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Embark for iPhone 5 Sees Success as an Apple Maps Aid

If you’re an iPhone 5 user or your device’s iOS has been upgraded to iOS 6, and aren't too pleased with Apple’s new Maps, you can try the apps found here.  On the list is a public transit app called Embark, which was quick to update for iOS 6 support. Embark delivers some of the most accurate, step-by-step directions tailored to specific metropolitan regions, giving riders the fastest routes to their destinations.  The plus side is, their public transit apps integrate closely with the new Apple Maps. “We believe it should be easy to get around big cities in the age of the smartphone,”... more »
IBM Boosts its Channel Strategy with MSP Initiatives

IBM Boosts its Channel Strategy with MSP Initiatives

IBM is promoting its SmartCloud and PureSystems line-up with new incentives for the managed service providers (MSPs) that provide client companies with the local expertise needed to get things up and running.  Big Blue is really sweetening the deal with this push, via the addition of ‘unmatched’ sales and marketing assistance as well as other forms of support. MSPs are getting access to a number of new resources, including a ‘significant part’ of IBM’s annual $100 million channel marketing budget.  Eligible partners can participate in a four-part education program on social media marketing, and will be able to leverage IBM’s analytics... more »
NZ Prime Minister Apologizes To Dotcom For Spying

NZ Prime Minister Apologizes To Dotcom For Spying

On September 24th, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announced that he had requested an inquiry by the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security regarding the Megaupload raid that happened in January because of  “unlawful interception of communications of certain individuals by the Government Communications Security Bureau.” The GCSB is New Zealand’s electronic intelligence-gathering agency, and part of ECHELON, the worldwide communication interception network that also includes the NSA and security agencies of the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada. The Prime Minister was informed by the director of the GCSB,  Ian Fletcher, last September 17 that in their haste to aid the US... more »
Is Anyone Surprised Instagram Has Higher Engagement than Twitter?

Is Anyone Surprised Instagram Has Higher Engagement than Twitter?

A report from AllThingsD tackles comScore’s latest data regarding mobile audience measurement report, which hasn’t been released yet.  The report stated that in August, Instagram had an average of 7.3 million daily active users or DAUs, while Twitter only has 6.868 million DAUs during the same period. This is quite interesting, given the fact that Twitter, according to comScore, had approximately 29 million unique U.S. smartphone-based visitors in August, while Instagram only had 22 million. The report also stated that Instagram users were spending more time on the photo-sharing site than on Twitter.  Instagram users spend an average of 257.0 minutes on... more »
Bloomfire Continues Expansion with Salesforce Integration

Bloomfire Continues Expansion with Salesforce Integration

Bloomfire is a social enterprise startup that touts its platform as a cloud-based ‘unified knowledge hub.’  It’s a cross between a CMS and a social network that works as an add-on for content-driven services that a client may already be using, such as Google Apps. Starting this week Bloomfire also supports Salesforce – and it’s already up on appexchange. Bloomfire is tightly integrated with the CRM-as-a-service. Every content update rolled out on the platform is automatically synced with Chatter, and users can access Bloomfire natively from within the tool.  Finally, there’s also a tracking system that makes it possible to track... more »
Today's The Data: Human Face of Big Data App Launched

Today's The Data: Human Face of Big Data App Launched

One of the most ambitious and exciting big data projects ever conceived kicks off today, with the launch of a new smartphone application that encourages people across the world to take part and share their thoughts and ideas on what it means to be human. The Human Face of Big Data project, led by world-renowned photojournalist Rick Smolan, is unique in that, while big data is its central theme, the focus is not so much on the data itself, but more on the people who generate and use that data. For anyone interested in understanding data and what it can tell them... more »
Skipping Tech in the Classroom is a Disservice to Kids

Skipping Tech in the Classroom is a Disservice to Kids

Twenty years ago technology in the classroom was a new idea.  Other than overhead projectors, slide projectors, and TV carts with VCR’s, the classroom was a fairly low-tech space where teachers used the tricks of their trade to educate the minds of the future.  Fast-forward 20 years and technology is an integral part of the education of our children. Computers, laptops, iPads, and smart technology are an integral part of the classroom learning experience, in addition to the technology labs and “specials” that children experience on a weekly basis.  Technology integration into the elementary school classroom has reached new heights with... more »
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Google Maps Street View Coming To Safari?

Today’s mobile news roundup features: Google's plans for their Maps' feature Street View for Safari; LG sues Samsung; Bank of America tests mobile payment scheme; Bad Piggies now available for download. Google Street View coming to Safari A report from the New York Times stated that disgruntled iOS 6 Maps users can just use Google Maps in their mobile browsers to access a more accurate service than the new default app from Apple, though they’d have to settle for written directions since voice navigation isn’t supported.  But what's intriguing is mention that “In two weeks, you’ll be able to get Street View... more »
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What to Expect at Oracle OpenWorld 2012: Reinforcing "Open" Technologies

Oracle OpenWorld 2012 is kicking off on the 30th and will be held through October 4, 2012 in San Francisco. The conference will attract tens of thousands of IT pros as well as hundreds of partners, and will provide a very good perspective on where Oracle now stands in the market. For starters, Oracle's set the goal of making OpenWorld more open – the contrast between the name of the gathering and the direction of event was criticized by  EMC’s David Nicholson at last year’s conference. In a press release Oracle said that it’s bringing back the Linux pavilion by popular... more »
ServiceSource Launches Cloud Application for Cloud Service Providers

ServiceSource Launches Cloud Application for Cloud Service Providers

ServiceSource sells technology that helps companies manage customer subscriptions and contracts, unveiling a new cloud platform that aims to help tech firms better manage their recurring revenue sources. Renew OnDemand is a suite of applications that covers a lot of ground: there are separate tools for operational activities and direct sales, and another dedicated to handling the partner side of things. Renew also offers analytics capabilities that service providers can leverage to get better insight into their installed base, and compare overall performance with industry benchmarks and peers. “In an economy where a 10 percent increase in customer retention can result in... more »

Premium Research

- 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.