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  • Adobe's Comp CC Layout App Available For iPad

    InformationWeek:
    Nathan Eddy
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:35 am
    Adobe is bringing its Comp CC layout application to the iPad through the Apple App Store, giving designers another mobile option for their needs.
  • Adobe's Comp CC Layout App Available For iPad

    InformationWeek:
    Nathan Eddy
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:35 am
    Adobe is bringing its Comp CC layout application to the iPad through the Apple App Store, giving designers another mobile option for their needs.
  • What's Hot In Networking: 7 Key Trends

    Network Computing:
    Marcia Savage
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:08 am
    From SDN and network automation to IPv6 and 802.11ac, the big trends in the networking industry demand your attention, and you can find them at Interop Las Vegas.
  • Oracle HCM World: Fracking for Talent

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    vinnie
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:59 am
    Thomas Smouse, VP of Administration and HR at Newfield Exploration, an attendee at Oracle’s HCM event this week in Washington, DC, appropriately framed for me the rapidly changing talent market. The oil and gas industry has been transformed with innovations...
  • Ask the Experts: ROI vs ROE

    SandHill.com General Feed
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Experts discuss whether the goal of ROI is diminishing in importance due to focus on return on user experience (ROE). Keep on reading: Ask the Experts: ROI vs ROE
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  • Adobe's Comp CC Layout App Available For iPad

    Nathan Eddy
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:35 am
    Adobe is bringing its Comp CC layout application to the iPad through the Apple App Store, giving designers another mobile option for their needs.
  • PayPal Declares It's 100% OpenStack Cloud

    Charles Babcock
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:06 am
    After a three-year migration, PayPal says it has implemented its own OpenStack cloud for close to 100% of its operations, making it one of the largest financial services OpenStack clouds in production.
  • Interop Hot Stage: Building An Enterprise Network

    Curtis Franklin Jr.
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:06 am
    The InteropNet comes to life at Hot Stage. For the first time, InformationWeek is there to cover the creation of this complex temporary network.
  • IBM Announces IoT Business Unit, Cloud Services

    Doug Henschen
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:06 am
    IBM ups the ante on Internet of Things analysis, launching a $3 billion bet on cloud-based ecosystem. How will Microsoft and Amazon respond?
  • Interop Radio Continues From Hot Stage

    Curtis Franklin Jr.
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Interop Radio is coming to you live from the Hot Stage warehouse again this week. You won't want to miss an episode.
 
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  • Adobe's Comp CC Layout App Available For iPad

    Nathan Eddy
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:35 am
    Adobe is bringing its Comp CC layout application to the iPad through the Apple App Store, giving designers another mobile option for their needs.
  • IBM Announces IoT Business Unit, Cloud Services

    Doug Henschen
    31 Mar 2015 | 4:06 am
    IBM ups the ante on Internet of Things analysis, launching a $3 billion bet on cloud-based ecosystem. How will Microsoft and Amazon respond?
  • ClearStory Data Touts Speedy Big Data Analysis

    Doug Henschen
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:06 pm
    ClearStory taps HDFS and Apache Spark in the cloud to let business users blend high-scale, variable data and analyze it with in-memory speed.
  • Linux Seeks Security, Unity

    Rick Merritt
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:05 am
    Experts at the Embedded Linux Conference say that open-source software needs more attention to interoperability, security, and its kernel, for the Internet of Things.
  • Microsoft Office 365 Gets MDM Boost

    Kelly Sheridan
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:35 am
    Mobile device management becomes generally available in Office 365 to meet growing need for secure mobile productivity.
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    Network Computing:

  • What's Hot In Networking: 7 Key Trends

    Marcia Savage
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:08 am
    From SDN and network automation to IPv6 and 802.11ac, the big trends in the networking industry demand your attention, and you can find them at Interop Las Vegas.
  • Security Breaches Keep Network Teams Busy

    Marcia Savage
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Network Instruments study shows that network engineers are spending more of their day responding to breaches and deploying security controls.
  • SDS & Hyperconvergence: Sense & Nonsense

    Howard Marks
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Howard Marks uncovers the meaning behind software-defined storage, how hyperconvergence fits in, and where these technologies make sense -- and don't.
  • Drone Initiative Saves Elephants From Poaching

    Lee Badman
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    Air Shepard pairs drone operators with supercomputing resources to combat organized criminals who slaughter elephants and rhinos in Africa for their tusks and horns.
  • SDN Interest Shifts Toward The WAN

    Dr. Jim Metzler
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Software-defined networking improves network utilization and efficiency, and as the technology matures, enterprises are looking to apply those benefits to their WAN and campus networks.
 
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    deal architect

  • Oracle HCM World: Fracking for Talent

    vinnie
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:59 am
    Thomas Smouse, VP of Administration and HR at Newfield Exploration, an attendee at Oracle’s HCM event this week in Washington, DC, appropriately framed for me the rapidly changing talent market. The oil and gas industry has been transformed with innovations...
  • Enterprise Software Churn: The NetSuite edition

    vinnie
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:25 pm
    This continues a series showcasing customers which are adopting two-tier, ring fence, third party maintenance strategies or outright replacing their core enterprise applications. Previous posts have highlighted UNIT4, Microsoft, Rimini Street , E2Open and Infor. NetSuite has shared with us...
  • S/4HANA Customer Survey

    vinnie
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:38 am
    When SAP announced S4 in February, several analysts commented (see my post here) there were scores of unanswered questions. What does the product release roadmap look like beyond the Simple Finance? When will industry specific applications become part of the...
  • SAPs Continuing Myopia

    vinnie
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:49 am
    In SAP Nation, I wrote “SAP has a tendency to write code, and then hand it over to its partners. It fails to think enough about customer deployment issues.” More of that focus on what happens in their labs and...
  • Enterprise Software Churn: Infors co-existence scenarios

    vinnie
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:25 pm
    When I was researching SAP Nation, I was impressed with how many customers are swapping out software, moving to third party maintenance, “ring fencing” the core solution with specialist tools, and implementing two and three tier strategies – different solutions...
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    SandHill.com General Feed

  • Ask the Experts: ROI vs ROE

    30 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Experts discuss whether the goal of ROI is diminishing in importance due to focus on return on user experience (ROE). Keep on reading: Ask the Experts: ROI vs ROE
  • The Added Cloud Security of Client-Side Encryption

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Here’s how client-side encryption’s advanced, asymmetric cryptography offers both businesses and individual users a more secure cloud experience. Keep on reading: The Added Cloud Security of Client-Side Encryption
  • Facts to Know about Trends in Payment Technologies

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The payment technologies space is one of 2015’s hot areas. This article discusses trends, solutions and the future of payment technologies. Keep on reading: Facts to Know about Trends in Payment Technologies
  • The Funding Road Less Traveled: Why YouMail Crowdfunded Its Series B

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Here’s why YouMail chose crowdfunding instead of following the standard path for its Series B round and three things that made crowdfunding work for them. Keep on reading: The Funding Road Less Traveled: Why YouMail Crowdfunded Its Series B
  • How Arrow Electronics is Channeling IoT, Big Data and Cloud Opportunities

    29 Mar 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The Internet of Things brings a wave of changes impacting skillset requirements, go-to-market strategies and economic models for channel partners, VARs and SIs. Keep on reading: How Arrow Electronics is Channeling IoT, Big Data and Cloud Opportunities
 
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    Hu's Blog

  • ENIGMA: Cracking an Encryption Engine

    Hu Yoshida
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:57 pm
    On the way home from New York last week I saw the movie “Imitation Game”, which is the story of Alan Turing who led the effort to break the Enigma code with fellow mathematicians at Bletchley Park in the UK during World War II. Although, I rarely watch movies on long plane rides, I was fascinated by this movie, since I had just blogged about data encryption. I am certainly not an expert on the subject of encryption or the history of Enigma, so most of what I am posting here comes from this movie and Wikipedia. Please send me comments if you find anything that is incorrect or would like to…
  • SAP HANA GOES OHANA

    Hu Yoshida
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:49 pm
    My father was born in Hawaii, where Ohana means family. In the Hawaiian culture ohana binds family and friends, to work together and remember one another.   So when I think about HDS and SAP the word OHANA comes to mind.  Why you ask?  Because Hitachi and SAP’s partnership is entering its 21st year and we are currently an SAP global service and global technology partner as well as an OEM partner. Our blade technology and UCP solutions with SAP HANA have earned us a leading position among SAP partners.  At the end of this month we expect to finish the acquisition of oXya, an SAP cloud…
  • SAP HANA Dynamic Tiering and Hitachi UCP

    Hu Yoshida
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:27 pm
    I received a question on my last post about the Dynamic Tiering feature announced in SAP HANA SPS 9. The question is how this differs from paging. The simple answer is that Dynamic Tiering is a database management feature while paging is a memory management feature. While SAP HANA is an in-memory database, it is able to tier “warm” data in the database through an extended table schema, which is now part of the HANA database catalog in memory, while the primary data image resides on storage that is outside of memory. For an explanation of SAP Dynamic Tiering you can reference this post…
  • Dispelling Myths about IOPs

    Hu Yoshida
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:51 am
    Since the SPC numbers for the G1000 came in at 2 million IOPs and blew away every other all flash array vendor, there have been a number of posts in the blog sphere discussing the relevance of IOPs as a measure of performance. Lets look at some of the myths about IOPs MYTH #1:  IOPS ARE NOT RELEVANT I agree that IOPS alone are not relevant. However, IOPs are relevant when it is measured within the context of response time, workload, and cost. The G1000′s 2 million IOPS grabbed a lot of attention, but the real story was that G1000 was able to sustain an average response time of .96 ms,…
  • DELIVERING ON INFORMATION INTELLIGENCE

