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Tracebuzz Tops this Week’s Tablet Business App Roundup

Tracebuzz Tops this Week’s Tablet Business App Roundup

The number one app in this week’s list is Tracebuzz. As the name would suggest it’s a social media tool for the iPad that searches the web for the freshest buzz about a given brand, and then displays in visualized dashboards. iPad Tracebuzz HD Tracebuzz works by asking the user to enter a term, whether their own name or a company brand, and then displaying all the recent tweets, blog posts, forum entries and several other types of items that contain a mention of that given keyword. It doesn’t display any historical data, but rather provides a convenient tool to assess social media... more »
The Cloud is Not Cool Anymore and That's a Good Thing for the CIO

The Cloud is Not Cool Anymore and That's a Good Thing for the CIO

The cloud is not cool anymore. It no longer has the aura of something cosmic. It's mainstream. That's evident in a few ways: Citing the 2012 Future of Cloud Survey, sponsored by North Bridge Venture Partners, Barb Darrow points out that users accept that mission-critical apps will go the way of the cloud. Software-as-a-Service is more widely accepted. According to Gartner, SaaS and cloud-based services are forecast to grow in usage, expanding from 11 percent of enterprise application spending in 2010 to 16 percent in 2015. Security is still a concern but users are getting beyond FUD.  Core security services are emerging. We are starting to see... more »
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Core Microsoft Office 365 Exec Defects to Amazon Web Services

Tom Rizzo, the man who basically invented Microsoft's strategy for the Office 365 cloud productivity suite, is leaving Redmond behind after 17 years with the company in favor of a new position with Amazon Web Services. A hat tip to Geekwire, which noticed the update on Rizzo's LinkedIn profile. That profile update indicates that he now works at Amazon Web Services as of June 2012, working in the Amazon EC2 business as a general manager. His profuile says he is hiring. “Tom Rizzo brought a considerable amount of energy and passion to the teams he’s been a part of during his seventeen... more »
Obama as CyberWarrior - Flame in the Campaign?

Obama as CyberWarrior - Flame in the Campaign?

This country is clearly engaged in active digital warfare. That is by launching Cyber Atacks against another nation, we have effectively declared a digital war against that nation.  This is reinforced as according to Secretary of Defense Leon Panneta, “A crippling Cyber Attack would be ‘Act of War’”, echoing a similar statement made by the Pentagon.  So it is that the U.S. is now seemingly acknowledging or rather, not denying that the country led and collaborated on the development and deployment of the Stuxnet and Flame virus efforts. Hardly a revelation at this point, yet the story has reared its head... more »
Enterprise Storage Meets Mobility and the Cloud

Enterprise Storage Meets Mobility and the Cloud

TappIn and QNAP have announced a new partnership that will integrate TappIn’s content mobility solution with QNAP’s NAS devices. The integration allows users to securely access any content stored on QNAP’s NAS from a web browser or Internet connected mobile device. The TappIn and QNAP partnership is just another signal of the growing importance of anywhere access to enterprise content. Technology leaders are struggling to keep their content secure in an environment where users have access to thousands of free gigs of cloud-based storage. Service like Box and DropBox initially targeted consumers with freemium cloud-based storage, but now they are making... more »
An App to Test Apps: Telerik's Latest Move Into iOS

An App to Test Apps: Telerik's Latest Move Into iOS

App development solutions maker Telerik unveiled its latest project: a beta testing tool for iOS that can be downloaded directly from the App Store. The goal of the application is to drastically simplify beta testing and customer feedback by making it a much more straight-forward process for developers and end users alike. Test Studio for iOS supports the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, and enables the developer to test both web-based and native apps. The latter category requires a recompile, but only with the addition of a relatively small component.  That's significantly less than what's required by third party platforms with device or... more »
Who Else Has Google Shut Down Besides YouTube-MP3?

Who Else Has Google Shut Down Besides YouTube-MP3?

