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Social apps reintroduce personality at work | #IBMIoD

Social apps reintroduce personality at work | #IBMIoD

Marcia Conner, Principal with SensifyGroup and a Social Biz Expert and author, joined John Furrier and Dave Vellante, theCUBE co-hosts, at the IBM Information on Demand 2013 event in Las Vegas, to talk about the organizational culture, the smarter workforce and the Social Business. "For many years, when people went to work they were required to leave their personality in the car. Social Business is the first opportunity we have to be human beings at work. We're allowed to actually talk about the things we care about, we're allowed to bring our interests and our passions into the conversation, and to be... more »
Top Flash Shops + Apps for the Dapper Dude

Top Flash Shops + Apps for the Dapper Dude

Men may cringe at the term "Metrosexual" these days, but that doesn't mean they want any less to look good.  The rise of flash sales sites like Ideeli have been a boon for women of the world, with many launching dedicated sections for menswear as well.  And these days, it's the manlier the better.  Beards have made a comeback, while Don Draper has introduced corporate style back into American culture.   If you take mainstream media at face value, you're apt to think only the rich can afford to look so good all the time.  But do you really have to... more »
The prototype of Valve Steam Machine reveals and the first impressions

The prototype of Valve Steam Machine reveals and the first impressions

A few days ago Valve announced SteamOS, and now the company has announced new hardware that will be powered by the operating system known as Steam Machines. They are basically modified PCs that allow players to play on their TV. Steam Machines will enter beta testing this year, and Valve has announced plans to distribute about 300 of these machines to players who sign up and are selected by Valve to participate in the beta test. According to Valve, players can play hundreds of games natively during the beta. For 2014, Valve expects a multitude of different Steam Machines to choose,... more »
Top quotes from #IBM IoD : @theCUBE 2013

Top quotes from #IBM IoD : @theCUBE 2013

IBM Information on Demand 2013 event, #IBMIOD is in full swing at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event runs through Friday, and is delivering on this year's theme of "Think Big. Deliver Big. WIN BIG." We featured live coverage of the event, with exclusive interviews right here on SiliconANGLE and SiliconANGLE.tv earlier this week, and also hosted a tweet chat yesterday at #IBMOID CrowdChat. Below is a recap of our CrowdChat highlights, curating the best quotes from our guests on #theCUBE.  But first, a brief recap on what IBM's IoD event is all about. IBM IoD is all about putting Big Data and... more »
Bitcoin Weekly 2013 November 6: China market still going strong, another study 'Bitcoin is broken', US Senate seeks hearings on virtual currency

Bitcoin Weekly 2013 November 6: China market still going strong, another study 'Bitcoin is broken', US Senate seeks hearings on virtual currency

Not to be outdone from last week, Bitcoin value has continued its rise from $210 last week to exceeding $250 this week. Much of this is still speculated to be due to the introduction of China to Bitcoin exchange markets (and not without some convincing evidence.) Also this week--a new paper about how the protocol can be exploited comes out and media outlets jump on a “Bitcoin is broken” story. Hint: It’s not. Finally, the US Senate is set to hold hearings on the impact and use of virtual currencies--including Bitcoin--this could be the start of yet another round of... more »
One wrong move can foreclose innovation | #IBMIoD

One wrong move can foreclose innovation | #IBMIoD

Live from IBM Information on Demand 2013 in Las Vegas, John Furrier and Dave Vellante, theCUBE co-hosts, interviewed John Mancini, author of #OccupyIT Manifesto. So what exactly is OccupyIT? "The idea was that, as businesspeople, it had come time to take technology seriously. Technology was not just the hair ball in our organizations that we had to try to make as small as possible, but that it was the key enabler for our businesses moving forward and so it was time for the business to occupy IT," explained Mancini. "We have three huge disruptors in the enterprise IT: Consumerization That radically changes how we look... more »
Moody cars : Future autos can change color based on how you feel

Moody cars : Future autos can change color based on how you feel

This week’s SmartCar roundup features a color-changing vehicle, an all-in-one security solution for cars and homes, and a smart motorcycle helmet. Chameleon car   Toyota’s vision of the future is quite colorful, as it plans to display a color-changing, mood-reading concept car at the Tokyo Motor Show, held later this month. Codenamed Toyota FV2, the car changes color according to the driver’s mood, but the project is still a work in progress, especially when it comes to determining the mood of the driver. “The car will appeal to future consumers of the digital generation, who have been used to smartphones or iPads from a young age,”... more »
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IBM bolsters analytics lineup with cognitive computing capabilities

IBM promises to bring the power of Watson to the enterprise with a set of cutting edge solutions for collecting and analyzing information at scale. Announced this week during the company’s annual Information on Demand Forum, the new offerings aim to “help companies more easily predict and respond to opportunities and challenges hidden in data.” "As the value of data continues to grow, the differentiator for clients will be around predicting what could happen to help transform their business with speed and conviction," commented Steve Mills the head of software and systems at IBM. "IBM's latest set of solutions allow clients... more »
GE jumps on crowdfunding bandwagon with OurCrowd

