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Oracle Communications WebRTC Session Controller Extends WebRTC Functionality
Communications service providers and enterprises can now offer WebRTC-based capabilities in native iOS or Android client applications
Oracle announced the release of Oracle Communications WebRTC Session Controller 7.1, which brings WebRTC support to native mobile iOS and Android applications for a seamless, cross-device customer experience.

The new release also improves bandwidth utilization and cost savings by intelligently switching among anchored media, peer-2-peer (P2P) media, and P2P data depending on the CSP's or enterprise's network topology.

Oracle Communications WebRTC Session Controller provides better connectivity into CSP and enterprise environments with restrictive firewalls by supporting advanced Network Address Translation traversal functionality.

In addition, the new release enables secure and reliable RTC services by delivering GSMA's Rich Communications Suite (RCS) capabilities through Oracle Communications WebRTC Session Controller APIs. This functionality allows CSPs to extend their RCS investments to devices that are WebRTC-capable.

SQL Developer 4.1: Easier Excel Imports
By Jeff Smith
Jeff writes, "The most read post on this site? 'How to Import from Excel to Oracle with SQL Developer' - and it has been since I published it almost 3 years ago.

People really like Excel. Or I should put it this way - Excel is the way information is shared in an organization. It makes no matter how much money was invested in BI, reporting, and databases - at the end of the day, it's going into a spreadsheet.

That being said, sometimes you need to take data in a spreadsheet, or text delimited file, and move it back into Oracle. Either as a new table, or into an existing table..."

The 7 Secrets of a Successful & Social Change Management Strategy
By Gessica Chies & Silvia Leati
Gessica & Silvia writes, "Changing people's habits is always a tricky deal. You think you are a flexible person, open-minded, ready to change to get the best results, right? Then try this little experiment: when you go home tonight, to your wife/husband, try to exchange side of the bed... almost impossible to sleep as usual!

Talking about business, in which cases do we really find a matter of Change Management? How can organizations manage collective changes in order to get to specific business targets and improve step by step? How HRs can 'sell' and deliver the new model to the internal shareholders and accommodate a smoother transition? Let's summarize the Best Practices in approaching Change Management!..."

Hardware Threading Makes a Difference in Clouds
By Renato Ribeiro
Renato blogs, "Today's server designs are based on multi-core and multithreaded processors, and these characteristics have a fundamental impact on the server performance that users observe when running enterprise workloads. Performance is not simply a factor of number of threads and performance per thread, but of balanced design and intelligent architectural choices.

For decades, microprocessor designers improved performance by increasing clock frequency and adding capabilities to the pipeline. This did indeed improve single thread performance, and processor speeds improved rapidly. However, memory technologies could not keep up: memory latency became a major bottleneck to improve application performance. Very often compute threads were starved and stalled waiting for data from memory. Some processor designs (such as Intel Xeon and IBM Power) addressed the issue by continuously increasing cache sizes and adding various performance schemes to further improve single thread performance..."

What's up with LDoms: Part 10 - SR-IOV
By Stefan Hinker
Stefan writes, "Back after a long "break" filled with lots of interesting work... In this article, I'll cover the most flexible solution in LDoms PCI virtualization: SR-IOV.

SR-IOV - Single Root IO Virtualization, is a PCI Express standard developed and published by the PCI-SIG. The idea here is that each PCIe card capable of SR-IOV, also called a "physical function", can create multiple virtual copies or "virtual functions" of itself and present these to the PCIe bus..."

Latest Update to Oracle VM Server for SPARC
By Honglin Su

Honglin writes, "We just released a maintenance update to Oracle VM Server for SPARC. This update has been integrated into Oracle Solaris 11.2 beginning with SRU 5.5. Refer to Oracle Solaris 11.2 Support Repository Updates (SRU) Index [ID 1672221.1]..."

IT - Storage
Executive Viewpoint 2015 Prediction: ManageEngine - The Rise of Flash and SDS
Virtual-Strategy Magazine, December 15th, 2014
"Enterprises have been forever chasing the dream of retrieving their applications in double time. This has resulted in the creation of a number of storage devices to provide exactly that. From 7,200 rpm and 15,000 rpm hard drives to hybrid drives and the latest flash arrays, all have tried to improve latency for several mission-critical applications. Over time, we have seen the rise and fall of several types of storage devices. If 2014 has to be remembered for one thing, then it would be for the interminable decline of enterprise hard drives..."
Software-defined Storage by Any Other Name
ESG, December 15th, 2014
"We conduct quite a bit of research around here at ESG. While all of it helps provide us with insight into the challenges and needs of IT organizations, there is one project in particular, on the future of storage, that seems to come up in my recent conversations more often than the others. We conducted in-depth interviews with multiple IT leaders across a number of industries discussing their thoughts and impressions on a number of emerging technologies, such as the cloud, hyper-converged, and software-defined storage. There was one finding in particular that I wanted to discuss. The results relative to software-defined storage presented a unique paradox..."
    2015 Trends in Storage According to Vendors and IDC, December 19th, 2014
    "Today we have put together eight market research from storage vendors as well as IDC concerning their storage trends for next year in the category Market Reports/Research.

    Of course it's a way for the vendors to prove that their products are following their trends - and sometimes they are not always really objective - but you will find some interesting ideas about the upcoming year in the storage industry.

    Our own opinion will be publish soon..."

    Top Ten Data Storage Trends that Emerged in 2014
    Enterprise Storage Forum, December 15th, 2014
    "Wow. What a difference a year makes. This time last year, the clamor around software defined storage (SDS) reached fever pitch, closely followed by what seemed like an unstoppable wave of flash deployments. Cloud computing was certainly mentioned, but it appeared to have subsided somewhat.

    This year, however, the cloud has reasserted its dominance and it is SDS and flash that have accumulated far fewer mentions.

    Here are the top data storage trends that emerged in 2014 according to our experts..."

    Java Technology
    Upgrading major Java versions - technical
    By Erik Costlow
    Erik writes, "Many users have already upgraded from Java 7 to Java 8, to benefit from improvements in speed, brevity of code, and lower memory usage. Other users have asked for more prescriptive guidance of the upgrade: when to make the change, what to expect, and how to do it in a controlled manner.

    A previous post, Upgrading Major Java Versions, provides details for certain stakeholders: support timelines, compatibility guides, lists of changes, and different supporting material.

