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Book Reviews: SAP Nation and Stacking the Deck

I had the chance to read David Pottruck’s new book “Stacking the Deck” a couple of weeks ago. It focuses on leading big time change – a subject that many IT project managers and systems integrators should know a lot about. I have a healthy appreciation for what it takes to change an organization. I’ve lived through many large systems… Read more →

Microsoft begins integrating Bing search into Office

Microsoft is beginning to integrate its Bing search technology into Office, starting with Word Online, company officials announced on December 10. Microsoft is calling the new embedded search capability “Insights for Office.” Microsoft is rolling out the capability worldwide (everywhere where Bing is available) starting today, December 10. The rollout should be complete within the next few days, officials said…. Read more →

Bah humbug: Stop sending Seasons Greetings spam

It has begun. Deep within the many uniquely annoying rituals of the silly season is one particularly useless and even more annoying ritual: the content-free Seasons Greeting letter. You’ve all gotten them. Insurance agents seem to love them, as do other professional services providers. They’re e-greeting cards or simple emails telling you that you are remembered at the holiday season… Read more →

Are All Payments Becoming Invisible? A Conversation With Square’s Jack Dorsey

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It’s Official: Instagram Is Bigger Than Twitter

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Arista’s Chief Executive Counters Cisco Lawsuit

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Daily Report: Uber Faces Scrutiny Over Screening of Drivers

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Conversation with VoltDB

A while ago, I spoke with VoltDB‘s Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Scott Jarr, about the role in-memory databases should play in an enterprise’s IT infrastructure. In his view, these organizations are increasingly seeing the need to capture and analyze large streams of rapidly changing data. While he believes that the structured query language (SQL) that is used by traditional… Read more →

Snappy Ubuntu challenges CoreOS and Project Atomic on lightweight cloud servers

The war for which operating system will be the leading cloud operating system is taking some new twists. Today, the name of the game is who can have the smallest operating system image that supports containers. “Snappy” Core Ubuntu is meant to be a small, but powerful, answer for datacenter and cloud servers. First, CoreOS combined the idea of containers… Read more →

Will 10Gb Ethernet take off in 2015?

Intel promised $50 10Gb Ethernet ports back in 2012. But you rarely see them even on workstation class machines. Adoption has been slowed by several issues: Gigabit Ethernet works fine for most PCs, and it’s PCs that drive volume. No volume, no learning curve, no investment. Expensive wiring, connectors and chip sets have limited 10GigE to high-end applications, like big… Read more →