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Can Rovio's Bad Piggies Fare Better than Amazing Alex?

Rovio, best known for the sustained momentum that earned Angry Birds over one billion downloads to date, is branching out. Capitalizing on the success of the physics-game franchise, the Finnish game developer released a teaser trailer of an upcoming game called Bad Piggies, which will allow the player to enjoy the Angry Birds universe from the pigs’ point of view. The 32-second YouTube video Rovio released a few days ago doesn’t reveal too much, but by the looks of it the company has no plans to abandon the physics genre. "This innovative game turns the franchise on its head by letting the fans... more »
Windows Azure Mobile Services Launched

Windows Azure Mobile Services Launched

Windows Azure, the open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy, and manage applications, has recently announced its mobile services that will help enhance the productivity of developers to quickly build mobile apps. Besides, it will help easily connect scalable cloud backend to the client and mobile applications. With the launch of Windows Azure mobile services, developers can develop Windows 8 app in little time, and soon for Windows Phone, iOS, and Android devices. It’s quite easy to build a simple Windows 8 app that is cloud-enabled using Windows Azure Mobile Services. All you need to do... more »
Kendo UI by Telerik Brings HTML5 Into Focus for Mobile App Developers

Kendo UI by Telerik Brings HTML5 Into Focus for Mobile App Developers

Telerik, a leading provider of developer tools and solutions announced a major update to its product Kendo UI. It has released the Kendo UI Complete with several new features, like support for tablet U and server-side wrappers for ASP.NET MVC. This enhancement has been created to enable developers to quickly build rich, native-like, and simplify development of HTML5 and JavaScript mobile apps and sites. Recently, I spoke with Telerik’s Vice President of HTML5 Web and Mobile Tools, Todd Anglin about the state of HTML5 in the industry and how Kendo will change how developers approach it in a fashion that permits... more »
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Lenovo Aims For Global Dominance Via Acquisitions

Earlier reports stated that investors are pleased with Lenovo CEO’s announcement to reveal the company's plans for expansion in Brazil tomorrow.  According to Bloomberg, Lenovo shares rose by 1.2 percent to close at HK$6.62, the highest level since August 21. Though nothing has yet been unveiled regarding their Brazilian expansion yet, just the thought of expanding globally tickled investors’ fancy.  And why shouldn’t it?   According to Canalys, Lenovo is the third largest PC vendor in the world, after Apple and HP.  Apple took the top spot as their iPad (yes it is a computer) has been flying off the shelves since... more »
Venture Capitalists Invest Heavily in Cloud in 2011

Venture Capitalists Invest Heavily in Cloud in 2011

It's no secret that the cloud is hot.  Steve Bengston, director of consultancy and financial services provider PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has shared some statistics that show exactly how hot.  According to PwC, in 2011 venture capitalists (VC) shelled out $6.9 billion to fund “internet-specific” start ups, and most of these companies provide cloud related services and products. That’s 68 percent more than the amount invested in the previous year, and investment continues to grow. In Q4 2011, investments  in cloud based technology reached $1.8 billion. That's tens of millions more than the $1.3 billion invested on biotech or $883 million invested into cleantech on... more »
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Bruce Willis Can Share His iTunes without Going Thermonuclear

Yesterday, we covered a story regarding Bruce Willis allegedly preparing to sue Apple over iTunes’ Terms and Conditions.  See, the veteran actor wants to bequeath his vast collection of songs on iTunes to his daughters Rumer, Scout and Tallulah.  But the current terms and conditions of the service does not allow him to do that, as anything bought on iTunes does not actually belong to the consumer.  You’re just borrowing them from Apple, so you cannot transfer possession of that to anyone, not even your own daughters. The Sunday Times (paywalled) and the Daily Mail claimed that Willis is supporting legal... more »
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Big Political Data Helps Attract Latino Voters

Latino voters will be crucial in 2012 political campaigns and Presidential hopefuls are taking special steps to win this group’s support. But, how will candidates know how to reach the Latino audience and measure the effectiveness of their efforts? Luminar, according to its press release, defines itself as “the first “big data” analytics and modeling provider focused specifically on U.S. Latino consumers.” The company provides insights that help political campaigns “develop winning strategies” by shedding light on how to effectively micro-target Latino voters. Luminar suggests that an enhanced understanding of Latino consumer habits, offers political strategists key insights to target... more »
ClassedIn: The New Learning Social Network That’s Set To Take Education By Storm

ClassedIn: The New Learning Social Network That’s Set To Take Education By Storm

Imagine this: Students, teachers, parents, all connected on a safe social networking platform, which allows document sharing for homework and assignments, provides online testing, a massive educational library, and real-time interactions – wouldn’t that be a great idea? Well, it already is, and it’s about to take off in a big, big way any day soon, if a group of wealthy Russians have anything to say about it. The popular Russian-language educational platform Dnevinik.ru has just received a healthy $5 million cash injection from the Runa Capital investment group, which is hoping to expand the software to the US, Europe and China. Dnevnik.ru,... more »
Microsoft Challenges Google with Office 365 Revamp

