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  • Bill Gates, Office for Android, Outlook Upgrade: Microsoft Roundup

    InformationWeek:
    Kelly Sheridan
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:05 am
    This week, we analyze Microsoft's earnings call, question Windows 10, listen to Bill Gates, and glimpse at Outlook for iOS and Android.
  • Bill Gates, Office for Android, Outlook Upgrade: Microsoft Roundup

    InformationWeek:
    Kelly Sheridan
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:05 am
    This week, we analyze Microsoft's earnings call, question Windows 10, listen to Bill Gates, and glimpse at Outlook for iOS and Android.
  • OpenStack: Driving The Software-Defined Economy

    Network Computing:
    Jonathan Bryce
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    OpenStack is only one example of the new era of software currently disrupting our established industries.
  • The Business Insider Mark Hurd interview

    deal architect
    vinnie
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Maybe it is the Marshawn Lynch effect – most everyone is squirming this week as the NFL forces him to make mandatory media appearances in the run up to the Super Bowl. But I felt bad for Mark Hurd of...
  • 50 Shades of Right in Software Product Development

    SandHill.com General Feed
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Every product manager strives to build the “right” thing, but right can actually be wrong in a different context. Here are some examples and practical solutions. Keep on reading: 50 Shades of Right in Software Product Development
 
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    Network Computing:

  • OpenStack: Driving The Software-Defined Economy

    Jonathan Bryce
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    OpenStack is only one example of the new era of software currently disrupting our established industries.
  • 4 NFV Myths Debunked

    Mitch Auster
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Network functions virtualization has spawned a number of misconceptions about what it is and how it works. Here's a reality check.
  • WiFi Coaches Keep Super Bowl WLAN In Winning Form

    Lee Badman
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:06 am
    Roam wireless stadium support staff will be lending a hand to Super Bowl fans that can't live without their connection.
  • Half Of Enterprises Worldwide Hit By DDoS Attacks

    Kelly Jackson Higgins
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    New data illustrates how distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks remain a popular attack weapon -- and continue to evolve.
  • 8 Free Online Networking Classes

    Crystal Bedell
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    If you're looking to expand your networking skills, these courses offer instruction on SDN, cloud networking, network optimization, and other topics for free. What's better than that?
 
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  • The Business Insider Mark Hurd interview

    vinnie
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Maybe it is the Marshawn Lynch effect – most everyone is squirming this week as the NFL forces him to make mandatory media appearances in the run up to the Super Bowl. But I felt bad for Mark Hurd of...
  • ERP Excitement

    vinnie
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:56 am
    In the last couple of weeks, in very different settings I have seen the future of ERP. Invited to be part of UNIT4/FinancialForce’s sales kickoff in Madrid, Spain and that of Plex Systems in Troy, MI, I saw wildly enthusiastic...
  • The SAP Fort Knox

    vinnie
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:22 am
    Andrew Nusca at Fortune interviews Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP here. What’s striking is Bill talks incessantly about the “new SAP” : HANA, Ariba, Concur, SuccessFactors, Hybris, Fieldglass, Sybase. The stuff is not exactly new – most of the products...
  • The Real Deal: Bruce Richardson on Why Salesforce Nation is very different

    vinnie
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:14 pm
    This continues a series of columns from practitioners I respect. The category "Real Deal" describes them well. This time it is Bruce Richardson who joined Salesforce in 2011 as the Chief Enterprise Strategist. He may be best known for his...
  • SAP NationCase Studies

    vinnie
    13 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Nearly half the book is customer case studies. They profile 12 strategies across four groupings of customers A) Un-adopters B) Diversifiers C) Pragmatists and D) Committed. They include perspectives from C-Level executives of leading enterprises including: ABS-CBN AstraZeneca Big Hearts...
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    SandHill.com General Feed

  • 50 Shades of Right in Software Product Development

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Every product manager strives to build the “right” thing, but right can actually be wrong in a different context. Here are some examples and practical solutions. Keep on reading: 50 Shades of Right in Software Product Development
  • The Big Bifurcation Battle – CIO Winners and Losers in 2015 and How to Land on the Winning Side

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Not all CEOs will like their results at the end of 2015. Underlying both the good and the bad will be a bifurcation between those that execute modern IT and those that don’t. Here are 10 tips. Keep on reading: The Big Bifurcation Battle – CIO Winners and Losers in 2015 and How to Land on the Winning Side
  • The Problem with Patent Trolls

    25 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    What can businesses do to avoid possible patent infringement? Keep on reading: The Problem with Patent Trolls
  • What Your Organization Needs to Know about Mobile Business Intelligence

    25 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Find out the trends revealed in a recent study, including mobile business intelligence rate of growth and how cloud computing is impacting mobile BI. Keep on reading: What Your Organization Needs to Know about Mobile Business Intelligence
  • Software News Brief – January 26

    25 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Market-share challenges are about to slam some of the biggest players in the software world, according to recent news stories. Here are six places to watch challenges play out. Keep on reading: Software News Brief – January 26
 
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    Hu's Blog

  • z13 a Mainframe Designed for the 3rd Platform

    Hu Yoshida
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:12 pm
                  On January 13 IBM announced the new z13 Mainframe, that was promised to be the most powerful and secure system ever built. The press release made the following claims: First system able to process 2.5 billion transactions per day, built for mobile economy 
– Makes possible real-time encryption on all mobile transactions at scale 
– First mainframe system with embedded analytics providing real time transaction insights 17X faster than compared competitive systems at a fraction of the cost. This system is clearly focused on the…
  • Enter The Brave New World of Storage with HCP S10

    Hu Yoshida
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:44 am
    One of the new features that was introduced in our January Hitachi Content Portfolio Announcement was an Innovative new storage system, the HCP S10, which is designed for the Brave New World of storage that is required for IoT (Internet of Things) where IT, Information Technology, and OT, Operational Technology, come together. The Brave New World Hitachi Content Platform S10 is a new type of storage system that is designed to support the explosion of data that is being driven by Social, Mobile, Analytics, Cloud and the Internet of things. In order to support this new world, storage systems…
  • Extending the Reach of Mobile and Cloud in the Enterprise

    Hu Yoshida
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Most enterprises today, view mobility as a strategic initiative that will increase productivity and efficiency, enrich their business process and enable them to compete in a fast changing world. Mobility is closely tied to cloud. Mobility and cloud have replaced the old, rigid, client server paradigm and opened up a world of new possibilities. Wireless email, calendaring, and contact have become ubiquitous in most enterprises.  While these enterprise applications can be securely managed in a mobile environment, there are a number of other enterprise applications that could benefit from cloud…
  • HCP Raises the Bar for Object storage with Integrated Content Mobility Solutions

    Hu Yoshida
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Today, Hitachi Data Systems is announcing major enhancements to our Hitachi Content platform that raises the bar for object storage. The graphic below shows the breadth and scope of the Hitachi Content Platform with the new enhancements that are highlighted in red. Remote Offices Hitachi Data Ingestor, HDI, which is a file-based gateway for file serving needs at remote/branch offices and on-ramping data to an HCP-based cloud, provides even greater elastic scalability of file storage by managing remote site and cloud storage quotas in a consistent manner from a single interface. This helps…
  • The Growth of Object Storage in 2014

    Hu Yoshida
    14 Jan 2015 | 1:16 pm
    2014 was a year in which there was an increased focus on object storage. Our object storage platform, Hitachi Content Platform (HCP),is part of a tightly integrated  portfolio of HCP (object-based cloud storage), HCP Anywhere (enterprise file sync and share), and the Hitachi Data Ingestor (cloud file gateway). This portfolio saw a tremendous amount of growth as we made some major announcements around mobility and cloud connectivity with HCP. In this post I will summarize how the Object storage market was viewed at the beginning of the year with Gartner’s Critical Capabilities for…
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    Schneier on Security

  • Friday Squid Blogging: Large Squid Washes up on Greek Beach

    schneier
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:15 pm
    No mention of the species, but the photo is a depressing one. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered.
  • Co3 Systems Is Expanding into Europe

    schneier
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:57 pm
    This was supposed to be a secret until the middle of February, but we've been found out. We already have European customers; this is our European office. And, by the way, we're hiring, primarily in the Boston area.
  • Operating a Fake Bank

    schneier
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:49 am
    Here's a story of a fake bank in China -- a real bank, not an online bank -- that stole $32m from depositors over a year. Pro tip: real banks never offer 2%/week interest.
  • Canada Spies on Internet Downloads

    schneier
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:26 am
    Another story from the Snowden documents: According to the documents, the LEVITATION program can monitor downloads in several countries across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and North America. It is led by the Communications Security Establishment, or CSE, Canada's equivalent of the NSA. (The Canadian agency was formerly known as "CSEC" until a recent name change.) CSE finds some 350 "interesting" downloads each month, the presentation notes, a number that amounts to less than 0.0001 per cent of the total collected data. The agency stores details about downloads and uploads to and…
  • Subconscious Keys

    schneier
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:39 am
    I missed this paper when it was first published in 2012: "Neuroscience Meets Cryptography: Designing Crypto Primitives Secure Against Rubber Hose Attacks" Abstract: Cryptographic systems often rely on the secrecy of cryptographic keys given to users. Many schemes, however, cannot resist coercion attacks where the user is forcibly asked by an attacker to reveal the key. These attacks, known as rubber hose cryptanalysis, are often the easiest way to defeat cryptography. We present a defense against coercion attacks using the concept of implicit learning from cognitive psychology. Implicit…
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    Martin Fowler

  • Using oauth for a simple command line script to access Google's data

    Martin Fowler
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:54 am
    I recently needed to write a simple script to pull some data from a Google website. Since I was grabbing some private data, I needed authorize myself to do that. I found it much more work than I expected, not because it's hard, but because there wasn't much documentation there to guide me - I had to puzzle out what path to go based on lots of not particularly relevant documentation. So once I'd figured it out I decided to write a short account of what I'd done, partly in case I need to do this again, and partly to help anyone else who wants to do this. more…
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    Martin Fowler
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:45 am
    Tent Reef, Saba
  • Bliki: DiversityMediocrityIllusion

