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  • IT Spending Reports Show A Tech Market In Transition

    InformationWeek:
    Thomas Claburn
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Gartner is predicting that worldwide spending on information technology will decline 5.5%, while Forrester has revised its US tech market projections down slightly.
  • 6 SSD Myths Debunked

    Network Computing:
    Jim O'Reilly
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Solid-state drives are still gaining traction, despite misconceptions that have dogged the technology. We separate fact from fiction.
  • An epic time for enterprise technology

    deal architect
    vinnie
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:30 am
    Like most, I have watched many a “One more thing” announcement by Steve Jobs. While it made many run out and line up for blocks when Apple introduced that shiny new thing, it inspired the author in me to write...
  • iPhone 6s Casing Photos Leak, Show Few Changes

    InformationWeek:
    Nathan Eddy
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:10 pm
    If leaked photos can be believed, Apple is planning only minor changes for the upcoming iPhone 6s.
  • Windows 10 Build 10159 Marks Microsoft Efficiency

    InformationWeek:
    Kelly Sheridan
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:05 am
    Microsoft has released Windows 10 Build 10159 to the Fast ring of Windows Insiders, marking the second PC build in two days.
 
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    Network Computing:

  • AWS Outage Traced To Route Leak

    Network Computing Editors
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:30 am
    Netflix and other sites knocked offline Tuesday after route leak at a service provider causes Amazon Web Services outage.
  • Cisco-OpenDNS May Upset Networking Ecosystem

    Russ White
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
    Cisco's acquisition of security provider OpenDNS is a symptom of the vendor's transition to services that could have wide partner and competitor repercussions.
  • 6 SSD Myths Debunked

    Jim O'Reilly
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Solid-state drives are still gaining traction, despite misconceptions that have dogged the technology. We separate fact from fiction.
  • Shadow IT: Not Taking Over Yet

    Marcia Savage
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    A new CompTIA study finds that business units aren't circumventing IT as much as feared and that IT pros still wield a lot of power.
  • Can Converged Infrastructure Help IT Get Its Mojo Back?

    Colm Keegan
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Traditional IT organizations are getting pushed aside by nimbler cloud providers. Converged and hyperconverged infrastructure can be the key to IT transformation.
 
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  • The Big Data of Books

    vinnie
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:57 pm
    People often smirk when I say I am an author. Books are dead, are they not? Amazon had just launched a new way to reward authors for books under their Kindle Unlimited (KU) and Kindle Owners' Lending Library (KOLL) plans....
  • An epic time for enterprise technology

    vinnie
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:30 am
    Like most, I have watched many a “One more thing” announcement by Steve Jobs. While it made many run out and line up for blocks when Apple introduced that shiny new thing, it inspired the author in me to write...
  • How about something for what we have already invested in?

    vinnie
    19 Jun 2015 | 11:26 am
    Both sides like to tweak each other. Both like to harangue customers for new revenue. Customers however fume that stuff they have paying maintenance for years cannot seem to get much attention. So I was pleased when reader Tan Ah...
  • SAP Nation 2.0: The Bigger Story

    vinnie
    15 Jun 2015 | 3:39 pm
    I am writing the sequel to SAP Nation to update it for the launch of S/4HANA. I analyze the launch and also delve into the history of next-gen products in enterprise software over two decades to provide some perspective on...
  • Radical UI

    vinnie
    14 Jun 2015 | 11:58 am
    In the last few weeks, I have had a chance to visit Oracle UX design lab, talk to Infor’s design agency and interview folks about Fiori for my sequel to SAP Nation. I also had a chance to see a...
 
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    Hu's Blog

  • The Race to Zero

    Hu Yoshida
    10 Jun 2015 | 5:09 pm
    Some friends at Infosys sent me this article from Business Insider and asked that I comment on it. The title of the article is “Google just took the lead in the dangerous game called ‘Race To Zero’”.   The article is about Google’s new service called Google Photo, which enables you to have unlimited cloud storage for your photos for the price of $0. Google is not the first to do this. Amazon provides free cloud storage for users of Amazon Prime, iCloud where I store my photos, provides 5 GB for free and Microsoft offers unlimited storage for licensed users of Office 365.
  • How is Hitachi Uniquely Positioned To Deliver on its Social Innovation Strategy?

    Hu Yoshida
    9 Jun 2015 | 2:57 pm
    Since our Connect 2015 event last month in Las Vegas where we displayed a number of Social Innovation solutions, I have had a lot of questions about what we mean by Social Innovation and how it compares to other similar strategies. All these ideas are similar in that they try to define a new strategy for leveraging the third wave of information technology where IT has moved out to the edge, creating smarter products and everything is connected through the cloud. IDC defines this as a platform built on social, mobile, analytics, and cloud. I blogged about the way HDS defines Social Innovation…
  • What’s Required For 142 Year Data Retention?

    Hu Yoshida
    21 May 2015 | 10:48 am
    I just became a grand father for the second time just as this issue of Time Magazine was published. I now have two grandsons and hope to see them grow up to carry on the family name. When I thought about this article, I was staggered by the records retention requirements for their lifetimes. Not only has my youngest grandson had more pictures taken of him in his first few months than I probably had in my whole life and there must be hundreds of copies of those pictures and videos in the cloud. If he is one of the lucky ones to live to 142 years, all his medical history will be retained for…
  • Software-Defined Is only As Good As The Infrastructure Behind It

    Hu Yoshida
    13 May 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Software defined infrastructure provides flexibility and business agility, but it can only be as good as the underlying hardware it uses.  One of the key tenets for software-defined infrastructure is abstraction to eliminate complexity and  provide functionality that is dynamic and scalable. Storage is only one part of the infrastructure, but it is the foundation for a software defined infrastructure. The ability to automate and efficiently access the data by upper levels of the infrastructure depends on how we virtualize the storage layer. Last week I talked to a director of storage…
  • WHAT DOES SOCIAL INNOVATION MEAN TO YOU?

    Hu Yoshida
    7 May 2015 | 9:22 am
     If you look up ‘Social Innovation’ at the fount of all online knowledge – Wikipedia – –you’ll find a description of strategies, concepts and ideas that address different elements of society in which the primary objective is not profit optimization, like working conditions, education, community development, health, etc. This definition is not generally attractive to most businesses. When an executive of Pentaho told his son that he was joining a company whose corporate strategy is ‘Social Innovation,’ his son’s immediate response was “cool.” He was thinking about…
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    The Enterprise System Spectator

  • Big Changes at Microsoft Dynamics

    Frank Scavo
    17 Jun 2015 | 1:13 pm
    In a letter to Microsoft employees today, CEO Satya Nadella announced a major restructuring of its business, including what is essentially a disbanding of Microsoft Business Solutions (MBS), the group responsible for Microsoft Dynamics. Dynamics product development teams will now report up into the new Cloud and Enterprise unit (see above)Dynamics sales and partner relationship organizations will now report to Kevin Turner, Microsoft’s Chief Operating OfficerDynamics marketing functions will now be handled directly by Microsoft’s CMO, Chris Capossela, and his team.Now, some observers and…
  • The Problem with ERP Requirements Templates

    Frank Scavo
    7 Jun 2015 | 5:34 pm
    Companies undertaking a new ERP vendor selection often begin the effort by using a standard template of ERP system requirements. Though requirements checklists may appear to be a time-saving way to get to a requirements specification, this approach can actually make the project longer and cost more than it should. Moreover, use of requirements templates can actually lead to the wrong ERP system being selected.In this post, we identify the problems with the use of ERP requirements templates and outline a better way for specifying requirements for new ERP systems.Read the rest of this post on…
  • Oracle Sued by Customer over Source Code Access

    Frank Scavo
    30 May 2015 | 4:42 pm
    Oracle was hit by a customer lawsuit earlier this month in conjunction with its MICROS Systems business, which Oracle acquired in 2014.The dispute involves access to the source code for the MICROS Open Commerce Platform.  Aero maintains that when it licensed OCP, MICROS (not yet acquired by Oracle) knew that Aero intended to build customizations and new features to integrate with OCP.Aero alleges that MICROS personnel represented that Aero would have ongoing access to OCP source code in order to build its customizations and maintain them going forward. Although we do not yet know all of…
  • Web Commerce: The Great Equalizer

    Frank Scavo
    18 May 2015 | 4:25 pm
    Since the mid-1990s, it’s been easy to see how web commerce has disrupted many traditional business models. Early on, Amazon disrupted traditional bookstores, and Netflix disrupted video stores. More recently, Uber is disrupting the taxi industry, and AirBnB is threatening the traditional hospitality industry. But what’s not so apparent is how web commerce has become the great equalizer for small businesses. This is true in at least three ways. Market presence. Traditional marketing channels, such as broadcast media, print advertising, and direct mail, required substantial budgets. Today,…
  • Infor ERP Customers and the UpgradeX Roadmap

