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Cloud-Based Video Conferencing: A Flexible Approach to Face-to-Face Communication


Cloud-based video conferencing has enabled companies to realize the full benefits of video: face-to-face contact, efficient knowledge transfers and a degree of personal interaction that's proven critical for businesses hoping to gain a competitive advantage. Find out how software-based desktop and mobile video conferencing can strengthen corporate agility, responsiveness and productivity.

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How Will Mobility Change The Face Of Videoconferencing?


We've all heard the terms “BYOD” and “consumerization of IT” – these ideas are leading the charge as it relates to a mobile workforce. While it may be simple to understand the value of mobility, implementation doesn't come without challenges. With the growing number of heterogeneous platforms, interfaces, processes, and tools available, it can be a daunting task for both IT and users to find a single solution that works across the organization.

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Real-World Options for Multipoint Videoconferencing


A Multipoint Control Unit (MCU) or at times referred to as video bridge or video bridging service is a device commonly used to bridge videoconferencing connections, usually three (3) or more sessions initiated from terminals, gateways or video endpoints. In this white paper, Wainhouse Research Analyst Ira M. Weinstein evaluates advantages and disadvantages for all MCU deployment models - traditional as well as emerging cloud-based MCU service options.

Download this FREE white paper to understand key trends and how certain approaches are winning over others.

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Extending a 360 View


Learn why we believe that extending the traditional 360° view makes sense and we will give some uses that demonstrate why the extended 360° view represents an opportunity, both for those that have already implemented a 360° view and for those that have not. We will also discuss some of the technological implications of moving to, or implementing, an extended 360° view.

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9 (+1) Ways IT Automation Will Make Your Organization More Successful


Sysadmins can leverage automation to deliver:
  • Higher availability and reliability of IT services for greater utilization & efficiency
  • Fewer outages, and faster recovery from them, for better service to both internal and external customers
  • Quick remediation in response to security alerts such as Heartbleed or Shellshock
  • Automated enforcement of company policies, industry best practices & regulatory compliance
  • Rich reporting for company management, internal and external auditors
  • Responsive, efficient scaling
  • Full utilization and benefits of IT technologies such as virtualization and cloud
  • More frequent releases of higher-quality code to improve customer experience
  • Deep business intelligence to aid decision making and inform business strategy
With the right automation in place, your IT team can become a resource for innovation. You'll be equipped to navigate the fast-changing technology landscape, and have the resources you need to drive a winning strategy for the 21st century.

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How Mobile is Transforming Customer Experience


Engage with customers where they are: on their mobile devices. In this paper we:

  • describe a more holistic view of customer service
  • provide real examples of how OpenMarket customers have re-engineered specific touch points for mobile engagement
  • recommend practical steps for designing new and differentiating experiences that will attract and retain customers


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Making the Case for Practical PLM


In this eight-page paper produced by Desktop Engineering and sponsored by Synergis Software, you'll discover:
  • How to get big product data management gains without the big investment in traditional PLM.
  • How to break the collaboration bottleneck and streamline the design cycle.
  • How to solve the top PDM challenges quickly and easily.
  • How three companies with different business challenges using a practical approach to PLM that scales to meet their needs.
  • Best practices for implementing a practical PLM solution.


Tools for Continuous Delivery


Organizations create, deliver and modify software to fill business needs. Those business needs are not static: They can change as suddenly as breaking news. Any organization using software to serve its customers — and really, that's almost every company, nonprofit or institution — has to find a way to develop, release and modify software more frequently and easily. That's why organizations of all sizes and types are implementing continuous delivery; they can't afford to be left behind by more responsive and agile competitors.

Martin Fowler's definition of continuous delivery sums it up well: Briefly, it's when any version of your software can be deployed to any of your environments on demand, and the team prioritizes keeping software deployable over releasing new features. Paradoxically, it gets a lot easier to release new features when you're working this way.

This white paper offers an overview of the benefits of continuous delivery, the steps for launching it in your organization, and the kinds of tools you'll need to make delivery of small, frequent changes to working code an everyday reality. Download white paper to learn:
  • The benefits of continuous delivery
  • The steps for launching it in your organization
  • The tools to make it happen, including Bamboo, Git, Jenkins, Puppet Enterprise and others


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Unofficial Guide to Feedly: Better Than Google Reader


Are you looking for a Google Reader replacement? Or do you simply hunger for the best desktop and mobile RSS reader ever made?  For both the hungry and the hopeful, Feedly satisfies. But how did Feedly come to be the best? And what happened to Google Reader?