    This post is intended to provide more prescriptive guidance of upgrading your Java SE version: how to test components and features designed to control behavior and upgrade part of your environment in stages..."

    IT - Technology
    Wearable technology . not just for Christmas
    TechWorld, December 15th, 2014
    "Christmas is coming, and one of this year's must-haves for early adopters has to be wearable technology. From smartwatches to Augmented Reality (AR) enabled glasses, wearable tech has come a long way since the calculator watch and the Bluetooth headset.

    While wearables have yet to shake off the 'novelty' tag, they have already made an impact in the consumer space by helping people improve their health and fitness. And increased consumer demand in this area is driving down cost and stimulating growth in the variety of wearables available on the market..."

    10 Tech Developments That Made 2014 an Amazing Year
    CIO, December 19th, 2014
    "2014 was an amazing year for technology. The PC came roaring back with a vengeance and education started to move to thin client devices. Artificial intelligence companies started to pop up more broadly and we started to see the scary potential for being up to our armpits in robots. Let's talk about some of the highs and lows as we approach year end..."
      Top 10 open source projects of 2014, December 16th, 2014
      "Every year we collect the best of the best open source projects covered on Last year's list of 10 projects guided people working and interested in tech throughout 2014. Now, we're setting you up for 2015 with a brand new list of accomplished open source projects.

      Some faces are new. Some have been around and just keep rocking it. Let's dive in!..."

      A terabyte on a postage stamp: RRAM heads into commercialization
      ComputerWorld, December 16th, 2014
      "The makers of a new non-volatile RAM said the memory is ready to move from a prototype to a fabrication facility, where 1TB chips the size of a postage stamp will be produced and tested.

      Silicon Valley start-up Crossbar expects some of its 3D Restive RAM (3D RRAM) products to be out in 2016 as memory in wearable devices, with high-density storage devices like solid-state drives arriving within 18 months after that.

      RRAM starts out with an advantage over NAND flash..."

      Quantum physics makes fraud-proof credit cards possible
      Homeland Security News Wire, December 16th, 2014
      "Credit card fraud and identify theft are serious problems for consumers and industries. Corporations and individuals work to improve safeguards, but it has become increasingly difficult to protect financial data and personal information from criminal activity. Fortunately, new insights into quantum physics may soon offer a solution, as a team of researchers has harnessed the power of quantum mechanics to create a fraud-proof method for authenticating a physical 'key' which is virtually impossible to thwart..."
        Adoption of 3D Printing Grows, but Hurdles Remain
        eWeek, December 15th, 2014
        "Sixty percent of organizations said high start-up costs are a main factor in the delay of implementing 3D printing strategies, however, early adopters of the technology are finding clear benefits in multiple areas, according to a survey from IT research firm Gartner.

        Of those surveyed, 37 percent had just one 3D printer within their organizations, with 18 percent owning 10 or more, while the average number of printers per organization was 5.4..."

        Drone management: The next frontier
        Network World, December 15th, 2014
        "About a year ago, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos made a bold publicity move - he sat down for a 60 Minutes interview and showed off the company's planned use of drones for same-day delivery to its customers.

        hose familiar with the reluctance surrounding drones in the U.S. knew that Bezos was being overly optimistic. Among many other obstacles to commercial drone use in the country, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been slow to permit widespread commercial use of drones in U.S. airspace..."

        IT - Bitcoin
        Mit Students Are Experimenting With Innovative Bitcoin Applications
        CryptoCoinsNews, December 15th, 2014
        In November MIT undergraduates who signed up for the MIT Bitcoin Project each received the equivalent of $100 in the cryptocurrency. Now that they have it, they are beginning to develop innovative ways to use it, MIT Spectrum reports.

        The MIT Bitcoin Project has partnered with Institute researchers and professors to study how students use their bitcoins and measure growth in the bitcoin ecosystem at MIT. The MIT Club provides a forum within and beyond the MIT community, where Bitcoin-related ideas, projects, programs, events, and businesses can be studied, discussed, and developed.

        Why Bitcoin Needs Lawyers to Bridge the Technology Gap
        CoindDesk, December 14th, 2014
        "There seems to be no shortage of bitcoin entrepreneurs or investors getting new ideas and new technology on the market, but showing all parties how NextGen payments and banking incumbents can cooperate, or even just coexist, within today's society and under its terms is perhaps a job best left for the lawyers.

        Bitcoin isn't just magical Internet money anymore; the bitcoin technology provides the infrastructure for innovations in record keeping, smart contracts and asset distribution, among other things that could weave the fabric of a new financial system if developers can start to minimize the gap between the bitcoin consumer and the average consumer..."

        Aspen Institute CEO: Bitcoin Micropayments Will Change Banking
        CoindDesk, December 15th, 2014
        "Walter Isaacson, author and CEO of the Aspen Institute, has said the advantages offered by disruptive technologies such as bitcoin will help shape the payments space in 2015.

        Speaking to CNBC's Squawk Alley yesterday, Isaacson emphasised that, while payments innovations like Apple Pay are a step forward for consumers, it's important to find new technologies that will disrupt the banking and credit card systems 'so we can have easier payments systems'..."

        How Can Banks Take Part in the Bitcoin Gold Rush?
        Bank Systems and Technology, December 19th, 2014
        "Quick history question for you: Who got rich in the famed California gold rush back in the mid 1800s? It certainly wasn't John Sutter or many of the thousands of prospectors. Of course, some speculators struck it lucky and made piles of money, finding gold on Sutter's own land. But who were the biggest beneficiaries of the gold rush? Merchants and those providing the services to merchants and speculators alike, namely banks..."
          Watch A Blockchain Company Save Bank Of America $17 Billion (hypothetically)
          CryptoCoinsNews, December 17th, 2014
          "One of the cool things about the bitcoin blockchain is the amount of possibilities it entails. Bitcoin isn't just a financial asset; it's a piece of technology that changes everything. One company is building a business on record keeping by utilizing the blockchain.

          The company of focus is called Factom. Factom is am open-source Bitcoin 2.0 blockchain based company using the technology for non-monetary purposes..."

          Time now accepts Bitcoin for subscription payments
          VentureBeat, December 16th, 2014
          "Major magazine publisher Time Inc. just announced a partnership with Bitcoin wallet Coinbase that will enable the company to accept Bitcoin payments.

          As of today's launch, Fortune, Health, This Old House and Travel + Leisure, now accept Bitcoin as a form of payment for subscriptions, according to a press release.

