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Windows Azure Active Directory -- Taking a First Look

Windows Azure Active Directory -- Taking a First Look

Windows Azure, the flexible and open cloud, is a step ahead by Microsoft in the cloud business. We have recently received the Windows Azure Active Directory, which industry analysts are suggesting to give a pass. So, what’s in it? Let’s take a quick look. Windows Azure Active Directory (WAAD) service consists of three major highlights: First, developers can connect to a REST-based Web service to create, read, update and delete identity information in the cloud for use right within their applications. They can also leverage the SSO abilities of Windows Azure Active Directory to permit individuals to use the same identity credentials... more »
Top Fixable #NBCfails from the Olympics

Top Fixable #NBCfails from the Olympics

NBC received a lot of negative attention throughout the 2012 Olympics coverage, from the beginning to the end. NBC's screw ups were even made popular on Twitter with the #NBCfail trending topic. Throughout the coverage, Twitter was flooded with NBC’s mess-ups and oopsie-daisies, from having too many unnecessary commentaries to not airing live coverage and even spoiling a gold medal win for Missy Franklin. Opening Ceremony #fail NBC left out a large chunk of the opening ceremony by completely omitting the tribute to the victims of the terrorism attacks in London. Instead of watching the ceremony on NBC, viewers could watch Ryan... more »
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Data Scientists Predict What Music You'll Love, Disrupt Common Marketing Logic

Will you love your favorite musician’s next album? Whatever you suggested, Shanda Innovations (tech incubator of China’s Shanda corporation) may know better than even you. A Music Data Science Hackathon, which was oraganised by Data Science London, using Kaggle platform, and sponsored by EMI and EMC, challenged data teams to answer this question about taste by developing an algorithm to predict “listener’s appreciation of songs and artists, based on listeners demographics, listeners words of appreciation, and interviews contained in EMI’s One Million Interview Dataset,” as noted on EMI’s music data science website. Shanda won the competition over 138 competitors that vied... more »
Cloud's Biggest Impact on Mobile? SOASTA CEO Shares His Vision

Cloud's Biggest Impact on Mobile? SOASTA CEO Shares His Vision

It's easy to overlook the things that run in the background, like the backstage crew pulling strings and flashing lights that make experiencing a stage performance worthwhile.  But those back-running systems are a necessity even in the Internet era, where readiness can make or break a consumer experience.  Take the Olympics for example.    The web has provided another distribution channel for broadcast content, and working behind the scenes was SOASTA, a cloud-testing firm that helped the official London Games website prepare for a traffic rush like no one's seen before. SOASTA's proven its services time and again, attracting some heavyweight... more »
Who's Winning the Consumer Data Management Race? [Report]

Who's Winning the Consumer Data Management Race? [Report]

ClickFox, a pioneer in the analytics consumer experience space, revealed the company's findings from the ClickFox 2012 Consumer Data Audit survey.  The company's survey results shed light on consumer's preferences around data management, and which organizations are handling this new market opportunity with the best of care. According to the survey, consumers are willing to give up personal information to trusted brands if it will help them improve their shopping experience or get a better deal. The majority of customers (over 80 percent) expect their companies to know their previous retail experience, service and purchase history. Those who are in financial services,... more »
There's an Analytics Market Growing Behind Your App Store

There's an Analytics Market Growing Behind Your App Store

App Annie raised $6 million in a second round of funding led by Greycroft Partners with participation from existing backers .ventures, Infinity Venture Partners and a few other investors. The firm offers a set of solutions that can be labeled as Google Analytics for mobile. App Annie’s tools enable app publishers, platform owners and pretty much everyone else with a stake in the mobile application space to gain better insight into metrics such as downloads, in-app transactions and revenue. It aggregates data from the App Store, the Mac App Store, and is used by 80 percent of the 100 highest earning... more »
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Empirix Helps Companies Cater to the Consumer

Empirix has the ability to analyze customer behavior in real-time, helping service providers and mobile operators to increase revenue and customer retention while lowering operational costs. The software also assists companies to help them understand their investments in technology. Manx Telecom has hired Empirix to increase performance in the New Generation Network. Manx Telecom replaced their old network approach with Empirix so they have unified customer experiences. The top telecommunications provider in the Isle of Man now has the ability to troubleshoot across its network environment and fix any problems that may occur before ever reaching the customers. "Empirix was uniquely able... more »
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HP Reveals New Autonomy-Powered “Meaning” Platform

Hewlett-Packard has invested over $10 billion in British analytics firm Autonomy, and soon after that its software was integrated with Vertica infrastructure. The offering is touted as a hybrid platform that covers both unstructured and structured streams, and has faced some criticism along the way. This week HP reaffirmed its plans for its massive investment in big data with the debut of the awkwardly -named HP Autonomy Optimost Clickstream Analytics software. The premise is that Clickstream doesn’t just structure and quantify data but rather extracts more valuable meaning or insight if you will out of user behavior Autonomy CEO Andrew Joiner, who... more »
SalamWorld, A Social Network For Those Who Appreciate Islamic Values

SalamWorld, A Social Network For Those Who Appreciate Islamic Values

Religious types who are fed up with all the sleazy images posted onto Facebook will soon have an altogether more conservative platform to help them while away the hours – a new social network with a distinctly Islamic flavor. SalamWorld, as the network is called, is set for its big launch in November with the promise of “better protection” for its users from offensive content. Using filters, the website is able to ensure that any material posted onto the site conforms with Islamic codes. Erol Toksoy, the Indonesia-based networks brand manager, told the Jakarta Globe that the idea is to create a... more »
Hurricanes Loom Ominously Over The Cloud

