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Mobile Spending in the Finance Vertical Grows 300% [Report]

Mobile Spending in the Finance Vertical Grows 300% [Report]

Millennial Media has published its Mobile Intel Series: Finance report for 2011, detailing the numbers behind mobile finance and spending in this vertical, including the types of finance brands investing in mobile, and patterns around engaging consumers. The study was conducted by Millennial Media and comScore, highlighting how finance brands can use mobile to reach & engage consumers and build loyalty.  It also uncovers leading finance brands in mobile today, and how mobile users are using their mobile devices for financial initiatives. Starting with general stats, 80 percent of mobile finance users now use a smartphone, an increase of 55 percent over the previous... more »
Samsung and Visa's Official Olympics Phone with PayWave

Samsung and Visa's Official Olympics Phone with PayWave

Today’s mobile news roundup features Samsung and Visa’s partnership for the Olympics, RIM's newest device, Apple's redesigned microSIM, and more. Samsung and Visa announce official Summer Olympics phone Samsung Electronics and Visa announced that the Samsung GALAXY S III, the latest Samsung smartphone unveiled only last week, will be Samsung's Olympic Games Phone during the London 2012 Games. The Samsung Galaxy SIII comes equipped with Near Field Communication (NFC) payment capabilities.  A limited edition Galaxy SIII equipped with Visa’s payment application, payWave, will be available for Samsung and Visa sponsored athletes and trialists, making it possible to buy merchandise with a wave of the device... more »
Lucid Imagination Expands Beyond Search with Big Data Application Development Platform

Lucid Imagination Expands Beyond Search with Big Data Application Development Platform

Lucid Imagination expanded its horizons today with the beta release of a new Big Data platform that merges two distinct but complimentary capabilities – Big Data processing/analytics and Big Data search. LucidWorks Big Data combines Lucene/Solr, the open source, scalable search technology, with Hadoop in one platform for building end-user applications that leverage both structured and unstructured data sets. It includes support for Mahout and R for machine learning and advanced analytics, respectively. The platform is optimized for cloud deployments but can also be deployed on-premise, and includes a secure REST API for application integration and administration, according to the company. The company... more »
DW-as-a-Service Provider Kognitio Pairs In-Memory Analytic Engine with Hadoop

DW-as-a-Service Provider Kognitio Pairs In-Memory Analytic Engine with Hadoop

Kognitio and Hortonworks today announced a partnership that results in tight integration of the former’s in-memory analytic database with Apache Hadoop. The goal is to compliment Hadoop’s batch-oriented, large-scale Big Data storage and processing capabilities with lightening fast ad hoc analytic querying capabilities brought to bear by the Kognitio Analytic Platform, also called WX2. WX2 is a 100%, native in-memory analytics engine that is capable of storing tens of terabytes of data in RAM, significantly speeding up query times. It can be deployed on premise or in the cloud, public or private, and delivered as a service. The partnership includes a custom... more »
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AppFog Joins OpenStack - Calls Out AWS for its Developer Unfriendliness

AppFog's Cloud Foundry-based platform-as-a-service (PaaS) is coming to OpenStack clouds in a big way, now that the developer has joined the open source cloud operating system's community. AppFog CEO Lucas Carlson is billing the move as making PaaS a first-class citizen in the OpenStack ecosystem - and as a strike against Amazon Web Services for its unfriendly ways with developers. The real disruptive factor of this announcement, Carlson says, is that for the first time, developers have the option of deploying PaaS across OpenStack public cloud service providers. The first wave of OpenStack compatibility includes the ability to deploy applications with behemoths like... more »
Microsoft Offers 4GB Xbox For $99 -- With Xbox LIVE Contract?

Microsoft Offers 4GB Xbox For $99 -- With Xbox LIVE Contract?

As sales of Microsoft’s Xbox console dwindles, the company came up with a new plan to pick things up a bit. Gamers can now purchase a 4GB Xbox for only $99 as part of a test program in 17 of their branded retail stores in the U.S. but here’s the catch, they need to agree to a two-year Xbox Live Gold contract that would cost $15/month. The Xbox Live Gold subscription will allow gamers to play with one another, stream videos and other contents from companies like Netflix Inc. (NFLX) and Hulu LLC. For some, this new offering is the answer to their... more »
There's No Such Thing as the Perfect Developer Laptop

There's No Such Thing as the Perfect Developer Laptop

Yesterday's post about Dell's experimental developer-centric laptop Project Sputnik struck a chord. It's the most popular post we've done at DevOpsAngle, it has 181 comments on Hacker News so far and Dell's collected 40 suggestions on its IdeaStorm feedback site. One clear theme: There's no such thing as the perfect developer laptop. Needs vary quite a bit depending not just on developer taste, but on the type of development being done. Systems developers have different needs from Web application developers. as RedMonk analyst Donnie Berkholz wrote on Twitter: "Funny watching the debate on the 'perfect' dev laptop. Screen glossy or matte?... more »
Latest from InterOp: Zynga’s in-house AWS

Latest from InterOp: Zynga’s in-house AWS

One of the newest highlights of the InterOp gathering held this week at Las Vegas is the Zynga keynote, in which the company detailed its own cloud use case, Wikibon’s David Cahill attended and reported his observations  from the showroom floor. The social game developer has a lot of users to support – one in ten people with access to the internet play a Zynga game at least once a month, and there are approximately 250 million active monthly users that play on a regular basis. Powering all this activity requires a lot of resources. The keynote covered the company’s gradual shift... more »
Panzura Hits Revenue, Petabyte Cloud Milestones at InterOp

Panzura Hits Revenue, Petabyte Cloud Milestones at InterOp

Two months ago we covered Panzura’s launch of a brand new cloud service  based on the Google Storage PaaS, which, at the time, made it one of the first third party vendors to adopt the technology. Today at InterOp, the company is reporting stellar growth and several milestones, including the launch of an upgraded software component. Apparently half of the enterprises using Panzura Global Cloud Storage are Fortune 500 companies, with deployments ranging from 100 terabytes to petabyte-scale, and the platform is more popular than ever. Less than a month into Q2 the provider says that revenue has already exceeded sales... more »
Social Boosts Financial Performance But Not So Much for Companies that Fail to Scale

Social Boosts Financial Performance But Not So Much for Companies that Fail to Scale

McKinsey and Compay issued its fifth annual report about the use of social technologies in the enterprise. The results show how the most networked organizations perform better financially, are taking market share, and blurring the boundaries of their internal and external operations. McKinsey surveyed 4,200 global executives about how organizations deploy social technologies and the benefits they confer. The results are similar to last year, which found that when "adopted at scale across an emerging type of networked enterprise and integrated into the work processes of employees, social technologies can boost a company’s financial performance and market share." But there is a... more »

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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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