British Salesforce customers have been disproportionately hit by a price hike of the cloudy business' enterprise CRM system.The price for its Lightning Enterprise Edition software in the US increased by 20 per cent to $150 £103 per month, while in Blighty prices rose 41 per cent to £120.One customer got in touch with The Register to say that Salesforce has been keen to stress the new product contains more features "which is fair enough to a point but nothing mentions anything about a disproportionate UK price increase."Last week the 17-year-old loss-making biz bounced back into the black for the first three months of 2016, its first quarter of fiscal year 2017, reporting net income of $38m £26m .Revenue rose 26.8 per cent to $1.91bn £819m .Service Cloud Lightning empowers your agents to make your customers love you, and Field Service Lightning expands this power to your field service technicians."
nbnTMchair Ziggy Switkowski has penned an article for Fairfax saying the NBN leakers aren't whistleblowers, but partisan ideologues.The article, coming as it did during an election campaign, has drawn immediate fire from the ALP's Tony Burke, who accuses Switkowski of breaching the caretaker conventions .The article then continues with an apparent shot at the ALP's Stephen Conroy, former communications minister, frequent critic of the National Broadband Network in Senate Estimates, and presumptive recipient of leaks against the current model for the National Broadband Network.When they are the basis of media headlines and partisan attacks, they wrongly tarnish our reputation, demoralise our workforce, distract the executive, and raise doubts where there is little basis for concern.The ALP's Tony Burke has now written to the secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Dr Martin Parkinson, stating the article breached the caretaker conventions and the Commonwealth Government Business Enterprise Governance and Oversight Guidelines.That privilege hadn't stopped an nbnTM staffer, named in the AFP warrant as providing support in the raid, from photographing the seizures and disseminating the images.
sports continues to sell no matter the economic realities.The NFL has an existing presence on other social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and adding another social media networking destination expands the successful presence of an institution like the NFL.The following infographic can shed some important metrics good for branding and adding exposure to any entity:As the above infographic highlights, there are 100 million daily active users DAU on Snapchat, eight billion Snapchat daily views, 9,000 photos shared on the platform every second, etc.For Snapchat it is leveraging an advantage to continue to grow its business enterprise.Related Article: Snapchat Has Grown Up: What You Need to Know as a Marketer
VMware has sold vRealize Business Enterprise and IT benchmarking solutions, the financial management bits of its vRealize management suite, just four years after buying it.Back in 2011 VMware was bullish on what was then a company called Digital Fuel.The press release announcing the deal VMware's then veep and general manager Boaz Chalamish said Digital Fuel will add a significant capability to our portfolio, broadening beyond operational management to include business-centric capabilities."He went on to talk up how the buy would mean VMware would deliver New levels of financial visibility and control in cloud environments t enable CIOs to engage with the CFO, line of business stakeholders and others around how IT investments translate to real business value.Fast-forward five years and VMware's saying it can do without Digital Fuel, as it still has vRealize Business for Cloud and its capabilities in costing, pricing, consumption analysis for both private and public clouds, private and public cloud cost comparisons and more .Vmware's statement also says the company is going all-in on cloud management.
The solutions are engineered for business, enterprise and analytic requirements.IBM has launched all-flash versions of its DS8880 monolithic arrays, aimed at mid- midrange and large enterprises for use cases such as transactional processing and cognitive as well as real-time analytics.The new family of DS8880 all-flash storage systems is designed to provide the speed and reliability required for workloads ranging from enterprise resource planning ERP and financial transactions to cognitive applications such as machine learning and natural language processing.The earlier systems were the DS8884, DS8886 and DS8888.The DS8884F is designed for traditional applications like ERP, order processing,OLTP, database, customer relationship management and human resources information systems.There is 256 GB DRAM cache and 6.4 – 154 TB of raw flash.
I've done freelance design/consultation for years, and it is something I really enjoyed.Helping companies figure out their marketing, website, and branding strategy is fun - and when it's successful we all win!Starting this year, I really want to start helping minority-owned businesses get started.This would just be a side-hustle since I have a full-time job, but I'm wondering how I can make this most productive for all parties.Is doing this pro-bono, one client at a time, smart?Or in the long run would it be better to charge a set fee?
Sandy first came to the company in 2009 after 20 years in various senior marketing, management and advertising roles at television networks and consumer brands.ClickZ caught up with her to find out about the challenges of her role as CEO, working for a female minority-owned marketing agency, and what advice she would give to women who want to work in the digital industry.DXagency is a full-service engagement agency that specializes in creating marketing opportunities for its clients that resonate with target consumers.We have clients in all business verticals, and provide a focused approach to our clients’ businesses that results in strong ROI.It’s an independently female and minority-owned agency founded in 2004, with a team of more than 40 members at our Edgewater, NJ headquarters.In 2015 we also opened an office in Miami, Florida.
