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  • Elevator Pitch on Mobile Security for VCs and Angels

    SandHill.com General Feed
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Are you a VC or angel thinking about where to invest your money? Here is proof that mobile security is white hot. Keep on reading: Elevator Pitch on Mobile Security for VCs and Angels
  • EMC Wilderness Monitoring

    EMC Blogs
    14 Jul 2015 | 5:07 am
    Things got pretty wild last week for two EMC technologists. The first technologist is EMC Distinguished Engineer John Cardente. Just last week John announced (via the Reflections blog) the launch of the Whenology website: The Whenology project brings previously separate data sets together to begin the process of studying relationships between climate change, phenology, and bird migration. This data is collected primarily by citizen scientists through different organizations such as Earthwatch, eBird, the Hawk Migration Association of North America, and the USA National Phenology Network. John…
  • The storage tipping point

    StorageMojo
    Robin Harris
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Storage is at a tipping point: much of the existing investment in the software stack will be obsolete within two years. This will be the biggest change in storage since the invention of the disk drive by IBM in 1956. This is not to deprecate the other seismic forces of flash, object storage, cloud and the newer workloads that are driving investment in scale-out architectures and no-SQL databases. But the 50 years of I/O stack development – based on disks and, later, RAID – is essentially obsolete today, as will become obvious to all very soon. Why? In a nutshell, the performance…
  • Windows 10 Gives Microsoft A Fighting Chance In IoT

    InformationWeek:
    Pablo Valerio
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:06 am
    By 2020, there will be billions of IoT devices in the market. After learning a lesson with mobility, Microsoft is using Windows 10 to edge its way into billions of new revenue.
  • The Trivialization Of Enterprise IT

    Chuck's Blog
    Chuck Hollis
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Scan any half-dozen vendor pitches, and you come away with the impression that doing enterprise IT isn’t all that difficult.   After all, all you have to do is buy/use/implement a few simple things, and the rest is easy, right? Just consider the marketing phrases we’re using: single pane of glass, pushbutton automation, cloud, one click to upgrade, etc. It conjures up the naive picture that in some strange alternate reality, IT admins sit comfy chairs -- idly monitoring a bunch of green lights and occasionally clicking on an icon when needed. Nothing could be further from the truth.
 
 
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  • Digital Myopia

    vinnie
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:46 am
    I saw this 1986 photo of Steve Jobs by Doug Menuez. “He is outlining what remains to be converted from analog to digital. Indeed, everything in the world — photos, film, music — that was not already digital by now,...
  • Not your fathers influencer relations

    vinnie
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:44 am
    I was reviewing Duncan Chapple’s latest influence quadrant and thinking how much the analyst relations world has changed since my days at Gartner in the 90s a) Vendor product portfolios have exploded Microsoft needs a “One Microsoft” initiative to bring...
  • A customer-centric voice at SAP

    vinnie
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:21 am
    As I go through final edits of SAP Nation 2.0, I am updating it for its Q2 results. I was pleased to see two interviews with Rob Enslin, SAP's President of Global Customer Operations here and here. He provides some...
  • The Terrifying Sony Hack

    vinnie
    21 Jul 2015 | 5:49 am
    Well worth a read this Fortune expose We have devoted 12,000 words in our July 1 issue to an extraordinary story by Peter Elkind on the now infamous cyber­attack against Sony Corp….a chillingly compelling, behind-the-scenes narrative of the events leading...
  • The mainstreaming of Third Party Maintenance

    vinnie
    17 Jul 2015 | 6:39 am
    I first wrote about ERP third party maintenance (support independent of the software publisher) in 2005. Even earlier, I have written about similar offerings like plug-compatible mainframes and specialty auto shops who do better than official dealers. I have noticed...
 
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    Schneier on Security

  • Help with Mailing List Hosting

    moderator
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:58 am
    I could use some help with finding a host for my monthly newsletter, Crypto-Gram. My old setup just wasn't reliable enough. I had a move planned, but that fell through when the new host's bounce processing system turned out to be buggy and they admitted the problem might never be fixed. Clearly I need something a lot more serious. My criteria include subscriber privacy, reasonable cost, and a proven track record of reliability with large mailing lists. (I would use MailChimp, but it has mandatory click tracking for new accounts.) One complication is that SpamCop, a popular anti-spam service,…
  • John Mueller on the Overblown ISIS Threat

    schneier
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:31 am
    John Mueller has a good essay on how the ISIS threat is overblown.
  • Friday Squid Blogging: Russian Sailors Video Colossal Squid

    schneier
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:17 pm
    It tried to steal their catch. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered.
  • Schneier Speaking Schedule

    schneier
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:21 pm
    I'm speaking at an Infoedge event at Bali Hai Golf Club in Las Vegas, at 5 pm on August 5, 2015. I'm speaking at Def Con 23 on Friday, August 7, 2015. I'm speaking -- remotely via Skype -- at LinuxCon in Seattle on August 18, 2015. I'm speaking at CloudSec in Singapore on August 25, 2015. I'm speaking at MindTheSec in São Paulo, Brazil, on August 27, 2015. I'm speaking on the future of privacy at a public seminar sponsored by the Institute for Future Studies, in Stockholm, Sweden on September 21, 2015. I'm speaking at Next Generation Threats 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden, on September 22, 2015.
  • HAMMERTOSS: New Russian Malware

    schneier
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:12 am
    FireEye has a detailed report of a sophisticated piece of Russian malware: HAMMERTOSS. It uses some clever techniques to hide: The Hammertoss backdoor malware looks for a different Twitter handle each day -- automatically prompted by a list generated by the tool -- to get its instructions. If the handle it's looking for is not registered that day, it merely returns the next day and checks for the Twitter handle designated for that day. If the account is active, Hammertoss searches for a tweet with a URL and hashtag, and then visits the URL. That's where a legit-looking image is grabbed and…
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    Martin Fowler

  • Fifth and final installment of Refactoring Loops to Collection Pipelines

    Martin Fowler
    14 Jul 2015 | 6:06 am
    In this final installment of my article on refactoring loops to collection pipelines, I tackle a loop that's performing two different validations on the identifiers for a person.
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    Martin Fowler
    11 Jul 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Crown Point, Columbia Gorge, OR
  • Bliki: DevOpsCulture

    Rouan Wilsenach
    9 Jul 2015 | 6:22 am
    Agile software development has broken down some of the silos between requirements analysis, testing and development. Deployment, operations and maintenance are other activities which have suffered a similar separation from the rest of the software development process. The DevOps movement is aimed at removing these silos and encouraging collaboration between development and operations. DevOps has become possible largely due to a combination of new operations tools and established agile engineering practices [1], but these are not enough to realize the benefits of DevOps. Even with the best…
  • Microservices Resource Guide

    Martin Fowler
    8 Jul 2015 | 6:42 am
    I've put together a resource guide for microservices: a page that selects and organizes information about microservices. I don't intend it to be a comprehensive listing, but rather my selection of articles, videos, and podcasts that provides the best compilation of material on the topic. The links cover what they are, when to use them, how to build them, and who has used them. If you're looking for more information on these topics, this should give you a solid starting point.
  • Fourth installment of Refactoring Loops to Collection Pipelines

    Martin Fowler
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    In this fourth installment, I refactor a loop that summarizes flight delay data by airport.
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    EMC Blogs

  • Valuation and the Sale of Data Assets

    28 Jul 2015 | 5:25 am
    In a recent post I highlighted five recommendations that enable a corporation to transition their business into an environment where the economic value of data is monitored systematically. These recommendations have emerged from the Architecting for Value research being conducted by Dr. Jim Short of the San Diego Supercomputer Center. One of the key recommendations by Dr. Short is to make data valuation part of your business strategy, and he proposes developing expertise in several areas: Formally evaluate (or build) and deploy tools that support data valuation Create new valuation…
  • The Trivialization Of Enterprise IT

    27 Jul 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Scan any half-dozen vendor pitches, and you come away with the impression that doing enterprise IT isn’t all that difficult.   After all, all you have to do is buy/use/implement a few simple things, and the rest is easy, right? Just consider the marketing phrases we’re using: single pane of glass, pushbutton automation, cloud, one click to upgrade, etc. It conjures up the naive picture that in some strange alternate reality, IT admins sit comfy chairs -- idly monitoring a bunch of green lights and occasionally clicking on an icon when needed. Nothing could be further from the truth.
  • Valuation and Data Monetization

    21 Jul 2015 | 8:27 am
    Over the last few weeks I have been documenting some of the work EMC has been doing with Dr. Jim Short of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (our Architecting for Value research). The research has allowed us to explore the topic of data valuation processes within the enterprise. Previously I highlighted five different use cases where we are looking at how valuation occurs. These use cases include M&A, asset valuation, data monetization, the sale of data assets, and data insurance. I have also discussed an example of valuation that is occurring as part of bankruptcy…
  • EMC Wilderness Monitoring

    14 Jul 2015 | 5:07 am
    Things got pretty wild last week for two EMC technologists. The first technologist is EMC Distinguished Engineer John Cardente. Just last week John announced (via the Reflections blog) the launch of the Whenology website: The Whenology project brings previously separate data sets together to begin the process of studying relationships between climate change, phenology, and bird migration. This data is collected primarily by citizen scientists through different organizations such as Earthwatch, eBird, the Hawk Migration Association of North America, and the USA National Phenology Network. John…
  • Valuation During Bankruptcy

    7 Jul 2015 | 7:46 am
    In partnership with Dr. Jim Short of the San Diego Supercomputer Center (in his Architecting for Value research) I've been exploring the topic of data valuation processes within the enterprise. In a previous post I highlighted five different use cases where we are looking at how valuation occurs. These use cases include M&A, asset valuation, data monetization, the sale of data assets, and data insurance. I've been diving into each of these five use cases and in my last post spent some time calculating an estimated value of the data that LinkedIn might have paid for during its…
 
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    Oracle Bloggers

  • "Ask the Oracle Experts" Webcast am 12. August 2015: Oracle Spatial and Graph

    britta wolf-Oracle
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:54 am
    In unserer Serie "Ask the Oracle Expert" für Studenten/Schüler und Lehrende bieten wir am 12. August um 18 Uhr wieder einen Webcast an. Hassan Chafi (Director, Research & Advanced Development at Oracle Labswird LIVE über das Thema  "Oracle Spatial and Graph" berichten. Es lohnt sich, mit dabei zu sein! Weitere Info und Anmeldung unter https://academy.oracle.com/oa-ask-the-experts.html
  • Retail: su cliente pagaría por la comodidad de comprar online y recoger en la tienda?

