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Is Yammer a Smart Buy or is Microsoft Riding the Bandwagon?

Is Yammer a Smart Buy or is Microsoft Riding the Bandwagon?

Microsoft Corp. finally admitted that they’re acquiring Yammer Inc.,  a provider of enterprise social networks, for $1.2 billion in cash. The Yammer team will be joining the Microsoft Office Division, led by division President Kurt DelBene, and the team will continue to report to current CEO David Sacks. “The acquisition of Yammer underscores our commitment to deliver technology that businesses need and people love,” said Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft. “Yammer adds a best-in-class enterprise social networking service to Microsoft’s growing portfolio of complementary cloud services.” Is Yammer a good buy? . Since the Yammer team will be joining the Microsoft Office Division, it seems like... more »
Cisco and Citrix: Two Peas in a Pod

Cisco and Citrix: Two Peas in a Pod

Networking behemoth Cisco and virtualization software maker Citrix  announced a new partner program this week that offers a number of incentives to resellers in the VDI space. More specifically, only partners who deliver Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI) with Citrix XenDesktop are eligible to join the Cisco and Citrix Partner Accelerator. The two firms promise to provide members the tools and consultancy they require to set up a delivery model that combines offerings from them both. Marketing resources, training and ‘differentiation’ in the form of unique branding are also offered to sweeten the deal. “Citrix and Cisco have been working together for... more »
5 Things Chrome OS Needs to Succeed

5 Things Chrome OS Needs to Succeed

The Chrome Operating System is Google’s revamped effort to compete against Microsoft’s and Apple’s hold on the laptop and desktop market, and as we approach Google I/O, the world is anxious to see if Google can top the developer-centric rival events from earlier this year including WWDC.  Chromebook and Chromebox, the laptop and desktop versions of the Chrome OS are now available, with Samsung and Acer each offering a laptop version and Samsung offering the desktop hardware.  The three available laptops all look very similar, and are pleasant in a way that Apple’s MacBooks are – uncluttered and well thought... more »
Sumo Logic Goes Freemium with Data Analysis

Sumo Logic Goes Freemium with Data Analysis

Log management software startup Sumo Logic went out of stealth just a few months ago, and it has been keeping very busy ever since. The company dove right into a freemium model this week with the debut of Sumo Logic Free, a new edition of its analytical solution that is deployed on Amazon Web Services. The free version offers full functionality, which is something we don’t see very often. It covers LogReduce, a real-time analytics technology developed by the company to spot patterns more effectively, as well as Elastic Log Processing. The latter is another pending patent that allows Sumo Logic... more »
Would Apple Acquire Tesla?

Would Apple Acquire Tesla?

In this article, I deal with two related issues: 1. Driving the Tesla Model S for the first time, why are the investors so surprised that it is so awesome? 2. Should Apple expand its product line into TVs -- or cars? Last Friday saw Tesla's first customer deliveries of its Model S to non-insiders. The goal is to ramp production from one car per day now, to 80 cars per day by November, for a total of 5,000 delivered by the end of the year. Next year, the goal is to deliver at least 20,000 cars, probably with some upside from the... more »
Vodafone's Scandalous Act, Qualcomm's New Snapdragon SDK

Vodafone's Scandalous Act, Qualcomm's New Snapdragon SDK

Today’s mobile news roundup features Vodafone's latest scandal, Qualcomm's announcement of Snapdragon SDK for Android, and Box’s OneCloud for Android. Vodafone’s scandalous act Vodafone Group, a global mobile phone company, allegedly shaved off over £1 billion in UK taxes over the past decade because of unseen accounting factors in other European countries.  Tax authorities in Germany, Spain and other European countries raked in billions of euros except for the UK by incurring UK tax in recent years.  Vodafone racked up tax credits so that they will not have to pay any tax for their UK operations for the foreseeable future. "This is yet... more »
Sustainable Big Data

Sustainable Big Data

Initiatives like the Sustainia100 are timely in light of new technology platforms from leading businesses like SAP that harness Big Data to foster sustainability. Reviewing organizations across 56 countries, the Sustainia100 honors innovative and scalable solutions that foster sustainable societies. Sustainia has chosen Essess, a Big Data company dedicated to commercial and residential energy efficiency, as one of the Sustainia100 at Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. Essess’ profiles millions of buildings per month using multispectral imaging technology that captures, identifies and quanitifes energy loss. The innovative energy loss detection and diagnostics technology, developed at MIT's Field Intelligence Laboratory, automatically... more »
Netflix Brings Cluster, Application Management to Amazon Web Services with Asgard Open Source Tool

