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Forceworks Are you ready for the transition from Hardware-Centric to Software-Centric? Do you ever talk to an “Old” IT person? You know, like 40ish. Man, do they have some stories about how IT used to be back in the day. Things sure have changed a lot. You probably think to yourself “Man, they have no idea how things are now”. How about a “Middle-Aged” IT person? You know like 30ish. They have stories too, and things have changed a lot since then as well. You may be thinking “That guy is really losing touch”. It seems to come in waves… change that is. Well another wave is crashing the beach, and if you are not paying attention, you too could soon be “that guy” who has lost touch, maybe you feel you are already slipping. If you are not on the side that knows that “Cloud is Inevitable”, you are on the wrong side… or living in denial. Don’t believe me? Click the link ... (more)

Where the Physical Meets the Digital in Field Services and Asset Management

I am fascinated by the notion of the physical world converging with the digital world and the benefits that become possible as a result.  Not in the context of a humanoid weeding my garden, although that would be nice, but in the context of making better business management decisions based on more efficient data collection and reporting.  The term digital transformation is often used to describe this convergence. Think of growing the best possible garden full of award winning fruits and vegetables.  The garden may consist of some physical things like dirt, seeds, containers, plants and tools, but the key to success is the information about the garden.  The information about the soil, types of plants or seeds, appropriate time to plant and harvest, weeding and watering schedules, the best fertilizers to use based upon the soil conditions etc.  This information can be... (more)

Mission Critical App Server Market to Reach $23.1 Billion by 2020

Worldwide application server market revenues are forecast to grow 17.5% year-over-year from $7.4 billion in 2013 to $23.1 billion by 2020. This is in the context of a world communications infrastructure that is changing. Technology is enabling interaction, innovation, and sharing of knowledge in new ways and application server market promise to bring significant capability to enterprises seeking mission critical solutions to making the Internet available for productive, efficient use. @ThingsExpo billboard on Highway 101 in Silicon Valley is viewed by 1.3 million motorists per week Application Server Market Company Profiles: 360 Logica, Actuate, Adobe, AgilePoint,  Appian,  Aurea,  BigAgi,  BizFlow, BonitaSoft, CA Technologies, Crosscheck Networks,  EMC, Fabasoft Group, Fiorano, Fujitsu, GSX, Hewlett Packard, HostBridge, IBM, Informatica,  Intalio, iWay Software, ... (more)

The Ten Attributes of the Magnetic Sales Professional

Google “what it takes to be a successful salesperson” and one will get 121,000 different perspectives on what it takes to be one. However, in today’s competitive landscape what companies are truly looking for is, the rare individuals who can overachieve the sales and revenue goals, retain and increase the share of wallet of the existing client base and have the ability to drive new business in the unsold prospect arena. Sales Organizations want Magnetic Sales Professionals not simply, successful sales associates. They want individuals who will create a positive legacy and at the same time provide sales results without comprising profits. The attributes of this rare sales specimen are wider, deeper and broader than the average or sales all star which include: I. Leadership - Magnetic Sales Professionals view themselves as business franchisees, their territories as a ... (more)

SAP Reports 16% Growth in Software and Software-Related Service Revenues

SAP AG on Tuesday announced its preliminary financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2010. FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS - Second Quarter 2010 ------------------------------------------ Second Quarter 2010(1) ---------------------- IFRS ---- % EUR million, unless Q2 2010 Q2 2009 change otherwise stated ------- ------- ------- ---------------- Software revenue 637 543 17% ---------------- --- --- --- Software and software-related service revenue 2,258 1,953 16% ----------------- ----- ----- --- Total revenue 2,894 2,576 12% ------------- ----- ----- --- Total operating expenses -2,120 -1,935 10% --------------- ------ ------ --- -thereof restructuring -1 -17 -94% -------------- --- --- --- Operating profit 774 641 21% ---------------- --- --- --- Operating margin (%) 26.7 24.9 1.8pp -------------------- ---- ---- ----- Profit after tax 491 426 15% ---------------- --- --- --- Bas... (more)

Telco Cloud Services – Cloud Service Innovation Platform

Our Telco Cloud Services initiative is a product innovation program for telcos and web hosting companies, intended to develop a Cloud solutions portfolio for them to adopt based on best practices developed from real-world projects. As the Cisco white paper highlights, the primary value of Cloud computing to telcos is that it offers a platform for product innovation, and so our objective is exactly this, to link a Cloud Services Roadmap to the development of a Cloud Service Innovation Platform. To achieve this I was inspired by the UK Governments concept of “Forward Commitment Procurement“, utilizing Government spending as the source of innovation, and have spent the last year intensively reviewing the procurement RFPs of the Canadian Government, using them as the requirements specifications to define the Cloud Services Roadmap. Cloud Services Roadmap The overall en... (more)

Whither Cloud Gateways?

