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Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:45:00 ESTA critical component of any IoT project is what to do with all the data being generated. This data needs to be captured, processed, structured, and stored in a way to facilitate different kinds of queries. Traditional data warehouse and analytical systems are mature technologies that can be used to handle certain kinds of queries, but they are not always well suited to many problems, particularly when there is a need for real-time insights.
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 13:45:00 ESTWhen you focus on a journey from up-close, you look at your own technical and cultural history and how you changed it for the benefit of the customer. This was our starting point: too many integration issues, 13 SWP days and very long cycles. It was evident that in this fast-paced industry we could no longer afford this reality. We needed something that would take us beyond reducing the development lifecycles, CI and Agile methodologies. We made a fundamental difference, even changed our culture.
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:30:00 ESTIn the next five to ten years, millions, if not billions of things will become smarter. This smartness goes beyond connected things in our homes like the fridge, thermostat and fancy lighting, and into heavily regulated industries including aerospace, pharmaceutical/medical devices and energy. “Smartness” will embed itself within individual products that are part of our daily lives. We will engage with smart products - learning from them, informing them, and communicating with them. Smart products will accumulate information and data wherever they go and will be able to recount this information on command when needed.
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:00:00 ESTWhy do your mobile transformations need to happen today? Mobile is the strategy that enterprise transformation centers on to drive customer engagement. In his general session at @ThingsExpo, Roger Woods, Director, Mobile Product & Strategy – Adobe Marketing Cloud, covered key IoT and mobile trends that are forcing mobile transformation, key components of a solid mobile strategy and explored how brands are effectively driving mobile change throughout the enterprise.
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 04:15:00 ESTSYS-CON Events announced today that MobiDev, a client-oriented software development company, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and the 21st International Cloud Expo®, which will take place October 31-November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. MobiDev is a software company that develops and delivers turn-key mobile apps, websites, web services, and complex software systems for startups and enterprises. Since 2009 it has grown from a small group of passionate engineers and business managers to a full-scale mobile software company with over 200 developers, designers, quality assurance engineers, project managers in house, specializing in the world-class mobile and web development.
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 02:15:00 ESTWhile many government agencies have embraced the idea of employing cloud computing as a tool for increasing the efficiency and flexibility of IT, many still struggle with large scale adoption. The challenge is mainly attributed to the federated structure of these agencies as well as the immaturity of brokerage and governance tools and models. Initiatives like FedRAMP are a great first step toward solving many of these challenges but there are a lot of unknowns that are yet to be tackled. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Majed Saadi, Chief Technology Officer at Govplace, focused on providing a quick update about the state of the cloud in the federal government with an emphasis on current trends and drivers. He also introduced a new Government Cloud Enablement Model that codifies the different functional areas that enablement must confront.
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:00:00 ESTIn a recent research, analyst firm IDC found that the average cost of a critical application failure is $500,000 to $1 million per hour and the average total cost of unplanned application downtime is $1.25 billion to $2.5 billion per year for Fortune 1000 companies. In addition to the findings on the cost of the downtime, the research also highlighted best practices for development, testing, application support, infrastructure, and operations teams.
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:00:00 ESTYou often hear the two titles of "DevOps" and "Immutable Infrastructure" used independently. In his session at DevOps Summit, John Willis, Technical Evangelist for Docker, covered the union between the two topics and why this is important. He provided an overview of Immutable Infrastructure then showed how an Immutable Continuous Delivery pipeline can be applied as a best practice for "DevOps." He ended the session with some interesting case study examples.
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 03:00:00 ESTOnline travel and events pioneer lastminute.com leverages Big Data analytics with speed at scale to provide business advantages to online travel services. We'll explore how lastminute.com manages massive volumes of data to support cutting-edge machine-learning algorithms to allow for speed and automation in the rapidly evolving global online travel research and bookings business.
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 02:00:00 ESTEvery organization collects, stores and retains portions of dark data. It's the digital equivalent of emotional baggage which hangs around after every user interaction, transaction, and customer engagement. In fact, not using data effectively is costing United Airlines almost $1 Billion annually in lost revenue. Gartner Inc. describes dark data as "information assets that organizations collect, process and store in the course of their regular business activity, but fail to use for other purposes."