    Frank Scavo
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:05 pm
    I was at Infor’s headquarters in New York City recently for Infor’s Innovation Summit, its annual event for industry analysts. It’s a good two day briefing, packed with a lot of information on Infor’s broad portfolio of products and its many new initiatives, along with access to all of its top executives.One of my goals was to see what kind of progress Infor has been making on its CloudSuite program, and especially its UpgradeX initiative, which is aimed at upgrading Infor’s existing customer base to current versions deployed in the cloud. In our ERP selection consulting services,…
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    Schneier on Security

  • Office of Personnel Management Data Hack

    schneier
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:32 am
    I don't have much to say about the recent hack of the US Office of Personnel Management, which has been attributed to China (and seems to be getting worse all the time). We know that government networks aren't any more secure than corporate networks, and might even be less secure. I agree with Ben Wittes here (although not the imaginary double standard he talks about in the rest of the essay): For the record, I have no problem with the Chinese going after this kind of data. Espionage is a rough business and the Chinese owe as little to the privacy rights of our citizens as our intelligence…
  • Twitter Followers: Please Use the Correct Feed

    schneier
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:16 am
    The official Twitter feed for my blog is @schneierblog. The account @Bruce_Schneier also mirrors my blog, but it is not mine. I have nothing to do with it, and I don't know who owns it. Normally I wouldn't mind, but the unofficial blog fails intermittently. Also, @Bruce_Schneier follows people who then think I'm following them. I'm not; I never log in to Twitter and I don't follow anyone there. So if you want to read my blog on Twitter, please make sure you're following @schneierblog. If you are the person who runs the @Bruce_Schneier account -- if anyone is even running it anymore -- please…
  • Tracking the Psychological Effects of the 9/11 Attacks

    schneier
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:27 am
    Interesting research from 2012: "The Dynamics of Evolving Beliefs, Concerns, Emotions, and Behavioral Avoidance Following 9/11: A Longitudinal Analysis of Representative Archival Samples": Abstract: September 11 created a natural experiment that enables us to track the psychological effects of a large-scale terror event over time. The archival data came from 8,070 participants of 10 ABC and CBS News polls collected from September 2001 until September 2006. Six questions investigated emotional, behavioral, and cognitive responses to the events of September 11 over a five-year period. We found…
  • TEMPEST Attack

    schneier
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:38 am
    There's a new paper on a low-cost TEMPEST attack against PC cryptography: We demonstrate the extraction of secret decryption keys from laptop computers, by nonintrusively measuring electromagnetic emanations for a few seconds from a distance of 50 cm. The attack can be executed using cheap and readily-available equipment: a consumer-grade radio receiver or a Software Defined Radio USB dongle. The setup is compact and can operate untethered; it can be easily concealed, e.g., inside pita bread. Common laptops, and popular implementations of RSA and ElGamal encryptions, are vulnerable to this…
  • Migrating from SHA-1 to SHA-2

    schneier
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:05 am
    Here's a comprehensive document on migrating from SHA-1 to SHA-2 in Active Directory certificates.
 
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    Confessions of an eBiz Junkie

  • From Broadcast to Engagement - The Art of Thank You

    Len Devanna
    12 Jun 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Imagine this scenario - I’m out to eat at a nice restaurant. The food is delicious. I see the chef passing by my table and compliment him on the wonderful work. He continues by me at a hurried pace without even making eye contact. Or perhaps this - I go to the front desk of the hotel I’m staying at and advise them that the A/C in my room isn’t working and it’s 100 degrees. Without response, they continue shuffling through papers or some similar distraction. These things just don’t happen in real life. So why do they happen in digital everyday? A recent Sprinklr report suggests that…
  • Pro tip #22 – You Don’t Need a Social Media Strategy

    Len Devanna
    21 Mar 2014 | 9:12 am
    I’m often asked how a company should measure success from their social media efforts. More often than not, the folks asking the question are thinking about things like numbers of followers, share of voice and overall brand sentiment. While these are interesting metrics on a micro scale, they’re not necessarily meaningful through a macro lens. To help frame the discussion, I suggest they envision their CEO asking for an update on social media impact. Leading with “We have x-thousand followers on (insert your platform) and x% share of voice” isn’t likely to get you that big promotion…
  • Gold Stars and Workforce Transformation

    Len Devanna
    13 Sep 2013 | 11:00 am
    The year was 1976. An aspiring eBiz Junkie apparently did something right in a school assignment (likely coloring within the lines or something equally as challenging). When my masterpiece was handed back to me by the teacher, something was different... There, at the top, like a shining beacon of light, was a gold star. Clearly, I'd crushed this assignment. I ran home, anxious to show my parents the reward I'd received for my obviously amazing talents. As my creation hung proudly on the refrigerator for all the world to see, I had but one motivation - Getting back to school tomorrow to…
  • Revisiting Your Customer Experience

    Len Devanna
    28 Aug 2013 | 10:38 am
    A brief summary of a recent experience to help paint the importance of taking an outside-in look at your customer experience.I received a note from my cable provider that my cable modem was due for a replacement. By following a few simple steps, I would receive a new one within a few days and my Internet speeds would increase exponentially. #Love.Some weeks later, said hardware shows up. I really appreciated the quick start instructions that came with it. Big pictures, two very simple steps, all is good in the world. Even I can do this... Why wouldn't I start the process at 9PM??  The steps…
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    Martin Fowler

  • Microservice Trade Offs

    Martin Fowler
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:36 am
    Many development teams have found the microservices architectural style to be a superior approach to a monolithic architecture. But other teams have found them to be a productivity-sapping burden. Like any architectural style, microservices bring costs and benefits. To make a sensible choice you have to understand these and apply them to your specific context.
  • Third installment of Refactoring Loops to Collection Pipelines

    Martin Fowler
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:50 am
    In this third installment, I show an example of making sense of a loop that marks preferred offerings from a list.
  • Second installment of Refactoring Loops to Collection Pipelines

    Martin Fowler
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    In this second installment, I show an example of refactoring a simple nested loop.
  • Refactoring Loops to Collection Pipelines

    Martin Fowler
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:31 am
    I've long been a fan of the programming pattern that I call the collection pipeline. This allows me to write computation on collections in the form of a pipeline of familiar operations (eg filter, map, reduce). More and more language environments now have the language features and collection APIs to support pipelines, but since they have been limited in use for so long, more people are familiar with loops. In this article (which I'm releasing in installments) I'll take some loops and show how I'd refactor them into collection pipelines.
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    Martin Fowler
    21 Jun 2015 | 10:05 am
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    EMC Blogs

  • On Competing

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

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:32 am
    In a recent post I defined the economic value of data as "the maximum amount of money someone would pay to buy a data set" I went on to explain that the data value research being conducted by Dr. Jim Short extends far beyond a buyer paying a seller for a data set. Dr. Short has uncovered additional areas where valuation is occurring: During an acquisition During a bankruptcy Monetization without sale Data Insurance In this post I'd like to explore valuation in the context of an acquisition. In order to have a meaningful dialogue about M&A and valuation it would be helpful to…
  • Beyond Economic Data Value

    23 Jun 2015 | 5:04 am
    Last week I introduced the concept of The Economic Value of Data as part of a keynote speech at EnterConf.  I had submitted the title of my talk during the early stages of the research being conducted by Dr. Jim Short. My first task during the keynote was to define the economic value of data as “the maximum amount of money someone would pay me to hand over a specific data set to them”. Over the course of the last few months, however, Dr. Short had discovered that when it comes to data valuation, the economic value of data is only a subset of a much larger set of use cases where data…
  • Value Shift: From Products to Data

    18 Jun 2015 | 9:51 am
    Earlier this morning I presented at the first ever EnterConf conference in Belfast, Ireland. The event “brings innovators who are building the business technologies of the 21st century together with IT leaders from the world’s largest and most-established companies.” 'How much is Big Data worth? Nobody knows.' - @SteveTodd #EnterConf pic.twitter.com/QJj8R3yfVh — Calantha Forde (@CalanthaForde) June 18, 2015 My keynote focused on the emerging area of enterprise data value. I began with a quote from a recent Big Data report by Capgemini and EMC.
  • On Being Happy

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

  • Three Scenarios for Using Support Identifier Groups

    SteveW-Oracle
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Support Identifier Groups are a way to manage and organize hardware and software assets in the My Oracle Support (MOS) application. While many customers are already utilizing this feature, Oracle Portal Services has noticed there are still large swaths of customers who have not set up any SI groups, or who have set up SI groups but haven't added any assets to the groups to activate them. We've put together some quick examples to help Customer User Administrators, or CUAs, set up their Oracle support assets more functionally and logically. Watch the Video! Benefits of Support Identifier Groups…
  • Java 8 Lambdas and Streams Online Training

