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CSC on Monday announced that, after an extensive evaluation, AMP, an Australian wealth management company, has selected one of CSC's growing number of Cloud computing services. Under the agreement, CSC will provide AMP with Collaborative Online Services (COS), CSC's private Cloud-based e-mail and collaboration solution providing feature-rich e-mail, instant messaging and team collaboration, based on the Microsoft product set (Exchange, Office Communication Server and SharePoint). COS is hosted locally in Australia by CSC on the best-of-breed Virtual Computing Environment platform comprising integrated technologies from VMware, CISCO and EMC and is now available for use across Australia for commercial and public sector organizations. COS is hosted onshore in an Australian data center, reducing concerns over data sovereignty and assuring compliance to Australia's priv... (more)

DataServices World: Data is the Primary Component of Architecture

An increasing number of verticals are using Data Services - services that deal with the production or consumption of data - to solve real business problems and deliver key information...all completely transparent to the user. Data is after all the primary component of architecture, including SOA, as StrikeIron CEO David Linthicum recently underlined in an exclusive Q&A with SYS-CON.com. When I asked him about DataServices World, the new co-located event that's being held at the 13th International SOA World Conference & Expo in June in New York, Linthicum was enthusiastic. Did he agree with SYS-CON Events, I wondered, that the time is right for a dedicated event situated at the intersection of databases, data warehousing, business intelligence, enterprise computing and Internet computing – or are we still too early? "No, this is growing now," Linthicum responde... (more)

How to Avoid Investment Scams

FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) has just published an article on Avoiding Investment Scams which is available below: FINRA Avoiding Investment Scams This article is six pages long, and depending upon your perspective, either teaches you how to run an investment scam or how to recognize one. It however, does not teach you how to avoid one in the first place. Here is a reprisal of the earlier piece we did on how to AVOID an investment scam: This is what you have with The Barfield Group and what you can tell your friends: It is very simple, but oh so effective: 1) Have the assets held in custody at an independent, well recognized custodian (Ameritrade, Schwab, Fidelity, E-Trade etc). 2) Make your checks out to the name of your account and make certain you have a segregated account titled in your name (i.e. Tom Jones IRA or Tom Jones Brokerage Account) 3) Mak... (more)

Social Media Starter Kits to Advisors Launches This Week

Advisōlocity, a social media marketing resource which is dedicated to meeting the needs of advisors and money managers on a  budget, was just launched by founding members D. Bruce Johnston, Zach Hedges and John Drachman, author of this post. “At Advisōlocity, which was just launched this week, what distinguishes us from many other social media agencies is our executive level understanding of the investment industry,” said D. Bruce Johnston, Institutional Investor’s 2000 Fund Marketer of the Year. “Combining traditional marketing communications and financial social media, Advisōlocity offers a comprehensive, flexible menu of solutions that can grow with our clients over time.” SMM-in-a-box: Advisolocity offers client-themed white paper, blog, custom posts, SEO and more -- all for under $9000 John Drachman, Series 7 Registered Rep and creative strategist added, “We... (more)

A Short History of Programming - Part 3 | @DevOpsSummit #AI #ML #DevOps #FinTech #Blockchain

Code Compiled: A Short History of Programming - Part 3 By Omed Habib Look at how far we’ve come. Just seven decades ago, the word “computer” referred to someone in an office with a pile of charts and a slide rule. Then ENIAC, the first electronic computer, appeared. It was followed quickly by the Commodore 64 personal computer and later, the iPhone. Today, the Sunway TaihuLight crunches data by combining 10,649,600 cores and performing 93 quadrillion floating point operations every second. Where will we be in another seven decades? In part one of this series, we covered how the evolution of hardware shaped the development of programming languages. We then followed up in part two with the impact of the software created by those languages. In this final blog in the series, we’ll look at how programming has taken the leap beyond computers into devices, with an emphasis... (more)

