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  • Video: Hacker Stocking Stuffers, Safe Online Shopping Tips

    InformationWeek:
    Andrew Conry Murray
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:04 pm
    This Week In 60 Seconds celebrates the holiday season with gift ideas for the hacker in your life, tips on how to shop safely online, and predictions for smart wearables.
  • Android Antitrust Lawsuit Given Another Chance

    InformationWeek:
    Eric Zeman
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:15 am
    Judge expressed concern about the plaintiffs' case, but didn't altogether dismiss lawsuit alleging Google antitrust violations.
  • SDN Developments In 2015

    Network Computing:
    Dan Pitt
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    ONF executive director Dan Pitt shares his expectations for the evolution of software-defined networking in the coming year.
  • Early book reviews and highlights

    deal architect
    vinnie
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:23 am
    Two weeks of book availability and nice to see the early reviews and comments. Don’t agree with all the comments, but love the discussion of a topic which is so important for the tech industry Amazon Customer Discussions CrowdChat Diginomica...
  • Why Adobe and Box Also Had a Good Friday

    SandHill.com General Feed
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Here’s a striking look at the revenue growth potential from switching to a software subscription model. Keep on reading: Why Adobe and Box Also Had a Good Friday
 
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    Network Computing:

  • SDN Developments In 2015

    Dan Pitt
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    ONF executive director Dan Pitt shares his expectations for the evolution of software-defined networking in the coming year.
  • Cloud Migration: Discovery & Planning

    Ryan Pelerin
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Migrating workloads to the cloud requires time and effort spent on up-front planning. The first part of this series explains the technical assessments and evaluations required for a successful cloud migration.
  • Amazon's AWS Vs. Microsoft Azure: Cloud Services Compared

    Network Computing Editors
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:06 am
    Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure are the giants of cloud computing, but which offers better enterprise-class services? Find out how they compare by feature and cloud service type.
  • Stateless Security In The Data Center: A Hybrid Approach

    Mason Harris
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    In today's data centers, firewalls and other stateful security controls can be less effective than stateless controls or a hybrid approach combining both.
  • Aerohive Adds Wireless Bridging

    Lee Badman
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Point-to-point wireless bridging can be complicated for a WLAN designer. Aerohive is the latest WLAN vendor to help streamline the process by including the capability in an access point.
 
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  • Early book reviews and highlights

    vinnie
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:23 am
    Two weeks of book availability and nice to see the early reviews and comments. Don’t agree with all the comments, but love the discussion of a topic which is so important for the tech industry Amazon Customer Discussions CrowdChat Diginomica...
  • Vertical Vroom Vroom

    vinnie
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Infor’s continued focus on micro-verticals and deploying them in the Amazon cloud is starting to pay off. In its quarterly earnings announcement it said “it has more than 25 million users of its cloud applications, and industry-specific certifications in healthcare,...
  • Oracle: Time for some respect

    vinnie
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:15 am
    Oracle is skirting with a market valuation of $ 2oo billion. Wall Street is gushing. Whatever. I am not writing this to join their praises – I have never judged companies purely on their financial performance. I am more impressed...
  • SAP Nation Excerpts: Chapter 1The Customer Pivot

    vinnie
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Amazon has SAP Nation on the Kindle and in softcover. Over the next few weeks the book will be available in other print and eBook formats. As I have done with my other books, I plan to excerpt here about...
  • Book Promotional Pricing

    vinnie
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:04 am
    The soft cover, print-on-demand version of the book, SAP Nation is now available on Amazon.com here at $ 19.95. Even better, they have a 25% off promotion till December 14. Use promotion code BOOKDEAL25 towards the book. The hardback versions...
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    SandHill.com General Feed

  • Why Adobe and Box Also Had a Good Friday

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Here’s a striking look at the revenue growth potential from switching to a software subscription model. Keep on reading: Why Adobe and Box Also Had a Good Friday
  • Managing Change in Evolving Software Licensing and Monetization for 2015

    15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    This article looks at the evolution of software licensing and monetization in 2015, including customer impacts, leveraging the cloud and shifting into mobile. Keep on reading: Managing Change in Evolving Software Licensing and Monetization for 2015
  • Top Priorities for Actian, Intacct and NetSuite in 2015

    15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    What are these three heavyweights in the business software space investing in to help enable customers to achieve their desired business outcomes? Keep on reading: Top Priorities for Actian, Intacct and NetSuite in 2015
  • 6 Pitfalls to Avoid When Purchasing Software in 2015

    15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    We asked six software experts for their opinions on the worst mistake business software buyers can make in 2015. Here is their advice. Keep on reading: 6 Pitfalls to Avoid When Purchasing Software in 2015
  • 10 Tips on How Software Buyers Can Deal with Tech Change in 2015

    14 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    How can buyers cope with the high degree of change in technology over the next two years? Here’s advice from several industry experts who are leaders in understanding the coming changes in software. Keep on reading: 10 Tips on How Software Buyers Can Deal with Tech Change in 2015
 
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    Hu's Blog

  • Discussing 2015 Trends with George Crump and Greg Knieriemen

    Hu Yoshida
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:23 pm
    December 10 I had a webcast discussing IT trends for 2015 with George Crump of Storage Switzerland  and Greg Knieriermen Technology Evangelist for HDS who is known outside of HDS for his podcasts “Speaking in Tech’ which is distributed by the Register This discussion was based on the four posts I published on the IT trends that I see for 2015. George and Greg were pretty much in agreement with the trends that I identified: Business Defined IT Accelerated Adoption of Converged and Hyper Converged Platforms Management Automation Software Defined Global Virtualization Greater Focus…
  • 2015 Trends: Big Data, Internet of Things, Data Lakes, and Hybrid Cloud

    Hu Yoshida
    4 Dec 2014 | 3:19 pm
    This post is the next to last post in my blog series on top trends for 2015. I will follow up with my final post after the webcast with George Crump of Storage Switzerland on December 10. These three trends cover Big Data and IoT, Data Lakes, and the growing use of Hybrid Cloud. trends that  support Business Defined IT 8. Big Data And Internet of Things IDC has predicted that big data will grow at a 27% CAGR to $32.4 B through 2017 about 6 times the growth rate of the overall information and communication technology market. Other analyst like Wikibon, are even more bullish, predicting…
  • 2015 Trends: Continuous Infrastructure

    Hu Yoshida
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:34 am
    This post is a continuation of my blog series on top trends for 2015. These three trends under continuous infrastructure that support Business Defined IT 5. Global Virtualization adds a new dimension to storage virtualization Storage virtualization has been vertically oriented up to now, where a storage virtualization engine is able to virtualize other storage systems that are attached behind it. Global virtualization will extend virtualization horizontally across multiple storage systems, which can be separated by campus or metro distances for block and global distances for file and content…
  • 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…
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    Andrew McAfee's Blog

  • The Second Machine Age and the Velvet Underground

    Andrew McAfee
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:59 am
    Today we got the happy news that The Second Machine Age was named one of the best books of the year by Bloomberg. Their methodology for putting together their list was interesting: they just asked a lot of heavy hitters in finance, industry, and public affairs what their favorite books were. I’m flattered to see what our book was among the most cited. Mohamed El-Erian, Dominic Barton, Jeff Sachs, Tim Adams, and and Pippa Malmgren all gave it a shout-out, which is a great feeling. The Second Machine Age hit the bestseller lists, but it hasn’t been a runaway commercial hit.
  • 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…
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    The Enterprise System Spectator

  • Eight Incredibly Useful Tips for Writing New Year Predictions

    Frank Scavo
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:16 am
    Every year around this time, analysts and assorted pundits put together their list of predictions for the coming year. These I find to be, for the most part, sleep-inducing and lacking insight. So, rather than add to the prediction posts already piling up, let me share how you too can come up with predictions for the coming year. Next year will be like this year, only more so. Pick a news item from today’s newspaper, and turn it into a trend for the coming year. For example, “The dollar will strengthen against world currencies.”  “Will Continue.” Similarly, pick a technology…
  • 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…
 