After the announcement that Google Reader would not exist beyond July 1st 2013, Feedly’s entry into the malnour- ished RSS reader market came as divine manna. For those of you who remember, Google Reader plunged into the RSS world like a double-edged sword. On one edge, Google Reader provided its users with a near-perfect reading experience. On the other side, it obliterated much of its competition, leaving the news aggregator landscape a blasted and desolate graveyard.

Sometimes the death of one thing can give birth to others. Like the phoenix, Google Reader’s death brought about a resurrection in the quality and quantity of other RSS feed readers. Out of the excellent RSS products that entered the market following Google Reader’s death, however, Feedly seized the throne – adding features even Google’s product lacked.



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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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Putting People Back in the Center by Putting Their Offices at Their Fingertips


This growing mobile workforce expects to have the ability to work from anywhere at any time, using any mobile device. Whether your employees, business associates or customers are on the go, across the hall or across continents, having their office at their fingertips is key to your organization's productivity, engagement and success.

Speakers:

Laura Wolf, Business Unit Executive - North America Social, IBM
Baan Slavens, Senior Product Manager, Social Software and Mobile, IBM Collaboration Solutions
Frank Gullo , Director of Digital and Mobile Strategy, Superior Group

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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
  • The Digital Marketing Agency's Guide to Call Tracking
  • The Rules of Engagement on Facebook
  • From Average to Elite: 7 Secrets of Today's Top Marketers


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5 Steps to Improve Your K12 School District's Communication Headaches


How would you grade your school district on its ability to communicate effectively? If you're still relying on “old school” methods of communication, there's a good chance you have some room for improvement. From finding a reliable way to keep parents and your community informed, to creating a system that keeps things running smoothly throughout your different schools and departments — there's a lot you need to consider. Luckily, there are steps you can take to improve communication.

Find out how to:
  • Keep up and go digital with online communication tools
  • Develop a plan to manage the online communication simply and effectively
  • Stay organized and get support


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Accelerating the Delivery of Microsoft Office 365


When moving services to the cloud, data centers are no longer local, so the end user experience can suffer. A poor or congested Internet connection between the user and the cloud service will mean sluggish application delivery that puts a damper on user productivity and ultimately threatens application usage.

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How to Grow Your K12 School District's Community with Better Communication Tools


From email to social media, event registration and online surveys, there are a number of online tools you can use to grow your school's community and improve communication throughout your district. Find out how these tools can be used for your district, and learn simple strategies for using these tools to your advantage.

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How to Manage Communications Effectively within Your K12 School District


With 9 schools and 6,200 students in the district, communicating with the Lakeland community was no small task. The district was able to reach more parents with Constant Contact's partner program. Read this case study and find out how!

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Riverbed and Microsoft Exchange 2013


Microsoft® Exchange Server has become the corporate standard in email, calendaring, and workforce productivity. As a result, significant time and IT resources go into creating a robust, reliable, high-performance Exchange environment. IT departments regularly consider deploying additional exchange servers, moving servers to branch offices, and even adding more bandwidth in order to improve Exchange performance.

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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:
  • Virtualization and Cloud Computing: Does One Require the Other?
  • How the Cloud is Reshaping Virtual Desktops
  • Virtualization and Cloud are Changing Enterprise Backup. How Prepared are You?
  • Ovum Decision Matrix: Selecting a Virtualization and Cloud Management Solution, 201314


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Cloud-based Video Conferencing: How the Players Stack Up


Affordable, easy-to-use, cloud-based video conferencing solutions are perfect for small to medium-sized businesses. Users enjoy HD-quality face-to-face interactions without the up-front investment in equipment and IT staff that is usually required. Plus, cloud-based services make video conferencing easily accessible to anyone, anywhere on virtually any device — from a desktop to a conference room, or over any mobile device. But not all cloud-based video conferencing solutions offer the same features and benefits.

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Isn't The Cloud Already Secure?


Successful innovations invariably reach a transitional point at which the general population stops viewing them as shiny toys and realizes these advances are valuable assets. Eventually, like email, it becomes a tool that society can't live without.

The adoption of the cloud, however, hasn't been as rapid as experts predicted. Find out who's really responsible for these cloud apps, and the benefits of having a vendor that can protect your corporate data.

