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Data Enables Proactive Perks to US Veterans | #MITIQ

Data Enables Proactive Perks to US Veterans | #MITIQ

Dat Tran, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Data Governance and Analysis, Department of Veterans Affairs, explained his department's approach to data integration and how it can be used to provide better services to veterans to theCUBE co-hosts Jeff Kelly and Dave Vellante, live at the MIT CDOIQ Symposium. With a long history of dealing with veterans' needs after service, the VA has been implementing its technology infrastructure and setting up systems since the 1970s, and currently focuses a customer-centric perspective when approaching data. "The number one thing when we look at how to approach customer data integration, we look at it from a... more »
Telligent Takes Zimbra off VMware’s Hands

Telligent Takes Zimbra off VMware’s Hands

Zimbra is something of a hot potato. The email and collaboration specialist was acquired by Yahoo! a mere two years after its foundation, and got sold to VMware three years later in January 2010. This week, it exchanged hands once again. On Monday, enterprise social software provider Telligent announced that it has agreed to buy the firm for an undisclosed amount. The two firms intend to merge under the Zimbra brand in order to “enable customers to maximize productivity, innovation and customer experience.” The combined company is set to receive funding from VMware, Intel’s investment arm, NXT Capital Venture Finance, BDCA... more »
"Pew Pew Pew" and Other Stupid Hotwords Considered for Google Glass

"Pew Pew Pew" and Other Stupid Hotwords Considered for Google Glass

“OK Glass”   That's what Google Glass users have to mutter whenever they wish to command the device to perform a certain task.  Not complicated, simple to remember, easy to pronounce, and it sounds quite formal. But what if Google Glass had used a different “hotword”?  Would people be more or less interested in the device?  Would it actually affect the device in any way? I think it would, especially when you consider some of the other phrases that Google was seriously considering as the command prompt for its speccy device. Amanda Rosenberg, Glass Marketing Manager, has finally made the origins of  “OK Glass”... more »
Google Tries TV Again & Casts That Won't Get Itchy - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Google Tries TV Again & Casts That Won't Get Itchy - SiliconANGLE News Roundup

Another Market for Google to Dominate...   The race to internet television is getting closer, with Google becoming the latest company to join in on the competition. If launched, Google’s Internet-TV service could have major implications for the traditional TV ecosystem. For Google, the road ahead won’t be easy. They’ll be creating new competition for pay-TV operators, who are already struggling to retain subscribers, thanks to the increased use of online providers like Hulu, Netflix and Amazon. Google hopes to break through the competition by simply offering the best of both worlds. Their latest efforts are aimed at allowing customers to flip through channels,... more »
iPhone 5S Set for Fall Launch, But Good Luck Finding One if You're Russian

iPhone 5S Set for Fall Launch, But Good Luck Finding One if You're Russian

The next-generation iPhone is rumored to have been given a September or October launch date, and there may be some truth to this one as analysts project that production is set to begin start later this month. Based on inventory channel checks, Jefferies analyst Peter Misek speculates that small-batch production of low-cost iPhones began last month, while the production of the iPhone 5S will begin later this month and the devices will be launched in either September or October. Misek estimates that 15 million iPhones, both the iPhone 5S and the low-cost version, are being produced. So is there any truth to this... more »
LIVE: Big Data's Next Big Chore - Taking Out the Garbage

LIVE: Big Data's Next Big Chore - Taking Out the Garbage

Updated with full video - see below. Welcome to NewsDesk on SiliconANGLE TV for Wednesday July 17, 2013. Yesterday Wikibon Principal Research Contributor Jeff Kelly took to the Wikibon blog to give readers a sneak-peak into the topics of discussion that will be taking place at today’s MIT Chief Data Officer and Information Quality Symposium in Cambridge, Mass. Joining us now to kickstart the discussion on the importance of quality in big data is SiliconANGLE Senior Managing Editor Kristen Nicole. See live feed below or visit youtube.com/siliconangle to watch on-demand. On today's NewsDesk with Kristin Feledy, Kristen Nicole will be stopping by to discuss the rise and... more »
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We Take On the Next Big Data Mystery @ MIT: Quality vs. Quantity [LIVE Broadcast]

