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Gartner recently published a report that highlights a trend that we have been experiencing over the past few years, namely, the growing number of enterprises wrestling with cloud data security, cloud compliance, and cloud data residency issues associated with storing and processing sen...

You may have heard of Pocket, actually, you’re more likely to know it in its former incarnation, Read It Later. I have recently started using Pocket to track interesting stories for my daily roundup. The setup is easy – I made an account, installed the Chrome browser ext...

Today, Seattle-based Simply Measured launched its Instagram analytics tool for both the public, and its enterprise customers. In conjunction with that release, the company made public a study that it executed of the Interbrand 100 firms, concerning their usage of Instagram. The Interbr...
The Socialympics? Nope. Just Social and Olympic. Everyone seems to want to talk about how social media is impacting NBC’s Olympic coverage. “Look at the velocity of tweets!” “Look at the ratings!” “Twitter must be helping raise awareness and therefore impacting ratings.” “Social media...
We, the agile practitioner, had known it all along. Teams where all members participate equally, collaborate with each other and self-organize produces better software! Authors of the agile manifesto had experientially learned this. Now researchers from MIT and CMU have experimentally ...
Samsung has begun manufacturing on their new NAND storage for mobile devices. This should not only make new devices cheaper, but make them faster and more capable. It could even be possible that these memory chips are destined for the next iPhone (which will be shipping in September so...
Farmville Farmers Outnumber Real Farmers — WHY? Angry Birds passes one billion download –- WHY? On 21st November, 2011, Kolaveri became the ‘most searched video’ on YouTube — WHY? After two and a half year of near hibernation our Yammer usage suddenly took off without any internal p...
While Yahoo has gotten lots of attention in the past week with its latest CEO switchover, we now turn to another early Internet pioneer AOL. The company has a new version of their Web-based email software to add to the good news around its quarterly earnings announcement and stock pric...
In a new report published by Appcelerator/IDC yesterday titled 2Q 2012 Mobile Report (download here), iOS appears to have conquered the enterprise mobility market. Here is an excerpt from the report, "iOS has opened a dramatic 16% lead over Android in the mobile enterprise apps space....
In my opinion, Microsoft blew it when they left the rugged mobile device manufacturers hanging for years with no meaningful upgrades or upgrade path to the Windows Mobile 6.5x operating system. They sentenced the ruggedized device industry to compete against the iPhone, iPad and Andro...
VMware announced yesterday its plan to purchase Nicira. The deal is expected to close during the second half of this year. It includes $1.05 billion in cash and $210 million in assumed unvested equity awards. Nicira is a well-known start-up company and is considered a leader in network...
In the past decade or so, storage management has developed into a discipline in its own right, driven by big increases in the amount of data being stored, as well as the rise of storage networking protocols that facilitate shared storage. Virtualization, meanwhile, has become the fo...
When I sat down to write this post, I did some prep reading to see what the bloggers I follow were saying on the topic. But by the third post, I was reminded that we (the tech nerds) are not generally helpful. Tech nerds talk and write in our own language. We write to look [...]
Why a manifesto for Agile Offshore Software Development??? Is it necessary? I think it is necessary – to highlight the special challenge faced resulting from geographic distribution, from large and heterogeneous teams, from involvement of multiple organizations and from complexity in...
There is a bit of an entrepreneur in all of us. Most of us just admire these great champions. Others take the plunge and create and build as entrepreneurs themselves. Just about all of us benefit from the results of these heroes of the IT industry. Whoever you are, I would like to draw...
So far, we have we discussed the fact that 2012 is the golden year for apps and how ‘by the end of 2012, app users will start to become app creators,’ and well, how that’s already happening. Then in my last article, we talked about a theory that we referred to as 3D Internet that follo...
Mobile management and security vendor Good released its quarterly device activations report. The report states that iOS dominate Android four to one in the enterprise. This is in spite of Android devices having an equal or slightly larger market share compared to iPhone. Is it because...
This morning I signed up and had a play with Microsoft Labs’ social media application, so.cl. This was quietly released over the weekend with little attention as it’s a piece of experiment work rather than a new social media platform. It’s early days to be commenting on whether so.cl...
Like many people, the other week I downloaded and installed Google Drive. This is the long-awaited competitor to services like Dropbox and Microsoft’s SkyDrive, offering free online storage with the ability to upgrade to higher capacity at a cost. Dropbox and the various other lookal...
Please hold your skepticism, keep an open mind, go through the following points and only then pass a judgment on my prediction that “three years down Windows Phone would have overtaken Android." The UI is different but very well designed for mobile and tablet. The same view is express...
