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2012
25
Apr

The cloud storage and collaboration space is more competitive than ever before. Google recently rolled out its new cloud-based document and storage solution and faces competition not just from cloud companies such as Box and Dropbox, but from Apple, Microsoft and Amazon as well. Here’s a brief comparison of the big players:

Amazon Cloud Drive: 

  • Storage: 5GB free (purchases from the Amazon MP3 Store don’t count towards storage limit)
  • Mobile Integration: Cloud Player for Android, no official iOS app
  • Desktop Integration: Amazon MP3 Uploader/Downloader for music
  • Pricing: $1 a gigabyte per year
  • Collaborative Editing: No
  • File Size Limitations: 2GB

iCloud:

  • Storage: 5GB free, 20GB is $40 a year, 50GB is $100 a year
  • Mobile Integration: Built into iOS 5
  • Desktop Integration: Mac OS X 10.7.x and Windows 7
  • Pricing: $40/$100 a year
  • Collaborative Editing: No
  • File Size Limitations: No

Box:

  • Storage: 5GB free, up to 50GB for personal accounts, 1TB for business and unlimited for eneterprise
  • Mobile Integration: iOS, Android, and BlackBerry
  • Desktop Integration: Mac, Windows, web
  • Pricing: Personal accounts start at $9.99 a month for 25GB, business plans start at $15 a month (at least 3 users required)
  • Collaborative Editing: Yes, more robust editing for business accounts
  • File Size Limitations: 25MB – 100MB for free accounts, up to 2GB for business accounts, up to 2GB for business accounts

Dropbox:

  • Storage: 2GB free and 500MB per referral, paid plans up to 100GB
  • Mobile Integration: Android, iOS, BlackBerry
  • Desktop Integration: Windows, Mac, Linux, web
  • Pricing: $100 a year for 50GB, $200 a year for 100GB
  • Collaborative Editing: No, but many cloud document services integrate with Dropbox
  • File Size Limitations: None for desktop, 300MB for web uploads

Microsoft SkyDrive:

  • Storage: 7GB free (25GB for users who signed up before April 22, 2012), Up to 100GB
  • Mobile Integration: Official apps for Windows Phone 7 and iOS, unofficial Android apps, mobile web access
  • Desktop Integration: Windows, Mac and web
  • Pricing: Additional storage available for $0.50 a gigabyte, 100GB of additional storage is $50 a year.
  • Collaborative Editing: Yes, with Office Live Web Apps
  • File Size Limitations: 2GB (300 megabytes for web uploads)

Google Drive:

  • Storage: 5GB free, up to 16TB
  • Mobile Integration: Android, iOS (coming soon)
  • Desktop Integration: Windows, Mac, web
  • Pricing: $30 a year for 25GB, $60 a year for $100GB
  • Collaborative Editing: Yes with Google Docs
  • File Size Limitations: 10GB
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2012
12
Apr

SAP moves into database space

Posted by David / Category: general, market

“Enterprise software player SAP has unveiled aggressive plans to grow its presence in the database software and mobile apps markets…” read the full post on siliconrepublic.

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2011
20
Jun

In 2010, 83 percent of the German enterprises were affected by data loss. Most common was customer data loss.

That is the result of the study “Understanding Security Complexity in 21st Century IT Environments” by the security service provider “Check Point Software Technologies” and the market research company “Ponemon”.

Worldwide, more than three quarters of the companies affected
At least 77 percent of the surveyed organisations in the USA, the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Japan were concerned by the data loss.

In German companies, the following data was pertained most commonly:

  1. customer information and generic consumer data (both about 50%)
  2. other intellectual property, e.g. source codes (29 percent)
  3. employee data (28 percent)
  4. business plans or strategies (20 percent)

Why?
According to the respondents, the main reasons for the data loss were stealing of IT equipment or the simple, unintended loss of it.

Other causes were network attacks, unsecured mobile terminals, web 2.0 and file-sharing-appliances – and of course the accidental email-dispatch to a wrong receiver.

