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Adobe Systems Incorporated has announced new predictive marketing capabilities within the Adobe Digital Marketing Suite, reducing the complexity of uncovering hidden behavioral patterns in big data. These advancements will help marketers more quickly sort through an increasing amount of data to find the most impactful insights as well as leverage vast amounts of historical data to predict future results. Adobe is putting predictive analytics and more intelligent, forward-looking decision-making into the hands of digital marketers. “In the early days of digital marketing, analytics emerged to tell us what happened and, as analytics got better, why it happened. Then solutions emerged to make it easier to act on data and optimize results,” said Brad Rencher, senior vice president and general manager, Digital Marketing Business, Adobe. “But the sheer amount of availabl... (more)

SharePoint Gone Wild: When Governance Lacks Discoverability | Part 3

If you missed any previous part of this series, you can read them here. In the series so far, we've talked about how accountability, quality, appropriateness and restrictions have all been key drivers for why we need to focus on governance for Microsoft SharePoint within our organizations. To continue this series, I want to focus on another key area called Discoverability. What does this term mean? It is the quality of the content being discoverable (able to find information) within SharePoint. Unfortunately, this also happens to be one of the biggest pains within organizations today. Now, you would think with an enterprise search engine, managed metadata service application, content types with site columns, and versioning that this wouldn't be so difficult. In reality, however, it can often make this harder than just searching on a file system because the search cra... (more)

SharePoint Gone Wild: When Governance Lacks Compliance

If you've missed any previous part of this blog series, you can read them here. When people think of "compliance" from a Microsoft SharePoint perspective, it can mean a lot of things to a lot of different people. Every organization will have different considerations for compliance: Essentially, which regulations they need to comply with according to their specific industry vertical, including HIPAA/HITECH, DOD 5015, Section 508 and WCAG 1.0 and 2.0. There are two main drivers for compliance I see in organizations for SharePoint, due to the risk of non-compliance and subsequent legal and financial penalties: Records Management Legal e-Discovery In my post last week on governance and discoverability, I focused on the typical stories I hear around people not being able to find content they need. Compliance takes this a step further, because legal teams and records ma... (more)

Exposing a WCF Service in Silverlight

I am having a blast with the series where I am updating my simple Mix 09 Business Application demo.  In this part, I wanted to consider the scenario that I hope is a common one.  The developer writes their Silverlight app using the RIA Services pattern and the application becomes wildly successful.  So successful in fact there is a demand to put a services head on top of the same application logic to facilitate writing a bunch of other clients.  This is the sort of pattern we see happening with applications like Twitter and Sharepoint.   You can see the full series here. The demo requires (all 100% free and always free): VS2008 SP1 Silverlight 3 RTM .NET RIA Services July '09 Preview Also, download the full demo files and check out the running application. To start with, let’s take the application from the early parts of the series and add a simple WCF head for it.  F... (more)

Open Source Selenium Web Application Testing System

Selenium is a free Web Application Testing System. It gained lots of popularity since it is available. It’s integration to FireFox – which allows instant record/replay as well as the scripting option - makes it a great tool for functional web testing. BrowserMob on the other side leverages Selenium by providing an automated load-testing environment for Selenium scripts all configurable online via a Web Dashboard. Tagging Web Requests In my recent blog post – Get more out of functional web testing: How to correlate test reports with server side log information? – I discussed the problem that testing results are usually not linked to the log and diagnostics information captured by the application under test. The blog entry offered a way to link the two sides using HTTP Tagging via an HTTP Proxy. Tagging individual Web Requests allows linking each individual request ... (more)

Can Spot Pricing Work For Cloud Storage?

