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"There is No Such Thing as Raw Data"

The days where you can view data as a static thing are over.  Kaput.  No mas. Peter Wang, Co-Founder & President of Continuum Analytics, was kind enough to join John Furrier and Dave Vellante on theCube last week at Strata to discuss predictive analytics, Big Data, scientific computing, and the moving of more and more analytical code to where the data is. Continuum Analytics, the premier provider of Python-based data analytics solutions and services, is player we would bet big on in the Big Data space (full video below). As Wang sees it, there has been a fundamental disruption in the storage... more »
Breaking Analysis:  Rick Jackson a "Great CMO" for VMware, Steps Down. We Look Back on His Vision

Breaking Analysis: Rick Jackson a "Great CMO" for VMware, Steps Down. We Look Back on His Vision

According to our sources VMware’s Rick Jackson is stepping down from his current position as chief marketing officer. He will continue to serve as the virtualization giant’s CMO until a replacement is found. An earlier report from TechCrunch stated that VMware's Jackson will continue to work for the company as senior vice president of global enablement. Word has it (from Techcrunch report) that the executive was bumped out of the C-level club because he recently moved to Austin, Texas, and CEO Pat Gelsinger wanted a CMO that’s 10 feet down the hall.”  VMware is headquartered in Palo Alto, California. "Rick Jackson was... more »
HP Driving Enterprise at Industry Analyst Summit : Breaking Analysis

HP Driving Enterprise at Industry Analyst Summit : Breaking Analysis

Hewlett-Packard invited some 250 industry analysts to Boston this week, where the company’s top brass surveyed strategy and current market positioning.  Wikibon senior analyst Stu Miniman attended the event, and went over the highlights with Kristin Feledy on this morning’s NewsDesk segment (full video below). The first thing he points out is that the previous HP analyst meeting was almost two years ago. This is highly unusual because these types of gatherings, which are very significant for Wall Street, are typically held annually.  Hewlett-Packard’s had to call it off last year due to the departure of former CEO Leo Apotheker in 2011... more »
So Much Love for Torment Kickstarter Tides of Numenera

So Much Love for Torment Kickstarter Tides of Numenera

Video game ‘Tides of Numenera’, a Planescape: Torment kickstarter has smashed the funding records by raising $1.7 million in its first 24 hours. ‘Tides of Numenera’ is a spiritual successor to Torment, a role-playing game that came out for the PC in 1999. Planescape: Torment was a huge success and still love it, and this is quite evident from the fact that people are dishing out money, just to see a new game that carries on its legacy. Tides of Numenera falls somewhere between fantasy and sci-fi, where you can access an endless number of worlds. The isometric theme may appear obsolete, but... more »
Telerik Expands into Application Analytics with EQATEC Acquisition

Telerik Expands into Application Analytics with EQATEC Acquisition

Bulgaria-based high-tech company and a leading global provider of software development, lifecycle and content management tools and solutions, Telerik, announced that it has acquired EQATEC, creator of cross-platform solution for analyzing applications, EQATEC Analytics. The technology product company based in Copenhagen, Denmark, EQATEC allows software developers and teams to make decisions based on information on the use of real-time applications and critical data available. Its flagship product, EQATEC Analytics generates all information including number of users and their location, frequency and duration of work with application specific information and the use of special features. It also provides analysis of applications to developers... more »
Secrets of a DevOps Ninja: Four Techniques to Overcome Deployment Roadblocks

Secrets of a DevOps Ninja: Four Techniques to Overcome Deployment Roadblocks

While the term DevOps is relatively new, not everyone is a DevOps white belt. The reality is that there are many companies that have practicing DevOps for many years.  In fact, there are four established techniques and tools to help guide anyone on the path to becoming a DevOps Ninja. Two key areas that will help overcome deployment roadblocks A streamlined, well understood process Automation of build, deployment and testing While people and interactions are important, processes and tools still play a key part.  Using extensive automation necessitates having good process in order to get good results.  A bad process that is automated just... more »
Pandora gets a Revenue Boost, but CEO Steps Down

Pandora gets a Revenue Boost, but CEO Steps Down

Pandora Media Inc. recently reported its fourth quarter and full year 2013 results, which are quite optimistic. For Q4 2013, the company has posted adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS) loss of $0.04 on revenues of $125.1 million. For the first quarter of its 2014 fiscal year, Pandora guided revenue at $120 to $125 million and an adjusted EPS loss of $0.10 to $0.13, again attributed to stock-based compensation expense. But Q4 results are not substantially different from the company's Q3 results. The only big difference is that expectations have been reset. Talking about the Q4 report, Pandora CEO Joseph Kennedy said, “We... more »
Are Microsoft and Google Failing Women in IT?

Are Microsoft and Google Failing Women in IT?

Given that today's International Women's Day and all, one might think that some of the world's more prominent tech companies would take the opportunity to highlight whatever it is they're doing to promote women's rights in the workplace. But not so with Microsoft and Google, both of whom have apparently refused to disclose how many female members of staff they employ. The question was posed to them by UK Labor MP Chi Onwurah, on the day in which the world collectively celebrates the advancements made by women in areas such as politics, equality, education and employment. Given that Microsoft and Google are... more »
Services + Apps for Marketing Automation

Services + Apps for Marketing Automation

Thanks to search engines, the wealth of free information and quality content available on the web, buyers can now access to the content from anywhere. Prospects are now generally available online, especially through social media. And these channels have become the main target of traders worldwide. The firm Sirius Decisions estimates that 70 percent of the interactions between the customer and the brand are now done online, without physical contact. Gartner reports that this proportion will rise to 85 percent by 2020. The proliferation of social networks and its widespread use has taken marketing to a whole new level. Consumers have a... more »
Breaking: Is the Mystery JFK Drone the Work of Hacktivists?

Breaking: Is the Mystery JFK Drone the Work of Hacktivists?

Just last week, we came out with a story about Iranian hackers that compromised intelligence group IHS Janes along with others.  Along with the release of those documents, they made some pretty specific threats that involved taking control of drone craft to attack Vice President Joe Biden and his secret service convoy.  They also mentioned using drone craft to attack sensitive sites on US soil.  The threats would merely be interesting except for the fact that they were specific about the security weakness in drone technology, and the fact that the state of Iran has hacked into aspects of actual... more »

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Mainstream IT, LoB execs and application development professionals each provide different yet critical perspectives to Systems of Intelligence. IT exes must be in a position to deliver the right infrastructure (e.g. cloud, on-prem, etc.) with the proper performance and SLA profile to support LoB requirements. Line-of-Business execs must have enough knowledge to specify the real-time needs of applications while application development pros must ensure the right skills are in place to deliver and maintain services to Systems of Intelligence over a full life cycle.

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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.

- David Floyer

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.

- David Floyer

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.

- 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.