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Maplesoft Faces Security Breach, Zeus Trojan is the Culprit

Maplesoft Faces Security Breach, Zeus Trojan is the Culprit

Maplesoft, a leading provider of high-performance software tools has reported a security breach of its administrative database. As reported on the company website, the hackers gained access to e-mail subscription data and company and institution names of customers, but the financial data remained secure. The security breach was conducted using a Trojan attack with the Zeus Trojan, where the perpetrators used the customer data to spread malware and asked customers to install a malicious "security patch" on behalf of the company. Those who fell in the trap got their systems infected with the Zeus Trojan. The IT staff at Maplesoft discovered... more »
What Early Tablet Designs Were Conquered by the iPad?

What Early Tablet Designs Were Conquered by the iPad?

Earlier this morning, I mentioned in our mobile news roundup how Nokia regrets not releasing their smartphone and tablet - if they had, there’s a possibility that Nokia would still be leading the tech race instead of losing out to Apple.  But if any of you can remember back that far, several tablets emerged in the years leading up to the iPad, they just proved little market value without the mobile ecosystem smartphones have since ushered in. Turns out Nokia did release a tablet: the Nokia 770 in 2005 and the Nokia N800 in 2007.  Long before Apple released the iPad.... more »
IBM Revenue, Services Business Sluggish in Q2

IBM Revenue, Services Business Sluggish in Q2

IT equipment and services provider IBM reported results for the second quarter yesterday, beating analysts’ estimates with high profit and operating margin. The company reported a 6 percent increase in net income to $3.9 billion, with operating earnings per share up 14 percent to $3.51. That’s a lot more than the 10 percent rise to $3.42 that the market was expecting, although not all that surprising considering that Big Blue managed to outperform Wall Street’s consensus estimate for the past 8 consecutive years. IBM is doing well internally, but its income reflects an industry-wide slowdown that, among other things, also impacts the... more »
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People Treat Brands Like...Other People, with Different Relationship Types

Brand management is becoming a discipline through which companies create, manage and foster relationships with customers. Brands need ambassadors to those who not only like the brand, but want its products with all their heart.  For those people who feel a deep connection to their brand, they become advocates, recommending and above all, get involved with that brand.  But can brand loyalty be compared to person-to-person relationships?  If so, how can this be leveraged in online environments where social graphs are becoming beacons of multifaceted connectivity? A new study, “When consumers care about being treated fairly: The interaction of relationship norms and... more »
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Pentaho Appoints Red Hat Executive Board

Open source analytics platform, Pentaho, announced that Brian Stevens  CTO and vice president, worldwide engineering, Red Hat, has been elected to their board of directors. Stevens currently leads global engineering, and has been a member of Red Hat’s senior management team for over a decade. Stevens’ experience with cloud computing and software is sure to be a welcome addition to Pentaho’s team. If Stevens’ provides a few tips on how to grow an open source model to a $1 billion per year business, I’m sure Pentaho will be all ears. Pentaho has of traditionally focused on business intelligence and analytics, but... more »
Verizon's Stellar Q2: LTE On the Rise, FiOS Declines

Verizon's Stellar Q2: LTE On the Rise, FiOS Declines

Verizon Wireless released their impressively strong second quarter financial results. The company reported a 7.3% increase, at %15.8 billion, in year-over-year service revenues compared to the same quarter of the previous year; 8.6% increase, at $15.2 billion, in retail service revenue; 18.5% increase in data revenues; 30.8% in operating income margin; and 49% increase in segment EBITDA margin on service revenues (non-GAAP), both record highs.  Their operating revenues are up 3.7% at $28.6 billion on a consolidated basis. “Verizon delivered another strong quarter of earnings growth and cash generation, and we remain on track to meet our financial objectives and produce solid... more »
There’s No Excuse for Not Leveraging Big Data

There’s No Excuse for Not Leveraging Big Data

In a recent survey by Oracle of 300 executives, nearly a third – 29% - of respondents graded their current Big Data management and analytic capabilities as D or F. Nearly all respondents – 93% - agreed with the statement that their organization was leaving revenue on the table by not doing a better job of leveraging Big Data. The industries least prepared to take advantage of Big Data and analytics, the survey found, are the public sector, healthcare and utilities. These happen to also be three industries that desperately need to reinvent themselves if they hope to turn back dramatically... more »
HP Cloud Object Storage and Cloud CDN Go Live Aug 1

HP Cloud Object Storage and Cloud CDN Go Live Aug 1

HP announced that two of its cloud services will exit the beta testing stage and enter general availability (GA) on August 1, 2012. HP Cloud Object Storage and HP Cloud Content Delivery Network (CDN) have received a sufficient amount of positive customer feedback and system testing to warrant an end to their public beta phase. HP is also backing its GA services with a service level agreement (SLA) of 99.95% monthly uptime. HP Cloud Object Storage is a scalable cloud-based data storage and retrieval system where every object the user uploads is stored in three geographically separate availability zones to ensure... more »
Peruvian Government Uses Teradata Solution for Efficient Big Data Analysis

Peruvian Government Uses Teradata Solution for Efficient Big Data Analysis

SUNAT a major agency operating under Peru's Economy and Finance Branch, has selected and deployed the Teradata Data Warehouse Appliance to integrate and centralize its data. The success of SUNAT's adoption suggests Teradata is making strides in its goal of reaching its full potential in big data analysis. Teradata's  Teradata staff says the data technology will help SUNAT “meet the challenge of managing and analyzing large data volumes to comply with customs requirements and tax collection processes for Peru's evolving economy.” Seeking to develop integrated systems and tighten control over compliance and modernizing processes, SUNAT required updating technology infrastructure for better... more »
OpenStack Is Two, but Cloud Standards Still at Ground Zero

OpenStack Is Two, but Cloud Standards Still at Ground Zero

Now that the cloud has been around long enough to transition from cutting edge to proven technology, standards have become a topic of discussion. Businesses have no guarantee that applications and content hosted in one cloud service will be easy to integrate or migrate to another cloud service. Standards may not be sexy, but they help reduce the risk of vendor and product lock-in, improve interoperability and allow effort to be focused on differentiators instead of commodity features. However, just defining cloud computing took years, so formally standardizing it is unlikely move quickly. A number of organizations like the Open Group and... 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.