Archive for September, 2014

Technology Mirror – 23rd Sep

23 Sep

Big Data is, but not unquestioningly, the answer, he says

“Big Data,” a phrase that’s often said aloud with lots of vim (“Big Data!”), is just a heap of junk — until you know what you’re looking for. Jake Porway, writing in the Harvard Business Review, points this out more clearly than many others have: Read more

BIGDATA Guide to Big Data for Finance

In this new Guide to Big Data for Finance the goal is to provide direction for enterprise thought leaders on ways of leveraging big data technologies in support of analytics proficiencies designed to work more independently and effectively in today’s climate of working to increase the value of corporate data assets. Read more

Using big data gives business an edge

Companies must be aware of the potential value that large and complex data carries as it will give them a business edge, the founder of an energy management startup said. Read more

Red Hat CEO announces a shift from client-server to cloud computing

Red Hat is in the midst of changing its image from a top Linux company to the future king of cloud computing. CEO Jim Whitehurst told me in 2011 that the Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) cloud would be Red Hat’s future. Today in a blog posting, Whitehurst underlined this shift from Linux to OpenStack. Read more

Where is cloud computing going?

The Cloud World Forum in London was a great opportunity to talk with people involved in cloud computing at every level, from global directors of multinationals to people on the frontline of cloud computing sales. The conversations were full of insights that you can only come across at such an event. Read more

9 questions you should ask before putting your data in any cloud

Cloud computing has been an industry buzzword for some time now, but has continued to evolve at quite a pace. Despite this, one of the predominant themes of discussion that remains is how to take advantage/avoid the risks of “the cloud”. Read more

Value of Certifications for Agile Transformation Edit

Most debatable question in agile world is related to certifications. Does agile certification depict the knowledge of professional? Cliff Berg, independent IT agile and devops transformation consultant shared his views on the same in his recent blog. Read more

Why Agile As We Know It Will Disappear

Someday, Agile as we know it will disappear. It won’t be because everyone will give up on sprints and story points. It won’t be because some new idea blows it all away. Tomorrow’s Agile will be fundamentally different, because it will be just that — fundamental. Read more

See, that whole Agile approach really does work! Read more

M2M & IoT Meet Asset Tracking

The Internet of Things (IoT) has been the subject of numerous articles and presentations, and it has also been the driving force behind many startup companies, so it is somewhat surprising that there is no standardization of either the protocols or communications to be used. Read more

MediaTek Launches New IoT and Wearables Initiative

MediaTek has thrown its hat into the increasingly crowded Internet of Things (IoT) ring with the introduction of a new initiative to assist developers of IoT and wearable tech devices. Read more

Huawei buys Cambridge Internet of Things pioneer Neul

Thirty-person company Neul has been bought by Huawei for a reported $25m to turn the UK into a centre of excellence for Internet of Things. Read more

7 Free Ways for Boosting Your #socialmedia Engagement

Did you know that there are over 1.82 billion social network users worldwide? That number is expected to increase to approximately 2.33 by 2017. Needless to say, being active on social media is an essential part of your marketing plan. But, how can you reach your audience more effectively than your competitors? Read more

Kenshoo Named #1 Search Engine Marketing and Social Media Marketing Supplier

Kenshoo, the global leader in predictive marketing software, has been ranked as the top search engine marketing and social media marketing solution provider in Internet Retailer’s “2015 Leading Vendors to the Top 1000.” Read more

5 ways Social Media Marketing can earn more respect

Among marketing folk, social media marketing often gets a bad rap.

Since it’s one of the newest forms of marketing, sometimes it’s hard to show a return on investment (ROI) based on things like retweets, likes, or shares. Still, for marketers working in social’s trenches, they seem to feel they deserve a little more respect from their colleagues working in more traditional forms of marketing. Read more


Technology Mirror – 22nd Sep

22 Sep

Making Big Data Think Bigger

Big-data management promises a significant shift in the way decisions are made across the economy. Abundant new sources of data from the web, sensors and smartphones, mined for patterns and insights by smart software, will mean that more and more decisions will be based on data and analysis rather than experience and intuition. Read more

Editd, using big data to shape and create high street trends

The Editd data monitoring system boosted Asos’s third-quarter revenues by 37% last year. Not bad for a product inspired by the churn of the dairy industry Read more

Is our education system gearing up for the Big Data boom

The explosion of Big Data and the impact it has created on the businesses—big or small has rattled every one resulting in awe and amazement in some quarters and uncertainty and realisation of lack of readiness in some others. Read more

IBM opens massive ‘cloud computing’ data center in RTP

IBM is opening a Pentagon-size data center at its Research Triangle Park campus. According to an announcement made by Big Blue just after midnight, the so-called “cloud resiliency center” covers 4 million square feet, which would make it one of the largest industrial building complexes in the world. Read more

Vodacom: cloud computing is IT industry game changer

Vodacom Business Nigeria at the weekend in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, said cloud computing will address all issues relating to reduction in cost of operating business in the country, lamenting however that businesses in the country are still lagging behind, with only a third of them currently using cloud technology. Read more

Best- And Worst-Performing Cloud Computing Stocks

The highest performing cloud computing stocks year-to-date when measured by share price gains are Zendesk (NYSE:ZEN) up 68.65% or $9.22 per share since its IPO earlier this year, NetScout Systems (NASDAQ:NTCT) up 54.61%, Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) up 42.56%, Read more

Kraft CMO on the Great Bacon Barter and More Agile Marketing

When Kraft Foods Group pitches bacon, it no longer always finds its target consumer by making a big TV buy on a certain network or other. Instead, the company often produces content about bacon that it distributes to a targeted audience in a variety of ways. Read more

Agile’s Successor: Continuous Delivery

Traditional Agile methods have evolved quickly to address current programming needs. Continuous delivery mixed with select Agile practices equals the preferred way forward. Read more

Agile and waterfall – is a hybrid approach best for enterprise app development?

