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View General Session ▸ Here Download Slide Deck ▸ Here View General Session ▸ Here Download Slide Deck ▸ Here Personalization in the Age of IoT More and more brands have jumped on the IoT bandwagon. We have an excess of wearables - activity trackers, smartwatches, smart glasses and sneakers, and more that track seemingly endless datapoints. However, most consumers have no idea what "IoT" means. Creating more wearables that track data shouldn't be the aim of brands; delivering meaningful, tangible relevance to their users should be. View General Session ▸ Here Download Slide Deck ▸ Here We're in a period in which the IoT pendulum is still swinging. Initially, it swung toward "smart for smart's sake," and many brands remain in that corner. But many brands are also gradually opting for more strategic approaches. They're taking a breath and stepping back to examine bo... (more)

Adobe Hits Record Revenues

Adobe earned $222.2 million, or 38 cents a share, up 21%, on record fourth-quarter revenues of $911.2 million, up 34% year-over-year, exceeding the company's revenue target of $860 million-$890 million. It attributed the results to Acrobat, its Creative Suite 3 products and momentum in its enterprise business. Creative Suite 3, which started coming out in April, includes upgrades to Photoshop, Illustrator and software acquired with Macromedia like Flash, Dreamweaver and Fireworks. On a non-GAAP basis Adobe earned 49 cents in Q4, a penny more than Wall Street expected. This quarter Adobe is targeting sequentially lower revenue of $855 million-$885 million, a GAAP operating margin of 30%-31%, a non-GAAP operating margin of roughly 40% and earnings of 34 cents-36 cents. Wall Street had it down for $837 million in revenue. For fiscal 2008, Adobe reaffirmed that it's targeting... (more)

Roundarch to Exhibit at SYS-CON's AJAX World RIA Conference & Expo

Roundarch is a provider of user-centric Web design and technology services specializing in the synergy between user experience and application development to solve complex issues for large organizations. Clients include Fortune 500 companies and government agencies such as Motorola, The Hershey Company, Avis, A&E Networks and the United States Air Force. Founded in 2000, Roundarch has offices in New York, Chicago and Boston. For more information please visit www.roundarch.com. Register for AJAXWorld RIA Conference & Expo Submit Your Paper to Present a Session Sponsor AJAXWorld Conference & Expo ... (more)

Adobe Buys Day Software

Swiss-based web content management (WCM) house Day Software Holding AG got bought Wednesday by Adobe for roughly $240 million (255 million Swiss francs). Adobe is now going to tender for its outstanding stock offering $131.53 a share cash (139 Swiss francs), a 59% premium compared to its performance the last 60 days. Observers believe Day's been positioning itself so Adobe would buy it. Adobe currently embeds Alfresco's open source enterprise content management repository in its LiveCycle product and in its Acrobat.com service under an OEM arrangement but Day and Alfresco don't seem to tangle in the marketplace. Alfresco provides developers with tools to build web sites; Day offers big corporations a pre-built application that sorta does the same thing. So Alfresco right now is muttering "welcome aboard" and presumably wondering, like everybody else, if Adobe can ri... (more)

So Is Microsoft Gonna Buy Adobe?

Adobe had an interesting afternoon Thursday. That’s when the New York Times came out and blogged that it knew from employees and consultants who were involved or simply knew that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Shantanu Narayen, the CEO of Flash-wielding, Apple-banned Adobe, met recently at Adobe’s offices in San Francisco for “secret” talks, and that they talked mostly about Apple’s control over smartphones and how Microsoft and Adobe could join forces in an anti-Apple front and that one of the ways of doing that would be for Microsoft to buy Adobe. Well, a 3Par-sensitized stock market went nuts, and bid Adobe stock up 17% until trading was halted by volatility-minded circuit breakers. Adobe closed up 11.5% at $28.69 for a market cap of $14.8 billion. Adobe PR didn’t deny the meeting; it just wouldn’t discuss it. One source told the Times that Microsoft had courted A... (more)

