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The Essentials of the Cloud - Free Kit


The Essentials of the Cloud, brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your Cloud related decisions.

The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your Cloud research:
  • Virtualization and Cloud are Changing Enterprise Backup. How Prepared are You?
  • The Forrester Wave: Private Cloud Solutions, Q4 2013
  • Managing Enterprise Workloads in the Cloud
  • Cloud-Based Enterprise Backup


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Beyond Security: Biometric Banking in 2015 and Ahead


Security breaches, fraud, and identity theft threaten banks and their customers. As new technologies emerge and thieves become more sophisticated, banks must update their security practices.

Banks around the world are already adopting biometrics to fortify security. In 2015 and beyond, more of them will use biometrics to exploit business opportunities including entering new markets and offering new or enhanced services.

This white paper presents some of the common implementation challenges banks face and best practices for overcoming those challenges. It also explains how biometrics can improve multichannel banking experiences and streamline internal operations.

You'll discover: 

  • The emerging forces driving the growth of biometric banking
  • Which countries have adopted each type of biometric solution
  • How biometrics can improve mobile, online, in-branch, ATM, and social media banking
  • How individual banks are using biometrics
  • The many ways biometric technologies benefit banks and their customers
  • Global, regional, industry, and implementation challenges
  • Simple best practices that enable smoother rollouts


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Capitalize on ECM and Portal trends with SharePoint


Businesses use SharePoint to enable modern ways of working.  Some build SharePoint portals while others take advantage of SharePoint’s Enterprise Content Management (ECM) capabilities.  Few organizations use SharePoint for both.

Yet, when organizations combine SharePoint’s ECM and portal capabilities, they are able to lower ECM and portal costs, reduce technology complexity and minimize integration issues.

This white paper explains: 

  • 10 portal and ECM trends affecting enterprises;
  • The business and IT benefits of combining SharePoint ECM and portal capabilities;
  • How SharePoint’s WCM can improve the effectiveness of a unified ECM and portal strategy; 
  • What, besides strategy, determines the effectiveness of a combined ECM and portal initiative;
  • The 8 core elements of today’s portals and ECM suites;
  • Why choosing “the right” solution is difficult;
  • Modern SharePoint 2013 features businesses are using to transform their work environments.


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Changing the Speed of Business


Is there a customer-facing business process you want to speed up? Would you like your infrastructure to run better? Take a look at flash-based storage. Learn how an emerging technology, flash storage, is helping business and tech leaders address these issues by making their IT infrastructures more operationally efficient.

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Converged Infrastructure (CI) Orchestra Infographic


Servers, storage, network and management all in tune, on beat and working together. CI offers specific benefits for multiple executive roles in your organization. Learn more.

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Five Ways Application-Specific Converged Infrastructure Sparks Change in the Data Center


While a Converged Infrastructure (CI) allows CIOs to speed implementation and deployment of new services while reducing IT management costs, those benefits may be too nebulous to support a funding request for a complete infrastructure overhaul all at once. Learn how you can still realize the benefits by beginning with application-specific workloads.

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Linux For Dummies, 9th Edition - eBook (usually $22.99) FREE until 12/23!


Written in easy-to-follow, everyday terms, Linux For Dummies 9th Edition gets you started by concentrating on two distributions of Linux that beginners love: the Ubuntu LiveCD distribution and the gOS Linux distribution, which comes pre-installed on Everex computers. The book also covers the full Fedora distribution.

  • Linux is an open-source operating system and a low-cost or free alternative to Microsoft Windows; of numerous distributions of Linux, this book covers Ubuntu Linux, Fedora Core Linux, and gOS Linux, and includes them on the DVD.
  • Install new open source software via Synaptic or RPM package managers
  • Use free software to browse the Web, listen to music, read e-mail, edit photos, and even run Windows in a virtualized environment
  • Get acquainted with the Linux command line

If you want to get a solid foundation in Linux, download this free eBook today.



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Network Security For Dummies -- eBook (usually $22.99) FREE until January 1st!


CNN is reporting that a vicious new virus is wreaking havoc on the world’s computer networks. Somebody’s hacked one of your favorite Web sites and stolen thousands of credit card numbers. The FBI just released a new report on computer crime that’s got you shaking in your boots. The experts will tell you that keeping your network safe from the cyber-wolves howling after your assets is complicated, expensive, and best left to them. But the truth is, anybody with a working knowledge of networks and computers can do just about everything necessary to defend their network against most security threats.

Whether your network consists of one computer with a high-speed Internet connection or hundreds of workstations distributed across dozens of locations, you’ll find what you need to confidently:

  • Identify your network’s security weaknesses
  • Install an intrusion detection system
  • Use simple, economical techniques to secure your data
  • Defend against viruses
  • Keep hackers at bay
  • Plug security holes in individual applications
  • Build a secure network from scratch


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Securing Business Information in the Cloud


Give employees the ability to securely share documents within your organization or with partners or clinicians outside while being HIPAA compliant.

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Why Enterprises are Delaying Microsoft Office 365 Adoption


Microsoft Office 365 offers lots of great features such as security, reliability, Microsoft Office 365 apps, and SharePoint Online. Yet, large enterprises are postponing their adoption of it.