    Hu Yoshida
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:22 am
    For the last five years, Hitachi Data Systems has been following a three-step vision and strategy that was defined by our CEO, Jack Domme, which he first presented at an Executive Advisory Board in August 2010. The foundation for this vision and strategy starts with a continuous infrastructure that enables the non-disruptive access to data, applications, and information over a virtualized infrastructure. The second step was a content management system for structured and unstructured data, that could scale from edge, to core, to public cloud and be accessible anywhere, any time, over any…
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    The Enterprise System Spectator

  • With Manufacturing ERP, the Best UI is No UI

    Frank Scavo
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:07 am
    Among industry analysts, there is much talk these days about smart devices. The story is that information technology is being embedded in a host of products, from your household thermostat to your wristwatch to your toothbrush. These smart devices can be connected to each other and to cloud-based systems, resulting in an Internet of Things (IoT) that enables a whole host of new products and services. They also throw off enormous quantities of data—big data—that can be analyzed for insights and predictions and further leveraged for information-based services.All this is new and exciting.
  • Beyond Business Systems to Business Transformation

    Frank Scavo
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Over the past several years, we’ve seen a subtle shift in our consulting work at Strativa. Years ago, clients would ask us to facilitate an ERP or CRM vendor selection, a business process improvement project, or various types of IT assessments. Our consultants still do those types of projects, of course.But today, increasingly, clients are asking us to help them in a more holistic way. Increasingly, they are not just looking for a new system or for business process improvement. They are looking to see how new technologies can enable new business models, how they should rethink their whole…
  • Where in the World? At the IT Financial Management Conference!

    Frank Scavo
    15 Mar 2015 | 6:18 pm
    If you are an IT executive or responsible for an IT budget, you should consider attending the IT Financial Management association conference this year, April 13-17, in Pittsburgh.For my research firm, Computer Economics, this conference is right up our alley. So, John Longwell and I will both be giving presentations at the conference this year. John, our VP of Research, will be speaking on Long Term IT Trends and What They Mean for Your Organization.  Here's the abstract: Long-term economic and technology trends are creating new challenges for IT financial management. These trends…
  • ERP Selection Is Not Just About Vendor Selection

    Frank Scavo
    22 Feb 2015 | 12:17 pm
    When an organization decides to look for a new ERP system, consultants and vendors often refer to that effort as an "ERP selection project." Sometimes they will refer to it as ERP vendor selection, or an ERP vendor evaluation, but the idea is the same. I've been advising companies on ERP selection since 1989, and my consulting firm Strativa has been doing ERP selection consulting since 2000. After many such projects, I've come to the conclusion that the whole process is misnamed. Why? Because referring to the effort as an ERP vendor selection project makes the choosing the right system the…
  • Free Resources on the New Strativa Website

    Frank Scavo
    4 Feb 2015 | 10:58 am
    After much work, we've launched a long-overdue redesign of website for Strativa, my business and IT consulting firm.Visit the new website at Strativa.com.  Free ResourcesIn addition to giving the site a fresh new design and new content, one of our motivations was to be able to offer free resources for download to our website visitors. A starting collection is now online:The Need for Independence in Advisory Services: An informal video interview that I gave recently on the history of Strativa and the value of independence. Business Strategy Case Study: The Critical Few: A case study…
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    Schneier on Security

  • Australia Outlaws Warrant Canaries

    schneier
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:14 am
    In the US, certain types of warrants can come with gag orders preventing the recipient from disclosing the existence of warrant to anyone else. A warrant canary is basically a legal hack of that prohibition. Instead of saying "I just received a warrant with a gag order," the potential recipient keeps repeating "I have not received any warrants." If the recipient stops saying that, the rest of us are supposed to assume that he has been served one. Lots of organizations maintain them. Personally, I have never believed this trick would work. It relies on the fact that a prohibition against…
  • Brute-Forcing iPhone PINs

    schneier
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:47 am
    This is a clever attack, using a black box that attaches to the iPhone via USB: As you know, an iPhone keeps a count of how many wrong PINs have been entered, in case you have turned on the Erase Data option on the Settings | Touch ID & Passcode screen. That's a highly-recommended option, because it wipes your device after 10 passcode mistakes. Even if you only set a 4-digit PIN, that gives a crook who steals your phone just a 10 in 10,000 chance, or 0.1%, of guessing your unlock code in time. But this Black Box has a trick up its cable. Apparently, the device uses a light sensor to work out,…
  • Friday Squid Blogging: Using Squid Proteins for Commercial Camouflage Products

    schneier
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:03 pm
    More research. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered.
  • Yet Another Computer Side Channel

    schneier
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:01 am
    Researchers have managed to get two computers to communicate using heat and thermal sensors. It's not really viable communication -- the bit rate is eight per hour over fifteen inches -- but it's neat.
  • New Zealand's XKEYSCORE Use

    schneier
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:46 am
    The Intercept and the New Zealand Herald have reported that New Zealand spied on communications about the World Trade Organization director-general candidates. I'm not sure why this is news; it seems like a perfectly reasonable national intelligence target. More interesting to me is that the Intercept published the XKEYSCORE rules. It's interesting to see how primitive the keyword targeting is, and how broadly it collects e-mails. The second really important point is that Edward Snowden's name is mentioned nowhere in the stories. Given how scrupulous the Intercept is about identifying him as…
 
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    Martin Fowler

  • Retreaded: CodeAsDocumentation

    Martin Fowler
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:14 am
    Retread of post orginally made on 22 Mar 2005 One of the common elements of agile methods is that they raise programming to a central role in software development - one much greater than the software engineering community usually does. Part of this is classifying the code as a major, if not the primary documentation of a software system. Almost immediately I feel the need to rebut a common misunderstanding. Such a principle is not saying that code is the only documentation. Although I've often heard this said of Extreme Programming - I've never heard the leaders of the Extreme Programming…
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    3 Mar 2015 | 3:49 am
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  • Bliki: BeckDesignRules

    Martin Fowler
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:20 am
    Kent Beck came up with his four rules of simple design while he was developing ExtremeProgramming in the late 1990's. I express them like this. [1] Passes the tests Reveals intention No duplication Fewest elements The rules are in priority order, so "passes the tests" takes priority over "reveals intention" Kent Beck developed Extreme Programming, Test Driven Development, and can always be relied on for good Victorian facial hair for his local ballet. The most important of the rules is "passes the tests". XP was revolutionary in how it raised testing to a first-class activity in software…
  • Retreaded: ConversationalStories

    Martin Fowler
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:06 am
    Retread of post orginally made on 04 Feb 2010 Here's a common misconception about agile methods. It centers on the way user stories are created and flow through the development activity. The misconception is that the product owner (or business analysts) creates user stories and then put them in front of developers to implement. The notion is that this is a flow from product owner to development, with the product owner responsible for determining what needs to be done and the developers how to do it. A justification for this approach is that this separates the responsibilities along the lines…
  • Refactoring code that accesses external services

    Martin Fowler
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:52 am
    When I write code that deals with external services, I find it valuable to separate that access code into separate objects. Here I show how I would refactor some congealed code into a common pattern of this separation. more…
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    EMC Blogs

  • Governed Placement Services and Data Value

    30 Mar 2015 | 5:20 am
    The article Metadata Lakes and Data Value, written in February of this year,stated the following: ...as data architects go through the process of moving silo'ed data sets into a Business Data Lake, they should simultaneously build a governance structure known as a Metadata Lake. The diagram below emphasizes that the Metadata Lake should contain, among other things, application policy metadata and infrastructure metadata.   The idea for creating a Metadata Lake was in response to the use case of Data Insurance. A data set insurer would need access to a Data Audit and Inventory System…
  • Ten Reasons Why VMware Is Leading The Hyperconverged Industry

    25 Mar 2015 | 8:26 am
    Those of you who have followed me over the years know that I’m not shy when it comes to a good competitive dust-up.  I’m OK with the usual puffery and slightly exaggerated claims.  All part of the fun. I’m not OK when I believe the claims are misleading. One startup is working very hard to convince everyone that they (and they alone) are leading the current trend in HCI — hyperconverged infrastructure.  One of their spokespeople even published a thoughtful piece listing the ten reasons why they thought they deserved the “leader” mantle. While I admire their…
  • Data Value and Placement Constraint

    25 Mar 2015 | 4:33 am
    In my last few posts I've been exploring the following thesis: As the economic value of data rises, the need for it to be stored on trusted infrastructure rises as well. The economic value of data can be thought of as "anticipated future value".  When a company writes a new application, there is an expectation that the app will bring monetary benefit to the business. In today's environment, the business manually chooses a specific data center (e.g. cloud) onto which the application (and its data) will be placed based on anticipated future value. In the long term I have…
  • Moving Data Value Up the Stack

    23 Mar 2015 | 5:22 am
    As I stated in my last post: As the economic value of data rises, the need for it to be stored on trusted infrastructure rises as well. This statement brings to mind a number of questions, including: How is the economic value of data calculated, initially and over time? How is that data mapped to the appropriate layer of trusted storage based on that value? The diagram below is a helpful start in order to answer those questions. The storage infrastructure on which valuable data resides must begin to surface a more robust "trust taxonomy". This surfacing of a trust taxonomy is likely…
  • Healthy weeds and beautiful flowers

    22 Mar 2015 | 8:11 pm
    Rusty on the blogging, but lets give it a lash. When it comes to M&A in the storage business, or even the technology business in general it’s deals which involve an acquirer buying a ‘beautiful flower,’ that generates the headlines. A beautiful flower in tech is a company which has established a brand name product, has a solid, growing customer base and has probably been through an IPO. Beautiful flowers tend to be ornate and well tended. They’re expensive because a lot of the hard work is done. The tough decisions were made and implemented. The development pain was taken and…
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    Oracle Bloggers

  • Balances Corruption Fix Script (GLBALFIX) Now Available for Parameters Including Special Characters

