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  • Apple CEO: We Don't Covet Your Data

    InformationWeek:
    Thomas Claburn
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:40 pm
  • Apple CEO: We Don't Covet Your Data

    InformationWeek:
    Thomas Claburn
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Apple CEO Tim Cook highlights the company's commitment to privacy in an open letter.
  • Keeping Tabs On Storage Industry M&A

    Network Computing:
    Howard Marks
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Mergers and acquisitions have been commonplace in the storage industry. Today, the storage M&A race has slowed a bit, but everyone wants to know what Cisco's next move will be.
  • Low-Impact

    deal architect
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:12 pm
    When you write books about the technology industry you fret about the time it takes to go through the publishing and printing stage. Given the dynamic nature of the business you know job changes, M&A, product announcements are inevitable, and...
  • Business Agility Readiness — Raising the BAR for Enterprise Performance

    SandHill.com General Feed
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Five major trends — the Force 5 tornado — are transforming the business value of IT. Keep on reading: Business Agility Readiness — Raising the BAR for Enterprise Performance
 
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  • Keeping Tabs On Storage Industry M&A

    Howard Marks
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Mergers and acquisitions have been commonplace in the storage industry. Today, the storage M&A race has slowed a bit, but everyone wants to know what Cisco's next move will be.
  • Sub-1GHz Wireless: The Low-Power WiFi Solution

    Pablo Valerio
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The new 802.11ah standard paves the way for WiFi networks to support the avalanche of sensors and devices that will come with the Internet of Things.
  • Backup Appliances & The Cloud

    Jim O'Reilly
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    While cloud computing may seem to solve the backup problem, the answer isn't that easy. Today's backup appliances strive for a more nuanced approach.
  • 7 Critical Cloud Service Attributes

    Arthur Chang
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Cloud service providers vary a lot when it comes to reliability, security, and other qualities. Here's what to look for to make sure a cloud provider meets your needs.
  • SDN, Network Virtualization, And NFV In A Nutshell

    Bob McCouch
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    The networking industry is awash in new terminology. Here is a quick guide to three of the hottest concepts in networking today.
 
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    deal architect

  • Low-Impact

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:12 pm
    When you write books about the technology industry you fret about the time it takes to go through the publishing and printing stage. Given the dynamic nature of the business you know job changes, M&A, product announcements are inevitable, and...
  • Interview from Inforum

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:23 pm
    Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly interviewed me for The Cube at Inforum about Infor, my book on the SAP Economy and other enterprise vendor trends.
  • Infor: Design+Value

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am
    I have written in past about Infor’s micro-vertical strategy and its quest with its internal design agency Hook +Loop to make enterprise software “beautiful”. I saw more of that at Inforum in New Orleans this week, but I also signs...
  • HANA and her siblings

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:23 am
    As the SAP Economy book shifts to editing phase I have been looking at book covers, titles etc. One title which will not make the cut is “HANA and her siblings” My wife liked it, then preferred some other ones...
  • I sense a disturbance in the enterprise Force

    10 Sep 2014 | 7:21 pm
    Starting next week I will get briefings from a wide range of enterprise players – Infor, Workday, Oracle, Rimini, Salesforce and Microsoft among them. Conference season is in full swing. I have not been so excited in a long time....
 
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    Hu' Blog

  • Hitachi LPARs Provide Safe Multi-Tenant Cloud With Intel E5v3

    Hu Yoshida
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Hitachi’s Intel Xeon based Compute Blade servers (CB 2000 and CB 500) feature an embedded logical partitioning (LPAR) capability implemented in the blade server firmware, based on technology originally developed for Hitachi mainframe and Unix systems to provide platform partitioning for reliability and quality of service for mission critical workloads. When used in a converged solution like the Hitachi Data Systems Unified Compute Platform (UCP), LPARs can be used to consolidate workloads such as scale out SAP or multiple Oracle RAC and non-RAC applications, reducing hardware and…
  • If You Think Your Enterprise is not Using Public Cloud Services? Check Again!

    Hu Yoshida
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Recently I was reviewing a slide deck that marketing had put together and I was struck by a statistic, which I thought was dubious. The claim was that there were 545 cloud services that were in use in the average enterprise. I thought this was way out of line as I looked at my own use of public cloud services like Twitter and LinkedIn. I thought the number must be less by an order of magnitude, so I went to research this on the web and I verified that the 545 number was wrong. The correct number is 738 as of 2Q 2014! This is according to Skyhigh Networks’ recently published “Cloud…
  • 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…
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    Andrew McAfee's Blog

  • Technology Spending Is On Its Way Down. Or It Isn’t. Or It Doesn’t Matter.

    Andrew McAfee
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    My MIT colleague David Autor delivered a wonderful paper at the recent Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium about American job and wage patterns in recent decades, and their link to the computerization of the economy. I’ll say more later about his paper, which was one of the highlights of the event for me (sighting this moose was another one). For now I just want to highlight one graph that he included, and draw a couple additional ones. Autor included a chart very much like the one below, which tracks US corporate spending over time on digital stuff — hardware and software…
  • 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…
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    The Enterprise System Spectator

  • Manufacturing ERP Deployment and License Preferences

    Frank Scavo
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    As we all know, a major transition in the ERP market is underway, from traditional sales of perpetual licenses deployed on-premises to subscription services deployed in the cloud. But not all buyers are ready to make the switch, particularly in the manufacturing sector. Some prefer to stick with the traditional model, while others are going whole hog to the new model. Others still, are somewhere in the middle, sticking with a traditional vendor offering but having the system hosted by the vendor or a third-party partner.Customer preferences are complicated by what is offered by their chosen…
  • 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…
 
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    Schneier on Security

  • Terrible Article on Vernam Ciphers

    schneier
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    If there's anything that confuses wannabe cryptographers, it's one-time pads.
  • The Full Story of Yahoo's Fight Against PRISM

    schneier
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:13 am
    In 2008, Yahoo fought the NSA to avoid becoming part of the PRISM program. It eventually lost the court battle, and at one point was threatened with a $250,000 a day fine if it continued to resist. I am continually amazed at the extent of the government coercion.
  • Identifying Dread Pirate Roberts

    schneier
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    According to court documents, Dread Pirate Roberts was identified because a CAPTCHA service used on the Silk Road login page leaked the users' true location.
  • Tracking People From their Cell Phones with an SS7 Vulnerability

    schneier
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:15 am
    What's interesting about this story is not that the cell phone system can track your location worldwide. That makes sense; the system has to know where you are. What's interesting about this story is that anyone can do it. Cyber-weapons arms manufacturers are selling the capability to governments worldwide, and hackers have demonstrated the capability.
  • Two New Snowden Stories

    schneier
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:25 pm
    New Zealand is spying on its citizens. Edward Snowden weighs in personally. The NSA and GCHQ are mapping the entire Internet, including hacking into Deutsche Telekom and other companies. EDITED TO ADD (9/18): Marcy Wheeler comments on the second story, noting that the NSA uses this capability to map MAC addresses.
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    Network Security Blog

  • Limiting online time

    netsecpodcast@mckeay.net (Martin McKeay)
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:55 pm
    I limit online time.  Not for me, for my children.  Apparently I’m among a fairly prestigious group of people who do so, since many of the C-level execs in Silicon Valley also limit their children’s time with tech.  Though it looks like many of them are even stricter than I am about how much time the children get to interact with their computers. We’ve always limited the amount of time our children can spend on the computer.  We found from an early age, they’d spend every waking moment playing games and surfing the internet if they could.  I wonder who…
  • Buffer between Target and banks

    netsecpodcast@mckeay.net (Martin McKeay)
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:10 pm
    We all know that Target got compromised last year, but what some of you might not know is that the banks who issued the credit cards that were compromised are suing Target.  They’re saying that because Target didn’t take sufficient measures to protect the card data the banks had to spend millions of dollars in order to re-issue every one of the cards that were compromised.  It makes sense on the surface, since the banks incurred the cost due to the insecurity of Target’s systems.  But here’s the rub: there’s no direct relationship between the issuing banks and…
  • Is pay rising with demand in security?

