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Social Media on Ulitzer I use all of these social media tools and although they haven't put me on my own island in the Caribbean yet, I'm very pleased with the combined results. 1. Twitter – It’s the fastest way to share that you have created something of value. As a bonus, Tweetdeck or CoTweet are good ways to manage your Twitter efforts and research. Huge audience with lots of active participants. There are a few shady characters on Twitter but just like being at Grand Central Station, you just step aside and keep moving. It doesn't mean you eschew the benefit. Micro-blogging is probably here to stay so it's a good idea to get up on good habits regardless of what future tools look like. 2. Linked In – It’s the professional network standard where people will find you. A terrific way to maintain knowledge of what former colleagues are doing now. You can also join gr... (more)

TIBCO Goes to IBM Before the End of March 2010 -Prediction

Oracle Keynote at Cloud Expo Cloud Computing Expo - I hate to make new year's resolutions like a new diet program or another trainer at my local gym. I also usually never bother with annual predictions either, for that matter. One exception to that personal rule is the long over due sale of TIBCO Software. Since Oracle's bloody murder acquisition of BEA Systems, for the past two years there has been non-stop rumors that TIBCO would be next, of course which did not happen so far. Oracle was named exclusive Diamond Sponsor of Cloud Expo 2010, which will take place April 19-21, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. Cloud Expo, with over 5,000 delegates and more than 200 sponsors, will be the most significant technology event of the year. Now that TIBCO's fourth quarter results are around the corner (on Tuesday after the closing bell), the rumors star... (more)

Cloud BI & Amazon VPC

Today RightScale did a webinar on their Cloud Business Intelligence offering with Talend, Jaspersoft and Vertica.  One of the bigger objections to cloud BI in the past has been security — how can I move all of this mission critical data to a public insecure cloud? With Amazon VPC now in the picture, the BI datasets are now as secure at Amazon as they are in your data center.  Why wouldn’t you use the cloud for your BI needs? ... (more)

Move Over BI, Here Comes PI - Performance Intelligence

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer "As companies such as MySpace continue to expand the richness of their site, the big thing is trying to seek a higher level of customer experience by replicating "beyond capacity" in a test environment, so that a company can see what it is exactly that they will need when traffic surges to peak levels and beyond, so that they know the "risk points" of their own success," Tom Lounibos, CEO of SOASTA, told SYS-CON's Jeremy Geelan in an interview with Cloud Computing Journal on the day that SOASTA announced a significant test of the newly launched MySpace Music Videos hub using the Cloud. "What companies want nowadays is actionable information," Lounibos (pictured below) continued. "They want PI (Performance Intelligence) instead of BI [Business Intelligence]." Tom Lounibos, CEO of SOASTA, spoke early in November at SYS-CON's 4th Cloud Expo. H... (more)

Gang of Four Creates Cloud BI Stack

RightScale, Jaspersoft, Talend and Vertica have joined together to deliver a complete business intelligence solution in the cloud. Jaspersoft's kicking in the compute-intensive BI software, Talend the open source data integration software, and Vertica the analytic database management system running on Amazon and orchestrated by RightScale's cloud management platform. They call it a reference architecture but RightScale CEO Michael Crandell says it's a finished product. It's a new model for RightScale, which has only trafficked in components till now. A base turnkey configuration will involve three servers, one for each application and tuned for best practices. Rapid deployment should save users the set-up and integration hassle. BI remains a top IT priority despite the shrinking IT budget. The joint pay-as-you-go solution is supposed to put affordable and actionable... (more)

IBM Strengthens BI Strategy

IBM's latest offering Smart Analytics System is set to offer business intelligence reporting, analysis, dashboards, and scorecards, data mining, cubing services, text analytics, data warehouse management, storage and server platform. . IBM's new focus on business analytics will help clients cut costs and reduce risk while increasing customer loyalty. This new system can also be used by clients or cloud service providers to offer analytics to private or public cloud services. This launch of Smart Analytics System, even in time of global recession, is based on the need to invest in business analytics to gain a competitive advantage over competitors. In coming months, IBM will further extend its BI strategy with a series of cloud-based services. IBM has been placing a big emphasis on BI in recent years, spending billions to acquire Cognos and recently, creating a BI ser... (more)

