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  • Twitter Offers Turn Credit Cards Into Coupons

    InformationWeek:
    Kristin Burnham
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:36 am
    Twitter targets advertisers with its latest commerce program, which lets users store discounts on their credit cards.
  • Twitter Offers Turn Credit Cards Into Coupons

    InformationWeek:
    Kristin Burnham
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:36 am
    Twitter targets advertisers with its latest commerce program, which lets users store discounts on their credit cards.
  • Black Friday Internet Tracker

    Network Computing:
    Network Computing Editors
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Is your favorite online retailer slow this shopping season? It might be because of the underlying network. Find out how the Internet is impacting your online shopping experience.
  • Announcing availability: SAP Nation

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    vinnie
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:50 am
    This weekend I emailed preview copies of my new book on the SAP economy to select media around the world. I have attached below the “front matter” for my blog readers – the table of contents and the preface. In...
  • 5 Factors That Will Shape the Software Market in 2015

    SandHill.com General Feed
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    What happened in the industry in 2014 that will have the most significant impacts over the next two years? Keep on reading: 5 Factors That Will Shape the Software Market in 2015
 
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    Network Computing:

  • Black Friday Internet Tracker

    Network Computing Editors
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Is your favorite online retailer slow this shopping season? It might be because of the underlying network. Find out how the Internet is impacting your online shopping experience.
  • Network Security Must Focus On Incident Response

    Joe Stanganelli
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Enterprise security strategies need to plan for the inevitable data breach, security experts say.
  • Why Infrastructure Matters To DevOps

    Alex Henthorn-Iwane
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    DevOps requires infrastructure that enables efficiency and productivity. The IaaS model is the best way to reach those goals.
  • Considering Cloud? Just Think Hybrid

    Kent Christensen
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:20 am
    The hybrid cloud model is already pervasive in many IT environments. It's time to embrace the hybrid reality and IT's role as a cloud broker.
  • 8 Tools To Manage Holiday Family Stress

    Network Computing Editors
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Wondering how you're going to survive all that time with the family over the holidays? Here are some tools to help calm your nerves as relatives try your patience.
 
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    deal architect

  • Announcing availability: SAP Nation

    vinnie
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:50 am
    This weekend I emailed preview copies of my new book on the SAP economy to select media around the world. I have attached below the “front matter” for my blog readers – the table of contents and the preface. In...
  • SAP Simplification: an exciting development

    vinnie
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:10 am
    It’s tough to miss a 3 page, full color spread in the Wall Street Journal. And if you miss it, it slaps you on the head a couple of days later. Dr Hasso Plattner’s conversation with Dennis Howlett provides more...
  • Workday Rising: Speak softly and carry big, happy customers

    vinnie
    6 Nov 2014 | 11:13 am
    Howard Street in San Francisco on Tuesday morning looked different. The tarmac was visible and cars were actually using it. Outside Moscone Center, a local folk rock band, Blind Willies was playing. Excellent, but nowhere near the brand recognition of...
  • Microsofts Connected Tissue

    vinnie
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    Mike Ehrenberg, CTO for Microsoft Business Solutions was describing his new CEO Satya Nadella’s management style – the senior leadership team meets twice a week. “It plays havoc with planning international trips, but allows us to iterate rapidly as a...
  • Have you hugged an Enterprise Blogger today?

    vinnie
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    Enterprise conference season is in full swing and it gives you a chance to catch up with so many smart people who make this industry a reality – Stan Swete at Workday, Charles Phillips at Infor, Mike Ehrenberg at Microsoft,...
 
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    Hu's Blog

  • 2015 Trends: Continuous Infrastructure

    Hu Yoshida
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:34 am
    This post is a continuation of my blog series on top trends for 2015. These three trends under continuous infrastructure that support Business Defined IT 5. Global Virtualization adds a new dimension to storage virtualization Storage virtualization has been vertically oriented up to now, where a storage virtualization engine is able to virtualize other storage systems that are attached behind it. Global virtualization will extend virtualization horizontally across multiple storage systems, which can be separated by campus or metro distances for block and global distances for file and content…
  • 2015 Trends: Convergence, Automation, and Integration

    Hu Yoshida
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:36 am
    This is a continuation of ten 2015 trends which I started in my last post . These three post refer to three key enablers for Business Defined It. 2. New Capabilities Accelerate Adoption of Converged and Hyper-converged Platforms A key enabler for Business Defined IT are converged solutions that are integrated with the systems and the application stack. Converged solutions are the fastest growing segment in Hitachi Data Systems portfolio. Businesses no longer need to wait weeks or months for IT to spin up an Oracle RAC or SAP Hana platform.  The integration of its orchestration software with…
  • Business Defined IT Will Drive the IT Trends in 2015

    Hu Yoshida
    15 Nov 2014 | 3:25 pm
    For the past several years I have published top ten IT trends for the coming year, based up on my observations of the current year. Next year the trends will be an extension of this year’s trends, but with more clarity and urgency. You have already seen disruption in the market place as vendors struggle to align with the changing demands of the business. For 2015 these trends will be driven by the need for IT to embrace the third platform that IDC has identified that is built on the mega trends around mobility, cloud, social and big data. I believe these are business trends that define…
  • Social Innovation with Public Safety Solutions

    Hu Yoshida
    5 Nov 2014 | 1:16 pm
    On Monday, April 15th of last year, two bombs exploded during the Boston Marathon, killing 3 people and injuring hundreds. The FBI immediately set up a command center and began scanning every available video of the target area. They located two suspects in the videos, but could not get a clear, frontal picture that they could match to their terrorist databases. The decision was made on Wednesday to release the video clips on television and enlist the public’s help in identifying the suspects. The public responded and the suspects were identified immediately. Unfortunately the suspects…
  • High Speed Backup and Restore for Databases

    Hu Yoshida
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    Surveys show that backup and restore remain at the top of the list of concerns for data centers. Each year as volumes increase, the struggle to meet SLAs and manage backup windows increases. Many enterprises with very large databases have come to rely on techniques such as simultaneously backing up data through multiple backup streams (multi-streaming) and backing up multiple sources to a single backup device (multiplexing). While these techniques can speed up backup dramatically, it makes it difficult to dedupe using traditional hashing techniques, which results in increased storage costs…
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    Andrew McAfee's Blog

  • Enterprise 2.0, Finally?

    Andrew McAfee
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:28 am
    Facebook’s recent announcement that it’s readying a version of its social software for workplaces got me thinking about Enterprise 2.0, a topic I used to think a great deal about. Five years ago I published a book with that title, arguing that enterprise social software platforms would be valuable tools for businesses. The news from Facebook, along with rapid takeup of new tools like Slack, the continued success and growth of Salesforce’s Chatter and Yammer (now part of Microsoft), and evidence of a comeback at Jive, indicates that the business world might finally be coming…
  • Why Is Customer Service Still So Lousy (Financial Services Web Design Edition)?

    Andrew McAfee
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    A while back I set up autopayment on the Citi credit card I used for business expenses, and it’s been working fine. Recently, however, I ran up so many travel expenses in a month that I hit my credit limit (the clearest sign yet that I’ve been on the road too much). So in order to keep further charges from being declined, I went to the Citi credit cards site to make a manual payment. I wanted to use the same bank account for this manual payment that I use for my automatic one. But I couldn’t see how to do that, even after looking around the site for a while. The ‘MAKE…
  • This Saturday: The Glass Cage Match at the Boston Book Festival

    Andrew McAfee
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    I’ve been involved with the Boston Book Festival since Deborah Porter founded it in 2009, and it’s become one of my favorite events of the year. And since I had a for-real mainstream published book come out this year (as opposed to a self-published glorified pamphlet) I get to participate this year as a full-fledged author in the session titled “Technology: Promise and Peril” What makes this especially exciting to me is the fact that I’ll share the stage with Nick Carr, who’s one of my favorite writers and thinkers about technology. I don’t praise…
  • Business Book of the Year? Maybe. Public Talk Next Week? Definitely.

    Andrew McAfee
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    Yesterday we got the good news that The Second Machine Age had been shortlisted for the FT and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award. Erik and I are floored and very flattered, and looking forward to the award dinner in London in November. I’m pretty sure we’ll watch Thomas Piketty another author hoist the trophy, but it’ll be great fun to attend. In a nice coincidence, next week Erik and I are also giving our first joint public talk about the book since the initial book tour. It’s in Harvard’s gorgeous Sanders Theater on Wednesday October 1 at 4 pm. The…
  • Technology Spending Is On Its Way Down. Or It Isn’t. Or It Doesn’t Matter.

    Andrew McAfee
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    My MIT colleague David Autor delivered a wonderful paper at the recent Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium about American job and wage patterns in recent decades, and their link to the computerization of the economy. I’ll say more later about his paper, which was one of the highlights of the event for me (sighting this moose was another one). For now I just want to highlight one graph that he included, and draw a couple additional ones. Autor included a chart very much like the one below, which tracks US corporate spending over time on digital stuff — hardware and software…
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    The Enterprise System Spectator

  • The Maturing of ERP on the Salesforce Platform

    Frank Scavo
    1 Nov 2014 | 7:11 pm
    Salesforce.com held its monster user conference, Dreamforce, last month in San Francisco, and there were plenty of new announcements. For example: A new analytics cloud, dubbed Wave, which fills out Salesforce.com's offerings to include native business intelligence and analytical capabilities A new version of the Salesforce1 platform, Lightning, for developing mobile apps  An expanded partnership with Microsoft for Windows mobile devices and new integrations with Microsoft Office, Office 365, Power BI, and Excel But Dreamforce is not just about Salesforce. It's about the Salesforce…
  • Is HR Tech Overshooting HR Capabilities?

