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Europe: Software-as-a-Service driving ISV sector growth

6 February, 2016 - 15:21

The annual survey of the top 500 Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) in Europe shows some major changes due to substantial growth in some areas, consolidation and changing market conditions. After a slow rise of 5% in the previous year, it looks like ISV fortunes have turned around strongly in 2015, based on early figures. The latest database report by IT Europa, ISVs in Europe - the top 500, published today shows a shake-up at the top of the list of individual companies, with three newcomers to the top ten. There has also been a big jump in those reporting that they offer Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). In 2016, nearly 90% of ISVs said they offer SaaS, an increase of over 60% from 2014. But it is not all packages and cloud; bespoke software development is also on the rise with just under 60% offering it.

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Ipswitch Survey Reveals IT Teams in a Battle for File Transfer Security

4 February, 2016 - 19:23

LONDON, UK. – February 4, 2016 – Given the increase in threats and vulnerabilities introduced to the market on a daily basis, the process of moving company data securely is critical to the role of IT teams. Today, Ipswitch announced the findings of their new survey that evaluated the current file transfer solutions and policies in place for 555 IT professionals across the globe. The survey found that while IT teams believe secure file transfers are very important to their organizations, they lack the necessary tools to do so.

Key findings included:

  • While 76 percent of IT professionals said that being able to securely transfer and share files internally and externally is very important, 61 percent said that unsecure cloud-file sharing services like Dropbox are being used within their organizations.
  • 32 percent of IT professionals said that they do not have a file transfer policy in place, but 25 percent plan to integrate one. A quarter (25 percent) of IT professionals said that their organizations have file transfer technology policies in place but indicated that enforcement is inconsistent.
  • 21 percent of IT professionals said they may have experienced a data breach or suffered data loss but are not sure. More than a third (38 percent) of IT professionals said their processes to identify and mitigate file transfer risk are not efficient.
  • Less than half (46 percent) of IT professional respondents said that they have a Managed File Transfer (MFT) solution in place.
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Infographic: Your Slow Website Costs You Money

3 February, 2016 - 14:10

John Stevens over at Hosting Facts posted an infographic that the negatives of a slow website are too significant to ignore. Slow website speed have real impacts impacts on customer satisfaction Your Conversions and Advertising revenues can go down steadily without an active formulation of your website speed.

The implosion process is so gradual that your initial assessment revolves around the areas of deficiency in your services or attributing it to a weaker product. Prospects percentage dip and the existing chunk of your customers don’t bring you additional leads.

In such a scenario, customer outreach and feedback becomes all the more important as a visibility in their ordinary website experience can be easily seen.

Not alarmingly, we came across numerous surveys, outlining some startling facts, but coming out with the similar results, which we thought we should essentially share with you. 

John and Hosting Facts has provided an infographic that not just highlights some of the critical facts but also brings to light how inadequately some of our cardinal; however undermined business imperatives are measured. We encourage you to visit his website to find out more.

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Kentico Survey Says: Interest in Smartwatches is on the Rise

2 February, 2016 - 22:05

Over two and half years ago, I wrote that wearables would be the next "disruptive innovation" but acknowledged we're not there yet. Once the right company with the right design comes along, this new market will take off just as fast as when Apple introduced their first iPad. Despite Apple introducing their smartwatch, I still sit on the sidelines waiting for the right wearable to convince me the time to buy one is now. According to the findings from a recent survey unveiled by Kentico, I'm not alone.

 

Categories: Content Management

How To Turn Any Second-rate Content Into A Smarter Campaign Asset

28 January, 2016 - 20:43

When people reuse and recycle things, they are seen as environmental warriors. But when content marketers repurpose content, are they just being lazy? A big NO.

Every single piece of content that we consume online is a product of someone’s genius, creativity, and time. Content creation is not for everyone. Creating content that is relevant and creative remains one of the greatest challenges that marketers face, the Content Marketing Institute said in a study [pdf]. It’s not only about finding the right topic or inspiration, but also finding the time and pulling all resources. A recent survey by TechValidate reported that 43% of content marketing professionals take four to six weeks before their teams or organizations can come up with a content strategy that works.

