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Well IBM has gone and done it, they've announced a cloud offering yet again. Actually what's interesting about this go, is not that they're getting into the cloud business (again) but instead this time they're serious about it. And like it or not, they're approach actually does kind of make sense for, assuming you're within their target demographic (the large enterprise looking to save a few bucks). My summary of the "Big Blue Cloud" is as follows: It's not what you can do for the cloud, but what the cloud can do for you. Or simply, it's about the application, duh? In a statement earlier today in the New York Times, IBM CEO Sam Palmisano said, “The information technology infrastructure is under stress --- and the data flood is just accelerating.” Palmisano isn't alone in this thinking, earlier this week Cisco Systems, the mobile networking giant, released a report sug... (more)

Successful Software Best Practices: Requirements

I'm not in love with "requirements". There are some who think that "Requirements" are the be-all and end-all for building great software. They're not wrong, but they are off by a third of a bubble. Great software companies come from creating and bringing to market (with a great "go to market" strategy) quality software that solves one or more significant problems for an appropriately chosen target audience - and does so measurably better than alternative solutions. How does such successful software happen? Certainly not by accident. Understanding the Target Customer It comes from truly understanding the "target customer" - their needs, their plans, and their pain, the severity of their pain, their ability and willingness to spend money to fix that pain, and knowing what other alternative solutions exist for them (and how your proposed solution compares). And this un... (more)

18 Steps for Successful Software Deployment By @Stackify | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

18 Steps for Successful Software Deployment Deploying software releases is a mixture of planning, testing, late hours, and celebratory beers. This checklist is intended to be a guide to help improve how your team achieves this complicated and sometimes hairy task. Part 1: Planning and Deployment Preparation Collaboration Between Development and Operations It is important that operations be in the loop when it comes to planning any software deployment. They need to know when the project starts, not at the last minute about your new deployment. Ensure that operations is aware of any infrastructure changes needed well in advance. If the operations team is your front-line defense for monitoring and troubleshooting your app, help them help you by collaborating on how best to monitor the app and discuss early warning signs of trouble to be alerted to. If you're thinking of ... (more)

Maverick's Iconic Headset and Accessories Set New Standard for Aesthetics and Innovation

Maverick Lifestyle Corporation, a leading developer of innovative Bluetooth products and accessories, today announced the Nica Bluetooth headset and charging docks, setting a new standard for aesthetic design and functional innovation in wireless technology. Maverick has reinvented the Bluetooth headset, from the way it looks to the way it works. Nica, the only compact, open-air headset on the market, features a clean, circular design that provides a number of benefits. With no mic boom extending into the wearers face, the headset is more stable and secure, yet draws less attention to itself. The open-air acoustics allow the headset to be worn comfortably for longer periods because there is no ear insert pressing on the ear canal. The open-air approach also includes a larger speaker than those found on most other headsets, resulting in remarkably full and clear aud... (more)

New Mobile iPorn Web Application Is a Hit with Apple iPhone Users

35,000 Users Register as iPorn Mania Sweeps Apple's WWDC Conference and Controversy Ensues BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., June 12 /PRNewswire/ -- "You could be watching free porn right now," teased the iPorn Bikini Girls to the thousands of people lined up around the Moscone West building in San Francisco waiting to enter Monday's opening day of Apple's World Wide Developer's Conference. The bikini-clad girls, who paraded in and out of a horse-drawn carriage throwing mini-footballs and t-shirts promoting the launch of the iPorn mobile web application for the iPhone, were met with a warm welcome on the chilly morning. Throngs of attendees were taking pictures with the sexy girls while registration on the free iPorn mobile site grew past 35,000 members by today. iPorn mania began on Monday morning when iPorn launched the first adult web app developed using Apple specifica... (more)

Onstream Media to Debut iEncode(TM) V2, a Self-Administered Webcasting Solution at InfoComm 09

POMPANO BEACH, Fla., June 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Onstream Media Corporation (Nasdaq: ONSM) an online service provider of live and on-demand internet video, corporate web communications and content management applications announced today that it will introduce the latest enhancements to its self-administered webcasting solution - iEncode(TM) at InfoComm 09, being held June 17-19 in Orlando, which attracts over 30,000 audio and visual professionals from over 80 countries. "We're pleased to continue to expand our leadership position in webcasting, providing live, on demand and now self-administered Internet broadcasting solutions to large, mid-size and small businesses worldwide," said Randy Selman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Onstream Media. "Webcasting is taking shape as one of the seminal killer apps of this decade, and Onstream Media has contin... (more)

