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“Last year the decision was finally made to mandate Agile across our enterprise. The decision was taken, even though there were many unanswered questions. The assumption was that forcing the migration, along with adoption of popular “enterprise Agile methods” would ensure resolution of the outstanding questions. In practice, Agile methods have been very effective in delivering specific digital business initiatives. But almost inevitably the distribution and delegation of architecture has resulted in duplication, inconsistency and increased complexity, across all project types including legacy and new projects. We are now concerned that we no longer have an effective governance capability. The question is how do we fix this without losing the undoubted benefits of Agile methods?“ Enterprise Architect, F2000 company. Over the past few months I have heard this message ... (more)

Cumulus Global Named to Inc. 500 List of Fastest Growing Companies

WESTBOROUGH, Mass., Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Cumulus Global, the innovative cloud solutions provider to small and midsize businesses, local governments, and K-12 schools announced today that it has been named to the 2014 Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the fastest growing private companies in America.  Landing at #349 overall, Cumulus Global was honored for its unique ability to help small and mid-size organizations gain more value from cloud computing and hosted IT solutions, including Google Apps for Business, Education, and Government.  As a Google Apps Premier SMB Reseller, Cumulus Global offers a wide range of communication, collaboration, productivity, security, and compliance solutions, that leverage the security, accessibility, and scalability of cloud computing. "We are incredibly honored to be recognized as part of the Inc. 500|5000," stated ... (more)

HP to Provide HP Helion Cloud Services in China

PALO ALTO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/21/14 -- HP (NYSE: HPQ) today announced it has signed an agreement with Beijing UnionRead Information Technology Ltd., a leading content distribution network service provider and hybrid cloud operator, to build and operate community clouds for enterprise customers in China. UnionRead will be the first service provider in China to deploy HP Helion solutions based on OpenStack® technology since HP introduced the HP Helion portfolio earlier this year. The agreement is a significant step that will enable HP to meet customers' growing demand for cloud services in one of the fastest-growing cloud markets in the world and demonstrates momentum for the HP Helion portfolio. A community cloud offers an infrastructure that is shared between multiple organizations with common interests, for example, vertical industries or geographies that ... (more)

Smartlogic's Toby Conrad to Speak at MarkLogic World 2014

SAN JOSE, CA - April 4, 2014 - Smartlogic's co-founder and senior vice president, Toby Conrad will be a keynote speaker at MarkLogic World's kickoff event in San Francisco on April 7. Conrad's presentation will focus on how Semaphore, Smartlogic's content intelligence software platform, adds a semantic layer to MarkLogic implementations. "Semaphore's semantic capabilities lets users really leverage their content across platforms and applications," Conrad said. "Rich metadata adds the ability to dig into text and find business insights buried within it." Smartlogic is a platinum sponsor of MarkLogic World Tour 2014 and will have representatives at each event to talk with MarkLogic users about how the two technologies work together. "The Smartlogic-MarkLogic partnership is a natural fit," said Jeremy Bentley, Smartlogic CEO. "Our software's auto-classification abilit... (more)

Global e-Learning Industry

LONDON, Aug. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportbuyer.com has added a new market research report: Global e-Learning Industry https://www.reportbuyer.com/product/315760/Global-e-Learning-Industry.html This report analyzes the worldwide markets for e-Learning in US$ Million by the following Product Segments: Academic eLearning, and Corporate eLearning. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of World. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2013 through 2020. Also, a seven-year historic analysis is provided for these markets. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research. Company profiles are primarily based on public domain information including company URLs. The report profiles 384 companies including many key and niche players such as - Adobe Systems Inc. Apollo ... (more)

webMethods Introduces SOA Web Services Solutions For Sarbanes-Oxley

webMethods debuted webMethods for Compliance, a new solution designed to verify the completeness, accuracy and validity of transactions and business processes in accordance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and other regulatory requirements. Built with the technology components of webMethods Fabric(TM), this new solution provides businesses with the ability to continuously and automatically monitor their compliance control points without the risks or costs associated with manual testing and controls. At the same time, the process integration, assembly and optimization capabilities offered by webMethods for Compliance can also be used to further streamline and enhance these fundamental operations, which means enterprises can use their compliance investments to achieve continuous process improvements as well. David Mitchell, president and CEO of webMethods Building and su... (more)

