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  • Google Chrome Support For Flash Ads Ends Sept. 1

    InformationWeek:
    Larry Loeb
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:05 am
    Google's Chrome browser will no longer support Flash-based ads starting Sept. 1. This follows several months of problems with Adobe's Flash platform.
  • Google Chrome Support For Flash Ads Ends Sept. 1

    InformationWeek:
    Larry Loeb
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:05 am
    Google's Chrome browser will no longer support Flash-based ads starting Sept. 1. This follows several months of problems with Adobe's Flash platform.
  • VMworld 2015 & Storage Industry Transformation

    Network Computing:
    Scott Sinclair
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    With VSAN and VVOLs, VMware has become a key player in enterprise storage, forcing the industry to evolve.
  • SAP Nation 2.0 Excerpt: S/4HANA questions

    deal architect
    vinnie
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:14 pm
    In time for Labor Day weekend reading, 2.0 is starting to show up in book stores (print at CreateSpace and ebook at Amazon). As with previous books, I will be excerpting 10% of the contents over the next few weeks....
  • How Many Billions will be Spent on IoT Security?

    SandHill.com General Feed
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Here are five hot players in five different sectors of the IoT security market. Keep on reading: How Many Billions will be Spent on IoT Security?
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    InformationWeek:

  • Google Chrome Support For Flash Ads Ends Sept. 1

    Larry Loeb
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:05 am
    Google's Chrome browser will no longer support Flash-based ads starting Sept. 1. This follows several months of problems with Adobe's Flash platform.
  • Android Wear For iOS Launches

    Thomas Claburn
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:01 am
    iPhone owners can now interact with Android Wear devices.
  • VMware Advances Hybrid Cloud At VMworld

    Charles Babcock
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:05 am
    VMware opens its VMworld event with additions to its vCloud Air public cloud, ties into the virtualized data center, and other enhancements.
  • How Allstate Uses Mobile Data To Enhance Customer Experience

    Curtis Franklin Jr.
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:08 am
    Allstate had to stretch its organizational muscles to bring Drivewise Mobile to market. In the process, the company brought together a cross-functional team that included assorted IT disciplines and business professionals with competencies in consumer relationships, insurance products, and user experience.
  • Google OnHub Router: My First 24 Hours

    Thomas Claburn
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:05 am
    Google's OnHub is a router for people who don't want to deal with routers. Here's what it looks like, inside and out.
 
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  • Google Chrome Support For Flash Ads Ends Sept. 1

    Larry Loeb
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:05 am
    Google's Chrome browser will no longer support Flash-based ads starting Sept. 1. This follows several months of problems with Adobe's Flash platform.
  • Android Wear For iOS Launches

    Thomas Claburn
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:01 am
    iPhone owners can now interact with Android Wear devices.
  • How Allstate Uses Mobile Data To Enhance Customer Experience

    Curtis Franklin Jr.
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:08 am
    Allstate had to stretch its organizational muscles to bring Drivewise Mobile to market. In the process, the company brought together a cross-functional team that included assorted IT disciplines and business professionals with competencies in consumer relationships, insurance products, and user experience.
  • Google OnHub Router: My First 24 Hours

    Thomas Claburn
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:05 am
    Google's OnHub is a router for people who don't want to deal with routers. Here's what it looks like, inside and out.
  • 9 NoSQL Pioneers Who Modernized Data Management

    Charles Babcock
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:06 am
    The folks profiled here are tackling data management for the Internet Age, helping us all understand what can be done with a mass of unstructured information. See how their work has transformed the way we handle databases.
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    Network Computing:

  • VMworld 2015 & Storage Industry Transformation

    Scott Sinclair
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    With VSAN and VVOLs, VMware has become a key player in enterprise storage, forcing the industry to evolve.
  • Get Smarter About WiFi

    Dirk Gates
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    WiFi has grown in leaps and bounds, and demand is increasing. Make sure your environment is ready.
  • Beyond Redundancy: Improving IT Availability

    Shirish Nilekar
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    IT leaders must look at redundancy and availability in a more comprehensive way to develop a strategy for true IT resilience.
  • Managing Collaboration In The Extended Enterprise

    John Newton
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Organizations need to develop a balanced strategy to meet the demands of today's highly mobile workforce where collaboration extends beyond the office walls.
  • SD-WAN Vendors Making A Splash

    Network Computing and Interop
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Software-defined WAN has suddenly become the hottest topic in networking, due to its potential to save money while improving network performance. Check out the vendors leading the way.
 
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  • SAP Nation 2.0 Excerpt: S/4HANA questions

    vinnie
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:14 pm
    In time for Labor Day weekend reading, 2.0 is starting to show up in book stores (print at CreateSpace and ebook at Amazon). As with previous books, I will be excerpting 10% of the contents over the next few weeks....
  • SAP Nation 2.0 Excerpts: The S/4HANA launch

    vinnie
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:56 pm
    In time for Labor Day weekend reading, 2.0 is starting to show up in book stores (print at CreateSpace and ebook at Amazon). As with previous books, I will be excerpting 10% of the contents over the next few weeks....
  • Robots and our jobs

    vinnie
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:40 am
    Nice, and fairly comprehensive research by Forrester analyst JP Gownder. I like his balanced tone, not the Chicken Little tone so many recent books have taken “We forecast that 16% of jobs will disappear due to automation technologies between now...
  • SAP Nation 2.0 Excerpt: The Sprawl

    vinnie
    23 Aug 2015 | 9:25 pm
    In time for Labor Day weekend reading, Amazon is launching 2.0 on Kindle today. It is starting to show up in book stores (print on demand at CreateSpace ). As with previous books, I will be excerpting 10% of the...
  • The Technology Dark Ages

    vinnie
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:44 am
    While The New Polymath was overall wildly optimistic, I had a pessimistic chapter about the state of IT, healthcare, sustainability etc. Five years later the contrast is even more stark. I see Gartner’s hype cycle on new technologies and it’s...
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    SandHill.com General Feed

  • How Many Billions will be Spent on IoT Security?

    30 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Here are five hot players in five different sectors of the IoT security market. Keep on reading: How Many Billions will be Spent on IoT Security?
  • Trends in Operational Metrics Show Demand for Greater Insights

    24 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Acting on these insights will help performance-driven software companies understand how to use metrics to identify strengths, weaknesses and areas for improvement in achieving goals. Keep on reading: Trends in Operational Metrics Show Demand for Greater Insights
  • Slamming the Door on Security Breaches

    24 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    In today’s cloud-based, sharing economy, how can organizations provide secure access to corporate applications and network? Keep on reading: Slamming the Door on Security Breaches
  • Cybersecurity Bridge Goes Up in San Francisco

    23 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    High-Tech Bridge’s on-demand Web application security testing service, ImmuniWeb, is unique and compelling. Here’s why VCs should take notice. Keep on reading: Cybersecurity Bridge Goes Up in San Francisco
  • Retail Dynamic Pricing is More Than Software; it’s Also Strategy

    23 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Price intelligence software is the cornerstone of dynamic pricing for retailers. Here’s why strategy must be applied with the software to optimize margins, response times and other pricing KPIs. Keep on reading: Retail Dynamic Pricing is More Than Software; it’s Also Strategy
 
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    Schneier on Security

  • Friday Squid Blogging: Cephalopod Anatomy Class

    schneier
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Beautiful diorama. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered.
  • Mickens on Security

    schneier
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:58 pm
    James Mickens, for your amusement. A somewhat random sample: My point is that security people need to get their priorities straight. The "threat model" section of a security paper resembles the script for a telenovela that was written by a paranoid schizophrenic: there are elaborate narratives and grand conspiracy theories, and there are heroes and villains with fantastic (yet oddly constrained) powers that necessitate a grinding battle of emotional and technical attrition. In the real world, threat models are much simpler (see Figure 1). Basically, you're either dealing with Mossad or…
  • The Benefits of Endpoint Encryption

    schneier
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:36 pm
    An unofficial blog post from FTC chief technologist Ashkan Soltani on the virtues of strong end-user device controls.
  • German BfV - NSA Cooperation

    schneier
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:23 am
    The German newspaper Zeit is reporting the BfV, Germany's national intelligence agency, (probably) illegally traded data about Germans to the NSA in exchange for access to XKeyscore. From Ars Technica: Unlike Germany's foreign intelligence service, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), the domestic-oriented BfV does not employ bulk surveillance of the kind also deployed on a vast scale by the NSA and GCHQ. Instead, it is only allowed to monitor individual suspects in Germany and, even to do that, must obtain the approval of a special parliamentary commission. Because of this targeted approach,…
  • Iranian Phishing

    schneier
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:36 am
    CitizenLab is reporting on Iranian hacking attempts against activists, which include a real-time man-in-the-middle attack against Google's two-factor authentication. This report describes an elaborate phishing campaign against targets in Iran's diaspora, and at least one Western activist. The ongoing attacks attempt to circumvent the extra protections conferred by two-factor authentication in Gmail, and rely heavily on phone-call based phishing and "real time" login attempts by the attackers. Most of the attacks begin with a phone call from a UK phone number, with attackers speaking in either…
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    Digital Transformation in the Enterprise

  • The Importance of Customer Experience

    Len Devanna
    22 Aug 2015 | 12:25 pm
    It's hard to believe that it's been six years since Watermark Consulting started their Customer Experience ROI study. But as time passes, the case only gets more compelling. Ask yourself - "Is customer experience truly critical to our business?" While everyone is going to answer with an emphatic yes, I suspect many of us have lost sight of what this truly means. Now ask yourself if you believe your brand is a leader in customer experience excellence. This one's a tad tougher, and the answer may serve as a bit of a wake up call. This question is at the core of Watermarks research. They looked…
  • From Broadcast to Engagement - The Art of Thank You

    Len Devanna
    12 Jun 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Imagine this scenario - I’m out to eat at a nice restaurant. The food is delicious. I see the chef passing by my table and compliment him on the wonderful work. He continues by me at a hurried pace without even making eye contact. Or perhaps this - I go to the front desk of the hotel I’m staying at and advise them that the A/C in my room isn’t working and it’s 100 degrees. Without response, they continue shuffling through papers or some similar distraction. These things just don’t happen in real life. So why do they happen in digital everyday? A recent Sprinklr report suggests that…
  • Pro tip #22 – You Don’t Need a Social Media Strategy