Quality vs. Quantity - this is the looming question when it comes to, well, almost anything.  The same question can be directed at the busy Big Data industry, now becoming an expected standard within the industry.  Now that we can collect and analyze more data than we ever imagined,  how do we determine the quality of that data? How would you define data quality in Big Data, and what’s the criteria? First off, data is considered high quality if "they are fit for their intended uses in operations, decision-making and planning," a definition easily applied to the emerging applications of Big Data. Big... more »
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Fusion-io Repositioning Ahead of Earnings Call

Flash memory juggernaut Fusion-io is set to announce its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2013 on August 7. The earnings report will shed new light on the company’s activity in recent months, namely its acquisition of NexGen and the high-profile management shakeup that left many analysts speculating about its future. In April, Fusion-io revealed that it’s shelling out $119 million for NexGen Storage, a Louisville-based maker of hybrid arrays. The startup uses Fusion-io’s flash cards in its n5 series systems for small and medium enterprises. The company announced the buyout a day after it held its third quarter... more »
Cloud Computing & The Internet of Things go Hand in Hand

Cloud Computing & The Internet of Things go Hand in Hand

There's no holding back the Internet of Things – this is where the world's heading, and we're already seeing it in concepts ranging from smart electricity meters to IBM's rather more ambitious Smart Cities initiatives. The basic fundamental holding IoT together is connectivity, a world in which machines with intelligent sensors are hooked up to the web, and able to deliver a stream of constant data. But in order to do this most effectively, proper utilization of cloud computing will become a vital component. A Normal Day in 2023   Ten years from now, things will be different. These days we wake up... more »
Understanding Big Data: The Easy Way to Become Data Literate

Understanding Big Data: The Easy Way to Become Data Literate

The enterprise is driving up demand for data scientists, but all the evidence suggests a big shortfall in the number of professionals with the expertise to transform data into tangible business insights. This 'Big Data skills gap' was recently illustrated in Wikibon's Big Data manifesto “Big Data: Hadoop, Business Analytics and Beyond”, which warns that the United States is likey to “face a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people with deep analytical skills as well as 1.5 million managers and analysts with the know-how to use the analysis of big data to make effective decisions” by 2018. The worry is that... more »

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- Ralph Finos

Users considering public cloud for business and IT workloads should evaluate the types of use cases and workloads that have wide successful deployment in the public cloud today. In order to help users to better understand the customers and workloads being served in the public cloud today, Wikibon examined the brief descriptions of approximately 650 customer solution stories on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) website and classified each according on a number of characteristics. This research reveals some interesting insights about the public cloud leader’s business, and therefore about public cloud utilization generally.

- David Floyer

The Wikibon premise in this research is that this converged environment is a win-win environment for both vendors, ISVs and enterprise IT. Testing of the converged system solution is more robust, and the reduction in the number of solution types significantly lowers testing and installation costs for the vendor. ISVs can lower the cost of deployment, deliver application value faster, and drive additional upgrade value much faster. Converged enterprise IT systems (private clouds) are more agile, more reliable, more secure and have the similar costs to public clouds.

- Brian Gracely

Wikibon looks at the emerging Cloud-native application architectures. This research focused on the scope of microservices, the domains of interaction between services, and how data services and sources are changing with these new applications.

- Brian Gracely

Faced with the choices of modernizing existing applications or starting new projects, IT organizations have many options. Wikibon looks at the vast number of options today, with a methodology to evaluate choice vs. risk.

- David Floyer

There are no enterprise organizations that have married the business, digital creativity and IT as seamlessly as Weta Digital.

- Stuart Miniman

Oracle is using it's licensing might to enter the converged infrastructure (CI) market by making database pricing extremely attractive for its own Private Cloud Appliance (PCA), relative to alternative solutions (including non-Oracle public cloud options). To gain this pricing advantage, Oracle is applying certain restrictions to non-Oracle solutions and allowing more licensing flexibility for virtualized environments on PCA. Discussions with PCA customers indicate three main benefits, including: 1) reduced Oracle database license costs (of 50% or more); 2) greater flexibility to allocate processor cores to optimize workloads and 3) very high bandwidth and performance (via an Infiniband point-to-point architecture).

- Ralph Finos

Big data and public cloud share a natural affinity, but are not a perfect match. Wikibon estimates that worldwide big data revenue in the public cloud was $1.1B in 2015 and will grow to $21.8B by 2026 - or from 5% of all big data revenue in 2015 to 24% of all big data spending by 2026. Doers should explore public cloud options for their big data workloads because public cloud offers a simple way to scale up and down workloads running mostly using open source software.

- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.