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  • 10 Enterprise Mobility Management Solutions: Beyond MDM

    Datamation.com
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:28 am
    The leading enterprise mobility management products, with background about compatibility, differentiators and security for each.
  • Salesforce Adds HR To Its Online Suite

    InformationWeek:
    Charles Babcock
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Salesforce for HR internalizes customer relationship management so employers can improve relations with their employees.
  • Automated Valuation Frameworks

    EMC Blogs
    22 Apr 2015 | 4:36 am
    The slide below is copied from a presentation that I gave at an IT@Cork function in February of this year: The slide is meant to communicate a process whereby a data center architecture can move towards an application/data association framework that facilitates data valuation activity. The key to building the framework is the performing of a continual application inventory. In previous posts I've highlighted the first two phases of this inventory process: Phase 1 is characterized by identifying applications that can be decommissioned. Once identified, the journey to valuation begins by…
  • Ten Reasons Why VMware Is Leading The Hyperconverged Industry

    Chuck's Blog
    Chuck Hollis
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:26 am
    Those of you who have followed me over the years know that I’m not shy when it comes to a good competitive dust-up.  I’m OK with the usual puffery and slightly exaggerated claims.  All part of the fun. I’m not OK when I believe the claims are misleading. One startup is working very hard to convince everyone that they (and they alone) are leading the current trend in HCI — hyperconverged infrastructure.  One of their spokespeople even published a thoughtful piece listing the ten reasons why they thought they deserved the “leader” mantle. While I admire their…
  • Comic: HR Analytics

    InformationWeek:
    Brian Moore
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:17 am
    Predictive analytics is great, but when it comes to HR, maybe spending more time on people will make it less necessary.
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  • Comic: HR Analytics

    Brian Moore
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:17 am
    Predictive analytics is great, but when it comes to HR, maybe spending more time on people will make it less necessary.
  • Nokia: No Plans To Return To Phone Manufacturing

    Nathan Eddy
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:05 am
    Despite rumors to the contrary, Nokia has no official plans to re-enter the mobile phone manufacturing market, the company officially stated.
  • Tech Buying: 6 Reasons Why IT Still Matters

    Lisa Morgan
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:05 am
    Making major tech purchases, especially big data analytics and business intelligence tools, without consulting IT may cause major problems. Here's why.
  • Welcome To Interop Las Vegas Day One!

    Andrew Conry Murray
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Interop Las Vegas kicks off with a day of in-depth workshops on security, IT leadership, mobility, and more.
  • Delivery Drone Or Death Machine?

    Thomas Claburn
    26 Apr 2015 | 9:06 am
    Drones can help or harm. Figuring out how to respond to them isn't going to be easy.
 
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    Network Computing:

  • SDN & UC Integration: A Work In Progress

    Marcia Savage
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Microsoft has led the way in applying software-defined networking to unified communications with its Lync SDN API, but a networking expert says more work is required to make communications and SDN a truly powerful combination.
  • Network Designs Duke It Out At Interop Live vDM

    Susan Fogarty
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    The Virtual Design Master competition will hold its first networking-themed event live from the show floor at Interop Las Vegas this week.
  • Expanding IT Roles For Business Growth

    Azmi Jafarey
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    The business expects more from IT than back-end support. Today's IT teams are expected to help drive business. Here's how to do it.
  • IPv6: How To Get Started

    Jeff Carrell
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    You can't just 'turn on' IPv6. Successful IPv6 deployment requires taking time to learn about the Internet protocol, work with it in a lab, and thorough testing.
  • Fibre Channel Really Is Dead

    Kevin Deierling
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Ethernet has overcome the problems that prevented converged compute and storage networks, speeding the demise of Fibre Channel.
 
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    deal architect

  • Why does every sector underestimate Amazon?

    vinnie
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Amazon finally broke out AWS revenues – it has an annual run rate of $ 5 billion with growth accelerating, and that is profitable. Lots of people are shocked Amazon has built a solid business in yet another sector –...
  • NetSuite deepens focus

    vinnie
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:48 am
    I do not often listen to quarterly earnings calls. I did to NetSuite’s 1Q call yesterday. It was a good primer to SuiteWorld coming up in a couple of weeks. Besides CEO Zach Nelson is always entertaining. Zach did not...
  • Why Good Enough is often Better

    vinnie
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:48 am
    Verizon announced it lost last quarter over 100,000 mobile phone subscribers to aggressive pricing from Sprint and T-Mobile. No matter – it is not about to start discounting. Instead, it has ramped up an aggressive ad campaign about how it...
  • Empty calories at IBM

    vinnie
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:31 pm
    The WSJ profiles IBM CEO Ginni Rometty after its 12th straight quarterly decline in revenues and she calls some of her divested hardware units “empty calories” “These units were producing revenue but not profits” The WSJ adds a chart where...
  • These are the good old days

    vinnie
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:53 am
    It’s hard to argue with Buck Showalter when he says in this MLB promo "These are the good old days" “These are the best 750 players in the world that the world has to offer” and “The game’s being played...
 
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    Hu's Blog

  • Software-Defined Infrastructure Enables Greater Innovation in IT

    Hu Yoshida
    23 Apr 2015 | 9:49 am
    If you google the acronym IT, you will see definitions that look like this one from Wikipedia which has been unchanged over the last 30 to 40 years: “Information technology (IT) is the application of computers and telecommunications equipment to store, retrieve, transmit and manipulate data, often in the context of a business or other enterprise.” This generally accepted definition of IT is more about infrastructure technology than it is about information technology. Information technology certainly depends on infrastructure but also includes application technology, the technology that…
  • NO MATTER HOW YOU LOOK AT ENTERPRISE STORAGE

    Hu Yoshida
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:14 am
    TBR’s Data Center Server and Storage Market Forecast indicates revenue growth in the global data center flash storage market will exceed all other server and storage sub-segments from 2014 to 2018, rising at a 22.9% CAGR to more than $13.5 billion while external data center disk storage revenues will shrink at a 5.3% CAGR to nearly $18.1 billion. For those who believe that only new-style AFAs can succeed in this market, it  would seem to have a dampening effect on the enterprise storage market. In terms of Hitachi Data Systems, we continue to do well with our enterprise storage arrays.
  • Joint Webinar with VMware and HDS – Delivering Simplified Scalable IT with VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes and Hitachi Storage

    Hu Yoshida
    9 Apr 2015 | 10:11 am
    I began 2015 with blog on Hitachi Storage for Virtual Volumes, arguably the most discussed storage technology in recent years. In February of this year Hitachi Data Systems announced the early support for VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes (VVOLs), simplifying customers’ cloud journey and extending the value of Hitachi’s rich infrastructure solutions. VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes is a major technological advancement in the storage ecosystem that can solve several key issues for customers: overprovisioning of storage, inflexibility to perform granular data services, complex…
  • Hitachi Partners To Build A Big Data Marketplace for Copenhagen’s Green Initiative

    Hu Yoshida
    8 Apr 2015 | 3:55 pm
    On March 2, 2015 Hitachi Consulting was chosen to build an innovative Big Data Platform for Denmark’s capitol, Copenhagen, to improve the quality of life in the Copenhagen area, to stimulate business activity, and to help achieve its ambitious goal to be carbon neutral by 2025. What is unique about this Big Data platform is that it is being built in partnership with the City of Copenhagen, Capital Region (the administrative region within and around Copenhagen), the Danish cluster organization, CLEAN and a consortium of partners to establish a city-wide big data marketplace for the sale…
  • Transforming the IT Culture: Going Beyond Collaboration to Innovation

    Hu Yoshida
    2 Apr 2015 | 11:43 am
    Today all CIO’s are adjusting to the world of SMAC, Social, Mobile, Analytics and Cloud. IDC refers to this as the third platform, which is changing the focus of IT as mainframes and client/server models have done in the past. Crawford Del Prete, the Chief Research Officer of IDC, has been quoted as saying that CIOs must embrace the 3rd platform. He believes that the third platform will drive sustainable growth, but will require stronger IT and business collaboration and CIOs will play a pivotal role in driving digital business transformation. Otherwise CIOs will only exist as procurers…
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    The Enterprise System Spectator

  • Infor ERP Customers and the UpgradeX Roadmap

    Frank Scavo
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:05 pm
    I was at Infor’s headquarters in New York City recently for Infor’s Innovation Summit, its annual event for industry analysts. It’s a good two day briefing, packed with a lot of information on Infor’s broad portfolio of products and its many new initiatives, along with access to all of its top executives.One of my goals was to see what kind of progress Infor has been making on its CloudSuite program, and especially its UpgradeX initiative, which is aimed at upgrading Infor’s existing customer base to current versions deployed in the cloud. In our ERP selection consulting services,…
  • With Manufacturing ERP, the Best UI is No UI

    Frank Scavo
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:07 am
    Among industry analysts, there is much talk these days about smart devices. The story is that information technology is being embedded in a host of products, from your household thermostat to your wristwatch to your toothbrush. These smart devices can be connected to each other and to cloud-based systems, resulting in an Internet of Things (IoT) that enables a whole host of new products and services. They also throw off enormous quantities of data—big data—that can be analyzed for insights and predictions and further leveraged for information-based services.All this is new and exciting.
  • Beyond Business Systems to Business Transformation

    Frank Scavo
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Over the past several years, we’ve seen a subtle shift in our consulting work at Strativa. Years ago, clients would ask us to facilitate an ERP or CRM vendor selection, a business process improvement project, or various types of IT assessments. Our consultants still do those types of projects, of course.But today, increasingly, clients are asking us to help them in a more holistic way. Increasingly, they are not just looking for a new system or for business process improvement. They are looking to see how new technologies can enable new business models, how they should rethink their whole…
  • Where in the World? At the IT Financial Management Conference!

