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Runaway cloud computing cost may be causing an information technology industry crisis. Expanding requirements, extended transition schedules and misleading marketplace hype have made "Transformation" a dirty word.  Questions about how to manage cost variances and deviations with assets and cost across different suppliers abound. A  recent Cloud Tech article explained that while public cloud offers considerable cost savings in comparison to private or on-premises based alternatives, there may also be significant hidden costs. Operational features like auto-scaling can cause costs to soar in line with demand for resources, making predicting costs difficult and budgeting even harder. There is also an acute need for a holistic and heterogeneous system that can track the costs of cloud services from the point of consumption (e.g., an application or business unit) down to... (more)

XBRL and Web Services

eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) and Web services have evolved somewhat separately from a common core of XML. XBRL has gained support because it simplifies the electronic distribution of financial statements, performance reports, accounting records, and other financial information. Web services hold the promise of automating, in a standardized manner, the exchange of data and functionality between different software applications. When used together, XBRL and Web services have the potential to enable a new class of sophisticated financial applications that were previously difficult or impossible to build. XBRL is an XML-based markup language for financial and business reporting; it provides advantages at each step in the financial reporting supply chain. XBRL focuses entirely on the content of a business report and is completely neutral with respect to t... (more)

XBRL for Business Reporting

Industry consortia are increasingly coming together to draw up XML standards for businesses. One of the major emerging standards is XBRL: eXtensible Business Reporting Language. Organized by more than 170 finance, accounting, regulatory, and software companies from across the world, XBRL is emerging as the definitive standard for expressing business information contained in corporate documents. With XBRL, each piece of a company's reported information is represented in XML and can be searched and extracted depending on business requirements. Given that more than 80% of major U.S. public companies provide some type of financial disclosure on the Internet, XBRL is invaluable for stakeholders, analysts, investors, and regulators because it streamlines the collection and electronic distribution of this information. The XBRL standard is an open, freely licensed standard ... (more)

Altova Delivers Version 2010 of Its MissionKit Tool Suite

XML Magazine on Ulitzer Altova, creator of XMLSpy, today announced the availability of Version 2010 (v2010) of the Altova MissionKit®, an integrated suite of XML, database, and UML tools. Version 2010 delivers over 70 of customers' "most wanted" features across the product line, from support for new technologies like WSDL 2.0 in XMLSpy and MapForce®, JSON in XMLSpy, and SysML in UModel®, to enhanced functionality for working with XBRL in XMLSpy, a completely new stylesheet design option in StyleVision®, and much more. For users working on the newest version of the Microsoft® Windows® platform, Version 2010 is also compatible with Windows 7. "With the state of economy today, companies are only buying the tools they need to get the job done efficiently and within budget. As always, at Altova we aim to provide our customers -- both current and future -- with affordable... (more)

A Developing Country That Can Teach Hawaii an IT Strategy Lesson

IT Strategy on Ulitzer Vietnam is in the process of upgrading the entire country’s IT system. With support from organizations such as the World Bank, Vietnam is rebuilding not only physical infrastructure, but also starting from the ground up building new IT systems – including a large scale virtualization strategy. Hawaii may not be so progressive. The first line of an Associated Press story on Hawaii’s lack of a functional IT strategy goes like this: “In many ways Hawaii’s government runs its computers like the Internet age hardly happened.” (AP) The story goes on to expose Hawaii’s lack of IT policy, the fact they are using old systems, a mixture of Apple and PCs for individual users, have a 1960s version of disaster recovery (offsite physical diskette storage), and other parallels with industry that add more discouraging evidence to Hawaii’s IT shortfalls. Sens... (more)

Prōject shortlisted in four categories of the UK Oracle User Group's Partner of the Year Awards 2012-13

Expanding Oracle solutions consultancy Prōject has been rewarded for its strong performance in 2011-12 with a clutch of nominations for the UK Oracle User Group (UKOUG) Partner of the Year Awards 2012-13. A double silver Award winner last year, Prōject has been shortlisted by the UKOUG in four categories of this year's Awards: Business Intelligence Primavera and Oracle Projects E-Business Suite Public Sector The UKOUG Partner of the Year Awards are given in recognition of the standard of services enjoyed by Oracle users across a wide range of IT solutions. The Awards are especially prized as they are the only awards of their type voted purely by customers and end-users. Managing director Donna Butchart said, "There is no accolade better than to be recognised by our clients and Oracle users for our commitment to excellence and broadening our portfolio of services. ... (more)

