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Cloud Expo New York In response to massive demand, the world's largest Cloud event - the International Cloud Expo series - is expanding its number of tracks and sessions for its upcoming New York event: 5th International Cloud Expo. The deadline for the very popular Call for Papers, which resulted in a greater deluge of submissions than ever seen before, is being extended to the other side of the holiday period - to January 15, 2010. Additionally, SYS-CON Events announces the addition of additional tracks, additional session slots, and a general all-round expansion of the program in line with the expectations and needs of the 5,000 delegates who are expected to register for the event. Submit Your Speaking Proposal Today to the Largest Cloud Computing Event in the World! Topics to be covered at the 5th International Cloud Expo will include: SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS Stora... (more)

Virtualization Expo New York Call for Papers to Expire January 15, 2010

Virtualization Expo on Ulitzer Virtualization cuts across just about all that you might find in the today's data center: to one degree or another, clients, servers, applications, storage systems, data networks, and security can all now be virtualized. . By compressing multiple workloads onto a single physical server, Virtualization enables data centers to save tremendous amounts of money on hardware, power, cooling and floor space. For small and midsized enterprises, Virtualization can also help data centers tap into levels of fault tolerance previously enjoyed only by huge organizations. And chief executives are discovering that Virtualization has the potential not only to improve the balance sheet, but also to strengthen competitive advantage and put a shine on the corporate brand. Designing and managing IT environments independently from physical limitations is... (more)

BMC Software Appoints Stephen B. Solcher Senior Vice President and CFO

HOUSTON, Dec. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BMC Software, Inc. , a leading provider of enterprise management solutions, today announced the appointment of Stephen (Steve) B. Solcher to the position of senior vice president and chief financial officer, effective immediately. In this role, Mr. Solcher will be responsible for Finance and Accounting, Treasury, Investor Relations, Information Technology, Procurement, Internal Audit and other related functions. Mr. Solcher has been serving as BMC's interim chief financial officer since August 29, 2005, while continuing in his role as vice president of finance and treasurer. He will continue to report directly to Bob Beauchamp, president and CEO of BMC Software. "Steve's track record of accomplishments clearly made him the best choice for this position. His significant financial and operations experience have helped contr... (more)

SAP Reports 20% Growth in Software and Software-Related Service Revenues

SAP AG on Wednesday announced its preliminary financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2010. "We are pleased to report double-digit growth in software and software related service revenue and the contribution of Sybase," said Werner Brandt, CFO of SAP AG. "All of the regions reported growth in the third quarter, with particular strength in the U.S. and the emerging markets of Asia, Europe and Latin America. We saw a good mix of revenues among small, midsized and large enterprises, and we had an increase in deal volume. On the product side, Business Analytics remains a top priority among our customers and continues to be a principal growth driver." "We were already delivering our solutions on premise and on demand. With the acquisition of Sybase, we now have the most complete and heterogeneous mobile platform in the industry and with it the added a... (more)

End-User Experience Management Drives ROI

Enterprise CFOs are taking an increasingly active role in managing the IT decision making process. As a result, IT professionals need to be prepared to quickly show how innovative technology investments equate to real business value. According to a recent industry report, only 5 percent of CIOs have the power to authorize IT investments. That same study reports that IT departments are now, more than ever, reporting directly to the CFO (42 percent) as opposed to the 33 percent reporting to the CEO. A company can't stay competitive and productive without the right tools, technology and infrastructure. And, today's CIOs and IT leaders need the approval of the finance department, which means technology investments need to be more tightly coupled and aligned to company goals and business value. It has also become increasingly important to prove how new investments can d... (more)

