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Don Dodge's Blog The web fanatics and blogosphere would have you believe that all applications will move to the web. Some will, most will not. Reliability, scalability, security, and a host of other issues will prevent most businesses from moving their mission critical applications to hosted services or cloud based services. The risk of failure is too great. I woke up earlier this June and checked TechMeme to see what was happening in the tech world. Three stories jumped out at me. Amazon was down due to a Denial of Service attack. Twitter has been down many times over the past few weeks. Dave Winer says he needs a Plan B for Twitter. Disqus, the blog commenting service, has also been down several times recently. So, I decided to write a quick post about the unreliability of cloud based services. Normally I use Windows Live Writer, a desktop based program, to compose... (more)

Impressions from PodCamp Boston 3 (#pcb3)

I was at PodCamp Boston 3 yesterday and wanted to briefly share a few impressions here. The funny video is at the bottom, so if you have no patience and just want to hear Chris Brogan, you may scroll down a page or so... :) The event was held at Harvard Medical School and was completely sold out. Bloggers, Audio and Video Podcasters came together to discuss and present all aspects of Social Media in a community-oriented style. Even though there was a schedule of formal presentations, a lot of the real action happened in the hallways, coffee breaks, and in several impromptu sessions. I found most presentations to be very good (e.g. Stever Robbins aka the Get It Done Guy), but some were also a disappointment and I walked out - only to run into people in the hallway and strike up a great conversation. One panel discussion was almost putting me to sleep. Being a rathe... (more)

Bernie Borges' Marketing 2.0 Social Media Book

Social Media on Ulitzer Bernie Borges' new book: Marketing 2.0: Bridging the Gap between Seller and Buyers through Social Media Marketing. Bernie's book aims to give a macro view of social media marketing with a focus on "what it is" and "how" small and medium size businesses (SMB) can develop a strategy, implement it and measure results. Marketing 2.0: Bridging the Gap between Seller and Buyers through Social Media Marketing covers these topics: Marketing 2.0 What is Web 2.0 and Social Media? Think Like a Publisher: Content Marketing The Lifecycle of Interaction in Social Media Marketing Measuring Results in Social Media Marketing Risks in Social Media Marketing Benefits of Social Media Marketing Case Studies - SMBs Succeding with Social Media We have invited Bernie Borges, the author of Marketing 2.0: Bridging the Gap between Seller and Buyers through Social Media Marketi... (more)

Mobile Commerce News Weekly – Week of August 12, 2012

The Mobile Commerce News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news, articles and links related to mobile payments, mobile money, e-wallets, mobile banking and mobile security that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting market size and market trend information. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly Also read Field Mobility and M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Marketing News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly eBay’s stock experienced sharp growth last week after  releasing new information on it’s successful mobile business. Read Original Content According to IDC Financial Insights, the number of consumers using their smartphones to complete online or offline transactions has doubled as of May 2012. Read Original Content. Worldwide mobile payment transactions will total $171.5 billion in 2012... (more)

One Woman Keeps Her Head-Up After Losing Everything

Charlotte, NC, October 14, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Almost 4-yrs after uprooting her family and relocating to Charlotte, North Carolina. Ms. Lawrence a Marquette University graduate, former real estate professional and single-parent mother of two has yet to call Charlotte, home. As an entrepreneur for over 18 years Ms. Lawrence explains her transition to Charlotte as, "a serious culture shock." In 2011, Ms. Lawrence suffered a huge financial hardship with very little support in Charlotte, depleting her savings, her family was faced with losing everything. However, in the end it was her faith in God, that would not allow her to give up. "As a woman of grace and resilience, my mother is a fighter," stated her daughter. After leaving the bank on May 2011, she arrived at home where she unpacked her college degrees and awards. The only thing that would save her family from homele... (more)

Klout Now Lets You Integrate Your Instagram and Bing Accounts

Social media influence scoring startup Klout announced Thursday that it will more fully integrate users’ Instagram and Microsoft Bing accounts. Now a users’ Instagram influence will be factored into a user’s overall Klout score. Bing accounts are able to be connected, but the data will be considered in Klout scores in the future. In the past, the company connected to a number of other accounts to measure social influence, including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Read the full story at All Things D. ... (more)

[lodlam] Sean Thomas and Sands Fish on getting Open Access into the right hands

Sands Fish [twitter: sandsfish and Sean Thomas [twitter: sean_m_thomas] at MIT are interested in pursuing a project to see if the new wealth of Open Access research is getting into the hands of people who can use it to solve problems. What is the distribution of access to OA? ... (more)

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of January 12, 2013

Welcome to Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility in Asia.  Asia is predicted to be the fastest area of growth for enterprise mobility between now and 2016. Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Cyber Security News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here! Rising demand for 4G handsets and base stations, plus China’s recent issuance of fourth-generation network licenses, are fueling the boom in 4G networks predicted for China.  Read Original Content E-commerce in China is making a move to mobile in 2014. Amazon China announced the percentage of its sales from mobile devices... (more)

More than half of businesses own up to sensitive information being ‘readable’ when stored in the cloud, says Thales study

Annual global survey reveals widespread uncertainty about cloud security and negative impact on security posture InfoSecurity Europe, London and Plantation, Fla - April 29, 2014 - Thales, a world leader in Critical Information Systems and Cybersecurity announces the cloud is losing the 'scare factor' for businesses, according to its latest report - Encryption in the Cloud. The study reveals that more and more organizations are transferring sensitive or confidential information to public cloud services even though more than a third expect a negative impact on security posture. In response, the use of encryption is increasing but more than half of respondents still admit their sensitive data goes unprotected when it is stored in the cloud, despite data security topping the global news agenda. The independent global study of more than 4,000 organizations conducted by ... (more)

Ethiopian Airlines Partners with Worldpay

London, 12 August, 2014 - Ethiopian Airlines, the fastest growing and most profitable airline in Africa, has partnered with payment leader Worldpay to streamline its business transactions and meet the needs of its global customer base. Ashna Bhawan at Worldpay worked with Ethiopian Airlines to implement a customized payment solution that integrates with Ethiopian Airlines' sales channels and Sabre Reservation System to process payments on behalf of Ethiopian. Worldpay's global acquiring network reduces the cost and risk associated with international payment acceptance, whilst maximising global customer reach by connecting to locally preferred payment methods. This helps Ethiopian Airlines to show prices in their customers' local currency, enhancing sales conversions. Nega Mekonnen, CFO Ethiopian Airlines, said, "Ethiopian is pleased to partner with Worldpay to fur... (more)

In 2014 Big Data Investments Will Account for Nearly $30 Billion - Eventually Accounting for $76 Billion by 2020 End

DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140821/138541 "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)