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Another Executive Shakeup for Hewlett-Packard, Loses Labs Head & Senior Vice President Prith Banerjee

Another Executive Shakeup for Hewlett-Packard, Loses Labs Head & Senior Vice President Prith Banerjee

Executive shakeups have become quite frequent at Hewlett-Packard, the latest to leave being Prith Banerjee, the senior vice president who led its research and development organization - HP Labs. Banerjee's last day is April 15, for a company outside the U.S. While the hunt is on for another HP Labs executive, Chandrakant Patel, a 25-year old HP Fellow and director of its Sustainable Ecosystems Research Group, will head up the R&D division. Here is an interview that I did with Prith at HP Discover last year. http://siliconangle.tv/video/prith-banerjee-svp-director-hp-labs-hp-discover-2011 Prith is very smart and most likely got fed up with the HP board snafus.  In the end... more »
HTML5 Needs Frameworks to Transition Developers, Users into Mobile Future

HTML5 Needs Frameworks to Transition Developers, Users into Mobile Future

HTML5 is said to be “the one” that would dominate all forms of computer language from desktops to mobile devices, toppling Flash along the way.  Back in November, Adobe pulled the plug on their Flash for mobile to focus on HTML5, which was a hard pill to swallow since the late Steve Jobs was never really a fan of Flash, stating that HTML5 was the solution for everything and influencing the mobile sector's perspective of Flash overall. Though it seems Flash is already in its final stages life, some believe that HTML5 still has a lot of maturing to do.  A recent... more »
Super PACs and Social Media: Another Ploy for 2012

Super PACs and Social Media: Another Ploy for 2012

Traditionally, political communication is understood as the space in which the applicant sends a mass message to the public with the intent to persuade their decision to vote. Under this logic, voters had only opinion polls and surveys as the most direct routes to provide feedback to candidates. With the impact of social networks on the evolution in political communication (i.e., the tendency to conceive online users that facilitate interaction and collaboration between candidates and supporters), the layout of information exchange between senders and receivers have been modified. Bottom line, social networking sites help people communicate better, creating structured online human... more »
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Draw Something Hits 50M Downloads in 50 Days

Draw Something, the Pictionary-like app that invaded iOS and Android devices, has been downloaded 50 million times in just 50 days. "We believe it's not only the fastest-growing original mobile game of all time – 50 days to hit 50 million downloads — but one of the fastest growing web sensations that we’ve seen," Zynga said in a statement. The announcement was made by Zynga, who recently bought OMGPOP Inc., the developer of Draw Something, for $180 million, plus another $30 million for employee retention payments.  Aside from that, the app is once again the top-selling app in Apple’s App Store after... more »
Got a Mac? You're Probably Infected. Here's What You Need

Got a Mac? You're Probably Infected. Here's What You Need

On Wednesday, Russian anti-virus vendor Doctor Web published an article stating that 550,000 Macs were infected with BackDoor.Flashback.39 -  a Trojan that targets an unpatched JavaScript codes (CVE-2011-3544, CVE-2008-5353 and CVE-2012-0507) vulnerabilities within Mac operating system.  The report was later updated in Dr. Web’s Twitter account stating that more than 600,000 Macs were compromised and the majority of which can be found in the United States. Where it all began Ars Technica had been keeping tabs on the Flashback Trojan since it appeared in 2011.  The Trojan posed as a Flash player installer, easily tricking some Mac users into installing the malicious... more »
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VMware’s Upcoming Earnings Report and How it's Tied to EMC

VMware announced the date of its earnings call for the first quarter of 2012. There’s no forecast available publicly at the time of writing, but the company has seen a lot of growth in recent quarters. The official posting is as follows: VMware, Inc., the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, plans to announce first quarter results after market close on Wednesday, April 18, 2012. The company will host a conference call at 2:00 p.m. PT/ 5:00 p.m. ET that day to review financial results and business outlook. A live web broadcast of the event will be available on the VMware... more »
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3D, Geospatial Tags are the Way of the Future: Where Conference 2012

At the O’Reilly Where Conference: The Art and Business of Location, the venue where emerging tech meets anxious investors, Facebook project manager Josh Williams addressed app developers interested in exploiting location-based opportunities. Williams,  the former CEO and founder of Gowalla (acquired by Facebook last December), stated that adding a tagging feature to mobile apps would greatly benefit the developer, especially with Facebook’s Timeline, since anything tagged appears there. “Data density has always been a challenge, especially in the location space where getting meaningful activity around geography is a struggle for young developers,” said Williams. Google Maps covers 75% of the world Speaking of location,... more »
iPhone Users Turn Elitists Over Instagram App, Google Glasses Sneak Peek

iPhone Users Turn Elitists Over Instagram App, Google Glasses Sneak Peek

Today’s mobile roundup features Google’s Project Glass, Apple users outraged by Instagram for Android, and more. Google’s Project Glass Sneakpeek In February, reports surfaced that Google was secretly working on heads-up display glasses, which are  capable of streaming information right before your eyes.  It was reported that Google aimed to make it available in the market later this year.  And it seems like it will be, as Google finally shed some light on their Project Glass. Project Glass is still in its prototype stage but people are already concerned that wearing this high-tech spectacles would get in the way of everyday activities.  So... more »
More Hosted Hadoop: SunGard Offers Big Data in the Cloud

More Hosted Hadoop: SunGard Offers Big Data in the Cloud

Amazon Elastic MapReduce and Microsoft's Hadoop on Azure service are getting some new competition today with the launch of a technical preview of SunGard Availability Services' hosted Apache Hadoop solution, called Unified Analytics Services (UAS). According to SunGard, general availability scheduled for the second half of 2012. UAS will setup Hadoop clusters, import data and monitor and maintain the infrastructure, freeing up CIOs from the need to purchase and maintain physical infrastructure. The clusters will be hosted in SunGard's data centers. Customers will be able to upload data to the SunGard via the Internet, a dedicated circuit, or by sending... more »
OpenLogic Announces SPDX, Code Contributions

OpenLogic Announces SPDX, Code Contributions

OpenLogic is, as the name implies, an open-source company. It makes an open PaaS called CloudSwing that’s designed to offer more flexibility to enterprise users leveraging multiple technology stacks, and also offers a free compliance tool called OSS Discovery. OSS software is open as well, and fullfills a very important role in the development process. It scans code for any third party components – with the exception of proprietary ones – and identifies them, automating what is otherwise a very tedious manual process. But in spite all of the advantages that come with open-source solutions there’s still a gap to fill:... more »

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- 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

Top Ten Reasons why CIOs Should Migrate to an All-flash Data Center by 2016 to reduce costs, improve IT & organization productivity, release resources for new projects and improve time-to-value for new internal and external end-user application users

- 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

After thousands of interviews with technology leaders on cloud, big data and infrastructure - now for something completely different. JOHN CLEESE ON THECUBE!

- David Floyer

Wikibon concludes that for the majority of enterprise performance applications, the FaME architecture will be the most performant, the lowest cost to develop applications, the lowest cost to maintain and manage, and be enterprise reliable. Wikibon believes that FaME systems will appear in 2015. Wikibon believes that CIOs should ensure that FaME architected systems are installed early, and should be asking their brightest and most creative staff to use FaME to implement advanced application functionality, such as implementing automated decision support within an operation system. These techniques will be vital to IT to guide the organization to avoid being disrupted, and to be competitive in the second machine age.