          'In addition to providing consumers with an easy, convenient way to pay for their subscriptions, it also opens the door for Time Inc. and publishers like it to familiarize themselves with the Bitcoin technology and explore new applications across the industry,' Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong said in a statement..."

          Major Japanese Rewards Scheme Now Pays Out in Bitcoin
          CoindDesk, December 18th, 2014
          "Japanese bitcoin exchange bitFlyer has integrated with a popular rewards-point service to allow consumers to receive their payouts in bitcoin.

          The exchange's latest move to boost bitcoin's appeal in Japan comes via a new relationship with PointTown, a "major integrated points collection site" managed by online payments and services company GMO Media.

          With the new partnership, customers who have earned points with PointTown will be able to cash them out in bitcoin. To do so, however, customers will need to set up a bitFlyer account..."

          Aspen Institute CEO: Bitcoin Micropayments Will Change Banking
          CoindDesk, December 17th, 2014
          "Walter Isaacson, author and CEO of the Aspen Institute, has said the advantages offered by disruptive technologies such as bitcoin will help shape the payments space in 2015.

          Speaking to CNBC's Squawk Alley yesterday, Isaacson emphasised that, while payments innovations like Apple Pay are a step forward for consumers, it's important to find new technologies that will disrupt the banking and credit card systems 'so we can have easier payments systems'.

          Isaacson said:..."

          Magazine Publisher Time Inc. Partners With Coinbase To Accept Bitcoin
          CryptoCoinsNews, December 17th, 2014
          "Magazine publisher Time Inc. announced today its partnership with Coinbase to accept bitcoins for select magazine subscriptions. Readers of Fortune, Health, This Old House, and Travel + Leisure can now pay for their digital and print magazines with BTC.

          This makes Time Inc. the first major magazine publisher to accept bitcoin, and another major corporation to accept bitcoin after others like Microsoft. Other online publications have previously experimented with Bitcoin pay walls with services such as the BitWall. Many in the Bitcoin community are hoping that Time Inc. starts using digital currency for micro transactions, as that would be a great validation of one of Bitcoin's killer apps..."

          MySQL Enterprise Monitor 3.0.18 has been released
          By Andy Bang
          Andy writes, "We are pleased to announce that MySQL Enterprise Monitor 3.0.18 is now available for download on the My Oracle Support (MOS) web site. It will also be available via the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud in a few weeks. This is a maintenance release that includes a few new features and fixes a number of bugs. You can find more information on the contents of this release in the change log.

          You will find binaries for the new release on My Oracle Support. Choose the 'Patches & Updates' tab, and then choose the 'Product or Family (Advanced Search)' side tab in the 'Patch Search' portlet..."

          Cloud Computing
          Oracle Service Cloud Achieves Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program Provisional Authority to Operate
          a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution
          Oracle announced that Oracle Service Cloud - a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution - has received a Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) moderate provisional Authority to Operate (p-ATO) from the Joint Authorization Board.

          The Oracle Service Cloud is Oracle's premier Software as a Service (SaaS) solution providing the industry's best in class customer service platform for enterprise customers. Oracle customers can deploy Oracle Service Cloud onto a robust, secure infrastructure hosting Oracle's patented customer experience (CX) software applications in an environment accredited to FedRAMP-moderate specifications...

          An Architect's Guide to the Oracle Private Database Cloud
          Paper presents a reference architecture overview and Oracle product mapping for DBaaS
          This white paper presents a reference architecture overview and Oracle product mapping for DBaaS in a private cloud deployment model. The approach and guidance offered is the byproduct of hundreds of customer projects and highlights the decisions that customers faced in the course of their architecture planning and implementations.

          Download whitepaper here.

          Linux & FOSS Predictions for 2015
          By Larry Cafiero
          Larry Cafiero writes in "FOSS Force", "You can tell it's the holiday season - a lot of people are focusing more on the guy with the red suit who looks quite a bit like Jon 'maddog' Hall than they are on digital matters. This also is the time of year, naturally, where pundits make their predictions for the following year.

          However, I should admit something here. Truth in advertising: I don't have a good record in predicting the future. I have a hard enough time predicting what to wear the following day - oh, right: clothes. But Linux and FOSS being, well, Linux and FOSS, these projections are as good as any prediction now being foisted on the FOSS public by the army of digital pundits out there.

          So what's going to happen in 2015?

          A lot. Like..."

          IT - Cloud
          DISA drafts new cloud security requirements
          GCN, December 17th, 2014
          "The Defense Information Systems Agency released a draft of a security requirements guide for cloud computing across the Defense Department. When finalized, this SRG will supersede and rescind current guidance under the Cloud Security Model.

          The SRG addresses processes for authorizing a particular cloud service provider's offerings and outlines security requirements to be addressed in authorizing and operating cloud capabilities, such as information assurance, continuous monitoring, identification and authentication. It also provides guidance on computer network defense and incident response..."

          Google's Surprise: ODF Support Launches Ahead of Schedule
          InfoWorld, December 16th, 2014
          "Following the comments by Google's head of open source, Chris DiBona, last week in London, Google has today announced that support for ODF (OpenDocument Format) has now been added to its Google Drive suite of apps. In a post on Google+, the team announced immediate support of ODT (ODF text documents), ODS (spreadsheets) and ODP (presentations), which can now all be imported into Google Docs..."
          Do You Know the Laws that Govern Personal Information in the Cloud?
          CIO, December 15th, 2014
          "While the technological world increasingly renders geography meaningless, no one appears to have informed lawmakers of this fact. Data can move easily and seamlessly from Uruguay to Spain to the United States, but in doing so, three separate data privacy and protection regimes are implicated. As more companies, individuals and even governments place their data in the cloud, both customers and providers of cloud computing services must become acutely aware of the burgeoning laws and regulations restricting the collection, storage, disclosure and movement of certain categories of information..."
          Buckle up IT: The enterprise needs you for cloud adoption
          ComputerWorld, December 19th, 2014
          "For years, people in marketing or HR have been sneaking their apps and data onto the cloud, totally bypassing IT's approval or help.

          Buckle up, IT.

          Those days are coming to an end as more enterprises look into moving critical applications and information to the cloud. IT shops are being called in to corral all of those individual cloud projects, while moving critical data to the cloud, as well..."