    Yolande Poirier-Oracle
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Want to sharpen your functional programming skills and solve a programming problem with lambdas and streams? In this next Virtual Technology Summit, you will learn how lambdas and streams can be used to solve a Scrabble game problem. With the Scrabble dictionary, the list of the words used by Shakespeare, and the Stream API in hand you will find out the three best words Shakespeare could have played. VTS is free! You just need to register and choose an event in your time zone: Americas - July 14th - 9am to 12:30 PST - Register EMEA - July 15th - 9am to 12:30pm BST - Register APAC - July…
  • Cloud Momentum

    David Dorf-Oracle
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:41 pm
    You likely have heard that Oracle is undergoing a massive business transformation to embrace cloud solutions.  According to reports, cloud sales are going better than expected and this part of Oracle's business is growing fast.  The retail business unit is, of course, on-board and picking up momentum. Recall back in April we released a set of cloud services based on assets acquired from Micros.  They are: Oracle Retail Brand Compliance -- tracks supply chain during product development Oracle Retail Customer Engagement -- CRM including loyalty, gift cards, and campaigns Oracle…
  • JDK 8 Massive Open and Online Course: Lambdas and Streams Introduction

    Scott Hommel-Oracle
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Want to learn about Lambda Expressions and Streams in JDK 8? Then consider taking the FREE 3-week Oracle JDK 8 Massive Open and Online Course: Lambdas and Streams Introduction. This course is designed to answer your questions and more. Have you ever wondered what Lambda expressions are in Java? Have you ever wanted to write parallel code in Java without worrying about threads and locking? Have you ever wanted to process collections of data without using loops? Have you ever wanted to do functional programming in Java? All of these questions will be answered in this practical hands-on MOOC.
  • Avoiding LibOVD Connection Leaks When Using OPSS User and Role API

    Kenn Jones-Moderator-Oracle
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:35 am
    April 8, 2015 by Simon Kissane Leave a Comment The OPSS User and Role API (oracle.security.idm) provides an application with access to identity data (users and roles), without the application having to know anything about the underlying identity store (such as LDAP connection details). For new development, we no longer recommend the use of the OPSS User and Role API – use the Identity Governance Framework (IGF) APIs instead. However, if you already have code which uses the User and Role API, that code is still supported for the time being. The OPSS User and Role API supports both LDAP and…
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    JT on EDM

  • First Look: SAS Factory Miner

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

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

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

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

    James Taylor
    15 Jun 2015 | 11:28 am
    Copyright © 2015 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorPaul Harmon of BPTrends had an interesting post last month – What Techniques Should a Process Methodology Support? – that made me want to make a pitch for decision modeling as a core technique for process modelers. In his article he quotes a friend as saying that this friend “didn’t include Decision Management (or Business Rules) in process, but left it to IT” Like Paul I disagree with this friend of his. As Paul eloquently puts it “To not show where major bodies of knowledge were required and used to make…
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    Development & Integration Blogs

  • Disrupting the ATM

    29 Jun 2015 | 8:23 am
    Automated teller machines became all the rage in the early 80?s but now technology has essentially by-passed them. For most users with a smartphone, the mobile banking interfaces and capabilities now cover 90%+ of what most customers need to do with an ATM. Really all ATMs need to be in the future is a secure vault that dispenses money ? at least until we realize that we can get rid of physical currency
  • Backup Locations

    23 Jun 2015 | 4:34 pm
    There are four common ways to connect a backup system to a network. All of them have advantages and disadvantages. Workstation-Based Backup. The tape drive is attached to a workstation, and the software runs in that workstation when needed for ba...
  • Backup Tape Cataloging

    21 Jun 2015 | 3:48 pm
    A tape catalog allows you to find a backed-up file or a version of a file even if you do not know which tape that file is on. This capability is provided by most network backup systems. As file server storage increases, finding out what data is on wh...
  • 5 Reasons IT Breaches in Security Will Continue

    18 Jun 2015 | 4:46 pm
    With Anonymous staging a 3 hour protest against the Canadian government which impacted numerous sites and services across their portfolio of systems, it has occurred to me that this is just the beginning of these events. Add on the breaches in retail...
  • Backup Security

    17 Jun 2015 | 3:00 pm
    To fully back up system and security files, backup systems usually need to have full, supervisor-level access to file servers and other network resources. This means that you will need to have some method of preventing unauthorized access during the ...
 
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    StorageMojo

  • The storage tipping point

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

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

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

    Robin Harris
    3 Jun 2015 | 4:49 pm
    From their earliest days, people have reported that SSDs were not providing the performance they expected. As SSDs age, for instance, they get slower. But how much slower? And why? A common use of SSDs is for servers hosting virtual machines. The aggregated VMs create the I/O blender effect, which SSDs handle a lot better than disks do. But they’re far from perfect, as a FAST 15 paper Towards SLO Complying SSDs Through OPS Isolation by Jaeho Kim and Donghee Lee of the University of Seoul and Sam H. Noh of Hongik University points out: In this paper, we show through empirical evaluation…
  • Make Hadoop the world’s largest iSCSI target

    Robin Harris
    1 Jun 2015 | 10:11 am
    Scale out storage and Hadoop are a great duo for working with masses of data. Wouldn’t it be nice if it could also be used for more mundane storage tasks, like block storage? Well, it can. Some Silicon Valley engineers have produced a software front end for Hadoop that adds an iSCSI interface. The team had 3 goals: Create an iSCSI volume as an HDFS file Make it interoperate with native iSCSI Initiators on Windows and Linux Performance comparable to common NAS appliances The payback is that clients get a robust, resilient, scale-out infrastructure, at commodity hardware prices. Even…
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    Network Computing:

  • AWS Outage Traced To Route Leak

    Network Computing Editors
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:30 am
    Netflix and other sites knocked offline Tuesday after route leak at a service provider causes Amazon Web Services outage.
  • Cisco-OpenDNS May Upset Networking Ecosystem

    Russ White
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
    Cisco's acquisition of security provider OpenDNS is a symptom of the vendor's transition to services that could have wide partner and competitor repercussions.
  • 6 SSD Myths Debunked

    Jim O'Reilly
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Solid-state drives are still gaining traction, despite misconceptions that have dogged the technology. We separate fact from fiction.
  • Shadow IT: Not Taking Over Yet

    Marcia Savage
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    A new CompTIA study finds that business units aren't circumventing IT as much as feared and that IT pros still wield a lot of power.
  • Can Converged Infrastructure Help IT Get Its Mojo Back?

    Colm Keegan
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Traditional IT organizations are getting pushed aside by nimbler cloud providers. Converged and hyperconverged infrastructure can be the key to IT transformation.
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    Network & Infrastructure Blogs

  • Address the Android Security Gap

    1 Jul 2015 | 7:42 am
    Android devices are highly vulnerable but not yet in crisis mode. Why wait?
  • I feel I have to point this out about Partition-by-Growth (PBG) table spaces

    30 Jun 2015 | 10:40 am
    (Posted Thursday June 30, 2015) Here?s the situation. You?re running a DB2 COPY utility creating either full or incremental image copy against a partition-by-growth table space. You have specified the keywords SHRLEVEL CHANGE DSNUM ALL.
  • Disrupting the ATM

    29 Jun 2015 | 8:23 am
    Automated teller machines became all the rage in the early 80?s but now technology has essentially by-passed them. For most users with a smartphone, the mobile banking interfaces and capabilities now cover 90%+ of what most customers need to do with an ATM. Really all ATMs need to be in the future is a secure vault that dispenses money ? at least until we realize that we can get rid of physical currency
  • These are just so cool: Accelerator-only tables (Recap)

    28 Jun 2015 | 6:49 pm
    (Posted Thursday June 29, 2015) Over the weekend I published a 4 part series that discussed accelerator-only tables, a new function available to the DB2 Analytics Accelerator that was delivered in the recent release of PTF5. This post is just a recap of the 4 post as links.
  • These are just so cool: Accelerator-only tables (Part 4)

    28 Jun 2015 | 1:24 pm
    (Posted Thursday June 28, 2015) Today?s post is a bit longer than most that I publish and it's in multiple parts; make sure you catch them all. Considering I spend just about all my time performing performance measurements with the Accelerator, with most of those measurements usually around loading data, it?s probably not all that difficult to understand why I get so excited talking (writing) on
 
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  • Tim Bryce - STRUCTURED BRAINSTORMING - 6/22/2015

    10 Jun 2015 | 3:54 am
    Better than the shotgun approach to solving problems and creating ideas.
  • Tim Bryce - THE "SYSTEMS" INDUSTRY - 6/15/2015

    10 Jun 2015 | 2:21 am
    "Tim, just what, the heck, are you talking about?"
  • What about Rule 3: Systematic treatment of null values?

    9 Jun 2015 | 6:59 pm
    One aspect of my proposed standards for certifying the database engine is very likely going to meet some resistance (if not down-right denial of appropriateness). That is Codd's Rule 3, stated in the title of this entry.
  • What form should the certification take?

