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Edible Sensors Save You from Food Poisoning + More

This week’s SmartDevice roundup features sensors and gadgets to keep our tummies full and us safe from food allergens and spoiled food, as well as letting us know if we drank enough water for the day. Edible silk sensors   Scientists at Tufts University engineered an edible, flexible, silk sensor that alerts people is food is about to go bad or has already gone bad, to prevent food poisoning.  It works like a sticker so you can adhere it on food, have it float in milk or any perishable liquid, on eggs and even fruits and vegetables. It is made up of gold antennae,... more »
Big, Messy Data & The Internet Of Things

Big, Messy Data & The Internet Of Things

The concept of the Internet of Things isn't nearly as futuristic as some might have you believe, in fact its dead simple. Take an object, stick on some sensors and Wi-Fi capability, and there you have it – a device. These devices are rapidly taking root, and as their number grows exponentially, so does the amount of data they produce. Consider what Cisco has to say about it. The "Internet of Everything," as it likes to call IoT, is set to become a $544 billion industry in this year alone, while by 2020 its predicted that there'll be some 24 billion... more »
Rise of the Machines : A Documentary on Today's Takeover

Rise of the Machines : A Documentary on Today's Takeover

Ever wonder when machines will take over the world?  If you’re thinking that it won’t happen in the near future, think again - machines are already ruling our lives, from the smartphones and tablets we use, to the computers we have at home, to implantable technology to save lives, and even making our homes smarter.  And with machines' improving ability to “talk” to one another, it’s hard not to acknowledge how more aspects our lives are moving into the hands of these machines. “Rise of the Machines” is a one-hour documentary produced by CNBC, hosted by Fast Money's Melissa Lee.  It... more »
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CIOs: Consider Using Consultants, Cloud Services to Achieve Big Data Value

Nearly 50% of Big Data practitioners replying to a recent Wikibon survey report disappointing results from their Big Data projects, and an unfortunately 2% report total failures, writes Wikibon Big Data Analyst Jeff Kelly. While companies generally expect $3-$4 of business value for every $1 of investment in Big Data systems, they are actually achieving $0.55 of return. Kelly attributes these partial or, in some cases, complete failures to three causes: Insufficient Planning: Big Data projects initiated by IT departments in particular often lack compelling business use cases and end up as underutilized technical exercises. Lack of Skilled Big Data Practitioners: Data Scientists... more »
When Is The Best Time to Buy an iPhone 5?

When Is The Best Time to Buy an iPhone 5?

The iPhone 5s and 5c will both hit stores across the world tomorrow. Fanbois have already lined up outside Apple stores in dozens of countries, while some are camped outside their network carrier’s retail store to see if they are eligible for an upgrade. If the lines outside an Apple store near you are already outrageously long, you can head on down to the nearest AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint or Verizon retail store, as well as Walmart. Of course, there are no guarantees that the lines outside of those stores will be any shorter, so you'd better hurry if you're really desperate... more »
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Cisco Architect On the Many Benefits of Tableau | #tcc13

Sudharshan Seerapu, Cisco’s Lead Architect on Tableau and Tidal Enterprise Scheduler, hopped into theCUBE at the recently concluded Tableau Customer Conference to share the power user perspective on data visualization. Seerapu’s Tableau journey began about a year ago, when he started looking for a self-service business intelligence tool that would empower his less tech savvy peers to unlock the value of their data. He eventually stumbled upon Tableau’s data visualization software, which he promptly adopted on the basis that it’s simpler and more scalable than alternative tools. Seerapu explains that the firm’s platform not only streamlines large-scale projects, but also facilitates the... more »
Oracle OpenWorld -- 2013 or 1993? #OOW13

Oracle OpenWorld -- 2013 or 1993? #OOW13

As the ironically named "Oracle OpenWorld 2013" looms, the big question is: How much longer can Oracle ignore the huge changes that are happening in the IT industry? And will Larry Ellison allow any concessions to the present realities of cloud, mobile, and especially Open Systems to creep into this year's conference. Oracle provides strong products and customer support, but at a high price in licensing fees that can leave customers gasping. It is unquestionably this dominant player in relational databases. But that technology is increasingly being left behind in this world of Big Data, Hadoop, and NoSQL. Oracle's proprietary, closed... more »
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Tim Cook Interview Highlights : No Innovation, China is the New US

