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Microsoft's Office Online gets real-time chat capabilities

Microsoft's Office Online gets real-time chat capabilities

Microsoft’s Office Online is pretty comprehensive when it comes to collaboration, allowing multiple users to edit documents online, embed comments and so on. But sometimes that just isn’t enough – what people need is the ability to ask impulsive questions or make off-the-cuff remarks to speed things along. With that in mind, Microsoft has said that Office Online, which is the browser-based version of its productivity tools (Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint and Word), now has Skype-enabled chat capabilities when linked to a commercial Office 365 account. Skype has already been integrated with Office Online. Back in 2014, Microsoft introduced Skype Group chats in... more »
Insanity: Snapchat raises $1.81b Series F, total funding now stands at $2.63b

Insanity: Snapchat raises $1.81b Series F, total funding now stands at $2.63b

Messaging app maker Snapchat, Inc. has raised $1.81 billion in a Series F round, the company disclosed in a financial filing Thursday. The round itself was raised over a full year and included previously disclosed investments including $175 million from Fidelity Investments in March, and its original Series F round from May 2015 which was priced at $650 million According to The New York Times, new investors in the round included General Atlantic, Sequoia Capital, T. Rowe Price, Lone Pine and Alibaba. A valuation on the raise was not disclosed, although it is generally believed that the figure is $16 billion. Snapchat itself continues... more »
Cloud wars: Value, not price, drives market share in the public cloud

Cloud wars: Value, not price, drives market share in the public cloud

Contrary to what many have suggested, the public cloud market is still a long way from becoming a commodity market, according to new research from analyst firm 451 Research LLC. The findings come from 451 Research’s latest Cloud Price Index (CPI), which shows that the so-called “race to the bottom” in public cloud, embodied by the constant price cuts from leading providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, Google and others, is misleading. In fact, price barely even comes into the equation when enterprises consider migrating to the cloud. Instead, businesses are more interested in the value cloud providers can deliver... more »
What to expect at WWDC 2016: Siri SDK, Apple Music revamp, new MacBook Pros (maybe), more

What to expect at WWDC 2016: Siri SDK, Apple Music revamp, new MacBook Pros (maybe), more

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) takes place from June 13 to June 17, with the main keynote address taking place at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. The WWDC is where Apple will reveal what it has planned for the rest of the year. You will need to wait until September to get a look at the new iPhone 7, but iOS 10 will be released at WWDC, which will likely hint at any additional features for the new model. We will most likely also see updated operating systems for Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. We could... more »
Google takes on Microsoft & Tableau with free data visualization tool

Google takes on Microsoft & Tableau with free data visualization tool

Google is upping its game in the business analytics market with the launch of Data Studio, a free version of its new reporting and data visualization tool, Google Data Studio 360. While the free, beta version isn't quite as robust as the paid offering, users can still create as many as five multi-page reports that can be shared with and edited by an unlimited number of users. The product is being offered in the U.S. now, before being rolled out to other regions later this year. Google Data Studio can pull data from a variety of sources, including Google AdWords and Google... more »
Microsoft’s ‘abusive’ efforts to push Windows 10 on the public annoys millions of Chinese consumers

Microsoft’s ‘abusive’ efforts to push Windows 10 on the public annoys millions of Chinese consumers

Microsoft and its perhaps over-zealous efforts to sway consumers to upgrade to Windows 10 has done a fair bit damage on American soil so far. The tech giant has come under fire lately for a number of reasons relating to the big push to Windows 10, which has included automatic upgrades, incorrigible advertising and worst of all making its famous Windows X (close window) an okay to upgrade. This has resulted in one of the world’s better known Microsoft journalists, Paul Thurrott, to call the actions of the company “indefensible” and an almost indiscernible “violation of trust.” All this has led to Microsoft... more »
Intel has acquired computer vision startup Itseez

