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Converging Branch Infrastructure for Simplicity, Efficiency, and Lower Costs


In remote offices however, servers and storage exist as isolated islands of disparate infrastructure that require management through separate operational processes and procedures. This approach is expensive and puts your data at risk.

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Eliminating the Challenge of Branch Office Recovery


That puts IT in a precarious position, especially when it comes to disaster recovery. It can take days to restore branch operations. Branch converged infrastructure delivers local performance, stores data safely in the datacenter, and enables instant recovery.

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Hyper-V Replicas in Windows Server 2012


One of the most significant new features in Microsoft Windows Server 2012 is the Hyper-V Replica (HVR) capability. Whether you are considering this for your own organization or just prepping for your Windows Server 2012 MCSA, this white paper presents the essentials of deploying this disaster recovery feature.

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Introducing Amazon RDS for Aurora


Discover how the enhanced performance and reliability of Amazon Aurora will help AWS customers reduce performance bottlenecks in their applications. The relatively low cost of Aurora will tempt many customers to migrate workloads to this implementation of RDS.

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Redefining the CIO: From Cutting Costs to Driving Business Strategy


Topics covered include:
  • Navigating internal politics to overcome technological inertia
  • Choosing infrastructure and platforms that allow rapid technology adoption at scale
  • Shifting focus to exploit a fundamentally different technological landscape
  • Balancing and evolving the role of CIOs from cutting costs to driving business strategy


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The Forrester Wave: Enterprise Social Platforms, Q2 2014


The full report covers 13 vendors with specific information on core functionality and strategy.

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Your Complete CRM Handbook


A growing business needs a good Customer Relationship Management (CRM) application. It helps you manage critical customer information in one place — and gives you a complete view of your business. You'll gain key business insights that help you close more deals, boost sales, and improve forecasting accuracy. But is now the right time for you?

Read this eBook to get practical advice on:
  • Signs your business needs a CRM
  • How CRM can improve sales and productivity
  • Building your CRM strategy
  • How to maximize your ROI


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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:
  • When Cloud Makes Sense
  • SaaS Apps? BYOD? Take Cloud Control
  • SDN and Cloud Computing
  • Why More CFOs Are Banking on Cloud-base PLM


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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:
  • When Cloud Makes Sense
  • SaaS Apps? BYOD? Take Cloud Control
  • SDN and Cloud Computing
  • Why More CFOs Are Banking on Cloud-base PLM


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Securing DNS to Thwart Advanced Targeted Attacks and Reduce Data Breaches


Internet traffic is severely affected when critical DNS services are not reliable or are compromised by cyber attacks, just as highway traffic is disrupted or stopped when bridges are damaged. Even worse than disruption, insecure DNS services can be used by attackers to impersonate a business and route customer traffic to malicious sites that steal usernames, passwords, account information or valuable intellectual property.

DNS services can be secured with the right configuration and deployment of appropriate solutions, but in many IT organizations the responsibility is spread across multiple groups and often falls through the cracks. CEOs and CIOs should ensure first that DNS governance is well defined and then make sure those DNS services are delivered efficiently, reliably and securely.

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Mobile Forms: 10 Surprising Benefits of 'Going Paperless'


Many organizations simply don't realize the unnecessary risks (and high costs) they are incurring through their reliance on outdated and inefficient paper forms. Mobile technology now makes it possible to send, receive, process and store information instantly, allowing for streamlined workflows and a vastly superior customer experience. And yet, businesses are still reluctant to adopt this powerful and money-saving technology.

This free resource is for anyone intrigued by the potential of “going paperless,” but would like to learn more about the realities involved. It covers:
  1. The hidden risks of depending on paper forms to share information
  2. Four common barriers to adopting a mobile forms solution
  3. 10 ways that mobile forms can improve any organization
  4. Recommendations for “first steps” to reduce reliance on paper
The adoption and deployment of a new technology always comes with its own challenges. This white paper is intended to help you evaluate the benefits versus the risks of incorporating mobile technology into your operation, and visualize how such an adoption might improve your organization both now and into the future.

