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Big Data - not surprisingly - features in Deloitte's just-released annual "Tech Trends" report identifying the 10 trends most likely to have an impact for CIOs in the coming year and beyond. "It's an uncommon time to have so many emerging forces – all rapidly evolving, technology-centric and each already impacting business so strongly," said Mark White, principal and chief technology officer, Deloitte Consulting LLP, as the report was announced. He continued: "The convergence of five forces offers a new set of tools, opening the door to a new set of rules for operations, performance and competition. Our report outlines the opportunity for IT to truly help elevate business performance." The five emerging technology forces he was referring to are analytics, mobility, social, cloud and cyber security. Between them, said White, they provide the opportunity for business... (more)

Looking at Oracle Express after a long break

The version I am now looking at is Oracle 11G Express. It is also entry level like its predecessor 10G, free with a small foot print. If you are looking at getting acquainted with Oracle you may sample the express which is based on the Oracle 11g Release 2 code base. The download link is here: http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/products/express-edition/overview/index.html The last express version of Oracle I looked at was 10G XE. Here are the links (earliest last) to my previous Oracle 10G XE articles. It is possible some links are broken. In many cases, exporting a table to create an XML file is easy, but importing an XML file to create a table is much more difficult. This is true for Oracle 10G XE, as you will see in the following article:   Loading and Unloading XML Files Using Oracle 10G XE Queries are quantitative questions you pose to a database. Questions such as "h... (more)

IBM Fires Exec Implicated in Insider Trading Scandal

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 IBM has cut its ties with Robert Moffat, the senior VP who ran its server, storage and chips businesses and was arrested two weeks ago for allegedly whispering insider information on IBM and Sun financial results as well as AMD's reorganization plans to hedge funds that traded on the material information. IBM isn't saying much, not even that Moffat was fired, merely that he is no longer an IBM employee. Three days after Moffat was arrested on October 19 on charges of conspiracy to commit securities fraud IBM put him on administrative leave and replaced him temporarily with Rod Aktins, whose accession as IBM's highest-ranking African-American executive is now confirmed. It could have taken IBM two weeks just to talk with Moffat and his lawyer let alone do its own internal investigation. His ... (more)

DBJ Associates Reveals the Sixth Trend

According to a summary report by Doug Anderson, SVP, Research & Development, The Nielsen Company, growth will be hard to come by in the coming decade and there are "Five Key Trends Other Than Aging" at work which will make growth extremely difficult.  DBJ Associates provides questions wealth advisors may want to ask of themselves in order to benefit from these trends, along with the answer to: "What'd they miss?" Growth is found in less-developed world. By 2030, world population will have grown by around 20%. Only 3.2% of this growth will come from the more developed world. In the U.S. nearly one in three households will be headed by someone over the age of 65.  Household size will decline across the board with a large share of the population living in one or two person households.  Middle and upper middle classes will shrink the share the most. How are you positioni... (more)

Research and Markets: Beginning iPhone and iPod Touch SDK Programming with Objective-C

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/020f6a/beginning_iphone_s) has announced the addition of John Wiley and Sons Ltd's new report "Beginning iPhone SDK Programming with Objective-C" to their offering. Everything you need to know to start creating native applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch The iPhone SDK and the Xcode tools are the official Apple tools used for creating native iPhone applications. This information-packed book presents a complete introduction to the iPhone SDK and the Xcode tools, as well as the Objective-C language that is necessary to create these native applications. Solid coverage and real-world examples walk you through the process for developing mobile applications for the iPhone that can then be distributed through Apple's iTunes Application store. The hands-on approach shows you how to develop your first iP... (more)

Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services Book Review

Over the years I have been on quite a few projects and there have been very few if any that did not require some type of reporting. For a while that meant Crystal Reports, but when SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) hit the scene, Crystal Reports began to fade on Microsoft projects. That was especially true if I had my way. I was the first person to champion SSRS in state projects in Pennsylvania. That was quite a battle but well worth it! SSRS is one of the best solutions to come out of Microsoft. I don't say that lightly. I have plenty of complaints about different Microsoft products, but none about SSRS. The extensibility model built into the architecture makes the product completely customizable through extension. This book introduces the SSRS architecture, the report manager, the basics of databases and database queries, but every topic introduced supports the ... (more)

