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  • Facebook Adds Tor Support

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    Thomas Claburn
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Facebook wants to allow people to use its service without being watched or censored. Is that some kind of privacy oxymoron?
  • Facebook Adds Tor Support

    InformationWeek:
    Thomas Claburn
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Facebook wants to allow people to use its service without being watched or censored. Is that some kind of privacy oxymoron?
  • Halloween Horror: 5 Help Desk Tales From The Crypt

    Network Computing:
    Network Computing Editors
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    Beware these scary, real-life stories from support professionals manning the IT help desk.
  • Microsofts Connected Tissue

    deal architect
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    Mike Ehrenberg, CTO for Microsoft Business Solutions was describing his new CEO Satya Nadella’s management style – the senior leadership team meets twice a week. “It plays havoc with planning international trips, but allows us to iterate rapidly as a...
  • New No-Cost Data Virtualization Tool Solves Data Integration Challenges

    SandHill.com General Feed
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This no-cost data virtualization tool allows data management professionals to start proving the value of data virtualization by generating new data insights in hours instead of weeks. Keep on reading: New No-Cost Data Virtualization Tool Solves Data Integration Challenges
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  • Facebook Adds Tor Support

    Thomas Claburn
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Facebook wants to allow people to use its service without being watched or censored. Is that some kind of privacy oxymoron?
  • 4 Essentials For Mobile Device VPNs

    Patrick Oliver Graf
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:43 am
    VPNs for smartphones and tablets have different requirements than laptops. Here's what you need to know.
  • Facebook Referral Traffic Soars, Twitter Tanks Again

    Kristin Burnham
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:13 am
    Facebook drives more than four times the traffic of its closest competitor, while Twitter's share of referral traffic continues to decline.
  • DoD EHR Contract: Open Source Vs. Commercial

    David F Carr
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    Pricewaterhouse Coopers and partner firms urge Department of Defense to consider open source VistA for EHR contract, vying against IBM/Epic and other commercial contenders.
  • Windows 7's Halloween Deadline: 5 Key Issues

    Michael Endler
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Starting November 1, Microsoft will no longer sell consumer Windows 7 licenses to OEMs. What does this mean for your PC upgrade options?
 
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  • Facebook Adds Tor Support

    Thomas Claburn
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Facebook wants to allow people to use its service without being watched or censored. Is that some kind of privacy oxymoron?
  • Facebook Referral Traffic Soars, Twitter Tanks Again

    Kristin Burnham
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:13 am
    Facebook drives more than four times the traffic of its closest competitor, while Twitter's share of referral traffic continues to decline.
  • Windows 7's Halloween Deadline: 5 Key Issues

    Michael Endler
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Starting November 1, Microsoft will no longer sell consumer Windows 7 licenses to OEMs. What does this mean for your PC upgrade options?
  • Has Email Peaked?

    Phil Simon
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    This excerpt from Phil Simon's upcoming book Message Not Received discusses how email has improved but is still riddled with problems.
  • HP's 3D Future: Sprout Visual Tour

    Thomas Claburn
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    Take a look at HP's unusual "immersive PC," Sprout, and Multi Jet Fusion, a bold foray into 3D hardware.
 
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  • Microsofts Connected Tissue

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    Mike Ehrenberg, CTO for Microsoft Business Solutions was describing his new CEO Satya Nadella’s management style – the senior leadership team meets twice a week. “It plays havoc with planning international trips, but allows us to iterate rapidly as a...
  • Have you hugged an Enterprise Blogger today?

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    Enterprise conference season is in full swing and it gives you a chance to catch up with so many smart people who make this industry a reality – Stan Swete at Workday, Charles Phillips at Infor, Mike Ehrenberg at Microsoft,...
  • Omni-channel this!

    18 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    We are one step closer to release of my book on the SAP economy. The edit is done, the next steps are the inside layout, eBook conversion and prep for printing. Assuming all moves well, the media review PDFs should...
  • Dreaming of the next generation of clouds

    16 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Dreamforce this week had an even more festive feel than ever. Pennant fever gripped the town as the Giants played October ball. The Beach Boys sounded as youthful as ever during Benioff’s keynote. The many school kids invited in the...
  • GE: Give us your Dull, Dirty and Dangerous Data

    12 Oct 2014 | 6:22 am
    Rajesh Gill, Group Chief Pilot Technical and Efficiency at AirAsia, shared his version of “data visualization” at GE’s annual Minds+Machines day in New York. He expresses to fellow pilots the impact of certain maneuvers such as shutting down an engine...
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    SandHill.com General Feed

  • New No-Cost Data Virtualization Tool Solves Data Integration Challenges

    27 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This no-cost data virtualization tool allows data management professionals to start proving the value of data virtualization by generating new data insights in hours instead of weeks. Keep on reading: New No-Cost Data Virtualization Tool Solves Data Integration Challenges
  • Silicon Valley Pioneers Recall How its Unique Culture Was Shaped

    26 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Many cities and regions have vied to become as successful as the fabled Silicon Valley, but so far it remains unique. Here’s why. Keep on reading: Silicon Valley Pioneers Recall How its Unique Culture Was Shaped
  • Why High-Technology Salespeople Lose Deals

    26 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    It’s not always sales prowess or superior products that lead to a sale. Interviews of 1,000 decision makers reveals what separates winners from losers in tech sales. Keep on reading: Why High-Technology Salespeople Lose Deals
  • Don’t Just Curate Content, Harvest it

    26 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Content curation offers great potential to address many content challenges marketers face. Here’s how to get more out of your content and content investments. Keep on reading: Don’t Just Curate Content, Harvest it
  • IoT Startups Leverage Service Partnerships for Success

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    As the IoT customer market rapidly expands with new opportunities for startups, third-party service partnerships become even more important. Keep on reading: IoT Startups Leverage Service Partnerships for Success
 
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    Hu' Blog

  • High Speed Backup and Restore for Databases

    Hu Yoshida
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:29 am
    Surveys show that backup and restore remain at the top of the list of concerns for data centers. Each year as volumes increase, the struggle to meet SLAs and manage backup windows increases. Many enterprises with very large databases have come to rely on techniques such as simultaneously backing up data through multiple backup streams (multi-streaming) and backing up multiple sources to a single backup device (multiplexing). While these techniques can speed up backup dramatically, it makes it difficult to dedupe using traditional hashing techniques, which results in increased storage costs…
  • EVO:RAIL TO BECOME PART OF THE UCP FAMILY OF CONVERGED SOLUTIONS

    Hu Yoshida
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:48 pm
    At VMworld Europe 2014 in Barcelona, VMware executives announced that Hitachi Data Systems has joined the EVO:RAIL partnership. EVO:RAIL is a hyper-converged, VMware powered appliance that is designed for low cost and out of the box deployment. It comes in a 2U, 4-node configuration with up to 16 TB of internal storage and uses VSAN, which I described in my previous post. It has a single software SKU, which includes licensing of vSphere Enterprise Plus, VSAN, vCenter Standard Edition, Log Insight Manager, and EVO Deployment Configuration Manager (DCM) for all four nodes. It is a great cost…
  • VSAN for Direct Attach Storage and VVOL for Enterprise Storage

    Hu Yoshida
    9 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    In June of last year 2013, VMware announced VSAN. VMware Virtual SAN is embedded in the VMware vSphere kernel and enables clusters of servers with direct attached hard disk drives and solid state drives (HDD and SSD) to create a shared datastore. The management architecture of VSAN enables administrators to specify storage attributes, such as capacity, performance, and availability, in the form of policies on a per VM basis. VSAN brings the benefits of software-defined storage to direct attached storage. Since it eliminates the need for a storage controller, it requires SSDs for read and…
  • Signatures, PINs and Finger Veins

    Hu Yoshida
    3 Oct 2014 | 4:30 pm
    According to the Business Insider “The cost of global payment card fraud grew by 19% last year to reach $14 billion. The cost of U.S. payment card fraud grew by 29% to $7.1 billion.” Last week I was in the Nordics meeting with customers when I had the embarrassing experience of having my credit card declined and having my guest pay for the meal. It turns out that this restaurant would not accept U.S. credit cards that are authenticated with a signature. Europe is using the chip and pin credit card where the chip generates a new transaction code every time it is used and the credit…
  • Hitachi LPARs Provide Safe Multi-Tenant Cloud With Intel E5v3

    Hu Yoshida
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Hitachi’s Intel Xeon based Compute Blade servers (CB 2000 and CB 500) feature an embedded logical partitioning (LPAR) capability implemented in the blade server firmware, based on technology originally developed for Hitachi mainframe and Unix systems to provide platform partitioning for reliability and quality of service for mission critical workloads. When used in a converged solution like the Hitachi Data Systems Unified Compute Platform (UCP), LPARs can be used to consolidate workloads such as scale out SAP or multiple Oracle RAC and non-RAC applications, reducing hardware and…
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    Andrew McAfee's Blog

  • This Saturday: The Glass Cage Match at the Boston Book Festival

    Andrew McAfee
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    I’ve been involved with the Boston Book Festival since Deborah Porter founded it in 2009, and it’s become one of my favorite events of the year. And since I had a for-real mainstream published book come out this year (as opposed to a self-published glorified pamphlet) I get to participate this year as a full-fledged author in the session titled “Technology: Promise and Peril” What makes this especially exciting to me is the fact that I’ll share the stage with Nick Carr, who’s one of my favorite writers and thinkers about technology. I don’t praise…
  • Business Book of the Year? Maybe. Public Talk Next Week? Definitely.

