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Technology Mirror – 27th Aug

27 Aug

Chameleon: Cloud computing for computer science

The color-changing lizard is a fitting mascot for the project, which will create a customizable, large-scale cloud computing facility for cloud computing research. Credit: Matt Stelmaszek, Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) Read more

Video: Experts guide businesses to cloud computing

Decision-makers who attended the Cloud World Forum in June would have quickly realized that this year is a turning point in cloud computing. Cloud services are now at such an advanced level that hardly any new IT development is launched without cloud capability. Read more

13th five-year plan sees major cloud computing base in Hebei

Beijing plans to spend billions to spur the growth of the country’s cloud computing industry and is set to build a cloud computing industrial base in Zhangjiakou in Hebei province under its 13th five-year plan, according to Chen Wei, director of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology’s Department of Software Services. Read more

Science’s Big Data Problem

Modern science seems to have data coming out of its ears. From genome sequencing machines capable of reading a human’s chromosomal DNA (about 1.5 gigabytes of data) in half an hour to particle accelerators like the Large Hadron Collider at CERN (which generates close to 100 terabytes of data a day), researchers are awash with information. Read more

Using Big Data For Social Good

Every day, thousands of Americans apply for new credit cards, loans, and mortgages. In the decision-making process, banks use one number to review a person’s financial history and assess their likelihood to pay off debt: a credit score. Read more

Is Big Data as a Service in Your Future?

On the surface, Big Data as a Service seems like a natural evolution. Yet big questions surround its nascent growth.

On-demand services are one of the big technological revolutions of the 21st century, attributable to the Internet revolution that made remote servers as close as the ones in your data center. Read more

Facebook testing ‘satire’ tag

The social network wants to ensure that when a user shares a link to a comedy news article everyone who clicks through is in on the joke.’

Many web users of a certain age — i.e. those old enough to remember whan a phone was used exclusively for making voice calls — despise emoticons, but they provide a very pertinent service in a world where the majority of our communication is now text-based. Read more

Twitter turns favourites into retweets, annoys users

Have you recently witnessed favourite tweets back in your tweet box? Some users are seeing tweets favourited by others in their timeline just like retweets. Read more

Twitter unveils video ads

Twitter on Tuesday unveiled a new advertising program that delivers “promoted videos” to the tweet stream of users of the popular messaging platform. Read more

Apple planning 12.9-inch iPad for 2015: Report

Apple Inc is preparing to roll out a larger, 12.9-inch version of its iPad for 2015, with production set to begin in the first quarter of next year, Bloomberg cited people with knowledge of the matter as saying on Tuesday. Read more

Samsung may launch ‘A’ series smartphones soon

A report has revealed that Samsung is likely to introduce no less than three devices in the third quarter of the year that will feature the same design as the Galaxy Alpha. Read more

Sony launches selfie smartphone priced at Rs. 23,990

Looking to cash in on the’selfie’ craze among youth, Japanese electronics giant Sony on Monday launched the dual-SIM Xperia C3 in India for Rs. 23,990. Read more

Gigaom Research webinar: The Agile enterprise: building a DevOps culture and infrastructure

In this Gigaom Research webinar, we will examine the benefits of Agile, DevOps, and other rapid methodologies, evaluate the experiences of leading adopters, and provide a game plan for businesses looking to take their seat at the table in the software-defined economy. Join us on September 4. Read more

Tasktop’s Dave West Tackles the Tough Questions about Agile, DevOps and the Software Development Lifecycle at Upcoming IEEE Symposium

Agile Meets DevOps is a free half-day symposium from the IEEE Computer Society. The symposium, headlined by Ken Schwaber and Tasktop’s Dave West, will cover how to use collaborative development to sustain rapid and innovative software releases for competitive advantage. Read more

Ansible brings seamless DevOps automation for enterprise with Tower 2.0

Ansible, the open source software solution for remote configuration management, announced the availability of Ansible Tower 2.0. Tower 2.0 is a major upgrade to Ansible’s complete orchestration, configuration management and application deployment solution for enterprise DevOps teams. Read more

Freescale showcases processors for ‘internet of things’

US chip-maker Freescale Semiconductor Tuesday unleashed the power of its embedded processors for ‘Internet of Things’ in which objects of everyday use are connected through a network to send and receive data. Read more

Intel Launches Tiny 3G Modem for IoT Devices

Intel on Tuesday launched what it’s calling the “world’s smallest standalone 3G modem” as part of its increasing investment in the Internet of Things (IoT) market for connected home appliances, industrial systems, and wearable technology. Read more

A glance shows when something’s wrong’: The IoT startup using 3D interfaces to control smart cities

The Internet of Things is as hyped as it gets right now, but it’s a market predicted to be worth $7.1tr by 2020 and Finnish ‘industrial internet’ start-up CyberLightning wants a significant portion of it. Read more

AT&T Mobility Names a New Chief Executive

AT&T, the No. 2 carrier in the United States, said on Tuesday that it had given promotions to two senior executives, including the chief executive of its wireless business. Read more

Mobility to drive higher value in IT role: VMware

IT people who were previously used to managing desktops are being forced to change their skill sets to remain relevant for the increasingly mobile world to handle new applications — a trend that is working out in their favour. Read more

VMware puts VDI in the woodchipper

VMWorld 2014 VMware has outlined a new way to do desktop virtualisation (VDI) that aims to greatly reduce the amount of storage required to deliver desktops from the data centre Read more

 
 

Technology Mirror – 26th Aug

26 Aug

Tech Data Appoints Nethercoat TDCloud VP

Tech Data has appointed company veteran Stacy Nethercoat as vice president of its TDCloud division, responsible for driving the strategic development of the distributor’s cloud services business. Read more

Video: Experts guide businesses to cloud computing

Decision-makers who attended the Cloud World Forum in June would have quickly realized that this year is a turning point in cloud computing. Cloud services are now at such an advanced level that hardly any new IT development is launched without cloud capability. Read more

Explore cloud computing in education market that is expected to be worth $12.38 billion by 2019

This new report defines and segments the global cloud computing market in education into various sub-segments with an in-depth analysis and forecasting of market sizes. The report also identifies the factors driving this market, various restraints and opportunities impacting it along with the adoption trends. Read more

Why Small Businesses Actually Have the Big-Data Advantage

Big data, with its Orwellian overtones, gets a bad rap. And there are good reasons why.

