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How Facebook IPO Affects Its Ad Network: the Need for a Mobile Ecosystem

How Facebook IPO Affects Its Ad Network: the Need for a Mobile Ecosystem

Facebook plans to raise $10.6 billion in the largest ever Silicon Valley initial public offering (IPO), which is scheduled for May 17.  Going public means many changes for any company, and Facebook has spent the last few months preparing for this moment after years of avoiding IPO and acquisition talks. As part of Facebook’s pre-IPO road show, CEO Mark Zuckerberg, along with COO Sheryl Sandberg and CFO David Ebersman, met with potential shareholders and investors about their mobile and social plans.  Zuckerberg during a meeting in Palo Alto last week, discussed the company’s mobile strategy in particular. Facebook users are increasingly and... more »
What Do You Think of IT Transformation? [Survey]

What Do You Think of IT Transformation? [Survey]

Wikibon is inviting IT practitioners to participate in an open survey of the impact of IT transformation. Results of the survey, which will close soon, will inform Wikibon research and analysis. All responses will be anonymized and the identities of all contributors held in strict confidence. Respondents will be entered into a drawing for a new-generation iPad and other prizes. The largest prize, however, is that the results and the subsequent research and analysis will be made available for free on the Wikibon site. Here's a short summary: Cloud, analytics, data growth, devops, and a steady stream of new innovations are causing organizations to... more »
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Nokia's Cheap New Phones Connect to Facebook, Twitter

Today’s mobile news roundup features Nokia’s new cheap offerings, Sony's launch of the Android Walkman, and more. Nokia unveils cheap mobile phones Nokia unveiled two new mobile phones aimed to lure the younger generation as the handsets are both socially integrated.  The Nokia 110 and Nokia 112 keep users connected on Facebook, Twitter and other social media networks. Both units are dual SIM equipped with the easy swap technology that allows users to quickly swap SIMs without needing to remove the battery or turning off the device.  It can store data from up to five SIMs.  Both have a 1.8" display, and will soon... more »
Opera Solutions Adds SAP HANA to its Analytics-as-a-Service Repertoire

Opera Solutions Adds SAP HANA to its Analytics-as-a-Service Repertoire

Opera Solutions announced this morning that it will incorporate SAP’s in-memory database HANA into its Analytics-as-a-Service offerings. The combination of HANA and Opera’s advanced data mining capabilities – which centers around what the company calls signal hubs – will allow enterprises that lack the internal talent to deploy and manage Big Data on-premise to deliver near real-time predictive analytic capabilities to frontline workers as a service, according to Shawn Blevins, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Sales. (The deal was announced this morning at SAPPHIRE in Orlando. We’ve got full coverage of the show via #theCUBE at SiliconANGLE.tv all day Tuesday... more »
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MuleSoft Upgrades Integration Platform with Connector Kit, Apps and More

Integration specialist MuleSoft launched the latest version of its platform today, and with it introduced a drastically expanded feature set and ecosystem.  Mule iON SaaS Edition is designed to save cloud providers and SIs much more code than before, the company said. Mule iON covers a lot of ground in an effort to achieve the promised reduction in integration costs. It comes with graphical mapping and a drag and drop app development interface, along with an actual DevKit that allows clients to make their own connectors for any API. In addition a self service portal for end users of a given... more »
What is the SAP Cloud? For One Thing - Amazon Web Services

What is the SAP Cloud? For One Thing - Amazon Web Services

SAP announced its second deal with Amazon Web Services (AWS) yesterday. In this latest round of new, SAP said they would sell Afaria on the AWS Marketplace. Last Friday, SAP and AWS announced that SAP customers can now deploy their SAP solutions on SAP EC2 instances in production and non-production environments for both Linux and Windows environments. In the morning, we are to hear the big picture about the SAP cloud strategy. I am sure we will hear more about deeper tie ins to AWS. This makes tons of sense. SAP is not a systems company like Oracle or IBM. The company... more »
Accenture becomes first Major SI to Invest in HANA