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Understanding the boundaries of securing your SharePoint Data


The problem with Data Breaches is that it only takes one to succeed, data security is a layered approach when done correctly, and in this talk we are going to focus on what you can do Out of Box (OOB) to lay the foundation for managing security for your SharePoint Data. When it comes to boundaries, one must understand how much may be done via culture, education, OOB, and understanding where Third Party solutions fit into that equation. A true layered approach is understanding where your OOB capabilities end and where ISV's and their solutions begin. Protecting your data is a mixture of implementing cultural behavioral changes & technology and we can begin by creating and adhering to policy and procedure guidelines, managing access to information, and proper reporting. Often times data breaches comes from the inside, in that while you are busy protecting everyone from coming in the front door, someone on your internal team is sneaking something out through the back door. Join us as we discuss this and a lot more around this important topic.

Speakers:
  • Fabian Williams - is a SharePoint Architect at Planet Technologies, Inc. in the Federal Information Worker Practice. His work with the SharePoint product line dates back to the 2003 release. Fabian holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Computer Information System “Magna-Cum-Laude” from Strayer University, Washington D.C. and his Masters in Computer Information Technology studies at the Johns Hopkins University Carey School for Business in Columbia, Maryland. He holds the following Microsoft Certifications MCSE, MCSD and MCDBA.
  • Steve Marsh - is Director of Product Marketing. Steve joined Metalogix in the spring of 2010 to help build on the momentum that the company has been enjoying in Europe with their Microsoft SharePoint Migration, Storage Optimisation and Management technologies. As well as speaking at various events, including the Microsoft SharePoint Conference in California and the European SharePoint Conference in Berlin, Steve also spends a lot of his time working directly with Metalogix customers and partners.

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Using Speed at Scale to Ensure Network Infrastructure Performance for Financial Services


This whitepaper examines the ever-increasing need for speed at scale, proactive analysis, and higher levels of accessibility, granularity and visibility, as IT managers strive to ensure uptime and rapid response in business-critical networks and customer-facing networks.

In the financial services industry, failed trades and an inability to understand why they failed within a reasonable period of time not only frustrates users and management, but has a direct impact on the bottom line. The same is true in the retail banking and insurance industry when understanding the failure of online transactions. Every minute of downtime is well quantified, and financial services firms know exactly how much money they are losing whenever transactions fail. Moreover, poor performance in customer-facing applications can lead to high levels of churn. In either case, performance degradation results in lost revenue, and brand damage.

Addressing these issues end-to-end or at scale however, poses a multitude of challenges, given that performance is the sum of the delay imposed by the network (servers, middleware, storage), the communications infrastructure (local and wide area connectivity), and also the way in which the applications running over them are written.



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10 Ways Everyone Should Approach Cybersecurity in 2015


Many security breaches over the last year have taught us new lessons (or clarified ones we should have already learned). This paper reviews these key issues and focuses attention on 10 responses that we all need to adopt in our approach to security in 2015.

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7 Reasons to Move to Cloud Financials Now


Download the white paper, 7 Reasons to Move to Cloud Financials Now, written by Phil Wainewright, renowned expert on cloud computing, to learn why you can't wait to make your move.

Discover how cloud financials can help you:
  • Quickly adapt to support your changing business needs
  • Improve efficiency and accuracy by replacing manual processes with automated workflows
  • Gain end-to-end visibility into your business by seamlessly connecting with existing systems
  • Deliver “right-time” information to the answers you need, when you need them


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Best of Windows 8 Modern Apps


From slightly ropey beginnings in 2012, Windows 8 has developed and evolved. By now, you should be using Windows 8.1, a much more stable and user-friendly version, one that has an improved selection of apps available, free and paid.

We’re talking games, note-taking apps, video streaming, cloud storage, utilities, audio streaming and MP3 players and even e-readers. The selection is considerable.

Download today for the Windows 8 Modern apps that you should install, or consider installing, on your computer.