    Glaucia Maurano-Oracle
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:44 am
    Una de las modalidades de entrega más desafiantes para los retailers, la compra online y recogida en la tienda física, trae un nuevo debate sobre si los clientes pagan por los servicios de conveniencia en el proceso de compra. Recientemente, el periódico The Guardian informó que el retailer británico John Lewis comenzará a cobrar por los servicios de compras online y recogida en la tienda (click and collect) para las órdenes con valores de menos de 30 libras. The John Lewis maneja más de 6 millones de estas solicitudes al año, en comparación con 350.000 en el lanzamiento del…
  • Formatting your SQL Queries, Indented Predicates on New Lines

    thatjeffsmith
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:09 am
    Someone asked in our forums how to format their code the way they want it. Specifically, they have code like so: SELECT t1col1 t1col2 t1col3 t1col4 t1col5 t1otp t2fid t2pid FROM table_1 t1 table_2 t2 table_3 t3 WHERE t1rid in_rid AND t1col5 t2lid AND t1col1 t3loid AND t1atp NOT LIKE 'ABC%' AND NOT EXISTS (SELECT t4 FROM table_4 t4 table_5 t5 WHERE t4tid t5tid AND t5active 'Y' AND t4flag CC_FLAG AND t4anw IS NULL ) ORDER BY t1col3; They don’t want this: Hard to read? The user doesn’t want the first predicate on the same line as the ‘WHERE’ keyword, and…
  • Agile e6.2 PLM for Industrial Manufacturing is now available

    Ulf Koester-Oracle
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:53 am
    Oracle announces the general availability of the newest release of its Agile e6.2 PLM for Industrial Manufacturing product line. Agile e6 is the market leading solution for manufacturers of industrial products such as the automotive, aerospace & defense or machinery industries. Oracle’s recently ended FY15 was one of the most successful years for its PLM for Industrial Manufacturing product line with many satisfied customers having expanded their deployment as well as winning net new customers adopting the solution. Agile e6.2 newest release comes right on spot as planned by end July…
  • Additional new content SOA & BPM Partner Community

    Juergenkress-Oracle
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:25 am
    · SOA Suite 12c: Topology Suggestions · Customizing Oracle MFT File Rename Java Callout · New SOA 12c course - Oracle University · Creating a Mobile-Optimized REST API Using Oracle Service Bus · WS-BPEL 2.0 Beginner’s Guide by Matjaz B. Juric & Denis Weerasiri · MFT: SOA integration by Nicolas Fonnegra · SOA Suite 12c Developer Productivity Enhancements – One-click Install by Rick Cromer SOA & BPM Partner Community For regular information on Oracle SOA Suite become a member in the SOA & BPM Partner Community for registration please visit www.oracle.com/goto/emea/soa…
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    JT on EDM

  • White Paper of the Week: Framing Analytic Requirements

    James Taylor
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:09 am
    Copyright © 2015 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorI have been thinking a lot about using decision modeling for advanced analytic projects recently as we have several clients in this area as well as a number of users of DecisionsFirst Modeler in this space. So much so I thought I would do a white paper of the week  for our paper on Framing Analytic Requirements: This paper shows you how to achieve analytical, data-driven decisions with decision modeling and the Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard. The value proposition of analytics is almost always to improve decision-making. Being…
  • First Look: SAS Factory Miner

    James Taylor
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:51 am
    Copyright © 2015 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorI got a briefing on SAS Factory Miner, to be officially released in July. SAS Factory Miner is designed to help organizations scale their analytic efforts, enabling them to solve more problems, faster, more accurately and without adding resources. SAS generally presents the analytic lifecycle with two main loops – a discovery one and a deployment one – both fed with data. Discovery involves determining the problem, preparation, exploration and modeling while deployment involves implementation, acting on the model and evaluating the model.
  • Gartner talking Decision Management and real-time analytics

    James Taylor
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:55 am
    Copyright © 2015 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorRoy Schulte of Gartner gave a webinar last week on “Best Practices for Real-Time Analytics and Decision Management” Digital business is driving CIO and senior IT leader awareness of decision management, an emerging discipline comparable to data management and business process management. Decision management improves business effectiveness by embedding real-time analytics and business rules into the flow of transactional applications and processes. I have blogged about Roy and some of the work he has done with Lisa Kart and Teresa…
  • White paper of the week: Maximizing the Value of Business Rules (Updated)

    James Taylor
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:43 am
    Copyright © 2015 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorWe have just released an updated version of Maximizing the Value of Business Rules Components of a BRMSDecision Management streamlines and focuses business rules projects for faster, more effective deployment. Business Rules Management Systems (BRMS) deliver on the promise of costs savings, agility and happy customers. Yet for many organizations, these efforts remain point solutions. Decision Management is a proven framework to drive the widespread adoption of business rules and improved business performance across the company. You can…
  • Live Training in the UK in July: Decision Management and Decision Modeling

    James Taylor
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:21 am
    Copyright © 2015 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorOur Partner Azinta is running a Decision Management and Decision Modeling class in the UK in July: Decision modeling with the new Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard is fast becoming the definitive approach for building more effective processes and for specifying requirements for projects that integrate process models, business rules and predictive analytics.  Watch this video to learn more. Training Preview Video Watch this video and learn: What are operational business decisions What are the 3 key steps to Decision Management Mastery…
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    Development & Integration Blogs

  • Why We Get Defective Power Feeds Part 2

    3 Aug 2015 | 5:36 am
    Unfortunately to solve many unclean power issues, these goals can sometimes work at cross purposes. An optimal grounding system for protecting people is not always optimal as a reference ground. It is important to note that an earth ground is not an ...
  • Why We Get Defective Power Feeds

    28 Jul 2015 | 5:13 pm
    Power defects (or disturbances, interference or transients) can have many causes. Lightning is an obvious source. Lightning does not have to hit power, telephone or data lines directly to affect electronic equipment. The electromagnetic field generat...
  • Project management, Podcasts, and Presentations

    28 Jul 2015 | 4:36 am
    alliterations for your Tuesday morning
  • Is Power Conditioning a Big Deal?

    26 Jul 2015 | 4:05 pm
    For some unknown reason, your PC locks up, forcing you to reboot. Your network file server suddenly stops, and the console displays a message referring to "General Protection Interrupt" or "Non-Maskable Interrupt" fault or the fam...
  • Data Recovery

    21 Jul 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Data recovery must usually be done under the worst of circumstances: a server hard disk has crashed, and everyone is waiting for it to be restored, or someone on a deadline accidentally deleted critical files. If you are going to be consistently succ...
 
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    StorageMojo

  • Why it’s time to forget about flash

    Robin Harris
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Post sponsored by Infinidat Flash has revolutionized storage, but the industry has lost sight of the customer problem: optimizing storage for availability, performance, footprint, power and cost. Industry analysts aren’t helping. Let’s forget about flash and remember why we’re here Gartner recently defined a Solid State Array segment. That was questioned by Chris Mellor at the Register, and he got a spirited, if unconvincing, defense by Gartner’s Joe Unsworth. The basic issue is simple: are markets defined by technology or application? First principles Markets are the…
  • NVM is off to the races

    Robin Harris
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:50 pm
    With the Intel/micron nonvolatile memory announcement – said to be in production today – the race to produce next generation non-volatile memories has gotten serious. And not a moment too soon! What did they announce? You can read the press release here. Key quote: 3D XPoint technology combines the performance, density, power, non-volatility and cost advantages of all available memory technologies on the market today. The technology is up to 1,000 times faster and has up to 1,000 times greater endurance3 than NAND, and is 10 times denser than conventional memory. And it’s…
  • The storage tipping point

    Robin Harris
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Storage is at a tipping point: much of the existing investment in the software stack will be obsolete within two years. This will be the biggest change in storage since the invention of the disk drive by IBM in 1956. This is not to deprecate the other seismic forces of flash, object storage, cloud and the newer workloads that are driving investment in scale-out architectures and no-SQL databases. But the 50 years of I/O stack development – based on disks and, later, RAID – is essentially obsolete today, as will become obvious to all very soon. Why? In a nutshell, the performance…
  • Hike blogging: the Twin Buttes loop

    Robin Harris
    21 Jun 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Summer finally arrived in Northern Arizona, about 6 weeks later than usual. Good news: no wildfires, thanks to lots of rain. Bad news: I was freezing! I got out to the Twin Buttes before 7am – and was a little late. Shade is a valuable commodity in the Arizona summer! In another 10 days or so the summer monsoon will start, my favorite time of year. It will still be hot, but moist air from the Gulf of California arrives with plenty of clouds and thunderstorms. The rain ends the annual wildfire season, while the clouds dapple the already dramatic landscape in ever-changing patterns. The…
  • Can NetApp be saved?

    Robin Harris
    17 Jun 2015 | 4:43 pm
    If NetApp is going to save itself – see How doomed is NetApp? – it needs to change the way it’s doing business and how it thinks about its customers. Or it can continue as it is and accelerate into oblivion. NetApp’s problem NetApp is essentially a single-product line company, and that product line is less and less relevant to customer needs. There’s faster block and SAN storage and much cheaper object storage in the cloud and on-prem. NetApp is in a sour spot, not a sweet one. Here’s what NetApp needs to do to regain momentum. Embrace multiple product…
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    Network & Infrastructure Blogs

  • Why We Get Defective Power Feeds Part 2

    3 Aug 2015 | 5:36 am
    Unfortunately to solve many unclean power issues, these goals can sometimes work at cross purposes. An optimal grounding system for protecting people is not always optimal as a reference ground. It is important to note that an earth ground is not an ...
  • Technology already rules us!

    30 Jul 2015 | 9:13 am
    You thought that it would take an artificial intelligence singularity event to know if technology would rule us, well you were wrong!   In the previous article I explored the possibilities of this intelligence giving us the matrix, terminator style treatment and the opposite where we design inbuilt safeguards to prevent such scenarios.   Such is human nature
  • Will technology ever rule us?

