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'Doomsday' cache feared to be part of the Snowden files

'Doomsday' cache feared to be part of the Snowden files

Like the plot of a number of popular espionage action flicks, the action has now turned its focus to one set of the files within the Edward Snowden payload. They’re calling it the “Doomsday” cache - a highly sensitive, ultra-classified set of documents that some believe Snowden has stored into a data cloud. The document set is heavily encrypted and protected by a number of layered unlocking steps. According to sources, what’s in that cache of files sounds like the plot of the James Bond 007 movie “SkyFall” in that it contains documents that include the names of U.S. and... more »
Prepare for evolving Internet Of Things application development initiatives

Prepare for evolving Internet Of Things application development initiatives

Given that the number of connected devices is expected to grow from 1 to 50 billion over the next 10 years, the number of connected solutions must expand at a similar rate. This represents a tremendous opportunity for companies that can quickly develop solutions to the end customer. The proliferation of connected devices and sensors are creating a huge demand for new Machine to Machine applications (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT). While the development of information and communication technology industry is rapidly collapsing boundaries, border between IoT and object communication has been broken down. Sensors are playing a key role,... more »
Microsoft opens the door of Visual Studio for Node.js developers

Microsoft opens the door of Visual Studio for Node.js developers

Node.js is quickly becoming one of the most popular server-side development platforms. However, Microsoft has never been able to take full advantage of this tool on the Windows operating system to develop applications based on Node.js. But that might be over now for Windows developers because even closed system like Microsoft seems to be changing for open source platform. Microsoft has launched a new Node.js tool in Visual Studio (NTVS), currently in alpha, which now enables developers to edit and debug Node.js in the popular Microsoft IDE. The alpha release of NTVS resides on CodePlex, Microsoft’s open source project-hosting web site. NTVS... more »
Is it time for the 'Wantified' revolution?

Is it time for the 'Wantified' revolution?

This week’s Quantified Self roundup features a cap that intelligently dispenses pills, a project that makes sense of the Quantified Self revolution, and a call for the 'Wantified' revolution. The 'Wantified' revolution   The quantified self revolution may be too much for some - the rapid pace of technology adoption has bumrushed us with fitness bands, trackers of all sorts, and an app for each and every one. Is this the life we want, where machines force us into health nuts? Dr. Pritpal S. Tamber is leading the revolution to reimagine the role of healthcare in measuring what is meaningful for people’s lives. The Wellthcare... more »
Bret Taylor on Quip's developer challenges + biggest frustrations

Bret Taylor on Quip's developer challenges + biggest frustrations

I had the pleasure of interviewing Bret Taylor, Quip co-founder, a modern word processor that enables you to create documents on any device — phones, tablets and the desktop. Quip is diving into a crowded market of cloud-based document management and collaboration products, a market that's impacting one of Microsoft's cash cows, Microsoft Office. Gartner reports that Microsoft Office currently dominates in terms of on-premises use, between 80 - 96 percent of user shares. Its single most profitable department  is the Business Division, where 80 percent of its revenue comes from Microsoft Office. (Microsoft reported a $19.9 billion in revenue last... more »
Raw and Burst Photos coming to Android

Raw and Burst Photos coming to Android

Google has a lot more up its sleeves today than just unleashing Android KitKat on more devices, as it's announced plans to make photographers better appreciate the cameras on their Android smartphones. Google spokeswoman Gina Scigliano confirmed in an interview with CNet that the source codes for raw and burst photos are now present in Android's hardware abstraction layer (HAL), which is the part of the OS that handles communications with mobile device's actual hardware. "Android's latest camera HAL (hardware abstraction layer) and framework supports raw and burst-mode photography," Scigliano said. "We will expose a developer API [application programming interface] in a future... more »
Top problems + solutions for the growing mobile workforce : Fix BYOD

Top problems + solutions for the growing mobile workforce : Fix BYOD

As the whole world continues on the path of going mobile, the enterprise seems to be taking its time adapting to this trend. Though companies are allowing employees to use their personal devices for work, not everything a worker needs is available in mobile form. Mark Lee, cofounder and CEO of Splashtop, explained why the enterprise is having a hard time going mobile (even as the mobile workforce continues to grow) in his article, "The Three Reasons Enterprises are Not as 'Mobile Ready' As They Think." BYOD Problems + Solutions . Problem: Cost of app development and maintenance One of the biggest hindrances faced by the enterprise... more »
Big Data economy : The promises + hindrances of BI, advanced analytics

Big Data economy : The promises + hindrances of BI, advanced analytics

The economy consists of different sectors that either provide, distribute or consume the goods. All of these components are needed to maintain the balance. If one of these sectors becomes crippled, the economy would collapse. The same principle goes for Big Data, which is expected to rake in $50 billion in revenue by 2017. Big Data is growing considerably and has given birth to a new innovation dubbed as the Data Economy. “This innovation [will] continue to manifest itself in a number of ways," Wikibon Senior Analyst Jeffrey Kelly stated. "In some cases, enterprises are leveraging the flexibility made possible by new data... more »
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The analyst angle on IBM and Big Data | #IBMIoD

