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OpenGov Receives $4M for Transparency Software

OpenGov Receives $4M for Transparency Software

The ongoing NSA surveillance scandal has dragged government transparency into the media spotlight. Public sector organizations are facing increased pressure to share information that can be used to hold officials accountable for their actions, but at present, many lack the tools needed to do so effectively. In comes OpenGov, a Silicon Valley-based firm that helps bureaucrats make their data accessible for the Average Joe. The firm, formerly known as Delphi Solutions, offers a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that lets municipalities and government agencies transform their spreadsheets into easily readable charts and reports. This morning, OpenGov announced that it raised $4 million in... more »
Motorola Release New Ad for Moto X, Another Device to Spy on People

Motorola Release New Ad for Moto X, Another Device to Spy on People

When Google acquired Motorola Mobility, everyone expected that the two to team up and release the ultimate smartphone to compete with Apple's and Samsung's most popular devices, but to date we've yet to see anything the two have collaborated on. Until last May, Motorola's policy was to keep schtumm about what it and Google were working on.  This changed at D11 however, when Motorola executive Dennis Woodside freely discussed the manufacturer's upcoming flagship device, the Moto X, which will have all the essential features of a smartphone, plus an array of sensors that will provoke the phone to act differently depending... more »
Samsung's First Tizen Phone Hits a Stumbing Block

Samsung's First Tizen Phone Hits a Stumbing Block

Samsung has been working behind-the-scenes on the new Tizen mobile operating system for some time, but plans to release the first smartphone running the OS seem to have hit a snag. Reports from Korea suggest that the Tizen phone's debut has been pushed back by at least two months from its original August release date. The main problem seems to be some kind of issues with the Tizen app store, which is being jointly designed by Samsung and Intel. According to the Korean news site inews24 (Korean language), the store's interface still needs a few more tweaks (not to mention, more... more »
Icahn Says His Bid for Dell is the “Superior Proposal”

Icahn Says His Bid for Dell is the “Superior Proposal”

Carl Icahn wants Wall Street to know he’s putting his money where his mouth is. On Monday, the activist investor issued an open letter urging Dell’s board to change its stance on his buyout offer in light of the $5.2 billion debt financing Jeffries committed to the plan. Earlier this year, the committee of directors charged with overseeing the company’s sale dismissed Icahn’s bid on the grounds that he and partner Southeast Asset Management have not shown that they’re serious about the deal. Icahn took a jab at that decision in his letter and called on the board to engage in... more »
Opera's Revamped Browser: Has the Fat Lady Sung Already?

Opera's Revamped Browser: Has the Fat Lady Sung Already?

Pioneering web browser Opera has never much of a threat to the likes of IE, Google Chrome and Firefox, instead styling itself as a niche product that appeals to a certain kind of web user. Nevertheless, throughout its 19-year history Opera has accumulated and stubbornly clung onto its 2% market share in the browser wars, recently achieving a milestone of 300 million active users – a loyal following that's even greater than the number of active Twitter users. Why do so many people love the plucky Opera browser? The answer lies in the high level of customization it offers that appeals... more »
Hadoop: The Next Generation In Data Management

Hadoop: The Next Generation In Data Management

Last week at the Hadoop Summit in San Jose, industry experts came together to discuss the future of this analytics platform. SiliconANGLE covered each of the sessions and what we learned is though Hadoop already has achieved a broad acceptance, the opportunities for a more vast global dissemination are on the radar of private companies that have adopted a proprietary model that overlays the open source programming. According to Amr Awadallah, the CTO and co-founder of Cloudera, “The ecosystem is definitely growing. Five years ago it was just Cloudera, [with] no other commercial vendor trying to enable Hadoop in the enterprise.”... more »
Internet of Things: Impact on the Data Center + Big Data?

Internet of Things: Impact on the Data Center + Big Data?

