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Transforming candy into customer insights through long-term partnerships | #SAPPHIRENOW

Transforming candy into customer insights through long-term partnerships | #SAPPHIRENOW

Hershey is a brand that we can all embrace, but chocolate and theme parks are only part of the business. So when the company’s CEO articulates in public that he considers Hershey to be a knowledge and insight company -- that just happens to make chocolate -- it is critical to choose the right partners to realize that vision. Carlos Amesquita, CIO at The Hershey Co.; Henrik Wagner, global SAP Alliance Lead at Virtustream, Inc.; and Clay Caldwell, national VP, Americas, HANA Enterprise Cloud at SAP SE, met with Peter Burris, cohost of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, during the recent SAP... more »
Lattice Engines says it knows when prospects are ready to buy

Lattice Engines says it knows when prospects are ready to buy

Predictive marketing software provider Lattice Engines Inc. is bidding for the hearts and minds of business-to-business marketers with a new platform that predicts whether prospects are ready to buy and when. It then routes that information to the appropriate sales representatives in seconds. The Lattice predictive platform unifies real-time lead scoring and self-service predictive modeling alongside native integration with popular marketing automation and customer relationship management (CRM) systems. Marketing teams can use it to create predictive segments and models based on data for both traditional and account-based marketing (ABM) programs. ABM is a hot new tactic in which marketing and sales organizations dig... more »
Intel Capital calls off $1BN portfolio sale

Intel Capital calls off $1BN portfolio sale

Since joining the venture capital game in 1991, Intel has backed more than 1,400 startups across 57 countries and an even bigger number of segments, from software-as-a-service to healthcare automation. And according to a new blog post from the head of its investment arm, Wendell Brooks, the company plans to continue at full-throttle despite the global economic issues that have caused other funds to scale back spending. The memo quashes speculation that Intel Capital might divest from companies that fall outside the company’s core focus areas, notably data center infrastructure, memory and the connected universe. According to the Bloomberg report that... more »
Don’t lose your current customers; put them in a modern world | #SAPPHIRENOW

Don’t lose your current customers; put them in a modern world | #SAPPHIRENOW

Beginning at a time where most enterprise customers were skeptical about cloud security, availability and management, thinking it would never work, Virtustream, Inc., founded by Rodney Rogers and Kevin Reid, recognized an underserved market and an opportunity to install SAP and mission-critical applications on the cloud. They believed that there was a tremendous value proposition for the cloud in the future, and this has been their cornerstone for success. Michael Hoch, senior VP at Virtustream, sat down with John Furrier, cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, during the recent SAP Sapphire 2016 event to talk about the company’s work with Service... more »
CloudBolt automates cloud bursting

CloudBolt automates cloud bursting

CloudBolt Software Inc. has added cloud bursting support to its virtual machine self-provisioning software, enabling customers to specify CPU thresholds at which workloads can automatically expand into public infrastructure-as-a-service without user intervention. Cloud bursting is simple in concept but difficult in execution. The idea is to relieve temporary spikes in demand that can bog down server performance by automatically reallocating resources to public or private clouds. For example, a retailer may cloud burst its e-commerce traffic during the holiday season but confine it to local servers at other times of the year. In reality, setting up a cloud bursting environment requires a... more »
SDN buzz: Viptela raises $75M on $875M valuation

SDN buzz: Viptela raises $75M on $875M valuation

Raising $75 million would constitute a major feat for a four-year-old startup even under normal circumstances, but Viptela Inc. has managed to do so amid a historic slump in venture capital activity. The round was led by Redline Capital Management, which had previously invested in security provider vArmour Inc. earlier this week, and saw Northgate Capital contribute too alongside existing backer Sequoia. The cash infusion will enable Viptela to continue fueling feature development and marketing efforts for its namesake WAN management software. According to the startup, the system lets organizations shave up to 50 percent off their wide-area network costs by providing... more »
Breaking down the SAP HANA offerings for the enterprise | #SAPPHIRENOW