Judith Hurwitz, the president and CEO of market research firm Hurwitz and Associates, stopped by SiliconANGLE’s theCUBE at the recent IBM Information on Demand 2013 summit in Las Vegas to share her perspective on Big Blue’s analytics strategy. IBM is expanding in all directions, with hardware and software solutions for ingesting, processing and visualizing Big Data. Together with predictive analytics, these capabilities converge in the company’s cognitive computing offering, which Hurwitz calls the “next stage beyond the data.” The way she sees it, the technology marries automation with machine learning to provide greater visibility into metrics, correlations and other important factors... more »
Android KitKat now available for Google Play edition devices

Android KitKat now available for Google Play edition devices

Android has posted on its Google+ page, that Android 4.4 "KitKat" will now be available for Google Play editions of Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and HTC One. Though this is great news for fAndroids, the question remains as to when this version will be available for other compatible devices. Aside from wondering when the update will be available for the general public, others may be wondering what makes this version different from Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. If you’re using a Nexus 5, it has a new feature that allows you to wake the phone just by saying “OK Google” and make it do your... more »

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- David Floyer

Industrial IoT, the largest segment of the Internet of things (IoT) with the highest potential value, will require a deep integration between modern IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operations Technology). Modern IT technologies, to be truly extensible to OT, will need a hybrid cloud approach, with by far the majority of data and processing residing at the so-called "Edge". Architectures and software written by industrialists for industrialists, such as GE Predix, are showing how that can work.

- George Gilbert

The big data arena is at a crossroads. Use cases and tools are proliferating faster than most big data teams are gaining experience. In establishing the big data business capabilities required to cut through the complexity, CIO’s must balance the accessibility of integration of traditional SQL DBMS’s versus speed of innovation in the mix and match open source big data ecosystem.

- Peter Burris

In the big data domain, businesses are trying to solve complex problems with complex and novel technology -- and often failing. Simplifying the packaging of big data technologies will streamline big data pilots and accelerate big data time-to-value. CIOs looking to establish differentiating big data capabilities need to consider Single Managed Entities to help solve the complexity problem.

- David Floyer

Oracle M7 technology is meeting or exceeding the announcement performance claims against previous generation. Even taking very conservative assumptions, the business case for migration from T5 to T7 servers is good. Wikibon concludes that for Oracle software and the servers they run on, the adoption of M7 technology (and T7 server technology) is best practice for these high value compute areas.

- David Floyer

The premise tested in this research is that high value applications and software should be run on more capable converged performance-optimized infrastructure, even when they constitute a small proportion of the total workload. In contrast, cost-optimized infrastructure will save on short-term hardware costs, but will incur much higher overall costs long-term. The conclusion strongly recommends IT executives adopt a default of performance-optimized converged infrastructure for all mixed workloads when even a small proportion includes high-cost software and/or high-value applications.

- George Gilbert

Big data pros need to identify which data feedback loops in their machine learning applications can deliver sustainable differentiation through network effects. Starting early is critical because getting to scale is likely to create the "winner takes most" competitive dynamics that have become so common in tech industries. The biggest sin is to wait for the tooling to become automated enough for all competitors to jump in.

- Ralph Finos

The public cloud competitive environment remains turbulent, but sectors show signs of crystallizing a longer-term market structure.. SaaS remains turbulent with SaaS vendors successfully gaining share vs. incumbent licensed software providers who must migrate their core products to cloud-friendly offerings and/or acquire native SaaS applications to shore up their applications leadership positions. Public cloud IaaS segment leadership is crystallizing to a handful of viable providers as a function of scale requirements. PaaS is just formulating and finding its way, but is likely to gravitate towards a wide variety of development models suited for different application types and public cloud platforms.

- David Floyer

For enterprise executives trying to achieve aggressive RPO and RTO SLAs , Wikibon believes that batch backup appliances (PBBAs) will give way to real-time, continuous data protection systems that aggressively support very large memory application memory. Practitioners requiring close to RPO zero and aggressive RTO SLAs should plan for an integrated data protection approach that effectively eliminates the concept of storage-led backup and shifts thinking to a application-led virtual point-in-time recovery model. The database and file system vendors will be the predominant suppliers of this technology, and understanding their roadmaps and commitment to support application-led recovery strategies is crucial to both database and data protection technology selection.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream enterprises are beginning to deploy machine learning applications that add differentiation to traditional products and services. But the complexity of their big data infrastructure is becoming a problem. Big data pros need to deploy a digital business platform (DBP) to support modern applications and then extend the DBP to machine learning applications.

- Peter Burris

IT shops that want to achieve modern IT status will have to address the "IT iron triangle" constraining transformation.