Small and medium-sized businesses can take full advantage of Office 365’s cloud architecture without worrying about the complicated integration and migration issues larger enterprises face. In large enterprises, the risks of moving to Office 365 increase significantly when the many differences between Office 365 and the existing systems have not been considered.

This white paper explains some of the significant challenges large enterprises face when integrating with or migrating to Office 365. It also explains options and alternatives that allow organizations to align their approach with the needs of the business today.

You will discover... 

  • The top five enterprise adoption challenges
  • Important infrastructural considerations
  • Common migration issues
  • How governance and compliance may be affected
  • Administrative control limitations
  • The advantages and disadvantages of a hybrid strategy
  • What large enterprises can do to ensure success now and in the future


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10 Simple Windows Tricks You're Missing Out On


We probably all use our computers every day, but do you really know everything about them? There might be many simple and helpful tricks that you’re not aware of.

There’s much more to Windows than first meets the eye – you can be a power user for years and still not realize the full potential of the operating system.

Download this guide to find out about some Windows features that aren’t highly advertised and which can help you be more productive.



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9 Lethal Linux Commands You Should Never Run


Linux can be a double-edged sword. It assumes that you know what you’re doing and gives you the freedom to do whatever you want. It won’t question you. This is convenient when you actually know what you’re doing, but it also means that you could conceivably render your system unusable within seconds.

Whether you’re a Linux newbie or veteran, you should never run a command unless you know exactly what it does. Here are some of the deadliest Linux commands that you’ll, for the most part, want to avoid.



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Application Virtualization: A CIO's Secret Weapon


Complex migrations and conflicts between applications are just two of the issues that make workstation management so difficult. Application virtualization can ease or eliminate these and other problems. In this paper, Best Practices International explains the benefits of application virtualization in detail and describes how to select a quality solution. Also covered in this white paper:
  • The major challenges of virtualization
  • Different approaches to virtualization
  • Advantages of virtualization


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Forrester Research: Beware Of the 'SaaS' Trap


These solutions inevitably fail to live up to customer expectations for agility, standardisation and efficiency. Technology buyers should know what differentiates SaaS from other on-demand models cloud-washed with the SaaS term. Download this Forrester Research report.

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How TCO Benefits Make Cloud Computing a No-Brainer for Many SMBs and Mid-Market Enterprises


Cloud computing eliminates the need for individual companies to buy, deploy and maintain IT infrastructure or application software. In the cloud computing model (also known as software-as-a-service, or SaaS), the vendor takes responsibility for deploying and managing the infrastructure (servers, operating system software, databases, data center space, network access, power and cooling, etc.) and processes (infrastructure patches/upgrades, application patches/upgrades, backups, etc.) required to run and manage the full solution. Because cloud vendors manage all of their customers on a single instance of the software, they can amortize infrastructure-related costs over thousands of customers. This results in substantial economies of scale and skill, reducing the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for customers who deploy business management solutions.

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Quantum Computers: The End of Cryptography?


Companies like Google and Microsoft, as well as government agencies like the NSA have all been feverishly pursuing quantum computers for years now. It doesn’t seem unreasonable to say that breakthroughs might occur that will allow the first large-scale quantum computer to be built within a decade. So why all the interest?  Why should you care? Computers get faster all the time – what’s so special about quantum computers?

In order to explain why these machines are so important, we’re going to have to take a step back and explore exactly what quantum computers are, and why they work.  Download this guide and get started right away.



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7 Business Benefits of Moving from an On-premise PBX to a Cloud Phone System


The Cloud offers software based solutions for everything from music to CRM and RingCentral has created a cloud-based communications solution. Explore 7 of the key virtues of this modernized solution to collaboration, which includes multiple location unity across your company, flexibility with your growth, simplified infrastructure and management, easily connecting mobile workforces and remote employees and more.

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Forrester Total Economic Impact Study of RingCentral


A composite organization of 600 employees is studied with compelling results in favor of the cloud for savings and benefits. Interviews with actual customers from real estate, integrated marketing consultancy, marketing services and commercial shipping asset lessors that supply provocative insights into enhanced productivity, the evolution of mobile working and simplified system management.

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Managing Communications for the World of BYOD: Deploying the Right Technology for Today's Mobile World


Frost & Sullivan research shows that a growing number of employees are using their personal mobile devices for business purposes, with or without approval or support by IT or management. This can be a boon to the organization, but it is also a risk; Frost & Sullivan recommends that companies leverage the BYOD trend by extending corporate communications to their employees' mobile devices.

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Predictions 2014: Enterprise Telecoms and Mobility Services Sourcing


Learn what insights and action plans top executives are taking to prepare their organization for change by downloading the Forrester Research Report.

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The Global BYOD Management Services Ecosystem


Enterprises with distributed operations and a large or fast-growing population of information workers (iWorkers) need to accelerate their readiness for the “untethered” workplace. In an increasingly mobile world, these companies need to lighten IT's control over technologies — including personal mobile devices — that iWorkers will expect to use as part of their everyday work lives.

To do this, companies will need to dramatically change how mobile devices, connectivity services, and applications are provisioned and paid for. The growing urgency to adapt to and optimize mobility opportunities is pushing sourcing decision-makers to take a closer look at how third-party management services might help their organization support mobile Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) initiatives.

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An Introduction to Enterprise File Sync and Share (EFSS)


In corporations today there is a growing need to share files with co-workers, clients, and partners.  In all cases it is important for everyone to be able to access the most up-to-date version of a document.

