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Top Analytics Tools for Pinterest: Pinfluencer and More

Pinterest used to be just another photo-sharing, social networking site, but entreprenuers soon realized it's potential as a great business tool.  Yet Pinterest still lacked some features to make it the ultimate marketing platform, as we've discussed on several occasions here at SiliconAngle. As with most startups that garner hoards of users but take their sweet time developing a business model, Pinterest's attracting a unique ecosystem all its own.  As businesses seek Pinterest as an engagement tool for consumer interaction, analytics is becoming an increasingly important metric for brands.  Pinfluencer, the big-data analytics and discovery marketing engine designed especially for Pinterest, came out... more »
Big Data for the Business World: Making it Work for You

Big Data for the Business World: Making it Work for You

We’ve been hearing a lot about ‘big data’ these days so it made me think if everyone really understands what big data is and what’s the big deal with it.  For example, as a CEO how would big data affect you and your business and how can you greatly utilize big data? Big Data So what is big data?  Big data, according to Wikipedia, is a term used to define a collection of data that is so large and complex that it eventually becomes difficult to work with using only on-hand database management tools.  Data analysts oftentimes encounter difficulties such as capturing,... more »
What We can Learn from What Netflix Learned from the AWS Failure

What We can Learn from What Netflix Learned from the AWS Failure

Late in June (last month) the Amazon Web Services suffered a catastrophic series of failures often now referred to as an “AWS Storm” and Netflix found themselves caught up in the middle of it as their own servers were intimately linked to Amazon’s. Of course, an actual storm caused the AWS storm, but the effects on networked services were quite similar to having lightning strike your movie streaming. Learning from having underlying cloud-architecture fail and discovering how to make a network more resilient for customers is a big deal so Netflix went to work. Before this happened, Netflix realized that in... more »
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Marissa Mayer's First Steps as CEO: Turning Yahoo! Into Google?

People working in most of Silicon Valley companies are cared for by their bosses with giving small perks that makes their work life bearable, and sometimes even fun.  But that’s not the case with Yahoo--they've been behind the curve on Valley companies, many of which provide free lunch for employees.  In order to turn things around and draw a silver lining in Yahoo’s grey skies, new CEO Marissa Mayer is bringing something from Google to Yahoo: free food! Before, Mayer’s arrival, Yahoo employees only had free coffee, but Mayer recently announced that food at Yahoo’s URL Cafe will be free- quite... more »
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Romney announcing VP pick via iPhone, Android App

    The Washington Times reports that the campaign for presidential candidate Mitt Romney has released an app that will break the news on his VP pick before anywhere else.  The app is available for iPhone and Android platforms.  The app is available at www.mittromney.com/app/vp Beth Myers, Senior Adviser to Mr. Romney states: "There's no telling when that answer might come. But when it does, be the first to find out and access exclusive content," The tactic is interesting in that it displays a technology embrace from the Romney camp that had fumbled previously with their approach.  Recent accusations of fake Twitter followers, a misspelling... more »
Chinese Hacker Army Linked Everywhere, Waging a Cyber War?

Chinese Hacker Army Linked Everywhere, Waging a Cyber War?

Looks like China is utilizing all means possible to ensure its dominance in the international sphere--at least when it comes to cyberespionage as further links between the nation-state and hacking events come to light. A U.S. intelligence researchers group has just revealed that the critical data and e-mail belonging to the president of the European Union Council, Herman Van Rompuy, were stolen by a Chinese hacker group named ‘Comment/ Byzantine Candor’. Hackers last summer raided the e-mail of EU Council chief Herman Van Rompuy and 10 other senior officials. The researchers revealed that the group accessed the EU Council's computer network at... more »
Breaking Analysis:  Google Acquires Wildfire - Who Says Social Media Bubble is Popping

Breaking Analysis: Google Acquires Wildfire - Who Says Social Media Bubble is Popping

Google announced that it is acquiring Wildfire a social media infrastructure provider. Google's product manager Jason Miller says that social presence can complement all marketing campaigns—search, display, video, mobile, offline ads and more. Note:  Conversation on @techmeme is taking place. Here is my Breaking Analysis. Google taking Wildfire off the table is a strategic move to get into the Facebook ecosystem. This is the classic embrace and extend with access to Facebook with the ability to extend across Google Plus. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see this moving to Google's mobile play going forward. This Google Wildfire deal is about fresher content... more »
Twitter Has 500 Million Users, But Most Are Worthless

Twitter Has 500 Million Users, But Most Are Worthless

Are there really 500 million users on Twitter, as the analyst group Semiocast claims? One of the problems of measuring usage on any social media site is that the frequency with which users “use” various different networks tends to fluctuate quite a bit from one person to the next.  Add to that, we have the added problem of whether every “user” is human in the first place. Semiocast seems pretty confident in their analysis that Twitter has finally broken through the half a billion users barrier however, claiming that the site did so back in June. Of these users, Semiocast says... more »
London Olympics 2012: Malware and Cyber Threats Round Up

London Olympics 2012: Malware and Cyber Threats Round Up

It’s been just five days since the London Olympics 2012 started and associated cybercrime is in the full bloom. Hackers are getting more creative and aggressive with their attacks, and have made this prestigious event a viable way of making easy money. Be spam mails, malicious apps, or fake lures, there are so many ways that cybercriminals use to target worldwide audience. The most recent one is a fraud website advertising itself on Facebook, which claims to sell event tickets. As event tickets are what most people are looking for, this might be the best idea for cybercriminals. When analyzed,... more »
80% of Facebook Ad Clicks Coming from Bots?

