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The cloud war is a battle for hearts and minds | #AWSSummit

Cloudnexa, a Philadelphia-based company that provides cloud management strategies and services for their clients, learned just shy of their first birthday they had been selected as a premier consulting partner with AWS. They share this distinction with only 22 other companies globally. It's safe to say the "Cloud War" is well underway. So when Cloudnexa CEO Joel Davne stopped by SiliconANGLE’s theCUBE at this week’s Amazon Web Services Summit in San Francisco, co-host John Furrier started the interview by pointing out that Cloudnexa came on the scene and immediately began working as a disruptor in the industry. Davne leaned right in,... more »
Two tech giants and a popular actor aim to translate computer that thinks like a person

Two tech giants and a popular actor aim to translate computer that thinks like a person

What connects the two tech giants and popular actor Demi Moore’s ex-husband together? According to the Wall Street Journal, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg and Ashton Kutcher joined the ranks to incest $40 million into Vicarious FPC, a secret artificial intelligence (AI) corporation. Last month, Google invested $400 million in order to acquire the DeepMind company. Elon Musk (chief executive officer of Tesla Motors), Mark Zuckerberg (chief executive officer of Facebook) and Ashton Kutcher (actor) come to realize a similar movement, although minor, by joining a fundraiser in this area. The strange trio are investing into the second round of seed capital... more »
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Microsoft finally releases freemium Office for iPad, tools for BYOD

Finally! Microsoft Office is now available for iPad users. At a press event in San Francisco, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced the availability of Office for iPad to expand its cloud services to mobile devices. “Microsoft is focused on delivering the cloud for everyone, on every device. It’s a unique approach that centers on people — enabling the devices you love, work with the services you love, and in a way that works for IT and developers,” said Nadella. You can now download the Office for iPad app for free.  It offers Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, so you can go crazy creating Word... more »
The cloud first SQL Server 2014 coming in April with in-memory and cloud capabilities

The cloud first SQL Server 2014 coming in April with in-memory and cloud capabilities

Two years after the arrival of SQL Server 2012, which focused on the analysis of data in memory and the cloud, Microsoft is ready for next iteration of the RDMBS database. The general availability of SQL Server 2014 has been set for April 1st by Microsoft, the eve of the opening of its Build developers conference which runs from April 2 to 4 in San Francisco. While SQL Server 2012 was decidedly focused on high availability, data analysis and cloud storage, SQL Server 2014 focuses on performance and hybrid cloud. Microsoft has announced that the latest version of its SQL Server... more »
HTC One M8 specs and features compared + pricing and availability

HTC One M8 specs and features compared + pricing and availability

HTC just launched the HTC One M8, a revamped version of its flagship smartphone initially introduced last year.  The device promises a faster camera, better sound quality, and revamped user interface. "To make HTC M8 even more premium feeling, we have developed another brand new process to create this stunning finish with this rough hairline texture," HTC President Peter Chou stated, an obvious jab at Samsung’s affinity to using plastic for its devices. The M8 features a brushed metal unibody frame, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top of its 5” Super LCD3, 1080 x 1920 pixels, capacitive touchscreen display.  It also features... more »
BlackBerry's revival may rely on connected cars

BlackBerry's revival may rely on connected cars

This week’s SmartCar roundup features the emerging leaders in the connected car market, apps to dominate cars, a software giant partnering with a French car brand, and the latest members pushing connected car initiatives. BlackBerry QNX top choice for connected cars BlackBerry is seen as a company slowly crumbling, but its new CEO John Chen is breathing a new life into the handset maker by not focusing too much on touchscreen devices.  The company is now focusing on software and delivering hardware to business and government agencies, rather than focusing on what mobile consumers want. And though many may not want to own... more »
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3 steps to prevent system downtime during tax season

