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Thanks to its delicious coffee and innovative marketing strategies, Dunkin' Donuts is one of the most popular breakfast chains in the United States. Recently, the company decided to change things up a bit and expand its long running, America Runs on Dunkin campaign. Don't worry; its donuts and coffee aren't going anywhere.
6/29/2016 5:10:06 PM
Starting with an understanding of the user, design helps companies contextualize connected technologies and things into meaningful experiences.
6/29/2016 5:06:45 PM
Gannett, as a publisher, is well-know for a slew of television stations and even newspapers like USA Today. In recent months, however, it's looked to add on to its local focus and deliver better targeting for its advertisers. That's a move that took on a whole new importance with a definitive merger agreement where Gannett would acquire outstanding stock in ReachLocal.
6/29/2016 5:03:04 PM
Allow me to be more specific. In 1984, the film Ghostbusters answered the age-old question 'who you gonna call' when an apparition appears. Today, Ghostbusters (Sony Pictures) is providing a slightly different answer: Lyft. Sony Pictures and Lyft have partnered to promote the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, which will allow some Lyft users to take a ride in Ecto-1.
6/29/2016 4:30:53 PM
Kepware Technologies established its IoT Alliance to help companies help formulate streategies for IoT adoption, and Dell has joined the team.
6/29/2016 4:18:37 PM
Intermedia, provider of Hosted Exchange email, VoIP, file sharing, and other business cloud services, brings its array of tools to AWS.
6/29/2016 4:09:43 PM
Using a drone for your business, or as a hobby, means complying with requirements which are in constant flux or that you may not know about.
6/29/2016 3:49:56 PM
The OpenDaylight Project (ODP) recently announced the new TransportPCE project, which seeks to provide an efficient path management system for OTN/WDM transmission networks.
6/29/2016 3:24:45 PM
NBC plans to broadcast live every event of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, a heavy lift and gold test for Comcast's X1 technology. Cable subscribers will be able to access either TV or online the equivalent of over 250 days of non-stop video on a 24 hour basis. It's a monstrous amount of content to capture, archive and make accessible to the company's over 22 million subscribers.
6/29/2016 3:01:30 PM
Cisco, a networking development and manufacturing company, recently partnered with information technology research company ZK Research to conduct more than 50 interviews with small business owners and IT admins to determine their need for cloud-based communications products and services.
6/29/2016 2:49:56 PM
This follows by just a week Midokura's announcement of its integration with Mirantis OpenStack 8.0 and Fuel, its open source deployment and control plane for OpenStack. That's expected to help expedite the creation of Fuel and OpenStack 8.0 deployments.
6/29/2016 2:48:00 PM
Simmons began her career as a developer before shifting into project, technology and systems management at Toyota Motor Corporation. Following a long tenure there, Simmons moved to MedAssets, Inc. where she ultimately became Senior Vice President of Operations. As a consultant, she's worked with major corporations, including Nissan Motor Corporation, Avery Dennison, Guthy-Renker and SDI - the world's leading media translation services company - and, most recently, served as interim-CTO for Defy Media.
6/29/2016 2:46:02 PM
In an interview with me last week at DockerCon, Apcera software architect Josh Ellithorpe said that Docker Swarm is good if you're a very small business and are web based, but if you look at it from an enterprise use case it falls flat.
6/29/2016 2:41:55 PM
There has been a lot of discussion about container orchestration lately. Indeed, container pioneer Docker last week announced it has integrated orchestration functionality into the most recent version of Docker Engine.
6/29/2016 2:37:18 PM
6/29/2016 2:20:00 PM
Cloud security professionals need to be aware that Russia is increasing its cyberattacks and targets can be any organization.
6/29/2016 1:29:42 PM
Use of encryption is growing and has pluses and minuses that need to be taken into account regarding quality of experience.
6/29/2016 1:16:52 PM
The ongoing Red Hat Summit conference has again seen its share of new software and hardware developments from its various attending enterprises. Diamanti, a company that tackles the use of containerized workload in business networking, took the event to announce its support for the Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, a platform-as-a-service offering that keeps businesses' running applications inside Docker-formatted Linux containers.
