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  • Home Depot’s Credit Card Breach Can Spell Trouble for Businesses

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    Scott Brueggeman
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    Speculation has been growing in recent weeks about a cyber-attack at Home Depot.  Just this week, the home improvement retailer confirmed the worst – hackers breached its computer systems earlier this year and may have stolen millions of customers’ credit and debit card information.  The New York Times estimates the number of hacked card numbers could exceed 60 million. Although the giant retailer is popular among homeowners, a large percentage of its sales are attributed to small business owners.  Drew Reading, an analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence, estimates 40% of Home Depot’s…
  • Do you tell Tech Media when they got a story wrong? Steve Jobs did

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    Dave Ohara
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    This past week I was at Intel Developer Forum in my media roll as a blogger.  I was able to catch up with some good writers who many of your read often.  At a business dinner I was commenting on a story written by one of the writers and their choice of a particular source.  We both agreed that a story’s use of that particular source left a bad taste in our mouth.  We were drinking a nice cabernet from Nickel & Nickel so taste was part of the conversation. Nickel & Nickel winery, located in Oakville, Napa Valley, is dedicated exclusively to producing 100 percent…
  • Keeping your mainframe staff happy

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    13 Sep 2014 | 9:54 pm
    You might have thought that having the opportunity to work on a mainframe would be enough to make anyone happy! But, seemingly, there’s more to being happy than that.
  • Basho Advances NoSQL Riak Enterprise 2.0 With Search, Advanced Data Types

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    Jason Verge
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Basho introduced Riak Enterprise 2.0. The company is the creator of Riak, a distributed NoSQL database. The two big additions in version 2.0  are enhanced search functionality and advanced data types. The update also comes with some security enhancements and simplified configuration management. The enhancements position Riak 2.0 as a platform for a wider variety of applications. The previous search functionality was built in-house, but customers demanded more full-featured capabilities, according to Peter Coppola, vice president of product at Basho. Apache Solr has been leveraged for search…
  • Shuffling the OpenStack Deck by Peter Judge

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    Views and Opinions on Green IT
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    As an open source platform for building cloud infrastructure, CloudStack could be crucial to how future data centers get put together. But will it succeed? This week’s announcements - in particular the next career steps of two executives - could shed some light on that. There’s a fundamental issue with clouds, and it is to do with overlap of public and private, and closed and open. Public clouds like Amazon let you put up services on someone else’s hardware, but they can make it difficult to move them elsewhere. Private clouds, put together on your own hardware, can be more…
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  • Basho Advances NoSQL Riak Enterprise 2.0 With Search, Advanced Data Types

    Jason Verge
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Basho introduced Riak Enterprise 2.0. The company is the creator of Riak, a distributed NoSQL database. The two big additions in version 2.0  are enhanced search functionality and advanced data types. The update also comes with some security enhancements and simplified configuration management. The enhancements position Riak 2.0 as a platform for a wider variety of applications. The previous search functionality was built in-house, but customers demanded more full-featured capabilities, according to Peter Coppola, vice president of product at Basho. Apache Solr has been leveraged for search…
  • Facebook Turned Off Entire Data Center to Test Resiliency

    Yevgeniy Sverdlik
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    A few months ago, Facebook added a whole new dimension to the idea of an infrastructure stress test. The company shut down one of its data centers in its entirety to see how the safeguards it had put in place for such incidents performed in action. Jay Parikh, global head of engineering at Facebook, talked about the exercise in his keynote presentation at the company’s @Scale conference in San Francisco Monday. “This is not a small thing,” he said. “This is tens of megawatts of power that basically we turned off for an entire day to test how our systems were going to actually…
  • Lobbied by Google, Apple, Duke Pumps $500M Into Renewable Energy in N. Carolina

    Jason Verge
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:22 pm
    Duke Energy, the largest power utility in the U.S.,  announced it will acquire and construct three solar facilities in North Carolina and has signed five power purchase agreements with solar energy generation developers in the state. The commitment represents a $500 million investment in renewable energy in one of the biggest data center markets in the country. It is also the single largest investment in renewable energy Duke has ever made. Owners and operators of large data centers in North Carolina, including Google, Apple and Facebook, have been pushing Duke for more renewable options…
  • Piston’s New TCO Calculator Shows the True Price of an OpenStack Cloud

