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This is a checklist of items you need for an all-encompassing personal branding strategy. Personal branding is the process of marketing and selling yourself as a brand in order to gain success in business. Personal branding is a continual process just as knowing yourself is a continual process. As you grow, so does your brand. The need for personal branding arises from the fact that globalization has increased competition in the workplace. As the wheat is separated from the chaff, if you are left standing, you are left standing with others of good caliber. The playing field is now that much more challenging since your competition is as good as, or better, than you. To paraphrase David Samuel, the bloke who got me into personal branding after I saw him speak a few years ago; he spoke about of why you need personal branding. His audience was a group from a large teleco... (more)

Corporate Applications on a Mobile Device Near You

In the enterprise building mobile applications is as much about integration and the corresponding challenges as it is about pure application development. Recent industry reports reveal that more than 70% of mission-critical data and most of the pivotal business logic that runs worldwide commerce still resides on existing host systems. Based on this dependency, as well as their speed and power, host systems are unquestionably here to stay for most large organizations and will continue to be a foundation for business success as organizations design and implement new business initiatives. However, many of those same organizations have also invested in packaged applications (SAP, Siebel, Oracle Applications, PeopleSoft, etc.) to manage their businesses. When building mobile solutions that leverage these systems, enterprise developers want to use the existing business logi... (more)

Who Are The All-Time Heroes of i-Technology?

I wonder how many people, as I did, found themselves thrown into confusion by the death last week of Jean Ichbiah (pictured), inventor of Ada.  Learning that the inventor of a computer programming language is already old enough to have lived 66 years (Ichbiah was 66 when he succumbed to brain cancer) is a little like learning that your 11-year-old daughter has grown up and left home or that the first car you ever bought no longer is legal because it runs on gasoline in an age where all automobiles must run on water. How can something as novel, as new, as a computing language possibly already be so old-fangled that an early practitioner like Ichbiah can already no longer be with us? The thought was so disquieting that it took me immediately back to the last time I wrote about Ichbiah, and indeed about Ada Lovelace for whom his language was named. It was in the context ... (more)

Mobile Operators Seek Incremental Revenue from the Mobile Internet

Mobile operators are in a precarious position. Airtime revenue is decreasing faster than fixed costs, and competitors are multiplying. Not only is there high overhead for customer acquisition, but retention costs are also increasing. Mobile operators need to act now to ensure that they can derive the incremental revenue streams they need to survive. While there remains no question about the effect it will have on the way people transact with each other, the mobile Internet's slower-than-anticipated uptake has had an immediate impact on a number of businesses. Because of this, many enterprises have taken a slow and more strategic approach to rolling out wireless services. Mobile operators do not share the luxury of a slow approach. In North America and around the world, the mobile operator space has seen increased competition, bringing great results for mobile users -... (more)

Solstice Software Joins SOA Link to Help Define SOA Test Quality

Solstice Software, the leader in end-to-end integration and SOA testing, announced that the company has joined SOA Link, a new multi-vendor SOA governance and interoperability initiative established in May. Solstice will support SOA Link's mission by jointly identifying governance and testing use cases with the other SOA Link members. Solstice Software provides Solstice Integra Suite, an automated end-to-end integration and SOA testing tool for large, complex systems. Integra Suite reduces the time, cost, and complexity of SOA and Web services testing, validates the functionality of IT systems, and better aligns them to business processes and objectives-a key goal of lifecycle governance. "With SOA Link, we see the convergence and alignment of registry and change management, with high-quality integration and SOA testing initiatives," says Chris Benedetto, vice presi... (more)

All Things of Interest to the PowerBuilder Community

- iANYWHERE - Grant Thornton 4/26/2007 - Sybase iAnywhere announced that Grant Thornton LLP, one of the largest accounting, tax and business advisory firms in the U.S., has selected Information Anywhere Afaria mobile device management technology to ensure that its policies, procedures, and other technical reference information are current and available to its 3,000 Assurance mobile professionals on their desktop and laptop computers. Information Anywhere suite is a platform that addresses converging enterprise requirements for mobile e-mail, collaboration, security, device management, and application enablement. Sybase iAnywhere device management has enabled Grant Thornton to improve the efficiency of its information distribution - pushing only changes in policies and internal methodologies to its professionals, rather than repeatedly sending an exhaustive re-publi... (more)