    Adriana-Oracle
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:42 am
    General Ledger Balances Corruption Fix script -known as GLBALFIX- was provided by Development to help safely detect or fix corrupted actual balances. This script basically rebuilds the balances based on the posted journal lines. We have briefly presented the script to customers in a previous blog article which is still available here.  This easy-to-use script could not be used for cases where the input parameters such as ledgers or calendar periods included special characters (arabic, german, polish and so on). New version available! Development recently released a new version of…
  • How to configure a Custom IDP login page for SAML SSO in Weblogic

    Puneeth-Oracle
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:34 am
    Configure SAML SSO with Weblogic as mentioned in the following blog post : Link :  https://blogs.oracle.com/blogbypuneeth/entry/steps_to_configure_saml_21 Lets test the IDP initiated SSO first :  In the source application if you have an <auth-method>  set to form then you would get a custom form login page. web.xml : …
  • OUM Spotlight - Keeping Stakeholders Engaged

    Lauren Clark-Oracle
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:27 am
    Congratulations! Your new project is off to a great start and all of the stakeholders came away from the project kickoff meeting informed and enthused. Now you may be wondering how do I keep these very busy stakeholders informed and enthused as the project moves along?  One technique used by successful OUM projects is to communicate the project's status to all of the stakeholders upon the completion of the phase end milestones, and take this milestone opportunity to inform these stakeholders of upcoming critical events and decisions. This practice connects stakeholders into the flow of…
  • Vigyázat! - SCN Bug

    User552636-Oracle
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:13 am
    Figyelem! Oracle korábban kiadott javításokat a “System Change Number”, SCN hiba javítására. Az erről szóló dokumentum a System Change Number (SCN), Headroom, Security and Patch Information (Doc ID 1376995.1). Azt tapasztaltuk, hogy több Ügyfelünk nem tette még fel rendszereire az elérhető javításokat. Előzze meg a bajt és ellenőrizze, hogy a javítások az Ön által üzemeltetett rendszerekre felkerültek-e?  További hozzáférhető dokumentumok, javasolt teendők a témakörben: 1376995.1 System Change Number (SCN), Headroom, Security and Patch Information…
  • General Ledger Recommended Patch Collection Released Recently!

    Adriana-Oracle
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:27 am
    Recommended Patch Collections (RPC's) are released by Development periodically with the main purpose of providing a compact, reliable collection of relevant product patches that would address the main and most oftenly reported issues. With a relatively small footprint, RPC's deliver solutions to address critical issues that could otherwise affect important business processes and flows. Which Patches? Patch 20251722:R12.GL.B: R12.1 General Ledger Recommended Patch Collection, February 2015 Patch 20255342:R12.RG.B: R12.1 General Ledger Recommended Patch Collection(FSG), February 2015  What…
 
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    JT on EDM

  • Take the Rexer Analytics Data Miner Survey!

    James Taylor
    23 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    Copyright © 2015 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorThe 2015 Rexer Analytics Data Miner Survey has launched. This survey is a great asset for the analytic and data mining community. Like many who look forward to the results I would like to ensure that the survey reaches a large and diverse group of analytic professionals, students and academics. The survey is for all analytic professionals, no matter whether they consider themselves to be Data Analysts, Predictive Modelers, Data Scientists, Data Miners, or any other type of analytic person. Rexer Analytics has been conducting the Data Miner…
  • First Look: Erudine Behaviour Engine Update

    James Taylor
    12 Mar 2015 | 8:04 am
    Copyright © 2015 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorA long time ago I came across a company called Erudine and blogged about the Erudine Behaviour Engine. At that time, Erudine came out of the defence, aerospace and nuclear power industries where the slightest mistake can lead to disaster. Today, Erudine’s more recent focus has been in the banking, financial services and investment sectors. And after a repurchase and being taken over by a group of angel investors, the company is now offering technology expertise and solutions to clients like Barclays, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, Multrees,…
  • Decisions, Decision Management and an architecture for digital transformation

    James Taylor
    11 Mar 2015 | 7:49 am
    Copyright © 2015 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorRay Wang of Constellation Research published a report early this year “The Elements of Business Architecture for Digital Transformation.” In the report Ray identifies some interesting boardroom priorities (this is just some of them): Consistent Customer Experience Mass automation Insights-driven business models Cost-effective regulatory compliance All of these are reasons given by our clients as they invest in Decision Management and in decision management technologies like predictive analytics and business rules. Using these…
  • First Look: Blue Yonder

    James Taylor
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:38 am
    Copyright © 2015 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorBlue Yonder is based in Germany (Karlsruhe) and was founded in 2008 by an ex-CERN researcher, Prof. Michael Feindt and focusing on solving big data problems such as demand estimation. Several solutions targeted at retail were released over subsequent years. In 2013 they launched their Data Science Academy. The Blue Yonder platform for predictive applications launched last year. This is targeted at making it possible to automate very large numbers of decisions and embedding analytics and machine learning into operational systems. Blue Yonder has…
  • Using Decision Modeling to make Predictive Analytics more pervasive

    James Taylor
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Copyright © 2015 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorBack in May of last year, Wayne Eckerson published “Making Predictive Analytics Pervasive“. It’s a great report with some really useful data but one of the key headline result is that implementation rates are not rising – in fact fewer organizations are reporting successful implementation of predictive analytics (from 21% to 18%). This despite the massive increase in awareness of predictive analytics as part of the “Big Data” wave and continued good results for those that succeed with predictive analytics…
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    Development & Integration Blogs

  • Is the cloud secure? It depends

    30 Mar 2015 | 5:36 am
    You would be crazy to keep gold bullion in a self-storage unit, but you would also be crazy to keep your old furniture in Fort Knox.
  • The shadow monsters are coming

    23 Mar 2015 | 6:23 am
    Our background is in helping companies manage their IT well, and although we might feel that talking to the IT department is the right things to do, commercial pressures force us to go direct to end-user departments. If we've come to this conclusion, you can be sure that other vendors with less of a corporate IT background will have concluded the same.
  • Selecting Reliable Workstations

    21 Mar 2015 | 5:38 pm
    One advantage of LAN technology is support for a diverse range of desktop and laptop computers. Unfortunately, for a network administrator that diversity can be a support nightmare! Here are some tips to help make the job easier. ¦  ...
  • Information artisans

    16 Mar 2015 | 7:12 am
    In many organisations, the long-serving, experienced technicians have a deep understanding of their business, even love for it. That they don't always agree with ill-conceived projects doesn't mean they don't understand.
  • Building Reliable Disk Volumes Part 4

    12 Mar 2015 | 3:23 pm
    Internal versus External Drive Systems. External drive systems have a major advantage over internal systems?a drive system can be removed and replaced without disassembling the file server. If you are employing Novell's duplexing with separate SCSI a...
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    Network Computing:

  • What's Hot In Networking: 7 Key Trends

    Marcia Savage
    31 Mar 2015 | 5:08 am
    From SDN and network automation to IPv6 and 802.11ac, the big trends in the networking industry demand your attention, and you can find them at Interop Las Vegas.
  • Security Breaches Keep Network Teams Busy

    Marcia Savage
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Network Instruments study shows that network engineers are spending more of their day responding to breaches and deploying security controls.
  • SDS & Hyperconvergence: Sense & Nonsense

    Howard Marks
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Howard Marks uncovers the meaning behind software-defined storage, how hyperconvergence fits in, and where these technologies make sense -- and don't.
  • Drone Initiative Saves Elephants From Poaching

    Lee Badman
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    Air Shepard pairs drone operators with supercomputing resources to combat organized criminals who slaughter elephants and rhinos in Africa for their tusks and horns.
  • SDN Interest Shifts Toward The WAN

    Dr. Jim Metzler
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Software-defined networking improves network utilization and efficiency, and as the technology matures, enterprises are looking to apply those benefits to their WAN and campus networks.
 
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    Network & Infrastructure Blogs

  • Data Removal

    28 Mar 2015 | 3:18 am
    Make sure you have a process to remove data which is no longer required.
  • Selecting Reliable Workstations

    21 Mar 2015 | 5:38 pm
    One advantage of LAN technology is support for a diverse range of desktop and laptop computers. Unfortunately, for a network administrator that diversity can be a support nightmare! Here are some tips to help make the job easier. ¦  ...
  • MySQL tips and Tricks II

    21 Mar 2015 | 3:26 am
    MySQL tips and tricks continues...
  • Building Reliable Disk Volumes Part 4

    12 Mar 2015 | 3:23 pm
    Internal versus External Drive Systems. External drive systems have a major advantage over internal systems?a drive system can be removed and replaced without disassembling the file server. If you are employing Novell's duplexing with separate SCSI a...
  • What Big Data IS and ISN'T

    11 Mar 2015 | 6:41 am
    I am getting a little tired of media continually confusing what exactly big data means and lumping in a lot of other data types into the mix. Big data has nothing to do with data warehouses and data marts. Period. It has nothing to with traditional relational database management or data analytics on historical data. Big data can feed into these other data venues, but big data is about build real-time
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    Enterprise Back Office Blogs

  • Debunking the Seven Myths of Business Process Reengineering

    25 Mar 2015 | 3:12 am
    Through the treacherous years of manual processes, outdated legacy systems, inaccurate performance data and internal operational breakdowns, most organizations are ready for a heavy dose of business process reengineering (BPR).
  • Debunking the Seven Myths of Business Process Reengineering

    25 Mar 2015 | 3:12 am
    Through the treacherous years of manual processes, outdated legacy systems, inaccurate performance data and internal operational breakdowns, most organizations are ready for a heavy dose of business process reengineering (BPR).
  • XML/BI Publisher: Registering a Data Source

    22 Mar 2015 | 8:32 am
    Creating a BI / XML Publisher report requires that you define a data source for your report. This data source can be as simple as a Query, a Connected Query (New) or an XML File.
  • Selecting Reliable Workstations

    21 Mar 2015 | 5:38 pm
    One advantage of LAN technology is support for a diverse range of desktop and laptop computers. Unfortunately, for a network administrator that diversity can be a support nightmare! Here are some tips to help make the job easier. ¦  ...
  • People First, Technology Second

    18 Mar 2015 | 7:29 am
    Never equate activity with efficiency. Organizations have a long standing history of putting a high level of emphasis on the software being implemented and ignoring the people side of the implementation. In other words, organization?s consistently value technology first and people second.
 
