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Success Factors Updates BizX Again with New Mobile, UI Elements

Success Factors Updates BizX Again with New Mobile, UI Elements

Cloud HR firm SuccessFactors has been very busy tweaking its Business Execution suite throughout the past few weeks. Late last month it announced that it’s migrating the lineup to HANA and adding iPad support, among other things, and now the SAP subsidiary is rolling out a few equally substantial improvements to the platform. One feature they’ve added is called Touchbase, a mobile productivity tool that’s built around the idea of making meetings more straight-forward. The app allows workers to access items and receive notifications from others within the organization, allowing them to prioritize better. Another addition is a social feature nicknamed Who’s... more »
Microsoft Windows Azure, Ubuntu and the Big Data Connection

Microsoft Windows Azure, Ubuntu and the Big Data Connection

Much has been made already of the new services and features that are coming to the Microsoft Windows Azure cloud. But while everybody (myself included) talks about the new infrastructure-as-a-service and Azure Web Sites components of the enhanced Azure, there's something interesting going on with Microsoft, Canonical, and the rising market for big data applications in the cloud. In a blog post, Gianugo Rabellino, Microsoft's chief open source evangelist, writes about some of the partnerships that were only covered in passing during yesterday's Meet Windows Azure keynote. These partnerships, including Cleardb, Cloudant and Lucid Imagination, bring MySQL, CouchDB and Apache Solr services, respectively, to the Azure platform,... more »
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HP “All In On Big Data.” More Acquisitions Ahead?

HP has watched Big Data develop over several years and believes that it will cause major disruption in the storage and systems market, says Manoj Goyal, Senior Director of Data Management Solutions in HP's Enterprise Group. As a result, “HP is all in on Big Data,” he said in an interview in The SiliconAngle Cube at HP Discover 2012 (full video below). It is working to develop a complete ecosystem around Hadoop that includes hardware, middleware, software, and services to “make Big Data more accessible to customers.” And, he said, “While HP does not make its M&A plans public, we are always... more »
Agony for Apple in Australian Court Battles

Agony for Apple in Australian Court Battles

Yesterday was a bad day at the office for the folks at Apple Australia, with the tech giant being fined AU$2.25 million for misleading consumers over its new iPad 4, while it faces a new court action from rivals Samsung Electronics over allegations concerning four of its patents. Apple Australia agreed on Thursday to pay the fine to the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) after admitting it had misled consumers over its advertising for the iPad 4. The device was advertised as being “Wifi + 4G" compatible despite the fact that it didn’t work on any of Australia’s existing 4G networks.... more »
HP Services Head Sees Exciting Times Ahead

HP Services Head Sees Exciting Times Ahead

“This is a very exciting time in the industry,” says Antonio Neri, senior VP and general manager of HP Technical Services. Most HP customers, he said in an interview in the SiliconAngle Cube at HP Discover 2012 (full video below), are still running traditional IT environments and are in some stage of virtualizing their data centers and often looking for help from HP with that process. They are also very conscious of Big Data and interested in where Hadoop/Map Reduce capabilities fit in their futures and how to develop those capabilities. And they are in the process of understanding and... more »
Dropbox Now Speaks Korean, Updates Android App

Dropbox Now Speaks Korean, Updates Android App

It’s time for another quick review of what’s happening in the cloud.  No, I’m not talking about whether we have nimbus, or cumulunimbus clouds hovering above us, but what I’m pertaining to is the cyber cloud -  the thing that lets you store your files so that your computer or mobile device won’t get full.  So let’s look at the latest buzz on the cloud. Dropbox Dropbox announced that they’ve added a new language to their foray, Koreans can now enjoy Dropbox in their native tongue, An nyoung ha seh yo!  Aside from the English language, Dropbox is now available in German,... more »
Bitcoincard Puts Cryptocurrency in Your Wallet with a Mycelium Smartcard

Bitcoincard Puts Cryptocurrency in Your Wallet with a Mycelium Smartcard

The technological event horizon to make digital-currency possible (or at least digital-wallet transactions low impact) is coming up fast; we’re seeing it with the push for NFC and other technologies that enable secure transactions between mobile devices. However, there’s also a push for miniaturization of user interfaces, screens, and even communication devices so small that they’re the size of credit cards—or at least in this case add the functionality of a credit card while being that size. The website Bitcoincard.org presents a product that uses a technology called Mycelium which integrated a very small (credit card sized) radio, user interface, e-paper... more »
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Apple to Block Sales of Galaxy S III in the U.S.

Another Apple-Samsung match sparked as the iPhone maker filed a lawsuit against the Galaxy SIII maker aiming to ban the sales of the new Galaxy device in the US. Last Tuesday, Apple filed a preliminary injunction against Samsung in the District Court for the Northern District of California to ban the sales of the Galaxy SIII.  Apple is accusing Samsung of infringing software related patents.  The patents submitted in court are  U.S. Patent No. 8,086,604, which covers "unified search" and No. 5,946,647, which covers "links for structures," both already included in their ongoing patent dispute. "Because the Galaxy S III contains two of the... more »
Cloud Analyst Ben Kepes talks HP, Cloud, Big Data

Cloud Analyst Ben Kepes talks HP, Cloud, Big Data

Ben Kepes sat in on theCube at HP Discover 2012 for a quick cloud discussion with Wikibon’s Stuart Miniman and SiliconAngle’s Alex Williams. Full video below. At any given time, the cloud has been either at the forefront of discussion at HP Discover 2012 or an undertone.  The importance however has been consistent, regardless of the topic.  While there is quite a bit built around the infrastructure, it is believed that the real opportunity comes in the actual data.  We are seeing aggregation and HP is using the term data layer that reflects the power of data and indicates that this... more »
Major Design Changes for Rumored iPhone 5

Major Design Changes for Rumored iPhone 5

WWDC is all set for next week and though the event is known for Apple software announcements, some are just fixated on the fact that there’s a possibility for a hardware launch.  Some believe that Apple is launching updates to their Mac lines, while others believe that an Apple TV will be launched.  But those possibilities are taking a back seat as hopefuls are longing to see the iPhone 5 at next week’s event. A new video surfaced on YouTube which features the back panel of the rumored iPhone 5.  When placed side by side with the iPhone 4/4S, the back... more »

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- Stuart Miniman

The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

- David Floyer

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.

- Steve Chambers

In the UK, large enterprise, household named, logos in all markets are using AWS and not only for virtual machines and storage. Enterprises are consuming features such as identity, data warehouse, search, content delivery as AWS increase the size of the set of undifferentiated heavy lifting due to the hundreds of features they are releasing and improving.

- Steve Chambers

Containers, and specifically Docker, allows the management of applications to be freed from the shackles of infrastructure. This article examines the state of containers and the booming Docker ecosystem and how enterprise IT should get started at embracing this important technology.