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  • Talk like a modern technology marketer (humor)

    Enterprise Irregulars
    Brian Sommer
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    This fall’s conference season has been brutal. I think all the cloud/mobile/social headiness has sent tech marketers, PR firms and others into a frenzy making up or butchering words.  They’re making nouns into verbs. They’re embedding one word into another. It’s linguistic hell out there! Marketers make up words all the time. Remember: Cornthenticity, Wessonality, Meelg, Stroftier, Peanutier, Jifference, and Juicealicious?  Tech marketers do the same thing. Some continue to overuse and abuse these words and phrases for years. It seems no matter how many times Jon Reed and I tweet…
  • The State Of Enterprise Backup

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    Howard Marks
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:06 am
    Backup is often called broken or otherwise denigrated, but our survey showed that it's alive and well. Here's a look at backup practices in the enterprise today.
  • Have you hugged an Enterprise Blogger today?

    deal architect
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    Enterprise conference season is in full swing and it gives you a chance to catch up with so many smart people who make this industry a reality – Stan Swete at Workday, Charles Phillips at Infor, Mike Ehrenberg at Microsoft,...
  • Apple Launches Maps Connect For Small Businesses

    InformationWeek:
    Thomas Claburn
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:06 pm
    New mapping service aims to improve accuracy of Maps data.
  • Apple Launches Maps Connect For Small Businesses

    InformationWeek:
    Thomas Claburn
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:06 pm
    New mapping service aims to improve accuracy of Maps data.
 
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  • EMC: Cisco's Out In The Cold, VCE Into The Fold

    Susan Fogarty
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    The competition between Cisco, VMware, and EMC on the networking, cloud, and storage fronts heats up, with the joint venture VCE becoming an EMC business.
  • Why UC Implementations Fail

    Erika Van Noort
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:06 am
    Unified communications and collaboration projects fall flat when companies don't understand needs or consult with their employees. Get the facts and figures from Softchoice's UC study.
  • Fiber Networks & The New Digital Divide

    Pablo Valerio
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    All-fiber networks provide virtually unlimited bandwidth, but fiber-to-the-home services aren't available in many areas, leaving many people without the high-speed broadband needed for today's applications.
  • The State Of Enterprise Backup

    Howard Marks
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:06 am
    Backup is often called broken or otherwise denigrated, but our survey showed that it's alive and well. Here's a look at backup practices in the enterprise today.
  • NFV Can Avoid Buying Network Bulk

    Priya Natarajan
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Network functions virtualization allows service providers to deliver specialized capabilities that enterprise customers only pay for when needed.
 
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  • Microsofts Connected Tissue

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Is HR Tech Overshooting HR Capabilities?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Posting other places

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

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

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

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

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

  • Talking about Refactoring on the Ruby Rogues Podcast

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

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

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

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

  • Life's Philosophy; Science's Purpose

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

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

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

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

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

  • Know Where You Are: Innovation and Technology Communities

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

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

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

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

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

  • El equipo de Recursos Humanos de DELL permite la transformación de negocio con Oracle Cloud

    Noelia Gomez
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:38 am
    Dell, como empresa tecnológica, es una organización dinámica que vive constantemente cambios, adaptándose a la innovación y a las necesidades de sus clientes. Así hace unos años comenzaron un viaje de transformación para servir mejor a sus clientes y en este viaje es importante que el equipo de Recursos Humanos, como cuenta Diane Paquet, Directora de tecnología de Recursos Humanos en Dell, “no solo forme parte de este cambio de transformación sino que debemos facilitarlo” Actualmente han implantado soluciones y productos sociales de Oracle y en los primeros cuatro meses…
  • Resolving Enterprise Routing & Dialing Plan complexity with Enterprise Communications Broker (ECB) By Gabriel Ostolaza

    Adriana Garjoaba-Oracle
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:42 am
    If you rely on PBXs to determine a Dial Plan and a routing plan, then as PBXs are added to the network, not only do you need to program the new PBXs, but a significant programming effort is also required on all the existing systems. By sending all calls to an Enterprise Communications Broker (ECB) for centralized processing, the addition of new PBXs requires only a simple configuration for that new PBX and a small modification to the existing ECB configuration. In addition, added PBXs may be of different manufacture and require new skills and will further complicate the task. It doesn’t…
  • October issue of the Enterprise Manager Indepth Newsletter

