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DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140821/138541 "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)

On-Demand Computing Could Ignite Industry

The Internet has changed the way businesses operate. With the ability to purchase from anyone, regardless of location, buyers today know more about products, pricing, and availability than ever before. This shifts more power to buyers by helping them get the best price and terms in nearly every case. IBM is putting a very heavy emphasis on the concept of on-demand computing for the enterprise. WebSphere is the key software platform and makes up the integral components of an on-demand operating environment for IBM's on-demand strategy. The promise of the on-demand operating environment is to integrate the people, processes, and information throughout the entire enterprise. It is intended to virtualize IT resources to improve utilization and align IT expenses with business needs while leveraging automated technologies to manage IT resources. The key thing to remember... (more)

Bowstreet Portlet Factory

For years, the holy grail of programming, at least from a CIO point of view, was a magic software tool variously called a "code generator," a "fourth-generation language," or an "autocoder." This tool would generate the correct executable code to fulfill a user's wishes, based on relatively high-level requirements. Such a tool would definitely fulfill a project manager's wishes, since creating software is a labor-intensive process requiring high-priced talent. But the big questions were always "Upon what criteria is the code generation based?" and "What is the range of functionality that can reasonably be generated?" The answers to these questions were always, respectively, "very limited" and "extremely narrow." Then came J2EE, proving that in many ways Java was made to generate itself, thanks to introspection, metadata, the JVM, and other features. Now a new type ... (more)

IBM Works With InnoPath on FOTA Solution

InnoPath Software, Inc. (formerly DoOnGo Technologies), has joined IBM’s PartnerWorld Industry Networks for Telecommunications to deliver targeted mobile solutions. Working with IBM, InnoPath will integrate its end-to-end device management solution, DeltaUpgrade Plus, onto the IBM WebSphere platform. DeltaUpgrade Plus is a complete, end-to-end solution for firmware and software management, providing the flexibility to manage updates over-the-air, via direct cable connection, or on removable memory cards, according to InnoPath. The two companies plan to co-sell and co-market the solution to wireless operators and handset manufacturers worldwide. San Jose, CA-based InnoPath’s DeltaUpgrade Plus device management solution keeps handset firmware current and functional by making it easy for wireless operators and handset manufacturers to update handset... (more)

WJ News Round-Up

IBM Steps Up Effort to Drive Sotware as a Service IBM has announced new resources to help application providers develop and deploy business solutions to be delivered as services. IBM will provide companies with access to technical architects, free online educational courses and new sales incentives to help them transform their applications and business operations to a services delivery model. As a result, application providers can now more quickly deploy software as a service offerings and increase profits. In an effort to continue to help business partners capture growth in this booming market, IBM will provide new sales and marketing incentives to business partners. Starting immediately, channel partners can now receive a 10 percent referral fee in return for submitting a lead to a software as a service application provider that results in closed business. IBM wil... (more)

Service-Oriented Virtualization - Can Virtual Environments Take Performance & Load Testing?

The iTKO SOA Testing, Validation & Virtualization Blog The practice and technology of Virtualization really has legs - it keeps moving forward, from hardware virtualization, virtual test beds, to virtual endpoints, to actually simulating the behavior of the software itself, which we're calling Service-Oriented Virtualization (or "SOV" if you need a TLA for it). Now we are seeing the Performance Lab getting into the action on this practice. For interconnected apps like SOA and serious enterprise integrations, the guys with the load testing firepower have tools like LoadRunner and SilkTest in their lab, but they get left out of the process until very near the end, when an interface is available. SOV can break that dependency of waiting for "all the moons to align" before they can get a test window. The initial uses of SOV were to allow the development and testing team t... (more)

SOA World: BT Venture Buys Control of Satyam for a Song

Tech Mahinda, an Indian outsourcing firm 31% owned by BT, has won the auction for 51% of the scandal-rocked Satyam Computer Services for a mere $580 million, not much for a company that was valued at $7 billion a year ago. Tech Mahinda offered $1.16 (58 rupees) a share, a 23% premium; the runner-up, Larsen & Toubro, which already owns 12% of Satyam, bid 92 cents (46 rupees) a share. Number three, Wilbur Ross & Company, the American private equity firm, bid a mere 40 cents (20 rupees) a share. Once approved by authorities, Tech Mahinda will pay Satyam $351 million for preferred shares equal to 31% of the company and buy the rest on the open market. The liabilities it's taking on are still unclear given the shareholder suits that have been filed. Auditors are still working on restating Satyam's books for the last five years. It is also unclear whether Tech Mahnida can hol... (more)