    Len Devanna
    21 Mar 2014 | 9:12 am
    I’m often asked how a company should measure success from their social media efforts. More often than not, the folks asking the question are thinking about things like numbers of followers, share of voice and overall brand sentiment. While these are interesting metrics on a micro scale, they’re not necessarily meaningful through a macro lens. To help frame the discussion, I suggest they envision their CEO asking for an update on social media impact. Leading with “We have x-thousand followers on (insert your platform) and x% share of voice” isn’t likely to get you that big promotion…
  • Gold Stars and Workforce Transformation

    Len Devanna
    13 Sep 2013 | 11:00 am
    The year was 1976. An aspiring eBiz Junkie apparently did something right in a school assignment (likely coloring within the lines or something equally as challenging). When my masterpiece was handed back to me by the teacher, something was different... There, at the top, like a shining beacon of light, was a gold star. Clearly, I'd crushed this assignment. I ran home, anxious to show my parents the reward I'd received for my obviously amazing talents. As my creation hung proudly on the refrigerator for all the world to see, I had but one motivation - Getting back to school tomorrow to…
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    Network Security Blog

  • Interview, Keren Elazari, Researcher and Analyst

    netsecpodcast@mckeay.net (Martin McKeay)
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:33 am
    I was able to catch up with Keren Elazari at Black Hat.  We talked about her presentation at BSides (Hack the Future) and what it means to us as security professionals.  Keren highlights how bits are controlling atoms more and more every day and how the next 20 years are going to make the changes of the last 20 look like child’s play. NSPMicrocast-BlackHat2015-Elazari
  • Interview, Author and trouble-maker, Jason E. Street

    netsecpodcast@mckeay.net (Martin McKeay)
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:53 am
    I had a chance to catch up with my friend, Jason E. Street at Black Hat in order to talk to him about a few of the projects he has going on.  In addition to full time employment he’s an author, he’s working to revitalize Defcon Groups and he’s helping to publicize the efforts by hackers at Def Con to donate blood every year.  Busy guy. Dissecting the Hack:  The V3rb0t3n Network Defcon Groups Interview with Jason E. Street
  • Interview, Paul Kurtz, CEO of TruSTAR

    netsecpodcast@mckeay.net (Martin McKeay)
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:03 am
    I got to catch up with Paul Kurtz, CEO of TruSTAR Technology and former advisor to the White House on cybersecurity.  Paul and I talk about his work under a President and a President Elect, information sharing and the OPM hack.  This was one of the more interesting interviews I did at Black Hat, at least for me.  Hope you enjoy it too. Interview with Paul Kurtz, CEO of TruSTAR Technologies
  • Interview, Dr. Engin Kirda

    netsecpodcast@mckeay.net (Martin McKeay)
    16 Aug 2015 | 4:09 am
    I sat down for a few minutes to talk to Dr. Engin Kirda, Chief Architect at Lastline and professor at Northeastern University in Boston.  We discussed the next generation of security professionals and his BH talk about the sophistication (or lack thereof) in modern ransomeware.  And, as with all interviews this conference, I asked about the OPM hack and retribution. Interview with Dr. Engin Kirda, Lastline
  • Spying pressure mounting worldwide

    netsecpodcast@mckeay.net (Martin McKeay)
    11 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    It’s been an interesting ride ever since Edward Snowden came out with the revelations about NSA spying efforts two years ago.  There was a huge public outcry at first, both from the side who believes spying on your own citizens is necessary and from the side who believes spying on your own citizens is a vital tool in protecting them.  Both sides of the argument have been trying to sway public opinion, with varying degrees of success, but it’s been the spy organizations that have been getting their way as judges and lawmakers side with them for the most part.  But that’s…
 
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    Martin Fowler

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    Martin Fowler
    30 Aug 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Zermatt, Switzerland
  • Citizen Four

    Martin Fowler
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:13 am
    My brief thoughts on watching my newly acquired DVD of Citizen Four - a film about the whistleblower Edward Snowden.
  • Bliki: PresentationDomainDataLayering

    Martin Fowler
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:45 am
    One of the most common ways to modularize an information-rich program is to separate it into three broad layers: presentation (UI), domain logic (aka business logic), and data access. So you often see web applications divided into a web layer that knows about handling http requests and rendering HTML, a business logic layer that contains validations and calculations, and a data access layer that sorts out how to manage persistant data in a database or remote services. On the whole I've found this to be an effective form of modularization for many applications and one that I regularly use and…
  • Bliki: AntiPattern

    Martin Fowler
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:49 am
    Andrew Koenig first coined the term "antipattern" in an article in JOOP[1], which is sadly not available on the internet. The essential idea (as I remember it [2]) was that an antipattern was something that seems like a good idea when you begin, but leads you into trouble. Since then the term has often been used just to indicate any bad idea, but I think the original focus is more useful. In the paper Koenig said An antipattern is just like a pattern, except that instead of a solution it gives something that looks superficially like a solution but isn't one. -- Andrew Koenig This is what…
  • Bliki: AlignmentMap

    Sriram Narayan
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:43 am
    Alignment maps are organizational information radiators that help visualize the alignment of ongoing work with business outcomes. The work may be regular functionality addition or technical work such as re-architecting or repaying technical debt or improving the build and deployment pipeline. Team members use alignment maps to understand what business outcomes their day-to-day work is meant to improve. Business and IT sponsors use them to understand how ongoing work relates to the business outcomes they care about. Here’s an example scenario (inspired by real life) that illustrates how…
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    EMC Blogs

  • The Importance of Customer Experience

    22 Aug 2015 | 12:25 pm
    It's hard to believe that it's been six years since Watermark Consulting started their Customer Experience ROI study. But as time passes, the case only gets more compelling. Ask yourself - "Is customer experience truly critical to our business?" While everyone is going to answer with an emphatic yes, I suspect many of us have lost sight of what this truly means. Now ask yourself if you believe your brand is a leader in customer experience excellence. This one's a tad tougher, and the answer may serve as a bit of a wake up call. This question is at the core of Watermarks research. They looked…
  • We're Getting The Band Back Together

    22 Aug 2015 | 7:17 am
    It’s been a long time since Jake and Elwood got the Blues Brothers back together.  Similarly, it’s been a very long time since I’ve worked for Dave Donatelli when I was at EMC.  I really enjoyed the experience, and now I have a chance to do it again. Starting August 24th, I’ll be working for Dave, this time at Oracle’s new converged infrastructure group.  Yes, I’m excited about the new opportunity.   I thought I’d share a few personal thoughts behind my move.  The Lure Of A Great Leader Very early in my career, Dave was my boss, my mentor and my…
  • Podcast. The Copy Data Cortex.

    15 Aug 2015 | 7:02 pm
    Back in the saddle with a podcast. You can find that over on the EMC Core Technologies CTO blog.
  • Insurance and Data Value

    11 Aug 2015 | 5:18 am
    Several weeks ago I started a series of blog posts introducing five different types of data valuation business processes. The diagram below depicted each process: During this series of posts I highlighted some of the research findings discovered by Dr. Jim Short (San Diego Supercomputer Center). Jim and I have been studying the industry as part of a joint research project.  One interesting output of the research is the variety of ways valuation is currently occuring in the industry. For example, data valuation can occur.... ...during Mergers and Acquisitions. One recent example is…
  • Valuation and the Sale of Data Assets

    28 Jul 2015 | 5:25 am
    In a recent post I highlighted five recommendations that enable a corporation to transition their business into an environment where the economic value of data is monitored systematically. These recommendations have emerged from the Architecting for Value research being conducted by Dr. Jim Short of the San Diego Supercomputer Center. One of the key recommendations by Dr. Short is to make data valuation part of your business strategy, and he proposes developing expertise in several areas: Formally evaluate (or build) and deploy tools that support data valuation Create new valuation…
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    JT on EDM

  • Using Decision Management to avoid pointless and reckless

    James Taylor
    11 Aug 2015 | 10:02 am
    Copyright © 2015 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorJohn Boyd, author of the OODA Loop (Observe, Orient, Decide, Act) once said Decisions without actions are pointless. Actions without decisions are reckless This seems to me to be a clarion call for Decision Management and its combination of operational and analytic systems into Decision Management Systems: A typical analytic system, a Business Intelligence or dashboard system for instance, supports someone to make data-driven decisions but cannot take actions as a consequence – that must be done in an operational system. Pointless.
  • Upcoming Decision Management and Decision Modeling Training Opportunities

    James Taylor
    10 Aug 2015 | 7:49 am
    Copyright © 2015 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorIf you are interested in Decision Management or Decision Modeling with the new Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard, check out these three training opportunities: Online Training: Introduction to Decision Management August 25-27, 10:00-11:30am Pacific This 3-part online live training class will prepare you to adopt Decision Management or expand existing business rules/analytic efforts into true Decision Management programs. You will learn the key use cases in which Decision Management adds value, get an introduction to the critical…
  • New IIA research brief on framing analytic requirements

    James Taylor
    6 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Copyright © 2015 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorI am faculty member for the International Institute for Analytics (IIA) and recently completed a new research brief on Framing Requirements for Predictive Analytic Projects with Decision Modeling. The Research Brief is behind the paywall for IIA clients with an Enterprise Research Subscription. If you are interested in IIA membership and the research that IIA produces check out the site. IIA does a lot of great research and runs regular phone briefings too (I will be doing one on this topic soon). The key takeaways from the research…
  • White Paper of the Week: Framing Analytic Requirements

    James Taylor
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:09 am
    Copyright © 2015 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorI have been thinking a lot about using decision modeling for advanced analytic projects recently as we have several clients in this area as well as a number of users of DecisionsFirst Modeler in this space. So much so I thought I would do a white paper of the week  for our paper on Framing Analytic Requirements: This paper shows you how to achieve analytical, data-driven decisions with decision modeling and the Decision Model and Notation (DMN) standard. The value proposition of analytics is almost always to improve decision-making. Being…
  • First Look: SAS Factory Miner

    James Taylor
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:51 am
    Copyright © 2015 http://jtonedm.com James TaylorI got a briefing on SAS Factory Miner, to be officially released in July. SAS Factory Miner is designed to help organizations scale their analytic efforts, enabling them to solve more problems, faster, more accurately and without adding resources. SAS generally presents the analytic lifecycle with two main loops – a discovery one and a deployment one – both fed with data. Discovery involves determining the problem, preparation, exploration and modeling while deployment involves implementation, acting on the model and evaluating the model.
 
