Announcing @Numerex to Exhibit at @CloudExpo Silicon Valley | #IoT #M2M #API #Cloud

SYS-CON Events announced today that Numerex Corp, a leading provider of managed enterprise solutions enabling the Internet of Things (IoT), will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo | @ThingsExpo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Numerex Corp. (NASDAQ:NMRX) is a leading provider of managed enterprise solutions enabling the Internet of Things (IoT). The Company’s solutions produce new revenue streams or create operating efficiencies for its customers. Numerex provides its technology and services through its integrated platforms, which are generally sold on a subscription basis.

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[session] Making Our Internet Great Again By @ERave02 | @CloudExpo #IoT #Cloud #Security

We are always online. We access our data, our finances, work, and various services on the Internet. But we live in a congested world of information in which the roads were built two decades ago. The quest for better, faster Internet routing has been around for a decade, but nobody solved this problem.
We’ve seen band aid approaches like CDNs that attack a niche’s slice of static content part of the Internet, but that’s it. It does not address the dynamic services-based Internet of today. It does not address real-time apps, video, conferencing and collaboration, which is the Internet. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Elad Rave, CEO and co-founder of Teridion, will discuss why.

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Dropbox says password reset measures have worked following leak revelations


Cloud storage provider Dropbox has said the password reset measures the company put in place has prevented any hacking of user data, following revelations made in stories which argued that millions of account details had been accessed.

Certain Dropbox users received an email from the cloud storage provider earlier this week advising that if their account password was the same as before mid-2012, they will be prompted to change it the next time they sign in.

A blog post at the time from Patrick Heim, Dropbox head of trust and security, said it was done “purely as a preventative measure”. Yet according to a Motherboard story citing an anonymous Dropbox employee, as well as being vetted by other publications, the number of credentials taken from 2012 total more than 68 million.

Troy Hunt, a security expert who curates the ‘Have I been pwned?’ service, also obtained a copy of the data, and trawled through it finding not only his details – although his password had been changed well after the purported breach – but his wife’s.

Given her password had not been changed since April 2012, and that she uses a password manager, Hunt put two and two together. “There is no doubt whatsoever that the data breach contains legitimate Dropbox passwords – you simply can’t fabricate this sort of thing,” Hunt wrote.

Heim said in a statement today: “This is not a new security incident, and there is no indication that Dropbox user accounts have been improperly accessed. Our analysis confirms that the credentials are user email addresses with hashed and salted passwords that were obtained prior to mid-2012.

“We can confirm that the scope of the password reset we completed last week did protect all impacted users,” Heim added. “Even if these passwords are cracked, the password reset means they can’t be used to access Dropbox accounts. The reset only affects users who signed up for Dropbox prior to mid-2012 and hadn’t changed their password since.”

So what does this mean for users? David Emm is principal security researcher at Kaspersky Lab. He argues the importance of the ‘positive impact’ the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) could bring to the situation, but sounds a note of caution.

“Organisations should prepare on the basis that hackers will get in,” Emm said. “It’s therefore positive that we’re starting to see a shift from organisations using defensive strategies towards being better prepared.

“Dropbox hashed and salted passwords, and immediately gave advice to consumers, recommending that they change their passwords as a precaution. We know that many people use the same password across multiple online accounts, so it’s important that those affected take steps to change their password for other online accounts where they have used the same password”, added Emm.

“While Dropbox accounts are protected, affected users who may have reused their password on other sites should take steps to protect themselves on those sites,” said Heim. “The best way to do this is by updating these passwords, making them strong and unique, and enabling two-step verification.

“Individuals who received a notification from Dropbox should also be alert to spam or phishing,” he added.

Erupting disruptors: Why software is still eating the world


The world as we know it is ending! Well, in a less dramatic sense, things are evolving. Legacy-name companies serving as Fortune 500 poster children have fallen and are being quickly replaced by new faces. (FYI: 86% of Fortune 500 companies from 1955 have failed.) These new faces have the legacies trembling with fear because of their secret weapon––innovation. Paving the way for the little guys with big ideas, the future is here.

Disrupting the peace

There’s a term given to the little guys who upset the larger firms: disruptors. Coined by Marc Andreessen nearly five years ago in his article, Software is Eating the World, disruptors are really good at taking a bunch of different ideas and packaging them in a way that alters the way people do things. They are astute at incorporating successful, universal aspects of already existing technologies.

But how is it possible that the business structure has shifted seemingly overnight? It’s because of Digital Transformation Strategy (DTS). A seemingly generic term, DTS began with Andreessen’s head in the cloud – the cloud. Developing a platform based off of the timeliness of cloud technology, iPhone and App Store disrupting began to take form.

