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Top 5 cities for big data jobs

San Francisco tops Modis list, followed by McLean, Va., Boston, St. Louis and Toronto

Corporate data stores are growing exponentially, nearly every tech vendor is positioning their products to help handle the influx of data, and IT departments are scrambling to find the right people to collect, analyze and interpret data in a way that’s meaningful to the business. On the employment front, the big data deluge is creating a hiring boom across North America. Modis, an IT staffing firm, identified five cities in particular where big data is driving job growth.

San Francisco tops the Modis list, followed by McLean, Va., Boston, St. Louis and Toronto. The roles that companies in these cities are fighting to fill include data scientist, data analyst, business intelligence professional and data modeling/data modeler.

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Business intelligence and data analysis have been core enterprise disciplines for a long time, but they’re becoming more important to businesses as data volumes rise, says Laura Kelley, a Modis vice president in Houston. “We’re in a new era in terms of how large the databases are, the amount of data we’re collecting, and how we’re using it. It’s much more strategic than it’s ever been.”

Big data professionals can be particularly difficult to find since many roles require a complicated blend of business, analytic, statistical and computer skills — which is not something a candidate acquires overnight. In addition, “clients are looking for people with a certain level of experience, who have worked in a big data environment. There aren’t a lot of them in the market,” Kelley says.

 

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Looking at recruiting trends across its offices, Modis finds there’s not one industry that’s doing the most big-data hiring. Rather, the cities have in common a concentration of large enterprises across myriad industries.

San Francisco, for instance, is home to large companies in the retail, insurance, healthcare, and e-commerce sectors.

McLean, Va., has both a strong commercial sector and government presence. “There are many data center operations in this area, both commercial and government related, that require talent to support the high volume of that data,” Modis explains in its report. “In addition, there is no larger consumer of IT products and services in the world than the US federal government.”

Banking and bio/pharmaceutical industries helped put Boston on the big data hiring map. “Both industries deal with large amounts of data that are detailed and complex in nature. That data then needs to be analyzed and placed in reports, dashboards and spreadsheets by data scientist and analysts,” Modis writes.

In St. Louis, universities and healthcare companies lead the big data hiring boom, followed by pharmaceutical and bioresearch firms that need to fill data analyst and scientist roles.

Lastly, in Toronto, financial institutions are fueling a need for business intelligence pros who can help organizations get a more precise and complete picture of the business and customers, Modis finds.

In the big picture, companies often have to compromise and prioritize their wish list — technical expertise, industry experience or quantitative statistical analysis skills, for experience — to find available big-data candidates.

“What is this person going to be doing? Do you need the technical skills? Or is the quantitative/statistical expertise more important? Is this person going to be doing data modeling or making business decisions?” Kelley says. “In an ideal world, companies want all of it. But it’s not an ideal world.”

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Critics accuse Google of unfairly promoting Google+ in search results

The long-standing and persistent accusation that Google unfairly uses its search engine to promote its other online services is once again in the spotlight, triggered by new social search functionality the company is rolling out this week that more tightly links its search engine with its Google+ social networking site.

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The complaints have come from different quarters, including competitors and industry experts, and have focused on various arguments, but at bottom all charge Google with using its dominant search engine to deliberately boost Google+’s popularity, by giving Google+ pages and profiles an artificially prominent position in result pages.

One of the strongest arguments made so far comes from search engine expert Danny Sullivan, who described on Wednesday in his technology news site Search Engine Land how Google is now suggesting Google+ business pages that companies and public figures have set up on the site in a way that makes the Google+ pages much more prominent than similar pages these public figures and organizations have set up on competing social media sites.

Sullivan shows a variety of examples in which Google, via new query auto-complete suggestions for Google+ profiles and via the new Google+ People and Pages sidebar suggestions column, favors Google+ business pages over alternative ones that have more “fans” on Facebook and Twitter.

Sullivan ran his queries without being logged into his Google Account, and even using the Chrome browser’s “incognito” mode, to make sure that the Google search engine treated his queries as coming from a fairly generic user, and not tailored to him specifically.

“Is there anyone out there who still wants to say that being on Google+ doesn’t matter? Anyone? Because when being on Google+ means that you potentially can have your Google+ page leap to the top in those sidebar results, Google+ matters. It matters more than ever before,” he wrote, adding that Google is clearly “taking its weight in search and leveraging it to boost Google+ in a big way.”

Google, after many missteps in the social networking market, launched Google+ in mid-2011, and has made it clear, from CEO Larry Page on down, that Google+ will be a key, unifying product for the company, providing social sharing features and an identity layer across most Google online services.