6/29/2016 1:05:45 PM
Business at its roots is a team game. And in a highly competitive space, it never hurts to get a little help from your friends. Fusion has facilitated growth via partnerships, acquisitions and mergers; Telarus has built a reputation as a top master agent - only time will tell how high the two climb.
6/29/2016 12:40:31 PM
In a development that shows managed service providers (MSPs) are in demand all over the world, Caverion recently reported establishing a new managed services contract with a German insurance company, HUK Coburg. A five-year agreement, the contract calls for Caverion to provide both managed operations and technical maintenance for the insurer, and will go to lengths that might surprise some.
6/29/2016 12:38:26 PM
Welcome to the Human Capital Management (HCM) Expert Community. We hope you avail yourself of the rich resources the community provides.
6/29/2016 12:26:58 PM
URALCHEM, Brooks Brothers and Cirque du Soleil select SAP for Human Capital Management (HCM).
6/29/2016 12:17:52 PM
The news this week is that Amazon is going to massively expand their Dash Button program, which hasn't sold well, to include more buttons. This increases sales from tiny, to 70 percent more than tiny. The concept is a good one, place a connected button near where you use a consumable item and folks will just hit the button when they need to order more rather than putting it on a list to buy later.
6/29/2016 12:10:47 PM
SAP Cloud Human Capital Resource Management (HCM) offerings recognized as industry leader by Gartner and IDC MarketScape.
6/29/2016 12:10:32 PM
Report highlights 5 easy steps for obtaining, on-boarding, monitoring, compensating and managing contingent talent.
6/29/2016 12:03:19 PM
Versa Networks will be supplying the Versa FlexVNF software to complete CenturyLink's offering, which provides the complete benefits of an SD-WAN-low costs, rapid delivery of services, high-grade performance and so on-by drawing on a series of network functions virtualization (NFV) systems to bring it all together in one package.
6/29/2016 11:55:07 AM
The state of the digital security threat landscape is only getting worse as more criminal organizations and government-sponsored cyber soldiers continue their relentless attacks on public and private organizations around the world. This security risk comes at a time when the number of security professionals capable of combating this threat is not keeping up with what is taking place. In addressing the shortage, Cisco has established a $10 million scholarship fund to fast-track its security certification for qualified individuals wanting to take the three months of training.
6/29/2016 11:45:15 AM
HCM simplifies the ability for HR to customize the services they deliver to individuals and lines-of-business (LOBs).
6/29/2016 11:42:50 AM
IBM has spent the last couple of weeks shoring up its enterprise cloud offerings with a number of major announcements. From rolling out the newest version of its MobileFirst Foundation mobile application development platform to opening its latest IBM Blue Mix Garage in New York City's SoHo neighborhood, the company is making strategic global strides to capture the enterprise cloud market.
6/29/2016 11:39:50 AM
Tixeo's system has a lot of competition in the field; there's no shortage of conferencing applications out there. However, Tixeo can also offer a clear edge that its competitors may not be able to readily match in its unprecedented security. It may not be the kind of advantage that gets a lot of notice-there's a reason synchronous communications systems aren't heavily secured-but it could be just the thing that some companies were looking for.
6/29/2016 11:07:06 AM
Thanks to WebRTC connections, FreeSWITCH can offer a complete video conferencing system, but it can also function as a complete central telephone system. FreeSWITCH got its start back in 2006, and was routinely used as a means to route voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) traffic between consumer locations and data centers.
6/29/2016 10:42:28 AM
Take a second to imagine your brand as a person. Would you dodge this individual at a party or would you rush over to greet him or her? If you have the slightest inkling that you would avoid this individual at all cost, then it's time to change things up.
6/29/2016 10:31:47 AM
As the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama has made it her mission to make Americans healthier. From planting a vegetable garden on the White House lawn to engaging leaders throughout the community, the First Lady has lead many initiatives to encourage both children and adults to make better food choices.
6/29/2016 10:28:02 AM
Mention Silicon Valley to anyone, and it is automatically recognized as the hub of the startup ecosystem for high-tech development responsible for creating some of the most innovative products and services we use today. In an effort to spread wings, many companies in the Valley establish offices in other parts of the country, which is what CloudGenix has done with the opening of its largest satellite office in Raleigh, North Carolina.
