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Look at BoB When Choosing Software Asset Management Tools

Look at BoB When Choosing Software Asset Management Tools

As organizations grow, they reach a point where they need a strong software asset management (SAM) solution both to ensure that they are in compliance with software licensing and to identify applications that have little or no use and are costing the company money, writes Express Metrix CEO and Co-Founder Kris Barker in his latest Wikibon Professional Alert. The situation is complicated because license provisions vary from vendor-to-vendor, application-to-application, and even between different versions of the same application. When that time comes, the natural first tendency is to see what is available for free. The free products, Barker warns, are not... more »
IT Faces Revolutionary Change, Who Will Survive?

IT Faces Revolutionary Change, Who Will Survive?

An unprecedented group of technological and market forces are forcing a radical restructuring of the IT industry at a blinding pace never seen before in the history of IT, and indeed not in human history since the end of WW II. The closest thing to it in recent history was the PC revolution of the 1980s. In 1980 Digital Equipment Corp., Data General, Wang, and Prime Computer were among the fastest growing companies in the industry. By 1990 only DEC was left, and it finally disappeared in 1998, when what was left of it was bought by Compaq, which itself was... more »
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IBM to Make New York’s Lake George the “Smartest Lake” in the World

The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Fund for Lake George commissioned IBM to build a sophisticated monitoring system that will help scientists gain new insights into the lake’s ecosystem. Big Blue said that it will provide the hardware, software and know-how needed to assemble a high-performance computing (HPC) cluster at Rensselaer’s Margaret A. and David M. Darrin `40 Fresh Water Institute. Upon completion, the multi-million dollar platform will provide scientists with the means to transform historical records, real-time sensory data and weather patterns into 3-D models and simulations. These visualizations will help the University’s researchers investigate issues pertaining to the overall health... more »
Hadoop Summit Recap: Who Will Come Out Ahead in the Race to Zero?

Hadoop Summit Recap: Who Will Come Out Ahead in the Race to Zero?

TheCube stopped by Hadoop Summit in San Jose to bring you the latest news and analysis from the Big Data ecosystem. Near the end of Day 1, SiliconAngle founding CEO John Furrier and Wikibon’s Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly assembled for a special discussion about the industry and the intense price competition in the Hadoop marketplace. Dave highlights that the industry has changed a lot in the past couple of years: practitioners who once regarded Hadoop as a mere point of interest are now building use cases atop the framework. He mentions that Merv Adrian, an analyst for Gartner, said that... more »
Microsoft Drops Patch Fees for Xbox 360 Developers

Microsoft Drops Patch Fees for Xbox 360 Developers

Microsoft traditionally has provided Xbox 360 game developers with a single free patch after which the company would charge hefty fees--but now has withdrawn this requirement. Indie game developers have strongly supported the Xbox Live Arcade of the Xbox 360 service so far--but for every update, patch or release, developers had to suffer a re-certification process with the company and this used to be a very expensive procedure that can sometimes go up to several tens of thousands of dollars.  These requirements caused  amidst developers, mainly the “small and middle class” who had to spend such large sums for a patch. Now,... more »
ServicesAngle News Briefs for 28 June 2013

ServicesAngle News Briefs for 28 June 2013

HP Wins Place in U.S. Navy’s Next Generation Enterprise Network Contract HP Enterprise Services and its NGEN Alliance partners, AT&T Government Solutions Inc., IBM Global Services Federal, Lockheed Martin Services Inc., and Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., have been awarded the U.S. Department of the Navy’s Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN) contract. Valued at $3.45 billion over five years if all options are exercised, the contract covers a broad range of IT services and support for more than 800,000 sailors, Marines, and civilians in the continental United States, Hawaii, and Japan. More   Jefferson Project to Manage Pollution, Invasive Species Threatening Lake George Rensselaer Polytechnic... more »
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Could the Cloud Become America's Greatest Defense in Cyber War?

The US Department of Defense announced that it will be investing $23 billion to upgrade its cyber defense in the next four years, which will include a "secure 4G wireless network that will get iPads, iPhones and Android devices online by mid-2014." The announcement was made by Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey after stating that the cyber attacks on the US’ critical infrastructure has increased 17-fold since his appointment in 2011.   Dempsey also stated that the Department would be "consolidating" all 15,000 of its networks into a cloud-based enterprise platform.  This could be related to the recent announcement made... more »
When Culture Shock Meets Social Media: League of Legends Player in Jail Over Facebook Comments

When Culture Shock Meets Social Media: League of Legends Player in Jail Over Facebook Comments

A Texas teen could face up to eight years in prison over a comment left on Facebook that took place as part of an exchange about the online game League of Legends. Justin Carter was 18 years old back in Feburary of this year when a series of comments between him and a friend about the game took a turn for the worse. LoL is a highly competitive game and is well known for bringing out “trash talk” and other similar culturally defined types of language—and it isn’t rare for this talk to spill out from headphone microphones and into online... more »
To Succeed with Hadoop: Find Specific Problem Areas + Solve Them | #hadoopsummit

To Succeed with Hadoop: Find Specific Problem Areas + Solve Them | #hadoopsummit

John Furrier and Dave Vellante, theCUBE co-hosts, broadcasted live from San Jose this week during Hadoop Summit 2013, inviting Stefan Groschupf, CEO and Founder of Datameer and an early contributor to Hadoop, to give his two cents about the current state of business, the adoption of Hadoop, as well as to share a couple points of advice for young entrepreneurs. In his own words, Stefan Groschupf is ''a Big Data veteran and serial entrepreneur with strong roots in the open source community.'' He was one of the very few early contributors to Nutch, the open source project that spun off Hadoop,... more »
Small Businesses to Cloud Storage : Pinky Promise We Can Trust You?

Small Businesses to Cloud Storage : Pinky Promise We Can Trust You?

SMBs to cloud storage...promise promise??? In the second annual global survey by Thales and Ponemon Institute, researchers examined small businesses' attitude towards data protection and encryption in the cloud. Businesses, both big and small, are starting to use of cloud services for handling sensitive information in hoards. The verdict: the majority of small businesses transfer sensitive or confidential data to the cloud and that same majority believe the cloud provider has primary responsibility for protecting that data. Here is a full rundown of the key findings: Trust is a lot higher than you might have thought.   More than half of all respondents say... 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.