    29 Jul 2015 | 10:02 am
    You may have heard that some big head honchos in the technology world have expressed the fear that reaching the singularity and creating a true artificial intelligence will result in the end of the human race, most probably in the style of Neo and Agent Smith.   Will it actually happen? Do you think that we will ever create an artificial intelligence that will simply decide
  • Why We Get Defective Power Feeds

    28 Jul 2015 | 5:13 pm
    Power defects (or disturbances, interference or transients) can have many causes. Lightning is an obvious source. Lightning does not have to hit power, telephone or data lines directly to affect electronic equipment. The electromagnetic field generat...
  • Talking different languages

    28 Jul 2015 | 10:07 am
    The world is full of different languages of which the most populous ones number around thirteen. Then there are thousands of dialects to account for. Even in the same language and dialect there are word groupings which are used within separate communities which are not used in other communities. Add to that technical communication and street jargon and you can begin to believe that the tower of
 
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    Data Management Blogs

  • Okay, so, let's get to the point here ...

    29 Jul 2015 | 1:58 am
    I've now returned from my self declared sabbatical (maybe I'll post on that later ;-), and have done some thinking more about how to rate databases, other than Codd's recommendations. One point that has to be conceded from the beginning is that there are very few "hard and fast" rules once you get into the actual design of a database. That being said, though, let me wade into the deep end of the
  • Project management, Podcasts, and Presentations

    28 Jul 2015 | 4:36 am
    alliterations for your Tuesday morning
  • Bigfoot vs UFO

    25 Jul 2015 | 3:58 am
    Quick chart comparing Bigfoot vs UFO news/search activity.       Checkout 
  • What is the most dangerous dish at Olive Garden?

    23 Jul 2015 | 3:58 am
    Having access to the Olive Garden nutrition data is like stumbling on a pot of data gold, you never know that sinfully tasty food might be the most nutritious dish, or is it?
  • List of acquisitions by Microsoft

    22 Jul 2015 | 7:58 am
    Microsoft's first acquisition was in 1987 and it has purchased an average of six companies a year. Microsoft has made eight acquisitions worth over one billion dollars: Skype (2011), aQuantive (2007), Fast Search & Transfer (2008), Navision (2002), Visio Corporation (2000), Yammer (2012), Nokia (2013) and Mojang (2014).  
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    Enterprise Back Office Blogs

  • Why We Get Defective Power Feeds Part 2

    3 Aug 2015 | 5:36 am
    Unfortunately to solve many unclean power issues, these goals can sometimes work at cross purposes. An optimal grounding system for protecting people is not always optimal as a reference ground. It is important to note that an earth ground is not an ...
  • #2: Administer User Authentication and Single-Sign-On Solutions.

    30 Jul 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Other approaches include Identity and Access Management as-a-Service (IDaaS) solutions. Comparing OAuth 2.0 and SAML 2.0 is fairly simple. Bottom line is that OAuth2 provides a simpler and more standardized solution which covers enterprise mobility SSO needs and avoids the use of workarounds for interoperability with native applications.
  • #1: Protect Enterprise Assets Behind the Firewall

    30 Jul 2015 | 11:41 am
    Protecting enterprise assets behind a firewall continues to make sense for any enterprise serious about a multi-layered system of defenses for the overall array of potential threats to the enterprise.
  • ERP Best Practices: Focusing on Business Process Efficiency

    29 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Most organizations implement new ERP systems largely because they want to improve the efficiency of their business processes. Broken processes, manual workarounds and outdated legacy systems all commonly contribute to this need to enhance current operational processes as part of an ERP implementation.
  • ERP Best Practices: Focusing on Business Process Efficiency

    29 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Most organizations implement new ERP systems largely because they want to improve the efficiency of their business processes. Broken processes, manual workarounds and outdated legacy systems all commonly contribute to this need to enhance current operational processes as part of an ERP implementation.
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    Microsoft Security Response Center

  • Out-of-band release for Security Bulletin MS15-078

    MSRC Team
    20 Jul 2015 | 10:09 am
    Today, we released a security bulletin to provide an update for Microsoft Windows. Customers who have automatic updates enabled or apply the update, will be protected. We recommend customers apply the update as soon as possible, following the directions in the security bulletin. More information about this bulletin can be found at Microsoft’s Bulletin Summary page. MSRC Team
  • July 2015 Security Updates

    MSRC Team
    14 Jul 2015 | 10:18 am
    Today we released security updates for Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, Microsoft SQL Server, and Internet Explorer. As a best practice, we encourage customers to apply security updates as soon as they are released. For more information about this month’s security updates and advisories visit the Security TechNet Library.  You can also follow the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) team on Twitter at @MSFTSecResponse MSRC Team
  • June 2015 Updates

    MSRC Team
    9 Jun 2015 | 10:08 am
    Today, as part of Update Tuesday, we released 8 security bulletins.  We encourage customers to apply all of these updates. For more information about this month’s security updates, including the detailed view of the Exploitability Index (XI), visit the Microsoft Bulletin Summary webpage. If you are not familiar with how we calculate the XI, a full description can be found here We released one new Security Advisory: Update for Juniper Network Windows In-Box Junos Pulse Client (2962393) One Security Advisory has been revised: Update for Adobe Flash Player in Internet…
  • May 2015 Updates

    MSRC Team
    12 May 2015 | 10:04 am
    Today, as part of Update Tuesday, we released 13 security bulletins. We encourage customers to apply all of these updates. For more information about this month’s security updates, including a detailed view of the Exploitability Index (XI), visit the Microsoft Bulletin Summary webpage. If you are not familiar with how we calculate the XI, a full description can be found here. We also released one new Security Advisory: Update to Default Cipher Suite Priority Order (3042058) One Security Advisory was revised: Update for Adobe Flash Player in Internet Explorer (2755801) For the…
  • Microsoft Bounty Programs Expansion – Azure and Project Spartan

    MSRC Team
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:03 am
    I am excited to announce significant expansions to the Microsoft Bounty Programs.  We are evolving the 'Online Services Bug Bounty, launching a new bounty for Project Spartan, and updating the Mitigation Bypass Bounty. This continued evolution includes additions to the Online Services Bug Bounty Program:  Azure Azure is Microsoft’s cloud platform and the backbone of Microsoft cloud services. This program will include a number of Azure services, such as: Azure virtual machines, Azure Cloud Services, Azure Storage, Azure Active Directory and much more Sway.com Sway.com is a…
 
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    SQLblog.com - The SQL Server blog spot on the web

  • Own the SSIS Design Patterns E-Book for $10–Today Only!

    andyleonard
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
    Own the SSIS Design Patterns (2nd edition - updated for SSIS 2014) ebook today for just $10! :{> Learn more:  Stairway to Biml Linchpin People Blog: SSIS Stairway to Integration Services...(read more)
  • Professional Development - What a Difference 60 Years Makes

    KKline
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:05 am
    Originally appearing at ForITPros.com . In 1957, the Soviet-made Sputnik streaked across the sky in low earth orbit. It was clearly visible to millions of concerned Americans. The Soviet government had leapfrogged America technologically. The dot that traversed the nighttime sky marked a change in international politics and fueled the engine that became America's space program. Another far more subtle shift was happening in America's businesses as well. In the 1950's and 1960's, American employees...(read more)
  • Data Mining Algorithms – Pluralsight Course

    Dejan Sarka
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    This is a bit different post in the series about the data mining and machine learning algorithms. This time I am honored and humbled to announce that my fourth Pluralsight course is alive. This is the Data Mining Algorithms in SSAS, Excel, and R course. besides explaining the algorithms, I also show demos in different products. This gives you even better understanding than just reading the blog posts. Of course, I will continue with describing the algorithms here as well.
  • DBTA - IT Employers Must Adapt to the Looming DBA Shortage

    KKline
    29 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Originally appearing in my monthly column at Database Trends & Applications magazine . In the first of this three-part series, I described some of the findings contained in an intriguing new survey published by Unisphere Research, a division of Information Today, Inc. In that article, I covered the macroeconomic and general trends that pointed to a looming shortage of DBA talent. In part 2 of the series, I described some of the issues and opportunities these trends offer to current and up-and-coming...(read more)
  • Presenting Using Biml as an SSIS Design Patterns Engine at Hampton Roads .Net UG 11 Aug

    andyleonard
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    I am honored to present Using Biml as an SSIS Design Patterns Engine at the Hampton Roads .Net Users Group ( @HRNUG ) 11 Aug 2015! Business Intelligence Markup Language provides a powerful solution for creating and managing SSIS Design Patterns. Andy Leonard, one of the authors of SSIS Design Patterns , demonstrates the flexibility of Biml in this session. If you’ll be in the area, stop by and introduce yourself! :{> Learn more:  Stairway to Biml Linchpin People Blog: SSIS Stairway to Integration...(read more)
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    MySQL Performance Blog

  • Percona XtraBackup 2.2.12 is now available

    Hrvoje Matijakovic
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:31 am
    Percona is glad to announce the release of Percona XtraBackup 2.2.12 on August 3, 2015. Downloads are available from our download site or Percona Software Repositories.Percona XtraBackup enables MySQL backups without blocking user queries, making it ideal for companies with large data sets and mission-critical applications that cannot tolerate long periods of downtime. Offered free as an open source solution, Percona XtraBackup drives down backup costs while providing unique features for MySQL backups.Bugs Fixed:Percona XtraBackup would segfault during the prepare phase of certain FTS pages.
  • InnoDB checkpoint strikes back

    Vadim Tkachenko
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    In my recent benchmarks for MongoDB, we can see that the two engines WiredTiger and TokuMX struggle from periodical drops in throughput, which is clearly related to a checkpoint interval – and therefore I correspond it to a checkpoint activity.The funny thing is that I thought we solved checkpointing issues in InnoDB once and for good. There are bunch of posts on this issue in InnoDB, dated some 4 years ago.  We did a lot of research back then working on a fix for Percona…
  • MySQL QA Episode 10: Reproducing and Simplifying: How to get it Right