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    Microsoft Security Response Center

  • March 2015 Updates

    MSRC Team
    10 Mar 2015 | 10:02 am
    Today, as part of Update Tuesday, we released 14 security bulletins to address vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Exchange, and Internet Explorer. We encourage customers to apply all of these updates. For more information about this month’s security updates, including the detailed view of the Exploitability Index (XI) broken down by each Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE), visit the Microsoft Bulletin Summary webpage. If you are not familiar with how we calculate the XI, a full description can be found here. We released one new Security Advisory:…
  • Security Advisory 3046015 released

    MSRC Team
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:44 am
    Today, we released Security Advisory 3046015 to provide guidance to customers in response to the SSL/TLS issue referred to by researchers as “FREAK” (Factoring attack on RSA-EXPORT Keys). Our investigation continues and we’ll take the necessary steps to protect our customers. MSRC Team
  • February 2015 Updates

    MSRC Team
    10 Feb 2015 | 10:07 am
    Today, as part of Update Tuesday, we released nine security bulletins – three rated Critical and six rated Important in severity, to address 56 unique Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) in Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Server software.  We encourage you to apply all of these updates. For more information about this month’s security updates, including the detailed view of the Exploitability Index (XI) broken down by each CVE, visit the Microsoft Bulletin Summary webpage. If you are not familiar with how we calculate the XI, a…
  • January 2015 Updates

    MSRC Team
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:24 am
    Today, as part of Update Tuesday, we released eight security updates – one rated Critical and seven rated Important in severity, to address eight unique Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) in Microsoft Windows. We encourage you to apply all of these updates. For more information about this month’s security updates, including the detailed view of the Exploit Index (XI) broken down by each CVE, visit the Microsoft Bulletin Summary webpage. If you are not familiar with how we calculate XI, a full description can be found here. We re-released one Security Bulletin: MS14-080…
  • A Call for Better Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure

    Chris Betz
    11 Jan 2015 | 6:49 pm
    For years our customers have been in the trenches against cyberattacks in an increasingly complex digital landscape. We’ve been there with you, as have others. And we aren’t going anywhere.  Forces often seek to undermine and disrupt technology and people, attempting to weaken the very devices and services people have come to depend on and trust. Just as malicious acts are planned, so too are counter-measures implemented by companies like Microsoft. These efforts aim to protect everyone against a broad spectrum of activity ranging from phishing scams that focus on socially…
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    SQLblog.com - The SQL Server blog spot on the web

  • PASS Program Committee - Comments and Action

    RickHeiges
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:58 am
    Once again, I am serving on the PASS Program Committee this year for the App Dev Track. As we are about to start the reviewing process, I had some thoughts that I wanted to share. Last year, we had approximately 200 abstracts to review. It should be a similar volume this year. For me, abstracts usually go into three piles - Excellent, Very Good, and Good. There are only a few "Excellent" ones and a few "Good" ones with most being "Very Good". There is a numerical rating system that is used, but I...(read more)
  • Advice to New Tech Bloggers

    KKline
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:33 am
    If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know that I travel and speak quite a lot. (Bizarre fact - I've been blogging since 2004 when blogging was a new thing). A frequent question I'm asked at these events and afterwards in email is "I want to start blogging, but don't know where to start. What do you recommend?" This is a such a common and natural question as to be almost existential at it's root. In most every context where we move from the known to the unknown, from taking that first international...(read more)
  • ICYMI: Partitioning Advice, Purging Data Bloat, and an example of TVF Misbehavior - SQL Server Performance

    KKline
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:24 am
    Here are some oldies, but goodies that I recommend you read: Two Partitioning Peculiarities and Aggregates and Partitioning Most of us know that partitions are one of the best ways to scale very large databases or very large IO workloads. However, there are risks, two of which are explored in detail by internals master Paul White ( b | t ). The Price of Not Purging Holding on to data long after its useful lifespan contributes to bloat and added preventative maintenance headaches. Read this informative...(read more)
  • Data Mining Algorithms – Hierarchical Clustering

    Dejan Sarka
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:33 pm
    Clustering is the process of grouping the data into classes or clusters so that objects within a cluster have high similarity in comparison to one another, but are very dissimilar to objects in other clusters. Dissimilarities are assessed based on the attribute values describing the objects. There are a large number of clustering algorithms. The major methods can be classified into the following categories. Partitioning methods. A partitioning method constructs K partitions of the data, which satisfy the following requirements: (1) each group must contain at least one object and (2) each…
  • Tabular Data Packages and a BIML challenge

    jamiet
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Update. The challenge set below has been responded to by Scott Currie who also happens to be the inventor of BIML. He has made his work  available at https://github.com/bimlscript/BETDPI In February 2004 I joined a company called Conchango and had the pleasure of working with some very very smart people (Mick Horne, Dan Perrin, Pete Spencer, Paul Mcmillan, Steve Wright amongst others) who schooled me in the ways and means of building data integration solutions. One piece of IP that Conchango had revolved around a means of transporting a collection of data files in a…
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    MySQL Performance Blog

  • Percona XtraBackup 2.2.10 for MySQL hot backups is now available (free!)

    Hrvoje Matijakovic
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:34 am
    Percona is glad to announce the release of Percona XtraBackup 2.2.10 on March 31, 2015. Downloads are available from our download site or Percona Software Repositories.Percona XtraBackup enables MySQL backups without blocking user queries, making it ideal for companies with large data sets and mission-critical applications that cannot tolerate long periods of downtime. Offered free as an open source solution, Percona XtraBackup drives down backup costs while providing unique features for MySQL backups.Bugs Fixed:Decrypting backup with the wrong key would make the backup unusable and…
  • Percona XtraDB Cluster 5.5.41-25.11 is now available

    Hrvoje Matijakovic
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:22 am
    Percona is glad to announce the new release of Percona XtraDB Cluster 5.5 on March 30th 2015. Binaries are available from downloads area or from our software repositories.Based on Percona Server 5.5.41-37.0 including all the bug fixes in it, Galera Replicator 2.11, and on Codership wsrep API 25.11, Percona XtraDB Cluster 5.5.41-25.11 is now the current 5.5 General Availability release. All of Percona‘s software is open-source and free, and all the details of the release can be found in the 5.5.41-25.11 milestone at Launchpad.Bugs Fixed:XtraBackup SST wouldn’t stop when MySQL was…
  • ‘Woz on your mind?’ Share your questions for Steve Wozniak during his Percona Live keynote!

    Tom Diederich
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Here’s your chance to get on stage with Woz! Sort of. Apple co-founder and Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist Steve Wozniak will participate in a moderated Q&A on creativity and innovation April 14 during the Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo in Santa Clara, California.Woz once said that he never intended to change the world. That was the other Steve, Steve Jobs.“I didn’t want to start this company,” Woz told the Seattle Times of Apple’s beginnings in a 2006 interview. “My goal wasn’t to make a ton of money. It was to build good…
  • FoundationDB is acquired by Apple: My thoughts

    Peter Zaitsev
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    TechCrunch reported yesterday that Apple has acquired FoundationDB. And while I didn’t see any mention if this news on the FoundationDB website, they do have an announcement saying: “We have made the decision to evolve our company mission and, as of today, we will no longer offer downloads.” This is an unfortunate development – I have been watching FoundationDB technology for years and was always impressed in terms of its performance and features. I was particularly impressed by their demo at last year’s Percona Live MySQL and Expo. Using their Intel NUC-based…
  • Yelp IT! A talk with 3 Yelp MySQL DBAs on Percona Live & more

    Tom Diederich
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Founded in 2004 to help people find great local businesses, Yelp has some 135 million monthly unique visitors. With those traffic volumes Yelp’s 300+ engineers are constantly working to keep things moving smoothly – and when you move that fast you learn many things.Fortunately for the global MySQL community, three Yelp DBAs will be sharing what they’ve learned at the annual Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo this April 13-16 in Santa Clara, California.Say “hello” to Susanne Lehmann, Jenni Snyder and Josh Snyder! I chatted with them over email about their presentations,…
 
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    ProjectVRM

  • Preparing for the 3D/VR future

    Doc Searls
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Look in the direction that Meerkat and Periscope both point. If you’ve witnessed the output of either, several things become clear about their evolutionary path: Stereo sound is coming. So is binaural sound, with its you-are-there qualities. 3D will come too, of course, especially as mobile devices start to include two microphones and two cameras. The end state of both those developments is VR, or virtual reality. At least on the receiving end. The production end is a different animal. Or herd of animals, eventually. Expect professional gear from all the usual sources, showing up at…
  • The most important event, ever

    Doc Searls
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:23 am
    IIW XX — the 20th IIW — comes at a critical inflection point in the history of VRM. If you’re looking for a point of leverage on the future of customer liberation, independence and empowerment, this is it. Wall Street-sized companies around the world are beginning to grok what Main Street ones have always known: customers aren’t just “targets” to be “acquired,” “managed,” “controlled” and “locked in.” In other words, Cluetrain was right when it said this, in 1999: if you only have time for one clue this year, this is…
  • Designing the VRM future at IIW

