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Web hosting provider and domain registrar Go Daddy  announced on Thursday that after a lengthy battle over content, the 14th ad submitted by the company was approved by ABC Television's standards and practices division to air during Super Bowl XL. Go Daddy has been struggling to meet the approval of ABC for its ad since it signed up to run a 30-second spot during the game, scheduled for February 5. On his blog , Go Daddy's founder and president Bob Parsons(pictured) has been chronicling the struggle to gain approval for an ad, he felt was sufficiently "godaddy-esque", a characterization he describes as "fun, edgy and just a touch inappropriate." "This showdown went down to the wire," said Parsons in the press release. "We were about out of time and had produced our 14th and final attempt. I'm ecstatic about being in the Super Bowl again." On Wednesday, Go Daddy hel... (more)

Silverlight, AJAX and PDF Invoices Cement SplendidCRM as the Ideal CRM Platform

SplendidCRM announced the launch of Version 2.1 of its flagship platform SplendidCRM. The new Silverlight graphs provide SplendidCRM developers with the ability to create and customize graphs. Extended AJAX support provides the CRM user with a more natural experience. "Integration of the latest Microsoft technologies into SplendidCRM continue to make it the ideal back-office platform," said Paul Rony, President of SplendidCRM. "Our decision to standardize on the Microsoft Report Definition Language (RDL) allowed us to create an Invoice using Microsoft's Report Designer and import it into SplendidCRM. The end result is the ability to generate PDF invoices at the click of a button." New Features In addition to the technology enhancements, the SplendidCRM query system has been optimized to focus on retrieving active fields. This optimization increases the performance o... (more)

Data focused Silverlight demo

Yet still more time on traveling, I thought I'd do a little demo of a data oriented scenario with Silverlight. Here is what we are after: The data for the app is loaded from a Linq model and sent to the Silverlight client via a WCF services. As the user makes changes to the grid, we asynchronously update the Linq model on the service. The app uses local storage to cache the data on the local machine to reduce network calls. Create a new Silverlight application and associated web site. Let's start by creating a data model in the web site. Then drag over the Employees table.  Then, Select Photo and delete it.  It is a large binary blob that we don't want to be sending back and forth.  Then, because we are going to expose this over a WCF service, let's make it Serializable.  Now let's add the WCF service.  Be sure to select the Silverlight-enabled WCF service.  ... (more)

Microsoft consolidates its Cloud Strategy

Microsoft has merged its cloud operating system, Azure, that lets developers create new Microsoft-compatible tools and applications in a cloud-based environment with its Server and tools group. The two groups will be operating under one division tagged Server & Cloud Division (SCD). The idea is to bring the software giant’s Windows servers, online tools like Hotmail, Office Web apps etc, private and partner clouds under one roof to promote flexibility for the customer and provide seamless integration of different applications. It certainly gives more options for businesses currently running in-house Windows software to extend into the cloud as an initiative to expand operations or to migrate into other platforms without running into compatibility issues. As more and more Enterprises strive to reduce computing costs by taking the cloud route thanks to on dema... (more)

SQL Azure Database Size Calculator

Ryan Dunn, the Technical Evangelist for Windows Azure, posted a neat trick on how to measure your database size in SQL Azure.  Here is the exact queries you can run to do it: select sum(reserved_page_count) * 8.0 / 1024 from sys.dm_db_partition_stats GO select sys.objects.name, sum(reserved_page_count) * 8.0 / 1024 from sys.dm_db_partition_stats, sys.objects where sys.dm_db_partition_stats.object_id = sys.objects.object_id group by sys.objects.name The first one will give you the size of your database in MB and the second one will do the same, but break it out for each object in your database. Related posts:Amazon’s Answer To SQL Azure - Amazon Relational Database Service Today Amazon released its answer to SQL Azure, the hosted...SQL Azure Migration Wizard SQL Azure Migration Wizard helps you migrate your local SQL...SQL Data Services. Your Database in the Cloud. One th... (more)

Are you a Windows Phone Developer?

How do you win the smart phone game? Provide a zillion of applications that the lazy user flips with his finger or gestures at. Microsoft is all out to win the phone game. The VS2010 Express for Windows Phone will motivate Microsoft Developers and Game developers to create applications. Download the Download Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone here..The vm-web set up program (3,265KB) downloads fast but takes a while to install some 14 items. I used a new notebook with Windows 7 Ultimate. The interface is cool and initial templates are available for both Silverlight and Game enthusiasts. I took the program for a test drive. The interface has the look and feel of VS 2010 RC with fewer menu items. It has a Windows 7 Phone Emulator and supports intellisense. I tried the PhoneList application and modified a few items here and there. Looks like it worked b... (more)

How to Pick a Cloud Storage Gateway?

As defined in Wiki, A cloud storage gateway is a network appliance or server which resides at the customer premises and translates cloud storage APIs such as SOAP or REST to block-based storage protocols such as iSCSI or Fibre Channel or file-based interfaces such as NFS or CIFS. – wikipedia.org Cloud Storage Gateway or just Cloud Gateway is a new product category. The main benefit is that it can bring cloud storage on-premise to where you work. When it comes to pick a cloud storage gateway, there are several questions to ask before you buy one. (1) Which form is it in? The gateway may come in three different forms. Based on the different forms, there are different questions to ask. Pure software. For example, Gladinet CloudAFS or Nirvanix Cloud NAS are software,  with software installation packages. Support Windows or Linux? 32-bit or 64-bit? Can the software be inst... (more)