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Journey Into the Hidden Web: A Guide For New Researchers


This manual will take you on a tour through the many levels of the deep web, starting with the databases where you can find information only accessible to those who know the secrets to accessing them. Then, we’ll continue on to the spectrum of information available in academic journals and books where you can browse through volumes of writings about scholarly topics. Finally, we’ll arrive at the gates of Tor, beyond which lies the deep darkness of the entire Internet.



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When Worlds Collide: Cloud Apps and Financial Services


Trends suggest that cloud services will soon be the new norm for financial institutions. However, there are two major hurdles to clear when moving financial data out of an on-premises network to public cloud applications: security and compliance regulations. This white paper discusses cloud access security brokers and how they can help the finance industry stay secure in the cloud as well as be compliant.

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Why Some Things Shouldn't Go Viral


Email is the most used application in any modern enterprise, yet it remains the primary avenue for sensitive corporate data to leave your network. Securing email becomes even more challenging when BYOD is introduced.

Employees love using a single mobile device for work and life. On the surface, this makes a lot of sense – not only is the employee already familiar with the device, but BYOD can also help cut costs.

The problem? The fact that employees are using their own devices, running a variety of operating systems, and connecting over insecure Wi-Fi networks makes data security difficult to achieve.

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Considerations for Evaluating Business Continuity Software Vendors


Business Continuity Management Planning (BCMP) is a complex, challenging, and often overlooked job that's in transition. In the past, it was only valued during disaster or by auditors examining continuity posture of regulated companies. Today, business continuity planning is evolving into a more comprehensive risk management function, where it happens every day within production business operations and operational risk management activities. That shift, driven by the high cost of downtime, puts more pressure on organizations to choose optimized, feature-rich, cost-effective BCMP platforms to reduce risk and ensure ongoing success.

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The World Is Changing. Isn't It Time to Change Your Storage Solution?


The IT ecosystem is made up of interrelated mechanisms that need to work in concert to deliver services to the business. But if most of the ecosystem evolves to help make the organization more adaptable and competitive, one unchanged layer can hold back all of the potential benefits. We are fast approaching that point with storage. Petabyte scale, reliability, performance, and efficiency are the order of the day, and this requires a change in our current storage paradigm.

Join the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) Sr. Analyst, Infrastructure and Storage, Terri McClure; ESG Analyst, Storage and Data Protection, Scott Sinclair; and Seagate CSS Chief Technology Evangelist David A. Chapa, Wednesday, December 10, 10 a.m. PST / 1 p.m. EST, as they discuss these challenges and provide the insights you need to know about your next-generation storage solution.

Register now and get ready for the future of your data storage.

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Top Six Things to Consider with an Identity as a Service Solution


IT doesn't like it either. After all, they're just trying to ensure the security of your enterprise but they're often burdened with password retrieval activities when they could be focused on more value-added tasks. Because your employees have work to do, and they're suffering from password fatigue, they resort to using passwords that circumvent security practices—inviting hackers into your enterprise data. Solutions to solve the problem are often cumbersome making a complicated problem…well, more complicated.

Is there a better way?

Absolutely: unified identity management with an Identity as a service Solution (IDaaS).

Download the white paper: Top Six Things to Consider with an Identity as a Service Solution. You'll discover how an IDaaS can help you drive user productivity, enhance IT efficiency, improve security, mitigate risk, and lower total cost of ownership.

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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:
  • Citrix NetScaler: A Powerful Defense against Denial of Service Attacks
  • The Future of Backup as a Data Protection Strategy
  • 10 Network Security Tools and Tests Everyone Should Use
  • Service & Security Agility Strategies for SDN & NFV Networks


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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
  • Ten Risky Security Behaviors to Avoid: Protect Your Organization
  • Isn't The Cloud Already Secure?
  • Citrix NetScaler: A Powerful Defense against Denial of Service Attacks


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IBM Unites the Old World of Email with the New World of Enterprise Social Software


Read how Ovum believes this momentum will translate to improved market leadership for IBM Notes and Domino as well.

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Next Generation Criminal Fraud Detection


As fraud rises, there is a strong need for fraud tools that can detect account takeover and fraudulent transactions. IBM® Security Trusteer™ Pinpoint Criminal Detection software offers a next generation approach that helps address the challenges of traditional risk engines.