            My One Big Fat Cloud Computing Prediction for 2015
            Forbes, December 17th, 2014
            "It's that time of year, again, and the predictions for the year ahead (as well as retrospectives of the year just past) are rolling across the Internet. Rather than put another list of predictions out there, I'll focus on one trend that stands out above the rest.

            Last year's one big fat cloud prediction was simple: that cloud computing would become so ubiquitous - simply a form of computing - that people would even begin to stop referring to it as 'cloud.' Well, cloud is now all around us in many ways, so that part came true. But, we still are still calling it 'cloud,' so there's still some assimilation that needs to occur..."

            Hey, You, Get Off of My Cloud! Cloud Security Basics
            Business 2 Community, December 17th, 2014
            "Lately, it seems like everyone is 'in the cloud'; big corporations, small businesses-you name it. But as we've learned time and time again, great technological advances don't come without security risks. Though it's quickly been adopted by organizations all over the spectrum, cloud computing is still a fairly new concept and, as with anything new in our technological age, it can take a while for security measures and legal policies to catch up. For now, that means it's your job to make sure your information, and that of your customers, is protected..."
            65% of Companies Are Using Multiple Cloud Providers
            Business 2 Community, December 15th, 2014
            "Cloud is the new data center. The ease of procuring cloud services is causing an internal battle in many organizations. Business users are poised to fire their IT organizations with the swipe of a credit card. That puts increased pressure upon CIOs to harness this technology to remain relevant. Internally, business users are expecting IT to act as cloud services brokers - IT-as-a-Service. In order to do this, IT needs tools to integrate and manage cloud services.

            65% of Companies are Using the Cloud. Why? ..."

              Executive Viewpoint 2015 Prediction: Cortado - 2015 Reasons Enterprises Need "A Different Cloud"
              Virtual-Strategy Magazine, December 15th, 2014
              "As we're approaching 2015, looking back on the lessons from 2014 and with sights set on making 2015 a successful year, one thing has become obvious: there are more than 2,015 reasons in one's 'My Documents' folder alone for CIOs to have a plan in place to give employees access to those documents while keeping them tightly under a company's control.

              Not all the CIOs will earn an A+ this year. Customer data wasn't always kept safe, and we all saw the occasional, unscheduled system outage. But overall the CIOs still do a great job keeping employees' willingness to take a certain risk in return for convenience in check. Their job isn't getting easier though..."

                Hybrid IT Deployments Grow, Despite Security Worries
                eWeek, December 17th, 2014
                "There has been a significant increase in the number or companies leveraging hybrid IT - or the ability to burst to the public cloud to meet fluctuating computing and business requirements, according to a survey of 1,200 global organizations from IT monitoring software provider ScienceLogic.

                The survey also revealed that while adoption is exploding and investment increasing, most enterprises are unable to monitor and control the accompanying sprawl, lack hybrid IT management skills, and do not have proper visibility into their clouds - all resulting in significant infrastructure availability and performance risk..."

                Cloud Adoption Driven By Reliability, Business Continuity
                eWeek, December 18th, 2014
                "The adoption of cloud computing within the enterprise has grown steadily, but security and compliance remain key considerations when evaluating in-house and service provider options, according to a report from NaviSite, a Time Warner Cable company.

                The survey revealed one-third of U.S. respondents have already migrated a significant amount (50-70 percent) of their IT infrastructure to the cloud, driven by their desire to improve reliability, uptime and offer improved service levels.

                Nearly all U.S. respondents reflected some level of concern in securing enterprise data as part of their list of IT priorities, with nearly half (48 percent) citing it among their top three concerns..."

                IT - CxO
                Five big IT trends for CIOs in 2015, five IT resolutions
                SearchCIO, December 15th, 2014
                "As I ponder what took place in 2014 and what I think we face in 2015, one thing is clear -- the pace of technology-driven change continues to accelerate. As this continues, I have to think of ways to improve my systems, department and leadership agility. After all, the "machines" are getting smarter and getting smarter faster, which means that what technology has done in the past pales in comparison to what it will do in the future.

                Heading into 2015, here are the IT trends I am taking very seriously:..."

                  Wall Street CIOs Have a Vendor Management Problem
                  Wall Street and Technology, December 15th, 2014
                  "Wall Street CIOs know better than anyone how one little hiccup in the software production line can seriously impact competitive advantage. That advantage can be weeks, microseconds, or something in between. The race to build quickly sometimes forces software updates to be done on the fly, even while the market is trading. We all know Wall Street thrives on risk, but anyone in the IT industry also knows that patching production software is like trying to change a piston inside a racecar engine at 200 mph..."
                    Advice for CMOs Moving into 2015
                    Business 2 Community, December 20th, 2014
                    "CMOs who want to succeed in 2015 and beyond need to be on top of both marketing and leadership trends. If you aren't ready to lead your organization into the future with the latest, most effective marketing strategies and tactics, there's a good chance you'll be left behind.

                    This week I've been preparing myself for 2015 by reading predictions, analysis and advice for CMOs. Here's some of the best of what I've found to help you prepare, too..."

                      Top 5 Enterprise Applications Trends Of 2014
                      Information Week, December 12th, 2014
                      "Here's a yearend toast to the top headlines in cloud, mobile, integrated marketing, embedded analytics, and software license management in 2014. In real estate, it's location, location, location. In enterprise applications, like CRM, human resources apps, marketing automation, and even ERP, it's now cloud, cloud, cloud.

                      OK, a few other topics did matter in 2014..."

                      We can learn from the Sony hack
                      ComputerWorld, December 19th, 2014
                      "Well that stinks, doesn't it? Sony Pictures goes and scrubs the launch of a $44 million movie after being hacked, potentially by North Korea. Almost reads more like a James Bond plot than a news story, but there it is. And this time, it doesn't seem likely that Bond, James Bond, is going to show up at the eleventh hour to save the day..."
                        How The CMO And CIO Will Determine The Future Of Business In 2015
                        Forrester, December 14th, 2014
                        "Forrester has just published 45 sets of 2015 predictions for every role we write about, from customer insights to application development to security and risk. In my role as Chief Research Officer, one thing is now clear to me: the two roles that matter most for 2015 are the CIO and the CMO (see our infographic below) -- their relationship and joint strategy to boost the business will determine the future of any corporation..."
                        Top 7 Tech Mistakes Made By Small Business
                        Business 2 Community, December 16th, 2014
                        "I understand that decision-makers typically have countless other resources to manage and cannot be reasonably expected to stay up-to-date on the changing landscape of modern business technology. While larger corporations may have an IT department to handle this, most small businesses simply do not have those resources.