Online ads generated by web surfing create the same consumer ire once reserved for spam email: Buy a rabbit hutch for your kids online and suddenly you’re cyber-stalked by ads from the rabbit-hutch industry long after that one-time purchase. (Even the man who helped create targeted ad technology publicly apologized in a recent Atlantic essay). Read more

IBM Applies Elastic Storage to Big Data Challenge

A big data tool developed by IBM in partnership with Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) will enable scientists around the world to more quickly manage and share massive volumes of x-ray data produced by a super microscope in Germany. Read more

Big Data Needs Some Big Ideas

I recently attended an event that focused on Big Data insights and techniques for retailers. It was well attended and had some great speakers presenting including Bernie Brooks, the CEO of Australian retailer Myer. Read more

Agile? Social? Project Management Apps For You To Keep Up With Trends

People change their minds. People move around. A lot of earlier project management assumed that neither happened. But the web has opened up new vistas of choice and has linked up virtual teams from Vienna to Vladivostok. So project management apps have evolved to help marketers, designers and developers to keep up with two big trends. Read more

The need for speed: How can you release games or apps faster?

No one ever said they’d like to slow down their release cycles, even though they may wish it privately. Some major organizations are already releasing on incredibly short iterations but it’s not easy, especially for some more entrenched enterprise application development teams. The drive towards “Continuous Delivery” is gathering momentum so what lessons can be learned from the early adoptors? Read more

Editorial: For IT projects, it’s time to get agile

It’s widely known that incremental approaches to IT development — also known as agile development — result in more on-time, on-budget successes. Read more

5 Reasons Why Social-Media Marketing Is Overrated

You’ve seen it, right? You log onto Facebook to see what your friends are up to and the sponsored posts promising to teach you how your business can make seven-figures through social media marketing. You see the ads and you wonder if social-media marketing is the missing piece of the puzzle to help your business grow? Read more

Emmys viewing guide: Who to follow on social media

When it comes to the Emmy Awards, there’s no better seat in the proverbial house than on Instagram. And Twitter. And Facebook. Who knows? Watching stars on social media could be more interesting than the actual show. Read more

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Why it worked and what social media marketers can learn

The past few weeks on social media have been an inescapable stream of short videos of both the famous and not so famous dumping buckets of ice water on themselves in the name of ALS research. So far the lineup includes former President George W. Bush, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Lady Gaga, Nick Offerman — even the Biebs. The internet’s going to run out of celebrities pretty soon. Read more

Is enterprise mobility the future face?

The Indian enterprises are making policies around trending mobility and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), along with allocating budgets up to Rs 10 crore for these. This is aimed at boosting employee productivity and the overall growth of the company. Read more

Mobility Matters: Has Mobile Banking Plateaued?

Has mobile banking plateaued?

Having won over the early adopters, has it hit a wall in terms of converting new users?

Several recent studies have been cited in support of that theory. Read more

Protect your mobility to protect your independence

Older age, less physical activity, reduced strength and balance, obesity, and chronic diseases are all common risk factors that lead to loss of mobility. Losing mobility with age has profound consequences on physical, social and psychological health. Read more

WD My Cloud Review: Versatile and User-Friendly

The term “cloud” has been used and abused to the point where it really encompasses anything that’s connected to the Internet. WD is also somewhat guilty of misusing the term by calling its latest network-attached drive My Cloud, since it’s nothing of the sort. Read more

China targets own operating system to take on likes of Microsoft, Google

SHANGHAI: China could have a new homegrown operating system by October to take on imported rivals such as Microsoft, Google and Apple, Xinhua news agency said on Sunday. Read more

Amazon to buy video game streaming platform Twitch for $970 million

NEW YORK: Amazon is hoping to become the ESPN of video games.
The e-commerce giant is buying streaming platform Twitch Interactive for $970 million in cash as it seeks to take part in video gaming’s growth as an online spectator sport. Read more

VMware’s OpenStack strategy: Keep your friends close and your enemies closer

Two years ago the news that VMware would be embracing OpenStack as a major headlining item on the first day of its major U.S. conference would have been borderline unimaginable. Read more

Evernote scouts for partnerships with Indian software makers

BANGALORE: Silicon Valley start-up Evernote is scouting for partnerships in India as the notetaking app maker prepares to open its first office in its third fastest growing market after the US and China. On his maiden India visit, Evernote chief strategy officer Ken Gullicksen told ET that the company is in talks with Indian software makers to forge strategic alliances. Read more

Mangrove Software Chooses Walton Management Services, Inc. for Strategic National Tax Credit Partnership

Mangrove Software, a leading provider in enterprise Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions, has announced a strategic partnership with Walton Management Services, Inc. (WMS), a leading national tax credit and incentive consulting firm, whose business is to secure and administer lucrative government incentives for companies nationwide. Read more

 
 

Technology Mirror – 25th Aug

25 Aug

Microsoft Research’s DeLorean minimizes network delays in Cloud Computing

A new Microsoft study seeks to improve the cloud gaming experience to retain user interest and eliminate frustration in the on-screen experience.
Cloud gaming has become a new way to share experiences across the Web, but, unlike traditional gaming, allows individuals to make a move in a Chess game, for example, without being present at the time that a chess opponent (or race game rival) is present within the game Read more

X as a service (XaaS): What the future of cloud computing will bring

Last week, Chris Ward and I hosted a breakout session at Cloudscape 2014, GreenPages’ annual customer Summit. We spoke about cloud service models today (IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS), as well as tomorrow’s models — loosely defined as XaaS, or Anything-as-a-Service. Read more

Best- And Worst-Performing Cloud Computing Stocks August 18th To August 22nd And Year-To-Date

The highest performing cloud computing stocks year-to-date when measured by share price gains are Zendesk (NYSE:ZEN) up 85.7% or $11.51 per share since its IPO earlier this year, NetScout Systems (NASDAQ:NTCT) up 53.46%, Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) up 36.45%, Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) up 34.62%, F5 Networks (NASDAQ: FFIV) up 33.88%, and Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ) up 31.67%. A $10K investment in Zendesk shares at IPO are now worth $18,570, leading all companies in the index. Read more

Making Big Data work for brands in India

Given the unprecedented growth of Internet over the past couple of decades, marketers have more than just tagged along in the digital growth story. They have charted new ways to reach out to the target consumer. Today, digital marketers are stuck in the ‘web’ of numerous applications. Read more

In Indiana, state government tries using big data project to reduce infant mortality

Over the past year, Indiana’s governor, Republican Mike Pence, has spoken frequently about a persistent public health issue: a higher-than-average infant mortality rate. Read more

3 Ways Startups Can Use Big Data to Reduce Waste

One of the biggest challenges small businesses face is limited capital. Because of that, they face the hurdle of eliminating waste and finding ways to experiment and expand. They are forced to be much more judicial in where they allocate and how they spend their resources. If not, they could suffer financial ruin. Read more

DevOps not a security threat, says AWS panel

During a security round table at the recent Technology in Government event, some delegates emphasised the need for separation of duties between development and operations staff. Read more

