Monthly Archives: February 2018

SOA Software Announces API Management for DataPower

SOA Software, a leading provider of API Management that helps businesses plan, build, secure, monitor and share APIs, announced today API Management for the IBM WebSphere DataPower family of SOA appliances. The new solution manages the full lifecycle of DataPower-based APIs and extends the capabilities of the widely deployed SOA Software Integrated Governance Solution for IBM DataPower.

This unified approach to managing both APIs and services extends the capabilities of DataPower infrastructure, enabling mobile and web solutions for internal mainframe and WebSphere MQ based services. SOA Software’s API Gateway, Lifecycle Manager for APIs and Community Manager have been integrated with DataPower, providing our customers a seamless API Management solution.

SOA Software’s API Management solution for DataPower goes beyond basic API management by offering management of the full API lifecycle. From plan, to build, to run, to share, the API Management solution provides the ability for customers to manage every aspect of both APIs and internal services using a single, comprehensive solution. With this new solution, customers can realize a complete API solution quickly and cost effectively.

“APIs present a challenge to IT organizations today,” said Alistair Farquharson, CTO of SOA Software. “SOA Software’s unique approach to API management on DataPower allows IT organizations to keep pace with technology advances presented by next generation mobile and web applications while benefitting from the same rich enterprise support we already offer customers today. Our solution makes managing secure, integrated APIs easy, whether a mobile app needs to securely access mainframe data or a web application needs to initiate a business transaction using WebSphere MQ.”

The SOA Software API Management solution for DataPower supports a wide variety of API standards including REST, JSON, OAuth and OpenID. It ensures interoperability with diverse backend systems through its support for SOAP and WebSphere MQ. It supports diverse security standards including SAML, Kerberos, LDAP, X509 and WS-Security. DataPower’s enterprise integration capabilities for APIs are further strengthened by SOA Software’s rich orchestration features, as well as its support for transformations including WebSphere Transformation Extender. Support for monitoring, metrics, service level agreements, and API access control all ensure API programs run consistently and predictably.

The API Management solution for DataPower enables rich communities for DataPower API developers and app developers through its developer portal. The developer portal lets API developers publish their DataPower APIs for app developers to find and consume. Social media features, API documentation, and integrated forums make it easy for developers to collaborate. Real-time system monitoring gives developers up to date status of their APIs and apps.

APIs help organizations expose critical internal business data to their customers to increase transparency and improve the customer experience. SOA Software’s API Management solution for DataPower lets DataPower customers use DataPower to secure and integrate their APIs within an enterprise environment. The result is a cost effective, full lifecycle solution for DataPower APIs that makes it easy to quickly yet securely expose internal resources to mobile apps and Web applications.

About SOA Software

SOA Software is a leading provider of Enterprise API Management and SOA governance products that enable organizations to plan, build, run and share enterprise services and APIs. Some of the world’s largest companies including Bank of America, Pfizer, and Verizon use SOA Software products to harness the power of their technology and transform their businesses. Gartner placed SOA Software in the Leaders Quadrant for the 2011 “Magic Quadrant for SOA Governance Technologies.”

HighJump Software Names Jonathan Kwok to Lead APAC Sales Channel

HighJump Software, a global provider of supply chain management software, announced today it has named Jonathan Kwok director of Asia-Pacific (APAC) sales. Based in Shanghai, he is responsible for channel management and will lead the expansion of the HighJump™ Supply Chain Advantage suite in the region.

Kwok has nearly 20 years of experience in logistics software, from development and system design to professional services and channel management with some of the largest supply chain solution companies in the world. He was drawn to HighJump Software because of its adaptable solutions’ early success in China and Southeast Asia.

“APAC is one of the fastest growing markets in the world, and companies here are under huge pressure to react quickly to market and consumer demands,” said Kwok. “HighJump Software has a flexible, agile and adaptable warehouse management system that companies here need and this distinguishes them in the market. I am thrilled to be part of an organization that is so committed to the Asia-Pacific region and lead its expansion.”

“Jonathan brings the depth of experience and expertise that I am looking for to lead APAC. He has run a business in China, which is so important to the success of this huge market. And he is based out of Shanghai, which is a strategic location for building networks in Greater China, India and Southeast Asia,” said David Houser, vice president of international sales, HighJump Software. “Jonathan is a key addition to our team and we are delighted to have him on board.”

HighJump Software also has a research and development center in Shanghai that supports the entire supply chain product suite.