6/29/2016 10:10:13 AM
Companies the world over are connected in ways unlike ever before. As such, cyber security is an important initiative and investments must be made in IT cyber security training. According to a recent Forbes article, these funds have to have a plan in place to assess, manage and address risks and incidents, regardless of their size. These plans consist of specific priorities that must be taken into consideration.
6/29/2016 10:06:27 AM
What's the best way to drive sales? It's the question every company aims to answer as the right answer means the right approach to sustainable profitability - at least in theory. Every company has something to sell, even if they don't define it by those terms. The key is to identify the best way to take a product or service to market to satisfy demand and help to create more.
6/29/2016 10:04:18 AM
Anti-virus software is another way to protect softphones and related VoIP software, while deep packet inspection is useful for flagging potentially nefarious packets for closer scrutiny. Session border controllers (SBCs) are an invaluable tool for any network routing VoIP calls, while authorization policies and restrictions can also be helpful for monitoring and controlling all VoIP activity.
6/29/2016 9:22:00 AM
Beyond keeping track of average handle time, managers using modern workforce management can keep a careful eye on a number of other quality metrics. The real advantage is that they can do it live, as call center operations are unfolding.
6/29/2016 8:07:00 AM
On the backs of small and medium-size enterprise demand for cloud-based services, the video-as-a-service market is expected to reach more than $1.5 billion by 2021.
6/29/2016 8:02:00 AM
As digital transformation continues to gain traction, companies are looking for a competitive edge only achievable by integrating leading edge software solutions into their business processes. BetterWorks provides enterprise software to easily manage strategic plans, collaborative goals and ongoing performance conversations. Its Business Operating System is built on Goal Science insights and operational research to help high-performing companies execute more effectively.
6/29/2016 7:45:18 AM
The rapid growth of the IoT is driving a massive new ecosystem of smart, cellular connected machines and things, and with that growth has come the need for a wide range of connectivity options. Qualcomm Technologies has set itself the goal of helping to evolve LTE into a unified, scalable IoT platform.
6/29/2016 7:34:52 AM
If you're interested in learning more about why Red Hat is acquiring 3scale, why Cisco is buying CloudLock, and how Twilio hit a valuation above $1 billion - and how your company can get in on the action - join us for All About the API July 19 through 21 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
6/29/2016 7:32:52 AM
This is where DigitalGenius comes in, with its Human+AI Customer Service Platform. The solution offers deep learning algorithms that pull from massive amounts of data including customer service logs and transcripts. Information is then fed to a contact center's existing platform, providing each customer service agent with a personal AI to help them handle specific and unique requests.
6/29/2016 7:23:00 AM
Technology is a great thing. It helps us better manage our lives, provides access to information and interactions at our fingertips, it enables us to be mobile and keeps us connected no matter our location. These benefits mean that consumers and businesses alike create significant opportunities for technology providers, but this success leads to more than just a financial windfall.
6/29/2016 7:00:00 AM
GSMA welcomed three low power, wide area (LPWA) technologies from 3GPP that are geared toward the licensed spectrum of Release 13 and IoT.
6/28/2016 4:24:18 PM
?In this episode of the IoT Time Podcast, Ken Briodagh sits down with Dave Britton, VP, Industry Solutions, Experian.
6/28/2016 4:18:07 PM
Business process outsourcing (BPO) has given businesses a lot of new possibilities in terms of getting the job done, and the healthcare market worldwide is no exception. Meanwhile, a new report from Technavio says that BPO in healthcare is likely to continue on the rise, reaching a height of $9 billion by just 2020 alone.
6/28/2016 4:12:07 PM
Although the smart home promise of a better, easier life is appealing, the explosive growth of interconnected devices is threatening to stall as people find the new technology too complex and frustrating to install and use.
6/28/2016 4:09:04 PM
Cloud security professionals need note Amazon and Microsoft have achieved provisional FedRAMP authority for different segments of their cloud services.
6/28/2016 4:00:29 PM
The Ocean Phoenix Project is doing its part to preserve our oceans and keep our world as ecologically clean and safe for marine life to grow in its habitat for the future generations.
6/28/2016 3:59:08 PM
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