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Syncsort Partners with Greenplum, Hortonworks to Analyze Big Data

Syncsort Partners with Greenplum, Hortonworks to Analyze Big Data

Syncsort has been creating software to enhance databases since it released high speed sorting tools for mainframes in the 1960s. Why mess with a good thing? This month the company partnered with both Hortonworks and Greenplum. Hortonworks is a Yahoo spinoff that provides commercial products and services for Hadoop. The new partnership enables integration between Syncsort’s DMExpress Data Integration platform and Hadoop. With the integration, customers can design data integration workflows that include Hadoop using Syncsort’s graphical user interface. Syncosort  integrated DMExpress with Hadoop’s Distributed Filesystem (HDFS) and the MapReduce framework, which allows Syncsort to work with HDFS files. DMExpress can... more »
For CIOs, Time to Confront Shadow IT

For CIOs, Time to Confront Shadow IT

Nobody likes to be undermined. But that’s what’s happening to corporate IT departments across industries thanks to shadow IT projects. Via: Wikibon Infographics According to a survey of the Wikibon community, fully 60% of respondents cited at least some level of spending on technology and services taking place outside of a centralized IT group. A quarter of respondents said 25% or more of all technology spending occurs via so-called stealth IT departments. And that’s just shadow IT spending they’re aware of. Shadow IT projects are being driven by what users feel is a lack of responsiveness from overwhelmed IT departments. Rather than wait... more »
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Are You Ready for Google's Nexus 7 and Q?

Today’s mobile news roundup features Google’s two new Nexus devices, Apple paying a $2.6M bond, a software that lets users play Android apps on Macs, and Vodafone's efforts at restructuring their company. Google Nexus 7 and Q At the Google I/O 2012 event, the search giant unveiled two new devices on their Nexus line: the Nexus 7, deemed as a Kindle Fire and iPad competitor, and the Nexus Q, which is a media player. The Nexus 7 will also serve as the launching device for the Android 4.1 a.k.a. Jelly Bean.  The Nexus 7 was built by ASUS and features a 7” 1280x800... more »
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Contently Lures Publishers with Free Editorial Management Suite

The world of web publishing has many benefits over traditional print distribution, a digital footprint being one of the most notable perks.  The ability to track and collaborate around online content has certainly made my job easier in recent years, and as the cloud emerges as a necessary means for communicating around work, more tools are being developed for the publishing world in particular. Today brings a major update from freelance writing network Contently, which has opted to make its editorial management platform free.  What you’ll still get charged for is the ability to search for journalists, and adding more writers... more »
Hopper Brings Big-Data-as-a-Service to Online Travel Planning

Hopper Brings Big-Data-as-a-Service to Online Travel Planning

Fred Lalonde likes to get right to the point when talking about the impetus behind his Big Data start-up. “The problem we're trying to solve is it actually sucks to plan a trip,” says Lalonde, co-founder of Hopper, a Boston-based start-up that is developing a new approach to the online travel based on Big Data technologies. The company plans to launch its new service later this summer. Hopper is also the company behind Hack/Reduce, which Lalonde describes as “the best idea we never had,” and is a founding participant in bigdata@CSAIL, the MIT/Commonwealth of Massachusetts initiative to support Big Data startups in... more »
Visualizing the Lifetime Value of a Customer: Facebook Beats Google

Visualizing the Lifetime Value of a Customer: Facebook Beats Google

Kontagent CEO, Jeff Tseng has highlighted the importance of understanding Customer Liftetime Value (CLTV) in the digital economy. Tseng explains that the analytic allows businesses to evaluate their most valuable customers, how to gain more of them (for less) and how to cater to and retain high-value users. A recent RJMetrics infographic employed the metric to compare the profitability of different E-Commerce approaches. The report compared the average lifetime spending of customers acquired through Google as opposed to Facebook as well as the financial outcomes of of daily deals, flash sales, group buying and traditional online retail strategies. The analysis suggests... more »
Lenovo Quietly Moving to Threaten HP in the PC Market

