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  • Meeker: Internet Has Only Begun Changing Our Lives

    InformationWeek:
    Charles Babcock
    28 May 2015 | 8:22 am
  • Google Details Android M, VR, IoT, And Unlimited Photos

    InformationWeek:
    Thomas Claburn
    28 May 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Google used the opening day of its I/O 2015 developer conference to offer details about the next version of Android, what it has planned for virtual reality and the Internet of Things, and free unlimited photos.
  • Build WiFi To Weather The IoT Onslaught

    Network Computing:
    Dirk Gates
    28 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    The Internet of Things is coming. The four strategies here can help enterprises future-proof their wireless networks to support the looming demands.
  • The Real Deal: Jason Prater on Manufacturers, Mobility, and the Internet of Things

    deal architect
    vinnie
    28 May 2015 | 7:18 am
    This continues a series of columns from practitioners I respect. The category "Real Deal" describes them well. This time it is Jason Prater who leads product and platform development teams, from design to deployment at Plex Systems, the manufacturing cloud...
  • How to Win in the Emerging Value-Added Content Market

    SandHill.com General Feed
    27 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The core values of the value-added content market are creating new partnerships, service providers and M&A deals. How can you acquire your portion of the new galaxy emerging from data’s Big Bang? Keep on reading: How to Win in the Emerging Value-Added Content Market
 
 
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  • The Real Deal: Jason Prater on Manufacturers, Mobility, and the Internet of Things

    vinnie
    28 May 2015 | 7:18 am
    This continues a series of columns from practitioners I respect. The category "Real Deal" describes them well. This time it is Jason Prater who leads product and platform development teams, from design to deployment at Plex Systems, the manufacturing cloud...
  • SAP Customer Paths

    vinnie
    26 May 2015 | 7:20 am
    To me, the most enjoyable part of writing a book is the initial research/interviews phase. In the last few weeks working on the sequel to SAP Nation, I have had invigorating conversations with several professionals in SAP world and beyond....
  • Celebrating vendor AR

    vinnie
    21 May 2015 | 4:09 pm
    Analyst relations at vendors is never an easy job. Sitting between big egos of analysts and just as big egos of their executives is always uncomfortable. They are supposed to be mind readers: “Why did he write this?” or even...
  • The Real Deal: Jos Duarte on Digital Disruption in the Service Economy

    vinnie
    20 May 2015 | 1:20 pm
    This continues a series of columns from practitioners I respect. The category "Real Deal" describes them well. This time it is José Duarte, CEO of Unit4. José developed most of his professional career at SAP where he held multiple leadership...
  • SAP Nationthe nightmare scenario

    vinnie
    14 May 2015 | 1:01 pm
    When I wrote SAP Nation, I built several economic models on the size of the economy. In the book, I presented one which runs about $ 200 bn a year. The most expensive model showed close to $ 400 bn...
 
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    Hu's Blog

  • 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…
  • Achieving the Dream – One Operating System for Midrange to Enterprise Storage

    Hu Yoshida
    29 Apr 2015 | 11:39 am
    As long as I have been in storage, the dream has been to have a common operating system for midrange and enterprise storage.  This would help to reduce development costs and cycles for vendors, while simplifying management, and providing the right price point without sacrificing functionality for end users. However, since midrange storage is targeted at smaller organizations, with smaller IT budgets, midrange storage systems have always required a different architecture with scaled down functionality and availability. This meant that the operating system for the midrange storage systems had…
  • Software-Defined Infrastructure Enables Greater Innovation in IT

    Hu Yoshida
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:49 am
    If you google the acronym IT, you will see definitions that look like this one from Wikipedia which has been unchanged over the last 30 to 40 years: “Information technology (IT) is the application of computers and telecommunications equipment to store, retrieve, transmit and manipulate data, often in the context of a business or other enterprise.” This generally accepted definition of IT is more about infrastructure technology than it is about information technology. Information technology certainly depends on infrastructure but also includes application technology, the technology that…
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    The Enterprise System Spectator

  • 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,…
  • With Manufacturing ERP, the Best UI is No UI

    Frank Scavo
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:07 am
    Among industry analysts, there is much talk these days about smart devices. The story is that information technology is being embedded in a host of products, from your household thermostat to your wristwatch to your toothbrush. These smart devices can be connected to each other and to cloud-based systems, resulting in an Internet of Things (IoT) that enables a whole host of new products and services. They also throw off enormous quantities of data—big data—that can be analyzed for insights and predictions and further leveraged for information-based services.All this is new and exciting.
  • Beyond Business Systems to Business Transformation

    Frank Scavo
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Over the past several years, we’ve seen a subtle shift in our consulting work at Strativa. Years ago, clients would ask us to facilitate an ERP or CRM vendor selection, a business process improvement project, or various types of IT assessments. Our consultants still do those types of projects, of course.But today, increasingly, clients are asking us to help them in a more holistic way. Increasingly, they are not just looking for a new system or for business process improvement. They are looking to see how new technologies can enable new business models, how they should rethink their whole…
  • Where in the World? At the IT Financial Management Conference!

    Frank Scavo
    15 Mar 2015 | 6:18 pm
    If you are an IT executive or responsible for an IT budget, you should consider attending the IT Financial Management association conference this year, April 13-17, in Pittsburgh.For my research firm, Computer Economics, this conference is right up our alley. So, John Longwell and I will both be giving presentations at the conference this year. John, our VP of Research, will be speaking on Long Term IT Trends and What They Mean for Your Organization.  Here's the abstract: Long-term economic and technology trends are creating new challenges for IT financial management. These trends…
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    Schneier on Security

  • Ransomware as a Service

    schneier
    28 May 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Tox is an outsourced ransomware platform that everyone can use.
  • MOOC on Cybersecurity

    schneier
    28 May 2015 | 5:19 am
    The University of Adelaide is offering a new MOOC on "Cyberwar, Surveillance and Security." Here's a teaser video. I was interviewed for the class, and make a brief appearance in the teaser.
  • Terrorist Risks by City, According to Actual Data

    schneier
    27 May 2015 | 5:50 am
    I don't know enough about the methodology to judge it, but it's interesting: In total, 64 cities are categorised as 'extreme risk' in Verisk Maplecroft's new Global Alerts Dashboard (GAD), an online mapping and data portal that logs and analyses every reported terrorism incident down to levels of 100m² worldwide. Based on the intensity and frequency of attacks in the 12 months following February 2014, combined with the number and severity of incidents in the previous five years, six cities in Iraq top the ranking. Over this period, the country's capital, Baghdad, suffered 380 terrorist…
  • Race Condition Exploit in Starbucks Gift Cards

    schneier
    26 May 2015 | 2:51 pm
    A researcher was able to steal money from Starbucks by exploiting a race condition in their gift-card value-transfer protocol. Basically, by initiating two identical web transfers at once, he was able to trick the system into recording them both. Normally, you could take a $5 gift card and move that money to another $5 gift card, leaving you with an empty gift card and a $10 gift card. He was able to duplicate the transfer, giving him an empty gift card and a $15 gift card. Race-condition attacks are unreliable and it took him a bunch of tries to get it right, but there's no reason to believe…
  • Stink Bombs for Riot Control

    schneier
    26 May 2015 | 4:18 am
    They're coming to the US: It's called Skunk, a type of "malodorant," or in plainer language, a foul-smelling liquid. Technically nontoxic but incredibly disgusting, it has been described as a cross between "dead animal and human excrement." Untreated, the smell lingers for weeks. The Israeli Defense Forces developed Skunk in 2008 as a crowd-control weapon for use against Palestinians. Now Mistral, a company out of Bethesda, Md., says they are providing it to police departments in the United States. The Israelis first used it in 2008 to disperse Palestinians protesting in the West Bank. A BBC…
 
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    Network Security Blog

  • Spying pressure mounting worldwide

    netsecpodcast@mckeay.net (Martin McKeay)
    11 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    It’s been an interesting ride ever since Edward Snowden came out with the revelations about NSA spying efforts two years ago.  There was a huge public outcry at first, both from the side who believes spying on your own citizens is necessary and from the side who believes spying on your own citizens is a vital tool in protecting them.  Both sides of the argument have been trying to sway public opinion, with varying degrees of success, but it’s been the spy organizations that have been getting their way as judges and lawmakers side with them for the most part.  But that’s…
  • RSA 2015 Interview: Mike Walls, Edgewave

    netsecpodcast@mckeay.net (Martin McKeay)
    7 May 2015 | 3:45 am
    I got a chance to talk to Mike Walls, Edgewave‘s Director of Cyber Operations and ex-Navy pilot on the floor of the RSA conference.  I chose Edgewave to talk to specifically because of their marketing material and the number of buzzwords they used to discribe themselves.  Mike does a fair job of defending and refining their meaning as well as highlighting some of the differences he sees between private sector and DoD incident responders.  Still, he uses ‘cyber’ a lot, one of the tells that he really did work in government. Interview with Mike Walls, Edgewave
  • RSA 2015 Interview: Jason Straight, UnitedLex

    netsecpodcast@mckeay.net (Martin McKeay)
    5 May 2015 | 11:35 am
    I got a chance to sit down with Jason Straight, SVP and Chief Privacy Officer.  Jason works on the legal side of security, meaning as a lawyer, not law enforcement.  The conversation covers international legal concerns, privacy and communicating with your own legal counsel, just to mention a few of the topics. The interview was recorded in a busy tea house and I’ve done my best to remove as much of the noise as possible. http://traffic.libsyn.com/mckeay/NSP-RSA2015-JasonStraight.mp3
  • Dad, I want to learn to hack

    netsecpodcast@mckeay.net (Martin McKeay)
    4 May 2015 | 11:10 pm
    My teenagers, like many teenagers, are curious about what their father does for a living.  They’ve been to maker faires, security conferences, unconferences, Defcon, BSides, Hack in the Box, and they’ve really enjoyed them all. They’ve heard me talk about all sorts of current events in the context of computer security.  Quite frankly, I’m a little surprised they still want to hear about security and privacy considering my propensity to monologue (aka rant) about most things security related at the drop of a hat.  But they’re both sponges and given that…
  • Posting other places

