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Tableau Software in $150 Million IPO Filing, BigData Visualization Going Mainstream

Tableau Software in $150 Million IPO Filing, BigData Visualization Going Mainstream

Data Visualization – it’s one of the unsung heroes in the Big Data picture, but that appears to be changing. Seattle-based data visualization company Tableau Software filed its IPO statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday and is looking to raise up to $150 Million dollars. The stock ticker symbol will be “DATA”. Tableau is an alumnus of theCUBE, dating back to the Strata-Hadoop World 2012 event. VP of Tableau Software Daniel Jewitt shared not only the origin, missions, and current state of the company, but how it relates to Big Data in the following video: The product offers a... more »
Indie Developers Shine Bright at GDC 2013

Indie Developers Shine Bright at GDC 2013

Game Developers Conference is undoubtedly the best place for game developers to show their innovation and gaming fans to experience it all. Not only independent game developers, but publishers and all big gaming companies line up to show off their products and creations at the event. But what’s most interesting is the way indie developers are outshining the big brands. In fact, independent designers who make text adventures and other lo-fi games looked like bigger stars than the ones who make blockbusters. Even during the “AAA-level design in a day” boot camp, Indie developers stole the show as a near-capacity crowd... more »
ServicesAngle News Briefs for April 3, 2013

ServicesAngle News Briefs for April 3, 2013

IBM Honors Eight New IBM Fellows on 50th Anniversary of Program IBM marked the 50th anniversary of its Fellows program by elevating eight employees to IBM Fellow for their innovations in areas including cloud and mobile computing, big data, and business analytics. Only 246 individuals have earned this designation in the companies history. The new fellows are: Chandu Visweswariah, Distinguished Engineer, Senior Manager, Timing and Circuit Analysis, Heike Riel, IBM Research -- Manager, Nanoscale Electronics, John Ponzo, CTO, IBM Mobile First, Monte Denneau, IBM Research Scientist, Computer Science, Dinesh Verma, Manager, IT & Wireless Convergence, IBM Research, Jason McGee, Distinguished Engineer, Chief Architect, PureApplication System, IWD and... more »
What If Angel Investment Market Crashes?

What If Angel Investment Market Crashes?

By Kevin Dick, Founder Right Side Capital Management. In my last post, I showed how diversification helps an angel portfolio get closer to the true underlying return of the market.  Based on the AIPP's historical sample of angel-backed startups that meet my RSCM's investment criteria, we saw that 70 investments would have given you a ~90% chance of doubling your money and 200 would have given you an ~80% chance of tripling your money. Of course, almost everyone has heard the disclaimer, "Past performance is no guarantee of future results."  We don't really know that angel investments made today will have the... more »
IBM's New Big Data Solution Could Hurt Oracle's New Sales

IBM's New Big Data Solution Could Hurt Oracle's New Sales

IBM spent $16 billion on Big Data acquisitions to assemble what Wikibon analyst Jeff Kelly calls the “broadest and deepest Big Data product and services portfolio in the industry.”  The sheer scope of the vendor’s line-up enabled it to outsell everybody else in this market for the last several years, but Kelly stresses that diversity alone won’t be enough to sustain this competitive edge in the long run.  In his latest article, the Wikibon analyst writes that the sheer scale of IBM’s Big Data portfolio has made it difficult for the company to unify it and come out with “distinct, compelling... more »
Live Streaming for Gaming Heats Up with YouTube and Twitch.tv

Live Streaming for Gaming Heats Up with YouTube and Twitch.tv

Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2013 has been showing us a lot of interesting things, and the recent one is the live streaming from YouTube and Twitch.tv. A new API developed by YouTube allows game developers to live stream gameplay from directly within their games, with some of the popular titles already offering the service, such as Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. This new API will create a stream based on live gameplay, transcode the stream in real-time, and handle sending the correct resolution to viewers. The streams will now be available on Android and iOS. Looks like YouTube has expanded... more »
Big Data Startup DeepDB Grabs $10M Funding For Transactional Database

Big Data Startup DeepDB Grabs $10M Funding For Transactional Database

Investors just can’t get enough of Big Data startups at the minute, with the latest beneficiary of this goodwill being Deep Information Sciences. The Portsmouth, N.H-based startup has just acquired $10m in series A funding from sources including Stage 1 Ventures, Robert Davoli and others to help develop its ‘high-performing transactional and analytic database’. Readers might have heard about Deep before. Previously, the company was known as CloudTree, but the name change reflects a switch in focus towards Big Data and its flagship product DeepDB, which enables simultaneous transactions and data analytics in real-time on the same data set, bringing unprecedented... more »
IBM Big Data Announcements Move in Right Direction but More Must be Done

IBM Big Data Announcements Move in Right Direction but More Must be Done

IBM has a tremendous portfolio of Big Data products and services, including both acquisitions and technologies developed in house like Watson, writes Jeff Kelly in his Alert “IBM Accelerates Its Big Data Portfolio”. And it has embraced the Open Source Big Data community, at least at the foundational level, particularly with its BigInsights Hadoop platform. But IBM has problems as well. That huge portfolio is fragmented and sometimes confusing, and IBM’s approach, which is heavily dependent on its services arm,  is expensive, geared to large enterprises, and too costly for most mid-sized companies.  IBM needs to unify its portfolio and... more »
Bitcoin’s Big Week: Value Reaches $140; BitcoinStore Sells $500,000; BitPay Hits $5.2M for March

Bitcoin’s Big Week: Value Reaches $140; BitcoinStore Sells $500,000; BitPay Hits $5.2M for March

Bitcoin had an extremely exciting month of March with the explosive growth of the value of the cryptocurrency—with it approaching and exceeding $140 in early April—and there’s so much news that there’s just not enough time to cover it in individual articles. Not to mention that March represented the first ever near-crisis for Bitcoin when a fork happened to the blockchain; an event that went largely unnoticed by the community due to how aptly it was smoothed out. Bitcoin Value Approaches and Exceeds $140 It was in fact only late March when we last reported that Bitcoin had exceeded $70—March 20 to... more »
Big Data Traffic Jam: Smarter Lights, Happy Drivers

Big Data Traffic Jam: Smarter Lights, Happy Drivers

Los Angeles’ reputation for being an absolute nightmare for drivers is well-deserved, but a new traffic control system might just be able to ease some of their suffering. Almost three decades in the making, the city’s newly completed Automated Traffic Surveillance and Control System will synchronize all 4,500 traffic lights in the metropolis, with the goal of not just reducing drive times, but cutting down on pollution as well. It’s a truly admirable goal, but achieving it has been no easy feat. The project is totally unique with regards to its size and its scope, and is reputed to have cost... 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.