    Martin Fowler
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:42 am
    I've often been involved in discussions about deliberately increasing the diversity of a group of people. The most common case in software is increasing the proportion of women. Two examples are in hiring and conference speaker rosters where we discuss trying to get the proportion of women to some level that's higher than usual. A common argument against pushing for greater diversity is that it will lower standards, raising the spectre of a diverse but mediocre group. To understand why this is an illusionary concern, I like to consider a little thought experiment. Imagine a giant bucket that…
  • Interview on internet privacy with Erik Dörnenburg, Ola Bini, and Tim Bray

    Martin Fowler
    5 Jan 2015 | 8:26 am
    At goto Aarhus this year, there was a theme on internet privacy. Tim Bray gave a keynote on the state of browsers which touched on this issue and later gave a full conference talk on the state of internet privacy and security. Erik Dörnenburg and I gave a keynote explaining why we feel it is the responsibility of developers to defeat mass surveillance. Our colleague Ola Bini, who is very active in the internet security world himself, felt this was a good opportunity to get all of us together to discuss these issues in an interview.
  • An example of preparatory refactoring

    Martin Fowler
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:43 am
    There are various ways in which refactoring can fit into our programming workflow. One useful notion is that of Preparatory Refactoring. This is where I'm adding a new feature, and I see that the existing code is not structured in such a way that makes adding the feature easy. So first I refactor the code into the structure that makes it easy to add the feature, or as Kent Beck pithily put it "make the change easy, then make the easy change". It always helps to use examples to explain things, and so I took the opportunity when I ran into a case while adding a new feature to my publication…
 
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    EMC Blogs

  • The New Cloud Supply Chain

    29 Jan 2015 | 10:44 am
    I admit I had my obsession with All Things Cloud back in the day. Like so many others, I found the industry move to cloud fascinating on so many levels: new technology models, new operational models, new application models, new consumption models, etc.   I wrote endless, lengthy blog posts attempting to explore every nook and cranny.  Even to this day, the topic continues to intrigue me. One of the things I spent much time considering was what I dubbed the "cloud supply chain".   As an example, supply chains in the physical world are responsible for transforming raw…
  • The Value of Evaluating Data Valuation

    27 Jan 2015 | 10:48 am
    I am looking forward to visiting Cork next week to present to the IT@Cork community. One of the reasons for my visit is to discuss the topics of "Data Value" and "Data Valuation" for the first time.  For years corporations have been restructuring their people, processes, and infrastructure to extract monetary value out of data. New Big Data and Analytic infrastructures are a result of this restructuring. What I plan to talk about is related to this trend. There are more and more use cases in which corporations are assigning and monitoring the economic value of…
  • The Hesitant Entrant

    14 Jan 2015 | 8:09 am
    In 2015 I plan on spending a good deal of time working with aspiring bloggers. My main message to them will be:     If you do it well, your career will take off. As a hesitant entrant into the blogosphere in 2007, I am finding today that the people who are considering blogging still have the same concerns that I did: My manager would rather that I didn't Bloggers are not getting their real work done Blogging is the equivalent of bragging I wouldn't know what to write I'm worried I would make a high-profile mistake that would reflect poorly on myself and my company I…
  • Messaging and Careers

    8 Jan 2015 | 9:57 am
    I work in EMC's Office of the CTO. As part of this team I have visibility into the technology vision of the Corporate CTO (John Roese). Last year I wrote a series of articles that represented his vision publicly. It was a vision that extended from the application bits running on mobile devices right down to the storage bits that live in a data lake. For an overview of last year's vision posts I recommend reviewing the bulleted items found within the Pivotal building block post from last April.  What's the purpose of putting together this messaging and circulating it…
  • 2015 — The 3rd Platform Gets Real For IT

    6 Jan 2015 | 2:01 pm
    I used to regularly do my list of New Year predictions.  My success rate has been reasonable, but this year is different. Why?  Because this year, I believe there is one vastly important trend that will begin to drive more change across the IT landscape than all the other possible candidates combined. And that driving force is the 3rd platform — and the new breed of applications it supports. We’ve all been talking about it for a few years.  It’s not a contentious discussion, although it's been rather abstract for many.  But, in 2015, it shows every sign of…
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    Oracle Bloggers

  • Are Invisible Columns Really Invisible?

    thatjeffsmith
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:21 am
    Today’s question: How are invisible columns treated with DESC, INFO and the GUI equivalent? Super quick, an INVISIBLE column is one that the user doesn’t see. They won’t be able to access it unless they know about it. Security by obscurity? No. Tom Kyte shows a few examples of the features usefulness, especially when adding columns to a table and not breaking any SELECT * FROMs in your code. Of course, you don’t HAVE any SELECT * FROMs in your code, because you’re smart and read blogs and stuff… Oracle-Base has a nice summary of this topic, a new feature in…
  • Thanks, BlueJ: Code Outline for NetBeans

    Geertjan
    31 Jan 2015 | 6:16 am
    And this is why open source software, and the community around it, is so awesome—yesterday I spent some hours with Michael Kölling (read his Wikipedia entry here) while he was visiting here in Amsterdam, who explained to me (aside from many other things we discussed) that BlueJ and NetBeans work together very smoothly and that no plugins are needed for interacting between these tools. That was great to hear, so as soon as I got home I tried it out. He was right. I made a movie about it and posted it on YouTube: <span…
  • API Catalog to Simplify API Management By Mala Ramakrishnan

    JuergenKress
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:28 am
    Oracle is extending its API Management solution with a new product, API Catalog. This will give customers the ability to simplify the publication of API services that are developed in Oracle SOA Suite and other sources. Oracle API Catalog will be part of Oracle's broader API Management solution portfolio. Oracle API Catalog also integrates seamlessly with with Oracle Mobile Suite portfolio of products for mobile enablement. Oracle API Catalog harvests services in Oracle Fusion Middleware to allow one-click publish, submit ratings, or manage re-use across other consuming applications. Oracle's…
  • Link Consulting SOA Suite 12c and BPM Suite 12c Launch in Portugal

    JuergenKress
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:56 am
    On the 7th  October, Link Consulting, in partnership with Oracle, at the Hotel SANA Lisboa – Lisbon -  presented the new 12c versions for BPM Suite and SOA Suite. This event “Introducing Oracle BPM Suite 12 and SOA Suite 12c” had the presence of more than 60 guests, that had the opportunity to get a deep insight about the new 12c versions from BPM Suite and SOA Suite, and about what these innovative solutions can provide to the organizations. One of the high points of this event was the Keynote by Yogesh Sontakke, Principal Product Manager for Integration across Europe, Middle…
  • Create RESTful Services and deploy to Oracle Java Cloud Service with Netbeans by Andreas Koop

    JuergenKress
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:55 am
    In preparation to one of my DOAG 2014 talks „Java WebApps and Services in Oracle Cloud" I created a new trial account for Oracle Java Cloud Service (http://cloud.oracle.com) two weeks ago. Now was the time to create a RESTful Service and deploy it to the cloud and make it accessible to public.  Last time I tried the Oracle Cloud I used exclusively JDeveloper, this time I made my experience with Netbeans. From my point of view Netbeans has pretty good support for generating RESTService from Database tables. In a couple of minutes it is possible to create CRUD Operations and make it…
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    JT on EDM

  • Analytics Capability Landscape: Style-based

    James Taylor
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:26 am
    Copyright © 2015 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorAs part of my recently completed research on the analytic capability landscape, I introduced an approach to selecting analytic capability that is decision-led, role-centric and style-based. I go into the approach more in the research report but I wanted to highlight a few points in a series of blog posts. Finally style-based: With a clear understanding of the decision that is to be improved and the role(s) that will be involved, it is possible to identify the right type of analytic capability that is required. Three elements define analytic…
  • Analytics Capability Landscape: Role-centric

    James Taylor
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:26 am
    Copyright © 2015 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorAs part of my recently completed research on the analytic capability landscape, I introduced an approach to selecting analytic capability that is decision-led, role-centric and style-based. I go into the approach more in the research report but I wanted to highlight a few points in a series of blog posts. Next up role-centric: Decision-making problems can be solved in a variety of ways. The people who will be involved and their roles that will play a part in improving the decision will further constrain and direct the type of analytic…
  • Analytics Capability Landscape: Decision-led

    James Taylor
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:25 am
    Copyright © 2015 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorAs part of my recently completed research on the analytic capability landscape, I introduced an approach to selecting analytic capability that is decision-led, role-centric and style-based. I go into the approach more in the research report but I wanted to highlight a few points in a series of blog posts. First decision-led: Given the focus we saw earlier on decision-making, and in particular the growing focus organization have on using analytics explicitly to improve decision-making, it makes sense to select analytic capabilities in a…
  • First thoughts on the OpenText/Actuate acquisition

    James Taylor
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:37 am
    Copyright © 2015 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorLast week OpenText acquired Actuate and their CEO, Mark Barrenechea, blogged about the acquisition. As Mark says “analytics are a hot technology” so mergers and acquisitions in the analytic space are to be expected. With OpenText‘s focus on Enterprise Information Management and its strong content management capabilities, an analytics firm like Actuate makes good sense. OpenText already had content management, business process management, text discovery, integration and portal/communication tools. Adding a capability to…
  • Analytics Capability Landscape: The importance of decisions

    James Taylor
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:21 am
    Copyright © 2015 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorIt’s clear when you analyze analytic capabilities that there are three main reasons people use analytics: A need to report on some aspect of the organization A need to monitor the organization’s behavior or performance A need for the organization to make data-driven decisions As part of my recently completed research on the analytic capability landscape, we did an interesting straw poll.  We asked those attending a webinar on the topic which of these was the business goal for their analytic efforts today and how did they see that…
 
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    Development & Integration Blogs

  • Enterprises Need More Than Just Anti-Virus

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:19 am
    As I go off consulting for various different organizations, this experience usually now includes the issuing of a corporate laptop as my own company laptop will be locked out of most systems and networks within the customer location. It is interesting to see that desktop builds contain the requisite anti-virus tool but little else in end-point security.
  • Monitoring Cannot Be an Afterthought in Design

    27 Jan 2015 | 7:51 am
    System and Application need to address monitoring functions and requirements during the design phase. Too often these features are bolted on either during or after implementation.
  • Architecture Needed to Monetize APIs

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:05 am
    APIs cannot be allowed to grow out of control to support the increasing number of mobile apps creating a point-to-point accidental architecture with inconsistent essential features such as security.
  • Do Job Titles Kill Innovation

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    I think they can... let's call it job title-itis.
  • Backup and DR Plans Need to Include Hybrid Cloud

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:23 am
    As storage and cloud costs continue to drop, tape backup must be eliminated in favour of hybrid cloud style disaster recovery solutions that will enable systems to have a local backup recovery solution for incidents and a cloud-based replication of data for recovery from more serious incidents.
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    StorageMojo

  • Help StorageMojo find the VMAX 20k’s lost petabytes!

