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InformationWeek has been out and about talking up their most recent CIO survey and keeps calling attention to the fact that one in three CIOs see creating a new business or business model as a driver in 2011. This is not a new phenomenon, but one in three is more CIOs than I would have intuitively thought, so I started to think about it. There has always been a drive, at least in every company I’ve worked for, that if you want to grow your ivory tower you need to generate revenue. Because IT is a support function – it was infrastructure as a service long before cloud computing came along, if you look at it in the right light – this mentality didn’t generally drive CIOs. Serving the business in the best manner possible was huge on CIO’s list of things to do, but generating revenue just didn’t drive them. Which leads to the question “why now?” The answer to that quest... (more)

Re-Distributed Computing

This morning, Chaucer, our relatively new Sheltie puppy, took off with my slippers. I found one lying in his favorite spot almost immediately, but the other had gone missing. I wandered about the house with one slipper in hand while he hid in his kennel, knowing I was angry but not quite understanding why. It made me ponder the state of computing today, and where we’re headed, because it made me ponder years ago with our last dog, doing exactly the same thing. One was a Shih Tzu, the other is a Sheltie, but puppies chew on slippers with rawhide ties, doesn’t matter the breed or how many years in between. Interesting thing about the state of the computing market, puppies – all puppies – do chew on slippers, and that rarely changes, even as we see change all around us in the high-tech world. The corollary? I sat down to learn Android development at a level most peopl... (more)

Report on the SAP Sybase Executive Briefing on August 19th

I was fortunate to have attended yesterday's SAP Sybase Executive Briefing in Boston.  Also attending were SAP Mentors, Jon Reed and Susan Keohan, "the workflow goddess."  There was a lot covered, but in this report I am going to focus on what I learned about enterprise mobility there.  First, I will provide some impressions and then drill into some details.  Keep in mind that this is my biased interpretation (i.e. analysis) of what I heard. The SAP team wanted to communicate that SAP is a different company, with different management now.  They want to leave the slow, grinding and bureaucratic company and image behind.  They want to be passionate about innovation and technology again.  They want to excite the markets and excite customers with brilliance and innovation.  I was given off-the-record insight into changes in personnel that were intended to support this ... (more)

Updated Foundation Classes for PB 11.5.1

New PowerBuilder 11.5 framework version released! ** Hot News ** Software Tool & Die Inc is pleased to announce that they have released a new version of their STD Foundation Classes for the production version of PowerBuilder 11.5 classic. This release is based on the STD framework using PowerBuilder 11.5.1 build 4011. PowerBuilder developers can now further enjoy this superior framework for their mission critical applications allowing them to dramatically accelerate their development work while maintaining superior application performance. The framework architecture supports Win32, Webform, Winform and Smart Client deployment models. The STD Foundation Classes are a free business and productivity framework and available for Appeon, InfoMaker, EAServer, PocketBuilder, and PowerBuilder that support .Net Assemblies, WebForm, WinForn, Win32, WPF and JSP/ASP deployment as ... (more)

What Is Collaboration Software? Back to the Basics

Overuse tends to a suck a phrase of meaning, and the same may be said of “collaboration”. As an executive, you’ve probably been inundated with articles on “collaboration software” and its business possibilities. But it seems to mean different things at different times. Sometimes it means email, other times document sharing with Google Drive, and still other times managing projects with Basecamp. And when the social network Google + was launched, you were told enterprise collaboration was forever changed. You probably experienced what may be described as information induced paralysis. OK, so “collaboration software” amazing. What next? Time to take a step back and structure our thinking. Collaboration software evidently has something to do with collaboration – or to work together. One might say that every business reduces to collaboration – humans working together t... (more)

The Bunker launches Ultra Secure Object Storage Cloud service, powered by Cleversafe

Ultra Secure IT services provider expands capabilities by partnering with leading object storage provider 24 JUNE 2014: Ultra Secure IT services provider, The Bunker today launches its Ultra Secure Object Storage Cloud service, designed for businesses that want to use public cloud data storage but can't. The new cloud service solves the challenges of security and compliance in the public cloud, whilst offering all the benefits of a consumption-based model for cost-effective storage of backup and archive data. The Bunker's managed service, created in partnership with Cleversafe, brings object-based storage to mid-size and smaller businesses. This will provide reduced cost data storage for customers hand-in-hand with Cleversafe's market-leading technology, allowing them to take advantage of its scalability and inherent security, which encrypts data both in transit and... (more)

