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No modern enterprise stands alone; each is dependent upon a network of trading partners to remain competitive in today's global marketplace.  But in most cases, the lack of business to business (B2B) integration is holding back efforts to evolve into a true digital business. A high-performing supply chain is essentially a dynamic digital network, and every link in the supply chain is vital for business. But, remarkably, "over 50 percent of the information exchanged among business partners is still done so manually - not automatically - via email, phone calls and faxes."1 Many enterprises are stymied by silos of data, complex linear processes and disparate application landscapes. Moreover, each enterprise is reliant on its own unique set of applications, further exacerbating the struggle to exchange key information with partners. B2B integration maturity Advancing B2B... (more)

Emerging IoT Markets | @ThingsExpo @UnigmaApp #IoT #M2M #DigitalTransformation

Emerging IoT Markets - MSPs, Take Notice Managed IT services wasn't even a phrase until the early 2000s and, today, there are over 75,000 IT service providers in North America alone. By 2020, there are going to be 50 billion connected devices, and managed IT services might cease to be a phrase again. Unless the MPSs adapt to the new, connected world, we are going to see diminishing returns in that space. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Kirill Bensonoff, CEO of Unigma, will discuss the different opportunities IoT will create for MSPs and IT service providers - from on-site service... (more)

Proper Incident Management | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud #BestPractices

Why Proper Incident Management Is Key to Proper IT Management Mitigating downtime requires good workflows, human response and - most importantly - proper alarms to alert relevant individuals when things go wrong. Proper incident notification is crucial to effect management of IT downtime. Proper IT management requires proper incident management. Otherwise, you court Murphy's law at your peril. In the IT world, if a server can fail, a cache overload or traffic overload the network - it will. And the consequences are significant. Many IT organizations face database, hardware, and ... (more)

HP Board Survives by the Skin of Its Teeth

HP's board survived the annual shareholders meeting intact despite attempts to unseat chairman Ray Lane and four other directors for failing to vet HP's $11 billion acquisition of Autonomy, which resulted in an $8.8 billion write-off a few months later. They were opposed by two shareholder advisory firms and some of HP's bigger institutional investors. Those targeted like Lane, John Hammergren, head of the board's finance committee and G. Kennedy Thompson, head of its audit committee, only squeaked by with little more than the minimum 50% of the vote. Lane got 58.9%, Hamnmergre... (more)

ITC Clears Apple of Patent Infringement

A panel of the six commissioners at the International Trace Commission Monday tossed out a Motorola claim that Apple's iPhone 4 was in patent violation, foiling its attempt to get the widget banned in America. Motorola and its parent Google can appeal to the Federal Circuit and Google said it was evaluating its options. Apple was absolved of infringing the fourth of four remaining Motorola patents in the suit, which the ITC ultimately found invalid for want of novelty and obviousness. It was about sensors and programming touch screens so a user's head doesn't interfere while ta... (more)

Ellison Dares HP to Let Its CEO Appear in Court

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison claims that he and his lawyers can tie HP's new CEO Leo Apotheker to the massive theft of Oracle software perpetrated by SAP's now-defunct third-party maintenance subsidiary TomorrowNow while Apotheker was sales chief and then CEO of SAP. Apotheker is on Oracle's witness list and Ellison basically dared HP to let him take the stand. He figures HP's going to keep Apotheker out of town and beyond the reach of US subpoenas until the five-week trial, which starts Monday, is over. Larry said so in a statement he had Oracle's press people issue in his name la... (more)