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SAP Simplify to Innovate Virtual Forum


This virtual forum will feature:
  • Main keynote speaker Randi Zuckerberg, former director of marketing at Facebook and author of the New York Times best seller Dot Complicated.
    She'll speak to the complexity of social media and technology today, as well as top trends in 2015.
  • SAP keynote speaker Steve Lucas, president of SAP Platform Solutions, who will provide insight on shifting from complex practices of the past to simple practices in a real-time enterprise.
  • The latest on SAP S/4HANA, our next generation of business applications, built to combine in-memory capabilities, user experience, and the global cloud.
  • SAP innovation deep-dive sessions featuring the SAP HANA platform, business intelligence, and predictive analytics.
At the end of the forum, you will have the opportunity to visit our resource center to continue your SAP education with Webcasts, videos, demos, white papers, eBooks, and other valuable materials.

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The Best Websites on the Internet


The Internet is a big place, with a lot of content — about one billion websites, at last count of which 180 million are active. Because the web is constantly changing, it can be hard to keep track of which sites have the best content and resources. To help make things a little easier, we’ve compiled an enormous list of the best websites on the Internet, in fourteen handy categories.

The websites on this list are those that we consider to be the best: genuinely useful, top-of-the-line sites that will get you what you need.



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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
  • 10 Network Security Tools and Tests Everyone Should Use
  • 4 Steps to Taking Control with Cyber Resilience
  • Best Practices for Making BYOD Simple and Secure


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How Practices Save an Average $7.5M Per Year with Medical Management Software


Key benefits of medical management software you can expect:
  • Simple and Effective Data Management
  • Efficient Billing and Claims Procedures
  • Greater Scheduling Efficiency
  • Better Quality Patient Care


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User Authentication Primer for Managers


Information in many ways is the most powerful asset that companies acquire, retain, and use on a daily basis as they provide products and services to their customers. Intellectual property, customer information, personnel files, marketing research, financials, source code, product designs, and business plans are but a few of the kinds of data that keep a company running on a day-to-day basis.



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Customer Engagement: Moving from Buzzphrase to Business Value


Everyone's talking about customer engagement, and what it takes to get the attention of today’s always-connected, digitally empowered consumers.

The good news is that as consumers connect with brands through an ever-expanding array of channels, more data is available about them than ever before. Yet harnessing this data to create relevant, highly personalized customer experiences continues to be a challenge.

So what can marketers do to embrace this opportunity? And how can technology help? Read our white paper: Customer Engagement: Moving From Buzzphrase to Business Value. You’ll learn the three core competencies needed to harness the power of customer data to engage customers, improve loyalty, and drive business results.



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Customers for Life: Technology Strategies for Attracting and Keeping Customers


Fostering close relationships and experience that lead to customer loyalty isn’t just good for a brand’s reputation; it’s good for its bottom line. However, organizations are slow to wake up to the bottom-line benefits of attracting customers for life.

To shed light on this issue, Forbes Insights, in association with Sitecore, conducted a survey.

Key findings include:

  • Customer Lifetime Value metrics are recognized for their value in strategic planning for acquisition, retention, and revenue  -  but slow on the uptake
  • Organizations may recognize the importance of a strategic approach to keeping customers for life  -  but marketing and technology executives are often left out of the process
  • Developing a single customer view is a top organizational priority  -  technical challenges including a multiplicity of systems, fragmentation of data, and the resulting silos slow progress
  • Silos and a lack of integration among teams also pose challenges  -  hindering the delivery of personalized customer interactions


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Digital Clarity Group -- Successful Customer Experience Calls for Customer Insight


Because consumers know what they want, everything within reach must be customized and relevant to fit their needs. From the report: "Providing the desired web experiences is hard enough, but consumers are already looking for, and favoring, companies that can offer consistent and coherent experiences across multiple channels and for the entire extent of their customer journey."

In this report, learn about:

  • Empowered consumers and the dream of personalized interactions
  • Meeting the demand for great customer experiences
  • Responding to needs: insight is good, action is better

Register now to access this free report and get great insight on your customers.



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How Big Data Can Solve Marketers' Social Engagement Challenges


In the world of consumer marketing, social media rules. Many B-to-C companies are trying to take advantage of this phenomenon by setting up dedicated teams to monitor individuals’ comments and provide timely responses.

But without tying the "unstructured" data obtained through social media channels to other sources of information about the customer, are these companies really leveraging their data effectively?