    Doc Searls
    15 Mar 2015 | 3:01 pm
    A veteran VRooMer tells me a design fiction would be a fun challenge for VRM Day and IIW (which will run from April 6-9 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA). He describes one as “basically a way of peeking into the near future by demonstrating an imaginary product that doesn’t exist, but could. For example, instead of talking about a possible VRM product, one instead would create a marketing brochure, screen mockups or a fake video advertisement for this imaginary product as a way to help others understand where the world is headed and possibly even further the…
  • VRM Day and IIW XX

    Doc Searls
    11 Mar 2015 | 7:15 pm
    The most important weeks on the VRM calendar are those when IIW — the Internet Identity Workshop — takes place. There are two per year, in Spring and Fall, and they are hosted by Kaliya Hamlin,  Phil Windley and myself at the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley. The next is April 7-9. Leading into it is VRM Day, which is on April 6. IIW is an unconference, which means there are no speakers or panels, and sponsors (which we appreciate hugely) just cover our meals, snacks and barista. All the topics of the workshop are vetted and posted the start of each of IIW’s three days, and…
  • Up next: a master app to give customers scale

    Doc Searls
    15 Feb 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Businesses love to say “the customer comes first,” “the customer is in charge” and that they need to “let the customer lead.” But for those things to happen, the customer customer needs to actually have the ability to do all three:  to come first, to be in charge, and to lead. In the networked marketplace, the customer has none of those. And she’ll never get it from the companies she deals with, no matter how well-intended they might be. They can greet her by name, give her a hug and lavish all every discount and benefits they can on her,…
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    Symantec Connect

  • Backup Exec 2014, Sharepoint Hyper-V VM backups w/SQL server 2008 R2

    Michael Rydzewski
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:55 am
    I need a solution Hi, I have a Windows 2012 server that hosts 2 Hyper-V VMs. One VM is a Windows 2008R2 server running IIS, the other is a Windows 2008R2 server running Sharepoint 2010 Foundation (in farm mode) with SQL server 2008 R2 Express. I know thats not the recommended way to run Sharepoint, but I'm budget/resource constrained. I have Backup Exec 2014 (with SP2) running on the host in Windows 2012, with the Agent for Hyper-V and the Agent for Sharepoint (Apps & DBs) installed, as well as thre BE Remote Agent installed in both VMs. I have an LTO3 tape drive attached to the host for…
  • Reclaiming de-duplication space manually

    BillClark22
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:53 am
    I need a solution Running all my backup jobs to a de-dupliation disk with a retention period of 5 weeks.  When I look at the details, I see lots of expired backup sets that aren't being automatically cleared up by the system, quite a few that are past the 5 week retention period.  The backup sets that are listed should have all been duplicated by a later job so they aren't the only copy.  My question is can I go in and right-click on each expired backup set, select Expire and reclaim the disk space listed under the size column?  Or does this mess with any catalogs that are…
  • Request to change the verbiage on the Windows Patch Remediation Settings

    Christina_
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:48 am
    Request to change the verbiage on the Windows Patch Remediation Settings -  "delete immediately" is "NOT clear" please clarify that this will delete all packages not just disabled ones When choosing the amount of days to delete after this should give a notification that this is the amount of days beofre flagging and it will be double that to actually delete. Customer strongly recommends creating an option to allow the customer to delete anything there is  no active policy attached.  Please add a separate window screen or tab to assist in clean up Option to ignore active…
  • Problem in installing Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1.1 client on Windows server 2010 R2

    Siddalinga Murthy
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:46 am
    I need a solution I have installed Symantec Endpoint Protection manager 12.1.1 on Windows 7 machine which acts as Antivirus server. I want to install client on Windows server 2012 R2 (64 bit). I tried to install once, but unable to open Symantec endpoint protection. I want to know the following things. 1) Can i upgraded Endpoint Protection manager 12.1.5 at free of cost? If yes, how to upgrade. 2) Procedure to install client on windows server2012 R2 (64 bit) - Symantec Endpoint Protection manager 12.1.1 ? Thanks, Murthy
  • NetBackup v7.6.1 BMR Admin Guide - ports, table 6-13...

    sdo
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:41 am
    Hi - the table of network ports used by BMR, as listed in the NetBackup v7.6.1 BMR Admin Guide (i.e. table 6-13, on page 147/148), is not very clear. Please can the manual be updated to include more detail, such as source and destination (i.e. either BMR client, or BMR server (BMR boot, or BMR master, or Master, or Media), and source and destinattion ports. Also, the table lists that WIndows BMR Clients use ports 13724, and 13782 - but these are legacy comms ports - as opposed to port 1556 for Veritas PBX.  So can the table eithr be corrected, or amended to explicity state that…
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  • Not fade away. And a House on Coco Road.

    JP
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:51 pm
      Some of you are probably asking yourselves “Why the Grateful Dead? Why not the Rolling Stones?” Every time you hear this song, a part of you goes Stones! Some of you may be asking yourselves “Why the Grateful Dead? Why not Buddy Holly?” After all, he co-wrote it and then was the first to perform it, with the … Continue reading Not fade away. And a House on Coco Road.
  • Making selfie sticks obsolete

    JP
    21 Mar 2015 | 2:37 pm
    This one’s going to be flying off the shelves. iWatch? shmiWatch! I’m going to be whistling Nixie. Here’s the concept video.
  • skittering around the internets on a saturday evening

    JP
    21 Mar 2015 | 2:17 pm
      Pattie Boyd. An amazing woman. One person. Two husbands. Three songs. The woman about whom three of the world’s greatest rock love songs were written. Something. Wonderful Tonight. Layla. She’s taken some great photographs over the years; I was lucky enough to pick up a fine framed set of large prints some years ago, … Continue reading skittering around the internets on a saturday evening
  • On being not alone: some Sunday morning thoughts

    JP
    8 Mar 2015 | 3:32 am
              I never tire of using Gerald Waller’s iconic photograph of an orphan boy with his first pair of new shoes in 1946. Thank you Gerald Waller. Only the very hard of heart would not be touched when faced with a newly orphaned baby or child. Only the very hard of … Continue reading On being not alone: some Sunday morning thoughts
  • Be Not Alone

    JP
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:42 pm
    I became a grandfather for the first time last Friday night, and had the opportunity to welcome grandson number one Elijah Fenn to planet earth. One of the happiest moments of my life. It mattered to me in ways that may not make sense to others: my father never lived to see any of his … Continue reading Be Not Alone
 
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    Enterprise Irregulars

  • Microsoft Convergence 2015 lives up to its name

    Paul Greenberg
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:50 am
    I never thought that I would talk about this just south of $100 billion company taking baby steps – a GIGANTIC baby – but that’s exactly what Microsoft is doing. Bear with me and we’ll run through this. I’m going to go through two things here. We will start with an event scorecard that is designed to give you an idea of the event itself. I’m not going to repeat myself on what it is or how it works. For that, read my Adobe post of last week, which has a complete explanation. Suffice to say, it is very hard to develop and manage a large event with all the…
  • Service providers blame their clients advisors and analysts for their As-a-Service failure

    Phil Fersht
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:29 am
    We couldn’t resist sharing a quick snippet from our new “Eight Ideas of the As-a-Service Economy” study that reveals some rather alarming news:  service providers are blaming everyone bar themselves for obstructing their progress towards As-a-Service. Click to enlarge. At fault number 1 – the Clients. Top of the lists are their clients themselves, with 78% of service provider executives (from a pool of 238) citing their unwillingness to venture into risk/gainshare models with them. Considering most enterprise clients we talk to complain that their provider refuses to budge from…
  • How to avoid being a terrible virtual worker

    Phil Fersht
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:11 pm
    One growing talent issue I have increasingly become concerned about, is observing people whose career development quickly nosedives when they isolate themselves in a work-at-home model. I personally believe being able to work effectively within a virtual environment warrants a completely different skillset and attitude, if you want to advance your career and keep developing your potential. So here’s my guide to being an effective virtual worker in six easy steps: 1. Use voice and video as much as you can.  Staring into a computer relentlessly typing emails for 16 hours a day with little…
  • When will 5G arrive?

    Charlie Bess
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:02 pm
    Recently came across this interesting post on what 5G will mean for Consumers. In summary: Significantly faster data speeds: 10 Gbps, compared to one gigabit per second (max) with 4G. Low latency (time to send a packet): one millisecond vs. 50 ms with 4G — great for those chatty applications being developed The foundation for a more “connected world”: The Internet of Things (smart appliances, connected cars, wearables) will need a network that can accommodate billions of connected devices. The most optimistic targets would see the first commercial network up and running by 2020, but…
  • IBM to increase the amount of renewable electricity it procures

    Tom Raftery
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:08 pm
    After returning from IBM’s InterConnect conference recently we chided IBM for their aping of Amazon’s radical opaqueness concerning their cloud emissions, and their lack of innovation concerning renewables. However, some better news emerged in the last few days. The Whitehouse last week hosted a roundtable of some of the largest Federal suppliers to discuss their GHG reduction targets, or if they didn’t have any, to create and disclose them. Coming out of that roundtable, IBM announced its committment to procure electricity from renewable sources for 20% of its annual electricity…
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    Mzinga Insights

  • Twitter CEO Says Trolling Out of Control; Attacks on Judd and Schilling

    23 Mar 2015 | 9:06 am
    In a memo to employees last month, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo took "personal responsibility" for his company's inability to restrict online trolling, harassment, and bullying, and vowed to address the issue.  The action wasn't fast enough, though, for actress Ashley Judd and former Major League Baseball pitcher Curt Schilling.A few days ago, Judd, a fan of the Kentucky Wildcats basketball team, was watching their NCAA tournament game against Arkansas and took to Twitter when she thought that the Razorbacks were "playing dirty."  Arkansas fans responded with an onslaught of offensive…
  • Mzinga is a Leader in the Aragon Research Globe for Enterprise Learning

