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Technology integration is complex and an evergreen business challenge for IT teams. Enterprises setup manual & point to point connections to exchange data from business partners. However, data disruptions emerge when the business IT systems expand and prevents organizations from sharing data with partners. Information exchange with this approach requires more resources and manpower is required. For such scenarios, information solution experts recommend to use the B2B data exchange tool to support the Electronic Data Interchange. However, enterprises are struck in a dilemma to go for an in house or a b2b solution. This blog will help you in deciding whether to develop an in-house solution or a dedicated information solution What the Information Solutions Experts Recommend Organizations generally opt for a B2B data exchange tool considering a request from partners, rat... (more)

Quantified Small Business | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #BigData #InternetOfThings

The Emergence of the Quantified Small Business Sensors and effectors of IoT are solving problems in new ways, but small businesses have been slow to join the quantified world. They'll need information from IoT using applications as varied as the businesses themselves. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Roger Meike, Distinguished Engineer, Director of Technology Innovation at Intuit, showed how IoT manufacturers can use open standards, public APIs and custom apps to enable the Quantified Small Business. He used a Raspberry Pi to connect sensors to web services, and cloud integration to connect accounting and data, providing a Bluetooth LE workflow, iBeacon-based time tracking, and sensor-driven invoices. The quantified small business will not only be possible; it will be the norm. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Speaker Bio Roger Meike is a Distinguished Engineer and Direc... (more)

Data Quality Objectives for Data Quality Providers in the Cloud

There are data quality objectives for everyone. Google indicates that the term "data quality" is used in 135,000 global searches every month. It's not Taylor Swift with 55 million or Microsoft with 101 million.But it represents a fairly decent amount of interest for a rather mundane topic. The term "data quality tools", on the other hand, accounts for only 2,900 searches or 2% of all literal "data quality" searches. If you are a company that provides data quality management solutions, like those that remove duplicate contacts from mailing lists and reformat thousands of records to make them pretty to print on mailing labels, or if you do more heavy lifting work, such as parsing a full name into first and last names or extracting intelligence about a person's role in a company based on business title, then these search figures from Google are not insignificant informat... (more)

Managing Customer Data Privacy: Issues, Perspectives and Possibilities

Sharing personal information is central to the way people live, work and do business with each other today. And it's only going to become more so, as the Identity Economy emerges to establish a new paradigm for commercial interactions. This raises a number of interesting questions and concerns about the privacy of personal information. Share and Share Alike What does the sharing of personal information mean in the context of economic transactions? It specifically refers to consumers who are sharing information with companies and receiving something in return. It may be as simple as providing their information to enable a company to offer them a better service or more personalized experience. Or it may mean providing information to a company and giving the company permission to share with a trusted affiliate or partner in exchange for some benefit to the consumer. In ... (more)

Four Ways Technology Is Advancing Business By @FrankMakesSense | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Technology is advancing all around us. From our TVs that we use in our homes to the smart phones we ever so mindlessly use on a day-to-day basis, and they're becoming more and more connected to each other too. Technological advancement and connectivity are driving forces in businesses large and small; minimizing costs and effort, and maximizing productivity.  Here are just a few of the newest ways in which technology is advancing business. Information Storage Moore's Law states that processing speeds will double every two years, and that the number of transistors on an affordable CPU would also double every two years, but what if we moved away from transistors and advanced into memristors?  Originally envisioned by Leon Chua in 1971, the idea is that memristors would be able to store information, even with power loss. HP has announced that they plan to use this techn... (more)

Business Continuity and the Cloud | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Microservices

The Microwave Culture - Business Continuity and the Cloud We live in a microwave culture. I use this phrase often when discussing business needs with clients, especially in the context of leveraging technology to address those needs. Sometimes I will get a puzzled look, other times I will get some head nods in agreement and understanding. When I use this phrase, I'm talking about how the microwave has affected our culture from an end-user expectation perspective. There is an expectation of getting what I want when I want it, and an immediacy built into that expectation. The microwave turned hours into minutes, and minutes into seconds. There tends to be very little patience for waiting for something, whether it be food, service, or technology. When discussing business needs and the underlying technologies supporting those needs, end-user expectations and perceptions ... (more)