    netsecpodcast@mckeay.net (Martin McKeay)
    7 Sep 2014 | 11:23 pm
    If you follow me on twitter, you know I like to throw out questions occasionally just to stir things up.  On Friday I asked the following question about jobs in the security realm: We keep hearing about how desperate companies are to hire infosec professionals. So how come we still see so many low ball salary offers? This hit a nerve with quite a few people, many of who mentioned that besides having low salaries for the apparent demand, we also see low stature in the company and that while there’s a demand, companies still don’t see how paying a security professional leads to…
  • Congratulations, Rich

    netsecpodcast@mckeay.net (Martin McKeay)
    4 Sep 2014 | 10:53 pm
    Wow, it’s been seven years since Rich Mogull left Gartner and started Securosis.  I met him shortly before he took the leap, introduced by a mutual friend, Richard Stiennon.  I worked with Rich and a host of others to organize the first Security Bloggers Meetup at RSA, which is still going, and when I heard he was leaving Gartner, I invited him to participate in the Network Security Podcast with me, a partnership that lasted over six years.  He’s  a good person, a good friend, and someone I truly feel lucky to have met in the security community. It’s interesting to see…
  • 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…
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    Martin Fowler

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    Martin Fowler
    7 Sep 2014 | 11:37 am
    Going to the Sun Road, Glacier N.P., MT
  • Setting up a ruby development VM with Vagrant, Chef, and rbenv

    Martin Fowler
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    Some notes from my experiences in setting up a Vagrant VM to help collaborators use my web publishing toolchain. I used Chef to provision the VM and rbenv to install and control the right version of ruby.
  • Restoring a deleted note in Apple's notes app

    Martin Fowler
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    I recently deleted a note on my Notes app on my apple laptop. As someone who is a paranoid keeper of backups, and usually commits all my work to a repository like git, I don’t worry much about accidental deletion. But Apple’s notes app doesn’t have any form of version control, and it’s all too easy to delete something by accident. I have a daily rsync backup and run time machine, but googling couldn’t uncover a simple way of getting the note back. So in case someone else needs to do this, here’s what I did.
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    Martin Fowler
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Monument Valley
  • 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…
 
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    EMC Blogs

  • The Full Application Spectrum

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:56 am
    In a previous post I highlighted that certain application workloads (public cloud, web-scale, etc.) were pulling applications and data increasingly closer together. Is it possible for them to get any closer? The answer is yes. There are emerging use cases where vast amounts of application data need to be stored in memory to achieve high-performance and low-latency. There are a few problems to be solved: No matter how many servers you try and gang together, the application data capacity requirements for this new class of applications far exceed the aggregate capacity of the largest of…
  • Going All-Flash

    16 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    A memo from Captain Obvious: flash continues to change how we think about storage.  For me, the party started way back in 2008 when EMC introduced an enterprise-grade flash drive for Symmetrix.  Fast forward to 2014, and the party is still rocking strong … Up to now, most of my customer discussions have been how to best use flash with precision: surgical strikes on key areas where IO response times are a problem.  The approach makes a certain sense: flash drives are more expensive than the magnetic spinning variety. But in the last six months, it’s not unusual to meet a…
  • How Software-Based Storage Is Changing Servers

    9 Sep 2014 | 2:44 pm
    If you’re a server manufacturer, you’re playing a very demanding game.   There’s a never-ending parade of new technologies you’ve got to rapidly adopt.  Customers expect both flawless execution as well as steadily declining prices.  And you’ve got some pretty aggressive competitors as well :) You’re also paying attention to shifting workload demands from your customers. As I track the various server vendor announcements, I couldn’t help but notice a pronounced shift towards designs that are obviously intended to be used as part of a storage or database farm.
  • Closing the App Gap

    9 Sep 2014 | 5:15 am
    In a previous post I introduced the diagram below to emphasize that: a)      SANs introduced a shift in application nearness  b)      Scale-out and mobile applications stretched this distance even further c)      Latency-critical applications are pulling the applications closer to the data again This near to far and back again phenomena does not stop at high-performance enterprise apps.  There are several new classes of applications that will continue to close the gap. Many of these applications…
  • Software-Defined Storage -- Reading

    4 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
    For those of you interested in software-defined storage, I wanted to point you to two pieces (written by me) that you might find useful. The first is more of a conversational treatment: if you're interested in SDS, what should you be looking for?   It's a quick read, and doesn't require that you be an enterprise architect to follow along. The second is a more exhaustive treatise on SDS from a VMware perspective.  It is lengthy, detailed and is aimed at enterprise architects who need to take a multi-year view.   It will also give you a sense of some of the areas VMware will…
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    Oracle Bloggers

  • Java Magazine Vol.18公開 「JAVA仮想マシンの代替言語」

    OTN-J Master
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Java Magazine 日本版 vol.18を公開しました。(Java Developer Newsletterの登録者の方にはすでにメルマガでご案内しております)【今回の注目特集】JAVA仮想マシンの代替言語~8つのJVM言語の8つの機能に注目する~…
  • Oracle Directory Server Enterprise Edition 11g: Maintenance & Operations Training

    rajeshr
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Just yesterday, I concluded a training program on
  • Hello Oracle OpenWorld – 10 days to go

    Chris Kawalek
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Here is a blog post on the virtualization presence at Oracle OpenWorld by Oracle's Doan Nguyen: After you have planned your evenings to see the Five Great Bands, join us in the day for a great line up of informative and thought provoking sessions. Learn useful hands-on practical concepts to take away and apply when you get back.  GEN8471– Oracle Virtualization Strategy and RoadmapVirtualization is interesting but do you know how virtualization is deployed, developed and driven revenue for Oracle? Get the insight on how Oracle has ruggedized virtualization for the enterprise and how you…
  • What's New With Fast Data at Oracle Open World 2014?

    Mala Ramakrishnan
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Oracle Event Processing has a rich and exciting roadmap when it comes to making it business user friendly. Join us at Oracle Open World 2014 to explore the new business user functionality, best practices and usage patterns with Oracle Event Processing that can take your Fast Data delivery better integrated with your business. In addition Oracle SOA Event Delivery Network tightly integrates with the Oracle Event Processing platform in Oracle SOA Suite 12c, with out of the box adapters, enabling a whole new world of time-based real-time pattern analysis capabilities. You can find out more in…
  • JASPIC improvements in WebLogic 12.1.3 Arjan Tijms

    JuergenKress
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Yesterday WebLogic 12.1.3 was finally released. First of all congratulations to the team at Oracle for getting this release out of the door! :) Among the big news is that WebLogic 12.1.3 is now a mixed Java EE 6/EE 7 server by (optionally) supporting several Java EE 7 technologies like JAX-RS 2.0. Next to this there are a ton of smaller changes and fixes as well. One of those fixes concerns the standard authentication system of Java EE (JASPIC). As we saw some time back, the JASPIC implementation in WebLogic 12.1.1 and 12.1.2 wasn't entirely optimal (to WebLogic's defense, very few JASPIC…
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    JT on EDM

  • IBM Watson Analytics Cloud – Executive Panel

    James Taylor
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    Copyright © 2014 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorLast up an executive panel focused on Watson Analytics: How much data, how complex or what kind of data drives value from Watson Analytics? Self-service is core to the value proposition more than the kind of data or volume of data If you have only a little data then one of the interesting aspects is the ability to find external data that might augment it effectively What is IBM doing to enable partners to work with this new kind of technology/new approach? Lots of investment in tooling such as a content store and tools to let people add and…
  • IBM Watson Analytics Cloud – A focus on Watson

