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  • Ghostery Makes Privacy Marketable

    InformationWeek:
    Thomas Claburn
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:39 am
    Service that blocks Web tracking code turns out to be good for business, too.
  • Ghostery Makes Privacy Marketable

    InformationWeek:
    Thomas Claburn
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:39 am
    Service that blocks Web tracking code turns out to be good for business, too.
  • SDN Rationales

    Network Computing:
    Jim O'Reilly
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Understanding the different motivations for adopting software-defined networking provides a clearer view into the technology.
  • SAP Simplification: an exciting development

    deal architect
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:10 am
    It’s tough to miss a 3 page, full color spread in the Wall Street Journal. And if you miss it, it slaps you on the head a couple of days later. Dr Hasso Plattner’s conversation with Dennis Howlett provides more...
  • How Smart Companies are Reacting to the Maker Movement Trend

    SandHill.com General Feed
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Is the Maker Movement a threat to software businesses? This article discusses the huge impact the Maker Movement is having on the economy. Keep on reading: How Smart Companies are Reacting to the Maker Movement Trend
 
 
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    deal architect

  • SAP Simplification: an exciting development

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

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

    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...
 
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    Hu's Blog

  • 2015 Trends: Convergence, Automation, and Integration

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

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

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

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

  • Enterprise 2.0, Finally?

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Maturing of ERP on the Salesforce Platform

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

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

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

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

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

  • New Kryptos Clue

    schneier
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:54 am
    Jim Sanborn has given he world another clue to the fourth cyphertext in his Kryptos sculpture at the CIA headquarters. Older posts
  • Friday Squid Blogging: Cephalopod Cognition

    schneier
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Tales of cephalopod behavior, including octopuses, squid, cuttlefish and nautiluses. Cephalopod Cognition, published by Cambridge University Press, is currently available in hardcover, and the paperback edition will be available next week.
  • Pre-Snowden Debate About NSA Call-Records Collection Program

    schneier
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:42 pm
    AP is reporting that in 2009, several senior NSA officials objected to the NSA call-records collection program. The now-retired NSA official, a longtime code-breaker who rose to top management, had just learned in 2009 about the top secret program that was created shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. He says he argued to then-NSA Director Keith Alexander that storing the calling records of nearly every American fundamentally changed the character of the agency, which is supposed to eavesdrop on foreigners, not Americans. Hacker News thread.
  • Citadel Malware Steals Password Manager Master Passwords

    schneier
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:51 am
    Citadel is the first piece of malware I know of that specifically steals master passwords from password managers. Note that my own Password Safe is a target.
  • A New Free CA

    schneier
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:38 am
    Announcing Let's Encrypt, a new free certificate authority. This is a joint project of EFF, Mozilla, Cisco, Akamai, and the University of Michigan. This is an absolutely fantastic idea. The anchor for any TLS-protected communication is a public-key certificate which demonstrates that the server you're actually talking to is the server you intended to talk to. For many server operators, getting even a basic server certificate is just too much of a hassle. The application process can be confusing. It usually costs money. It's tricky to install correctly. It's a pain to update. Let's Encrypt is…
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    Martin Fowler

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    Martin Fowler
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Arnold Arboretum, Boston, MA
  • Integration and Component tests for Microservices

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

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

    Martin Fowler
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:25 am
    Microservices has been quite the topic of conversation this year, with a rapid rise of interest. But although this architectural style is often a useful one it has its challenges, which can easily lead a less experienced team into trouble. Testing is a central part of this challenge, which is particularly relevant for those of us that consider testing to be a central part of effective software development. My colleague Toby Clemson has responded to this question by distilling his experiences into an infodeck that explains the various testing techniques to use with microservices and when to…
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    Martin Fowler
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:50 am
    Great Wall, China
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    EMC Blogs

  • EMC Innovation Conference #8

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

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

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

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

    6 Nov 2014 | 9:29 am
    In a previous post I described the formation of a global team that began gathering innovation data from EMC R&D teams around the world.  This team decided to start by gathering activities that are commonly associated with innovation: e.g. university research engagements, publications, conference attendance, dialogues with customers, knowledge transfer sessions, idea contests, and intellectual property. Data scientists within the company began to run their algorithms against this data and came up with interesting visualizations. This activity fulfilled the third tenet of a “Know…
 
