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  • Healthcare Security: CSOs Needed

    InformationWeek:
    Alison Diana
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Too many healthcare environments cling to insecure legacy systems and lax accessibility standards. It's time to enact strong security leadership.
  • Apple Refreshes MacBook Pros, Cuts Prices

    InformationWeek:
    Michael Endler
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Apple upgrades MacBook Pros with faster processors and, for some models, lower prices and more RAM.
  • Cisco Ships APIC Controller, Reveals ACI Pricing

    Network Computing:
    Marcia Savage
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:08 am
    The key piece of Cisco's ACI strategy will ship July 31, along with new ACI starter kits. The company also made the ACI price list public.
  • Healthcare Security: CSOs Needed

    InformationWeek:
    Alison Diana
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Too many healthcare environments cling to insecure legacy systems and lax accessibility standards. It's time to enact strong security leadership.
  • Shame on who?

    deal architect
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
    You have heard the expression “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me”. But if you get fooled 6-7-8 times, who do you blame? As I go through every nook and crevice of the SAP economy...
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  • Healthcare Security: CSOs Needed

    Alison Diana
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Too many healthcare environments cling to insecure legacy systems and lax accessibility standards. It's time to enact strong security leadership.
  • Apple Refreshes MacBook Pros, Cuts Prices

    Michael Endler
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Apple upgrades MacBook Pros with faster processors and, for some models, lower prices and more RAM.
  • Microsoft Enhances OneNote for Mac, iOS

    Michael Endler
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    Microsoft continues its recent cross-platform emphasis with improved OneNote apps for Macs, iPhones, and iPads.
  • Rise Of The Robots: Up From The Factory Floor

    Thomas Claburn
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:01 am
    Join San Diego State University professor Robert Judge and InformationWeek editor-at-large Thomas Claburn for a live discussion of the increasing interest in robots and automation.
  • Doing Business Without Handshakes

    David Wagner
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:56 am
    Handshakes make us feel comfortable in business settings -- and spread germs that make us sick. Perhaps it's time for a new custom.
 
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    Network Computing:

  • Cisco Ships APIC Controller, Reveals ACI Pricing

    Marcia Savage
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:08 am
    The key piece of Cisco's ACI strategy will ship July 31, along with new ACI starter kits. The company also made the ACI price list public.
  • Fall IT Events: On The Road Again With 10 Top Picks

    James M. Connolly
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    Fall IT conferences and trade shows are right around the corner. Browse these events focused on networking, cloud, data centers, and storage, and start planning for a fantastic fall.
  • 25 GbE: A Big Deal That Will Arrive

    Greg Ferro
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:06 am
    Why all the hubbub about 25 Gigabit Ethernet? It allows the biggest jump in data center Ethernet performance for the smallest jump in price. That's why.
  • White-Box Switches: Are You Ready?

    Tom Hollingsworth
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    White-box switching promises flexibility and lower costs, so should you make the leap? It depends.
  • 802.11ac WLAN Sales Poised To Surge

    Robert Mullins
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Unlike previous generations of WiFi standards, 802.11ac doesn't come with a price premium, which is fueling strong sales, according to Dell'Oro.
 
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  • Healthcare Security: CSOs Needed

    Alison Diana
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Too many healthcare environments cling to insecure legacy systems and lax accessibility standards. It's time to enact strong security leadership.
  • Apple Refreshes MacBook Pros, Cuts Prices

    Michael Endler
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Apple upgrades MacBook Pros with faster processors and, for some models, lower prices and more RAM.
  • Microsoft Enhances OneNote for Mac, iOS

    Michael Endler
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    Microsoft continues its recent cross-platform emphasis with improved OneNote apps for Macs, iPhones, and iPads.
  • Rise Of The Robots: Up From The Factory Floor

    Thomas Claburn
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:01 am
    Join San Diego State University professor Robert Judge and InformationWeek editor-at-large Thomas Claburn for a live discussion of the increasing interest in robots and automation.
  • Doing Business Without Handshakes

    David Wagner
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:56 am
    Handshakes make us feel comfortable in business settings -- and spread germs that make us sick. Perhaps it's time for a new custom.
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    deal architect

  • Shame on who?

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
    You have heard the expression “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me”. But if you get fooled 6-7-8 times, who do you blame? As I go through every nook and crevice of the SAP economy...
  • Oracle DaaS Data-as-a-Service

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Oracle invited me to moderate a panel in their DaaS launch today. Watch the whole hour for some great perspectives on this exciting new market category, and our panel starting around 26.00. Talking to Steve Miranda and Omar Tawakol before...
  • Uber Alles Paralysis

    13 Jul 2014 | 6:04 am
    As the World Cup winds down, it has been such a celebration of global diversity. Polite Japanese fans cleaning up after themselves. Crushed Brazilian fans applauding the German team. And the reverse – way too many leaders blaming losses on...
  • Brasil won

    8 Jul 2014 | 6:46 pm
    Kudos to Germany for that amazing victory. But it was just a game. Brazil has been winning millions of hearts in the last month. Like that of my nephew who had a fabulous week there during the FIFA WC. And...
  • Happy 10th, Deal Architect

    7 Jul 2014 | 5:18 am
    Filing quarterly corporate taxes I came across Deal Architect’s incorporation papers. Happy (belated) birthday! It’s a good time to thank so many for the decade: Many consulting clients of the company - you have trusted us with many leading edge,...
 
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    SandHill.com General Feed

  • Overview: The Rising Tide of Enterprise Software Startups from India

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This executive briefing by Lightspeed Venture Partners presents an overview of India’s enterprise startups that are cloud native, have cracked a global market and are prospects for partnering and investments. Keep on reading: Overview: The Rising Tide of Enterprise Software Startups from India
  • Revenue Pitfalls for Software Startups

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The biggest mistake entrepreneurs usually make is getting so carried away by their idea that they forget they need to build a profitable business from it. Keep on reading: Revenue Pitfalls for Software Startups
  • Top 5 Business Strategies for Startups

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    What’s needed to grow a software startup company besides a good business plan? And when should the leaders start thinking global? Follow the helpful tips in this article. Keep on reading: Top 5 Business Strategies for Startups
  • Software Companies Find their Spot in the Internet of Things

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A Sand Hill Group survey assessed opportunities and threats software companies expect on their business over the next two years from the Internet of Things. Keep on reading: Software Companies Find their Spot in the Internet of Things
  • Hadoop as the Source of Truth

    27 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Here’s why enterprises are shifting from augmentation to replacement of the data warehouse with Hadoop. Keep on reading: Hadoop as the Source of Truth
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    Hu' Blog

  • Will the All Flash Array Market Go Away? – Response

    Hu Yoshida
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:41 pm
    As a response to my recent post, George Crump provided a differing perspective in his blog site, storageswiss.com.  George is a highly regarded blogger and analyst whom I respect and share many of the same points of view regarding the IT industry.  However, we don’t always agree, or sometimes we take a different perspective and discussion is valuable to furthering knowledge in the industry.  George disagreed with my prediction  that the “AFA (All Flash Array) market will be displaced by Hybrid arrays that provide all the benefits of Flash performance integrated into an enterprise…
  • Popular Storage Trends That Will Go Away: AFA and EFSS

    Hu Yoshida
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    In this competitive IT market we are constantly looking for new technologies. Venture capitalists make their fortunes on discovering and promoting new technologies before they cash out and go on to the next big thing. It is tempting to jump on every new promotion to be on the cutting edge. However, many of these technologies may fail or have a very short life span before they are replaced by newer or more comprehensive technology solutions. Unfortunately when this happens with storage, we are often left with the legacy of stranded storage, with tons of data that must be migrated to be usable…
  • Shirt Sizes are not the Way to Buy IT Infrastructure

    Hu Yoshida
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Last week we had an internal meeting in Santa Clara with representatives from all the geographies in Hitachi Data Systems. Since last week was also the finals for the World Cup in Football, we all received football shirts emblazoned with the words “One Hitachi”. As you can imagine, with an international audience, one size does not fit all. Prior to the meeting we all had to submit our shirt sizes, S, M, L, or XL. But even then, a size M in the US or UK is not the same as a size M in Japan or Hong Kong. Luckily we had enough of an assortment of sizes that we could swap around to find the…
  • Forrester and Gartner Evaluate Hitachi’s Unified Compute Platform

    Hu Yoshida
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:24 am
    Gartner published their Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems in June 2014. This is the first Integrated Systems report, which Gartner defines as “combinations of server, storage, and network infrastructure sold with management software that facilitates the provisioning and management of the combined unit.” Based on this definition, Hitachi Data Systems’ Unified Compute Platform was evaluated and included in this Magic Quadrant report. We believe HDS should be a clear leader given that our management software is not only “sold with” but also is orchestrated by the UCP Director for…
  • Technology without Social Innovation and Globalization will not Advance Civilization

    Hu Yoshida
    30 Jun 2014 | 11:25 am
    Ray Kurzweil, an American author, scientist, inventor, futurist, and a director of engineering at Google was quoted in Time Magazine in March 2012 saying: “A kid in Africa with a smart phone has access to more information than the president of the U.S. 15 years ago.” This is a powerful statement about the power of technology. However, that child in Africa will not be able to benefit from that wealth of information like a child in Silicon Valley. The reason for this is that the social infrastructure is not there to support that child in Africa as it is in Silicon Valley. Technology without…
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    Andrew McAfee's Blog

  • Even If Grandma Embraces Her Robot, Should We Fear It?

    Andrew McAfee
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    Zeynep Tufekci‘s recent piece “Failing the Third Machine Age: When Robots Come for Grandma” has been getting some attention. It’s a polemic against the prospect of using advanced technologies to provide elder care, embedded within a larger diatribe about technological progress, automation, and capitalism. I don’t want to take on her big argument here. If you want a response to it, and a very different and mindfully optimistic view of tech progress and capitalism, check out our book The Second Machine Age (an age which, incidentally, Tufekci thinks we’re…
  • When Regulators Attack: Cambridge and Uber

    Andrew McAfee
    19 Jun 2014 | 4:23 pm
    I’m on the brink of making a big real estate commitment in Cambridge, the idiosyncratic New England city I’ve called home since 1994. But a set of proposed regulations discussed at a License Commission meeting last night are so bad and so dumb they’re causing me to rethink whether or not I really want to live here. The draft rules cover how people get rides in the city. And I’ll at least give the Commission credit for honesty; they’re not even really trying any more to cover up their assault on Uber, Lyft, and other on demand, smartphone-summoned ride services.
  • The New Millennium’s Downward Ramp of Jobs

    Andrew McAfee
    13 Jun 2014 | 8:25 am
    Recent research continues to shed light on the big trends in the US labor market. Unfortunately, many if not most of them are bad news. As Thomas Edsall describes well in his latest New York Times column, it looks like demand has slowed down for even the most cognitively demanding jobs (in other words, the highest skilled ones) since the turn of the century. During the 1980s and 90s demand for jobs had a U-shaped pattern: there were plenty of opportunities at the high end and the low end (thanks to the rise of low-skilled service jobs) and shrinking opportunities in the middle. My MIT…
  • If There Was Already an Ocean of Data in 2007, How Much is there Now?