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    StorageMojo

  • Throwing hardware at a software problem

    Robin Harris
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:51 pm
    Maybe software will eat the world, but sometimes the physical world gives software indigestion. That fact was evident at the Flash Memory Summit this month. As mentioned in Flash slaying the latency dragon? several companies were showing remote storage accesses – using NVMe and hopped up networks – in the 1.5 to 2.5µsec range. That’s roughly 500 times better than the ≈1msec averages seen on today’s flash storage. That’s amazing. Really. But will it help? Fusion-io investigated sharing storage – to help amortize the cost of their PCIe cards across…
  • Flash slaying the latency dragon?

    Robin Harris
    13 Aug 2015 | 7:56 am
    I’m at the Flash Memory Summit this week. Two observations, one short and one long. Short first. FMS is much larger than last year. Haven’t seen numbers, but the huge exhibit floor looks like a first rank storage show. VMworld has been a top storage show, but now they have competition. Has latency met its match? Can’t talk about the interesting startups in the area, but an HGST technology demo – i.e. no plans for a product – gives a flavor of what’s to come. They hooked up two servers sporting Infiniband and NVMe SSDs running an I/O test and show latencies…
  • Why it’s time to forget about flash

    Robin Harris
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:52 pm
    Post sponsored by Infinidat Flash has revolutionized storage, but the industry has lost sight of the customer problem: optimizing storage for availability, performance, footprint, power and cost. Industry analysts aren’t helping. Let’s forget about flash and remember why we’re here Gartner recently defined a Solid State Array segment. That was questioned by Chris Mellor at the Register, and he got a spirited, if unconvincing, defense by Gartner’s Joe Unsworth. The basic issue is simple: are markets defined by technology or application? First principles Markets are the…
  • NVM is off to the races

    Robin Harris
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:50 pm
    With the Intel/micron nonvolatile memory announcement – said to be in production today – the race to produce next generation non-volatile memories has gotten serious. And not a moment too soon! What did they announce? You can read the press release here. Key quote: 3D XPoint technology combines the performance, density, power, non-volatility and cost advantages of all available memory technologies on the market today. The technology is up to 1,000 times faster and has up to 1,000 times greater endurance3 than NAND, and is 10 times denser than conventional memory. And it’s…
  • The storage tipping point

    Robin Harris
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Storage is at a tipping point: much of the existing investment in the software stack will be obsolete within two years. This will be the biggest change in storage since the invention of the disk drive by IBM in 1956. This is not to deprecate the other seismic forces of flash, object storage, cloud and the newer workloads that are driving investment in scale-out architectures and no-SQL databases. But the 50 years of I/O stack development – based on disks and, later, RAID – is essentially obsolete today, as will become obvious to all very soon. Why? In a nutshell, the performance…
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    Network Computing:

  • VMworld 2015 & Storage Industry Transformation

    Scott Sinclair
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    With VSAN and VVOLs, VMware has become a key player in enterprise storage, forcing the industry to evolve.
  • Get Smarter About WiFi

    Dirk Gates
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    WiFi has grown in leaps and bounds, and demand is increasing. Make sure your environment is ready.
  • Beyond Redundancy: Improving IT Availability

    Shirish Nilekar
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    IT leaders must look at redundancy and availability in a more comprehensive way to develop a strategy for true IT resilience.
  • Managing Collaboration In The Extended Enterprise

    John Newton
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Organizations need to develop a balanced strategy to meet the demands of today's highly mobile workforce where collaboration extends beyond the office walls.
  • SD-WAN Vendors Making A Splash

    Network Computing and Interop
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Software-defined WAN has suddenly become the hottest topic in networking, due to its potential to save money while improving network performance. Check out the vendors leading the way.
 
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    Network & Infrastructure Blogs

  • Do you see what I see final

    31 Aug 2015 | 2:15 am
    In the previous posting I rambled on about the differences between how people process information and how computers process information. What it boils down to is that even thought the information is the same, albeit in different formats, it is the method of processing that information which is critical.   Essentially
  • LEAN IT - Do it your way

    26 Aug 2015 | 7:52 am
    I know I've been spewing a lot of information about LEAN in the IT environment. I'm sure a bunch of it may sound like I believe these are the ways to do it. However that is not really the point, the main point of these writings are as follows.
  • Do you see what I see continues

    26 Aug 2015 | 3:47 am
    In the previous posting titled "Do you see what I see" I blathered on about how us carbon based wetware entities sense the surrounding environment. I used sight as one example although I am pretty sure (what looks out at me in the morning mirror is definitely not pretty :) ) that all the other senses follow a similar
  • Do you see what I see?

    25 Aug 2015 | 1:11 am
    In a previous post it was brought up in the comments some interesting points about sensory input for artificial intelligence. This caused me to think (Yes, yes I know. It's hard for me to do) about sensory input in general. For example, is the image you are seeing the same as the image I'm seeing?   I'll start off talking about the bipedal humanoid wetware we are most familiar
  • Distributed Agile Development in the Cloud is Still Primitive

    24 Aug 2015 | 6:41 am
    We need to rethink! Staid operations practices and ?business as usual? is not going to cut it in the brave new world of distributed agile development.
 
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    Microsoft Security Response Center

  • Security Update Solution Further Protects Customer Devices

    MSRC Team
    18 Aug 2015 | 2:11 pm
    On Tuesday, August 18, 2015, Microsoft released a security update solution to address a vulnerability. The update is for all supported versions of Internet Explorer.   We recommend customers to apply this update as soon as possible by following the directions on the TechNet.com/Security website, in Security Bulletin MS15-093 More information about this bulletin can be found at Microsoft’s Bulletin Summary page. MSRC Team
  • August 2015 Security Update Release Summary

    MSRC Team
    11 Aug 2015 | 10:23 am
    Today we released security updates to provide protections against malicious attackers. As a best practice, we encourage customers to apply security updates as soon as they are released. More information about this month’s security updates and advisories can be found in the Security TechNet Library.  MSRC Team
  • Microsoft Bounty Programs Expansion - Bounty for Defense, Authentication Bonus, and RemoteApp

    MSRC Team
    5 Aug 2015 | 9:50 am
    I am very pleased to be releasing additional expansions of the Microsoft Bounty Programs. Please stop by the Microsoft Networking Lounge at Black Hat, August 5-6, to learn more about these programs; or, visit https://aka.ms/BugBounty. We are raising the Bounty for Defense maximum from $50,000 USD to $100,000 USD. I am also very excited to announce that we are launching a bonus period for Authentication vulnerabilities in the Online Services Bug Bounty. We will be running an onsite contest at Black Hat in Las Vegas, August 5-6, related to this effort. Lastly, we are adding RemoteApp to the…
  • Out-of-band release for Security Bulletin MS15-078

    MSRC Team
    20 Jul 2015 | 10:09 am
    Today, we released a security bulletin to provide an update for Microsoft Windows. Customers who have automatic updates enabled or apply the update, will be protected. We recommend customers apply the update as soon as possible, following the directions in the security bulletin. More information about this bulletin can be found at Microsoft’s Bulletin Summary page. MSRC Team
  • July 2015 Security Updates

    MSRC Team
    14 Jul 2015 | 10:18 am
    Today we released security updates for Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, Microsoft SQL Server, and Internet Explorer. As a best practice, we encourage customers to apply security updates as soon as they are released. For more information about this month’s security updates and advisories visit the Security TechNet Library.  You can also follow the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) team on Twitter at @MSFTSecResponse MSRC Team
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    SQLblog.com - The SQL Server blog spot on the web

  • SQL 2014 queries under a strobe light

    Rob Farley
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:12 am
    I just wrote a post about Live Query Statistics. Let me show you how this technology in SQL Server 2014 can be used for some amazingly cool (nerdy cool, at least) stuff. Behind the scenes, LQS uses a DMV called sys.dm_exec_query_profiles. When you run a query with SET STATISTICS PROFILE ON, the engine puts data into this DMV for every operator in the plan that produces data (which doesn’t include the SELECT operator, or Compute Scalar, for example). What SSMS does while you’re watching a long-running query is poll this DMV over and over to get the progress data, so that you can see it in…
  • Power BI Desktop & Excel

    Marco Russo (SQLBI)
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:35 am
    The August 2015 update of Power BI Desktop added two important features for existing Excel and Analysis Services users:Import Excel Power BI artifacts (Data Model, Queries, Power View) into a new Power BI Desktop fileLive Analysis Services Connections: Ability to change the database from Edit Queries dialogIn case you didn't try it before, Power BI Desktop can connect to Analysis Services Tabular (connection for Multidimensional will arrive later, but Microsoft is working on it). It is interesting to consider that Power BI Desktop sends DAX queries that are different for Analysis…
  • Live Query Statistics in SQL 2014, not just SQL 2016

    Rob Farley
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:07 am
    One of the coolest things in SQL Server 2016 is Live Query Statistics (LQS). But did you know that it’s available in SQL 2014? The thing is that we haven’t been able to view it effectively before now, before SQL Server Management Studio 2016 became available. LQS provides the ability to watch an execution plan while the query is still running. In this image above, you can see that I have a fairly long-running query, and I’ve taken a screen shot while the query is running. I can tell it’s still running because of the dotted lines. At this point, the Hash Match has asked the Index Scan…
  • SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview from a BI point of view

    jorg
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:52 pm
    SharePoint Online and Power BI have a lot of attention and focus lately, but what about the on-premises version of SharePoint that’s used in almost all serious BI solutions today? Well SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview has just been released by Microsoft, by many stated as the last on-premises version of SharePoint ever. In this blog post I will focus on the BI features of SharePoint Server 2016. So what kind of BI features are improved and what’s new? It’s better start with the question: which BI features will remain available in SharePoint 2016, because a lot of BI features will be…
  • SQL Server 2016 Insights by Polish MVP's