    David Hamilton
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:12 pm
    This article originally appeared at The WHIR In conjunction with the release of Piston OpenStack 3.5, which includes improvements around security and operational savings, Piston has introduced the Piston OpenStack TCO Calculator which is designed to estimate the total cost of a Piston OpenStack private cloud compared. An IT administrator simply needs to provide the online TCO Calculator with their estimated private cloud requirements and preferred hardware vendors. Based on this data, the free calculator provides a custom projection of the total cost of a Piston OpenStack private cloud…
  • UPDATED: Facebook, Google and Others Partner to Make Open Source Easier

    Yevgeniy Sverdlik
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:07 am
    Updated with more details about the organizations plans and criteria for joining. Facebook has teamed up with Google, Twitter, Box, Github and a handful of other companies on a collaboration to “make open source easier for everyone.” Most of the companies involved in the initiative not only use open source software, but also produce a ton of it, building tools to manage their own infrastructure and contributing the code to the open source community. The other initial participants are Dropbox, Khan Academy, Stripe, Square and Walmart Labs. The organization will function as a clearing…
 
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  • Shuffling the OpenStack Deck by Peter Judge

    Views and Opinions on Green IT
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    As an open source platform for building cloud infrastructure, CloudStack could be crucial to how future data centers get put together. But will it succeed? This week’s announcements - in particular the next career steps of two executives - could shed some light on that. There’s a fundamental issue with clouds, and it is to do with overlap of public and private, and closed and open. Public clouds like Amazon let you put up services on someone else’s hardware, but they can make it difficult to move them elsewhere. Private clouds, put together on your own hardware, can be more…
  • Vantage Pitches 'OCP-Ready' Colocation Space

    Jason Verge
    15 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Data center provider joins Facebook's Open Compute project, hoping to convince mid-size enterprises they will benefit from OCP hardware. Read More
  • Intel's Xeon D SoC For Microservers Enters Testing Stage

    Max Smolaks
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:07 am
    Intel has begun testing its Xeon D processor family among select customers, with wider availability expected next year. Xeon D is the company’s first System-on-a-Chip (SoC) under the Xeon brand. Built on the 14nm process, it enjoys low power consumption making it suitable for hyperscale environments, among other things. The announcement was made by Intel’s general manager of the Data Centre Group Diane Bryant at the Intel Developers Forum (IDF) in San Francisco. 
  • Top 5 Data Center Stories, Week of September 13th

    Yevgeniy Sverdlik
    13 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Here's a look at some of the most popular stories on Data Center Knowledge this week: Microsoft Buys Into US-Brazil Submarine Cable by Seaborn; The Bitcoin Arms Race Shifts to the Cloud; Facebook Open Compute Servers Still Tough Sell for Corporate IT Shops; DevOps IT Automation Software Chef Goes Freemium; Ohio Town May Offer Free Land for Amazon Data Center
  • Google Hooks Startups With $100K Worth of Free Cloud

    Yevgeniy Sverdlik
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Google is offering early-stage startups that meet certain criteria $100,000 worth of services available on the Google Cloud Platform, which includes everything from Infrastructure- and Platform-as-a-Service to Database-as-a-Service and APIs for a handful of application services.
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  • Do you tell Tech Media when they got a story wrong? Steve Jobs did

    Dave Ohara
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    This past week I was at Intel Developer Forum in my media roll as a blogger.  I was able to catch up with some good writers who many of your read often.  At a business dinner I was commenting on a story written by one of the writers and their choice of a particular source.  We both agreed that a story’s use of that particular source left a bad taste in our mouth.  We were drinking a nice cabernet from Nickel & Nickel so taste was part of the conversation. Nickel & Nickel winery, located in Oakville, Napa Valley, is dedicated exclusively to producing 100 percent…
  • Equinix Adds Time Service to settle disputes in electronic trades

    Dave Ohara
    13 Sep 2014 | 6:55 am
    One of the architectural principles for designing solutions is the concept of time.  I learned this concept from watching friends at OSIsoft and Thetus.  DatacenterDynamics reports on Equinix adding a time stamp service to trades. EQUINIX PUTS TIME STAMPS ON ELECTRONIC TRADES Could put an end to disputes amongst finance brokers 11 September 2014 by Nick Booth -  Share on linkedinShare on facebookShare on twitterShare on emailShare on print Data center provider Equinix is to offer clients a time-stamping service for electronic trading which can be used in any of the important financial…
  • Salman Khan writes on Embracing the Difficulty of Learning, Grow and Share

