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It is interesting, talking with people about what they read, and seeing how what they read is reflected in their daily lives. Even the occasional reader of this blog would not be surprised to find that I spend some amount of time with my nose buried in epic fantasy books and military history books. It shows in much of how I carry myself, what I do for hobbies, and even the examples I choose in this blog. But a far greater percentage of my time has been spent reading about computer science. Since I was a young teen, those were avocations, I wanted computers to be my vocation. So it should surprise no one that I devoured what can arguably be called the classics of our field – Norton’s hardware programming books, compiler theory books (used one book in each of my post-secondary degrees, own dozens, literally. Compilers and OS Design fascinate me), some of the Cisco st... (more)

Is Cloud Computing Actually Environmentally Friendly?

Cloud Interoperability Magazine on Ulitzer As we end 2009 and prepare for the next decade there seems to be a nagging question, a question that I have to say, I frequently answer without any concrete proof. A question that seems to be becoming more important then ever. The question is simple yet profound in its implications as a global citizen, is cloud computing actually environmentally friendly? First, I will admit, I am among the group of cloud advocates who routinely claim that cloud computing is green, I say this without any proof or evidence to support my statement. I make this claim as part of my broader pitch to use Cloud Computing, I say this as a sales and marketing guy, but not as an advocate. As an advocate I'd like to have some empirical data to support my position. Believe me, I've searched, and I've searched -- although there are piles of forecasts abo... (more)

Oracle Develops Trimble GeoManager Extension

Trimble announced today that Oracle has developed an extension which allows Oracle Field Service Applications (part of Oracle® E-Business Suite) users to add Trimble's GeoManager solution to create an enterprise-level intelligent scheduling and dispatching platform for field service organizations. The on-demand location-based features of GeoManager will allow organizations to improve fleet performance and the management of mobile workers and distributed assets. "By developing an extension for Trimble GeoManager, Oracle E-Business Suite Field Service can now take advantage of real-time location information to increase field workforce productivity and streamline call dispatch operations," said Steve Tonas, vice president of Oracle's EBS CRM Applications. "Working with Oracle allows Trimble to provide an integrated global solution across many industries for businesse... (more)

Oracle Enhances Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management

Extending the enterprise-wide Project Portfolio Management (PPM) capabilities of Oracle's Primavera product suite, Oracle today announced new releases of Oracle's Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management and Oracle's Primavera Contract Management. The new Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management 7.0 and Primavera Contract Management 13 releases provide significant usability, integration and collaboration enhancements. New Web accessibility for Oracle's Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management 7.0 and Contract Management 13 deliver professional project management on the Web, providing access to anyone, anywhere working on a project or program. New features in the latest release of Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management help organizations successfully manage and deliver portfolios, programs and projects of any size and... (more)

Field Mobility News Weekly - Week of February 9, 2014

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 Enterprise 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! According to Markets and Markets, the global real time location system’s market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 31.2 percent from 2013 to 2020 and reach $3.70 billion in 2020. Read Original Content Telematics penetration in the construction industry is set to exceed 30 percent globally by 2019, according to ABI Rese... (more)

Linksys Starts Shipping the WRT1900AC, the Successor of Legendary WRT Wi-Fi Router

Best in class Wireless-AC router now available for purchase with even more features and OpenWrt support Rushden, UK - April 10, 2014 - Linksys® today announced that it has started shipping the new WRT1900AC to arrive in e-tail and retail stores in the UK from 21st April, 2014. The new WRT is the first consumer grade Wi-Fi router to feature 4 external antennas for optimal wireless coverage throughout the home and has been certified for the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard. The new wireless standard delivers best in class performance and includes intelligent technologies such as beamforming to further improve the wireless signal range. The design of the new Linksys WRT1900AC Dual Band Wi-Fi Router is inspired by the iconic WRT54G that was introduced 11 years ago. The new WRT has been equipped with powerful hardware such as a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, 128MB Flash memory... (more)

Measurement Specialties Begins Construction of its New Asia-Pacific Operation

HAMPTON, Va., March 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Measurement Specialties, Inc. , a designer and manufacturer of sensors and sensor-based systems, announced today that it has begun construction of its new Asia- Pacific headquarters in Shenzhen, China. Once complete, the 220,000 square foot facility will be home to nearly 1,600 Company employees engaging in development engineering and manufacturing in support of both regional and worldwide sales. The Company first established a presence in Shenzhen in 1995 and has continued to expand this operation as the Company has grown. MEAS China currently manufactures approximately 60% of the Company's global end sales and operates out of multiple leased sites within an industrial business park. Once complete, the new facility will allow the Company to consolidate all of its Shenzhen operations under one roof, mitigate risk ass... (more)

Caterpillar Reports Third-Quarter Profit and Raises 2009 Profit Outlook

PEORIA, Ill., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) today announced a third-quarter profit of $0.64 per share, down $0.75 per share from the third quarter of 2008. Sales and revenues of $7.298 billion were down 44 percent from $12.981 billion in the third quarter of 2008. "We are pleased with this quarter's profit given the severe economic environment and with our sales well below end-user demand as dealers continue to aggressively draw down inventories," said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jim Owens. "During the quarter, our primary focus continued to be on trough management and operational execution. We lowered production as dealers continued to cut inventories, we reduced costs, maintained positive price realization, lowered inventory, delivered positive operating cash flow and improved our financial position. I'm confiden... (more)

Christmas Could Never Get Started Today

This time of year is a favorite for children of all ages – I happen to be one of these kids – in part because of the television programs that are shown around Christmas. A Charlie Brown Christmas, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, have been favorites of mine since TV went from exclusively black and white to poor quality color. This is no coincidence as these programs were made in the mid 1960’s. As I was watching this year, it occurred to me that if at this time in history Christmas had not yet been established, if somehow Christmas needed to be “started” in 2009, it wouldn’t stand a chance. Christmas would be doomed before it ever got started. First of all, the only time you can say Jesus Christ anymore is when you hit your thumb with a hammer. You can’t mention Him at City Hall, you can’t display a crè... (more)

IBM Lotus Notes Apps Now on the iPhone

IBM Session at Cloud Expo iEnterprises, an IBM Premier Partner and global desktop and wireless customer relationship management (CRM) experts,on Monday announced the availability of IBM Lotus Notes and Domino collaboration software applications on the Apple iPhone through its wireless application, Mobile Edge. The announcement was made at Lotusphere, where iEnterprises is showcasing the mobile application in booth #717. Mobile Edge for the iPhone is a turnkey solution that is ideal for business users who use the iPhone and Lotus Notes, helping them work smart and faster, wherever they happen to be. With Mobile Edge, iPhone users can now access and update their Lotus Notes business applications such as CRM software, helpdesk and salesforce automation right from their iPhones. Mobile Edge works with Lotus Domino 6.0 or higher including Domino 8.5.1, taking advantage ... (more)

Styles, Pattern and Idioms

From a recent discussion with Duncan Cragg, related to his proposed FOREST, a get-only-rest-integration-pattern I came to think that it was good to create a little post to explain the difference between an Architecture Style and a Design Pattern. So, let’s do it. It was Christopher Alexander, in his book A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction. (Oxford University Press, 1977) that coined the Pattern term to denote ideas or solutions that were proven to be successful and widely used. Well, that book was about buildings, and Alexander was an architect, of the building class. When mapped to the IT field, we have three levels at what we develop: Strategic, Tactical and Operational, or Architectural, Design, Implementation. So, we have those “ideas or solutions” in all those three levels. For Architectural level, we have Architectural Styles. For Design level... (more)