The companies do not think that their employees handle their data carefully enough: The respondents said that, on average, not even half of their employees have the awareness to think about terms like data security, compliance or security-guidelines.

The solution: Inform your staff and create transparent processes

The term of data security always has to rank first on the priority list of all IT-security officers, Jörg Kurowski from “Check Point Software Technologies” opines. But if one takes a look at the causes of data loss, it becomes clear that the biggest part of the incidents happen unintentionally. Companies should rely on a stronger awareness and a stronger involvement of their employees and at the same time establish associated processes in order to not just recognize the data loss, but to avoid it pro-actively. Like this, databases will become more transparent and easier to control, Kurowski continues.

Source:
http://www.mittelstanddirekt.de/c184/m187/um226/d7278/default.html

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2011
12
May

Last week we wrote about the study conducted by the university of Hagen dealing with similarities and differences between freelance and permanent employees.  The scientists came to the conclusion that freelancers are not less content with their working life than permanent employees.

In the second part of the survey of the university of Hagen the reserchers analyzed where the differences between freelancers and permanent employees are. Therefore in the second part 103 freelancers and permanent employees working in IT, media,training and journalism were surveyed. In the following you will find the most significant points regarding the general level of satisfaction.

Freelancers are less satisfied when it comes to:
1. their work life balance

2. their general life situation

3. their order/booking situation

However freelancers seem to be more content about:
1. their choice of employment

2. their career

3. their salaries

Particularly striking is the difference in how the quality of their activities is viewed by freelancers and permanent employees: freelancers tend to be extraordinarily satisfied in this point.

What are the most important factors motivating freelancers as well as permanent employees?
“Varying tasks” are a motivational factor which is valued higher by permanent employees than by freelancers. Important motivational factors for both groups were “personal responsibility”,  “independence” and “creative work”, the “autonomous time management” as well as the “task itself”. “Status”, “recognition “and “income” seem to be less important.

What is your experience – do you agree with the scientists main results? If you don’t agree what is your point of view?

Based on: elektronikpraxis.vogel.de

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2011
05
May

In Germany, there are currently about two million people working in a freelance employment – the trend is rising. Is freelance work a higher requirement regarding professional and personal life? The study conducted by psychologists from the University of Hagen is dealing with motivational factors and the question how both handle uncertainty and strain.  Among others the scientists also focused on  IT freelancers. According to the study, freelancers in general and IT freelancers i.e. are mostly contented with their working situation.

Here are some further results of the study:

IT freelancers pursuit economic goals. They are  satisfied with their income and see the flexibility that is required rather as a challenge than as a burden.

The acquisition of projects is not viewed as problematic. The concept of self-promotion is valued highly by the respondents.

None could identify with the stereotype of the lonely freelancer. They can quickly identify with the companies they are working for and see the permanent employees as colleagues. Therefore social skills are very important.

Also freelancers are those who are the ones who could distinguish best between private and professional life.

All in all the researchers came to the conclusion that freelancers are generally satisfied with their working life – still freelancers are confronted with different aspects/obstacles than permanent employees.

What are the differences you have encountered in your freelance working life? In your opinion are freelancers generally more or less content than permanent employees? We are looking forward to your comments.

Based on: elektronikpraxis.vogel.de

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2011
22
Apr

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So einfach geht’s:
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Die Aktion läuft ab sofort bis einschließlich Ostermontag, dem 25.04.2011 VERLÄNGERT BIS 30.04.2011.

Wir freuen uns von Ihren „Verstecken“ zu hören und wünschen Ihnen ein schönes Osterfest!

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2011
01
Apr

Tips when choosing an internet provider

Posted by Steffanie / Category: general, tips

A website and all the data needs to be stored at a suitable internet service provider.In the following you will find some tips when choosing a provider. On internetworld.de the provider Verio explains what should not be forgotten:

1. Providers should have long-term expertise
Only at experienced, established companies that are financially stable you can be sure that your data is well protected and always available.

2. Read the small print and footers
The monthly rent and other costs should be clearly indicated. It is not a sign of great reliability if prices are not evident. Also check all parts of the contract e.g.  duration and one-time setup fee and look for hidden costs before signing.