    Frank Scavo
    15 Mar 2015 | 6:18 pm
    If you are an IT executive or responsible for an IT budget, you should consider attending the IT Financial Management association conference this year, April 13-17, in Pittsburgh.For my research firm, Computer Economics, this conference is right up our alley. So, John Longwell and I will both be giving presentations at the conference this year. John, our VP of Research, will be speaking on Long Term IT Trends and What They Mean for Your Organization.  Here's the abstract: Long-term economic and technology trends are creating new challenges for IT financial management. These trends…
  • ERP Selection Is Not Just About Vendor Selection

    Frank Scavo
    22 Feb 2015 | 12:17 pm
    When an organization decides to look for a new ERP system, consultants and vendors often refer to that effort as an "ERP selection project." Sometimes they will refer to it as ERP vendor selection, or an ERP vendor evaluation, but the idea is the same. I've been advising companies on ERP selection since 1989, and my consulting firm Strativa has been doing ERP selection consulting since 2000. After many such projects, I've come to the conclusion that the whole process is misnamed. Why? Because referring to the effort as an ERP vendor selection project makes the choosing the right system the…
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    Schneier on Security

  • The Further Democratization of Stingray

    schneier
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:27 am
    Stingray is the code name for an IMSI-catcher, which is basically a fake cell phone tower sold by Harris Corporation to various law enforcement agencies. (It's actually just one of a series of devices with fish names -- Amberjack is another -- but it's the name used in the media.) What is basically does is trick nearby cell phones into connecting to it. Once that happens, the IMSI-catcher can collect identification and location information of the phones and, in some cases, eavesdrop on phone conversations, text messages, and web browsing.
  • Friday Squid Blogging: The Unique Reproductive Habits of the Vampire Squid

    schneier
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Interesting: While most female squid and octopuses have just one reproductive cycle before they die, vampire squid go through dozens of egg-making cycles in their lifetimes, scientists have found. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered.
  • Signed Copies of Data and Goliath

    schneier
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:12 pm
    You can now order signed copies of Data and Goliath from my website.
  • Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill on Obscurity

    schneier
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:42 am
    I think this is good: Obscurity means that personal information isn't readily available to just anyone. It doesn't mean that information is wiped out or even locked up; rather, it means that some combination of factors makes certain types of information relatively hard to find. Obscurity has always been an important component of privacy. It is a helpful concept because it encapsulates how a broad range of social, economic, and technological changes affects norms and consumer expectations.
  • The Further Democratization of QUANTUM

    schneier
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:55 am
    From my book Data and Goliath: ...when I was working with the Guardian on the Snowden documents, the one top-secret program the NSA desperately did not want us to expose was QUANTUM. This is the NSA's program for what is called packet injection­ -- basically, a technology that allows the agency to hack into computers. Turns out, though, that the NSA was not alone in its use of this technology. The Chinese government uses packet injection to attack computers. The cyberweapons manufacturer Hacking Team sells packet injection technology to any government willing to pay for it. Criminals use it.
 
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    EMC Blogs

  • The Cults Among Us

    23 Apr 2015 | 10:35 am
    Over the past few years, news in the United States has extensively featured the activities of ISIS (ISIL?) — which I perceive as a cult brutalizing innocents in the name of religion. Very nasty stuff, to be sure. But the exact same human behavior is extensively quite visibly on the internet every day — albeit without guns and terrorism involved. Political cults.  Religious cults.  Climate change cults.  And so on and so on. Even in our cozy IT world, cults are among us. And it’s not a good thing — for us as individuals, and us as an industry. Cultism In IT? Just to…
  • Automated Valuation Frameworks

    22 Apr 2015 | 4:36 am
    The slide below is copied from a presentation that I gave at an IT@Cork function in February of this year: The slide is meant to communicate a process whereby a data center architecture can move towards an application/data association framework that facilitates data valuation activity. The key to building the framework is the performing of a continual application inventory. In previous posts I've highlighted the first two phases of this inventory process: Phase 1 is characterized by identifying applications that can be decommissioned. Once identified, the journey to valuation begins by…
  • Second Phase Value

    15 Apr 2015 | 6:31 am
    I've been writing a series of posts outlining an architecture that supports data valuation (assigning business/economic value to data).  I started with a description of the ideal architecture. In order to implement this architecture it would require making modifications to multiple layers within an existing data center (e.g. the PaaS, SDDC, and storage layers).  Instead of changing all of these layers at the same time I have been recommending a multi-step journey to data valuation that begins with application decommissioning. The key activity in this first phase is the…
  • Journey to Valuation: Start with a Sunset

    13 Apr 2015 | 6:31 am
    I've been thinking about the steps required to build an architecture that supports data valuation (assigning economic or business value to data). In my last post I introduced a greenfield approach for building this architecture from scratch. In this post I'd like to begin exploring some ideas for transforming a data center towards an architecture where application data is automatically placed and managed based on business value. As I suggested previously, I think application decommissioning is a great place to start. I'd summarize it this way: Discover which applications are…
  • Life Beyond Hyperconverged

    8 Apr 2015 | 10:08 am
    Well, I certainly gave the hornet’s nest a good, healthy smack with my recent post (“Ten Reasons Why VMware Is Leading The Hyperconverged Market”).   Never underestimate the power of a well-written blog post to shake things up :) In addition to hearing from dozens of enraged Nutanix employees, the usual round of pundits are now weighing in with their perspectives as well.  Everyone is entitled to their opinions, and there seems to be no shortage of those.   Although I do find it interesting that no one has yet attempted to refute any of the facts behind the ten…
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    Oracle Bloggers

  • Middleware Sessions: OTN Virtual Technology Summit - May 5, 12, 19

    Bob Rhubart-Oracle
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:52 am
    There is still time to register for the next free Oracle Technology Network Virtual Technology Summit. The event is presented at three different times/dates to accommodate those in the AMER, EMEA, and APAC regions: AMER: May 5 - 9:00am - 12:30pm PT EMEA: May 12 - 9:ooam - 12:30pm GMT APAC: May 19 - 9:30am - 1:00pm IST Click one of the links above to register for the most convenient date. The event includes separate tracks for Database, Java, Systems, and Middleware. Session presenters will be available for live Q&A during each session. Attendees can freely switch between tracks during the…
  • Oracle Presentations at Chicago and Milwaukee Area .NET User Groups

    Christian Shay
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:32 am
    Attention Chicago and Milwaukee area .NET developers: Please join me next month as I visit the Lake County .NET Users' Group and the Wisconsin .NET Users Group to speak to members on the topic "Oracle .NET and Visual Studio: Intro and Best Practices". Details below. Please be sure to sign up at the user group websites so they know you are coming and to find out about any last minute changes in time/location. Free food and drink will be provided.Tuesday May 12th, 7:00pm:Wisconsin .NET Users Grouphttp://www.meetup.com/Wisconsin-Net-Users-Group/events/221227610/Meeting location:Thomson…
  • What Does Facebook’s API Change Mean?