TechWave 2007

This year TechWave 2007 took place at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. For those of you who didn't make it, the following is a recap of the events, with a couple of thoughts and suggestions thrown in. Sunday Officially the only thing going on Sunday was conference registration. However, there is a private TeamSybase/Sybase reception on Sunday evening where, among other things, new TeamSybase members are inducted. This year we added one new member: Roland Smith. Photos of the reception - along with all the other photos I've taken at TechWave - are available at http://public.fotki.com/brucearmstrong/techwave/2007/. The quality is a little spotty. I just purchased a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 just for TechWave to get better shots (it's still a compact point and shoot, but it has 10x optical zoom), but it really chews up the battery and I didn't have a spare battery. So some of ... (more)

What's Next After SOA?

This is the time of year when trend or predication articles start cropping up. Year after year I'm asked if I would be interested in writing about what's to come. You see I have an uncanny ability to pick lottery numbers. Unfortunately my lottery guesses, like most articles that look into the future, aren't right most of the time. So I usually say no, and leave my writing time to topics of here and now. I was approached about the forward-looking topic, "What's Next after SOA." That one I couldn't turn down. Oh, what an opportunity to write about SOA 2.0 or is it 3.0? Come on, I hear the Web is up to version 4.0. The title "What's Next after SOA" frustrated me. We seem to thrive on moving on before we finish our job. Maybe this is a high- tech/Silicon Valley thing. I think that in the heartland of technology use - like in government and most real companies like bank... (more)

The Cure for What Ails System Administrators

The introduction of Linux into the data center has brought with it the promise of a new level of cost-efficiency and flexibility for enterprise data center environments. IT professionals prefer Linux for their data centers because it’s highly customizable and can be adapted to address specific issues more easily than any other operating system. But Linux also presents a unique set of management challenges that differ markedly from operating systems such as Windows or Unix. Massive heterogeneity of distributions, lack of nimble management tools, and the sheer volume of equipment and data all mean headaches for administrators trying to run an enterprise data center on Linux. Gartner research estimates that 74% of all server failures are caused by human errors including incorrect software configuration, and that over 50% of the time application upgrades and rollo... (more)

SIMtone Delivers Cloud Computing Platform

SIMtone announced the release of an end-to-end universal cloud computing platform. The SIMtone Universal Cloud Computing Platform enables multiple cloud services, such as “PCs in the Cloud,” virtual desktops, DaaS and SaaS, or Web services to be hosted and managed simply, securely and inexpensively in any datacenter, and ubiquitously accessible by end-users with a single user ID, on-demand and on-the-fly, via any device, on any broadband connection, and without requiring a computer at the edge. The SIMtone platform allows network operators and their business customers to quickly build and ubiquitously deliver highly scalable, secure and very low-cost cloud computing services such as virtual desktops, DaaS, SaaS applications, and other Web services to anyone, anywhere, on-demand and on-the-fly. It is a solution that enables any cloud computing service to be securely ... (more)

Are Humans Really Necessary for Maintaining SLAs in the Cloud?

Eric Novikoff's Blog Are humans really necessary for maintaining SLAs? In today's cloud computing deployments, especially with systems like Amazon's EC2, the users' application is responsible for both measuring and taking action on application performance issues. This complicates deployment and coding, as well as tying your application to a particular cloud provider. However, I believe that the next generation of cloud deployment frameworks will be able to do this automatically, by integrating general-purpose monitoring applications with policy-based cloud management engines.  When I was watching the recent the election returns on CNN, I wasn't sure what was more amazing: Obama's historic victory, or CNN's technology. CNN was able to display up-to-the minute results of each state's elections simply at the touch of their news anchor onto the screen of an election-repor... (more)