Macromedia Announces ColdFusion MX 7 - Live on SYS-CON.TV

Macromedia (Nasdaq: MACR) today announced the immediate availability of Macromedia ColdFusion MX 7, previously code-named "Blackstone," the fastest, easiest way to build and deploy powerful Internet applications. Developers are already embracing the latest version of the ColdFusion application server, and are  now solving development challenges with new printable web content, rich forms, more flexible deployment options, and integrated, structured business reporting.  ColdFusion MX 7 also provides new cost-effective and powerful innovations to interact with mobile phones using short message service (SMS) text messaging, which allows developers to create a new class of Internet applications for the mobile world.   View Dave Gruber With Charles Brown Live on SYS-CON.TV   "Building on t... (more)

Eagle Investment Systems Provides Solutions in Record Time for Investment Management Client

BOSTON, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Eagle Investment Systems Corp. today announced that Fort Washington Investment Advisors, Inc. based in Cincinnati has fully deployed Eagle's portfolio management, performance measurement, and information delivery solutions to help manage $25 billion in assets* for fixed income, balanced, and equity strategies. Eagle's professional services team led the implementation project, which was completed under budget in just six months. "Eagle Investment Systems has helped us improve internal automation while providing the functionality to calculate performance according to our specific needs," said Mark Frietch, vice president of Investment Operations for Fort Washington Investment Advisors. "By deploying Eagle's solutions quickly and under budget, we are heading down the right path to meeting our goals. We are very pleased with the process... (more)

Dundee Corporation Renews Its Normal Course Issuer Bid

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 03/30/07 -- Dundee Corporation (TSX: DC.A) today announced that purchases of a maximum of 1,203,363 of its class A subordinate voting shares ("Subordinate Voting Shares"), representing approximately 5% of its 24,067,271 issued and outstanding Subordinate Voting Shares, by means of a normal course issuer bid through the facilities of The Toronto Stock Exchange ("TSX"), will commence on April 1, 2007 and will terminate no later than March 31, 2008. The purchases will be made in accordance with the Policies and rules of the TSX. The price paid for any Subordinate Voting Shares acquired will be the market price at the time of purchase and all Subordinate Voting Shares purchased under the bid will be cancelled. Dundee Corporation made no purchases through the facilities of the TSX under a normal course issuer bid which commenced on A... (more)

The New Language of Business: SOA & Web 2.0

Understanding what not to do is just as important as understanding what to do. Understand the value of SOA. SOA is about flexible business processes. It's not just doing the same thing you've done before in a different way. Although you should absolutely approach SOA incrementally, the benefits you can achieve are dramatic. And unlike other IT approaches, SOA is not just about technology. SOA is really a mindset and a way of approaching business problems. It supports the flex-pon-sive* company by merging technology, business insight, and thought leadership to create an environment in which innovation can thrive. How does your company get started? There's no single answer; it depends on your business priorities. Here you see that a focus on a real business problem, not SOA, is a critical part of success. If possible, start with revenue-generating applications in sma... (more)

An AJAX Case Study in Financial Sector

Business managers of all kinds need to keep up with the fast pace of information transactions – and the financial services industry is certainly no exception. CIOs and innovation officers are faced with the task of making access to important enterprise application information faster and more secure, and making jobs easier and workers more productive. Companies that need to extend the reach of enterprise applications to allow technical and non-technical staff and customers to access important application data have found a way to do so – securely. Allowing workers to access the information they need and view it with the tools and consumer-oriented services they’re used to, such as RSS, widgets and gadgets, and personalized home pages, delivers significant productivity gains to companies. Take, for instance, a large global investment bank’s pri... (more)

Bernanke Should Go Back to Teaching

The following blog entry, from March 10, 2009 expressed my opinion on Mr. Bernanke. Eight months later the majority of the congress and a great portion of the financial world seem to agree with my opinions below. Rewind the tape and watch his opinions on the housing disaster and the direction our banking system took. He says everything is cool, and there is nothing to worry about as close as two years ago. He was as wrong as Jim Kramer recommending to buy more Bear Sterns stock 30 days before their collapse! (March 10, 2009) - I am watching yet another Bernanke speech with a Council of Foreign Relations backdrop. This guy was born to be a University professor. All he is talking about is what a parrot would read from the text books. He is not qualified for the job for what we need now during the depression of 2009. No one cares what he thinks. At least Greenspan had ... (more)