Machine Age at the Aspen Institute in Washington DC. I give Walter that title because in addition to editing Time and being CEO of CNN, he’s also written runaway bestsellers (about Steve Jobs) and Pulitzer Prize nominees (about Henry Kissinger). In his current job as the head of the Aspen Institute he gets to exercise another of his great skills: conducing interviews in front of an audience. I’ve had the chance to listen to Walter talk on stage with many people over the years…
  • The Second Machine Age Comes to DC This Week

    Andrew McAfee
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:26 am
    Just a quick note to let Washingtonians know about two happenings in their city this week. I find them interesting not because I’m speaking at them, but rather because of the people I’m speaking with. Tonight from 5:30 to 7 I’m sitting down to talk with Prof. Amitai Etzioni at George Washington University about “the effects of the coming digital revolution;” the event is free and open to the public, and details are here. I’m going to use this opportunity to play interviewer myself and ask Prof. Etzioni how a communitarian thinks about the second machine age…
  • The Second Machine Age Comes to New York this Friday

    Andrew McAfee
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:48 pm
    Just a quick note to let New Yorkers know that the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy is coming to your city this Friday, April 4. MIT Sloan faculty, alums, and other digital movers and shakers will come together from Noon to 7 pm on Friday at the TimesCenter (I haven’t been inside the facility yet, but it looks gorgeous). We’re almost at capacity but I’m told there are a few seats still available. If you’re interested, register here by April 1 (no fooling). If you’re at all interested in technological progress and its implications for business, society, and…
  • Event: FWD.us in New York on Wednesday, March 26

    Andrew McAfee
    25 Mar 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Just a quick note to let New Yorkers know that I’ll be in Manhattan tomorrow (Wednesday, March 26) participating in a very worthwhile event: a discussion and reception sponsored by tech industry advocacy group FWD.us on technology, the middle class, and the American dream. It takes place at AOL headquarters at 770 Broadway. I’m not sure what time doors open, but there’s a reception before our panel starts at 6:30. FWD.us founder Joe Green moderates (I’ll vouch that he’ll keep things lively), and I’ll be joined by Van Jones and Scott Murphy. FWD.us…
  • Non-Technologists Agree: It’s the Technology

    Andrew McAfee
    12 Mar 2014 | 7:23 am
    Two papers came out last year that examined important issues around jobs and wages. Both are in top journals. Both were written by first-rate researchers, none of whom specialize in studying the impact of technology. And both came to the same conclusion: that digital technologies were largely responsible for the phenomena they examined. The first paper, by David Dorn and my MIT colleague David Autor,  is about how jobs and wages changed in America from 1980-2005. It was published last year in the American Economic Review and called “The Growth of Low-Skill Service Jobs and the…
 
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    Schneier on Security

  • Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Jigging

    schneier
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Good news from Malaysia: The Terengganu International Squid Jigging Festival (TISJF) will be continued and become an annual event as one of the state's main tourism products, said Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said. He said TISJF will become a signature event intended to enhance the branding of Terengganu as a leading tourism destination in the region. "Beside introducing squid jigging as a leisure activity, the event also highlights the state's beautiful beaches, lakes and islands and also our arts, culture and heritage," he said. I assume that Malaysian squid jigging is the same as…
  • Metaphors of Surveillance

    schneier
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:21 pm
    There's a new study looking at the metaphors we use to describe surveillance. Over 62 days between December and February, we combed through 133 articles by 105 different authors and over 60 news outlets. We found that 91 percent of the articles contained metaphors about surveillance. There is rich thematic diversity in the types of metaphors that are used, but there is also a failure of imagination in using literature to describe surveillance. Over 9 percent of the articles in our study contained metaphors related to the act of collection; 8 percent to literature (more on that later); about 6…
  • Reverse Heartbleed

    schneier
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:29 am
    Heartbleed can affect clients as well as servers.
  • Overreacting to Risk

    schneier
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:26 am
    This is a crazy overreaction: A 19-year-old man was caught on camera urinating in a reservoir that holds Portland's drinking water Wednesday, according to city officials. Now the city must drain 38 million gallons of water from Reservoir 5 at Mount Tabor Park in southeast Portland. I understand the natural human disgust reaction, but do these people actually think that their normal drinking water is any more pure? That a single human is that much worse than all the normal birds and other animals? A few ounces distributed amongst 38 million gallons is negligible. Another story.
  • Tails

    schneier
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:38 am
    Nice article on the Tails stateless operating system. I use it. Initially I would boot my regular computer with Tails on a USB stick, but I went out and bought a remaindered computer from Best Buy for $250 and now use that.
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    Network Security Blog

  • NSP Microcast – BSides London 2014

    netsecpodcast@mckeay.net (Martin McKeay)
    6 Apr 2014 | 8:40 am
    This afternoon I had a chance to talk to two of the main organizers of one of the biggest security events of the year, BSides London.  Paul Batson and Thomas Fisher have been working tirelessly (or maybe tiredly) for months to bring together all of the disparate elements required to make a conference come together.  And it’s no mean feat when the people you’re working with are all volunteers and the money comes from sponsors, both of whom believe in your cause.  This year will be my first chance to go to BSides London (this is the fourth) and I’m really looking forward…
  • Hack my ride

    netsecpodcast@mckeay.net (Martin McKeay)
    6 Apr 2014 | 12:31 am
    Important:  Read the stuff at the end of this post.  I got a lot of feedback and I’ve added it there.  Unlike some people, I actually want to be told when I’m wrong and learn from the experience. I don’t own a Tesla S and probably never will.  They’re beautiful cars, they’re (sort of) ecologically friendly, and they show that you have more money than common sense.  I use a car to get my family from point A to point B and showing off my wealth (or lack there of) has never actually been part of the equation in buying a car.  And one more reason I don’t…
  • Network Security Podcast, Episode 330

    netsecpodcast@mckeay.net (Martin McKeay)
    31 Mar 2014 | 2:09 pm
    It only took 4+ weeks, but Martin and Zach are back on the air. Rich is back to his “(Inter)National Man of Mystery” routine, so he missed out on the somewhat lively discussion about drones, “secure” browsers, PCI, and, of course, the NSA. Network Security Podcast, Episode 330 Time: 37:27 Show Notes: WhiteHat Aviator Beta for Windows Obama’s move to relieve snooping fears This drone can steal what’s on your phone (see also: Snoopy and STALKER – Analyzing [Your] Wireless Data) Trustwave plans to fight “baseless allegations” over Target…
  • NSPMicrocast – RSAC2014 – DoSArrest

    netsecpodcast@mckeay.net (Martin McKeay)
    23 Mar 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Most of the time my competitors are afraid to talk to me on the podcast.  I’m a nice guy to the people I interview, so I don’t know why they’d be afraid.  And this year at RSAC, Jag Bains the CTO at DoSArrest took a chance and talked to me.  While I did bring up that we’re competitors, I let Jag explain to me how his company works and what they protect their customers from DDoS.  I still think we do it better, but it’s good to hear what other people in the same field are doing. NSPMicrocast – RSAC2014 – DoSArrest
  • NSP Microcast – RSAC2014 – BeyondTrust

    netsecpodcast@mckeay.net (Martin McKeay)
    23 Mar 2014 | 4:03 am
    I had a chance to sit down with BeyondTrust CTO, Marc Maiffret.  I’ve had conversations with Marc before, but I haven’t seen him since he has been at BeyondTrust, so I took this time to find out what they do and how it would be used by the average enterprise.  As with all my interviews at RSAC, I asked Marc how he felt the spying revelations of the last year have affected the security landscape, his company and him personally. NSPMicrocast-RSAC2014-BeyondTrust
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    Oracle Bloggers

  • Oracle Solaris 11.2 Launch Event and Webcast!!

    uwes
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:43 am
    On April 29th, Oracle will launch Oracle Solaris 11.2 - Engineered for Cloud. This release adds significant new virtualization, networking, and provisioning capabilities, including SDN and OpenStack, to the unique features already in Oracle Solaris 11, combining the traditional Oracle Solaris strengths of performance, reliability and security with innovation that matters for today's agile data center.  More than just an OS, Oracle Solaris is now a platform designed to take enterprise deployments from "zero to cloud" in minutes rather than days and weeks.Take the…
  • Custom Escalation in Oracle BPM Suite 11g by Vivek Acharya

    JuergenKress
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:03 pm
    This article is contributed by our guest writer Vivek Acharya. Vivek is an Oracle Consultant working as a Professional Freelancer. He has been in the Design, Development, consulting and Architect world for approximately seven years working in Oracle Practice at IBM,HP,Zensar. He is an Oracle Certified Expert as Oracle Fusion-SOA 11g Implementation Specialist and Oracle – BPM 11g Implementation Specialist. He has experience and expertise in Oracle Fusion – SOA, BPM, BAM, Mediator, B2B, BI, AIA, Web logic, Workflow,Rules,Webcenter,UCM,IDM,Oracle Fusion Applications,SaaS,OnDemand etc. He…
  • Customer Relationship Management Simplified – Why User Adoption is a Key Metric

    Brian Dayton
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Post Authored By: Monica Raofpur, Allison Kutz, and David Goltz "Out of all the CRM project problems reported, we found the most significant threat to be slow user adoption." –Bill Band, Principal Analyst, Forrester So you’ve purchased a state-of-the-art Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system with the expectations of getting better forecasts, closing more deals, and ultimately increasing revenue; But what about user adoption? In a recent study, Forrester found that 70% of all failed projects involving CRM were caused by poor user adoption. So what happened to all of that…
  • Friday Spotlight: How to Test OCFS2 in a Virtual Environment with Oracle VM VirtualBox

    Chris Kawalek
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Happy Friday! Our spotlight this week is on a brand new technical article that steps you through how to setup an OCFS2 environment on your desktop using Oracle VM VirtualBox. How to Test OCFS2 in a Virtual Environment with Oracle VM VirtualBox See you next week! -Chris
  • Security Alert CVE-2014-0160 (‘Heartbleed’) Released