About HighJump Software Inc.
HighJump Software is a global provider of supply chain management software that streamlines the flow of inventory and information from supplier to store shelf. HighJump Software solutions for distribution and logistics, direct store delivery, trading partner connectivity, mobility and manufacturing include: warehouse management systems, transportation management systems, route accounting systems, manufacturing execution, mobile sales, the TrueCommerce™ EDI Solutions Platform.

Asus Memo Pad HD 7 review: Vivid screen barely outshines slow performance

The good: The Asus Memo Pad HD 7 rocks an impressively colorful screen, features a bevy of useful customization options, and comes in at a budget price.

The bad: Its performance is mediocre and the touch screen is sometimes unresponsive. The plastic build gives it a toy-like feel and it isn’t very comfortable to hold. The dull design lacks panache.

The bottom line: For those looking to save a buck, for its low price, the Asus Memo Pad HD 7 has a bevy of useful features, though there are better performing options out there.

With the Asus Memo Pad HD 7, you really get what you pay for. The HD 7 earns its low price with a lackluster design and sluggish performance. It’s not very comfortable to hold for long periods of time, and aside from being offered in a variety of different colors, lacks a coolness other tablets try hard to aspire to.

Its performance is meekly mediocre, and consistent lagging combined with a sometimes unresponsive touch screen make the tablet best suited for simple tasks like browsing and reading.

That said, the HD 7 is a refreshing upgrade from its predecessor and its best feature is the 7-inch IPS screen that displays an impressively wide range of colors which facilitate a visually richer experience than the original Nexus 7.

If you’re on a strict budget, the Asus Memo Pad is an inexpensive and functional small tablet, but if you can spare the change, a new Nexus 7 is the better choice.

Design
Even though the tablet shares similar dimensions with the Nexus 7, it’s nowhere near as sleek or comfortable in design. The tablet fits fine in one hand, even for people with smaller hands like me, yet, despite its light weight, the design doesn’t lend itself to comfortable holding over lengthy periods of time.

The back panel protrudes slightly, and the corners slightly dig into your palms when holding it in both hands, instead of the flush, smoothly curved edges of the original Nexus 7. I often found myself wanting to put the device down after using it for awhile — not because I was done using it — but because holding it became tiresome.

The Asus Memo Pad HD 7 comes in navy blue, white, hot pink, and lime green. The navy blue version is the only one that has a back with a matte finish. The dark shade of blue attracts a minimal amount of fingerprints that are only highly visible from certain angles. The back panel is smooth and comfortable to the touch but can be a bit slippery without a tight grip.

In comparison, the reflective plastic backsides of the other colors looks less chic, but its texture helps one grip the device significantly better than the matte finish does. I personally prefer a back panel with a grippier texture, like the Nexus 7 (2012), because it enhances my comfort level in a way that extends the amount of time I can hold the device.

Since they’re both made by Asus, the Memo Pad HD 7 and the Nexus 7 (2012) share similar design elements. The power button and volume rocker on the right edge look almost identical in shape, while the rear speakers are similarly located towards the bottom edge of the tablet.

The front of the tablet is typically simple, with an Asus logo on the bottom bezel and a front-facing camera on the top. There is no ambient light sensor, therefore no automatic brightness setting.

The Memo Pad HD 7’s headphone jack, microphone pinhole, and Micro-USB port are all located on the top edge, with the microSD expansion slot — which is expandable up to 32GB — around the corner on the left edge. There are no ports on the bottom edge, but the speaker sits on the bottom of the tablet’s back, keeping the 5-megapixel rear camera on top company.

Asus Application Suite
The tablet comes loaded with the Asus Application Suite and features apps that range from useful to creative. The simple additions include a calendar, to-do list, and file manager, and it comes with 16GB of Asus WebStorage cloud service for one year.

Some of the apps that are geared towards family use include App Locker, which allows you to put passwords on specific apps; Asus Artists, where you can create “paintings” or greeting cards; and Asus Story, which helps you organize your photos into albums, or as they call them, “stories.”

The tablet comes with Power Saver, a battery saving feature that comes in handy if you’re trying to squeeze the most out of a low battery.

The custom mode lets you pick the specific functions that the power-saving option affects. For example, you can set a low screen brightness for listening to music, a higher one for watching video, and no power-saving function for reading books. When enabled, it significantly helped extend the battery life when it was low and the highly customizable options.

