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OCR used to capture data from compliance certificates quickly and accurately January 9, 2013 - Kodak announces today that the National Security Inspectorate (NSI), the UK's leading certification body for the security and fire protection sectors, has selected Kodak Capture Pro data extraction software and a Kodak i2600 scanner solution to streamline the processing of 4,000 alarm related compliance certificates received each month from NSI approved companies. The new Kodak solution means that administrative staff can now manage the documentation faster and more accurately, with the OCR [optical character recognition] technology included reading customer and alarm installation data from the forms automatically. This is then used to update NSI's certificate management database. The Kodak Capture Pro software and the scanner hardware were supplied and installed by resell... (more)

The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache™ CloudStack™ v4.3

Tuesday 25 March, 2014 Flexible, scalable, Open Source Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) used by organizations such as Zynga, Datapipe, and ISWest, among others, for creating, managing, and deploying public, private, and hybrid Cloud Computing environments Forest Hill, MD --25 March 2014-- The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 170 Open Source projects and initiatives, today announced Apache CloudStack v4.3, the latest feature release of the CloudStack cloud orchestration platform. Apache CloudStack is an integrated Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) software platform that allows users to build feature-rich public, private, and hybrid cloud environments. CloudStack includes an intuitive user interface and rich APIs for managing the compute, networking, software, and storage infrastructure resources. C... (more)

Red Hat steps into Microsoft's turf

Red Hat steps into Microsoft's turf offering a PaaS consisting of Microsoft.NET and SQL Server. This service is going to be offered (not ready yet) on Red Hat's OpenShift platform with UHURU software providing the code support. Open source UHURU was started by former MSFT Employees. About OpenShift:  When it starts working, Red Hat Open Shift will use Microsoft.NET and SQL server 'cartridges' on windows Server by itself or as a virtual server. In effect you can have a Microsoft.NET Cartridge to pair with third part database 'cartridge' allowing a great deal of flexibility. Of course OpenShift would orchestrate the various cartridges.  Microsoft does offers LINUX distributions but not Red Hat. Could this be the driving force? About UHURU: Visit Uhuru's web site here:  http://uhurusoftware.com/    Key feature of UHURU in its own words:"The Uhuru AppCloud is a new way to... (more)

Enterprise Search Wish List for Office 365

In my previous article about Office 365, I had listed how Office 365 and NoSQL together can be a potential enterprise platform. However, in order for it to satisfy the enterprise features of: Content Management Business Intelligence Enterprise Reporting Office 365  needs to satisfy more  advanced search features. Here is the wish list that could be satisfied in the initial or later releases of Office 365 to fill in the missing pieces to make it truly enterprise. 1.  Tag Searchable Attributes to Documents Currently we can search  within the office documents like search for a particular string in a Word document, but however  the ability to tag a document, for example if a Purchase Order is stored as a Word document and  the document can be tagged with,  Vendor Name, Shipping Location Zip Code, Type of the items to be ordered etc., then the searching of documents will b... (more)

Mobility News Weekly – Week of January 6, 2013

The Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read Kevin Benedict’s What’s New in HTML5 Also read M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Also read SMAC News Weekly Intel will launch a new Atom processor code-named Lexington aimed at emerging markets in a move to put more of its chips into smartphones.  The V.P. for Intel's Mobile and Communications Group, said Acer, Africa-based Safaricom, and Lava, based in India, will announce products based on Lexington in the first quarter. Read Original Content While recent data indicates Google's Android oper... (more)

Book Review: Microsoft Azure Enterprise Application Development

The book is a nice concise overview of Microsoft Azure. I have not had any clients express interested in the cloud yet. They are not willing to hear about giving up the control over their environments which is a stigma the cloud conversation carries with it. I still wanted to know what is going on with Azure, without having to spend 2 months mulling through a tome. This book was the perfect size and depth for getting me up to speed quickly. The book is intended to give you enough information to decide whether or not further movement toward the cloud is something you want to do, and it does that perfectly. The book starts off with an overview of cloud computing, an introduction to Azure, and covers setting up a development environment. After that the rest of the book designs and builds a sample application which is used to introduce the key components of Microsoft Azur... (more)

Announcing Revolution R Enterprise 6.0

Revolution Analytics is proud to announce the latest update to our enhanced, production-grade distribution of R, Revolution R Enterprise. This update expands the range of supported computation platforms, adds new Big Data predictive models, and updates to the latest stable release of open source R (2.14.2), which improves performance of the R interpreter by about 30%. This release expands the range of big-data statistical analysis with support for Generalized Linear Models (GLM). Logistic (Binomial) Poisson, Gamma and Tweedie models are all supported with a high-performance C++ implementation, and you can also model any distribution in the GLM family with a custom link function written in R. Big Data GLM has been a common request from many of our customers, and beta testers have been blown away by the speed of the implementation. For example here's an example of a T... (more)

Kevin Benedict’s What’s New in HTML5 – Week of February 24, 2013

Welcome to Kevin Benedict's What's New in HTML5.  HTML5 is predicted to be the dominant development environment for enterprise mobility over the next several years.  The questions are when and where should HTML5 be used today.  In this weekly update on HTML5 we report on this ongoing debate and other relevant news. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly Also read SMAC News Weekly Game Closure is launching a free and open source software development kit that will enable developers to use HTML5 and JavaScript to create web games incorporating graphics acceleration.  Read Original Content Crocodoc has unveiled its new HTML5 document converter with a revamped conversion engine using HTML5 and scalable vec... (more)

TeamDrive Secure Cloud File Synchronization Deployed by Touchstone Compliance

Dropbox-like Collaboration Software Ensures 100% Uptime and Enhanced Security for HIPAA Compliance Software Vendor San Diego, California and Hamburg, Germany - February 26, 2013 - Enterprise cloud synchronization provider TeamDrive today announced Touchstone Compliance LLC has deployed the TeamDrive platform to provide its staff with secure and collaborative access to critical files with version control and complete audit trails. TeamDrive delivers a simple, secure file sharing and storage service that works the way users work -- from anywhere on any device - to meet user requirements without sacrificing IT control. Touchstone's cloud-based solutions help health providers across the globe meet evolving statutory obligations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). With staff often based out of the US, uptime, security and local regulatory ... (more)

Mobility News Weekly – Week of April 20, 2014

The Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Cyber Security News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here! Chegg, the connected learning platform for students, confirmed to MMW ahead of the weekend that it has acquired student deal platform Campus Special for $17 million in cash and stock. Students across more than 500 college campuses are already using Chegg Campus Deals to order and pay for food and to discover offers from local and... (more)

Windows 7 Done, Finished, in the Can

Microsoft released Windows 7 Build 7600 to manufacturing Wednesday afternoon, a day ahead of its numbers. Windows Server 2008 RC2 also RTM’d. Microsoft said the gold code will start going out to OEMs in a couple of days. It’s sticking with October 22 as the date for general availability although it would seem Microsoft could bring it in earlier than that now. However, it says volume licensees with existing Software Assurance licenses will be able to start downloading the code in English on August 7 via the Volume License Service Center (VLSC). It’s a little vague on when they can get other languages. Volume licensees without a SA license can start buying it through volume licensing September 1, as previously announced. IT Professionals with TechNet subscription can get it in English on August 6. Ditto developers with MSDN subscriptions. ISVs and IHVs will be able to ... (more)