Let’s get digital

What does it take for Digital Transformation Strategy to take shape? Andreessen summed it up to timing. We’re living in an ideal “future-state” that has created a climate for disruptors. Jeetu Patel, author of Software is Still Eating the World adds: “What Uber and Airbnb — like Andreessen — understood about ‘software eating the world’ was that incredible innovations often emerge at just these moments when it looks like everything has been changed and we’ve reached the new normal.”

Patel takes into context the mindset of businesses coming to terms with how their core may be shaken due to inevitable technological changes.

Beyond timing, the second important factor is focus. Patel examines Uber by claiming that Uber’s focus is on their own assets. Uber’s most important asset? Experience. The “experience factor” focuses Uber’s mission on creating user experience rather than ownership of transportation vehicles. Summing up Uber’s success in focusing on their core, Patel explains: “At the practical level, when you look at the technology components of Uber’s world-renowned app, they decided to rely on other core platforms and technologies to power many of the key elements.”

Tech blogs and writers have written ad nauseam about Uber’s platform approach. We get it. The platform is/was/continues-to-be revolutionary. However, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that it took a lot of connecting, of a lot of dots, to create the platform. (Of course there are other variables that go into the success of a product. Having a solid technology platform helps, but it doesn’t guarantee success.)

So ask yourself: What dots are you looking at?

As mentioned in the article, it doesn’t make sense for every company to strive to be a software business or disruptor. There would be no place for this function in every business. However, there exists an additional role for businesses and that’s where our team at Myriad Mobile comes in. Our role in this disrupting world is to act as a catalyst. This role is important for the growth of disruptors as a way to provide both the timeliness and focus needed. Having the the disruptor-assistance mindset, we at Team Myriad take into consideration these questions developed by Patel:

  • Will the non-core service provide your application an innovation tailwind?
  • Can the service be substituted by another supplier?
  • Will the service provide a neutral to incremental experience improvement for your customers?

Asking these questions keep catalytic companies on the same page with the disruptors they aid.  

This is the beginning

Perhaps the most important takeaway from Patel’s article is this concept: “The central question, therefore, is not whether every company will have to embark on some sort of digital transformation journey depending on their business, but rather how they will go about making it happen.”

Technology changes the business realm because it is constantly evolving and never finished. Andreesson’s Digital Transformation Strategy reiterates that point — and he wrote about it five years ago! (That’s a lifetime in the technology realm.) If your company is not looking at a digital transformation strategy in your industry, we have one question: Why not? There has never been a better time for innovation through solidly-built, already existing technology platforms.

Disruptors take note and find your catalyst, the future is here.

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Universal Printing in Remote Application Server

Universal Printing in Remote Application Server As you know, Parallels Remote Application Server (RAS) is an integrated solution to virtualize applications and desktops. We’ve already discussed some features and differences between versions 14 and 15 of Parallels RAS in the past, but I think it can be useful to go through select features of Parallels […]

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Mobile Transformation | @CloudExpo @AdobeMktgCloud @24Notion #DigitalMarketing

Why do your mobile transformations need to happen today? Mobile is the strategy that enterprise transformation centers on to drive customer engagement.
In his general session at @ThingsExpo, Roger Woods, Director, Mobile Product & Strategy – Adobe Marketing Cloud, covered key IoT and mobile trends that are forcing mobile transformation, key components of a solid mobile strategy and explored how brands are effectively driving mobile change throughout the enterprise.

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Mobile Transformation | @CloudExpo @AdobeMktgCloud @24Notion #DigitalMarketing

Why do your mobile transformations need to happen today? Mobile is the strategy that enterprise transformation centers on to drive customer engagement.
In his general session at @ThingsExpo, Roger Woods, Director, Mobile Product & Strategy – Adobe Marketing Cloud, covered key IoT and mobile trends that are forcing mobile transformation, key components of a solid mobile strategy and explored how brands are effectively driving mobile change throughout the enterprise.

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New research shows commitment of organisations to cloud and digital initiatives

(c) Chernaev

Almost three quarters of survey respondents in a study conducted by Unisys believe that it is ‘critical’ or ‘very important’ for organisations to modify IT processes and resources to support a digital business model.

The survey, which polled 175 IT and business executives in the US and Europe, examined the effect of social, cloud, mobility, data analytics, the Internet of Things, and security on driving new business models. 88% of respondents say data security in the cloud is a top priority for competing in the digital world, while more than half (55%) of organisations’ applications are already deployed in a cloud environment.

