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Associated Press Taps Big Data to Monetize News Content

Associated Press Taps Big Data to Monetize News Content

Whether for compliance reasons or simply because they didn’t know what else to do with it, enterprises have been storing large volumes of data for ages. With the advent of Big Data, those large volumes have grown to gargantuan volumes thanks to social media data, machine-generated data and unstructured content. The promise of Big Data approaches like Hadoop and No SQL database technologies is the ability for enterprise to access, analyze and, most importantly, monetize all that data that’s just been sitting around for all those years. Media companies in particular are in a position to capitalize on Big Data to... more »
Windows 8 Slated for October Release, OEMs Primed

Windows 8 Slated for October Release, OEMs Primed

Micorsoft is said to be hosting an event in early April for their industry partners where they will reveal their release strategy for Windows 8, such as when it will be released as well as their marketing strategy. Unnamed sources told Bloomberg that the company is targeting an October release for Windows 8 so that OEMs could release a Windows 8-based tablet in time for the holidays. Steven Sinofsky, president of the Windows business, has been vocal from the start that they aim to release Windows 8 to be able to run on both Intel and ARM chips.  They have no problem... more »
New IBM Analytics Package Comes With 9,000 Consultants Stirring the Cauldron

New IBM Analytics Package Comes With 9,000 Consultants Stirring the Cauldron

IBM has so many analytics potions that it sometimes seems  like they pour from a faucet. But let's face it.  You can serve a lot of drink when you have 9,000 consultants stirring the cauldron. That's just the consultants. IBM now employs the most PhD mathematicians in the world.  The company has 400 researchers dedicated to helping implement its solutions.  It has global analytics solution centers in Berlin, Beijing, Dallas, London, New York, Tokyo, Washington and Zurich. In the past ten years the company has bought 28 companies with a specialty in analytics. So the news today that IBM has a new analytics package seems... more »
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Microsoft Reveals Dynamics to Azure Cloud Transition Roadmap - Sort Of

Microsoft delivered a much-awaited update on its roadmap for moving its cornerstone Microsoft Dynamics CRM and ERP applications to its Windows Azure cloud at these week's Microsoft Convergence conference. But that "update" amounts to little more than a hedge, promising that it's coming before year's end, but providing scant few other details for when it's finally going to move its ERP enterprise applications to the cloud. In a press release, Microsoft says that SMB-focused ERP application Dynamics NAV 2013 will see a beta release in May 2012, and will be "cloud-enabled" for deployment on Windows Azure. Meanwhile, the similarly Azure-friendly Microsoft... more »
Whatever Happened to _why?

Whatever Happened to _why?

Last week Slate ran a lengthy piece by Annie Lowrey on Ruby, learning to program and the long lost Ruby rock star known as "_why the lucky stiff." _why created three important resources for learning Ruby: Hackety Hack, an interactive programming tutorial for kids. TryRuby, a non-graphical interactive Ruby tutorial and predecessor to Codecademy. why's (poignant) Guide to Ruby, a book for those who already know how to program but want to learn Ruby. In 2009, seemingly out of nowhere, _why committed "infosuicide" by deleting his Twitter account, Github account and all of his websites. His digital disappearance has been a mystery ever since,... more »
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IBM Study: Optimize Your Data Center, Spend 50% More On Innovation

It seems pretty simple: A better, more efficient data center means a better, more efficient platform for modern IT services like cloud, mobile and big data, which translates to more productivity and more time to innovate. But according to an IDC study commissioned by IBM itself, only 21% of the 300 "global IT leaders" surveyed are operating their data centers at peak levels of efficiency. How do you measure "maximum efficiency," anyway? In his blog entry summarizing the survey IBM VP of Global Site and Facilities Services Steve Sams says that the survey calculated metrics for "facility operations and management, systems,... more »
CloudBeam Picks HP for Cloud Infrastructure

CloudBeam Picks HP for Cloud Infrastructure

Data center operator and cloud services provider CloudBeam released a use study today describing the advantages it gained by upgrading its infrastructure to HP 3PAR. CloudBeam ran its hosted CRM, collaboration and storage plans on EMC CLARiiON storage area network before the rip and replace. It wasn’t specified exactly which generation of the now discontinued product line the company used, but it falls under the legacy category nonetheless – and HP VirtualSystem proved to be a warmly welcomed substitute. According to CloudBeam the 3PAR hardware and HP ProLiant BL460c G7 server blades increased storage throughput tenfold, while shrinking the costs associated with the storage... more »
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SAP May Hold Answer to Oracle’s Fiscal Performance

Database and enterprise solutions giant Oracle will be holding its earnings call on March 20, tomorrow, and the company's under pressure to show some improvement over the poor results it reported last quarter.  Back then the company missed the consensus estimate by 2 cents with a net income of only 52 per share. Analysts expect Oracle to report net income of 54 cents per share, down 3 percent from the average forecast three months ago, on sales of $9.02 billion. A lot is at stake. Oracle has been ignoring some of the key trends in IT – cloud, and big data –... more »
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Broadcom-Emulex Finalizes on Perma Ban

Broadcom filed a lawsuit against competitor Emulex shortly after it declined an acquisition proposal in 2009, over the alleged infringement of two patents registered under the former. The verdict finally arrived in later December last year, when a judge concluded several Emulex products do indeed violate Broadcom IP. Our original coverage can be found here. The latest and most likely of the recent major developments in the case happened today, according to a statement put out earlier.  The ban preventing Emulex from selling its Lancer chips, as well as the BladeEngine2 and BladeEngine3 Ethernet controllers, has been made permanent with a... more »
Microsoft's Other Cloud Strategy: Dynamics

Microsoft's Other Cloud Strategy: Dynamics

Every so often, I hear that Microsoft is doomed because it didn't get into tablets quick enough. Or that Microsoft is too dependent on Windows desktop licenses and Microsoft Office and that mobile and cloud are going to eat the margins on those products. Or that Azure and Bing are non-starters and that Microsoft is doomed in the cloud. Or that the Xbox is the company's only way forward. I'm not going to address each of these matters individually, as I'm sure there are plenty of places where you can find both sides of those claims argued extensively. But here's one... more »

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