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Evernote and 1DollarScan Bring E-Reading to the Personal Cloud

Digital scanning service, 1DollarScan, announced their full integration with Evernote, the service that lets users save and remember everything.  The integration makes 1DollarScan the first of its kind to have full integration with a major web brand, and both companies can benefit from the partnership. 1DollarScan is a scanning service targeted towards individuals, hence the team-up with Evernote.  Whether you’re a student who wants textbooks to be digitized or authors who want their content to be made available for e-readers.  You just have to mail your printed document to 1DollarScan, where they will scan and convert to a PDF file.  After... more »
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Groupon Founders Find New Work Investing in Deals Startup

Earlier this week, news broke out that Groupon investors are losing faith in the company.   The company recently reported their second-quarter revenue which rose 45 percent to $568.3 million compared to last year, but their billings – the money they collects from coupon-like offers before paying a cut to merchants – dropped by 5 percent compared to the previous quarter, despite a 38 percent rise to $1.29 billion.  And that five percent decline is what’s driving investors out the door.  Since the company went public last year, some of their investors have already sold their shares and left the company. But... more »
Rackspace Introduces Cloud Monitor

Rackspace Introduces Cloud Monitor

Rackspace has launched a new monitoring service intended for customers who want a closer look at their cloud infrastructure and how it works. Rackspace Cloud Monitoring is a service born out of Rackspace's acquisition of Cloudkick back in 2010. The service will interface with Rackspace's cloud but also with any other cloud infrastructure. As more businesses move their critical applications and data into the cloud, it has become increasingly important for them to find ways to keep track of performance and assess efficiency. Rackspace Cloud Monitoring is an attempt to satisfy that necessity. Features for the service include the ability to monitor... more »
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Tablet Market Takes a Huge Toll on Dell and HP. Is there Hope?

The flourishing tablet market is taking its toll in the PC business as more people prefer purchasing the lighter portable slates than the bulky, space-hugging desktops or even laptops and netbooks. Hewlett-Packard and Dell competed for years over becoming the world’s number one PC maker.  They were so focused on the competition they forgot to take a look around.  The two companies did not see tablets as a threat to their business so they didn’t pay much attention until now - after tablet uptake has already put huge hole in their pockets. HP posted a five percent decline in revenue due to... more »
Pure Storage Announces Massive Changes to FlashArray Software

Pure Storage Announces Massive Changes to FlashArray Software

All-flash storage vendor Pure Storage updated the software powering its flagship storage system, FlashArray. As far as new features go, FlashArray will ship with ZeroSnap Snapshots, a new component that has been optimized to run on HDDs.  The company touts a capacity of up to 1,000 snapshots and a lot of automation – snapshots are taken instantly without the need to pre-allocate space, and are then automatically deduped and compressed to save as much space as possible. The snapshots have full read/write capabilities and can be used to recover volume in the array. The other new additions all expand the number of... more »
Microsoft’s Transformation – Punctuated with a New Company Logo

Microsoft’s Transformation – Punctuated with a New Company Logo

Microsoft’s transformation for 2012-2013 and beyond has been punctuated by the release of a new logo for the company released today.  This is the first time this has happened in 25 years.  The change heralds a wave of product releases and changes across their consumer and professional products.  The new logo reflects the company’s new direction and simplification of its products. The company states on the Technet blog: Starting today, you’ll see the new Microsoft logo being used prominently. It will be used on Microsoft.com – the 10th most visited website in the world. It is in three of our Microsoft retail... more »
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Sony To Lay Off 1,000 Workers

Today’s mobile news roundup features: Sony's plans to lay off 1000 workers; AT&T’s standing defense for FaceTime restrictions; the Android store being shut down for piracy; and Archos’ new line of Android tablets. Sony to lay off 1000 workers In an effort to accelerate their position in the smartphone market, Sony Corp. announced that they will cut 15 percent, or about 1,000 of their mobile workforce.  The job cut will help the company reduce costs while also propelling their efforts in creating competitive mobile products. "[A] more focused and efficient operational structure will help to reduce Sony Mobile's costs, enhance time to market... more »
Mobile Payments War Heats Up, Starbucks Sets the Standards

Mobile Payments War Heats Up, Starbucks Sets the Standards

There’s a huge chance that you’ve noticed a trend on just released or soon-to-be released smartphones.  And I’m not talking about 4G.  More smartphones are coming pre-packaged with mobile payment capabilities, either via apps or Near Field Communication technology.  Some consumers are still a bit apprehensive about mobile payments, as they deem it’s not secured enough.  But one thing can't be denied--there's a huge potential for convenience with mobile payments built into our consumer experience. A lot of companies are adopting one mobile payment system or another so let’s take a look at their progress. PayPal Payments and money transfer company PayPal struck... more »
Mystery Facebook Virus Sends Out Friend Requests On Your Behalf