    Frank Scavo
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    Human resources management is a hot area for new technology, at least based on the number of new vendor offerings. But why isn’t there greater adoption of among HR practitioners? In this post, I outline three reasons that interest is high but actual adoption is slow, and what business leaders should do about it.But first, a quick summary about the leading conference on HR technology.  HR Tech Conference, a Must-Attend EventAt the urging of several associates, I attended my first HR Technology® Conference (HR Tech) earlier this month in Las Vegas. If you are interested at all in HR…
  • Workday’s Goal: Tier I Cloud ERP

    Frank Scavo
    5 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Aneel Bushri, Co-Founder, WorkdayMention Workday to anyone involved with enterprise applications, and the first response will probably be something about cloud-based HR systems. A few might also mention accounting systems. It is becoming increasingly apparent, however, that Workday’s ambitions go beyond human capital management (HCM) and financial management systems. From briefings at a recent Workday analyst summit, I conclude that Workday intends to become the first Tier I cloud ERP provider. What is Tier I ERP?The term “Tier I ERP” has been bandied about for many years. It is…
  • Infor’s Most Urgent Initiative

    Frank Scavo
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:20 pm
    After more than a decade of acquisitions, Infor is now the world’s third-largest enterprise software vendor, following SAP and Oracle. In the past, it’s been easy to characterize Infor as a roll-up of older ERP products and point solutions. But that view is no longer fair. Beyond Acquisitions to InnovationUnder the leadership of CEO Charles Phillips and his mostly-new team of senior executives, Infor is now moving beyond acquiring other products to innovation on several fronts: Hook & Loop: an in-house design agency, which has brought a fresh modern user interface across all of…
  • ERP Customer Deployment and License Preferences

    Frank Scavo
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    As we all know, a major transition in the ERP market is underway, from traditional sales of perpetual licenses deployed on-premises to subscription services deployed in the cloud. But not all buyers are ready to make the switch. Some prefer to stick with the traditional model, while others are going whole hog to the new model. Others still, are somewhere in the middle, sticking with a traditional vendor offering but having the system hosted by the vendor or a third-party partner.Customer preferences are complicated by what is offered by their chosen vendor. When a new customer selects a cloud…
 
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    Schneier on Security

  • "Cooperating with the Future"

    schneier
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:32 am
    This is an interesting paper -- the full version is behind a paywall -- about how we as humans can motivate people to cooperate with future generations. Abstract: Overexploitation of renewable resources today has a high cost on the welfare of future generations. Unlike in other public goods games, however, future generations cannot reciprocate actions made today. What mechanisms can maintain cooperation with the future? To answer this question, we devise a new experimental paradigm, the 'Intergenerational Goods Game'. A line-up of successive groups (generations) can each either extract a…
  • New Snowden Documents Show GCHQ Paying Cable & Wireless for Access

    schneier
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:29 am
    A new story based on the Snowden documents and published in the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung shows how the GCHQ worked with Cable & Wireless -- acquired by Vodafone in 2012 -- to eavesdrop on Internet and telecommunications traffic. New documents on the page, and here. Ars Technica article. Slashdot thread.
  • FBI Agents Pose as Repairmen to Bypass Warrant Process

    schneier
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:50 am
    This is a creepy story. The FBI wanted access to a hotel guest's room without a warrant. So agents broke his Internet connection, and then posed as Internet technicians to gain access to his hotel room without a warrant. From the motion to suppress: The next time you call for assistance because the internet service in your home is not working, the "technician" who comes to your door may actually be an undercover government agent. He will have secretly disconnected the service, knowing that you will naturally call for help and -- when he shows up at your door, impersonating a technician -- let…
  • Regin: Another Military-Grade Malware

    schneier
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:57 am
    Regin is another military-grade surveillance malware (tech details from Symantec and Kaspersky). It seems to have been in operation between 2008 and 2011. The Intercept has linked it to NSA/GCHQ operations, although I am still skeptical of the NSA/GCHQ hacking Belgian cryptographer Jean-Jacques Quisquater.
  • The Security Underpinnnings of Cryptography

    schneier
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Nice article on some of the security assumptions we rely on in cryptographic algorithms.
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    Martin Fowler

  • Speaking at ThoughtWorks Rethink in Dallas

    Martin Fowler
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:58 am
    I’ll be speaking in Dallas on Saturday December 6th for a ThoughtWorks event We have also got Dave “Pragmatic” Thomas in, to talk about the death of agile. I’ll be speaking with my colleague, Molly Bartlett Dishman, about how architecture works in an agile environment.
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    Martin Fowler
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Arnold Arboretum, Boston, MA
  • Integration and Component tests for Microservices

    Martin Fowler
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:48 am
    Toby Clemson continues his discussion of techniques for testing microservices, with two more styles of testing. Integration tests probe the interaction a service has with its data stores and external components. Component tests provide a coarse-grained test of the entire service, which can be usefully performed both in-process and out-of-process.
  • Retreaded: TechnicalDebtQuadrant

    Martin Fowler
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:29 am
    Retread of post orginally made on 14 Oct 2009 There's been a few posts over the last couple of months about TechnicalDebt that's raised the question of what kinds of design flaws should or shouldn't be classified as Technical Debt. A good example of this is Uncle Bob's post saying a mess is not a debt. His argument is that messy code, produced by people who are ignorant of good design practices, shouldn't be a debt. Technical Debt should be reserved for cases when people have made a considered decision to adopt a design strategy that isn't sustainable in the longer term, but yields a short…
  • Testing Strategies in a Microservice Architecture

    Martin Fowler
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:25 am
    Microservices has been quite the topic of conversation this year, with a rapid rise of interest. But although this architectural style is often a useful one it has its challenges, which can easily lead a less experienced team into trouble. Testing is a central part of this challenge, which is particularly relevant for those of us that consider testing to be a central part of effective software development. My colleague Toby Clemson has responded to this question by distilling his experiences into an infodeck that explains the various testing techniques to use with microservices and when to…
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    EMC Blogs

  • We Change The World, The World Changes Us

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:10 pm
    I was born in 1959.  I guess I have the dubious honor of watching the world change for over half a century. Yes, I could fill several uninteresting pages with the rapid pace of innovation in technology, human health, physics, economics, chemistry, etc.   It seems the boundaries of human knowledge continue to expand like a supernova. More interesting to me is how this new world is changing us — as individuals, and as members of society.   It’s easy to get caught up in the wave of “now”, and lose sight of how we used to think about the world. But, make no mistake, as…
  • EMC Innovation Conference #8

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:06 am
    In a previous post I mentioned that EMC has a large number of communities that generate data about the state of innovation at EMC. Perhaps the most active community is the Innovation Roadmap community. Thousands of EMC employees submit ideas into the Roadmap, with a corporate goal of selecting, funding, and incubating promising ideas. The diagram above highlights the different stages of this process. The Innovation Conference is EMC’s annual celebration of Innovation; a single day when thousands of EMC employees gather simultaneously at locations around the globe. Last year I had the…
  • Know Where You Are: Innovation Governance

    18 Nov 2014 | 8:47 am
    I’ve been delivering a series of posts that describe the approach that my company (EMC) is taking to guide innovation investment strategies. This approach is called Know Where You Are. In this final post I’d like to touch on the fourth tenet: Invest Accordingly.  The diagram below highlights a data-driven innovation approach that leverages the concepts I have introduced in previous posts. The data gathered from the portfolio intelligence team, the innovation communities, and the visualizations are presented to the highest executives in the company. EMC’s Portfolio Intelligence…
  • Big Ideas — Where Are They Now?

    13 Nov 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Like so many people in this industry, I can get easily enamored by Big Ideas.  Powerfully intoxicating, they take your mind off the day-to-day, and transport you to a different place that might exist in the future. Like a moth to a flame, I’m drawn in — and it takes major willpower to put them down, and move on to something else.  Fortunately, I don’t appear to be alone in this regard. Over the course of eight years of blogging and 1200+ blog posts, there are clearly times when I have fallen prey to the seductive power of Big Ideas. I thought it might be fun to go back and…
  • My Obsolete Storage Knowledge

    7 Nov 2014 | 10:24 am
    After finishing university work, I assiduously kept many of my textbooks, thinking they would be incredibly useful at some point in the future.   After all, they were so expensive! I was a fool.  After the second house move, I tossed them. They were interesting, but certainly not worth lugging around.  And nobody wanted them, either. As I reflect back on various chapters in my personal Storage Encyclopedia, I’m realizing that there are vast tranches that are candidates for leaving behind.   Yes, many topics were once interesting, but not exactly useful going forward.
 