    Roel Van de Paar
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to the 10th episode in the MySQL QA series! Today we’ll talk about reproducing and simplifying: How to get it Right.Note that unless you are a QA engineer stuck on a remote, and additionally difficult-to-reproduce or difficult-to-reduce bug, this episode will largely be non-interesting for you.However, what you may like to see – especially if you watched episodes 7 (and possibly 8 and 9) – is how reducer automatically generates handy start/stop/client (cl) etc. scripts, all packed into a handy bug tarball, in combination with the reduced SQL testcase.This somewhat…
  • Why base64-output=DECODE-ROWS does not print row events in MySQL binary logs

    Sveta Smirnova
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Lately I saw many cases when users specified option--base64-output=DECODE-ROWS  to print out a statement representation of row events in MySQL binary logs just to get nothing. Reason for this is obvious: option--base64-output=DECODE-ROWS  does not convert row events into its string representation, this is job of option--verbose. But why users mix these two options so often? This blog post is result of my investigations.There are already two great blog posts about printing row events on the Percona blog: “Debugging problems with row based replication” by Justin Swanhart and…
  • Multi-source replication in MySQL 5.7 vs Tungsten Replicator

    Franciso Bordenave
    29 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    MySQL 5.7 comes with a new set of features and multi-source replication is one of them. In few words this means that one slave can replicate from different masters simultaneously.During the last couple of months I’ve been playing a lot with this trying to analyze its potential in a real case that I’ve been facing while working with a customer.This was motivated because my customer is already using multi-sourced slaves with Tungsten Replicator and I wanted to do a side-by-side comparison between Tungsten Replicator and Multi-source Replication in MySQL 5.7Consider the following…
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    ProjectVRM

  • The coming collapse of surveillance marketing

    Doc Searls
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:40 am
    A few minutes ago, on a mailing list, somebody asked me if Google hadn’t shown people don’t mind having personal data harvested as long as they get value in exchange for it. Here’s what I answered: It’s not about Google — or Google alone. It’s about the wanton and widespread harvesting of personal data without permission, by pretty much the entire digital marketing field, or what it has become when in maximum thrall of Big Data. That this is normative in the extreme does not make it right, or even sustainable, over the long term. Because the market — customers like…
  • A #VRM outline for the #4th

    Doc Searls
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:09 am
    I’ve been liveblogging lately: writing live in an outline. Here is today’s. And here is the VRM section of it: VRM U.S. Privacy is Personal. My latest column in Linux Journal. An example of what’s right and wrong about CRM from @RelateIQ: Right: “automates, simplifies, and deepens the way you engage with your customers. Wrong: “Powered by data science to help you sell smarter.” The middle name of CRM is “Relationship.” People aren’t always buying something. But they are always owning stuff that they’ve bought. Work on relating with…
  • If your voice comes from a company, you don’t have one

    Doc Searls
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Got this in my email today: I’m sure Oracle Service Cloud is good at what it does. Such as: Deliver an integrated customer experience while equipping employees with the right tools Drive and meet consumer expectations in the new omni-channel world Adapt their service to customer needs by researching and considering their demographics The problem is that this assumes customers have no voices of their own, and need to be given one. And, since every company has its own way to give customers voices, the customer turns into a Tower of Babble, speaking with many different voices to many…
  • Positive #VRM signs

    Doc Searls
    20 Jun 2015 | 10:41 am
    First, there’s this tweet by @EvaPascoe, featuring this photo (which I just transformed from a trapezoid to a rectangle): Then there is this from three analysts at KuppingerCole, which has been covering VRM since giving ProjectVRM an award in 2008. I’ll also be presenting at  VRM et Données Personnelles (VRM and Personal Data) on Tuesday evening in Paris.(Wish I could be there in person, but I’ll be on a good connection from nine time zones west of there.) VRM has been a happening thing in France for awhile now.
  • Privacy isn’t about secrecy and freedom isn’t about license. Both are about agency.

    Doc Searls
    1 Jun 2015 | 7:47 am
    Agency is the power to act with effect in the world. We have agency when we type on a keyboard, hammer a nail, ride a horse or drive a car.  Here’s a dictionary definition: a·gen·cy (ā′jən-sē) noun. The condition of being in action; operation. The means or mode of acting; instrumentality. It is derived from agere: Latin for to do. We are built to do a lot: with our brains, our opposable thumbs, our lack of fur, our capacity to sweat and to learn — and our strange ability to walk or run on two feet instead of four (almost ceaselessly, at least when we are young and fit) — we…
 
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    Symantec Connect

  • Patch Compliance drops after 2-3 weeks

    Wert
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:41 am
    I need a solution Hello All, We are having issues with Patch Management Solution, the issue is after we distribute patches e.g. 03-08-2015 the compliance goes up for about 3 weeks after that we see that the compliance of those patches drops, even though the bulletin has not been Superseded or Partially Superseded, as a workaround we are disabling the updates, recreating them and again distributing it, what I would like to know, is there any better way, and way does this happen. Thanks in Advance  Wert
  • Auto upgrade prioritization

    Ariphaneus
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:35 am
    I need a solution We're beginning to apply the autoupgrade from version 12.1.4 to 12.1.6 MP1 this week for both our server and workstation clients.  As we do not force the reboot of servers we were looking to coordinate with our server team to do the reboots.  We have 23k clients in all and my manager wants to to set the autoupgrade for 1 day and to provide our server team with batches of servers to be rebooted prior to moving forward.  As the checkins are set for every hour should I expect that by the following  night they should have all downloaded the files or given the…
  • Simple way to copy jobs from a new MMS *to* CAS?

    grumhelden
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:27 am
    I need a solution Hi, my scenario is thus: 2x standalone 2015 servers (legacy VM estate(backup2) and new vm estate(Backup1) being backup up seperately) Get old VM estate retired, buy CAS license, create CAS server, use backup2 as test platform as legacy estate gone. Add backup2 to CAs, all jobs automatically appear, all resources appear, no worries.  So far so good. Add backup1, no jobs appear, resources appear.  Running jobs on backup1 does not report in CAS(like backup1 is still stand alone). How do I get all the jobs (which is literal, its *all* the jobs) from the MMS backup1 to…
  • Ghost 11.5 creating multiple .GHS files

    ayockalscg
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:16 am
    I need a solution I'm trying to back up an image using Ghost 11.5 through WinPE.  When I back up the image to a local drive (such as an external hard drive), it creates one .GHO file as it should. However, when I back up to a network share it creates a bunch of .GHS files exactly 2 GB each.  I read somewhere that Ghost does this because of a network limitation. Is there any way around this?  I'd really like it to back up one file to my network share.  I'm not using a Ghostcast server.
  • script to Run Clean_Agent.exe with a “Yes” comand automaticly and quite comand

    Lopes
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:56 am
    I need a solution Hi All, Could anyone help me, please? I need to send the Clean_Agent from DLP Agent remotely. How Can a script Run Clean_Agent.exe with a “Yes” comand automaticly and quite comand? Thank you so much!
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    confused of calcutta

  • musing, a little fearfully, about beautiful mornings

    JP
    15 Jul 2015 | 2:37 pm
    I was brought up in a family where we loved to listen to music. Now, half a century later, that love of music remains rampant and unchecked. The music we listened to came from a limited number of sources: the radio; my father’s original record collection (78rpm lacquer platters, 33rpm 10″ vinyl and 33rpm 12″ … Continue reading musing, a little fearfully, about beautiful mornings
  • “certainly we’re going to see it next week”

    JP
    12 Jul 2015 | 8:39 am
    The current weather forecast for Thursday at St Andrews The weather forecast for Friday to Sunday next week at St Andrews Jordan Spieth’s PGA Tour putting stats this year Yesterday Jordan Spieth carded a 61 that could have been a 55 if you count his near misses. In doing so he went into the lead … Continue reading “certainly we’re going to see it next week”
  • Hingis wins … BBC loses. [Updated]

    JP
    12 Jul 2015 | 5:50 am
          There was a Women’s Doubles match at Wimbledon yesterday. And Martina Hingis won it.       All by herself. No one else involved. So the BBC would have you believe. And it’s true. She did it on her own. As you can see from the photographs above and below.   Martina … Continue reading Hingis wins … BBC loses. [Updated]
  • Saturday in the park

    JP
    11 Jul 2015 | 5:29 am
    Saturday in the Park. Chicago. 1973. A wonderful song, I’m glad my brother Anant reminded me of it this morning. A serendipitous moment, because I was thinking of green spaces and walking. I love walking. Those of you who know me would also know I’ve never learnt to drive. So walk I must. And walk … Continue reading Saturday in the park
  • Of Theseus, Trigger and Test cricket

    JP
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Have you watched Trigger’s Broom? If you haven’t, you’re a lucky person. Just wander over to your old-TV-episodes-watching vehicle of choice and indulge yourself. An unforgettable episode from an unforgettable series. RIP Roger Lloyd Pack. Trigger’s broom. 20 years. 17 new heads. 14 new handles. When does it stop being Trigger’s broom? That’s what John Sullivan … Continue reading Of Theseus, Trigger and Test cricket
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    Enterprise Irregulars

  • Why Collaboration Fails

    Sameer Patel
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:55 am
    Three years ago I joined SAP / SuccessFactors to lead products and go-to-market for its collaboration business. 3 years in and over 18 million subscribers later, we’ve learned a lot about how to build high velocity, meaningful cloud products that drive tangible performance for our customers. I was privileged to do a guest post on CMS Wire about our learnings as we re-positioned the value of collaboration to target abject inefficiencies in business process in the areas of Sales and Service, HCM, and others. Perhaps most important is the relevance of collaboration to real digital…
  • How blockchain is likely to transform IT and business

    Dion Hinchcliffe
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:44 am
    Despite major up and downs throughout its occasionally turbulent six year lifetime, Bitcoin has managed to get farther than just about any other alternative currency, grabbing the interest of VC investors and an actual investors alike. About 14 million Bitcoins have been digitally ‘mined’ so far, leading to a total market capitalization of over $4 billion U.S. dollars. Not a lot in the big scheme of things, but an impressive start. Certainly, the features of the so-called cryptocurrency itself are inherently intriguing: Anyone can create new Bitcoins, it’s not centrally…
  • Forget Uberization, we must avoid Subwayfication

