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Candy Crush Saga Beats Zynga’s Top Game Titles on Facebook

Candy Crush Saga Beats Zynga’s Top Game Titles on Facebook

It was all about Zynga’s social games last year, when Farmville and Cityville were on our minds. But wait, here comes the brand new winner of the race–King.com, whose social mobile game--Candy Crush Saga has broken all the records of popularity. Beating out Zynga’s top titles--FarmVille 2 and Texas HoldEm Poker--King.com’s Candy Crush Saga has 9.7 million users. On the other hand, FarmVille 2 has 8.8 million and Texas HoldEm Poker has 7.1 million users. Though Candy Crush is a relatively simple game, where you match three pieces of candy together in a fast-action, arcade style game play, it managed to... more »
New Relic Unleashes “NERD LIFE” MC Frontalot Video

New Relic Unleashes “NERD LIFE” MC Frontalot Video

According to New Relic, “2013 is the year of the nerd” and that everything is hackable. For many developers, inventors, hackers, and others the world is a place of constant innovation and moving parts. Nerds, geeks, and others see the world not so much differently than anyone else but possess a cultural vision that includes the joy of taking things apart to see how they work—but also making them work better and producing something new. New Relic has gotten together with famous NerdCore rapper MC Frontalot to come out with a music video that embodies a lot of the jargon, pop nerd... more »
Report: Blocking Websites Not an Effective Way of Combating Piracy

Report: Blocking Websites Not an Effective Way of Combating Piracy

A recent research conducted by Boston’s Northeastern University reveals that blocking websites has no long-term effects on combating the spread or availability of pirated materials. Even if there is an effect, it is only for a short-term. The researchers at the Northeastern University monitored thousands of files across several popular file-hosting websites such as Uploaded, Wupload, RapidShare, and Netload, and discovered that DMCA notices are not very effective in combating online piracy. "There is a cat-and-mouse game between uploaders and copyright owners, where pirated content is being uploaded by the former and deleted by the latter, and where new One-Click Hosters... more »
Amazon's Aggressive Entrance to the Enterprise - Breaking Analysis

Amazon's Aggressive Entrance to the Enterprise - Breaking Analysis

Last weekend the Wall Street Journal reported that Amazon's cloud business topped $2 billion in revenue in 2012 and will do nearly $4 billion in 2013, with some analysts forecasting as high as $20 billion by the year 2020. Cloud computing analysts believe that the move toward selling infrastructure as a service could boost Amazon's long term margin prospects. Wikibon Chief Analyst Dave Vellante joined Kristin Feledy on the Morning NewsDesk Show to discuss Amazon's history to date and their outlook for the future. Vellante gave some background on Amazon's rise in the infrastructure as a service market. Seven years ago,... more »
Zettaset Raises $10M to Simplify Hadoop for a Complex Big Data World

Zettaset Raises $10M to Simplify Hadoop for a Complex Big Data World

Zettaset raised $10 million in a Series B financing round led by HighBar partners.  Brocade also participated, as did original backers DFJ and Epic Ventures. HighBar’s John Kim and Roy Thiele-Sardiña have joined the company’s board. Zettaset offers a software solution that simplifies Hadoop deployment and configuration in complex enterprise environments. As far as the IT department is concerned, it’s a much cheaper alternative to bringing in a service provider with the necessary talent, and proportionally high rates, to do the same job manually. Zettaset Orchestrator has the second major advantage: it’s distribution-agnostic. This means that users are not locked into a... more »
Intel Slump Not a Problem – Death of BYOD Just Around the Corner

Intel Slump Not a Problem – Death of BYOD Just Around the Corner

In the wake of disappointing news regarding its Q4 profits, Intel CEO Paul Otellini remained surprisingly upbeat over its prospects for the future, insisting that the next generation of PC designs would soon subsume today’s tablet craze. Otellini’s comments came as Intel announced disappointingly slow fourth quarter sales of $13.5bn that only just met the company’s forecasted targets. At the same time, the company admitted that its initial projections for 2013 weren’t much better – with sluggish growth forecasted for the year ahead. Intel’s big problem is that it’s fighting what many consider to be a losing battle against the downward trend in... more »
Alfresco Names SuccessFactors President as New CEO

Alfresco Names SuccessFactors President as New CEO

Alfresco, a maker of open-source, enterprise grade content management software, appointed Doug Dennerline as its new CEO this week.  He is replacing co-founder John Powell, who revealed that the change in management was driven by his company’s ambitions to go public. “We have come to a unique intersection as a company and I couldn’t be happier to welcome Doug to Alfresco. The best future for Alfresco, its employees, customers and investors is to continue to grow and to ultimately pursue an IPO in the U.S. markets,” explained John Powell, former CEO and co-founder of Alfresco. “I’m confident that Doug’s experience and impressive... more »
Tech Used to Define the Generation Gap. Now it's Bringing Families Together

Tech Used to Define the Generation Gap. Now it's Bringing Families Together

Many of us refuse to accept the fact that we are getting old and times have drastically changed. If you have kids, it's even easier to recognize just how much things have changed.  Instead of finding your kids playing physical games with the neighbors’ kids, you now find them cooped up in the living room playing video games, or in their rooms holding tablets or smartphones, chatting with their friends or consumed in the world of apps. According to eMarketer’s latest report, “Kids Online: Digital Natives in Digital Homes,” though the digital age may have previously wedged a barrier between kids and... more »
Security Essentials Fluffs Malware Test; Microsoft Goes on the Warpath

Security Essentials Fluffs Malware Test; Microsoft Goes on the Warpath

Apparently Microsoft isn’t too happy with the outcome of a recent test that labelled its antivirus software as one of the worst performing around. The company has challenged the methodology used by Germany’s AV-Test, after its Security Essentials and Forefront Endpoint Protection programs failed to pass its tests and gain certification. Out of 25 such programs put through their paces by AV-Test, only three failed to meet the grade. According to AV-Test, Security Essentials fails to come up to scratch with its ability to detect new malware samples and zero-day exploits when compared to rival antivirus software programs. However, AV-Test acknowledged that... more »
Here's the Catch to Walmart's Cheap iPhone Plan

Here's the Catch to Walmart's Cheap iPhone Plan

It looks like Walmart and Straight Talk’s unlimited everything offer has a catch. Last week, Walmart announced that it would soon offer iPhone 5s with an unlimited data plan via Straight Talk for only $45.  The best part of the offer is that subscribers won’t have to be tied down to any contract.  And with people clamoring to get the latest iPhone and of course unlimited text, voice and data, who would pass up that deal? HOW TO: Curb smartphone data usage & get lower bills Walmart is offering a 16GB iPhone 5 for $649 and an 8GB iPhone 4 for $449.  The price... 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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