Bert Latamore

Bert Latamore is a freelance writer covering the intersection of IT and business for SiliconANGLE. He is a frequent contributor to CrowdChats focused on theCUBE coverage of major IT industry events and site editor at He has 35 years’ experience covering the IT industry including four with Gartner, five with Meta Group, and eight with Wikibon. He lives in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains with his wife, Moire, and their dog, cat and macaw. In his spare time he enjoys reading, hiking and photography.

Latest from Bert Latamore

Wikibon offers 12-point evaluation framework for big data

Companies are abandoning big data projects because of the complexity of the technology, even when outcomes are well-chosen, writes Wikibon Chief Research Officer Peter Burris. Vendors are rushing to fill holes in toolkits, but often they seem more focused on improving the productivity of individual tools rather than aligning them with a holistic vision of […]

Analyst says early adopters love their Oracle T7 servers

The Oracle T7 server with M7 technology baked in is a good deal for heavy Oracle users, providing much higher performance at a significantly lower cost than the T5 generation, writes Wikibon CTO David Floyer (@DLfloyer). Early adopters extolled the advantages of the T7 for its high security and higher scalability per core, allowing significant […]

Transformation, not operations, should top CIOs’ agendas, say IBM #CIO CrowdChatters

The CIO’s role in the enterprise is rapidly changing in this era of digital business disruption. CIOs need to focus on leading business transformation, ideally as part of a CEO-led team, rather than on operations. They should focus particularly on moving the business from seat-of-the-pants to data-based decision-making at all levels of the organization. That […]

Wikibon says ‘Iron triangle’ of resistance holds back digital transformation

CIOs seeking to move their organizations from traditional technology-based to digital business service-based operations must break down an “iron triangle” consisting of entrenched IT administrative functions, legacy vendors and technology-specific automation, writes Wikibon Chief Research Officer Peter Burris. This core of resistance to change has left most IT organizations with a growing collection of public cloud […]

Analyst says digital business requires new approach to data recovery

Traditional backup and recovery technology, based on database snapshots, is inadequate for cloud-based digital business, writes Wikibon CTO David Floyer. The problem with the present state of the art in backup – purpose-built backup appliances (PBBAs) such as EMC’s Data Domain — is that they use a batch process based on taking snapshots of a […]

Feedback loops critical to machine learning, Wikibon analyst says

Data feedback loops are critical for machine learning platforms according to research firm Wikibon. In his latest research Professional Alert, an elaboration on the role of digital business platforms in machine learning explored in his previous Alert, “Digital Business Platform for Machine Learning Apps”,  Wikibon Big Data & Analytics Analyst George Gilbert takes a close […]

Digital business platforms need machine learning, says Wikibon

The digital business platforms of the major public cloud providers and the converged/hyper-converged hardware manufacturers have reached maturity. But, writes Wikibon Big Data & Analytics Analyst George Gilbert, they lack support for the machine learning analysis applications that play a central role in digital business. Machine learning is vital for pulling value from the huge […]

Wikibon lauds New Zealand filmmaker’s digital innovation

The only IT analysis that dares to ask the question, “whether actors would follow professional drivers as future casualties of artificial intelligence,” Wikibon CTO David Floyer’s “Case Study: Creating a Digital Innovation Culture” profiles CGI leader Weta Digital Ltd. of Wellington, NZ,  as a model for creating a digital business culture and platform. Weta Digital, […]

Wikibon says hyper-convergence has reached a market tipping point

When Wikibon introduced the concept of the Server SAN in 2014, “hyper-convergence” was not yet a term in general use, and many considered it to be a small piece of the highly fragmented storage marketplace. Today, writes Wikibon Senior Infrastructure & Cloud Analyst Stu Miniman (@Stu), hyperconverged infrastructure, a primary instantiation of Server SAN, is reaching […]

Lenovo-Nutanix appliance exemplifies converged system advantage, says Wikibon’s Floyer

A converged system is a win for everybody involved – vendors, ISVs and enterprise IT — and the further up the stack the appliance reaches the better for all concerned, writes Wikibon CTO David Floyer (see figure). These single managed entities (SMEs) reduce the number of elements to manage, increase savings, decrease time-to-value and allow […]