    Robin Harris
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:51 am
    While working on a client configuration for a VMAX 20k – and this may apply to the 40k as well, as I haven’t checked – I encountered something odd: The 20k supports up to 2400 3TB drives, according to the EMC 20k spec sheet. That should be a raw capacity of 7.2PB However, the same spec sheet appears to say that the maximum usable storage capacity – after taking care of formatting overhead, system needs, etc. is ≈2PB. Here’s the table from the spec sheet: Coming at it from other directions, it seems that since the 20k supports four 60 drive enclosures per rack,…
  • Facebook on disaggregation vs. hyperconvergence

    Robin Harris
    6 Jan 2015 | 10:04 am
    Just when everyone agreed that scale-out infrastructure with commodity nodes of tightly-coupled CPU, memory and storage is the way to go, Facebook’s Jeff Qin, a capacity management engineer – in a talk at Storage Visions 2015 – offers an opposing vision: disaggregated racks. One rack for computes, another for memory and a third – and fourth – for storage. The rationale: applications need different amounts of each resource over time. Having thousands of similarly configured servers ignores this fact and leads to substantial – at FB scale – waste.
  • Friday hike blogging: Highline trail

    Robin Harris
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Hike blogging got interrupted by some schedule conflicts and bad weather. Federal district court jury duty was one interruption. Some needed rain and cold temperatures was another. To make up for the lapse, here are two pictures from this week’s hike around Cathedral Rock. Winter is one of my favorite seasons because of the clouds and, sometimes, fog on the rocks. Here’s a shot from early in the hike, looking east to the Mogollon Rim: [click to enlarge] As the 4+ hour hike progressed, the weather improved. This view of Cathedral Rock is looking northwest from the Highline trail in…
  • WD acquires Skyera: whoa!

    Robin Harris
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:43 pm
    The Skyera acquisition could signal a sea change in the relationship between storage device and system makers. It is overdue. Traditionally, device makers avoided competing with their customers. This is what it made Seagate’s acquisition of Xiotech (now X-IO years ago so surprising. StorageMojo was critical of Seagate’s Xiotech acquisition because there were large and profitable intermediate steps that Seagate could’ve taken – which they belatedly have – rather than diving into the array business. Ultimately Xiotech didn’t work out for Seagate. Are things…
  • The 30% solution

    Robin Harris
    2 Dec 2014 | 9:50 am
    The existential battle facing legacy storage vendors is about business models, not technology or features. Market forces – cloud providers and SMBs – are trying to turn a high margin business into a much lower margin business. We have already seen this happen with the servers. Many large minicomputer companies enjoyed 60 to 70% gross margins for years. But then the PC – the new minicomputer – came along with much lower gross margins and much higher volumes. As CPUs, networks and software improved, the PC evolved into the server business we have today. In the process, many…
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    Network Computing:

  • OpenStack: Driving The Software-Defined Economy

    Jonathan Bryce
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    OpenStack is only one example of the new era of software currently disrupting our established industries.
  • 4 NFV Myths Debunked

    Mitch Auster
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Network functions virtualization has spawned a number of misconceptions about what it is and how it works. Here's a reality check.
  • WiFi Coaches Keep Super Bowl WLAN In Winning Form

    Lee Badman
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:06 am
    Roam wireless stadium support staff will be lending a hand to Super Bowl fans that can't live without their connection.
  • Half Of Enterprises Worldwide Hit By DDoS Attacks

    Kelly Jackson Higgins
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    New data illustrates how distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks remain a popular attack weapon -- and continue to evolve.
  • 8 Free Online Networking Classes

    Crystal Bedell
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    If you're looking to expand your networking skills, these courses offer instruction on SDN, cloud networking, network optimization, and other topics for free. What's better than that?
 
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    Network & Infrastructure Blogs

  • Authentication Trends: The promise of of cognitive fingerprinting

    30 Jan 2015 | 7:23 am
    Cognitive fingerprinting, the measure of how users behave when interacting with a device and their writing styles, is emerging as a possible new approach to authentication.
  • Enterprises Need More Than Just Anti-Virus

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:19 am
    As I go off consulting for various different organizations, this experience usually now includes the issuing of a corporate laptop as my own company laptop will be locked out of most systems and networks within the customer location. It is interesting to see that desktop builds contain the requisite anti-virus tool but little else in end-point security.
  • Monitoring Cannot Be an Afterthought in Design

    27 Jan 2015 | 7:51 am
    System and Application need to address monitoring functions and requirements during the design phase. Too often these features are bolted on either during or after implementation.
  • Learn unlearn create destroy- The cycle of a corporations evolution

    27 Jan 2015 | 12:27 am
    What was once mainstream will soon become obsolete. History is replete with innovation disrupting established players. US Steel from once being the market leader to a company that had to file for bankruptcy protection. Retailers like BestBuy and Barnes and Noble from being market leaders are having tough competition from much late entrants in online commerce arena. An interesting research says that
  • Backup and DR Plans Need to Include Hybrid Cloud

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:23 am
    As storage and cloud costs continue to drop, tape backup must be eliminated in favour of hybrid cloud style disaster recovery solutions that will enable systems to have a local backup recovery solution for incidents and a cloud-based replication of data for recovery from more serious incidents.
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    Data Management Blogs

  • Tim Bryce - SYSTEM MISCONCEPTIONS - 1/30/2015

    28 Jan 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Is an information system the same thing as a program or "app"?
  • Learn unlearn create destroy- The cycle of a corporations evolution

    27 Jan 2015 | 12:27 am
    What was once mainstream will soon become obsolete. History is replete with innovation disrupting established players. US Steel from once being the market leader to a company that had to file for bankruptcy protection. Retailers like BestBuy and Barnes and Noble from being market leaders are having tough competition from much late entrants in online commerce arena. An interesting research says that
  • Do Job Titles Kill Innovation

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    I think they can... let's call it job title-itis.
  • Tim Bryce - THE "RIGHT" AND "WRONG" OF DESIGN - 1/21/2015

    20 Jan 2015 | 10:11 pm
    Why we need methodologies to support our work effort.
  • Who are you impacting with your "wake"?

    20 Jan 2015 | 3:49 am
    This last Sunday, a comment that our pastor made reminded me of one of the aspects of my career that I have tried to be very intentional about: mentoring. We all impact and influence those around us and most of us are very aware of our impact on those in our immediate vicinity; however, one aspect that most of us over look is the impact and influence we may have on those that who are not only NOT
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    Enterprise Back Office Blogs

  • What If Bill Belichick Were Your CIO

    30 Jan 2015 | 10:02 am
    There can be no doubt that Bill Belichick is one of the most successful football coaches of all time. As head coach of the New England Patriots he has enjoyed 14 straight winning seasons, made the playoffs 12 times, won the AFC championship 6 times and the Super Bowl 3 times with a chance to win again on Sunday at Super Bowl XLIX. But what if Bill Belichick were your CIO, how well would his leadership
  • What If Pete Carroll Were Your CIO?

    29 Jan 2015 | 10:37 am
    If Pete Carroll were your CIO, the culture might be a little different. As a football coach he has been enormously successful. In many respects Carroll is a ?startup specialist? with an amazing track record of success most notably at USC and the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks are the first team in a decade to return to the NFL Superbowl in back-to-back years. So how would Pete Carroll?s leadership
  • Are you in control of your enterprise mobile app development?

    28 Jan 2015 | 1:01 pm
    The good news is that you can overcome mobile development chaos and get in control of your enterprise mobile app development capabilities. But you wouldn?t know that by listening to many mobile developers speak today. They act like they?re stuck in the year 2001.
  • Enterprises Need More Than Just Anti-Virus

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:19 am
    As I go off consulting for various different organizations, this experience usually now includes the issuing of a corporate laptop as my own company laptop will be locked out of most systems and networks within the customer location. It is interesting to see that desktop builds contain the requisite anti-virus tool but little else in end-point security.
  • Clash of the ERP Project Managers: Change Management or No Change Management?

    28 Jan 2015 | 2:11 am
    In our 2014 Clash of the Titans Report, we outline a quantifiable comparison of SAP, Oracle and Microsoft Dynamics ? the leading ERP vendors in the industry. While this report has helped numerous organizations evaluate and select among these leading ERP systems, it does not necessarily address the role of organizational change management and it?s effect on successful ERP implementations.
 