                        Having managed IT projects for companies in many different verticals I'm hoping it will benefit others if I take a moment to discuss the common pitfalls and mistakes that are made in regards to the technology used by small businesses. I see these mistakes more often than I believe I should, and my goal is to not only describe what to do, but to also explain how and why these issues may affect your business..."

                          Top 15 Trends for 2015
                          Forbes, December 17th, 2014
                          "Every year, my team of futurists at Frost & Sullivan puts their heads together to come up with the top trends for the upcoming year.

                          Last year, the team did particularly well with its top 14 trends for 2014. In particular, the team's predictions on 3-D, virtual currency, online retailing, Big Data, augmented reality, wearable devices and health-centric digital devices, and circular economy saw giant market introductions and announcements..."

                          Gap Analysis
                          SearchCIO, December 15th, 2014
                          "A gap analysis is a method of assessing the differences in performance between a business' information systems or applications to determine whether the system requirements are being met and, if not, the steps needed to do so. Gap refers to the space between 'where we are' (the company's present state) and 'where we want to be' (its target state). A gap analysis is also known as a needs analysis, needs assessment or need-gap analysis.

                          Gap analysis can be utilized by individuals in a company, project managers and process improvement teams. Small businesses, in particular, can also benefit from performing gap analyses when they're in the process of figuring out how to allocate resources. In addition to traditional gap analysis, companies can also use the more specialized methods of SWOT analysis or benchmarking..."

                          5 Tectonic Shifts facing today's CIO
                          GIGAOM, December 15th, 2014
                          "The past several years have presented an interesting time for CIOs, their staff and the companies they work within. In many ways, the changes are significant shifts how companies have operated.

                          Tectonic shifts are not new. In just the past 25 years, we have seen many major shifts in the way we operate. Many of the changes were about technology. But others directly impacted how we think of and consume technology. Here are just a few:..."

                            Oh! To Be Relevant
                            CIO & Leader, December 16th, 2014
                            "For quite a few years now, I have been part of a focus group of CIOs. Every year, we end the discussions by asking one question: What is it that keeps you awake at night? What are you the most worried about? The changing pattern of the answers tell you how the world of the CIO has been changing; in some ways dramatically..."
                            IT - PM
                            Five ways to get your IT project signed off
                            ZDNet, December 16th, 2014
                            "Here's the situation: You need to get the chief executive to give your new project the green light.

                            How do you work with business colleagues and demonstrate the potential business benefits of your initiative in the best possible light?

                            Five experts give their best practice tips..."

                              Common Project Manager Mistakes: #4 Murphy vs. Parkinson
                              Global Knowledge, December 16th, 2014
                              "We all know Murphy's Law: Anything that can go wrong will go wrong. It's thanks to our deep and abiding faith in Murphy's Law that many of us, and most of the folks on our teams, always add a bit of 'padding' to our estimates. We've got to allow for Murphy's impact. Though we joke a lot about Murphy's Law, we have learned through consistent and often difficult experiences that something will not go as planned so we had better build in some safety to give us a chance to deal with the problems..."
                                IT - Networks
                                FCC Boosts Rural Broadband Speed Requirements to 10 Mbps
                                eWeek, December 14th, 2014
                                "The Federal Communications Commission has raised minimum download speeds to 10 Mbps for any broadband companies that want to get funds from the government's 4-year-old Connect America program to install and maintain broadband services in rural parts of the United States.

                                The new minimum speed provision was unveiled by the FCC in an announcement on Dec. 11, replacing the previous minimum speed requirement of 4 Mbps..."

                                IT - Operations
                                The danger of privileged users - watching the watchers
                                TechWorld, December 13th, 2014
                                "An increasing number of privileged 'super users' are compromising systems. BalaBit discusses how to manage this growing threat

                                Privileged users are to blame for system compromises in a growing number of cases. One high-profile example is whistleblower Edward Snowden, the former systems engineer and administrator at the US National Security Agency (NSA), whose position enabled him to orchestrate one of the biggest information leaks of all time.

                                Another casualty of this type of incident is the infamous Target, which was breached when hackers gained network access via a third party..."

                                IT - Security
                                11 predictions for security in 2015
                                CSO Online, December 15th, 2014
                                "In the world of business, correctly seeing the future even a few months out can provide a leg up on the competition or, in the case of cybersecurity, on ever-present attackers. A missed guess can leave one scrambling to catch up.

                                So, here are some predictions for 2015 on security from research firms Gartner and Forrester Research, and from Arthur W. Coviello Jr., executive chairman of RSA..."

                                The problem with security shortcuts
                                Help Net Security, December 15th, 2014
                                "A combination of irresponsible user behavior and weaknesses in the protection of networks could create more risks for data breaches during the holiday period than at any other time, according to BalaBit.

                                70% still expect to use the downtime to connect to the network or check in on emails, with 39% logging on to access emails several times a day. However, whilst the majority of respondents, 72%, have used their own, a friend's, colleague's, or a public device to connect to the network during their holiday, 38% of users have not been asked for extra levels of authentication when connecting to the company network from a device that has not been registered..."

                                  Serious NTP security holes have appeared and are being exploited
                                  ZDNet, December 15th, 2014
                                  "Yes, I know, you're a hardworking system or network administrator and you want to go home for the holidays. Too bad, so sad. ISC-CERT is reporting that several major network time protocol (NTP) security holes have been uncovered and that there are already public exploits in the wild.

                                  You need to fix it. Now..."

                                  Bad Web Bots Account for One in Three Visitors to Sites
                                  eWeek, December 18th, 2014
                                  "Small web sites have to contend with a greater proportion of traffic from nonhuman bots. But large sites pose a bigger target for automated attacks, finds web security firm Incapsula's latest bot study.

                                  Automated Web systems, or bots, conducting a variety of reconnaissance and attack activities accounted for 29 percent of all Web traffic in 2014, according to a report published on Dec. 18 by Web security firm Incapsula..."

                                  1 in 5 employees going rogue with corporate data
                                  Help Net Security, December 16th, 2014
                                  "Companies around the world have reason to be worried about the use of cloud applications to share mission-critical information. In fact, 1 in 5 employees has uploaded proprietary corporate data to a cloud application, such as Dropbox or Google Docs, with the specific intent of sharing it outside of the company.