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    JT on EDM

  • Process modeling certification now requires decision modeling Knowledge

    James Taylor
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:50 am
    Copyright © 2014 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorIn a recent announcement, the Object Management Group made it clear that process people – those getting BPMN (Business Process Model and Notation) certification specifically – should know about decision modeling and the new Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard. In this press release OMG Updates Business Intermediate Level of BPM Certification Program the role of DMN in the certification is highlighted. I think this is a great thing. We are doing a lot of work with folks who are rolling out Decision Management and decision…
  • New Article on in-database analytics

    James Taylor
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:39 am
    Copyright © 2014 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorI recently published a new article in the Teradata Magazine – Get Closer to Your Data If data holds the secrets to better business decisions, then advanced analytics is the means to getting data to reveal that information. That’s why organizations striving to be more data driven are adopting advanced analytics. New and improved techniques offer solutions to business problems that range from risk management and fraud detection to customer churn and micro segmentation. The data insights generated from advanced analytics can inform…
  • First Look: Dataiku’s Data Science Studio

    James Taylor
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:38 am
    Copyright © 2014 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorDataiku, a company founded in 2013 and based in France, launched their product, Data Science Studio (DSS), in February 2014. DSS is a web-based analytic software platform designed for data scientists and analysts. The product is designed to improve the effectiveness and productivity of data teams especially when it comes to turning raw data into an analytic API. The tool is focused on creating and running analytic applications in a production environment., a few hundred people are using the product, which includes both a free version, the…
  • Great new case study on the power of decision modeling

    James Taylor
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    Copyright © 2014 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorWe have just posted a great new case study on the power of decision modeling with a story from the Finnish Tax Authority. In Decision Modeling Closes the Gap Between Processes and Business Rules at the Finnish Tax Administration, Timo Laukkanen, Process Director at the Finnish Tax Administration (FTA), describes how decision modeling has filled the gap between process models and business rules in the most extensive project ever undertaken by the FTA. Decision modeling was quick to implement and has made it easier to evaluate rules, to view the…
  • #IBMInsight Internet of Things

    James Taylor
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:38 am
    Copyright © 2014 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorJake Porway came back to talk about the coming explosion of data. With the Internet of Things, drones and more sensors everywhere, our current view of “big data” is going to seem quaint in the not too distant future. So much more data is going to come flooding in we have to adopt new technologies and new analytic approaches. With that, Beth Smith came on to talk about the Internet of Things with a story about prosthetics. Her husband uses one and in the past he had to adapt to the way it worked. Today his new one has a computer…
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    Development & Integration Blogs

  • Workstation Documentation for Disaster Recovery

    24 Nov 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Each network workstation should be documented, and that documentation should be kept within easy reach of that workstation as well as in a central location accessible to the LAN administrator and support staff. The information should include: 1....
  • Server Documentation for Disaster Recovery

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:20 am
    Each network file server, communications server, host or other server should be fully documented, and that documentation should be put in a binder that is kept within easy reach of that file server. The information should include:    ...
  • Documenting Cabling for Disaster Recovery

    20 Nov 2014 | 2:27 pm
    With today's cabling systems, cabling is one of the easiest parts of your network to document. Proper cabling documentation is one of the best ways to cut troubleshooting time. Unfortunately, most cabling systems are not properly documented. Here are...
  • What to Document for Disaster Recovery BCP

    18 Nov 2014 | 1:56 pm
    When asked the question, "What should I document for Disaster recovery and business continuity?" it is easy to glibly respond, "Everything!" In the best of all possible worlds, this would be either easy to do or not required at al...
  • Getting reports for Disaster Recovery from Fixed Tools

    11 Nov 2014 | 1:23 pm
    In a number of cases, even in modern software times, we end up with tools and utilities for management and monitoring that do a great job, but do not give you any useful output or ability to generate reports. Sometimes there are no reports ? the too...
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    StorageMojo

  • Friday hike blogging: Cockscomb Butte

    Robin Harris
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Thanks to re:Invent and some other issues I haven’t done much hiking in the last 2 weeks. But back on the 8th I took a hike with my friend Gudrun up Cockscomb. There’s no official Forest Service trail so I was glad to have a guide for my first ascent. We spent about 90 minutes on top. But the sun started going down so we did too. The desert gets dark quickly – and cool too – and it was getting dim by the time we got back to the car. As usual, the views were wonderful. Here’s one looking north to Bear Mountain from the side of Coxcomb. Click to enlarge. Yes, that…
  • Primary Data takes on the enterprise

    Robin Harris
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:15 am
    The economics of massive scale-out storage systems has thrown a harsh light on legacy enterprise storage. Expensive, inflexible, under-utilized data silos are not what data intensive enterprises need or – increasingly – can afford. That much is obvious to any CFO who can read Amazon Webe Services’ pricing. But how to get from today’s storage islands to tomorrow’s storage ocean? The CFO’s problem: the investment in the hardware, software and operational changes is all upfront. The payback takes years, and C-level execs are right to be skeptical. An ideal…
  • EMC’s re-intermediation strategy

    Robin Harris
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:05 am
    EMC – and other legacy array vendors – are trying to become an intermediary between enterprises and the cloud. Are cloud-washed arrays a viable strategy? EMC’s Joe Tucci is working to ensure that EMC can survive in a cloud world even if he doesn’t manage to sell the company before he retires. The acquisitions of TwinStrata, CloudScaling, Maginatics and Spanning are proof. The acquisitions are recent and success remains to be seen. But there’s a larger question about the strategy: can an enterprise re-intermediation strategy be successful? Intermediation works…
  • AWS re:Invent this week

    Robin Harris
    11 Nov 2014 | 1:03 pm
    StorageMojo’s legion of analysts are saddling up for the ride to Las Vegas for AWS re:Invent. This is a first time for this event and trust it will be excellent. If you’re there feel free to say hi! Courteous comments welcome, of course. Please comment on anything you’d like to see The StorageMojo take on.
  • Pure vs EMC: who’s winning?

    Robin Harris
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:10 am
    Forbes contributor and analyst Peter Cohan writes on seemingly conflicting stories coming from Pure and EMC. Let’s unpack the dueling narratives. Does Pure win 70% vs EMC or does EMC win 95% vs Pure? The metrics: Both parties seem to agree that they meet up very often in competitive bidding situations. EMC claims that it beats Pure 95% of the time they vie for “pure flash” bids while Pure says it wins the vast majority of these business battles. Pure claims that it’s growing at 400% a year and much of that comes from winning 70% of its competitive battles. . . . The qualifier from…
 
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    Network Computing:

  • Black Friday Internet Tracker

    Network Computing Editors
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Is your favorite online retailer slow this shopping season? It might be because of the underlying network. Find out how the Internet is impacting your online shopping experience.
  • Network Security Must Focus On Incident Response

    Joe Stanganelli
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Enterprise security strategies need to plan for the inevitable data breach, security experts say.
  • Why Infrastructure Matters To DevOps

    Alex Henthorn-Iwane
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    DevOps requires infrastructure that enables efficiency and productivity. The IaaS model is the best way to reach those goals.
  • Considering Cloud? Just Think Hybrid

    Kent Christensen
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:20 am
    The hybrid cloud model is already pervasive in many IT environments. It's time to embrace the hybrid reality and IT's role as a cloud broker.
  • 8 Tools To Manage Holiday Family Stress

    Network Computing Editors
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Wondering how you're going to survive all that time with the family over the holidays? Here are some tools to help calm your nerves as relatives try your patience.
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    Network & Infrastructure Blogs

  • Workstation Documentation for Disaster Recovery

    24 Nov 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Each network workstation should be documented, and that documentation should be kept within easy reach of that workstation as well as in a central location accessible to the LAN administrator and support staff. The information should include: 1....
  • Use Password Managers, but Cautiously

    24 Nov 2014 | 5:48 am
    Password managers are a great tool for safeguarding passwords, but certain available functions might be worse than posting passwords to workstation displays.
  • Server Documentation for Disaster Recovery

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:20 am
    Each network file server, communications server, host or other server should be fully documented, and that documentation should be put in a binder that is kept within easy reach of that file server. The information should include:    ...
  • Kaizen part I

    23 Nov 2014 | 2:31 am
    Observations part 01 from an IT Kaizen event is the focus of this article . . . This article will focus on a recent Kaizen event.
  • Leading a technical team for success

    22 Nov 2014 | 2:37 am
    How lead a technical team so times of disarray are few and far between? The leader guides the team fostering teamwork for the collective good of the team.
 
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    Enterprise Back Office Blogs

  • Mobile Developers Thanksgiving Day Menu

    27 Nov 2014 | 1:03 am
    It?s Thanksgiving Day in America and mobile developers have a lot to be thankful for. So here?s my menu of the top 10 things to be thankful for as a mobile developer this Thanksgiving Day from nut cups to Pumpkin Pie.
  • Top 10 Predictions for the ERP Software Industry in 2015

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:11 am
    Another year is about to draw to a close, which is always a good time to look back on accomplishments from the last year and look forward to the upcoming new year. In 2014, much in the ERP software industry stayed the same, but plenty of things changed as well.
  • Top 10 Predictions for the ERP Software Industry in 2015

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:11 am
    Another year is about to draw to a close, which is always a good time to look back on accomplishments from the last year and look forward to the upcoming new year. In 2014, much in the ERP software industry stayed the same, but plenty of things changed as well.
  • Workstation Documentation for Disaster Recovery

    24 Nov 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Each network workstation should be documented, and that documentation should be kept within easy reach of that workstation as well as in a central location accessible to the LAN administrator and support staff. The information should include: 1....
  • Business Process Automation

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:21 am
    An automated business process design will identify its process scope and definition, specify the main steps and sub-process; assign business roles; designate whether it is synchronous or asynchronous in behavior; establish security and authentication requirements; manage error conditions; and set Key Performance Indicators (KSI) / Key Performance Indicators (KPI).
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  • Blog Post: Issues with Blogs 11/27 - Investigating