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    Schneier on Security

  • Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Beard

    schneier
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:04 pm
    Impressive. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered.
  • Lessons from the Sony Hack

    schneier
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:44 am
    Earlier this month, a mysterious group that calls itself Guardians of Peace hacked into Sony Pictures Entertainment's computer systems and began revealing many of the Hollywood studio's best-kept secrets, from details about unreleased movies to embarrassing emails (notably some racist notes from Sony bigwigs about President Barack Obama's presumed movie-watching preferences) to the personnel data of employees, including salaries and performance reviews. The Federal Bureau of Investigation now says it has evidence that North Korea was behind the attack, and Sony Pictures pulled its planned…
  • SS7 Vulnerabilities

    schneier
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:41 am
    There are security vulnerability in the phone-call routing protocol called SS7. The flaws discovered by the German researchers are actually functions built into SS7 for other purposes -- such as keeping calls connected as users speed down highways, switching from cell tower to cell tower -- that hackers can repurpose for surveillance because of the lax security on the network. Those skilled at the myriad functions built into SS7 can locate callers anywhere in the world, listen to calls as they happen or record hundreds of encrypted calls and texts at a time for later decryption. There also is…
  • ISIS Cyberattacks

    schneier
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:07 am
    Citizen Lab has a new report on a probable ISIS-launched cyberattack: This report describes a malware attack with circumstantial links to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. In the interest of highlighting a developing threat, this post analyzes the attack and provides a list of Indicators of Compromise. A Syrian citizen media group critical of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was recently targeted in a customized digital attack designed to unmask their location. The Syrian group, Raqqah is being Slaughtered Silently (RSS), focuses its advocacy on documenting human rights abuses by…
  • The Limits of Police Subterfuge

    schneier
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:57 am
    "The next time you call for assistance because the Internet service in your home is not working, the 'technician' who comes to your door may actually be an undercover government agent. He will have secretly disconnected the service, knowing that you will naturally call for help and -- ­when he shows up at your door, impersonating a technician­ -- let him in. He will walk through each room of your house, claiming to diagnose the problem. Actually, he will be videotaping everything (and everyone) inside. He will have no reason to suspect you have broken the law, much less probable cause to…
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    Martin Fowler

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    Martin Fowler
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:24 pm
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  • Agile Architecture

    Martin Fowler
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    A couple of weeks ago I did a joint talk with my colleague Molly Bartlett Dishman about the interaction of agile software development and application architecture. We talk how these two activities overlap, explaining that architecture is a vital part of a successful agile project. We then move on to passing on tips for how to ensure that the architecture work is happening. This talk was part of ThoughtWorks’s “Rethink” event in Dallas. There are also excellent talks by Brandon Byars on how enterprises should be restructured to take advantage of agile thinking and by “Pragmatic” Dave…
  • APIs should not be copyrightable

    Martin Fowler
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Last month, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court of the United States, asking the justices to review an earlier lower court decision that allows APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) to be copyrightable. I'm one of the 77 software professionals who signed the brief, although rather intimidated by a group that includes Abelson & Sussman, Aho & Ullman, Josh Bloch, Fred Brooks, Vint Cerf, Peter Deutsch, Mitch Kapor, Alan Kay, Brian Kernighan, Barbara Liskov, Guido van Rossum, Bruce Schneier, and Ken Thompson. The original lawsuit was…
  • Replacing Throwing Exceptions with Notification in Validations

    Martin Fowler
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:41 am
    If you’re validating some data, you usually shouldn’t be using exceptions to signal validation failures. Here I describe how I’d refactor such code into using the Notification pattern.
  • Garmin Oregon 600

    Martin Fowler
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:28 am
    I recently bought a Garmin Oregon 600 handheld satnav (GPS) and took it on a vacation, hiking in Switzerland. I find it fun to use, a worthwhile upgrade on my earlier Garmin 60 CSx. It has a bright, clear screen, good battery life, and you can easily find decent open-source topo maps to put on it. more…
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    EMC Blogs

  • Let's Talk Software-Defined Storage?

    4 Dec 2014 | 11:51 am
    Just a quick note? Next Tuesday Dec 10th at 12noon eastern, I'll be hosting a webinar entitled "Software-Defined Storage: An Enterprise Architect's Perspective" over on BrightTalk.   My goal is simple: share some of the big ideas, and how they're different than the storage we know and love today.   Useful for those who haven't wanted to wade through my extended series ... I'll be running through some high-level slides, but what I'm hoping for is that a few of you show up and ask interesting questions.  I won't be getting overly technical, unless you want me to ... That's the…
  • EVO: RAIL, VSAN and NetApp

    4 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    Yesterday morning, there was an interesting announcement: NetApp’s intent to sell EVO: RAIL bundled/integrated with their FAS storage array products. “Hmm, makes total sense” I thought over my morning coffee. But the level of resulting confusion on the interwebs was exceptional.   So I thought I’d share my personal opinions as to what’s going on here, and why I think it makes sense. A Little Background? Our story starts with VSAN (specifically VMware Virtual SAN), a software-only storage product from that is deeply integrated with vSphere. Although many industry-watchers think…
  • Emerging Innovation at DEMO

    3 Dec 2014 | 5:10 am
    In a recent post I stated that any company should (a) understand their spend on innovation, and (b) devote a portion of their innovation spending on emerging technology. The picture below describes devoting "C%" of innovation spend on emerging tech:   This theory of course means that each company has to decide which emerging technologies to invest in. How does a company prime the pump to survey and select the proper emerging areas? Emerging tech conferences are one way to accomplish that goal. Last month I viewed the landscape of emerging technology by attending the DEMO Fall…
  • Kernel Integration: It’s A Matter Of Degree

    2 Dec 2014 | 9:18 pm
    I suppose I asked for it. Way back when VSAN was introduced, I wrote how its deep integration with the vSphere kernel and software stack gave it some pretty interesting advantages — especially as compared to any storage software that ran in a guest OS. I sparked a bit of a debate, but that's normal :) Well, VMware is not the kind of company that wants to preclude deep, value-added integration with vSphere, so I knew it was only a matter of time until one or more storage software vendors could claim that, yes, they too were “kernel integrated” with vSphere — at least, to some degree.
  • We Change The World, The World Changes Us

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:10 pm
    I was born in 1959.  I guess I have the dubious honor of watching the world change for over half a century. Yes, I could fill several uninteresting pages with the rapid pace of innovation in technology, human health, physics, economics, chemistry, etc.   It seems the boundaries of human knowledge continue to expand like a supernova. More interesting to me is how this new world is changing us — as individuals, and as members of society.   It’s easy to get caught up in the wave of “now”, and lose sight of how we used to think about the world. But, make no mistake, as…
 
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    Oracle Bloggers

  • YouTube: DB12c 12.1.0.2 JSON機能紹介

    katsumii
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:56 pm
    12c 12.1.0.2 の新機能はIn-Memoryだけではありません。JSON 機能について拙いながら私が説明した録画物がYouTubeに置いてあります。▶ Oracle Database 12c (12.1.0.2)技術セミナー #6 JSON対応 - YouTubeJSON形式のデータをOracle Databaseがサポートするための実装やMapReduceをDBの中で動作させ­る機能について解説します。是非ご覧ください。
  • New Types of Modeling in Oracle BPM 12c Process Composer by Jessica Ray

    JuergenKress
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:43 am
    Enterprise Maps, Value Chain Modeling and Strategy Models - These are all new modeling types that are introduced as part of the Oracle Process Composer in the 12.1.3 version of the Oracle BPM Suite. Here is a quick, two minute tour of these new modeling types in Oracle Process Composer. Video Types of Modeling These new types of modeling are a step in the right direction for business to model the high level models and map them to the lower level, executable business models. Enterprise Maps Enterprise Maps are the highest level of modeling, level 0. The show lanes and process areas. Some…
  • How Lloyd’s Register shipped mobile app on mainframe by Joe Curtis

    JuergenKress
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:43 am
    Oracle helped Lloyd's Register have an IBM mainframe support a mobile app. Lloyd's Register (LR), the global shipping classification organisation is using its IBM mainframe to support a speedy mobile app used by thousands of surveyors after turning to Oracle's Mobile Application Framework (MAF). The organisation is owned by Lloyd's Register Foundation, a charity, but runs as a business. Its marine arm relies on ship fleet managers booking surveys for LR to inspect and assess their docked ships in order to make its money. But until February this year, LR was relying on a website created at the…
  • A 12 day marathon

    rajeshr
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:10 pm
    Just this Friday, I concluded a 12 day continous program for two batches from one of the Oracle Customers on two different Oracle University Courses around Solaris 11 and Oracle VM for SPARC. Batch I: 08 - 13 December 2014 Batch II : 14 - 19 December 2014 If you are interested in the details of course that they attended from 08 Dec to 19 Dec 2014, you can find it here and here.
  • help! Non-aligned writes are killing my zpool!

    jmcp
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:36 pm
    I put this post up on my personal blog: https://www.jmcpdotcom.com/blog/2014/12/21/help-non-aligned-writes-are-killing-my-zpool/
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    JT on EDM

  • DMN approved!