Microsoft Challenges Google with Office 365 Revamp

Microsoft is continuing its efforts to transfer its Office productivity suite dominance to the cloud and compete with Google Apps for the hearts of the business users. The Seattle giant's Microsoft Office has long enjoyed an almost exclusive position in the enterprise, but many companies have begun to favor Google's rival cloud software for its convenience, accessibility and ability to integrate. It seems Microsoft has learned from its mistakes with Apple, and isn't  isn't taking the the competition from Google lightly. Microsoft has mustered its engineering muscle to launch a two-pronged attack. First, Microsoft announced details of its Office on Demand feature,... more »
Hack Attacks, Cyber Wars, Data Theft... Just A Normal Day At The Office

Hack Attacks, Cyber Wars, Data Theft... Just A Normal Day At The Office

It’s been a rip-roaring 24 hours or so in the hacktivist world, with dozens of Swedish government websites being forced offline in suspected DDoS attacks; Armenia and Azerbaijan engaging in Cyber-Wars, and the hacker group AntiSec stealing over 12 million Apple device IDs from the FBI, later posting a million of them online. Swedish Websites Hacked Among the  Swedish websites hacked were the Swedish Institute, the Swedish Armed Forces, and Sweden’s Court Administration, each apparently taken down by supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who remains holed up in Ecuador’s London embassy. Shortly after the sites were forced offline, a number of... more »

Premium Research

- David Floyer

Wikibon argues strongly against Revolution towards a 3rd platform. The conclusion from this analysis is that applications will evolve; conversion should be avoided like the plague. The greatest opportunity is to continuously adapt today's operational applications by the addition of real-time or near real-time analytics applied directly to the current organizational processes and applications that support these processes. This is likely to translate to the greatest value to most organizations, and where possible avoid the risks of converting systems. The study of organizations that have applied real-time analytics to their current operational systems have shown incredible improvements in lower costs and greater adaptability. Business and IT executives should understand the enormous potential for adding decision automation through real-time analytics to current operational applications in their organizations. New technologies should be judged by their ability to support real-time analytics applied to operational systems, and supporting incremental improvement over time.

- Luke Turchetta

In a recent web-based survey conducted by Wikibon, 300 North American enterprises whom had either been utilizing, or considering the adoption of public cloud, answered questions regarding IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) perceptions and usages. These questions varied in topic but were centered around an examination of which workloads were best suited for usage in the public cloud. This research examines a few additional key insights that shed some light on the growing IaaS world.

- David Vellante

Today's Technology infrastructure management is largely non-differentiated and wasteful. Technology executives must re-think the strategic role of human capital and begin to implement new ways to consume IT as a service. This post draws on the learnings of senior executive Alan Nance from Royal Philips who is dogmatic in its approach to transforming its infrastructure to a service model.

- David Floyer

There have only been two successful volume introductions into the marketplace in the last 50 years - DRAM and NAND flash. There has to be a clear volume case with good economics for 3D XP to be able to gain a foothold in consumer products. Without volume in the consumer space, there is unlikely to be much volume traction in the enterprise space. CIOs, CTOs and enterprise professionals should take a wait and see stance, and monitor the adoption of 3D XP in the consumer and military spaces. If and when there is volume production for 3D XP, enterprise adoption should start about two years later.

- Stuart Miniman

The use of open source software continues to accelerate and expand in the marketplace, especially in areas where technology is significantly disrupting established business models. IT organizations should be actively seeking to understand how open communities operate, how different licensing models work, and how they can be more actively engaged with both the vendors and communities that are shaping open source software.

- Stuart Miniman

The full stack of software around containers (including Docker) is diverse and changing at a fast pace. This research walks the software stack and examines the

- David Floyer

CIOs understand that a clear cloud strategy is critical for IT today. Wikibon believes the biggest mistake organizations can make is converting major applications into the public cloud (including SaaS) without thinking about the implications to their existing business process workflows. Wikibon recommends that IT develop and implement a hybrid cloud strategy using the existing management workflows and compliance processes for both the public and private cloud components in the hybrid cloud.

- David Floyer

In 2014, Wikibon defined a new category "Server SAN" that sits at the intersection of software-defined storage, hyperscale methodologies and converged infrastructure. This article is the executive summary of primary research that gives the status of the market, examines the vendor ecosystem, lays forth the revenue and 10 year forecast and gives direction for expansion beyond simple "hyperconverged infrastructure". This information is available for public consumption, the full research is available to Wikibon clients.

- David Floyer

In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.

- Stuart Miniman

If containers are at the center of a shift in how applications are developers and delivered, and their pace of growth and change is unprecedented in IT history, this could have a massive ripple effect on both suppliers and consumers of the ecosystem of IT technologies.