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    Oracle Bloggers

  • How to Create Custom Invoice Charges Matching Validations for LCM

    SamanthaF-Oracle
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:54 am
    In R12.2.4 Landed Cost Management and Oracle Payables development teams are delivering Invoice Matching Enhancements which will not only expose the LCM information at the time of invoice matching but they are also creating hooks for users to write their own code for validating from a LCM perspective. A white paper has been written to help the technical teams understand how validations could be written, including sample code. The following are supported by those public APIs: Validate a match to an individual receipt line, under LCM perspective, and decide if the match should be allowed or not,…
  • How Pharmasol Worked With Grünenthal To Increase Productivity Of Safety Information Distribution Together With Oracle Argus Safety

    Roxana Babiciu
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:27 am
    To further improve reliability and traceability, reduce the manual effort and optimize the overall management of safety information distribution in clinical trials, pharmasol collaborated with Grünenthal to redesign their process and integrate the existing safety and clinical trial management systems with psiXchange, a fully configurable document distribution solution. For more information please see:   the psiXchange case study, watch a new video showcasing psiXchange here or contact Tim Billington, Chief Sales Officer pharmasol.
  • Oracle and Pluribus Ally on Software Defined Networking

    Roxana Babiciu
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:24 am
    Sunay Tripathi, CTO, Pluribus Networks, describes how running Oracle Solaris 11 on Pluribus Networks’ switches means that virtual networking services can be dynamically re-provisioned from compute nodes to networking to help maximize performance. Read more here!
  • EMC Corporation and Oracle Systems Collaboration

    Roxana Babiciu
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:22 am
    Brian Jackson and Mandeep Bhullar of EMC Corporation review how its long standing relationship and extensive collaboration with Oracle Systems is delivering best-of-breed data management solutions which provide significant advantage to customers. Read more here!
  • Dernier jours pour bénéficier de 50% de remise sur l’offre Oracle Learning Streams

    Michaela Seika-Oracle
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:21 am
    Link image to: http://education.oracle.com/pls/web_prod-plq-dad/db_pages.getpage?page_id=755 Jusqu’au 30 novembre, ajoutez un abonnement Oracle Learning Streams (Database, Middleware, eBusiness Suite ou Fusion HCM à votre commande et bénéficiez de 50% de remise sur cette offre*. * en achetant Oracle Learning Streams en même temps qu’un autre cours Oracle : cours en salle, classe virtuelle ou formation à la demande en ligne. Date limite fixée au 28 novembre 2014. education.oracle.com/SaveOnStreams
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    JT on EDM

  • New Article on in-database analytics

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

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

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

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

    James Taylor
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    Copyright © 2014 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorSecond day at Insight 2014 and the opening keynote is about transforming your industry. Mike Rhodin kicked things off by discussing how people think – by observing, interpreting what we see based on our experience and biases, and then we decide what we are going to do.  But there is a limit to how well we can do this, he says, in the face of large amounts of data. Analytic capabilities that can extract insight or knowledge from the huge volume of data available are now essential. Yet doing this requires an understanding of the…
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    Development & Integration Blogs

  • Server Documentation for Disaster Recovery

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

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

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

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

    10 Nov 2014 | 9:45 am
    The president has weighed in today on net neutrality: “I believe the FCC should create a new set of rules protecting net neutrality and ensuring that neither the cable company nor the phone company will be able to act as a gatekeeper,” the statement reads. 
 
