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The Double X Factor: the Changing Landscape of Women CEOs

Yahoo! once again has a woman leading their company.  The newly appointed CEO Marissa Mayer has a lot to prove and a lot of challenges to face since the last woman CEO of Yahoo, Carol Bartz, did not make investors happy. But enough about the strifes and tribulations of being Yahoo’s new CEO.  What matters is, another being with two X chromosomes is leading another top tech business. This article is a tribute to all the women in the tech industry. Marissa Mayer - Yahoo! President and CEO Mayer graduated with honors from Stanford University with a B.S. in symbolic systems and an M.S.... more »
As Android Malware Menace Shoots Up, Should You Worry?

As Android Malware Menace Shoots Up, Should You Worry?

Ever since the Google launched its mobile OS Android, it became a favorite eye candy, not only for the mobile users but for the hackers as well. Right from the debut beta version to the Android 4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich, there is not a single version that could escape hackers. So far, the count of Android malware has exploded up to 25,000 samples. This is a real concern as the number has doubled up in just a month, which clearly shows the fast-paced threat for the Android users. If we talk about the month of June only, 5,000 new malicious Android... more »
Rackspace Revamps Cloud Services App Store Ahead of OpenStack Cloud Launch

Rackspace Revamps Cloud Services App Store Ahead of OpenStack Cloud Launch

Today sees the launch of a revamped Rackspace Hosting's new Cloud Tools Marketplace, which takes the app store concept and applies it to the Rackspace cloud services partner ecosystem. In other words: Need a cloud management platform for your Rackspace deployment? There's an app for that. The new update itself largely revolves around improving the customer experience on the Cloud Tools Marketplace, with better search, more screenshots, and demo videos, to help users choose the right cloud solution. Rackspace senior manager of strategy and corporate development Ven Shanmugam says that the release of this newly improved Rackspace Cloud Tools Marketplace is especially timely... more »
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IBM's Q2 Earnings Results Expected to be Strong

IBM is expected to post its second quarter earnings this afternoon, and many analysts are predicting that the results will be strong. The profit estimates for IBM average out to about $3.42 per share, which is a 10% increase from a year earlier. Profits are expected to increase by 12.2% this year. How has IBM managed to stay strong in these difficult economic times? A focus on big data and the cloud seem to be the keys to the company's continued success. IBM has also put a great amount of effort into its supercomputing project, Sequoia, and that will likely continue. In... more »
Nodeable Shift Highlights Growing Interest in (and Need For) Streaming Big Data Analytics

Nodeable Shift Highlights Growing Interest in (and Need For) Streaming Big Data Analytics

Nodeable made what you might call a major shift in its business model today. The company, which began life as cloud monitoring service provider for systems administrators, debuted a streaming Big Data Analytics services that is based on open source Storm and can be applied to numerous use cases beyond application monitoring. The new cloud-based service is called StreamReduce and, according to the company, can help clients make sense of (and take action based) on multiple flows of multi-structured data as it hits the system. StreamReduce, and streaming Big Data analytics generally, is a compliment to other Big Data approaches, particularly... more »
Heated iPhone 5 Rumors Lead to Carrier Wars

Heated iPhone 5 Rumors Lead to Carrier Wars

July is already halfway over, September is drawing closer and closer - so the rumors regarding the new iPhone just keeps piling up.  It’s still uncertain when Apple will be unveiling the next iPhone or the iPad mini, but sources say that the big reveal will happen in late September and would go on sale by October.  Several developments point to an iPhone 5 release in the near future, striking up the battle call for manufacturers, retailers and carriers.  AT&T in particular may be hoping to revive an iPhone-centric business model with FaceTime charges, while Sprint plays the "good cop"... more »
Intel Reports Q2 Earnings: How Does the PC Market Fare?

Intel Reports Q2 Earnings: How Does the PC Market Fare?

Last week AMD cut its revenue guidance for the current quarter, and  analysts cut their estimates for Intel.  Mike McConnell of Pacific Crest Securities lowered his estimate for Intel over the weekend, expecting an increase of only 5 percent in motherboard sales.  That’s not much compared to the double-digit growth that analysts’ were expecting for the first quarter. Research firm Gartner in turn also released a report last week, which concluded that PC sales are down 0.1 percent year over year. A weakening in the Asian region, where desktops are only increasing in popularity and not the other way around, is considered... more »
Facebook Gets the Vote in Washington State

Facebook Gets the Vote in Washington State

The State of Washington is set to revolutionize the way in which voters can register for the upcoming presidential elections this week, offering residents the chance to register their vote via Facebook for the first time. For many people, Facebook has already been integrated into various facets of their daily lives, but the new initiative by Washington State really is the first of its kind. Washington has allowed online registration since 2008, having been the second state in the US to do so, and is now set to become the first to allow voting through Facebook. According to reports, state authorities want... more »
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The Two Sides of BYOD [Infographic]

BYOD looks like an unstoppable trend, as more and more people look for the convenience of their own device at work and on the go.  It's been found to improve job satisfaction, commitment and productivity because it allows each individual to decide a key part of its contribution to business. For example, Cisco allows their employees to use their own device and there are more than 50,000 mobile devices used in that company.  SAP implemented Genius Bars method for choosing mobile devices instead of traditional IT helpdesks. However, there are potentially serious implications, ranging from the loss of enterprise data to erasing... more »
Firefox 14, Chrome and Others Address Browser Security

Firefox 14, Chrome and Others Address Browser Security

As more people use the internet, their lives are like open books to the public, with many disregarding the security and privacy features being implemented by the online services they use.  But browsers are the main portals we use in connecting to the interwebs, so no matter how secure online services are, if your browser isn’t secure, you’re like a sitting duck. Good thing browsers are smarting up, offering more privacy and security solutions for their users.  So let’s look at some of the latest offerings from top browsers. Firefox 14 Mozilla announced that Firefox 14 is now available for download.  The browser... 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.