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Glendale, CA, July 04, 2010 --( Celebrated Speaker Bodine Balasco has been named "One of the Top-21 Speakers for the 21st Century." He's always had the urge to stay fresh and current with the message and strategies he shares with his clients groups at meetings and conferences across North America. To meet the challenge of using online marketing strategies and social media networking to build his business as a speaker and workshop leader, Bodine has partnered with one of the top SEO experts on the west coast, Steve Wiideman. As businesses continue to migrate marketing dollars to the Web, they are faced with an overwhelming task to capture as much saturation as possible, from social media networks such as Twitter and Facebook, and from the search engine giants: Google, Yahoo! and Bing. Starting more than two years ago, Bodine faced this challenge to harness the p... (more)

Cloud Ventures Version 1.00 – Pioneering Cloud Innovation in Canada

From a recent standing start we have now advanced the Cloud Ventures Group (CVG) to a first basic level of maturity. This defines our business model and first set of Cloud technology innovations, into a Powerpoint elevator pitch. It’s attached to this message. Feel free to download, check it out and let us know feedback and partnering ideas. You can message me to talk you through it if you like. With this framework in place our next main step is to reach out to a global network of partners, and grow the program further in collaboration with consultants, vendors and other partners. Secure Cloud Outsourcing The purpose of the CVG is to fast-track new Cloud ventures, and we’ve gunned straight for what we think is the most important issue to Cloud, the concerns of data privacy holding up its widespread adoption. Core to this first version is IP for the new ‘SMDP’ protoco... (more)

Oracle Announces Oracle Fusion Applications

News Facts Oracle today unveiled Oracle Fusion Applications, the next generation of business applications. By setting the standard for application architecture, design and deployment, customers will be able to extend the value of their applications environment by using Oracle Fusion Applications components side-by-side with their existing applications portfolio. Delivered as a complete suite of modular applications, Oracle Fusion Applications coexist with existing Oracle Applications. As one module, a product family or the entire suite, customers can choose to leverage the advances pioneered by Oracle at a pace that matches business needs for a new level of performance. Designed from the ground-up, leveraging the latest technology advances and incorporating best practices gathered from Oracle's thousands of customers, Oracle Fusion Applications are 100 percent open... (more)

Legacy Modernization and Transformation: Part 1 of 2

“Modernization,” or “Legacy Transformation / Modernization” is one of those catchy business propositions that everyone agrees with. Who does not want to modernize? The term “legacy” connotes rigid, difficult to maintain, and almost impossible to change without a long highly costly engagement. Legacy pertains to systems and applications that are either home-grown or point solutions that were acquired and extended. Legacy also deals with the increasingly aging baby boomers that are approaching retirement age. Maintaining legacy systems will become increasingly expensive as the knowledge to upkeep legacy solutions is also retired with the workforce. Costs, as well as agility for change, are the main driving forces for legacy modernization and transformation. Yet, many modernization efforts in the private and public sectors fail. For example, a recent memorandum by Pet... (more)

Adobe Unveils LiveCycle Enterprise Suite 2.5

Adobe on Monday announced the availability of Adobe® LiveCycle® Enterprise Suite 2.5 (ES2.5), expanding the company’s set of solutions for delivering superior customer experiences. New capabilities in LiveCycle ES2.5 include enterprise mobility for improved multiscreen delivery of applications, an enhanced framework for building enterprise rich Internet applications (RIAs), and real-time collaboration to empower organizations to interact with customers and citizens in more meaningful, personal ways. Adobe is also announcing three next-generation Solution Accelerators to reduce development time and increase quality of enterprise applications. LiveCycle Mobile ES2 Client (Photo: Business Wire) Improving Customer Experience One Customer at a Time For organizations with complex multi-channel or multi-device customer contact requirements, IT systems are challenged to keep... (more)

