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  • Minimizing Downtime

    Enterprise Back Office Blogs
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Zero downtime, or at least zero unplanned downtime, is a goal many people feel they should strive for. Unfortunately, this goal is unattainable, or at least has been so far in the short history of computing. Setting an unattainable goal is counterpro...
  • Metadata redefinition 2: how?

    Development & Integration Blogs
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:09 am
    Metrici has a very versatile data model, but if we used any other approach, the versatility of the data would be compromised. As it is, we are only scratching the surface of what it can do.
  • I was agile before agile was cool!

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

    InformationWeek:
    Shane O'Neill
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    CalCloud, the State of California's private cloud managed by IBM, aims to streamline services for 400 state and local government agencies.
  • IBM & California Partner On Private Cloud

    InformationWeek:
    Shane O'Neill
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    CalCloud, the State of California's private cloud managed by IBM, aims to streamline services for 400 state and local government agencies.
 
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    InformationWeek:

  • IBM & California Partner On Private Cloud

    Shane O'Neill
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    CalCloud, the State of California's private cloud managed by IBM, aims to streamline services for 400 state and local government agencies.
  • HP Invests $50M In Hortonworks: Hadoop Bet

    Doug Henschen
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    HP joins Intel, Google Capital in investing big on Hadoop, taking a stake in Hortonworks while deepening integrations with its platform.
  • Where The IT Jobs Aren't: Tech

    Kristin Burnham
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    IT jobs in the tech sector will stall while non-tech industries will drive IT job growth, impacting job geography and skills, says new report.
  • Apple OS X Yosemite Beta Debuts

    Thomas Claburn
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Apple's obsession with secrecy gives way to involving customers in the software development process.
  • EHR Vendors: Step Up Your Game

    Mony Weschler
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    Electronic medical record vendors need to take a clue from video game design. It's time to deliver intuitive, simple to learn, and easy to use EHR technology.
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    Network Computing:

  • Understanding IPv6: Link-Local 'Magic'

    Denise Fishburne
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Denise Fishburne performs a little IPv6 sleight of hand in the second post in her series on IPv6.
  • 3 Signs You're Overspending On Data Storage

    John Morris
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    If you think public cloud storage is the cheaper way to manage the massive growth in data, think again.
  • Guide To IaaS Cloud Provider Performance

    Joe Masters Emison
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    Choosing an Infrastructure-as-a-service cloud provider? Use these benchmarks to compare AWS, Google, Azure, Rackspace, and more.
  • Where Is Your Cloud?

    Andrew Froehlich
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Depending on its location, a cloud data center may be at risk of natural or man-made disasters. Be sure to weigh the risks of the physical location of your data.
  • 10 Handy WiFi Troubleshooting Tools

    Ericka Chickowski
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    If you need help troubleshooting your wireless networks, here are 10 tools that can help uncover WiFi problems. Bonus: Some are free!
 
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    deal architect

  • Oracle DaaS Data-as-a-Service

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

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

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

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

    6 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
    Those who read my books know they tend to be case study heavy and dense with forward looking details – that’s the nature of innovation genre writing. My book on SAP is similar – heavy with customer dialog, but very...
 
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    Hu' Blog

  • Shirt Sizes are not the Way to Buy IT Infrastructure

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

    Hu Yoshida
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:24 am
    Blog post in review. Please check back later  
  • Technology without Social Innovation and Globalization will not Advance Civilization

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

    Hu Yoshida
    24 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    Mobility is a macro trend that is transformative. Mobile devices, mobile workforces, mobility of data on premise, off premise, and across the globe, create many new business opportunities. However mobility also presents new challenges for the IT professionals who are responsible for the protection and governance of the data content. Hitachi Data Systems has announced major new enhancements to its Hitachi Content Platform that enables tightly integrated control and management of content wherever it is accessed, whether on mobile devices like iPads and smartphones, edge devices in remote…
  • IT Does Matter – And the World is not Flat

    Hu Yoshida
    19 Jun 2014 | 9:47 am
    Back in 2003, as the IT industry was recovering from the excesses of the dot com boom/bust, the Harvard Business Review’s Editor-At-Large, Nicolas Carr published a paper titled IT doesn’t Matter, in which he claimed that “As information technology’s power and ubiquity has grown, its strategic importance has diminished.” In 2004, Thomas Friedman of the New York Times published a national best seller entitled The World is Flat, which is a metaphor for viewing the world as a level playing field in terms of commerce where all competitors have an equal opportunity primarily due to the…
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    The Enterprise System Spectator

  • SAP's Revamped Strategy for Small and Midsize Businesses

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

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

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

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

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

  • Security Vulnerability in the Tails OS

    schneier
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    I'd like more information on this.
  • Securing the Nest Thermostat

    schneier
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    A group of hackers are using a vulnerability in the Nest thermostat to secure it against Nest's remote data collection.
  • Fingerprinting Computers By Making Them Draw Images

    schneier
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Here's a new way to identify individual computers over the Internet. The page instructs the browser to draw an image. Because each computer draws the image slightly differently, this can be used to uniquely identify each computer. This is a big deal, because there's no way to block this right now. Article. Hacker News thread. EDITED TO ADD (7/22): This technique was first described in 2012. And it seems that NoScript blocks this. Privacy Badger probably blocks it, too. EDITED TO ADD (7/23): EFF has a good post on who is using this tracking system -- the White House is -- and how to defend…
  • Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Dissection

    schneier
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:35 pm
    A six-hour video of a giant squid dissection from Auckland University of Technology. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered.
  • NASDAQ Hack

    schneier
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    Long article on a sophisticated hacking of the NASDAQ stock exchange.
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    Network Security Blog

  • Can I use Dropbox?

