Flash And The City http://www.flashandthecity.com Are you sure you haven't missed this? Thu, 14 Sep 2017 00:45:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 Skin Tag Removal Creams Can Change Your Life http://www.flashandthecity.com/skin-tag-removal-creams-can-change-your-life/ http://www.flashandthecity.com/skin-tag-removal-creams-can-change-your-life/#respond Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:43:11 +0000 http://www.flashandthecity.com/?p=78 If you have tiny pieces of flesh poking out from your neck, armpits or even around your eyes chances are you have something called a skin tag.

Skin tags are completely normal and harmless pieces of skin that almost everyone in the world will experience at least once in their life. Babies are born with them, middle-aged people can suddenly develop them, and you might have had one for as long as you can remember.

The removal of such things can be easy or complicated, depending on the route you take. Some of the options for removal are cutting, tying off with thread, freezing and using a cream.

There are a few products on the market that target skin tag removal and surprisingly, some of them are creams which may seem a little silly. Just rub some lotion on it and it goes away? Sounds a bit too good to be true, doesn’t it?

Well, it’s not! These creams do exist and while they may seem the stuff of magic and fairy tales they are very much real and effective against skin tags.

Skin tag removal creams are designed to attack the skin tag from the root. This means they go deep into your skin and work on removing the offending protrusion by working from within. Many skin tag removal creams use natural ingredients so you don’t need to worry about using harsh chemicals on sensitive areas of your body …

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If you have tiny pieces of flesh poking out from your neck, armpits or even around your eyes chances are you have something called a skin tag.

Skin tags are completely normal and harmless pieces of skin that almost everyone in the world will experience at least once in their life. Babies are born with them, middle-aged people can suddenly develop them, and you might have had one for as long as you can remember.

The removal of such things can be easy or complicated, depending on the route you take. Some of the options for removal are cutting, tying off with thread, freezing and using a cream.

There are a few products on the market that target skin tag removal and surprisingly, some of them are creams which may seem a little silly. Just rub some lotion on it and it goes away? Sounds a bit too good to be true, doesn’t it?

Well, it’s not! These creams do exist and while they may seem the stuff of magic and fairy tales they are very much real and effective against skin tags.

Skin tag removal creams are designed to attack the skin tag from the root. This means they go deep into your skin and work on removing the offending protrusion by working from within. Many skin tag removal creams use natural ingredients so you don’t need to worry about using harsh chemicals on sensitive areas of your body like your face.

As well, skin tag removal creams work hard without hurting or scarring your skin. This is definitely the best option if you’ve got a pesky skin tag on a delicate area like your face or neck.

Now as with all good things, there are downsides as well. Creams are not known for their quickness so if you are planning to go this route you will need to be patient. It takes time to deconstruct something from a cellular level and that’s what these creams do. Some other downsides are that the natural ingredients can have a strong smell to them. Tea Tree Oil, for example, will have a very strong smell and it’s not always the most pleasant scent around.

There are some great articles on skin tag removal creams and products here.

Other skin tag removal creams may not have such a strong smell like Tea Tree Oil does, but they will have some sort of odor. This is definitely something to take into consideration when deciding what product is best for you to remove that annoying skin tag.

So let’s recap and go over the benefits of using a skin tag removal cream again:

  • They are generally made with natural ingredients
  • Creams can be less abrasive
  • Creams can attack the skin tag problem right at the root
  • They are considered safer when attempting removal of a skin tag in a sensitive area

These are all some pretty good benefits. If you are prone to having skin tags on your face or groin you may want to consider using a cream product to remove it. I’m not sure about you, but I wouldn’t want to put scissors or scalpels near my face or groin.

If you’re not put off by the potential extended timeframe or the fact that some of these products may be a bit more strong in smell than your grandfather’s cologne, using a skin tag removal cream to help you with those embarrassing pieces of skin may be just the right ticket.

When you’re out there looking remember, just because the cream is cheap doesn’t mean it will work the way it should. As well, just because the cream is expensive it doesn’t mean it will do the job you want with the quality you expect. Do your research and choose wisely.

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Breaking Into Specialized Markets Requires Special Skills http://www.flashandthecity.com/breaking-into-specialized-markets-requires-special-skills/ http://www.flashandthecity.com/breaking-into-specialized-markets-requires-special-skills/#respond Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:21:10 +0000 http://www.flashandthecity.com/?p=58 You’ve wrecked your knee trying to be Ken Griffey Jr. in the company’s annual softball tourney. Do you visit your general practitioner? Or hobble over to an orthopedist — maybe even the doc who treats Griffey himself? If you answered GP, you probably belong to an HMO. Given a choice, most everyone wants a specialist — computer customers, too.

So now the industry is hanging out its own shingle — and it doesn’t say GP on it. Companies once content to push one-size-fits-all products to broad business markets are turning to a new prescription: Customized solutions aimed at vertical markets. Apple is hawking its Newton to doctors, real estate agents — even farmers. IBM is restructuring its entire 40,000-person sales force along industry lines. And Novell and Microsoft are pressing their resellers and ISVs to tailor Windows and NetWare for bankers, insurance agents, and lawyers.

But maneuvering in vertical markets is as complicated — and risky — as microsurgery. The sales cycle is long. Customers are more demanding. And they have a lot of quirky product requirements — like a PDA that can stand up to the ammonia fumes in barns. As a result, like a hospital emergency room, verticals have seen their share of victims.

Take Agilis Corp. Its “mobile workstation” was rugged enough to drop kick across a stage. Unfortunately, says former Agilis marketing manager Bill Frezza, the company was populated “entirely by Silicon Valley startup junkies” …

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You’ve wrecked your knee trying to be Ken Griffey Jr. in the company’s annual softball tourney. Do you visit your general practitioner? Or hobble over to an orthopedist — maybe even the doc who treats Griffey himself? If you answered GP, you probably belong to an HMO. Given a choice, most everyone wants a specialist — computer customers, too.

So now the industry is hanging out its own shingle — and it doesn’t say GP on it. Companies once content to push one-size-fits-all products to broad business markets are turning to a new prescription: Customized solutions aimed at vertical markets. Apple is hawking its Newton to doctors, real estate agents — even farmers. IBM is restructuring its entire 40,000-person sales force along industry lines. And Novell and Microsoft are pressing their resellers and ISVs to tailor Windows and NetWare for bankers, insurance agents, and lawyers.

But maneuvering in vertical markets is as complicated — and risky — as microsurgery. The sales cycle is long. Customers are more demanding. And they have a lot of quirky product requirements — like a PDA that can stand up to the ammonia fumes in barns. As a result, like a hospital emergency room, verticals have seen their share of victims.