    Andrew McAfee
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    Yesterday we got the good news that The Second Machine Age had been shortlisted for the FT and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award. Erik and I are floored and very flattered, and looking forward to the award dinner in London in November. I’m pretty sure we’ll watch Thomas Piketty another author hoist the trophy, but it’ll be great fun to attend. In a nice coincidence, next week Erik and I are also giving our first joint public talk about the book since the initial book tour. It’s in Harvard’s gorgeous Sanders Theater on Wednesday October 1 at 4 pm. The…
  • Technology Spending Is On Its Way Down. Or It Isn’t. Or It Doesn’t Matter.

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

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

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

  • Is HR Tech Overshooting HR Capabilities?

    Frank Scavo
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    Human resources management is a hot area for new technology, at least based on the number of new vendor offerings. But why isn’t there greater adoption of among HR practitioners? In this post, I outline three reasons that interest is high but actual adoption is slow, and what business leaders should do about it.But first, a quick summary about the leading conference on HR technology.  HR Tech Conference, a Must-Attend EventAt the urging of several associates, I attended my first HR Technology® Conference (HR Tech) earlier this month in Las Vegas. If you are interested at all in HR…
  • Workday’s Goal: Tier I Cloud ERP

    Frank Scavo
    5 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Aneel Bushri, Co-Founder, WorkdayMention Workday to anyone involved with enterprise applications, and the first response will probably be something about cloud-based HR systems. A few might also mention accounting systems. It is becoming increasingly apparent, however, that Workday’s ambitions go beyond human capital management (HCM) and financial management systems. From briefings at a recent Workday analyst summit, I conclude that Workday intends to become the first Tier I cloud ERP provider. What is Tier I ERP?The term “Tier I ERP” has been bandied about for many years. It is…
  • Infor’s Most Urgent Initiative

    Frank Scavo
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:20 pm
    After more than a decade of acquisitions, Infor is now the world’s third-largest enterprise software vendor, following SAP and Oracle. In the past, it’s been easy to characterize Infor as a roll-up of older ERP products and point solutions. But that view is no longer fair. Beyond Acquisitions to InnovationUnder the leadership of CEO Charles Phillips and his mostly-new team of senior executives, Infor is now moving beyond acquiring other products to innovation on several fronts: Hook & Loop: an in-house design agency, which has brought a fresh modern user interface across all of…
  • ERP Customer Deployment and License Preferences

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

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

  • Friday Squid Blogging: 1,057 Squid T-Shirts

    schneier
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:17 pm
    That's a lot. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered. Commenting has been broken for the past few days. We hope to get it fixed on Monday.
  • Hacking a Video Poker Machine

    schneier
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:35 am
    Kevin Poulsen has written an interesting story about two people who successfully exploited a bug in a popular video poker machine.
  • NSA Classification ECI = Exceptionally Controlled Information

    schneier
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:22 am
    ECI is a classification above Top Secret. It's for things that are so sensitive they're basically not written down, like the names of companies whose cryptography has been deliberately weakened by the NSA, or the names of agents who have infiltrated foreign IT companies. As part of the Intercept story on the NSA's using agents to infiltrate foreign companies and networks, it published a list of ECI compartments. It's just a list of code names and three-letter abbreviations, along with the group inside the NSA that is responsible for them. The descriptions of what they all mean would never be…
  • DEA Sets Up Fake Facebook Page in Woman's Name

    schneier
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:06 am
    This is a creepy story. A woman has her phone seized by the Drug Enforcement Agency and gives them permission to look at her phone. Without her knowledge or consent, they steal photos off of the phone (the article says they were "racy") and use it to set up a fake Facebook page in her name. The woman sued the government over this. Extra creepy was the government's defense in court: "Defendants admit that Plaintiff did not give express permission for the use of photographs contained on her phone on an undercover Facebook page, but state the Plaintiff implicitly consented by granting access to…
  • FOXACID Operations Manual

    schneier
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:29 am
    A few days ago, I saw this tweet: "Just a reminder that it is now *a full year* since Schneier cited it, and the FOXACID ops manual remains unpublished." It's true. The citation is this: According to a top-secret operational procedures manual provided by Edward Snowden, an exploit named Validator might be the default, but the NSA has a variety of options. The documentation mentions United Rake, Peddle Cheap, Packet Wrench, and Beach Head-­all delivered from a FOXACID subsystem called Ferret Cannon. Back when I broke the QUANTUM and FOXACID programs, I talked with the Guardian editors about…
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    Network Security Blog

  • Posting other places

    netsecpodcast@mckeay.net (Martin McKeay)
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:49 am
    I’ve been blogging for some other sources lately.  It’s interesting to be creating articles for someone other than myself, because I put more thought into it and spend more time trying to organize my thoughts and outline the article before I put virtual pen to paper.  I’m writing for IBM’s Security Intelligence blog (they’re an Akamai partner) and InfoSecurity Magazine regularly and contributing to other venues as opportunity comes up and time allows.  Blog post, articles, webinars, presentations, or just shooting the breeze about security, I do it all.
  • Wake up to a POODLE puddle

    netsecpodcast@mckeay.net (Martin McKeay)
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:20 pm
    TL:DR – Disable SSL immediately. As of this morning SSL appears to be dead or at least dying.  The POODLE vulnerability in SSL was released last night, basically revealing a vulnerability in the way that SSL v3 uses ciphers and allows an attacker to make a plain-text attack against the encrypted traffic.  This makes the third major vulnerability released on the Internet this year and is another warning that this level of vulnerability discovery may be the new shape of things to come. I’m not going to try to explain POODLE in detail, or give you a nice logo for it.  Instead…
  • Understanding Apple’s new encryption model

    netsecpodcast@mckeay.net (Martin McKeay)
    5 Oct 2014 | 10:44 pm
    I understand enough about encryption to get myself in trouble, but not much more.  I can talk about it intelligently in most cases, but when we get down to the nitty gritty, bit by bit discussion of how encryption works, I want to have someone who’s really an expert explain it to me.  Which is why I’m glad that Matthew Green sat down to explain Apple’s claims of new encryption that they can’t open for law enforcement in great detail. The Too Long; Didn’t Read (I often forget what tl;dr means) version of it is that there is a unique ID that’s hidden deep…
  • “All we need to do is …. redo everything”

    netsecpodcast@mckeay.net (Martin McKeay)
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:04 pm
    I love listening to idealists.  In fact, I’d be one if it wasn’t for the crushing despair and cynicism that working in the security profession has instilled in me.  Or maybe I work in this field because the crushing despair and cynicism already existed.  In either case, I’ve lost the ability to even think “we could just fix all of our security problems if we just …”.  And when I see others saying the same thing, I have to shake my head in amusement at their naivete.  But it really makes me wonder when I see someone who’s been in security even…
  • Limiting online time

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

  • Architecture of Morrisons OrderPad

    Martin Fowler
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
    Morrisons OrderPad is a tablet web-application that helps staff in supermarkets place orders for new stock as they walk around the store. My colleague Rob Miles and I felt that the resulting application makes a good expositional architecture for a tablet web application backed by a lightweight java server. We highlight the separation of application control and DOM interaction on the client, using small, focused frameworks on the server, the broad-stack testing environment, and the use of a pilot project to understand what features were needed.
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    Martin Fowler
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
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  • Talking about Refactoring on the Ruby Rogues Podcast

    Martin Fowler
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    Last week I sat with the Ruby Rogues - a podcast about development in the Ruby and Rails world (Avdi Grimm, Jessica Kerr and host Charles Max Wood). They have a regular book club, and their book this time was the Ruby edition of Refactoring We talked about the definition of refactoring, why we find we don’t use debuggers much, what might be done to modernize the book, the role of refactoring tools, whether comments can be used for good, the trade-off between refactoring and rewriting, modularity and microservices, and how the software industry has changed over the last twenty years.
  • Bliki: SacrificialArchitecture

    Martin Fowler
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:39 am
    You're sitting in a meeting, contemplating the code that your team has been working on for the last couple of years. You've come to the decision that the best thing you can do now is to throw away all that code, and rebuild on a totally new architecture. How does that make you feel about that doomed code, about the time you spent working on it, about the decisions you made all that time ago? For many people throwing away a code base is a sign of failure, perhaps understandable given the inherent exploratory nature of software development, but still failure. But often the best code you can…
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    Martin Fowler
    11 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
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    EMC Blogs

  • Know Where You Are: Innovation and Data gathering

    28 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    In a previous post I introduced the “data gathering” aspect of a four-point innovation strategy to Know Where You Are. I discusses the creation of a Portfolio Intelligence team to gather business data.  I also mentioned that Building Technology Communities is another fundamental tenet in an innovation strategy. In this post I’d like to re-visit step 1 (Gather Data) and talk about how Technology Communities can drive the gathering of innovation data. Given the strong emphasis in the last post on community building, let’s discuss data collection in the context of global innovation…
  • Know Where You Are: Innovation and Technology Communities

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    In a previous post I discussed the “data gathering” aspect of an innovation strategy named "Know Where You Are". I recommended the creation of a Portfolio Intelligence team to gather business data.  In this post I’d like to focus on the second phase of an innovation strategy: Building Communities. At EMC the CTO Office is at the center of a large number of innovation communities. This is likely the norm at many high-tech companies. The unique twist at EMC is that these communities are specifically expected to produce and gather large amounts of innovation data.  …
  • Know Where You Are: Innovation and Portfolio Intelligence

