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Mentor moments : Inspiring women in tech

Mentor moments : Inspiring women in tech

It seems 2013 was a prime year for furthering the story of women in the tech sector.  Every era is tagged with its own feminist movement, and the present day is ripe with initiatives to spur girls’ interest in math and science.  Not only is this nation in desperate need for more math and science students, but career paths following these tracts have yet to reach a gender equilibrium. A recent Yale study cited by The New York Times notes that only 14 percent of physics Ph.D.’s in the US are women, earning an average salary $4,000 less than male counterparts.  The... more »
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Google Glass accessory store pops up : Will Google unveil new products today?

Glass Explorers were delighted with the news that they can swap their old Google Glasses for a new version later this year, as well as invite three of their friends to become Explorers.  But that’s not all, as Google is said to be gearing up to launch a dedicated online store for Google Glass accessories. Some developers have already seen the store and the page shows Google is selling an extra Mono Earbud for $50, Clear Shield for $75, extra cable and charger for $50, and an extra pouch for $50. Though this is good news for Explorers, some think the prices... more »
Google's Halloween treat : Uncover all today's spooky 'Easter eggs'

Google's Halloween treat : Uncover all today's spooky 'Easter eggs'

You might have already noticed today’s Google Doodle is an interactive animated witch.  There are more tricks to uncover though, but you just have to know the right combination of ingredients to make the right concoction. But that’s not all Google has in store for users today as Google Graph Search provides additional, not always useful, but funny information for your ghoulish search. Ghost Inspector Specter In traditional belief and fiction, a ghost is the soul or spirit of a dead person or animal that can appear, in visible form or other manifestation, to the living. Wikipedia Origin: Animism or ancestor worship in pre-literate cultures Grouping:... more »
Smart glasses worthy of Levar Burton (or Superman)

Smart glasses worthy of Levar Burton (or Superman)

This week’s SmartDevice roundup features a pair of smart glasses, a smart tracker, and a badge that makes you feel like you're part of the Star Trek crew. ION Glasses   This gadget allows you to monitor your phone’s activity without obstructing your view as it sends you notifications via LED that only you can see.  You can assign LED colors for different notifications such as incoming calls, SMS, email, reminders, plus the ION logo on the outside of the frame can also be customized with any color your like. All the components are on the right temple of the frame of the ION... more »
3 new roles Big Data will bring to your office | #BigDataNYC

3 new roles Big Data will bring to your office | #BigDataNYC

Bill Schmarzo, the CTO, EIM Service Line for EMC, discussed the release of his book, Big Data - Understanding How Data Powers Big Business with theCUBE co-hosts Dave Vellante and John Furrier, live at #BigDataNYC 2013 in New York.   "The inspiration for the book really started three years ago," Schmarzo said, with a conference session on Big Data focusing on helping technology people understand how the business should think about employing data. The Dean of Big Data said he "had a framework in mind about what I wanted to tell people. It all kind of came together." The book features numerous case studies of how... more »
Facebook wants to track your mouse cursor and screen behavior

Facebook wants to track your mouse cursor and screen behavior

As if it didn't know enough about you already, Facebook now wants to be able to track your mouse cursor as you interact with the site, and has apparently been researching the feasibility and profitability of doing so. According to the Wall Street Journal, which broke the story, the social media giant is looking for ways to better track how users interact with content and ads on Facebook. Using the data it gets from this project, it would then be able to adapt its advertising methods accordingly to generate ever-more numbers of clicks. Facebook already employs a number of methods, such... more »
Facebook posts stellar Q3 despite decrease in mobile DAUs

Facebook posts stellar Q3 despite decrease in mobile DAUs

Facebook posted its third quarter earnings results, which showed that the company beats analysts expectations. Its revenue for the quarter that ended last September 30, 2013 saw an increase of 60 percent, from $1.26 billion one year ago, to $2.02 billion for this year.  The majority of its revenue came from advertising, which saw a 66 percent increase from last year to $1.80 billion.  Mobile advertising also saw a 49 percent increase in revenue, and payments and other fees constituted $218 million in revenue for the third quarter of 2013. "For nearly ten years, Facebook has been on a mission to connect... more »
Bugged teddy bears, electric irons & the Pope: Spying just got really, really silly

Bugged teddy bears, electric irons & the Pope: Spying just got really, really silly

If you've been following the NSA's spying saga over the summer, you probably thought you'd seen it all by now. Well, you couldn't have been more wrong, because this was the week that the torrent of spy allegations went completely over-the-top. The NSA has been eavesdropping on The Pope; the Russians are using bugged teddy bears to spy on G-20 officials; Wikileaks' Julian Assange has been sending packages of spy equipment to jailed activists; Oh and the Chinese are equipping electric irons with spy chips – all this and more in just one week. Perhaps the most scandalous allegation of the past... more »
SAP customers aren't aware Big Data exists : Know there's a data challenge | #BigDataNYC

SAP customers aren't aware Big Data exists : Know there's a data challenge | #BigDataNYC

David Parker, Vice President at SAP, discussed his company's Big Data strategy, the evolution of HANA, and enterprise data applications, with theCUBE co-hosts Jeff Kelly and John Furrier, live at #BigDataNYC 2013 in New York.   "First and foremost, we're an application company," Parker stated. SAP's Big Data approach was powered by its customers who need solutions for their challenge of storing vast, large quantities of data, "which naturally gravitates towards a Hadoop cluster." SAP HANA is the flagship product the company uses to drive application development. "The Big Data world is somehow owned by Hadoop," Parker said. Unstructured data needs to be collected... more »
Egnyte introduces mobile apps to its secure enterprise file sharing platform

Egnyte introduces mobile apps to its secure enterprise file sharing platform

The BYOD revolution is brought up all the time among other things, as a security issue. How should the enterprise put mobile solutions into employee’s hands and be sure the organization is properly protecting assets? Mobile Device Management is one piece of the puzzle. Protecting data is another and Egnyte has a new solution for easy and secure access that could solve problems mobility introduces that are facing many organizations. Egnyte has cut its teeth with its innovative enterprise storage products. What they’ve introduced now is the availability of iOS and Android apps that make secure file access easy, and... more »

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- 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.