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The Secret Habit of the World’s Best Performing SaaS Teams

Those of us who manage project teams know the value of predictable, repeatable, and high-quality project execution. When we don’t meet that bar, a cascade of side effects occurs, ranging from poor team morale to a loss of faith in our abilities by stakeholders, clients, and management.  If your team is struggling to consistently achieve five star results, you might wonder, “What are high-performing project teams doing that we’re not?” You might expect the answer to be daily status meetings or email updates, handing out bonuses when deadlines are met, or hiring high-paid consultants to engineer new processes. In my experience,... more »
EMC Launches New Product, Pulls VMware Closer

EMC Launches New Product, Pulls VMware Closer

EMC had a couple of big updates this week, including the launch of a storage product first unveiled in May, and an update from VMware that could have a big impact on the virtualization subsidiary’s relations with the channel. First things first, the storage giant announced the general availability of the VNXe3150 unified storage system, an entry-level solution for SMBs that can support up to 50 virtualized servers. VNXe3150 is a  VSPEX Proven Infrastructure configuration that is integrated with not only vSphere but also rivaling hypervisors from Microsoft and Citrix. EMC says that it delivers up to 50 percent more performance and capacity per... more »
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Piston Cloud Unveils Free, Easy OpenStack Distro For Internal IT

Piston Cloud’s flagship offering is Enterprise OpenStack, a tweaked up distribution of the increasingly popular open-source cloud platform. The only problem is that if you don’t happen to be deploying on a very large scale configuring all the different systems can be more hassle it’s worth, but as of today Piston is offering an alternative. The company is launching Airframe, a scaled-down version of its distro that installs in less than 10 minutes and comes with the entire core of OpenStack services including compute, storage, networking and the management layer. It’s free and can be rolled out to any number of... more »
Ness Grabs $15m; Plans To Take Personalized Search To The Next Level

Ness Grabs $15m; Plans To Take Personalized Search To The Next Level

Ness Computing, the Silicon Valley-based startup responsible for the popular iPhone restaurant-finder app Ness, has just received backing to the tune of $15 million in Series B funding from a number of partners, including American Express Ventures, SingTel Innov8 n Singapore, and an affiliate of the LeFrak Organization. Ness made a big splash last year with its hit restaurant search application. No ordinary search app, Ness is able to personalize its search results by using what its creators call a “Likeness Engine” that pours through social media data to come up with restaurant recommendations based on the user’s tastes and preferences. The... more »
Dell Struggles with Losses as Transition to Enterprise Continues

Dell Struggles with Losses as Transition to Enterprise Continues

Dell is experiencing hell right now, as the PC maker’s second quarter revenues slipped by 8%, a performance that was much worse than anticipated. Revenues totaled $14.5 billion, down from the $15.7 billion it made in the second quarter of 2011, and with third quarter revenues also expected to drop, things aren’t looking good at the minute. The biggest problem that Dell faces is that it’s so heavily reliant on PC and laptop sales – which account for roughly 50% of its total revenues. The US firm has been attempting to diversify, making a range of acquisitions to add storage hardware... more »
Cybersecurity and the Datacenter - Today, Tomorrow and Yesterday

Cybersecurity and the Datacenter - Today, Tomorrow and Yesterday

Today’s datacenter is in the crosshairs under constant demands of modern business, meaning uninterrupted, secure 24/7 operation.  One of the biggest threats to that constant operation is the constant challenge of security.  Well publicized security breaches have in the recent past cost companies significant financial damage, as well as reputation and credibility.  As little as a one-day interruption tied to security can have irreversible impact.  Implications from a security breach can additionally affect such modern components of the overall picture such as mobile workers, web-based applications, as well as an increased client information database.  Today’s security worker needs to adopt... more »
CloudPhysics Works Big Data for Managing Complex, Virtual Environments

CloudPhysics Works Big Data for Managing Complex, Virtual Environments

Data center virtualization creates compelling financial advantages mainly by increasing average server utilization from an average of 15% in non-virtualized environments to 85%+. However, it also has created increasingly complex environments as virtualization grows in data centers in which the addition of a new VM or changes to underlying infrastructure can create unintended issues throughout in the environment. In the unvirtualized environment, where each application ran on its own server and storage and only the network was shared, if an application had a service level problem, IT could analyze it in isolation, determine exactly where the problem lay and take appropriate... more »
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Consultancies Face Pressure as IT Shifts from Utility to Business Technology

In light of all the technology changes that are sweeping through the enterprise today, the role of IT consultancies and services providers is changing. Edward Haigh of Computer Weekly  reflected on the trends that are shaping this vertical the most in a recent piece. “Buying habits are shifting in two important ways, with profound implications for the IT services and management consulting industries,” Haigh writes. That has the potential to spell trouble for IT services companies whose businesses have, for a long time, been predicated on the idea that they could sell large numbers of high-margin junior staff days on big integration projects. The... more »
Accenture Rolls Out General Fund Enterprise Business System

Accenture Rolls Out General Fund Enterprise Business System

IT consultancy Accenture has recently completed the deployment of the General Fund Enterprise Business System, one of the largest enterprise resource planning setups in the world. The GFEBS will be used to handle the Army’s entire financial and infrastructure assets, as well as to manage cost management and performance data. The ERP setup also includes a core sub-system for the Army General Fund, and is the most comprehensive solution that the military branch has ever put in place. “Our defense clients are facing tremendous financial and budgetary pressures. GFEBS is helping the Army realize cost savings while increasing efficiencies,” said John Goodman, who leads... more »
HP Expected To Post $9B Quarterly Loss, Holds Focus on Services and Tablets

HP Expected To Post $9B Quarterly Loss, Holds Focus on Services and Tablets

Hewlett-Packard’s CEO Meg Whitman is doing her best to keep her company afloat but it seems like HP just can’t get a break.  They’re expected to post a major quarterly loss after the stock market closes later today. According to HP, the situation is not that bad if you disregard accounting rules that require them to reflect the diminished value of past acquisitions, such as the $13 billion acquisition of technology consulting firm Electronic Data Systems, which hasn’t benefitted the company as they’d envisioned. Earlier this month, they projected an anticipated loss of $4.31 to $4.49 per share for the fiscal third... more »

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- Brian Gracely

Cloud Computing, Community Development and Mobile Applications are changing the landscape of modern business. Wikibon welcomes Brian Gracely (@bgracely) as Cloud Computing Analyst/Contributor, delivering a new series of content and research to unlock the new Cloud Native trend.

- George Gilbert

While Oracle has many technical advantages in its favor for mainstream customers building standalone Web-scale apps or ones that extend their Oracle apps in the Oracle Public cloud, CIOs should understand the limits of running Oracle in the cloud. For now, customers who want to build the same type of apps and run Oracle on other public clouds such as Amazon, Azure, and Google, the Oracle 11g and 12c DBMS's have a showstopper: the inability to run at scale. Those public clouds don't have the dedicated hardware that Oracle's core 11g or 12c database needs in order to run at scale on a cluster.

- 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.

- 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.

- 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 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.