To Help DevOps-ify The World, ScriptRock Raises $8.7M

Australian-founded, but now US-based, ScriptRock has had a singular vision since it started a couple of years ago. Co-founders Mike Baukes and Alan Sharp-Paul come from enterprise IT backgrounds and are all too aware of the lack of agility that typifies traditional enterprise IT. Read more

Five pitfalls to avoid when doing DevOps

As the DevOps movement gains traction in the enterprise space, there are five pitfalls that CIOs need to avoid to make a DevOps strategy work for their business. Read more

The Internet of Things will be vulnerable for years, and no one is incentivized to fix it

The Internet is no longer just accessible from your laptop or mobile phone. It’s now part of television sets, baby monitors, ovens and cars. It is increasingly embedded into medical devices and other critical devices. The Internet is everywhere and the Internet of Things (IoT) is a trend that will continue to grow. Read more

Internet of Things By The Numbers: Market Estimates And Forecasts

Now that it has been established that the Internet of Things is the most hyped “emerging technology” today, and that the term—and the associated technologies—is far from being new, the only question to be answered is Why the sudden surge in interest in 2014? Read more

Survey: IoT, Wearables Market Set for Explosive Growth

Even many self-identified “late adopters” of technology plan to buy connected devices in the next five years, according to a new study by Accenture. Read more

Enterprise mobility transforming education sector; offers huge business opportunity

Enterprise mobility can be an intimidating jargon. But if you can imagine school-going children sitting at home and watching streaming videos of their teacher explaining scientific concepts on their tablets, or think about college students finding their next class location on their handhelds, it becomes more palpable. Read more

Wipro expects to land bigger social, mobility, analytics and cloud technology deals

MUMBAI: Bangalore-based IT firm Wipro expects to land bigger deals for solutions based on digital technologies like social, mobility, analytics and cloud, a sign that companies are willing to increase their spend on these discretionary areas. Read more

BlackBerry Seeks to Capitalize on Massive Enterprise Mobility Push in India

India remains one of the very few major markets left with a genuine interest in BlackBerry, which could be intensified going forward as the nation’s push for mobile mobility accelerates. Read more

HP Outlines Software-Defined Storage Strategy

As part of an effort to round out its software-defined data center (SDDC) strategy, Hewlett-Packard today announced that HP StoreVirtual Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA) will be fully integrated with both the commercial and community editions of the HP Helion cloud computing framework that are based on OpenStack, as well as delivering tighter integration with VMware. Read more

Continental’s high-tech strategy shift

Ever since it went public with its self-driving car in 2010, Google Inc. has often been the one snapping up outside talent to bring autonomous cars closer to reality. Read more

Rishad Premji Led Investments Bring Big Bucks To Wipro

BANGALORE: Wipro’s investments in new technologies and platforms have generated more than ten times returns since Rishad Premji has taken over as head of strategy at the nation’s third largest software exporter. Read more

18 Social Media Marketing Tips to Improve Your Marketing

Are you looking for the latest social media marketing tactics?

Do you want to know what the social media marketing pros are doing today? Read more

5 Ways to Invite Your Followers Into Your Content Marketing

Content marketing is one of the biggest challenges and opportunities for both business and consumer brands today. As brands look to expand their reach online and engage audiences beyond ‘interruptive’ advertising, they’re increasingly looking to cultivate shareable content that is informative, entertaining and interesting. Read more

19 Social Media Facts That Every Marketer Should Know

Most brands, by now, recognize the power of social media and understand it’s not just a passing fad. In fact, if Facebook were a country, it would have the third-highest population, behind China and India. And more people these days own a mobile device than a toothbrush. Read more

 
 

Technology Mirror – 23rd Aug

23 Aug

Creating the Gold ‘Standard’ for Cloud Computing

Raise your hand if you remember the 1990s. I’m not talking about plaid flannels or the Spice Girls. I’m referring to the digital revolution that took place. Read more

7 Cloud Computing Funding Stories You Might Have Missed, Aug. 22

Each week Talkin’ Cloud compiles a list of cloud computing financing stories for readers who might have missed the news earlier in the week. This week’s column features funding news from ClipCard, Comprehend Systems, The Resumator, vArmour, Lastline, Transactis and Stitch Labs. Read more

China Telecom, IBM Team to Deliver Cloud Computing to the Chinese Market

HEADLINE2With consulting services from IBM and infrastructure support from China Telecom, businesses can build SAP clouds
BEIJING, Aug. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — China Telecom Corporation Limited and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that they have entered into a three-year agreement to help small and medium businesses (SMBs) implement secure, cost-effective and scalable SAP cloud-based applications. Read more

The 6 Step Social Media Marketing Strategy Plan For Your Business

Social media is more than just a fun way to engage and communicate with friends. It can be an extremely powerful business marketing tool if strategically implemented. A common mistake businesses make is failing to develop a formal social media plan. Read more

How To Integrate Social Media Into Your Email Marketing Campaigns

Every email marketing campaign needs social media – and integrating it into your customer database makes it even more effective.
So why should you be on social media? There’s one simple reason – and another more complex one. Let’s start simple: Because your customers are. Read more

How To Measure The ROI Of Your Social Media Marketing

“What’s the ROI of your mother?” Ah yes, the famous “You can’t measure the ROI of social media” answer from Gary Vaynerchuk.
It is appealing to believe this. If it’s true, you don’t need to answer to anyone for your success or lack thereof, on social media. But, we think this is a smokescreen and a lazy answer to the question, “How do I know if my social media marketing is working?” Read more

Mobile applications to woo Indian consumers

KOLKATA/NEW DELHI: Luxury brands and fashion designers from Hermes and John Lobb to Ritu Kumar and Rajesh Pratap Singh are increasingly betting on India-specific mobile applications to engage, entertain and inform affluent fashion-conscious consumers in the country. Read more

Mobile Game Candy Crush Saga Released in China

STOCKHOLM—Candy Crush Saga, one of the world’s most successful mobile games, has finally been released in China by the country’s main mobile game publisher Tencent Holdings. Read more

The best mobile apps for taking notes

While our smartphones and tablets come with apps that let you jot things down, there are much better apps available that help you organize your notes and be more productive. Read more

Outgoing SEC CIO Finalizes Big Data Platform

Thomas Bayer, CIO of the Securities and Exchange Commission for the last four years, announced this week that he will step down in October. His last month and a half will be a busy one. Read more

The Six Requirements of a Big Data Fabric

In this special guest feature, Michael Bushong from Plexxi writes about how new requirements in big data have spawned the need for a next generation of “data fabrics.” Michael Bushong is Vice President of Marketing at Plexxi. Read more

From Big Data to Actionable Data: Has Our Biology Failed Us, or Have We Failed to Use It?

