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The last day of the MITIQ 2013 Conference was dedicated exclusively to Information Quality. Dave Vellante and Paul Gillin, theCube co-hosts, spent some time speaking with Peter Aiken, Founding Director and Owner at Data Blueprint, about new trends, including those pertaining to company strategy. "Most companies don't have a Chief Data Officer. Should they?" asked Vellante. Aiken responded with an answer that left no room for doubt. Carefully describing the chief positions within an organization, he focused particularly on each job's responsibilities. "When we think of what a chief officer is in an organization, your Chief Financial Officer is focused on one... more »
IBM this morning announced a new model it its zEnterprise mainframe series, the zBC12, designed to support analytics, cloud, and mobile computing in a highly secure environment. An upgrade of the z114, it features a 4.2 GHz processor and twice the available memory of its predecessor. With a starting price of $75,000 for the low-end model, it is designed as a large server for medium-to-enterprise scale companies and fits into IBM's overall strategy of seeking growth in the mid-market while continuing to support its large enterprise customers. The zBC12 comes with the choice of three operating systems: Linux for System z, a... more »
It's no longer newsworthy to simply state that everything is moving to the cloud. Cloud computing and cloud access from any device, anywhere, is becoming the new norm. The cloud that's taken over today's consumer market is being adapted for the enterprise, though it wasn't built for this space -- so security is a massive sticking point in this transition. Enter Egnyte and its file-server technology, a useful companion to Google Drive's growing cloud service. Last week, Google and Egnyte announced that they are teaming up to make Google Drive more accessible as a platform for the enterprise. The result of... more »
Hit TV shows are generating big bucks for online streaming companies. Analysts believe that the success of Arrested Developments and other programs helped Netflix grow its revenue by 20 percent last quarter, a massive jump that underlines the company’s solid performance in 2013. Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings is set to report his company’s second quarter earnings later today. The Street expects 40 cents a share on sales of $1.07 billion, up from 11 cents a share on sales of $889 million but “roughly flat” with the $1.02 billion Netflix earned in the first quarter of this year. Mark Mahaney of RBC... more »
Government agencies are increasingly turning to open source technologies in the wake of shrinking budgets and heightened cybersecurity concerns. EnterpriseDB, a leading distributor of PostgresSQL, is witnessing this trend firsthand. The privately-held database vendor says that the number of government agencies that use its products increased by 40 percent in the past 12 months. The Department of Defense, the Federal Aviation Administration and NASA are among the more than 40 agencies that have deployed its software in their environments. One of the main reasons that organizations are buying into EnterpriseDB’s PostgresSQL distribution is because it’s compatible with solutions from Oracle, which has... more »
Just when you think you’ve seen all that Mobile Device Management (MDM) products have to offer, the truth is that there are some products that are pushing the envelope in ways that have tremendous enterprise value. Good Technology is one of those leading companies that is delivering these features to the enterprise. They have been on a tear of announcements lately, so I took a briefing with Good Technology’s CTO, Nicko Van Someren. Let’s set the stage – BYOD is increasingly becoming a norm across the enterprise and not the exception. With that, mobile security, apps, and management have become critical... more »
Facebook is set to announce its second quarter financial results this Wednesday and investors may finally have something to look forward to, according to recent data from Adobe’s research efforts. A recent Adobe report states that Facebook’s News Feed advertising scheme is paying off, as its desktop click-through rates (CTR) is 14 times greater than its standard right-hand side (RHS) ads while its mobile ads achieved a CTR that’s 28 times better than RHS ads. Feature phones for the win? The numbers are promising for investors, but Facebook has more good news with the well-timed announcement that Facebook For Every Phone, a native... more »
Last month IBM hosted the EDGE 2013 conference in Las Vegas. Co-founder of SiliconANGLE, John Furrier and Dave Vellante of Wikibon sat down for a candid conversation with Ambuj Goyal, general manager of storage and networking for IBM. The three discussed the history of storage, its current iteration within a data management architecture and the future relationship storage will have with the enterprise. Goyal set the tone of the conversation right from the start commenting, “I think about ‘storage’ as an archaic term. Storage has to be part of a data management architecture. Storage is an element.” He made it clear... more »
TheCube crew had the pleasure of interviewing dozens of technology and business leaders at last week’s MIT Information Quality Conference. Among them were a number of healthcare professionals who provided us with their unique perspectives on the industry’s efforts to harness information for the greater good. Anthony Donofrio, the chief technology officer of Truven Healthcare Analytics, detailed how his company’s database solutions empower healthcare organizations to tap into their financial and operational data. The firm’s Micromedex platform enables doctors to reference information about drugs, toxicology and other topics related to patient care while its payment integrality suit helps healthcare organizations recover... more »
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is quite optimistic about the future of the company vis-à-vis said company’s growing video game business. The company recently forecasted a strong financial outlook and has also shown profitability in the current third fiscal quarter ending Sept. 30. AMD’s revenue in the third quarter is expected to grow 22 percent from the second quarter’s $1.16 billion, and the company expects to be profitable at the midpoint of its guidance in the net income category. In a recent conference, Chief Executive Rory Read said that the AMD has created a niche in game consoles segment by getting its... more »