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Industrial Internet Promises High Value Business Data

All Big Data is not created equal, writes Wikibon Big Data Analyst Jeff Kelly, and Industrial Internet data is more equal than other kinds. This data, he writes in "The Industrial Internet and Big Data Analytics: Opportunities and Challenges" "holds more potential business value on a size-adjusted basis than other types of Big Data associated with the social Web. consumer Internet, and other sources." The reason for this is that many industry sectors have high-value assets that create a majority of this data. To illustrate his point he presents three scenarios, one each in healthcare, energy, and transportation, based on Wikibon... more »
GE's Ability to Do More with Data Creates New Business Models | #IndustrialCloud

GE's Ability to Do More with Data Creates New Business Models | #IndustrialCloud

TheCUBE co-hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante discussed the Industrial Internet trends with Beth Comstock, CMO GE, live at the GE Industrial Internet event, Innovation Day, in San Francisco. GE has a 130-year history of building machines, and now these machines just happen to be smarter, dealing with more and more data, information which has increasing value for their customers. Big Data means a large volume of information originating from business operations and various logs, which is increasingly more difficult to analyze with traditional tools. "Customers want more than just reliability from the machines, they want the ability to take the machine... more »
Capability as a Service: Clients Buy Based on Outcome | #IndustrialCloud

Capability as a Service: Clients Buy Based on Outcome | #IndustrialCloud

John Furrier and Dave Vellante, theCUBE co-hosts, broadcasted live at the GE Industrial Internet event yesterday in San Francisco. They had a chance to talk to Paul Daugherty, CTO of Accenture, who is responsible for Accenture’s technology innovation and growth agenda. Accenture is not a big software developer on the market, it's more like an "independent player with a point of view". They work with the best technology that are going to deliver the best value for their clients, and that involves a number of tech vendors and tech companies. They have to be ready to work with whatever technology is... more »
Would You Give Up More Privacy For Free Wi-FI? Facebook Thinks You Will

Would You Give Up More Privacy For Free Wi-FI? Facebook Thinks You Will

Now that we know about the NSA and PRISM, would you be willing to give up even more information about yourself to one of the spy program's alleged participants, in return for free Wi-Fi? Facebook is gambling that your answer will be a resounding "yes please." According to a report in Wired, Facebook has apparently expanded a test of a service it likes to call Facebook Wi-Fi. Originally only available at its Menlo Park, California headquarters, Facebook Wi-Fi is now said to be on offer at a number of cafes in nearby San Francisco and Palo Alto, and also through some... more »
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Mike Olson's Legacy: Cloudera CEO Swap Signals Big Data's Mass Appeal

Cloudera, a leader in enterprise analytic data management powered by Apache Hadoop, announced a shake-up in its executive lineup this week, starting from the top. Cloudera CEO Mike Olson is being replaced by Tom Reilly, former CEO of security company ArcSight.  Olson will now serve as Cloudera’s Chief Strategy Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors. "With over 30 years of enterprise software experience, I am pleased to welcome Tom to the Cloudera family," said Olson.  "We have long set the pace for the commercial adoption of Hadoop and with Tom's leadership and focus Cloudera will accelerate the pace of innovation,... more »
Canonical Forms Carrier Group to Shape Ubuntu for Mobile OS

Canonical Forms Carrier Group to Shape Ubuntu for Mobile OS

Ubuntu for smartphones looks beautiful, but it's going to have a tough fight on its hands to gain a foothold on a mobile market that's completely and utterly dominated by Android and Google. To be honest, at this point in time with absolutely zero market share, even catching the likes of Blackberry and Windows Phone would be seen as an achievement. Canonical's hopes probably seem like a pipe dream at the moment, but that doesn't mean it's not going to give it a real go. To realize its ambitions to one day become the 'third' mobile option, Canonical has just announced... more »
Sqrrl Enterprise Simplifies Big Data App Development in GA Release

