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Yahoo Stays "Cool" On Tumblr Acquisition

Yahoo Stays "Cool" On Tumblr Acquisition

Yahoo's biggest problem as it tries to reinvent itself into an entity capable of challenging Google and Facebook is that it simply isn't a 'cool' brand anymore. Hence, the majority of its users are a bunch of old farts, as its chief financial officer admitted at a Boston conference earlier this week: "One of our challenges is we have had an aging demographic," said Ken Goldman. "Part of it is going to be just visibility again in making ourselves cool, which we got away from for a couple of years." So what's the easiest way to become cool again? Why, you simply... more »
Swag On, IT : From "No to Now", CIOs are In Demand  | #servicenow #Knowledge13

Swag On, IT : From "No to Now", CIOs are In Demand | #servicenow #Knowledge13

ServiceNow SVP of Worldwide Sales and Service Dave Schneider noted in his interview on theCube that IT departments have been disregarded in organizations; that there's some disbelief regarding the important role ITs play within an organization. “What happens in IT is that they’ve been the forgotten ones.  They’ve been the ones that didn’t have the opportunity to invest as the other lines of business grow to invest to keep themselves competitive in the marketplace.  Now we’re giving them best-in-class tools so that they are no longer hindered by the lack of sophistication that they once had,” Schneider stated. Schneider also added that... more »
Taking Automation to the Next Level | #servicenow

Taking Automation to the Next Level | #servicenow

Jim Pitts, Senior Product Manager of Cloud Automation at ServiceNow, happened to interviewed by theCube shortly after his company announced ServiceNow Cloud Provisioning, a new orchestration application that enables IT to automate the entire cloud management lifecycle. From self-service cloud selection to automated, standardized cloud creation and resource optimization, ServiceNow Cloud Provisioning speeds the deployment of cloud environments from weeks or months to just minutes. Sitting in the hot seat, Pitts was asked, from the customers' point of view, what can be done effectively to increase sales, as the cloud automation alone and the fact that IT can be more effective is... more »
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Virtualization in Storage is a Win on All Levels | #sapphirenow

Virtualized Storage (an important aspect of the Software-led datacenter movement) is already here. Companies are virtualizing their storage environments and saving significant time and money in doing so. While the evolution of the cloud might still be "up in the air" (pun intended, credit: John Furrier), the fact is it is happening. Cloud infrastructures and virtualized storage improve business agility and reduce infrastructure costs. Sapphire Now is SAP's annual event for partners and clients. SiliconANGLE's theCUBE broadcasted live from the event this week. We learned a great deal about the latest trends in virtualization, and how these trends impact storage and... more »
Easy Innovation for the Enterprise : Just Let ServiceNow Run Your IT Business

Easy Innovation for the Enterprise : Just Let ServiceNow Run Your IT Business

Bart Murphy, who serves as Vice President of Shared Services and CTO of CareWorks, sat down with Dave Vellante and Jeff Frick on theCube at ServiceNow Knowledge13 to speak about his service experience. CareWorks is a family of six businesses. Murphy explains that five of them re centered on healthcare in different avenues, while one is technology consulting business that also services the other 5 businesses. The ServiceNow platform is currently being used on all six of these businesses as well. “I had to look at a platform that could help me run the business of IT so that I could focus... more »
IT's Shift from Managing Infrastructure to Managing the Business | #servicenow

IT's Shift from Managing Infrastructure to Managing the Business | #servicenow

Arne Josefsberg, CTO of ServiceNow, explored the architecture, strategy and benefits of ServiceNow's SaaS offering and application development platform, in a live interview with theCube co-hosts Jeff Frick and Dave Vellante at the ServiceNow Knowledge conference this week. Commenting on this year's Knowledge conference,  Josefsberg mentioned it had been an "all around incredible experience for us," as existing and potential customers gave very positive feedback on the ServiceNow platform and SaaS offering. Explaining his role within the company, Josefsberg said he had joined about 20 months ago, when ServiceNow was on an incredible trajectory in terms of growth. "We've had some of the largest enterprises in... more »
Mobile Developers Should "Definitely take advantage" of Google Play Game Services

Mobile Developers Should "Definitely take advantage" of Google Play Game Services

It’s official, Google has announced its game center, the Google Play Games services, but it comes with a price: Google is killing  off Google+ Games on June 30, 2013. Anyone who enjoys playing games on Google+ should contact the game developers to find out if there are any other places they can get their beloved games, especially if you still have game credits or if you purchased items in the game.  Some games already have links for alternative sites. So what is Google Play Games? According to Google’s page, it is “a cross-platform game service and SDK on Android, iOS, and the web,... more »
Hackathon Winners Put the Power of Kickstarter into the Workplace | #servicenow

Hackathon Winners Put the Power of Kickstarter into the Workplace | #servicenow

On the last day of ServiceNow's annual Knowledge 13 event, it was time to meet the winners of the Hackathon contest. Jeff Frick's guests on theCube were Hackathon winners Robert Fedoruk and Adam Mason, who talked a bit about their inspiration and success story. It was somewhat expected that in the age of social web, social networks would end up playing a big role.  Enter Twitter, an excellent platform for bouncing around ideas, where Adam and Robert met each other, despite coming from different industries and working for different companies. Weeks before the Hackathon, they connected on Twitter, started a Google Hangout, and began... more »
Derek Brost of eProtex Discusses Data Protection in the Healthcare Industry

