After years of talking to people inside and outside of my company about the
benefits of cloud computing, I'm truly convinced that the most important
benefit is not cost reduction or the ability to have new servers up and
running in a few minutes. Of course those are great capabilities that a real
cloud computing environment can offer. But the most important benefit of
cloud technology is the ability to move your business to where it has never
been before - and do amazing things you couldn't even consider doing a few
One use case I'm happy to see the market (including large enterprises)
explore more often is the enhanced customer engagement and experience
achieved through a combination of social networks and the cloud. Although
almost everybody understands how powerful this combo can be, very few are
succeeding in unleashing the power of this synergy. Mos... (more)
BMC Software on Tuesday introduced an array of product innovations that take
full advantage of advancements in user experience and crowdsourcing to give
employees complete control of their IT experience via an elegant and
intuitive mobile interface.
The new products - BMC MyIT 2.0, BMC AppZone 2.0 and BMC Remedyforce Winter
'14 - showcase the company's commitment to using mobile, social, and cloud
technologies. BMC believes these technologies, along with automated and
industrialized IT service delivery, are the defining characteristics of the
new IT. As businesses increasingly replace physical products and services
with those delivered digitally - such as banks enabling customers to deposit
a check with a smartphone versus going to a branch - expectations for
improved experiences across the technology landscape have skyrocketed, as
have the pressures put on IT to d... (more)
Maintaining email servers is a full-time job including server maintenance,
filtering spam, blocking viruses, and creating backups. A hosted Exchange
service frees up IT time by putting all of these tasks in the hands of the
Even still, the myths surrounding hosted Exchange persist. Let's knock them
out one at a time to see why Exchange might make sense for you.
Myth #1: Hosted Exchange Is Only for Large Businesses
Because of the time it takes to manage an Exchange server, small businesses
can take the most advantage of a third-party email system. While large
businesses can also use Exchange, small business IT departments have more
tasks to keep the company running. Allowing the host to manage the email
servers takes much of the busy work away from IT personnel, so they can focus
on more internal issues instead of maintaining servers.
Myth #2: Difficult t... (more)
A middle-of-the-road solution between dedicated servers and shared
hosting is a balance that makes a lot of sense for many businesses. Such
a service exists and is called a virtual private server (or VPS). VPS
offers webmasters a way to host their own server, but without the higher
costs and complexities of dedicated servers. Here's more about whether VPS
strikes the right balance for you.
What Is a VPS?
When a website uses shared hosting, it shares memory, hard drive space and
CPU cycles with other sites on the same server. If one site gets hacked,
there is a chance that other sites on the same server can get hacked. If one
webmaster uses up all the server resources, other sites on the same server
suffer. Some web hosts place hundreds of sites on the same server, so each
site is at the mercy of other webmasters.
VPS is a virtual server solution that segments custo... (more)
Since publishing my two free ebooks Cracking the LinkedIn Sales Code and
LinkedIn Sales Secrets Revealed, I get asked tons of question about how to
use LinkedIn best. One of the most contentious issues relates to the use of
Numerous people have written to tell me it's a total waste of time -- that
they never get responses from it. Yet, our 2013 survey results showed that
top sellers used it nearly 4 times more than all other respondents.
And, InsideSales.com reports a 700% increase in response rates when they use
InMail - over sending the exact same message via email. According to them,
it's especially effective with senior executives.
Here are three tips to help you get the best response from LinkedIn Inmail:
1. Message quality is crucial. "Pitch" InMails that hype your products,
services or company never work. Period. So if you're not getting responses,
Poised to bring billions of dollars in value to industries such as health
care, big data is a trend that's here to stay. Big data straddles the IT and
marketing sectors: Not only is it a technological problem — where to put
all of this data? — it is poised to deliver real, actionable boardroom
insights. While the big data trend has skyrocketed, many do not fully
comprehend how to manage data. Despite this uncertainty, there is a growing
consensus that big data is value. Organizations are beginning the
infrastructure investment in systems that enable the large-scale storage and
analysis of data.
The Proliferation of Big Data Through the Enterprise
Data sets too large to be effectively and fully captured, managed, stored
and analyzed using traditional infrastructures are referred to as big data.
Existing data storage systems are not equipped to analyze big data and ar... (more)
Performance is your website’s first impression to visitors. Almost 50% of
users expect a web page to load within two seconds. The move from a shared
server to a dedicated server can alleviate many of a website’s performance
issues and improve overall revenue and user experience.
Shared hosting, by contrast, has hundreds of other websites on the same
server. All bandwidth, server memory, hard drive space and CPU cycles are
shared with other website owners. Database servers are also shared with these
hundreds of other site owners. The result can be a bottleneck at the
Dedicated servers are leased or fully purchased machines completely
controlled by the webmaster. All server resources and databases are dedicated
to the one business. Bandwidth, which plays a major role in how quickly a
page loads, is also dedicated to the server, so no other website traff... (more)
Friday 14 June, 2013
Urban Cloud is an innovative social network that unites people on a platform
designed to promote collaboration. We have focused on five key areas of
Innovative Design – Urban Cloud is the world’s first social media
platform that seamlessly unites social networking and marketing.
Native Advertising – Urban Cloud uses a proprietary algorithm called STAC
(Space, Time, Active, Content) to blend advertising into a user’s social
Validation – Urban Cloud is able to weed out unverified and fake/spam user
accounts, allowing for an enhanced social media experience for advertisers
Positive Reinforcement - Urban Cloud features a unique reward system, through
which a user can accumulate points for interacting with a business. These can
be redeemed for rewards to build brand loyalty and recognise social
influencers all at once.
Networked Insights analyzed consumer conversation from all across the social
web activity during last night's Super Bowl.
It was a massive amount of data to analyze too; there were more than 25
million conversations about Super Bowl XLVIII across Twitter, blogs, and
forums during the Big Game. Viewers talked about everything from the players
to the national anthem to the halftime show performances.
Of course, Networked Insights paid close attention to the brands and
advertisers involved in Super Bowl XLVIII. To find out which ads got viewers
talking, and the reasons why, we used our technology platform -the same
platform that brand marketers and entertainment companies use to gain
strategic insights across audience, content and media-to deliver
Some key points from Super Bowl XLVIII:
Maserati, H&M, and Beats Music were the consumer ad favorit... (more)
AUSTIN, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 06/29/11 -- Dachis Group, the world's leader in
Social Business, announced today the launch of the Social Business Index.
The Social Business Index is the only information service providing ongoing
real-time ranking, analysis, and benchmarking of Social Business adoption and
performance of the world's most connected and engaged companies on hundreds
of key engagement and activity metrics across social platforms globally.
At launch, the Social Business Index measures the social performance of the
world's most engaged companies, their subsidiaries, and their brands by
analyzing hundreds of millions of signals globally from customers, employees,
partners, influencers, and the marketplace in real time across the Social
The Social Business Index, built on top of Dachis Group's Social Business
Intelligence as a Service (SBIaaS)... (more)
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Social Business
Services in the Cloud: Market and Forecast Analysis 2013-2018" report to
Enterprise organizations are challenged with adopting optimized social
business practices while integrating global teams, driving innovation, and
increased productivity. The promise of Social Business Services in the Cloud
is to transform customer information into a competitive advantage through a
combination of insights and real-time customer experience/perceptions.
Actionable information is derived through leveraging Big Data and related
Deployment to date indicate great potential with revenue improvements of 28%
and 108% positive ROI. Despite great opportunities, deployment and
operational challenges remain, including ensuring reliable and secure
infrastructure, secured system, and network ma... (more)