The 21st Century has seen technology contribute life-altering realities like getting from New York to Beijing in less than 14 hours or grandparents using Facetime to see their newly anointed “Princes” and “Princesses” of future generations. Read more

 
 

Technology Mirror – 22nd Aug

22 Aug

Freescale launches gateway platform for the ‘Internet of things’

Chip maker Freescale and Oracle are announcing an initiative to create standards for gateways that can deal with a flood of data from devices associated with the “Internet of things.” Read more

F.T.C. Says Webcam’s Flaw Put Users’ Lives on Display

WASHINGTON – The so-called Internet of Things – digitally connected devices like appliances, cars and medical equipment – promises to make life easier for consumers. But regulators are worried that some products may be magnets for hackers. Read more

IoT tinkerers get new Linux hub & open platforms

This week’s Smart DevOps roundup features a Linux hub for connected appliances, an upcoming developer website for the Internet of Things products, and a partnership to launch first Internet protocol (IP) camera platform. Read more

UW-Madison chosen for federally funded cloud computing research

Cloud computing, which allows users of technology to tap into remote, shared infrastructure and services, is a major facet of today’s world. Whether or not we realize it, countless aspects of our daily lives – from social media to drug discovery – are now enabled by cloud computing. Read more

Enabling a new future for cloud computing

The National Science Foundation (NSF) today announced two $10 million projects to create cloud computing testbeds—to be called “Chameleon” and “CloudLab”—that will enable the academic research community to develop and experiment with novel cloud architectures and pursue new, architecturally-enabled applications of cloud computing. Read more

Trained cloud computing professionals – augmented need

In the recent years, it is evidently proven that cloud computing is the next big frontier in building business credibility. However, tremendous business value can be achieved only when cloud skills are applied appropriately with an analytical approach. Read more

Mobile apps could be abused to make expensive phone calls

A security precaution skipped in mobile applications such as Facebook’s Messenger could be abused to make an expensive phone call at a victim’s expense, a developer contends. Read more

Mobile app developed by former VIT students gets US patent

VELLORE: A mobile application developed by two former students of Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) University, which provides a cost-effective valued-added service without Internet connectivity to travellers, has received a patent from the United States. Read more

Yes, there’s a tech bubble: Facebook’s mobile ad success proves it

Take a quick glance at the mobile ad world and you might think everything is hunky dory. Fueled by a big uptick in mobile ads, Facebook stock is testing all-time highs. Looks good, right? Read more

LinkedIn’s Mountain Of Data Is Now A $1,200 Sales Tool

Who wants to pay serious money to see your biographical details on LinkedIn? Cynics might say: “Nobody.” People familiar with LinkedIn’s business model to date will say: “Recruiters.” But the big answer going forward is like to be: “Sales people.” Read more

Instagram Bolsters Ad Analytics Offerings – Are More Advertisements to Follow?

Instagram users: prepare for a side of Taco Bell ads to accompany your endless stream of washed out brunch photos.
The Facebook-owned photosharing company announced yesterday that it is rolling out a suite of brand new ad analytics tools. The tools – account insights, ad insights, and ad staging – aim to “help brands better understand the performance of their paid and organic content on Instagram,” according to a press release posted on the company’s site. Read more

Forecast: Tumblr Will Grow 25% In 2014, But It’s Slowing Down

Yahoo paid about the same price for Tumblr, around $1 billion, as Facebook did when it acquired Instagram, and the two had similar numbers of users at the time of acquisition, in the realm of 30 million. Read more

Delivering On Big Data For Verticals, Truveris Helps Pharmacy Industry Work Smarter

The benefits that applying analytics to data has long been understood. But generally the big data solutions we’ve seen thus far have been targeted towards broad horizontal opportunities (the entire sales process or marketing automation for example). Read more

Startups look to harness the big data economy

As companies gather massive amounts of data in multiple industries, they need a way to manage all of this information, whether it’s genomic data used in cancer research or product data in a manufacturing plant. Read more

BiTMICRO targets content delivery and big data

Solid state storage devices are all the rage. Storage suppliers have applied SSD technology to caches, storage volumes and even complete storage systems. BiTMICRO is bringing its SSD technology to the commercial market to address the needs of content delivery and big data analytics. Read more

Managing Agile Teams with Project Managers

Adopting agile in organizations usually impacts the role and activities of project managers. Scrum offers the possibility for project managers to become Scrum masters or product owners. Project managers can also adopt their way of working and the things they do to work together with Scrum masters and agile teams. Read more

Talking To Techies: A Guide To Agile Software Development

Agile is a word many associate with yoga, but if your IT department mentions it they’re probably not talking about the downward dog or lotus pose, but actually a method of software development. Read more

Understanding the key trends in application development

Having recently attended Enterprise Apps World in June, I thought I would share my key takeaways from the show. It’s clear that most organizations are looking at the implications of going mobile and are considering how enterprise apps will work within their mobile strategy. Read more

 
 

Unicom Learning’s Plan and Invitation

22 Aug

Greetings from UNICOM Learning – India’s largest Professional conference organising company and leading player in knowledge share!!!

Last month we went back to our drawing board to plan for next year’s conference on Cloud, Big Data, Social, Media, IoT, Testing, Agile, UXUI Design, NextGen Programming and DevOps. We involved our past delegates and speakers and have been getting several suggestions since then.

Now we want to involve you to join our [1] Advisory Board [2] Conference Speaker Identification Committee [3] Core-Committee member, as we understand that we share same passion in knowledge sharing, developing professionals, creating global executives and enriching organizations. None of these roles have monetary incentives. However there are several benefits and goodwill to collect from IT community. 🙂

Following are some of our forthcoming initiative which should interest you.

[1] India Business Development Summit: A must attend event for Sr Managers, Pre-sales Consultants, Sales &Marketing Executives, and CMOs.

 Dates & Cities  Program Agenda
 22 Aug 2014 – Mumbai  Click Here
 27 Aug 2014 – Delhi  Click Here
 28 Aug 2014 – Bangalore  Click Here
 

[2] Business Development Champions League: Contest to identify India’s most knowledgeable Sales & Marketing Executive

 Dates & Cities  Program Agenda
 1st Round (online) – 12 Aug 2014  Click Here
 Semi Finals (Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore)  Click Here
 Finals(28 Aug 2014 Bangalore)  Click Here
 

[3] India Mobility Week: This conference will share the latest happening in the world of enterprise mobility

 Dates & Cities  Program Agenda
 18 Sept 2014- Delhi  Click Here
 20 Sept 2014- Pune  Click Here
 

[4] Emerging Technology Summit: A 2 day Conference where you get to know all that is emerging in Technology.