    Eric P. Maurice
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Hi, this is Eric Maurice. Oracle just released Security Alert CVE-2014-0160 to address the publicly disclosed ‘Heartbleed’ vulnerability which affects a number of versions of the OpenSSL library.  Due to the severity of this vulnerability, and the fact that active exploitation of this vulnerability is reported “in the wild,” Oracle recommends that customers of affected Oracle products apply the necessary patches as soon as they are released by Oracle. The CVSS Base Score for this vulnerability is 5.0.  This relative low score denotes the difficulty in coming up with a system…
 
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    EMC Blogs

  • Building A SDS Conceptual Model — Part 2

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Welcome back to an ongoing series, exploring the new world of software-defined storage. If you’d like to catch up, please take a moment to read the previous posts: “Introducing The Software-Defined Storage Series” “Why Software-Defined Storage Matters” “Building The SDS Conceptual Model — Part 1” In the last post, we introduced the notions of applications, their containers -- and policy.  We also discussed how policy is interpreted by the control plane, while mediating access to services and providing the required perspective to multiple stakeholders. In this post,…
  • Building A SDS Conceptual Model — Part 1

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:25 pm
    If we’re going to dig into software-defined storage, we’re going to need a conceptual model — just so we can keep the discussion organized.   The particular model I’ll be using for this discussion is the one VMware currently uses.  Vendor bias aside, I’ve personally found it the most useful model out there for explaining not only software-defined storage, but exposing important differences as compared to the way things are done today.   The model itself is not bound to any specific technology — but you will find many aspects already implemented in VMware’s…
  • Why Software-Defined Storage Matters

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:41 am
    We live in an information age. All those zettabytes of ones and zeros need to live somewhere.  If they are to be of any value, they must be stored, protected and managed.  The more information we produce, consume — and depend on —  the more storage matters.  This was true twenty years ago; it will be true twenty years hence. At the same time, it appears that software is eating our world: extending the power of human intellect in ways that continually surprise us — now often powered by the avalanche of information we are creating about ourselves and the world…
  • Introducing The Software-Defined Storage Series

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:48 am
    If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know my story:  I’m a storage geek at heart, I work for VMware, and I think the next big phase of this industry is software-defined storage. While I’ve written more than a few posts on the topic, I think I haven’t done justice to an important (yet complex!) set of concepts that promise to forever change the way we store, protect and manage information. As far as I can tell, there’s a noticeable void.  I have yet to find a suitably weighty or thorough discussion on software-defined storage that satisfies.  I never…
  • Something New! vCloud Hybrid Service — Disaster Recovery

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:22 am
    I think the announcement of VMware's new vCHS disaster recovery service deserves some extra attention.  One reason is that I work in the same group that built the product, so of course I want to share some love.  But there’s more: having been in the DR and BC space for a l-o-o-o-n-g time, I think the new vCHS RaaS (recovery as a service) brings something comparatively new to the table.  And, more broadly, this new service clearly reflects the distinctive vCHS “works the way you do” philosophy.   All good. I can see three use cases for vCHS - DR.  The…
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    Oracle Bloggers

  • Oracle Solaris 11.2 Launch Event and Webcast!!

    uwes
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:43 am
    On April 29th, Oracle will launch Oracle Solaris 11.2 - Engineered for Cloud. This release adds significant new virtualization, networking, and provisioning capabilities, including SDN and OpenStack, to the unique features already in Oracle Solaris 11, combining the traditional Oracle Solaris strengths of performance, reliability and security with innovation that matters for today's agile data center.  More than just an OS, Oracle Solaris is now a platform designed to take enterprise deployments from "zero to cloud" in minutes rather than days and weeks.Take the…
  • Custom Escalation in Oracle BPM Suite 11g by Vivek Acharya

    JuergenKress
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:03 pm
    This article is contributed by our guest writer Vivek Acharya. Vivek is an Oracle Consultant working as a Professional Freelancer. He has been in the Design, Development, consulting and Architect world for approximately seven years working in Oracle Practice at IBM,HP,Zensar. He is an Oracle Certified Expert as Oracle Fusion-SOA 11g Implementation Specialist and Oracle – BPM 11g Implementation Specialist. He has experience and expertise in Oracle Fusion – SOA, BPM, BAM, Mediator, B2B, BI, AIA, Web logic, Workflow,Rules,Webcenter,UCM,IDM,Oracle Fusion Applications,SaaS,OnDemand etc. He…
  • Customer Relationship Management Simplified – Why User Adoption is a Key Metric

    Brian Dayton
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Post Authored By: Monica Raofpur, Allison Kutz, and David Goltz "Out of all the CRM project problems reported, we found the most significant threat to be slow user adoption." –Bill Band, Principal Analyst, Forrester So you’ve purchased a state-of-the-art Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system with the expectations of getting better forecasts, closing more deals, and ultimately increasing revenue; But what about user adoption? In a recent study, Forrester found that 70% of all failed projects involving CRM were caused by poor user adoption. So what happened to all of that…
  • Friday Spotlight: How to Test OCFS2 in a Virtual Environment with Oracle VM VirtualBox

    Chris Kawalek
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Happy Friday! Our spotlight this week is on a brand new technical article that steps you through how to setup an OCFS2 environment on your desktop using Oracle VM VirtualBox. How to Test OCFS2 in a Virtual Environment with Oracle VM VirtualBox See you next week! -Chris
  • Security Alert CVE-2014-0160 (‘Heartbleed’) Released

    Eric P. Maurice
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Hi, this is Eric Maurice. Oracle just released Security Alert CVE-2014-0160 to address the publicly disclosed ‘Heartbleed’ vulnerability which affects a number of versions of the OpenSSL library.  Due to the severity of this vulnerability, and the fact that active exploitation of this vulnerability is reported “in the wild,” Oracle recommends that customers of affected Oracle products apply the necessary patches as soon as they are released by Oracle. The CVSS Base Score for this vulnerability is 5.0.  This relative low score denotes the difficulty in coming up with a system…
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  • Oracle Solaris 11.2 Launch Event and Webcast!!

    uwes
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:43 am
    On April 29th, Oracle will launch Oracle Solaris 11.2 - Engineered for Cloud. This release adds significant new virtualization, networking, and provisioning capabilities, including SDN and OpenStack, to the unique features already in Oracle Solaris 11, combining the traditional Oracle Solaris strengths of performance, reliability and security with innovation that matters for today's agile data center.  More than just an OS, Oracle Solaris is now a platform designed to take enterprise deployments from "zero to cloud" in minutes rather than days and weeks.Take the…
  • Custom Escalation in Oracle BPM Suite 11g by Vivek Acharya

    JuergenKress
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:03 pm
    This article is contributed by our guest writer Vivek Acharya. Vivek is an Oracle Consultant working as a Professional Freelancer. He has been in the Design, Development, consulting and Architect world for approximately seven years working in Oracle Practice at IBM,HP,Zensar. He is an Oracle Certified Expert as Oracle Fusion-SOA 11g Implementation Specialist and Oracle – BPM 11g Implementation Specialist. He has experience and expertise in Oracle Fusion – SOA, BPM, BAM, Mediator, B2B, BI, AIA, Web logic, Workflow,Rules,Webcenter,UCM,IDM,Oracle Fusion Applications,SaaS,OnDemand etc. He…
  • Customer Relationship Management Simplified – Why User Adoption is a Key Metric

    Brian Dayton
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Post Authored By: Monica Raofpur, Allison Kutz, and David Goltz "Out of all the CRM project problems reported, we found the most significant threat to be slow user adoption." –Bill Band, Principal Analyst, Forrester So you’ve purchased a state-of-the-art Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system with the expectations of getting better forecasts, closing more deals, and ultimately increasing revenue; But what about user adoption? In a recent study, Forrester found that 70% of all failed projects involving CRM were caused by poor user adoption. So what happened to all of that…
  • Friday Spotlight: How to Test OCFS2 in a Virtual Environment with Oracle VM VirtualBox

    Chris Kawalek
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Happy Friday! Our spotlight this week is on a brand new technical article that steps you through how to setup an OCFS2 environment on your desktop using Oracle VM VirtualBox. How to Test OCFS2 in a Virtual Environment with Oracle VM VirtualBox See you next week! -Chris
  • Security Alert CVE-2014-0160 (‘Heartbleed’) Released

    Eric P. Maurice
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Hi, this is Eric Maurice. Oracle just released Security Alert CVE-2014-0160 to address the publicly disclosed ‘Heartbleed’ vulnerability which affects a number of versions of the OpenSSL library.  Due to the severity of this vulnerability, and the fact that active exploitation of this vulnerability is reported “in the wild,” Oracle recommends that customers of affected Oracle products apply the necessary patches as soon as they are released by Oracle. The CVSS Base Score for this vulnerability is 5.0.  This relative low score denotes the difficulty in coming up with a system…
 
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    JT on EDM

  • First Look: Pegasystems Decision Management 7

    James Taylor
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    Copyright © 2014 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorI recently got an update from Pegasystems focused on their recent release 7 of the Pegasystems Decision Management product. Last year (2013) Pegasystems had a good year, breaking $500M in revenue while showing a 55% increase in license and backlog. They are forecasting $576M in 2014 and report particular interest in predictive analytics, analytic marketing and customer next best action. From a Decision Management product perspective 2013 included a very large scale rollout for a US telco (35,000 call center agents, thousands of stores, IVR and…
  • Get better results by linking Decision Models to implemented business rules

    James Taylor
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    Copyright © 2014 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorAt Decision Management Solutions we are big believers in building decision models as a way to specify the requirements for business rules projects. Our cloud-based, collaborative decision modeling software DecisionsFirst Modeler is ideal for building and managing these models. Not only that, it also works with any business rules management system, allowing you to link your decision requirements to your implementation for improved traceability. The open approach we took in DecisionsFirst Modeler works with any BPM or BRMS environment and you can…
  • First Look: Zoot zDecision Update

    James Taylor
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:24 am
    Copyright © 2014 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorI got an update from Zoot recently about their zDecision product (having last been briefed back in 2012). First, a quick update on Zoot: They are focused almost entirely in the financial services industry, especially on lenders. Their products are designed to be very flexible and so support the kind of out of the box things that larger, more demanding institutions want. They have been in operation 20+ years and are based in Bozeman, MT. Overwhelmingly their customers are cloud-based though a few are on-premise and they have data centers in US…
  • White Paper of the Week: BPM and BDM: State of Play