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

  • Bliki: Yagni

    Martin Fowler
    26 May 2015 | 6:19 am
    Yagni originally is an acronym that stands for "You Aren't Gonna Need It". It is a mantra from ExtremeProgramming that's often used generally in agile software teams. It's a statement that some capability we presume our software needs in the future should not be built now because "you aren't gonna need it". Yagni is a way to refer to the XP practice of Simple Design (from the first edition of The White Book, the second edition refers to the related notion of "incremental design"). [1] Like many elements of XP, it's a sharp contrast to elements of the widely held principles of software…
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    Martin Fowler
    16 May 2015 | 7:06 am
    Venice, Italy
  • Bliki: MicroservicePremium

    Martin Fowler
    13 May 2015 | 6:39 am
    The microservices architectural style has been the hot topic over the last year. At the recent O'Reilly software architecture conference, it seemed like every session talked about microservices. Enough to get everyone's over-hyped-bullshit detector up and flashing. One of the consequences of this is that we've seen teams be too eager to embrace microservices, [1] not realizing that microservices introduce complexity on their own account. This adds a premium to a project's cost and risk - one that often gets projects into serious trouble. While this hype around microservices is annoying, I do…
  • Retreaded: CodeAsDocumentation

    Martin Fowler
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:14 am
    Retread of post orginally made on 22 Mar 2005 One of the common elements of agile methods is that they raise programming to a central role in software development - one much greater than the software engineering community usually does. Part of this is classifying the code as a major, if not the primary documentation of a software system. Almost immediately I feel the need to rebut a common misunderstanding. Such a principle is not saying that code is the only documentation. Although I've often heard this said of Extreme Programming - I've never heard the leaders of the Extreme Programming…
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    Martin Fowler
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:49 am
    Provincetown, MA
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    EMC Blogs

  • Unique, Personalized Data Value

    21 May 2015 | 7:22 am
    In recent posts I've been exploring the concept of the economic value of data from an enterprise point of view. I've covered the four principles of data value, taken a look at data insurance, and even proposed about new enterprise architectures that can support automated valuation frameworks. Let's flip the discussion around and consider the concept of consumer valuation of data. I've been browsing through the Outlook Report. This report takes a deep look at the business landscape for targeting what's being called the "Information Generation": …
  • The Four Principles of Data Value

    19 May 2015 | 5:54 am
    Over the last few weeks I've been summarizing some of the preliminary findings from the Data Valuation research being conducted by Dr. Jim Short of UC San Diego. In particular I've written three blog posts describing: Data value can be ephemeral. Instead of holding on to data and attempting to mine it over time (e.g. a "refinery" model), some corporations extract value from data that is temporal or fleeting (e.g. Snapchat data). Data value can be eternal. Examples of data having eternal value would be genealogical records, or documents related to the history of a…
  • Contextual Data Value

    14 May 2015 | 5:15 am
    I've been stepping through some of the "Principles of Data Value" shared by Dr. Jim Short of UC San Diego during his recent visit to an internal EMC Technology Summit. In recent posts I've shared that Some data value can be ephemeral. Instead of holding on to data and attempting to mine it over time (e.g. a "refinery" model), some corporations extract value from data that is temporal or fleeting (e.g. Snapchat data). Some data value can be eternal. Examples of data having eternal value would be genealogical records, or documents related to the history of a nation…
  • Eternal Data Value

    12 May 2015 | 1:49 am
    In my last post I introduced the concept of Ephemeral Data Value. The term, as defined by UC San Diego researcher Jim Short, was recently described to the EMC Technical Community as he highlighted the company known as Snapchat. Dr. Short pointed out that the ephemeral, transient nature of data in the Snapchat environment (it disappears within 1-10 seconds) does not mean that the data is without economic value. The reported Snapchat ad revenue model would be proof of this thesis. On the other end of the spectrum from short-lived data is data with a tremendously long shelf-life. This…
  • Building An All-Flash Racing Cluster With Intel and VSAN

    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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    Oracle Bloggers

  • SQL DeveloperでAWRレポート生成、ビューと保存

    Katsumii-Oracle
    28 May 2015 | 4:57 pm
    Exadata X5: AWRレポートにストレージサーバーの情報が追加 (INOUE Katsumi @ Tokyo)SQL Developer の中でAWR生成および表示しているリンクはブラウザ内で開いたときと同様にクリック可能です。Ctrl-F相当の検索機能はまだ実装されていません。
  • Save the Date: EMEA Commerce Cloud Partner Workshop

    Michaela Seika-Oracle
    28 May 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Great news: We’re bringing our exclusive three-day workshop for our top partners in EMEA. The EMEA Oracle Commerce Cloud Service Workshop in Amsterdam/Utrecht, Netherlands on June 23, 24, and 25. Join Oracle Commerce Cloud Product Management and Product Development over the course of 3 days as we dive into Oracle Commerce Cloud Service. Oracle Commerce Cloud Partners are key players in the success of this new solution. Oracle Commerce Cloud is focused on simplicity and rapid deployment. With a prebuilt Responsive Design storefront, reusable widgets and intuitive tools to manage the catalog…
  • Top Ten 2 Minute Tech Tips by KScope 2015 Speakers

    Bob Rhubart-Oracle
    28 May 2015 | 2:04 pm
    ODTUG Kscope 2015 kicks off in just over three weeks, but you can get a small sample of the presentations to come with this list of the Top 10 most popular 2 Minute Tech Tip videos by Kscope 2015 speakers. Keep Your APEX Apps More Manageable | Scott Spendolini Trace Your Code - All of It | Cary Millsap The Importance of Database Design | Heli Helskyaho Working with JSON and APEX | Dimitri Gielis PL/SQL-Ville (Acapella) | Steven Feuerstein Color Coding Data Model Diagrams | Kent Graziano When to Use GoldenGate 11g With BI Applications 11g | Michael Rainey Using SYS_CONTEXT to Secure Your…
  • Where does misaligned data come from?

    Darryl Gove-Oracle
    28 May 2015 | 1:23 pm
    A good question about data (mis)alignment is "Where did it come from?". So here's a reasonably detailed answer to that... If the compiler has generated the code for you and you've not done anything "weird" then the data should be correctly aligned. So most apps don't have misaligned data, and most of the time you (as a developer) don't have to worry about it. For example, if you allocate a local variable, or a global variable, then the compiler will correctly align it. If you cast a call to malloc() into a pointer to a structure, then that structure will be correctly aligned. And so on.... so…
  • AngularJS + CDI = AngularBeans

    reza_rahman
    28 May 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Even in the highly volatile world of JavaScript frameworks, AngularJS is still very clearly leading the pack. The good news for Java EE developers is that Java EE generally and Java EE 7 in particular works extremely well as a back-end for frameworks like AngularJS. To see why this is you need not look much farther than my talk on the topic and the corresponding example code (the code is deliberately self-contained with setup instructions so that you can explore it in detail on your own). One of the drawbacks of the JavaScript rich client approach is that it often involves some boilerplate…
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    JT on EDM

  • Updated white paper on improving claims processing with Decision Management

    James Taylor
    26 May 2015 | 7:16 am
    Copyright © 2015 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorWe have just posted a new white paper on Next Generation Claims Systems Decision Management delivers next generation claims systems that act immediately, increase agility, consistency and accuracy, improve customer satisfaction, speed response and reduce costs. Insurers can achieve significant speed-to-market gains, reduce fraud and create innovative new claims processes. Today’s insurance claims systems deliver value to insurers by increasing efficiency through process automation and workflow. The use of manual decision points within these…
  • Another analytic practitioner speaks: an interview with Matt Kitching of Apption

    James Taylor
    19 May 2015 | 7:38 am
    Copyright © 2015 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorAs part of my ongoing series of interviews with analytic practitioners I caught up recently with Matthew Kitching, Senior Data Scientist at Apption. I am giving a webinar with Matt Kitching, Senior Data Scientist at Apption at 10am Pacific, May 27 on The Value of Predictive Analytics and How Using Decision Modeling Helps You Succeed. Apption is a predictive analytics development company founded on providing value for its clients through quick wins and in building a long-term data science services relationship as a trusted partner. Apption…
  • New white paper on framing analytic requirements

    James Taylor
    18 May 2015 | 8:10 am
    Copyright © 2015 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorWe just published a new white paper on Framing Analytic Requirements. This paper shows how you can achieve analytical, data-driven decisions by using decision modeling and the Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard to frame your analytical requirements. The value proposition of analytics is almost always to improve decision-making. Whether you are data mining, building predictive analytic models, designing dashboards or creating reports, being explicit about the decision-making to be improved is a necessary first step and DMN is a great…
  • First Look: IBM Decision Optimization Cloud