Agile software development methodologies have moved towards mainstream adoption in recent years as businesses seek to build applications quickly by iterating fast and testing frequently. Read more

IoT enabler for Arduino

Arduino LLC and Atmel have made available Arduino Wi-Fi Shield 101, a security shield to quickly prototype Internet of Things (IoT) applications on the Arduino platform such as Arduino R3 board. Read more

IEEE Standards Group Wants to Bring Order to IoT

The IEEE is embarking on an ambitious effort to build a overarching architecture for the Internet of Things, spanning a multitude of industries and technologies. Read more

Intel’s Tiny Chip Built for the ‘Internet of Things’

During the kick-off for the Intel Developer Forum 2014 in San Francisco on Tuesday, company executives lifted the wraps off a number of hardware and software tools designed to enable the “Internet of Things” (IoT). Read more

Industrial Marketers: Stop Ignoring Social Media

Social media marketing often appears irrelevant to companies in the industrial and manufacturing sectors. While the value of this channel is well-established in b-to-b verticals such as SaaS (software as a service) and business services, Read more

Tips on Dominating Social Media Marketing

Whether you are writing a blog post title, preparing a tweet, or thinking of a Facebook post, create titles that are interesting, and make readers unable to resist clicking to your site or blog. Good titles encourage readers to notice and view your marketing content. Read more

6 Expert Tips for Keeping Your Kids Safe on Social Media

Today’s kids are more social media savvy than ever. A whopping 80% of teens online use some form of social media, and they’re sharing more information about themselves on social networks than they have in the past. Read more

Mobile app for clicking selfie with ISRO’s Mangalyaan

City-based start-up Smartur has developed a mobile application built on augmented reality that allows users of Android phone users and iOS mobile devices to click a selfie with Indian spaceship Mangalyaan that is due to land on Mars next week. Read more

Metro trains to become mobile ads

NEW DELHI: Much like Metro systems abroad, Delhi Metro is going to allow advertisements on the exterior of its trains. Read more

Mobile devices maker Datawind to launch Rs 2,000 smartphone with free Internet

NEW DELHI: With an aim to double its volumes, low-cost mobile devices maker Datawind today said it will launch a Rs 2,000 smartphone before Diwali that will come bundled with free Internet for life. Read more


Technology Mirror – 20th Sep

20 Sep

Why big data evangelists should be sent to re-education camps

Big data is a dangerous, faith-based ideology. It’s fuelled by hubris, it’s ignorant of history, and it’s trashing decades of progress in social justice. Read more

Big week for Big Data in Boston

Earlier this week, hack/reduce announced a Big Data-focused college ambassador program, a joint effort with the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. It was part of a bigger initiative this week that puts organizations working in the Big Data space, like hack/reduce, Microsoft, and Thomson Reuters, among others, in the spotlight. Read more

10 things you should know about big data’s secret sauce

Big data adds big value, but can be hard to understand. Here’s what you need to know to get your feet wet with big data. Read more

Newly minted MacArthur ‘genius’ could make cloud computing more secure

Craig Gentry didn’t grow up wishing to break complex encryption schemes and make new models of securing data for a living, but that’s what happened. And now he’s landed a $625,000 stipend as one of 21 recipients of this year’s MacArthur “genius grants.” Read more

Cloud computing push: Infosys inks pacts with Huawei, Microsoft, Hitachi

Infosys Ltd, India’s second-biggest IT services provider, said it had signed a partnership agreement with China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd to offer enterprise customers cloud computing services. Read more

Mercedes opts for cloud-computing setup to protect data from hackers

STUTTGART (Bloomberg) — Mercedes-Benz is using a cloud-computing setup to protect data as cars’ mobile links and software expand and the industry prepares for driverless travel. Read more

Huawei brings next-gen Agile Network solution to SA

Huawei has announced the South African launch of its much-acclaimed agile network solution at The Forum in Johannesburg. Huawei’s agile network is the industry’s first network centred on services, users, and experiences. Read more

New Report Confirms Agile/Waterfall Mix Produces the Best Code Quality

The 2014 CRASH Report finds applications built with either Agile or Waterfall methods alone are more susceptible to security, reliability, performance, and cost issues Read more

Agile Delivers – Your business demands it!

Every time I get on the squash court with my son, it is painfully clear how agile I am not. Agility comes naturally to the young, and not just in sports. We all have watched in awe as our children pick up a new techie toy, never look at the manual, and intuitively just figure it out. Read more

IEEE standards group wants to bring order to IoT

The IEEE is embarking on an ambitious effort to build a overarching architecture for the Internet of Things, spanning a multitude of industries and technologies. Read more

Uplinq: Qualcomm Trains Sights on IoT, Robotics

SAN FRANCISCO—Qualcomm’s bread and butter is still smartphones, but the mobile chip giant wants to connect a whole lot more than just the devices we carry in our pockets. Read more

New platforms, upgrades simplify life for IoT developers

This week’s Smart DevOps roundup features an update to an Internet of Things (IoT) software development platform, another platform looking to give apps and devices a voice, and a new product to help the development of enterprise apps. Read more

Microsoft Minecraft Purchase Is About Social Media, Not Gaming

Definitions and labels get confused when we describe technologies that enable social experience, and it’s particularly evident in the way we’re talking about Microsoft ’s $2.5 billion purchase of Minecraft. Read more

