“X” is for Extensibility, Ellucian XE for Banner

“X” is for Extensibility, Ellucian XE for Banner

One choice that faced institutions implementing Ellucian’s Banner ERP was deciding between the proverbial “vanilla” install, where schools conformed their processes to Ellucian’s pre-packaged solution; and a highly customized environment that better suited existing business requirements, but required coding customizations not only at the outset, but on a recurring basis… because customizations needed to be re-coded each time Banner re-released a particular form. Ellucian is promising to take some of the pain out of this choice with Banner XE. The “XE” stands for eXtensible Ecosystem, and a key feature is a complete redesign of their administrative and self-service forms. Simpler … Read More

Oracle Helps Simplify Cloud Adoption by Global Corporations


We are thrilled about Oracle’s commitment to “the cloud”. Oracle’s Public Cloud Services (aka “Oracle Cloud”) offers IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS solutions for a myriad of enterprise challenges. With the large adoption of Oracle On-Prem solutions by enterprise organizations around the world, “Oracle Cloud at Customer” that has been announced today will be able to truly transform the way people work. It reminds us of the promise of Cloud and Hybrid-cloud environments as well as our early prototyping of technologies like OpenStack. It is wonderful to see advancement and competition in the cloud space, especially from a large enterprise player … Read More

Industrial Internet of Things Platform Comparison

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Last updated August 17, 2016. Published on February 8, 2016. The market for Internet of Things (IoT) platforms is rapidly evolving. With an ever increasing number of available platforms to choose from, we decided it would be helpful to lay out their features and capabilities for easy comparison. To complete our matrix, we used the following criteria: a major IoT player with a platform that has real-world success implementing industrial use cases. The first section gives general information about the various platforms, including the platform name, the Platform as a Service (PaaS) used, and the date the platform became available. Most were … Read More

IDaaS – Vendor + Product + Feature Matrix

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As is the case with many enterprise software packages, the ‘cloudification’ of these products has begun and many vendors have started to offer a version of their Identity and Access Management products as a PaaS or SaaS offering. At a very high level, these products are feature limited versions of traditional IdAM offerings, typically in a common cloud subscription based model. As a note, traditional vendors of IdAM products such as Oracle, IBM, and Microsoft, have been slower to uptake a true cloud offering (in a PaaS or IDaaS) model. While the vast majority of these products can be run in most … Read More

On-Premise Identity & Access Management – Vendor + Product + Feature Matrix

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As with any packaged, on-premise suite, finding the best Identity Management products for your enterprise is a not a trivial task. This is especially true when different products from different vendors, that accomplish different objectives or services, have remarkably similar (and therefore confusing) naming conventions. To make matters worse, not unlike other COTS enterprise suites, the ‘cloudification’ of these products has begun and many vendors have started to offer a version of these products as a PaaS or SaaS offering. Additionally, many of these vendors also offer an IaaS type deployment of these packaged products in their on-prem form. M&S has … Read More

Salesforce.com Gets A New User Experience and New Features in Winter ’16 Release

How salesforce will look with it's new UI on different devices

Despite being such a highly used platform, Salesforce.com’s user interface has been lacking for quite some time. So, we were excited to hear that they are getting a whole new UI starting October 17, 2015 that is a more modern user experience. This update will also have new features designed to help you sell faster, be more productive, and make better decisions.There will be more than 55 re-imagined Sales Cloud pages and 25 completely new features launching with the Winter ’16 release. The Lightning Framework allows developers to build slick UI’s using the Lightning Design System, the Lightning App Builder and … Read More

Data Lake Practical Techniques: Part 1 – Introduction

Data Lake Practical Techniques: Part 1 – Introduction

“Data Lake” is one of the current hot topics in Big Data with lots of press and little practical content. A big part of the confusion and controversy arises from the tension between hype and common sense.  Proponents promise phenomenal insights and actionable predictions about customer behavior, employee behavior, doctors’ handwritten diagnostic notes and so on. Basically, they claim you dump documents and data into the lake and let the algorithms make sense of it all. Of course, that’s patent nonsense. Unfortunately, the hype obscures some real value in the data lake concept. In this and following posts we’ll see … Read More

Explore the Force.com platform with Trailhead

Explore the Force.com platform with Trailhead

Are you a Salesforce.com Administrator, Developer, Solution Architect, or Business Analyst? If you want to learn more about the Force.com platform, explore Trailhead. Trailhead is an innovative way to learn about the Force.com platform — whether you are new to the platform or want to dive deep, you can test your knowledge of the platform while earning points and badges to celebrate your achievements. There are about 18 different modules (as of Apr ’15) you can pick and choose from. Each module consists of different tutorials and challenges. Some important modules are listed below: Force.com Basics Formulas and Validations UI Customization … Read More