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Chartio Brings Plug and Play Data Visualization to Windows

Chartio Brings Plug and Play Data Visualization to Windows

Chartio, an emerging provider of cloud-based data aggregation and visualization software, has added support for Microsoft SQLServer and Azure to its flagship offering. The two solutions join an already lengthy list of supported platforms, among them MySQL, PostgresSQL, Amazon Web Services, Amazon Relational Database Services, Rackspace Cloud, Heroku, Google Analytics and Oracle. Chartio’s service lets users integrate, analyze and visualize data using connectors that take only a few hours to deploy. Analysts can leverage the built-in interface to view streaming data, or use custom queries to drill down into specific data points and isolate trends in a certain month, quarter or... more »
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SMB Mobilization Drives Double-Digit Productivity Gains

More than 50 percent of small businesses that support BYOD have become more efficient thanks to mobile devices, according to the latest infographic from Citrix GoToMeeting. The company says 21 percent of business owners who let their workers use smartphones and tablets for work reported productivity gains of more than 30 percent. Overall, 19 percent of U.S. employers have implemented IT systems and policies for managing employee devices, compared with 25 percent in Canada and 34 percent in the UK and Germany. These figures stand in stark contrast to American businesses’ lead in personal device usage: 68 percent of American employees... more »
How Hackers Use App Ads to Get Your Information

How Hackers Use App Ads to Get Your Information

We’ve all been warned: DO NOT DOWNLOAD APPS FROM UNOFFICIAL APP STORES.  The Experts said that that is the best way to prevent malicious apps from getting in your device and wreaking havoc by remotely controlling your phone, getting personal information, or even subscribing to paid services without your knowledge. But what if the threat is now present in legit apps found in legitimate app stores? Palo Alto Networks discovered a new way hackers are gaining access to people’s mobile devices.  Before, the apps themselves were laced with malware, now, the malware gets in the app via a malicious ad network.  The... more »
Jobs The Movie: Can It Help Apple Get Out of its Rut?

Jobs The Movie: Can It Help Apple Get Out of its Rut?

The eagerly awaited biopic of the late Steve Jobs, known simply as "Jobs", will be hitting the theaters this Friday, August 16, 2013.  But before that, a lucky few were already able to catch the movie when it premiered at the Regal Cinemas L.A. on August 13, 2013. So what do the critics have to say about Jobs the Movie?   One of the first viewers stated that there was something missing from the movie, namely the cast of "That 70’s Show," stating that it was hard to see Ashton Kutcher as being Steve Jobs, even if he does look a lot like... more »
CloudPhysics Accelerates Data-Driven Cloud Management with New Funding

CloudPhysics Accelerates Data-Driven Cloud Management with New Funding

CloudPhysics announced Tuesday morning that it has raised $10 million in Series B funding from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and existing investors. The startup will use the new capital to boost marketing and accelerate the development of its flagship offering, a data-driven operations management tool for virtualized environments that hit general availability this week. CloudPhysics’ platform is based on a continuously updated pool of anonymous configuration and performance samples from its rapidly growing user base. This data is transformed into actionable insights that empower customers to gain a better understanding of their environments. "Google uses analysis of anonymized traffic data from... more »
FreshBooks Launches Android App

FreshBooks Launches Android App

FreshBooks is bringing accounting data to Android with a new application for mobile professionals. The free tool rounds out the company’s existing lineup of cloud services and iOS apps, which serve more than six million users across 120 countries. FreshBooks for Android introduces the ability to create “professional-looking invoices and estimates,” check message statuses to see if a client has viewed or paid an invoice, and capture photos of expense reports. The app also enables users to track billable time on the go, import address book contacts, and sync offline work to the cloud as soon as they establish a connection. “FreshBooks’... more »
3 Ways Big Data + Analytics Help Improve Water Quality

3 Ways Big Data + Analytics Help Improve Water Quality

Big Data is today's reality, not tomorrow's. So much so, in fact, Big Data is still on track to saving the world, literally. Last week we learned about a project to map water sources and record test results using mobile phones to improve the supply of water to over half a million people of Mwanza, Tanzania. The project is sponsored by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by Mwanza Urban Water and Sewerage Authority. From a statement by mWater: "In 2012, mWater and UN HABITAT collaborated with MWAUWASA and Mwanza City Council to conduct a study to demonstrate the... more »
Carl Icahn Muscles In On Apple - Should Tim Cook Be Worried?