    Damian
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:01 am
    Hello SQL Folks! In one of the latest posts I wrote that the SQL Server 2016 & Channel 9 series that is being prepared by Polish MVP’s. Now we have 3 recordings there but expect many more :). You can find more details about the series here: http://bit.ly/1MNlAAO The first session is dedicated to the security enhancements that will be available in the SQL Server 2016. This session was prepared by Marcin Szeliga, our PLSSUG President. The link to the recordings is here: http://bit.ly/1NJseZq The second session is about hybrid scenarios and especially about a new…
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    MySQL Performance Blog

  • High-load clusters and desynchronized nodes on Percona XtraDB Cluster

    Jay Janssen
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    There can be a lot of confusion and lack of planning in Percona XtraDB Clusters in regards to nodes becoming desynchronized for various reasons.  This can happen a few ways:An IST or SST joining node catching up after a state transfer (Joined/Joining state)Using wsrep_desync for something like a backupExecuting a rolling-schema-upgrade using using wsrep_OSU_method=RSUWhen I say “desynchronized” I mean a node that is permitted to build up a potentially large wsrep_local_recv_queue while some operation is happening.  For example a node taking a backup would set wsrep_desync=ON…
  • Percona Toolkit 2.2.15 is now available

    Alexey Zhebel
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:30 am
    Percona is pleased to announce the availability of Percona Toolkit 2.2.15.  Released August 28, 2015. Percona Toolkit is a collection of advanced command-line tools to perform a variety of MySQL server and system tasks that are too difficult or complex for DBAs to perform manuallyPercona Toolkit, like all Percona software, is free and open source.This release is the current GA (Generally Available) stable release in the 2.2 series. It includes multiple bug fixes as well as continued preparation for MySQL 5.7 compatibility. Full details are below. Downloads are available here and from…
  • ObjectRocket’s David Murphy talks about MongoDB, Percona Live Amsterdam

    Tom Diederich
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Say hello to David Murphy, lead DBA and MongoDB Master at ObjectRocket (a Rackspace company). David works on sharding, tool building, very large-scale issues and high-performance MongoDB architecture. Prior to ObjectRocket he was a MySQL/NoSQL architect at Electronic Arts. David enjoys large-scale operational tool building, high performance OS and database tuning. He is also a core code contributor to MongoDB. He’ll be speaking next month at Percona Live Amsterdam, which runs Sept. 21-13. Enter promo code “BlogInterview” at registration to save €20!Tom: David, your 3-hour…
  • Advanced Query Tuning in MySQL 5.6 and MySQL 5.7 Webinar: Q&A

    Alexander Rubin
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:16 am
    Thank you for attending my July 22 webinar titled “Advanced Query Tuning in MySQL 5.6 and 5.7” (my slides and a replay available here). As promised here is the list of questions and my answers (thank you for your great questions).Q: Here is the explain example:mysql> explain extended select id, site_id from test_index_id where site_id=1 *************************** 1. row *************************** id: 1 select_type: SIMPLE table: test_index_id type: ref possible_keys: key_site_id key: key_site_id key_len: 5 ref: const rows: 1 filtered: 100.00 Extra: Using where; Using indexwhy…
  • Find unused indexes on MongoDB and TokuMX

    Miguel Angel Nieto
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:33 am
    Finding and removing unused indexes is a pretty common technique to improve overall performance of relational databases. Less indexes means faster insert and updates but also less disk space used. The usual way to do it is to log all queries’ execution plans and then get a list of those indexes that are not used. Same theory applies to MongoDB and TokuMX so in this blog post I’m going to explain how to find those.Profiling in MongoDBTo understand what profiling is you only need to think about MySQL’s slow query log, it is basically the same idea. It can be enabled with the…
 
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    ProjectVRM

  • VRM Day: Let’s talk UMA and terms

    Doc Searls
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:34 am
    VRM Day and IIW are coming up in October: VRM Day on the 26th, and IIW on the 27th-29th. As always, both are at the Computer History Museum in the heart of Silicon Valley. Also, as always, we would like to focus  VRM day on issues that will be discussed and pushed forward (by word and code) on the following days at IIW. I see two. The first is UMA, for User Managed Access. UMA is the brainchild of Eve Maler, one of the most creative minds in the Digital Identity field. (And possibly its best singer as well.) The site explains, “User-Managed Access (UMA) is an award-winning OAuth-based…
  • Loyalty means nothing if customers don’t have their own ways of expressing it

    Doc Searls
    16 Aug 2015 | 5:46 am
    @jobsworth and I were just pointed by @aainslie to a @ronmiller piece in @TechCrunch titled In The Age of Disruption, Customer Love Is More Important Than Ever. The headline says it all, and it’s true. But, as with all pieces like this, it’s about what companies can (or should) do, rather than what customers can do. Think about it. What if customers had their own systematic methods of expressing loyalty? Not silo-provided gimmicks like Facebook’s “like” buttons, but standard tools or systems that every customer could use, as easily as they use their own…
  • The coming collapse of surveillance marketing

    Doc Searls
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:40 am
    A few minutes ago, on a mailing list, somebody asked me if Google hadn’t shown people don’t mind having personal data harvested as long as they get value in exchange for it. Here’s what I answered: It’s not about Google — or Google alone. It’s about the wanton and widespread harvesting of personal data without permission, by pretty much the entire digital marketing field, or what it has become while in maximum thrall of Big Data. That this is normative in the extreme does not make it right, or even sustainable. The market — customers like you and me — doesn’t…
  • A #VRM outline for the #4th

    Doc Searls
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:09 am
    I’ve been liveblogging lately: writing live in an outline. Here is today’s. And here is the VRM section of it: VRM U.S. Privacy is Personal. My latest column in Linux Journal. An example of what’s right and wrong about CRM from @RelateIQ: Right: “automates, simplifies, and deepens the way you engage with your customers. Wrong: “Powered by data science to help you sell smarter.” The middle name of CRM is “Relationship.” People aren’t always buying something. But they are always owning stuff that they’ve bought. Work on relating with…
  • If your voice comes from a company, you don’t have one

    Doc Searls
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:15 pm
    Got this in my email today: I’m sure Oracle Service Cloud is good at what it does. Such as: Deliver an integrated customer experience while equipping employees with the right tools Drive and meet consumer expectations in the new omni-channel world Adapt their service to customer needs by researching and considering their demographics The problem is that this assumes customers have no voices of their own, and need to be given one. And, since every company has its own way to give customers voices, the customer turns into a Tower of Babble, speaking with many different voices to many…
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    Symantec Connect

  • Creating a reboot task with option to defer

    Michael Babb
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:18 am
    I need a solution Greeting all; I'm having trouble finding what I thought was an easy task.  Essentially I need to reboot user's PC's occasionally in my troubleshooting efforts to hunt down machines that seem to have stalled with patching.  Additionally, I need to be curteous to the users and give them the option to defer the reboot with some sort of warning message similar to the one given with the completion of a patch cycle.  Simply scheduling reboots in the middle of the night won't fit the need. How can I create a task to reboot a PC with a warning and option to…
  • SEP Firewall Slows Network Terribly

    John_N
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    I need a solution We have a small network (single server, ten workstations).  The server OS is Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials.  We use an unmanaged Symantec Endpoint Protection client on the server for security software.  The SEP unmanaged client version on the server is 12.1.5, build 5337.  We first installed this system about forty days ago.  Everything worked fine, including the SEP system which we installed with the default values (no changes were made).  This past Monday around noon, the network abruptly slowed to a crawl (traffic between the server and…
  • EV Licensing getting expired

    San_Bangalore
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:56 am
    I need a solution Hi Team,   I request for the help here. We are using EV 10.0.4 for Exchange. Our EV licensing getting expired in 1 week. I went through different Technote and see a reference for replacing the new license files. Here is my question. What would be the impact when the license gets expired? Does all EV services will get stopped? https://support.symantec.com/en_US/article.TECH57412.html Any help on this will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
  • Agentless Threat Protection with Symantec Data Center Security 6.6

    Arun Balakrishnan
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:51 am
    Comprehensive, Always-On Antimalware and Threat Protection for Your VMware Environments As software defined data centers grow more complex, security becomes more important – and tougher to implement. Symantec Data Center Security 6.6, which is being announced at VMWorld and will be generally available in Fall 2015, supports the speed of business by delivering dynamically adaptive and agile security for the data center. Always-on antimalware and threat protection are critical for virtual data centers but implementing it properly – so production applications aren’t negatively affected –…
  • SEP 12.1.6 not install 32 bits clients

    jacardenete
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:41 am
    I need a solution Hi, when I try to install the program on Windows operating systems 32-bit (Windows 2003, XP and 7) installation fails. It has the installation packages 32 and 64 bits. Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager is installed on Windows 2008 R2 Standard. Thanks.
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    Enterprise Irregulars

  • CRM Watchlist 2015 Winners: InsideView and Xactly – sales to the max – and then some

    Paul Greenberg
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:40 am
    The note repeats, and repeats, and…: CRM Watchlist 2016 registration is still open and you have time to get the registration form required to get the questionnaire. Please email me at paul-greenberg3@the56group.com for the registration form. The clock is ticking…. We’re down to six winners needing reviews now. Slow but…not frequent enough. I’m operating like a somewhat lame (meaning leg hurts) tortoise in getting out these reviews. But that doesn’t diminish the quality of the winners. There is no particular order to the reviews except that the Elite winners…
  • Social intelligence and reputation are the keys to survival in this automating world

    Phil Fersht
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:20 am
    Automation hype and anxiety is everywhere today.  In fact, haven’t you been amazed by the emergence of all these “automation experts” that have suddenly appeared on your LinkedIn recently? It’s as if these people went to school 20 years ago with the sole purpose of becoming an automation expert… However, I have good news for the paranoid – computers are still really bad at simulating social interaction. What’s more, team work is becoming more critical than ever, as we need to keep adapting to a changing work environment. Your personality and ability to excite, befriend,…
  • Euro-troubles

