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  • Microsoft's Strong Quarter: 7 Highlights

    InformationWeek:
    Michael Endler
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    Microsoft's fiscal Q1 easily eclipsed Wall Street estimates, buoyed not only by cloud growth, but also unexpectedly strong Surface sales.
  • Microsoft's Strong Quarter: 7 Highlights

    InformationWeek:
    Michael Endler
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    Microsoft's fiscal Q1 easily eclipsed Wall Street estimates, buoyed not only by cloud growth, but also unexpectedly strong Surface sales.
  • Beware The Electro-Magnetic Data Center Threat

    Network Computing:
    Andrew Froehlich
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    A data center strong enough to fend off solar storms or nuclear weapons could be the next requirement on your RFP.
  • Microsofts Connected Tissue

    deal architect
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    Mike Ehrenberg, CTO for Microsoft Business Solutions was describing his new CEO Satya Nadella’s management style – the senior leadership team meets twice a week. “It plays havoc with planning international trips, but allows us to iterate rapidly as a...
  • Rethinking Benchmarks as a Platform for Software Innovation

    SandHill.com General Feed
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    How can you differentiate your startup from other vendors dominating your industry? One way is through validated third-party benchmarks such as TPC-H in Big Data. Keep on reading: Rethinking Benchmarks as a Platform for Software Innovation
 
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    Network Computing:

  • Beware The Electro-Magnetic Data Center Threat

    Andrew Froehlich
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    A data center strong enough to fend off solar storms or nuclear weapons could be the next requirement on your RFP.
  • The Management Gap Between You and Cloud Apps

    Patrick Carey
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Cloud management tools must evolve to truly support the distributed nature of cloud apps and services.
  • SDN Education: Ready, Set, Learn!

    Marcia Savage
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:06 am
    Wondering how to get up to speed on software-defined networking? Here are some SDN training and certification programs plus other avenues for learning.
  • Where's The WAN Going?

    Greg Ferro
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Networking expert Greg Ferro explains how the wide area network must evolve to keep up with modern technology demands.
  • The VVOLs Cometh

    Howard Marks
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The long-awaited VMware Virtual Volumes appear to be on track to arrive next year. The technology promises a leap forward in storage management by providing VM awareness to storage systems.
 
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  • Microsofts Connected Tissue

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

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

    18 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    We are one step closer to release of my book on the SAP economy. The edit is done, the next steps are the inside layout, eBook conversion and prep for printing. Assuming all moves well, the media review PDFs should...
  • Dreaming of the next generation of clouds

    16 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Dreamforce this week had an even more festive feel than ever. Pennant fever gripped the town as the Giants played October ball. The Beach Boys sounded as youthful as ever during Benioff’s keynote. The many school kids invited in the...
  • GE: Give us your Dull, Dirty and Dangerous Data

    12 Oct 2014 | 6:22 am
    Rajesh Gill, Group Chief Pilot Technical and Efficiency at AirAsia, shared his version of “data visualization” at GE’s annual Minds+Machines day in New York. He expresses to fellow pilots the impact of certain maneuvers such as shutting down an engine...
 
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    Hu' Blog

  • EVO:RAIL TO BECOME PART OF THE UCP FAMILY OF CONVERGED SOLUTIONS

    Hu Yoshida
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:48 pm
    At VMworld Europe 2014 in Barcelona, VMware executives announced that Hitachi Data Systems has joined the EVO:RAIL partnership. EVO:RAIL is a hyper-converged, VMware powered appliance that is designed for low cost and out of the box deployment. It comes in a 2U, 4-node configuration with up to 16 TB of internal storage and uses VSAN, which I described in my previous post. It has a single software SKU, which includes licensing of vSphere Enterprise Plus, VSAN, vCenter Standard Edition, Log Insight Manager, and EVO Deployment Configuration Manager (DCM) for all four nodes. It is a great cost…
  • VSAN for Direct Attach Storage and VVOL for Enterprise Storage

    Hu Yoshida
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    In June of last year 2013, VMware announced VSAN. VMware Virtual SAN is embedded in the VMware vSphere kernel and enables clusters of servers with direct attached hard disk drives and solid state drives (HDD and SSD) to create a shared datastore. The management architecture of VSAN enables administrators to specify storage attributes, such as capacity, performance, and availability, in the form of policies on a per VM basis. VSAN brings the benefits of software-defined storage to direct attached storage. Since it eliminates the need for a storage controller, it requires SSDs for read and…
  • Signatures, PINs and Finger Veins

    Hu Yoshida
    3 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    According to the Business Insider “The cost of global payment card fraud grew by 19% last year to reach $14 billion. The cost of U.S. payment card fraud grew by 29% to $7.1 billion.” Last week I was in the Nordics meeting with customers when I had the embarrassing experience of having my credit card declined and having my guest pay for the meal. It turns out that this restaurant would not accept U.S. credit cards that are authenticated with a signature. Europe is using the chip and pin credit card where the chip generates a new transaction code every time it is used and the credit…
  • Hitachi LPARs Provide Safe Multi-Tenant Cloud With Intel E5v3

    Hu Yoshida
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Hitachi’s Intel Xeon based Compute Blade servers (CB 2000 and CB 500) feature an embedded logical partitioning (LPAR) capability implemented in the blade server firmware, based on technology originally developed for Hitachi mainframe and Unix systems to provide platform partitioning for reliability and quality of service for mission critical workloads. When used in a converged solution like the Hitachi Data Systems Unified Compute Platform (UCP), LPARs can be used to consolidate workloads such as scale out SAP or multiple Oracle RAC and non-RAC applications, reducing hardware and…
  • If You Think Your Enterprise is not Using Public Cloud Services? Check Again!

    Hu Yoshida
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Recently I was reviewing a slide deck that marketing had put together and I was struck by a statistic, which I thought was dubious. The claim was that there were 545 cloud services that were in use in the average enterprise. I thought this was way out of line as I looked at my own use of public cloud services like Twitter and LinkedIn. I thought the number must be less by an order of magnitude, so I went to research this on the web and I verified that the 545 number was wrong. The correct number is 738 as of 2Q 2014! This is according to Skyhigh Networks’ recently published “Cloud…
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    Andrew McAfee's Blog

  • This Saturday: The Glass Cage Match at the Boston Book Festival

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

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

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

    Andrew McAfee
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:29 am
    I am sorry to brag, but this really is an all-star lineup. If you’re at all interested in technological progress and its implications for our businesses, economies, and societies, you should attend the 2014 Second Machine Age conference. It’s being held on September 10 and 11 at the gorgeous MIT Media Lab building, and organized jointly by the Institute’s Industrial Liaison Program and the Initiative on the Digital Economy (which I cofounded with Erik Brynjolfsson). Erik and I are both speaking, but that’s not the the exciting part (sorry, Erik). What’s truly…
  • The Clearest Trend in the American Workforce Is Not an Encouraging One

    Andrew McAfee
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    It’s been a while since I posted data on US employment trends, so here’s a chart created with FRED’s snazzy new graphing interface. It shows the employment rate (in other words, 100 – the standard unemployment rate) in blue, the employment-to-population ratio (the % of working-age people with work) in green, and the labor force participation rate (the percent of working-age people who have work or are actively looking for it) in red. This graph clearly shows a very steady up-then-down trajectory in the red line — of the labor force participation rate. It’s…
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    The Enterprise System Spectator

  • Is HR Tech Overshooting HR Capabilities?

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

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

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

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

    Frank Scavo
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
    In working with clients over the last decade, I've watched as cloud ERP vendors have been steadily encroaching on the territory of traditional ERP providers. As a result, ERP selection projects today are more and more becoming evaluations of cloud ERP providers.However, buyers need to realize not all ERP systems that are labeled “cloud” are the same. To help buyers better understand these differences, I've just completed a new report for my research firm, Computer Economics, entitled Understanding Cloud ERP Buyers and Providers, based on my experience in selection deals as well as…
 
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    Schneier on Security

  • Friday Squid Blogging: 1,057 Squid T-Shirts

    schneier
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:17 pm
    That's a lot. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered. Commenting has been broken for the past few days. We hope to get it fixed on Monday.
  • Hacking a Video Poker Machine

    schneier
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:35 am
    Kevin Poulsen has written an interesting story about two people who successfully exploited a bug in a popular video poker machine.
  • NSA Classification ECI = Exceptionally Controlled Information

    schneier
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:22 am
    ECI is a classification above Top Secret. It's for things that are so sensitive they're basically not written down, like the names of companies whose cryptography has been deliberately weakened by the NSA, or the names of agents who have infiltrated foreign IT companies. As part of the Intercept story on the NSA's using agents to infiltrate foreign companies and networks, it published a list of ECI compartments. It's just a list of code names and three-letter abbreviations, along with the group inside the NSA that is responsible for them. The descriptions of what they all mean would never be…
  • DEA Sets Up Fake Facebook Page in Woman's Name

    schneier
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:06 am
    This is a creepy story. A woman has her phone seized by the Drug Enforcement Agency and gives them permission to look at her phone. Without her knowledge or consent, they steal photos off of the phone (the article says they were "racy") and use it to set up a fake Facebook page in her name. The woman sued the government over this. Extra creepy was the government's defense in court: "Defendants admit that Plaintiff did not give express permission for the use of photographs contained on her phone on an undercover Facebook page, but state the Plaintiff implicitly consented by granting access to…
  • FOXACID Operations Manual

    schneier
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:29 am
    A few days ago, I saw this tweet: "Just a reminder that it is now *a full year* since Schneier cited it, and the FOXACID ops manual remains unpublished." It's true. The citation is this: According to a top-secret operational procedures manual provided by Edward Snowden, an exploit named Validator might be the default, but the NSA has a variety of options. The documentation mentions United Rake, Peddle Cheap, Packet Wrench, and Beach Head-­all delivered from a FOXACID subsystem called Ferret Cannon. Back when I broke the QUANTUM and FOXACID programs, I talked with the Guardian editors about…
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    Network Security Blog

