Top Stories

No thumbnail available

PayPal Dongle, PayOne Tech Hopes to Normalize Mobile Payments

The mobile payments space is one of lucrative promise, and the tech world is anxious to set up an infrastructure around this direct-to-consumer portal. PaymentOne recognizes the need to really establish its footing in this new world, re-branding itself as PayOne. Along with the name change they launched a new look, new websites and a new simplified One-Click mobile payments platform. The company invented “no credit card required” carrier billing for digital commerce more than 12 years ago, having since expanded it’s network to 1,000 carrier partners globally. The company leverages the nearly 6 billion mobile consumer accounts today, allowing them to transact... more »
SAP Planning and Consolidation Software Gets the HANA Treatment

SAP Planning and Consolidation Software Gets the HANA Treatment

If you’ve been following SAP for the last year or so, you know that the enterprise software maker is betting its future on its in-memory database called HANA. SAP has promised to migrate its entire application portfolio onto HANA, including both analytic and transactional applications. The latest application suite to get the HANA treatment is SAP’s enterprise performance management software. Specifically, BusinessObjects Planning and Consolidation 10.0 can now be deployed on top of HANA, resulting in significantly better performance than is currently possible with standard database deployments. In fact, Dave Williams, Senior Director of Enterprise Performance Management Solutions Marketing at SAP, told... more »
No thumbnail available

SAP Expands in MEMA as Part of the $25 Billion Revenue Plan

The year 2015 will be a very significant one for SAP, as the business software giant promised its investors $25 billion in revenue in four years. In order to realize these plans the company is branching out, both into new industries such as cloud and mobile, and new markets. The Middle East and North Africa (MEMA) now fall under the latter category. SAP is hoping for a nine percent growth rate in the region, said CTO Werner Brandt. The process will involve hiring another 500 employees, in addition to setting up a training center that will certify 2,000 consulates for the... more »
No thumbnail available

Yahoo Takes Facebook to Court, Apple Still Battling Proview, Motorola

Here’s a quick recap of the latest happenings in the patent disputes that have taken over Silicon Valley, from Yahoo and Facebook to Apple and Proview and Motorola: Yahoo! Last month, Yahoo! made it known that they are contemplating on imposing a licensing fee over Facebook using 10-20 of their patents in advertising, the personalization of web sites, social networking and messaging.  Looks like they're done contemplating, as they filed a lawsuit against Facebook in the Federal District Court in San Jose, California. Yahoo! claims that Facebook knowingly violated some of their core intellectual properties, which were issued from 1999 to 2010 and... more »
Dell Acquires SonicWall to Expand Security Portfolio

Dell Acquires SonicWall to Expand Security Portfolio

Hardware maker Dell is looking to strengthen its position in the enterprise, both organically and via other investments. Today the company announced its latest deal – the acquisition of SonicWALL, a maker of networking security solutions. Terms of the agreement have not been disclosed, although the transaction will probably be a significant one based on the financial history of SonicWall. The firm expected to report $220 million in revenue for 2010, the year when it was made private by Thoma Bravo and the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan after a $717 million stock buyout. While it was not revealed how much exactly Dell will... more »
Dell and HP Pursue Cloud Angle with Apps, PaaS

Dell and HP Pursue Cloud Angle with Apps, PaaS

Consumer manufacturers Dell and Hewlett-Packard are looking towards the cloud as a means to bail out on a fragile PC industry, and both of the mega-vendors are working on massive initiatives to realize their respective but not dissimilar plans. Dell is looking to become a one-stop-shop SaaS vendor, according to Bill Odell, senior director of SMB cloud solutions marketing for the company. He cited a poll that found 69 percent of SMBs, Dell’s main audience in this field and quite a few others, would like to buy their cloud apps from a single vendor. And perhaps not surprisingly, cloud-based analytics is... more »
Jive Comes Around, Focus on Customers

Jive Comes Around, Focus on Customers

Social communities are instrumental to both social media and customer support strategy Jive’s announcement this past week to focus more on Social Customer Service is further validation that customer communities are instrumental to both social media (marketing) and customer support strategy. Employee collaboration software offers an array of benefits for companies but increasingly what they are finding is that if they want to deliver not just on behind the firewall ROI but change their business in a way that can deliver sustainable competitive advantage, then they need to put the customer front and center. It’s not enough to give your employees a... more »
Apple's Siri Faces Lawsuit, ICS Rolls Out to Galaxy SII, Sony's New Xperia sola

Apple's Siri Faces Lawsuit, ICS Rolls Out to Galaxy SII, Sony's New Xperia sola

Today’s mobile roundup features a man suing Apple over Siri, the new Sony Xperia sola, the ICS roll out and more. Apple The iPhone maker is facing a new lawsuit, this time from New Yorker Frank M. Fazio with regards to false advertising of the capabilities of Siri - the talking personal assistant that debuted on the iPhone 4S in October last year. "Through an extensive and comprehensive nationwide marketing campaign, Defendant has conveyed the misleading and deceptive message that the iPhone 4S's Siri feature, a so-called voice-activated assistant, performs useful functions and otherwise works as advertised,” the suit alleges. "For example, in many... more »
Typesafe's Scala Stack Adds Management Console

Typesafe's Scala Stack Adds Management Console

Today Typesafe, the company co-founded by Scala creator Martin Odersky, announced the release of Typesafe Stack 2.0. The new version of adds a proprietary management console, along with the newest version of the Akka middleware announced last week. The stack also includes the latest version of Scala and the Play framework. Typesafe was founded last year to commercialize Scala. The company offers commercial support for the Typesafe Stack, along with a few proprietary tools such as the management console. There is also a free open source version of the stack that lacks the management tools. Scala is a multi-paradigm programming... more »
UC4 Adds Deeper Development Integration to Its Ops Automation Suite

UC4 Adds Deeper Development Integration to Its Ops Automation Suite

Earlier this year UC4 acquired the application release management software vendor Ventum, adding development management tools to its existing set of operations management tools. Now UC4 is releasing a new version of its ONE Automation suite with a new Web based interface and out of the box support for several version control systems and application servers (git is notably absent from the list of version control systems, however). Here's a list of what's new, according to UC4: New Web-based user interface supports drag-and-drop deployment process definition and enables users to manage release processes from a simple, integrated interface Application and component modeling minimizes... more »

Premium Research

- 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.

- Steve Chambers

In the UK, large enterprise, household named, logos in all markets are using AWS and not only for virtual machines and storage. Enterprises are consuming features such as identity, data warehouse, search, content delivery as AWS increase the size of the set of undifferentiated heavy lifting due to the hundreds of features they are releasing and improving.

- Steve Chambers

Containers, and specifically Docker, allows the management of applications to be freed from the shackles of infrastructure. This article examines the state of containers and the booming Docker ecosystem and how enterprise IT should get started at embracing this important technology.