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Is Salesforce.com Planning a Facebook Style Timeline for Chatter?

Is Salesforce.com Planning a Facebook Style Timeline for Chatter?

Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff is just bonkers about Facebook. Listen to one of his keynotes and you'll get the picture. Dion Hinchcliffe did the play-by-play at last year's event. Here's his take on the action:  “....Entering new era, an exciting new era”. Not thanking IBM, not thanking big companies, we’re thanking Facebook that’s creating change and transformation, an “Arab Spring” in business. 9:32 – When will we hear a “corporate spring”, when customers rise up and demand that organizations listen? That’s the social revolution that’s coming. E-mail has eclipsed social networking users. Look at how Facebook is eating the Web. Now it’s... more »
What Comes First: The Hadoop Application or the Use Case?

What Comes First: The Hadoop Application or the Use Case?

It’s a pretty standard rule-of-thumb for successful IT organizations: Identify a compelling use case first, and then invest in the applicable technology. But what if the technology doesn’t exist yet? That, unfortunately, is the dilemma facing many forward-thinking enterprises when it comes to Hadoop. They’ve got ideas about new, innovative ways to monetize Big Data, but few applications to let them do it. Let’s say, for example, you’re a business analyst at a pharmaceutical maker and you’ve come up with an idea to correlate sales data with demographic data with social media data to identify new revenue opportunities. You present your idea to... more »
Cisco Pulls the Plug on Overpriced umi Line

Cisco Pulls the Plug on Overpriced umi Line

The sales of Cisco’s umi videoconferencing product evidently missed expectations, now that the company announced it will no longer be shipping new units. It will, however, continue to offer tech support to customers who’ve already purchased the set-top box. The solution is undeniably gimmicky, but the main issue that drove Cisco to abandon umi is that it simply doesn’t fit into the current market. The $599 price tag and bulky hardware proved to be no match against alternatives such as Skype, which is free and can be installed on the user’s mobile device as well. A premise of higher-quality communications simply... more »
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Pre-rolls, Mobile Video Ads to Drive Online Video Spend 40%

After a robust 2011, online video advertising should enjoy another year of rapid growth and is on pace to increase 40% over last year. Some marketers will move money from TV budgets to online video, and they'll be focusing on pre-roll ads and mobile video. For more details, check out this week's New Media Minute.   [Thanks, Daisy.]... more »
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Siri Clone Iris Teams with ChaCha for Better Answers

There's been a slew of Siri clones hitting the Android Market ever since the launch of the iPhone 4S.  One of the more popular apps to gain instant recognition was Iris (Siri spelled backwards).  Dexetra, the speech recognition provider behind Iris's Android app, sees its database expanded under a new partnership with ChaCha, a database algorithm provider for questions and answers. The two mobile partners join hands to add new element to Dexetra’s existing app Iris that uses AI for personalized search on mobile. Dexetra and ChaCha have decided to work together to create the best app Q & A (Question... more »
The Future of Business Intelligence: Infographic

The Future of Business Intelligence: Infographic

Domo Technologies, a provider of a new kind of executive management software, has published a brief infographic that summarizes the state of the business intelligence industry today. It also focuses on this market’s direction, which is shifting in an effort to catch up to a major change in its core user base. It's all about access The first trend Domo looked at is truly reflective of this industry shift. BI software is no longer controlled by the IT department, or at least not entirely, and this will only expand in the future. Today, IT owns a 63 percent cut of the BI pie chart,... more »
IBM Acquires Cloud QA Company Green Hat

IBM Acquires Cloud QA Company Green Hat

Today IBM announced that it has an agreed to acquire Green Hat, a company that provides tools for building virtual environments for software quality assurance and testing. This follows the official launch of IBM's platform-as-a-service and continues IBM's developer-centric cloud strategy. Once the acquisition closes, Green Hat will become part of Rational, IBM's line of QA tools. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Green Hats brings to the table tools that make it much faster to build testing environments. According to IBM's announcement: "According to recent industry reports, software testing represents more than 50 percent of overall development costs,... more »
Kinect and Wii Used to Waldo a Nao Robot to Brush a Cat, Imagine What’s Next

Kinect and Wii Used to Waldo a Nao Robot to Brush a Cat, Imagine What’s Next

In what some might call an unholy tandem, a Microsoft Kinect and Nintendo Wii have been hybridized together to permit a man—in this case software engineer  Taylor Veltrop—to remotely brush his cat via 23-inch-tall robotic surrogate. To make this happen, Veltrop hacked together a Kinect, two Wiimotes, a head-mounted display (HMD) visor, a treadmill, and a Nao robot. Tiny cameras on the NAO robot actively broadcast what the robot is seeing back to the HMD and Veltrop hacked the Kinect and Wiimotes to allow him fine control over the motions of the robot arms—combined with the treadmill he could walk up... more »
IAB Adds Millennial Media CEO to Board, Recognizes Mobile Influence