    12 Mar 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Aragon Research (http://www.aragonresearch.com), a leading technology research and advisory firm, has identified Mzinga’s OmniSocial® Learning platform as a Leader in its just published Aragon Research Globe™ for Enterprise Learning.Mzingahttp://www.mzinga.comis a leading provider of enterprise social software solutions and services targeting the social learning, marketing and support markets for employees, customers and partners.The Aragon Research Globe™ for Enterprise Learning examines 20 providers. “Learning is undergoing a revolution, fueled by an explosion of rich, video-based…
  • Mzinga Named a 2015 Top 20 Content Authoring Tool Company by TrainingIndustry

    21 Jan 2015 | 7:15 am
    Mzinga ‘s strength in content authoring is recognized by the experts in Training Burlington, MA – January 21, 2015 – Mzinga® (http://www.mzinga.com), a leading provider of enterprise social software solutions and services serving the learning, marketing and customer experience markets, today announced it was selected as a 2015 Top Learning Content Authoring Tool Company by TrainingIndustry.com. “The Authoring Tools technology companies in our 2015 list not only provide developers with a robust tool set, but often surround those great tools with exemplary support services. As…
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  • Oracle HCM World: Fracking for Talent

    vinnie
    28 Mar 2015 | 11:59 am
    Thomas Smouse, VP of Administration and HR at Newfield Exploration, an attendee at Oracle’s HCM event this week in Washington, DC, appropriately framed for me the rapidly changing talent market. The oil and gas industry has been transformed with innovations...
  • Enterprise Software Churn: The NetSuite edition

    vinnie
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:25 pm
    This continues a series showcasing customers which are adopting two-tier, ring fence, third party maintenance strategies or outright replacing their core enterprise applications. Previous posts have highlighted UNIT4, Microsoft, Rimini Street , E2Open and Infor. NetSuite has shared with us...
  • S/4HANA Customer Survey

    vinnie
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:38 am
    When SAP announced S4 in February, several analysts commented (see my post here) there were scores of unanswered questions. What does the product release roadmap look like beyond the Simple Finance? When will industry specific applications become part of the...
  • SAPs Continuing Myopia

    vinnie
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:49 am
    In SAP Nation, I wrote “SAP has a tendency to write code, and then hand it over to its partners. It fails to think enough about customer deployment issues.” More of that focus on what happens in their labs and...
  • Enterprise Software Churn: Infors co-existence scenarios

    vinnie
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:25 pm
    When I was researching SAP Nation, I was impressed with how many customers are swapping out software, moving to third party maintenance, “ring fencing” the core solution with specialist tools, and implementing two and three tier strategies – different solutions...
 
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    The Social Organization

  • The Business Model of Engagement

    Rachel Happe
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Engagement is a hot topic. For those of you who have heard me speak, you know I think not all engagement is created equal and there is far too little focus put on the purpose behind the engagement. You can have high engagement and very little value - look no further than the comments on a general news site. The other common problem is you have no engagement at all, which happens far too frequently inside organizations where people feel like the only outcome of sticking their head up is becoming a good target. What's interesting is that in most cases we diagnose the issue as a tactical one -…
  • Companies with Best-in-Class Communities Outpace the Market

    Rachel Happe
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:58 am
    Far from being a discipline thrust on the most junior member of the marketing team, I believe community management is the future of all management. The ability to inspire and generate value from networks is what will enable organizations to truly take advantage of a digitally connected, global population. More than anything, community management transforms our organizations from entities primary constructed to control and limit risk to ones constructed to inspire and realize potential. It is THE work of the 21st century. The challenge for those of us who understand the transformational impact…
  • Community Management is No Longer a Mystery

    Rachel Happe
    2 Oct 2014 | 6:09 am
    Communities have been around since the beginning of time and online communities sprung up very soon after the Internet was developed. Humans have a visceral need to seek out commonality and connect around shared interests - and it is so instinctive that most people cannot articulate how communities come together and thrive. Because of this community management - and prior to that community development - has been seen largely as an art, learned through experience. One of my goals with The Community Roundtable was to observe and consolidate the practices of community management - and in doing…
  • The Language of Engagement

    Rachel Happe
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:34 am
    Having a well crafted community strategy and roadmap is critical to enabling effective outcomes, but translating that strategy into your engagement approach is equally critical and often overlooked. People tend to communicate in online communities they way they do elsewhere and that can often be the wrong approach. What’s the problem? In most business communications the emphasis is on being declarative and crafting a well thought-out and complete thought. Whether that is an email, a presentation or a press release, we try not to leave things unsaid or vague. But the enemy of engagement is…
  • Addressing the Eroding Power of the Social Web

    Rachel Happe
    20 Sep 2013 | 6:43 am
    I was fortunate to attend TEDxCamdrige last week and hear from a number of excellent speakers but the one that gave me the biggest pause for thought was Bruce Schneier, an online security expert. I have been watching with dismay at how there is almost an inverse relationship between online social platform's popularity and its value to their users. This is fundamentally caused by the advertising business model upon which they are all sitting - requiring them to optimize the experience not for the good of the user (and often not even for the good of their advertising clients) but for the…
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    Chuck's Blog

  • Ten Reasons Why VMware Is Leading The Hyperconverged Industry

    Chuck Hollis
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:26 am
    Those of you who have followed me over the years know that I’m not shy when it comes to a good competitive dust-up.  I’m OK with the usual puffery and slightly exaggerated claims.  All part of the fun. I’m not OK when I believe the claims are misleading. One startup is working very hard to convince everyone that they (and they alone) are leading the current trend in HCI — hyperconverged infrastructure.  One of their spokespeople even published a thoughtful piece listing the ten reasons why they thought they deserved the “leader” mantle. While I admire their…
  • Why I Think VSAN Is So Disruptive

    Chuck Hollis
    11 Mar 2015 | 8:23 pm
    Looking for a great disruption story in enterprise IT tech?  I think what VSAN is doing to the established storage industry deserves to be a strong candidate.   I've seen disruptions -- small and large -- come and go.  If you're into IT infrastructure, this is one worth watching. A few years ago, I moved from EMC to VMware on the power of that prediction.  So far, it’s played out pretty much as I had hoped it would.  There’s now clearly a new dynamic in the ~$35B storage industry, and VMware’s Virtual SAN is very emblematic of the changes that are now…
  • Considering The Next Wave Of Storage Automation

    Chuck Hollis
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:26 pm
    From the time enterprise data centers sprang into existence, we’ve had this burning desire to automate the heck out of them. From early mainframe roots to today’s hybrid cloud, the compulsion never wanes to progressively automate each every aspect of operations. The motivations have been compelling: use fewer people, faster responses, be more efficient, make outcomes more predictable, and make services resilient. But the obstacles have also been considerable: both technological and operational. With the arrival of vSphere 6.0, a nice chunk of new technology has been introduced to help…
  • Enter VSPEX BLUE

    Chuck Hollis
    3 Feb 2015 | 7:35 am
    In the IT biz, all forms of converged infrastructure are now the rage. Rightfully so: their pre-integrated nature and single-support model eliminates much of the expensive IT drudgery that doesn’t usually create significant value: selecting individual components, integrated them, supporting them, upgrading them, etc. How much easier is it to order a block, brick, node, etc. of IT infrastructure as a single supportable product, and move on to more important matters?   A lot easier, it seems ... Reference architectures have been around for ages.  I think of them as a blueprints…
  • VSAN 6.0 — The Second Chapter Begins

    Chuck Hollis
    2 Feb 2015 | 1:05 pm
    As part of the vSphere 6.0 announcement festivities, there’s a substantially updated new version of Virtual SAN 6.0 to consider and evaluate.  Big news in the storage world, I think. I have been completely immersed in VSAN for the last six months.  It's been great.  And now I get to publicly share what’s new and — more importantly — what it means for IT organizations and the broader industry. If there was a prize for the most-controversial storage product of 2014, VSAN would win.  In addition to garnering multiple industry awards, it’s…
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    Venture Chronicles

  • Flipboard Becomes an Enterprise Collaboration Tool, They Just Don’t Know it.

    Jeff
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:26 am
    Flipboard launched a private magazine capability this week. With today’s release, there’s an exciting new way for people with shared interests to unite on Flipboard: private group magazines. Now you can collect stories together, and comment on them, in a closed setting. At Ping I used a Flipboard magazine to collect industry news along with competitive information. The intended audience for this magazine was everyone in the company, with a focus on the sales teams, and I was successful with that goal with close to 100% of the staff getting the magazine on their mobile devices (everyone at…
  • Let’s Stop Badgering Companies for Trying…

    Jeff
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:57 am
    I gotta give Nike credit for this, it’s edgy and pushing a boundary of what athletic apparel for women should be. Predictably, the outrage factory spun up and without a hint of irony this BI piece (well it is BI) has decided to represent all women in the headline. I have no doubt that Nike has access to women athletes, so I would put strong odds on the idea that not ALL women are outraged. “The Sacai collection is undoubtedly a vanity project for Nike, but its premise — that female athletes prize style and appearance over functionality and performance — is completely…
  • Starbucks As Race Uniter: Piss Everyone Off Equally

    Jeff
    18 Mar 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Starbucks found itself in hot water this week after encouraging baristas to write “racetogether” on coffee cups and discuss race relations with customers. And of course their is a #racetogether hashtag campaign. Sigh. I give you Starbucks leadership team… you can’t blame them for being so white, there aren’t many sunny days in Seattle. I can’t explain why they are predominantly men. It didn’t help when head PR honcho at the coffee purveyor, Corey DuBrowa, deleted his Twitter account after the deluge of negative reaction. This only reinforced the…
  • smart +/- watches