    9 Jun 2015 | 8:05 am
    In previous posts, I have proposed an authority for determining the basis for certifying databases (the "how" of the problem) and an approach to the problem of determining whose "certification" would be accepted (the "who" of the problem). Okay, assuming that some organization could be created or, if already in existence, be designated to determine the requirements for the certification of databases
  • Who should be authorized to certify a database?

    7 Jun 2015 | 6:59 pm
    In a previous post, I followed up on Brent Ozar's blog about the certification of databases. I closed that post with 2 unanswered questions, the first of which ("Who should be the administrating body authorized to certify the databases based upon the proposed standards?") I will now try to answer.
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    Enterprise Back Office Blogs

  • Customer Privacy and the Internet of Things

    30 Jun 2015 | 3:03 pm
    The day is coming when we can potentially know an incredible amount about an individual: when they turn lights on and off, when there is a vibration in their home, what temperature they sleep at, what times the refrigerator door opens, when various doors open, close, lock and unlock and incredibly much, much more. How would we feel if that information got into the hands of prosecutors, paparazzi,
  • JD Edwards, Monetization and the Internet of Things

    30 Jun 2015 | 2:03 pm
    As the leading ERP system from Oracle, JD Edwards is likely to be one of the leading platforms receiving monetization data from Intenrent of Things implementations. But how will the IoT and JD Edwards interface? Temperature sensors know nothing about F0101 or BSFNs or Z-files. What is a JD Edwards administrator to do on that day when they walk into a meeting and they suddenly hear the CEO or the CTO
  • Communication and Control for the Internet of Things (IoT)

    30 Jun 2015 | 12:03 pm
    The wide variety of sensors, controllers and communication technologies competing for adoption by IoT systems is a reflection of the anticipated massive market demand for connected devices to the Internet.
  • Looking Into IoT Sensor Networks

    30 Jun 2015 | 11:03 am
    The Internet of Things is a marketing term, not a specific technology, and it is generally used to describe a connected network of sensors and devices that work together in a system. As business enterprises seek to deliver business value through the Internet of Things (IoT), integration and monetization of IoT will become increasingly important.
  • I feel I have to point this out about Partition-by-Growth (PBG) table spaces

    30 Jun 2015 | 10:40 am
    (Posted Thursday June 30, 2015) Here?s the situation. You?re running a DB2 COPY utility creating either full or incremental image copy against a partition-by-growth table space. You have specified the keywords SHRLEVEL CHANGE DSNUM ALL.
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    Microsoft Security Response Center

  • June 2015 Updates

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

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

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

    MSRC Team
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:04 am
    Today, as part of Update Tuesday, we released 11 security bulletins. We encourage customers to apply all of these updates. For more information about this month’s security updates, including the detailed view of the Exploitability Index (XI), visit the Microsoft Bulletin Summary webpage. If you are not familiar with how we calculate the XI, a full description can be found here. We released one new Security Advisory: Update to Improve PKU2U Authentication (3045755) One Security Advisory was revised: SSL 3.0 Update (3009008) For the latest information, you can follow the…
  • March 2015 Updates

    MSRC Team
    10 Mar 2015 | 10:02 am
    Today, as part of Update Tuesday, we released 14 security bulletins to address vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Exchange, and Internet Explorer. We encourage customers to apply all of these updates. For more information about this month’s security updates, including the detailed view of the Exploitability Index (XI) broken down by each Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE), visit the Microsoft Bulletin Summary webpage. If you are not familiar with how we calculate the XI, a full description can be found here. We released one new Security Advisory:…
 
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    SQLblog.com - The SQL Server blog spot on the web

  • DBTA - Russian Hackers Steal 1.2b Internet Credentials: Or, Why the Heck Does this Keep Happening?!

    KKline
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    I'm decidedly old-school in a few of my habits. My morning routine, barring anything out of the ordinary, is one such example. Typically, I'll get up between 6:30 to 7:00 am, grab my first cup of coffee, and then chat with my daughters for a few minutes before seeing them off to school. Next, I make a bowl of oatmeal (a great choice for diabetics like me), pour a second cup of coffee, and browse the local paper, The Tennessean, while I have breakfast. On the morning of August 5, I had the added pleasure...(read more)
  • Temporal Tables – Part 2 – Changing history

    drsql
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:07 pm
    After my post yesterday, I had planned to take a break for Independence Day holiday, but a commenter asked a question that piqued my interest. How might you edit history? Well, the answer is simple, but the process isn’t exactly simple. Basically, you have to turn off system versioning, update history, and reapply system versioning. Not difficult, but not something you can easily do just by editing a row in history as the temporal structures protect themselves. select @@version go Microsoft SQL Server...(read more)
  • Presenting at CodeStock 2015!

    andyleonard
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:05 am
    I’m honored to present two sessions Friday 10 Jul 2015 at CodeStock 2015 ! At 10:15 AM, right after the keynote by THE Scott Hanselman, I’m presenting Designing an SSIS Framework. At 2:40, I’m presenting SSIS 2014 Data Flow Tuning Tips and Tricks. I hope to see you there! :{> Learn more:  Stairway to Biml Linchpin People Blog: SSIS Stairway to Integration Services...(read more)
  • ICYMI - Troubleshooting SQL Performance Issues, Missing Indexes, and DROP and TRUNCATE TABLE

    KKline
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Troubleshooting SQL Server CPU Performance Issues This outstanding article from Joe Sack ( b | t ) of SQLskills.com steps you through a methodical and insightful series of DMVs and queries that can pinpoint CPU issues on your SQL Server instances. Don’t just blindly create those "missing" indexes! Our own Aaron Bertrand ( b | t ) discusses ways to get better and more balanced information used in decisions about creating new indexes than offered as suggestions by native SQL Server tools. The Myth...(read more)
  • Passing parameters to DAX measures

    Marco Russo (SQLBI)
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:38 am
    You cannot create functions in DAX, and this is a limitation to certain abstractions you might want to implement for complex models.I used a pattern that allows you to "pass an parameter" to a DAX measure, simulating the behavior of a function at least in certain conditions and with many limitations. In practice, you can write:[Discounted Amount] ( Par1[Value] = 0.20, Par2[Value] = 0 )Well I really don't like this syntax, in fact DAX Formatter translates it into:CALCULATE (    [Discounted Amount],    Par1[Value] = 0.20,   …
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    MySQL Performance Blog

  • Percona Server 5.5.44-37.3 is now available

    Hrvoje Matijakovic
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:43 am
    Percona is glad to announce the release of Percona Server 5.5.44-37.3 on July 1, 2015. Based on MySQL 5.5.44, including all the bug fixes in it, Percona Server 5.5.44-37.3 is now the current stable release in the 5.5 series.Percona Server is open-source and free. Details of the release can be found in the 5.5.44-37.3 milestone on Launchpad. Downloads are available here and from the Percona Software Repositories.Bugs Fixed:Symlinks to libmysqlclient libraries were missing on CentOS 6. Bug fixed #1408500.RHEL/CentOS 6.6 OpenSSL package (1.0.1e-30.el6_6.9), containing a fix for CVE-2015-4000,…
  • Percona Server 5.6.25-73.0 is now available

    Hrvoje Matijakovic
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:24 am
    Percona is glad to announce the release of Percona Server 5.6.25-73.0 on July 1, 2015. Download the latest version from the Percona web site or from the Percona Software Repositories.Based on MySQL 5.6.25, including all the bug fixes in it, Percona Server 5.6.25-73.0 is the current GA release in the Percona Server 5.6 series. Percona Server is open-source and free – and this is the latest release of our enhanced, drop-in replacement for MySQL. Complete details of this release can be found in the 5.6.25-73.0 milestone on Launchpad.New Features:Percona Server has implemented support…
  • Using Cgroups to Limit MySQL and MongoDB memory usage

    Vadim Tkachenko
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Quite often, especially for benchmarks, I am trying to limit available memory for a database server (usually for MySQL, but recently for MongoDB also). This is usually needed to test database performance in scenarios with different memory limits. I have physical servers with the usually high amount of memory (128GB or more), but I am interested to see how a database server will perform, say if only 16GB of memory is available.And while InnoDB usually respects the setting of innodb_buffer_pool_size in O_DIRECT mode (OS cache is not being used in this case), more engines (TokuDB for MySQL,…
  • Playing with Percona XtraDB Cluster in Docker

    Sveta Smirnova
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Like any good, thus lazy, engineer I don’t like to start things manually. Creating directories, configuration files, specify paths, ports via command line is too boring. I wrote already how I survive in case when I need to start MySQL server (here). There is also the MySQL Sandbox which can be used for the same purpose.But what to do if you want to start Percona XtraDB Cluster this way? Fortunately we, at Percona, have engineers who created automation solution for starting PXC. This solution uses Docker. To explore it you need:Clone the pxc-docker repository: git clone…
  • Practical MySQL Performance Optimization (July 2 webinar)