Take Agilis Corp. Its “mobile workstation” was rugged enough to drop kick across a stage. Unfortunately, says former Agilis marketing manager Bill Frezza, the company was populated “entirely by Silicon Valley startup junkies” with no experience in the public safety and utilities markets Agilis had targeted. They didn’t understand the custom applications its customers required, nor the sales channels they bought from. “You should have seen us trying to sell to staid established companies,” says Frezza, now president of Wireless Computing Associates, a consulting firm. “They looked at us as if we had just landed from Mars.” The result? The heart monitor went beeeeeep.

Undeterred Such failures, however, aren’t deterring a flock of new entrants into vertical markets. The money is just too enticing. John McGilvray, a consultant with Input, a market researcher in Mountain View, Calif., predicts that, by 1998, U.S. companies will double the $14 billion they shelled out last year on industry-specific software applications. He pegs banking, finance, manufacturing, and government as perhaps the biggest verticals of all. But emerging technologies are yielding some attractive opp ortunities, too. In four years, for example, handhelds customized for the industrial and retail markets will rack up about $3 billion in sales, the Gartner Group Inc. says. And, according to New York’s Brenner Securities Inc., there is a multibillion market in wireless data communications just for the trucking and delivery businesses.

But it’s the medical industry that may offer the most promise of all. Though the ultimate shape and scope of President Clinton’s health-care reforms remain unknown, this much is for certain: The cost-saving managed-care craze, whether driven by the government or the private sector, is demanding more efficient information systems to track medical data. As a result, Dr. Jason Rosenbluth, an analyst with Volpe Welty & Co., a San Francisco investment banking firm, says the software and service segment of the h ealth-care market will soar from about $3.5 billion today to about $15 billion by decade’s end. He doesn’t track hardware expenditures, but considering that many of the nation’s more than 5,500 hospitals are moving to client/server environments, there are billions of dollars to be made replacing their proprietary systems with PCs and servers.

Arcane Whether it’s health care or overnight delivery, though, there’s an overarching reason why vertical demand everywhere is growing so astronomically. Dwayne Walker, Microsoft’s GM of worldwide solutions sales and marketing, says customers need more expert help because they’re moving to open and complicated client/server systems. They’re making the switch at the very same time they’re reducing their in-house development staffs to cut costs. And it’s not just the soaring demand that makes verticals so al luring. Unlike the rapidly commoditizing mass markets of the ’90s, vertical markets represent a refuge, where customers are willing to pay a premium for low-volume, high-expertise solutions.

If nothing else, verticals come in so many shapes and sizes that they offer a niche for nearly everyone — even those with such seemingly arcane solutions as Cutting Edge Inc. of Marblehead, Mass., which got its start by making software for sailmakers. Last year, Dauphin Technology Inc. of Lombard, Ill., took a crack at the broad market with a much-praised handheld, but it retreated six months later into verticals. It’s now targeting police departments, telephone companies, hospitals, and w arehouses. Unlike Dauphin, Campbell Software Inc. of Evanston, Ill., started out zeroing in on a vertical — scheduling software for the service industry. So far, so good. It’s landed accounts with the likes of The Gap, Staples, and Warner Bros. stores. And tiny Tampa, Fla., Badger Computers, a division of defense contractor Group Technologies Corp., is finding success selling its rugged, portable PCs into environments such as police cars, buses, and locomotives. Its PC for train engineers is so tough, you have to pummel the keys to make it work.

Don’t confuse the verticals with little niche players, though. After all, IBM is overhauling its sales force into 14 industry-related groups. Each one has its own leader. And reporting to them will be industry-specific consulting, development, and manufacturing teams. Why the switch? Robert Timpson, GM of IBM’s finance industry segment, says customers are telling IBM they are overwhelmed by all the new technology getting pitched to them. What they really want is a business “solution.” And that’s one of I BM’s traditional strengths.

Forget Comdex: Microsoft and Novell want to offer more vertical solutions, too, but both are smart enough to not go it alone. They know the markets are too scattered and diverse. So both are relying on their resellers and ISVs to carry the effort. Microsoft says it will double the “tens of millions of dollars” it spends on vertical-marketing efforts this year and next year. Not to be outdone, Novell, for the first time, will initiate a vertical-marketing campaign later this year among its 15,000 resellers w orldwide. But it doesn’t expect an easy time of convincing its resellers to dive into vertical markets. Says Kevin Auger, a senior manager for solutions marketing for Novell: “One of our challenges is educating them about how they can be more effective and make more money by providing the complete turnkey solution.”

Another challenge is educating yourself. As Agilis’ flop shows, you must know your market inside out. Forget Comdex and go to your customers’ trade shows — like the Retail Information Systems Conference in Orlando last October.

Nothing replaces primary research, but a lack of industry-specific market data means many vertical players are left to do a lot of digging themselves. Some go to extremes to know their markets. Take Geotek Communications Inc. of Montvale, N.J. It’s building a wireless data communications network targeted primarily at the transportation industry. It sends its MBA product managers to ride shotgun with burly, tattooed truckers to find out how they work. That strategy uncovered a bit of information you’d never find in a market-research report: Truckers will sometimes break new devices on purpose if they aren’t easy enough to use. To avoid that fate, Geotek has run dozens of focus groups with truckers to make sure its communications device is as simple to use as a phone.

No Dead Ends

Even if your product rates high on usability, don’t expect to make a quick sale. The sales cycle can run up to 18 months. Part of the reason: Most sales are large, and the customers want absolute proof that the technology is going to offer an adequate return on investment. Vertical customers are skittish about whom they’ll do business with, because they don’t want to be stuck with a dead-end product. Remember Eo, Agilis, and Grid. “There is a lot of hand holding,” says Alan Yong, CEO of Dauphin. So Yong is on the road every week meeting with potential customers. “They don’t want to talk to a fast-talking salesman,” he explains. “They want to talk to me to make sure we’re committed and we’ll be around.”

Even big Apple has a tough sell. How does it convince buyers that it won’t abandon vertical markets if the Newton doesn’t take off commercially in a few years? Apple boasts that the Newton beats entrenched competitors on price — about $600 versus $2,000 to $3,000 — but it doesn’t have the credibility of market leaders Norand, Symbol Technologies, or Telxon, which have made handhelds for verticals for years.

Serving vertical markets often requires bending and stretching technology like a Russian gymnast. Often times, applications must work with 10-year-old technology, proprietary platforms, and obscure operating systems, says Campbell Software CEO Mike Campbell. His scheduling software for retailers runs on 11 OSes, including Xenix, a little-known version of Unix. It has to because there is no technological uniformity in the service industry, he says.