In our last article we discussed guidelines for optimizing Threading. In this article we’ll look at best practices for using asynchronous calls. Asynchronous calls are non-blocking meaning when you call a method asynchronously, the calling thread returns immediately and continues execu...
When Google+ was unveiled last year, a lot of content marketers wondered if they really needed another social media platform to develop and maintain. But, with the more recent introduction of Search Plus Your World, Google+ is getting harder to ignore. So if you’re still figuring out ...
Statement (A): We know that some teams which have self-organized itself is much more productive compared to a team with similar set of members where the team organization has been prescribed from outside. Statement (B): Self- organizing teams will always outperform an equivalent tea...
I was reading an article about how Google is going to change their algorithms to penalize sites which are overly optimized for SEO. It’s no surprise to arrive at an end state where rules of a system are gamed when pecuniary gains are available. The entire SEO industry has grown up ar...
Transparent Data Encryption (TDE), sometimes also called Transparent Database Encryption, is one way to encrypt database content. TDE offers encryption at a column, table, and tablespace level. This makes TDE one of the more highly configurable ways to encrypt database content, though ...
You might have missed it last week, but Google released one of the best designed apps I have ever seen. It was their news consumption app – Google Currents. Google released it for both Android and iOS. There are smartphone and tablet versions for Android, and the iPhone app seems to be...
Searching the Web Search Engine is Google's most strategic product. Some of its other products are using it as component of the services they provide. Limitation or failure of it, as described in Why we desperately need a New (and Better) Google cited in part1 of this post, could ne...
Mashable reports that Google has improved its IOS Google+ app: The search giant follows Tuesday’s Android update of Google+with a similar refresh to its iOS version, now available free on the App Store. What’s new? Like its Android cousin, the iOS version of the Google+ mobile app now...
This morning we heard that Google has decided to pay a hefty $12.5B to acquire Motorola Mobile, the group that separated from parent Motorola under the leadership of Sanjay Jha. Google is paying quite a premium of 40% for this. Now what does this mean? Henry Blodget in his Business In...
The cloud hype machine is well and truly in full swing these days; it seems every tech company out there is telling you they are in the cloud and their products are cloud-based. A lot of that is marketing spin - cloud is the buzzword that people want to be associated with at the moment...
As the lyrics to the classic Boomtown Rats song make clear, Mondays can be a real downer. I’ve never really felt that way before - I’ve always enjoyed getting a jump on the week. But today comes word from the story, “Howard Stern’s new shorter work week is beginning,” in Radio-Info.com...
Google acquiring ITA is an exciting development in the travel technology space. It opens up the ecosystem which is currently dominated by the GDS players. How exactly it will benefit the travelling passengers or new entrepreneurs to launch new innovative travel solutions is not yet kno...
Occasionally in the life of every commentator, even those of us who look at the future of the future day and night, you experience what amounts - yes, there is no other word for it - to an epiphany.
‘Anonymous’ outdid itself once again and hacked the very agency that is investigating it. Security firm HBGary Federal had its Twitter, LinkedIn and email accounts of COO Ted Vera hacked. ‘Anonymous’ posted the information online, including the text of over 60,000 company emails. Read ...
While the iPhone and iPad are still the leaders of the pack, Android smartphones and tablets are gaining large amounts of developer interest. It's a post-PC world, and mobile development is the name of the game. According to a report from Appcelerator and IDC, businesses and developer...
"Enterprises everywhere are realizing the inherent benefits of running their core IT services in the cloud,” said Todd McKinnon, most recently VP of Engineering at Salesforce.com from 2003 to 2009, and now CEO of the on-demand identity and access management service, Okta. "This shift ...
A DDoS is an attack that consumes the resources of the target machine so that that machine is not able to respond, Hal says. It is an old problem: there was a CERT Advisory about an IP spoofing attack in 1996. A distributed DoS attack uses lots of machines to attack the host, typically...
Google announced yesterday that they would be making some changes to their executive team and I covered one angle on that here. Even more interesting than the pace of change over the last 10 years is what Google 3.0 might look like. I wrote my MBA Strategy thesis on a future Google bus...
WikiLeaks might have been the first large scale provider of what was once secret information, but are they the last? How important is corporate data and how is it being kept from leaks? If nothing else, Julian Assange was an Internet pioneer for exposing things that otherwise would no...
When the US Government came for file sharing domains, I remained silent; I was not a file sharer. When they shut down Torrent Finder, I remained silent; I was not a Bit Torrent user. When they pressured Amazon to shut down WikiLeaks, I did not speak out; I was not a leaker....


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