    Javier Puerta
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:57 am
    The October issue of the Enterprise Manager Indepth Newsletter is now available here NEWS OAUG Survey: The State of Enterprise Applications Performance With the expanding adoption of social, mobile, and cloud technologies geared toward helping enterprises connect, communicate, and deliver goods and services, a new survey by Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) finds rising pressure to achieve high availability and performance of growing, complex IT environments. Read More Oracle Enterprise Manager Reduces Middleware Management Costs 56 Percent A new Pique Solutions study sponsored by…
  • Oracle Hyperion BI+ Production Reporting and BI+ Web Analysis の今後について

    yvetteyvette
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Oracle Hyperion BI+ Production Reporting および Oracle Hyperion BI+ Web Analysis の今後の方針について、情報が公開されております。 Oracle Hyperion BI+ Production Reporting の今後について(Statement of Direction) (Doc ID 1933899.1) Oracle Hyperion BI+ Web Analysis の今後について(Statement of Direction) (Doc ID 1933882.1) ナレッジへのアクセスには、My Oracle Support へのログインが必要です。) これらの製品の バージョン 11.1.2.x は、この製品のターミナル(最終)リリースになります。Oracle Enterprise…
  • 日本OAUG Cusotomer Support Council(CSC)のご案内

    Takayuki Anzai-Oracle
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:55 pm
    来る2014年11月7日(金)に開催される、日本OAUG 2015年度 第2回合同SIGsミーティングのCustomer Support Council(CSC)において、島津製作所様より、Oracle E-Business Suite(EBS)のシステム診断ツールであるアナライザ・ツールの活用事例をご紹介いただきます。 これらのツールはEBSをご利用のユーザ様は無償で、 すぐにでもお使い頂けるツールです。 今回、Apps Tech、およびAdvanced Supply Chain Planning(ASCP)モジュールにおいてツールを実施いただきました。…
 
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  • Business and IT perspectives on Decision Management – some videos

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    8 Oct 2014 | 4:41 am
    Some recent blog tutorials on using VBA to automate button creation in MS Publisher and then implementing them to my Wordpress site using CSS
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  • Friday hike blogging: West fork, new and improved!

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

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

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

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

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

    Susan Fogarty
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:10 am
    The competition between Cisco, VMware, and EMC on the networking, cloud, and storage fronts heats up, with the joint venture VCE becoming an EMC business.
  • Why UC Implementations Fail

    Erika Van Noort
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:06 am
    Unified communications and collaboration projects fall flat when companies don't understand needs or consult with their employees. Get the facts and figures from Softchoice's UC study.
  • Fiber Networks & The New Digital Divide

    Pablo Valerio
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    All-fiber networks provide virtually unlimited bandwidth, but fiber-to-the-home services aren't available in many areas, leaving many people without the high-speed broadband needed for today's applications.
  • The State Of Enterprise Backup

    Howard Marks
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:06 am
    Backup is often called broken or otherwise denigrated, but our survey showed that it's alive and well. Here's a look at backup practices in the enterprise today.
  • NFV Can Avoid Buying Network Bulk

    Priya Natarajan
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Network functions virtualization allows service providers to deliver specialized capabilities that enterprise customers only pay for when needed.
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  • Build Better Project Teams

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

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

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

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

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:44 pm
    Computers, laptops, tablets, phones, watches, televisions, music players, fitness bands and soon the internet of things. Any one of you could have at least three and most probably all of the above mentioned items. Is that too much?   Most of those all have one thing in common, they are all, at heart, computers. Different sizes, different speeds and amounts of memory yet still
 
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    Enterprise Back Office Blogs

  • CRM Integration Essentials: Scalability

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

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

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

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

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    Having been part of numerous startups and project teams, I was keenly interested in a relatively new online recruiting service out of Italy called Eggup. While I was in Rome, on a warm October morning, I had a chance to sit down for breakfast and chat with one of their founding members.
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  • Blog Post: ULS Logs Not Consistently Being Written to Usage Database

