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6 Ways Enterprise Software Completely Changes  in the New World of SaaS

6 Ways Enterprise Software Completely Changes in the New World of SaaS

As enterprise software moves into the world of SaaS and consumer technology innovations invade the workplace, how we design, build and sell business technology both changes fundamentally and remains exactly the same.  Do you know how your company needs to change? And how to hold on to the fundamentals that work? Extremely creative start-ups have folded or only realized moderate success due to the false assumption that what works for consumers will work for the enterprise.  On the other hand, traditional enterprise software providers that assume the consumerization of IT will not change their business may be at risk as well. I... more »
What Drives Alpha Geeks? Crunching Data for the Greater Good

What Drives Alpha Geeks? Crunching Data for the Greater Good

We talk about the technology behind Big Data a great deal, but it's important to remember the large scale implications of what Big Data becomes once it's been contextualized for the human experience.  Big Data technology can do some amazing calculations, but that's a meaningless unless those calculations can help people help themselves.  And who better to reap the benefits of compounded knowledge than the non-profit sector? In the third installment of the Big Data Deep Dive, a joint production of theCube and EMC TV, the panel discusses the applications of analytics in charity work.  Together with EMC TV anchor Richard... more »
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Sqrrl Appoints New CEO to Spearhead Big Data Security Push

This morning, sqrrl announced that Mark Terenzoni will be taking over as company’s chief executive officer. The newly appointed CEO brings twenty years of experience to the Cambridge-based startup, which was founded in 2012 by the team behind Apache Accumulo. Terenzoni joins sqrrl from F5 Networks, where he served as the senior vice president of its Traffix unit. Before his stint at F5, the executive was the COO of Acopia Networks. Sqrrl’s flagship offering is an Accumulo-based solution that delivers cell-based security controls in a way that makes sense for enterprise buyers. The company claims that its software can scale to tens... more »
Itanium Damage Done, HP Wants $4 Billion from Oracle

Itanium Damage Done, HP Wants $4 Billion from Oracle

Prior to the acquisition of Sun, Oracle entered into a long term agreement with HP to develop software for Intel’s Itanium chips, which can be found in a large percentage of the latter’s high-end enterprise boxes.  Everything went according to plan until 2011, when Larry Ellison’s firm declared that it will prematurely stop supporting the chip. HP filed suit in June of that year. A judge ruled in favor of HP last August and ordered Oracle to fulfill its part of the contract, but that wasn’t the end of the story. In a hearing this week, an expert witness representing the hardware giant... more »
Hijacking Vulnerability Discovered in EA’s Origin Gaming Service

Hijacking Vulnerability Discovered in EA’s Origin Gaming Service

A vulnerability has been discovered in Electronic Art’s Origin game distribution service that allows attackers to remotely execute malicious code on players' computers. Demonstrated at the Black Hat security conference in Amsterdam, the hijacking vulnerability of the game takes just a few seconds to execute and takes the gamer’s PC under control. It works by manipulating the uniform resource identifiers EA's site uses to automatically start games on an end user's machine, without any interaction by the victim. "The Origin platform allows malicious users to exploit local vulnerabilities or features by abusing the Origin URI handling mechanism. In other words, an attacker can craft... more »
"Weev" Sentenced to 41 Month in Prison and 3 Years Supervised Release

"Weev" Sentenced to 41 Month in Prison and 3 Years Supervised Release

Andrew 'weev' Auernheimer was sentenced to 41 months imprisonment due to finding a security flaw in AT&T’s website.  The security flaw enabled weev to collect personal data of 114,000 iPad owners on AT&T’s network. Aside from the more than three years jail time, upon his release, he will be subjected to three years of supervised release. Weev and co-defendant Daniel Spitler, who plead guilty in 2011, were both ordered to pay $73,000 in restitution to AT&T. Weev who previously served as president of the “Gay Niggers Association of America,” a group famous for web trolling and Goatse Security, which is known for... more »
The Revolution Will Be Augmented: OWS Should Embrace Google Glass

The Revolution Will Be Augmented: OWS Should Embrace Google Glass

The newest threat to public privacy is barely out of the gate and already speculation is wild about how Google glass will be used. Thoughts on how it will lead to a black eye or being banned from a bar have already been leveled; but its certainly not the first wearable, streaming camera to be invented--it’s just the best-case for one to end up in the consumer market. Niche cases for the use of Google Glass instantly spring to mind--from anthropologists to journalists to activists--and it’s the latter that have been stewing amidst all the examples. Modern day protest and activism... more »
Atlassian Offers SourceTree Git Client for Microsoft Windows

Atlassian Offers SourceTree Git Client for Microsoft Windows

Atlassian, a leading Australian provider of the popular products like issue tracking application, JIRA, and its team collaboration product, Confluence, is making a major move with SourceTree, a free desktop client for Git and Mercurial distributed version control systems (DVCS). With this announcement, SourceTree will be offering all developers a solution that is not currently available through any other provider. SourceTree is a significant addition to Atlassian’s popular Git solutions, and is now available for download on the Microsoft Windows platform (previously only available for Mac). SourceTree for Windows allows developers to interface with distributed Git source repositories through a simple... more »
10gen Adds Search, Other Necessary Perks for Enterprise Appeal : MongoDB 2.4

10gen Adds Search, Other Necessary Perks for Enterprise Appeal : MongoDB 2.4

As Big Data's influence continues to show in the datacenter, the platforms making things smarter at every level of the stack grow in distinction and support.  In another play for the enterprise, 10gen launched new versions of its flagship NoSQL database and its commercial offering.  MongoDB Enterprise brings several new features to the toolbox, wooing corporate clients.  One key update is the search component, a high-demand feature for the enterprise as it looks for usable Big Data installations.  Sweetening the pot, 10gen's also added fresh analytics features and broader reporting capabilities. Bait developers, hook the big fish . The 2.4 release of MongoDB introduces: hash-based... more »
ServicesAngle News Briefs for March 19, 2013

ServicesAngle News Briefs for March 19, 2013

IBM Completes Acquisition of Star Analytics IBM today announced completion of the software portfolio of Star Analytics Inc., a privately held business analytics company centered in Redwood City, California. The purchase will further advance IBM’s business analytics initiatives, allowing clients to easily access financial information stored in their applications, allowing them to make more informed decisions faster. Financial terms were not disclosed. More   IBM Develops Plan for Nigeria’s Ekiti State for Improved Governance and Education A team of IBM specialists completing a month-long pro bono consulting assignment have presented recommendations to Nigeria’s Ekiti State Government (EKSG) for strategies that will help improve efficiency... more »

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