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 ESTWebRTC is about the data channel as much as about video and audio conferencing. However, basically all commercial WebRTC applications have been built with a focus on audio and video. The handling of “data” has been limited to text chat and file download – all other data sharing seems to end with screensharing. What is holding back a more intensive use of peer-to-peer data? In her session at @ThingsExpo, Dr Silvia Pfeiffer, WebRTC Applications Team Lead at National ICT Australia, looked at different existing uses of peer-to-peer data sharing and how it can become useful in a live session to enable richer collaboration using WebRTC and HTML5.
Sun, 15 Jan 2017 22:45:00 ESTContainers have changed the mind of IT in DevOps. They enable developers to work with dev, test, stage and production environments identically. Containers provide the right abstraction for microservices and many cloud platforms have integrated them into deployment pipelines. DevOps and Containers together help companies to achieve their business goals faster and more effectively. In his session at DevOps Summit, Ruslan Synytsky, CEO and Co-founder of Jelastic, reviewed the current landscape of DevOps with containers. In addition, he will discuss known issues and solutions for enterprise applications in containers.
Sun, 15 Jan 2017 21:45:00 ESTWe call it DevOps but much of the time there’s a lot more discussion about the needs and concerns of developers than there is about other groups. There’s a focus on improved and less isolated developer workflows. There are many discussions around collaboration, continuous integration and delivery, issue tracking, source code control, code review, IDEs, and xPaaS – and all the tools that enable those things. Changes in developer practices may come up – such as developers taking ownership of code and pulling pager duty. We also talk about culture a great deal in the context of developers and DevOps. About touchy-feely topics like empathy, trust, learning, cooperation, and responsibility. It can all be a bit kumbaya.
Sun, 15 Jan 2017 01:30:00 ESTMore and more brands have jumped on the IoT bandwagon. We have an excess of wearables – activity trackers, smartwatches, smart glasses and sneakers, and more that track seemingly endless datapoints. However, most consumers have no idea what “IoT” means. Creating more wearables that track data shouldn't be the aim of brands; delivering meaningful, tangible relevance to their users should be. We're in a period in which the IoT pendulum is still swinging. Initially, it swung toward "smart for smart's sake," and many brands remain in that corner. But many brands are also gradually opting for more strategic approaches. They're taking a breath and stepping back to examine both existing and potential IoT experiences, asking themselves whether their products lend real value. Once we reach this goal, the implications for personalization are staggering. Consumers will expect devices they use and items they wear to be connected and add value to their lives. We'll expect scales to weigh us, assess our body fat, and sync with our mobile device for personalized recommendations. Connected devices will be just another touchpoint in our increasingly digital lives. As a result, we'll have the data, personalized touchpoints, and context to achieve great success with spot-on relevance that continues to evolve.
Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:00:00 ESTIt wasn’t that long ago when the first smartphone came out, and we saw the pace of connected devices and associated mobile applications accelerate beyond what anyone could have imagined. Shortly after that, something incredible happened, we reached the point where there were more connected devices than people on the planet. Since then, we’ve used this to measure the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT). Research predicts there will be as many as 50 to 100, and possibly even 200 billion connected devices by 2020. Some businesses are already set up for IoT, like operators of large networks of devices such as self-service kiosks and vending machines. These devices are communicating information back to the enterprise and for those that aren’t, installing the proper hardware and software to do so is more cost efficient today than ever before. Any business that is going to scale is going to look for opportunities to automate its processes. We’ve seen history repeat itself from the Industrial Revolution to the automotive industry and more recently with Netflix automating the distribution of those little red envelopes. Netflix transformed their operations through the success of their streamlined mail business, becoming the premier provider of streamed digital media into the home. Anything that has successfully scaled has used automation effectively. Furthermore, we are seeing traditional retail and brick-and-mortar stores look for ways to combat increasing wages, and costs to maintain a physical environment. For many, that is through the implementation of kiosks and vending technology. We see this in hospitality with self-service ordering. Businesses are finding ways to automate through technology while improving the customer experience. An operator needs a central place