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Sony Executive Shakeup Continues with Kunimasa Suzuki as New Mobile President and CEO

Sony Executive Shakeup Continues with Kunimasa Suzuki as New Mobile President and CEO

Today’s mobile roundup features Sony’s new leader, Apple’s new patents, and a new quad-band LTE USB modem. Meet Sony’s new President and CEO Sony Mobile Communications announced that effective May 16, 2012, Bert Nordberg will no longer serve as the company’s President and CEO but will serve as Chairman of Sony Mobile Communications’ board.  Kunimasa Suzuki will take the role of President and CEO of Sony Mobile Communications.  Kunimasa’s new role will be added to his current role as Corporate Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of Sony Corporation. "Kuni has a vast experience in product planning and management in the information technology... more »
From Services to Software, Still Waiting for Big Data Leadership from IBM

From Services to Software, Still Waiting for Big Data Leadership from IBM

At Strata Conference last month, my Wikibon colleagues and I had the pleasure of chatting with Anjul Bhambri, Vice President of Big Data in IBM’s software group. While we had a pleasant discussion, I expressed to Anjul that we as an industry are waiting for IBM to show a higher level of leadership in the Big Data space more befitting a company of Big Blue’s stature and expertise. My point was that IBM has a very broad and fairly deep portfolio of Big Data-related products and services – including its analytics services team, Watson unstructured analytics system, Netezza data warehouse appliance... more »
Nokia's Former Symbian Developers Leave En Masse from Accenture

Nokia's Former Symbian Developers Leave En Masse from Accenture

Last year, Nokia decided that it no longer needed Symbian anymore. Nope. The home grown mobile operating system needed to go. Instead, Nokia decided Microsoft would serve as its shining light to face the iPhone and Android onslaught. Nokia turned to Accenture to manage the Symbian sunset. As part of the deal, 1,200 Nokia employees joined the Accenture ranks. According to YLE News,  now it appears that all did not work out so well for those spun out to Accenture. About 400 employees have since left or are in the process of receiving severance agreements. Most of these people are developers who just got... more »
5 Pivotal Documents in the Evolution of the DevOps Movement

5 Pivotal Documents in the Evolution of the DevOps Movement

"Most people are right in saying 'we’ve been doing DevOps for years.' That's mainly because there is not good canonical definition for DevOps," John Willis wrote recently. Rather than try to provide a definition of DevOps, Willis goes on to describe the evolution of the DevOps movement as we know it today. According to Willis, the movement is the result of the convergence of three different threads: 1) The agile infrastructure community, which Willis describes as the most recognized thread. According to Willis, this thread evolved on the agile-sysadmin mailing list founded by Marcel Wegerman in 2008. 2) Velocity, the O'Reilly... more »
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Social APIs, Romance and Lessons for the CIO Trying to Manage all Those Data Silos

Sometimes, it's necessary to build a new platform. But sometimes, app development is about the clever use of what you already have in front of you. And for the CIO  thinking how to integrate dozens of data silos, there are lots of lessons to be learned from smart enterprise services such as Salesforce.com and the not so likely sources such as Yoke, a Facebook dating app. Salesforce likes to brag about how customer Burberry leverages its APIs to truly customize its enterprise applications.  Its Force.com Facebook Tool Kit connects brands to customers with Facebook profiles. Using OAuth 2.0, it can be used to authenticate a... more »
Cisco Expands in Brazil, Education Segment

Cisco Expands in Brazil, Education Segment

Brazil is a fast-growing IT market. Companies including Broadcom have expressed interest to strengthen their local presence, and now  Cisco is too. IT training and certification is a big emphasis for the networking gear maker, specifically  cloud education: as a part of a new alliance with storage giant EMC and its subsidiary VMware,  new training courses will become available to partners of all three companies. Storage and virtualization are two of the topics which will be covered in the intiative, along with a couple of others including the somewhat less expected category of data science. In addition, the  company announced plans to invest  $1 billion reais, or about... more »
Square Gets Bolder With Two Google Execs On the Team

Square Gets Bolder With Two Google Execs On the Team

Executive shakeups in Silicon Valley is nothing new.  It was just hours ago we reported that Pinterest CEO Paul Sciarra is leaving the company to work for Andreessen Horowitz as an entrepreneur-in-residence, to be replaced by co-founder Ben Silbermann. And now reports surface that two Google execs abandoned the search giant for Square, the startup that provides credit-card dongles that attach to smartphones and tablets to accept payments anywhere. From YouTube to Square Ricardo Reyes, who served as Tesla Motors’ Vice President of Communications and Google’s YouTube’s Director of Communications and Public Affairs, is now the vice president of communications and brand marketing at... more »
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Dell Boosts Services Portfolio with Clerity Buy

