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DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)

Undisciplined approach to negotiation costing businesses millions of pounds, finds Huthwaite International Benchmark Study

As Global 2000* net income drops 31% over survey period, companies that adopt processes in line with best practice achieve a 43% increase. Report highlights critical areas to improve bottom line results - "transforming negotiation from individual competence to organisational capability is key to success" In the first study of its kind, Huthwaite International and IACCM found that companies with no negotiation processes in place suffered an average net income (bottom line profitability) decline of 63.3 per cent between 2007 and 2008. In stark contrast, over the same period the top 25 per cent of companies on the Huthwaite International/IACCM 'negotiation maturity' benchmarking scale recorded an average net income increase of 42.5 per cent. This was one of the main findings of Improving corporate negotiating performance** - a unique benchmark study undertaken jointly b... (more)

Mimecast Attains ISO/IEC 27001 Security Certification

Cloud services provider's commitment to security recognised with UK certification London, UK - 28 March 2012 - Mimecast®, the leading supplier of cloud-based email archiving, continuity and security for Microsoft Exchange and Office 365, today announced that it has attained the ISO/IEC 27001 security certification. Mimecast chose to become certified against the ISO 27001 framework as part of its ongoing mission to support clear, customer-friendly security standards for the cloud computing industry. Having an ISO 27001 compliant system helps customers make informed choices about their cloud security services and ensures vendor accountability. Mimecast also recently announced that is has published its security controls in response to the standards set by the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Security, Trust & Assurance Registry (STAR), becoming one of only three supplie... (more)

Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012: Adopting Agile Software Practices Book Review

I own the first two versions of this book and was looking forward to the third version. There was a lot of change between the first and second editions, but this third edition does not have that much new material. The authors let you know in the preface that the major update to this version of the book is that it has been updated for Visual Studio 2012. My personal preference is to always have the latest edition. I would say if you want to get familiar with doing Scrum with TFS this is the book you want. It really does not cover the other templates at all. I am not saying that is bad, but when I read the second edition of the book it is not what I expected or wanted. I already had read enough on Scrum to last me a lifetime. I wanted to see more on the other templates. All that said, if you have not had the opportunity to get familiar with Scrum this is a great place t... (more)

My next book SQL Server Reporting Services 2012 will be published soon

In the present day information-centric world we live in, the success of an enterprise depends enormously on how its information is generated, handled, and disseminated. With ample screenshots and over 65 hands-on exercises, this book will guide you effortlessly through creating cutting edge reports using SQL Server Reporting Services 2012, native and fully integrated with SharePoint Server 2010 including new features like Power View and Data Alerts. "Learning SQL Server Reporting Services 2012" will get you started right from installation and then move on to configuration of SQL Server Reporting Services 2012. Start learning right from Chapter 1 and build your skill to create reports using the latest tools and deploy them to the latest servers, both Native and SharePoint. No guessing; you will learn all—Power View, Data Alerts, SQL Azure Reporting,the latest Reporti... (more)

VMware or Microsoft?–Get the “Scoop” On Hyper-V at VMWorld

Today in our series “VMware or Microsoft?”, we leverage an awesome opportunity to promote our products and give away some good stuff during the VMworld Conference.  Check out Matt Hester’s blog post today for more details. ... (more)

Microsoft Invests in Foursquare to Add Data to Services, Bing

Foursquare is getting some help from Microsoft as it seeks to turn its location-based mobile app into a sustainable business. Microsoft has invested $15 million and agreed to a strategic partnership with the New York-based startup, Chief Executive Dennis Crowley said in an interview. The investment will be added to the $35 million investment round Foursquare announced last December and which valued the company at about $650 million. In addition to an equity investment, Microsoft has signed a multi-year contract to license Foursquare data in services such as its mobile operating system and Bing search engine. With that deal, Microsoft becomes Foursquare’s single biggest data licensee, though Crowley declined to specify how much the contract is worth. Foursquare has collected a trove of data about more than 60 million restaurants, shops and other points of interest wi... (more)

Parallels Survey of IT Professionals Finds Macs are Moving Beyond BYOD Phenomenon, Now Considered for Broader Corporate Deployment

Businesses Can Break Through Main Barriers to Mac Adoption with Parallels Desktop for Mac Enterprise Edition and Parallels Mac Management Plug-In for Microsoft SCCM March 25, 2014 - Parallels® (, a global leader in cross-platform solutions, today announced results of its commissioned survey of more than 200 IT decision makers about their attitudes toward Macs in the enterprise. The results are telling - almost half of businesses (45 percent) currently offer their employees Macs, and more than nine out of 10 businesses (95 percent) that don't currently provide Macs would be more likely to offer employees Macs if they had a single central management system for both Windows PCs and Macs. Macs are in high demand - and respondents who already support Macs shared the top reasons why: Eight out of 10 businesses (77 percent) say Macs are... (more)

How to Get Windows Phone 8.1 (and Cortana) Now

If you use Windows Phone 8 and want to get the new Windows Phone 8.1 hotness and give Cortana a spin before it rolls out officially—and you do, it’s really great—then don’t despair. Although the early access is a “developer preview,” you don’t actually have to write any code to get your hands on it. You just need a Microsoft Account and a Windows Phone 8 phone (obviously). First head to App Studio and sign in with the same Microsoft Account that you use on your phone. This will make some magical change to your account. Next, install the app “Preview for Developers.” It’s a regular app you can find in the store, or you can send it to your phone here. Then run the app. It’s straightforward. It’ll ask you to accept some terms and conditions, warning that you may void your warranty. If you don’t want to do that, then you’ll have to wait for the final release. Read t... (more)

Iniziano le vendite dei sistemi completi mini-PC con Windows 7 preinstallato

ELMSHORN, Germania, October 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Shuttle Inc., leader di mercato nel settore mini-PC e produttore di soluzioni Multi-Form-Factor, fornisce fin da ora in Europa su richiesta sistemi completi con Windows 7 di Microsoft preinstallato. Gli acquirenti hanno il vantaggio di setup personalizzati adattati ai singoli modelli che non richiedono l'utilizzo di ulteriori programmi. Grazie alle funzionalità aggiuntive, a una migliore gestione delle risorse e al nuovo look il successo è assicurato. Windows 7 offre tante possibilità che fino ad ora potevano essere implementate solo installando ulteriori programmi. Ora è possibile, ad esempio, masterizzare file ISO e supporti Blu ray. Le nuove funzionalità Jump List, Aero Shake, Peek e Snap sono pratiche applicazioni per l'utilizzo quotidiano. Windows 7 ha una gestione più consapevole della memoria di lavoro, avvia i ... (more)

IneoQuest Expands Family of Microsoft(R) Mediaroom(TM) Deployment Test Solutions

MANSFIELD, MA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/09/09 -- IneoQuest Technologies, Inc., the global provider of advanced quality and service assurance solutions for digital video, today announced that it has expanded its product line for optimizing Microsoft® Mediaroom(TM) operations. iDMS(TM) Telco now leverages the data collected on IQDialogue(TM) IPTV Mediaroom(TM) Installer to give operations managers a consolidated collection of historical deployment data. Using IneoQuest's technology, providers can implement uniform procedures to ensure high quality installation, maximize overall support for technicians and efficiently engineer their network for improved performance. Telecommunications providers are currently using IneoQuest's IQDialogue IPTV Mediaroom Installer to test the performance of Microsoft Mediaroom residential deployments and assure that the setup and configuration... (more)