50 Influential CMOs On Social Media

This week Infegy, a data-based company that helps bring clarity to social data, released a list of the top 50 CMOs by social influence. This list is based on their data analytics platform Infegy Atlas. Apparent when analyzing this list is that some CMOs are slow to adopting new mediums of communication in their own lives. Read more

Kenya turns to social media to promote tourism

NAIROBI, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) — Kenya is set to use social media to promote its tourism industry that is currently on its knees due to security challenges posed by terrorist attacks. Read more

T-Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot Hands-Off Coverage for iPhone 6

I do a lot of international traveling and I’ve been seriously thinking of switching to T-Mobile for its low-cost international roaming rates that include 20 cent per minute calls from abroad and free data and texting from 120 countries. Read more

IBM Leads in Mobile App Dev, Software-Defined Storage

Industry analysts have ranked IBM among the top providers of mobile application development and software-defined storage offerings. Read more

iOS 8 adoption lags behind that of iOS 7

iOS users haven’t so far been as eager to jump to iOS 8 as they were to grab iOS 7 last year, according to several mobile analytics reports released on Thursday. Read more

Apple Faithful Line Up For iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus

Apple Inc’s latest phone lured throngs of gadget lovers, entrepreneurs and early adopters to its stores in New York, San Francisco and other cities around the world in the latest sign of strong initial demand for the new, larger generation of iPhones. Read more

With iOS 8, Your iPad Can Now Make Voice Calls

Many iPhone owners also have iPads and Mac computers, and family members are likely to have Apple devices, too. With the new iOS 8 software for iPhones and iPads, those devices start to act like one. Apps on those devices start to unite, too. Read more

Gadgets for perfect selfie

Cashing in on the selfie craze, a host of new accessories and products have entered the market promising to assist you in clicking a perfect selfie Read more


Technology Mirror – 18th Sep

18 Sep

Big Data Is Changing the Way We Get Well

You might call it a revolution, or maybe a remaking, but either way big data is changing the scale and scope of how doctors care for patients and how caregivers and insurance companies address community-wide health issues. Read more

Hack/Reduce partners with state, universities for Big data ambassador program

When Cort Johnson made the move from Terrible Labs to Atlas Venture, some wondered what his specific role at the venture capital firm might be. Read more

Big data is watching you

Is big data a friend or foe? It can be both, says Ron Sandland.
Data!data!data!” he cried impatiently. “I can’t make bricks without clay.” So said Sherlock Holmes in The Adventure of the Copper Beeches. Read more

Kick-start Your Cloud Computing Strategy

It seems today that you can’t escape a technology based discussion without cloud computing being mentioned – ten times. My conversations with clients today confirm that every IT professional has a fundamental understanding of cloud, but struggle at times to find a starting point. Read more

Google, Microsoft, IBM trying to lure startups with goodies

BANGALORE: Google, Microsoft and IBM are trying to lure startups with lakhs of rupees worth of goodies in order to compete with Amazon, which is larger than all its competitors combined in the cloud computing space. Read more

Cisco Acquires Private Cloud Provider Metacloud

In a move to beef up its Intercloud strategy, Cisco Relevant Products/Services is acquiring a privately-held company called Metacloud. The firm deploys and operates private clouds for global organizations with an OpenStack-as-a-service model. Read more

Agile vs waterfall: Which working method is best for app developers?

A new report has shed some light on the never-ending battle between agile and waterfall working methods.

After gathering data from 1,316 applications, from 212 enterprises, consisting of over 700 million lines of code, software analysis firm Cast has concluded that a healthy mix of agile and waterfall produces the best results. Read more

HP Load Tests Through an Agile Perfect Storm

A cloud-based load-testing tool to help understand and interoperate

Not always top of the Dr. Dobb’s news pile in terms of developer toolkits and platforms, HP this week shines by dint of an expansion to its HP Performance Testing Suite, with new software focused on helping Agile development teams accelerate application quality. Read more

Don’t Underestimate Discipline: The Real Key to Agile Development

According to the professionals, Agile software development is not just a new methodology; it’s a new way of thinking; a way to speed up your entrance into the market, helping you to manage your ever-changing business needs and bring operations in line with IT and business objectives. Read more


Technology Mirror – 17th Sep

17 Sep

IBM to Sell Watson as a Big-Data Tool

Say you’re an executive running an online marketing campaign for a new car, and you want to figure out which consumers in which parts of the country are likely to click on your ad. Read more

IBM Centre in Bangalore to partner with 100 big data & Internet of Things startups in India

BANGALORE: In the American crime drama series Person of Interest, a machine predicts whether a person can be a victim or a perpetrator of a crime. Then it’s up to a data scientist to find that person and prevent any violent acts. Read more

Big data -Driven Innovation: Disruption vs. Optimization

The recipe for successful innovation: begin with a good measure of disruption. Add a heaping helping of talent, and don’t forget to mix in plenty of creativity. Finally, a pinch of intuition. Stir and bake. Read more

Cloud computing vital for present needs

High performance computing and cloud computing are important technology meeting the present day requirements, Head of CSE in MSRIT, Bangalore, K.G. Srinivasa said on Friday. Read more

Cloud talent wars move to the executive suite

Brian Stevens, the former CTO for Red Hat, is now managing Google Cloud. This move will provide more cloud leadership at Google, but it also leaves questions about what’s happening at Red Hat. Read more

Cloudyn Secures $4M in Series A to Expand cloud computing Platform Support

Cloudyn this week announced it has raised $4 million in financing to expand support for more more cloud computing infrastructure platforms and enhance its offering. Read more

Continuous Delivery: The Agile Successor

Traditional Agile methods have been obliged to evolve quickly to address current programming needs. Continuous delivery mixed with select Agile practices is emerging as the preferred way forward. Read more

