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Regional remodeler Kitchen Magic announced today that email has helped the firm increase repeat purchases throughout the Northeast since launching its sister company Bathroom Magic. The New Jersey-headquartered company launched the bathroom remodeling service in 2007 following an ExactTarget-powered email survey campaign of Kitchen Magic’s customers that identified existing customers as ‘repeat customers,’ breaking the company’s traditional one-time-only purchase cycle at no additional marketing expense. “With the majority of Kitchen Magic’s customers being one-time-only consumers, we were looking for a way to capitalize on customer loyalty beyond new customer referrals,” said Linda Fennessey, marketing manager of Kitchen Magic. “Our email survey provided the confidence that we had a solid base of leads, our own brand-loyal customers, to launch a new product line wi... (more)

The Top 150 Players in Cloud Computing

Cloud Expo Early Bird Savings A robust ecosystem of solutions providers is emerging around cloud computing. Here, SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal expands its list of most active players in the fast-emerging Cloud Ecosystem, from the 'mere' 100 we identified back in January of this year, to half as many again - testimony, if any further were needed, to the fierce and continuing growth of the "Elastic IT" paradigm throughout the world of enterprise computing. Editorial note: The words in quotation marks used to describe the various services and solutions in this round-up are in every case taken from the Web sites cited. As ever we encourage software engineers, developers, IT operations managers, and new/growing companies in every case to "suck it and see" by downloading or otherwise sampling the offering in question for themselves. (Omissions to this Top 150 list sh... (more)

Cloud Expo Europe 2009 in Prague: Themes & Topics

The overall conference theme of Cloud Expo Europe [3rd International Cloud Expo] which will take place, May 18-19, 2009, in Prague, Czech Republic is "Deploying Cloud Computing in the Enterprise." Here we present a round-up of Themes & Topics that will be covered in the rich array of breakout sessions, General Sessions, and Power Panel dicussions at the 2-day event. Our organizing principle for the Prague event is that through our intensive schedule of keynotes, general and breakout sessions, attending delegates will be assured of leaving with abundant resources, ideas and examples they can apply immediately to leveraging the Cloud, helping them to maximize performance, minimize cost and improve the scalability of their Enterprise IT endeavors. The event is co-located with SYS-CON's Virtualization Conference Europe 2009. Register Today for a Golden Pass and Attend Both... (more)

Cloud Expo 2011 East To Attract 10,000 Delegates and 200 Exhibitors

SYS-CON Events announced today that the 8th International Cloud Expo will take place June 6-9, 2011, in New York City. The International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo series is the world's leading Cloud-focused event and is held three times a year, in New York, Silicon Valley and in Europe. Over 600 corporate sponsors and 10,000 industry professionals have participated in Cloud Computing Expo since its inception, more than all other Cloud-related events put together. Cloud Computing Expo 2011 East Call for Papers Deadline November 30, 2010 - SUBMIT YOUR SPEAKING PROPOSAL TODAY! The four-day event will offer a rich array of sessions led by exceptional speakers about the business and technical value of cloud computing with more than 150 sponsors and exhibitors and over 5,000 estimated delegates from well over 48 different countries. Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship &... (more)

2010 Annual Predictions Bonanza

New-Media on Ulitzer This year we have seen almost every company, every blogger and his duck, feverishly posting their "annual predictions" before the December 31 deadline, as if there is such a deadline, and as if anyone cares about what they think in most cases. This is followed by a dozen or so 'paid' predictions news releases every day by companies who are pushing their "wish lists from 2010" as "predictions" and hoping that they come true. If you do a quick Google search on "2010 predictions" you will land on a predictions potpourri of more than 5,000 stories (the last time I looked). I especially enjoyed Fly Fishing Predictions for 2010, Identity Theft 2010 Predictions, The 2010 NFL Mock Draft Predictions, and Plastic Surgery Predictions for 2010. You even have the predictions of the "magazine industry" here. What magazine industry? I didn't know dinosaurs ma... (more)

Which Cloud Services Providers Are Gaining Mind Share?