    Maggie Schneider Huston-Oracle
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:10 am
    By now you’ve probably heard that changes are coming to Facebook’s API. Not to worry though - Oracle Social Cloud’s got you covered. Here’s what’s going on: What is happening? Lots of things. In April, Facebook is updating the Newsfeed to reflect user feedback. Under the new changes, you’re more likely to see content that is posted by friends you care about higher up in your news feed. You may see multiple posts from the same source in a row. You will be less likely to see posts about friends liking or commenting on another story. In October, Facebook is changing the way marketers…
  • Partners Encouraged to Review RAC 12c Specialization Credentials

    Cinzia Mascanzoni-Oracle
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:12 am
    The RAC 11g Specialization version is six months away from becoming non-qualifying, so it's a good time for your partners to start reviewing the latest specialization criteria and prepare for the update. Online assessments of salespresales material as well as the implementation exam are available today!
  • Partner Webcast: Oracle PaaS Strategy Update – April 30

    Cinzia Mascanzoni-Oracle
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:05 am
    Customers increasingly demand end-to-end cloud capabilities to speed up the pace of innovation; capabilities that require a wide range of PaaS solutions. Oracle PaaS helps organizations rapidly build, integrate, secure and deploy rich Oracle SaaS applications, on-premise applications, and other SaaS applications. To delve deeper into this topic, encourage your partners to register for an Oracle Paas strategy webcast on April 30.
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    Development & Integration Blogs

  • Better Passwords

    26 Apr 2015 | 9:39 am
    Passwords are not the best method of authenticating users on a network, but they are the most commonly used method. They are easier and less expensive to implement and use than most of the alternatives, and are definitely better than no authenticatio...
  • Better Authentication

    25 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    As stated in one of my previous posts, security isn't just to keep the "bad guys" from doing bad things, it is also to keep us "good guys" from doing bad things accidentally. Typing "DEL *.*" while in the wrong directory...
  • Securing Shared Printers

    23 Apr 2015 | 2:47 pm
    A LAN administrator at a major bank once observed, "The company data processing auditors spend a lot of time on password security and access to sensitive on-line information, but they completely ignore the fact that all the network printers, whe...
  • Better Workstation Security

    22 Apr 2015 | 4:35 pm
    Many years ago, a student at George Washington High School in Denver, Colorado, installed a small TSR (terminate-and-stay-resident, or RAM-resident) program on a network administrator's PC that waited for the command LOGIN to be entered, then wrote t...
  • Better Physical Security

    21 Apr 2015 | 12:02 pm
    The first step in Network security is controlling physical access to critical or sensitive hardware. File Servers and Hosts Network file servers and time-sharing hosts are especially vulnerable. If the wrong person has physical access and suf...
 
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    StorageMojo

  • How doomed is NetApp?

    Robin Harris
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:41 am
    The current turmoil caused by plummeting cloud storage costs, new entrants sporting modern architectures and the forced re-architecting due to flash and upcoming NV memories is a perfect storm for legacy vendors. Some are handling it better than others, but some, like IBM and NetApp, appear to be sinking. NetApp is signalling that their 2015 sales may not reach expected levels – not a surprise – and that more layoffs – on top of the ≈1500 in the last couple of years – could come soon. The latest troubling sign from NetApp is the failure of their FlashRay project to…
  • EMC’s DSSD hiring is exploding

    Robin Harris
    18 Feb 2015 | 1:24 pm
    DSSD, the Valley startup acquired by EMC last year (see EMC goes all in with DSSD) is continuing to hire at an accelerating rate. Informed sources put the current DSSD team at 160 heads with plans to grow it to 800 over the next year. This is a program in a hurry. Hiring such numbers in the very tight Silicon Valley job market today is expensive, where even new graduates command 6 figures – and need it to afford an apartment with only one roommate. But given that VMAX needs a low latency backend to replace the uncompetitive VMAX disk infrastructure, the rush is understandable. Rotating…
  • Latency in all-flash arrays

    Robin Harris
    17 Feb 2015 | 10:04 am
    StorageMojo has been writing about latency and flash arrays for years (see The SSD write cliff in real life), with a focus on data from the TPC-C and SPC-1 benchmarks. The folks at Violin Memory asked me to create a Video White Paper to discuss the problem in a bite-size chunk. Latency is the long pole Steven Swanson’s and Adrian M. Caulfield’s work at the University of California San Diego found that with a 4Kbyte disk access, the standard Linux software stack accounted for just 0.3% of the latency and 0.4% of the energy consumption. With flash however, the same software stack…
  • EMC’s missing petabytes: the cost of short stroking

    Robin Harris
    10 Feb 2015 | 1:34 pm
    A couple of weeks ago StorageMojo learned that a VMAX 20k could support up to 2400 3TB drives, it can only address ≈2PB. Where did the remaining 5 petabytes go? Some theories were advanced in the comments, and I spoke to other people about the mystery. No one would speak on the record, but here’s the gist of the received wisdom. Different strokes for different folks Short stroking is the short and best answer. Short stroking uses the outermost tracks – the fastest, densest, and capacious tracks – to punch up drive performance. By reducing head shift time and maximizing…
  • Help StorageMojo find the VMAX 20k’s lost petabytes!

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

  • SDN & UC Integration: A Work In Progress

    Marcia Savage
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Microsoft has led the way in applying software-defined networking to unified communications with its Lync SDN API, but a networking expert says more work is required to make communications and SDN a truly powerful combination.
  • Network Designs Duke It Out At Interop Live vDM

    Susan Fogarty
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    The Virtual Design Master competition will hold its first networking-themed event live from the show floor at Interop Las Vegas this week.
  • Expanding IT Roles For Business Growth

    Azmi Jafarey
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    The business expects more from IT than back-end support. Today's IT teams are expected to help drive business. Here's how to do it.
  • IPv6: How To Get Started

    Jeff Carrell
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    You can't just 'turn on' IPv6. Successful IPv6 deployment requires taking time to learn about the Internet protocol, work with it in a lab, and thorough testing.
  • Fibre Channel Really Is Dead

    Kevin Deierling
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Ethernet has overcome the problems that prevented converged compute and storage networks, speeding the demise of Fibre Channel.
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    Network & Infrastructure Blogs

  • Better Passwords

    26 Apr 2015 | 9:39 am
    Passwords are not the best method of authenticating users on a network, but they are the most commonly used method. They are easier and less expensive to implement and use than most of the alternatives, and are definitely better than no authenticatio...
  • Better Authentication

    25 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    As stated in one of my previous posts, security isn't just to keep the "bad guys" from doing bad things, it is also to keep us "good guys" from doing bad things accidentally. Typing "DEL *.*" while in the wrong directory...
  • Securing Shared Printers

    23 Apr 2015 | 2:47 pm
    A LAN administrator at a major bank once observed, "The company data processing auditors spend a lot of time on password security and access to sensitive on-line information, but they completely ignore the fact that all the network printers, whe...
  • Better Workstation Security

    22 Apr 2015 | 4:35 pm
    Many years ago, a student at George Washington High School in Denver, Colorado, installed a small TSR (terminate-and-stay-resident, or RAM-resident) program on a network administrator's PC that waited for the command LOGIN to be entered, then wrote t...
  • Better Physical Security

    21 Apr 2015 | 12:02 pm
    The first step in Network security is controlling physical access to critical or sensitive hardware. File Servers and Hosts Network file servers and time-sharing hosts are especially vulnerable. If the wrong person has physical access and suf...
 
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    Enterprise Back Office Blogs

  • Thanks for the SugarCon Customer Experience

    27 Apr 2015 | 3:46 am
    One of the greatest weaknesses of CRM implementations is that managers forget that great BI and reporting is worthless if it constrains the marketing, sales and service process. Would you rather sell a ton or report a ton and sell less?
  • Better Passwords

    26 Apr 2015 | 9:39 am
    Passwords are not the best method of authenticating users on a network, but they are the most commonly used method. They are easier and less expensive to implement and use than most of the alternatives, and are definitely better than no authenticatio...
  • Collaborate 15 #C15LV Preview: Business Process Transformation: ROI is Dead, Long Live ROA - Part Four: Business Process Transformation

    26 Apr 2015 | 8:50 am
    When talking with CIOs, I like to ask key questions about their current state that have to do with the degree of control that they and the IT department has over business processes.
  • Better Authentication

    25 Apr 2015 | 8:30 am
    As stated in one of my previous posts, security isn't just to keep the "bad guys" from doing bad things, it is also to keep us "good guys" from doing bad things accidentally. Typing "DEL *.*" while in the wrong directory...
  • Securing Shared Printers

    23 Apr 2015 | 2:47 pm
    A LAN administrator at a major bank once observed, "The company data processing auditors spend a lot of time on password security and access to sensitive on-line information, but they completely ignore the fact that all the network printers, whe...
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    Microsoft Security Response Center