    James Taylor
    15 May 2015 | 7:12 am
    Copyright © 2015 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorIBM’s advanced analytics portfolio contains its descriptive analytics, predictive analytics and prescriptive analytics products (everything from Cognos to SPSS to optimization and decision management). Within this portfolio is IBM’s decision optimization portfolio that contains the solver technology embedded in many IBM and external products. This demand for decision optimization involves enterprise Operations Research (OR) teams, embedded solvers in software products and a series of business domains in which optimization plays a major…
  • Improve your rules and analytics projects – learn about decision modeling with DMN

    James Taylor
    6 May 2015 | 11:11 am
    Copyright © 2015 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorWe have been doing more and more work with decision modeling and the new Decision Model and Notation standard recently – we have a large FSI rolling out decision modeling and DMN worldwide, we have trained over 700 people in DMN, and we are using DMN with clients in manufacturing, banking, insurance and healthcare. And it’s not just us – I just wrote a post for LinkedIn on how decision modeling with DMN is gaining traction with some great industry data points. We see several clients making great improvements in their business…
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    Development & Integration Blogs

  • A Sample Corporate Email Policy Part 2

    27 May 2015 | 2:13 pm
    6.    Policy. It is the policy of the corporation that all electronic mail systems (e-mail systems) should only be used for business related or "business day" communication. E-mail systems and all e-mail generated using t...
  • A sample Corporate Email Policy Part 1

    25 May 2015 | 4:37 pm
    TO:    All Employees Network Systems Administrators FROM: Director - Division of XXX SUBJECT: Corporate Policy on Electronic Mail (E-Mail) 1.    Purpose. To provide guidance to employees concerning their ri...
  • A Sample Corporate Password Policy

    24 May 2015 | 4:08 pm
    We would like to take this opportunity to share with managers and staff a few pointers on security awareness. We hope you understand the need for our security policies and procedures and apply them while using network computers, laptops and mobile de...
  • Better E-Mail Security Policies

    23 May 2015 | 10:23 am
    The use of e-mail is creating a whole new set of issues for the network administrator and network user to worry about. Some recent court cases have held that e-mail on privately owned computer systems is subject to the same rules of privacy as othe...
  • Better Virus Prevention & Discovery Part 3

    22 May 2015 | 4:36 pm
    Here are some tips on preventing and handling virus infections: ¦    Computer viruses must be considered a fact of life, like the flu or the common cold. Assume that at some point one or more disks, USB devices, files or apps will ...
 
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    StorageMojo

  • Hospital ship Haven in Nagasaki, Japan, 1945

    Robin Harris
    25 May 2015 | 11:52 am
    StorageMojo is republishing this post to mark this Memorial Day, 2015. In a few months we will be marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War two as well. My father was a career Navy officer and this is a small part of his legacy. See the original post for the comments, many from the children of my father’s shipmates. While most of what modern storage systems protect are business records there is also the use of storage for saving our cultural heritage – of which this is a small part. My father, Tom, was an officer in the US Navy Medical Corps during World War II. As a…
  • No-budget marketing for small companies

    Robin Harris
    13 May 2015 | 1:32 pm
    You are a small tech company. You have a marketing guy but it’s largely engineers solving problems that most people don’t even know exist. How do you get attention and respect at a low cost? Content marketing. When most people think about marketing, they think t-shirts, tradeshows, advertising, telephone calls, white papers and brochures. Those are tools of traditional marketing. It’s assembly-line marketing. You get a lead from handing them a t-shirt – a phone number or email – and then you contact him to see if they’re interested in your product and what the…
  • Hike blogging: Sunday May 10 on Brins Mesa

    Robin Harris
    11 May 2015 | 3:43 pm
    The Soldiers Pass, Brins Mesa, Mormon Canyon loop is my favorite hike. It has about 1500 feet of vertical up to over 5000 ft and the combination of two canyons and the mesa means the scenery is ever changing. This shot is taken looking north from the mesa to Wilson Mt. It was a beautiful day and the fluffy clouds always add interest to a picture. Click to enlarge. It was so nice I’m going to do it again, right now!
  • FAST ’15: StorageMojo’s Best Paper

    Robin Harris
    11 May 2015 | 9:26 am
    The crack StorageMojo analyst team has finally named a StorageMojo FAST 15 Best Paper. It was tough to get agreement this year because of the many excellent contenders. Here’s a rundown of the most interesting before a more detailed explication of the winner. CalvinFS: Consistent WAN Replication and Scalable Metadata Management for Distributed File Systems impressed with its ambition. Analysis of the ECMWF Storage Landscape, an analysis of a 100PB active archive, impressed with its scale. FlashGraph: Processing Billion-Node Graphs on an Array of Commodity SSDs answered important…
  • EMC II’s ragged last quarter

    Robin Harris
    27 Apr 2015 | 11:41 am
    As reported in a Seeking Alpha quarterly call transcript, EMC’s storage unit had a $75 million shortfall in Q1. CEO Joe Tucci said . . . we were disappointed that we fell a bit short of our Q1 revenue plan, approximately $75 million short. This $75 million revenue shortfall occurred in our storage business. That said, our storage product backlog did increase by $100 million year-on-year, right on plan. Why? Tucci again: About two-thirds of this miss was due to the fact that we didn’t execute as crisply as we normally do. The other third was due to negative geopolitical effects in…
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    Network & Infrastructure Blogs

  • A Sample Corporate Email Policy Part 2

    27 May 2015 | 2:13 pm
    6.    Policy. It is the policy of the corporation that all electronic mail systems (e-mail systems) should only be used for business related or "business day" communication. E-mail systems and all e-mail generated using t...
  • A sample Corporate Email Policy Part 1

    25 May 2015 | 4:37 pm
    TO:    All Employees Network Systems Administrators FROM: Director - Division of XXX SUBJECT: Corporate Policy on Electronic Mail (E-Mail) 1.    Purpose. To provide guidance to employees concerning their ri...
  • A Sample Corporate Password Policy

    24 May 2015 | 4:08 pm
    We would like to take this opportunity to share with managers and staff a few pointers on security awareness. We hope you understand the need for our security policies and procedures and apply them while using network computers, laptops and mobile de...
  • There's been a new subsystem parameter added to DB2 for z/OS

    24 May 2015 | 2:03 pm
    (Posted Sunday May 24, 2015) A few weeks ago there was a new subsystem parameter (aka ZPARM, aka DSNZPARM) that became available in DB2 for z/OS via the regular maintenance stream. Although subtle, this seems like a very useful new parm; it satisfies a issue that had plagued DBAs for quite some time, like maybe all the way back to DB2 Version 5.
  • Better E-Mail Security Policies

    23 May 2015 | 10:23 am
    The use of e-mail is creating a whole new set of issues for the network administrator and network user to worry about. Some recent court cases have held that e-mail on privately owned computer systems is subject to the same rules of privacy as othe...
 
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    Enterprise Back Office Blogs

  • A Sample Corporate Email Policy Part 2

    27 May 2015 | 2:13 pm
    6.    Policy. It is the policy of the corporation that all electronic mail systems (e-mail systems) should only be used for business related or "business day" communication. E-mail systems and all e-mail generated using t...
  • A sample Corporate Email Policy Part 1

    25 May 2015 | 4:37 pm
    TO:    All Employees Network Systems Administrators FROM: Director - Division of XXX SUBJECT: Corporate Policy on Electronic Mail (E-Mail) 1.    Purpose. To provide guidance to employees concerning their ri...
  • A Sample Corporate Password Policy

    24 May 2015 | 4:08 pm
    We would like to take this opportunity to share with managers and staff a few pointers on security awareness. We hope you understand the need for our security policies and procedures and apply them while using network computers, laptops and mobile de...
  • There's been a new subsystem parameter added to DB2 for z/OS

    24 May 2015 | 2:03 pm
    (Posted Sunday May 24, 2015) A few weeks ago there was a new subsystem parameter (aka ZPARM, aka DSNZPARM) that became available in DB2 for z/OS via the regular maintenance stream. Although subtle, this seems like a very useful new parm; it satisfies a issue that had plagued DBAs for quite some time, like maybe all the way back to DB2 Version 5.
  • Better E-Mail Security Policies

    23 May 2015 | 10:23 am
    The use of e-mail is creating a whole new set of issues for the network administrator and network user to worry about. Some recent court cases have held that e-mail on privately owned computer systems is subject to the same rules of privacy as othe...
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    Microsoft Security Response Center

  • 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:…
  • Security Advisory 3046015 released

    MSRC Team
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:44 am
    Today, we released Security Advisory 3046015 to provide guidance to customers in response to the SSL/TLS issue referred to by researchers as “FREAK” (Factoring attack on RSA-EXPORT Keys). Our investigation continues and we’ll take the necessary steps to protect our customers. MSRC Team
 
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    SQLblog.com - The SQL Server blog spot on the web