The Future of Cloud Computing – A Study

Recently, I became an executive advisor to Kaavo, a Cloud Applications Management software company. Kaavo is in a unique position to capitalize on the soon to be obvious need to manage applications on the cloud. It's interesting to see the cloud computing predictions and how it will change the way we work with applications. Overview A solid majority of technology experts and stakeholders participating in the fourth Future of the Internet survey expect that by 2020 most people will access software applications online and share and access information through the use of remote server networks, rather than depending primarily on tools and information housed on their individual, personal computers. They say that cloud computing will become more dominant than the desktop in the next decade. In other words, most users will perform most computing and communicating activitie... (more)

Twitter 101 Guide for Business

Twitter on Ulitzer As more and more people are using Twitter, there is more effort being made by individuals and businesses to leverage Twitter as a business tool. Twitter recently published a Twitter Business Usage Guide.  There are three sections to this guide that include Getting Started, Best Practices and Case Studies. Here is the usage guide intro from Twitter, I encourage you to read the actual guide. Every day, millions of people use Twitter to create, discover and share ideas with others. Now, people are turning to Twitter as an effective way to reach out to businesses, too. From local stores to big brands, and from brick-and-mortar to internet-based or service sector, people are finding great value in the connections they make with businesses on Twitter. When people working in the Empire State Building twittered that they were craving ice cream delivery, ... (more)

A Peaceful Leap to Cloud Computing

History has many examples of invaders wielding steel swords, repeating rifles, or whatever the latest weapon may be, driving out people who are less well-equipped. Corporate IT departments are starting to go the same way, at the hands of people equipped with cloud computing. Recently I was at The Open Group conference in Boston. The Open Group is neutral territory with a good view of the IT landscape: An ideal place to watch the conflict develop. The Open Group Cloud Computing Work Group has been focused on the business reasons why companies should use cloud computing. The Work Group released three free white papers at the Boston conference, which I think are worth a closer look: “Strengthening your Business Case for Using Cloud,” “Cloud Buyers Requirements Questionnaire,” and “Cloud Buyers Decision Tree.” Three Work Group members, Penelope Gordon of 1Plug, Pam Isom o... (more)

An A to Z of the Social Media Landscape: A to G

There is so much going on in social media, it’s difficult to keep up. So I’m starting a series on different aspects of the social media landscape. We start with social networking and bookmarking sites. I tried to focus on the sites with the most traction so the articles don’t get unwieldy. If the reader feels like I missed a social networking or bookmarking site with more traffic along with stickiness, please let me know ([email protected]). I’ll be happy to update the list if I feel your argument has merit. Also, if I made any mistakes, please let me know. There were a lot of numbers here and I learned long ago that I am not infallible by any stretch of the imagination. You can go to Part 2 (H-P) here and Part 3 (Q-Z) here. We’ll start with A-G of Social Networking and Bookmarks. In just a few days, I’ll release H-P and so on. Some of these sites are really sticky.... (more)

An A to Z of the Social Media Landscape: H to P

This is part 2 of 3 of a continuing series on Social Media Companies. You can go to Part 1 here. As with the A-G list, if you see any problems with the data or you believe a company should be on this list, please let me know. [email protected]steps.com H Hi5 +Social Glue Award Launched in 2003, hi5 is now one of the world's largest social networks and a top 20 website globally — with over 60 million monthly unique visitors. Compete reports 3.2 million U.S. unique visitors every month. Quantcast reports 49.9 million worldwide visitors, high indexes for male, 12-34, Hispanic and Asian, has kids, low income and low education score. Alexa has it ranked as the number 31 site on the Internet with 22.8 minutes per day and over 20 pages per day per user. I Imeem Imeem is a social network that enables users to discover, interact and express themselves with media, including music, video... (more)