How to adopt a successful DevOps enterprise

No two DevOps shops are alike, but there are common threads that run throughout. So what does it take for an IT shop to successfully implement the DevOps culture? Read more

HP releases cloud-based load testing tool for agile developers

Agile development teams could speed up app development and delivery using a new cloud-based loading and testing tool
HP has extended its performance testing portfolio with the launch of its cloud-based StormRunner Load tool. Read more

Internet of Things: get yourself connected

In an emerging world where everything is connected to everything, the Internet of Things is poised to transform every walk of digital life, from manufacturing to media production. What will this brave new world look like and how close are we to seeing it become a reality? Read more

Embarcadero survey finds IoT enabling developers build completely new class of apps

Embarcadero Technologiesinternet of things connected device component, the leading provider of developer tools for application and database professionals, announced the latest release of their Appmethod for developers along with a new Internet-of-Things (IoT) survey. Read more

Internet of Things (IoT) Leaders: ARM, Broadcom, Cisco, Freescale, Google, Intel, McAfee, Oracle, PTC, Qualcomm, Samsung

The telecommunications industry is rapidly evolving to a world in which objects (devices, equipment, and other assets) are autonomously communicating, transacting, signaling, etc. Read more

Join social media’s ‘country club’ for just $9,000

(CNN) — Would you enjoy social media more without all those pesky 99-percenters complaining about their mortgage payments and high cable bills? Read more

Social Media Leads Small Biz Marketing Efforts

If there’s one thing most small businesses have in common, it’s their love of social media marketing, new research finds. Read more


It’s the chicken-and-egg dilemma of the digital era. Businesses know social media can impact audiences’ buying behavior: More than three-quarters of U.S. consumers report that social messages directly influence their buying decisions. Read more

Microsoft Launches Universal Mobile Keyboard for Android,iOS and Windows

Microsoft has launched the Universal Mobile Keyboard, which is compatible with Android, iOS, and Windows devices.
The Universal Mobile Keyboard will be available from the Microsoft Store and other retailers starting October and has been priced at $79.95 (roughly Rs. 4,800). Read more

China Mobile could delay iPhone 6 launch until 2015

The newly announced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus may have received more than 4 million pre-orders in 24 hours, but the two devices are facing a delayed launch in China. Read more

New Apple mobile software iOS 8 arrives today

San Francisco: New-generation Apple Inc. software for powering its coveted mobile devices is set for release on Wednesday, two days ahead of the arrival of its latest iPhones. Read more

9 hottest gadgets to be launched this week

It looks like September would be among the busiest months when it comes to gadget launches. The countdown to IFA 2014 has already started, with a number of announcements slated to be made in the coming few days. Read more

Google Launches Android One Smartphones With Micromax, Karbonn, Spice

Google has launched the first family of Android One phones in India, saying the move is part of a “larger initiative to bring high-quality smartphones to as many people as possible.” Read more

Apple Set to Reveal Latest Gadgets

Apple expected to reveal wearable device along with iPhone 6 at product launch. Read more


Technology Mirror – 16th Sep

16 Sep

Video: The Next Frontier for Big Data

Years of video are recorded and uploaded to the cloud each day to sites like YouTube, Vine, and Facebook from devices like mobile phones, personal drones, or home surveillance cameras. Read more

Protecting Privacy from Big Data: Putting the Cart Before the Horse

Today EFF Staff Technologist Jeremy Gillula is speaking at an FTC workshop on big data and its impact on privacy, prompted by the recent reports on big data by the White House as well as the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). Read more

Big Data Analysis is Possible Without Infringing Key Privacy Principles, Says International Working Group

“Data is everywhere. The amount of data on the global level is growing by 50 percent annually. 90 [percent] of the world’s data has been generated within the past two years alone,” explains the International Working Group on Data Protection in Telecommunications in their Opinion of May 6, 2014, titled, “Working Paper on Big Data and Privacy: Privacy principles under pressure in the age of Big Data analytics“. Read more

Four disruptive start-ups in enterprise cloud computing

Everyone has heard about the cloud, which powers the smartphone apps we all love. The cloud is also vital to large companies, yet their adoption of the cloud hasn’t been as seamless. Read more

Flex by theCloud delivers hourly based cloud computing

vGRID-Flex by theCloud delivers hourly based cloud computing for NZ businesses

New Zealand cloud service provider, theCloud, today launched vGRID-Flex – New Zealand’s first ever service that allows businesses to consume virtual infrastructure services on an hourly basis. Read more

HP Buys Cloud Computing Startup Eucalyptus

Hewlett-Packard announced an acquisition Thursday, a rare occurrence under CEO Meg Whitman, who took over the Palo Alto tech giant not long after the disastrous $11 billion deal for Autonomy. Read more

HP releases testing tool for agile development teams

It’s no secret that agile has dramatically sped up the software development life cycle. But faster development means less time to test, and with the rise of mobile, it also means tests have to done at a larger scale. Read more

How to Attract Agile Development Talent

The agile framework for software development brings speed, flexibility and efficiency to IT-focused organizations. But finding and hiring agile talent requires that you shift your outdated mindset and change your hiring practices. Read more

McKinsey Hopes To Become More Digitally Agile, Acquires Agiliti

Agiliti, the digital-focused management consulting firm founded by long-time Madison Avenue digital vet Jason Heller, has been acquired by McKinsey & Co. Terms were not disclosed, but Agiliti will be merged into McKinsey, forming a “new service offering focused on digital marketing operations.” Read more

