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The Sum of All Malware Fears: Siemens on Stuxnet

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  • Written By: David Clark
  • Published: November 23 2010
When Stuxnet malware hit the mainstream media in September 2010, it all sounded like a plotline straight from a Tom Clancy thriller. After all, Stuxnet targeted the Siemens industrial control systems implemented at so-called “high-value infrastructure” installations in Iran. The media response was appropriately hysterical. TEC interviews Stefan Woronka, Siemens’ director of professional services, in an attempt to de-Clancify the story. Read More

Google Takes on the Data Quality Space with Its New Refine 2.0 Product

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  • Written By: Jorge Garcia
  • Published: November 19 2010
After Google’s recent acquisition of Metaweb comes Google Refine 2.0 (formerly Freebase Gridworks 1.0), a tool that enables organizations to work in the refinement of large data sets. The new product is open-source based and comes with a large number of transformation expressions and commands. It can transform data from one format to another, as well as including data from external sources (other Read More

Sorting Through the ERP, Lean MFG, APS, and MES Clutter - Part 1

Especially in today’s globally competitive and recessionary environment it is imperative that companies further eliminate waste, become leaner, and become more agile to respond to customer’s demand. The ability to sense demand and become a demand-driven (responsive) business is more than just the catch-phrase du jour: it has become a recipe for survival. Everyone is on a Read More

BI Hits the Road

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  • Written By: Jorge Garcia
  • Published: November 18 2010
Just when we thought that business intelligence (BI) systems were headed straight for the cloud, new BI applications are already being developed for another change in the way traditional BI tools used to work. Mobile technology is reaching every corner of organizational business process, from the ability to register and review transactions in an operational system, to the ability to Read More

With Its Enterprise Data Services Suite, Pentaho Enters the “Big Data” Fray

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  • Written By: Jorge Garcia
  • Published: November 17 2010
The war in the “big data” space is getting even more interesting than it already was. Today Pentaho is announcing the availability of its Pentaho Enterprise Data Services Suite. The open source business intelligence (BI) company will be addressing the challenge of providing services to manage big data for analysis. Along with the general availability of Pentaho Data Integration 4.1 and Pentaho BI Read More

Cameleon (Software) Might Change Its Colors but Not Its (Q2O/CPQ) Purpose - Part 1

In this fast-moving world, use of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Cloud Computing has grown rapidly owing to its straightforward subscription-based pricing model and relatively quick deployment. Nowhere has that been more evident than in the niche quote-to-order (Q2O) or configure, price @ quote (CPQ) market segment. Indeed, BigMachines, FPX (formerly Firepond), Webcom Read More

Medallia to Offer New Text Analytics Functionality to Its Customer Experience Management Suite

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  • Written By: Jorge Garcia
  • Published: November 16 2010
The best way to capture customer experience is without a doubt the ability to interpret real customer sentiment, which is reason enough for Medallia to include text analytics capabilities to its already well-known Customer Experience Management Suite (CEM). Points of note: this offering integrates fully with Medallia’s CEM solution. The vendor touts its ease of use, as well as the ability for Read More

Compensation 101: The Building Blocks for Designing a Strong Performance Compensation Plan

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  • Written By: Sherry Fox
  • Published: November 16 2010
Employees: The backbone of every organization. Motivation: Often the driving factor behind an employee’s performance. Compensation: The motivation. What I’m trying to say (if you couldn’t read between the lines) is that rewarding your people can ultimately lead to an increase in your bottom line. This can be achieved through the creation of a strong performance compensation plan. Read More

Thou Shalt Manage (and Cherish) Thy (Best) Suppliers

In its recent report, Shifting C-level Business Priorities as the Recovery Takes Hold, Saugatuck Technologies claims that top business priorities are returning to a pattern more consistent with a growth economy. Read this in-depth report from TEC Analyst P.J. Jakovljevic to find out why supplier management is crucial. Read More

A More Social IBM (for Enterprises, at Least)

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  • Written By: Jorge Garcia
  • Published: November 11 2010
On November 8, 2010, IBM announced its Global Business Services initiative to help companies address their social networking initiatives and issues, and use social network technologies and strategies.An important part of this announcement was the unveiling of IBM Lotus Connections 3.0, an application that provides tools for social networking and collaboration: forums, blogs, and social Read More
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