    James Taylor
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:31 am
    Copyright © 2014 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorWhile many, most, organizations know they need to focus on business processes, a matching focus on operational decisions is less common. The effective combination of Business Process Management (BPM) with Business Decision Management (BDM) is emerging as a critical element in successful organizations. BPMInstitute.org has been providing insight and education on the relationship between business rules/Business Decision Management (BDM) and BPM for nearly a decade and Gregg Rock, editor and founder of BPMInstitute.org, recently asked me to…
  • Job: Drools and jBPM developer in SoCal

    James Taylor
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:56 am
    Copyright © 2014 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorWestech, a project to produce lower cost healthcare infrastructure that is part of the West Health initiative, is looking for a Drools/jBPM developer. The job is based in La Jolla CA and they are looking for a full time hire. West Health Institute is looking for a creative and hands-on jBPM Software Developer for an innovative Medical and Clinical Informatics Platform.  This is an excellent opportunity to help define and launch an emerging field and work across all aspects of Medical and Clinical Informatics, Connectivity, Networking and…
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    Development & Integration Blogs

  • Enterprise Integration Patterns – Part 3

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Transformation patterns When exchanging messages, the sender sends a message in a specific format, for example SOAP or Plain text. The receiver may expect another format for the messages it receives. A possible solution would be to transform the mes...
  • Your first web app

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:39 am
    In just a few minutes, you have built a web app in Metrici. In a few more minutes you could share your contacts database with your colleagues, or package your app for others to use.
  • Tape Backup is not a Disaster Recovery Strategy!

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:23 am
    While tape has been a mainstay medium for backup and archival of data ever since we started creating data, it will be almost useless at returning a business to service on a timely basis in case of a disaster. <14% of businesses would be able to re...
  • Ask Principal Kim Bruno to Reinstate Greg Schiller

    10 Apr 2014 | 2:19 am
    I'm taking part in a rally
  • What cats can do

    8 Apr 2014 | 7:51 am
    We don't just capture that the cat sat on the mat, we describe what cats can do (sit on things), what properties mats have, and so on.
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    StorageMojo

  • IBM’s Q1 storage pain – amputation imminent

    Robin Harris
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:26 pm
    When my children were little and cried due to a scraped knee, I would examine it gravely and then say: “This looks bad! Time to amputate!” That quieted them right down and, to my relief, they’ve grown up to be functional human beings working – of all things – in high tech. But that was a joke. With IBM storage I wouldn’t be joking. Amputation is imminent. And needed to keep shareholders happy. According to Storage Newsletter, IBM storage revenue is in an accelerating slide: The StorageMojo take My, that looks grim. But why? The sale of the IBM’s…
  • EMC gets the Cisco Whiptail lash

    Robin Harris
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:19 pm
    We knew this moment would come. According to William Blair, a British broker, their data networking and storage tracker (as quoted by the most excellent Chris Mellor in The Reg) sees that Despite Cisco’s public commentary about not wanting to leverage its Whiptail acquisition (renamed Invicta) as a stand-alone enterprise storage system, our industry contacts indicate that the Cisco salesforce is enthusiastically selling the all-flash-array as a stand-alone platform and competing directly against vendors such as Pure and EMC/XtremIO in the field. Cisco is also bundling the platform with its…
  • EMC up to old tricks

    Robin Harris
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:26 am
    EMC World is in Las Vegas this year, a short drive from the StorageMojo Global HQ. Requested a press pass in February. No response. Repeated request a couple of weeks ago and got this answer: At this time the press and analyst programs are at full capacity and we are not able to accommodate any additional requests. After all, there are only thousands of people attending. StorageMojo = back-breaking straw. Or persona non grata? Whatever. The StorageMojo take When it comes to petty behavior, EMC has never shaken its testy South Boston ways. I’ve often thought – hoped – that…
  • Avere makes cloud NFS fast & safe for the enterprise

    Robin Harris
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:34 pm
    This is big. In new SPECsfs2008_nfs.v3 tests Avere’s FXT 3800 clustered edge filers achieved something remarkable: performance using Cleversafe and Amazon S3 cloud backends that were every bit as good as local backing stores. Avere tested 4 systems: A 32-node FXT cluster with simulated cloud access latencies using a 75ms network delay in each direction. A 3-node cluster using local storage configured under ZFS. A 3-node cluster using Cleversafe secure cloud storage. A 3-node cluster using Amazon S3 backend cloud storage. Avere architecture in brief From a StorageMojo post a year ago,…
  • Off to NAB 2014 – and beyond!

    Robin Harris
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:20 am
    As a reward for good behavior StorageMojo’s top analysts will be attending NAB for a couple of days. Today the HP briefing this afternoon and the ShowStoppers official press event this evening. Then it is a very full day Monday – mostly in the lower South Hall – reviewing the latest in media storage presented at the show. Stay tuned here and on ZDNet. Then its back to the lonely and lovely high desert mountains of Northern Arizona. See picture above. Feel free to say hi. The StorageMojo take CES is a toy store for consumers. NAB is a toy store for media professionals.
 
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  • APAR Friday: Today it's about stats, WLM_REFRESH, and storage management

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
    (Posted on Friday, April 18, 2014) Last year, APAR  PM88804 changed that behavior of REALSTORAGE_MANAGEMENT to solve a CPU usage issue.  That behavior is being reversed and changed back to how it originally acted by APAR PM99575. PM99575: CHANGE THE DISCARDDATA LOGIC ...
  • DB2 for z/OS is not affected by Heartbleed bug

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:47 pm
    (Posted Friday, April 17, 2014) As if there could be any doubt, here?s the official word.... IBM DB2 for z/OS is not affected by the OpenSSL Heartbleed vulnerability (CVE-2014-0160) The flash states that ?DB2 for z/OS in all editions and all platforms is NOT vulnerable to the...
  • Enterprise Integration Patterns – Part 3

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Transformation patterns When exchanging messages, the sender sends a message in a specific format, for example SOAP or Plain text. The receiver may expect another format for the messages it receives. A possible solution would be to transform the mes...
  • Survey: Understanding the business applications running on System z (Mainframe)

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    (Posted Friday, April 16, 2014) Help us (IBM) to better understand the business applications you are (or have been) running on System z, your IBM Mainframe, by completing a short 5 minute survey! This survey has been designed to help IBM better understand how your IBM System z inv...
  • Survey: Understanding the business applications running on System z (Mainframe)

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:25 am
    (Posted Friday, April 16, 2014) Help us (IBM) to better understand the business applications you are (or have been) running on System z, your IBM Mainframe, by completing a short 5 minute survey! This survey has been designed to help IBM better understand how your IBM System z inv...
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    Enterprise Back Office Blogs

  • APAR Friday: Today it's about stats, WLM_REFRESH, and storage management

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
    (Posted on Friday, April 18, 2014) Last year, APAR  PM88804 changed that behavior of REALSTORAGE_MANAGEMENT to solve a CPU usage issue.  That behavior is being reversed and changed back to how it originally acted by APAR PM99575. PM99575: CHANGE THE DISCARDDATA LOGIC ...
  • DB2 for z/OS is not affected by Heartbleed bug

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:47 pm
    (Posted Friday, April 17, 2014) As if there could be any doubt, here?s the official word.... IBM DB2 for z/OS is not affected by the OpenSSL Heartbleed vulnerability (CVE-2014-0160) The flash states that ?DB2 for z/OS in all editions and all platforms is NOT vulnerable to the...
  • Enterprise Integration Patterns – Part 3

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Transformation patterns When exchanging messages, the sender sends a message in a specific format, for example SOAP or Plain text. The receiver may expect another format for the messages it receives. A possible solution would be to transform the mes...
  • Reviewing the Collaborate App - Is It An Indictment of HTML5?

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:39 pm
    I can?t say the Collaborate app was an indictment of HTML5, but I would say it made me want to stick with solutions that develop native mobile apps for Android, iOS, BlackBerry and Windows.
  • Survey: Understanding the business applications running on System z (Mainframe)

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:25 am
    (Posted Friday, April 16, 2014) Help us (IBM) to better understand the business applications you are (or have been) running on System z, your IBM Mainframe, by completing a short 5 minute survey! This survey has been designed to help IBM better understand how your IBM System z inv...
 
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  • Blog Post: Der Weg zur kostenfreien MSDN Azure Test-Subscription mit einem Microsoft Partner Account-Teil 2

    Toni Pohl
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    In Teil 1 wurde ein neues Microsoft Konto zu einem Microsoft Partner hinzugefügt und diesem Konto ein MSDN-Abonnement zugeordnet. Somit kann das MSDN-Konto für das hinzugefügte Partner-Konto aktiviert und (für eine kostenfreie Microsoft Azure Test-Subscription) verwendet werden. Natürlich funktioniert diese Aktivierung auch genauso mit einem “normalen” (Nicht-Partner) MSDN-Account. 1. MSDN aktivieren Zunächst muss die Anmeldung mit dem Microsoft-Konto des neuen Partners erfolgen, am besten direkt auf der MSDN Website (schließlich haben wir ja bereits ein MSDN-Konto für diesen…
  • Blog Post: Weekend Scripter: Use PowerShell to Hide Processes in Windows

    ScriptingGuy1
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about using Windows PowerShell to easily hide processes in Windows. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. One of the things I used to have problems with when I was a network administrator, was running scripts on systems without a text box demanding attention from the user. In fact, the power users quickly discovered that if they simply clicked the big X button, they could exempt themselves from my scripts. I soon found out that there was a program I could use to hide the dialogs from the users. It worked, but the program was…
  • Blog Post: HP StoreEasy Storage Now Supports Windows Storage Server 2012 R2!

