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Social Headphones + Smart Socks : Connected + Motivated Fitness

Staying fit is no easy task.  People need motivation in all forms, from a gadget that monitors your progress to an app that allows social integration so your pals can cheer you on.  And this is the reason why fitness apps and devices are booming.  So let’s look at the latest developments in the SmartBody world, maybe something will finally pique your interest enough to get you off the couch. Muzik   Disruptive innovator Jason Hardi founded Muzik, an innovative company that aims to transform the way people listen to music.  Hardi is pioneering a new space called Social Smartware which aims to... more »
QLogic Quits ASIC Switch Market in Latest Push to Cut Costs

QLogic Quits ASIC Switch Market in Latest Push to Cut Costs

QLogic has discontinued the development of its ASIC switch solutions in an effort to boost long term profitability. Interim CEO and chief financial officer Jean Hu announced the move during the company’s first quarter earnings call. She assured shareholders that QLogic’s existing ASIC solutions will remain on the market for foreseeable future, and stated that near-term OEM switch development and qualification programs will not be affected by the cutbacks. Wikibon Senior analyst Stu Miniman told us that QLogic’s exit from the ASIC space was to be expected in light of its decline in recent years. He believes that the channel will play... more »
Facebook Targets Twitter Success with Embedded Posts

Facebook Targets Twitter Success with Embedded Posts

You don't have to be on Twitter to read what somebody tweets, and you don't have to go to YouTube to view a YouTube video, thanks to the way this content can easily be embedded on other website. And now, you won't need to go to Facebook to comment, click like, or otherwise interact with any Facebook posts. In a move that's designed to boost its relevance with breaking news and current events, Facebook has finally made public content more accessible, allowing news outlets to begin embedding posts for the first time. Facebook says that the feature will eventually be rolled out... more »
Viewing The World Through A PRISM - Part II

Viewing The World Through A PRISM - Part II

In the first part of this series, we offered a recap of what we knew of the NSA surveillance program, PRISM. The intent of this second in the series was to explore how and if large-scale intelligence gathering schemes could or should be dismantled. Rounding out the article will be an exploration of some of the ways one might try to maintain even a modicum of privacy in their waking lives. There are those who have argued the Pandora’s Box-esque nature of PRISM might trouble some, but the program and, more notably the technology behind it, is going nowhere. Micah Greene,... more »
Big Data Putting the Heat on Ad Agencies to Scale

Big Data Putting the Heat on Ad Agencies to Scale

The Paris-based Publicis Groupe and New York’s Omnicom Group recently announced a multi-billion dollar merger of equals that will create the world’s largest advertising agency. Wikibon Principal Research Contributor Jeff Kelly appeared on NewsDesk this morning to share his insights into the deal. Jeff believes that the need for scale is the primary reason behind the move. He explains that joining forces is the only way Publicis and Omnicom can compete on  equal ground more or less with digital advertising titans such as Google. More traditional agencies will likely follow suit as online ads continue to chip away at their market... more »
NSA Hoax?  XKeyscore, Bat Boy, and the NSA at Black Hat

NSA Hoax? XKeyscore, Bat Boy, and the NSA at Black Hat

Is anyone else confused by all the secretive programs that keep coming out?  All the intrusion of privacy, in calls, on the internet, in your browser, on your social media, from your phone, the list goes on and on and on.  It's gotten to the point where I'm not sure if we’re in tin foil hat territory or what now.  What I do know I certainly want my constitutional rights intact, yet I also know that many people have accepted that gaining what they think is security through giving up some rights is fine with them, they feel their lives... more »
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Retailers Struggle with Conversation Rates as Online Shopping Rides the Mobile Wave

The online shopping industry has experienced a tremendous amount of growth in recent years, but retailers are not taking full advantage of this increased demand. These were the findings of IBM’s sixth annual Online Retail Holiday Readiness Report, a 22-page paper detailing the latest trends and best practices in the e-commerce space. The 500 retailers IBM surveyed as part of the study reported an average online sales increase of 13.9 percent in November and a 15.5 percent surge in December. Mobile as a percentage of site traffic rose to 24 percent on Black Friday, up 68 percent from the year before,... more »
Tresata Enters Milestone Partnership with AVAC