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Tech for the Hungry: Why Technology is Key for Feeding the World

28 January, 2016 - 18:34

What a great irony it is that we live in a world where there is more than enough food to feed all seven billion people, yet statistics show that 870 million people go hungry every year. One person out of every nine lacks the daily nutritional requirements to “be healthy and lead an active life.” At this point, ending world hunger depends not on getting more food, but on improving technologies that identify where it is needed most, and get it distributed there quickly and efficiently. New technologies are saving impoverished, starving populations especially in eastern, central, and southern Africa. Research shows that half of those in need are in Asia and the Pacific, and another quarter are on the African continent.

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AdaptiveMobile expands product portfolio to secure multi-million user base on mobile messaging applications

26 January, 2016 - 20:14

New RESTful API enables the Company to bring carrier-grade security to messaging applications worldwide

DALLAS, January 26th, 2016 – AdaptiveMobile, the world leader in mobile network security, today launched its Messaging App Security – a new product that enables messaging applications to secure their user base from increasing volume and sophistication of threats.

Messaging applications – such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Viber and Kik – have experienced exponential growth over the past few years and are forecast to see a threefold increase in message traffic, from almost 31 trillion in 2014, to 100 trillion by 2019 globally. As users rapidly turn to mobile messaging applications, criminals are making use of proven techniques to exploit this increasing user base – sending phishing spam, eliciting money from scam messages and hacking devices to obtain personal information – making consumers vulnerable to attack and damaging the brand credibility of messaging applications.

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Zylpha Adds Integration To SharePoint, iManage, Civica And NetDocs

26 January, 2016 - 20:11

Legal systems innovator Zylpha (www.zylpha.com) has added four new software integrations with systems that are frequently used by both legal practices and local authority lawyers. The new integrations, with the company’s widely acclaimed document bundling technology, are for: SharePoint, iManage (formerly Worksite/ Autonomy), local authority solutions from Civica and NetDocs. Further integrations are also being planned for LEAP and an upgrade to the Iken case management connector.

The new additions complement Zylpha’s existing range of successful electronic document bundling connectors. These include: Visualfiles/Solcase from LexisNexis, SOS Connect, TR Envision, Axxia FED, and FileStream.

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Cyber Security Predictions for 2016: Heads Will Roll

21 January, 2016 - 21:15

UK cyber security innovator Glasswall Solutions sees data security rising to the top of the corporate agenda as organizations fail to cope with new threats and regulations

London UK, 21st January 2016: Glasswall Solutions, the acclaimed UK cyber security company, today issued its top five predictions for 2016.

The list covers the five key developments that Glasswall’s team of experts believes will have biggest impact on cyber security over the next 12 months.

“Businesses around the globe now face unprecedented threats from every kind of hacker and cyber criminal,” said Greg Sim, CEO, Glasswall Solutions.

“We believe the next 12 months will see some of the most significant developments in the history of cyber security as powerful new EU regulations loom and enterprises realize their defenses are dangerously unprepared and antiquated. 2016 promises to be an extremely interesting year in which many new opportunities will emerge to boost our collective security – the question is whether businesses around the world will grasp them.”

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Data Warehouse Optimization with Apache Hadoop

21 January, 2016 - 20:54

For the past few years, we have heard a lot about the benefits of augmenting the Enterprise Data Warehouse with Hadoop. The Data Warehouse vendors as well as the Hadoop vendors are showcasing how Hadoop can handle unstructured data while the EDW will continue to remain as the central source in an enterprise.

The Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) is a standard component of a corporate data architecture because it provides valuable business insights and powerful decision analytics for front-line workers, executives, business analysts, data scientists, and software developers. The Enterprise Data Warehouse built using Teradata, Oracle, DB2 or other DBMS is undergoing a revolutionary change. As the sources of data become rich and diverse, storing them in a traditional EDW is not the optimal solution. Big data technologies such as Apache Hadoop excel at managing large volumes of unstructured data and are coming into mainstream use, by integrating with existing legacy Data Warehouse platforms to get the best of both worlds.

