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US Slaps China With Cyber-Security Law; Huawei, ZTE & Lenovo Will All Suffer

US Slaps China With Cyber-Security Law; Huawei, ZTE & Lenovo Will All Suffer

There was quite a kerfuffle late last year when a US congressional panel warned that the Chinese government might be using hardware from manufacturers like Huawei and ZTE to spy on government agencies and other institutions. The Chinese angrily denied the accusations, but by then the damage to its reputation had already been done, leading to moves by Canada and others to ban the hardware. Now it’s the turn of the US itself, which has just signed into law new rules that restrict the purchase of Chinese-made computer equipment. In what is the first real sign of retaliation by the US over... more »
Mojang Pens Deal With Egmont to Publish Minecraft Books, Manuals

Mojang Pens Deal With Egmont to Publish Minecraft Books, Manuals

Minecraft fans will surely rejoice with this bit of information: official books about the game are coming out soon. If you have no clue as to what Minecraft is, it is a game in which your primary goal is build anything you like using blocks and stay clear of the monsters that comes out at night.  It’s been a huge success because gamers use this as an outlet to show off their creative side or just spend hours trying to figure out what best to build using blocks. Egmont, the UK children’s books publisher, has been given the global publishing rights for... more »
ServicesAngle News Briefs for March 27, 2013

ServicesAngle News Briefs for March 27, 2013

Infosys Wins Work Placement of the Year Infosys has won a top accolade in the National Council for Work Experience (NCWE) Awards 2013, making it one of the U.K.’s best internship providers. The NCWE awards have been rewarding employers who provide high-quality internships to students and graduates for  a decade. Categories cover large and small organizations in all sectors including charities and government. The Infosys InStep program, which offers students a three-month placement in India, won the Work Placement of the Year award for Best Large Organization. More Wipro Wins Three-Year Contract from Emirates NBD Wipro Infotech, the India & Middle East IT... more »
Digg Hints At Replacement for Google Reader

Digg Hints At Replacement for Google Reader

Following the news of imminent shutdown of Google Reader, there started a flood of comments and discussions over web with aficionados lamenting over its scheduled shutdown on July 01, 2013. That was the bad part. So, the positive side of the news is that “feed” lovers will soon get an equally competent RSS reader. After announcement of its plans of re-prioritizing its product roadmap for 2013, Digg announced that it will build an RSS reader as good as Google Reader. In fact, the replacement product hinted by Digg will pull news from a plethora of sites, including Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Reddit,... more »
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Red Hat Earnings 4th Quarter - Doing Ok But Not Great

This afternoon, Red Hat announced its fourth quarter results and fiscal year 2013 results. Highlights include: Fourth quarter revenue of $348 million, up 17% year-over-year; full fiscal year revenue of $1.33 billion, up 17% year-over-year Fourth quarter subscription revenue of $303 million, up 19% year-over-year; full fiscal year subscription revenue of $1.15 billion, up 19% year-over-year Fourth quarter operating cash flow of $137 million, up 7% year-over-year; full fiscal year operating cash flow of $465 million, up 19% year-over-year Year-end deferred revenue balance exceeds a billion dollars, up 15% year-over-year GAAP operating income for the fourth quarter and the full fiscal year 2013 was $50 million... more »
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Where's the Cheapest iPhone 5? T-Mobile vs. Walmart, AT&T

T-Mobile is the talk of the town this week, thanks to its freshly unveiled UnCarrier plan and the fact that it’s finally getting the iPhone 5 and other older iPhones.  People are claiming that T-Mobile offers the cheapest deal one can ever find for an iPhone 5, but is it really the cheapest? Let’s find out if the claims are true. iPhone 5 16GB : Compared . T-Mobile . Price without a contract: $580 Price with a two-year contract: No contract but an installment plan that would cost $99 for the first payment, then $20 per month for two years. Early termination fee: No termination fee because... more »
How Games and Big Data Can Help in Fraud Detection

How Games and Big Data Can Help in Fraud Detection

Gamification is spreading its wings, more than ever--to different domains and verticals. It can turn any boring thing into an interactive and engaging stuff, such as corporate training. What makes it more interesting; rather useful is the use of Big Data in gaming that helps companies a great deal when it comes to understanding their players. But scaling big data “cheat” detection for real world problems of fraud may have similarities. Online games frequently face the problem of cheating, that’s why gaming companies leverage Big Data to develop anti-cheat solutions. A prominent example is of Valve Corporation's game platform, Steam, which... more »
When Google Glass Goes Wrong: The Low Down and Dirty

When Google Glass Goes Wrong: The Low Down and Dirty

It’s been for a while now that I’ve been extolling the virtues of wearable computing, and the advent of Google Glass; in fact, it’s easy to see how people could do some awesome things with Glass...but with every amazing technology comes drawbacks. In the case of Glass it’s been fueling the undercurrent of distrust and revulsion even before this product arrives. The question of the social drawbacks of Google Glass sits solidly in the range of the juvenile and sociopathic--but it also lurks a little bit in how other people perceive users. People will use it to ignore you It’s not enough that... more »
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Latest Windows 8 Update is Bitter-Sweet for Business Users

This week Microsoft rolled out more user-friendly versions  of its Mail, Calendar, and People apps for Windows 8 and RT. In addition, the company delivered some bad news to users who rely on Google Calendar to manage their schedule. Mail now features client-side folder management, which includes the ability to create, rename, and delete folders and subfolders across all accounts. The new version of the app also makes it easier to manage emails with bulk actions, a convenient print button, and the option to flag messages as important, unread or spam. Mail should have shipped with these capabilities on launch, but... more »
CyberBunker Launches "World's Largest" DDoS Attack, Slows Down The Entire Internet

CyberBunker Launches "World's Largest" DDoS Attack, Slows Down The Entire Internet

A massive cyberattack launched by the Dutch web hosting company CyberBunker has caused global disruption of the web, slowing down internet speeds for millions of users across the world, according to a BBC report. CyberBunker launched an all-out assault, described by the BBC as the world’s biggest ever cyberattack, on the self-appointed spam-fighting company Spamhaus, which maintains a blacklist used by email providers to filter out spam. The Dutch company famously has its headquarters housed in a five-story former NATO bunker, and is known for offering its services to any website except “those that promote child porn and anything related to terrorism”.... more »

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- 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.

- Jeff Kelly

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.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

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