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  • HP ProLiant Gen9 Servers Crank Up Power

    InformationWeek:
    Michael Endler
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    HP tries to grow its lead in server market with ProLiant Gen9 servers that offer more computing power and lower costs.
  • Apple iPhone 6: Mobile Payments Pioneer?

    InformationWeek:
    Eric Zeman
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:06 am
    Apple's latest iPhone could help bring mobile payments to the mainstream.
  • US Open Tennis: 7 Technologies Power Game, Set, Match

    InformationWeek:
    Doug Henschen
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:06 am
    The US Open upgrades its tech for 2014 with new data sets, improved analytics, and immersive mobile apps backed by IBM predictive cloud infrastructure.
  • What To Do If Your Cloud Provider Is Acquired

    Network Computing:
    Andrew Froehlich
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    With consolidation on the rise in the cloud computing market, you could end up dealing with a new cloud provider. Here are the key steps to take and questions to ask.
  • Apple iPhone 6: Mobile Payments Pioneer?

    InformationWeek:
    Eric Zeman
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:06 am
    Apple's latest iPhone could help bring mobile payments to the mainstream.
 
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  • What To Do If Your Cloud Provider Is Acquired

    Andrew Froehlich
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    With consolidation on the rise in the cloud computing market, you could end up dealing with a new cloud provider. Here are the key steps to take and questions to ask.
  • How To Survive In Networking

    Susan Fogarty
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Jeremy Schulman shares his secrets for navigating the transition in network operations by leveraging lessons learned from DevOps.
  • VMware NSX Banks On Security

    Marcia Savage
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    A year after launching NSX with much fanfare, VMware is targeting its network virtualization platform at customers with ample security budgets in the wake of high-profile security breaches.
  • The Rise Of White-Box Storage

    Jim O'Reilly
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:15 am
    Low-cost, generic storage based on original design manufacturer boxes is gaining ground in the storage industry.
  • IT Hiring: Social Media Matters

    Marcia Savage
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    A survey by TEKsystems shows that both IT pros and those in charge of IT hiring rely heavily on LinkedIn and other social media to find and screen each other.
 
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  • Grand Challenges

    29 Aug 2014 | 2:12 pm
    I love interviewing senior corporate executives for my books. The conversations are always about large problems they are trying to solve. So, for this book, an executive talked to me about how they define Big Data. 15 gb of data...
  • Calling for alternative endings to SAP book

    20 Aug 2014 | 6:21 am
    I formally invited SAP to provide a 10 page, unedited column to include at end of the book I am writing - how things will be different with its new management team. The book model shows customer spend at a...
  • Why I write books

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:12 am
    Last week, at the grocery store checkout I overhead a man congratulate another about his new book. Curious I asked the author what his book was about. Hugh Sullivan has written about his 40 year career as a Navy Corpsman....
  • The Impact of Automation on Jobs: The Missing Dimensions

    14 Aug 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Pew Research has a thought provoking study on the impact of algorithms and robotics on jobs. Half the experts polled are very pessimistic, the other half just pessimistic. Definitely worth a read. What I find fascinating about these discussions is...
  • Gartner, the lightning rod

    10 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    Once again Gartner is in the news. Its is being sued and a whole slew of blogs and articles have piled on. My summer project researching and writing about the SAP economy has allowed me a chance to go back...
 
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    Hu' Blog

  • VMworld – Exciting New and Expanded Capabilities from Hitachi and VMware

    Hu Yoshida
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:10 pm
    VMworld 2014 at Moscone Center in San Francisco, August 24 to 28, has many new products and capabilities to help our customers achieve greater efficiency and availability with infrastructure virtualization.  Some solutions that HDS will highlight in our booth include the following: Business Defined IT With UCP and vCOps VMware users can align IT with business processes through their VMware vCenter Operations Manager (vCOps), coupled with Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) for VMware vSphere and its Unified Compute Platform Director software.  This converged-infrastructure management…
  • Global Storage Virtualization with GAD is GA!

    Hu Yoshida
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:48 pm
    The global active device (GAD) feature that we announced with our VSP G1000 storage array on April 23 of this year has been released for General Availability after extensive testing of its use for both block and file storage by several key customer accounts. GAD greatly simplifies and automates high availability to ensure continuous operations for your most mission critical data and applications. With GAD we are extending storage virtualization, which up to now has been vertically oriented behind our enterprise storage systems so that it is extended horizontally across multiple enterprise…
  • Enterprise Mobility Management with – Hitachi Content Platform Anywhere

    Hu Yoshida
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Data mobility, the ability to access, sync, and share data on mobile devices as well as your desktop, enables your enterprise workforce to be more productive with the agility to create and respond to new business opportunities.  However, mobility presents new challenges for IT professionals who are responsible for the protection and governance of enterprise data. Industry surveys show that 28% of corporate data resides on laptops and mobile devices outside the control and supervision of corporate IT. The industry is recognizing the need to bring this data under the control of IT and there…
  • VMware Virtual Volume Integration with Hitachi Storage Virtualization – A Winning Combination

    Hu Yoshida
    4 Aug 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Continuing from my last blog where I shared my views on the passing fad of stand alone storage solutions, like all-flash-arrays and file sync and share solutions that are not integrated with enterprise systems, I see tremendous adoption for new storage technologies like Virtual Volume (aka VVol). VVol, from VMware, which enables the integration of vendor specific, value add features, with vSphere management and services. VVol is next in the series of innovation in storage technologies from VMware. VVOL promises to be the next big thing in the storage ecosystem due to its ability to immensely…
  • 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…
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    Andrew McAfee's Blog

  • MIT’s Second Machine Age Conference in September: Sign up Now

    Andrew McAfee
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:29 am
    I am sorry to brag, but this really is an all-star lineup. If you’re at all interested in technological progress and its implications for our businesses, economies, and societies, you should attend the 2014 Second Machine Age conference. It’s being held on September 10 and 11 at the gorgeous MIT Media Lab building, and organized jointly by the Institute’s Industrial Liaison Program and the Initiative on the Digital Economy (which I cofounded with Erik Brynjolfsson). Erik and I are both speaking, but that’s not the the exciting part (sorry, Erik). What’s truly…
  • The Clearest Trend in the American Workforce Is Not an Encouraging One

    Andrew McAfee
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    It’s been a while since I posted data on US employment trends, so here’s a chart created with FRED’s snazzy new graphing interface. It shows the employment rate (in other words, 100 – the standard unemployment rate) in blue, the employment-to-population ratio (the % of working-age people with work) in green, and the labor force participation rate (the percent of working-age people who have work or are actively looking for it) in red. This graph clearly shows a very steady up-then-down trajectory in the red line — of the labor force participation rate. It’s…
  • When Using Your Smartphone Can Be the Best Thing for Your Mental Health

    Andrew McAfee
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:19 am
    My last post here took on Zeynep Tufekci and, by extension, others who believe the current trend of using robots and other forms of advanced technology for caregiving is, as she put it, “an abdication of a desire to remain human, to be connected to each other through care, and to take care of each other.”  I wonder how these self-appointed guardians of our humanity feel about the new iPhone app that provides automated diagnoses of imminent mood swings for people with bipolar disorder. I love this technology, for the reasons nicely enumerated in this Slate article by Aimee…
  • 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.
 
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    The Enterprise System Spectator

  • A Guide for Cloud ERP Buyers

    Frank Scavo
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
    In working with clients over the last decade, I've watched as cloud ERP vendors have been steadily encroaching on the territory of traditional ERP providers. As a result, ERP selection projects today are more and more becoming evaluations of cloud ERP providers.However, buyers need to realize not all ERP systems that are labeled “cloud” are the same. To help buyers better understand these differences, I've just completed a new report for my research firm, Computer Economics, entitled Understanding Cloud ERP Buyers and Providers, based on my experience in selection deals as well as…
  • 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…
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    Schneier on Security

  • Squid Skin Inspires Eye-Like Photodetector

    schneier
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Squid are color-blind, but may detect color directly through their skin. A researcher is working on a system to detect colored light the way squid do.
  • Cell Phone Kill Switches Mandatory in California

    schneier
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:31 am
    California passed a kill-switch law, meaning that all cell phones sold in California must have the capability to be remotely turned off. It was sold as an antitheft measure. If the phone company could remotely render a cell phone inoperative, there would be less incentive to steal one. I worry more about the side effects: once the feature is in place, it can be used by all sorts of people for all sorts of reasons. The law raises concerns about how the switch might be used or abused, because it also provides law enforcement with the authority to use the feature to kill phones. And any feature…
  • ISIS Threatens US with Terrorism

    schneier
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:08 am
    They're openly mocking our profiling. But in several telephone conversations with a Reuters reporter over the past few months, Islamic State fighters had indicated that their leader, Iraqi Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, had several surprises in store for the West. They hinted that attacks on American interests or even U.S. soil were possible through sleeper cells in Europe and the United States. "The West are idiots and fools. They think we are waiting for them to give us visas to go and attack them or that we will attack with our beards or even Islamic outfits," said one. "They think they can…
  • Hacking Traffic Lights

    schneier
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:14 am
    New paper: "Green Lights Forever: Analyzing the Security of Traffic Infrastructure," Branden Ghena, William Beyer, Allen Hillaker, Jonathan Pevarnek, and J. Alex Halderman. Abstract: The safety critical nature of traffic infrastructure requires that it be secure against computer-based attacks, but this is not always the case. We investigate a networked traffic signal system currently deployed in the United States and discover a number of security flaws that exist due to systemic failures by the designers. We leverage these flaws to create attacks which gain control of the system, and we…
  • Security Flaws in Rapiscan Full-Body Scanners

    schneier
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:38 am
    Security researchers have finally gotten their hands on a Rapiscan backscatter full-body scanner. The results aren't very good. Website with paper and images. News articles and commentary. Note that these machines have been replaced in US airports with millimeter wave full-body scanners.
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    Network Security Blog