However, there has been skepticism regarding the adoption and engagement level for Google+, especially when compared with social networking leader Facebook, which has more than 850 million active members who spend a lot of time on the site.

Google+ is also a rival to Twitter because Google+ can be used in similar ways as the microblogging phenomenon.

In fact, among the first to cry foul this week was Twitter. Its General Counsel Alex Macgillivray, who previously worked at Google, posted on his Twitter account that Tuesday was “a bad day for the Internet” after Google announced the new search functionality.

“Having been there, I can imagine the dissension @Google to search being warped this way,” he wrote. Twitter later followed Macgillivray’s post with a more formal statement, in which it reiterated and expanded on his complaint.

Meanwhile, Google answered back with a post on its main Google+ page, saying it was “a bit surprised by Twitter’s comments” because Twitter “chose not to renew their agreement with us last summer,” a reference to the now lapsed two-year deal which gave Google special access to Twitter’s “firehose” of real-time tweets.

However, as Sullivan and others have pointed out, Google has continued indexing Twitter posts and has a massive collection of them in its index, including links to the official accounts of public figures, celebrities and organizations.

Throughout the two-day flap, Facebook officials have remained mum. Facebook has its own special search arrangement with its partner Microsoft, which gives the Bing search engine access to certain data that is out of Google’s reach. While Facebook keeps most personal profile content off limits to search engines, its business profiles are public, as well as some other content, and thus available to Google. In fact, for a while Facebook has let individuals tag status updates as “public” and made those available to search engines — a good example of this is the site Your OpenBook, devoted exclusively to this type of personal, public status update.

In its announcement on Tuesday of the new social search features, described by the company as “Search, Plus Your World,” Google focused on new things its search users will be able to do when signed into their Google accounts: find Google+ posts and Picasa Web photos they and their contacts on those social media sites have shared not only publicly on the Web but also privately with each other.

This new functionality builds on the existing Google social search features, which let users logged into their Google Accounts see links in search results that their specific social media contacts tagged with the Google +1 button or shared publicly using a social media service.

Google didn’t respond to a request for comment about the controversy surrounding the new social search functionality.

CES 2012: Following the new startups

Whenever I go to a large show such as CES, I always try to make time to look around on the fringes of the show, where the small and (hopefully) up-and-coming companies are. This year, the CEA pointed directly at some very early startups with its Eureka area, which featured companies and products which (at least most of them) aren’t quite ready for prime time, but which show potential for the future.

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Many of the companies seemed to be approaching tech from a for-fun point of view. For example, a company called Modular Robotics was showing electronic building blocks it calls Cubelets, which it is marketing as a toy for children but which I think not a few adults wouldn’t mind spending some time with — you attach power blocks, sensor blocks and action blocks together to make small robots that move, light up or perform other actions.

Another company was creating small robotic vehicles that used smartphones as the driving intelligence. Romotive lets you either preprogram your smartphone — Android or iOS — to drive a small wheeled device in a preprogrammed pattern, or you can use your tablet to direct its movements. According to one of its representative, Phu Nguyen, kits are now being sold to developers, and they hope to come out with a consumer-ready product in another year or so.

Another not-quite-ready startup showing at the Eureka area was nVolutions, which was developing cases that would power up your mobile phones using a small wheel attached to the back of the case that powers it via a spinning motion. It’s an interesting idea, certainly; one of several companies trying to figure out how people can keep their smartphone batteries going without having to constantly search for a power source.

Whether nVolutions, or any of the other startups showing this year, will make it will be interesting to follow. I’m glad that, despite the overwhelming presence of large companies at CES, there are still tiny, ambitious developers out there ready to enter the fray.

Windows ultrabooks: What’s Apple response?

With a glut of “ultrabook” announcements slated at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Apple watchers have one question: How will the Cupertino, Calif. company respond?

 

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Backed by Intel, the big PC manufacturers are expected to launch or show ultrabooks, the chipmaker’s term for thin, lightweight notebooks that rely on solid-state storage (SSD) in lieu of a traditional platter-based hard disk drive and forgo an optical drive, at CES this week.

According to Intel, more than 75 different ultrabooks will appear during 2012.

But as two analysts who cover Apple noted today, the category isn’t new. In fact, Apple was the company that kicked it off.

“They started the ultrabook trend four years ago with the MacBook Air,” noted Brian Marshall, an analyst with International Strategy & Investment Group (ISI ), in an interview Monday.

“Apple set the form factor and the bar,” agreed Ezra Gottheil of Technology Business Research.

