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CAPEX for IT: Why So Painful?

June 10, 2013 by Paul Barsch

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IT leaders often express dismay at the process involved in not only forecasting for CAPEX needs, but then stepping through arduous internal CAPEX budget approvals. What’s all the fuss with CAPEX, and why is it so difficult to obtain?[read more]

Salesforce Fills Out the "Marketing Cloud"

June 7, 2013 by Michael Fauscette

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Why all the interest in marketing automation software all of a sudden? It's what I'd call the CMO opportunity. The leading enterprise trend today is focused on customer experience (CX), and the CMO is emerging as the key executive in most company's CX strategy.[read more]

Data Analysis Can Transform HR Department Processes

April 10, 2013 by Roman Vladimirov

The benefits of data analysis have become well-documented. What used to be primarily an IT-driven interest has extended into the realm of marketing, sales teams and C-level executives. But there is another department that should be just as mindful of data analytics: human resources.[read more]

Your Phone, Big Data and the Cloud

March 28, 2013 by Ana Andreescu

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Soon enough, thanks to the evolution of big data, the cloud and mobility, mobile devices will have the data they need in order to send the right notifications, just when you need them, ranging from whether a client is nearby to how warm your home is.[read more]

HIPAA in a HITECH World: HIPAA Violations on the Rise

March 25, 2013 by April Sage

Since the HITECH Act, HIPAA complaint traffic geometrically increased. In the last 3 years, there have been over 70,000 HIPAA violation complaints. It’s impossible to enforce every complaint, and we don’t want to. The approach to enforcement needs to be smart and educational.[read more]

Alteryx 8.5 and the Data Artisan: Focusing on the User Experience of the "New Boss"

March 24, 2013 by Tony Cosentino

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At this year's Inspire, Alteryx’s annual user conference, Alteryx CEO Dean Stoecker kicked off the event by talking about the promise of big data, the dissemination of analytics throughout the organization, and the data artisan as the “new boss.”[read more]

Big Data Is More Valuable with Kapow

March 23, 2013 by Mark Smith

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Using information from applications and services across both the enterprise and Internet just got simpler with the release of Kapow Enterprise 9.2. I examined the technology at the Kapow WoW user conference, and spoke with a broad range of companies that use Kapow.[read more]

Create a "Best-of-Breed" ERP Solution within Cloud Community

March 9, 2013 by Ephraim Cohen

It has never been easy to piece together best-of-breed solutions in the On-Premise environment. With this in mind, why should anyone assume that it is easier to integrate different applications and create best-of-breed solutions just because the system now leverages the Cloud?[read more]

SnapLogic: Making Big Data Integration as a Service a Hadoop Reality

March 5, 2013 by Mark Smith

SnapLogic, a provider of data integration in the cloud, last week announced Big Data-as-a-Service to address businesses’ needs to integrate and process data across Hadoop big data environments. I look forward to seeing SnapLogic’s 2013 technology advancements.[read more]

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7 Key Terms for Negotiating Your Cloud Contract

February 28, 2013 by Tom Caper

Although cloud computing may be all about digitization and virtualization of your business data, the contract negotiation required for establishing a working relationship between two parties is still a completely human-based process. Here are 7 key terms to consider.[read more]

Big Data Without Integration Is Broken

February 23, 2013 by Mark Smith

Big data involves interplay between different data management approaches and business intelligence and operational systems. Consider big data integration as part of your business case and project, because it is essential to gaining the most value from your big data investments.[read more]

Moving to the Public Cloud? Do the Math First

February 22, 2013 by Paul Barsch

A manufacturing executive claims that many companies “didn’t do the math” in terms of rushing to outsource key functions to outside suppliers. Are companies making the same mistake in terms of rushing to public cloud computing infrastructures?[read more]

Dear Oracle: Cloud Multitenancy DOES Matter

February 21, 2013 by Alok Misra
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When prominent people, such as Meg Bear of Oracle, make claims that cloud multitenancy doesn't matter, it may either be because they’re old school (and haven’t yet grasped the realities of the cloud), or because they’re just making a self-serving statement. In this case, I'd guess it's the latter.[read more]

When Does Cloud ERP Start Saving Money?

February 19, 2013 by Ephraim Cohen
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Companies that implement a cloud ERP solution are yielding significant and tangible cost reductions. However, to imply that organizations will find implementations to be a joyous and happy time, simply because of “the cloud,” is to set expectations that are nearly impossible to meet.[read more]

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10 Things You're Doing in the Cloud (and May Not Know It) [INFOGRAPHIC]

February 19, 2013 by Andre Bourque

A recent survey conducted by Wakefield Research revealed that most respondents think the cloud is “an actual cloud, the sky, or something related to weather”; 32% think the cloud “is a thing of the future.” So is it? In fact, many of us interact with the cloud on a daily basis, and may not even realize it.[read more]

 

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