An Unhackable Server is Still Vulnerable

Apparently if you’re attending the USENIX Security conference (August 12-14, 2009, in Montreal, Canada) you can participate in the Security Grand Challenge. What is that, you ask? Here’s how the organizers describe it: The concept is very simple. The participant teams will have to use their science and technical skill to create an environment where a server can function with integrity and minimum required service levels even when under attack. On the day of the competition, each participant team will receive a virtualized server, with a number of services. The services might be implemented in different languages (e.g., C, Java, or Python) and may be web-based or stand-alone. However, each service will have a number of hidden security flaws, which have been implanted by the organizers. These flaws might be used by an attacker to disrupt the service. The services are ... (more)

CA CEO to Step Down

CA CEO John Swainson, the IBMer brought in five years ago in the aftermath of the $2 billion stock fraud that ultimately sent one of his predecessors to a federal pokey for a 12-year hitch, wants to retire by the end of year, if not before. CA's board is now looking for a replacement. As soon as they find someone Swainson, 55, says he's out of there. He'll leave the CA board as well. Meanwhile, the board has named its non-executive chairman Bill McCracken, another ex-IBMer, the company's interim executive chairman to help with the transition. ... (more)

It's Time to Quit the US Chamber of Commerce

Simply put, it's a values issue. The irrational position of the US Chamber of Commerce should cause member companies to rethink their position within the organization. PG&E, PNM Energy, Apple, and Exelon Energy have already quit the Chamber, rather than continuing to support an organization which is so out of touch with reality. Ultimately, companies must ask themselves - is it worth my company's reputation and brand to stand on the wrong side of science and history? The following companies are still part of the US Chamber of Commerce: AT&T State Farm Insurance Companies United Parcel Service The Charles Schwab Corporation Edward Jones FedEx Express Pfizer Inc. Xerox Corporation ConocoPhillips Massey Energy Company Spencer Stuart American Water Works Company, Inc. Landstar System, Inc Lockheed Martin Corporation Deloitte LLP Kimberly-Clark Corporation DonahueFavret Contractor... (more)

UseR 2012 highlights

The eighth annual R user conference, UseR! 2012, has come and gone — and what an event it was! I've been to five useR! conferences so far, and each one improves upon the last. This year's conference at Vanderbilt was the best so far: an outstanding location (my first visit to Nashville, a great city), excellent facilities (the lecture rooms at Vanderbilt were perfect), great organization, and intereresting and relevant presentations from the speakers. For me, I think the biggest change from previous years was the increased focus on industry applications of R, with at least a 50-50 mix of attendees from government and commercial users of R compared to attendees from academia. At the conference I met R users from John Deere, Caterpillar, Redbox, Google, Kaplan, IBM, Oracle, Nationwide Insurance, Kroger, Nestlé, AT&T, the FDA, the US and Netherlands Census Bureaux, and... (more)

CloudEXPO Stories
Using new techniques of information modeling, indexing, and processing, new cloud-based systems can support cloud-based workloads previously not possible for high-throughput insurance, banking, and case-based applications. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, John Newton, CTO, Founder and Chairman of Alfresco, described how to scale cloud-based content management repositories to store, manage, and retrieve billions of documents and related information with fast and linear scalability. He addressed the challenges of scaling document repositories to this level; architectural approaches for coordinating data; search and storage technologies, Solr, and Amazon storage and database technologies; the breadth of use cases that modern content systems need to support; how to support user applications that require subsecond response times.
An edge gateway is an essential piece of infrastructure for large scale cloud-based services. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Mikey Cohen, Manager, Edge Gateway at Netflix, detailed the purpose, benefits and use cases for an edge gateway to provide security, traffic management and cloud cross region resiliency. He discussed how a gateway can be used to enhance continuous deployment and help testing of new service versions and get service insights and more. Philosophical and architectural approaches to what belongs in a gateway vs what should be in services were also discussed. Real examples of how gateway services are used in front of nearly all of Netflix's consumer facing traffic showed how gateway infrastructure is used in real highly available, massive scale services.
Enterprises have taken advantage of IoT to achieve important revenue and cost advantages. What is less apparent is how incumbent enterprises operating at scale have, following success with IoT, built analytic, operations management and software development capabilities - ranging from autonomous vehicles to manageable robotics installations. They have embraced these capabilities as if they were Silicon Valley startups.
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that Telecom Reseller has been named "Media Sponsor" of CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO 2018 New York, which will take place on November 11-13, 2018 in New York City, NY. Telecom Reseller reports on Unified Communications, UCaaS, BPaaS for enterprise and SMBs. They report extensively on both customer premises based solutions such as IP-PBX as well as cloud based and hosted platforms.
Wooed by the promise of faster innovation, lower TCO, and greater agility, businesses of every shape and size have embraced the cloud at every layer of the IT stack – from apps to file sharing to infrastructure. The typical organization currently uses more than a dozen sanctioned cloud apps and will shift more than half of all workloads to the cloud by 2018. Such cloud investments have delivered measurable benefits. But they’ve also resulted in some unintended side-effects: complexity and risk. End users now struggle to navigate multiple environments with varying degrees of performance. Companies are unclear on the security of their data and network access. And IT squads are overwhelmed trying to monitor and manage it all.