 Dates & Cities  Program Agenda
 25,26 Sept 2014 – Bangalore  Click Here
 

[5] Technology Olympiad: Contest to identify India’s most knowledgeable techie.

 Dates & Cities  Program Agenda
 1st Round (online) – 03 Sept 2014  Click Here
 Semi Finals (25 Sept 2014 – Bangalore)  Click Here
 Finals(25 Sept 2014 – Bangalore)  Click Here
 

[6] India Internet of Things: Learn how technology shall connect lives. India’s first conference and expo on IoT

 Dates & Cities  Program Agenda
 28 Oct 2014 – Bangalore  Click Here
 29 Oct 2014 – Delhi  Click Here
 30 Oct 2014 – Mumbai  Click Here
 

[7] Big Data Australia: Learn Big Data story implementations

 Dates & Cities  Program Agenda
 13 Aug 2014 – Sydney  Click Here
 15 Aug 2014 – Melbourne  Click Here
 

Technology Mirror – 21st Aug

21 Aug

Swing Copters, the new game from the creator of Flappy Bird, is now live for iOS and Android

Flappy Bird was an incredibly frustrating game that you couldn’t stop playing. After pulling Flappy Bird in February, developer Dong Nguyen is back with Swing Copters, and it is poised to destroy your sanity. Read more

The Title Makes the Post Viral

When it comes to dominating search, especially when it comes to blogging and publishing, you need to always write your headlines and copy first for Google, then for people. Humans (and their flexible brains) are very forgiving when it comes to reading possibly stilted, “robotic,” keyword-explicit headlines and articles, but Google is not. Read more

Multiple Channels, One Marketing Strategy

In this modern digital age, it has become obvious to most brands, the crucialness of leveraging a range of various online channels in order to attract their target audience. However, merely knowing that it is important to do this isn’t enough to be truly effective in implementation. Read more

Cabinet approves mobile phone towers in 10 extremist-hit states

New Delhi: The union cabinet Wednesday approved provision of mobile phone services at 2,199 locations in 10 states affected by Left-wing extremism.

The states are Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, an official statement said here. Read more

Let’s tap the transformational power of the mobile

Supporters of political parties burn effigies, take out rallies, call for “bandhs” and raise issues in the legislature through various parliamentary instruments to attract the attention of government on issues. NGOs, activists and associations submit memoranda to government, lobby through legal and not-so-legal means, to push policy changes. Read more

Samsung Mobile targets 40% sales growth this year in Kerala

KOCHI: Samsung Mobile is targeting a 40 per cent sales growth this year from Kerala by adopting ‘aggressive’ marketing approach during the Onam festival, a top official today said. Read more

Moto G will soon be discontinued in India

NEW DELHI: Online retail major Flipkart has announced its plan to stop selling Moto G smartphone in the country.
At present only the 16GB version of MotoG is available in India, and Motorola and Flipkart will not replenish the inventory once the smartphone’s stock runs out, according to a statement posted by the online company on its website. Read more

Indian creates Google Glass clone for Rs 4,500

BANGALORE: While it took Google over a year to build its augmented-reality goggles, Google Glass, Kochi-based Arvind Sanjeev says he was able to replicate it in less than a month for just Rs 4,500, thanks to open-source hardware. Read more

New leaks ‘reveal’ iPhone 6’s resolution

It’s past time for Apple to shake up iPhone’s image once again, and it’s currently believed that it will do so by releasing two variants of the iPhone 6: one at 4.7 inches, and the other a 5.5-inch phablet. Read more

CSC Announces Agility Platform 9.2 to Accelerate Hybrid Cloud Benefits and Reach within the Enterprise

CSC (NYSE: CSC), a global leader in next-generation IT services and solutions, today announced the next generation of CSC’s Agility Platform(TM) 9.2 with new capabilities that make it easier for clients to manage large cloud service portfolios, order customizable hybrid cloud services, and extend a self-service IT delivery model to more end users across the enterprise. Read more

SAS, Dignity Health to Launch Cloud-based Big Data Analytics Platform

SAS’s chief medical officer says the cloud-based big data analytics platform is designed to help Dignity Health improve its patient care quality and health outcomes. Read more

Mesosphere Comes To The Google Cloud Platform, Integrates Google’s Open Source Kubernetes Project

Google and Mesosphere today announced a partnership that brings support for Mesos clusters to Google’s Compute Engine platform. While the Mesos project and Mesosphere aren’t quite household names yet, they are quickly becoming important tools for companies that want to be able to easily scale their applications, no matter whether that’s in their own data centers, in a public cloud service, or as a hybrid deployment. Read more

‘Big Data’ Is One Of The Biggest Buzzwords In Tech That No One Has Figured Out Yet

For years, big data has been one of the hottest buzzwords across all industries.

Big data is the term used to describe the process of analyzing complex set of data sets to discover information that could help make better decisions or find certain patterns that were previously unknown. Read more

The Modern Classroom: Students, Teachers and Data-Driven Education

The days of paper textbooks seem destined to become as distant a memory as cursive handwriting. In 2014, big data is reshaping the way students receive curriculum and learn, and the tools of the new and digital classroom are changing the dynamics for educators. Read more

Hilary Mason Turns Big Data Into Plain English

Little screams “Eighties!” louder than the boxy, beige Apple IIe, the one that sent waves of glowing green script down its screen when turned on. But for data scientist Hilary Mason, the musty hardware worked a revolution: It was her entree onto the path that would lead her to the cutting edge of “big data,” the hottest field of the 21st century, if you believe the Harvard Business Review. Read more

How To Profit From The Internet Of Things

By the year 2018, which Internet device industry will be larger than all of the rest combined?

