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How Cloud Enables Digital Transformation for Small and Medium Businesses Whether you are an owner of a thriving small business or a decision maker at an established enterprise, you cannot ignore digital technology. Businesses worldwide are going digital to deliver compelling experiences to customers, which is becoming a key differentiating factor. The rise of social and mobile have increased the discoverability of businesses. Consumers are turning to social media to find the right product and retailers based on recommendations and reviews from their friends. Before embracing social media, it is important for businesses to have a visible online presence. Having a website is the first step towards adopting the digital transformation strategy. It becomes the focal point for establishing a strong online presence, which will be amplified through search engine optimizatio... (more)

Strong User Experiences | @CloudExpo @Catchpoint #DevOps #APM #WebPerf

Delivering Strong User Experiences in This Increasingly Digital World This article was originally published as a byline for CMS Wire. Given the increasing reliance on digital systems to accomplish many everyday tasks, there’s no denying the performance — specifically, speed, and reliability — of these systems is critical to ensuring end users will have a positive experience. At the forefront are industry giants like Google and Facebook, which are constantly pushing the limits of speed through innovative delivery techniques. While consumers welcome endeavors like Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) Project and Facebook’s Instant Articles, they also raise the bar for all internet companies. In this environment, companies that fail to meet users’ tough performance expectations will soon find themselves falling behind the competition — not just in terms of performa... (more)

"It's a Hit!" – Early Verdicts Come In on "Real-World Flex" One-Day Seminar

"Seems like a lot going on here," wrote John Dowdell; "The place is pretty packed. Geeks mingled with suits; some of the geeks IN suits," wrote Flash guru Jesse Randall Warden, "Loooots of demos. And that's exactly what I came for," wrote arpit. The blogosphere has been giving its early verdict on SYS-CON Events' "Real-World Flex" One-Day Seminar...and the overwhelming verdict would seem to be that it was a hit. What "Real-World Flex" aimed to do, in 12 intense hours of laser-focused presentations, discussion, and demos, was to give everyone the full picture of how Adobe Flex 2 is a complete, powerful application development solution for creating and delivering cross-platform RIAs, within the enterprise and across the Web. The historic Grand Ballroom of Roosevelt was the setting, in midtown Manhattan just a hop and a skip from Park Lane, and it proved the perfect ... (more)

Enterprise Search 2.0: How to Unleash Your Data’s Potential

IDC analysts predict that by 2020 there will be 15 quintillion files in existence. That kind of volume has brought us to a point where we are using a term like "exabyte" (and quintillion!) to describe how much data exists. How much of that data will your organization own and how will you access it? Dispersed across multiple systems, silos, geographies, and regions, data on its own provides no real inherent value. Native search boxes within applications only show a narrow picture of your data contained within that one application - certainly not enough information to make fast, informed business decisions. What about data contained in customer and employee communities? How can you access the valuable information contained in these rapidly growing, knowledge-intensive communities? Let's face it - data will never be contained; it will continue to proliferate, particula... (more)

E-Commerce with Hybris

People are accustomed to buying goods online. If a company sells products to individuals, we call it B2C for Business To Consumers. If a business sells to other businesses – it’s B2B. Having an online store allows to sell around the clock regardless of the consumer’s location (at least within the country) as long as he or she is connected to the Internet. People spend some substantial time online and sellers are trying to reach their clients via all possible channels and devices being that a regular HTML Web page, a social network, a mobile application on any device with embedded browser. Still, some people aren’t Internet savvy and business will continue using more traditional channels like printed mail order catalogs. This is what the multi-channel marketing is about. Ideally, a business should be able to combine marketing the products with selling them right ther... (more)

Top Five Content Management Challenges | @CloudExpo #Cloud #DevOps #DigitalTransformation

Top Five Content Management Challenges You Need to Solve Now This is a guest post from Cloudinary, a cloud-based image and video management solution. We are always looking for ways to help companies deliver digital experiences that will meet customers expectations in terms of content and performance. Tackling these 5 challenges is a good step towards delivering a top-notch digital experience. We are in the midst of a great evolution when it comes to website design. Formerly text-heavy sites now rely on eye-catching images and video to draw in visitors, improve engagement rates and drive readership. These results are proven. Articles with relevant images get 94 percent more total views, according to digital marketing expert Jeff Bullas. And images are vital to websites influencing page views and user engagement for news articles, press material, local search, eCommer... (more)