    Scott M. Johnson
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Hi Folks – Last year, I blogged about HP’s StoreEasy Storage line running Windows Storage Server 2012. I’m pleased to announce that HP has enhanced its StoreEasy Storage family with: Support for Microsoft’s latest storage operating system—namely, Windows Storage Server 2012 R2—across the entire StoreEasy Storage lineup. A new network configuration wizard within the Initial Configuration Tasks (ICT) application that simplifies deployment. A new dashboard that displays capacity utilization, performance, health information, and more. Now let’s take a closer look at what’s new in…
  • Blog Post: New SharePoint Server 2013 3-tier farm test lab in Azure

    Joe Davies
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Hey TLG, SharePoint, and Azure fans, I just published the new Test Lab Guide: SharePoint Server 2013 Three-Tier Farm in Azure ! With this new TLG, you can use a free trial subscription , your MSDN subscription , or your paid Azure subscription to build out a SharePoint Server 2013 farm test lab in a cloud-only virtual network in Azure. You start with the Base Configuration in Azure TLG  and then build a SQL server, an application server, and a front-end web server. Here are some very cool differences between this TLG and the Test Lab Guide: Configure SharePoint Server 2013 in a Three-Tier…
  • Blog Post: May 9 8pm SIPFED IP Address change

    Tom Laciano
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Most customers should get this communication due to the data we have for federations, however there is always a chance someone will be missed or the contact has changed. Microsoft is scheduling a change May 9 at 8pm for the SIPFED.MICROSOFT.COM IP address, the new IP address will be 131.107.255.86 While on the topic of change, here are two helpful resources finding customer federations http://lyncdirectory.com/ http://windowspbx.blogspot.com/2011/09/usa-microsoft-lync-federation-directory_02.html
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    MSRC

  • April 2014 Security Bulletin Webcast and Q&A

    Dustin C. Childs
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Today we published the April 2013 Security Bulletin Webcast Questions & Answers page. We answered 13 questions in total, with the majority focusing on the update for Internet Explorer (MS14-018) and the Windows 8.1 Update (KB2919355). Two questions that were not answered on air have been included on the Q&A page. Here is the video replay. For those of you following the ongoing investigation around the industry-wide issue known as “Heartbleed,” please refer to this post on the Microsoft Security Blog for the status of our investigation. We invite you to join us for the next…
  • The April 2014 Security Updates

    Dustin C. Childs
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    T. S. Elliot once said, “What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.” So as we put one season to bed, let’s start another by looking at the April security updates. Today, we release four bulletins to address 11 CVEs in Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer and Microsoft Office. The update for Microsoft Word addresses the issues described in Microsoft Security Advisory 2953095. For those who prioritize, we recommend this bulletin as well as the update for Internet Explorer be on the top of your list.
  • Advance Notification Service for the April 2014 Security Bulletin Release

    Dustin C. Childs
    3 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Today we provide advance notification for the release of four bulletins, two rated Critical and two rated Important in severity. These updates address issues in Microsoft Windows, Office and Internet Explorer. The update provided through MS14-017 fully addresses the Microsoft Word issue first described in Security Advisory 2953095. This advisory also included a Fix it to disable opening rich-text format (RTF) files within Microsoft Word. Once the security update is applied, you should disable the Fix it to ensure RTF files will again render normally. At this time, we are still only aware of…
  • The Next Leap Forward in Cyber Defense: Taking Action to Help Defeat Adversaries

    Chris Betz
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    It is often said that attackers have an advantage, because the defenders have to protect every part of their systems all the time, while the attacker only has to find one way in. This argument oversimplifies the security landscape and the real strength that defenders can achieve if they work together. While it’s true that it is difficult to defend against an adversary that targets a single victim, this isn’t the way most malicious actors work. It is easier and cheaper for malicious actors to reuse techniques, infrastructure and tools. Most malicious actors build capabilities that…
  • Microsoft Releases Security Advisory 2953095

    Dustin C. Childs
    24 Mar 2014 | 11:00 am
    Today we released Security Advisory 2953095 to notify customers of a vulnerability in Microsoft Word. At this time, we are aware of limited, targeted attacks directed at Microsoft Word 2010. An attacker could cause remote code execution if someone was convinced to open a specially crafted Rich Text Format (RTF) file or a specially crafted mail in Microsoft Outlook while using Microsoft Word as the email viewer. As part of the security advisory, we have included an easy, one-click Fix it to address the known attack vectors. The Fix it is available to all customers and helps prevent known…
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  • Presenting Enterprise Information Management in SQL 2012 and SQL 2014 in Reston 16 May!

    andyleonard
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:06 am
    I am honored to participate in the Reston SQL Server 2014 Launch Update event – a half-day event held 16 May 2014 at the Microsoft Reston Office. You can learn more and register here . Art Rask will kick-off the event with an overview of new features of SQL Server 2014, including: Integrated In-memory technology AlwaysOn HA / DR for mission-critical workloads Cloud and on-premises scenarios support Resource governance improvements Advanced security enhancements After this introduction, two tracks...(read more)
  • Just an Ack Will Do

    AllenMWhite
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:32 am
    In the 1980s one of my principal responsibilities was enabling communications between retail point-of-sale systems and the host computer where we processed those transactions. Communications protocols were many and varied, and I had to figure out their nuances and get the registers to talk to the hosts. Success was most often achieved when, after sending a message to the remote system, I received back a message called an Ack, an acknowledgement that the message had been received successfully. In...(read more)
  • MSDN Whitepaper: More Cowbell—Optimizing Your Query Plans with the SQL Server 2014 Cardinality Estimator

    aspiringgeek
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:31 am
    Hot off the presses is this new MSDN white paper: Optimizing Your Query Plans with the SQL Server 2014 Cardinality Estimator One of the gems introduced in SQL Server 2014 is the Cardinality Estimator (CE)—new! improved! & now with more cowbell.  I'm thrilled to be a Technical Reviewer for a superb MSDN white paper authored by my friend, buddy, & pal Joe Sack (b|t). It's exciting & humbling to see my name among such an array of Contributors & Reviewers—including several former colleagues from Azure CAT (formerly SQL CAT b|t). What’s a CE? As described on the…
  • ABC Analysis in #dax: complete pattern and other links #powerpivot #tabular

    Marco Russo (SQLBI)
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:45 am
    I recently published the ABC Classification article in www.daxpatterns.com, which is a more structured and organized way that recap what I already described in this blog a few years ago (see ABC Analysis in PowerPivot). The pattern describe how to implement the classification through calculated columns, so we consider it a specialization of the Static Segmentation pattern. You can implement it also as a measure, implementing a Dynamic Segmentation, and Gerhard Brueckl already described such implementation in his blog. I am not sure about creating a pattern for the dynamic version, because of…
  • SQL Server 2014 Backup to the Cloud

    John Paul Cook
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:14 pm
    Backing up SQL Server to the cloud makes a lot of sense, particularly for small businesses. Managing the physical media takes up too much time and effort for a small shop. Azure storage simplifies the backup process allowing a small business to allocate its limited resources more effectively. As I was preparing this post and editing the screen captures showing how to back up SQL Server 2014 to Windows Azure blob storage, I discovered that earlier today Microsoft released a whitepaper covering all...(read more)
 
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    MySQL Performance Blog

  • Percona Software in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) release

    Vadim Tkachenko
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:22 am
    I’d like to congratulate Canonical with the new Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) Release, it really looks like a great release, and I say it having my own agenda It looks even more great because it comes with a full line of Percona Software. If you install Ubuntu 14.04 and run aptitude search you will find:Percona ToolkitPercona XtraBackupPercona XtraDB ClusterPercona Server (as part of Percona XtraDB Cluster installation)Percona Toolkit and Percona XtraBackup are up to the latest versions, but Percona Server and Percona XtraDB Cluster comes with 5.5 versions, and it is in line with…
  • How to find bugs in MySQL

    Roel Van de Paar
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Finding bugs in MySQL is not only fun, it’s also something I have been doing the last four years of my life.Whether you want to become the next Shane Bester (who is generally considered the most skilled MySQL bug hunter worldwide), or just want to prove you can outsmart some of the world’s best programmers, finding bugs in MySQL is a skill not reserved anymore to top QA engineers armed with a loads of scripts, expensive flash storage and top-range server hardware. Off course, for professionals that’s still the way to go, but now anyone with an average laptop and a standard…
  • ‘Open Source Appreciation Day’ draws OpenStack, MySQL and CentOS faithful

    Matt Griffin
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    210 people registered for the inaugural “Open Source Appreciation Day” March 31 in Santa Clara, Calif. The event will be held each year at Percona Live henceforth.To kick off the Percona Live MySQL Conference & Expo 2014, Percona held the first “Open Source Appreciation Day” on Monday, March 31st. Over 210 people registered and the day’s two free events focused on CentOS and OpenStack.The OpenStack Today event brought together members of the OpenStack community and MySQL experts in an afternoon of talks and sharing of best practices for both technologies.
  • percona-millipede – Sub-second replication monitor

    Mike Benshoof
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    I recently helped a client implement a custom replication delay monitor and wanted to share the experience and discuss some of the iterations and decisions that were made. percona-millipede was developed in conjunction with Vimeo with the following high-level goal in mind: implement a millisecond level replication delay monitor and graph the results.  Please visit http://making.vimeo.com for more information and thanks to Vimeo for sharing this tool!Here is the rough list of iterations we worked through in developing this tool/process:Standard pt-heartbeat update/monitorAsynchronous,…
  • Advisory on Heartbleed (CVE-2014-0160) for Percona’s customers and users

    Peter Zaitsev
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:03 am
    Over the last few days, the Percona team has spent a lot of time evaluating the impact of the Heartbleed bug (CVE-2014-0160) for our customers and for the users of our software. We published a formal disclosure a few days ago. However, I thought a quick summary and some additional information would be good to provide for our MySQL Performance Blog readers.First, I want to point out that “Heartbleed” is an issue in a commonly used third-party library which typically comes with your operating system, so there is a lot of software which is impacted. An openly exposed service, which…
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    ProjectVRM