Persistent Systems to invest over Rs 61 lakh in Internet of Things firm

NEW DELHI: IT firm Persistent SystemsBSE 1.23 % today said it will invest $ 100,000 (over Rs 61 lakh) in Pune- based products company, Altizon. Read more

TiE, IESA to mentor startups working on Internet of Things

BANGALORE: Networking forum The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) and electronics trade body India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) are teaming up to mentor startups building products and services that help machines communicate with each other, an area termed as ‘internet of things’ (IoT). Read more

Survey: 3-D printing, IoT and biotech top most disruptive technologies list

Corporate executives have identified three technologies that are rapidly gaining momentum and that are expected to be among the most disruptive to their organizations over the next five years. Those technologies are 3-D printing, the Internet of Things and biotech (and healthcare) IT. Read more

Sharing beyond Facebook: why ‘dark social’ is the missing piece in the connection jigsaw

With consumers’ multiple gadgets leaving countless digital footprints, there has never been so much data, but some of it is less obvious says Rupert Staines, European managing director, RadiumOne. Read more

7 tips for taking on new social media platforms

Social media is a unique animal in the digital marketing jungle. Lesser known platforms that have just set up shop often attract the most active users. Some go viral, such as Facebook and Whatsapp, whereas others decline into non-existence just a few months later. Read more

News: Augusta Free Press offers social media, business marketing class

Need help with your website, marketing strategy, social media, or planning a successful event? Join Augusta Free Press at the Power Hour at Panera Bread in Waynesboro for our series of one-hour business classes. Read more

Nadella talks ‘Minecraft,’ mobile and more at Seattle Chamber event

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella made his big civic appearance debut Monday on the same day the company announced it was buying “Minecraft” maker Mojang for $2.5 billion — Nadella’s first major acquisition since he became CEO in February. Read more

iPhone 6 Confirmed For T-Mobile Test Drive Program Edit

T-Mobile US Inc. (NYSE: TMUS) is among the many mobile networks that will be offering the iPhone 6 come Sept. 19. The carrier also says prospective T-Mobile subscribers will be able to test out the iPhone 6 for free, sometime in the future. Read more

Meet The 32 Most Powerful Women In Mobile Advertising

Men tend to dominate the mobile advertising world. Last year, only one woman made our list of the most powerful people in mobile advertising. Read more


Technology Mirror – 15th Sep

15 Sep

Effective use of Big Data & analytics key to faster biz growth

Last week, Wipro, India’s third largest IT services provider, announced a tie-up with Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) to train its new recruits in data analytics. Read more

Big Data Analytics Vs. The Gut Check

Steven Hillion is co-founder of Alpine Data Labs where he leads development of an enterprise platform for advanced analytics. Before joining Alpine, he has managed teams of data scientists and engineers at companies such as Siebel and Greenplum. Read more

Apply forensics to big data with a visualization tool

Malware and denial of service attacks are concerns when you’ve got incoming big data streams. Learn how a free analytics tool uses forensics to keep networks safe. Read more

Cloud computing under a cloud

Two events in recent weeks Two events in recent weeks have raised fresh questions on cloud computing — the hottest trend in information technology. Cloud computing essentially refers to “renting” or sharing of hardware, software, storage or processing power through the Internet or Internet-based technologies, and dramatically brings down costs, Gmail being the commonest example. Read more

Big changes in cloud computing could make some providers more vulnerable than ever

There are big changes underway in the cloud computing world right now, and they don’t necessarily bode well for the large legacy vendors still trying to figure out their cloud visions and technologies. Read more

Cloud computing under siege

The benefits of cloud computing can hardly be overstated. By pooling computing resources, cloud computing not only offers significant cost savings over traditional software and hardware products, it facilitates innovation by allowing users, businesses and governments to procure, rapidly and cheaply, a diversity of software, analytics and storage services. Read more

Can Project Management Keep Pace With Agile Development?

Agile development poses special project management challenges; here’s how to stay ahead of the game. Read more

Free EnterpriseDB Agile NoSQL Development

Postgres product and Oracle database compatibility solutions company EnterpriseDB (EDB) has announced a free ready-to-code development environment on Amazon Web Services optimized for using the NoSQL capabilities in PostgreSQL to build web 2.0 applications. Read more

Inside Software Companies:What Agile Does Not Teach

The key for sustainable organizational growth is the intrinsic development of people. This is the challenge for managers today. The software industry regards Agile methodologies as an approach for providing services in an efficient and effective manner. Read more

Top IT vendors reveal their IoT strategies

The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to grab headlines—as well as the attention of IT vendors looking to tap into the growing market for IoT-related products and services. Read more

Advantech cooperates with China Mobile M2M to tap China IoT, smart city market

Industrial computing solution developer Advantech and China Mobile M2M, a wholly owned subsidiary of the largest China-based mobile telecom carrier China Mobile, have signed an agreement for strategic cooperation on the Advantech WebAccess industrial IoT (the Internet of Things) application alliance, in a bid to tap the China market of IoT and smart cities, according to Advantech. Read more

Seed Is Creating A Truly Idiot-Proof Internet Of Things

In the vast panoply of potential home networking protocols, there are only a few worth worrying about. Wi-Fi works well but it can go down and ZigBee and the like are sparsely supported. But Bluetooth Smart is local, secure, and easy to use. And that’s what Seed Labs is using to connect our lamps, our blinds, and even our tea kettles. Read more

Many companies rejecting job applicants due to #socialmedia posts

NEW DELHI: Social media has emerged as a major background-check tool for employers and nearly 68 per cent of them decide against hiring a person after finding negative details about the candidates, a survey has found. Read more

Pay to play:the end of free social media marketing?

