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With the rash of recent retailer bankruptcies and downsizings adding to an inventory that included unclaimed spaces from earlier failures, the vacancy factor in retail properties along northern New Jersey's six major shopping corridors jumped to 6.6% during 2008 from 3.6% a year earlier, according to R.J. Brunelli & Co., Inc. Routes 4 and 23 were the only roadways to show an improvement from 2007. While the six-county region remains one of the most vibrant retail markets in the nation, the firm warned that it could take several years for the vacancy factor to get back to customary levels. In its nineteenth annual study of the northern New Jersey market, the Old Bridge, N.J.-based retail real estate brokerage found 1.84 million square feet of vacancies in the 27.96 million square feet of space studied along the six corridors, with availabilities seen in 118 of the 808... (more)

Smart Mobile Solutions Launches New DocuSign iPhone App

DocuSign announced the release of ESIGNControl, a new AppleiPhone application from Smart Mobile Solutions. Available now from the iTunes store, ESIGNControl enables DocuSign customers to use their iPhone to track, view and control documents sent for electronic signature. Smart Mobile Solutions, an ISV that specializes in applications for mobile devices, created ESIGNControl using DocuSign’s software development kit (SDK) and through active participation in the DocuSign DevCenter. By using DocuSign’s developer resources Smart Mobile Solutions blended its expertise in mobile computing to create a powerful utility for DocuSign users. With DocuSign’slectronic signature service, businesses can accelerate their sales cycles and obtain complete visibility into their agreement process. ESIGNControl extends the value of DocuSign to the iPhone handset, empowering busy profe... (more)

Selecting Your Data Center - Part 2 – Geography and Location

Data center selection is an exercise in compromise. Everybody would like to have the best of all worlds, with a highly connected facility offering 24×7 smart hands support, impenetrable security, protection from all natural and man-made disasters, in addition to service level agreements offering 5-Nines power availability at $.03/kW. Not likely we will be able to hit all those desired features in any single facility. Data center operators price their facilities and colocation based on several factors: Cost of real estate in their market Cost of power and utilities in their market Competition in their market Level of service offered (including power, interconnections, etc) Quality of facility (security, power density, infrastructure, etc) Networks, Content Providers, Enterprises, and Eyeballs The basic idea of an Internet-enabled world is that eyeballs (human beings) ... (more)

Social Networks for Rural India

New Media Journal on Ulitzer A few weeks back, I participated in the case study competition of IIMA’s Confluence along with 3 of my classmates in SJMSOM, IIT Bombay. As a part of the competition, we were asked to prepare a report on what a social network with 500 million users in India would look like. To this end, we conducted a survey to understand the expectations of users from a social network. We also researched the new developments and requirements for such a huge user base. One of the things that is evident is that to reach a user base of 500 million as the case states, it is imperative that the social network is accessible to users in rural areas and bottom of the pyramid. There are nearly 6 lakh villages in India and around 60-70% of the population is in the rural areas. So, we dedicated a section in our report for this part of the population and ... (more)

The People's Republic of Cloud Computing

I just got back from an action-packed week of meetings in Shanghai, China. Shanghai is one of the more exciting cities I've visited recently as they prepare for the World Expo in May as well as the upcoming Chinese New Year festivities. As a city Shanghai is a bustling modern metropolis. A city that in a little over thirty years has gone from a small village to mega city of more then 30 million people. In talking with the people I met in Shanghai I quickly came to realize that like myself, most people in Shanghai were not originally from there, most had recently moved there from other areas of China for "economic opportunities" the city now offers. Looking around the city you'll notice a level of wealth on par or better than most western cities. In a nutshell the reason I found myself in Shanghai was for the very reason the Chinese are now pouring into the the city, ... (more)

Data Reveals Which Electronic Signature Features Interest You

A question I often think about is inspired by you – by the comments we get on the DocuSign Facebook Page and the conversations we have on Twitter as @DocuSign. What features of DocuSign’s electronic signature platform are you interested in? To that end, I’ve looked at the topics we’ve covered: DocuSign brings electronic signature to iPad: We focus more on the DocuSign electronic signature experience on iPad rather than a specific feature. With cool new mobile devices available, including iPhone 4 and Droid 2, I wanted to share how we can experience fast, complete and trusted electronic signature while we’re on the go! Right after Apple released the iPad, Doug Rybacki, director of product management for DocuSign, confirmed that DocuSign subscribers can create DocuSign envelopes on the iPad and it works well for templates and sending for eSignature with Freeform sign... (more)

