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How App Makers Pick iOS vs. Android: Learning Curve + Cost

How App Makers Pick iOS vs. Android: Learning Curve + Cost

App makers - do you create apps for iOS before Android? And how much of your resources would be devoted to Windows Phone?  When you're making a business of mobile app development, these are just two very important questions you must ask yourself and your team, even before development begins. To gain a better understanding of the goals and factors app makers must consider when developing a mobile service, VisionMobile commissioned the largest global developer survey, with more than 6,000 respondents coming from 115 countries, to track the state of mobile ecosystems, developer mindshare, monetization trends, revenue models and developer tools. The survey... more »
Lockheed Martin Data Architect Discusses Big Data #MITIQ

Lockheed Martin Data Architect Discusses Big Data #MITIQ

In their ongoing coverage of the MIT Information Quality Conference, Dave Vellante and Paul Gillin speak with Willa Pickering, Senior Fellow and Information and Data Architect for Lockheed Martin. The three discuss important issues in data management, analysis, quality and risk. Pickering explains that new focus for those interested in data is how to handle massive amounts of data (such as zettabytes and beyond) at rapid speed. One of Pickering’s earlier positions involved managing data storage on hard disks. She notes the storage capacity has since changed tremendously to handle all of Lockheed Martin’s data. Pickering suggests managing unstructured data has become... more »
Ditch The Cloud With These 3 Cloud-Like Storage Alternatives

Ditch The Cloud With These 3 Cloud-Like Storage Alternatives

Wikibon Senior Analyst Stu Miniman recently stated that while cloud computing has been much talked about over the past five years, we’re still in the early stages.  Which means there’s still lots that can be improved upon with cloud storage and cloud storage security just some of the chief concerns. Google is said to be experimenting with new methods of encrypting files stored in its Google Drive product, but with Ed Snowden’s revelations that the government is in cahoots with leading US internet firms to snoop on people’s lives, the looming question is what can people do to keep their files... more »
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Driverless Cars Means $121 Billion in Cash Savings : Breakfast Bite

Can you think of any technological advances that will affect your life more than driverless cars?  One surprising way in which this level of transportation automation will impact the economy is through financial savings. Approximately 8 percent of the workforce has a commute to work every day that is an hour or longer, according to a Texas A&M study. Furthermore, the average American spends 38 hours a year stuck in traffic. Driverless cars would offer a boost in productivity from both a professional and personal standpoint. Oh, and the driverless car a lot closer than you think. Ford executive chairman Bill Ford Jr.... more »
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40% of End-Users Haven't Heard of Virtualization

Virtualization may have revolutionized IT, but it won’t be winning popularity contests anytime soon. A new study commissioned by a group of Cisco mConcierge partners found that 40 percent of workers aren’t even familiar with the term - and that’s including IT personnel. About 53 percent of non-IT workers have never heard about the technology, and a mere 34 percent believe that their organizations utilize virtualization solutions. Alarmingly, 80 percent of VP- and SVP-level executives (along with 60 percent of their colleagues) don’t know whether such products could benefit their companies. Unsurprisingly, the study found that lack of awareness is the... more »
Adobe’s Gone Social & The World's First Quadrillionaire - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Adobe’s Gone Social & The World's First Quadrillionaire - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Social Analytics Tools That Don't Suck   Adobe has made a major improvement to their Marketing Cloud analytics software with the addition of a new product. Called Adobe Social, the new program provides users with a socially predictive publishing toolkit and full integration with social networks like Foursquare and LinkedIn. Adobe Social enables marketers to key-in to conversations on their brand while giving them the option to directly engage customers through targeted campaigns. Social has seven core functions, including listening, publishing, advertising, moderating, social app building, analytics, and governance. To add to the feature list, brands who can successfully leverage Adobe’s Social will also receive... more »
Battle of the Minis: HTC One Mini vs Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

Battle of the Minis: HTC One Mini vs Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

Rumors regarding the HTC One mini surfaced back in June and a month of waiting has finally paid off. The device is HTC’s answer to the growing demand for something powerful, but which can easily slip into one’s pocket. Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation, made their intentions clear: "We are proud to be behind the market's leading smartphone and now, with the addition132 x 63.2 x 9.25mm of the HTC One mini, the best smartphone family in the world. The HTC One mini embodies everything that makes the HTC One a success on a smaller but equally eye-catching scale." True to SiliconANGLE tradition,... more »
LIVE: Delving Deep Into App Developer Decisions