    Anonymous
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:44 am
    We are currently experiencing issues with blogs .The blog posts are not rendering properly, SD are engaged and actively investigating to mitigate the issue. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience. -MSDN Service Delivery ...read more
  • Blog Post: Threema ab sofort für Windows Phone verfügbar

    Microsoft Presse
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:42 am
    Weitere Messenger Apps im Überblick Egal, ob in der Bahn, im Büro, im Urlaub oder beim Einkaufen - das Smartphone ist immer dabei und damit auch die Möglichkeit, mit Freunden stets in Kontakt zu sein. Schon 2012 wurden weniger SMS als Messenger-Nachrichten verschickt, wie das britische Marktforschungsunternehmen Informa in einer Studie herausgefunden hat. Messenger Apps ergänzen dabei  die klassische SMS mit vielen Funktionen: Fotos, Videos, Sprachnachrichten, Dokumente und Standorte können schnell mit Kontakten und Gruppen geteilt werden. Doch welche ist die richtige App? Welche…
  • Blog Post: (SQL) Tip of the Day: BACPAC and Data Inconsistency

    Robert Mitchell [MSFT]
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Today’s (SQL) Tip… Windows Azure SQL Databases do not support SQL native backup formats.  Thus, there are no “full,” “differential,” or “transaction log” backups or restores.  Instead, there are exports.  Data can be exported to Windows Azure Blob Stores, but there’s one catch.  BACPAC exports, as they are called, are not transaction-aware.  Thus, as Table 1 is exported, Table 2 may still receive changes from end-users.  When Table 2 is exported, Table 1 may have additional changes that are never stored in the export.  So, when imported, the BACPAC file may have data…
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Campus Days 2014 Azure RemoteApp presentasjon på SlideShare

    Morgan Simonsen
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:33 am
    Hvis du er interessert i Azure RemoteApp så avholdt jeg akkurat en sesjon om temaet på Microsofts Campus Days konferanse i København. Presentasjonen er tilgjengelig på SlideShare: http://www.slideshare.net/MorganSimonsen/building-azure-remoteapp-microsoft-campus-days-2014 Morgan
  • Blog Post: Office Online でのドキュメント共同編集時に Skype チャットが利用可能に

    Japan Office Official Blog
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:20 am
    今回は、 Office 共有エクスペリエンス チームのプログラム マネージャーを務める Nelson Siu の記事をご紹介します。 Office Online のリアルタイム共同編集機能を利用すると、ブラウザーから簡単に他のユーザーとドキュメントを編集できます。たとえば、ビジネス パートナーと共に契約書の最終調整を行ったり、学校で課題として出された小論文を協力して書いたりなど、Office Online…
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  • Security Bulletin MS14-068 released

    MSRC Team
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Today, we released an out-of-band security update to address a vulnerability in Kerberos which could allow Elevation of Privilege. This update is for all supported versions of Windows Server and includes a defense-in-depth update for all supported versions of Windows. We strongly encourage customers to apply this update as soon as possible by following the directions in Security Bulletin MS14-068 Tracey Pretorius, Director Response Communications
  • Out-of-band release for Security Bulletin MS14-068

    MSRC Team
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:05 am
    On Tuesday, November 18, 2014, at approximately 10 a.m. PST, we will release an out-of-band security update to address a vulnerability in Windows. We strongly encourage customers to apply this update as soon as possible, following the directions in the security bulletin. More information about this bulletin can be found at Microsoft’s Bulletin Summary page. Tracey Pretorius, Director Response Communications
  • November 2014 Updates

    MSRC Team
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:33 am
    Today, as part of Update Tuesday, we released 14 security updates – four rated Critical, nine rated Important, and two rated Moderate, to address 33 Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) in Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer (IE), Office, .NET Framework, Internet Information Services (IIS), Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS), Input Method Editor (IME) (Japanese), and Kernel Mode Driver (KMD).We encourage you to apply all of these updates, but for those who need to prioritize deployment planning, we recommend focusing on the Critical…
  • Advance Notification Service for the November 2014 Security Bulletin Release

    MSRC Team
    6 Nov 2014 | 10:08 am
    Today, we provide advance notification for the release of 16 Security Bulletins. Five of these updates are rated Critical, nine are rated as Important, and two are rated Moderate in severity. These updates are for Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, Office, Exchange, .NET Framework, Internet Information Services (IIS), Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS), Input Method Editor (IME) (Japanese), and Kernel Mode Driver (KMD). As per our monthly process, we've scheduled the Security Bulletin release for the second Tuesday of the month, November 11,…
  • Security Advisory 3009008 revised

    MSRC Team
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Today, we revised Security Advisory 3009008 to provide an easy, one-click Fix it for customers to disable SSL 3.0 in all supported versions of Internet Explorer (IE). We are committed to helping protect our customers and providing the best possible encryption to protect their data. To do this, we’re working to disable fallback to SSL 3.0 in IE, and disable SSL 3.0 by default in IE, and across Microsoft online services, over the coming months. Millions of people and thousands of organizations around the world rely on our products and services every day, and while the number of systems…
 
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  • A Biml Case Study

    andyleonard
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Business Intelligence Markup Language (Biml) is a SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) design patterns engine. A Story of Productivity A while back I was contacted by a client experiencing a familiar issue. The Production SQL Server instance was experiencing performance issues due to conflicts between customers and enterprise reporting needs. They contacted a friend who contacted me. When we spoke they asked, “Can you help?” “Yes,” I replied, “I can help.” We scheduled a three-day visit. On Day...(read more)
  • Put Your New Leadership Knowledge Into Practice

    KKline
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:50 am
    Have you ever tried to hit a golf ball toward the pin, toss a dart at the bull's-eye, or chuck a fly at a trout? If you're like most people, your first attempt didn't come anywhere close to hitting the mark. Your golf ball may have found the woods, your dart may have sunk into the wall, and your fly may have slapped the back of your head. These activities are skills that must be acquired through practice and discipline. You can read a book about all of them and you can study the mechanics of motion,...(read more)
  • Some Thoughts on Event Speaker Selection

    andyleonard
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:06 am
    I write this from the perspective of experience. I’ve helped organize dozens of events over the past ten years. Feel free to take the parts of this advice that help and discard the parts that don’t. Enjoy! Planning an event is hard work. If you’ve never volunteered to help your local User Group or SQL Saturday, I encourage you to get involved. You will work hard and put a lot into it. But I promise you will get more out of it than you put in. Every organizer is free to organize their event in whatever...(read more)
  • Mastering Execution Plan Analysis - Melbourne 6 Feb 2015

    Paul White
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:38 am
    Over the years I have spent working with SQL Server, the personal time investment that has repaid itself more than any other is becoming intimately familiar with execution plans and how they can be used to diagnose and correct performance problems. There is nothing I enjoy more than talking about execution plans, the query optimizer, and how internals knowledge can be applied to solve real problems. Living in New Zealand, I don’t get to speak on this topic as often as I would like, primarily due...(read more)
  • SQL Saturday #356 Slovenia Registrations

    Dejan Sarka
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    SQL Saturday #356 Slovenia is practically full. OK, actually we have already reached the expected number of registrations (200). We have raised the number to 220, and we are close to that number as well. Therefore, we (the organizers, Matija, Mladen and me) need to ask all of you who are registered and already know that you will not be able to attend: please unregister and make room for those who would like to attend, but did not register yet. And you who would like to register, please do it as soon as possible, in order to get the confirmation immediately or to be at least at the top of the…
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    MySQL Performance Blog

  • MySQL benchmarking: Know your baseline variance!

    Peter Zaitsev
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Often enough I find MySQL benchmark results where the difference between results is 1% or even less and some conclusions are drawn. Now it is not that 1% is not important – especially when you’re developing the product you should care about those 1% improvements or regressions because they tend to add up. However with such a small difference it is very important to understand whenever this is for real or it is just the natural variance for your baseline test.Take a look at this graph: Click the image for a larger view) This is the result for a simple in-memory, read-only…
  • Percona XtraDB Cluster 5.6.21-25.8 is now available

    Hrvoje Matijakovic
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    Percona is glad to announce the new release of Percona XtraDB Cluster 5.6 on Novmeber 25th 2014. Binaries are available from downloads area or from our software repositories. We’re also happy to announce that Ubuntu 14.10 and CentOS 7 users can download, install, and upgrade Percona XtraDB Cluster 5.6 from Percona’s software repositories.Based on Percona Server 5.6.21-70.1 including all the bug fixes in it, Galera Replicator 3.8, and on Codership wsrep API 25.7, Percona XtraDB Cluster 5.6.21-25.8 is now the current General Availability release. All of Percona‘s software is open-source…
  • (More) Secure local passwords in MySQL 5.6 and up

    Jay Janssen
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    I log into a lot of different servers running MySQL and one of the first things I do is create a file in my home directory called ‘.my.cnf’ with my credentials to that local mysql instance:[client] user=root password=secretThis means I don’t have to type my password in every time, nor am I tempted to include it on the command line with -p and get the dreaded (but completely accurate):Warning: Using a password on the command line interface can be insecure.MySQL 5.6 introduces a utility to make this easier and more secure. First, let’s start with a new mysqld instance…
  • Percona Server 5.6.21-70.1 is now available

    Hrvoje Matijakovic
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:28 am
    Percona is glad to announce the release of Percona Server 5.6.21-70.1 on November 24, 2014. Download the latest version from the Percona web site or from the Percona Software Repositories.Based on MySQL 5.6.21, including all the bug fixes in it, Percona Server 5.6.21-70.1 is the current GA release in the Percona Server 5.6 series. Percona Server is open-source and free. Complete details of this release can be found in the 5.6.21-70.1 milestone on Launchpad.Bugs Fixed:A slave replicating in RBR mode would crash, if a table definition between master and slave differs with an allowed…
  • Schema changes in MySQL for OpenStack Trove users