What Smells? Then there are times when you have to go the extra mile to win accounts. Dauphin is helping design a bar-code reader to work with its handheld so one of its potential customers, a large retail chain, can use it for inventory management. “We have to do it,” says Yong. “They are talking about potentially 5,000 systems.” And of course you’ll run into uncommon environments that need special solutions. Apple was confronted with the unusual question of whether its Newton could stand ammonia fumes be cause farmers might use it in barns.

Serving vertical markets may take you into some strange places, including barns, warehouses, and 18-wheelers. But that’s what it takes. The cry from customers for customized solutions is only going to get louder. “Customers are not interested in reads, feeds, and speeds,” says management consultant Sam Albert, a former IBMer. “They’re interested in overall solutions to their business problems.” The only way to provide solutions is to truly understand their business. Be prepared to get some manure on your boots. If not, you may find yourself knee deep in it sooner than you think.

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A Few Simple Steps To Follow For Hard Drive Recovery http://www.flashandthecity.com/a-few-simple-steps-to-follow-for-hard-drive-recovery/ http://www.flashandthecity.com/a-few-simple-steps-to-follow-for-hard-drive-recovery/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 06:39:28 +0000 http://www.flashandthecity.com/?p=68 Finding out your hard drive is out of order can seriously hamper your important tasks. However, luckily, in most cases the hard drive recovery can be done by performing a few simple actions. Usually, the hard drive tends to break down due to some minor damage. The damage can either be on the drive itself or in some cases it might be due to damaged cables that connect to the motherboard. To start with, you need to first carefully examine the hard drive itself. Look for damaged spots on the hard drive case. Also, look for broken tiny chips on the disk case iteself. Once you have made sure that it is not the drive itself which is damaged, you may need to check your cables as a next step for hard drive recovery.

clean-room-labIn order to check whether the problem is due to a defect in the cables, you may need to replace the cables and reconnect your device. As a second step to hard drive recovery, replace the power supply cable and data connection cable with a new set of cables and try to reconnect the device. If the problem lies with faulty cables, as it is in most cases, it can be resolved by following this simple step. However, you need to make sure that the new set of cables is correctly attached and are compatible e.g., a compatible cable for an IDE device would be

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Finding out your hard drive is out of order can seriously hamper your important tasks. However, luckily, in most cases the hard drive recovery can be done by performing a few simple actions. Usually, the hard drive tends to break down due to some minor damage. The damage can either be on the drive itself or in some cases it might be due to damaged cables that connect to the motherboard. To start with, you need to first carefully examine the hard drive itself. Look for damaged spots on the hard drive case. Also, look for broken tiny chips on the disk case iteself. Once you have made sure that it is not the drive itself which is damaged, you may need to check your cables as a next step for hard drive recovery.

clean-room-labIn order to check whether the problem is due to a defect in the cables, you may need to replace the cables and reconnect your device. As a second step to hard drive recovery, replace the power supply cable and data connection cable with a new set of cables and try to reconnect the device. If the problem lies with faulty cables, as it is in most cases, it can be resolved by following this simple step. However, you need to make sure that the new set of cables is correctly attached and are compatible e.g., a compatible cable for an IDE device would be a flat ribbon cable.

New Trends In Overall Data Recovery Costs

There was a time when finding a low cost, affordable data recovery professional service was almost impossible to do and the professional services you could find were not in everyone’s price range. However, as time went by, the trends have changed a lot and luckily those changes have been for the customer’s benefit. Hard drive recovery costs today are much lower than what they used to be, although they may vary a lot depending upon the type of hard drive, the extent of damage and whether you are experiencing physical or logical damage etc.

There are lots of reasons behind the dropping of hard drive recovery costs. Two of them however are the major contributing factors in changing trends. One of the factors is the increased knowledge of hard drive users in general. There were times when people didn’t know much about the internal working mechanisms of these devices and hence couldn’t do anything on their own to recover data in cases where damage occurred. With increased overall know-how about the working of these devices, they have come to know that there is a wide range of hard drive issues that can be solved on their own and even with the help of free software.

Secondly, an increasing healthy competition in the market has led to a considerable decrease in the hard drive recovery costs. However, still, cost should not be the only reason why you decide on a provider. With a bit of research, you will easily be able to find out which companies offer the best quality for your money.

Hard Drive Recovery Services – Which Factors To Consider?

Having your hard drive damaged is one of the most frustrating experiences one can have while working, especially when you have important data on the disk. However, luckily there are a few very reliable options when it comes to selecting a professional hard drive recovery service. Most of these professional services however, will cost you a lot. If you have decided that your data is more precious than the money you would be spending on this service, keep a few things in mind while narrowing down the available choices.

While selecting the most appropriate hard drive recovery service, you need to consider a few very important factors. The average success rate of the service provider is obviously the most important thing to look at. Go for the one which has a good history with retrieving lost  data. The higher the success rate, the lower the risk of losing your precious data. The second important feature to consider is the security, both in terms of confidentiality and in terms of the environment in which the extremely sensitive task of data recovery is performed. Make sure that the service provider uses certified clean rooms and has a good record with keeping the data confidential. In addition to these factors, make sure that the help and support system of the hard drive recovery service is reliable and that they offer 24 hour support, live chat, and telephone service. This will, quite simply, lead to the best recovery experience.

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Online Documents Done Slickly http://www.flashandthecity.com/online-documents-done-slickly/ http://www.flashandthecity.com/online-documents-done-slickly/#respond Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:06:01 +0000 http://www.flashandthecity.com/?p=56 For Exxon Mobil Oil Corp., it just doesn’t get any more mission-critical than the refinery. The multibillion-dollar conglomerate’s entire business structure stems from the thousands of refineries the company has built around the world, as well as energy storage facilities.

To help ensure consistent quality during the construction of oil and gas facilities, Mobil has spent about $7 million adopting an on-line documentation system that contains all the specifications necessary to build Mobil plants.

To accomplish this task, the oil company turned to ArborText Inc., of Ann Arbor, Mich., to help create a system based on SGML (Standard Generalized Markup Language).

Using this system, users are able to easily search through compound documents for refinery specifications, while Mobil maintains quality control over one of its core corporate assets.

“The primary goal is to reduce the cost of building new installations around the world,” said Larry Sargent, technical manager for the project at Mobil in Dallas. “People have a tendency to change specifications based on personal preferences. We wanted to reduce the possibility for them to make changes that frequently cost us money.”

