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Governments Keep Up With Shifting Security Landscape with State-Sponsored Hacking, China Remains Top of the Food Chain

Governments Keep Up With Shifting Security Landscape with State-Sponsored Hacking, China Remains Top of the Food Chain

The governments are playing the hacking game, too. This got me thinking: what are the possible implications of law backing up the bad guys? Are we granting them to access sensitive data of the government to perform activities targeting the other (nations) bad guys? Where do we draw the line of the good and bad with hacking? These are just some of the questions arising from the fact that governments around the world are in fact engaging in hacking movements for reasons we may or may not be able to decipher. Gmail accounts were also purportedly hijacked by state-sponsored attackers... more »
Bitcoin: Feeding the Low-Overhead Revolution One Darknet at a Time

Bitcoin: Feeding the Low-Overhead Revolution One Darknet at a Time

Whenever Bitcoin is brought up two thoughts often leap into the same arena at the same time one that involves the strange enigma of economics and the other that speaks to the freedom-loving cryptogeek in every Internet activist. So when I stumbled across Kevin Carson’s essay on the impact of Bitcoin at C4SS, it piqued my interest. In many ways, Bitcoin is one of the best known and best-remaining and most popular forms of alternative currency on the market. It may still suffer from being relatively unknown in circles outside of particular modes of thought, but it’s constantly resurfaces in the... more »
Windows Azure Active Directory -- Taking a First Look

Windows Azure Active Directory -- Taking a First Look

Windows Azure, the flexible and open cloud, is a step ahead by Microsoft in the cloud business. We have recently received the Windows Azure Active Directory, which industry analysts are suggesting to give a pass. So, what’s in it? Let’s take a quick look. Windows Azure Active Directory (WAAD) service consists of three major highlights: First, developers can connect to a REST-based Web service to create, read, update and delete identity information in the cloud for use right within their applications. They can also leverage the SSO abilities of Windows Azure Active Directory to permit individuals to use the same identity credentials... more »
Top Fixable #NBCfails from the Olympics

Top Fixable #NBCfails from the Olympics

NBC received a lot of negative attention throughout the 2012 Olympics coverage, from the beginning to the end. NBC's screw ups were even made popular on Twitter with the #NBCfail trending topic. Throughout the coverage, Twitter was flooded with NBC’s mess-ups and oopsie-daisies, from having too many unnecessary commentaries to not airing live coverage and even spoiling a gold medal win for Missy Franklin. Opening Ceremony #fail NBC left out a large chunk of the opening ceremony by completely omitting the tribute to the victims of the terrorism attacks in London. Instead of watching the ceremony on NBC, viewers could watch Ryan... more »
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Data Scientists Predict What Music You'll Love, Disrupt Common Marketing Logic

Will you love your favorite musician’s next album? Whatever you suggested, Shanda Innovations (tech incubator of China’s Shanda corporation) may know better than even you. A Music Data Science Hackathon, which was oraganised by Data Science London, using Kaggle platform, and sponsored by EMI and EMC, challenged data teams to answer this question about taste by developing an algorithm to predict “listener’s appreciation of songs and artists, based on listeners demographics, listeners words of appreciation, and interviews contained in EMI’s One Million Interview Dataset,” as noted on EMI’s music data science website. Shanda won the competition over 138 competitors that vied... more »
Cloud's Biggest Impact on Mobile? SOASTA CEO Shares His Vision

Cloud's Biggest Impact on Mobile? SOASTA CEO Shares His Vision

It's easy to overlook the things that run in the background, like the backstage crew pulling strings and flashing lights that make experiencing a stage performance worthwhile.  But those back-running systems are a necessity even in the Internet era, where readiness can make or break a consumer experience.  Take the Olympics for example.    The web has provided another distribution channel for broadcast content, and working behind the scenes was SOASTA, a cloud-testing firm that helped the official London Games website prepare for a traffic rush like no one's seen before. SOASTA's proven its services time and again, attracting some heavyweight... more »
Who's Winning the Consumer Data Management Race? [Report]

Who's Winning the Consumer Data Management Race? [Report]

ClickFox, a pioneer in the analytics consumer experience space, revealed the company's findings from the ClickFox 2012 Consumer Data Audit survey.  The company's survey results shed light on consumer's preferences around data management, and which organizations are handling this new market opportunity with the best of care. According to the survey, consumers are willing to give up personal information to trusted brands if it will help them improve their shopping experience or get a better deal. The majority of customers (over 80 percent) expect their companies to know their previous retail experience, service and purchase history. Those who are in financial services,... more »
There's an Analytics Market Growing Behind Your App Store

There's an Analytics Market Growing Behind Your App Store

App Annie raised $6 million in a second round of funding led by Greycroft Partners with participation from existing backers .ventures, Infinity Venture Partners and a few other investors. The firm offers a set of solutions that can be labeled as Google Analytics for mobile. App Annie’s tools enable app publishers, platform owners and pretty much everyone else with a stake in the mobile application space to gain better insight into metrics such as downloads, in-app transactions and revenue. It aggregates data from the App Store, the Mac App Store, and is used by 80 percent of the 100 highest earning... more »
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Empirix Helps Companies Cater to the Consumer

Empirix has the ability to analyze customer behavior in real-time, helping service providers and mobile operators to increase revenue and customer retention while lowering operational costs. The software also assists companies to help them understand their investments in technology. Manx Telecom has hired Empirix to increase performance in the New Generation Network. Manx Telecom replaced their old network approach with Empirix so they have unified customer experiences. The top telecommunications provider in the Isle of Man now has the ability to troubleshoot across its network environment and fix any problems that may occur before ever reaching the customers. "Empirix was uniquely able... more »
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HP Reveals New Autonomy-Powered “Meaning” Platform

Hewlett-Packard has invested over $10 billion in British analytics firm Autonomy, and soon after that its software was integrated with Vertica infrastructure. The offering is touted as a hybrid platform that covers both unstructured and structured streams, and has faced some criticism along the way. This week HP reaffirmed its plans for its massive investment in big data with the debut of the awkwardly -named HP Autonomy Optimost Clickstream Analytics software. The premise is that Clickstream doesn’t just structure and quantify data but rather extracts more valuable meaning or insight if you will out of user behavior Autonomy CEO Andrew Joiner, who... more »

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- Brian Gracely

Cloud Computing, Community Development and Mobile Applications are changing the landscape of modern business. Wikibon welcomes Brian Gracely (@bgracely) as Cloud Computing Analyst/Contributor, delivering a new series of content and research to unlock the new Cloud Native trend.

- George Gilbert

While Oracle has many technical advantages in its favor for mainstream customers building standalone Web-scale apps or ones that extend their Oracle apps in the Oracle Public cloud, CIOs should understand the limits of running Oracle in the cloud. For now, customers who want to build the same type of apps and run Oracle on other public clouds such as Amazon, Azure, and Google, the Oracle 11g and 12c DBMS's have a showstopper: the inability to run at scale. Those public clouds don't have the dedicated hardware that Oracle's core 11g or 12c database needs in order to run at scale on a cluster.

- 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.

- 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.

- 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 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.