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

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

    netsecpodcast@mckeay.net (Martin McKeay)
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:59 pm
    You know things are getting a bit out of hand when you have to patch the light bulbs in your house.  But that’s exactly what the Internet of Things is going to mean in the future.  Everything in the household from the refrigerator to the chairs you sit in to the lights will eventually have an IP address (probably IPv6), will have functions that activate when you walk into the room and will communicate that back out to a database on the Internet.  And every single one of the will have vulnerabilities and problems with their software that will need to be patched.  So patching your…
  • Impostor syndrome

    netsecpodcast@mckeay.net (Martin McKeay)
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:58 pm
    What am I doing here?  When are they going to realize I don’t know what I’m doing?  How long until they fire me for faking it?  I don’t belong with these people, they’ve actually done something, while nothing I’ve done is remarkable or interesting.  I’m not worthy of this role, of being with these people, of even working in this environment.  I’m making it up as I go along and nothing I could do would ever put me on the same level as the people around me.  How did I end up here? I know I’m not the only one who has these thoughts.  It…
  • Illustrating the problem with the CA’s

    netsecpodcast@mckeay.net (Martin McKeay)
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:43 pm
    You’d think that if there was any SSL certificate out there that’d be carefully monitored, it’d be Google’s.  And you’d be right; between the number of users of Chrome and the Google team itself, the certs that correspond to Google properties are under a tremendous amount of scrutiny.  So when an impostor cert is issued anywhere in the world, it’s detected relatively quickly in most cases.  But the real question is, why are Certificate Authorities (CA’s) able to issue false certs in the first place?  Mostly because we have to trust someone in the…
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    Martin Fowler

  • Part 4 of Collection Pipelines: alternatives

    Martin Fowler
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:57 am
    In this installment I look at alternatives to using a collection pipeline: loops and comprehensions.
  • Part 3 of Collection Pipelines: complex example inverting a many-to-many relationship

    Martin Fowler
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:20 am
    I’ve added a more complex example to the article, one that inverts a many-to-many relationship. This also raises the question of how to factor more complex pipelines
  • Part 2 of Collection Pipelines: a couple more examples

    Martin Fowler
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    I’ve added two more examples of collection pipelines with this second installment. The first is the classic combination of map and reduce, also introducing specifying functions with names as well as lambdas. The second introduces the group-by operation and treating hashmaps as key-value pairs.
  • Collection Pipelines

    Martin Fowler
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    I’ve often come across a pattern in code where you organize some computation by passing collections through a pipeline of operations. I first came across it in Unix, did it in Smalltalk and Ruby, and find it common in functional programming. I’ve written an article to describe this pattern, and this is the first installment which contains an initial introduction and a definition of the pattern.
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    Martin Fowler
    6 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
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    Oracle Bloggers

  • JULY Newsletter is out

    Hartmut Wiese
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:16 am
    The EMEA JD Edwards Partner Community Newsletter is out today. Please click here to see the JULY Edition with interesting news and numbers around JD Edwards.  The latest announcement on new mobile applications was released yesterday and after the newsletter was created. You see the complete announcement from yesterday here. In case you are interested to place your own content on the next edition of the newsletter please provide your feedback and suggestions to Hartmut.Wiese@oracle.com  until Wednesday, AUG 13th.
  • Modern Sales Enabled through Siebel and Oracle Sales Cloud Integration

    Richard Lefebvre
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:14 am
    Modern Sales will enable your reps to Sell More, Know More and Grow More. To compete and win, Modern Sales teams need new skills to sell to today's customers. They must be mobile, productive and agile. You can now leverage existing Siebel investments to take advantage of Oracle Sales Cloud capabilities. Learn about Siebel and Sales Cloud integration touch points and the planned roadmap for the coming year and view a demo of what's available today for Siebel customers. View webinar replay here!
  • Oracle CX Cloud Integrations Update With a Spotlight on Oracle Sales Cloud Integrations Webinar

    Richard Lefebvre
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:11 am
    Learn about the Oracle CX Cloud Integrations that are available today as well as additional integrations that are on the roadmap. Leading customer experiences need to bring together the best in sales, marketing, service, social, and commerce technologies. The Oracle CX solution portfolio contains all the pieces you need to deliver optimized experiences across the customer lifecycle at a lower cost. This session provides an overview of how the Oracle CX Cloud Portfolio provides a full spectrum of customer experience soutions -- from attracting and engaging new customers to serving and…
  • Oracle Sales Cloud and Marketing Cloud Integration webinar for partners

    Richard Lefebvre
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:09 am
    Oracle's pre-integrated solution connects sales and marketing activities and increases the velocity of leads to opportunities. Learn how our CX portfolio aligns processes and provides deeper customer insight. This webcast describes in-depth the existing integrations, customer vignettes, and planned roadmap. Join Leslie Buhrer, Sr. Director of Oracle Sales Cloud and Caryn Reddick, Sr. Director of Oracle Marketing Cloud along with our product management experts to get your integrated portfolio questions answered. Take webinar replay here!
  • Oracle Sales Cloud Financial Services Demo Environment Now Available!

