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Google Wants To Cheat Death With Big Data

Google Wants To Cheat Death With Big Data

In a surprise announcement yesterday, Google's CEO Larry Page lifted the lid on what may well be the search engine-cum-everything giant's most audacious project yet – a new life science startup named Calico that's hoping to come up with new ideas to combat aging and its related diseases. In other words, as Time Magazine notes, Calico aims to do nothing less than cure death itself. Art Levinson, the ex-CEO of Genentech, will serve as Calico's first CEO. The company will focus on all kinds of health-related issues, but its primary goal is to tackle aging and associated diseases. Larry Page acknowledged that... more »
Innovation and Value in the Data Economy

Innovation and Value in the Data Economy

The following is adapted from Wikibon's forthcoming Data Economy Manifesto. As we at Wikibon have documented, the Big Data market is growing at a considerable pace. Vendors selling Big Data technology products and services realized over $11.5 billion in revenue in 2012, a 59% increase from 2011. By 2017, Big Data vendor revenue will hit close to $50 billion, according to our models. But that’s only part of the Big Data story. While $50 billion is nothing to sneeze at, we fundamentally believe that Big Data practitioners will create significantly more value than the vendor community over the long-term. Enterprises across vertical... more »
Fortumo Taps Into India to Bring New Markets to Mobile Developers

Fortumo Taps Into India to Bring New Markets to Mobile Developers

Leading mobile payments provider Fortumo just announced its foray into Indian market. The most developer-friendly mobile payments provider has launched the mobile payment service by entering into partnerships with four leading mobile operators in the country. As part of the partnership, Fortumo’s direct carrier billing (DCB) will now support four leading mobile provider in India: Vodafone, Airtel, Idea, and Tata Docomo. These operators have a combined market of 530 million subscribers or 61 percent market share, making it the largest coverage of any mobile payment provider in the country. The mobile payment service works on Windows and Android phones and as well... more »
Mobile Technology Developers Contribute to the Accelerating Growth of Linux

Mobile Technology Developers Contribute to the Accelerating Growth of Linux

More and more companies contribute actively to the Linux kernel optimizations. The latest edition of Linux Development Report shows that companies that focus on mobile technology play an increasingly larger role in the development of the Linux kernel. The latest Linux Foundation report “Linux Kernel Development: How Fast It is Going, Who is Doing It, What They Are Doing and Who is Sponsoring It,” focused on the quantity of changes and the IT companies from which these changes have been brought into instrumental. The report covers almost 92,000 changes to Linux from 3,738 individuals since version 3.3 in March 2012. According to... more »
Guest Post: 5 Ways to Avoid Test Slippage

Guest Post: 5 Ways to Avoid Test Slippage

Poor test environment management is often the common denominator when testing on large-scale projects or programs slips from the test schedule. This is normally one of the high percentage root causes of slippage amongst the other usual causes such as bad requirements, overly buggy code, and resource constraints. Rarely do projects operate without having test environment issues. As organizations mature their IT application suites grow increasing integrations points and data complexity. This always introduces end-to-end knowledge gaps around dependencies in both setting up and managing test environments. Complex integration points need to be replicated in test environments in order to adequately perform... more »
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Edible Sensors Save You from Food Poisoning + More

This week’s SmartDevice roundup features sensors and gadgets to keep our tummies full and us safe from food allergens and spoiled food, as well as letting us know if we drank enough water for the day. Edible silk sensors   Scientists at Tufts University engineered an edible, flexible, silk sensor that alerts people is food is about to go bad or has already gone bad, to prevent food poisoning.  It works like a sticker so you can adhere it on food, have it float in milk or any perishable liquid, on eggs and even fruits and vegetables. It is made up of gold antennae,... more »
Big, Messy Data & The Internet Of Things

Big, Messy Data & The Internet Of Things

The concept of the Internet of Things isn't nearly as futuristic as some might have you believe, in fact its dead simple. Take an object, stick on some sensors and Wi-Fi capability, and there you have it – a device. These devices are rapidly taking root, and as their number grows exponentially, so does the amount of data they produce. Consider what Cisco has to say about it. The "Internet of Everything," as it likes to call IoT, is set to become a $544 billion industry in this year alone, while by 2020 its predicted that there'll be some 24 billion... more »
Rise of the Machines : A Documentary on Today's Takeover