    Ambergahill
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:13 am
    SharePoint gives you the option to write ULS logs to the Usage database. In order for this to work, your farm must have a 'Usage and Health Data Collection Service' Application running. You can enable this by going into Central Administration - Monitoring - Configure usage and health data collection - Enable usage data collection. To log ULS logs to this database you must enable the 'Diagnostic Data Provider: Trace Log' timer job. By default, this job runs every 10 minutes and logs current ULS to one of 31 dbo.ULSTraceLog_Partition tabbles in the Usage database. There is one partition for…
  • Blog Post: Conquering the world, 15 GB at a time

    Larry.Short
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:37 am
    If you've decided to trial Office 365 , then you may ask "How do I keep control of my documents?" Documents that you create belong fully to you. You can choose to store them online using Microsoft OneDrive , or locally on your PC or Mac. If you cancel your subscription or if it expires, you can still access and download all your files by signing in to OneDrive directly using the Microsoft account you used to set up Office 365. If your files exceed the free 15 GB of storage, then you will want to purchase more OneDrive space, or simply save your files elsewhere.
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Pack WhitePaper based on Building Clouds

    Anders Ravnholt [MSFT]
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:51 am
    Hi Readers About a year ago, a series of blog posts about Windows Azure Pack was released as an easy way to get readers of Building Clouds started with Windows Azure Pack: Windows Azure Pack Blog Post Overview on Building Clouds & TechNet Several people have pinged us and asked if we could not combine these series of blog posts into a whitepaper as a single document. This has been on our to do list for a while, but in some cases helps comes from the outside. Mountainss (a company in Holland) have sit down and completed this work. So instead of doing something that is already out there it’s…
  • Blog Post: 企业移动办公的成功之道:Azure RemoteApp

    微软中国TechNet
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:23 am
    原文地址: http://blogs.technet.com/b/in_the_cloud/archive/2014/09/02/success-with-enterprise-mobility-azure-remoteapp.aspx Azure RemoteApp 的开发经过了一个漫长的过程,现在它已成为我们为 IT 社区提供的最重要的解决方案之一,而且我相信它在未来的移动办公策略中将扮演一个重要的角色。 Azure RemoteApp 背后的原理很简单:在很多场景和行业中,基于应用程序的方法比桌面更有效(有关桌面虚拟化的一些有趣的功能和实例,请参见我上周在 这里 所写的博客文章)。…
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 Build Numbers (Cube Sheet)

    Steve [MSFT]
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:59 am
    SharePoint 2010 Build Numbers Cube Sheet As many times used in our daily business, we’re used to ask for “Build number” rather than “Service Pack or Patch level”. Because of some confusion of the customers and for transparency I’ll provide here a list of the most relevant Build numbers and its related KB Numbers.  Build Matrix for other SharePoint versions are found here: SharePoint 2013 Build Numbers and CU's? Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (aka. MOSS/WSS) Build Numbers SharePoint 2010 Build Numbers and CU's - This List SharePoint 2010 Build Numbers pre-SP2    --…
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  • Security Advisory 3010060 released

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    AaronBertrand
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:54 am
    Microsoft has released Cumulative Update #4 for SQL Server 2014. KB Article: KB #2999197 66 fixes total (54 fixes listed publicly at time of publication), including several fixes for Management Studio. Build number is 12.0.2430 Relevant for @@VERSION 12.0.2000 through 12.0.2429...(read more)
  • A strange behavior of AutoExist for MDX on Tabular models #powerpivot #ssas #tabular

    Marco Russo (SQLBI)
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    Alberto Ferrari wrote an interesting article about a strange behavior of AutoExist in normalized data models. I always say that a star schema is the best practice in Power Pivot and Tabular data modeling. The issue described by Alberto is another good reason to avoid snowflake schemas. I think that an example is better than many words. Consider this simple measure working in a star schema where all product attributes (such as Category and Subcategory) are in the same denormalized DimProduct table: SalesOfBikes := CALCULATE [Sales], DimProduct[Category] = "Bikes"  If you have a…
  • Hey, Windows 10, fix this!