  • Mixing UNION and UNION ALL and other oddities seen in consulting

    Greg Low
    27 May 2015 | 4:28 pm
    I always say that one of the things that I love about consulting or mentoring work is that I see things (mostly code) that I would have never have thought of, both good and bad. You could spend all day dreaming up bizarre ideas and never come close to the ones that I just happen to come across. A good example of this was a site I was at a while back where every table had a GUID name. Yes, I'm talking about tables named dbo.[3B38AB7E-FB80-4E56-9E5A-6ECED7A8FA17] and so on. They had tens of thousands of tables named this way. Query plans were close to unreadable. Another was a site where the…
  • What's New in MDS SQL2016 CTP2 Release

    mattande
    27 May 2015 | 3:01 pm
    SQL Server 2016 CTP2 is now available for public download. We are looking forward to your feedback! What’s New for MDS Improved Performance Performance improvements enable you to create larger models, load data more efficiently, and get better overall performance. This includes improvement the performance of the add-in for Microsoft Excel has been improved to decrease data load times and enable the add-in to handle larger entities. For more information about the add-in for Microsoft Excel, see Master...(read more)
  • 24 Hours of PASS (June 2015)

    Sergio Govoni
    27 May 2015 | 1:04 pm
    The most important free on-line event on SQL Server and Business Intelligence is back!The 24 Hours of PASS is coming back with a great edition that will provide best practices, expert tips, and demos, from new and up-and-coming Speakers. Don't take commitments on 24 and 25 of June 2015.Register now at this link, it's free!No matter from what part of the world you will follow the event, the important thing is to know that it will be 24 hours of continuous training on SQL Server and Business Intelligence.Enjoy! 
  • Data Camp Sydney (Free)

    Greg Low
    24 May 2015 | 9:50 pm
    Hi Folks, on the 5th June (yes that’s Friday next week), I’m running a Data Camp day for the local Microsoft team. It’s being held at Cliftons in the city. We’ve got four topics for  the day: Azure SQL DB Azure DocumentDB Azure Machine Learning Azure Stream Analytics If you want to get your head around any/all of these, we’d love to see you there. Places are limited but you must register and can do so here: https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032627085&Culture=en-AU&community=0
  • 701

    andyleonard
    24 May 2015 | 4:25 pm
    It’s your turn. You start blogging. You cannot start in July 2007 like I did – even if you have a Delorean . But you can start in July 2015. Here’s the thing: In 2023, eight more years will have passed. Will you have posted 700 blog posts by then? You can. How to I know? It’s possible. “What Do I Blog About, Andy?” What was the last trouble ticket at work? How did you solve the last problem you encountered? What was the topic of that email you got last week about some new thing that needed to be...(read more)
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    MySQL Performance Blog

  • MongoDB Community Open House: June 1 in NYC

    Peter Zaitsev
    28 May 2015 | 6:13 am
    If you can make it to Manhattan next Monday, please join me at the MongoDB Community Open House. The June 1 event is free and open to all. It runs from 3:30-6:30 p.m. just across the road from MongoDB World.The MongoDB Community Open House, held at the New York Hilton Midtown, will feature technical presentations and sessions from key members of the MongoDB open source community. A reception will be held afterward featuring plenty of food, drink and fun. Everyone who attends the will get a cool t-shirt, too. Space is limited, though, so I suggest registering now to reserve your spot.The talks…
  • Percona XtraBackup 2.2.11 is now available

    Hrvoje Matijakovic
    28 May 2015 | 12:59 am
    Percona is glad to announce the release of Percona XtraBackup 2.2.11 on May 28, 2015. Downloads are available from our download site or Percona Software Repositories.Percona XtraBackup enables MySQL backups without blocking user queries, making it ideal for companies with large data sets and mission-critical applications that cannot tolerate long periods of downtime. Offered free as an open source solution, Percona XtraBackup drives down backup costs while providing unique features for MySQL backups.New Features:Percona XtraBackup has been rebased on MySQL 5.6.24.Bugs Fixed:Version check…
  • MySQL 5.7 key features

    Muhammad Irfan
    27 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    The other day I was discussing new features of MySQL 5.7 with a Percona Support customer. After that conversation, I thought it would be a good idea to compile list of important features of MySQL 5.7. The latest MySQL 5.7.6 release candidate (RC) is out and is packed with nice features. Here’s a list of some MySQL 5.7 key features.Replication Enhancements:One of the top features in MySQL 5.7 is multi-source replication. With multi-source replication you can point multiple master server’s to slave so limitation of slave having only one master is lift off. There is nice blog post…
  • Storing time-series data with MongoDB and TokuMX

    Stephane Combaudon
    26 May 2015 | 7:12 am
    Storing time-series data is a frequent pattern for databases – be it for logs or for any kind of monitoring. Such data has the following properties: records are inserted but also never updated, the insertion rate can be high and records are likely to expire after some time. MongoDB and TokuMX are both good fits because of their flexible schema feature. But how can we handle data expiration efficiently? Several options are available: capped collections, TTL collections and partitioning (TokuMX only), but they all have different features and performance profiles.SummaryCapped collections:…
  • MongoDB / TokuMX plugin for LinkBench (Part 1)

    David Bennett
    22 May 2015 | 11:31 am
    “There’s no benchmark for how life’s “supposed” to happen. There is no ideal world for you to wait around for. The world is always just what it is now, it’s up to you how you respond to it.” ― Isaac Marion, Warm BodiesAt one time or another, most of us have heard some version of this question: “Sure the system does fine in the benchmarks, but can it perform in production?”. Benchmark software developers have tried to address this issue in their systems. Features such as configurable workloads and scripting interfaces help to tailor benchmarks to…
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    ProjectVRM

  • 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,”…
  • Of vaults and honey pots

    Doc Searls
    29 Apr 2015 | 8:40 am
    Personal Blackbox (pbb.me) is a new #VRM company — or so I gather, based on what they say they offer to users: “CONTROL YOUR DATA & UNLOCK ITS VALUE.” So you’ll find them listed now on our developers list. Here is the rest of the text on their index page: PBB is a technology platform that gives you control of the data you produce every day. PBB lets you gain insights into your own behaviors, and make money when you choose to give companies access to your data. The result? A new and meaningful relationship between you and your brands. At PBB, we believe people have a…
  • Toward VRooMy privacy policies

    Doc Searls
    29 Apr 2015 | 7:08 am
    In The nightmare of easy and simple, T.Rob unpacks the can of worms that is: one company’s privacy policy, provided by another company’s automatic privacy policy generating system, which is hosted at that other company, and binds you to their privacy policy, which binds you to three other companies’ privacy policies, none of which assure you of any privacy, really. Then, the last of these is Google’s, which “is basically summed up as ‘we own your ass'” — and worse. The company was GeniCan — a “smart garbage can” in the midst of being…
  • How Staples can make things easy for real

    Doc Searls
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:06 pm
    Staples likes to make things easy. Or so their button says. But rebates in general are hard — on both the store and the customer. And at that Staples is no exception. For example, yesterday at a Staples store I bought a couple reams of Staples paper for our printer. I probably would have bought the Staples brand anyway, simply because it’s cheaper. But I also couldn’t ignore the after-rebate price: $1.50 less for each ream, or $3.00 total. So I asked at the cash register if what I paid included the rebate. No, I was told. The rebate is in the electronic receipt I’d get…
 
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    Symantec Connect

  • windows crashed

    Quangnh2
    28 May 2015 | 8:57 pm
    I do not need a solution (just sharing information) Hi all, Iam using Symantec Endpoint Encryption Drive Encryption. After install for 2 computers. i had the problems : Computer 1: while encrypting , the system hang, I had to hard shutdown and turn it on but the Windows crashed, cannot load the OS. Computer 2: while decrypting Partition D, I restarted the machine--> the partition D became RAW Volume. How do i recovery the data of 2 computers? Thanks
  • パッチ未適用のホストシステムで仮想マシンを危険にさらす VENOM 脆弱性

    Symantec Security Response
    28 May 2015 | 8:57 pm
    VENOM 脆弱性(CVE-2015-3456)は、VM に対する不正アクセスとデータ窃盗を許す可能性があります。ただし、「Heartbleed より重大」とはかぎりません。Read More
  • ASDK - Create software package, command line, upload via web service?

    gilburns
    28 May 2015 | 8:38 pm
    I need a solution I'm looking for some documentation, or a step by step, on the ASDK web service calls to create a software package and associated command line, and ideally even upload the files into the newly created package, and set the package server replication state to all package servers. (NS 7.6) Can all this be accomplished via the ASDK? What parts would still require manual effort? Any pointers are apprciated.
  • vm disk restore

    jinxnbu
    28 May 2015 | 7:39 pm
    I need a solution Hi  Below is my setup. Prod Site - BE 2012 , ESXi 5.5 .  DR Site - BE 2012, ESXi 5.5 I am backing up a VM using API in prod site. The VM has 3 disks which show up as below servername.vmdk servername_5.vmdk servername_1.vmdk I take the tape frpm prod site, perform a catalog on the DR server and then do a restore of the VM. The restore job completes successfully however the 3 disks get renamed as below servername.vmdk servername_1.vmdk servername_2.vmdk Is this default behaviour and is there a way to keep the vmdk name as in original. Thanks
  • Unable to remove from selection List Unix server on Backup Exec 2010 R3

    vparlaghy
    28 May 2015 | 7:13 pm
    I need a solution Hello. I retired a Linux server and I still have it in the selection list in Backup Exec Server Application . Checked that there are not enties regarding it´s name on the detailed tab, but when I try  to remove it, application asks for account to validate it and gets it there in loop requesting this info and don´t allow to remove it , so only way to go back is cancel it. Is any way to remove this server from the list of avaliable servers to backup? Thanks.
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  • 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
  • “Let me just tell you what I think about it”: in memory of Richie Benaud