    Stephane Combaudon
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    People using OpenStack Trove instances can hit a common issue in the MySQL world: how to perform schema change operations while minimizing the impact on the database server? Let’s explore the options that can allow online schema changes.SummaryWith MySQL 5.5, pt-online-schema-change from Percona Toolkit is your best option for large tables while regular ALTER TABLE statements are only acceptable for small tables. Also beware of metadata locks.With MySQL 5.6, almost all types of schema changes can be done online. Metadata locks can also be an issue. pt-online-schema-change can still be…
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    ProjectVRM

  • How music lovers can fix the broken music business and stop screwing artists

    Doc Searls
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:41 pm
    In Taylor Swift, Spotify and the Musical Food Chain Myth, musician Doria Roberts (@DoriaRoberts) details a problem that we’ve been hearing about for the duration:  artists have been getting screwed by the music industry, which now includes streaming services such as Spotify, paying tiny fractions of a penny for every tune everybody hears through them. She writes, …not only have physical CD sales been down, but also the digital money I used to get from legal downloads all but disappeared. Instead of getting weekly payments ranging between $200-$750 from my distributor, I started…
  • Weekend Linklings

    Doc Searls
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:52 am
    The Net makes VRM possible. No Net, no VRM. So for this post I’ve gathered a bunch of stuff about the Net, starting with posts about neutrality and structural separation, and then moving on to other Net-threatening topics. David Reed:Does the Internet need “governance?The short answer is no. The best long answer is here.  And we need it, because “Internet governance” is a hot topic. Pay close attention to what he says about “stakeholders.” EFF:The White House Gets It Right On Net Neutrality. Will the FCC? Susan Crawford (who worked for him), gives…
  • On its 10th Anniversary, Firefox gets even more VRooMy

    Doc Searls
    11 Nov 2014 | 3:16 pm
    I just upgraded Firefox from 33.0.1 to 33.1 — the 10th Anniversary edition. When it came up, I was greeted by welcome notes and a tour that begins with this: Nice! And that’s just one of the new privacy-respecting goodies that come with the latest version. watch this video: Here’s the script (with a different voice for each line), which I just transcribed: Who owns the Internet? The answer is no one. The answer is everyone. Which is why thousands of volunteers around the globe give  their time and talent To create an Internet experience that’s owned by everyone. And …
  • What would a VRM social network be?

    Doc Searls
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    The Big Bang of Social Networking is a piece by Jim Dwyer in The New York Times that will likely be a subject of a session today or tomorrow at IIW. So here are a few thoughts of my toward that discussion… All of us had social networks before Facebook, Diaspora and Ello existed. We still do. They’re in our heads, hearts, contact lists and address books. Facebook, Diaspora* and Ello are silo’d commercial services. They do serve many social purposes, of course, and a few very well, or they wouldn’t be so popular. If we want real social networks online, we need to start…
  • @Capgemini on #VRM: well done!

    Doc Searls
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    Just learned about these two new videos by @Capgemini: What is Vendor Relationship Management in the New Customer-Centric Age? What are the key differences between CRM and VRM? The introductory copy says, Both Customer Relationship Management and Vendor Relationship Management want to improve customer relationships but they approach this differently. Find out what are the three main factors that separate them. Both videos not only explain VRM nicely, but illustrate it on a whiteboard: Big thanks to @LarrySCohen, @NielsvdLinden, @rickmans, Nick Gill and all the other @Capgemini people…
 
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    Symantec Connect

  • Event ID 41107

    ashks2014
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:31 am
    I need a solution I'm seeing this error for some mailboxes when running the provisioning task. I've tried applying the registry fix below: http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=TECH54529 I have rerun the provisioning task and don't get the errors now but i stil can't find the mailboxes when i do a synchronization or try to run-now. If i try to enable the mailboxes they don't show up either. Would the server need a reboot after this reg edit? It's a live production server so i haven't been able to do that. Does anybody have any ideas as to what else i can try?
  • VMWare machines cache info via command in txt format

    NCS-SAN
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:51 am
    I need a solution Hi, I'm trying to find how to use a command to get the information that one views when refreshing the VMWare machines cache. I need some of the information that it contains (see several colums here) to use in a script for auditing purposes. I did find the XML files in the fi_cntl folder and as far as I know, they are generated by bpvmutil utitlity. Where can I find more details about bpvmutil and the options that can be used with it? I have checked both the VMWare admin guide and Command reference guide. Thanks
  • Navigation in the form

    Estefania Rdz
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:51 am
    I do not need a solution (just sharing information) Someone has done or know if there is a way to get to poke a button on the top of my form, is positioned on a label with the same name of the button. Something like .. any idea to do something like this? Thanks
  • Virus & Spyware Protection not updating but Threat protection does

    John_O
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:18 am
    I need a solution Hi we have an installation of SEP 12.1.5 which recently clients have stopped updating Virus and Spyware Protection, however Network Threat Protection and Proactive Threat Protecion both update fine. The weird thing is this is happening across 2 seperate sites on different networks. We have 2 LUA's that download updates and 2 SEPM's which take the updates and the clients update themselves from the SEPM's. The last time the virus defs were updated was the 17th November.   Nothing has chagned in terms of the SEPM/SEP setup.  The clients are still communicating…
  • Instalación remota del agente de DLO 7.5

    Manuel_Montoya
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:04 am
    I need a solution Hola a todos,   Necesito ayuda con el despliegue de agentes de DLO 7.5, lo he instalado manualmente y funciona correctamente, sin embargo cuando voy a iniciar el proceso de despliegue a traves del botón herramientas, la opción de "Instalar los agentes y el servidor de mantenimiento en equipos remotos" me aparece deshabilitada, en gris, Agradezco su colaboración.
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  • A paean to archivists worldwide

    JP
    1 Nov 2014 | 3:12 am
      Yesterday an old friend, Jael Silliman, someone I grew up with, posted an article about the disappearing Jewish community of Kolkata. [If you get the chance, you should read The Man With Many Hats, which she published last year. Powerful.] Our families were neighbours through the late 196os and throughout the 1970s, and in those […]
  • Thinking about curry: and a paean to goats

    JP
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    Photo from Tumblr dedicated to climbing goats When I moved to the UK in 1980, the curry enthusiast in me quietly died. “Indian” restaurants weren’t Indian. I’m not trying to be pedantic and distinguishing between Indian and Bangladeshi: in fact, as someone who was born in Calcutta and lived there for 23 years, Bangladeshi food […]
  • Thinking about Maccher Jhol and recipes and openness in general

    JP
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    I know, it’s been a while since I posted anything at all. Been busy reading, listening to people, thinking. Lots to think about. More of that later. Maccher jhol. A spicy fish stew common in eastern parts of India, principally in West Bengal and Orissa. [I suspect it’s common in Bangladesh as well, I just […]
  • Rollright Stones

    JP
    1 Jun 2014 | 4:22 am
      I learnt yesterday that the Cotswold village of Little Rollright was up for sale for the princely sum of £18m. My first reaction? I wonder if Steve Winwood knows about this. Why? Because somewhere in the back of my mind, a song started playing:   Many of these Can be seen In quiet places, […]
  • Can you replace a warped mind with a computer? And can anyone code? Ruminations on a lazy Saturday

    JP
    3 May 2014 | 11:10 am
    Some people used to think I have a warped mind. [Maybe some people think I still have a warped mind, but that’s a different matter]. As a teenager and as a young man, I was known for my interest in crosswords, in Scrabble, in chess, in duplicate bridge, in mathematical puzzles, in arcane trivia. This […]
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    Enterprise Irregulars

  • Corporate Venture Capital’s Role in Disruptive Innovation Part 2: Will the Big Numbers Result In Big Success this Time?

    Evangelos Simoudis
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    I started writing these posts with the hypothesis that in their effort to innovate, corporations must re-invent the traditional R&D model with one that augments the R&D efforts with venture investments, acquisitions, strategic partnerships and startup incubation. Corporate VCs (CVCs) are expected to play a big role in this innovation quest. With that in mind corporations are establishing such groups in record numbers, including corporations from industries that have not traditionally worked with venture capital. Corporations have been providing their venture organizations with…
  • Going Up the IoT Stack with ThingMonk and The Business of IOT, Shoreditch London Dec 2,3,4

    James Governor
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Never knowingly under-ambitious I decided to build on the success of Thingmonk last year, but adding another day, dedicated to business issues and industry transformations led by the sensor/Big Data/automation IoT revolution. So now we have a hackday, followed by a day of technical talks, followed by a day of talks for people that normally wear suits. No wonder organisations like 2lemetry, Salesforce and the Eclipse Foundation have come in as sponsors. Many of you already know Simon Wardley of Ducks, they’re Fowl but Not by Choice fame, but did you know he is also an arch theorist of…
  • CIOs make progress, but still get no respect

    Michael Krigsman
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:11 am
    Chief Information Officers have made great strides to become more strategic and valuable to the organizations they serve. At the same time, research from numerous sources demonstrates the large gap that remains between IT performance and business expectations. In simple terms, the data shows that many senior business decision-makers view CIOs and IT in a neutral, or even negative, light that indicates a lack of respect and credibility. I suspect three strong contributing factors: Many organizations constrain IT’s ability to act strategically by simultaneously demanding both cost reductions…
  • The coming together of the Internet of Things and Smart Grids