  • An American in London

    netsecpodcast@mckeay.net (Martin McKeay)
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:15 am
    Almost exactly a year ago my family and I moved from Northern California to 20 miles west of the capital of the United Kingdom, London.  It was the start of an adventure that’s exposed us to a new culture, cut us off from most of our friends and family and made massive changes to how we see the world.  We’ve had to make huge adjustments in our expectations, our lifestyle and how we drive, but my wife and I both think it’s been worth it.  The children seem to disagree, if you believe their loud and frequent complaints.  But these seem to be fewer and fewer as time goes…
  • Last Hacker Standing – Vegas Recovery Edition, Episode 5

    netsecpodcast@mckeay.net (Martin McKeay)
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:47 am
    “This is not the Last Hacker Standing: Episode IV – Part II Revenge of the @k8em0 that you’re looking for!” To fill the void in your lives before we release the epic that is Episode IV Part II we got the crew together to chat about hacker summer camp and our personal recovery plans… In a break from the norm (not sure we have a norm yet, but I’m gonna stick with that) we chat randomly about BlackHat, BSidesLV, DEF CON and the burning hell that is Las Vegas. You may also note that we’ve got an RSS feed now… and we’re also on the iTunes! If you like the show, make sure to…
  • “I’m proud of my ignorance”

    netsecpodcast@mckeay.net (Martin McKeay)
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:02 pm
    It’s true, we don’t want little things like experience and a broad knowledge of the landscape of technology getting in the way of our policy makers, now do we?  Or at least that seems to be the way US White House cybersecurity coordinator, Michael Daniel thinks.  Why get lost in an understanding of the big picture when you can make decisions based on the information fed to you by consultants and advisers with their own agendas to push? In a way, I understand what Mr. Daniel’s point is; it’s very important for someone in his position to be able to understand the in…
  • Heartbleed vs. Juniper

    netsecpodcast@mckeay.net (Martin McKeay)
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:35 pm
    The compromise of Community Health Systems (CHS) is being reported as the first major breach involving the Heartbleed vulnerability.  The details are slim, but apparently the vulnerability was exploited on a Juniper remote management console that hadn’t been properly updated.  Heartbleed is an OpenSSL vulnerability that allows an attacker to dump part of the memory from an vulnerable server.  The portion of memory is used by OpenSSL itself and often carries secrets, which in this case included a set of valid credentials for the CHS VPN.  From there, it was easy for the attackers to…
  • A swarm of cars

    netsecpodcast@mckeay.net (Martin McKeay)
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:10 am
    It’s a given that we will have ‘intelligence’ in our cars within the next decade.  Quite frankly, there’s no way it is avoidable, given the appetite of consumers for  all things to be connected to the Internet and too each other.  In the case of cars, it actually makes sense for them to be talking to each other.  But there’s one question: what will the unintended consequences be? Earlier this week the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed plans to implement vehicle to vehicle (V2V) communication technology that allows one car to…
 
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    Martin Fowler

  • Bliki: MicroservicePrerequisites

    Martin Fowler
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:11 am
    As I talk to people about using a microservices architectural style I hear a lot of optimism. Developers enjoy working with smaller units and have expectations of better modularity than with monoliths. But as with any architectural decision there are trade-offs. In particular with microservices there are serious consequences for operations, who now have to handle an ecosystem of small services rather than a single, well-defined monolith. Consequently if you don't have certain baseline competencies, you shouldn't consider using the microservice style. Rapid provisioning: you should be able to…
  • Retreaded: CourtesyImplementation

    Martin Fowler
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:35 am
    Retread of post orginally made on 12 Aug 2004 When you a write a class, you mostly strive to ensure that the features of that class make sense for that class. But there are occasions when it makes sense to add a feature to allow a class to conform to a richer interface that it naturally should. The most common and obvious example of this is one that comes up when you use the composite pattern. Let's consider a simple example of containers. You have boxes which can contain other boxes and elephants (that's an advantage of virtual elephants.) You want to know how many elephants are in a box,…
  • Bliki: MaturityModel

    Martin Fowler
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:22 am
    A maturity model is a tool that helps people assess the current effectiveness of a person or group and supports figuring out what capabilities they need to acquire next in order to improve their performance. In many circles maturity models have gained a bad reputation, but although they can easily be misused, in proper hands they can be helpful. Maturity models are structured as a series of levels of effectiveness. It's assumed that anyone in the field will pass through the levels in sequence as they become more capable. So a whimsical example might be that of mixology (a fancy term for…
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    Martin Fowler
    23 Aug 2014 | 12:28 pm
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  • Microservices and the First Law of Distributed Objects

    Martin Fowler
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:52 am
    When I wrote Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture, I coined what I called the First Law of Distributed Object Design: “don’t distribute your objects”. In recent months there’s been a lot of interest in microservices, which has led a few people to ask whether microservices are in contravention to this law, and if so why I am in favor of them?
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    PGreenblog

  • How Marketing-as-a-Service Builds Trust and Engagement

    Paul G.
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Note: While I recover from vocal cord surgery, I can't do a whole lot. But that doesn't mean that a. ideas stop generating and b. others aren't doing a lot. They continue and they are. So what I... The award winning, edgiest CRM blog on the planet. The industry, the concepts, the news from CRM at the Speed of Light author Paul Greenberg
  • Happy New Year 2014AND Best Commercials 2013

    Paul G.
    31 Dec 2013 | 11:23 am
    Actually, I have no criteria except I love these commercials. Some are brilliantly funny and cray cray adorbs. Some are beautiful, and soar. One will rip at your heart. I still think that good... The award winning, edgiest CRM blog on the planet. The industry, the concepts, the news from CRM at the Speed of Light author Paul Greenberg
  • CRM Idol 2013 Voting Starts...NOW!

    Paul G.
    9 Dec 2013 | 5:00 am
    Okay, patrons of the arts and sciences. We are down to the final week of CRM Idol 2013 and this is arguably the most exciting of them all. This is where you, the people, get to vote on who you... The award winning, edgiest CRM blog on the planet. The industry, the concepts, the news from CRM at the Speed of Light author Paul Greenberg
  • Life Isnt Abstract: The Internet of Pings

    Paul G.
    25 Nov 2013 | 4:00 am
    About three weeks ago, I wrote a post on my journey to health (losing weight) via a trip to the Duke Diet and Fitness Center (DFC) and also identified some broad lessons that can be generally applied... The award winning, edgiest CRM blog on the planet. The industry, the concepts, the news from CRM at the Speed of Light author Paul Greenberg
  • Life isn't Abstract: The Duke Diet and Fitness Center, Customer Experience and Me

    Paul G.
    1 Nov 2013 | 6:10 am
    This one is personal – and will involve some information about me that you might not really care to hear – or maybe you do. If you don’t, either mentally redact it (though to do that you’d have to... The award winning, edgiest CRM blog on the planet. The industry, the concepts, the news from CRM at the Speed of Light author Paul Greenberg
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    EMC Blogs

  • Greetings From VMworld 2014

    27 Aug 2014 | 10:37 pm
    No surprise, I’m out in gorgeous SF for the annual gathering of the vFaithful — VMworld 2014.  As before, it’s quite an experience, even for a jaded event veteran like me.  Like a desert blooming after a rainstorm, Moscone Center is transformed into a fascinating technology experience, and  — then — we wait until next year for it to happen all over again. I’m not capable of giving you a detailed report on everything that happened at VMworld — there’s way too much to cover.  Instead, I thought I’d share with you what stood out for me personally. What A…
  • Fan-In Math

    25 Aug 2014 | 5:54 am
    As VMworld starts this week I'd like to follow up on my last post on SDDC solving fan-out problems. I closed the post by showing the diagram below and asking whether or not an application manifest can be automatically generated. It is possible to infer an application manifest based on what part of the business value chain it belongs to. For example, consider the proper placement of a marketing and sales application within a data center. This application ingests massive amounts of market data and then stores it in a format that assists internal business operations. Based on this high-level…
  • Making The Case For Software-Defined Storage

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    My corner of the IT industry is foisting a new concept on enterprise IT shops: software-defined storage.  Supposedly, it’s TNT — the next thing! But we as vendors need to be held accountable for making our case.   The existing storage kit seems to be doing the job; why would we need anything radically different?   Where’s the big advantage, and — more importantly — is the expected gain worth the trouble? Unless we — as an industry — can make our case for the new technology, it will join the scrap heap of glittery ideas once considered and eventually discarded.
  • Fanning Back In with SDDC

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    In my last two posts I mentioned that application fan-out and infrastructure fan-out result in an M-layer stack with a number of possible choices (a0-aN) within each layer. Creating a top-to-bottom connection for a new application and its data source is complex: If you consider what it would take for one person (or an IT team) to manually create this connection for every application in a data center, you've stumbled upon one of the key reasons for automating everything using a pure software-designed data center approach: SDDC is essentially the "pinch point" that removes the…
  • Losing My Religion

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    As a younger version of my present self, I was supremely confident in what I knew to be true — especially when it came to all things enterprise IT tech.   There was generally accepted wisdom about many things; to disagree with certain tenets made people question your expertise. But with age and experience, I realized that many of the “obvious truths” on which I had built my belief system were quickly becoming fallacies.   Time for a new religion? No, not really — more of a never-ending appreciation of how the world really works.  That means modifying old frameworks,…
 
