Internet Grows To More Than 252 Mn Domain Names In 4Q12

VeriSign, Inc. has announced more than six million domain names were added to the Internet in the fourth quarter of 2012, bringing the total number of registered domain names to more than 252 million worldwide across all top-level domains (TLDs) as of Dec. 31, 2012, according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief.

The .com and .net TLDs experienced aggregate growth in the fourth quarter of 2012, reaching a combined total of approximately 121.1 million domain names in the adjusted zone for .com and .net. This represents a 6.4 percent increase year over year. As of Dec. 31, 2012, the base of registered names in .com equalled 106.2 million names, while .net equalled 14.9 million names.

New .com and .net registrations totalled 8 million during the fourth quarter of 2012. In the fourth quarter of 2011, new .com and .net registrations totalled 7.9 million. The .com and .net renewal rate for the fourth quarter of 2012 was 72.9 percent, up slightly from 72.5 percent for the third quarter of 2012.

Ten Ways to Inhibit Innovation

Every company is looking for the magic formula that will produce breakthrough products and services. But a better starting point is to think about what gets in the way of innovation, especially in firms that already have lots of talented, creative, and motivated people. In other words, by identifying and removing barriers, it might be possible to accelerate innovation simply by leveraging the capability that’s already there.

Here are 10 ways to inhibit innovation

  1. Our focus on short-term results drives out ideas that take longer to mature.
  2. Fear of cannibalizing current business prevents investment in new areas.
  3. Most of our resources are devoted to day-to-day business so that few remain for innovative prospects.
  4. Innovation is someone else’s job and not part of everyone’s responsibilities.
  5. Our efficiency focus eliminates free time for fresh thinking.
  6. We do not have a standard process to nurture the development of new ideas.
  7. Incentives are geared towards maximizing today’s business and reducing risk.
  8. Managers are not trained to be innovation leaders.
  9. Managers immediately look for flaws in new ideas rather than tease out their potential.
  10. We look at opportunities through internal lenses rather than starting with customers’ needs and problems.

After you’ve thought about these questions individually, bring together your team to discuss your answers.

All of us in organizations have the capability to innovate. Sometimes we just have to get out of our own way.


Build and Manage Strong Customer Relations

So now you have a perfect product or service and you think you have done most what it takes for successfully acquiring customers for your product, then you are mistaken. Building a right product or service is not the only key for success, there are many things success depends upon. One of the important thing is how your relations are with your customers and how and what do you do to maintain them.

Sometimes getting early clients can be ease, but it does not mean the customer acquisition will always be ease, its important that how do you maintain your first set of customers, and lot more is dependent on your early customers to get you the flow of new customers. Money can’t buy one of the most important things you need to promote your business: relationships. How do customer relationships drive your business? It’s all about finding people who believe in your products or services.

There are many ways in which you can maintain your healty customer realtions from early pre sales interactions to post sales support related interactions.Its always advised to keep track of your customer interactions to better server them next time.To help keep track of interactions we use Customer Relationship Management applications, but at the end its important that how effectively you track and respond to your customer demands.

Here are few tips for you to build a strong customer relations.

  1. Build your network–it’s your sales lifeline.Your network includes business colleagues, professional acquaintances, prospective and existing customers, partners, suppliers, contractors and association members, as well as family, friends and people you meet at school, church and in your community. Contacts are potential customers waiting for you to connect with their needs. How do you turn networks of contacts into customers?
  1. Communication is a contact sport, so do it early and often.Relationships have a short shelf life. No matter how charming, enthusiastic or persuasive you are, no one will likely remember you from a business card or a one-time meeting. One of the biggest mistakes people make is that they come home from networking events and fail to follow up. Make the connection immediately. Send a “nice to meet you” e-mail or let these new contacts know you’ve added them to your newsletter list and then send them the latest copy. Immediately reinforce who you are, what you do and the connection you’ve made.You rarely meet people at the exact moment when they need what you offer. When they’re ready, will they think of you? Only if you stay on their minds. It’s easier to keep a connection warm than to warm it up again once the trail goes cold. So take the time to turn your network of connections into educated customers.
  2. E-mail marketing keeps relationships strong on a shoestring budget.Build your reputation as an expert by giving away some free insight. You have interesting things to say! An easy way to communicate is with a brief e-mail newsletter that shows prospects why they should buy from you. For just pennies per customer, you can distribute an e-mail newsletter that includes tips, advice and short items that entice consumers and leave them wanting more. E-mail marketing is a cost-effective and easy way to stay on customers’ minds, build their confidence in your expertise, and retain them. And it’s viral: Contacts and customers who find what you do interesting or valuable will forward your e-mail message or newsletter to other people, just like word of mouth marketing.
  3. Reward loyal customers, and they’ll reward you.According to global management consulting firm Bain and Co., a 5 percent increase in retention yields profit increases of 25 to 100 percent. And on average, repeat customers spend 67 percent more than new customers. So your most profitable customers are repeat customers. Are you doing enough to encourage them to work with you again? Stay in touch, and give them something of value in exchange for their time, attention and business. It doesn’t need to be too much; a coupon, notice of a special event, helpful insights and advice, or news they can use are all effective. Just remember: If you don’t keep in touch with your customers, your competitors will.
  4. Loyal customers are your best salespeople.So spend the time to build your network and do the follow-up. Today there are cost effective tools, like e-mail marketing, that make this easy. You can e-mail a simple newsletter, an offer or an update message of interest to your network (make sure it’s of interest to them, not just to you). Then they’ll remember you and what you do and deliver value back to you with referrals. They’ll hear about opportunities you’ll never hear about. The only way they can say, “Wow, I met somebody who’s really good at XYZ. You should give her a call,” is if they remember you. Then your customers become your sales force.