Halifax Health's New State-of-the-Art Medical Facility Boosts Worker Productivity with Meru Wireless LAN

Halifax Health's new 500,000-square-foot state-of-the-art medical facility in Daytona Beach, Fla., will open this week equipped with a high-performance wireless LAN from Meru Networks aimed at increasing medical professionals' mobility, productivity and accuracy as they treat patients. The Meru virtual cell WLAN, based on the latest 802.11n wireless standard, will span all 10 floors of the new North Tower, including 180 private rooms and a 89,000-square-foot Emergency Department containing the area's only Trauma Center. It will provide connectivity for "Workstations on Wheels" mobile workstations that support such applications as electronic medical records (EMR), bedside bar-code scanning for drug-dosage verification, and remote video interpreting for hard-of-hearing patients. Meru's next-generation virtual-cell WLAN platform outperformed other vendors' micro-cell a... (more)

NetIQ Delivers Unified Communications Management to MTS Allstream

HOUSTON, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 06/16/09 -- NetIQ, an Attachmate business, announced today that MTS Allstream has selected NetIQ to manage their customers' Unified Communications (UC) applications and infrastructure. With the addition of this MTS Allstream deployment, NetIQ® AppManager® will manage more than one million Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) enabled phones worldwide, spanning the four leading infrastructure vendors: Avaya, Cisco, Microsoft and Nortel. MTS Allstream, one of Canada's leading communications solutions providers, manages communications infrastructure for enterprise customers across the country. MTS Allstream tapped NetIQ to help them develop an innovative, value-added offering to manage their UC solutions. "We needed a solution to help us measure performance levels and enhance end-user experience," said Eric Fletcher, senior vice president, ... (more)

Alentus Launches New Dedicated Starter Server

Alentus Corporation (Pink Sheets: ALNS), a leading provider of web solutions including managed services, sharepoint hosting, Windows and Linux web hosting, and Microsoft exchange mail services, has announced the introduction of a new dedicated server to the selection of Starter Servers, priced starting at $149 USD per month. The new Alentus Dell PowerEdge R200 Dedicated Server package is ideally resourced for website owners looking for more control over their hosting environment. The package, which comes complete with a roomy 160GB hard drive and 500 GB of monthly bandwidth is the first Alentus dedicated hosting package to offer the operating system FreeBSD. The new Alentus Dell PowerEdge R200 is highly flexible and customizable, with opportunities to upgrade hard drive specifications for RAID configurations with hot swappable drives, as well as backup upgrade opti... (more)

New Oce PRISMAscan Convert Document Conversion Software Simplifies Transformation of Paper Documents to Digital Files

TRUMBULL, Conn., June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Oce, an international leader in digital document management and delivery, announced new Oce PRISMAscan Convert(TM) state-of-the-art document conversion software that simplifies the transformation of paper documents into digital format. New Oce PRISMAscan Convert software uses an Optical Character Recognition (OCR) engine to convert scanned documents into editable files compatible with electronic data distribution and archiving management applications. Versatile support for a variety of input and output formats With Oce PRISMAscan Convert software, enterprises can convert a wide range of document formats, including TIFF, JPEG, and PDF, created on any standard black & white or color scanner. The OCR engine automatically recognizes printed data for text, barcodes, tables and images and processes them at the highest speed with t... (more)

Apparel Designer to the Stars Launches SLIMINIZER, Her Own New and Affordable Shapewear Line Available June 19th

Stars Jessica Simpson and Tyra, Along With Clothing Designers Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger Have Tapped SLIMINIZER Designer Kate Liegey for Previous Lines 10 Skintone Choices and Affordable Prices Make SLIMINIZER the New 'Must Have' Bodyshaper Poised to Knock Out the Competition NEW YORK, June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- SLIMINIZER, the new shapewear line available in 10 different skintones and at affordable prices, launches on-line this Friday, June 19th. Veteran shapewear and lingerie designer to the stars Kate Liegey and SLIMINIZER co-creator Gizelle Bryant believe their slimming, yet affordable line of shapewear will resonate among all women. "I spent years designing apparel for stars and now I'm thrilled to be making it accessible to everyday women," says Liegey. "We're really proud of SLIMINIZER because it combines the comfort of lingerie with the sleekness of shap... (more)