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A robust benefits package can be the difference between a talented superstar choosing to work with you versus a larger, more established competitor. But with the cost of benefits rising each year, providing a benefits package that helps you attract, retain and motivate talented people ...
As an entrepreneur, you did not enter into business to become a human resources manager. You have no interest in contending with payroll twice a month, negotiating benefits for your employees, or worrying about how to comply with a litany of government regulations. You entered into bus...
Entrepreneurial execs know that they need to follow the rules, but they may not realize what decisions may lead to the two vital components that keep HR costs lower: 1. Increasing productivity 2. Minimizing human capital expenses The following white paper will focus on minimizing hu...
Picking through the white noise about outsourcing can be time-consuming and tedious. And while you’re busy doing all that research, your company’s payroll and benefits problems aren’t going anywhere. You need to outsource – but you’re not clear on the alternatives available to you. If ...
One sure fire way to keep budget and buzz away from your projects is for you and your department to be associated with incremental improvement. Projects can generally be classified into two categories. The first is “business transformation,” which includes projects that generate excite...
Representational State Transfer, commonly known as REST, is a style of distributed software architecture that offers an alternative to the commonly accepted XML-based web services as a means for system-to-system interaction. Many of you know me as one half of the ZapThink team – an ad...
Compromising on software and/or hardware uptime assurance can be financially punishing for healthcare organizations, not to mention operationally disruptive with increased susceptibility to data-entry errors during recovery. Government funding incentives (ARRA HITECH Act) to implement...
Intel is lacing up its jackboots to go Nvidia stomping. Seems we can expect the semiconductor giant to commercialize a better-than-50-core co-processor code named Knights Corner, a descendant of its sorta aborted Larrabee GPU adventure, in 2012-13 to compete against Nvidia’s Tesla GP...
A K Computer built by Fujitsu out of 68,544 eight-core CPUs at a reported cost of $1.25 billion and 9.89 megawatts of power is now the fastest machine in the world according to the Top5000 Supercomputing List. It benchmarks at eight quadrillion (8,000 trillion) calculations a second ...
Unstructured and XML semi structured data is now used more than structured data. Unstructured data is useful because of its fuzzy processing applied to this more common ubiquitous data. But fixed structured data still keeps businesses running day in and day out which requires consiste...
As IT systems form the backbone of business operations, their performance plays a key role in business growth. Understanding this fact, organizations work toward obtaining best performance from the software systems to maximize ROI on IT. Now an application’s performance can be improved...
Boris Evelson of Forrester recently published a blog post titled It's The Dawning Of The Age Of BI DBMS. I took note that in this post he classified Vertica, ParAccel and Sybase IQ in a category he named ‘Columnar RDBMS’, and that started off a friendly email exchange as to what the he...
After an six-week trial in federal court, the former Massachusetts Speaker of the House Salvatore F. DiMasi, once one of the state’s most powerful politicians, was convicted Wednesday of trading $17.5 million worth of state contracts for kickbacks from Cognos, the Canadian BI shop that...
Acer, the world’s third-largest PC maker, says it’s going to write off $150 million in inventories in Europe and on accounts receivable in Spain after an internal audit found unidentified “abnormalities in terms of channel inventory.” It may be aging, unexciting widgetry. Acer chairma...
A Managed File Transfer solution, such as GoAnywhere Director, is typically not a check-list item for weather gathering expeditions, but it’s what Andrew Rettig and Dr. Richard Beck took on their trip to Alaska. Weather data gathering in the remote areas of Alaska is traditionally a ma...
Convicted hedge fund felon Raj Rajaratnam wants the presiding judge in his months-long trial on insider trading charges to throw out the verdict that could send him to jail for a very long time. On Wednesday his lawyers renewed a motion to have him acquitted and his slate wiped clean...
What is a unit test? A unit test is: Repeatable: You can rerun the same test as many times as you want. Consistent: Every time you run it, you get the same result. (for example: Using threads can produce an inconsistent result) In Memory: It has no "hard" dependencies on anything no...
In the software development services industry -- people are the software company's #1 asset. With pressure to deliver faster with fewer resources, increasingly distributed teams, and savvy customers -- software companies need to find ways to build capable leaders within their organizat...
Beset by a flagging consumer business and the bottom falling out of the public sector on which it’s ever so dependent coupled with competitive pressures, market share losses and pricing challenges in its core business, industry bellwether Cisco, the overextended networking giant, said ...
Intel Wednesday disclosed that it has perfected – and will be able to mass produce – a new kind of transistor for the first time in the 50-odd years since the computer’s basic building block was invented. It said the breakthrough, which basically puts a fin-like second story on the h...
