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Leading Web search portals are using semantic search engines to deliver answers instead of results. That same technology is now emerging in the enterprise. It can help developers tame log data by uncovering information about application performance problems and answering the question ‘...
After losing roughly 25 percent of its search visibility on Google, Expedia’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi stated the importance of knowing what’s going on when it comes to SEO practices. After losing roughly 25 percent of its search visibility on Google, Expedia’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi sta...
I have been blessed with the opportunity to conduct digital and mobile strategy workshops and speak in many places around the world. Because of the frequency of these trips, I often don't have time to research in advance the locations I will be visiting. That can be both good and bad...
When you think of logs, what do you think of? It’s most likely troubleshooting software applications and the infrastructure that underlies them, keeping an eye on your production apps…perhaps even database logs and some other things like that. Traditional log management stuff…I’m guess...
information and other data that must be protected. Medical practices, credit unions and independent retailers all face HIPAA, PCI and other standards. With so many regulations and limited budgets, how can small businesses keep up? Here are the top security mistakes that leave SMBs vuln...
A distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack on a Bitcoin wallet and transaction facilitator netted hackers with 1,265 Bitcoins worth $1 million. The hack attack started on November 15th, and it followed several other nefarious online maneuvers over a period of 48 hours. The victim is...
First-party fraud involves fraudsters who apply for credit cards, loans, overdrafts and unsecured banking credit lines with no intention of paying them back. It is a serious problem for banking institutions. U.S. banks lose tens of billions of dollars every year to first-party fraud, w...
If you're running a small business, it can sometimes seem that creating a website and handling online marketing consume an awful lot of your time. You may also be getting bombarded with emails warning that your SEO is inadequate, your security isn't up to scratch, or you'd be doing mu...
It is 11 October, 2014. I am writing this in Kathmandu, capital of Nepal at the foot of the majestic Himalayas. The date is only marginally significant - it is now 2 years and seven months since I was successfully operated on for pancreatic cancer - but the location perhaps is more rev...
It is well-know that Google is a powerful company that deals not only with search. Today the company is a world leader in the development of gadgets, internet services and other development. Also Google has a secret Google X team which works on development of the most non-standart proj...
Through the use of Synthetic APIs inventive companies are able to get the best information delivered to those who can act on it with speed and at massive scale. The next BriefingsDirect innovator interview examines the improved data use benefits at Thomson Reuters in London. Part of ...
No individual can really track and understand the impact of change in all the emerging technologies like Cloud Computing, Mobile Computing, Social Media, Agile Methodology and Big Data … You can realistically aim to have an in depth understanding of only a small subset. By in depth un...
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...
A new forecast from Communications Industry Researchers predicts big data and green practices to drive the fiber optic connection market to $2.2 billion within five years. Communications Industry Researchers projects the market for fiber optic interconnection will rise from $1.1 billi...
As PR professionals we’ve all been there—a client or colleague enthusiastically asks, “Can you get us on Ellen?” or “How can we make this go viral?” With this in mind, I wanted to document some of the craziest, most absurd requests or assignments PR and social media professionals have ...
As defined by Wikipedia, BI and analytics is a set of theories, methodologies, processes, architectures, and technologies that transform raw data into meaningful and useful information for business purposes, while a data warehouse is a central repository of data which is created by int...
Google cloud platform has come up with great innovations in the field of web development and storage. It allows you to develop your websites, applications, data storage on the Google’s infrastructure. With Google cloud platform you can build your websites or applications faster withou...
Mobile searches are increasing every year. Customers are interacting more and more with local companies on their mobile devices. If a local company does not have a mobile-friendly site, they could be missing out on many opportunities. Companies can use local SEO and local engagement ta...
Many cloud users moved to the public cloud for cost reasons, but stay for the availability benefits. AWS (and other public clouds) offers users tremendous advantages in terms of elasticity - need another 100 servers? We can spin those up instantly. Unexpected CDN demand? No problem. ...
The technologies from Google that use cloud computing like Gmail, Google App Engine, Google Docs, etc., provide users with a cloud-oriented way of saving their data. Google provides its Cloud services in highly secure manner and security is certainly an imperative design component of ...
