By Stephanie Watson, 13 November 2012
Etsy is an awesome and busy place in which you can buy and sell handmade items. Thousands of business minded crafters, artists, and creative people use the platform to sell their products. Most are handmade but some are vintage items and supplies for crafters. Etsy has a great set up that is easy to understand, however, there are definitely applications that you can use to be more successful if you want to start an Etsy business. All businesses have similar needs such as accounting needs, financial needs, marketing needs, inventory needs, communication needs and more in order to be successful. The following apps and services give you an answer to most of your business needs to make your Etsy business super successful. (more…)
By Christophe Primault, 12 September 2011
The enterprise cloud revolution is upon us. IT organizations everywhere, from small and mid-sized businesses to Fortune 500 companies, are moving from on-premise application software to on-demand, cloud-based services. (more…)
By Christophe Primault, 17 January 2011
(Img. from Symplified) We came across a recent survey conducted last month by Symplified in which some interesting trends were identified for 2011 around the drivers behind Cloud adoption in enterprises. As anticipated the majority of the respondents indicated that they want to benefit from the cloud for scalability and elasticity, but it is interesting to note that 26% said they would focus on identity as a service as the key enabling technology to boost adoption across the whole company. The cloud clearly brings convenience, ease of use, and perhaps, lower costs, but, it also creates a whole new set of challenge for administrators who need to manage all the user ids and passwords on both their local network as well as on the cloud. The Enterprise Directory is dead, long live to the Cloud Enterprise Directory ! Directory services may be old news, but they still represent an important part of the IT infrastructure. The question for many organizations is how to take an existing directory that grew up around locally served applications and services such as file and print, and use it with cloud-based services such as Google Apps and Salesforce.com. 31% of the respondents of the survey indicated that integration with Active Directory to centralize management of users is the most important security integration between their SaaS apps and the enterprise. The majority of the companies in the survey said they were managing over 10,000 user identities mostly within active directory (67%) or in other databases (29%). Too often, the answer is to avoid integration between local identities and the cloud. That choice, convenient as it may be in the short run, is likely to become unsustainable in the long run. As cloud-based services continue to proliferate, the potential risk increases dramatically leading to both compromised user identities and uneficient users and services provisioning. SAML vs OpenID 2 standards have emerged in order to acheive SSO for Web Apps: SAML and OpenID. Most of the Security vendors are developing products to support both protocol. As an enterprise the question is then, which one to choose ? Can they work together ? What are the best use cases ? SAML is often criticized for its complexity and OpenID praised for its simplicity. Fore a complete overview information rather than writing a new article on the subject i encourage you to check out this great blog post from OneLogin CEO Thomas Pedersen) which goes into very practical details. Next steps There are no doubts that companies are convinced about the value of the cloud and are now massively adopting cloud applications of different varieties. That said, they start realizing that single sign on (SSO) and managing tens of thousands of identities efficiently is one of the greatest pain points in this emerging era of enterprise and cloud computing apps working together. Spend a bit of time looking at the Cloud Security Alliance website and also check out the various vendors listed for Cloud Single Sign-On on GetApp.com as they do provide comprehensive solutions in this space Symplified OneLogin MyOnelogin Pingidentity Please do share your feedback and insights !