The old method of emailing files to yourself or copying them onto a flash drive or CD doesn’t meet today’s standards and requirements for ease of use, simplicity, and security.

Any online solution that lets you share your information easily needs to be carefully vetted to ensure they meet the security requirements you have for documents that contain trade secrets, financial data, medical records, or other private and confidential information.

The “E” in EFSS focuses on additional considerations which corporations, non-profits, government entities, and other organizations require – namely the level of protection, insight, control, and integration with enterprise systems that must exist to satisfy the business user, who has different requirements than a general consumer.



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How To Replace FTP and Increase File Transfer Efficiency by 98% With Biscom Secure File Transfer -- A Customer Success Story


The increase in people sharing data and files, combined with size and security limitations of email and FTP, has forced organizations to seek solutions for sending large and confidential files while complying with a multitude of compliance and regulatory requirements. Biscom Secure File Transfer (SFT), a secure and managed file-transfer solution, handles file transfers easily and tracks all transactions. With its simple user interface, extensive reporting and auditing capabilities, and robust encryption and security technologies, SFT helps organizations meet their most challenging file delivery and collaboration needs.



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Managing Enterprise Workloads in the Cloud


Also, with an assessment of IBM's cloud managed services value proposition.

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Under Cloud Cover: How Leaders Are Accelerating Competitive Differentiation


But business leaders disagree. One out of five organizations has discovered a secret source of competitive differentiation. This global study conducted by the IBM Center of Applied Insights examines this evolution and how you can gain competitive advantage through cloud.

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The Essentials of Virtualization - Free Kit


The Essentials of Virtualization, brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your Virtualization related decisions.

The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your Virtualization research:
  • Cloud-Based Enterprise Backup
  • Virtualization and Cloud are Changing Enterprise Backup. How Prepared are You?
  • Ovum Decision Matrix: Selecting a Virtualization and Cloud Management Solution, 201314
  • Under Cloud Cover: How Leaders Are Accelerating Competitive Differentiation


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The Essentials of Information Security Kit: Includes a Free PC Security Handbook - 2nd Edition eBook


The Essentials of Information Security brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your Information Security related decisions.

The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your Information Security research:
  • PC Security Handbook - 2nd Edition
  • Defending Against Network Based DDoS Attacks
  • Service & Security Agility Strategies for SDN & NFV Networks
  • Three Ways Companies Can Avoid DDoS Attacks


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The Essentials of Online Marketing - Free Kit


The Essentials of Online Marketing, brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your Online Marketing related decisions.

The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your Online Marketing research:
  • Industry Report: 2014 Global Email Survey
  • Biggest Changes in iOS 8 for App Marketers
  • From Average to Elite: 7 Secrets of Today's Top Marketers
  • The Merry Marketer -- Content Marketing


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Grnde zur Vergabe einer vereinheitlichten Identitt an Insider


Auf der Liste der acht bedeutendsten Bedrohungen in Sachen Internetsicherheit für das Jahr 2013 führt Forbes interne Bedrohungen unter Beachtung interner Angriffe auf Basis des Schadens, den privilegierte Benutzer verursachen, sowie die Art von Daten, zu denen diese Zugang haben, auf Platz 3 “der Verheerendsten” an. Es ist von äußerster Wichtigkeit, dass Führungskräfte und IT-Richtlinienbeauftragte die Gefahr böswilliger Insider, eine gestiegene Angriffsober?äche und das Potenzial für durch Angestellte verursachte Fehler durch Bedrohungen oder Fahrlässigkeit erkennen und bestätigen.

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Une pratique d'Identit unifie pour les environnements de centre de donnes, Cloud et Mobile


Et le rush pour déployer les applications SaaS ainsi que l'explosion des smartphones, tablettes numériques et autres périphériques que les utilisateurs se mettent à utiliser sur leurs lieux de travail pour des raisons de productivité personnelle. De cette fracturation de l'environnement des identités résulte d'importants défis en matière de gestion pour l'informatique, ainsi que de la frustration et une baisse de la productivité pour les utilisateurs forcés de se souvenir de plusieurs noms d'utilisateur et des mots de passe.

Une architecture d'identité unifié vous garantit de pouvoir capitaliser sur votre infrastructure Active Directory de manière sécurisée afin de pouvoir rapidement mettre vos serveurs (UNIX, Linux et Windows), applications (sur site, SaaS et mobiles) et postes de travail (Mac et périphériques mobiles) en ligne avec de meilleures pratiques en matière de sécurité et de conformité. Ce document donnera des exemples concrets sur la façon dont Centrify permet d'unifier la gestion des identités sur des plates-formes hétérogènes, notamment le centre de données, cloud et mobile.

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Zentrales Identitts-Management mit minimalem Aufwand


In unserem Director's Brief erfahren Sie, wie Anwender mithilfe einheitlicher Identitätsmanagement-Systeme mit einem einzigen Login auf alle Applikationen zugreifen können und dem IT-Administrator die zentrale Verwaltung aller Accounts ermöglicht wird.

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Proven Practices for Securing Your Website Against DDoS Attacks


Join subject matter experts Kevin Beaver, author of Hacking For Dummies and Andrew Sullivan, Director of Architecture at Dyn, for a discussion on vulnerabilities of web environments and why simply jumping on the cloud provider bandwagon won’t prevent DDoS attacks. Watch it now on-demand!



