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TripAdvisor Gets Ahead of the Game Through Predictive Data Analytics

TripAdvisor Gets Ahead of the Game Through Predictive Data Analytics

TripAdvisor.com is amongst the more well-known traveling sites, providing information about vacation hotspots, cheap and affordable hotel rates, as well as other people’s reviews and comments for a particular venue.  But how do they improve from here, personalizing this aggregate of data sets?  By utilizing big data analytics. Wikibon analyst Jeff Kelly outlines TripAdvisor's use of predictive analytics for determining how to interact with clients and what steps they should take towards improving their marketing tactics, outlined in a recently published case study. TripAdvisor gets its revenue from hotels who want to display a link to their own site in the travel... more »
Precise Releases Precise 9.5 to Improve Business Application Performance

Precise Releases Precise 9.5 to Improve Business Application Performance

Companies of all sizes, all nationalities and all sectors have invested heavily in application performance management (APM) to find the cross-process management, distribution and manufacturing. The design and quality of the application code are on the determinants of performance and the balance between the functional and technical is a key factor in the future behavior of the application. The speed of adaptation, however, must meet a number of basic terms of availability and performance without which the information system failed in the mission it deserves in the development strategy of the company. The behavior of the application on the infrastructure of... more »
AI On the Rise: Building Fantasy Football Dream Team, Wall-E, and Improving Healthcare

AI On the Rise: Building Fantasy Football Dream Team, Wall-E, and Improving Healthcare

Siri can make calls for you and Watson can beat Jeopardy champions at point blank. But can these two AI heavyweights put together a dream team for you? Well, Artificial intelligence-powered software can create a selection of players that can beat 99% of all Fantasy Football participants’ squad. These very promising numbers are already tickling the imagination of gamblers. But the program was not crafted for them to take advantage of. It has a more noble purpose. The joint research teams from UK and Greece are developing the program in order to come up with medical staff dream team that could... more »
Will Brands Go Along with Facebook's Anti-Click Campaign?

Will Brands Go Along with Facebook's Anti-Click Campaign?

Facebook gets the majority of their revenue on advertising but even so, the social networking giant’s advertising strategy is being questioned. Facebook is getting ready to unveil a new advertising strategy that removes the focus on “clicks”.  For some time now, clicks have been the basis for determining how popular a brand is on Facebook.  But Facebook argues that brands should let go of the click mentality, as it’s not the only metric for measuring traction. Through a controversial partnership with Datalogix, a data mining firm that tracks real-world retail sales, Facebook hopes to educate brands that advertising on Facebook, even if consumers... more »
Opera Makes Pact to Run Big Data Analytics on Oracle

Opera Makes Pact to Run Big Data Analytics on Oracle

At Oracle OpenWorld 2012, October 1, Opera Solutions announced a deal to allow its unique Big Data analytics to run on Oracle. Similar to its previously announced deal with SAP, this basically means that Oracle users who subscribe to the Opera Big Data analytics service will be able to integrate that with their Exalytics installations and integrate their internal data into Opera's Big Data analytics. Opera is unique in that has a large number of pre-developed analytics that search huge amounts of data, mostly from public Web sources, to discover signals that relate to any of a large number of specific... more »
How Can Microsoft Take Over Tablets? Make them Better than PCs

How Can Microsoft Take Over Tablets? Make them Better than PCs

It’s a big week for Google – the company surpassed Microsoft on the New York Stock Exchange, becoming the second largest tech firm by market cap after Apple.  It's a troubling time for Microsoft, as cloud and mobile trends continue to shift away from Microsoft's core technology and services. GOOG was up one percent at $761.78 when the markets closed yesterday, with market capitalization of about $249.9 billion compared with Microsoft’s $247.2 billion. The PC software maker’s stock fell less than one percent to $29.49, according to Bloomberg. “The PC hardware business is obviously struggling,” said Martin Pyykkonen, a Greenwood Village, Colorado-based analyst... more »
5 Ways to Search Gmail: New Attachment Filter and More

5 Ways to Search Gmail: New Attachment Filter and More

Many of us cringe at the thought of cleaning up our e-mail inboxes, making it difficult to go back and find the items and attachments we need.  Coming to our aid is a long overdue feature from Google, adding a new search filter for attachments in your Gmail account.  Now you can nail down those documents, photos and PDFs once buried in extended threads, matching search features that have been available from rivals such as Yahoo Mail for years now. By typing "has:attachment" followed by your keyword/s in Gmail’s search box, Google’s algorithm will be prompted to pull up anything that matches your... more »
How Do You Empower a Knowledge-Based IT Infrastructure? Unisys Takes on Royal DMS

How Do You Empower a Knowledge-Based IT Infrastructure? Unisys Takes on Royal DMS

How to you empower an entire, knowledge-based workforce through IT?  As we move into the era of software-defined enterprise architecture, changes made in the IT department are boosting productivity across the company as a whole.  Services are getting smarter as software becomes self-aware, enabling a business to learn more about its own processes and make improvements accordingly.  IT services provider Unisys has been actively improving the workforce for some time, recently landing a deal with Royal DMS to power its internal IT help desk. Royal DMS pegs itself as a ‘science-based company that, through various acquisitions and organic growth, expanded to a... more »
White House Spear Phishing CyberAttack Confirmed

