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      • Personal skills for professional success: influencing

        Mastering influencing skills opens doors for your career by improving not just the ways in which you interact with important groups of people, but also by increasing your self-confidence in your ability to communicate persuasively. The more confident you become the greater success you will enjoy. However, to be truly influential requires you not only to master the tools and techniques, but to be able to appreciate the benefits of what you’re recommending to those you’re trying to influence.

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      • Optimising your OmniPayments: Consumers, payments and the future

        Catering to the consumers of today means helping them pay how they want to. Yet with the plethora of options available in the market, it is vital for businesses to find the optimum time to implement new payment options. Developing a wider Omnichannel strategy can help retailers deliver on the overall shopping experience that the consumers of today and tomorrow expect e.g. loyalty, returns and refunds. This report, the culmination of months of research into consumer payment behaviours, has been created to provide a helping hand to anyone looking to take advantage of the new payment technology options at the optimum time for their business.

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      • Key legal and commercial issues with data centre services

        This briefing from law-firm DLA Piper looks at the main types of data centre services that are available on the market, common pitfalls to avoid when purchasing data centre services and some of the key legal and commercial issues to consider.

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      • Printing: a false sense of security?

        Few events can damage a company’s reputation and consumer trust more than the misuse or loss of sensitive personal data. As well as brand damage, data breach incidents can lead to substantial financial costs, including legal penalties. As more businesses move to a shared networked multifunction peripheral (MFP) environment, left unprotected, it is all too easy for unclaimed confidential or sensitive information to fall into the wrong hands – either accidentally or intentionally. This report discusses how secure printing technology can provide authentication, authorisation and accounting capabilities, helping businesses improve document security and meet compliance regulations. It draws on research carried out by Quocirca amongst 150 enterprises with over 1,000 employees in the UK, France and Germany.

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      • Cloud computing applications force attitude adjustment in the enterprise

        With companies everywhere still grappling with the bring-your-own-device phenomenon, industry observers are pointing to fast-growing "bring your own cloud" as the real trend to watch. Employees are increasingly bringing their own cloud apps to work, creating new headaches for the business side, where managers may have workers using a variety of different tools, and for the IT team, which could find itself tackling any number of new security threats.

        In this three-part guide, consultant Tom Nolle and journalist George Lawton discuss the trend -- while offering sound advice for organizations looking to keep ahead of the cloud curve. First, Nolle looks at potential outcomes from the BYOC trend -- specifically, what it means for worker and application support in the enterprise. In the next piece, readers will examine the tenuous balance of cost advantages and security risks that are part and parcel to personal cloud-hosted services. Yet more trends -- cloud storage being the most common -- further threaten that necessary balance. To close, Lawton picks the brains of two early cloud adopters, a major medical supply vendor and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, to advise readers on cloud pilot program best practices.

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      • Up, up and away: Java app development heads to the cloud

        With all the hype surrounding cloud computing, everyone is eager to see how the cloud "revolution" will play out. And while a "paradigm shift" might be interesting for analysts and theorists, day-to-day IT professionals need to know how the cloud changes day-to-day IT. In this expert handbook, see how the advent of cloud computing is affecting Java app development. Learn about the specific ways in which Java development is moving into the cloud, how cloud security is evolving, and what to expect in the near future from Java in the cloud.

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      • Developing for the cloud: Challenges and best practices

        The developer is in demand more than ever, and yet the role still alludes most in the IT world. With some insight into cloud computing, platforms and ecosystems, development processes can be more clearly defined, and the part of the developer will come into focus.

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      • What to know about PaaS in the cloud

        Platform as a Service technologies have quickly evolved beyond just supporting application development for Software as a Service. PaaS technologies and providers now offer broad application lifecycle management support, and more are on the way. In addition to having more services from which to choose, application decision makers also have more vendors to evaluate, as more than 50 PaaS cloud vendors are vying for customers today. This handbook shows what PaaS technologies and providers offer today and will offer in the future -- as well how to evaluate both.

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      • Cloud architecture key to leveraging cloud-based services

        February 2012, Issue 1

        Includes:
        • Java Platform as a Service providers vie for developers' affection
        • VIP Art Fair picks OpDemand over RightScale for IaaS management
        • Java PaaS providers compete for the attention of developers
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    Cloud computing, mobile devices and massive amounts of data flowing into organizations are combining to put heavy pressure on business systems. To adapt, organizations have been forced to transform the way in which corporate information is managed.

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  • Overcome today's disaster recovery challenges

    The use of devices not connected to a local network is a challenge for IT staffs tasked with protecting data on those devices. Completing backups within a reasonable timeframe has become an issue for organizations. Some organizations are opting for alternatives to traditional backup to address these challenges. The cloud has been pushed as an alternative to tape for offsite storage for disaster recovery. However, there are challenges with this approach and with protecting applications running in the cloud.

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    Our comprehensive e-book tackles the cloud storage challenges and business decisions that surround cloud storage investments, and breaks them into three areas of concentration: architecture, availability and return on investment.

    Get the latest updates on architectural choices when using the cloud for storage, including cloud controllers and application programming interfaces. We provide a short list of technical capabilities to look for in a cloud controller and questions to ask your service provider. Learn which metrics your peers are using to determine if cloud storage projects are meeting their potential, and what sort of service levels you can expect from providers or hybrid projects. Discover how to leverage the most cutting-edge cloud technologies and how not to get taken advantage of when choosing a cloud storage strategy/service.

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  • Personal skills for professional success: influencing

    Mastering influencing skills opens doors for your career by improving not just the ways in which you interact with important groups of people, but also by increasing your self-confidence in your ability to communicate persuasively. The more confident you become the greater success you will enjoy. However, to be truly influential requires you not only to master the tools and techniques, but to be able to appreciate the benefits of what you’re recommending to those you’re trying to influence.

  • Optimising your OmniPayments: Consumers, payments and the future

    Catering to the consumers of today means helping them pay how they want to. Yet with the plethora of options available in the market, it is vital for businesses to find the optimum time to implement new payment options. Developing a wider Omnichannel strategy can help retailers deliver on the overall shopping experience that the consumers of today and tomorrow expect e.g. loyalty, returns and refunds. This report, the culmination of months of research into consumer payment behaviours, has been created to provide a helping hand to anyone looking to take advantage of the new payment technology options at the optimum time for their business.

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