This Week in Cloud, October 4, 2012: Cloud Computing Act of 2012, Cloud leads to advances in healthcare, GoDaddy shuts down Cloud Servers. And more…

Watch CloudViews Unplugged! Watch the October episode of CloudViews Unplugged – a monthly video blog analyzing the top cloud news stories. Cloud News A new bill that focuses on the enforcement of criminal and civil law with regards to cloud computing was recently introduced by Senator Amy Klobuchar. The Cloud Computing Act of 2012’s primary purpose is to provide extra protection for cloud services as part of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. In this Forbes blog, Eric Goldman details what he considers the major problems with the bill and regulating the Internet in general. Morgridge Institute, a non-profit that conducts biomedical research, is using cloud computing to index human stem cells, which will allow researchers to determine how to build various types of cell structures for research and experimentation, according to this GigaOM article. The Morgridge Institute ... (more)

2017 #DevOps Predictions | @DevOpsSummit #CD #ML #APM #Monitoring

Eight Predictions for DevOps in 2017 By Divesh Rupani As 2016 approaches its end, the time to prepare for the year ahead is now! Following our own advice, we sat down with three XebiaLabs thought leaders – Andrew Phillips, Tim Buntel, and TJ Randall – and asked what they think the future has in store for the DevOps world. 1. A new wave of “next gen platform” projects is coming. In 2017, we’ll see a new wave of “next gen platform” projects focused on container orchestration frameworks such as Kubernetes, and re-tooled PaaS platforms such as OpenShift or Cloud Foundry. Acceptance of the need for a cross-machine resource management and scheduling framework is growing, and the vendor ecosystem is rapidly throwing weight behind this movement. There will also be an increased shift away from defining containers directly, and more towards having containers generated automati... (more)

Ausstellerprofile IBC 2009

Die IBC 2009 findet vom 11. bis 15. September 2009 im RAI Centre in Amsterdam statt. Business Wire ist der offizielle Nachrichtendienst für die IBC 2009. Neueste Meldungen, Ratgeber, Fotos und Multimediapräsentationen stehen unter Tradeshownews.com, der Website von Business Wire für Neuigkeiten aus den Bereichen Messen, Konferenzen und Veranstaltungen, zur Verfügung. Nachfolgend aufgeführt sind die Profile der Aussteller der IBC 2009.   Firma: A & C LTD Stand: 11:E10 Ansprechpartner Medien: Frank Fletcher Telefon: 44 (0)20 8427 5168 E-Mail: [email protected] Internet: www.powerpod.co.uk   A & C ist ein mit dem Academy Award (Oscar) ausgezeichneter Hersteller von Roboterkamerasystemen für TV und Film. Das Unternehmen konnte im Verlauf von fünfundzwanzig Jahren umfangreiche Erfahrungen bei der Entwicklung und Fertigung ferngesteuerter Kamerasysteme sammeln.   Die H... (more)

PricewaterhouseCoopers 2010 M&A Insights - US Entertainment & Media Outlook

NEW YORK, Feb. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Though economic and financing challenges still exist, positive pipeline metrics seen in the second half of 2009 could signal a rebound of deal activity in the US Entertainment & Media (E&M) industry in 2010, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers' (PwC) Transaction Services 2010 US Entertainment & Media M&A Insights report. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100208/NE51101-a ) (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100208/NE51101-b ) In 2009, E&M completed deal value totaled $77.4 billion, representing a 49 percent annual decline from the prior year, while completed deal volume totaled 714 deals, a decrease of 29 percent from the 1,000 deals completed in 2008. Completed E&M deals in 2009 represented 12.3 percent and 13.3 percent of total completed US M&A transaction value and volume, respectively. "Continuing s... (more)

Schedulicity Mobile Appointment Booking Saves Time, Streamlines Business for Service Professionals

A mobile web version of the popular online appointment scheduling service, Schedulicity, is now available for small businesses and their clients. CNBC Magazine this week recognized Schedulicity among 12 important technology trends for streamlining operations and customer service in 2010. The company’s convenient, searchable appointment scheduling is already being used by service professionals in 49 states and 400+ cities in the U.S. Filling a need for professionals who want to actively manage their online appointment book in real-time, Schedulicity is the only service that offers all the features necessary to run a small appointment-based business from a mobile phone. Where other services offer limited or view-only modes, Schedulicity mobile delivers everything professionals need to be responsive, flexible and successful. “With Schedulicity, I get to be on the go al... (more)