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    Oracle Bloggers

  • Simplified UI Rapid Development Kit Sends Oracle Partners Soaring in the Oracle Applications Cloud

    ultan o'broin
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:15 am
    A glimpse into the action at the Oracle HCM Cloud Building Simplified UI Workshop with Hitachi Consulting by Georgia Price (@writeprecise) Building stylish, modern, and simplified UIs just got a whole lot easier. That’s thanks to a new kit developed by the Oracle Applications User Experience (OAUX) team that’s now available for all from the Usable Apps website. The Oracle Applications Cloud Simplified User Interface Rapid Development Kit is a collection of code samples from the PTS Code Accelerator Kit, coded page templates and ADF components, wireframe stencils and examples, coding…
  • JavaOne: Java EE Community Update and Panel

    Bruno.Borges-Oracle
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:06 pm
     At this JavaOne 2014 edition, one of the coolest things Java EE developers might be interested to engage with is definitely the Java EE Community Update and Panel CON2131. In this panel developers will have the opportunity to hear from major vendors who support and invest in the Java EE Platform what they have to say about the plans for Java EE 8 as well its future, discuss hot topics (why not talk about Microservices?) and how these relate to Java EE and many other great things. Or maybe what their current products have to offer and even some of their roadmaps! What would you like to…
  • Managing SLAs with Oracle Event Processing

    user757087
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Do you need to manage your SLAs in real-time? This year's Oracle OpenWorld hands-on lab for Oracle Event Processing will show you how to quickly develop an application that can help you manage your service level agreements. Whether you are running SOA composites or have any data source containing information about your processing of requests, this hands-on lab will show you how to process the data in real-time and generate an alert if you are about to miss a service level agreement, even if these SLAs vary by customer or type of request. No prior knowledge of Oracle Event Processing is…
  • JCrete 2014

    Geertjan
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:46 pm
    When you go to any kind of conference, specifically a software programming conference, even more specifically a Java conference, you hold certain truths to be self-evident. For example, there'll be a program, there'll be organizers, there'll be rooms, there'll be chairs. There'll be a ceiling. Well, no such thing, necessarily, at JCrete, an invitation-only annual conference, held for the 4th time, during this week, that strives to invite around 70 people in total. (Nice and small and intimate, and if it were any larger, the process described in the next paragraphs wouldn't work.) It's…
  • JCP EC Nominations will be open 16-19 September

    Heather VanCura
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:46 pm
    The 2014 Fall Executive Committee Elections will be starting in September. The nominations period of the Elections will begin on 16 September. The JCP will accept nominations for 8 Ratified and 4 Elected seats through 29 September. The ballot will be open from 28 October until 10 November. The results will be available on jcp.org on 11 November. If you have an interest in participating in the JCP EC, please start preparing the materials now. If you have any questions, please send us an email at pmo@jcp.org.
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    JT on EDM

  • MITSloan Article: Four traps of predictive analytics

    James Taylor
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:42 am
    Copyright © 2014 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorMichael Fitzgerald wrote a great piece of the MIT Sloan Management Review this week - The Four Traps of Predictive Analytics. Michael saw me present at an event for Predixion in Boston and then went on to chat with me a couple of times. It’s a great piece, highlighting four critical issues around predictive analytics: The need to really understand what you want to decide using analytics before you develop them The need to begin with operational decisions not strategic ones The need to industrialize analytics not treat it as a cottage…
  • White Paper of the Week: The Case for Centralized Customer Decisioning

    James Taylor
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:39 am
    Copyright © 2014 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorThis week’s white paper is an oldie but goodie - The Case for Centralized Customer Decisioning An Imperative for Every Channel, Every Interaction Marketing understands customers better than any other single group, and should own customer treatment decisions. As marketers strive for a genuine dialogue with their customers, an interactive and personalized experience that builds brand and develops relationships, they must identify critical customer treatment decisions. In particular, they must look for opportunities to make decisions…
  • Some thoughts on KDNuggets’ top trends ahead of Strata Hadoop NYC

    James Taylor
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:17 am
    Copyright © 2014 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorGregory over at KDNuggets had an interesting post with some Top Analytics and Big Data trends ahead of Strata Hadoop NYC Conference based on input from their readers. Three trends struck me: The challenge of communicating complex analyses to non-technical clients/partners We are having increasing success using logical decision models to show how data and analytics drive better decision making. This improves communication, focuses analytic projects and brings everyone to a shared understanding. Check out this TDWI Q&A on the role of…
  • First Look Progress Corticon 5.4 Update

    James Taylor
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:52 am
    Copyright © 2014 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorIt’s been a while since I had an update on Progress Corticon – the last time was an update for v5.2 back in 2012. Progress Corticon is a mainstream Business Rules Management System with the usual Corticon Studio, Corticon Server and Corticon Enterprise Data Connector. In addition there is the Corticon BRMS for OpenEdge, linking Corticon to the Progress OpenEdge product suite. The core product continues to be based around a decision table/rulesheet metaphor for business users. The validation and verification tools remain a strength and…
  • Interview on Ugly Research

    James Taylor
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    Copyright © 2014 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorTracy Altman (@EvidenceSoup), who I interviewed here, interviewed me for her blog recently. We talked decisions, decision management and analytics. You can find the interview on the Evidence Soup blog here. Enjoy.
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    Development & Integration Blogs

  • Disaster Recovery Planning and the Art of Kaizen

    26 Aug 2014 | 1:07 pm
    One major underpinning for the success of Japanese business is the philosophy of kaizen, which means constant, continuous improvement over time involving everyone. Why mention kaizen in relation to disaster recovery planning? Because the traditional ...
  • Planning the Disaster Recovery Plan – Part 2

    23 Aug 2014 | 6:44 pm
    To use the terminology of the relatively new science of chaos, networks are dynamical systems, or systems that are in a constant state of change. They are composed of so many interacting elements that they can be sensitive to even the smallest factor...
  • Representing table structures in memory

    12 Aug 2014 | 7:05 am
    The design challenges Metrici has faced with summary data are common to lots of systems, and the solution we have adopted could be used elsewhere.
  • Planning the Disaster Recovery Plan

    11 Aug 2014 | 2:38 pm
    As with any other well-laid plan, a number of steps are required to create an effective IT disaster recovery plan. This includes assessing potential risks, gathering information about your system and its uses and users, writing the plan, educating th...
  • How Much Disaster Protection Do You Need?

    7 Aug 2014 | 4:55 pm
    With disaster protection, as with insurance, it is either impossible or cost-ineffective to protect yourself from every potential problem. You need to provide a reasonable amount of protection against downtime and data loss while making sure you can ...
 
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    StorageMojo

  • Friday hike blogging: Airport Mesa

    Robin Harris
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Often named as one of the most scenic airports in America, the airport sits on a mesa high above the town. There’s a trail that circles the mesa and – more important for me – I can walk to it. According to my iPhone app, the hike is 7.22 miles with 1788 feet of vertical climbing. The highest point of the trail is only 500 feet higher than my house, but there’s lots of up and down on the trail. While it isn’t my favorite hike, it is convenient and the 360° views are fabulous. Here’s looking south and seeing, from left to right, one of the twin buttes,…
  • The network crunch: DAS and SAN

    Robin Harris
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Several years ago an Intel briefer promised me $50 10Gb Ethernet ports. The shocker: prices have dropped little in the last 8 years – well more than a decade in Internet time. I don’t look back as often as I should. But a note from a ZDNet reader prompted some retrospection and research into network prices. Consumer adoption is behind the most dramatic price declines in high tech. CPUs, disks, monitors, printers and GigE got cheap when hundreds of millions of people were buying them. Network effects Who has a 10Gig home network? Some StorageMojo readers, no doubt, but the rest of…
  • Why are array architectures so old?

    Robin Harris
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:49 am
    25 years ago I was working on DEC’s earliest RAID array. When I look at today’s “high-end” arrays, it’s shocking how little architectural change the big iron arrays have embraced. The industry is ripe for disruption, only part of which is coming from cloud vendors. 21st century problems demand 21st century architectures. Here’s a list of the obsolete technologies still embraced by most large arrays. RAID. After it turned out that the governing assumption behind RAID was not accurate – non-correlated failures – and as drive sizes increased, RAID…
  • Friday hike blogging: clouds!

    Robin Harris
    23 Aug 2014 | 6:37 pm
    There’s a reason Arizona doesn’t have Daylight Saving Time: we have as much daylight as we can stand. With over 300 sunny days a year – and the sunniest are often the hottest – it’s a relief to see the sun set as the perceived temps drop 10-15°F. Despite that, summer is my favorite season because of the clouds. We get much of our clouds and rain in summer – low pressure in the warm mountain west sucks up moisture from the gulf and coast – and the clouds dapple the mountains. If we’re lucky we get low clouds drifting among the rocks while the…
  • DataGravity launches

    Robin Harris
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:56 pm
    The co-founder of Equallogic, Paula Long, is heading up the new startup DataGravity. Their system takes advantage of active/active controllers to bring deep storage inspection to small and medium businesses. What they do DataGravity brings a new level of information awareness to network storage arrays, enabling important new capabilities within the array at no extra cost: Full-text index of all documents. Automatic scanning for personally identifiable information such as credit card and Social Security numbers. Complete data access logging: who looked at what, when – handy for legal…
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    Network Computing:

  • What To Do If Your Cloud Provider Is Acquired

    Andrew Froehlich
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    With consolidation on the rise in the cloud computing market, you could end up dealing with a new cloud provider. Here are the key steps to take and questions to ask.
  • How To Survive In Networking

    Susan Fogarty
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Jeremy Schulman shares his secrets for navigating the transition in network operations by leveraging lessons learned from DevOps.
  • VMware NSX Banks On Security

    Marcia Savage
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    A year after launching NSX with much fanfare, VMware is targeting its network virtualization platform at customers with ample security budgets in the wake of high-profile security breaches.
  • The Rise Of White-Box Storage

    Jim O'Reilly
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:15 am
    Low-cost, generic storage based on original design manufacturer boxes is gaining ground in the storage industry.
  • IT Hiring: Social Media Matters

    Marcia Savage
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    A survey by TEKsystems shows that both IT pros and those in charge of IT hiring rely heavily on LinkedIn and other social media to find and screen each other.
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    Network & Infrastructure Blogs

  • That good old DB2 catalog poster

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:02 am
    (Posted Friday, August 29, 2014) One of the very cool parts of working with DB2 for z/OS back in the 80s was hanging all of the DB2 posters on the walls of ones office.  Actually, having an office with walls to hang stuff on was also pretty cool.. but I digress. You would atte...
  • Don't be a Colonel Klink!