    JP
    11 Apr 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Richie Benaud passed away yesterday. And the world of cricket cried at the passing of one of the greatest cricketers ever. I never had the chance to meet Richie. I’ve been close, just a few yards away, as he spoke to the camera, near the boundary ropes, early on the first day of quite a … Continue reading “Let me just tell you what I think about it”: in memory of Richie Benaud
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    Enterprise Irregulars

  • Why Should Procurement Report Into Finance? ISM, Spend Matters, Machiavelli and More

    Jason Busch
    28 May 2015 | 4:11 pm
    We’re in the process of wrapping a joint Spend Matters/ISM snap poll exploring the relationship between finance and procurement, and more specifically, how to get more out of it on a pragmatic level (no one needs another study that just talks about the roots of “misalignment”). As part of the research, we asked participants why procurement should report into finance. Here were some of the qualitative responses: “Police” Senior Management Influence (especially if no CPO) Ability to control budgets and cash outflows Single source of truth and set of numbers Tie budgets to P&L…
  • IBM ECM and Cloud

    Sandy Kemsley
    28 May 2015 | 4:10 pm
    I’m at the IBM Content 2015 road show mini-conference in Toronto today, and sat in on a session with Mike Winter (who I know from my long-ago days at FileNet prior to its acquisition by IBM) discussing ECM in the cloud. The content at the conference so far has been really lightweight: I think that IBM sees this more as a pre-sales prospecting presentation than an actual informational conference for existing customers. Although there is definitely a place for the former, it should not necessarily be mixed with the latter; it just frustrates knowledgeable customers who were really looking for…
  • Measuring the value and impact of cloud probably hasn’t changed that much over the years but…

    Charlie Bess
    28 May 2015 | 2:15 pm
    I was in a discussion today with a number of technologists when someone asked “How should we measure the effectiveness of cloud?” One individual brought up a recent post they’d done titled: 8 Simple Metrics to Track Your Cloud Success. It was good but a bit too IT centric for me. That made me look up a post I wrote on cloud adoption back in 2009. I was pleased that my post held up so well, since the area of cloud has changed significantly over the years. What do you think? At that time I was really interested in the concept of leading and lagging indicators and that you really needed…
  • What Came First: The Controller or the Buyer? How Finance Influences Procurement

    Jason Busch
    27 May 2015 | 10:55 am
    What came first? The controller or the buyer? It’s really a type of chicken and egg question. Without those engaged in procurement (or materials, labor, finished goods, etc.) there would be nothing to sell – for the vast majority of companies – and no books to close. But, of course, without a controller – or a CFO – setting controls and defining budgeting, it would be all but impossible to buy anything, lest the spending be truly off the reservation to start with. Perhaps the more pragmatic and less philosophical question to ask is: What is finance’s role related to influencing…
  • A vacation hardware inventory

    Charlie Bess
    27 May 2015 | 10:50 am
    Taking a bit of a break from the job hunt and blogging scene, down in Gulf Shores, AL, this week. A great place that has sun, white sand beaches and good food. There are eight of us and this morning I was mentally taking an inventory of the hardware that came with us to the beach (there are eight of us): 4 tablets (1 Android, 1 Windows, 1 iPad and 1 Kindle) 9 phones (8 Android and 1 iPhone) 4 laptops (all windows) And of course, there is wireless Internet at the beech house we’re renting. That’s quite a bit of hardware for a one week ‘vacation’. Of the eight people, three of us are…
 
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    deal architect

  • The Real Deal: Jason Prater on Manufacturers, Mobility, and the Internet of Things

    vinnie
    28 May 2015 | 7:18 am
    This continues a series of columns from practitioners I respect. The category "Real Deal" describes them well. This time it is Jason Prater who leads product and platform development teams, from design to deployment at Plex Systems, the manufacturing cloud...
  • SAP Customer Paths

    vinnie
    26 May 2015 | 7:20 am
    To me, the most enjoyable part of writing a book is the initial research/interviews phase. In the last few weeks working on the sequel to SAP Nation, I have had invigorating conversations with several professionals in SAP world and beyond....
  • Celebrating vendor AR

    vinnie
    21 May 2015 | 4:09 pm
    Analyst relations at vendors is never an easy job. Sitting between big egos of analysts and just as big egos of their executives is always uncomfortable. They are supposed to be mind readers: “Why did he write this?” or even...
  • The Real Deal: Jos Duarte on Digital Disruption in the Service Economy

    vinnie
    20 May 2015 | 1:20 pm
    This continues a series of columns from practitioners I respect. The category "Real Deal" describes them well. This time it is José Duarte, CEO of Unit4. José developed most of his professional career at SAP where he held multiple leadership...
  • SAP Nationthe nightmare scenario

    vinnie
    14 May 2015 | 1:01 pm
    When I wrote SAP Nation, I built several economic models on the size of the economy. In the book, I presented one which runs about $ 200 bn a year. The most expensive model showed close to $ 400 bn...
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    The Social Organization

  • Finding my Why

    Rachel Happe
    22 May 2015 | 7:10 am
    Yesterday our team at The Community Roundtable watched Simon Sinak's TED talk Start with Why and it made us all pause. When we first started the company, we seemed to talk about why we did so a lot but as we've grown and gotten busier we do so less - it was a great reminder to bring it back into the discussion because that is what will truly align us with others.  Interestingly, the team discussion coincided with some work I was doing with a client where I realized that presenting the de rigueur 'About Us' slide wasn't really all that inspiring. Yes, it helped people understand what we did…
  • The Business Model of Engagement

    Rachel Happe
    17 Mar 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Engagement is a hot topic. For those of you who have heard me speak, you know I think not all engagement is created equal and there is far too little focus put on the purpose behind the engagement. You can have high engagement and very little value - look no further than the comments on a general news site. The other common problem is you have no engagement at all, which happens far too frequently inside organizations where people feel like the only outcome of sticking their head up is becoming a good target. What's interesting is that in most cases we diagnose the issue as a tactical one -…
  • Companies with Best-in-Class Communities Outpace the Market

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

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

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

  • 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…
  • The Split In Software Defined Storage

    Chuck Hollis
    28 Apr 2015 | 7:44 am
    You just have to love enterprise IT tech.   While much of it can be safely identified as “settled science”, interesting portions predictably morph and evolve quickly at the edges. In my cozy little world, it’s clear that one category is showing obvious signs of splitting cleanly into two completely different beasts that share the same name — software-defined storage. In many ways, this split has very little to do with vendors and technology — and everything to do with how customers are putting the technology to work. The Basics Of SDS I’ve written a lot on the topic —…
  • The Cults Among Us

    Chuck Hollis
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:35 am
    Over the past few years, news in the United States has extensively featured the activities of ISIS (ISIL?) — which I perceive as a cult brutalizing innocents in the name of religion. Very nasty stuff, to be sure. But the exact same human behavior is extensively quite visibly on the internet every day — albeit without guns and terrorism involved. Political cults.  Religious cults.  Climate change cults.  And so on and so on. Even in our cozy IT world, cults are among us. And it’s not a good thing — for us as individuals, and us as an industry. Cultism In IT? Just to…
  • Life Beyond Hyperconverged

    Chuck Hollis
    8 Apr 2015 | 10:08 am
    Well, I certainly gave the hornet’s nest a good, healthy smack with my recent post (“Ten Reasons Why VMware Is Leading The Hyperconverged Market”).   Never underestimate the power of a well-written blog post to shake things up :) In addition to hearing from dozens of enraged Nutanix employees, the usual round of pundits are now weighing in with their perspectives as well.  Everyone is entitled to their opinions, and there seems to be no shortage of those.   Although I do find it interesting that no one has yet attempted to refute any of the facts behind the ten…
  • Going To EMC World? We'd Like To Have A Chat!

    Chuck Hollis
    6 Apr 2015 | 1:36 pm
    It's that time of year again -- EMC World in Las Vegas May 4-7.  Only a month away! In my world, EMC World is absolutely the best show to talk storage in all its different aspects.  You meet some pretty amazing people there. For the last two years, we've held small non-disclosure sessions with select folks at the show.   We share some of what we're working on, and we get incredibly valuable feedback on key issues we're debating internally. We'd like to do it again ... if you're up for it! So, here's the deal -- if you're way into virtualization and software-defined storage,…
 
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    Exchange Server Pro

  • Get-MailboxReport.ps1 V1.03 is Now Available

    Paul Cunningham
    27 May 2015 | 5:46 am
    It’s been a long time since I’ve updated Get-MailboxReport.ps1, a PowerShell script for generating reports about Exchange Server mailboxes statistics and other useful information. Recently some folks have been asking for extra features to be added, so I took the opportunity to make some other minor enhancements at the same time. The list of changes for V1.03 are: Added email functionality. You can now send the CSV file as an email attachment. The email message will also include the top mailboxes by size. Added some extra attributes to the report, such as mailbox quota settings.
  • Add-SMTPAddresses.ps1 – Bulk Add SMTP Addresses to Office 365 Mailbox Users

    Paul Cunningham
    20 May 2015 | 8:14 pm
    Reading Tim McMichael’s blog post here reminded me of a script I’ve been meaning to tidy up and share. This script is used for bulk adding SMTP addresses to Office 365 mailboxes for a new SMTP domain. This scenario applies to cloud-only Exchange Online scenarios. If you have an on-premises Exchange organization, or are in a Hybrid configuration, or otherwise are using using directory synchronization then this script should not be used, and instead you should use email address policies to make the changes. The reason I’m sharing my own script instead of just pointing you at…
  • How to Create or Convert Shared Mailboxes in Office 365

