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Vox Media acquires tech blog Re/Code in an all-share deal

Vox Media acquires tech blog Re/Code in an all-share deal

Vox Media, Inc., has acquired Revere Digital, Inc., the parent company behind tech blog Re/Code founded by The Wall Street Journal veterans Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher. The price of the acquisition was not disclosed but is reported to be an all-share deal, suggesting a figure on the lower side, possibly valuing the business at somewhere around mid to high 7 figures. Founded in 2014 after Mossberg and Swisher left The Wall Street Journal after running a similar blog called AllThingsD, Re/Code covers startups and business technology news, and is famed for Swishers ability to break news via her vast contacts in Silicon Valley, along with Mossberg's often colorful... more »
Watson Analytics becomes IBM’s new secret weapon | #IBMVision

Watson Analytics becomes IBM’s new secret weapon | #IBMVision

More businesses want to glean information from their data, but there is a shortage of resources geared toward non-data-scientists. Enter IBM Watson Analytics. “Users may have information, but they don’t have insights, and they may not be able to drive those insights into action,” John Colthart, Product Experience and Design for IBM Watson Analytics told theCUBE during IBM Vision. “So when we talk about citizen data scientists, it’s about trying to get all of that capability into the hands of someone who probably has not used this technology before.” Better understanding data quality   Colthart said that new users can better understand their data’s... more »
Varian Medical streamlines sales process with Varicent | #IBMVision

Varian Medical streamlines sales process with Varicent | #IBMVision

Varian Medical Systems sales representatives work off of a complex compensation process. The Palo Alto, California-based company, which manufactures radiation equipment and software for cancer treatment, may take more than a year to ship a $10 million piece of equipment. The transaction also involves multiple representatives, which adds to the complexity of the payout structure. Once the company moved from spreadsheets to Varicent analytics software, the compensation process moved much more smoothly. Calculating more quickly   “Once we went live with Varicent, we could do calculations more quickly,” Anna Sheldon, Varian Medical Global Sales Compensation program manager told theCUBE during IBM Vision. “We could... more »
Incentive Compensation Management helps IBM customers raise top line | #IBMVision

Incentive Compensation Management helps IBM customers raise top line | #IBMVision

IBM’s Incentive Compensation Management (ICM) software helps businesses drive sales performance, while Watson Analytics brings a predictive nature to the business. “When you put the capabilities of a solution such as ICM alongside the analytics platforms that we’ve invested in, you can really unlock the capabilities of the data,” Alan Chapman, IBM’s director of Sales Performance Management told theCUBE during IBM Vision. “We’ve seen great results from customers who can dive into their sales compensation and understand what their compensation plans are really doing.” Spotting the patterns   Watson Analytics allows businesses to spot patterns that they wouldn’t have considered otherwise. For example, if... more »
Facebook's EU woes continue as regulators clamp down

Facebook's EU woes continue as regulators clamp down

Facebook Inc has become a veteran of the battles fought over online privacy, data security and net neutrality, and it does not look like the social network will be free from scrutiny any time soon. For several months, the social network has been at the center of a series of privacy investigations by various privacy watchdog groups throughout the European Union, and Facebook was recently accused by the Belgian Privacy Protection Commission of "trampling" on E.U. laws and being uncooperative in their probes. Now, similar watchdog groups have accused Facebook and a few other large tech firms of unfairly favoring their own services over those... more »
Evolving solutions find success in healthcare industry | #IBMEdge

Evolving solutions find success in healthcare industry | #IBMEdge

Evolving Solutions, iNC., a Minneapolis, Minnesota-based IT infrastructure solutions provider, has experienced significant growth over the past few years, in part due to its focus on healthcare and other technology-consuming industries. “We have a deep awareness of healthcare environments, so we’re able to replicate capacity needs, capacity planning, and really understand some of the core applications that drive healthcare growth,” President and CEO Jamie Gmach told theCUBE during IBM Edge2015. Healthcare industry embraces Big Data   Despite its reputation for paper records and slow response times, the healthcare industry is starting to embrace Big Data and other technologies. “The consumption of technology is accelerating... more »
HP's troubled services division gears up for multi-billion dollar cuts

HP's troubled services division gears up for multi-billion dollar cuts

While top software-as-a-service providers are experiencing record growth on the back of increasing cloud demand, more traditional players such as HP that are still in the process of adapting to the new way of delivering technology capabilities have been caught somewhat unprepared. That is now driving the hardware giant to expedite its transition with a massive restructuring of its services business. Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman is aiming to achieve gross annual savings of up to $2 billion from the move, a plan that heralds the latest blow in the division's long history of troubled operations, which dates back all the way... more »
Finding where hardware ends and software begins | #IBMEdge

Finding where hardware ends and software begins | #IBMEdge

Judith Hurwitz, president of Hurwitz & Associates, LLC and a long-time industry analyst, doesn’t usually focus on hardware — but IBM Edge has become much more than a hardware show. “What’s interesting to me,” Hurwitz told theCUBE, “is the bringing together of the underlying capabilities of the hardware, which has always been very strong, very compelling, with the supporting software. And you bring those two together and [it] really is a very interesting revelation.” This becomes especially true for use cases like healthcare, where security is a major issue. Building security into the core   “Think about a hospital, the level of security you need... more »
Open questions on OpenStack | #openstack

Open questions on OpenStack | #openstack

At the kickoff for the OpenStack Summit 2015, John Furrier, founder of SiliconANGLE, and Stu Miniman, senior analyst at Wikibon, discussed on theCUBE the key opportunities and challenges facing the OpenStack Foundation and its partners. According to Miniman, over the five years they’ve been watching OpenStack, some of their original questions have yet to be answered. “I remember when it came out. I think Dave Vellante said it was the ‘Hail Mary’ of the traditional infrastructure vendors to stay relevant in a world where Amazon and Google were taking over.” OpenStack is making progress   Are they achieving that goal? “OpenStack’s made a lot... more »
GigaOm acquired by company led by ex-Demand Media CIO Byron Reece

GigaOm acquired by company led by ex-Demand Media CIO Byron Reece

Pioneering tech website GigaOm may be set to rise from the dead come August with news today that the site had been acquired by Austin based startup Knowingly Corp, run by former Demand Media CIO Byron Reece. Knowingly said in a statement, appropriately published on GigaOm.com, that it had acquired a portion of the assets of GigaOm, including the core site GigaOm.com and as well as the content library. Poynter first broke the story. Although not specified it can only be presumed that the company did not pick up the subsidiary components of the GigaOm group, such as the research and conference arms, presuming they still... more »

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- 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.

- Steve Chambers

In the UK, large enterprise, household named, logos in all markets are using AWS and not only for virtual machines and storage. Enterprises are consuming features such as identity, data warehouse, search, content delivery as AWS increase the size of the set of undifferentiated heavy lifting due to the hundreds of features they are releasing and improving.

- Steve Chambers

Containers, and specifically Docker, allows the management of applications to be freed from the shackles of infrastructure. This article examines the state of containers and the booming Docker ecosystem and how enterprise IT should get started at embracing this important technology.