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Diane Macedo of Fox News worked on Sofia's story for more than a month, studying documents, interviewing more than a dozen people, and fact-checking before publishing her news story on Monday and airing our interview. Fox News: ▸ video ▸ story On Monday, she also published a detailed article on Sofia that was picked up by a dozen or so media outlets around the world during the week. ▸ Fox News Story on Sofia's Abduction to Syria When Sofia returns safely home, she will pay her first visit to Diane at the Fox News headquarters in New York City. ▸ US Leaves Its Youngest Citizen Behind Syria The following is a short weekend "bedtime story" for my daughter while she still remains abducted in Syria. Twitter updates on Sofia @FuatKircaali One day, during his travels, Daddy found a "little green Swiss frog" on his bed as he arrived in his hotel room. Daddy took the little g... (more)

How The Optimized And Agile Marketing Organization Survives This Recession

Many marketing organizations will be under the gun in 2009 to improve performance or die. What can they do to survive that wont be make-shift, reactive work? One thing will help marketing organizations start performing and it is workflow process optimization. I know. It's that dreaded word: process. It's the kind of stuff that gets abstract very quickly, and Im writing primarily to a marketing audience, after all. So lets keep this visual and simple. Check out the rather straight-forward video below. It reduces to bare bones the basic idea behind process improvement. The video speaks clearly of the purpose for improving process, which is to optimize the business operation. This optimization reduces cost, even substantially, thereby improving bottom line profit while also advancing marketing performance. Theres your argument, marketing, for staying alive in this rece... (more)

New Real Estate Investing Website Designs Released

Plano, TX, December 13, 2011 --(PR.com)-- A real estate investing company, www.RealEstateInvestorsWebsites.net has unveiled new designs for real estate investor websites. Real estate investors now have increased capability to fully customize their websites to suit their exact business models. Real estate investors can run their business without any restrictions as to what they can do with the websites whether they buy houses, sell, rent or wholesale houses, or even if they are looking for private money. Other real estate business models are also fully supported by the websites. Each website is controlled from a simple virtual back office that controls all real estate investing aspects. Each website comes pre-loaded with 140 designs. The designs can loaded freely with a single click of the mouse without changing the content. When a website is delivered, it comes pre-load... (more)

Actelis and 3M Services Deploy New Broadband Ethernet Solutions to Harzwasserwerke GmbH

HANNOVER, Germany, March 7, 2012 - Actelis Networks®, The Broadband Acceleration Company™, and 3M Services GmbH (3M), part of the 3M Group, today announced at CeBIT 2012 that Harzwasserwerke GmbH (Harzwasserwerke) has selected Actelis' high-performance Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM) solutions (EFM) solutions to replace legacy Plesiochronous Digital Hierarchy (PDH) and outdated E1 technology. Harzwasserwerke is one of the largest suppliers of water in Germany, delivering about 90 billion litres of water annually over a system of more than 500km of pipeline. The distribution system consists of several substations and sophisticated sensors that are constantly monitoring the pipeline and communication with a centralized data center. The increased flow of information between the substations and the data center led to an increased demand for bandwidth. Harzwasserwerke's... (more)

It’s Not Just Tech, It’s People Too.

What does a military unit that faced annihilation have to do with enterprise productivity. A lot more than you would think. Last week I packed up my carry-on sized bags and headed off on economy to spend the week in Seattle, attending meetings with coworkers from several different parts of my company. Business Development, Sales, and Marketing mostly. But most of the people I spent time with were from the geek side of these establishments, with backgrounds in enterprise IT or software development. Most of them could still write some fine systems, and at least for the Sales Engineers I met with, most of them know more about architecture and enterprise IT than your average IT person. And that is something I’ve found over the years. While we don’t often have time to just pop off and socialize with people from another group, if you make the time, be they business people... (more)