Rise of the Machines : A Documentary on Today's Takeover

Ever wonder when machines will take over the world?  If you’re thinking that it won’t happen in the near future, think again - machines are already ruling our lives, from the smartphones and tablets we use, to the computers we have at home, to implantable technology to save lives, and even making our homes smarter.  And with machines' improving ability to “talk” to one another, it’s hard not to acknowledge how more aspects our lives are moving into the hands of these machines. “Rise of the Machines” is a one-hour documentary produced by CNBC, hosted by Fast Money's Melissa Lee.  It... more »
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CIOs: Consider Using Consultants, Cloud Services to Achieve Big Data Value

Nearly 50% of Big Data practitioners replying to a recent Wikibon survey report disappointing results from their Big Data projects, and an unfortunately 2% report total failures, writes Wikibon Big Data Analyst Jeff Kelly. While companies generally expect $3-$4 of business value for every $1 of investment in Big Data systems, they are actually achieving $0.55 of return. Kelly attributes these partial or, in some cases, complete failures to three causes: Insufficient Planning: Big Data projects initiated by IT departments in particular often lack compelling business use cases and end up as underutilized technical exercises. Lack of Skilled Big Data Practitioners: Data Scientists... more »
When Is The Best Time to Buy an iPhone 5?

When Is The Best Time to Buy an iPhone 5?

The iPhone 5s and 5c will both hit stores across the world tomorrow. Fanbois have already lined up outside Apple stores in dozens of countries, while some are camped outside their network carrier’s retail store to see if they are eligible for an upgrade. If the lines outside an Apple store near you are already outrageously long, you can head on down to the nearest AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint or Verizon retail store, as well as Walmart. Of course, there are no guarantees that the lines outside of those stores will be any shorter, so you'd better hurry if you're really desperate... more »

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- Ralph Finos

Users considering public cloud for business and IT workloads should evaluate the types of use cases and workloads that have wide successful deployment in the public cloud today. In order to help users to better understand the customers and workloads being served in the public cloud today, Wikibon examined the brief descriptions of approximately 650 customer solution stories on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) website and classified each according on a number of characteristics. This research reveals some interesting insights about the public cloud leader’s business, and therefore about public cloud utilization generally.

- David Floyer

The Wikibon premise in this research is that this converged environment is a win-win environment for both vendors, ISVs and enterprise IT. Testing of the converged system solution is more robust, and the reduction in the number of solution types significantly lowers testing and installation costs for the vendor. ISVs can lower the cost of deployment, deliver application value faster, and drive additional upgrade value much faster. Converged enterprise IT systems (private clouds) are more agile, more reliable, more secure and have the similar costs to public clouds.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the emerging Cloud-native application architectures. This research focused on the scope of microservices, the domains of interaction between services, and how data services and sources are changing with these new applications.

- Brian Gracely

Faced with the choices of modernizing existing applications or starting new projects, IT organizations have many options. Wikibon looks at the vast number of options today, with a methodology to evaluate choice vs. risk.

- David Floyer

There are no enterprise organizations that have married the business, digital creativity and IT as seamlessly as Weta Digital.

- Stuart Miniman

Oracle is using it's licensing might to enter the converged infrastructure (CI) market by making database pricing extremely attractive for its own Private Cloud Appliance (PCA), relative to alternative solutions (including non-Oracle public cloud options). To gain this pricing advantage, Oracle is applying certain restrictions to non-Oracle solutions and allowing more licensing flexibility for virtualized environments on PCA. Discussions with PCA customers indicate three main benefits, including: 1) reduced Oracle database license costs (of 50% or more); 2) greater flexibility to allocate processor cores to optimize workloads and 3) very high bandwidth and performance (via an Infiniband point-to-point architecture).

- Ralph Finos

Big data and public cloud share a natural affinity, but are not a perfect match. Wikibon estimates that worldwide big data revenue in the public cloud was $1.1B in 2015 and will grow to $21.8B by 2026 - or from 5% of all big data revenue in 2015 to 24% of all big data spending by 2026. Doers should explore public cloud options for their big data workloads because public cloud offers a simple way to scale up and down workloads running mostly using open source software.

- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.