    Dave Ohara
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:52 am
    In a performance oriented society the behavior enforced is people saying how smart they are.  How they are smarter than the rest so they should get promoted and they should get the pay raises.  Those who struggle with difficult tasks are the under performers who should not be praised or rewarded, and the worse should be managed out of the company.  If you struggle to learn, then you are not smart. Wrong. Salman Khan writes a post based on his experience with his son struggling to learn.  One insight is Salman’s reference to Carol Dweck’s work. However, not everyone realizes this. Dr.
  • 7x24 Fall 2014 Phoenix is open for Registration, Google Execs present 2X

    Dave Ohara
    10 Sep 2014 | 4:47 pm
    7x24 2014 Fall Phoenix is open for registration. Going through the program what caught my eye is two presentations by Google. Keynote: Google - Beyond the PUE Plateau In a white paper released earlier this year, Google presented a revised operations model for maximizing data center performance while minimizing energy use across the data center fleet. "Machine Learning Applications for Data Center Optimization" describes Google's progress with moving beyond the PUE plateau. During this session Joe Kava will briefly introduce the adoption of Predictive PUE across Google's Data Centers and…
  • Apple couldn't have planned a better execution of the Watch, years of iPhone use kill legacy watches

    Dave Ohara
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:14 pm
    So Apple has announced the Apple Watch. Apple Unveils Apple Watch—Apple’s Most Personal Device Ever CUPERTINO, California—September 9, 2014—Apple® today unveiled Apple Watch™—its most personal device ever—featuring revolutionary new technologies and a pioneering user interface with a beautiful design that honors the rich tradition of precision watchmaking. Years of iPhone and other smartphones have created millions of users that no longer wear watches. With the release of the Apple Watch, Apple is positioned to recreate what a watch does. “Apple introduced the world to…
 
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  • Community Spotlight: Capes4Heroes

    Sean Penny
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:39 pm
      Everyone needs a superhero. It doesn’t matter if you’re the weight lifting champion of the world or the newest soldier in an ongoing struggle between humanity and disease. Big or small; people the world over deal with incurable diseases and creeping cancers. When the person fighting is a child? Well, we don’t have to sit here and wax poetic about how devastating and emotional that can be. The internet is filled with inspirational and motivational stories of kids dealing with things way over their head with aplomb and sometimes charm. Of course not every story is as bright and…
  • The Shocking Truth About ESD

    Chris Ruiz
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:53 am
    Whether you’re a data center technician or a couch potato, chances are you’ve encountered electrostatic discharge or ESD before. In fact, if you’ve ever dragged your feet across a rug and poked your younger sibling to give them a nice little tormenting jolt, you’ve manipulated electricity; one of the most powerful forces of nature! If you were that younger sibling, you can find solace in the fact that your torment was in the name of science. Electricity has been around since the dawn of time and will long outlive us. If controlled, it can be used to bring our beloved…
  • Switch’s SUPERNAP 8 Earns Tier IV Gold

    Sean Penny
    8 Aug 2014 | 10:51 am
    In the world of high density data centers several factors are constantly on the minds of the owners and their customers. Efficiency, PUE, we’ve talked about many of them before but Uptime might well be the chief concern especially for content providers that require that their services be up and running all the time. High end data users like Apple and Facebook have moved into their own personal data centers, but what about the rest of them? Well colocation is the answer and there are plenty of brands to choose from; Verizon has Terremark, there’s Digital Realty, Equinix and plenty of…
  • Power Cable Standards

    Sean Penny
    6 Aug 2014 | 2:48 pm
    In the US, the most common type of power cables have an IEC connector that plugs into the server and a NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association) connector that plugs into the power source. IEC is an acronym for International Electrotechnical Commission. The IEC is an international standards organization that covers a huge range of technologies; however this discussion will be limited to common power cable connectors found in data centers.   There are 26 IEC connectors (13 plugs & 13 receptacles). The odd numbers are for the plugs, the even numbers are for the receptacles.
  • Cable Standards in the Data Center

