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You know by now that the cloud is hot and Microsoft says “we’re all in.”  That being said, there has never been a better time to push all of those chips forward and  jump on the bandwagon.  It’s time to get some experience with SharePoint Online / Office 365.  I know most people don’t have access to the Office 365 beta yet, but when it opens up, you should sign up for the public beta and start getting familiar with it.  If you haven’t seen SharePoint Online yet, check our my previous article which gives a quick tour of it.  I plan to write more about SharePoint Online in the future, so I figured the best place to start is with an introductory development article on building and deploying a web part.  My past series on building and deploying web parts to 2010 and 2007 are still the most popular articles on DotNetMafia.com.  Let’s take what we learned there and see ho... (more)

Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Inside Out Book Review

This is the SharePoint book for the end-user that wants to become a power-user. It covers a ton of topics and it covers them in-depth. The book is not intended for SharePoint developers for SharePoint administrators, although most SharePoint developers and administrators are also power users. So the book will come in handy when you're simply using share point as an end-user. I have listed the table of contents below to give you an idea of what is covered in the book. 1. Introducing SharePoint 2013 2. Administration for business users 3. Working with list and library apps 4. Working with collaboration sites 5. Using Office applications with SharePoint 6. Sharing information with SharePoint social networking 7. Using and creating workflows 8. Planning site content 9. Creating and formatting content pages 10. Adding, editing, connecting, and maintaining web parts 11. Managing docu... (more)

SADA Systems Ranks No. 1506 on the 2014 Inc. 5000 with Three-Year Revenue Growth of 285%

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- SADA Systems, a global leader in providing cloud computing and strategic IT solutions, today announced that Inc. magazine has ranked SADA Systems NO. 1506 on its 33rd annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America's independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Yelp, Pandora, Timberland, Dell, Domino's Pizza, LinkedIn, Zillow and many other well-known names gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 500|5000. SADA Systems makes the Inc. 500|5000 for the 7th year, reporting a 3-year growth of 285% while adding 59 new positions over the course of those 3 years. SADA Systems' increased its revenue from $7.3 million in 2010 to $28.4 million in 2013. This growth can be directly att... (more)

ComSignTrust Announces: Recent Major Cyber Attacks Could Have Been Prevented

TEL AVIV, Israel, August 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Highly sophisticated malware and technology Cyber Attacks such as the recent Cyber Attack of 4.5M patients of Community Health Systems (CHS), a healthcare organization with 206 hospitals in 29 states, whose private records were stolen by Chinese hackers; Target's 40 million credit and debit cards information accessed by cyber criminals; and eBay  hit by a Cyber Attack impacting a database of 145 million active buyers - could all have been prevented. Using a robust digital signature to seal, sign and encrypt sensitive files of all types, makes life harder for the hackers to target users and information. ComSignTrust (http://www.comsigntrust.com), the leading provider of secure digital signature solutions for SMBs and Enterprises, announced that its solutions help organizations safeguard against cyber-attacks. ComSign... (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)

How to Find Me at TechEd Europe

Here’s when and where you can find me in Berlin this week: Microsoft Online Services booth (Unified Communications area) in the TLC area (3.2) I’ll be there tomorrow (Tuesday) during the evening reception – 6:15-8:00 pm. Obviously, I will be happy to answer any questions on Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, LiveMeeting, OCS Online and sign And then, both Tuesday and Wednesday: For developers: BOF10: Developing on Azure: Stories from the Trenches Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 12:20-13:00 (lunch break) Interactive theater 5, Yellow – Hall 3.2 Have you given Windows Azure a try? Whether it was just kicking the tires or you are deep in the enterprise application development, let’s get together and share the lessons we learned on the way. For IT Professionals: BOF13: Going to the Cloud: Are we crazy? Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 12:20-13:00 (lunch break) Interactive theater 6... (more)

Lotus Notes E-Mail Archiving and E-Discovery

Unify Corp. announced that it has signed a strategic global reseller agreement with GROUP Business Software AG . Under the terms of the agreement, GROUP will resell Unify’s market leading content archiving and e-discovery solutions for Lotus Notes to its more than 2,500 global customers as well as into the Lotus Notes market worldwide. Unify’s AXS-Link for Lotus Notes software (which it recently acquired from AXS-One), is considered the premier and dominant enterprise-class archiving solution for the IBM Lotus Notes and Domino community. As a result of this agreement, GROUP will significantly expand its current offering and geographic reach with the addition of an e-mail archiving, retention management and legal discovery solution that is integrated with its e-mail management offerings. In addition, Unify will resell GROUP’s extensive e-mail management portfolio (... (more)

Visual Studio 2010 Is Cloud Friendly

Microsoft announced today the immediate availability of Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 and Microsoft .NET Framework 4 Beta 2 to MSDN subscribers; general availability will follow on Oct. 21. New testing options in Visual Studio 2010 will help ensure quality code. Enhancements to the integrated development environment mean that whether modeling, coding, testing or debugging, developers can use existing skills to deploy a growing number of application types. Built-in tools for Windows 7 and Microsoft SharePoint 2010, new drag and drop bindings for Silverlight and Windows Presentation Foundation, and interoperability with innovative technologies (such as those for the database, ASP.NET model view controller, unified modeling language, Expression, and multicore) allow developers to bring their visions to life. With the .NET Framework 4, developers can experience im... (more)

Everyone Should Be Skeptical About Cloud Service Providers

As we plummet down into Gartner's "trough of disillusionment", the cloud skeptics are making their voices heard. Although my professional focus is at the forefront of the cloud storage wave, I can not disagree with the content of articles with sensational headlines like "Cloud Storage: It's Strictly For Airheads" and "Why Cloud Storage Use Could Be Limited in Enterprises". The authors are doing exactly what everyone should be doing: Questioning the viability and suitability of cloud storage in the enterprise. The truth is, although I'm not the "cloud police", not all managed storage services are created equal. In fact, lots of them are, to put it bluntly, not worth much. Many cloud backup and archiving services use bare un-protected disk drives to store data, have no redundancy built into the system, and try to scrape up every cent by using home-brewed hardware. This... (more)

SPC 2009 Wrap-Up

Java Developer's Journal The last day of the SPC had some tech-laden sessions hosted by Andrew Connell. The first was about migrating from 2007 to 2010, and how you can add the nice 2010 development features (like the ribbon and the developer dashboard) back into your 2007 master pages when you migrate them. The theme seems to be that you invested in branding and customizing 2007, and Microsoft is making it straightforward to move that content to 2010. The idea is to not have to stop doing work in your 2007 instance waiting for 2010 to release. All in all, it looks like going from 2007 to 2010 should be much easier than 2003 to 2007. Andrew’s second session was on the ability to create Service Applications. When I first heard it described (local versus proxy execution, service discovery, etc) I started having flashbacks to an app we built back in 1998 in C++ – the... (more)

What FINRA Doesn’t Want You to Know About Social Media

New Media on Ulitzer Topic A at the recent Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association Annual Meeting (SIFMA) was what to do about the fastest-growing communications phenomenon since the invention of the Internet: the explosion in social networking. Whenever compliance and communications come together there is sure to be a tussle and this meeting was no different. Chairman and CEO Rick Ketchum cited the current policy as “currently constructed, these sites would not permit you to easily supervise these communications. For that reason, most firms prohibit their employees from using these sites for their business.” Still, trying to hold back the social media communications tsunami is not likely to last. The cost of not communicating to advisors and clients through their preferred vehicles does not make a lot of long-term business sense. Mr. Ketchum readily a... (more)