    29 Aug 2014 | 1:03 am
    If you are an old codger like me then you must remember the the show "Hogans Hero's". It is a fantastic, funny show about war time prisoners of war in a German camp. These prisoners are basically using the camp as a base of resistance operations and the German guards "know nothing! See nothing and hear nothing!".   The prison camp is run by an incompetent kommandant with the
  • Advanced Malware: Defense

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:21 am
    Advanced malware and threat defense consists of a specific set of layered controls.
  • Disaster Recovery Planning and the Art of Kaizen

    26 Aug 2014 | 1:07 pm
    One major underpinning for the success of Japanese business is the philosophy of kaizen, which means constant, continuous improvement over time involving everyone. Why mention kaizen in relation to disaster recovery planning? Because the traditional ...
  • Will society ever catch up to technology?

    25 Aug 2014 | 12:09 am
    As I have mentioned many times before, the rate of technological advance is very rapid and seems to be increasing. I have also mentioned that people do not seem to be able to understand the technology that they use and I pointed a finger at the education system.   While I still believe the education system is a big reason I failed to mention whether it is the total reason. I
 
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    Enterprise Back Office Blogs

  • Fault Tolerant Business Processes

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:00 pm
    With fault tolerant business processes, they are executed with a relaxed notion of isolation. The ACID test should be applied (atomicity, consistency, isolation, and durability). Issues are complex, because recovery processes need to be assessed as to whether they can have an impact on any other currently running processes.
  • That good old DB2 catalog poster

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:02 am
    (Posted Friday, August 29, 2014) One of the very cool parts of working with DB2 for z/OS back in the 80s was hanging all of the DB2 posters on the walls of ones office.  Actually, having an office with walls to hang stuff on was also pretty cool.. but I digress. You would atte...
  • Riding the Mobile Wave: Oracle's Survey Sheds New Light on the Connected Enterprise

    28 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Oracle Corporation commissioned a survey of 414 IT executives worldwide and presented their findings in a July 2014 report entitled ?Evolving the Connected Enterprise.?
  • Peaks, Plateaus and Canyons: How soon will the ICT Economy Take Form?

    28 Aug 2014 | 8:45 am
    Microsoft presents a metaphor for utopian, pragmatic and dystopian views of the future by referring to peak, plateau and canyon scenarios in its June 2014 report entitled: "Cyberspace 2025 Today?s Decisions, Tomorrow?s Terrain: Navigating the Future of Cybersecurity Policy."
  • The Surprising Future of CRM Systems

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    We advise our clients on ERP systems on a daily basis, and many of those lessons learned are discussed in our 360 blog. Our blog doesn?t spend as much time discussing Customer Relationship Management software ? more commonly referred to as CRM software.
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  • Blog Post: Sábado - Maiores Contribuintes na 4ª semana de Agosto/2014

    Durval Ramos
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:38 am
    Bem-vindos à mais um Sábado de Atualização Semanal dos principais contribuintes em nosso TechNet Wiki . Este é o quadro geral com os atuais líderes. ESTATÍSTICAS Esta é a análise das contribuições do Technet Wiki (pt-BR) ao longo da última semana. Segundo as estatísticas gerais, tivemos  292  usuários que contribuíram com  2.099  páginas. Obtivemos  9.869  revisões com  5.933  comentários. Para maiores detalhes veja nossa página:  http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/pt-br/default.aspx   DESTAQUES Os destaques da semana vão para os seguintes colaboradores:  …
  • Blog Post: Weekend Scripter: A Function to Clean Up Data Import

    The Scripting Guys
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    Summary : Learn about a Windows PowerShell function you can use to clean up data prior to import. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. We are entering the Labor Day weekend in the United States today. Labor Day is a sad holiday, but it is also a happy time. It is sad because it traditionally marks the end of summer. It is happy because if you live in Charlotte, North Carolina, it means that the time of high temperatures and high humidity are nearing an end. Autumn (September through November) is definitely the best time of the year to visit Charlotte. The temperatures during the day…
  • Blog Post: Unable to Install FIM 2010 R2 – Services and Portal on SharePoint Foundation 2013

    Sushant Rao
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:05 pm
    When you attempt to Install Forefront Identity Manager 2010 R2 - Services and Portal on SharePoint Foundation 2013, You encounter following error “ The features you have the following prerequisites, Refer to the installation guide  for more information. Please update your machine and retry the installation. – SharePoint .” Prerequisites and Verification Steps: ===================================== 1. The SharePoint 2013 site collection runs in 2010 experience mode. To verify, in the SharePoint 2013 Management command-line shell, enter the following commands and verify that the return…
  • Blog Post: Live! TechNet Radio: (Part 3) Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud - Planning Hybrid Cloud Networking

    Blain Barton
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Kevin Remde and Keith Mayer continue our series on “ Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud ” and in today’s episode they discuss various options for networking. Tune in as they go in depth on what options are available for hybrid cloud networking as they explore network connectivity and address concerns about speed, reliability and security. [ 2:46 ] What components are involved in Hybrid Cloud Networking? [ 5:30 ] What are some of the technical capabilities of Hybrid Cloud networking? [ 9:25 ]  Which VPN gateways are supported with Microsoft Azure? [ 11:28 ]  What are…
  • Blog Post: Doc Updates for Azure RMS - August 2014

    Carol Bailey
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Now on the Microsoft Rights Management (RMS) Team blog  - Announcement: Azure RMS Documentation Library Update for August 2014
 
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    MSRC

  • Security Bulletin MS14-045 rereleased

    MSRC Team
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:26 am
    Every month for many years, we’ve released a number of updates focused on the continuous improvement of customers’ experiences with our technology. Historically, these updates happened at different times during the month, with the security-specific ones occurring on the second Tuesday of each month. Recently, to further streamline, we decided to include more of our non-security updates together with our security updates and begin the global release to customers on the second Tuesday of each month. This month we had our first roll out with additional non-security updates. A small…
  • August 2014 Security Bulletin Webcast and Q&A

    Dustin C. Childs
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Today, we published the August 2014 Security Bulletin webcast questions and answers page along with the webcast replay. We answered ten questions on air, with the majority focusing on the update for Internet Explorer Here is the video replay: We are aware of some issues related to the recent updates and are working on a fix. For more information please read KB 2982791. We invite you to join us for the next scheduled webcast on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, at 11 a.m. PDT (UTC -7), when we will go into detail about the September 2014 bulletin release and answer your bulletin…
  • August 2014 Security Updates

    Dustin C. Childs
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Today, as part of Update Tuesday, we released nine security updates – two rated Critical and seven rated Important – to address 37 Common Vulnerabilities & Exposures (CVEs) in SQL Server, OneNote, SharePoint, .NET, Windows and Internet Explorer (IE). We encourage you to apply all of these updates, but for those who need to prioritize their deployment planning, we recommend focusing on the Critical updates first. Here’s an overview slide and video of the security updates released today: Click to enlarge Microsoft also revised Security Advisory 2755801: Update for…
  • Advance Notification Service for the August 2014 Security Bulletin Release

    Dustin C. Childs
    7 Aug 2014 | 10:13 am
    Today, we provide advance notification for the release of nine Security Bulletins. Two of these are rated Critical, and the remaining seven are rated Important in severity. These Updates are for SQL Server, SharePoint, OneNote, .NET, Microsoft Windows, and Internet Explorer. As per our usual process, we’ve scheduled the Security Bulletin release for the second Tuesday of the month, August 12, 2014, at approximately 10 a.m. PDT. Revisit this blog then for analysis of the relative impact, as well as deployment guidance, together with a brief video overview of the month’s Updates. We…
  • General Availability for Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) 5.0

    Chris Betz
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    Today, we are excited to announce the general availability of Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) 5.0. EMET is a free tool, designed to help customers with their defense in depth strategies against cyberattacks, by helping block and terminate the most common techniques adversaries might use in comprising systems. EMET 5.0 further helps to protect with two new mitigations, and with new capabilities giving customers additional flexibility on their deployments. EMET helps to protect systems, even before new and undiscovered threats are formally addressed by security updates and…
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    SQLblog.com - The SQL Server blog spot on the web

  • Trace flags - TF 7806

    Damian
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:51 pm
    The trace flag 7806 is necessary when a DBA would like to use the dedicated administrator connection (DAC) in the SQL Server Express. The DAC is turned off when you install the SQL Server but it is a good practice to turn it on after the installation is done. The DBA will really need the have access to the unresponsive database server and having DAC active he/she has more chance to do the work. However this feature is not supported in the SQL Server Express edition by default. Microsoft has added a trace flag 7806 to enable this feature in the SQL Server Express.As the flag is a…
  • Four New Slide Decks for SQL Server and IT Pros from the DevLink 2014 Conference

