Top Stories

Helping ecommerce make products findable faster| #MLW15

Helping ecommerce make products findable faster| #MLW15

Everyone has had the experience of looking for a product online and getting zero results because the search was too specific—or, inexplicably, getting an almost infinite number of unrelated results. Most ecommerce databases simply weren’t built to be queried in an intuitive way, and their basic relational structures and hierarchies can’t handle the complexities of the modern web. This has a number of consequences for enterprise, including lost sales, brand image problems, and customer frustration. According to Mark Unak, CTO of Codifyd, Inc., many consumers interact with a website about eight times. If they can’t find what they want, they’ll... more »
Nintendo apologizes to fans for Amiibo scarcity

Nintendo apologizes to fans for Amiibo scarcity

It is no secret that gamers are crazy about amiibo, Nintendo Co Ltd's small NFC-enabled toys that interact with certain games on Wii U or 3DS. GameStop learned that lesson first hand when overeager consumers crashed the game seller's website in a rush to pre-order the easily sold out toys. Lack of supply has been a running trend for amiibo since they were first released last year, and Nintendo has been criticized for not being more informative about when new supplies will arrive. Now the American branch of the Japanese game company has issued an apology to fans, saying that it will be more... more »
Mobile game revenues may outpace consoles by 2018

Mobile game revenues may outpace consoles by 2018

The video game industry has been dominated by the home game console since the early 1990s, and it has only been in the last few years that mobile games for tablets and smartphones have started challenge consoles' place in the revenue hierarchy. According to a new report by research firm Digi-Capital, revenues on mobile games have already surpasses online platforms like Steam, and by 2018 they will also surpass console revenues. "Mobile games will generate more revenue than online games in 2015, as well as more revenue than console software," the report says. "Where mobile games will take $3 of every $10 spent... more »
Unlocking the power of content analysis with Smartlogic | #MLW15

Unlocking the power of content analysis with Smartlogic | #MLW15

With the rise of databases and software that can perform incredible feats of analysis, companies are looking for ways to leverage the rest of their content—much of which is locked away in the equivalent of “virtual paper” by content management systems that can’t be machine read. According to Jeremy Bentley, CEO of Smartlogic, “What Smartlogic’s about is ….. unlocking the data that is in the content. And when you do that …. it’s hugely beneficial. Why? Because 80% of a company’s information is in content. And yet, the content itself is so restricted that you can’t use it for analysis,... more »
Cisco's Chambers will be a tough act to follow

Cisco's Chambers will be a tough act to follow

Two years ago I worked with Cisco Systems, Inc. on a contract basis helping build the program for the company’s annual CIO Summit. The event brought together about 100 CIOs from some of the world’s largest companies for two days of strategizing and feedback with Cisco executives, including CEO John Chambers. I’ve attended a lot of vendor-sponsored events over the years, but never one quite like this. Typically, the CEO of the host company parachutes in for a speech and maybe a meal and then quickly exits, followed by an entourage of assistants and security personnel. Not Chambers. The CEO of one... more »
Pinterest unlocks its data with new developer platform

Pinterest unlocks its data with new developer platform

Social bookmarking site Pinterest has been slowly doling out APIs to get developers onto its platform, such as its Marketing Developer Partners API that was launched last week to give businesses more control over their advertising campaigns on the site. Now, Pinterest is opening up access to the site's data more than ever with the new Pinterest Developers Platform. "On Pinterest, people have saved over 50 billion Pins," Pinterest said in a statement. "As a developer, you’ll have the chance to build something that makes those Pins a reality, like apps for ordering ingredients from a recipe Pin or booking trips based... more »
CoreOS revamps its commercial container service and adds Kubernetes support

CoreOS revamps its commercial container service and adds Kubernetes support

The tug-of-war over the future of containers is growing even more intense with the introduction of new collaboration capabilities from CoreOS Inc. aimed at helping developers make more out of its homegrown variation on the emerging virtualization format. The launch will help level the playing field against the bigger and better-established competition. That means Docker Inc., which has opened a considerable lead in both adoption and funding thanks to its initial role in elevating containerization to industry prominence. It's also managed to build a hosted registry to monetize the technology along the way. The new additions to Quay, the rival service that... more »
Search stole the customer experience; AI is your chance to get it back

Search stole the customer experience; AI is your chance to get it back

When search emerged as the dominate gateway to Web interaction at the turn of the century, it likewise transformed customer service, and not necessarily in a good way. It gave rise to the rapid acceleration of expectations and acceptance of self-help, with customers seeking answers to their problems on the Web, but it also took that channel away from the companies themselves. Companies could provide all the customer hotline call numbers they wanted, but their customers’ first reaction became turning to the Web for help. It’s safe to say that Google won the market, and for companies that fact meant that... more »
Facebook opens Internet.org platform to developers after Net Neutrality criticisms

Facebook opens Internet.org platform to developers after Net Neutrality criticisms

Facebook, Inc.'s Internet.org initiative says its goal is to "connect the two-thirds of the world that doesn’t have Internet access," but the program has not been without its critics. Most recently, several high-profile Indian businesses refused to support Internet.org's platform because they argued that its “zero-rate” deals prioritize certain types of web traffic over others, violating the principles of net neutrality. In response, Facebook has announced that it is opening up Internet.org's platform to allow more developers to take part in the project, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg took some not-so-subtle jabs at the critics. "Some may argue for an extreme definition of net neutrality... more »
These 3 startups aim to make travel simple, stress-free and more fun

These 3 startups aim to make travel simple, stress-free and more fun

Travel can be fun, but if you travel too much, you can get sick of packing and unpacking, struggle to keep track of itineraries or simply get tired of doing the same old activities. These three startups want to help you out. From making sure you never have to pack a suitcase again to uncovering unique things to do, they’re bound to make your trips simple, stress-free and fun. Dufl   If you’re a frequent traveler who hates the annoyance of constantly packing and unpacking a suitcase, Dufl has a clever solution that’ll ensure you never have to pack or unpack your own... more »

Premium Research

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon b […]

- Steve Chambers

Premise Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best soluti […]

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conferen […]

- Steve Chambers

Premise Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital E […]

- 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.

- David Floyer

This short post centers round Table 1 "Wikibon Storage Cost Assumptions for 2Q 2015". The table should be used as a current indicator of street prices. Wikibon expects NAND flash prices to drop by 30%/year, and disk prices to drop by 20%/year. For installations that can organize to utilize data reduction and data sharing on flash, Wikibon believes that capacity flash will be lower cost that capacity disk in 2016.

- Steve Chambers

Premise: Rolling your own private cloud using OpenStack […]