Marketers have been complaining for some time that organic reach no longer exists on social media and that brands have to pay for adverts if they want to engage with their target audience. Read more

5 tips for the best ROI for your Social Media Marketing

Why social media marketing?

Let’s be clear on the reasons and objective to be present and active in social media. We all know social media is about conversation, communication, interaction and collaboration and it should be treated differently from the traditional media. So define the objectives for social media marketing very clearly. Read more

SBI has 50% share in mobile banking

MUMBAI: The State Bank of India (SBI) has emerged a surprise market leader in mobile banking, accounting for half of all mobile transactions in the country. Although traditionally new generation private banks and foreign banks have been the early adopters of alternative platforms, the 208-year-old Indian bank is preparing to leapfrog its customers directly from branches to mobiles as part of its strategy to reach out to the unbanked and decongest branches. Read more

Air travellers take to mobile apps to get best out of flash sales

MUMBAI: Air travellers are increasingly shifting to mobile applications from the desktop to book tickets, a trend that underlines the growing demand for smartphones and mobile Internet and, interestingly, is driven by the growing number of flash sales offered by airlines. Read more

Apple iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus Price Details Specific Announced Limited Supply Problem

One of the major tech events of 2014 is done and dusted with Apple launching its long-awaited iPhone 6 models to a beaming crowd. However now, T-Mobile has officially announced price and availability details pertaining to both iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus variants. Read more


Technology Mirror – 13th Sep

13 Sep

Big Data: Tools and a Test

Big data has promise, but big data discussions are fraught with opinions. In the end, all things that are hyped have to deliver something useful, economical, and productive. Read more


Companies with big-data experience are overwhelmingly satisfied with business outcomes, facing challenges to maintain competitiveness and become digital enterprises. Read more

Will America’s market for big data take off?

The collection and distribution of information is a delicate industry that will need the right laws to grow
Our business world stands today at the threshold of a new industry, as “big data” gains value on a very big scale. Vast quantities of information are evolving rapidly into an asset class in its own right, akin to software and hardware with their own ecosystems and competitive dynamics and innovation cycles. And of course, legal issues. Read more

Google Is Giving Startups $100,000 in Cloud Computing Credits For Free

Google just announced a new program called Cloud Platform for Startups, where it will give away $100,000 in cloud computing credits to startups that are less than 5 years old and generate less than $500,000 in annual revenue. Read more

The Breakthrough Technology That Will Turbocharge Big Data And Cloud Computing

Ever since the original computer geek went out to his parents’ garage and started tinkering with circuit boards and memory tape, deep impact has been the prime directive in the computer industry. And it has long been the case that some of the biggest impacts come from the smallest of devices—the microprocessor. Read more

6 Cloud Computing Funding Stories You Might Have Missed

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 MetricStream, Lob, 365 Data Centers, Veracode, CartoDB and FieldAware. Read more

Microsoft is Adopting a More Agile Approach

Satya Nadella, CEO at Microsoft Corporation, is preaching a more nimble approach of agile implementation to build software as part of the company’s transformation. Company’s focus is to lower costs and hone operations, mentioned by Clint Boulton, Staff Reporter at The Wall Street Journal in his recent blog. Read more

Gil Broza on the Human Side of Agile Management

Gil Broza’s mission is to make software development more effective, humane, and responsible. He helps people pick up where Scrum left off, particularly on the technical side and The Human Side of Agile (which happens to be the title of his recent best-selling book.) Read more

10 Things You Need to Know About the Hot DevOps Trend

Enterprise IT is now all about automation. With new-generation code and apps bringing us into the age of converged infrastructures and cloud computing, enterprises with legacy systems are challenged with keeping up with the complexities that come with these new environments. Read more

Future of the enterprise: Heavy investment in Internet of Things security

Gartner says over 20 percent of enterprises will have digital security services for business initiatives using Internet of Things devices by 2017. Read more

IoT Will Change Enterprise Security Needs

By year-end 2017, over 20% of enterprises will have digital security services devoted to protecting business initiatives using devices and services in the Internet of Things (IoT), according to Gartner, Inc. Business cases using IoT devices already exist and their role in business and industry will force enterprises to secure them. Read more

Ant-sized radios for IoT are EM powered

Engineers at Stanford University in collaboration with researchers from the University of California, Berkeley have built a tiny radio-on-a-chip that costs pennies to make and is powered by the same electromagnetic waves that carry incoming signals to its receiving antenna. Read more

Hey, CEOs, social media is watching you

A faint echo of George Orwell’s 1984 came to mind when a CEO was recently caught on camera behaving badly and our modern equivalent of the Thought Police – the Internet – demanded stiff and instant punishment. Read more

Can Snapchat Really Work for Marketing?

Desperate for results, marketers are turning to social media tools in droves. They are handing over valuable campaigns to platforms that are providing new ways to build awareness and drive results. Read more

Why T-Mobile wants to give you a wireless router for free

If you’re a T-Mobile customer, your company just gave you a very unexpected gift at yesterday’s UnCarrier event: a wireless router. Yes, a fully functioning, magenta-branded, ASUS-built router, which can do essentially everything your current router can do — and if yours is old, this will likely do even more. Read more

Mobile app to enhance safety of fishermen

For tens of thousands of fishermen along the Kerala coast, the mobile phone will no longer be a mere communication gadget, it could be a lifesaver and livelihood improvement tool. Read more

Spice to sell select mobile phones on Flipkart

NEW DELHI: Telecom firm Spice Retail today said it will sell select handsets through e-commerce store Flipkart under a new agreement. Read more

Larger Apple iPhone shipments delayed amid record orders

Customers may have to wait three to four weeks to get their hands on Apple Inc’s iPhone 6 Plus, after a record number of orders for the company’s latest smartphones strained available supply. Read more


