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Atlassian Celebrates New Search Functionality with an Interactive Tale in InfoQuest

Atlassian Celebrates New Search Functionality with an Interactive Tale in InfoQuest

Atlassian has put time and thought into what affects the role of everyone--including developers--when it comes to office interactions, communication, and project management with a suite of tools that simplify tracking and organizing the nitty-gritty social details of working together. While that last sentence may make sense to anyone who has worked with a group on a project, the actual implementation of project management and “herding cats” is rarely so easy. To better elaborate on what sort of trouble a team might face, Atlassian released an interactive infographic--which, to me, felt much more like a sort of graphical story with statistics. Take... more »
No Original Ideas : Changing Tactics + Products for Mobile Era

No Original Ideas : Changing Tactics + Products for Mobile Era

Ask and listen. These are the two most important transitive verbs in any successful interaction with a customer. It’s so simple, yet so often forgotten.   Some of the most successful sales professionals lose their way because they forget to ask and listen.  They are confident in their market knowledge.  They have a full understanding of their company’s products and services.  They know the pitch.  All they need to do is to turn on the fire hose and let the customer drink. This mistake is not mutually exclusive to the experienced sales professional.   This contagion often spreads to R&D organizations, product development... more »
Opscode Chef Brings Open-Source Infrastructure Automation to the Cloud

Opscode Chef Brings Open-Source Infrastructure Automation to the Cloud

The peculiarity of the use of DevOps in some IT organizations is to move to encoding configuration and allowing that to regulate an automated lifecycle. Fortunately, many tools exist to do this following a similar basis to business logic where developers create applications and infrastructure configuration in the form of code or scripts. To make process much simpler, cloud vendors invented configuration management frameworks, which establish and maintain the integrity of the products of the software project throughout the project's software life cycle. Configuration management involves identifying configuration items for the software project, controlling these configuration items and changes to them,... more »
Smart Recycle Bins & Treadmills for Gamers - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Smart Recycle Bins & Treadmills for Gamers - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Renew, Recycle, Repurpose   A new initiative by English startup Renew, has one hundred recycling bins in The City of London set to receive an upgrade that will track and target ads to passing pedestrians. Previously, bins all across the city were fitted with digital screens to celebrate last year’s Olympic games, and since then, the screens have been dedicated to displaying ads and public information to citizens. More recently, though, the smart-bins outfitted by Renew have the ability to track smartphones, giving advertisers the ability to track their cookies into the real world. The bins work by logging your phone’s unique Mac address... more »
Australian Gamers Find Themselves Segregated from the Rest of the World in Saints Row 4 Multiplayer

Australian Gamers Find Themselves Segregated from the Rest of the World in Saints Row 4 Multiplayer

Though gamers may sometimes be perceived as anti-social type of people, most of them enjoy a game that they can play with their friends or even other gamers across the world. Gaming is an international past-time that connections millions of people around the globe every day. But what if that simple joy is taken away from gamers due to their country’s restrictions? On August 20, the fourth installment of Saints Row, a sandbox type of game that combines elements of action, adventure and vehicular gameplay, will be released in North America, followed by a European release on the 23rd, then the... more »
IBM, Google Teaming to Reshape IT Industry

IBM, Google Teaming to Reshape IT Industry

The following is an interview with Arvind Krishna, Ph.D., GM, development & manufacturing, IBM Systems & Technology Group on last Monday’s announcement by IBM of the OpenPOWER Consortium, which initially includes high-end GPU manufacturer Nvidia, high-performance IO builder Mellanox Technologies, Taiwanese white-ox server manufacturer Tyan, and Google. In the interview Mr. Krishna all but says that the initial aim of the consortium is to create a new generation of white box servers using high-performance computing (HPC) components built specifically to Google’s needs at a price that fits Google’s hyperscale architecture strategy. He goes on to imply that IBM and its... more »
HP Vertica Big Data Conference 2013 Round Up: Big Data is Not Hype | #HPBigData2013

HP Vertica Big Data Conference 2013 Round Up: Big Data is Not Hype | #HPBigData2013

