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The good news (and the bad) about doing public relations on your own

The good news (and the bad) about doing public relations on your own

Alright! Are you excited? You should be! We’re going to start talking about getting press this week. OR doing “PR”. Whatever you want to say to refer to the often soul crushing work that is trying to get attention for yourself, or your product, by using modern media. I hope you’re excited, (or at least, ready to feign enthusiasm) because PR is one of those things that’s a lot of fun in the concept stage, but once you start actually having to do it, you immediately wish you had made different career choices. You see, public relations is this bizarre combination of... more »
New IoT recipes for developers, from IBM hub

New IoT recipes for developers, from IBM hub

This week’s Smart DevOps features a new developer community for the Internet of Things (IoT), a Software Developer Kit (SDK) that turns any wearable into a fitness tracker, and a location and zone management solution for developers. IBM launches new IoT developer community Big Blue announced the launch of the IBM developerWorks Recipes, a community designed to help developers — from novice to experienced — quickly and easily connect IoT devices to the Cloud. Developers will also learn how to use data coming from the connected devices. Developers who join the community will be able to tap into IBM’s Bluemix, allowing them to... more »
HP wants to help simplify the switch to Windows 10 for CIOs

HP wants to help simplify the switch to Windows 10 for CIOs

Downloading Windows 10 is as easy as hitting the upgrade icon in the system tray for the average consumer, but it’s an entirely different story in large enterprises with upwards of tens of thousands of users to manage. The challenge lies not so much in the installation itself as moving the related organizational processes, which Hewlett-Packard Co. wants to help simplify with its latest service bundle. The launch of the suite comes less than 72 hours of Microsoft Corp. releasing the new version of its operating system, too short of a window for customers to start looking at competitors, most of... more »
How to use Amazon's Dash Button, now available to Prime members for $4.99

How to use Amazon's Dash Button, now available to Prime members for $4.99

Amazon.com is now officially selling its Dash Button for $4.99. For now, the Dash Buttons are in limited stocks and are only available to Amazon Prime members. If you’re not familiar with Dash Button, it is a device that has a single button that allows consumers to order their favorite product with a push of a button. What you need to know How it works To set it up, you need the Amazon app on your smartphone so the Dash Button can connect to your home’s Wi-Fi network. It should be noted that each button represents a specific brand. If you like a particular... more »
Terraria will be coming to Wii U and 3DS in early 2016

Terraria will be coming to Wii U and 3DS in early 2016

In the four years since its release, popular pixel art survival and crafting game Terraria has made the jump from PC to just about every other platform out there, including PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, iOS, Android, Windows Phone and PlayStation Vita. Now the game's developer, Re-Logic, has announced that Terraria is about to add two more platforms to that list: Wii U and 3DS. "This represents a massive opportunity to bring Terraria to a whole new set of gamers whom may have never seen Terraria before - as well as a chance to explore what might be possible in... more »
ElasticHosts launches Spring.io, a pay-as-you-go cloud container service

ElasticHosts launches Spring.io, a pay-as-you-go cloud container service

Cloud hosting provider ElasticHosts Ltd. has lifted the lid off of Springs.io, a container-based cloud infrastructure service that offers “elastic capacity scaling” with pay-per-use billing. The company claims the service is priced lower than the equivalent virtualization-based cloud services offered by companies like Amazon Web Services. Springs.io is based on ElasticHosts's container tech, which scales automatically to give customers the capacity they need in real-time. The service can boot up containers in less than two seconds when capacity demands increase, and users needn't worry about the overheads of virtualization. ElasticHosts works out its usage fees based on actual workloads. It prices processing... more »
Google denies French watchdog's 'right to be forgotten' demands

Google denies French watchdog's 'right to be forgotten' demands

Google Inc released a statement on Thursday saying that it will refuse to comply with a French privacy group's demands to apply the E.U.'s "right to be forgotten" law to Google's services outside of Europe. Last month, the Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés' (CNIL), a French privacy watchdog, ordered Google to comply with users' requests to have their names globally removed from its search results, but Google says that CNIL has no authority to make such a demand. "This is a troubling development that risks serious chilling effects on the web," Peter Fleischer, Google's global privacy counsel, wrote in a blog post. "While the... more »
Google Glass 2.0: Back to work in the enterprise?

Google Glass 2.0: Back to work in the enterprise?