  • Microsoft Bounty Programs Expansion – Azure and Project Spartan

    MSRC Team
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:03 am
    I am excited to announce significant expansions to the Microsoft Bounty Programs.  We are evolving the 'Online Services Bug Bounty, launching a new bounty for Project Spartan, and updating the Mitigation Bypass Bounty. This continued evolution includes additions to the Online Services Bug Bounty Program:  Azure Azure is Microsoft’s cloud platform and the backbone of Microsoft cloud services. This program will include a number of Azure services, such as: Azure virtual machines, Azure Cloud Services, Azure Storage, Azure Active Directory and much more Sway.com Sway.com is a…
  • April 2015 Updates

    MSRC Team
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:04 am
    Today, as part of Update Tuesday, we released 11 security bulletins. We encourage customers to apply all of these updates. For more information about this month’s security updates, including the detailed view of the Exploitability Index (XI), visit the Microsoft Bulletin Summary webpage. If you are not familiar with how we calculate the XI, a full description can be found here. We released one new Security Advisory: Update to Improve PKU2U Authentication (3045755) One Security Advisory was revised: SSL 3.0 Update (3009008) For the latest information, you can follow the…
  • March 2015 Updates

    MSRC Team
    10 Mar 2015 | 10:02 am
    Today, as part of Update Tuesday, we released 14 security bulletins to address vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Exchange, and Internet Explorer. We encourage customers to apply all of these updates. For more information about this month’s security updates, including the detailed view of the Exploitability Index (XI) broken down by each Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE), visit the Microsoft Bulletin Summary webpage. If you are not familiar with how we calculate the XI, a full description can be found here. We released one new Security Advisory:…
  • Security Advisory 3046015 released

    MSRC Team
    5 Mar 2015 | 10:44 am
    Today, we released Security Advisory 3046015 to provide guidance to customers in response to the SSL/TLS issue referred to by researchers as “FREAK” (Factoring attack on RSA-EXPORT Keys). Our investigation continues and we’ll take the necessary steps to protect our customers. MSRC Team
  • February 2015 Updates

    MSRC Team
    10 Feb 2015 | 10:07 am
    Today, as part of Update Tuesday, we released nine security bulletins – three rated Critical and six rated Important in severity, to address 56 unique Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) in Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Server software.  We encourage you to apply all of these updates. For more information about this month’s security updates, including the detailed view of the Exploitability Index (XI) broken down by each CVE, visit the Microsoft Bulletin Summary webpage. If you are not familiar with how we calculate the XI, a…
 
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  • Playing with the Filestream storage on Sunday

    Damian
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:20 am
    Today I was asked to do a pretty easy thing. The task was to add a filestream support to a table that already stores some documents. The customer wants to keep the data outside the database because he uses the SQL Server 2014 Express edition. According to the MSDN page there is limitation of 10GB that can be stored in this edition and filestream data are not taken into the consideration to this limit. But let’s go back to work now. The first thing we would have to do is to enable filestream support on the server level. That can be done using the SQL Server Configuration Manager or by…
  • Andy-Frickin-Leonard

    andyleonard
    26 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    A few years ago at a conference, a young man approached me and asked if I was ready for my presentation. I squared with him (for emphasis) and replied, “No, sir. In fact, I’m worried about it.” He looked a little stunned and said, “Why?” “I’ve never done this presentation before, I don’t like the flow of the material yet, and I’m concerned it’s going to fall flat when I deliver it.” Looking aghast, he said, “But… you’re Andy-frickin-Leonard. ” “I’ve been trapped in here with me for several decades...(read more)
  • SQL Server 2014 Cumulative Update #7 is available!

    AaronBertrand
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:08 am
    Microsoft has released Cumulative Update #7 for SQL Server 2014. See this blog post for more information. KB Article: KB #3046038 41 fixes listed publicly at time of publication (47 total) Build number is 12.0.2495 Relevant for @@VERSION 12.0.2000 through 12.0.2494 Note: This cumulative update is only for RTM - do not attempt to install if you have already deployed Service Pack 1....(read more)
  • Geek City: Point in Time Recovery for Operations on Memory—Optimized Tables

    Kalen Delaney
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:05 pm
    In my class in Budapest last week, someone asked if point-in-time recovery was supported for transactions on memory-optimized tables. I couldn’t think of a reason why not, but I had never tried it. And just because there is not a technical inhibitor to allow certain functionality, it is often the case with a new technology that certain features aren’t included just because it just hasn’t been tested sufficiently. But as I thought about it a bit more, I realized there was no way that point-in-time...(read more)
  • Transaction IO Performance on Violin

    jchang
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:48 pm
    Back in Feb, I went on a diatribe-rant against the standard SAN Vendor configuration practice. The Problem with Standard SAN Configuration IO Performance , article and accompanying post , showed IO performance metrics for a batch driven transaction processing workload on a SAN managed by a data center/cloud company. The only option offered by the service provider was to request volumes for storage. There was no consideration for special IO characteristics of transaction processing or other database...(read more)
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    MySQL Performance Blog

  • Indexing 101: Optimizing MySQL queries on a single table

    Stephane Combaudon
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    I have recently seen several cases when performance for MySQL queries on a single table was terrible. The reason was simple: the wrong indexes were added and so the execution plan was poor. Here are guidelines to help you optimize various kinds of single-table queries.Disclaimer: I will be presenting general guidelines and I do not intend to cover all scenarios. I am pretty confident that you can find examples where what I am writing does not work, but I am also confident that it will help you most of the time. Also I will not discuss features you can find in MySQL 5.6+ like Index Condition…
  • Percona Live & OpenStack Live 2015 wrap-up

    Tom Diederich
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Peter Zaitsev kicks off Percona Live 2015With highlights that included news of Percona’s acquisition of Tokutek, a lively keynote discussion with Apple legend Steve “Woz” Wozniak, scores of technical sessions, tutorials and a festive MySQL community dinner and game night, last week’s Percona Live MySQL Conference and Expo had something for everyone.More than 1,200 attendees from around the world converged upon Santa Clara, California for the event, which included for the first time a two-day OpenStack Live track alongside a two-day crash course for aspiring MySQL DBAs…
  • Considering Sharding with MySQL? Join my April 22 webinar. Questions welcome!

    Peter Zaitsev
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:08 am
    MySQL sharding is one of the most used and surely the most abused MySQL scaling technology. My April 2 Dzone article, “To Shard, or Not to Shard,” proved there is indeed quite an interest in this topic.As such, I’m hosting a live webinar tomorrow (April 22) that will shed light on questions about sharding with MySQL. It’s titled: To Shard or Not to Shard That is the Question!I’ll be answering questions such as:Is sharding right for your application or should you use other scaling technologies?If you’re sharding, what things do you need to consider and…
  • Profiling MySQL queries from Performance Schema

    Jervin Real
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:49 am
    When optimizing queries and investigating performance issues, MySQL comes with built in support for profiling queries akaSET profiling = 1; . This is already awesome and simple to use, but why the PERFORMANCE_SCHEMA alternative?Because profiling will be removed soon (already deprecated on MySQL 5.6 ad 5.7); the built-in profiling capability can only be enabled per session. This means that you cannot capture profiling information for queries running from other connections. If you are using Percona Server, the profiling option for log_slow_verbosity is a nice alternative, unfortunately, not…
  • Checking table definition consistency with mysqldiff

    Miguel Angel Nieto
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Data inconsistencies in replication environments are a pretty common. There are lots of posts that explain how to fix those using pt-table-checksum and pt-table-sync. Usually we only care about the data but from time to time we receive this question in support:How can I check the table definition consistency between servers?Replication also allow us to have different table definition between master and slaves. For example, there are some cases that you need some indexes on slaves for querying purposes but are not really needed on the master. There are some other cases where those differences…
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    ProjectVRM

  • How Staples can make things easy for real

    Doc Searls
    1 Apr 2015 | 10:06 pm
    Staples likes to make things easy. Or so their button says. But rebates in general are hard — on both the store and the customer. And at that Staples is no exception. For example, yesterday at a Staples store I bought a couple reams of Staples paper for our printer. I probably would have bought the Staples brand anyway, simply because it’s cheaper. But I also couldn’t ignore the after-rebate price: $1.50 less for each ream, or $3.00 total. So I asked at the cash register if what I paid included the rebate. No, I was told. The rebate is in the electronic receipt I’d get…
  • Preparing for the 3D/VR future

    Doc Searls
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Look in the direction that Meerkat and Periscope both point. If you’ve witnessed the output of either, several things become clear about their evolutionary path: Stereo sound is coming. So is binaural sound, with its you-are-there qualities. 3D will come too, of course, especially as mobile devices start to include two microphones and two cameras. The end state of both those developments is VR, or virtual reality. At least on the receiving end. The production end is a different animal. Or herd of animals, eventually. Expect professional gear from all the usual sources, showing up at…
  • The most important event, ever

