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Twitter IPO Means More Ads, Not That You'll Notice

Twitter IPO Means More Ads, Not That You'll Notice

With Twitter finally announcing its public IPO last night, many users will be wondering how this development is going to affect them. While it's unlikely to change anything about the way the site works, one thing would seem absolutely certain – and that's that we're going to be seeing a lot more ads popping up with its shareholders looking for a return on their investments. The good news is that the ads are unlikely to be the kind of invasive spammy stuff that's becoming a problem with the likes of Facebook and Google. Simply because, Twitter's waited years for its IPO,... more »
Hadoop Distributors Ally with SAP to Fuse Hadoop into Enterprise BI

Hadoop Distributors Ally with SAP to Fuse Hadoop into Enterprise BI

Hortonworks and Intel have signed separate reseller agreements with SAP to make their Hadoop distributions more accessible for the nearly 250,000 organizations that use the vendor’s business intelligence software. SAP will redistribute the firms’ platforms and provide enterprise support for customers as part of an initiative to package “all” Hadoop distributions into its analytics lineup. The portfolio includes the HANA in-memory database, SAP Data Services software, and BusinessObjects and Sybase solutions. Mitch Ferguson, VP of business development at Hortonworks, wrote in a blog post that “by using SAP HANA and Hadoop together, customers get the power of instant access with SAP HANA... more »
Google's Fight Against Piracy: How Serious Is It?

Google's Fight Against Piracy: How Serious Is It?

In the face of sustained pressure from music and movie copyright holders to co-operate with the anti-piracy fight, Google has just published a report in its defence. Called "How Google Fights Piracy", the report is a direct response to criticism leveled against the search engine giant, which claims that its unwilling to work with organizations focused on protecting copyright. Google points to three examples of how its doing its part to combat pirates, firstly with its claim that it provides "better legal alternatives" to piracy, primarily through YouTube and Google Play. Fred von Lohmann, Google's legal director, emphasized this point in... more »
Breaking Analysis: The Implications of Twitter Going Public

Breaking Analysis: The Implications of Twitter Going Public

With Twitter finally going public after almost seven years of being in the public eye—the social media 140 character juggernaut was founded in 2006 but found its stride in 2007—has seen the popularity of tweeting erupt in status but has had a long time in attempting to figure out how to monetize its platform. By the end of 2012, Twitter reported over 500 million registered users, generating over 340 million tweets daily, and 1.6 billion search queries. Today, September 12 2013, the company tweeted, "We've confidentially submitted an S-1 to the SEC for a planned IPO." It’s only proper that a... more »
Twitter Going Public

Twitter Going Public

Twitter is going public.  That's the news today as the company has filed its S-1 with the SEC.  You will soon get your opportunity to own a piece of that Twitter action.  The story broke on AllThingsD.  Going public is sure to make big news and get a lot of people talking for weeks to come.  There's been a number of really important IPO's but Twitter is a well-known name that is going to draw a lot of both praise and criticism.  Here's the announcement from the official Twitter account: We’ve confidentially submitted an S-1 to the SEC for a planned... more »
Steam Unveils Beta for Family Game Sharing That Picks Up Where Xbox One Left Off

Steam Unveils Beta for Family Game Sharing That Picks Up Where Xbox One Left Off

So far, digital acquired games have all the comforts but lacks one major drawback - you cannot give or share with other gamers. Online retailer Steam puts an end to this limitation. Valve has officially announced the opening of the new Family Sharing Steam service, which will allow players to share their games on the popular digital platform with friends and family. Family Sharing is the name of the new service that allows Steam users to share a game with members of their own family, using multiple accounts. The idea was initially proposed by Microsoft with Xbox One, before being discarded... more »
CA Technologies Report: The DevOps Culture Continues to Grow

CA Technologies Report: The DevOps Culture Continues to Grow

Expectations related to DevOps adoption by companies remain high, but even more significant are the benefits obtained by those who have already climbed on board with this solution. It's obvious that experience contributes to the success. Businesses are gradually discovering what works and does not work. And we can get some insight as to what works from a survey conducted on behalf of CA Technologies by Vanson Bourne on a sample of 1,300 senior IT decision-makers worldwide is that DevOps is forefront of revenue growth for enterprises. The study, 2013 TechInsights Report: What Smart Businesses Know About DevOps, when examined in detail,... more »
Tableau Announces Mac Support, R Integration

Tableau Announces Mac Support, R Integration

At the Tableau User Conference at National Harbor in Maryland, company Cofounders CEO Christian Chabot and CDO Chris Stoite announced a laundry list of upcoming improvements and additions to the popular data analysis and visualization platform to a cheering crowd of 3,200 customers, mostly end-users, and 700 employees. The big announcements include a version of Tableau for the Macintosh, an overdue product given the large percentage of Tableau users that are Mac-based, a new data connection interface that allows users to visually join, reshape, and clean data all on one screen while viewing the results in real time, and a native... more »
Windows Azure and AWS Update Caching Services

