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This is the story of software. The initial blog in this series was all about the structural formation of programming languages. We went all the way back to steampunk days to see how the framework for programming grew out of Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine in the 1840s. We ended up ...
Big data is old news. Today, the key to leveraging data effectively is to do fast data. In a similar fashion, traditional incident management—which entails collecting and analyzing large volumes of monitoring information—is no longer enough. Organizations must also now do “fast monito...
We developed the Big Data Business Model Maturity Index to help organizations measure how effective they were at leveraging data and analytics to power their business models (see Figure 1). What we hadn’t done until now, though, was to translate this index into a set of recommendation...
I was reading an interview with John Krafcik, CEO of Google’s Self-driving Car Project, in the August 8th issue of Bloomberg BusinessWeek. The article referenced a survey by AlixPartners where they found that 73% of people wanted autonomous vehicles. But when people had the option to...
I hear it often; I need to acquire more customers like my “most valuable” customers. But what makes a customer “most valuable”? What are the characteristics and/or behaviors that make a customer “most valuable”? This simple question is anything but simple. Let me explain through an exe...
This week, we announced that we have raised a $35 million round of financing. The round was led by a new investor with participation from our existing investors (Lightspeed Venture Partners, Matrix Partners and North Bridge Venture Partners) bringing our total funding to $83 million. T...
“This win means a great deal to us because it is decided by the readers – the people who understand how use of our technology enables new insights that drive the business,” said Matt Davies, senior director, EMEA marketing, Splunk. “Splunk Enterprise enables organizations to improve se...
As DevOps starts to become trendy, more people are beginning to recognize this budding industry as the next haven for the IT minded innovators of our time. Everyday more companies are looking to DevOps for their IT solutions and more people are beginning their DevOps journey. The DevOp...
Technology is driving the world. Innovation, fuelled by demand and the right amount of push through angel and venture backed funds are putting fuel into the fire. Here is what is driving demand, why demand is growing and where the growth is heading. Overall the global technology arena...
Back office software giant SAP has long coveted a leadership position in the front office, especially as digital transformation has become the initiative du jour at […]
Selling is a professional that you can never take lightly. To be successful at marketing and selling something you have got to be the best, on top of your game, ahead of the competition and ready to do what nobody else dares to do. The world of SaaS sales is no different. Competition c...
StackStorm, a software company leading the third wave of operations automation, today announced it will host a Cloud Online Meetup on Wednesday, December 10 focused on deployment and ongoing troubleshooting and remediation use cases on both OpenStack and AWS environments. During the me...
POMPTON LAKES, N.J., Oct. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Kubisys announced today its namesake CID Platform, which automatically captures production environments and orchestrates the provisioning and deployment of replicas for development, testing and QA. The Kubisys CID Platform makes it eas...
American interest in online privacy and surveillance programs has jumped since Edward Snowden’s revelations about digital government surveillance in the United States. Deteriorating public relations have plagued intelligence agencies that have been identified as participating in the ma...
From developing a vision to staying focused on short- and long-term goals, from talking about the tough stuff to having fun whenever possible, these eight traits help project leaders build high-performance teams. Which ones do you already do well, and which ones might you work on? Bu...
Moonscape Ventures, a $120 million investment company focused on startups in the Internet of Things and related technologies, was launched today by global entrepreneur Mati Kochavi, whose existing network of companies include smart city and IoT solutions provider AGT International. Mo...
TIBCO Software Inc. has announced that TIBCO StreamBase®, the company's streaming data analytics platform, has been recognized as a leader in The Forrester Wave™: Big Data Streaming Analytics Platforms, Q3 2014 from Forrester Research, Inc. Big Data Streaming Analytics allow a busin...
A stand alone article from: Agile: D - side Practical Decision Making Business Guide ** Agile: D - side Practical Decision Making Business Guide We think that we fail in decisions because of our own faults. In Business Management: D - side Practical Decision Making Business Guide – ...
In order to create the combination between top-down (waterfall like approaches)and local problem-decisions (Agile project approach) here are practical guidelines to pursue Three practical complex decision-problems guidelines: Simple local rules Strategic top down rules Visual probl...
In order to lead through the challenges of both collocated and virtual teams we can use concepts from Neurolinguistic programming (NLP). It is a powerful technique with proven results. We will explore only a fraction of what NLP is about, specifically several words that are used redun...