    Phil Fersht
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:30 am
    The Used-to-be-a-Service Economy The As-a-Service Economy is all about achieving the outcomes we most want with a great service experience.  So let’s look at how to avoid that not happening and becoming legacy businesses that failed to stay ahead of the demand curve. The perfect anti-example is Subway. Back in 2001, the release of Fast Food nation shocked much of the Western world into realizing we were slowly killing ourselves on pink-slime infused fast food. It was great for Subway as it sold sandwiches that – for all intents and purposed at the time – we thought were a far healthier…
  • The trials and tribulations of installing Windows 10 on a new SSD

    Charlie Bess
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:28 am
    I spent a great deal of time yesterday trying to install my free upgrade of Windows 10 on a new solid state drive. I used the Media Creation Tool to install the OS — just as a note I received on Friday from Microsoft said. The ONLY way this approach would work though is when I disconnected all my hard drives that had Windows 8 on them. When I tried the install while those were connected, I ended up in some partially updated states that complained quite a bit at boot up time that required my Rescue USB drive to get the machine booting again. Once I disconnected the other drives though, the…
  • Salesforce’s Lightning Announcement

    Denis Pombriant
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:06 am
    Spreadsheets suffered a body blow  when Salesforce announced new platform functionality last week. Soon all spreadsheets will be good for is financial analysis. This sounds funny because the spreadsheet has for several decades been the unofficial IT prototyping tool. Actually, it was the end user prototyping tool, the default thing they used to capture data when IT was famously too busy maintaining the legacy systems they got from a spaghetti factory. But with the introduction of Lightning Components, Lightning App Builder, and AppExchange for Components, it’s now easier to build your…
 
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    deal architect

  • Digital Myopia

    vinnie
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:46 am
    I saw this 1986 photo of Steve Jobs by Doug Menuez. “He is outlining what remains to be converted from analog to digital. Indeed, everything in the world — photos, film, music — that was not already digital by now,...
  • Not your fathers influencer relations

    vinnie
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:44 am
    I was reviewing Duncan Chapple’s latest influence quadrant and thinking how much the analyst relations world has changed since my days at Gartner in the 90s a) Vendor product portfolios have exploded Microsoft needs a “One Microsoft” initiative to bring...
  • A customer-centric voice at SAP

    vinnie
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:21 am
    As I go through final edits of SAP Nation 2.0, I am updating it for its Q2 results. I was pleased to see two interviews with Rob Enslin, SAP's President of Global Customer Operations here and here. He provides some...
  • The Terrifying Sony Hack

    vinnie
    21 Jul 2015 | 5:49 am
    Well worth a read this Fortune expose We have devoted 12,000 words in our July 1 issue to an extraordinary story by Peter Elkind on the now infamous cyber­attack against Sony Corp….a chillingly compelling, behind-the-scenes narrative of the events leading...
  • The mainstreaming of Third Party Maintenance

    vinnie
    17 Jul 2015 | 6:39 am
    I first wrote about ERP third party maintenance (support independent of the software publisher) in 2005. Even earlier, I have written about similar offerings like plug-compatible mainframes and specialty auto shops who do better than official dealers. I have noticed...
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    Chuck's Blog

  • The Trivialization Of Enterprise IT

    Chuck Hollis
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Scan any half-dozen vendor pitches, and you come away with the impression that doing enterprise IT isn’t all that difficult.   After all, all you have to do is buy/use/implement a few simple things, and the rest is easy, right? Just consider the marketing phrases we’re using: single pane of glass, pushbutton automation, cloud, one click to upgrade, etc. It conjures up the naive picture that in some strange alternate reality, IT admins sit comfy chairs -- idly monitoring a bunch of green lights and occasionally clicking on an icon when needed. Nothing could be further from the truth.
  • On Competing

    Chuck Hollis
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Many of you who follow the going-ons in our little corner of the IT industry may have noticed a continuing dust-up between myself and many Nutanix employees. Competition is generally a good thing for our industry, when done right.  Maybe I'm naive, but I think that IT professionals deserve ready access to critical information that could impact their decision.   As every IT pro knows, a lot is at stake when you sign that PO for that new thing :) It's funny -- not many folks want to go toe-to-toe against another company in a public forum.  For some reason, that isn't a problem…
  • On Being Happy

    Chuck Hollis
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:04 am
    What makes us truly happy?   One of life's most important questions, no? A group of researchers at Mayo Clinic think they may have the answer: train the mind to focus on positive experiences vs. negative ones. The rationale is simple: we are conditioned by evolution to focus on — and thus avoid — the negatives in our lives vs. celebrating the positives. Although few of us will have the opportunity to partake in their 10 week, four-step program — it made me reflect on how I’ve been challenged over the years to crack that code for myself.  It wasn’t easy. And I meet so…
  • Catching Up

    Chuck Hollis
    12 Jun 2015 | 1:49 pm
    I naively want to think that things should slow up a bit as we get into the summer months, but no such luck it seems.  Between work and life, the pace has been unusually hectic. I've been neglectful in posting recently, as I've been focusing my increasingly scarce writing time on a new VMware company blog ("Virtual Blocks").   Going forward, I'm going to try and keep my day-job product technology stuff over there, and write about broader topics here.   We'll see how well I do keeping up on TWO blogs -- yikes!! In case you missed it, a few posts you may find…
  • What Doesn’t Work With Hyperconverged

    Chuck Hollis
    11 Jun 2015 | 11:36 am
    In an industry powered by new, shiny things — we’ve got a new one that’s gaining traction: hyperconverged. The basic idea is simple: collapse external storage (and, eventually networking) into a single, software-powered environment that runs on commodity servers. The potential benefit is two-fold: reduced capex through use of commodity server platforms, and reduced opex through less reliance on storage (and network) specialists. The market pundits forecast that this category will continue to grow.  VMware plays in multiple ways, but so do a bevy of startups. The realist in me…
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    Going Social Now

  • A Perspective on Marketing's Future

    6 Jul 2015 | 5:15 pm
    Judging the Effie Awards always presents a unique opportunity to reflect on what the most effective marketing of today is, and what will be the most effective marketing in the future. With that in mind, I thought I would share four thoughts that I believe will anchor what makes marketing effective in tomorrow's world.Marketing that touches the heart will always win. But how we touch it will change. It will be connected, from your smart phone and smart car to your smart home and smart office, massively changing how marketers serve up context-aware content in a multi-channel environment.
  • Reflections on Facebook as revenue jumps 72%

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:16 am
    59% of Facebook's advertising revenue or $1.34 billion was from mobile as their overall revenue surged to $2.5 billion which was a 72% increase over the prior year. Facebook has had an awesome mobile quarter and have demonstrated another successful pivot. Here's what I believe Facebook is doing really well and what they should change.What Facebook has done well:The shift to mobile has been nothing short of extraordinary. While they may have been a little late in pivoting, once they did, Facebook did so with gusto. Other companies can learn from this. Facebook also recognized that a second…
  • Super Bowl Ads. What should win but won't

    1 Feb 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Super Bowl advertising mania is setting in.  Somehow the narrative about the advertising seems as important as the game itself. There is no doubt, marketers will pull out all the stops this year and already have. The stakes seem to rise with each Super Bowl. And this year it is no different snow or no snow. In fact, from putting the ads online weeks before the game and plastering hashtags everywhere, to creating teaser ads to promote the actual ads and rushing to find the most shocking celebrities to sign, the Super Bowl advertising mania is at its most flamboyant. But not…
  • Twitter is really smart to acquire Bluefin Labs

    4 Feb 2013 | 8:07 pm
    It was a little over two years ago that I came across Bluefin Labs and Deb, its charismatic CEO. It was before Bluefin had a product (it was a technology only) and definitely well before they had any sort of sales or marketing team. Deb and I discussed how GRPs needed to evolve as a measurement format for broadcast television and it was at that time that I coined the phrase "GRPE" in a Harvard Business Review piece. Our conversations led us, at PepsiCo Beverages, to first use Bluefin Labs to power the Pepsi Music Index at SXSW 2011 and then to become one of the first brand clients for…
  • Four Digital Trends to Worry Media Companies

    15 Aug 2012 | 7:11 am
    If there's any sign that the media ecosystem is on the verge of dramatic change, then these four digital trends bubbling to the surface are the latest proof points of that. These aren't random trends but are illustrative of tectonic shifts that will change the media business dramatically. Tectonic shifts of the type that we have witnessed in the music and book publishing businesses with the rise of the internet. Shifts that won't change the media landscape in time for the next upfront, but will reshape the landscape over the next five years. Here they are and what they mean for advertisers,…
 
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    Venture Chronicles

  • Crisis Management for Lion Killers

    Jeff
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:18 am
    The story of the Dr. “Lion Slayer” Palmer is all over the internet and people are outraged, for good reason. His dental practice is in limbo and he is in hiding after receiving death threats. Well done Internet… you have already surpassed the attention span of a #hashtag with this one. I am conflicted on this story for many reasons. Big game hunting is deplorable, and there is no justification for it with licenses sold to the ultra-wealthy who are partaking in the experience for the sport of it. If the goal is herd management, have trained naturalists do the killing in a…
  • Tough Doesn’t Quit, Except at Breakfast

    Jeff
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:03 am
    I was at a dinner on Sunday night and seated next to me was retired Admiral Eric Olson, who had a long and distinguished military career. He retired from the Navy in 2011 as the commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command. Interesting man, to say the least, but also incredibly gracious and unassuming. I asked him what qualities he could identify that would be indicators of success as s Navy SEAL. His response was predictable in some ways, unexpected in others. Above all, he said, the SEALs look for problem-solving, intelligence and mental toughness in candidates. I expected to hear this,…
  • Corporate Activism: The Uber Edition

    Jeff
    23 Jul 2015 | 11:56 am
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio really stepped in it by picking a fight with Uber. Acting as the puppet for the powerful taxi medallion owners in NYC, who despise Uber, the mayor proposed capping the addition of new Uber cars to 1%. Given the customer growth that Uber has been experiencing in NYC, a 1% increase in drivers would kneecap the company. Uber fought back, which seemed to catch both City Hall and the yellow cab cartel off guard. Anyone who has watched Uber grow will tell you the company redefines the term being aggressive. Making critical arguments that they were creating jobs,…
  • The Coming Robot Invasion in Fast Food