  • VRM mojo Down Under

    Doc Searls
    3 Apr 2014 | 4:02 pm
    I’m still de-compressing from a week in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne, where I had my mind blown by all the VRM energy gathering there and in New Zealand. In Sydney, Flamingo hosted a consortium of VRM companies on Wednesday, held its official launch on Thursday and put on a Customer Experience unconference on Friday. (That’s one shot from it above. The full set is here.)  The consortium included people representing (in alphabetical order) Customer Commons, Flamingo, Geddup, Meeco, MyWave, ProjectVRM, Respect Network, and Welcomer . Some of us, myself included, wore a number…
  • Why we need first person technologies on the Net

    Doc Searls
    19 Mar 2014 | 1:42 pm
    We need first person technologies for the same reason we need first person voices: because there are some things only a person can say and do. Only a person can use the pronouns  ”I,” “me,” “my” and “mine.” Likewise, only a person can use tools such as screwdrivers, eyeglasses and pencils. Those things are all first person technologies. They were invented for individual persons to use. We use first person technologies the same unique ways we use our voices. “The human voice is unmistakably genuine,” The Cluetrain Manifesto says.
  • On the geofences we’re already building

    Doc Searls
    17 Mar 2014 | 11:33 am
    I was just pointed to the Geofencing Manifesto, “created by the audience at the SxSW 2014 workshop entitled ‘The Future Landscape of Geofencing Manifesto’ on Saturday, March 8th, 2014.” Leading the workshop were Jay Wilson (@jwsfl), Jenessa Carder (@expressanything) and Kevin Pound, all with SapientNitro, “a new breed of agency for an always-on world” that is “redefining how stories can be told across brand, digital and commerce.” Additional inks: workshop, guidelines. I salute their good efforts. Could be they’ll get farther with this…
  • Why Facebook buying WhatsApp is good for #VRM

    Doc Searls
    20 Feb 2014 | 9:22 am
    WhatsFace is a huge deal for VRM, but not just in the ways we’re hearing about so far. For example, Henry Blodgett is right that Facebook paying $19 billion dollars in cash and stock for WhatsAppis a bargain. Hey, WhatsApp is a real business with a half-zillion customers, growing at a phenomenal rate, and a great platform for more revenue models. Sarah Lacy nails this point too, and adds wisdom about valuations. And Xeni is right that “dominance in the developing world” is another big reason why it’s a smart move. Josh Constine and Kim-Mai Cutler at…
  • Reporting on the Data Privacy Hackathon

    Doc Searls
    10 Feb 2014 | 6:59 am
    In case you missed the Data Privacy Hackathon, held this past weekend in London, New York and San Francisco, there should be a good mother lode of posts, tweets and videos up now, or soon. Here is a small starter-pile of links from the New York one: The hackathon page. #privacyhack on Twitter Videos of the event, courtesy of the New York Chapter of the Internet Society.  VRM and I come in at ~ 27 minutes into the first video. Finalist hacks are presented in this video here. One of the entries, Re-entry, led by Lina Kaisey, Harvard Law School ’14, starts at about 56 minutes into the…
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  • Backups failling with Error Code 47.

    amit30
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:57 am
    I need a solution Hi ,   Backups failling with Error Code 47.   Error Message:- Host is unreachable.   Able to ping client from master and master from client.   Please help .
  • Transcendence movie review

    aliashaw2
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:49 am
    I need a solution Transcendence movie review First-time director Wally Pfister's Transcendence isn't so much the "Him" to Spike Jonze's Her as it's a more dystopian vision of the meeting of human consciousness and computer intelligence. http://ecommerce.shopify.com/c/shopify-point-of-sa... http://ecommerce.shopify.com/c/shopify-point-of-sa... http://ecommerce.shopify.com/c/shopify-point-of-sa... http://ecommerce.shopify.com/c/shopify-point-of-sa... http://ecommerce.shopify.com/c/shopify-point-of-sa... http://ecommerce.shopify.com/c/shopify-point-of-sa...
  • Flash Backups failing with error :13

    Raaavan
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:18 am
    I need a solution Policy details Policy Name:       ADHOC_BCP_VLAPP02_FLASH_28032014   Policy Type:         FlashBackup-Windows   Active:              yes   Effective date:      04/16/2014 14:26:15   File Restore Raw:    yes   Mult. Data Streams:  no   Client Encrypt:      no   Checkpoint:          no  …
  • BE 12.5 do not certified Fujitsu Eternus LT S2 2.03 (Tape Library)

    nghitd@vn.fujitsu.com
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    I need a solution Hi Community, I am facing this issue with Symantec Backup Exec 12.5, highly appreciated your help. Information system: -Windows Server 2008 R2 STD SP1 -Symantec Backup Exec version 12.5.2213 -Backup to tape HP Ultrium 5-SCSI Z64B to tape library: Fujitsu Eternus LT S2 2.03   After finish the installation, in Devices tab, it shows nothing in Robotic Libraries, instead of Fujitsu Eternus LT S2 2.03. I already checked Device Manager of server, it regconized Fujitsu Eternus Media Changer in the Media Changer Devices (as attached picture). Environment check of Symantec show…
  • SEP 12.1.4 + Best GUP Configuration

    Nitrouz
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:14 pm
    I need a solution Hi, I know GUP is a regularly asked about topic so I appologise in advance for adding to it. However I feel the Symantec documentation just doesnt seem to clearly answer exactly how it works, at least for someone with zero experience in configuring GUP's. I work from a Head Office so to speak and I have ~2000 endpoint clients. We have about 100 remote sites each with their own subnet (192.168.X.0/24). I have created groups for every physical location with their own subnet and all clients are sorted into those groups. I would like to setup a GUP at each of these sites. I…
 
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  • More on journeys and destinations

    JP
    23 Mar 2014 | 1:57 pm
      That used to be an iPhone. And if I’d been alert and I’d followed my father’s advice, it would still be an iPhone. One of his favourite sayings was “Nothing mechanical needs forcing”. Over the years I’ve sort-of expanded it to read “nothing mechanical that has been designed properly should need the use of […]
  • Of journeys and destinations

    JP
    21 Mar 2014 | 4:22 pm
        Travelling by train in India used to be a wondrous experience. That is not to say it no longer is one: I have no current information on which to base my opinion one way or another. I lived in Calcutta between 1957 and 1980. During that time, I must have spent a dozen […]
  • Thrill me to the marrow

    JP
    21 Mar 2014 | 1:57 pm
    People have often asked me if I have a “favourite” album, despite knowing that I am deeply inured in the music of the Sixties and early Seventies. I do. More than one. It all depends on the mood I’m in. The Doors’ LA Woman is definitely up there. As is the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper, along […]
  • From saving to spending: getting hooked on the new LSD

    JP
    20 Mar 2014 | 9:06 am
    From 1966 to 1969 I used to take the bus to school. It looked a bit like this, except it was in grey and it still worked. Just about. It would take us an hour to cover three miles or so.   The rest of the time, I walked to school. Before I turned 12, […]
  • A built-in, shock-proof crap detector

    JP
    9 Mar 2014 | 11:03 am
    Have you read Neil Postman? You should. I first read Amusing Ourselves To Death in 1986 and have enjoyed re-reading it a number of times. Writing this post has reminded me to complete reading the rest of his books, there are still a couple I’ve yet to devour. I took a detour towards Postman’s oeuvre […]
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    Enterprise Irregulars

  • Cogny cogitates on a new industrial revolution

    Phil Fersht
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:56 am
    Patrick Cogny is Genpact’s Global Business Leader for Manufacturing (Click for Bio) I think it was back in 2006 sometime that I was working with a major global enterprise which was deliberating a wild swathe of BPO deals, and there was this upstart little Indian company, which had just shed its weird name (“Gecis”), and was vying to win the F&A business, in spite of fierce competition from the likes of the traditional establishment that included Accenture, ACS, IBM et al. The conversation quickly turned to “which one of these providers can actually do supply chain accounting…
  • Of Cloud Vendors and Roofers

    Vinnie Mirchandani
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    We recently had our roof redone. Should have had it done years ago. Instead we periodically had it patched with new shingles. Cosmetics instead of real work. The thought of days and weeks of workers and cost estimates that reflected the market after our various hurricanes were gating factors. Then in the last year I noticed several neighbors get new roofs. Impressively the work was getting done in 1 or  2 days. Roofers were using conveyors to ship all the materials up and all the debris down. They were using vacuums, nail guns, magnetic sweepers and digital cameras. Lots of technology to…
  • Infor: Its a vertical world after all

    Vinnie Mirchandani
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:04 am
    Charles Phillips, CEO of Infor, is a sharp dresser. His lean frame and his attention to detail (he has designed his own shirt collars since he was young) certainly help. At dinner he politely explained to a few curious analysts his sartorial style. And yes, that has helped him in the sales process with executives of several well known fashion brands around the globe. Of course, his clothes could not by themselves helped Infor sell large software deals to these companies. Infor has long had unique apparel and footwear functionality such as dimensional support (style, color, size, other…
  • Marketo’s Show

    Denis Pombriant
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:52 am
    Hillary Clinton speaking with Phil Fernandez, CEO, Marketo The overall impression I got was that modern, statistical and analytic marketing is still in its early phase though few people I know need to be convinced about its usefulness and efficacy.  You could see evidence for this belief in the products and product introductions, the breakouts, and in the speeches. First the speeches.  In addition to CEO Phil Fernandez’s keynotes there were appearances by Democratic presidential front-runner, Hillary Clinton and GE’s powerhouse CMO, Beth Comstock.  Each woman’s appeal to the largely…
  • Research Summary: Economic Trends Exacerbate Digital Business Disruption And Digital Transformation (The Futurist Framework Part 3)

    R "Ray" Wang
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:05 am
    Constellation Applies A Futurist Framework To Guide 2014 Outlook and Beyond Constellation’s research team uses a tried and true futurist framework that looks at the political, economic, societal, technological, environmental and legislative (PESTEL) shifts ahead (see Figure 1). The PESTEL model is used to synthesize the major trends and provides guidance on how Constellation approaches its seven key business themes over the next 2 to 3 years in: Consumerization of Technology and the New C-Suite Data to Decisions Digital Marketing Transformation Future of Work Matrix Commerce Next-Generation…
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    Mzinga Insights

