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Mobile Payments at SXSW: PayPal Stole the Show

Mobile Payments at SXSW: PayPal Stole the Show

SXSW is still in full swing in Austin, Texas.  And in major events like this, you are bound to come across the hottest technology, including mobile payments.  But an article on Gigaom stated that mobile payments were amiss at the SXSW citing factors such as free food and beer, and few opportunities to see mobile payments at work. So is mobile payment technology really as big as we think?  Unless you payed for a pedicab with your debit card, you may have easily missed mobile payments' presence at SXSW this year. Panels discuss mobile payment tech At the SXSW panel last Saturday, Ryan... more »
SAP Hoping for Big Data Edge with Predictive Analytics

SAP Hoping for Big Data Edge with Predictive Analytics

SAP is making the new SAP BusinessObjects Predictive Analysis available to select customers, and will presumably be releasing out the platform into general availability sometime later this year.  This latest push represents the latest piece of the HANA integration puzzle SAP has added, as a part of a much more extensive analytics vision  the company’s Sanjay Poonen described. Cindi Howson provided her impressions: “SAP BusinessObjects Predictive Analysis has two components: model development and execution, and data visualization. I was impressed by the number of visualizations Predictive Analysis automatically generated to identify patterns in data. To be clear, this is not a visual... more »
Exclusive:  CEO of HP's Big Data Company Vertica Chris Lynch Resigns - Pledges Support to Startups

Exclusive: CEO of HP's Big Data Company Vertica Chris Lynch Resigns - Pledges Support to Startups

Chris Lynch, the CEO of Vertica a company he led in it’s acquisition to HP for $350+ million, has resigned as head of HP’s Vertica division effective immediately, SiliconANGLE has learned. A source close to the company indicates that Lynch informed the Vertica staff of his intentions to leave the company at an emotional private meeting at Vertica’s Cambridge headquarters in February. Lynch, who was brought on board as CEO of then independent Vertica Systems in 2010, is largely credited with turning around the struggling organization’s sales & marketing operations and significantly boosting employee morale following the tumultuous tenure of his... more »
So Who Was The First To Get The New iPad? It Wasn't Steve Wozniak

So Who Was The First To Get The New iPad? It Wasn't Steve Wozniak

Today’s mobile roundup features the official launch of the new iPad, Samsung’s Galaxy Note launch in Australia and more. Apple People in different parts of the world geared up to wait in line to be the first to get their hands on Apple’s new iPad.  And guess who was the first to nab the new iPad?   David Tarasenko at the flagship Telstra store on George Street in Sydney, Australia. The new iPad first went on sale in Australia followed by Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Germany, Switzerland, France, the U.K., and the U.S., where the launch was of course met by long lines of... more »
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What Women Want: Pinterest and Trusted Bloggers

Who's more trustworthy - blogs and social media or consumer reviews?  That's the question BlogHer, the premium cross-platform media network and publisher for women,  asked in their 5th Annual Women and Social Media Study, which reveals the deeper trust between blog communities and their active readers versus other leading social media outlets, with the highest rate of conversion to purchasing action among active blog users. Some of the key findings in their study stated that women use social meida for various reasons such as staying updated on family activity (87%), for fun (77%), to learn about new products (41%), to seek product recommendations... more »
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Accel Big Data Conference Set for May 9th At Stanford University

Accel Partners has announced that its inaugural Big Data Conference, which promises to "uncover the future disruptive ideas and technology trends in Big Data," will be held on the Stanford University campus on May 9th. The one-day event will see entrepreneurs, researchers and IT thought leaders converge to discuss how the ability to crunch petabytes of data is transforming the entire services market, from analytics to collaboration to mobile. The Accel Partners Big Data Conference program, still in development, includes sessions with titles like "Big Data in Production: How Enterprises are Dealing with Big Data," "Academia: What Big Data Research Will... more »
Puppet vs. Chef: Which is More Popular?

Puppet vs. Chef: Which is More Popular?

Which configuration manatement tool is more popular: Puppet or Chef? RedMonk analyst Stephen O'Grady recently did some Web mining to find out. O'Grady's not sure. I'm betting that Puppet has more traction, but that Chef is growing fast. O'Grady explains the project thus: Although discussions of the platforms’ relative technical merits can be interesting – the comments on this HN thread display the usual range of opinions on the subject – we’re typically more interested in usage patterns. Quality of implementation is an important consideration in technology selection, but history demonstrates adequately that technically inferior solutions can and often do outperform competitors.... more »
How Salesforce.com Deals With Big Data

How Salesforce.com Deals With Big Data

During his keynote session, Salesforce.com CEO and Chairman Marc Benioff brought video game publishing giant Activision's CIO Robert Schmid on stage.  They talked about how the Salesforce Service Cloud enables it to meet unique challenges facing a gaming platform where 5 million concurrent users of a total 50 million are generating terabytes of data a day, every day. Later, during a press Q&A session, Salesforce Executive VP of Applications Alex Dayon explained how that challenge represents the cloud company's approach to analytics and big data. Dayon, who spent the 1990s with business intelligence (BI) Business Objects, since snapped up by SAP, explained... more »
Scott Weller of HP Talks Services and the New Role of the CIO

Scott Weller of HP Talks Services and the New Role of the CIO

Scott Weller, the VP of the support business within HP’s technology services group, stopped by theCube  after Hewlett-Packard’s announcement of the new Always On support portfolio to discuss some of the trends in his field (see the full interview below). He started off by outlining a product from his point of view: hardware and propriety, often third party software elements that make up the stack or platform, which powers customers’ apps.  Weller says that because these customers care more about the apps than the infrastructure powering it, it becomes a challenge for them to solve any backend issues that can arise... more »
Social Technology for Kids That Create Safe Spaces from PixyKids to PBS

Social Technology for Kids That Create Safe Spaces from PixyKids to PBS

Kids and gadgets go hand-in-hand, like they’re meant for each other, they can figure things out much faster than an adult like how to finish a level in a game or how to actually play a game.  It’s quite fascinating but it’s also concerning.  Since they know how to operate our gadgets, who knows what they might find on the web? Often, we just give the little ones our gadgets to keep them entertained or quiet so we can have a little bit of piece, and most of the times, we don’t actually supervise what they are doing or if the... more »

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- 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

Top Ten Reasons why CIOs Should Migrate to an All-flash Data Center by 2016 to reduce costs, improve IT & organization productivity, release resources for new projects and improve time-to-value for new internal and external end-user application users

- 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.