From Magento to Shopify Plus: How to move your money-maker to another platform

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When you’re a large e-commerce store pushing thousands of orders every month – the last thing you want to think about is completely migrating your money-maker to another platform.  It’s a lot of work, and you’re pretty sure it will destroy sales. So you put it off.  You keep putting it off until eventually, your site is broken beyond repair or your competition is gaining too much ground. We just did it. We moved our giant online store from Magento to Shopify Plus.  A lot of people were actually surprised with our decision to move to Shopify Plus.  They were…

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FanDuel announces acquisition of leading esports platform AlphaDraft

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Strategic alliance marks FanDuel’s entry into the rapidly growing fantasy eSports market

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–September 24, 2015–

FanDuel Inc. (www.fanduel.com), the largest one-day fantasy sports operator, today announced it has acquired leading fantasy eSports platform, AlphaDraft. Marking its entry into the fantasy eSports market, FanDuel will leverage the partnership to enhance and expand core product offerings in order to further reach new sports fans while maximizing engagement.

With the best talent in the sports tech industry, FanDuel’s acquisition of AlphaDraft, the premier daily fantasy sports platform that seamlessly blends eSports, live streaming and fantasy sports contests, will bring the company’s employee base in-house to help create a one of its kind daily fantasy product specifically for eSports. This partnership marks the first time FanDuel will have a product for the eSports community.

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“With over 200 million people globally watching eSports, AlphaDraft gives those fans a way to engage with this burgeoning entertainment product that creates an enormous opportunity for us,” said Nigel Eccles, CEO and Co-founder, FanDuel. “This is sports for a new demographic, with very little crossover with what are considered traditional sports fans, and this acquisition gives us the ability to leverage the expertise of AlphaDraft’s team, while helping their efforts in customer acquisition and building awareness of this new industry. It’s a win-win.”

The acquisition of AlphaDraft continues FanDuel’s long-term strategy of acquiring top talent around the fantasy sports industry as it builds one of the finest fantasy products for players – all designed to enhance the sports experience. This comes on the heels of the acquisition of numberFire, the premier next generation sports analytics platform, and Kotikan, a leading mobile app developer.

“It is clear that FanDuel is committed to the fan community,” said Todd Peterson, CEO of AlphaDraft. “This pairing creates an incredible opportunity to drive the fantasy industry forward and create compelling products that will enhance all fan engagement.”

Investors in AlphaDraft to date include former NBA Commissioner David Stern, Melo7 Tech Partners, Metamorphic Ventures, WME, Upfront Ventures, IDG Ventures, Greycroft Partners, Freestyle Capital, KEC, Amplify.LA and others. eSports generated $ 612m in revenue last year and 13% of all live stream viewers are watching eSports. By 2017, the number of eSports fans is projected to come close to that of American football.

About FanDuel

FanDuel is the leading daily fantasy sports provider with the sole mission of making sports more exciting. Founded in 2009, FanDuel has redefined fantasy sports; offering a multitude of one-day game options for NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and college football and basketball, with new public and private leagues forming daily, ranging in size from two to thousands of players. FanDuel is the Official Partner of the NBA and has multiple deals with NFL and NBA teams, driving fan engagement, hosting numerous live events and creating once-in-a-lifetime experiences for sports fans throughout the year. Based in New York City with offices in Los Angeles, Orlando, Edinburgh and Glasgow, FanDuel has raised $ 363 million in funding from investors including KKR, Google Capital, Time Warner/Turner Sports, Shamrock Capital, NBC Sports Ventures, Comcast Ventures, Pentech Ventures, Piton Capital and Bullpen Capital.

About AlphaDraft

Founded in 2014, AlphaDraft is the premier online platform that seamlessly blends the highly popular worlds of eSports, live streaming and fantasy sports, with daily and weekly contests for cash and other real-world prizes. Members draft a new team every day without season-long commitments, and play against friends and other fans without having to create their own fantasy leagues. There is no purchase necessary to register, and AlphaDraft offers both free and paid contests. For more information, please visit www.AlphaDraft.com or follow us on Twitter at @AlphaDraft.

 

 

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Use SAP’s mobile platform? Patch now to avoid these ‘high risk’ vulnerabilities

Three high risk vulnerabilities in SAP Mobile could give attackers access to encrypted information stored in mobile devices, security firm Onapsis reported Wednesday.

All three vulnerabilities were recently fixed by SAP, but systems are only safe if the patches are applied.

“SAP runs so many of the world’s largest enterprises that any vulnerability must be taken very seriously,” said Nicholas Taylor, CEO of Netlogx, another security provider.

One of the flaws enables keystream recovery and could allow an attacker with access to a vulnerable device to decrypt credentials and other sensitive information stored within, Onapsis said. The attacker could then potentially connect to other business systems to access additional data.

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So why is Salesforce’s Cloud Platform such a big deal?

Question by FireFish45: So why is Salesforce’s Cloud Platform such a big deal?
I’m not a hardcore architect, so I’m not clear on one thing thats been bothering me lately about Salesforce.

They’re making such a huge deal about this Cloud Computing Platform that they are behind.

Can someone please explain in plain English what the big deal is? What is the business gain of investing resources in this type of technology?

Salesforce explains the Cloud Platform here:

http://www.salesforce.com/platform/cloud-platform/

Please don’t repeat or copy / paste what they say. I’m looking for a clear & concise explanation on the technology as a whole.

