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Best iPad, Android Tablet Apps for Mobile Workers: Enhanced Email Tops the List

This week’s featured app is Enhanced Email for Android. The email client doesn’t re-invent the wheel but the developer did nail a lot of things, simply by addressing a ton of user demands. That includes things like support for both Gmail and Exchange, as well as integration with several cloud services such as Zimbra, and a host of other features. Android Enhanced Email Enhanced Email’s main purpose is to centralize all of your emails in one place where they can be managed and sorted conveniently. This is made possible thanks to support for the two most popular services as well as other third... more »
Google Apps Banned In China?

Google Apps Banned In China?

Today’s mobile roundup features China clarifying Google apps ban, Nokia addressing the latest tablet rumors and more. Google apps banned in China China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) released a statement last Friday to address the issue that Chinese manufacturers were given an order not to install any  Google applications on their devices. “We never delivered an order to ban the usage of Google logo and applications on mobile terminal products. The news online was against the truth,” the ministry said in a statement on its official website. The clarification came after numerous Chinese news websites published a note from Shenzhen Guozhengtong... more »
This Week in Big Data: Acquisitions, Jive and Jaspersoft

This Week in Big Data: Acquisitions, Jive and Jaspersoft

This week we’ve seen a couple of major IT vendors dive further into big data, along with updates from two providers that managed to introduce analytics to the cloud, and vice versa. IBM acquired Tealeaf, which makes solutions for consumer-facing retailers that need to spot consumer trends in time to keep their merchandising efforts on par with that of their peers.  This is nothing new for IBM, which is steadily building out its range of big data tools and services, and Tealeaf certainly isn't Big Blue’s first big data buy in the past few months, but the deal does mark an... more »
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AppSense Upgrades Virtualization Platform - Quietly Becoming Big Player In Tech Field

AppSense is quietly becoming a big player in the enterprise tech community.  They have been profitable from the start with year after year growth.  In 2011 AppSense locked up a cool $75 million from Goldman Sachs – the second largest venture raise they’ve delivered to a company besides Facebook – to further drive global expansion while maintaining profitability.  This strong player in the virtualization space has been active in the early part of the second quarter of 2012 announcing new products and enhancements to its flagship User Virtualization Platform. In April, the company announced a new product – DataNow – a... more »
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This Week in Cloud: DEV Highlights

As usual this week had a bounty of updates from the cloud, and a big portion of those were news from development and engineering tools makers. ActiveState rolled out version 1.2 of Stackato, its fast-growing PaaS that follows the mantra of supporting as many languages as possible. In addition to the enhanced filesystem functions, admin features and other updates, the latest release is also integrated with the Komodo IDE, meaning that developers can debug their code directly from within Stackato. Next up is Panaroma9, a startup that offers a cloud service of its own to IT, which is now available to clients... more »
How Data Will Change the Role of the CIO in the Next Decade

How Data Will Change the Role of the CIO in the Next Decade

Two stories this week illustrate how much data will change the role of the CIO in the next decade. The first comes from CIO.com, with a story about how the role of the CIO will change by 2020. In every example, it's data that drives the change through apps, the cloud and services. The apps will replace the software and even the SaaS services we know of today. The cloud will no longer be something you manage. It will become the platform for what you do. And services will define the way the CIO interacts with the community. Some examples: Microsoft will lose... more »
What to Tell Your Boss If You Partied Too Much at IBM Impact

What to Tell Your Boss If You Partied Too Much at IBM Impact

"The beer was so awesome I could not find my room." That's not exactly what you want to tell the boss when you get back from Vegas after a week at a conference like IBM Impact. Here's what you do want to do. Give some good reasons why the conference rocked and why the both of you should go next year. I did go to IBM Impact. There were three core technology themes: Mobile Development, Business Process Management and expert integrated systems. With those three as context, here are some themes you can point to in that report: Automation: Simplicity was the number... more »
Vert.x Brings Node.js Style Development to the Java Virtual Machine

Vert.x Brings Node.js Style Development to the Java Virtual Machine

There's a new alternative to Node.js for Java Virtual Machine (JVM) developers: Vert.x, a an asynchronous development framework based on the Netty framework. Vert.x can applications can be built with JavaScript, Ruby, Groovy or Java. Developer Tim Fox, who works for VMware, explains in an interview with InfoQ: "Vert.x actually uses Netty. But vert.x is a complete platform for writing asychronous applications. Vert.x also provides a component model, file IO, and various other things you won't find in Netty. I'd say, in the JVM space Vert.x competes more with, say, something like Akka (akka also uses Netty), i.e. it's a... more »
QLogic Profit Rises, Revenue Declines in Q4

QLogic Profit Rises, Revenue Declines in Q4

Networking equipment maker QLogic reported mixed results for its fourth quarter, beating analysts’ estimates with its profit but in light of increased spending and lowered sales to top it off. QLogic earned GAAP income of $29.5 million or 29 cents per share, four cents above the Zacks Consensus Estimate, on revenue of $166.2 million. The latter figure represents a decline of 7.5 percent from what the company reported for the same period last year – a figure that beats what QLogic expected, but failed to please the market. Overall the firm slid by 15 percent – the company’s core business saw sales... more »
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Re-Invent Cloud Computing with IBM Solutions [Video]

Randy Arseneau, Platform Strategy Consultant at IBM responsible for go-to market strategy formulation, global storage platform sales enablement, portfolio positioning and analyst relations, stopped theCube not too long ago to give his take on the future of cloud computing.  He also discussed IBM's role in the cloud, and the growing concerns around security. He shared his insight with Wikibon.org founder Dave Vellante (see full video below). Arseneau expressed his view on the future of cloud computing in response to Vellante’s perspective on industry adoption of cloud computing.  Going by the latest signs, “we believe 2012 is going to the year of the cloud,"... more »

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- 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.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.

- Steve Chambers

In the UK, large enterprise, household named, logos in all markets are using AWS and not only for virtual machines and storage. Enterprises are consuming features such as identity, data warehouse, search, content delivery as AWS increase the size of the set of undifferentiated heavy lifting due to the hundreds of features they are releasing and improving.

- Steve Chambers

Containers, and specifically Docker, allows the management of applications to be freed from the shackles of infrastructure. This article examines the state of containers and the booming Docker ecosystem and how enterprise IT should get started at embracing this important technology.