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IBM: Data theft is costing companies a fortune

IBM: Data theft is costing companies a fortune

The flurry of large-scale breaches that struck top retailers and banks in 2014 finally helped corporate decision-makers internalize what security professionals has been saying for years: hackers are not only becoming more aggressive but also more sophisticated. Concrete data on the trend, however, has been scarce - until now. A new survey of 350 recently compromised organizations across a dozen countries carried out by the Ponemon Institute LLC on behalf of IBM reveals that the growing amounts of effort that the black hat community is putting into infiltration attempts is making a substantial impact. The average cost of a stolen record... more »
Personal assistant Cortana is coming to iPhone and Android Microsoft reveals

Personal assistant Cortana is coming to iPhone and Android Microsoft reveals

Microsoft’s mobile, multi-platform vision continues as the company announced that at the end of this year its virtual assistant, Cortana, will be coming to iPhone and to Android phones as early as June. The app will work similar to how it does on a Windows Phone, with a few features missing. It will at least speak English this time, unlike Portaña, the version of Cortana for Android we saw last month delivered to us by Italian hackers, OrangeSec. “Everything in Cortana’s Notebook will show up across all your devices and any changes you make on one device will be reflected when... more »
Agility key factor in IBM Analytics solutions | #IBMVision

Agility key factor in IBM Analytics solutions | #IBMVision

IBM’s Cloud-centric technologies have helped it adapt to the industry’s rapid pace. The company, with its vast portfolio, a large customer base, and a mix of legacy and new technologies, had to find ways to maintain agility, especially when it comes to analytics. “There are a lot of new vendors and technologies arising,” Michael Curry, IBM’s VP Engineering for Analytics Solutions, told theCUBE during IBM Vision. “As that’s happened, it’s put a lot of pressure on the core platforms. Cloud-centric technology allows us to move at a faster pace. It’s about agility: How quickly can you innovate? How quickly can you... more »
IBM’s performance management offers alignment, adaptability | #IBMVision

IBM’s performance management offers alignment, adaptability | #IBMVision

Performance-management software allows businesses to perform basic budgeting and forecasting, as well as complex financial and operational planning. When companies graduate from basic forecasting, they use performance-management tools to “achieve more alignment across the organization, and make sure their operational plans, marketing campaigns, sales revenue plans, and demand cycles all map back to the financial plan,” Dan Beer, IBM’s director of Performance Management, told theCUBE during IBM Vision. IBM’s Enterprise performance-management solution takes users through scorecarding and allows businesses to “apply the right resources so they know they’re going to achieve them,” said Beer. “A company can roll out planning-based solutions,... more »
Leaked iOS 9 feature points at Force Touch coming to iPhone 6s

Leaked iOS 9 feature points at Force Touch coming to iPhone 6s

Last month KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple’s next-generation iPhone will include Force Touch technology. Now a leak detailing some of the features in Apple’s upcoming iOS 9 release appears to confirm Kuo’s prediction. iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus to feature Force Touch Sources familiar with the development of the next iteration of Apple’s mobile operating system have told 9to5Mac that the company has designed iOS 9 to be Force Touch-ready. The iPhone maker is reportedly also working on enabling developer access to Force Touch functionality in order for its inclusion in third-party App Store apps. For those unfamiliar with... more »
Watson Analytics rounds out data services | #IBMVision

Watson Analytics rounds out data services | #IBMVision

IBM’s data powerhouse, Watson, offers two sides to the same coin. Watson Group focuses on cognitive, unstructured data, while Watson Analytics focuses on numerical data. In some aspects, the two sides come together. “Watson Analytics is the first example of an IBM solution within another division that consumes a large number of Watson Group’s cognitive services,” Marc Altshuller, VP Watson Analytics told theCUBE during IBM Vision. “We put them in Watson Analytics so that you can interact with it in natural language. They are a strong partner.” An entrepreneurial spirit   Altshuller, a cofounder of Varicent Software and holder of several roles for Prophix... more »
iOS 9 Maps to include public transport info for only 6 cities at launch, more to come

iOS 9 Maps to include public transport info for only 6 cities at launch, more to come

Following a report last week that Apple is preparing to debut its Transit feature for Maps in iOS 9 next month, details have emerged regarding the actual rollout of the service. Sources familiar with Apple’s plans for Maps have told 9to5Mac that the Transit feature will only cover six cities across the U.S., Canada, Europe and China at launch. Transit info for these six cities in iOS 9 San Francisco and New York will make up the U.S. cities to gain public transport information on Maps in iOS 9 at launch while Toronto will be the only Canadian city to gain transit information... more »
Clothing retailer Hot Topic acquires ThinkGeek for $122m

Clothing retailer Hot Topic acquires ThinkGeek for $122m

Clothing retailer Hot Topic, Inc. has acquired Geeknet, Inc., the company behind online retailer ThinkGeek for $122 million. ThinkGeek, for those not familiar with the store, is an online retailer that caters to, as the name may suggest, geeks. The company sells a range of products including clothing, electronic and scientific gadgets, unusual computer peripherals, office toys, pet toys, child toys, and caffeinated drinks and candy. Occasionally the site brings out a product that goes viral in popularity, making it a long-popular online store for those working in the tech industry. "We are pleased to have entered into this agreement and look forward to... more »
Basho combines its databases with open-source tech into an analytic bundle

Basho combines its databases with open-source tech into an analytic bundle

The intensifying competition in the NoSQL world is driving Basho Technologies Inc. to move up the value chain with a new platform promising to provide a unified environment for storing and processing the growing amounts of unstructured data entering the corporate network. It's the latest realization of the tried and true one-shop-stop approach to differentiation in the enterprise. The most comparable previous example is Hewlett-Packard's HAVEn, which combines its relational database and other analytic technologies with Hadoop to offer a similar integrated value proposition. The newly unveiled Basho Data Platform follows along the same lines, but substitutes the proprietary software with... more »
Vox Media acquires tech blog Re/Code in an all-share deal

Vox Media acquires tech blog Re/Code in an all-share deal

Vox Media, Inc., has acquired Revere Digital, Inc., the parent company behind tech blog Re/Code founded by The Wall Street Journal veterans Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher. The price of the acquisition was not disclosed but is reported to be an all-share deal, suggesting a figure on the lower side, possibly valuing the business at somewhere around mid to high 7 figures. Founded in 2014 after Mossberg and Swisher left The Wall Street Journal after running a similar blog called AllThingsD, Re/Code covers startups and business technology news, and is famed for Swishers ability to break news via her vast contacts in Silicon Valley, along with Mossberg's often colorful... more »
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- Stuart Miniman

The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

- David Floyer

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.

- Steve Chambers

In the UK, large enterprise, household named, logos in all markets are using AWS and not only for virtual machines and storage. Enterprises are consuming features such as identity, data warehouse, search, content delivery as AWS increase the size of the set of undifferentiated heavy lifting due to the hundreds of features they are releasing and improving.

- Steve Chambers

Containers, and specifically Docker, allows the management of applications to be freed from the shackles of infrastructure. This article examines the state of containers and the booming Docker ecosystem and how enterprise IT should get started at embracing this important technology.