What It Means to Be the Best

What it means to be the best is a relative thing. In the sports world it's the score at the end of the game, the winning record that indicates who beat whom. In the world of Linux, it's more subjective to the goals of the end user. This month we explore, from the point of view of the LinuxWorld Magazine editors, what constitutes the best solutions for given computing tasks. I don't presume to speak for every Linux user who works in health care or video animators or any one group - I speak just for me. I think sharing our points of view will help you start to investigate what makes your best of the best list. Desktop software is a subject near and dear to my heart. I work in that field and have spent my career supporting users of desktop software. It's impossible to look at such a diverse group of users as desktop Linux users and then identify what is best. However... (more)

SYS-CON Media Readers Cast More Than 4,000 Votes In First Week Of Voting

This year it looks certain that a new participation record will be set, as more than 4,000 votes have already been recorded in just the first seven days of voting, and more than 50,000 SYS-CON Media readers are estimated to cast their votes in this year's Readers' Choice Awards. The winners of this years awards will be announced in November at Web Services Edge 2005 West - International Web Services Conference & Expo in San Francisco. The list of companies heading the various polls reads like a "Who's Who" of the most active and enterprising players in the i-technology space - including all the industry's top software and hardware vendors, services providers, and technical publishers. Highlights after just one week's voting include: 2005 JDJ Readers' Choice Awards: There are 26 categories in this year's JDJ awards. In the coveted "Best Java Application Server" categor... (more)

JBoss Portal 2.2 Advances Open Source Portal For Enterprise SOA Deployment

JBoss the Professional Open Source company, has announced JBoss Portal 2.2, the latest version of its open source, Java portal product. A core piece of the JBoss Enterprise Middleware Suite (JEMS), the first open source platform for SOA (service-oriented architecture), JBoss Portal 2.2 adds greater simplicity to development and deployment, more standards support and new features for security and clustering that appeal to the enterprise market. With JBoss Portal 2.2, JBoss is delivering on its roadmap to build a broad-scope open source portal product that enterprises can leverage as a foundation for an SOA. Gartner projects that enterprise portals will be the first major application of SOA concepts for more than 50 percent of enterprises through 2007. This places JBoss Portal, already the fastest growing open source Java portal in terms of adoption, as one of the top ... (more)

Where's i-Technology Headed in 2008?

2007 was undoubtedly the year of Social Networking, but what of 2008? Will '08 be the year of "Unified Communications" or the year when CMS comes to stand for "Community Management System" - or even "Collaboration Management System"? Or will it be the year of the giga-merger, to beat the mere mega-mergers of 2007? At the end of each year, SYS-CON informally polls its globe-girdling network of software developers, industry executives, commentators, investors, writers, and editors. As always, the range and depth of their answers is fascinating, throwing light not just on where the industry is going but also how it's going to get there, why, because of who, and within what kind of time-scale. Enjoy! RIAs Versus AJAX o Ruby on Rails o PHP o Facebook Competitors Tim Bray Director of Web Technologies Sun Tim Bray managed the Oxford English Dictionary project at the Univers... (more)

Building AJAX Mashups with Google APIs

This session will cover how to integrate various Google APIs including Google's AJAX APIs including Maps, AJAX Search and Feed into superior AJAX mashups. The session also shows how to use Google's App Engine as an AJAX Web application provider. Finally, this session will also show how to socialize your AJAX applications using the OpenSocial APIs and Google Friend Connect. Register for AJAXWorld RIA Conference & Expo Submit Your Paper to Present a Session Sponsor AJAXWorld Conference & Expo Speaker Bio: Chris Schalk is a Tech Lead in the Developer API Evangelism group at Google. He is also one of the original members of the OpenAjax Alliance. Prior to Google, Schalk was a Principal Product Manager and Java Evangelist for Oracle's application server and development tools division. While at Oracle, he worked to define the overall Web development experience for Oracle JD... (more)