    jamiet
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    So I hear that in Windows 10 they’re making improvements to the DOS window. You’ll be able to resize it now. And use Shift plus the arrow keys to select text. That’s great. Stunning in fact. Now here’s some more things they might want to have a go at at the same time. Make the environment variable editor bigger Would it really be a great hardship to put a drag handle onto this thing? Make PATH editing work. All the time. A 1024 character limit? Really? Thanks for completely obliterating my %PATH% in the meantime!   I don’t think I’m asking for the world. Am I?   If…
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  • MySQL community set to meet at Percona Live London 2014

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

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

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

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

    Matthew Boehm
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    I recently had a client ask me how to use Percona Toolkit tools with an SSL connection to MySQL (MySQL-SSL). SSL connections aren’t widely used in MySQL due to most installations being within an internal network. Still, there are cases where you could be accessing MySQL over public internet or even over a public “private” network (ex: WAN between two colo datacenters). In order to keep packet sniffers at bay, the connection to MySQL should be encrypted.If you are connecting to Amazon RDS from home or office (ie: not within the AWS network) you better be encrypted!As there is…
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    ProjectVRM

  • VRM News & Views

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

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

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

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

    Doc Searls
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:46 pm
    (2) @dsearls/VRooMers on Twitter Technarium e-Patient Dave: How early should patient voices be heard in the research process? Path Talk lets you text businesses instead of calling, and it actually works | The Verge BBC News – Sir Tim Berners-Lee explains why he pays for online services OPEN(Art) — creativity at the intersection of art and the open web. How Hong Kong Protesters Are Connecting, Without Cell Or Wi-Fi Networks : All Tech Considered : NPR     Data Ontology College Degree Major Location Quotient Map – Business Insider Protestors are using using a P2P mesh network…
 
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    Symantec Connect

  • Windows assessment scan keeps retrying download

    BugTastic
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:44 am
    I need a solution We have a lot of clients showing Windows assessment scan - status retrying download. I haven't changed anything. Any pointers what to look for on this ?
  • BE 2012 D2D2T DLM and duplication stage vs. NetBackup SLP...

    sdo
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:02 am
    I need a solution Hi Forum, Re: BE 2012 With NetBackup SLP, NetBackup will retain the backup data on the intermediary disk staging device until the SLP duplication to tape stage is complete. Does BE do this?  I mean, in BE, if a duplication stage is missed or fails, then does BE retain the backup data until it is duplicated to tape, or does BE just follow its usual DLM retention rules. I guess I could re-phrase this as... In BE are the 'duplication to tape' stages loosely coupled to the backup job, or are they tightly coupled (as in NetBackup)? Thanks.
  • CASO & MMS - When CASO is offline

    Grafs
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    I need a solution Hi, I have a new setup  with a CASO and MMS - The catalogs are configured as distributed. When CASO is offline shouldn’t the locally created jobs not continue? (Now it's just stuck at Loading Media - Target is B2D locally) I'm getting database error messages on the MMS and console becomes unstable. (See attached picture)   error.png
  • Exclude subset of users from Storage Expiry

    EVSpinner
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:31 am
    I need a solution Morning all, I've been asked to initiate a storage expiry strategy (gulp) AND exclude a subset of users from the strategy (bosses) I have 2 current retention categories - Forever and 7 years My understanding is I can make changes to these policies and the content archived against them will update retrospectively The challenge I'm faced with is excluding individuals from this process My ideas are: 1. Rehydrate the mailboxes of those users I wish to exclude, zap, reprovision against new policy/retention category, re-enable, new archive, and allow the mail to be…
  • In SAP Backup tape was mounted for the first backup, then dismounted. for the second backup it will be mounted again.

    Zakirkhan1069@Gmail.com
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:05 am
    I need a solution Hi, Is this normal for each SAP Backup netbackup will open a new session.  This caused that the tape was mounted for the first backup, then dismounted. for the second backup it will be mounted again.   This dismount-mount operation at least takes two minutes. …
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    Enterprise Irregulars

  • Gartner’s Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends For 2015

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

    Vinnie Mirchandani
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:21 pm
    Enterprise conference season is in full swing and it gives you a chance to catch up with so many smart people who make this industry a reality – Stan Swete at Workday, Charles Phillips at Infor, Mike Ehrenberg at Microsoft, Steve Miranda at Oracle, John Wookey at Salesforce, Seth Ravin  at Rimini Street and so many others. For me, though, I cherish the time to spend time with fellow bloggers. Hard to believe but we hardly talk about the industry. Brian Sommer and I have a standing  reservation to share Hot and Sour soup at Fang’s in San Francisco. A common topic – the state of…
  • Digital : Disruption To Edge