Floating apps
One of the most interesting and useful features on the tablet is the floating menu. On the Android navigation bar, there’s a button to the left of the back button that activates the floating menu.

When activated, a small menu pops up above the navigation bar that contains a selection of floating apps that you can quickly access without having to close whatever app you’re currently using. Since the apps “float” on the screen, on top of whatever is already open, it’s almost like a multiwindow option, but they can only perform simple tasks and can’t compare to the multiwindow functions that the Microsoft Surface or some of the Samsung Galaxy tablets provide.

Floating apps are an easy way to multitask, and I liked the ability to use the browser while watching video, but not all streaming video services continue to play while a floating app is open. With the exception of a few floating apps, including the calculator and compass, Netflix did not let me use most of the floating apps while simultaneously watching video, although YouTube did.

Despite providing an easy way to multitask, the floating apps don’t have the same functionality as the fullscreen app and are limited in their capabilities; the YouTube app only shows recommended videos — you can’t search — and the Twitter app displays only one tweet at a time. There is a limited amount of floating apps, and although the floating menu is customizable, not all downloaded apps have the ability to be floating ones.

Speaker features
The Memo Pad HD 7 houses stereo speakers with Asus SonicMaster audio technology and Audio Wizard software. Although the speakers aren’t great, the number of specific audio settings are. The tablet allows you to manually adjust separate volume settings for app audio, notifications, and alarms.

Microsoft Expands Bing Features People Autosuggest

Jakarta-Microsoft has just announced the company will expand the feature browser engine Bing Autosuggest People. This one feature is now not only automatically suggest information that includes humans, but many other things.
Bing Autosuggest People is a feature that can be recommended based on the first few words are typed. This feature then sort a list of words related to selected by the user.
“Bing’s new feature could understand a word that the user types that may have different meanings that can give you many options can be selected according to user interest,” as Microsoft’s statement as reported by The NextWeb, Thursday, July 18, 2013.
Microsoft launched this feature in May 2013 with the aim of helping users find information Bing celebrities, athletes, military, or even a friend whose profile stored on LinkedIn. Now, People Autosuggest new Bing feature automatically suggests brands, movies, albums, place, software, sports, animal species, and much more.
For example, when a user types a word Pitbull, People Autosuggest feature will help recommend the name of the artist singer started to kind of animal. Users simply select the desired search recommendations.
Bill Gates’s company gave the example of two other words, Harry Potter and the Empire State Building. When users type in Bing Harry Potter, will feature gives you the option in terms of literature, the characters, and the title of the movie. While the word ‘Empire State Building’, Bing will not give you much choice but according to a summary from Wikipedia because Microsoft users can only be directed at one place only.
To determine differences in every word that is typed, Microsoft Bing complement with a technology called Satori. This technology to understand the relationship of millions of people, places, and things in terms of the real and digital world.

Learning The Secrets About Companies

Ways on How to Create a Brand Positioning Strategy for a Drop Shipping Business.

When you are running a drop shipping business it is imperative for you to consider getting the ways on how you will get the chance to create the brand positioning strategy. In doing this it will be easy for you to upgrade and to benefit in many ways from having the brand position created. For one to get the ability to create the brand positioning strategy they need to get the tips that are helpful. Hence the tips that will help you a lot in this are discussed clearly below for you to create the brand positioning strategy for the drop shipping business.

You are required to do a research on the customers that you have for you to have the ability to create the brand positioning strategy. It is vital for you to consider doing the research. You will find it simple to get to do the research on these customers but have great advantage by being able to create the positioning strategy. To get it you must do the research.

If you lower the prices you will stand a chance to create the brand positioning strategy for the drop shipping business. If you lower the prices you will get very many customers for the brand and hence create the brand positioning strategy. You will find that having the prices standard you will get to have very many customers who will give you the privilege to create the brand positioning strategy for the drop shipping business. It is therefore imperative that you have the price lower than the rest for you to have the best brand positioning strategy.
It will be possible for you to have the very best from the drop shipping business by considering it vital to have the deliveries free or cheaper. This way you will get the chance to grow the business well because you will have very many people coming for the deliveries that you have.
You must lower the drop shipping charges for you to have the opportunity to benefit from it. Hence if you need to create the brand positioning strategy for the drop shipping business you need to consider the deliveries charges vital.

