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Federating Identities for a Successful Enterprise IdP Deployment

Federating Identities for a Successful Enterprise IdP Deployment

by Lisa Grady, Radiant Logic
When customers, employees, or partners log in—from any device—they expect a seamless experience and secure access to your resources. Organizations are trying to meet a number of benchmarks, not just in terms of security...

The New Rhythm of IT: 5 Hurdles to Overcome in 2014

The New Rhythm of IT: 5 Hurdles to Overcome in 2014

by Ken Berryman, BMC Software, Inc.
The Federal Reserve estimates that in 2012 one in six checks were deposited as a digital image rather than in physical form. For consumers, almost 50 percent of these image-based deposits were through...

Protecting Your Data at Each Step of the Networking Path

Protecting Your Data at Each Step of the Networking Path

by Bill Manning, APC by Schneider Electric
As the amount of business critical data grows, the importance of data availability surges – businesses simply cannot afford to lose precious data due to instances of downtime.
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Efficient Data Automation for Financial Firms

Efficient Data Automation for Financial Firms

By Jim Manias, Advanced Systems Concepts
For modern companies, apps and systems (not pigeons) are carrying the data, and it falls on IT to be sure this movement happens quickly and accurately.Timeliness and efficiency in the delivery of...

To Cloud or Not to Cloud, That is the Question

To Cloud or Not to Cloud, That is the Question

By Joe Caserta, Caserta Concepts
One of the biggest decisions any business will need to make this year is where to store the company’s data. Is renting space in the Cloud the answer, or is it best to...





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SOCIAL BUSINESS

How Retailers Can Still Improve Security before Black Friday

November 17, 2014 No Comments

Each year, retailers hustle and strain to get their online and in-store merchandise ready to entice shoppers for the annual Black Friday rush. Their main concern, of course, is whether this season’s merchandise will prove popular. But what might get overlooked, is whether they’ve done enough to ward off the worst kind of shopper: the Cyber Hacker — who preys on stores at peak holiday season and can cause serious financial and reputational damage.

Security Best Practices for E-Signatures

November 17, 2014 No Comments

By Michael Laurie, Silanis TechnologyElectronic signatures are a critical technology for new business process improvements in industries such as banking, insurance, real estate and healthcare. With security understandably being a top concern for those looking to implement a cloud-based e-signature solution, it is not enough to simply look for one that is ESIGN compliant. Read More >>>

Cloud is SMBs Competitive Edge

November 13, 2014 No Comments

In today’s small business world, the common reasons why businesses fail are out-of-control growth, poor accounting and operational inefficiencies. Small businesses are constantly dealing with inefficient back-end processes that result in increased costs – as well as reduced employee productivity and revenue. Because of this, often times small businesses find it difficult to take on new projects as they do not know their financial standing, availability of resources or their pipeline in real-time.

Delivering Next-Gen Customer Experiences: How to Quickly Build the Apps Your Business Needs

October 31, 2014 No Comments

As customer-focused executives, you understand all too well that success today is based on delivering great customer experiences. Increasingly, this means that you need next generation applications to support new processes, products/services and even business models. These applications aid a variety of functions, including serving customers across channels, assisting with sales and marketing operations, supporting customer communities, and enabling e-commerce and other digital services.

Fishing for Data in a Digitalized Tourism Industry

October 22, 2014 No Comments

By Yves de Montcheuil, TalendAmong the most digitalized industries, travel and hospitality is changing fast. Travel agents, airlines, airports, hotel chains – the entire industry is fishing for value in a seemingly-unlimited ocean of data. Read More >>>

The Internet of Things Won’t Take Off Until These 3 Things Happen

October 15, 2014 No Comments

by Rob Vandenberg, Lingotekf your smartphone can’t read your mind yet, it will soon. Innovators and early adopters are sprinting towards the dream of a connected world, connecting everything from cars to toasters. Their exuberance is contagious. Read More >>>

Open Source Allows Businesses e-Commerce Ease

October 15, 2014 No Comments

73% of respondents in a survey conducted by Mashable do “at least half of their shopping online,” and 66% “prefer to shop online vs. in-store.” With trends towards online shopping ever increasing, it’s more important now than ever to implement an e-commerce platform with your brick-and-mortar store.