Early Bird Savings at Cloud Expo This week, Amazon took a step with EC2 that many had long anticipated: They announced spot pricing for cloud compute instances. EC2 customers can now name their own price, and Amazon will bring compute instances up at variable discount prices according to these "bids". This complements their March 2009 move at the other end of the spectrum, extra-cost reserved instances. This evolution of the cloud compute market was predicted by many, but Amazon deserves credit for making it happen. The obvious next question is whether spot pricing can work for cloud storage. Although there are cases where spot pricing might make sense, the nature of data storage trends against this sort of pricing model. Let's explore the question further. Cloud Compute Cloud compute is obviously different from cloud storage: The former deals with running applicat... (more)

UCaaS: Foundation for Social Business Architecture

Ontario Province has recently become more proactive in asking the local industry for innovative new Cloud solution type models, such as UCaaS – Unified Communications as a Service. This provides the ideal stimulus for development of the local Cloud supplier base, and to identify where the opportunities are for the additional innovation that Ontario is looking for, we can look at a number of different aspects of the Cloud industry. Cloud and Social Business The first and most important of these is ‘Social Business Architecture‘ – How to design applications to become more integrated with the world of social media. While we often talk of the big industry battle taking place around Cloud as the main theme, it’s actually the field of ‘Social Business’ where key players stand to win or lose mind-share and therefore market share. IBM, Microsoft, Cisco and Salesforce.com ar... (more)

Is Your .NET Application Ready for a Race?

If your .NET application was to run a sprint, would it win the race?  To determine whether your application meets its performance objectives (and wins the race) and to help identify bottlenecks, you need to measure your application's performance and collect metrics. Metrics of particular interest tend to be response time, throughput, and resource utilization (how much CPU, memory, disk I/O, and network bandwidth your application consumes while performing its tasks). Let's start by taking a look at the tools and techniques that are available to collect performance data for your .NET application. Tools and Techniques You might need to collect data during prototyping, application development, performance testing, and tuning, and in a production environment. The following tools and techniques can help you to collect performance data: System and platform metrics Network ... (more)

Security Shortage? Look Internal.

There has been an increasing amount of commentary about the growing shortage of Information Security folks. While the reasons for this shortage are manifold and easily explained, that doesn’t change the fact that it exists. Nor the fact that natural sources may well be causing it to worsen. Here’s why we’re where we are: Information Security is a thankless job. Literally thankless. If you do enough to protect the organization, everyone hates you. If you don’t do enough to protect the organization, everyone hates you. Information Security is hard. Attacks are constantly evolving, and often sprung out of the blue. While protecting against three threats that the InfoSec professionals have ferreted out, a fourth blindsides them. Information Security is complex. Different point, but similar to the one above. You can’t just get by in InfoSec. You have to know some serious... (more)

Congratulations Imation and Nexsan

Last week Imation, the company that is known for making CDs, DVDs, magnetic tape and in the past floppy disk (diskettes), bought Nexsan, a company known for the SATA and SAS storage products. Imation also (or should be) owns the TDK and Memorex names (remember is it real or is it Memorex? If not Google it). They also have had for several years removable hard disk drive (RHDD) products including the Odyssey (I am in the process of retiring mine), as well as partnership with the former ProStor for RDX and having acquired some of the assets of ProStor namely their RDX based InifiVault storage appliance. Imation has also been involved in some other things including USB and other forms of flash-based solid state devices (SSD), as well as a couple of years (2007) they launched cloud backup with DataGuard before cloud backup had become a popular buzzword topic. Imation ha... (more)

HP Enterprise Services Launches New Cloud-Based Analytics as a Service

HP has announced new cloud-based analytics as a service built on HP's HAVEn Big Data analytics platform, helping clients solve business problems and create new revenue opportunities. By leveraging HP HAVEn, clients can more effectively analyze and derive value from their information, such as increase sales with targeted client offerings, improve supply chain performance, detect fraud or discover security risks. HP Enterprise Services delivers end-to-end Big Data and Analytics solutions to make information actionable for clients in key domains and industries. Solutions include: Customer Intelligence, Supply Chain and Operations, and Sensor Data Analytics in industries such as Communications Media and Entertainment, Consumer Goods, Retail, Travel and Transportation, and Public Sector. HP HAVEn enables organizations to create next-generation applications and solutio... (more)