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Cloud's Economic Scale, Results Too Big to Ignore: Intel Forecast 2012

One of the people who attended last week’s Intel Forecast is Ben Kepes, and the analyst hopped into theCube for twenty minutes to discuss his take on some of the trends that are maturing today (full video below). The first topic was the cloud. Kepes sees the cloud not necessarily as a big innovation from the technology stand point, but rather as a combination of existing components that makes sense from the business perspective. The economics of scale and the bottom line results that the cloud delivers are simply too great to ignore, and that’s the main driver behind this delivery... more »
HuffPost Pollster API Enables Public Access to Polling Data

HuffPost Pollster API Enables Public Access to Polling Data

HuffingtonPost has recently released the HuffPost Pollster API that enables open access to all the polling data on the website. Software developers use this API to access information about public polls and publish the same on the Huffington Post. This will be of more interest for the public as the presential race is heating up, and people are quite interested in political polls to understand the current opinions of the electorate. The initial release of the Pollster API includes data from more than 215,000 responses to questions on a broad range of subjects, 13,000 polls that HuffPost organized by subject... more »
News Analysis: Oracle Ruling Opens Up Monopolistic Practices By Software Vendors

News Analysis: Oracle Ruling Opens Up Monopolistic Practices By Software Vendors

Ray Wang at Consellation Research shares his analysis on the Oracle vs UsedSoft. The surprise July 3rd, 2012 judgment by the Court of Justice of the European Union for UsedSoft GmbH v Oracle International Corp rules that “An author of software cannot oppose the resale of his ‘used’ licenses allowing the use of his programs downloaded from the internet”. The recent ruling on the rights of used software mirrors other rulings in cases such as SusenSoftware v SAP and UsedSoft v Microsoft. - link to ruling is here http://curia.europa.eu/jcms/upload/docs/application/pdf/2012-07/cp120094en.pdf Analysis of the ruling shows that: Exhaustion Rule is now the rule of the land. While... more »
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Predictive Analytics World Conference Cuts the Jargon, Gets Practical

Bruno Aziza, former Business Intelligence leader at Microsoft, opened his Predictive Analytics World keynote speech with the classic Saturday Night Live "Bad Idea Jeans" sketch. This feature shows men who, believing they know what they’re talking about, actually share some bad ideas like Mike Meyers stating: “Now that I have kids, I feel a lot better having a gun in the house.” Aziza aimed to show that there were a lot of bad ideas circulating around predictive analytics that did not translate into added value for users and clients. The presentation was in line with the overall spirit of Predictive... more »
To Nobody’s Surprise, After Buying Gaikai Sony Drops OnLive Support

To Nobody’s Surprise, After Buying Gaikai Sony Drops OnLive Support

It’s the battle of the cloud-streaming gaming services with Gaikai and OnLive staring head-to-head in the marketplace and the exclusive manufacturer effects are coming in. Sony has gotten the jump on the market by buying Gaikai—this came after the cloud gaming outfit went trolling for a buyer—and that likely means that they’re going to snub the competition and as a result, it looks like Sony is dropping OnLive support from future products. VentureBeat yesterday noticed that there’d initially been a reference to OnLive for a Sony product, but now that’s no more: OnLive never announced a deal to get its cloud gaming... more »
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A Requiem for RIM? How Long Will RIM and Blackberry be Around?

As Johnny Ringo said in Tombstone – “Smell that Bill?  Smells like someone died.”  It sure is looking that way for RIM, the once dominant and undisputed smartphone market giant.  With an enormous business user base, RIM failed to convert that into the consumer market.  As the iPhone hit the market, the beginnings of RIM’s decline in the smartphone market was immediate.  That was been followed by a swarm of Google’s Android devices and the manufacturers behind them.   So much that their market share  has gone from one time dominance to where it is now forecast to 5 percent or... more »
Boys Taking Over Pinterest, Spending More Money than Girls

Boys Taking Over Pinterest, Spending More Money than Girls

A survey done by Compete revolves around how Pinterest is fueling the interest in online shopping.  The data they gathered showed that 25% of the total number of Pinterest users made a purchase because they saw something they like on Pinterest, may it be an item or a service.  And out of that 25%, more male users bought stuff compared to women.  Thirty-seven percent of men using Pinterest actually purchased stuff, while only 17% of women bought things they found on Pinterest. The Compete survey also showed that the most items bought because of Pinterest has something to do with Food... more »
Google Kills Off More Products, Nexus Pulled From Google Play

Google Kills Off More Products, Nexus Pulled From Google Play

Search giant Google Inc. is quite busy today.  After being denied of an injunction stay for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the device was pulled out from Google Play.  The move is in accordance to the court ruling handed down last week, in favor of Apple Inc., which stated that the Galaxy Nexus is banned from being sold or imported in the US because it infringed Apple’s patent.  The patent in question has something to do with Google’s unified search function.  Samsung is working closely with the search giant to resolve the issue in order to lift the ban on the... more »
What is Higgs Boson? A Breakthrough in Physics and Science - The Physics Nerd Holy Grail Found

What is Higgs Boson? A Breakthrough in Physics and Science - The Physics Nerd Holy Grail Found

In the science and physics world "The Holy Grail" was found today July 4th. The Higgs Boson The science world is a buzz over the discovery from CERN, Europe's main particle-physics lab, of what is called the "missing piece" or element of the Standard Model of partical physics called the Higgs Boson. It's July 4th and the physics nerds around the world celebrate a massive new discovery. It's the "holy grail" of physics According to Wikipedia  "Particle physics is a branch of physics that studies the existence and interactions of particles that are the constituents of what is usually referred to as matter or radiation. In current understanding, particles are excitations of quantum... more »
Evolution of Technology, Core Concepts Behind the Cloud: Capgemini Exec Talks Impact

Evolution of Technology, Core Concepts Behind the Cloud: Capgemini Exec Talks Impact

Petteri Uljas is the CEO of Capgemini’s Finland office, which is responsible for the company’s operations in Eastern Europe and India. IT services is one of the many segments that the cloud, and the exec provided his own unique perspective on this matter in an interview with John Furrier at Intel Forecast 2012 (full video below). Uljas starting out by emphasizing the separation between the evolution of technology and the actual delivery model that is the core concept behind the cloud. The underlying infrastructure does change, but it doesn’t necessarily have an impact on the same level. He spoke from the Capgemini... more »

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- 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.

- David Floyer

In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.

- Stuart Miniman

If containers are at the center of a shift in how applications are developers and delivered, and their pace of growth and change is unprecedented in IT history, this could have a massive ripple effect on both suppliers and consumers of the ecosystem of IT technologies.