July 03, 2012

IBM Tests 'Augmented Reality' Shopper App
The app, developed by IBM researchers in Haifa, Israel, "marries the wealth of information on the web so the shopping experience becomes more informative and personal to help them make better decisions," Mr. Kennedy said. "It opens questions about what can happen in the relationship between the retailer and shopper and ultimately the [brand] marketer."

How to Write a Mission Statement
The difference between a mission and a vision statement is a mission statement represents what a company does every day, and a vision statement represents what the company wants to become. The mission statement tells the world why the company exists and how it can guide company leaders, acting as a corporate compass.

Survival guide: Do's and don'ts for next-gen IT
"The first thing you need to realize is that your business customers can leave or go around you in any number of ways," says Singh. "If people have an iPhone, they're going to use that for work, whether you want them to or not.

New European Guidelines to Address Cloud Computing
The recommendations are expected to guide decisions on cloud computing by regulators in the 27 E.U. countries. The sellers of cloud services are hoping the new guidelines will improve their image in Europe, where concerns about privacy and fears that business secrets could be stolen in U.S.-based cloud centers have discouraged sales.

Google Jumps into IaaS Pool; Will It Swim with the Rest?
By launching an IaaS, Google is taking on some large players including Amazon Web Services, Rackspace, Verizon, IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft, which earlier this month launchedits long-anticipated IaaS services.

Researchers devise practical key recovery attack against smart cards, security tokens
A team of cryptographic researchers claim to have developed an attack method that can be used to recover secret keys in an acceptable time frame from cryptographic devices like smart cards, hardware security modules and USB security tokens.

RIM may abandon BlackBerry OS and standardize on Windows Phone
RIM is in such bad financial shape that it has considered abandoning its BlackBerry operating system and having new devices run Windows Phone instead. So reports Reuters. If true, it could be a big win for Microsoft.

Frugal Innovation: Lessons from Carlos Ghosn, CEO, Renault-Nissan
In today's resource-constrained environment, Western firms are feeling the growing pressure to "do more with less" — that is, deliver more value to customers at less cost. CEOs of these firms can emulate four best practices initiated by Carlos Ghosn at Renault-Nissan

Stored procedures DO NOT increase performance
From 2005 onwards all SQL statements, irrespective it’s a SQL coming from inline code or stored procedures or from anywhere they are compiled and cached, that means, queries within stored procedures perform on par with in-line queries.

"Don't feel entitled to anything you didn't sweat and struggle for."  --Marian Wright Edelman, African-American activist 

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