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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: Web Sites Do-It-Yourself For Dummies, 2nd Edition Gives Step-By-Step Instruction That Will Build Your Confidence As You Build Your Site

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/e121ae/web_sites_doityo) has announced the addition of John Wiley and Sons Ltd's new report "Web Sites Do-It-Yourself For Dummies, 2nd Edition" to their offering. A step-by-step guide to creating your first Web site Everybody's building cool web sites, but how? Web Sites Do-It-Yourself For Dummies, 2nd Edition, shows you how, with simple, step-by-step instruction that will build your confidence as you build your site. You'll learn to plan your site and secure a domain name, how to use Dreamweaver for site construction, and how to test and publish your site. You'll also learn about designing a blog, creating a podcast, adding Flash, and even how to make money with your Web site. Dummies makes it easy and fun! Perfect for those who've never attempted a Web site before, including small-business owners, th... (more)

Big Data Designated "Enabler" in Deloitte's 3rd Annual Tech Trends Report

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)

Disciplined Agile Delivery: A Practitioner's Guide to Agile Software Delivery in the Enterprise Book Review

I was excited to see that Mr. Ambler was working on Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) and was looking forward to this book. One of the biggest challenges I have is that most of the successful agile teams I interact with are isolated small teams using Scrum out of the box. It is working on the projects that have small teams with small scope, usually building one application in isolation. They don't have to be concerned with enterprise level integration. The small successful teams I have seen also do no architecture. Although the end result is exactly what you do not want for high modifiability, they simply get it live. Usually a little buggy and slow, but they make it live nevertheless. That is not true of all the projects I interact with. There are some large enterprise wide Scrum initiatives. The successful ones brought in an external Scrum coach to train them. Beca... (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)

The Java Tutorial: A Short Course on the Basics (5th Edition) Book Review

If you are interested in getting started with Java, or just object oriented programming, this is a great book to start with. The book starts off with a high level overview of the Java platform and goes straight into an example of creating a hello world application. While creating the hello world application the authors take you on a tour of the NetBeans IDE. It then covers the basics of 0bject-oriented programming and the Java programming language. The authors cover objects, classes, inheritance, interfaces, packages, variables, operators, expressions, statements, blocks, and control flow statements. After the introduction chapter the chapters begin to go into detail about each of the topics that were introduced, and many more. I have listed the chapters below. 1. Getting Started 2. Object-Oriented Programming Concepts 3. Language Basics 4. Classes and Objects 5. Interf... (more)

February 2014 Server StorageIO Update Newsletter Data Infrastructure Insights

February 2014 Server StorageIO Update Newsletter Data Infrastructure Insights By Greg Schulz Welcome to the February 2014 edition of the StorageIO Update (newsletter) containing trends perspectives on cloud, virtualization and data infrastructure topics. Its winter here in North America and specifically in the Stillwater Minnesota to say that there is plenty of snow and cold would be an understatement. However in a few months instead of dealing with -20F or -40F wind chills, it will be 100F head index, thus the saying of if you don't like the weather, either leave or wait a bit as it will change. In case you missed the December 2013 StorageIO holiday greeting which was in place of the normal newsletter you can view that here. In the absence of the regular December and January StorageIO Update newsletters, this is a larger edition to get caught up. However not to worr... (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)

North Carolina Students Sweep Regional Finals of Nation's Premier High School Science Competition for Research in Biochemistry and Computer Science

ATLANTA, Nov. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Research projects in the areas of Biochemistry and Computer Science scored top marks this evening, as Lanair Lett of Henderson, North Carolina and the team of Neil Shah and Katie Shpanskaya of Greensboro and Raleigh, North Carolina respectively, received the highest honors at the Region Six Finals of the 2009 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, the nation's premier high school science competition. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070904/SIEMENSLOGO ) Tonight's winners will receive thousands of dollars in college scholarships and be invited to compete at the National Finals in New York City from December 3-7, where the winners of the six regional competitions across the United States will vie for scholarships ranging from $10,000 to the grand prize of $100,000. The Siemens Competition, a signature progr... (more)

Oneida Financial Corp. Reports 2009 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Operating Results (unaudited)

ONEIDA, N.Y., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Oneida Financial Corp. (Nasdaq: ONFC), the parent company of The Oneida Savings Bank, has announced its operating results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2009. Net income for the year ended December 31, 2009 is $4.1 million, or $0.52 diluted earnings per share, compared with a net loss of $1.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2008. The increase in net income is primarily the result of an increase in net interest income, an increase in non-interest income and an increase in the fair value of trading securities. These increases in income were partially offset by an increase in non-interest expense, an income tax provision as compared to an income tax benefit in 2008, an increase in net investment losses and an increase in the provision for loan losses during 2009 as compared with 2008. Th... (more)

PricewaterhouseCoopers 2010 M&A Insights - US Entertainment & Media Outlook

NEW YORK, Feb. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Though economic and financing challenges still exist, positive pipeline metrics seen in the second half of 2009 could signal a rebound of deal activity in the US Entertainment & Media (E&M) industry in 2010, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers' (PwC) Transaction Services 2010 US Entertainment & Media M&A Insights report. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100208/NE51101-a ) (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100208/NE51101-b ) In 2009, E&M completed deal value totaled $77.4 billion, representing a 49 percent annual decline from the prior year, while completed deal volume totaled 714 deals, a decrease of 29 percent from the 1,000 deals completed in 2008. Completed E&M deals in 2009 represented 12.3 percent and 13.3 percent of total completed US M&A transaction value and volume, respectively. "Continuing s... (more)