Of course it is alright if you pay extra charges for e.g. new sub domains, e-mail accounts or features like photo galleries or blogs – but also those costs should be clear from the beginning.

In addition : Availability of the site must be secured
The provider should offer so-called SLAs (Service Level Agreements). These SLAs set that incurring penalties or rental payments will be refunded if certain values ​​go below the limit. Important is a guaranteed availability of the site of at least 99.9 percent per month. This 0.1 percent sounds very little, but actually these are 43 minutes and 12 seconds.

3. Flexible solutions should be possible
Many standard solutions are barely adaptable. At least some design templates should be able to be adapted to your own ideas. For example by hiding page elements, changing the background colour or inserting images.

4. Check the scope of the provider precisely
Basic services like flash format should always be inclusive. Otherwise you would not be able to integrate an animated intro on your website. Other examples for basic services are features like blogs, guest books, forums or RSS feeds.

5. Websites grow with their company
The bigger your company becomes, the bigger and more complex your website should be. This affects not only the number of new pages, but also new features.

6. Service and support
Especially at big providers, service and support are often not taken seriously enough. The provider should be at least available on phone, fax or e-mail and answer realtively fast.

What is your opinion: What points matter most when choosing a provider?

Based on : http://www.mittelstanddirekt.de/c184/m187/um226/d6948/default.html

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2011
18
Jan

Being a successful freelancer is not as easy as it may seem in the beginning. A key to being successful is a person’s motivation. Still everyone seems to be experiencing times when the job motivation is low – IT freelancers like everyone else. The complex and quickly changing IT industry is a special environment for freelancers and their clients. Especially clients have to keep in mind that money is not the most important motivating factor. But what are motivating factors for IT freelancers?

Money alone is not a factor to motivate IT freelancers permanently. It’s more about the significance of work and what the success of a project means to the freelancer and his/her colleagues. Appreciation for their competences has a much more powering effect than simply being payed for doing something irrelevant. As a matter of fact earning money is essential. Being able to e.g. go on holiday or take some time for the family, means freedom and independency. But nevertheless it’s then more a status symbol as a basic or survival need.

Things that have a motivating effect on IT freelancers: read-more

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2010
20
Dec

Every second company (of the whole world) is planning to invest more in the security of their IT next year. In his annual study about financial fraud, Kroll reported: Skimming is now the biggest risk of all.
In the worst case skimming can even ruin companies. Kroll said: “The most successful parasites don’t kill their hosts but live from their energy”. That means, skimming can happen for years and stay unnoticed until the day the big bang happens.

88 percent of the worldwide surveyed organizations were affected by crimes in the last year – usually in a small dimension.
The total damage amounts to about 1.7 billion U.S. dollars – one fifth more than in 2009.

The IT is now the most vulnerable point in economy. Information theft is the most frequently committed crime against companies of all. This year, there were even more data than physical thefts, according to Kroll. The attack on data or on intellectual property has increased from 18% to 27, 3% since 2009.

Financial and personnel services are particularly popular victims of data thieves. However, in other industries it is not much better. More than a third of the respondents said that they would be quite vulnerable in a case of skimming.

To sum up, one could say that poorly secured IT systems are a high risk which should not be underestimated.
What do you think? Perhaps you have already become a victim of a fraud?

For more information about the study please visit: cio.de (German)

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2010
15
Nov

Happy Birthday, Web!

Posted by Maike / Category: general

Last Saturday, the first website ever celebrated its birthday and turned 20. Congratulations!

On 13 November 1990, the physicist Tim Berners-Lee from the European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN in Switzerland released the website info.cern.ch.

Take a look at the original page!

How was the aim of this project defined? “The WorldWideWeb (W3) is a wide-areahypermedia information retrieval initiative aiming to give universal access to a large universe of documents.”

According to worldwidewebsize, the web contains at least 2.95 billion pages by now – speaking about a large universe of documents! That is an impressive growth rate, right?

This is the first web server, now displayed at CERN

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