  • OmniSocial Learning at Natixis Global Asset Management

    9 Apr 2014 | 7:29 am
    Natixis Global Asset Management (NGAM) ranks as one of the largest asset management companies in the world and offers a single point of access to more than 20 specialized investment firms in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Natixis is known for industry-leading ideas on asset allocation and risk management. Through its Durable Portfolio Construction® philosophy, Natixis helps institutions, advisors and individuals address a range of modern market challenges. Mzinga’s OmniSocial Learning ensures all Natixis employees exceed their goals.Natixis has been using OmniSocial Learning for a number of…
  • Latest News and Updates on OmniSocial Engaged

    31 Mar 2014 | 10:23 am
    Its been a busy few weeks here with the OmniSocial Engaged team and product. Last week, we had a Featured Webinar on the use of OmniSocial Engaged for Social Customer Support Communities. I was joined by panel of our customers at Major League Baseball, Interval International, and Altova as they shared their thoughts and experiences on the benefits of branded Customer Support communities. You can download the slides or the recorded webinar here. Earlier in the week, we pushed out a release to OmniSocial Engaged which contains 2 major features:Zones - With the introduction of Zones, managing…
  • Convey Health Solutions is building Breast Cancer Awareness

    26 Mar 2014 | 9:49 am
    Please support Convey Health Solutions in their bid to win a Forrester Groundswell award here.  They've done some amazing things with their Pulse Platform, powered by Mzinga's OmniSocial Learning to build awareness, raise funds, and provide a voice to a devastating disease.The Challenge-One in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.Our Reality-73% of the workforce at Convey Health Solutions are women.-In October of 2013 we made a commitment to take a stronger approach to our annual breast cancer awareness campaign.The Questions We Asked-How do we improve communication for breast…
 
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    deal architect

  • Of Cloud Vendors and Roofers

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:41 pm
    We recently had our roof redone. Should have had it done years ago. Instead we periodically had it patched with new shingles. Cosmetics instead of real work. The thought of days and weeks of workers and cost estimates that reflected...
  • Infor: Its a vertical world after all

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Charles Phillips, CEO of Infor, is a sharp dresser. His lean frame and his attention to detail (he has designed his own shirt collars since he was young) certainly help. At dinner he politely explained to a few curious analysts...
  • More global innovation

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:14 am
    Innovation from around the globe' iElevation – Nepal A museum or a library? – Mexico Technology on the ICE Train – Germany Shipping ice cream globally – US, China Big Data of Long Lives – Italy, Greece, Japan Nokia alumni...
  • Its a small world after all

    9 Apr 2014 | 5:10 am
    Innovation from around the globe Wagenstandanzeiger – a beauty of data visualization - Germany Daring New Buildings – Azerbaijan Microsoft and the Sochi Olympics – Russia Video Analytics Capital – Macau World Design Capital – S. Africa Innovation is GREAT...
  • Plex a nuanced version of 2 Tier ERP

    8 Apr 2014 | 7:48 pm
    The concept of 2 (or 3) Tier ERP is certainly not new. Platinum (now Epicor), J. D Edwards (now Oracle), and more recently NetSuite have for decades gone to large, typically multi-national companies and convinced them to adopt their software...
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    Chuck's Blog

  • Building A SDS Conceptual Model — Part 2

    Chuck Hollis
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Welcome back to an ongoing series, exploring the new world of software-defined storage. If you’d like to catch up, please take a moment to read the previous posts: “Introducing The Software-Defined Storage Series” “Why Software-Defined Storage Matters” “Building The SDS Conceptual Model — Part 1” In the last post, we introduced the notions of applications, their containers -- and policy.  We also discussed how policy is interpreted by the control plane, while mediating access to services and providing the required perspective to multiple stakeholders. In this post,…
  • Building A SDS Conceptual Model — Part 1

    Chuck Hollis
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:25 pm
    If we’re going to dig into software-defined storage, we’re going to need a conceptual model — just so we can keep the discussion organized.   The particular model I’ll be using for this discussion is the one VMware currently uses.  Vendor bias aside, I’ve personally found it the most useful model out there for explaining not only software-defined storage, but exposing important differences as compared to the way things are done today.   The model itself is not bound to any specific technology — but you will find many aspects already implemented in VMware’s…
  • Why Software-Defined Storage Matters

    Chuck Hollis
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:41 am
    We live in an information age. All those zettabytes of ones and zeros need to live somewhere.  If they are to be of any value, they must be stored, protected and managed.  The more information we produce, consume — and depend on —  the more storage matters.  This was true twenty years ago; it will be true twenty years hence. At the same time, it appears that software is eating our world: extending the power of human intellect in ways that continually surprise us — now often powered by the avalanche of information we are creating about ourselves and the world…
  • Introducing The Software-Defined Storage Series

    Chuck Hollis
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:48 am
    If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know my story:  I’m a storage geek at heart, I work for VMware, and I think the next big phase of this industry is software-defined storage. While I’ve written more than a few posts on the topic, I think I haven’t done justice to an important (yet complex!) set of concepts that promise to forever change the way we store, protect and manage information. As far as I can tell, there’s a noticeable void.  I have yet to find a suitably weighty or thorough discussion on software-defined storage that satisfies.  I never…
  • Something New! vCloud Hybrid Service — Disaster Recovery

    Chuck Hollis
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:22 am
    I think the announcement of VMware's new vCHS disaster recovery service deserves some extra attention.  One reason is that I work in the same group that built the product, so of course I want to share some love.  But there’s more: having been in the DR and BC space for a l-o-o-o-n-g time, I think the new vCHS RaaS (recovery as a service) brings something comparatively new to the table.  And, more broadly, this new service clearly reflects the distinctive vCHS “works the way you do” philosophy.   All good. I can see three use cases for vCHS - DR.  The…
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    Venture Chronicles

  • Mozilla’s Diversity Problem

    Jeff
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:41 pm
    The lynch mob mentality that put Mozilla’s CEO out of a job has been well covered and while shameful at every level, I didn’t expect to comment on how badly Mozilla stumbled on this… but here I am. What really got under my skin is the self-righteous indignation expressed by those calling for Eich’s ouster. The guy paid a price no one should have to pay for exercising the right we all carry to express our views in the form of political speech, yet that is impossible when it comes to gay marriage because to have any view other than one of support for gay marriage is…
  • Abandoning Wearables

    Jeff
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:21 am
    A report is out today suggesting that up to 1/3 of wearable computing users are abandoning the devices. That observation is strengthened by research from Endeavour Partners in the US, which found that one-third of American consumers who have owned a wearable product stopped using it within six months. What’s more, while one in 10 American adults own some form of activity tracker, half of them no longer use it. We are still in the early phase of wearables and this data needs to be taken with that perspective, there is a lot of experimentation necessary to find the right mix of…
  • The IAM Stack Refresh

    Jeff
    27 Mar 2014 | 8:56 pm
    One of the reasons why I joined Ping Identity is that the identity market is undergoing a significant transformation as a result of changing user behaviors. The demands that mobility and APIs are putting on businesses, and how architectural limitations in traditional IAM stacks mean their relevance in the market will invariably decline. This is an exciting time to be in the security technology market and while I won’t claim that security is suddenly sexy, what I can say confidently is that customers are looking at identity as a strategic initiative for driving growth rather than…
  • Twitter’s Problems

    Jeff
    6 Feb 2014 | 7:41 am
    Twitter is having a bad day. They did put up some good numbers, indicating real progress on their revenue management, which is just another way of saying they are now a successful ad platform. Great, but that’s only as good as your ability to drive audience growth and engagement, and here Twitter is having a real challenge. When I click on random profiles in Twitter I can see the problem in realtime, there is a significant clustering of people how follow low single digits and are followed by a fraction of that number. The utility of Twitter increases by multiples as personal network…
  • Celebrating Human Achievement

    Jeff
    4 Feb 2014 | 8:54 pm
    I love advertising, not the advertising business but the ability of good advertising to tell a story, tap into emotion, inspire us, motivate us, and create a sense of purpose is powerful. Sure, advertising is selling stuff and it would be easy to be cynical about it, but the art of advertising done well transcends commerce and touches us in a way that we often don’t even realize. This ad celebrating the simple act of a grown man learning to read does all of the above.
 
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    Socialcast | Enterprise Social Network Platform

  • Socialcast Response to Heartbleed, aka CVE-2014-0160

    Morey Straus
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:18 am
    Like so many other services across the Internet, Socialcast was vulnerable to the OpenSSL bug known as “Heartbleed”. The vulnerability allows attackers to read decrypted content and may expose user data, session tokens, and passwords. Although we have no indication that any data has been exposed, we are exercising caution and following best practices to ensure that we continue to provide a secure environment to all Socialcast customers. Yesterday, we applied the update to our production systems to prevent any further exposure. Today, we replaced our SSL certificate keypairs and revoked…
  • Feature Updates: March 2014

    Joan Bodensteiner
    28 Mar 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Happy Spring everyone! Socialcast believes that an enterprise social collaboration network should be simple, easy to use, and part of the every day flow of work, so employees can be more effective and efficient at their jobs. Our newest feature enhancements will make employees’ and community admins’ lives easier! Check out a few of the features available in March*: 1. Enhanced Search Socialcast Search is intended to be intuitive and helpful to users. Our Search function and dropdown filtering has been improved so that as you type key words, your results will show any people, groups,…
  • Mobile Updates: February 2014

    Joan Bodensteiner
    28 Feb 2014 | 10:24 am
    Our Socialcast Messenger mobile app allows users to instant message anyone in their Socialcast community while on the go. The app syncs seamlessly with the Private Messages feature so that conversations are never lost and can be accessible anytime though the web app. Check out our latest version of the Socialcast iOS Messenger App available in the App Store today! Socialcast iOS Messenger 1.2 App available Now The Socialcast iOS Messenger app 1.2 release addresses overall performance and reported bug fixes for SaaS and On-Premise customers. This release includes: Fixed auto-complete suggested…
  • Feature Updates: February 2014

