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Ubisoft Accidentally Leaks Hundreds of Customer E-mail Addresses in Watch Dogs Marketing Snafu

Ubisoft Accidentally Leaks Hundreds of Customer E-mail Addresses in Watch Dogs Marketing Snafu

The video game Watch Dogs—a beautiful-looking technoir thriller about Big Data and paranoia—has gotten its publisher, Ubisoft, into hot water when it comes to the very same sort of sentiment portrayed in the game: accidental breach of privacy. In their marketing, the publisher accidentally exposed numerous fan e-mails to the public. Ubisoft decided to run with an alternate reality game about one of the characters from the game who runs the art gallery dotconnexion, visible in the game’s extremely visible demo footage from E3 2012, Joseph Demarco. Players could sign up on the site for updates on the status of the... more »
Simplenote Tops this Week’s Tablet Business App Roundup

Simplenote Tops this Week’s Tablet Business App Roundup

This week’s app roundup is all about simplicity, and one of the featured apps even has the word in its name. iPad Simplenote Simplenote for iPad tops the list, and the reason is that the application offers exactly what it promises. The app replaced fluff and an over-bloated feature list  with automatic note-syncing that the user only has to setup, finding solace in Simplenote's clean interface. There are several other capabilities that supplement rather than add bulk to this core concept. Springpad Springpad is Simplenote’s much more popular cousin. It covers the same grounds as the latter but adds more flavor to the mix with... more »
Converseon Gives Big Data a Human Touch and Added Value

Converseon Gives Big Data a Human Touch and Added Value

Social data provides important insights into the desires, habits and inclinations of customers. While, many platforms survey customer remarks on social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter, such technology is often limited in its “word-spotting” approach which, taken out of context, may yield results irrelevant to a client’s research aims.  Converseon’s new text analytics service ConveyAPI combines the speed, processing capacity and scalability of data software with the accuracy, understanding and analyses of social conversations that only a human touch can provide. ConveyAPI addresses the challenge Dr. Phillip Resnik, a Converseon data scientist, explains: “Where scientific jargon, marketing puffery, and a... more »
Apple's $95 million Android Wet Blanket

Apple's $95 million Android Wet Blanket

Apple just put up $95 million as a bond on their condition of a pre-trial injuction against Samsung (Google).     Apple will do anything to stop the massive momentum of Google Android. The case in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, is Apple Inc v. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd et al, 12-00630. As a condition of the injunction, Apple was ordered to post a bond of more than $95 million, to secure payment of damages sustained by Samsung should the injunction be deemed a wrongful decision later. The order shall become effective upon posting of the bond. The U.S. courts granted Apple... more »
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This Week in Big Data: Innovation in Travel and Beyond

There were several major highlights this week coming from the analytics space, and one is the story of an upcoming travel service that aims to achieve for its industry what Google did for search. Hopper is a 2007 startup that is behind Hack/Reduce and a number of other initiatives. One of the founders is Fred Lalonde, and he stopped by theCube to talk over his company’s current project: a travel planning engine that will debut this summer with the premise of a whole new experience. Lalonde’s take is that there isn’t much going on in this space right now. If you search... more »
Spammers Target London Olympics 2012, Become Opportunists Again

Spammers Target London Olympics 2012, Become Opportunists Again

Spammers and cybercriminals are rightly called opportunists, as they never miss an opportunity to attack their prospects or dupe people. Be it some event or anything noteworthy, they always try to take advantage of it. And their new target is the London Olympics 2012. As the grand sports event will soon kick off, a number of spammed messages are surging on the Internet. Perhaps, you could also receive one of those spammed mails in your junk folder. These messages can include anything, right from prize and free tickets in exchange for your information, malware disguised as prize notification, or request to... more »
Apple's Second Win Against Samsung

Apple's Second Win Against Samsung

Apple Inc. wins another victory against Samsung Electronics Co. as another one of their devices gets banned from being sold or imported in the US. The Galaxy Nexus, a joint product of Samsung and Google, is the second device against which the court granted an injunction.  Earlier this week, Judge Lucy Koh granted Apple an injunction against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 for infringing the Apple iPad. In Apple’s court filings, the iPhone maker was able to show how Samsung’s products greatly affected their business as the Galaxy Nexus is deemed as “the most credible competitor of the iPhone so far”. "Apple has made... more »
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What Do the Happiest Workers Need? Breaks from the Boss

The work-life balance has become a subject that's increasingly important in the debate on the IT market and policy development. This interest is due to multiple factors, spanning personal, social and economic. But given the constraints in terms of competitiveness that exist in the global economy, work-life balance is a luxury that is driving up costs and, in turn, causing the loss of jobs. So what is the relationship between work-life balance and the action needed by the business community to increase flexibility at work? Citrix has surveyed employees for their top workplace annoyances to uncover what really needs to be addressed... more »
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Data Visualization Empowers Endangered Languages Project

“Technology has a lot to answer for when it comes to certain languages gaining supremacy over others, and so it’s good to see an effort where technology is being used to claw at least some of that dominance back.” –Ingrid Lunden Vizzuality, a data visualization company, partnered with Google.org and the Alliance for Linguistic Diversity to provide design and development for the Endangered Languages Project, an online collaborative project to preserve linguistic diversity. Of the 7,000 languages currently spoken, it is estimated that, without intervention, over half will disappear by the end of this century. The Endangered Languages Project website allows... more »
Google I/O Essentials for the CIO

Google I/O Essentials for the CIO

It's Google's focus on products and services anyone can use that makes its enterprise story more accessible and easier to understand. Here are five examples of Google's take on enterprise technologies we saw at Google I/O this year: Google Compute Engine is the most important enterprise news from Google this year. It serves as a way for developers to host applications on Google  much like they do on Amazon Web Services.Google Compute Engine is immensely powerful. It has Web scale. Developers looking for scaling capability will see the most value. The IaaS has little support for enterprise, mission critical environments.  On... 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.

- 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 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.

- 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.