    Andrew McAfee
    2 Jun 2014 | 8:49 am
      I’ve been trying to figure out how to convey the scale of the ‘Big Data‘ phenomenon — the recent worldwide explosion of the volume of data encoded in digital form. Inspiration came from Randall Munroe’s fantastic “What if?” comics, which provide “Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions.” (check out his 2o14 TED talk and pre-order the “What if?” book.) So I decided to (poorly) imitate his methodology and try to seriously answer the question posed in the title of this post – if there was already…
  • Even Sweatshops are Getting Automated. So What’s Left?

    Andrew McAfee
    22 May 2014 | 11:21 am
    Comparison of Nike’s successive sustainability reports reveals that the company used 106,000 fewer contract employees around the world in 2013 than 2012 (a greater than 9% drop), even as both profits and revenues increased by 16% and 5%, respectively. A story in the International Business Times states that this is because the company is “shift[ing] toward automation” even though it already makes most of its products in some of the lowest-wage countries in the world — shoes in Vietnam, Indonesia, and China; apparel in Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and India. It could be…
 
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    The Enterprise System Spectator

  • SAP's Revamped Strategy for Small and Midsize Businesses

    Frank Scavo
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Dean MansfieldSAP announced today the launch of a new division focused solely on sales of its systems to small and midsize businesses. The SMB Solutions Group will be headed up by Dean Mansfield and will focus on companies with up to 500 employees. Moving against the tide, Mansfield comes to SAP from NetSuite, where he headed up global sales and operations. Product Strategy: Simplified Suite on HANA and Business OneWhat I find most interesting in the SAP press release is its ambiguity on what products Mansfield will be selling into the SMB market. The first part of the announcement appears to…
  • Fighting Complexity: Can SAP Run Simple?

    Frank Scavo
    11 Jun 2014 | 11:21 am
    When it comes to enterprise software vendors, SAP wants to be not just the largest but also the most simple. That’s the message behind SAP’s new theme, “Run Simple,” rolled out at its annual SapphireNow user conference in Orlando last week.At first glance, the theme of simplicity is an odd one. For over 20 years, SAP has been widely regarded as having software that is functionally rich but enormously complex. Its name has become synonymous with implementation projects that run into the tens, even hundreds, of millions of dollars, sometimes ending in failure or at least in…
  • Function and Dysfunction on Silicon Valley Boards, with Ken Goldman, CFO Yahoo

    Frank Scavo
    1 Jun 2014 | 6:57 am
    Are Silicon Valley companies more prone to dysfunctional boards than other companies? What are the keys for ensuring that a board does not run off the rails? These were some of the questions I asked Ken Goldman, Yahoo's CFO, last month in an on-stage interview at the Future in Review conference in Laguna Beach, CA. As someone who has served on over thirty corporate boards in his career, he had plenty to say about what works--and what doesn't--on corporate boards. How Do You Decide Which Boards to Join? With his extensive connections in Silicon Valley, Goldman receives many invitations to join…
  • Moving Forward with DDMRP at Lightspeed

    Frank Scavo
    14 May 2014 | 1:21 pm
    I love it when I'm proven wrong.  Back in 2011, I wrote a post on a new development in material planning: Demand Drive Material Requirements Planning (DDMRP).  Read the preceding link for the full story. But to summarize, DDMRP builds upon and extends the concepts of MRP while borrowing the best features of lean manufacturing and the theory of constraints. In my opinion, its most attractive feature is that it turns the focus in material planning from reliance on sales forecasts, which are always wrong, to positioning buffer inventory at strategic points in the supply chain, allowing…
  • What Fiori Means for SAP and Its Customers

    Frank Scavo
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:49 am
    Over the past several months, analysts and bloggers have been debating about whether SAP should offer its new user apps, Fiori, at no charge to customers under its maintenance program. The debate can be difficult to follow for those not familiar with Fiori or SAP's technology stack. This post summarizes the debate, including factors not often recognized, along with my view on what SAP should do in its own best interest and what it all means for SAP customers. What is Fiori?  SAP Fiori is a set of apps, newly written by SAP, that address the most broadly and frequently-used SAP functions,…
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    Schneier on Security

  • The Costs of NSA Surveillance

    schneier
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:10 am
    New America Foundation has a new paper on the costs of NSA surveillance: economic costs to US business, costs to US foreign policy, and costs to security. News article.
  • Conference on Deception

    schneier
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:29 am
    There was a conference on deception earlier this month. Sophie Van Der Zee has a summary of the sessions.
  • Russia Paying for a Tor Break

    schneier
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:06 am
    Russia has put out a tender on its official government procurement website for anyone who can identify Tor users. The reward of $114,000 seems pretty cheap for this capability. And we now get to debate whether 1) Russia cannot currently deaonymize Tor users, or 2) Russia can, and this is a ruse to make us think they can't.
  • Friday Squid Blogging: Build a Squid

    schneier
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:04 pm
    An interactive animation from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered.
  • Building a Legal Botnet in the Cloud

    schneier
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:33 am
    Two researchers have built a botnet using free anonymous accounts. They only collected 1,000 accounts, but there's no reason this can't scale to much larger numbers.
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    Network Security Blog

  • You’ve been reported … by an ad

    netsecpodcast@mckeay.net (Martin McKeay)
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:39 pm
    This looks like an interesting experiment; the City of London police have started placing ads on sites for pirated music warning that the visit to the site has been recorded and reported.  Called “Operation Creative”, this is an effort by the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) to educate people visiting sites that offer pirated music and videos that it’s illegal and could result in prosecution.  As if anyone who visits a pirate site didn’t already know exactly what they were doing and what the potential consequences are.  The City of London police call…
  • “Your cons are just an excuse to drink and party”

    netsecpodcast@mckeay.net (Martin McKeay)
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:38 pm
    I’m sure we’ve all heard it before when trying to get approval to travel to conventions:  “This is just a boondoggle and you’re going to party the week away!”  Many people believe that the only thing that gets done at security conferences is that a lot of alcohol gets consumed and people get silly at night.  If you go by some of the things we talk about publicly, it’s no surprise that managers might believe that.  While there’s a little bit of truth in accusations, the reality is that there’s so much more going on at conferences that we…
  • Balancing digital privacy

    netsecpodcast@mckeay.net (Martin McKeay)
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:35 pm
    I had an interesting conversation with a relative this week about privacy.  Which is, of course, why I’m writing about it on the blog.  The irony of the situation doesn’t escape me.   “I’ve been listening to you and it’s made me very careful about what I put on the Internet.  I have almost no digit presence, I’ve used very little social media and what few accounts I do have are under pseudonyms, with no direct link to me.  When I do a Google search on my name, it turns up a few hits on me, then the rest of the results are of you and and a friend of…
  • Can I use Dropbox?

    netsecpodcast@mckeay.net (Martin McKeay)
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:07 pm
    I know security is coming to the public awareness when I start getting contacted by relatives and friends about the security of products beyond anti-virus.  I think it’s doubly telling when the questions are not about how to secure their home systems but about the security of a product for their business.  Which is exactly what happened this week; I was contacted by a family member who wanted to know if it was safe to use Dropbox for business.  Is it safe, is it secure and will my business files be okay if I use Dropbox to share them between team members? Let’s be honest that…
  • Root my ride

    netsecpodcast@mckeay.net (Martin McKeay)
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:36 pm
    If you’ve never watched the anime Ghost in the Shell(GITS) and you’re in security, you’re doing yourself a great disfavor.  If nothing else, watch the Stand Alone Complex series as a primer of what we might expect from Anonymous in the future.  I know my friend Josh Corman tries to sit down to watch it every year or two in order to refresh his memory and help him understand what might be coming down the pipeline from chaotic actors.  And the authors of the manga/anime have a impressive understanding of what the future of hacking might bring in the long term.  Probably a…
 
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    EMC Blogs

  • Policy-Based IT: The Next Frontier?

    28 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
    Several years ago, it became clear to me that the next aspirational model for enterprise IT was “IT as a Service”, or ITaaS.     At its core was a simple yet powerful idea: that the core IT operational model should be refashioned around the convenient consumption of IT services.   Under the ITaaS model, most everything IT does is now presented as a variable service, marketed to users, with supply driven by the resulting demand.  IT becomes the internal service provider of choice. Now, several years later, that once-controversial idea has clearly grown deep roots,…
  • VSAN: The First 100+ Days

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:28 pm
    I have the distinct privilege of working closely with VMware’s VSAN team.  As a career storage guy, I find VSAN fascinating on many levels: - It’s a bona-fide storage product from a company not known for storage - It’s a 100% software product, uniquely interwoven with the vSphere hypervisor - It doesn’t look or act like a familiar storage array To say there were a few personal worry-bubbles when we took it to market would be an understatement.  What would our customers think?  How would storage people react to it? Now that the first full quarter is behind us (and…
  • Towards A Unified View Of "Software-Defined"

    17 Jul 2014 | 12:21 pm
    In one corner of our industry, we have a familiar discussion regarding hypervisors, or — more precisely — software-defined compute.   In another corner, we have a vigorous debate around software-defined networking.   And, closer to home, a completely separate debate around software-defined storage. Shouldn’t they all be aspects of the same discussion?   What do we gain by preferring a singular, consistent and integrated view of software-defined disciplines — and what do we lose by considering them individually, using a traditional lens? Let’s Start With…
  • Summer Reruns

    16 Jul 2014 | 1:19 pm
    I haven't been keeping up on my usual steady blogging pace recently. Maybe there's an industry lull, maybe it's the warm summer, who knows? In the meantime, I'd like to offer my regular readers a selection of earlier posts that have stood the test of time in terms of broad popularity and relevancy.   If you've seen these before, my apologies in advance :) #1 -- Writing A Good Strategy Doc For some reason, Google loves this post.  I had no idea it would be this popular -- it's been viewed over 100K times, with hundreds of new views every day.  That's a lot for me. I guess…
  • Application Business Mapping

    16 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
    As I continue learning about Adaptivity's capability to place an application and data on the best-fit infrastructure, I've stumbled upon the diagram below: This diagram shows the five areas of the business value chain (marketing & sales, service, internal operations, inbound logistics, and outbound logistics), and associates each of them with a specific category of processing (e.g. Market Context Processing is a class of processing associated with the marketing & sales element of the BVC). In my last post I explained that any business will inevitably overlay applications on…
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    Oracle Bloggers

  • MultiViewElement.Spliting.Enabled

    Geertjan
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    So you're using MultiViewElements in your NetBeans Platform application. When the user right-clicks one of the tabs they're able to split the editor you've created for them. Here you see the split functionality in the Source tab: Here you see the split functionality in the Design tab, i.e., in both cases the user right-clicks in the tab and then sees they can split the editor: However, what if you do NOT want that functionality? In the Branding dialog of the application, look for MultiViewElement.Spliting.Enabled as shown below, then right-click on the word below, choose "Add To…
  • Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-2 Sets World Record on SPC-2/E Benchmark