    James Taylor
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:13 am
    Copyright © 2014 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorThe Decision Model and Notation (DMN) 1.0 standard was accepted by the OMG Architecture Board yrsterday 12/12/14 at the Long Beach, CA, OMG Technical meeting. We have a standard! Check out our white paper or the new book on BPMN/DMN that I wrote with Tom Debvoise. You can also try our DMN decision modeler DecisionsFirst Modeler for free and come to our online training on DMN in January.
  • The benefits of using BPMN and DMN together

    James Taylor
    4 Dec 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Copyright © 2014 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorTom Debevoise and I gave a webinar this week on 4 key benefits of using the Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) and the Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standards. We highlighted the power of these two standards in combination, specifically in terms of: Streamlined processes A combination of process modeling and decision modeling produces simpler business processes by eliminating unnecessary gateways and scripting activities. Instead of capturing decision logic in the process model, decision modeling captures this logic precisely in a…
  • Process modeling certification now requires decision modeling Knowledge

    James Taylor
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:50 am
    Copyright © 2014 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorIn a recent announcement, the Object Management Group made it clear that process people – those getting BPMN (Business Process Model and Notation) certification specifically – should know about decision modeling and the new Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard. In this press release OMG Updates Business Intermediate Level of BPM Certification Program the role of DMN in the certification is highlighted. I think this is a great thing. We are doing a lot of work with folks who are rolling out Decision Management and decision…
  • 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…
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    Development & Integration Blogs

  • Technology Change in FinTech Abounds

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:49 am
    Much ado has been made over the disruption of apps and technologies lately to many industries. But FinTech and banking are not immune to the many disruptions that seem to be attacking banking?s very core. Banking started with the need to securely store sums of money and precious metals with the ability to interchange between the two easily. They also became the place where farmers and others would
  • Guidelines for Product Selection

    14 Dec 2014 | 7:25 am
    ¦    Follow industry standards when and where they apply. Adherence to industry standards usually means that products from many vendors will work together. It often means lower cost because standardization creates competition, lowering...
  • Hardware & Software Selection

    13 Dec 2014 | 8:53 am
    Choosing network components is not always easy. The good news is that, in most cases, you have a lot of choices. That, unfortunately, is also the bad news, because someone has to make those choices. You will have to weigh the factors of performance, ...
  • Deploying Reliable Applications

    10 Dec 2014 | 7:42 am
    When installing applications, follow a standardized directory structure or utilize operating system defaults. Unfortunately, many application developers assume that their product is the most important (or only) application you will use; therefore, th...
  • Building Reliable Systems

    30 Nov 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Servers and hosts include file servers, database servers, communications servers, mail servers, host gateways, application servers and time-sharing hosts. Make sure that these systems are installed in areas with proper ventilation, heating and coolin...
 
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    StorageMojo

  • Friday hike blogging: Highline trail

    Robin Harris
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Hike blogging got interrupted by some schedule conflicts and bad weather. Federal district court jury duty was one interruption. Some needed rain and cold temperatures was another. To make up for the lapse, here are two pictures from this week’s hike around Cathedral Rock. Winter is one of my favorite seasons because of the clouds and, sometimes, fog on the rocks. Here’s a shot from early in the hike, looking east to the Mogollon Rim: [click to enlarge] As the 4+ hour hike progressed, the weather improved. This view of Cathedral Rock is looking northwest from the Highline trail in…
  • WD acquires Skyera: whoa!

    Robin Harris
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:43 pm
    The Skyera acquisition could signal a sea change in the relationship between storage device and system makers. It is overdue. Traditionally, device makers avoided competing with their customers. This is what it made Seagate’s acquisition of Xiotech (now X-IO years ago so surprising. StorageMojo was critical of Seagate’s Xiotech acquisition because there were large and profitable intermediate steps that Seagate could’ve taken – which they belatedly have – rather than diving into the array business. Ultimately Xiotech didn’t work out for Seagate. Are things…
  • The 30% solution

    Robin Harris
    2 Dec 2014 | 9:50 am
    The existential battle facing legacy storage vendors is about business models, not technology or features. Market forces – cloud providers and SMBs – are trying to turn a high margin business into a much lower margin business. We have already seen this happen with the servers. Many large minicomputer companies enjoyed 60 to 70% gross margins for years. But then the PC – the new minicomputer – came along with much lower gross margins and much higher volumes. As CPUs, networks and software improved, the PC evolved into the server business we have today. In the process, many…
  • 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…
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  • SDN Developments In 2015

    Dan Pitt
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    ONF executive director Dan Pitt shares his expectations for the evolution of software-defined networking in the coming year.
  • Cloud Migration: Discovery & Planning

    Ryan Pelerin
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Migrating workloads to the cloud requires time and effort spent on up-front planning. The first part of this series explains the technical assessments and evaluations required for a successful cloud migration.
  • Amazon's AWS Vs. Microsoft Azure: Cloud Services Compared

    Network Computing Editors
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:06 am
    Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure are the giants of cloud computing, but which offers better enterprise-class services? Find out how they compare by feature and cloud service type.
  • Stateless Security In The Data Center: A Hybrid Approach

    Mason Harris
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    In today's data centers, firewalls and other stateful security controls can be less effective than stateless controls or a hybrid approach combining both.
  • Aerohive Adds Wireless Bridging

    Lee Badman
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Point-to-point wireless bridging can be complicated for a WLAN designer. Aerohive is the latest WLAN vendor to help streamline the process by including the capability in an access point.
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  • Treat the team members with respect

    20 Dec 2014 | 5:45 am
    If you want to get ahead in your career, if you want to move up the ladder and be successful while doing it, then respect team members.
  • Technology Change in FinTech Abounds

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:49 am
    Much ado has been made over the disruption of apps and technologies lately to many industries. But FinTech and banking are not immune to the many disruptions that seem to be attacking banking?s very core. Banking started with the need to securely store sums of money and precious metals with the ability to interchange between the two easily. They also became the place where farmers and others would
  • Hypercom Failure: Know your risks

    16 Dec 2014 | 8:49 am
    The failure of popular Equinox Hypercom payment processing terminals once again highlights the need for inventories as part of risk management.
  • Guidelines for Product Selection

    14 Dec 2014 | 7:25 am
    ¦    Follow industry standards when and where they apply. Adherence to industry standards usually means that products from many vendors will work together. It often means lower cost because standardization creates competition, lowering...
  • December 2014 DB2 for z/OS Product Publication updates for DB2 11 and DB2 10

    13 Dec 2014 | 6:52 pm
    (Posted Saturday, December 14, 2014) December 2014 sees another major update of a large number of the DB2 for z/OS product publication. updates for DB2 11, DB2 10, and DB2 9 are now available. Things are now back to usual with all supported version having their publications updated at the same. This is also pretty close to being an update to all the product publications (for example, 18 of 21
 
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  • Technology Change in FinTech Abounds

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:49 am
    Much ado has been made over the disruption of apps and technologies lately to many industries. But FinTech and banking are not immune to the many disruptions that seem to be attacking banking?s very core. Banking started with the need to securely store sums of money and precious metals with the ability to interchange between the two easily. They also became the place where farmers and others would
  • Business Process Reengineering: The Missing Link in ERP Implementations?

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:11 am
    Improving business processes has always been a key reason executives spend so much time, money and heartache perfecting their ERP implementations.
  • Business Process Reengineering: The Missing Link in ERP Implementations?

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:11 am
    Improving business processes has always been a key reason executives spend so much time, money and heartache perfecting their ERP implementations.
  • Guidelines for Product Selection

    14 Dec 2014 | 7:25 am
    ¦    Follow industry standards when and where they apply. Adherence to industry standards usually means that products from many vendors will work together. It often means lower cost because standardization creates competition, lowering...
  • December 2014 DB2 for z/OS Product Publication updates for DB2 11 and DB2 10

    13 Dec 2014 | 6:52 pm
    (Posted Saturday, December 14, 2014) December 2014 sees another major update of a large number of the DB2 for z/OS product publication. updates for DB2 11, DB2 10, and DB2 9 are now available. Things are now back to usual with all supported version having their publications updated at the same. This is also pretty close to being an update to all the product publications (for example, 18 of 21
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  • Blog Post: 微軟發佈長期保留 Azure Backup 功能

    TechNet 小幫手
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:38 pm
    此前我們已宣佈為 DPM 雲備份提供長期保留功能 。隨著 Azure Backup 服務的發佈,我們將此功能擴展到雲備份目前支持的所有 Windows Server 和 Windows Server Essentials SKUs 。 延長 Azure Backup 保留期一直是 Azure Backup 論壇 上關於 Azure 備份服務的熱門話題。Gartner 於今年二月發佈了一份報告,報告稱雲端備份的 TCO 大大低於基於磁帶的備份 – “ 雖然磁帶媒體很便宜,但基於磁帶的備份大部分成本都是與備份軟體、維護和人工有關的 ‘ 軟成本 ’”…
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure 包环境的公用 IP 地址要求

    微软中国TechNet
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:50 pm
    原文地址: http://azure.microsoft.com/blog/2014/08/20/azure-automation-capabilities-in-depth-the-azure-automation-powershell-cmdlets/ 简介 现在,您可能已经通过Azure门户试用过Azure Automation的出色功能:创作Runbook和创建资产、手动定期启动作业、导入集成模块以及查看作业输出。现在,您可以使用命令行更轻松地以编程方式完成所有这些操作。无论是不经意间使用Azure Automation还是希望为若干关键操作(如批量Runbook导入)编写脚本,Azure Automation 命令都可以为您实现。 Azure…
  • Blog Post: Update: Sir George Seymour College, Travel Careers & Training and the Southern Institute of Technology are now providing Office to every student for free!