  • Posting other places

    netsecpodcast@mckeay.net (Martin McKeay)
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    I’ve been blogging for some other sources lately.  It’s interesting to be creating articles for someone other than myself, because I put more thought into it and spend more time trying to organize my thoughts and outline the article before I put virtual pen to paper.  I’m writing for IBM’s Security Intelligence blog (they’re an Akamai partner) and InfoSecurity Magazine regularly and contributing to other venues as opportunity comes up and time allows.  Blog post, articles, webinars, presentations, or just shooting the breeze about security, I do it all.
  • Wake up to a POODLE puddle

    netsecpodcast@mckeay.net (Martin McKeay)
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:20 pm
    TL:DR – Disable SSL immediately. As of this morning SSL appears to be dead or at least dying.  The POODLE vulnerability in SSL was released last night, basically revealing a vulnerability in the way that SSL v3 uses ciphers and allows an attacker to make a plain-text attack against the encrypted traffic.  This makes the third major vulnerability released on the Internet this year and is another warning that this level of vulnerability discovery may be the new shape of things to come. I’m not going to try to explain POODLE in detail, or give you a nice logo for it.  Instead…
  • Understanding Apple’s new encryption model

    netsecpodcast@mckeay.net (Martin McKeay)
    5 Oct 2014 | 10:44 pm
    I understand enough about encryption to get myself in trouble, but not much more.  I can talk about it intelligently in most cases, but when we get down to the nitty gritty, bit by bit discussion of how encryption works, I want to have someone who’s really an expert explain it to me.  Which is why I’m glad that Matthew Green sat down to explain Apple’s claims of new encryption that they can’t open for law enforcement in great detail. The Too Long; Didn’t Read (I often forget what tl;dr means) version of it is that there is a unique ID that’s hidden deep…
  • “All we need to do is …. redo everything”

    netsecpodcast@mckeay.net (Martin McKeay)
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:04 pm
    I love listening to idealists.  In fact, I’d be one if it wasn’t for the crushing despair and cynicism that working in the security profession has instilled in me.  Or maybe I work in this field because the crushing despair and cynicism already existed.  In either case, I’ve lost the ability to even think “we could just fix all of our security problems if we just …”.  And when I see others saying the same thing, I have to shake my head in amusement at their naivete.  But it really makes me wonder when I see someone who’s been in security even…
  • Limiting online time

    netsecpodcast@mckeay.net (Martin McKeay)
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:55 pm
    I limit online time.  Not for me, for my children.  Apparently I’m among a fairly prestigious group of people who do so, since many of the C-level execs in Silicon Valley also limit their children’s time with tech.  Though it looks like many of them are even stricter than I am about how much time the children get to interact with their computers. We’ve always limited the amount of time our children can spend on the computer.  We found from an early age, they’d spend every waking moment playing games and surfing the internet if they could.  I wonder who…
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    Martin Fowler

  • Talking about Refactoring on the Ruby Rogues Podcast

    Martin Fowler
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    Last week I sat with the Ruby Rogues - a podcast about development in the Ruby and Rails world (Avdi Grimm, Jessica Kerr and host Charles Max Wood). They have a regular book club, and their book this time was the Ruby edition of Refactoring We talked about the definition of refactoring, why we find we don’t use debuggers much, what might be done to modernize the book, the role of refactoring tools, whether comments can be used for good, the trade-off between refactoring and rewriting, modularity and microservices, and how the software industry has changed over the last twenty years.
  • Bliki: SacrificialArchitecture

    Martin Fowler
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:39 am
    You're sitting in a meeting, contemplating the code that your team has been working on for the last couple of years. You've come to the decision that the best thing you can do now is to throw away all that code, and rebuild on a totally new architecture. How does that make you feel about that doomed code, about the time you spent working on it, about the decisions you made all that time ago? For many people throwing away a code base is a sign of failure, perhaps understandable given the inherent exploratory nature of software development, but still failure. But often the best code you can…
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    Martin Fowler
    11 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
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  • Keynote from goto: Our Responsibility to Defeat Mass Surveillance

    Martin Fowler
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:57 am
    In our keynote for goto 2014, Erik and I consider our responsibilities as software professionals towards combatting the growing tide of mass surveillance. We talk about how software professionals should take a greater role in deciding what software to build, which requires us to have a greater knowledge of the domain and responsibility towards our users and the greater society. We say why privacy is important, both as a human need and for the maintenance of a democratic society. We use the example of email to explore the importance of an open, collaborative development approach for key…
  • Building a two-stack CMS

    Martin Fowler
    6 Oct 2014 | 7:18 am
    Our Pune office recently did a project with a large manufacturer to build its global marketing website. The site involved complex content, lots of traffic (two million page views a day), localization to nearly a hundred locales, and high availability. In this infodeck my colleague Sunit Parekh and I dig into a key feature of the system - taking on the principle of Editing-Publishing Separation by building a two-stack architecture. This allowed the client to continue to use a wide range of software for their complex content editing needs, but at the same time providing a content delivery…
 
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    PGreenblog

  • Life's Philosophy; Science's Purpose

    Paul G.
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Much as I like to think and act exuberantly in the celebration of the abundance of life, I have days where I recognize that I’m 64 years old. Some of those days, I embrace the fact. Some of those... The award winning, edgiest CRM blog on the planet. The industry, the concepts, the news from CRM at the Speed of Light author Paul Greenberg
  • How Marketing-as-a-Service Builds Trust and Engagement

    Paul G.
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Note: While I recover from vocal cord surgery, I can't do a whole lot. But that doesn't mean that a. ideas stop generating and b. others aren't doing a lot. They continue and they are. So what I... The award winning, edgiest CRM blog on the planet. The industry, the concepts, the news from CRM at the Speed of Light author Paul Greenberg
  • Happy New Year 2014AND Best Commercials 2013

    Paul G.
    31 Dec 2013 | 11:23 am
    Actually, I have no criteria except I love these commercials. Some are brilliantly funny and cray cray adorbs. Some are beautiful, and soar. One will rip at your heart. I still think that good... The award winning, edgiest CRM blog on the planet. The industry, the concepts, the news from CRM at the Speed of Light author Paul Greenberg
  • CRM Idol 2013 Voting Starts...NOW!

    Paul G.
    9 Dec 2013 | 5:00 am
    Okay, patrons of the arts and sciences. We are down to the final week of CRM Idol 2013 and this is arguably the most exciting of them all. This is where you, the people, get to vote on who you... The award winning, edgiest CRM blog on the planet. The industry, the concepts, the news from CRM at the Speed of Light author Paul Greenberg
  • Life Isnt Abstract: The Internet of Pings

    Paul G.
    25 Nov 2013 | 4:00 am
    About three weeks ago, I wrote a post on my journey to health (losing weight) via a trip to the Duke Diet and Fitness Center (DFC) and also identified some broad lessons that can be generally applied... The award winning, edgiest CRM blog on the planet. The industry, the concepts, the news from CRM at the Speed of Light author Paul Greenberg
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    EMC Blogs

  • Know Where You Are: Innovation and Technology Communities

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    In a previous post I discussed the “data gathering” aspect of an innovation strategy named "Know Where You Are". I recommended the creation of a Portfolio Intelligence team to gather business data.  In this post I’d like to focus on the second phase of an innovation strategy: Building Communities. At EMC the CTO Office is at the center of a large number of innovation communities. This is likely the norm at many high-tech companies. The unique twist at EMC is that these communities are specifically expected to produce and gather large amounts of innovation data.  …
  • Running IT Like A (Financial) Business

    15 Oct 2014 | 3:39 pm
    The enterprise IT model is changing fast: IT now strives to become the internal service provider of choice, offering an attractive portfolio of services that are convenient for the business to consume. This transformation should not be a revelation to anyone. All of the sudden, IT starts to look more like modern manufacturing, and less of a project-oriented crafts guild. As anyone who has run a good-sized business will know, it’s all about “the numbers”: how much, how good, how fast, etc. You wouldn’t try to run a business without good financial instrumentation — and the same is…
  • Federation Solutions And The New IT Agenda

    9 Oct 2014 | 8:26 am
    One of the more fascinating efforts across the EMC Federation (EMC II, VMware and Pivotal) is the substantial investment behind what is now known as Federation Solutions   Like many of you, I have developed a natural skepticism of just about anything branded a “solution”, as so many are just marketing wrappers for familiar technologies.     This time, though, it appears to be quite different — there’s real engineering at work here, pointed at real heavy-duty challenges.     Once you wade into the gory details, there’s a lot to like.   The New IT…
  • Know Where You Are: Innovation and Portfolio Intelligence

    7 Oct 2014 | 4:38 am
    In a previous post I highlighted four tenets of EMC’s innovation strategy: The first tenet (Gather Data), has the gathering of business data as a foundational activity. One way to implement this strategy is via the creation of a Portfolio Intelligence team and the creation of a threshold CAGR number. In the diagram below I've made up a number of seven percent. One of the first actions in a corporate innovation strategy should be the creation of a portfolio intelligence team.  This team is responsible for working with all of the lines of business to gather business data into a…
  • The New IT Industry Landscape

    6 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    The news over the weekend that HP was splitting into two separate businesses made me deeply ruminate over the future of the IT industry — helped along by a few adult beverages. At one level, one could simply say that this is the familiar changing-of-the-guard in the IT business: larger companies with familiar business models being overtaken by smaller and more nimble upstarts. But I think there’s more going on here that meets the eye. When I talk about the future of the IT industry with my colleagues and customers, there's all sorts of theories about what's happening, and why.  …
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    Oracle Bloggers

  • How to Customize Your Field Service Wireless Application

    LuciaC-Oracle
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    For some time now customers have been asking for the ability to customize the Field Service Wireless application so that custom pages can be added.  The Field Service development team listened and have now incorporated that functionality into the product in 12.1.3+. The application now allows you to add a custom page built using JSP technology using AOL/J infrastructure. Refer to Doc ID 1936276.1 for full instructions, including sample JSP code.
  • Data Modeling via Excel?

    thatjeffsmith
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    Click on the table node to create a new table based on your data file.In SQL Developer if you use the Import Data feature from the main tree node, it will create a new table based on a delimited text or Excel file. We’ll look at the data and create some columns for you. In version 4.1, we’ll recognize numbers as numbers, dates as dates, and try to get a best guess for you in terms of the proper date formats, precision, etc. In all version of the tool, we scan the preview size of the input stream to figure out how big to make the text fields. You can increase the preview window to…
  • Facebook Friday: Top 10 ArchBeat Posts for the week - Oct 17-23, 2014