The answer is the burgeoning Internet of Things (IoT), in which seemingly ordinary objects are interconnected in order to automate everyday tasks. Some items that are already part of the IoT include thermostats, air conditioners and door locks. Read more

7 out of 10 fear security implications of Internet of Things

The IT realm is experiencing the rapid advance of technology that connects, monitors, and shares almost every aspect of the digital age, thanks to what is now referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT). Read more

Microsoft giving away free Windows 8.1 for IoT fans

Microsoft has developed a “non-commercial version of Windows based on Windows 8.1” for developers who buy Intel Galileo boards.
According to PC World, it is a “pared-down, proof-of-concept” version of the operating system that is designed to work specifically with that hardware. Read more

How To Profit From The Internet Of Things

The term Agile is most familiar to people involved with software development, but the basic concepts can be applied to consumer products successfully as well. At least two of its core principals – use of iterations and collaborative involvement of product users (i.e. customers) – were effectively practiced years before the term was introduced and became commonly accepted. Read more

‘Agile, always available storage infrastructure, need of the hour’: Vivekanand Venugopal, Hitachi Data Systems

Vivekanand Venugopal, VP and GM, Hitachi Data Systems shares details on the new strides that Hitachi is making in the enterprise storage space and shares insights on market trends in this exclusive interview with InformationWeek Read more

MAKING AGILE REAL: HOW A VIRTUAL APPROACH BOOSTS FEDERAL EFFICIENCY

In 2009, the federal government produced 848 petabytes of data. Putting this into perspective, that is almost 1 million movies worth of data – and that was five years ago. With data growth trends on an exponential upswing, experts at IDC estimate America will have created, replicated and consumed 6.6 zettabytes by 2020. Read more

 
 

Technology Mirror – 20th Aug

20 Aug

Global Cloud Computing Service Market Expects to Reach $555 Billion Worth by 2020

The global cloud computing service, as an emerging computing technology that enables both IT infrastructure and software to be delivered directly over the Internet has been in the significant growth over the recent years. Read more

Public and private cloud storage market surge will be worth $56.57 billion by 2019

The report “Public/Private Cloud Storage Market by Solution (Cloud Storage Gateways, Backup & Recovery, Data Movement & Access), by Software (Data Replication, HSM & Archiving, Security & Storage Resource Management) – Worldwide Forecasts & Analysis (2014 – 2019)” defines and divides the cloud storage market into several sub-segments along with a detailed analysis and forecasting of revenues generated from each division. Read more

Microsoft Cloud Service Azure Experienced Global Outage

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)’s Azure cloud-computing service, a critical part of Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella’s plan to remake the software company, experienced a major global outage yesterday that lasted for around five hours. Read more

Why the ‘Internet of things’ is a ticking bomb

Last week, experts at the annual Black Hat security conference illustrated that the “Internet of Things” (IoT) is extremely susceptible to attack by exposing 13 previously unknown vulnerabilities in home Wi-Fi routers and network storage systems, the core infrastructure used by “smart” devices. As mass interconnection wires people and homes with unsecured Internet devices, new threats are inevitable, and enterprises will be the prime target. Read more

How To Profit from the Internet of Things

The small-business arena is buzzing with hype around the The Internet of Things, but many people still don’t understand the potential opportunities. IT partners stand to benefit, as many small businesses won’t have the expertise, the time or even the resources to do in-depth analysis of data generated from the Internet of Things. Read more

Internet of Things Pioneer Launches Investment Company to Grow Startups and Accelerate Innovation

NEW YORK, Aug. 19, 2014 /CNW/ — Moonscape Ventures, a $120 million investment company focused on startups in the Internet of Things and related technologies, was launched today by global entrepreneur Mati Kochavi, whose existing network of companies include smart city and IoT solutions provider AGT International. Read more

Five Things to Know About Agile Development

Agile development has emerged at the center of a faster and more responsive approach to IT, but it presents some unique challenges. Read more

Forget Lean and Agile. It’s Time to Be Anticipatory

We are all good at reacting and responding, putting out fires, and crisis management. In addition, organizations large and small have learned how to be lean and agile, and how to best execute a strategy at a high level. Read more

EnterpriseDB Makes Agile NoSQL Development Easy With New Postgres AWS Deployment

EnterpriseDB (EDB), the leading worldwide provider of enterprise-class Postgres products and Oracle database compatibility solutions, today announced a free, ready-to-code development environment on Amazon Web Services that is optimized for using the NoSQL capabilities in PostgreSQL to build Web 2.0 applications. Read more

9 Snapchat Tips and Tricks You May Not Know About

Snapchat’s latest update brings a number of impressive improvements to the popular photo-sharing app we all know and love. Read more

Apple CEO Tim Cook Takes Ice Bucket Challenge, Puts Dr. Dre in the Spotlight

The celebrity and business world has been swept up in taking the ALS ice bucket challenge, and the latest entrant in the star-packed list of challenge takers is Apple CEO Tim Cook. Read more

Google Reportedly Prepping ‘Child-Safe’ Version of Services

Google is reportedly preparing to launch a child-centric version of some of its services — a move that would give kids their own Google accounts for the first time. Read more

PayPal Rolls Out One-Touch Mobile Checkout For Apps

Mobile commerce today is still challenging with complicated checkout flows that see users bouncing between screens, and having to tap out their personal information on tiny screens and keyboards. PayPal today is hoping to change that with the release of a new product called One Touch for merchants and app developers. Read more

One-bezel Sharp Aquos Crystal is heading to Sprint, Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile

Sharp’s striking one-bezel Aquos Crystal smartphone is officially heading to Sprint, Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile. Yesterday, Sharp took the wraps off of its latest creation, the one-bezel Aquos Crystal smartphone, that features an edge-to-edge display on three sides. Read more

New mobile phone app to help trace Haj pilgrims

CHENNAI: The Indian consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia has introduced several high-tech measures for the 1,36,000 Haj pilgrims from India, including 3,330 from Tamil Nadu. Chief among them is an Internet-based, user-friendly smartphone application to address the issue of missing pilgrims, consul general of India B S Mubarak told TOI on Tuesday. Read more

Sony unveils Xperia M2 Aqua, a mid-range water-resistant phone

NEW DELHI: Sony has launched a water- and dust-resistant version of its mid-range smartphone, Xperia M2. Christened as Xperia M2 Aqual, Sony claims it comes with the world’s highest level of waterproofing available in a smartphone. Read more

Six Great Apps for Writing

When you are writing anything that is longer than an email, basic text editors start to feel very limited. But a full word processing app like MS Word can overwhelm you with options – and price tag. Whether you’re a full time writer, or you want to work on essays for school, minimal text editors can be a godsend. Here are our favourites. Read more

How to Send Large Files Over the Internet

Ever had to send a really large file to someone and realised how inconvenient it is? Most email service providers have puny file size limits on attachments. A limit of 25MB is quite small so whether you want to send high-resolution videos or other large files, you’re going to have to rely on Web-based services. Here are some of the best solutions with generous file size limits on the free tier. Read more

Big Data Overhyped? “No,” Say Actual Scientists

Love it or hate it, it’s Gartner Hype Cycle time again. And this year, big data is in the analyst firm’s cross-hairs. It’s among a handful of technologies newly set on the downhill path to the trough of disillusionment. Read more

Would Steve Jobs Or Ted Turner Succeed In These Big Data Obsessed Times?