Lenovo Quietly Moving to Threaten HP in the PC Market

The world’s second-largest PC maker, Lenovo, doesn’t get a lot of attention compared to competitors like Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Dell. Being low key, however, certainly hasn’t negatively impacted the company’s sales. Lenovo surpassed Dell to become number two PC manufacturer right behind leader HP in 2011. It doesn’t seem Dell will be regaining its position any time soon. Should the struggling HP be concerned that Lenovo is about to oust it from the number one spot it has held since 2007? If you don’t know much about Lenovo, but the name sounds familiar, it is probably because Lenovo acquired IBM’s PC... more »
Wozniak Defends Dotcom: Home Raid Ruled Illegal

Wozniak Defends Dotcom: Home Raid Ruled Illegal

New Zealand High Court Judge Helen Winkelmann ruled that the search conducted in Kim Dotcom’s home in January was illegal, as the search warrants were far too general and vague which did not describe the alleged offenses. "The warrants did not adequately describe the offences to which they related," Winkelmann said in her ruling. "Indeed they fell well short of that. They were general warrants, and as such, are invalid." The judge previously stated that the warrants’ scope of the search was far too wide and gave authorities the power to seize a huge amount of items. "These categories of items were defined... more »
Why Google Needs Its Own Unique Kind of Cloud

Why Google Needs Its Own Unique Kind of Cloud

At Google I/O today it became readily apparent why a specialized infrastructure is as much about extending into the enterprise market as it is about Google needing a way to support its application ecosystem and its developer community. In many ways, Google's situation mirrors what we see in the market with infrastructure providers, application developers and the nascent platform as a service (PaaS) players, who are trying to jockey in between. Google has its own PaaS in Google App Engine. It has an increasing number of service and hardware that deliver the data. Today alone it announced: Google Plus for the Android tablet Nexus Q... more »
Chrome OS Gets Some Love from Pano Logic

Chrome OS Gets Some Love from Pano Logic

Pano Logic sells organizations specialized hardware and software that offer a full desktop experience on stripped-down end points, safer and more affordable than an actual PC. The company carved itself a niche in the VDI market, and today it took another step forward with the debut of Pano System for Cloud and the accompanying Pano Zero Device. Pano System for Cloud is essentially a different implementation of the same concept that Google’s Chrome OS is based on: a solution that’s purpose-built to deliver web applications and nothing else. The only difference is that the target audience is the SMB market rather than end users,... more »

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Mainstream IT, LoB execs and application development professionals each provide different yet critical perspectives to Systems of Intelligence. IT exes must be in a position to deliver the right infrastructure (e.g. cloud, on-prem, etc.) with the proper performance and SLA profile to support LoB requirements. Line-of-Business execs must have enough knowledge to specify the real-time needs of applications while application development pros must ensure the right skills are in place to deliver and maintain services to Systems of Intelligence over a full life cycle.

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Hyperconvergence is the current state – next generation of converged – better, faster, more distributed than original converged, but still just the beginning. Wikibon’s Server SAN research agenda is to show where we are today and give guidance for the future of this space.

- David Floyer

Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.

- David Floyer

IT will sound like yesterday’s news if it continues to advocate tiering, advocate putting the most important data on high performance storage, and declaring that less expensive lower performing storage is key and necessary. Today’s flash reality is that a single compressed/de-duplicated physical version of data must be shared between as many different applications as possible, because the incremental cost of creating and sharing another copy is close to zero.

- George Gilbert

Systems of Intelligence will power the next generation of enterprise applications built on big data. Line of business executives charged with digital transformation must understand the dynamics of Systems of Intelligence well-enough to be effective sponsors of new systems. IT executives must be effective partners and understand how to build Systems of Intelligence on top of Systems of Record. They will also need to understand how to build a radically new infrastructure to support these systems.

- 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

Wikibon believes CIOs should put the highest priority in developing an all-flash datacenter strategy, and implement it so that all storage acquired and deployed is 100% all-flash by 2016. The key short-term focus for CIOs is to ensure that data sharing is optimized, and that IT organization and objectives support and drive increases in data sharing. The key long-term focus is to release the potential of the best and brightest in the organization to imagine an organization supported by applications without data limits.

- 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.