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OCR used to capture data from compliance certificates quickly and accurately January 9, 2013 - Kodak announces today that the National Security Inspectorate (NSI), the UK's leading certification body for the security and fire protection sectors, has selected Kodak Capture Pro data extraction software and a Kodak i2600 scanner solution to streamline the processing of 4,000 alarm related compliance certificates received each month from NSI approved companies. The new Kodak solution means that administrative staff can now manage the documentation faster and more accurately, with the OCR [optical character recognition] technology included reading customer and alarm installation data from the forms automatically. This is then used to update NSI's certificate management database. The Kodak Capture Pro software and the scanner hardware were supplied and installed by resell... (more)

The Need for Speed - and Big, Fat, Dumb Pipes

The Europeans mock us. The Koreans boast a claim they are the world's most wired country. Finland is bringing broadband to reindeer. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published in their 2009 statistics the U.S. now ranks 15th among the group's 30 member countries for broadband subscriptions. This is down from 12th in their previous study. No way! Is the United States actually that far behind the world in broadband deployment? Should the home of Cisco Systems, Brocade, IBM, and HP hang our heads in shame at our inability to deliver a world class communications infrastructure? Geography and Statistics Well, we shouldn't hang our heads in shame, however there is ample opportunity to further develop our national broadband infrastructure. Looking at the following table you can easily see the US has a huge landmass, with much lower than Eu... (more)

The Next Chapter in the Virtualization Story Begins

Cloud Expo Europe €550 Savings here! Cloud Expo West $800 Savings here! Cloud Computing Journal recently caught up with Pete Malcolm, CEO of cloud management innovators Abiquo - a major new player in the fast-emerging Cloud ecosystem and Platinum Plus Sponsor of 6th Cloud Expo being held in Prague, the Czech Republic, 21-22 June 2010. Malcolm is keynoting at the event. His theme will be "An Open Cloud Ecosystem - the Gathering Storm." Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities ! Abiquo was also Platinum Plus Sponsor of the 5th International Cloud Expo held April 19-21, 2010 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City Cloud Computing Journal: How would you define the difference between Private clouds and Public Clouds, and why is the distinction so important in the context of Cloud Computing? Pete Malcolm: Actually, I think people get rather too hun... (more)

Hadoop & NoSQL – Friends, not frenemies (Published in SDTimes, January 7, 2014)

http://www.sdtimes.com/content/article.aspx?ArticleID=67541&page=1 The term Big Data is an all-encompassing phrase that has various subdivisions addressing different needs of the customers. The most common description of Big Data talks about the four V’s: Volume, Velocity, Variety and Veracity.Volume represents terabytes to exabytes of data, but this is data at rest. Velocity talks about streaming data requiring milliseconds to seconds of response time and is about data in motion. Variety is about data in many forms: structured, unstructured, text, spatial, and multimedia. Finally, veracity means data in doubt arising out of inconsistencies, incompleteness and ambiguities.Hadoop is the first commercial version of Internet-scale supercomputing, akin to what HPC (high-performance computing) has done for the scientific community. It performs, and is affordable, at sca... (more)

The Fitness Equipment Business - Where Is It Headed ?

I’ve been researching the fitness equipment business, which led me to this post and a request for your thoughts. I’m traveling at this moment on a direct flight from LAX to Hong Kong and then onto Xiamen with entrepreneur Michael Bruno, owner of the New Star Trac. We are going to visit his Land America plant in China - more details in posts to come soon. When my colleague Sal Pellegrino was hired by Star Trac in 2010 he introduced me to Larry Domingo and others in the organization. At the time I relished the chance to learn more about their business. I'm trying to understand: “where is the fitness and wellness industry headed ?” Learning more about the equipment part of this equation, something I haven't been able to, do is to say the least fascinating. Getting the perspective now from Michael Bruno, a true visionary in the fitness equipment w... (more)

