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Apple's iPad and iPhone Sales Surprise the Market

Traders braced themselves to hear disappointing earnings news from Apple after the market closed on Tuesday. Google, IBM, Dell and Intel all failed to meet expectations in their last earnings reports, which likely contributed to the collective doubt that Apple would not be able to reach the lofty market goals for its performance. The worries caused Apple’s stock price to fall 12% over the last two weeks. Apple has had a meteoric rise, and although it’s impressive, investors are beginning to question how long the positive streak can continue. It seems the good news is continuing a bit longer. Apple released... more »
Dropbox and Google Drive Inching into Megaupload “Criminal Conspiracy” Territory

Dropbox and Google Drive Inching into Megaupload “Criminal Conspiracy” Territory

The scars left in the cloud-storage industry are still red and angry after the FBI raided and shut down the popular, worldwide cyberlocker service Megaupload in January, so when people started to notice other cyberlockers fall afoul of the same issues, concern rises. Recently, Dropbox started to offer a service that allows users to directly link to files to view their contents and Google has launched Google Drive that also allows direct linking to files. Looking at the incitement against Megaupload, this should put them both on the same firing line. Mike Masnick from TechDirt argues that the addition of Dropbox’s... more »
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Facebook's IPO Setback - Too Many Acquisitions?

Facebook is expected to have their initial public offering on May 17, but because they recently went on a shopping spree, acquiring Instagram for $1 billion, Tagtile - the customer-loyalty application,  and 650 Microsoft patents for $550 million, their IPO may be delayed by a month or so. Facebook needs to discuss with the Securities and Exchange Commission the effect of their recent acquisitions.  A report from Reuters states that the SEC's Corporate Finance division is reviewing Facebook's IPO filing, and everything must be approved before Facebook can start selling shares. "Any spending does make a difference to the financial position of the... more »
Pushing Data, Not Pages is the New Model for Application Development

Pushing Data, Not Pages is the New Model for Application Development

A crop of tools for building applications in a new way has emerged over the past month. The way developers build applications has changed over the past few years. The old client-server model involved doing most of the work on the server side and then piping the results down to a dumb client. That might be a command line application crunching numbers and then displaying the results to a terminal application, or it might be a complex Ruby on Rails application transforming data queried from MySQL and rendering it as an HTML page that is sent to a browser.... more »
Symform Looking to Raise $11M for Two-Way Cloud

Symform Looking to Raise $11M for Two-Way Cloud

Cloud storage is far from being new.  Not in the consumer space where Dropbox and a few others rule, or in the enterprise.  Every last bit of potential has been extracted from this core concept, and now new players have some serious innovation if they plan on staying afloat in what has become an extremely crowded industry. Symform is all about innovation, and fueling that is the reason behind its newly announced second round of funding. The series already hauled in $8 million from WestRiver Capital, OVP and WestRiver Venture Partners, and up to $3 million has been reserved for a... more »
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Schmidt Says They Only Copied API Names, Not Implementation

Android Chief Andy Rubin crumbled in court on Monday as Oracle’s lawyer, David Boies hammered him with questions pertaining to Java and copyright infringement.  Rubin’s questioning was cut short as he took the stand during the latter part of the hearing on Monday, so he again appeared in court yesterday followed by Google executive chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt, who somehow managed to save face. Rubin’s second day Rubin sidestepped many of the questions thrown at him, stating that he was getting confused with Oracle counsel's use of words, especially the word “fragmentation.” Boies asked Rubin about software engineer Tim Lindholm's email... more »
Pentaho Brings Data Insight Closer to Decision Makers with v4.5

Pentaho Brings Data Insight Closer to Decision Makers with v4.5

Pentaho, a company that makes big data insight more accessible to the business user, released a new version of its flagship solution. Pentaho Business Analytics 4.5 works as a layer between Hadoop and the end user, with a new set of features. On the user end, Business Analytics expands on readability with the addition of geo mapping, heat grids and two new chart types, in addition to what it calls interactive visual analysis. A user can, for example, zoom in on a particular element in a bubble graph. Pentaho says the new functionality works across all forms of visualization the platform... more »
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Dell Revamps Precision Workstations for the Always-On Data Center

It seems Dell has been listening to the market and it customers. The computer maker released four new Precision workstations that have a strong focus on being highly dependable and easy to manage. Dell designed the new workstations, Dell T1650, T7600, T5600, T3600, using market research and feedback from thousands of customers on what was important. Dell used the information to redesign the Precision workstation series completely. As Kirk Schell, marketing director for Dell’s business client group, said, many organizations now operate 24/7 globally. This environment makes serviceability much more important; so, that’s what Dell has delivered. The Precision workstations use... more »
Tim Cook Says No To iPad-Mac Hybrid

Tim Cook Says No To iPad-Mac Hybrid

Today’s mobile news roundup features Apple’s stellar financial report, Ericsson’s strong Q1, an ITC ruling win for Motorola Mobility and more. Apple rocks Q2 as Cook hints on settling patent disputes and no to hybrid Apple reported stellar financial report for Q2 2012, reporting a net profit of $6 billion.  Combined revenue for iPad and iPhone sales is at $29.2 billion, marking the majority of their total $39.2 billion revenue. Apple sold 11.8 million iPads this quarter, a 151% increase compared to the same quarter last year. “The new iPad is on fire. We are selling them as fast as we can make them,”... more »
Google Drive Gives Businesses Another Reason not to Invest in IT

Google Drive Gives Businesses Another Reason not to Invest in IT

A study by Parallels Software found that 45% of small businesses do not have an IT department. Google just gave those companies another good reason why they will continue to do just fine without an IT department. It's also a wake up call for the enterprise technology companies that are still lagging in offering self-serve services. Where is IBM? What is HP offering that matches  this kind of service? Oracle gets some credit but the investments required with Oracle are tremendous. Google took six years to launch Google Drive while the enterprise stood there and waited. Now what? Google is taking an "app... more »

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- David Floyer

Top Ten Reasons why CIOs Should Migrate to an All-flash Data Center by 2016 to reduce costs, improve IT & organization productivity, release resources for new projects and improve time-to-value for new internal and external end-user application users

- 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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- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.

- Steve Chambers

In the UK, large enterprise, household named, logos in all markets are using AWS and not only for virtual machines and storage. Enterprises are consuming features such as identity, data warehouse, search, content delivery as AWS increase the size of the set of undifferentiated heavy lifting due to the hundreds of features they are releasing and improving.