    Sean Penny
    4 Aug 2014 | 10:20 am
      A little over thirty years ago, when large mainframe computers roamed data centers with plenty of floor space and relatively few ports, the person responsible for the cabling had very few options and very little guidance. These were the pioneers that laid bus and tag cabling underneath the raised floor that we may see to this very day. Since then, port counts and computing needs have grown astronomically – if not exponentially. What was once viewed as a hobby is now “the plumbing” of the data center. Cabling is that plumbing. And until recently, there have been very few standards…
 
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  • Keeping your mainframe staff happy

    13 Sep 2014 | 9:54 pm
    You might have thought that having the opportunity to work on a mainframe would be enough to make anyone happy! But, seemingly, there’s more to being happy than that.
  • Talking technology

    6 Sep 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Since I upgraded my phone, I’ve been using the Google voice recognition software to tell it to do things – you know, “phone home” etc. It’s simple and straightforward and very useful when you’re driving. Apple phone users have had Siri for a while, and I played with Iris on my old Galaxy phone. But what about voice recognition software on my laptop? I had Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12, which I thought was good, but in the end stopped using because I needed to put on a headset and microphone. So I was keen to have a look at Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13.
  • Making a point

    30 Aug 2014 | 9:59 pm
    All too often mainframes are seen as the expensive piece of kit that sits quietly and works. No-one seems to get too excited about making any changes to it, but they do get excited about cloud technology, mobile apps, and whatever else they see as interesting at the moment. That sometimes leaves the mainframe team unable to argue a case for change. But suppose there was a way of, not necessarily winning every argument, but, certainly, of being able to put up a good fight in the cut and thrust of a finance meeting?
  • Apps to make you feel better

    23 Aug 2014 | 10:29 pm
    We might spend all day in a mainframe environment, but, when we leave it, the closest computing device to hand is probably our mobile phone. And if you’re waiting for someone or something, you probably get out your phone and check your e-mail and texts, and then what do you do? You could play a game, or you, perhaps, could try some self-improvement apps. I thought that, this week, I might take a look at some of the apps available for hypnotherapy.
  • Business continuity planning

    2 Aug 2014 | 11:44 pm
    It seems strange talking about business continuity planning for mainframe sites because most of them created their plan back in the days when BCP was called DR (Disaster Recovery). And although, for mainframe sites, things don’t seem to have changed to any great extent in perhaps as much as 30 years, the truth is, they have. And it’s a good idea to re-evaluate the Business Continuity Plan now.
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  • Frost and Sullivan White Paper: Taking a Fresh Look at Data Center Virtualization

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    In this white paper, we look at how an open data center virtualization solution can become the cornerstone of your IT optimization effort. We show how open virtualization can meet the needs of IT, as well as the business, while providing a foundation for long-term growth into the cloud. Finally, we review considerations for selecting a virtualization solution, with emphasis on HP and Red Hat integrated solutions.Sponsored by: HP ConvergedSystem 300 and 700 for Virtualization powered by Intel® Xeon® processorsIntel, the Intel logo, Xeon, and Xeon Inside are trademarks or registered…
  • Making Paper Profitable

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    This whitepaper will offer a simple three-step framework to help you build a strategy for establishing an efficient and effective end-to-end digital workflow that includes your paper data. With this strategy in hand, you can turn to a solution which quickly and effectively transforms paper-based data into actionable and valuable information.Request Free!
  • Providing Reliable Hosted Exchange for a Fortune 500 Financial Sector Customer

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Seamless hosted exchange migration. Nearly 15,000 seats in three days with minimal interruptions to business continuity for a financial sector customer. That's what Apptix successfully delivered with its robust hosted services platform, extensive onboarding experience, advanced disaster recovery and data protection, and implementation flexibility. Channel partners can take advantage of: Competitive pricing Ultimate data security Comprehensive product portfolioAfter the initial 15,000 new client seats were migrated, the company quickly decided to expand the partnership to include thousands of…
  • Frost and Sullivan Virtualization Business White Paper, Getting the Most from Your Virtualized Data Center with Converged Systems

    15 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    In this paper, we look at the greatest challenges faced by IT departments, and how traditional configurations, processes, and organizations are poorly-equipped to handle today's workplace. We discuss the benefits of converged systems that are engineered to handle virtualized workloads. Finally, we look at HP ConvergedSystem for Virtualization as a simple and effective way for businesses to optimize their data center infrastructure and processes to better meet business needs.Sponsored by: HP and Intel® Intel and the Intel logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other…
  • Credit Card Customer Segmentation

