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Skip the manuals : Social biz data should be easy | #IBMIoD

Skip the manuals : Social biz data should be easy | #IBMIoD

Jeff Schick, Vice President of Social Software at IBM, explored the opportunities that organizations now have to expand their business through social software and social media strategies, with theCUBE co-hosts Dave Vellante and John Furrier, live at the IBM Information on Demand 2013 event in Las Vegas. IBM approached the social software market back in 2007 with "the first integrated social platform for business," Schick explained, aiming to better connect "people with people and people with information" as they were moving beyond email for information sharing. "The inflection point is that there is not a country on the planet, an industry on the planet, that... more »
Ask DevOps: It is time again to tangle with Daylight Savings Time, a guide for developers

Ask DevOps: It is time again to tangle with Daylight Savings Time, a guide for developers

Daylight Savings Time is becoming more and more of a controversial subject as civilization continues to integrate with roads, cars, and internet. The old ways of saving extra light by pushing the clocks around is becoming more of a frustrating tradition and less of something that seems useful to new generations—but aside from making extra busywork around this time of year, it also poses problems (and creates bugs) for developers. How to deal with time When programming time can become a massive problem when dealing with clients across the globe (or even just across the United States), in the usual developer parlance... more »
The blind spot of clients: think business processes, not data | #IBMIoD

The blind spot of clients: think business processes, not data | #IBMIoD

Live from #theCUBE at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, John Furrier and Dave Vellante brought their regular viewers exclusive coverage from IBM Information on Demand 2013. Our co-hosts got hold of Fred Balboni, Global Lead for Business Analytics and Optimization with IBM, to talk about Services and roadmapping. Services matter because it's great gross profit for helping customers implement solutions that they asked for. The market is exploding with demand, people know it's a game changer with Big Data analytics, cloud, and mobile devices. People want to be in every channel of the social business. "Services is important; it's the last mile. Without... more »
Failure as a Service : Obamacare site security flaws emerge

Failure as a Service : Obamacare site security flaws emerge

The Healthcare.gov technology story isn’t going away anytime soon. As tech rescue teams have come to save the day with what they hope will be a rapid fix for the struggling site, the first of what may be a number of security issues have started to emerge. It’s a situation so dire that even the consumer website Consumer Reports has advised the public to not submit any information to the system until the fixes are in. They may be waiting a long time. In a recent report, a North Carolina father, Justin Hadley, was using the Obamacare website when, after many... more »
Key hires + tech behind Pinterest's global expansion : UK, France + Japan

Key hires + tech behind Pinterest's global expansion : UK, France + Japan

Though Pinterest has yet to generate money, it has caught the eye of big investors, strategic partners, and has even managed to snag key companies with the purpose of improving its personnel and underlying technology.  Proof of how well Pinterest is doing is the recent $225 million Series E round of funding led by Fidelity Investments. The new round of funding will be used for global expansion, but even before it raised the money, Pinterest has been expanding its reach to foreign soil. The Hires Behind Pinterest's International Intentions   In May of this year, Pinterest launched its first localized in the UK.  What... more »
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Paxata CEO on startup success and data preparation | #BigDataNYC

Being a data analyst isn’t easy. Keeping information flowing for decision makers requires specialized knowledge and expertise at investigating patterns in raw numbers - but for the most part, it involves cleaning, changing, organizing and validating data for processing. This tedious and largely manual task takes up as much as 80 percent of analysts’ time, according to Prakash Nanduri, the co-founder and CEO of Paxata. His newly launched startup is helping analysts become more productive with a cloud service that bridges the gap between Hadoop and the front-end applications that serve up insights for business users. Speaking on theCUBE, Nanduri details that... more »
When will you die? Tikker helps you take on the Grim Reaper

When will you die? Tikker helps you take on the Grim Reaper

This week’s Quantified Self roundup features a watch that counts your remaining years of existence, a scale to weigh your sleep, and a web app that connects all your wearable tech gadgets. Tikker   Ever wonder how long you have until you’re six feet under, or your ashes are trapped in an urn?  Wouldn’t it be great to know when your time is up?  For some people it is, as it gives them the freedom to do what they want, make amends, or just be the best person you can be before it all ends.  No one can really tell you exactly when your... more »
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Hortonworks President talks open source innovation | #BigDataNYC

Hortonworks’ business model hasn’t changed “one bit” since it spun off from Yahoo in 2011, according to company president Herb Cunitz. Speaking at SiliconANGLE’s recently concluded Big Data New York 2013 summit, Cunitz tells theCUBE hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante that his firm is committed to delivering an open analytics stack for the enterprise. Hortonworks is helping organizations unlock the value of information with Hadoop, a freely available batch processing framework distributed under the Apache license. An open community can “out innovate any individual company” given sufficient resources, Cunitz says, which is one of the reasons the platform is poised... more »
Who wants help from Google Helpouts?

Who wants help from Google Helpouts?

How much would you pay to be ae to talk to an expert and ask them for help with a DIY project or a meal that you're cooking? For Google, the price depends on the topic or the person answering your query. If you haven’t heard, Google has launched a new platform that aims to help you with anything imaginable, from recipes to DIY projects, even make-up tutorials or fashion advice.  And the best thing about this new platform is that you get to talk to a real, live person, not just through chat but in a video call, just like... more »
Who is John S. Chen? Is he the man to save BlackBerry?

Who is John S. Chen? Is he the man to save BlackBerry?

For those who are following the fate of BlackBerry, they may know John S. Chen as the company’s executive chairman and interim CEO.  He was the one who brought Sybase back from the grave, but aside from that, most people really have no clue as to who Chen really is and what made him the perfect choice to replace Thorsten Heins, for now. Meet John S. Chen   Chen is a native of Hong Kong who graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon School, an elite prep school in Northfield, Massachusetts.  He studied at Brown University and graduated magna cum laude in 1978 with a... more »

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