    7 Oct 2014 | 4:38 am
    In a previous post I highlighted four tenets of EMC’s innovation strategy: The first tenet (Gather Data), has the gathering of business data as a foundational activity. One way to implement this strategy is via the creation of a Portfolio Intelligence team and the creation of a threshold CAGR number. In the diagram below I've made up a number of seven percent. One of the first actions in a corporate innovation strategy should be the creation of a portfolio intelligence team.  This team is responsible for working with all of the lines of business to gather business data into a…
  • Innovation – Know Where You Are

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:59 am
    In a previous post I described EMC’s historical innovation strategy. I then introduced an additional approach proposed by EMC’s Chief Technology Officer (John Roese). This strategy is called Know Where You Are.  What exactly does this mean? It means that a company should be able to immediately answer any of the following questions: How many people are dedicated to innovation activities that extend beyond the corporate roadmap? How much money is spent on these activities? How are both of these resources distributed across the corporate portfolio? According to Roese, if these…
  • Taking the Innovation Pulse

    24 Sep 2014 | 12:45 am
    Recently I gave a keynote speech at NCTA, the North Carolina Technology Association. I was asked to start the conference by answering one question: How do market leaders sustain innovation? As I prepared for this speech I began to consider the historical methods of innovation at EMC: During the 80s and 90s there was a surge of creativity, ideation and delivery that led to the launch of the disk array industry.  Technologies such as RAID, mirrored caching, snap copy, replication, storage area networks, network attached storage, etc., were all organically conceived and…
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    Oracle Bloggers

  • Business Value of Engineered Systems

    Werner Watschke
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:10 pm
    Engineered Systems are optimized to run PeopleSoft, E-Business Suite, JD Edwards and Siebel which provides customers with extreme performance improvements over any other platform.  While performance is a key driver for customers to consider Engineered Systems there are many additional business benefits that are just as important.  These additional benefits include: Reduced risk Simplified monitoring and management Consolidation Business agility IT spending less on day to day activities and more time adding value to the organization Easier and faster application upgrades Reduced cost…
  • Purging Data From the BPEL Store by Matt Brasier

    JuergenKress
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    In this recipe, taken from the book Oracle SOA Suite 11g Performance Tuning Cookbook (ISBN: 9781849688840, Packt Publishing) we will remove old BPEL dehydration data and state from the SOA infrastructure database. Getting ready You will need to have access to the database on which the SOA_INFRA schema is hosted. In this recipe we’ll be using a command line local to the host on which we installed the database. You’ll also need access to the SQL scripts bundled with SOA Suite, if you have SOA Suite installed on the host running the database you can find them under:…
  • Collected advice on Unix CLI Design & Implementation

    alanc
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Last week, a blog post Hints for writing Unix tools by Marius Eriksen made the rounds. It presented nine suggestions on what makes a command a good citizen of the Unix command-line ecosystem, especially for fitting into pipelines and filters. This reminded me of a longer list of guidelines I recently gathered as part of our efforts to train new hires in Solaris engineering. I polled long time engineers, trawled the Best Practices documents of our Architecture Review Committee, cross referenced to the WCAG2ICT accessibility guidelines for non-web applications recommended by Oracle’s…
  • T H March Seeks to Redefine the Jewelry Insurance Customer Experience

    Jim Lein, Oracle Midsize-Oracle
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:10 pm
    A young couple stands in front of a jewelry store window, holding hands and gazing in wonder at the life changing purchase they are about to make—a stunning engagement ring. It’s a timeless scene until the bride-to-be snaps a selfie with her smartphone to share on social media and the future groom checks the establishment’s reviews on Yelp. Welcome to buying jewelry in the digital age. A short time later, they emerge from the jeweler. She clinging to his arm and radiating happiness. He, strides forward, proud and happy, but his brow is furrowed in concern. How will he pay for his…
  • Internet of Things— Superfood for your Business

    Kem Butller-Oracle
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    By Ward Quarles - JD Edwards Director Popeye is depicted as capable of creating solutions to problems that everyone else thought were insurmountable. After consuming his superfood, spinach, solutions were possible because of his superhuman strength.  Will the Internet of Things become superfood to our businesses? The Internet of Things (IoT) is the next frontier in technology and business development.JD Edwards customers are exploring IoT technologies that allow them to capture, transmit and analyze an unprecedented amount of data, much of which was trapped in their ERP systems. More…
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    JT on EDM

  • Great new case study on the power of decision modeling

    James Taylor
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    Copyright © 2014 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorWe have just posted a great new case study on the power of decision modeling with a story from the Finnish Tax Authority. In Decision Modeling Closes the Gap Between Processes and Business Rules at the Finnish Tax Administration, Timo Laukkanen, Process Director at the Finnish Tax Administration (FTA), describes how decision modeling has filled the gap between process models and business rules in the most extensive project ever undertaken by the FTA. Decision modeling was quick to implement and has made it easier to evaluate rules, to view the…
  • #IBMInsight Internet of Things

    James Taylor
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:38 am
    Copyright © 2014 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorJake Porway came back to talk about the coming explosion of data. With the Internet of Things, drones and more sensors everywhere, our current view of “big data” is going to seem quaint in the not too distant future. So much more data is going to come flooding in we have to adopt new technologies and new analytic approaches. With that, Beth Smith came on to talk about the Internet of Things with a story about prosthetics. Her husband uses one and in the past he had to adapt to the way it worked. Today his new one has a computer…
  • #IBMInsight Keynote: Seize this moment – transform your industry

    James Taylor
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    Copyright © 2014 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorSecond day at Insight 2014 and the opening keynote is about transforming your industry. Mike Rhodin kicked things off by discussing how people think – by observing, interpreting what we see based on our experience and biases, and then we decide what we are going to do.  But there is a limit to how well we can do this, he says, in the face of large amounts of data. Analytic capabilities that can extract insight or knowledge from the huge volume of data available are now essential. Yet doing this requires an understanding of the…
  • #IBMInsight Powerful Analytics for Everyone

    James Taylor
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Copyright © 2014 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorPej Javaheri come on to talk about the use of analytics to “be essential”. Analytics, he said, has arrived across marketing, sales, finance, IT and more. The results from applying analytics are clear and powerful, with research showing very strong ROI. IBM, he says, is focused on putting analytics in the hands of everyone while making it easy to access, refine and use data across the cloud. IBM has been steadily rolling out its analytic tools – Cognos, TM1, Watson and more – on the cloud. A demo of the new Cognos…
  • #IBMInsight Keynote: Envision you journey: Are you ready for real-time decision-making?

    James Taylor
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:14 am
    Copyright © 2014 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorShanker Ramamurthy kicked off the session, describing how, as the world’s economy is digitized, the use of Big Data and analytics to compete in the new real-time economy becomes essential. The latency with which enterprises much develop and implement solutions is collapsing to zero. Customers are demanding more value for money at the same time, requiring not just faster but also cheaper and better services. Plus there is an explosion in the sharing economy with companies unlocking economic value using data, analytics, cloud and…
 
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  • Capturing Internal Server Info for DRP/BCP Documentation

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Many of the utilities that are included with your server operating system can be used for documentation. These utilities should be able to give you information about user and group accounts, security, access rights and other network information. Some...
  • Create & Maintain DRP – BCP Documentation

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
    When creating documentation, simplicity is always best. If the documentation process is too complex, difficult or overly time-consuming, it will not get done, or, even if you complete it once, it will not be maintained. Specific individuals must be t...
  • Build Better Project Teams

    21 Oct 2014 | 4:03 am
    Having been part of numerous startups and project teams, I was keenly interested in a relatively new online recruiting service out of Italy called Eggup. While I was in Rome, on a warm October morning, I had a chance to sit down for breakfast and chat with one of their founding members.
  • Disaster Recovery NEEDS Documentation

    19 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    One important tool for disaster prevention and recovery is good documentation. Proper documentation can prevent mistakes from happening and make sure that the recovery process goes smoothly. Manuals supplied with hardware and software are fine for wh...
  • LinkedIn Marketing - Fix Your Content, Not Your Profile

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    True whether we are talking LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, or _______ (add your social network in the blank.)
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    StorageMojo

  • Friday hike blogging: Sterling Pass trail

    Robin Harris
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:49 pm
    After the Slide Rock fire all the trails in Oak Creek Canyon were closed for about 4 months. They reopened the trails October 1, so I’ve been hiking some of them to see what the fuss was about. The Sterling Pass to Vultee Arch hike is about about 1200 steep feet up, 800 steep feet down, and then reverse. Maximum altitude just over 6,000 ft. Supposed to be about 5 miles, but it felt longer. Here’s looking east from the pass. Click to enlarge. Vultee Arch is named in honor of Jerry Vultee, aviation pioneer, and is near where he and his wife Sylvia died in a plane crash in 1938.
  • Shadow IT industry pt. III: what’s next?

    Robin Harris
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:18 pm
    What’s next for the shadow IT industry? It should be obvious: after blowing up the storage and server business models, what’s left? Networking Amazon has been working on their own networking software and hardware for several years. While networks aren’t a large part of their cost structure – servers are – it was rapidly growing because network gear wasn’t following Moore’s Law. AWS can’t predict customer workloads – a low-data web server might be replaced by a data warehouse – so they have to provision for the maximum workload. As…
  • Friday hike blogging: West fork, new and improved!