    Richard Lefebvre
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:07 am
    Product Management and GSE (Global Sales Engineering) are pleased to announce the general availability of the new Financial Services CX Demonstration Environment. This environment is single instance supporting five distinct Financial Services sub-industry demonstrations including Retail Banking, Commercial Banking, Wholesaling Life and Annuities, Wealth Management, and Mutual Fund Wholesaling. All five demonstrations are rooted in Sales Cloud Release 8, and some include other CX solutions such as OSN and Eloqua. This demo is based on Release 8 Patch Bundle 3. View webcast here!
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    JT on EDM

  • Two live events in July on Predictively Enabling Your Organization

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

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

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

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

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

  • Metadata redefinition 2: how?

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

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

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

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

    14 Jul 2014 | 1:49 pm
    You need to determine downtime costs for individual users as well as complete systems. For example, you might want to find downtime costs for the following: Each workstation Each file server The entire building or campus network Each swi...
 
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    StorageMojo

  • Performance: IOPS or latency or data services?

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

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

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

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

    Robin Harris
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Walked over to the Sunset trail and thence up to Airport Mesa. This view is looking south from the east side of the mesa. This is my favorite time of year due to the monsoon – rainy season – clouds. Probably have a thunderstorm later today. And yes, there’s an airport on top of the mesa.
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    Network Computing:

  • Understanding IPv6: Link-Local 'Magic'

    Denise Fishburne
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Denise Fishburne performs a little IPv6 sleight of hand in the second post in her series on IPv6.
  • 3 Signs You're Overspending On Data Storage

    John Morris
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    If you think public cloud storage is the cheaper way to manage the massive growth in data, think again.
  • Guide To IaaS Cloud Provider Performance

    Joe Masters Emison
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    Choosing an Infrastructure-as-a-service cloud provider? Use these benchmarks to compare AWS, Google, Azure, Rackspace, and more.
  • Where Is Your Cloud?

    Andrew Froehlich
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Depending on its location, a cloud data center may be at risk of natural or man-made disasters. Be sure to weigh the risks of the physical location of your data.
  • 10 Handy WiFi Troubleshooting Tools

    Ericka Chickowski
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    If you need help troubleshooting your wireless networks, here are 10 tools that can help uncover WiFi problems. Bonus: Some are free!
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    Network & Infrastructure Blogs

  • Some aspects of Mobile application development

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:12 am
    With the increased adoption of mobility in modern enterprises, there are certain aspects that need to be kept into consideration for an efficient rollout.
  • What will the next storage technology be?

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:57 pm
    Since the first time some boffin wrapped a couple of wires around a magnetic coil and discovered it could hold information most of of our storage for computer bits, nibbles, bytes and beyond has been of the magnetic variety.   It has grown from ferrite cores wrapped in wire to magnetic platters and integrated circuits. The basic premise of them all is still however, the same.
  • We live in a multicultural computing world

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:06 pm
    I have been involved with computers since before Mr. Gates acquired the beginnings of windows. At that time there were no such things as floppy disks and my first computer used the same technology as audio casettes to load and save programs. Fast forward to today and we carry around in our pockets computers thousands of times more powerful than the one used to make the first moon landing.   You
  • Minimizing Downtime

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Zero downtime, or at least zero unplanned downtime, is a goal many people feel they should strive for. Unfortunately, this goal is unattainable, or at least has been so far in the short history of computing. Setting an unattainable goal is counterpro...
  • My previous RDS sort discussions

    18 Jul 2014 | 1:23 pm
    (Posted Thursday, July 18, 2014) After posting about buffer pools for the last few weeks, I have received some questions about the sort work buffer pools.   I made brief mention of them in one of my buffer pool post.  However, last year I did a entire series of post...
 
