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We have all been there. Sitting in a stuffy conference room white-boarding and sharing innovative ideas only to be shut-down by the words, "Our IT environment won't support that."  I remember during my time as an IT manager hearing those words over and over.  We were encouraged to be innovative and to beat our competition by being faster, quicker, cheaper, but every idea met with an insurmountable IT obstacle.  It was, at least, insurmountable from our perspective and pay grade. I see the following weekly: Outdated technology stalls company's growthOutdated technology kills future potentialOutdated technology limits and prevents adjustments to business modelsPast IT investments never achieved predicted ROIs so future investments deniedHow does the CEO make the case for a do-over with his/her IT environment to prevent an extinction event?  It's a hard case to make, but... (more)

Domo Announces Its 2014 Scholarship for Business Management

SILICON SLOPES, UT--(Marketwired - April 24, 2014) - Today, Domo announced the Domo Scholarship for Business Management, a program designed to help the next generation of leaders effectively compete as data's role in business decisions continues to rapidly increase in both practice and importance. Applicants will be asked to complete a survey and write a 200-word essay on how today's businesses can better leverage mobile technologies for competitive advantage. Domo's scholarship program is open to students attending a U.S.-based four-year college or university. To qualify, they m... (more)

Salesforce.com Unveils the Future of Mobile App Support, Launches Salesforce1 Service Cloud SOS

SAN FRANCISCO, April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM), the world's #1 CRM platform (http://www.salesforce.com/), today unveiled the future of mobile app support by launching Salesforce1 Service Cloud SOS. The latest breakthrough innovation for mobile customer service, Service SOS, will revolutionize customer service and support by putting an SOS button, similar to the Amazon Kindle Mayday button, directly inside any mobile app. With new live video support and on-screen guided assistance, companies will be able to deliver instant and personalized customer servic... (more)

Data Scientists Not Required: New Alteryx Release Puts Predictive and Customer Analytics in the Hands of Every Analyst

IRVINE, Calif., April 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Alteryx, the leader in data blending and advanced analytics, today announced Alteryx Analytics 9.0 which puts the power of predictive and customer analytics into the hands of every analyst with the new version of the Alteryx analytics platform released today. With the introduction of easy access to and blending of all major and emerging sources of customer insight – from social sources to marketing automation to emerging customer data stores like Amazon Redshift – Alteryx is empowering deeper business insights that can be achieved wi... (more)

Safeguard Scientifics Announces First Quarter 2014 Financial Results

Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. (NYSE:SFE) today announced first quarter 2014 financial results. For the three months ended March 31, 2014, Safeguard’s net income was $31.3 million, or $1.44 per share, compared to a net loss of $11.9 million, or $0.57 per share for the same period in 2013. “Safeguard continues to create shareholder value through a disciplined execution of our strategic business model,” said Stephen T. Zarrilli, President and CEO at Safeguard. “During the quarter, we led a $17 million Series B financing for InfoBionic, an emerging digital health company headquartered... (more)