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer There is little doubt that cloud computing is big news, but who is gaining your mind share?  Amazon, NetSuite, and Salesforce.com, have been in the news recently with a number of announcements.  So many that I've been attempting to track them by creating specific journals for each. Our experiences are likely to be different, and barring actual surveys and research, is subjective and based largely on our own impressions and perceptions of which companies are in the news or making news in this segment. There are several lists that are excellent points of reference - The Top 150 Players in Cloud Computing, 85 Cloud Computing Vendors Shaping the Emerging Cloud, and The VAR Guy's SaaS 20 Index. Large technology companies like AT&T, EMC / VMware, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Unisys, and others that come to mind have not been included below in the top 20... (more)

Microsoft vs Salesforce: Rivalry in the Clouds

Azure Cloud on Ulitzer With deep pockets Microsoft is able to fight it out on multiple fronts. With Azure, in the coming months, it will take on Salesforce.com as a formidable cloud platform provider. It's no longer just software as service; it will be framework as a service at the finishing line. Read up this article to get a picture of what is brewing. Here is Microsoft market place positioned to start any time soon: Here is the opponent with a big repertoire: ... (more)

Shades of the Blitz! Cloud Wars Loom Over Washington

For its next trick, the unquenchable, super-ambitious Google is gonna try taking over the US government. On Tuesday, after the first federal CIO Vivek Kundra unveiled Apps.gov, a thinly populated, GSA-managed, almost completely salesforce.com- and Google-dominated web store where federal agencies are supposed to go to get GSA-sanctioned cloud applications and “coming soon” infrastructure services as well as free software like YouTube, Facebook and MySpace, Google said that by next year it would have a government-specific version of Google Apps that meet security requirements and complies with the Federal Information security Management Act (FISMA) and such. It’s also working on a government cloud, set for debut in 2010, that promises to keep the data inside the United States of America operated by people with security clearances. Then there’s Google for the Public ... (more)

SiSense Announces Native Connectivity to Salesforce.com, Zendesk, Google

SiSense, a provider of Big Data Analytics Software, recently announced Prism 3.0, the latest version of its end-to-end Business Intelligence (BI) solution. With over 100 new features, Prism 3.0 introduces breakthrough in data access. Prism 3.0 enables customers to work with more data faster, regardless the number of datasources, no matter how big their data is or how fast it grows. A fully featured trial of Prism 3.0 can be downloaded for free here. More Data, No Code Traditional Business Intelligence tools require users to learn proprietary scripting languages to access and combine data. This process prevents non-technical users from working with data and building analytics quickly. In contrast, SiSense makes working with data a breeze. The solution lets business users combine data from Cloud and On-premises sources without any coding or scripting. “It's fantastic... (more)

Appirio Leverages Force.com

Appirio Tuesday launched a cloud-based professional service automation (PSA) solution on Salesforce.com’s Force.com platform. Called simply Professional Services Enterprise, it’s supposed to be designed for the most sophisticated professional service organizations, delivering end-to-end support for managing people, projects, customers and transactions. Appirio claims that the widgetry is different from other solutions in supporting a services business end-to-end, bridging the gap between how projects are sold and how they are delivered. And then of course there are the cloud’s TCO advantages. It says it can help you make your numbers: As the quarter closes in, services executives can identify a project that has been booked but not scheduled, and assign resources to accelerate the project’s delivery to meet the quarter’s sales goals. It also says it can help put th... (more)

Symantec to Present at Cloud Computing Expo Europe 2009

Dr. Guy Bunker, Distinguished Engineer for Symantec UK, will be presenting at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo Europe 2009 (www.cloudexpo-europe.com) in Prague, The Czech Republic, this coming May 18-19, 2009. Cloud computing offers a fantastic opportunity to businesses of all sizes. However, there are pitfalls that no-one wants to talk about. In this session, Bunker will talk to some of the darker sides to cloud computing - those around security and availability. Understanding where the issues lie will help service providers to create better services and enable customers to ask the right questions of their providers. Speaker Bio Dr. Guy Bunker is a Distinguished Engineer at Symantec Corporation. He works in the office of the CTO, responsible for various pieces of technical strategy across the company.  He is currently an active member of the Enterprise Privacy Group a... (more)