    Denis Pombriant
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:14 am
    Euro-troubles American tech companies are having their troubles in Europe again; this time, it’s Google’s turn. According to an article in the New York Times, European newspaper publishers are up in arms about Google encroaching into the news business. There are numerous ways to approach this topic—that the Europeans were too slow to see the digital future (and some still don’t), that publishing on newsprint is a vanishing idea, that Europeans, rather than playing catch-up with the tech giants are engaging in political entrepreneurship. Political entrepreneurship is an interesting…
  • The Innovation-Driven Disruption of the Automotive Value Chain (Part 3)

    Evangelos Simoudis
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    In a previous post I wrote about the disruptive innovations that have been introduced by Tesla Motors (Tesla) and Uber and presented the steps the automotive industry should be taking in order to address the startup-driven disruption.  In this post I want to make three points: It is hard for startups to break into and succeed in the automotive industry.  The industry requires high investment and ability to scale while maintaining low risk.  The Car Use value chain has lower barriers to entry but they result in many competitors that have difficulty differentiating their solutions. Startups…
  • Event Report: Come Join Us For A Silicon Valley CXO Day At Constellation’s Connected Enterprise #CCE2015

    R "Ray" Wang
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Join me at the annual Silicon Valley CXO Day on the third and final day of Constellation’s Connected Enterprise.   Hear from over 200 business and technology leaders whom will discuss the future of innovation and digital transformation. Register before August 31, 2015 to secure your early bird ticket. Attendees will: Engage with CXO panels from disruptive tech leaders across Silicon Valley Understand the latest digital trends affecting Silicon Valley Learn from the career development panel Network with 200+ C-level business and technology leaders Ensure you’re attuned to the disruptive…
 
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    deal architect

  • SAP Nation 2.0 Excerpt: S/4HANA questions

    vinnie
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:14 pm
    In time for Labor Day weekend reading, 2.0 is starting to show up in book stores (print at CreateSpace and ebook at Amazon). As with previous books, I will be excerpting 10% of the contents over the next few weeks....
  • SAP Nation 2.0 Excerpts: The S/4HANA launch

    vinnie
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:56 pm
    In time for Labor Day weekend reading, 2.0 is starting to show up in book stores (print at CreateSpace and ebook at Amazon). As with previous books, I will be excerpting 10% of the contents over the next few weeks....
  • Robots and our jobs

    vinnie
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:40 am
    Nice, and fairly comprehensive research by Forrester analyst JP Gownder. I like his balanced tone, not the Chicken Little tone so many recent books have taken “We forecast that 16% of jobs will disappear due to automation technologies between now...
  • SAP Nation 2.0 Excerpt: The Sprawl

    vinnie
    23 Aug 2015 | 9:25 pm
    In time for Labor Day weekend reading, Amazon is launching 2.0 on Kindle today. It is starting to show up in book stores (print on demand at CreateSpace ). As with previous books, I will be excerpting 10% of the...
  • The Technology Dark Ages

    vinnie
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:44 am
    While The New Polymath was overall wildly optimistic, I had a pessimistic chapter about the state of IT, healthcare, sustainability etc. Five years later the contrast is even more stark. I see Gartner’s hype cycle on new technologies and it’s...
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    Chuck's Blog

  • We're Getting The Band Back Together

    Chuck Hollis
    22 Aug 2015 | 7:17 am
    It’s been a long time since Jake and Elwood got the Blues Brothers back together.  Similarly, it’s been a very long time since I’ve worked for Dave Donatelli when I was at EMC.  I really enjoyed the experience, and now I have a chance to do it again. Starting August 24th, I’ll be working for Dave, this time at Oracle’s new converged infrastructure group.  Yes, I’m excited about the new opportunity.   I thought I’d share a few personal thoughts behind my move.  The Lure Of A Great Leader Very early in my career, Dave was my boss, my mentor and my…
  • The Trivialization Of Enterprise IT

    Chuck Hollis
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Scan any half-dozen vendor pitches, and you come away with the impression that doing enterprise IT isn’t all that difficult.   After all, all you have to do is buy/use/implement a few simple things, and the rest is easy, right? Just consider the marketing phrases we’re using: single pane of glass, pushbutton automation, cloud, one click to upgrade, etc. It conjures up the naive picture that in some strange alternate reality, IT admins sit comfy chairs -- idly monitoring a bunch of green lights and occasionally clicking on an icon when needed. Nothing could be further from the truth.
  • On Competing

    Chuck Hollis
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Many of you who follow the going-ons in our little corner of the IT industry may have noticed a continuing dust-up between myself and many Nutanix employees. Competition is generally a good thing for our industry, when done right.  Maybe I'm naive, but I think that IT professionals deserve ready access to critical information that could impact their decision.   As every IT pro knows, a lot is at stake when you sign that PO for that new thing :) It's funny -- not many folks want to go toe-to-toe against another company in a public forum.  For some reason, that isn't a problem…
  • On Being Happy

    Chuck Hollis
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:04 am
    What makes us truly happy?   One of life's most important questions, no? A group of researchers at Mayo Clinic think they may have the answer: train the mind to focus on positive experiences vs. negative ones. The rationale is simple: we are conditioned by evolution to focus on — and thus avoid — the negatives in our lives vs. celebrating the positives. Although few of us will have the opportunity to partake in their 10 week, four-step program — it made me reflect on how I’ve been challenged over the years to crack that code for myself.  It wasn’t easy. And I meet so…
  • Catching Up

    Chuck Hollis
    12 Jun 2015 | 1:49 pm
    I naively want to think that things should slow up a bit as we get into the summer months, but no such luck it seems.  Between work and life, the pace has been unusually hectic. I've been neglectful in posting recently, as I've been focusing my increasingly scarce writing time on a new VMware company blog ("Virtual Blocks").   Going forward, I'm going to try and keep my day-job product technology stuff over there, and write about broader topics here.   We'll see how well I do keeping up on TWO blogs -- yikes!! In case you missed it, a few posts you may find…
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    Venture Chronicles

  • #LifeOnMars

    Jeff
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:11 am
    I was listening to a media overview of the Life On Mars Project. The short version is that 6 people, 3 men and 3 women, will spend 365 in a biosphere located on the slopes of the Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii. They will be permitted to leave the dome but will be required to wear a space suit to simulate the conditions on Mars. In an unfortunate naming twist, the acronym for the effort is HI-SEAS. I think they should have gone with a different acronym. The project will study the effects of long-term isolation and co-habitation. The results of the 1-year study will be used in the planning of an…
  • The Ashley Madison Data Dump

    Jeff
    20 Aug 2015 | 8:58 am
    The hack itself is an old story; Ashley Madison was hacked and profile information stolen. What is new is that the group behind the hack, Impact Team, dumped all the data. It has now been made available by many legitimate folks who created searchable online services against the data. As much as I could enjoy the schadenfreude in this story, I simply cannot. I’m compelled to point out that just because an email is in the database does not mean it is a legitimate account. Email is a notoriously weak verified identifier, and while many websites have a sign-up flow for email verification,…
  • Amazon Dash, the Device Web, and Speech Verification

    Jeff
    18 Aug 2015 | 5:11 am
    I purchased an Amazon Dash button recently. It’s a clever product concept and an example of a headless device that will be a major theme in the emerging Internet of Things movement. The Internet of Things represents a massive shift in how we will consume services. I would assert that we will reorganize the existing Internet around three functional Internets: The Web: This is what we know today. Constantly evolving, the complexity of services delivered to HTTP endpoint will increase, and as more web consumption moves to mobile, the interoperability of smartphone apps with web services will…
  • Crisis Management for Lion Killers

    Jeff
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:18 am
    The story of the Dr. “Lion Slayer” Palmer is all over the internet and people are outraged, for good reason. His dental practice is in limbo and he is in hiding after receiving death threats. Well done Internet… you have already surpassed the attention span of a #hashtag with this one. I am conflicted on this story for many reasons. Big game hunting is deplorable, and there is no justification for it with licenses sold to the ultra-wealthy who are partaking in the experience for the sport of it. If the goal is herd management, have trained naturalists do the killing in a…
  • Tough Doesn’t Quit, Except at Breakfast

    Jeff
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:03 am
    I was at a dinner on Sunday night and seated next to me was retired Admiral Eric Olson, who had a long and distinguished military career. He retired from the Navy in 2011 as the commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command. Interesting man, to say the least, but also incredibly gracious and unassuming. I asked him what qualities he could identify that would be indicators of success as s Navy SEAL. His response was predictable in some ways, unexpected in others. Above all, he said, the SEALs look for problem-solving, intelligence and mental toughness in candidates. I expected to hear this,…
 
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    Exchange Server Pro

  • Exchange Server 2016 Client Access Namespace Configuration

    Paul Cunningham
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Exchange Server 2016 is currently in Public Preview. Do not install preview software in your production environment. When you first install Exchange Server 2016 it is pre-configured with default URLs for the various HTTPS services such as OWA (Outlook on the web), ActiveSync (mobile device access), Exchange Web Services (the API used for a variety of client communications), and others. The default URLs contain the fully qualified domain name of the server. So for example if your server name is “exchange01.domain.com” then the default URL for OWA will be…
  • Office 365 Mobile Device Management Enrolment for Android Devices

    Paul Cunningham
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:30 am
    In this article we’ll look at the user experience for enrolling an Android device for Office 365 Mobile Device Management. Enrolment can be triggered by an administrator adding the user to a group that is targeted by an Office 365 MDM device policy. An example can be seen here. However it can also be manually initiated by the end user, which is what we’ll look at now. To begin enrolling a mobile device download the Company Portal app from the Google Play store. The user signs in with their corporate credentials (email address and password). After signing in tap the Enroll button. A…
  • PowerShell Script to Configure Exchange Server Client Access URLs

    Paul Cunningham
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    ConfigureExchangeURLs.ps1 is a PowerShell script to make it quick and easy to configure the Client Access namespaces on your Exchange servers. The script is designed to apply the same namespace to all Client Access services on the server. You can specify different internal and external URLs. If you have a more complex namespace configuration to apply (for example separate namespaces for each service) then this script does not cater to your scenario, however you can probably adapt it your particular needs. The script has some mandatory parameters: -Server – The name(s) of the server(s)…
  • Renewing an SSL Certificate for Exchange Server 2013

