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HP Admits Defeat, Acquires Competitor Aruba Networks

HP today announced its intention to purchase Aruba Networks, its key competitor in the emerging field of wireless network manageability for smaller businesses, in an all-cash transaction deal valued at $3 billion in equity. The move brings easily the most innovative system for self-provisioning of wireless networks by non-professionals under the HP banner.

HP’s statement that the deal would provide it with tools that “complement” its existing product line, is a tacit admission that its 2014 effort to achieve parity with Aruba in this field was not all that successful.

More Collaboration Equals More Value

Greater complexity demands more collaboration equals more value.

As the world becomes more complex, there is an increasing need to specialize in order to develop expertise. The more you specialize the more you must then collaborate in order to solve complex problems. However, the value such collaboration delivers is often hidden in traditional measurement models.

SQL Injection and Little Bobby Tables: How to Protect Your CMS

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If your eyes glazed over at the recent announcement of an “SQL injection” vulnerability in WordPress, take heart. You’re not alone.

SQL injection attacks are a common kind of security flaw, but are subtle enough that it’s hard for regular folks to understand what’s at risk.

In this article we’ll walk you through the basics: what “SQL injection” means, what risk it presents to you, and what you can do about it.

Location, Location: Your Risk of Fraud Is Tied to Your Address

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A new data point is emerging about online fraud and cyber risk that is giving the business community pause. Apparently location matters when it comes to victimization.

Two security companies — Forter in Israel and EnigmaSoftware in the US — have found certain cities and states have higher numbers of fraud perpetuated on their residents. Forter also found certain states tend to have a higher number of residents that actually commit this fraud.

Want to Engage Your Customers? Shift Your Digital Marketing Spend

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Marketers are adjusting their budgets and tactics to become more consumer-centric. But they need speed and agility to keep up with today’s demanding customers, according to a new report.

Leapfrog Marketing Institute, a unit of Evanston, Ill.-based digital agency Leapfrog Online, published the report, Evolving Strategic and Financial Plans for the Always-On Consumer (registration required).

It's based on a December survey of marketing and digital executives who all identified themselves as budget owners or budget influencers. More than 65 percent also described themselves as executive managers.

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HP and Oracle: 2 Big Fish Play Nice Together

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Sometimes the big boys play nice with one another, like Adobe and SAP.

This week, HP and Oracle are playing nice — or at least their technologies are.

This is the tech world, after all, and vendors realize their customers use other vendors here and there.

HP is trying to capitalize on this with its new pre-engineered solution designed to help enterprises move their Oracle application workloads in the cloud.

It continues a tech relationship that began with Oracle in the 1980s.

"This capability can benefit most Oracle clients that are currently running E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft or Siebel, so the base of clients that can benefit from this pre-packaged solution by HP is very large," said Robert Hildenbrand, vice president of worldwide Oracle Applications Services for HP Enterprise Services.

This Seattle Startup Wants to Calm the Angry Customer

Seattle-based Spot Survey wants to make friends with those angry, demanding customers who tweet, post and rant on social media. 

Well, not exactly. It actually wants to engage with the companies these customers patronize — and help them respond fast and effective enough to avoid the social, reputation-damaging rants.

It's a technology born out of a weekend technology competition in Seattle, where techies come to compete for quickest-churned product. Now Spot Survey has launched a platform designed to help businesses prevent bad online reviews by getting real time, actionable customer feedback. It primarily uses SMS (text messaging) and website URL technology.

"This product helps businesses scale and automate real time feedback collection," Andy Karuza, chief marketing officer and co-founder of Spot Survey, told CMSWire. "This helps business owners and managers save time and money because they don't have to organize and manually collect and analyze customer feedback."

But it can also save the brand's reputation, he said.

A Primer on Cloud Options

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The question for most organizations today is not if they will be moving all or part of their business to the cloud, but when and how. Agility is the name of the game as the demands of an ever-growing global workforces become greater, and a move to the cloud just makes sense — technologically and for the business.

The advantages of taking your business operations into the cloud have been well-documented: high levels of scalability, a decrease in IT costs and a mobile work environment that allows your employees to plug in and be productive from anywhere. For productivity, most businesses are choosing between two options — Software as a Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) — while some turn to Platform as a Service (PaaS) to create software that is then delivered over the Web.

So how should you decide as a business which setup is best for you? Let’s look at the options.

Doreen Lorenzo: What a Cat Herder Can Teach You About Leadership

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Doreen Lorenzo is a little quirky – and not just because she lives in Austin, Texas, the city that embraces weird like no other. Her eccentricity is mostly professional (with a nod to the fact she describes herself as a kitten herder on Twitter.)

But here is the bigger bit of quirkiness: From 2013 to 2015 Lorenzo was President of New York City-based Quirky, where she oversaw product development and operations for this fast-growing invention company.

Before that, she spent 16 years at frog design, a San Francisco-based product design and brand strategy company. For seven of those years, she was the company president, driving strategy, overseeing worldwide operations and delivery, and leading the design firm to record growth.

Beyond kitten herder, Lorenzo is a business leader, advisor to multiple start-ups and a strategic thinker. Her passion: "Helping creative people succeed."

Docurated Content Cloud Brings Sales, Marketing Together

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The discord between sales and marketing is alive and well, but a new solution is trying to put the two on the same page through relevant content. The right content can be the difference between making or breaking a sale. And while a number of technologies can deliver using manual input, Docurated released a solution this week which it claims can do so automatically.

According to Alex Gorbanksy, CEO of Docurated, Content Cloud sits in Salesforce and uses content input from existing repositories to automatically offer sales people — even those who are mobile — the right content to close the best deals.

