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Productivity Booster! Free Tools for IT [Infographic]

A recent infographic posted on WhatsUpGold is something most of the companies we cover don’t want you to know – you can get some of the stuff for free.  This applies to productivity tools for IT professionals among other things, and the graph covers five of the more popular freely downloadable utilities out there. Number one is IP Tracker, an internal IP discovery solution that’s followed by Visual TraceRoute. This second networking app tracks connectivity problems by inspecting packet routes within the corporate network, all while providing the admin on the other end of the monitor with real-time updates. The third name... more »
Facebook to Chrome and Safari Users:  "You Are Using a Browser We Do Not Support"

Facebook to Chrome and Safari Users: "You Are Using a Browser We Do Not Support"

Facebook has a message on its site for people who use Google Chrome or the Apple Safari browser: You’re using a web browser we don’t support. Try one of these options to have a better experience on Facebook. The browsers Facebook does support: Internet Explorer, Firefox and Opera. That's interesting, huh? Facebook supports neither the browser with the most market share nor the standard for Apple devices. The options, though, tell the story. Microsoft is an investor in Facebook. Mozilla Firefox is a non-threat. And Opera is the browser that Facebook is rumored to be buying for its big mobile push. Google is building out its... more »
Salesforce Hops on Latest Cloud Marketing Trend with Buddy Media Buy

Salesforce Hops on Latest Cloud Marketing Trend with Buddy Media Buy

According to sources, cloud CRM provider Salesforce.com has entered into an agreement to acquire social media services provider Buddy Media for $800 million. The company helps enterprise clients optimize their online presence on Facebook with the promise of achieving improvements in merchandising, support and other areas that tie with consumer interactions.  The social networking firm has officially stated that it plans to expand to Google+, LinkedIn and Twitter as well sometime in the future, and there’s no apparent reason why it would not push through with this after the merger. AllThingsD cited some earlier speculations that Buddy Media would be acquired by... more »
University of Nebraska Student Records Breach Exposes 650,000 Individuals

University of Nebraska Student Records Breach Exposes 650,000 Individuals

The University of Nebraska is investigating a breach of their student information database discovered late Wednesday night last week. The security intrusion affected the Nebraska Student Information System, the University said in a statement late last week, it was caught by an IT administrator at the facility and the attempt was quashed by immediate and appropriate action. The statement by the University quotes Joshua Mauk, NU information security officer, who makes it clear that there’s no evidence that the database was accessed or downloaded; but just to stay on the safe side, they want all students to know that their information... more »
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BumeBox CEO on the Impact of Real-Time Data for Social Marketing [Q&A Series]

Real-time interaction is something that can be applied to just about any industry, creating a hub of connected activity that works for sporting events, fashion shows and even movie premiers.  In fact, if you've been following the marketing around Charlize Theron's latest flick Prometheus, you may have come across BumeBox's live social stream, pooling the best questions and comments from Facebook and Twitter for the red carpet event. Another recent project for BumeBox was a team-up with eBay Fashion UK, powering an online "style off" for fashion bloggers and viewers from across the world.  Integrated social media marketing only continues to grow... more »
Beyond Translation: Siri-Like Apps and Others that Speak Spanish

Beyond Translation: Siri-Like Apps and Others that Speak Spanish

As technology is gaining traction in the everyday lives of billions of people worldwide, the globe is quickly shrinking.  With people travelling further and further away and others moving to entirely new countries for new opportunities, the language barrier is now the greatest hurdle that needs to be overcome in order to fully integrate this global society, both for business and pleasure.  It would be reckless to disregard the importance of multilingual mobile apps, having a translation application that can allow two users to communicate effectively.  Spanish language applications have recently found a greater share of the market, many moving... more »
Is VMware Turning a Corner in VDI? Wikibon's Scott Lowe Thinks So

Is VMware Turning a Corner in VDI? Wikibon's Scott Lowe Thinks So

When VMware finalizes its purchase of Wanova, it will actually have four technologies taking three different approaches to desktop virtualization on today's increasingly diverse population of end-user computing devices, writes consultant Scott Lowe on Wikibon.org. The other three are VMware View, Horizon Application Manager, and Project Octopus. Lowe provides a review of all of them, their advantages and weaknesses, in a pair of Wikibon Alerts that can be accessed through the links above. And he says VMware may be turning a corner in virtual desktop infrastructure with the Wanova acquisition. He presumes that VMware will incorporate the Wanova technology into a... more »
Panorama9 and Zendesk Couple IT with Support

Panorama9 and Zendesk Couple IT with Support

Cloud IT firm Panorama9 is joining forces with customer support SaaS provider Zendesk to capitalize on an opportunity that the two have identified: that small to medium enterprises could use integration between these two sectors. Infrastructure-related problems often account for a sizable chunk of complaints, and the two companies are making the most of it by connecting their two products. Thanks to the partnership, Zendesk now automatically files an issue picked up by Panaroma as a ticket, which includes all the relevant information that IT needs to be aware of.  At the same time the help desk solution also and gives... more »
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Big Data, Fat Brains, Social Impact

Since his Data Kind (formerly Data Without Borders) proposal last year, Jake Porway continues to pair fat brains with big data to effect positive social change.  Gina Rudan of Genuine Insights considers fat brains young, tech-savvy and informed individuals who, despite their youth, provide mentorship and leadership to older colleagues.  Data Kind began with the idea that fat brain data scientists had obese hearts to match, and longed to use their skills to help governments and NGO’s address problems like poverty and inequality.  Porway believes: “There’s such power in the skills data scientists have for changing the world. There was... more »
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Dell’s New Copper ARM Server is Meant for Hyperscale

Google and Facebook are two of the largest web companies out there, and as such they discovered that they can be much more efficient with the way they manage their data centers.   A very large portion of Facebook’s IT infrastructure, for instance, is accounted by minimalistic servers stripped of the ‘added value’ components, which results in a drastic reduction in power consumption. These servers are manufactured by Hewlett-Packard and they’re even gaining traction among others as a part of the Open Compute Project.  The manufacturer started offering them to a select range of customers, and now rival Dell is looking to... more »

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Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.

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IT will sound like yesterday’s news if it continues to advocate tiering, advocate putting the most important data on high performance storage, and declaring that less expensive lower performing storage is key and necessary. Today’s flash reality is that a single compressed/de-duplicated physical version of data must be shared between as many different applications as possible, because the incremental cost of creating and sharing another copy is close to zero.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.