Top Stories

No thumbnail available

SAP Reports Strong Q2 Results

This week business intelligence software maker SAP held an earnings call for the second quarter of fiscal 2012. The company generated a profit of €0.92 billion, 7 percent more than in the same period last year, on revenue of €3.90 billion. That’s about 4.75 billion US dollars - 12 percent more than what SAP reported for the second quarter of 2011, and higher than Wall Street’s consensus estimate of €3.3 billion, or roughly $4 billion. Software income rose by 26 percent to $1.06 billion and software and software-related services sales increased by almost as much, 21 percent, to €3.12 billion. The full... more »
Desire to Tap Outside Expertise and Sheer Necessity Driving Professional Services Engagements

Desire to Tap Outside Expertise and Sheer Necessity Driving Professional Services Engagements

Enterprises turn to third-party professional services providers for two reasons more than any others. One is due to a desire to tap service providers’ external expertise that the enterprise lacks internally. The other is good, old necessity. These were among the findings of a recent Wikibon survey, whose results were released this week, of a cross section of IT professionals. Most were from North America, but their titles varied widely, from CIO on down through admin. Click here to read the full methodology used for the survey. So let’s dig in, shall we. The survey gave respondents a handful of multiple choice answers... more »
Can Windows 8 Revive The PC Era?

Can Windows 8 Revive The PC Era?

According to a recent report from Gartner, sales of personal computers declined by 0.1% compared to last year’s.  The decline in sales is said to be influenced by a PC saturated market as well as consumers are more interested in purchasing other technologies such as smartphones and tablets.  Though there was high hopes for Ultrabooks or thin and light netbooks, the demand for those was also minimal. “Uncertainties in the economy in various regions, as well as consumer’s low interest in PC purchases, were some of the key influencers of slow PC shipment growth. Despite the high expectations for the thin... more »
No thumbnail available

QLogic Earnings Call Due in Two Weeks

Networking equipment maker QLogic announced that it will be reporting its results for the first quarter of the 2013 fiscal year on June 26. Here’s the official statement that the company sent out today. “Following the press release, QLogic will conduct a conference call at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time (5:00 p.m. Eastern Time). Simon Biddiscombe, president and chief executive officer, and Jean Hu, senior vice president and chief financial officer, will host the call.” Last quarter QLogic reported a profit of $29.5 million on revenue of just over $166 million. Earnings didn’t disappoint and managed to beat Wall Street’s consensus forecast of... more »
Facebook Security Checkpoint a Fair but Currently Flawed Idea

Facebook Security Checkpoint a Fair but Currently Flawed Idea

Not many months ago Facebook partnered with antivirus vendors to come up with a plan for aiding their customers in the ever ongoing fight against malware and mere days ago the Malware Checkpoint for Facebook was born. It enables the use of Scan and Repair by McAfee or Security Essentials by Microsoft (available via the Facebook Anti-Virus Marketplace) and run them from an interface on Facebook via a click. “Previously, if you suspected you may have malware installed on your device, you would either need to run anti-virus on your device or wait until Facebook identified an actionable threat,” writes Facebook... more »
No thumbnail available

Is Apple Abandoning All Plans of Going Green?

Last month, Apple asked EPEAT - Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, to remove 39 of their certified desktop computers, monitors and laptops, from the list of environment friendly products.  According to some sources, Apple decided to remove the green certification from their products because it was such a daunting task to acquire the certification.  But Robert Frisbee, CEO of EPEAT says Apple’s withdrawal was because “their design direction was no longer consistent with the EPEAT requirements.” One of the things being assessed by EPEAT is the ability to deconstruct and recycle products but according to iFixit CEO Kyle Wiens, Apple’s latest... more »
Promising a Groundbreaking Integrated Solution, Storyteller Is Not for Kids

Promising a Groundbreaking Integrated Solution, Storyteller Is Not for Kids

Sparkart, a technology and web media consulting group based in Oakland and Nashville, now joins the ranks of those making life easier for developers with its forthcoming tool to make content integration from various sites simpler and quicker. With basic skills in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, developers can use Storyteller to forego the tediousness of manual integration, to share content from various platforms like Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, Tumblr, Bandcamp and thousands others outside of traditional CMS platforms. Having worked with high-profile clients like Microsoft, Mariah Carey, Bon Jovi and The Killers, Sparkart created their new product, Storyteller, to address their own... more »
Pandemics, Droughts, World Chaos, and Big Data Nightmares

