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Global Outsourcing is Sluggish: European Debt Crisis and "In-Sourcing" to Blame

Global Outsourcing is Sluggish: European Debt Crisis and "In-Sourcing" to Blame

The Everest Group published its second Market Vista report for the 2012 fiscal year, which reports the state of global outsourcing based on public data that the consultancy collects. The Q2 installment reveals a slow-down in this space – only 411active outsourcing deals remain this quarter compared to 441in Q1 and 516 in the same quarter a year ago. The firm says that among these, 54 deals had a total contract value of over $50 million, including two “mega deals” with a TCV of $1 billion.  Annual contract value fell to $2.2 billion, less than the $2.6 Everest reported 12 months ago:... more »
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Classifieds Don't Come with Credit Checks but They Can Check Your PayPal

Vendalism, the free online classifieds and auctions site, announced the integration of PayPal verification features for buyers and sellers to link their verified PayPal account to eliminate scammers from the free sellers website. The new features make it easy for visitors to verify if the buyers or sellers are legitimate with just one click of a mouse. “One of the disadvantages of a free classifieds or marketplace site, versus paid sites like eBay, is that there’s no barrier to entry for scammers,” states Mateus Boyington, co-founder of Vendalism.com. “Users don’t have to put up money to sell, creating an environment where it’s... more »
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New Disney Tech Can See Through Your Big, Hairy Beard

Disney Research recently made headlines at this year’s SIGGRAPH conference, announcing a number of innovative new touch interfaces that can create virtual textures and even turn plants into interactive toys, but this isn’t the only new technology that the group is trying to get its head around. Last week at the conference Disney Research unveiled a new area of interest – facial capture technology. The group revealed that it’s been working on not one, but two completely unique systems, including one that is designed to better deal with the problems posed by facial hair. The new system goes beyond simply detecting features... more »
Marketing is the Most Hyped Cloud Trend, Email the Most Mature

Marketing is the Most Hyped Cloud Trend, Email the Most Mature

Research firm Gartner has released its annual Hype Cycle for Cloud Computing, 2012. The report examines expectations versus maturity in the cloud market and potential of each individual segment. The conclusion – enterprises need to focus less on the marketing, and more on the operational advantage that the cloud could potentially realize for their organization. Gartner lists cloud-based email, sales force automation and virtualization as the 3 most mature technologies, in that order. These are followed by SaaS, enhanced network delivery and IaaS. The report expects the hosted email solutions market to reach an annual growth rate of 10 percent by 2014, more than the 6 percent... more »
Motorola Cuts 4,000 Jobs; Shifts Focus to High-End Smartphones

Motorola Cuts 4,000 Jobs; Shifts Focus to High-End Smartphones

Motorola is to shed some 4,000 jobs worldwide – equivalent to 20% of its workforce – as part of restructuring efforts aimed at restoring the company to profitability. The mobile phone maker, purchased by internet giant Google just last year, announced that it plans to shut down or merge roughly 30% of its 90 facilities, which include factories and offices. Google declined to say where the Motorola job cuts would be made, other than to say that two-thirds of the redundancies would be outside of the USA. Google said in a statement that it expects to pay around $275 million in severance... more »
How Amazon Web Services Helps NASA's Curiosity Rover Share Mars With The World

How Amazon Web Services Helps NASA's Curiosity Rover Share Mars With The World

NASA is a big fan of the cloud - in fact, the OpenStack open source cloud computing platform got its start there. So when NASA needed image processing infrastructure for the incredible pictures coming from Mars to Earth by way of the just-landed Curiosity rover and its mission to search for life on Mars, it's not very surprising that the team turned to Amazon Web Services. The initial challenge was a relatively straightfoward use-case. NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) had to make sure that there was enough going on under its hood to handle "hundreds of gigabits/second of traffic for hundreds of... more »
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Infosys Sued For Visa Fraud: Another Big Blow to Outsourcing Market

Infosys  is the third largest player in the Indian IT market and now it faces an employee lawsuit that could lead to a lot of trouble. The firm makes most of its money from providing outsourcing services to customers in the U.S. and Europe. According to WSJ Satya Dev Tripuraneni, a former accounts manager at Infosys’ Silicon Valley office, the company started issuing threats and eventually demoted him after he accused his employer of abusing visa laws. Tripuraneni filed suit in the federal court for the Northern District of California, and one of his main claims is that Infosys used short-term business-visit (B-1) visas... more »
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Building Big Data: How Can Connected Cars Cut Down on Data Costs?

What’s the most connected device you currently own? Most people would point to their iPhone or their iPad, or some kind of Android device. But in a few years time they could well be pointing to something much bigger – their cars. So long as Verizon has their way, cars in the (near) future will feature embedded LTE that will allow them to not only send and receive data, but possibly even act on the information they receive as well. This sounds great of course, but there’s one problem that needs to be tackled. Wi-Fi itself is free, but data comes at... more »
Apache Cassandra to Get Database Upgrade This October

Apache Cassandra to Get Database Upgrade This October

When you need scalability and high availability without compromising performance, perhaps Apache Cassandra is the best choice. This open source NoSQL database got its 1.0 release stage last October, and will be getting the Version 1.2 in this October. Currently used by several big organizations, such as Disney, eBay, and Netflix, Cassandra 1.2 will have several enhanced features like r concurrent schema change and virtual node capabilities. “Version 1.2 of Cassandra, eyed for an October release, is slated to offer concurrent schema change and virtual node capabilities, as well as JBOD (Just a Bunch of Disks) deployment support,” Ellis said. “With... more »
3 Tips for Creating a Reliable Web Service

3 Tips for Creating a Reliable Web Service

Websites have become as second nature to the average user as TV, radio, and newspapers once were. People expect websites to be up and running all of the time, and web servers are designed to stay on all of the time. But that does not always happen. Sometimes even major sites go down when least expected. Nevertheless, most hope to achieve 99% uptime or something close to it. To attain that goal, you need to consciously work at making your website reliable. The goal is to have a website that is scalable and can meet the demands of increased traffic over... more »

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- 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.

- 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 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.

- 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.

- David Floyer

In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.

- Stuart Miniman

If containers are at the center of a shift in how applications are developers and delivered, and their pace of growth and change is unprecedented in IT history, this could have a massive ripple effect on both suppliers and consumers of the ecosystem of IT technologies.