    Claudia Caramelli-Oracle
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:19 am
    Recently Oracle published a new SPC-2/E world record benchmark for the ZS3-2 storage platform demonstrating, once again, that the Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-2 offers customers excellent price/performance for high-throughput workloads such as data warehouse, business analytics and video on-demand applications. The ZFS Storage ZS3-2 beats IBM DS8870 by 10x(2) and HP P9500 by 7x(3) on price/performance. For further information, please refer to the press release regarding this benchmark: http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/press/2226303
  • Spotlight on GlassFish 4.1: #3 Changing the release number

    delabassee
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:25 am
    'Spotlight on GlassFish 4.0.1' is a series of posts that highlights specific enhancements of the upcoming GlassFish 4.0.1 release. It could be a new feature, a fix, a behavior change, a tip, etc. #3 Changing the release number Originally, the upcoming release of GlassFish was going to be called GlassFish 4.0.1 as it was mostly focused on fixing issues. But based on its actual content, we decided that calling it 4.1 would make more sense and reflect more the scope of this release: Support for Java SE 8  Support for Java EE 7 specifications that had a Maintenance Release : Weld 1.2,…
  • 通过合理化的路径将您的OCA认 证升级至OCP当 前版本

    hamsun
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Oracle Database Administrator Certified AssociateOCAOracle Database Certified ProfessionalOCPOCAOCPOracle Database Administrator Certified Professional Oracle Database 12cOCAOracle Database Administrator Certified ProfessionalOracle Database 11g12c Administrator Certified Professional 11g DBA OCP Oracle9i DatabaseOracle Database 10g Administrator Certified Associate9i10g DBA OCAOracle Database 11g Administrator Certified Professional11g DBA OCP 1.2Oracle Database 11g Administrator OCP –Oracle9iOracle Database 10g DBA OCA 2.Upgrade Oracle9i/10g OCA to Oracle Database 11g OCP1Z0-034 12c DBA…
  • Individuality VS Collaboration By Phillip

    Nadiya
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:35 pm
    The past month – lots of sleepless nights, national pride, arguments with friends and fans, constant questioning of referee’s decisions and ability of coaches, blaming players and lack of team chemistry. And of course mistaking anger, poor decisions and moments of insanity to passion for football. Yes, the World Cup – an event that stops the world, brings nations together – the world stage to showcase some of the worlds top talent, putting football clubs across the world into a bidding and recruiting frenzy to secure this talent. Watching each match, whether in the group stages, knock…
 
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    JT on EDM

  • Two live events in July on Predictively Enabling Your Organization

    James Taylor
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    Copyright © 2014 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorI am presenting at a couple of evening events in July on Predictively Enabling your Organization. Sponsored by Predixion, these events will introduce you to predictive analytics and will share practical tips on how to leverage predictive analytics to improve results across your business. I’ll discuss the power of Predictive Analytics, how to get started and how to scale across your organization. There are two events and you can request registration here for either of them. Boston July 23rd Chicago July 30th Hope to see you at one of…
  • 40% discount on my book thanks to IBM Press

    James Taylor
    3 Jul 2014 | 8:55 am
    Copyright © 2014 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorIBM Press is 10 years old this month and to celebrate all books and eBooks are 40% off through the end of July! You can buy my book, Decision Management Systems: A Practical Guide to Using Business Rules and Predictive Analytics and get this discount. Just buy it here and use discount code IBM10YEARS during checkout.
  • Decision Management Systems Past and Future: A video

    James Taylor
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    Copyright © 2014 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorA short video in which I discuss the past and future of Decision Management as part of celebrating IBM Press’ 10th year. I published Decision Management Systems:A Practical Guide to Using Business Rules and Predictive Analytics with IBM Press at the end of 2011 and you can but it direct from IBM Press here or amazon.com here.
  • First Look: RulePlex

    James Taylor
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:48 am
    Copyright © 2014 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorRulePlex is a business rules environment startup based in Orlando FL. The basic product consists of a Rule Manager that allows access to a set of policies. Each policy contains business rules and these rules can be written in different languages – Javascript, C# and Visual Basic with Python and Ruby to follow. Each policy uses rules in a specific language. Policies contain a list of rules and provide some basic search and filtering to find the rules you are looking for. Policies can be active or inactive and can be locked. A history is kept…
  • First Look: Teradata Aster R

    James Taylor
    26 Jun 2014 | 7:49 am
    Copyright © 2014 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorWhile R has become very popular in recent years the fact remains that as an open source product it has some scalability and performance issues (discussed in our paper on Standards in Predictive Analytics for instance). Base open source R is not really designed for the kind of large data volumes, Big Data, that are increasingly common as it is designed to run in-memory and largely single threaded. Teradata has today announced Teradata Aster R. This is designed to allow you to run R “in-database” on Aster’s MPP architecture – to run…
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    Development & Integration Blogs

  • Privacy Concerns with Persistent Logins

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:01 am
    We need to keep in mind that soft-logins are a user convenience option for regular users of a web-based solution. However there are many privacy issues related to the use of persistent logins and the process of providing cookies for this process is inherently insecure.
  • Metadata redefinition 2: how?

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:09 am
    Metrici has a very versatile data model, but if we used any other approach, the versatility of the data would be compromised. As it is, we are only scratching the surface of what it can do.
  • Minimizing Downtime

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Zero downtime, or at least zero unplanned downtime, is a goal many people feel they should strive for. Unfortunately, this goal is unattainable, or at least has been so far in the short history of computing. Setting an unattainable goal is counterpro...
  • Consultant Toolbox: Harvest Time Tracker / Invoicing

    18 Jul 2014 | 2:46 am
    If you're an independent consultant (as I am currently), time tracking, invoicing and estimates are all probably a big part of your weekly routine. I've used different systems for years, most recently landing on a combination of Google Docs and PayPal to track my time and generate invoices based on them.    Although this spreadsheet-based system worked, it was far from
  • Metadata redefinition 1: what and why?

    15 Jul 2014 | 8:29 am
    By changing how you define solutions, Metrici lets you develop any solution using the most appropriate paradigms and tools. Metrici isn't a "one size fits all" approach, it supports multiple specialised approaches for different types of solution
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    StorageMojo

  • High performance SSDs: hot, hungry & sometimes slow

    Robin Harris
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Anyone looking at how flash SSDs have revolutionized power constrained mobile computing could be forgiven for thinking that all SSDs are power-efficient. But they’re not. In a recent Usenix HotStorage ’14 paper Power, Energy and Thermal Considerations in SSD-Based I/O Acceleration researchers Jie Zhang, Mustafa Shihab and Myoungsoo Jung of UT Dallas examine what they call “many-resource” SSDs, those with multiple channels, cores and flash chips. Their SSD taxonomy divides SSDs in terms of interfaces, cores, channels, flash chips and DRAM size. There’s no one…
  • Performance: IOPS or latency or data services?

    Robin Harris
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:19 am
    Unpacking the data services vs performance metric debate. Why we should stop the IOPS wars and focus on latency. IOPS is not that important for most data centers today because flash arrays are so much faster than the storage they replace. That’s why the first post was titled IOPS is not the key number. The point of that post was that in the context of all flash arrays the greater benefit comes from lower latency, not more IOPS. Everyone agrees more IOPS aren’t much use once the needed threshold value is crossed. But lower latency is a lasting benefit. The second post Data services…
  • Hike blogging

    Robin Harris
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Sunday morning took the Brins Mesa trail loop. Sometimes people wonder if I ever get bored with the scenery. Not yet!
  • Flash Memory Summit 2014

    Robin Harris
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:14 pm
    The entire StorageMojo analyst team will be saddling up and leaving the bone-dry high desert of Arizona to see the fleshpots of Santa Clara for the 2014 Flash Memory Summit. StorageMojo’s Chief Analyst will be chairing Session U-2: Annual Update on Enterprise Flash Storage. That’s on Tuesday, August 5th, at 9:45. Who knows, maybe there will be discussion of the latency vs data services controversy. Looking forward to meeting the attendee from the Republic of San Marino, and finding out what they’ve been doing with flash. Don’t be shy. Feel free to sidle up and say…
  • The new storage industry rave

    Robin Harris
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:44 am
    It used to be so simple: EMC, NetApp, Hitachi and the captive storage businesses of systems companies. Add in some fast running startups, such as today’s Nimble, Nutanix and Avere, to keep things interesting. But no more. While the startups will require several more years before they make a dent in the big boy’s businesses, the cloud storage vendors are taking the joy out of high-end storage. But wait, there’s more! A group of new entrants are moving into the enterprise storage business and they promise to be even more exciting. Why? Because they are already large businesses…
 
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  • Cisco Ships APIC Controller, Reveals ACI Pricing

    Marcia Savage
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:08 am
    The key piece of Cisco's ACI strategy will ship July 31, along with new ACI starter kits. The company also made the ACI price list public.
  • Fall IT Events: On The Road Again With 10 Top Picks

    James M. Connolly
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    Fall IT conferences and trade shows are right around the corner. Browse these events focused on networking, cloud, data centers, and storage, and start planning for a fantastic fall.
  • 25 GbE: A Big Deal That Will Arrive

    Greg Ferro
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:06 am
    Why all the hubbub about 25 Gigabit Ethernet? It allows the biggest jump in data center Ethernet performance for the smallest jump in price. That's why.
  • White-Box Switches: Are You Ready?

    Tom Hollingsworth
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    White-box switching promises flexibility and lower costs, so should you make the leap? It depends.
  • 802.11ac WLAN Sales Poised To Surge

    Robert Mullins
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Unlike previous generations of WiFi standards, 802.11ac doesn't come with a price premium, which is fueling strong sales, according to Dell'Oro.
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    Network & Infrastructure Blogs

  • Risk Management Part I

    29 Jul 2014 | 3:42 pm
    What is a good methodology towards risk management? One of the best ways to start to perform risk management is to have solid change management process in place.
  • DB2 11 for z/OS Performance Topics is completed and available

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:34 am
    (Posted Tuesday, July 29, 2014) Good news from the IBM Redbook website. The DB2 11 Performance Topics Redbook has been posted in its final status; it is no longer a Draft. All of the comments made about it since becoming a draft have accumulated and editing has been completed. It is now ready for general consumption. Of course, this is also a performance Redbook which always generates a little
  • Advanced Malware: The Basics

    29 Jul 2014 | 2:22 am
    This three-part series examines advanced threats, how they work, and how to defend against them.
  • Privacy Concerns with Persistent Logins

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:01 am
    We need to keep in mind that soft-logins are a user convenience option for regular users of a web-based solution. However there are many privacy issues related to the use of persistent logins and the process of providing cookies for this process is inherently insecure.
  • IoT in the workplace is no reason to panic

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:58 am
    Organizations already having the right controls and processes in place have what they need to prevent IoT-related advanced persistent threats.
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    Data Management Blogs

  • Where do YOU think we'll be?