Sqrrl Enterprise Simplifies Big Data App Development in GA Release

The big bottleneck for Big Data is application development. Today developers of are getting some significant help with the GA release of Sqrrl Enterprise. Sqrrl, the Cambridge, Mass.-based company commercializing Apache Accumulo, has added a number of enhancements to version 1.1 of its security-focused Big Data analytic platform specifically aimed at simplifying the application development process. These include the ability to convert Accumulo key/value pairs into hierarchical JSON documents to streamline data models and structures, according to Sqrrl. The company also added better installation tools and command-line shells, new configurable indexing capabilities, and the ability to ingest streaming data. There are also... more »
Google's Search Carousel Now Available for US Desktop Users

Google's Search Carousel Now Available for US Desktop Users

In a blog post on Google+, the search giant announced that Google Search carousel will now be available for desktop users in the US. The Search carousel feature was introduced in the Google Search app for iPads and other tablets last December, and features a horizontal grid that displays businesses close to your location such as restaurants, bars, salons, or spas.  By typing in a search query, such as “Japanese restaurants,” Google will bring up the carousel that contains images of local businesses close to you.  Clicking on the name or image of the result will reveal further details about the... more »
Google Challenges FISA Gag Order To Protect Its Reputation

Google Challenges FISA Gag Order To Protect Its Reputation

Google has just issued a legal challenge to the secret FISA court over its gag order that prevents it from being upfront with its customers over how many government data requests it receives. The company cites the First Amendment and the "right to free speech" as justification for its challenge, saying that "greater transparency is needed" to reassure its customers. On the face of it, it looks like a step in the right direction. Few will disagree that we need more transparency in light of PRISM, and Google's request seems perfectly reasonable. It says that so-called 'criminal requests' should not be... more »
PBworks Launches Startup Accelerator Giveaway

PBworks Launches Startup Accelerator Giveaway

PBworks, a San Mateo, CA-based provider of hosted collaboration solutions, announced that it will hand out free software licenses to startups that join the TechStars, 500 Startups, Acceleprise, DreamIT or Lemnos Labs accelerator program. Companies that are eligible for the “PBworks for Startup” giveaway receive a Starter Pack version of the PBworks collaboration suite with 20 permanent seats. Jim Groff, the chief executive officer of PBworks, explained the motivation behind the initiative in a statement: "We discovered that a number of our best customers came from high-growth startups that adopted us when they were still in the proverbial garage. Those startups... more »

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- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.

- David Vellante

On May 12, 2016 at 12 Noon EDT, several CxOs will gather to discuss how to best communicate to Boards of Directors on the topic of cyber security. Has a failure = fire mentality led organizations to "sandbag" the threat? Is security a shared responsibility across the business or does it fall on the shoulders of a few security gurus? How should CxOs be changing the way they communicate about cyber in the digital age?

- Brian Gracely

In this Trip Report from OpenStack Summit 2016, the Wikibon team looks at five critical areas for OpenStack - Community, Consumption Models, Revenues, New Use-Cases and the OpenStack technology ecosystem,

- Brian Gracely

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- Brian Gracely

With the release of the Native Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC is offering customers the ability to rapidly build new applications. But will the lack of embedded operations slow the adoption of the product and slow customer deployments?

- David Floyer

The x86 microprocessor has reached a limit in how much an application can be speeded up. Intel can no longer rely on economies of scale to drive market share in processors. Future advances will come from designing the microprocessor and software-in-silicon together. There are multiple large niches that have opened up to new processor/software approaches, including mobile, IoT servers, specialized servers for the cloud, telecommunications servers and large system servers for large database and big data applications. New winners in this space are likely to come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

- Peter Burris

Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.

- Brian Gracely

Understanding how to accelerate “Idea to Execution Time” (I2ET) may become the most important measurement of any Digital Business Platform. Wikibon explore the core attributes needed to be successful in rapidly developing and deploying new business applications.