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Another Mobile Acquisition for Facebook. This One Comes with Good Karma

Another Mobile Acquisition for Facebook. This One Comes with Good Karma

Facebook, which went public with its IPO on Friday, has been making waves in recent weeks with their aggressive acquisitions of smaller application companies, such as the billion dollar purchase of Instagram which sent heads shaking and asking the question, what does Facebook have up its sleeve? Karma, a mobile social gifting app is Facebook’s most recent target, and was founded by the same duo that was behind Tapjoy.  The app allows users to send gifts via their mobile device, which can then be posted onto Facebook or through an SMS message as the means of alerting the recipient to the... more »
BU Medical School Combines EMC Isolon, Actifio Backup to Capture, Backup, and Archive Big Data

BU Medical School Combines EMC Isolon, Actifio Backup to Capture, Backup, and Archive Big Data

When John Meyers, Ph.D., came to the Boston University School of Medicine as a medical researcher, he stepped into a chaotic data environment. “Servers were under lab benches. Irreplaceable repositories of years worth of data resided on NAS boxes on lab benches with no backup. I wouldn't use the term 'infrastructure' to describe the situation.” The problem, Dr. Meyers said, was that the central IT systems had not kept up with the basic change in the nature of medical research. It had become a big data game – a single genome sequence is 3 Tbytes of data, but the IT architecture... more »
3 Surprising Ways Mobile Wallets Use Your Data

3 Surprising Ways Mobile Wallets Use Your Data

Mobile wallets are supposed to save us from ourselves, centralizing our bank and credit cards into our smartphones so we never have to carry a physical wallet again.  No more worrying about forgetting your wallet at home, and even if your wallet is stolen you still have all the necessary information on hand, as long as you have your smartphone.  But every modern convenience comes at a cost.  Mobile wallets require a great deal of personal data, and some are more surprising than others. Before you sign up or start using mobile wallets, better check out first what these service providers... more »
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Automated Tiered Storage Providing Cost Savings, Risk Reduction [Report]

A just-published study by Wikibon CTO David Floyer and Analyst Nick Allen finds that Automated Tiered Storage (ATS) is being adopted by midrange companies, many of whom are taking on an aggressive policy of ATS adoption following their positive early experiences. The study, “Assessment of Automated Tiered Storage for Midrange Arrays”,  concludes that ATS cost justifies itself in storage cost saving of about 20% on average across multiple vendors and array types. Longer term, they also predict it will reduce risk levels associated with data management as users gain experience. The study was based on surveys and interviews with numerous Wikibon... more »
Facebook Pages Manager Tops this Week’s Best Tablet Apps for Business

Facebook Pages Manager Tops this Week’s Best Tablet Apps for Business

Now that Facebook is a publicly traded company with a valuation exceeding $100 billion, it’s probably a good time to look at how it fares in mobile. The social network maintains a number of apps although it hasn’t been stopping third party developers from jumping the opportunity, and the first one in this week’s list did exactly that – and with a fair amount of success, too. IPad Facebook Pages Manager FB Pages Manager is one of those simple utility tools that supplements existing software, and does it really well. As the name would imply this particular app consolidates the management of one’s... more »
Exploring SAP's Mobile Strategy at SAPphire 2012 [Video]

Exploring SAP's Mobile Strategy at SAPphire 2012 [Video]

The Cube’s John Furrier, Founder, Silicon Angle and Dave Vellante, Co-founder, Wikibon, interviewed Thorsten Stephan, VP Mobile Applications Unit, SAP at this year’s SAP Sapphire Now in Orlando, FL about SAP’s mobile strategy (see full video below). SAP is clearly making a large effort to rebrand itself as a company that offers technology solutions everywhere, and mobile is a core component of that transition. According to Stephan, SAP wants to provide customers best of class, highly user-centric mobile applications. The company has already created a robust core mobile platform, and is now focusing on creating and shipping applications. Vellante questioned Stephan,... more »
This Week in Big Data: HANA, Tableau and MySQL-as-a-Service

This Week in Big Data: HANA, Tableau and MySQL-as-a-Service

The past week was an exciting period for analytics, mainly because from Monday through Wednesday the annual SAP SAPphire conference was in full swing.  And more importantly, this year the event was all about HANA. A lot of announcements relevant to HANA's in-memory analytics appliance crossed the wire throughout the 3-day event, including partner news and case studies. What stood out most though was the update from SAP itself, which released the fourth service pack for the platform. As of this week HANA is now integrated with Hadoop and Hive, and clients can move their data quite freely between the open source... more »
Facebook Waited Too Long to Go Public: Initial IPO Reactions

Facebook Waited Too Long to Go Public: Initial IPO Reactions

Facebook shares started trading on Friday at a premium of $43, making a strong stock market debut. The social network shares opened at over ten percent higher than its planned IPO price of $38. But almost as quickly the early gain faded, and shares of the world's largest social networking company were trading just above their initial offering price before rebounding in the afternoon. Facebook’s stock was trading at $38.15 by 1 PM in New York. The price band was initially set as $34-38. To celebrate the much-anticipated IPO, founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg rang the opening bell at the NASDAQ stock... more »
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The 80/20 Rule: How To Balance Analytics Staff With Data Scientists

Big data may have led to the creation of the position of "data scientist," but not every question of analytics requires that specific kind of expertise. Or at least that's what Rahul Deshmukh, Director of Web Intelligence for analytics platform developer Splunk, wrote in a blog entry this week. A data scientist, to use the conventional definition, is a professional with skills in statistical analysis, programming and business, such that they can look at huge amounts of data and provide a meaningful narrative that can give an organization a series of actionable insights. To that end, professional data scientists find algorithm development to... more »
This Week in the Cloud: New Services, Home Organization and Virtual Gaming

This Week in the Cloud: New Services, Home Organization and Virtual Gaming

This week was big for the software-as-a-service segment, alongside the regular slew of news from the cloud space, which also happened to include a couple of equally notable developments from the consumer-facing end. The first name in our recap is Accenture, a service provider that introduced a new SaaS for the insurance industry this week.  The company has an existing portfolio tailored for this particular space, and its latest offering extends it with the addition of automation, collaboration and other more industry-specific functions. The app is an entire set of tools covering a very broad spectrum from social enterprise to request... more »

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- Stuart Miniman

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.

- David Floyer

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.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.

- Steve Chambers

In the UK, large enterprise, household named, logos in all markets are using AWS and not only for virtual machines and storage. Enterprises are consuming features such as identity, data warehouse, search, content delivery as AWS increase the size of the set of undifferentiated heavy lifting due to the hundreds of features they are releasing and improving.

- Steve Chambers

Containers, and specifically Docker, allows the management of applications to be freed from the shackles of infrastructure. This article examines the state of containers and the booming Docker ecosystem and how enterprise IT should get started at embracing this important technology.