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    StorageMojo

  • Friday hike blogging: Cockscomb Butte

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

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

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

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

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

  • Server Documentation for Disaster Recovery

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

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

    22 Nov 2014 | 2:37 am
    How lead a technical team so times of disarray are few and far between? The leader guides the team fostering teamwork for the collective good of the team.
  • Documenting Cabling for Disaster Recovery

    20 Nov 2014 | 2:27 pm
    With today's cabling systems, cabling is one of the easiest parts of your network to document. Proper cabling documentation is one of the best ways to cut troubleshooting time. Unfortunately, most cabling systems are not properly documented. Here are...
  • Windows XP Use is not Necessarily a HIPAA violation

    19 Nov 2014 | 3:55 am
    Use of Windows XP introduces additional but manageable risk.
 
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    Enterprise Back Office Blogs

  • Server Documentation for Disaster Recovery

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

    20 Nov 2014 | 2:27 pm
    With today's cabling systems, cabling is one of the easiest parts of your network to document. Proper cabling documentation is one of the best ways to cut troubleshooting time. Unfortunately, most cabling systems are not properly documented. Here are...
  • The Secret Life of an ERP Expert Witness

    19 Nov 2014 | 2:12 am
    Over the last several years, I have been fortunate enough to be hired as an ERP expert witness in over a dozen high profile cases. While it is unfortunate that there have been so many well-known failures in the market ? many that you have probably read about in the media ? it is fortunate in that I have been able to have a front-row seat to some of the most widely publicized ERP failures in recent
  • The Secret Life of an ERP Expert Witness

    19 Nov 2014 | 2:12 am
    Over the last several years, I have been fortunate enough to be hired as an ERP expert witness in over a dozen high profile cases. While it is unfortunate that there have been so many well-known failures in the market ? many that you have probably read about in the media ? it is fortunate in that I have been able to have a front-row seat to some of the most widely publicized ERP failures in recent
  • What to Document for Disaster Recovery BCP

    18 Nov 2014 | 1:56 pm
    When asked the question, "What should I document for Disaster recovery and business continuity?" it is easy to glibly respond, "Everything!" In the best of all possible worlds, this would be either easy to do or not required at al...
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  • Blog Post: Introduction à Azure AD Premium – Partie 1 Activation d’AAD Premium

    Stanislas Quastana
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:07 am
    Azure Active Directory est une solution complète pour la gestion des identités et de l'accès dans le cloud. Azure Active Directory fournit un ensemble de fonctionnalités permettant de gérer les utilisateurs et les groupes, et de sécuriser l'accès aux applications, notamment aux services en ligne de Microsoft tels qu'Office 365, Microsoft Intune et aux nombreuses autres applications SaaS tierces. Azure Active Directory se décline en 3 éditions : Azure Active Directory gratuit Azure Active Directory Basic Azure Active Directory Premium : la version qui offre le plus grand nombre de…
  • Blog Post: Modern Workplace: Meet the Millennials and Learn how they're changing business

    Alexbuk
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:06 am
    Modern Workplace is a new, online, business show from Microsoft featuring entrepreneurs and leaders who are forging new trails in business and technology. Great for both Partners (Use the invite attached to invite your customers) and customers, join our live broadcast on the first Tuesday of every month to ask questions of our studio guests and register for the chance to win a free book.  Join us LIVE December 2nd In Decembers episode , we will be talking to three leaders from the millennial generation about the impact that millennials are having on business, and what organisations must do…
  • Blog Post: Wieder da bei Microsoft

    Steffenkrause
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:59 am
    Nur kurz: Ich bin wieder da - als Cloud Solution Architect für Microsoft Azure. More to come... Gruß, Steffen
  • Blog Post: 德國漢莎航空和奧地利航空為飛行員搭配 Surface Pro 3

    Microsoft Taiwan
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:32 am
    在 Surface Pro 3 來了!台灣與全球 24 個市場同步上市 後大家都能夠在市面上買到 Surface Pro 3 , 今天要分享給各位的是航空業導入 Surface Pro 3 作為飛行員設備的資訊: 德國漢莎航空和奧地利航空於 2014/11/19 宣布使用 Surface Pro 3 作為飛行員的配備之一,使航班營運更有效率。 德國 漢莎航空為飛行員購買了超過 5,000 台 Surface Pro 3,並將在 2015 年的二月和三月將這些 設備部署到世界各地的飛行員 。 奧地利航空已經開始使用 Surface Pro 3…
  • Blog Post: Добавление структуры в схемы