    Paul Cunningham
    20 May 2015 | 4:54 am
    I participated in a Reddit thread about Office 365 shared mailboxes recently and thought it would be a good opportunity to write an article here as well, since this is a topic that comes up fairly often. As the name suggests, a shared mailbox is one that is used by multiple users to receive or send email. You’ve probably seen shared mailboxes used for situations such as an IT help desk, a HR department, payroll enquiries, and reception desks. A shared mailbox also has a calendar, so they can be used to coordinate team schedules or anything else where multiple people may need to look at…
  • RSS Feed for Office 365 URLs and IP Address Changes has Moved

    Paul Cunningham
    17 May 2015 | 9:33 pm
    I use an IFTTT recipe to monitor the RSS feed for Office 365 URLs and IP addresses, so that I can receive an email alert when a change has been made. Today my recipe was automatically turned off after too many RSS feed errors. On inspection it appears that the RSS feed URL has changed, although I’m not sure when this occurred. The old feed URL has showing this: The working URL is https://support.office.com/en-us/o365ip/rss and is showing the expected data: There has been some recent updates on that RSS feed so if you haven’t been seeing them then it’s possible your RSS…
  • Message Tracking and Proxy Addresses

    Paul Cunningham
    7 May 2015 | 7:08 am
    In a recent Reddit thread there was a question about message tracking and proxy addresses (or secondary email addresses). A fairly common scenario for companies that have rebranded or merged with another company is a change of domain name for their email addresses. The typical approach is to roll out new email addresses for the new domain, most likely with an email address policy, and then leave the old email addresses as secondary addresses on the recipients so they can keep receiving email to them. Eventually someone gets the idea that the old email addresses should be completely removed…
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    Panorama Consulting Solutions

  • It’s All About Your People – ERP is Just a Tool

    The Consultants' Corner
    28 May 2015 | 3:04 am
    Change is at the core of every ERP project. ERP software requires organizations to change from an old way of doing things to a new way, and employees will have to adapt to this new way of completing day-to-day tasks. With this as common knowledge to most organizations, it’s amazing how many organizations continue to dismiss the need for change management or opt for only a portion of the available tools that will make them successful. In some cases, organizations think that project managers should execute change tactics, but they often do not have the formal training or the dedicated time to…
  • Five Reasons ERP Implementations Lead to Change Resistance

    Eric Kimberling
    27 May 2015 | 3:04 am
    No matter the size, age, scope or complexity of your business, ERP implementations are difficult. Even with many executives claiming their organization’s employees are “ready for change,” enterprise system deployments always create change resistance organization-wide. Even though we’d all like to think that the pain of our decrepit legacy systems are enough to spur the desire for change – and in many cases it does – resistance kicks in and employees become aware of how complex and different the changes are. There are five common sources of this employee resistance, some of which…
  • Create a 360 Degree Approach to ERP Through IV&V

    The Consultants' Corner
    26 May 2015 | 10:45 am
    Recently I learned what goes into making a delicious, homemade pie.  One of the most important tricks to a good pie is consistency. This ensures that all of the ingredients are accurately added and evenly distributed. Unfortunately, the disproportion of any ingredient can change the overall success of a pie.  Coincidentally, what dictates the success of an ERP implementation is not very different. Any one poorly-managed factor could lead to overall project failure. Unlike a clearly-defined pie recipe, the roadmap to a successful ERP implementation is much more complex.  The…
  • Your Six Sigma is How Lean?

    The Consultants' Corner
    22 May 2015 | 3:04 am
    Lean Six Sigma is a phrase encompassing lean manufacturing and six sigma process improvements into one overall management strategy. In order to understand how your company should embrace these principles, you must first understand the components of Lean Six Sigma and business process reengineering, particularly in the context of an ERP implementation. Efficiency and quality cover a broad spectrum within the realm of manufacturing. We’ll use the example of hand-made products produced one-at-a-time by a single individual as the least efficient and most error-prone form of manufacturing. In…
  • CGI Contracts With Multiple Michigan Localities to Deliver Robust SaaS-Based Enterprise Resource Planning Solution

    CGI
    21 May 2015 | 1:07 pm
    State-sourced technology solution now available for localities through unique partnership CGI (NYSE: GIB) (TSX: GIB.A) today announced that it is partnering with the Michigan Municipal Services Authority (MMSA) to offer CGI Advantage360, a software as a service (SaaS) enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, to multiple Michigan localities. Initial clients under the new agreement are the City of Grand Rapids, which signed a US$6.5M, five-year contract, and Kent County, which signed a US$6M, five-year contract. The State of Michigan contracted with CGI in June 2014 to utilize CGI…
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    Firstpost » Biztech

  • Data deluge: IP traffic in India to quadruple from 2014 to 2019

    FP Staff
    28 May 2015 | 3:15 am
    Key growth drivers include increasing mobile access, demand for video services The post Data deluge: IP traffic in India to quadruple from 2014 to 2019 appeared first on Firstpost.
  • IoT adoption among Indian manufacturing enterprises grows, says IDC

    FP Staff
    28 May 2015 | 2:46 am
    According to IDC's forecast, revenue from IoT technology and services for discrete and process manufacturing in India will grow from $1.3 billion in 2014 to $3.9 billion in 2020 at a CAGR of 20.1 percent. The post IoT adoption among Indian manufacturing enterprises grows, says IDC appeared first on Firstpost.
  • EMC solves its hybrid cloud puzzle with $1.2 billion Virtustream acquisition

    FP Staff
    28 May 2015 | 1:37 am
    In terms of the deal, EMC will bundle Virtustream in with its 'Federation Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Solution' -- an on-premise private cloud offering that provides on-ramps to public cloud services such as VMware vCloud Air. The post EMC solves its hybrid cloud puzzle with $1.2 billion Virtustream acquisition appeared first on Firstpost.
  • CA Technologies buys Agile development platform firm Rally Software

    FP Staff
    27 May 2015 | 11:48 pm
    Rally's cloud-based Agile development platform complement and expand CA's strengths in the areas of DevOps and Management Cloud. The post CA Technologies buys Agile development platform firm Rally Software appeared first on Firstpost.
  • Lenovo announces new storage arrays for businesses

    FP Staff
    27 May 2015 | 11:43 pm
    The Lenovo Storage S2200 and S3200 deliver Intelligent Real-Time Tiering, which automatically moves frequently accessed data to higher performing drives every five seconds. The post Lenovo announces new storage arrays for businesses appeared first on Firstpost.
 
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    Pretzel Logic - @sameerpatel

  • 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…
  • Why Facebook entering the world of work is an advertising goldmine. #facebookatwork

    Sameer Patel
    14 Jan 2015 | 9:28 am
    So, Ingrid Lunden at TechCrunch announced that Facebook has finally entered the world of work. As far as the consumer market goes, think about it: Facebook is worth 212 billion dollars by having a strong hold on our actions, interests, and preferences from 5pm to 9am and some fraction of your work day. If only it could get a legitimate way to suss out our interests from 9am to 5pm, that’s presumably twice the data it can mine to improve its targeting on you and me. And presumably, twice the Total Addressable Market. It’s just too lucrative to not fully know what you and I do for all…
  • Why true disruption requires putting the last mile, first.

    Sameer Patel
    4 Jan 2015 | 9:08 am
    I have a deep aversion to the word disruption. Mostly because in the context of innovation in technology, it’s carelessly used to invoke sensationalism that just ends up blurring the lines between baby and bath water. We saw this movie before with Facebook-esq Social Business where the use of the term ‘disruptive’ by some in the media resulted in a hubristic overestimation of the movement’s real impact. But some of the most foundational and meaningful digital transformation happening around us is in fact disruptive. And every of those disruptive instances are predicated on owning and…
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    Improving It

  • BPM is still broke. So I'll just take the bits I like.

    8 May 2015 | 7:48 am
    Back in July 2014 I announced that I would be stepping back from Consected and the Improving It / Consected Blog. I had the excitement of a new startup drawing me in, and I felt then, as I do now that the technology and practice of Business Process Management (BPM) had become too partisan for me. There were too few right answers to the questions organizations were having about how to improve their businesses, but still no consensus on which of those few right answers would work well in any real situation.The short story is, I'm Back!I'm carefully stepping out of the day to day operations at…
  • No more business process improvement?

    16 Jul 2014 | 6:57 pm
    This week I received some surprise congratulations on LinkedIn for my 5th work anniversary. Five years of Consected. Scarily, there are archives on this blog, pre-Consected going back to May 2006. Let me know if you find anything there. I'm almost too afraid to look!On this Consected / Improving It blog I have always spent most of the time talking about businesses, the processes they run, and how they can improve. Occasionally, though sadly rarely, how these organizations are model citizens in the world of business process management or BPM.Business process management, as anybody in the…
  • What can successful open source software projects teach corporate marketers?

    6 Aug 2013 | 9:41 am
    A successful open source software project is the winner in a worldwide popularity contest. Marketers in corporations with budgets of almost any size should be jealous. This popularity is especially evident when you consider that most non-technical Internet users have heard the term ‘open source software’. Many even know that Wordpress is a blogging platform; some few million use Ubuntu as a free alternative to Windows; and a large handful might even recognize that Ruby on Rails is a hot developer programming platform, even though they wouldn't dream of coding themselves. Hey,…
  • What can a major sports team's IT teach the corporate CIO?