Flash Shows a White Flag

After taking heavy fire from Steve Jobs over Flash, Adobe Tuesday ran up a white flag and produced a so-called experimental Flash Professional-to-HTML 5 automatic conversion tool called Wallaby so Flash files can run on Apple's otherwise forbidden iPad and iPhone. It will work initially on simple stuff like banner ads and animations and create a mix of HTML, CSS and JavaScript that can be edited, if necessary, in Dreamweaver. It doesn't support movies or sound yet and it reportedly works best at this point with output from the Webkit-based Safari and Chrome browsers. The move is expected to result in some developer defections from Adobe, especially among the mobile set. Although, say, Android supports Flash, Google, Facebook, YouTube and Microsoft, like Apple, all support the immature HTML 5, which is ultimately expected to replace the widely used Flash on the int... (more)

How ColdFusion MX 7 Made Me a "Hero" at the Office...

Let me begin by saying that I don't consider myself a ColdFusion expert. In fact, I didn't even write my first ColdFusion application until 2004. Nevertheless, ColdFusion MX 7 still has made me a "hero" (as Simon would put it) at the office, and this is how it happened. I am a Webmaster for the Air Protection Division, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 3, in Philadelphia. In June 2004 I wrote my first ColdFusion application in ColdFusion 5, which was the only version of the ColdFusion server available to me then. A Microsoft Access database served as the back end for this application. The application, which was deployed on my organization's intranet, was named the "Air Salient Issues ColdFusion Application (ASICA)." I know, I know, that's a very long, complicated name for a ColdFusion application, but this application's purpose was simple: store and fac... (more)

Who Are The All-Time Heroes of i-Technology?

I wonder how many people, as I did, found themselves thrown into confusion by the death last week of Jean Ichbiah (pictured), inventor of Ada.  Learning that the inventor of a computer programming language is already old enough to have lived 66 years (Ichbiah was 66 when he succumbed to brain cancer) is a little like learning that your 11-year-old daughter has grown up and left home or that the first car you ever bought no longer is legal because it runs on gasoline in an age where all automobiles must run on water. How can something as novel, as new, as a computing language possibly already be so old-fangled that an early practitioner like Ichbiah can already no longer be with us? The thought was so disquieting that it took me immediately back to the last time I wrote about Ichbiah, and indeed about Ada Lovelace for whom his language was named. It was in the context ... (more)

Get Your Fresh Adobe AIR

Ben Forta's Blog Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR), formerly known as Apollo, is a cross-operating system runtime that allows developers to use their existing web development skills to build and deploy rich Internet applications to the desktop. And you can get it right now on Labs. Comments (2) | Trackbacks (0) | Print | Send | del.icio.us | Linking Blogs ... (more)

The Future of Rich Web Apps: Melding the Web and the Desktop

Experts at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania have been considering the future of Web apps vs desktop apps. While they predict that any gap between web and desktop software will narrow in the future, one wild card is how well hybrid webtop/desktop applications will match the features of their desktop cousins. "Creating a cross-platform application that 'feels right' to individual users of Windows, Mac and Linux platforms is a tricky task," notes Kendall Whitehouse, senior director of information technology at Wharton, at one point in the discussion, recorded in detail at [email protected] web site. "But I'm sure the industry will get there. I have little doubt that this is where the future of software is headed." While Andrea Matwyshyn, a professor of legal studies and business ethics at Wharton, believes that Google's model of always connected softw... (more)

Rich Internet Applications: 2008 is the Year the RIA Category Accelerates

Steve Borsch's "Connecting the Dots" Blog If you don't know about the category of applications dubbed "hybrid" or "Rich Internet Applications" (RIAs) then you need to learn more since 2008 is the year this category accelerates. RIAs are functionally like desktop applications but arguably the most significant feature of them is the ability to interact with "the cloud" or computing that occurs with hosted applications on the Internet. Though not explicitly an RIA-type application, the easiest way most people understand the category is to think about iTunes. This application is a desktop one enabling you to rip, manage, burn to CD or sync to iPod all of your music. But where it gets really interesting is when you're Internet-connected and you can buy music or videos, subscribe to podcasts, and download cover art. This hybrid nature is quite useful as Internet connectio... (more)