LIVE: Delving Deep Into App Developer Decisions

Updated with full video: see below. Welcome to NewsDesk on SiliconANGLE TV for Thursday July 18, 2013. The results are in from the biggest mobile developer study in history and here to share with us what big data has revealed about the mobile developer mindshare is SiliconANGLE Senior Managing Editor Kristen Nicole. See live feed below or visit youtube.com/siliconangle to watch on-demand. On today's episode, we'll be discussing the biggest mobile developer study in history with 6,000 respondents from 115 countries. The results said that while iOS developers make an average of $5,200 per month in app revenue and Android developers pull in $4,700, more developers plan... more »
Microsoft's TechNet Shutdown Hints to Inevitable Cloud Transition : CIOs Should Take Note

Microsoft's TechNet Shutdown Hints to Inevitable Cloud Transition : CIOs Should Take Note

Earlier this month we reported that Microsoft plans to retire TechNet Subscriptions, a premium service that includes access to software, documentation, and other resources that can help IT practitioners work more productively. Scott Lowe, the founder of The 1610 Group, perceives the move as a harbinger of things to come. In the past, Microsoft depended on IT professionals and developers to drive sales in the enterprise. This is still the case today, but the company’s dependence on its ecosystem is gradually eroding. Lowe explains: “[A]s Microsoft moves more and more of its services to the cloud, the overall reliance on IT pros... more »
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Seeking the Edge on Machine Learning, Cloudera Acquires Myrrix

Cloudera is bolstering its analytics lineup with the acquisition of Myrrix, a London-based startup that offers a “complete, real-time, scalable clustering and recommender system.” The solution is built on top of the Apache Mahout machine learning project, which in turn is based on founder Sean Owen’s open source Taste engine. Owen announced the buyout in a Tuesday entry on the Cloudera blog. He didn’t disclose the terms of the acquisition, but did reveal that he’s joining the company as Director of Data Science in London. He also highlighted the main reason Cloudera decided to buy its way into the machine learning... more »

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- Ralph Finos

Users considering public cloud for business and IT workloads should evaluate the types of use cases and workloads that have wide successful deployment in the public cloud today. In order to help users to better understand the customers and workloads being served in the public cloud today, Wikibon examined the brief descriptions of approximately 650 customer solution stories on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) website and classified each according on a number of characteristics. This research reveals some interesting insights about the public cloud leader’s business, and therefore about public cloud utilization generally.

- David Floyer

The Wikibon premise in this research is that this converged environment is a win-win environment for both vendors, ISVs and enterprise IT. Testing of the converged system solution is more robust, and the reduction in the number of solution types significantly lowers testing and installation costs for the vendor. ISVs can lower the cost of deployment, deliver application value faster, and drive additional upgrade value much faster. Converged enterprise IT systems (private clouds) are more agile, more reliable, more secure and have the similar costs to public clouds.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the emerging Cloud-native application architectures. This research focused on the scope of microservices, the domains of interaction between services, and how data services and sources are changing with these new applications.

- Brian Gracely

Faced with the choices of modernizing existing applications or starting new projects, IT organizations have many options. Wikibon looks at the vast number of options today, with a methodology to evaluate choice vs. risk.

- David Floyer

There are no enterprise organizations that have married the business, digital creativity and IT as seamlessly as Weta Digital.

- Stuart Miniman

Oracle is using it's licensing might to enter the converged infrastructure (CI) market by making database pricing extremely attractive for its own Private Cloud Appliance (PCA), relative to alternative solutions (including non-Oracle public cloud options). To gain this pricing advantage, Oracle is applying certain restrictions to non-Oracle solutions and allowing more licensing flexibility for virtualized environments on PCA. Discussions with PCA customers indicate three main benefits, including: 1) reduced Oracle database license costs (of 50% or more); 2) greater flexibility to allocate processor cores to optimize workloads and 3) very high bandwidth and performance (via an Infiniband point-to-point architecture).

- Ralph Finos

Big data and public cloud share a natural affinity, but are not a perfect match. Wikibon estimates that worldwide big data revenue in the public cloud was $1.1B in 2015 and will grow to $21.8B by 2026 - or from 5% of all big data revenue in 2015 to 24% of all big data spending by 2026. Doers should explore public cloud options for their big data workloads because public cloud offers a simple way to scale up and down workloads running mostly using open source software.

- 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.