    20 Jun 2013 | 6:42 am
    Feway Park. Photo from WikipediaYesterday I sat in on the final keynote session of the Boston e2 Conference to hear from the IT leaders of major sports teams about their experiences using IT to support such unusual businesses. And the information they provided turned out to be hugely valuable for more traditional companies too. The stars of the show were:* Bill Schlough, CIO, San Francisco Giants* Jay Wessel, VP of Technology, Boston Celtics* Steve Conley, Director of IT, Boston Red SoxBoston considers itself a serious sporting city, and is intensely proud of all of its top-tier teams,…
  • Tracking is not a dirty word. Understand customers through their actions.

    7 May 2013 | 9:59 am
    I've started a new blog over on Tumblr, focused on social media and associated marketing topics. The initial thought was that it would allow me to get very much more onto a new topic than I wanted to do on the Improving It blog. That said, I want to give you a taster of what is going on over there. So  here is one of my recent posts, previously published on the new blog. Check out and follow me on Meaningful Social. And make sure to keep watching out for new posts on this blog (its not going away).Tracking is not a dirty word. Understand customers through their actions.So much emphasis…
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    OSS Line

  • Huawei Launches SDN-based Agile Internet of Things Solution

    J. Pullen
    22 May 2015 | 5:53 am
    Huawei has launched the world’s first software-defined networking based Agile Internet of Things Solution at Huawei Network Congress 2015. The solution enables objects to connect to the Internet and communicate with each other, while enabling convenient network management and maintenance. “IoT is the future of our increasingly digitized world and networks are key to driving value creation for enterprises. With Huawei’s IoT technologies and offerings, we hope to support the digital transformation of traditional industries and the development of the IoT ecosystem”, said Li Xianyin,…
  • Telefónica Selects Amdocs for Operational Data Store

    J. Pullen
    22 May 2015 | 5:43 am
    Amdocs has also announced that Telefónica, one of the world’s leading service providers with 341 million customers across Latin America and Europe, has selected Amdocs data management services for an operational data store solution at its operations in Chile and Peru. Amdocs’ data management services is one component of Amdocs’ enhanced big data analytics portfolio announced today that enables service providers to collect, store and gain actionable business insights from their volumes of data. For Telefónica Chile and Telefónica Peru, Amdocs will implement an operational…
  • Amdocs Introduces New Big Data Actionable Analytics

    J. Pullen
    22 May 2015 | 5:41 am
    Amdocs has announced new communications-specific applications that allow service providers to aggregate data from multiple marketing, network and customer care sources and generate business and customer insights with actionable recommendations. The announcement builds on Amdocs’ big data analytics launch announcement last year which introduced the industry’s first end-to-end, communications-specific big data analytics portfolio and that makes data clean, accessible and actionable for service providers or third-parties to enable open innovation. Amdocs’ new big data…
  • Telco Systems Delivering Carrier Ethernet and Orchestration to APAC Tier-1

    J. Pullen
    22 May 2015 | 5:32 am
    Telco Systems, provider of innovative SDN, NFV, multi-service Carrier Ethernet 2.0 and MPLS edge solutions, has announced that it has been selected by a tier-1 network operator in APAC to support the company’s migration from SDH-based network nodes to Carrier Ethernet 2.0. The project includes multi-year delivery of several thousand industry-leading T-Marc 340F CE 2.0 devices together with the EdgeGenie Orchestrator CE 2.0 & SDN/NFV service management system. The network operator embarked on an exhaustive process of testing various solutions in order to select the best performing and…
  • Geddes: Network Performance as a Science

    J. Pullen
    15 May 2015 | 12:18 am
    Watch Martin Geddes at the Johannesberg Summit 2015. How to turn network performance from a skilled craft into hard science. If you’re not familiar with Martin’s almost evangelical stance on network performance, and how it should be measured and managed in terms of quality rather than packets, you should watch this video right now. It’s relevance to anyone involved in OSS should be pretty obvious. Enjoy.  
 
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    Ultra Consultants

  • What is the Best ERP Solution for the Electronics Manufacturers?

    Gary McGregor
    28 May 2015 | 7:53 am
    The electronics industry has always been characterized by high volume, highly complex product designs and production processes, and deep supply chains. Early on, the largest companies of the era – IBM, Zenith, Burroughs and the like – were early adopters of MRP/ERP systems. Their suppliers operated with largely manual spreadsheets and index cards. This worked well enough in its day, but the 1980’s changed the ERP environment for electronics manufacturers in a significant way. The Evolution of Electronics Manufacturers Development of the integrated circuit and personal computers took an…
  • A Basic Rundown on Microsoft Dynamics NAV

    Analiese Trimber
    26 May 2015 | 8:50 am
    Ultra had the chance to sit down with executives from Microsoft Dynamics NAV, Microsoft’s ERP solution for mid-market manufacturing, distribution and service companies. In attendance was Microsoft’s Marcel Narish, Product Marketing Manager, David O’Bryan, Channel & Business Development Manager, Tom Taylor, Partner Technology Strategist, and Ultra Partner George Trudell. The Microsoft Family Microsoft has a diverse and expansive product portfolio that contains the following categories: Microsoft Office Windows Server Office 365 Windows Azure SharePoint Microsoft NAV, a division of…
  • The Business Improvement Process: Defining the Current State

    Gary McGregor
    21 May 2015 | 11:42 am
    In a previous blog, we explored the benefits an organization can derive from beginning the Business Improvement process. The first and debatably most important piece of the puzzle is the Project Team Leader, who should be completely on board with the value the business improvement process will impart. The project may take many twists and turns through its life, so it is imperative the leader be able to deal with these challenges, yet keep the process on a straight path. However, a leader cannot act alone, and therefore requires a strong and committed team to execute. But the real question is,…
  • Project Management Process Groups Continued: The Closing Group

    Dennis Gilhooley, Jr.
    19 May 2015 | 6:22 am
    According to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK®) Guide, the purpose of the Closing Process Group is to conclude all activities across Project Management Process Groups to formally complete the project, phase, or contractual obligations. There are two main processes in this group – the close project or phase and close procurements. Close Project or Close Phase Looking back over the various phases of the project as the entire undertaking comes to an end is an important task. It is this project management process group and project manager’s responsibility to make sure no…
  • How to Use ERP Implementation Best Practices to Navigate Through Your Project

    Andrew Bolivar
    14 May 2015 | 5:42 am
    ERP Implementations projects are some of the largest, longest and most complex business engagements for an organization. To aid in the smoothest project possible it is necessary to deploy ERP implementation best practices to help reduce risk and increase the chances of reaching the project’s goals. What Are Best Practices? Best practices are methods that lead us to the best result for an ERP project more often than alternative approaches. When it comes to these projects, there are hundreds of ERP implementation best practices for every step and phase of the engagement. Here are just a few…
 
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    ERP the Right Way!

  • JIT is Just Plain Wrong for Cloud ERP

    Grady Brett Beaubouef
    19 May 2015 | 11:12 am
    Given that we are well in the third decade of ERP implementations, I still observe ERP implementations following outdated/misguided concepts that do not utilize limited resources to the fullest.  One of these misapplied concepts is Just-In-Time (JIT) training.  End user enablement continues to be an implementation challenge primarily due to the limited investment made for […]
  • ERP Project 101: Challenging ERP Requirements

    Grady Brett Beaubouef
    5 Jul 2014 | 2:51 pm
    I am not arrogant enough to believe that ERP software vendors are the guardians of best practices.  Nor do I blindly subscribe to the notion that the customer is always right.  What I do know and believe is that a good implementation partner will balance customer needs and wants with the fundamental value proposition of […]
  • ERP Project 101: Organizational Fit Gap

    Grady Brett Beaubouef
    9 Mar 2014 | 9:59 am
    I think we can all agree that organizational fit is a key consideration for successful ERP selections and implementations.  However, mention the phase “fit/gap” or “gap analysis” and most people will fixate on the ERP software.  There are several examples of functional/software fit-gap templates/activities but very few organizational fit-gap templates/guides.  The goal of this blog […]
  • Troubleshooting ERP Projects

    Grady Brett Beaubouef
    8 Dec 2013 | 2:51 pm
    During my career in ERP consulting I  had several opportunities to be involved in deployment of emerging ERP products and services.  As with any innovation rollout there are challenges to overcome and I had to learn how to quickly triage ERP projects for success.  Troubleshooting an ERP project is more than just performing an assessment […]
  • ERP SaaS 101: Services Trump Software

    Grady Brett Beaubouef
    22 Sep 2013 | 5:28 pm
    How many ERP SaaS offerings are in the market today?  The number depends on who you ask but it is a fair statement to say that all Tier I and the majority of Tier II ERP vendors have a SaaS offering.  A majority of the market and many ERP analysts still take an on-premise approach […]
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    Skytap | RSS Feed

  • The DevHops Podcast Ep. 2: Tales from the Journey to DevOps

    Noel Wurst
    28 May 2015 | 8:59 am
      Welcome to the second episode of the DevHops Podcast! This week we’re speaking with analyst Mike Kavis, and Skytap Galactic Head of product marketing Jason English. Let’s get started—we hope you enjoy the show! Noel:  Hello everyone and welcome to the second episode of the Skytap DevHops podcast. This is the show where ideas about enterprise software development flow freely. I am your moderator and host Noel Wurst, the editor in chief of the Skytap blog, our in-house journalist, and the person behind most of our social media presence online. Before we get started I should…
  • The Agile Application Delivery Trio

