On January 22, 2015, San Mateo, California based Clarizen, a leader in enterprise work collaboration software announced survey results that show status meetings undermine worker productivity with lengthy preparation requirements and distracted, multi-tasking participants. Three in five employed adults reported that preparing for a status meeting “takes longer than the meeting itself,” while more than one-third of those who attend status meetings called them a waste of their time.
by John L. Myers, EMAAs we enter the middle of the second decade of the 21st century, many organizations are recognizing and utilizing cloud infrastructure as a way to implement their analytical and business intelligence requirements. Read More >>>
by Rob Vandenberg, LingotekIn yet another case of “what you don’t know actually can hurt you,” DocOps is the latest process poised to up-end your content-management world. If you haven’t heard of this DevOps adaptation, you need to, especially if you hope compete in the race to globalize. Read More >>>
Office network planners face many challenges. The Internet is now for merchants a major component of daily business and for consumers an increasingly convenient market for products and services. Telecommuting is on the rise as employers seek to lower costs and workers seek home-based alternatives to traditional commutes that consume so much unproductive time. Network planning for the constantly increasing data traffic driven by these developments should consider wiring hardware and computing software for foreseeable future needs.
IT professionals working for merchant organizations face specific security and compliance requirements beyond those of other industries. For instance, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) has established scores of requirements to ensure a consistent framework for payment card data security in a merchant’s environment. Though merchants are required to comply with these standards, compliance in itself does not make for a complete security strategy.
Social login is a popular mechanism that offers a convenient way for users to quickly gain access to their Web accounts without the need to enter per-site credentials, allowing for a cohesive and integrated Web experience. It works by letting a user log in to cooperating sites that support social login by using their existing external account as an identity provider (such as a Facebook, Google+ or LinkedIn account). One can recognize a site supporting social login by the “Sign In With Facebook/LinkedIn/etc.” button.
by Dan Pickett, nfrastructureWe predict that through next year, technology will only continue to become “consumerized” as devices become more connected, everything becomes software-defined and the Internet of Things becomes completely engrained in our everyday life. Read More >>>
By Arvind Parthiban, ManageEngineHiring people for a service desk is a major challenge but an important one. Without good people, even the best processes and tools will fail to deliver high quality services and support. So where do you start? Planning a recruitment process is critical to helping you find the right person quickly. Read More >>>
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.
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 >>>
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.
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.
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 >>>
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 >>>
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.
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 >>>
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 >>>
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.
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 >>>
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.
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 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.
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 >>>
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 >>>
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 >>>
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 >>>
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 >>>
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 >>>
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.