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Microsoft promises enterprise-grade security features for Windows 10

Microsoft promises enterprise-grade security features for Windows 10

Microsoft is stepping up its efforts to entice enterprises to adopt its up-and-coming Windows 10 operating system with a range of new security features that will be built into the final release. The plans were discussed in a lengthy blog post by Jim Alkove from the Microsoft Windows enterprise program management team. Alkove said Microsoft is particularly worried about the rise in enterprise security breaches seen around the world and is determined to make Windows 10 much more resistant to attackers. More than 500 million credit card accounts have been compromised due to security breaches this year alone. “In a couple of recent... more »
Skyscanner buys Distinction, says the future of travel booking is in mobile

Skyscanner buys Distinction, says the future of travel booking is in mobile

Skyscanner, a veteran in the travel search market, has acquired Distinction a mobile app development company based in Budapest. The 30-strong team of web developers and designers will continue to be based in Budapest and will form Skyscanner’s new mobile hub. The acquisition sees Skyscanner bringing mobile app development in-house. Distinction recently received 1st place in the Rising Star category in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50, Central Europe report 2014. Skyscanner and Distinction have an existing working relationship that dates back to 2011. A couple of years back, Distinction helped build Skyscanner’s Window’s 8 flight search. More recently in August the two... more »
Google launches ‘Inbox’ – and it looks like the future of email

Google launches ‘Inbox’ – and it looks like the future of email

This could be the future of email. Google Inc. have announced on their official Gmail Blog the launch of a new email app called ‘Inbox’. The search giant invigorated webmail with the launch of Gmail back in 2004, and now they're doing it all again with Inbox. From the official blog post: “Inbox is by the same people who brought you Gmail, but it’s not Gmail: it’s a completely different type of inbox, designed to focus on what really matters”. Google Inbox is a free mobile app, currently only available by invitation, that promises to organize that over-crowded inbox of yours. Some of the app’s... more »
Lufthansa quits computers, outsources IT operations to IBM

Lufthansa quits computers, outsources IT operations to IBM

Who says IT outsourcing is dead? IBM just bagged its biggest new customer of the year in the form of German flagship air carrier Lufthansa AG. The airline agreed to sell its IT services division to IBM, which will run it on a contract basis for at least the next seven years. The deal follows Lufthansa's decision to break up its Lufthansa Systems subsidiary, which has three separate divisions for Infrastructure, Airline Solutions and Industry Solutions. The infrastructure division will be sold, while the other two will remain with Lufthansa but operate as independent companies. Lufthansa said it will be able to... more »
NIST drafts hypervisor security recommendations

NIST drafts hypervisor security recommendations

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a draft publication laying out the basics of hypervisor security. SP800-125a was published earlier this week, and is now open for public comment. The guide, written by NIST director and George Mason University professor Ramaswamy Chandramouli, is geared towards enterprise security and IT management, as well as data center managers and admins tasked with securing business data as it moves off premise to cloud environments. Altogether, 22 security recommendations are covered in the draft, relating to hypervisor deployment and virtualization components. Several of the main threat types are already well known and... more »
Catch a case of Google Glass addiction, like this guy

Catch a case of Google Glass addiction, like this guy

This week’s Smart Health roundup features a new technology addiction, a yoga mat that tells you if you’re doing the right poses, and a seat cushion that checks more than your posture. Study reveals Google Glass addiction   A paper published in the professional journal Addictive Behavior reveals what may be the first ever case of Google Glass addiction. The focus of the study is Internet addiction disorder (IAD), described as the problematic use of online video games, computers, and handheld devices. But as technology progresses, the scope of this disorder also broadens to wearable devices. A 31-year old Navy employee exhibited problematic use... more »
When it comes to structured vs. unstructured data, MarkLogic says you can have it all | #BigDataNYC

When it comes to structured vs. unstructured data, MarkLogic says you can have it all | #BigDataNYC

The term NoSQL typically refers to a category of databases that address unstructured information more effectively than traditional  relational models, but MarkLogic Inc. wants it to take on an entirely different meaning. “We don't like to be be put in a silo; we like to redefine the boundaries of what a database should be,” said MarkLogic Enterprise CTO Ken Krupa in an interview on SiliconANGLE's theCUBE at the recent BigDataNYC 2014 conference in New York City. The 13-year-old firm's Not Only SQL database combines the query capabilities of both relational and non-relational architectures. “Search and database shouldn't be two separate things," Krups said.... more »
CRASH Report: Agile and Waterfall two great tastes that go great together

CRASH Report: Agile and Waterfall two great tastes that go great together

CAST software, which develops an Application Intelligence Platform (AIP) for analyzing the structural quality of software, released its third biennial CAST Research on Application Software Health (CRASH) report on agile development. The report states that the software development community benefits most in terms of robust and secure applications when enterprise software is built using a mixture of agile and waterfall methods rather than either agile or waterfall alone. For the new report, CAST has examined 1,326 applications from 212 organization from various industrial sectors in Europe, India and the USA. Overall, there were more than 700 million lines of code. The report... more »
3 Apps with creative uses for your camera