GE jumps on crowdfunding bandwagon with OurCrowd

Generic Electric’s tech ambitions go beyond the realm of networked machinery and embedded sensors. GE Ventures, the conglomerate’s newly established investment arm, recently entered a co-investment agreement with Israel’s OurCrowd to back early-stage technology companies. Founded in October 2012 by serial entrepreneur Jon Medved, OurCrowd operates an equity-based crowdsourcing platform that lowers the barrier of entry to the VC scene. With a minimum investment size of $10,000, the site is aimed at small-time investors who are looking to put money behind startups in the areas of software, advanced manufacturing, energy and healthcare. OurCrowd claims to have secured over $24 million in funding... more »
Mobile hotspots compared: Which one's the best for you?

Mobile hotspots compared: Which one's the best for you?

AT&T launched its first mobile hotspot, AT&T Unite, for its GoPhone, a line of prepaid phones which can be customized with plans and packages. “We’re excited to be introducing new data-only plans and adding the first mobile hotspot to our GoPhone lineup,” said Mark Collins, AT&T Mobility senior vice president of data and voice products. “We’re continuing to add more value and options for our customers, and with AT&T Unite, they can make the most of their wireless experience, while accessing the latest technology and network speeds.” The device itself is from NETGEAR and features a 2.4-inch touchscreen display, up to 10... more »

Premium Research

- David Floyer

Industrial IoT, the largest segment of the Internet of things (IoT) with the highest potential value, will require a deep integration between modern IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operations Technology). Modern IT technologies, to be truly extensible to OT, will need a hybrid cloud approach, with by far the majority of data and processing residing at the so-called "Edge". Architectures and software written by industrialists for industrialists, such as GE Predix, are showing how that can work.

- George Gilbert

The big data arena is at a crossroads. Use cases and tools are proliferating faster than most big data teams are gaining experience. In establishing the big data business capabilities required to cut through the complexity, CIO’s must balance the accessibility of integration of traditional SQL DBMS’s versus speed of innovation in the mix and match open source big data ecosystem.

- Peter Burris

In the big data domain, businesses are trying to solve complex problems with complex and novel technology -- and often failing. Simplifying the packaging of big data technologies will streamline big data pilots and accelerate big data time-to-value. CIOs looking to establish differentiating big data capabilities need to consider Single Managed Entities to help solve the complexity problem.

- David Floyer

Oracle M7 technology is meeting or exceeding the announcement performance claims against previous generation. Even taking very conservative assumptions, the business case for migration from T5 to T7 servers is good. Wikibon concludes that for Oracle software and the servers they run on, the adoption of M7 technology (and T7 server technology) is best practice for these high value compute areas.

- David Floyer

The premise tested in this research is that high value applications and software should be run on more capable converged performance-optimized infrastructure, even when they constitute a small proportion of the total workload. In contrast, cost-optimized infrastructure will save on short-term hardware costs, but will incur much higher overall costs long-term. The conclusion strongly recommends IT executives adopt a default of performance-optimized converged infrastructure for all mixed workloads when even a small proportion includes high-cost software and/or high-value applications.

- George Gilbert

Big data pros need to identify which data feedback loops in their machine learning applications can deliver sustainable differentiation through network effects. Starting early is critical because getting to scale is likely to create the "winner takes most" competitive dynamics that have become so common in tech industries. The biggest sin is to wait for the tooling to become automated enough for all competitors to jump in.

- Ralph Finos

The public cloud competitive environment remains turbulent, but sectors show signs of crystallizing a longer-term market structure.. SaaS remains turbulent with SaaS vendors successfully gaining share vs. incumbent licensed software providers who must migrate their core products to cloud-friendly offerings and/or acquire native SaaS applications to shore up their applications leadership positions. Public cloud IaaS segment leadership is crystallizing to a handful of viable providers as a function of scale requirements. PaaS is just formulating and finding its way, but is likely to gravitate towards a wide variety of development models suited for different application types and public cloud platforms.

- David Floyer

For enterprise executives trying to achieve aggressive RPO and RTO SLAs , Wikibon believes that batch backup appliances (PBBAs) will give way to real-time, continuous data protection systems that aggressively support very large memory application memory. Practitioners requiring close to RPO zero and aggressive RTO SLAs should plan for an integrated data protection approach that effectively eliminates the concept of storage-led backup and shifts thinking to a application-led virtual point-in-time recovery model. The database and file system vendors will be the predominant suppliers of this technology, and understanding their roadmaps and commitment to support application-led recovery strategies is crucial to both database and data protection technology selection.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream enterprises are beginning to deploy machine learning applications that add differentiation to traditional products and services. But the complexity of their big data infrastructure is becoming a problem. Big data pros need to deploy a digital business platform (DBP) to support modern applications and then extend the DBP to machine learning applications.

- Peter Burris

IT shops that want to achieve modern IT status will have to address the "IT iron triangle" constraining transformation.