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Tibco Software is holding its annual user conference this week in Las Vegas, and Big Data is among the big topics of discussion. The company claims it was doing big data before there was Big Data, which reminds me of all the companies who've said they've been doing cloud computing for,...
Here is an interesting article from over at wired about proposed privacy law and...
Technology companies need to target the enterprise to get big benefits for themselves as well as this customer segment. While there are a number of obstacles, proper messaging will help overcome these hurdles.
As Cloud Expo approaches, the ongoing, evolving open-stacks scrum emerges as one of the most interesting stories in the business. The high-level view finds three unique strategic ploys: OpenStack launches its foundation, with IBM, HP, RedHat, and now VMware (primarily because of Nc...
I read a story the other day about “the 10 poorest countries” in the world. The writer examined poverty statistics to determine this list. Some of the countries are known for terrible governments (eg, Zimbabwe), some had high per-person income levels – usually due to abundant mining --...
What are the major issues facing enterprise IT as they help propel cloud computing forward? I'll make the assumption that cloud is not going to collapse in a heap some day as everyone returns to non-virtualized silo applications attached to dedicated resources. I'll also assume that th...
I remember thinking as a 22-year-old just out of college that I would be able to make wise business decisions because I'd read Plato's Republic. Even studied it in a Classics class, no less. Such is the hubris of youth, or at least of mine. I'm drawing an analogy here with my questi...
You could say I believe in cloud computing. You could say the same for anyone reading this article. And you could say the same for anyone attending or exhibiting at the upcoming Cloud Expo. We've now moved well beyond the basic question, “what is cloud computing?” But I'm curiou...
According to Dan Vesset, program vice president for IDC's Business Analytics Solutions, the business analytics software market "has crossed the chasm into the mainstream mass market." In 2011, Vesset explains, the business analytics market extended its post-2009 recovery with anothe...
On this very solemn day in the US, the small aggravations of daily work and life recede as we ponder the toll exacted by hatred and violence throughout the world. The events of 9/11 in the US were global in their implications – not only did people from 60 countries die in the attacks o...
Only eight weeks lie between now and the next US Presidential election and the next Internationl Cloud Expo – the latter to be held Nov 5-8 at the Santa Clara (CA) Convention Center. Politics often become part of cloud discussions, particularly in the areas of open source and its un...
Now that we are a couple of years into the great cloud journey is it pretty clear that the big bang theory of cloud conversion is ain't happening.

Yes, ISVs are moving rapidly to the SaaS model and it would be hard to find a software startup who is *not* starting in the clou...
I'm always interested when I hear or read a software vendor or their value added reseller (VAR) or business partner claim that their solution eliminates Sep. 9, 2012 07:00 AM EDT  Reads: 7,305
Yesterday, I listed the countries which performed best overall in our latest research at the Tau Institute. Our mission at the Tau Institute is to produce a sophisticated ranking that takes into account relative progress of the nations of the world when it comes to ICT. We integrate...
Here is an article published in MSPNews about Cloud Confusion. I think we have a long way to go educating people what Cloud is all about. The challenge is that there are many aspects of cloud computing such as backup and disaster recovery, saas. data storage to name a few. The driving ...

The highly empowered mobile user is a disruptive trend most enterprises have yet to come to grips with. This is causing huge changes in enterprises. Friends at Wikibon, the awesome open research and collaboration site, have produced an infographic that helps capture some key dimensi...

When I first embarked on my application development career, I was a code optimization junky. Really, making things faster, more efficient, the tightest it could get was a big deal to me. That routine you wrote to solve a one-...