    Doc Searls
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:23 am
    IIW XX — the 20th IIW — comes at a critical inflection point in the history of VRM. If you’re looking for a point of leverage on the future of customer liberation, independence and empowerment, this is it. Wall Street-sized companies around the world are beginning to grok what Main Street ones have always known: customers aren’t just “targets” to be “acquired,” “managed,” “controlled” and “locked in.” In other words, Cluetrain was right when it said this, in 1999: if you only have time for one clue this year, this is…
  • Designing the VRM future at IIW

    Doc Searls
    15 Mar 2015 | 3:01 pm
    A veteran VRooMer tells me a design fiction would be a fun challenge for VRM Day and IIW (which will run from April 6-9 at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA). He describes one as “basically a way of peeking into the near future by demonstrating an imaginary product that doesn’t exist, but could. For example, instead of talking about a possible VRM product, one instead would create a marketing brochure, screen mockups or a fake video advertisement for this imaginary product as a way to help others understand where the world is headed and possibly even further the…
  • VRM Day and IIW XX

    Doc Searls
    11 Mar 2015 | 7:15 pm
    The most important weeks on the VRM calendar are those when IIW — the Internet Identity Workshop — takes place. There are two per year, in Spring and Fall, and they are hosted by Kaliya Hamlin,  Phil Windley and myself at the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley. The next is April 7-9. Leading into it is VRM Day, which is on April 6. IIW is an unconference, which means there are no speakers or panels, and sponsors (which we appreciate hugely) just cover our meals, snacks and barista. All the topics of the workshop are vetted and posted the start of each of IIW’s three days, and…
 
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    Symantec Connect

  • How can I deploy a Virus Definition (only) in silent mode?

    Lopes
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:10 am
    I need a solution Hi Everyboby, Can someone help me? I need to deploy a virus definition for some machines, but need to be only the virus definition, not with a sep instalation. Does someone know how to do it in silent mode?  I apreciate everyone for the help!! best regards, Elen Francisco
  • SIM Error While Validating Installation Files

    rafaelfontana
    27 Apr 2015 | 8:07 am
    I need a solution Hi guys, Anyone having experienced those error messages below? Is there anyway around this? I have tried to delete and download those files again with no luck. I did not find anything yet on Support. Any help would be much appreciated.
  • SEPM with office 365

    acallis
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:46 am
    I need a solution I am running SEPM version 12.1.4104.4130 on Server 2012 R2 we have office 365 for email. Has anyone else had an issue getting SEPM to work with office 365?
  • Enterprise Vault for Sharepoint

    njseq
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:42 am
    I need a solution Hello, Could you please tell me if in EV for Sharepoint, when you archive the document with full text metadata and get a shotcut, the new versions get reindexed automaticaly? That is: - Document is archived and shotcut placed - Full text Metadata is stored in EV - New document version is created. Document is retrived from EV and placed in Sharepoint for editing. - All new metadata including full text is automatically added in EV when new version is archived? - We see full text of old version and full text of new version? Thanks a lot! Kind regards, Nuno
  • Automatische Anmeldung an Windows unterbinden

    EDT_mscholz
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:24 am
    I need a solution Hallo zusammen, wir testen gerade SEE 11.0 und haben soweit alles ausgerollt und kommen eigentlich auch damit zurecht. Wir haben nur ein Problem damit, dass sich nach der preWindows-Auth (also die Passwordeingabe bei SEE) der Benutzer direkt an Windows anmeldet. Das mag im normalfall ein nettes Feature sein, stört aber wenn man zum Beispiel vorher einen VPN-Tunnel aufbauen möchte um sich an der Domäne anzumelden. Wie kann ich die automatische Anmeldung an Windows unterbinden? Danke & Gruß, Markus
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  • Murmurations on a Sunday morning

    JP
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:15 am
    Murmuration. What a wonderful word. I remember being fascinated by collective nouns at school, particularly those to do with birds. An unkindness of ravens. A parliament of rooks. A murder of crows. An ostentation of peacocks. And a murmuration of starlings. That one stuck with me. Really stuck with me. Particularly since I then had … Continue reading Murmurations on a Sunday morning
  • I Feel The Earth Move

    JP
    19 Apr 2015 | 1:27 pm
      I feel the earth move under my feet I feel the sky tumbling down, tumbling down I feel my heart start to trembling Whenever you’re around Carole King: I Feel The Earth Move: Tapestry, 1971 Call me old. [If I wanted to be called Ishmael I would have changed my name by deed poll … Continue reading I Feel The Earth Move
  • “Let me just tell you what I think about it”: in memory of Richie Benaud

    JP
    11 Apr 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Richie Benaud passed away yesterday. And the world of cricket cried at the passing of one of the greatest cricketers ever. I never had the chance to meet Richie. I’ve been close, just a few yards away, as he spoke to the camera, near the boundary ropes, early on the first day of quite a … Continue reading “Let me just tell you what I think about it”: in memory of Richie Benaud
  • Thinking lazily about inequality and freemium models

    JP
    3 Apr 2015 | 10:42 am
            We had lunch at Le Cafe des Chats in the Marais a few days ago. My youngest daughter is a confirmed card-carrying ailurophile. And a delightful time was had by all. [By the way. Le Marais. Means roughly the same thing as Slough.  Life can be so unfair.] We’d chosen a hotel, Jules et … Continue reading Thinking lazily about inequality and freemium models
  • Not fade away. And a House on Coco Road.

    JP
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:51 pm
      Some of you are probably asking yourselves “Why the Grateful Dead? Why not the Rolling Stones?” Every time you hear this song, a part of you goes Stones! Some of you may be asking yourselves “Why the Grateful Dead? Why not Buddy Holly?” After all, he co-wrote it and then was the first to perform it, with the … Continue reading Not fade away. And a House on Coco Road.
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    Enterprise Irregulars

  • And not Or

    Charlie Bess
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:40 am
    I was in an exchange the other day with some folks talking about their perspective that all companies need to be using cloud computing. I agree, but my view is slightly different. My perspective is that depending on the company’s size, needs and applications they will likely continue to have in house systems. It’s not a choice between things, but a choice among things and an acceptance of the way things are and one answer doesn’t meet everyone’s needs. You can’t look at it as: clouds the answer, now what’s the question? Mobile computing is similar. It is the future interface of…
  • CRM Watchlist 2015 Winners: Customer Engagement Part 2

    Paul Greenberg
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    First, an apology I am sorry that these reviews are taking as long as they are. While I have no excuse other than I am swamped between client work, trying to write my book and travel and a few sundry other things, I do ask that you forgive me for the length of time these are taking and will continue to take, and indulge me in letting me continue to do this. Thank you! Announcement: CRM Idol on hiatus Among the 8 customer engagement winners, I did find three — NICE, SAS and Verint. — that have something in common: – Customer engagement analytics. On the surface, they look…
  • When Google errs: A cautionary tale of great power

    Michael Krigsman
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:01 am
    The web runs on Google search and woe unto any website when Google makes a mistake and thinks your site has done something wrong. This story is a personal tale of woe and my own plea for help. We started cxo-talk.com about two years ago to present video discussions with some of the foremost business leaders of our time. These interviews include top executives from companies such as Microsoft, salesforce.com, SAP, Oracle, Workday, Kroger, Ford, Adobe, Harvard, Federal Communications Commission, White House, General Services Administration, and many more leading organizations. Today, we have…
  • Why IBM should acquire TCS

    Phil Fersht
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:55 am
    When IBM announces a 12th consecutive quarterly decline, when practically every other service provider is trying to mask layoffs and austerity plans as strategic moves to delink revenue from headcount, you have to hold your hands up and admit the services industry is going through a secular transition that is going to get considerably more painful, before it eventually reemerges in the As-a-Service Economy. Service providers need to address the transition years we are currently in to reach the As-a-Service promised land With consolidation of the current environment clearly very much on the…
  • Five Ways Cloud Service Providers Are Making Manufacturers More Competitive

    Louis Columbus
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:45 am
    Enterprises are only realizing 35% of the total potential value of their cloud deployments according to a recent Bain & Company study. Companies that moved development to IaaS and PaaS clouds from Amazon Web Services (AWS) reduced downtime by 72% and improved application availability by 3.9 hours per user per year. These and other key take-aways are from the recent Bain & Company study, Tapping Cloud’s Full Potential. The full report PDF is available for download here (free, no opt-in). The following graphic from the report illustrates the currently realized value of cloud…
 
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  • Why does every sector underestimate Amazon?