    James Taylor
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:37 am
    Copyright © 2014 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorSteve Gold came up to talk about how IBM Watson. Watson, of course, started with the focus on analyzing unstructured data to present hypotheses and learn from the results. Watson brought together lots of IBM projects and technology and Watson Analytics is similar – a combination of various technologies and projects to solve a new problem. This is happening in the context of a tidal wave of data, both structured and unstructured. The power of Watson Analytics and Big Data in combination is to turn this tidal wave of data into something more…
  • IBM Watson Analytics Cloud Business Partner Panel

    James Taylor
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:05 am
    Copyright © 2014 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorNext up at the IBM Watson Analytics Cloud announcement is a partner panel with SugarCRM, AVENT and Truven Health Analytics: AVENT is a global technology company with a deep services company with a group focused on using analytics. SugarCRM is a CRM software company focused on helping businesses create extraordinary customer relationships. Truven Health is focused on using analytics to drive improved results and lower costs in healthcare. Clearly all three are very impressed by Watson Analytics, especially by the degree of integration and…
  • IBM Watson Analytics Cloud Customer Panel

    James Taylor
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
    Copyright © 2014 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorNext up a customer panel with cspire, xo communications and Purdue University. First question was what new things can you do with Watson Analytics? Easily convert data into a story in the context of a business The cloud supports a very distributed workforce allowing  more people to access more advanced analytics Empowering people who would otherwise have asked an expert to do something to do the analysis for themselves. More success with predictive analytics tends to result in more demand and this would allow line of business to participate…
  • IBM Watson Analytics Cloud Announcement KickOff

    James Taylor
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:06 am
    Copyright © 2014 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorDave Laverty kicked off IBM’s big Watson Analytics announcement event in New York.  The focus today, he says, is the reinvention of the analytic experience with a degree of simplicity that puts analytic power in the hands of everyone. Bob Picciano joined him to make the key announcements. Back in January IBM announced the Watson business unit, a vertically integrated group focused on the use of cognitive computing to solve tough problems. This group, he says, has made great strides with the underlying technology and today’s…
 
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    Development & Integration Blogs

  • Disaster Recovery Risk Assessment

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:44 pm
    What about formal risk assessment studies? By identifying potential problems, they can help with disaster prevention. They can also help focus planning efforts on types of disasters that are likely to happen and help justify disaster planning and pre...
  • Disaster Recovery and Personnel Issues

    12 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    Back in 1992 Burger King, headquartered in the South Miami area, was hit hard by Hurricane Andrew. Then CEO Barry Gibson brought this issue of Personnel home. "Our business processes went on, but our people problems were massive. What do yo...
  • Disaster Recovery – Who’s Responsible?

    10 Sep 2014 | 12:19 pm
    If you are going to build a number of smaller DR plans, who is going to be responsible? One way to start is to see who has primary responsibility for the various parts of the IT Infrastructure. For example, in many larger organizations, a central IS ...
  • Off-shoring: Where do we Exploit Next?

    9 Sep 2014 | 3:28 am
    As the off-shoring craze continues to focus on India, companies need to start considering where to offshore next as the allure and cost savings of shipping workloads to India start to dwindle.
  • Facebook Messenger Privacy and... well, much ado about nothing

    8 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    Straining at gnats while swallowing an elephant
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    StorageMojo

  • StorPool’s new distributed storage software

    Robin Harris
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:49 pm
    It was obvious in 2006 that Google’s clean-sheet GFS would revolutionize massive storage. The problem has been taking Google’s concepts and scaling them down to less than warehouse scale. A number of companies have tried – Nutanix is probably the latest – and there’s a new entrant. StorPool offers distributed block storage designed to be efficient at handling common business requirements for VMs, containers and bulk storage. StorageMojo spoke to founders Boyan Ivanov and Boyan Krosnov a couple of weeks ago about what they are shipping today. To achieve that…
  • Friday hike blogging: Brins Mesa

    Robin Harris
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:28 pm
    With family visiting I only got out once this week: a 3 hour hike on the Brins Mesa, Soldiers Pass, Cibola and Jordan Trail’s loop. It’s a favorite: bracing vertical; much variety; not too many tourists (usually); and, of course, fabulous vistas. We’re just coming to the end of Arizona’s monsoon season, which has been – thankfully – especially rainy, although we’ve avoided the drenchings that the Phoenix area has seen. What I like about summer and winter are the clouds that dapple the rocks, as in this view: Click to enlarge. This was taken on top of…
  • Optimizing erasure-coded storage for latency and cost

    Robin Harris
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Erasure coded (EC) storage has achieved remarkable gains over current RAID arrays in fault-tolerance and storage efficiency, but the knock against it is performance. Sure, it’s highly available and cheap, but it’s slo-o-w. Advanced erasure codes – those beyond traditional RAID5 and RAID6 – require a lot more compute cycles to work their magic than the parity calculations RAID uses. With the slowdown in CPU performance gains, waiting for Moore’s Law to rescue us will take years. But in a recent paper Joint Latency and Cost Optimization for Erasure-coded Data…
  • HGST & Amplidata to co-develop “ultra-dense” storage

    Robin Harris
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:36 am
    Amplidata announced this morning that Western Digital Capital has made a $10m investment. HGST, a wholly owned subsidiary of Western Digital Corp., has selected Amplidata’s Himalaya software to jointly develop a family of ultra-dense storage solutions to address the rapidly growing demand to store data in public and private cloud data centers. . . . The companies will partner to create solutions that will dramatically improve the storage economics for the Exabyte-scale needs of the world’s largest businesses and will be available in the market during the first half of 2015. The…
  • Friday hike blogging: Teacup Trail

    Robin Harris
    5 Sep 2014 | 5:26 pm
    This view of Coffeepot Rock is from Teacup Trail. This is a more heavily traveled area as it’s close to town, the trails are easy – except for Thunder Mt. Trail, where a friend died last year – and the scenery is great. Enjoy! Click to enlarge
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  • Keeping Tabs On Storage Industry M&A

    Howard Marks
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Mergers and acquisitions have been commonplace in the storage industry. Today, the storage M&A race has slowed a bit, but everyone wants to know what Cisco's next move will be.
  • Sub-1GHz Wireless: The Low-Power WiFi Solution

    Pablo Valerio
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The new 802.11ah standard paves the way for WiFi networks to support the avalanche of sensors and devices that will come with the Internet of Things.
  • Backup Appliances & The Cloud

    Jim O'Reilly
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    While cloud computing may seem to solve the backup problem, the answer isn't that easy. Today's backup appliances strive for a more nuanced approach.
  • 7 Critical Cloud Service Attributes

    Arthur Chang
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Cloud service providers vary a lot when it comes to reliability, security, and other qualities. Here's what to look for to make sure a cloud provider meets your needs.
  • SDN, Network Virtualization, And NFV In A Nutshell

    Bob McCouch
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    The networking industry is awash in new terminology. Here is a quick guide to three of the hottest concepts in networking today.
 
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  • Why are we fan boise and girrlz?

    16 Sep 2014 | 9:04 pm
    I am a fan boy, you are a fan boy or fan girl. He is a fan boy and so is she. We are all fan boys and girls. The products we choose are always the best for this or that reason. The other products are inferior because they don't have this or a lower quality that. As Professor Julius Sumner Miller (rip) would always ask, "Why is it so?"   Now watch!   Aaaah
  • Disaster Recovery Risk Assessment

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:44 pm
    What about formal risk assessment studies? By identifying potential problems, they can help with disaster prevention. They can also help focus planning efforts on types of disasters that are likely to happen and help justify disaster planning and pre...
  • Passwords aren't dead, they just need vitamins...