The first step in building support within the greater stakeholder community is identifying the various stakeholder groups and individuals impacting the project/activities and analyzing their attitudes. Identifying stakeholders can be completed alone or with a small team. Since analyzin...
The challenge in leadership is all about applying the proper situational behavior. We have to analyze the situation and shift from our incumbent approach towards a situation, to the style which the situation warrants and which leads to the optimal outcome. By integrating and implementi...
There is probably never going to be a perfect balance in the industry between Do-it-yourself (DIY) and Do-it-for-you (DIFY) networking. It seems exceedingly unlikely that there is a one-size-fits-all type of solution out there. And so we will invariably end up with a bifurcated market ...
As a SaaS business matures, the importance and value of SaaS metrics increase. Most SaaS businesses begin their journey down the SaaS metrics path by tracking recurring revenue in relation to customer acquisition costs. After building a solid customer base, churn becomes a priority. Th...
Marketers in global manufacturing businesses are looking to improve customer engagement and increase marketing effectiveness as they support prospects and customers through the discovery and buying process. To be successful, these marketers need to quickly transition from conventional ...
SolidFire, the leader in all-flash storage systems built for the next generation data center, today announced that their products have been verified as Citrix Ready® for Citrix XenDesktop®. This verification with the industry-leading solution for virtual desktop delivery ensures custom...
New Relic on Wednesday announced the arrival of New Relic Insights, a real-time analytics platform that collects, stores and presents valuable data directly from modern software, and transforms the data into insights about customers, applications and the business. Delivered as a cloud-...
It’s a simple fact that the better sales reps understand their prospects’ intentions, preferences and pain points during calls, the more business they’ll close. Each day, as your prospects interact with websites and social media platforms, their behavioral data profile is expanding. It...
Who would have guessed that a movie famous for a scene in which a teenage girl is drenched with pig blood could lead to some great digital marketing? If you're one of the few who is unfamiliar with the plot of the original movie, it's important to understand it so that you can fully a...
Concern over big government surveillance and security vulnerabilities has reached global proportions. Big data/analytics, government surveillance, online tracking, behavior profiling for advertising and other major tracking activity trends have elevated privacy risks and identity based...
HP has announced new cloud-based analytics as a service built on HP's HAVEn Big Data analytics platform, helping clients solve business problems and create new revenue opportunities. By leveraging HP HAVEn, clients can more effectively analyze and derive value from their information, s...
It was at my very first job as a developer that I learned about code reviews (and that I intuitively hated them, a characteristic I share with many developers I've then since learned). We wrote and maintained software that automated tax preparation (yes, you may in fact be using servic...
No individual can really track and understand the impact of change in all the emerging technologies like Cloud Computing, Mobile Computing, Social Media, Agile Methodology and Big Data … You can realistically aim to have an in depth understanding of only a small subset. By in depth un...
Athletic shoes. Medical implants. Cars. As 3D printing becomes more affordable for small businesses and consumers, an ever-increasing array of products are being produced outside of large assembly lines and manufacturing facilities. Instead, they’re being printed, one-at-a-time, layer-...
AnyMeeting (http://anymeeting.com), a leading provider of web conferencing software for small business, announced that it has deployed WebRTC technology into its full-featured web conferencing platform -- leading the conferencing industry in applying this emerging technology standard. ...
Anytime, anyplace, anywhere' collaboration is now a reality as Easynet Global Services has created the ultimate unified communications experience, integrating Microsoft Lync and Office 365 with Polycom's virtual meeting technology for the first time ever. The pioneering secure platform...
Maintaining email servers is a full-time job including server maintenance, filtering spam, blocking viruses, and creating backups. A hosted Exchange service frees up IT time by putting all of these tasks in the hands of the email host. Even still, the myths surrounding hosted Exchange ...
Integrate Edge provides a tool for companies to collect, store and share market and competitive intelligence information within their organization. It also provides a tool to share market insights created in-house from various external sources all in one interface. Integrate Edge can e...
Big data straddles the IT and marketing sectors: Not only is it a technological problem — where to put all of this data? — it is poised to deliver real, actionable boardroom insights. Organizations are beginning the infrastructure investment in systems that enable the large-scale stora...
  I recently wrote about the decline in what used to be called privacy. The definition of privacy is mutable, ever-changing. What was considered private 100 years ago, even 20 years ago, is practically non-existent today. As I wrote in 2006, before the iPhone and all devices that ...