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Springpad Overhaul Adds Collaboration with Public Notebooks. I'm In Love

Springpad Overhaul Adds Collaboration with Public Notebooks. I'm In Love

Springpad’s just dropped version 3.0 of their productivity suite, launching the public, collaborative notebooks I’ve been anticipating for some time.  The update brings them one step closer to matching certain functions of Evernote while differentiating their tools around actionability, making for one extremely useful tool.  I’ve taken to using Springpad on a daily basis, curating websites, notes, recipes, products, movies, tasks and events, and 3.0 combines their earlier goals around the socialized Facebook integration with an even broader discovery platform for sharing.  What's great about this release is it's available simultaneously across all its access points, including the web, iOS and Android... more »
From Touch-Floors to Facial Recognition, New Patents Face Opportunities and Legal Trouble

From Touch-Floors to Facial Recognition, New Patents Face Opportunities and Legal Trouble

The patent scene has become a rather interesting one these past few weeks, from Nokia to Google, Apple, and now IBM.  It looks like Big Blue just won the rights for what may become a housing standard in a few decades’ time. The company's been awarded with a patent that covers a touch-sensitive floor that could theoretically be used for several different applications. This technology has the capacity to serve as a movement detector automatically picking up on unwanted guests, according to IBM, as well as as a potential life-line in emergency situations. “In one embodiment, at step 960, object inactivity is... more »
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Oracle Claims APIs are Copyrightable in Android Case, RIM Clarifies Sideloading Kerfuffle

Today’s mobile news roundup features Oracle stating that APIs are copyrightable, RIM clearing up sideloading ban, Nokia launches another NFC phone, and Toshiba’s huge tablet. Oracle: APIs are copyrightable Oracle and Google will be facing each other in court next when the eight-week trial starts on April 16.  Oracle’s attorneys will be convincing the jury that Google infringed their Java patents and used it for the Android platform.  They also stated that “the arrangement and structure of 37 application programming interfaces, or APIs - tools used for building software applications - that Google used are original expressions that are copyrightable.” Tech experts stated... more »
Accenture Taps Windows Azure For Global Services Cloud

Accenture Taps Windows Azure For Global Services Cloud

Accenture has announced that it had become the first global IT service provider to launch a public cloud solution based on the Microsoft Windows Azure platform. Short version: Customers can now hire Accenture to design, build, deploy and manage cloud-hosted applications from one source. This deal covers both Accenture and Avanade, its Microsoft-focused systems integration subsidiary. Both are now able to offer outsourced infrastructure in the form of Microsoft Windows Azure platform-as-a-service (PaaS), with the interesting sidenote that infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) will be offered as it becomes available. Accenture and Avanade can boast ample experience with the Windows Azure cloud, with a cumulative... more »
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Google Updates Chrome OS and Google Play Music

In May of 2011, Google unveiled the Chromebook - a netbook that runs on Google’s Chrome operating software.  The device hasn’t really gained traction since launch, namely because of the price, and not many people are familiar with it. What made the Chrome OS different from the very beginning is that it's web-centric.  It might have been a factor for the Chromebook’s unpopularity too, but that’s changing.  The recent developer channel update gives the Chrome OS an overhaul, and it now looks like the cross between the Windows OS and the OS X. “The new Chrome OS window manager, dubbed Aura, adds... more »
IBM’s $7 Billion Cloud Agenda, and Some Mobile Testing along the Way

IBM’s $7 Billion Cloud Agenda, and Some Mobile Testing along the Way

IBM CFO Mark Loughridge said in a 2011 interview that his company’s revenues from cloud services will pass the $7 billion mark in 2015, and in 2012 Big Blue's path to achieve this goal is becoming clearer.  This is at least what InfoWeek’s Charles Babcock believes – here’s a summary of the future he has in mind: “It's not just concentrating on devoting new resources to developers or more hosted services in the cloud for large enterprises, something IBM has already done for years. Rather, IBM will present customers with a broad initiative meant to help them leave behind today's complex... more »
Infochimps Rounds Out Platform with Dashpot

Infochimps Rounds Out Platform with Dashpot

Earlier this year big data marketplace operator and tools maker Infochimps unveiled an enterprise data-as-a-service offering for managing large scale analytics, which is offered as a hosted solution or an on-premise license. This week the Infochimps Platform has been brought to another level with the launch of Dashpot, a dashboard that runs on top of its core product with the purpose of getting the data closer to the decision makers. It does so in a number of ways, all of which either introduce simplification, extended functionality or both. “We built Dashpot to dramatically increase the usability and management of the Infochimps Platform... more »
Kinect Used to Operate Four-Story High Pipe Organ in Australia

Kinect Used to Operate Four-Story High Pipe Organ in Australia

Melbourne, Australia is the home of an extravagant and beautiful four-story high pipe organ called the Town Hall Grand Organ—installed in 1872, the organ was almost entirely rebuilt in 1905 and still stands today. Originally built and installed by William Hill and Son of London and it took nine months to complete.  It is an impressive piece of historic machinery. Recently, Australian composer Chris Vik desired to play a composition on the historic organ. Interestingly enough, one of the more renovations (post 1905) was the installation of a MIDI controller in the 90s. This enabled him to make use of a... more »
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Apple Hits $600B Market Cap While Sony Reports $6.4B Annual Loss

Last week Samsung Electronics Co. and HTC released their 2012 Q1 guidance reports in which Samsung was noted to be performing remarkably well, while HTC was in a bit of a rut.  More companies are expected to release theirs any day now.  For now, let’s look at out how Sony Corp. and Apple Inc. are doing in the market. Sony suffers massive loss Just a day after Sony announced that they will be replacing Howard Stringer with Kazuo Hirai as chief executive officer, the company reported that they are expecting an annual loss of $2.9 billion - a brutal way to welcome... more »
SAP Buys Leading Enterprise Mobile Development Shop and Announces $155 Million Startup Fund

SAP Buys Leading Enterprise Mobile Development Shop and Announces $155 Million Startup Fund

It is all about HANA today at SAP's press event in San Francisco.  HANA as a real-time platform and HANA as the foundation for a major push to attract developers through a new $155 million fund for startups. With the news comes the announcement that SAP is acquiring Syclo, the largest mobile app developer for the enterprise. The$155 million fund will be managed by SAP Ventures and will be called the SAP HANA Real-Time Fund. SAP is also launching a $337 million database adoption fund. Its intent is to provide consulting services to customers transitioning from legacy databases. In addition, SAP announced agreements... 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.