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Facebook to launch 'Paper' news reader app later this month

Facebook to launch 'Paper' news reader app later this month

Facebook is constantly reinventing its products and services to increase user engagement. Even though it's not always the case, Facebook love to experiment with things it thinks might click with the masses. In line with this tradition of experimenting with new ideas to generate more 'likes' and interactions, Facebook is looking to make its News Feed something users will engage with almost constantly. We've heard rumors in the past that the social media giant is looking to incorporate a news reader into the site, so users would no longer need to go to news portals to get the latest buzz. So... more »
SAP’s cloud transition hindered by executive departures

SAP’s cloud transition hindered by executive departures

Judging by its fourth quarter and full year earnings results, SAP’s plans to substitute revenue from clunky enterprise software with data-driven applications and cloud services are coming along nicely. HANA remained the German business intelligence giant’s fastest growing product despite being hit by currency swings, while cloud subscription rose 39 percent over the last three months to approximately $287 million. This encouraging growth is contrasted by the recent departure of Bob Calderoni, the company’s former top cloud executive. He came on board as part of SAP’s 2012 acquisition of Ariba, where he served as chairman and CEO since 2001, and took... more »
BlackBerry CEO brings in yet another former colleague to replicate Sybase turnaround

BlackBerry CEO brings in yet another former colleague to replicate Sybase turnaround

BlackBerry chief executive John Chen, credited with saving Sybase from its death spiral, is putting his old team back together in a bid to beat the odds once again and restore the struggling phone maker to its former glory. The leadership reshuffle kicked off in December with the appointment of John Sims, the former head of SAP’s Mobile Services business, as the president of BlackBerry Global Enterprise Services. The division is the linchpin in Chen’s newly disclosed plan to transition the struggling phone maker away from the consumer market and refocus on corporate customers. Former SAP business development chief James Mackey... more »
The NSA uses good, old-fashioned radio waves to hack offline computers

The NSA uses good, old-fashioned radio waves to hack offline computers

If there's one way to protect your privacy from the prying eyes of the NSA, surely it's by keeping your computer permanently offline, right? Well, you might have thought so – but you'd be dead wrong! According to a new report from the New York Times, that simply isn't the case – the NSA now possesses the capability, under a program code-named Quantum, to access offline computers using radio waves. The NSA's device, known as “Cottonmouth I”, was one of dozens of fun-looking spy devices unearthed by German publication Der Spiegal last month: “Computer bugging devices disguised as normal USB plugs, capable... more »
GitHub aquires collaborative web development company Easel

GitHub aquires collaborative web development company Easel

GitHub, which offers web development software service, has added another string to its bow by acquiring the specialist web design online firm Easel. For those who do not know Easel: it is a paid tool to create simple websites (landing pages and prototypes) using a high-fidelity, in-browser platform. Easel can also be used for prototyping purposes and is based on absolute ease of use, provided by the tools excellent inline editor. Easel’s co-founder Matt Colyer previously founded Flagr, from Y Combinator’s second batch in Winter 2006.  Mr. Colyer subsequently worked at AdRoll as an engineer with Easel co-founder Ben Ogle. Ryan Day, GitHub’s... more »
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Nutanix an acquisition target after $101M round : Software assets are key

Nutanix, a frontrunner in the fast-growing hyperconvergence market, just netted another $101 million in a fourth financing round led by Riverwood and SAP's venture capital arm. New investors Morgan Stanley Expansion Capital and Greenspring Associates also chipped in, along with existing backers Lightspeed Venture Partners, Khosla Ventures and Battery Ventures. The funding could very well set Nutanix, still a relatively small company compared to other industry leaders, on an accelerated growth path.  Hyperconvergence is a market blooming with new opportunities to rethink IT architecture, and Nutanix is one of the service providers enabling the enterprise to operate more efficiently. “Nutanix’s virtual computing... more »
CES 2014 aftermath : Quantified Self review

CES 2014 aftermath : Quantified Self review

This week’s Quantified Self roundup features a device that lets you know when to wear sunscreen, a fitness tracker that makes sense of your data, and a new way to monitor your sleep patterns. June by Netatmo   June is a piece of jewelry that can be worn as a brooch or a bracelet.  It monitors the sun’s intensity and tells you, via the mobile app, if you need to wear sunscreen, a hat or wear your sunglasses. June also monitors your total daily sun exposure, and even give you tips on how to protect yourself against the sun’s UV rays to prevent skin... more »
Exclusive report: Inside Job? Target/retail hack investigation turns to POS systems

Exclusive report: Inside Job? Target/retail hack investigation turns to POS systems

Sources close to the Target retail hack investigation have information that seemingly contradicts the public stance on what Target knew and when they knew it, in addition to a host of other details.  The Target compromise alone has affected up to 110 million consumers and over the weekend, the numbers of affected consumers in the marketplace has likely increased based on the news of other breaches reported at Neiman Marcus retail locations and at three other unnamed but well-known retailers during the same holiday shopping period. Late Sunday, a statement from Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel admitted for the first time... more »
Play games and eat pizza! Pizza Hut made $1 Million in 4 months through Xbox 360 app