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    Data Management Blogs

  • Some aspects of Mobile application development

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

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

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

    16 Jul 2014 | 5:01 am
    In the last few years, I have encountered more and more situations where I have been told things like, "Don't let 'Perfect' get in the way of 'Good Enough'." or "It doesn't have to be flawless; it just has to be 'Good Enough'." or even, "Just get it 'Good Enough' to put into production and we can fix the bugs when we encounter them." Is that REALLY the way IT should be doing business?
  • Tim Bryce - WHO IS DESIGNING YOUR SYSTEMS? - 7/14/2014

    13 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Hopefully not your programmers.
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  • Five ERP Implementation Lessons From Summer Vacation

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    These summer months provide many of us with good reasons to slow down and relax. Whether it be summer vacations, time at the beach, or enjoying the longer days, many of us find the time to enjoy a slightly slower pace whenever possible.
  • Five ERP Implementation Lessons From Summer Vacation

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    These summer months provide many of us with good reasons to slow down and relax. Whether it be summer vacations, time at the beach, or enjoying the longer days, many of us find the time to enjoy a slightly slower pace whenever possible.
  • Minimizing Downtime

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Zero downtime, or at least zero unplanned downtime, is a goal many people feel they should strive for. Unfortunately, this goal is unattainable, or at least has been so far in the short history of computing. Setting an unattainable goal is counterpro...
  • My previous RDS sort discussions

    18 Jul 2014 | 1:23 pm
    (Posted Thursday, July 18, 2014) After posting about buffer pools for the last few weeks, I have received some questions about the sort work buffer pools.   I made brief mention of them in one of my buffer pool post.  However, last year I did a entire series of post...
  • Back to Buffer Pool Basics Octology

    17 Jul 2014 | 10:22 am
    I?m not sure if Octology is word or not... I can?t find it on Dictionary.com although it does show up in Wiktionary.org.   I?m using it anyway to describe my Back to Buffer Pool Basics Series of 8 posts.   From this post, you can ...
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  • Blog Post: Documents Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS)

    cyrils1
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:41 am
    Voici les deux documents importants sur EMS actuellement disponibles: . Fiche Produit: http://download.microsoft.com/download/6/B/D/6BDADC01-1B7A-4420-9F1A-C1702920607B/enterprise_mobility_suite_datasheet.pdf . Papier Blanc: http://download.microsoft.com/download/1/3/7/137B2CF6-79FE-438B-BA00-F343022C3CE3/Enabling_Enterprise_Mobility_white_paper.pdf
  • Blog Post: Get started backing up to the cloud with SQL Server Backup to Microsoft Azure Tool

    SQL Server Team
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    If you’re considering backing up your SQL Server database to the cloud, there are many compelling reasons. Not only will you have an offsite copy of your data for business continuity and disaster recovery purposes, but you can save on CAPEX by using Microsoft Azure for cost-effective storage.  And now, you can choose to backup to Microsoft Azure even for databases that aren’t running the latest version of SQL Server – creating a consistent backup strategy across your database environment.  SQL Server has these tools and features to help you back up to the cloud: In SQL Server 2014,…
  • Blog Post: Using the SharePoint Integration Pack with System Center 2012 R2 -Orchestrator

    J.C. Hornbeck
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    As part of System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator, a new integration pack (IP) for integrating and managing SharePoint 2013 was released. In this post I’ll walkthrough how to get started with this IP for managing both SharePoint 2013 on premise as well as ...read more
  • Blog Post: Using the SharePoint Integration Pack with System Center 2012 R2 -Orchestrator

    Eamon O Reilly
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    As part of System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator, a new integration pack (IP) for integrating and managing SharePoint 2013 was released. In this post I’ll walkthrough how to get started with this IP for managing both SharePoint 2013 on premise as well as SharePoint online. You can install the IP from the Microsoft download center . A couple of the scenarios where you might want to use the SharePoint IP are when you are using SharePoint lists to track work items that need to be accomplished in your datacenter and you want to update these automatically as specific tasks are completed. You might…
  • Blog Post: Acquisition of InMage Systems

    BradAnderson
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:37 am
    Last Friday we announced the acquisition of a company named InMage . I have written a number of times about how successful and impactful the StorSimple acquisition has been – and I believe InMage is going to have a very similar impact. Backup and DR are two of the most commonly used workloads that organizations move to the cloud, and the chart below reflects research by Forrester* that examines the emphasis enterprise leaders are placing on DR. The priority level is only rising – and this increase is in line with the ease of the offering now available from InMage. The fact that this…
 
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  • July 2014 Security Bulletin Webcast and Q&A

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Davide Mauri
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    I've created two simple, yet very useful, script to extract some useful data to quickly monitor SSIS packages execution in SQL Server 2012 and after.get-ssis-execution-status  get-ssis-data-pumped-rows  I've started to use gist since it comes very handy, for this "quick'n'dirty" scripts and snippets, and you can find the above scripts and others (hopefully the number will increase over time...I plan to use gist to store all the code snippet I used to store in a dedicated folder on my machine) there.Now, back to the aforementioned scripts. The first one…
  • SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1 Cumulative Update #11 is available!