The infrastructure for the system, which cost about $2 million to deploy, consists of Unix servers from Hewlett-Packard Co., and IBM that are linked via TCP/IP software from FTP Software Inc. to PCs and Unix workstations. To tie the PCs to the system, each desktop is configured with X Window System server software from Hummingbird Communications

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For Exxon Mobil Oil Corp., it just doesn’t get any more mission-critical than the refinery. The multibillion-dollar conglomerate’s entire business structure stems from the thousands of refineries the company has built around the world, as well as energy storage facilities.

To help ensure consistent quality during the construction of oil and gas facilities, Mobil has spent about $7 million adopting an on-line documentation system that contains all the specifications necessary to build Mobil plants.

To accomplish this task, the oil company turned to ArborText Inc., of Ann Arbor, Mich., to help create a system based on SGML (Standard Generalized Markup Language).

Using this system, users are able to easily search through compound documents for refinery specifications, while Mobil maintains quality control over one of its core corporate assets.

“The primary goal is to reduce the cost of building new installations around the world,” said Larry Sargent, technical manager for the project at Mobil in Dallas. “People have a tendency to change specifications based on personal preferences. We wanted to reduce the possibility for them to make changes that frequently cost us money.”

The infrastructure for the system, which cost about $2 million to deploy, consists of Unix servers from Hewlett-Packard Co., and IBM that are linked via TCP/IP software from FTP Software Inc. to PCs and Unix workstations. To tie the PCs to the system, each desktop is configured with X Window System server software from Hummingbird Communications Ltd.

The project formally kicked off in early 1991, when the Mobil Exploration and Production Center in Dallas began the $5 million process of rewriting the company’s manuals in conjunction with ArborText using SGML tools.

“We initially looked at building the systems using something like WordPerfect, but we wanted to make sure we didn’t use any proprietary software,” Sargent said.

That design goal led Mobil to ArborText, which provided its Adept tools for creating on-line documents.

Originally developed by the Department of Defense, SGML makes it easier to create and track compound documents, adding identification tags to each part of a document.

“SGML has been one of those arcane standards that hung around for years and was only used by technical publishers,” said Craig Cline, an analyst with Seybold Publications in Foster City, Calif. “But once the U.S. government made it a mandate for military procurement, companies began to look at it for their own internal operations.”

That momentum continues as companies seek to deliver more timely information using technologies such as CD ROMs and the Internet, which currently uses a subset of SGML as its document-language standard.

“WordPerfect already supports SGML and there are rumors that Microsoft will support it in Word,” Cline said. “Enough things are coming together to make SGML a fairly hot topic. Companies have figured out that by the time they turn around their documents in today’s business world, they are obsolete.”

The challenge for companies implementing SGML is the ramp-up time associated with writing and deploying SGML documents.

“It definitely took a little while to get it up and running, but once it’s in place, it’s a pretty solid structure,” Sargent said. “A lot of these companies come and go, so we wanted to protect ourselves by using SGML.”

Sargent estimated that Mobil will spend about $300,000 a year maintaining the system. “We have a large user base, but when you think about it, there aren’t a whole lot of people involved in actually creating the documents,” he said.

With individual construction projects sometimes exceeding $500 million, Sargent figured that a 1 percent savings on a single project would justify the approximately $7 million the company spent to develop the system, which went on-line in May 1993.

Next up, Sargent is on his way overseas to show how to construct a similar SGML-based documentation system covering the building of oil rigs. At the same time, Mobil plans to create multilingual versions of on-line documents, starting with German editions.

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Getting The Right Services For Your Dell Server http://www.flashandthecity.com/getting-the-right-services-for-your-dell-server/ http://www.flashandthecity.com/getting-the-right-services-for-your-dell-server/#comments Thu, 22 May 2014 05:21:53 +0000 http://www.flashandthecity.com/?p=41 grsfdrWith a number of skilled computer technicians nowadays, you have to consider a lot of options before trying their services. At first, make sure that their offers have reasonable prices. If it is too expensive for you, seek another technician. Second, assess their expertise. If he/she is a new technician, better look for another technician who can confidently and efficiently perform competent Dell server repairs.

Effective Methods Of Poweredge Perc Controller Recovery

In cases where your PowerEdge Perc Controller is not functioning anymore, your going to have to find some effective methods of recovering it. Poweredge Perc Controller recovery can be done sometimes without asking help from a computer technician. You can download software online in order for you to know the right process of Poweredge Perc Controller recovery. Basically, this software has a corresponding price so whenever you decide to buy one, make sure that you get it from a reliable source. Try to research online or read reviews about this recovery software. Do not be easily lured with an online offer. Spend more time in comparing the software and knowing the features it has. This is because some software is not good while others are worth having.

Furthermore, you can also search for the best server recovery company. If ever you have enough time and money to let someone do the recovery for you, talk to at least three technicians. Know the services they offer and how …

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grsfdrWith a number of skilled computer technicians nowadays, you have to consider a lot of options before trying their services. At first, make sure that their offers have reasonable prices. If it is too expensive for you, seek another technician. Second, assess their expertise. If he/she is a new technician, better look for another technician who can confidently and efficiently perform competent Dell server repairs.

Effective Methods Of Poweredge Perc Controller Recovery

In cases where your PowerEdge Perc Controller is not functioning anymore, your going to have to find some effective methods of recovering it. Poweredge Perc Controller recovery can be done sometimes without asking help from a computer technician. You can download software online in order for you to know the right process of Poweredge Perc Controller recovery. Basically, this software has a corresponding price so whenever you decide to buy one, make sure that you get it from a reliable source. Try to research online or read reviews about this recovery software. Do not be easily lured with an online offer. Spend more time in comparing the software and knowing the features it has. This is because some software is not good while others are worth having.

Furthermore, you can also search for the best server recovery company. If ever you have enough time and money to let someone do the recovery for you, talk to at least three technicians. Know the services they offer and how they are going about the recovery process. If their skills and knowledge seems to be doubtful, better seek someone else. Poweredge Perc Controller recovery should be handed to the best technician only so that there will be no further damage in the future.

If you need this kind of help with your server issue, there are of course companies that specialize in this. The computer system is quite complicated to fix and attempting to recover the lost files might damage the entire thing. In order to avoid these complications from happening, it is important to get the right services. This means that you have to seek online or offline and weigh the pros and cons of availing such services to a particular technician. Do not be easily enticed with an offer that you are not sure of. As much as possible, you have to read several sources that can direct you to the right technician. If this is quite difficult to do, it’s better to ask for referrals or recommendations from anyone who can help you with this.

Finding The Best Solution To G-Raid Logical Disk Issues

If you have accidentally encountered G-raid logical disk issues, either you find good information, or it will be necessary to find the best company that can fix this kind of computer problem. Although it can be a lot of help to use a software, sometimes you will have a hard time knowing the main concern and finding solution for it. Hence, you should make an extra effort of finding the best technician for your server logical disk issues.

