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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)

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)

Blender Master Class: A Hands-On Guide to Modeling, Sculpting, Materials, and Rendering Book Review

Blender is a beast. At least to a guy like me that is usual in code and not in user interface tools. Sure I use Xcode, Eclipse, and Visual Studio but they just give me a place to code. I have used Photoshop, GIMP, and Expression Studio which make you depend on the tools available but Blender is in a class of its own. I have downloaded it in the past around the time Big Buck Bunny was first released. I spent a few weeks playing with it, but got nowhere. This book convinced me to take another crack at it and I am really glad I did. The book starts off with an introduction to Blender and a short introduction to GIMP. GIMP is another powerful open source tool the author uses for 2D image editing throughout the book. For a great book on GIMP check out The Book of GIMP: A Complete Guide to Nearly Everything . I have a review of that book here. I have listed all the chapters... (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)

Latin America - Mobile Operators

NEW YORK, Sept. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue:  Latin America - Mobile Operators http://www.reportlinker.com/p01098093/Latin-America---Mobile-Operators.html Continuing market consolidation and merger activity signify major changes for 2015 Latin America's mobile market is dominated by four multinational operators, which together account for about 80% of the region's subscribers. There remains room for a vibrant MVNO segment, while changes to company share ownership, as well as recent regulatory measures and the competitive strain experienced by some players continue to make the market fluid. Mexico's America Movil is the largest player in the region, operating in 17 countries. The company also has a significant presence in the US via its MVNO Tracfone, and has recently ventured into... (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)

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)

Tetragon Financial Group Limited (TFG): Performance Report For Period Ended 30 June 2011

LONDON, August 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ? Tetragon Financial Group Limited (TFG) is a Guernsey closed-ended investment company traded on Euronext Amsterdam by NYSE Euronext under the ticker symbol "TFG." [1]In this report we provide an update on TFG's results of operations for the period ending June 30, 2011.[2] - Executive Summary: Corporate-Level Results - Operating Results: TFG's investment portfolio continued to perform well in the second quarter of 2011. The company produced EPS of $0.74 (Q1 2011: $1.46) and consolidated net income of $88.1 million (Q1 2011: $174.7 million). Please see the Statement of Operations on page 17 for further detail. Consolidated net assets grew to $1,368.3 million or $11.52 per share (Q1 2011: $1,298.0 million or $10.85 per share). These results were driven mainly by continued improvements in the credit quality and structural stre... (more)

Antibiotic Resistance 2012: The Antibiotics Development Pipeline and Strategies to Combat Antibiotic Resistance

NEW YORK, Sept. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Antibiotic Resistance 2012: The Antibiotics Development Pipeline and Strategies to Combat Antibiotic Resistance http://www.reportlinker.com/p0980746/Antibiotic-Resistance-2012-The-Antibiotics-Development-Pipeline-and-Strategies-to-Combat-Antibiotic-Resistance.html#utm_source=prnewswire&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=Drug_and_Medication This report gives a comprehensive overview of global antibiotic resistance, the antibiotics pipeline and new strategies to target resistance mechanisms. It identifies 109 antibiotics in the development pipeline, approximately 70% of which are in early development (Preclinical and Phase 1). In contrast, there are just 9 candidates at Phase 3, while there are 31 at Phase 2. These developments are being progressed b... (more)

The Global Smart Meter Market 2012-2022

NEW YORK, Oct. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: The Global Smart Meter Market 2012-2022 http://www.reportlinker.com/p0933147/The-Global-Smart-Meter-Market-2012-2022.html#utm_source=prnewswire&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=Electrical_Equipment Report Details Smarter metering that delivers a greater awareness and opportunity for decision-making over energy and utility usage is being implemented now, globally. But who is going to pay? Government direction and investment? Large-scale utility roll out? The consumer? Is your company benefiting from this roll-out of smart meters? Visiongain has determined that the value of the global smart meter market will reach $7bn in 2012. Visiongain calculates that as of December 2010, meters enhanced with AMR technology accounted for approximately 32% of the... (more)

Nutrition Business Journal Announces Industry Award Recipients for 2012 Achievements

BOULDER, CO -- (Marketwire) -- 01/10/13 -- The nutrition industry's most notable business leaders of 2012 have been named in Nutrition Business Journal's (NBJ) annual Business Achievement Awards issue, published this month. Recipients of the NBJ Business Achievement Awards will be publically honored during the 16th annual NBJ Summit, July 23-26, at the St. Regis Hotel Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, Calif. NBJ is the premier publication for the nutrition, natural, organic, dietary supplement and integrative medicine industries. NBJ's Business Achievement Awards recognize the industry's greatest leaders making significant advancements in health, wellness and nutrition. For efforts on behalf of the industry, Michael Funk, chairman of the board for United Natural Foods Inc. (UNFI) and president of the Non-GMO Project, is recognized for decades of service and commit... (more)