    Robin Harris
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Finding that the recent fire and monsoon rains had altered the west fork of Oak Creek made me want to go back further up the creek. Without a paddle. So last Sunday I did. Click to enlarge. That’s Steve in the corner. Manou is in the crowd up ahead. Spectacular! In case you couldn’t tell. . . .
  • Shadow IT pt. 2

    Robin Harris
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:58 pm
    The first post on shadow IT looked at R&D spend. Now we look at CapEx spend – specifically PP&E – property, plant and equipment. That’s where new datacenters, servers, storage and networks go. Big Spend The FY13 PP&E spend in billions from major players: While R&D expense is a proxy for innovation velocity, PP&E is a subtler metric. To the extent that the major cloud providers buy large quantities of kit, they influence the commodity market more than traditional system vendors. Why? Because vendors are no longer on the cutting edge of demand or…
  • The shadow IT industry

    Robin Harris
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:26 pm
    The power of the big IaaS players – Amazon, Google, Facebook, Azure (AGFA) – constitutes a shadow IT industry. It is a shadow because its operations are outside the transparency we take for granted with legacy IT vendors like IBM, HP, Cisco and Oracle. AGFA announces new services, but the tech behind the services is usually secret. We can see some of the effects – the inexplicable investments in high capacity optical or the emergence of SMR drives- but the configurations and economics remain opaque. R&D To get a sense of AGFA’s importance in IT, StorageMojo…
 
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    Network & Infrastructure Blogs

  • Capturing Internal Server Info for DRP/BCP Documentation

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Many of the utilities that are included with your server operating system can be used for documentation. These utilities should be able to give you information about user and group accounts, security, access rights and other network information. Some...
  • Cloudy with a chance of data fails

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Let me tell you a little secret, I am not a big fan of the cloud. Yet I do use it. The cloud does have some use but like real life clouds it is vaporous and liable to fade away when conditions are not advantageous.   I am pretty sure you all know what the cloud is but let me recap just for my own sake. As far as I am concerned the cloud is simply another name for third party
  • Create & Maintain DRP – BCP Documentation

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
    When creating documentation, simplicity is always best. If the documentation process is too complex, difficult or overly time-consuming, it will not get done, or, even if you complete it once, it will not be maintained. Specific individuals must be t...
  • Technology or time, which is better?

    28 Oct 2014 | 1:19 am
    Today I had to go to the bank. A normal thing you might think. After all I used to go to the bank all the time. I would go there to withdraw money, I would go there to deposit money. I would go there to send money to other people. I would even go to the bank to pay bills and also to get loans.   Yet, even though I still do all of those things I almost never go to the bank any
  • Mighty morphin CPU ranger

    26 Oct 2014 | 10:35 pm
    This could be the power ranger of the tech. world. The super hero of gadget kind everywhere. An idea I had pop up from somewhere in the wobbling mass of protein jelly I call a brain. I would be interested in learning what you think.   It started with an earlier article I wrote concerning that we have perhaps too many gadgets and that some of those gadgets could be used for more
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    Enterprise Back Office Blogs

  • Dynamics CRM Integration

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Today?s entry on Dynamics CRM Integration follows specific articles on Salesforce.com CRM Integration and Sugar by SugarCRM Integration. This discussion of specific CRM system integration requirements follows the five part series on CRM Integration Essentials, which covered: CRM Integration Security, CRM Integration Scalability, CRM Integration Real-Time Architecture, CRM Integration Conversion Processes,
  • Capturing Internal Server Info for DRP/BCP Documentation

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Many of the utilities that are included with your server operating system can be used for documentation. These utilities should be able to give you information about user and group accounts, security, access rights and other network information. Some...
  • 20/20 Panoramic View of the ERP Industry - Part 2 of 3

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    Last week I began our 20/20 Panoramic View of the ERP Industry with part one of a three-part series discussing trends and best practices among organizations implementing ERP software. Today, I will discuss three additional trends that will change the way organizations approach ERP projects.
  • 20/20 Panoramic View of the ERP Industry - Part 2 of 3

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    Last week I began our 20/20 Panoramic View of the ERP Industry with part one of a three-part series discussing trends and best practices among organizations implementing ERP software. Today, I will discuss three additional trends that will change the way organizations approach ERP projects.
  • Sugar CRM Integration

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:12 am
    Following our five part series on CRM Integration Essentials,we are looking at integration requirements for specific CRM systems in a three-part series on Salesforce CRM, Sugar by SugarCRM and Microsoft Dynamics CRM.
 
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  • Blog Post: Weekend Scripter: Announcing WMI Explorer 2.0

    The Scripting Guys
    1 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    Summary : Microsoft senior support escalation engineer, Vinay Pamnani, talks about WMI Explorer 2.0. Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. Today I am pleased to invite back Microsoft senior support escalation engineer, Vinay Pamnani, who supports Configuration Manager. He's here to talk about the latest edition of his WMI Explorer tool. Take it away Vinay... I’m excited to announce that WMI Explorer 2.0 is now available for download from CodePlex: WMI Explorer . Special thanks to Tim Helton for his guidance and support. Requirements: Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 (Web Installer)…
  • Blog: Safeena b

    Unknown
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:19 pm
  • Blog Post: SCOM - Creating a Visio Dashboard and Publishing to SharePoint

    Nathan Olmstead
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:44 pm
    There are a lot of great dashboard capabilities in System Center 2012 R2.  In this post I will be walking through the process to create a customized Visio Dashboard that displays the current health state of an Active Directory environment based on the information contained in System Center Operations Manager.   I have also attached a copy of the base Visio drawing used in the examples below.  I hope this is helpful in providing ideas as to how Visio and SharePoint can be used to display SCOM data in new and useful ways. This all should work assuming the following pre-requisites are met: -…
  • Blog Post: Henkel 社、5 か月間に 40,000 名のユーザーを Office 365 ProPlus にアップグレード

    Japan Office Official Blog
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:27 pm
    (この記事は 2014 年 10 月 22 日に Office Blogs に投稿された記事  Henkel upgrades 40,000 users to Office 365 ProPlus in 5 months の翻訳です。最新情報については、翻訳元の記事をご参照ください。) 今回は、Henkel AG & Company で統合ビジネス ソリューション、新規テクノロジ、Office 365 を担当するコーポレート ディレクター Markus Petrak 氏の記事をご紹介します。 Henkel では IT インフラストラクチャの近代化を非常に積極的に実施しており、 当社 の…
  • Blog Post: Project Online でパフォーマンスとスケーラビリティを向上

    Japan Office Official Blog
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:22 pm
    (この記事は 2014 年 10 月 21 日に Office Blogs に投稿された記事  Performance and scale improvements to Project Online の翻訳です。最新情報については、翻訳元の記事をご参照ください。) 今回は、Project エンジニアリング チームのシニア プログラム マネージャー リードを務める Chris Boyd と、Project プロダクト マーケティング チームのシニア プロダクト マーケティング マネージャーを務める Krishna Mamidipaka の記事をご紹介します。…
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    MSRC

  • Security Advisory 3009008 revised

    MSRC Team
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Today, we revised Security Advisory 3009008 to provide an easy, one-click Fix it for customers to disable SSL 3.0 in all supported versions of Internet Explorer (IE). We are committed to helping protect our customers and providing the best possible encryption to protect their data. To do this, we’re working to disable fallback to SSL 3.0 in IE, and disable SSL 3.0 by default in IE, and across Microsoft online services, over the coming months. Millions of people and thousands of organizations around the world rely on our products and services every day, and while the number of systems…
  • Security Advisory 3010060 released

    MSRC Team
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Today, we released Security Advisory 3010060 to provide additional protections regarding limited, targeted attacks directed at Microsoft Windows customers. A cyberattacker could cause remote code execution if someone is tricked into opening a maliciously-crafted PowerPoint document that contains an infected Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) file. As part of this Security Advisory, we have included an easy, one-click Fix it solution to address the known cyberattack. Please review the "Suggested Actions" section of the Security Advisory for additional guidance. Applying the…
  • October 2014 Updates

    MSRC Team
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Today, as part of Update Tuesday, we released eight security updates – three rated Critical and five rated Important - to address 24 Common Vulnerabilities & Exposures (CVEs) in Windows, Office, .NET Framework, .ASP.NET, and Internet Explorer (IE). We encourage you to apply all of these updates, but for those who need to prioritize deployment planning, we recommend focusing on the Critical updates first. Here’s an overview slide and video of the security updates released today:       For more information about this month’s security updates, including the…
  • Advance Notification Service for the October 2014 Security Bulletin Release

    MSRC Team
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:04 am
    Today, we provide advance notification for the release of nine Security Bulletins. Three of these updates are rated Critical, five are rated as Important, and one is rated Moderate in severity. These updates are for Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, Office, .NET Framework, and ASP.NET. As per our usual process, we’ve scheduled the Security Bulletin release for the second Tuesday of the month, October 14, 2014, at approximately 10 a.m. PDT. Revisit this blog then for analysis of the relative impact, as well as deployment guidance, together with a brief video overview of the…
  • September 2014 Security Bulletin Release Webcast and Q&A

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

  • Spooked by Columnstore? See My Halloween Weekend Preso at #SQLSatOregon

    aspiringgeek
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:03 pm
    This Halloween weekend I continue my efforts to make the world of SQL DWs a better place—one table at a time—via evangelizing Columnstore at #SQLSaturday337 in Portlandia.  Columnstore Indexes in SQL Server 2014: Flipping the DW /faster Bit If you’ve not been in a crypt since last All Hallows Eve, you likely know this is one of my staples.  Register, see the schedule, or see the event home page on the SQL Saturday site.  I’ll look forward to seeing you here: Mittleman Community Center 6651 SW Capitol Highway Portland, OR 97219 Kudos to Arnie Rowland (@ArnieRowland),…
  • My MVA course about SQL Server 2014 & Azure