    Jeff
    10 Mar 2015 | 1:18 pm
    So it’s been a long time since I last wrote and I don’t have a good excuse for that… family life has been busy, work is hectic, I’m too heads down, my vitamin D is low, yada yada. Truth is, I just haven’t felt like writing. However, that does not mean I have stopped thinking and experiencing. Like many of you I have been following the wearables category with great interest, in part because it represents a huge growth segment for end user devices and infrastructure to support them. The bigger reason for my enthusiasm is that these devices have the capacity to…
  • SaaS Status Pages and “Trust”

    Jeff
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Okta has a status page called Trust, and because I compete with them I pay attention to it. At Ping Identity we also have a status page on our IDaaS service and our team makes this a focal point for the service, ensuring that we have realtime data and that it is broken down into the component services along with response times. It is this level of automation and granularity that I think is the underpinning of “capital T” trust. In reviewing the Okta page last week I noticed something interesting, well 2 things actually. The first is that the minutes of uptime didn’t…
 
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    Exchange Server Pro

  • Using PowerShell and REST API Requests to Look Up IP Address Geolocation Data

    Paul Cunningham
    12 Mar 2015 | 7:26 pm
    I’ve had some discussions recently with customers who are concerned about the sources of log on attempts for their internet-facing services. As more and more services are opened up to external access, and as customers grapple with the decision to remove multi-factor authentication to improve usability and lower support costs, they begin looking at ways to identify suspicious log on activity. In the context of Exchange Server this may involve reviewing IIS logs files and analysing the source IP addresses of connections to services such as OWA, ActiveSync, and EWS. There is a healthy…
  • Announcing “Office 365 for Exchange Professionals”

    Paul Cunningham
    12 Mar 2015 | 2:37 am
    Some of you may have already seen this news on Facebook, Twitter, or on Tony Redmond’s blog. For those who haven’t, it’s time for me to share what we’ve been working hard on for the last several months. Tony, Michael Van Horenbeeck and I are co-authoring a new ebook called Office 365 for Exchange Professionals. In writing this ebook together we are aiming to provide Exchange professionals like yourself with up to date information about Office 365, so that you can begin to transition your existing Exchange Server skills to the cloud. The ebook is also being reviewed by…
  • Network Ports for Clients and Mail Flow in Exchange 2013

    Paul Cunningham
    10 Mar 2015 | 8:44 pm
    Microsoft has published a new resource describing the network ports for clients and services in Exchange Server 2013. Previous versions of Exchange Server have had this information published, and one of the unfortunate side effects of having that information available was that some customers tried to use it as the basis for placing restrictive firewalls between their Exchange servers, or trying to deploy unsupported scenarios such as placing Client Access servers in a perimeter network. Perhaps that is one reason that this network ports guidance has been slow in coming out for Exchange Server…
  • Apple iOS 8.2 Includes Exchange-Related Bug Fixes

    Paul Cunningham
    10 Mar 2015 | 4:29 pm
    Apple has release iOS version 8.2 this week. Aside from the Apple Watch integration it also contains a number of Exchange-related bug fixes. Addresses an issue that caused certain events in a custom recurring meeting to drop from an Exchange calendar Fixes a certificate error that prevented configuring an Exchange account behind a third-party gateway Fixes an issue that could cause an organizer’s Exchange meeting notes to be overwritten Fixes a timezone issue where Calendar events appear in GMT These known issues have previously been published in Microsoft articles KB2563324 and KB3015401.
  • Training Course: High Availability for Exchange Server 2013

    Paul Cunningham
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:43 am
    High availability for Exchange Server 2013 continues to be a topic that creates a lot of questions and problem scenarios for Exchange admins. Recently I co-authored the ebook Deploying and Managing Exchange Server 2013 High Availability with my fellow Exchange MVPs Michael Van Horenbeeck and Steve Goodman. The ebook generated a strong response from readers, many of them asking for even more training on the topic. So I’ve teamed up with the folks at Windows IT Pro to deliver a video training course on Exchange Server 2013 high availability. This course is designed for both…
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    Socialcast | Enterprise Social Network Platform

  • Five Analytics Features Every Socialcast Admin Should Use

    Jeff Sato
    12 Mar 2015 | 9:59 am
    Social Business Intelligence (SBI), Socialcast’s in-app analytics platform, is enabled for all Socialcast communities and has many great features that add tremendous value for community administrators. Today, we would like to highlight some of the most useful SBI features that we think every admin should leverage to increase adoption and engagement in their Socialcast community. People Dashboard The People Dashboard is a powerful tool to track community growth and adoption. This chart allows you to stay informed on community growth by looking at the number of invitations sent and new…
  • Feature Updates: February 2015

    Samantha Lee
    28 Feb 2015 | 11:59 am
    This month, we’re releasing the last wave of our External Contributors enhancements (for now!). If you haven’t used this feature, we highly recommend trying it out in your community today. External collaboration with customers, vendors, partners, and contractors in a secure and private manner is vital to getting work done in the modern workplace, and a major reason why we’ve invested in enhancing our External Contributor feature. Many Socialcast customers are already leveraging this feature to foster a virtual, collaborative workspace with people outside of their organization. These…
  • Socialcast + Workday: HR’s Dream Come True

    Inna Fabrikant
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:38 pm
    With 2014 in our rearview mirrors, many workplace conversations are turning to performance reviews. Employees are racking their brains trying to document all of their accomplishments over the past 12 months, and people managers have the equally daunting task of acknowledging the successes of all of their direct reports. At VMware, we’ve developed an integration between Socialcast and Workday that is helping us to alleviate these very real pain points, and save countless man hours in the process. By integrating our 18,500-member Socialcast community with our HR platform, we’ve made it easy…
  • Placeholder polyfill for IE < 10

    Jason Moon
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:56 am
    Placeholders for old IE The placeholder attribute is a great way to provide some hint text to help users as they’re filling out your form, or as a complete replacement for traditional headers/labels that describe each field in a form. But, since it’s not supported in Internet Explorer 9, you can’t use placeholders without a polyfill, otherwise those old IE users won’t know what each field is. In this article, I’ll describe how you can create a placeholder polyfill which will provide the exact same experience that you’d get with the placeholder attribute in…
  • Feature Updates: January 2015

    Samantha Lee
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:31 pm
    The Socialcast team is proud to introduce the highly anticipated ‘Share’ and ‘Skills Finder’ feature this month. We are also continuing to enhance our External Contributor feature from both a usability and administrative perspective. Read more about our updates for January* below: 1. Share Interesting or important posts within the Stream can stir up lots of conversation, and sometimes you may want to continue that dialogue amongst a different network of colleagues, such as your followers, a specific group, or an individual. With our new “Share” feature, users can…
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    Panorama Consulting Solutions

  • What E-Government Will Look Like in 5 Years

    The Consultants' Corner
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:04 am
    Traditionally, E-government or “e-Gov” encompasses the digital connectivity of government entities between multiple constituents. A vast majority of interactions are through online portals, but can also consist of other channels including instant messaging or internet forums. E-government can host a variety of participants including citizens, employees, businesses or other government agencies. Over the next five years, E-Government should allow agencies an improved ability to continue offering immediate access to public servants, agencies and programs. Consequently, there will be an…
  • Netbiscuits Transforms Global Finance With NetSuite OneWorld

    NetSuite, Inc.
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:27 am
    Web Analytics Provider Replaces Multiple On-Premise Sage Instances with NetSuite’s Unified Cloud Suite NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N), the industry’s leading provider of cloud-based financials / ERP and omnichannel commerce software suites, today announced that Netbiscuits, a leading provider of multiscreen web analytics tools for digital marketers, has implemented NetSuite OneWorld to replace multiple Sage solutions (for Finance and Order Processing) and multiple Excel spreadsheets. Netbiscuits is using NetSuite OneWorld’s unified cloud business management suite to run its core…
  • It’s All About Your People – ERP is Just a Tool

    The Consultants' Corner
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:04 am
    Change is at the core of every ERP project. ERP software requires organizations to change from an old way of doing things to a new way, and employees will have to adapt to this new way of completing day-to-day tasks. With this as common knowledge to most organizations, it’s amazing how many organizations continue to dismiss the need for change management or opt for only a portion of the available tools that will make them successful. In some cases, organizations think that project managers should execute change tactics, but they often do not have the formal training or the dedicated time to…
  • Five Similarities Between ERP Success and a Wedding

    The Consultants' Corner
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:04 am
    Tis the season for weddings!  The beautiful weather makes spring a great time for couples planning and hosting weddings.  As I help friends with wedding preparations, I find that many of the concepts I have learned in the ERP world make for very applicable advice. Although ERP implementations and weddings appear to be two completely different matters, there are five major concepts that prove to be crucial to both. 1.   A clearly defined scope. Wedding TV shows capture this concept best.  How many couples do you know who start planning their wedding as a small gathering of close friends…
  • Unit4 Launches Unit4 Business World: Next Generation ERP for People-Centric Organizations

    UNIT4
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:35 am
    Agresso becomes Unit4 Business World in global Unit4 rebrand New version of Unit4’s flagship ERP delivering agility to services and public sector organizations Unit4 Business World fully leverages the new Unit4 People Platform and combines consumer grade user experience with enterprise class scale Unit4, a fast growing leader in enterprise applications for service organizations, today announced a major new release of its people-centric ERP solution – Unit4 Business WorldMilestone 5 (formerly known as Agresso). As a result of increased focus on innovation and R&D, Unit4 Business World…
 
