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CIO Challenge: Lower Cost, Increase Value + Innovate

CIO Challenge: Lower Cost, Increase Value + Innovate

With firsthand experience that spans media, telecommunications, government, banking and finance, Craig Wishart, CIO of ServiceStream, joined theCube hosts Dave Vellante and Jeff Frick at ServiceNow's annual Knowledge conference in Las Vegas to talk about innovation, leadership and instrumenting the business. According to Wishart, Service Stream is Australia's leading provider of end-to-end solutions in the telecommunications and utilities sectors, representing the link between many of Australia's largest utility companies and millions of their end users. ServiceNow has three unique business divisions: telecommunications, (responsible for rolling out and managing fiber), mobile (building 15,000 towers as we speak and upgrading old technology) and energy.... more »
"Broadcom lays the foundation... where software meets the hardware," says Greg Scherer

"Broadcom lays the foundation... where software meets the hardware," says Greg Scherer

Greg Scherer is Broadcom’s Vice President of Server and Storage Strategy for the Infrastructure and Networking Group. A technology industry veteran with nearly thirty years of experience in engineering and business development, he sat down with theCube hosts Dave Vellante and Stu Miniman of Wikibon, to talk about the server virtualization and the future changes in the infrastructure at EMC World 2013. For the discussion with theCube hosts, Greg highlighted that server virtualization kicked off a wave of change in infrastructure. This change is riplling through storage and networking as well. In the beginning, this business simply meant combining a couple... more »
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Brad Paubel: "IT Needs to Innovate, Cut Cost and Automate"

Brad Paubel, IT Practitioner with Maritz, specializes in end-user management dealing with the IT touch-point to the business, dropped by at theCube at the recently concluded ServiceNow Knowledge 13 event with show host Jeff Frick to discuss how his company is utilizing ServiceNow, and how it has helped transform Maritz in to what it is today. Maritz is a company that delivers integrated performance improvement, travel, and marketing research services and has about 4,000 employees. According to Paubel, ServiceNow has helped Maritz evolve into something that delivers a “weekend experience” during the week, and ServiceNow tools and products allowed the company to... more »
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How Target Uses ServiceNow to Promote Mobility Amongst Employees

ServiceNow’s Global User Conference, Knowledge13, is almost concluding in Las Vegas, Nevada. theCube, SiliconANGLE’s premier video production, is at the event with Wikibon Chief Analyst Dave Vellante and Jeff Frick to extract the signal from the noise. One of the highlights of the annual event is the Innovation of the Year Award where ServiceNow customers present their work, such as applications, built on their platform.  ServiceNow’s Director or Product Marketing Craig McDonogh compares it to kids presenting their artwork to their parents and the parents putting them up on the fridge.  The customers present their projects/products, and ServiceNow then takes a look at... more »
Anonymous Took Down Monsanto This Week - Some Thoughts on Current-Day Cyberthreats

Anonymous Took Down Monsanto This Week - Some Thoughts on Current-Day Cyberthreats

Anonymous has been involved in a campaign called #OpMonsanto which was launched against the global biotech company.  On Wednesday, Anonymous laid claim to have disabled Monsanto's website.  The website appeared to have been affected for some time late in the evening.  Protests have erupted worldwide against the company, and reports have the numbers at over two million protesters around the world in hundreds of cities earlier this week.  At issue is Monsanto's use of Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) foods.  The rallies called for further scientific research of their effects and the labeling of all foods that contain the controversial ingredients. The... more »
iOS Devices Infected by Malware with Power Chargers - Black Hat 2013 Preview

iOS Devices Infected by Malware with Power Chargers - Black Hat 2013 Preview

The yearly BlackHat event that caters to those in the infosec community is still some weeks away, but the anticipation surrounding some of the topics is already starting.  Every year we’re treated to a variety of research that is announced at the event.  Much of it goes largely unnoticed by the public, but lately we hear more and more about something in the mainstream news that really catches public attention.  This year’s lineup promises a bunch of new interesting briefings.  One of the several that caught my eye is a briefing to be presented by Billy Lau, Yeongjin Jan, and... more »
Guild Wars 2 API Released: Web/Mobile, JSON, Gamers and Developers Jump Into the Fray

Guild Wars 2 API Released: Web/Mobile, JSON, Gamers and Developers Jump Into the Fray

Guild Wars 2, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), recently had its API released in its API Development forum. The game maker, ArenaNet, LLC, has created a dedicated thread document on its forum to give information about all available APIs for Guild Wars 2, which are currently in beta form. Nowadays, MMORPG games pull in millions of players and as a result, there's not just a community, but an audience of potential consumers of the data that is produced within them--for the most part, the clients of much of that data has been the business running the MMORPG itself and... more »
What Nutanix and Nimble Tells Us About Flash: Invest in Flash, or Fall Behind the Pack

What Nutanix and Nimble Tells Us About Flash: Invest in Flash, or Fall Behind the Pack

The combination of the decreasing cost of flash memory, along with the growing demand for high-performance storage, has created quite the market cap for a few companies. Nutanix and Nimble Storage are two such companies seeing phenomenal growth. Nutanix, which makes data center appliances that combine compute and storage in one box, announced that last quarter it sold $20 million worth of gear. Nimble storage, which makes storage devices that combine hard disks and flash drives, announced that in the last quarter of 2012 it had $25 million in bookings (via WSJ). Nutanix is a year-and-a-half old, while Nimble Storage is... more »
If Mt. Gox Can Change Public Opinion, Bitcoin Market Wins

If Mt. Gox Can Change Public Opinion, Bitcoin Market Wins

Bitcoin used to be a currency you could use almost anonymously, and that has been one of its greatest assets.  Unfortunately, with the Department of Justice’s take down of Liberty Reserve, MT.Gox, the most used Bitcoin exchange market, changed its policy and will now require valid identification for transactions. The government is concerned that exchange markets are being used by cybercriminals or for Black Market transactions, since it’s pretty hard to trace where the money comes from.  By installing verification methods, MT.Gox is making it known that they do not condone money laundering, and it’s willing to go out of its... more »
SuccessFactors Founder Lars Dalgaard Signs Up with Andreessen Horowitz

SuccessFactors Founder Lars Dalgaard Signs Up with Andreessen Horowitz

Andreessen Horowitz snagged SAP’s famed cloud boss to inject more synergy into its investment operations and boost entrepreneurs’ leadership mojo. Ben Horowitz blogged the news on Thursday. Lars Dalgaard has an impressive resume. SAP brought him on board to head its Cloud Business and serve on its Executive Board and Global Managing Board after it acquired SuccessFactors for $3.5 billion, the most anyone ever paid for a software-as-a-service firm. Dalgaard is credited as the mastermind behind the cloud HR vendor: he founded it in 2001, took the reins as CEO and led it to earnings of $364 million in annual revenue. Before... more »

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