When Apple unveiled the iPhone 5s and 5c early this month, admittedly we hoped for something more than just a pimped out iPhone 5.  No surprises, no new products (iWatch, anyone?)  Apple has been using the same strategy for years.  Every iPhone and iPad released is just a tweaked version of the old one, few features making the newest generation stand out from a completely saturated smartphone market.  The only shocker from Apple's iPhone launch event was the fact that the Cupertino company is finally broadening the price points for its flagship device, making it all the more accessible to... more »
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From RIM to RIP : 4 Potential Buyers to Put BlackBerry Out of Its Misery

BlackBerry. Sigh. Poor BlackBerry. We reported earlier this week that vultures were circling over BlackBerry, with patents and its OS being the most desired assets. Yikes, what happened to BlackBerry? From being the smartphone that once dominated the corporate world, it's now a distant fourth behind the powerhouses of iOS and Android, and the deep pockets of Microsoft continue to spend money to stay relevant. (Microsoft has just snapped up Nokia for $7.2 billion.) And things are looking increasingly dire for BlackBerry.  The Wall Street Journal reported that the smartphone maker is planning on cutting its jobs up to 40 percent,... more »
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Tableau CMO Talks Customer-Driven Marketing | #tcc13

Tableau chief marketing officer Elissa Fink believes that effective brand messaging hinges on positive customer experiences. She stopped by theCUBE at last week’s Tableau Customer Conference to discuss how she applies this principle in her work. Fink and her team take most of the credit for organizing the event, which theCUBE co-host Dave Vellante named “one of the top two conferences that we’ve been to in terms of alignment” between messaging and customer priorities. The executive highlights that she chose the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington, D.C. as the venue for the gathering because it can accommodate a... more »

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- Brian Gracely

As the trend towards greater adoption and usage of open source expands, Wikibon looks at how open source software and public cloud are reshaping the business models of VCs, Startups, Enterprise IT vendors and Cloud Providers.

- Peter Burris

HPE visited theCUBE for a conversation about IoT edge processing. We excerpt that conversation, adding our insights into evolving IoT architectures.

- David Floyer

Next generation datacenters with all-flash for active data will require much higher performance system networks. These networks will need to be integrated into converged systems, and be completely separate from long-distance networks.

- George Gilbert

The software, hardware, and professional services markets for big data are still in formative stages, with packaged applications emerging only slowly. But the demand for solutions is sufficiently large and growing fast enough to support a number of large vendors with a variety of packaging and go-to-market approaches. Users should identify their big data starting point -- services, application platforms, or converged infrastructure -- and establish the strategic relationships they need to progress with big data investments.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at several examples of IT organizations that are actively engaged with open source software communities to help evolve how their business undergoes a digital transformation.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon and theCUBE attended Red Hat Summit 2016 in San Francisco. Get analysis of the announcements, partnerships and community programs from Red Hat.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon and theCUBE attended DockerCon 2016 in Seattle. Get analysis of the announcements, partnerships and community programs from Docker.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the evolution of PaaS and Container platforms, and evaluates the critical architectural criteria that should be considered by CIOs, Enterprise Architects, Developers and Operational teams.

- Ralph Finos

Based on market conditions that we have observed over the past year and the recent public cloud revenue results of Amazon, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP, and IBM, we expect that public cloud spending will continue to accelerate rapidly, growing from $75B in 2015 to $522B by 2026 (19% CAGR). Each public cloud segment will have rapid growth rates: SaaS (19% CAGR), PaaS (33% CAGR), and IaaS (18% CAGR) during this period. How big will public cloud be? By 2026, cloud will account for nearly 50% of spending related to enterprise hardware, software, and outsourcing services.

- David Vellante

Leading CIOs are changing the way they communicate to their boards about cyber security by emphasizing response, not infiltration. Rather than solely focusing on how to thwart penetration, CIOs are treating cyber security as an integral part of business/service continuity and risk management agendas, with a priority on rapidly responding to critical breaches. This research note is based on data gathered through proprietary social analytics, extensive collaboration with CIOs, CTOs, CISOs and business executives; and is designed to assist CIOs in advancing security agendas with boards of directors.