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One wrong move can foreclose innovation | #IBMIoD

One wrong move can foreclose innovation | #IBMIoD

Live from IBM Information on Demand 2013 in Las Vegas, John Furrier and Dave Vellante, theCUBE co-hosts, interviewed John Mancini, author of #OccupyIT Manifesto. So what exactly is OccupyIT? "The idea was that, as businesspeople, it had come time to take technology seriously. Technology was not just the hair ball in our organizations that we had to try to make as small as possible, but that it was the key enabler for our businesses moving forward and so it was time for the business to occupy IT," explained Mancini. "We have three huge disruptors in the enterprise IT: Consumerization That radically changes how we look... more »
Moody cars : Future autos can change color based on how you feel

Moody cars : Future autos can change color based on how you feel

This week’s SmartCar roundup features a color-changing vehicle, an all-in-one security solution for cars and homes, and a smart motorcycle helmet. Chameleon car   Toyota’s vision of the future is quite colorful, as it plans to display a color-changing, mood-reading concept car at the Tokyo Motor Show, held later this month. Codenamed Toyota FV2, the car changes color according to the driver’s mood, but the project is still a work in progress, especially when it comes to determining the mood of the driver. “The car will appeal to future consumers of the digital generation, who have been used to smartphones or iPads from a young age,”... more »
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IBM bolsters analytics lineup with cognitive computing capabilities

IBM promises to bring the power of Watson to the enterprise with a set of cutting edge solutions for collecting and analyzing information at scale. Announced this week during the company’s annual Information on Demand Forum, the new offerings aim to “help companies more easily predict and respond to opportunities and challenges hidden in data.” "As the value of data continues to grow, the differentiator for clients will be around predicting what could happen to help transform their business with speed and conviction," commented Steve Mills the head of software and systems at IBM. "IBM's latest set of solutions allow clients... more »
GE jumps on crowdfunding bandwagon with OurCrowd

GE jumps on crowdfunding bandwagon with OurCrowd

Generic Electric’s tech ambitions go beyond the realm of networked machinery and embedded sensors. GE Ventures, the conglomerate’s newly established investment arm, recently entered a co-investment agreement with Israel’s OurCrowd to back early-stage technology companies. Founded in October 2012 by serial entrepreneur Jon Medved, OurCrowd operates an equity-based crowdsourcing platform that lowers the barrier of entry to the VC scene. With a minimum investment size of $10,000, the site is aimed at small-time investors who are looking to put money behind startups in the areas of software, advanced manufacturing, energy and healthcare. OurCrowd claims to have secured over $24 million in funding... more »
Mobile hotspots compared: Which one's the best for you?

Mobile hotspots compared: Which one's the best for you?

AT&T launched its first mobile hotspot, AT&T Unite, for its GoPhone, a line of prepaid phones which can be customized with plans and packages. “We’re excited to be introducing new data-only plans and adding the first mobile hotspot to our GoPhone lineup,” said Mark Collins, AT&T Mobility senior vice president of data and voice products. “We’re continuing to add more value and options for our customers, and with AT&T Unite, they can make the most of their wireless experience, while accessing the latest technology and network speeds.” The device itself is from NETGEAR and features a 2.4-inch touchscreen display, up to 10... more »
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Top vendors flex Cloud muscle at OpenStack Summit

In three short years, OpenStack transformed from an IaaS experiment into a multi-purpose cloud solution for the enterprise, complete with a burgeoning partner ecosystem and production-grade capabilities. The open source platform has emerged as a threat to traditional data center vendors, boasting over 100 customers worldwide according to a newly released user survey. Dozens of backers converged at this week’s OpenStack Summit in Hong Kong to show off their newest solutions and make their presence felt in the community. Cisco kicked off the event with a set of accelerators that aim to make it easier for enterprises to deploy their projects... more »
Microsoft CEO: Top 5 candidates shortlisted

Microsoft CEO: Top 5 candidates shortlisted

Just like in Beauty pageants, from 40 or so candidates, Microsoft is said to have narrowed down its final list to just five candidates.  If reports are to be believed, the software giant’s special committee, along with Heidrick & Struggles International Inc., is closing in on its man. But this doesn’t mean that the company is close to naming current CEO Steve Ballmer’s replacement any time soon, as deliberations could still take months. When Ballmer announced his retirement back in August, people were quick to jump to conclusions that whoever replaced him would be an internal hire, making Executive VP Tony... more »
Four ways Microsoft, Oracle + Salesforce hurt SMBs

Four ways Microsoft, Oracle + Salesforce hurt SMBs

Say you own a small or medium-sized business and you want to improve the efficiency of your sales and marketing efforts to prospective and current customers. Chances are you have been inundated with attractive offerings from main stream players such as Salesforce.com, Microsoft and Oracle who have targeted you as a prospective customer. Despite the allure of going for a big name provider, it usually is not worth it for the SMB to sign up for an expensive CRM solution. The following four reasons detail the significant drawbacks of brand name CRM software: 1. These solutions do offer a dizzying array of... more »
Canada's government said 'no way' to Lenovo's BlackBerry takeover

Canada's government said 'no way' to Lenovo's BlackBerry takeover

BlackBerry's troubled businesses might be on life support these days, but that hasn't stopped a flurry of reports covering its ongoing troubles this week. First up was the news that Fairfax Financial Holdings, the company set to takeover BlackBerry for $4.7 billion, failed to raise the necessary cash, causing the deal to collapse. As a last resort Fairfax has instead decided to pump in about $1billion into the company alongside other investors in a desperate bid to revive it. This was followed by yesterday's news that BlackBerry had hired ex-Sybase chief executive office John Chen to replace the outgoing Thorsten Heins... more »
Moving away from Itanium, HP nudges customers toward x86 HA

Moving away from Itanium, HP nudges customers toward x86 HA

Oracle isn’t alone in wanting to abandon Intel’s ill-received Itanium platform. A year after derailing the database maker’s plan to halt software development for the chip, Hewlett Packard is porting its Nonstop line of high-availability systems to x86 server architecture. Originally marketed under the Tandem brand, NonStop is used primarily by telcos and financial service providers to power their mission-critical workloads. These companies and others are increasingly turning to standard-based data center solutions as the volume of information continues to grow faster than the ability of legacy infrastructure to accommodate it all. HP, which accounts for more than 95 percent of the... more »

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