    AaronBertrand
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:54 pm
    The SQL Server team has released SQL Server 2012 SP1 Cumulative Update #11. This cumulative update includes a fix for the online index rebuild corruption issue I discussed recently on SQLPerformance.com . KB Article: KB #2975396 Build # is 11.0.3449 Currently there are 32 public fixes listed (32 total) Relevant for builds 11.0.3000 -> 11.0.3448. Do not attempt to install on SQL Server 2012 RTM (any build < 11.0.3000) or any other major version. If you are on a different branch, see this blog...(read more)
  • SQLBits XII

    Dejan Sarka
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:17 am
    Back home from SQLBits XII, back to normal life. However, I am already missing the conference. I have spoken with quite a few other speakers, and our conclusion is, as my friend Niko Neugebauer said: this conference is simply second to none. Great content, and very interesting split into three days: seminars if you wish to get more personal touch and in-depth knowledge about specific topic the first day, a regular high-end conference the second day, and a free community conference the third day. This way, everybody can find something for her- or himself. In addition, I liked very much the way…
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  • DBaaS, OpenStack and Trove 101: Introduction to the basics

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

    Peter Zaitsev
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    If you try to install the TokuDB storage engine on a modern Linux distribution it might fail with following error message:2014-07-17 19:02:55 13865 [ERROR] TokuDB will not run with transparent huge pages enabled. 2014-07-17 19:02:55 13865 [ERROR] Please disable them to continue. 2014-07-17 19:02:55 13865 [ERROR] (echo never > /sys/kernel/mm/transparent_hugepage/enabled)You might be curious why TokuDB refuses to start with Transparent HugePages. Are they not a good thing… allowing smaller kernel page tables and less TLB misses when accessing data in the buffer pool? I was curious, so…
  • Reference architecture for a write-intensive MySQL deployment

    Vadim Tkachenko
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:31 am
    We designed Percona Cloud Tools (both hardware and software setup) to handle a very high-intensive MySQL write workload. For example, we already observe inserts of 1bln+ datapoints per day. So I wanted to share what kind of hardware we use to achieve this result.Let me describe what we use, and later I will explain why.Server:Chassis: Supermicro SC825TQ-R740LPB 2U Rackmount ChassisMotherboard: Supermicro X9DRI-F dual socketCPU: Dual Intel Xeon Ivy Bridge E5-2643v2 (6x 3.5Ghz cores, 12x HT cores, 25M L3)Memory: 256GB (16x 16GB 256-bit quad-channel) ECC registered DDR3-1600Raid: LSI MegaRAID…
  • Percona XtraDB Cluster 5.6.19-25.6 is now available

    Hrvoje Matijakovic
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Percona is glad to announce the new release of Percona XtraDB Cluster 5.6 on July 21st 2014. Binaries are available from downloads area or from our software repositories. We’re also happy to announce that Ubuntu 14.04 LTS users can now download, install, and upgrade Percona XtraDB Cluster 5.6 from Percona’s software repositories.Based on Percona Server 5.6.19-67.0 including all the bug fixes in it, Galera Replicator 3.6, and on Codership wsrep API 25.6, Percona XtraDB Cluster 5.6.19-25.6 is now the current General Availability release. All of Percona‘s software is open-source…
  • Percona Monitoring Plugins 1.1.4 release

    Roman Vynar
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:42 am
    Percona is glad to announce the release of Percona Monitoring Plugins 1.1.4.Changelog: * Added login-path support to Nagios plugins with MySQL client 5.6 (bug 1338549) * Added a new threshold option for delayed slaves to pmp-check-mysql-replication-delay (bug 1318280) * Added delayed slave support to pmp-check-mysql-replication-running (bug 1332082) * Updated Nagios plugins and Cacti script to leverage lock-free SHOW SLAVE STATUS in Percona Server (bug 1297442) * Fixed pmp-check-mysql-replication-delay integer-float issue with MariaDB and MySQL 5.6 (bugs 1245934, 1295795) *…
 
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  • A partial VRM FAQ

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

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

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

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

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

    nkrugel
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:08 am
    I need a solution hello all, i am looking for a document of some sort that woudl describe events to be monitored by Nagios for EV
  • Report on Quarantine file date creation

    sec091
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:56 am
    I need a solution We had a small outbreak of a Trojan.Webkit!html virus and I was curious to know what computer was first infected on our network to see if I could determine where the virus started. I know that as of today, it has hit 30 computers and I know how to see when the virus was quarantined on each one of these PCs. My question is, how do I gain access to information from the quarantine file, without having to visit all 30 computers?  The information I need to know is accessible when I go to each PC and open Symantec EP and go to the View Quarantine tab, I can see a date under…
  • Netbackup appliance 5220 2.5.4 maximum usable percent puredisk

    pedro.centol
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    I need a solution Hello team. Can you provide me, what is the maximum usable size in a puredisk on a appliance. Server Type Used Capacity Available Space Raw Size Usable Size %Full AdvancedDisk 7.05 TB 3.52 TB 10.57 TB 10.57 TB 66.70 % PureDisk 52.44 TB 8.97 TB 61.41 TB 61.41 TB 85.40 % Now we have to make backup of a resource of 6TB. There are space enough? at puredisk.   Thanks & Regards.
  • Problems creating filers / deploying policies with dependencies

    skhudy
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    I need a solution Hi, We're new to v7.5 of the console.   previously we've had 6.x (I say previously we still have this and want to migrate everything to 7.5)   We've had someone in to set up the pilot, but they have gone and I'm having problems with a couple of things   Previously we've had collections where for example it would be populated using the query option and resource type "Computer" and the filter type would be looking at (table) Inv_AeX_OS_Add_Remove_Programs and "name like" %Software we want% Likewise we would have other collections which may look at (Table)…
  • Automatically transferring disk backup media files to offsite location

    warrenschubert
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    I need a solution We are looking into completely revamping our backup practices, including moving away from tape media. Our goals are to perform (deduplicated) backups to onsite disk storage, AND THEN automatically transfer the disk-based media sets to an offsite location over a L2L VPN connection. We haven't worked out the exact rotation details yet, but the most recent backups should be available both on and offsite. As we are planning to purchase Backup Exec 2014 (with appropriate Agents and the Dedup option), we'd like to know if that offsite transfer can be automated with Backup Exec. If…
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  • De-Bunking the 8-Hour Work Day for the Modern Workforce