Read this industry article, "How Big Data Can Solve Marketers’ Social Engagement Challenges," to learn about:

  • Why Big Data is an asset, but packs even more punch when it’s tied to other customer data sources
  • How to combine Big and Small Data to automatically generate timely, relevant interactions via the customer’s preferred communication channels
  • The importance of finding a Big Data solution that resolves data disconnects and empowers marketers to deliver better customer experiences

Stay on top of the latest trends by reading this timely article.



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How to Choose the Best CMS for Customer Experience Management


With so many possibilities, it can be difficult to select the best CMS tools for your needs. This free guide will help you make the right CMS decision for your business by letting you review the critical features of web content management systems.

What you’ll learn in the free guide:

  • Comparison Guide  -  A complete content management system comparison and features review
  • Critical Features  -  What marketing features to look for - site, analytic, SEO, email marketing - and how to decide what's important for you
  • Scalability  -  How to make sure your new CMS meets your needs today, and scales easily as your site grows
  • Streamline Business Processes  -  How to streamline business processes by choosing a CMS that integrates with your CRM, ERP and other legacy systems


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The Forrester Wave: Web Content Management Systems


Web Content Management (WCM) has evolved radically as it has now forms the backbone to Experience Management platforms that manage, deliver and optimize experiences across every step of a customer’s journey.

The Forrester Wave is Forrester Research’s evaluation of vendors in a software, hardware, or services market, written for the role professionals they serve. With a rigorous assessment process using thirty-five different evaluation factors, Forrester Research appraised WCM solutions from ten vendors.

Learn how Sitecore achieved a leader position for the Sitecore® Experience Platform™ and why Forrester Research believes web content management should be ‘the bedrock of your business technology agenda’.



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Closing the Biggest Security Hole in Web Application Delivery


Since the beginning of web application delivery, there has been an opportunity for fraudsters to get into the middle of a transaction and impersonate the legitimate user. Since the credentials used for this fraud are valid and "expected to be under the control of the real user," this type of impersonation has been difficult if not impossible to detect and stop.

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Defending Against Advanced Persistent Threats: Strategies for a New Era of Attacks


The traditional dangers IT security teams have been facing – and overcoming – for years are being replaced by a far more hazardous, insidious form of attack: the Advanced Persistent Threat (APT).

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Why Strong Authentication Is a Must for All Users


The IT department can no longer firmly establish a network perimeter and rely on simple username and password credentials for security. There are more users, more information and more points of entry to safeguard. With critical data and applications online, strong authentication for every user is essential to protect and enable business.

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Top Action Points For Dealing With The Data Explosion


The landscape of Information Governance and eDiscovery has changed. Technology is constantly evolving and as the demands of eDiscovery and compliance apply more pressure on systems, industry specialists need to understand the best practices for navigating in a maturing market where being able to leverage Big Data and utilizing the benefits of the cloud could be the key to success.

This infographic brings together key action points from industry professionals on the impact of new technology in information discovery.



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5 Reasons Why End User Experience Management is Not a Dimension of APM


IT operations is no longer about keeping a server up and running. It is about ensuring an optimum user experience.

The popularity of Application Performance Management (APM) has shined a bright light on only one component of EUEM and has obscured the fact that EUEM is a separate, multi-dimensional solution that is essential to an organization’s performance management initiatives. Enterprises must see what the End User sees, experience what the End User experiences, in order to ensure the effectiveness of IT and business services. This is what EUEM delivers and why it matters.

Read this whitepaper, with special contributions submitted by APMdigest’s Editor-in-Chief Pete Goldin and BMC Software’s David Williams, former Gartner Research VP, to learn the five reasons why End User Experience Management is much more than a dimension of APM.



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Choose the Right Compute: 6 Steps for Investing in the Right Server to Enable Your Business


The auto industry designs a variety of vehicles. Trucks for freight; buses for people; vans for taking kids to school; sports cars for speed; luxury cars for comfort; and compact cars for economy. You choose a vehicle based on your need; if you need a truck and buy a sports car, you won't achieve goals. The same is true for servers.