    Joan Bodensteiner
    27 Feb 2014 | 4:54 pm
    This month, we are adding features to Socialcast to improve accessibility and the overall user experience. Take a look at a few of the new features available in February*: 1. Keyboard Shortcuts As part of our on-going efforts to make Socialcast more accessible and easier to navigate, this month we are introducing keyboard shortcuts. Users can quickly post an update, ask a question, or send a Thanks all with a quick stroke of the keyboard. The first phase of keyboard shortcuts are shown below. Keyboard Shortcuts Menu Keyboard shortcuts will be enabled by default for all users, however they can…
  • Making Data Work

    Cameran Evans
    13 Feb 2014 | 6:00 am
    Yesterday, I spoke at the 2014 Strata conference in Santa Clara alongside a brilliant and like-minded data scientist, Kim Stedman.  Every year the conference brings together the top minds in the data world to talk about the most important issues companies are facing. In past years, there has been a strong focus on new technologies like Hadoop, that are enabling organizations to store, process and analyze vast quantities of data. While these tools are exciting things to talk about, we are seeing a shift back to the fundamentals of data, and the most important question of how to get value from…
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    Panorama Consulting Solutions

  • Tyler Technologies’ Odyssey Courts and Justice Solution Increases Momentum in Texas

    Tyler Technologies
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:21 pm
    13 Texas counties have recently chosen Tyler’s Odyssey solution to eliminate paper in their courts and jails Tyler Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: TYL) today announced that 13 Texas counties in the past 18 months have selected Tyler’s Odyssey® integrated courts and justice software solution to modernize county court processes. Counties using Odyssey Case Manager now make up 55 percent of the population of Texas. Texas counties selected Odyssey because the system eliminates manual processes, provides a paperless workflow and delivers data integration between courts, prosecuting…
  • An IT Strategy That Would Please Charlie Sheen!

    The Consultants' Corner
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:14 am
    There is a belief that a new ERP system by itself will turn around a struggling business or make a thriving business more successful. As exciting as a new ERP system can be, servers, software and hardware are expensive. Organizations need to conduct due diligence to find the correct IT strategy for their needs instead of solely focusing on their budget. An outside set of eyes can be very helpful as they are not blinded by department loyalties or corporate fiefdoms and can see the current environment for what it is. An outside agent also has ample lessons learned from other IT strategies and…
  • Infor, Red Hat and EnterpriseDB Collaborate

    Infor
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:28 am
    Infor Applications on a Red Hat and EnterpriseDB Open Technology Stack Provide a Lower Total Cost of Ownership Alternative Infor, a leading provider of business application software serving more than 70,000 customers, today announced a joint collaboration with Red Hat, Inc., the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, and EnterpriseDB, the largest PostgreSQL database company, to make Infor LN ERP available on a total open technology stack. By leveraging Red Hat Enterprise Linux, JBoss Enterprise Middleware solutions and EnterpriseDB’s Postgres Plus, Infor LN provides…
  • New Oracle Marketing Cloud Solution Helps Manufacturers

    Oracle Corporation
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:48 am
    Oracle Eloqua for Manufacturing Enables Improved Marketing Performance and Efficiency News Summary Marketers in global manufacturing businesses are looking to improve customer engagement and increase marketing effectiveness as they support prospects and customers through the discovery and buying process. To be successful, these marketers need to quickly transition from conventional product-centric marketing to a customer-centric approach. Oracle Eloqua for Manufacturing is a flexible and scalable industry-specific marketing automation solution that enables companies to deliver targeted and…
  • How ERP Failures are Not Like Delicious Subway Sandwiches

    Eric Kimberling
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:04 am
    A few months ago, I wrote a blog about how effective ERP implementations are much like Subway sandwiches (read the original post here). As it turns out, I happen to be a big fan of both successful ERP implementations and Subway. Apparently, so do many of our clients, since this was one of our most popular blog entries over the last few months. The follow-up question to that blog is this: if successful ERP implementations typically pull from Subway’s playbook on how to make sandwiches, then how can best be described? We know from the research outlined in our 2014 ERP Report that most ERP…
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    Firstbiz

  • Did you know BJP’s Hema Malini is among the richest candidates in phase 6 of the polls?

    Firstbiz Staff
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:27 am
    Hema Malini is contesting from the Mathura constituency in Uttar Pradesh. She has declared assets worth over Rs 178 crore. The post Did you know BJP’s Hema Malini is among the richest candidates in phase 6 of the polls? appeared first on Firstbiz.
  • Ten richest candidates in phase 5 polls include former Bollywood star, Aadhaar head

    Firstbiz Staff
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:07 am
    In the fifth phase, according to the Association for Democratic Reforms, 29 candidates have more than Rs 50 crore of assets. The average assets per candidate contesting in the 5th phase of the elections are estimated at Rs.8.14 crore, according to ADR.The post Ten richest candidates in phase 5 polls include former Bollywood star, Aadhaar head appeared first on Firstbiz.
  • RIL has stepped up efforts to roll out 4G services, says Ambani

    hidden
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:48 am
    New Delhi: Reliance Industries Ltd on Friday said that it has stepped up efforts to start 4G telecom services in the country. "We have also accelerated efforts to roll out our state-of-the-art 4G services across the country which will add an exciting new dimension to our consumer-facing service offerings," RIL Chairman and Managing Director Mukesh […]The post RIL has stepped up efforts to roll out 4G services, says Ambani appeared first on Firstbiz.
  • Elections 2014: A Cong candidate has nearly 10 times more assets than average contestant

    Firstbiz Editors
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:37 am
    Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), the average assets per candidate contesting from phase 1 to 5 of the Lok Sabha elections is Rs 5.83 crore. The post Elections 2014: A Cong candidate has nearly 10 times more assets than average contestant appeared first on Firstbiz.
  • With IT roles fading, what next for CIOs?

    Firstbiz Staff
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:05 am
    More than one-third of IT departments already act primarily as services brokers, and this model is expected to expand rapidly in the next 12 months.The post With IT roles fading, what next for CIOs? appeared first on Firstbiz.
 
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    Pretzel Logic

  • Tasty Salted Pig Parts

    Sameer Patel
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:48 am
    Tasty Salted Pig Parts is the tag line for Chef Chris Cosentino’s Boccalone, a meticulously well-stocked salumeria inside San Francisco’s Ferry Building.  I’ve hunted down salumerias in the back alleys of many little towns in Emilia Romagna. Trust me – Boccalone is really all that. I highly recommend it. What does this have to do with technology products? In my mind, a lot. In particular for horizontal software categories that are excruciatingly complex , fundamentally hard-to-differentiate and, very often, with no defined buyer but are also witnessing a monumental land grab…
  • Second Anniversary at SAP

    Sameer Patel
    31 Mar 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Today, April 2nd, marks my 2nd anniversary at SAP. I wrote this when I joined to describe what I felt was the opportunity to really change how work gets done. Few get the chance to define and execute a product and go-to-market strategy at a large company such as SAP. I’m privileged to be one of the few who has had the opportunity to do so. To say that a lot has happened in the last 2 years would be an understatement. But this is what it winnows down to: - SAP is one of the more collaborative cultures I’ve experienced and it would be silly to think that we would have achieved the…
  • More Needles, Less Haystacks

    Sameer Patel
    23 Mar 2014 | 2:17 pm
    This is a lovely article over at the Wall Street Journal by Christian Madsbjerg and Mikkell B/ Rasmussen about what they characterize as “Thick Data”. Here is the basic premise: In fact, companies that rely too much on the numbers, graphs and factoids of Big Data risk insulating themselves from the rich, qualitative reality of their customers’ everyday lives. They can lose the ability to imagine and intuit how the world—and their own businesses—might be evolving. By outsourcing our thinking to Big Data, our ability to make sense of the world by careful observation begins to…
  • Digitizing vs Digitally Transforming. #CeBIT14

    Sameer Patel
    16 Mar 2014 | 10:17 am
    CeBIT 2014 was an incredible event last week. My second time speaking, my keynote this year was in the social business arena hosted by Kongress Media and covered a topic that I’ve been thinking a lot about lately as we move past transactions business and well past social business, both from a customer and a product / market strategy point of view. And that’s what digital transformation really entails. The crux of my assertion is that for the last 40+ years we have been busy digitizing – an important first step. But it would be a stretch to day that we have digitally…
  • What if Facebook made Facebook go away?

    admin
    20 Feb 2014 | 1:06 pm
    When the news of Facebook buying WhatsApp broke, the first thought that crossed my mind  was: How much would it matter if Facebook went away in favor of a light wt Instagram + tweaked WhatsApp. That’s 90% of the native behavior. Seriously. WhatsApp can keep 450 million daily active users highly engaged with 35 employees. Instagram now has over a 150 million daily active users and came with 13 employees. That’s a total of 600 million daily active users driven by 50 employees. Contrast that with Facebook’s 950 million daily active users, requiring 6300 employees to keep the lights…
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    OSS Line

