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DEFINITION: Six degrees of separation is the theory that anyone on the planet can be connected to any other person on the planet through a chain of acquaintances that has no more than five intermediaries. The theory was first proposed in 1929 by the Hungarian writer Frigyes Karinthy in a short story called "Chains."In the 1950's, Ithiel de Sola Pool (MIT) and Manfred Kochen (IBM) set out to prove the theory mathematically.  … 
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The IT infrastructure conversation: New content, new participants, new tone
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: This white paper looks at how companies view the importance of IT infrastructure, the investments they're making in it, and how they can better prepare for the future.
Posted: 20 Mar 2015 | Published: 31 Jul 2014

IBM

Magic Quadrant for Intelligent Business Process Management Suites
sponsored by TIBCO Software Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Read this iBPMS Magic Quadrant to compare 14 vendors focused on the iBPMS market and ensuring improved process outcomes.
Posted: 16 Mar 2015 | Published: 17 Mar 2014

TIBCO Software Inc.

2014 North American Social Media Analytics Customer Value
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: This white paper examines a number of case studies in which various organizations overcame significant challenges in the effort to obtain valuable business intelligence from social media.
Posted: 09 Mar 2015 | Published: 09 Mar 2015

IBM

Beyond Listening: Driving Better Decisions with Social Media
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: This white paper examines IBM Social Media Analytics and explains how it can help organizations transform massive volumes of social media data into highly effective business insights and actions.
Posted: 07 Mar 2015 | Published: 06 Mar 2015

IBM

Managing Global Branding to Improve Marketing Relevance
sponsored by The Pulse Network
WHITE PAPER: In this white paper, you'll learn how to leverage the latest advancements in digital asset management to deliver timely, personalize, positive, and relevant brand experiences while enhancing your brand image.
Posted: 06 Mar 2015 | Published: 04 Dec 2012

The Pulse Network

Speech-to-Text Analytics Reveals New Insights Into Consumer Behavior
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: This white paper describes how Telerx, a global contact center outsourcing provider, embrace the methods that modern consumers are utilizing to share their opinions and turned raw data into valuable insight for their clients.
Posted: 20 Feb 2015 | Published: 31 Jan 2013

IBM

Vendor Report for Social Software in the Workplace: 17 Vendors Compared
sponsored by Jive Software
WHITE PAPER: This Magic Quadrant report from Gartner Inc. assesses 17 social software vendors in terms of strengths, functionality, and cautions, and intends to help buyers find the right system suitable to fit their needs.
Posted: 18 Feb 2015 | Published: 18 Feb 2015

Jive Software

Exclusive Vendor Report: Comparing Top Enterprise Social Platforms
sponsored by Jive Software
WHITE PAPER: This exclusive vendor report from Forrester Research explores the top competitors in the field of Enterprise Social Platforms and examines each vendor's offerings, strategies, and market presence. Additionally, learn how each vendor compares in terms of social capabilities, customer references, and more.
Posted: 16 Feb 2015 | Published: 16 Feb 2015

Jive Software

Collaboration—Understand the Business Value and How to Make It Work
sponsored by Unify
WHITE PAPER: View this informative white paper to get some insight and an information framework to aid in successful planning and deployment of collaboration solutions.
Posted: 16 Feb 2015 | Published: 31 Oct 2014

Unify

The Age of Social Media: Lead Generation and Brand Authenticity
sponsored by Marketo
WHITE PAPER: This white paper considers the advantages of social media in regards to lead generation. Access now to find out how you can implement a profitable social media strategy by targeting a variety of platforms with specific plans of action, and how your sales leads will benefit.
Posted: 28 Jan 2015 | Published: 28 Jan 2015

Marketo

How to Build an Effective Work Environment at Home
sponsored by Citrix Online Go To Meeting
WHITE PAPER: Find out what exactly it takes to successfully work from home, and minimize any potential disruptions that could possibly come your way.
Posted: 27 Jan 2015 | Published: 31 Dec 2014

Citrix Online Go To Meeting

Harnessing the Power of Enterprise Social Collaboration
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: View this informative white paper to investigate the critical aspects needed to successfully expand the use of social collaboration, as well as a collaboration platform that will ensure a smooth sailing transformation.
Posted: 27 Jan 2015 | Published: 01 Jun 2014

IBM

IDC ranked IBM number one in worldwide marketshare for enterprise social software for the fifth consecutive year
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: The following IDC Analyst Report examines the enterprise social networks market trends from 2009-2018 and provides readers with a foundation on how they can capitalize on these trends in coming months.
Posted: 19 Jan 2015 | Published: 19 Jan 2015