    vinnie
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Amazon finally broke out AWS revenues – it has an annual run rate of $ 5 billion with growth accelerating, and that is profitable. Lots of people are shocked Amazon has built a solid business in yet another sector –...
  • NetSuite deepens focus

    vinnie
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:48 am
    I do not often listen to quarterly earnings calls. I did to NetSuite’s 1Q call yesterday. It was a good primer to SuiteWorld coming up in a couple of weeks. Besides CEO Zach Nelson is always entertaining. Zach did not...
  • Why Good Enough is often Better

    vinnie
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:48 am
    Verizon announced it lost last quarter over 100,000 mobile phone subscribers to aggressive pricing from Sprint and T-Mobile. No matter – it is not about to start discounting. Instead, it has ramped up an aggressive ad campaign about how it...
  • Empty calories at IBM

    vinnie
    21 Apr 2015 | 4:31 pm
    The WSJ profiles IBM CEO Ginni Rometty after its 12th straight quarterly decline in revenues and she calls some of her divested hardware units “empty calories” “These units were producing revenue but not profits” The WSJ adds a chart where...
  • These are the good old days

    vinnie
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:53 am
    It’s hard to argue with Buck Showalter when he says in this MLB promo "These are the good old days" “These are the best 750 players in the world that the world has to offer” and “The game’s being played...
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    Chuck's Blog

  • The Cults Among Us

    Chuck Hollis
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:35 am
    Over the past few years, news in the United States has extensively featured the activities of ISIS (ISIL?) — which I perceive as a cult brutalizing innocents in the name of religion. Very nasty stuff, to be sure. But the exact same human behavior is extensively quite visibly on the internet every day — albeit without guns and terrorism involved. Political cults.  Religious cults.  Climate change cults.  And so on and so on. Even in our cozy IT world, cults are among us. And it’s not a good thing — for us as individuals, and us as an industry. Cultism In IT? Just to…
  • Life Beyond Hyperconverged

    Chuck Hollis
    8 Apr 2015 | 10:08 am
    Well, I certainly gave the hornet’s nest a good, healthy smack with my recent post (“Ten Reasons Why VMware Is Leading The Hyperconverged Market”).   Never underestimate the power of a well-written blog post to shake things up :) In addition to hearing from dozens of enraged Nutanix employees, the usual round of pundits are now weighing in with their perspectives as well.  Everyone is entitled to their opinions, and there seems to be no shortage of those.   Although I do find it interesting that no one has yet attempted to refute any of the facts behind the ten…
  • Going To EMC World? We'd Like To Have A Chat!

    Chuck Hollis
    6 Apr 2015 | 1:36 pm
    It's that time of year again -- EMC World in Las Vegas May 4-7.  Only a month away! In my world, EMC World is absolutely the best show to talk storage in all its different aspects.  You meet some pretty amazing people there. For the last two years, we've held small non-disclosure sessions with select folks at the show.   We share some of what we're working on, and we get incredibly valuable feedback on key issues we're debating internally. We'd like to do it again ... if you're up for it! So, here's the deal -- if you're way into virtualization and software-defined storage,…
  • Ten Reasons Why VMware Is Leading The Hyperconverged Industry

    Chuck Hollis
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:26 am
    Those of you who have followed me over the years know that I’m not shy when it comes to a good competitive dust-up.  I’m OK with the usual puffery and slightly exaggerated claims.  All part of the fun. I’m not OK when I believe the claims are misleading. One startup is working very hard to convince everyone that they (and they alone) are leading the current trend in HCI — hyperconverged infrastructure.  One of their spokespeople even published a thoughtful piece listing the ten reasons why they thought they deserved the “leader” mantle. While I admire their…
  • Why I Think VSAN Is So Disruptive

    Chuck Hollis
    11 Mar 2015 | 8:23 pm
    Looking for a great disruption story in enterprise IT tech?  I think what VSAN is doing to the established storage industry deserves to be a strong candidate.   I've seen disruptions -- small and large -- come and go.  If you're into IT infrastructure, this is one worth watching. A few years ago, I moved from EMC to VMware on the power of that prediction.  So far, it’s played out pretty much as I had hoped it would.  There’s now clearly a new dynamic in the ~$35B storage industry, and VMware’s Virtual SAN is very emblematic of the changes that are now…
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    Venture Chronicles

  • Forced Encryption Rendering Nexus Devices Useless

    Jeff
    16 Apr 2015 | 12:43 pm
    UPDATE: I unlocked the devices and installed a modified bootloader that disabled encryption. It was a bit of a hassle I had to reformat the device storage but Google has a nice recovery feature for apps in Lollipop. The results were beyond expectation, the phone feels 3x as fast and the Nexus 9 no longer has any of the lag issues that were causing problems with Chrome. I have a Nexus 9 and a Nexus 6, both running Android Lollipop 5.01. Almost immediately I noticed that there was a lot of lag in the UI and performance was generally slow. After doing a lot of research it appears that forced…
  • The Challenge of Being a Russian Security Software Company

    Jeff
    15 Apr 2015 | 11:26 am
    I came across Passwork today and was really impressed with the presentation as well as focus of the product. This is the kind of product that I would instinctively sign up for and test drive… but for an unrelated reason I started poking around on their site to find out more about the company. It became clear that the company is Russian and this fact alone represents a major impediment for any company in the security software space. In all fairness I am making this assumption off factors like domains and language… the company itself provided no contact information on their…
  • Flipboard Becomes an Enterprise Collaboration Tool, They Just Don’t Know it.

    Jeff
    31 Mar 2015 | 8:26 am
    Flipboard launched a private magazine capability this week. With today’s release, there’s an exciting new way for people with shared interests to unite on Flipboard: private group magazines. Now you can collect stories together, and comment on them, in a closed setting. At Ping I used a Flipboard magazine to collect industry news along with competitive information. The intended audience for this magazine was everyone in the company, with a focus on the sales teams, and I was successful with that goal with close to 100% of the staff getting the magazine on their mobile devices (everyone at…
  • Let’s Stop Badgering Companies for Trying…

    Jeff
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:57 am
    I gotta give Nike credit for this, it’s edgy and pushing a boundary of what athletic apparel for women should be. Predictably, the outrage factory spun up and without a hint of irony this BI piece (well it is BI) has decided to represent all women in the headline. I have no doubt that Nike has access to women athletes, so I would put strong odds on the idea that not ALL women are outraged. “The Sacai collection is undoubtedly a vanity project for Nike, but its premise — that female athletes prize style and appearance over functionality and performance — is completely…
  • Starbucks As Race Uniter: Piss Everyone Off Equally

    Jeff
    18 Mar 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Starbucks found itself in hot water this week after encouraging baristas to write “racetogether” on coffee cups and discuss race relations with customers. And of course their is a #racetogether hashtag campaign. Sigh. I give you Starbucks leadership team… you can’t blame them for being so white, there aren’t many sunny days in Seattle. I can’t explain why they are predominantly men. It didn’t help when head PR honcho at the coffee purveyor, Corey DuBrowa, deleted his Twitter account after the deluge of negative reaction. This only reinforced the…
 
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  • Exchange Server 2013 Upgrade Fails Due to Receive Connector Conflicts

    Paul Cunningham
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:19 am
    During an upgrade of Exchange Server 2013 to a new cumulative update some customers may experience an issue where setup fails, leaving the server in a non-operational state. The error thrown by setup is: Mailbox role: Transport service FAILED The following error was generated when “$error.Clear(); $connectors = Get-ReceiveConnector -Server $RoleFqdnOrName; foreach($connector in $connectors) { if($connector.MaxLocalHopCount -gt 1) { Set-ReceiveConnector -Identity $connector.Identity -MaxLocalHopCount 5 }}; ” was run: “Microsoft.Exchange.Management.SystemConfiguration…
  • Methods for Migrating to Office 365

    Paul Cunningham
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:08 am
    This article is an excerpt from the book “Office 365 for Exchange Professionals”. Office 365 supports a variety of migration methods that customers can use. The choice of migration method can be influenced by a wide range of factors such as the number of objects involved in the migration, the amount of data to be moved to Office 365, the version of Exchange Server (if any) running on-premises, long-term migration or co-existence requirements, whether the organization uses non-Exchange email servers, and even the budget available to spend on the migration project. The migration…
  • Configuring Max Email Message Size Limits for Office 365