Windows Azure and AWS Update Caching Services

Microsoft and Amazon are going head to head as both companies compete by updating their cloud caching services. Recently, Microsoft's Windows Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS) had their caching services updated: AWS has expanded ElastiCache with Redis, and Windows Azure promises faster response times on Windows Azure Cache. Redis is a popular open-source caching engine with which AWS has upgraded its ElastiCache service. AWS also offers Memcached, on object storage cache. Just like Memcached, Redis offers an in-memory key-value store and its benefit includes ability to offer multi-zone redundancy. AWS is also organizing Web seminar on Sept. 26 in order to... more »
Standing Cloud Acquisition and $9M Funding to Reinforce AppDirect Cloud Marketplace

Standing Cloud Acquisition and $9M Funding to Reinforce AppDirect Cloud Marketplace

San Francisco-based AppDirect, which offers a cloud service marketplace and distributed web-based management platform, announced it has acquired Standing Cloud, a Boulder-based start-up offering cloud management services, such as automated software packaging and orchestration. Founded in 2009, Standing Cloud has deployed packaged services to a wide range of cloud partners, including IBM, Amazon, Savvis and Rackspace. The company’s packaged apps are used for cloud services to ease the complexity of deploying and managing apps. The integrated software includes more than 100 applications including Magento, WordPress, Drupal and SugarCRM. AppDirect sought to add Standing Cloud technology and expertise to handle private clouds apps... more »

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- Ralph Finos

Based on market conditions that we have observed over the past year and the recent public cloud revenue results of Amazon, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, and IBM, we expect that public cloud spending will continue to accelerate rapidly, growing from $75B in 2015 to $522B by 2026 (19% CAGR). Each public cloud segment will have rapid growth rates: SaaS (19% CAGR), PaaS (33% CAGR), and IaaS (18% CAGR) during this period. How big will public cloud be? By 2026, cloud will account for nearly 50% of spending related to enterprise hardware, software, and outsourcing services.

- David Vellante

Leading CIOs are changing the way they communicate to their boards about cyber security by emphasizing response, not infiltration. Rather than solely focusing on how to thwart penetration, CIOs are treating cyber security as an integral part of business/service continuity and risk management agendas, with a priority on rapidly responding to critical breaches. This research note is based on data gathered through proprietary social analytics, extensive collaboration with CIOs, CTOs, CISOs and business executives; and is designed to assist CIOs in advancing security agendas with boards of directors.

- David Vellante

This document describes the methodology used to develop "The Digital CIO: Communicating to the Board on Cyber Security." It includes data sources and process used to gather data from senior business technology leaders.

- Peter Burris

Leading digital companies are using simple top-level frameworks for setting digitization priorities. At the center of the approaches we've seen are three questions: What do we want to do better; who are we going to engage; and how are we going to institute the digital capabilities.

- Ralph Finos

This document covers Wikibon’s definition of public cloud and is a companion piece to Wikibon’s 2016 Public Cloud update http://wikibon.com/wikibon-2016-public-cloud-forecast-update/. Our definitional framework aligns as much as possible with the NIST definition, but we acknowledge that "public cloud" means different things from vendor to vendor. However, in our view, this just indicates that public cloud is being leveraged from many different angles and is building significant momentum as it encompasses both product and service delivery mechanisms, pretty much penetrating into all aspects of information technology.

- George Gilbert

Enterprises must navigate the universe of big data applications by recognizing that application platforms will alternately empower and constrain enterprises along a path of ever more sophisticated applications. Data lakes, intelligent systems of engagement, and self-tuning systems of intelligence all build on each other in terms of capabilities. But the underlying platforms will evolve in a cycle of simplicity, complexity from adaptive stretch, and simplicity again via a platform refresh.

- George Gilbert

Big data products and workloads remain too immature for standard benchmarks capable of providing truly comparable results. Users that need benchmarks for contracting or comparison purposes should run their own stylized workloads based on their intended usage scenarios.

- Ralph Finos

Users considering public cloud for business and IT workloads should evaluate the types of use cases and workloads that have wide successful deployment in the public cloud today. In order to help users to better understand the customers and workloads being served in the public cloud today, Wikibon examined the brief descriptions of approximately 650 customer solution stories on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) website and classified each according on a number of characteristics. This research reveals some interesting insights about the public cloud leader’s business, and therefore about public cloud utilization generally.

- David Floyer

The Wikibon premise in this research is that this converged environment is a win-win environment for both vendors, ISVs and enterprise IT. Testing of the converged system solution is more robust, and the reduction in the number of solution types significantly lowers testing and installation costs for the vendor. ISVs can lower the cost of deployment, deliver application value faster, and drive additional upgrade value much faster. Converged enterprise IT systems (private clouds) are more agile, more reliable, more secure and have the similar costs to public clouds.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the emerging Cloud-native application architectures. This research focused on the scope of microservices, the domains of interaction between services, and how data services and sources are changing with these new applications.