    Tom Raftery
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    I was asked to speak at the recent SAP TechEd && d-code (yes, two ampersands, that’s the branding, not a typo) on the topic of the Internet of Things and Energy. This is a curious space, because, while the Internet of Things is all the rage now in the consumer space, the New Black, as it were; this is relatively old hat in the utilities sector. Because utilities have expensive, critical infrastructure in the field (think large wind turbines, for example), they need to be able to monitor them remotely. These devices use Internet of Things technologies to report back to base. this is…
  • Platform Native

    Denis Pombriant
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:49 am
    The idea of an omnipotent software platform and the evolution of Customer Science go hand in hand. Customer Science is the upshot of my idea that we’re in the process of converting from random acts of CRM in the front office to a more structured, efficient, and predictable approach to conducting front office business. Platforms make Customer Science possible. The emphasis on collecting and analyzing customer big data has taken up most of the brain space in the discussion about the front office but it is only half of the Customer Science story. The other part is what vendors do with the…
 
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  • Announcing availability: SAP Nation

    vinnie
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:50 am
    This weekend I emailed preview copies of my new book on the SAP economy to select media around the world. I have attached below the “front matter” for my blog readers – the table of contents and the preface. In...
  • SAP Simplification: an exciting development

    vinnie
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:10 am
    It’s tough to miss a 3 page, full color spread in the Wall Street Journal. And if you miss it, it slaps you on the head a couple of days later. Dr Hasso Plattner’s conversation with Dennis Howlett provides more...
  • Workday Rising: Speak softly and carry big, happy customers

    vinnie
    6 Nov 2014 | 11:13 am
    Howard Street in San Francisco on Tuesday morning looked different. The tarmac was visible and cars were actually using it. Outside Moscone Center, a local folk rock band, Blind Willies was playing. Excellent, but nowhere near the brand recognition of...
  • Microsofts Connected Tissue

    vinnie
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    Mike Ehrenberg, CTO for Microsoft Business Solutions was describing his new CEO Satya Nadella’s management style – the senior leadership team meets twice a week. “It plays havoc with planning international trips, but allows us to iterate rapidly as a...
  • Have you hugged an Enterprise Blogger today?

    vinnie
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    Enterprise conference season is in full swing and it gives you a chance to catch up with so many smart people who make this industry a reality – Stan Swete at Workday, Charles Phillips at Infor, Mike Ehrenberg at Microsoft,...
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  • We Change The World, The World Changes Us

    Chuck Hollis
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:10 pm
    I was born in 1959.  I guess I have the dubious honor of watching the world change for over half a century. Yes, I could fill several uninteresting pages with the rapid pace of innovation in technology, human health, physics, economics, chemistry, etc.   It seems the boundaries of human knowledge continue to expand like a supernova. More interesting to me is how this new world is changing us — as individuals, and as members of society.   It’s easy to get caught up in the wave of “now”, and lose sight of how we used to think about the world. But, make no mistake, as…
  • Big Ideas — Where Are They Now?

    Chuck Hollis
    13 Nov 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Like so many people in this industry, I can get easily enamored by Big Ideas.  Powerfully intoxicating, they take your mind off the day-to-day, and transport you to a different place that might exist in the future. Like a moth to a flame, I’m drawn in — and it takes major willpower to put them down, and move on to something else.  Fortunately, I don’t appear to be alone in this regard. Over the course of eight years of blogging and 1200+ blog posts, there are clearly times when I have fallen prey to the seductive power of Big Ideas. I thought it might be fun to go back and…
  • My Obsolete Storage Knowledge

    Chuck Hollis
    7 Nov 2014 | 10:24 am
    After finishing university work, I assiduously kept many of my textbooks, thinking they would be incredibly useful at some point in the future.   After all, they were so expensive! I was a fool.  After the second house move, I tossed them. They were interesting, but certainly not worth lugging around.  And nobody wanted them, either. As I reflect back on various chapters in my personal Storage Encyclopedia, I’m realizing that there are vast tranches that are candidates for leaving behind.   Yes, many topics were once interesting, but not exactly useful going forward.
  • VSAN, VSAs and External Arrays

    Chuck Hollis
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:08 am
    I had a bit of fun last week, commenting on Nigel Poulton’s blog post discussing this topic, among others.  What I really enjoyed was the polite but vivacious discussion that emerged in the comments. For the most part, people were disagreeing without being disagreeable.  How civil. That being said, I tend to reflect on things after the fact.  I came to the conclusion that it was an incomplete discussion on several levels.   If you’re not into storage stuff, perhaps this would be a good post to skip.  A friendly reminder: everything in this blog represents my…
  • Hybridicity

    Chuck Hollis
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    OK, I’m a sucker for cool words. Especially when they neatly summarize a very complex and nuanced discussion.  I heard this one being used at one of our internal VMware meetings, and it rang like a bell in my brain.  I’ll reserve the right to give credit where credit is due when I track down the original source. Hybrid — as in hybrid clouds. “-icity” — a measure of degree, as in “elasticity”. Hybridicity: a measure of just how hybrid is a particular cloud computing environment.  In this context, more hybridicity is better than less hybridicity. If we’re…
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    Exchange Server Pro

  • Exchange Server 2013 High Availability: What Would You Like to Know?

    Paul Cunningham
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:12 am
    So far the feedback from readers of Deploying and Managing Exchange Server 2013 High Availability has been positive, but there’s always more to learn about a topic as complex as high availability. Perhaps there’s a concept you’re still unsure about. Or perhaps you have a specific scenario in mind and want to clarify how it should be approached. Here’s your chance to get your questions answered by myself and fellow Exchange MVPs Michael Van Horenbeeck and Steve Goodman. Simply leave your question in the comments below and we will do our best to answer as many of them as…
  • Datacenter Activation Coordination Mode

    Paul Cunningham
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:40 am
    One of the topics I receive a lot of questions about is Datacenter Activation Coordination Mode, or DAC Mode for short. Here is an excerpt from Deploying and Managing Exchange Server 2013 High Availability that covers this topic in more detail. Datacenter Activation Coordination (DAC) Mode is a property of DAGs that is designed to prevent split brain conditions from occurring by enabling a protocol called Datacenter Activation Coordination Protocol (DACP). In addition, DAC Mode enables the use of three PowerShell cmdlets for site-resilience: Stop-DatabaseAvailabilityGroup…
  • Deploying and Managing Exchange Server 2013 High Availability

    Paul Cunningham
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:31 am
    High availability for Exchange Server 2013 is a complex, challenging area with many important technical details that are often difficult to discover on your own. So it’s no surprise that high availability is a topic that generates more questions in my inbox and on Twitter than any other, and that the high availability articles on this website receive some of the highest visitor numbers. Earlier this year I teamed up with fellow Exchange MVPs Michael Van Horenbeeck and Steve Goodman to produce an ebook that helps to fill in the gaps and teach people practical skills they can apply to the…
  • Are Lagged Database Copies a Waste of Time?

    Paul Cunningham
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:45 am
    In a comment on my recent article on Exchange Server 2013 lagged database copies Chris wrote: I do not see any advantage in a lagged copy of a database. If any kind of corruption happens on a database we still have daily backup of the active DB which we can “activate” very shortly. With lagged copy of a database, you still need a passive copy for high availability, you will end up with two copies of each database + the backup the active one . For me it is a waste of storage for what it brings. This is a point of view worth considering. Certainly for some organizations lagged database…
  • Exchange Server 2013 Lagged Database Copies In Action

    Paul Cunningham
    6 Nov 2014 | 12:22 am
    This article is an excerpt from the Deploying and Managing Exchange Server 2013 High Availability ebook. A lagged database copy is a passive database copy in a database availability group that has a delayed log replay time configured. Normally a passive database copy will replay the transaction log data into the database immediately, so that the passive database copy is as up to date as possible. With a lagged database copy the administrator sets a delay on the log replay, so that the database copy “lags” behind the others in terms of the latest database changes. This lag interval…
 
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    Socialcast | Enterprise Social Network Platform

  • Feature Updates: November 2014

    Samantha Lee
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Check out Socialcast’s newest feature additions, fixes, and updates for the month of November*: 1. New Message Notification in Stream Real-time updates of the Socialcast stream are great at keeping you informed with timely information, but they can also be disruptive in a highly active community. In the past, you may have gotten frustrated when you were deeply engrossed in a long thread and the stream jumped once a new message got posted, forcing you to lose your spot.Good news! We have eliminated this stream bounciness and will now maintain your position in the stream after you’ve…
  • Ending Support for Desktop App, Outlook Plugin, and BlackBerry Mobile App

    Samantha Lee
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Starting February 28th, 2015, we will no longer support the Socialcast Desktop App, Outlook Plugin, and BlackBerry Mobile App and these apps will no longer be available for download. Users who have previously installed versions of these apps will still be able to use them; however, we will cease development and support efforts. We came to this difficult decision after evaluating our usage data, where we observed that a very small percentage of Socialcast users actually utilize these apps. We decided that we would like to invest our resources into developing features that drive more value to…
  • Feature Updates: October 2014

