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Adaptive Insights bags a massive $75  million to bring CPM back in vogue

Adaptive Insights bags a massive $75 million to bring CPM back in vogue

Corporate performance management is not exactly at the top of the enterprise technology wishlist nowadays, but it remains in an inseparable part of operations even as decision-makers devout more and more of their attention to newer trends. The focus, however, is now starting to shift back, heralded by the $75 million bet that investors placed Adaptive Insights Inc. in a new round announced this morning. The funding will help fuel the development of its cloud-based business intelligence platform, which provides analysts with a centralized environment in which to create the various forecasts and reports that management depends on to assess how the... more »
Kyvos Insights launches native OLAP engine for Hadoop

Kyvos Insights launches native OLAP engine for Hadoop

The Hadoop ecosystem has a natural inclination towards variety. That first came to the fore with the release of Apache Storm two years ago, which has since been followed by no less than three other stream processing engines, and is now repeating itself with the introduction of a new online analytics engine (OLAP) from Kyvos Insights Inc. that similarly throws down the gauntlet to its predecessor. That predecessor  is Kylin, a system created at eBay Inc. to address its internal requirements that was released under an open-source license late last year. The project splits data among different components of Hadoop based... more »
Distil pulls in $21 million for its online bot hunter

Distil pulls in $21 million for its online bot hunter

As if more proof was required of investors’ enthusiasm towards cybersecurity, Distil Networks Inc. has raised $21 million in funding this morning to help expand the development and marketing of its anti-bot technology amid equally fast-growing interest from the enterprise. However, it doesn’t quite fit into the profile of the startups that have been getting most of the venture capital in that space lately. Distil operates a long way from Silicon Valley, at Arlington County in Virginia, and focuses on helping organizations protect their sites rather than internal data as Illumio Inc., Palerra Inc. and its other recently funded peers do. In... more »
Satellite powered data company Spire raises $40m Series B

Satellite powered data company Spire raises $40m Series B

Satellite powered data company Spire Global, Inc. has raised $40 million Series B in a round led by Promus Ventures that included existing investors RRE Ventures and Lemnos Labs, along with new investors Bessemer Venture Partners and Jump Capital. Founded in 2012, Spire is a satellite powered data company that tackles business challenges with data solutions for organizations. The company offers data innovation, technology, and applications, in areas including illegal fishing, trade monitoring, maritime domain awareness, insurance, environmental impact, asset tracking, search and rescue, and piracy. The company’s satellites employ "advanced software defined radios" to collect global remote sensing data with a focus... more »
Pokemon Shuffle is not the mobile Nintendo game you have been waiting for

Pokemon Shuffle is not the mobile Nintendo game you have been waiting for

Nintendo Co Ltd pleasantly surprised its fans earlier this year when it announced that it would finally be making its way into mobile games through a partnership with Japanese social game studio DeNA Co. Nintendo later revealed that it would be releasing five new mobile games by 2017, and fans have been eagerly awaiting news about the first Nintendo game that will arrive on their phones. Despite some reports to the contrary, Pokemon Shuffle is not that game. While Pokemon and Nintendo go together like Ash Ketchum and Pikachu, the cartoony cock fighting game franchise is only published by Nintendo, or as is the... more »
Smart World Problems: Smart cars could hold you ransom

Smart World Problems: Smart cars could hold you ransom

This week’s Smart World Problems features how vulnerabilities in connected devices could lead to hackers holding personal information for ransom. Your fitness tracker could be leaking your info According to a study conducted by AV-TEST GmbH, an anti-virus software provider, popular fitness trackers used these days may be leaking users' personal information without their knowledge, as well as contributing to their online accounts being ripe for the picking. The report included the study of Withings Pulse Oₓ, Sony SmartBand Talk, Polar Loop, LG Lifeband Touch, Jawbone Up24, Huawei TalkBand B1, Garmin Vivosmart, Fitbit Charge and Acer Liquid Leap and determined that many of... more »
Microsoft will release Visual Studio 2015 just days before the arrival of Windows 10

Microsoft will release Visual Studio 2015 just days before the arrival of Windows 10

It’s all about developers, developers, developers, Microsoft said at its Build conference earlier this year. And with that in mind Microsoft has said that on July 20th, nine days before the official release of Windows 10, it will target developers with the release of Visual Studio 2015, Team Foundation Server 2015 and .NET Framework 4.6. This follows the Visual Studio 2015 Preview and .NET 2015 Preview. The emphasis here is on cross-platform development. Microsoft has called this a “big release”, adding in the same blog post that, “We are opening up Visual Studio to developers targeting new platforms – from cross-platform... more »
Bitcoin equity crowdfunding site BnkToTheFuture passes the $10m funds raised mark

Bitcoin equity crowdfunding site BnkToTheFuture passes the $10m funds raised mark

Bitcoin and Blockchain equity crowdfunding site Bnk To The Future Ltd. (BnkToTheFuture) has passed the $10 million mark in funds raised as the site continues to attract both investors, and companies looking to raise funds. Based in London, BnkToTheFuture offers an equity crowdfunding platform that allows users to invest in private companies starting from the equivalent of 10 euro ($11.18,) but unlike others in the equity crowdfunded space, supports investments made in Bitcoin (they do accept credit cards as well,) and caters exclusively for companies working in and around Bitcoin and related Blockchain Fintech startups. Recent campaign successes include Bitcoin Capital, a... more »
Uber buys Bing Maps assets & imagery data

Uber buys Bing Maps assets & imagery data

Microsoft has announced it's selling some of its Bing Maps assets to Uber Inc., including around 100 employees focused on the product’s image collection activities. The company also said it will stop collecting its own map data, though it plans to continue to offer Bing Maps using data licensed from partners. Meanwhile, Uber has also bought a new data center near Boulder, Colorado, as well as cameras and licenses to some of Microsoft's intellectual property. Although Microsoft gets much of its mapping data from Nokia and other partners, it also used to collect its own aerial, 3-D and street-level maps. This data... more »
Airtable gets $7.6M to reimagine the database

Airtable gets $7.6M to reimagine the database

Databases aren't for everyone. They're incredibly complex things to work with, and generally only those with the requisite expertise and training even contemplate doing so. But that might change if Airtable has its way. The startup is aiming to make databases so simple that even those with just basic computer skills will be able to use them. The idea is a simple one – Airtable works like a spreadsheet, but gives users the organizational power that only a database affords. On Monday, the company announced it had secured $7.6 million in series A funding in a round led by Charles River Ventures... more »
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.