Certified public accountants (CPAs) and tax-preparation firms all over the country are racing against the clock to meet income tax deadlines for their clients. Tax professionals have already filed more than 27.3 million returns this year, and of those about 96 percent have been filed electronically, according to reports from AccountingWeb. For tax professionals during tax season, no two words evoke more dread than "system downtime." Now in their busiest time of the year, tax firms cannot afford any interruptions to their business operations, especially those caused by IT system failures, which can result in hours of downtime and the loss of business-critical tax preparation applications. Whether... more »
Oculus Rift backers demand part of $2B acquisition

Oculus Rift backers demand part of $2B acquisition

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on his page that the company is acquiring Oculus VR, the startup virtual reality company that promised to rock the world of gamers. In his post, Zuckerberg stated that the company’s mission is to build an open and connected world, and to that end its has focused heavily on web and mobile. But now, Faceboook feels it needs to focus on upcoming platforms too, such as virtual reality, which some people deem as the next big thing. He pointed out the Oculus Rift headset is the perfect device to immerse yourself not only in games, but also... more »
SAP reinforces core strategic pillars with Fieldglass buy + new products

SAP reinforces core strategic pillars with Fieldglass buy + new products

Cloud computing, Big Data and mobility constitute the core pillars of the aggressive growth strategy being pursued by SAP, which hit major milestones in all three segments this week as part of its ongoing push to diversify beyond the monolithic, on-premise enterprise software it has been selling for the better part of the past 40 years. On the first front, the German business intelligence (BI) giant announced plans to acquire Fieldglass, a Chicago-based provider of contingent labor procurement and management services. SAP said on Wednesday that the 350-strong firm’s cloud offering complements the capabilities it obtained through the multi-billion dollar acquisitions... more »
Enabling data protection at the speed of business : #theCUBE Conversations

Enabling data protection at the speed of business : #theCUBE Conversations

Robert Dillard, the vice president of technology services at Healthcare Realty, appeared on the latest episode of SiliconANGLE’s Cube Conversations series to share how his company manages business information, with Wikibon co-founder Dave Vellante. He provides a rare glimpse into the inner workings of a decentralized organization where corporate data must not only be readily accessible to employees wherever they may be, but also protected at all times and meet strict compliance audit requirements as well. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Healthcare Realty is a publicly-traded real estate investment trust that owns, maintains and develops properties - primarily medical offices - throughout... more »

Premium Research

- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.

- David Vellante

On May 12, 2016 at 12 Noon EDT, several CxOs will gather to discuss how to best communicate to Boards of Directors on the topic of cyber security. Has a failure = fire mentality led organizations to "sandbag" the threat? Is security a shared responsibility across the business or does it fall on the shoulders of a few security gurus? How should CxOs be changing the way they communicate about cyber in the digital age?

- Brian Gracely

In this Trip Report from OpenStack Summit 2016, the Wikibon team looks at five critical areas for OpenStack - Community, Consumption Models, Revenues, New Use-Cases and the OpenStack technology ecosystem,

- Brian Gracely

While automation is often looked at as a way to reduce IT costs, it has far-reaching impacts for Digital Business Platforms. Wikibon looks at how automation improves the ability to experiment with new ideas, improve market responsiveness, improve overall application security and better align development and operations requirements.

- Brian Gracely

With the release of the Native Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC is offering customers the ability to rapidly build new applications. But will the lack of embedded operations slow the adoption of the product and slow customer deployments?

- David Floyer

The x86 microprocessor has reached a limit in how much an application can be speeded up. Intel can no longer rely on economies of scale to drive market share in processors. Future advances will come from designing the microprocessor and software-in-silicon together. There are multiple large niches that have opened up to new processor/software approaches, including mobile, IoT servers, specialized servers for the cloud, telecommunications servers and large system servers for large database and big data applications. New winners in this space are likely to come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

- Peter Burris

Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.

- Brian Gracely

Understanding how to accelerate “Idea to Execution Time” (I2ET) may become the most important measurement of any Digital Business Platform. Wikibon explore the core attributes needed to be successful in rapidly developing and deploying new business applications.