Infographic – Cloud Collaboration in Healthcare

Collaboration, or the act of working together, is universal across business types and industries – education, healthcare, real estate, government or any other. However, each industry has its own specific language for referring to things, and puts different emphasis on different collaborative processes.  The purpose of this series is to use a simple visual format to describe how cloud collaboration technology could be useful in your industry. The first infograph is about cloud collaboration software in the healthcare and wellness industry – hospitals, doctors offices, laboratories, health related back-office firms, pharma companies and hundreds of other organizations.  You may check the following page for HyperOffice cloud collaboration offerings for healthcare. Click to enlarge ... (more)

DataStax Announces New Startup Programme Offering Free Software, As Well As Free Training Courses For Cassandra Users And New Developer Tool

DataStax Startup Programme lets startups deploy DataStax Enterprise (DSE) applications for free; gives small companies the tools they need to grow their business quicklyFree online training courses teach users how to develop and administer big data applications with Apache CassandraNewly released DevCenter tool enables developers and administrators to graphically create queries, database objects, and more with the Cassandra Query Language (CQL) IPEXPO and Cassandra Summit Europe 2013 - 16th October 2013—DataStax, the company that powers the online applications that transform business, today announced three initiatives designed to help startups and developers grow their companies. The DataStax Startup Programme allows eligible startups to deploy DataStax Enterprise (DSE) applications for free, while the new DevCenter tool and free online training courses enable any Cas... (more)

Um, Can I Work From Home? Please?

It really is amazing how organizations can take a relatively simple idea and supersize it to the point where it is unrecognizable from its original conception. Last week, in a bizarre reversal, we learned that HP has decided that their people should not work from home any more if at all possible. As usual, Arik Hesseldahl from AllThingsD summarizes it the best: Computing and technology services giant Hewlett-Packard, which appears to be taking a page from Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, has quietly begun enacting a policy requiring employees to work from the office and not from home. While it hasn’t yet reached the level of a company-wide directive with the same jarring effect as a new policy put in place by Yahoo earlier this year, HP employees are being told by bosses that if they can work at the office, they should work at the office. I thought that I'd discuss this a littl... (more)

Cloud Currency: Bitcoin & the Rush to Fill Your Cyber-Wallet

Hm, where to get a drink? For those with Bitcoin, the Pembury Tavern could be the obvious choice. Why? Well, Bitcoin is on the tip of many Internet and finance-savvy tongues – as well as many not so savvy ones – so a bar is sure to get noticed by the press when it says it’ll take the alternative online currency (as indicated by its appearance in The Telegraph in an article about the topic). Bitcoin has revolutionized the worldwide reception of online currency. It’s a major victory for a concept previously unknown or regarded as highly questionable. Now the question is this: Is turning your money into Bitcoin really a good idea? The question must be asked as to the real value of an invented cryptocurrency (a cyber-currency built and identified using cryptographic algorithms). Holes in Bitcoin? Bitcoin is quickly becoming a household term. It has been around since 20... (more)

Minneapolis Law Firm Wins Pro Patria Award, Highest State Honor for Exceptional Support of Employees Serving in National Guard and Reserve

MINNEAPOLIS, May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- As the national holiday to remember and honor our military personnel's service approaches, Best & Flanagan is proud to be recognized by one of its own for the firm's support of its attorneys and staff during times of military service. Government affairs specialist Patrick Colburn serves in the U.S. Navy Reserve and was deployed to Iraq for most of 2008. When he returned home in December 2008 to his wife and young daughter, he quickly nominated Best & Flanagan for award recognition by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). Out of more than 300 nominations from across the state, Best & Flanagan was chosen as the top employer in the small business category (fewer than 500 employees) to win Minnesota ESGR's highest award for support of employees in military service, the Pro Patria award. "Best & Flanagan went far abov... (more)