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Think Outside the Box: WEBINAR


Is Box really as good for business as claimed?

Box is aggressively trying to convince businesses that their consumer file sharing platform now contains the credentials necessary for enterprise-grade file sharing and collaboration.

Watch this on-demand event and discover how some things just don't hold up for business users and IT.

We’ll explore the crucial differences that count the most while comparing Soonr Workplace with Box (and other file sharing products), including:

  • Sync that actually works
  • Intuitive mobile interface
  • Hybrid platform for selective cloud exposure
  • Built-in MDM for selective content wiping
  • Easy for IT, easy for Users.

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Three Ways Companies Can Avoid DDoS Attacks


In this 15-minute webinar, Dyn Principal Architect Andrew Sullivan gives a quick-hit overview of DDoS attacks and three tips on how companies can help plan ahead before getting hit.



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The New Model for Safety Success


Master Lock's Field iD helps businesses streamline their safety compliance, inspection and Lock Out Tag Out processes with easy-to-use mobile software.



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The Essentials of IT Security - Free Kit


The Essentials of IT Security, brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your IT Security related decisions.

The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your IT Security research:
  • Service & Security Agility Strategies for SDN & NFV Networks
  • Mitigating Security Risks at the Network's Edge
  • Three Ways Companies Can Avoid DDoS Attacks
  • DDoS Report: The Escalating Threat of DDoS Attacks


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Live Video Assistance: Combining In-Person Service Levels with Digital Convenience in the Travel Industry


Travel know-how and desires are unique to individuals and a traveler's online booking options are limitless. To turn travel browsers into buyers, an online business operating in the travel industry needs to provide an exceptional customer experience. Incorporating live video assistance into your Web strategy is the best way travel companies can provide customized support for a distinctive and often complex purchase.

Discover the latest report from Vee24 Live Video Assistance: Combining In-Person Service Levels with Digital Convenience in the Travel Industry to discover how best in class online travel services are using live video to:

  • Deliver the personal experience previously only available from an in-person travel agent.
  • Connect with customers over any web browser or through mobile apps, using voice, video, text, and co-browsing.
  • Increase sales conversion rates and average order values (AOV), while improving customer satisfaction and loyalty.


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Let's Talk Symbology: A Guide to Decoding Barcodes


We can hardly imagine a world without barcodes. Available in various guises, barcodes continue to benefit industries that manufacture, buy, sell and distribute products. They help collect data faster and more reliably, improve decision making, eliminate the possibility of human error, reduce employee training time and track products throughout their lifecycle. They are also extremely versatile, inexpensive to design and print and ultimately reduce costs.

Quite simply they have changed the way businesses work across the globe.  Download this white paper to learn more.



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VELUX case study: A clear strategy for Big Data & Analytics


As organisations within the Nordics look to monetize their data strategies, VELUX are one of the companies fully embracing Big Data. Here, Reinhardt, Head of Global Business Intelligence at Velux speaks with PEX Network about the company’s thoughtful approach to rolling out their data strategy. Download the full interview now.



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5 ways to protect your company from phone and internet fraud


As a telecoms operator, in order to protect your company against fraudulent attacks, your company needs to make the shift from trying to fix problems after they happen, to focusing on assessing risks ahead of time and implementing the appropriate preventative methods. But how can you prevent these? Find out in the following article...



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6 Steps to an Effective Performance Monitoring Strategy


Whether you're looking to improve your application and service delivery, consolidate existing performance monitoring tools and responsibilities or justify the impact of a new technology deployment, the six steps described in this white paper can help you create the fundamental building blocks of an effective performance monitoring strategy.

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Complete Network Infrastructure Monitoring Solution: Free Trial!


Introducing SevOne, your new infrastructure monitoring platform. SevOne monitors your entire infrastructure, including networks, applications, and systems. It includes support for SNMP, NetFlow, IP SLA, JMX, NBAR, WMI, VoIP, vCenter, and more, all without additional SevOne agents or plugins. SevOne counts in its current customer list seven of the thirteen largest global investment banks, two of the four largest pharmaceutical companies, two of the four largest software companies, and a number of the largest cable and telecommunications operators in the world.

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Top 3 Impacts of Monitoring Software Defined Networks


Software Defined Networking. SDN. It's difficult to find a bigger buzzword in the industry today.

By architecturally separating the control plane (the brains in a network device), from the forwarding plane (the muscle moving packets around), the networking industry is looking to help IT personnel build networks capable of being configured and reconfigured instantaneously for increased business agility.

Different vendors are bringing varied strategies to how SDN-based infrastructures are deployed. These differences can be confusing. However, a recent study by Infonetics Research shows that 87% of enterprises in North America intend to have SDN live in their infrastructures by 2016. With the level of adoption forecasted, no matter the technologies or vendors in your SDN stack of choice, or whether the resources are on premise or in public clouds, now is the time to start thinking about how the shift to SDN can impact the day-to-day performance monitoring of your infrastructure.

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The Outside-in Approach to Order Fulfillment: Providing a Seamless Customer Experience


Read this Aberdeen eBook to learn where ERP systems fail, best practices for cross-channel order fulfillment, and potential improvements in revenue and profit margins.

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The Essentials of ERP - Free Kit


The Essentials of ERP, brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your ERP related decisions.