Play games and eat pizza! Pizza Hut made $1 Million in 4 months through Xbox 360 app

Who will be surprised to learn that game players are also lovers of pizzas? Know your audience is the first marketing rule. The fast-food chain Pizza Hut had recognized this a year back when it launched an app on Xbox 360 that allowed players to place orders directly from the console. Just after two quarters that app brought the pizza delivery company over a million dollars. The application for the old Microsoft console was launched in mid-2013 and has been an incredible growth for the franchise. The public relations director for Pizza Hut Doug Terfehr, in an interview with Polygon, acknowledged... more »
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Oracle on the pressure of transforming IT : theCUBE Conversations

January 14, 2014 - theCUBE Conversation with Harish Venkat of Oracle. . Pressure to transform IT   There is a lot of pressure within many organizations to transform IT in order to meet the demands of doing business today.Companies choosing to let early adopters have the first crack at this transformation are putting themselves at risk of getting left behind. “At a strategy level everyone is caring about the top line and bottom line. We all hear doing more with less, now we want to do even better with less. From an IT strategy perspective their budgets are constantly slashed as a percentage of revenue... more »

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- David Floyer

Industrial IoT, the largest segment of the Internet of things (IoT) with the highest potential value, will require a deep integration between modern IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operations Technology). Modern IT technologies, to be truly extensible to OT, will need a hybrid cloud approach, with by far the majority of data and processing residing at the so-called "Edge". Architectures and software written by industrialists for industrialists, such as GE Predix, are showing how that can work.

- George Gilbert

The big data arena is at a crossroads. Use cases and tools are proliferating faster than most big data teams are gaining experience. In establishing the big data business capabilities required to cut through the complexity, CIO’s must balance the accessibility of integration of traditional SQL DBMS’s versus speed of innovation in the mix and match open source big data ecosystem.

- Peter Burris

In the big data domain, businesses are trying to solve complex problems with complex and novel technology -- and often failing. Simplifying the packaging of big data technologies will streamline big data pilots and accelerate big data time-to-value. CIOs looking to establish differentiating big data capabilities need to consider Single Managed Entities to help solve the complexity problem.

- David Floyer

Oracle M7 technology is meeting or exceeding the announcement performance claims against previous generation. Even taking very conservative assumptions, the business case for migration from T5 to T7 servers is good. Wikibon concludes that for Oracle software and the servers they run on, the adoption of M7 technology (and T7 server technology) is best practice for these high value compute areas.

- David Floyer

The premise tested in this research is that high value applications and software should be run on more capable converged performance-optimized infrastructure, even when they constitute a small proportion of the total workload. In contrast, cost-optimized infrastructure will save on short-term hardware costs, but will incur much higher overall costs long-term. The conclusion strongly recommends IT executives adopt a default of performance-optimized converged infrastructure for all mixed workloads when even a small proportion includes high-cost software and/or high-value applications.

- George Gilbert

Big data pros need to identify which data feedback loops in their machine learning applications can deliver sustainable differentiation through network effects. Starting early is critical because getting to scale is likely to create the "winner takes most" competitive dynamics that have become so common in tech industries. The biggest sin is to wait for the tooling to become automated enough for all competitors to jump in.

- Ralph Finos

The public cloud competitive environment remains turbulent, but sectors show signs of crystallizing a longer-term market structure.. SaaS remains turbulent with SaaS vendors successfully gaining share vs. incumbent licensed software providers who must migrate their core products to cloud-friendly offerings and/or acquire native SaaS applications to shore up their applications leadership positions. Public cloud IaaS segment leadership is crystallizing to a handful of viable providers as a function of scale requirements. PaaS is just formulating and finding its way, but is likely to gravitate towards a wide variety of development models suited for different application types and public cloud platforms.

- David Floyer

For enterprise executives trying to achieve aggressive RPO and RTO SLAs , Wikibon believes that batch backup appliances (PBBAs) will give way to real-time, continuous data protection systems that aggressively support very large memory application memory. Practitioners requiring close to RPO zero and aggressive RTO SLAs should plan for an integrated data protection approach that effectively eliminates the concept of storage-led backup and shifts thinking to a application-led virtual point-in-time recovery model. The database and file system vendors will be the predominant suppliers of this technology, and understanding their roadmaps and commitment to support application-led recovery strategies is crucial to both database and data protection technology selection.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream enterprises are beginning to deploy machine learning applications that add differentiation to traditional products and services. But the complexity of their big data infrastructure is becoming a problem. Big data pros need to deploy a digital business platform (DBP) to support modern applications and then extend the DBP to machine learning applications.

- Peter Burris

IT shops that want to achieve modern IT status will have to address the "IT iron triangle" constraining transformation.