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Google+ Redesign Promotes Easier Sharing, More Hangouts

Google is all about change and innovation -- making things easier and run smoother.  They recently released updates for the Chrome OS and Google Play Music.  And just yesterday, they announced more changes on Google+. “[W]e’re introducing a more functional and flexible version of Google+,” as stated on their official blog.  “We think you’ll find it easier to use and nicer to look at, but most importantly, it accelerates our efforts to create a simpler, more beautiful Google.” So what does the new and improved Google+ offer? First off, when you login to your Google+ account, you’ll be greeted by a small window... more »
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Apple May Lose Antitrust Lawsuit, Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 Priced to Sell

Today’s mobile news roundup features the antitrust lawsuit against Apple, Samsung to release the Galaxy Tab 2, and Intel pushing for standardized laptop batteries. Apple may lose antitrust lawsuit from US Gov’t Yesterday the U.S. Justice Department formally filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple Inc. and five of the six big publishing houses for allegedly conspiring to control the price of e-books. Hachette Book Group, Simon & Schuster Inc., and HarperCollins Publishers LLC. agreed to settle by terminating their agreement with Apple and refrain from limiting any retailer’s ability to set e-book prices for two years.  As for Apple, Penguin and Macmillan, they... more »
Quality and Support - The Key to Customer Loyalty [REPORT]

Quality and Support - The Key to Customer Loyalty [REPORT]

April has been deemed customer loyalty month, in case you were wondering. To highlight customer loyalty, ClickFox revealed the results of a recent study on the relationship between customer loyalty and company performance. As it turns out, the lion's share of consumers indicate quality and service drives loyalty for certain products. According to the report, consumers appreciate the courtesy and the willingness of the company to constantly interact with customers via its product support services. At the same time, it became clear that many customers are willing to remain loyal to a particular brand if the quality of that brand is up to par. About 88... more »
Convergence is a Gold Mine But the Riches are in the Platform

Convergence is a Gold Mine But the Riches are in the Platform

We're about two years into a new time for the enterprise. This week it feels like we have reached a turning point that will define the next generation of infrastructure and platforms. I spent the day at VMware, talking with the community who were there to celebrate Cloud Foundry's one-year anniversary. The discussion reflects how the platform as a service (PaaS) movement will come to dominate infrastructure-as-a-service( IaaS) in the years ahead. It's this relationship that we often overlook. We see PaaS as one thing and IaaS as another. What they really have is a symbiotic relationship will come to define how... more »
CISPA May Not be SOPA but It’s Got That Itching, Burning Sensation

CISPA May Not be SOPA but It’s Got That Itching, Burning Sensation

Right now, there’s a lot of talk going around about HR 3523, a bill called CISPA (for Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act) and while it’s good that Congress is looking into this country’s failing vision on national cybersecurity, it’s also becoming obvious that CISPA is not the answer. Already, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has released a warning that the language of CISPA is written so vaguely that it means the government could reach out to touch individual users. Already people are beginning to complain that this is another SOPA; but it’s nothing of the sort as it directs its attention... more »
How the Cloud Makes Convergence A $400 Billion Game

How the Cloud Makes Convergence A $400 Billion Game

Look at the news coming out this week and the trend lines are pretty clear that the enterprise giants are all banking on convergence as the hallmark of their cloud strategy. HP announced its plans on Tuesday for its cloud strategy that banks heavily on convergence. IBM unveiled its Pure Systems on Tuesday and EMC has a mystery event tomorrow for its EMC VSPEX. It's all about convergence, a term that has the enterprise giants jumping with glee. For our purposes, convergence is that integration of storage, network and compute. It's an infrastructure recipe for the cloud. Data needs a converging infrastructure.... more »
Microsoft Realigns Certification Program Along The Cloud

