Let me start this with a strange and seemingly incoherent (but truly more inchoate) statement. "If SAP marketed to the rest of the world, the way they produce conferences, they could arguably become the best technology company on the planet." I'm not going to say anything more about this until considerably later in this post. Way later. As always, I'm going to look at several things. For your edification (and in no particular order): The conference The themes that SAP is carrying into its future The products especially CRM What they do right and wrong. The journey starts now. A Bit of History I have been in and around this sometimes enigmatic, very innovative, sometimes frustrating, always interesting company since 1998 when I built an SAP partnership. Back then, they were an important ERP company who had released their benchmark SAP R/3 product not long before and it was the best ERP product in the world at the time. The company itself was almost impossible to deal … [Read more...] about Sapphire 2012: The Softer, Greater SAP…I Hope
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While admittedly a bit of a stretch, the prospect of a more dynamic next-gen Maxima with bodylines inspired by the GT-R is too exciting to pass up.What you see placed above are some pictures snapped by Motor Authority at a recent Nissan event. The pictures seem to capture what appears to be a full-size Nissan sedan with angular bodylines and a fastback rear end, a la the fabled GT-R.The next picture shows the front end, which, though similar to the Nissan Resonance concept, has its own distinctive style. Granted, I think the profile is a lot more striking than the front fascia but I’ll give Nissan some design credit. At least it looks far better than the current Maxima.Speaking of the current Maxima, it was last redesigned in 2008. That makes it well ready for a new generation – or at least a refresh. Could the GT-R styling mean that the new Maxima could leave the front-wheel drive set up in the scrap bin and go rear-wheel drive? Yes, it could. Is that likely? Probably not. … [Read more...] about Does Nissan have a GT-R-inspired Maxima in the pipeline?
Series sponsored by SonyHouston never sits still. So capture it in motion. While you could find an event every weekend to fill the frame, these five stand out as among our favorite photo-friendly Houston events.Lights in the HeightsLights in the Heights is a Christmas festival in the Heights, a historic neighborhood just northwest of downtown. We love shooting the event because most of the residents make an effort to decorate their houses and lawns with elaborate displays of Christmas lights. There are games, performances and artistic creations spanning many square blocks. This is a unique photographic opportunity because the neighbors here take pride in decorating their beautiful, old houses with tasteful, and often wacky, embellishments.Location: 3012 Norhill Street, Houston, Texas 77009Timing: The formal display begins Saturday, Dec. 12, starting at 6 p.m.Equipment: A tripod is recommended for long-exposure photography.Free Press SummerfestThe Summerfest is a music and arts … [Read more...] about Best events in Houston to photograph
As you’ve no doubt heard by now – and it’s nigh impossible to miss amidst all the screaming, kvetching and outright mania currently raging across online forums – the impossible has cometo pass. Out of the seeming blue, on Monday, July 31st, Entertainment Software Association (ESA) president Doug Lowenstein confirmed a weekend’sworth of rampant rumors and speculation. Annual game industry all-star gala tradeshow the Electronic Entertainment Expo (nee E3) is, for all practical intents and purposes, officially dead. Formal word from the industry trade body calls next year’s event, the freshly dubbed E3Expo 2007, an "evolution." The conference – a smaller, more private affair aimed strictly atbusinesspeople and media, versus 2005’s eye-opening spectacle which drew 60,000-plus public attendees (down from 70,000 in 2005) – will certainly be a change from past seasons. Planscall for a gathering in July vs. the … [Read more...] about E3: R.I.P.