    Paul Cunningham
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:48 am
    Microsoft has announced that Office 365 (Exchange Online) now supports up to 150MB email messages. This is quite a large increase from the previous limit of 25MB (actually 35MB, I’ll explain why shortly) and no doubt will be a welcome change for many customers. The previous limits were a deployment blocker for some customers that I’ve worked with who either had a higher limit for their general user population (often more like 50MB) or who had a few specific mailboxes that needed to receive very large emails (often a system-monitored mailbox). While I am generally of the opinion…
  • Office 365 Bringing Much Needed Clarity to Email Non-Delivery Reports (NDRs)

    Paul Cunningham
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:44 pm
    A significant portion of the support requests that I see at work, in online forums, and from Exchange Server Pro readers involves an email delivery failure and a subsequent non-delivery report (NDR). NDRs have been a horrible mess for a long time, often containing a whole heap of cryptic diagnostic information and very few plainly written sentences. IT folks can develop the skills over time to read and interpret an NDR, but the average end user doesn’t stand a chance. In a recent column Tony Redmond explored the history of NDRs and how a few of the major email providers generate them…
  • PowerShell Script to Create Report of Exchange Server Message Tracking Log Configuration

    Paul Cunningham
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:13 am
    Maintaining a consistent message tracking configuration across all of your Exchange servers is important. Without it you’ll potentially miss out on important information during message tracking log searches. Although message tracking is enabled by default on Exchange servers the default configuration that is applied is often not suitable. For example, the default log retention of 30 days is often too short for investigations, and the default maximum folder size of 1Gb is often too small for organizations with high volumes of email traffic. I’ve published a PowerShell script,…
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  • Collaboration with AirWatch and Socialcast

    Oren Root
    9 Apr 2015 | 8:53 am
    By Nilo Sarraf, Sr. User Experience Researcher, and Oren Root, Sr. Product Manager, Socialcast by VMware    In order to stay productive, employees need to be able to collaborate seamlessly and to securely access content anytime anywhere. AirWatch Content Locker by VMware provides employees access to files and content securely on any device. Socialcast by VMware offers a secure platform for employees around the globe to stay connected and work collaboratively.  In order to help employees stay productive, we investigated integration opportunities between AirWatch Content Locker and…
  • Integration and Mobile Updates: March 2015

    Samantha Lee
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:53 pm
    Check out our newest integration and iOS mobile app release available for the month of March*: New Integration Unified Search with Xendo This month, we have kicked off a new partnership with Xendo. Xendo provides unified search across 26 different applications, including Salesforce, Google Drive and Dropbox. Users can now search across Socialcast content from within the Xendo Enterprise Search platform. The ability to search multiple applications from a single, unified search experience is important to improving employee productivity. In fact, McKinsey & Company found that a comprehensive…
  • Five Analytics Features Every Socialcast Admin Should Use

    Jeff Sato
    12 Mar 2015 | 9:59 am
    Social Business Intelligence (SBI), Socialcast’s in-app analytics platform, is enabled for all Socialcast communities and has many great features that add tremendous value for community administrators. Today, we would like to highlight some of the most useful SBI features that we think every admin should leverage to increase adoption and engagement in their Socialcast community. People Dashboard The People Dashboard is a powerful tool to track community growth and adoption. This chart allows you to stay informed on community growth by looking at the number of invitations sent and new…
  • Feature Updates: February 2015

    Samantha Lee
    28 Feb 2015 | 11:59 am
    This month, we’re releasing the last wave of our External Contributors enhancements (for now!). If you haven’t used this feature, we highly recommend trying it out in your community today. External collaboration with customers, vendors, partners, and contractors in a secure and private manner is vital to getting work done in the modern workplace, and a major reason why we’ve invested in enhancing our External Contributor feature. Many Socialcast customers are already leveraging this feature to foster a virtual, collaborative workspace with people outside of their organization. These…
  • Socialcast + Workday: HR’s Dream Come True

    Inna Fabrikant
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:38 pm
    With 2014 in our rearview mirrors, many workplace conversations are turning to performance reviews. Employees are racking their brains trying to document all of their accomplishments over the past 12 months, and people managers have the equally daunting task of acknowledging the successes of all of their direct reports. At VMware, we’ve developed an integration between Socialcast and Workday that is helping us to alleviate these very real pain points, and save countless man hours in the process. By integrating our 18,500-member Socialcast community with our HR platform, we’ve made it easy…
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    Panorama Consulting Solutions

  • HP Deploys NetSuite OneWorld for Business Management

    NetSuite, Inc.
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:28 am
    NetSuite’s Modern, Agile and Future-Proof Cloud Business Management Suite Replaces Four Legacy Applications NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N), the industry’s leading provider of cloud-based financials / ERP and omnichannel commerce software suites, today announced that HP has deployed NetSuite OneWorld for business management within its Software business, supporting 15 countries. HP Software went live on NetSuite OneWorld with a rapid six-month deployment, replacing four disparate on-premise legacy systems. HP Software is using one single unified instance of NetSuite OneWorld to run…
  • YouTube: 10 ERP Selection Tips From the Pros at Panorama – Part 3

    Panorama Consulting Solutions
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:37 am
    This webinar clip will explore the ways companies can evaluate and find the right ERP software for their organizations. Hosted by January Paulk, Director of Client Services at Panorama, this is a must-see for any organization looking to select new ERP software. This is the third part of a five part series. Check back next Thursday for the next installment of this mini series. The full webinar recording is available here: ERP Software Selection Success: 10 Tips From the Pros at Panorama. For more YouTube videos and webinar clips, visit our YouTube Channel.
  • What to Look for When Hiring a Consultant for the Public Sector

    The Consultants' Corner
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:04 am
    While many firms claim to be “ERP consultants,” claiming is not the same as actually being acompetent and seasoned ERP consultant, particularly in the public sector. What is a government CIO or G6 to do when an ERP system is required? How do they find a consultant who will streamline their processes, provide sage advice and deliver a successful go-live? Well, my friends, you are in luck. We have a handy five-step method to help guide your choice: 1. Recent experience. Ensure your prospective consulting team has significant and recent experience implementing ERP software,…
  • Sun International Reaches Major Milestone in IFS Applications Rollout

    IFS North America
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:53 am
    IFS Applications goes live at three key properties IFS, the global enterprise applications company, announces that Sun International, one of Africa’s leading gaming and leisure brands, has successfully concluded the first phase of its implementation of the IFS Applications™ enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite. The new system enables the casino and hotel group to standardize processes and technology across its properties throughout South Africa. IFS Applications went live at the group’s headquarters and The Maslow Hotel, both located in Sandton, South Africa, as well as at…
  • Key Findings From the 2015 ERP Report

    Eric Kimberling
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:04 am
    For the ninth consecutive year, we have published our annual report outlining results from the last year’s ERP implementations. The 2015 ERP Report, which quantifies results from 562 implementations across the globe, provides compelling data helpful to those beginning an enterprise software initiative. For this year’s survey, Panorama partnered with Mint Jutras, an independent research-based consulting firm specializing in the business impact of enterprise applications. Survey participants varied in size, industry and geography. Half of the organizations in this year’s results generate…
 
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    Firstpost » Biztech

  • India devices shipments to grow 4.5% in 2015: Gartner

    FP Staff
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:06 am
    Sales of mobile phones and Ultramobiles prop up overall devices market The post India devices shipments to grow 4.5% in 2015: Gartner appeared first on Firstpost.
  • Massive US presence: What Capgemini can gain with $4bn IGate acquisition

    FP Staff
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    French IT services company Capgemini is all set to buy US-based IGATE Corp for $4 billion cash in a deal that will make North America its biggest market. The post Massive US presence: What Capgemini can gain with $4bn IGate acquisition appeared first on Firstpost.
  • Enterprise head-mounted devices boost Augmented Reality app market

    FP Staff
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:48 am
    Enterprise Augmented Reality app market to reach $2.4 bn in revenues by 2019, growing tenfold from 2014, finds Juniper Research. The post Enterprise head-mounted devices boost Augmented Reality app market appeared first on Firstpost.
  • Global retail banking technology spend to reach $131 bn in 2015

    FP Staff
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:13 am
    Worldwide technology budgets continue to rise, with technology spend to reach $157.6bn in 2019 The post Global retail banking technology spend to reach $131 bn in 2015 appeared first on Firstpost.
  • Paytm adds mobile marketplace app for e-merchants

    hidden
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:44 pm
    Paytm, the Indian online payments platform backed by China's Alibaba, is pushing deeper into India's booming e-commerce industry with a zero-commission mobile app marketplace targeted at small and medium-sized firms, the mainstay of the country's economy. The post Paytm adds mobile marketplace app for e-merchants appeared first on Firstpost.
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    Pretzel Logic - @sameerpatel

  • Who said giant bubbles in tech are a bad thing? SAP / Successfactors named leader by IDC!