Data Backup and Business Continuity | @CloudExpo #DataCenter #Storage

The Distinction Between Data Backup and Business Continuity by Brandon Garcin Believe it or not, the first data backups were made on paper. Dating back as early as the 18th century, the "technology" was used in the form of paper tapes constructed from punch cards to control the functions of automated machinery such as textile looms. The concept of these cards was then further developed by IBM in the early days of data processing, where data input, storage and commands were captured using a series of hole punches. In 1956, IBM introduced the 350 disk storage unit - the first ever hard disk drive. It was 60 inches in length, stood nearly 70 inches tall and had a capacity of 5 million 6-bit characters - or 3.75 MB of data. And although less than 4 megabytes may not seem like much (a decent cell phone can today take a picture with a larger file size), the 350 unit represe... (more)

Cloud: What a Business Leader Must Know

In speaking with Service Providers, the conversation around cloud often moves away from the technical challenges of delivering a large-scale multi-tenant on-demand offering, and into business considerations such as the readiness of customers to consume cloud services and the prioritization of cloud services to be offered. Cisco is working with SPs and SP customers to assist in delivering successful offerings and advancing the cloud market. For SPs, it’s important to understand who the offering is being built for, what revenue opportunity is enabled, and what ultimately needs to be delivered in order to meet the demands of the customer. Customers of cloud need to understand how the cloud will impact their business. Concerns including policy compliance, end-to-end security, quality of service, and transitioning to (and from) the cloud will be need to be addressed. ... (more)

Business Intelligence? Yes Minister!

I recently watched an episode of the classic BBC series ‘Yes, Minister’. In this episode, the minister asked his assistant, Bernard, to inquire about a new hospital where there are supposedly no patients and a ridiculous amount of administrative staff. Bernard conducts some research and returns to the minister with his results. Here’s a short transcript: Bernard- You asked me to find out about an alleged empty hospital in north London. Minister- Oh, yes. Bernard- Well, in fact there are *only* 342 administrative staff in the new St. Edwards hospital. The other 170 are porters, cleaners, laundry workers, gardeners, cooks and so forth. Minister- And how many medical staff? Bernard- Oh, none of those. Minister- None?? Bernard- No. Minister- Bernard, we are talking about St. Edwards’s hospital, aren’t we? Bernard- Yes, it’s brand new. It was completed 15 months ago and is ... (more)

How Cloud Computing Is Changing Business Commerce

Cloud computing is changing the rules of the game for many industries. Every day we hear compelling stories about how banks use cloud-based solutions to help customers pay bills online, health care institutions tap cloud networks to collaborate on medical care, and colleges leverage technology to create virtual classrooms. Cloud computing hasn't had a huge effect on business commerce. Despite billions spent on technologies to streamline the process, business commerce has been remarkably resilient to technological progress. Commerce collaboration between companies is still weighed down by paper-based processes and outmoded operating infrastructures. In fact, more than 80 percent of business-to-business commerce transactions are completed manually, and companies still send 85 percent of invoices and payments on paper. Things are changing. With increasing frequency, co... (more)

Cloud Computing: From Business Process Outsourcing to BpaaS

Business Process Outsourcing Over the last decade, Business Process Outsourcing has become an enterprise standard way of delegating the non-core processes to third-party service providers, which resulted in cost controls and business efficiency. This BPO industry has further matured by providing innovation to the outsourcing enterprise because specialized BPO providers with subject matter expertise on clients' business vertical and business processes have ultimately enabled the enterprises to achieve their business goals beyond cost-cutting. The following are some of the typical areas in which highly successful BPO implementations have been done: Finance and Accounting Procurement Insurance Utility Services Cloud Business Process Management Cloud-based BPM is the provision of Business Process Management tools as a SaaS/PaaS over the network. These services provide the ... (more)