                                  The SailPoint survey also found a clear disconnect between cloud usage across the business and existing IT controls with an alarming 66% of users able to access those cloud storage applications after leaving their last job..."

                                  Saying Goodbye And Good Riddance to Passwords
                                  Business 2 Community, December 15th, 2014
                                  "There are a lot of things about modern Internet security that come up short when it comes to providing real protection but easily the biggest offender is passwords. We use passwords for everything, from logging into our mail and social networks to our banks and medical records. And the not so big secret is that, for the vast majority of people, passwords provide no security at all.

                                  Anyone who has seen a released list of actual passwords that people use knows that in most cases, passwords are trivially easy to figure out..."

                                  The future of security: 11 predictions for 2015
                                  CSO Online, December 15th, 2014
                                  "It's tough to know what the security landscape will look like in six months, never mind a year. But that doesn't mean it's not worth trying.

                                  As natural philosopher and onetime baseball catcher Yogi Berra reportedly said: 'It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.'

                                  But that doesn't mean people and organizations don't try - for good reason. In the world of business, correctly seeing the future even a few months out can provide a leg up on the competition or, in the case of cybersecurity, on ever-present attackers. A missed guess can leave one scrambling to catch up..."

                                  Most IT Pros Ill-Prepared to Deal With Breaches
                                  CIO Insight, December 17th, 2014
                                  "On the heels of security breaches at Neiman Marcus, Target and Home Depot, more and more IT leaders are expressing concern about the occurrence of a security breach in their place of business. In fact, a recent survey from EiQ Networks, a provider of security intelligence, risk and compliance solutions, shows that nearly 90 percent of IT security professionals (including network and systems engineers, senior management, security managers and directors), across numerous industries, are "concerned" or 'highly concerned' about a data breach occurrence in 2015..."
                                  9 data breaches that cost someone their job
                                  CSO Online, December 16th, 2014
                                  "Following Target's massive data breach announcement that affected 40 million customers and 46 percent profit loss, CIO Beth Jacob, who oversaw Target's web site and internal computer systems since 2008 resigned in March this year. Shortly thereafter, the board decided it was time for new leadership and CEO Gregg Steinhafel resigned in early May..."
                                  11 predictions for security in 2015
                                  CSO Online, December 15th, 2014
                                  "In the world of business, correctly seeing the future even a few months out can provide a leg up on the competition or, in the case of cybersecurity, on ever-present attackers. A missed guess can leave one scrambling to catch up.

                                  So, here are some predictions for 2015 on security from research firms Gartner and Forrester Research, and from Arthur W. Coviello Jr., executive chairman of RSA..."

                                  10 changes you can make to achieve security serenity now!
                                  CSO Online, December 16th, 2014
                                  "You don't have to look into a crystal ball to find peace of mind when it comes to security. CSO Magazine presents 10 relatively low-labor changes you can make to achieve significant improvements in enterprise security..."
                                  IT - Careers
                                  The Top 10 Factors For On-The-Job Employee Happiness
                                  Forbes, December 15th, 2014
                                  "Employee engagement and happiness is definitely one of the topics du jour for modern management and the future of work. Plenty of studies have already (and continue to) come out that show how low employee engagement is around the world (only 13% of employees are engaged and 87% are not!). Low employee engagement numbers correlate and oftentimes directly cause decreased productivity, waisted resources, and an overall toxic environment that nobody wants to be a part of - and why should they be?..."
                                  6 IT Workforce Predictions for 2015
                                  CIO, December 15th, 2014
                                  "2015 promises to be a banner year for IT workers as the unemployment rate continues to plummet, salaries increase and organizations double down on retention and engagement strategies. asked experts to predict the biggest trends, technology and strategies that will make an impact on hiring and recruiting in 2015..."
                                  IT Staffing Is on the Rise for 2015
                                  CIO Insight, December 19th, 2014
                                  "IT staffing prospects look encouraging for the year ahead, as more CIOs expect to expand their technology organization's headcount than reduce it, according to a recent survey from Robert Half Technology. The accompanying 'Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report' indicates that an overwhelming majority of CIOs express confidence in their company's growth prospects for next year, and a notable share expect increases in their 2015 IT budget..."
                                    16 of the Hottest IT Skills for 2015
                                    CIO, December 17th, 2014
                                    "What skills should IT professionals add to their toolbox to increase their compensation in 2015? To find out, worked with David Foote, chief analyst and research officer with Foote Partners, to comb through the firm's quarterly data to uncover what skills will lead to higher pay in the short term and help them navigate the tech industry for next career move in the long term..."
                                    6 IT Career Resolutions
                                    Information Week, December 19th, 2014
                                    "The end of the year is the perfect time to make smart resolutions and tactical plans regarding your IT career.

                                    But where to start? The following potpourri of ideas, suggested by HR and recruiting professionals, as well as senior IT executives, is a great place to begin.

                                    But make no mistake, our list isn't only intended for those who plan to job hunt in the new year. A number of these practical tips will boost your visibility and value with your current employer, increasing the likelihood of bonuses and promotions in 2015..."

                                      Your Top Talent Is Making An Exit -- Here's How To Keep Them Onboard
                                      Forbes, December 16th, 2014
                                      "One hundred percent of top employees will dump their employers for this - the chance to be more productive and happier in a different job. However, with current technologies, they don't stand much chance of finding that.

                                      This helps explain why more than half the people with jobs aren't happy with them, and 70% of them aren't engaged at work..."

                                        Four Ways to Stop Saying "Um" And Other Filler Words
                                        Forbes, December 17th, 2014
                                        "For most professionals, the use of words like 'Uh,' 'Um' and 'So...' can easily get out of control if we're not conscious of them. These innocent-seeming filler words aren't an issue when they're said once or twice in a meeting (in which case they can actually make a person seem more considered), it's their repetitive use that really kills a person’s credibility..."
                                          IT - Social Media
                                          Marketing Gone Wrong: Is Your Social Media Plan Legal?
                                          Forbes, December 17th, 2014
                                          "Few things are sadder than PR/marketing campaigns that result in - Heaven forbid - bad PR.

                                          I've written before about accidental PR disasters such as the McDonald's #McDStories campaign (instead of nostalgic memories it led to disgruntled customer tirades), government sites that went dark during the federal government's shutdown, or even a physical altercation between a PR lead and a heckling journalist, all recorded on video..."