Sponsored by HP and Intel®

Intel and the Intel logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.


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How Aternity Workforce APM Fulfills the Mobile Workspace Vision


Mobile workspaces can improve enterprise workforce productivity by enabling people to get their work done in a fully secure environment as they conduct business from smartphones, tablets, and PCs.

Improving end user experience of the workforce, however, only begins with providing secure access to any app on any device. Breaking down the silos between mobile and desktop computing is only a start to streamlining IT’s ability to support the mobile-first enterprise.

Verified Citrix Ready for Citrix XenMobile, XenDesktop, and XenApp, Aternity Workforce APM delivers critical capabilities to enterprises deploying Citrix Workspace Suite enabling them to fulfill the mobile workspace vision. Get an in-depth understanding of how Aternity provides comprehensive visibility to measure, manage, and improve workforce productivity for any enterprise app delivered on any device – mobile, virtual or physical.



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7 Questions to Ask Video Conferencing Providers


Let this white paper help guide your decision with 7 new video conferencing questions you should be sure to ask providers, including:
  • How easily or conveniently can I communicate by video?
  • What kind of endpoint does the solution support or require?
  • What additional bandwidth or other network capabilities will I need?
  • And more!
Gain the confidence and knowledge you need to buy the right video conferencing solution for your organization, and download their free white paper today!

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Video Conferencing Comparison Chart


Business video conferencing is playing an increasing role in today's business. Quickly see differences between the leading brands in video conference systems. Our free Video Conferencing Comparison Chart compares the leading video conferencing vendors like Panasonic, LifeSize, Polycom and more head to head.

This chart compares these brands by features like:
  • Pricing
  • Location limitations
  • Security and Equipment needs
  • And more!
Learn the differences between the top brands before you buy. Download our comparison chart today!

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Desktop Video Conferencing Comparison Guide


Desktop VC allows employees across the world to interact with each other, with their suppliers, customers and partners, while sparing the high costs of room-based solutions and scheduling problems of travel.

Our new comparison chart presents the top 17 desktop VC vendors and compares their solutions side-by-side.

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Top Video Conferencing Trends for 2015


If you're looking to investigate whether a new solution is right for your business, or are just looking to stay abreast of the many changes in the VC space, our guide can help you.

Read our guide to learn about the new features of video conferencing, including:
  • Trends in room-based and destop video conferencing
  • Video portals
  • Video collaboration
  • And much more!


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5 Critical Considerations for Enterprise Cloud Backup


An increasing amount of critical corporate data resides outside the firewall on end user devices, cloud apps and remote servers. This framework provides key considerations when evaluating cloud backup solutions to ensure adequate protection, security and availability of enterprise data.

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IDC 2015 Trends: Why CIOs Should Rethink Endpoint Data Protection in the Age of Mobility


This IDC Technology Spotlight examines the impact of mobile devices on business IT departments, particularly relating to data protection. This document assesses trends in data protection, specifically with respect to mobile devices, BYOD, and remote employees.

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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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How to Get More Done for Less with a GPS Fleet Tracking System


Getting a handle on labor costs starts with focusing on two key areas – eliminating inefficient driving habits and improving driver productivity. A GPS vehicle tracking system gives you the power to do both by:
  • Monitoring driver and vehicle performance 24x7
  • Using speeding alerts, idle time reports, and other vehicle data to pinpoint problem areas and create strategies for improvement
  • Optimizing routing and vehicle utilization to reduce overtime and other inefficient behaviors that drive up labor costs
  • Using system data to enforce company policies and reward drivers for developing safer and more efficient driving habits
Start generating productivity gains and contribute to your bottom line. Download your personal copy of this eBook now!

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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:
  • Protecting Critical DNS Infrastructure Against Attack
  • 4 Steps to Taking Control with Cyber Resilience
  • Best Practices for Making BYOD Simple and Secure
  • The Case for Mobile Security Management


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5 Ways Passwords & Other Data Can Be Stolen From Right Under Your Nose


Your password is you. It’s the key to your life. Whether it unlocks your email account, your computer or your smartphone, the password is vital to your online persona, the usernames, website accounts, perhaps banking and credit cards, cloud storage, and even gaming accounts.