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  • January 2015 Updates

    MSRC Team
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:24 am
    Today, as part of Update Tuesday, we released eight security updates – one rated Critical and seven rated Important in severity, to address eight unique Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) in Microsoft Windows. We encourage you to apply all of these updates. For more information about this month’s security updates, including the detailed view of the Exploit Index (XI) broken down by each CVE, visit the Microsoft Bulletin Summary webpage. If you are not familiar with how we calculate XI, a full description can be found here. We re-released one Security Bulletin: MS14-080…
  • A Call for Better Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosure

    Chris Betz
    11 Jan 2015 | 6:49 pm
    For years our customers have been in the trenches against cyberattacks in an increasingly complex digital landscape. We’ve been there with you, as have others. And we aren’t going anywhere.  Forces often seek to undermine and disrupt technology and people, attempting to weaken the very devices and services people have come to depend on and trust. Just as malicious acts are planned, so too are counter-measures implemented by companies like Microsoft. These efforts aim to protect everyone against a broad spectrum of activity ranging from phishing scams that focus on socially…
  • Evolving Microsoft's Advance Notification Service in 2015

    Chris Betz
    8 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Our Advance Notification Service (ANS) was created more than a decade ago as part of Update Tuesday to broadly communicate in advance, about the security updates being released for Microsoft products and services each month. Over the years, technology environments and customer needs have evolved, prompting us to evaluate our existing information and distribution channels. This desire to improve is why customers may have seen us introduce myBulletins to provide bulletin reports tailored to customer preferences, discontinue the Deployment Priority matrix in favor of the Exploitability Index,…
  • December 2014 Updates

    MSRC Team
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:26 am
    Today, as part of Update Tuesday, we released seven security updates – three rated Critical and four rated Important in severity, to address 24 unique Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) in Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer (IE), Office and Exchange. We encourage you to apply all of these updates. For more information about this month’s security updates, including the detailed view of the Exploit Index (XI) broken down by each CVE, visit the Microsoft Bulletin Summary webpage. If you are not familiar with how we calculate XI, a full description can be found here. We…
  • Advance Notification Service for the December 2014 Security Bulletin Release

    MSRC Team
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:05 am
    Today, we provide advance notification for the release of seven Security Bulletins. Three of these updates are rated Critical and four are rated as Important in severity. These updates are for Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer (IE), Office and Exchange. As per our monthly process, we’ve scheduled the Security Bulletin release for the second Tuesday of the month, December 9, 2014, at approximately 10 a.m. PDT. Until then, please review the ANS summary page for more information to help you prepare for Security Bulletin testing and deployment. Follow us on Twitter at @MSFTSecResponse…
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    SQLblog.com - The SQL Server blog spot on the web

  • Clustered columnstore index rebuild script–updated

    Greg Low
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:21 pm
    Recently I published a series of blog posts that provided scripts for rebuilding clustered columnstore indexes. Niko Neugebauer sent me a suggested update to the latest version of those scripts and it makes sense. The change will help to filter out row groups that are not compressed and Niko noted that as Microsoft have started to include more objects (like Tombstone values)  into sys.column_store_row_groups in Azure SQLDatabase, he believes that will help to prevent future SQL versions having a problem with the scripts. Sounds good so the latest version is shown below. Thanks Niko ! --…
  • Consulting 101: Viewing the Field

    andyleonard
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:04 pm
    It’s important for a consultant to be able jump into a situation and quickly evaluate and assess the dynamics involved, in order to serve the client efficiently and effectively and economically. While a lot of people dislike military metaphors, there are a lot of good lessons to learn from military thinking. This is one area where military lessons can help, in my opinion. In his book, The Face of Battle , John Keegan writes about a skill: “…best described by the French word formation , aims if not...(read more)
  • SQL Saturday on Monday

    Maria Zakourdaev
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:51 am
    “No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time.” ― Lewis Carroll. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland   The idea to organize SQL Saturday is so exiting and scary at the same time. For me - this is my first SQL Saturday. For SQL Saturday - this is a first time in Israel. All my religious and not so religious friends are energetically making it clear to me that no one will show up on Saturday. Ok, no problem. We are focused and determined. We settle for the only day that has yet to host an SQL Saturday - Monday. From here "SQL Saturday on Monday" is starting to…
  • Hello, World! Encore Edition aka Good-bye, Microsoft

    aspiringgeek
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:52 pm
    Moving On After nearly nine years at Microsoft, I’ve chosen to move on. I’ve accepted a position at Fusion-io—now a SanDisk company—as Worldwide SQL Server Solutions Architect where I’ll be evangelizing, documenting best practices, collaborating directly with the Windows & SQL product teams & other partners, doing cutting-edge performance work, & of course flipping the /faster bit—all things about which I’m passionate—& doing so with the full faith & support of the best enterprise flash company on the planet.  I collaborated closely with several of…
  • Interpreting Communication

    andyleonard
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    One important thing about which to be self-aware is how you interpret communication. Communication is a two-phase commit. The first part lies with the person communicating. She has an idea she wishes to communicate, and she communicates it – in writing or verbally. The second part is with the person (or people) to whom the communication is directed. He has just read her email or is listening to her speak and must now interpret what he’s read or heard. If all goes well, both parties agree on the message...(read more)
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    MySQL Performance Blog

  • OpenStack Live 2015: FAQs on the who, what, where, when, why & how

    Kortney Runyan
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    This April 13-14 Percona is introducing an annual conference called OpenStack Live. I’ve seen a few questions about the new event so decided to help clarify what this show is about and who should attend.Unlike OpenStack Summits, held twice a year and dedicated to primarily to developers, OpenStack Live is an opportunity for OpenStack evaluators and users of all levels to learn from experts on topics such as how to deploy, optimize, and manage OpenStack and the role of MySQL as a crucial technology in this free and open-source cloud computing software platform. A full day of hands-on…
  • GHOST vulnerability (CVE-2015-0235) Percona response

    David Busby
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:40 am
    Cloud security company Qualys announced Tuesday the issues prevalent in glibc since version 2.2 introduced in 2000-11-10 (the complete Qualys announcement may be viewed here). The vulnerability, CVE-2015-0235, has been dubbed “GHOST.”As the announcement from Qualys indicates, it is believed that MySQL and by extension Percona Server are not affected by this issue.Percona is in the process of conducting our own review into the issue related to the Percona Server source code – more information will be released as soon as it is available.In the interim the current advisory is…
  • Multi-threaded replication with MySQL 5.6: Use GTIDs!

    Stephane Combaudon
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    MySQL 5.6 allows you to execute replicated events in parallel as long as data is split across several databases. This feature is named “Multi-Threaded Slave” (MTS) and it is easy to enable by setting slave_parallel_workers to a > 1 value. However if you decide to use MTS without GTIDs, you may run into annoying issues. Let’s look at two of them.Skipping replication errorsWhen replication stops with an error, a frequent approach is to “ignore now and fix later.” This means you will run SET GLOBAL sql_slave_skip_counter=1 to be able to restart replication as…
  • Percona University: Back to school Feb. 12 in Raleigh, N.C.

    Peter Zaitsev
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:01 am
    Percona CEO Peter Zaitsev leads a track at the inaugural Percona University event in Raleigh, N.C. on Jan. 29, 2013.About two years ago we held our first-ever Percona University event in Raleigh, N.C. It was a great success with high attendance and very positive feedback which led us to organize a number of similar educational events in different locations around the world.And next month we’ll be back where it all started. On February 12, Percona University comes to Raleigh – and this time the full-day educational event will be much more cool. What have we changed? Take a look at…
  • Percona Toolkit 2.2.13 is now available

    Hrvoje Matijakovic
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:25 am
    Percona is pleased to announce the availability of Percona Toolkit 2.2.13.  Released January 26, 2015. Percona Toolkit is a collection of advanced command-line tools to perform a variety of MySQL server and system tasks that are too difficult or complex for DBAs to perform manuallyPercona Toolkit, like all Percona software, is free and open source.This release is the current GA (Generally Available) stable release in the 2.2 series. It includes multiple bug fixes for pt-table-checksum with better support for Percona XtraDB Cluster, various other fixes, as well as continued preparation…
 
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    ProjectVRM

  • A pile of VRooMy links

    Doc Searls
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Eventbrite – Edit VRM Day 2015a Monday,  6 April at the Computer History Museum, leading into the next three days of IIW, at the same place. Free. Internet Identity Workshop, aka IIW. Where we’ll have lots of productive VRM sessions. Tuesday to Thursday, 7-9 April. It’s the 20th of these, or the XXth. Should be a good one. Internet Identity Workshop XX #20 – 2015A- Eventbrite Where to register for IIW. How VRM works Dave nails a primary use case: intentcasting. What’s wrong with surge pricing? Dave mentions VRM in the midst nodeStorage now! One of Dave’s…
  • The answer is #CFT: Clouds For Things

    Doc Searls
    17 Jan 2015 | 2:33 am
    My last post asked, How do you maximize the help that companies and customers give each other? My short answer is in the headline above. Let me explain. The house where I’m a guest in London has clouds for all its appliances. All the clouds are physical. Here they are: Here is a closer look at some of them: Each envelope contains installation and instruction manuals, warranty information and other useful stuff. For example, today I used an instruction manual to puzzle out what these symbols on the kitchen’s built-in microwave oven mean: Now let’s say I didn’t have…
  • How do you maximize the help that companies and customers give each other?

    Doc Searls
    17 Jan 2015 | 1:34 am
    I’m not talking just about what companies and customers learn from each other through the sales, service and surveys — the Three S’s. Nor am I talking only about improving the “customer experience,” (a topic that has been buzzing upward over the last few years). I’m talking about how companies and customers help each other out. I mean really help. Constantly. One way, of course, is by talking to each other. There are exemplars of this. Among big companies, Apple leads the way, gathering intelligence though its responsive call center and the Genius bars at…
  • A @United #VRM story with a happy ending

    Doc Searls
    14 Jan 2015 | 1:36 am
    Yesterday I left my iPad on a United airplane and got it back. How it happened is a story of sCRM (social Customer Relationship Management) and VRM (Vendor Relationship Management) at work. The flight was United 934 from Los Angeles to London. When I arrived at around 11am, I did my usual checking around my seat for things easily lost and forgotten: my wallet, passport, earphones, camera, lens cap, phone, iPad, USB and AC power cables and so on. And, as always, I looked under and around the seat and in the seat pocket in front of me. Where I failed was with the seat pocket. The iPad is a…
  • #NewClues and #VRM

    Doc Searls
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:41 pm
    David Weinberger and I posted New Clues on the Cluetrain site this morning. It’s the first new set of clues there in almost sixteen years. (The original went up in Spring of 1999.) The urgency behind New Clues is the retreat of businesses, networks and people into the kinds of silos and walled gardens that the Internet was built to transcend. That transcendence will aways be there; but as more and more of what we do on the Net happens inside GAFTA (Goolge, Apple, Facebook, Twitter and Amazon) and other boxes, the less we create stuff in the wide open spaces, where it can work for…
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    Symantec Connect

  • Hi everyone, I want

    Ajit_Y
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:01 am
    No I need a solution Hi everyone,  I want cleanwipe 12.1.5 took to remove Symantech 12.1.5 from system because when I open symantech it's not opening & in notification area symantech not showing. Please help 10851851
  • forgot password not working !