Small business is all about relationships, relationships, relationships. Find them, nurture them, and watch your sales soar.

Size doesn’t matter – controlling Big Data through cloud security

There’s data. And then there’s BIG DATA.

Many of us have been bombarded with the term in many frameworks. There are some professionals that chalk it up to marketing hype or meaningless buzzword.

Personally, I prefer the way Gartner categorises it. That it is more than size. It is a multi-dimensional model that includes complexity, variety, velocity and, yes, volume.

But the pressing issue with this definition of Big Data is how best to secure something so vast and multifaceted. If you recognise the old concept of a network perimeter is antiquated and dangerously narrow, there should be some concern as to corralling all this data and ensuring its transit and storage is protected.

The latter issue speaks directly to compliance needs. Banks and other financial institutions, medical facilities, insurance, retailers and government entities are especially sensitive to the compliance requirements.

However, if your business doesn’t fit into these verticals it doesn’t mean you can’t directly benefit from cloud based security that creates the necessary context.

And though your organisation is dealing with an incredible mountain of data, you still must do what you can to ensure not only the proprietary intelligence behind your firewalls, but all the data trafficking in, around and through all various endpoints throughout the enterprise.

But again, size should not be the only consideration regarding Big Data. It is the means by which you analyse and apply various processes that allow you to make the best decisions possible about the ongoing security, accessibility and viability of all those many bits and bytes.

If you are looking at scale, the McKinsey Global Institute estimates that “enterprises globally stored more than seven exabytes of new data on disk drives in 2010.” One exabyte of data is the equivalent of more than 4,000 times the information stored in the US Library of Congress. That’s a lot of data.

Storing is one thing, but analysing and managing all the data into useful strategic and tactical outcomes now depends on the other elements of Big Data (complexity, variety, velocity). To do this successfully you have to have a means to put all of it into context.

For instance, let’s say an account is accessed. It has the right user name/password credentialing and seeks to export some personal data or transfer funds, or change sensitive account settings. On its face you should allow this action. They have the right name and authentication.

But when this is given greater context, there are dynamics from other silos of information that need to be factored. What is the device profile? URL reputation? Is the IP address consistent? When was last log in attempt? What time did this latest transaction occur? So, what seemed to be a reasonable transaction might shows patterns of anomalous behaviour.

The bottom line is Big Data can be managed given the right tools. And those tools do exist in the cloud and can be managed through the same. And when you have the right rules, passing though an integrated suite of security solutions you’ll begin to see that size doesn’t matter.

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Explore More about Cloud Computing…

Now a day there is hype of Cloud Computing…so we are going to find out what exactly Cloud Computing is all about…

First of all I would like to express here that how the traditional computing used to work in enterprise applications space. There used to be a dedicated application server running enterprise applications and usually these servers were located on same premise where the business office was located. So they were called as On Premise Systems. These system were expensive to implement and maintain. Despite being expensive most of the resources of these systems were unused.

Then the trend moved to Hosted applications, now these applications were installed over  web servers but now these applications are accessible over the internet, but there was basic problem here and that was the hardware, software configuration were specific to particular users and it was difficult to scale the system as per requirements.

Now comes the era of Cloud Computing, cloud computing is the delivery of computing as a service rather than a product, where shared resources such as software, hardware and information are provided to computers over the internet.

Cloud computing provides computation, software, data access, and storage services that do not require end-user knowledge of the physical location and configuration of the system that delivers the services. Parallels to this concept can be drawn with the electricity grid, wherein end-users consume power without needing to understand the component devices or infrastructure required to provide the service.

In cloud computing you dont  actually own the hardware or software, with Software As A Service (SaaS) you actually pay for what you use as monthly subscription.

Cloud computing is a natural evolution of the widespread adoption of virtualization, service-oriented architecture, autonomic, and utility computing. Details are abstracted from end-users, who no longer have need for expertise in, or control over, the technology infrastructure “in the cloud” that supports them

With cloud computing, you eliminate those headaches because you’re not managing hardware and software—that’s the responsibility of an experienced vendors.

The shared infrastructure means it works like a utility: You only pay for what you need, upgrades are automatic, and scaling up or down is easy.

Main headache with conventional enterprise applications model is you need to hire highly technical resources at your end to develop and maintain the enterprise application infrastructure which could cost you lots and lots of money in hardware, software, maintenance, security, upgrades and deployment

Cloud applications can be deployed in days instead of months and years and they cost less as they are deployed on shared resources so they cost you less, with the introduction of could applications even small businesses can opt for industries best enterprise applications at amazingly low cost.

Cloud computing and SaaS is a Win Win Model for all the stake holders and its growing at a rapid speed.