    Alla Vasilieva
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:04 am
    Во многих типах схем Microsoft Visio иногда требуется создать визуальные или логические связи между набором фигур. В предыдущих версиях программы для этого можно было использовать фоновые фигуры и группы. Эти возможности все еще доступны в версии Visio 2013. Однако, новая версия Visio предлагает еще три дополнительных способа установить…
 
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  • Security Bulletin MS14-068 released

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

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

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

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

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

    Marco Russo (SQLBI)
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:30 am
    At the last PASS Summit I received an interesting question: is there a list of all the useful (I would say necessary…) tools for DAX developers? My answer was… “no, but this is an interesting topic for a blog post”. In the meantime, I thought that a page to keep updated would have been better, and of course an easy-to-remember URL is equally important. So here is the URL where you will find an updated list of tools and resources useful to any DAX developer: http://sql.bi/daxtools Of course, feedback are welcome!
  • SQLDay 2015 - should we plan it now? Yes - check out who will join us :)

    Damian
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:40 pm
    SQL Folks, SQL Geeks and others.... Is it the right time  to plan the next conference when the previous was finished last week? YES!!!! It is the right time!!! The PLSSUG is planning to have the biggest community conference ever. It will start at 11th May (Monday - preconf) and will be till Wednesday, 13th May (at least). The first great news is that Adam Machanic will be with us. So do not wait and register for his preconf and sessions :). Adam will not be the only superstar next year but more details will follow. Remember, that this year Bob Ward, Klaus Aschenbrenner and Alberto…
  • Allowing specific non-sysadmin users to query group membership for a login

    Greg Low
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:04 pm
    I had a lot of good feedback about my post the other day about how to query group membership for a given login. One tricky question was about how you could let a specfic user be able to find the group membership for another login, without the user being a sysadmin to run the code. Doing that is a bit trickier but can be done by creating a certificate, a login from the certificate, then assigning permissions to that login, and finally applying a digital signature to the procedure using the certificate. Here’s a walkthrough: Let’s start by creating a certificate that we’ll use for this…
  • Conference - ITAD Bielsko Biała

    Damian
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Good evening Today I had a lecture on the academic conference ITAD (http://www.itadbb.pl/). That is amazing that 300  people came and took part in the event.  I was talking about the SQLCLR which seems to be my main topic in the last months. That is because I use it over and over again in my projects. The idea was to share best practices to the people who probably start practicing this feature.  Many thanks to the organizers for invitation, congratulations once again - it was really impresive event. Hope to see you next year as I promised you to show you some TSQL stuff that…
  • November 2014 Cumulative Updates for SQL Server 2012

    AaronBertrand
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
    Microsoft has released Cumulative Updates for SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1 and Service Pack 2. Note that RTM is no longer supported and you should be moving to the SP2 branch soon. SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1 Cumulative Update #13 KB #3002044 Build #11.0.3482 13 fixes (10 public) Relevant for Service Pack 1 only (11.0.3000 -> 11.0.3481) SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 2 Cumulative Update #3 KB #3002049 Build #11.0.5556 40 fixes (33 public) Relevant for Service Pack 2 only (11.0.5058 -> 11.0.5555)...(read more)
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    MySQL Performance Blog

  • Schema changes in MySQL for OpenStack Trove users

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

    Jay Janssen
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    I’m happy to announce that Google has added Click-to-deploy functionality for Percona XtraDB Cluster (PXC) on Google Cloud Compute nodes. This gives you the ability to rapidly spin up a cluster for experimentation, performance testing, or even production use on Google Compute Engine virtual machines.What is Percona XtraDB Cluster?Percona XtraDB Cluster is a virtually synchronous cluster of MySQL Innodb nodes. Unlike conventional MySQL asynchronous replication which has a specific network topology of master and slaves, PXC’s nodes have no specific topology.  Functionally, this…
  • Sys Schema for MySQL 5.6 and MySQL 5.7

    Miguel Angel Nieto
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:31 am
    Performance Schema (P_S) has been available since MySQL 5.5, more than 4 years ago. It is still difficult to see production servers with P_S enabled, even with MySQL 5.6 where the feature is enabled by default. There have been several complaints like the overhead, that the fix is a work in progress, and the ease of use. 52 tables to query and 31 configuration variables is enough to scare people.There is a solution for the second problem, the usability. It’s name is “sys schema“. It is a collection of views, functions and procedures to make P_S more user…
  • How a set of queries can be killed in MySQL using Percona Toolkit’s pt-kill