    Paul Cunningham
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    At some point in time after you’ve installed an SSL certificate for Exchange Server 2013 you’ll need to renew that certificate. Hopefully you aren’t scrambling to complete this task because your certificate has expired. Most certificate authorities will email you warnings about impending certificate expiry, but the nature of many corporate procurement processes means those reminders often go to some general purchasing team rather than to the technical folks in IT who really need to know about it. If you’re curious about your current Exchange certificates and their…
  • Office 365 Mobile Device Management Enrolment on Apple iOS Devices

    Paul Cunningham
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:12 am
    In this article we’ll look at the user experience for enrolling an iOS device such as an iPhone or iPad for Office 365 Mobile Device Management. Enrolment can be triggered by an administrator adding the user to a group that is targeted by an Office 365 MDM device policy. An example can be seen here. However it can also be manually initiated by the end user, which is what we’ll look at now. To begin enrolling a mobile device download the Company Portal app from the App Store. Open the Company Portal app and sign-in with your corporate username (email address) and password. After…
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    Socialcast | Enterprise Social Network Platform

  • Feature Updates: August 2015

    Samantha Lee
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:33 am
    This month, we have a few enhancements around the Topics/hashtags feature and addressed some challenges for LDAP-integrated communities. We’ve also improved out mobile browser experience so that the entire Socialcast feature set (Projects, Challenges, Town Halls, etc.) can now be accessed from a mobile tablet or phone. Check it out below!*  1. Topics Included in Search Dropdown You can now easily search and discover Topics/hashtags directly from the global search bar at the top of your community page. Type in your keyword or use a preceding # symbol, and a list of Matched Tags will…
  • Fearlessly Innovating with Socialcast: Part I

    Chris Dong
    17 Aug 2015 | 8:31 am
    We’re excited to launch a new blog series entitled Fearlessly Innovating with Socialcast showcasing the successes of Socialcast as part of the broader VMware community. Socialcast by VMware, a leading enterprise social networking platform, is used by thousands of VMware employees each and every day. Each month, we will highlight how the Socialcast platform is transforming communication and collaboration across the company, leading to increased productivity, efficiency, and transparency. Socialcast is enabling VMware to succeed in an increasingly competitive IT landscape – and with even…
  • Case Study: Socialcast gives students, professors, and professionals the right tools for solving real-world design challenges

    Sogol Motiey
    13 Aug 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Washington State University (WSU) is a nationally recognized research university providing world-class education to more than 26,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students enrolled in ten different colleges. As part of their Senior Design Curriculum, students from WSU’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science needed a simple and intuitive platform to support collaboration between students, faculty, mentors, and sponsors. The tool also needed to be safe enough to ensure the privacy of sensitive intellectual property provided by the sponsoring companies. After…
  • Socialcast Integration Store Release

    Jens Koerner
    11 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Today, VMware released the Socialcast Integration Store. For years, the tried and trusted Socialcast Reach integration capability has allowed customers to embed Socialcast collaboration into various different applications – such as Microsoft SharePoint and Salesforce.com. Figure 1: Socialcast embedded in Salesforce.com Today’s announcement of the integration store completes the circle for users and applications by allowing application administrators to post events and notifications into Socialcast – allowing users to collaborate around those events from their mobile device or the…
  • Socialcast unveils Chat for secure instant messaging and collaboration

    Samantha Lee
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:24 pm
    By: Ashlea Cartee Last week, Socialcast released its latest feature, Socialcast Chat, providing users with a reliable and secure instant messaging tool. The new Socialcast Chat is updated to deliver a more lightweight and responsive chat tool that customers can use daily for business communication. Socialcast Chat is derived from the previously trusted Private Message feature, and now provides a seamless flow between web and mobile devices. Socialcast Chat ensures a secure form of communication within Socialcast to quickly message a person or group without displaying messages in the community…
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  • Just How Important is Independence in ERP Software Selection?

    The Consultants' Corner
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:04 am
    ERP software selection intimidates many organizations. One of the most challenging aspects of an ERP implementation is selecting software that supports your organization’s business processes and helps your organization achieve measurable improvements. Even more challenging? Finding a truly independent ERP consultant to help you through the process. When selecting enterprise software that meets your organization’s business requirements, it helps to seek advice from an independent third-party with a breadth of knowledge about all potential ERP vendors. A partner with a technical…
  • How to Come Full-Circle With Your ERP Through IV&V

    The Consultants' Corner
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:04 am
    Recently I learned what goes into making a delicious, homemade pie.  One of the most important tricks to a good pie is consistency. This ensures that all of the ingredients are accurately added and evenly distributed. Unfortunately, the disproportion of any ingredient can change the overall success of a pie.  Coincidentally, what dictates the success of an ERP implementation is not very different. Any one poorly-managed factor could lead to overall project failure. Unlike a clearly-defined pie recipe, the roadmap to a successful ERP implementation is much more complex.  The…
  • Podcast: Findings From Panorama’s 2015 Manufacturing ERP Report

    Panorama Consulting Solutions
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:35 am
    Panorama’s 2015 Manufacturing ERP Report analyzes the ERP implementation results of manufacturing organizations, and provides an in-depth look at the unique challenges the manufacturing industry faces in regard to implementation cost, budget overruns, ERP customization and more. Join January Paulk, Director of Client Services, for a summary of Panorama’s manufacturing ERP market data to help benchmark your own selection and implementation project. To subscribe to our podcast series, you can submit our feed URL to iTunes or your podcast…
  • What is Business Process Management?

    The Consultants' Corner
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:04 am
    It’s unlikely that someone would go on a long journey without first procuring a map and planning their route. People have an easy time visualizing a destination when planning their route but don’t understand the pitfalls that lie in the journey. Business process management is the roadmap to the destination of a successful ERP implementation. Like all roadmaps, there are multiple routes to consider. Within an ERP implementation there are various levels of business process management to consider as you design your new system: Business Process Management (BPM)Business process management is a…
  • Five Ways to Convince Your Boss That You Need a New ERP System

    Eric Kimberling
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:04 am
    Building organizational support is one of the most challenging aspects of getting a new ERP project under way. No matter how difficult your current operational and technical environment is, executives are not always going to support a change – especially if they don’t see or understand the need. We often help our client teams navigate these challenging situations. Oftentimes, an IT Manager or CIO commences an ERP initiative only to be shot down by his or her boss or executive team. Here are five ways to help you sell the need for a new ERP system to your boss and executive team: Focus on…
 
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  • ConnectIn 2015: IBM shows off cloud, analytics, mobile, social tech innovations

    FP Staff
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:49 am
    Auto Dx, a business-to-business (B2B) cloud-based network, accelerates the movement of data and reducing transaction costs by up to 80 percent. The post ConnectIn 2015: IBM shows off cloud, analytics, mobile, social tech innovations appeared first on Firstpost.
  • Risks to drive $10 billion cyber insurance market by 2020

    FP Staff
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:05 am
    With over 900 million reported records exposed in 2014, more companies are seriously starting to consider transferring risks to insurance providers. The post Risks to drive $10 billion cyber insurance market by 2020 appeared first on Firstpost.
  • Is Windows 10 already an enterprise success? 1.5 mn installations in a month say so

    Arti Singh
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:33 am
    Enterprise uptake is critical to the success of Microsoft's new operating platform, and if numbers are anything to go by then 1.5 million in just a month is encouraging. The post Is Windows 10 already an enterprise success? 1.5 mn installations in a month say so appeared first on Firstpost.
  • Techwave buys Hyderabad-based Cyient’s IT services arm

    FP Staff
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:48 am
    The deal helps Techwave to foray into Europe, APAC markets. This will also enable Cyient to focus on its core engineering services and Data, Network and Operations business. The post Techwave buys Hyderabad-based Cyient’s IT services arm appeared first on Firstpost.
  • Oracle launches All Flash FS1 Storage System

    Press Release
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:23 am
    Oracle expanded its flash storage portfolio with the announcement of an all-flash model of its Oracle FS1 Flash Storage System. The post Oracle launches All Flash FS1 Storage System appeared first on Firstpost.
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  • On #SAPJam surpassing the 20M subscriber mark. (And why customers are the biggest winners.)

    Sameer Patel
    22 Aug 2015 | 7:12 am
    This past week we announced that SAP Jam clocked over 21 million subscribers, sporting over 3X subscriber growth over the past 4 years.  I got the word a few weeks ago but sat on it to reflect on two things: 1. What it takes to scale so fast across each function, and within constraints. 2. How high velocity growth allows a product to give back value to its customers…at seriously high velocity. No doubt there’s lots to share about how we got here. But it’s the second point above, that’s the subject of this post. Millions of enterprise subscribers in the cloud teaches you so much…
  • Looking forward to TechHR 2015 this week #TechHR15

    Sameer Patel
    17 Aug 2015 | 9:59 pm
    I’m privileged to spend a day in Gurgaon this week at the People Matters TechHR Conference. I keynoted the inaugural event last year onWhy Human Capital Must Fuel Digital Transformationand I came away learning far far more than what I talked about. The event last year was spectacular. Back then my biggest take away was the Heart and Hustle in Indian HR. I closed with this: During the time when I grew up and later, interned in India, organizational behavior was extremely hierarchical. You spent the first ten years of your career keeping your mouth shut and “learning”. My time spent with…
  • What Integrated learning truly means. Three lessons we’ll share at SuccessConnect #sconnect15

    Sameer Patel
    10 Aug 2015 | 8:29 am
    With millions of subscribers, over a 1000 customers and rated THE leader in integrated talent management for social technologies by IDC, at SuccessConnect next week, we’re going to share some really incredible SAP Jam customer stories on transformative HR and Learning from SuccessFactors. Here are some of the big topics: Knowledge vaporization is becoming a boardroom agenda.  We see common trends across customers in retail, hospitality or other industries that have massive field or decentralized demand or supply chains. As these organizations are facing huge numbers of retiring employees…
  • Why Collaboration Fails

    Sameer Patel
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:48 pm
    Three years ago I joined SAP / SuccessFactors to lead products and go-to-market for its collaboration business. 3 years in and over 18 million subscribers later, we’ve learned a lot about how to build high velocity, meaningful cloud products that drive tangible performance for our customers.  I was privileged to do a guest post on CMS Wire about our learnings as we re-positioned the value of collaboration to target abject inefficiencies in business process in the areas of Sales and Service, HCM, and others. Perhaps most important is the relevance of collaboration to real digital…
  • Chit chat with Dennis Howlett on #SAPJam’s 17M subscriber growth