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:13 am
    Passwords are not dead as an authentication control; they are just a little feeble. We as security professionals share some responsibility for this problem. Simply enforcing strong password policies is not going to fix this.
  • Which tools should you buy and which should you create?

    13 Sep 2014 | 11:04 pm
    There are many tools used by IT departments regularly, even a single team can use many different tools to administer those items they are responsible for. These can handle from Administering a storage array to Zipping files for transfer.
  • Disaster Recovery and Personnel Issues

    12 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    Back in 1992 Burger King, headquartered in the South Miami area, was hit hard by Hurricane Andrew. Then CEO Barry Gibson brought this issue of Personnel home. "Our business processes went on, but our people problems were massive. What do yo...
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  • Start with Your Index Finger and Say "Maintainability" . . .

    14 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    While the patently obvious thing to worry about during development is creating something that meets the requirements and executes/performs successfully (which is so obvious that there is no need to include it in the 5 points I?ll cover), the next most important aspect to consider (at least IMHO) is ?maintainability?.
  • The One-Handed Developer as a Teaching Tool

    10 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    A few decades back, I had the opportunity to be a part-time instructor at a ?business college?. I took the gig because I had experienced working with some graduates of that same business college and had often wondered how those graduates could have such a high grade-point and opinion of themselves as programmers/developers and, yet, have so little understanding of what they should have known. In
  • Back to School Means Conference Season for Me

    10 Sep 2014 | 7:32 am
    The kids are now back in school and the weather in Toronto is starting to get much cooler in the evening. That means one thing to me (no not time for turkey and pumpkin pie), it means it’s time to hit the road for conference season.  Not including competitor’s conferences that I attend to make sure I’m
  • Facebook Messenger Privacy and... well, much ado about nothing

    8 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    Straining at gnats while swallowing an elephant
  • Life has been busy but I am making converts! (Originally written 07/13/2007)

    8 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    I have been neglectful in my blogging. (As you read that, picture me with my head hung low and my shoulders sagging in shame.) My only excuse (and, yes, I know it is only an excuse) is that I have been under a lot of pressure and quite busy lately.
 
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  • Blog Post: Scripting Tips and Tricks: Write-Verbose

    Ian Farr [MSFT]
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:49 pm
    A couple of weeks ago I reminisced about message boxes. In that post I mentioned that I use the  Write-Verbose  cmdlet in scripts. Here's how why and how... Why? Information sent to the verbose message stream can aid troubleshooting. It's also great for tracking the progress of a script or function. How? With version 2 of PowerShell 'advanced functions' made their debut. These are functions that act like cmdlets. To enable this goodness we use the CmdletBinding statement. In doing so we have easy access to a wealth of additional, familiar functionality, e.g. common parameters.
  • Blog Post: [Script Of Sep. 19] How to log in the system without entering password at startup in Windows 8

    Bo Song
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:37 pm
    Sep. 19 Script Download:   The script is available for download from http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/How-to-log-in-the-system-3ddceb9b .  You can also use  Microsoft Script Browser for Windows PowerShell ISE  to download the sample with one button click from within your scripting environment.   This PowerShell script sample shows how to automatically log in the system without entering password at startup in Windows 8. A Microsoft account user must enter a password or a pin to log in the system when it starts up. Sometimes it seems not very convenient, this script is to log in the…
  • Blog Post: NAV 2015 (RU) доступна для скачивания

    Alexey N. Finogenov
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:35 pm
    Partnersource: https://mbs.microsoft.com/partnersource/global/support/support-news/msdnav2015download P.S. Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 Readiness Library https://mbs.microsoft.com/partnersource/global/readiness-training/readiness-training-news/NAV2015ReadinessLibrary
  • Blog Post: NAV 2015 (RU) доступна для скачивания

    Alexey N. Finogenov
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Partnersource: https://mbs.microsoft.com/partnersource/global/support/support-news/msdnav2015download
  • Blog Post: How to Train your MAML–Refining the data

    Andrew.Fryer
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:24 pm
    In my last post we looked at how to load data into Microsoft Azure Machine Learning using the browser based ML Studio.  We also started to look at the data around predicting delayed flights and identified some problems with it and this post is all about getting the data into the right shape to ensure that the predictive algorithms in MAML have the best chance of giving us the right answer.    Our approach is three fold To discard the data we don’t need, either columns that aren’t relevant or are derived from other data and to discard rows where there is missing data for the columns…
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  • September 2014 Security Bulletin Release Webcast and Q&A

    Dustin C. Childs
    12 Sep 2014 | 5:52 pm
    Today we’re publishing the September 2014 Security Bulletin Webcast Questions & Answers page.  We fielded four questions on various topics during the webcast, with specific bulletin questions focusing primarily on Internet Explorer (MS14-052) and a question about the Windows Update client.   We invite you to join us for the next scheduled webcast on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at 11 a.m. PDT (UTC -7), when we will go into detail about the October bulletin release and answer your bulletin deployment questions live on the air.  Thanks, Dustin Childs Group Manager,…
  • The September 2014 Security Updates

    Dustin C. Childs
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Today, as a part of our regular Update Tuesday process, we released four security bulletins – one rated Critical and three rated Important in severity – to address 42 Common Vulnerabilities & Exposures (CVEs) in Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, .NET Framework, and Lync Server. We encourage you to apply all of these updates, but for those who need to prioritize, we recommend focusing on the Critical update first. Below is a graphical overview of this release and a brief video summarizing the updates released today: The top deployment priority for our customers this month…
  • Advance Notification Service for the September 2014 Security Bulletin Release

    Dustin C. Childs
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Today, we provide advance notification for the release of four Security Bulletins. One of these updates is rated Critical and three are rated as Important in severity. These updates are for Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, .NET Framework and Lync. As a reminder, we are now using a new format for our Security Bulletin Webcast, scheduled on Wednesday, September 10, at 11 a.m. PDT. You are no longer required to register, download the Live Meeting client, or dial in to a separate number. A link to the Webcast will be included in our blog next Tuesday. As per our usual process, we’ve…
  • 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…
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    SQLblog.com - The SQL Server blog spot on the web

  • Did You Know? I’ll be talking for a full day at the PASS Summit!

    Kalen Delaney
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    I’ll be speaking on my new favorite topic… Hekaton! (aka In-memory OLTP) http://www.sqlpass.org/summit/2014/Sessions/Details.aspx?sid=6152 I was delighted to have the chance to give a taste of the presentation for the the 24 Hours of PASS preview on September 9th. I was in Germany at my daughter's house that day, so although my US audience heard me in the morning, for me, it was almost supper time. I am always impressed by the quality of the questions I get when giving online talks, and this was...(read more)
  • Day 2 – DAC Framework (10 days of SSDT)

    jamiet
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:36 pm
    SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) was released in Spring 2012 and I have been using it to build SQL Server databases nearly every day since then. In that time I’ve learnt a lot about how to make best use of the tool and I want to share that experience in a new series of blog posts called “10 days of SSDT”. I shall be publishing a different blog post every day for 10 days, each day revealing something that you may not know about SSDT. I hope you enjoy the series and contribute via the comments! When you install SSDT you also install something called the Data Tier Application Framework, or DAC…
  • Azure Data Factory (ADF) leaks – Microsoft’s ETL-in-the-cloud offering is coming

    jamiet
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:18 pm
    I wouldn’t normally put up a blog post simply to draw attention to someone else’s blog post but in this case, given my heritage with Microsoft’s existing ETL tool (SSIS) and my long interest in all things to do with cloud and data integration I thought this was worth mentioning. Mary-Jo Foley has posted Microsoft readies new Azure Data Factory service in which she details a forthcoming service that Microsoft are bringing out on their Azure platform: That service, known as Azure Data Factory, is meant to allow users to consolidate a number of Microsoft Azure services, along with select…
  • Day 1 – Online and offline (10 days of SSDT)

    jamiet
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:41 am
    SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) was released in Spring 2012 and I have been using it to build SQL Server databases nearly every day since then. In that time I’ve learnt a lot about how to make best use of the tool and I want to share that experience in a new series of blog posts called “10 days of SSDT”. I shall be publishing a different blog post every day for 10 days, each day revealing something that you may not know about SSDT. I hope you enjoy the series and contribute via the comments! Its probably only fair to point out that this was intended to be “30 days of SSDT” but I…
  • PASS SQL Saturday #356 Slovenia – Details for my Countrymen