    Damian
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:16 pm
    If you are tired today maybe you could take your time and spend the whole weekend with the SQL Server 2014 and Azure?The new MVA course is ready :) and waiting for you. Just visit the link http://bit.ly/1tJCTts and enjoy. Watch out - it's in Polish :)The topics covered:backup encryptionmanual backup to Azure storagesmart backup :)buffer pool extensionSQL Server files integration with Azure storagemore comming....
  • Determining the Windows Groups for a SQL Server Login

    Greg Low
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:56 pm
    There was a question this morning on the SQL Down Under mailing list about how to determine the Windows groups for a given login. That’s actually easy for a sysadmin login, as they have IMPERSONATE permission for other logins/users. Here is an example procedure:   When I execute it on my system this way: It returns the following: Note that the Usage column could also return “DENY ONLY” or “AUTHENTICATOR”.
  • BI Beginner: Installing SSDT BI

    John Paul Cook
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:26 am
    The Business Intelligence Development Studio (BIDS) does not come with SQL Server 2014 like it did in previous versions of SQL Server. Furthermore, it has been renamed as SQL Server Data Tools Business Intelligence. If you have Visual Studio 2012, download this . If you have Visual Studio 2013, download this . I recommend that you download and save the file and run the saved copy instead of running directly from the link. A few individuals have reported seeing a “Same architecture installation” error...(read more)
  • SQL Down Under Demographics and Technologies

    Greg Low
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:36 pm
    As most websites do, we collect analytics on the people visiting our site http://www.sqldownunder.com I thought it might be interesting to share the breakdown of visitors to our site. Keep in mind that we have a primarily Microsoft-oriented audience. Enjoy! No surprise on the native languages: Country breakdown reflects the amount of local traffic we have for instructor-led courses. Most others are podcast listeners: We first noticed Chrome slightly outstripping IE a while back but recently, it’s changed a lot. I suspect that IE11 will have been as issue here: No surprises on the operating…
 
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    MySQL Performance Blog

  • Get a handle on your HA at Percona Live London 2014

    Liz van Dijk
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    From left: Liz van Dijk, Frédéric Descamps and Kenny GrypIf you’re following this blog, it’s quite likely you’re already aware of the Percona Live London 2014 conference coming up in just a few days. Just in case, though (you know, if you’re still looking for an excuse to sign up), I wanted to put a spotlight on the tutorial to be delivered by my esteemed colleagues Frédéric Descamps (@lefred) and Kenny Gryp (@gryp), and myself.The past two years at Percona we’ve been spending a substantial amount of time working with customers taking their first steps…
  • Facebook MySQL database engineers ready for Percona Live London 2014

    Tom Diederich
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    With 1.28 billion active users, Facebook MySQL database engineers are active and extremely valuable contributors to the global MySQL community. So naturally they are also active participants of Percona Live MySQL conferences! And next week’s Percona Live London 2014 (Nov. 3-4) is no exception. (Register now and use the promotional code “Facebook” to save £30!)I spoke with Facebook database engineers Yoshinori “Yoshi” Matsunobu and Shlomo Priymak about their upcoming sessions along with what’s new at Facebook since our last conversation back in April.Tom: Yoshi, last year…
  • MySQL and Openstack deep dive talk at OpenStack Paris Summit (and more!)

    Peter Boros
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:59 am
    I will present a benchmarking talk next week (Nov. 4) at the OpenStack Paris Summit with Jay Pipes from Mirantis. In order to be able to talk about benchmarking, we had to be able to set up and tear down OpenStack environments really quickly. For the benchmarks, we are using a deployment on AWS (ironically) where the instances aren’t actually started and the tenant network is not reachable but all the backend operations still happen.The first performance bottleneck we hit wasn’t at the MySQL level. We used Rally to benchmark the environment. We started 1,000 fake instances with it…
  • How to deal with MySQL deadlocks

    Peiran Song
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    A deadlock in MySQL happens when two or more transactions mutually hold and request for locks, creating a cycle of dependencies. In a transaction system, deadlocks are a fact of life and not completely avoidable. InnoDB automatically detects transaction deadlocks, rollbacks a transaction immediately and returns an error. It uses a metric to pick the easiest transaction to rollback. Though an occasional deadlock is not something to worry about, frequent occurrences call for attention.Before MySQL 5.6, only the latest deadlock can be reviewed using SHOW ENGINE INNODB STATUS command. But with…
  • MySQL & Friends Devroom FOSDEM 2015

    Frederic Descamps
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    You can already feel the cold of February coming slowly… you can also smell waffles, fries and see a large amount of beards walking around with laptops… you are right, FOSDEM is coming! And as every year, the MySQL Community will also be present! For the 4th year in a row, I’ll perpetuate the organization of the MySQL & Friends Devroom.FOSDEM 2015 edition will be held January 31 and February 1 here in Brussels. The MySQL & Friends Devroom is back on Sunday from 9 a.m. What is FOSDEM? It stands for the “Free and Open Source Software Developers’ European…
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    ProjectVRM

  • What would a VRM social network be?

    Doc Searls
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    The Big Bang of Social Networking is a piece by Jim Dwyer in The New York Times that will likely be a subject of a session today or tomorrow at IIW. So here are a few thoughts of my toward that discussion… All of us had social networks before Facebook, Diaspora and Ello existed. We still do. They’re in our heads, hearts, contact lists and address books. Facebook, Diaspora* and Ello are silo’d commercial services. They do serve many social purposes, of course, and a few very well, or they wouldn’t be so popular. If we want real social networks online, we need to start…
  • @Capgemini on #VRM: well done!

    Doc Searls
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    Just learned about these two new videos by @Capgemini: What is Vendor Relationship Management in the New Customer-Centric Age? What are the key differences between CRM and VRM? The introductory copy says, Both Customer Relationship Management and Vendor Relationship Management want to improve customer relationships but they approach this differently. Find out what are the three main factors that separate them. Both videos not only explain VRM nicely, but illustrate it on a whiteboard: Big thanks to @LarrySCohen, @NielsvdLinden, @rickmans, Nick Gill and all the other @Capgemini people…
  • VRM News & Views

    Doc Searls
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:40 pm
    First, some VRooMy startups and projects: Chekk “Take control of your digital life.” Momentum “Own your life moments.” APHS invests in Flamingo to develop personal cloud platform Good investment news. Welcomer Short Overview – YouTube Kevin Cox explains, with visuals. pEp - pretty Easy privacy | Indiegogo The name says it all. Next, I’ve got this idea that whawhat we need for full personal agency is an operating system of our own. Something that’s as personal as our own clothes, and just as wearable and privacy-affording. Also something we…
  • #VRM Tweetings

    Doc Searls
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:19 am
    Here’s a pile of #VRM tweets. One of these days I’ll find the least crufty way to copy and paste them (or whatever works best). Recommendations welcome.  Crypt Ghost Be So ‏stopthecyborgs  2h2 hours ago PernilleT NordicDEi Good start but openPDS still runs into the http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1678634… problem. Also see VRM & hubofallthings stuff. View conversation  Aurelie Pols retweeted T.Rob ‏tdotrob  2h2 hours ago Here’s Why Public Wifi is a Public Health Hazard http://iopt.us/1usjedF itsec security privacy vrm  James Ladd retweeted…
  • Weekend Linklings

    Doc Searls
    11 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    Events VRM Day 2014b- Eventbrite. 41 have registered. Room for 50.  Better hurry. Internet Identity Workshop XIX #19 – 2014b- Eventbrite. Come for VRM Day, stay for IIW. Politics and governance, aka #GRM  snapvote14.com by NewGov.us.  SNAPvote14 | Indiegogo. Support a Good Thing. Thinkings  Hidden In The Myths Of Time | Brian Grimmer Founder & CEO Present Group. Deep thinkings across space and time from the father of the personal cloud company Onexus.  Doc Searls: Business as Morality – O’Reilly Radar. Some possible moral contexts for VRM discussions, including…
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    Symantec Connect

  • image cd included pcanywhere

    rinkusingh118
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:43 pm
    I need a solution I am going to create the image disk which have included the standardize software. Symantec endpoint protection and other require software included in it. Can i have to add the pcanywhere client without any issue. Will it be work after installation?
  • image cd

    rinkusingh118
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:40 pm
    I need a solution I am going to create the image disk which have included the standardize software. Symantec endpoint protection is include in it. Can i have to add the altiris client without any issue. Will it be communicate easily with server? altiris 7.1
  • software deployment error

    rinkusingh118
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:33 pm
    I need a solution I have deploy software but it not success in all systems, what the reason of the problem?
  • Choose to export fields shown in SEPM Client Properties Window

    alfachoco
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:29 pm
    It would be nice if the two fields (Unique ID & Serial Number) viewed from the individual client properties window in the SEPM could also be exported to a report or log format. Almost all the fields are exported in the Computer Status Log except these two.  The Unique ID number can be used to help identify duplicate clients that were installed incorrectly by a faulty OS image.  The CPU Serial Number can be used to compare different inventory applications.  We are having trouble squaring away our new inventory application and within the SEPM the client…
  • Installed Windows on an SSD and now the encrypted HDD won't boot

    androng
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:43 pm
    I need a solution Here is the story:  I have a laptop with a HDD encrypted by Symantec whole disk encryption. I knew that I shouldn't try messing with it with dual boot etc, so I bought an mSATA SSD and installed Windows 7 Professional 64 bit on that. It works perfectly. However, when I tell the boot options to boot from the HDD instead of the SSD, it still boots from the SSD. And when I remove the SSD, the computer naturally tries to boot from the HDD and I receive the error:   Windows failed to start.  The boot selection failed because a required device is…
 