Breaking down the SAP HANA offerings for the enterprise | #SAPPHIRENOW

At the recent SAP Sapphire 2016 event, SAP SE revealed its latest products and services to create agility, scalability, and ease of use for the enterprise customers. With so many product announcements with the word HANA in them, theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, asked Dan Lahl, VP of Product Marketing at SAP, to stop by and break it all down. HANA buzzwords Joining theCUBE cohosts John Furrier and Peter Burris, Lahl said, “We’ve been very confusing to the market on how we branded the two different HANA products.” Database management Explaining to the hosts that the HANA database data management platform was released in 2011... more »
Red Hat beefs up Ansible with broader support for Docker, Windows & Azure

Red Hat beefs up Ansible with broader support for Docker, Windows & Azure

Red Hat Inc. has updated its recently acquired Ansible technology, launching a new version that comes with enhanced support for Docker containers and also Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform. Ansible was only acquired by Red Hat in October of last year, and the new Ansible 2.1 update is actually the second new version of the DevOps IT automation technology since then. Ansible 2.0 was released last January, with a cleaner code architecture, but today’s release offers a lot more practical functionality. The Azure-related updates include support for Azure Resource Manager, which uses RBACs and templates to deploy resources for applications consistently and repeatably.... more »
Why the future will be 3D printed

Why the future will be 3D printed

The next big breakthroughs in additive manufacturing – also called 3D printing – won’t be as showy as notable recent examples of printed houses and cars, but they will be no less dramatic in their impact. The process of taking ideas from concept to reality is being transformed by software, promising to shrink design times, improve production efficiency and change the way many everyday items look at behave. Design and simulation capabilities are merging, and software is taking a more active role in guiding design decisions. Designs can now also increasingly be tested in software without going through a prototyping stage,... more »
Salesforce hitches a ride on Amazon's cloud, eyes international expansion

Salesforce hitches a ride on Amazon's cloud, eyes international expansion

Salesforce.com, Inc. and Amazon Web Services (AWS) are solidifying their relationship in the cloud, with the former announcing that it’s chosen AWS as its “preferred public cloud infrastructure provider”. Salesforce says it’s decided to go with AWS in order to further its international expansion plans. As a result, services including its Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, App Cloud, Community Cloud and Analytics Cloud will all soon be running in AWS data centers located outside of the U.S. The announcement strengthens the existing relationship between the two cloud companies, as Salesforce’s Heroku, Marketing Cloud Social Studio, SalesforceIQ and the newly announced Salesforce IoT... more »
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- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.

- David Vellante

On May 12, 2016 at 12 Noon EDT, several CxOs will gather to discuss how to best communicate to Boards of Directors on the topic of cyber security. Has a failure = fire mentality led organizations to "sandbag" the threat? Is security a shared responsibility across the business or does it fall on the shoulders of a few security gurus? How should CxOs be changing the way they communicate about cyber in the digital age?

- Brian Gracely

In this Trip Report from OpenStack Summit 2016, the Wikibon team looks at five critical areas for OpenStack - Community, Consumption Models, Revenues, New Use-Cases and the OpenStack technology ecosystem,

- Brian Gracely

While automation is often looked at as a way to reduce IT costs, it has far-reaching impacts for Digital Business Platforms. Wikibon looks at how automation improves the ability to experiment with new ideas, improve market responsiveness, improve overall application security and better align development and operations requirements.

- Brian Gracely

With the release of the Native Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC is offering customers the ability to rapidly build new applications. But will the lack of embedded operations slow the adoption of the product and slow customer deployments?

- David Floyer

The x86 microprocessor has reached a limit in how much an application can be speeded up. Intel can no longer rely on economies of scale to drive market share in processors. Future advances will come from designing the microprocessor and software-in-silicon together. There are multiple large niches that have opened up to new processor/software approaches, including mobile, IoT servers, specialized servers for the cloud, telecommunications servers and large system servers for large database and big data applications. New winners in this space are likely to come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

- Peter Burris

Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.

- Brian Gracely

Understanding how to accelerate “Idea to Execution Time” (I2ET) may become the most important measurement of any Digital Business Platform. Wikibon explore the core attributes needed to be successful in rapidly developing and deploying new business applications.