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How Much is Government Overpaying for Software While Valuable People Get Pay Cuts?

How Much is Government Overpaying for Software While Valuable People Get Pay Cuts?

I have colleagues who are just days away from getting a monumental pay cut and not because of anything they have done wrong. These are people I respect, people who work very hard for a living. They are talented, educated and dedicated professionals who have chosen the public sector and many are about to get what amounts to a 20 percent pay cut. They’re part of the tens of thousands of government workers facing one-day-a-week furloughs because of the massive $85 billion in domestic spending cuts needed in this year’s federal budget. I have to ask, ‘Has the leadership of our... more »
Twitter is not “We the People”

Twitter is not “We the People”

Yeah, the title might be confusing, but there’s a point to be made. These days, when you want to know what’s trending or what people are talking about, the go-to source is Twitter.  Why?  Because no one stops talking on Twitter.  You could search for any hashtag on Twitter and you won’t be disappointed, because sure enough you’ll find someone talking about it. But what does this mean?  Do opinions on Twitter reflect opinions in real life?  Are the sentiments on Twitter the real sentiments of the people? Most people would like to believe that Twitter is the new voice of the people,... more »
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SAP Appeals to More Markets, on Pace to Hit $26 Billion by 2015

Bill McDermott, the co-chief executive officer of SAP, promised investors that the firm wills double its revenue by 2015 over a year ago. This week Jim Hagemann Snabe, the BI giant’s other co-CEO, reiterated his colleague’s pledge in an interview. The executive said that the company is set to reach the 20 billion euros mark within the next two years, and revealed that this milestone will likely be reached sooner rather than later. "Compared to our competitors our business is doing better. We target to have sales of more than 20 billion euros ($26 billion) by 2015. At the moment we are... more »
ServicesAngle News Briefs for March 5, 2013

ServicesAngle News Briefs for March 5, 2013

HP Data Exchange Helps Manufacturers Improve Product Safety and Recycling Hewlett-Packard GmbH has announced the HP Compliance Data Exchange (CDS) system to help manufacturers in such areas as shipbuilding, aerospace, and electronics eliminate hazardous substances, improving product safety and recycling rates. Based on the HP-hosted International Material Data System (IMDS) in the automotive industry, HP CDX helps manufacturers stay ahead of new regulations, plan design improvements, and meet the increasing number of global legislative requirements such as the Hong Kong Convention, European Union Restriction of Hazardous Substances directive, and the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and restriction of CHemicals (REACH) regulation. More Teradyne Selects... more »
Scringo Launches Free Feature Repository for Mobile Developers

Scringo Launches Free Feature Repository for Mobile Developers

Scringo, an emerging mobile startup that aims to improve developer productivity, just launched its software into general availability. The company offers a platform-agnostic SDK that covers the “3 Rs” of mobile application development: reach, retention and revenue. Scringo’s feature repository includes components such as an activity feed engine, integration with Facebook and Twitter, and custom algorithms that allow developers to target their content based on metrics such as gender, age and location. The package also ships with messaging functionality, including IM, push notifications, and a two-way feedback channel. The company says that over 1,000 developers have already implemented functionality from its SDK... more »
EMC Puts its Name Behind New Flash Solutions, Based on XtremeIO Tech

EMC Puts its Name Behind New Flash Solutions, Based on XtremeIO Tech

It certainly is a big week for flash storage, with another PCIe launch today.  This morning EMC announced new PCIe flash cards, a pure-flash architecture, and next generation software that will speed up caching in performance intensive environments. The former two offerings are based on technology the storage vendor obtained through the acquisition of XtremIO in 2012. Flash Devices EMC’s new XtremeFS PCIe cards can reduce CPU utilization by half and provide 58 percent better TCO than alternative solutions, according to the company. The vendor claims that its new hardware can deliver throughput of1.13 million IOPS. XtremeFS is available in six models: four... more »
Microsoft Adds Android Support for Azure Cloud

Microsoft Adds Android Support for Azure Cloud

Microsoft is announcing support for Android for Windows Azure.   This is good news for developers who need to have both a reliable system and distribution support across all leading mobile platforms. Microsoft promised that it would deliver first-class support for developers building Windows Store, Windows Phone 8, iOS and Android apps.   Now Windows Mobile Services now fully supports developing native Android apps. Here is some info from the Microsoft announcement. Getting Started with Android To get started with Mobile Services for Android, visit the Windows Azure Management Portaland then click Create ---> Compute ---> Mobile Service ---> Create. After you’ve created your Mobile Service, visit... more »
Valve's Steam Client for Linux Brings More Gamers to the Yard

Valve's Steam Client for Linux Brings More Gamers to the Yard

Valve recently conducted a survey on the latest software/hardware stats about its customers. And the interesting figures are about the Linux gamers. The number of Linux gamers has increased to around 2 percent of Valve’s Steam users. This is roughly double of the stats taken last month, which sounds pretty good. Out of this 2 percent, Ubuntu 12.10 x86_64 is the most popular Linux distribution followed by other flavors of Ubuntu, and Linux Mint now comes in at just over 0.1%. Followed by Linux, here comes the Apple OS X with a usage of 3 percent. So, the majority share remains... more »
Management of Big Data Systems Conference on Autonomic Computing

Management of Big Data Systems Conference on Autonomic Computing

Top industry engineers and developers creating the big data industry are gathering for a conference in June to explore the innovation around practical examples of how to effectively manage big data systems. The event is the 10th International Conference on Autonomic Computing (ICAC) and it will be in San Jose on June 26-28th.  The panel worth looking at for Big Data is the MBDS track - Management of Big Data Systems This unique conference attracts the top innovators from Facebook, Google, Apple, Cloudera, Hortonworks, LinkedIn, Intel, big data stealth startup Crowdspots, among other leading startups. The ICAC event is looking for papers to be submitted... more »
Protect Yourself from the Prying Eyes of Google Glass

Protect Yourself from the Prying Eyes of Google Glass

Ever since Google Glass or Project Glass was unveiled, almost everyone dreamed of getting their hands on the gadget.  And interest on the device grew even more when Sergey Brin was spotted in the subway wearing the infamous spectacles.  After that, it only got more exciting when Google offered beta-test product Google Glass to anyone who can spare $1,500 and write up an awesome tweet as to what they plan on doing with Google Glass. Everyone is talking about how awesome it would be to own Google Glass but has anyone thought of the implications of people actually using the device... more »

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- George Gilbert

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.

- George Gilbert

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- Stuart Miniman

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.