Avaya Expands Business Collaboration for Small and Medium Enterprise Market

New Avaya IP Office Release 6.1 Improves User Experiences, Drives Cost-Savings, and Reduces Software Installation Time by Nearly 75% Monday 15th November 2010 Guildford, UK - Avaya, Inc. today introduced the new version of Avaya IP Office—the company's flagship communications solution for small and medium-sized enterprises (SME). Avaya IP Office Release 6.1 delivers a host of business collaboration and customer service enhancements that can improve ease-of-use and worker productivity for SME workers, and provides significant new efficiencies for businesses. Avaya IP Office has been recognised for its total cost of ownership (TCO) benefits, delivering savings of approximately 25% in acquisition and ownership costs when compared with a competing vendor solution.(1) The new version of Avaya IP Office extends TCO strengths by enabling installation via a single DVD cont... (more)

Execution in Enterprise Mobility

This weekend I read an article written by Microsoft founder, Bill Gates, called Africa Needs Aid Not Flawed Theories in the November 27-28 edition of the Wall Street Journal.  In it he criticizes author Matt Ridley’s ideas (found in the book The Rational Optimist) by saying, “He seems to think that innovation involves simply coming up with a new idea, when in fact the execution of the idea is critical.” This got me thinking.  If the execution of the idea is what is critical, how does this relate to enterprise mobility vendors? I receive calls and emails from mobile start-ups weekly.  Many are convinced they have a better mobile application, a better strategy and a better team.  However, they have no money, only three people in the company, no brand recognition, and no global sales, delivery or support infrastructure.  I usually ask a few additional questions to learn... (more)

Meru Networks Partners with Azlan

Meru Networks Inc., a leader in virtualized 802.11n enterprise wireless networking, today announced a strategic partnership with Azlan, the Enterprise Division of Tech Data Corporation ( and the largest distributor of IT infrastructure reaching over 100,000 IT solution providers throughout Europe. Through this partnership, Azlan now expands its IT portfolio with Meru's virtualized wireless LAN (WLAN) solutions to deliver specialized value-added solutions to its extensive base of resellers. This partnership enables Azlan's value-added resellers (VARs) to differentiate themselves with Meru's best-in-class virtualized WLAN solutions for their customers to meet connectivity, mobility and density requirements and address the growing demand fueled by the explosion of iPads, iPhones and other mobile wireless devices throughout Europe to help ente... (more)

Window Coverings and Security

Note: While talking about this post with Lori during a break, it occurred to me that you might be thinking I meant “MS Windows”. Not this time, but that gives me another blog idea… And I’ll sneak in the windows –> Windows simile somewhere, no doubt. Did you ever ponder the history of simple things like windows? Really? They evolved from open spaces to highly complex triple-paned, UV resistant, crank operated monstrosities. And yet they serve basically the same purpose today that they did when they were just openings in a wall. Early windows were for ventilation and were only really practical in warm locales. Then shutters came along, which solved the warm/cold problem and kept rain off the bare wood or dirt floors, but weren’t very air tight. So to resolve that problem, a variety of materials from greased paper to animal hides were used to cover the holes while let... (more)

Updated Foundation Classes for PB 11.5.1

New PowerBuilder 11.5 framework version released! ** Hot News ** Software Tool & Die Inc is pleased to announce that they have released a new version of their STD Foundation Classes for the production version of PowerBuilder 11.5 classic. This release is based on the STD framework using PowerBuilder 11.5.1 build 4011. PowerBuilder developers can now further enjoy this superior framework for their mission critical applications allowing them to dramatically accelerate their development work while maintaining superior application performance. The framework architecture supports Win32, Webform, Winform and Smart Client deployment models. The STD Foundation Classes are a free business and productivity framework and available for Appeon, InfoMaker, EAServer, PocketBuilder, and PowerBuilder that support .Net Assemblies, WebForm, WinForn, Win32, WPF and JSP/ASP deployment as ... (more)

Fast Track To Hadoop

As a former enterprise CTO and current technology watcher, I was struck at the incredible brilliance of yesterday’s announcement by Dell and Cloudera. In a move that will help enterprises of all sizes serve a very wide range of missions, those two organizations have announced a new relationship that will enable something that has never really existed before. Enterprises can now buy a Hadoop-centric solution that has been validated from end-to-end and is available from a single vendor. And they can do this on systems that have hardware designed for performing Big Data analytics. Since their formation, Cloudera has been working to bring clarity and unity and support to the entire stack of software around Apache Hadoop. A key benefit of the Cloudera Distribution Including Apache Hadoop (CDH) is that it makes enterprise support in production environments possible. Every ... (more)