Technology Mirror – 12th Sep

12 Sep

New Surveys On Big Data, Big Decisions, Analysis, And Intuition

Two new reports on big data and big decisions were released today by Accenture and PwC. Both reports shed new light on the impact of big data on enterprises today, and how it is changing the process of decision making by senior executives. Read more

C-Level Executives Seeing Big Results From Big Data

A study by Accenture finds that many organizations are putting big data initiatives into production and the vast majority of those that do are pleased with the results. Read more

Hole in one: How Big Data can turn players into winners

By combining Big Data, mobile and cloud, backed up by quality security, individuals and businesses alike can up their game, whatever it may be …Read more

HP buys Eucalyptus’ cloud computing software

Hewlett-Packard Co. is buying cloud-computing software developer Eucalyptus Systems as Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman embarks on new acquisitions to bolster the computer maker’s businesses. Read more

Former Red Hat CTO now head of Google Cloud

Brian Stevens, the former CTO for Red Hat, is now managing Google Cloud.

As Red Hat CTO, Stevens was instrumental in preparing the enterprise Linux software provider for the cloud, including its adoption of the OpenStack software for running cloud services. Read more

Cloud Computing set for massive growth in SA & Kenya

Rapidly expanding bandwidth capacities, following the landing of undersea cables, have led to the proliferation of data centres and established a solid platform for the development of cloud computing services in South Africa and Kenya. Enterprises are steadily embracing outsourcing and managed services for various business and technological benefits, further driving migration to cloud computing. Read more

Building Agile Relationships with Customers and End-Users

Teams can become so focused that they forget the world around them and risk losing contact with their stakeholders. This makes it difficult for them to know what their customers need and how end users will use their products. Read more

Agile Myths vs Reality: How to meet business needs and deliver early value

Agile software development offers a flexible framework to help teams maintain a clear focus on the rapid delivery of business value. In the current working environment the pace of change has accelerated and businesses need to be able to react to this. More traditional software development methods do not support change effectively and this is where Agile is well placed. Read more

Working like a startup at IBM

Over the past year, I assisted in creating an application that helped shift a major part of IBM to a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model. I did this with the help of a small but excellent development team that was inspired by the culture and practices of web startups. Read more

Electronics body signs pact with TiE to promote ‘Internet of Things’ start-ups

The India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), the trade body representing the Indian electronic system design and manufacturing industry, signed a memorandum of understanding with TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) Bangalore chapter to promote start-ups and entrepreneurs in fabless semiconductor and electronic products focused on the Internet of Things (IoT) space. Read more

How Investors Can Profit From The Internet Of Things

From “smart thermostats” to “tech shirts,” the apparel makers and manufacturers to watch are undoubtedly the ones connecting their products to the Internet and adding digital applications catered to meet the ease, convenience and sophistication that today’s consumer has come to demand. Read more

Putting Business First in the Internet of Things

Do you remember your first experience using the Internet?

As a university student I worked part-time in a cranio-facial research lab programming for a little extracurricular cash. Visiting researchers from around the globe would come and go but over the six months he was measuring and experimenting with force vectors on the jaw, Read more

Why Social Media Marketing Represents the New Face of PR

Google’s approach towards updating its algorithms has become increasingly aggressive in recent times, as the brand have introduced a higher volume of radical changes that target spam-laden websites and farmed content. This has hit webmasters hard, while it has also courted controversy thanks to its stringent and unflinching nature. Read more

6 limitations of social media data

If your brand does not have a Facebook page, consider yourself a minority. With a wealth of data available from social media analytics, what are the limitations of this data? Read more

Tamebay : Blog : Guardian Masterclass: Successful email and social media marketing

The Guardian describes their “Guardian Masterclasses” as a unique programme of learning embedded within one of the world’s most forward-thinking media organisations. Read more

BlackBerry Buys UK Mobile Technology Startup Movirtu

BlackBerry has acquired a U.K-based mobile technology start-up whose software allows users to have multiple phone numbers on the same device, the Canadian tech firm said on Thursday. Read more

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S4 gets Android 4.4.4 KitKat

It’s Android 4.4.4 update season for Samsung smartphones sold by US carriers, it seems. Following in the footsteps of Sprint’s Galaxy Note 3 and Verizon’s Galaxy S5, it’s now the turn of T-Mobile’s Galaxy S4 to be updated. Read more

5 Tips For Perfecting Mobile Marketing

Whether you’re involved with eCommerce or own a brick-and-mortar store, mobile marketing should be utilized. If not, your competition is going to have a rather significant upper hand. Read more

iPhone 6: Is Apple delaying India launch?

NEW DELHI: After surprising everyone by mentioning the iPhone 6’s availability date on its official India website, Apple has taken a step back and removed it. Read more

Two important things Apple didn’t tell about its smartwatch

After more than a year of speculation, Apple finally unveiled its first wearable device — the Apple Watch.

The company’s first smartwatch is designed to work with your iPhone to keep track of your health, make it easier to communicate with others, and much more. Apple Watch runs on a new type of software designed for its smaller screen. Read more

Epson unveils world’s smallest commercial A4 inkjet printer

Japanese printer maker Epson has launched what it claims is the smallest and lightest A4 inkjet printer in the world, the Workforce WF-100W.

