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RIM Bets on Blackberry 10, HTML5 for Survival

To guarantee its survival, BlackBerry manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM) has decided to stake everything on the future Blackberry 10 platform. RIM on Tuesday presented initial software tools for developers, BB10 beta development toolkits and the BlackBerry 10 Developer Alpha device, looking to develop applications for its new Blackberry 10 platform. The BlackBerry 10 platform announcement is perhaps the most crucial launch in its mobile ecosystem to date, expected to hit the market later this year. RIM's BlackBerry World 2012 event kicked off today in Orlando, Florida is the most important annual event for the BlackBerry ecosystem, and is the place... more »
Is Microsoft Hyper-V Free?

Is Microsoft Hyper-V Free?

What is the real effective cost of Microsoft Hyper-V for data centers using Microsoft Windows Server-based products? Scott Lowe, former CIO, founder and managing consultant of The 1610 Group, and Wikibon.org analyst, argues that effectively Hyper-V is free in his latest Wikibon post, “Leveraging Hyper-V economics to simplify the CIO role”.  And he proves his point with an analysis of Windows pricing. Of course Hyper-V is free in the sense that Microsoft gives away a basic version of Hyper-V. The problem is that while that version might be sufficient for small installations, it does not provide the advanced features that large,... more »
The Future of the Smartphone Market: Getting Smarter

The Future of the Smartphone Market: Getting Smarter

Have you noticed  how feature phones are becoming obsolete as people turn to smartphones?  It seems everything today revolves around smartphones, but these consumer-centric devices impact our personal lives and the global economy much more than we think. What is a smartphone? According to the newest report from Juniper Research, a smartphone is “a handset which can download and install applications via a cellular network which are native to their operating system, with a dedicated storefront for distributing these applications to all users of the OS. So dissecting Juniper’s definition, a smartphone is not simply defined by QWERTY keyboards, a touch-screen,  access to... more »
Angry Birds, Instagram Reach 50 Million Downloads

Angry Birds, Instagram Reach 50 Million Downloads

Rovio is certainly making the most out of the now out of proportions Angry Bird franchise, from the introduction of micro-transactions to the game’s reincarnation just over a month ago. The top ranking mobile app debuted in its new wrapping as Angry Birds Space late March, and this week the Finnish developer is celebrating a first milestone. Since its March 22 launch Angry Birds Space has been downloaded over 50 million times, according to Rovio's official blog post. That’s a pretty big accomplishment, made even more notable thanks to the short amount of time it took the re-branded title to reach... more »
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Skype 4.0: New Version, New IP Hack

iOS users got some good news after the weekend cleared with the launch of Skype 4.0, which features a few notable tweaks. First and foremost is the ability to change the location of that tiny square displaying what the other person on the other end of the video call is seeing, which is more of a hindsight than an update. “Skype for iOS has just been updated to version 4.0, and among other additions, users can now reposition their own video preview when on a call," writes The Verge.  "That's an (admittedly small) advantage that FaceTime and some other video conferencing... more »
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RIM Launches NFC Music Streaming Device

Today’s mobile news roundup features RIM’s NFC device launch, a continuously soaring smartphone market, Oracle-Google trial deliberation and more. First day of BlackBerry World Research in Motion’s BlackBerry World 2012 is kicking off at the Orlando World Center Marriott, Florida starting today and running through May 3.  And to start things off, RIM launched the the Blackberry Music Gateway - a gadget that enables music streaming via near field communication or NFC. "Customers can sync their personal music library, purchase albums and songs from the BlackBerry Music Store or stream music from the numerous BlackBerry App World music apps such as BBM Music,... more »
PricewaterhouseCoopers: Here's What Makes The Cloud So Cool

PricewaterhouseCoopers: Here's What Makes The Cloud So Cool

In a guest editorial for Forbes Mike Pearl, the cloud computing leader for international professional services giant PricewaterhouseCooper, succinctly and clearly explained just why the cloud is so awesome. Okay, maybe he didn't use the word "awesome." That editorial, more properly called "Looking At Cloud Strategy Through The Lens Of Value," starts with a high-level view of cloud strategy, and how vendors that don't market cloud solutions as such are falling behind. Pearl likens the cloud to the role of credit in financial services, insofar as it enables an organization to grow and move beyond their physical assets. But putting aside the technology... more »
Devs vs. Ops: Sushi vs. Meat and Potatoes

Devs vs. Ops: Sushi vs. Meat and Potatoes

One of the criticism of DevOps we hear often is that it's too focused on getting operations to change according to what developers want than getting developers to adjust to the realities that constrain operations. For example, Circonus CEO Theo Schlossangle made this point on theCube earlier this year. There are exceptions. J. Wolfgang Goerlich told Wikibon earlier this year that he lead his IT ops team to adopt agile operations practices before the dev team adopted agile development practices. And I've written before about how prominent members of the DevOps community emphasize the importance of Ops. But the culture gap... more »
IBM Drops Siebel and Adopts Sugar CRM for World's Largest CRM Implementation

IBM Drops Siebel and Adopts Sugar CRM for World's Largest CRM Implementation

SugarCRM is an IBM darling. They received good billing at IBM Lotusphere and they are getting it again here at IBM Websphere. Today came the news that IBM is giving up on its massive project to implement Siebel Systems and is turning to Sugar CRM for what is billed as the world's largest CRM implementation. ZDNet reports that IBM had the largest Siebel implementation in the world and now appears to be diligently unraveling it for SugarCRM and a system called Sales Connect. But why? It has to come down to the relationship that SugarCRM has forged with IBM. It's a joint solution that... more »
Why Court Xtremio? Flash and the Israel Connection

Why Court Xtremio? Flash and the Israel Connection

A week ago, rumors swirled about EMC buying XtremIO. There is still good reason to believe that the acquisition will happen. I spoke with analysts over the past week who helped me get this story together. This represents their perspectives and what I have learned in my own research. XtremIO resembles Solid Fire, Pure Storage and even Violin Memory to a certain extent. All flash, built from the ground up using data storage reduction techniques such as inline deduplication to lower the high costs. As has been discussed many times, the bottleneck in today's systems design is mechanical disk. Storage is the... 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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