An important evolution of Business Process Management, Digital Process Automation is given the Tech Express treatment by Bizagi CMO, John Webster.JW: DPA is fast emerging as an important evolution of the longer established category of Business Process Management (BPM).This change is being driven by the growing need for businesses to rapidly automate processes as part of their wider digital transformation initiatives.As a result, the days of long, expensive projects focused solely on operational cost reduction are well and truly behind us.Leading businesses are now placing strategic imperative on digitising operations to become more customer-focused, responsive organisations – both in terms of how they bring new products to market and how they meet evolving customer service expectations across the lifecycle.DPA allows organisations to become customer obsessed, responsive and more able to take risks in product innovations as their operating model can now be both easily digitised and intelligent.
We take a look at the origins of World Backup Day and why businesses should take it seriouslyRight everyone, stop what you’re doing, pack your bags and go home.Today is actually a global holiday and yet we’ve all been tricked into working.For those of you who have never heard of it, World Backup Day was established in 2011 by a Youngstown State University student called Ismail Jadun and has grown significantly over the last few years.Jadun is also the man behind a San Francisco-based company called 614a, a digital agency where people can go if they “are looking to kickstart a new project, research new opportunities or develop a brand”.The initiative is designed to raise awareness and educate people about the increasing role that data is playing in our everyday lives and the importance of carrying out regular backups.
IT is undergoing a period of rapid change, as traditional on-premises data centres move from hosting siloed client/server applications on often-underutilised physical hardware to running cloud-native apps on highly virtualised infrastructure -- be it on-premises, in the public cloud or a hybrid combination of both.Key attributes of 'cloud-native' applications include the widespread use of microservices (small portions of independently deployable functionality), efficient packaging and deployment via containers, and communication via APIs.Speaking to ZDNet sister site Tech Pro Research recently, Kamal Anand, vice-president of cloud business unit at A10 Networks, outlined the background to these trends:"From my perspective, the movement towards cloud, towards DevOps, is very driven by agility -- that's the foundation.That means I need infrastructure that's easily available and can be provisioned on demand; it means applications and code that can be updated on a weekly or daily basis rather than once a year.The DevOps 'movement' is an IT-centric application of ideas formulated by US statistician, engineer and management consultant W Edwards Deming, whose work on product manufacturing and business management was summarised in a set of 14 key principles, and later dubbed Total Quality Management (TQM).
Since its launch in 2014, Swift has been the topic of discussion.More and more iOS app developers and companies in New York are returning to Swift which is considered to be the future of all enterprise application development.With the new product in the market, enterprise developers and commercial programmers alike are looking at how to move new applications into iOS platforms.It has a higher quality code, is easier to maintain and has a very good performance level.Tim Cook described the new SWIFT as being the “the next big programming language…..for the next 20 years.” Apple has recorded 850 downloads a second via the app store, all of this is good news for iOS app developers.It was the first Cloud provider to enable the development of applications in native Swift.
Western Digital has warned Toshiba that the proposed sale of its memory business contravenes the terms of their flash foundry joint venture.This NAND tech and products-based business has been set up as a separate company by Toshiba so that it can sell a large chunk for cash needed to recapitalise itself after monumental cost overruns in its now Chapter 11-filed Westinghouse Electric subsidiary in the USA.The whole Toshiba group is now facing financial meltdown with a potential ¥1 trillion loss for its current business year.Selling a memory business stake, or the entire business, is the main event for Toshiba and that business, valued at $18bn, covers the flash foundry joint venture originally set up with SanDisk, which Western Digital acquired in 2015.Among the bidders is Hon Hai (Foxconn), which has said it might pay up to $27bn (¥3 trillion) and that would likely secure Toshiba's future, were it not for the Japanese government disapproving of such a sale with the likely consequence of technology and jobs flowing into China.Toshiba's shareholders, desperate for the health of their stock, would hope for the Japanese government to somehow kludge together state-influenced financial agencies to invest in the memory business alongside an American bidder, such as Broadcom, to make up some or all of the shortfall if the Hon Hai bid is rejected.
ANALYSIS: While most tax scams target individual taxpayers, there are some new ones aimed at businesses that will try to approach your employeesIt was a fairly typical Wednesday afternoon, meaning that I was trying to decide what I’d write about for the second column of the week, when the phone rang.I thought about an email I’d received the previous week with similar wording and which was instantly dispatched to the bit bucket of scam emails.The man who answered said that he was with the office of tax relief services at the U.S. Treasury Department.By now I knew it was a scam, if only because the Internal Revenue Service already had all of my money, so I told “Rudy” that I didn’t owe any taxes.At this point, I told Rudy that I was reporting his call and I hung up, but not before he let loose a couple of choice invectives, all of which seemed to use the word “Trump,” repeatedly.