    Peter Zaitsev
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:24 am
    Applications often become impacted by MySQL performance. Optimization is the obvious solution but where to start? Join me on July 2 at 11 a.m. Pacific and I’ll show you how to optimize MySQL in a practical way – spending time on what gives you the best return. Many of you have heard me talk on this topic before and this updated presentation will get you up to speed on the latest areas to consider when improving MySQL performance.I’ll be pointing out the most important things you need to get right for each of the following:HardwareMySQL ConfigurationSchema and…
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    ProjectVRM

  • If your voice comes from a company, you don’t have one

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

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

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

    Doc Searls
    22 May 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Sydney — Australia’s privacy principles are among the few in the world that require organizations to give individuals personal information gathered about them.* This opens the path to proving that we can do more with our own data than anybody else can. Estimating the size of the personal data management business is like figuring the size of the market for talking or driving. (Note: we can also do more with those than companies can.) Starting us down this path is  Ben Grubb (@BenGrubb) of the Sydney Morning Herald. Ben requested personal data held by the Australian telco giant…
  • Declaration of Customer Independence

    Doc Searls
    8 May 2015 | 2:22 pm
    I published one of these five years ago, way ahead of its time, which I believe has now come. (Evidence:  @BenGrubb‘s victory over Telstra.*) So here we go again: We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all customers are born free, that they are endowed by their creator with innate abilities to relate, to converse and and to transact — on their own terms, and in their own ways. When sellers have labored long and hard to restrict those freedoms, and to ignore and insult the capacities enjoyed naturally by customers — by speaking, for example, of “targeting,”…
 
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    Symantec Connect

  • What is a Sponsored Group?

    meggie_woodfield
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:08 pm
    Continuing our commitment to help users get the most value out of the Endpoint Management solutions, our product teams are now sponsoring twelve groups on Connect. In these groups, you will find the best how to videos, articles, and product extensions available. Sponsored groups are monitored by the people responsible for those solutions. The product teams will enhance your product experience by doing the following things: Create content based on your needs and requests Answer forum posts and comments Highlight employee and user created content from Connect to make it easier to find Search…
  • SEP client Uninstall from entire network

    KevFull
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:46 pm
    I need a solution Can someone offer me the best way to totally remove the SEP client from my Servers and workstations? I have about 130 devices running the Symantec Endpoint Protection Small Business client and I would like to remove this from my network. What is the best method to tackle this?
  • Latest Enterprise Vault Outlook Add-In Download

    cbsmthi
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:43 pm
    I need a solution Hi! This may not be the right place for this question, but where can I download the latest version of the Enterprise Vault Outlook Add-In? We have licensing, etc., but I've searched all over the site with no luck. Also tried calling Symantec customer service, which was honestly a nightmare, and I never got an answer. Any help would be much appreciated!
  • Netbackup job's Duplication can be scheduled by hours?

    Wolaf25
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:40 pm
    I need a solution Hi People We are using NBU 7.5 with linux master, with differents clients. Netbackup is the tool for the duplications the backups between the sites. I need to know is there a way for schedule (in night hours) the duplications job's? If the answers is yes, How can I do that? Thanks for your help. Regards 1435784580
  • How to verify that HP-UX support 256K size buffers SAN Client

    blanco.adalberto@ciime.mx
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:33 pm
    I need a solution Hello, I am implementing SAN client for a HP-UX server.  I have read Netbackup 7.6 Blueprints for SAN Client so there is recommended to be sure that the HBAs and their drivers must support 256K size buffers for data transfer. I am working on HP-UX client so I would like to know if somebody knows how to validate that information. BR.
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    confused of calcutta

  • Of Theseus, Trigger and Test cricket

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

    JP
    25 May 2015 | 12:53 am
          Some years ago I wrote a few posts about the “adda” in Calcutta. Since then the term has a Wikipedia entry; there’s been an award-winning film made about the phenomenon (which you can watch here in its entirety, worth it for the music alone): Even the New York Times covered the topic … Continue reading thinking about tolerance and opinion polls
  • Why you should read Peers Inc

    JP
    10 May 2015 | 11:29 am
      Photo (and associated recipe) courtesy minniecooks.wordpress.com   I used to be a vegetarian. Growing up in a Brahmin Hindu household in Calcutta, that meant potatoes and chapatis and daal and dahi (thayir) as my staple meal. Of course I had rasam and sambar with rice; of course I had mixed-vegetable delicacies like avial; and … Continue reading Why you should read Peers Inc
  • Murmurations on a Sunday morning

    JP
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:15 am
    Murmuration. What a wonderful word. I remember being fascinated by collective nouns at school, particularly those to do with birds. An unkindness of ravens. A parliament of rooks. A murder of crows. An ostentation of peacocks. And a murmuration of starlings. That one stuck with me. Really stuck with me. Particularly since I then had … Continue reading Murmurations on a Sunday morning
  • I Feel The Earth Move

    JP
    19 Apr 2015 | 1:27 pm
      I feel the earth move under my feet I feel the sky tumbling down, tumbling down I feel my heart start to trembling Whenever you’re around Carole King: I Feel The Earth Move: Tapestry, 1971 Call me old. [If I wanted to be called Ishmael I would have changed my name by deed poll … Continue reading I Feel The Earth Move
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    Enterprise Irregulars

  • mm-dd-yy

    Basab Pradhan
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Of all the global standards that America studiously ignores, I find its date formats the most galling. I have learnt to deal with pounds, miles and fahrenheit. I came to this country as an adult with an education that relied entirely on the metric system, which is completely useless in the US. Since then, with dogged determination, I have learnt enough to be able to inform someone about my weight, body temperature and the distance I can run before collapsing, in units that he understands. But alas, I will still not be able to tell him what the boiling point of water is, in fahrenheit, without…
  • Fantastic Voyage moving a little closer to reality

    Charlie Bess
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:50 pm
    One of the use cases often described with MEMS is using these devices to clear up problems in the human body. This article describes an effort headed by the Korea Evaluation Institute of Industrial Technologies (KEIT) to create ‘microswimmer’ robots to drill through blocked arteries. These swarms of microscopic, magnetic, robotic beads which look and move like corkscrew-shaped bacteria. Drexel’s microswimmer robots (bottom) are modeled, in form and motion, after spiral-shaped Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria (top), which cause Lyme disease (credit: Drexel University) Once flow is…
  • Customer Success Is A Single Digit Hire

    Jason M. Lemkin
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:05 pm
    We’ve talked on SaaStr about leaning in on Customer Success as much as possible. We’ve walked through why Second Order Revenue (i.e., the revenue ultimately generated or supported by Customer Success) is the key to growing a SaaS business. We’ve talked about how all the Second Timers are hiring in customer success way early, ahead of sales, ahead of revenue. And it’s been fun to see lots of startups and bigger companies internalize this. Yet still … people wait.  They wait too long.  To hire in customer success.  Even when they know they shouldn’t. They wait for two reasons:…
  • Salesforce’s Desk.com Gets Smarter

    Denis Pombriant
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    It was gratifying for me to see the Salesforce announcement about the latest iteration of its SMB service desk product, Desk.com because it is so in-line with my thinking as well as my book, Solve for the Customer (I know, it’s a shameless plug). While I happily acknowledge that I advise the company from time to time, there is no causal relationship between the book and product, but sometimes, correlation is just fine. This is one of those times when correlation yields validation in both directions. Of course there’s a press release and you can find it at Salesforce.com because it is not…
  • CPQ Bridging Front and Back Offices

    Denis Pombriant
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:50 am
    I’ve written many times about how conventional, premise-based, ERP seems to be evaporating and CPQ, configuration, pricing, and quoting, are business processes that illustrate the point. First, let’s all agree that ERP isn’t going extinct as it evaporates—it’s too valuable—but it is getting a haircut. Many of the functions leaving ERP are condensing back into the front office and to me that’s what’s exciting because it brings back office data closer to processes that consume it. Naturally, back office systems that are coupled with the front office, even to the point of being…
 
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    deal architect

  • The Big Data of Books

    vinnie
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:57 pm
    People often smirk when I say I am an author. Books are dead, are they not? Amazon had just launched a new way to reward authors for books under their Kindle Unlimited (KU) and Kindle Owners' Lending Library (KOLL) plans....
  • An epic time for enterprise technology

    vinnie
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:30 am
    Like most, I have watched many a “One more thing” announcement by Steve Jobs. While it made many run out and line up for blocks when Apple introduced that shiny new thing, it inspired the author in me to write...
  • How about something for what we have already invested in?