Both experts were referring to the MacBook Air, which Apple introduced in 2008. Sales of the Air, however, took off only after October 2010, when Apple dropped the price and revamped the line to include not only a 13-in. model, but also a lower-priced 11-in. laptop. Four months ago, Apple refreshed the MacBook Air line, equipping the notebooks with faster processors and Mac OS X 10.7, aka Lion.

But Apple’s lead in the thin-light laptop class — last year, it owned an estimated 89% of that market, said Marshall — is threatened by an expected wave of ultrabooks from big-name PC makers, including Acer, which trotted out its Aspire S5 Monday.

Late last year, Marshall forecast a significant drop during 2012 for Apple’s share because of the new competition from Windows-based ultrabooks.

“There will definitely be a lot more attention paid to ultrabooks this week,” said Marshall. “And that points out that Apple could be vulnerable here.”

So what’s Cupertino to do?

Tweak the MacBook Air, said Marshall and Gottheil.

“They can add a little bit more functionality and some more features,” said Marshall, ticking off such natural evolutions as higher resolution screens, faster processors and more ports, the latter of which the Air lacks in large numbers.

“Apple can proliferate the Air concept into larger [screen] sizes,” said Gottheil, echoing his take last November when rumors of an impending 15-in. MacBook Air began circulating.

“Frankly, it’s tough to see how Apple can make the Air all that much better,” said Marshall, who called that laptop his favorite Apple product of all time.

Another possible move by Apple, agreed both analysts, would be to reframe the iPad, or at least a version of it, as an ultrabook rival by designing a keyboard and case integrated with the tablet and its iOS operating system.

Third-party vendors, notably Zagg — which also designed the $99 Bluetooth-based keyboard and case sold by Logitech — have had limited success with such an accessory.

But Apple should be able to do those designs one better, thought Gottheil.

“Apple hasn’t filled the gap that others may exploit with a tablet that also offers a keyboard,” said Gottheil, referring to expectations that later this year PC makers will launch devices that function as either a tablet or as a lightweight notebook. “Their little [wireless] keyboard doesn’t have a nice carrying case, but I think they will find a way to fill [that gap].”

Gottheil sees Apple tackling the tablet-plus-keyboard issue not as a discrete package but as an add-on, along the lines of the approach it took last year when it launched the Smart Cover accessory for the iPad 2.

But although Apple will face increased competition from ultrabooks this year or next, analysts highlighted the enviable position the company finds itself in.

“It’s kind of ironic that it’s taken PC OEMs four years to come up with a viable alternative to the MacBook Air,” said Marshall.

“If ultrabooks are only thin, light MacBook Air knockoffs, they won’t be very successful,” chimed in Jack Gold or J. Gold Associates, in an email last week. “They need to be more.”

SAP Business One Small ERP Package with Worldwide Availability

We often hear the question from small business owners: ‘We cannot afford expensive high-end corporate ERP solution and at the same time we are active participant in international business. Which accounting solution should we consider for implementation?’ This question is very good as it allows us to come through accounting packages and try to categorize them. First of all there are small and mid-market ERP products that are available in United States only and plus probably in English speaking countries. If you begin your research with one of the consulting firms selling product available on the USA market exclusively then they probably suggest you to pick one of the local accounting packages available in the targeted country with the option to consolidate financial statements. Good examples are Microsiga in Brazil or 1S Accounting in Russian Federation. This tandem solution theoretically should work but here you have to pay twice for software licenses, implementation consulting and probably expect some overhead in communication between your USA based consulting firm and foreign consultants who are implementing accounting for your overseas location. We would like to suggest different approach by looking at SAP B1. If you remember the history of late 1990th when such ERP vendors as Great Plains Software, Oracle and SAP were trying to introduce scaled down version of their high-end Corporate ERP packages, good example would be Small Business Financials (initially Small Business Manager) from Great Plains Software. Later on big players realized that scaling down is not an ideal solution and the development of the story was acquisition of future Business One by SAP and similar steps from other vendors:

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1. Corporate ERP Localization concept overview. If you have one of the accounting packages implemented in the United States this doesn’t automatically mean that you can deploy the same application in the overseas located office. There are hurdles associated with local country language support and compliance to business code in such areas as taxation, state and federal reporting. Here in the USA we have requirements to file 1099 to report about payments to your contractors as well as W2 to report on employee wages and taxes. United States are pretty liberal and encouraging healthy business climate. Foreign country might be more restrictive and exercise higher control including money repatriation to the States. The XXI century seems to be the century of rising China and South East Asia. Initially in earlier 1980th and through 1990th accounting packages were concentrating on North American and European markets and paying only minimal attention to China and India. Good example in Microsoft Dynamics GP or formerly known as Great Plains where Dexterity IDE doesn’t support Unicode characters (two bytes long and covering all languages including Chinese hieroglyphs)