Cloud Computing Instrumental in IT Recovery for 2010

New Year 2010 on Ulitzer IDC, the tech industry analysts, have come out with their predictions for 2010 – and it’s a model that heavily involves the development and growth of the Cloud. First some general IT industry forecasts: - growth is expected to return to the IT industry, and IDC is forecasting a more than 3% expansion for the year; the industry will see spending levels rise once again (but to 2008 levels) to $1.5 trillion; - emerging markets such as China, India and Brazil will lead IT recovery, growing 8-13%, while mature markets like the U.S. and Europe are to remain relatively weak and vulnerable to risk factors; - small and medium-sized businesses, another important form of “emerging market” for the IT industry, declined by about 3.5% this year…but expect this sector to grow in 2010 by 3.5%. Growth among SMBs will be higher than large enterprises. What ro... (more)

Finance "Friends" the Cloud in 2012

No doubt about it, cloud is winning the popularity contest for the 21st century. Once shunned for irrational concerns, it's become friends with nearly every industry and changed the way countless numbers of organizations do business. There are, however, a few remaining "friends" that the cloud has yet to meet - specifically, finance, ERP, and business intelligence. Below are my trend observations for 2011 and also some predictions for 2012. 2011 Trend #1: Missing the "big picture" - the incomplete realization of cloud benefits and ROI The benefits of using cloud are pretty straightforward - cost reduction, quick deployment, lower implementation risk and higher ROI. With SaaS, the barrier of technical expertise on the end user's side is eliminated as well, allowing the business user to drive its configuration and use within an organization. But, as the cloud makes it... (more)

The Cost of Ignoring 'Non-Human' Visitors

There is a real cost associated with how far you allow non-human traffic to penetrate the data center – and it’s not just in soft security risks. A factor often ignored by those performing contact analysis costs is technology. Call centers, marketing, and other business functions generally rely upon key performance indicators that include costs per contact – a cost associated with every e-mail, call, or web transactions that occurs. This is measured against costs to acquire customers as a measure of effectiveness. These generally involve labor and associated business costs, but forget to include the undeniably important technology costs associated with each contact. Given the increasing desire of consumers to leverage web and mobile contact options, it seems prudent to consider technology costs as a part of the bigger picture. Luckily, estimates put the technology-... (more)

Do CEOs Care About Cloud?

Cloud computing ownership is traditionally seen as the province of CIO or CTO, and where those roles don’t exist in an organization, the VP or even Director/Manager of IT oversees cloud implementation. However, with more business units accessing cloud platforms for a variety of purposes, the range of required buy-in has similarly increased: the CFO is now a primary consideration in the way a business integrates with the cloud, as do marketing, sales, as well as other business unit heads within the organization. But the CEO isn’t concerned about the technical aspects of what cloud delivers in the way that it is germane for even marketing and sales to understand how cloud process work at least on a fundamental level. Those groups utilizing Salesforce or different automation platforms need some technical ability to sync systems or specialize the platform. CEOs and dir... (more)

Intuit Announces Second-Quarter Results

Intuit Inc. has announced financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2014, which ended Jan. 31. “With a renewed focus, our teams are now aligned against two strategic outcomes: To be the operating system behind small business success and to do the nations' taxes in the U.S. and Canada," said Brad Smith, Intuit’s president and chief executive officer. "I'm pleased that we are seeing momentum across our businesses driven by our platform shift to the cloud. “While the tax season is just underway, we are encouraged by our product innovations, our focus on filers with simple returns and a strong branding campaign. This momentum, along with early-season unit growth, give us confidence we're off to a good start,” Smith said. Financial Highlights Unless otherwise noted, all growth rates refer to the current period versus the comparable prior-year period, and the bus... (more)

AppDynamics APM at Morgan Stanley Technology Conference

AppDynamics, the next-generation application performance management (APM) solution that simplifies the management of complex applications and infrastructures, today announced that the company's founder and CEO Jyoti Bansal and CFO Walter Berger will be presenting at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference 2014 being held in San Francisco on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Details are as follows: Who: Jyoti Bansal, founder and CEO, and Walter Berger, CFO, AppDynamics What: Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference 2014 Where: The Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery St., San Francisco, CA 94105 When: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 2 p.m. PT About AppDynamics AppDynamics is the next-generation application performance management solution that simplifies the management of complex, business-critical apps. No one can stand slow applications -- not IT operat... (more)