The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your ERP research:
  • To ERP or Not to ERP in the Mid-Market: Simplifying an Important Decision
  • The 4 Blind Spots of ERP
  • Understanding ERP Deployment Choices
  • Top 10 ERP Vendors 2015


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Banking IT Systems Management: Challenges and Solutions


Banking systems need to be readily available and productive, yet secure and protected from data-breach. The risks of irregular maintenance and non-compliance of IT and security policies can cost the organization much in terms of fines, lost opportunities and a damaged reputation. With such a serious and complex challenge, employing an efficient and comprehensive solution is paramount to minimize risk and instill confidence in the organization's ability to fulfill on its compliance requirements.

Download this white paper to learn:
  • The most common IT systems management challenges facing banks today, and how to solve them
  • How to maintain systems without effecting user productivity
  • How to audit your systems in minutes, rather than months


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Your Unofficial Raspberry Pi Manual


You’ve surely heard of the Raspberry Pi: the palm-sized computer with enough power to run servers or media centres complete with retro gaming.  Rasberry Pi has the connectivity to control security systems and enthusiast projects; and with the software tools to encourage the teaching and understanding of programming. Since its launch in 2012 the Raspberry Pi has exceeded expectations, becoming a must-have piece of computer hardware for enthusiasts and tech-heads. For a small project developed to be sold to schools and colleges to teach programming principles, that’s not bad. It’s also just the tip of the iceberg. In this guide you’ll find everything you need to know about the Raspberry Pi computer, its background, purpose, system specs, the software it runs and the amazing things it is capable of.



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Don't Let Your Business Get Buried Under Digital Debris


It's simply digital detritus, retained because 1) we think we might need it sometime, 2) we forget about it, or 3) we don't have policies and software in place to get rid of it. Ultimately, though, this unnecessary accumulation of content can create real problems in terms of e-discovery, regulation, management and cost.

Watch this video white paper to learn more about:
  • How to get started on an information management strategy
  • The right combination of software and policy for successful information governance
  • The business case for proactive management of an organization's digital footprint


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iPad CTO Kit - including the iPad Tips and Tricks Guide for IT Executives and Managers


The iPad CTO Kit brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your IT Management related decisions.

The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your IT Management research:
  • iPad Tips and Tricks - A Guide for Executives and Managers
  • The ABCs of Mobile Device Management
  • Mobile Login Best Practices
  • The Case for Mobile Security Management


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Advancing Information Security and Privacy: The Key Steps in Applying the ISO 27k Framework


The medical device industry is ever changing and evolving, especially in recent years with adjustments to regulations and the implementation of new standards. In this exclusive interview Patrick Reichmann, Quality Assurance & Regulatory Affairs Manager at Agfa HealthCare, speaks to Pharma IQ about the main challenges being faced by companies in regulatory affairs and what he thinks will be the major trends in the regulatory side of medical device software in the next couple of years. 



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6 Questions For a Prospective Cloud Service Provider


In order to remain competitive in today’s global marketplace, organizations must constantly improve customer service, reduce IT overhead, and increase efficiency—frequently with fewer resources than ever before. This may seem like an impossible feat, but the advent of UCaaS (Unified Communications as a Service) has enabled many IT departments to be viewed as business drivers rather than cost centers.

Companies looking to take advantage of a cloud UC strategy need to consider the move from a myriad of business perspectives. “How will Provider X’s solution serve specific departmental needs as well as the requirements of the organization as a whole?” “Will Provider Y be able to better equip us with the required tools to streamline processes and increase collaboration?”

Here are six questions to ask any potential UCaaS provider before making a decision. 



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7 Ways European Utilities Companies are Converting Big Data into Business Value


Advanced computing power is allowing utilities to process growing volume of data come from a wide variety of sources such as smart meters, outage management systems, customer data and social media, customer feedback, market data, grid equipment, etc. And the volume and variety is only set to intensify over the coming years. The challenge is converting that data into business value, with almost one half of the same survey respondents responding that they do not “maximize the value of data they collect.”



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The 6 Competencies to Look for in a Data Scientist


As the amount of data being generated has exploded and the cost of processing it decreased, the role of the data scientist has been elevated to one of the “sexiest” jobs of the 21st century. These technical and statistical wizards are being snapped up by global companies hungry for new insights into their markets, customers, and business operations to get a data-driven edge on their competition.

But if you’re trying to hire one of these data-taming, insight generating people what skills and capabilities should you be on the look out for?

This ebook looks at the 6 core competencies – including a mix of “hard” (i.e. technical), “soft”, and business related skills - you should look for in a data scientist.



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The Mobile Strategy Video Series The Impact of Mobile on Business and IT


Among the topics discussed in this video:
  • Top use cases for mobile apps
  • Criteria for choosing a mobile platform
  • The importance of rich APIs for mobile development
  • Back-office integration issues
  • Best practices for managing identity in the mobile environment
  • The pros and cons of building apps in-house or at an agency


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Learn From the Best: How Customer Understanding and Analytics Grow Revenue and Deepen Loyalty


Read this eBook and discover how 10 leading companies are gaining deeper insight into their customers, enabling them to provide personalized experiences that engage customers across channels, increase conversions and drive revenue. Find out how they've harnessed the power of customer understanding and analytics to drive business results.