Tresata Enters Milestone Partnership with AVAC

Tresata has teamed up with a research firm called Advanced Valuation Analytics Corporation (AVAC) to develop Big Data applications for the financial services sector. As the name implies, AVAC offers valuation and predictive modeling services for companies that operate in data-driven industries. Led by New York University Professor of Economics Andrew Caplin, the firm lists renowned machine learning theorist Yann LeCun and other prominent academics amongst its ranks. Tresata intends to tap into the team’s expertise in order to address the Big Data challenges faced by financial services providers. "Our partnership with AVAC represents the new paradigm in Big Data," said Abhishek... more »
Qwilt Secures $16 Million in New Capital for Online Video Streaming

Qwilt Secures $16 Million in New Capital for Online Video Streaming

With video content accounting for well over half of global internet traffic, cable companies are finding themselves under increased pressure to scale up their infrastructure and improve user experience. The problem is that keeping up with viewer demand without breaking the budget is easier said than done. In comes Qwilt, a Redwood City-based startup that leverages commodity hardware and bleeding edge caching technology to optimize video traffic. Its flagship QB-Series Video Fabric Controller identifies popular titles, stores them locally in close proximity to end users, and delivers content directly instead of streaming it from origin sites or content delivery networks. The... more »
IBM Brings Mainframe to the Midrange with zEnterprise BC12 Announcement

IBM Brings Mainframe to the Midrange with zEnterprise BC12 Announcement

With more than 200 new Enterprise clients running on the System z mainframes three years after its 2Q10 introduction, IBM has shown that mainframe systems are not going anywhere soon. Now it is bringing mainframe systems to the mid-market with the zEnterprise BC12 (zBC12), a new "business class" version of System z announced last week. With a starting price of $75,000 for a 50 MIPS system with 8 GB of memory, four FICON fibre connection cards and four  OSA cards to provide multiple fast networking connections,and the capacity to grow to 4,950 MIPS, it is designed to replace an entire server... more »

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- 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.

- David Vellante

On May 12, 2016 at 12 Noon EDT, several CxOs will gather to discuss how to best communicate to Boards of Directors on the topic of cyber security. Has a failure = fire mentality led organizations to "sandbag" the threat? Is security a shared responsibility across the business or does it fall on the shoulders of a few security gurus? How should CxOs be changing the way they communicate about cyber in the digital age?

- Brian Gracely

In this Trip Report from OpenStack Summit 2016, the Wikibon team looks at five critical areas for OpenStack - Community, Consumption Models, Revenues, New Use-Cases and the OpenStack technology ecosystem,

- Brian Gracely

While automation is often looked at as a way to reduce IT costs, it has far-reaching impacts for Digital Business Platforms. Wikibon looks at how automation improves the ability to experiment with new ideas, improve market responsiveness, improve overall application security and better align development and operations requirements.

- Brian Gracely

With the release of the Native Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC is offering customers the ability to rapidly build new applications. But will the lack of embedded operations slow the adoption of the product and slow customer deployments?

- David Floyer

The x86 microprocessor has reached a limit in how much an application can be speeded up. Intel can no longer rely on economies of scale to drive market share in processors. Future advances will come from designing the microprocessor and software-in-silicon together. There are multiple large niches that have opened up to new processor/software approaches, including mobile, IoT servers, specialized servers for the cloud, telecommunications servers and large system servers for large database and big data applications. New winners in this space are likely to come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

- Peter Burris

Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.

- Brian Gracely

Understanding how to accelerate “Idea to Execution Time” (I2ET) may become the most important measurement of any Digital Business Platform. Wikibon explore the core attributes needed to be successful in rapidly developing and deploying new business applications.