    vinnie
    19 Jun 2015 | 11:26 am
    Both sides like to tweak each other. Both like to harangue customers for new revenue. Customers however fume that stuff they have paying maintenance for years cannot seem to get much attention. So I was pleased when reader Tan Ah...
  • SAP Nation 2.0: The Bigger Story

    vinnie
    15 Jun 2015 | 3:39 pm
    I am writing the sequel to SAP Nation to update it for the launch of S/4HANA. I analyze the launch and also delve into the history of next-gen products in enterprise software over two decades to provide some perspective on...
  • Radical UI

    vinnie
    14 Jun 2015 | 11:58 am
    In the last few weeks, I have had a chance to visit Oracle UX design lab, talk to Infor’s design agency and interview folks about Fiori for my sequel to SAP Nation. I also had a chance to see a...
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    Chuck's Blog

  • On Competing

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

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

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

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

    Chuck Hollis
    6 May 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Hyperconverged is the latest justifiable buzz-worthy topic in IT. VMware’s software-led approach supports multiple hardware consumption options: from mild to wild — you’re not limited to someone else’s idea of an appliance if that’s not your thing. And I’m really enjoying seeing the creativity from our hardware partners in coming up with clever and unique configurations.  The more the better! At EMC World, the Intel team certainly raised the bar on impressive off-the-shelf Virtual SAN configuration — a 32-node all-flash NVMe-capable VSAN configuration that delivers both…
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    Exchange Server Pro

  • Upgrade Azure AD Sync to Azure AD Connect

    Paul Cunningham
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:19 am
    With the release of Azure AD Connect for synchronizing on-premises Active Directory to Azure Active Directory, existing deployments of Azure AD Sync can consider performing an in-place upgrade of their AAD Sync server to AAD Connect. Azure AD Connect can be downloaded from Microsoft here. When you have downloaded the installation file to your directory synchronization server launch it to begin the upgrade. Setup will detect the existing install of AAD Sync. Agree to the license terms and click Continue. Synchronization will be stopped during the upgrade. This isn’t harmful to existing…
  • Azure AD Connect Has Been Released

    Paul Cunningham
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:17 pm
    Microsoft’s Azure AD Connect tool, which has been in public preview for some time now, is now generally available. We’re thrilled to announce that as of today Azure AD Connect is now generally available for all Azure AD customers including Office 365 customers. Azure AD Connect is the single tool and experience for connecting your on premises directories to Azure AD, whether you are evaluating, piloting, or in production. Azure AD Connect is available for download here. This article Azure AD Connect Has Been Released is © 2015 ExchangeServerPro.com Get more Exchange Server tips at…
  • Managing Shared Mailbox Sent Items Behaviour in Exchange Server 2013 and Office 365

    Paul Cunningham
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:38 am
    With the recent release of Cumulative Update 9 for Exchange Server 2013, as well as updates to Exchange Online (Office 365), Microsoft has made it possible to control the sent items behaviour for shared mailboxes when delegates send mail as the mailbox, or on behalf of the mailbox. This functionality has been available for quite some time in Exchange Server 2010 (click here for more details) but has been implemented differently in Exchange 2013 and Exchange Online. You will also notice as you read the examples below that managing the settings in a co-existence environment doesn’t follow…
  • Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 9 Released

    Paul Cunningham
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:12 pm
    Microsoft has released Cumulative Update 9 for Exchange Server 2013. From the Microsoft Exchange Team blog: Cumulative Update 9 contains the latest set of fixes and builds upon Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 8. The release includes fixes for customer reported issues, minor product enhancements and previously released security bulletins. A complete list of customer reported issues resolved can be found in Knowledge Base Article KB3049849. Customers running any previous release of Exchange Server 2013 can move directly to Cumulative Update 9 today. Customers deploying Exchange Server…
  • How to Build an Exchange Server Test Environment

    Paul Cunningham
    16 Jun 2015 | 5:35 am
    Every time a new Exchange Server update is released the topic of test environments is discussed. Naturally we always recommend testing updates before deploying them in production, but that advice tends to result in more questions such as “how should I build a test environment?” and “what should I actually test?”. How to Build a Test Environment for Exchange Server Let’s start with the first part, how to actually build the test environment. The challenge here is to create a test environment that is a reasonably close representation of your production environment,…
 
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    Socialcast | Enterprise Social Network Platform

  • Feature Updates: June 2015

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

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

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

    Oren Root
    9 Apr 2015 | 8:53 am
    By Nilo Sarraf, Sr. User Experience Researcher, and Oren Root, Sr. Product Manager, Socialcast by VMware    In order to stay productive, employees need to be able to collaborate seamlessly and to securely access content anytime anywhere. AirWatch Content Locker by VMware provides employees access to files and content securely on any device. Socialcast by VMware offers a secure platform for employees around the globe to stay connected and work collaboratively.  In order to help employees stay productive, we investigated integration opportunities between AirWatch Content Locker and…
  • Integration and Mobile Updates: March 2015

    Samantha Lee
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:53 pm
    Check out our newest integration and iOS mobile app release available for the month of March*: New Integration Unified Search with Xendo This month, we have kicked off a new partnership with Xendo. Xendo provides unified search across 26 different applications, including Salesforce, Google Drive and Dropbox. Users can now search across Socialcast content from within the Xendo Enterprise Search platform. The ability to search multiple applications from a single, unified search experience is important to improving employee productivity. In fact, McKinsey & Company found that a comprehensive…
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    Panorama Consulting Solutions

  • Independence Day: Three Alternatives to ERP Systems

    Eric Kimberling
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:04 am
    As those of us in the U.S. prepare for a long Independence Day weekend, it is a good time to reflect on the role of independence for those about to select and implement new ERP systems. Historically, ERP implementations were an all-or-nothing proposition: you would evaluate a few options, then purchase and implement a single ERP system for the entire organization. This approach, of course, was before the advent of independent ERP consultants – a role pioneered and perfected by Panorama Consulting. Now that times have changed, there are alternatives that can and should be considered from a…
  • Epicor Announces New Feature-Rich Version of Epicor Eagle Software for Automotive Aftermarket

    Epicor Software Corporation
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Among Dozens of Enhancements Are Embedded Epicor Compass Queries, Streamlined Record Maintenance, and Weekly eCatalog Updates Epicor Software Corporation, a global leader in business software solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail and services organizations, today announced a new feature-rich version of its popular Epicor Eagle for the Automotive Aftermarket business management software. The new software offers dozens of additional timesaving features, including embedded Epicor Compass analytics; active viewers that provide for easy updates to inventory, customer and vendor…
  • Using ERP Technology to Increase Public Sector Innovation

    The Consultants' Corner
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:04 am
    Public sector technology has brought us to a unique time in history. Government organizations now have the opportunity to take advantage of cost-effective innovation that delivers a high return on citizenship (ROC). Due to the ongoing financial crisis and budget cuts, government CIO’s, IT managers and civil servants are looking for ways to save money while implementing the best possible technology in their agencies and organizations. If public sector leaders want to implement innovative technology, they need to think outside-of-the-cubicle. Innovation has underappreciated strategic value…
  • New Oracle Commerce Cloud Helps Companies Quickly Build, Easily Optimize, and Nimbly Extend Selling Experiences

    Oracle Corporation
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Designed to ignite business innovation and rapid growth for online businesses Adding a key new piece to the rich Oracle Customer Experience (CX) applications portfolio, Oracle unveils Oracle Commerce Cloud, a flexible and scalable SaaS solution built for the Oracle Public Cloud. Oracle Commerce Cloud features the latest commerce technology and is designed to ignite business innovation and rapid growth, while simplifying IT management and reducing costs. Oracle Commerce Cloud’s modern SaaS infrastructure emphasizes simplicity, allowing online businesses to quickly launch feature-rich,…
  • The Importance of Conducting an ERP ROI Analysis

    The Consultants' Corner
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:04 am
    While organizations initiate ERP projects for a variety of reasons, a substantial return on investment (ROI) is a motivation for most, if not all, organizations. A business case outlining the costs, expected benefits and ROI of an ERP implementation is an integral part to initiating an ERP project. For many organizations, a business case is the tool with which ROI is calculated. While calculating ROI is considered best practice, some organizations consider ROI to be a moot point as they have other reasons for implementing a new ERP system. Regardless of the motivations of an organization,…
 
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    Pretzel Logic - @sameerpatel

  • Chit chat with Dennis Howlett on #SAPJam’s 17M subscriber growth

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

    Sameer Patel
    5 Jun 2015 | 6:11 am
    Natively-digital businesses are here and they are disrupting the most fundamental industries that we have come to know over the last 200 years. Consider some of these examples from a previous post: Travelocity changed how we purchase a hotel room. AirBnB is changing the very definition of a hotel room altogether. Taxi Medallions have been great investments. Until now, that is. Uber is changing the very definition of a cab. Poshmark is poking a stick in the back of big-box retail with its peer-to-peer network that directly connects individual buyers and sellers of high end used fashion…
  • Why Performance Management needs to be disrupted. Pronto.