    Arunjith Aravindan
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:18 am
    You might have encountered situations where you had to kill some specific select queries that were running for long periods and choking the database. This post will go into more detail with an example of report query offloading.Report query (select) offloading to a slave server is a common practice to reduce the workload of the master DB server. The long running selects will be executed in the slave for report generation. I have observed in many cases where the slave used to get delayed or the slave DB encounters a slowdown due to some heavy long-running orphaned selects from some wrong…
  • Avoiding MySQL ALTER table downtime

    Andrew Moore
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:50 am
    MySQL table alterations can interrupt production traffic causing bad customer experience or in worst cases, loss of revenue. Not all DBAs, developers, syadmins know MySQL well enough to avoid this pitfall. DBAs usually encounter these kinds of production interruptions when working with upgrade scripts that touch both application and database or if an inexperienced admin/dev engineer perform the schema change without knowing how MySQL operates internally.Truths * Direct MySQL ALTER table locks for duration of change (pre-5.6) * Online DDL in MySQL 5.6 is not always online and may incurr locks…
 
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    ProjectVRM

  • Weekend Linklings

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

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

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

    Doc Searls
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    Just learned about these two new videos by @Capgemini: What is Vendor Relationship Management in the New Customer-Centric Age? What are the key differences between CRM and VRM? The introductory copy says, Both Customer Relationship Management and Vendor Relationship Management want to improve customer relationships but they approach this differently. Find out what are the three main factors that separate them. Both videos not only explain VRM nicely, but illustrate it on a whiteboard: Big thanks to @LarrySCohen, @NielsvdLinden, @rickmans, Nick Gill and all the other @Capgemini people…
  • 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…
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  • BE2014 new licenses and removing expired BE2013

    bandit61
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:10 am
    I need a solution Hi, Had 2 jobs on MMS with LTO6 and 2 jobs on CAS with LTO5 and over the weekend 1 job got queued , but no message. So i start to investigate the cause and this is my explanation: after successfully migration to be2014 and recieving a lot of messages concerning expired maintenance-contracts, i removed the expired ones and now 1 drive gets deactivated cause of not enough licenses. Checking the licenses on CAS & MMS i should have enough for 2 tape-lib with 2 drives each (see attached cas-storage.jpg and mms-storag.jpg. Looking at the print-screen of licenses,…
  • Limiting SEPM to only 64bit definitions

    Avanti_
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:32 am
    I need a solution Hello,  While i was searching for solution to limit SEPM disk usage, i stumbled upon short post mentioning limiting SEPM to only store 64bit data instead of both 32/64bit.  Since my environment is entirely homogenic, I googled for more details on this topic, but to no avail.  Could anyone please provide some more information on how to perform such limitation? We use Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business Edition, SEPM version 12.1.4104.4130. 1416836181
  • Enforce Server Incident Queue 12.5

    DLPnewb
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:28 am
    I need a solution Hi, We were running 11.5 for sometime and have recently upgraded to 12.5. When I'm veiwing the Server Overview page, I do not remember seeing any number in the Enforce Incident Queue and now I see a high-ish number. <see attachment>. I can't find any 'evidence' of incidents backing up on the server (manually checking folders for temp files being processed) but perhaps I'm looking in the wrong place. I'm trying to be a bit pro-active here as I don't have any major issue on this particular point(?) but we are having problems with Discover Scans, scans not starting…
  • DG deport

    tanislavm
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:20 am
    I need a solution hi, if i like to export an DG from an node,for an maintenace reason or when the VCS was not able to bring down the service group,first i need to offline the resource? hares -offline then vxdeport DG?       tnx a lot
  • Server 2012 - Hyper-v Failover Cluster

    ccesar.qp
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:16 am
    I need a solution Guys,   I have a 2012 hyper-v cluster enviroment and a need backu up it on a BE 2014. My servers are HP 380p Gen8 with 2012 Server and Hyper - V in cluster, please someone could clarify to me, how are the steps to configure this enviroment to be able to backup all VM´s in this Hyper-v hosts clustered with the rigth way and with the GRP Tecnology? i look for some links here and in the internet but i didn´t understood well how it works. Someone could help me? Tks in advance
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  • A paean to archivists worldwide