    Dejan Sarka
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:38 pm
    For a change, I am posting a blog in Slovenian language. I am posting the details about PASS SQL Saturday #356 Slovenia. Of course, everybody is invited to attend the conference, submit proposals, or even join us as a sponsor. The vast majority of presentations will be in English language anyway. So here are the details for my countrymen. Slovenska skupnost SQL Server ne miruje. Pripravljamo nov dogodek, že drugič bo to PASS SQL Saturday. Tokrat bomo dogodek organizirali v soboto, 13. decembra, in sicer v prostorih FRI, Ljubljana (http://www.sqlsaturday.com/356/eventhome.aspx). To bo tudi…
 
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  • Managing big data? Say ‘hello’ to HP Vertica

    Mike Benshoof
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:29 am
    Over the past few months, I’ve seen an increase in the following use case while working on performance and schema review engagements:I need to store exponentially increasing amounts of data and analyze all of it in real-time.This is also known simply as: “We have big data.” Typically, this data is used for user interaction analysis, ad tracking, or other common click stream applications. However, it can also be seen in threat assessment (ddos mitigation, etc), financial forecasting, and other applications as well. While MySQL (and other OLTP systems) can handle this to a…
  • Syncing MySQL slave table with pt-online-schema-change

    Jervin Real
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:06 am
    I recently encountered a situation in which after running Percona Toolkit’s pt-table-checksum on a customer system, 95% of the table on the MySQL master was different on the MySQL slave. Although this table was not a critical part of the infrastructure, from time to time, writes to the table from the master would break replication. Additionally, this table has about 6 million rows, and running pt-table-sync would take sometime. Rebuilding the slave from backup of the master would not be an easy option as well since the slave acts as an archive where it has a lot more data than the…
  • Percona Live London: Top Ten reasons to attend Nov. 3-4

    Peter Zaitsev
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Percona Live London 2014 is fast approaching – November is just around the corner. This year’s conference, November 3-4, will be even bigger and better than last year thanks to the participation of leading MySQL experts the world over (including you!).The Percona Live London MySQL Conference is a great event for users of any level using any of the major MySQL branches: MySQL, MariaDB or Percona Server. And this year we once again host a star-studded group of keynote speakers from industry-leading companies in the MySQL space.We’ll also be welcoming leading MySQL practitioners from…
  • OpenStack Live 2015: Call for speakers open through November 9

    Terry Erisman
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    OpenStack Live 2015: Call for speakers open through Nov. 9I am proud to announce OpenStack Live, a new annual conference that will run in parallel with the Percona Live MySQL Conference & Expo at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley. The inaugural event, OpenStack Live 2015, is April 13-14, 2015. We are lining up a strong Conference Committee and are now accepting tutorial and breakout session speaking proposals through November 9.OpenStack Live will emphasize the essential elements of making OpenStack work better with emphasis on the critical role of MySQL and the value of…
  • Percona XtraBackup 2.2.4 is now available

    Hrvoje Matijakovic
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:47 am
    Percona is glad to announce the release of Percona XtraBackup 2.2.4 on September 12th 2014. Downloads are available from our download site here and Percona Software Repositories.Percona XtraBackup enables backups without blocking user queries, making it ideal for companies with large data sets and mission-critical applications that cannot tolerate long periods of downtime. Offered free as an open source solution, Percona XtraBackup drives down backup costs while providing unique features for MySQL backup.New Features:Percona XtraBackup has implemented support for Galera GTID auto-recovery.
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    ProjectVRM

  • State of the VRooM, 2014

    Doc Searls
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:56 pm
    As of today, ProjectVRM is eight years old. So now seems like a good time for a comprehensive (or at least long) report on what we’ve been doing all this time, how we’ve been doing it, and what we’ve been learning along the way. ProjectVRM has always been both a group effort and provisional in its outlook and methods. So look at everything below as a draft requiring improvement, and send me edits, either by email (dsearls at cyber dot law dot harvard dot edu) or by commenting below. Summary After eight years of encouraging development of tools and services that make…
  • 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…
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    Symantec Connect

  • SEP manager and database server change IP address

    MichaelWang
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    I need a solution Hi I have 2 SEP managers with failover setup , don't config work balance yet. Both SEP manager and backend databaser server OS is windows 2008 R2. plus is the SEP manager version is 12.1.3 . Currently the SEP managers and database server use static IP address configuration. Due to company network new design, the mangers and database server will use new static IP addresses.  For the SEP can work as well as before , do I need any manual work before / or after IP address change ? thanks Michael
  • Get a unknows type temp file under temp. folder

    Tridip.Kumar.Mitra
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:19 pm
    I need a solution Hi.   when we open a browser(chrome or firefox) a temp file create with a unknown type. can anyone help me in this case.     Error.JPG
  • Need help on configuring MSDP

    john@12
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:44 pm
    I need a solution Hi All, Currently we are running NBU 7.6 on W2k8 and we had License for MSDP as well, i just want to know whether can i use some space from NetApp to configure MSDP in different media server? if not what type of box do we need to buy for using MSDP ? please suggest on this.
  • NDMP backups failing with 99 error code

    Mania
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:18 pm
    I need a solution Backup for  NDMP clients are failing with status code 99 . Please help   19/09/2014 12:15:29 PM - requesting resource nasprod01_dm2_vtl 19/09/2014 12:15:29 PM - requesting resource nbumasp01.NBU_CLIENT.MAXJOBS.nasprod01-dm2-7.aur.national.com.au 19/09/2014 12:15:29 PM - requesting resource nbumasp01.NBU_POLICY.MAXJOBS.t1-nasprod01-dm2-7-kx-ndm-7y-1 19/09/2014 12:15:31 PM - awaiting resource nasprod01_dm2_vtl.   19/09/2014 12:25:08 PM - awaiting resource nasprod01_dm2_vtl. Waiting for resources.            …
  • Backup C: or System state

    paulta
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:02 pm
    I need a solution Hi,   Just wondering about wether I need to back up both the system state and the C:\ drive on Servers. For example, if I backup only the system state for my Exchange Server then does that mean, if the server fails and I have to rebuild it, that I have to manually install Windows and Exchange again and then restore the system state and Microsoft Information store for the exchnage mailboxes? And if I backed up both the C:\ drive (minus meaningless data) and system state then in the case of failure I can restore the whole server? What's the recommended way with this?
 
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    Enterprise Irregulars

  • Smarter Innovation: Road Map to the Future

    Susan Scrupski
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Last spring, we were approached by the Academic Director of Columbia University’s Graduate Information and Strategy program, Katrina Pugh.  She had received word about the innovative way our Change Agents work out loud in the cloud.  We were asked to contribute to a management book published recently by ARK Group, “Smarter Innovation: Using Interactive Processes to Drive Better Business Results.” The goal of the book is to shed light on insights that have been growing in our knowledge space – tacit knowledge sharing, conversations, collective intelligence, applied analytics –…
  • Customer service, in-memory computing, and cloud? The utility industry is changing.

    Tom Raftery
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    I attended this year’s North American SAP for Utilities event and I was pleasantly surprised by some of the things I found there. The utilities industry (electricity, gas, and water) are regulated industries which can’t go down (or at least, shouldn’t go down). Because of this, the industry is very slow to change (the old “if it ain’t broke…” mindset). However, with technology relentlessly enabling more and more efficiencies at the infrastructure level, utilities need to learn how to be agile without affecting their service. This is challenging, sure. But, on the other hand,…
  • Webinar: What do you want to know about the internet of things? Here’s what we want to know.