The API Lab

Promotion is a problem faced by every API developer. Long nights of coding have given form to the stroke of genius you had six months ago in the cafe. You’ve just written the API that will serve as the front door into your application. But how do you document this so that your peers will use it—and hopefully make you rich in the process? Java had Javadoc, an innovation that managed to strike a surprisingly effective balance between ease of use and systematization (three cheers for strong typing and static binding). Web services “solved” the interface definition problem with WSDL, a standard only its authors could love (and some of these won’t admit to participating in conception). To the registry crowd was left the task of devising clever ways to document a SOAP API around the torturous abstractions of WSDL so that humans could grok it as effectively as the machine... (more)

My Three Days at JavaOne 2012

After spending three days at JavaOne I’m happy to report that Java remains the most stable and reliable platform.There are some new additions to the language and the JVM that will make Java more complicated. I’m talking about Nashorn, Jigsaw, Lambda, and Modular Java. I’ve attended 10 presentations and participated in three hands-on labs. My notes are below. JavaFX JavaFX is a library and a tool set for creating rich UI for desktop and embedding UI into chips of various devices. It’s not meant to be used for creation of rich Internet applications. The user interface is defined in the .fxml files. It’s standard xml with some import statements. The Scene Builder tool allows you to drag and drop UI controls and CSS onto the scene. It uses regular CSS3 so Java developers better start learning it. The processing logic is written in Java with some additional API. You can ... (more)

Big Data Skills – Opportunities and Threats

Big Data. There are few conversations in the IT community which do not start, address, or end on the topic.  Some conversations are visionary in nature, some critical, and many considering the challenges we’ll need to overcome in the process of understanding how to deal with Big Data. Definitions of Big Data almost parallel the 3 V's of Big Data, which are velocity, volume, and variety.  We may call it a byproduct of massive data growth, cheap technology, and our ability to save everything.  We may address the enormous volumes of data generated by social media, smart grids, and other online transactions. However we also need to compress those ideas into a form we can understand and use as a basis for our discussions.  For simplicity, we'll use Gartner's definition that "big data are high volume, high velocity, and/or high variety information assets that require new... (more)

Navigating the Telecom Supply Chain with Matt Hiles at Mosaic Networx

Telecom Innovation I first met Matt Hiles while he was director of business development with Looking Glass Networks in Los Angeles. As a customer looking for telecom services, navigating the providers, technologies, and deal structures can be confusing. Matt took the time to explain all aspects of the business, cost structures, and how he would get us a great deal – while still making money for his company. Matt stood out alone from a world of “wheeling and dealing” telecom sales people, unique in providing the customer a level of confidence they were getting the best product, for the best price, with the best service. Pacific-Tier: Today we have Matt Hiles, managing partner with Mosaic Networx. Hello Matt! So tell us a little about yourself, how did you get into this business? Matt Hiles: I started in telecommunications right out of college, and I’ve been in the ... (more)

A Doctrine for Change - Lawrence Lessig Again

I was again reading and reviewing Lawrence Lessig's work tonight. The man is so very articulate and his observations so compelling. If you haven't become a student of his work, please take my advice and give it a try here. At the 2002 Open Source Convention Lessig challenged the audience to get involved in the political process. A tireless advocate for open source, Lessig shared some basic concepts that are a solution to most of the barriers preventing our soceity from overcoming the major challenges of the time. A complete transcript of Lawrence's keynote presentation made on July 24, 2002 is available here. In summation his logical findings were as follows. Creativity and innovation always builds on the past. The past always tries to control the creativity that builds upon it. Free societies enable the future by limiting this power of the past. Ours is less and less a... (more)

Sun Microsystems Launches GlassFish Enterprise Server v3

Download GlassFish Portfolio Whitepaper Sun Microsystems and the GlassFish community announced the immediate availability of Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server v3, the latest release of Sun's commercial Java Platform Enterprise Edition (Java EE) application server and its open source counterpart, GlassFish v3. Click Here to View GlassFish 3.0 Webinar Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server v3 provides customers with an enterprise grade, open source based application server solution focused on reducing application and deployment complexity. Click here to to leverage the AMP/SAMP stack with your existing GlassFish Enterprise Server deployments in your organization. Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server v3 is the industry’s first application server to support the new Java Platform Enterprise Edition 6 (Java EE 6). Java EE 6 introduces features to increase the flexibility of the platform... (more)