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SAP Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Social Gestures, Internal Change

Business software maker SAP turned 40 years old today--four decades through which the company managed to adapt to the key changes in IT, transforming into the mega-vendor of enterprise software it's become today.  Quite notably, analytics received a big mention in an official statement from one of the company’s original founders. “When we began in 1972, our vision was to build real-time business applications and we did so in close cooperation with our first customers," said Hasso Plattner, co-founder of SAP and chairman of the SAP Supervisory Board. "Today, SAP continues to be the trusted innovator it was then. We are... more »
Yahoo Launches New Cross-Platform App Development Framework Mojito

Yahoo Launches New Cross-Platform App Development Framework Mojito

Yahoo today released Mojito, an HTML5/CSS3/JavaScript/Node.js framework for building cross-platform applications. Mojito is part of the Cocktail initiative Yahoo announced a few months ago. The other piece of Cocktail is Manhattan, a cloud hosting platform for Mojito apps. Here's how Yahoo explained Mojito when it was first announced: Mojito is a JavaScript web application framework that makes “your stuff run on both sides”, browser-side and server-side. With Mojito, developers will no longer have to write different code for the server backend and browser frontend. Not only that, but going forward there should be no more warnings on web pages reading “JavaScript... more »
Mobile Workers Present New Security Challenges for the Cloud

Mobile Workers Present New Security Challenges for the Cloud

Dropbox, Box, Google Docs, Microsoft Office 365, SkyDrive, SugarSync ... the list of cloud organizations seems to grow every day. But given the attractiveness of this concept, there's also security risks of cloud-based services. Cloud computing has emerged in recent years to be one of the most interesting  developments in technology. When it comes to protecting data, many believe backup and saving data is what matters most. It was just last week we celebrated World Backup Day in an effort to raise awareness around the necessities of preserving our data. We can backup, but can we secure? One focus of current discussions in security cloud... more »
What DevOps Can Learn From Product Development

What DevOps Can Learn From Product Development

Today at DevOps Days Austin, Dell corporate strategist Michael Cote gave a presentation on what DevOps teams can learn from product development. You can find his slides here, but I'm going to try to summarize and synthesize his presentation as best I can. Cote is basing the presentation on work done by the Crowbar team at Dell. Crowbar is an open source deployment tool that can provision OpenStack from bare metal up to higher level Chef configuration. It can be expanded using plugins called "barclamps," which add support for tools like Cloud Foundry and Zenoss. Dell can then leverage this platform... more »
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A Few Noteworthy Social Media Campaigns

I am always on the lookout for interesting social media campaigns and initiatives.  I do this for two reasons: To fuel ideas for my work and motivate my team of social media practitioners, and to stay on top of how companies are integrating social media into their overall marketing and PR efforts to meet company goals.  Instead of keeping them all to myself, I am going to start sharing some of them here on my blog. Hopefully you will find some inspiration or at least gain fodder for new ideas. So without further adieu, here is a list of three cool... more »
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VMware Pulls the Private Cloud Back into the Enterprise, Plus Training

Virtualization solutions maker VMware is swiftly rounding out an expanding portfolio of personal cloud tools: from software that allows employees to ‘split’ their phones to a work profile and a personal profile, to a SaaS policy enforcement platform. These are already available in the form of the Horizon Application Manager, announced last May, and Horizon Mobile for Android devices.  And there’s also View for virtual desktops, among the other products that comprise VMware’s personal cloud puzzle. But it’s not complete just yet, and InfoWorld provided an early glimpse into what may be two of the final pieces. The first one is known... more »
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$44M Into the Future IBM Will Analyze Two Internets a Day

The Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy or ASTRON has been assigned with the task of setting up the backend for the Square Kilometre Array. When turned operational sometime in 2024 the telescope will capture at least one Exabyte worth of cosmic radiation on a daily basis, about twice the amount of data transmitted via the internet in 24 hours today. “The telescope will be used to explore evolving galaxies, dark matter and even the very origins of the universe,” IBM and ASTRON said in a statement. “Scientists estimate that the processing power required to operate the telescope will be equal to... more »
Bitcoin Draws the Attention of British Traders

Bitcoin Draws the Attention of British Traders

Bitcoin is making the news again after British traders have gotten wind of the speculative potential of the currency and began to try their hand at buying into it like any other commodity market. The news comes via Reuters in an article on Business Insider and outlines a few of the ways the financial elite view the cryptocurrency—not always favorably—but in spite of these knocks on the coin in the past, it’s certainly continued to persist. Banking and payment expert Simon Lelieveldt believes they are living on borrowed time. "There is always a power base underlying a currency," he said, speaking at... more »
Big Beautiful Data: See Our Social Exchange from Twitter to CNN

Big Beautiful Data: See Our Social Exchange from Twitter to CNN

Social interactions make up a good portion of the mounds of of data that visualization tools can aesthetically portray, giving us a more holistic way to perceive them.  This week we tackle social interactions through data visualization, turning tweets, hashtags and Facebook updates into art. Tweeting at the World Economic Forum We first look at a slew of Twitter conversations during the World Economic Forum, looking at the hashtags #WEF and #Davos. There were only 2,500 participants at the event, but 36,000 Twitter accounts contributed to the global WEF conversation. There are three key elements in understanding this particular visualization. The dots represent Twitter... more »
Global Payments Loses Visa Support After Hack

Global Payments Loses Visa Support After Hack

Another data breach in the online payments world, this one resulting in Global Payments losing its Visa certification.  Global Payments Inc., the provider of electronic transaction processing services for merchants, ISOs, financial institutions, government agencies and multi-national corporations, announced last Friday that their system had been hacked. In their most recent update, the company identified that the breach was confined to North America, and less than 1.5 million card numbers were exported by the hackers.  Global Payments also revealed that Track 2 card data were the ones stolen but cardholder names, addresses, and social security numbers were not obtained by the... more »

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