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Healthy Big Data: Predicting and Preventing the Spread of Disease

Healthy Big Data: Predicting and Preventing the Spread of Disease

Big data has many uses. Banks use it to make money and improve customer care, automobile makers are hoping it will help them to develop better production processes, and even pizza companies are using it to make sure they never run out of ingredients. These are all well and good, but what about using big data for something that’s good for you? There are few better causes than trying to save lives, so it’s good to know that scientists around the world are now applying big data to try and do just that – by predicting the spread of diseases and using... more »
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Devops – Art? Science? Hype? Can DevOps Deliver on Business Needs

Talking about DevOps can be quite conceptual in many cases.  How we integrate the Devops concept into the architecture of a company can quite literally be a blend of arts, discipline and the science of technology.  Where that line is drawn is really variable and it depends on a number of factors. At the intersection of Development and Operations is a genetically embedded business agenda that begins with some issue, followed by a root cause analysis, and the production of an answer or solution.  The solutions that have come to meet this have formed into this DevOps movement. Hard-core statisticians out there... more »
Lenovo's Still After Dell, HP and the Rest of the World's PC Makers

Lenovo's Still After Dell, HP and the Rest of the World's PC Makers

Gartner and IDC have released their preliminary figures for PC sales in the second quarter 2012 and cut forecast for growth in worldwide PC market this year due to slowing economies in Western Europe and the US, and the rise of the tablets. This is the seventh consecutive quarter with PC growth limited to a single digit increase across the industry. Gartner reported this period saw the sale of 87.5 million PCs worldwide, down 0.1 percent over the same quarter a year ago, a figure that continues to be surprising considering the success of Ultrabooks. Sales growth remains low at a time... more »
Nokia Closes Two Sales Offices In China

Nokia Closes Two Sales Offices In China

Today’s mobile news roundup features Nokia’s China units closure, Chrome mobile being sued for patent infringement, Apple’s new app category, and StealthGenie the updated cell phone tracker for Android ICS devices. Nokia closes shop in China Nokia Corp. is closing two of their regional offices in China as well as laying off workers.  The move is just a step in the company’s reorganization and restructuring in the Chinese market - currently the world’s largest mobile market. Anna Shipley, a Beijing-based Nokia spokeswoman, stated that offices in Chengdu and Shanghai will be the ones shutdown but gave no details as to how many workers... more »
VMWare Adds Oracle Support to vFabric Data Director

VMWare Adds Oracle Support to vFabric Data Director

VMWare has announced a new release of its vFabric Data Director its database-aware visualization and self-service lifecycle management solution. The company originally released the product at VMworld 2011 last August to improve the efficiency of administering databases. The solutions makes it possible automate many common database administration tasks like provisioning, backup and cloning. VMware has been expanding its portfolio and is increasingly focusing on data. In May, VMWare released vFabric 5.1, which included in-memory distributed SQL database, SQLFire. A month earlier in April the company acquired Cetas Software, a Hadoop-based analytics and business intelligence solution that runs on virtualized vSphere instances... more »
Studies Confirm Big Data as Key Business Priority, Growth Driver

Studies Confirm Big Data as Key Business Priority, Growth Driver

Oracle has released the results from its “Big Data, Bigger Opportunities: Plans and Preparedness for the Data Deluge” survey, the first in a series that will look at how utility companies are using smart meter data. The study included 151 senior executives at utility providers in North America with smart meter programs in place to analyze: perceptions of the business impact of big data readiness to deal with data growth business strategy to use big data to better engage and serve customers Energy providers with smart grids have access to new types of information and collect data much more often, which is generating exponentially... more »
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Developers: The Hubris of Front End Developers

I ran into a good post that was talking about the hottest trend in tech developer world.  Wooing front end developers. The post I am referring to was written by Allan Cheung a front end developer at Square. A colleague pointed me to an interesting article by a senior Yahoo front-end engineer. It goes through what companies need to do to hire “great FE engineers”, that A developers are attracted by other A players but more importantly, companies need to foster an environment friendly to front-end web processes, from an attention to design to respect for the profession. I agree in principle, but I believe reality... more »
Startup Police Blotter: Betaworks Steals Digg for $500k - Digg Sells for Pennies on the Dollar