    Bob Rhubart-Oracle
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    Are there androids among the 5,578 fans of the OTN ArchBeat Facebook Page? We may never know. But those fans made the following posts the Top 10 most popular for the past seven days (October 17-23, 2014). OTN Virtual Tech Summit Middleware/Mobile Track: By the Numbers What's up with the Middleware track in the upcoming OTN Virtual Technology Summit (Nov 18)? 2 sub-tracks, 8 sessions, including 2 hands-on labs -- all focused on Mobile Architectures and Application Development. And it's all free! Nov 18, 2014. 9:00am PT / Noon ET Register now! Oracle Developer Cloud Service: Git Integration…
  • Optimizing Queries with Attribute Clustering

    nbayliss-Oracle
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:23 am
    Attribute clustering is a feature that’s new to Oracle Database 12.1.0.2 (Enterprise Edition). It was designed to work with other features, such as compression, storage indexes, and especially with a new feature called zone maps, but since attribute clustering has some useful benefits of its own I’ll cover them here and make zone maps the subject of a later post. So what is attribute clustering? It is simply a table property - just like compression - but it defines how rows should be ordered and clustered together in close physical proximity, based on one or more column values. For…
  • Recap of the Data Integration Track at Oracle OpenWorld 2014

    Irem Radzik
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Data Integration track at OpenWorld 2014 contained important product announcements, many content-rich presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on-labs around big data analytics, data governance, and cloud. On Monday, Jeff Pollock, VP of Product Management for Oracle Data Integration presented the session "Unlocking Big Data Silos in the Cloud", where he gave an overview of Oracle’s data integration offering and explained several best practices and architectural approaches to implement a full or partial cloud solutions. He presented real life example such as the UK…
 
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    JT on EDM

  • Business and IT perspectives on Decision Management – some videos

    James Taylor
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:13 am
    Copyright © 2014 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorI am often asked to give a business or an IT perspective on Decision Management. As part of some recent work with SAS on Decision Management we created two decision management videos – one aimed at business users and one at IT professionals: For Business Users an interview between Fiona McNeil of SAS and me on SAS® Decision Manager Insights: A high-level description of SAS Decision Manager. The key trends affecting the need for decision management. Insights on how to operationalize analytics. For IT Professionals an introduction…
  • First Look: IBM Operational Decision Manager Advanced

    James Taylor
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:07 am
    Copyright © 2014 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorI blogged a little about the tech preview of IBM’s Operational Decision Manager – Advanced product when I was at IMPACT and I recently got a full briefing on the new ODM Advanced release. ODM Advanced has been under development for about 2 years with early access for customers back in late 2013 and technology previews during 2014. At Insight 2014 IBM is formally launching the product as part of ODM 8.7 with a Q4 general availability. About 10 clients got engaged with the technology preview and about 20+ opportunities that are suitable use…
  • A new book on decision modeling and process modeling with BPMN/DMN

    James Taylor
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:14 am
    Copyright © 2014 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorTom Debevoise and I have just published The MicroGuide to Process and Decision Modeling in BPMN/DMN: Building More Effective Processes by Integrating Process Modeling with Decision Modeling and it’s now available on Amazon. A little bit about the book: the landscape of process modeling has evolved as have the best practices. The smartest companies are using decision modeling in combination with process modeling. The principle reason is that decisions and processes are discovered and managed in separate, yet, interrelated ways. Decision…
  • SAS Decision Manager Product Review

    James Taylor
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    Copyright © 2014 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorAs part of working with SAS on their Decision Management initiatives I got to talk with their about their new product – SAS Decision Manager.  As part of this I recorded some wrote a product review: SAS Decision Manager delivers more precise, accurate, and traceable decisions into operational processes using analytics and business rules. SAS Decision Manager closes the loop for analytics, pushing advanced predictive analytic models into operations. You can find the product review and some other new assets here. My original first…
  • Some new Decision Management assets

    James Taylor
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    Copyright © 2014 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorI recently did some work with the folks at SAS on Decision Management and they helped me create some new decision management assets. We recorded three short webinars on core decision management topics: Operationalizing Analytics With Decision Management. Where decision management fits in your analytic environment. How to modernize analytical business processes. The value of operational analytics. Manage Business Risk With Decision Management. Methods that reduce organizational risk. The value of a repeatable decision strategy. Where…
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    Development & Integration Blogs

  • Build Better Project Teams

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    Having been part of numerous startups and project teams, I was keenly interested in a relatively new online recruiting service out of Italy called Eggup. While I was in Rome, on a warm October morning, I had a chance to sit down for breakfast and chat with one of their founding members.
  • Disaster Recovery NEEDS Documentation

    19 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    One important tool for disaster prevention and recovery is good documentation. Proper documentation can prevent mistakes from happening and make sure that the recovery process goes smoothly. Manuals supplied with hardware and software are fine for wh...
  • LinkedIn Marketing - Fix Your Content, Not Your Profile

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    True whether we are talking LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, or _______ (add your social network in the blank.)
  • Don't Let Single-Sign-On Kill Your Security

    15 Oct 2014 | 4:20 am
    When we look to evaluate single-sign-on or SSO solutions, we put out the mighty goal of unifying our systems and access controls and simplifying the lives of our employees/users to only remember a single user ID and password for authentication. But all too often I see these systems implemented in ways that completely kills the security posture of an entire organization.
  • Adding rollover image buttons to my Wordpress site

    8 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    Some recent blog tutorials on using VBA to automate button creation in MS Publisher and then implementing them to my Wordpress site using CSS
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    StorageMojo

  • Friday hike blogging: West fork, new and improved!

    Robin Harris
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Finding that the recent fire and monsoon rains had altered the west fork of Oak Creek made me want to go back further up the creek. Without a paddle. So last Sunday I did. Click to enlarge. That’s Steve in the corner. Manou is in the crowd up ahead. Spectacular! In case you couldn’t tell. . . .
  • Shadow IT pt. 2

    Robin Harris
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:58 pm
    The first post on shadow IT looked at R&D spend. Now we look at CapEx spend – specifically PP&E – property, plant and equipment. That’s where new datacenters, servers, storage and networks go. Big Spend The FY13 PP&E spend in billions from major players: While R&D expense is a proxy for innovation velocity, PP&E is a subtler metric. To the extent that the major cloud providers buy large quantities of kit, they influence the commodity market more than traditional system vendors. Why? Because vendors are no longer on the cutting edge of demand or…
  • The shadow IT industry

    Robin Harris
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:26 pm
    The power of the big IaaS players – Amazon, Google, Facebook, Azure (AGFA) – constitutes a shadow IT industry. It is a shadow because its operations are outside the transparency we take for granted with legacy IT vendors like IBM, HP, Cisco and Oracle. AGFA announces new services, but the tech behind the services is usually secret. We can see some of the effects – the inexplicable investments in high capacity optical or the emergence of SMR drives- but the configurations and economics remain opaque. R&D To get a sense of AGFA’s importance in IT, StorageMojo…
  • Scale and intelligence: lessons from warehouse-scale computing

    Robin Harris
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Why is enterprise infrastructure so costly and inflexible while warehouse-scale computing is cost-effective and flexible? Is it: a) Enterprise infrastructure is too capital intensive? b) Warehouse-scale people are smarter? c) High-scale systems can’t be reduced to enterprise-scale cost effectively? Lucky for you, this is an open-blog exam. Read on. People, machines and scale Greg Ferro wrote a provocative piece on his blog Ethereal Mind titled Human Infrastructure Poverty & Over-Capitalisation In The Enterprise. He argues that enterprises have been conned into spending too much on…
  • Symantec to split – finally!

    Robin Harris
    8 Oct 2014 | 3:22 pm
    Multiple outlets are reporting that Symantec (SYMC), which bought storage software leader Veritas for $10.6 billion in 2005, is soon to break itself up into a security company and a storage software company. SYMC segments their business into User Productivity & Protection, Information Security, and Information Management. The Information Management segment includes backup and recovery, archiving and eDiscovery, storage and high availability solutions, i.e. the old Veritas. IM’s revenue (FY14 $2.5B) has been flat for the last 3 years while gross margins and operating income has…
 
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    Network Computing:

  • Beware The Electro-Magnetic Data Center Threat

    Andrew Froehlich
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    A data center strong enough to fend off solar storms or nuclear weapons could be the next requirement on your RFP.
  • The Management Gap Between You and Cloud Apps

    Patrick Carey
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Cloud management tools must evolve to truly support the distributed nature of cloud apps and services.
  • SDN Education: Ready, Set, Learn!

    Marcia Savage
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:06 am
    Wondering how to get up to speed on software-defined networking? Here are some SDN training and certification programs plus other avenues for learning.
  • Where's The WAN Going?

    Greg Ferro
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Networking expert Greg Ferro explains how the wide area network must evolve to keep up with modern technology demands.
  • The VVOLs Cometh

    Howard Marks
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The long-awaited VMware Virtual Volumes appear to be on track to arrive next year. The technology promises a leap forward in storage management by providing VM awareness to storage systems.
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    Network & Infrastructure Blogs

  • Skills vs Skillz

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:02 pm
    I remember in my childhood a magazine that I used to love reading. It had crazy caricatures, weird stories and off the wall comics. In short it was a Mad magazine. One of those comics, one of my favourites, was called "Spy vs Spy" and it was about a black spy and a white spy battling it out in an endless struggle to one up each other.   This is not so much different from the
  • Build Better Project Teams

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    Having been part of numerous startups and project teams, I was keenly interested in a relatively new online recruiting service out of Italy called Eggup. While I was in Rome, on a warm October morning, I had a chance to sit down for breakfast and chat with one of their founding members.
  • Disaster Recovery NEEDS Documentation

    19 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    One important tool for disaster prevention and recovery is good documentation. Proper documentation can prevent mistakes from happening and make sure that the recovery process goes smoothly. Manuals supplied with hardware and software are fine for wh...
  • Is your team like a family?

