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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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Cisco Architect On the Many Benefits of Tableau | #tcc13

Sudharshan Seerapu, Cisco’s Lead Architect on Tableau and Tidal Enterprise Scheduler, hopped into theCUBE at the recently concluded Tableau Customer Conference to share the power user perspective on data visualization. Seerapu’s Tableau journey began about a year ago, when he started looking for a self-service business intelligence tool that would empower his less tech savvy peers to unlock the value of their data. He eventually stumbled upon Tableau’s data visualization software, which he promptly adopted on the basis that it’s simpler and more scalable than alternative tools. Seerapu explains that the firm’s platform not only streamlines large-scale projects, but also facilitates the... more »
Oracle OpenWorld -- 2013 or 1993? #OOW13

Oracle OpenWorld -- 2013 or 1993? #OOW13

As the ironically named "Oracle OpenWorld 2013" looms, the big question is: How much longer can Oracle ignore the huge changes that are happening in the IT industry? And will Larry Ellison allow any concessions to the present realities of cloud, mobile, and especially Open Systems to creep into this year's conference. Oracle provides strong products and customer support, but at a high price in licensing fees that can leave customers gasping. It is unquestionably this dominant player in relational databases. But that technology is increasingly being left behind in this world of Big Data, Hadoop, and NoSQL. Oracle's proprietary, closed... more »
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Tim Cook Interview Highlights : No Innovation, China is the New US

When Apple unveiled the iPhone 5s and 5c early this month, admittedly we hoped for something more than just a pimped out iPhone 5.  No surprises, no new products (iWatch, anyone?)  Apple has been using the same strategy for years.  Every iPhone and iPad released is just a tweaked version of the old one, few features making the newest generation stand out from a completely saturated smartphone market.  The only shocker from Apple's iPhone launch event was the fact that the Cupertino company is finally broadening the price points for its flagship device, making it all the more accessible to... more »
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From RIM to RIP : 4 Potential Buyers to Put BlackBerry Out of Its Misery

BlackBerry. Sigh. Poor BlackBerry. We reported earlier this week that vultures were circling over BlackBerry, with patents and its OS being the most desired assets. Yikes, what happened to BlackBerry? From being the smartphone that once dominated the corporate world, it's now a distant fourth behind the powerhouses of iOS and Android, and the deep pockets of Microsoft continue to spend money to stay relevant. (Microsoft has just snapped up Nokia for $7.2 billion.) And things are looking increasingly dire for BlackBerry.  The Wall Street Journal reported that the smartphone maker is planning on cutting its jobs up to 40 percent,... more »
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Tableau CMO Talks Customer-Driven Marketing | #tcc13

Tableau chief marketing officer Elissa Fink believes that effective brand messaging hinges on positive customer experiences. She stopped by theCUBE at last week’s Tableau Customer Conference to discuss how she applies this principle in her work. Fink and her team take most of the credit for organizing the event, which theCUBE co-host Dave Vellante named “one of the top two conferences that we’ve been to in terms of alignment” between messaging and customer priorities. The executive highlights that she chose the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington, D.C. as the venue for the gathering because it can accommodate a... more »
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Pious Electric Car Drivers Unite: California Launches EV Week

California Governor Jerry Brown is on a mission to get 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Charge Across Town, an initiative spearheaded by the Palo Alto City Councilmembers, along with  along with Bay Area electric vehicle, technology and environmental leaders, will be launching EV Week on September 25, 2013. “EV Week 2013: San Francisco to Silicon Valley” is a three-city, five-day electric vehicle exposition designed to engage, educate and excite Bay Area drivers about the benefits, ease and accessibility of electric vehicle ownership. If you still doubt the power of EVs on the road, EV... more »
Brazil Outlines Plans To Circumvent The USA Online

Brazil Outlines Plans To Circumvent The USA Online

Brazil has had enough of the NSA's spying games, and has declared that it will do whatever it takes to isolate itself from the United States and its all-powerful internet spies. According to a report from The Washington Post, President Dilma Rousseff was outraged when she learned that the NSA intercepted her communications, hacked into the state-owned Petrobras oil company’s network, and spied on millions of Brazilians who use services like Facebook and Google.  Due to this, Rousseff postponed a scheduled Washington trip next month where she was to be honored with a state dinner. Brazil's anger is understandable, as is its... more »
Red Hat Teams Up with dotCloud to Promote Open Hypervisor Alternative

Red Hat Teams Up with dotCloud to Promote Open Hypervisor Alternative

In the software-defined era, the hardware abstraction layer doesn’t have to be a hypervisor. Sensing the winds of change, Red Hat is putting its weight behind an open-source Linux container engine called Docker. Developed by dotCloud, Docker takes advantage of system-level functions to encapsulate any application and its dependencies as a lightweight container that can run on bare metal as seamlessly as it would in a virtualized, private cloud or public cloud environment. The main benefit of the technology is that it consumes considerably less resources than traditional virtualization frameworks such as VMware ESX and Citrix XenServer. Red Hat announced this morning... 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.