Mystery Facebook Virus Sends Out Friend Requests On Your Behalf

A growing number of Facebook users have been reporting that ‘strangers’ have been mysteriously popping up on their friends list, and suspect that the problem could be linked to a new, unidentified virus or scam. According to ReadWriteWeb, Facebook’s support forum has been inundated with complaints from users who claim that friend requests have been sent from their accounts to people they don’t know, or worse, people they had previously blocked. One user, Monica Elenbaas, even saw her Facebook account blocked from sending any more friend requests after more than 100 were sent to random people on her behalf. All evidence points to... more »
Google TV Prepares for Germany Debut

Google TV Prepares for Germany Debut

Germany is set to become the latest country to get access to Google TV, with Japanese company Sony announcing that its new NSZ-GS7 set-top box will find its way to retail stores across the country as of next month. The device is set to be unveiled at next week’s IFA Fair, Germany’s largest consumer electronics show held annually in Berlin, before hitting the shops with a €199 price tag. Google TV has been available in the US for the last two years, but has so far failed to make much of an impression due to its failure to secure the cooperation... more »

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- David Floyer

Wikibon argues strongly against Revolution towards a 3rd platform. The conclusion from this analysis is that applications will evolve; conversion should be avoided like the plague. The greatest opportunity is to continuously adapt today's operational applications by the addition of real-time or near real-time analytics applied directly to the current organizational processes and applications that support these processes. This is likely to translate to the greatest value to most organizations, and where possible avoid the risks of converting systems. The study of organizations that have applied real-time analytics to their current operational systems have shown incredible improvements in lower costs and greater adaptability. Business and IT executives should understand the enormous potential for adding decision automation through real-time analytics to current operational applications in their organizations. New technologies should be judged by their ability to support real-time analytics applied to operational systems, and supporting incremental improvement over time.

- Luke Turchetta

In a recent web-based survey conducted by Wikibon, 300 North American enterprises whom had either been utilizing, or considering the adoption of public cloud, answered questions regarding IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) perceptions and usages. These questions varied in topic but were centered around an examination of which workloads were best suited for usage in the public cloud. This research examines a few additional key insights that shed some light on the growing IaaS world.

- David Vellante

Today's Technology infrastructure management is largely non-differentiated and wasteful. Technology executives must re-think the strategic role of human capital and begin to implement new ways to consume IT as a service. This post draws on the learnings of senior executive Alan Nance from Royal Philips who is dogmatic in its approach to transforming its infrastructure to a service model.

- David Floyer

There have only been two successful volume introductions into the marketplace in the last 50 years - DRAM and NAND flash. There has to be a clear volume case with good economics for 3D XP to be able to gain a foothold in consumer products. Without volume in the consumer space, there is unlikely to be much volume traction in the enterprise space. CIOs, CTOs and enterprise professionals should take a wait and see stance, and monitor the adoption of 3D XP in the consumer and military spaces. If and when there is volume production for 3D XP, enterprise adoption should start about two years later.

- Stuart Miniman

The use of open source software continues to accelerate and expand in the marketplace, especially in areas where technology is significantly disrupting established business models. IT organizations should be actively seeking to understand how open communities operate, how different licensing models work, and how they can be more actively engaged with both the vendors and communities that are shaping open source software.

- Stuart Miniman

The full stack of software around containers (including Docker) is diverse and changing at a fast pace. This research walks the software stack and examines the

- David Floyer

CIOs understand that a clear cloud strategy is critical for IT today. Wikibon believes the biggest mistake organizations can make is converting major applications into the public cloud (including SaaS) without thinking about the implications to their existing business process workflows. Wikibon recommends that IT develop and implement a hybrid cloud strategy using the existing management workflows and compliance processes for both the public and private cloud components in the hybrid cloud.

- David Floyer

In 2014, Wikibon defined a new category "Server SAN" that sits at the intersection of software-defined storage, hyperscale methodologies and converged infrastructure. This article is the executive summary of primary research that gives the status of the market, examines the vendor ecosystem, lays forth the revenue and 10 year forecast and gives direction for expansion beyond simple "hyperconverged infrastructure". This information is available for public consumption, the full research is available to Wikibon clients.

- David Floyer

In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.

- Stuart Miniman

If containers are at the center of a shift in how applications are developers and delivered, and their pace of growth and change is unprecedented in IT history, this could have a massive ripple effect on both suppliers and consumers of the ecosystem of IT technologies.