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How Physical Stores Can Apply Big Data Like An Amazon.com

As the Big Data technology megatrend steams ahead, we’re seeing the rapid development of Applied Big Data. Applied Big Data refers to technology platforms that use Big Data computing techniques, platforms, and tools to solve problems that would be unsolvable without massive computing power applied to massive quantities of data. Applied Big Data is differentiated from general building-block components like Hadoop. Rather, the Applied Big Data space is filled with task-specific applications aimed at concrete and highly valuable goals. In particular we’ve seen strong recent focus on Applied Big Data for the physical world.  The extreme complexity of many physical phenomena... more »
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What Comes After Cloud Collaboration? Alfresco CEO Shares His Vision

With a penchant for scalability and modularity, Alfresco's free enterprise cloud management software has a steady eye on open source trends.  Having recently come out of beta, Alfresco's tools are now available for the general public.  Alfresco's moving swiftly, having also initiated its plans for an IPO. The company's CEO John Powell hopes Alfresco's public offering will be as impactful as Red Hat's, as they look to innovate around cloud services and real-time delivery.  In fact, real-time capabilities is a cornerstone of Alfresco's capabilities, and happens to be one of the top three trends Powell is following right now.  In today's CEO Series,... more »
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Microsoft’s Tablet Push Gets Bigger (Literally) with Pixel Buy

Microsoft is getting into the hardware business. It’s so confident in Windows 8 and Surface, its own branded tablet that will run on the mobile-optimized OS, that it is willing to risk a huge backlash from its biggest OEMs. And this week we learned just how serious the software kingpin, and perhaps soon to be hardware giant, is with its plans in this space. Chief exec Steve Ballmer was quoted to say that he expects Surface sales to be in the millions, but in the long run the device will be coupled by other  tablets that will make their debut in... more »
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Which Smartphone Makers Can Help Microsoft Take Down Apple?

If the late Steve Jobs declared war against Android devices, Microsoft declared war against Apple’s. At the Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer stated that they are not about to let Apple engorge the market with their iDevices - they will battle Apple in every aspect of the business possible, from cloud storage, to hardware, and of course software. “We are trying to make absolutely clear we are not going to leave any space uncovered to Apple,” Ballmer told CRN following the Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto on Monday. “We are not. No space uncovered that is Apple’s.” And Microsoft... more »
Populating the World with Virtual People: How Augmented Reality Can Amplify Us

Populating the World with Virtual People: How Augmented Reality Can Amplify Us

We essentially have wearable computers, an Android smartphone of sufficient power can do a great deal of computing and if it can’t succeed all on its own it can have a cloud-computer do the heavy lifting and beam the answer back over the Internet. The next step is bringing that projection out of the screens of our phones and into our visual field: that’s what Google Glasses and Kinect Glasses will do. A Japanese YouTube user, moniker "alsionesvx", has posted a video of him using augmented reality glasses that take advantage of the Kinect depth-of-field sensing to project a virtual anime... more »
Analysts a Bit Chided Ahead of VMware’s Upcoming Earnings Call

Analysts a Bit Chided Ahead of VMware’s Upcoming Earnings Call

Researchers at  Wunderlich cut the firm’s target price on VMware from $120.00 to $100.00 in a report sent out this week ahead of the virtualization software maker’s upcoming earnings call on July 23rd. They retained a buy rating though, and other analysts’ also revised their take in recent months. Several other analysts have also recently commented on the stock. Analysts at Jefferies Group reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of VMware in a research note to investors last week. Separately, analysts at Oppenheimer noted an “outperform” rating on shares of VMware in a research note to investors a few days later. And... more »
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Feeling Inadequate Today? You Can Blame Facebook

A new study of social media users has found that more than half of all users’ lives have been changed – with half of these claiming that these social websites have made their lives worse as a result. Working on behalf of the charity Anxiety UK, the Salford Business School at the University of Salford polled 298 people in its survey, revealing that 53% felt social media sites had led to a significant change in their behavior. Of these, 51% said that the change had been a negative one. Most commonly cited was the fact that among those who felt their lives... more »
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Google Pays $22.5M in Largest FTC Fine for Safari Tracking

Google Inc. and the Federal Trade Commission came to a settlement over the Safari-tracking scandal that was brought to light back in February of this year.  Google is to pay $22.5 million, the largest fine the agency has ever imposed. "However we do set the highest standards of privacy and security for our users. The FTC is focused on a 2009 help center page published more than two years before our consent decree, and a year before Apple changed its cookie-handling policy," a Google spokeswoman stated. "We have now changed that page and taken steps to remove the ad cookies, which... more »
QLogic Earns a Channel Boost with Inspur Reward

QLogic Earns a Channel Boost with Inspur Reward

Today networking solutions vendor QLogic got some free promotion from Inspur, a Chinese OEM that named it as “Supplier of the Year for Support.” The Inspur Group’s business spans software and hardware, mainly servers and storage. QLogic is one of the top partners and, apparently, earned the highest scored in every single category that was considered for the awkward:  among these are no less than three types of support –technical and marketing input as well as assistance with merchandising  – plus communications and partner profitability. “With comprehensive strengths in server, storage and software development, Inspur has become a critical go-to-market OEM partner... more »
New Malware Infects 100,000 Android Devices in China

New Malware Infects 100,000 Android Devices in China

A newfound malware is wreaking havoc on Android devices, secretly downloading paid apps in the background. The Android malware dubbed as "Trojan!MMarketPay.A@Android" was first discovered by TrustGo early July.  The security company discovered that the malware downloads paid apps and contents from Mobile Market, the Android market of China Mobile, one of the world’s largest network carrier, which could lead to sky-high phone bills. According to TrustGo, the trojan may arrive repackaged apps with the following names: com.mediawoz.goweather com.mediawoz.gotq com.mediawoz.gotq1 cn.itkt.travelskygo cn.itkt.travelsky com.funinhand.weibo sina.mobile.tianqitong com.estrongs.android.pop The virus already found its way to nine Android markets in China namely nDuoa, GFan, AppChina, LIQU, ANFONE, Soft.3g.cn,TalkPhone, 159.com, and AZ4SD. How the Trojan infects Android The Mobile... 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.

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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.