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Facebook to Chrome and Safari Users:  "You Are Using a Browser We Do Not Support"

Facebook to Chrome and Safari Users: "You Are Using a Browser We Do Not Support"

Facebook has a message on its site for people who use Google Chrome or the Apple Safari browser: You’re using a web browser we don’t support. Try one of these options to have a better experience on Facebook. The browsers Facebook does support: Internet Explorer, Firefox and Opera. That's interesting, huh? Facebook supports neither the browser with the most market share nor the standard for Apple devices. The options, though, tell the story. Microsoft is an investor in Facebook. Mozilla Firefox is a non-threat. And Opera is the browser that Facebook is rumored to be buying for its big mobile push. Google is building out its... more »
Salesforce Hops on Latest Cloud Marketing Trend with Buddy Media Buy

Salesforce Hops on Latest Cloud Marketing Trend with Buddy Media Buy

According to sources, cloud CRM provider Salesforce.com has entered into an agreement to acquire social media services provider Buddy Media for $800 million. The company helps enterprise clients optimize their online presence on Facebook with the promise of achieving improvements in merchandising, support and other areas that tie with consumer interactions.  The social networking firm has officially stated that it plans to expand to Google+, LinkedIn and Twitter as well sometime in the future, and there’s no apparent reason why it would not push through with this after the merger. AllThingsD cited some earlier speculations that Buddy Media would be acquired by... more »
University of Nebraska Student Records Breach Exposes 650,000 Individuals

University of Nebraska Student Records Breach Exposes 650,000 Individuals

The University of Nebraska is investigating a breach of their student information database discovered late Wednesday night last week. The security intrusion affected the Nebraska Student Information System, the University said in a statement late last week, it was caught by an IT administrator at the facility and the attempt was quashed by immediate and appropriate action. The statement by the University quotes Joshua Mauk, NU information security officer, who makes it clear that there’s no evidence that the database was accessed or downloaded; but just to stay on the safe side, they want all students to know that their information... more »
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BumeBox CEO on the Impact of Real-Time Data for Social Marketing [Q&A Series]

Real-time interaction is something that can be applied to just about any industry, creating a hub of connected activity that works for sporting events, fashion shows and even movie premiers.  In fact, if you've been following the marketing around Charlize Theron's latest flick Prometheus, you may have come across BumeBox's live social stream, pooling the best questions and comments from Facebook and Twitter for the red carpet event. Another recent project for BumeBox was a team-up with eBay Fashion UK, powering an online "style off" for fashion bloggers and viewers from across the world.  Integrated social media marketing only continues to grow... more »
Beyond Translation: Siri-Like Apps and Others that Speak Spanish

Beyond Translation: Siri-Like Apps and Others that Speak Spanish

As technology is gaining traction in the everyday lives of billions of people worldwide, the globe is quickly shrinking.  With people travelling further and further away and others moving to entirely new countries for new opportunities, the language barrier is now the greatest hurdle that needs to be overcome in order to fully integrate this global society, both for business and pleasure.  It would be reckless to disregard the importance of multilingual mobile apps, having a translation application that can allow two users to communicate effectively.  Spanish language applications have recently found a greater share of the market, many moving... more »
Is VMware Turning a Corner in VDI? Wikibon's Scott Lowe Thinks So

Is VMware Turning a Corner in VDI? Wikibon's Scott Lowe Thinks So

When VMware finalizes its purchase of Wanova, it will actually have four technologies taking three different approaches to desktop virtualization on today's increasingly diverse population of end-user computing devices, writes consultant Scott Lowe on Wikibon.org. The other three are VMware View, Horizon Application Manager, and Project Octopus. Lowe provides a review of all of them, their advantages and weaknesses, in a pair of Wikibon Alerts that can be accessed through the links above. And he says VMware may be turning a corner in virtual desktop infrastructure with the Wanova acquisition. He presumes that VMware will incorporate the Wanova technology into a... more »
Panorama9 and Zendesk Couple IT with Support

Panorama9 and Zendesk Couple IT with Support

Cloud IT firm Panorama9 is joining forces with customer support SaaS provider Zendesk to capitalize on an opportunity that the two have identified: that small to medium enterprises could use integration between these two sectors. Infrastructure-related problems often account for a sizable chunk of complaints, and the two companies are making the most of it by connecting their two products. Thanks to the partnership, Zendesk now automatically files an issue picked up by Panaroma as a ticket, which includes all the relevant information that IT needs to be aware of.  At the same time the help desk solution also and gives... more »
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Big Data, Fat Brains, Social Impact

Since his Data Kind (formerly Data Without Borders) proposal last year, Jake Porway continues to pair fat brains with big data to effect positive social change.  Gina Rudan of Genuine Insights considers fat brains young, tech-savvy and informed individuals who, despite their youth, provide mentorship and leadership to older colleagues.  Data Kind began with the idea that fat brain data scientists had obese hearts to match, and longed to use their skills to help governments and NGO’s address problems like poverty and inequality.  Porway believes: “There’s such power in the skills data scientists have for changing the world. There was... more »
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Dell’s New Copper ARM Server is Meant for Hyperscale

Google and Facebook are two of the largest web companies out there, and as such they discovered that they can be much more efficient with the way they manage their data centers.   A very large portion of Facebook’s IT infrastructure, for instance, is accounted by minimalistic servers stripped of the ‘added value’ components, which results in a drastic reduction in power consumption. These servers are manufactured by Hewlett-Packard and they’re even gaining traction among others as a part of the Open Compute Project.  The manufacturer started offering them to a select range of customers, and now rival Dell is looking to... more »
Zooz Rolls Out HTML5-Compatible Mobile Payment SDK

Zooz Rolls Out HTML5-Compatible Mobile Payment SDK

Zooz is one of the newest up-and-comers in the mobile microtransaction space, an area that is growing rapidly now that developers are monetizing their apps with more flexibility, and far more successfully. An application that offers paid add-ons needs a way to process purchases both effectively, supporting a broad range of payment options, and conveniently to make sure as many customers as possible push through with the transaction. This is where Zooz hopes to make a name for itself with its embedded cart solution, which aims to simplify this entire process. The startup, riding on the momentum of RewardLoop’s seed funding round... 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.