The increasing volume, variety and velocity of information enables organizations to tackle new problems and challenges. One of the things striking the market nowadays is that organizations are trying to pick their big data engine or platform not just for analytics, but for a multitude of different data needs. Hadoop, for example, is a distributed file system and run almost all analytics and transform processed data. HP Vertica is designed to ease the flow data from differing sources and types into the platform, making it seem much more like a Hadoop-like environment. Hundreds of customers and a growing ecosystem of partners... more »
Here Come the Graphene Supercapacitors, Rivaling Lead-Acid Batteries

Here Come the Graphene Supercapacitors, Rivaling Lead-Acid Batteries

The idea of graphene supercapacitors may be novel and interesting, but what’s even more interesting is the method by which materials engineers at Monash University used to produce them. Using a method as simple and similar to traditional paper making, the engineers at Australian University have created graphene supercapacitors that have the same power density as the lead-acid battery in a car. All the better as these supercapacitors are 10 times more energy-dense than commercial devices. The best part of graphene supercapacitors, just like any other supercapacitor, is that these can recharge and discharge almost instantly. Unlike a lead-acid battery whose... more »
Tegile Doubles Sales, Raises a Massive $35M for Hybrid Storage

Tegile Doubles Sales, Raises a Massive $35M for Hybrid Storage

Demand for hybrid storage solutions is skyrocketing. Tegile, one of the fastest growing players in this space, revealed that it has improved its sales from doubling every two quarters to doubling every quarter before opening the $35 million Series C funding round it closed today. The round was led by late-stage venture firm Meritech Capital Partners. Original investor August Capital also participated, alongside flash behemoth SanDisk and Western Digital Capital. The latter is a subsidiary of Western Digital, a leading provider of enterprise-grade disk storage that also owns HGST, which supplies the hard drives and SSDs that power Tegile’s flagship Zebi... more »
Time To Ditch Android: ZTE's Firefox Phone Finally Lands On eBay

Time To Ditch Android: ZTE's Firefox Phone Finally Lands On eBay

If you're at all like me and have been itching to get your hands on a funky new Firefox phone but unfortunately don't live in one of the nine countries currently selling them, well today's your lucky day. ZTE, the Chinese company that makes the Open Firefox phone, has just taken the rather unusual step of selling its handsets directly through eBay, to anyone in the world. For a major mobile phone maker this is quite an irregular move, as these companies usually just sell their hardware through carriers to avoid the hassle of dealing with consumers directly. However, in the... more »

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- 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.

- David Vellante

On May 12, 2016 at 12 Noon EDT, several CxOs will gather to discuss how to best communicate to Boards of Directors on the topic of cyber security. Has a failure = fire mentality led organizations to "sandbag" the threat? Is security a shared responsibility across the business or does it fall on the shoulders of a few security gurus? How should CxOs be changing the way they communicate about cyber in the digital age?

- Brian Gracely

In this Trip Report from OpenStack Summit 2016, the Wikibon team looks at five critical areas for OpenStack - Community, Consumption Models, Revenues, New Use-Cases and the OpenStack technology ecosystem,

- Brian Gracely

While automation is often looked at as a way to reduce IT costs, it has far-reaching impacts for Digital Business Platforms. Wikibon looks at how automation improves the ability to experiment with new ideas, improve market responsiveness, improve overall application security and better align development and operations requirements.

- Brian Gracely

With the release of the Native Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC is offering customers the ability to rapidly build new applications. But will the lack of embedded operations slow the adoption of the product and slow customer deployments?

- David Floyer

The x86 microprocessor has reached a limit in how much an application can be speeded up. Intel can no longer rely on economies of scale to drive market share in processors. Future advances will come from designing the microprocessor and software-in-silicon together. There are multiple large niches that have opened up to new processor/software approaches, including mobile, IoT servers, specialized servers for the cloud, telecommunications servers and large system servers for large database and big data applications. New winners in this space are likely to come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

- Peter Burris

Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.

- Brian Gracely

Understanding how to accelerate “Idea to Execution Time” (I2ET) may become the most important measurement of any Digital Business Platform. Wikibon explore the core attributes needed to be successful in rapidly developing and deploying new business applications.