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SAP Technology Adoption in the "7th Inning Stretch" says NetApp VP

SAP Technology Adoption in the "7th Inning Stretch" says NetApp VP

As part of their continuing SAP SAPphire 2012 coverage at #theCube, John Furrier and Dave Vellante spoke with Thomas Stanley, former baseball player turned tech Global Alliance VP for NetApp (see full interview below).  Vellante noted that SAP SAPphire messaging had changed since last year, now focusing more on “speed, simplicity, personalization [and] mobility.” Using the baseball analogy, Stanley explained in terms of new technology adoption and SAP, “we are definitely in the 7th inning stretch.”  Now the products are on the marketplace and the important questions according to Stanley are: “How does the ecosystem come together?...What are [the] workloads [and]... more »
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OpsCode Unveils New Chef Features, Trial Version

Now that the Chef has reached the 1,000,000 downloads mark, OpsCode released a major update to the open source systems integration framework. It now includes a whole new lineup of features, and there’s a free two-month trial available to those who want to test one the Private edition of the software. The tweaked-up Chef in turn features quite a few added capabilities that justify a trial.  Components written in the Erlang programming language have been introduced to realize a threefold increase in scalability, which is also credited to certain ‘proven relational database management system principles.’ In addition, OpsCode released an installer... more »
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5 Standout Features We Want for Android 5.0 Jelly Bean

Google is working with several smartphone manufacturers to provide early access to its latest operating system -- Android 5.0 Jelly Bean.  The company is also developing a range of new smartphones and tablets that could be launched before the end of this year. According to The Wall Street Journal, Google plans to release the next Android OS version sometime in December in an attempt to prevent Apple from controlling the smartphone and tablet markets. The company has previously worked with only one manufacturer at a time (most recently Samsung) to produce a flagship phone like the Galaxy Nexus, but Google will soon... more »
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SAP CIO Oliver Bussmann: Real Time Analytics Will Change Everything

SAP CIO Oliver Bussman stopped by The Cube (see full video below) at SAP SAPphire 2012 this week to talk about our own John Furrier and David Vellante about his life as a social media maven and how his internal IT staff becomes the taste-tester when it comes time for SAP to eat its own dog food. The conversation kicked off with a discussion of how Bussmann was recently named the most socially-active CIO out there, ahead of his counterparts at Google and IBM. Basically, Bussmann says that it's just become a natural part of his day - SAP partners, peers,... more »
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Google Knowledge Graph Means Smarter, Data-Driven Searches

Today, Google unveiled the Google Knowledge Graph, an enhancement to the search engine that gives it the brains to tell the differences and relationships between places, people and things - to use Google's own example, the difference between Taj Mahal, the famous landmark, and Taj Mahal, the musician. As Google Senior VP of Engineering Amit Singhal put it in a blog entry, Knowledge Graph is about searching for "things, not strings." Understanding that kind of ambiguity is powerful enough, but Google's also leveraging Knowledge Graph to give users better summaries of their search terms: Again using Google's example, a search for Marie... more »
SAP Annnounces Free HANA Developer Images on Amazon Web Services

SAP Annnounces Free HANA Developer Images on Amazon Web Services

Over the past week, SAP and Amazon Web Services announced a number of alliances. Earlier this week, SAP said they would sell Afaria, its mobile management software, on the AWS Marketplace. Last Friday, SAP and AWS announced that SAP customers can now deploy their SAP solutions on SAP EC2 instances in production and non-production environments for both Linux and Windows environments. Now comes the news that developers may now set up a HANA database on Amazon Web Services at no cost. This is huge. HANA is the in-memory database that SAP is positioning to compete directly with Oracle and SAP. It's a... more »
Bernhard Schulzki from EMC and Satinder Sethi from Cisco Talk HANA at SAPphire 2012

Bernhard Schulzki from EMC and Satinder Sethi from Cisco Talk HANA at SAPphire 2012

Bernhard Schulzki, Vice President of EMC Solutions Group, and Satinder Sethi, VP of Service Access & Virtualization Technology at Cisco, spoke with Dave Vellante at SAPphire 2012 about the cloud and HANA infrastructure. (See the video at the end of the article for the full interview.) Schulzki says that the specific emphasis on solutions with SAP in partnership with Cisco involves HANA and the journey into the cloud. Especially because Cisco is one of the leading providers helping to deliver people into the cloud via broader networking and datacenters. He also spoke about how EMC intends to use Cisco led certification for... more »
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EMC and VCE’s Take on HANA at SAPphire 2012

Henrik Wagner, the head of SAP relations at EMC, shared some of his perspective on business software, and value, together with VCE’s D.J. Long during an interview with Dave Vellante on the Cube (see full video below). Speaking at SAP SAPphire 2012, Wagner started by noting how he considers this particular conference as a unique opportunity to talk bottom line with customers, from the financial perspective rather than the technical aspect that is the prime focus of many other tech gatherings. Long in turn got right to the point, making an observation about the ‘resistance’ to virtualization some traditional SAP clients demonstrate.... more »
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Qualtrics Grows their Numbers by Analyzing the Numbers

Qualtrics, which offers online data collection and analysis software and services, has announced it is receiving an impressive $70 million in funding from top venture capital firms Accel Partners and Sequoia. Although the company has existed since 1997 and has been profitable since 2002, this is the first round of venture capital Qualtrics has ever received. The massive investment is also the largest that Accel and Sequoia has ever made together. Qualtrics Growing Their Numbers by Analyzing the Numbers Qualtrics has capitalized on the growing importance of data to run businesses. The platform, which begins at $2,500 per month, has over 4,000... more »
SAPphire Reveals SAP's Continued Effort to Expand Reach Beyond ERP

SAPphire Reveals SAP's Continued Effort to Expand Reach Beyond ERP

SAP’s Sapphire conference has kicked off in Orlando. The company, which has been experiencing some aging pains, is using the gathering as an opportunity to reposition the company as “a platform destination for partnering and collaborating,” according co-CEO Bill McDermott in his closing keynote at the end of day one.  Although the keynote, which included three other executives, a speech, an interview and roundtable discussion, was entertaining, it might not be enough to propel growth. However, some of the new tools coming out of the software might. Frictionless Enterprise Social Let’s be honest, when someone says enterprise social, SAP is not the... more »

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- Stuart Miniman

OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

- David Floyer

Top Ten Reasons why CIOs Should Migrate to an All-flash Data Center by 2016 to reduce costs, improve IT & organization productivity, release resources for new projects and improve time-to-value for new internal and external end-user application users

- 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.