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

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

    Sameer Patel
    11 Apr 2015 | 8:13 am
    This past week I was with my family in Orlando, mostly bouncing from Beedo to Hagrid. Universal Studios is an extremely good random sample of mainstream Americana for Silicon Valley tech. Some observations that jumped out at me: Self-health tech need to er..stretch more: America is overweight and fitness bands haven’t really made a dent in mainstream America. I saw maybe 1:1000 Fitbit-type bands. There is clearly a market for better and more implicit forms of useful data capture and more granular self-health gadgets based on ailment. And an opportunity for alternative dinning…
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    OSS Line

  • Ericsson Can Expand Without Pursuing Major Acquisitions

    J. Pullen
    18 Jun 2015 | 2:37 pm
    In an interview with Reuters, Ericsson’s Rima Qureshi has indicated that the company has decided the business can expand without pursuing major acquisitions. “We believe that the best approach, and the way we will go about it from a strategic perspective, is organic,” said Ericsson’s Chief Strategy Officer, Qureshi. Ericsson’s long-standing policy is one of pursuing internal growth rather than M&A, in contrast to recent market speculation. Analysts had suggested Juniper and Ciena could be potential acquisitions for Ericsson, to grow their fixed-line…
  • NEC NetCracker Lift Swisscom in to the Clouds

    J. Pullen
    18 Jun 2015 | 2:05 pm
    NEC and NetCracker will assist Swisscom to transform its business to a full cloud environment by jointly developing next-generation IT solutions, accelerating Swisscom’s development of its virtualization capabilities. The first phase of this transformation will focus on the migration of IT applications to the cloud and virtualizing IT in order to accelerate speed to market for new services, increase operational agility and reduce CAPEX and OPEX. As part of the initiative, Swisscom is also planning to build a series of Centers of Excellence focused on the next generation of business…
  • Ericsson’s Petter Jartby on India, M&A and OSS/BSS

    J. Pullen
    12 Jun 2015 | 12:28 am
    In a wide-ranging conversation with Economic Times, Petter Jartby, vice president and head of Solution Area Business Support Systems, discusses Ericsson’s approach to software and markets. India Growth and Innovation “India is one of the most important and fastest growing markets for us. Of the 10 regions where we operate, India was our second largest market in the first quarter of this year.” “What we have built in India is unique with 50% telecom and 50% IT workforce. The India team is not only delivering innovation (design and development) for the India market, but…
  • EdgeGenie Orchestrator – OpenDayLight for Hybrid SDN and Carrier Ethernet Device Management

    J. Pullen
    9 Jun 2015 | 5:10 am
    Telco Systems, the leading provider of innovative SDN & NFV and multi-service Carrier Ethernet 2.0 and MPLS edge solutions, today announced the release of the expanded industry-leading EdgeGenie Orchestrator advanced network management system. EdgeGenie Orchestrator with the embedded OpenDayLight controller now supports OpenFlow SDN devices. EdgeGenie Orchestrator now supports the OpenStack NFV controller as well. EdgeGenie Orchestrator is Telco Systems’ comprehensive platform for end-to-end management across the entire service provider network which today is often composed of legacy,…
  • TM Forum Live 2015 – Day Three

    J. Pullen
    3 Jun 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Day three at TM Forum Live in Nice. A time for everyone to really get down to business but also to recognise some great technical contributions… And the Best Catalyst Project Is… OSS Line loves a good Catalyst project. They’re probably the most interesting and innovative thing on show in Nice this week. The winners of Best Application of Frameworx Catalyst at #TMFLIVE, showcasing closed loop control for NFV. pic.twitter.com/4ld7aA80dA — Jason Hunt (@DJHunt) June 3, 2015 The list of winners in full: Most Innovative Catalyst – Digital Health (Orange, Verizon,…
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    Ultra Consultants

  • Food and Beverage ERP Software: An Ultra Webinar Series July 13 – 17

    Rob Henry
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:23 am
    At Ultra, we know the highlighted functional areas that should be addressed in food and beverage ERP software: Recipe management, inventory control, kitting, quality, planning & scheduling, forecasting, and reporting. In addition to the necessity of these functional areas set by a company’s internal standards, there are numerous external mandates and certifications companies need to meet and achieve, respectively. Food and Beverage ERP Software Requirements For example, one of the many food and beverage ERP requirements is the US Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which requires…
  • ERP Discovery Questions for Multi-Company Implementation

    Cindy Linam
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:33 am
    We all know the implementation phase of an ERP project is the most difficult one. But sometimes these projects can be more complicated when implementations require collaboration between multiple companies. When this happens, there are a specific set of ERP discovery questions tailored for the occasion that must be discussed in order to move forward. How to Navigate Across Multiple Entities Probably one of the biggest ERP discovery questions when dealing with multiple companies during the ERP implementation process is whether the companies are separate legal entities or not, i.e. if they have…
  • Everything You Didn’t Know About Infor ERP Software

    Analiese Trimber
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:12 am
    A few weeks ago, Ultra met with Infor representatives on-site at their New York City headquarters for a vendor briefing to learn everything there is to know about Infor ERP software. The briefing was a day-long affair that educated Ultra Consultants on the background of Infor as well as their latest strategic plans and roadmap. Infor Product Strategy Infor’s product strategy is best described as focused on creating “beautiful business application[s] with last-mile functionality.” Cash rich and profitable, with nearly a half a billion dollars in cash and $830 million in EBITDA last year,…
  • Business Improvement Processes: Defining the Future State

    Gary McGregor
    18 Jun 2015 | 8:06 am
    In previous blogs, we have explored the benefits an organization can derive from Business Improvement processes (BPI) and the initial steps required to set up the project for success. The steps of a BPI we have covered so far include the following: Choosing the right team leader Picking a team of high performing risk-takers to work with this leader Setting a performance baseline to create a starting point for the project Documenting the current state processes with a detailed process map Identifying the many non-value added (NVA) activities that make up the existing business processes At this…
  • Top Systems for Make to Stock ERP: A Demo Series Review

    Rob Henry
    16 Jun 2015 | 8:10 am
    Our latest ERP Vendor Demo Series, conducted this past May 12 – 20, focused on the top make to stock ERP systems for manufacturing companies. Over six days, our audience saw 90-minute webinar demonstrations from some of the leading make to stock ERP vendors Infor, Epicor, Oracle, QAD, IFS and Microsoft, followed by a series wrap-up session from Ultra. Forecast-to-Shipment Process Demos Throughout the week of demos and presentations, the make to stock ERP vendors operated from a script Ultra designed to show how a MTS manufacturing company builds discrete products for inventory. Each…
 
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    The Investing Edge

  • Welcome Peter Lee as CEO of Rapidminer

    Luke Burns
    11 Jun 2015 | 6:39 am
    I’m thrilled today to welcome Peter Lee as the new CEO of RapidMiner. When we invested in RapidMiner in February of this year, we enthusiastically backed founder Ingo Mierswa and his vision to bring powerful, predictive analytics to the business analyst. Under Ingo’s leadership, the RapidMiner team developed the leading next generation predictive analytics platform (placed in the Leaders Quadrant for Gartner’s 2015 Magic Quadrant for Advanced Analytics Platforms) with over 250,000 active users worldwide. With the addition of Peter, Ingo now has the partner he’s searched for to lead…
  • CloudLock Co-Founder and CEO, Gil Zimmermann Named EY Entrepreneur of the Year® in New England

    Luke Burns
    9 Jun 2015 | 10:03 am
    We love when our partners succeed. And today, we’re very pleased to offer congratulations to our portfolio company CloudLock, the leading provider of cloud cybersecurity solutions, and highlight their exemplary award recognition in the last couple weeks. Yesterday, co-founder and CEO Gil Zimmermann, was publicly named as EY Entrepreneur of the Year in New England, recognizing his excellence and extraordinary success in innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to the local community. Gil was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a…
  • Call to Action: Pounding the Table for Security Budgets

    Matt Fates
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:01 pm
    The vicious cyberattacks on major organizations like Target, Home Depot, eBay, JP Morgan Chase and recently, Anthem, makes one thing clear: the severity and sophistication of cyberattacks has taken a major leap forward. Having thieves steal sensitive data such as credit card information or personal identities is extremely costly, both financially and to the brands’ reputation. Yet a new breed of attack has become public that should be cause for even greater concern. Foreign Nation states are waging cyber-warfare on companies or people that oppose their views.  While only representing about…
  • Democratizing Analytics with RapidMiner

    Luke Burns
    18 Feb 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Today I’m happy to announce Ascent’s newest portfolio company, RapidMiner. In leading the $15M Series B financing of RapidMiner, we are following through on an investment theme I’ve been pursuing for several years – bringing advanced analytics to the business analyst. As we’ve all seen, there’s been tremendous hype around big data, but unfortunately many companies have been left disappointed as they have struggled to derive real value from the data they are collecting. The core of the problem is a shortage of data scientists capable of delivering the analyses required to…
  • Retro Chic: The IoT Means Hardware Engineers Are Cool Again