    Jason Corsello
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:49 am
    Let’s face it: the eight-hour work day is a thing of the past. A tidy 9 to 5 schedule may have been a reality for the workforce a decade ago, but no more. According to government statistics, the average work day for American employees is now nearly nine hours, due, in part, to the adoption of technologies like cloud applications and mobile devices. A focus on the number of hours employees work today may be missing the point, though. What matters is how engaged and productive employees are while they work — whenever and wherever the work gets done. Technology created the mobile…
  • Eating My Own SaaStr Dogfood: Why I Invested in Algolia Search-as-a-Service

    Jason M. Lemkin
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Much of SaaStr involves sharing my learnings, mistakes, improvements, etc. as a founder CEO that lived the journey from $0 to $100m in ARR. But do I practice what I preach?  I hope so.  Let’s take a look together. Recently, I was fortunate enough to invest what I believe is an outstanding SaaS company and service, Algolia. Algolia provides search-as-a-service.  Their goal is to become “the search layer of the internet”.  If you want to add search to your app, instead of building it yourself on top of software on servers you have to deploy and manage … you can just add Algolia and…
  • Lack of emissions reporting from (some) cloud providers is a supply chain risk

    Tom Raftery
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:13 am
    We at GreenMonk spoke to Robert Francisco, President North America of FirstCarbon Solutions, last week. FirstCarbon solutions is an environmental sustainability company and the exclusive scoring partner of CDP‘s (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), supply chain program. Robert pointed out on the call that there is a seed change happening and that interest in disclosure is on the rise. He noted that carbon scores are now not only showing up at board level, but are also being reported to insurance companies, and are appearing on Bloomberg and Google Finance. He put this down to a shift…
  • News Analysis: Going Deeper Into The Apple And IBM New Business Model Alliance

    R "Ray" Wang
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:01 am
     Global Partnership Signals Expansive View Of Digital Business Disruption On July 15th, 2014 IBM’s Ginni Rometty and Apple’s Tim Cook announced in Cupertino, CA a strategic partnership to transform enterprise mobility (see Figure 1).  IBM has committed up to 100,000 employees to the initiative.  Apple has not disclosed its investment effort.  The announcement, made at Apple’s Infinite Loop HQ, addressed four strategic joint initiatives between Apple and IBM that enterprise leaders should watch carefully: IBM will build a new class of industry specific enterprise solutions. IBM…
  • You are supposed to break the rules

    Jevon MacDonald
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    Great entrepreneurs truly do not care about the rules. If you haven’t noticed, there are a lot of rules. Some come and go with the times, others never seem to go away: You are supposed to dress a certain way Finance your company this way You pitch deck should look like THIS You, in your industry, with your product, it’s not the way it’s done And there are the big rules, the regulations: You can’t dispatch drivers without doing X Cars can only be sold through dealerships You can’t expose the MLS to the public, freely. Hotels are just rooms, but there are a lot of other rooms…
 
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    Mzinga Insights

  • Development Drives Retention By: Cindy Pascale, CEO, Vado, Inc

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

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

    10 Jun 2014 | 8:08 am
    In Las Vegas, two police officers and a bystander are dead, killed by a couple who used social media to post that a revolution was coming and a sacrifice was going to be made.  Many saw it, but no-one acted in time.The Las Vegas Review-Journal (at http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/shooters-carried-arsenal-supplies-sunday-rampage), says that a day before the killing, Jerad Miller posted on his Facebook and Google+ pages that it is the "...dawn of a new day. May all of our coming sacrifice be worth it” and “My family has bled for this nation and our freedoms and I will not let…
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  • Oracle DaaS Data-as-a-Service

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

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

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

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

    6 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
    Those who read my books know they tend to be case study heavy and dense with forward looking details – that’s the nature of innovation genre writing. My book on SAP is similar – heavy with customer dialog, but very...
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    Chuck's Blog

  • VSAN: The First 100+ Days

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

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

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

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

    Chuck Hollis
    8 Jul 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Complexity is the perpetual bane of enterprise IT groups everywhere.   The individual infrastructure components are straightforward enough when considered individually; getting everything to interoperate smoothly is far more burdensome. As hardware prices fall — and IT capacity balloons — the focus has clearly shifted to improved operational efficiency: doing more/faster/better but without adding more people.   “Simple” is the new killer app in enterprise IT infrastructure. All three approaches to integrated infrastructure — converged, hyper-converged,…
 