    R "Ray" Wang
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
    The Importance of Addressing the Unknown Here’s a question: why, with the growing number of IoT “experts” in the field, are there unanswered fundamental questions about IoT? It seems that in the excitement over the potential of IoT, industry experts and their audiences have glossed over some basic details regarding how, exactly, IoT will work. Leaving us with questions! Here’s another question: what can we learn from this ‘excitement blindness’ that we can apply to disruptive technology implementation strategies in our own organizations? Join R “Ray” Wang as he interviews…
  • Cognizant makes the biggest bet ever by an Indian services provider. Has the services game changed forever?

    Phil Fersht
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:33 pm
    What ever happened to the days of the tiddly little sub-$10m “tuck-in” acquisitions that Indian providers used to make (and we all forgot about pretty quickly afterwards)?  Well, the game has changed forever as Cognizant shelled out a whopping $2.7 Billion on healthcare technology firm TriZetto (read our research POV here). This wasn’t only Cog’s largest acquisition – it’s the largest one – by a country mile – from any Indian IT/BPO services major.  Ever: Four reasons why this changes the game for services: 1. Cognizant becomes a true BPaaS, software and services firm.
  • Infor: Design+Value

    Vinnie Mirchandani
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:25 pm
    I have written in past about Infor’s micro-vertical strategy and its quest with its internal design agency Hook +Loop to make enterprise software “beautiful”. I saw more of that at Inforum in New Orleans this week, but I also signs of the messages maturing more into a focus on efficiency and value from software. To start with, it is good to see an application vendor talk feature/function and business process, not just platforms and speeds and feeds. I spent time at the event with customers and Infor execs from healthcare, hospitality and fashion. Transactional systems and analytics to…
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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

  • Low-Impact

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:12 pm
    When you write books about the technology industry you fret about the time it takes to go through the publishing and printing stage. Given the dynamic nature of the business you know job changes, M&A, product announcements are inevitable, and...
  • Interview from Inforum

    17 Sep 2014 | 7:23 pm
    Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly interviewed me for The Cube at Inforum about Infor, my book on the SAP Economy and other enterprise vendor trends.
  • Infor: Design+Value

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am
    I have written in past about Infor’s micro-vertical strategy and its quest with its internal design agency Hook +Loop to make enterprise software “beautiful”. I saw more of that at Inforum in New Orleans this week, but I also signs...
  • HANA and her siblings

    15 Sep 2014 | 8:23 am
    As the SAP Economy book shifts to editing phase I have been looking at book covers, titles etc. One title which will not make the cut is “HANA and her siblings” My wife liked it, then preferred some other ones...
  • I sense a disturbance in the enterprise Force

    10 Sep 2014 | 7:21 pm
    Starting next week I will get briefings from a wide range of enterprise players – Infor, Workday, Oracle, Rimini, Salesforce and Microsoft among them. Conference season is in full swing. I have not been so excited in a long time....
 
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    Chuck's Blog

  • Going All-Flash

    Chuck Hollis
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    A memo from Captain Obvious: flash continues to change how we think about storage.  For me, the party started way back in 2008 when EMC introduced an enterprise-grade flash drive for Symmetrix.  Fast forward to 2014, and the party is still rocking strong … Up to now, most of my customer discussions have been how to best use flash with precision: surgical strikes on key areas where IO response times are a problem.  The approach makes a certain sense: flash drives are more expensive than the magnetic spinning variety. But in the last six months, it’s not unusual to meet a…
  • How Software-Based Storage Is Changing Servers

    Chuck Hollis
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:44 pm
    If you’re a server manufacturer, you’re playing a very demanding game.   There’s a never-ending parade of new technologies you’ve got to rapidly adopt.  Customers expect both flawless execution as well as steadily declining prices.  And you’ve got some pretty aggressive competitors as well :) You’re also paying attention to shifting workload demands from your customers. As I track the various server vendor announcements, I couldn’t help but notice a pronounced shift towards designs that are obviously intended to be used as part of a storage or database farm.
  • Software-Defined Storage -- Reading

    Chuck Hollis
    4 Sep 2014 | 7:18 am
    For those of you interested in software-defined storage, I wanted to point you to two pieces (written by me) that you might find useful. The first is more of a conversational treatment: if you're interested in SDS, what should you be looking for?   It's a quick read, and doesn't require that you be an enterprise architect to follow along. The second is a more exhaustive treatise on SDS from a VMware perspective.  It is lengthy, detailed and is aimed at enterprise architects who need to take a multi-year view.   It will also give you a sense of some of the areas VMware will…
  • 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.
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    Venture Chronicles

  • SaaS Status Pages and “Trust”

    Jeff Nolan
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Okta has a status page called Trust, and because I compete with them I pay attention to it. At Ping Identity we also have a status page on our IDaaS service and our team makes this a focal point for the service, ensuring that we have realtime data and that it is broken down into the component services along with response times. It is this level of automation and granularity that I think is the underpinning of “capital T” trust. In reviewing the Okta page last week I noticed something interesting, well 2 things actually. The first is that the minutes of uptime didn’t…
  • Broken Cloud

    Jeff Nolan
    3 Sep 2014 | 11:38 am
    Trust is a cornerstone of the Apple brand… the company that pioneered the notion of “the stuff just works”. The damage the brand has suffered this week is yet to be calculated and the “hey it’s not our fault, users should manage passwords better” statement didn’t help. All this a week to the day before 3 major new product announcements that hinge on using more of iCloud. Payments depends on iCloud, it’s hard to see how they don’t rewrite their presentations for next week to address the news this week. What also isn’t helping is that when people dig into the details they…
  • 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…
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    Exchange Server Pro

  • Email Fundamentals: How to Read Email Message Headers

    Paul Cunningham
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:15 am
    Reading the headers of an email message can reveal very useful information for Exchange Server administrators who are diagnosing problems. Email message header information includes details such as the route that the email took (ie which email servers were involved in the transmission of the message), who sent it, who it was addressed to, and whether the email message was scanned for spam or viruses. This is useful for both internal and external email messages. As just one real world example, I often need to use email message header information to diagnose message delivery delays. How to…
  • Countdown to Exchange Connections 2014 in Las Vegas

    Paul Cunningham
    8 Sep 2014 | 8:45 pm
    IT/Dev Connections starts in Las Vegas next week and I’ve been putting the final touches on the two sessions I am delivering. The conference schedule is live now on the event website, and the Exchange track is available here. Here’s what you can expect if you attend my sessions. Managing Database Availability Groups When: Wednesday 17th September, 9:00am Where: Pinyon 3 What: Tips and best practices for enjoying a good, healthy Exchange Server 2013 DAG experience, with a focus on the mantra that “good design makes good DAGs”. Making ActiveSync Work (Instead of…
  • Error Code 8224 While Running Ldifde.exe to Import Schema File

    Paul Cunningham
    3 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    While running Exchange Server 2013 setup to install or upgrade a server you may encounter the following error. There was an error while running ‘ldifde.exe’ to import the schema file ‘C:\Windows\Temp\ExchangeSetup\Setup\Data\PostExchange2003_schema0.ldf’. The error code is: 8224. Exchange Server 2013 installs and upgrades usually involve an update to the Active Directory schema. This error message indicates that the import of schema changes failed. On the Schema Master in your forest you may notice the following event logged in the Directory Service log. Log Name:…
  • Critical Issue with Litigation Hold in Exchange Server 2013 and Office 365

