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Infochimps Rounds Out Platform with Dashpot

Infochimps Rounds Out Platform with Dashpot

Earlier this year big data marketplace operator and tools maker Infochimps unveiled an enterprise data-as-a-service offering for managing large scale analytics, which is offered as a hosted solution or an on-premise license. This week the Infochimps Platform has been brought to another level with the launch of Dashpot, a dashboard that runs on top of its core product with the purpose of getting the data closer to the decision makers. It does so in a number of ways, all of which either introduce simplification, extended functionality or both. “We built Dashpot to dramatically increase the usability and management of the Infochimps Platform... more »
Kinect Used to Operate Four-Story High Pipe Organ in Australia

Kinect Used to Operate Four-Story High Pipe Organ in Australia

Melbourne, Australia is the home of an extravagant and beautiful four-story high pipe organ called the Town Hall Grand Organ—installed in 1872, the organ was almost entirely rebuilt in 1905 and still stands today. Originally built and installed by William Hill and Son of London and it took nine months to complete.  It is an impressive piece of historic machinery. Recently, Australian composer Chris Vik desired to play a composition on the historic organ. Interestingly enough, one of the more renovations (post 1905) was the installation of a MIDI controller in the 90s. This enabled him to make use of a... more »
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Apple Hits $600B Market Cap While Sony Reports $6.4B Annual Loss

Last week Samsung Electronics Co. and HTC released their 2012 Q1 guidance reports in which Samsung was noted to be performing remarkably well, while HTC was in a bit of a rut.  More companies are expected to release theirs any day now.  For now, let’s look at out how Sony Corp. and Apple Inc. are doing in the market. Sony suffers massive loss Just a day after Sony announced that they will be replacing Howard Stringer with Kazuo Hirai as chief executive officer, the company reported that they are expecting an annual loss of $2.9 billion - a brutal way to welcome... more »
SAP Buys Leading Enterprise Mobile Development Shop and Announces $155 Million Startup Fund

SAP Buys Leading Enterprise Mobile Development Shop and Announces $155 Million Startup Fund

It is all about HANA today at SAP's press event in San Francisco.  HANA as a real-time platform and HANA as the foundation for a major push to attract developers through a new $155 million fund for startups. With the news comes the announcement that SAP is acquiring Syclo, the largest mobile app developer for the enterprise. The$155 million fund will be managed by SAP Ventures and will be called the SAP HANA Real-Time Fund. SAP is also launching a $337 million database adoption fund. Its intent is to provide consulting services to customers transitioning from legacy databases. In addition, SAP announced agreements... more »
Anonymous Brings DDoS Fist Down on UK and Turns Attention Towards China Over Human Rights

Anonymous Brings DDoS Fist Down on UK and Turns Attention Towards China Over Human Rights

The Anonymous collective brewed up a storm over this weekend by taking aim at government websites belonging to China and England. The cells involved have been communicating via Twitter and made warning of their attacks days ahead of time. The Anonymous spokespeople involve state that China is being targeted due to oppression of free speech and other human rights violations and the UK is under fire because of a recently crafted extradition treaty. According to the The Telegraph the attack on the UK started late Saturday evening after warnings being made the previous Monday by a Twitter account belonging to a... more »
Amazon Appstore's In-App Purchasing is Another Play Against Google

Amazon Appstore's In-App Purchasing is Another Play Against Google

In-app purchasing is probably the best way for developers to monetize their products, something Amazon did not consider when they launched the Amazon Appstore for Android over a year ago. The Amazon Appstore gave Android developers another venue to launch their babies, unfortunately, it was another store that gobbled up apps.  Consumers had a hard time looking for the apps they wanted and developers found it hard to compete with established publishers.  Developers either had to significantly lower the price of their apps in order to gain users or offer their apps for free, which was bad for developers who want... more »
Is Your IT Service Provider Just Telling You What You Want to Hear?

Is Your IT Service Provider Just Telling You What You Want to Hear?

Eric Garland, a futurist/strategic analyst, published an indictment of strategic consulting last week in The Atlantic. Although Garland is focused on the sort of foresight services provided to governments and CEOs and boards of large companies, he also mentions general purpose consulting companies such as Booz Allen, Accenture and McKinsey. Garland's experience has some lessons for CIOs in the market for IT consulting services. Michael Krigsman cites research by IAG Consulting finding that 68% of IT projects will likely fail. It's the most pessimistic of estimates that Krigsman has reviewed. IT failure is difficult to quantify because there are so many... more »
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Auto HTML5 Switches for Mobile Ads with Jivox Update

Jivox is the developer of an interactive mobile advertising platform that lets marketers create their own ads using the solution’s self-dubbed “rich graphical user interface.” And today the company updated its flagship offering with some new features that aim to add a lot of extra functionality. Simplification is a big highlight, and Jivox managed to implement it in a couple of different areas. For one, its ad making platform now includes something called smart sizing, which automatically switches an advertisement’s format from flash to HTML5 (or vice versa) depending on the visitor’s device. In addition, overall support has been broadened to include... more »
HP Opens Public Cloud

HP Opens Public Cloud

For months, we've heard the rumblings about HP's public cloud. Insiders have been offering invites.  HP's intentions have been no secret,  but now it is official. The HP Public cloud will open to the public on May 10. The move is part of HP's intent to be a public cloud services provider and marry that with its private and hybrid cloud strategies. The HP Public Cloud is similar to Amazon Web Services in some respects but the difference is in HP's idea of how the traditional enterprise fits into the model. Aspects of it are built on OpenStack. HP's real intent here is... more »
Instagram is Facebook’s $1b Bribe to Valley VCs

Instagram is Facebook’s $1b Bribe to Valley VCs

Look, I’ve always derided pundits in the past for being trigger-happy on the “we’re in a bubble” talk, but when you objectively look at the tech sector today and two major acquisitions making headlines, you have to be blind not to notice that everyone’s drinking the same Kool-Aid. We had a major debate about the acquisition news this morning in the SiliconANGLE editorial chat room, but I threw out a few questions regarding the acquisition that no one had a ready answer for. I’ll use them as a launching point to discuss the topic today 1) Would it have cost Facebook... more »

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- George Gilbert

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.

- Stuart Miniman

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.

- David Floyer

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.

- 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

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