Pandemics, Droughts, World Chaos, and Big Data Nightmares

Big data, T.H.E. IT topic of 2012, would seem to only come in one size – big – but in many flavors, everything we study. In every industry from autos to science and beyond, the volume of data has reached an almost epidemic scale, at least for the people who need the flow of it to power their business, their study, their music even. And speaking of epidemics and such, nowhere has the data set been more forcefully applied that in the fields of medicine, the public good, Earth science, energy, and other arenas dependent on statistics of the sheer safety... more »
No thumbnail available

When the Economy Gets Tough, Social Change Gets Tougher

Walden University introduced a new infographic based on its 2012 Social Change Impact Report. The second in an annual series, the international study explores who is engaged in social change efforts as well as how and why they work to better social conditions. Researchers surveyed nearly 9,000 individuals across Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Germany, Jordan, Mexico and the United States. The report found that while nearly two-thirds of adults believe that social action should be taken when economic conditions are dismal, only 20% of adults, on average are more likely to donate to causes in such situations. Digital communication... more »
Post-PC Era Is Here, Don't Think So

Post-PC Era Is Here, Don't Think So

Post-PC is a phrase on the tip of every IT analyst’s tongue and on the keys of every tech writer’s keyboard. However, there is quite a bit of debate on whether it’s a real trend or just the next phrase in always continuing technology hype cycle. If it is hype, lots of technology companies like Apple certainly believe in it and a significant amount of data seems to support the theories that the age of PC dominance is over. PC sales are down for companies like Dell and you can’t look left or right without seeing humans of all ages, shapes... more »

Premium Research

- David Floyer

Wikibon argues strongly against Revolution towards a 3rd platform. The conclusion from this analysis is that applications will evolve; conversion should be avoided like the plague. The greatest opportunity is to continuously adapt today's operational applications by the addition of real-time or near real-time analytics applied directly to the current organizational processes and applications that support these processes. This is likely to translate to the greatest value to most organizations, and where possible avoid the risks of converting systems. The study of organizations that have applied real-time analytics to their current operational systems have shown incredible improvements in lower costs and greater adaptability. Business and IT executives should understand the enormous potential for adding decision automation through real-time analytics to current operational applications in their organizations. New technologies should be judged by their ability to support real-time analytics applied to operational systems, and supporting incremental improvement over time.

- Luke Turchetta

In a recent web-based survey conducted by Wikibon, 300 North American enterprises whom had either been utilizing, or considering the adoption of public cloud, answered questions regarding IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) perceptions and usages. These questions varied in topic but were centered around an examination of which workloads were best suited for usage in the public cloud. This research examines a few additional key insights that shed some light on the growing IaaS world.

- David Vellante

Today's Technology infrastructure management is largely non-differentiated and wasteful. Technology executives must re-think the strategic role of human capital and begin to implement new ways to consume IT as a service. This post draws on the learnings of senior executive Alan Nance from Royal Philips who is dogmatic in its approach to transforming its infrastructure to a service model.

- David Floyer

There have only been two successful volume introductions into the marketplace in the last 50 years - DRAM and NAND flash. There has to be a clear volume case with good economics for 3D XP to be able to gain a foothold in consumer products. Without volume in the consumer space, there is unlikely to be much volume traction in the enterprise space. CIOs, CTOs and enterprise professionals should take a wait and see stance, and monitor the adoption of 3D XP in the consumer and military spaces. If and when there is volume production for 3D XP, enterprise adoption should start about two years later.

- Stuart Miniman

The use of open source software continues to accelerate and expand in the marketplace, especially in areas where technology is significantly disrupting established business models. IT organizations should be actively seeking to understand how open communities operate, how different licensing models work, and how they can be more actively engaged with both the vendors and communities that are shaping open source software.

- Stuart Miniman

The full stack of software around containers (including Docker) is diverse and changing at a fast pace. This research walks the software stack and examines the

- David Floyer

CIOs understand that a clear cloud strategy is critical for IT today. Wikibon believes the biggest mistake organizations can make is converting major applications into the public cloud (including SaaS) without thinking about the implications to their existing business process workflows. Wikibon recommends that IT develop and implement a hybrid cloud strategy using the existing management workflows and compliance processes for both the public and private cloud components in the hybrid cloud.

- David Floyer

In 2014, Wikibon defined a new category "Server SAN" that sits at the intersection of software-defined storage, hyperscale methodologies and converged infrastructure. This article is the executive summary of primary research that gives the status of the market, examines the vendor ecosystem, lays forth the revenue and 10 year forecast and gives direction for expansion beyond simple "hyperconverged infrastructure". This information is available for public consumption, the full research is available to Wikibon clients.

- David Floyer

In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.

- Stuart Miniman

If containers are at the center of a shift in how applications are developers and delivered, and their pace of growth and change is unprecedented in IT history, this could have a massive ripple effect on both suppliers and consumers of the ecosystem of IT technologies.