    Paul Cunningham
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:21 pm
    A critical issue has been reported with the behavior of litigation hold in Exchange Server 2013 and Office 365. In short, if a mailbox is enabled for litigation hold a delegate of the mailbox is able to use OWA to permanently delete folders (and their items) from the mailbox, without them being preserved correctly by the litigation hold. The issue impacts Office 365 and all supported versions of Exchange Server 2013 on-premises. The bug does not exist when mailboxes are accessed via Outlook or other clients, only when accessed via OWA. Tony Redmond has a detailed write up here, including…
  • More Hybrid Issues for Exchange Server 2013 with Cumulative Update 6

    Paul Cunningham
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Exchange Server 2013 Cumulative Update 6, which includes a fix for a bug in the Hybrid Connectivity Wizard, unfortunately introduces some new bugs for customers running a Hybrid configuration. The issues were first reported by Exchange MVP Jeff Guillet: With CU6, admins can no longer use the Exchange Admin Center (EAC) to create new Office 365 mailboxes, move mailboxes to Exchange Online, or create In-Place Archive mailboxes. Admins either need to use the Exchange Management Shell (EMS) or logon to the Office 365 Portal to perform these actions. In addition, when you click the Office 365 tab…
 
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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

  • Guthy-Renker Selects NetSuite for Global Transformation of Order Management

    NetSuite, Inc.
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Direct Marketing Pioneer Supports Complex Continuity Programs for Multiple Brands with NetSuite’s Order Management Solution NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N), the industry’s leading provider of cloud-based financials / ERP and omnichannel commerce software suites, today announced that Guthy-Renker, the global, multi-billion dollar direct marketing company with one of the world’s largest order continuity programs, has selected NetSuite’s OMX order management solution to address its complex and high-volume order management environment, processing millions of orders a year…
  • How Small Improvements can Greatly Increase ROC

    Annalyn Evenstad
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:04 am
    In my old state of residence, when I purchased a new car, the dealership was able to provide me with plates and handle all of the registration issues on-the-spot. All I had to do was write a check, sign a contract and drive away. Fast forward to last Fall when I decided to buy a car in my new state of residence. I gave the dealership a check, signed on the dotted line and drove off with temporary paper license plates. The dealership told me that I’d be receiving a card in the mail from the DMV roughly a week before my temporary plates expired that would tell me the cost and when and where…
  • Kansas City Citizens Receive Enhanced Service from Local Government

    Infor
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:14 am
    Integration and Mobility Enable Real-Time Work Order Management Infor, a leading provider of business application software serving more than 73,000 customers, today announced that the Kansas City, Mo., Water Services Department (WSD), has successfully upgraded to the latest version of the Infor Public Sector Suite (Hansen). As the first phase of a three part project, the largest city in Missouri is now live on the suite’s asset and work management applications. The city is a long-time Infor customer and elected to upgrade to benefit from Infor’s recent industry-specific…
  • Five Reasons Why ERP Implementation ROI is so Elusive

    Eric Kimberling
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:04 am
    The other day, I was speaking with a CIO at one of our US-based ERP implementation clients. As we were discussing the project, he shared that his biggest fear and concern is that he and his company would not realize the potential benefits of the new system. Most executives we speak with, on the other hand, are less concerned about return on investment (ROI) and more concerned about making sure their projects don’t turn into train wrecks – which is one reason my conversation with him was so refreshing. According to our 2014 ERP Report, most ERP implementations fail because they cost more…
  • Tuesday Poll: ERP Business Benefits

    Panorama Consulting Solutions
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:04 am
    According to Panorama’s 2014 ERP Report, over half of the respondents said that their organization realized less than 50% of their expected benefits with their ERP system. What level of business benefits is your organization achieving with its current ERP system? Take a moment to vote in our poll and then check back to review the overall results. Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post’s poll.
 
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    Pretzel Logic

  • Heart and Hustle in Indian HR #hrtech

    Sameer Patel
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    This past week was an immersive boot camp for me on the state of human capital management in India. I had the privilege of keynoting two events - TechHR 2014, India’s first HR Tech Conference in Gurgaon, followed by HRConnect, SAP/ Successfactors regional HR conference in Mumbai and participating in a working dinner session with 18 CHRO’s representing some of India’s largest organizations. I jotted down some take ways on my flight back. Here goes: Strategic HR is top of mind: Unlike the very systems-centric discourse on Core HR vs. Talent that often commands the…
  • 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…
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    OSS Line

  • Aria Networks Announces SD-WAN Optimizer

    J. Pullen
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:53 am
    Aria Networks announces its SD-WAN optimizer for capacity planning and orchestration of Software Defined Wide Area Networks (SD-WAN). Aria Networks’ SD-WAN software automates the management and control of WAN functionality for network operators and service providers. Aria Networks’ SD-WAN optimizer models complex networks every five minutes to provide service providers with a current view of the network and traffic for each of the following purposes: Network assets and infrastructure planning: enabling service providers to model the impact of new services on the network to design and…
  • Nokia Networks First with OSS as a Managed Service

    J. Pullen
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:20 am
    Nokia Networks is launching Operations Support System (OSS) as a Service, enabling operators to shift capital expenditure to operational expenditure for more predictable as well as lower cost. Nokia OSS as a Service Two OSS tools are being offered as a service:  Nokia Performance Manager to help operators manage the performance and capacity of 2G, 3G and LTE networks, and Nokia Service Quality Manager which gives operators an accurate real-time view of service quality across mobile broadband and IT networks. OSS as a Service provides greater business agility with deployment in just a few…
  • GIS – What Is It? And Why It’s More Useful Than Ever

    J. Pullen
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:53 pm
    We take a look at the emergence of GIS in the 1980s and 90s, how it became the dull but reliable tool of the network engineer, and why it might soon become the hottest thing in OSS. What is GIS? GIS, or Geographic Information Systems, are concerned with physical aspects of the network and the environment the network and users occupy. In the simplest case, a GIS provides a mapping capability to record the precise location of devices and customers. In addition to mapping, the GIS will hold network-specific physical properties such as the route and capacity of a duct holding cables, or the…
  • Is OSS Ready for NFV? LightReading Poll Results

    J. Pullen
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:36 am
    A poll by LightReading suggests that existing OSS systems are still of use when virtualised networks are rolled-out, but major updates will be required. LightReading asked their readers… Can NFV be managed by existing OSS systems? What they discovered was that the majority of respondents believed that technologies like NFV would either require major updates to existing OSS or new OSS to be sourced from partners. A small percentage believe that no changes to OSS, or only in-house changes to their systems, would be sufficient to meet the new operational models and flexibility of…
  • 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.
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    Ultra Consultants

  • Next Week: Top ERP Vendors Come Right to You

    Jeff Carr
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:12 am
    One of the most daunting tasks facing an ERP project team is setting up demos from top ERP vendors, and getting an “apples-to-apples” comparison of systems. What features should be reviewed? Will the vendors “stick to the script” they are given? Now, top vendors come right to you during next week’s ERP Vendor Webinar Series — a must for make-to-order manufacturers. Set for Sept. 22 – 25, 2014, the no-cost, no-travel webinar series delivers daily online demos presented by leading ERP vendors. Ultra designed the online ERP comparison event as a cost-effective, and efficient…
  • Justifying an ERP Investment? Start Here

    Jeff Carr
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:12 am
    How does today’s manufacturer go about justifying an ERP investment? The effort involves determining an expected return on investment, anticipating total costs and fully documenting the business case for investing in a new or upgraded system. It’s critical to document the business reasons for an investment in ERP, as well as the expected value to offset the cost. Identifying risk is part of the process, as is putting in plans to mitigate risk. Few organizations can effectively manage this effort alone. Ultra offers significant experience helping mid-market manufacturers and distributors…
  • Epicor ERP Update – or “How I Spent My Summer Vacation”