Intel has acquired computer vision startup Itseez

Intel Corp. has acquired computer vision startup Itseez, Inc. for an undisclosed price. Founded in 2005 and originally known as Computer Vision Center Argus, Itseez develops computer vision algorithms and implementations for embedded and specialized hardware with software that can be used in cars, security systems and other platforms. Computer vision, if you're not familiar with the term, allows computers to not only see, but interpret what they are seeing as well; facial recognition is the best known application of the technology, and could, in theory, be used to allow secure access to buildings or even an ATM based on a facial... more »
Google beats Oracle in long-running Java lawsuit

Google beats Oracle in long-running Java lawsuit

A federal jury today handed Google Inc. a victory in a lawsuit filed by Oracle America Inc. that had charged the search giant with violating copyright and infringing patents on Oracle's Java software. Oracle had filed the lawsuit in 2010, contending that Google required a license to use the programming language in its Android mobile operating software used in some 80 percent of mobile devices worldwide. Jurors in San Francisco federal court today unanimously rejected Oracle's claims, including its demand for $9 billion in profits it said Android had produced for Google. Instead, the jury said Google had made legal "fair use"... more »
Eye institute blindsided by data breach thanks to third-party hack

Eye institute blindsided by data breach thanks to third-party hack

Don’t turn a blind eye to security, otherwise the next data breach could blindside you. The Southeast Eye Institute, PA sees that clearly know, following an incident in which an unauthorized attacker accessed patient files that a third-party vendor once managed. According to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), the hack compromised the personal information of around 87,314 patients, including names, phone numbers, insurance information, and Social Security numbers. HealthIT Security notes that the hackers could have accessed the information as early as January 2015, but was not noticed until near the end of March 2016. The information was accessed through Bizmatics... more »
Reddit ditches Imgur and hosts its own images

Reddit ditches Imgur and hosts its own images

The company behind self-hating web community Reddit has decided to abandon its long-standing partnership with image hosting site Imgur in favor of offering its own image upload service. "We’re super excited to begin rolling out in-house image hosting on Reddit.com to select communities this week," Reddit product team member Andy wrote in an announcement post on the website. "For a long time, other image hosting services have been an integral part of how content is shared on Reddit — we’re grateful to those teams, but are looking forward to bringing you a more seamless experience with this new feature." Here are is... more »

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- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.

- David Vellante

On May 12, 2016 at 12 Noon EDT, several CxOs will gather to discuss how to best communicate to Boards of Directors on the topic of cyber security. Has a failure = fire mentality led organizations to "sandbag" the threat? Is security a shared responsibility across the business or does it fall on the shoulders of a few security gurus? How should CxOs be changing the way they communicate about cyber in the digital age?

- Brian Gracely

In this Trip Report from OpenStack Summit 2016, the Wikibon team looks at five critical areas for OpenStack - Community, Consumption Models, Revenues, New Use-Cases and the OpenStack technology ecosystem,

- Brian Gracely

While automation is often looked at as a way to reduce IT costs, it has far-reaching impacts for Digital Business Platforms. Wikibon looks at how automation improves the ability to experiment with new ideas, improve market responsiveness, improve overall application security and better align development and operations requirements.

- Brian Gracely

With the release of the Native Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC is offering customers the ability to rapidly build new applications. But will the lack of embedded operations slow the adoption of the product and slow customer deployments?

- David Floyer

The x86 microprocessor has reached a limit in how much an application can be speeded up. Intel can no longer rely on economies of scale to drive market share in processors. Future advances will come from designing the microprocessor and software-in-silicon together. There are multiple large niches that have opened up to new processor/software approaches, including mobile, IoT servers, specialized servers for the cloud, telecommunications servers and large system servers for large database and big data applications. New winners in this space are likely to come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

- Peter Burris

Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.

- Brian Gracely

Understanding how to accelerate “Idea to Execution Time” (I2ET) may become the most important measurement of any Digital Business Platform. Wikibon explore the core attributes needed to be successful in rapidly developing and deploying new business applications.