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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)

i-Technology 2008 Predictions: Where's RIAs, AJAX, SOA and Virtualization 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 a giga-merger, to beat the mere mega-mergers of 2007? As usual at the end of each year, SYS-CON has been informally polling 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, within what kind of time-scale. Enjoy! RIAs versus AJAX . Ruby on Rails . PHP . Facebook Competitors  TIM BRAY Director of Web Technologies, Sun Tim Bray managed the Oxford English Dictionary projec... (more)

Ransomware Chronicle

This is a comprehensive report on ransomware-related events covering a time frame of May – December 2016. The incidents herein are visually broken down into categories, including new ransomware, updates of existing strains, decryptors released, and other noteworthy news. Security researchers and users interested in the ransomware subject can now use this all-in-one knowledgebase instead of having to collect data from multiple different sources. New ransomware released Old ransomware updated Ransomware decrypted Other important ransomware related events THE ENIGMA RANSOMWARE SURFACES Targets Russian-speaking victims. Appends the .enigma extension. Creates the enigma_encr.txt ransom note. CRYPTXXX 2.0 EDITION Kaspersky’s free decryptor defeated. Concatenates the .crypt extension. Ransom notes named after victim ID. SHUJIN RANSOMWARE SPREADING IN CHINA Zeroes in on Ch... (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)

Zuora Seeks Cloud's Silver Lining

Zuora, the Marc Benioff-backed on-demand billing and payments start-up, has announced what it calls the Z-Commerce Platform, a development platform dedicated to monetizing cloud computing services. Zuora CEO Tien Tzuo describes the widgetry as the start-up’s most important product announcement to date, “a big step towards our vision of being the de facto commerce engine for the cloud.” With Z-Billing, Z-Payments, and Z-Force, its existing products, the company’s supposed to have a suite of business cloud solutions focused on driving revenue from cloud computing. It figures there’s huge market potential for a provider of cloud-based commerce capabilities such as subscription billing and payments given predictions like Merrill Lynch’s that puts the addressable market for cloud computing at $160 billion, including $95 billion in business and productivity applications.... (more)

Weighing the pros & cons of IBM's mainframe Linux, Part 2

(LinuxWorld) -- Part 1 in this series showed: The high-end z900 lists for around $5 million to start Offers a maximum of 64 gigabytes of real memory and 16 CPUs running at 770-MHz Is designed for high-speed batch processing, not interactive user support. There seem to be no clearly defined, third party, audited benchmarks giving the price performance ratio of the zSeries relative to conventional Unix hardware. A view from outside the box The dominance of the better solution is an important issue at both technical and business levels. A solution may be the best choice in its own context and still be a poor choice when viewed from outside that context. Consider an exaggerated example: Imagine arriving at an airport 50 miles from your final destination and being offered three choices for covering the remaining distance: A unicycle rental counter offers wheels at $10 p... (more)

Appcelerator Named "Platinum Sponsor" of AJAX World RIA Conference, October 20-22, in San Jose, California

SYS-CON Events announced today that the leading global rich Internet technology provider Appcelerator named "Platinum Sponsor" of SYS-CON's upcoming AJAX World Conference & Expo 2008 West, which will take place October 20-22, 2008, at the Fairmont Hotel in the heart of Silicon Valley, in San Jose, California. Appcelerator, Inc. is an open source software company specializing in products and services for rapid rich Internet application (RIA) and SOA- Click Here to Register for the Conference! based services development. The Appcelerator Platform SDKs enable developers to develop rich Ajax and DHTML applications using cross-browser widgets, a unique Web Expression Language and other open standards-based languages like HTML and CSS - without the use of Javascript. Appcelerator supports most languages, including Java, Ruby, PHP, .NET, Python and Perl. ... (more)

SYS-CON Media Readers' Choice Awards Polls Will Close on December 31, 2005

  SYS-CON Media (www.sys-con.com), the world's leading i-technology media company, announced that its 2005 Readers' Choice Awards polls will close on December 31, 2005. So far more than 16,000 readers cast their votes to select the best  software products and services of the year for Java, Linux, Web Services, XML, Microsoft .NET, ColdFusion and Macromedia MX. Best Java Products of 2005: http://java.sys-con.com/general/readerschoice.htm Best Linux Products of 2005: http://linux.sys-con.com/general/readerschoice.htm Best Web Services Products of 2005: http://webservices.sys-con.com/general/readerschoice.htm Best .NET Products of 2005: http://dotnet.sys-con.com/general/readerschoice.htm Best Macromedia MX and ColdFusion Products of 2005: http://mxdj.sys-con.com/general/readerschoice.htm SYS-CON's Readers' Choice Awards program is considered to be the most prestigious awar... (more)

Hot Banana Uses ColdFusion to Drive Content

HotBanan, based in Barrie, Ontario, Canada, powers Corporate Web sites, Intranets, Extranets and Micro Marketing Sites for more than 200 companies worldwide in more than 14 languages. Designed for non-technical users, Hot Banana uses ColdFusion to create what the company calls "an easy-to-use, full-fledged Web Content Management system able to manage a Web site's content creation and publishing process." Company CEO Krista Lariviere recently asnwered some of our questions about the company in this exclusive interview. CFDJ:  What was the vision behind the founding of the company, and has it  changed any? Krista Lariviere: When we started Hot Banana in 1999, we set out to create a Web Content Management solution that would be very easy-to-use, search engine friendly and focused on marketing. Over time, Hot Banana’s marketing user adoption became so strong, that o... (more)

iPhone in Action: Web Development or SDK?

There are two distinct ways to develop applications for Apple's iPhone, the top tech gadget of the year. Programmers can choose to create optimized web applications using web languages, or to write native programs using the iPhone SDK. Rather than seeing this as an either-or proposition, developers should consider the choice a continuum and pick the right tool to create each individual program. With iPhone web applications, programmers can enjoy all the advantages of the Internet, including ease of development and deployment, speed of updating, and off-line server access. Meanwhile, with iPhone native applications, programmers can immerse themselves in a sophisticated development environment, dig deep into an object-oriented language, and access the iPhone's built-in utilities, like its accelerometers and its GPS. This talk will highlight the advantages and disadvan... (more)

Bringing Voice and Messaging to Flash and AIR

Director of Ribbit's Developer Platform, Chuck Freedman, will explore an evolution in web communication. With the growing demand of RIA and voice-over-the-web solutions, developers finally have a full suite of communication APIs to add to Flash. Coding with Ribbit, Freedman will demonstrate how to send SMS messages from your application. The session will explore features that let users check voicemail, listen to and even read their messages. We will see how to easily make and receive calls from Flash so customers can call you (or your client) without leaving the web page or picking up the phone. Freedman will reveal a killer app that can do it all - something attendees will quickly be able to build too, after experiencing this session. Register for AJAXWorld RIA Conference & Expo Submit Your Paper to Present a Session Sponsor AJAXWorld RIA Conference & Expo Speaker ... (more)