    Claire Tutill
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:14 pm
    We're very pleased to announce that Sir George Seymour College ,  Travel Careers & Training  and the Southern Institute of Technology have joined the list of New Zealand institutions providing Office to their students for free . There are now 20 tertiary institutions across New Zealand which are providing the Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus benefit to their students free of charge!    What does this mean?  The latest version of the full Office productivity suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote are available for offline and online use to best prepare you for class. As long as…
  • Blog Post: YouthSpark Profile: Gargi Nepal

    Microsoft Citizenship Asia Pacific
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:41 pm
    YouthSpark   Profiles highlight young people in Asia Pacific who are dedicated to changing the world through technology and inspiring others along the way. Name: Gargi Nepal Country: Nepal Occupation: Student at Trichandra College Born visually-impaired, Gargi Nepal has never let her disability discourage her from learning new skills Born visually impaired, 24-year-old Gargi Nepal has overcome many of the barriers faced by people with disabilities to hone her computing skills. Today, the 24-year-old college student is dedicated to addressing the lack of assistive technology in Nepal,…
  • Blog Post: 顔写真を登録しよう、してもらいましょう。

    Shuichi Araki
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:24 pm
    こんにちは荒木です。皆様の社内ソーシャルの環境で顔写真の登録状況はいかがでしょうか。 顔写真とは、Yammerで言えば下記の赤枠のところです。 Shuichi Arakiさん、Ichiro Microさんは顔写真を登録していますが、Jiro Softさんは登録がされていません。 顔写真 は、社内ソーシャルをやる際にYammerに限らず今はもはや必須アイテムの1つといっても過言ではないのではと思っております。…
 
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  • December 2014 Updates

    MSRC Team
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:26 am
    Today, as part of Update Tuesday, we released seven security updates – three rated Critical and four rated Important in severity, to address 24 unique Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) in Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer (IE), Office and Exchange. We encourage you to apply all of these updates. For more information about this month’s security updates, including the detailed view of the Exploit Index (XI) broken down by each CVE, visit the Microsoft Bulletin Summary webpage. If you are not familiar with how we calculate XI, a full description can be found here. We…
  • Advance Notification Service for the December 2014 Security Bulletin Release

    MSRC Team
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:05 am
    Today, we provide advance notification for the release of seven Security Bulletins. Three of these updates are rated Critical and four are rated as Important in severity. These updates are for Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer (IE), Office and Exchange. As per our monthly process, we’ve scheduled the Security Bulletin release for the second Tuesday of the month, December 9, 2014, at approximately 10 a.m. PDT. Until then, please review the ANS summary page for more information to help you prepare for Security Bulletin testing and deployment. Follow us on Twitter at @MSFTSecResponse…
  • 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…
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  • Invalid Quorum Configuration Warnings when failing over SQL Server Availability Group

    Greg Low
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:30 pm
    At a client site today and they asked me about a warning that they got every time they manually failed over their SQL Server availability group. It said: “The current WSFC cluster quorum vote configuration is not recommended for the availability group.” They were puzzled by this as they had a valid quorum configuration. In their case, they had a two node cluster using MNS (majority node set) and a fileshare witness. The problem with that message is that it is returned when the node voting weight is not visible. Windows Server 2008 failover clustering introduced node-based voting but later…
  • Online certification exams are now available in Australia

    Greg Low
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:14 pm
    I’ve been hoping this would happen for a while and now it’s here (in beta). Whenever I take a certification exam, I find it removes my ability to work for most of a day, so I tend to schedule myself for two or three exams in a day, to avoid the overhead. It also means that I tend to limit the number of exams that I would take. Online proctoring of exams changes all that for me. If I can just schedule an exam for lunch time or night, or weekend from my own office, I’ll be much more inclined to take more certification exams. There are some rules: You'll be recorded—both video and…
  • Telerik Dineissimo Sample App–Interesting Marketing Approach

    Greg Low
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:18 pm
    I’ve liked the Telerik tools for a long time. I see many of my clients using either their controls for Webforms, and many using KendoUI for newer MVC development. I suppose it’s a challenge for such vendors to work out how to best market their products, but also a challenge to show developers how to best use them. With KendoUI, I particularly liked the Kendo Dojo idea, where you could just interactively learn to use the framework directly from inside your own browser without having to install anything locally. Today, I’ve noticed they released a sample application called Dineissimo but…
  • The Power BI dashboard in public preview - available also without Office #powerbi

    Marco Russo (SQLBI)
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:22 am
    Microsoft released a new version of Power BI in preview mode, including many new visualizations that are immediately available to all existing subscribers also in production, such as the long waited treemap, combo charts (combining line chart and column chart), and more. These features are available only in HTML5 visualizations, so you can only use the new features online. Microsoft shown these visualizations several times this year (PASS BA Conference in San Jose, and PASS Summit in Seattle), so now this is finally available to anyone. But there is much more! Power BI Dashboard is a new…
  • Parallel Performance in London: SQLbits XIV, Superheros Edition!

    Adam Machanic
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:03 am
    I'm happy to announce that I'll be returning again this year to the UK's premier SQL Server conference, SQLbits. This year's show is in London, and has a Superheros theme; it should be a great time. On Wednesday March 4th, I'll be delivering "Better Performance Through Parallelism" as a full-day preconference seminar. This seminar teaches you how to properly leverage SQL Server's parallel processing capabilities to greatly improve performance of your biggest queries. It includes a large amount of...(read more)
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  • Store UUID in an optimized way

    Karthik Appigatla
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    A few years ago Peter Zaitsev, in a post titled “To UUID or not to UUID,” wrote: “There is timestamp based part in UUID which has similar properties to auto_increment and which could be used to have values generated at same point in time physically local in BTREE index.”For this post I’ve rearranged the timestamp part of UUID (Universal Unique Identifier) and did some benchmarks.Many people store UUID as char (36) and use as row identity value (PRIMARY KEY) because it is unique across every table, every database and every server and allow easy merging of…
  • Making HAProxy 1.5 replication lag aware in MySQL

    Stephane Combaudon
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:48 am
    HAProxy is frequently used as a software load balancer in the MySQL world. Peter Boros, in a past post, explained how to set it up with Percona XtraDB Cluster (PXC) so that it only sends queries to available nodes. The same approach can be used in a regular master-slaves setup to spread the read load across multiple slaves. However with MySQL replication, another factor comes into play: replication lag. In this case the approach mentioned for Percona XtraDB Cluster does not work that well as the check we presented only returns ‘up’ or ‘down’. We would like to be able…
  • InnoDB’s multi-versioning handling can be Achilles’ heel

    Peter Zaitsev
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:05 am
    I believe InnoDB storage engine architecture is great for a lot of online workloads, however, there are no silver bullets in technology and all design choices have their trade offs. In this blog post I’m going to talk about one important InnoDB limitation that you should consider.InnoDB is a multiversion concurrency control (MVCC) storage engine which means many versions of the single row can exist at the same time. In fact there can be a huge amount of such row versions. Depending on the isolation mode you have chosen, InnoDB might have to keep all row versions going back to the…
  • OpenStack Live tutorials & sessions to bring OpenStack users up to speed

    Tom Diederich
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:28 am
    I attended the OpenStack Paris summit last month (Percona had a booth there). It was my first opportunity to meet face-to-face with this thriving community of developers and users. I’m proud that Percona is part of this open source family and look forward to reconnecting with many of the developers and users I met in Paris – as well as meeting new faces – at OpenStack Live in Silicon Valley April 13-14.OpenStack summits, generally held twice a year, are the place where (for the most part) developers meet and design “in the open,” as the OpenStack organization…
  • MySQL Tutorials: A time to learn at Percona Live 2015

    Tom Diederich
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    The many hours of intensive tutorials, led by some of the top minds in MySQL, have always been a major draw each year to the Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo. And 2015’s event will be no exception.Percona Live 2015 runs April 13-16 in Santa Clara, Calif. and the first day is dedicated to the classroom – so bring your laptops for the combined 45 hours of learning. MySQL tutorials are included with the full-conference pass but a “tutorial-only pass” is also available. Super-saver registration discounts have been extended until Dec. 19. Here’s a look at this…
 