    KKline
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:37 am
    Get slides about Microsoft SQL Server: Internals & Architecture, Top 10 DBA Mistakes, Ten SQL Coding Practices, and Persuasion Techniques for IT Pros...(read more)
  • SSIS Dashboard v 0.6.1

    Davide Mauri
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:53 am
    Yesterday I’ve released the latest SSIS Dashboard update. There quite a lot of new features included that I found to very useful when you have a server full of packages and logs. Here the complete list: Highlighted the feature I think worth the most: Updated Morris.js to v 0.5.1 Updated MetisMenu to v 1.1.1 Added information on "Child" Packages Added more detail to the "Package Execution History" page. Also added an estimated end time / elapsed time for running packages, using a moving average of 7 steps. Added navigation sidebar in the main page that shows available…
  • On Agile Data Warehousing

    Davide Mauri
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    In the last month, I’ve been working on the slide deck of my Agile Data Warehousing workshop. In order to give to it additional value that goes beyond the pure technical aspects, and since now the “Agile” approach is becoming more and more mainstream also (and finally!) on BI, I did a small research to check what one can find on the web regarding this topic. Many things happened from the very first time I presented at PASS 2010, where I first mentioned the need to be Agile (or “Adaptive” as I prefer to say when talking about BI & Agility). In 2011 Gartner, at their BI Summit,…
  • Attitudes I Wish I Had Earlier

    andyleonard
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Mike Walsh ( blog | @Mike_Walsh) tagged me in his post, 4 Attitudes I Wish I Had Earlier as a DBA . You should read Mike’s post, it’s filled with helpful and good advice and tells cool (and not-so-cool) stories. I admire Mike’s transparency. I struggle with the four areas Mike already covered – Work/Life Balance, Empathy, Hero Syndrome, and Getting Things Done. I will not rehash his points. I’m less susceptible to hero syndrome, empathy, and getting things done, but I more than make up for them in...(read more)
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    MySQL Performance Blog

  • Galera data on Percona Cloud Tools (and other MySQL monitoring tools)

    Fernando Laudares
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:58 pm
    I was talking with a Percona Support customer earlier this week who was looking for Galera data on Percona Cloud Tools. (Percona Cloud Tools, now in free beta, is a hosted service providing access to query performance insights for all MySQL uses.)The customer mentioned they were already keeping track of some Galera stats on Cacti, and given they were inclined to use Percona Cloud Tools more and more, they wanted to know if it was already supporting Percona XtraDB Cluster. My answer was: “No, not yet: you can install agents in each node (the regular way in the first node, then…
  • Percona Server 5.6.20-68.0 is now available

    Hrvoje Matijakovic
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    Percona is glad to announce the release of Percona Server 5.6.20-68.0 on August 29, 2014. Download the latest version from the Percona web site or from the Percona Software Repositories.Based on MySQL 5.6.20, including all the bug fixes in it, Percona Server 5.6.20-68.0 is the current GA release in the Percona Server 5.6 series. All of Percona’s software is open-source and free. Complete details of this release can be found in the 5.6.20-68.0 milestone on Launchpad.New Features:Percona Server has implemented the MySQL 5.7 SHOW SLAVE STATUS NONBLOCKING syntax for Lock-Free SHOW…
  • Percona Server 5.5.39-36.0 is now available

    Hrvoje Matijakovic
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    Percona is glad to announce the release of Percona Server 5.5.39-36.0 on August 29, 2014 (Downloads are available here and from the Percona Software Repositories). Based on MySQL 5.5.39, including all the bug fixes in it, Percona Server 5.5.39-36.0 is now the current stable release in the 5.5 series. All of Percona‘s software is open-source and free, all the details of the release can be found in the 5.5.39-36.0 milestone at Launchpad.New Features:Percona Server Audit Log Plugin now supports JSON and CSV formats. The format choice is controlled by audit_log_format…
  • OpenStack Trove Day 2014 Recap: MySQL and DBaaS

    George O. Lorch III
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    OpenStack Trove DayI just returned from a week in Cambridge, Massachusetts where I was attending the OpenStack Trove Day and the Trove mid-cycle meetup, both sponsored by the great folks at Tesora.I am relatively new to the OpenStack and Trove arenas so this was a fantastic opportunity for me to learn more about the communities, the various components within OpenStack, and what part Trove plays. I found the entire event very worthwhile – I met a lot of key people in the community, learned more about Trove and its potential, and in general felt a great energy and excitement surrounding…
  • Trawling the binlog with FlexCDC and new FlexCDC plugins for MySQL

    Justin Swanhart
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:15 am
    Swanhart-Tools includes FlexCDC, a change data capture tool for MySQL. FlexCDC follows a server’s binary log and usually writes “changelogs” that track the changes to tables in the database. I say usually because the latest version of Swanhart-Tools (only in github for now) supports FlexCDC plugins, which allow you to send the updates to a remote data source, or to any other place of your liking.  You can find out more about FlexCDC basics in a previous blog post.Please note that FlexCDC still needs to have source and destination instances defined in the configuration,…
 
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    ProjectVRM

  • Learning from bad @TWC #CX

    Doc Searls
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:59 am
    Here in New York City, Time Warner Cable is down. (I’m getting on over my mobile phone’s T-Mobile data connection.) According to DownDetector, TWC is also down in a lot of places: This is a developing story, in the midst of which I can take the opportunity to have a meaningful encounter with CX — Customer eXperience. Let’s make lemonade. My cable modem shows the connection is live, but just blinking steadily in its attempt to pass data back and forth with TWC itself. Earlier ping tests (when the connection was merely bad) went somewhere, but latencies were all high. Now…
  • Getting Respect

    Doc Searls
    24 Aug 2014 | 2:36 am
    Respect Network (@RespectConnect) is a new kind of corporate animal: a for-profit company that is also a collection of developers and other interested parties (including nonprofits) gathered around common goals and principles. Chief among the latter is OIX‘s Respect Trust Framework, which is “designed to be self-reinforcing through use of a peer-to-peer reputation system.” Every person and organization agreeing to the framework is a peer. Here are the five principles to which all members agree: Promise We will respect each other’s digital boundaries Every Member promises to…
  • Apple HealthKit and VRM

    Doc Searls
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:32 am
    With iOS8, Apple is releasing a pile of new capabilities for developers, such as HomeKit, CarPlay, Family Sharing and HealthKit. These don’t just bring new stuff to your iPhone and iPad. Start digging and you see a framework for personal control of one’s interactions in the world: one that moves Apple away from the norms set by Google, Yahoo, Facebook and other companies that make most of their money in the advertising business.  Explains Greg Lloyd, Google, Yahoo and others gather correlate, analyze and use personal identity metadata including your location, search history,…
  • Cluetrain’s One Clue

    Doc Searls
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:34 am
    Most people reading The Cluetrain Manifesto go straight to its 95 Theses, and usually quote the top one. I won’t mention it, because I would rather focus on Cluetrain’s main clue, which most people miss. It says this: “if you only have time for one clue this year, this is the one to get… we are not seats or eyeballs or end users or consumers. we are human beings and our reach exceeds your grasp. deal with it.“ This statement expresses the full Cluetrain spirit —not only because of what it says, but because it adrenalized us, and guided everything we wrote in…
  • Live blogging #Smalldata NYC

    Doc Searls
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:02 pm
    I’m at SmallData NYC, hosted by Mozilla.  What I’m writing here is not a report on the event (which will be up on the Web for all to see, soon enough), but rather my own #VRM-based riffs on what the panelists (and later the audience) are saying.  The purpose of an event like this is to get people thinking and talking. So that’s what I’m doing here. New word for me: deconvolve. I like it, but gotta look it up. Actual and clear intent is more valuable than inferred intent. Whatever happened to AskJeeves-type search?  Such as “I’m looking for Michael Jordan…
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    Symantec Connect

  • How can we particular server is san media server

    Venki009
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:37 am
    I need a solution Hi Team, How can we know the media server is SAN media server or normal media server?   Thanx in advance........
  • SDRO 6.1: How to configure and test an on-premises-to-Microsoft Azure disaster recovery configuration

    Pallavi Sharma
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:16 am
    I do not need a solution (just sharing information) Symantec Disaster Recovery Orchestrator 6.1 (SDRO) lets you configure on-premises applications for disaster recovery (DR) or migration to the Microsoft Azure cloud. After you configure an application for DR or migration, you can run fire drills on the configuration. As part of a fire drill, SDRO tests whether an application can be migrated to or recovered in the cloud in case of a failure at the on-premises site. During the testing, SDRO brings the application online in a separate cloud network, without disrupting your production…
  • SDRO 6.1: How to configure SQL Server for disaster recovery or migration to Microsoft Azure

    Pallavi Sharma
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:10 am
    I do not need a solution (just sharing information) Symantec Disaster Recovery Orchestrator 6.1 (SDRO) lets you configure your on-premises SQL Server 2008 R2 or 2012 instances for disaster recovery (DR) or migration to the Microsoft Azure cloud. You need to make identical SQL Server configurations, including users and privileges, on the on-premises and the cloud hosts. The Disaster Recovery Orchestrator Configuration Wizard lets you select the SQL Server instances that you want to configure for monitoring and the detail monitoring options as well. The wizard detects the application data…
  • Audit logs for Symantec Messaging Gateway Logon

    Dawood H
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Ability to track IP Address of the machine from where login to SMG (GUI/CLI) has been initiated. These logs should be readily visible in the GUI console.
  • SDRO 6.1: How to configure an on-premises application for disaster recovery or migration to Microsoft Azure