IBM

Drive Engagement and Revenue with Transactional Emails
sponsored by Message Bus
WHITE PAPER: This white paper highlights the top 10 transactional messages to start sending out today that will help your company's growth and revenue.
Posted: 13 Jan 2015 | Published: 13 Jan 2015

Message Bus

What Does the Future of the Workplace Look Like?
sponsored by Citrix Online Go To Meeting
WHITE PAPER: View this informative white paper to find out how employees can communicate and collaborate effectively, especially with the amount of resources within reach.
Posted: 06 Jan 2015 | Published: 31 Dec 2014

Citrix Online Go To Meeting

Red Hat JBoss Data Virtualization: Your Data, Your Way, At Your Business Speed
sponsored by Red Hat
WHITE PAPER: This white paper describes how data virtualization is a lead data integration solution that provides unified data access, enabling agile data provisioning.
Posted: 30 Dec 2014 | Published: 31 Jan 2014

Red Hat

The Digital Enterprise Challenge: An Information-Centric Strategy for Digital Transformation
sponsored by OpenText
WHITE PAPER: This white paper identifies three key capabilities required to become an information-centric digital enterprise. It also describes how to use these capabilities to make the transformation easier.
Posted: 29 Dec 2014 | Published: 30 Nov 2014

OpenText

Accelerate Service Deployment With A Private Cloud Infrastructure
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: Read this case study to learn about the adaptable and predictive private cloud infrastructure that helped Wimbledon accelerate service deployment by 50%.
Posted: 09 Dec 2014 | Published: 31 Jul 2014

IBM

Social network analysis –making sense of spaghetti
sponsored by IPL
WHITE PAPER: Social networks are rich with data, but unfortunately, making sense of this information can be a bit difficult to say the least. In the following white paper, Pat Galea explains some mathematical techniques that can be used to detect interesting insights within social networks. Read on to find out more.
Posted: 04 Dec 2014 | Published: 04 Dec 2014

IPL

All-Flash Storage: The Foundation for 3rd Platform Application Availability
sponsored by NetApp
WHITE PAPER: Access this whitepaper to learn about a vendor that provides flash-optimized systems that deliver flash performance and availability.
Posted: 01 Dec 2014 | Published: 30 Sep 2014

NetApp

The Social Dimension of Business Analytics: Extracting Value from Customer Feedback
sponsored by Information Builders
WHITE PAPER: The following informative white paper examines the biggest issues with conventional social media and BI tools and offers insight into a social media analytics platform that can improve the value of customer data, marketing approaches, and more.
Posted: 03 Oct 2014 | Published: 03 Oct 2014

Information Builders

Evolving Toward the Next Phase of Email
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: This white paper explores current email usage in the workplace, as well as corporate email's anticipated future, including a more cohesive user experience with integrated application functionality, social capabilities, and transparent accessibility.
Posted: 01 Oct 2014 | Published: 30 Jun 2014

IBM

Next-Generation Servers Accelerate Application Performance and More
sponsored by Dell, Inc. and Intel®
WHITE PAPER: View this white paper to learn how server solutions must simplify management throughout the life cycle, automate maintenance tasks to improve IT efficiency and reduce downtime, and offer new storage innovations within the server to optimize the performance of demanding applications such as big data and analytics.
Posted: 19 Sep 2014 | Published: 19 Sep 2014

Dell, Inc. and Intel®

IDC MarketScape for Jive Software
sponsored by Jive Software
WHITE PAPER: This IDC MarketScape report looks at enterprise social network vendors and features Jive in this excerpt. Learn about Jive's strengths, challenges, key features, and more.
Posted: 17 Feb 2015 | Published: 17 Feb 2015

Jive Software

Social, mobile HR practices keep employees happy
sponsored by Oracle Corporation UK Ltd
WHITE PAPER: This white paper explains why CHROs should connect and engage employees by deploying enterprise mobile and social strategies.
Posted: 12 Dec 2014 | Published: 12 Dec 2014

Oracle Corporation UK Ltd
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SOCIAL NETWORKING DEFINITION (continued): …  Although they were able to phrase the question (given a set N of people, what is the probability that each member of N is connected to another member via k_1, k_2, k_3...k_n links?), after twenty years they were still unable to solve the problem to their own satisfaction. In 1967, American sociologist Stanley Milgram devised a new way to test the theory, which he called "the small-world problem." He randomly selected people in the mid-West to send packages to a stranger located in Massachusetts. The senders knew the recipient's name, occupation, and general location. They were instructed to send … 
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