    18 Oct 2014 | 3:34 am
    I watched a talk the other day where the speaker spent some time on how teams or even a whole company should be like a family. I find this a little hard to do from my experience if you would like a real smooth operating team which performs at the highest level.
  • Don't Let Single-Sign-On Kill Your Security

    15 Oct 2014 | 4:20 am
    When we look to evaluate single-sign-on or SSO solutions, we put out the mighty goal of unifying our systems and access controls and simplifying the lives of our employees/users to only remember a single user ID and password for authentication. But all too often I see these systems implemented in ways that completely kills the security posture of an entire organization.
 
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    Enterprise Back Office Blogs

  • CRM Integration Essentials: Real-Time Architecture

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Our third article in this CRM Integration Essentials Series covers CRM Integration Real-Time Architecture. We previously discussed CRM Integration Security and CRM Integration Scalability and will address Opportunity-to-Order Conversion, and Enterprise Mobile Mashup in future articles.
  • CRM Integration Essentials: Scalability

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    We follow our previous discussion of CRM Integration Security Management in this five-part series on CRM Integration Essentials with our exploration of CRM Integration Scalability. Other articles in the series will be dedicated to: Real-Time Architecture, Opportunity-to-Order Conversion, and Enterprise Mobile Mashup.
  • CRM Integration Essentials: Security

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    Today we discuss CRM Integration Security Management as we begin the first in a five-part series on CRM Integration Essentials. Other articles in the series will be dedicated to: Scalability, Real-Time Architecture, Opportunity-to-Order Conversion, and Enterprise Mobile Mashup.
  • 20/20 Panoramic View of the ERP Industry - Part 1 of 3

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Each year, we make our predictions for the ERP software industry for the upcoming year. Sometimes we get it right, and sometimes we?re off base, so it?s clearly not an easy feat to predict the future in any industry ? especially one as dynamic as the enterprise software industry. However, we wanted to share our opinions of where the ERP software industry is headed in the next several years.
  • 20/20 Panoramic View of the ERP Industry - Part 1 of 3

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Each year, we make our predictions for the ERP software industry for the upcoming year. Sometimes we get it right, and sometimes we?re off base, so it?s clearly not an easy feat to predict the future in any industry ? especially one as dynamic as the enterprise software industry. However, we wanted to share our opinions of where the ERP software industry is headed in the next several years.
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  • Blog Post: Novinky Microsoft pro školství - říjen 2014

    Microsoft pro školství
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    Vážení kolegové učitelé , ředitelé a pracovníci ve školství, V říjnovém čísle našeho newsletteru bychom mimo jiné chtěli Vaším prostřednictvím oslovit Vaše studenty. Otevřeli jsme totiž registraci do již 3.ročníku oblíbeného programu pro aktivní středoškolské studenty – Studentské trenérské centrum Microsoft. Jeho cílem je dát mladým lidem příležitost snadnějšího a úspěšnějšího startu pro budoucí kariéru a více propojit akademické vzdělání s praxí. A co víc, je to program, který studenty velmi baví – podívejte se na video ,…
  • Blog Post: Understanding ATQ performance counters, yet another twist in the world of TLAs

    Justin Turner [MSFT]
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    Hello again, this is guest author Herbert from Germany. If you worked an Active Directory performance issue, you might have noticed a number of AD Performance counters for NTDS and “Directory Services” objects including some ATQ related counters. In this post, I provide a brief overview of ATQ performance counters, how to use them and discuss several scenarios we've seen. What are all these ATQ thread counters there for anyway? “ATQ” stands for “ A synchronous T hread Q ueue”. LSASS adopted its threading library from IIS to handle Windows socket communication and uses a thread…
  • Blog Post: Understanding ATQ performance counters, yet another twist in the world of TLAs

    Anonymous
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    Hello again, this is guest author Herbert from Germany. If you worked an Active Directory performance issue, you might have noticed a number of AD Performance counters for NTDS and “Directory Services” objects including some ATQ related counters. In this ...read more
  • Blog Post: Understanding ATQ performance counters, yet another twist in the world of TLAs

    Kaushik Ainapure [MSFT]
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    Hello again, this is guest author Herbert from Germany. If you worked an Active Directory performance issue, you might have noticed a number of AD Performance counters for NTDS and “Directory Services” objects including some ATQ related counters. In this ...read more
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Search is now smarter about spreadsheets

    Warren_R_Msft
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    Businesses use spreadsheets for many critical functions, such as financial reporting and investment modeling, and they need to minimize the risks that using these spreadsheets introduces. The need for strong spreadsheet management is emphasized in these stories compiled by the European Spreadsheet Risk Interest Group (EuSpRIG). Office responded to this need by introducing new features in Office 2013 to help manage the use of spreadsheets for important business functions, and now it has enabled a similar capability in Office 365.   Now you can manage spreadsheets in Office 365 One of the…
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    MSRC

  • Security Advisory 3010060 released

    MSRC Team
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Today, we released Security Advisory 3010060 to provide additional protections regarding limited, targeted attacks directed at Microsoft Windows customers. A cyberattacker could cause remote code execution if someone is tricked into opening a maliciously-crafted PowerPoint document that contains an infected Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) file. As part of this Security Advisory, we have included an easy, one-click Fix it solution to address the known cyberattack. Please review the "Suggested Actions" section of the Security Advisory for additional guidance. Applying the…
  • Security Advisory 3009008 released

    MSRC Team
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Today, we released Security Advisory 3009008 to address a vulnerability in Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) 3.0 which could allow information disclosure. This is an industry-wide vulnerability that affects the protocol itself, and is not specific to Microsoft’s implementation of SSL or the Windows operating system. This advisory provides guidance for customers so that they can disable SSL 3.0 in the browser. Customers should be aware that once they disable SSL 3.0, if they visit a website that supports only SSL 3.0 and does not support newer encryption protocols, they will receive a…
  • October 2014 Updates

    MSRC Team
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Today, as part of Update Tuesday, we released eight security updates – three rated Critical and five rated Important - to address 24 Common Vulnerabilities & Exposures (CVEs) in Windows, Office, .NET Framework, .ASP.NET, and Internet Explorer (IE). We encourage you to apply all of these updates, but for those who need to prioritize deployment planning, we recommend focusing on the Critical updates first. Here’s an overview slide and video of the security updates released today:       For more information about this month’s security updates, including the…
  • Advance Notification Service for the October 2014 Security Bulletin Release

    MSRC Team
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
    Today, we provide advance notification for the release of nine Security Bulletins. Three of these updates are rated Critical, five are rated as Important, and one is rated Moderate in severity. These updates are for Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, Office, .NET Framework, and ASP.NET. As per our usual process, we’ve scheduled the Security Bulletin release for the second Tuesday of the month, October 14, 2014, at approximately 10 a.m. PDT. Revisit this blog then for analysis of the relative impact, as well as deployment guidance, together with a brief video overview of the…
  • September 2014 Security Bulletin Release Webcast and Q&A

    Dustin C. Childs
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:52 pm
    Today we’re publishing the September 2014 Security Bulletin Webcast Questions & Answers page.  We fielded four questions on various topics during the webcast, with specific bulletin questions focusing primarily on Internet Explorer (MS14-052) and a question about the Windows Update client.   We invite you to join us for the next scheduled webcast on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at 11 a.m. PDT (UTC -7), when we will go into detail about the October bulletin release and answer your bulletin deployment questions live on the air.  Thanks, Dustin Childs Group Manager,…
 
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    SQLblog.com - The SQL Server blog spot on the web

  • In The Cloud: Creating Your First Azure SQL Database

    John Paul Cook
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Creating your first SQL Database in Azure is quick and easy. There are a few things I’ve discovered that might help you be successful faster. Many people have asked me how to get started, so I’ve provided these steps to success. The steps I show you aren’t the only way to achieve success. This is an adaptation of one of my Azure demos. First, you need an Azure account. If you have an MSDN subscription, you should be able to use that. Your employer might have Azure credits. If those options aren’t...(read more)
  • Are you ready for PASS Summit 2014?

    RickHeiges
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    I wanted to re-publish an old blog post that is still fairly accurate. It is actually a summary of blog posts I did back in 2011. http://sqlblog.com/blogs/rick_heiges/archive/2011/09/19/pass-summit-2011-what-you-can-expect-at-the-conference-summary.aspx A great deal of the information is still relevant. I hope that you find the information useful and to see you at the PASS Summit 2014!...(read more)
  • SQL Saturday #356 Slovenia Schedule Is Alive!

    Dejan Sarka
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:25 am
    We are approaching the PASS SQL Saturday #356 Slovenia event. Today, we published the schedule. With so many submissions, we had a hard time to select only 24 sessions. Unfortunately, we could not accommodate all of the speakers who submitted sessions. However, we decided to invite to speakers dinner also the speakers that were not selected. Therefore, if you submitted some proposals and you can’t find yourself on the schedule, don’t give up. Please join us anyway, and enjoy the dinner (and the party) with other speakers and with us anyway! You will also get a personal invitation.
  • The state of Multidimensional and Tabular adoption

    Marco Russo (SQLBI)
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:24 pm
    SQL Server Analysis Services is a product that does not have its own product code, being sold as part of SQL Server. I think that also Microsoft does not know (and cannot know) the exact number of users. For this reason, it’s also more difficult to analyze the effective usage of the two different model types: Multidimensional and Tabular. Thus, only indirect observations are possible: books sold, web page reads, web searches, support calls, consulting engagements, and so on. Accessing to public data is very hard. For example, it’s hard to discriminate between MDX and DAX web searches…
  • SQL Server 2014 CU4 is available for downloading

    Damian
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:14 am
    The SQL 2014 CU4 is available :)There are some interesting facts:·         66 issues were solved BI\Analysis Services 10 BI\Collaborative Insights 1 BI\Reporting Services 11 Data Quality Services\Cleanse\Export Results 1 Integration Services 1 Integration Services\Tasks Components 2 Integration Services\Tools 1 Master Data Services\Client 1 Master Data Services\Server 1 Master Data Services\Setup 1 SQL Connectivity 1 SQL Engine 1 SQL Engine\Column Stores 4 SQL Engine\DB Management 1 SQL Engine\Extreme OLTP 1 SQL Engine\High Availability and Disaster…
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    MySQL Performance Blog

