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Apigee acquires InsightsOne to bake predictive analytics into API platform

Reigning in cloud fragmentation represents a multi-billion dollar opportunity for API management providers. But with the competition heating up, the fight for relevance is moving beyond abstracting programming interfaces. That's the reason API management provider Apigee forayed into Big Data earlier this year with Apigee Insights, a Big Data offering that Apigee's hoping to round out through their newly announced acquisition this week of InsightsOne. Founded in 2010 by a team of veteran technologists from Microsoft, IBM and Yahoo, InsightsOne develops predictive analytics solutions that provide decision makers with deeper insights into consumer behavior. The startup helps large companies in the healthcare, financial services, telecommunications... more »
We have 18 months to find new governance for a single Internet, says ICANN | #MIT ECIR

We have 18 months to find new governance for a single Internet, says ICANN | #MIT ECIR

Fadi Chehade, as the President and CEO of ICANN, is frankly one of the more important people in the Internet world. His organization is responsible for two key aspects of the Internet. The first is managing the naming system of the Internet and how that system is used globally and how people reach it (ICANN manages the naming system through its policies and operations). The second is numbers. Specifically, any device that talks to the Internet (cell phone, smart phone, Mac, PC, etc.) is given a unique Internet Protocol or IP number, marking its specific entry point to the web.... more »
Gmail and Google+ integrated further: Now anyone can send you spam

Gmail and Google+ integrated further: Now anyone can send you spam

Google has found yet another way to shove its Google+ social network down people’s throats with recent changes made to Gmail. In a blog post, Google addresses the presumed many who forget they don’t have the email address of an intended recipient. With the new changes, Gmail users can send those emails provided both parties have a Google+ profile. From the Google blog: “Have you ever started typing an email to someone only to realize halfway through the draft that you haven't actually exchanged email addresses?" "If you are nodding your head 'yes' and already have a Google+ profile, then you’re in luck,... more »
Snapchat almost apologizes, sort of

Snapchat almost apologizes, sort of

The Snapchat team has finally apologized for the breach that happened last December. Well, the team said sorry for the inconvenience at least, but it kept schtum about its lax security measures. Here’s an excerpt from the company’s blog: “Our team continues to make improvements to the Snapchat service to prevent future attempts to abuse our API. We are sorry for any problems this issue may have caused you and we really appreciate your patience and support,” the Snapchat Team wrote. If you’re wondering if CEO Evan Spiegel had any part in this half-hearted apology, all the bets are on no. If... more »
Dell launches new portfolio of enterprise services for Salesforce

Dell launches new portfolio of enterprise services for Salesforce

Michael Dell is beefing up his namesake firm’s consultancy lineup as part of an ambitious plan to reduce the vendor’s dependence on the sale of personal computers and establish a foothold in the lucrative enterprise cloud market. Now, a month after introducing a set of specialized services for companies in regulated industries, Dell is jumping on the Salesforce application bandwagon. In November, the cloud CRM juggernaut unveiled a platform-as-a-service offering pegged by CEO Mark Benioff as a tightly integrated stack for running data-driven apps plugged into the Internet of Things. The number of mobile users supported by Salesforce1 increased by a... more »
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Deep dive into cyber governance and policy making with Charles Sennott | #MITECIR

Cybersecurity and internet governance were at the top of the agenda at this week’s MIT ECIR Workshop, which brought together leaders from both academia and the IT industry to discuss the impact of digital technology on the physical world. Wikibon’s Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly kicked off the event live on theCUBE with Charles Sennott, the co-founder and Editor-at-Large of GlobalPost. Two decades after the web revolutionized information delivery, data connectivity is seeping into every aspect of our lives and adding new layers of complexity to international relations, Vellante observes. But as is the case with all disruptive technologies, governance has... more »
Overstock.com jumps on the Bitcoin bandwagon, starts accepting payments

Overstock.com jumps on the Bitcoin bandwagon, starts accepting payments

Overstock.com surprised a few people late on Thursday when it moved forward with its plans to accept Bitcoin as a form of payment. The online retailer previously said in December it would adopt the cryptocurrency “within the next six months”, but has now begun accepting it already, completing 150 orders within the first hour. In an interview with Wired.com, Overstock's CEO Patrick Byrne said that the company accelerated its plans because it feared someone else would get in there first. “I felt I had tipped my hand. I didn’t want someone else to beat us,” Byrne said to Wired. Overstock first broke the... more »
CloudFlare CEO - 2014's fight for the internet and a tighter security community

CloudFlare CEO - 2014's fight for the internet and a tighter security community

It’s rather clear how critical cybersecurity is in the midst of all the technology news happening right now and 2013 was a banner year for developments across the spectrum.  2014 is here and it can only get bigger.  In the first part of our discussion with CloudFlare CEO Matthew Prince, he discussed a very big year for DDoS ahead and he certainly knows those challenges, with his company on the frontlines for thousands of customers around the world.   He points out among other things, the unending rise of these attacks, the ever-more simplified availability of powerful attack tools, and predicts... more »
Atheer Labs gets $1.5M funding to compete with google glass