Microsoft Realigns Certification Program Along The Cloud

Microsoft has announced a series of changes to its certification program, designed to prepare today's IT pros for the new challenges of the cloud and close the skills gap. And rather than correspond to specific products - an uphill struggle in a world where cloud apps can change from day-to-day - Microsoft is aiming more towards getting IT professionals and developers up to speed with cloud concepts. “The changes we’re making will help technology professionals gain the skills they need to plan, design, implement and operate cloud and hybrid solutions today and into the future,” said Microsoft Senior Director of Product... more »
Pinterest Goes to Amazon, BBM Friends Facebook and Twitter

Pinterest Goes to Amazon, BBM Friends Facebook and Twitter

You know what I love about the Internet and everything on it?  It never fails to surprise me.   Companies are always innovating, coming up with new products or enhancing their products and services for consumer appeal.  And the most social of web users will be very glad at these recent updates, which include Pinterest buttons on Amazon's website. RIM updates apps with BBM Research in Motion just ironed out the kerfuffle they had over sideloading Android apps for the BlackBerry PlayBook, and aside from adding extra security measures on the next PlayBook update, they're also upgrading their Facebook and Twitter apps for... more »
Dell Delivers Off-the-Shelf CDN to Network Providers

Dell Delivers Off-the-Shelf CDN to Network Providers

Dell is targeting network operators with a new offering called Dell Delivery, developed in collaboration with EdgeCast and Elemental Technologies. The product is being pitched as a content delivery platform, targeting network operators that want an easy means of setting up a CDN service which they can then re-brand and offer to their own clients. Dell Delivery runs on 12th gen PowerEdge boxes and leverages software from two different partners. EdgeCast is providing some of its content delivery tech, which runs alongside software from Elemental – the latter focuses on boosting graphic processing in a parallel fashion, specifically the task of converting... more »
Apple Hunts Flashback Trojan Author, Sued For e-Book Pricing

Apple Hunts Flashback Trojan Author, Sued For e-Book Pricing

Apple’s Mac OS is plagued by a malware known as the BackDoor.Flashback.39 - a Trojan which  targets unpatched JavaScript codes.  Apple previously released two updates to fix the loophole but they’re not about to leave it with just that.  Apple is in full-on war mode. According to a report from ComputerWorld, Apple is developing software to detect and remove the malware from infected Macs.  Aside from that, they’re also collaborating with Internet service providers from all over the world in an attempt to disable the malware author's command networks. “In addition to the Java vulnerability, the Flashback malware relies on computer servers... more »

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- Stuart Miniman

The emerging PaaS platforms (Cloud Foundry, Heroku, OpenShift, Docker) are all evolving to capture the mindshare of developers. While the PaaS battles are still in early days, Cloud Foundry is emerging as a leading open source platform and ecosystem to build and deploy the new Cloud Native applications that are driving these economic changes via software. But this Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) model requires changes to technology, skills (people) and internal IT processes. This means enterprises need to become familiar with this development and operational model to best understand how they can accelerate using Cloud Native applications to give themselves a business differentiation.

- David Floyer

Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is a full application lifecycle cloud service including initial development, testing, deployment, operations and maintenance. Wikibon defines three different PaaS cloud services, 1/ PaaS integrated with IaaS, an integrated platform (e.g., IBM Bluemix, EMC Pivotal Cloud Foundry), 2/ PaaS on top of IaaS, combining development services onto a specific platform (e.g., AWS, Microsoft Azure) and 3/ PaaS on top of SaaS, a development front-end to a SaaS platform with its underlying infrastructure (e.g., ServiceNow, SalesForce). Wikibon will be using this topology to define its PaaS analysis and forecasts.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.

- Steve Chambers

In the UK, large enterprise, household named, logos in all markets are using AWS and not only for virtual machines and storage. Enterprises are consuming features such as identity, data warehouse, search, content delivery as AWS increase the size of the set of undifferentiated heavy lifting due to the hundreds of features they are releasing and improving.

- Steve Chambers

Containers, and specifically Docker, allows the management of applications to be freed from the shackles of infrastructure. This article examines the state of containers and the booming Docker ecosystem and how enterprise IT should get started at embracing this important technology.