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As we enter a new year, it is time to look back over the past year and resolve to improve upon it. In 2014, we will see more service providers resolve to add more personalization in enterprise technology. Below are seven predictions about what will drive this trend toward personalization.
IT organizations face a growing demand for faster innovation and new applications to support emerging opportunities in social, mobile, growth markets, Big Data analytics, mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships, and more. This is great news because it shows that IT continues to be a key stakeholder in delivering business service innovation. However, it also means that IT must deliver new innovation despite flat budgets, while maintaining existing services that grow more complex every day.
Cloud computing is transforming the way businesses think about and leverage technology. As a result, the general understanding of cloud computing has come a long way in a short time. However, there are still many misconceptions about what cloud computing is and what it can do for businesses that adopt this game-changing computing model. In this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan, Rex Wang, Vice President of Product Marketing at Oracle, discusses and dispels some of the common myths about cloud computing that still exist today.
Despite the economy, cloud computing is doing well. Gartner estimates the cloud market will double by 2016 to $206 billion. The time for dabbling in the cloud is over! The 14th International Cloud Expo, co-located with 5th International Big Data Expo and 3rd International SDN Expo, to be held June 10-12, 2014, at the Javits Center in New York City, N.Y. announces that its Call for Papers is now open. Topics include all aspects of providing or using massively scalable IT-related capabilities as a service using Internet technologies (see suggested topics below). Cloud computing helps IT cut infrastructure costs while adding new features and services to grow core businesses. Clouds can help grow margins as costs are cut back but service offerings are expanded. Help plant your flag in the fast-expanding business opportunity that is The Cloud, Big Data and Software-Defined Networking: submit your speaking proposal today!
What do you get when you combine Big Data technologies….like Pig and Hive? A flying pig? No, you get a “Logical Data Warehouse.” In 2012, Infochimps (now CSC) leveraged its early use of stream processing, NoSQLs, and Hadoop to create a design pattern which combined real-time, ad-hoc, and batch analytics. This concept of combining the best-in-breed Big Data technologies will continue to advance across the industry until the entire legacy (and proprietary) data infrastructure stack will be replaced with a new (and open) one.
While unprecedented technological advances have been made in healthcare in areas such as genomics, digital imaging and Health Information Systems, access to this information has been not been easy for both the healthcare provider and the patient themselves. Regulatory compliance and controls, information lock-in in proprietary Electronic Health Record systems and security concerns have made it difficult to share data across health care providers.
Cloud Expo, Inc. has announced today that Vanessa Alvarez has been named conference chair of Cloud Expo® 2014. 14th International Cloud Expo will take place on June 10-12, 2014, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, and 15th International Cloud Expo® will take place on November 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
12th International Cloud Expo, held on June 10–13, 2013 at the Javits Center in New York City, featured four content-packed days with a rich array of sessions about the business and technical value of cloud computing led by exceptional speakers from every sector of the cloud computing ecosystem. The Cloud Expo series is the fastest-growing Enterprise IT event in the past 10 years, devoted to every aspect of delivering massively scalable enterprise IT as a service.
Ulitzer.com announced "the World's 30 most influential Cloud bloggers," who collectively generated more than 24 million Ulitzer page views. Ulitzer's annual "most influential Cloud bloggers" list was announced at Cloud Expo, which drew more delegates than all other Cloud-related events put together worldwide. "The world's 50 most influential Cloud bloggers 2010" list will be announced at the Cloud Expo 2010 East, which will take place April 19-21, 2010, at the Jacob Javitz Convention Center, in New York City, with more than 5,000 expected to attend.
It's a simple fact that the better sales reps understand their prospects' intentions, preferences and pain points during calls, the more business they'll close. Each day, as your prospects interact with websites and social media platforms, their behavioral data profile is expanding. It's now possible to gain unprecedented insight into prospects' content preferences, product needs and budget. We hear a lot about how valuable Big Data is to sales and marketing teams. But data itself is only valuable when it's part of a bigger story, made visible in the right context.
Cloud Expo, Inc. has announced today that Larry Carvalho has been named Tech Chair of Cloud Expo® 2014. 14th International Cloud Expo will take place on June 10-12, 2014, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, and 15th International Cloud Expo® will take place on November 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Everyone talks about a cloud-first or mobile-first strategy. It's the trend du jour, and for good reason as these innovative technologies have revolutionized an industry and made savvy companies a lot of money. But consider for a minute what's emerging with the Age of Context and the Internet of Things. Devices, interfaces, everyday objects are becoming endowed with computing smarts. This is creating an unprecedented focus on the Application Programming Interface (API) as developers seek to connect these devices and interfaces to create new supporting services and hybrids. I call this trend the move toward an API-first business model and strategy.
We live in a world that requires us to compete on our differential use of time and information, yet only a fraction of information workers today have access to the analytical capabilities they need to make better decisions. Now, with the advent of a new generation of embedded business intelligence (BI) platforms, cloud developers are disrupting the world of analytics. They are using these new BI platforms to inject more intelligence into the applications business people use every day. As a result, data-driven decision-making is finally on track to become the rule, not the exception.