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This history of email predates the modern form that we know on our desktops and mobile devices as it tracks its early origins back to the terminals and green screens of the 1960s. Sometime into the following decade we saw the first “electronic mail” message sent on ARPANET, one of th...
Inside the world’s companies and government departments, IT organizations have traditionally focused on delivering to internal customers. This has created an environment where IT is expected to align the services it delivers with age-old business processes that have evolved over years ...
Apparently, some people don’t like billing systems much. “Billing systems are boring, complicated and unhelpful.” We might need a billing system, those people say, but we don’t need to like it. Yet people do actually like to get money for the services they sell. They think it’s import...
In the search for business software, companies have a habit of turning to the 800-pound gorillas in the room. Gorillas, however, do not have the motor skills to create applications that meet highly specific needs. Today, companies are more likely to find unique capabilities and achieve...
Taking the alignment of the CMO and CIO beyond strategy into IT Cost Optimization. Without operational excellence and cost optimization—specifically technology asset optimization, whether IT assets or marketing technology assets—cost pressures could limit funding for innovation. With...
Net Optics on Monday announced that its Director Pro™, advanced Network Packet Broker (NPB) and Monitoring Access Switch was chosen by Brightlink Communications, to help manage soaring bandwidth demands and maintain consistently high Quality of Service (QoS) – a key determinant of cust...
Film and production companies are often located across the globe with several teams working collaboratively to create the next box office hit. Imagine you are an animator in Brazil and in charge of illustrating the characters for a future film. Similarly, the individual who is creating...
Project management analysis is a dangerous topic. It is very easy to sit back and talk about flawed project direction and targets as we point to the number of failed IT programs that seem to crop up repeatedly. If we are honest about it, do any of us even notice survey statistics clai...
Join Badgeville and guests Doug Palmer, Deloitte Consulting Principal and Brace Rennels, Director of Community Strategy at EMC for this upcoming webinar, where you will learn: Key trends driving gamification strategies Practical tips for designing gamification by audience type Best ...
Anytime we in IT encounter a new paradigm, our natural reaction is block, control, stop. In many shops, our first response is to prohibit users from accessing websites that the company has not approved, including cloud-based software, mobile applications, and other “bring your own apps...
It's time to start thinking about the minimum lovable product instead of the minimum viable product. A can of cat food is a minimum viable product (MVP) when you are starving, but it’s highly unsatisfying and unlikely to generate a loyal following (of humans). And there you have on...
Give Cisco 60 minutes - well, 52 minutes, in fact - and watch the networking giant unveil a game-changing technology to help you capture new business opportunities by creating innovative experiences with greater IT simplicity and investment protection. That is the value proposition ...
Wake up America – especially the politicians in California, Illinois, and anywhere else where they are considering implementing a high-speed train. High-speed trains are so “last century” and they are not cheap to build or maintain. If they are not used to their maximum capacities and ...
Businesses are embracing public cloud because it promises increased agility and scalability. But it can also introduce complexity, interoperability, and security concerns. Hybrid cloud is emerging as a way to mitigate those concerns by providing the right combination of internal contro...
Let’s get straight to the point – there are too many IT management theories out there. There are too many software program delivery methodologies, too many project delivery mechanisms and too many ideas to explain how technical management should oversee the production of everything fr...
Involving the community can lead to very successful solutions and several companies are taking advantage of this trend. Solutions from legacy IT vendors face increasing challenges from start-ups. These legacy solutions, while technologically advanced, fall behind when customers evalua...
As Netuitive’s director of product management, I was fortunate to attend the O’Reilly Velocity Conference this year in San Francisco where one presentation in particular stood out. The presentation, “Monitoring & Observability – Getting Off the Starting Blocks” was by technology vis...
Riverbed Technology has appointed Ginna Raahauge Senior Vice President and CIO. Raahauge will report to Ernie Maddock, chief financial officer at Riverbed, and her responsibilities will include the company's Information Technology (IT) strategy, applications, infrastructure, security, ...
Today four converging IT trends are changing the IT paradigm and will forever change the way businesses communicate, collaborate, store and manage information. Each on its own would have significant impact without the others. However, combined together, they are a disruptive force. T...
Want the secret to user provisioning/de-provisioning in an enterprise setting, The one word answer,…Integration.The question is why, how & with what? The need to credential authorized users to your network and other proprietary assets is clear. You only want those with the proper righ...
The convergence of market transitions, ranging from collaboration and video to virtualization and cloud-based services, is fundamentally changing the way customers acquire and use technology. As new advanced services and products are introduced, organizations that strengthen their com...