    Sameer Patel
    14 Jun 2015 | 10:27 am
    Dennis and I talk mostly about the culinary craft, these days. But he and I have been talking about the business of software for 8 years now. We’ve even rebutted opposing view points back and forth on our blogs back in the day (my all time favorite lob and volley).  And he was kind enough to write-up my move to SAP three years ago. I’ve learnt tremendously from these intellectual debates. One of the things I love about my conversations with him is that we always spend more time problem-sizing: appreciating the size and severity of the business problem that leaves up-tapped…
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  • NEC and NetCracker Expand Maxcom’s OSS Footprint

    J. Pullen
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:23 am
    NEC, NetCracker and NEC México have announced that Maxcom, an integrated, quad-play communications provider in Mexico, has selected them to deliver additional NetCracker OSS solutions that will improve business agility, infrastructure deployment as well as inventory and network synchronization. Maxcom provides high-speed Internet, voice and pay-TV services to residential and business customers in key metropolitan markets across Mexico. In collaboration with NEC México, NetCracker will deliver two additional OSS solutions—Discovery & Reconciliation and  Workforce Management—to…
  • NEAS Selects NETadmin OSS for Automation

    J. Pullen
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:20 am
    Norwegian telecommunications and energy company NEAS has implemented OSS system NETadmin to streamline and automate its broadband service management system. NEAS, headquartered in Kristiansund, Norway, supplies electricity, internet, television and telephony services to its customers who are increasingly demanding high levels of quality and service reliability. In order to maintain its status as a provider of these services, NEAS has decided to implement NETadmin OSS – a modern system which automates operational and business processes in the telecommunications sector. The implementation of…
  • Unlocking the Real Value of SDN/NFV

    J. Pullen
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:11 am
    In her article Unlocking the Real Value of SDN/NFV, Jennifer Faulkner, Oracle’s Director of Business Services Solutions, considers the need for flexible OSS/BSS to enable software defined networking. With SDN and NFV accelerating up the hype-curve, there seems little doubt that software defined and virtualised networks will change everything. Eventually. But, inevitable the focus has been on how networks will change. What about the implications to systems and processes that affect customer experience? What good is a speedy car that’s stuck in first gear? It’s great to have new…
  • Maxis Transforms Service Layer with NetCracker Resource and Service Management

    J. Pullen
    12 Aug 2015 | 3:16 pm
    NetCracker has announced that it has successfully delivered its Resource & Inventory Management solution to Maxis Berhad (Maxis), Malaysia’s leading communications service provider. The upgraded modules include the NetCracker Framework, Resource Management & Service Management modules. These capabilities will help Maxis to achieve better network utilization, faster deployment of services and ROI on its network investment. Additionally, NetCracker has signed a multi-year extension of Professional Services engagements with Maxis in order to support the platform, features and…
  • Ericsson Acquires Guatemala-based Icon Americas

    J. Pullen
    12 Aug 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Ericsson intends to acquire the assets of Icon Americas, a Guatemala-based consulting and systems integration company. Icon Americas specializes in providing application development and maintenance (ADM) services – specifically in the area of billing and charging – to leading telecom operators. Approximately 250 employees and consultants are expected to join Ericsson. The acquisition – which is expected to close in the third quarter of 2015, subject to customary closing conditions – expands Ericsson’s comprehensive portfolio of consulting and systems integration…
 
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    Ultra Consultants

  • Infor Acquisition Agreement with Cloud-Based Supply Chain Management Firm GT Nexus

    Analiese Trimber
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:43 am
    A few weeks ago, a new Infor acquisition agreement surfaced, this time being a $675 million agreement to acquire GT Nexus, a software company out of Oakland, California. The transaction is expected to close in approximately 45 days, pending regulatory approval. GT Nexus provides a cloud-based “hub” for online collaboration between suppliers, producers, and buyers. The GT Nexus software is known as the world’s largest cloud-based platform for global commerce and enabling collaborative P2P in the cloud. Infor and GT Nexus Supporting Market Needs As the markets shift increasingly towards…
  • Cloud Based ERP for Manufacturing and Distribution Industries: An Upcoming Ultra Webinar

    Rob Henry
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:31 am
    The need for cloud based ERP solutions is growing among manufacturing and distribution companies, and the reasons for the need are numerous. We commonly hear concerns from clients like: “We have an increasing need to support, maintain and modify our existing system.” “Our operational efficiencies need to improve.” “We need a more sophisticated approach to identify new sales prospects.” “Our workforce is relying more on mobility, so we need a system accessible from multiple devices and locations.” We have collected the comments above, along with many other thoughts about and…
  • The Next Step in Your Business Improvements: Assuring a Return on Your Investment

    Gary McGregor
    20 Aug 2015 | 8:12 am
    We’ve covered a good bit of ground in our blog series on Business Improvements. We discussed documenting the Current State of the business processes, identifying process improvements and how these items affect the resulting Future State. Next, we explored the need to identify in detail the types of financial savings that will accrue to the organization operating in the Future State. The output of this process is well-defined by the Business Case, which is the defining factor in starting a business improvements project. The next obvious step in your business improvements should be to create…
  • A Basic Rundown of Plex ERP Software

    Analiese Trimber
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:05 am
    At Ultra, we take our vendor relationships very seriously. That’s why we aim to have a vendor briefing with all companies we work with at least once a year so we’re functioning with up-to-date information. In our latest series, partner George Trudell met with Plex ERP software executives at their headquarters in Troy, Michigan. Basic Background Founded in 1995, Plex Systems got their start with the name “Plexus,” in honor of the solar plexus nerve bundle found in the body. The solar plexus is a huge meeting point for nerves, and the company chose to name themselves after this…
  • Cloud ERP Vendors and Transforming Your Enterprise: An Ultra White Paper

    Rob Henry
    14 Aug 2015 | 8:37 am
    As cloud ERP vendors have gained more momentum in the manufacturing and distribution industries, we have seen companies’ ERP selection teams and management move from early curiosity about cloud ERP models to serious consideration and, increasingly year over year, adoption and implementation. Companies are being forced to re-think their IT strategy due to the restrictions of legacy ERP systems, when compared to the flexibility and accessibility of cloud ERP. Adoption of Cloud ERP Accelerating A report from Gartner, “Adoption of Cloud ERP ERP, 2013 Through 2023”, indicates that mid-market…
 
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    The Investing Edge

  • Congratulations to StartApp, CloudLock and ZoomInfo for 2015 Inc. 5000 Recognition

    Matt Fates
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    We’d like to express our congratulations to our three current portfolio companies that made the Inc. 5000 fastest growing private companies list this year: Building a successful company is major challenge to begin with, but sustaining a high growth rate raises the bar even higher.  Their ability to achieve continued high growth is a testament to the strong leadership and teams at these three companies. Furthermore; StartApp was the fastest growing company in New York, as reported by the New York Business Journal. CloudLock was the second fastest growing security company, and third overall…
  • Congrats to Blue Coat – PerspecSys buy is wise choice

    Matt Fates
    19 Aug 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Congratulations to enterprise security industry leader Blue Coat Systems on their acquisition of PerspecSys. Our portfolio company PerspecSys, an early leader in the rapidly emerging cloud data protection market, was recently acquired by security gateway leader Blue Coat Systems.  This was a very savvy move by Blue Coat and it positions them well in the cloud gateway/cloud access security broker (CASB) market which is projected to grow rapidly by numerous industry analysts. There is already a tremendous amount of data residing in cloud based applications, and it is increasing very rapidly…
  • What Really Makes an Entrepreneur Successful?

    Eric B. Schultz
    5 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    Google that question and you’ll have all the advice you could ever want or need.  One list of 25 items includes “grab attention,” “be accessible,” and “get involved.”[1]  Another list advises would-be entrepreneurs to be “highly self-motivated” and “exhibit strong leadership qualities.”[2]  A third suggests the need for a “strong inner drive” and “being excited by work.”[3]  A fourth: passion, risk-taking and self-belief.[4] In 1931, Kurt Lewin (1890-1947), sometimes called “the founder of social psychology,” challenged his colleagues to fundamentally…
  • Welcome Peter Lee as CEO of Rapidminer

    Luke Burns
    11 Jun 2015 | 6:39 am
    I’m thrilled today to welcome Peter Lee as the new CEO of RapidMiner. When we invested in RapidMiner in February of this year, we enthusiastically backed founder Ingo Mierswa and his vision to bring powerful, predictive analytics to the business analyst. Under Ingo’s leadership, the RapidMiner team developed the leading next generation predictive analytics platform (placed in the Leaders Quadrant for Gartner’s 2015 Magic Quadrant for Advanced Analytics Platforms) with over 250,000 active users worldwide. With the addition of Peter, Ingo now has the partner he’s searched for to lead…
  • CloudLock Co-Founder and CEO, Gil Zimmermann Named EY Entrepreneur of the Year® in New England

    Luke Burns
    9 Jun 2015 | 10:03 am
    We love when our partners succeed. And today, we’re very pleased to offer congratulations to our portfolio company CloudLock, the leading provider of cloud cybersecurity solutions, and highlight their exemplary award recognition in the last couple weeks. Yesterday, co-founder and CEO Gil Zimmermann, was publicly named as EY Entrepreneur of the Year in New England, recognizing his excellence and extraordinary success in innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to the local community. Gil was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a…
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  • The Dev-Hops Podcast: There’s Only One Original

    Jason English
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:22 pm
    You know an original when you try it. Here in Seattle, and all over the country, we’ve been searching for just the right ingredients to make each draft of Dev-Hops Podcast, since early 2015 or so. That’s years in Internet terms. No canned material will do. Accept no substitutes. No parentheses allowed around our “Dev(h)Ops” – it’s Dev-Hops. Only the freshest ideas, and the most robust opinions on modern development and testing, virtualization, beer, and DevOps get poured in. This is the famous Dev-Hops. From the glass lined offices of Skytap, we tender this…
  • Skytap Data Consumption Reduced by How Much?