Farm tractors and military tanks share an intertwined history that started when some smart person proposed the tracks on some farming equipment as the cross-country tool that tanks needed to get across a rubble and shell-hole strewn World War One battlefield. For the ensuing sixty years, improvements in one set of tracks spurred improvements in the other. Early on it was the farm vehicles developing improvements, but through World War Two and even some today, tanks did most of the developing. That is simply a case of experience. Farmers and farm tractor manufacturers had more experience when tanks were first invented, but the second world war and the variety of terrain, climate, and usage gave tanks the edge. After World War Two, the Cold War drove much more research money into tank improvements than commercial tractors received, so the trend continued. In fact, con... (more)

Data Market Chat: Shion Deysarkar discusses Datafiniti

Houston-based data startup Datafiniti takes a different attitude to gathering the data that it sells. Rather than negotiate complex deals with the owners of data sets, the company relies upon techniques borrowed from Grid Computing in order to crawl the public web and harvest interesting data along the way. CEO Shion Deysarkar talks about the development of the web crawling capability within his other company, 80legs, and then goes on to explore the ways in which this impressive capability is being put to work in locating authoritative and comprehensive data for which customers are prepared to pay. Corroborating different sets of data from across the web, Deysarkar argues, results in a resource more accurate, more timely, and more complete than is available elsewhere. Datafiniti is currently in beta, and initially focussed upon providing data to address the needs of ... (more)

This Week in Cloud, August 2, 2012: Oracle acquires Xsigo, Netflix Chaos Monkey, Cloud drives innovation. And more…

This Week in Cloud on the go! Download the This Week in Cloud iPhone app. Now it’s even easier to get your weekly cloud news and perspectives. Cloud News Oracle announced that it has signed a deal to acquire Xsigo Systems, a company that specializes in software defined networking, according to this ComputerWorld article. Oracle plans to combine Xsigo’s tools with its Oracle VM server virtualization technology. Netflix has open sourced Chaos Monkey, code that it uses to test what will happen to cloud-hosted applications when virtual servers go down unexpectedly, according to this GigaOM article. Netflix, which runs on Amazon Web Services, said that Chaos Monkey is flexible enough to run on other providers’ clouds beyond AWS. Amazon announced Provisioned IOPS (Input Output Per Second) which can reach up to 10,000 IOPS for use with large, big data analytics jobs and hig... (more)

U.S. AG-GAG LAWS “SINISTER” SAY LEADING ACADEMICS

Wednesday 6 March, 2013 Leading academics have branded United States “Ag-gag” laws, now in force in Iowa and Utah and awaiting consideration in other U.S. states, that make it a criminal offence to photograph or make a sound or video recording of an animal facility without the owner’s permission, as “sinister”. The editors of the Journal of Animal Ethics (JAE) recently published by the University of Illinois Press Professors Andrew Linzey and Priscilla N. Cohn note that the objections to these laws seem to have been “insufficiently regarded in the preceding debates in these states, so perhaps they need to be spelled out”. They list five reasons for concern: In the first place, the overwhelming majority of Americans eat meat and animal products. That being so, they have an obvious interest in what (or whom) they are eating, in how the animals who result in that meat were... (more)

M2M News Weekly – Week of April 21, 2013

Welcome to M2M News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to M2M (machine to machine) and embedded mobile devices.  I aggregate the information, include the original links and add a synopsis of each article.  I also search for the latest market numbers such as market size, growth and trends in and around the M2M market. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read Kevin Benedict’s What’s New in HMTL5 Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly Also read SMAC News Weekly TechNavio's analysts forecast the Global M2M market to grow at an annual rate of 26.08 percent over the period 2012-2016. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the falling price of M2M devices and M2M services. Read Origi... (more)