Behind every cloud service or cloud-based solution, there are real people... A robust ecosystem of solutions providers has emerged around cloud computing. But who are the CEOs & CTOs behind those providers, who are the internal and external entrepreneurs driving companies involved i...
Microsoft Sunday slashed the price of its poorly selling ARM-based Windows-incompatible Surface RT by $150 to $349 for the 32GB model. That’s without the cover that also functions as a touch-sensitive keyboard. With the magnet cover the price is $449. The bigger 64GB model has been c...
After circulating Google’s concessions among its rivals, the head of the European Commission’s antitrust unit Joaquin Almunia says that its proposal won’t cut the mustard and that it’ll have to do better to quiet complaints that it’s unfairly blocking competitors’ search results. If ...
In the throes of its lengthy turnaround, HP has enlarged its famous board from nine to 12 members, adding Ray Ozzie, Microsoft’s one-time replacement for Bill Gates, as well as former McDonald’s CEO James Skinner, now the chairman of the Walgreens drugstore chain, and former Liberty Me...
There are some books I think every CIO, IT Director, Enterprise Architect, Software Architect, Business Analyst, Developer, and Database Administrator should read. This book is one of them. This book is now part of that list. This book is not only packed with knowledge it also contain...
The convergence of increased data stored on company networks and stricter compliance regulations dictating the length of time the information needs to be stored for have helped cloud storage explode in popularity. The cloud offers an easy-to-use, scalable and cost-effective solution fo...
IT transformation is being driven by modern methods of delivering services and MSPs can lead the way in helping customers. The growth of smart mobile devices has led to a simultaneous advance of social gaming. Game developers are taking advantage of this trend by building popular prod...
Access policies must be a part of any company’s risk assessment and security policy because unsecured, unmonitored access by former employees can only lead to trouble. Earlier this month I attended a local cloud developers group, and I met a gentleman who consults with companies to e...
Floods, fires, tornados, earthquakes, pandemics, riots, and hurricanes are just a small sample of the potential disasters that threaten businesses almost daily. Throughout my career, I have been responsible for preparing, managing, and rebuilding major communications infrastructure and...
Microsoft has created Microsoft Ventures as a way to unify its sundry venture efforts by housing them under one roof and giving entrepreneurs a single point of engagement. It describes Microsoft Ventures as broad-based with a holistic approach, featuring a community evangelism progra...
Which market has already demonstrated multibillion-dollar revenues (forecast to grow to more than $7.5 billion by 2016), will have a 1.3 billion-strong mobile workforce reliant on it, continues to push the envelope on business model flexibility and innovation, leads the charge on cloud...
I sit down with F5 Solution Architect Paul Pindell to get an inside look at BIG-IP’s native support for VMware’s PCoIP protocol. He reviews the architecture, business value and gives a great demo on how to configure BIG-IP. BIG-IP APM offers full proxy support for PC-over-IP (PCoIP...
"To be or not to be" is the famous opening phrase of Hamlet’s well-known soliloquy in Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet.” In the soliloquy, Hamlet questions the meaning of life, and whether or not it is worthwhile to stay alive when life contains so many risks and hardships. He concludes that...
In an article I published earlier this week, Digital Transformation, Code Halos, Analytics and Mobility, I provided an overview of the concept of Code Halo™. The idea is that nearly all organizations, brands, products and people are surrounded by a halo of data. Companies that recogn...
In enterprises across the globe, CIOs are looking cautiously in one direction: up – to the cloud. Migrating to the cloud changes not only the operations of the data center but also the roles of the CIO and IT staff. As a result, management must carefully weigh the pros and cons of shif...
Organizational structures become obsolete just like the technology that they manage. Management structures must be reviewed and replaced just like systems, software and technology – especially in mission-critical applications. In the last decade or so, more organizations have declared...
Back in the good old 1990s we were actually concerned with software application performance factors such as processing power clock speed along with system memory and storage. While memory is still an important determining factor, the questions of microprocessor megahertz and total syst...
Centrify, which made its bones making Microsoft’s popular Active Directory accessible to Redmond’s enemies list, is spreading its wings and snuggling up closer to Microsoft at the same time by throwing it something of a lifeline. See, Microsoft expects Office 365 to be one of the fas...
Cloudant has announced an Accelerator Program to help young companies on a start-up budget go to market on its highly scalable, always-on NoSQL Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS). The goal of the sales program is to make it more affordable for start-ups to launch their businesses on a dat...