    Pallavi Sharma
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:40 pm
    I do not need a solution (just sharing information) Symantec Disaster Recovery Orchestrator (SDRO) 6.1 lets you configure an on-premises custom application for disaster recovery (DR) or migration to the Microsoft Azure cloud. For information about preparing the cloud infrastructure for SDRO and installing the product, see the Symantec Disaster Recovery Orchestrator 6.1 Deployment Guide. For information about configuring the application for DR or migration, see the Symantec Disaster Recovery Orchestrator 6.1 Administration Guide. To configure an application for DR or migration:  Identify…
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    Enterprise Irregulars

  • News Analysis: IBM Watson Announces Data Driven Discovery Solution

    R "Ray" Wang
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:19 am
     New Discovery Advisor Solution To Help Researchers Answer The Tough Problems Never Answered Before On August 28th, 2014 at the Museum of Art and Design in New York City, The IBM Watson group launched Discovery Advisor.  Mike Rhodin, SVP of IBM’s Watson Group, welcomed the audience to the Age of Discovery (see Figure 1).  In addition, Tom Malone,  Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management at MIT discussed the new era of discovery with solutions such as Cognitive Computing.  Key announcements show how Discovery Advisor: Figure 1. Mike Rhodin welcoming the crowd to the Age of Discovery…
  • Evolving CRM

    Denis Pombriant
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
    Last week’s CRM Evolution conference in New York was interesting for multiple reasons.  Most importantly, perhaps, is the perception that the market is moving into a higher gear, slipping past the restraints of a recession that would not quit.  Good things are in store for the industry, I think, as buyers step up their games and vendors unleash a passel of new solutions. There was also no small amount of contention as vendors and analysts jockeyed for position to be remembered as the one who rightly predicted the future first, or perhaps loudest.  “CRM is dead,” announced Bob Stutz…
  • Moving the Sales Needle

    Denis Pombriant
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:20 am
    Today Apttus and Adobe Echosign announced the results of a survey of more than 100 Fortune 1000 sales leaders conducted earlier this year. Titled “Five Blind Spots in the Sales Process” the report focuses on things that have been perennial issues for sales managers. Net Results Here’s the big picture view. 1 in 4 companies don’t have sufficient KPI insights for average pipeline multiple, deal size, quote-to-cash cycle time and win rate. 4 out of 10 companies require 3 days or longer to generate a quote 50% of companies have experienced costly mistakes on quotes 1 in 3 companies are…
  • Infor CEO: ‘Beautiful software’ solves business problems

    Michael Krigsman
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:28 am
    The consumerization of IT is one of the most significant and far-reaching trends in modern enterprise technology. As part of this shift, most enterprise software vendors have embraced thinking that places users in the center of their software design process. Companies like salesforce.com, Workday, Oracle, SAP (disclosure: a client), and Microsoft (disclosure: a client) have all made significant investments to “consumerize” their products. Despite these investments across the industry, Infor has taken the link between design and enterprise software to another level. A quick…
  • Sage’s up-market solution: Is X3 ready for North American market?

    Brian Sommer
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    Over the years, I’ve seen this product line shift a lot technically. Sage ERP X3 has gone from a traditional client server architecture to a materially re-platformed solution with a number of cloud components and cloud add-on apps. As it exists today, the product can be deployed on-premises and in a hosted (private) cloud manner. It may soon, I believe, possess multi-tenancy. Sage ERP X3 underwent a major user interface (UI) upgrade in its Version 7 upgrade. The new UI is a web-first design. Mobile access to the apps is native with users getting more than browser access on mobile devices.
 
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    Mzinga Insights

  • Mzinga Selected (Again) as a 2014 Top 20 Learning Portals Company

    28 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
    From TrainingIndustry.com: On behalf of TrainingIndustry.com I am pleased to announce that your company has been selected as a 2014 Top 20 Learning Portals List Company. Congratulations! The selected 2014 Top 20 Learning Portals List Companies demonstrated excellence in many areas, including: •         Breadth of functionality and capabilities criteria •         Commitment to the corporate training industry •         Industry visibility, innovation and impact •         Number and strength of clients •         Geographic reach •…
  • American Idol's Singing Marine is Safe, Thanks to Family and Fans

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:37 am
    Things happen fast in social media.  A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a story about a Las Vegas couple who posted Facebook messages signaling their intent to kill others, which they carried out before they could be stopped.  At that time, I noted that having a team of moderators who know how to escalate those messages could have produced a different outcome.  Earlier this week, a beloved American Idol performer, despondent after a spat with his wife, posted on Facebook his intent to commit suicide.  This time, those who saw the message took rapid action and were able to get him…
  • People Join Organizations and Quit Managers

    4 Aug 2014 | 6:56 am
    By:Cindy Pascale, CEO – Vado, Inc.We have heard this statement over and over “People join organizations and quit managers.”But is there any truth to it?According to two different research reports, one reason people leave organizations is due to the boss. Kenexa research shows that 30% of turnover is due to the boss.Forbes completed a study titled, “Why Your Top Talent is Leaving in 2014 & What It’ll Take to Retain Them” and they cite that 37% of top talent is leaving due to Boss’ Performance.Research conducted by Gallup, Inc. supports the statistics from Kenexa and…
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    deal architect

  • Grand Challenges

    29 Aug 2014 | 2:12 pm
    I love interviewing senior corporate executives for my books. The conversations are always about large problems they are trying to solve. So, for this book, an executive talked to me about how they define Big Data. 15 gb of data...
  • Calling for alternative endings to SAP book

    20 Aug 2014 | 6:21 am
    I formally invited SAP to provide a 10 page, unedited column to include at end of the book I am writing - how things will be different with its new management team. The book model shows customer spend at a...
  • Why I write books

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:12 am
    Last week, at the grocery store checkout I overhead a man congratulate another about his new book. Curious I asked the author what his book was about. Hugh Sullivan has written about his 40 year career as a Navy Corpsman....
  • The Impact of Automation on Jobs: The Missing Dimensions

    14 Aug 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Pew Research has a thought provoking study on the impact of algorithms and robotics on jobs. Half the experts polled are very pessimistic, the other half just pessimistic. Definitely worth a read. What I find fascinating about these discussions is...
  • Gartner, the lightning rod

    10 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    Once again Gartner is in the news. Its is being sued and a whole slew of blogs and articles have piled on. My summer project researching and writing about the SAP economy has allowed me a chance to go back...
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    Chuck's Blog

  • Greetings From VMworld 2014

    Chuck Hollis
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:37 pm
    No surprise, I’m out in gorgeous SF for the annual gathering of the vFaithful — VMworld 2014.  As before, it’s quite an experience, even for a jaded event veteran like me.  Like a desert blooming after a rainstorm, Moscone Center is transformed into a fascinating technology experience, and  — then — we wait until next year for it to happen all over again. I’m not capable of giving you a detailed report on everything that happened at VMworld — there’s way too much to cover.  Instead, I thought I’d share with you what stood out for me personally. What A…
  • Making The Case For Software-Defined Storage

    Chuck Hollis
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    My corner of the IT industry is foisting a new concept on enterprise IT shops: software-defined storage.  Supposedly, it’s TNT — the next thing! But we as vendors need to be held accountable for making our case.   The existing storage kit seems to be doing the job; why would we need anything radically different?   Where’s the big advantage, and — more importantly — is the expected gain worth the trouble? Unless we — as an industry — can make our case for the new technology, it will join the scrap heap of glittery ideas once considered and eventually discarded.
  • Losing My Religion

    Chuck Hollis
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    As a younger version of my present self, I was supremely confident in what I knew to be true — especially when it came to all things enterprise IT tech.   There was generally accepted wisdom about many things; to disagree with certain tenets made people question your expertise. But with age and experience, I realized that many of the “obvious truths” on which I had built my belief system were quickly becoming fallacies.   Time for a new religion? No, not really — more of a never-ending appreciation of how the world really works.  That means modifying old frameworks,…
  • It’s All About The Operational Model …

    Chuck Hollis
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:13 pm
    No, I didn’t append the word “stupid” to the title of this blog post.   I do admit I had a moment of temptation, but then realized that I don’t like demeaning titles, and assume the same for most of you as well. But I will ‘fess up to a certain level of frustration results when discussing advanced IT concepts with my colleagues and customers.   The natural temptation is to put whatever’s being discussed on the operating table, and surgically dismembering a big concept into constituent technologies, which are then individually criticized.   Frequently, the forest…
  • Why A Hybrid Cloud Is So Darn Appealing To Enterprises

    Chuck Hollis
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:46 am
    Many of my VMware colleagues and I are seeing the same thing, time and time again.   We’re doing a general update on things VMware — a smorgasbord of different topics.  We get to the segment on vCHS — VMware’s vCloud Hybrid Service.  Frequently, they either haven’t heard about it, or don’t know much about it. That's an opportunity waiting to happen.  Because within 5 minutes, they’ll quickly grasp how a hybrid cloud is different, and how they might use it.  Heads nod, light bulbs go off, the discussion gets animated — all that. Given the inherent…
 
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    Venture Chronicles

  • Sales Tactics: A View from the Receiving End

    Jeff Nolan
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:41 pm
    On average I get 10-15 vendors calling me each day to sell me stuff (marketing is a services, content, and systems heavy business these days). I pay a lot of attention to the details of how people sell and try to incorporate effective tactics into our own SDR function. Here’s my rundown on the most common tactics I find myself on the receiving end of: 1) Blunt Force Trauma: “Jeff, I was wondering if you had an opportunity to read my last email”. Surprisingly effective, I get 2-3 of these from someone and I feel guilty enough to actually respond. Probability of closing something is…
  • 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…
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    The Enterprise Architect