Atheer Labs gets $1.5M funding to compete with google glass

While Google is improving its wearable computer, another Silicon Valley startup is developing an alternative to Google Glass. The augmented system, developed by Atheer Labs, lets you view the virtual objects, but also to touch them and move in space. Atheer Labs plans to use its technology in digital glasses, smart watches, and other advanced mobile devices. In a Form D filling with the Securities and Exchange, it was revealed that the company has raised at least $1.5 million in funding of a planned $6.1 million funding round. Although Atheer is not commenting on its funding status, it has received previous... more »
IBM invests $1 billion in revolutionary Watson cognitive computing engine

IBM invests $1 billion in revolutionary Watson cognitive computing engine

Calling IBM Watson the first system in a new era of computing, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty announced Thursday morning a $1 billion-plus, multi-year investment in Watson, the first cognitive computing technology. The infusion includes the formation of a new Watson Group with 2,000 employees and a new headquarters for the group in the East Village of New York City. The move is a strategic shift by IBM to accelerate the entry of a new class of cognitive software, services and applications into the market, delivered primarily through the cloud.Gartner Inc. says smart machines will be the most disruptive change agents... more »

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- David Floyer

Industrial IoT, the largest segment of the Internet of things (IoT) with the highest potential value, will require a deep integration between modern IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operations Technology). Modern IT technologies, to be truly extensible to OT, will need a hybrid cloud approach, with by far the majority of data and processing residing at the so-called "Edge". Architectures and software written by industrialists for industrialists, such as GE Predix, are showing how that can work.

- George Gilbert

The big data arena is at a crossroads. Use cases and tools are proliferating faster than most big data teams are gaining experience. In establishing the big data business capabilities required to cut through the complexity, CIO’s must balance the accessibility of integration of traditional SQL DBMS’s versus speed of innovation in the mix and match open source big data ecosystem.

- Peter Burris

In the big data domain, businesses are trying to solve complex problems with complex and novel technology -- and often failing. Simplifying the packaging of big data technologies will streamline big data pilots and accelerate big data time-to-value. CIOs looking to establish differentiating big data capabilities need to consider Single Managed Entities to help solve the complexity problem.

- David Floyer

Oracle M7 technology is meeting or exceeding the announcement performance claims against previous generation. Even taking very conservative assumptions, the business case for migration from T5 to T7 servers is good. Wikibon concludes that for Oracle software and the servers they run on, the adoption of M7 technology (and T7 server technology) is best practice for these high value compute areas.

- David Floyer

The premise tested in this research is that high value applications and software should be run on more capable converged performance-optimized infrastructure, even when they constitute a small proportion of the total workload. In contrast, cost-optimized infrastructure will save on short-term hardware costs, but will incur much higher overall costs long-term. The conclusion strongly recommends IT executives adopt a default of performance-optimized converged infrastructure for all mixed workloads when even a small proportion includes high-cost software and/or high-value applications.

- George Gilbert

Big data pros need to identify which data feedback loops in their machine learning applications can deliver sustainable differentiation through network effects. Starting early is critical because getting to scale is likely to create the "winner takes most" competitive dynamics that have become so common in tech industries. The biggest sin is to wait for the tooling to become automated enough for all competitors to jump in.

- Ralph Finos

The public cloud competitive environment remains turbulent, but sectors show signs of crystallizing a longer-term market structure.. SaaS remains turbulent with SaaS vendors successfully gaining share vs. incumbent licensed software providers who must migrate their core products to cloud-friendly offerings and/or acquire native SaaS applications to shore up their applications leadership positions. Public cloud IaaS segment leadership is crystallizing to a handful of viable providers as a function of scale requirements. PaaS is just formulating and finding its way, but is likely to gravitate towards a wide variety of development models suited for different application types and public cloud platforms.

- David Floyer

For enterprise executives trying to achieve aggressive RPO and RTO SLAs , Wikibon believes that batch backup appliances (PBBAs) will give way to real-time, continuous data protection systems that aggressively support very large memory application memory. Practitioners requiring close to RPO zero and aggressive RTO SLAs should plan for an integrated data protection approach that effectively eliminates the concept of storage-led backup and shifts thinking to a application-led virtual point-in-time recovery model. The database and file system vendors will be the predominant suppliers of this technology, and understanding their roadmaps and commitment to support application-led recovery strategies is crucial to both database and data protection technology selection.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream enterprises are beginning to deploy machine learning applications that add differentiation to traditional products and services. But the complexity of their big data infrastructure is becoming a problem. Big data pros need to deploy a digital business platform (DBP) to support modern applications and then extend the DBP to machine learning applications.

- Peter Burris

IT shops that want to achieve modern IT status will have to address the "IT iron triangle" constraining transformation.