Netflix Brings Cluster, Application Management to Amazon Web Services with Asgard Open Source Tool

Netflix is continuing its habit of releasing cloud tools to the open source community with the announcement that the source code for Asgard, the video provider's web interface for application deployment and Amazon Web Services cloud management, is now available under an Apache 2.0 license. Now, Netflix is a prominent Amazon Web Services customer, and as recently as last week's GigaOM Structure the company unofficially indicated that it has no plans to migrate off the service provider's platform. But Amazon Web Services' infrastructure-as-a-service platform and Netflix's cloud model are a few steps abstracted from each other. In other words, Netflix needs to... more »
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appMobi Spreads the Gospel of HTML5, Sees Facebook as Key to Mobile App Discovery

HTML5 is of growing interest to mobile developers in particular, but many questions have been raised about this gaining standard and its ability to unify our mobile experience.  Mobile development tools maker appMobi  recognizes the apprehension over HTML5, and hopes to ease our minds with some stats that demonstrate a very solid uptake of HTML5 solutions.  Within appMobi's network alone, some 50,000 developers have built at least one app in HTML5, while 25 percent of their developers have created three or more apps in HTML5. Just 12 months ago that number was only around 10,000.  The thousands of apps that are... more »
Windows 8: Meaner and Tougher On Security

Windows 8: Meaner and Tougher On Security

There’s so much hype regarding Microsoft’s Windows 8 which will be released later this year.  The new and improved OS boasts of a new interface that would streamline the experience across PCs and mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. So what’s so great about Windows 8?  What makes it different from older Microsoft operating systems?  Well, for one, they’re getting tougher on malware and piracy. Tougher Windows OS Windows 8 will feature a picture password sign in option so unauthorized users, like pesky brothers/sisters/annoying roommate won’t be able to set their eyes on your secrets. As for those people who like using... more »

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- George Gilbert

While Oracle has many technical advantages in its favor for mainstream customers building standalone Web-scale apps or ones that extend their Oracle apps in the Oracle Public cloud, CIOs should understand the limits of running Oracle in the cloud. For now, customers who want to build the same type of apps and run Oracle on other public clouds such as Amazon, Azure, and Google, the Oracle 11g and 12c DBMS's have a showstopper: the inability to run at scale. Those public clouds don't have the dedicated hardware that Oracle's core 11g or 12c database needs in order to run at scale on a cluster.

- David Floyer

Wikibon argues strongly against Revolution towards a 3rd platform. The conclusion from this analysis is that applications will evolve; conversion should be avoided like the plague. The greatest opportunity is to continuously adapt today's operational applications by the addition of real-time or near real-time analytics applied directly to the current organizational processes and applications that support these processes. This is likely to translate to the greatest value to most organizations, and where possible avoid the risks of converting systems. The study of organizations that have applied real-time analytics to their current operational systems have shown incredible improvements in lower costs and greater adaptability. Business and IT executives should understand the enormous potential for adding decision automation through real-time analytics to current operational applications in their organizations. New technologies should be judged by their ability to support real-time analytics applied to operational systems, and supporting incremental improvement over time.

- David Vellante

Today's Technology infrastructure management is largely non-differentiated and wasteful. Technology executives must re-think the strategic role of human capital and begin to implement new ways to consume IT as a service. This post draws on the learnings of senior executive Alan Nance from Royal Philips who is dogmatic in its approach to transforming its infrastructure to a service model.

- Luke Turchetta

In a recent web-based survey conducted by Wikibon, 300 North American enterprises whom had either been utilizing, or considering the adoption of public cloud, answered questions regarding IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) perceptions and usages. These questions varied in topic but were centered around an examination of which workloads were best suited for usage in the public cloud. This research examines a few additional key insights that shed some light on the growing IaaS world.

- David Floyer

There have only been two successful volume introductions into the marketplace in the last 50 years - DRAM and NAND flash. There has to be a clear volume case with good economics for 3D XP to be able to gain a foothold in consumer products. Without volume in the consumer space, there is unlikely to be much volume traction in the enterprise space. CIOs, CTOs and enterprise professionals should take a wait and see stance, and monitor the adoption of 3D XP in the consumer and military spaces. If and when there is volume production for 3D XP, enterprise adoption should start about two years later.

- 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.