It's probably unfair to say that Google Glass flopped as a consumer product, but for a number of reasons Google deemed that its wearable technology wasn't quite ready for the masses. Even so, Google Glass did go down a whole lot better in the enterprise sector, and now that's where the next edition of the device is all set to land. Anonymous sources have told The Wall Street Journal and Re/Code that development on a “Glass at Work” has entered the final stages, and the product is all set for a quiet launch this fall. The WSJ says Google has already distributed... more »
Cloudera partners with EMC to offer "Cloudera-on-Isilon" solution

Cloudera partners with EMC to offer "Cloudera-on-Isilon" solution

Hadoop heavyweight Cloudera Inc. has just signed on with EMC Corp.'s Technology Connect partner program, which means that EMC customers can now license Cloudera Enterprise directly from the storage giant and its reseller partners. The move means that EMC customers now have a direct path to implement an “in-place” approach to data analytics, avoiding the time consuming mess of replicating data across separate silos, while taking advantage of Cloudera's enterprise capabilities. Sam Grocott, senior vice president of marketing of the Emerging Technologies Division at EMC, noted that the scope and mission of Hadoop has expanded rapidly. No longer is it simply used... more »
14 million upgrades and counting: Windows 10 takes a bow, but not everyone is clapping

14 million upgrades and counting: Windows 10 takes a bow, but not everyone is clapping

We know that Windows 10 is being rolled out in phases, with those on the Windows Insider program getting first dibs. But only 24 hours after the OS was released Microsoft has said that it is “humbled” by consumer demand so far. In a blog post head of marketing at Windows, Yusuf Mehdi , said, “We now have more than 14 million devices running Windows 10. We still have many more upgrades to go before we catch up to each of you that reserved your upgrade.” Most of the feedback so far has been very positive, with a particular glowing review coming... more »
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- David Floyer

Wikibon argues strongly against Revolution towards a 3rd platform. The conclusion from this analysis is that applications will evolve; conversion should be avoided like the plague. The greatest opportunity is to continuously adapt today's operational applications by the addition of real-time or near real-time analytics applied directly to the current organizational processes and applications that support these processes. This is likely to translate to the greatest value to most organizations, and where possible avoid the risks of converting systems. The study of organizations that have applied real-time analytics to their current operational systems have shown incredible improvements in lower costs and greater adaptability. Business and IT executives should understand the enormous potential for adding decision automation through real-time analytics to current operational applications in their organizations. New technologies should be judged by their ability to support real-time analytics applied to operational systems, and supporting incremental improvement over time.

- Luke Turchetta

In a recent web-based survey conducted by Wikibon, 300 North American enterprises whom had either been utilizing, or considering the adoption of public cloud, answered questions regarding IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) perceptions and usages. These questions varied in topic but were centered around an examination of which workloads were best suited for usage in the public cloud. This research examines a few additional key insights that shed some light on the growing IaaS world.

- David Vellante

Today's Technology infrastructure management is largely non-differentiated and wasteful. Technology executives must re-think the strategic role of human capital and begin to implement new ways to consume IT as a service. This post draws on the learnings of senior executive Alan Nance from Royal Philips who is dogmatic in its approach to transforming its infrastructure to a service model.

- David Floyer

There have only been two successful volume introductions into the marketplace in the last 50 years - DRAM and NAND flash. There has to be a clear volume case with good economics for 3D XP to be able to gain a foothold in consumer products. Without volume in the consumer space, there is unlikely to be much volume traction in the enterprise space. CIOs, CTOs and enterprise professionals should take a wait and see stance, and monitor the adoption of 3D XP in the consumer and military spaces. If and when there is volume production for 3D XP, enterprise adoption should start about two years later.

- Stuart Miniman

The use of open source software continues to accelerate and expand in the marketplace, especially in areas where technology is significantly disrupting established business models. IT organizations should be actively seeking to understand how open communities operate, how different licensing models work, and how they can be more actively engaged with both the vendors and communities that are shaping open source software.

- Stuart Miniman

The full stack of software around containers (including Docker) is diverse and changing at a fast pace. This research walks the software stack and examines the

- David Floyer

CIOs understand that a clear cloud strategy is critical for IT today. Wikibon believes the biggest mistake organizations can make is converting major applications into the public cloud (including SaaS) without thinking about the implications to their existing business process workflows. Wikibon recommends that IT develop and implement a hybrid cloud strategy using the existing management workflows and compliance processes for both the public and private cloud components in the hybrid cloud.

- David Floyer

In 2014, Wikibon defined a new category "Server SAN" that sits at the intersection of software-defined storage, hyperscale methodologies and converged infrastructure. This article is the executive summary of primary research that gives the status of the market, examines the vendor ecosystem, lays forth the revenue and 10 year forecast and gives direction for expansion beyond simple "hyperconverged infrastructure". This information is available for public consumption, the full research is available to Wikibon clients.

- David Floyer

In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.

- Stuart Miniman

If containers are at the center of a shift in how applications are developers and delivered, and their pace of growth and change is unprecedented in IT history, this could have a massive ripple effect on both suppliers and consumers of the ecosystem of IT technologies.