    Jeff
    16 Jul 2015 | 10:14 am
    I was driving up Woodside Road last week and the KFC store had a huge “Hiring!” banner hanging on the front of the outlet. This caught my attention for two reasons. It’s well established that cost of living on the Peninsula is not amenable to the income generated by low skilled, fast food work. It just isn’t and raising the minimum wage or whatever you want to call it isn’t going to make a difference. As a result, few people want to work these jobs. How can you blame them if flipping burgers and banging on a cash register all day isn’t providing an income…
  • Hillary Clinton Attacks Uber, Airbnb

    Jeff
    13 Jul 2015 | 10:10 am
    On the wrong side of history yet again, Hillary Clinton has decided that her road to the White House is tearing down one of the great economic movements of the last decade, the sharing economy.  In an economic speech she is planned to give, Clinton will highlight the stagnating wages of the middle class and points to causes that include Uber and Airbnb. This is mind blowing for two reasons, one is that the bloc of voters that she absolutely has to appeal to is not only benefiting from these services but sees them as a part of their economic portfolio. Secondly, the marketplace for services…
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    Exchange Server Pro

  • PST Upload using AzCopy.exe Could Not Finish the Operation Within Specified Timeout

    Paul Cunningham
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:55 am
    While exploring the Office 365 Import Service in my test lab I encountered repeated timeout errors trying to upload PST files to Azure using AzCopy.exe. [2015/07/26 23:26:36.206+10:00] >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> [2015/07/26 23:26:36.221+10:00][VERBOSE] 3.1.0 : AzCopy /source:\\mgmt\pst /dest:https://uploadurl.blob.core.windows.net/ingestiondata/ /DestKey:****** /S /V:C:\Admin\PSTupload.log [2015/07/26 23:26:39.680+10:00][VERBOSE] Start transfer: Alan Reid.pst [2015/07/26 23:26:40.352+10:00][VERBOSE] Start transfer: Dawn Evans.pst [2015/07/26…
  • Office 365: Delivery Has Failed to These Recipients or Groups

    Paul Cunningham
    26 Jul 2015 | 4:57 am
    When an external sender attempts to send an email message to an Office 365 group they may receive a non-delivery report (NDR). The NDR states: Your message couldn’t be delivered because the group you’re sending to needs to know who you are before it will accept your message. To fix this problem, as the email admin for the group to configure the group to accept messages from you. There is additional information for email administrators: This error occurs when the group is configured to reject email from senders outside of the group’s organization. There is additional…
  • Controlling Microsoft Send App Access with Exchange Web Services

    Paul Cunningham
    23 Jul 2015 | 5:16 am
    Microsoft has released a new application for Office 365 customers that is designed to be used for short, instant-message style communications via email. The app is named Send and is available in the US and Canadian iTunes App Store, with plans to release it globally in the near future. While tools like text messaging and IM are great for short messages, you often don’t have your co-worker’s cell phone number or an IM app on your work phone. And we’ve heard loud and clear from people at work, they want all their communications available in Outlook—even if they send them from other…
  • Exchange Server 2016 Preview Has Been Released to the Public

    Paul Cunningham
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:49 pm
    Microsoft has announced the public release of Exchange Server 2016 Preview, available for download now. This version of Exchange is special because it was born in the cloud. From the depths of the mailbox store to the most visible parts of the Outlook web UI, the bits that make up Exchange 2016 are already in use across millions of mailboxes in Office 365. For the past several months we’ve been working to package up these capabilities and deliver them on-premises. This preview milestone is an important step in that process, and we’re excited to include the worldwide Exchange community in…
  • PowerShell Script to Generate Antivirus Exclusions List for Exchange Server 2013

    Paul Cunningham
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:36 am
    Antivirus software that is not correctly configured is a fairly common cause of many performance and stability issues with Exchange. It’s a good idea to run antivirus software on your Exchange 2013 servers to help prevent malware, and I always recommend it to customers. But if you do install antivirus software you need to configure it with the correct exclusions so that it doesn’t interfere with Exchange Server’s operations. Microsoft has published a list of file/folder, process, and file type exclusions that should be applied to antivirus software running on an Exchange…
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    Socialcast | Enterprise Social Network Platform

  • Feature Updates: July 2015

    Samantha Lee
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:35 am
    The Socialcast team is happy to announce that Chat, our newest secure instant-messaging tool, is now available! Read more about this month’s feature enhancements below and let us know what you think. 1. Socialcast Chat The Socialcast team understands the importance of having a reliable, real-time, persistent, and searchable company-wide chat tool. This month, we are excited to unveil our latest major feature enhancement, Socialcast Chat, formally known as Private Messages. Our goal with Socialcast Chat is to make a more responsive, lightweight, and persistent chat tool that customers…
  • Tips for Leaders Engaging With Employees

    Jeff Ross
    8 Jul 2015 | 10:16 am
    As the community manager for a large enterprise social network (ESN) for a Fortune 100 company, it thrills me when leaders are interested in how they can use our internal network better in their role as leaders. Over the last few years at Humana, we have seen consistent growth in leader involvement in our Socialcast network called Buzz. It makes a difference that our President and CEO Bruce Broussard leads by example and is a very strong supporter of using such tools to accomplish the objectives of the business. He understands that being a social business internally helps align the…
  • Feature Updates: June 2015

    Samantha Lee
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:10 pm
    Hi Everyone! This month, we have some great new feature enhancements around Challenges and Town Halls, as well as the highly anticipated Markdown feature. Users will be ecstatic to add a bit of emphasis and style to their text! In addition, we have an importance announcement around Internet Explorer browser support. Check it out below! 1. Markdown We are excited to announce that Markdown will now be supported for all Socialcast messages! This feature/language gives you the ability to add simple text formatting to message posts and comments, which makes list-lovers and coders alike, jumping…
  • Feature Updates: May 2015

    Samantha Lee
    1 Jun 2015 | 11:14 am
    We have a short update for the month of May* below, but stay tuned for some exciting major feature releases coming very soon! Reach Extension for Topics Continuing on with Topics enhancements, we have added a new Reach extension for Topics. You can now embed a Topic Stream into your external business systems by going to Admin Settings > Integrations > Reach > Create a New Extension. The Topic Stream can include single or multiple topics. When a user posts a message through the Topics Reach extension, we will automatically append all the hashtags/topics as part of the message. *Please…
  • Feature Updates: April 2015

    Samantha Lee
    30 Apr 2015 | 6:42 pm
    With Spring in full bloom, the Socialcast team is also busy making things happen. This month, we have a Solution Spotlight on our Deep-Linking feature for mobile users and a couple product enhancements. Check them out below! Deep-Linking into Socialcast Mobile Apps Have you had a chance to try out our deep-linking enhancements for our iOS and Android mobile apps? While viewing Socialcast email notifications on your mobile device, clicking on the action button in the email (e.g. “Reply” or “Respond to [User’s] Message”) or any active community link, will now take you directly to the…
 
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  • Five Qualities Effective Project Managers Emboss

    The Consultants' Corner
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:04 am
    If a company has a weak project manager, the company’s success could hang in the balance –no one knows who is responsible for what; no one knows whether progress is being made; no one can see the big or the small picture. Eventually, the ERP implementation comes to an end but it may not be pretty and the carnage can be severe. Here is a list of five qualities that must be fulfilled for the potential project manager to be successful (in no particular order): (1) organized, (2) punctual, (3) transparent, (4) experienced and (5) communicative. 1. Organized. Being organized increases…
  • Setting Realistic Expectations for Your ERP Project

    Jennifer Aldrich
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:04 am
    When an ERP implementation is headed for failure, the warning signs are present early in the implementation process. Unfortunately, this is when warning signs are most likely to go unnoticed. Often, it’s not until a week before go-live that organizations realize they should have set more realistic project goals. If your organization can maintain realistic expectations throughout implementation, you will be more likely to achieve expected business benefits and a high return on investment. Following are four tips for setting goals and expectations when implementing a new ERP system:…
  • Takeaways From Panorama’s 2015 Manufacturing ERP Report

    Eric Kimberling
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:04 am
    Organizations in any industry focus on benchmarks. You want to know where you fit among your competition. In order for us to better benchmark for our manufacturing clients, we have published our 2015 Manufacturing ERP Report. This report outlines the results of 266 manufacturing organizations from around the globe who have recently implemented new ERP systems. Below are a few highlights from the report: The mix of ERP vendors among manufacturers is very different than in other industries. Our original 2015 ERP Report, published earlier this year, showed SAP, Oracle, and Microsoft Dynamics…
  • Three Tough Questions to Ask Your ERP Vendor Before Go-Live

    The Consultants' Corner
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:04 am
    ERP implementations never go quite as you might expect. Not only do most of them take longer, cost more and fail to deliver business benefits when compared to expectations, but they can also create operational disruptions at go-live. According to our 2015 ERP Report, roughly half of all ERP implementations create some sort of material operational disruption at the time of go-live. The top two disruptions are inability to ship product and/or close the books. These disruptions vary in duration from just a few weeks to several months in some extreme cases. These statistics are obviously very…
  • Surviving Stressful ERP Projects and Combatting Fatigue

    Jennifer Aldrich
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:04 am
    Your ERP project is going great so far. You’ve selected a winning ERP system. Your project manager is exceptionally organized and has a structured timeline of deliverables that the team is quick to embrace. Everyone is on the same page and then . . . the inevitable happens. Everyone should have seen it coming – ERP project fatigue. If only ERP implementations were quick and painless, then no one would ever grow weary of business process management (BPM), organizational change management (OCM) or any other integral aspect of implementing an enterprise solution. Unfortunately, ERP…
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  • Games people play: Microsoft acquires FantasySalesTeam to help cos incentivize sales teams

    FP Staff
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:55 am
    Microsoft has acquired Incent Games Inc., the developer and owner of FantasySalesTeam, an innovative sales gamification platform that's helped companies boost sales on productivity, drive revenue and improve CRM adoption through collaboration and team based competition. The post Games people play: Microsoft acquires FantasySalesTeam to help cos incentivize sales teams appeared first on Firstpost.
  • How 3D printing helps doctors rehearse complex brain procedures

    FP Staff
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:24 am
    Four-case series documents accuracy and enhanced safety with the models. The post How 3D printing helps doctors rehearse complex brain procedures appeared first on Firstpost.
  • YTS Solutions and Airtel Money align mobile payments business