One of the jurors in the high-profile Rajaratnam case has dropped out for medical reasons and has been replaced by one of the alternates, CNBC reported Wednesday morning. It will pretty much mean starting over again. The jury is already a week into deliberations over whether hedge ...
IDC analysts predict that by 2020 there will be 15 quintillion files in existence. That kind of volume has brought us to a point where we are using a term like “exabyte” (and quintillion!) to describe how much data exists. How much of that data will your organization own and how will y...
A New York federal jury got the Raj Rajaratnam insider trading case Monday around noon and so far no decision. It did ask for a bunch of the government wiretaps to be replayed on Tuesday and Wednesday and it’s supposed to deliberate for a few hours on Friday, then resume again Monday...
Lawson Software suckered the punters who had bid its stock up over 13 bucks a share in the last six weeks in anticipation of a bidding war or a sweetener after privately held Infor – now run by former Oracle president Chuck Phillips – put $11.25 a share on the table late at night the F...
I’ve been seeing and hearing the term ‘BI appliance’ a lot recently, and whenever I do - I find myself struggling to understand what it means. One characteristic that seems to be commonly identified with BI appliances is that they are a combination of software and hardware that form s...
A New York federal jury got the Raj Rajaratnam insider trading case Monday around noon. The alleged ringleader of a virtual syndicate using inside information to make illegal trades in a litany of high-tech stocks, the billionaire founder of the Galleon hedge fund is the only one of ...
Whether Microsoft has to pay little i4i what must now be about $300 million on interest alone for infringing its XML patent is now in the lap of the eight Supreme Court justices who heard oral arguments in the closely watched case Monday. As the Seattle Times says, it “could potentia...
Less than three weeks after Acer’s CEO and president Gianfranco Lanci quit in a disagreement with the board over what to do about the company’s flagging PC business, it has named Jim Wong president and also made him responsible for developing the mobile devices Acer needs to ward off A...
Serial entrepreneur Ron Wiener, whose Venture Mechanics venture arm incubated Swiss Post’s digitized postal mail partner Earth Class Mail, has spent the last couple of years putting together a new parcel carrier meant to challenge FedEx, UPS and the USPS in delivering B2C packages from...
Intel emerged from the first quarter whole, intact and justifiably giddy – despite the Sandy Bridge chipset recall, the supposed drop in PC shipments, the mobile challenge and the supply chain crisis in Japan – bragging Tuesday of record sales and earnings in a historically soft quarte...
Samsung is selling its money-losing hard drive business to Seagate Technology for about $1.375 billion, half stock, half cash, with Samsung winding up with about 9.6% of Seagate and a seat on the board. The sector is said to be another victim of the flash-bearing iPad and its ilk, wh...
PC shipments unexpectedly went down rather than up in the first quarter. Both Gartner and IDC promised they would be up as the economy improved. They were both fooled. IDC promised a modest 1.5% gain. Instead its data said demand dropped 3.2% to 80.5 million units worldwide. Gart...
Production Monitoring is about ensuring the stability and health of our system, that also includes the application. A lot of times we encounter production systems that concentrate on System Monitoring, under the assumption that a stable system leads to stable and healthy applications. ...
Intel has trotted out its latest 32nm Westmere-EX or E7 Xeons, which support up to 10 cores connected by a ring bus and are supposed to deliver up to 40% better performance than the eight-core Nehalem-EX chips they replace. Amusingly the things are considered so powerful they’re pitt...
Albert Einstein is arguably one of the most intelligent people who have ever lived. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to chat with him about business intelligence? I have. Mr. Einstein, thank you for taking the time to talk to me today. I work for a business intelligence ...
Current SQL support of relational, XML and hierarchical legacy data such as IMS is driven by flattening the hierarchical data. This is needed in order to integrate it naturally with relational (flat) data so that it can be processed relationally. Unfortunately, this strips out the natu...
Texas Instruments said Monday after the market closed that it’s going to buy rival National Semiconductor for about $6.5 billion cash. Chip groupie Nathan Brookwood called it simply “the passing of an era.” TI is offering 25 bucks a share for the analog chipmaker, a hefty 78% premiu...
Mentor Graphics’ board Monday unanimously rejected Carl Icahn’s month-old offer to buy the joint for $1.9 billion, which translates into $17 a share. It says it’s too little. It also said that “Icahn’s proposal that Mentor put itself up for sale to a strategic buyer entails significa...
Trying to get its arms around the possible component shortages, postponed product launches, higher parts prices and the impact of iPad 2 on laptops, Barclays Capital has cut its PC growth projection for 2011 from 8% to 5% as a result of the disasters in Japan and weaker-than-expected d...
The Israeli BI market, or 'the Pond', as it is referred to by the locals is a good example of how the BI market looks like in most parts of the world. A few months ago, I wrote an article about the relationships between business intelligence platform vendors and their distribution net...