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    Venture Chronicles

  • Turn the Tables

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

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

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

    Jeff Nolan
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Wow, I think this is the longest stretch of non-writing that I have done in my history of blogging. Nothing in particular drove my absence, just been busy with work and family. A lot of my time the last few months has been spent on a website redesign project, which I took over last December. This was a pretty complex undertaking, combining new messaging, visuals, information map, and a new content management system (Adobe CQ). It was a hell of a project and to borrow a line from the movie The Money Pit: “There were a couple of times when I didn’t think we’d ever be able to…
  • Retooling Marketing in a B2B Company

    Jeff Nolan
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:19 am
    Ping Identity has gone through a top to bottom transformation in marketing over the last year. A successful organization that fed impressive growth, reaching growth and revenue records year over year, the marketing organization relied on a proven B2B outbound marketing model that precisely measured lead capture rates. My interest for the last decade has been in inbound marketing models that rely on content to drive business opportunity. More significantly, I follow the advice of many friends who I would call contemporaries in B2B marketing, like Steve Mann at Lexis-Nexis and Chris Selland at…
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    The Enterprise Architect

  • From Software-Defined to Metadata-Driven

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

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

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

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

    Johan Den Haan
    12 Oct 2013 | 8:06 am
    “I work for a PaaS company” I answered him. “Ah, okay, great”, and he moved to another subject. It was a cold winter day on a hipster cloud conference. He wasn’t the only one that directly knew what my company did. Most people there knew the difference between Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and therefore knew exactly what a PaaS company did, right? Well, not exactly… Nowadays, it’s almost as broad as saying “I work for a software company”. What is your point of reference…
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    Socialcast | Enterprise Social Network Platform

  • Announcing the new Socialcast Android 3.0 app

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

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

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

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

    Joan Bodensteiner
    29 Apr 2014 | 11:53 am
    For the month of April, we have a few minor feature enhancements and an updated Socialcast iOS mobile app to simplify your communications on the go. Check out our newest features available today*: 1. Warning Confirmation for Leaving Private Groups A number of customers reported that they were accidentally leaving Private Groups, and as a result had a difficult time finding or joining them again. We now alert the user when they are trying to leave a Private Group. If the user confirms that they do actually want to leave the group, then they will be redirected to their default stream. Leaving a…
 
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    Panorama Consulting Solutions

  • Ellucian, Oklahoma State University Extend Partnership

    Ellucian
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:51 am
    Selects Banner By Ellucian to Upgrade Staff Efficiency, Student Experiences Ellucian, the leading software and services provider for higher education institutions, announced today Oklahoma State University has selected Banner® by Ellucian to modernize and upgrade its current ERP system. With the help of Ellucian, Oklahoma State University is building a program aimed at improving student experiences while driving measurable reduction of operational support. Reaching more than 36,000 students across five campuses, Oklahoma State University places strong emphasis on producing experiences that…
  • CDS Co-Operatives Goes Live on Infor SunSystems

    Infor
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    On Time and On Budget Implementation to Help Improve Customer Service, Drive Efficiencies and Enhance Reporting Infor, a leading provider of business application software serving more than 70,000 customers, today announced that CDS Co-Operatives, the largest secondary housing co-operative in England, has deployed Infor SunSystems. Delivered on time and on budget, the application will help to improve reporting capabilities, enhance service levels to clients and accelerate payments. Further efficiencies are anticipated as a result of the Infor SunSystems’ role in an ongoing program…
  • Does Your IT Strategy Make Sense for Your Organization?

    Eric Kimberling
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:04 am
    ERP implementations often lack a strategic framework, and according to our 2014 ERP Report, take longer than expected, cost more than expected and fail to deliver expected business benefits. We’ve found in our years of implementation experience that the term “strategy” is too often missing from the vernacular of CIOs and CFOs about to embark on their ERP implementation strategies. Although not many organizations are particularly good at defining their IT strategies, this is an important step in the process of identifying the best path forward with new ERP software. Below are…
  • SAP Commits to Cloud Foundry & OpenStack for Innovative Development in the Cloud

    SAP
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    SAP SE is committed to an open platform for customers and partners to run their businesses in real time in the cloud. SAP today announced that it has become a sponsor of two key open source communities: Cloud Foundry®, the industry-leading open platform-as-a-service (PaaS), and the OpenStack Foundation, delivering the industry-leading open infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS). In addition, SAP announced new cloud-based developer tools SAP HANA Answers and SAP River Rapid Development Environment. The announcements were made at the O’Reilly OSCON Open Source Convention, held July 20-24 in…
  • Selecting an ERP System That Helps Serve Citizens

    The Consultants' Corner
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:04 am
    A few weeks ago I had an experience with the local DMV which has led me to believe that their current systems are less effective than a Viking battle helmet with the horns on the inside. The dealership told me to go to the DMV, promising that all of the appropriate paper work had already been transferred there. I walk into the dreaded building of sorrow and deceit, hoping everything goes smoothly. When I explain my situation to the clerk, she tells me the dealership never sent over the paperwork. My palm goes straight to my face. DMV: 1 David: 0. Turns out, the paperwork had been sent to the…
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    Firstbiz