    FP Staff
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:09 am
    YTS Solutions Limited, the payments solutions company, has announced a strategic integration of its payments and remittance businesses with Bharti Airtel, the 3rd largest mobile service provider globally. The acquired business will be integrated with the operations of Airtel Money Services Ltd, a 100% subsidiary of Airtel. The post YTS Solutions and Airtel Money align mobile payments business appeared first on Firstpost.
  • UAE Exchange enhances customer experience with SAP Cloud for Customer platform

    Press Release
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:52 am
    UAE Exchange—the global remittance, foreign exchange and payment solution brand—has implemented SAP to improve customer interface and reduce turnaround time for offering solutions. The post UAE Exchange enhances customer experience with SAP Cloud for Customer platform appeared first on Firstpost.
  • SDN and network function virtualization market worth $ 45.13 billion by 2020

    FP Staff
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:29 am
    SDN and NFV technologies also find extensive applications in various verticals including BFSI, consumer goods & retail, government & defense, manufacturing, telecom & IT, and other verticals such as energy & utilities, healthcare, and hospitality. The post SDN and network function virtualization market worth $ 45.13 billion by 2020 appeared first on Firstpost.
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  • Why Collaboration Fails

    Sameer Patel
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:48 pm
    Three years ago I joined SAP / SuccessFactors to lead products and go-to-market for its collaboration business. 3 years in and over 18 million subscribers later, we’ve learned a lot about how to build high velocity, meaningful cloud products that drive tangible performance for our customers.  I was privileged to do a guest post on CMS Wire about our learnings as we re-positioned the value of collaboration to target abject inefficiencies in business process in the areas of Sales and Service, HCM, and others. Perhaps most important is the relevance of collaboration to real digital…
  • Chit chat with Dennis Howlett on #SAPJam’s 17M subscriber growth

    Sameer Patel
    14 Jun 2015 | 10:27 am
    Dennis and I talk mostly about the culinary craft, these days. But he and I have been talking about the business of software for 8 years now. We’ve even rebutted opposing view points back and forth on our blogs back in the day (my all time favorite lob and volley).  And he was kind enough to write-up my move to SAP three years ago. I’ve learnt tremendously from these intellectual debates. One of the things I love about my conversations with him is that we always spend more time problem-sizing: appreciating the size and severity of the business problem that leaves up-tapped…
  • What modern CRM looks like in a natively-digital world

    Sameer Patel
    5 Jun 2015 | 6:11 am
    Natively-digital businesses are here and they are disrupting the most fundamental industries that we have come to know over the last 200 years. Consider some of these examples from 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. Poshmark is poking a stick in the back of big-box retail with its peer-to-peer network that directly connects individual buyers and sellers of high end used fashion…
  • Why Performance Management needs to be disrupted. Pronto.

    Sameer Patel
    10 May 2015 | 9:24 am
    Possibly the most soul-sucking activity at work is the prescribed employee performance process. Whilst the intention is good, in practice, the chain between strategy and goals, and execution levers – the material and mentoring resources, analytics and technology to improve the odds of success, and finally, the measurement of outcomes as they relate back to business strategy, career growth and personal development, is tragically broken. As research from the Society of Human Resource Management finds that: “More than 75 percent of managers, employees and heads of HR feel that PM…
  • Who said giant bubbles in tech are a bad thing? SAP / Successfactors named leader by IDC!

    Sameer Patel
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:50 am
    IDC just announced that Successfactors is a leader for Worldwide Social Technologies specifically related to its Integrated Talent Vendor Assessment. This one meant a lot as it directly put to test our stated product and go-to-market promise and singular focus on solving core functional KPIs, with purpose built collaboration software. Back in 2012 we entered the cloud collaboration category when the market was faced with tepid adoption, little belief by executives that collaboration could directly accelerate business performance and as a result, rapid price commoditization, and for SAP /…
 
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  • NetCracker Helps Lightower to Enhance Visibility and Network Utilization

    J. Pullen
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:08 am
    NetCracker Technology announced today that Lightower Fiber Networks has gone live with an upgrade to NetCracker’s Resource Management solution. By using the new solution, Lightower can establish greater visibility into its resources, reducing the time it takes to fulfill orders. Lightower is one of the largest pure fiber providers in the United States, service cutting-edge solutions to Fortune 500, enterprises and a wide range of other companies. Lightower’s network is built on more than 20,000 route miles of fiber. “Our choice to expand NetCracker’s Resource Management solution came…
  • Huawei Acquires Amartus SDN Software Technology

    J. Pullen
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Huawei has announced the acquisition from the Irish company Amartus, of its SDN software technology. Amartus is a Dublin based software developer and SDN service solutions provider. The acquisition of Amartus’ software assets will enable Huawei to accelerate its SDN roadmap and improve its competitiveness in SDN solutions and services by introducing fast business innovation and multi-vendor capability. Zha Jun, President of Huawei’s Fixed Network Product Line, said “We are delighted to have acquired the ground breaking Amartus technology. The expertise and talented staff from Amartus…
  • Indosat Selects NEC and NetCracker for OSS Transformation

    J. Pullen
    21 Jul 2015 | 9:12 am
    NEC Corporation and NetCracker Technology have announced that Indosat, one of the largest telecommunications services and network providers in Indonesia, has selected NEC and NetCracker to enable a large-scale OSS transformation. In collaboration with NEC Indonesia, NetCracker will deliver its comprehensive OSS solution on the NetCracker Framework. The platform will consist of numerous NetCracker products, including its Resource Inventory, Discovery & Reconciliation, Network Planning & Design, Service Order Management, Service Activation, Service Information Management, Service…
  • Aria Networks Launches v3.2 of its Network Planning and Optimization Software

    J. Pullen
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:49 am
    Already adopted for network planning and operational deployment by a large OTT provider, this latest version of Aria Networks’ software suite provides enhancements for multi-layer optimization and addresses a wide range of issues faced by large fixed, mobile and OTT networks. Failure analysis and fast re-route Fast network rollout including automation of additional network nodes LSP path optimisation Traffic Engineered optimisation Backbone optimisation The first customer, a US-based global brand, contracted Aria Networks three months ago, to plan and optimise network capability across…
  • The 3:3:3 Strategy for OSS/BSS Social Media

    J. Pullen
    10 Jul 2015 | 5:49 am
    Most people wouldn’t call OSS/BSS vendors sociable. But we’d all benefit from a bit more openness. How can OSS/BSS product and services companies make better use of social media? A popular strategy is to give equal coverage to three key areas of interest… One-third personal One-third business One-third promotion What does that mean for an OSS/BSS business, selling B2B, high value products and services? Be Personal What makes your social media personal? Having real people represented on social media. Being personal is more than posting the occasional video of your…
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    Ultra Consultants

  • Business Process Improvements: Project Management in the Trenches

    Gary McGregor
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:38 am
    In our previous blog covering the business process improvements, we covered the need to document the business case. Why did we ever decide to take on this monumental task with so much risk? This thought usually occurs several months into the project and can be debilitating to a project team. It is important to take time to define the details both process-oriented and financial that explain the rationale and benefits of the new ERP system. The Benefits of a New ERP System The ERP system itself will help to create an environment that will allow your team to come up with many ideas that will…
  • Epicor Cloud ERP Software Review

    David Saunders
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:08 am
    A few weeks ago, Epicor participated in Ultra’s Cloud ERP Webinar Series and provided an in-depth explanation of their current and future Epicor Cloud ERP goals. Epicor’s Background Epicor, headquartered in Austin, Texas, has been in the ERP realm for 42 years, and recently hit $1 billion in revenues. The company has 20,000 customers and focuses on manufacturing and retail. Epicor’s Cloud strategy is focused on owning and maintaining the server their ERP software is hosted on so they can effectively install updates, provide support, and maintain backups for disaster recovery. The…
  • Business Process Improvement Steps: Defining the Return on Investment to Your Organization

    Gary McGregor
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:39 am
    In our previous blog about the Ultra Business Improvement Process, we covered the need to document the future state processes for your organization. This is very much like deciding what you want to be when you grow up. Seriously, as the old cliché says, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will get you there.” So take time to go through the business process improvement steps and define the details of your future state vision. Why a New ERP System? Even after having done this a question remains – why are we investing hard earned capital and personal effort in a new ERP…
  • Everything You Should Know About IQMS ERP

    Analiese Trimber
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:48 am
    A few weeks ago, we met with executives at IQMS to learn more about what makes them tick. Founded in Los Angeles in 1989, IQMS has truly evolved from a company who just introduced MES in 1993 to the release of Android mobile applications and PMIU88 in the past few years. It has been exciting to watch IQMS ERP evolve. Let’s find out more. IQMS ERP: The Basics Currently, IQMS operates out of their headquarters in Paso Robles, California, although they have major training hubs in Chicago, IL, Charlotte, NC, and Mexico City. IQMS strives to place their focus on where the money is made in an…
  • Metal Fabrication Companies and ERP: An Upcoming Webinar Series

    Rob Henry
    17 Jul 2015 | 9:22 am
    Through our partnerships with various metal fabrication companies like AMSCO, Commonwealth Industries, Wildeck, and The Wagner Companies, Ultra has come across the business issues that commonly challenge this industry, and the trends shaping this sector. There is no doubt that metal fabrication companies are using ERP technologies to address specific trends and challenges within the industry. Some examples of metal fabrication ERP capabilities we have seen throughout our ERP projects for the industry include: Integrated performance planning – Metal manufacturers are looking to remain…
 
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  • Five Ways Not to Test Software

    Noel Wurst
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:21 pm
    For those needing a “too long, didn’t read” (TL:DR) version, the answer is: “Make your testers feel crushingly undervalued, prevent them from collaborating with others, and don’t leave enough time in the SDLC to find or correct the bugs they find. Hopefully, you’re doing none of the above. Jason Schreier, news editor for the popular video gaming blog, Kotaku, recently wrote an article, “Quality Assured: What It’s Really Like To Test Games For A Living”, where he interviewed around sixty QA current and former testers, many of whom shared horror stories of their struggles to…
  • Why “Test Obsession” Is the Disruptive Culture of the Future