You can have the best technician for your needs quite easily. Hard Drive Recovery Group, in fact, not only specializes in Dell PowerEdge RAID problems, but also G-RAID disk issues (see their Dell PowerEdge recovery instructions). In fact, they can be reached online already, even if you are not familiar with their company. However, you should always make it sure to research the right person or company so that you can be assured of retrieving the lost files. Go over their accomplishments and compare their expertise from one company to the other. This will help you a lot, especially when your G-raid logical disk issues are severe and cannot be fixed with a simple action.

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Putting More Business Into B2B http://www.flashandthecity.com/putting-more-business-into-b2b/ http://www.flashandthecity.com/putting-more-business-into-b2b/#respond Fri, 08 Nov 2013 23:50:32 +0000 http://www.flashandthecity.com/?p=10

Companies that have built successful e-commerce sites have usually adopted the mantra: “The customer is always right.” That’s because, if business-to-consumer enterprises have learned one lesson in the past year, it’s that Web sites must offer superior customer service to capture and keep their buyers’ attention.

b2bToday, the same philosophy is true in the business-to-business arena, where executives and analysts say truly innovative e-businesses are learning that each partner’s business goals are unique. As a result-now more than ever-customer service options must be personalized to meet those goals. Because what’s at stake, experts say, is not just a company’s ability to retain its hard-won customers but also to attract new business partners in the increasingly competitive B2B marketplace.

“We’re now seeing the adoption within B2B of practices that were spawned in the consumer world,” said Jim Monastero, an analyst with KPMG International, in McLean, Va. These include loyalty-building programs, one-to-one marketing plans and customer retention initiatives, as well as allowing business partners to access and manage account information on personalized portal sites, Monastero said.

“The customer expects the vendor to know all about them, and the bar gets raised higher,” he said.

Although business customers are usually the ones demanding more personalized attention on B2B sites, the result can be beneficial to both buyers and sellers. In today’s Internet economy, where companies must compete in real time, dot-coms and established brick-and-mortar businesses alike are finding that a personalized B2B portal

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Companies that have built successful e-commerce sites have usually adopted the mantra: “The customer is always right.” That’s because, if business-to-consumer enterprises have learned one lesson in the past year, it’s that Web sites must offer superior customer service to capture and keep their buyers’ attention.

b2bToday, the same philosophy is true in the business-to-business arena, where executives and analysts say truly innovative e-businesses are learning that each partner’s business goals are unique. As a result-now more than ever-customer service options must be personalized to meet those goals. Because what’s at stake, experts say, is not just a company’s ability to retain its hard-won customers but also to attract new business partners in the increasingly competitive B2B marketplace.

“We’re now seeing the adoption within B2B of practices that were spawned in the consumer world,” said Jim Monastero, an analyst with KPMG International, in McLean, Va. These include loyalty-building programs, one-to-one marketing plans and customer retention initiatives, as well as allowing business partners to access and manage account information on personalized portal sites, Monastero said.

“The customer expects the vendor to know all about them, and the bar gets raised higher,” he said.

Although business customers are usually the ones demanding more personalized attention on B2B sites, the result can be beneficial to both buyers and sellers. In today’s Internet economy, where companies must compete in real time, dot-coms and established brick-and-mortar businesses alike are finding that a personalized B2B portal can standardize buying patterns to eliminate redundancy, save money and enable both partners to react quickly to ever-changing business conditions.

Pampered partners

That business partners now expect more individual pampering is clear to San Francisco-based Unexplored Travel Network, a 9-month-old adventure travel e-business. The company helps users plan high-end vacations to exotic spots across the globe through its Unexplored.com Web site. The site uses a software suite from Luna Information Systems, of Oakland, Calif., to help it link its B2B partners-which range from hotels and restaurants to fly fishing gear makers-with each other as well as with consumers.

The site’s value proposition to consumers is that it functions as a one-stop travel planner for exotic vacations, UTN officials said. To retain this edge, it’s critical for the site’s operators to effectively manage relationships among their B2B partners.

The Unexplored.com site “builds a bridge between ‘one-off’ destination service provider companies,” such as those running exclusive cruise vacations, and consumers researching such vacations, explained J.P. Thieriot, UTN’s CEO.

The bridge that Thieriot refers to is Luna’s eRelationship suite, one of a new breed of customizable CRM (customer relationship management) solutions for managing B2B relationships. UTN deployed the Luna product to help track its wide variety of unique relationships.

“Our business partners are heterogeneous,” said Sebastian Atucha, UTN’s chief operating officer. “A guy running a bed and breakfast in Vermont is not looking for the same kind of services from us that a safari company is looking for.”

However, one thing those business partners have in common is the need for “affinity group marketing” services, such as providing an online forum to swap ideas with others in the travel industry, Atucha said.

So when providers of value-added travel services-such as companies that run white-water rafting trips or rent mopeds-need to link with travelers booking vacations on UTN’s site, Luna’s software presents cross-selling opportunities, Atucha explained. For example, when a consumer books a week at a bed and breakfast a mile down the road from a company that runs canoe trips, the eRelationship system will present the canoe trip as an add-on option.

Deploying B2B portals such as eRelationship means investing more time and money into CRM. But companies are finding the return worth every penny. For instance, another Luna customer, FedEx Corp., saved $7 million in yearly expenses by using eRelationship to let B2B customers view, download and print customized rate books featuring real-time pricing, according to a March 29 report on Luna’s technology by Forrester Research Inc.

In the report, Varda Lief, an analyst with Forrester, of Cambridge, Mass., said the eRelationship software captures contract terms and conditions as business rules, letting B2B companies apply those rules to data from applications such as inventory and general ledger to bring about greater efficiencies. The application also maintains tailored user profiles that streamline order processing and promote “self- service CRM” by enabling customers to find a variety of information without going through account representatives, as in the case of FedEx.

In another example, Datastream Systems Inc., a Greenville, S.C., maker of tools for procurement of main tenance parts by companies in industries such as manufacturing, aerospace, automotive, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, health care and telecommunications, is preparing to launch in September personalized customer portals on its iProcure online industrial parts supply marketplace.

In this initiative, iProcure is attempting to reach out to its disparate customers on a more extensive basis, said John Sterling, president of Data stream’s iProcure division.

“There are going to be transaction-based parts of the portal along with custom content, including help-wanted ads and community features,” Sterling said. But most important, the portal will allow customers such as Toyota Motor Corp. and AMR Corp., parent company of American Airlines Inc., to get a better handle on their spending on MRO (maintenance, repair and operations) parts, eliminating redundancies and saving money, he said.