IAB Adds Millennial Media CEO to Board, Recognizes Mobile Influence

Millennial president and CEO Paul Palmieri is now a part of the Interactive Advertising Bureau’s board of directors. About 40 online marketing executives are sitting on IAB board, representing major media companies including Amazon, CBS and Disney. Millennial is the latest to have made it to the list, taking credit for a significant milestone for the mobile industry. The bureau has a total of over 500 members. “Mobile has taken a prominent place in the digital media business, and it is essential that we align our focus with other digital media companies to drive the growth of this evolving space," said... more »
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Broadcom, Others Tap SmartTV Trends

In order to offer consumers a solution to enjoy watching their favorite television content wherever they want on whatever device they want,  Sling Media strikes a deal with Broadcom to feature Sling Media SDK into Broadcom's latest set-top box (STB) system-on-a-chip (SoC) platforms. This will give users a full-featured multi-screen, multi-platform viewing solution that's been key to Sling Media's success. Keeping with the times The interoperability of the two company’s technology will breathe life into an array of content, with a reliable viewing experience for customers who covet a simple yet high-quality way to watch TV while on the go. There’s a growing... more »

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- David Floyer

Wikibon argues strongly against Revolution towards a 3rd platform. The conclusion from this analysis is that applications will evolve; conversion should be avoided like the plague. The greatest opportunity is to continuously adapt today's operational applications by the addition of real-time or near real-time analytics applied directly to the current organizational processes and applications that support these processes. This is likely to translate to the greatest value to most organizations, and where possible avoid the risks of converting systems. The study of organizations that have applied real-time analytics to their current operational systems have shown incredible improvements in lower costs and greater adaptability. Business and IT executives should understand the enormous potential for adding decision automation through real-time analytics to current operational applications in their organizations. New technologies should be judged by their ability to support real-time analytics applied to operational systems, and supporting incremental improvement over time.

- David Vellante

Today's Technology infrastructure management is largely non-differentiated and wasteful. Technology executives must re-think the strategic role of human capital and begin to implement new ways to consume IT as a service. This post draws on the learnings of senior executive Alan Nance from Royal Philips who is dogmatic in its approach to transforming its infrastructure to a service model.

- Luke Turchetta

In a recent web-based survey conducted by Wikibon, 300 North American enterprises whom had either been utilizing, or considering the adoption of public cloud, answered questions regarding IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) perceptions and usages. These questions varied in topic but were centered around an examination of which workloads were best suited for usage in the public cloud. This research examines a few additional key insights that shed some light on the growing IaaS world.

- David Floyer

There have only been two successful volume introductions into the marketplace in the last 50 years - DRAM and NAND flash. There has to be a clear volume case with good economics for 3D XP to be able to gain a foothold in consumer products. Without volume in the consumer space, there is unlikely to be much volume traction in the enterprise space. CIOs, CTOs and enterprise professionals should take a wait and see stance, and monitor the adoption of 3D XP in the consumer and military spaces. If and when there is volume production for 3D XP, enterprise adoption should start about two years later.

- Stuart Miniman

The use of open source software continues to accelerate and expand in the marketplace, especially in areas where technology is significantly disrupting established business models. IT organizations should be actively seeking to understand how open communities operate, how different licensing models work, and how they can be more actively engaged with both the vendors and communities that are shaping open source software.

- Stuart Miniman

The full stack of software around containers (including Docker) is diverse and changing at a fast pace. This research walks the software stack and examines the

- David Floyer

CIOs understand that a clear cloud strategy is critical for IT today. Wikibon believes the biggest mistake organizations can make is converting major applications into the public cloud (including SaaS) without thinking about the implications to their existing business process workflows. Wikibon recommends that IT develop and implement a hybrid cloud strategy using the existing management workflows and compliance processes for both the public and private cloud components in the hybrid cloud.

- David Floyer

In 2014, Wikibon defined a new category "Server SAN" that sits at the intersection of software-defined storage, hyperscale methodologies and converged infrastructure. This article is the executive summary of primary research that gives the status of the market, examines the vendor ecosystem, lays forth the revenue and 10 year forecast and gives direction for expansion beyond simple "hyperconverged infrastructure". This information is available for public consumption, the full research is available to Wikibon clients.

- David Floyer

In this research paper, Wikibon looks back at the introductory Server SAN research, adjusts the Server SAN definition to include System Drag, and increases the speed of adoption of Server SAN based on very fast adoption from 2012 to 2014. The overall growth of Server SAN is projected to be about a 23% CAGR from 2014 to 2026, with a faster growth from 2014 to 2020 of 38%. The total Server SAN market is projected to grow to over $48 billion by 2026. The traditional enterprise storage market is projected to decline by -16% CAGR, leading to an overall growth in storage spend of 3% CAGR through 2026. Traditional enterprise storage is being squeezed in a vice between a superior, lower cost and more flexible storage model with Enterprise Server SAN, and the migration of IT towards cloud computing and Hyperscale Server SAN deployments. Wikibon strongly recommends that CTOs & CIOs initiate Server SAN pilot projects in 2015, particularly for applications where either low cost or high performance is required.

- Stuart Miniman

If containers are at the center of a shift in how applications are developers and delivered, and their pace of growth and change is unprecedented in IT history, this could have a massive ripple effect on both suppliers and consumers of the ecosystem of IT technologies.