    27 Jul 2014 | 8:29 pm
    In 1975, I was working on a project that had reached the Systems Integration Testing phase. While a small group of us were sitting in the company cafeteria having a cup of coffee and freshly baked pie (cherry, as I remember it ;-), we started discussing where computer technology would be in 2000 ... i.e. 25 years in the future.
  • Tim Bryce - PERSONAL TECHNOLOGY'S EFFECT ON AIR TRAVEL - 7/25/2014

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    What I discovered on my flight from Asheville.
  • Some aspects of Mobile application development

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:12 am
    With the increased adoption of mobility in modern enterprises, there are certain aspects that need to be kept into consideration for an efficient rollout.
  • I was agile before agile was cool!

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    I was just doing some random searching of the internet just for fun. You know, the kind of thing you do when you are bored and have the time to just start a search (either with Bin or Google) and then click on various links as you find them. Well, as I was doing so, I encountered some definitions for "DevOps" which led me to a link to the Manifesto for Agile Software Development. When I went _there_
  • When should you call in an specialist?

    20 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    I interviewed today for a gig that (initially) sounded like a fairly decent project. It involved a situation where a company was executing DTS packages to transfer data from a SQL Server 2008R2 vendor database into their own SQL Server 2008R2. (Yeah, I said and meant "DTS".) They have become concerned because a) the DTS packages "aren't performing like they used to" and b) "DTS isn't supported in
 
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    Enterprise Back Office Blogs

  • DB2 11 for z/OS Performance Topics is completed and available

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:34 am
    (Posted Tuesday, July 29, 2014) Good news from the IBM Redbook website. The DB2 11 Performance Topics Redbook has been posted in its final status; it is no longer a Draft. All of the comments made about it since becoming a draft have accumulated and editing has been completed. It is now ready for general consumption. Of course, this is also a performance Redbook which always generates a little
  • Privacy Concerns with Persistent Logins

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:01 am
    We need to keep in mind that soft-logins are a user convenience option for regular users of a web-based solution. However there are many privacy issues related to the use of persistent logins and the process of providing cookies for this process is inherently insecure.
  • An Integrated Approach to Enterprise Mobility

    27 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Enterprise apps require different development, design and deployment styles compared to consumer apps and enterprise IT departments demand application platforms that can readily deliver true enterprise apps on a mobile device while at the same time meeting consumerized expectations for interfaces and social aspects of computing.
  • HTML5 Enters the Trough of Disillusionment

    25 Jul 2014 | 7:29 am
    In the frenetic pace of mobile technology, the Hype Cycle for a major technology vibrates at an entirely new wavelength. New products are born and die in weeks not years and megatrends of yesterday become footnotes in tomorrow?s museum of archived technology.
  • Five ERP Implementation Lessons From Summer Vacation

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    These summer months provide many of us with good reasons to slow down and relax. Whether it be summer vacations, time at the beach, or enjoying the longer days, many of us find the time to enjoy a slightly slower pace whenever possible.
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  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 R2 更新プログラム最新版 (Update Rollup 3) がリリースされました!!

    Kazuyuki Masudo
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:44 am
    こんにちは、日本マイクロソフト System Center Support Team の益戸です。 2014年7月29日に System Center 2012 R2 向けに Update Rollup 3 (UR3) がリリースされましたのでお知らせいたします。 Update Rollup 3 for System Center 2012 R2 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2965090/ja   このリリースでは、以下の製品に対して修正プログラムが提供されています。 本修正プログラムは、Microsoft Update 経由で更新プログラムをダウンロードしてインストールすることができます。…
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 SP1 更新プログラム最新版 (Update Rollup 7) がリリースされました!!

    Kazuyuki Masudo
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:42 am
    こんにちは、日本マイクロソフト System Center Support Team の益戸です。   2014年7月29日に System Center 2012 SP1 向けに Update Rollup 7 (UR7) がリリースされましたのでお知らせいたします。   Update Rollup 7 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2965089/ja   このリリースでは、以下の製品に対して修正プログラムが提供されています。 本修正プログラムは、Microsoft Update 経由で更新プログラムをダウンロードしてインストールすることができます。…
  • Blog Post: 2014 台北電腦應用展登場 Windows 8.1 新機盡出 滿足大小尺吋需求

    MicrosoftTaiwan
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:54 am
    精選 App 熱鬧助陣 影音、娛樂、工作、遊戲一應俱全 (2014 年 7 月 30 日,台北) 眾所期待的台北電腦應用展將於明天 (31日) 隆重登場,台灣微軟與各大廠牌聯手推出多款大小尺吋的 Windows 8.1…
  • Blog Post: نظرة إلى شهر الشباب في جنوب أفريقيا

    4AfrikaTeam
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:49 am
      بواسطة متيتو نياتي، مدير عام المناطق الناشئة الشرق الأوسط وأفريقيا، مايكروسوفت موهبة وإمكانات شباب أفريقيا يجب عليها أن تنبض مع سرعة النمو في القارة. ولكن فجوة الفرص والفجوة الرقمية لا تزال تمنع العديد من المائتي مليون شاب في القارة، الذين يتراوح أعمارهم من بين 15 إلى 24 عاما، من الوصول إلى إمكاناتهم الكاملة. لقد رأينا كيف أن…
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Events.

    Steven Mullaghan
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:33 am
    Microsoft official and Community tech events coming your way this August and beyond. Which event are you going to? Let us know via @TechNetUK.   Featured Event MVP Windows Server 2003 End of Service Roadshow. In early September 2014, MVPs and Community Leaders will be sharing their expertise to help you understand the technical and business impact of the end support for Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2 and Small Business Server 2003. A lot has changed since 2003 and so have the Microsoft product offerings, giving you greater functionality and flexibility. The evening will cover…
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    MSRC

  • July 2014 Security Bulletin Webcast and Q&A

    Dustin C. Childs
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Today we published the July 2014 Security Bulletin webcast questions and answers page along with the webcast replay. We answered eight questions on air, with the majority focusing on the update for Internet Explorer. The transcript also includes a question we did not have time to answer on the air. Here is the video replay: We invite you to join us for the next scheduled webcast on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at 11 a.m. PDT (UTC -7), when we will go into detail about the August bulletin release and answer your bulletin deployment questions live on the air. There’s no longer a need to…
  • Security Advisory 2982792 released, Certificate Trust List updated

    Dustin C. Childs
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Today, we are updating the Certificate Trust List (CTL) for all supported releases of Microsoft Windows to remove the trust of mis-issued third-party digital certificates. These certificates could be used to spoof content and perform phishing or man-in-the-middle attacks against web properties. With this update, most customers will be automatically protected against this issue and will not need to take any action. If you do not have automatic updates enabled, or if you are on Windows Server 2003, please see the Security Advisory 2982792 for recommended actions. Additionally, the Enhanced…
  • July 2014 Security Bulletin Release

    Dustin C. Childs
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Many around the globe have been following the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ closely. Regardless of which country you are supporting, many folks have been impressed by the defensive display put on by keeper Tim Howard in a loss against Belgium. It was a great performance highlighting a strong defense – always a good thing to have, be it on the pitch or on your system. This month’s release includes six new security bulletins, addressing 29 Common Vulnerability and Exposures (CVEs) in Microsoft Windows and Internet Explorer. Two of these security bulletins are rated Critical,…
  • Advance Notification Service for the July 2014 Security Bulletin Release

    Dustin C. Childs
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Today, we provide advance notification for the release of six Security Bulletins. Two of these are rated Critical, three are rated as Important, and one is rated Moderate in severity. These Updates are for Microsoft Windows and Internet Explorer. This month we will also premier the new format for our Security Bulletin Webcast, scheduled on Wednesday, July 9, at 11 a.m. PDT. Registration, downloading the Live Meeting client, and dialing in to a separate number will no longer be required. You can find details on how to view the webcast here. As per our usual process, we’ve scheduled the…
  • Driving a Collectively Stronger Security Community with Microsoft Interflow

    MSRC Team
    23 Jun 2014 | 5:30 am
    Today, Microsoft is pleased to announce the private preview of Microsoft Interflow, a security and threat information exchange platform for analysts and researchers working in cybersecurity. Interflow uses industry specifications to create an automated, machine-readable feed of threat and security information that can be shared across industries and groups in near real-time. The goal of the platform is to help security professionals respond more quickly to threats. It will also help reduce cost of defense by automating processes that are currently performed manually.  Microsoft’s…
 
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    SQLblog.com - The SQL Server blog spot on the web

  • New training on Power Pivot with recorded video courses

    Marco Russo (SQLBI)
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:10 pm
    I and Alberto Ferrari started delivering training on Power Pivot in 2010, initially in classrooms and then also online. We also recorded videos for Project Botticelli, where you can find content about Microsoft tools and services for Business Intelligence. In the last months, we produced a recorded video course for people that want to learn Power Pivot without attending a scheduled course. We split the entire Power Pivot course training in three editions, offering at a lower price the more introductive modules: Beginner: introduces Power Pivot to any user who knows Excel and want to create…
  • Scripting out Contained Database Users

    Argenis
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:48 pm
      Today’s blog post comes from a Twitter thread on which @SQLSoldier, @sqlstudent144 and @SQLTaiob were discussing the internals of contained database users. Unless you have been living under a rock, you’ve heard about the concept of contained users within a SQL Server database (hit the link if you have not). In this article I’d like to show you that you can, indeed, script out contained database users and recreate them on another database, as either contained users or as good old fashioned logins/server principals as well. Why would this be useful? Well, because you would not need…
  • DIVIDE vs division operator in #dax

    Marco Russo (SQLBI)
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Alberto Ferrari wrote an interesting article about DIVIDE performance in DAX. This new function has been introduced in SQL Server Analysis Services 2012 SP1, so it is available also in Excel 2013 (which still doesn’t have other features/fixes introduced by following Cumulative Updates…). The idea that instead of writing: IF ( Sales[Quantity] <> 0, Sales[Amount] / Sales[Quantity], BLANK () ) you can write: DIVIDE ( Sales[Amount], Sales[Quantity] ) There is a third optional argument in DIVIDE that defines the result in case the denominator (second argument) is zero, and by default its…
  • SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 2 Cumulative Update #1 is available!