White House Spear Phishing CyberAttack Confirmed

As the latest news of a hack of an unidentified computer on the White House Military Office network spreads, the threat of a national security computer breach becomes more real.  The attack is being attributed to China by anonymous officials.  The WHMO contains some of the nation’s most sensitive information, including what many call “the nuclear football” – the information that is required in order to launch a nuclear strike and other information that is reserved for the highest intelligence and policy officials.  Thus far the White House has confirmed it had “thwarted” the attack, but has not taken a... more »
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Oracle OpenWorld Day 2: Mark Hurd Talks Strategy and Innovation

Oracle’s OpenWorld 2012 kicked off last Sunday and will run through until October 4th in San Francisco. Oracle President Mark Hurd hosted the keynote event on the second day of OracleWorld.  The keynote, titled Shifting Complexity, tackles how the company’s holistic, aggregate strategy for product innovation can make things simpler for customers.  Hurd reiterated Oracle’s four-strategic pillars which are: Best-of-breed provided at every layer of the stack; Vertically integrated pieces built into differentiated solutions such as Oracle engineered systems; Oracle Fusion cloud applications that are modular and can be delivered in a hybrid model that is either on-premises or in the... more »

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- Ralph Finos

A companion piece to Wikibon's Public Cloud Market Forecast 2015-2026, this research examines the revenue from SaaS, IaaS and PaaS vendors. The competitive environment surrounding the Public Cloud is in flux. SaaS remains turbulent with new entrants successfully gaining share and incumbent licensed software providers trying to develop SaaS offerings and reclaim leadership positions they have maintained for a decade or more. The IaaS segment leadership is beginning to crystalize as a function of scale, but PaaS is just formulating and finding its way. As such, enterprises need to be wary of which providers are winning and losing (and where), but more importantly what they themselves intend to accomplish with Public Cloud.

- David Floyer

Cataloging and automated policy management are the key enablers of a virtual flash world, where storage snapshots are both King and Knave. Combining cataloging and automated policy management is the only solution to enabling storage copy reduction in harmony is risk management and compliance. This enables and justifies an all-flash data center, enables data to be available quicker to the business and other IT functions, and drives greater business and IT productivity and responsiveness. CIOs and senior management should create a small team of the best and brightest, create an optimized all-flash virtual environment with a programmatically integrated catalog in a subset of the datacenter, and demonstrate the practicality and benefits of this environment to the business and IT.

- Stuart Miniman

VMworld has grown to be one of the largest and most important technology industry events. Wikibon has attended this event for many years and will have its largest presence this year as part of a double-set of theCUBE. Coverage will examine the broad and diverse ecosystem including storage, cloud, networking and much more.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes latency storage vs. capacity storage is a key storage dimension, with different functional requirements and different cost profiles. Latency storage is found within the datacenter supporting more active applications, and in general has a high read bias. Latencies can vary from 1 millisecond down to a few microseconds; the lower (better) the latency the closer to the processor resources it is likely to be. It is also found for the metadata layer for capacity data. The boundary for latency storage will reduce down to 500 microseconds over the next three years. Capacity storage is found in archive, log, time-series databases for the Internet of things and many other similar applications. In general it is write-heavy. Latencies are generally above 1 millisecond, do not have to so close to the processor, and are suitable for remote private, public and hybrid cloud storage. Some parts of the capacity market place will have latencies as low as 500 microseconds over the next three years. Wikibon has added this dimension to the other storage dimensions projected, which include HDD vs. Flash, Hyperscale Server SAN vs. Enterprise Server SAN vs. Traditional SAN/NAS storage, Physical Capacity vs. Logical Capacity and SaaS Cloud vs. IaaS Cloud vs. PaaS Cloud. All these dimensions are projected for both Revenue and Terabytes. There is a strong correlation and interaction between the latency/capacity dimension and HDD/Flash dimension. Wikibon provides detailed breakdown of the storage projections for Premium clients.

- Brian Gracely

With the EMC Federation in transition, VMware needs to take a greater leadership role in delivering cloud services. VMware's ability to lead their customers transitions to Hybrid Cloud requires them to deliver a more robust, more agile vCloud Air platform.

- Brian Gracely

While the majority of Enterprise CIOs continue to have Hybrid Cloud near the top of their priorities, the solutions in the marketplace often fall short of expectations. Wikibon analysts look at the state of Hybrid Cloud from a C-Suite perspective.

- Ralph Finos

Maturity by industry is a function of customer and prospect skills, competitive drivers within the industry, the nature of the data in question as well as the complexity of the analytics required, and most importantly the problem that the prospect or customer is trying to solve. Identifying where customers are in their journey and helping them to reach the next level is key to vendor success.

- Ralph Finos

Both customers and vendors need to prioritize how they address adoption barriers. As with all emerging technologies, a full solution will often require extensive 3rd party participation, such as “data wrangling” and SQL data access tools. SQL data analysis offerings are maturing rapidly in the areas of application performance under greater user and data volume loads both from the Hadoop distribution vendors as well as 3rd parties. Other barriers, such as a skills gap across many roles, are more intractable. Smaller customers with fewer specialized practitioners in each role should include in their evaluations cloud-based solutions that are fully managed services.

- George Gilbert

Across all the primary roles involved in adopting Big Data applications, there are basic gaps in product maturity. However, IT leaders and practitioners should keep in mind that Big Data databases are part of a relatively immature ecosystems that requires advanced skills and integration technology in order to operate successfully. The ecosystem is evolving and maturing rapidly and there is a tremendous proliferation of technologies to augment early products.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon Research has forecasted Public Cloud revenues from 2015 through 2026; with the expectations that 33% of all IT spending ($500B) will move to Public Cloud services within the next decade. The impact this will have on IT vendors and IT strategy will be significant as more applications focus on mobile and real-time data analytics.