    Noel Wurst
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:13 pm
    One of the coolest parts about working at Skytap is that people here are really excited about what our engineering team is building. I love when someone scours the newest release notes, or has been working closely with the engineering team to help deliver an exciting new feature—and then cannot wait to spread the word and show what Skytap can now do. Back in May, Seth Payne, one of our senior product managers, wrote about how Skytap’s VM display quality settings allow users to conserve bandwidth when necessary. For instance, our virtual training customers can now adjust the display…
  • Identical Resource Constraints Plague Drug and Software Development

    Noel Wurst
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:52 am
    Last month, I came across an article from BT Group’s Peter Shaw, titled, “How the cloud is clearing the headaches of drug development” and was truly marveled by something. The similarities between the development of drugs and software are remarkable. This isn’t the first time the software development process has been compared to another industry, but in the two most widely known instances (see Eli Goldratt’s The Goal, and Gene Kim’s The Phoenix Project) it was the manufacturing industry that seemed the most similar. The delivery of code between developers and testers, eventually…
  • Automated vApp and Multi-VM Import = Big Time-to-Value Impact

    Jason English
    17 Aug 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Let’s take this opportunity to highlight two new import features in Skytap EaaS that will likely make a huge impact on the productivity and time-to-value for every Skytap customer. Now you can directly import multiple VMs, or a complete virtual application stack directly into Skytap environments, and have Skytap automatically handle the configuration and setup tasks. Why is this huge? Rather than importing VMs one at a time, or importing them into “templates” that you later configure and convert into environments, our customers can just sit back and let Skytap automate the whole dang…
  • Intervention Coming for “I Hate Agile” Crowd

    Noel Wurst
    11 Aug 2015 | 3:30 pm
    For all of the conferences held in agile’s honor, and the praise it gets from coaches, evangelists, and companies like Skytap, nobody calls it a silver bullet. But there’s one thing we all agree on—agile is very difficult. Whether looking at the culture change required, embracing the continuous integration, delivery and deployment of code, or welcoming late changes to requirements—agile can create tension and new challenges throughout the SDLC that teams struggle to conquer. On August 26th, at 2pm Eastern/11am Pacific, we’re participating in what should be an awesome panel…
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  • SAP HANA: Is It the Most Innovative SAP Product of the Last Decade?

    Leonid
    22 Aug 2015 | 11:02 pm
    In the era of big data, SAP HANA, which is the acronym for High-Performance Analytic Appliance is perhaps the most advanced cutting-edge analytical tool on the market. The features are truly unique, as there are few other tools that can process database management and analysis in such an efficient manner. The HANA built by SAP is designed to handle both complex database query processes, and rapid transaction rates within the same platform, and it is speed and accuracy of the processing that is really impressive. Technology is now responsible for generating an unprecedented amount of data.
  • Benefits of SAP Managed Hosting

    Leonid
    6 Aug 2015 | 7:49 am
    Let’s start with a general introduction to SAP, part of the ERP software family. SAP stands for Systems Applications and Products in Data Processing. It’s an ERP software, the largest ERP software on the market. SAP made our software so any company can use it and customize it to their particular needs.  SAP is a software that every department can update information on in real time. Such as when a store is out of a certain product. They update the software and the Inventory department can check if they have the right product. If Inventory doesn’t have the right product they update the…
  • SAP Cloud Computing – Future of SAP?

    Leonid
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:47 am
    Everyone knows what the cloud is. Everyone uses it as well, from every day consumers to Fortune 100 companies. For good reason, it allows employees to interconnect with each other in real time. The cloud is revered to almost in a god like way in conversation. It allows you to save data onto it then access the cloud from any device you own. That sounds pretty amazing. Let’s dive deeper into what a cloud is and what it can do for us to maximize efficiency in businesses across the globe. In the PaaS, platform as a service, models cloud providers deliver a computing platform, operating system,…
  • SAP Hosting Services

    Leonid
    15 Jul 2015 | 4:42 am
    SAP is a ERP program where different departments can update information. The software allows other departments can see the information in real time. This helps a great deal in an all around increase in efficiency. An increase in efficiency means more time and money to spend on your business, making it bigger and more profitable. This means that your business can grow exponentially using SAP to cut down on costs and wasted time. Many companies are already moving from non-cloud software to cloud software. They are using it to become faster and bigger companies every day. Opening up…
  • SAP Products – The Perfect Combination of Technology and Innovation

    Leonid
    3 Jun 2015 | 5:41 am
    SAP is the most reputable and largest inter-enterprise application provider, and all their services are software and software-related products. The popularity of this company has been increasingly growing, and nowadays it is considered the world’s fourth-largest independent software supplier. SAP is the abbreviation from “Systems Applications and Products”, even if in the beginning the company’s name was German (Systeme, Anwendungen, Produkte). This independent software manufacturer offers solutions to all types of businesses, regardless their dimensions or profile, through its…
 
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    360training.com

  • Worker on Worker Violence

    Raza Zaidi
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:14 pm
    Workplace violence can result not only in bodily harm, it can also divide a company, reduce morale, and slow down operations. Companies who participate in a workplace violence prevention training program can help stop hostile feelings before they escalate. What Is Workplace Violence? Workplace violence occurs when a worker attacks another worker physically, verbally, or emotionally. Its effects often extend beyond the parties involved and can impact co-workers, managers, customers, and members of the public. Preventing violence in the workplace begins with education and training. Why Does…
  • What does the Food Safety Modernization Act mean for your business?

    Stephen Brockman
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:44 pm
    If you’re in a food-based business, you know how important food safety is. Foodborne illnesses cost businesses over $75 billion each year. In the past, companies had to navigate food safety laws that were different in every state. To keep foods safer and to make it easier for companies that do interstate business, the Food and Drug Administration created a set of nationwide rules. What is the FSMA? Widespread outbreaks of Listeria, E. coli and Salmonella cost the food industry billions, negatively affected public health and harmed consumers’ trust in many brands. After the series…
  • 5 Crucial Differences that You Need to Know About the New Standard for Confined Spaces in Construction

    F Marie Athey OHST
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:38 am
    Effective August 3, 2015, construction workers and employers who may be exposed to confined space hazards must comply with Subpart AA of 29 CFR 1926. While the new rule for construction work is similar to the existing general industry standard for confined spaces, there are different aspects to keep in mind… 360training.com highlights 5 fundamental updates: CLICK HERE TO VIEW IMAGE Share this Infograph on your site by copying the codes below <p><a…
  • Most Violated NERC-CIP Compliance Standards

    Muddassir Katchi
    20 Aug 2015 | 12:23 am
    According to the NERC Reliability Coordinator Compliance Analysis Report (May 2013), majority of the reported violations are related to Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP). A total of 140 CIP-related violations were reported since 2008 as compared to the 58 violations related to Operations and Procedures. For players in the power and electric industry, their ultimate mission is to deliver reliable electricity. While many entities in the industry see the CIP-compliance audit as a distraction to their goal, they are still mandated to comply or risk facing sanctions and serious financial…
  • Everything You Need to Know About the ISO 9001 Revision

    Raza Zaidi
    19 Aug 2015 | 11:34 pm
    By the end of 2015, ISO 9001 will receive a major update. ISO 9001 is a quality management standard used to evaluate the quality management systems of an organization. Organizations apply for ISO 9001 certification to show that their business meets all of the stringent ISO requirements. The ISO certification process is thorough and takes time and money to complete. However, once completed, businesses are able to illustrate their proficiency easily in the quality-focused areas that ISO certification requires. ISO 9001 will be updated to respond and reflect the latest trends, along with…
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    Small Biz Geek

  • Social Networking On Your Day Off

    Small Biz Geek
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:33 am
    Networking seems easy for some people. They are introduced to a group of strangers and within minutes they’ll be chatting and mingling. Many others have trouble with basic networking skills, costing them job opportunities, customers, and chances to advance their career. Still, even if you’re an introvert, you can increase your real world networking in your leisure time. You can have a lot of fun doing it and it starts by tapping into a passion. Go Local In every city, and in a lot of towns, there are groups for almost everything. There are hobby groups, discussion groups, groups…
  • Boost Your Biz Using Local Web Directory Listings

    Small Biz Geek
    21 Aug 2015 | 3:01 am
    In this 10 minute video I talk about the marketing value of high ranking free online business listing directory websites. I categorically refer to these websites as “web properties”. A web property is a piece of virtual real estate where the cash value is determined by the amount of qualified web traffic landing on a given page. Any website qualifies as a property. An internet user searching specific keywords with intent usually has a problem that needs a solution. As a small business owner you need to ensure several high ranking pages featuring your business information are…
  • This WordPress Media Uploader Problem Makes Your Blog Look Amateur

    Small Biz Geek
    11 Aug 2015 | 3:45 am
    By default, the WordPress media uploader automatically creates multiple thumbnails based on uploaded images. For example, if you add a featured image to a post, several smaller versions are created at different dimensions depending on your theme settings. Assuming you have a blog (and therefore an archive) these smaller, roughly cut thumbnails will be served automatically as preview images for website post summaries and search archives. This is where the trouble starts. Because WordPress is logical – not intelligent – it doesn’t know how your images ought to be cropped, so…
  • 3 Advantages of Using PNG instead of JPEG on Your Website

    Small Biz Geek
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:06 am
    What format do you save your images to when designing for print or the web? Would you like to save time as well as hard drive storage? It might never have crossed your mind before so I’ll assume you’re using the JPG format and have been happily doing so for years. In this post I want to present a few reasons for switching to the PNG format exclusively. If you’re already doing this, feel free to grunt and nod with approval. But first – and mainly for the benefit of any digital graphics newbies – let me introduce JPG and PNG. JPG (Or JPEG) Images JPG (also JPEG) is…
  • What I Learned as a Google Search Engine “Rater”

    Small Biz Geek
    26 Jul 2015 | 7:11 am
    Back in 2008 I was making strides to some kind of online income and for about 6 months held the position of “Internet assessor/quality rater” with a company called LionBridge Technologies. This is an Ireland based software testing operation and are contracted by one particular well known search engine who, to my knowledge, still outsource data entry analysis tasks to LionBridge. The Mythical Search Engine Raters I have always been afraid that if I reveal the name of the search engine somehow my sites will be de-indexed from the web and I would be kidnapped in the middle of the night! But…
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