    AaronBertrand
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The SQL Server team has released SQL Server 2012 SP2 Cumulative Update #1. This cumulative updates Service Pack 2 to include the fixes from SP1 CU#10 and a few from CU#11, including the fix for the online index rebuild corruption issue I discussed recently on SQLPerformance.com . It also marks the first time in the SQL Server 2012 timeframe that both cumulative update branches are on roughly the same schedule, which makes many of us happy I'm sure. :-) KB Article: KB #2976982 Build # is 11.0.5532...(read more)
  • SSISDB Analysis Script on Gist

    Davide Mauri
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    I've created two simple, yet very useful, script to extract some useful data to quickly monitor SSIS packages execution in SQL Server 2012 and after.get-ssis-execution-status  get-ssis-data-pumped-rows  I've started to use gist since it comes very handy, for this "quick'n'dirty" scripts and snippets, and you can find the above scripts and others (hopefully the number will increase over time...I plan to use gist to store all the code snippet I used to store in a dedicated folder on my machine) there.Now, back to the aforementioned scripts. The first one…
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    MySQL Performance Blog

  • Prevent MySQL downtime: Set max_user_connections

    Peter Zaitsev
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    One of the common causes of downtime with MySQL is running out of connections. Have you ever seen this error? “ERROR 1040 (00000): Too many connections.” If you’re working with MySQL long enough you surely have. This is quite a nasty error as it might cause complete downtime… transient errors with successful transactions mixed with failing ones as well as only some processes stopping to run properly causing various kinds of effects if not monitored properly.There are number of causes for running out of connections, the most common ones involving when the Web/App server…
  • What I learned while migrating a customer MySQL installation to Amazon RDS

    Michael Coburn
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Hi, I recently had the experience of assisting with a migration of a customer MySQL installation to Amazon RDS (Relational Database Service). Amazon RDS is a great platform for hosting your MySQL installation and offers the following list of pros and cons:You can scale your CPU, IOPS, and storage space separately by using Amazon RDS. Otherwise you need to take downtime and upgrade physical components of a rack-mounted server.Backups, software version patching, failure detection, and (some) recovery is automated with Amazon RDS.You lose shell access to your DB instanceYou lose SUPER privilege…
  • Monitoring MySQL flow control in Percona XtraDB Cluster 5.6

    Stephane Combaudon
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:41 am
    Monitoring flow control in a Galera cluster is very important. If you do not, you will not understand why writes may sometimes be stalled. Percona XtraDB Cluster 5.6 provides 2 status variables for such monitoring: wsrep_flow_control_paused and wsrep_flow_control_paused_ns. Which one should you use?What is flow control?Flow control does not exist with regular MySQL replication, but only with Galera replication. It is simply the mechanism nodes are using when they are not able to keep up with the write load: to keep replication synchronous, the node that is starting to lag instructs the other…
  • Putting MySQL Fabric to Use: July 30 webinar

    Fernando Ipar
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Martin and I have recently been blogging together about MySQL Fabric (in case you’ve missed this, you can find the first post of the series here), and on July 30th, we’re going to be presenting a webinar on this topic titled “Putting MySQL Fabric to Use.”The focus of the webinar is to help you get started quickly on this technology, so we’ll include very few slides (mostly just a diagram or two) and then jump straight into shared screen mode, with lots of live console and source code examples.In order to make the best use of time, we won’t show you how to…
  • DBaaS, OpenStack and Trove 101: Introduction to the basics

    Dimitri Vanoverbeke
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    We’ll be publishing a series of posts on OpenStack and Trove over the next few weeks, diving into their usage and purpose. For readers who are already familiar with these technologies, there should be no doubt as to why we are incredibly excited about them, but for those who aren’t, consider this a small introduction to the basics and concepts.What is Database as a Service (DBaaS)? In a nutshell, DBaaS – as it is frequently referred to – is a loose moniker to the concept of providing a managed cloud-based database environment accessible by users, applications or…
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  • A partial VRM FAQ

    Doc Searls
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:49 am
    I want to do two things here.  One is to get going on a long-form FAQ for ProjectVRM. The other is to address some of the questions about VRM that have come up, both on the ProjectVRM list, and on the recent Respect Network launch tour. Q: How can VRM succeed when the Average Joe shows no interest in it? A: First, there is no Average Joe. Difference is a fundamental human quality. All of us have different faces, voices, thoughts, flaws, aspirations, phobias and the rest of it. Even identical twins, both grown from the same split egg, can have radically different souls and lives. Second,…
  • #VRM and the OpenNotice Legal Hackathon

    Doc Searls
    12 Jul 2014 | 6:57 am
    The OpenNotice Legal Hackathon is happening now: 12 July 2014. Go to that link and click on various links there to see the live video, participate via IRC and other fun stuff. It’s multinational. Our hosts are in Berlin. I’m in Tel Aviv (having just arrived from Sydney by way of Istanbul). Others are elsewhere in the world. It’s moving up on 5pm, local time here, and 10am in New York. I’m prepping for talking #VRM at this link here and  this link here. Here are some core questions we’ll be visiting. I’ll add more links later. This is enough to get us…
  • #TakeBackControl with #VRM

    Doc Searls
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:07 am
    That’s a big part of what tonight’s Respect Network launch here in London is about. I’ll be speaking briefly tonight at the event and giving the opening keynote at the Immersion Day that will follow tomorrow. Here is a draft of what I’ll say tonight: This launch is personal. It’s about privacy. It’s about control. It’s about taking back what we lost when Industry won the Industrial Revolution. It’s about fixing a marketplace that has been ruled by giant companies for a hundred and fifty years — even on the Internet, which was designed —…
  • VRM is as distributed as humanity

    Doc Searls
    12 Jun 2014 | 7:54 am
    VRM is for the  individual human beings we call customers. While human beings form collective groups — families, teams, parishes, parties — what makes each of us most human is our individuality — and our capacity to grow and change. We are all different. Even identical twins, grown from the same split egg, can be as different as male and female. Our species evolved faces so we could tell each other apart, express ourselves differently, and live separate and unique lives. No other species has the same degree of variation among faces and voices, or has the same ability to…
  • VRM early June rundown

    Doc Searls
    9 Jun 2014 | 7:03 pm
    Cozy Cloud, an open source personal cloud (and therefore VRM) company based in France, just raised a million bucks. Nice work! MyWave, a New Zealand-based VRM/CMR (Customer Managed Relationship) company, says this in one of its recent posts: MyWave’s vision is for an online world where individuals have control and ownership of their data and have the power to choose and create ‘segment of one’ personal relationships based on Mutual Value. That means giving people the power to gather, control and use their data in one place; to see where they have been, what they have been doing and…
 
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    Symantec Connect

  • Error bptm(pid=117308) error requesting media, TpErrno = Robot operation failed

    Andre7
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:50 am
    I need a solution I all. I would like to ask for any help for the error message I am experiencing: I have NetBackup 7.6.0.1 on Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise x64 with HP MSL2024 G3 Tape library   7/30/2014 10:26:56 AM - Info bpbrm(pid=123304) sedcims is the host to backup data from      7/30/2014 10:26:56 AM - Info bpbrm(pid=123304) reading file list for client         7/30/2014 10:26:56 AM - granted resource sedcims.NBU_CLIENT.MAXJOBS.sedcims 7/30/2014 10:26:56 AM - granted resource sedcims.NBU_POLICY.MAXJOBS.db_backup_class…
  • Veritas Operations Manager 6.1: Documentation Available

    Utpal Bhatt
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:44 am
    I do not need a solution (just sharing information) Documentation for Veritas Operations Manager 6.1 is now available at the following locations: PDF and HTML versions: SORT documentation page Hardware and Software Compatibility List HOWTO Topics Veritas Operations Manager 6.1 documentation set includes the following manuals: Release Notes Veritas Operations Manager Management Server Release Notes Quick Start Guide Veritas Operations Manager Quick Start Guide Veritas Operations Manager Management Server Guides Veritas Operations Manager Management Server Installation and Configuration…
  • Backup Exec Install 2012

    IT_pit
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:26 am
    I need a solution After the Installation from Backup Exec my Backup Exec Server Service fails. The Event View says internal Error 536813108 and the backup exec server service detect an schema error. Who can help me ?
  • Improve agent Software Delivery GUI

    JannasTo
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:23 am
    When you require the users to open the Sysytem Management Agent to install software its not very intuitive for normal users to install an app listed. SCCM has an option to 'Install' which is simple and easy to read. Altiris has the sidebar saying 'application tasks' - with the name of the application under it which doesn't look like a clickable link, even though it is. Also, why do the users need to see all the advanced options on the sidebar like enable bandwidth control etc. should this not be on a seperate tab from installing a piece of software. Seperate the normal user information and…
  • Enterprise Vault Version Numbers

    Rob.Wilcox
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:20 am
    In the past version numbers within Enterprise Vault were pretty straight forward. You had the base release, and service packs.  Sometimes people would have hot fixes, but that usually affected a handful of files. It all got a bit more complicated with the introduction of the Cumulative Hotfixes. And worse, it’s not easy any more to find out what specifically is installed. Let’s take a few examples: On a regular Enterprise Vault 10.0.4 environment you might see that the binaries are like this: And if you do Help -> About Enterprise Vault in the VAC you’ll see: That’s good, but…
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    Enterprise Irregulars

  • Best Way to Succeed as a Solopreneur: Go For Fewer Customers

    Bob Warfield
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:15 pm
    I’m reading with interest some posts that are hot on Techmeme at the moment from Jared Sinclair and Marco Arment about succeeding with iOS apps and as a Solopreneur.  Jared’s blog post is a cautionary tale for those who would like to bootstrap a small venture well enough to quit their day jobs. Many weigh in with various comments and based on his latest post, it looks like Jared was inundated with a bunch of notes from people who thought he just didn’t market the app enough. I’ve been a solopreneur with some part-time helpers trying to make the gig into a multi-person bootstrap for…
  • Wearables to Work Smarter, Not Harder

    Jason Corsello
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Few changes have had as big an impact on the workplace as the mobile revolution. The next chapter of that revolution? Wearable technologies. They may still be something of a novelty, but these technologies will undoubtedly redefine the future of work, from how employees do their jobs to their relationships with managers and colleagues. Wearable technologies — everything from smartwatches to gloves like the ones Fujitsu unveiled at Mobile World Congress — might at first seem better suited to a sci-fi movie than the workplace, but that’s changing quickly. Google Glass, Fitbit and other…
  • Yes, it’s true… one in three Apple engineers is really Indian

    Phil Fersht
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:16 am
    We have heard a lot about Apple’s manufacturing outsourcing, where the firm has ~500,000 people subcontracted via Foxconn in China to crank out its iPhones, but very little about its IT outsourcing habits. So… does Apple also leverage large scale IT outsourcing? If answer is yes, then what kind of IT outsourcing is done by Apple, and how it has been changing with time? With these questions in mind, our ever-curious India-based analyst (note: also keen novelist now seemingly developing a penchant for investigative journalism), Pareekh Jain, started studying Apple’s IT outsourcing…
  • The White House and SupplierPay: From the Basics to the Behind the Scenes

    Jason Busch
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:03 am
    Right around the time that the Spend Matters analyst tasked with covering the intersection of purchase-to-pay, order-to-cash, trade financing, and payments left the country for a few weeks, President Obama and his team had the nerve to fast-track what is perhaps the most important thing to happen to procurement in decades in terms of government guidance. Earlier this month, the White House unveiled SupplierPay, a corporate program designed to get cash flowing more effectively throughout the supply chain. A quick summary of SupplierPay can be found on the White House blog. SupplierPay is not a…
  • At About $2m in ARR, Every Great Hire Will Be Accretive.