Derek Brost of eProtex Discusses Data Protection in the Healthcare Industry

Derek Brost, the chief security officer of eProtext, stopped by theCube at the ServiceNow Knowledge13 conference in Las Vegas to discuss his company and the healthcare industry’s Cybersecurity woes. He shared his take on these subjects and explained why his firm is using ServiceNow’s software in an interview with Wikibon co-founder Dave Vellante and SiliconAngle’s Jeff Frick. eProtex is a consultancy that specializes in securing network-attached medical devices, a niche market in which it faces little to no competition. Brost boasts that despite launching amid the Great Recession of 2009 (which, he admits, wasn’t the best time to start a company)... more »
ComodIT Releases Direct Install Feature for Developers

ComodIT Releases Direct Install Feature for Developers

Have you ever tried installing a piece of open source software and been put off by the three pages 'how-to install' tutorial? Why can't we install server applications in one-click, just like we do from a mobile app-store? If these are the questions in your mind, then here’s the news for you. ComodIT, Belgium-based IT Automation as a Service provider, recently released a really cool new feature, changing the way developers will deliver their server based applications. ComodIT has released a “Direct Install” button that enables developers to deliver a similar user experience for discovery and deployment of their enterprise server... more »

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- David Floyer

Industrial IoT, the largest segment of the Internet of things (IoT) with the highest potential value, will require a deep integration between modern IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operations Technology). Modern IT technologies, to be truly extensible to OT, will need a hybrid cloud approach, with by far the majority of data and processing residing at the so-called "Edge". Architectures and software written by industrialists for industrialists, such as GE Predix, are showing how that can work.

- George Gilbert

The big data arena is at a crossroads. Use cases and tools are proliferating faster than most big data teams are gaining experience. In establishing the big data business capabilities required to cut through the complexity, CIO’s must balance the accessibility of integration of traditional SQL DBMS’s versus speed of innovation in the mix and match open source big data ecosystem.

- Peter Burris

In the big data domain, businesses are trying to solve complex problems with complex and novel technology -- and often failing. Simplifying the packaging of big data technologies will streamline big data pilots and accelerate big data time-to-value. CIOs looking to establish differentiating big data capabilities need to consider Single Managed Entities to help solve the complexity problem.

- David Floyer

Oracle M7 technology is meeting or exceeding the announcement performance claims against previous generation. Even taking very conservative assumptions, the business case for migration from T5 to T7 servers is good. Wikibon concludes that for Oracle software and the servers they run on, the adoption of M7 technology (and T7 server technology) is best practice for these high value compute areas.

- David Floyer

The premise tested in this research is that high value applications and software should be run on more capable converged performance-optimized infrastructure, even when they constitute a small proportion of the total workload. In contrast, cost-optimized infrastructure will save on short-term hardware costs, but will incur much higher overall costs long-term. The conclusion strongly recommends IT executives adopt a default of performance-optimized converged infrastructure for all mixed workloads when even a small proportion includes high-cost software and/or high-value applications.

- George Gilbert

Big data pros need to identify which data feedback loops in their machine learning applications can deliver sustainable differentiation through network effects. Starting early is critical because getting to scale is likely to create the "winner takes most" competitive dynamics that have become so common in tech industries. The biggest sin is to wait for the tooling to become automated enough for all competitors to jump in.

- Ralph Finos

The public cloud competitive environment remains turbulent, but sectors show signs of crystallizing a longer-term market structure.. SaaS remains turbulent with SaaS vendors successfully gaining share vs. incumbent licensed software providers who must migrate their core products to cloud-friendly offerings and/or acquire native SaaS applications to shore up their applications leadership positions. Public cloud IaaS segment leadership is crystallizing to a handful of viable providers as a function of scale requirements. PaaS is just formulating and finding its way, but is likely to gravitate towards a wide variety of development models suited for different application types and public cloud platforms.

- David Floyer

For enterprise executives trying to achieve aggressive RPO and RTO SLAs , Wikibon believes that batch backup appliances (PBBAs) will give way to real-time, continuous data protection systems that aggressively support very large memory application memory. Practitioners requiring close to RPO zero and aggressive RTO SLAs should plan for an integrated data protection approach that effectively eliminates the concept of storage-led backup and shifts thinking to a application-led virtual point-in-time recovery model. The database and file system vendors will be the predominant suppliers of this technology, and understanding their roadmaps and commitment to support application-led recovery strategies is crucial to both database and data protection technology selection.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream enterprises are beginning to deploy machine learning applications that add differentiation to traditional products and services. But the complexity of their big data infrastructure is becoming a problem. Big data pros need to deploy a digital business platform (DBP) to support modern applications and then extend the DBP to machine learning applications.

- Peter Burris

IT shops that want to achieve modern IT status will have to address the "IT iron triangle" constraining transformation.