The overall sense of the report was that organisations were seeing positive results from their cloud and digital initiatives. As data security is a priority, one of the more interesting aspects is with regards to improvements over the past 12 months; 56% said data security had gone up, compared to greater user experience with applications and services (44%), IT efficiency (42%) and infrastructure performance (41%).

Similarly, organisations need to be more agile to better compete, the research argues. Only 15% of companies polled say they have the ‘extremely flexible’ and ‘nimble’ attributes required to take full advantages of the opportunities of digital.

“Digital business is all about finding innovative ways to empower workers and customers,” said Steve Nunn, vice president of cloud and infrastructure services at Unisys. “The organisations that will prosper in the new order are those that most quickly become focused, proficient and flexible in integrating and securing the cloud, IoT, and other key digital technologies to drive new levels of service.

“This research points the way for organisations to become more nimble and successful in capitalising on present and future business challenges,” Nunn added.

VMware’s announcements analysed: Pushing hybrid cloud and IBM partnership


With the latest VMworld event kicking off in Las Vegas, end user computing giant VMware came prepared with a litany of news releases. Yet the news was more of an update than anything completely new; an extension of the company’s hybrid cloud strategy, as well as the continuation of a partnership with IBM.

Back in February last year, this reporter penned a piece arguing why VMware hadn’t left it too late with its hybrid push. The new release of the VMware Cloud Foundation, utilising what it calls ‘cross-cloud architecture’ which allows users to manage applications running in private and public clouds and across multiple vendors, promises “huge strides in helping customers transform into digital businesses.”

“All business is digital business,” said Pat Gelsinger, VMware CEO in the opening keynote. “There is no longer a meaningful distinction – and every industry and every core business process is becoming driven by digital, being driven by the cloud.”

This discussion was précised by a series of stats – essentially, the history of cloud computing as VMware saw it – as well as a spot of future-gazing. We didn’t go as far back as the AT&T video from 1993 which was certainly one of the earliest instances of the word ‘cloud’ in its current technological guise, but we did hear a snippet of speech from former Google CEO Eric Schmidt dating from 2006, where VMware argued that 98% of workloads ran on traditional IT – the 2% which didn’t was “largely” from Salesforce. Fast forward to 2016 and that number stands at 73%, with 15% and 12% for public and private cloud respectively.

According to VMware, 2021 will be the year when 50% of workloads will be in the cloud, and 2030 the year when public cloud will reach the dominant share. The number of workloads – defined as an operating system instance – will go up from 29 million in 2006 to almost 600 million by 2030.

VMware’s vision for the leading and lacking businesses. Picture credit: VMware

For the time being, however, we have VMware Cloud Foundation. The press material describes it as a release which “offers a new ‘as a service’ option that delivers the full power of the SDDC (software-defined data centre) in a hybrid cloud environment.”

In other words, VMware aims to be an enabler for businesses running on other, more populous clouds. This is why the future stats, and the message VMware is pushing, is important. If public cloud is expected to become the primary destination for workloads by 2030, then this enterprise as a middleman has a defined shelf life.

Related to this was the partner news, which primarily came through an update on VMware’s work with IBM. Since the partnership was announced in February this year, the companies say that more than 500 new clients are running VMware’s software on IBM’s cloud. The three marquee customers named were Marriott International, Clarient Global LLC, and Monitise. “Our collaboration with VMware is becoming the glue for many organisations to scale and create new business opportunities while making the most of their existing IT investments in a hybrid cloud,” said Robert LeBlanc, SVP IBM’s cloud operation in a statement.

The final aspect of the opening day to note, again looking into the future, was a short chat between Gelsinger and Michael Dell, who spoke of the importance of VMware’s open ecosystem moving forward and a shared focus on making the customer cloud architecture journey easier. Dell, of course, announced its intent to acquire EMC, incorporating into it not only VMware but Pivotal, VCE, ERS, and Virtustream, in October last year.

You can find the main VMware announcements here.

Enabling Untethered Workplaces, the Windows 10 Way | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud #Agile

The traditional workplace consisting of fixed cubicles where day in and day out employees come and work normal business hours is gone and new generation of “Untethered Workplace” where there is no fixed slots for any employee and ideally the workplace has the capacity of only a subset of total employees will be the future.
Digital enterprises are here to stay and more and more startups and even traditional enterprises are transforming them selves towards new ways of working. The office space in a traditional sense is not only expensive from real estate and maintenance point of view, but also that the new generation of employees are not really tied to one city or one work place rather they are working from any where, any time. Enterprise mobility has firmly taken roots such that most employees feel comfortable by accessing their business applications from outside the office boundaries to become more agile and responsive.

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