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Google: The World's Chauffer

If Google has its way, there's no telling what will become of Driver's Ed teachers and their classic advice: "You drive the car, don't let the car drive you." At this year's Sun Valley conference, sponsored by investment bank Allen & Co., Google executive chairman, Eric Shmidt shared new observations on Google's self-driving car. With artificial intelligence on the rise, consumers are increasingly more comfortable with computers performing tasks typically reserved for humans. In the future, we may realize Schmidt's hope that "self-driving cars [become] the predominant mode of transportation in our lifetime." Matt Peckham explains the "vehicles utilize intelligent driving software,... more »
Instagram Patches Privacy Vulnerability, Hammers a Quick Fix

Instagram Patches Privacy Vulnerability, Hammers a Quick Fix

Instagram, the mobile photo-sharing network recently suffered a flaw in its image application, recently discovered by Spanish researcher Sebastián Guerrero. As described in the advisory published by Guerrero, there was a logical flaw in the authorization that he called ‘friendship vulnerability’. Accordingly, an attacker can perpetrate a brute force attack in the context of user application and add himself as a friend of all the users on Instagram, being possible in this way to get access to private albums and profile information. As soon as Instagram discovered the flaw and a public disclosure was made, the developers hammered out a quick fix. “We... more »
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Cloud, Big Data, DevOps: Three Action Items for Today's CIO

Earlier this week, SiliconAngle's analyst partners at Wikibon released the results of the inaugural edition of the annual IT Transformation Survey, with data on how the market landscape is changing drawn from 261 respondents. And while there's ton of granular data to draw from, here are my picks for the three most pressing CIO action items to come out of the report, across cloud, Big Data and DevOps initiatives. Action Item #1: 2012 is the year of the cloud, so keep up or get left behind. "By 2015, 95% of organizations will have a clear cloud computing strategy and hybrid cloud... more »
Dell Upgrades OpenStack Cloud Solution; Canonical, Mirantis, enStratus Partner Up

Dell Upgrades OpenStack Cloud Solution; Canonical, Mirantis, enStratus Partner Up

Dell, one of the very first backers of the OpenStack project (and soon to be one of the founding members of the OpenStack Foundation), has refreshed its creatively-named Dell OpenStack-Powered Cloud Solution with an update that brings the reference architecture and services up to Folsom, the latest release of the open source cloud platform. And on the services side, Dell has recruited Canonical, Mirantis and enStratus to layer support and software on top of its cloud architecture. That's in addition to Dell's own recently open-sourced Crowbar tool for OpenStack deployment and configuration. According to a blog by Dell OpenStack Cloud Solution Product... more »
ACTA Provisions Reach from the Grave in CETA (But Don't Panic Yet)

ACTA Provisions Reach from the Grave in CETA (But Don't Panic Yet)

It seems that the rejection of ACTA, Anti-Counterfeit Trade Agreement by the European Parliament has not discouraged the EU anyways, and this is why the European Union is putting up efforts to push yet another anti piracy agreement, called CETA. The Canada-EU Trade Agreement (CETA) is better known as the Trojan Horse of ACTA, and the EU is accused of pushing it by the back door. If this controversial deal cracks, it may force the internet service providers to hand over the personal details of anyone suspected of infringing copyright online. The worst thing is that the CETA includes all... more »
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CumuLogic Reveals PaaS Building Platform for the Enterprise

CumuLogic debuted Cloud Application Platform v1.0 this week, a software solution that allows companies to build a PaaS for Java applications based on their existing virtualized environment. Application Platform can run on VMware vSphere, OpenStack and Citrix CloudStack. “As one of the first CloudStack partners to be certified Citrix Ready, CumuLogic remains an important ecosystem partner for us. We believe that Platform-as-a-Service is a key element to driving greater cloud ROI for our customers, and we’re very pleased to see that market maturing even further with this product release from CumuLogic,” says Peder Ulander, VP of Product Marketing, Cloud Platform Group at... more »
Relay Improves Drug Development with TIBCO Tech

Relay Improves Drug Development with TIBCO Tech

Relay dubs itself as a life sciences big data company. It applies insight from unstructured and structured data sets to the pharmaceutical process, and offers value in the laboratory rather than directly from the business angle. Relay’s product is called Business Development Live, a real-time visualization solution that is now powered by TIBCO’s in-memory analytics software. BD Live collects information from over 27 million data points according to its maker, which are updated on a daily basis and facilitate a lot more agility in a business where regulations and copyright law have a huge presence in the priorities list. The platform pulls all that... more »
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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 »

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- Brian Gracely

Cloud Computing, Community Development and Mobile Applications are changing the landscape of modern business. Wikibon welcomes Brian Gracely (@bgracely) as Cloud Computing Analyst/Contributor, delivering a new series of content and research to unlock the new Cloud Native trend.

- George Gilbert

While Oracle has many technical advantages in its favor for mainstream customers building standalone Web-scale apps or ones that extend their Oracle apps in the Oracle Public cloud, CIOs should understand the limits of running Oracle in the cloud. For now, customers who want to build the same type of apps and run Oracle on other public clouds such as Amazon, Azure, and Google, the Oracle 11g and 12c DBMS's have a showstopper: the inability to run at scale. Those public clouds don't have the dedicated hardware that Oracle's core 11g or 12c database needs in order to run at scale on a cluster.

- 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.

- 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.

- 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 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.