Cloud Balancing, Reverse Cloud Bursting, and Staying PCI-Compliant

One of the concerns with cloud bursting specifically for the use of addressing seasonal scaling needs is that cloud computing environments are not necessarily PCI-friendly. But there may be a solution that allows the application to maintain its PCI-compliance and still make use of cloud computing environments for seasonal scaling efficiency. Cloud bursting, a.k.a. overdraft protection, is a great concept but in some situations, such as those involving PCI-compliance, it can be difficult if not impossible to actually implement. The financial advantages to cloud bursting for organizations requiring additional capacity on only a seasonal basis are well understood, but the regulatory issues that surround such implementations hinder adoption of this method to address cost-effective capacity increases when necessarily only for short periods of time. But what if we archit... (more)

Trends in Cloud Computing Adoption – 2012

What can we expect from cloud computing in 2012? Where will cloud computing be one year from now? Basic premise of (1) economy of scale, (2) pay what you use and (3) better utilization through sharing will remain intact – though some reports challenging the extent of cost saving will emerge. Amazon will extend its lead over others with the most comprehensive offering on IaaS – competitors will try to carve out their own niche. Google will not make much headway in the enterprise segment – perpetual beta does not gel with enterprise. Microsoft will do just enough on office suite to keep competition at bay – but not too much to cannibalize its core office business. Same will happen with major ERP vendors – they will make just enough noise but stop short on cannibalizing their core business. Every vendor will look for a pie in the private & hybrid cloud – but the actua... (more)

ResourceFueled Signs Premium Partnership Agreement With Aspect Enterprise Solutions

ResourceFueled has signed a sales and implementation partnership agreement with top cloud E/CTRM vendor Aspect Enterprise Solutions. This partnership provides a new alternative for small to mid-size companies to gain access to the fastest growing trade, risk and operations management solution AspectCTRM, and also leverage specialist oil consulting services from ResourceFueled. This agreement follows the recent launch of the Aspect Partner Program (APP), information can be found here www.aspectenterprise.com/partners/partners.php. ResourceFueled and Aspect provide a trade, risk and operations solution with tools, services and expertise that together are complementary, complete and powerful. The partnership combines ResourceFueled implementation expertise with leading solution AspectCTRM. As a Premium Partner, ResourceFueled is also a sales and support partner of Aspe... (more)

Citrix Collaboration with Google Delivers New Receiver for Chrome and Advanced Features for Chromebook Users

The Citrix and Google collaboration continues to accelerate with new product releases, including Receiver for Chrome and a strong growth of new joint customers and channel partners. Citrix and Google have been working together since 2011 to deliver business apps to the first Chromebooks. With Gartner now predicting Chromebooks will triple in sales by 2017, a rapidly growing number of customers will be looking for a way to leverage the enterprise cloud computing capabilities of the device and services, while still accessing critical line-of-business apps that they rely on today. To offer customers the best end user experience in the industry, Citrix is announcing a new Citrix Receiver for Chrome, which offers Chromebook users the most advanced user experience features in the industry. Although HTML5-based solutions, such as Citrix Receiver for HTML5, will work on Chr... (more)

A Storage Management Perspective on Sarbanes Oxley

Mention storage in the same breath as Sarbanes Oxley and the immediate reaction of senior management might be to hide the checkbook. Invariably a vendor is making a pitch on how the latest, and greatest, WORM-enabled, opto-magnetic, network replicated gizmo is going to solve all of their problems. SOX has become the latest in a line of vehicles to which vendors have hitched their wagons in order to sell more gear (remember the Y2K buying frenzy?). The sad truth of the matter is that you could have the greatest technology in the world and still miserably fail a compliance audit. The Storage Manager's Dilemma Don't get me wrong - vendors are not solely to blame. To quote that great American philosopher Pogo, "We have met the enemy and he is us." Many organizations procrastinated before giving serious consideration to SOX, particularly to Section 404's compliance requir... (more)