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Today’s software-defined networking (SDN) and virtualized networking solutions focus on virtualizing network functionality within the data center and the metropolitan area network (MAN). But for typical enterprises, and those managed and cloud service providers that cater to them, thes...
Cyber Monday commerce sales are expected to reach $2.2 billion this year, according to the Adobe Digital Index 2013 Online Shopping Forecast, making the Monday after Thanksgiving one of the most important days of the year for online retailers. Adobe also estimates that Cyber Monday sal...
I was at the Velocity Conference in London last week. Of course, fish & chips is still a must eat, a double-decker is far more than a bus, and pea shooting is, as always, so… British! But away from these classic London cultural elements, at Velocity I heard more and more about perform...
One of the mega-trends I write often about is the merging of the physical with the digital and the resulting impact on businesses. A key element of this trend is the association of geospatial or location data with events, tasks, projects, processes, assets and resources. I asked my c...
Traditional database is difficult to implement real-time application when the data volume is big. Now with data computing middleware, performance of database is improved and real-time application is also realized. The Big Data Real-time Application is a scenario to return the computat...
All the Cloud players—both service providers as well as the software and hardware vendors—are missing critical elements of the big picture. From the perspective of the enterprise customer, the transformative nature of the Cloud is but one of many disruptions to the organization. There ...
Why be thankful for service virtualization and simulated test environments? Because it helps you test earlier, faster, and more completely. To reduce the risk of business interruption in today's interconnected systems, organizations need to test across a complex set of applications, s...
If a massive herd of elephants were charging at you from 20 meters away, would taking a small step forwards or backwards improve your safety? NO! In many situations it seems that is how companies are approaching mobile strategies. They are staring massive marketplace transformation i...
In September, Google experienced a services disruption that affected nearly a third of Gmail users. As you’d expect, it generated quite a bit of news. Such outages are fairly infrequent, but even Google struggled to resolve it. The Google status dashboard during that outage simply said...
Security-as-a-service provides the necessary ingredient to transform continuous monitoring from compliance mandate to best practice: real time monitoring. Every 4,000 miles or so I bring my car into have the oil changed, the brakes checked and tires rotated. Why? Because I know if I l...
How many kinds of files are in use in your organization? Fifty? A hundred? More? Wrong. There are only two kinds of files: active files and inactive files. (I admit it was a trick question.) Users create a file – a spreadsheet, an image, an invoice, etc. As long as the file is being ...
While articles on cloud computing are popping up everywhere, very few actually understand what it is and how it can help in business. In reality, cloud computing is all about making access to data easier regardless of your location. Cloud computing enables users to store files and sof...
Mobile performance will make or break retailers this holiday shopping season – so the importance of application performance management (APM) cannot be underestimated. The convergence of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Hannukah and Christmas shopping combined with a record level of mobile s...
Which tablet will work best for an enterprise BYOD strategy? It turns out that, if you've done your back-end homework, any of the top three or four will do just fine. Now that server hardware decisions are no-brainers (thanks to virtualization and the ubiquity of multi-core 64-bit x86...
Mobile is almost old news now isn’t it? What more can we say about how important mobile technology is in the workplace? The visionary CIO trusts in a mobile device future with employees securely connecting to the corporate datacenter from an array of tightly locked-down devices – stop ...
Have you ever wondered how a good idea is transformed into business value? Have you ever thought how does someone take an abstract idea and produce business value from apparent nothingness? Have you ever postulated what can you do to leverage the assets at your disposal for the greater...
If you want to implement an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system, then you will undoubtedly have to answer a lot of questions before you can be sure that the system will run smoothly. But before anything, you should ask a simple question about deployment. Will you need to host you...
Kweo runs their user engagement platform on a very interesting stack: They use Netty, Apache Kafka, Storm / Trident, Cassandra and ZeroMQ. They run all of their infrastructure on Amazon EC2. One of their most important requirements is Real time User Interaction which obviously require...
The gap is widening between legacy ERP and cloud ERP as traditional on-premise tools are shifting toward delivery of applications over the Internet. The sudden growth spurt for ERP in the cloud is largely driven by the vast cost savings resulting from the increased productivity and eff...