    Eric B. Schultz
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:23 pm
    In the beginning there were Military Engineers who built bridges and designed fortifications. When peacetime came, some headed to dig in the mines and others to build roads, canals and cities. For the first 50 years of the 19th century, engineers came in five basic flavors: Military, Mining, and Civil, and with the rise of steam, Naval and Railroad. In those same 50 years, however, the world began to mechanize–everything from cotton gins and reapers to textile mills and firearms. The force in this new world was the “mechanic,” a craftsman, businessman and America’s first…
 
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    Skytap | RSS Feed

  • Why “Olympian Aspirations” in Agile Testing Win Gold

    Noel Wurst
    24 Jun 2015 | 7:33 am
    Application development and delivery teams are under constant pressure to release quality features as quickly as possible. In fact, CIOs rate delivering applications faster, at a higher quality, and with strong control and oversight as their key priorities. Meeting the CIOs needs, and those of the business as a whole is obviously not easy, or so many enterprises wouldn’t struggle to consistently deliver innovative releases on time and with fewer defects. While accomplishing this may require Herculean efforts throughout the entire SDLC, better software faster is far from out of reach for…
  • Guest Post: Keeping Up with the Cycle of Continuous Delivery

    Noel Wurst
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:40 am
    The strain on businesses to keep up with the speedy technological advances make it ever more important to make sure that test teams are able to function at full capacity right from the start. This piece was originally published on the Grid-Tools blog and written by Ayeesha Monteiro. Grid-Tools is a Skytap TAP partner and you can learn more about them here! The concept and cycle of ‘Continuous Delivery’ (CD) is something that all businesses should not just consider; they should make it a necessity in their major delivery strategies. Let’s look into the end-to-end process at the sort…
  • Skytap Panel Appearance and More at UK’s Cloud World Forum

    Noel Wurst
    19 Jun 2015 | 4:36 pm
    Cloud World Forum is EMEA’s largest cloud and DevOps expo and Skytap is proud to sponsor and participate in a number of exciting talks and activities throughout the week! With the recent opening of our London office, appearing at Cloud World Forum was an absolute must and we cannot wait for the show to begin. We’d love to meet you at the show, so here’s a quick rundown of all things Skytap for you to add to your agenda! Panel Discussion: Inspiring Innovation through Collaboration Wednesday, 24 June at 14:30 Skytap VP of Operations Paul Farrall will join three other ops-centric…
  • Shrinking the Innovation Inequality Gap

    Noel Wurst
    19 Jun 2015 | 10:48 am
    People used to talk all the time about “million dollar ideas” and how all it took was having one innovative idea for a product and you could be set for life. Maybe that was true at some time in the past, but today, an idea alone is worth very little. What’s worth a million dollars (or likely much, much more) today is getting that idea into consumers’ hands as quickly as humanly possible. Andrew Dailey, director at MGI Research wrote an excellent column earlier this year, “It’s Time to Rethink Enterprise Applications” where he addressed this mandatory need for speed. Dailey…
  • “Automate Everything” Challenged in Recent DevOps.com Article

    Noel Wurst
    15 Jun 2015 | 2:05 pm
    In the last year, we’ve gotten much closer to a universally agreed upon definition of DevOps—and that’s a good thing. Confusion around the term sometimes resulted in even greater distrust between devs and ops, and those in testing, QA, or security wondered what their part is in this growing “must” for startups all the way to the enterprise. One issue in DevOps where confusion still remains is in the current popularity of the “automate everything” mantra that so many are recommending today. Testers especially are raising their hand to ask, “What exactly do you mean…
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    360training.com

  • Handling an Active Shooter

    Raza Zaidi
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:25 am
    Unfortunately, workplace violence is becoming a more realistic threat in the United States. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), an average of 551 homicides in the workplace were reported from yearly by US companies from 2006 to 2010. Over the same time period, an average of 408 of the workplace homicides every year were the results of an Active Shooter. What is an Active Shooter? An Active Shooter is an individual who is in the act of attempting to kill or harm people with a firearm in a confined or public place. In 2010, 78% of all workplace violence resulting in death…
  • The Necessity to Enhance Situational Awareness in the Bulk Electric Supply System

    Muddassir Katchi
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:47 am
    Situational Awareness is having all the necessary data about the key elements within a system to respond appropriately and predict the consequences of actions. A fiscally embarrassing example of a lack of Situational Awareness happened on December 8th, 1998. The Pacific Gas and Company placed a sub-station online while the station was still grounding following maintenance. As a result, 25 sub-stations in San Francisco shut down, resulting in approximate economic costs of tens of millions of dollars and affecting 350,000 customers. A lack of training, awareness and communication affected the…
  • Plant Workforce Safety vs. Productivity: Finding an Effective Balance

    Muddassir Katchi
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:13 am
    When it comes to industrial safety, every plant operates with the same goal. Keeping costs down by ensuring workforce safety is always front and center. More so, businesses need to meet production goals and to do that, they need to meet productivity levels. How can you keep employees safe while meeting the highest productivity levels? The Investment in Safety is Worthwhile The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides some impressive statistics on workplace safety investments. The organization claims that businesses in the U.S. spend as much as $170 billion annually on…
  • Compliance With the Food Safety Modernization Act: Information for Those Impacted

    Sarah Williams
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:44 am
    The Food Safety Modernization Act, or FSMA, has been in place since 2011 to shift the focus of foodborne illnesses to prevention rather than response. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, approximately 1 in 6 people suffer a foodborne illness each year, and of these, thousands die. The FSMA was developed with the goal of stopping outbreaks before they begin by putting in place a list of food safety guidelines for food manufacturers to follow during production. FSMA Regulations The regulations put in place in 2011 take aim at every aspect of food production, including the…
  • Protecting Workers from Heat Stress

    F Marie Athey OHST
    8 Jun 2015 | 2:56 am
    As the summer starts to sizzle, it’s a perfect time to put the spotlight on heat stress safety. When you are working outdoors, stuck in the sun or near scorching hot equipment, this is a recipe for a heated disaster in the making. Employers need to stress the importance of preventing heat-related illnesses in these conditions. Heat stroke is a deadly consequence of getting overheated. Don’t let your workers sweat themselves to death for a paycheck. Establish prevention and training programs that add a healthy dose of caution to heated work areas. Top Four Problems with Heat There…
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    Small Biz Geek

  • Website Page Development Spreadsheet (Free Excel Template)

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

    Small Biz Geek
    16 Jun 2015 | 10:04 am
    Today the Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament take a vote on a draft copyright policy report to decide how internet users may link to or share content across the web. This “freedom of links” fiasco is the latest blunder and error of judgement dreamed up by a cross section of idiotic legislators wanting to control or suppress online communications. The “Open Internet” Will Close While there is a valid case for copyright reform, meddling lobbyists representing old fashioned media conglomerates are planning to censor hyperlinks in their attempts to…
  • “Tribes” by Seth Godin (Book Review)

    Small Biz Geek
    16 Jun 2015 | 3:45 am
    First published 2008, Tribes by Seth Godin has achieved cult status in the horizontal publishing world with thousands of regular mentions in blogs, videos and podcasts.  The central idea is that the social groups we belong to today can be traced back to the tribes in the early history of mankind. The connected economy of the information age has killed mass marketing. Everyone and anyone has a voice. The internet is a platform for sharing ideas with those already interested in the same things. “Leaders have followers. Managers have employees. Managers make widgets. Leaders make…
  • Resize Your Phone SIM Card: Free Printable Cutting Guide (PDF)

    Small Biz Geek
    2 Jun 2015 | 4:57 am
    In situations where your SIM card is too large for the phone, you’ll need a cutting guide. In this post, you can download a free printable guide. If you have a contract and upgrade your phone, you could end up with a model that uses a smaller SIM and that’s why you might want to cut the plastic down in size. Or you might buy an unlocked phone and realise the SIM you want to insert into it is too big. The point is that you probably want to keep using the same business mobile phone number in different phones. A PAC code request or SIM swap may well be the answer, but if it…
  • Google Calendar Retiring SMS Notifications – iOS Calendar Picking Up the Slack

    Small Biz Geek
    2 Jun 2015 | 3:45 am
    Google are withdrawing support for SMS alerts under the free version of their popular Calendar service on June 27th 2015. Unless you’re a paid customer of Google Apps, you’ll have to use a smartphone to set up alerts using the Google Calendar app or the built in iOS calendar in place of SMS alerts via your phone network carrier. A couple of weeks ago I wrote about how I’ve been using the SMS alerts to remind myself about Twitter tweetchats. In principle, nothing has changed. I only need to spend a little time understanding and configuring the calendar options on my mobile…
 
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