October 11, 2012

Ballmer: Microsoft's a 'devices and services' company now
"It truly is a new era at Microsoft," he says in his annual letter to shareholders, and that means the company is focused on selling hardware augmented by cloud services. "This is a significant shift, both in what we do and how we see ourselves as a devices and services company," Ballmer says in his letter.

SIM: CIOs Feeling Cost Pressure
SIM’s just released survey, which annually reaches out to more than 3,500 CIOs and IT executives at member organizations, had historically placed business and IT alignment at the top of CIO concerns. This year finds that CIOs are facing the same cost-saving pressures as other parts of the organization, says Jerry Luftman, SIM VP, lead researcher for the report and executive director, Global Institute for IT Management.

VMware Tightens Management Infrastructures
VMware is on course to assemble an impervious management infrastructure that will complement its software-defined datacenter plans and solidify its leadership position as a purveyor of private and hybrid clouds. Building on its recently announced VMware vCloud Suite, the company is now focusing on customer service provisioning, cloud operation management and cloud business management.

Box Thinks Outside the Box on Cloud Security, Compliance
On the compliance side, it has released a new reporting API that will enable third-party business intelligence partners, such as GoodData, to create dashboards that will let administrators detect unusual activity such as an individual downloading an excessive number of files.

Effective Application Security Risk Management: From Policy to Standards
This webcast will focus on the individuals who are tasked with writing and/or managing security policies. The goal of this webcast is to explain the value and process of writing application security policies with a particular focus on how to create policies that are useful and actionable for your software development teams.

Microsoft Office coming to Android and Apple devices in early 2013
A Microsoft executive let slip in the Czech Republic that the long-rumored Microsoft Office for Android smartphones and tablets and Apple iPad and iPhones will be arriving in early 2013. Microsoft now denies that their executive was speaking accurately.

DBS, Microsoft partner to boost customer service
DBS Bank has deployed five Microsoft PixelSense table-top multitouch systems in one of its branches here, which it believes will bring better customer interaction and efficiency. ... DBS also chose the system for its object recognition capabilities, he said. The PixelSense technology allows the screen to detect up to 256 unique "symbols", which would then retrieve relevant information associated with each symbol.

Data Warehouse Construction: The Real Life
While the significant similarity can be exploited to increase the constructional productivity, the huge amount of programs converts the data warehouse construction to a real challenge. It is because in addition to the troublesome programming (scripting, coding, "modeling," etc.), all of these programs have to be designed, specified, tested, documented and maintained as well. Such a huge amount of work cannot be accomplished by a single person within a short period.

BMW’s cold call: It shifts computing to Iceland
German car and motorcycle stalwart BMW is transferring crash simulations and other high performance computing to Iceland, where the country’s 100 percent renewable electricity and year round “free” chilling will slash carbon emissions and costs.

Indian IT to create new industry around Big Data
Analytics is becoming important globally thanks to the explosion of data. Corporates have their internal data, but increasingly, they now have to deal with related external data, coming from social media, blogs, image and video sites, sensors and more.

Quote for the day:

"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure." -- Colin L. Powell

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