October 30, 2012

Learning How to Swim: Making the Case for a Big Data Strategy
Most people have heard a lot of big data buzz, and a great percentage of these people are persuaded that its potential will be realized eventually. However, enterprises that could actually reap benefits from big data right now may be thinking there’s no rush to take advantage of it.

Malware hijacks your email, sends death threats
Analysis of the malware has found that a sabotaged computer can be controlled through a remote location -- a common component of such infections. Through this control, the creator is able to make threats on behalf of the infected user's PC.

Windows Store has enough apps to prevent Windows RT flop, say analysts
"This gives them a shot at success," said Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst with Moor Insights & Strategy, in an interview. "It's a positive first showing, but they must have consistent singles, doubles, triples and home runs."

Enterprise Content Management: Become a Value Creator
Whether you’re talking about inducing better customer service or internal streamlining, Enterprise Content Management (ECM) has shot onto the radar in recent months as our virtual worlds continue to impact – and hopefully relieve – our previously cluttered (and retrospectively rudimentary) offline processes.

How to Hold Productive Meetings That People Don’t Actually Hate
Meetings are an essential aspect of getting things done, collaborating and delegating, but for many they are the bane of business life. People actually leave companies because of the life draining nature of their meeting culture.

Where is cloud computing heading in 2013?
There will be more innovation in application testing and development in 2013, with new cloud applications coming out to market. “We can expect to see new types of applications delivered out of the cloud, more options for where data is hosted (and the type of infrastructure it’s hosted on) and more services offering ‘enterprise-grade’ application hosting.”

A Character-Based Leader Leaves a Powerful Legacy
If you are a character-based leader, you are making a difference, even if the evidence is sparse on a daily basis. The seeds of your leadership legacy are being planted every day, through the small, seemingly inconsequential choices you make. Those seeds may take months, or even years, to bear fruit. But they are there, ever-growing, taking root and preparing to bloom.

IT Security Survey Shows Struggle to Control Cloud Computing, Social Media and Mobile Risks
Many CIOs and chief information security officers are struggling to adapt security practices to a changing environment that includes cloud computing, social media and tablets, according to a survey of 1,850 such IT pros.

Cut Features; Add Value
The key to systematically being able to cut product scope, while still delivering a great product, is to link the value the user needs to receive to the actual features in the product. To understand that value, consider what problems the product is solving and what objectives the user has for the product. This will help you derive the most valuable features.

8 Hacks to Make Google Calendar More Useful
If you use Google Calendar, you probably add events, reminders and vacation days to it, just like the calendar that used to hang on your wall (or the day planner you carried with you before the emergence of smartphones). But, what if it wasn't just a calendar, and "events" weren't just places you had to be or items on your schedule? It turns out, Google Calendar can be useful for just about any task that is relevant to either days or times.

Quotes for the day:

"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal." -- Henry Ford

"It's not what you are that holds you back, it's what you think you are not." -- Denis Waitley

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