  • Irda fines Sahara India Life Insurance Rs 5 lakh for violating norms

    hidden
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    In its response to the charges, Sahara India Life Insurance had acknowledged the non-compliance of Social Sector Obligations for the financial year 2012-13 and also submitted that they had been complying with the said obligations during prior to that.The post Irda fines Sahara India Life Insurance Rs 5 lakh for violating norms appeared first on Firstbiz.
  • July monsoon revival keeps rain above average

    hidden
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:52 am
    A month and half-long weak phase in the monsoon pushed rainfall a quarter below the average so far for the season that started in June. But a revival after mid-July pushed the rain level to above average last week.The post July monsoon revival keeps rain above average appeared first on Firstbiz.
  • From activists to dragon, Sebi getting called all names: Chairman

    hidden
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:26 am
    Recently, a senior industry leader said Sebi was becoming like a dragon for the corporate world, while similar comments have been made in the past also including those accusing Sebi of acting like an activist. The post From activists to dragon, Sebi getting called all names: Chairman appeared first on Firstbiz.
  • Sebi to issue final norms for REITs, Infra Trusts soon: Chairman Sinha

    hidden
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
    Sebi has already announced draft regulations for REITs and InVITs, for which the government also proposed tax benefits during the union budget earlier this month.The post Sebi to issue final norms for REITs, Infra Trusts soon: Chairman Sinha appeared first on Firstbiz.
  • Aviation Min says Chennai airport to be spruced up in 2 weeks, warns action

    hidden
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    Raju also focused on tapping the advertisement potential to generate more revenue for the airport and recommended a review of the maintenance and advertisement contracts.The post Aviation Min says Chennai airport to be spruced up in 2 weeks, warns action appeared first on Firstbiz.
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    Pretzel Logic

  • Discussing Cloud and Digital Transformation in Sydney

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

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

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

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

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

  • No more business process improvement?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Sprint Selects NetCracker OSS to Support Spark

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

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

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

    J. Pullen
    4 Jul 2014 | 4:54 am
    OSS/BSS vendors have been saying for years that there is value in the transactional data their applications store. But so far analysing that data has not been easy nor affordable for many users unwilling to invest in the significant cost of buying add-on data warehousing or Big Data products. This month, Oracle Database In-Memory is released, promising a way to enable a standard Oracle-based OSS/BSS transactional databases to deliver high-performance real time data analytics with the flick of a switch…. Two Types of Database In very broad terms there are two types of database in popular use…
  • Allstream Transforms Service Layer with NetCracker

    J. Pullen
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:36 am
    NetCracker Technology has announced that Allstream, Canada’s all-business communications provider, has agreed to transform its end-to-end order management and service fulfillment capabilities using its comprehensive next-gen innovative NetCracker 9 suite. Allstream is a Canadian leader in IP communications and the only national communications provider that works exclusively with business customers of all sizes with a coast-to-coast national IP fiber network. This agreement adds NetCracker’s Customer Information Management, Service Order Management and Service Inventory solutions to…
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    Ultra Consultants

  • Five Considerations for Justifying an Investment in ERP

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

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

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

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

    Jeff Carr
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    When we think about an “ERP destination” for those companies involved in an active ERP software project, the journey involves leveraging technology to improve business performance. We encourage mid-market manufacturers to set a destination for an improved competitive position and overall business results. During a client engagement, we remind organizations that an ERP project is more than simply selecting a technology solution. Instead it is a platform for improved overall business processes, which in turn leads to increases in productivity, information timeliness and accuracy, better…
 
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    The Investing Edge

  • Anatomy of an Exit: Reflecting on StrikeIron’s Success

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

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

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

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

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

  • ERP Project 101: Challenging ERP Requirements

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

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

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

    Brett Beaubouef
    22 Sep 2013 | 5:28 pm
    How many ERP SaaS offerings are in the market today?  The number depends on who you ask but it is a fair statement to say that all Tier I and the majority of Tier II ERP vendors have a SaaS offering.  A majority of the market and many ERP analysts still take an on-premise approach […]
  • ERP Project 101: Deployment vs Requirements Gathering

    Brett Beaubouef
    31 Aug 2013 | 12:48 pm
    Customers, System implementers and ERP vendors are always looking for ways to accelerate ERP implementations.  One popular approach is to take a phased deployment approach based upon criteria such as location, ERP module or feature set.   Requirements are gathered, validated, and tested based upon a limited scope.  Unfortunately, many ERP projects utilizing this approach result […]
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  • Michael Spayd on Coaching the Agile Enterprise

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

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

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

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

    nwurst@skytap.com
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:11 am
    ​Noel: I recently read a piece of yours on the QAInfoTech blog where you asked, “Is it fair to compare manual and automated test results.” That’s a great question, and one that I imagine could result in a variety of answers, depending on who is being asked the question. What made you want to take a shot at answering this? It’s certainly hotly debated these days.Rajini: Test automation has been in the limelight for the last five years or so. As more teams embrace agile development, test automation usage has increased significantly to cut testing time. However, this is not always the…
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