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

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

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

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

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

  • Going Up the IoT Stack with ThingMonk and The Business of IOT, Shoreditch London Dec 2,3,4

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

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

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

    Denis Pombriant
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:49 am
    The idea of an omnipotent software platform and the evolution of Customer Science go hand in hand. Customer Science is the upshot of my idea that we’re in the process of converting from random acts of CRM in the front office to a more structured, efficient, and predictable approach to conducting front office business. Platforms make Customer Science possible. The emphasis on collecting and analyzing customer big data has taken up most of the brain space in the discussion about the front office but it is only half of the Customer Science story. The other part is what vendors do with the…
  • Your Variable Comp Plans for ’15. You Probably Need More of Them.

    Jason M. Lemkin
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Hopefully, sometime over the next few weeks, you’ll finish up your 2015 model and planning.  If not, please try to do it before 12/31 … I’m working on this with several companies I am involved with. My #1 suggestion is this — try to have every single employee that can materially influence revenue have a variable revenue component. I know we all agree everyone in sales has to have commissions and a highly variable comp structure.  More on why here.  But — I mean everyone that materially impacts the plan should have some variable comp. By that I mean: Your VP Product should be…
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    Mzinga Insights

  • Monica Lewinsky Wants to End Cyberbullying

    27 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Last week, speaking at the annual Forbes' Under 30 Summit meeting, Monica Lewinsky spoke out about her experience as a "more than averagely romantic" White House intern who had an affair with her boss: the President of the United States. "Overnight," she said, "I went from being a completely private figure to a publicly humiliated one." After detailing the years of suffering unending ridicule from the public, fueled by news and entertainment outlets and their online commenting areas, she revealed her new mission, to help others who have had humiliating events exposed and rehashed in the…
  • 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…
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  • SAP Simplification: an exciting development

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

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

    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...
 
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    Chuck's Blog

  • Big Ideas — Where Are They Now?

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

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

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

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

  • Are Lagged Database Copies a Waste of Time?

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

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

    Paul Cunningham
    2 Nov 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Just a quick note to let you know that I’m on the latest episode of RunAs Radio talking about Exchange Server 2013 migration and high availability. Richard Campbell and I chat for about half an hour which is hardly enough time to cover the entire topic, but I hope you pick up a few useful tips from it. Listen to the end for an announcement about what’s coming soon here on Exchange Server Pro. You can grab the episode from the RunAs Radio website or iTunes. RunAs Radio is one of my favorite tech podcasts, I listen to every episode and learn a lot from it. So it was a great honor to…
  • 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…
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    Socialcast | Enterprise Social Network Platform

  • Feature Updates: October 2014

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

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

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

  • Assessing ERP System Usability

    The Consultants' Corner
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:04 am
    An ERP project will succeed or fail based on a number of criteria, not the least of which is the system’s usability. Today’s end-users are accustomed to intuitive, easy to-use interfaces akin to what they experience when using technology in their daily lives. Whether it is an app on their tablet to buy concert tickets or a touch screen on their PC , today’s end-users live in a world where the user interface is clean, simple and intuitive. Unfortunately, there are still many ERP systems out there that are not designed with the end-user in mind. Instead, they look dated, often requiring…
  • Top 10 Predictions for the ERP Software Industry in 2015

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

    The Consultants' Corner
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:04 am
    As I was starting my holiday shopping this past weekend, I had an interesting experience at one particular store. The friendly salesperson accompanied me around their store for an entire hour as I attempted to pick out gifts for my family and friends. She made great suggestions and steered me away from some “bad choices.” After leaving the store, I was grateful for getting so much of my holiday shopping done but I was a little perplexed at the amount I ended up spending. It led me to think, “How much can we really trust our advisors when making important decisions and purchases?”…
  • Hutchison Technologies Amplifies Business Growth with Infor

