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The challenge that every business constantly faces is how to remain relevant to its customers. In a world where changes are happening around us at breakneck speeds, the tools we create and support as development teams need to be cycled faster and more efficiently than ever before. While there are still some legacy applications that see updates quarterly or annually, those days for nearly all of us are well in the past. Now development lifecycles are typically measured in days, hours, and even minutes. For development organizations that are not yet using these expedited development lifecycles, the challenge is significant, and it can appear as though the chasm for adoption is growing and that the rest of the development world is leaving you behind. Fear not. Regardless of the size or complexity of your organization, there is a path that will get you up and running on... (more)

Still Searching For A Video Business Model, Google Introduces The YouTubevertorial

It wasn’t so long ago that we wondered if YouTube would ever start to flex its marketing muscles. Now it is trying to squeeze more money out of the ads on its homepage and just today it introduced the YouTubevertorial. Starting with music and videogame partners, YouTube will begin inserting click-to-buy links below select videos. Right now, these affiliate links connect to iTunes and Amazon (see them at the bottom of the screenshot above?), but more are coming. From YouTube’s blog post on the subject: Click-to-buy links are non-obtrusive retail links, placed on the watch page beneath the video with the other community features. Just as YouTube users can share, favorite, comment on, and respond to videos quickly and easily, now users can click-to-buy products — like songs and video games — related to the content they’re watching on the site. We’re getting started b... (more)

BCP Lessons Learned and New Ideas for IT Infrastructure Continuity

Businesses in the southeastern United States have been hit hard with hurricanes in the last few years, and 2008 was no exception. As a project manager and CBCP for over 1600 disaster recovery deployments I can share real examples of how entire data centers were failed over to the DR operations center in preparation for hurricanes, while others (due to poor planning) did not have the same success. Those that were successful were efficient in organizing the RTO of their communication servers which helped them prioritize the recovery efforts as well utilize creative testing procedures in order to not disrupt normal business activity. The first priority of a BCP is to ensure the safety of the employees, but being able to communicate to those needed is also an important step for successfully executing a BCP. Because of this preparedness many businesses I have heard from ... (more)

ESRI Releases ArcGIS Business Analyst Server 9.3

ESRI's release of ArcGIS Business Analyst Server 9.3 brings an enterprise solution for collaborative business geographics to the marketplace. It enables the creation, sharing, and deployment of workflows and analysis across entire organizations, allowing for more sophisticated business models and intelligence to be developed cooperatively. ArcGIS Business Analyst Server also provides a host of prepackaged processes, data, and functions that allow users to generate analyses and workflows with less time spent in development and deployment. Because Business Analyst Server is built on core ArcGIS technology, developers can easily build and deploy custom browser-based GIS applications that support specific business functions. With this recent release, ArcGIS Business Analyst Server has been expanded by adding more reports, data, and flexibility to the application while re... (more)

MySpace Music Announces Executive Team (Internal Memo)

MySpace Music, the joint venture between MySpace and the major labels to provide free streaming music to users, is announcing its executive team this afternoon. The president of the company, Courtney Holt, was announced late last year. Today the company showing off the rest of the team. The key new executives are Jamie Kantrowitz (SVP Strategy and Global Marketing), Alex Maghen (CTO), Nancy Taylor (Lead Counsel, VP Business Development & Legal Affairs), Roberto Fisher (VP Product and Operations) and Frank Hajdu (Executive Director, Strategy & Business Development). The memo from MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe to all MySpace and MySpace Music employees is below. Kantrowitz, Hajdu and Fisher were previously with MySpace and transition over to the music team. Maghen previously was CTO of both Yahoo Music/Launch and MTV Networks Online. Taylor has held a number of senior man... (more)

Credit Unions Benefit from Comodo Two-Factor Authentication

Comodo's Two-factor Authentication process is popular with credit unions. Comodo's Two-Factor process can authenticate online banking customers with: Usernames and Passwords Digital certificates One-time Passwords (delivered via phone call, SMS and/or email) Optional Security Questions and Secure Cookies Comodo's solution is easy to install and integrates seamlessly with a credit union's existing website. After the customer has installed its digital certificate, the online banking process works just the way it did before, minimizing the learning curve. Comodo customers have experienced very little drain on their help desk, and which further declines after the first couple of weeks. Comodo's Two-factor process meets FFIEC regulationsby requiring one of each kind of identifier: Something the customer knows - (i.e., the customer's password) Something the customer has -... (more)

On-Demand Webinars at Comodo.com for e-Merchants

Jersey City, NJ, July 30, 2009 - Enhancing Your Business with Social Media and PCI Compliance: Demystified are two of the webinars available on demand at Comodo.com. Thanks to enthusiastic response and requests from previous webinar attendees, Comodo has launched a website to host webinars on demand. Now businesses can get up-to-the-minute content with the flexibility to view it on their schedules. Comodo offers a range of products and services for merchants, including SSL certificates and social authentication services for online businesses, and Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance tools. Comodo webinars are a quick way to learn about new ways to save time and money or promote businesses. Other webinars include Welcome to Comodo Partners: Success 101, for businesses wanting to learn more about reselling SSL certificates. Comments from webinar participants have bee... (more)

Marketing Company Helps Center for Advanced Legal Studies

HOUSTON, August 12, 2009 – The Center for Advanced Legal Studies, a leader in paralegal education, is using an upgraded presence on the Web to help expand to serve aspiring paralegals across the country. Schipul – The Web Marketing Company (www.schipul.com) designed the Center’s upgraded Web site, www.paralegal.edu, which is powered by Tendenci online management software (www.tendenci.com). “The Internet is our main marketing tool through which we attract the majority of our new contacts, send e-newsletters and post new articles,” said Gail Armatys, chief administrative officer with the Center. “With Tendenci,  our team can edit and update the Web site without going through a third party, which makes us more efficient and keeps the site fresh and new.” Despite the economic downturn, the Center for Advanced Legal Studies is serving a rapidly growing market. Accordi... (more)

Cloud-based Social Gaming: Playfish

Media Dojo speaks with Playfish co-founder Sebastien de Halleux about how the cloud-based social gaming company has managed to distribute over 100 million games via Facebook and other social networks in less than 2 years. ... (more)

Dubli Gift Card Xpress Auctions

Dubli Xpress auctions for gift cards have yielded savings from the face value of from 5% to 99%.  Gift cards from stores vary widely but the best deals seem to be from clothing stores such as the GAP and Macys.  Gift cards from credit card companies, namely American Express, Mastercard and Visa ususlly go for a 10% savings in the Dubli Xpress auctions.  The exception being Mastercard where you can get a 18-20% savings.  You can see the stats and results at: Dubli Gift Card Xpress Auctions – Recent History ... (more)

A Winning Strategy for Landing Big-Name Customer Stories

I'm a big proponent of what I call "win-win storytelling" in customer case studies and success stories. The company creating the customer story has to benefit, as does the featured customer. The key - especially for landing big-name customers for customer stories - is finding what motivates each customer (on an individual, departmental or company level). Simply reminding the customer they receive free publicity may not be enough. In just the past two weeks, I've worked on several stories with interesting customer motivators behind them: -       A civil engineer is enthusiastic about being featured because it showcases his own success on a major project (and he used my client's software to do so). Nice addition to his resume! -       An IT department participated because it wants to highlight its innovative best practices publicly. -       And a marketing department... (more)