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  • Thinking about curry: and a paean to goats

    JP Rangaswami
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    Photo from Tumblr dedicated to climbing goats When I moved to the UK in 1980, the curry enthusiast in me quietly died. “Indian” restaurants weren’t Indian. I’m not trying to be pedantic and distinguishing between Indian and Bangladeshi: in fact, as someone who was born in Calcutta and lived there for 23 years, Bangladeshi food […]
  • Thinking about Maccher Jhol and recipes and openness in general

    JP Rangaswami
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    I know, it’s been a while since I posted anything at all. Been busy reading, listening to people, thinking. Lots to think about. More of that later. Maccher jhol. A spicy fish stew common in eastern parts of India, principally in West Bengal and Orissa. [I suspect it's common in Bangladesh as well, I just […]
  • Rollright Stones

    JP Rangaswami
    1 Jun 2014 | 4:22 am
      I learnt yesterday that the Cotswold village of Little Rollright was up for sale for the princely sum of £18m. My first reaction? I wonder if Steve Winwood knows about this. Why? Because somewhere in the back of my mind, a song started playing:   Many of these Can be seen In quiet places, […]
  • Can you replace a warped mind with a computer? And can anyone code? Ruminations on a lazy Saturday

    JP Rangaswami
    3 May 2014 | 11:10 am
    Some people used to think I have a warped mind. [Maybe some people think I still have a warped mind, but that's a different matter]. As a teenager and as a young man, I was known for my interest in crosswords, in Scrabble, in chess, in duplicate bridge, in mathematical puzzles, in arcane trivia. This […]
  • More on journeys and destinations

    JP Rangaswami
    23 Mar 2014 | 1:57 pm
      That used to be an iPhone. And if I’d been alert and I’d followed my father’s advice, it would still be an iPhone. One of his favourite sayings was “Nothing mechanical needs forcing”. Over the years I’ve sort-of expanded it to read “nothing mechanical that has been designed properly should need the use of […]
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    Enterprise Irregulars

  • If You Don’t Think You Need a VP of Product, VP of Marketing, Etc. — Then You Haven’t Worked With a Great One

    Jason M. Lemkin
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    I’ve read quite a few blog posts over the years.  One of the very best though is this one from Joe Kraus, founder and CEO of Excite — “If You Don’t Think You Need It — You Haven’t Seen Greatness.” I want to expand upon it here for SaaS. Joe’s point is that until he’d worked with a great head of product marketing, and a great general counsel … he didn’t even know he needed one. I learned the same.  Basically, in SaaS, everyone “gets” that they need a VP of Sales.  Even if they’ve never sold anything before.  Either, they don’t have enough customers, enough…
  • Research: CIO relationships and priorities remain conflicted

    Michael Krigsman
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    New research from Deloitte sheds light on the state of CIOs today and covers several important points regarding CIO activities, relationships, and strategies. You can download the full report as a PDF here. Deloitte claims it surveyed “over 900” CIOs; however, the data shows that 50 percent of respondents have the title CIO, 22 percent are Head of IT or IT Director, and 22 percent are “other.” The number of CIO respondents is significant either way, but maintaining a skeptical eye is always important when interpreting research. The following graphic shows the respondent breakdown and…
  • A CIO’s guide to the future of work

    Dion Hinchcliffe
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    With technology investment spreading ever farther and wider in most organizations — to lines of business, the CMO, and the new Chief Digital Officer — the CIO still owns the sometimes mundane but ever-challenging job of creating a coherent and effective digital workplace in most organizations. Perhaps complicating the task the most is that technology change coming from outside remains at an all-time high — and is still increasing — while technology itself, from innovative new software and devices, to even the fundamental business models of the organization — are…
  • The Power of Community Comes to Life at SAP’s TechEd

    Susan Scrupski
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    Marilyn Pratt and Craig Cmehil, both SAP rock stars, embody the spirit of SAP TechEd. Walking down one of the cavernous halls at the Palazzo hotel in Las Vegas, we approached one of my Enterprise Irregular (EI) colleagues, David Dobrin.  Dobrin looked surprised to see me and said, “What are you doing here?”  I said, “I’m here to learn!” Yes, I attended my first SAP TechEd this week and this is where learning happens.  TechEd is in four cities around the world this year: Shanghai: March 13–14, 2014, Las Vegas: October 20–24, 2014, Berlin: November…
  • Why Cloud-centric services are critical to the survival of service providers in today’s As-a-Service Economy

    Phil Fersht
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:03 am
    In today’s worlds of services and software, all roads these days are leading directly into the Cloud. Last month alone, SAP announced it was spending a jaw-dropping $8.3 billion on an aging SaaS platform and Larry Ellison used the majority of his opening keynote at Oracle’s annual end-user conference to lay out his own vision for the Cloud. The very next day, Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, focused on the opportunity in a public appearance as well. “So tell us something new” We hear you cry Indeed… why, suddenly, is all the attention on a technology trend that has been emerging…
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    Mzinga Insights

  • Monica Lewinsky Wants to End Cyberbullying

    27 Oct 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Last week, speaking at the annual Forbes' Under 30 Summit meeting, Monica Lewinsky spoke out about her experience as a "more than averagely romantic" White House intern who had an affair with her boss: the President of the United States. "Overnight," she said, "I went from being a completely private figure to a publicly humiliated one." After detailing the years of suffering unending ridicule from the public, fueled by news and entertainment outlets and their online commenting areas, she revealed her new mission, to help others who have had humiliating events exposed and rehashed in the…
  • New Law Targeting Cyber Bullies Is in the Wrong Arena

    14 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    In New York's Albany County, it is now unlawful to use your computer to inflict emotional trauma on a minor.  Under Local Law "F", those who post statements, with the intent to inflict emotional harm on a minor, sexually explicit photos, private or personal information or false sexual information with no legitimate public, personal or private purpose. Those who are in violation will be charged with a misdemeanor and face up to a year in jail along with a $1,000 fine.The law had a tough time getting placed on the books. Local legislation that criminalized cyberbullying was approved by the…
  • Knowledge Communities: The Value-Add of Private Social Communities

    3 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    ISM & Mzinga will present this joint webinar on October 14.   ISM Founder/President Barton Goldenberg says, “There is confusion as to the role of private social communities, and particularly as they fit under the umbrella of Knowledge Communities. This webinar will clarify the confusion, fill in the holes, and provide guidance as to next steps.” ISM, which provides customer-centric business strategies and initiatives for global organizations, and Mzinga, a provider of enterprise social software solutions worldwide, will provide the “facts” and client examples of how private…
 
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    deal architect

  • Microsofts Connected Tissue

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    Mike Ehrenberg, CTO for Microsoft Business Solutions was describing his new CEO Satya Nadella’s management style – the senior leadership team meets twice a week. “It plays havoc with planning international trips, but allows us to iterate rapidly as a...
  • Have you hugged an Enterprise Blogger today?

    21 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    Enterprise conference season is in full swing and it gives you a chance to catch up with so many smart people who make this industry a reality – Stan Swete at Workday, Charles Phillips at Infor, Mike Ehrenberg at Microsoft,...
  • Omni-channel this!

    18 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    We are one step closer to release of my book on the SAP economy. The edit is done, the next steps are the inside layout, eBook conversion and prep for printing. Assuming all moves well, the media review PDFs should...
  • Dreaming of the next generation of clouds

    16 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Dreamforce this week had an even more festive feel than ever. Pennant fever gripped the town as the Giants played October ball. The Beach Boys sounded as youthful as ever during Benioff’s keynote. The many school kids invited in the...
  • GE: Give us your Dull, Dirty and Dangerous Data

    12 Oct 2014 | 6:22 am
    Rajesh Gill, Group Chief Pilot Technical and Efficiency at AirAsia, shared his version of “data visualization” at GE’s annual Minds+Machines day in New York. He expresses to fellow pilots the impact of certain maneuvers such as shutting down an engine...
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    Chuck's Blog

  • VSAN, VSAs and External Arrays

    Chuck Hollis
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:08 am
    I had a bit of fun last week, commenting on Nigel Poulton’s blog post discussing this topic, among others.  What I really enjoyed was the polite but vivacious discussion that emerged in the comments. For the most part, people were disagreeing without being disagreeable.  How civil. That being said, I tend to reflect on things after the fact.  I came to the conclusion that it was an incomplete discussion on several levels.   If you’re not into storage stuff, perhaps this would be a good post to skip.  A friendly reminder: everything in this blog represents my…
  • Hybridicity

    Chuck Hollis
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    OK, I’m a sucker for cool words. Especially when they neatly summarize a very complex and nuanced discussion.  I heard this one being used at one of our internal VMware meetings, and it rang like a bell in my brain.  I’ll reserve the right to give credit where credit is due when I track down the original source. Hybrid — as in hybrid clouds. “-icity” — a measure of degree, as in “elasticity”. Hybridicity: a measure of just how hybrid is a particular cloud computing environment.  In this context, more hybridicity is better than less hybridicity. If we’re…
  • Running IT Like A (Financial) Business

    Chuck Hollis
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:39 pm
    The enterprise IT model is changing fast: IT now strives to become the internal service provider of choice, offering an attractive portfolio of services that are convenient for the business to consume. This transformation should not be a revelation to anyone. All of the sudden, IT starts to look more like modern manufacturing, and less of a project-oriented crafts guild. As anyone who has run a good-sized business will know, it’s all about “the numbers”: how much, how good, how fast, etc. You wouldn’t try to run a business without good financial instrumentation — and the same is…
  • Federation Solutions And The New IT Agenda