    Sadagopan
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    The sweeping opportunities arising out of digital centered structural changes in enterprises are really enriching and can create deep business impact in the short and, medium and long-term. The participants in the digital world enjoy high degree of empowerment with a mouse click or with access from any digital front-end device. In the multichannel world, with different ways of participants coming together, a wide range of combination of association get formed across the offline and the online world. Many of the associations will be experimental in nature to start with and over-time the…
  • Talk like a modern technology marketer (humor)

    Brian Sommer
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    This fall’s conference season has been brutal. I think all the cloud/mobile/social headiness has sent tech marketers, PR firms and others into a frenzy making up or butchering words.  They’re making nouns into verbs. They’re embedding one word into another. It’s linguistic hell out there! Marketers make up words all the time. Remember: Cornthenticity, Wessonality, Meelg, Stroftier, Peanutier, Jifference, and Juicealicious?  Tech marketers do the same thing. Some continue to overuse and abuse these words and phrases for years. It seems no matter how many times Jon Reed and I tweet…
  • Platform Native

    Denis Pombriant
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:40 pm
    A number of Salesforce AppExchange partners including Apttus, Kenandy and ServiceMax formed an alliance called the Force United Consortium back in April but I hadn’t had the chance to talk to anyone about it. It’s a cool idea and a way to differentiate a partner that makes good use of the Salesforce1 Platform. I got more information at Dreamforce and discovered that this is not some marketing idea with little substance but a way to demonstrate value to customers that emanates from the platform and the applications built natively on it. To be sure there are many good applications on the…
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    Mzinga Insights

  • New Law Targeting Cyber Bullies Is in the Wrong Arena

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

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

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

  • Microsofts Connected Tissue

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

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

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

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

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

  • Community Management is No Longer a Mystery

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

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

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

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

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

  • Running IT Like A (Financial) Business

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

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

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

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

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

  • Customized Exchange2007MBtoMEU.ps1 Script for Office 365 Migrations

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

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

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

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

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

  • Feature Updates: September 2014

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

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

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

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

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

  • Infor Complete Billing System Expands Capabilities with Mobile Application

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

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

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

    Panorama Consulting Solutions
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    Securing buy-in from all stakeholders within your organization is one of the secrets to ERP success. Throughout an implementation, organizations may find that end-users and executives are indifferent, or worse yet, hostile toward the ERP project and the process changes it brings. Panorama’s organizational change management services can help organizations identify the stakeholders with the strongest resistance to change. Take a moment to vote in our poll and then check back to review overall results. Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in…
  • Change Management Challenges in the Public Sector

    The Consultants' Corner
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:04 am
    Some would argue that change management strategies and tactics are synonymous across the public and private sector. While the overreaching principles are the same, each organization must take into account things like culture, unions, employee mindset and the abilities of leadership to drive changes. With ERP implementations we often find that resistance to change is often driven by fear of the unknown. This translates to the need for clear and understandable communications around goals, impacts, timetables and overall implementation details. In the public sector, these shared issues with the…
 
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    brenda michelson

  • Connective thinking is rare, crucial – 1959 Essay by Isaac Asimov on Creativity

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

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

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

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

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

  • Nothing sweet about this Diwali thanks to sky-rocketing dry fruit prices

    Sulekha Nair
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:16 pm
    The category of sweets that will pinch pockets this year will be dry fruits and dry fruit mithai. Prices of dry fruits have been the highest this year. Prices of walnuts have skyrocketed to Rs 1,600 with the best quality available at Rs 2,000 The post Nothing sweet about this Diwali thanks to sky-rocketing dry fruit prices appeared first on Firstbiz.
  • Dull Diwali: Smaller budgets, Modi’s Make in India call a big blow for fireworks’ sales

    Sulekha Nair
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:57 pm
    Diwali this year is not the noisy festival it was last year. Sales of fireworks have dropped by a third this year and demand is lukewarm, say most shop keepers. The post Dull Diwali: Smaller budgets, Modi’s Make in India call a big blow for fireworks’ sales appeared first on Firstbiz.
  • Picture abhi baki hai: Rakesh Jhunjhunwala bets on another bull run for markets