Trusteer Pinpoint Criminal Detection helps you to:
  • Detect Fraud with evidence-based indicators - Correlates device and account factors for account takeover detection
  • Reduce Operational Impact - Free up valuable resources, rather than focusing on investigating each fraud indicator, such as alerts, by only being alerted to truly high risk access and requests
  • Improve your customer's experience
  • Help remove unnecessary user challenges, the lowering friction with customers


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Notes 9.0 Social Edition: The Ugly Duckling Finally Blossoms


With the latest release of its long-standing email client, Notes, IBM marks the fulfilment of its Project Vulcan strategy, revealing a slick, modern user interface that embraces social collaboration and comes into line with the rest of the company's collaboration portfolio.

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Social Business Anytime, Anywhere


Read this IBM paper to learn how IBM social collaboration software can provide:
  • Access to email, calendar and contacts from your favorite mobile device
  • Security rich social capabilities delivered to mobile devices such as Android, iPhone, BlackBerry and Symbian devices to access IBM Connections profiles, files, blogs, ideation blogs, wikis and more
  • Mobile access to IBM Domino applications developed with XPages technology from mobile devices


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What are the top 10 emerging threats in telecoms?


With operators reported to be losing between 3-9% of their annual revenues to fraud, the proactive detection and efficient management of fraud and RA threats are on-going, complex business priorities that are integral to staying ahead of the fraudster. So, what can operators do to stay ahead of the game and prevent revenue losses? Read on and find out...



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Build or Buy? Comparing Off-The-Shelf and Homegrown Software Applications


The question to buy software or build it internally to solve business needs is becoming increasingly prevalent in today's world. Building software has frequently won out in this debate in the past, but with the introduction of cloud computing, the tables are turning. 

This is due in part to the fact that the pace of technology innovation is accelerating at an almost exponential rate, making it difficult for the average internal IT groups to cope with the pace of change. The struggle commonly lies in the fact that they not only they have to create the software internally - they must also maintain and upgrade it indefinitely.

Now, even large global enterprises in both public and private sectors that have invested tens of millions of dollars in internal IT infrastructure are beginning to migrate to cloud applications. In fact, the Gartner Group sees the public cloud for the hosting of enterprise applications as the fastest growing IT market in the next ten years.

The largest enterprise software companies in the world (IBM, Oracle, SAP, etc.) see their future delivery platform as the cloud, so their customers are rapidly retiring in-house IT environments, dramatically reducing their IT operational costs as well as their historical reliance on internal IT staff for software development and support.

Check out this eBook for an easy analysis of when to buy, when to build, and the pros and cons of each.



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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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Mobility on Hold: Get Back on Track with Mobile Risk Mitigation


Fortunately, new security measures are available to mitigate the risks associated with advanced mobile banking and payment capabilities. The key to protecting the mobile channel is to realize that it is deeply connected to the online channel. Effective protection must consider risk indicators that span both channels and extend to both to protect against the full range of attack vectors.

Read this white paper to learn about:
  • The mobile threat landscape and the latest techniques used by cybercriminals
  • The importance of a mobile risk engine that ingests device and account risk factors for the online and mobile channels to perform a real-time mobile risk assessment
  • How comprehensive mobile risk assessment is required by the FFIEC Guidance


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Five Ways Network Virtualization Will Revolutionize IT


Discover how Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) will revolutionize IT and change the way you think about network connectivity and perhaps even application development. This white paper is written for networking professionals but it may offer valuable insight for those in cross-functional roles such as DevOps, server virtualization, and data center management.

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Pros & Cons Of A Windows 8 Tablet Vs. A Touchscreen Laptop


Windows 8, with its fancy new modern interface, is obviously intended to be used with a touchscreen — but there are so many options out there for Windows 8 devices! In addition to traditional laptops, the market has been flooded with tablets and 2-in-1 laptop/tablet hybrids.Which option is right for you? It depends on what exactly you’re looking for.

Download this free guide and choose the device that’s best for you!



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Understanding NIST's Cloud Computing Reference Architecture: Part I


This white paper examines the NIST Cloud Computing Reference Architecture in a two-part series. The first part covers the cloud players and their roles and responsibilities. The second part focuses on the Reference Architecture components, activities, and functions.

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Understanding NIST's Cloud Computing Reference Architecture: Part II


This white paper focuses on the activities, processes, and requirements that cloud players need to follow in order to ensure a successful delivery of cloud services. It addresses the three active cloud players that may be involved in delivering cloud services to cloud consumers. The cloud provider is a cloud participant that is always involved in the delivery of a cloud service. The remaining two, cloud broker and cloud auditor, are dependent on the specific business and operational requirements of the cloud consumer.