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    ProjectVRM

  • Making “customer experience” a first person thing

    Doc Searls
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:53 am
    “Customer experience” (abbreviated CX) is a hot topic in business. Which makes sense. Business needs customers, and should care about customers’ experiences with business. Problem is, all this concern, so far, is kinda one-sided. According to Wikipedia (as of today), “Customer experience is the sum of all experiences a customer has with a supplier of goods and/or services, over the duration of their relationship with that supplier.” Note that frame of reference: a supplier. It continues, “This can include awareness, discovery, attraction,…
  • How music lovers can fix the broken music business and stop screwing artists

    Doc Searls
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:41 pm
    In Taylor Swift, Spotify and the Musical Food Chain Myth, musician Doria Roberts (@DoriaRoberts) details a problem that we’ve been hearing about for the duration:  artists have been getting screwed by the music industry, which now includes streaming services such as Spotify, paying tiny fractions of a penny for every tune everybody hears through them. She writes, …not only have physical CD sales been down, but also the digital money I used to get from legal downloads all but disappeared. Instead of getting weekly payments ranging between $200-$750 from my distributor, I started…
  • 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…
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    Symantec Connect

  • VCS with GCO\Windows2012\VMware 5.1\IBM SVC SAN based mirroring

    ianbd
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:53 pm
    I need a solution We are looking at potentially using VCS for a cross site DR project and have been told by a solution provider that we can use the GCO option in VCS to allow us to have Windows 2012, running on VMware, and using IBM SVC SAN based mirroring. They have not been very clear how it would actually work, and I cannot discern from the VCS 6.1 docs how it would be possible. The constraints we are working with is that we must use the native volume managers, file systems, and IBM SVC SAN based replication. I can understand how it might work if RDMs are used for the VMs, but they are…
  • DCS console login authentication with AD

    allenchung
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:35 pm
    I need a solution Hi all, If I config Symantec Data Center Security console login authentication with AD. And when I add the Directory Server by using the Domain ( not Host ). There are 4 domain control in the enterprise. Can we still login authentication with AD successfully if first domain control fail ? I test it in my lab,There are 2 domain control. If the first domain control disconnect,we can not ogin authentication with AD successfully. Thanks a lot.
  • Restore must be resumed prior to first image expiration

    sheriff_e47
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:33 pm
    I need a solution Hi, I have this messages: 2/22/2014 10:25:21 - begin Restore 12/22/2014 10:25:21 - number of images required: 1 12/22/2014 10:25:21 - media needed: HQ0595 12/22/2014 10:42:25 - Warning bprd (pid=391) Restore must be resumed prior to first image expiration on Sun Jan 11 09:24:07 2015 12/22/2014 10:42:25 - end Restore; elapsed time 0:17:04 the restore failed to recover the requested files (5) I have checked the same case articles about this, but I still dont get the solution. Please help anybody, what seems to be the problem here? Thanks & Regards,
  • Backup Exec V-Ray Edition

    UTP
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:38 pm
    I need a solution Hi, We plan to purchase BE2014 V-Ray Edition for the following working Environment:       2 Clustered Hyper-V Host with 2 Processors having 8 cores each       Each host has 3 Virtual Machines:            File Server using 4 cores            Management using 2 cores            AD using 2 cores We would like to back the images of the virtual machines and the files and folders in…
  • SEP definition update problem

    William Lawance
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:15 pm
    I need a solution Hi, I created a policy for PC to update definition with Symantec Live update server. I found some PC haven't update from last week. Still keeping 17/12 r4 definitions. In System Log, I found update ran successfully but no new update on 22/12 2:30 am. But no update was found in Virus and Spyware Protection Logs. If run LiveUpdate manually in SEP, there is a definition to update. Please advice. Thanks Capture001.JPG Capture002.JPG
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    Enterprise Irregulars

  • SAP Nation Excerpts: Chapter 1 – The Customer Pivot

    Vinnie Mirchandani
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:09 am
    Amazon has  SAP Nation on the Kindle and in softcover. Over the next few weeks the book will be available in other print and eBook formats. As I have done with my other books, I plan to excerpt here about 10% of the book over the next several weeks for my blog readers. Here is some from Chapter 1: “But, this Saturday afternoon was different, and the two executives had to be totally “on message.” They were going to see Mike McNamara, the CEO of Flextronics. It sounded like an ambitious call. Flextronics was a global giant on a $20 billion revenue run rate that year. In the conservative…
  • Oracle: Time for some respect

    Vinnie Mirchandani
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:01 am
    Oracle is skirting with a market valuation of $ 2oo billion. Wall Street is gushing. Whatever. I am not writing this to join their praises – I have never judged companies purely on their financial performance. I am more impressed with operational metrics which Oracle has been disclosing over the last few months but which just don’t seem to get much play in analyst/media world including: 47 industry-specific cloud applications In the past three-and-a-half years, Oracle’s industry-specific revenues have tripled 19 Tier 4 class data centers around globe 250 new Fusion HCM customers…
  • Some High-Tech Career Counseling Tips

    Dave Kellogg
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    I get a fair number of emails and calls from former colleagues and friends asking for career advice.  I’m always happy to provide it and the process of doing so is both thought-provoking and fun.  I have a learned a lot from having these conversations and have noticed a few patterns and principles in that process. I’ll share them in this post. You are responsible for your career development.   Some folks, particularly at larger companies, seems to think the onus is on the company to provide career development for you.  While I’d say it is indeed smart for larger companies to do this…
  • The Second-Timers: Kris Duggan of Betterworks: “This Time, I Generated Leads Before We Even Launched”

    Jason M. Lemkin
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:35 am
    Our new Second Timers series has proven to be pretty popular on SaaStr.  You can see our first post on an overview of what the Second Timers are doing here, and a pretty epic post with Nick Mehta, CEO of Gainsight here, on what he’s doing even better this time as a second-time SaaS CEO. Next up is a good friend of mine, Kris Duggan, CEO of BetterWorks.  BetterWorks was John Doerr’s largest Series A investment since Google, and I’ve been on the board since the pre-revenue days.  Prior to BetterWorks, Kris was founder and CEO of SaaS gamification company Badgeville. Kris is a pretty…
  • Research Report: Inside The 2015 Boardroom Priorities (Parts 1 & 2)

    R "Ray" Wang
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:20 am
    Boardrooms In Market Leader And Fast Follower Organizations Rapidly Take Action To Address the Digital Chasm Ahead Constellation Research surveyed over 200 CXO’s and identified 10 board room priorities for 2015. As anticipated, digital transformation has emerged as a significant board room topic and market leaders and fast followers seek guidance on what elements are required in the design to support digital business. Digital Transformation is defined as methodology in which organizations transform and create new business models and culture with digital technologies. The driver for digital…
 
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    Mzinga Insights

  • Why Offer Mobile Learning: Part 2: Deliver Your 70:20:10 Strategy

    16 Dec 2014 | 8:07 am
    If you ask most HR, Training & Development, OD and Talent Management leaders, they will be familiar with these statistics: 70:20:10 which means:70% of development happens on the job – it happens by doing20% of development happens through coaching and mentoring10% of development happens through formal training which includes instructor led workshops and e-learning courseware.Most companies spend the vast majority of their training budgets on formal training rather than on focusing where they can get the biggest return on their training investment – on the job. According to a study…
  • Why Offer Mobile Learning: Part 1: Higher Course Completion in Less Time!

