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2014 Technology Predictions Series: RadiumOne on Mobile

As 2013 winds down, it's only natural for people to make personal New Year's resolutions for 2014. It's also a perfect time for technology industry predictions. This is the eighth installation in our multi-part "Technology Predictions for 2014" series in which industry providers—from Big Data to cloud to mobile—share their predictions about the hot tech trends that will take center stage in 2014. We'll keep sharing all the predictions we've heard with you over the next several days. So far in this series . Up to this point, we’ve heard Big Data predictions in the first installation from Saggi Neumann, co-founder and CTO of Xplenty,... more »
Digital Renaissance changes billion dollar art industry: Sedition director explains why you should care [IMAGES]

Digital Renaissance changes billion dollar art industry: Sedition director explains why you should care [IMAGES]

Last year, the Economist reported, “Few cultural mediums have defied the digital revolution quite like the art market…[it] seems impervious to the ascent of e-commerce…traditions die hard.” As with other industries, the digital wave is making the art world more social, less hierarchical and increasingly diverse. When a slow moving giant like the art industry picks up speed, it’s worth a closer look. Spotify and Amazon have changed the way we relate to music and books, allowing us to enjoy our entire collections in digital format. We are witnessing similar shifts in the art world with platforms like the Google Cultural... more »
Lotus Notes 9 goes social with latest release

Lotus Notes 9 goes social with latest release

IBM's latest update to its venerable e-mail system Lotus Notes, now called IBM Notes and Domino 9 Social Edition, is a major revision bringing with it an improved user interface and sophisticated collaboration features that incorporate social interaction. IBM has overhauled the user interface, added a browser plug-in that provides Web access to all Notes applications, and incorporated presence awareness and instant messaging so users can find people online and collaborate in real time. The inbox now allows mail to be grouped  by date (today, last week, this month) thus organizing messages in smaller, easier to consume sections. Hovering over a sender's name... more »
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2014 Technology Predictions Series: SAP on Mobile

As 2013 winds down, it's only natural for people to make personal New Year's resolutions for 2014. It's also a perfect time for technology industry predictions.  This is the seventh installation in our multi-part "Technology Predictions for 2014" series in which industry providers—from Big Data to cloud to mobile—share their predictions about the hot tech trends that will take center stage in 2014. We'll keep sharing all the predictions we've heard with you over the next several days. So far in this series . Up to this point, we've heard Big Data predictions in the first installation from Saggi Neumann, co-founder and CTO of Xplenty,... more »
Dell, HP receive top customer satisfaction ratings in the enterprise

Dell, HP receive top customer satisfaction ratings in the enterprise

While traditional retailers are struggling to match their online rivals in providing positive shopping experiences (a trend that IBM says will be reversed in the next five years,) some big name enterprise vendors are already dominating customer satisfaction rankings. The latest survey from Technology Business Research, a New Hampshire-based market analysis firm, found that Dell achieved an important end-user happiness triumph in the third quarter. The newly private hardware maker surpassed Hewlett-Packard and Lenovo with the top mean satisfaction score in the enterprise desktop market across all but two criteria: management capabilities and social media support. The vendor was tied with... more »
Tech giants boost OpenStack ecosystem with new software

Tech giants boost OpenStack ecosystem with new software

OpenStack has come long way since its release in July 2010. Originally developed by Rackspace and NASA, the project is now managed by an industry-backed foundation comprised of representatives from a wide range of companies. Red Hat and IBM, two of the most prominent OpenStack contributors, are pushing to make the platform more attractive for the traditional enterprise in an effort to counter Amazon’s rapid advance on their home turf. Red Hat is leading the way with OpenStack Platform 4.0, a specialized version of its Enterprise Linux distribution that is specifically optimized for running open source cloud deployments. The software, now... more »
HP Discover DevOps Round Up: OpenStack services for the IT operations and application management

HP Discover DevOps Round Up: OpenStack services for the IT operations and application management

The HP Discover event from 10 to 12 December is again shown all kinds of IT know-how in the Spanish metropolis and celebrated the megatrends--big data, cloud, converged infrastructure, security and risk management etc. HP Discover conference in Barcelona, are meant to provide customers with greater agility, simplified management, improved security and lower costs in hybrid cloud environments. This year, HP was focusing on helping customers embrace the hybrid cloud deployment model, focusing more on OpenStack framework. On that front, HP announced next generation of HP CloudSystem, HP’s private cloud solution, and latest version of CloudSystem integrates with OpenStack-based HP Cloud... more »
Oculus Rift ensures additional $75 million to take virtual reality mainstream

Oculus Rift ensures additional $75 million to take virtual reality mainstream

Who could have imagined that a little over a year after the launch of its Kickstarter campaign, the firm Oculus will make virtual reality mainstream. Many observers believe that the Oculus Rift and virtual reality are the future of gaming and beyond. After the $16 million raised in June, the virtual reality maker has received an additional $75 million led by Netscape founder Marc Andreessen’s Andreessen Horowitz venture capital firm, along with fellow partner Chris Dixon. The money is intended for the further expansion of the company, and Oculus plans to use its new capital to produce commercial versions of its virtual... more »
China Mobile pre-orders for iPhone 5c and 5S on Christmas Day

