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SAP Reveals Mobile Innovations Ahead of SAPphire 2012

SAP Reveals Mobile Innovations Ahead of SAPphire 2012

SAP SAPphire Now 2012 is kicking off today, and among the early news that the German BI software maker announced are two major expansions to its mobile portfolio. Mobile and the HANA in-memory analytics platform will be two of the hottest discussion points at the event, and we’ll be covering in all this week.   New is the unveiling of something SAP calls the Situation Awareness “rapid-deployment solution for public sector.” The details are a bit hazy overall, but the product description outlines a data-driven mobile offering – or rather, an entire portfolio of solutions - built to provide real-time information to... more »
SpaceOps: How NASA Uses Agile Development in the Search for Life on Mars

SpaceOps: How NASA Uses Agile Development in the Search for Life on Mars

A forthcoming case study from Atlassian looks at Ensemble, a project jointly developed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, CA and the Ames Research Center near San Francisco. It's described by the space agency as: "a platform for the development, integration, and deployment of mission operations software that can be reconfigured or upgraded as required during the course of a mission." In other words, it's an agile software platform for rocket scientists. [Update: the case study is here] Ensemble, founded in 2004, is used for mission planning software, parsing raw data sent to earth from unmanned spacecrafts and visualizing... more »
AI On the Rise: Driverless Car, Gogobot Apps, and Advertising

AI On the Rise: Driverless Car, Gogobot Apps, and Advertising

As machines get sophisticated, the less they require human supervision or intervention. Powered by artificial intelligence (AI), various functions are now being performed by computers, functions that used to be accomplished by a live person. This could pose positive and negative outcomes alike. Advantages lean on the financial aspect, efficiency and accuracy. Those who will be displaced and lose their jobs as a consequence of AI technologies are the primary casualties of having creative machines around. But, whatever the odds are, AI moves forward with more outrageous, adventurous and ambitious projects. Now, if you think that Watson (from IBM) is genius and... more »
Online Threat Growing Rapidly, Can Destroy Companies, says FBI Cyber Security Head

Online Threat Growing Rapidly, Can Destroy Companies, says FBI Cyber Security Head

Physical threats to the nation's infrastructure and other sensitive assets aren't the only ones to keep an eye on. “Critical threats facing our nation today emanate from the cyber realm,” said Shawn Henry, then Executive Assistant Director of the FBI for cyber security in a speech at the Information Systems Security Association International Conference in Baltimore. The October 2011 speech is transcribed in full on the FBI Web site. “We've got hackers out to take our personal information and money, spies who want to steal our nation's secrets, and terrorists who are looking for novel ways to attack our critical infrastructure.” Henry, who... more »
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#theCUBE 2012 Summer Tour Part One

SiliconANGLE is proud to present live HD video coverage from some of the biggest technology events. As we enter the busy season for conferences, SiliconANGLE.tv is your exclusive source for in-depth interviews and real-time analysis of these upcoming shows. The SiliconANGLE team, along with hosting and analysis support from Wikibon, will dig deep with CEO's, CIO's, thought leaders, VC's, data scientists and startups to help illuminate the latest technologies and business trends. Watch live - all shows on SiliconAngle.tv - and join the social conversation; hashtag #theCUBE on Twitter for questions and see photos on SiliconAngle's Google+. Be sure to... more »
Bitcoinica Suffers Staggering $87,000 Bitcoin Loss in Server Breach

Bitcoinica Suffers Staggering $87,000 Bitcoin Loss in Server Breach

At approximately 1:00pm GMT last Friday, the Bitcoin exchange Bitcoinica suffered a server compromise that led to the theft of their bitcoin wallet and ended in the loss of ฿18,547 BTC—a value calculated at the current market rate of exceeding $87,000. After this happened, Bitcoinica was quick to reveal the information but few details on their blog. According to Bitcoinica, this represents only a fraction of the total of their bitcoins and withdrawal requests will be honored; but they have suspended operations while the investigation proceeds. The exchange also believes that the database itself was compromised. This particular breach comes after a... more »
Thompson Resigns as Yahoo CEO Due to Cancer

Thompson Resigns as Yahoo CEO Due to Cancer

Yahoo! Inc. offered another big surprise over the weekend: they lost another CEO. Scott Thompson officially became Yahoo’s CEO in January after Carol Bartz was fired from the company in 2011.  But over the weekend, Thompson informed the company that he has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer and will be stepping down from his position as head of the company.  The cancer revelation came just as Yahoo’s board began investigating his academic record, which included a computer science degree that he never actually achieved. Third Point has been battling to get a seat on Yahoo’s board for years, since they are one... more »
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An Update for Flipboard on Android

News comes to people in various forms.  We get it from watching news on TV or reading newspapers or magazines or even on the web, but for some, their most reliable source of news is their closest friends or the resources they know and trust across the social web. Flipboard saw the potential of digital social circles, focusing heavily on the iPad market at first.  The recent launch of the Samsung Galaxy S III brought a new opportunity for Flipboard, which revealed its plans to launch an Android version exclusively on the new smartphone. But Flipboard for Android managed to beat the... more »
Your SAP HANA Cheat Sheet: Milestones, Terms and More

Your SAP HANA Cheat Sheet: Milestones, Terms and More

SAP Sapphire Now 2012 officially kicks off today, and we expect a few product reveals and HANA-related updates to be unveiled during the conference.  We'll have live event coverage, analysis and executive interviews throughout SAPphire Now, which you can see here.  But before the conference gets into full swing, here's a HANA cheat sheet to reference as SAP further defines its strategy around the social, mobile in-memory analytics platform. SAP HANA First of all, HANA is not an acronym, it is a name.  It doesn't refer to Hasso's New Architecture, pertaining to Hasso Plattner, SAP’s founder, nor does it stand for High... more »
How a Baseball Hall of Famer Hits a Home Run in the Cloud [Q&A Series]

How a Baseball Hall of Famer Hits a Home Run in the Cloud [Q&A Series]

Being inducted into an athletic hall of fame is no easy feat, but SOASTA CEO Tom Lounibos managed to do it.  An avid baseball infielder at the University of San Francisco, Lounibos is now honored with a name plate in the school's Hall of Fame.  Lounibos learned a few important lessons in baseball that carried over into his work with SOASTA, which he shares with us in today's Profile series. SOASTA, a cloud and mobile testing platform, has had some news of its own.  The company was one of the early supporters of HP's new Cloud Services, which is the latest public cloud offering in... more »

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.