  • PaaS is lacking a vision on application development

    Johan Den Haan
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:43 am
    Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is all about abstraction and automation. Abstracting away from underlying technology layers by automation. That’s basically what is happening on each layer of a cloud architecture, from hardware to IaaS, to foundational PaaS, to aPaaS. All this abstraction and automation is aimed at making application deployment a one-click or one-command experience for the developer. It makes deployment a self-service experience for the developer, which eliminates hand-offs and thus improves the productivity and scalability of the engineering team. The disillusion that…
  • 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…
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    Exchange Server Pro

  • Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 3 Update Rollup 14 Released

    Paul Cunningham
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Microsoft has released Update Rollup 14 for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 3. This latest rollup supports recent DST updates. The rollup contains all previously released security bulletins and fixes and updates for Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 3 as well. This is not a security release, but customers are encouraged to deploy these updates to their environment once proper validation has been completed. A complete list of included updates is available here. Update Rollup 14 can be downloaded here.   This article Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 3 Update Rollup 14 Released is ©…
  • Exchange 2010 Service Pack 3 Update Rollup 7 Released

    Paul Cunningham
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Microsoft has released Update Rollup 7 for Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 3. This update includes a number of fixes that are listed in KB2961522. Deploying Exchange Server 2010 SP3 Update Rollup 7 The standard order of deployment for Exchange Server updates applies. Client Access servers, starting with the internet-facing ones. See this article for how to patch a CAS array. Hub Transport servers Unified Messaging servers Mailbox servers. See this article for how to patch a Database Availability Group. Edge Transport servers This article Exchange 2010 Service Pack 3 Update Rollup 7…
  • Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 6 Released

    Paul Cunningham
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:19 pm
    Microsoft has released Cumulative Update 6 for Exchange Server 2013. From the Microsoft Exchange Team blog: CU6 represents the continuation of our Exchange 2013 servicing and builds upon Exchange 2013 CU5. The release includes fixes for customer reported issues, minor product enhancements and previously released security bulletins. A complete list of customer reported issues resolved in Exchange 2013 CU6 can be found in KB 2961810. Customers running any previous release of Exchange 2013 can move directly to CU6 today. Customers deploying Exchange 2013 for the first time may skip previous…
  • Test-ExchangeServerHealth.ps1 v1.10 is Now Available, Plus an Announcement

    Paul Cunningham
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:55 am
    I’m pleased to announce the availability of v1.10 of the Test-ExchangeServerHealth.ps1 script. This version of the script contains one minor bug fix for testing DAG member replication health in mixed Exchange 2010/2013 organizations. Existing Exchange Server Pro Insiders can download the script here. If you are not already a member you can join for free here. I am also announcing that development of a new V2.0 of Test-ExchangeServerHealth.ps1 is under way. Planned features include: Support for Exchange Server 2013 only (the V1.x script will still be available for Exchange 2010…
  • What Does DatabaseCopyActivationDisabledAndMoveNow Do?

    Paul Cunningham
    17 Aug 2014 | 3:59 am
    One of the steps when applying updates to Exchange 2013 servers that are members of a database availability group is to set a property called DatabaseCopyActivationDisabledAndMoveNow to $true. For example: [PS] C:\>Set-MailboxServer sydex1 -DatabaseCopyActivationDisabledAndMoveNow $true So what actually happens when you do that? As TechNet explains: The DatabaseCopyActivationDisabledAndMoveNow parameter specifies whether to prevent databases from being mounted on this server if there are other healthy copies of the databases on other servers. It will also immediately move any mounted…
 
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    Socialcast | Enterprise Social Network Platform

  • Feature Updates: August 2014

    Samantha Lee
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Check out Socialcast’s newest feature additions, fixes, and updates for the month of August*: 1. Accessing Archived Groups Through Group Dashboard Groups are essential to collaborating and facilitating discussions within a community, whether it’s around a certain department, team, project, or topic of interest. As more and more groups are created and used to manage conversations, we wanted to make it easier for teams to go back and access the valuable information in these groups once they were archived. Group members and administrators will now be able to click on the Group button from…
  • Feature and Mobile Updates: July 2014

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

  • When the CEO Says No to New ERP Software

    The Consultants' Corner
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:04 am
    You know that your organization’s business processes are inefficient, but your boss just said “no” to your plea for new ERP software.  What do you do? First, ask yourself, how did you propose the idea to your boss?  Was there a compelling vision for the system that is consistent with your organization’s vision? Did you speak in terms of business value? CEOs typically have a vision of how their organization should run, and this vision is based on business value. They may also have pressures from the board of directors or have private equity to meet financial objectives. ERP systems…
  • NORPAC Foods Helps Simplify Production With Infor Food & Beverage

    Infor
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:17 am
    Data Integration, User Flexibility and More Timely Insights Among Key Enhancements to Daily Operations Infor, a leading provider of business application software serving more than 70,000 customers, today announced that NORPAC Foods, Inc. has selected Infor Food & Beverage to help improve daily operations. NORPAC, a farmer-owned co-operative that specializes in cultivating and processing high-quality fruits and vegetables, has selected Infor to update and reinforce its backend technology platform. The company sought a solution that could integrate data into a common database to help…
  • Clash of the Organizational Change Management Philosophies

    Eric Kimberling
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:04 am
    As we have outlined in our 2013 Organizational Change Management and Business Process Management Report, organizational change management is one of the key contributors to ERP implementation success and failure. In fact, of the top ten reasons for ERP project failure, a majority are either directly or indirectly related to organizational change management. On the surface, none of this is surprising. Any ERP implementation involves a great deal of change, and most employees struggle with those changes. Even employees that are not users of the new system are greatly affected by changes to…
  • Acumatica and Azuqua Bring Cloud Connectivity to ERP Market

    Acumatica
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:27 am
    Acumatica, the fastest-growing provider of cloud business management software, announced today a deep partnership with Azuqua, the cloud connectivity platform. The companies demonstrated Azuqua’s recently launched cloud integration service featuring connectivity between a broad range of popular web services (including Salesforce, Office 365 and Hubspot) to Acumatica’s powerful business planning system. “This partnership is a first for the ERP market and with it, Acumatica becomes the easiest ERP solution to integrate with other cloud services,” said Jon Roskill, CEO of Acumatica.
  • Five Common Mistakes in Public Sector ERP Projects

    The Consultants' Corner
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:04 am
    Any project, ERP or otherwise, will live or die by its project planning. I recently jumped in halfway through an ERP project to find that the project plan was a chocolate mess and had to be rebooted halfway through the implementation – the project team had to scrap the old plan and engineer a completely new project plan. There were five common issues that derailed this project plan, and these mistakes are  common in every failed public sector project: Day-to-day management of the project plan Resource allocation A single point of failure Traumatic budget mismatches Last minute policy and…
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    Firstbiz

  • India to buy Boeing’s Chinook and Apache helicopters for $2.5 billion

    hidden
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:16 am
    The new nationalist-led government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has grand plans to vastly strengthen India's military capability, in order to play its role as a regional power and meet challenges posed by a rising China and arch rival Pakistan. The post India to buy Boeing’s Chinook and Apache helicopters for $2.5 billion appeared first on Firstbiz.
  • AirAsia launches free user trial of on board WiFi for two months

    hidden
    30 Aug 2014 | 2:29 am
    Malaysia's budget airline AirAsia has launched a two month-long free user trial of its on board WiFi service designed to provide affordable, low-cost Internet connectivity to passengers. The post AirAsia launches free user trial of on board WiFi for two months appeared first on Firstbiz.
  • PM Modi arrives in Japan; eyes breakthrough deals in infra, nuclear pact

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    30 Aug 2014 | 2:22 am
    On his first bilateral visit outside the subcontinent as the Prime Minister, Modi arrived at the Osaka International Airport to begin the first leg of his five-day visit to Japan. The post PM Modi arrives in Japan; eyes breakthrough deals in infra, nuclear pact appeared first on Firstbiz.
  • 33 years later: Slice of Princess Diana’s wedding cake auctioned for $1,375

    hidden
    30 Aug 2014 | 2:07 am
    The cake, still in its original white and silver presentation box, was sold online Thursday by Nate D Sanders Auctions of Los Angeles. The post 33 years later: Slice of Princess Diana’s wedding cake auctioned for $1,375 appeared first on Firstbiz.
  • Credit for GDP at 5.7% should go to UPA govt, says Chidambaram

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    30 Aug 2014 | 1:22 am
    "I am glad that the Ministry of Finance has acknowledged that the data was broadly on expected lines. If the NDA government builds on the foundations laid by the UPA government, I am confident that the economy will grow at over 5.5 per cent in 2014-15," he added. The post Credit for GDP at 5.7% should go to UPA govt, says Chidambaram appeared first on Firstbiz.
 
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    Pretzel Logic

  • Why Human Capital must fuel Digital Transformation

    Sameer Patel
    3 Aug 2014 | 10:28 am
    With every innovation spurt comes a fresh call for Human Capital Management to stand up and secure its place at the strategic table. The emerging concept around Digital Transformation is no different. We’ve spent the last 50 years digitizing. Transformation is now underway. As I wrote in a previous post: “Travelocity changed how we purchase a hotel room. AirBnB is changing the very definition of a hotel room altogether. Taxi Medallions have been great investments. Until now, that is.  Uber is changing the very definition of a cab. Starbucks now deprives your bank of float…
  • 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…
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    OSS Line

  • Extraordinary Tales Of Network Pioneers

    J. Pullen
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:24 am
    Once upon a time connecting two people on a phone call was a manual process. Turns out, this really upset one undertaker and resulted in the invention of the automated telephone exchange. That undertaker was Almon Strowger. Check out his story in this excellent video… Published by Tim Washer. Check out his channel and website.
  • What are NEM NMS EMS and How do they Differ?