    Jason M. Lemkin
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Recently, I was talking to the CEO of a pretty successful SaaS company doing ~$3m in ARR, growing nicely, in a good space.  Doing just fine. And he was proud he’d just hired a VP of Sales at a below-market rate. Dude.  I told him.  That’s a negative.  Because at your size and growth rate, It Just Doesn’t Matter.  If she’s any good. Because it turns out, once you hit just $2m in ARR, and maybe even much earlier — every great hire will be accretive.  Will make you more money than you pay them in cash.  I guarantee it, in fact. Let me explain the math.  Let’s assume you are…
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    Mzinga Insights

  • Employee Development Drives Retention - By Cindy Pascale, CEO – Vado, Inc.

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    In a recent poll, 100% of respondents indicated that employee development can lower employee turnover.If 100% of respondents feel offering employees the opportunity to develop their careers and develop their skills and competencies in order to meet their future career aspirations, why aren’t more companies offering their employees development opportunities?Especially when the research shows that one of the drivers of turnover is lack of development.In independent studies by both Hay Group and Kenexa, they both showed that 30% of employees leave due to lack of professional development.If HR…
  • Development Drives Retention By: Cindy Pascale, CEO, Vado, Inc

    7 Jul 2014 | 9:07 am
    According to CareerBuilder.com, 21% of employees plan on finding a new job in 2014.Are you ready to lose 1 out of 5 of your employees?I don’t think so because you know that turnover is costly.There are the obvious costs – hiring, interviewing, and training costs.And there are the less obvious cost of turnover such as running your business under staffed, or losing top talent and even worse losing talent to your competition.So, it makes sense that every company needs to take action to do what they can to minimize turnover. And one way to do this is through development. Studies show that…
  • Mzinga Named an Innovator in the Aragon Research Globe™ for Social Software

    30 Jun 2014 | 8:16 am
    Mzinga is recognized for early adoption and innovation in social software. June 30, 2014 11:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time BURLINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aragon Research (http://www.aragonresearch.com), a leading technology research and advisory firm, has identified Mzinga’s OmniSocial® Learning platform as an Innovator in its just published Aragon Research Globe™ for Social Software. Mzinga (http://www.mzinga.com) is a leading provider of enterprise social software solutions and services targeting the social learning, marketing and support markets for employees, customers and…
 
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    deal architect

  • Shame on who?

    25 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
    You have heard the expression “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me”. But if you get fooled 6-7-8 times, who do you blame? As I go through every nook and crevice of the SAP economy...
  • Oracle DaaS Data-as-a-Service

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Oracle invited me to moderate a panel in their DaaS launch today. Watch the whole hour for some great perspectives on this exciting new market category, and our panel starting around 26.00. Talking to Steve Miranda and Omar Tawakol before...
  • Uber Alles Paralysis

    13 Jul 2014 | 6:04 am
    As the World Cup winds down, it has been such a celebration of global diversity. Polite Japanese fans cleaning up after themselves. Crushed Brazilian fans applauding the German team. And the reverse – way too many leaders blaming losses on...
  • Brasil won

    8 Jul 2014 | 6:46 pm
    Kudos to Germany for that amazing victory. But it was just a game. Brazil has been winning millions of hearts in the last month. Like that of my nephew who had a fabulous week there during the FIFA WC. And...
  • Happy 10th, Deal Architect

    7 Jul 2014 | 5:18 am
    Filing quarterly corporate taxes I came across Deal Architect’s incorporation papers. Happy (belated) birthday! It’s a good time to thank so many for the decade: Many consulting clients of the company - you have trusted us with many leading edge,...
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    Chuck's Blog

  • Policy-Based IT: The Next Frontier?

    Chuck Hollis
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:58 am
    Several years ago, it became clear to me that the next aspirational model for enterprise IT was “IT as a Service”, or ITaaS.     At its core was a simple yet powerful idea: that the core IT operational model should be refashioned around the convenient consumption of IT services.   Under the ITaaS model, most everything IT does is now presented as a variable service, marketed to users, with supply driven by the resulting demand.  IT becomes the internal service provider of choice. Now, several years later, that once-controversial idea has clearly grown deep roots,…
  • VSAN: The First 100+ Days

    Chuck Hollis
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:28 pm
    I have the distinct privilege of working closely with VMware’s VSAN team.  As a career storage guy, I find VSAN fascinating on many levels: - It’s a bona-fide storage product from a company not known for storage - It’s a 100% software product, uniquely interwoven with the vSphere hypervisor - It doesn’t look or act like a familiar storage array To say there were a few personal worry-bubbles when we took it to market would be an understatement.  What would our customers think?  How would storage people react to it? Now that the first full quarter is behind us (and…
  • Towards A Unified View Of "Software-Defined"

    Chuck Hollis
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:21 pm
    In one corner of our industry, we have a familiar discussion regarding hypervisors, or — more precisely — software-defined compute.   In another corner, we have a vigorous debate around software-defined networking.   And, closer to home, a completely separate debate around software-defined storage. Shouldn’t they all be aspects of the same discussion?   What do we gain by preferring a singular, consistent and integrated view of software-defined disciplines — and what do we lose by considering them individually, using a traditional lens? Let’s Start With…
  • Summer Reruns

    Chuck Hollis
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:19 pm
    I haven't been keeping up on my usual steady blogging pace recently. Maybe there's an industry lull, maybe it's the warm summer, who knows? In the meantime, I'd like to offer my regular readers a selection of earlier posts that have stood the test of time in terms of broad popularity and relevancy.   If you've seen these before, my apologies in advance :) #1 -- Writing A Good Strategy Doc For some reason, Google loves this post.  I had no idea it would be this popular -- it's been viewed over 100K times, with hundreds of new views every day.  That's a lot for me. I guess…
  • Dissecting Gartner’s MQ For Hypervisors

    Chuck Hollis
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:48 am
    One of the time-honored rituals in the IT industry is the periodic publishing of Gartner’s Magic Quadrants for different enterprise technology categories.   While some inevitably poke fun (e.g. the Mystical Quadrilateral, the Prescient Parallelogram, etc.), most any IT vendor will tell you it’s very serious business indeed. Years of effort are spent trying to painfully nudge our particular dot upwards and to the right.  Gartner doesn’t hand out free passes. Once you get your product into a favored position (e.g. one of the leaders), the goal then shifts to create as much…
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    Venture Chronicles

  • Wingz – Airport Rides and One Bad UI Issue

    Jeff Nolan
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    I’ve been using Wingz to get to/from the airport. The idea is simple, black car service like Uber but exclusively for airport transportation, and a big advantage is that you can schedule the rides in advance. With a web-based and mobile app, it’s alway available and convenient. Wingz is aggressively priced, about 40% less expensive than a typical black car service, and so far my experience with the drivers has been exceptional. With the price of long term parking at SFO now $18 a day, paying $82 for airport transportation for my typical 3-4 day trip is a wash and because…
  • Turn the Tables

    Jeff Nolan
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:24 pm
    This week the crazy internets have been abuzz with the story of AOL executive Ryan Block, who attempted to do something rather mundane, cancel his cable, and was subjected to an excruciatingly long ordeal with the customer service representative at Comcast. This is well covered, I don’t need to relive it… and more to the point, we’ve all been there. What makes this story, and others like it, catch fire is that there is a recording to go with the narrative. The call experience comes alive with the voice recording. This is a relatively recent phenomena and one that is a result…
  • Be Careful What You Get Good At

    Jeff Nolan
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    I just finished watching True Detective, which by any measure is an impressive piece of work. There is a scene in one of the final episodes really struck a chord with me. Cohle: Life’s barely long enough to get good at one thing. Hart: If that long. Cohle: Yeah, so be careful what you get good at. Do you ever feel like you are trapped in the thing you do for a living? There’s a lot of things we take for granted in the tech industry but that privilege does come at a price, which is that career mobility suffers. I honestly don’t know where I could do what I am good at if not…
  • Fan Power

    Jeff Nolan
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:45 pm
    This was a surprisingly interesting op-ed, not interesting because it is penned by a glam celebrity but because op-eds are typically not insightful and rooted in facts, as this one is. Yes, the entertainment industry is changing, as it has always done, but in this case the influence of social media – the broadcast medium of our century – can’t be underestimated. Swift writes about the changing relationship with fans and this mimics what is happening across the spectrum, companies are being forced into a new form of intimacy with customers. Musicians my recoil at the notion…
  • Been Gone a Long Time…

    Jeff Nolan
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Wow, I think this is the longest stretch of non-writing that I have done in my history of blogging. Nothing in particular drove my absence, just been busy with work and family. A lot of my time the last few months has been spent on a website redesign project, which I took over last December. This was a pretty complex undertaking, combining new messaging, visuals, information map, and a new content management system (Adobe CQ). It was a hell of a project and to borrow a line from the movie The Money Pit: “There were a couple of times when I didn’t think we’d ever be able to…
 
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    The Enterprise Architect

  • Lessons learned in managing engineering team growth

    Johan Den Haan
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:27 am
    Over the last couple of years the engineering team at Mendix has grown fast. Over the last 1.5 years the team has almost doubled and we are still looking for bright minds. There is a lot that can and will go wrong if you grow this fast. Here are my four most important lessons learned during the process (disclaimer: a lesson learned doesn’t necessarily mean that I execute it flawlessly ): Try to avoid team growth Bo Burlingham describes 14 companies in his book “Small Giants” that “choose to be great instead of big” (my review). I like the gist of that book: focus…
  • From Software-Defined to Metadata-Driven

    Johan Den Haan
    28 Jun 2014 | 6:36 am
    Software is eating the world! Every company is becoming a software company. If companies don’t, they cease to exist. Just imagine: you are a thermostat maker and suddenly you have Google as a competitor (via its Nest acquisition). This is just one of the many recent examples. Interestingly a lot of the innovations in the software industry are fuelled by abstraction and automation, concepts that are well-known in the Model-Driven Development (MDD) community. As the world is awakening to these concepts there is a clear opportunity (and need!) to bring MDD to a much broader audience. Moving…
  • Mendix World 2014 keynote full video

    Johan Den Haan
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:43 am
    A couple of weeks ago we had Mendix World, our global community event. I really enjoyed the event! It was inspiring to talk with so many of our users, customers, and partners, and to just feel the vibe. If you missed it you can get a glimpse of the experience from this photo overview as well as all the content on the Mendix World recap page. I opened the second day with my keynote titled “Reinventing Cloud Apps — and How Companies Can Win with Software”, in which I gave an overview of our views on the (cloud) world as well as an overview and demo of our new release. We actually…
  • Software is disrupting Industries: are you Trendwatcher or Trendsetter?