Accenture becomes first Major SI to Invest in HANA

Accenture has been setting all sorts of records as of late.  A month ago it became the first company to launch a public cloud service based on Microsoft Azure, and now it’s flexing its R&D muscle at SAP SAPphire 2012. One of the highlights of this week’s gathering is Accenture's revelation of its intentions to carry out a massive commitment to the HANA in-memory analytics platform and the surrounding ecosystem.  This investment will cover the training of 1,000 IT professionals, who will be converted to a separate workforce dedicated to SAP database tech by the end of this year. Once Accenture builds up the... more »
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Microsoft Study: For SMBs, Security Benefits Outweigh Cloud Risks

A Microsoft-sponsored study released today indicates that despite the fact that security concerns remain a huge barrier to public cloud adoption, SMBs who made the transition actually saw their IT infrastructure get more secure, not less. To get a little more accurate, 35 percent of companies surveyed said that they actually saw notably higher levels of security in the cloud, with 32 percent saying that they now worry less about cyberattack than they did before making the switch. Organizations using the cloud also spend 32 percent less time weekly managing their security. Other interesting findings from the study can be found... more »
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Complex Clouds Ruin IT Budgets [Report]

Wikibon CEO David Vellante and CTO David Floyer have published a major “Special Report on Infrastructure Futures: Keeping Pace in the Era of Big Data Growth” examining the major trends in IT technology in light of the overall issues IT faces in the new decade. One of those issues is the explosion in the percent of the IT budget spent on staffing.  The report cites IDC figures that show labor accounted for less than 35% of overall IT costs in 1996. By 2013 they will be nearly 70% of the entire IT budget. The second is the increasing competition from cloud service... more »
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"Unethical and Greedy": Free Software Foundation on Oracle vs. Google

Last week William Alsup ruled that Google did in fact infringe on Oracle's Java API copyrights. Google's counterattack hinges on whether or not APIs themselves are copyrightable. While Oracle and Google's respective legal teams argue the matter, the Free Software Foundation has stepped in with its own point of view: Oracle's attempt to defend the ability to copyright APIs would be no less than a stake through the heart of the open source community. The Free Software Foundation wears its bias on its sleeve - founded by no less than Richard Stallman as the non-profit corporation that manages and maintains the... more »

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- George Gilbert

Mainstream IT, LoB execs and application development professionals each provide different yet critical perspectives to Systems of Intelligence. IT exes must be in a position to deliver the right infrastructure (e.g. cloud, on-prem, etc.) with the proper performance and SLA profile to support LoB requirements. Line-of-Business execs must have enough knowledge to specify the real-time needs of applications while application development pros must ensure the right skills are in place to deliver and maintain services to Systems of Intelligence over a full life cycle.

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- Stuart Miniman

Hyperconvergence is the current state – next generation of converged – better, faster, more distributed than original converged, but still just the beginning. Wikibon’s Server SAN research agenda is to show where we are today and give guidance for the future of this space.

- David Floyer

Wikibon recommends that CIOs put in place a four-point plan for implementing an all-flash datacenter strategy: 1/ Migrate to an All-flash Datacenter by 2016 2/ Proof of concept for Developer Data Sharing - Expect 2 x Productivity & 3 x Code Quality 3/ Reorganize Data Center Operations around Principle of Application Data Sharing 4/ Use IT Budget Savings to Fund Systems of Intelligence This research provides a technology understanding, the business case, and the strategic first steps on the road to an all-flash datacenter.

- David Floyer

IT will sound like yesterday’s news if it continues to advocate tiering, advocate putting the most important data on high performance storage, and declaring that less expensive lower performing storage is key and necessary. Today’s flash reality is that a single compressed/de-duplicated physical version of data must be shared between as many different applications as possible, because the incremental cost of creating and sharing another copy is close to zero.

- 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.