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eXo Announces UXPaaS for the Enterprise

eXo Announces UXPaaS for the Enterprise

eXo is introducing a new hosted collaboration solution for the enterprise named Cloud Workspaces, dubbed as  a “user experience platform-as-a-service.” The concept of an enterprise social network designed to help workers leverage the social tools within the office is nothing new, and Cloud Workspaces seems to come with all the standard features. It includes a built-in wiki-like tool, calendars, special ‘communities’ for even more sharing options and other things too, such as activity streams and a document app. At the same time eXo’s differentiating its offering with a few more interesting tidbits. For one, it supports both Android and iOS, and has... more »
Rotten Easter Egg for Nokia Lumia 900 Holiday Launch

Rotten Easter Egg for Nokia Lumia 900 Holiday Launch

On Friday, April 6th, New York’s Times Square was filled with thousands of Nokia and Nicki Minaj fans to launch the Nokia Lumia 900.  Minaj performed the “Starship Remix” and much to the delight of her fans, the performance was recorded and will be part of the music video remix. “When Nokia came to me with the idea to make a building come alive and to perform in Times Square in front of my fans to celebrate the launch of the Nokia Lumia 900, there was only ever one answer,” Minaj stated.  “To see the idea on paper was amazing, but... more »
Utah Gets a Cybersecurity Rude Awakening: 181,000 Medical Records Hacked

Utah Gets a Cybersecurity Rude Awakening: 181,000 Medical Records Hacked

With cybersecurity the way that it is, data breaches are constantly rolling news and when it comes to cultures such as Anonymous and hactivist groups like LulzSec it was the amount of data taken or the number of lives touched that made the appeal. That’s why, when a data breach in Utah exposed health claims connected to potentially more than 25,096 individuals, it makes big news. The Utah Department of Technology Services and the Utah Department of Health revealed Friday that they’d suffered an attack from apparent Eastern European hackers who accessed and pilfered the personal information from 181,604 Medicaid and... more »
What Facebook's Instagram Buy Means for its Mobile Strategy: Data, Search

What Facebook's Instagram Buy Means for its Mobile Strategy: Data, Search

Facebook’s taken the proactive measure of acquiring Instagram, the mobile photo-sharing network regularly referred to as Facebook’s biggest competition.  What’s most notable about the deal is the price tag - $1 billion for the startup that, just last week, was going after a $50 million funding round with a valuation of $500 million.  Instagram’s certainly cashed in, making for what could be the exit strategy of the century, taking an early acquisition offer that Facebook itself refused to do. The question now is, what’s Facebook planning to do with Instagram?  The company says Instagram will remain a separate project, but we... more »
Pastebin Starts Policing Hackers’ Posts, Says They're Not Against Anonymous

Pastebin Starts Policing Hackers’ Posts, Says They're Not Against Anonymous

Pastebin reinforces the responsibility that comes along with the freedom of speech on the web. The platform allows uploading of snippets of text for public viewing is hiring more hands to start screening the site for “sensitive information” posts. Over the last few months, Pastebin has turned out to be the favorite avenue for hackers to reveal the products of their infiltration to the Internet--this is often sensitive or confidential information. To tackle this issue, Pastebin CEO Jeroen Vader is going to employ people to monitor website content for possible password lists, source code, or personal information. Ever since he bought Pastebin... more »
More Growth Expected for EMC Earnings Report

More Growth Expected for EMC Earnings Report

Storage vendor EMC, ranked the top vendor on several research firms’ charters for the industry, will report its earnings for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 this month.  The results are due in about ten days. Historically speaking, EMC is more than likely to continue its growth streak, a goal that the company successfully realized last quarter. We’ve learned that chief exec Joe Tucci’s tenure has been extended after Q4 revenue beat analysts’ expectations by $100 million, topping off a 14 percent year over year rise. Profit wasn’t too shabby either at $832 million or 38 cents a share, comfortably beating 2010’s... more »
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Detroit to Former Yahoo Employees: Come to the Motor City

This is a news release I just had to share. I am after all, a Detroit native. -AC DETROIT, April 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — A group of Detroit businesses are encouraging the more than 2,000 recently laid off Yahoo employees to consider bringing their talents to the Motor City. Quicken Loans, Detroit Venture Partners, Rockbridge Growth Equity and Fathead.com are among the downtown Detroit-based companies interested in hiring hundreds of technology and marketing professionals formerly employed by Yahoo. The group has created a website, www.ValleytoDetroit.com, for these technology and Internet marketing pros to upload their resumes.  The companies will immediately begin interviews... more »
Lenovo's Android ICS Tablet Revealed, Apple Making A 5-inch iPad?

Lenovo's Android ICS Tablet Revealed, Apple Making A 5-inch iPad?

You can’t hide the fact that tablets are really popular these days.  Though it might not totally replace your laptop or netbook, you love having your tablet around.  And if you don't own a tablet yet but you're contemplating on getting one, here's the latest round of tablet speculation to consider before making a purchase. Lenovo’s iPad-based tablet Chinese technology company Lenovo unveiled their latest tablet offering, the IdeaTab S2109.  The tablet features a 9.7-inch 4:3 aspect display, like the one found in the iPad 2, 1024 x 768 IPS panel, 8.9mm thick, 1.3-megapixel front camera for video calls, plus microUSB, micro HDMI,... more »
Artificial Intelligence On the Rise: Big Data, Mobility, and Search Step Up

Artificial Intelligence On the Rise: Big Data, Mobility, and Search Step Up

The coiner of the term artificial intelligence (AI) passed away last year, but the dream lives on. But, how close are we to that AI goal?  Is there a goal to begin with? Or, are we looking at sky’s the limit and one day we’d be able to sit beside a human-like robot in a subway train on our way to our work? Present-day researchers and projects advancing the possibility of creating a robot that can truly interact like what ECCEROBOT is trying to do?  The far reaching technology cannot tell how much it is going for AI, but the... more »
Computers Need a Social Network (The Cloud), Says Eucalyptus CEO Marten Mickos

Computers Need a Social Network (The Cloud), Says Eucalyptus CEO Marten Mickos

Coming off a recent partnership with Amazon Web Services for efficient workload migration, Eucalyptus reiterates its mantra for flexible cloud environments.  And with the vision of CEO Marten Mickos, known for his early involvement with MySQL (sold to Sun Microsystems in 2008), Eucalyptus takes an open approach to cloud clusters and Services in anticipation of tomorrow's computing demands. In today's  Snapshot Profile we get a closer look at Micko's ideas around the cloud, which he calls a social network for computers, the lessons he's learned from MySQL's evolution, and what the perfect smart home system looks like. What’s your vision of a social network... 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.