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The Social Side of Big Data (27:27 minutes)
Posted: July 31, 2014
The power of Big Data technology is being successfully applied to understanding such complex unknowns as consumer sentiment and even intent. That understanding then vastly improves how retailers and myriad service providers manage their users' experiences -- increasingly in real time.

This podcast brings together customer analytics services provider Attensity, with its natural-language processing technology, and HP Vertica, with Big Data analytics capabilities, to explain how to effectively listen to the social Web and rapidly gain valuable insights and actionable intelligence.

Microsoft SharePoint's Crossroads: Where Opportunities, Challenges Meet (48:28 minutes)
Posted: June 13, 2014
In this podcast, a group of recently selected top SharePoint influencers discuss how enterprise collaboration and document management are being transformed by new cloud and mobile requirements. They share their views on where Microsoft SharePoint is headed -- as well as newer services like Office 365 -- to help companies gauge how they can best exploit and extend such productivity services.

Gaming Guru Jane Jensen: There's a Yen for Adventure
(20:02 minutes)

Posted: June 11, 2014
Jane Jensen, game designer of the popular and critically acclaimed Gabriel Knight series in the 1990s, is back with Moebius: Empire Rising for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X platforms. It tells the story of antique dealer Malachi Rector, who becomes embroiled in a layered mystery that takes the player on a journey around the world.

In this TechNewsWorld podcast, Jensen explains why story-driven adventures could make a comeback with a new generation of gamers.

Case Study: Software Security Pays Off for Heartland (26:20 minutes)
Posted: May 14, 2014
Heartland Payment Systems has successfully leveraged software-assurance tools and best practices to drive better security within its IT organization -- and improve its overall business performance.

In this podcast, Ashwin Altekar, director of enterprise risk management at Heartland, shares his insights and knowledge with Amir Hartman, the founder and managing director at MainStay, a marketing and IT advisory services firm. They discuss how Heartland has improved governance results across the organization.

Easing DevOps Snafus in the Cloud Era (24:10 minutes)
Posted: February 21, 2014
As developers are pressured to produce mobile and distributed cloud apps ever faster and with more network unknowns, the older methods of software quality control can lack sufficient predictability. And as Agile development means faster iterations and a constant stream of updates, newer means of automated testing of the apps in near-production realism prove increasingly valuable.

In this podcast, Todd DeCapua, vice president of channel operations and services at Shunra Software, explains how Shunra uses service virtualization to help its developer users improve the distribution, creation and lifecycle of software applications.

Old Discs Get a Chance to Spin Again (13:09 minutes)
Posted: February 18, 2014
Having established itself as one of the UK's go-to spots for selling entertainment products online, Entertainment Magpie is now setting its sights on the U.S. with the launch of

In this TechNewsWorld podcast, we chat with CEO Steve Oliver about how the digital revolution affects a business model predicated on physical entertainment media; the global network that underpins his company's business model; and how Americans' unfamiliarity with magpies -- a black and white bird that collects shiny things -- forced Entertainment Magpie's stateside name change.

Intrusion Prevention: Keeping the Bad Guys Out (30:23 minutes)
Posted: January 13, 2014
By improving the security and availability of services, IT leaders can deliver better experiences and payoffs for businesses and end users alike.

In this podcast, we're joined by Jim O'Shea, Network Security Architect for HP Cyber Security Strategy and Infrastructure Engagement. We'll explore the ins and outs of improving enterprise intrusion prevention systems. We'll also see how HP and its global cybersecurity partners have made the HP Global Network more resilient and safe and hear how a vision for security has been effectively translated into actual implementation.

Turning the BYOD Lemons Into Lemonade (38:20 minutes)
Posted: January 6, 2014
The recent and rapid evolution of mobile and client management requirements has caused considerable complexity and confusion. Incomplete solutions and a lack of a clear pan-client strategy have hampered the move to broader mobile support at enterprises and mid-market companies alike. This state of muddled direction has put IT in a bind while frustrating users who are eager to gain greater productivity and flexibility in their work habits and device choice.

In this podcast, Tom Kendra, Dell Software's vice president and general manager for systems management, shares his insights on how to better prepare for a mobile-enablement future that quickly complements other IT imperatives such as cloud, Big Data and even more efficient data centers.

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