IEEE Week Proclaimed from June 10 – 15, 2012 in Ottawa, Canada

New York, NY, May 25, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Canada’s beautiful capital city of Ottawa has proclaimed June 10 – 15, 2012 as IEEE Week to coincide with the IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC 2012), which will be held on the same dates at the newly-opened, $170 million Ottawa Convention Centre. Themed “CONNECT – COMMUNICATE – COLLABORATE,” IEEE ICC 2012 is expected to host thousands of industry professionals, scientists, academics and government officials, who will attend nearly 1,500 presentations highlighting the entire range of communications technologies, while touring Canada’s beautiful capital city and participating in wide-ranging local festivities. “Ottawa offers the perfect venue for celebrating IEEE ComSoc’s 60th anniversary and exploring the newest advances in communications technology research,” says the IEEE ICC 2012 General Chair Ibrahim Ged... (more)

What Can We Learn From Google Drive and DropBox?

Maribel Lopez is the CEO and mobile market strategist for Lopez Research, a market research and strategy consulting firm that specializes in communications technologies with a heavy emphasis on the disruptive nature of mobile technologies. AT&T has sponsored the following blog post. Google’s announcement of its Drive service created a huge debate on the differences in consumer cloud storage.  We’ve seen a plethora of cloud offerings hit the market in including Amazon.com’s Cloud drive, Apple’s iCloud, DropBox, Google Drive and Microsoft’s SkyDrive. While we could debate the merits of each solution for hours, this isn’t the point. The point is there has been a significant shift in thinking by leading consumer and enterprise vendors that cloud storage is now considered a critical part of any solution.  The shift in consumer services is really an indication of the shif... (more)

Taking on B2B Marketing Buzzword: Conversation

Everywhere I look, I see B2B marketing that spouts "join the conversation," "get in the conversation," and other references to the word that skew it's meaning into the equivalent of "talk to the hand." In my last post, I wrote about debunking the B2B buzzword, engagement. In the same vein, I'm wondering what the heck happened to the art of conversation? Have we become so numb by the ability to publish whatever we want that we've forgotten how to be human? The words dialogue and conversation are also interchanged without thought but, in online marketing, they have different criterion: Conversation: an interchange of thought, information actively shared between/among people. (Requires 2 or more people) Dialogue: an exchange of information (Only requires one person) The difference here is that a conversation is an active exchange of information between people where a di... (more)

In case you missed it: August 2012 Roundup

In case you missed them, here are some articles from June of particular interest to R users. RStan is a new package for Bayesian modeling with R. It's faster and can fit more highly-correlated models than the MCMC sampler of BUGS and JAGS. Biostatistician Corey Chivers used R to animate the epidemic-like growth of retailer Walmart in the US.Forensics with R. Break-in subjects are identified from the unique marks on tools used for forced entry.An R script uses NSIDC data to visualize arctic sea-ice, now at the lowest level since satellite observation began.Community milestones: CRAN passes 4,000 packages, and the Revolutions blog receives 2 million visits.An analysis suggesting playing baseball shortens lifespans provides a lesson on the difference between causality and association.Revolution R Enterprise receives Data Science Technology award.The Rcpp package can tr... (more)

The new era of video games

This week, video games got some love when the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) announced they are acquiring more than a dozen games and putting them on display in the museum next spring. MoMA follows a major exhibit this past summer at the Smithsonian in DC and other NYC based museums this coming winter to put games and their developers in their galleries. I will confess: I am not a gamer. I started a gaming website back when I was running the editorial operations for Tom’s Hardware in 2006. At the time I worked with a number of gaming journalists and met and interviewed many gamers, including some that made a very nice living from their gaming activities. But I think it is great that games are going into our top museums, for one very important reason: we need them to be preserved and to be played for years to come. I can’t believe that it has been nearly 20 years when I... (more)