Startup Police Blotter: Betaworks Steals Digg for $500k - Digg Sells for Pennies on the Dollar

Betaworks should be on today's police blotter under Grand Theft Startup. Wall Street Journal is reporting that the New York based incubator Betaworks has agreed to buy news-sharing website Digg in what is looking like a yard sale for $500,000. Here is what the WSJ reported: Under the deal, which Digg confirmed closed Thursday, Betaworks is buying the Digg brand, website and technology. The price was just $500,000, three people familiar with the matter said—a pittance for a company that raised $45 million from prominent investors including LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and Marc Andreessen. Betaworks was one of several companies bidding to acquire the... more »
Twilio Changes the SMS Game

Twilio Changes the SMS Game

Today Twilio announces their new Global SMS service now available to customers which has been the one feature that is most requested.  Yesterday Twilio was only able to operate on a few dozen carriers, today that number is well over 1,000 with the ability to send and receive SMS messages to more than 150 countries in a multitude of languages.  And all using the same, simple, API. Patrick Malatack, Twilio’s product manager says that, “Contacting your customers via email today is simple, it just works.  At Twilio we think SMS and voice should work the same way.  There are no geopolitical... more »
Roger McNamee of Elevation Partners calls NASDAQ & Morgan Stanley Criminals in Facebook IPO Debacle

Roger McNamee of Elevation Partners calls NASDAQ & Morgan Stanley Criminals in Facebook IPO Debacle

Roger McNamee, co-founder of Elevation Partners, appeared on Bloomberg TV’s “Money Moves” with Deirdre Bolton today and said that NASDAQ and Morgan Stanley conduct in Facebook IPO is “criminal” and exposed “extreme corruption.” Besides the smashing the Facebook IPO Roger actually has some great advice.  Specifically, Mobile computing is changing the web in a big way and the old rules are changing.  The power is moving away from the middleman.  McNamee says build tools not web sites.   Be a value investor not a momentum investor.  He hints to the bubble popping.  (Side note: I have to get him on SiliconANGLE.tv... more »

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Mainstream IT, LoB execs and application development professionals each provide different yet critical perspectives to Systems of Intelligence. IT exes must be in a position to deliver the right infrastructure (e.g. cloud, on-prem, etc.) with the proper performance and SLA profile to support LoB requirements. Line-of-Business execs must have enough knowledge to specify the real-time needs of applications while application development pros must ensure the right skills are in place to deliver and maintain services to Systems of Intelligence over a full life cycle.

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Hyperconvergence is the current state – next generation of converged – better, faster, more distributed than original converged, but still just the beginning. Wikibon’s Server SAN research agenda is to show where we are today and give guidance for the future of this space.

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Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.

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IT will sound like yesterday’s news if it continues to advocate tiering, advocate putting the most important data on high performance storage, and declaring that less expensive lower performing storage is key and necessary. Today’s flash reality is that a single compressed/de-duplicated physical version of data must be shared between as many different applications as possible, because the incremental cost of creating and sharing another copy is close to zero.

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Systems of Intelligence will power the next generation of enterprise applications built on big data. Line of business executives charged with digital transformation must understand the dynamics of Systems of Intelligence well-enough to be effective sponsors of new systems. IT executives must be effective partners and understand how to build Systems of Intelligence on top of Systems of Record. They will also need to understand how to build a radically new infrastructure to support these systems.

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OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes CIOs should put the highest priority in developing an all-flash datacenter strategy, and implement it so that all storage acquired and deployed is 100% all-flash by 2016. The key short-term focus for CIOs is to ensure that data sharing is optimized, and that IT organization and objectives support and drive increases in data sharing. The key long-term focus is to release the potential of the best and brightest in the organization to imagine an organization supported by applications without data limits.

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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.

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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.