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Expect Big Shift in Media Platforms, Streaming. Day 1 Recap @NABShow

The 2012 NAB Show is picking up momentum now that we’re into day two of the media and broadcasting conference.  SiliconANGLE and Wikibon are streaming live converge from theCube, and also provided a recap of what you may have missed from yesterday. The relatively brief session is not so much of a rundown, but rather a summary of what John Furrier and Dave Vellante have observed in terms of the upcoming trends we can expect in this vertical. Furrier started off by saying that one thing to look forward to is a big shift in media production and productivity tools, as well... more »
Canada’s Mint Chip Digital Currency Cannot Supplant Bitcoin

Canada’s Mint Chip Digital Currency Cannot Supplant Bitcoin

Digital currencies such as Bitcoin have become such a talking point across the Internet that even governments are starting to look at alternatives to paper and coin fiat money. The Royal Canadian Mint is planning to get into the mix with their own digital currency called Mint Chip—possibly right on the heels of removing pennies from their coin economy. Alongside the announcement of the release of Mint Chip, the Canadian Mint is also reaching out to developers to work on applications that will interface with it on platforms such as Windows, iOS, and Android. However, looking at the intent behind Mint... more »
14 Companies Looking for "Big Data Engineers"

14 Companies Looking for "Big Data Engineers"

Do a search on Indeed.com for "big data engineer" and you will find 26 listings. That compares to ten job listings for "big data architects." I became curious about this new job description when I saw a job post from Disqus. Then I looked at the trend line. "big Data Engineer" Job Trends "big Data Engineer" jobs It's revealing to look at the companies seeking big data engineers.  Employers are looking for people who know MapReduce, Hadoop and related franeworks such as HBase, Pig and Hive. Programming languages in demand include: Java, Ruby, or C++. It really covers the gamut, which is part of the issue... more »
TIBCO Says In-Memory Platform Supports Both Historical and High Velocity Analytics

TIBCO Says In-Memory Platform Supports Both Historical and High Velocity Analytics

Sometimes you want to run analytics on large volumes of historical data – aka Big Data analytics. And other times you need to perform analysis on data as it arrives at your front door – aka real-time analytics. Wouldn’t it be great if there were one platform that allowed you to do both, with each type of analysis supporting and enriching the other? Well, that’s what TIBCO says it has with the latest iteration of its ActiveSpaces hybrid in-memory computing platform. According to TIBCO CTO Matt Quinn, ActiveSpaces 2.0 “is the glue that holds these two pieces together.” It does so thanks... more »
Google Glasses Rivals Emerging with Old Technology?

Google Glasses Rivals Emerging with Old Technology?

It seems like Google has got a rival for its new project, Google Glasses as Oakley is developing technology that can project information directly onto lenses.  Sounds like Oakley is moving one step ahead of Google as the search giant has devised the similar technology using glasses. Oakley is a division of Italy’s Luxottica Group SpA (LUX) and making an experimental effort to build smartphone features into eyewear. “As an organization, we’ve been chasing this beast since 1997. Ultimately, everything happens through your eyes, and the closer we can bring it to your eyes, the quicker the consumer is going to... more »
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Oracle Execs Thought Sun Acquisition Was A Mistake

Aside from battling it out in court with Google, Oracle is also dealing with another legal matter, this time against Hewlett-Packard. In a recent filing submitted in court before the official trial begins, HP stated that Oracle decided to stop supporting their Itanium servers when sales of the Sun’s Sparc servers’, which came with the Sun Microsystems acquisition in 2009, continued to plummet.  The filing also stated that Oracle executives thought that the Sun acquisition was a huge mistake. The filing was submitted by HP to the Superior Court of the State of California, Santa Clara County, in response to Oracle’s motion... more »
AI Horizon Weekly: On Passing Turing Test, Ubiquity, Big Data, and More

AI Horizon Weekly: On Passing Turing Test, Ubiquity, Big Data, and More

Will the computers know everything eventually? Is the “Turing Test” within reach for artificial intelligence? With Turing turning a century-old this year, would he be happy or disappointed on how AI development has paced since he breathed life into a test that will scale machines’ capability to think like humans? AI on the Brink of Passing Turing Test AI has been at the core of numerous studies of industry big names and neophytes alike. The idea of creating a precise simulation of the human brain has fueled activities and researches around artificial intelligence for decades now. But, what appeared to be just... more »
Nicira Latest to Join Rackspace-OpenStack Buzz

Nicira Latest to Join Rackspace-OpenStack Buzz

Yesterday cloud host Rackspace crossed a fairly major milestone, and the same can be said of the OpenStack initiative that kicked off just two years ago. The company said that the Rackspace Cloud service is now powered by the open cloud OS, a move that is already proving to be a very significant one for the ecosystem. Nicira is one of the companies involved in this push and can be partially credited with the creation of Cloud Networking, a new VLAN-as-a-service.  The offering is based on OpenStack Quantum, a so-called vSwitch component, and Nicira’s Network Virtualization Platform (NVP).  The latter connects... more »
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Trapit Gets Yahoo Veteran as Chief Content Officer

Trapit, the news aggregator from the creators of Siri that launched just last year, gains a Yahoo veteran as their chief content officer. Liz Lufkin served as Yahoo’s VP of frontpage programming for many years before she was ousted last September due to the company’s reorganization.  Her role at Yahoo was critical, as her work was the first thing you see when visiting the site.  Her job was to make the front page of Yahoo appealing to readers. Now, Lufkin’s new role is a lot tougher since she has to make Trapit competitive. “Trapit is tiny, but the real challenge for Lufkin and... more »
Appcelerator Unveils Titanium 2.0, Highlights Cloud Integration

Appcelerator Unveils Titanium 2.0, Highlights Cloud Integration

Web development firm Appcelerator has a tasty new treat in store for the 300k developers currently using its flagship Titanium platform – version 2.0 is available as of this morning. The big addition is Appcelerator Cloud Services, which is also available as an independent platform for developers.  ACS is the result of Appcelerator's earlier acquisition of Cocoafish, a relatively rapid integration considering the deal took place earlier this year.  Titanium 2.0 and ACS in particular represents Appcelerator's entry into a broader mobile structure, which is all about transparency, the company iterates.  "We made the decision to make this an open standard... more »

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- George Gilbert

Systems of Intelligence will power the next generation of enterprise applications built on big data. Line of business executives charged with digital transformation must understand the dynamics of Systems of Intelligence well-enough to be effective sponsors of new systems. IT executives must be effective partners and understand how to build Systems of Intelligence on top of Systems of Record. They will also need to understand how to build a radically new infrastructure to support these systems.

- Stuart Miniman

OpenStack is now positioned as an Integration Engine - not the entire stack, but like Linux, could grow into a critical component of IT over the next decade. This article examines the real state of OpenStack after the Kilo release and 2015 OpenStack Summit in Vancouver.

- David Floyer

Wikibon believes CIOs should put the highest priority in developing an all-flash datacenter strategy, and implement it so that all storage acquired and deployed is 100% all-flash by 2016. The key short-term focus for CIOs is to ensure that data sharing is optimized, and that IT organization and objectives support and drive increases in data sharing. The key long-term focus is to release the potential of the best and brightest in the organization to imagine an organization supported by applications without data limits.

- 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

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