Editor’s Note: the following is an excerpt from an interview conducted with CohesiveFT: CTO Chris Swan regarding the impact of the Internet of Things on the data center. Swan speaks on how consumerization of IT is influencing Big Data, the gap between Big Data hype and Big Data solutions, and just how we connect Big Data to BYOD to Internet of Things. Internet of Things + Data Democratization .   The Internet of Things (IoT) hasn't begun to impact datacenter architecture yet. In due course we will see a 'cloud inversion' where processing and storage moves from big centrally managed data centers out to... more »
Netflix Cloud Protocols Calling ‘All Aboard’

Netflix Cloud Protocols Calling ‘All Aboard’

The standardized width of US train tracks is 4 feet, 8.5 inches. And I learned in a recent forwarded e-mail from a certain senior in my life that this standard could be traced back through history to tramways in the UK that were built to that standard because wagon builders had spaced their wheels that far apart because the roads in the UK were rutted at that width because Imperial Roman chariots had created the ruts in the first place. The idea was, "set the standard early and history and its peoples will follow." Forwarded e-mails from a retired parent can... more »
Hadoop + YARN The Play for One Platform for Big Data

Hadoop + YARN The Play for One Platform for Big Data

There is a lot of pressure on open source to deliver a viable platform for the enterprise. As we learned at the recently concluded Hadoop Summit (#hadoopsummit), Hortonworks believes that Hadoop + YARN are going to be very big pieces to solving that puzzle. As Hortonworks Arun Murthy, Founder and Architect, said, "YARN allows you to interact with data in ways that were never possible before.” YARN turns Hadoop from a single application system to a multi-application operating system. With YARN, the Hadoop community has the ability to run SQL in Hadoop. By turning Apache Hadoop 2.0 into a multi application... more »
Windows 8.1 Drives Developer Love for Microsoft Windows Store Apps

Windows 8.1 Drives Developer Love for Microsoft Windows Store Apps

While most application developers are inclined toward Google Play and iTunes app store, Microsoft has geared up to grab some love for its Windows Store. Earlier known as Metro, Windows Store is attracting developer community to create applications with tablet-style functionality. Though the platform is still in infancy as far as building a base of apps is concerned. Microsoft Windows Store has around 100,000 apps. In comparison to other platforms, however, this is a scant and low number. But from all appearances Windows 8.1 is attracting developers due to better navigation, modern UI interface, and live tiles for accessing functionality. In... more »

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- 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.

- David Vellante

On May 12, 2016 at 12 Noon EDT, several CxOs will gather to discuss how to best communicate to Boards of Directors on the topic of cyber security. Has a failure = fire mentality led organizations to "sandbag" the threat? Is security a shared responsibility across the business or does it fall on the shoulders of a few security gurus? How should CxOs be changing the way they communicate about cyber in the digital age?

- Brian Gracely

In this Trip Report from OpenStack Summit 2016, the Wikibon team looks at five critical areas for OpenStack - Community, Consumption Models, Revenues, New Use-Cases and the OpenStack technology ecosystem,

- Brian Gracely

While automation is often looked at as a way to reduce IT costs, it has far-reaching impacts for Digital Business Platforms. Wikibon looks at how automation improves the ability to experiment with new ideas, improve market responsiveness, improve overall application security and better align development and operations requirements.

- Brian Gracely

With the release of the Native Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC is offering customers the ability to rapidly build new applications. But will the lack of embedded operations slow the adoption of the product and slow customer deployments?

- David Floyer

The x86 microprocessor has reached a limit in how much an application can be speeded up. Intel can no longer rely on economies of scale to drive market share in processors. Future advances will come from designing the microprocessor and software-in-silicon together. There are multiple large niches that have opened up to new processor/software approaches, including mobile, IoT servers, specialized servers for the cloud, telecommunications servers and large system servers for large database and big data applications. New winners in this space are likely to come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

- Peter Burris

Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.

- Brian Gracely

Understanding how to accelerate “Idea to Execution Time” (I2ET) may become the most important measurement of any Digital Business Platform. Wikibon explore the core attributes needed to be successful in rapidly developing and deploying new business applications.