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Ways you'll use ginormous touch screens in the near future

Ways you'll use ginormous touch screens in the near future

According to Pew Research Center, 64 percent of adult Americans now own a smartphone and are using it for various activities, such as researching health information, conducting online banking, looking up real estate, seeking job listings, searching for government services, gaining educational content or even submitting a job application. This demonstrates how people have grown reliant on their mobile devices, not only to keep them connected with other people or be entertained, but also to take care of daily tasks. There’s so many things we can do on a small touchscreen device that it makes you wonder what we can do with a much... more »
New apps focus on LGBT community health

New apps focus on LGBT community health

This week’s Smart Health roundup features the first mass study of the LGBT community's health using an app, a pregnancy app that raised $5 million in funding and an app that educates teens on sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The Pride Study Mitchell Lunn, MD and Juno Obedin-Maliver, MD of San Francisco are the co-directors of an ambitious study regarding the health of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The study, called Pride, will utilize an iPhone app and a web service to gather information regarding physical, mental and social issues that may be affecting the health of the LGBT community. The... more »
Warner Bros reportedly knew Arkham Knight was broken on PC long before release

Warner Bros reportedly knew Arkham Knight was broken on PC long before release

While the console versions of Batman: Arkham Knight launched last week to generally stellar reviews, the PC version was so hilariously broken that the game's creators decided to pull it from digital store shelves until it could be fixed. Now, reports have surfaced that Arkham Knight's publisher, Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment, had been well aware of the state of the game's PC version long before it was released. "I will say that it’s pretty rich for [Warner Bros] to act like they had no idea the game was in such a horrible state," a quality assurance tester for Arkham Knight told Kotaku. "It’s been like this... more »
Here's all we know about iOS 9's enterprise features so far

Here's all we know about iOS 9's enterprise features so far

Apple didn't give too much attention to the new enterprise features of iOS9 at its WorldWide Developer Conference last week, which comes as a mild surprise given its recent push into the workplace that includes a highly publicized partnership with IBM. That's not because apple isn't focusing on the enterprise – it is – but more likely due to the fact it simply wouldn't be possible to fit everything into a two-and-a-half hour keynote. Nevertheless, Apple is indeed upping its enterprise game, particularly when it comes to device security and management, application management and distribution features. Here's a run down of the... more »
Rumored iPhone 6s vs. iPhone 6

Rumored iPhone 6s vs. iPhone 6

Apple is expected to unveil the next generation of its iPhone, dubbed the iPhone 6s in the media, in September. Every generation of iPhone improves on the last, and the iPhone 6s will be no exception. While Apple’s ‘S’ models usually don’t differ that much from their standard counterparts, at least in the looks department, we can expect some improvements and new features. Here is a look at how the iPhone 6s is rumored to stack up against the iPhone 6: Design and dimension iPhone 6: The phone features an ion-strengthened cover glass, rounded edges and curves that seamlessly connect with the anodized... more »
Cloud providers "do not care" about enterprise success

Cloud providers "do not care" about enterprise success

Enterprise cloud users and even cloud providers themselves are being harmed by a lack of transparency in the industry, say analysts from Forrester Research Inc. in a new report. In a recent survey of 275 IT leaders about cloud vendors' transparency and the metadata they provide, Forrester found that 60 percent of companies believe a lack of operational, compliance information, and support is preventing them from using the cloud more. Even worse, 100 percent of the IT leaders surveyed experienced negative impacts from their cloud operations, such as lack of information, including outages, wasted resources, unexpected costs and difficulty reporting to... more »
Leaked iPhone 6s images show new chip, faster download speeds, longer battery life

Leaked iPhone 6s images show new chip, faster download speeds, longer battery life

