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Big Data Deep Dive Conclusion: The Future of Analytics

Big Data Deep Dive Conclusion: The Future of Analytics

Big Data''s been quite the buzzword this past year, but what's next for this most promising technology?  In the sixth and final episode of the Big Data Deep Dive series, SiliconAngle CEO John Furrier and Wikibon co-founder Dave Vellante discuss the future of Big Data with EMC TV anchor Richard Schlesinger (full video below). Vellante kicks things off by saying that in the old days, the information in an organization’s data warehouse was the “only version of the truth” available to that company’s decision makers. Big Data technologies are changing all that: mathematical analysis makes it possible to weed out bad... more »
Oracle’s is in Big Trouble : Big Data is to Blame

Oracle’s is in Big Trouble : Big Data is to Blame

In Wikibon’s March newsletter, analyst Jeff Kelly takes a look at the factors that have transformed the database market  into a fiercely competitive ecosystem where small startups are standing up to legacy vendors - and winning. It wasn’t always like this. Up until recently, Larry Ellison’s Oracle dominated the database market with an appliance-led business model that was (and still is) meant to lock the customer in. This status quo reigned for decades up until mobile became a trend, and enterprises started waking up to the fact that relational databases cannot address today’s new set of business requirements. Kelly describes this phenomenon, dubbed... more »
5 Tips to Keep IT Teams Sane During March Madness

5 Tips to Keep IT Teams Sane During March Madness

Have you been inflicted with March Madness?  You know, the temporary insanity experienced during the month of March brought about by the NCAA Division I championship college basketball tournament?  Symptoms include excessive basketball talk, trash talking your team’s opponent, making up fantasy brackets, betting, and some are even said to experience productivity loss in the workplace due to streaming the game on their computers. Some say loss in work productivity during March Madness is just a myth -- no big deal.  According to Clay Herbert of the Washington Post, instead of avoiding March Madness, companies should embrace it. Herbert also pointed out... more »
Egypt Arrests Divers "Trying To Sabotage Undersea Cables"

Egypt Arrests Divers "Trying To Sabotage Undersea Cables"

In one of the more ‘hands on’ examples of cyber-espionage we’ve seen in a while, Egypt’s military has reported that it’s managed to arrest three scuba divers in the process of trying to sever an undersea cable that connects the country to the World Wide Web. Speaking on the Egyptian armed forces Facebook page, Colonel Ahmed Mohammed Ali, said that a navy patrol vessel caught the three men red-handed as they were working from an inflatable dinghy, attempting cut through the undersea cable, just north of the port city Alexandria. The claim was later verified by Telecom Egypt, the country’s largest telecommunications firm,... more »
US Slaps China With Cyber-Security Law; Huawei, ZTE & Lenovo Will All Suffer

US Slaps China With Cyber-Security Law; Huawei, ZTE & Lenovo Will All Suffer

There was quite a kerfuffle late last year when a US congressional panel warned that the Chinese government might be using hardware from manufacturers like Huawei and ZTE to spy on government agencies and other institutions. The Chinese angrily denied the accusations, but by then the damage to its reputation had already been done, leading to moves by Canada and others to ban the hardware. Now it’s the turn of the US itself, which has just signed into law new rules that restrict the purchase of Chinese-made computer equipment. In what is the first real sign of retaliation by the US over... more »
Mojang Pens Deal With Egmont to Publish Minecraft Books, Manuals

Mojang Pens Deal With Egmont to Publish Minecraft Books, Manuals

Minecraft fans will surely rejoice with this bit of information: official books about the game are coming out soon. If you have no clue as to what Minecraft is, it is a game in which your primary goal is build anything you like using blocks and stay clear of the monsters that comes out at night.  It’s been a huge success because gamers use this as an outlet to show off their creative side or just spend hours trying to figure out what best to build using blocks. Egmont, the UK children’s books publisher, has been given the global publishing rights for... more »
ServicesAngle News Briefs for March 27, 2013

ServicesAngle News Briefs for March 27, 2013

Infosys Wins Work Placement of the Year Infosys has won a top accolade in the National Council for Work Experience (NCWE) Awards 2013, making it one of the U.K.’s best internship providers. The NCWE awards have been rewarding employers who provide high-quality internships to students and graduates for  a decade. Categories cover large and small organizations in all sectors including charities and government. The Infosys InStep program, which offers students a three-month placement in India, won the Work Placement of the Year award for Best Large Organization. More Wipro Wins Three-Year Contract from Emirates NBD Wipro Infotech, the India & Middle East IT... more »
Digg Hints At Replacement for Google Reader

Digg Hints At Replacement for Google Reader

Following the news of imminent shutdown of Google Reader, there started a flood of comments and discussions over web with aficionados lamenting over its scheduled shutdown on July 01, 2013. That was the bad part. So, the positive side of the news is that “feed” lovers will soon get an equally competent RSS reader. After announcement of its plans of re-prioritizing its product roadmap for 2013, Digg announced that it will build an RSS reader as good as Google Reader. In fact, the replacement product hinted by Digg will pull news from a plethora of sites, including Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Reddit,... more »
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Red Hat Earnings 4th Quarter - Doing Ok But Not Great