    ESAIE
    31 Jan 2015 | 4:21 am
    I need a solution Hi Guys, i really need your help, here is the issue: i have forgotten the password for the admin account so i tried to reset by using forgot pasword but it stucks and  i don't receive any mail. Thanks in advance!
  • how much extra time netbackup will take if we enable KMS Encryption

    tarladak
    31 Jan 2015 | 3:26 am
    I need a solution Hi All, We are planning to implement KMS encryption in our environment , We are using netbackup 7.5.0.4 for master server and backup window for the backups is amost full. How much extra data or time netbackup will take if we implement KMS. Looking forward to your suggestions. Regards, Kiran.
  • Symantec Endpoint Encryption - does not appear in "SEE Managed Computers -> Unassigned"

    UFO
    31 Jan 2015 | 2:35 am
    I need a solution After Symantec Endpoint Encryption client been installed no Windows Server 2012 R2 it does not appear in the menu "SEE Managed Computers -> Unassigned". All communication ports open between server and client. From previous experience with SEE clients on Windows 7 - it was there in «SEE Managed Computers -> Unassigned". Any thoughts on this issue?
  • Altris software update agent installation failed.

    MontoN
    31 Jan 2015 | 1:53 am
    I need a solution Dear All, After upgrading Altris patch management server to 7.5 SP1 HF5. We are getting error for installing upgrading the Altris software update agent on client machine and also due to which we are getting error while  running the assement scan. Attaching the cilent logs and screen shot for same. Altiris.zip
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  • Isn’t Life Strange?

    JP
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:23 am
    Isn’t life strange? A turn of the page Can read like before Could we ask for more? Isn’t Life Strange? [J.Lodge] The Moody Blues Seventh Sojourn 1972 The Moody Blues. Good group. Gave me many hours of peaceful enchantment in my youth, even managed to see them “live” a few times in the 80s. Some … Continue reading Isn’t Life Strange?
  • I read the news today oh boy

    JP
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:13 pm
            I read the news today oh boy. Last week I took my family to the Royal Albert Hall to see the latest Cirque de Soleil, Kooza. A great evening’s entertainment in one of my favourite venues. I would go back and see the show again just for the “Wheel of Death”. … Continue reading I read the news today oh boy
  • of smell tests and sanity checks: a weekend wander

    JP
    18 Jan 2015 | 2:46 pm
    The last time I had a cup of coffee was sometime in 2007 or 2008. I was with Om Malik, in a coffee shop in Mission (somewhere near 16th and Guerrero) in San Francisco. The place didn’t serve anything except coffee and water. And I’d already drunk enough water that day, so I tried a decaf. … Continue reading of smell tests and sanity checks: a weekend wander
  • A Saturday slalom through several strands

    JP
    17 Jan 2015 | 11:56 am
    A few days ago, someone whose judgment I trust sent me a link to an Atlantic article. Since then many more have pointed me towards Ian Bogost’s piece, and I would strongly recommend you read it. There are a number of points made by Ian, and it’s best you read them yourself. It deserves not … Continue reading A Saturday slalom through several strands
  • New Clues: Calling on everyone to be Dutiful Individuals

    JP
    11 Jan 2015 | 9:32 am
            I’ve already written about my reaction to New Clues, the latest instalment from Cluetrain authors Doc Searls and David Weinberger; this serves more as a postscript than as anything else. Perhaps it was always there in all of Cluetrain. My sense is that it was. But one thing’s for sure, when … Continue reading New Clues: Calling on everyone to be Dutiful Individuals
 
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    Enterprise Irregulars

  • Why CAC is Usually Irrelevant in Early-ish Stage SaaS Companies (vs. B2C Where It’s Critical)

    Jason M. Lemkin
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:01 am
    I recently meet with a very high-growth “XaaS” company.  Not software as a service, but one that provides some version of humans-as-a-service.  And after huge top-line growth, they were struggling now with CAC.  They’d fueled their hyper growth with a combination of Adwords and Groupons and Facebook Ads and Twitter Cards.  And when that party started to run out, and they had to manage their margins, growth started to plummet. We all get that.  But that ain’t SaaS.  With an S.  That’s just aaS. Nowadays — as my friend and co-investor Christoph Janz of Point Nine…
  • The SAP Fort Knox

    Vinnie Mirchandani
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:23 pm
    Andrew Nusca at Fortune interviews Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP here.  What’s striking is Bill talks incessantly about the “new SAP” : HANA, Ariba, Concur, SuccessFactors, Hybris, Fieldglass, Sybase. The stuff is not exactly new – most of the products are decades old, but they are new to SAP and Bill is clearly enamored with them.  He looks forward to taking a piece of the network economy each represents. His CFO has been quoted as saying “For me, the big charm comes in scaling the network. We can make money while we sleep and I like that model a lot.” This is so different from…
  • How to Ensure Your First 2 Sales Reps Actually Work Out

    Jason M. Lemkin
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:22 pm
    A long-time reader, first time caller recently wrote in to ask a question that pretty much everyone asks some variant of: If you had to force rank these items in terms of what we should primarily be looking for in these first sales reps, how would you rank them? - has sold SaaS before (as opposed to selling media/ads, or some other product) - has sold something of a similar size ticket/ACV (ours is high..$150k-350k ACV) - has sold something to the same kinds of companies we are going after - has worked in a startup situation before Thanks again, have a great weekend.” These are the right…
  • The Silent Rise of Chat in Customer Service Adoption

    Esteban Kolsky
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:36 am
    Continuing on the delivery of the early insights into the third version of the customer service adoption and usage study we are conducting with our friends at KANA, A Verint Company (the summary of early findings is here, and the findings on social can be found here, mobile here, and operationalization of customer service here) I’d like to explore the rise of chat in contact centers. Chat has had a love-hate relationship in the contact center since its early days in the late 1990s.  Early on touted as the replacement for the telephone (with many advantages over it) due to the low-latency…
  • Time to Drill Deeper

    Denis Pombriant
    28 Jan 2015 | 9:11 am
    No, this is not an article about fracking, drilling for gas and oil in shale. This is about drilling down into big data. We’ve been using the term for a long time and it provides a useful metaphor for data analysis. But we’ve conditioned ourselves to think of drilling down only to a superficial degree and that needs a rethink. When data wasn’t big and analytics relied on less robust hardware we were only able to scratch the surface of our data, a practice that survives to this day. Scratching often means looking for insights only at the end of business processes. So for example, we look…
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    Mzinga Insights

  • Mzinga Named a 2015 Top 20 Content Authoring Tool Company by TrainingIndustry

    21 Jan 2015 | 7:15 am
    Mzinga ‘s strength in content authoring is recognized by the experts in Training Burlington, MA – January 21, 2015 – Mzinga® (http://www.mzinga.com), a leading provider of enterprise social software solutions and services serving the learning, marketing and customer experience markets, today announced it was selected as a 2015 Top Learning Content Authoring Tool Company by TrainingIndustry.com. “The Authoring Tools technology companies in our 2015 list not only provide developers with a robust tool set, but often surround those great tools with exemplary support services. As…
  • When Public Figures Try to be Anonymous: The Huppenthal Case

    14 Jan 2015 | 10:12 am
    Last year, then-state schools Superintendent John Huppenthal of Tucson, Arizona admitted that he made numerous anonymous comments on political blogs over a period of over three years, calling those receiving welfare payments "lazy pigs," stating that Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger was responsible for feeding 16 million African-Americans into abortion mills, and comparing Mexican-American studies programs in schools to the Ku-Klux-Klan.  When the posts, made using Department of Education computers, were discovered to be his (as reported in the Blog For Arizona), Huppenthal…
  • Mzinga discusses “The Value of Corporate Social” with TMCnet

    8 Jan 2015 | 7:11 am
    Mae Kowalke - a contributing writing for TMCnet, recently published a summary of Mzinga's view on the value of Corporate Social Software in their Call Center Community.  Here's a key excerpt:Bridging the gap between formal learning and the social learning that already is occurring within a business can help develop a firm’s workforce talent. It can maximize the value of corporate learning programs with the combination of enterprise learning and performance technologies and social business software to create an engaging, multi-faceted learner experience that mirrors the way people really…
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  • The Business Insider Mark Hurd interview

    vinnie
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Maybe it is the Marshawn Lynch effect – most everyone is squirming this week as the NFL forces him to make mandatory media appearances in the run up to the Super Bowl. But I felt bad for Mark Hurd of...
  • ERP Excitement

    vinnie
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:56 am
    In the last couple of weeks, in very different settings I have seen the future of ERP. Invited to be part of UNIT4/FinancialForce’s sales kickoff in Madrid, Spain and that of Plex Systems in Troy, MI, I saw wildly enthusiastic...
  • The SAP Fort Knox

    vinnie
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:22 am
    Andrew Nusca at Fortune interviews Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP here. What’s striking is Bill talks incessantly about the “new SAP” : HANA, Ariba, Concur, SuccessFactors, Hybris, Fieldglass, Sybase. The stuff is not exactly new – most of the products...
  • The Real Deal: Bruce Richardson on Why Salesforce Nation is very different

    vinnie
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:14 pm
    This continues a series of columns from practitioners I respect. The category "Real Deal" describes them well. This time it is Bruce Richardson who joined Salesforce in 2011 as the Chief Enterprise Strategist. He may be best known for his...
  • SAP NationCase Studies

    vinnie
    13 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Nearly half the book is customer case studies. They profile 12 strategies across four groupings of customers A) Un-adopters B) Diversifiers C) Pragmatists and D) Committed. They include perspectives from C-Level executives of leading enterprises including: ABS-CBN AstraZeneca Big Hearts...
 