    Noel Wurst
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:32 pm
    After learning that Alaska Airlines has won the “Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Carriers” award for eight years running, and the “Number 1 on-time major North American Carrier” award for the last five, I would assume that their dedication to incredible software quality is just as worthy of public heralding. Parasoft, one of our outstanding TapIn Partners, recently sponsored a webinar where they were joined by Forrester Vice President & Principal Analyst Diego Lo Giudice, and Alaska Airlines Automated Test Engineer Ryan Papineau. Titled, “Why Testers Can’t…
  • The DevHops Podcast Ep. 3: How to Test for Enterprise Mobility

    Noel Wurst
    17 Jul 2015 | 9:32 am
    Lydia Casillas from Sky I.T. Group joins us for our third episode to discuss the challenges of testing mobile apps and the mobile web to ensure security, usability, and powerful “enterprise mobility.” We also review beers from Stone, Freemont, and Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co.! Tap In! Noel: Hello, everyone. Welcome to the Skytap DevHops Podcast. This is the show where ideas about enterprise software development, DevOps, Agile, and more flow freely. I am your moderator and host, Noel Wurst, the editor-in-chief of the Skytap blog our in-house journalist, and the…
  • DevOps Gains Soar During NYSE “Configuration Issue”

    Seth Payne
    14 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    The temporary suspension of trading on the NYSE this last week made me think of May 6, 2010, the day of the infamous “Flash Crash” in which US equity markets went into an inconceivable tailspin. I was working at the New York Stock Exchange at the time and distinctly remember the speculation as to what was causing such an incredible volume of absurd trade orders to be submitted to the various US equity exchanges. To this day there are several theories as to what precipitated the Flash Crash but many experts now agree that there was no single root cause but rather, a confluence of disparate…
  • Why Retail CIOs Turn to Mobile to Save Brick and Mortar

    Noel Wurst
    9 Jul 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Remember bad connections, dropped phone calls, and spotty Internet service once you walked into a large retail store? There was a time when we begrudgingly put our phones away as we walked deeper into a store, and we accepted that a few minutes without steady internet access would not kill us. This suited brick and mortar retailers just fine, as many had been losing both foot traffic and record sales to a new generation of mobile shoppers for years. Retailers prayed that those shoppers who did come through the door would actually purchase something instead of quickly leaving after finding…
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  • SAP Cloud Computing – Future of SAP?

    Leonid
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:47 am
    Everyone knows what the cloud is. Everyone uses it as well, from every day consumers to Fortune 100 companies. For good reason, it allows employees to interconnect with each other in real time. The cloud is revered to almost in a god like way in conversation. It allows you to save data onto it then access the cloud from any device you own. That sounds pretty amazing. Let’s dive deeper into what a cloud is and what it can do for us to maximize efficiency in businesses across the globe. In the PaaS, platform as a service, models cloud providers deliver a computing platform, operating system,…
  • SAP Hosting Services

    Leonid
    15 Jul 2015 | 4:42 am
    SAP is a ERP program where different departments can update information. The software allows other departments can see the information in real time. This helps a great deal in an all around increase in efficiency. An increase in efficiency means more time and money to spend on your business, making it bigger and more profitable. This means that your business can grow exponentially using SAP to cut down on costs and wasted time. Many companies are already moving from non-cloud software to cloud software. They are using it to become faster and bigger companies every day. Opening up…
  • SAP Products – The Perfect Combination of Technology and Innovation

    Leonid
    3 Jun 2015 | 5:41 am
    SAP is the most reputable and largest inter-enterprise application provider, and all their services are software and software-related products. The popularity of this company has been increasingly growing, and nowadays it is considered the world’s fourth-largest independent software supplier. SAP is the abbreviation from “Systems Applications and Products”, even if in the beginning the company’s name was German (Systeme, Anwendungen, Produkte). This independent software manufacturer offers solutions to all types of businesses, regardless their dimensions or profile, through its…
  • Reasons to Use SAP Business Workflow Engine in Your Company

    Leonid
    26 May 2015 | 1:51 pm
    SAP is by far one of the best ERP systems available on the market at the moment and this is the reason why so many companies choose it over its competitors. However, there are still many organizations that choose to use a different workflow engine than the one offered by SAP, even though it would be one of the best solutions they could opt for. These are the main reasons why companies should consider using the SAP Business Workflow Engine: System of Record Considering that SAP is your system of record, it would make sense to use the same software for processing, posting and approving…
  • How SAP Solutions Can Drive Performance in Organizations?

    Leonid
    18 May 2015 | 3:33 am
    Although it made an entrance in the business world in the 1970s, SAP software has never been more relevant than today, when the barriers between business and technology are starting to fade. Companies like Cyrus Logistics and South Stars were some of the first to incorporate the Enterprise Resource Planning solutions brought forward by SAP, making them a part of their success stories. Today, this cluster of services is globally recognized as one of the fastest and most effective ways of accelerating business growth and streamlining workflow in large organizations, empowering them to develop…
 
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  • 3 Essential Steps to Jumpstart OSHA Compliance Efforts

    F Marie Athey OHST
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:02 am
    According to statistics,an average of 12 people suffers from fatal workplace injuries each day. From a business viewpoint, a workplace fatality is an operational, administrative, and regulatory nightmare.Not only does it lead to a decrease in employee morale, but it also affects the bottom line by having to cope with an increase in workers compensation expenses, lost hours, and corresponding fines. A study also found that workplace fatalities and traumatic injuries cost America about $192 billion each year. This amount represents money spent on medical expenses, lost wages, and losses in…
  • Invest in the Right Training

    Raza Zaidi
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:18 am
    With workplace sexual harassment claims on the rise and more data breaches occurring every quarter, it is time for businesses to invest in the training needed to protect employees and business assets. Investing in the right HR compliance training can help businesses avoid hefty fines, lost data, and is a vital part of all corporate compliance solutions. Before it is too late, discover why your business should invest in sexual harassment and information security compliance training. What is Harassment and When Should Training Occur? Workplace harassment is considered to be any action that…
  • Top CIP Reliability Coordinator Violations of All Time

    Muddassir Katchi
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:40 am
    Taken as a whole, the North Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) CIP Standards 002-009 are supposed to offer comprehensive protection and regulation of sensitive data. Critical Cyber Assets and specific non-critical Assets require a variety of protocols for protection, from protecting actual physical access to cyber security and personnel access and training. CIP standard violations do happen, either with or without intent and even accidental violations need to be reported and monitored. The following five standards have the highest number of all-time violations. Top 5 Most Often Violated…
  • Animal Welfare Meat Ratings Developed to Meet Consumer Needs

    Stephen Brockman
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:52 am
    For generations, the livestock industry’s obligation to consumers focused primarily on meeting the demand for beef, poultry and pork with an array of safe, relatively inexpensive meat products. But in more recent years, a growing movement fueled by better-informed, socially conscious consumers has the animal agriculture industry rethinking its responsibilities to the public. A growing segment of consumers is no longer certainthat the food they buy is safe, nutritious and high-quality. They want assurance that the animals raised to produce that meat were cared for in a humane way.
  • Looking Inward and Bridging the Skills Gap

    Muddassir Katchi
    13 Jul 2015 | 9:31 am
    It did not come as a shock to me when researchers claimed that the manufacturing industry is facing a skills shortage. According to a report entitled True Skills Gap in U.S. Manufacturing 2015 and Beyond, there will be a need to fill 3.5 million manufacturing jobs over the next decade—and only about 1.5 million of them will actually be filled. We have had this problem for more than 25 years, and manufacturers have been struggling to solve it. Why is the Gap so Big? The growing gap between job openings and skilled workers in the manufacturing industry can be attributed to several different…
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    Small Biz Geek

  • 3 Advantages of Using PNG instead of JPEG on Your Website

    Small Biz Geek
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:06 am
    What format do you save your images to when designing for print or the web? Would you like to save time as well as hard drive storage? It might never have crossed your mind before so I’ll assume you’re using the JPG format and have been happily doing so for years. In this post I want to present a few reasons for switching to the PNG format exclusively. If you’re already doing this, feel free to grunt and nod with approval. But first – and mainly for the benefit of any digital graphics newbies – let me introduce JPG and PNG. JPG (Or JPEG) Images JPG (also JPEG) is…
  • What I Learned as a Google Search Engine “Rater”

    Small Biz Geek
    26 Jul 2015 | 7:11 am
    Back in 2008 I was making strides to some kind of online income and for about 6 months held the position of “Internet assessor/quality rater” with a company called LionBridge Technologies. This is an Ireland based technology company and are contracted by one particular well known search engine who, to my knowledge, still outsource data entry analysis tasks to LionBridge. The Mythical Search Engine Raters I have always been afraid that if I reveal the name of the search engine somehow my sites will be de-indexed from the web and I would be kidnapped in the middle of the night! But that…
  • “Virtual Freedom” by Chris Ducker (Book Review)

    Small Biz Geek
    14 Jul 2015 | 3:27 am
    Overworked, micromanaging, stressed, unproductive. Four words all too familiar to many small businesses trapped in the vicious cycle of daily drudgery. Have you considered outsourcing roles or projects? In his book Virtual Freedom, virtual CEO and self confessed former control freak Chris Ducker shows how to escape from the day to day grind by working on instead of in your business. It is about leveraging time outsourcing work you do not like or should not be doing at all. Working with Virtual Assistants You may be operating as a “department of one” but wish to hire virtual staff…
  • Website Page Development Spreadsheet (Free Excel Template)

    Small Biz Geek
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:30 am
    Are you building a website? Do you have a plan? A basic wire frame? This free Excel spreadsheet is aimed at webmasters taking a common sense approach to website project planning. It’s helpful to imagine your website as a property – virtual real estate, if you will entertain the analogy. Architects, engineers, surveyors and designers need a blue print or a project plan, and work will usually not commence without such plans. A Common Point of Reference The “architecture” of a website is most definitely in the category of web development. Turning your development plans…
  • Seriously? The European Parliament Want to Ban Hyperlinks?

    Small Biz Geek
    16 Jun 2015 | 10:04 am
    Today the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament take a vote on a draft copyright policy report to decide how internet users may link to or share content across the web. This “freedom of links” fiasco is the latest blunder and error of judgement dreamed up by a cross section of idiotic legislators wanting to control or suppress online communications. Update 9th July 2015: The link tax has been rejected at the last minute The “Open Internet” Will Close While there is a valid case for copyright reform, meddling lobbyists representing old fashioned media…
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