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Bricks Versus Straw Taming the Big (Data) Bad Wolf


Yet Hadoop, like many big data solutions (and that proverbial house of straw, so easily blown down by the big bad wolf), has its limitations. What businesses really need is a platform that integrates a variety of data sources, regardless of the volume or the speed at which the data streams in.

Watch this Webcast to learn more about:
  • Why a robust data integration platform should absolutely be part of your big data solution
  • The limitations of Hadoop for data integration and how a holistic approach to data integration and management can better support big data projects
  • How IBM technologies provide a platform of bricks to keep big data from becoming the big (data) bad wolf


5 Advantages of Mobile for Customer Service


Companies who use a customer engagement platform enable every employee across the organization to engage with each other and its customers like never before. Mobile connects your field service reps to your contact center, your managers to the data they need to make decisions, and your department to the rest of the company. So how does mobile technology really impact a customer service department?

Download this eBook to learn more!

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How To Use Your iPhone iOS5: Lesson 1 Beginner


The iPhone is a revolutionary device thanks to its user-friendly interface and sleek minimalist design -- but that doesn’t mean it’s always straightforward.  Many of the iPhone’s advanced or lesser-used features are hidden away and Apple doesn’t always do the greatest job of filling you in. This beginner guide hopes to help point these features out (also available for iOS6). This version of the Beginner guide is intended for iOS5 users. If your phone is up-to-date, read MakeUseOf’s iOS6 version instead.



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How To Use Your iPhone iOS5: Lesson 2 Intermediate


The iPhone is a revolutionary device thanks to its user-friendly interface and sleek minimalist design -- but that doesn’t mean it’s always straightforward.  Many of the iPhone’s advanced or lesser-used features are hidden away and Apple doesn’t always do the greatest job of filling you in. This intermediate guide hopes to help point these features out, and is follow-up to MakeUseOf’s Beginner iPhone guide (also available for iOS6). This version of the Intermediate guide is intended for iOS5 users. If your phone is up-to-date, read MakeUseOf’s  iOS6 version instead.



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How To Use Your iPhone iOS5: Lesson 3 Advanced


The iPhone is a revolutionary device thanks to its user-friendly interface and sleek minimalist design -- but that doesn’t mean it’s always straightforward.Many of the iPhone’s advanced or lesser-used features are hidden away and Apple doesn’t always do the greatest job of filling you in. This advanced guide hopes to help point these features out, and is follow-up to MakeUseOf’s Intermediate iPhone guide (also available for iOS6). This version of the Advanced guide is intended for iOS5 users. If your phone is up-to-date, read MakeUseOf’s  iOS6 version instead.



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How To Use Your iPhone iOS6: Lesson 1 Beginner


The iPhone is a revolutionary device thanks to its user-friendly interface and sleek minimalist design -- but that doesn’t mean it’s always straightforward.  Many of the iPhone’s advanced or lesser-used features are hidden away and Apple doesn’t always do the greatest job of filling you in. This beginner guide hopes to help point these features out (also available for iOS5). This version of the Beginner guide is intended for iOS6 users. If your phone is not up-to-date, read MakeUseOf’s iOS5 version instead.



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How To Use Your iPhone iOS6: Lesson 2 Intermediate


The iPhone is a revolutionary device thanks to its user-friendly interface and sleek minimalist design -- but that doesn’t mean it’s always straightforward.  Many of the iPhone’s advanced or lesser-used features are hidden away and Apple doesn’t always do the greatest job of filling you in. This intermediate guide hopes to help point these features out, and is follow-up to MakeUseOf’s Beginner iPhone guide (also available for iOS5). This version of the Intermediate guide is intended for iOS6 users. If your phone is not up-to-date, read MakeUseOf’s iOS5 version instead.



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How To Use Your iPhone iOS6: Lesson 3 Advanced


The iPhone is a revolutionary device thanks to its user-friendly interface and sleek minimalist design -- but that doesn’t mean it’s always straightforward.  Many of the iPhone’s advanced or lesser-used features are hidden away and Apple doesn’t always do the greatest job of filling you in. This advanced guide hopes to help point these features out, and is follow-up to MakeUseOf’s Intermediate iPhone guide (also available for iOS5). This version of the Advanced guide is intended for iOS6 users. If your phone is not up-to-date, read MakeUseOf’s iOS5 version instead.



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Best Android Browser: Chrome vs. Firefox vs. Opera vs. Dolphin


Still using the stock Android browser? You’re missing out. Android users can choose from a plethora of browsers, bringing a richer mobile Web experience to your smartphone or tablet. We considered Android’s top third-party browsers, Firefox and Opera, along with relative underdog Dolphin, then tested and compared them to Chrome to see which one deserves to be the default choice on your smartphone.

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Best Windows 8.1 Browser: Chrome vs. Firefox vs. Internet Explorer


When it comes to Web browsing on your Windows 8 tablet, chances are you’ve already picked your favorite browser for the job. But you might be missing out. The best browsers can enhance your surfing experience with fast speeds, comprehensive standards support and intuitive navigation. We put the three leading browsers for Windows 8′s “Metro” mode — Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer — to the test to see which one will serve you best.