It is imperative that when you are trying to create the brand positioning strategy you consider knowing the thing that sets your apart. By considering the aspect of knowing what sets you apart vital you will attain your targets for the drop shipping business. If you get to know that which sets you apart you will benefit a lot from it. You will get the very best for the drop shipping business that you have therefore if you get to know what has been setting you apart.

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The Top 5 Ecommerce Tools That Will Grow Your Online Business

In the past year, retail sales made around $1.9 trillion By the year 2020 this could rise to $4 trillion. It is only possible by use of quality ecommerce tools. They are important for the growth of businesses and increase in revenues. To be successful in E-business, you have to stay ahead of the competitive. Read on to know the top ecommerce tools that could be beneficial for your business.

There is shopify which is great at setting up your online platform. It creates a platform where clients can shop online. It has many customization tools that are great for setting up your store. You will find marketing and SEO features. You can easily manage traffic on your website. This way customers are easily drawn to your website. Customers are attracted to websites that load much faster. This is why many people love using shopify because it is the king of ecommerce.

Also, there is dropified an automated drop shipping business. It provides an opportunity to search for quality vendors and products. You don’t have to use another online platform to scale your business. You get to make orders by just a touch of a button. It is a fast solution to importing products for shopify. It also scans images and produces extracts of the images. You can easily use it to update your customer database so that they can track their orders.

PayPal is a system used to process payments. It has accounts that have millions of buyers and sellers. The good thing is that you can combine it with shipping and shopping software. Registering a PayPal account is easy. You can use it to make both primary and secondary payments. If you use PayPal while doing business, you will notice customers have trust in you because it offer buyers protection. The customer service team is always ready to offer help in case you have any problem.

There is also Facebook which is used by over 1 billion people each day. It is a social media platform that can be used to market your business since it has a large audience. You can add it to your online store or use it independently. This way you will be able to interact with clients on a regular basis. It increases web traffic and improves your brand. You will attract more clients in the long run getting more conversions.

Lastly, there is the SEMRush which is a tool used for research tracking. You are able to track how your ecommerce page is performing. It shows the effectiveness of your website by providing audits and reports. It also improves your SEO which in turn increases traffic, high ROI and reduces your costs. These are the best ecommerce tools that every business should have.

The Path To Finding Better Tips

Important Things That You Should Investigate When You Need to Drop Ship.

In case you have started your drop shipping business, there are things that you need to lay down for you to succeed well. First, you need to be where the customers are and know what they want at any one time. You find that the internet offers a large platform whereby you will get a large pool of customers who will purchase from you. There is a need to take the search engine platforms in a better way as they will help you land for the right customers. The other percentages are shared by the other social media platforms and advertisements. This is the reason that you will find that many people who run drop shipping business will obviously use search engine platforms in getting the best offers. Here are the tactics that you need to know if you are carrying out a drop shipping business.

The first important thing that you need to do is to create a website for your business. A website that has good customer experience options and ensures that it has hospitable posts that will convert leads to business. Make sure that you can have a website that can go fast and reach many people through better speeds. These seamless experience will help you earn higher positions when it comes to the google searches on the internet.

Be sure to spy a few websites on the internet that offer the same services as you in the same locality. Again, you are not the only person offering these products, but there are also other competitors who are looking for a great chance like the one you have. The moment you start specializing in the same product, you never know what you would be loosing while others have more than two items. Be sure to find ways in which you can beat out your competitor when it comes to the online searches. Be sure to invent on the search times so that your site tops in the google searches. If you need to have some good techniques which your competitors use, then you need to look onto the website your competitors have. However, you should not only look for lessons, but learning is also crucial so that you undertake your homework correctly.

Building authority on site is another crucial thing you should never forget. On the posts, you have on your site, there needs to be some good creation of content in it. You would not do good having so much content hat complicates your site and makes you lose some audiences.

A Brief Rundown of Services

The Importance of IT Support Mechanisms

Any business that wants to grow and become successful and increase the amount of profit that it makes should be very keen on the the level of how they use technology at the company . IT support services are very important for any business because there is a lot of use of technology and advancement in technological services and also the competition in the industry is a big reason why every company should be concentrating on the use of technology or IT support services for the running of the business. There is a very great importance of implementing IT support services to help in the running of the business and this is something that shall be discussed in detail in this article.