    12 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    300 billion credit card transactions are expected to take place each year by 2018, creating 300 billion opportunities to understand customers better. Unfortunately, many banks remain ignorant of this wealth of information at their disposal, and they opt for mass marketing and costly above-the-line communications.This whitepaper introduces fundamentals of micro-segmentation for the credit card industry to utilize this wealth of informationRequest Free!
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  • Planning to Move to VDI? How to Get Your Staff Excited About the Change

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    28 Aug 2014 | 9:42 am
    Copyright: ferli / 123RF Stock Photo VDI, or Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, is quickly gaining traction among many small to medium sized businesses. Indeed, the virtual desktop is helping to streamline office IT in a big way, and is helping many businesses to become more productive and more competitive. Running a business’ entire desktop environment on a virtual machine offers many advantages to the savvy entrepreneur, not the least of which is saving money and increasing data security. However, the move to VDI can be challenging, and one of the primary obstacles to a smooth transition…
  • How Can SIP Trunking Benefit Your Business?

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    17 Jun 2014 | 10:21 am
    Copyright: gewoldi / 123RF Stock Photo Businesses of all sizes rely heavily on their communications networks to remain competitive in an increasingly crowded marketplace. Your business telephone system not only provides a direct line to your customers and clients, it also provides the networking capabilities that help to make your office and workforce more productive and efficient. However, not all telephony systems are created equal. For many small businesses, the traditional communications network no longer offers the functionality and flexibility they need, at a cost that suits their…
  • What to Look For in a Cloud Service Provider – A Check List

    Admin
    7 May 2014 | 2:49 pm
    No doubt you have been reading a lot about the Cloud Computing revolution. The advance of the Cloud is certainly changing the way that businesses, both large and small, are approaching their data storage and IT needs. The Cloud offers many advantages for the small, and not so small, business owner. Not only is it cost efficient, but it delivers the flexibility and scalability that businesses need to compete in an ever changing marketplace. So, assuming you’ve been following the trends in cloud computing, and have come to the decision that it is the right move for your company, what…
  • The Benefits of MPLS – Your New Network Solution

    Admin
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:12 am
    For every business, the speed and efficiency of their computer network is a constant concern. Today, networking services must go far beyond the standards of the past, to encompass a full range of data traffic that supports every aspect of the modern office workplace. That means not only delivering data packets, but delivering them quickly and securely, often to outlying locations that may be connected to the company’s network. Make no mistake, speed and reliability are not just luxuries, they are essential if a business is to succeed and flourish in an ever more competitive marketplace.
  • Mobile Enterprise Management – The Pros and Cons of BYOD

    Admin
    24 Mar 2014 | 3:02 pm
    VoIP and Cloud Computing have revolutionized the modern workplace, helping businesses to become leaner and more responsive to their customer’s needs and expectations. The very nature of these services has helped to build a more mobile workforce, able to service clients from anywhere in the field, all while remaining in constant contact with home base. Mobile devices, such as smartphones, tablets, and wi-fi enabled laptops, are at the heart of this new mobility. These internet ready devices have been a boon to businesses, and have been eagerly adopted by the general public. This has led…
 
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  • Moving Your Database To The Cloud Environment

    Pravin Ganore
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:14 pm
    It seems that all organizations are analyzing what can be moved – or should be moved – to the cloud. However, the cloud is clearly not the answer for all; As with any technology, there are advantages and disadvantages. Thus, it is important that all professionals understand how and when the cloud is advantageous for their applications. In the assessment and planning of migrating applications to the cloud process, the databases are usually the most difficult element to understand. Of course the data is the heart of every application, so it is essential to know how databases can…
  • Reasons For Your Company To Invest In Disaster Recovery

    Pravin Ganore
    6 Sep 2014 | 4:33 am
    Interruptions happen… Either for technical failures, human, fraud or natural disasters. What will determine the severity of the problem is how much your company is prepared for this type of occurrence. It is worth mentioning that a good disaster recovery plan involves much more than off-site storage or backup processing. It is essential to put on paper in detail everything that is related to this contingency plan, considering all critical functions and business functions. This document must also include the step by step tested and approved procedures that, when followed, should ensure…
  • Cloud Computing: The Importance of Clouds

