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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)

Bob Gourley on the Ethics, Analytics and Future of Big Data

Bob Gourley, editor of CTOvision as well as  founder and CTO of Crucial Point, LLC, was recently interviewed by WashingtonExec, where he shared his views on emerging information technology, government needs, and Big Data. The original article can be found here, and the interview is reproduced below: How does Bob Gourley, founder and CTO of Crucial Point, LLCand Editor of the popular tech blog CTOVision.com define big data? WashingtonExec caught up with Gourley to talk about what he learned from his time in government that has guided him in the private sector, what he predicts will be “the next big thing” for the IT industry, and also gave an update on the 2012 Big Data Solutions Awards. Securing IP addresses, banking apps and predictive analytics were also discussed in this interview. WashingtonExec:  Could you start out by telling us a little about your background?... (more)

SAP Reports 16% Growth in Software and Software-Related Service Revenues

SAP AG on Tuesday announced its preliminary financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2010. FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS - Second Quarter 2010 ------------------------------------------ Second Quarter 2010(1) ---------------------- IFRS ---- % EUR million, unless Q2 2010 Q2 2009 change otherwise stated ------- ------- ------- ---------------- Software revenue 637 543 17% ---------------- --- --- --- Software and software-related service revenue 2,258 1,953 16% ----------------- ----- ----- --- Total revenue 2,894 2,576 12% ------------- ----- ----- --- Total operating expenses -2,120 -1,935 10% --------------- ------ ------ --- -thereof restructuring -1 -17 -94% -------------- --- --- --- Operating profit 774 641 21% ---------------- --- --- --- Operating margin (%) 26.7 24.9 1.8pp -------------------- ---- ---- ----- Profit after tax 491 426 15% ---------------- --- --- --- Bas... (more)

SAP Reports 20% Growth in Software and Software-Related Service Revenues

SAP AG on Wednesday announced its preliminary financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2010. "We are pleased to report double-digit growth in software and software related service revenue and the contribution of Sybase," said Werner Brandt, CFO of SAP AG. "All of the regions reported growth in the third quarter, with particular strength in the U.S. and the emerging markets of Asia, Europe and Latin America. We saw a good mix of revenues among small, midsized and large enterprises, and we had an increase in deal volume. On the product side, Business Analytics remains a top priority among our customers and continues to be a principal growth driver." "We were already delivering our solutions on premise and on demand. With the acquisition of Sybase, we now have the most complete and heterogeneous mobile platform in the industry and with it the added a... (more)

Rackspace Enhances Service Offerings for Open Cloud Platform

Rackspace Hosting on Monday announced new features and enhanced service offerings for open cloud platform customers. For more than ten years, Rackspace has served customers who are looking for a partner to help them reduce the complexities of building, deploying, optimizing, maintaining and troubleshooting complex web applications to serve their business needs. Rackspace is now offering that same Fanatical Support® to customers across its entire portfolio, including the company’s new open cloud platform, through Managed and Critical Application Services. “Providing the highest level of service in the industry is central to our values as a company,” said Rackspace President Lew Moorman. “Cloud computing customers tell us they want good pricing and exceptional service, and offering one without the other simply won’t cut it in today’s environment.” Critical Applicati... (more)

Eleven Secrets of SaaS Product Design

SaaS product management professionals should always remember that there are four P’s in marketing, one being product. Unfortunately, software companies have a bad habit of thinking about product in isolation from the rest of the marketing mix. This is a particularly costly mistake in SaaS and is the root cause of many a SaaS Don’t. Unlike other businesses, SaaS creates a real-time, always-on connection between the customer and the company through the SaaS product. Smart SaaS product managers look to establish this connection as early as possible and to leverage it throughout the entire SaaS customer lifecycle. This is the fifth and final post in a series that explores SaaS marketing strategies that drive growth throughout the customer lifecycle using the three fundamental SaaS growth levers: customer acquisition, customer lifetime value and customer network effects... (more)

