September 15, 2014

Salesforce.com CEO Leaks Analytics Cloud Plan
"We are assuming that the analytics capabilities will feature more comprehensive reporting functionality with visual analytics and drill-down features," Maynard wrote. Salesforce certainly supports dashboards for monitoring current transactions, but reporting functionality is wanting. Visit the Saleforce.com AppExchange and you'll find more than 40 third-party add-on apps for analytics. One of those apps providers is Host Analytics, which recently introduced a sales-planning app to fill in the gaps.


How Network Theory Is Revealing Previously Unknown Patterns in Sport
Innovations are common, with teams constantly adopting or abandoning new tactics. And given the international nature of football, new ideas spread rapidly, as players and coaches move from one team and country to another. So it’s easy to imagine that it’s hard to play a truly unique brand of football, using tactics and skills that no other team copies. That’s not quite true, say Laszlo Gyarmati at the Qatar Computing Research Institute and a few pals. These guys have used a network theory approach to characterise the play of all the top teams in Spain, Germany, Italy, France and England.


An enterprise mobility strategy that starts at the executive level
Key considerations include not only the cost but also the usefulness of such an endeavor. Within an enterprise, there are multiple levels of stakeholder focus that you need to consider. As a mobility architect, I engage with business representatives who may already have a thorough understanding of enterprise mobility, but they are challenged by how effective the return on their investment is. One option is to start with a model that focuses on the top level of the stakeholder hierarchy—the executives.


Huddle for enterprise mobility and BYOD
While there are some very capable and innovative third party mobile app developers for SharePoint, everybody these days seems to have, their story of a SharePoint implementation gone wrong Mitchell sees that BYOD has crossed the chasm, and it's here. He sees BYOD across industries and government agencies, which are represented in Huddle's customer base. Huddle's technology strategy is providing a secure set of cloud services with single sign on (SSO) capability that enables organizations to secure their content for access by mobile device or platform.


How Boston Children's Hospital Hit Back at Anonymous
The hospital's incident response team quickly convened. It prepared for the worst: "Going dark" – or going completely offline for as long as the threat remained. Luckily, it never came to that. Attacks did occur, commencing in early April and culminating on Easter weekend – also the weekend of Patriot's Day, a Massachusetts holiday and the approximate one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings – but slowed to a trickle after, of all things, after a front-page story about the incident ran in The Boston Globe.


How To Manage Your Startup's Hypergrowth
The great CEO coach Jerry Colonna told me, “If you’re writing code, designing, or selling the product or service, you’re not doing your job.” It’s called being a CEO for a reason. And the secret to being a CEO is not to have a hand in every project. Being a CEO is about building a strong, dynamic team of leaders who can execute on their own. A strong team of managers doesn’t need me leaning over their shoulders, watching their every move.


Europe has a love/hate thing for U.S. tech
Publicly they may wring their hands, but in private they’re laughing all the way to the bank. Because despite what European governments and Europeans themselves say about U.S. tech companies, they can’t get enough of U.S. tech —Europeans flock to it. Why do Europeans hate U.S. tech companies? In large part it’s because of the more protected working environment in Europe than in the U.S., the stronger role of unions, Europeans' strong beliefs about the right of privacy, and a general attitude that the U.S. is guilty of cultural imperialism, running roughshod over local cultures and economies.


Research reveals the inner psychology of IT professionals
“There is scope within IT to have a lot of creative input. How to solve a problem, how to create a system that works. You are creating something, whether its an internal HR information site or a website,” said Hyde, a chartered occupational psychologist. IT professionals tend to be individualistic and may not fit as well as other professionals in corporate cultures, the research suggests. “They won’t follow rules for rules sake. If they see a better way of doing things, they are not hidebound by what has come before,” said Hyde.


Security tops CIO worries; IT budgets, turnover on the rise
The trend for CIOs to focus more on the business and less on pure tech is evident in how their success is measured. According to respondents, the top 10 performance measures for CIOs, ranked from 1-10, are: the value of IT to the business; IT’s contribution to strategy; customer satisfaction; innovative new ideas; availability; projects delivered on time; IT cost controls; productivity improvement; business cost reduction controls; and revenue growth.


Data Virtualization: The Perpetual Short-Term Solution
Data virtualization is not new. It has been a capability out there for a long time. Historically, it has underperformed expectations and was used to circumvent moving data into the data warehouse that really should have been physically cohabitating with the other data warehouse data. The resulting cross-platform queries, built into the technical architecture as a need, tended to be slow and bring into dispute the notion of a cross-platform query, which is needed much more today as organizations have a wider variety of heterogeneous platforms to choose from.





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"The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing." -- John Powell