    Chuck Hollis
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:26 am
    One of the more fascinating efforts across the EMC Federation (EMC II, VMware and Pivotal) is the substantial investment behind what is now known as Federation Solutions   Like many of you, I have developed a natural skepticism of just about anything branded a “solution”, as so many are just marketing wrappers for familiar technologies.     This time, though, it appears to be quite different — there’s real engineering at work here, pointed at real heavy-duty challenges.     Once you wade into the gory details, there’s a lot to like.   The New IT…
  • The New IT Industry Landscape

    Chuck Hollis
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    The news over the weekend that HP was splitting into two separate businesses made me deeply ruminate over the future of the IT industry — helped along by a few adult beverages. At one level, one could simply say that this is the familiar changing-of-the-guard in the IT business: larger companies with familiar business models being overtaken by smaller and more nimble upstarts. But I think there’s more going on here that meets the eye. When I talk about the future of the IT industry with my colleagues and customers, there's all sorts of theories about what's happening, and why.  …
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    Exchange Server Pro

  • Customized Exchange2007MBtoMEU.ps1 Script for Office 365 Migrations

    Paul Cunningham
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:16 am
    One of the tools that Microsoft has provided to the community for Office 365 migrations is the Exchange2007MBtoMEU.ps1 PowerShell script. If you’ve completed a staged Exchange migration to migrate your organization’s Exchange 2007 on-premises mailboxes to Office 365 and you want to manage cloud-based users from your on-premises organization—using Active Directory—you should convert the on-premises mailboxes to mail-enabled users (MEUs). While using the script on a project I considered that it would be helpful if the script logged the changes that it made when it was converting the…
  • Exchange Server 2013 Configuration Management with PowerShell DSC

    Paul Cunningham
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:59 pm
    One of my minor gripes with Exchange Server 2013 is the lack of configuration that can be performed during setup. If you look at the TechNet documentation for unattended setup you can see a few options are available but they do not cover the range of configurations required for a new Exchange 2013 server. Consider a scenario where a new Exchange 2013 server is being introduced into a site with existing servers. The server is going to participate in load balanced Client Access traffic, which means a variety of HTTPS workloads such as OWA, ActiveSync, and EWS, as well as potentially SMTP relay…
  • Messages Queuing with Error 451 4.4.0 DNS Query Failed

    Paul Cunningham
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:03 pm
    I recently encountered an Exchange 2010 server that was unable to send emails to a small number of domains. The messages would queue on the outbound transport server, and a look at the queue status would return an error of “451 4.4.0 DNS query failed”. Interestingly the domain name was resolving just fine in DNS when queried from the server, including for MX record lookups, and a telnet to port 25 was successful too. When I created a send connector just for that namespace and designated their MX as the smart host IP address delivery was successful. It just would not work if DNS…
  • PowerShell Tip: List Active Mailbox Database Copies for an Exchange Server Database Availability Group

    Paul Cunningham
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:41 pm
    A reader asks whether it is possible to run a PowerShell command to list the active database copies in a database availability group, and show the mailbox server that they are active on. He’s already discovered the Get-MailboxDatabaseCopyStatus cmdlet, but the default output does not include the specific information he wants to see. [PS] C:\>Get-MailboxDatabaseCopyStatus * | ft -auto Name Status CopyQueueLength ReplayQueueLength LastInspectedLogTime ContentIndexState ---- ------ --------------- ----------------- -------------------- ----------------- DB01\EX2013SRV1 Mounted 0 0…
  • Exchange Server 2013 Autoreseed in Action

    Paul Cunningham
    9 Oct 2014 | 5:22 am
    At my IT/Dev Connections session in September I advocated for simple designs for database availability groups. This included some points about Exchange Server 2013 storage design and layout, such as: JBOD vs RAID Multiple databases per volume Volumes mounted in folders not drive letters Co-locate the database and transaction log files on the same volume Those recommendations came with caveats of course, depending on various factors. Aside from simple designs providing ease of management they can also mean you get to leverage the terrific new feature in Exchange Server 2013 called Autoreseed.
 
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    Socialcast | Enterprise Social Network Platform

  • 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…
  • Feature Updates: September 2014

    Samantha Lee
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:07 pm
    We have some exciting new features and enhancements this month, including a new Custom Theme Builder! Theme your Socialcast community to match your corporate branding, showoff your company culture, and drive internal initiatives. Admins can use this interactive tool to create and deploy beautiful themes for end-users to enjoy in a matter of seconds. This feature is only available for Premium communities, so upgrade your Free community today. Check out the features available for September* and let us know what you think: 1. Custom Theme Builder At Socialcast, we love empowering our customers…
  • Simplify Socialcast Mobile App Deployment with Airwatch

    Oren Root
    27 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    VMware’s Socialcast now integrates with AirWatch to simplify mobile application deployment – AirWatch Blog
  • Feature Updates: August 2014

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

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

  • Five Common Mistakes in Public Sector ERP Projects

    The Consultants' Corner
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:04 am
    Any project, ERP or otherwise, will live or die by its project planning. I recently jumped in halfway through an ERP project to find that the project plan was a chocolate mess and had to be rebooted halfway through the implementation – the project team had to scrap the old plan and engineer a completely new project plan. There were five common issues that derailed this project plan, and these mistakes are  common in every failed public sector project: Day-to-day management of the project plan Resource allocation A single point of failure Traumatic budget mismatches Last minute policy and…
  • Five Automotive Aftermarket Distributors Upgrading to Epicor Vision Software

    Epicor Software Corporation
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    Auto Electric Service, Automotive Parts Headquarters, Distributors Warehouse Inc., Keyline Automotive, and Lafayette Warehouse to Implement Solution Epicor Software Corporation, a global leader in business software solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail and services organizations, today announced that five leading automotive aftermarket parts distributors — Auto Electric Service Ltd. in Regina Saskatchewan, Automotive Parts Headquarters (APH) in St. Cloud, Minn., Distributors Warehouse Inc. (DWI) in Paducah, Ky., Keyline Automotive Warehouse in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and…
  • When the CEO Says No to New ERP Software

    The Consultants' Corner
    30 Oct 2014 | 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…
  • NetSuite and Australia Post Partner to Transform Omnichannel Parcel Delivery and Collection

    NetSuite, Inc.
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    Australia Post SuiteApp to Integrate with NetSuite to Provide Real-Time Visibility into Delivery and Collection for Merchants and Omnichannel Commerce Businesses, Aiming to Drive Business Efficiency and Customer Satisfaction NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N), the industry’s leading provider of cloud-based financials / ERP and omnichannel commerce software suites, today announced that NetSuite and Australia Post have partnered to deliver an integrated solution for merchants and omnichannel commerce businesses using postal services in Australia, enabling them to manage their mission-critical…
  • 20/20 Panoramic View of the ERP Industry – Part 3 of 3

    Eric Kimberling
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:04 am
    This marks the final blog in our three-part series discussing ERP industry trends for the year 2020. Over the last few weeks we have provided an overview of our new white paper, 20/20 Panoramic View of the ERP Industry, highlighting trends that are highly relevant to organizations in the process of implementing ERP software. To continue this series, I’ll discuss three additional trends that likely will impact the ERP industry in 2020: 7. The return of best-of-breed and two-tier solutions. There was a time when IT environments with more than one ERP system were considered bad practice. While…
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    brenda michelson

  • 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…
  • Link: Three Approaches to Managing Total Digitization – Peter Weill and Stephanie Woerner

    brenda michelson
    15 Jan 2014 | 1:30 pm
    “How are enterprises managing the spread and scope of total digitization? We at MIT CISR have found that enterprises are using one or more of three approaches to managing total digitization: convergence, coordination, or a separate digital innovation stacks approach. Each approach has very different objectives and measures of success.” … “Convergence is about reducing cost, reducing risk, and achieving synergies. Coordination is the right choice for enterprises that are trying to achieve a few enterprise-wide goals such as improving customer experience or asset…
  • Link: The Nine Elements of Digital Transformation | MIT Sloan Management Review

    brenda michelson
    14 Jan 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Another perspective, similar findings: “Companies in all industries and regions are experimenting with — and benefiting from — digital transformation. Whether it is in the way individuals work and collaborate, the way business processes are executed within and across organizational boundaries, or in the way a company understands and serves customers, digital technology provides a wealth of opportunity.” MIT Center for Digital Business research surfaced 9 elements across three categories: Transforming Customer Experience Customer Understanding Top-Line Growth Customer Touch…
 
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    Pretzel Logic - @sameerpatel

  • 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…
  • Looking for digital signals at #HRTechConf

    Sameer Patel
    5 Oct 2014 | 5:54 am
    Heading to the 17th annual HR Tech Conference in Vegas this coming week for a day. The Human Resources domain is becoming increasingly more important because for every line of business… …the world of recording transactions and expertise and performance and other metadata about work, and where work gets done will need to be increasingly connected …because when you put the end user in the center of the experience, the software has to conform to how *you* want to work. …and at the nucleus of any digital transformation is human capital leverage. I wrote in a previous post about why human…
  • This (Digital) Transformation will be Productized

    Sameer Patel
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
    The wires seemed to be clogged with article over article about whether the CMO is more powerful than the CIO in the age of digital transformation when really, there is a far more foundational issue for CEOs to deal with and that’s the role of product, and subsequently, what being a product manager entails, and the CEOs competency to design and lead a digitally-driven product organization. The bulldozer that every digitally transformative company such as Nest or AirBNB or Uber rode in on is a data-driven and networked-product DNA that promises to change the very definition of the…
  • Heart and Hustle in Indian HR #hrtech