Google's been known to shut down a service or two, especially since the return of Larry Page as CEO as he does a clean sweep of irrelevant apps and services to focus Google's goals.  But after this week's rampage against YouTube-MP3.org, we're reminded that Google won't hesitate to have a third party service shut down as well.  It's often a matter of non-compliance, when a service or product is allegedly going against Google's terms of condition or violates some copyright.  But for Google in particular, the search giant is often slow to act until some corporate head turns on the... more »
Bromium Raises $26 Million and Emerges from Stealth with a "Microvisor" That Takes the Human Factor into Consideration

Bromium Raises $26 Million and Emerges from Stealth with a "Microvisor" That Takes the Human Factor into Consideration

Bromium's Simon Crosby has done a masterful job in the past year of marketing a startup without revealing what it is. For months, the buzz grew to such an extent that Bromium even won an award for "Startup of the Year." Today, the company is having its coming out party with the unveiling of its Microvisor, an x86 specific technology that it describes as a second generation virtualization technology. Bromium provides a virtualized hardware that isolates and secures data running within the operating system that is hidden from the user. Bromium had $9.2 million in funding prior to today's news. Today the... more »
Social Enterprise Gets Gamed with New Bunchball Apps

Social Enterprise Gets Gamed with New Bunchball Apps

Bunchball is a company that made a name for itself by applying gamification, the idea that certain interactive components can be used in contexts that extend beyond just gaming, to the social enterprise. Its flagship offering is Nitro, a platform that enables organizations to implement this concept via pre-made widgets, toolbars and other gadgets that workers can use. Today Nitro is joined by Spark and Fuse, two new brands that add a lot of value to what Bunchball is offering. Spark is the name of a new application portfolio that supplements Nitro with additional features. The line-up currently features 10 of these... more »
The Wireless Spectrum Crunch Continues

The Wireless Spectrum Crunch Continues

The speedy mobile Internet connections that many US consumers take for granted may be about to hit a serious roadblock. Wireless traffic is pushing the boundaries of the current communications infrastructure, and consumption shows no signs of subsiding. Unfortunately, things are only going to get worse. Analysts predict US wireless use will double annually for the next three years. According to The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), this rapid growth will result in demand for wireless radio spectrum to exceed supply by 2013. By 2014, deficit will double. Why should you care? If wireless demand exceeds the spectrum capacity, end users will... more »

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- Stuart Miniman

The use of open source software continues to accelerate and expand in the marketplace, especially in areas where technology is significantly disrupting established business models. IT organizations should be actively seeking to understand how open communities operate, how different licensing models work, and how they can be more actively engaged with both the vendors and communities that are shaping open source software.

- Stuart Miniman

The full stack of software around containers (including Docker) is diverse and changing at a fast pace. This research walks the software stack and examines the

- David Floyer

CIOs understand that a clear cloud strategy is critical for IT today. Wikibon believes the biggest mistake organizations can make is converting major applications into the public cloud (including SaaS) without thinking about the implications to their existing business process workflows. Wikibon recommends that IT develop and implement a hybrid cloud strategy using the existing management workflows and compliance processes for both the public and private cloud components in the hybrid cloud.

- David Floyer

In 2014, Wikibon defined a new category "Server SAN" that sits at the intersection of software-defined storage, hyperscale methodologies and converged infrastructure. This article is the executive summary of primary research that gives the status of the market, examines the vendor ecosystem, lays forth the revenue and 10 year forecast and gives direction for expansion beyond simple "hyperconverged infrastructure". This information is available for public consumption, the full research is available to Wikibon clients.

- David Floyer

In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.

- Stuart Miniman

If containers are at the center of a shift in how applications are developers and delivered, and their pace of growth and change is unprecedented in IT history, this could have a massive ripple effect on both suppliers and consumers of the ecosystem of IT technologies.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream IT, LoB execs and application development professionals each provide different yet critical perspectives to Systems of Intelligence. IT exes must be in a position to deliver the right infrastructure (e.g. cloud, on-prem, etc.) with the proper performance and SLA profile to support LoB requirements. Line-of-Business execs must have enough knowledge to specify the real-time needs of applications while application development pros must ensure the right skills are in place to deliver and maintain services to Systems of Intelligence over a full life cycle.

- George Gilbert

Premise 16 years ago proprietary flavors of Unix domina […]

- Stuart Miniman

Hyperconvergence is the current state – next generation of converged – better, faster, more distributed than original converged, but still just the beginning. Wikibon’s Server SAN research agenda is to show where we are today and give guidance for the future of this space.

- David Floyer

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.