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Tech Gets Sporty: Mobile Business and Usage at 2012 London Olympics

It seems like marketers are hoping to win bigger than the athletes at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Leading brands like Coca Cola and Visa are launching their largest, multi-dimensional marketing campaigns for the Games. The three tech companies (of 11 total corporate sponsors), Samsung, Acer and Panasonic, are outnumbered by other businesses sponsoring the games. Still, a recent Essendex infographic suggests all the mobile activity surrounding the events promises a big return on tech investment. Olympic fans around the world are using their phones to watch the games, share their favorite moments, and keep up with the latest news and... more »
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Gamification Becomes the Norm: 7 Ways to Game Your Business

The year 2011 was marked by the emergence of new social paradigms, techniques and the latest buzzwords around mobility,  the cloud and social gaming. One more buzzword we have heard more in recent past is gamification – the transfer of gaming activity to enterprise software for marketing and business purposes. Gamification typically applies to applications and processes to encourage people to adopt them or influence how they are used. The technique can be useful to encourage people to perform tasks that they generally considered boring, such as completing reviews, fill out tax forms, or reading websites. Engine Yard had just published an... more »
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100 New Features for Dragon: Speak to Your Computer "Naturally"

Nuance Communications, Inc. released the new version of their speech recognition software, the Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12.  Nuance claims that it is the fastest, most accurate and easy-to-use version of Dragon that comes with more than 100 new features and enhancements that will convince you to make the shift from typing to talking. The new version brings Dragon technology to PCs so users can perform anything on their computer, like update their Facebook status, type on Word, surf the web and a lot more, by just talking. It's also been improved for Gmail and Hotmail, with Full Text Control and commands for the... more »
Services Fuel EMC's Q2 2012 Earnings

Services Fuel EMC's Q2 2012 Earnings

EMC services fueled EMC’s income in the second quarter of 2012. Virtualization, cloud computing and Big Data are the key trends that EMC cites for continued growth in its storage product revenue. While the company's products appear to be gaining modest share in the market, the real story of EMC's continued success is its Global Services operation. The company's services business enjoyed a strong quarter, increasing earnings 18% over the same quarter last year. Services revenue was driven largely by customers looking to tap EMC's expertise in transitioning to cloud environments. Meanwhile, product revenue was up in the low single digits. While... more »
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Apple Claims Samsung Overpriced Licensing Fees

Today’s mobile news roundup features: Apple accusing Samsung of charging high licensing fees; the latest news on Microsoft's Surface price and Windows Phone 8 launch; NFC rendering smartphones vulnerable to malware; and media sharing via different devices. Apple claims Samsung asks high licensing fees In the ongoing Apple-Samsung court battle, previous court filings submitted by Apple were unearthed last Wednesday revealing that the iPhone maker was claiming Samsung Electronics was demanding higher licensing fees compared to other companies.  But in a separate filing, Samsung stated that they do not charge higher for Apple, as they’re royalty fees comply with industry standards. Also on... more »
Gelsinger Ushers in IO-Centric Era for VMware, New Strategies

Gelsinger Ushers in IO-Centric Era for VMware, New Strategies

Pat Gelsinger is the new CEO of EMC's VMware subsidiary, and in his latest Professional Alert, Wikibon CTO and Co-Founder David Floyer presents a vision of how Gelsinger can create an IO-Centric, full-systems architecture with VMware as the operating system that integrates Flash with EMC storage architectures. This, Floyer writes in “Potential VMware Strategy to Integrate Flash and EMC Storage Architectures”, would promote EMC to the status of a full systems vendor running across multiple-vendors' servers in the virtualized data center. Floyer sees this as the best solution to the problem EMC faces of fully integrating NAND Flash storager with traditional... more »
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FalconStor to Report Q2 Earnings this Month

FalconStor, a maker of backup solutions and data protection software, will hold its earnings call for the second quarter of 2012, ended June 30, after market closing on July 31. Here’s a brief overview that the company provided. FalconStor didn’t release a preview of its earnings like EMC did so for now there’s no  word on what we could expect, but one recent development is definitely going to leave a blotch on its next report. Late last month a court made the ruling over a bribery scandal that has been  haunting the company since 2010. Its founder and several other executives were... more »
Juniper Earnings Beats Analysts but Q3 is Gloomy

Juniper Earnings Beats Analysts but Q3 is Gloomy

Networking equipment provider Juniper Networks disclosed its financial performance in the second quarter of this fiscal year, which was ahead of Wall Street’s consensus estimate. The firm reported 19 cents a share, ahead of the15 to 17 cents guidance the company itself issued and considerably higher than analysts’ consensus forecast of 8 cents a share. Sales stood at $1.11 billion, again not falling short of Juniper’s own guidance of $1.03 to $1.06 billion while easily surpassing outside sources’ expectation of $1.05 billion. The firm has seen a steady decline of its stock and financial results this year, but its Q2 numbers managed to... more »
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Big Data is the Future, but the Smart Investment is in Users, not Vendors

“It's a tremendously exciting time,” says Peter Goldmacher, Managing Director & Senior Research Analyst at Cowen Group and, says Wikibon.org co-founder and Chief Analyst David Vellante, the number 1 Big Data analyst on Wall Street. “For a guy like me who cut his teeth at Oracle back in the '90s, when you go from a relational world with highly structured data sets to where we are now with a wide open opportunity with all kinds of new data being created, ...it's a tremendously exciting time.” However, he told Vellante in an interview on the Cube at the office of Atlas Venture in... more »
Explaining Advanced Data Visualization for the DevOps Era

Explaining Advanced Data Visualization for the DevOps Era

Earlier this week, we reported that the Census Bureau joined the visual data revolution when they added a new feature on their website that features new visual data weekly.  The aim of this effort is to entice people into learning more about the things happened around them, like a cool history lesson. But data visualization is now being replaced by “advanced” data visualization.  So what’s the difference between the two, you ask?  First off, data visualization is when you use images or graphics to tell people about the data you gathered instead of presenting them with a 100-page report or a... more »

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- 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.

- 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 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.

- 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.

- Stuart Miniman

If containers are at the center of a shift in how applications are developers and delivered, and their pace of growth and change is unprecedented in IT history, this could have a massive ripple effect on both suppliers and consumers of the ecosystem of IT technologies.