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

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

  • TIBCO and Ericsson form Global OSS/BSS Partnership

    J. Pullen
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    TIBCO Software and Ericsson have formed a global partnership whereby TIBCO middleware will be included in the comprehensive portfolio of OSS/BSS software and consulting and systems integration services offered by Ericsson. The TIBCO software will complement Ericsson’s own OSS/BSS portfolio of services in the area of charging, billing, order management, product catalog, customer relationship management and customer experience management. This is another example of an Ericsson consulting and system integration engagement in which partnering with OSS/BSS software suppliers has been…
  • Accanto Systems Acquires InstantCEM

    J. Pullen
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:47 am
    Accanto Systems, an established provider of customer experience management (CEM) and network analytics, has announced that the company has entered into a definitive agreement to buy InstantCEM, an application provider enabling device-based customer experience feedback and operator communication. With InstantCEM’s mobile device technology, the Accanto iCEM solution will be the first OSS CEM toolkit that provides complete customer and network-centric visibility, utilizing crowd-sourcing and direct two-way customer communication, combined with Quality of Experience (QoE) analytics for each…
  • Telco Systems Unveils Virtualized Firewall and Routing Network Functions

    J. Pullen
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:43 am
    Telco Systems, the leading provider of innovative SDN & NFV and multi-service Carrier Ethernet 2.0 and MPLS edge solutions, has announced the release of its first two TelcoApps, vFirewall and vRouter, enabling service providers to achieve the significant benefits of distributed network functions virtualization (NFV) throughout their telecom networks. The TelcoApps products supply useful virtualized network functions (VNFs) that add considerable value by bringing cloud technology to the telecom network, enabling quick installation of virtualized applications. With TelcoApps, service…
  • Network Neutrality: Fantasy or Folly?

    J. Pullen
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:39 am
    Martin Geddes has some pretty clear views on the feasibility of network neutrality. Read his latest explanation here. And we consider the practicalities of operating a ‘neutral’ network, and the significant implications for OSS… Geddes gets right to the point: “There is only one problem with network ‘neutrality’: it doesn’t technically exist.” It’s a romantic notion that the Internet should be a level playing field. Many OTT service providers and independent content providers are in support of the notion of network neutrality. Their main concern…
  • Ericsson Acquires Sentilla for Cloud and Analytics

    J. Pullen
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:35 am
    Ericsson has announced that it has acquired California-based Sentilla Corp., a provider of IT infrastructure intelligence software. The deal enhances Ericsson’s ability to help service providers support IT organizations that are struggling to overcome new network complexities introduced by mobility and the cloud. Sentilla develops software for optimal performance, real-time workload management and intelligent deployment decision-making in complex multi-technology environments. The company’s capabilities across data gathering, performance monitoring, policy engine and reporting complement…
 
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    Ultra Consultants

  • IT Risk, Business Continuity, and Security

    Martin Moor
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:16 am
    Many of us suffered through the aftermath of the air traffic control debacle in September that affected both major Chicago airports and nationwide air travel for several weeks. Unsecured data centers, unauthorized access, a lack of robust and tested disaster recovery practices are all too common amongst today’s businesses; but when disaster strikes, hindsight is 20/20 making us wish we would have invested more responsibly in this area we call IT Risk Management and Business Continuity. The Consequences of an IT Disaster The fact is, businesses lose millions due to technology downtime as…
  • What Ultra is Reading: John Kotter’s “Leading Change” and Overcoming Complacency

    Steven Goldberg
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    A few months after becoming a member of Ultra’s impressive team of ERP and business performance improvement consultants, I was asked to recommend a business book to the team, one that ideally related to guiding manufacturing companies on transformational initiatives. The book would then serve as the next read in our ERP book club series, to be discussed at our in-person quarterly meeting, a standing practice at Ultra for some time. What the “Best” Consultants Know to Read Upon thinking about business books that had made a lasting impression, a common theme emerged – all were books…
  • Inforum 2014 Marks the Reveal of Infor Cloud Solutions for ERP

    George Trudell
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    Even though Inforum 2014 is about a month behind us, the event is still on my mind, and not just because of the high-powered keynotes and prestigious speakers. The attendees knew going into the event that something big was going to be announced, and I’m sure I don’t only speak for myself when I say we were hoping it was the announcement of Infor cloud solutions for ERP. Inforum 2014 served as the perfect time and place for Infor to announce their new cloud product for ERP, Infor CloudSuite. Infor’s Core Strategy You might think this move is more expected than exciting since it seems…
  • ERP Knowledge to Share: Ultra’s Insights Regularly Sought by Industry Publications

    Jeff Carr
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    Ultra Corporation’s vast ERP knowledge is not only acknowledged amongst our large client base, but also throughout the industry, an observation supported by the numerous articles written by Ultra employees that appear in trade journals and industry websites. Ultra works have appeared in over ten of these such publications, with one significant example being BusinessSoftware.com. BusinessSoftware.com is a free information resource for vendors and buyers of business technology. They take pride in assisting buyers in making the best technology decision by providing reliable advice and factual,…
  • Centralized ERP: What Makes Sense for PE firms?

    Jeff Carr
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:52 am
    The Ultra team is often called into a client engagement when a private equity (PE) investor acquires a manufacturing enterprise — whether in automotive, heavy duty, aerospace, food processing or other sectors. During an acquisition process, issues with legacy or outdated ERP systems come to the forefront, since PE firms usually seek to have centralized performance data, reporting and IT. We’ve seen situations where departments and divisions of the acquired company find they can no longer function independently of each other, maintaining basic spreadsheets of outdated information. In many…
 
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    The Investing Edge

  • Why We’re Watching the Bring Your Own App (BYOA) Trend

    Matt Fates
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    The BYOA movement continues to grow – both in enterprises worldwide and in social media. While Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and others continue to proliferate as means for employees to work more productively, social mentions of BYOA have increased as well, according to the latest iteration of the Ascent Index. But is BYOA getting the level of attention it really deserves? From a technology standpoint, BYOA is a logical successor to BYOD. BYOD made commonplace the use of personal devices in the workplace; BYOA simply extends that philosophy to personal applications that pose a huge…
  • Want to change the world? ‘Secure’ the Next Killer App in IoT

    Luke Burns
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:47 am
    “What’s the next killer app in the Internet of Things?” It was the first of many topics of discussion at the Ascent B2B IT Forum in Cambridge on Tuesday night. In front of a packed house of nearly 200 attendees, panelists at “From Industry 4.0 to iWatch: The Internet of Things” suggested several groundbreaking ideas that might be in the running. Mike Helfrich of Blue Force Development, a company that does a lot of work with the Department of Defense, has been deploying data-collecting and data-sharing devices on the battlefield. Helfrich believes there is enormous opportunity for…
  • Announcing the October B2B IT Forum on the Internet of Things

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

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

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

    nwurst@skytap.com
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:39 am
    ​Our Tap In Partner Parasoft cooked up this nightmare-inducing, Halloween themed piece; it was originally published on their excellent blog.With Halloween rapidly approaching, let's take a quick look at some of the top things that are killing software testers...Accelerated Release Cycles In response to today's demand for speed and "Continuous Everything," the software delivery conveyer belt keeps moving faster and faster.  Considering that software testing has long been a thorn in the side of the software delivery process, it's unreasonable to expect that simply trying to speed up an…
  • On-premises Data Masking for Increased Cloud Testing Security

    nwurst@skytap.com
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    We recently hosted a webinar with one of our partners, Axis Technology, to demonstrate how their DMSuite® tool ensures that sensitive production data remains secure, while also providing testers with "intelligent" datasets that help them provide more complete testing. This webinar provides tips on how on-premises masked test data management addresses security concerns, while still allowing for continuous testing in the cloud. You'll learn how DMSuite® performs the following tasks to help you build better software faster:Masks structured and unstructured data completely on-premises, in…
  • Limiting the Limitations of Open Source Test Automation

    nwurst@skytap.com
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    ​At last week’s STARWEST conference, I attend a number of sessions focused on testing automation. The topic dominated most of the conference, as more and more dev/test teams are being tasked with building better software faster—so its natural that automation and DevOps are two areas being looking into as potential means to this tackling this challenge.  One session in particular that I was really looking forward to was Ramandeep Singh’s “End-to-End Test Automation with Open Source Technologies.” Skytap has always been a big supporter of open source technologies: from our…
  • How Skytap Complements, not Competes, with Puppet and Chef

    nwurst@skytap.com
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:06 am
    ​Skytap is occasionally asked how our service overlaps with provisioning and deployment tools like Puppet, Chef, and OpenStack HOT. While those tools do have some conceptual overlap, their roles are fairly distinct from Skytap's role in practice.  Skytap's service provides environments on demand for the development and testing of complex enterprise applications. We give our customers the ability to easily create, clone, share, and collaborate with these environments while maintaining tight IT visibility and control for security, compliance, and budgetary purposes. What is a "complex…
  • Who Pays for Parallel Development Pizza Parties in the Cloud?

    nwurst@skytap.com
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:26 pm
    As we move development and test activities into cloud-based labs, we have noticed an age-old challenge arise to some companies’ adoption efforts. While it is tempting to focus on the value or ROI we can achieve from cloud dev/test environments, we should never forget to ask, “Exactly who pays for all this?”Is accounting getting in the way of agile development in the cloud? A lot of companies treat their first forays into the cloud like a pizza party. Since the monthly costs are usually far cheaper than the up-front cost of building conventional labs, the budget owner of the cloud…
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