How Parasoft Service Virtualization helped Comcast increase the scope & accuracy of performance testing, slash testing costs and cut downtime by 60%. There were two primary issues that led Comcast to explore service virtualization. First, we wanted to increase the accuracy and consist...
Debit-card marketing services provider, Cardlytics,in adopting a new analytics platform, gained huge data analysis capacity, vastly reduced query times, and swiftly met customer demands at massive scale. The next edition of the HP Discover Podcast Series delivers an innovation case st...
Introducing SAP is a cost that makes everyone very cautious about the return on this investment. Performance problems with SAP delivery can quickly propagate to seriously affect business operations and lead to tedious war room scenarios. End-user complaints will usually point towards t...
Healthcare solutions provider Cerner has deployed the HP Vertica Analytics platform to help their customers better understand healthcare trends, as well as to help them better run their own systems. To learn more about how high-performing and cost-effective big data processing forms a...
So Big Data is everywhere, well – it is if you believe all the hype. But hype and hyperbole or not, what matters now is that we’re talking about Big Data a lot because vendors are continuing to develop their applications, data models, cloud frameworks and supporting analysis functions...
In the first post of this three part series I talked about distributed transactional databases being the Holy Grail of database systems. Among other things the promise of such systems is to provide on-demand capacity, continuous availability and geographically distributed operation. Bu...
In my last blog, I speculated about some of the opportunities that could arise from the implementation and subsequent evolution of SDN and NFV across virtual carrier networks. With companies like Google well-advanced in the implementation of an SDN control plane to manage its flow of b...
Learn why Service Virtualization is a must-have for accelerating the SDLC and bringing higher quality functionality to the market faster—at a lower cost. No matter what industry you're in, software is increasingly becoming the interface to your business. Organizations that are able to...
How many net-connected doodads are secure? The answer: none of them. Every device is woefully unprotected from various attacks, and to make matters worse, many of them might contain confidential information ripe for the picking. And if all that weren’t sufficiently disconcerting, the v...
Over the last two decades, various Agile approaches have been introduced and practiced. Of these, in last 5 to 7 years, Scrum has gained the most popularity resulting from a combination of simplicity, ease of use, and effective public relations. Scrum success in software development or...
One of my first jobs after I graduated from Portland State University was to work at Dale Carnegie and Associates. I helped sell and teach all kinds of professional development classes on public speaking, management and sales. I still remember one of the rules we taught in the Human ...
Forward-looking companies are now exploiting cloud efficiencies and agility to deliver applications better to their end users. The next VMworld innovator panel discussion focuses on how two companies are using aggressive cloud-computing strategies to deliver applications better to the...
So I opened my resume and counted how many places I have been since leaving the electronic engineering field. I have had 18 gigs. Most of that time was spent as a consultant in the role of software architect or software process engineer. Most gigs were like building a house. You do the...
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 decisions based on mor...
I personally don’t like the term “War Room” when describing a firefighting situation that many software companies have to deal with when systems go down or have problems. The way these war rooms typically play out is that key personnel (engineers, operations, business) are summoned int...
Recent surveys point to the fact that companies are viewing enterprise mobility in an increasingly strategic manner. They see compelling mobile apps as the front lines of marketing, sales and customer service. They are providing executives and managers with business intelligence apps...
By creating very deep census data of everything that's happened in the video space, Visible Measures uses unique statistical processes to figure out exactly what patterns emerge within video usage at high speed and massive scale and granularity. Visible Measures measures via a massive...
As infrastructure has grown and mainstream database vendors have tweaked the cloud service model to apply to their own niche, cloud database technology has become an increasingly possible alternative to on-premises databases. Cloud database services offer many of the same benefits of o...
I recently came across Gartner research authored by analyst Colin Fletcher about the emergence of Business Value Dashboards (BVDs) that are replacing today’s conventional executive dashboards. When analyst research mentions a developing IT trend, I take note. But I pay special attentio...
Mobile apps for the enterprise can offer significant value on their own, but when integrated together into a network (network centric operations) with many other applications, the IoT (internet of things) and other data collection technologies, this network of applications can offer ex...
These testing demons lurk around complex interconnected systems, just waiting to wreak havoc by forcing you to delay testing, work at dreadful hours, or make distressing trade-offs on the completeness of your testing… You're ready to test the part of the system that you're responsible...


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