Spurred by the data analytics revolution, corporations aim to collect and analyze reams of data. This data becomes the basis for modeling the future, which in turn can define growth strategies. This is what is meant by predictive and prescriptive analytics. Read more

Splice Machine: When traditional RDBMS hits the big data performance wall

Legacy relational databases can’t cope with big data demands, so Splice Machine built a Hadoop-based alternative for running operational, real-time applications. Read more

Bank Of America Sees Multiple Strategic And Tactical Levers For TIBCO Software

In a report published Tuesday, Bank of America analyst Kash Rangan reiterated a Buy rating and $30.00 price target on TIBCO Software (NASDAQ: TIBX). Read more

Five top tips for building your security strategy

Security threats come in more shapes and sizes than ever before and can thus penetrate your company network in a multitude of ways. Keeping tabs on the security of your business can feel like an overwhelming task at times, so here’s five key areas to prioritise when deciding how to protect yourself and your crucial company data. Read more

Your New Enterprise Sales Strategy: Forget Managers, Focus on Users

The path to billions in sales starts with a single step. Many entrepreneurs spend a lot of time trying to land a behemoth as their first client, when what they should focus on is getting their foot in the door, and winning enterprise a few seats at a time. Read more

 
 

Technology Mirror – 19th Aug

19 Aug

Samsung snaps up SmartThings, embracing Internet of Things

Samsung is treading deeper into the Internet of Things with the announcement Thursday that it has agreed to acquire SmartThings, an open platform for smart home devices. Read more

It’s Official: The Internet Of Things Takes Over Big Data As The Most Hyped Technology

Gartner released last week its latest Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies. Last year, big data reigned supreme, at what Gartner calls the “peak of inflated expectations.” But now big data has moved down the “trough of disillusionment,” replaced by the Internet of Things at the top of the hype cycle. Read more

With phones in its pocket, ARM eyes the Internet of Things

The rise of smartphones has been very good to the British semiconductor design company. Will a universe of connected devices extend its run?

ARM, the British company that makes instruction set architectures for computer processors, is certainly not a household name-not the way Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android are, anyway. But that doesn’t mean it’s any less ubiquitous. If you’ve got a smartphone in your pocket, there’s a good-no, make that very good-chance that it’s ARM-powered. Read more

Cloud Flash, Standard Tests And Storage Versus Heroin Markup

While total enterprise data volumes are doubling every two years, storage budgets are only increasing by about 5% annually. Thus budget constraints are a major factor in the choice of storage infrastructure for modern data centers. Read more

Use The Cloud For App Development & Testing

Application development can be resource-intensive, which means that companies with their own internal development teams often have to invest in newer servers and storage arrays to keep up with the computing demands of the process. Read more

Researchers to test modular cloud cybersecurity

Researchers at Boston University have been awarded a $10 million grant for a cloud-based modular cybersecurity system.

Boston University’s Modular Approach to Cloud Security (MACS) project has been awarded a Frontier grant from the National Science Foundation’s Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace program. Read more

Are Indian companies making enough sense of Big Data?

Mumbai: It’s no exaggeration to say that Big Data analytics, the process of capturing, managing and analysing massive amounts of data to generate useful information, was in part responsible in helping the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies secure the biggest election victory in more than three decades. Read more

SOCIAL BIG DATA: The Different Types Of Data Each Social Network Is Collecting To Understand Users And Target Ads

The average global internet user spends two and a half hours daily on social media, and information on their activity – gathered under the catch-all ‘big data’ – reveals a great deal about what makes them tick. Read more

Three Personal Finance Tips From Big Data

There’s a lot of personal finance advice out there for those who want it. Buy fewer lattes, pay less for cable and switch your wireless provider are a few common themes for getting your day to day spending in order, but how valid are these assertions? Read more

What made Flipkart open an offline retail store

NEW DELHI: A nudge from employees has opened up a fresh avenue of growth for e-commerce company Flipkart in the offline retail space, besides boosting internal pride in the brand. Read more

8 Things IPhones Can’t Do That Android, WP Phones Can

In terms of specs, performance, and features, iPhone 5S is Apple’s best to date. This doesn’t mean it’s as good as it could be, however. There are a few egregious omissions here — features that we not only want in our iPhone, but that we feel are overdue. Read more

Coming soon: Google for kids

When children use the internet they’re supposed to play games they read about on the backs of cereal boxes, not check their Gmail accounts and write Facebook statuses. Read more

IDC says Samsung still top in India in Q2, but Micromax is catching up fast

There’s some relief for Samsung, which has been having a rough time in the smartphone market, as far as sales and revenue are concerned.

IDC’s report for India’s mobile market in Q2 is out and according to the numbers, it is Samsung who is leading in the mobile market, not Micromax. Previously, a report by Counterpoint Research had said that Samsung was number two in the overall mobile market in India and that Micromax had taken the lead. Read more

HTC One (M8) for T-Mobile gets updated to Android 4.4.3

HTC One (M8) for T-Mobile in the United States got treated to an update to Android 4.4.3. Software build number 2.22.531.5 is now seeding to the Big Magenta-flavored handset. Read more

Are Mobile Games The Next Great Ad Medium?

Americans are spending inordinate amounts of time flinging angry birds, crushing candy, and finding numerical patterns on their mobile phones. In other words, mobile gaming is exploding. So are mobile games destined to become the next great ad medium? Read more

Word Of Mouth On Social Media Can Make Your Brand Great

Customers, talking about you on social media is what you want, and the way you respond makes all the difference to the reader. Read more

Banks find social media better for getting new biz

MUMBAI: Social media is working out to be a much more cost-effective method for banks to get new customer for services such as credit cards compared to search engine marketing (SEM) or direct selling agents. Social media is enabling banks to come up with targeted marketing without being seen as too intrusive. Read more

5 Guidelines for Social-Media Posts That Hit the Mark

Business owners know that the Internet is a gold mine of free marketing directly to your target audience. A simple post on Facebook or Twitter can reach millions of people already keyed in to your products and offerings. But just as not all advertising campaigns are created equal, some social media content will get lost in the fray, while other posts will spread virally. Read more

Forget Lean and Agile. It’s Time to Be Anticipatory

We are all good at reacting and responding, putting out fires, and crisis management. In addition, organizations large and small have learned how to be lean and agile, and how to best execute a strategy at a high level. Read more

Five Things to Know About Agile Development

Agile development has emerged at the center of a faster and more responsive approach to IT, but it presents some unique challenges. Read more

Adopt agile development for mobile apps or fail says Gartner

Traditional development practices used for desktop apps will not work for mobile apps, and companies must instead adopt agile development, says analyst Gartner. Read more

 
 

Technology Mirror – 18th Aug

18 Aug

How Mobile Payment Providers Can Beat Back Amazon

Amazon has thrown its hat into the mobile payments ring, a move that has no doubt struck fear in the hearts of competing providers of this technology.
And for good reason: Amazon has the wherewithal to break into this space at a loss – it is providing its card reader for $10, for which the buyer gets recouped via a $10 credit from Amazon when the transactions start getting processed. Read more

