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Kofax Picks Up Kapow to Bolster Enterprise Portfolio

Kofax Picks Up Kapow to Bolster Enterprise Portfolio

Kofax, a leading provider of enterprise process automation and content management solutions, has acquired Kapow Software for $47.5 million in cash. The data integration firm will continue to operate independently under the leadership of John Yapaola. Kapow’s flagship solution is Katalyst, a near real time application integration framework. The platform features a simplified graphic interface that enables users to manage APIs without doing any coding, and sports a tool that delivers API-level functionality where none is available. It achieves this by wrapping an interface around web applications’ presentation layer. Kofax will utilize Kapow’s technology to bolster its smart process application lineup with... more »
The Future of Ecommerce With Web 3.0

The Future of Ecommerce With Web 3.0

The internet continues to evolve and as such, new retail business strategies are constantly being developed that take advantage of internet technology. In the first two evolutionary phases of the internet, most retail strategies chased technology; however, as the internet has firmly established itself as an integral part of retail business marketing and sales success, a much more proactive approach is being taken by ecommerce business strategists. Developers who once waited for trends are now creating internet technologies instead. The enormous customer base created by social media has been realized and now the next evolutionary phase of internet, Web 3.0, is... more »
A Deeper Look into Data-Driven Advertising: If you can’t Beat ‘em, Join ‘em

A Deeper Look into Data-Driven Advertising: If you can’t Beat ‘em, Join ‘em

Traditional advertising agencies are fighting an uphill battle against Google and Facebook. Publicis Groupe and Omnicom Group, two of the largest ad agencies in the world, recently announced that they will merge in a move that analysts view as an attempt to even the playing field. Wikibon Principal Research Contributor Jeff Kelly outlined the trends that are reshaping the ad industry in recent piece entitled “Advertising Agencies Must Adapt to Big Data or Die Trying.” The way Jeff sees it, the likes of Publicis and Omnicom have no other choice than to scale operations and abandon the traditional one-to-many model. “In order... more »
Moto X [Official] vs. iPhone 5, Galaxy S4 + HTC One

Moto X [Official] vs. iPhone 5, Galaxy S4 + HTC One

Google and Motorola have finally lifted the veil on their latest flagship smartphone the Motorola Moto X, and people are very interested about this much-hyped device. It’s not because of the technical specifications -- the Moto X doesn’t brings anything new to the table -- but because of its features and customization options.  Unfortunately, though it was rumored that the Moto X will have a lower price than most high-end smartphones in the market, it’s actually priced in the same range.  The customization feature may be what brought about the high price tag.  But if you think about it, the ability... more »
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NSA Director Plays-Up New Surveillance Programs Despite Criticism

NSA Director Keith Alexander may have chosen the wrong outfit for his keynote speech at this year’s Black Hat conference.  Instead of wearing his official uniform, he should have brought a riot shield to fend off agitated attendees. Alexander started by explaining that what they did was for the benefit of the people, to keep them safe, but in doing so, civil liberties and privacy may have been overlooked and that’s what he is asking from the hacker and security research community - a way for them to work together to be able to keep everyone safe without sacrificing the two. About... more »
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Bottlenose Nets $3.6 Million in First Round of Funding

Bottlenose announced this week that it has closed a $3.6 million Series A financing round led by ff Venture Capital. Existing backers Lerer Ventures, Transmedia, Advancit, Stage One Capital and Social Starts also contributed to the funding. Bottlenose operates a social media search engine that aggregates posts from Facebook and Twitter and optimizes results based on users’ points of interest. The cloud-based solution utilizes 16 patent pending natural language and statistical techniques to connect the dots between people, location data and a wide range of other social metrics. Users can visualize their search results using Sonar, Reader and Newspaper, a set of... more »
Just Sim Case & Google: Terrorist Training Camp - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Just Sim Case & Google: Terrorist Training Camp - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

SIMpatico!   In an update to our previous coverage of the story, a massive SIM card security hole has been fixed by all of the major wireless carriers, following reports that the bug could have allowed criminals to hack into hundreds of millions of cellphones. While no phone is completely secure from attack, the old dependable SIM card was considered safe from most attacks.This particular hack took advantage of a previously undiscovered hole in SIM technology. The individual who discovered the flaw was scheduled to publicly demonstrate the hack on Wednesday at the Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas. He instead announced that... more »
LIVE: Hacking - Only Good When the FBI Does It

