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Microsoft Acquires Yammer, Head-Scratching Ensues

Microsoft Acquires Yammer, Head-Scratching Ensues

In one of the worst kept secrets of 2012, Microsoft has announced today that it will be acquiring Yammer for $1.2 billion.  Yammer, a social enterprise software startup, is to become part of the Microsoft Office Division although Yammer employees will continue to report to CEO David Sacks.  Yammer will maintain its own path of developing its own products and services while “Microsoft pushes ahead to nudge further adoption alongside Sharepoint Office 365, Microsoft Dynamics and Skype.” In the statement released by Microsoft, they write, “The acquisition of Yammer adds best-in-class enterprise social networking to Microsoft’s growing portfolio of complementary cloud... more »
Boxopus Brings Torrents Out of the Cloud and Directly Into Your Dropbox

Boxopus Brings Torrents Out of the Cloud and Directly Into Your Dropbox

It’s strange that the function of peer-to-peer technology doesn’t often combine directly with cloud efforts because the strategy behind p2p fits so neatly into the jigsaw of the cloud. It certainly does combine behind the scenes more often than not, even though much of the media industry seems to be out to demonize BitTorrent, we can see that it’s the basis behind large distribution networks such as Pando and Scalify. Next on-the-spot is an app that hybridizes BitTorrent and Dropbox called Boxopus. It does this by hooking a users Dropbox up to a torrent initializer and allowing the download of torrents... more »
Cyberthreat Weekly: Blizzard Warns Cheaters, Last.fm Passwords Leaked, Internet Security Lessons from the Kobayashi Maru and More...

Cyberthreat Weekly: Blizzard Warns Cheaters, Last.fm Passwords Leaked, Internet Security Lessons from the Kobayashi Maru and More...

The cyberspace has experienced a myriad of nasty things since commencement and there appears to be no signs of stopping. In fact, the chain of attacks is just getting started and we have to brace ourselves for more to come. Our roundup of stories in the internet security space this week speaks of more cases of hacks and leaks, but we also see security experts doing more and more to deal with them. Blizzard Says No To Cheaters To start, Blizzard’s recently released game--Diablo 3--is anticipating cheaters to exploit the game. This is pretty rampant among popular games, as with the case... more »
Pinterest to Launch Android App at Google I/O 2012?

Pinterest to Launch Android App at Google I/O 2012?

Google I/O, the annual developers conference by Google held at San Francisco, CA, is all set for June 27-29 at the Moscone Center.  You can catch the live stream here. So what are we to expect at the event?  Well, for starters, you can expect a Pinterest app to be unveiled. Pinterest for Android Australian site, Ausdroid, was the first to notice in the recently released Google I/O app that Pinterest would be attending the conference.  Careful inspection revealed that Carl Rice, Mobile Engineer for Pinterest, and Cynthia Maxwell, Chief Officer of Awesome and Senior Software Engineer, would be the exhibitors for Pinterest... more »
Dell's Quest for Quest

Dell's Quest for Quest

Dell is making a $2.32 billion bid for Quest. It tops a $2.2 billion offer from private equity firms Insight Venture Partners and Vector Capital. That puts Quest's value at $27.50 per share. A counter bid is expected from Insight and Vector. In May, Quest decided to go private when it received a bid for $23 per share from Insight. That prompted Dell to make its own bid. Talks stalled in early June. Quest is primarily known for its enterprise management software. The offer points to Dell's focus on the enterprise and decreased emphasis on its PC business. A Gartner report shows that worlwide PC... more »
Red Hat Follows up JBoss Launches with Three More

Red Hat Follows up JBoss Launches with Three More

Open-source software kingpin Red Hat announced updates to a few of its products, just a few days after a similar-sized roll out. This morning the company debuted the latest release of its Enterprise Business Rules Management System. BRMS 5.3 introduces new business process management and CEP capabilities via the newest version of jBPM, the core solution that the platform is based on. It supports the Business Process Modeling Notation 2.0 standard, features smoother integration with business rules according to Red Hat, and also includes an enhanced interface that simplifies some of the more complicated functionality for the end user. “The ability to... more »
RIM's BB10 Keyboardless Devices: A Little Too Late

RIM's BB10 Keyboardless Devices: A Little Too Late

Research in Motion announced that their upcoming BlackBerry 10 devices will not have a physical keyboard.  Yes, they’re jumping on the bandwagon of keyboardless touchscreen devices.  Some may think this a great thing, but others argue that the appeal of BlackBerry lies in the fact that they have physical keyboards, as some people still want the feel of a physical keyboard when typing. “The physical keyboard is the most dominant item that separates out Research In Motion from its competitors,” Colin Gillis, an analyst with BGC Financial said. “If you are not playing to your historical strengths you may find it... more »
Google I/O 2012 Preview: Everything You Need to Know

Google I/O 2012 Preview: Everything You Need to Know

This year Google IO, the annual conference for developers, will take place over three days from 27 to 29 June 2012 in San Francisco. The conference, often days after Apple's own WWDC event, is Google's opportunity to present and discuss applications for the company's web browser and open Internet technologies, as well as presenting new products in all things Google. As Google grows in influence with developers, thanks to Chrome and Android, their I/O conference has also grown in interest. In 2011 tickets were gone quickly, and this year sales have broken all records, as the event sold out in 20... more »
Apple-Motorola Patent Lawsuit Dismissed By Judge

Apple-Motorola Patent Lawsuit Dismissed By Judge

Today’s mobile news roundup features the end of the Apple-Motorola patent dispute, Samsung's debut of yet another new smartphone, RIM's possible plans to split up its business, and more. Judge ends Apple-Motorola lawsuit US District Judge Richard Posner, on Friday, dismissed Apple’s injunction case against Motorola Mobility for patent infringement.  The case was dismissed “with prejudice” meaning both parties cannot refile the case but they could appeal the ruling. "It would be ridiculous to dismiss a suit for failure to prove damages and allow the plaintiff to refile the suit so that he could have a second chance to prove damages," Posner wrote,... more »
HTC Pulls Out of Brazil; Set to Focus on Asian Markets

HTC Pulls Out of Brazil; Set to Focus on Asian Markets

HTC announced on Saturday that it’s shutting down its Sao Paolo offices and pulling out of Brazil altogether, in the face of intensifying competition in what is one of the world’s fastest growing smartphone markets. The move, which was first reported by the Brazilian magazine Exame, means that the Taiwanese manufacturer will not be going ahead with its planned launch of the HTC One series, while dozens of employees are expected to lose their jobs. The company will continue to provide support services for existing customers, however. A spokesperson for HTC told AndroidPIT that the decision to pull out of Brazil was... more »

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- Stuart Miniman

OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

- David Floyer

Top Ten Reasons why CIOs Should Migrate to an All-flash Data Center by 2016 to reduce costs, improve IT & organization productivity, release resources for new projects and improve time-to-value for new internal and external end-user application users

- Stuart Miniman

The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

- David Floyer

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.