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    Chuck's Blog

  • The New Cloud Supply Chain

    Chuck Hollis
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:44 am
    I admit I had my obsession with All Things Cloud back in the day. Like so many others, I found the industry move to cloud fascinating on so many levels: new technology models, new operational models, new application models, new consumption models, etc.   I wrote endless, lengthy blog posts attempting to explore every nook and cranny.  Even to this day, the topic continues to intrigue me. One of the things I spent much time considering was what I dubbed the "cloud supply chain".   As an example, supply chains in the physical world are responsible for transforming raw…
  • 2015 — The 3rd Platform Gets Real For IT

    Chuck Hollis
    6 Jan 2015 | 2:01 pm
    I used to regularly do my list of New Year predictions.  My success rate has been reasonable, but this year is different. Why?  Because this year, I believe there is one vastly important trend that will begin to drive more change across the IT landscape than all the other possible candidates combined. And that driving force is the 3rd platform — and the new breed of applications it supports. We’ve all been talking about it for a few years.  It’s not a contentious discussion, although it's been rather abstract for many.  But, in 2015, it shows every sign of…
  • Let's Talk Software-Defined Storage?

    Chuck Hollis
    4 Dec 2014 | 11:51 am
    Just a quick note? Next Tuesday Dec 10th at 12noon eastern, I'll be hosting a webinar entitled "Software-Defined Storage: An Enterprise Architect's Perspective" over on BrightTalk.   My goal is simple: share some of the big ideas, and how they're different than the storage we know and love today.   Useful for those who haven't wanted to wade through my extended series ... I'll be running through some high-level slides, but what I'm hoping for is that a few of you show up and ask interesting questions.  I won't be getting overly technical, unless you want me to ... That's the…
  • EVO: RAIL, VSAN and NetApp

    Chuck Hollis
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    Yesterday morning, there was an interesting announcement: NetApp’s intent to sell EVO: RAIL bundled/integrated with their FAS storage array products. “Hmm, makes total sense” I thought over my morning coffee. But the level of resulting confusion on the interwebs was exceptional.   So I thought I’d share my personal opinions as to what’s going on here, and why I think it makes sense. A Little Background? Our story starts with VSAN (specifically VMware Virtual SAN), a software-only storage product from that is deeply integrated with vSphere. Although many industry-watchers think…
  • Kernel Integration: It’s A Matter Of Degree

    Chuck Hollis
    2 Dec 2014 | 9:18 pm
    I suppose I asked for it. Way back when VSAN was introduced, I wrote how its deep integration with the vSphere kernel and software stack gave it some pretty interesting advantages — especially as compared to any storage software that ran in a guest OS. I sparked a bit of a debate, but that's normal :) Well, VMware is not the kind of company that wants to preclude deep, value-added integration with vSphere, so I knew it was only a matter of time until one or more storage software vendors could claim that, yes, they too were “kernel integrated” with vSphere — at least, to some degree.
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    The Enterprise Architect

  • The rise of Rapid Application Delivery through Model-Driven PaaS

    Johan Den Haan
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Last month I was in Barcelona at the HP Discover conference and I followed the coverage of DockerCon a bit as well. Two conferences, the first from one of the largest tech companies on the planet, a company which inception was one of the triggers of the start of what we now call Silicon Valley. The second conference organized by a relatively new company that you could consider a far offspring of that same inception. What struck me was how similar they both are in their focus on open source ecosystems (e.g. OpenStack, Cloud Foundry, Docker). But what really excites me is their similar journey…
  • PaaS is lacking a vision on application development

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

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

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

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

  • Microsoft Wants to Improve Your Mobile Email Experience with the New Outlook for iOS and Android

    Paul Cunningham
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:04 am
    Microsoft has launched Outlook for iOS and Android, a new mobile email client that is available for iOS and Android devices. This new app will replace the OWA for Devices app which remains available for now while Outlook for iOS and Android is developed and improved further. The launch of Outlook for iOS and Android has stirred up some controversy around security and the way that the application and its back-end infrastructure handle user credentials. I want to go into this further here, but first let’s briefly look at the application itself. Managing Email, Not Just Accessing Email A…
  • How to Block or Quarantine the Outlook for iOS and Android App in Exchange Server and Office 365

    Paul Cunningham
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:08 pm
    Microsoft has released the Outlook for iOS and Android app, which is intended to replace the OWA for Devices mobile client on Apple iOS and Google Android smartphones and tablets. The Outlook for iOS and Android app is essentially another ActiveSync client for connecting mobile devices to Exchange and Office 365. It also supports other mail services like Outlook.com. For some organizations there are a number of security and compliance concerns with the way the new Outlook for iOS and Android app functions that will mean those organizations will want to block or quarantine the app from…
  • Amazon Enters the Cloud Email Race with WorkMail

    Paul Cunningham
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:12 pm
    Interesting news out of Amazon Web Services (AWS) this week with the announcement of WorkMail, Amazon’s cloud email service for businesses. On-premises email has many players competing but the cloud is mostly a two horse race between Microsoft Office 365 and Google Apps for Business. A big player like AWS entering the race is something to pay attention to. Looking at the details of the announcement is seems that AWS is ticking most of the important boxes: Location control – choose the AWS region where you want your WorkMail hosted. Currently this is limited to the US East and…
  • Exchange Server 2010 Reaches the End of Mainstream Support

    Paul Cunningham
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:22 pm
    This week, 13th January 2015 to be precise, marks the end of mainstream support for Exchange Server 2010. The product now enters the extended support phase, which will end in January 2020. What does this mean for customers? The best explanation of mainstream vs extended support comes from Microsoft’s own Support Lifecycle FAQ page. As you can see Microsoft will still provide security updates for Exchange Server 2010 (as long as you’re on the supported service pack level, which is Service Pack 3), however they will no longer be providing non-security updates (without an Extended…
  • Office 365 ProvisioningFailedException: Failed to Update One of the Recipient Properties

    Paul Cunningham
    14 Jan 2015 | 5:56 pm
    During an Office 365 migration (cutover migration in this case) you may encounter an error message on one or more of the users that is automatically provisioned for you in the cloud: ProvisioningFailedException: Failed to update one of the recipient properties. Unfortunately the error message and report give no further details about exactly which recipient property failed to update. And some searches online also turned up no specific information about this error. However, on inspection of the properties of the failed users I noticed that they had some issues. For example, the list of send on…
 
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    Socialcast | Enterprise Social Network Platform

  • Feature Updates: January 2015

    Samantha Lee
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:31 pm
    The Socialcast team is proud to introduce the highly anticipated ‘Share’ and ‘Skills Finder’ feature this month. We are also continuing to enhance our External Contributor feature from both a usability and administrative perspective. Read more about our updates for January* below: 1. Share Interesting or important posts within the Stream can stir up lots of conversation, and sometimes you may want to continue that dialogue amongst a different network of colleagues, such as your followers, a specific group, or an individual. With our new “Share” feature, users can…
  • Feature Updates: December 2014

    Samantha Lee
    30 Dec 2014 | 2:03 pm
    To close out 2014, we have some great feature additions and enhancements, including a Town Hall Calendar integration and updates to our External Contributor feature. Collaborating with vendors, contractors, or customers in a secure and private setting couldn’t get easier. Check out Socialcast’s newest updates for the month of December* and let us know what you think! 1. Town Hall Calendar Integration Town Halls are a great way to bring executives and employees together in a moderated, real-time conversation inside your Socialcast community. Regardless of the topic, a Town Hall would…
  • Feature Updates: November 2014

    Samantha Lee
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Check out Socialcast’s newest feature additions, fixes, and updates for the month of November*: 1. New Message Notification in Stream Real-time updates of the Socialcast stream are great at keeping you informed with timely information, but they can also be disruptive in a highly active community. In the past, you may have gotten frustrated when you were deeply engrossed in a long thread and the stream jumped once a new message got posted, forcing you to lose your spot.Good news! We have eliminated this stream bounciness and will now maintain your position in the stream after you’ve…
  • Ending Support for Desktop App, Outlook Plugin, and BlackBerry Mobile App

    Samantha Lee
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Starting February 28th, 2015, we will no longer support the Socialcast Desktop App, Outlook Plugin, and BlackBerry Mobile App and these apps will no longer be available for download. Users who have previously installed versions of these apps will still be able to use them; however, we will cease development and support efforts. We came to this difficult decision after evaluating our usage data, where we observed that a very small percentage of Socialcast users actually utilize these apps. We decided that we would like to invest our resources into developing features that drive more value to…
  • Feature Updates: October 2014

    Samantha Lee
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Check out Socialcast’s newest feature additions, fixes, and updates for the month of October*: 1. Exposed Additional Settings in Group and Town Hall Creation Dialog Over the last few months, we received many requests for some additional features when creating new Socialcast Groups or Town Halls. Many of these features already existed but were hidden behind a ‘show more’ link in each respective new creation dialog and hard for users to find. For example, the option to “Allow members to see questions before they have been answered by a speaker” for Town Halls and the option to…
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    Panorama Consulting Solutions

  • Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning and Performance Management Cloud Are Platforms of Choice for CFOs

    Oracle Corporation
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:57 pm
    More than 600 customers have selected Oracle’s rich, integrated suite of cloud services to drive growth and innovation Redwood Shores, Calif. – January 30, 2015 – In Q2 FY2015, quarterly sales for Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning Cloud (Oracle ERP Cloud) and Oracle Enterprise Performance Management Cloud (Oracle EPM Cloud) increased by 80 percent. This growth reiterates customers’ confidence that Oracle is best positioned to offer CFOs a complete, integrated suite of financial management, procurement, projects, and performance management cloud services, all designed to work…
  • When the CEO Says No to New ERP Software

    The Consultants' Corner
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:04 am
    You know that your organization’s business processes are inefficient, but your boss just said “no” to your plea for new ERP software.  What do you do? First, ask yourself, how did you propose the idea to your boss?  Was there a compelling vision for the system that is consistent with your organization’s vision? Did you speak in terms of business value? CEOs typically have a vision of how their organization should run, and this vision is based on business value. They may also have pressures from the board of directors or have private equity to meet financial objectives. ERP systems…
  • The City & Guilds Group Selects UNIT4 Agresso Cloud ERP to Empower Employees