Hurricanes Loom Ominously Over The Cloud

The USA is no stranger to extreme weather, the sweltering hot summer alone is proof of that. And now, with the 2012 hurricane season now upon us, those living on the east and gulf coasts are bracing themselves for storms that have the potential to quite literally tear the house down. Anyone else who is fortunate enough not to live in the path of a hurricane probably won’t be too concerned about the havoc these storms can wreck – after all, it can’t possibly affect them can it? Well, depending on how much you depend on the internet, there could well be... more »

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- Ralph Finos

A companion piece to Wikibon's Public Cloud Market Forecast 2015-2026, this research examines the revenue from SaaS, IaaS and PaaS vendors. The competitive environment surrounding the Public Cloud is in flux. SaaS remains turbulent with new entrants successfully gaining share and incumbent licensed software providers trying to develop SaaS offerings and reclaim leadership positions they have maintained for a decade or more. The IaaS segment leadership is beginning to crystalize as a function of scale, but PaaS is just formulating and finding its way. As such, enterprises need to be wary of which providers are winning and losing (and where), but more importantly what they themselves intend to accomplish with Public Cloud.

- David Floyer

Cataloging and automated policy management are the key enablers of a virtual flash world, where storage snapshots are both King and Knave. Combining cataloging and automated policy management is the only solution to enabling storage copy reduction in harmony is risk management and compliance. This enables and justifies an all-flash data center, enables data to be available quicker to the business and other IT functions, and drives greater business and IT productivity and responsiveness. CIOs and senior management should create a small team of the best and brightest, create an optimized all-flash virtual environment with a programmatically integrated catalog in a subset of the datacenter, and demonstrate the practicality and benefits of this environment to the business and IT.

- Stuart Miniman

VMworld has grown to be one of the largest and most important technology industry events. Wikibon has attended this event for many years and will have its largest presence this year as part of a double-set of theCUBE. Coverage will examine the broad and diverse ecosystem including storage, cloud, networking and much more.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes latency storage vs. capacity storage is a key storage dimension, with different functional requirements and different cost profiles. Latency storage is found within the datacenter supporting more active applications, and in general has a high read bias. Latencies can vary from 1 millisecond down to a few microseconds; the lower (better) the latency the closer to the processor resources it is likely to be. It is also found for the metadata layer for capacity data. The boundary for latency storage will reduce down to 500 microseconds over the next three years. Capacity storage is found in archive, log, time-series databases for the Internet of things and many other similar applications. In general it is write-heavy. Latencies are generally above 1 millisecond, do not have to so close to the processor, and are suitable for remote private, public and hybrid cloud storage. Some parts of the capacity market place will have latencies as low as 500 microseconds over the next three years. Wikibon has added this dimension to the other storage dimensions projected, which include HDD vs. Flash, Hyperscale Server SAN vs. Enterprise Server SAN vs. Traditional SAN/NAS storage, Physical Capacity vs. Logical Capacity and SaaS Cloud vs. IaaS Cloud vs. PaaS Cloud. All these dimensions are projected for both Revenue and Terabytes. There is a strong correlation and interaction between the latency/capacity dimension and HDD/Flash dimension. Wikibon provides detailed breakdown of the storage projections for Premium clients.

- Brian Gracely

With the EMC Federation in transition, VMware needs to take a greater leadership role in delivering cloud services. VMware's ability to lead their customers transitions to Hybrid Cloud requires them to deliver a more robust, more agile vCloud Air platform.

- Brian Gracely

While the majority of Enterprise CIOs continue to have Hybrid Cloud near the top of their priorities, the solutions in the marketplace often fall short of expectations. Wikibon analysts look at the state of Hybrid Cloud from a C-Suite perspective.

- Ralph Finos

Maturity by industry is a function of customer and prospect skills, competitive drivers within the industry, the nature of the data in question as well as the complexity of the analytics required, and most importantly the problem that the prospect or customer is trying to solve. Identifying where customers are in their journey and helping them to reach the next level is key to vendor success.

- Ralph Finos

Both customers and vendors need to prioritize how they address adoption barriers. As with all emerging technologies, a full solution will often require extensive 3rd party participation, such as “data wrangling” and SQL data access tools. SQL data analysis offerings are maturing rapidly in the areas of application performance under greater user and data volume loads both from the Hadoop distribution vendors as well as 3rd parties. Other barriers, such as a skills gap across many roles, are more intractable. Smaller customers with fewer specialized practitioners in each role should include in their evaluations cloud-based solutions that are fully managed services.

- George Gilbert

Across all the primary roles involved in adopting Big Data applications, there are basic gaps in product maturity. However, IT leaders and practitioners should keep in mind that Big Data databases are part of a relatively immature ecosystems that requires advanced skills and integration technology in order to operate successfully. The ecosystem is evolving and maturing rapidly and there is a tremendous proliferation of technologies to augment early products.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon Research has forecasted Public Cloud revenues from 2015 through 2026; with the expectations that 33% of all IT spending ($500B) will move to Public Cloud services within the next decade. The impact this will have on IT vendors and IT strategy will be significant as more applications focus on mobile and real-time data analytics.