FirstCarbon Delivers Applications Faster Using OutSystems Platform

OutSystems has announced that FirstCarbon Solutions (FCS) is rapidly delivering new software modules for its Sustainability Workbench platform by using OutSystems to develop web and mobile applications. Part of the ADEC Group, a multinational organization focusing on healthcare, sustainability and education, FCS is using OutSystems Platform to deliver innovative business applications within its portfolio that will provide new levels of flexibility, scalability, service, and support to its customers. FCS President Robert Francisco comments, "FCS is focused on providing the solutions our clients and partners need to improve their business and operations.  As software is part of our overall solution that also includes professional services and data management and business process outsourcing, we aim to deliver the best possible technology experience for our customers ... (more)

XIOSS Announces Partnership with Dropbox for Business

Atlanta, GA, August 19, 2014 --(PR.com)-- XIOSS, a leader in enterprise data storage consulting and professional services, has entered into a partnership with Dropbox for Business, broadening its wide range of cloud storage and collaborative sharing features and information controls available to clients. The affiliation with Dropbox for Business is yet another venture by XIOSS toward the selective and diligent assembly of a best-of-breed portfolio of partners. It furthers XIOSS’s mission of existing for the sole purpose of helping clients protect, manage and store their data; one of their most valued assets. “We are excited about this new relationship with Dropbox,” says XIOSS CEO and Founder Susie Galyardt. “Dropbox for Business increases business efficiencies for our clients, saving them time and money while ensuring security and scalability for their data growth. S... (more)

MobileIron Supports Windows Phone 8 Apps and Devices

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Oct. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- MobileIron, the leader in security and management for mobile apps, documents, and devices, today announced support for Windows Phone 8. By extending its policy, enrollment, selective wipe, and certificate capabilities, MobileIron lets Mobile IT teams confidently add Windows Phone 8 devices to their mobile environments. After a simple upgrade, MobileIron customers will be able to secure and manage Windows Phone 8 apps and devices without the need for third party tools. Customers will also get the same industry-leading mobile application management (MAM) features on Windows Phone 8 as they do on other operating systems. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120920/MM78751LOGO) "As more and more people bring their own smartphones to work, the new Windows Phone 8 becomes a great choice for IT departments who need... (more)

Presensoft Integrates IM Compliance Data with Salesforce.com

Presensoft Inc.on Thursday announced integration of the IM Policy Manager, a cloud based compliance and audit reporting application, with Salesforce.com. The IM Policy Manager for Salesforce.com fully integrates work related IM conversations with the Salesforce.com pages for Contact and Lead Activity History. For the first time, employees who make use of public or enterprise IM to communicate with partners, prospects and customers no longer have cut-and-paste or completely retype conversations in Salesforce.com. “Presensoft is the very first to extend the benefits of IM compliance to improve productivity and accuracy for Salesforce.com customers. Our technical support staff lives in public IM and is reporting major time savings and improved job satisfaction. We plan to help customers achieve similar results, requiring no hardware and a simple online setup process,” sa... (more)

Top Business Speaker Partners with SEO Technology Expert to Win at the New Game of Business

Glendale, CA, July 04, 2010 --(PR.com)-- Celebrated Speaker Bodine Balasco has been named "One of the Top-21 Speakers for the 21st Century." He's always had the urge to stay fresh and current with the message and strategies he shares with his clients groups at meetings and conferences across North America. To meet the challenge of using online marketing strategies and social media networking to build his business as a speaker and workshop leader, Bodine has partnered with one of the top SEO experts on the west coast, Steve Wiideman. As businesses continue to migrate marketing dollars to the Web, they are faced with an overwhelming task to capture as much saturation as possible, from social media networks such as Twitter and Facebook, and from the search engine giants: Google, Yahoo! and Bing. Starting more than two years ago, Bodine faced this challenge to harness the p... (more)