The printer is aimed at mobile workers looking to print low quantity invoices, designs or other documents on the move. Read more


Technology Mirror – 10th Sep

10 Sep

Big Data: A Prescription for Improving the Quality of Healthcare

Healthcare has come a long way since the days of the country doctor. Over the last hundred years, advances in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease have dramatically improved the quality of patient care. Read more

Big Data: It’s Not Just for Customer Insights

Over the last couple of years, “Big Data” has become a huge buzzword in the business world. Whether this data comes from social networks, purchase histories, Web browsing patterns or surveys, the vast amount of consumer information that brands can gather and analyze has allowed them to improve and personalize their customers’ experiences. Read more

The Legacy of Big Data

Among Big Data’s most compelling assets is how it has managed to eliminate, or at least reduce, the “long and arduous process of data engineering,” Guest Contributor Randy Bean writes. Read more

Apple unveils bigger iPhone 6, 6 Plus & smartwatch

NEW DELHI: Apple did not let down its admirers despite failing to surprise them on Tuesday. In line with the numerous leaks and rumours ahead of its launch event, the iconic Cupertino, California company unveiled two new thinner, bigger and faster smartphones — iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus — and a new smartwatch simply called the Apple Watch. Read more

Intex Cloud FX & Firefox OS review: Half-baked alternative

Intex Cloud FX is the first Firefox OS powered phone to be introduced in the Indian market. Based on the Firefox reference design unveiled earlier this year by Mozilla, the phone claims to be the lowest priced smartphone available in India. Read more

Apple forays into wearables with pricey smartwatch

NEW DELHI: Apple has finally ventured into the world of wearable gadgets with the much-awaited device called Apple Watch in two sizes across three variants. The iPhone maker said this product is the “most personal device we’ve ever created.” Read more

Alibaba sees mobile games as latest trove

As Alibaba Group kicks off a U.S. initial public offering that could raise as much as US$24 billion, the Chinese e-commerce company is charging into new areas to keep its growth momentum strong. Read more

Airtel, Vodafone, Idea in emergency mode to restore mobile coverage in flood ravaged J&K

KOLKATA: India’s top three mobile carriers, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea CellularBSE -2.66 % have swung into emergency mode to restore cellular coverage in flood ravaged Jammu & Kashmir amid reports of a virtual breakdown in telecommunications in the state. Read more

Apple Pay Looks to Accelerate Mobile Payments Push

With its new mobile payment system, Apple is likely to use its market power to accelerate adoption of smarter retail payment technology and boost security amid growing concern over hacking. Read more

Can cloud computing stay green?

On one hand, organisations of all sizes are being urged to throw their data and operations into the cloud to radically boost their efficiency. On the other, they are being told to think about environmental sustainability and boosting their green credentials. Read more

How Cloud Computing Can Help Small & Medium Businesses

Cloud Computing has become a hot topic over the last several years. With every type of business aspect being performed ‘in the cloud’ lots of different size companies are utilizing cloud-based services. Enterprise businesses have greatly benefited from cloud computing, from cloud storage, email, web applications to document management and offsite backups. Read more

Most Indian SMEs wish to adopt cloud computing, says report

Mumbai: Ninety percent of SMEs in the country feel cloud adoption is increasingly important to enable business success to innovate as well as do things faster, smarter and more sustainably, according to a Circle Research Global Report sponsored by SAP SE released. Read more

IDF: Intel Dives Into Wearables, IoT | News & Opinion

SAN FRANCISCO—Intel is here once again to regale the world with its ambitious plans to install its computer chips in devices and systems of every shape and size, from the mightiest servers to the humblest connected switches in smart homes and wearables. Read more

MachineShop The Latest To Roll Out An IoT Platform

Invent a new buzzword and the marketeers are sure to follow. And no buzzword has quite the same allure as the Internet of Things, the heady idea that in short order we will live in a world awash with connected sensors – in our bodies, our homes and our environment, these sensors will throw off a massive amount of data that, we’re told, will help to make our lives better, cheaper, faster, longer and (assuredly) more beautiful. Read more

Zensar Technologies and Agile Financial Technologies partner to expand BFSI focused services globally

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, September 9, 2014: Zensar Technologies, a global software solutions and services provider, today announced a strategic partnership with Agile Financial Technologies (Agile FT), a global leader in the BFSI software solutions space, to strengthen its position in the Banking, Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI) sector. Read more

Accelerate Software Development with DevOps and Hybrid Cloud

Organizations can accelerate the pace of software development, deployment, and innovation by combining DevOps with a hybrid cloud architecture and embracing Agile development methodologies. Read more

Four Hundred Stuff–Rocket Schemes DevOps Serenity with Aldon ALM Hub

Many organizations–even IBM i shops–are adopting agile development methods. While this approach has advantages, it creates friction with the operations folks tasked with getting changes into production. Read more

Why you may be learning the wrong lessons from Facebook marketing gurus – Inside Facebook

“Social media is a conversation”
How many times have you heard this phrase? If you’ve dabbled with social media long enough and been hearing from a lot of social media marketing gurus, a phrase something like the above would not be unfamiliar to you. Read more

Is Facebook Stifling Your Social Media Marketing

You spend either a lot of effort or a decent chunk of money to get your social media marketing just right and that includes looking for new ways to reach your followers on social media. This has become increasingly difficult, especially on Facebook due to algorithm changes, and you may have seen your engagement drop. Read more

First Look: Apple Watch Puts Social Media On Your Wrist

The Apple Watch, unveiled today in Cupertino will enable users to keep up with their social connections from their wrists. Apple’s not the first to market with a socially enabled watch, but given the company’s history with hardware innovation we wouldn’t bet against them doing it as well or better than its main competition, the Android Wear powered Moto 360, Samsung Gear S and the LG G. Read more

AT&T’s network core grows up to serve watches, IoT

Back-end technology that AT&T implemented partly for VoLTE (voice over LTE) will help make the Apple Watch and other connected devices useful. Read more