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Twitter Tests Out Targeted Tweets

Twitter Tests Out Targeted Tweets

If you’re a regular twitterer, you’ll know all about the data that it collects on you as you follow various interests through the microblogging platform. Now, the time has come to put that data to use – and advertisers are beside themselves with excitement at the prospect of it. It seems like years ago that Twitter rolled out its promoted tweets model, but while this has proven to be quite popular, up until now it’s been held back by some big limitations – namely, no ability to target users. Now, it’s all changing as Twitter introduces its new, targeted ad program that... more »
Guild Wars 2 on the Virtual Gaming Economy

Guild Wars 2 on the Virtual Gaming Economy

Virtual items have become a part of the mainstream Internet culture by way of massively multiplayer online games (MMOs) and social games such as hook into Facebook. After all, what exactly is a pair of sunglasses for your Farmville sheep, or your cute little avatar worth to you? Perhaps a few cents, but sometimes these virtual items may be valued up to several thousand dollars in popular online games such as World of Warcraft or Everquest. As these games age we can look at how their in-game economies have been affected and how they effect change in our “real world”... more »
BeyondPod Top This Week’s Tablet Business App Roundup

BeyondPod Top This Week’s Tablet Business App Roundup

This week’s top pick is BeyondPod, a feature-packed RSS feeder and podcast app. The application is names after the latter, which is where most of the development effort has gone into: BeyondPod has a nifty way of saving memory, can make content recommendations and overall makes tuning content into a podcast as convenient as it gets. Android BeyondPod BeyondPod is a podcast streaming app that became popular thanks to a myriad of features that add a lot of value to the core concept. There is a  ‘commercial skip’ option that lets you skip content you’re not interested in; it’s also integrated with Google... more »
Baidu's Bigger, Better And Faster Mobile Experience

Baidu's Bigger, Better And Faster Mobile Experience

China’s got a well deserved reputation for being one of the biggest copycats of them all, but that doesn’t mean it lacks the capability to innovate. As Baidu has shown recently with a number of new product announcements at his year’s Baidu World, China's more than capable of not just adopting western ideas, but enhancing them too... Faster Mobile Browsing There are plenty of alternative browsers to choose from in China’s fertile Android market, such as the popular UCweb browser that’s already sewn up a huge chunk of the Asian market and recently spread its wings westward. But it seems that the... more »
Hadoop's Performance Increases with the Help of Zettaset and GridIron

Hadoop's Performance Increases with the Help of Zettaset and GridIron

GridIron Systems and Zettaset have joined forces to create a reference for virtual Hadoop clusters, using Flash to enhance the effectiveness of inter-node communications. Hadoop users will be provided with "an efficient, pre-configured alternative to building and configuring racks of servers, storage, and software for large-scale developments," according to reports. What makes this whole thing tick is the Hadoop architecture integrates the Zettaset Orchestrator software with the GridIron OneAppliance iNode. Orchestrator acts almost as a doctor for Hadoop and helps with the performance, security and health, while iNode helps keep Hadoop running strong by providing high-performance compute, storage, and high-connectivity it... more »
Bruce Willis Goes Thermonuclear on iTunes, Sues Apple Over Terms?

Bruce Willis Goes Thermonuclear on iTunes, Sues Apple Over Terms?

Today’s mobile news roundup features: Bruce Willis' plan to sue Apple over iTunes T&C; Apple adding the Galaxy SIII to patent infringement complaint; Samsung auditing China suppliers; and Nokia’s teaser video. Bruce Willis to sue Apple over iTunes terms and conditions If you own an Apple device, you’ve probably bought a song or two on iTunes.  But did you know that you don’t own that song, you’re just ‘borrowing’ it?  What this means is that Apple still owns the song, so you have no right to share the songs you purchased to anyone else, not even your own daughter. So that’s what Die... more »
Node.js Central to Nodester Buy, Boost for AppFog

Node.js Central to Nodester Buy, Boost for AppFog

In a post on the Nodester blog, AppFog chief exec Lucas Carlson announced that his company has acquired the  Node.js PaaS. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. AppFog already supports Node as well as Java, Ruby, PHP and a number of other popular languages and frameworks. This buy will enable the firm to beef up the capabilities it’s offering to Node devs, as well as to gain access to the Nodester’s well-established user base. “Nodester has one of the biggest communities Node programmers and Node.js was the fastest growing language on Appfog” Carlson said. "Node. js is a server-side, event-driven programming language popular... more »
Microsoft Puts it Weight behind Office 2013, On Demand with Full-Feature Access

Microsoft Puts it Weight behind Office 2013, On Demand with Full-Feature Access

Microsoft’s Office suite is the most widely used productivity software in the world, but the cloud is biting bigger and bigger chunks out of its market share as the role of the desktop gradually diminishes in the office. Workers are turning to alternatives, namely Google Docs, to view and edit their documents more conveniently, and Microsoft has responded. Office 365 is the online version of the company’s software which serves its purpose, but it doesn’t really match up to Google Docs in terms of features and integration. So Microsoft decided to take it to another level, and recently unveiled another portion... more »
Judgement Day Beckons: Scientists Grow 'Light-Activated' Muscle Tissue For Robots

Judgement Day Beckons: Scientists Grow 'Light-Activated' Muscle Tissue For Robots

Robots are pretty advanced these days, but could the kind of futuristic, life-like androids that we see in Terminator and Blade Runner one day become a reality? Up until now, the idea of creating convincingly ‘human’ robots such as Arnie Schwarzenegger’s Terminator was thought to be the stuff of fantasy. However, recent developments at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have given us cause to believe that maybe one day soon, cyborgs could well be walking within our midst, and we wouldn’t even realize it. It sounds like a far-fetched notion, but the scientists at MIT have made a significant step forward... more »
Mobile Takeover, Hollywood Style

Mobile Takeover, Hollywood Style

These days, most people are toting smart phones and/or iPads, checking them incessantly (remember the prevalence of BlackBerry Thumb late last decade?), and accessing entertainment on these devices. Netflix streams, Flash is dead, and the netbook I’m writing this article on doesn’t even have any type of optical drive. Digital mobile is the now. Hollywood, never to be left behind for long, is focusing more of their ad buys on the mobile market, promoting to the wired demographic more than ever. A recent report by Millennial Media indicates that smartphone ownership is up 55% in 2011 over 2010, 80% of the “mobile... more »

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- 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.

- 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.

- 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 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.