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Millennial Media Faces Patent Lawsuit After Closing IPO

Millennial Media Faces Patent Lawsuit After Closing IPO

Millennial Media recently closed their IPO offering of 10,200,000 shares of common stock at a public offering price of $13.00 per share, but there's already trouble for the mobile ad network, as it faces a lawsuit regarding targeted advertising. They began trading under the ticker MM at the New York Stock Exchange last March 29. And just a few days after closing their IPO pricing, they're slapped with a patent lawsuit from mobile marketing service, Augme Technologies. “The ’721, the ’636, and the ’691 Patents are generally directed to the manner in which content provided in a Web page, such as advertisements, music,... more »
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Simplifying Hadoop Querying With SaaS and Why It Matters to the CIO

Analytics startup Kontagent is breaking the mold with the availability of kSuite DataMine, a SaaS offering that enables analysts to use Hive-powered, SQL-like queries to get data out of a Hadoop deployment. It's meant to give insights that can help monetize mobile gaming - but if the idea catches on, it could change everything. In the real world, your garden variety analytics dashboard can only tell you so much. After all, the underlying technology may be great, but it can only be used to answer questions that the designer thought of before the product shipped. That's a lot of wasted data.... more »
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DataDirect Networks to Provide the Storage Behind New Telescope

Earlier this week we covered IBM’s partnership with the European ASTRON to develop analytics software that will filter the data collected by the Square Kilometer Array.  The initiative aims to make the job of the scientists who will be working with the telescope considerably easier, knowing that the instrument will generate roughly one Exabyte of space info per day. All that data needs to be stored and analyzed on a physical infrastructure, and it looks like this is where DataDirect comes in – a few thousand miles south of Big Blue.  The company has been contracted by an equally redoubtable abbreviation,... more »
Twitter Sues Spammers, Facebook Caught In Web of Security Flaws

Twitter Sues Spammers, Facebook Caught In Web of Security Flaws

All forms of malicious software plague the web, and one wrong click could cost you.  No matter how careful you are, one of these critters could eventually make its way to your system and wreak havoc. Let’s look at some of the latest security issues discovered. Apple releases second Java update Mid-week, Russian anti-virus vendor Doctor Web stated that an estimated 600,000 Macs were infected by the Trojan  BackDoor.Flashback.39 which  targets an unpatched JavaScript codes, exploiting vulnerabilities within the Mac operating system. On April 3rd, Apple released a security update that fixes the loophole, and F-Secure offers detailed steps into diagnosing as to whether or... more »
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Instagram Closing in on $50M Round from Sequoia

Though Instagram is getting some negative feedback because of its recently launched app for the Android platform, leading some Apple users to criticize the photo-sharing app, investors aren’t fazed one bit. AllThingsD reports that Instagram is near closing a $50 million Series B funding led by Sequoia Capital with the possible participation of DST.  If this round of funding closes, it would put Instagram’s valuation at $500 million. Instagram had more than 30 million Apple users as of last week, and that number quickly increased by a million just 12 hours after the Android version launched.  Though anyone would be impressed with... more »
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Apple, Amazon Face Different Outcomes from Booming eBooks Market

Today’s e-reader roundup features a possible pricing settlement of The U.S. Department of Justice with three of the world’s biggest publishers that sells e-books to Apple, Amazon’s launch of the Spanish language Kindle store, and the rise of e-reader reading. Apple and the US Department of Justice Might Reach a Settlement The pending lawsuit from the U.S. Department of Justice about the alleged price regulation on e-books can be resolved as Apple and other major publishers are willing to make concessions. Referring to well-informed sources, Bloomberg reported the U.S. Department of Justice has agreed to withdraw the lawsuit on three of the world’s... more »
Tata Consultancy’s Bad Rep Bad for Business

Tata Consultancy’s Bad Rep Bad for Business

Tata Consultancy Services Ltd, a subsidiary of the India-based Tata Group, has gotten itself in a bit trouble now that two former employees are launching a class-action suit against the company. Their motion was finally approved by a U.S court this week. The background is that these individuals have opened the initial case against TCS all the way back in 2006, citing an alleged failure on behalf of their employer to fulfill the terms of their employment. These are Indian nationalists who were hired for positions in the U.S and were promised two salaries--one adapted to the American economy and another... more »
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SAP President Resigns for Unknown Reason

In a statement released this week SAP said Robert Courteau, the man in charge of its operations and sales in North America, has left the company. He’s been with the business software maker since 2004, and has been serving as president of the NA region for over a year. Global sales head Robert Enslin has become the interim president while a permanent replacement is found. “The U.S. business accounted for 26 percent of SAP’s revenue last year, according to Bloomberg data," Bloomberg reports.  "Total revenue from the country rose 14 percent from 2010, exceeding the 12 percent growth reported for Europe, the Middle East and... more »
RIM Executives On the Run, Apple Working on 7.85" iPad

RIM Executives On the Run, Apple Working on 7.85" iPad

Today’s mobile news roundup features RIM executives abandoning their sinking ship, Google’s Sergey Brin sporting the Google Glasses, Apple working on a 7.85-inch iPad and more. RIM loses tops dogs amid market decline According to a spokesman for Research in Motion, Senior Vice President Alan Brenner will be leaving the company after a transition period while Alistair Mitchell, vice president for the BlackBerry instant-messaging service, has already left. The departure of the said execs is due to RIM’s fifth straight quarterly sales loss.  CEO Thorsten Heins said that they will be focusing more on their consumers since they failed to keep most from... more »
A Conversation with SAP CIO Oliver Bussmann: What Happens When 15,000 iPads Are Given to Employees

A Conversation with SAP CIO Oliver Bussmann: What Happens When 15,000 iPads Are Given to Employees

SAP has an estimated 54,000 employees. About 40,000 of those employees carry iPads, iPhones, smart phones and tablets. That equaties to about 80% of its workforce as mobile ready. "We are the second largest user of iPads globally," said SAP's CIO Oliver Bussman in an recent interview, He said  Korea Telecomm is first in the world with 32,000 employees using the most coveted device of our time. Here's a breakdown on SAP's mobile deployments: 15,000 iPads 10,000 iPhones 20,000 Blackberry phones 800 Samsung Galaxy Tablets (Androidd) Bussman is investing in mobile for several reasons: The computer power is there, especially with the iPads. With the increased processing power comes... 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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