    Samantha Lee
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Check out Socialcast’s newest feature additions, fixes, and updates for the month of October*: 1. Exposed Additional Settings in Group and Town Hall Creation Dialog Over the last few months, we received many requests for some additional features when creating new Socialcast Groups or Town Halls. Many of these features already existed but were hidden behind a ‘show more’ link in each respective new creation dialog and hard for users to find. For example, the option to “Allow members to see questions before they have been answered by a speaker” for Town Halls and the option to…
  • Feature Updates: September 2014

    Samantha Lee
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:07 pm
    We have some exciting new features and enhancements this month, including a new Custom Theme Builder! Theme your Socialcast community to match your corporate branding, showoff your company culture, and drive internal initiatives. Admins can use this interactive tool to create and deploy beautiful themes for end-users to enjoy in a matter of seconds. This feature is only available for Premium communities, so upgrade your Free community today. Check out the features available for September* and let us know what you think: 1. Custom Theme Builder At Socialcast, we love empowering our customers…
  • Simplify Socialcast Mobile App Deployment with Airwatch

    Oren Root
    27 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    VMware’s Socialcast now integrates with AirWatch to simplify mobile application deployment – AirWatch Blog
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    Panorama Consulting Solutions

  • Tuesday Poll: Change Management Difficulty

    Panorama Consulting Solutions
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    According to our 2014 ERP Report: Organizational Change Management, more than 60-percent of respondents said that the organizational change adjustments made during their ERP implementations were either difficult or very difficult. How would you describe the organizational adjustments of your past ERP implementations? Take a moment to vote in our poll and then check back to review overall results. Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.
  • Navigating an International ERP Implementation

    The Consultants' Corner
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:04 am
    Everyone loves a party and ERP project kick-offs are no exception. It’s a chance to talk about change, envision the future, meet people in your organization you may have had little or no interaction with.  While people may say that they like change, functional areas, country offices and organizations don’t like the change that a new ERP system imposes, unless it is part of the day-to-day DNA. As the head of IT, once the curtain comes down on the kick-off meeting, there are many icebergs to navigate through. In an international ERP implementation, these icebergs are layered on top of…
  • Assessing ERP System Usability

    The Consultants' Corner
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:04 am
    An ERP project will succeed or fail based on a number of criteria, not the least of which is the system’s usability. Today’s end-users are accustomed to intuitive, easy to-use interfaces akin to what they experience when using technology in their daily lives. Whether it is an app on their tablet to buy concert tickets or a touch screen on their PC , today’s end-users live in a world where the user interface is clean, simple and intuitive. Unfortunately, there are still many ERP systems out there that are not designed with the end-user in mind. Instead, they look dated, often requiring…
  • Infor Delivers ITAR Compatibility for Infor CloudSuite Aerospace & Defense

    Infor
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:28 am
    Key Benefits Include Architecture Controls, Infrastructure Monitoring, Personnel Training and Ongoing Compliance Audits Infor, a leading provider of business application software serving more than 73,000 customers, today announced a new feature Infor CloudSuiteTM Aerospace & Defense (A&D) to aid compliance with International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). The ITAR function will serve as a complementary function for new or existing Infor CloudSuite A&D customers, to facilitate compliance for Infor customers that are creating a US defense article or performing a US defense…
  • Top 10 Predictions for the ERP Software Industry in 2015

    Eric Kimberling
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Another year is about to draw to a close, which is always a good time to look back on accomplishments from the last year and look forward to the upcoming new year. In 2014, much in the ERP software industry stayed the same, but plenty of things changed as well. One thing that hasn’t changed was the proliferation of high-profile ERP failures and challenges.  For example: Avon pulled the plug on it’s $125 million ERP implementation after a botched roll out in its Canadian operations The federal government’s healthcare.gov web-site and back-end functions had a number of flaws and issues…
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    Firstbiz

  • BSNL launches mobile location tracking, security service

    hidden
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:24 am
    The application will send the location details through SMS to the emergency number. The application also allows a user to remotely raise an alarm on the lost or misplaced device. The post BSNL launches mobile location tracking, security service appeared first on Firstbiz.
  • Air India offers discounted fares on select global routes

    hidden
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:16 am
    Air India has a network of 33 global destinations spread over the US, Europe, Canada, Far-East and South-East Asia and the Gulf besides domestic routes. The post Air India offers discounted fares on select global routes appeared first on Firstbiz.
  • Expect a Flipkart, Big Baazar or a Railways bank: India’s biggest banking revolution is here

    Dinesh Unnikrishnan
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:33 am
    This is a golden opportunity for entities, which didn’t get into the final list for full service banking permits last year, since they can now become a small finance bank and gradually grow to a full service bank at a later stage once prove their efficiency. The post Expect a Flipkart, Big Baazar or a Railways bank: India’s biggest banking revolution is here appeared first on Firstbiz.
  • Cabinet secretary to meet officials, industry on easing business norms

    hidden
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:02 am
    Cabinet Secretary Ajit Kumar Seth has convened a meeting of senior government officials and industry representatives tomorrow to firm up steps to ensure that India shows improvement in 'ease of doing business'. The post Cabinet secretary to meet officials, industry on easing business norms appeared first on Firstbiz.
  • Small finance, payments banks a reality now; RBI spells out final rules

    Firstbiz Staff
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:50 am
    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Thursday issued the final guidelines for small finance banks and payments banks in India setting the stage for differentiated banking regime in Asia’s third largest economy. The post Small finance, payments banks a reality now; RBI spells out final rules appeared first on Firstbiz.
 
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    OSS Line

  • Alcatel-Lucent Malaysia and NetworkMining Cooperation in APAC

    J. Pullen
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:52 am
    Alcatel-Lucent and NetworkMining, an independent supplier of IP & optical network mediation software, today announces that NetworkMining software has been deployed at Tenaga Nasional Berhad (“TNB”), the largest electricity utility in Malaysia and a leading utility company in Asia. The software will enable TNB to optimize the management of its mission-critical, nationwide optical transmission network. “This deployment is another proof how Network Mining helps utilities to assure the operation of business critical communications infrastructure”, said Roland Leners, Sales &…
  • Amdocs Releases CES 9.2 and Hypes-Up Hyper Connectivity

    J. Pullen
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:02 am
    Amdocs has announced Amdocs CES 9.2, the company’s latest portfolio release. Spanning business support systems (BSS), operational support systems (OSS), and network control and optimization, Amdocs CES 9.2 enables service providers to succeed in the hyper-connected world by leveraging their network assets and relationship with their customers. “The hyper-connected world, a world in which the industry is forecasting to have 50-80 billion connected devices and a major increase to the world’s internet population by 2020, poses a great opportunity for service providers. By…
  • Ericsson to Cut Costs and Jobs

    J. Pullen
    14 Nov 2014 | 1:55 am
    FierceWireless reports on Ericsson’s plan to cut costs by $1.21 billion by 2017, refocusing efforts around cloud, software and non-carrier customers. Ericsson will slash jobs as part of that effort, though the vendor did not say how many positions it will cut. The cost cuts are part of Ericsson’s larger strategic transformation toward software, media and working with customers that are not telecommunications carriers. “The key components of our profit improvement plan is to strengthen core business, build strength in targeted areas while at the same time continue to improve…
  • Centina Systems Named One of the Fastest Growing Companies in North America

    J. Pullen
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:04 am
    Proving OSS can still make a splash, Centina Systems has made Deloitte’s 2014 Technology Fast 500 list with an impressive 314% growth rate. Centina Systems, a leading provider in strategic assurance analytics and network management solutions for communications service providers (CSPs) worldwide, has announced it ranked No. 291 on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North America. Centina Systems grew 314 percent during this period. Centina Systems’ chief…
  • Optus Chooses NetCracker OSS

    J. Pullen
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:24 am
    NetCracker Technology and NEC Corp. have announced that Optus, Australian integrated telecommunications subsidiary of SingTel has selected them to deliver a comprehensive, multi-phased upgrade program. Working with NetCracker and NEC Australia, this project will allow Optus to upgrade its existing OSS Systems spanning Optus’ lines of business including consumer and business wireless; broadband; enterprise data, voice, and ICT services and IP telephony; across the service fulfillment chain, from service order management to network configuration and activation. NetCracker will provide Optus…
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    Ultra Consultants

  • Apax and The Exact Software Buyout: Will It Happen?

    George Trudell
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:25 am
    In a press release on October 9th, 2014 Exact Software announced they are in negotiations to be purchased by Apax, a UK-based private equity firm focused on long-term growth companies in multiple industries, including technology. Exact is probably best known in the United States for its JobBoss ERP system, which has a significant user base of small to mid-sized manufacturing job shops and other manufacturing and distribution customers. Exact’s other products include Macola, MAX, Exact Synergy, Exact Global Next, and Exact Online. So what could this Exact Software buyout mean for their…
  • What is Employee Engagement and Why is it So Important?