The Hadoop Business Case By @JGlesner | @BigDataExpo [#BigData]

By Jeremy Glesner Since the birth of Hadoop in 2005-06, the way we think about storing and processing information has evolved considerably. The term “Big Data” has become synonymous with this evolution. But still, many of our customers continue to ask, “What is Big Data?”, “What are its use cases?”, and “What is its business value?”. The Internet is overloaded with definitions, characteristics, and benefits; however, few discussions synthesize all three of these topics in one place. This paper answers these questions, and proposes a total cost calculation framework for CTOs and CIOs that are evaluating solutions for their organization’s use case(s). In the text below, I examine an on-premise Hadoop ecosystem as a general purpose Big Data solution in relation to alternative commercial purpose-built storage technologies (-e.g. Oracle, Teradata, IBM, SAP, Microsoft, E... (more)

Couchbase Partners with ElasticBox, Cloudsoft and CumuLogic

Couchbase on Tuesday announced the expansion of its partner ecosystem. Newly announced partnerships with Cloudsoft, CumuLogic and ElasticBox will give customers the option to deploy Couchbase Server to public, private, and hybrid cloud infrastructure. With these new partners, customers can now automate the process of provisioning Couchbase Server to Amazon Web Services, HP Cloud, IBM SoftLayer, VMware, OpenStack, and more. “We are thrilled to announce the addition of Cloudsoft, CumuLogic and ElasticBox as new partners,” said Rod Hamlin, VP of Business Development, Couchbase. “Adding these partners ensures customers can find the right option for their business to deploy Couchbase Server to their cloud of choice, whether it’s on-premises, public or hybrid, and power their applications with the highest performing and most scalable NoSQL database.” Recent projections fr... (more)

UPDATE: Skytree Launches "What's Your (Big Data) Problem?" Contest Designed to Push the Envelope of Data Science With Machine Learning

LAKE TAHOE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/07/12 -- At the annual NIPS Conference for data scientists, Skytree, Inc.™, an advanced analytics and machine learning company, today launched a contest for companies looking to jumpstart their advanced analytics and accelerate their big data initiatives. The winning company receives a one-year license for Skytree Server valued at $100,000, which includes consulting services and data modeling. Five runners-up will receive free machine learning consulting from a machine learning expert. Entries will be judged based on the universality, emerging data science, and clarity of the big data challenge posed. To be entered in the contest, companies may submit their "Big Data Challenge" to Skytree between December 6, 2012 and January 11, 2013 on the Skytree website. Before presenting his technical talk at NIPS, Skytree CTO Dr. Alexander Gr... (more)

NRK media day – Michael T. Jones of Google

I am at the Norwegian national broadcasting company’s meeting. 1,500 people from all sides of the company. The day opens with someone who seems to be fulfilling the role of jester — a woman dressed in a flamboyantly orange dress, eliciting laughs and applause, including by lifting her skirts and sticking Michael T. Jones’ head into her bosom. (Jones, Google’s Chief Technology Advocate, is there as the morning keynoter). The comedian introduced a woman who seemed to deliver a poem — the morning has been in Norwegian so far — and now, after offering Jones another head boob, the morning begins. In other words, so far just another boring American-style conference. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small matters. Paraphrasing badly. Not running a spellpchecker. Manglin... (more)

Kevin's M2M News Weekly - July 7, 2010

Welcome to Kevin's M2M News Weekly. This is an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to M2M (machine to machine) and embedded mobile devices that I read each week. I aggregate the information, include the original links and add a synopsis of each article. I also search for the latest market numbers such as market size, growth and trends in and around the M2M market. I believe that enterprise mobility and the M2M markets are converging. Both areas exchange wireless data with the enterprise. Both play important roles in enterprise asset management, fleet management and field services. You can read archived editions of Kevin's M2M News Weekly at http://mobileenterprisestrategies.blogspot.com/p/m2m.html. Also check out Kevin’s Mobility News Weekly and Kevin’s Enterprise Mobility Blog. Please send me any interesting M2M news links,... (more)