  • MySQL 5.6 Full Text Search Throwdown: Webinar Q&A

    Bill Karwin
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    Yesterday (Oct. 22) I gave a presentation titled “MySQL 5.6 Full Text Search Throwdown.” If you missed it, you can still register to view the recording and my slides.Thanks to everyone who attended, and especially to folks who asked the great questions. I answered as many as we had time for during the session, but here are all the questions with my complete answers:Q: Does Solr automatically maintain its index against MySQL? Do you have to hit the Solr server with a specific query to keep the index ‘warm’?There are several strategies for updating a Solr index. In my…
  • MySQL community set to meet at Percona Live London 2014

    Tom Diederich
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The countdown is on for Europe’s largest annual MySQL event, Percona Live London 2014. The two days of technical tutorials and sessions, November 3-4, will focus on the latest MySQL industry trends, news, best practices – and a look at what’s on the near- and long-term horizon within the global MySQL ecosystem.Percona Live London 2014 will bring attendees up to date on key areas including MySQL 5.7, database security, database as a service (DBaaS), Hadoop and high availability (HA), disaster recovery, replication and backup, performance and scalability, WebScaleSQL and much,…
  • Percona XtraDB Cluster: How to run a 2-node cluster on a single server

    Fernando Laudares
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:53 am
    I reckon there’s little sense in running 2 or more Percona XtraDB Cluster (PXC) nodes in a single physical server other than for educational and testing purposes – but doing so is still useful in those cases. The most popular way of achieving this seems to be with server virtualization, such as making use of Vagrant boxes. But in the same way you can have multiple instances of MySQL running in parallel on the OS level in the form of concurrent mysqld processes, so too can you have multiple Percona XtraDB Cluster nodes. And the way to achieve this is precisely the same: using…
  • Autumn: A season of MySQL-related conferences. Here’s my list

    Peter Zaitsev
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    Autumn is a season of MySQL-related conferences and I’m about to hit the road to speak and attend quite a  few of them.This week I’ll participate in All Things Open, a local conference for me here in Raleigh, N.C. and therefore one I do not have to travel for. All Things Open explores open source, open tech and the open web in the enterprise. I’ll be speaking on SSDs for Databases at 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23 and I’ll also be participating in a book signing for the High Performance MySQL Book at 11:45 p.m. at the “Meet the Speaker” table. We are also…
  • Innodb transaction history often hides dangerous ‘debt’

    Peter Zaitsev
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    In many write-intensive workloads Innodb/XtraDB storage engines you may see hidden and dangerous “debt” being accumulated – unpurged transaction “history” which if not kept in check over time will cause serve performance regression or will take all free space and cause an outage. Let’s talk about where it comes from and what can you do to avoid running into the trouble.Technical Background: InnoDB is an MVCC engine which means it keeps multiple versions of the rows in the database, and when rows are deleted or updated they are not immediately removed from…
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    ProjectVRM

  • @Capgemini on #VRM: well done!

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

    Doc Searls
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:40 pm
    First, some VRooMy startups and projects: Chekk “Take control of your digital life.” Momentum “Own your life moments.” APHS invests in Flamingo to develop personal cloud platform Good investment news. Welcomer Short Overview – YouTube Kevin Cox explains, with visuals. pEp - pretty Easy privacy | Indiegogo The name says it all. Next, I’ve got this idea that whawhat we need for full personal agency is an operating system of our own. Something that’s as personal as our own clothes, and just as wearable and privacy-affording. Also something we…
  • #VRM Tweetings

    Doc Searls
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:19 am
    Here’s a pile of #VRM tweets. One of these days I’ll find the least crufty way to copy and paste them (or whatever works best). Recommendations welcome.  Crypt Ghost Be So ‏stopthecyborgs  2h2 hours ago PernilleT NordicDEi Good start but openPDS still runs into the http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1678634… problem. Also see VRM & hubofallthings stuff. View conversation  Aurelie Pols retweeted T.Rob ‏tdotrob  2h2 hours ago Here’s Why Public Wifi is a Public Health Hazard http://iopt.us/1usjedF itsec security privacy vrm  James Ladd retweeted…
  • Weekend Linklings

    Doc Searls
    11 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    Events VRM Day 2014b- Eventbrite. 41 have registered. Room for 50.  Better hurry. Internet Identity Workshop XIX #19 – 2014b- Eventbrite. Come for VRM Day, stay for IIW. Politics and governance, aka #GRM  snapvote14.com by NewGov.us.  SNAPvote14 | Indiegogo. Support a Good Thing. Thinkings  Hidden In The Myths Of Time | Brian Grimmer Founder & CEO Present Group. Deep thinkings across space and time from the father of the personal cloud company Onexus.  Doc Searls: Business as Morality – O’Reilly Radar. Some possible moral contexts for VRM discussions, including…
  • VRM+CRM at IIW

    Doc Searls
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Four years and a few months ago, CRM Magazine devoted much of its May issue to VRM. That’s the cover there on the right. It was way ahead of its time. Same goes for ProjectVRM, which started four years earlier. Now things are starting to shift. I’ve heard encouraging reports from friends who went to Oracle OpenWorld last month and are headed to Salesforce‘s Dreamforce  next week. They tell me it is now becoming apparent to CRM that it needs a hand to shake on the customer side that’s not a captive one. Specifically — That customers need scale across the many…
 
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    Symantec Connect

  • New to 2014 - How to configure Incrementals

    systematic92
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:27 am
    I need a solution Hi guys,   I was wondering if you could help confirm if I have configured my backup schedule properly.   The goal is to have an Incremental backup take place Mon - Thurs and a full on Friday (be it weekly, monthly or annual)   We are backing up CIFS data from a NetApp SAN.   Please see attached screenshot showing my configuration.   Is this correct?   Thanks,   Incrementals.JPG
  • Journaling Archiving for Mirapoint server (IMAP accessed)

    Jose Luis Perez 2
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    I need a solution Hi, A customer has a Mirapoint messaging server appliance (never heard of it before). They are trying to archive Journaled messages and that mailboxes are accessed through IMAP. I answered first that they may configure journaling to an external mailbox in an Exchange box so it can be archived by Enterprise Vault but I was wonderinf if EV´s IMAP support would help.  I don´t think there´s something like Journaling Archiving to a mailbox accessed through IMAP (I may be wrong) but maybe the internal Mirapoint Journal mailbox may be archived once a day an configure EV to…
  • Copy .gho files from DVD to PC, then to new DVD, fails restore

    mrcorbina
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    I need a solution On Panasonic CF-31 Toughbook with Windows 7 64-bit SP1, booted up from DVD with bootable Symantec Ghost 11.5.1 disk.  Created Ghost image of Toughbook hard drive (resulting in 2 DVDs), and tested image on a Ghost restore ("from image") successfully.  The Toughbook is delivered to the customer with this Ghost image on two DVDs, along with a bootable DVD containing Ghost 11.5.1.  They plan to use Ghost to restore the OS if needed.  This is non-negotiable for them.  Therefore, in case replacement disks are ever needed, we plan to store…
  • ATMOS storage unit showing as down in NetBackup

    shinnet
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    I need a solution All backups are failing which is assigned to specific STU - with error "no storage units available for use(213)"   Checked with storage team and they have verified and come up with no issues from their end. Upon checking found below error.. Stat is showing as DOWN.... is there any way to bring up the state? is this something NetBackup team to check? or this is an issue with Storage?   Storage Server : XXXXXXX Storage Server Type : BasicDisk Storage Type : Formatted Disk, Direct Attached State : DOWN Flag : AdminUp Flag : InternalDown Flag : SpanImages Flag :…
  • NDMP Restore

    maitakeboy
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    I need a solution I have an issue where I have been doing incremental restores on BE 2010 R3 on and NDMP server (NetAPP FAS2020) without the Enable File History selection checked. The backups have been running just fine, with the expected amount of data processed. However, I needed to do a restore from one of these backups, and when I went into the Selections window, on the appropriate Resource or Media view, I get a "No selections exist for this resource." I ran a catalog of the media involved, which was successful, but I still have no selections available. I know the data is one there, but…
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  • Digital Marketing & Enterprise Adoption

    Sadagopan
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:20 am
    On my flight back to San Francisco tonight, I managed to read the book, What Stays In Vegas, where the author of the book – Adam Tanner shows how Using loyalty programs, ubiquitous cameras, math, “math nerds,” Casinos have mastered data analytics and the collection and use of customer data to gain “an edge in a business where rivals compete fiercely with the very same games.” Caesars showcased here is shown as the casino player who knows its clients intimately by tracking the activities of the overwhelming majority of gamblers. Caesars seems to know exactly the gamblers liking…
  • The Top 100 Enterprise Analytics Startups Of 2014

    Louis Columbus
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:40 pm
    With the potential of removing legacy IT silos and freeing up valuable data to gain greater insights into their operations, enterprises continue to invest heavily in analytics.  Providing powerful analytics tools to business analysts who can get to work immediately on complex challenges instead of having to wait for ITs’ often over-committed resources is also driving analytics market growth. The better a business unit or division gets at understanding their own business, the faster they change their future. Analytics Are Streamlining Industry Value Chains Across every area of an…
  • Turns Out, 85% of the World Likes “Contact Me”. Even Though You Don’t.