Categories: Content Management

Learning Technologies sees further developments from eXact learning solutions

20 January, 2016 - 18:05

The digital learning content management business solutions producer, eXact learning solutions, has announced its presence at the Learning Technologies event. Held in London’s Olympia on 3rd and 4th February 2016, the show, which includes a conference and exhibition, regularly attracts some 7,500 visitors from around the world.

In addition to the company’s presence at the event’s exhibition – on stand D6 – its products will also be involved in a seminar, entitled ‘Beyond rapid authoring’. Taking place on 4th February, in Theatre 1, from 12.30 to 13.00, the free-to-attend seminar will feature Asi DeGani and Richard Brook, from Telefónica UK – a global company which is known in the UK via the O2 brand.

Categories: Content Management

NIIT Technologies Selects NaviSite for Managed Hosting Services

20 January, 2016 - 10:00

NaviSite selected to host London-based airport’s infrastructure

20 January, 2016 LONDON, UK: NaviSite Europe Limited, a Time Warner Cable company, announced today that NIIT Technologies, a global IT solutions organisation, selected NaviSite’s managed hosting services for a major London airport. NIIT Technologies chose NaviSite after a competitive review due to its state-of-the-art data centres and ability to scale.

A recent survey from NaviSite found that the main consideration for 60 per cent of businesses when selecting an external hosting provider is the availability to customise solutions to meet unique customer needs.[1] NaviSite is a premiere managed hosting provider, offering a rich portfolio of enterprise managed hosting solutions designed to optimise critical IT infrastructure performance. With the London-based airport, it means that NaviSite is providing it with scalability to address current and future needs, reduced latency and network points and better application performance.

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NGINX Launches NGINX Plus Release 8

19 January, 2016 - 22:21

NGINX’s Application Delivery Platform Adds New OAuth Authentication and Improved Tools for a More Seamless User Experience

San Francisco – January 19, 2016 – NGINX, Inc., the engine delivering sites and applications for the modern web, today announced the availability of NGINX Plus R8, the latest release of its application delivery platform. The update provides even more features to improve the delivery and operation of complex and high-performance web applications.

This latest update provides an initial release of OAuth-based authentication, the industry standard for authentication and authorisation. OAuth enables Single Sign On capabilities for applications, as well as access controls for APIs. Organisations can use NGINX Plus to offload OAuth processing from applications servers, allowing for more efficient utilisation of infrastructure, as well as developer time.

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NASA Chooses Avere to Launch its Data onto the AWS Cloud

19 January, 2016 - 22:15

Avere FXT Series Edge Filers and Flash Capabilities Vault Space Data onto the AWS Cloud

PITTSBURGH, PA – January 19, 2016 – Avere Systems, a leading provider of enterprise storage for the hybrid cloud, today announced that NASA has selected Avere to help consolidate legacy storage and move many of its datasets to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. Avere will be supporting the Ames Research Center, NASA’s Silicon-Valley field center, which has led NASA in conducting world-class research and development. Breakthrough research conducted at the Ames Research Center includes advancements in supercomputing, NexGen air transportation, missions for low-Earth orbit and the moon, lunar science and advancing human-technology interaction.

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Integrating Hippo CMS with Brightcove online video management system

19 January, 2016 - 22:12

If you are not taking video seriously, you're about to miss out on a major business opportunity. A recent study by Google and Millward Brown Digital suggested that 70% of B2B buyers and researchers are watching videos throughout their path to purchase. That's a 52% jump in only two years. And it's not just light viewing either.

The study found that over 895K hours of top B2B videos were watched in 2014. Nearly half the reasearchers viewed 30 minutes or more of B2B video content during their research process and one in five viewed over over an hour of content. In the B2C space, roughly 6 in 10 adults say they watch videos when they visit a brand website with video content, and 4 in 10 prefer watching a brand video over reading the same information.

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The Most Important Feature To Require In Your Next CMS

18 January, 2016 - 15:59

When it comes to content management systems, these two questions are the ones that I get asked the most:

  • What is the best CMS out there?
  • What features do I need to have in my CMS?

Here on the website, we've tried answering that question through a number of articles we have published over the years. But the best answer is, I don't know until I better understand your business goals and current workflow. But I can tell you with a straight face what is the most important feature your new CMS needs to have.