Carl Icahn Muscles In On Apple - Should Tim Cook Be Worried?

Not content with trying to scuttle Michael Dell's plans to take the world's #3 PC maker private again, activist investor Carl Icahn has suddenly made a huge play for Apple as well. According to the Wall Street Journal, 77-year old Icahn claims to have taken a "large position" in Apple, causing a huge kerfuffle with analysts specualting on whether his involvement is good news or bad news for the company. Icahn announced his latest gambit on Twitter, declaring: We currently have a large position in APPLE. We believe the company to be extremely undervalued. Spoke to Tim Cook today. More to come. —... more »
Hortonworks Brings Hadoop to Windows

Hortonworks Brings Hadoop to Windows

Microsoft and Hortonworks are bringing Hadoop to a billion users. The Big Data startup announced this week that the latest version of its open source Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) has been made available for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012. HDP 1.3 is the first Hadoop distribution to have been certified for use in Windows environments. HDP 1.3 for Windows includes HBase 0.94.6.1, Flume 1.3.1, ZooKeeper 3.4.5 and Mahout 0.7.0. Hortonworks says that data, scripts and jobs written for the platform are fully compatible with both the Linux and Microsoft Azure editions. “Hortonworks continues to enable Windows users with powerful... more »
DARPA Investigates Big Data's 'National Security Threat'

DARPA Investigates Big Data's 'National Security Threat'

When it comes to tracking down someone's movements and contacts through their internet and phone records, America's national security agencies do a pretty damn good job of it. But what are the implications of some other, outside entity getting their hands on the kind of Big Data that we now know the NSA is routinely gathering on foreign, and its own, citizens? Doomsday merchants over at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, are apparently quite concerned at this prospect. They're worried that enemies of America could use data gathered from disparate sources like phone records, Netflix queues, Twitter feeds... more »

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- Ralph Finos

Users considering public cloud for business and IT workloads should evaluate the types of use cases and workloads that have wide successful deployment in the public cloud today. In order to help users to better understand the customers and workloads being served in the public cloud today, Wikibon examined the brief descriptions of approximately 650 customer solution stories on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) website and classified each according on a number of characteristics. This research reveals some interesting insights about the public cloud leader’s business, and therefore about public cloud utilization generally.

- David Floyer

The Wikibon premise in this research is that this converged environment is a win-win environment for both vendors, ISVs and enterprise IT. Testing of the converged system solution is more robust, and the reduction in the number of solution types significantly lowers testing and installation costs for the vendor. ISVs can lower the cost of deployment, deliver application value faster, and drive additional upgrade value much faster. Converged enterprise IT systems (private clouds) are more agile, more reliable, more secure and have the similar costs to public clouds.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the emerging Cloud-native application architectures. This research focused on the scope of microservices, the domains of interaction between services, and how data services and sources are changing with these new applications.

- Brian Gracely

Faced with the choices of modernizing existing applications or starting new projects, IT organizations have many options. Wikibon looks at the vast number of options today, with a methodology to evaluate choice vs. risk.

- David Floyer

There are no enterprise organizations that have married the business, digital creativity and IT as seamlessly as Weta Digital.

- Stuart Miniman

Oracle is using it's licensing might to enter the converged infrastructure (CI) market by making database pricing extremely attractive for its own Private Cloud Appliance (PCA), relative to alternative solutions (including non-Oracle public cloud options). To gain this pricing advantage, Oracle is applying certain restrictions to non-Oracle solutions and allowing more licensing flexibility for virtualized environments on PCA. Discussions with PCA customers indicate three main benefits, including: 1) reduced Oracle database license costs (of 50% or more); 2) greater flexibility to allocate processor cores to optimize workloads and 3) very high bandwidth and performance (via an Infiniband point-to-point architecture).

- Ralph Finos

Big data and public cloud share a natural affinity, but are not a perfect match. Wikibon estimates that worldwide big data revenue in the public cloud was $1.1B in 2015 and will grow to $21.8B by 2026 - or from 5% of all big data revenue in 2015 to 24% of all big data spending by 2026. Doers should explore public cloud options for their big data workloads because public cloud offers a simple way to scale up and down workloads running mostly using open source software.

- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.