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TreeHouse Interactive (www.treehousei.com), the technology leader in on-demand partner relationship management (PRM), channel sales force automation (CSFATM) and demand generation solutions, today announced that several customers using its Reseller View PRM solution - Blue Arc, Dot Hill, and SGI - have been honored with CRN magazine's 5-Star Partner Program award for their outstanding channel efforts. BlueArc Corporation, the leading independent file storage provider at scale, is a longtime TreeHouse customer. "This accolade is a true testament to BlueArc's reputation of providing channel partners with the tools they need to better meet customers' at scale needs," said Bridget Warwick, senior vice president of marketing. "We strive to provide our partners with a competitive advantage by providing innovative tools and technical support that position our valued chann... (more)

The History of Programming

I've been programming since around 1982, first using an Apple in high school and then finally getting my first computer, the Timex Sinclair 1000 (2k of ROM and 2k of RAM), that same year. Both computers came with a form of the BASIC programming language and it was the start of my lifelong pursuit of trying to understand computers. A few months ago, one of my good friends called and asked if I had a PowerPoint presentation on the history of programming. When I checked my extensive list of presentations, I noticed that I didn't have one, so that led me on a journey to create a presentation on that very subject. However, where to start? Maybe 1940 or 1950? After thinking about it for a while I realized that's really not where programming started. You need to go way, way back to really understand the programming concept and where it came from. This led me to envision th... (more)

Top Ten Performance Problems

For your reference, we've compiled a list of the Top 10 Performance Problems as we have seen them over the years when working with our clients. I hope this list is enlightening – and I’ve included follow-up links to the blogs to help better understand how to solve these problems: #1: Too Many Database Calls The problem we see the most are too many database query per request/transaction. There are 3 specific phenomena to witness: More data is requested is than actually required in the context of the current transaction, e.g.: requesting all account information instead of those that we need to display on the current screen. The same data is requested multiple times. This usually happens when different components involved in the same transaction act independently from one another and each requests the same set of data. It is unknown what type of data has already been l... (more)

Life After WikiLeaks – Exposure Is Still a Threat

If nothing else, Julian Assange was an Internet pioneer for exposing things that otherwise would not have seen the light of day on such a large scale. There have been whistle-blowers and various documents made available to the press and courts in years past, but nothing on the scale and public availability of what WikiLeaks provided. Like opening a can of worms, the potential for copycat sites and rogue insiders trying to make money from stealing internal documents is now unfortunately a lurking reality. A leak of memos and internal reports on such a widespread public forum could be a crippling risk to any corporation if they were the next big leak. Many of these leaks, like the one announced yesterday involving US Navy intelligence specialist Brian Minkyu Martin, are inside jobs and potentially the hardest to stop. For these, a combination of a “bullet-proof” secu... (more)

BEA Co-Founder Wants to Make Biz Apps Social

BEA co-founder Alfred Chuang, who was running the joint when Oracle swooped in and bought it three years ago for $8.5 billion, has raised a $12.6 million A round led by Andreessen Horowitz for a new start-up called Magnet Systems. Magnet's got a cloud-ified development platform called WIN, short for Workplace Interaction Network, that's supposed to be used to build and deploy so-called enterprise social applications that work on Amazon and let business people connect and collaborate the way the hoi polloi does on Facebook and Twitter, automatically linking up existing social networking connections. It's Chuang's premise that enterprise apps need to be socialized. "It's almost impossible to believe," he writes in a blog, "but after hundreds of millions of people worldwide have embraced social applications in nearly every aspect of their personal lives, businesses are s... (more)

Wiki War Breaks Out

Even before WikiLeaks mastermind Julian Assange got hauled off to Wandsworth Prison in southwest London Tuesday, vigilantes acting in support of his rogue site started unleashing a torrent of punishing denial of service attacks on the financial institutions that turned the spigot off on the donations WikiLeaks needs to survive and pay Assange's legal bills. That includes PayPal, MasterCard, Visa and the Swiss Post bank. Amazon.com, which booted WikiLeaks off its cloud last week, was threatened again Thursday but reportedly the new avenging angel lacked the "forces" given Amazon's EC2-style elasticity. The ruffians pushed on to PayPal. Twitter is also a possible target for not allowing WikiLeaks discussions to "trend" to the top of the heap. The attacks, which WikiLeaks refused neither to "condemn nor applaud" and which the US government is now investigating, brought ... (more)