2. SAP B1 and its position on the international Small Business ERP market. SAP policy seems to be pursuing ERP market worldwide including such countries and regions as China, Brazil, Latin America and Russian Federation. It doesn’t have issues with Unicode and supports all kind of hieroglyphs as well as its recommended managerial reporting tool Crystal Reports (SAP acquired Business Objects few years ago)

3. Version 8.8X. Here we see the merge of A and B flavors (compare to 2005A/B and 2007A/B). This might be considered as small progress however think about the way to install SB1 on central server located in the headquarters and exposed to international users via Citrix, VPN or Microsoft Terminal Server

4. Simple Discrete Manufacturing. What are you doing in the foreign countries? Typically you are manufacturing your finished goods with the destination to the European and American consumer market or you sell your products to the local consumer or in B2B environment. Business One has simple bill of materials, MRP as well as powerful Sales set of modules

5. Please call us 1-866-304-3265, 1-269-605-4904 (for international customers, where our representatives pick up the phone in Naperville and St. Joseph, MI call centers). help@efaru.com. We have local presence in Atlanta, Chicago, Southern California, South West Michigan, Houston and Dallas areas of Texas. We serve customers USA, Canada, Mexico and Brazil nationwide and internationally via web sessions and phone conferences (Skype is welcomed). Our consultants speak English, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian and Chinese. One of our experiences is international Corporate ERP and Consolidated Financial reporting

Andrew Karasev is SAP Business One consultant and Great Plains Certified Master, MVP, MCSE and MSDBA, help@efaru.com 1-866-304-3265, 1-269-605-4904. He is also the initiator of eFaru project http://www.efaru.com and founder of Alba Spectrum information space. Please note that we implement and support Dynamics GP directly through Alba Spectrum

Magic Photo Recovery 3.0 Makes Photo Recovery Faster and Easier

East Imperial Soft updates Magic Photo Recovery, the company’s product for recovering deleted digital pictures, making it faster, safer, and easier to use. Version 3 offers a much improved recovery algorithm, significantly increasing the speed and quality of recovery. The new disk imaging feature makes the recovery safer by allowing working with a virtual disk image instead of the physical drive.

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In addition, Magic Photo Recovery can store recovered pictures onto a remote FTP location, burn them onto a CD/DVD, or create a burnable ISO image.

About Magic Photo Recovery

Magic Photo Recovery makes undeleting lost and deleted pictures easy, bringing a sophisticated pictures recovery tool to experienced computer users as well as complete novices. Combining comprehensive recovery algorithms with quick and easy user interface based on step-by-step wizards and instant pre-recovery preview, Magic Photo Recovery is used by pros and novices alike.

Recognizing common file systems and popular kinds of storage media, the product can discover and successfully recover digital pictures stored on formatted, damaged, and even inaccessible disks and memory cards. Even if the disk is formatted and then re-formatted with another type of file system, Magic Photo Recovery can still locate and recover most of the pictures it held.

The new image recovery algorithm greatly improves the speed of recovery, reducing the time spent on scanning the disk and saving recoverable information. The new algorithm can now locate more lost pictures than ever, significantly improving the quality of recovery compared to earlier versions.

The new disk imaging feature can capture a bit-precise snapshot of a disk, memory card, or USB drive, then doing the recovery safely off-line. The disk snapshot feature makes picture recovery from smaller-size storage media such as memory cards, flash drives, SSD and laptop hard drives much safer than recovering from a live, in-use storage media. The feature can also capture a snapshot of the contents of built-in memory of many makes and models of digital cameras and MP3 players.

Pricing and Availability

Magic Photo Recovery 3.0 is available in Home, Office and Commercial editions. A free evaluation version is available at the company’s Web site.

Compatibility

Magic Photo Recovery works in all 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows starting from Windows 95 to the latest Windows 7 and 2008 Server. FAT12/16/32, NTFS (NT4) and NTFS5 (2000, XP, Vista, 7) file systems are supported. The product supports all types of storage media, and was tested on desktop and laptop hard drives, external drives, USB drives and all popular types of memory cards. Through-the-wire recovery is supported for most types of MP3 players and digital compact cameras. Digital pictures and RAW files produced by all types of cameras including those manufactured by Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Casio, Kodak, Sony, Pentax, Panasonic, etc. can be recovered.

About East Imperial Soft

Since its foundation in 2002, East Imperial Soft has developed a range of comprehensive data recovery tools, helping users of Microsoft Windows PC’s to get deleted data back. The range includes tools that make it easy to recover all types of data. By delivering quality products and professional customer service, East Imperial Soft provides its customers with supreme experience.