                                            6 Effective Strategies To Improve Business Blogging
                                            Business 2 Community, December 19th, 2014
                                            "Using blogs as a business tool is a relatively new concept, but one that is growing exponentially. The truth is that companies are becoming more public and more personal. This is a major step forward for business as a whole, as it allows customers to connect more deeply with their favorite brands. An emotional connection will always trump all others when it comes to making a buying decision..."
                                              IT - Virtualization
                                              Executive Viewpoint 2015 Prediction: Elastichosts - Linux Containers will Succeed as a Modern Alternative to Virtualization and IaaS
                                              Virtual-Strategy Magazine, December 17th, 2014
                                              "Recently there has been colossal interest in Linux containers and their game-changing approach to application deployment. Containers allow developers and systems administrators to rapidly and simply deploy distributed applications and their dependencies across many compute nodes. Gartner sees virtualization and IaaS continuing to grow with containers cited as a solution alongside traditional hypervisors. This wave of containerization will only continue to build, with a wide array of Linux container technologies emerging and maturing..."
                                              2014 Virtualization and Storage Report Survey
                                              Storage Newsletter, December 15th, 2014
                                              "Virtualization has empowered applications to run anytime, anywhere with increased flexibility and fault tolerance. But when it comes to performance, one problem still remains: storage.

                                              The I/O performance of traditional storage is a common bottleneck in virtualized environments, causing delays in application response times.

                                              Both hardware and software solutions exist to attempt to address storage performance issues in virtualized data centers.

                                              There are various options out there, so survey queried 352 IT professionals to see which are most appealing to them ..."

                                              How Linux containers can solve a problem for defense virtualization
                                    , December 18th, 2014
                                              "As the virtualization of U.S. defense agencies commences, the technology's many attributes - and drawbacks - are becoming apparent.

                                              Virtualization has enabled users to pack more computing power in a smaller space than ever before. It has also created an abstraction layer between the operating system and hardware, which gives users choice, flexibility, vendor competition and best value for their requirements. But there is a price to be paid in the form of expensive and cumbersome equipment, software licensing and acquisition fees, and long install times and patch cycles..."

                                              Virtual machines could be the gold standard for network security
                                              CSO Online, December 16th, 2014
                                              "From researchers working with protected health information to administrators and executives working with financial numbers to the business offices dealing with credit card transactions, many individuals and groups within an organization need secure servers on which to conduct business using information protected by state and federal laws and regulations.

                                              Virtualization technologies allow IT to provide computation and storage solutions with much greater economies of scale, natural system lifecycle management, and reduced environmental impact..."

                                              IT - Backup
                                              Backup 2014: Acquisitions, spinoffs and cloud-to-cloud emerge
                                              SearchDataBackup, December 19th, 2014
                                              "Backup 2014 included breakups as Symantec divorced itself, acquisition as EMC picked up cloud-to-cloud backup and additions as Hitachi Data Systems got into disk backup.

                                              There are some indisputable truths in the world of backup these days: The impact of the cloud is inescapable, spinoffs and acquisitions are popular, and file sharing is unavoidable.

                                              Those are among the noteworthy trends in backup 2014 we covered on in the past 12 months. Here's a closer look at each trend in a bit more detail..."

                                              Restoring data remains a challenge, but new technologies emerge
                                              SearchDataBackup, December 15th, 2014
                                              "The lines between backup, DR, archive, file sync and primary storage blurred in 2014 to streamline processes, reduce redundant copies and help with protecting and restoring data.

                                              In 2014, data protection remained a pain point for many organizations. Eighty-two percent of respondents to a recent survey conducted by research firm Vanson Bourne for Veeam Software said there they could not provide the level of availability that end users require..."

                                                IT - Mobile
                                                Mobile Tech Emerges as Top Marketing Priority
                                                CIO Insight, December 18th, 2014
                                                "A significant number of marketing executives consider mobile technology as a top priority for the immediate future, according to a recent survey from the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council and SAS. The accompanying report, 'Getting in Sync With Mobile Customers: Capitalizing on Marketing's Big Mobile Opportunity,' highlights statistics that support such sentiments: There are about 4.55 billion mobile phone users globally, and mobile commerce now accounts for 15 percent of all U.S. e-commerce revenue. Meanwhile, mobile devices now account for 12 percent of a typical U.S. consumer's media consumption time..."
                                                Can Wearables Bring Efficiency to the Enterprise?
                                                Wired, December 16th, 2014
                                                "It might be tempting to ignore wearables as some kind of geek fad, but businesses can't risk ignoring how wearable technology is disrupting industries. On its own, Google Glass may not have generated the same mass consumer adoption that triggered corporate IT to accommodate BYOD or social media use, but Apple's recent partnership with IBM lays the foundation for a massive influx of new end user devices that offer exciting new ways of performing workday tasks. How so?..."
                                                5 Things to Expect in Mobile Payments in 2015
                                                Bank Systems and Technology, December 19th, 2014
                                                "Mobile payments has new momentum going into 2015. What's next?

                                                2014 was a big year for mobile payments, with Apple finally making the move that the whole industry had been waiting for. The release of ApplePay means that, in the next year, millions of iPhone 6 owners will be making contactless payments, and other players in mobile payments will want to figure out how to take advantage of that..."

                                                  Only 1% of consumers feel safe using mobile payments
                                                  Help Net Security, December 18th, 2014
                                                  "Evaluating online cybersecurity awareness of 2,011 consumers from the U.S. and U.K., a new survey by One Poll and Dimensional Research revealed that more than 40 percent of respondents believe using a third party payer such as PayPal or Google Wallet is the safest way to pay for goods online.

                                                  Only one percent of respondents believe using a third party mobile payment provider such as Apple Pay or Google Wallet is a safe way to pay for in-store purchases...

                                                  Five Ways to Maximize Enterprise Mobility
                                                  CIO Insight, December 15th, 2014
                                                  "Mobile technology has changed the enterprise in ways that no one could have envisioned only a few years ago. It has introduced point-to-point and real-time data connectivity, and it increasingly serves as a platform for connected systems and the Internet of things (IoT).

                                                  However, at the intersection of opportunity and challenge lies a pertinent and critical question: How should a business design mobile systems for maximum gains for both the enterprise and those using these tools, including consumers and employees? In an era of BYOD and consumerization, the challenges are greater than ever.

                                                  Here are five ways to maximize and optimize mobility for maximum benefits:..."

