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A lot has been said the past couple months about broadband as the fourth utility. The same status as roads, water, and electricity. As an American, the next generation will have broadband network access as an entitlement. But is it enough? Carr, in “the Big Switch” discusses cloud computing being analogous to the power grid. The only difference is for cloud computing to be really useful, it has to be connected. Connected to networks, homes, businesses, SaaS, and people. So the next logical extension for a fourth utility, beyond simply referring to broadband network access as a basic right for Americans (and others around the world – it just happens as an American for purposes of this article I’ll refer to my own country’s situation), should include additional resources beyond simply delivering bits. The “New” 4th Utility So the next logical step is to marry cloud c... (more)

New Holland Construction Supplies Afghan National Army With Machinery for Reconstruction Work

CAROL STREAM, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 06/11/08 -- New Holland Construction this month will deliver 30 L170 skid-steer loaders to the Afghan National Army Kabul Military Training Center based in Pol-e-charki. The machines, built in New Holland's plant in Wichita, will be used by the Army for reconstruction work such as road maintenance, house building, installation of water pipes and sewers, and repairs to schools and local government buildings, as well as material handling within the military compound. "The New Holland L170 skid-steer loaders are ideal for these applications, with their exceptional lift and carry capabilities, the high dump height and best-in-class visibility," said Edgar Chavez, New Holland Construction Marketing Director. "These machines will be working in particularly tough conditions, so serviceability is especially important: the L170's service ... (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)

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)

Pending Home Sales Stabilize, Remain Above Year-Ago Levels

Pending home sales have leveled from a market swing driven by response to the home buyer tax credit, according to the National Association of Realtors®. The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator based on contracts signed in December, increased 1.0 percent to 96.6 from 95.6 in November, and remains 10.9 percent above December 2008 when it was 87.1. In November, the monthly index had fallen by 16.4 percent from surging activity in preceding months. Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said it's important to recognize how the tax credit is skewing market data. "There are easily understood swings in contract activity as buyers respond to a tax credit that was expiring and was then extended and expanded," he said. "These swings are masking the underlying trend, which is a broad improvement over year-ago levels. December activity was the fifth highest month... (more)

RedBuilt Moves From SAP To NetSuite Cloud Computing

ERP Session at Cloud Expo NetSuite Inc. a leading vendor of cloud computing business management software suites, on Thursday announced that RedBuilt LLC, a leading innovator and supplier of engineered wood products for the commercial and multi-family construction industry, has switched from SAP to NetSuite for its ERP financial management needs. RedBuilt is the largest company to date to end its relationship with SAP in favor of NetSuite. Cloud Expo 2010 East, April 19-21, 2010 in New York is the largest Cloud Computing event anywhere in the world The company finalized its ERP planning transition in under three months. RedBuilt's first-year costs with NetSuite, including licensing and professional services are just half of what the company would have paid to stay with SAP. In addition, NetSuite allows RedBuilt to avoid $275,000 in annual salary costs for SAP and d... (more)

Telehouse London Docklands West Opens

New London Data Centre Can Meet Businesses' High Capacity Demands LONDON, UK, 31st March, 2010 - Telehouse, a leading provider of global data centres and managed ICT services, today announced the official opening of Telehouse West, its state-of-the-art £80 million flag ship data centre facility. This move marks the latest evolution of the Telehouse brand, which has also seen the organisation expand into emerging markets such as South Africa and Vietnam. As a result, Telehouse's global data centre footprint has now reached 119,000m². The 35th Telehouse data centre worldwide, West will meet the demands of UK businesses for high-capacity data centres, as well as offering connectivity to over 400 ISPs, carriers, operators and Internet Exchanges. Spread over nine floors, five with a 'localised data centre environment', the custom-built 19,000m² state-of-the-art... (more)

Field Mobility News Weekly

Kevin’s Field Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to field mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends. Also read Mobile Money News Weekly Also read Mobile Retailing News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly Also read M2M News Monthly An Indiana man has developed a smartphone application that may make the war effort safer and more efficient.  Capt. Jonathan Springer created Tactical NAV last year with the help of his wife to provide soldiers with more precise logistics for delivering mortar strikes and artillery fire. ******** The total market for finished barcode scanners (dedicated handheld and fixed position devices) reached an estimate... (more)

NTT Com to Add UCaaS Plan

NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com) announced on August 30 that its Arcstar (TM) Unified Communications Services will introduce the UCaaS (Unified Communications as a Service) Plan to allow Arcstar (TM) Global IP-VPN customers to utilize multiple communication functions according to their situation and needs on a flexible cloud-basis. The new service will be gradually rolled out globally beginning August 31. At the same time, NTT Com will expand coverage of its SIP Trunking Plan, a high-quality, low-rate external dialing service initially released in Singapore this May, to 15 countries including Australia and the UK, and to around 30 countries by March 2012. Amid today's rapid globalization, multinational companies are required to respond to changing business environments flexibly and quickly. The new UCaaS Plan will help companies meet those needs, by unifyin... (more)

Ingredients of “The Good Service” in Wireless Communications (Disponible en Español)

The concept of a good service in telecommunications sometimes can get shortsighted if it only considers the way the end user perceives service, of course, if you cannot provide a service good enough so most of the users are satisfied, then is over. But in order to provide a service with the tag “good” in it, from my humble opinion, one cannot be one sighted, the concept should include, in a comprehensive way, several dimensions within the society, and so, the term Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) may come to the mind as the frame in which such a service should be bounded, I agree, CSR polices are enabling service providers to achieve the goal of long term sustainability with responsibility and social conscience inside a holistic approach, social challenges like bridging the digital divide, protection of the environment and enriching society are often incl... (more)

[everythingismisc] Scaling Japan

MetaFilter popped up a three-year-old post from Derek Sivers about how streeet addresses work in Japan. The system does a background-foreground duck-rabbit Gestalt flip on Western addressing schemes. I’d already heard about it — book-larnin’ because I’ve never been to Japan — but the post got me thinking about how things scale up. What we would identify by street address, the Japanese identify by house number within a block name. Within a block, the addresses are non-sequential, reflecting instead the order of construction. I can’t remember where I first read about this (I’m pretty sure I wrote about it in Everything Is Miscellaneous), but it pointed out some of the assumptions and advantages of this systems: it assumes local knowledge, confuses invaders, etc. But my reaction then was the same as when I read Derek’s post this morning: Yeah, but it doesn’... (more)