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  • Six Reasons Why Salesforce.com Cloud Solutions are Doing So Well

    Six Reasons Why Salesforce.com Cloud Solutions are Doing So Well

    As more and more businesses go for cloud computing, it is inevitable that many companies will offer cloud computing solutions. Salesforce.com is an industry leader when it comes to cloud computing solutions. There are several reasons for this.

    By CMS Report
    Posted July 01, 2015

  • Off Topic: Starting my Summer with the Blossom Smart Watering Controller

    Off Topic: Starting my Summer with the Blossom Smart Watering Controller

    Spring brought to South Dakota plenty of rain. The lawns are green, the flowers are in full bloom, and it seems we can't go beyond a couple days without a rain shower or thunderstorm. While water is usually plenty for my city, we do things smart around here and restrict water usage for our lawns year round. It's not uncommon in my part of the country to see the weather pattern quickly change from wet to dry. What once was green can turn brown in a hurry.

    If you want a green yard when summer is in full swing, you will do best to respect the water restrictions and program your sprinkler controller the smartest way possible. Here in my city, watering lawns is not allowed during the hours of 12 p.m to 5 PM. Homeowners with even-numbered addresses may water lawns on even-numbered calendar dates and users with odd-numbered addresses may water lawns on odd-numbered calendar dates. Last summer though, my traditional sprinkler controller decided this responsibility was too much of a burden. The failing controller couldn't even keep the time of day correctly yet alone maintain an ideal watering schedule. So this May, I replaced my failing controller with Blossom's Smart Watering Controller in hopes of a greener lawn and a better sprinkler system.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted June 24, 2015

  • What Can A Content Performance Platform Do For You?

    What Can A Content Performance Platform Do For You?

    Enterprises don’t want to simply create content in the dark-- to justify and strategically direct content production, they need intelligence helping them determine with content resonates with consumers across these channels. 

    By jmadej
    Posted June 22, 2015

  • Common Mistakes Businesses Still Make When Moving to the Cloud

    Common Mistakes Businesses Still Make When Moving to the Cloud

    The cloud is where you need to be. At least that’s what companies are being told these days. The hype surrounding cloud computing is difficult to ignore, and organizations are responding by moving to the cloud in droves. This surge in cloud adoption makes the whole movement seem more like a fad at times, but it’s important to note that cloud computing does bring some significant benefits to the table. In other words, there’s a reason businesses are jumping on the bandwagon. At the same time, all this transitioning to the cloud can lead to mistakes, especially when companies aren’t prepared for the challenges and pitfalls they may encounter. A number of mistakes have become all too common and often lead to more costly implementations and frustrated IT workers. Businesses should take care to avoid some of the more prevalent cloud transition mistakes that crop up.

    By Rick Delgado
    Posted June 21, 2015

  • Does Cloud Computing Take Away Too Much Control?

    Does Cloud Computing Take Away Too Much Control?

    It’s not easy to ignore the hype surrounding the cloud. Businesses all over the world are coming to realize that cloud computing offers numerous advantages, from more productivity and capabilities to lower costs. These benefits have lead to the growth of a wide variety of cloud providers, each offering its own unique take on services and products. The result has been a groundswell of support as organizations of all types look to the cloud for solutions to common and complex business problems. Research from Verizon shows that nearly two-thirds (65 percent) of all companies are using some form of the cloud, and that number is only increasing. But as more and more organizations adopt cloud computing, a stern reality is also settling in -- to fully utilize the cloud, one must give up a significant degree of control. With so many businesses now employing the cloud in various ways, have we reached the point where we are giving up too much control?

    By Rick Delgado
    Posted May 20, 2015

  • Hippo Debuts Content Performance Platform and Launches Hippo CMS 10

    Hippo Debuts Content Performance Platform and Launches Hippo CMS 10

    “This release transforms the CMS into a data-driven intelligent marketing technology that measures real-time content performance against the online goals of the enterprise – attracting visitors, improving engagement and increasing conversion.”

    By jmadej
    Posted May 19, 2015

  • 3 Ways Big Data Will Positively Affect Businesses

    3 Ways Big Data Will Positively Affect Businesses

    Big Data continues to attract a passionate amount of attention among consumers, media, and businesses. It also attracts intense attention among analytics, digital channels, and cloud based technologies. All these are attributable to the current technology megatrends. Big Data has enabled managers to measure and know more about their businesses. It enables business owners to improve their decision-making and performance. Big Data has the potential of transforming both traditional and current businesses as well.

    Big Data can significantly affect internet search results, finance markets, and business informatics. Yes, that is how powerful it is. For sure, Big data is the next big thing in the technology field. It will not only promote business growth, but it will also help companies to outperform each other.

    By CMS Report
    Posted May 18, 2015

  • The Best Blogging Services Infographic

    The Best Blogging Services Infographic

    While actually setting up a blog is easy, the process of starting one requires a few decisions that will impact the success of your online venture. For instance, what will be your niche? If you want to make money blogging, how will you monetize your blog? Should you use a free blogging platform or choose to self-host your site?

    Although a self-hosted blog built on WordPress.org’s software will offer you maximum flexibility, control, and monetization opportunity, not every blogger is looking to turn their blog into a business and make money online. For hobbyists, a free blog from WordPress.com, Blogger, Tumblr, Wix, Weebly, or even SquareSpace can still provide the basic benefits of blogging.

    Gary Dek of StartABlog123.com has put together a useful comparison chart where he compares the best blog sites. Check below the fold to see which free blogging platform fits your needs.

    By Bryan Ruby
    Posted May 08, 2015

  • Kidson: Worried about data in the cloud? With no crypto management, not worth it

    The cloud is an attractive business proposition for many. But time and time again, companies express concerns about how secure their information is in the cloud. Security is the biggest inhibitor of organizations moving their precious data to the cloud in the first place. Issues arise such as data co-mingling, privileged user abuse, snapshots and backups, data deletion, data leakage and geographic regulatory requirements.

    By RealWire
    Posted April 28, 2015

  • Smart Wearables and Cloud Security: The Rise of Mobile Malware

    Smart Wearables and Cloud Security: The Rise of Mobile Malware

    When you look at the greatest technological advances of the past several decades, it's clear that software has taken the lead. While hardware continues to improve, get smaller and do more with less, it's software that has enabled feature-rich operating systems that can exist on an interface barely larger than your hand. Hardware has maintained a more or less consistent form. It's no wonder then that many corporations are still painfully in the dark ages when it comes to the increase in the BYOD ecosystem. As the new Apple Watch and other smart watches begin to hit the scene, it's going to become increasingly difficult for network engineers to keep company networks secure. Even The Federal Trade Commission has warned about the threats posed by these small, connected devices stating that the data they collect should be limited for security reasons.

    When new hardware does come onto the scene, it's widely talked about and speculated upon. Google Glass has failed to catch on so far, but the Apple Watch is likely to spur growth in the smartwatch industry and encourage other manufacturers to create their own versions. Google's Android Wear selection has already entered the market with good success. However, the Apple Watch is likely to be the most popular new piece of hardware introduced in 2015. A boon for Apple, and a virtual nightmare for IT administrators.

    By Jared Jaureguy
    Posted April 17, 2015

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