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Certified Partner Applications Available to the More than 40,000 Businesses using the DocuSign Platform! Marketplace Showcases Productivity Enhancing Applications from Industry Leaders Including Ariba, Box.net, Drawloop Technologies and Others! We’re excited to launch the industry’s first marketplace, focused on applications which streamline documented business transactions by connecting with and expanding the DocuSign platform. DocuSign Marketplace connects certified partners with over 40,000 businesses that use DocuSign every day to accelerate sales channels, automate manual processes, reduce costs, operate greener and work more efficiently. DocuSign Marketplace is supported by the DocuSign Developer Center, which provides access to the DocuSign Software Development Kit (SDK), code samples in many different languages and technical development support to streamli... (more)

Big Data = Dropping the Big One?

Editor’s note: This article was first published on Analyst One, a site focused on analysts and topics of interest to the analytical community.-bg Eminent network scientist Laszlo Barabasi recently penned an op-ed calling on fellow scientists to spearhead the ethical use of big data. Comparing big data to the atom bomb, Barabasi persuasively argued that the technology and methodologies he and other social network theorists had created had far outstripped societal controls on its use. Barabasi’s op-ed is part of a growing backlash against big data technologies and methodologies While Barabasi and historian of science George Dyson have the historical perspective, technical insight, and scientific stature to write insightfully about the problems of pervasive data collection and algorithms that structure human decisions, other criticisms have been less than edifying. Fru... (more)

Do Customers Really Care About Cloud APIs?

Interesting post by Ellen Rubin of CloudSwitch asking if Amazon is the Official Cloud Standard? Her post was inspired by a claim that Amazon’s API should be the basis for an industry standard. Something I've long been against for the simple reason that choice / innovation is good for business. Although I agree with Ellen that AWS has made huge contributions to advance cloud computing. And also agree that "their API is highly proven and widely used, their cloud is highly scalable, and they have by far the biggest traction of any cloud". But the question I ask is do cloud customers really care about the API, so much as the applications and sevice levels applied higher up the stack? At Enomaly we currently have customers launching clouds around the globe, each of which have their own feature requests ranging from various storage approaches to any number of unique techn... (more)

Report on the SAP Sybase Executive Briefing on August 19th

I was fortunate to have attended yesterday's SAP Sybase Executive Briefing in Boston.  Also attending were SAP Mentors, Jon Reed and Susan Keohan, "the workflow goddess."  There was a lot covered, but in this report I am going to focus on what I learned about enterprise mobility there.  First, I will provide some impressions and then drill into some details.  Keep in mind that this is my biased interpretation (i.e. analysis) of what I heard. The SAP team wanted to communicate that SAP is a different company, with different management now.  They want to leave the slow, grinding and bureaucratic company and image behind.  They want to be passionate about innovation and technology again.  They want to excite the markets and excite customers with brilliance and innovation.  I was given off-the-record insight into changes in personnel that were intended to support this ... (more)

SAP's Perfect Plant and Enterprise Mobility

Enterprise mobility is a term often used in the context of remote and traveling workers, but it can also be used for situations inside the four walls of a manufacturing plant.  This article explores the use of enterprise mobility solutions within the four walls of a plant using SAP. First, let's review what SAP says about their "Perfect Plant" initiative.  SAP is enabling companies to create a framework for the “Perfect Plant” by integrating planning, asset management and execution with real-time visibility.  As a result, manufacturing networks are more agile, responsive and operationally efficient with SAP solutions.  Manufacturers embarking upon the journey towards a “Perfect Plant” gain visibility into all aspects of manufacturing operations, providing the ability to respond faster and minimize impact to the business and bottom line, driving increased yields, ass... (more)

The Top 5 Overlooked Reasons Why Business Belongs in the Cloud

There are plenty of “Top 5 lists” with generic reasons for why businesses should migrate into SaaS and cloud computing. Scalability, cost, mobility – they’re good reasons, sure, but we’ve heard them before: what else does cloud computing offer? If you’re thinking about moving your business into the cloud but haven’t yet, here are five reasons that are often overlooked: 1. Clients notice. Traditionally, IT has served a “backend” role in business. With the exception of email and websites, most businesses hide their IT solutions from clients, and with good reason: IT is ugly. Cloud computing changes that. Many SaaS offerings and cloud-based applications incorporate new ways of reaching clients as part of their workflow solutions. For example, Solve360, a popular online CRM, allows users to “publish” select materials from project workspaces, enabling real-time client c... (more)

Can You Handle the Truth about Enterprise Mobility and Big Data?

