Technology Articles

Four Keys to Locking Down Your iPad
By  •  January 9, 2011  •   •  851 words
Even though the iPad is designed primarily as a consumer device, salespeople are increasingly adopting it because of its ease of use, convenience, and coolness factor. Mobile security firm Good Technology Inc. reports that the iPad’s share of enterprise deployments went up 64 percent in the last quarter. According to Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL), more… Read the rest
How to Keep Corporate Avatars Safe
By  •  January 7, 2011  •   •  913 words
Immersive virtual environments — the kind where you have an avatar walking around that looks like a cartoon version of you — are increasingly being used by companies for virtual meetings, training, and collaboration. The idea is that a virtual immersive meeting gives you the same sense of presence that you get with a telepresence… Read the rest
Sorting Out Sales
By  •  September 2, 2010  •  Treasury & Risk  •  113 words
Changes to revenue recognition rules may be beneficial but will lead to accounting headaches that new software can relieve. Last September, regulators issued new revenue recognition rules that allow companies to book product and service sales separately—a boost for the balance sheet, but a big accounting hassle. Prior to the new rules, effective 1Q of… Read the rest
GLOBAL: Save money switching to OpenSim
By  •  June 28, 2010  •  University World News  •  817 words
Educators in post-secondary institutions, colleges and schools looking for lower costs, better controls and no age restrictions might consider switching from Second Life to its open source alternative, the OpenSim virtual world server platform. The OpenSim server software can be used to power an entire public grid or a small private, behind-the-firewall installation, and can… Read the rest
Six Steps to Better IT GRC
By  •  June 1, 2010  •  Treasury & Risk  •  1,101 words
Securing corporate IT systems is crucial, but there are ways to make that effort more productive and less costly. Companies have spent years beefing up their information technology governance, risk and compliance systems.  With cutting costs now top of mind in corporate America, here are six ways to make IT GRC systems more productive and… Read the rest
On24 adds social tools to virtual events
By  •  May 26, 2010  •  Hypergrid Business  •  700 words
Virtual events platform provider On24 has rolled out a suite of social networking tools this week, including integration with Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. “We have a standard Twitter widget that can be embedded in a virtual event,” said Denise Persson, On24’s chief marketing officer. “You can see the conversation going on by people in the… Read the rest
Cracking the Code on Protecting Code
By  •  May 17, 2010  •  Securities Industry News  •  1,351 words
Goldman Sachs, UBS and Société Générale all have been involved in the last year in high-profile cases involving alleged thefts of computer code used in their algorithmic trading strategies for their clients and their own objectives. The lesson: Even the biggest and best of breed in high-speed, complex electronic trading need to review the procedures… Read the rest
Spreadsheets: Numbers Clear, Compliance Risks, Too
By  •  April 19, 2010  •  Securities Industry News  •  2,060 words
After the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in 2002, many securities firms implemented financial controls to ensure the accuracy of financial statements. The new act required public companies to strengthen accounting controls and financial oversight. Spreadsheets are difficult to control and audit. Many companies accelerated their migration to enterprise-quality databases and resource management systems that… Read the rest
Taming Spreadsheets
By  •  April 1, 2010  •  Treasury & Risk  •  1,156 words
New software products aim to help companies get the whip hand over ubiquitous but risky spreadsheets. Concur Technologies helps companies automate the processes by which they manage employee travel and entertainment spending, but some of its own processes aren’t fully automated. “We’re like everyone,” says Terry DePolo, Concur’s director of accounting. “We’re trying to minimize… Read the rest
HSBC Breach of Customer Data ‘Inexcusable’
By  •  March 11, 2010  •  Securities Industry News  •  835 words
The theft of 15,000 records of HSBC Swiss account holders is “inexcusable,” according to a security expert who provides consulting services to financial firms, and the bank should have taken steps to prevent the loss. “As an HSBC customer, I’m appalled,” said Steve Markey, founder and principal of Philadelphia-based data security and privacy consulting firm… Read the rest