Verizon says it doesn’t use Carrier IQ software

Verizon Wireless said Thursday it doesn’t add to its phones any software from Carrier IQ, the company that has come under fire in the past few days for what some say amounts to spying on mobile phone users.

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Also, Carrier IQ put out another statement clarifying what its software does, in an attempt to calm the uproar, which began when a security researcher published a report showing the software could be used to collect data such as user locations, keys pressed on phones and what applications are running. Phone users typically aren’t aware that their phones have the software and they aren’t able to turn it off.

Apple, AT&T, Sprint, HTC, Samsung and T-Mobile have said some of their phones use the software. Research In Motion and Nokia have said they don’t load the software onto their phones.

On Twitter, Verizon spokesman Jeffrey Nelson wrote on Thursday: “We do not add Carrier IQ to our phones. We do not use other similar software on our devices.”

Carrier IQ, meanwhile, continues to assert that it doesn’t collect any private information about phone users. In a statement it reiterated that its software does not record, store or transmit the contents of text messages, emails, pictures, audio or video. It captures information such as whether an SMS was delivered and which applications drain the battery, the company said. It “vigorously disagrees” with people who allege that Carrier IQ violates wiretap laws.

On Wednesday, Al Franken, the U.S. senator from Minnesota, sent a letter to Carrier IQ asking it to respond to questions about what kind of personal information it collects about users without their knowledge. He suggested the company might violate privacy laws.

His letter followed Carrier IQ’s threat to sue Trevor Eckhart, the researcher whose report kicked off the uproar. Carrier IQ has since withdrawn that threat and apologized for it.

Eckhart reported that Carrier IQ software runs on Verizon phones as well as those from RIM and Nokia. Developers have reported that they have some evidence that shows some Verizon phones run the software. Verizon did not immediately respond to a request for comment about those findings.

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QUESTION 1
What is a Continuous Access EVA copy set?

A. a set of DR groups selected for the purpose of managing the groups
B. a group ofVdisks that transition to the same state simultaneously
C. a bound set of twoVdisks used for long distance replication
D. a set of two or more cluster nodes created as part of a stretch cluster

Answer: C


QUESTION 2
How should Vdisks for Continuous Access be preferred?

A. split theVdisk in the DR group between the controllers for load balancing
B. allVdisks in the DR group to the same controller
C. split theVdisk in the EVA between the controllers for load balancing
D. allVdisks in the same disk group to the same controller

Answer: B


QUESTION 3
The log disk collects host writes for _____.

A. managed sets
B. sourceVdisks
C. entire copy set
D. destinationVdisks

Answer: D


QUESTION 4
Which two can be failed over during a Continuous Access EVA planned or unplanned event?
(Choose two.)

A. a single HSV controller
B. copy set
C. managed set
D. DR group

Answer: C,D


QUESTION 5
Which two inputs does the Continuous Access EVA Replication Performance Estimator require?
(Choose two.)

A. one-wayintersite latency
B. throughput per second
C. two-wayintersite latency
D. size of a read data packet
E. size of the write data packet
F. number of IO’s per second

Answer: A,E


QUESTION 6
A customer has a high availability Continuous Access EVA environment. All DR groups are set to
failsafe mode enabled. The source site array has a hardware failure and all DR groups are failed
over to the destination site. The hardware failure is then fixed.
Which two commands need to be set to restore normal operations at the source site? (Choose
two.)

A. failback
B. suspend
C. failsafe mode enable
D. resume
E. failover

Answer: C,E


QUESTION 7
Where is the Business Copy (BC) server component installed in the diagram?

A. Storage Management Appliance (Node 1)
B. storage array
C. host (Node 2)
D. desktop with web browser

Answer: A


QUESTION 8
In Continuous Access EVA, which statement is true?

A. Synchronous mode allows for more data loss than asynchronous mode.
B. A copy set’s mode is set to synchronous/asynchronous mode.
C. All copy sets within a DR group are either synchronous or asynchronous.
D. Asynchronous mode means an I/O acknowledgement is sent to the host after data is written to
the sourceVdisk and destination Vdisk.

Answer: C


QUESTION 9
You are creating a DR group for a database.
Which disk group is used for the write history log for the database DR group?

A. 3 TB database disk group with 1 TB of free space
B. an empty disk group with 2 TB of space
C. a new disk group will get created for the log disk
D. 5 TB windows disk group with 2 TB of occupied space

Answer: D


QUESTION 10
CORRECT TEXT
Which icon denotes a failed-over DR group?

Answer: B

 

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