A new set of leaked images appears to show the internal upgrades Apple is a making to its rumored iPhone 6s. According to a report from 9to5Mac, the iPhone 6s will come equipped with a chip from Qualcomm, known as the MDM9635M, and enable significantly faster download speeds than the chip found in current iPhone models. First announced by Qualcomm in 2013, the chip only went into production last year and can achieve theoretical download speeds of 300Mbps on carrier long-term evolution (LTE) networks. That is double the 150Mbps download speed the current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are capable of. As... more »
Why Sony is still killing it: Microsoft admits Xbox One has got to do better after PS4 Sales Report

Why Sony is still killing it: Microsoft admits Xbox One has got to do better after PS4 Sales Report

Bragging rights go to Sony Inc.’s PlayStation 4, as far as sales are concerned in Europe. We reported recently that the PS4 has a “significant market leadership” across the pond and beyond, even though on the world stage Xbox One is faring well in some countries. Nonetheless, Microsoft is not just a little behind in the race to command Europe, as Jim Ryan, president of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe stated: PS4 has a 70 - 90 percent market share in various European countries, something that might leave a sour tastes in its competitors’ mouths. Microsoft didn’t waste any time in responding... more »
Data center spending stays flat despite cloud shift

Data center spending stays flat despite cloud shift

Data center operators maintained a steady spending level on infrastructure during quarter two of 2015, though many are trending towards colocation services or cloud service providers, instead of building new data centers, according to a new report from 451 Research. The market tracker said that 87 percent of data center operators it surveyed in Europe and North America either held the line or increased spending during quarter two. We could see an upsurge in spending soon however, as 25 percent of data center operators told 451 Research they're planning to step up retrofits in the next 90 days. Of those who did... more »
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg on the advantages of being a founder CEO: "Everything is easier with social capital"

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg on the advantages of being a founder CEO: "Everything is easier with social capital"

There is no question that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is one of the most recognizable company heads alive today, and not just because he was the subject of the Academy Award winning film The Social Network. Zuckerberg founded Facebook in 2004 a few months shy of his twentieth birthday, and within a decade it became one of the world's most successful companies with an active user base that is over four times larger than the population of the United States. Gigaom founder Om Malik recently posted an open question on Facebook asking if Zuckerberg believed that his clout as a founder had given him an edge that... more »
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- George Gilbert

Mainstream IT, LoB execs and application development professionals each provide different yet critical perspectives to Systems of Intelligence. IT exes must be in a position to deliver the right infrastructure (e.g. cloud, on-prem, etc.) with the proper performance and SLA profile to support LoB requirements. Line-of-Business execs must have enough knowledge to specify the real-time needs of applications while application development pros must ensure the right skills are in place to deliver and maintain services to Systems of Intelligence over a full life cycle.

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- Stuart Miniman

Hyperconvergence is the current state – next generation of converged – better, faster, more distributed than original converged, but still just the beginning. Wikibon’s Server SAN research agenda is to show where we are today and give guidance for the future of this space.

- David Floyer

Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.

- David Floyer

IT will sound like yesterday’s news if it continues to advocate tiering, advocate putting the most important data on high performance storage, and declaring that less expensive lower performing storage is key and necessary. Today’s flash reality is that a single compressed/de-duplicated physical version of data must be shared between as many different applications as possible, because the incremental cost of creating and sharing another copy is close to zero.

- George Gilbert

Systems of Intelligence will power the next generation of enterprise applications built on big data. Line of business executives charged with digital transformation must understand the dynamics of Systems of Intelligence well-enough to be effective sponsors of new systems. IT executives must be effective partners and understand how to build Systems of Intelligence on top of Systems of Record. They will also need to understand how to build a radically new infrastructure to support these systems.

- Stuart Miniman

OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes CIOs should put the highest priority in developing an all-flash datacenter strategy, and implement it so that all storage acquired and deployed is 100% all-flash by 2016. The key short-term focus for CIOs is to ensure that data sharing is optimized, and that IT organization and objectives support and drive increases in data sharing. The key long-term focus is to release the potential of the best and brightest in the organization to imagine an organization supported by applications without data limits.

- 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.