    Firstbiz Staff
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:43 pm
    In May, four days before the election results were announced, super bull Rakesh Jhunjhunwala announced that India is witnessing the mother of all bull runs. Four months later, with a majority Modi government & falling crude prices, he is even more bullish. The post Picture abhi baki hai: Rakesh Jhunjhunwala bets on another bull run for markets appeared first on Firstbiz.
  • Chennai pips Toronto in Lonely Planet’s 2015 list of top 10 cities to visit

    hidden
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:19 am
    Chennai has been named among the top 10 cities to visit this year by a leading global travel guide with the list being topped by US' capital Washington. The post Chennai pips Toronto in Lonely Planet’s 2015 list of top 10 cities to visit appeared first on Firstbiz.
  • iPhones, iPads safe but Apple posts a new security warning for its iCloud users

    hidden
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:32 am
    Apple Inc has posted a new security warning for users of its iCloud online storage service amid reports of a concerted effort to steal passwords and other data from people who use the popular service in China - company does say its iPhones, iPads and Macs are safe. The post iPhones, iPads safe but Apple posts a new security warning for its iCloud users appeared first on Firstbiz.
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    Pretzel Logic - @sameerpatel

  • The Emerging Networks of Record

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    J. Pullen
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    Guest writer Kent McNeil urges us to think about processes first instead of the usual system-centric thinking that frequently results in increased OSS complexity. The CSP service evolution necessitates single central solutions that merge fragmented processes across various organizational entities, in order to automate and expedite end-to-end fulfillment and operational processes. – Gartner (OSS Magic Quadrant for OSS) This is the most accurate and applicable statement that can be made of the current OSS landscape for almost all CSP’s worldwide. The problem is that most CSP still try to…
  • NetScout to Acquire Danaher Communications Business

    J. Pullen
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:26 am
    NetScout Systems, a provider of performance analytics and operational intelligence solutions, has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Communications business of Danaher Corporation, comprising Tektronix Communications, Arbor Networks, and certain parts of Fluke Networks. The transaction is valued at $2.6 billion based on a largely share-based deal with NetScout’s closing price of $41.91 on October 10, 2014. Danaher’s Communications business, which has over 2,000 employees worldwide, generated revenue of approximately $836 million for the year ended…
  • Clarity Telecom Selects NetCracker Order Entry, Provisioning, Billing and Revenue Management

    J. Pullen
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:49 pm
    NetCracker Technology announced today that Clarity Telecom has agreed to a multi-year, hosted managed services arrangement through which it will leverage NetCracker’s order entry, provisioning, billing and revenue management solutions. The use of these solutions will enable Clarity to support its consumer triple-play service offerings as the operator rapidly expands with aggressive merger and acquisition activity. “Given our past experience working with NetCracker, its managed services offerings were the clear choice to drive our core customer management, service provisioning and billing…
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  • ERP Knowledge to Share: Ultra’s Insights Regularly Sought by Industry Publications

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

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

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

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

    Richard Sides
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    I had lunch today with the CIO of one of our larger and more complex clients today and the conversation turned to the structure of an IT team. He was curious about my thoughts on the best organizational structure to support the business transformation plan we had recently put together. The plan calls for a consolidation of systems into a single instance ERP that will support several of their companies. There are a large number of integration points between the companies that support the move to a single “Multi-company” ERP system. The scope of the planned systems and organizational change…
 
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  • Want to change the world? ‘Secure’ the Next Killer App in IoT

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

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

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

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

    Luke Burns
    8 Aug 2014 | 6:19 am
    Last week, I attended the Digital Currencies Conference in NYC. Organized by American Banker, it’s a good conference to dig-in to digital currency as it has a more realistic bent and a good representation from banks and government regulators. Think less ‘Bitcoin bravado’ and more real details of how the underlying technologies could be integrated into the global financial system, within legal frameworks to improve efficiency and capabilities. The future of Bitcoin While Bitcoin is the current clear leader of digital currencies, there was considerable discussion amongst the attendees…
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  • Who Pays for Parallel Development Pizza Parties in the Cloud?

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

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

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

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

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