    Pravin Ganore
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:36 am
    The expression “Being in the Clouds” brings us comfort and a sense of superiority. Cloud computing – cloud hosting – is moving increasingly to a destination with no return: the consolidation as an essential tool for the future existence of the internet world. According to a report recently published: “The cloud will be more important than the internet”. The perceptions we had about the internet in the 90s were minimal compared to what is available to us today. We believe that same will happen with cloud computing. Cloud computing is already a reality In a…
  • The IT industry operates to a key word: Evolution

    Piyush Somani
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:50 am
    Evolution is transformation of the present into the futuristic. Envisioning the next big thing while keeping an eye on the prevailing mores is what helps the industry grow. Globalisation dynamics, rapid digitisation and evolving customer expectations continue to alter the business world in fundamental ways. A careful review of the IT scenario today reveals certain broad-based trends, which indicate the direction the industry must take in the years to come. A number of these trends have the potential to fundamentally change the manner in which businesses interact with their clients, paving the…
  • SAP (Systems, Applications and Products) for Data Processing

    Pravin Ganore
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:28 am
    First, let us see what is the meaning of the acronym SAP (Systems, Applications and Products) in Data Processing. What is sap? In 1972, in Mannheim, Germany, three engineers had an idea. They wanted to produce a software that becomes standard in the market for integrated business solutions and kicked the small business (with a compressed name) called “System Analysis and Development Program”. Since then, that company is called SAP (Systems, Applications and Products in Data Processing). From the start, SAP was devoted to software for business applications. By working with business…
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  • Home Depot’s Credit Card Breach Can Spell Trouble for Businesses

    Scott Brueggeman
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    Speculation has been growing in recent weeks about a cyber-attack at Home Depot.  Just this week, the home improvement retailer confirmed the worst – hackers breached its computer systems earlier this year and may have stolen millions of customers’ credit and debit card information.  The New York Times estimates the number of hacked card numbers could exceed 60 million. Although the giant retailer is popular among homeowners, a large percentage of its sales are attributed to small business owners.  Drew Reading, an analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence, estimates 40% of Home Depot’s…
  • How Data Center Certifications Help Healthcare Companies with Compliance

    Scott Brueggeman
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    With healthcare organizations transitioning from paper-based to digital records, the resulting explosion of data is causing the industry to face many issues.  IT professionals within these organizations must focus on implementing meaningful technology to improve patient care, data management and cost containment.  At the same time, healthcare companies must keep patient data secure and adhere to strict governmental regulations. How do healthcare companies meet all of these challenges?  The first place to start is with an evaluation of a provider’s data center certifications and data…
  • Building Your Own Data Center is a Costly Choice

    Scott Brueggeman
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Unless you’re the size of Google or Microsoft, you need to think twice about building an in-house data center.  A recent Forbes article entitled “Why, Unless You’re Running with Amazon, Google and Microsoft, You Should Never Build another Data Center,” stated leasing data center space makes better sense from a business and technical perspective. Significant data center resources are required to support the explosion in big data, cloud applications and mobile device use.  But, companies are finding it difficult to keep up with these increasing demands. Should they build more data…
  • Getting Ahead of the Technology Curve: Top Four IT Trends for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs)

    Scott Brueggeman
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:43 am
    Four IT trends facing SMBs today will have a profound impact on an organization’s future. SMB executives need to understand these technology trends and develop strategies now to leverage them. The four top IT trends facing SMBs involve: Big Data Growth Cloud Adoption Mobile Deployment Data Security and Privacy The Data Explosion Organizations are collecting and creating an ever increasing amount of data.  With the resulting information gleaned from big data, decision-makers can adapt strategies to improve both business operations and the customer experience. SMBs generate data from…
  • Tips for Hiring IT Staff in Emerging and Medium-Sized Businesses (EMBs)

    Scott Brueggeman
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:42 pm
    According to the Small Business Administration, emerging and medium-sized businesses (EMBs) [SB1] account for about half the jobs in the private sector and about 55% of all jobs in the country.  Yet, it’s often difficult for EMBs to find quality employees who are well-qualified to do the job and are a good fit with the corporate culture.  Staffing IT positions has been especially challenging for smaller organizations, given the high demand for technical talent in today’s environment. However, the stakes for making a bad hiring decision run high.  Even if the best candidates may be…
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