  • Ericsson Changes Executive Team – Gilstrap Leaves

    admin
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:32 am
    Ericsson this week announced that Douglas Gilstrap will resign from his role as Senior Vice President and Head of Group Function Strategy and leave Ericsson’s Executive Leadership Team. Gilstrap joined Ericsson in this role in 2009 and has been responsible for developing Ericsson’s business strategy and driving the company’s M&A activities during this time.  Hans Vestberg, CEO and President of Ericsson, said: Douglas has been instrumental in shaping Ericsson’s strategy with his broad industry knowledge, business development and transactional skills during the five…
  • Ovum and Informa Merge Research Businesses

    admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    Telecoms.com (an Informa Telecoms & Media business) reports that research firms Ovum and Informa Telecoms and Media (ITM) are to merge under the Ovum brand. Not an M&A, strictly speaking, as the parent company Inform owns both the ITM and Ovum businesses already. More of a re-structure and re-brand. Steve Hotham, current MD of Ovum, will become CEO of the merged business. He had this to say about the changes: Our customers need a research firm with deep insight into each of these markets that can provide a singular, inter-connected view on industry transformation, future trends and…
  • SevOne Acquires Log Analytics Provider RapidEngines

    admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:39 am
    SevOne, provider of performance monitoring solutions to telco and enterprise has acquired RapidEngines, a leading provider of highly scalable log analytics software for IT enterprises, service providers and application developers. The acquisition is the first from SevOne since closing the $150M investment from Bain Capital.  Jack Sweeney, CEO of SevOne, commented on the acquisition: SevOne’s patented architecture provides unique value to organizations that rely heavily on the uninterrupted performance of their networks and data centres. The acquisition of RapidEngines will enhance…
  • Amdocs Announces Policy Control Solution for VoLTE

    admin
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:28 am
    At the Policy Control Conference, Amdocs announced the availability of Amdocs VoLTE Controller, a standards-based, virtualized policy control and charging rule function (PCRF) solution. Already supporting VoLTE services at a Tier-1 North American operator, Amdocs has also been selected for policy control support of VoLTE by a European Tier-1 service provider. By leveraging the Amdocs VoLTE Controller as a dedicated PCRF solution for VoLTE, service providers can deploy it alongside legacy PCRF systems, which can continue to support basic policy needs such as fair usage control. With VoLTE…
  • EXFO Acquires ByteSphere Assets

    admin
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    EXFO extends its service assurance offering for mobile and fixed networks with acquisition of ByteSphere’s technologies, a privately held software company in the Boston area that specializes in global IT management and network monitoring solutions.  This transaction extends EXFO’s capabilities in network performance management for infrastructure monitoring through highly scalable device and network element polling. ByteSphere’s solutions feature patented techniques for infrastructure performance management, including network element polling and fault management. ByteSphere’s…
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    Ultra Consultants

  • Upcoming Webinar Shares The New Rules of ERP

    Jeff Carr
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:37 am
    One of the first tasks facing a typical ERP project team is to review the systems available in the marketplace. It can be a challenge to understand which solutions offer the most potential in terms of delivering an ROI. When considering a framework for effective ERP projects, a critical consideration is identifying an ERP vendor that knows your type of manufacturing. As the ERP solutions marketplace evolves, we see this as one of the “New Rules of ERP” a project team must consider. We suggest that the organization aligns with an ERP vendor with proven success in the company’s specific…
  • ERP Implementations: Planning and Experience is Everything

    Charlie Schloff
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:50 am
    When undertaking an ERP implementation, the heaviest lifting happens during the system design and configuration testing phase.  It is a critical time for the ERP team to conduct extensive testing and make configurations, start data conversion and set up the ERP system in various pilot and test scenarios that simulate the real life future state within the enterprise.  During this phase the team prepares several test scenarios that simulate running the entire business in the new system. ERP implementation workshops become more detailed as the entire enterprise accesses the new system and…
  • Highlights from The Annual Manufacturing ERP Experience Conference

    Jeff Carr
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:29 pm
    I recently provided the keynote address at The Manufacturing ERP Software Experience in Chicago, a focused 1.5-day event presented by MetalForming magazine. The Manufacturing ERP Experience conference is a terrific opportunity for those in metal fabricating, metalforming and other manufacturers to become educated on what it takes to successfully select and implement an ERP system.  We applaud MetalForming magazine for giving their readers, Precision Metalforming Association members, and others the chance to become more informed before they start their ERP journey. My opening remarks kicked…
  • The New Rules of ERP: Finding the Best Fit

    Jeff Carr
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:47 am
    Ultra recently hosted the first webinar in a series we call “The New Rules of ERP” geared to mid-market industrial manufacturers. Those in attendance saw what it takes to gain a good understanding of what is possible with today’s modern ERP system. We talked about ERP education, so the ERP project team can begin to visualize the new system. Our first webinar also focused on the importance of setting a solid ERP project foundation to understand what is needed, any limitations with the current system, and the industry best practices for your industry. The second part of our series…
  • The Right ERP Questions Get the Right Answers

    David Saunders
    3 Apr 2014 | 11:55 am
    We wrote a blog post awhile back highlighting some key questions to ask when comparing ERP systems. The post opened up with a favorite quote: “You can’t get the right answer till you ask the right question.“  These wise words certainly apply to an ERP selection project. The three questions included in the archived post are not an exhaustive list, but instead provide an effective way to begin the ERP selection process. Today, we again consider the most effective ERP questions to ask an ERP vendor, with an emphasis on total cost of ownership (TCO).  These questions are particularly…
 
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  • Observations from the Landmark CIO Summit 2014

    Luke Burns
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    On Wednesday I attended the Landmark CIO Summit 2014 in New York City. With hundreds of attendees – including CEOs, CIOs, and other senior technology executives – and 49 speakers, there was certainly a lot to talk about.  And due to the private, invitation-only format of the summit, attendees were able to engage in candid discussions and debates. Overall, it was a worthwhile event. Here are some of my key takeaways from the summit: 1. The traditional role of the CIO in an organization is evolving quickly. The rapid adoption of SaaS and cloud and the arrival of BYOD (Bring Your Own…
  • Why the IT Security Markets Needs to be Even Greater than $60 Billion

    Matt Fates
    4 Apr 2014 | 7:21 am
    In recent posts we’ve discussed how the shift to the cloud, the explosion of mobile usage, and the massive growth in data will help drive the next wave of productivity and economic gains for companies. But these new technologies also dramatically shif the nature of where data is, how much there is, and how it is accessed, and therefore require an entirely new approach to IT security, which is already a $60 billion market. Information security isn’t a new battle for enterprises.  But it’s escalating. The average cost of a breach today is $188 per record in the U.S, up 18 percent from…
  • B2B IT Forum: How the Cloud Enables Legacy Market Disruption

    Matt Fates
    4 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    Executives from Hailo, Invaluable, CustomMade and HubCast shared stories and insight regarding how their companies are transforming legacy markets.  While they are still relatively early on in their development, they have each made significant progress with some impressive stats and it is not too hard to imagine them becoming the Amazon or Orbitz of their industries. Invaluable, a marketplace platform that allows traditional brick and mortar auction houses to bring their live events online, is radically changing a $50 billion, 1,000-year-old industry. Invaluable delivers 3 million unique…
  • Innovation & Immigration: The Lesson of WhatsApp

    Geoffrey Oblak
    3 Mar 2014 | 6:35 am
    My partner Matt Fates and I have been traveling through Europe this past week as part of the fundraising process for our new fund. After a busy prior few weeks of domestic travel, I am eager to return home, but I do so with enhanced perspective.  While Putin intended the Sochi Olympics to dominate the news, his connection to events in another region captured the front page. Astonishing pictures from the Ukraine pervaded European media, as the popular revolt raged against President Yanukovych’s rejection of a path towards the European Community in favor of closer ties with Russia. But…
  • Data Analytics: We’ve Come a Long Way, Yet There is So Far Still to Go

    Matt Fates
    21 Feb 2014 | 5:41 am
    Since the advent of IBM’s punch cards in the 1920s, the information technology industry has fostered improved decision making through data analysis. But the pace of progress has accelerated dramatically over the last decade, with storage costs dropping at an incredible pace (the price for a gigabyte of storage has fallen 99.5 percent since 2000), and internet connectivity becoming essentially ubiquitous. These developments have enabled a massive increase in the amount of data generated and captured by an increasingly diverse world of devices. In fact, more data is generated now on a daily…
 
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  • Webinar Recap: Achieve Continuous Integration/Delivery with HP, Jenkins, and Skytap

    nodell@skytap.com
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:19 pm
    ​In today’s hyper-competitive markets, businesses must constantly strive to develop, test, and release better software faster. One of the best ways we’ve found to make this difficult task possible is by embracing “continuity”—one of the decade’s fastest growing buzzwords. This means continuous testing, integration, and delivery.  This past Tuesday, we hosted a webinar with Orasi Software, one of our incredible partners, to help attendees understand how they can continuously deliver higher quality software by embracing a number of technologies that work really well together…
  • The Heartbleed Security Vulnerability and What It Means for Skytap

    nodell@skytap.com
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:37 am
    You may have heard about the recent security vulnerability known as "Heartbleed.” Researchers have discovered a vulnerability in OpenSSL (a cryptographic software library that protects many services on the Internet) that allows unauthorized access to protected information. Skytap has investigated this issue and determined that our websites, particularly https://cloud.skytap.com, and other publicly exposed services are not vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug. Private, internal-only services are also being validated and patched if vulnerable. To protect indirect loss of information, Skytap has…
  • Interview: Peter Coffee on Leveraging the Web’s Transformation

    nodell@skytap.com
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:19 am
    Noel Wurst: Hello, this is Noel Wurst with Skytap and I am speaking today with Peter Coffee. Peter is the VP for Strategic Resource at salesforce.com and he's also going to be taking part in the SDLC Acceleration Summit on May 13th in San Francisco, California. Peter how are you doing today? Peter Coffee: It's great to be with you Noel. I'm fine, thank you. Noel Wurst: Great, awesome. Well, I was going to say that I had the privilege of reading your bio online. I recommend listeners go online and check it out for themselves. It's such a varied background, you've done a little bit of…
  • Wayne Ariola on the Future of the Software Development Life Cycle

    nodell@skytap.com
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:04 am
    Noel Wurst: Hello, this is Noel Wurst with Skytap, and I am speaking today with Wayne Ariola, who is the chief strategy officer at Parasoft. Wayne, how are you doing today? Wayne Ariola: Fantastic, thank you. Noel Wurst: So, I wanted to speak with Wayne because Wayne is helping organize the SDLC Acceleration Summit that’s being held on May 13, 2014 in San Francisco, but I also wanted to learn a little bit more about Parasoft as well, and maybe the similarities or differences between what they do and what Skytap does, and then to learn more about the Summit and why we’re all so excited…
  • Development and Test Lab Management Survey Now Available

    nodell@skytap.com
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    We’d like to take a minute to introduce an opportunity to take part in a survey that should yield some fascinating results—results that you’ll be provided in a report for free just for participating in the survey!  voke, a modern analyst firm specializing in application lifecycle innovation, put the survey together and we can’t wait to read the results. There’s no point trying to hide it, we like the folks over at voke a lot, and we recently interviewed their founder, Theresa Lanowitz. Theresa’s take on how to solve age-old problems in the enterprise is an absolute must…
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