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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)

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)

Blog Series: Windows 8.1 for Business (or – Why you’re wrong about Windows 8.1)

Welcome to March!  And not that I mean to alarm you, but welcome to the final month before support ends on Windows XP.  I know that many of you supporting IT and devices for your businesses have known this for a while, and are either already done or continuing to work on migrating to Windows 7 or Windows 8.  But which one, and why? What’s interesting to me is that there is a lot of fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD) surrounding Windows 8.1 and whether or not there is any real benefit to providing and supporting it as the default, best-choice for business devices.  And while I know that many of you have indeed done proper due-diligence in order to come to the conclusion that Windows 7 is a better choice for your businesses, it just may be that not all of your information was based on fact, or was missing some very important beneficial tidbits which, if you had known... (more)

The Networked Nonprofit

Beth Kanter and Allison Fine are giving a Berkman lunchtime talk on their book The Networked Nonprofit. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small matters. Paraphrasing badly. Not running a spellpchecker. Mangling other people’s ideas and words. You are warned, people.   Allison says that over the past few years, the question has emerged: What can nonprofits do with the new tools? The number of non-profits has grown over the past year. Non-profits now the tenth largest employer in the country. But the complexity of social problems is outpacing the capacity of any single organization to solve them. How could non-profits working through networks solve these problems? Non-networked non-profits work in silos, behind non-porous firewalls. Networked non-profits work up th... (more)

A Vision of the Future Cloud Data Center

A new year is often a time for reflection on the past and pondering the future.  2010 was certainly a momentous year for cloud computing.  An explosion of tools for creating clouds, a global investment rush by service providers, a Federal “cloud first” policy, and more.  But in the words of that famous Bachman Turner Overdrive song — “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!” In fact, I’d suggest that in terms of technological evolution, we’re really just in the Bronze Age of cloud.  I have no doubt that at some point in the not too distant future, today’s cloud services will look as quaint as an historical village with no electricity or running water.  The Wired article on AI this month is part of the inspiration for what comes next.  After all, if a computer can drive a car with no human intervention, why can’t it run a data center? Consider this vision of a future cloud dat... (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)

Government SaaS Grids – Reinventing Application Solution Delivery

The Canadian Federal Government recently announced plans to create a single IT department ‘Shared Services’ that will save $100-200m a year through consolidation-driven efficiencies. As highlighted in this fact sheet there is lots of ‘low hanging fruit’ for cost savings due to a spread of many different email systems, networks and data-centres. This expensive complexity doesn’t stop there, it also continues into their enterprise application estate. Like most large organizations Governments are organized hierarchically, with different departments for each of their main functions, like Education, Welfare, Tourism and so on, and the head of each department, the Deputy Minister, is directly responsible for the privacy and security controls of the information they process. This means that typically each operates as a ringfenced ‘fiefdom’, because the simplest and most a... (more)

Businesses to Take Advantage of Big Data Analytics With Enterprise-Ready Apache Hadoop Solutions From NetApp and Hortonworks

SAN JOSE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 06/13/12 -- Hadoop Summit 2012 - Today, customers gained two new choices to deploy enterprise-ready Apache Hadoop solutions and solve their big data analytics requirements. First, NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) and Hortonworks entered a strategic partnership to develop and pretest joint Apache Hadoop solutions using Hortonworks Data Platform. These solutions will help customers simplify access to their data and gain deeper business insight to make the right decisions faster. Second, NetApp unveiled the NetApp® Open Solution for Hadoop Rack, which combines network, compute, and storage resources for customers who need a ready-to-deploy enterprise Hadoop solution. The new solution bolsters NetApp's existing Hadoop portfolio and gives customers greater choice and flexibility to deploy Hadoop in their enterprise. Separately, NetApp today introduced... (more)

How Big Data Exposes Your Values

Editor’s note: The following was written by Kord Davis from a post originally at KordIndex. Kord is the author of a forthcoming book on Ethics of Big Data.  - bg At AT&T Labs in Florham Park, New Jersey, big data is being used to analyze the traffic and movement patterns of people through data generated by their mobile phones to help improve policymaking and urban and traffic planning. The research team realized they could understand deep patterns of how people moved through urban environments by analyzing the flow of mobile devices from cell tower to cell tower. And they wanted to use those insights to help improve traffic flow and to inform better urban planning, not to improve their marketing. But, of course, AT&T along with Verizon, Google, Tom Tom, Navteq, and several companies who help retail malls track the traffic patterns of shoppers want very much to use... (more)

Talend Positioned as Visionary in Magic Quadrant for Data Quality Tools

Talend, a global open source software leader, on Friday announced it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the "Visionaries" quadrant of the newly-published "Magic Quadrant for Data Quality Tools"[1] annual report. According to the report, "Visionaries in the market demonstrate a strong understanding of current and future market trends and directions, such as the importance of ongoing monitoring of data quality, the engagement of business subject matter experts and the delivery of data quality services. They exhibit capabilities aligned with these trends, but may lack the market presence, brand recognition, customer base and resources of larger vendors." "Our focus is on helping companies realise the full value of high quality data, and we believe being placed on the 'Visionaries' quadrant of the Data Quality Tools Report demonstrates that Talend is delivering a sig... (more)