“For our customers, the advantage will be that salespeople can see what’s going on in the field” in terms of MRO purchases, Sterling said. “Ordering parts is a huge, time-consuming hassle, and they’re looking for a way to make their lives easier.”

On-the-fly customization

Online retailers, while they may not face the kind of MRO expenses found in the manufacturing space, are still in need of a way to streamline the procurement process.

Take Bluefly Inc., producer of the Bluefly.com clothing and housewares site. Bluefly is teaming with partners that are helping keep a real- time view of inventory and order processing. The retailer uses the Total Order Transport System, produced by Marketing Out of the Box Inc., in Niles, Ill., to get continually updated order and inventory information as it moves through Bluefly’s Oracle Corp. enterprise resource planning system. The Java and Extensible Markup Language-based tool can be configured in a unique way by each user, explained Marketing Out of the Box CEO David Newberger.

“Each customer selects which information is most important” to track, and the software adjusts those parameters accordingly, Newberger said.

This, according to Forrester’s Lief and other observers, is where personalized CRM is headed because the vendor needs to understand who B2B customers are-and recognize their needs-while involving the individual partner in a community of common interests.

Such services will also help boost sales for both B2B and B2C customers. For instance, last month, Sun Micro systems Inc. contracted with e-business personalization software maker Blaze Software Inc., of Mountain View, Calif., in a deal aimed at helping Sun’s financial services customers, including Wells Fargo & Co., offer more customized services to its clients.

Sun, of Palo Alto, Calif., is using the Blaze Advisor Solutions Suite to apply the same business rules across its B2B financial service customers’ call centers, voice-response systems and electronic kiosks. As in UTN’s Luna implementation, where the company is using the back- end B2B bridge to help partners target customers, San Francisco-based Wells Fargo is using the Blaze tool to market new financial services to customers based on unique personal histories and real-time business conditions, said Sun officials.

The application makes much sense in the financial space. Regardless of the industry, however, every company will have to “get personal” with its partners to survive in e-business.

Benefits of personalized B2B

Promoting customer self-service When a B2B customer needs rapidly changing inventory, shipping and purchasing data in real time, it’s quicker, easier and more efficient for them to have access to it automatically on a personalized portal site than to have to ask a call center rep for the information.

Getting a three-dimensional view of B2B customer needs

Business partners typically play several roles, each of which generates different information needs. First, for example, your customers are part of a company that has contracts with other parties. Second, they are part of a functional group, such as finance or purchasing, within their enterprise. Third, they are individuals with different information preferences and permissions. By tracking these aspects simultaneously, leading B2B vendors can help tailor information and business processes.

Providing a basis for data analytics Companies in e-business networks will be able to customize trading systems for business partners based on the analyses of historical performance. A parts manufacturer, for example, could develop distributor-specific pricing strategies that consider payment record, order volume and customer service costs.

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Get The Right Tools Into Your Toolbox http://www.flashandthecity.com/get-the-right-tools-into-your-toolbox/ http://www.flashandthecity.com/get-the-right-tools-into-your-toolbox/#respond Tue, 15 Oct 2013 23:52:19 +0000 http://www.flashandthecity.com/?p=12

Service providers looking for better ways to slice and sell server space have new options from two vendors offering comprehensive hosting management tools.

ispSphera Corp., an Israeli developer, this week plans to unveil its service automation package for ISPs (Internet service providers) and ASPs (application service providers). The HostingDirector software lets service providers create virtual dedicated servers and offer customers advanced service provisioning, software installation, billing, reporting and security.

Ensim Corp., a pioneer in end-to-end service automation tools for service providers, is taking its flagship product, ServerXchange, beyond Web hosting. The Sunnyvale, Calif., company is forging alliances with network service providers, caching and content tool vendors, DSL (digital subscriber line) carriers, and even OEMs to expand the role of its management and provisioning tools.

HostingDirector and ServerXchange are based on the concept of virtual private servers. By using the tools to build virtual copies of an operating system kernel, service providers can segment any number of customers on a single physical server, with each partition running independently.

The reduced hardware and rack space, along with the provisioning tools, lets the service providers offer more services-and make more money-than in traditional hosting arrangements.

“We’re trying not to decide for our customers how to run their businesses,” said Sphera CEO Tamar Naor in Tel Aviv. “Everybody is trying to get into more managed services.”

HostingDirector’s features include user-deployed plug-ins for a variety of popular applications, such as bulletin boards, counters, e-mail

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Service providers looking for better ways to slice and sell server space have new options from two vendors offering comprehensive hosting management tools.

ispSphera Corp., an Israeli developer, this week plans to unveil its service automation package for ISPs (Internet service providers) and ASPs (application service providers). The HostingDirector software lets service providers create virtual dedicated servers and offer customers advanced service provisioning, software installation, billing, reporting and security.

Ensim Corp., a pioneer in end-to-end service automation tools for service providers, is taking its flagship product, ServerXchange, beyond Web hosting. The Sunnyvale, Calif., company is forging alliances with network service providers, caching and content tool vendors, DSL (digital subscriber line) carriers, and even OEMs to expand the role of its management and provisioning tools.

HostingDirector and ServerXchange are based on the concept of virtual private servers. By using the tools to build virtual copies of an operating system kernel, service providers can segment any number of customers on a single physical server, with each partition running independently.

The reduced hardware and rack space, along with the provisioning tools, lets the service providers offer more services-and make more money-than in traditional hosting arrangements.

“We’re trying not to decide for our customers how to run their businesses,” said Sphera CEO Tamar Naor in Tel Aviv. “Everybody is trying to get into more managed services.”

HostingDirector’s features include user-deployed plug-ins for a variety of popular applications, such as bulletin boards, counters, e-mail forms and guest books.

The tool also automates billing and reporting and provides a firewall with each virtual server. “We did our best to cover all the major pains,” said Sphera’s CTO (chief technology officer), Raphael Salomon.

Features such as automated software upgrades, which will let Sphera push updates and patches to service providers, are set to begin beta testing in June.

“We’re looking to do hosting in a way that’s cost-effective but also that is on the leading edge of technology,” said Richard Fren kel, general manager for Web hosting at Bizness Online Inc., of Wall, N.J. Bizness Online is evaluating Sphera’s tools.

“We’re still in testing, but I like Sphera’s concept,” said Frenkel, adding that customer trials using HostingDirector are set to begin at Bizness later this year.

Another benefit of Hosting Director, Frenkel said, is that it’s largely open source, enabling service providers to alter the look and feel of the user interfaces.