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    brenda michelson

  • Drawing (even poorly) to See via The Book of Life

    brenda michelson
    12 Mar 2015 | 9:24 am
    I recently unearthed my (real world) drawing pencils and purchased a pixel point stylus to add more illustration to my public works. If you’ve worked with me, you know that drawing — on a whiteboard, legal pad, printer paper, using Visio, wherever — is a huge part of my process. Drawing helps me understand new ideas, think through problems, invite collaboration and communicate. And while I’ve drawn some lovely Visio diagrams, my pencil-based drawing skills sit squarely in the fair range. A very long time ago, they were better. Because I worked at it, daily.
  • Informing the pursuit of digital era ambitions and challenges

    brenda michelson
    9 Feb 2015 | 10:13 am
    I never intend to halt my public writing. It just happens. A client invites me to work on interesting problem, which can lead to another interesting problem or client, and before long only the crickets remain here. During this latest, much prolonged, cricket chorus I’ve been helping clients pursue digital agenda items. It is critical to digress for a moment to mention: there is no one-size-fits-all digital agenda, nor is there an all encompassing digital solution. The digital agenda of any given organization (or individual) will depend on ambitions and challenges, as enabled or…
  • Want better answers? Ask better questions.

    brenda michelson
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Some years ago, I was engaged in a discussion with leadership peers on tackling a particularly challenging issue that seemingly had no answer to satisfy the trifecta of ambitions, resource constraints and ability to execute. We’ve all been in this meeting. You circle until one of two things happens. Some person or faction gives in, by scaling back the stated ambitions or pouring money into the constraints. Or, time runs out and you adjourn with the promise to think it over, independently. Forgotten, the minute another fire crosses your threshold (or screen). Occasionally, something else…
  • Link: Why Nordstrom’s Digital Strategy Works (and Yours Probably Doesn’t) – HBR

    brenda michelson
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:10 am
    From the esteemed Jeanne W. Ross on studying customer obsessed, digitally ambitious Nordstrom: DON’T: Only a small percentage of companies will gain competitive advantage from [social, mobile, analytics, cloud, and internet of things] SMACIT technologies. Those that do will focus less on the individual technologies and more on how they rally all those technologies, in unison, to fulfill a distinctive purpose. We don’t mean a generic, high-concept purpose like “generating shareholder value.” Instead, we mean something much more down-to-earth – a strategic focus that directs their…
  • Connective thinking is rare, crucial – 1959 Essay by Isaac Asimov on Creativity

    brenda michelson
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Connective thinking ability cited as key trait in newly published Isaac Asimov essay on Creativity: But what if the same earth-shaking idea occurred to two men, simultaneously and independently? Perhaps, the common factors involved would be illuminating. Consider the theory of evolution by natural selection, independently created by Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace. There is a great deal in common there. Both traveled to far places, observing strange species of plants and animals and the manner in which they varied from place to place. Both were keenly interested in finding an explanation…
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    Firstpost » Biztech

  • Analytics makes cricket a sweeter experience: Perfetti CIO Basant Chaturvedi

    Arti Singh
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:16 am
    Basant Chaturvedi believes that analytics insights are making sports further challenging. "And a game without challenge is not fun.” The post Analytics makes cricket a sweeter experience: Perfetti CIO Basant Chaturvedi appeared first on Firstpost.
  • Sponsored: How IBM Social Sentiment Analytics delivered deep insights from Cricket World Cup noise

    FP Staff
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:53 am
    IBM is employing the full force of its IBM Content Analytics as a part of its efforts to deliver insights from the just concluded Cricket World Cup. The post Sponsored: How IBM Social Sentiment Analytics delivered deep insights from Cricket World Cup noise appeared first on Firstpost.
  • Sponsored: How IBM transformed Twitter experience for Cricket World Cup

    FP Staff
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:42 am
    Twitterati Speaks is one key section of Score With Data, and is an advanced Social Media and Data Analytics engine combined with the power of Watson technologies to identify and record the most talked about moments/highlights for each match of the tournament. The post Sponsored: How IBM transformed Twitter experience for Cricket World Cup appeared first on Firstpost.
  • Avaya to spur SDN-Fabric expertise with certification programme

    FP Staff
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:36 am
    The certification programme is designed to enable networking engineers and IT professionals to deliver the transformational networking capabilities provided by the Avaya SDN Fx architecture The post Avaya to spur SDN-Fabric expertise with certification programme appeared first on Firstpost.
  • Hinduja Global buys US-based wellness automation tech firm

    hidden
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:57 am
    The acquisition would bring complementary platform and servicing capabilities to HGS in sales and enrollment areas for the US and global health insurers. The post Hinduja Global buys US-based wellness automation tech firm appeared first on Firstpost.
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    OSS Line

  • Ericsson Tackles Some Big Issues – Privacy, Gender, and Sustainable Agriculture

    J. Pullen
    20 Mar 2015 | 5:34 am
    Video Friday – How telecoms, big data and IT can be a force for change but also raise their own challenges when access to resources, data-sharing and transparency are lacking. Ericsson, helped by experts in their field, have tackled the topics of privacy, gender and food in recent weeks. Enjoy the show. Privacy Gender in IT ICT in Agriculture and Food Production
  • Bulgaria’s Mtel Deploys Amdocs Master Enterprise Catalog

    J. Pullen
    20 Mar 2015 | 2:29 am
    Amdocs has announced that Mtel, the largest mobile service provider in Bulgaria and part of the Telekom Austria Group, has deployed the Amdocs Master Enterprise Catalog enabling Mtel to reduce the operational IT complexity typically associated with service provider product rollouts and reduce time to market for new offers by more than 80 percent. The new Amdocs catalog has helped Mtel cut down the number of processes required for introducing a new product, including testing processes. These are now handled by the catalog’s unique, fast-track testing environment which only performs…
  • Ericsson Acquires Guangzhou-based OSS/BSS Services Specialist

    J. Pullen
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:39 am
    Ericsson is acquiring the telecom business of Sunrise Technology, a provider of IT services in the operations and business support systems (OSS/BSS) domain. Sunrise Technology, which is headquartered in Guangzhou, China, will continue to exist as a separate entity – serving customers in sectors other than telecom. Approximately 1,000 employees – almost all of whom are based in Guangzhou – will join Ericsson by Q2 2015, being integrated with Ericsson’s Global Services business. These employees have expertise in IT consulting; systems integration for charging and billing…
  • Hub One Deploys NetCracker

    J. Pullen
    6 Mar 2015 | 12:51 am
    NetCracker Technology has announced that Hub One, information and communications technology service provider for businesses, has deployed components of the NetCracker 9 solution suite. Hub One provides solutions that combine the businesses of fixed, radio and mobile telecom operator and integrator of mobile and traceability solutions on a national scale. In this role, Hub One addresses telecommunication requirements from Paris’ three major airports (Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly, and Paris-Le Bourget) thanks to which all businesses and Government agencies operate: air traffic control,…
  • Cerillion Acquires netSolutions – Geospatial Network Inventory

    J. Pullen
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Cerillion Technologies, a leading provider of billing, charging and customer management systems, has acquired netSolutions, a geospatial location network inventory business, from Ubisense Group plc for an undisclosed fee. Cerillion expect this acquisition will enhance their BSS/OSS portfolio, enabling it to address the end-to-end service management needs of next generation networks, as well as extending its reach into other industry verticals. The netSolutions product suite comprises netAssign, netCapacity, netBusiness and netWireless, providing a range of network asset management solutions…
 
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    Ultra Consultants

  • Microsoft Convergence 2015 Keynote Blog

    George Trudell
    31 Mar 2015 | 6:34 am
    A couple weeks ago, I headed to Atlanta, Georgia for Microsoft Convergence 2015. The turnout was impressive, as per any Microsoft event, but even after attending several of these types of conferences, 12,000+ people still seems like a lot! I attended several sessions and learned tons, but there was a keynote by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella occurring on Day 1 that was particularly memorable. The Power of Business Systems The first Microsoft Convergence 2015 keynote began with a history of mainframes and MRP, but said the “real power” of business systems begins with client servers, which…
  • How to Maximize Your ROI through Connecting ERP and MES: An Epicor Webinar

    Rob Henry
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:50 am
    An integrated ERP and MES (Manufacturing Execution System) solution offers the prospect of a complete and accurate real-time view into business operations. Collaboration and real-time visibility are keys to business growth in a variety of areas these days, and manufacturing is no exception. Within manufacturing, ERP software typically manages scheduling, allocates resources, and tracks inventory in a top-down fashion. However, without an up-to-date ERP system to provide you with an accurate view of manufacturing operations, it can be challenging for your management to identify operating…
  • International Change Management ERP

    George Trudell
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:06 am
    In a previous blog, we explored the differences in the Five Factors of ERP Success when dealing with an international client. This article offers further definition on the subject, and will go into detail specifically about International Change Management ERP. To explore this topic, see above for a photo of the enthusiastic team we had the pleasure of working with at one of our clients in Asia. This team’s “passionate and change-ready” attitude made for a smooth and successful project. How Location Affects Your Readiness for Change International Change Management ERP projects require…
  • A Microsoft Dynamics AX Partner In-Depth: Junction Solutions Briefing Part Two

    Rob Henry
    20 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    Recently, Ultra held a vendor briefing with Junction Solutions, a Microsoft Dynamics AX partner and implementer headquartered in Denver, Colorado. In a previous blog post, we provided an overview of Junction Solutions, profiling the scope of their client engagements, prospective growth, relationship with Microsoft, and what makes Junction Solutions a compelling competitor. Today’s post covers their growth, solution accelerators and services, and experience with Microsoft Dynamics AX. Organic Growth Microsoft has been developing Dynamics AX and scaling the platform to allow it to be targeted…
  • Maximizing ERP ROI in Your Business Transformation

    Charlie Schloff
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:33 am
    Often times, business executives will forego the formality of analysis when it comes to “just do” projects. Outdated machinery, legacy technology and other intuitively obvious investments need to be maintained and replaced or upgraded in order to maintain business viability. Regardless of the obvious investment, a proper business case should be conducted to ensure the investment is well defined, budgeted, and aligned to the company objectives. Equally important is to ensure the investment is maximizing your ERP ROI, or return on investment, and delivering the expected results. The…
 
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