    J. Pullen
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    Network Element Managers (NEM), Element Management Systems (EMS) and Network Management Systems (NMS) all fulfil a critical role in the running of communications networks. But what are they and how do they differ? The Guide to Modern OSS explains… Each belongs to the category of OSS system known as Network Engineering. Network Engineering A communications network contains devices. It is the configuration of these devices that enables the network to carry traffic and services efficiently from one place to another. Network Engineering has to address two challenges: These devices are…
  • Empirix Acquires Verios

    J. Pullen
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:49 am
    Empirix Acquires Verios to analyze, troubleshoot and measure Radio Access Network profitability in real time. The acquisition gives mobile operators real-time access to network transactions, helping to improve the customer experience. Empirix has acquired real-time analytics solution company Verios Software & Systems to create the first service operation center management (SOC) solution that will analyze and troubleshoot wireless network customer experience from their end-user devices to the core network in real time. Integrating Verios’ and Empirix’s analytical, troubleshooting,…
  • NetworkMining Announces the Latest Release of Probes

    J. Pullen
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:07 am
    NetworkMining, an independent supplier of IP & optical network mediation software, today announces the latest extension of its probe portfolio. NetworkMining’s probes are pre-integrated adapters towards vendor specific network management systems and devices. The collected data is further processed, normalized and stored in NetworkMining’s configuration management database. NetworkMining introduces today MTNM probes for systems supplied by ECI and Huawei. These probes discover network resources via TMF-814 compliant, CORBA based northbound interfaces. The probes interface towards the…
  • The Definition of CEM and CEX – Customer Experience

    J. Pullen
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:28 am
    What is Customer Experience Management? Everything a CSP does should avoid a negative customer experience. Doing OSS/BSS right and in a timely manner is a good start. But it’s only the start… In modern communication service providers (CSPs) a far greater focus is now put on proactively improving the customer experience, with new applications emerging that improve the quality of the networks and services for all customers, or focus on specific regions or even individuals to address their issues and needs. In some market, customer turn-over can be as high as 30-50% annually. This…
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    Ultra Consultants

  • The ERP Project Plan: Enjoy the Journey to Success

    David Saunders
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Many of our blog posts address the technical aspects of an ERP project plan. We often make the case that a manufacturer can achieve significant business results when guided carefully through a step-by-step ERP software evaluation and implementation project plan. Important considerations include following a well-structured methodology, utilizing effective collaboration tools, taking appropriate steps in planning the project, and gaining consensus from key stakeholders. It’s our belief that with a thorough approach, the ERP team can be well on their way to objectively considering vendor…
  • ERP Updates from the 2014 Sage Summit

    George Trudell
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:40 am
    ERP Updates is the final in our series of posts about the recently concluded Sage User Conference.  This past Sage Summit was a lot more than just high powered panelists, sponsored lunches, and guest performances. You can catch my summary of reflections of the keynote in a previous post. On July 29th, Sage went public about their latest release of Sage ERP x3, Sage’s flagship mid-market ERP solution. Sage announced the expansion of ERP x3 into the cloud, an initiative that will become accessible to North American businesses starting in September. Sage has not released plans of expanding…
  • An ERP Project Selection Guide: 20 Things You Should Never Short-Change When Selecting and Implementing ERP

    Steven Goldberg
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:28 am
    An ERP project can be a challenge. The ERP selection and implementation process is a major undertaking for mid-market manufacturers and distributors. As an ERP selection guide for those dealing with ERP projects, we’ve developed a handy list of 20 considerations to keep front and center. Don’t “short change” these 20 considerations, and success is sure to follow. The “what’s in it for me” perspective of each user / stakeholder group. Considering the downside of imposing “across-the-board standardization” when it unduly compromises other key business objectives. Change…
  • Your Business Performance Improvement Plan and ERP: An Effective Acquisition Strategy

    Charlie Schloff
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:40 am
    This post showcases how a business performance improvement plan, when coordinated with ERP evaluation, is an effective strategy for manufacturers going through an acquisition. In our work with US-based mid-market manufacturing and distribution companies, we often speak with companies that are heading into an acquisition. Typically, the acquiring entity might be a venture capital firm or a larger parent company. In the case of manufacturing venture capital firms, acquiring targets can include manufacturing companies in a range of sectors – from pharmaceutical or food processors to…
  • Sage ERP Summit Conference 2014: Highlights from Keynote, Part 2

    George Trudell
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:38 am
    (See part one of my recap of Sage Summit 2014 here.) From celebrity panelists, to tech gurus and rock star guest performers, this past Sage Summit really pulled out all the stops. But despite everyone’s celebrity status and entrepreneurial success, there seemed to be a common theme among all entrepreneurs: always make your business about the customer. One of my favorite keynotes that emphasized this theme was led by “thought leader” Tom Davis, Chief Marketing Officer for Forbes Media. This lecture featured a sincerely notable panel, consisting of Magic Johnson, Jessica Alba, and J. Cary…
 
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  • Ascent Index: BYOD

    Matt Fates
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    Our last BYOD Index in March 2013 might have represented the apex of BYOD hype. Back then, BYOD or “Bring your Own Device” mentions across social channels reached about 2,600 per day, with 80,000 mentions during the entire month. While BYOD wasn’t a new concept in March 2013, it was still a hot industry topic as even some of the more traditional and inflexible organizations were beginning to at least consider allowing the use of employee-owned devices for business purposes. But it’s fair to say the writing on was on the wall then, and the hype around BYOD would not sustain. In fact,…
  • The Real Deal Surrounding Digital Currency

    Luke Burns
    8 Aug 2014 | 6:19 am
    Last week, I attended the Digital Currencies Conference in NYC. Organized by American Banker, it’s a good conference to dig-in to digital currency as it has a more realistic bent and a good representation from banks and government regulators. Think less ‘Bitcoin bravado’ and more real details of how the underlying technologies could be integrated into the global financial system, within legal frameworks to improve efficiency and capabilities. The future of Bitcoin While Bitcoin is the current clear leader of digital currencies, there was considerable discussion amongst the attendees…
  • LinkedIn Acquires Bizo

    Chris Lynch
    6 Aug 2014 | 10:58 am
    We’re very pleased to offer our congratulations to Bizo on its recent acquisition by LinkedIn. We hold Bizo’s management team and its founder Russ Glass in highest regard. They built a strong, thriving company in a short timeframe and with limited capital. Bizo has changed the game for B2B marketers with technology that helps identify, reach, and target prospects with relevant content. LinkedIn will fold Bizo’s technology into its vast social platform, a clear validation of Bizo’s marketing platform and its role in shaping the purchasing decisions of business audiences. Having worked…
  • 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…
 
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  • I Am a Specialized Automation Tester—Hold on, Where Do I Draw a Balance?

    nwurst@skytap.com
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:29 am
    The article below was originally published by Rajini Padmanaban on the fantastic QAInfoTech blog.​In any discipline, a specialization is most often considered valuable and has a premier status attached to it when compared to a generalized body of knowledge. For example, a cardiologist has a more specified focus than a general physician, an architect has a unique reach than that of a generic engineer etc. The IT industry and the testing discipline specifically, are no exceptions.  Talking about automation testers, there are a lot of areas for them to specialize. One could be…
  • Now Available On-demand: Creating Complete Test Environments in the Cloud

    nwurst@skytap.com
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:16 am
    Parasoft’s Mark Lambert and Skytap’s Jonathan Van Meter gave a great webinar last week that showed how service virtualization helps dev/test teams create “complete test environments in the cloud.”​View now! By utilizing virtualization technology in the SDLC, specifically service virtualization and virtual dev/test labs, companies can increase test coverage in less time and ultimately produce better software faster.  This technology enables dev/test teams to test earlier and test less by using simulated, virtual environments. This solution streamlines provisioning and allows…
  • Skytap CEO: “Let’s Build a Successful Business” as Enterprises Begin Shift to the Cloud

    nwurst@skytap.com
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:33 pm
    ​Rachel Lerman at the Puget Sound Business Journal recently sat down with our CEO, Thor Culverhouse, to discuss the current shift of enterprise software to the cloud, and how this is setting up Skytap for “massive growth”—her words, not ours—but we'll take it! Thor provided Rachel with the areas that our business has grown, but he also gave a great example why the growth has been so “massive” recently, and why Skytap “is on track to continue doubling its revenue for at least the next two years.”  Culverhose remarked, “More than half of the hardware enterprises buy is…
  • TapIn Open Forum: DevOps vs. DevOps - Who Ya Got?

    nwurst@skytap.com
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:08 am
    As a lifelong word junkie, I can honestly say that I’ve never seen more debate, argument, and failure to reach an agreed upon definition of a word than we’re seeing over the word “DevOps.” And while it can be frustrating to find a definition that works for you, and not be swayed by the next essay or cute video that gives a new interpretation—for nerds like me, the ever-changing, wildly different beliefs of DevOps’ meaning, and even its origin are an absolute blast to pour over.   A simple Google search of “What is DevOps?” gives a great cross-section of what we’re…
  • The Collegiate Cloud: An Interview with Ferris State University’s Amy Buse

    nwurst@skytap.com
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:56 pm
    Ferris State University (FSU) is an accredited state university located in Big Rapids, Michigan, offering multiple computing degree plans within its Business/Technology Consortium. The college serves more than 14,000 on- and off-campus students in the region. I had the opportunity to sit down with Ferris State Professor Amy Buse to learn more about how the school has provided its students with cutting-edge cloud computing technology across a number of applications to better prepare them for their careers after graduation. Jason: How did you discover Skytap, since it is not commonly used in…
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