One of the benefits of IT support services is that it is able to improve the level of performance and productivity in terms of reducing the amount of time that you take to produce services or goods. This simply means that the company will be able to produce more in a shorter amount of time and in the end it will be able to increase the consistency that is able to supply the market. A company is able to increase productivity by simply implementing the information technology systems that are going to improve the flow of information in the company and this is the major reason why amount of time that it is going to take to produce goods and services is going to be much less as compared to if the information support services are not install at the company . This is one of the major reasons why company should be very concentrated on looking for IT support services to help them with the flow of information in the company .

The efficiency of our company will never be affected since the IT support services will be able to ensure the maintenance of the systems when an error occurs and this is another benefit of hiring such kind of a company to help you with the operations of your business. The employees of a company are usually very much motivated whenever they find that there is less work and this is something that can easily be achieved by implementing the IT support services at the company because they will help to streamline everything in a perfect way and this is what is going to benefit the company in a big way in terms of boosting the morale of the employees.

Application Encryption VSEncryptor

File Protector Portable Applications

VSEncryptor is an application that can be petrified our encryption protects files and text by scrambling the contents and form of the original will only display such content if the correct password is entered.

Portable VSEncryptorVersi this application is free. However, although it does not require installation, by default it has several options to change the entries in the registry. If you choose to install this application, note that it will replace the search engine and homepage in Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox. Unless you choose a custom installation, you can prevent these changes on your browser.

Although the application user interface is so simple and less attractive, but its function is quite good. In the main window there is a list of “encryption algorithms” which is quite interesting. You can select AES (128/192/256-bit) RC2/4/5/6, DES and Triple DES, Blowfish, Twofish, Serpent, Camellia, Skipjack, CAST-256, MARS, IDEA, SEED, GOST, XTEA, and SHACAL-2.

VSEncryptor can use these algorithms to randomize the plain text and other types of files. As soon as you press the encryption button, this app will ask you to enter a password that will also be used to decrypt the data.

It does not take long to encrypt the plain text, as well as encrypting other types of files. To file size of about 20 MB, it only takes a few seconds. Encrypt speed also depends on the chosen algorithm. By default, the encryption result is stored in the same location as the original file, but we also can change it as you wish.

By default again, VSEncryptor add a new file extension that is <. Encrypted> for encrypted items. The same option is also available to decrypt the file, only the extension form <. Decrypted>.

Windows 7 Losing Steam in the Enterprise but Microsoft Holds Steady

While still the most popular operating system in the enterprise, including at midsize businesses, Microsoft Windows 7’s reality in this new age of business computing is that it is slowly losing market share. Mobile operating systems, like Android and iOS, and even Mac OS are quickly making inroads, largely driven by BYOD policies implemented by IT departments in the last few years.

Even with Windows 7 losing market share, Microsoft still rules the roost, however, as an overall analysis of current computer platform use at the enterprise revealed in late April at CITEWorld. Some businesses still use Windows XP. These companies still using XP need to take note that Microsoft is discontinuing support for the OS in April 2014.

Windows 8 Still to Come for the Midsize Business

In contrast to the leadership status held by Windows 7, Microsoft’s new OS, Windows 8, is making small inroads at the corporate level. Many midsize businesses appear hesitant to adopt 8, due to concerns about the usability of and training issues involved in rolling out the new tile-based operating system. Expect the next version of Windows to take steps to improve usability, including returning the Start button, and possibly offering an option to boot-up to the classic Desktop, instead of the newer Metro interface screen.

The CITEWorld article analyzes statistics revealed in a Forrest Research report on the growing operating system diversity at the enterprise. One statistic that perfectly illustrates the migration to alternate operating systems shows that while 67 percent of all computing devices were powered by a version of Windows in 2008, today 70 percent use alternatives. Of course, the rapid growth of mobile devices at the workplace played a major role in the increased diversity.

The Midsize Business Needs to Embrace Operating System Diversity

Even with Windows 7 losing market share, it is still a very popular OS at the midsize business. If the next version of Windows improves some of the issues with Windows 8, Microsoft will continue to maintain a role in business computing. Still, functional alternatives to Redmond exist and need to be considered at enterprises of all sizes.

A forward-thinking midsize business needs to allow for diversity in operating system choice, especially when considering mobile devices. As Cloud computing continues to grow in importance, hybrid tablet/notebook computers allow employees access to their work from home. A BYOD policy needs to consider this type of use, as it allows for improved efficiency as well as a potentially better work-life balance for employees. IT executives responsible for operating system choice at the midsize business need to realize that the days of one dominant operating system are over.