    Johan Den Haan
    12 Mar 2014 | 3:14 am
    A couple of months ago I was keynote speaker at an event about modern application development environments. Here are the slides and a brief abstract. Software is disrupting industries. Startups are changing the playing field. This trend is only speeding up. Existing companies struggle to deal with this. It feels like their IT is stuck in groundhog day. They need to radically change how they manage application lifecycles to get out of this. All steps in the lifecycle need to be improved. Key innovations they need are Model-Driven Development (and thereby empowering business engineers to…
  • The PaaS shakeup and what it means for OpenStack

    Johan Den Haan
    26 Feb 2014 | 7:55 am
    Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is hot! Why? Because the year started with a lot of link-bait articles declaring PaaS dead. That’s a clear sign, right? More seriously, the expected size of the public PaaS market will be $14 billion by 2017. That’s about 10 percent of the application development and deployment market, which means two things: PaaS is becoming significant and there still is plenty of room to grow. If this doesn’t convince you, just have a look at the latest news this week with IBM announcing to invest $1B to deliver unique PaaS capabilities and Pivotal announcing the Cloud…
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    Socialcast | Enterprise Social Network Platform

  • Feature and Mobile Updates: July 2014

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

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

    Joan Bodensteiner
    27 Jun 2014 | 11:11 am
    Socialcast Thanks badges are a great way to acknowledge co-workers for a job well done, and can boost employee morale and productivity. Everyone loves to be recognized, which is why this month we’re enhancing Thanks to be sent to multiple people. Additionally, we’re improving our provisioning options and controls so admins will have more flexibility when it comes to managing users. Check out a few of the features available in June*: 1. Multiple Thanks After much anticipation we are excited to be releasing the multiple Thanks feature! You can now recognize up to ten (10) recipients with a…
  • The Presidential Precinct Welcomes YALI Fellows to Virginia with Socialcast by VMware

    Sogol Motiey
    26 Jun 2014 | 3:43 pm
    I had the opportunity to experience the Presidential Precinct Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Opening Ceremony first hand on June 16, 2014, where we were greeted by fellows and leaders, including the honorable Tim Kaine, followed by a reception at the pavilion and a noon luncheon at Garrett Hall at the University of Virginia.  To top it off, we all gathered at a local Mexican restaurant where we watched the USA vs. Ghana World Cup game – a victory for USA with memorable performances from Ghana. Check out this video of the fellows cheering on Ghana after they made their first…
  • Feature Updates: May 2014

    Joan Bodensteiner
    21 May 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Check out Socialcast’s newest feature additions for the month of May*: 1. Set Profile Photo Using HD Webcam A few months ago we introduced a feature that allows new members of a community to create their profile photo using their webcam using a Chrome or Firefox browser. We decided to enhance that functionality by utilizing the Chrome browser’s High Definition feature of the webcam to produce a more detailed photo. A user’s profile photo captured from their HD webcam in Chrome can now have a maximum resolution of 720px by 720px. Full resolution photos can be viewed by clicking on…
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    Panorama Consulting Solutions

  • Lessons We Can All Learn From Process Manufacturing ERP Implementations

    Eric Kimberling
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:04 am
    “ERP failure” is a pretty dirty word when it comes to ERP systems, but there are plenty of lessons to be learned from missteps and stumbles experienced during ERP implementations. Our team’s collective battle wounds provide some of the best lessons for making ERP implementations successful. In fact, we prefer to hire ERP consultants who have slugged their way through tough implementations versus those that have only experienced smooth sailing along the way. Not only that, but we are constantly improving our implementation methodology to reflect our ongoing lessons learned from our…
  • Tuesday Poll: Key to ERP Success

    Panorama Consulting Solutions
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    Although we have discussed the issues surrounding ERP failures, there are numerous key aspects that allow for ERP success. What do you think is the true key to ERP success? Take a moment to vote in our poll and then check back to review the overall results. Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post’s poll.
  • New Oracle E-Business Suite Extensions for Oracle Endeca Help Companies

    Oracle Corporation
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:45 am
    Capabilities include a complete data view, key performance metrics, advanced visualizations and instant search News Summary Oracle has released four new Oracle E-Business Suite Extensions for Oracle Endeca to help organizations make better operational decisions, improve process efficiency, and drive better cost and revenue decisions. Leveraging Oracle Endeca Information Discovery technology, these new extensions offer customers a complete data view, key performance metrics, advanced visualizations and virtually instant search results that allow them to discover and act on their most important…
  • Know Your ERP Consultant

    The Consultants' Corner
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:04 am
    ERP systems are much more than just another application. The ERP system facilitates and directs the processes that are essential to conducting business and impacts the lives of the people who use it. With so much at stake, how do you find a trusted implementation partner to guide your team through a successful ERP implementation? An organization confronted with this question might use Google to search for an ERP consulting firm, which would yield a long list of advisors trying to sell their services. With such an array of choices, you need to define specific criteria for evaluating a…
  • SAP Introduces SAP Integrated Business Planning Solution for the Real-Time Supply Chain

    SAP
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:06 am
    Demonstrating the evolution of its supply chain strategy, SAP SE today announced the launch of four new, cloud-based applications that enable companies to more quickly develop, orchestrate and execute integrated business plans with real-time information. In the “new normal” marketplace, the power is in the hands of the end consumers and customers who increasingly demand individualized products and services delivered with a higher sense of urgency. Supply chains are evolving into demand networks, where demand information is captured through new signals and fulfilled through the…
 
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    Firstbiz

  • Lupin profit rises more than 50 percent on robust drug sales in US, India

    Firstbiz Staff
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:35 am
    Drug maker Lupin today reported an over 50 percent increase in its net profit for the quarter ended June 30, 2014 on account of robust sales in the US and India. The post Lupin profit rises more than 50 percent on robust drug sales in US, India appeared first on Firstbiz.
  • Life beyond advertising: Preeti Verma, on being a fashion designer

    Mukta Lad
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:35 am
    (Life beyond advertising is a weekly feature, where we feature advertising’s interesting people; people who do crazy, creative things after working hours. We try and understand their passion and drive for what they do, what makes them tick and what it takes to wear multiple hats. If you fit the above description to the tee […]The post Life beyond advertising: Preeti Verma, on being a fashion designer appeared first on Firstbiz.
  • Here’s how to win Rs 50,000 from the finance ministry

    Bindisha Sarang
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:23 am
    You now have a change to win Rs 50,000 from the Ministry of Finance.The post Here’s how to win Rs 50,000 from the finance ministry appeared first on Firstbiz.
  • The big picture: Flipkart doesn’t have too many options against Amazon

    Ivor Soans
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:18 am
    Matching Amazon may be an impossible task for Flipkart on pretty much every front. Hence, the only play left for Flipkart may be to expand the market and hope for profitabilityThe post The big picture: Flipkart doesn’t have too many options against Amazon appeared first on Firstbiz.
  • Intuit of US buys out Jaipur-based tax solutions firm KDK Software

    Sulekha Nair
    30 Jul 2014 | 2:10 am
    The buyout has marked the entry of the American firm to the local financial services market. Intuit primarily operates in the areas of offering business and management service solutions for small companies. Post the India acquisition, Intuit will have operations in seven countries. The post Intuit of US buys out Jaipur-based tax solutions firm KDK Software appeared first on Firstbiz.
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    Pretzel Logic

  • Discussing Cloud and Digital Transformation in Sydney

    Sameer Patel
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Following on the heels of our SAP Jam work patterns and developer platform release, I’m heading back to Sydney for customer meetings and two very interesting industry events/ get-togethers lined up. The broader area of discussion will be Cloud but as you might suspect the topic of digital transformation and future of work will get fair play. If you read the last 2-3 posts on this blog, you know where my head is these days. The skies are definitely cloud-y in Australia and collaboration is extremely well represented. A recent IDC report by analyst Raj Mudaliar shows that a whopping 86%…
  • Digital Transformation has a Big Data complex

    Sameer Patel
    5 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    Digital Transformation is real and is here. McKinsey & Co. has some excellent survey results on digital trends. Incredibly good insights. Exhibit 4 shows how the investment stacks up for digital initiatives. Not surprising that Big Data came in last. In and of it self it’s too nebulous to be a stand out. But Big Data is an essential ingredient to winning in each of the other mentioned categories. Take Digital innovation of products and business model: Every upstart disrupting an established industry – Uber, AirBnB, you name it, is doing so by out competing incumbents with data…
  • This Transformation Feels Different. Disruptively So.

    Sameer Patel
    28 Jun 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Digital Transformation is here. Consider this: Travelocity changed how we purchase a hotel room. AirBnB is changing the very definition of a hotel room altogether. Taxi Medallions have been great investments. Until now, that is.  Uber is changing the very definition of a cab. Starbucks now deprives your bank of float altogether with its loyalty card that hangs on your money until you buy a drink. Chinese Internet commerce conglomerate Alibaba is now pointing its 230 million active users at its newly minted Mutual Fund business. And whilst this is speculation, who is to say that Apple…
  • When software conforms to how *you* want to work…

    Sameer Patel
    30 May 2014 | 11:42 pm
    I rarely talk about SAP or my work on this blog. But something happened this week that marks a personal milestone for me and our team in this journey to transform how we work and connect with customers and partners. I’m privileged that my day job has been the vehicle to see this future state begin to materialize. Pick any blog post here and you will see one consistent theme for the last 4 years: Collaboration in the context of what you do and directed at the functional KPIs you govern your performance. Two years ago when I joined SAP, here is what I said about the needed design for…
  • Digital chefs in the CEO’s kitchen

    Sameer Patel
    20 May 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Every time we let a new category of software run up the hype curve, we declare the need for another C-level Executive. Here are a few: ·      1990′s: Knowledge Management – Chief Knowledge Officer ·      2000′s: Innovation – Chief Innovation Officer ·      2010′s: Social Business – Chief Social Business Officer The assertion was super compelling for each of these. Back in 2002, Dundas, Ontario-based Intellectual Capital Research put forth these incredibly compelling statistics for the need for a Chief Knowledge Officer:…
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    Improving It

  • 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…
  • One Year Lived - the book. Or travelers make the best team members.

    23 Apr 2013 | 6:36 am
    I’ve reviewed books before on this blog. Usually I take a look at an unusual business book or something about innovation. Readers seem to like the reviews, which is a good thing. So, when I was approached by Adam Shepard to review his new book “One Year Lived”, I was willing to take a look, even though it doesn't fall into either of the categories above. This is a book about Adam’s quest to ensure he would have great memories about life to tell the grandchildren, while doing a little good along the way. A year spent traveling in Central America, New Zealand and beyond. Something that…
 
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    OSS Line

  • Threes Videos to Watch This Friday

    J. Pullen
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:36 am
    Videos. The quickest and sometimes cheesiest way to get the latest thinking on OSS topics. In this post we have three short videos from three leading OSS companies. Young Couple Enjoy Multiplays It’s another communications-enabled love story from Amdocs (oops, spoiler). That and the production values. OSS/BSS Agility Formula Paolo Filetti, from Ericsson, discusses how OSS/BSS can become more agile. As for the tagline ‘ecosystematic’, I like to think it was inspired by my rebranding Ericordia/Telicsson back when they bought Telcordia… Big Data Noir The video title says…
  • What Are You Worth?