Best answer:

Answer by mdigitale
Cloud Computing and Software as a Service (SaaS) have been buzz words for quite some time now.

I wouldn’t classify Salesforce’s Cloud Platform as being a “big deal” over other Cloud Platforms that are available. However, Salesforce is probably one of the best examples of a successful SaaS today.

The distribution and usage model for SaaS is quite different from what most people are familiar with today. Today, if you want an office software package, you go to the store (or download from Microsof’s store), Microsoft Office for $ 800. You install this on your computer and go on your merry way. You can use the program as many times as you want for as long as you want.

The SaaS approach would have you purchase a subscription — say $ 30/month. You pay your subscription to Microsoft and you get to use the software. If you don’t pay, you can’t login and you don’t get to use the software.

So why would would anyone want to do that? There are some advantages — first, Microsoft (or their authorized entity) is responsible for maintaining the system. You always have access to the latest and greatest software without having to buy a new version. You don’t have to worry about installing security patches, configuration issues, etc. All of the maintenance is managed by the service provider. The provider may also provide additional features like automatic backups, etc.

What are the cons of this model? Well, if you’re like me you hate recurring monthly bills. You’re fine with patching your own system and keeping things up to date by yourself. SaaS also creates a heavy dependence upon the Internet. If your Internet goes out, you’re SOL. You also have to trust your provider to keep your data secure. With Salesforce, they have access to anything you let their system manage. For many customers, this is everything from customer details, service contracts, support issues, etc., etc. You have to put a lot of trust into one company and their security measures.

Advantages for software vendors? They love it because its a lot harder for people to pirate a service. You can’t use the product without having a log-in and you can’t get a log-in without paying. And you have to login every time you want to use the service. It also generates another product to sell. They can also sell to customers who want to use the product for a limited time (cheap price) and not have to worry about them walking off with the goods.

I think SaaS has some potential for some markets, but I personally don’t care for it. The less I have to rely on a fragile infrastructure like the Internet, the better.

Add your own answer in the comments!

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Do you agree with the statement that the Web was the first Cloud Computing Platform?

Question by bleuflamenco: Do you agree with the statement that the Web was the first Cloud Computing Platform?
Or am I missing something? As I see it, web sites were the first distributed, scalable, highly customizable platform on the internet. Email and stuff like IRC and FTP were huge, but they aren’t really platforms upon which more complex systems were built like the Web is.
Dr. Dave, I agree, but that’s not what I was asking.

Best answer:

Answer by DrDave
Of course not. Cloud is the next step in taking control of what users do. You’ll be charged for every thing. You will no longer have your own personal software. You’ll pay to use applications every time you use them. Big Brother is just around the corner.
Edit: What part of “Of course not” don’t you understand?

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So why is Salesforce’s Cloud Platform such a big deal?

Question by FireFish45: So why is Salesforce’s Cloud Platform such a big deal?
I’m not a hardcore architect, so I’m not clear on one thing thats been bothering me lately about Salesforce.

They’re making such a huge deal about this Cloud Computing Platform that they are behind.

Can someone please explain in plain English what the big deal is? What is the business gain of investing resources in this type of technology?

Salesforce explains the Cloud Platform here:

http://www.salesforce.com/platform/cloud-platform/

Please don’t repeat or copy / paste what they say. I’m looking for a clear & concise explanation on the technology as a whole.

Best answer:

Answer by mdigitale
Cloud Computing and Software as a Service (SaaS) have been buzz words for quite some time now.

I wouldn’t classify Salesforce’s Cloud Platform as being a “big deal” over other Cloud Platforms that are available. However, Salesforce is probably one of the best examples of a successful SaaS today.

The distribution and usage model for SaaS is quite different from what most people are familiar with today. Today, if you want an office software package, you go to the store (or download from Microsof’s store), Microsoft Office for $ 800. You install this on your computer and go on your merry way. You can use the program as many times as you want for as long as you want.

The SaaS approach would have you purchase a subscription — say $ 30/month. You pay your subscription to Microsoft and you get to use the software. If you don’t pay, you can’t login and you don’t get to use the software.

So why would would anyone want to do that? There are some advantages — first, Microsoft (or their authorized entity) is responsible for maintaining the system. You always have access to the latest and greatest software without having to buy a new version. You don’t have to worry about installing security patches, configuration issues, etc. All of the maintenance is managed by the service provider. The provider may also provide additional features like automatic backups, etc.

What are the cons of this model? Well, if you’re like me you hate recurring monthly bills. You’re fine with patching your own system and keeping things up to date by yourself. SaaS also creates a heavy dependence upon the Internet. If your Internet goes out, you’re SOL. You also have to trust your provider to keep your data secure. With Salesforce, they have access to anything you let their system manage. For many customers, this is everything from customer details, service contracts, support issues, etc., etc. You have to put a lot of trust into one company and their security measures.

Advantages for software vendors? They love it because its a lot harder for people to pirate a service. You can’t use the product without having a log-in and you can’t get a log-in without paying. And you have to login every time you want to use the service. It also generates another product to sell. They can also sell to customers who want to use the product for a limited time (cheap price) and not have to worry about them walking off with the goods.

I think SaaS has some potential for some markets, but I personally don’t care for it. The less I have to rely on a fragile infrastructure like the Internet, the better.

Give your answer to this question below!

Windows Azure cloud platform accepts Linux VMs

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