Foundation of Arachsys, the precursor to ElasticHosts

Our founders, Chris Webb and Richard Davies, have more than a decade of collaboration and experience in the web hosting industry behind them. They first met in 1995 when they were both medallists at the International Physics Olympiad, representing Britain. In 1998, whilst studying Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, they founded their first web hosting company Arachsys Internet Services Ltd, and started the development of many of the technologies applied by ElasticHosts today. Richard Davies, CEO Richard joined ElasticHosts from the leading global management consultancy McKinsey & Company, where he advised senior management at a large number of global high-tech and telecoms clients. Prior to McKinsey, he was one of the founding software engineers of Forbidden Technologies plc, a leader in web-based video tools. He is a published author from the early days of ... (more)

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
JETRO showcased Japan Digital Transformation Pavilion at SYS-CON's 21st International Cloud Expo® at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) is a non-profit organization that provides business support services to companies expanding to Japan. With the support of JETRO's dedicated staff, clients can incorporate their business; receive visa, immigration, and HR support; find dedicated office space; identify local government subsidies; get...
With 10 simultaneous tracks, keynotes, general sessions and targeted breakout classes, @CloudEXPO and DXWorldEXPO are two of the most important technology events of the year. Since its launch over eight years ago, @CloudEXPO and DXWorldEXPO have presented a rock star faculty as well as showcased hundreds of sponsors and exhibitors! In this blog post, we provide 7 tips on how, as part of our world-class faculty, you can deliver one of the most popular sessions at our events. But before reading...
René Bostic is the Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America. Enjoying her career with IBM during the modern millennial technological era, she is an expert in cloud computing, DevOps and emerging cloud technologies such as Blockchain. Her strengths and core competencies include a proven record of accomplishments in consensus building at all levels to assess, plan, and implement enterprise and cloud computing solutions. René is a member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and a m...
If a machine can invent, does this mean the end of the patent system as we know it? The patent system, both in the US and Europe, allows companies to protect their inventions and helps foster innovation. However, Artificial Intelligence (AI) could be set to disrupt the patent system as we know it. This talk will examine how AI may change the patent landscape in the years to come. Furthermore, ways in which companies can best protect their AI related inventions will be examined from both a US and...
The challenges of aggregating data from consumer-oriented devices, such as wearable technologies and smart thermostats, are fairly well-understood. However, there are a new set of challenges for IoT devices that generate megabytes or gigabytes of data per second. Certainly, the infrastructure will have to change, as those volumes of data will likely overwhelm the available bandwidth for aggregating the data into a central repository. Ochandarena discusses a whole new way to think about your next...
Charles Araujo is an industry analyst, internationally recognized authority on the Digital Enterprise and author of The Quantum Age of IT: Why Everything You Know About IT is About to Change. As Principal Analyst with Intellyx, he writes, speaks and advises organizations on how to navigate through this time of disruption. He is also the founder of The Institute for Digital Transformation and a sought after keynote speaker. He has been a regular contributor to both InformationWeek and CIO Insight...
Bill Schmarzo, Tech Chair of "Big Data | Analytics" of upcoming CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO New York (November 12-13, 2018, New York City) today announced the outline and schedule of the track. "The track has been designed in experience/degree order," said Schmarzo. "So, that folks who attend the entire track can leave the conference with some of the skills necessary to get their work done when they get back to their offices. It actually ties back to some work that I'm doing at the University of ...
DXWorldEXPO LLC, the producer of the world's most influential technology conferences and trade shows has announced the 22nd International CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO "Early Bird Registration" is now open. Register for Full Conference "Gold Pass" ▸ Here (Expo Hall ▸ Here)
@DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo, taking place November 12-13 in New York City, NY, is co-located with 22nd international CloudEXPO | first international DXWorldEXPO and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. The widespread success of cloud computing is driving the DevOps revolution in enterprise IT. Now as never before, development teams must communicate and collaborate in a dynamic, 24/7/365 environment. There is no time t...
CloudEXPO New York 2018, colocated with DXWorldEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City and will bring together Cloud Computing, FinTech and Blockchain, Digital Transformation, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, AI, Machine Learning and WebRTC to one location.