    J. Pullen
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:07 pm
    LightReading have published their annual salary survey for the telco industry. “Things are finally looking up in the telecom market, with employees upbeat about their jobs, salaries and prospects.” so says Senior Editor Sarah Reedy. So is now the right time to ask for a raise…? It’s not just all about the money money money. The survey asks which companies, in and out of telco, are most admired. There are a few big combi-hardware/OSS players like Ericsson, Cisco and Alcatel-Luceent, and perhaps more surprisingly Splunk, who in the last couple of years have been pushing…
  • Sprint Selects NetCracker OSS to Support Spark

    J. Pullen
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    NetCracker Technology has announced that Sprint has agreed to a multi-year agreement that will expand its use of NetCracker’s OSS solutions to support its Sprint Spark™ enhanced LTE roll-out. Sprint Spark uses next-gen wireless technology to deliver peak wireless speeds of 50 to 60 megabits per second. It will support a new generation of advanced mobile services and applications, including high-bandwidth cloud services, virtual reality environments and far more advanced mobile applications. “NetCracker has played a key role in helping Sprint drive its leading-edge network and service…
  • Clarity Assets Sold and Placed into Administration

    J. Pullen
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:17 am
    Industry blog Passionate About OSS picked up on more news from the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) regarding Clarity’s attempt to find a buyer. While information is thin, it looks like a deal has been done. On 24 June 2014, Clarity OSS Limited and its secured creditor (CPS Group Investments Pty Ltd) had entered into an agreement to sell most of the Clarity Group’s assets to the Australian subsidiary of a US quoted corporation, this sale was finalized on 3 July 2014. On 4 July 2014 Clarity announced to the ASX that its directors have resolved to place the company into voluntary…
  • Rumors and Clarification – Subex Buyout ‘Baseless and Unfounded’

    J. Pullen
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:25 am
    Subex was forced to issue an announcement yesterday clarifying their position and quashing rumors about a possible buyout. The India Times had reported rumors (although it’s unclear if they were the original publishers)  that the global IT companies PCCW and WeDo are considering a buy-out of Subex. Said the India Times business news site: According to multiple sources in the know, the Hong Kong-based telecom-media-IT solutions conglomerate PCCW and Portugal’s WeDo Technologies have approached Subex for an acquisition. The discussions, however, are still at an early stage, said…
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  • ECommerce Meets ERP: A Look at Integrating ERP and eCommerce

    Richard Sides
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:17 am
    We often team with organizations looking to improve ordering and fulfillment processes by extending and integrating existing ERP and eCommerce. This need arises when the company operates within a complex sales environment that might include direct and indirect selling through corporate, partners, resellers, affiliates and other sales channels. Many companies we speak with either have underachieved or not achieved the introduction of an eCommerce channel into their ERP strategy. They are burdened by inefficient ordering processes with an over-reliance on manual handling when it comes to…
  • Five Considerations for Justifying an Investment in ERP

    Jeff Carr
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    When we speak with manufacturing organizations, we note that many of these companies are challenged to take the important step of justifying their investment in ERP. The effort involves determining an expected return on investment, anticipating total costs and fully documenting the business case for investing in a new or upgraded system. To build an effective business case for ERP, it’s critical to document the business reasons for an investment in ERP, as well as the expected value to offset the cost. Identifying risk is part of the process, as is putting in plans to mitigate risk. Few…
  • Using the Internet of Things to Bridge ERP Software and the Shop Floor

    Our Guest Blogger Program
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:25 am
    This guest post by Glenn Nowak, Vice President at IQMS, puts the focus on ERP software and the shop floor, as it relates to the innovation of the “Internet of Things” At the Indianapolis 500, 33 elite race cars travel at neck breaking speeds for nearly three hours in what is considered to be the largest single-day sporting event in the world. Ignoring the sound of race cars whizzing by and 250,000 excited fans, a group of engineers stand quietly in Pit Lane, huddled over a mobile tablet. Thanks to the Internet of Things, these engineers are collecting performance data from the race cars…
  • A Tale of Two ERP Projects

    George Trudell
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    At Ultra, we support ERP projects with companies that fit into a number of different industries, but the purpose of our involvement always revolves around the same question: how can we help you improve the way your business functions? On a basic level, despite the specific industry of a company, the journey to ERP Selection is the same. ERP Projects: Two Success Stories Recently, Ultra led two very different companies to ERP Success. One company is a distributor of commodity pipe products. The other is a member of the food additives business. Although these companies vary immensely in their…
  • Evolving ERP: Celebrating 20 Years of Business Performance Improvement

    Jeff Carr
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:24 am
    This year is the 20th anniversary of Ultra Consultants founding. It’s a milestone that provides a good opportunity to celebrate our successes, as well as consider the evolving ERP landscape. Ultra’s singular focus has been, and continues to be, leading our clients on a journey of continuous improvement. While a 20th anniversary is a good opportunity to extend sincere thanks to our mid-market manufacturing and distribution clients, as well as our top notch consulting team, it’s also a chance to take stock of how ERP has evolved over the last two decades within the manufacturing sector.
 
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  • Anatomy of an Exit: Reflecting on StrikeIron’s Success

    Matt Fates
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Ascent portfolio company StrikeIron was acquired by Informatica last month in what was a rewarding and positive outcome for all. Having worked closely with the company over the past seven years, I’d like to share my perspective on what the company accomplished over that period, and why it became an attractive target for acquisition. Based outside Durham, NC, StrikeIron had an early vision for how data would be shared via web services and incorporated into live web applications. The company raised its first round of capital from local investors in 2005 and 2006 and when we met…
  • Three Keys for Graduating Entrepreneurs

    Luke Burns
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:32 am
    As we enter the middle of summer, new college graduates are setting out to change the world with their innovative ideas.  The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) projects 1,606,000 students at the bachelor’s degree level will graduate as the college Class of 2014. This year many of those students will choose to start their own companies, as entrepreneurship has become a popular career option across the United States. Research from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) found that 13 percent of Americans are involved in early-stage entrepreneurial activity, the highest level…
  • Video: Defining the Investing Edge of Enterprise IT

    Matt Fates
    23 Jun 2014 | 11:20 am
    After 28 years and over 100 investments, we are as passionate as ever about our focus on early-stage enterprise IT venture investing and the continually changing landscape that creates new opportunities. We have created a brief video that captures the fundamentals of Ascent, and includes a few of the CEOs we have had the good fortune to work with discussing how they have benefitted from partnering with Ascent.
  • Observations from TiECON East 2014

    Luke Burns
    12 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    I attended TiECON East 2014 last month in Cambridge, and had the opportunity to speak on the Internet of Things (IoT) panel. TiECON East bills itself as the largest startup conference on the East Coast, and this year drew a crowd of more than 500 entrepreneurs. The IoT panel was an enjoyable and informative discussion; here are a few takeaways from the panel: There is serious interest in IoT. You could cite the recent IDC report predicting the IoT market will hit $7.1 trillion by 2020, or you could take a look at TieCON’s IoT panel where, on a Friday afternoon on one of the nicest days…
  • Five Ways to Advance your Career with Modern Data Architecture

    Matt Fates
    10 Jun 2014 | 6:04 am
    Guest post by Todd Christy, Slalom Consulting and member of Ascent’s Technical Advisory Board. What do flat tires and Hadoop have in common? If you’re one of the 75 million drivers covered by the largest US roadside services provider you may experience the real value of “big data” when your tow truck arrives promptly to swap your tire or fill your tank. They are using a modern data architecture to select the highest-quality service providers from among thousands, and predict driver assistance needs based on a complex blend of traffic patterns, weather forecasts, and…
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  • ERP Project 101: Challenging ERP Requirements

    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

    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

    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

    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 […]
  • ERP Project 101: Deployment vs Requirements Gathering

    Brett Beaubouef
    31 Aug 2013 | 12:48 pm
    Customers, System implementers and ERP vendors are always looking for ways to accelerate ERP implementations.  One popular approach is to take a phased deployment approach based upon criteria such as location, ERP module or feature set.   Requirements are gathered, validated, and tested based upon a limited scope.  Unfortunately, many ERP projects utilizing this approach result […]
 
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  • Sex Tape Leads Viewers to Believe Cloud Is Still a “Mystery”

    nwurst@skytap.com
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    ​History has shown that most sex tapes that have been publicly released, whether both parties intended them for our viewing or not, are often far less sexy than the on-camera talent likely envisioned. Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel’s Sex Tape, released in theatres last Friday, unfortunately keeps this tradition firmly intact. Techies have been quick to call foul on the film’s doubtful premise of a sex tape being “accidentally” uploaded to the cloud and then inadvertently shared with more than a dozen friends and family members, but I, for one, didn’t find the premise that difficult…
  • Michael Spayd on Coaching the Agile Enterprise

    nwurst@skytap.com
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Noel Wurst: Hello. This is Noel Wurst with Skytap. I am speaking today with Michael Spayd. Michael's going to be speaking at the Agile 2014 Conference in Orlando, Florida, on Monday, July 28. It had a really interesting sounding session, and I just wanted to learn a little bit more about that session and some of the topics that may come up during it. Michael, how are you doing today? Michael Spayd: I'm doing well. Noel: Great.  Michael: Thank you for hosting this, Noel. Noel: No problem at all. Your session, again, on Monday, July 28, is titled "What would it mean to Coach an Agile…
  • Em Campbell-Pretty on Scaling Agile, Culture, Teams, and Tribes

    nwurst@skytap.com
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Noel: Hello, this is Noel Wurst with Skytap. Today, I am speaking with Em Campbell-Pretty. Em is going to be speaking at the Agile 2014 Conference in Orlando, Florida on Monday, July 28th. Her session is titled, “The Key to the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe): Principles Over Practices." How are you doing today Em? Em: I’m great. Thank you Noel. Noel: Great. Thanks for sitting down and talking with us today. We just wanted to learn a little bit more about your session and talk about the act of scaling Agile at an enterprise level and to see what all needs to go into that decision and into…
  • Announcing MinorJS: An Unopinionated, Ultra-minimal Web Framework for Node.js

    nwurst@skytap.com
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Skytap is a big believer in open source software. Our company is built on amazing open source projects like Linux, Ruby on Rails and Node.js. That’s why we feel it’s so important to give back to the open source community by releasing and maintaining the MinorJS project.What is MinorJS? MinorJS is an unopinionated, ultra-minimal web framework that alleviates the pain of routing, testing, and deployment clustering for Node.js applications.Why MinorJS? By starting with MinorJS you maintain the freedom to develop your application with whichever technologies and philosophies you find…
  • Celebrating 30 Years of Excellence with the CQAA

    nwurst@skytap.com
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:47 am
    ​The Chicago Quality Assurance Association (CQAA) was founded in 1984 to “promote quality principles and practices within Chicago-area companies” and to provide “a forum for information professionals to present and discuss quality and process management within information systems, technology, and services.”To celebrate their 30 years of service, the CQAA is hosting an event on July 31st at the Metropolitan Club in downtown Chicago’s Willis Tower. This should be a fantastic evening for all QA professionals, not just current members of the CQAA. We had a chance to sit down with CQAA…
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