Thoughts on Big Data and Data Virtualization

Big data and emerging data integration capabilities make it possible to generate insights from vast quantities of data, something that was not possible before and ultimately changing the way companies use information. The big data industry is seeing a boost in development and adaption recently, even though the technology was created years ago. This boost is driven by ever increasing amounts of data and the need to process it in flight and integrate with traditional data repositories, all with scalability and performance in mind. Today's market requirements are to process petabytes of data in milliseconds without impacting enterprise data warehouses. Big data (map/reduce) combined with new data management technologies enable Business Intelligence vendors to operate on large volumes of data and even virtually integrate the data with traditional datawarehouses. IT depar... (more)

Apple Makes Highly Eccentric Hire

Apple polished its reputation as a contrarian Tuesday when the news broke because of an SEC filing that it had hired Adobe's CTO Kevin Lynch to be VP of technology and reportedly coordinate its hardware and software teams. Adobe confirmed his departure effective Friday, March 22. He will report to SVP Bob Mansfield, Apple's core hardware maven, who leads Apple's Technologies Group, which includes its wireless and semiconductor interests. Provocatively Mansfield is scheduled to retire from Apple for the second time next year. Lynch, a Macromedia legacy, violently backed Mobile Flash to the hilt as a sine qua non platform long after Steve Jobs famously blasted the widgetry's reliability, security, performance and battery life problems, chalking it up as bad, inelegant software and barring it from the iPhone and the iPad. The news of Lynch going to Apple lit up the blog... (more)

We Seem to Be Having a Bit of a Cyber War

Even before WikiLeaks mastermind Julian Assange got hauled off to Wandsworth Prison in southwest London Tuesday, vigilantes acting in support of WikiLeaks unleashed a torrent of punishing denial of service attacks on MasterCard and the Swiss Post bank PostFinance, bringing down both of their web sites. PostFinance, which confirmed the attacks, was down most of Tuesday and mastercard.com was still impossible to reach Wednesday. Self-styled "hacktivists" who call themselves 4Chan and another called Anonymous, usually associated with attacking RIAA for its anti-piracy moves, have banded together in Operation Payback, ostensibly in revenge for MasterCard and PostFinance cutting off WikiLeaks donations. PayPal, which pulled WikiLeaks' account last Friday, has reportedly been hit too but seems to be bearing up other than some difficulties with its blog. The web site of the... (more)

Workday Reportedly Files IPO Papers on the QT

Workday, the promising cloud-based HR and financial management start-up founded by the founder and former chief strategist of PeopleSoft David Duffield and Aneel Bhusri, has reportedly filed its S-1 paper to go public under a new law that will let it keep its financials under wraps until 21 days before its investor-fanning roadshow. It's IPO has been highly anticipated and could be glorious. Reuters, which broke the story, figures it could be the "largest market debut" since Facebook's botched IPO in May. Workday, which is subscription-based, is a lot more stable than Facebook. The law it's reportedly using is the so-called JOBS Act, short for the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, intended to help companies with less than a billion dollars in revenues get out. Reuters says it filed its S-1 with the SEC last week intending to go public in October, depending on ma... (more)

Assange Arrested, Denied Bail

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested in London Tuesday morning and appeared in Magistrates Court in the City of Westminster near Parliament around lunchtime where he said he would fight extradition to Sweden. Judge Howard Riddle denied the vagabond troublemaker bail reportedly telling him he had "substantial grounds" to believe the 39-year-old Australian wouldn't turn up for subsequent proceedings. Assange will be held in custody until December 14 and an extradition hearing determines what to do with him. He is wanted for questioning on charges of rape stemming from complaints made by two Swedish women after two separate encounters in Sweden in August. The Wall Street Journal says the charges read in court allege that Assange forcibly held one woman's arms and legs, preventing her from moving, and had sex with her without using a condom, as she wanted. The o... (more)