Technology manufacturer Dell has already shared its intentions of pulling away from its consumer businesses, specifically its PC unit, instead re-focusing on the enterprise and the cloud. The reasons are quite clear – it has the likes of Apple to compete with, and selling data center equipment is considerably more profitable than relatively low-margin PC sales. And therein lies the opportunity. Enterprises are now facing a need to upgrade their legacy infrastructure, but first they need to find a way to migrate their apps and data, and Dell is hoping to capitalize on this as well. Today the company acquired Clerity, a... more »
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BlackBerry Mobile Fusion Manages iOS, Android for Business

Ontario-based Research In Motion officially launched the highly-anticipated BlackBerry Mobile Fusion - the company’s next-generation mobile device management (MDM) solution for enterprise customers.  Its ability to manage rival devices including iOS and Android marks another way in which RIM hopes cross-platform support will make it a more inviting service provider. BlackBerry Mobile Fusion is built on the BlackBerry Enterprise Server, which is considered the gold standard for government and business use. It also delivers a cost-efficient, secure, reliable and scalable solution that consolidates the management of smartphones and tablets running BlackBerry OS, which includes support for BlackBerry PlayBook and upcoming BlackBerry... more »
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Instagram for Android Hits the Market, Lacks Certain Features and Tablet Support

Instagram, possibly the most popular photo sharing app on Apple app store of all time, has finally come to Android platform after more than a year of waiting and months of speculation. Instagram released the first version for Android users, which is already available on Google Play for free. On the launch of the Android version, Instagram has also released a bunch of stats. The app user base has grown to 30 million+ registered users in the 18 months since launch. Instagram currently has over five million photos uploaded per day, or around 150 million per month. There are currently almost... more »

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- Stuart Miniman

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.

- David Floyer

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.

- Jeff Kelly

When I began covering the Big Data market for Wikibon back in early 2011, it was early days. Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and NoSQL, while still early in their development, were becoming better known by enterprise practitioners. The market for commercial Big Data technologies and services was small but on the verge of rapid growth. But from a business use case perspective, Big Data was long on promise but short on specifics. A lot has changed over the last four years. Without question, Big Data technologies have developed at breakneck speed due in large part to a vibrant open source community of developers. Hadoop in particular has taken great strides. What was once a batch processing, unsecure and somewhat finicky framework is now a much more comprehensive, enterprise-grade, multi-application supporting Big Data platform.

- Steve Chambers

Hybrid cloud is being touted as the best solution for enterprises today but it is under attack. Complex enterprises have complex needs which means they are unlikely to get everything they need from one hybrid cloud. Investing in a single hybrid cloud to glue one private and one public cloud together is not the ultimate answer, as recognised by many referring to hybrid cloud as "a journey". However, the danger is that if you design for a dual-element hybrid cloud then you will not equip yourself for the extensibility required to snap in/out new/old cloud elements over time, and you will still be down a dead end.

- Jeff Kelly

MarkLogic held its annual customer and partner conference in San Francisco earlier this month. The company, whose NoSQL database evolved from a simple XML data store and is beginning to disrupt the traditional RDBMS market, is experiencing solid growth. For the calendar year 2014, the company reported total revenue in excess of $100 million for the first time in its 14-year history. It is the largest of the NoSQL pure-play vendors and recently added JSON support, semantic and bitemporal analytics capabilities, and incremental back-up capabilities to its flagship database.

- Steve Chambers

Enterprise IT has been ignited by the Digital Economy and exploded into thousands of users, devices, applications and questions: When users are using their laptop over coffee-house wifi to look up a customer on their public cloud SaaS CRM system, before logging into email on-premises to send an invite to the customer: are they using one identity, or two? Without a single, unique trusted identity across hybrid cloud, there is no hybrid cloud because it looks like a discombobulated and fragmented set of "stuff" to the user, whether that's an infrastructure administrator or a business administrator. This pounding headache has to be addressed with modern hybrid identity systems.

- Stuart Miniman

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.

- Steve Chambers

In the UK, large enterprise, household named, logos in all markets are using AWS and not only for virtual machines and storage. Enterprises are consuming features such as identity, data warehouse, search, content delivery as AWS increase the size of the set of undifferentiated heavy lifting due to the hundreds of features they are releasing and improving.

- Steve Chambers

Containers, and specifically Docker, allows the management of applications to be freed from the shackles of infrastructure. This article examines the state of containers and the booming Docker ecosystem and how enterprise IT should get started at embracing this important technology.