    Noel Wurst
    27 May 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Join us on June 10th at 2pm Eastern/11am Pacific as we team up with Orasi and Delphix to present, “The Agile Application Delivery Trio: Testing, Data and Environments.” For one thing, there are no silver bullets, and simply equipping development and test teams in the cloud with more infrastructure may generate initial gains, but without coordination it falls flat. Join Orasi, Delphix and Skytap and learn collaborative techniques for making development and test automation plans sing, by running in sync with just-in-time virtual data and virtual environments that closely resemble…
  • Why Skytap is Proud to Sponsor Ada Developers Academy

    Noel Wurst
    26 May 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Skytap is proud to be a new sponsor of Seattle’s Ada Developers Academy. Learn how the group started, and how you, too, can help them help so many succeed! Noel: First off, thank you Karen for sitting down with me today. We’re so excited about our new sponsorship of the  Ada Developers Academy. Would you give a little background as to how Ada was formed and what that process involved? Karen Hambro, Sponsorship & Engagement Manager at Ada Developers Academy Karen: Sure. We have two co-founders, Elise Worthy and Scott Case. Scott is the COO of EnergySavvy, a tech company here in…
  • All Data Points to Dataware: McIlwain at SIM

    Jason English
    22 May 2015 | 2:41 pm
    I recently attended the SIM Seattle Technology Leadership Summit to hear from a diverse group of IT leaders on both the development and Ops side of the fence. In particular, the opening keynote from Matt McIlwain, managing director of Madrona Ventures gave me some new market perspective. Matt’s predictions are pointing to a category of solutions he calls “Dataware” (also, see Mcilwain’s recent Skytap guest blog on the topic here). Basically, with the growing volume of data, and the ever increasing velocity and availability of data, the ability to capture, process and interpret…
  • Working to Narrow Seattle’s Software/Tech Gender Gap

    Noel Wurst
    21 May 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Special thanks to Skytap’s Jill Domanico, Jewel von Kempf, Michele Costello, and Kat White for their contributions to this piece and our efforts to increase diversity in our own office and Seattle as a whole! When thinking of the reasons why it’s an awesome time to work at Skytap, there are tons that come to mind. The fridge is fully stocked with food, beer, and wine. We’ve got an abundance of outstanding local coffee, and a brand new shuffleboard table to gather around and settle scores. Our engineers are encouraged to contribute to the open source community. We’ve got a company…
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    180 Systems News

  • Beyond ERP and new technology, new options

    180 Systems
    28 May 2015 | 10:22 am
    2014 from PwC – “…The brave new world of business application software is rapidly transforming how corporate IT departments source and implement all kinds of critical systems. Perhaps nowhere is this truer than in the realm of ERP systems, the software that runs virtually every large company in the world. CIOs are rethinking their approach to ERP, thanks to modular, cloud-based business applications that offer viable alternatives to the unwieldy, inflexible, and expensive systems that have long dominated the sector…” 180 View – The idea is that you can stitch together best of…
  • Tips for Implementing Change

    180 Systems
    28 May 2015 | 10:14 am
    May 28, 2015 from ProjectManagement.com – “…Organizational change management should begin with a systematic evaluation of the current state in order to determine the need for change. Organizations must also consider the appetite for change and the capability to change…” 180 View – The author provides 8 short and easy to read tips for implementing change. Lack of good change management can lead to disaster for even the best systems. One of the recommendations is to “Assess the capability of the organization to change.” In our opinion any project will fail if the core…
  • Would you select an ERP (or any) system from a small vendor?

    180 Systems
    4 May 2015 | 8:58 am
    We include small vendors in our system selection projects but only when we believe that they have a good client base, are really good for a specific industry and are using recent technology. A small company can also be a successful company and there are benefits to being a bigger fish in a smaller pond. You will see lots of small/unknown companies on our ERP portal at http://www.180systems.com/portals/erp/ But what about the concern that a small vendor will be acquired which is even more likely if the small vendor is facing financial difficulties? Is this enough to rule them out? We don’t…
  • Murphy’s Law

    180 Systems
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:33 pm
    Murphy’s Law is alive and well thanks to ERP implementations. The problems that often arise can be avoided and/or the impact reduced by good planning in advance and strong project management. Here are a few ways to fight Murphy: Ensure you have the right people (your A team) on the project and enough of their time is allocated to the project. Some key operational team members will need to be backfilled on their day jobs.  Talk to people who have gone through an implementation to get a sense of the time needed. Ensure the implementation plan proposed by the vendor is adequate. Get each…
  • ERP: Lessons From the Field

    180 Systems
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:28 pm
    March 27, 2015 from CFO – “Senior finance executives share their advice on selecting and implementing enterprise resource planning systems.”… 180 View – CFO asked the executives a number of questions including about value, total cost of ownership, flexibility, how to evaluate ERP vendors and implementation advice. One piece of advice was “Invest your best people in the process.”
 
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    Ivobe

  • Reasons to Use SAP Business Workflow Engine in Your Company

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

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

    Patrick Garde
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:38 am
    SAP is a very demanding career option. SAP careers are in demand worldwide irrespective of the SAP module. Each and every module of SAP has equally good prospects. The most common question is “How can I kick off my career as SAP Consultant in this competitive world, is it sufficient if I just browse over SAP training books?” Unexpectedly, the most typical answer you would hear from many experienced SAP consultants is “Of course, the theoretical concepts, however, in SAP handbooks can only take you so far. You should practice the concepts through the exercises given at the end of each…
  • What are the Benefits of SAP?

    Patrick Garde
    8 Nov 2014 | 5:50 pm
    If you are the CEO of a large corporation, then you are likely aware of how important choosing the right business management software is. With the right software like SAP, your business could function on a much smoother basis, which can improve productivity, increase the ease of communicating with customers, and more. Here are some of the major benefits of SAP that you might want to consider: Time-Saving There is only so much that can be done in a regular work day, but with SAP, the most time-consuming tasks, such as creating invoices, posting payments, and tallying daily sales figures can be…
  • Where and When to Learn SAP?

    Patrick Garde
    8 Nov 2014 | 5:23 pm
    If you are in charge of running a mid to large sized business and you don’t yet use SAP (Systems, Applications & Products) then you might want to seriously consider utilizing this innovative and helpful software. SAP is a software program that has been around for 42 years. Since its origination, SAP has continued to evolve into what is now considered to be one of the top business software programs worldwide. Many companies love SAP and consider it to be superior because it has the ability to make many different aspects of running a business easier. For instance, with SAP Business…
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  • Enhancing Situational Awareness in the Bulk Electric Supply System

    Muddassir Katchi
    26 May 2015 | 4:43 am
    Situational Awareness is having all the necessary data about the key elements of a system to respond appropriately and predict consequences of actions. A fiscally embarrassing example of a lack of Situational Awareness happened on December 8, 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. Lack of training, awareness and communication affected the Bulk Electric…
  • Recognizing, Preventing and Recovering From Workplace Violence

    Raza Zaidi
    15 May 2015 | 4:10 am
    On September 9, 2010, two employees of a Kraft Foods plant in Northeast Philadelphia were killed by fellow employee Yvonne Hiller. Authorities reported Hiller had convinced herself that other employees were spraying her with toxic chemicals. She had been suspended for making threats and using abusive language. Hiller went out to her car after being suspended only to return minutes later carrying a loaded .357 Magnum. One employee was wounded, and 36-year-old LaTonya Brown and 47-year-old Tonya Wilson were both killed. The families of these two women sued U.S. Security Associates Inc. of…
  • Understanding Job Hazards for Communication Tower Workers

    F Marie Athey OHST
    11 May 2015 | 8:34 am
    Workers who are involved in the construction and maintenance of communication towers—like cell phone and wireless towers—are in high demand. This job requires workers to climb to great heights to erect and repair steel towers. By default, this occupation is a hazardous one. OSHA has clued into the safety concerns of these workers and has exerted efforts in promoting workplace safety. According to a news release, “OSHA seeks comment on better protections for communication tower workers,” the growing number of work-related deaths underscores the need for improved protective measures.
  • Changing the Perception of Fast Food

    Sarah Williams
    4 May 2015 | 1:51 am
    In the not-so-distant past, if you needed to get a quick meal or snack on the road from a convenience store, your choices were mainly limited to hot dogs and prepackaged foods with a long shelf life. As more Americans adopt healthier diets, demand for natural foods is on the rise. Consumers want access to healthy, affordable foods wherever they shop, whether it’s a supermarket or corner store. To meet this demand, many convenience retailers are adding fresh fare like salads, fruit cups and whole produce to their shelves. Programs that Encourage the Sale of Fresh Produce There are a number…
  • Ohio Anti-Active Shooters

    Raza Zaidi
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    We never hope to encounter them, but they’re out there. Active shooters walk into malls, restaurants, and other crowded places with one goal: to kill as many people as possible. Unlike other criminals, active shooters have no particular targets in mind. They shoot out of a vendetta against society, out of terrorism, or in response to intense frustration or anger in their lives. Taking a certified first responder training course can help you protect and save lives in the event of an active shooting. What Causes Someone to Become an Active Shooter? While some shootings may seem random and…
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