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Google opens Waze Rider carpooling service to San Francisco Bay Area

Google opens Waze Rider carpooling service to San Francisco Bay Area

Google Inc. has opened Waze Rider, its formerly experimental carpooling service, to the San Francisco Bay Area. The service, first rumored to be coming in August, works differently from alternatives offered by the likes of Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. Riders pay the Waze carpool driver 54 cents per mile, a number based on the cost per mile presumed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to cover the cost of the travel undertaken without any profit on top. According to The Wall Street Journal, any attempts to game the system are controlled by Google limiting drivers and riders to only two rides... more »
Volvo’s 2021 autonomous vehicle ambitions for luxury-car drivers

Volvo’s 2021 autonomous vehicle ambitions for luxury-car drivers

The year 2021 is shaping up to be the golden year for autonomous cars. Both Volvo Car Group and Ford Motor Company have designated it as the year that its autonomous cars will hit the roads. Volvo’s self-driving car will be focused on luxury-car drivers, with the autopilot features adding $10,000 to the car’s price tag. While Ford’s plans for its 2021 autonomous car call for no steering wheel, gas or brake pedals, Volvo’s plans differ. At the Global Mobility Leadership Forum in Detroit, Hakan Samuelsson, chief executive officer of Volvo, told reporters that the car’s autopilot would be an optional... more »
Report: Qualcomm wants to buy NXP Semiconductors for $30B

Report: Qualcomm wants to buy NXP Semiconductors for $30B

Smartphone semiconductor powerhouse Qualcomm Inc. could acquire rival firm NXP Semiconductors N.V. in “the next two to three months,” according to a report from the Wall Street Journal that cites people familiar with the matter. The value of the deal is speculated at $30 billion, which puts it in the same bracket as SoftBank Group Corp.’s $32 billion takeover of British chip designer Arm Holdings Plc., which was announced two months ago. NXP's shares jumped 17 percent, bringing its market capitalization to $33 billion. Qualcomm's shares also rose, by more than 6 percent, boosting its market value to almost $100 billion. The chip industry... more »
IBM brings AI to banking with Promontory Financial Group acquisition

IBM brings AI to banking with Promontory Financial Group acquisition

IBM announced on Thursday it’s planning to acquire the financial and compliance consulting firm Promontory Financial Group, in order to bolster the financial regulatory expertise of its Watson cognitive computing platform. Promontory’s main line of work involves helping banks muddle their way through the minefield of regulatory rules and risk management requirements of the financial sector. The most interesting thing about the deal is how IBM plans to use Promontory’s human experts to educate its Watson artificial intelligence software. "Upon close, Promontory's professionals will train Watson, which will learn by continuously ingesting regulatory information as it is created and through interaction in real-world... more »
Salesforce moves to block Microsoft's 'anticompetitive' acquisition of LinkedIn

Salesforce moves to block Microsoft's 'anticompetitive' acquisition of LinkedIn

Salesforce.com Inc. is attempting to derail Microsoft’s proposed $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn Corp. The maker of customer relationship management and other software is urging the European Union to oppose the deal, saying the merger would be “anti-competitive” and give Microsoft an “unfair advantage.” The New York Times broke the story, quoting three people familiar with the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they’re not authorized to speak about it publicly. Salesforce’s tactic of protesting to the EU first appears to be a smart move, given that European officials have in recent years been a lot tougher on what they... more »
New York minute: The blink-and-you'll-miss-it pace of change in data monetization | #BigDataNYC

New York minute: The blink-and-you'll-miss-it pace of change in data monetization | #BigDataNYC

The BigDataNYC 2016 conference wrapped today after multiple days of conversations and controversy over the destiny of data for enterprises. Everyone offered their own opinions on where the gold is today, and where it might be tomorrow. Outstanding are a couple of trends that seem to be solidifying enough to last until the 2017 conference (maybe). Dave Vellante (@dvellante), cohost of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, remarked that it seemed only yesterday companies predicted they'd profit from selling their data. "A lot of companies made the mistake early on of, 'OK, well how are we going to monetize our data?' Well, you can't. You're going to... more »
Starting the ignition for cloud-powered car dealers | #splunkconf16

Starting the ignition for cloud-powered car dealers | #splunkconf16

Asked what physical devices they think of first in terms of dependency upon cloud-stored data, many people would likely answer with phones or other small, portable devices. But as the cloud industry continues to mature, it's finding interest from those who handle much larger machines. At the Splunk.conf 2016 convention, Steve Hatch, manager at Cox Automotive Inc., met with John Walls (@JohnWalls21) and John Furrier (@furrier), cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, to discuss his company's use of data management and Splunk platforms to enable connections throughout the lifetime of an automobile. Cox's work Hatch began by laying out the essence... more »
Collaborating to drive data cataloging | #BigDataNYC

Collaborating to drive data cataloging | #BigDataNYC

The exponential growth of data by volume and type makes it necessary to provide referential resources for collaboration among enterprise users, and one team up is taking on the challenge. With Q4 plans to release a new connectivity layer that catalogs queries from popular compute engines like SparkSQL and IBM Watson DataWorks, Alation, Inc. has caught the eye of Teradata Corp. for a re-sell partnership. Stephanie McReynolds, VP of Marketing at Alation, and Mark Shainman, marketing director at Teradata, joined Dave Vellante (@dvellante) and Peter Burris (@plburris), cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, during BigDataNYC 2016 to discuss their... more »
Is your Big Data strategy a $15 million Excel download? | #BigDataNYC

Is your Big Data strategy a $15 million Excel download? | #BigDataNYC

Customization is a funny thing in that it's never really finished -- not for a living enterprise with an evolving set of problems to solve. A one-of-a-kind Big Data program for a specific business' concerns sounds neat, but the expiration date is a downer: the first day it can be faced with a question it's not programmed to answer. So should companies start every analytics project from scratch, or is there a middle path? Nenshad Bardoliwalla, cofounder and chief product officer at Paxata Inc., said there have been two ways enterprises have approached data analytics. The first is "we're going to know all the... more »
Nvidia demonstrates self-driving car that learned entirely from watching humans

Nvidia demonstrates self-driving car that learned entirely from watching humans

Nvidia Corp. has released a new video showing off its latest progress in autonomous vehicle technology, this time with a self-driving car that has learned entirely from watching human drivers. "In contrast to the usual approach to operating self-driving cars, we did not program any explicit object detection, mapping, path planning or control components into this car," Nvidia explained in the description for the video. "Instead, the car learns on its own to create all necessary internal representations necessary to steer, simply by observing human drivers." In the video, Nvidia shows that its self-driving car is able to navigate through complicated road... 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.