Federating Identities for a Successful Enterprise IdP Deployment

October 15, 2014 No Comments

by Lisa Grady, Radiant LogicWhen customers, employees, or partners log in—from any device—they expect a seamless experience and secure access to your resources. Organizations are trying to meet a number of benchmarks, not just in terms of security but also productivity and simplicity for your users. Read More >>>

The New Rhythm of IT: 5 Hurdles to Overcome in 2014

October 8, 2014 No Comments

by Ken Berryman, BMC Software, Inc.The Federal Reserve estimates that in 2012 one in six checks were deposited as a digital image rather than in physical form. For consumers, almost 50 percent of these image-based deposits were through mobile devices. Read More >>>

eCommerce Survey

September 30, 2014 No Comments

As the Web continues to “go mobile,” online retailers pursue the promise of m-commerce. However, it’s difficult to satisfy the needs of mobile users. Instart Logic, with a 2014 Ecommerce Survey, reveals three sizable gaps between what retailers know works, and what they’re actually doing.

Guiding Customer Relationships with an Integrated IT Approach

September 29, 2014 No Comments

by Dennis van der Veeke, SDLThere is no denying that brands have taken an increased interest in technology for marketing efforts. In fact, Gartner reported earlier in the year that 81 percent of organizations now have the equivalent of a chief marketing technologist position. Read More >>>

Why VMI is the future for our BYOD Generation

September 24, 2014 No Comments

While many approaches are being used to control the impact of the mobile age on IT, VMI technology shows your organization can both embrace and thrive in this new world.

Protecting Your Data at Each Step of the Networking Path

September 18, 2014 No Comments

by Bill Manning, APC by Schneider ElectricAs the amount of business critical data grows, the importance of data availability surges – businesses simply cannot afford to lose precious data due to instances of downtime. Read More >>>

Panaya Enables Greater Agility in ERP Changes with Big Data Analytics

September 18, 2014 No Comments

Panaya is proud to announce the launch of Panaya CloudQuality™ Suite, a cloud-based SaaS that provides a suite of services needed to deploy changes in ERP systems. From day-to-day changes to the most complicated upgrades, Panaya CloudQuality™ suite applies big data analytics to predict what will break, how to fix it and what to test for every change made.

The Four Phases of Cloud Optimization

September 12, 2014 No Comments

with Joe Kinsella, CloudHealthSeveral years ago, I joined a company in the middle of a frantic architectural transition that prioritized speed over cost. During my first few months, I watched our Amazon Web Services bill creep from $100K per month to over $350K. Read More >>>

How far is too far when it comes to outsourcing IT?

September 8, 2014 No Comments

with Mike Decker, Annese & Associates, Inc.With more than 25 years of IT experience, perhaps I can shed some light on strategies for IT outsourcing, but first let me frame my point of view. With a BS in Telecommunications, I started my career inside a NOC located in the basement of a major bank in Buffalo, NY. Read More >>>

8 Things You Need to Do Before, During, and After Migrating to Office 365

September 4, 2014 No Comments

with Robert Berlin, OneLoginWith Windows Server 2003 hitting its end of life next year, the push is on for even faster migration. But the path is a complex one, and careful planning will be your best friend. Having spent a number of years helping customers along this road, here are my top tips for a safe journey. Read More >>>

Does your Company Really Need BPM?