I recently reported on overall and regional leaders in our latest research at the Tau Institute (which has offices in Illinois and Manila, Philippines). Now here's a look at leaders by income tier – this is a way to compare similarly developed nations with one another, regardless of lo...
Much like devops is more about a culture shift than the technology enabling it, cloud is as much or more about shifts in business models as it is technology. Even as service providers (that includes cloud providers) need to look toward a business model based on revenue per application ...
Some estimates suggest that by 2015 the digital universe will grow to 8 zettabytes of data (1 Zettabyte = 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes). Much has been written in recent years about “Big Data” and the implications for Information management and data analytics.
A few weeks ago, I wrote my pre-show thoughts about VMworld 2012. Much of it was focused on the need for VMware to diversify their technology and business model(s) as customer needs are evolving beyond server virtualization. Now that the US event is over, I wanted to jot down some tho...
I started last week confused, and ended the week more confused than ever. The cloud computing industry is simply changing too quickly for me. As one industry CEO remarked to me in agreement, “the vendors are moving quickly, but the customers are moving slowly.” The VMworld show held...
IDG just published a very concise summary of some of the myths about cloud computing that regularly do the rounds.  Written by HP and Intel, it’s a very quick read, but useful reminder of some of the key topics related to the adoption of cloud computing. Here are the main points...
VMware has applied to join the OpenStack Foundation, potentially giving the burgeoning open source cloud stack movement a huge dose of credibility in the enterprise. There are risks to the community in VMware’s involvement, of course, but on the balance this could be a pivotal event. T...
NIST defines cloud computing as a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management...
Do you think they truly understood just how fast the data infrastructure marketplace was going to change? That is the question that comes to mind when I think about Donald Feinberg and Mark Beyer at Gartner who, last year, wrote about how the data warehouse market is undergoing a trans...
In case you missed it, Oracle has a ten million dollar challenge (here, Aug. 27, 2012 07:00 AM EDT  Reads: 11,234
Where's the global action in the ICT business? The US remains the largest market, by far, four times that of number two China. Other large markets predictably fall within the large G7 economies. The BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) have received a lot of publicity and i...
In case you missed it, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has enhanced their cloud services (Elastic Cloud Compute or EC2) along with storage offerings. These ...
“Big Data” is everywhere. What does it mean? In this article we discuss the impact of cloud and big data technology have on the application performance monitoring space. The number of components, the diversity of the data, the analysis frequency and data granularity results into an ex...
We're updating our research at the Tau Institute, something that I launched earlier this year in Asia and the US with sponsorship from Cloud Computing Journal and Computerworld Philippines. We're aided by an advisory board with members from the US, Europe, Latin America, and Asia. ...
Eucalyptus continues its aggressive march through the cloud computing skyscape, with an agreement with upstart Appcara to integrate Eucalyptus private IaaS with public Amazon Web Services. Appcara has said its model-basaed approach competes directly with cloud management leader Rights...
Even though still in its infancy, cloud computing is quickly becoming the water cooler's best friend. It is revolutionizing the technology industry, yet there are still inherent problems that have yet to be addressed.
I saw an unfortunate piece on the Harvard Business Review website the other day that allleged that marketers are “flunking” the Big Data test. The article pointed to a survey that said 89% of marketers surveyed at Fortune 1000 companies use Big Data for only 11% of their customer-relat...
Late last week  the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) released an important whitepaper that reviewed it's multi-year Pilot Texas Cloud Offering (PTCO). This project was desig...
Let me read between the lines of Gartner Hype-Cycle for Cloud Computing – 2012. According to my reading this is what Gartner really wants to say. I agree with 4 of them, am doubtful about one and disagree with one. Gartner has stated these points using a different language. I am being...
In the competitive world of cloud-based computing infrastructure, Amazon remains top dog. It’s highly visible, its footprint is almost global, it incrementally adds features or cuts prices to keep competitors on their toes, and it generally manages to meet most people’s nee...
It would take but one simple sentence from the Obama Administration: “The United States will not extradite Julian Assange from the UK, Sweden, or anywhere else for any actions he's taken in the past.” Thus would end a multi-country international incident that seems to grow every day...

Prior to 2009, there was seemingly little need for standards within financial services.  Continued high turnovers ensured there was little, or no, talk of efficiency, transparency, or passing savings on to customers, and reducing the vast investment on IT integration was a non-issue...

How important is Big Data? How important is structured data? To what extent will they be perceived as the same thing? My own personal education in big data started a decade or so ago, when I interviewed Paul Saffo of the Instiute of the Future about sensor-based computing. He descr...


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