    10 Dec 2014 | 9:45 am
    By Cindy Pascale, CEO – Vado, Inc.If your CEO asked you how to get higher e-learning completion rates in a shorter amount of time, would you know the answer?One answer: Mobile Learning. According to a case study conducted by Merrill Lynch, mobile learners had a 12% higher completion rate than courses completed on a laptop. Also cited in this study is that the learners completed the training in 30% less time. The reasons for these two great success statistics can be attributed to two interesting statistics:Mobile learners study 40 minutes more each week by studying everywhere they go.
  • 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…
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    deal architect

  • Early book reviews and highlights

    vinnie
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:23 am
    Two weeks of book availability and nice to see the early reviews and comments. Don’t agree with all the comments, but love the discussion of a topic which is so important for the tech industry Amazon Customer Discussions CrowdChat Diginomica...
  • Vertical Vroom Vroom

    vinnie
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Infor’s continued focus on micro-verticals and deploying them in the Amazon cloud is starting to pay off. In its quarterly earnings announcement it said “it has more than 25 million users of its cloud applications, and industry-specific certifications in healthcare,...
  • Oracle: Time for some respect

    vinnie
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:15 am
    Oracle is skirting with a market valuation of $ 2oo billion. Wall Street is gushing. Whatever. I am not writing this to join their praises – I have never judged companies purely on their financial performance. I am more impressed...
  • SAP Nation Excerpts: Chapter 1The Customer Pivot

    vinnie
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Amazon has SAP Nation on the Kindle and in softcover. Over the next few weeks the book will be available in other print and eBook formats. As I have done with my other books, I plan to excerpt here about...
  • Book Promotional Pricing

    vinnie
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:04 am
    The soft cover, print-on-demand version of the book, SAP Nation is now available on Amazon.com here at $ 19.95. Even better, they have a 25% off promotion till December 14. Use promotion code BOOKDEAL25 towards the book. The hardback versions...
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    The Social Organization

  • Companies with Best-in-Class Communities Outpace the Market

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

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

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

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

    Rachel Happe
    3 Sep 2013 | 6:41 pm
    A couple of years ago I turned 40. Running a mile made me feel like I was likely to have a heart attack - it was more than wheezing, it was painful. I realized that I was at a precipice. I could either get in shape or spend the rest of my life couch surfing. That was not the kind of mother I wanted to be. It was not the kind of human I wanted to be. Professionally, it was also clear that people and organizations had to change and adapt to our new connected and technology-enabled world. To effectively help my clients, I needed to really dig in and understand how to create a complex habit…
 
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    Chuck's Blog

  • Let's Talk Software-Defined Storage?

    Chuck Hollis
    4 Dec 2014 | 11:51 am
    Just a quick note? Next Tuesday Dec 10th at 12noon eastern, I'll be hosting a webinar entitled "Software-Defined Storage: An Enterprise Architect's Perspective" over on BrightTalk.   My goal is simple: share some of the big ideas, and how they're different than the storage we know and love today.   Useful for those who haven't wanted to wade through my extended series ... I'll be running through some high-level slides, but what I'm hoping for is that a few of you show up and ask interesting questions.  I won't be getting overly technical, unless you want me to ... That's the…
  • EVO: RAIL, VSAN and NetApp

    Chuck Hollis
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    Yesterday morning, there was an interesting announcement: NetApp’s intent to sell EVO: RAIL bundled/integrated with their FAS storage array products. “Hmm, makes total sense” I thought over my morning coffee. But the level of resulting confusion on the interwebs was exceptional.   So I thought I’d share my personal opinions as to what’s going on here, and why I think it makes sense. A Little Background? Our story starts with VSAN (specifically VMware Virtual SAN), a software-only storage product from that is deeply integrated with vSphere. Although many industry-watchers think…
  • Kernel Integration: It’s A Matter Of Degree

    Chuck Hollis
    2 Dec 2014 | 9:18 pm
    I suppose I asked for it. Way back when VSAN was introduced, I wrote how its deep integration with the vSphere kernel and software stack gave it some pretty interesting advantages — especially as compared to any storage software that ran in a guest OS. I sparked a bit of a debate, but that's normal :) Well, VMware is not the kind of company that wants to preclude deep, value-added integration with vSphere, so I knew it was only a matter of time until one or more storage software vendors could claim that, yes, they too were “kernel integrated” with vSphere — at least, to some degree.
  • We Change The World, The World Changes Us

    Chuck Hollis
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:10 pm
    I was born in 1959.  I guess I have the dubious honor of watching the world change for over half a century. Yes, I could fill several uninteresting pages with the rapid pace of innovation in technology, human health, physics, economics, chemistry, etc.   It seems the boundaries of human knowledge continue to expand like a supernova. More interesting to me is how this new world is changing us — as individuals, and as members of society.   It’s easy to get caught up in the wave of “now”, and lose sight of how we used to think about the world. But, make no mistake, as…
  • 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…
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    Exchange Server Pro

  • Exchange Server 2013 High Availability Q&A Recording Now Available

    Paul Cunningham
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:48 am
    This week I got together on a Lync call with my fellow Exchange Server MVPs Michael Van Horenbeeck and Steve Goodman and we recorded a Q&A session about Exchange Server 2013 high availability. The questions came from readers of Exchange Server Pro and the Deploying and Managing Exchange Server 2013 High Availability ebook. In this recording we cover: Site resilience and datacenter switchovers Azure file share witness Multi-site/Geo load balancing Lagged database copies Dynamic quorum You can download or listen to the recording on Soundcloud. You can also download the MP3 file here if…
  • Completing Individual Move Requests from a Migration Batch

    Paul Cunningham
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Mark left a comment asking whether he could complete the mailbox moves for only specific mailboxes that were included in a very large migration batch. Consider a scenario in which you create a migration batch, but some circumstance leads to you wanting to be more selective in which mailbox moves within that batch are completed, instead of initiating the completion for the entire batch. Although the migration batch is a single object that you can manage, each mailbox move in that batch is still handled as an individual move request. For example, here is a migration batch with five mailboxes…
  • New Updates Released for Exchange Server 2013, 2010 and 2007

    Paul Cunningham
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:33 am
    The Microsoft Exchange Team has announced new update releases for all current versions of Exchange Server. The updates include: Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 7 Exchange Server 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 8 (re-released with a fix for the bug that occurred) Exchange Server 2007 SP3 Update Rollup 15 Also included are UM Language Packs for Exchange 2013 CU7. Important Security Update MS14-075 Included in these update releases is the fix for MS14-075 which resolves four vulnerabilities relating to Outlook Web App, the worst of which could allow elevation of privilege. The fix is included…
  • Hybrid Mailbox Move Fails with Mismatched Archive GUID Error

    Paul Cunningham
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:30 am
    While performing a remote mailbox move to off-board a user from Office 365 to Exchange Server 2013 on-premises you may encounter an error due to a mismatched archive GUID. Error: MigrationPermanentException: Recipient ‎’office365bootcamp.net/Staff/People/DirSync/Alan.Reid‎’ has mismatched archive GUID ‎(00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000)‎. Expected value: 77d97d5b-8f61-4fd4-b355-1463525a068f. In this example a Hybrid configuration has been established and the user Alan Reid is being migrated to the on-premises Exchange 2013 server. Alan is archive-enabled in Office 365.
  • Exchange Server 2013 Setup Fails with Error “Couldn’t Find the Enterprise Organization Container”

    Paul Cunningham
    2 Dec 2014 | 4:10 am
    When attempting to install Exchange Server 2013 setup may fail with an error message: Setup encountered a problem while validating the state of Active Directory: Couldn’t find the Enterprise Organization container. See the Exchange setup log for more information on this error. For more information, visit: http://technet.microsoft.com/library(EXCHG.150)/ms.exch.setupreadiness.AdInitErrorRule.aspx Reviewing the Exchange setup log (C:\ExchangeSetupLogs\ExchangeSetup.log) shows similar messages. [11/12/2014 06:36:10.0207] [1] Failed [Rule:AdInitErrorRule] [Message:Setup encountered a…
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    Socialcast | Enterprise Social Network Platform

  • Feature Updates: November 2014

    Samantha Lee
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Check out Socialcast’s newest feature additions, fixes, and updates for the month of November*: 1. New Message Notification in Stream Real-time updates of the Socialcast stream are great at keeping you informed with timely information, but they can also be disruptive in a highly active community. In the past, you may have gotten frustrated when you were deeply engrossed in a long thread and the stream jumped once a new message got posted, forcing you to lose your spot.Good news! We have eliminated this stream bounciness and will now maintain your position in the stream after you’ve…
  • Ending Support for Desktop App, Outlook Plugin, and BlackBerry Mobile App

    Samantha Lee
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Starting February 28th, 2015, we will no longer support the Socialcast Desktop App, Outlook Plugin, and BlackBerry Mobile App and these apps will no longer be available for download. Users who have previously installed versions of these apps will still be able to use them; however, we will cease development and support efforts. We came to this difficult decision after evaluating our usage data, where we observed that a very small percentage of Socialcast users actually utilize these apps. We decided that we would like to invest our resources into developing features that drive more value to…
  • 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
 
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    Panorama Consulting Solutions

  • Three Ways ERP Selection is Just Like College Football Playoff Selection: Thoughts From an ERP Consultant and Alabama Alum

    The Consultants' Corner
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:04 am
    Every year in college football the CFP committee’s main job is to unanimously select the four best teams to compete in the playoffs and bowl games. The committee is comprised of 13 members with backgrounds as diverse as anything from athletic directors to journalists. This committee then identifies small groups of teams to then evaluate them against one another in a very detailed manner which will ultimately determine their rankings. Just like the CFP committee, there is an executive committee within an organization that is responsible for leading and ultimately selecting a new ERP system…
  • Turbo Power Systems Sets Sights On Its Future With Epicor ERP