This afternoon, Red Hat announced its fourth quarter results and fiscal year 2013 results. Highlights include: Fourth quarter revenue of $348 million, up 17% year-over-year; full fiscal year revenue of $1.33 billion, up 17% year-over-year Fourth quarter subscription revenue of $303 million, up 19% year-over-year; full fiscal year subscription revenue of $1.15 billion, up 19% year-over-year Fourth quarter operating cash flow of $137 million, up 7% year-over-year; full fiscal year operating cash flow of $465 million, up 19% year-over-year Year-end deferred revenue balance exceeds a billion dollars, up 15% year-over-year GAAP operating income for the fourth quarter and the full fiscal year 2013 was $50 million... more »
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Where's the Cheapest iPhone 5? T-Mobile vs. Walmart, AT&T

T-Mobile is the talk of the town this week, thanks to its freshly unveiled UnCarrier plan and the fact that it’s finally getting the iPhone 5 and other older iPhones.  People are claiming that T-Mobile offers the cheapest deal one can ever find for an iPhone 5, but is it really the cheapest? Let’s find out if the claims are true. iPhone 5 16GB : Compared . T-Mobile . Price without a contract: $580 Price with a two-year contract: No contract but an installment plan that would cost $99 for the first payment, then $20 per month for two years. Early termination fee: No termination fee because... more »

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- Brian Gracely

Wikibon examines why Public Cloud services has outpaced Private Cloud consumption for the past 3-5 years. By understanding the challenges of Private Cloud deployments, IT organizations can better align budgets and research towards True Private Cloud services than enable better business applications.

- Ralph Finos

The concept of Private Cloud has been in the market since 2008, but the ability of IT organizations to build Private Cloud services that match Public Cloud have been limited. Wikibon forecasts the Private Cloud market revenues from 2015-2026, as well as introducing the enhanced concept of "True" Private Cloud.

- Brian Gracely

The Oracle Storage Cloud enables Application and Infrastructure teams to leverage a Cloud platform that was designed for Enterprise Oracle applications. Wikibon looks at the integrations that bring simplicity and value to Oracle customers.

- David Floyer

Wikibon key findings include: - The breakeven for most migration projects from 7-Mode to Clustered ONTAP are poor at over 50 months - the Internal Rate of Return (IRR) is anemic at 12% or lower; - For most workloads there are better strategic alternatives if a move must be made; - NetApp customers with 7-Mode running well should pass on converting to Clustered ONTAP, and focus on conversions to true private clouds and public clouds; - Storage vendors (and other component vendors) should no longer be considered as strategic partners by enterprise IT.

- David Floyer

This study and other Wikibon work shows very clearly that enterprise IT should deliver their software and solutions using true private cloud solutions where possible. The reduction in operational costs from reduced testing, lower operational maintenance costs enable either lower IT solution costs, or faster and more profitable value-based application deployment. Because of the additional integration of the Oracle hardware and database software, and the virtual licensing costs of the Oracle database, the Oracle Database Appliance is very likely to be the lowest cost solution, and give the fastest time-to- value when compared to bespoke component solutions.

- George Gilbert

Choosing a data preparation and integration tool is the first step in upgrading Systems of Record to Systems of Intelligence. If the goal is of the new Systems of Intelligence is highly differentiated functionality supporting a business strategy, specialized systems may have have an advantage. If the goal is matching the competition with the new systems and differentiating elsewhere, the greater simplicity of an integrated solution will probably be more competitive.

- George Gilbert

IT practitioners should collect the requirements from each of the constituencies that are going to be involved in building the new analytic pipeline. If an integrated product such as Informatica or Pentaho doesn't meet the requirements, they should evaluate just how much internal integration work they can support and whether the speed of the final pipeline can deliver on its performance goals. The more sophisticated enterprises with more specialized skills typically can support highly custom solutions.

- David Floyer

IT management practices must evolve to bring mature transaction systems and contemporary analytics capabilities together. The phrase "contemporary analytics" refers to Predictive Analytics (PA) and modern Decision Management (DM) systems that, when leveraged with existing Systems of Record (SoR), form a coherent, agile and new operating model we refer to as Systems of Intelligence (SoI). By incentivizing all levels of management and professionals to adopt this approach, organizations will be able achieve large and sustainable returns on investment. All other strategies, especially those requiring conversion of SoR to another platform or another package, will almost certainly add years to the project and add enormous business risk.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon delivers insights from the 2015 Future of Cloud Computing survey, including a look at how Hybrid Cloud and Public Cloud are becoming the dominant usage models. Gain insight into the trends, drivers and inhibitors that will shape IT spending and Cloud Computing over the next 12-24 months.

- Ralph Finos

The overall Worldwide Big Data market for products and services is in the midst of explosive growth, topping $27 billion in 2014, growing to over $61B by2020 – a compound annual growth rate of 15%. Professional services represented 43% of the market in 2014 and its use is widespread.