China Mobile pre-orders for iPhone 5c and 5S on Christmas Day

Chinese Fanbois will be delighted to hear that China Mobile will soon be selling iPhones on its network. China Mobile has confirmed that it will be officially carrying the iPhone 5S and 5c starting on January 17, 2014.  Interested parties will be able to pre-register for the device starting on Wednesday, December 25, 2013. “Apple’s iPhone is very much loved by millions of customers around the world,” China Mobile Chairman Xi Guohua said in a statement. “We know there are many China Mobile customers and potential new customers who are anxiously awaiting the incredible combination of iPhone on China Mobile’s leading network. We... more »
evasi0n7 iOS 7 jailbreak : Controversial race to malware

evasi0n7 iOS 7 jailbreak : Controversial race to malware

The jailbreak for iOS 7 is now available for download here, but before you download it and start tweaking your iOS device, you should know that it’s quite buggy and there's a possibility that the jailbreak will come with malware and a backdoor. evasi0n7 is the iOS 7.x jailbreak released by evad3rs, who is known for cracking previous versions of the iOS to make it compatible with non-Apple app stores.  The jailbreak is touted as compatible with “all iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and iPad mini models running iOS 7.0 through 7.0.4.” Unfortunately, just hours after the release, many have expressed concern with... more »

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- David Floyer

Industrial IoT, the largest segment of the Internet of things (IoT) with the highest potential value, will require a deep integration between modern IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operations Technology). Modern IT technologies, to be truly extensible to OT, will need a hybrid cloud approach, with by far the majority of data and processing residing at the so-called "Edge". Architectures and software written by industrialists for industrialists, such as GE Predix, are showing how that can work.

- George Gilbert

The big data arena is at a crossroads. Use cases and tools are proliferating faster than most big data teams are gaining experience. In establishing the big data business capabilities required to cut through the complexity, CIO’s must balance the accessibility of integration of traditional SQL DBMS’s versus speed of innovation in the mix and match open source big data ecosystem.

- Peter Burris

In the big data domain, businesses are trying to solve complex problems with complex and novel technology -- and often failing. Simplifying the packaging of big data technologies will streamline big data pilots and accelerate big data time-to-value. CIOs looking to establish differentiating big data capabilities need to consider Single Managed Entities to help solve the complexity problem.

- David Floyer

Oracle M7 technology is meeting or exceeding the announcement performance claims against previous generation. Even taking very conservative assumptions, the business case for migration from T5 to T7 servers is good. Wikibon concludes that for Oracle software and the servers they run on, the adoption of M7 technology (and T7 server technology) is best practice for these high value compute areas.

- David Floyer

The premise tested in this research is that high value applications and software should be run on more capable converged performance-optimized infrastructure, even when they constitute a small proportion of the total workload. In contrast, cost-optimized infrastructure will save on short-term hardware costs, but will incur much higher overall costs long-term. The conclusion strongly recommends IT executives adopt a default of performance-optimized converged infrastructure for all mixed workloads when even a small proportion includes high-cost software and/or high-value applications.

- George Gilbert

Big data pros need to identify which data feedback loops in their machine learning applications can deliver sustainable differentiation through network effects. Starting early is critical because getting to scale is likely to create the "winner takes most" competitive dynamics that have become so common in tech industries. The biggest sin is to wait for the tooling to become automated enough for all competitors to jump in.

- Ralph Finos

The public cloud competitive environment remains turbulent, but sectors show signs of crystallizing a longer-term market structure.. SaaS remains turbulent with SaaS vendors successfully gaining share vs. incumbent licensed software providers who must migrate their core products to cloud-friendly offerings and/or acquire native SaaS applications to shore up their applications leadership positions. Public cloud IaaS segment leadership is crystallizing to a handful of viable providers as a function of scale requirements. PaaS is just formulating and finding its way, but is likely to gravitate towards a wide variety of development models suited for different application types and public cloud platforms.

- David Floyer

For enterprise executives trying to achieve aggressive RPO and RTO SLAs , Wikibon believes that batch backup appliances (PBBAs) will give way to real-time, continuous data protection systems that aggressively support very large memory application memory. Practitioners requiring close to RPO zero and aggressive RTO SLAs should plan for an integrated data protection approach that effectively eliminates the concept of storage-led backup and shifts thinking to a application-led virtual point-in-time recovery model. The database and file system vendors will be the predominant suppliers of this technology, and understanding their roadmaps and commitment to support application-led recovery strategies is crucial to both database and data protection technology selection.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream enterprises are beginning to deploy machine learning applications that add differentiation to traditional products and services. But the complexity of their big data infrastructure is becoming a problem. Big data pros need to deploy a digital business platform (DBP) to support modern applications and then extend the DBP to machine learning applications.

- Peter Burris

IT shops that want to achieve modern IT status will have to address the "IT iron triangle" constraining transformation.