If you lose your password to criminals, your entire existence can potentially be rewritten. You’ll be surprised, perhaps even horrified, at just how easily your password and other data can be stolen.



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Ace the Programming Interview: 160 Questions and Answers for Success-- Complimentary Excerpt


Programmers are in demand, but to land the job, you must demonstrate knowledge of those things expected by today's employers. This guide sets you up for success. Not only does it provide 160 of the most commonly asked interview questions and model answers, but it also offers insight into the context and motivation of hiring managers in today's marketplace. Written by a veteran hiring manager, this book is a comprehensive guide for experienced and first-time programmers alike. 

  • Provides insight into what drives the recruitment process and how hiring managers think
  • Covers both practical knowledge and recommendations for handling the interview process
  • Features 160 actual interview questions, including some related to code samples that are available for download on a companion website
  • Includes information on landing an interview, preparing a cheat-sheet for a phone interview, how to demonstrate your programming wisdom, and more

Ace the Programming Interview, like the earlier Wiley bestseller Programming Interviews Exposed, helps you approach the job interview with the confidence that comes from being prepared.



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Programming Interviews Exposed: Secrets to Landing Your Next Job, 3rd Edition-- Complimentary Excerpt


In today's tight job market, competition for programming jobs is hotter than ever. This third edition of a popular guide to programming interviews includes new code examples, information on the latest languages, new chapters on sorting and design patterns, tips on using LinkedIn, and a downloadable app to help prepare applicants for the interview. Like its earlier editions, this guide covers what software companies and IT departments want their programmers to know and includes plenty of helpful hints to boost your confidence.

  • Looks at current job search and hiring processes, such as the rise of LinkedIn and other social networks as recruiting resources
  • Addresses the most important languages for a programmer to know and features examples in multiple languages
  • Includes new programming questions designed to sharpen your knowledge
  • Features all-new chapters on design patterns and sorting, including how to deal with memory constraints and mobility issues

Walk into your next job interview with confidence, knowing you have thoroughly studied this newest edition ofProgramming Interviews Exposed.



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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
  • Executive Guide: Harnessing the Power of Enterprise Social Collaboration
  • SaaS Apps? BYOD? Take Cloud Control
  • The Case for Mobile Security Management


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6 Steps for Leveraging Tablets and Smart Phones for Materials Data Collection


It’s clear that mobility in the workplace is here to stay. Supply chain organizations must adopt mobility plans, applications, and practices as an integral part of overall corporate strategy in order to stay competitive. Data collection and inventory/package tracking are areas where mobility can deliver significant ROI and quickly realized benefits.

Download this eBook for 6 steps to optimize tablets and smartphones for data collection and tracking to achieve increased accuracy, performance, and efficiency across your supply chain.



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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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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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Exploit Kits: Cybercrime's Growth Industry


Cybercriminals have turned their attention away from exploiting Windows operating systems to pursuing the popular third party applications installed on nearly every PC around the world. That is why patch management has become a critical layer in your malware defense.

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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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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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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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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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Five Stages of a Web Malware Attack


This paper will explain the advanced techniques hackers use to infect web users and steal data or money, and how most web security products are failing. Most importantly, you will get insight into the layers of protection needed, and a checklist for evaluating your policies and the security capabilities of your web protection solution.

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Windows Server 2012 Are You Ready?


Now is the ideal time to plan your move, and avoid possible server management, performance, security and compliance issues. Read this report to learn about:
  • New features and benefits of Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Key considerations when moving from a legacy platform
  • How to plan for your move, migrate content efficiently and effectively manage your new environment
Download the report today for a smoother, faster, safer migration.

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Protecting Critical DNS Infrastructure Against Attack


This paper outlines the recent DDoS attacks on DNS services and challenges of mitigating those attacks.

Learn how:
  • DNS DDoS attacks take advantage of weaknesses in the DNS protocol
  • Attackers launch a high bandwidth sophisticated attack on their victim
  • Attackers use amplification effect
Securing DNS service requires rethinking on perimeter security with dedicated tools to identify and mitigate these new breed of attacks on DNS services.

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