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How to Use Your iPad as Your Only PC


Sometimes carrying your 1-pound iPad is just more convenient than toting around a 4-5-pound notebook. For many folks, your iPad can fulfill most of your laptop’s duties. If you’re the type that primarily uses your computer to browse the Web, work in word-processing programs or lightly edit photos, you may be able to ditch your laptop entirely. Here are a few tips and tricks to show you that your iPad could be the only PC you need.

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iOS 7.1: How to Upgrade Your iPhone and iPad Now


You’ll definitely want to upgrade your iPhone and iPad as soon as possible, because with this update comes a whole host of tweaks and improvements.

Among the most talked about improvement is CarPlay, previously known as iOS in the Car. With iOS 7.1 your iPhone will support in-car calling, music, maps and messaging through Siri. Apple’s digital assistant also will get more natural sounding voices for U.K. English, Australian English, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese. Other new features include:

  • iTunes Radio now gets the ability to buy albums from the Now Playing list
  • TouchID gets a better biometric reader for improved fingerprint recognition
  • Camera will now include a setting that enables HDR mode for iPhone 5s owners
  • FaceTime call notifications are now automatically cleared when you answer a call on a different device
  • Calendar gets back list view in the month view, and adds country specific holidays for various locations
  • Better accessibility options that allow the use of a bolder font, darker keyboard and app icons, plus reduce motion options for the parallax motion feature now applies to weather, messages and multitasking user interface animations

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3G/4G Digital Signage Guide


Combined with cloud-enabled network management and content delivery systems, 3G and 4G wireless broadband networks are propelling digital signage deployments at an accelerated pace. In countless venues, digital signage networked via wireless broadband cellular signal penetrates hard-to-reach locations and new markets, and can achieve a faster return on investment.

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Vehicles Best Practices Installation Guide


Power in automotive systems is not stable and is often subject to fluctuations and noise. Proper installation of the power conditioning devices in relation to the hardware you are trying to protect is important. With the Vehicle Best Practices Installation Guide you will learn the background on the problems and solutions as well as guidance for the installation of in-vehicle networks as well as guidance to overcome these obstacles.

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Creating Mobile Apps with jQuery Mobile--Free 30 Page Excerpt


The development focuses on creating a framework compatible with a wide variety of smartphones and tablet computers made necessary by the growing but heterogeneous tablet and smartphone market. The jQuery Mobile framework is compatible with other mobile app frameworks and platforms such as PhoneGap, Worklight, and more.

Creating Mobile Apps with jQuery Mobile reflects the author’s years of experience and exposes every hidden secret which will ease your mobile app development. With just a smattering of design and user experience thrown in, going through this book will allow you to confidently say, “yes, I can do that.”

We’ll start out with effective mobile prototyping and then move directly to the core of what every one of your mobile sites will need. Then, we’ll move on to the fancy stuff.

After creating some basic business templates and a universal JavaScript, we will move into the more interesting side of mobile development but we always try to keep an eye on progressive enhancement. jQuery Mobile is all about reaching everyone. So is this book.

"Creating Mobile Apps with jQuery Mobile" will take your basic mobile knowledge and help you make versatile, unique sites quickly and easily.

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jQuery Hotshot -- Free 32 Page Excerpt


It has become the standard tool for web developers and designers to add dynamic, interactive elements to their sites, smoothing out browser inconsistencies and reducing costly development time.

jQuery Hotshot walks you step by step through 10 projects designed to familiarise you with the jQuery library and related technologies. Each project focuses on a particular subject or section of the API, but also looks at something related, like jQuery's official templates, or an HTML5 feature like localStorage. Build your knowledge of jQuery and related technologies.

Learn a large swathe of the API, up to and including jQuery 1.9, by completing the ten individual projects covered in the book.

Some of the projects that we'll work through over the course of this book include a drag-and-drop puzzle game, a browser extension, a multi-file drag-and-drop uploader, an infinite scroller, a sortable table, and a heat map.

Learn which jQuery methods and techniques to use in which situations with jQuery Hotshots.

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Extending Traditional Security to VDI


Organizations have adopted Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) due to benefits such as increasing overall utilization, reducing management costs, and enhancing security. VDI also supports consumerization and Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) strategies, as endpoint users can access applications and data on their desktops using any mobile device, resulting in better productivity. However, extending traditional security to virtualized environments opens up networks to a plethora of security challenges and threats that can lead to business disruption or, worse, data leakage.

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Explore How Paul VI Catholic High School Benefited From Fujitsu's Devices and Software


Paul VI Catholic School wanted to develop a laptop program that would equip its students and teachers with the right tools to increase classroom learning, prepare their students for college, and to develop the 21st Century skillsets required by today's employers.

Following a comprehensive selection process, the school chose to provide 1,000 students, and 75 teachers with the Fujitsu LIFEBOOK T732/4 laptop. The school also chose DyKnow's teaching & learning software as part of the overall strategy.

The benefits:
  • Teachers now use the devices, combined with DyKnow software, to provide an engaging, immersive learning experience
  • The Fujitsu LIFEBOOK T732 Laptop, and now the most recent T734 model, is giving students the flexibility to have all their computing needs covered for 4 years in one device
  • By supplying almost half of set textbooks in e-book format, students' families are now saving approximately 50 percent on costs
  • The school's transformation to a more student-centered educational program puts Paul VI at the forefront of the private school educational sector and positions it well in the highly competitive Fairfax County Public School system


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Make It Modern, Make it Mobile: How to Bring Innovation to Enterprise Systems


These systems don't have the modern interfaces needed to integrate with new and emerging mobile, web, and cloud technologies.