LIVE: Hacking - Only Good When the FBI Does It

Updated with full video - see below. Welcome to NewsDesk on SiliconANGLE TV for Friday August 2, 2013. Law-enforcement officials in the U.S. are turning to the use of tools commonly deployed by computer hackers in order to gather intelligence on suspects. Joining us now to share more on these information gathering techniques is SiliconANGLE Contributing Editor John Casaretto. The FBI develops some hacking tools internally and purchases others from the private sector. With such technology, the bureau can remotely activate the microphones in phones running Google's Android software to record conversations, one former U.S. official said. It can do the same to microphones... more »
Converged Efforts in Hadoop, BYOD and Flashy Smartphones

Converged Efforts in Hadoop, BYOD and Flashy Smartphones

The world is becoming more data-intensive every day, and what's managing it all?  A whole new world of software and hardware upgrades have emerged in recent years to address the "data problem," even fostering partnerships in the process.  Long time allies Cisco and NetApp make up the most recent partnership in data management, expanding their jointly developed FlexPod lineup with two cutting edge Hadoop appliances.  Their efforts bring together the best of Cisco and NetApp's switches and storage solutions, making strides in the growing realm of converged infrastructure. Mobile is also benefitting from converged solutions, with the crowdfunding community rising to the... more »
Syncsort Officially on the Prowl for Big Data Partners

Syncsort Officially on the Prowl for Big Data Partners

Syncsort is pushing into the channel with a new partner program for regional systems integrators (RSIs). The Woodcliff Lake, NJ.-based data integration specialist is looking to team up with RSIs that specialize in analytics. “As companies tackle Big Data challenges, the common denominator is finding innovative solutions that drive better business outcomes in less time, with fewer resources and at a lower TCO," stated Josh Rogers the president of Syncsort’s data integration business. "With our Data Integration solutions, RSI partners can add value by helping customers achieve this goal." Syncsort says that RSIs that join its partner program stand to benefit from... more »

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- Ralph Finos

Users considering public cloud for business and IT workloads should evaluate the types of use cases and workloads that have wide successful deployment in the public cloud today. In order to help users to better understand the customers and workloads being served in the public cloud today, Wikibon examined the brief descriptions of approximately 650 customer solution stories on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) website and classified each according on a number of characteristics. This research reveals some interesting insights about the public cloud leader’s business, and therefore about public cloud utilization generally.

- David Floyer

The Wikibon premise in this research is that this converged environment is a win-win environment for both vendors, ISVs and enterprise IT. Testing of the converged system solution is more robust, and the reduction in the number of solution types significantly lowers testing and installation costs for the vendor. ISVs can lower the cost of deployment, deliver application value faster, and drive additional upgrade value much faster. Converged enterprise IT systems (private clouds) are more agile, more reliable, more secure and have the similar costs to public clouds.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the emerging Cloud-native application architectures. This research focused on the scope of microservices, the domains of interaction between services, and how data services and sources are changing with these new applications.

- Brian Gracely

Faced with the choices of modernizing existing applications or starting new projects, IT organizations have many options. Wikibon looks at the vast number of options today, with a methodology to evaluate choice vs. risk.

- David Floyer

There are no enterprise organizations that have married the business, digital creativity and IT as seamlessly as Weta Digital.

- Stuart Miniman

Oracle is using it's licensing might to enter the converged infrastructure (CI) market by making database pricing extremely attractive for its own Private Cloud Appliance (PCA), relative to alternative solutions (including non-Oracle public cloud options). To gain this pricing advantage, Oracle is applying certain restrictions to non-Oracle solutions and allowing more licensing flexibility for virtualized environments on PCA. Discussions with PCA customers indicate three main benefits, including: 1) reduced Oracle database license costs (of 50% or more); 2) greater flexibility to allocate processor cores to optimize workloads and 3) very high bandwidth and performance (via an Infiniband point-to-point architecture).

- Ralph Finos

Big data and public cloud share a natural affinity, but are not a perfect match. Wikibon estimates that worldwide big data revenue in the public cloud was $1.1B in 2015 and will grow to $21.8B by 2026 - or from 5% of all big data revenue in 2015 to 24% of all big data spending by 2026. Doers should explore public cloud options for their big data workloads because public cloud offers a simple way to scale up and down workloads running mostly using open source software.

- 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.