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Who Was the First Data Scientist?

Who Was the First Data Scientist?

Astronomer Tobias Mayer, born 1723, was the first data scientist John Rauser, a data scientist at Amazon.com, explained in a talk at Strata. Mayer explained the motion of the moon using spherical motion trigonometry. In order to do this, Mayer compiled nine times as many data points as necessary (27 instead of three). Mayer claimed that because he had more data, his calculations were more accurate. Although he was wrong about just how much more accurate his data was (he claimed it was nine times better, but it was probably only about three times better) Rauser says, it was... more »
How Services Providers Can Benefit From IBM's New Patterns Technology

How Services Providers Can Benefit From IBM's New Patterns Technology

Systems integrators and outsourcers have done very well over the years servicing IBM customers.  Building data centers from the ground up, integrating middleware and configuring it all in a secure manner can keep a technical services team filled up with work. But this week at IBM Impact, the new PureApplications System provided more proof that the services market is amidst rapid change. IBM PureApplications is at its most basic about automation. It can automate much of the technical integrations that have historically been the domain of services providers. To support the channel, IBM announced this week a way for services providers to market... more »
Hulu to Adopt Authentication Model: No More Free Content?

Hulu to Adopt Authentication Model: No More Free Content?

If you’re one of the many people who enjoy watching their favorite show on Hulu via net streaming for free, you may soon find yourself pissed when the service is no longer free. A report from the New York Post states that Hulu will soon be adopting a authentication model wherein users would have to log in with their cable or satellite TV account number in order to enjoy streaming.  Hulu’s move to adopt the new model, according to some sources, drove  Providence Equity Partners to cash out after five years of partnership with Hulu. If this is true, this could possibly... more »
Google Introduces New Gmail Labs Graduates as they Face a Lawsuit for Racism

Google Introduces New Gmail Labs Graduates as they Face a Lawsuit for Racism

Google announced that there are three new graduates from Gmail Labs, and they're not people, but new features and tools to make our online lives a little bit easier. The Gmail Labs Graduates Automatic Message Translation, Smart Mute and Title Tweaks, these are the newly grads from Gmail Labs. Automatic Message Translation, as the name indicates, automatically translates messages in your Gmail account to your prefered language.  You can set it to translate all messages to your prefered language all the time, but of course you can still turn it off and on as needed. Smart Mute keeps your inbox clean by tuning out... more »
Nokia Files Patent Suits Against HTC, RIM and Viewsonic

Nokia Files Patent Suits Against HTC, RIM and Viewsonic

Nokia filed patent claims against a number of companies in the US and Germany.  The Finnish phone maker claims that the companies,  HTC, RIM and Viewsonic, infringed a number of their patents. "Nokia is a leader in many technologies needed for great mobile products," said Louise Pentland, chief legal officer at Nokia. "We have already licensed our standards essential patents to more than 40 companies.  Though we'd prefer to avoid litigation, Nokia had to file these actions to end the unauthorized use of our proprietary innovations and technologies, which have not been widely licensed." According to Reuters, Nokia filed complaints in the... more »
Panorama9 Launches IT Dashboard, New Feature in the US

Panorama9 Launches IT Dashboard, New Feature in the US

Panorama9 is a Danish startup that focuses on general-purpose IT solutions in the cloud.  And that has been working out pretty well for the company so far. Their platform is targeting small to midsized enterprises’ IT administrative tasks, covering a pretty long list ranging from inventory management and distribution, to the more creative obligation of monitoring the monitoring system. Now Panorama9 is making this solution available to US customers, a big milestone that the web-based dashboard has passed after finally gaining an adequate international user base to support it. The announcement is coupled with  the news that a startup added a  new... more »
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Future of Data Storage and Supercomputing: See-Thru Silicon & Diamond Quantum Computers

If you think about the technological promise of the future, you could say that our  innovative advancements have just begun. There’s still so much more to look forward to, and what happens in science fiction stories may not be so farfetched after all. Researchers at Rice University are currently working on transparent, flexible memory chips that could bring see-through mobile devices to life. “The new type of memory could combine with the likes of transparent electrodes developed at Rice for flexible touchscreens and transparent integrated circuits and batteries developed at other labs in recent years,” says chemist James Tour. See the entire Future Big Data... more »
Revision3-Discovery Deal Not Likely to Go Down

Revision3-Discovery Deal Not Likely to Go Down

Revision3 is a veteran independent broadcasting site that shares some common ground with Hulu, with the exception that the startup produces and streams its own content. Web users are showing their appreciation with over 100 million views every month, and they’re also clicking more ads than ever – revenue increased by 53 percent in 2011, according to Revision. This makes the company a potentially very strong acquisition target, and that’s the rumor Eric Eldon picked up this week. Citing his sources, Eldon says that Revision3 has been involved in acquisition talks for the past couple of weeks, and an agreement may... more »
Correction:  Violin Memory Raises $90 Million at $850m Valuation, IPO Due Soon

Correction: Violin Memory Raises $90 Million at $850m Valuation, IPO Due Soon

{Update:  According to SiliconANGLE founder John Furrier, the reported numbers by AllThingsD is a bit low.  SiliconANGLE has learned from sources close to the company that Violin's latest round was actually $90 million at $850 million valuation.  Violin is filling a big unmet need in flash memory for new converged infrastructure devices and networks.  It's storage that is the biggest bottleneck in creating a faster experience for apps and users.  Violin and FusionIO hope that spinning disks will soon be a thing for backup only.} The flash market is heating up, at least as far as Wall Street is concerned.  Violin... more »
Nokia to Sell the Well-Appointed 808 PureView this Month

Nokia to Sell the Well-Appointed 808 PureView this Month

Today’s mobile news roundup features Nokia's plans to start selling PureView by May, Barnes & Noble's plans to incorporate NFC in stores, another New York city that gets free AT&T WiFi and more. Nokia PureView available in May 2012 At the Mobile World Congress last February, Nokia unveiled the 808 PureView, which features a large, high-resolution 41-megapixel sensor with high-performance Carl Zeiss optics and new pixel oversampling technology.  The device is able to capture an image, then zoom, reframe, crop and resize afterwards to expose previously unseen levels of detail.  It works very well in low-light, and has the ability to save... more »

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- George Gilbert

Systems of Intelligence will power the next generation of enterprise applications built on big data. Line of business executives charged with digital transformation must understand the dynamics of Systems of Intelligence well-enough to be effective sponsors of new systems. IT executives must be effective partners and understand how to build Systems of Intelligence on top of Systems of Record. They will also need to understand how to build a radically new infrastructure to support these systems.

- Stuart Miniman

OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes CIOs should put the highest priority in developing an all-flash datacenter strategy, and implement it so that all storage acquired and deployed is 100% all-flash by 2016. The key short-term focus for CIOs is to ensure that data sharing is optimized, and that IT organization and objectives support and drive increases in data sharing. The key long-term focus is to release the potential of the best and brightest in the organization to imagine an organization supported by applications without data limits.

- Stuart Miniman

The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

- David Floyer

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

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