    Jason M. Lemkin
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    I know you are probably like me.  You go to a web service.  What do you do?  Free trial.  Sign Up Now.  The very, very last button I am going to touch is “Contact Me.”  The last thing I want, as a web-centric small customer/user, is some sales rep selling me on some product I just want to try for 20 minutes and see if it works for me. You and I are like that.  But it turns out, 85% of the world isn’t.  At least as measured by revenue, by dollars spent (not # of customers).   And the “problem” with this is that so many SaaS entrepreneurs, especially those coming into…
  • Microsofts Connected Tissue

    Vinnie Mirchandani
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:40 am
    Image credit: Todd Bishop via Flickr Mike Ehrenberg, CTO for Microsoft Business Solutions was describing his new CEO Satya Nadella’s management style – the senior leadership team meets twice a week. “It plays havoc with planning international trips, but allows us to iterate rapidly as a company” Kirill Tatarinov, EVP of the Business Solutions group says they have moved from Steve Ballmer’s “hub and spoke” management style to much more of a “connected tissue”. It’s allowing Microsoft to evolve to a “single P&L” Sidebar conversations during the Fall Analyst Event…
  • Gartner’s Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends For 2015

    Louis Columbus
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Gartner presented their top 10 strategic technology trends for 2015 at their annual Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2014 held in Orlando earlier this month.  Computing Everywhere, the Internet of Things (IoT) and 3D Printing are projected to be the three most important strategic technology trends in 2015. 3D Printing Will Continue To Revolutionize Prototyping And Manufacturing   3D printing is forecast to reach a tipping point in the next three years due to streamlined prototyping and short-run manufacturing. Improving time-to-market, ensuring greater accuracy of highly customized products, and…
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    Mzinga Insights

  • New Law Targeting Cyber Bullies Is in the Wrong Arena

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    In New York's Albany County, it is now unlawful to use your computer to inflict emotional trauma on a minor.  Under Local Law "F", those who post statements, with the intent to inflict emotional harm on a minor, sexually explicit photos, private or personal information or false sexual information with no legitimate public, personal or private purpose. Those who are in violation will be charged with a misdemeanor and face up to a year in jail along with a $1,000 fine.The law had a tough time getting placed on the books. Local legislation that criminalized cyberbullying was approved by the…
  • Knowledge Communities: The Value-Add of Private Social Communities

    3 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    ISM & Mzinga will present this joint webinar on October 14.   ISM Founder/President Barton Goldenberg says, “There is confusion as to the role of private social communities, and particularly as they fit under the umbrella of Knowledge Communities. This webinar will clarify the confusion, fill in the holes, and provide guidance as to next steps.” ISM, which provides customer-centric business strategies and initiatives for global organizations, and Mzinga, a provider of enterprise social software solutions worldwide, will provide the “facts” and client examples of how private…
  • Mzinga Selected (Again) as a 2014 Top 20 Learning Portals Company

    28 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
    From TrainingIndustry.com: On behalf of TrainingIndustry.com I am pleased to announce that your company has been selected as a 2014 Top 20 Learning Portals List Company. Congratulations! The selected 2014 Top 20 Learning Portals List Companies demonstrated excellence in many areas, including: •         Breadth of functionality and capabilities criteria •         Commitment to the corporate training industry •         Industry visibility, innovation and impact •         Number and strength of clients •         Geographic reach •…
 
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    deal architect

  • Microsofts Connected Tissue

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

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

    18 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    We are one step closer to release of my book on the SAP economy. The edit is done, the next steps are the inside layout, eBook conversion and prep for printing. Assuming all moves well, the media review PDFs should...
  • Dreaming of the next generation of clouds

    16 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Dreamforce this week had an even more festive feel than ever. Pennant fever gripped the town as the Giants played October ball. The Beach Boys sounded as youthful as ever during Benioff’s keynote. The many school kids invited in the...
  • GE: Give us your Dull, Dirty and Dangerous Data

    12 Oct 2014 | 6:22 am
    Rajesh Gill, Group Chief Pilot Technical and Efficiency at AirAsia, shared his version of “data visualization” at GE’s annual Minds+Machines day in New York. He expresses to fellow pilots the impact of certain maneuvers such as shutting down an engine...
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    The Social Organization

  • 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…
  • Want Complex Behavior Change? Lower Your Standards

    Rachel Happe
    3 Sep 2013 | 6:41 pm
    A couple of years ago I turned 40. Running a mile made me feel like I was likely to have a heart attack - it was more than wheezing, it was painful. I realized that I was at a precipice. I could either get in shape or spend the rest of my life couch surfing. That was not the kind of mother I wanted to be. It was not the kind of human I wanted to be. Professionally, it was also clear that people and organizations had to change and adapt to our new connected and technology-enabled world. To effectively help my clients, I needed to really dig in and understand how to create a complex habit…
  • The Importance of Getting to No

    Rachel Happe
    5 Jun 2013 | 6:34 pm
    Getting to Yes is a great book about negotiating in a way that serves the interests of both parties. It is also the implicit goal of everyone who needs to collaborate with others in some way. For most of my professional life, the goal of getting to an agreement has been the pulse of almost everything I've done. It's a noble goal. But yes is a horrible relationship builder. Yes is easy. I know - I'm a recovering people pleaseer - it is so much easier to say yes. Even when it's distracting, time-consuming, against your nature and counterproductive. It also sweeps issues under the rug - to mold,…
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    Chuck's Blog

  • Running IT Like A (Financial) Business

    Chuck Hollis
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:39 pm
    The enterprise IT model is changing fast: IT now strives to become the internal service provider of choice, offering an attractive portfolio of services that are convenient for the business to consume. This transformation should not be a revelation to anyone. All of the sudden, IT starts to look more like modern manufacturing, and less of a project-oriented crafts guild. As anyone who has run a good-sized business will know, it’s all about “the numbers”: how much, how good, how fast, etc. You wouldn’t try to run a business without good financial instrumentation — and the same is…
  • Federation Solutions And The New IT Agenda

    Chuck Hollis
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:26 am
    One of the more fascinating efforts across the EMC Federation (EMC II, VMware and Pivotal) is the substantial investment behind what is now known as Federation Solutions   Like many of you, I have developed a natural skepticism of just about anything branded a “solution”, as so many are just marketing wrappers for familiar technologies.     This time, though, it appears to be quite different — there’s real engineering at work here, pointed at real heavy-duty challenges.     Once you wade into the gory details, there’s a lot to like.   The New IT…
  • The New IT Industry Landscape

    Chuck Hollis
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    The news over the weekend that HP was splitting into two separate businesses made me deeply ruminate over the future of the IT industry — helped along by a few adult beverages. At one level, one could simply say that this is the familiar changing-of-the-guard in the IT business: larger companies with familiar business models being overtaken by smaller and more nimble upstarts. But I think there’s more going on here that meets the eye. When I talk about the future of the IT industry with my colleagues and customers, there's all sorts of theories about what's happening, and why.  …
  • On Being A Mentor … And Being Mentored

    Chuck Hollis
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    Navigating a typical career isn’t easy.  Your interests aren’t always aligned with everyone else’s: your employer, your manager, your co-workers, etc.  Give in to external pressure, and you can end up miserable before long.  Take a strong, independent stand, and everyone will likely be unhappy with you before long. So how do you navigate that quintessential win-win?    That’s how I see mentoring: helping good people craft their approach to getting what they want out of their career.   The advantages for those being mentored are substantial: an…
  • Going All-Flash

    Chuck Hollis
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    A memo from Captain Obvious: flash continues to change how we think about storage.  For me, the party started way back in 2008 when EMC introduced an enterprise-grade flash drive for Symmetrix.  Fast forward to 2014, and the party is still rocking strong … Up to now, most of my customer discussions have been how to best use flash with precision: surgical strikes on key areas where IO response times are a problem.  The approach makes a certain sense: flash drives are more expensive than the magnetic spinning variety. But in the last six months, it’s not unusual to meet a…
 
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    Exchange Server Pro

  • Customized Exchange2007MBtoMEU.ps1 Script for Office 365 Migrations

    Paul Cunningham
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:16 am
    One of the tools that Microsoft has provided to the community for Office 365 migrations is the Exchange2007MBtoMEU.ps1 PowerShell script. If you’ve completed a staged Exchange migration to migrate your organization’s Exchange 2007 on-premises mailboxes to Office 365 and you want to manage cloud-based users from your on-premises organization—using Active Directory—you should convert the on-premises mailboxes to mail-enabled users (MEUs). While using the script on a project I considered that it would be helpful if the script logged the changes that it made when it was converting the…
  • Exchange Server 2013 Configuration Management with PowerShell DSC

    Paul Cunningham
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:59 pm
    One of my minor gripes with Exchange Server 2013 is the lack of configuration that can be performed during setup. If you look at the TechNet documentation for unattended setup you can see a few options are available but they do not cover the range of configurations required for a new Exchange 2013 server. Consider a scenario where a new Exchange 2013 server is being introduced into a site with existing servers. The server is going to participate in load balanced Client Access traffic, which means a variety of HTTPS workloads such as OWA, ActiveSync, and EWS, as well as potentially SMTP relay…
  • Messages Queuing with Error 451 4.4.0 DNS Query Failed

    Paul Cunningham
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:03 pm
    I recently encountered an Exchange 2010 server that was unable to send emails to a small number of domains. The messages would queue on the outbound transport server, and a look at the queue status would return an error of “451 4.4.0 DNS query failed”. Interestingly the domain name was resolving just fine in DNS when queried from the server, including for MX record lookups, and a telnet to port 25 was successful too. When I created a send connector just for that namespace and designated their MX as the smart host IP address delivery was successful. It just would not work if DNS…
  • PowerShell Tip: List Active Mailbox Database Copies for an Exchange Server Database Availability Group

    Paul Cunningham
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:41 pm
    A reader asks whether it is possible to run a PowerShell command to list the active database copies in a database availability group, and show the mailbox server that they are active on. He’s already discovered the Get-MailboxDatabaseCopyStatus cmdlet, but the default output does not include the specific information he wants to see. [PS] C:\>Get-MailboxDatabaseCopyStatus * | ft -auto Name Status CopyQueueLength ReplayQueueLength LastInspectedLogTime ContentIndexState ---- ------ --------------- ----------------- -------------------- ----------------- DB01\EX2013SRV1 Mounted 0 0…
  • Exchange Server 2013 Autoreseed in Action

    Paul Cunningham
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:22 am
    At my IT/Dev Connections session in September I advocated for simple designs for database availability groups. This included some points about Exchange Server 2013 storage design and layout, such as: JBOD vs RAID Multiple databases per volume Volumes mounted in folders not drive letters Co-locate the database and transaction log files on the same volume Those recommendations came with caveats of course, depending on various factors. Aside from simple designs providing ease of management they can also mean you get to leverage the terrific new feature in Exchange Server 2013 called Autoreseed.
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    Socialcast | Enterprise Social Network Platform