Many companies agree diversity is a good thing, but connecting buyers with minority-owned suppliers has long been a challenge.Rod Robinson, CEO of ConnXus, founded his company out of his growing frustration as a government procurement officer and small business owner.Speaking during an expert roundtable at the recent SAP Ariba Live 2017, event, Robinson explained why partnering with SAP Ariba supports both companies’ shared purpose-driven mission.I knew we’d begin as a direct channel to customer, but to truly change the world for greater efficiencies and effectiveness, you have to partner with world’s largest business network.”The partnership aims to help companies improve supplier diversity whether it’s because of direct or unconscious bias, or lack of awareness of their existence.Jon Stevens, Global Senior Vice President, Business Networks at SAP Ariba, said that companies want diversity not only in their workforce, but also across suppliers for speedy innovation.
Businesses are accumulating data at unfathomable rates, and even though the data doesn’t take up any physical space, it still must be sorted, stored, organized, and maintained.Organize Data Without Falling OverboardThe right data partners keep everything in sync, enabling companies to align data.Some companies may use three online platforms that speak three different languages, which, as you can probably imagine, can make running reports far more challenging than it needs to be.Other companies have similar issues like running proprietary files.For example, one of our law enforcement clients tried to send suspect interview videos from an urgent case.
Mobile apps are bringing about revolutionary changes in the tech world today, as people are getting engaged with each other through mobile phones.Social sharing, geo-tagging, and information search have taken the mobile to a different level altogether.Almost 70% of smartphone users are using Android operating system.Hence building an Android app becomes very important to make any business a success and that is why businesses are looking for the best Android application development company.With the increasing number of users, Android apps are becoming a must for every business, fully established or just startup, to reach their target audiences.This is the most important question that needs to be answered even before a business can decide whether there is a need for a mobile application.
WeChat is only six yrs old, but with 889 million regular energetic consumers, it's remodeled just how persons in China interact, do business enterprise, go through the information, purchase issues and pay out their expenses.Tencent worked with Saatchi & Saatchi Guangzhou to film 6 short documentaries about the experience of persons going cold turkey.That's perhaps a sign of how confident WeChat is that everybody's already hooked.One of the documentaries shows a young couple in constant contact via WeChat."Without WeChat issues wouldn't have moved so fast," the woman says.That's a thought-provoking but debatable point, since they're shown in bed together peering into their respective smartphones.
Dave Weisbeck, Chief Strategy Officer at workforce intelligence company Visier, discusses how businesses can best gain insight and apply data analytics to enable better workforce decision-making and planning…Today’s HR landscape is more complex than ever before: globalization is taking the competition for talent worldwide, four generations are in the workplace at the same time, and contract workers account for at least one-third of the workforce.Analytics is the difference between guessing and making fact-based decisions.There are many examples in life where we would never leave decisions to chance: will the bridge support the vehicle’s weight or is the accused innocent?Yet, although decisions about hiring, developing, and engaging the workforce are critical to organizations today, too many have been left to ‘I think,’ rather than ‘the data tells me.’ This contrasts with finance, sales, marketing, and other functions, where fact-based decisions are the norm.HR has been slower to adopt an analytics approach than other parts of the business, partly because HR is traditionally a discipline about empathy, not fact; but even more so because people data is a uniquely challenging form of big data.
Six years ago, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen announced his Stratolaunch project, revealing a picture of a space-traveling plane that looked like two planes stuck together with a rocket in between.On Wednesday, the actual plane rolled out of the very large hangar for the first time, still looking like conjoined aeronautical twins, but with no rocket-shaped thing in the middle.As intriguing as the Stratolaunch project might be, however, I can't help but wonder how much of tech moguls' space ambitions are ego trips (or even mere moneymakers), rather than meaningful steps toward improving humanity's ultimate lot.Famed astrophysicist Stephen Hawking says we've got only 100 years left on this planet before we have to get out, having ruined it with our selfish ways.How much will these supposedly Space Age machines begin to help with that?Elon Musk's Space X and Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin rockets, for example, make for spectacular viewing.
Organic listings build trust with local customers, and all the best business relationships are built on a foundation of trust.I will share everything we have learned working on hundreds of small business SEO projects.My intention is to arm you, as a business owner, with the knowledge and power to make the right decisions when implementing an SEO strategy — whether you choose to do some or all of the SEO work yourself, employ an in-house SEO or outsource the work to an SEO agency.And the goal of this article is to use my 20 years of SEO experience to help you make the best possible decisions when putting SEO to work for your small business.This will be influenced by the industry you’re in, the geography in which you operate, and your SEO strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats.A helpful way to look at this is to consider that a search engine is just a referral engine — a tool that provides the best answers to users’ questions.