    Epicor Software Corporation
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Rich Functionality and Flexibility Will Help Turbo Power Systems Improve Efficiency Epicor Software Corporation, a global leader in business software solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail and services organisations, today announced that Turbo Power Systems, a UK company that designs and manufactures high performance electric motors, generators, drives and power electronics, has chosen the Epicor ERP version 10 next-generation enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution. As a growing global business, Turbo Power Systems will be replacing its existing manufacturing resource…
  • Reykjavik University Upgrades its Student Experience with UNIT4

    UNIT4
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:46 am
    Progressive university selects UNIT4 software to manage campus administration for more than 4,000 students and staff UNIT4, the global leader in software that supports business change, has announced that Reykjavik University, Iceland’s largest private and technical university and a dynamic international university with around 4000 students, has signed a subscription agreement extending its UNIT4 ERP solution to improve student administration. Reykjavik University is a progressive educational and innovative research center that focuses on international collaboration. Currently there are…
  • Five Ways to Sell Your Boss on New ERP Software

    Eric Kimberling
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:04 am
    Selling executive team members on the merits of a new ERP system can be an uphill battle for many of our clients’ project managers and core teams. While those closer to the front lines typically feel the pains of outdated legacy systems, managing the business through spreadsheets and other manual processes, executives often need a more rational justification for new ERP software. Many of our clients fight this internal battle for months – or even years – before finally getting the executive buy-in and support they need for a new ERP implementation. And too often, the operational and…
  • Oracle Service Cloud Achieves Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program Provisional Authority

    Oracle Corporation
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:46 am
    News Summary Oracle Service Cloud—a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution—has received a Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) moderate provisional Authority to Operate (p-ATO) from the Joint Authorization Board (JAB), comprised of the Chief Information Officers (CIOs) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), and U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). News Facts Oracle announced that Oracle Service Cloud—a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution—has received a Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program…
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    Firstbiz

  • BlackBerry works with Boeing on phone that self-destructs

    hidden
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:48 pm
    The Boeing Black phone being developed by the Chicago-based aerospace and defense contractor, which is best known for jetliners and fighter planes, can self-destruct if it is tampered with. The post BlackBerry works with Boeing on phone that self-destructs appeared first on Firstbiz.
  • ‘Lone ranger’ Rajan fights for RBI autonomy amid clamour for rate cuts

    hidden
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Rajan has been fighting persistent rate cut demands, "schizophrenic" attempts to weaken RBI and even rumours about he being 'kicked up' from the Mint Street high seat The post ‘Lone ranger’ Rajan fights for RBI autonomy amid clamour for rate cuts appeared first on Firstbiz.
  • Look Maa, Amartya Sen just praised Narendra Modi!

    Firstbiz Staff
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:52 pm
    The latest comments from Sen assumes significance, for it highlights a few good aspects of Modi and also makes it clear that the Nobel Laureate economist's opposition to Modi is not a blind one The post Look Maa, Amartya Sen just praised Narendra Modi! appeared first on Firstbiz.
  • Land acquisition Act, UPA’s poison pill, is likely to be defanged before budget session

    R Jagannathan
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:03 pm
    The UPA's Land Acquisition law, which has made land purchases very difficult and cumbersome, is likely to get some friendly executive tweaks before the budget session. The post Land acquisition Act, UPA’s poison pill, is likely to be defanged before budget session appeared first on Firstbiz.
  • Worrying: Household debt is up more than 10 times in cities in the last decade

    Firstbiz Staff
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:58 pm
    In 2012 22% of urban households were indebted and the average debt per family was Rs 84,625, up from Rs 11,771 in 2002, while in rural areas, 31% of households were indebted compared to 27% in 2002 with average debt rising to Rs 32,522 in 2012 from Rs 7,539 in 2002. The post Worrying: Household debt is up more than 10 times in cities in the last decade appeared first on Firstbiz.
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    Pretzel Logic - @sameerpatel

  • Dream a little Dream: SAP Jam named leader in IDC Marketscape.

    Sameer Patel
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:18 am
    This one is personal. For me and everyone on our team. IDC has just named SAP a leader in Enterprise Social Software and it represents another big milestone. In the Spring of 2012 soon after I joined SAP, my product and sales teams gathered at a little motel off a Atlanta highway to white board how we would enter the market and become a leader in the cloud collaboration software business. SAP wasn’t known for collaboration software and we were 6 years late to this growing SaaS category. We charted out a war plan to create what we called high-velocity high-value growth but the kind that…
  • The Dollar Shave Club of Everything

    Sameer Patel
    30 Nov 2014 | 9:48 am
    Summary: Whilst technology has significantly brought costs of production and distribution down, for consumers or businesses the cost of goods we procure has remained as high as ever. But that’s about to change. The systematic dismantling of unit cost economics of existing markets across many industries is now underway. Jonathan Rothberg has raised $100 million to make medical imaging as cheap as a stethoscope, summarizing his invention as “A scanner the size of an iPhone that you could hold up to a person’s chest and see a vivid, moving, 3-D image of what’s inside”…
  • The Emerging Networks of Record

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

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

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

  • Riverbed Acquired

    J. Pullen
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:33 am
    Riverbed goes in to private hands, in a $3.6 billion private equity deal. SDN Central has reported that Riverbed plans to go private. Riverbed agreed Monday morning to be acquired by a private equity firm for $3.6 billion. Riverbed Technology, headquartered in San Francisco, specializes in improving the performance of networks and networked applications, supplying both appliances and software. They got in to OSS in 2012 when they acquired OPNET and their performance and network planning applications. Post-acquisition, things were challenging for Riverbed as they tried to restructure their…
  • Vodafone Hutchison Australia Deploys Amdocs Self-Optimizing Networks Solution

    J. Pullen
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:17 am
    Amdocs solution helps with the freeing up of 4G spectrum and manages peak traffic congestion. to provide improved network coverage and a superior customer experience. News. Amdocs has announced that Vodafone Hutchison Australia has deployed Amdocs Self-Optimizing Networks (SON) solution to help with the program to improve its 4G coverage and customer experience across Australia. The solution helps Vodafone to free up 850 MHz spectrum previously used for 3G, so that it can be used for LTE. The 850 MHz spectrum is the most widely supported low-band spectrum currently supported by 4G…
  • NetworkMining Releases Reconciliation Software

    J. Pullen
    5 Dec 2014 | 5:32 am
    NetworkMining, an independent supplier of IP & optical network mediation software, today announces the latest extension of its network reconciliation software. NetworkMining’s software now also supports reconciliation between actual and planned/authorized network configurations. Many reconciliation products rely on the maintenance of the configuration of the complete planned/authorized network. This is due to the fact that reconciliation was often introduced as a way to solve discrepancies between the inventoried network and the operational network. NetworkMining’s software is…
  • Orga Systems Asks: Why Blog?

    J. Pullen
    5 Dec 2014 | 5:28 am
    In a post announcing their new corporate blog, Andreas Freund, Orga Systems’ VP Marketing, asks why have a blog at all? As an industry blogger myself, of course I have an opinion… Andreas writes: There are many reasons to launch a blog: because it’s en vogue, because the board wants it, because a competitor has done it before or because a staff member in corporate communication thinks it’s cool, or, or, or. It’s true. Blogging is en vogue, it is cool. And so are bloggers (right??). That’s not usually a good enough reason for most OSS/BSS companies. So I love that…
  • Telco Systems Releases EdgeGenie Orchestrator and Virtualized TelcoApps

    J. Pullen
    4 Dec 2014 | 1:10 am
    Telco Systems, provider of SDN & NFV and multi-service Carrier Ethernet 2.0 and MPLS edge access solutions, has announced the launch of three new SDN/NFV products, EdgeGenie Orchestrator, vSMU TelcoApp and vTunnel TelcoApp. The new products will help telecommunication service providers to transition smoothly to dynamic, optimized, and cost-effective IT-aware networks. Delivering CE 2.0 services end to end with the required resiliency, QoS and monitoring, EdgeGenie SDN Orchestrator, enables service providers to future-proof their networks as they transition from CE 2.0 to SDN and…
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    Ultra Consultants

  • BPI ERP: Why They Need to Go Together

    Tom Rogers
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:59 am
    As a result of many engagements at Ultra, we have learned that Business Process Improvement (BPI) leads to Business Performance Improvement. We have confirmed that BPI is the key to gaining business performance supported by ERP technology, thus the need for BPI ERP working together. A few years ago, I heard the late Dr. Eliyahu Goldratt, originator of the Theory of Constraints (TOC), make the statement, “technology can bring benefits, if and only if, it diminishes a limitation.” When you examine this statement closely, you notice the use of the word “can” does not guarantee benefits…
  • What is the Best ERP Solution for Aerospace or Defense Contracting Firms?

