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Making Sense of Big Data in Insurance
The insurance industry has been struggling to get a good handle on its data for decades, both on the transactional and the risk management sides. And the recent emphasis on utilizing new sources of data that extend beyond traditional sources, often referred to as Big Data, has created renewed interest in data management across the industry. Data variety and diversity in particular are pushing the traditional, relational database management technologies to their limits, and are raising more and more interest in new approaches to data management.



Some commentators and vendors have attached great promise to the capabilities of Big Data, even arguing that other data types are no longer necessary. According to Gartner, Big Data has reached the peak of its Hype Cycle this year. “Hype” connotes an over-selling of potential and leads to inflated expectations.



So, are relational databases on their way to extinction? Not anytime soon. They are still the most efficient way to handle highly structured tabular data, especially in the context of Online Transaction Processing. Instead, companies should look to benefit from new technologies associated with Big Data where these can provide value beyond the core transaction processing associated with policy administration and claims management.


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Using Transportation Optimization Software to Improve Supply Chain Efficiency
Once considered by only the largest businesses, Transportation Optimization is a strategy being adopted in greater measure by companies of all sizes. Grappling with volatility in demand as well as increasing transportation-related costs, businesses are looking to supply chain management solutions such as emerging transportation optimization software to help drive and maintain competitive advantage.



More mature elements of supply chain management automation – like enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, warehouse management systems (WMS) and transportation management systems (TMS) – already enjoy widespread adoption and the business community is well-informed about their capabilities and efficacy.



As those tools settle into years of industry-standard usage, supply chain managers are turning their attention to other niches within the supply chain where automation technology may be useful in unlocking additional savings and efficiency. Like all emerging technologies, early adopters face significant risks and hurdles. However, those that are successful gain significant advantage and blaze the leadership trail for others to follow.


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Sales & Operations Planning
You can have a financial plan for your distribution business. You can have an operations plan, as well. However, until you can see your operational decisions within the context of your financial plan, you will continue to struggle financially as your supply and demand levels fail to match.



This whitepaper will demonstrate how you can positively impact your bottom line through improved sales and operations planning (S&OP), defined as “continuously balancing supply and demand, while connecting the impact of operational decisions to your financial plan.”



In this regard, S&OP cannot be talked about in isolation. It includes elements of demand planning, supply planning and budgeting. Its purpose is to create the demand-supply balance essential to guiding operational decisions that have been evaluated against the financial context. Effectively executed, S&OP will deliver improved inventory turns and margins, leading to increased revenue, higher customer satisfaction and better use of capital.


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The World\'s First Mobile Malware Celebrates Its 10th Birthday
From Cabir to FakeDefend, the last decade has seen the number of mobile malware explode. In 2013, Fortinet’s FortiGuard Labs has seen more than 1,300 new malicious applications per day and is currently tracking more than 300 Android malware families and more than 400,000 malicious Android applications.



Besides the sheer growth in numbers, another important trend to note is that mobile malware has followed the same evolution as PC malware, but at a much faster pace. The widespread adoption of smartphones--and the fact that they can easily access a payment system (premium rate phone numbers)--makes them easy targets that can quickly generate money once infected. Furthermore, they have capabilities such as geo-location, microphones, embedded GPS and cameras, all of which enable a particularly intrusive level

of spying on their owners. Like PC malware, mobile malware quickly evolved into an effective and efficient way of generating a cash stream, while supporting a wide range of business models.



In the following chronology, FortiGuard Labs looks at the most significant mobile malware over the last 10 years and explains their role in the evolution of threats.


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Place Enterprise Data at Your Customers\' Fingertips with a Self-Service Mobile App
Nearly every company is now reacting with a growing demand to create an enterprise mobility strategy that equips both employees and customers with easy access to key back-end information. At the same time, companies must ensure that any mobile app they roll out will integrate seamlessly with multiple back-end sources to deliver real-time access to order information, shipment notifications, reported errors, pending action items, and more.


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Improving Firewall Changes Overcome Process And Complexity Challenges By Focusing On The Firewall
Firewall changes are a constant. As business grows, changes must be made to the firewall to accommodate the new requirements. These changes present a number of challenges to firewall administrators and can present serious risk to the business. Changes in general, whether to a firewall, router, application or any other part of the IT infrastructure, are the single greatest cause of outages. If change is not effectively managed, it presents a serious risk to business continuity.



One of the greatest causes of ineffective change is an incorrect change, not simply an accident, but a concerted effort to make the right change that in reality is simply incorrect. In particular, with a firewall, the complexity of the existing infrastructure along with the complexity of the change makes incorrect changes a likely result. Process is part of the answer ensuring all changes have been reviewed and approved prior to implementation and that changes are verified after they are implemented.



However, process alone is not enough. A number of processes have been in place for years. Process technology solutions, such as Remedy, have existed as long as the firewall. And yet, mistakes are still made, ineffective changes are still implemented and none of these processes have made the job of the firewall engineer any easier. Technology that is firewall-aware, and that can automatically track changes, recommend correct changes and aid in the enforcement of the change process is necessary to address the unique challenges facing enterprises today.


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