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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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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


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
  • How Mobile Management Services Fill a Critical Security Need
  • The ABCs of Mobile Device Management
  • Mobile Login Best Practices


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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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A Crossroads for Windows XP Users: Windows 7 or Windows 8?


Microsoft no longer supports Windows XP (or Office 2003), so now it's decision time for many organizations. Remarkably, Windows XP in early 2014 still holds somewhere between 15% and 25% of the overall PC operating system market, depending on whose analysis you read.

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Resolving Issues When Creating a Cisco UCS Service Profile


Stateless computing in Cisco Unified Computing Solution (UCS) is implemented with an XML-based software feature called a service profile. In the event of disaster recovery, the amount of time to restore the server to its identical former condition is dramatically reduced with service profiles. Service profiles contain virtually all possible hardware settings of a server, which can be applied, modified, or moved to a different blade. While service profiles contain enormous power and flexibility over the hardware features presented to the bare metal Operating System (OS), there are several common configuration errors that prevent a service profile from working, and thus preventing the server from being powered on.

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The Agile Business Analyst: How Much Is Enough?


The principles in this white paper help you introduce greater predictability into your own Agile requirements activities, both individually and across your organization. As you start to apply these ideas and pose these questions, you'll likely see certain patterns emerge that will help you establish your own set of practices that make Agile work for you.

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What's New in Wireless Networking and 802.11?


Wi-Fi and 802.11 are important and constantly evolving technologies. Learn what's new in wireless networking that makes life easier for the end user and a bit more complicated for those that support the network.

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Windows 8.1 Client to Microsoft's Cloud Services


Over the past several years, Microsoft has reinvented its enterprise technologies in its push toward the cloud. Windows 8 is a key part of making Microsoft customers and devices cloud-ready for the next generation of technology. With Microsoft cloud services such as Office 365, Office Web Apps, and SkyDrive, Windows 8 may now become a crucial part of how your organization can effectively leverage cloud-based technologies and applications for end users.

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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.

With this download you will also receive free weekly coverage on the latest technology news and developments from Laptop Magazines eNewsletter.



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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.

With this download you will also receive free weekly coverage on the latest technology news and developments from Laptop Magazines eNewsletter.



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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.

With this download you will also receive free weekly coverage on the latest technology news and developments from Laptop Magazines eNewsletter.



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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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Is Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) Moving Closer to Reality?


Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is gaining momentum along with Software-Defined Networking (SDN). This paper examines the history of NFV and explores the prospects for networking to gradually evolve from a hardware-centric approach to a software-driven model. It concludes with an examination of future market implications and how NFV can help organizations to achieve their goals.

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VMware Horizon 6 Overview


VMware Horizon 6 was announced in April and began shipping in June 2014, bringing a more unified suite delivering more integration with infrastructure and cloud products and more simplicity for all devices. Along with the numerous updates across the Horizon suite, VMware has transitioned to a more traditional product licensing hierarchy. This paper explores the new licensing model and provides an overview of the new features associated with VMware Horizon 6.

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Forrester Market Overview: Hosted Collaboration Services Providers


Sixty-five percent of IT leaders Forrester recently surveyed said they are interested in or already using software-as-a-service (SaaS) for some portion of their collaboration technology portfolio. But many IT leaders — particularly those at very large organizations — are unsure whether standardized SaaS offerings from Google and Microsoft provide the flexibility they need. These concerns shouldn't prevent CIOs from moving collaboration tools off-premises. We find a burgeoning services sector that can deliver highly customized messaging, teaming, and real-time communication services for the enterprise.

This report provides an overview of the market, giving CIOs a sense of the players, their capabilities, and their offerings.

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How the Cloud is Reshaping Virtual Desktops


Discover the benefits of independence from your physical desktop computer infrastructure.

Desktop computing has become an increased cost burden for IT, and a source of frustration for tech-savvy users who expect more flexibility. Cloud-hosted desktops enable companies to mitigate the complexity placed on IT while reducing the risks associated with lost or stolen devices, all at a reduced TCO.

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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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Six Essential Elements of Web Application Security


Like all competitive businesses, your application developers and operation teams are constantly under pressure to move quickly. Everybody wants their application security efforts to be effective, but only if they don't unduly impede workflow or drive up costs. To balance these potentially-competing objectives, industry-leading organizations often use six elements in their approach to web application security. Download this white paper to learn more!

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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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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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