                                                  IT - Big Data
                                                  How Big Data, Business Intelligence and Analytics Are Fueling Mobile Application Development
                                                  Forbes, December 17th, 2014
                                                  "You can't separate successful mobile application development from either data or analytics. Consumers demand immediate insight into their 'mobile moments' - exact points in time where context and real-time data fuels decision-making, prompts a buyer to purchase, and allows companies to present brand consistency across devices. Meanwhile, enterprises need immediate data from a wide array of sources in order to fuel processes by means of the combination of big data and analytics..."
                                                  Why We Picked Cassandra For Big Data
                                                  Information Week, December 18th, 2014
                                                  "Easy scale-outs, high write throughputs, and lower costs were key, but Cassandra does have its limitations.

                                                  Like good carpenters, data engineers know that different tasks require different tools. Picking the right tools -- and knowing how to use them -- can be the most important part of any job. Here's how we settled on Cassandra for the core operating database behind ShareThis, and what we learned about big-data modeling along the way..."

                                                    Memo To The CEO: Beware The Big Data Trap
                                                    Forbes, December 17th, 2014
                                                    "How much money is there to be made from big data? A lot - if you are a consultancy. For us? Well, the picture is more nuanced.

                                                    There are a couple of problems. First of all, more data can lead to overconfidence. There's an old experiment with horserace handicappers that's instructive here. First they were given four pieces of information, and asked to make a prediction and say how confident they were in it..."

                                                    Big Data: Do You Have a Plan?
                                                    Business 2 Community, December 17th, 2014
                                                    "Big data analytics is changing every industry. It's a hard trend, and it's spread is inevitable - the question is: how are you succeeding or failing at positioning your business to take advantage of it?

                                                    Let's put it in simple terms. Big data refers to the use of very large amounts of raw data by businesses, ideally to create products and services that meet customer needs better than ever before.Big Data: Do You Have a Plan?..."

                                                    The Theory of Data Trust Relativity
                                                    Forrester, December 15th, 2014
                                                    "Since the dawn of big data data quality and data governance professionals are yelling on rooftops about the impact of dirty data. Data scientists are equally yelling back that good enough data is the new reality. Data trust at has turned relative.

                                                    Consider these data points from recent Forrester Business Technographics Survey on Data and Analytics and our Online Global Survey on Data Quality and Trust:..."

                                                    Big Data: 6 Bold Predictions For 2015
                                                    Information Week, December 19th, 2014
                                                    "'Tis the season when industry soothsayers don their prognostication caps to make fearless forecasts for the coming year. What does the crystal ball say about big data?

                                                    We culled an assortment of 2015 predictions from big data executives and analysts. The overarching theme: Big data gets real next year, as does the Internet of Things. What do you think? Will these prophecies come true, or are better suited for the Psychic Friends Network?..."

                                                    Getting a Big Data Job For Dummies
                                                    O'Reilly, December 15th, 2014
                                                    "The demand for big data professionals just keeps growing. This down-to-earth guide shows you what you must know to qualify, how to identify the big data job for you, what constitutes the perfect resume, and what it takes to ace the interview. Learn about the different types of jobs and companies, how to build a plan, and how to set it in motion!..."
                                                    Big-Data Analytics & Cloud: The Perfect Storm
                                                    Wall Street & Technology, December 15th, 2014
                                                    "If you look at the field of business intelligence, it's as though there's a storm brewing, comprising big data and cloud computing, that can give more people scalable, affordable access to more information than ever before. How your organization weathers this storm will determine how well it's able to face the future. Big data is a phenomenon that has been around for a while and potentially allows a company to know more about its customers than ever before -- what their habits are, whether they're likely to shop around for different products or services, and a range of other things that may not seem relevant, but could hold a series of keys to how to better do business..."
                                                    IT - BYOD
                                                    BYOD Was a Tech Roller Coaster Ride in 2014
                                                    CIO, December 19th, 2014
                                                    "From the beginning, the Bring Your Own Device movement has been a nightmare for CIOs. And recently many workers - once excited by the concept - are wondering if it's worth it. Here's a look back at's year-long coverage of this ongoing workplace conflict..."
                                                    BYOD: A Building Block of the New Mobile Office
                                                    Business 2 Community, December 18th, 2014
                                                    "Here's a number for you: 70% of mobile professionals will conduct their work on personal devices by 2017. BYOD, or bring your own device, can be defined as the practice of requiring the employees of an organization to use their own computers, smartphones, or other devices for work purposes, and is part of the foundation for our new, 21st-century mobile office..."
                                                    BYOD Brings Bah Humbug This Holiday Season
                                                    CIO, December 17th, 2014
                                                    "'Tis the holiday season, but how will you be spending it?

                                                    More than half of you will be logging on two or more hours a day -- some spending up to eight hours -- catching up on work, according to a survey by email data protection company ZixCorp.

                                                    Thanks to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs, remote work policies and powerful mobile devices, a knowledge worker is only a hand's reach away from 'clocking in,' so to speak. Instead of unwrapping presents, people will be typing and tapping on their phones, tablets and laptops. In ZixCorp's survey of more than 1,000 Americans, 57 percent plan to work over the upcoming holiday break..."

                                                    Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                                    Vol 202 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 201 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 200 Issues 4 and 5
                                                    We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, the top 10 articles were:

                                                    • Which Oracle Solaris Virtualization?
                                                    • Provisioning Solaris 11
                                                    • Exalogic Case Study - Oracle's Internal E-Business Suite R12 environment
                                                    • Python in NetBeans IDE 8.0.2
                                                    • StorageTek T10000D Tape Drives
                                                    • Open Source Continues its March into the Enterprise
                                                    • SQL Developer 4.1
                                                    • MySQL Enterprise Monitor 2.3.19 has been released
                                                    • vBeers @ Boca - Biergarten - Wed Dec 17th
                                                    • Database 12c Certified With 12.1 On Oracle Solaris on x86-64

                                                    The longer version of this article has list of top ten articles for the last 8 weeks.

                                                      LibreOffice 4.3.5
                                                      fifth minor release of LibreOffice 4.3 'fresh' family
                                                      The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.3.5, the fifth minor release of LibreOffice 4.3 'fresh' family, which is a stable release of the more advanced version of the software, targeted to individual and enterprise users. LibreOffice 4.3.5 contains over 70 bug fixes.

                                                      The Document Foundation suggests to deploy LibreOffice 4.3.5 in enterprises and large organizations when backed by professional support by certified individuals capable of providing value added support.

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