    Sameer Patel
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:50 am
    IDC just announced that Successfactors is a leader for Worldwide Social Technologies specifically related to its Integrated Talent Vendor Assessment. This one meant a lot as it directly put to test our stated product and go-to-market promise and singular focus on solving core functional KPIs, with purpose built collaboration software. Back in 2012 we entered the cloud collaboration category when the market was faced with tepid adoption, little belief by executives that collaboration could directly accelerate business performance and as a result, rapid price commoditization, and for SAP /…
  • Observing Americana. And Why Silicon Valley needs to get out more

    Sameer Patel
    11 Apr 2015 | 8:13 am
    This past week I was with my family in Orlando, mostly bouncing from Beedo to Hagrid. Universal Studios is an extremely good random sample of mainstream Americana for Silicon Valley tech. Some observations that jumped out at me: Self-health tech need to er..stretch more: America is overweight and fitness bands haven’t really made a dent in mainstream America. I saw maybe 1:1000 Fitbit-type bands. There is clearly a market for better and more implicit forms of useful data capture and more granular self-health gadgets based on ailment. And an opportunity for alternative dinning…
  • Why Facebook entering the world of work is an advertising goldmine. #facebookatwork

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

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

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

  • Netadmin Systems Announces New Version of NETadmin OSS

    J. Pullen
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:13 am
    Netadmin Systems has announced the latest version of NETadmin OSS. NETadmin 8.7 brings new tools and features that facilitate and streamline the order entry, delivery and service fulfillment process for network owners offering a variety of commercial products in multi-channel order capture environments. “NETadmin 8.7 takes a giant step toward making the deployment of new products to the market faster and easier than ever. The new NETadmin Order Management module seamlessly streamlines the order entry, delivery and service fulfillment process from your BSS and external channels…
  • Fastweb Selects NetCracker

    J. Pullen
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:21 am
    NetCracker Technology has announced that FASTWEB, one of the main telecommunications providers in Italy, selected NetCracker for its OSS transformation to optimize operations and provide better quality services for its customers. FASTWEB offers a wide range of integrated Internet as well as fixed and mobile voice services to residential customers and small businesses. FASTWEB also offers advanced telecommunications and ICT services, such as housing, cloud computing, security and unified communications to the enterprise segment, including diverse specialized verticals such as public…
  • Ericsson to do OSS for Orange Polska

    J. Pullen
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:18 am
    Orange Polska has selected Ericsson as its OSS transformation partner, signing a six-year deal whereby Ericsson will carry out the transformation and optimization of processes and information systems. Ericsson will supply Orange Polska with consulting and systems integration capabilities, as well as an operations support system (OSS) software suite, which provides tools for network planning, inventory, fulfillment and assurance domain. By implementing the Ericsson OSS software suite, Orange will be able to process operational data more quickly and reliably, as well as enabling the…
  • Cisco Acquiring Embrane – Expanding SDN Offering

    J. Pullen
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:20 am
    SDN Central reports that Cisco intends to acquire Embrane – one of the earlier software-defined networking (SDN) start-ups to emerge. This follows Cisco’s earlier $14 million investment in the company last year. The deal is expected to close this quarter, according to the Cisco announcements. Financial terms were not disclosed, but this sector is pretty hot right now – Expect 6, 9, or even 12 times multipliers on revenues. Embrane will likely be joining the Insieme Business Unit as part of Cisco’s SDN offering. Read the full analysis by SDN Central here.
  • Comptel Receives Order From POST Technologies

    J. Pullen
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:10 am
    Comptel has received a major order from POST Technologies in Luxembourg. This 3 year contract is a continuation of the long customer relationship that already exists since 1996. The deal amounting to 2.4 million euros comprises Fulfillment software licenses and services. “We are really pleased to expand our customer relationship with POST Technologies in Luxembourg. It is great to be part of POST Technologies’ transformation program”, says Juhani Hintikka, President and CEO, Comptel. “Comptel’s Fulfillment suite has an important role in our transformation program to decouple our…
 
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    Ultra Consultants

  • How to Solve Three Key Challenges in the Distribution Industry with Epicor Distribution Software

    Rob Henry
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:38 am
    As a wholesale distributor, your business is subject to constant change. Therefore, the technology that helps your business run―and hopefully thrive―must be adaptable to keep you ahead of your competition, help achieve revenue growth, and drive customer retention. If you are a company in the distribution industry, this blog and our upcoming webinar will help you meet these challenges head-on with Epicor distribution software. The Beginning Steps of ERP Evaluation Core elements in Ultra’s process of helping its customers with ERP evaluation and selection include providing education on…
  • Five Factors for ERP Success as They Relate to the ERP Reseller

    George Trudell
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:09 am
    When dealing with a client who is selecting an ERP system, we at Ultra always incorporate the Five Factors in our discussion. These five factors are: Feature Function, Cost, Company, Technology and Implementation/Support. If the ERP software is being sold directly by the ERP company, the five factors are very straight-forward, but when looking at the selection process with the ERP reseller in the mix, the focus shifts towards implementation and support. In order to have a successful selection or implementation with ERP resellers, it is still important to consider the five factors. In certain…
  • Infor Syteline Reseller ‘The Lake Companies’ Highlights Syteline’s Latest Updates

    George Trudell
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:55 am
    Last week we had two demonstrations with an Ultra client who is a process manufacturer. On Monday and Tuesday we saw presentations by The Lake Companies, a Gold Channel Partner and Infor Syteline reseller who does business primarily in Midwest and Central United States, namely Minnesota, Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Whenever we have vendor presentations like these at a client site, we typically spend the first couple hours getting to know the vendor and learning the basic navigation of the product. As an Infor Syteline reseller, Lake Companies was on site to talk about Syteline, a software…
  • Top ERP Systems for Process Manufacturing: A Demo Series Review

    Rob Henry
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:55 am
    Our latest ERP Vendor Demo Series, conducted this past March 16 – 25, focused on the top ERP systems for process manufacturing. Over six days our audience saw 90-minute webinar demonstrations from some of the leading ERP vendors for this manufacturing segment: JustFoodERP, IFS, Infor, Plex, Microsoft, and Oracle, followed by a series wrap-up session from Ultra. Finding ERP Differentiators a Common Theme Throughout the week of demos and presentations, it was discussed that many differentiating core functionalities from a few years ago were now commonplace among most if not all of the…
  • ERP Project Management Methodology: The Monitoring & Controlling Process Group

    Dennis Gilhooley, Jr.
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:49 am
    Anyone who has worked on any type of project in the past knows projects can be delayed for many reasons. The reality is projects rarely go as planned. When this happens, it is time to tap into strategy for ERP project management methodology, and specifically the Monitoring and Controlling process group, as this is the group used to trigger the change requests necessary to get a project back on track. The PMBOK, “Project Management Body of Knowledge” is a solid resource in ERP project management methodology and describes this process group in the following: “The Monitoring…
 
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    The Investing Edge

  • Call to Action: Pounding the Table for Security Budgets

    Matt Fates
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:01 pm
    The vicious cyberattacks on major organizations like Target, Home Depot, eBay, JP Morgan Chase and recently, Anthem, makes one thing clear: the severity and sophistication of cyberattacks has taken a major leap forward. Having thieves steal sensitive data such as credit card information or personal identities is extremely costly, both financially and to the brands’ reputation. Yet a new breed of attack has become public that should be cause for even greater concern. Foreign Nation states are waging cyber-warfare on companies or people that oppose their views.  While only representing about…
  • Democratizing Analytics with RapidMiner

    Luke Burns
    18 Feb 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Today I’m happy to announce Ascent’s newest portfolio company, RapidMiner. In leading the $15M Series B financing of RapidMiner, we are following through on an investment theme I’ve been pursuing for several years – bringing advanced analytics to the business analyst. As we’ve all seen, there’s been tremendous hype around big data, but unfortunately many companies have been left disappointed as they have struggled to derive real value from the data they are collecting. The core of the problem is a shortage of data scientists capable of delivering the analyses required to…
  • Retro Chic: The IoT Means Hardware Engineers Are Cool Again

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

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

    Christopher W. Dick
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:49 pm
    I’m a graduate of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell and sit on the board of Change is Simple, a non-profit devoted to educating the next generation to become thoughtful and aware of environmental issues and social responsibility. I also surf as frequently as possible, when I can find free time, literally immersing myself as often as I can in the power of nature. Lately, my personal interest in environmental sustainability has been intersecting with my professional interest in the Internet of Things, or IoT, where we are seeing a tremendous amount of new deal activity…
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