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RIM Appoints New COO and CMO Amidst Product Turmoil

RIM Appoints New COO and CMO Amidst Product Turmoil

Research in Motion announced two new additions to the company: Kristian Tear as the new chief operating officer and Frank Boulben as the new chief marketing officer.  Tear fills up the position vacated by Thorsten Heins when he was named the company’s CEO back in January. “Kristian and Frank bring extensive knowledge of the rapidly changing wireless global market and will help RIM as we sharpen our focus on delivering long-term value to our stakeholders,” said Heins in the company’s press release.  “Most importantly, both Kristian and Frank possess a keen understanding of the emerging trends in mobile communications and computing.” Tear... more »
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CTIA 2012 Kicks Off With New LTE Devices and Security Apps

The International CTIA Wireless 2012 trade show kicks off in New Orleans this week and will run until the 10th of May.  Tech companies gathered to showcase their latest products and services which will soon be available or launched at the event. Let’s look at some of the latest offerings from the industry’s finest. LG’s 4G smartphones LG Mobile showcases a wide range of cutting-edge mobile devices that features 4G LTE speed, advanced 3-D technology, and an enhanced user experience unlike any other. CTIA attendees who will drop by their booth can experience the affordable LG Viper 4G LTE with its eco-friendly features, the... more »
NASA, Air Force, Harvard Compromised by Hacker Crew ‘The Unknowns’

NASA, Air Force, Harvard Compromised by Hacker Crew ‘The Unknowns’

Last month saw a rash of hacks hit a variety of high profile targets including NASA, the U.S. Air Force, the French Ministry of Defense, the European Space Agency, the Bahrain Ministry of Defense, the Thai Royal Navy, and Harvard University’s School of Public Health—the attackers, acknowledged now as a hacker crew going by the moniker of “The Unknowns” absconded with documents from the afflicted organizations. Most of the attacks happened late in the month and we’re just now getting confirmation from organizations such as NASA. The hackers, meanwhile, posted proof of their exploits on Pastebin (http://pastebin.com/uhWSRrSf) including screenshots and pilfered... more »
Hadoop/MapReduce Worth $812.8 million in 2016 [Report]

Hadoop/MapReduce Worth $812.8 million in 2016 [Report]

A recent Wikibon report included a forecast about the future of the big data market as a whole, including revenue from all products and services that tie in with this area. The research firm believes that by 2017 big data will be worth a total of $53.4 billion, more than ten times its value in 2012. This industry breaks down across a number of segments, and Hadoop is one of the most significant. This week IDC released an outlook of its own for the Hadoop-MapReduce ecosystem, which concludes that we’ll probably be seeing tenfold growth in this field as well. The study... more »
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Apple and Samsung Lower Patent Claims, Apple Seeks iPhone 5 Domain

Today’s mobile news roundup features more iPhone 5 news, T-Mobile's unveiling of Passpoint, TwitPic for iPhones, and more. Apple filed claim for iPhone 5 domain It looks like Apple will be naming the next iPhone the “iPhone 5” as they filed a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization for the iPhone5.com domain name.  Anyone who visits the site will be seeing smartphone ads and forums with discussions regarding the rumored iPhone 5.  Apple doesn’t own the site, but they want to.  Currently, there’s an on going forum as to whether Apple should be given the rights to the site, while another... more »
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Big Data Adoption Too Slow in Public Sector, Govt Pays the Price

Storage solutions maker NetApp and MeriTalk, a community portal for government IT personnel, released a reported about the big data gap in public sectors – how organizations are seeing the same changes everyone else does, but are not as quick to adapt. Over 150 CIOs and managers participated in the study, and provided some statistics that offer a deeper glimpse into the way big data is being addressed on the federal side of the aisle. Only 60 percent of the respondents said that the agency they work for actively makes use of its data, while only 40 percent noted that the insight... more »
Small Victory for Android after Being Found Guilty of Java API Infringement

Small Victory for Android after Being Found Guilty of Java API Infringement

A small victory for Google, despite being found guilty for infringing on Oracle’s Java API copyrights, as U.S. District Judge William Alsup said Oracle won’t get the $1 billion in damages it seeks from Google because the jury couldn’t reach a unanimous decision on whether or not Android’s use of Java is protected under “fair use.” The San Francisco jury, in deliberation since last Thursday, found that Google did in fact  infringe Oracle’s copyrights for programming tools and nine lines of code.  And for those nine lines, Oracle’s damages amount to no more than $150,000.  “There has been zero finding of... more »
Mobile Payments on the Rise, PayPal and Amazon Ahead of Google Wallet

Mobile Payments on the Rise, PayPal and Amazon Ahead of Google Wallet

JiWire, the location-based interactive media channel that connect advertisers to on-the-go mobile audience, released its latest Mobile Audience Insights Report. The JiWire Q1 2012 Report highlights the latest trends in connected device adoption, location and mobile shopping, as well as public Wi-Fi usage. According to the report, 70 percent of C-level executives and 73 percent of small business owners are more likely to use location based apps daily or on weekly basis. Business travelers mostly used travel, social networking and weather based apps.  Likewise, mid and small sized business travelers prefer booking reservation apps, followed by finding nearby business services. Mobile payments... more »
Checking in with Metro: Lessons in Rebranding for Windows 8

Checking in with Metro: Lessons in Rebranding for Windows 8

Microsoft introduced the Metro design language in October 2010, for use with Windows Phone. The ultimate goal in creating the Metro style was to apply Metro to all Microsoft products and services. Metro represented a new and different design approach rooted in a set of terms used to define user interactions, transitions, application, elements, and rules. Rather than being a highly prescriptive brand guideline, the Metro design language opened up a world of possibilities that could be creatively interpreted by developers and designers—a vocabulary to communicate  conceptual executions and gestures using vague but evocative key words like “clean” and “open.” These... more »
Cisco Upcoming Earnings Expected to Show Steady Comeback

Cisco Upcoming Earnings Expected to Show Steady Comeback

Networking equipment maker Cisco hit a rough patch last year due to a combination of turbulent global economic conditions and internal fragmentations: the company strayed too far from its core business, with costly initiatives that failed to hit the mark and a poor decision-making system. Over ten thousands job cuts and several months later, the company is doing better. Cisco will be reporting its earnings in the third quarter a couple days from now, and it will be crucial to meet market expectations. Analysts’ average forecast stands at 47 cents per share excluding items on sales of $11.6 billion. That fits in... more »

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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.