Digital Disruption's Unglamourous Side: Digital Governance

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Most global enterprises look to digital transformation as the only way to remain competitive. They also view it as an opportunity to increase multi-channel customer engagement while reducing IT infrastructure costs.

But some enterprises are slow to adapt to today’s technological evolution. While the idea of flying cars is a ways off, the idea of implementing cloud applications and big data analytics shouldn’t be just as far-fetched. A number of reasons explain why some still live in the offline ages, one of the bigger ones being lack of understanding. Why fix what isn't broke?

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A Closer Look at Native Advertising

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Native advertising hit its stride last year. “Paid posts,” which gained popularity on new media platforms like Buzzfeed and Business Insider, started popping up in venerable publishers like The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. And big brands have jumped on these sponsored content opportunities, including Dell and Shell, who have both invested in the creation of native advertising units within The New York Times.

How Technology Can Fuel Your Content Marketing #ContentTECH

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Marketers interested in learning about how technology can help with their content marketing efforts got a little help this week from the Content Marketing Institute (CMI) and ContentTECH 2015.

Hosted by CMI, ContentTECH is a one-day virtual conference, complete with live online sessions, a virtual exhibit hall, live chats, networking opportunities and even conference prizes.

Sessions and live chats covered topics such as developing unified strategies between marketing and technology, the role of content in delivering the customer experience and making sense of technology and humanity.

OpenText Digs into Analytics with B2B Network Integration

OpenText will be focusing a lot on analytics in the next few months, according to recent comments company Mark Barrenechea made in connection with the Actuate acquisition.

Last night, the Waterloo, Ontario-based software company lived up to that promise by announcing that it was adding analytics to its B2B integration network, Trading Grid. According to a statement from OpenText, the new analytics are for companies that are looking for deeper insight into their business processes and the ability to tweak those process with data rather than guesswork.

Everything You Really Need to Know About Docker

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A two-year-old technology is at the spearhead of a genuine revolution in data center architectures, for both software and hardware.

With yesterday's release by the Docker organization of open source tools for orchestrating the deployment of containerized applications anywhere from a data center cluster to a single laptop, the very definition of a business application is changing.

Docker is a means for deploying a Linux program (although it won’t be just Linux for long) on any system. That may not seem like too big a deal, when it’s phrased this simply.

So let me put it this way: It eliminates all the dependencies between a program and the operating system of the processor that hosts it.

This way, you don’t have to install a program to run it.

Instead, a containerized program runs within a virtual machine that contains only the resources that the program requires to run, and those resources can be transported anywhere — thus, the docking container analogy.

As CMSWire writer Virginia Backaitis explained so simply a few months ago, "In non-geek speak, [Docker] is an open platform for distributed applications that makes the lives of developers and sysadmins a lot more pleasurable and easier. It takes away the non-value adding drudgery of your job."

Big Data Bits: Strata + Hadoop World Rewind

Last week was huge in the booming world of big data with vendors simultaneously chasing market share and sharing innovations on the big stage at Strata + Hadoop World in San Jose, Calif.

If you have a big data product or service to sell, there may not be a better opportunity. After all, there’s a captive audience that paid big bucks and committed their time to be there. Attendees genuinely want to hear what you have to say. This is why so many vendor announcements are made at, or around, the conference.

Putting forth the best you have to offer while on the big stage, without sounding like an infomercial or slamming the competition seems to challenge some, though. Here’s the secret, strut your best stuff, your grandest vision and your ability to deliver, and the customers you want to win over will see and hear, only you. Knock a competitor, even if you don’t out rightly name them, and there are two of you sharing the spotlight. Is that what you want customers to remember?

Enough said.

FCC Orders Title II Reclassification of Broadband Internet

By a 3-2 vote Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission has begun proceedings to adopt a new set of rules designed to give regulators greater authority in mandating how broadband Internet services can be classified and delivered by service providers.

“There are three simple keys to our broadband future,” said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler in a public statement Thursday [PDF]. “Broadband networks must be fast. Broadband networks must be fair. Broadband networks must be open.”

Democrats on the Commission voted to follow President Obama’s suggestions on the net neutrality issue last November. On a party line vote, the FCC is ordering that broadband Internet service will be treated as a telecommunications service rather than an information service, as the law presently defines those terms.

That change in classification would, at least theoretically, permit the FCC to enforce mandates on how ISPs deliver broadband Internet service to their customers, as well as what measures ISPs will not be allowed to take to manage that service.

Under the terms of the Telecommunications Act of 1934, as amended in 1996, the FCC’s authority to determine so-called common carrier requirements only apply to telecommunications services such as long distance telephone.

After the FCC ordered Verizon to stop using unreasonable network management techniques deemed unfair to customers, a federal appeals court ruled in January 2014 that it could not apply Title II regulations to what the FCC had already classified a Title I service.

Google Joins the BYOD Party

For a while it seemed that Google was so busy getting geeky with glasses and driverless cars that it was blind to the big opportunity directly in front of it — bringing enterprise level security to the nearly 1 billion Android mobile devices that, in some way or another, are used on the job or for work purposes every day.

“For many, these phones have become essential tools to help us complete important work tasks like checking email, editing documents, reviewing sales pipelines and approving deals,” said Rajen Sheth, director of product management, Android and Chrome for Work at Google.

“But for the majority of workers, smartphones and tablets are underutilized in the workplace,” he added, noting that the business and innovation potential on these devices is for the most part, untapped.

And though Google initially spoke about separating work data and personal data on mobile devices at its I/O Conference last June, it didn’t make Android for Work available to the masses until now.