Learning Objective-C 2.0: A Hands-on Guide to Objective-C for Mac and iOS Developers (2nd Edition) Book Review

If I had to give this book a one word description, I would say it is 'balanced'. In the beginning of the book the author mentions that he does not want to right one of those books that list a little code and then explains the code, changes the code, explains those changes and so on and so on. At first he scared me. I have read some insanely wordy programming and engineering books. I have a much harder time getting through those than the type the author described. I was afraid this book would be one of those that I don't get anything out of except war stories from the author's career. That would not be all bad if the stories had anything to do with the book. I am happy to report that is not what happened. I found the author had just the right amount of discussion around the different language features he was covering. I thought that the offer had a very no nonsense app... (more)

Windows 8 Apps with XAML and C# Unleashed Book Review

As with Nathan's book WPF 4 Unleashed this book is a pure pleasure to read. It is in full color, the content is laid out in an easy to read style, the author's writing style makes it easy to read, and the content is all valuable. There is no fluff like you find in a lot of the books written today. Part I of the book starts out with an awesome chapter on the anatomy of a Windows store app and then has a great chapter introducing XAML. The book is broken down into a total of 5 parts. I have listed them below along with the chapters they contain. Part I. Getting Started Chapter 1. Anatomy of a Windows Store App Chapter 2. Mastering XAML Part II. Building an App Chapter 3. Sizing, Positioning, and Transforming Elements Chapter 4. Layout Chapter 5. Interactivity Chapter 6. Handling Input: Touch, Mouse, Pen, and Keyboard Chapter 7. App Model Part III. Understanding Controls Chapt... (more)

Weight Management Trends in the U.S., 2nd Edition

NEW YORK, April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Weight Management Trends in the U.S., 2nd Edition http://www.reportlinker.com/p01157847/Weight-Management-Trends-in-the-US-2nd-Edition.html#utm_source=prnewswire&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=Diet_Food Obesity has reached crisis levels in the United States. Almost 70% of adults and almost 32% of school-age children and adolescents are either overweight or obese, according to the latest government statistics. Between 1988 and 2008, the prevalence of obesity increased by 48% among adults and more than 72% among children and teenagers. Moreover, according to Simmons panel data from Experian Marketing Services, almost 39% of all U.S. adults, representing 87.8 million consumers, currently are watching their diet to either lose or maintain their we... (more)

Pharmacy Automation: Technologies and Global Markets

NEW YORK, April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Pharmacy Automation: Technologies and Global Markets http://www.reportlinker.com/p096626/Pharmacy-Automation-Technologies-and-Global-Markets.html#utm_source=prnewswire&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=Pharmacies_and_Drug_Stores REPORT HIGHLIGHTS The global pharmacy automation market reached nearly $3.0 billion in 2012. This market is expected to grow to nearly $3.2 billion in 2013 and $4.9 billion in 2018 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.8% over the five-year period, 2013 to 2018 This report provides: An overview of the global market for pharmacy automation. Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2012, estimates for 2013, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2018. A market breakdown of inpatient pharm... (more)

Spring Clean Your Finances and Get Out of Debt With Degunking(TM) Your Personal Finances

SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 04/26/05 -- It's time for spring cleaning, and that includes personal finances! After tax season, many people realize that their finances aren't as tidy as they want them to be. In her new book from Paraglyph Press, Degunking Your Personal Finances (U.S. $24.99, 352 pp, ISBN 1-933097-02-7), Chicago-based financial advisor and expert Shannon Plate shows how to clean up and spruce up your personal finances by following a highly effective 12-step program. Regardless of whether you want to improve your financial situation, get your budget under control, learn how to find hidden money, set up a successful saving program, clean up your credit report, or get rid of crippling debt, Degunking Your Personal Finances will help everyone get on the right path to financial success. The rate of personal bankruptcy continues to rise in the U.S., to... (more)