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We are now working on the next chapter for our white paper Enterprise Cloud Computing, which is entitled OpenStack for the Enterprise. As the name suggests the goal is to provide a succinct but comprehensive overview of one of the technology platforms available to CIOs to implement their Enterprise Cloud strategy: OpenStack. This will span across a Private and Hybrid Cloud evolution and has a primary goal of showcasing the significant vendor program that has grown quickly around the product. Enterprise and Big Data Cloud Computing As well as the general EA principles of Private Clouds, what specific pain point solutions might the enterprise look for from Openstack providers, that the technology is especially adept at providing. For example Ubuntu 13.04 delivers OpenStack with high availability, scalable storage and big data deployment capabilities. Similarly Nati Shal... (more)

Ex-AMD CEO, Like Top IBM Guy, Source of Insider Information: Reports

Hector Ruiz (pictured), then CEO of AMD, was the unidentified source of material information that the busted Galleon ring traded on, according to the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg. He’s even higher up the totem pole than Robert Moffat, the head of IBM servers and storage who was arrested and charged on October 16 along with five other co-conspirators in what the government called the biggest case of insider trading involving a hedge fund in history. For days now the press corps has been leaning on their sources trying to prove the hypothesis that Ruiz was the uncharged AMD insider described by the government in its criminal and civil indictments as the executive who’s “been preaching this deal for so long,” meaning AMD’s spin-off of its fabs and frankly there weren’t too many of those – that’s where the hypothesis came from. The Wall Street Journal identified R... (more)

Used Car for Sale on Eurodb

When do you plan to put your used car for sale ? Were you not, since long thinking of replacing it with a preferred brand car or a fuel efficient automobile? Didn’t the added costs to replace to be added to the likely realization from sell your car prevent you from making a decision to put your car on sale? How vary are you of making a deal and more worried about getting the right value you perceive for your used car? Putting a sedan or SUV on sale after having it bristle you for years is really a difficult choice. You value its services and upkeep. Your emotional attachment does not allow you to settle for less than what you value it. But markets seldom work on sentiments attached by the seller and are ruled by functional utility value of the car for the buyer. Buyer value consciousness bar is rising day by day. Marginal utility value of a used cars is seldom given d... (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)

Mastering the Requirements Process: Getting Requirements Right Book Review

Today we have a lot of different software development processes to choose from. We have Scrum, XP, the Unified Process, the Rational Unified Process, the Open Unified Process, the Enterprise Unified Process, Lean Processes, DSDM, TDD, Cleanroom, RAD, Spiral, and Waterfall. I am sure there are plenty more. Those are just the ones I can think of sitting here waiting on the train. All the different processes out there have one thing in common, not getting requirements right is their Achilles' heel. Wrong requirements mean a lot of rework at best, and complete project failure in the worst scenarios. The Volere Requirement Process described in this book can be used with any of the processes listed above. Every process needs to gather requirements. After starting with some fundamental truths about requirements gathering and an introduction to the Volere Requirement Process th... (more)

Programming Android: Java Programming for the New Generation of Mobile Devices Book Review

The second edition of this book came just at the right time. I am currently working on a project that uses Microsoft's Web Api RESTful services to interface with iPhone, iPad, Windows 8 Phone, Windows 8 Tablets, and Android devices. The Android devices are the last in the initial build of the framework to be added to the architecture. This book was perfect for getting me over that hurdle quickly. It starts with a chapter on downloading, installing, and configuring, Eclipse, the Android SDK, and the Android Developer Tools. It also walks you through creating an Android Virtual Device. After failing to get the Android tools to successfully setup up on Windows 8 three times, I decided to set up my development environment on my MacBook, which was one and done. The book is broken down into four parts. I have listed each one along with the chapters they contain. I. Tools an... (more)

New Cyber Threats within The Internet of Everything

Cisco released findings from two global studies that provide a vivid picture of the rising security challenges that businesses, IT departments and individuals face -- particularly as employees become more mobile, blending work and personal lifestyles throughout their waking hours. Despite popular assumptions that security risks increase as a person's online activity becomes shadier, findings from the Cisco 2013 Annual Security Report (ASR) reveal that the highest concentration of online security threats tend to target legitimate destinations visited by mass audiences -- such as major search engines, retail sites and social media outlets. Cisco found that online shopping sites are 21 times as likely, and search engines are 27 times as likely, to deliver malicious content than a counterfeit software site. Security risks rise in businesses because many employees adopt "my ... (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)

Hyperlinks referenced in my new book

My new book on SQL Server Reporting Services 2012 is about to be released and this post provides a list of links referenced in the book, sorted chapter wise. Hyperlinks provide a gateway to the extensive literature that can be accessed on the Internet. They provide information (collective knowledgebase) above and beyond what one finds in a single article,book,blog or other media formats. However links in a printed book are useful to only those readers who would go to any lengths to find information but irksome, frustrating and almost useless to the others. They are of course useful in online formats such as eBooks. In order to conform to page count limit set by the publishers (as you might have noticed computer books have become heftier and heftier) and yet provide guidance to the readers there is no better way than publishing a list of links that is chapter-wise so... (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)

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)