Enterprise mobility is not just about extending your office cubicle to the nearby Starbucks.  Nor is it just doing your same job, in the same manner from a remote location.  It is about doing a job in a different and better way.  A way that permits you to be at the point of action, the point of need, and the point where you can have the biggest positive impact on your bottom line without breaking your lines of communication or denying you access to critical information and team members. Enterprise mobility is a way of keeping your connected to your business systems, aggregating mission critical information and business intelligence from dozens of different back end systems (think SAP ERP), using real-time big data analysis (think SAP Hana), and bringing all of this information together, in mobile applications - purpose built for the mobile user.  The Aberdeen Group ... (more)

Anonymous, Surfaces, and Gaps

The 1980s Marine Corps doctrine of Maneuver Warfare (MW) heavily focused on the concept of “surfaces and gaps.” Marines, which largely defined themselves with frontal tactical and operational attacks against fortified sites in World War II maritime campaigns, would aim to move through existing weaknesses in the enemy’s line in future campaigns rather than creating them.  Whatever the merits or demerits of MW, the concept has utility for explaining the nature of cyber threats that exist for most companies and organizations rather than exotic foreign cyberwar specialists or apocalyptic infrastructure-crashing attacks. The Department of Homeland Security is warning that Anonymous is going to take to infrastructure attacks, and elements from the groups themselves are threatening to black out the Internet to protest copyright measures. While these may cause massive pres... (more)

Small Business Guide to Twitter

Everyone’s heard of Twitter, the social network that allows you share short messages.   With over 140 million users sharing over 340 million tweets each day, Twitter can be a powerful marketing tool.  If you’re not tweeting now you should consider it. In a nutshell here’s how it works: Establish an account:  Go to twitter.com and sign up. Get followers:  Give people an easy way to follow you.  Link your Twitter account in your e-mail signature, website or blog. QR codes on printed material are effective as well. Share information:  Twitter allows messages of up to 140 characters for you to inform, ask, and answer.  Make sure you do a little of all three to engage your audience. Now, the purpose of this little article isn’t to teach you all about Twitter.  Twitter has put together a very informative best practices page and small business guide to do that.   The guide... (more)

Going Mobile with AppDynamics REST API

Its always great when customers want to build their own applications on top of your data and platform. A few weeks back one of our customers in Europe decided to build their own mobile application, so they could monitor the performance of their mission-critical business transactions from any smart phone or mobile device. Here is the unedited story we received of how this customer went mobile with AppDynamics: I looked into AppDynamics’ REST API and was very keen to use that data but was unsure of how I could visualize the it. Since all data per monitoring point was available in either XML or JSON format, it seemed the ideal choice to go with a Javascript user interface. After searching around I found the Dojo Gauges and started to code up a simple webapp using AppDynamics’ REST API and data we collect everyday. Technology Stack Here is a quick overview of the archi... (more)

Android Encrypted Databases

The Android development community, as might be expected, is a pretty vibrant community with a lot of great contributors helping people out. Since Android is largely based upon Java, there is a lot of skills reusability between the Java client dev community and the Android Dev community. As I mentioned before, encryption as a security topic is perhaps the weakest link in that community at this time. Perhaps, but since that phone/tablet could end up in someone else’s hands much more easily than your desktop or even laptop, it is something that needs a lot more attention from business developers. When I set out to write my first complex app for Android, I determined to report back to you from time-to-time about what needed better explanation or intuitive solutions. Much has been done in the realm of “making it easier”, except for security topics, which still rank prett... (more)