In an era where reliable and scalable computer resources are like air and water to data-centric businesses and the time and cost of building in-house data centers are prohibitive for most businesses, Salt Lake City-based Voonami has developed a strong market position for outsourced dat...
Cloud computing ownership is traditionally seen as the province of CIO or CTO, and where those roles don’t exist in an organization, the VP or even Director/Manager of IT oversees cloud implementation. However, with more business units accessing cloud platforms for a variety of purpos...
I previously wrote a review of the Microsoft Azure public cloud and included a comparison between Azure and AWS (Amazon Web Services) and will now compare OpenStack and VMware vCloud. For a review of IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) see my blog post and video. This table provides a...
The Government Accountability Office announced that federal agencies are not setting a good precedent in estimating their IT projects. Unfortunately, the data used by these agencies to measure their costs is often incomplete or gathered through word of mouth. Federal organizations woul...
Online collaboration has evolved during the last decade, delivering even greater value -- thanks to a new generation of business technology applications. Forbes Insights released "Collaborating in the Cloud," a Cisco-sponsored study examining the ways business leaders increasingly look...
When you’re dealing with something as critical as your business infrastructure, you want to be sure that you’ll get what you signed up for. If a company promises something, and you promise your colleagues something based on it, you want it to happen. That’s where the service level agre...
Living Social, the popular online discount site, recently experienced a cyber-attack affecting more than 50 million of their customers. Users with a Living Social account received an email explaining the data breach, which included hackers accessing customer user names, email addresses...
Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt highlights disruptive technology trends and how they impact education, businesses and media. The world has gone from only a small group of people having access to information to having everyone in all corners of the globe accessing every piece of...
Back in the misty eons of time, it used to be easy to measure the performance of your application. You’d grab a stopwatch, load up your web application, and see what happend. If it was slow, you’d look at the mess of PHP, HTML and CSS you crammed into index.php and make sure that you w...
My lengthy text messages with Nader Amini, the owner of Amini Rug Gallery on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, who has a long list of Better Business Bureau complaint cases, lawsuits, and newspaper articles about his unethical business practices around the country. I neve...
As the Formula 1 Grand Prix season opened this weekend in Australia, Vodafone announced that it would be ending its sponsorship of the McLaren racing team at the end of the year, leaving McLaren with an annual $75 million hole in its budget for 2014 and onwards. But not for long, it se...
Online advertising is a huge market and prodigious amounts of money are spent by companies to connect with customers. Where can, and do, approaches based on taxonomy plus semantics add value to this dance of moving (emotional and semantic) parts between the intentful consumer poised ...
Have you heard the story of the person who outsourced his work for US$ 50,000, which was just one fifth of what he was earning! His complete work was done by somebody in China (not India) while he spent his workdays surfing the web, watching cat videos on YouTube and browsing Reddit a...
Not necessarily! “…data on its own is just numbers, and numbers can’t run a company…” “…the quest to assemble relatively unimportant information can actually distract us from the few relevant facts…” “…small data sets won’t always give you the full picture, but the most impactful co...
Although a lot has been talked about becoming a social business, adoption is not universal in enterprises. I have attended IBM's Lotusphere conference many times, but this year was a different experience. The long-familiar yellow Lotus branded signs were missing as the conference was ...
Today it is exactly two years since the weirdest Valentine's Day I have ever experienced, or indeed hope ever to experience again. February 14, 2011, in short, is etched into my diary and my brain as the day when I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Leah Schoeb of The Evaluator Group, wrote a nice piece about storage benchmarking that we highly recommend. I won't reiterate her article here, but I would like to simply point out that the specs many vendors throw around don't come with the appropriate caveats. They don't mention blo...
Learn how to Install and Configure Parallels 8 on a Mac for use in Windows 8 and Windows Phone Development. You'll need the following to use Parallels Desktop to install Windows 8 and Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8 on your Mac: Parallels Desktop. To download a trial version...
File System Alignment for SSDs

There are many techniques and methods that can be used to tune an IT system to improve overall system performance.  SSD caching is widely being used as a low cost, easy to implement method to quickly increase performance with little or no impact ...

It’s that time again – the New Year has arrived and everyone’s excited to start 2013 on the right foot. We’re ready to tackle the biggest projects, climb the tallest mountains, and make the biggest deals. Now all we need are the right tools to help us get the job done. To make this ta...