    Gary McGregor
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:34 am
    Many firms in the aerospace and defense market are long time users of ERP, having invested heavily in MRP and MRP II systems in the 1970’s and 80’s. As you know, these early systems are the ancestors to today’s modern ERP systems. In fact, the concepts of MRP itself were develop by these firms during World War II. But with the rapidly changing landscape, this blog will serve to educate you on the things you should consider when researching the latest best ERP solution for aerospace and defense contracting firms. Let’s begin our investigation into this question by analyzing the data…
  • Are you running your business on Excel? Here’s Some Things to Think About

    Dennis Gilhooley, Jr.
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:15 am
    As we help our clients through their ERP selection processes, one of the first things we do is work to get a solid understanding of how their business operates on a day-to-day basis. One common thread we see with nearly all of our customers is a heavy dependency on Excel spreadsheets. Shockingly enough, Ultra has worked with companies who rely on over 100 spreadsheets just to run their daily business! This blog will explore the main reasons why companies use Excel and some reasons why relying on spreadsheets can be a risky way to run your business. The Dangers of Running a Business on Excel…
  • How to Select the Right ERP for Chemical Industry

    George Trudell
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:54 am
    In this blog, we will be discussing the how to select the right ERP for the chemical industry. But, we believe at Ultra that when any company, despite industry specifications, is looking at software, they should be looking at the “five factors of success.” These factors combined with a few industry specific tips are the building blocks of our proven formula for success. Let’s first talk about the five factors of success: Feature Function – this is the foundation of success which we’ll go into more later. Cost – software vendors fall into tiers, which also typically reflect the…
  • The Maturity Model Continued: Material Handling & Putaway

    Dennis Gilhooley, Jr.
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:06 am
    In our previous blog post introducing the Maturity Matrix, we explained how this method aids in the current state assessment of a company, allowing for a clear improvement strategy to be identified. As the next post in the series on the Matrix, we will be discussing the Warehouse and Fulfillment Process, more specifically addressing the improvement area of material handling and putaway. What is Material Handling? Material handling is defined as the management of the movement of a product throughout a warehouse. There are a few tangible items that make this movement possible, those being lift…
 
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    The Investing Edge

  • How the Internet of Things Can Improve Environmental Sustainability

    Christopher W. Dick
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:49 pm
    I’m a graduate of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell and sit on the board of Change is Simple, a non-profit devoted to educating the next generation to become thoughtful and aware of environmental issues and social responsibility. I also surf as frequently as possible, when I can find free time, literally immersing myself as often as I can in the power of nature. Lately, my personal interest in environmental sustainability has been intersecting with my professional interest in the Internet of Things, or IoT, where we are seeing a tremendous amount of new deal activity…
  • The new normal: Cloud, it’s not just early adopters anymore Part II

    Matt Fates
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:23 am
    In our last blog post , we referenced an IDG study suggesting that in the past two years, the percentage of enterprises with either applications or infrastructure running in the cloud has gone from just 12 percent to an enormous 69 percent. This post will discuss why. Business Insider recently reported that a gigabyte’s worth of storage on a hard drive cost more than $9,000 in 1993, but a mere 4 cents in 2013. In cloud computing, this is being called the “the race to zero.” As the level of usage and adoption rises and storage becomes cheaper, competition has skyrocketed causing massive…
  • The new normal: Cloud, it’s not just early adopters anymore: Part I

    Matt Fates
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:50 am
    With last month’s sold out AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas and the jam-packed media frenzy around cloud industry announcements, it’s clear that “the cloud” continues to drive enormous PR and marketing spend. Conversations with IT decision makers across companies large and small, within many different industries, indicate that the level of adoption advanced significantly in 2014. Not only are the vast majority of companies now using numerous SaaS applications, but mission critical IT resources are increasingly moving to cloud platforms. With this momentum, it seems 2015 will be…
  • 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…
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  • The Ethics of Cloud Computing - Part 2

    nwurst@skytap.com
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:52 am
    ​This is part two in a three part series. To read Part One, click here. Firms also have the moral duty to be honest with the customers regarding security policies, and at times, even system architecture. Many years ago I once found myself in the unfortunate circumstance where a company I was working with had poorly designed network architecture with a massive single point of failure. Eventually, this single point of failure failed in a spectacular way. This failure brought down the entire system and impacted several customers in significant ways. After the mad scramble to get the system…
  • Guest Post: Data Quality as an Initiative

    nwurst@skytap.com
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:24 am
    ​This article was authored by David Guimbellot and was originally published on Orasi's "Eye on Quality" blog. If your business is capturing or coordinating persistent data as a primary function then it behooves you to create a data quality initiative that improves your Test Data Management (TDM). There are common opportunities in the way that IT organizations manage, coordinate and execute their processes around test data. The actual data are not securely stored or obfuscated during the testing process The coverage gaps in the data used for testing are not measured nor methodically improved…
  • ​The Ethics of Cloud Computing - Part 1

    nwurst@skytap.com
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:36 am
    Cloud computing seems to still be one of the reigning buzzwords in high-tech these days. Everything is either “in the cloud”, “powered by the cloud”, or some variation on the theme. I remember when hosted email was just that: hosted email. Today, such offerings are considered cloud offerings even though they have not changed in any substantive way since being first offered well over 15 years ago.This is to take nothing away from the significant technology shift cloud computing represents.  Without question, virtualization, storage services, and even application tier services such…
  • Gene Kim on the Need for On-demand Access to Automated Dev/Test Environments

    nwurst@skytap.com
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:41 am
    ​Noel: Hello, this is Noel Wurst with Skytap, and I am speaking with Gene Kim today. At Skytap, a lot of us are big fans of Gene and his work, and we just finished reading The Phoenix Project, which we will talk about, as well as The DevOps Cookbook. I'm curious to know how that's coming along, and when we can expect to read it. Gene, how are you today. Gene: I'm doing great, and it's great being here with you. Noel: So, to get started, being the DevOps aficionado that you are, we recently had a contest on our blog where we asked people to submit their best definition of DevOps, and we knew…
  • How to Eliminate “It Works on My Machine”

    nwurst@skytap.com
    4 Dec 2014 | 11:36 am
    ​voke analyst Theresa Lanowitz and her team recently conducted an independent survey of over 500 participants from both technology and non-technology companies of varying sizes to explore their use of virtual and cloud-based labs and the results they experience.We conducted an interview with Theresa earlier this year where she detailed how these labs, and the “extreme automation” that can be utilized to quickly set them up and tear them down are resulting in “next generation enterprises” being built around the globe. Theresa recently hosted a webinar with Skytap where she dug deep…
 
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    180 Systems
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:14 pm
    We wish you a happy and healthy holiday and all the best for 2015.
  • Project Management for an ERP Implementation

    180 Systems
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:12 pm
    180 Systems has now launched a new practice area. The implementation of a new system is a big project and requires skilled project managers. Our clients often don’t have a lot of experience in project management especially related to implementing new systems. The vendors have project managers but their focus is project management of their own resources rather than that of our clients. It is also possible that there are conflicting views of scope between the vendor and our clients. As project manager for our clients, we will ensure that these and any other conflicts are resolved…
  • Top 10 Trends in Cloud ERP

    180 Systems
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:10 pm
    May 19, 2014 from enterpriseAPPStoday – “Cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP) software hasn’t really caught on yet. But according to a recent Gartner survey, it will soon. Here are some of the top trends shaping cloud-based ERP…” 180 View – Most of our clients are more interested in finding a solution that is a good fit, not overly difficult to implement, in their budget and supported and implemented by a company that knows their industry really well. They don’t care that much how it’s deployed. Cloud deployment does not seem less expensive than on premise…
  • The UPC Barcode arrived 40 years ago: now, they’re ubiquitous

    180 Systems
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:09 pm
    June 23, 2014 from IT News – “…Barcodes are so commonplace that we take them for granted. We load a boarding pass barcode in the Aztec format onto a smartphone display that’s read at the gate. We buy coffee at Starbucks by pulling up a barcode on a smartphone display that’s read by an optical scanner at the checkout. Nurses check in patients and re-check them several times for surgical procedures by scanning barcodes on their wrists that are compared to barcodes on their charts. Pharmacists track medicines, while warehouse workers and delivery drivers use rugged handheld…
  • The Total Economic Impact Of IFS Applications

    180 Systems
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:06 pm
    2013 from Forrester – “…IFS commissioned Forrester Consulting to conduct a Total Economic Impact™ (TEI) study and examine the potential return on investment (ROI) enterprises may realize by deploying IFS Applications. The purpose of this study is to provide readers with a framework to evaluate the potential financial impact of IFS Applications on their organizations…” 180 View – ROI is the gold standard for justifying ERP investments. Calculating costs are easy but calculating the benefits is tough. In the Forrester report, the bulk of the benefits come from “one…
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