Officials at Ensim, meanwhile, said the company is moving ServerXchange beyond simple hosting solutions in an effort to win over high-end ASPs offering bulky enterprise resource planning applications. Ensim is also making deals with network providers, such as Digital Island Inc., along with caching and content specialists, such as Inktomi Corp. and Akamai Technologies Inc.

The combination of content caching and on-the-fly virtual servers at the network edge will enhance performance of hosted applications and streaming media, among other things, Ensim officials said.

In addition, Ensim is negotiating with two hardware makers-officials would not specify which ones-to offer hosting appliances loaded with ServerXchange. The company also plans to market ServerXchange to DSL providers so they can offer outsourced intranet applications as an alternative to traditional-and expensive-dedicated servers with dedicated connections.

With ServerXchange and broadband access, the corporate applications “appear just as if they are in-house,” said Ensim’s CTO, Srinivasan Keshav. “This is unique. Nobody in the world can come close to it but us.”

Sphera charges service pro viders $4 per month per virtual server on their system. Ensim still offers its original pricing model of around $30 per virtual server per month, but the company is exploring revenue- sharing agreements as it grows, company officials said.

HostingDirector runs on Unix and Linux. Support for Windows NT and Windows 2000 is due later this year. ServerXchange is available for Linux and Solaris; support for NT and Windows 2000 is due in the third quarter.

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Putting A Lock On Your Web Content http://www.flashandthecity.com/putting-a-lock-on-your-web-content/ http://www.flashandthecity.com/putting-a-lock-on-your-web-content/#comments Thu, 03 Oct 2013 23:31:19 +0000 http://www.flashandthecity.com/?p=6

Most web site security software is designed to stop theft of data or denial-of-service attacks, but Lockstep Systems Inc.’s new security application attempts to minimize the embarrassing (or worse) effects of attacks that alter or deface company Web pages.

wcWebAgain 1.0, which was released last month, is a relatively simple program that essentially acts as a staging server for Web content. All approved content for a site is published to the WebAgain server, which then compares that content to the content in the site directories. If Web Again detects that a page has been altered, it replaces that page with the content in the Web Again server.

WebAgain monitors Web site directories directly via FTP or a network share. It can effectively monitor sites using dynamic content because it detects changes only in the scripts and not in the content being pulled by the scripts.

Although in tests eWeek Labs found Web Again to be an effective program for minimizing the damage of Web site defacement, we believe sites can easily build similar protection themselves. For example, administrators at many of the federal agencies whose Web sites were defaced last year have implemented simple automated scripts that regularly update the live site files with a secure site copy in another directory, making it difficult for any site defacement to stick around.

Nevertheless, WebAgain passes two critical tests for any product that provides a service that businesses could implement themselves: It’s

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Most web site security software is designed to stop theft of data or denial-of-service attacks, but Lockstep Systems Inc.’s new security application attempts to minimize the embarrassing (or worse) effects of attacks that alter or deface company Web pages.

wcWebAgain 1.0, which was released last month, is a relatively simple program that essentially acts as a staging server for Web content. All approved content for a site is published to the WebAgain server, which then compares that content to the content in the site directories. If Web Again detects that a page has been altered, it replaces that page with the content in the Web Again server.

WebAgain monitors Web site directories directly via FTP or a network share. It can effectively monitor sites using dynamic content because it detects changes only in the scripts and not in the content being pulled by the scripts.

Although in tests eWeek Labs found Web Again to be an effective program for minimizing the damage of Web site defacement, we believe sites can easily build similar protection themselves. For example, administrators at many of the federal agencies whose Web sites were defaced last year have implemented simple automated scripts that regularly update the live site files with a secure site copy in another directory, making it difficult for any site defacement to stick around.

Nevertheless, WebAgain passes two critical tests for any product that provides a service that businesses could implement themselves: It’s relatively simple to use; and, at $349, it’s inexpensive enough to make it worthwhile as a time- and cost-saver relative to creating and implementing scripts.

Businesses should implement some form of site defacement protection, whether they purchase a product or do it themselves. The government site defacements were as obvious as graffiti, but more insidious site alterations, such as a changed support phone number or an altered price in a release, can be easily missed and can cause greater damage.

However, companies should not expect these types of applications to provide full protection against changed or stolen content –two common attacks that involve techniques about which security administrators can do little. The recent hijacking of the Nike Web site involved one of these, a redirection technique that exploited poor e-mail-based management policies at the domain registration company. The second technique, mimicking a Web site, recently caused major confusion at several high-profile sites, even though it was obvious the content wasn’t located at the actual company’s Web site.

The WebAgain server runs on Windows NT but can monitor any Web site that has FTP or directory access. Because WebAgain uses its own FTP server for regular, everyday Web site additions and edits, it should be installed on a system without an FTP server, or the port number used by one of the servers must be changed.

Initial installation was very simple, and we easily defined multiple sites to be monitored by WebAgain. A wizard stepped us through choosing whether users would publish to the WebAgain server using FTP or a directory share, and whether WebAgain would use FTP or a directory share to publish to the live Web servers.

WebAgain also includes the must-have ability to monitor and publish to several mirrored servers at the same time.

Double the publishing

Before webagain could begin monitoring a site, all the site content had to first be published to the WebAgain server –a needless hassle. This step was tedious, especially with large sites being published through FTP. We would prefer an initial setup option that automatically loads the entire site.

Plenty of other tools, including site management packages and development applications, have the ability to automatically harvest files from a site.

Once we had defined our sites, we could configure how often WebAgain would scan a site for changes. The default is every 15 minutes, and we could scan as often as once a minute. It is also possible to configure alerts to be sent through e-mail, SNMP or the NT event log whenever an altered file is detected.

When WebAgain detects a file that has been changed, it places the file in a quarantine directory. This was useful to actually see what types of defacements occurred after WebAgain had removed the files from the Web site. However, we would also like to see WebAgain use the server information to list the location from which the file was loaded; this information would be useful for determining if an attack originated externally or internally.

WebAgain ignores some files for good reason, such as Web cam and database files that change constantly simply by their nature. However, Web Again’s inability to deal with files that have been added to a site is a major weakness. The product can look for changes in files that should be on a site, but if an attacker adds a file through a compromised connection, WebAgain ignores it. This would enable an attacker to add a page and then send e-mail or newsgroup messages directing people to a fake file on the actual company site.

In addition, if a site is using default directory pages such as index.htm or default.htm, it’s possible that an attacker could add a file that ranks higher on the default page hierarchy than does the actual default page.

To address this problem, WebAgain should implement some form of directory synchronization –any do-it-yourself solution could employ a directory synchronization tool for this capability.