    Dennis Gilhooley, Jr.
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:38 am
    Through our multiple and varied projects, Ultra clearly sees a direct correlation between successful projects and employee engagement. This assumption seems perfectly rational, as one would imagine the more involved and supportive your employees are, the more likely they are to be aware of the expectations when engaging in the search for a new ERP project. But despite the obvious benefits, it seems companies still need to work on improving this level of engagement. The Stats Behind Employee Engagement A 2012 study by Gallup called “The State of the American Workplace” found that only 30%…
  • Top Things to Consider When Looking for the Best Solution for Medical Device ERP

    Martin Moor
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:22 am
    After countless ERP projects, Ultra Consultants knows that selecting an ERP software solution is about much more than just functionality and price point. When looking for the right fit, keep the following considerations in mind, especially if you are on the hunt for the best medical device ERP solution: Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) – an ideal TCO is over 5 years Technology Alignment – make sure the solution follows your information technology roadmap and keeps your staffing competencies in mind Implementation Confidence – confidence is key for a successful delivery of your future state…
  • JustFoodERP Software: An Implementation Success Story

    George Trudell
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:42 am
    My colleague Dave Saunders and I are in the midst of kicking off an implementation with a current food and beverage client. For this engagement, we partnered with JustFoodERP software vendor, who sent a team that is both talented and a true joy to work with. This team came on-site extremely prepared, putting a very well thought out process into effect. The JustFoodERP implementation kickoff ran very smoothly, because their consultants came in with a high level of organization in line with the JustFoodERP methodology. Sometimes Simple is Key The process Dave and I were so impressed with seems…
  • ERP Education and the Ultra Webinar Recording Library

    Jeff Carr
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:18 am
    When it comes to client engagements, Ultra is used to being brought on in on a variety of different levels – sometimes we put together a team simply to manage one isolated assignment, and others Ultra is put in charge of an entire ERP project, all the way from selection to implementation. But regardless of our level of involvement, we believe the most important factor leading to any smooth and successful ERP project is ERP education. Education as the Key to Understanding the Future State Education is a crucial part of every project because it is essential for each person involved in the…
 
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    The Investing Edge

  • Why Early Stage Investing Continues to Excite

    Matt Fates
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:23 am
    At Ascent, we firmly believe that the early stage is the ideal time to invest in emerging enterprise IT companies. Injecting capital during that sweet-spot inflection point  – after product or service development and initial customer feedback, but before the company has started to scale – can deliver high multiple returns when executed well. But that’s not to suggest it is easy.  It requires significant expertise and judgment, as well as hard work. One of the most critical steps is selecting the right companies to back, and being disciplined about exactly what fits the selection…
  • Why We’re Watching the Bring Your Own App (BYOA) Trend

    Matt Fates
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    The BYOA movement continues to grow – both in enterprises worldwide and in social media. While Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and others continue to proliferate as means for employees to work more productively, social mentions of BYOA have increased as well, according to the latest iteration of the Ascent Index. But is BYOA getting the level of attention it really deserves? From a technology standpoint, BYOA is a logical successor to BYOD. BYOD made commonplace the use of personal devices in the workplace; BYOA simply extends that philosophy to personal applications that pose a huge…
  • Want to change the world? ‘Secure’ the Next Killer App in IoT

    Luke Burns
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    “What’s the next killer app in the Internet of Things?” It was the first of many topics of discussion at the Ascent B2B IT Forum in Cambridge on Tuesday night. In front of a packed house of nearly 200 attendees, panelists at “From Industry 4.0 to iWatch: The Internet of Things” suggested several groundbreaking ideas that might be in the running. Mike Helfrich of Blue Force Development, a company that does a lot of work with the Department of Defense, has been deploying data-collecting and data-sharing devices on the battlefield. Helfrich believes there is enormous opportunity for…
  • Announcing the October B2B IT Forum on the Internet of Things

    Luke Burns
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Industry analysts have predicted 26 billion devices will be connected to the internet by 2020, creating a several trillion dollar market in Internet of Things (IoT) goods and services. With claims that this sector could usher in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, it’s important to look beyond the hype and better define the opportunities and challenges presented by IoT. The widespread emergence of the Internet of Things will take time, but as more objects gain intelligence through embedded sensors and processors, we are getting closer to realizing the full potential of this technology. As we…
  • Startup Success in Every Stage of Growth – Seed Stage

    Luke Burns
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:02 am
    First of a three-part series from Luke Burns, offering observations on what makes a successful startup at every stage of growth. There might not be a better time to be an entrepreneur on the East Coast. Massachusetts companies raised over $1 billion (over 100 deals) in venture capital in Q2 of 2014, the state’s highest in three years, according to CB Insights’ Venture Capital Activity and Exit Report. But regardless of where an entrepreneur is looking toset up shop, there are a few key things to keep in mind when starting and growing a company. Drawing from our own experiences as…
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    All Channels

  • Guest Post: Survey Reveals Benefits in Using Virtual and Cloud-Based Dev/Test Environments

    nwurst@skytap.com
    12 Nov 2014 | 11:45 am
    This article was authored by Melissa Jacobson and was originally published on Orasi's "Eye on Quality" blog.In late August, voke, Inc. debuted its “Market Snapshot Report: Virtual and Cloud-Based Labs,” about how companies of all sizes and levels of testing sophistication view, use and benefit from virtual and cloud-based development and testing technologies. The results were pretty amazing―even we were surprised! Among the many benefits the 503 participant companies (50% of which were U.S. based) cited, 53% saw reduced CAPEX (capital expenditures) from the use of virtual and…
  • Now Available: Removing Barriers to Continuous Delivery of Business Value

    nwurst@skytap.com
    7 Nov 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Many organizations are recognizing that faster application delivery leads to better business results, but they struggle with how to overcome their barriers to faster delivery. In this webinar, guest speaker Kurt Bittner, Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, Inc., discusses the most common barriers to faster delivery and how organizations work to remove those barriers.After the presentation, Kurt took a variety of attendees' questions, including:How do organizations typically adopt these techniques? Where should you start? We’ve run into problems on agile projects because teams don’t…
  • Your Healthcare, Your Cloud, and HIPAA

    nwurst@skytap.com
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:26 am
    Healthcare companies once considered the idea of managing any computing activities in the cloud a distant future due to ever-tightening standards of patient privacy. But software development and testing workloads are equally as ideal and secure in the cloud for health industry enterprises as other complex businesses. Since the HIPAA Omnibus rule was released, and recently finalized, covered entities or business associates of covered entities can more readily utilize cloud providers. Skytap’s HIPAA-ready offering of Environments as a Service (EaaS) is a low-cost, scalable, and secure…
  • Guest Post: What’s Killing Software Testers?

    nwurst@skytap.com
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    ​Our Tap In Partner Parasoft cooked up this nightmare-inducing, Halloween themed piece; it was originally published on their excellent blog.With Halloween rapidly approaching, let's take a quick look at some of the top things that are killing software testers...Accelerated Release Cycles In response to today's demand for speed and "Continuous Everything," the software delivery conveyer belt keeps moving faster and faster.  Considering that software testing has long been a thorn in the side of the software delivery process, it's unreasonable to expect that simply trying to speed up an…
  • On-premises Data Masking for Increased Cloud Testing Security

    nwurst@skytap.com
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    We recently hosted a webinar with one of our partners, Axis Technology, to demonstrate how their DMSuite® tool ensures that sensitive production data remains secure, while also providing testers with "intelligent" datasets that help them provide more complete testing. This webinar provides tips on how on-premises masked test data management addresses security concerns, while still allowing for continuous testing in the cloud. You'll learn how DMSuite® performs the following tasks to help you build better software faster:Masks structured and unstructured data completely on-premises, in…
 
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    Ivobe

  • What is SAP IDES?

    Patrick Garde
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:38 am
    SAP is a very demanding career option. SAP careers are in demand worldwide irrespective of the SAP module. Each and every module of SAP has equally good prospects.The most common question is “How can I kick off my career as SAP Consultant in this competitive world, is it sufficient if I just browse over SAP training books?” Unexpectedly, the most typical answer you would hear from many experienced SAP consultants is “Of course, the theoretical concepts, however, in SAP handbooks can only take you so far. You should practice the concepts through the exercises given at the end of each…
  • What are the Benefits of SAP?

    Patrick Garde
    8 Nov 2014 | 5:50 pm
    If you are the CEO of a large corporation, then you are likely aware of how important choosing the right business management software is. With the right software like SAP, your business could function on a much smoother basis, which can improve productivity, increase the ease of communicating with customers, and more. Here are some of the major benefits of SAP that you might want to consider:Time-SavingThere is only so much that can be done in a regular work day, but with SAP, the most time-consuming tasks, such as creating invoices, posting payments, and tallying daily sales figures can be…
  • Where and When to Learn SAP?

    Patrick Garde
    8 Nov 2014 | 5:23 pm
    If you are in charge of running a mid to large sized business and you don’t yet use SAP (Systems, Applications & Products) then you might want to seriously consider utilizing this innovative and helpful software. SAP is a software program that has been around for 42 years. Since its origination, SAP has continued to evolve into what is now considered to be one of the top business software programs worldwide.Many companies love SAP and consider it to be superior because it has the ability to make many different aspects of running a business easier. For instance, with SAP Business…
  • Who Uses SAP Software?

    Patrick Garde
    7 Nov 2014 | 9:19 am
    SAP stands for ‘Systems, Applications and Products.’ SAP has been around since 1972 and in that time, it has flourished, even after many different widespread changes in the software industry. SAP is the type of software that large organizations use in order to manage their various operations. SAP has come a long way even in its relatively long history, partly because its developers have been able to adapt to changes that have happened throughout the business world.Who Uses SAP Software?It is important to consider the value of software like SAP and the needs of big companies.
  • Why Use SAP Software?

    Patrick Garde
    7 Nov 2014 | 8:47 am
    SAP software was launched in 1972 by five German IBM employees. Their basic premise was to create a software program to process data whenever a user wants access. SAP stands for “Systeme, Anwendungen, Produke”, which translates to “Systems, Applications, and Products”. SAP is a software program that can manage a corporation or business as a whole, across different departments.Why use SAP software?SAP software offers business a platform in the form of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software to manage their separate databases that run their company. It was first…
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