September 3, 2014 1 Comment

with Mac McConnell, BonitaSoftDoes everybody need BPM? Are there companies out there that would have no use for the kinds of solutions we provide? Hate to say it, but there might be a few. In the spirit of a Letterman “Late Show Top 10” list, here are 8 types of companies that simply don’t need BPM.Read More >>>

You Can’t Win the Data Loss Blame Game – So End It

September 3, 2014 No Comments

By Omer Eiferman, CellroxIn a world of desktops, tracking data leaks was much easier. If an employee digitally leaked corporate data or insider information, IT could usually pin down when and where it happened. However, with personal smartphones now being used for business, the blame game is not so simple. Read More >>>

Raising the game – The IBM Business Tech Trends Study

August 26, 2014 No Comments

IBM has evaluated the current adoption landscape of 4 key technologies in the enterprise: Big Data & Analytics, Cloud, Mobile and Social

Efficient Data Automation for Financial Firms

August 26, 2014 No Comments

By Jim Manias, Advanced Systems Concepts For modern companies, apps and systems (not pigeons) are carrying the data, and it falls on IT to be sure this movement happens quickly and accurately.Timeliness and efficiency in the delivery of relevant data translates into increased revenues and reduced risks for all financial firms. Read More >>>

Beyond ad clicks: using ‘Big Data’ for social good

August 25, 2014 No Comments

There is a growing interest in “big data,” the science of collecting large amounts of information and making sense of it. In 2008 and 2012, data science became a major part of political campaigns. Now, governments and nonprofits are beginning to see it as a way to tackle social problems.

To Cloud or Not to Cloud, That is the Question

August 11, 2014 No Comments

By Joe Caserta, Caserta ConceptsOne of the biggest decisions any business will need to make this year is where to store the company’s data. Is renting space in the Cloud the answer, or is it best to keep data in-house by investing in the appropriate infrastructure? Read More >>>

Context-Aware Security: A Key to Successful BYOD

August 4, 2014 No Comments

by Neal Foster, DELL SoftwareHow can IT give users what they want and protect data assets at the same time? By implementing context-aware security. Context awareness is something most of us practice every day. Read More >>>

Effectively Leveraging Social Media to Improve Your Business

July 31, 2014 No Comments

In the midst of all the social media insights and capabilities now available, listening to Social Media is becoming a forgotten skill set. In the early stages of social media marketing, listening was at the very top of the list in a social media strategy. Companies placed emphasis on listening to social media conversations to see who was talking about them and hear what they had to say.

Simplifying the Development and Publishing of Apps for Businesses Today

June 24, 2014 No Comments

As digitization and mobility in companies become all pervasive, and IT departments continue to strive to do more with less, the shortage of IT skills to support Mobile Apps development and publishing is an increasingly acute issue.

Business Continuity Meets the Cloud: Protecting Your Reputation in the Always-on World

June 11, 2014 No Comments

By Laurence Guihard-Joly, IBMNot so long ago, a system outage equaled a forced recess for employees while a member of the IT team rebooted a server. There were consequences of course including the loss of data, inconvenienced customers, angry managers and more. Read More >>>

How Greed, Generosity and the Defense of Civil Liberties Can Put Your Data at Risk

June 10, 2014 No Comments

By Cam Roberson, Beachhead SolutionsSome human traits are security hazards – but not always because they are faults. As a matter of fact, some traits directly and deliberately engineer situations in which data leaks are more likely. Read More >>>

Five Ways Box Makes SharePoint Better

June 8, 2014 No Comments

Businesses around the world have made significant investments in Microsoft SharePoint for content management. However, these same companies are struggling with making the transition to a more mobile, more collaborative workplace. Download this white paper to learn five ways Box can make SharePoint better.

3 Tips for Deploying “Systems of Engagement” Practices for the Benefit of your Customers

June 6, 2014 No Comments

by Mac McConnell, BonitaSoftOne unintended consequence of employing customer-focused software systems is they view the world through a singular lens, which can quickly become a problem. These systems are generally geared toward providing general information to the users, without necessarily including recommendations for action. Read More >>>

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