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VMware Reshuffles Board of Directors

VMware announced this week that veteran executive Pamela Craig has taken up the newly vacated board seat of Intel’s Renee James. The virtualization giant said that James resigned from the board to focus on her responsibilities as the chip maker’s president, a post she has held since May. Craig is stepping into James’ shoes after a 34-year career with Accenture, where she worked in various operational roles and made history as the first female chief financial officer. In her new role, Craig will pick up where James left off and serve as a member of VMware's mergers and acquisitions committee. “We are... more »
Weekly Big Data Review: Ecosystem Takes the Limelight

Weekly Big Data Review: Ecosystem Takes the Limelight

The Big Data ecosystem is bustling with newly forged alliances as analytics vendors close in on the traditional enterprise. SAP is leading the charge with an ambitious initiative to add support for “all” Hadoop distributions across its core analytics portfolio. The business intelligence giant announced this week that it has signed separate licensing agreements with Intel and Hortonworks to redistribute their Hadoop offerings through its global channel. Mitch Ferguson, the analytics startup’s vice president of business development, revealed that the vendor plans to bundle the Hortonworks Data Platform with its widely-used HANA in-memory database. SAP’s aggressive push into the Hadoop market is... more »
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Analysts Have Power to Change the World Says Tableau CEO

Data combined with insight can change the world for the better, Tableau CEO and Cofounder Christian Chabot told a rapt audience of 8,300 users and senior IT executives at the Tableau User Conference. He started his speech on how to change the world with a simple, hand written spreadsheet tracking deaths in a hospital in Vienna in the 1860s. This, he said, was the data that Dr. Ignaz Sammelwiez used to develop the germ theory of disease and the basic insight that doctors were spreading disease by failing to wash their hands between patients, an insight that has saved millions... more »
Telerik Developer Community Gets Early Access to Apple iOS 7 Capabilities

Telerik Developer Community Gets Early Access to Apple iOS 7 Capabilities

Officially, Apple revealed iOS 7 on Tuesday and suddenly hundreds of thousands of developers around the world recoiled with horror realized that their applications will require major changes in order to work with the new operating system. Although many developers have indeed had access in the past three months in beta form--however, many of the changes represent a bit of a shift in user experience and UI use. Developers can simply try to rebuild their applications for the new operating system from Apple, but the new style for iOS 7 has the dangerous potential to transform app interfaces into something clumsy. Of... more »
NSFOCUS: Quick-Pay Seeking Criminals Need Look No Further Than DDoS

NSFOCUS: Quick-Pay Seeking Criminals Need Look No Further Than DDoS

NSFOCUS, provider of enterprise-level solutions and services for distributed denial of service (DDoS) mitigation, Web security and network security has released their mid-year 2013 DDoS Threat Report with the aim of educating the broader IT industry about observations and trends regarding DDos attacks.  The overall highlights of the report suggest DDoS attacks while shrinking in length, are gaining in the number of attacks and becoming increasingly profit-driven. The report was put together by the company’s Security Research Academy, an in-house team of anti-DDoS analysts (larger than the entire staffs of Prolexic and Arbor Networks combined).  In compiling the report, NSFOCUS’ Security... more »
Sauce Labs’ Expands JavaScript Unit Testing to Enrich Developers Cloud Testing Platform

Sauce Labs’ Expands JavaScript Unit Testing to Enrich Developers Cloud Testing Platform

Cloud testing is an innovation that uses virtaulized resources to test software applications in a way that more-closely mimicks the way it might be affected by being out in the wild. Clearly, when you want to test a website, you need machines that connect to your site to verify proper operation. Sauce Labs's cloud-based service allows savvy developers to quickly test web applications on over 150 browsers and platforms including iOS, Android & Mac OS X, Selenium-compatible functional testing, JavaScript unit and easy manual testing all in the cloud. Extending the cloud testing platform, Sauce Labs announced expanded platform support and... more »
Here's The Biggest Twitter Hacks of All Time

Here's The Biggest Twitter Hacks of All Time

With all the information it has to offer, hopefully no one is surprise that social media has become more and more ingrained into our society. For many organizations it is the main way of getting information out. Usage on social media networks continues to rise including the fortunes of Twitter, which is second in total users only to Facebook.  Is Twitter a credible source of information, how much should corporations do on Twitter, and is it safe? Even for users, these concerns are significant, who do you trust? How do you trust? The answer is simple, Twitter does a great... more »
After 14 Months, Michael Dell Secures Company Throne

After 14 Months, Michael Dell Secures Company Throne

Dell shareholders on Thursday gave Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners the go-ahead to take the company private, thereby ending one of the fiercest IT bidding wars in recent memory. Carl Icahn, the only rival bidder, withdrew his offer three days prior to the vote. Dell and Silver Lake are paying a total of $24.9 billion for the computer maker. Investors will receive $13.75 per share and a special dividend of 13 cent per share, in addition to an eight cent per share quarterly dividend that will be paid when the company holds its next earnings call in November. Michael Dell... more »
Nutanix Hires Industry Veteran to Head Australian HQ

Nutanix Hires Industry Veteran to Head Australian HQ

Converged infrastructure vendor Nutanix announced that it has appointed Wayne Neich to head its Sydney office. As Managing Director of the Australian and New Zealand region, the executive will be responsible for “all aspects” of marketing and customer support. Neich brings more than 25 years of sales and business management experience to Nutanix. He is joining the company from WAN optimization firm Silver Peak Systems, where he served as the regional director for Oceania. Prior to his stint at Silver Peak he worked for Blue Coat, a Sunnyvale, California-based provider of web security and content filtering solutions. “People are talking about so-called... more »
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These Carriers have iPhone 5c Pre-Orders + 5 Places to Trade In Old iPhones

If you hadn't heard, Apple had a couple announcements this week, unveiling two new iPhones for the budget-conscious and the loyal. We've already compared the iPhone 5s to other top smartphones in the market, including the Galaxy S4, HTC One, Xperia Z, BlackBerry Z10, Lumia 1020 and the Optimus G Pro. We then gave you a rundown of everything you need to know regarding the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, including a closer look at Apple's new biometrics security feature, exploring whether or not. the 5s's Touch ID is the next wave of authentication, along with the perks of Apple's new blazing fast A7... more »

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- David Vellante

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- George Gilbert

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- Ralph Finos

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