August 27, 2012

Three IT Best Practices for Better BI Integration
What usually happens is integration is done on a project-by-project basis, but all you have to do is look at business intelligence and analytics projects for proof organizations could benefit from a more thoughtful approach to integration.


How CIOs at Microsoft and Cisco Realigned IT For A New Era
Larger corporations with multiple operating companies, business units, or brands must confront a debate about the merits of centralized vs. federated organizational structures. The rationale for the former is often the desire to set common standards, create efficiencies, and leverage economies of scale by purchasing software and vendor services globally rather than locally, where possible. The rationale for the latter is often to have IT closest to where the business is done, to increase flexibility, and to efficiently deliver capabilities based on the unique needs of each individual entity.


Gartner: Cloud disillusions, NFC and big data to deliver on hype
‘Big data’ and mobile payments using NFC chips in smartphones are among the breaking technology set to deliver on their hype, while cloud computing is on “a path to disillusionment”, according to a study from Gartner.


A lesson in innovation from Apple's first interface trial
Apple last week won the first round of its patent fight against Samsung (and in the shadows, Google), and now the market questions whether there will be sufficient innovation in non-Apple mobile devices. Perhaps Apple's own history of innovation and legal fights over interface show that there are many ways to represent files and commands, and to do all the stuff we do.


Tapping into Consumer Sentiment on Social Networks
The basic technology employed for sentiment analysis, sometimes called opinion mining, is natural language processing, computational linguistics and text analytics. The idea is to both identify and extract subjective information from a variety of sources, including web pages, online news, internet discussion groups, online reviews, web blogs, and social media.


Java zero day allegedly spotted in the wild
Mushtaq was able to successfully test the exploit on a test machine running Firefox and the latest version of Java. He warned that it would be only a matter of time before a proof of concept was released for anyone to exploit the vulnerability, but it appears to have happened already.


OpenXava 4.5 Supports JPA Inheritance Mapping and Automated Business Logic
The latest version of OpenXava, a Java framework for rapid development of enterprise applications, supports all strategies of JPA inheritance mapping and the Automated Business Logic (ABL) library. OpenXava version 4.5 was released last month.


Do You Need a Chief Data Officer?
More organizations are selecting Chief Data Officers to help wrangle internal and external data. But is a CDO good for everyone?


12 IT Certifications That Deliver Career Advancement
In today's competitive IT job market having the right certification can help push your resume to the top of the stack or push you ahead of your colleagues when the opportunity for a promotion arises.


14 Things You Should Do at the Start of Every Work Day
“Having a good start to the day where you have greater control is critical in achieving better results, and ultimately greater career success,” says Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert



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