    UNIT4
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:51 am
    To underpin human resources and projects shared services Embraces social, mobile, analytic and cloud technology as part of digital strategy Designed to enable the group to manage constant change across four constituent parts Bristol, UK & Utrecht, Netherlands, January 29, 2015 – UNIT4, the global leader in software that supports business change, today announced that the City & Guilds Group has purchased a UNIT4 Agresso ERP cloud deployment as part of its strategy to provide digital platforms to staff and to support growth across its four divisions – City & Guilds UK, City…
  • YouTube: Top Ten Predictions for the ERP Industry in 2015 – Part 3

    Panorama Consulting Solutions
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:02 am
    This webinar clip covers two of the top ten predictions for the ERP industry as presented by ERP experts, Eric Kimberling of Panorama and Michael Krigsman of ZDNet and CxOTalk. Check back next Thursday for the next installment of this mini series. The full webinar recording is available here: Top Ten Predicitons for the ERP Industry in 2015. For more YouTube videos and webinar clips, visit our YouTube Channel.
  • Developing a Successful Public Sector IT Strategy

    The Consultants' Corner
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:04 am
    A number of government organizations are considering the idea of merging internal IT departments and infrastructure by sharing service arrangements. There are financial savings and potential operational advantages to this approach. Relying on one, centralized IT organization ensures improved performance, better security measures and synergistic resilience. Due to budget pressures, changing work habits and citizens’ expectations, public sector organizations are being pressured to be more mobile, adaptable and capable. “Cheeks in seats” is no longer the only option for public sector…
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    brenda michelson

  • Want better answers? Ask better questions.

    brenda michelson
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Some years ago, I was engaged in a discussion with leadership peers on tackling a particularly challenging issue that seemingly had no answer to satisfy the trifecta of ambitions, resource constraints and ability to execute. We’ve all been in this meeting. You circle until one of two things happens. Some person or faction gives in, by scaling back the stated ambitions or pouring money into the constraints. Or, time runs out and you adjourn with the promise to think it over, independently. Forgotten, the minute another fire crosses your threshold (or screen). Occasionally, something else…
  • Link: Why Nordstrom’s Digital Strategy Works (and Yours Probably Doesn’t) – HBR

    brenda michelson
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:10 am
    From the esteemed Jeanne W. Ross on studying customer obsessed, digitally ambitious Nordstrom: DON’T: Only a small percentage of companies will gain competitive advantage from [social, mobile, analytics, cloud, and internet of things] SMACIT technologies. Those that do will focus less on the individual technologies and more on how they rally all those technologies, in unison, to fulfill a distinctive purpose. We don’t mean a generic, high-concept purpose like “generating shareholder value.” Instead, we mean something much more down-to-earth – a strategic focus that directs their…
  • Connective thinking is rare, crucial – 1959 Essay by Isaac Asimov on Creativity

    brenda michelson
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Connective thinking ability cited as key trait in newly published Isaac Asimov essay on Creativity: But what if the same earth-shaking idea occurred to two men, simultaneously and independently? Perhaps, the common factors involved would be illuminating. Consider the theory of evolution by natural selection, independently created by Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace. There is a great deal in common there. Both traveled to far places, observing strange species of plants and animals and the manner in which they varied from place to place. Both were keenly interested in finding an explanation…
  • Links: Making the case for polymaths

    brenda michelson
    17 Mar 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Not everyone can be a specialist, and that’s a good thing. Four good sources on why we still need polymaths (generalists, versatility) in an age of increasing specialization, and complexity. For natural polymaths, check out the bonus link on Maya Angelou, and then proceed as wired. THE LAST DAYS OF THE POLYMATH | More Intelligent Life “The question is whether their loss has affected the course of human thought. Polymaths possess something that monomaths do not. Time and again, innovations come from a fresh eye or from another discipline. Most scientists devote their careers to…
  • The future belongs to systems thinkers

    brenda michelson
    20 Jan 2014 | 9:14 am
    I’ve often said the future belongs to the dot-connectors. Webber’s Rule of Thumb #7, the System is the Solution, describes it perfectly: My point is that embedded in every company, in every organization, is a system. When you see the system and not just the individual pieces you increase your chances of winning. Most people look at a company and see the organization chart. Or the pyramid of functions. Or the products and services the company offers as output. Systems thinkers see the relationships, not the functions. They see the processes, not the stand-alone components or the…
 
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    Pretzel Logic - @sameerpatel

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

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

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

    Sameer Patel
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:18 am
    This one is personal. For me and everyone on our team. IDC has just named SAP a leader in Enterprise Social Software and it represents another big milestone. In the Spring of 2012 soon after I joined SAP, my product and sales teams gathered at a little motel off a Atlanta highway to white board how we would enter the market and become a leader in the cloud collaboration software business. SAP wasn’t known for collaboration software and we were 6 years late to this growing SaaS category. We charted out a war plan to create what we called high-velocity high-value growth but the kind that…
  • The Dollar Shave Club of Everything

    Sameer Patel
    30 Nov 2014 | 9:48 am
    Summary: Whilst technology has significantly brought costs of production and distribution down, for consumers or businesses the cost of goods we procure has remained as high as ever. But that’s about to change. The systematic dismantling of unit cost economics of existing markets across many industries is now underway. Jonathan Rothberg has raised $100 million to make medical imaging as cheap as a stethoscope, summarizing his invention as “A scanner the size of an iPhone that you could hold up to a person’s chest and see a vivid, moving, 3-D image of what’s inside”…
  • The Emerging Networks of Record

    Sameer Patel
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:12 pm
    The distinction between Geoffrey Moore’s Systems of Record and Systems of Engagement concepts is a hot topic amongst organizational leaders today. A quick primer, courtesy Wikipedia: Whilst a system of record (SOR) is the authoritative data source for a given data element (e.g. CRM, ERP and Supply Chain Management), systems of engagement (SOE) “focus on people, not processes”. Texting, Twitter, Facebook and other forms of customer communities are cited as examples of the latter. Whilst the pundits duke it out about what’s more important between the two, entire…
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    OSS Line

  • Telenor Sweden Selects MYCOM OSI for Network Performance Management

    J. Pullen
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:07 am
    NIMS-PrOptima beats competition to deliver single unified system across multiple network domains. MYCOM OSI has announced that the NIMS-PrOptima Service and Network Performance Management platform has been selected by Telenor Sweden to manage the performance of its mobile and fixed networks. Telenor Sweden’s strategy requires a new performance management solution to gather and use data from various network domains including RAN, CS Core, PS Core, VAS, IP and Probes. Telenor Sweden required the solution to be simple to use, enabling users to quickly analyze network performance with minimal…
  • Amdocs Enters Into Five-Year Managed Services Contract With U.S. Cellular

    J. Pullen
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Service provider expands Amdocs relationship with applications, billing operations and infrastructure support services contract, including Order-to-Activation. Amdocs has announced that U.S. Cellular, the fifth largest wireless carrier in the United States, has entered into an agreement with Amdocs to manage the operations of a range of its business and operational support systems (B/OSS). The five-year agreement covers key B/OSS areas including service activation, customer care and retail interaction, as well as billing for both business and retail customers. Amdocs will provide 24/7…
  • NetCracker Real-Time Analytics Solution Wins Award

    J. Pullen
    29 Jan 2015 | 2:16 pm
    NetCracker Technology has announced that its Real-Time Analytics solution received the award for the Best Analytics for Network Management at the Broadband Traffic Management Summit hosted by Informa. This award highlights NetCracker’s expertise in the communications market and its understanding of the importance of real-time information management capabilities, which rank high on the list of priorities for service providers around the world. The NetCracker Real-Time Analytics solution can manage large volumes of continuous traffic on a single commodity server. It enables communications…
  • Is Cisco Going Soft?

    J. Pullen
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:49 am
    With Cisco due to announce its business strategy this month, Mitch Wagner at LightReading speculates that a radical shift to software is on the cards. How can a traditional box-shifter like Cisco achieve such a transformation? In an excellent bit of analysis, Mitch Wagner asserts that 2015 may well be the year that sees Cisco start the transition from a hardware to software company. This is a trend among the IP vendor industry where big, expensive, proprietary routers and switches are set to be displaced by commodity hardware and centralised management by emerging NFV and SDN standards.
  • C Spire Selects Centina Systems for Strategic Service Assurance

    J. Pullen
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:12 am
    Centina Systems, a leading provider in service assurance analytics and network performance management solutions for CSPs worldwide, has announced that C Spire will deploy its NetOmnia suite of solutions for service assurance. This will include real-time end-to-end network visibility for improved troubleshooting and problem resolution. C Spire offers Triple Play services to residential customers along with a suite of fixed and wireless services to businesses and backhaul network services to wireless carriers in the southeastern U.S. C Spire, which also operates the nation’s largest privately…
 
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    Ultra Consultants

  • QAD Vendor Briefing Part 1: An Introduction to QAD ERP

    Analiese Trimber
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:06 am
    As an independent ERP consultant, Ultra places a high priority on staying up to date on the capabilities, product offerings, and general updates of the big vendors. To make sure we’re always prepared for our clients, Ultra hosts briefings with the vendors we work with most on a regular basis. A few weeks ago, Ultra had the pleasure of meeting with QAD at their headquarters in Santa Barbara, CA to learn everything there is to know about QAD ERP. QAD: The Basics Founded in 1979, QAD has been run by CEO President and Chairman Pam Lopker for the past 35 years. QAD focuses on the needs of…
  • Ultra’s Five Factors for a Successful International ERP Project

    George Trudell
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:24 am
    The “Five Factors of Success” are a differentiation point, both in the USA and internationally. ERP engagements conducted internationally, or outside of North America, can be a game changer for any company, and require different emphases on certain factors in comparison to projects conducted nationally. Oftentimes, the risks are higher in international ERP projects. All ERP system selections are fraught with uncertainty, risks, project timeline starts and stops, people changing, change management, etc., and these factors are heightened when you involve international companies,…
  • Project Management and Group #2: The Planning Process Group