  • Feature Updates: September 2014

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

    Oren Root
    27 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    VMware’s Socialcast now integrates with AirWatch to simplify mobile application deployment – AirWatch Blog
  • Feature Updates: August 2014

    Samantha Lee
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Check out Socialcast’s newest feature additions, fixes, and updates for the month of August*: 1. Accessing Archived Groups Through Group Dashboard Groups are essential to collaborating and facilitating discussions within a community, whether it’s around a certain department, team, project, or topic of interest. As more and more groups are created and used to manage conversations, we wanted to make it easier for teams to go back and access the valuable information in these groups once they were archived. Group members and administrators will now be able to click on the Group button from…
  • Feature and Mobile Updates: July 2014

    Samantha Lee
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:49 pm
    This month, we’re releasing a few enhancements to our web app and an updated Socialcast Android app supporting push notifications. Be sure to check out these features and let us know what you think! 1. Support for Diacritical Marks In the past, users have had difficulty when trying to enter words with diacritical marks such as: São Paulo, Göttingen, and Córdoba. Even though we supported accented-characters in Socialcast, we did not provide a suggestion drop down while posting the message. Starting this month, we now support accented-characters in autocompletes for tags, @mentions, and…
  • Announcing the new Socialcast Android 3.0 app

    Tiffany Taylor
    1 Jul 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Today, we’re excited to announce a completely redesigned version of the Socialcast Android app. The Socialcast mobile team has rebuilt the Android app from the ground up, giving the app a clean and intuitive design with a more robust array of features and enhancements. An ever-increasing number of our customers are using Socialcast on their mobile devices, so this new app will make it easier for Android users to access their communities while on the go.    New design and optimized performance The new Socialcast Android app has undergone a significant redesign, making the new app…
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    Panorama Consulting Solutions

  • Convincing the C-Suite: New ERP Software Please!

    The Consultants' Corner
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:04 am
    You see the same problems day-in and day-out – duplication of tasks, process inefficiencies and lack of visibility into data. While it’s clear that your company needs a new ERP system, it can be challenging to convince senior management of this necessity. Obtaining executive buy-in for new ERP software is crucial to the project’s initiation and overall success. Many ERP implementations fail due to the lack of executive support and engagement, resulting in thousands or millions of dollars in financial loss. Without executive engagement, your organization’s ERP implementation is likely…
  • Is a Best-of-Breed ERP System Right For Your Organization?

    Jennifer Aldrich
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:04 am
    If you could combine all of your favorite dog breeds into one loveable canine, you’d have a mutt. If you combined your favorite modules from various ERP vendors, you’d create a lovable ERP system – better known as a best-of-breed ERP system within the software industry. Small- to mid-sized businesses looking for lower-cost ERP solutions, often turn to niche ERP vendors who offer solutions for specific industries. While your organization may not want to implement a full ERP system, you should consider the long-term possibility of growth and the inevitable need for…
  • Infor Complete Billing System Expands Capabilities with Mobile Application

    Infor
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    New App Helps Better Manage Pricing and Billing, Improve Customer Experiences  Infor, a leading provider of business application software serving more than 73,000 customers, today announced the availability of the Infor Complete Billing System (CBS) mobile application. Infor CBS provides pricing, global billing, consolidated statements and business analytics that help Financial Institutions (FI) enhance revenue generation, attract new customers and improve existing customer experiences. A robust billing engine, used by top global banks and deployed in over 100 countries, Infor CBS delivers…
  • 20/20 Panoramic View of the ERP Industry – Part 2 of 3

    Eric Kimberling
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:04 am
    Last week I began our 20/20 Panoramic View of the ERP Industry with part one of a three-part series discussing  trends and best practices  among organizations implementing ERP software. Today, I will discuss four additional trends that will change the way organizations approach ERP projects. By 2020, CIOs, COOs, project managers and implementation teams can expect to see the following trends: 4. Increasing fragmentation of ERP software. We are already seeing an uptick in clients that aren’t necessarily looking for full-blown ERP software but are instead looking for more low-hanging fruit…
  • Epicor Introduces Powerful, Easy-to-Use Eagle N Series Business Management Software for Automotive Aftermarket

    Epicor Software Corporation
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    New Software Features Highly Intuitive Interface, Real-Time Intelligence, Other Advanced Capabilities to Help Businesses Outservice Their Competition Epicor Software Corporation, a global leader in business software solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail and services organizations, today introduced Epicor® Eagle N Series™ software for the Automotive Aftermarket, a powerful next-generation business management solution that features a simplified user interface, embedded analytics and highly streamlined workflows that enable aftermarket parts wholesalers and other users to…
 
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    brenda michelson

  • 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…
  • Links: Making the case for polymaths

    brenda michelson
    17 Mar 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Not everyone can be a specialist, and that’s a good thing. Four good sources on why we still need polymaths (generalists, versatility) in an age of increasing specialization, and complexity. For natural polymaths, check out the bonus link on Maya Angelou, and then proceed as wired. THE LAST DAYS OF THE POLYMATH | More Intelligent Life “The question is whether their loss has affected the course of human thought. Polymaths possess something that monomaths do not. Time and again, innovations come from a fresh eye or from another discipline. Most scientists devote their careers to…
  • The future belongs to systems thinkers

    brenda michelson
    20 Jan 2014 | 9:14 am
    I’ve often said the future belongs to the dot-connectors. Webber’s Rule of Thumb #7, the System is the Solution, describes it perfectly: My point is that embedded in every company, in every organization, is a system. When you see the system and not just the individual pieces you increase your chances of winning. Most people look at a company and see the organization chart. Or the pyramid of functions. Or the products and services the company offers as output. Systems thinkers see the relationships, not the functions. They see the processes, not the stand-alone components or the…
  • Link: Three Approaches to Managing Total Digitization – Peter Weill and Stephanie Woerner

    brenda michelson
    15 Jan 2014 | 1:30 pm
    “How are enterprises managing the spread and scope of total digitization? We at MIT CISR have found that enterprises are using one or more of three approaches to managing total digitization: convergence, coordination, or a separate digital innovation stacks approach. Each approach has very different objectives and measures of success.” … “Convergence is about reducing cost, reducing risk, and achieving synergies. Coordination is the right choice for enterprises that are trying to achieve a few enterprise-wide goals such as improving customer experience or asset…
  • Link: The Nine Elements of Digital Transformation | MIT Sloan Management Review

    brenda michelson
    14 Jan 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Another perspective, similar findings: “Companies in all industries and regions are experimenting with — and benefiting from — digital transformation. Whether it is in the way individuals work and collaborate, the way business processes are executed within and across organizational boundaries, or in the way a company understands and serves customers, digital technology provides a wealth of opportunity.” MIT Center for Digital Business research surfaced 9 elements across three categories: Transforming Customer Experience Customer Understanding Top-Line Growth Customer Touch…
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    Firstbiz

  • DGCA takes first steps towards preventing spread of ebola into India

    Firstbiz Staff
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:38 am
    With the latest missive, the aviation regulator seems to be finally waking up to the danger of the spreading decease. The post DGCA takes first steps towards preventing spread of ebola into India appeared first on Firstbiz.
  • Ashok Leyland ties up with Bank of Maharashtra for CV finance

    hidden
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:32 am
    Truck manufacturer Ashok Leyland today said it has tied up with state-run Bank of Maharashtra to provide finance to its commercial vehicle buyers and also deepen reach. The post Ashok Leyland ties up with Bank of Maharashtra for CV finance appeared first on Firstbiz.
  • Dave Thomas is new MD of Adidas India

    hidden
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:23 am
    Dave Thomas have been appointed as the new managing director of Adidas group India The post Dave Thomas is new MD of Adidas India appeared first on Firstbiz.
  • Jaitley moving from black money to black mail: Chidambaram reacts to BJP threat

    Firstbiz Staff
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:18 am
    Responding to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's remarks that the Congress party will be embarrassed once the names of those holding illicit foreign accounts will be revealed, UPA minister and Jaitley's predecessor a P Chidambaram in an interview with NDTV said that if any Big Congress person's name comes up in the list, the party will not be embaressed. The post Jaitley moving from black money to black mail: Chidambaram reacts to BJP threat appeared first on Firstbiz.
  • CyberArk expands privileged account security solution to include SSH key management

    Press Release
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:12 am
    CyberArk has introduced Secure Shell (SSH) key management with the release of version nine of the CyberArk Privileged Account security solution. According to the security-focused firm, users can now secure and manage SSH keys as well as other privileged credentials in a single, integrated platform to identify, manage and protect against advanced external attackers and malicious insiders. The post CyberArk expands privileged account security solution to include SSH key management appeared first on Firstbiz.
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    Pretzel Logic - @sameerpatel

  • The Emerging Networks of Record

    Sameer Patel
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:12 pm
    The distinction between Geoffrey Moore’s Systems of Record and Systems of Engagement concepts is a hot topic amongst organizational leaders today. A quick primer, courtesy Wikipedia: Whilst a system of record (SOR) is the authoritative data source for a given data element (e.g. CRM, ERP and Supply Chain Management), systems of engagement (SOE) “focus on people, not processes”. Texting, Twitter, Facebook and other forms of customer communities are cited as examples of the latter. Whilst the pundits duke it out about what’s more important between the two, entire…
  • Looking for digital signals at #HRTechConf

    Sameer Patel
    5 Oct 2014 | 5:54 am
    Heading to the 17th annual HR Tech Conference in Vegas this coming week for a day. The Human Resources domain is becoming increasingly more important because for every line of business… …the world of recording transactions and expertise and performance and other metadata about work, and where work gets done will need to be increasingly connected …because when you put the end user in the center of the experience, the software has to conform to how *you* want to work. …and at the nucleus of any digital transformation is human capital leverage. I wrote in a previous post about why human…
  • This (Digital) Transformation will be Productized

    Sameer Patel
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
    The wires seemed to be clogged with article over article about whether the CMO is more powerful than the CIO in the age of digital transformation when really, there is a far more foundational issue for CEOs to deal with and that’s the role of product, and subsequently, what being a product manager entails, and the CEOs competency to design and lead a digitally-driven product organization. The bulldozer that every digitally transformative company such as Nest or AirBNB or Uber rode in on is a data-driven and networked-product DNA that promises to change the very definition of the…
  • Heart and Hustle in Indian HR #hrtech