Mobile wallet catches on with one and all

Grows 93.5% YoY in volume terms & 120% YoY in value terms to 13.57m transactions worth 437 crore this May
It’s just another office on the busy Balanagar main road in Hyderabad that would go unnoticed but for the long queue of people on its counter. A flex board in front of it screams, “mobile money transfer”. Read more

Facebook mobile app users complain about new changes in online reviews

Facebook users have started complaining in online reviews about the social networking site’s shift from the main mobile application to the new messenger app, say reports. Read more

Social media monitoring by employers predicted to rise

A third of young people would be happy for their employer to have access to their social media profiles in return for job security, according to a report that claims such personal data monitoring will become more commonplace. Read more

ALS ice bucket challenge trending on social media

Anyone who has gone online, checked their Facebook feed, or looked at Twitter has seen people dumping ice water on each other and themselves, stating that it’s all in the name of raising awareness for ALS, a debilitating neurodegenerative disease. Read more

Is social media making us more lonely?

Social media and academic life may help forge friendships for some people, but for others it seems they breed isolation and feelings of loneliness.

Figures published this week by the relationship support organisation Relate have shown that people are feeling increasingly unloved – with nearly 9 per cent saying they don’t have a close friend. Read more

6 ways to recycle your old gadgets

Waste not, want not, that’s how the old saying goes. With technology getting better and better, we always succumb to the gorgeous advertisements that lull us into buying newer and faster tech. Soon there’s a pile of unused gadgets lying there in your back room gathering dust. So instead of selling them to your local raddiwala, here’s a bunch of things you can do with them. Read more

Dot Bharat domain to be unveiled on August 21

NEW DELHI: Web addresses are set to get multilingual in India. Soon you will be able to type in addresses in a web browser in the Devnagri script – with “dot bharat” standing in for the currently common “dot in” domain to begin with. The roll-out of the same begins on August 21. Read more

World’s first smartphone IBM Simon turns 20

LONDON: The first ever smartphone — a $900 clunky IBM Simon mobile phone — has turned 20 today.
The phone with a battery life of one hour was developed by IBM and the American cellular company BelSelf and went on sale in 1994. Read more

For Big-Data Scientists, ‘Janitor Work’ Is Key Hurdle to Insights

Technology revolutions come in measured, sometimes foot-dragging steps. The lab science and marketing enthusiasm tend to underestimate the bottlenecks to progress that must be overcome with hard work and practical engineering. Read more

On the Verge: Big Data takes ‘Dangerous’ risk

When paranoia pays off: For someone who creates his music electronically and promotes his music via social media, Alan Wilkis, best known as Big Data, is pretty uncomfortable with the World Wide Web. “Voyeurism on the Internet is unsettling,” says Wilkis, 32. Read more

Where to start with big data at your utility

“The Internet of Things, empowered consumers, stringent regulations and digitization have changed the approach towards data in utility industry,” said Sudheer Warrier, vice president and global head of utilities for Tata Consultancy Services. “Utilities all over the world have more data than ever.” Read more

When cloud computing isn’t all about scale

So many conversations about cloud computing focus on Amazon Web Services, Google and which is the biggest company that can drive down prices the most. But there’s a whole other group of people and companies not running webscale applications, people who just want a virtual server that’s inexpensive, runs well and, most importantly, they don’t have to manage. Read more

Assessing how cloud computing has transformed the workspace

Today’s workplace is an entirely different animal to just five years ago – and it’s growing and changing at a rapid rate.
The huge amount of enterprise mobility solutions on the market are enabling employees to do various tasks on their smartphones and tablets; as Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff said on the unveiling of the Salesforce1 app, he could run his entire business from his phone. Read more

Tips to plan your cloud computing path

1) Determine the initial applications to host in the cloud

A cloud service platform is much like the computing platforms that already exist in your company, and its main purpose is to store data and execute applications. Some applications are better suited to execution on locally installed systems, while others may work just as well – or even better – when deployed to cloud services. Read more

‘Internet of things’ is the most over-hyped technology, say analysts

The “internet of things” (IoT) is the most over-hyped technology in development today, according to tech analysts Gartner.

The firm puts the technology, which promises a world in which every electronic device has a sim card and its own presence on the net, at five to 10 years from actual productivity. Right now, it says, the concept is instead it is at the “peak of inflated expectations”. Read more

Microsoft ships Galileo super-mini-Windows PC to Internet of Things developers

Hoping to cover all its bases in the emerging Internet-of-Things market, Microsoft is reaching out to “makers,” DIYers, hardware hackers and other builders of things that may one day end up on the Internet. Read more

Internet of Things: Know all about the top technology for 2014

The intersection of business and technology is spawning several innovative technologies across sectors, from healthcare to consumer technology. The MIT Technology Review, which has listed the “Internet of Things” as the top technology for 2014, has also flagged the growing importance of other areas. Read more

Vishal Sikka’s 5-point strategy a hit at Infosys

BANGALORE/MUMBAI: Around noon on June 12, Vishal Sikka, named chief executive-designate by InfosysBSE -1.26 % a couple of hours earlier, spoke in a townhall meeting, webcast across all of the company’s development centres. Read more

Cisco to cut 6,000 jobs, increase software focus

Cisco wants to become more of a software company, and that means employees in some legacy businesses will lose their jobs. Today the networking giant said that it will cut 6,000 jobs to make room for new hires in its software, security, cloud and data center business lines. Cisco did not say exactly which areas would be cut. The company did say that some emerging markets have performed poorly, leading to speculation that these areas may be targeted. Read more

Maximizing Member Relationship Management Software

Ideally, member relationship management software makes member data accessible to a credit union’s front line staff and loan officers so they can improve the credit union experience. Read more

Hey, IT! Flex, adapt, and become an agile ‘App Master’

Is your company’s IT department an “App Master”?

That’s the tag given by a new Apigee Institute report, describing companies whose IT is as flexible as a yoga master in adapting to today’s app environment. Read more

Agile Enterprise Architecture Finally Crosses the Chasm

In my first article for Forbes, I asked whether Enterprise Architecture (EA) was completely broken. My conclusion: executives seeking digital transformations of their organizations require a more agile approach to architecture than traditional EA has been able to offer. Read more

Enabling Agile Teams to Improve Software Quality

Long working days, deadlines and team pressure can impact the quality of the software that agile teams deliver. What can we do to prevent that from happening and enable teams to improve the quality of their software? Some suggestions are to arrange for scope and deadline slack, adopt pull systems, and to make sure that people can slow down and get enough sleep. Read more