Ambulance Chasing: A Social Media Success Story

When it comes to posting online about my own personal misfortune, I have one simple rule. Don't talk about it until you can tell the story with a sense of humor. Yet, when it comes to a visible personal injury the first question you inevitably have to answer is, "What happened to you"? Three weeks ago, I was in a bicycle accident where I landed on my shoulder and broke my clavicle (collar bone). I'm better now, but I'm still wearing an arm sling. My first attempt of bringing humor to the situation was on Twitter.

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Why More Health Care Organizations Are Turning to SaaS Solutions

Health Care and Information Technology

There’s no denying it: The cloud has become an integral part of the health care delivery system. According to one recent survey, 83 percent of all health care organizations are using cloud-based services, with the vast majority of those services Software as a Service (SaaS) applications.

This represents a marked increase over the past few years, where health care organizations expressed reluctance to take advantage of the cloud due to concerns about security, regulatory compliance issues, and questions about functionality during implementation. In fact, the same survey found that only 6 percent of health care organizations have no plans to leverage the cloud in any way.

So why the sudden shift? To answer that question, you have to start by looking at how providers are using SaaS solutions.

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The 2015 WordPress vs Joomla vs Drupal Infographic

Which Big Name Do You Choose?

When it comes to content management systems, there are three very popular names. There is WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla. Each of course has their own pros and cons, but which one is best? If you ask a hundred different people, you will answers from all across the board. 

Jamie from makeawebsitehub.com has created a comparison of these "three big CMS beasts". We've attached the infographic at the bottom of this article, but you can also visit Jamie's website for an image with higher resolution. A few CMS comparison highlights from Jamie and the infographic include:

WordPress

This CMS was released in 2003 by Matt Mullenweg. There are currently 74.6 million websites running on WordPress. Of those 74.6 million websites, 37 million of them are being hosted for free. 

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How Apple is Using Big Data

Apple is often on the cutting edge of technological advances, so it probably shouldn't be a surprise that the company uses big data extensively. Having said that, it’s important to note that it wasn’t always this way. Other businesses like Google were heavily involved in big data years before Apple took the leap, but Apple has worked tirelessly to catch up to the competition. Now, the company has become enmeshed in big data analytics, with the technology driving many of their most important decisions. It’s true that Apple remains highly secretive about how they use big data in many cases, but that hasn’t prevented some interesting insights from being divulged. By learning how Apple is using big data analytics, other companies can get a better view of how best to utilize the incredibly versatile technology.

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Top 5 Big Data Visualization Plugins for WordPress

Living in a world that is on the verge of explosion with the sheer volume of data points, 'big data' organizations are increasingly on the lookout for a comprehensive platform which can bring the required business intelligence for providing conclusive insights. Besides being capable of sophisticated data analysis and reporting, the ideal platform should also possess the ability to represent data in a way that stands out from the rest of the competing data streams.

If 'data' can be referred to as a form of 'currency', then the 'World Wide Web' would act as an 'exchange consortium' which facilitates its trading. From a technological perspective, the need of the hour is to come up with efficiency based data models which can simplify the process of data representation by offering accurate insights with just a single glance.

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Storing Data in the Cloud? Here's What You Need to Know

According to Tech Target, between 44 and 48 percent of companies now use some form of cloud storage. That's a decent number, considering the pushback against cloud services from many IT professionals and C-suites alike; security, accessibility and portability all remain top concerns. In fact, the legacy of cloud reticence is obvious in low-storage volumes; most companies store only 15 to 32 terabytes of data — extremely low amounts given the promise of scalability and virtually unlimited capacity. Bottom line? If you're planning to store data in the cloud it's worth doing some prep work: Here's what you need to know.

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Businesses Stand to Save When Moving to the Cloud

The cloud hit the scene with an unprecedented impression, enabling companies to run their servers, store their data, and manage their business with the secure, compact, and remote services of the cloud. While many businesses are still uncertain about the move, countless others have embraced the technological advancement and made the leap, reaping outstanding benefits in the process. Whether it is a boost in productivity, reducing wasted space, or a significant cut on general costs, the cloud is quickly being hailed as a great choice. One such success story demands attention with the numbers to back it up.

Yamaha’s Success

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Hippo CMS : A new name in the 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for WCM

Gartner released the 2015 Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management today, and there’s a new addition to the list of usual suspects. This year the Magic Quadrant includes Hippo CMS. As CTO, I couldn’t be more proud.

You can read the full report here, but for context let me emphasize that the Magic Quadrant offers Hippo’s technology an unprecedented amount of exposure. Like our partnership with EMC earlier this year, I see it as a major stamp of approval, confirming what I’ve known all along: that our open, standards-based architecture, our consistent belief in a WCMS based on the separation of concerns, and our refusal to follow some of our competitors into the realm of the extensive marketing suite fuels a truly enterprise-grade product. We’re the only open source Java CMS on the list. I want to take this moment to thank my team for their excellent work-- our placement in the quadrant is their achievement.  

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CMS Security 2015: Top 5 Security Tools for WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla

WordPress swag image by Christopher Ross from Flickr Creative Commons

WordPress, Drupal, and Joomla power three-fourths of the world’s CMS-based websites. A few simple steps will keep your CMS-powered website secure:

  • Keep your CMS software up-to-date. Immediately install all updates to core software and plug-ins. If you don’t visit your admin panel daily, schedule a reminder in your smartphone for updating your CMS regularly.

  • Perform regular backups. Backup your site and its database at least weekly, perhaps at the same time you check it for updates.

  • Delete default admin usernames. Also, require strong passwords for admins, and consider adding a two-factor authentication (2FA) plug-in.

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