Improving ASP.NET Performance

In this article we'll discuss state management. Web applications present specific challenges for state management. This is especially true for Web applications that are deployed in Web farms. There are several different types of state: Application state. Application state is used for storing application-wide state for all clients. Using application state affects scalability because it causes server affinity. In a Web scenario, if you modify application state, there is no mechanism to replicate the changes across servers. Therefore, if a subsequent request from the same user goes to another server, the change is not available. You store data in application state by using a key/value pair, as shown in the following sample. Application["YourGlobalState"] = somevalue; Session state. Session state is used for storing per-user state on the server. The state information is... (more)

Microsoft Looks Set to Launch ‘Holiday Stores’

Microsoft Store It appears that Microsoft may be preparing to launch a number of ‘holiday stores’ in major metropolitan areas for the end-of-the-year sales rush. If you are Microsoft, what’s one of the largest challenges that you face, looking forward towards the conclusion of 2012? It’s not proving to people that the Surface is a good-looking device. It does that on its own. However, explaining what’s a Windows 8 and what happened to a user’s Start Button is a whole separate challenge. Microsoft has its own retail stores. Not that many of them, frankly, but enough that they are no longer oddities, and their openings no longer seeming one-offs. Read the full story at The Next Web. ... (more)

Use Windows Azure to learn Windows Server 2012 Storage Spaces – 31 Days of Servers in the Cloud (Part 27 of 31)

What an amazing platform and opportunity for learning.   Creating virtual machines in Windows Azure is a great platform for trying out functionality that would otherwise be hard or expensive to do in your own test lab or on your own hardware. So in this Part 27 of our “31 Days of Servers in the Cloud” series, and with the help of some instructions from some of our earlier articles, I’m going to help you set up a server that you can use to then go through a hands-on-lab on the subject of Windows Server 2012 Storage Spaces. “Sounds great, Kevin.  How do I begin?” It’s pretty simple.  Here are the steps required to make this happen: Get a Windows Azure subscription.  (You can sign up for a free 90-day trial HERE.) Create a new virtual machine running Windows Server 2012. Attach new, blank disks to your server. Connect (remote desktop... (more)

11 Evangelists, 20 Opportunities to Get Started, Learn, and Master Windows Migration and Deployment

Build your test lab with Boot-to-VHD. Here are the steps. Deploy a VM to cloud and build your lab in Windows Azure with 90-day free trial. Here's how. Preping for Microsoft certifications? Join our Windows Server 2012 "Early Experts" Study Group...(read more ) ... (more)

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
Dion Hinchcliffe is an internationally recognized digital expert, bestselling book author, frequent keynote speaker, analyst, futurist, and transformation expert based in Washington, DC. He is currently Chief Strategy Officer at the industry-leading digital strategy and online community solutions firm, 7Summits.
The explosion of new web/cloud/IoT-based applications and the data they generate are transforming our world right before our eyes. In this rush to adopt these new technologies, organizations are often ignoring fundamental questions concerning who owns the data and failing to ask for permission to conduct invasive surveillance of their customers. Organizations that are not transparent about how their systems gather data telemetry without offering shared data ownership risk product rejection, regu...
Bill Schmarzo, author of "Big Data: Understanding How Data Powers Big Business" and "Big Data MBA: Driving Business Strategies with Data Science," is responsible for setting the strategy and defining the Big Data service offerings and capabilities for EMC Global Services Big Data Practice. As the CTO for the Big Data Practice, he is responsible for working with organizations to help them identify where and how to start their big data journeys. He's written several white papers, is an avid blogge...
When talking IoT we often focus on the devices, the sensors, the hardware itself. The new smart appliances, the new smart or self-driving cars (which are amalgamations of many ‘things'). When we are looking at the world of IoT, we should take a step back, look at the big picture. What value are these devices providing. IoT is not about the devices, its about the data consumed and generated. The devices are tools, mechanisms, conduits. This paper discusses the considerations when dealing with the...
Machine learning has taken residence at our cities' cores and now we can finally have "smart cities." Cities are a collection of buildings made to provide the structure and safety necessary for people to function, create and survive. Buildings are a pool of ever-changing performance data from large automated systems such as heating and cooling to the people that live and work within them. Through machine learning, buildings can optimize performance, reduce costs, and improve occupant comfort by ...
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...
Business professionals no longer wonder if they'll migrate to the cloud; it's now a matter of when. The cloud environment has proved to be a major force in transitioning to an agile business model that enables quick decisions and fast implementation that solidify customer relationships. And when the cloud is combined with the power of cognitive computing, it drives innovation and transformation that achieves astounding competitive advantage.
Poor data quality and analytics drive down business value. In fact, Gartner estimated that the average financial impact of poor data quality on organizations is $9.7 million per year. But bad data is much more than a cost center. By eroding trust in information, analytics and the business decisions based on these, it is a serious impediment to digital transformation.
In his keynote at 19th Cloud Expo, Sheng Liang, co-founder and CEO of Rancher Labs, discussed the technological advances and new business opportunities created by the rapid adoption of containers. With the success of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and various open source technologies used to build private clouds, cloud computing has become an essential component of IT strategy. However, users continue to face challenges in implementing clouds, as older technologies evolve and newer ones like Docker c...
Digital Transformation: Preparing Cloud & IoT Security for the Age of Artificial Intelligence. As automation and artificial intelligence (AI) power solution development and delivery, many businesses need to build backend cloud capabilities. Well-poised organizations, marketing smart devices with AI and BlockChain capabilities prepare to refine compliance and regulatory capabilities in 2018. Volumes of health, financial, technical and privacy data, along with tightening compliance requirements by...