3 Apps with creative uses for your camera

Mobile apps have made the smartphone a day planner, a gaming system, a calculator, and a documentation tool, to name just a few capabilities. And now, with some innovative technology and creative use of your phone's camera, there are even apps that can see and think for themselves. If the robots ever take over, these could be the apps that will have started it all. Google Goggles   "Google it" has entered the popular lexicon as the answer to almost any question, and Google Goggles takes it to the next level. This app boasts the ability to grab text and translate it; recognize famous landmarks, artwork, DVDs, and other... more »
Bitcoin Weekly 2014 October 22: Gavin Andresen Reddit AMA, Bitcoin community vs. NYDFS BitLicense, and more

Bitcoin Weekly 2014 October 22: Gavin Andresen Reddit AMA, Bitcoin community vs. NYDFS BitLicense, and more

The current trends in the Bitcoin show that while progress is slow, it’s constantly building momentum. Last week, Andreas Antonopoulos went before the Canadian Senate and gave an amazing 2 hour talk, this week Gavin Andresen went to Reddit and gave amazing answers. The public comments period for the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) regulatory proposal “BitLicense” have ended and numerous heavyweights in the Bitcoin community and Internet free-speech have weighed in including BitPay, Coinbase, Reddit, the Internet Archive, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). Gavin Andresen, Chief Scientist at the Bitcoin Foundation, Reddit AMA Yesterday, Gavin Andresen, notably the best-known... more »

Premium Research

- David Floyer

Industrial IoT, the largest segment of the Internet of things (IoT) with the highest potential value, will require a deep integration between modern IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operations Technology). Modern IT technologies, to be truly extensible to OT, will need a hybrid cloud approach, with by far the majority of data and processing residing at the so-called "Edge". Architectures and software written by industrialists for industrialists, such as GE Predix, are showing how that can work.

- George Gilbert

The big data arena is at a crossroads. Use cases and tools are proliferating faster than most big data teams are gaining experience. In establishing the big data business capabilities required to cut through the complexity, CIO’s must balance the accessibility of integration of traditional SQL DBMS’s versus speed of innovation in the mix and match open source big data ecosystem.

- Peter Burris

In the big data domain, businesses are trying to solve complex problems with complex and novel technology -- and often failing. Simplifying the packaging of big data technologies will streamline big data pilots and accelerate big data time-to-value. CIOs looking to establish differentiating big data capabilities need to consider Single Managed Entities to help solve the complexity problem.

- David Floyer

Oracle M7 technology is meeting or exceeding the announcement performance claims against previous generation. Even taking very conservative assumptions, the business case for migration from T5 to T7 servers is good. Wikibon concludes that for Oracle software and the servers they run on, the adoption of M7 technology (and T7 server technology) is best practice for these high value compute areas.

- David Floyer

The premise tested in this research is that high value applications and software should be run on more capable converged performance-optimized infrastructure, even when they constitute a small proportion of the total workload. In contrast, cost-optimized infrastructure will save on short-term hardware costs, but will incur much higher overall costs long-term. The conclusion strongly recommends IT executives adopt a default of performance-optimized converged infrastructure for all mixed workloads when even a small proportion includes high-cost software and/or high-value applications.

- George Gilbert

Big data pros need to identify which data feedback loops in their machine learning applications can deliver sustainable differentiation through network effects. Starting early is critical because getting to scale is likely to create the "winner takes most" competitive dynamics that have become so common in tech industries. The biggest sin is to wait for the tooling to become automated enough for all competitors to jump in.

- Ralph Finos

The public cloud competitive environment remains turbulent, but sectors show signs of crystallizing a longer-term market structure.. SaaS remains turbulent with SaaS vendors successfully gaining share vs. incumbent licensed software providers who must migrate their core products to cloud-friendly offerings and/or acquire native SaaS applications to shore up their applications leadership positions. Public cloud IaaS segment leadership is crystallizing to a handful of viable providers as a function of scale requirements. PaaS is just formulating and finding its way, but is likely to gravitate towards a wide variety of development models suited for different application types and public cloud platforms.

- David Floyer

For enterprise executives trying to achieve aggressive RPO and RTO SLAs , Wikibon believes that batch backup appliances (PBBAs) will give way to real-time, continuous data protection systems that aggressively support very large memory application memory. Practitioners requiring close to RPO zero and aggressive RTO SLAs should plan for an integrated data protection approach that effectively eliminates the concept of storage-led backup and shifts thinking to a application-led virtual point-in-time recovery model. The database and file system vendors will be the predominant suppliers of this technology, and understanding their roadmaps and commitment to support application-led recovery strategies is crucial to both database and data protection technology selection.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream enterprises are beginning to deploy machine learning applications that add differentiation to traditional products and services. But the complexity of their big data infrastructure is becoming a problem. Big data pros need to deploy a digital business platform (DBP) to support modern applications and then extend the DBP to machine learning applications.

- Peter Burris

IT shops that want to achieve modern IT status will have to address the "IT iron triangle" constraining transformation.