    Dennis Gilhooley, Jr.
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:17 am
    As the next post in our Project Management series, we will discuss the second of the five process groups: Planning. As a reminder, the five process groups are: Initiating Process Group, Planning Process Group, Executing Process Group, Monitoring Process Group, and Closing Process Group. The primary purpose of the planning process group is to define and refine project objectives in order to plan and select the best course of action to attain these objectives. This plan is also known as the Project Management Plan, a top-level course of action that describes how to manage the project or phase.
  • On a Mission to Find the Best ERP for Industrial Supply Companies? Here’s What You Need to Know

    Martin Moor
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:14 am
    Many manufacturing firms in the Industrial Supply market are facing the pressure of reducing costs and delivery times, yet are requested to increase product quality and the breadth of product offerings at the same time. This alone is quite a challenge, but in addition, add a company’s desire for continuous improvement in processes and profit margins and you have an exciting and challenging opportunity. Successful projects resulting in the best ERP for Industrial Supply companies will address these critical concerns. ERP is More Than Functionality and Price Point One thing to especially keep…
  • Planning for ERP in 2015? Here’s Your Guidebook

    Analiese Trimber
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:52 am
    The manufacturing industry is one that is always changing, and the software that runs it is no exception. With a new year brings new ways to prepare for ERP and business process improvement (BPI) in the workplace, and we at Ultra Consultants are here to provide you with everything you need to know about ERP in 2015. First of all, we recognize deciding whether to go through with an ERP project is one of the most challenging decisions a company will make. This is primarily true because there are so many aspects of the decision that are constantly changing. Being up to date on the software…
 
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    The Investing Edge

  • Retro Chic: The IoT Means Hardware Engineers Are Cool Again

    Eric B. Schultz
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:23 pm
    In the beginning there were Military Engineers who built bridges and designed fortifications. When peacetime came, some headed to dig in the mines and others to build roads, canals and cities. For the first 50 years of the 19th century, engineers came in five basic flavors: Military, Mining, and Civil, and with the rise of steam, Naval and Railroad. In those same 50 years, however, the world began to mechanize–everything from cotton gins and reapers to textile mills and firearms. The force in this new world was the “mechanic,” a craftsman, businessman and America’s first…
  • Why the Northeast is Best for Enterprise IT Investing

    Matt Fates
    8 Jan 2015 | 6:31 am
    A recent look at 2015 innovations trends by IDC shows significant growth in nearly every area impacting enterprise IT – including cloud, big data and analytics, mobile and internet of things. In fact, cloud services, a hotbed of activity in 2014, will likely accelerate in 2015 with $118 billion in spending on the greater cloud ecosystem. As the topic rises to a new level this year and the industry approaches a massive tipping point born out of necessity and opportunity, investors are continuing to pour money into new startups.  Regionally, the west coast has long had a healthy share of…
  • How the Internet of Things Can Improve Environmental Sustainability

    Christopher W. Dick
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:49 pm
    I’m a graduate of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell and sit on the board of Change is Simple, a non-profit devoted to educating the next generation to become thoughtful and aware of environmental issues and social responsibility. I also surf as frequently as possible, when I can find free time, literally immersing myself as often as I can in the power of nature. Lately, my personal interest in environmental sustainability has been intersecting with my professional interest in the Internet of Things, or IoT, where we are seeing a tremendous amount of new deal activity…
  • The new normal: Cloud, it’s not just early adopters anymore Part II

    Matt Fates
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:23 am
    In our last blog post , we referenced an IDG study suggesting that in the past two years, the percentage of enterprises with either applications or infrastructure running in the cloud has gone from just 12 percent to an enormous 69 percent. This post will discuss why. Business Insider recently reported that a gigabyte’s worth of storage on a hard drive cost more than $9,000 in 1993, but a mere 4 cents in 2013. In cloud computing, this is being called the “the race to zero.” As the level of usage and adoption rises and storage becomes cheaper, competition has skyrocketed causing massive…
  • The new normal: Cloud, it’s not just early adopters anymore: Part I

    Matt Fates
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:50 am
    With last month’s sold out AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas and the jam-packed media frenzy around cloud industry announcements, it’s clear that “the cloud” continues to drive enormous PR and marketing spend. Conversations with IT decision makers across companies large and small, within many different industries, indicate that the level of adoption advanced significantly in 2014. Not only are the vast majority of companies now using numerous SaaS applications, but mission critical IT resources are increasingly moving to cloud platforms. With this momentum, it seems 2015 will be…
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    All Channels

  • Skytap’s New VP of Talent Ready to Share “Seattle’s Best Kept Secret”

    nwurst@skytap.com
    30 Jan 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Skytap's new VP of Talent has fascinating stories to tell and some outstanding advice for landing a job in one of the most competitive software development markets in the world—Seattle. Jill brings a wealth of experience to Skytap and will play a key role in our search for top talent looking to make a real impact in the world of cloud computing. We sat down with Jill to welcome her to the team, to learn about her career path, and to hear her advice for those who are ready to make the next step in their own careers. Noel: Hello, Jill! Will you take a minute to introduce yourself, and…
  • Guest Post: Beyond Big Data and Benioff’s “AI Spring” to the Dawn of Dataware

    nwurst@skytap.com
    16 Jan 2015 | 10:49 am
    This article was authored by Matt McIlwain and was originally published on Medium. For more of Matt's writing, you can follow him here! Big Data, AI, Machine Learning, Hadoop, Predictive Analytics — we hear these terms every day from companies such as Cloudera, Trifacta and Dato (formerly GraphLab) that are securing many millions in financing. I believe that 2015 will be the year when the conversation moves from Big Data to the Dataware stack. Over the past twelve months we have seen a lot of companies across the big data spectrum emerge and while the language can be the same, there are…
  • Deck the Halls with Walls of Metrics

    nwurst@skytap.com
    2 Jan 2015 | 7:38 am
    For some, the holiday season is a time to show gratitude. Others spend time with those they hold dear. Or maybe, it is a time to reflect upon the previous year, and look at the year ahead. Or, just clean out the house and donate all that stuff you didn’t need all year. These are all great reasons for the season. Here at Skytap, we'd like to take this opportunity to look at some of the colored lights that "deck our halls" in the form of Skytap customer metrics.Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-cloudCustomers who visit us often stop in the halls to gaze at these Skytap monitors that track the global…
  • The Ethics of Cloud Computing - Part 3

    nwurst@skytap.com
    30 Dec 2014 | 12:55 pm
    ​​This is the final chapter in Seth Payne's three-part series. Click here to read Part One or Part Two.Where Do These Ethical Principles Come From?As I mentioned above, I find that understanding the “why” of moral and ethical behavior is just as important as knowing “what” moral behavior is expected.  For this reason, I will briefly outline the origins of the ethical principles I have outlined above.Broadly speaking, ethical and moral philosophy is dominated by two schools of thought.  On the one hand sit deontologists.  Deontology is the idea that…
  • The Ethics of Cloud Computing - Part 2

    nwurst@skytap.com
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:52 am
    ​This is part two in a three part series. To read Part One, click here. Firms also have the moral duty to be honest with the customers regarding security policies, and at times, even system architecture. Many years ago I once found myself in the unfortunate circumstance where a company I was working with had poorly designed network architecture with a massive single point of failure. Eventually, this single point of failure failed in a spectacular way.   This failure brought down the entire system and impacted several customers in significant ways. After the mad scramble to get the…
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    180 Systems News

  • Pat Wade

    180 Systems
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:59 pm
    I am delighted to announce that Pat Wade has joined 180 Systems. Pat’s primary role is to coach our clients through their system implementation. Pat has 20+ years of experience to draw upon and our clients have already found her assistance invaluable. Pat is also assisting in the selection process through demonstrations and contract negotiation. Her previous experience on the other side of the table (as the vendor) gives her insight that few people can offer and that our clients also find invaluable. Prior to 180 Systems, Pat was President of Equation Technologies which implemented…
  • Technology investment survey

    180 Systems
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:58 pm
    January 1, 2015 from CPA Magazine by Michael Burns – “We all hear the bad news when a vendor is sued over a failed implementation. When this happens, we assume there are many other unhappy customers whose experiences do not get broadcast, because most companies would rather not litigate. But are there also many happy customers? And what makes a happy customer?  We have a created an online survey to determine just how successful — or unsuccessful — technology investments turn out to be…” 180 View – The survey which can be found by clicking here is for ERP, CRM and BI. Questions…
  • I Survived an ERP Implementation – Top 10 Gems of Advice I Learned the Hard Way

    180 Systems
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:56 pm
    November 10. 2014 from LinkedIn – “…Why is it that so many ERP implementations go so wrong? In my current role I meet regularly with ERP survivors and casualties. My best but unscientific estimate is that 90-95% of them have horror stories to share…” 180 View – There is a big difference between a horror story and bumps in the road. We would agree that there always bumps in the road. What you need is someone on your team that knows how to adapt or a coach to get you through it – someone like Pat Wade from 180 Systems who has managed ERP implementations for over 20 years. Pat can…
  • How Production Systems are Like the NFL

    180 Systems
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:54 pm
    December 16, 2014 from IndustryWeek – “I sometimes find it difficult to describe what I do to friends and acquaintances who have careers outside of manufacturing and rarely give much thought to how things actually get made. To the uninitiated, if I were to say “I help manufacturers to implement continuous improvement (CI) models” or “I support companies in their production system journey,” I might as well be speaking a foreign language because, while these statements resonate with those of us who live and breathe CI every day, they don’t mean much to the rest of the…
  • Survey Analysis: Customers Rate Their BI Platform Vendor, 2014

    180 Systems
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:52 pm
    October 9, 2014 from Gartner – “Based on customer surveys conducted on BI and analytics platforms, this research will alert BI leaders to the customer experiences of professionals across 42 vendors…” 180 View – If you are interested in Business Intelligence, this will be a great resource to get started. You should also check out our Systems Analysis Tool at http://www.180systems.com/tools/systems-analysis-tool/cpm/
 
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