    Infor
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:36 am
    Audio Visual Equipment Leader Set to Engage New Talent, Boost Service Levels and Drive Efficiencies following Infor SyteLine and Infor Ming.le Deployment Infor, a leading provider of business application software serving more than 73,000 customers, today announced that Hutchison Technologies, a leading supplier of technology solutions to the home, retail, health, fitness, and hospitality industries, has selected Infor SyteLine®  and Infor Ming.leTM to underpin a business improvement project. Designed to integrate processes across manufacturing, finance, sales and service in the…
  • Common Cloud ERP Implementation Mistakes

    Jennifer Aldrich
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:04 am
    A low initial investment and a relatively easy deployment make cloud ERP software attractive to a variety of organizations. From large enterprises to small start-ups, the cloud reigns supreme for many. While the benefits are numerous, cloud ERP still has its limitations and is not right for every organization. If your organization does decide to implement cloud ERP software, you will not realize business benefits without effort – and without independent, vendor-agnostic guidance. Cloud ERP software is less flexible than on-premise software which can mean fewer options when it comes to…
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    Firstbiz

  • CM Naidu invites Japanese firms to invest in Andhra

    hidden
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:46 am
    Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu Monday invited Japanese investors to his state as he began his four-day visit to Japan. The post CM Naidu invites Japanese firms to invest in Andhra appeared first on Firstbiz.
  • Naveen Jindal says coal royalty in India highest globally, hits out on strict end-use norms

    hidden
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:42 am
    India not only has the highest royalty on coal among other countries, but the government also takes an assurance for using the produce in end-use projects, Jindal Steel and Power chairman Naveen Jindal said with reference to the Supreme Court's recent cancellation of 214 coal block allocations. The post Naveen Jindal says coal royalty in India highest globally, hits out on strict end-use norms appeared first on Firstbiz.
  • Google India’s ‘Great Online Shopping Festival’ on December 10-12

    hidden
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:25 am
    Google India is all set to host its third edition of its "Great Online Shopping Festival" (GOSF) between Dec 10-12, a company statement said here Monday. The post Google India’s ‘Great Online Shopping Festival’ on December 10-12 appeared first on Firstbiz.
  • Govt seeks French collaboration to execute railway projects

    hidden
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:11 am
    The minister said that the government is willing to work with with French companies and is trying to remove inhibitions that doing business in India is a challenge. The post Govt seeks French collaboration to execute railway projects appeared first on Firstbiz.
  • Sebi revises offshore derivative instruments norms

    hidden
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:07 am
    The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) said on Monday it is revising the rules for offshore derivative instruments (ODIs) to bring them in line with new foreign investment norms approved earlier this year. The post Sebi revises offshore derivative instruments norms appeared first on Firstbiz.
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    OSS Line

  • Ericsson to Cut Costs and Jobs

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

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

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

    J. Pullen
    7 Nov 2014 | 6:24 am
    Two analyst reports have been released that, for this long-time OSS observer, only serve to demonstrate the lack of real enthusiasm these esteemed experts have for our industry. Squares First up, we have Gartner Magic Quadrants which pitches OSS vendors against each other in a two-dimensional arena where ‘completeness of vision’ and ‘ability to execute’ are the winning strengths. Kudos to Netcracker for being the most upper-est of the right quadrant in the new 2014 report. It’s just… It really isn’t that new. It could have been written five, maybe ten years ago. Just change a…
  • TIBCO and Ericsson form Global OSS/BSS Partnership

    J. Pullen
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    TIBCO Software and Ericsson have formed a global partnership whereby TIBCO middleware will be included in the comprehensive portfolio of OSS/BSS software and consulting and systems integration services offered by Ericsson. The TIBCO software will complement Ericsson’s own OSS/BSS portfolio of services in the area of charging, billing, order management, product catalog, customer relationship management and customer experience management. This is another example of an Ericsson consulting and system integration engagement in which partnering with OSS/BSS software suppliers has been…
 
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    Ultra Consultants

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Why Early Stage Investing Continues to Excite

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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