Legacy system replacement has proven to be expensive, time-consuming, and often unsuccessful.

Learn why companies are now trending towards rapidly developed, lightweight mobile and web applications that tie into heavier enterprise transaction environments.

Highlights of this application modernization guide include:
  • The business drivers used to justify application modernization initiatives
  • Best practices that deliver solutions which combine legacy system functionality with mobile, web and cloud technologies
  • How to easily provide business-critical information quickly on mobile and web devices
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The Definitive Guide to Employee Advocate Marketing


Employee-shared content increases reach 10x and engagement 8x. That's why leading brands are launching Employee Advocate Marketing programs to drive the marketing metrics they care about most, including increased awareness, social engagement and new customers.

But what are the steps they took to launch a successful program? Download this guide and step-by-step checklist for everything you need to know to launch an employee Advocate Marketing program.

In this guide you will learn:
  • The steps to launching an employee Advocate Marketing program
  • Proven best practices to grow your program
  • The recommended timeline and steps to ensure the program drives your goals


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Everything You Need To Know About Switching To A Chromebook


Like any device, Chromebooks have their advantages and their disadvantages.  Chromebooks are Google’s take on the laptop. They run a slimmed-down operating system optimized for getting on the web with just the Chrome browser and Chrome apps. If you can do everything in your browser with web-based services and online storage, you can switch to a Chromebook.

Many Chromebook users haven’t actually “switched” to a Chromebook — they’ve purchased a Chromebook as an additional device, not one that replaces their current computer entirely. A Chromebook is the simple laptop you pick up when you need to browse the web, watch videos, type emails, write documents, and do other things you can accomplish in a browser. But let’s assume you actually want to switch to a Chromebook.



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On Air: Set Up Your Own Online Broadcast


The Internet is fast; computers are powerful. It makes sense, then, that live televised entertainment has found a new home: PC monitors.  Popular commercial services like Netflix and Hulu are commanding a strong part of the television market in an age when watching TV no longer requires a TV. I was a resident assistant at my college a few years ago when they made the decision to cut cable service. There was no reason to keep it anymore - anyone who wanted to watch TV was using the Internet. It was the first salient realization for a lot of people that Internet streaming had become huge.

However, since its rise in popularity, streaming has also enabled anyone with a computer to stream over the Internet. Lots of people have been using webcams to interact face-to-face via instant messaging services for years. Since higher bandwidth has become more common, many have found uses for personal streams over the Internet to the public. These livestreams can be accessed by anyone from an Internet browser from any common computer.



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The Unofficial, Beginners Guide to tumblr


By now you’ve heard of tumblr. The blog building website was sold to Yahoo for $1.1 billion, and is the number one social networking site for people under 25.  Clearly it’s important, but it’s a bit mystifying. It’s less a blog than it is an anti-blog. Do you want to try to understand it? Do you want to figure out how to use it so that you can build your own site on the service? If so, then this is the guide for you! MakeUseOf will try to unpack the sociology of tumblr and why it’s so popular. Along the way they'll look at some famous tumblrs, and help you build your own!



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Unofficial Guide to Tor: Really Private Browsing


The issue of privacy on the Internet has long been a difficult one: there are a lot of good reasons that you might be leery of strangers reading your emails or spying on the websites you visit.  There are equally compelling reasons that various unscrupulous people, corporations, and governments might want to do just that. The whole issue has come to a head recently with the revelation that the NSA has been illicitly spying on American citizens and others through Facebook, Google, and Skype – including, probably, you.

In a nutshell, Tor is a powerful, easy-to-use piece of software that lets you keep your online life private. This guide will provide a step-by-step guide to installing, configuring, and using Tor, and getting you started taking an active role in defending your privacy on the Internet.



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Earn Money Online: writing, transcribing and tutoring gigs


There are many, many places to find online work -- this manual is just a quick outline of what’s possible.  When you’re talking about making money online, the words scam and slave labor get thrown around fairly often – and not without cause. But there are plenty of legitimate ways to earn a decent secondary income online if you’re savvy enough to avoid the false offers that are simply too good to be true, and if you possess any of a wide variety of marketable skills.

First of all, if you ever come across any sort of advertisement claiming some sort of magical guru can teach you how to make thousands of dollars easily from the comfort of your home, run away fast. That is unless you’re reading this guide of course, in which case we’d like to preface its actual content with a disclaimer: all of these activities are best done as sources of secondary income only, unless you’ve already been doing any of them long enough to feel they’re reliable and you keep a tight budget. You won’t find any get rich quick schemes here, but with some hard work, your finances might get a welcome boost.

There won’t be any information in this guide about doing surveys or odd jobs such as those available in Swagbucks, Clickworker, etc. since these basically pay nothing. Our purpose here is to guide you towards increasing your income in a considerable manner, showcasing easy writing gigs with lower pay through to more elusive work with quite lucrative payments. Whether you’re simply looking for a few extra bucks on the side or you are a competitive freelancer, you should come along for the ride. Your wallet will thank you.



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Business Solutions' articles show readers how to sell new technologies and penetrate growing vertical markets. Business Solutions provides "actionable information" for VARs and integrators to increase sales, improve profits, and trounce the competition.

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