    George Trudell
    11 Sep 2014 | 7:48 am
    As Fall approaches, it’s difficult to see the summer season wrapping up.  For Epicor, the summer of 2014 in particular has been chock full of activity. That’s why we’re taking some time to provide the following Epicor ERP Update to track some of the more noteworthy activity. Epicor provides business management software to the manufacturing, distribution, retail, and service industries. We see the system in many ERP selection projects. As noted, it’s been a particularly active run the past few months for the vendor. The highlight of the past summer was the release of Epicor ERP…
  • Why Switch? Some Top Reasons for Changing ERP Systems

    Jeff Carr
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:09 am
    Our team regularly speaks with mid-market manufacturers and distributors who are considering changing ERP systems. We enjoy the chance to offer insight as they consider their current ERP implementation, the challenges they face and their future plans related to investment in enterprise software. As part of these conversations, we’ve been informally tracking some of the reasons why mid-market manufacturing and distribution companies begin pursuing an ERP selection project. In many cases, we hear teams discuss compelling business reasons to improve the level of integration between their…
  • Considering ERP: 20 Years of ERP Transformation

    Jeff Carr
    4 Sep 2014 | 9:56 am
    We’ve been celebrating the 20th anniversary of Ultra Consultants founding and considering ERP. It’s a milestone that provides a good opportunity to celebrate our successes, as well as consider the evolving ERP landscape. Please see our previous post which takes stock of how ERP has evolved over the last two decades within the manufacturing sector. We asked ERP expert and thought leader Cindy Jutras to share her perspectives as to the changes that have taken place in enterprise software. Cindy Jutras, founder and president of Mint Jutras, is a widely recognized expert in analyzing the…
 
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    The Investing Edge

  • Announcing the October B2B IT Forum on the Internet of Things

    Luke Burns
    14 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Industry analysts have predicted 26 billion devices will be connected to the internet by 2020, creating a several trillion dollar market in Internet of Things (IoT) goods and services. With claims that this sector could usher in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, it’s important to look beyond the hype and better define the opportunities and challenges presented by IoT. The widespread emergence of the Internet of Things will take time, but as more objects gain intelligence through embedded sensors and processors, we are getting closer to realizing the full potential of this technology. As we…
  • Startup Success in Every Stage of Growth – Seed Stage

    Luke Burns
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:02 am
    First of a three-part series from Luke Burns, offering observations on what makes a successful startup at every stage of growth. There might not be a better time to be an entrepreneur on the East Coast. Massachusetts companies raised over $1 billion (over 100 deals) in venture capital in Q2 of 2014, the state’s highest in three years, according to CB Insights’ Venture Capital Activity and Exit Report. But regardless of where an entrepreneur is looking toset up shop, there are a few key things to keep in mind when starting and growing a company. Drawing from our own experiences as…
  • 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…
 
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    All Channels

  • Book Review: The Phoenix Project - Chasing the DevOps Whale

    nwurst@skytap.com
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:58 am
    ​This technical, but easy-reading story will likely become required reading for everyone here at Skytap. The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps and Helping Your Business Win (Gene Kim, Kevin Behr & George Spafford, IT Revolution Press, 2013) ties one man’s journey toward DevOps to the significant innovations made in factory optimization and lean planning achieved some 30 years ago.While instructional, the book uses a fictional exposition of a harrowing, never-ending quest for DevOps resembling Melville’s Moby Dick, except the Pequod is struggling company Parts Unlimited, Ishmael…
  • Why Aren’t We Letting Software Testers Test?

    nwurst@skytap.com
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
    ​What do software testers want to do most while at work? What do software testers enjoy most about their job? What do many testers struggle to find the time to do each and every day? What’s absolutely critical to the success of your enterprise? There’s one simple answer to these questions, and it might surprise many non-testers out there. The answer is, “testing software.” It’s what testers signed up to do, it’s their passion, but unfortunately, testers find less and less time each and every day to do the thing they love most—and what you most need from them. Why? What are…
  • Mobile Dev and Environments-as-a-Service Featured in Upcoming Webinars

    nwurst@skytap.com
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    ​We have two webinars coming up in the next few weeks that we wanted to invite everyone to. If you can’t attend live, make sure to still register, as we will be sending out the recording and slides afterwards to all registrants.See you online! Automate Your Environment Provisioning for Mobile App Development Wednesday, September 17, 11am PT / 2pm ET Enterprises are currently facing new challenges in developing and delivering quality mobile apps quickly, efficiently and securely. Additionally, according to Forrester, there will be 700% more mobile development projects than web development…
  • Using the Mesosphere Technology Stack in Skytap Cloud

    nwurst@skytap.com
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:43 am
    Skytap recently announced the availability of the Mesosphere Technology Stack template in the Skytap Public Template Library.The Mesosphere Technology Stack is a framework for developers and system admins to build out self-healing, fault-tolerant and scalable solutions on top of Apache Mesos.  You can find out more about Mesosphere at http://mesosphere.io. This template allows you to easily experiment with the Mesosphere Technology Stack within Skytap. To illustrate this, we’ll do the following:Create a new Skytap environment that is based on this Mesosphere Technology Stack template.
  • New Research Reveals the True Impact of Lifecycle Virtualization

    nwurst@skytap.com
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:59 pm
    ​Independent analyst firm, voke, inc., recently conducted extensive research around the concept of “lifecycle virtualization” and the results of their efforts are incredibly revealing on two levels. On one hand you have the impressive benefits and improvements across the entire SDLC, detailed by those who have implemented lifecycle virtualization, and on the other—the completely devastating feedback from those who have not adopted this increasingly popular technology.If you’re asking, “what is lifecycle virtualization?” voke, inc. defines it as:  Bringing virtualization to…
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  • ERP software survey 2014

    180 Systems
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:40 am
    September 2014 from CPA Magazine and written by Michael Burns – “Welcome to our annual vendor survey on enterprise resource planning software. Back in 1999, when we published the first survey in CAmagazine, ERP was another mysterious IT acronym. Now it seems that everyone knows about it — although you will still hear a lot of variation on what it really means. Fifteen years ago, we had only a few ERP systems in our survey. Today we have 93…”
  • Oracle in the Cloud

    180 Systems
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:51 pm
    According to IDG News Service, “Oracle is now the industry’s second-largest SaaS vendor after Salesforce.com” As well, “Oracle is also seeing traction increase for its cloud ERP (enterprise-resource-planning) software, adding 120 new customers in the fourth quarter alone”. This was news to us, so I contacted Oracle directly to get the inside scoop on their ERP cloud offering. Oracle Fusion has been rebranded as Oracle ERP Cloud and there are a couple of hundred implementations across North America with many new opportunities keeping the Oracle sales team hopping. Oracle ERP…
  • Microsoft and Salesforce.com to link wares in global partnership

    180 Systems
    13 Jun 2014 | 6:12 am
    May 29, 2014 from Computerworld – “Microsoft and Salesforce.com have become corporate buddies, pledging to integrate their flagship products in what they’re calling a “global, strategic partnership.” The agreement calls for Salesforce.com’s CRM (customer-relationship-management) software to be integrated with Microsoft’s Windows OS, Azure cloud computing platform and Office suite, the companies said Thursday…” 180 View – If Salesforce and Microsoft can become partners, there should be hope for world peace. Or are there other forces at work? One…
  • BI, CPM and budgeting survey 2014

    180 Systems
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:05 pm
    April 1, 2014 from CPA Magazine and written by Michael Burns – “…Here, you’ll find a survey of many of the leading BI and CPM systems, as well as an overview of current trends, and a synopsis of what two vendors had to say about their product and costs…”
  • Industry Focus by 180 Systems

    180 Systems
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:04 pm
    We have changed our website to reflect our expertise in a number of industries including: Manufacturing Distribution Professional Services Not for Profit and Public Sector Financial Services Service Management Third Party Logistics Hospitality Construction On our website you will now find key requirements and systems that are industry specific.
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