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Big Data Predictions 2016: The Big Four

15 January, 2016 - 21:02

It's that time of year again; time for technology experts and service providers alike to make their top predictions for 2016. It's no surprise that big data ranks highly yet again, as companies look for new ways to leverage this resource and make sure they've got the right staff for the job. Here are four of the biggest big data predictions for the coming year.

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Cloud Computing is Now Mainstream. What Does That Mean for Your Business?

14 January, 2016 - 20:50

Cloud computing started out as a fledgling tool for businesses, but in recent years, it has grown to be one of the most beneficial and trusted tools in the modern business landscape. Like it or not, cloud computing is now mainstream, used by more businesses and average consumers than ever, and it only means the future of cloud computing will feature even more growth. With the serious effect it’s having on the business world, what does this mean for you?

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5 Things Every Entrepreneur Needs in 2016

12 January, 2016 - 22:31

Amid the release of new data* on American small businesses revealing that that, in November 2015, the economic outlook among U.S. small business owners—down nearly 2 points year-over-year—has finally stabilized after a 6-month decline, there’s cause for entrepreneurs to be optimistic for the year ahead.

Whether or not that outlook begins to uptick not only depends upon how agile, adaptable, creative and resourceful entrepreneurs can be in planning for, or reacting to, market conditions, revenue and brand-building opportunities and other key concerns, but also how well they maintain a forward-thinking mindset.

Towards this end, tomorrow’s smart and successful entrepreneur will have their bases well-covered on these five fronts in particular.

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5 Data Science Skills You Need in 2016

8 January, 2016 - 19:52

Are you cut out for the challenge of being Chief Information Officer? The wide range and difficulty of tasks at the CIO level can instantly become crushing to those who have previously been warehoused in managerial positions. The new generation of CIOs has to deal with customers that want instant access and support, wherever they happen to be. As a data science expert, a CIO needs not only technical skills, but leadership skills as well. In order to make it in 2016, you need to be strategic about your career. You need to be a negotiator of change.

Not everybody has what it takes to be in charge of technology and data science at the executive level. So what data science skills do you need in 2016? The answers may surprise you.

1. Transform yourself and your company

As a member of the executive team in your company, it will be your job to guarantee that customers are taken care of quickly and with top priority. Businesses will have to institute major changes to make this happen in today’s technological world. Doing things the way you've always done isn’t enough anymore. You've got to ask difficult questions. Every choice you make will flow throughout the entire organization.

2. Think like a sales person 

What isolates the innovators from whatever remains of the pack is some critical business sharpness. True experience gives IT experts a more noteworthy comprehension of how innovation influences an organization's primary concern, and in addition a more prominent gratefulness for a wide assortment of regular business challenges. If you want to stay relevant, it’s time to change how you think about your business. Know your product, and know what your customers want.

3. Collaboration

Coordinate groups of staff members from different departments to work together as a group. Be sure you know how each department within your institution works and have at least one contact to call upon if needed. CIOs in top companies spend time fostering relationships across a broad spectrum of industries and people.

4. Build solid technology tactics

Having an idea is important, but having the capacity to transform that idea into an executable methodology is crucial. New IT innovators must realize what tactics will mean at the consumer level and how to lead the seasons of innovative change that originate from remarkable thoughts. They likewise need to figure out how to utilize innovation to create worth both within and outside the company. That could mean adopting new technology like Hadoop Spark or adapting an existing one to fit your organization’s needs. It's not about producing the most recent device to stay relevant in the industry; it's about binding innovation to the end results.

5.  Change your outlook

IT used to center around diminishing expenses and making the company framework more productive. Innovative CIOs in the next generation will move to center around supporting clients and retention of those clients. Data science is an ever changing field and the IT experts need to be adaptable and act quickly.

Can you see yourself in each of these categories? If so, you are ready for a career in data science. The leadership skills you acquire as a CIO will be utilized the rest of your career. Stay in one position long enough to make a meaningful impact to the organization. You are building a culture. Work with other executives in your company to create a culture of principles and standards that are shared by all. You are the glue that holds the all the different departments at all levels of the company together to create a successful product. You will need to have proficiency in many different areas.

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