The first step in building a data center is learning to deal with sticker shock. New data center space costs at least US$1,500 per square foot to start, according to IDC. That means IT managers will first be asked this ROI question: Are you getting all that you can out of the data center space that you have?There's a lot of technology available that can help you pack more equipment into a seemingly shrinking data center. But if an inadequate data center is impeding business growth, "that becomes a much greater cost than anything you can outlay on building a new data center," says Michelle Bailey, an analyst at market research firm IDC.Once a decision is made to build, the IT manager must negotiate with vendors to get the best deal. And the old rules apply: The more you're buying, the more leverage you have. And new data centers mean a lot of new equipment. Here are some other tips for getting your money's worth from a new data center.Minimize the EquipmentDenser equipment that takes … [Read more...] about How to pay for your next data center
Cumulus Networks' vision for data center networking involves network switches with a single, commodified, and wholly open operating system that runs on generic hardware: Linux. It is pursuing this vision with the new Cumulus Linux 2.5, created to be easier to deploy in conjunction with the solution stacks the company has seen most commonly assembled, such as as VMware.Cumulus Linux's advantages go beyond replacing proprietary router OSes like Cisco IOS or being a cost-saving measure that can be deployed on generic hardware. Since the OS is Linux, conventional data center tools like Puppet or Chef are compatible with Cumulus devices and can be used to extend the automation to the networking plane.Cumulus Linux 2.5 was announced today and is scheduled for general availability later in the year. Its new features center on support for the new Layer 2 network architectures, while retaining interoperability with existing Cisco hardware. But the company claims the real advances … [Read more...] about Cumulus Linux 2.5: A Cisco-killer in the data center
Would you like to make a color-coded choropleth map in R? Until recently, working with geospatial objects was a bit more complex than with many other types of data. That's because R "Spatial Polygons Data Frames" objects were structured something like this if you ran an R str() command to see their structure:The non-spatial data -- things like unemployment rates that you might want to map by county -- resided in special @data slots, which were unfamiliar to many R users. Slots weren't that tough to deal with, but they were Yet Another Thing To Learn.Thanks to the Simple Features for R project, though, it's possible to represent geospatial data in what looks very much like a conventional data frame.Here's what the same data looks like as a simple features object:The data is now in what appears to be a "regular" R data frame; the geospatial data is tucked into a special list column containing geographies. This makes it easy to merge data sets like employment or median wages with a … [Read more...] about Mapping in R just got a whole lot easier
T-Mobile has announced that it has beefed up its mobile network ahead of Super Bowl LI all around the Houston, Texas area. T-Mobile's network capacity increase isn't something temporary just for the game, it's a permanent network increase that T-Mobile users will get to continue using for years after the big game is over. Get the Free Tracker App to find a Nintendo Switch in Stock "When carriers get ready for big events, they just bring in a lot of temporary, short-term fixes. That’s not how we roll, so when we souped up T-Mobile’s network in Houston, we did it permanently and all through the city -- not just in one place and not just for the weekend," said Neville Ray, T-Mobile CTO. "For us, just being the fastest and most advanced LTE network is never enough. We push the limits every day, and I predict T-Mobile’s LTE network will be the fastest at this year’s game, just as we were last year!"T-Mobile's network build out for Houston brings in more LTE … [Read more...] about T-Mobile Boosts Houston LTE Capacity Ahead Of Super Bowl LI
Michael Dell announced in Las Vegas that the biggest merger in tech history will be called Dell Technologies. Get the Free Tracker App to find a Nintendo Switch in Stock "It has a nice sound to it," the chairman and CEO of Dell, which last year announced the $70 billion merger with EMC, at the Venetian Convention Center where he was giving the keynote address at the annual EMC World Conference."The brand equity of Dell PC is irreplaceable," he said adding that he was partial to the family name. Dell Technologies will comprise Dell, EMC -- the leading global computing storage provider, VMware, Pivotal, Secureworks, RSA and Virtustream.The combined enterprise business, though, would go by the name of Dell-EMC, he announced. The merger is awaiting regulatory approval from the US authorities as well as shareholder greenlight.Taking a dig at rival HP, Dell said that his competitor was trying to grow by downsizing."You cannot do that. But HP is trying to grow by investing less in … [Read more...] about Biggest Tech Merger In History To Be Called Dell Technologies
The Los Angeles Auto Show started yesterday morning at the LA Convention Center. Now the show is open for all public. Auto manufacturers from around the globe have brought their best cars to be displayed at the event. Get the Free Tracker App to find a Nintendo Switch in Stock Car enthusiasts can now look at all sorts of cars, simulators, different tires and even take some out for a spin. But before you head out to attend the vent let us round up all the best offerings at the LA auto show.The show has everything from SUVs, to latest and exciting concept cars to flashy convertibles and even staid station wagons. The must see or the most significant cars of the show include: One of the most talked about cars at the LA Auto Show was Alfa Romeo’s new Stelvio, which is the company's first SUV. With this SUV Alfa Romeo has set the bar very high for itself. Variations of the Stelvio model contain the Stelvio Ti and the Stelvio Quadrifoglio, both of which was also featured.Both … [Read more...] about Best Car Debuts At 2016 LA Auto Show