    Sameer Patel
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    This past week was an immersive boot camp for me on the state of human capital management in India. I had the privilege of keynoting two events - TechHR 2014, India’s first HR Tech Conference in Gurgaon, followed by HRConnect, SAP/ Successfactors regional HR conference in Mumbai and participating in a working dinner session with 18 CHRO’s representing some of India’s largest organizations. I jotted down some take ways on my flight back. Here goes: Strategic HR is top of mind: Unlike the very systems-centric discourse on Core HR vs. Talent that often commands the…
  • Why Human Capital must fuel Digital Transformation

    Sameer Patel
    3 Aug 2014 | 10:28 am
    With every innovation spurt comes a fresh call for Human Capital Management to stand up and secure its place at the strategic table. The emerging concept around Digital Transformation is no different. We’ve spent the last 50 years digitizing. Transformation is now underway. As I wrote in a previous post: “Travelocity changed how we purchase a hotel room. AirBnB is changing the very definition of a hotel room altogether. Taxi Medallions have been great investments. Until now, that is.  Uber is changing the very definition of a cab. Starbucks now deprives your bank of float…
 
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    OSS Line

  • Accanto Systems Acquires InstantCEM

    J. Pullen
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:47 am
    Accanto Systems, an established provider of customer experience management (CEM) and network analytics, has announced that the company has entered into a definitive agreement to buy InstantCEM, an application provider enabling device-based customer experience feedback and operator communication. With InstantCEM’s mobile device technology, the Accanto iCEM solution will be the first OSS CEM toolkit that provides complete customer and network-centric visibility, utilizing crowd-sourcing and direct two-way customer communication, combined with Quality of Experience (QoE) analytics for each…
  • Telco Systems Unveils Virtualized Firewall and Routing Network Functions

    J. Pullen
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:43 am
    Telco Systems, the leading provider of innovative SDN & NFV and multi-service Carrier Ethernet 2.0 and MPLS edge solutions, has announced the release of its first two TelcoApps, vFirewall and vRouter, enabling service providers to achieve the significant benefits of distributed network functions virtualization (NFV) throughout their telecom networks. The TelcoApps products supply useful virtualized network functions (VNFs) that add considerable value by bringing cloud technology to the telecom network, enabling quick installation of virtualized applications. With TelcoApps, service…
  • Network Neutrality: Fantasy or Folly?

    J. Pullen
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:39 am
    Martin Geddes has some pretty clear views on the feasibility of network neutrality. Read his latest explanation here. And we consider the practicalities of operating a ‘neutral’ network, and the significant implications for OSS… Geddes gets right to the point: “There is only one problem with network ‘neutrality’: it doesn’t technically exist.” It’s a romantic notion that the Internet should be a level playing field. Many OTT service providers and independent content providers are in support of the notion of network neutrality. Their main concern…
  • Ericsson Acquires Sentilla for Cloud and Analytics

    J. Pullen
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:35 am
    Ericsson has announced that it has acquired California-based Sentilla Corp., a provider of IT infrastructure intelligence software. The deal enhances Ericsson’s ability to help service providers support IT organizations that are struggling to overcome new network complexities introduced by mobility and the cloud. Sentilla develops software for optimal performance, real-time workload management and intelligent deployment decision-making in complex multi-technology environments. The company’s capabilities across data gathering, performance monitoring, policy engine and reporting complement…
  • Amdocs Announces Network Cloud Things

    J. Pullen
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:22 am
    Amdocs Network Cloud Service Orchestrator, supported by a new partner ecosystem, helps service providers transition to network functions virtualization. This week, Amdocs announced new things and enhancements to help service providers transition from today’s physical networks to network cloud service environments. The objective? Amdocs believes this will achieve agile and lean operations, while transforming their networks to deliver user-defined services that can be quickly and simply activated. These new things leverage Amdocs’ strengths in both the network and IT software…
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  • Inforum 2014 Marks the Reveal of Infor Cloud Solutions for ERP

    George Trudell
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Even though Inforum 2014 is about a month behind us, the event is still on my mind, and not just because of the high-powered keynotes and prestigious speakers. The attendees knew going into the event that something big was going to be announced, and I’m sure I don’t only speak for myself when I say we were hoping it was the announcement of Infor cloud solutions for ERP. Inforum 2014 served as the perfect time and place for Infor to announce their new cloud product for ERP, Infor CloudSuite. Infor’s Core Strategy You might think this move is more expected than exciting since it seems…
  • ERP Knowledge to Share: Ultra’s Insights Regularly Sought by Industry Publications

    Jeff Carr
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    Ultra Corporation’s vast ERP knowledge is not only acknowledged amongst our large client base, but also throughout the industry, an observation supported by the numerous articles written by Ultra employees that appear in trade journals and industry websites. Ultra works have appeared in over ten of these such publications, with one significant example being BusinessSoftware.com. BusinessSoftware.com is a free information resource for vendors and buyers of business technology. They take pride in assisting buyers in making the best technology decision by providing reliable advice and factual,…
  • Centralized ERP: What Makes Sense for PE firms?

    Jeff Carr
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    The Ultra team is often called into a client engagement when a private equity (PE) investor acquires a manufacturing enterprise — whether in automotive, heavy duty, aerospace, food processing or other sectors. During an acquisition process, issues with legacy or outdated ERP systems come to the forefront, since PE firms usually seek to have centralized performance data, reporting and IT. We’ve seen situations where departments and divisions of the acquired company find they can no longer function independently of each other, maintaining basic spreadsheets of outdated information. In many…
  • Can You Plug Your ERP Skills Gap?

    Jeff Carr
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    We see mention of the “manufacturing skills gap” in many articles and industry websites, and as ERP consultants, we have also witnessed first-hand an “ERP skills” gap faced by today’s mid-market manufacturers and distributors. As an example, a recent industry article entitled “Why the Manufacturing Skills Gap is Serious” makes the case that today’s manufacturer is having a hard time locating and hiring skilled manufacturing labor. This skilled labor shortage impacts the organization’s competitiveness and ability to meet customer demand. The article offers a look at some…
  • ERP Costs: Can You Get a Handle on Total Costs of an Upgrade or New ERP System?

    Jeff Carr
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    What are my expected ERP costs? That’s a typical question mid-market manufacturers and distributors ask as they head into an ERP project. We well understand that an important part of justifying an investment in ERP is understanding the true required costs and investment. From the type of industry a manufacturer is in, the number of users and range of features needed, to the level of customization that will be required, careful analysis needs to go into a true cost calculation. Implementation is a major part of costs and it’s often difficult to get an accurate forecast of the investment…
 
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  • Why We’re Watching the Bring Your Own App (BYOA) Trend

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

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

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

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

    Matt Fates
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    Our last BYOD Index in March 2013 might have represented the apex of BYOD hype. Back then, BYOD or “Bring your Own Device” mentions across social channels reached about 2,600 per day, with 80,000 mentions during the entire month. While BYOD wasn’t a new concept in March 2013, it was still a hot industry topic as even some of the more traditional and inflexible organizations were beginning to at least consider allowing the use of employee-owned devices for business purposes. But it’s fair to say the writing on was on the wall then, and the hype around BYOD would not sustain. In fact,…
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  • Who Pays for Parallel Development Pizza Parties in the Cloud?

    nwurst@skytap.com
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:26 pm
    As we move development and test activities into cloud-based labs, we have noticed an age-old challenge arise to some companies’ adoption efforts. While it is tempting to focus on the value or ROI we can achieve from cloud dev/test environments, we should never forget to ask, “Exactly who pays for all this?”Is accounting getting in the way of agile development in the cloud? A lot of companies treat their first forays into the cloud like a pizza party. Since the monthly costs are usually far cheaper than the up-front cost of building conventional labs, the budget owner of the cloud…
  • New Video Demo: Continuous Integration and Cloud IaaS with Skytap

    nwurst@skytap.com
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:14 am
    ​Most of our enterprise dev/test customers are either well underway, or embarking on some form of Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery strategy to better automate the deployment of code changes and software updates at each phase of the development lifecycle. Common tooling choices here include Jenkins, Microsoft TFS, UrbanCode, CA Application Delivery, and many others. Many are also looking to cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) from vendors like Amazon EC2/AWS, Azure or Softlayer as a way to elastically meet these deployment needs with on-demand computing capacity with potential…
  • Environments-as-a-Service (EaaS) Explained in Only 3 Minutes!

    nwurst@skytap.com
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:29 pm
    ​I’m not quite sure how he did it, but Jason English, Skytap’s Galactic Head of Product Marketing, managed to not just brilliantly explain what Skytap does, nor do it in only three minutes, but also solely create an amazing video to bolster his message! After watching, you’ll be a veritable expert in how Skytap enables: Software development and test teams to transform their SDLC with on-demand cloud-based development and test environmentsComplex multi-tier applications to be mirrored with production-like characteristics, and easily copied and shared between globally distributed…
  • Customer Spotlight: WorkWise to Tap Into Skytap at Upcoming Conference

    nwurst@skytap.com
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:47 am
    ​On October 14-16, WorkWise will be hosting their annual customer conference at the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. WorkWise has been a customer of ours for a long time, and they’re utilizing Skytap in a unique way at this year’s conference. I sat down with Carl Wysocki, WorkWise’s director of R&D Technology, and Harry Mosesian, director of business development to learn more about their company, and next week’s big event.   Noel: To get started, I know WorkWise uses Skytap for a number of use cases, and I was hoping you could go into those a bit.  Harry…
  • October’s Upcoming Partner Happy Hours Go Coast to Coast!

    nwurst@skytap.com
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:51 pm
    ​If you’re lucky enough to live in a city or state that allows “happy hour” (you’d be surprised how many states have banned it!) hopefully from time to time you’re able to pop into a local establishment to kick off the weekend a little early, or even continue to work or brainstorm in perhaps a more relaxed setting.Skytap is lucky to have a partner like Parasoft who not only offers an amazing and mutually beneficial dev/test product—they’re also big fans of the amazing discussions that can come out of a simple happy hour at a fun location and with a great crowd.We’re…
 
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