80% of Facebook Ad Clicks Coming from Bots?

Businesses that want to advertise on Facebook had better think twice before getting their wallets out, following claims that as many as 80% of clicks on Facebook ads are coming from bots instead of humans. Limited Run, a start-up that offers a sales platform for musicians and record labels, says that it's halting its Facebook advertising campaign after learning that four out of five clicks on its ads are completely worthless. In addition, the company is miffed that Facebook is apparently trying to force them to commit to buying $2,000 worth of advertising in order to change its Pages name on... more »

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- George Gilbert

While Oracle has many technical advantages in its favor for mainstream customers building standalone Web-scale apps or ones that extend their Oracle apps in the Oracle Public cloud, CIOs should understand the limits of running Oracle in the cloud. For now, customers who want to build the same type of apps and run Oracle on other public clouds such as Amazon, Azure, and Google, the Oracle 11g and 12c DBMS's have a showstopper: the inability to run at scale. Those public clouds don't have the dedicated hardware that Oracle's core 11g or 12c database needs in order to run at scale on a cluster.

- David Floyer

Wikibon argues strongly against Revolution towards a 3rd platform. The conclusion from this analysis is that applications will evolve; conversion should be avoided like the plague. The greatest opportunity is to continuously adapt today's operational applications by the addition of real-time or near real-time analytics applied directly to the current organizational processes and applications that support these processes. This is likely to translate to the greatest value to most organizations, and where possible avoid the risks of converting systems. The study of organizations that have applied real-time analytics to their current operational systems have shown incredible improvements in lower costs and greater adaptability. Business and IT executives should understand the enormous potential for adding decision automation through real-time analytics to current operational applications in their organizations. New technologies should be judged by their ability to support real-time analytics applied to operational systems, and supporting incremental improvement over time.

- David Vellante

Today's Technology infrastructure management is largely non-differentiated and wasteful. Technology executives must re-think the strategic role of human capital and begin to implement new ways to consume IT as a service. This post draws on the learnings of senior executive Alan Nance from Royal Philips who is dogmatic in its approach to transforming its infrastructure to a service model.

- Luke Turchetta

In a recent web-based survey conducted by Wikibon, 300 North American enterprises whom had either been utilizing, or considering the adoption of public cloud, answered questions regarding IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) perceptions and usages. These questions varied in topic but were centered around an examination of which workloads were best suited for usage in the public cloud. This research examines a few additional key insights that shed some light on the growing IaaS world.

- David Floyer

There have only been two successful volume introductions into the marketplace in the last 50 years - DRAM and NAND flash. There has to be a clear volume case with good economics for 3D XP to be able to gain a foothold in consumer products. Without volume in the consumer space, there is unlikely to be much volume traction in the enterprise space. CIOs, CTOs and enterprise professionals should take a wait and see stance, and monitor the adoption of 3D XP in the consumer and military spaces. If and when there is volume production for 3D XP, enterprise adoption should start about two years later.

- Stuart Miniman

The use of open source software continues to accelerate and expand in the marketplace, especially in areas where technology is significantly disrupting established business models. IT organizations should be actively seeking to understand how open communities operate, how different licensing models work, and how they can be more actively engaged with both the vendors and communities that are shaping open source software.

- Stuart Miniman

The full stack of software around containers (including Docker) is diverse and changing at a fast pace. This research walks the software stack and examines the

- David Floyer

CIOs understand that a clear cloud strategy is critical for IT today. Wikibon believes the biggest mistake organizations can make is converting major applications into the public cloud (including SaaS) without thinking about the implications to their existing business process workflows. Wikibon recommends that IT develop and implement a hybrid cloud strategy using the existing management workflows and compliance processes for both the public and private cloud components in the hybrid cloud.

- David Floyer

In 2014, Wikibon defined a new category "Server SAN" that sits at the intersection of software-defined storage, hyperscale methodologies and converged infrastructure. This article is the executive summary of primary research that gives the status of the market, examines the vendor ecosystem, lays forth the revenue and 10 year forecast and gives direction for expansion beyond simple "hyperconverged infrastructure". This information is available for public consumption, the full research is available to Wikibon clients.

- David Floyer

In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.