Because the WebAgain server becomes a staging server for the Web site, it is possible that the server could become a target for “officially” adding altered files. However, We b Again makes it simple to define fairly strict IP-based access policies to its publishing interface. In addition, most attackers wouldn’t know to look for the WebAgain server in the first place, and it can easily be placed behind a firewall.

Web sites that want to protect themselves against embarrassing and potentially costly Web page defacement should take a look at WebAgain, an inexpensive but effective tool for minimizing the damage of these attacks.

Short-term business Impact: WebAgain can quickly provide a layer of protection against Web site vandalism, although some content authors will have to adjust to different content publishing methods.

Long-term business Impact // As new technologies emerge and sites grow more complex, businesses will need to build or purchase more advanced tools, such as Web Again, that can look for a variety of changes in many different types of content.

Pros: Can monitor Web page content, including dynamic pages, for alterations and remove changes; easy to implement; publishes to multiple servers; inexpensive.

Cons: Can’t monitor for files added illegitimately to a site; entire site must be republished before it can be monitored.

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Usability Notes For Hot Websites http://www.flashandthecity.com/usability-notes-for-hot-websites/ http://www.flashandthecity.com/usability-notes-for-hot-websites/#comments Sat, 28 Sep 2013 23:44:30 +0000 http://www.flashandthecity.com/?p=8

A successful user-centered project naturally begins with a clear picture of the user. Understanding your audience not only gives the selected vendor a headstart; it also provides a vital foundation for system requirements, which influences every area of the system, says Company Magazine. Leverage the expertise of your organization to gather consumer demographics and psychographics. Understand the user’s domain knowledge, environment, background, and familiarity with the Internet and technology. If possible, conduct a user-needs analysis, which helps you develop a business case outlining user-centered requirements and measurable objectives.

Advisor Tip

hwsA usability test of an existing system helps you better understand your current user base. It also identifies specific problems that must be rectified through the redesign, as well as provides a baseline for measuring the success of that redesign.

Develop a solid set of requirements

Whether you’re creating a new product or enhancing an existing one, there’s a reason to look for outside expertise. Maybe your site isn’t getting enough repeat visitors, or maybe your internal staff can be more productive if technology carries more burden. Your perceived need is the foundation for your system requirements.

These suggestions help you: (a) maximize the probability that your needs are met; and (b) establish an appropriate level of specificity to provide the greatest value to the usability group.

1. Go beyond the features list. Don’t let your requirements become simply a list of features the new system must contain. Such

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A successful user-centered project naturally begins with a clear picture of the user. Understanding your audience not only gives the selected vendor a headstart; it also provides a vital foundation for system requirements, which influences every area of the system, says Company Magazine. Leverage the expertise of your organization to gather consumer demographics and psychographics. Understand the user’s domain knowledge, environment, background, and familiarity with the Internet and technology. If possible, conduct a user-needs analysis, which helps you develop a business case outlining user-centered requirements and measurable objectives.

Advisor Tip

hwsA usability test of an existing system helps you better understand your current user base. It also identifies specific problems that must be rectified through the redesign, as well as provides a baseline for measuring the success of that redesign.

Develop a solid set of requirements

Whether you’re creating a new product or enhancing an existing one, there’s a reason to look for outside expertise. Maybe your site isn’t getting enough repeat visitors, or maybe your internal staff can be more productive if technology carries more burden. Your perceived need is the foundation for your system requirements.

These suggestions help you: (a) maximize the probability that your needs are met; and (b) establish an appropriate level of specificity to provide the greatest value to the usability group.

1. Go beyond the features list. Don’t let your requirements become simply a list of features the new system must contain. Such

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Is Customer Loyalty Possible On The Web? http://www.flashandthecity.com/is-customer-loyalty-possible-on-the-web/ http://www.flashandthecity.com/is-customer-loyalty-possible-on-the-web/#comments Mon, 19 Aug 2013 13:02:28 +0000 http://www.flashandthecity.com/?p=14

More ammunition is in the pipeline for companies that want to maximize their relationships with online customers, with a new suite of tools from Quadstone Inc. and a rash of acquisitions among developers that are pitching intelligent e-business.

potwQuadstone’s Customer Conversion, rolled out last week, is designed to harvest Web clickstream data and integrate it with other sources to improve customer interactions and Web site effectiveness.

Customer Conversion provides software for transforming and moving data from Web servers and other sources into a database, where it may be viewed, analyzed and distributed by other Customer Conversion tools. The application includes four components-cc:Transform, cc:Insight, cc:Mining and cc:Action.

The software, which supports Windows NT, Solaris and HP-UX, is available now. Pricing starts at $50,000.

Quadstone’s entry comes during a feeding frenzy of acquisitions. Since mid-November, industry watchers have observed six buyouts-some valued at more than $500 million-by developers looking to bolster e-business applications with data analysis software and third-party demographic data.

These newly wedded vendors claim their integrated offerings will help dot-coms close the loop on customer relationships by providing personalized marketing, which will fine-tune sales efforts by customer segmentation and profitability analysis derived from Web clickstream data.

“It’s a whole effort to add intelligence to an e-commerce system to be able to optimize your sales and marketing efforts,” said Joseph Marino, an analyst at Current Analysis Inc., in Sterling, Va.

The latest acquisition came on Jan. 17, when Net Perceptions Inc.,

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More ammunition is in the pipeline for companies that want to maximize their relationships with online customers, with a new suite of tools from Quadstone Inc. and a rash of acquisitions among developers that are pitching intelligent e-business.

potwQuadstone’s Customer Conversion, rolled out last week, is designed to harvest Web clickstream data and integrate it with other sources to improve customer interactions and Web site effectiveness.

Customer Conversion provides software for transforming and moving data from Web servers and other sources into a database, where it may be viewed, analyzed and distributed by other Customer Conversion tools. The application includes four components-cc:Transform, cc:Insight, cc:Mining and cc:Action.

The software, which supports Windows NT, Solaris and HP-UX, is available now. Pricing starts at $50,000.

Quadstone’s entry comes during a feeding frenzy of acquisitions. Since mid-November, industry watchers have observed six buyouts-some valued at more than $500 million-by developers looking to bolster e-business applications with data analysis software and third-party demographic data.

These newly wedded vendors claim their integrated offerings will help dot-coms close the loop on customer relationships by providing personalized marketing, which will fine-tune sales efforts by customer segmentation and profitability analysis derived from Web clickstream data.

“It’s a whole effort to add intelligence to an e-commerce system to be able to optimize your sales and marketing efforts,” said Joseph Marino, an analyst at Current Analysis Inc., in Sterling, Va.

The latest acquisition came on Jan. 17, when Net Perceptions Inc.,

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