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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)

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)

TechTarget Reports Estimated 3Q 2009 Financials

TechTarget, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTGT) announced today that it is delaying its earnings release, but is releasing estimated third quarter results, its prepared remarks regarding the current period ended September 30, 2009 and financial guidance for the fourth quarter of 2009. The Company recently identified an improper accounting practice relating to certain customer credits that were improperly eliminated as liabilities on the Company's balance sheet. The Company believes that the result of this practice was that expenses were understated (overstated) by approximately $353,000 in 2007, $426,000 in 2008 and ($15,000) in 2009. As a result, TechTarget is delaying the filing of its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the third quarter of 2009, and the Audit Committee of TechTarget’s Board of Directors is currently conducting an investigation into this matter. The Company curre... (more)

NetSuite and HEIN Partner to Provide Expert Accounting and Regulatory Compliance Solutions From the Cloud

SAN MATEO, Calif. and DENVER, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — NetSuite Inc., ( NYSE: N), a leading vendor of cloud computing business management software suites, and HEIN & ASSOCIATES LLP, a leading accounting and advisory services firm, today announced a partnership to provide both public and private companies with a range of customized accounting and regulatory compliance solutions powered by NetSuite’s leading cloud computing applications for financials, enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM). Working with NetSuite and its powerful, flexible cloud computing application suite and software development platform, HEIN & ASSOCIATES LLP’s professional consultants will deliver sophisticated, vertically focused solutions for needs ranging from tax and financial reporting to growth plan development. NetSuite’s architecture will enab... (more)

Publicis Groupe: 2011 Annual Results

PARIS, February 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- 2011 Annual Results (EUR million except EPS and dividend) Revenue                     5,816 Published growth             +7.3% Organic growth               +5.7% New Business (net)            7.9 bn USD Operating margin              931       +8.8% Percentage operating margin  16.0% Net income                    600      +14.1% EPS*                         2.64 euro      +12.3% Free Cash Flow **             704         +9% Dividend  ***                0.70 euro *    Diluted Earnings Per Share **     excl. changes in Working Capital Requirements (WCR) ***    Payable on July 2 subject to approval at the AGM of May 29, 2012 Message from Maurice Lévy, Chairman & CEO of Publicis Groupe: "In a context of sovereign debt crisis and economic slowdown, Publicis has not only outperformed the market, more remarkably it has improved on its own ... (more)

Big Data accessiblity for SEC reporting? Not yet. Columbia report explains why.

By HudsonHollister [This post by Hudson Hollister is cross-posted on the Data Transparency Coalition's blog.] Last Tuesday Columbia Business School’s Center for Excellence in Accounting and Security Analysis released a definitive report evaluating the implementation of a structured data format for the financial statements that public companies file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Over a year in the making and based on extensive discussions and surveys with corporate filers, investors, data and filing vendors, regulators, and others, the survey illuminates the promise of structured data to better serve investors, improve the enforcement of securities laws, and make the U.S. capital market more efficient. It also reveals serious flaws in the SEC’s approach thus far – flaws which have prevented the promise from being realized. The Columbia report i... (more)

Pros and Cons of NetSuite as Accounting Software

NetSuite is a Cloud-based accounting and ecommerce solution that offers partner collaboration and multilevel support for mid-sized companies. Unlike other solutions, which can require multiple records and database support for each process, NetSuite increases business efficiency by offering sales, accounting, shipping and billing functionality from the same base records. Some functionality offered in the NetSuite solution includes revenue recognition, sales team tracking, shipping and fulfillment, sales force automation, financial reporting, eCommerce management and budgeting. NetSuite ERP Costs Depending on your enterprise-wide needs and scope, NetSuite subscription costs vary. Monthly subscriptions start at $40, making this an affordable option for companies of any size. Bigger companies may choose solutions that bring subscription costs up to $100 or $500 per mo... (more)

JustSystems Highlights Advantages of Structured Authoring and DITA at IBM Information On Demand 2009

With growing expectations from customers, enterprise organizations are increasingly expected to deliver product, service and support information in multiple languages and formats in a timely manner. To address these challenges, many companies are turning to the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA), an XML standard that lets organizations leverage content reuse and ultimately improve document consistency, reduce costs and speed time-to-market. JustSystems, the largest independent software vendor in Japan and a worldwide leader in XML and information management technologies, today announced that it will highlight the benefits of structured authoring and DITA through participation at IBM Information On Demand (IOD) 2009. IBM IOD is being held October 25–29, 2009 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NV. JustSystems’ participation includes: Join... (more)

Worldcolor Announces Third Quarter Results

MONTREAL, CANADA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/12/09 -- - Third quarter combined consolidated adjusted EBITDA increased to $103.4 million compared to $94.2 million for the third quarter of 2008 - Improved combined consolidated adjusted EBITDA margins to 13.4% compared to 9.5% in the third quarter of 2008 - Combined consolidated revenues of $769.9 million in the third quarter compared to $993.6 million in the third quarter of last year - Signed new and renewed agreements with important customers Worldcolor (TSX: WC)(TSX: WC.U) reported increased combined consolidated adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (adjusted EBITDA) in the third quarter of 2009 compared to the same period in the prior year, highlighting the Company's efforts to improve efficiencies and to align its cost structure with the current challenging economic environment. In the... (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)

Willbros Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2009 Earnings Release and Conference Call Schedule

HOUSTON, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 02/24/10 -- Willbros Group, Inc. (NYSE: WG) today announced plans to release fourth quarter and full year 2009 results on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, after the market closes. In conjunction with the release, Willbros has scheduled a conference call, which will be broadcast live over the Internet on Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time (8:00 a.m. Central). What: Willbros Group, Inc. Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2009 Earnings Conference Call When: Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time Where: Live via phone by dialing 888-277-7138 or 913-312-1477, passcode 1845874, and asking for the Willbros call at least 10 minutes prior to the start time. Where: Live over the Internet by logging onto www.willbros.com on the home page under Events. A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available through March 25,... (more)