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Accenture becomes first Major SI to Invest in HANA

Accenture becomes first Major SI to Invest in HANA

Accenture has been setting all sorts of records as of late.  A month ago it became the first company to launch a public cloud service based on Microsoft Azure, and now it’s flexing its R&D muscle at SAP SAPphire 2012. One of the highlights of this week’s gathering is Accenture's revelation of its intentions to carry out a massive commitment to the HANA in-memory analytics platform and the surrounding ecosystem.  This investment will cover the training of 1,000 IT professionals, who will be converted to a separate workforce dedicated to SAP database tech by the end of this year. Once Accenture builds up the... more »
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Microsoft Study: For SMBs, Security Benefits Outweigh Cloud Risks

A Microsoft-sponsored study released today indicates that despite the fact that security concerns remain a huge barrier to public cloud adoption, SMBs who made the transition actually saw their IT infrastructure get more secure, not less. To get a little more accurate, 35 percent of companies surveyed said that they actually saw notably higher levels of security in the cloud, with 32 percent saying that they now worry less about cyberattack than they did before making the switch. Organizations using the cloud also spend 32 percent less time weekly managing their security. Other interesting findings from the study can be found... more »
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Complex Clouds Ruin IT Budgets [Report]

Wikibon CEO David Vellante and CTO David Floyer have published a major “Special Report on Infrastructure Futures: Keeping Pace in the Era of Big Data Growth” examining the major trends in IT technology in light of the overall issues IT faces in the new decade. One of those issues is the explosion in the percent of the IT budget spent on staffing.  The report cites IDC figures that show labor accounted for less than 35% of overall IT costs in 1996. By 2013 they will be nearly 70% of the entire IT budget. The second is the increasing competition from cloud service... more »
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"Unethical and Greedy": Free Software Foundation on Oracle vs. Google

Last week William Alsup ruled that Google did in fact infringe on Oracle's Java API copyrights. Google's counterattack hinges on whether or not APIs themselves are copyrightable. While Oracle and Google's respective legal teams argue the matter, the Free Software Foundation has stepped in with its own point of view: Oracle's attempt to defend the ability to copyright APIs would be no less than a stake through the heart of the open source community. The Free Software Foundation wears its bias on its sleeve - founded by no less than Richard Stallman as the non-profit corporation that manages and maintains the... more »
Dysonics Gets $750K in Seed Funding for Audio Kinect

Dysonics Gets $750K in Seed Funding for Audio Kinect

Dysonics is a young startup with strong roots in academia that claims it can set a new standard for consuming audio via mobile devices, and Rawah Partners was willing to bet $750,000 on this promise.  The seed financing was announced a few days ago is a big milestone for the company, which is gearing up for the production of its first commercial solutions. Dysonics started as one of the initiatives in UC Davis’s startup incubator, also known as the Engineering Translational Technology Center.  It was founded by two Ph.Ds, Ralph Algazi and Richard Duda, together with Robert Delton, and is officially... more »
SAP Reveals Mobile Innovations Ahead of SAPphire 2012

SAP Reveals Mobile Innovations Ahead of SAPphire 2012

SAP SAPphire Now 2012 is kicking off today, and among the early news that the German BI software maker announced are two major expansions to its mobile portfolio. Mobile and the HANA in-memory analytics platform will be two of the hottest discussion points at the event, and we’ll be covering in all this week.   New is the unveiling of something SAP calls the Situation Awareness “rapid-deployment solution for public sector.” The details are a bit hazy overall, but the product description outlines a data-driven mobile offering – or rather, an entire portfolio of solutions - built to provide real-time information to... more »
SpaceOps: How NASA Uses Agile Development in the Search for Life on Mars

SpaceOps: How NASA Uses Agile Development in the Search for Life on Mars

A forthcoming case study from Atlassian looks at Ensemble, a project jointly developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, CA and the Ames Research Center near San Francisco. It's described by the space agency as: "a platform for the development, integration, and deployment of mission operations software that can be reconfigured or upgraded as required during the course of a mission." In other words, it's an agile software platform for rocket scientists. [Update: the case study is here] Ensemble, founded in 2004, is used for mission planning software, parsing raw data sent to earth from unmanned spacecrafts and visualizing... more »
AI On the Rise: Driverless Car, Gogobot Apps, and Advertising

AI On the Rise: Driverless Car, Gogobot Apps, and Advertising

As machines get sophisticated, the less they require human supervision or intervention. Powered by artificial intelligence (AI), various functions are now being performed by computers, functions that used to be accomplished by a live person. This could pose positive and negative outcomes alike. Advantages lean on the financial aspect, efficiency and accuracy. Those who will be displaced and lose their jobs as a consequence of AI technologies are the primary casualties of having creative machines around. But, whatever the odds are, AI moves forward with more outrageous, adventurous and ambitious projects. Now, if you think that Watson (from IBM) is genius and... more »
Online Threat Growing Rapidly, Can Destroy Companies, says FBI Cyber Security Head

Online Threat Growing Rapidly, Can Destroy Companies, says FBI Cyber Security Head

Physical threats to the nation's infrastructure and other sensitive assets aren't the only ones to keep an eye on. “Critical threats facing our nation today emanate from the cyber realm,” said Shawn Henry, then Executive Assistant Director of the FBI for cyber security in a speech at the Information Systems Security Association International Conference in Baltimore. The October 2011 speech is transcribed in full on the FBI Web site. “We've got hackers out to take our personal information and money, spies who want to steal our nation's secrets, and terrorists who are looking for novel ways to attack our critical infrastructure.” Henry, who... more »
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#theCUBE 2012 Summer Tour Part One

SiliconANGLE is proud to present live HD video coverage from some of the biggest technology events. As we enter the busy season for conferences, SiliconANGLE.tv is your exclusive source for in-depth interviews and real-time analysis of these upcoming shows. The SiliconANGLE team, along with hosting and analysis support from Wikibon, will dig deep with CEO's, CIO's, thought leaders, VC's, data scientists and startups to help illuminate the latest technologies and business trends. Watch live - all shows on SiliconAngle.tv - and join the social conversation; hashtag #theCUBE on Twitter for questions and see photos on SiliconAngle's Google+. Be sure to... 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.