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Powered by Battery: Your Reading Guide

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The Online Retailer’s Christmas Wish List: More Data, More Analytics, More Bandwidth

The turkey leftovers are long gone and the holiday shopping season is moving into crunch mode. And though Thanksgiving-weekend retail sales were a little disappointing, I’m more intrigued by—and upbeat about—an emerging, high-tech aspect of this annual winter spending orgy: the smart use of big data.

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The Sony Hack: We’ve Seen This Movie Before, and It’s About More than Malware

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Are we missing the big picture, again, in the fervor around the Sony hack?

It makes a great scene, you can picture it in a movie: Employees showing up on Monday unable to login or begin their day due to the flashing skull on their monitors. Frenzied white-collar workers rushing to secure pen and paper and lining up to use the fax machine. An escalation of damage as a puzzlingly worded extortion threat manifest as leaked sensitive internal information, then deleted and lost data, and finally followed by the loss of the crown jewels themselves – DVD quality rips of yet-to-be-released movies.

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#TBT: Who Let the Dogs Out? Thirteen Year-Old Blog Post Presages Datacenter Innovations

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The Baha Men.

In April 2001, Battery published this blog post about the dawning age of scale-out computing and huge datacenters. This was pre-VMWare and pre-Amazon Web Services. The piece outlined an investment thesis that led to the formation of BladeLogic, a seminal, datacenter automation company Battery helped create and build.

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Smart People on Ice: Raj Patel, Part Two–Powering Pinterest

In the second half of Alex Benik’s “Smart People on Ice” interview with Raj Patel, Raj gives a behind-the-scenes look at technology powering Pinterest. Founded in 2010, Pinterest now hosts more than 30 billion ‘pins’ and 750 million ‘boards’, requiring a large-scale, agile infrastructure to support the company.

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Why Investing in “Best Places to Work” is Good for More than Morale

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Do happy employees make for happy stock returns?

In the case of the firms honored in Glassdoor’s most recent “Best Places to Work” list, that appears to be true. Our analysis of the data underlying the rankings found that on average, the year-to-date stock return for the 27 large public companies on the Glassdoor list was 15.0%. (The median was also 15%.) That handily outpaced the 9.7% return for the S&P 500 during the same period.

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Snapchat for the Enterprise

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Two of the biggest trends in corporate IT today are BYOD—the “bring your own device” preference of employees who want to use their own phones and tablets at work—and software delivered as a service (SaaS). But those two trends are creating a huge security headache for companies. And  no one, to date, has been able to cure it.

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Why We Replaced (In)Human Resources With Employee Experience

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Nitro Software COO Gina O’Reilly with company CEO Sam Chandler.

Fairly or unfairly, ‘traditional’ human resources conjures images of problems, paperwork, and processes with an unhealthy amount of bureaucracy and red tape.

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Why Dell Couldn’t Ignore Glassdoor

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Like many companies, Dell ignored Glassdoor at first. Wasn’t Glassdoor a social platform for people to just complain about their jobs? Isn’t it a small site with users just based in the United States? Wouldn’t directly engaging with users that had negative experiences open us up to even more criticism? After committing to a partnership with Glassdoor over 18 months ago, our experience has been dramatically different.

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