to monitor and manage their business—one-time, real-time. The Perfect Storm The reality of increasing wages and rising costs of real estate, combined with the decreasing cost of sensors, computation, and storage has created the perfect storm for our next technology revolution. As a result, automation through the implementation of IoT is becoming more desirable and achievable. When taking a closer look at the specific drivers of these trends, it’s clear that the economics of IoT are very compelling. It is much less expense now to automate than before due to the decreasing costs of micro-electronics (examples: microcontrollers and sensors). The cost of data processing and computation is also reducing at a pace that we’ve never seen before. Additionally, the ability to now process and persist data in the cloud has helped alleviate concerns about rapid growth, through the dynamic, on-demand, scaling nature of cloud infrastructure. These technology drivers are a few of the many signs that IoT can help solve real business problems. Economic headwinds and more affordable technology have created the perfect storm for IoT to transform traditional physical environments through automation. Automation is just the tip of the IoT iceberg Once you’ve automated your operations, the next step is having the right set of management tools for your business. If you are operating a vast network of devices, having the ability to
Sat, 14 Jan 2017 06:15:00 ESTIn his General Session at DevOps Summit, Asaf Yigal, Co-Founder & VP of Product at Logz.io, explored the value of Kibana 4 for log analysis and provided a hands-on tutorial on how to set up Kibana 4 and get the most out of Apache log files. He examined three use cases: IT operations, business intelligence, and security and compliance. Asaf Yigal is co-founder and VP of Product at log analytics software company Logz.io. In the past, he was co-founder of social-trading platform Currensee, which was later acquired by OANDA. He was also an early employee of server performance-monitoring company Akorri and storage resource-management startup Onaro, both of which were acquired by NetApp (NTAP). He graduated from the Techion - the Israeli version of MIT - and he later created an AI algorithm on naval warfare for the Israeli military.
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 08:30:00 EST"This week we're really focusing on scalability, asset preservation and how do you back up to the cloud and in the cloud with object storage, which is really a new way of attacking dealing with your file, your blocked data, where you put it and how you access it," stated Jeff Greenwald, Senior Director of Market Development at HGST, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Thu, 12 Jan 2017 03:45:00 ESTThe Internet of Things will challenge the status quo of how IT and development organizations operate. Or will it? Certainly the fog layer of IoT requires special insights about data ontology, security and transactional integrity. But the developmental challenges are the same: People, Process and Platform and how we integrate our thinking to solve complicated problems. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Craig Sproule, CEO of Metavine, demonstrated how to move beyond today's coding paradigm and share the must-have mindsets for removing complexity from the development process, accelerate application delivery times, and ensure that developers will become heroes (not bottlenecks) in the IoT revolution.
Wed, 28 Dec 2016 05:00:00 EST"We are a leader in the market space called network visibility solutions - it enables monitoring tools and Big Data analysis to access the data and be able to see the performance," explained Shay Morag, VP of Sales and Marketing at Niagara Networks, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 19th Cloud Expo, held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Wed, 02 Mar 2016 13:27:00 ESTMany of us suffer from an incurable addiction to data. We randomly seek random information, frequently…and when we have questions, we don’t just want the answers….we need them. Worse, we need them NOW. As a result, “search engine gymnastics” is a new discipline in which many of us have become highly skilled. Armed with internet-connected devices, we expect to answer any question in a matter of seconds. It’s just data. It should always be at our fingertips. ALL of it.
Tue, 05 Jan 2016 06:30:00 ESTThe relentless doubling of compute horsepower every 18 - 24 months known as Moore’s Law is one of the trends that has shaped the IT industry. Machine virtualization and cloud computing have combined to reduce the time it takes to create a new machine that harnesses the latest in computing power to nearly zero. These mammoth forces plus a bit of application developer productivity have resulted in a huge explosion in the number of machines running applications over the past 10 to 15 years. The benefits of staying current and adopting the latest foundational technologies are undeniable. Faster compute, low-cost network and storage, reductions in time to market, agility - both technical and business- is a powerful amalgamation of trends that lays the groundwork for a competitive advantage for many businesses. Figure out how to leverage new technology before your competitors do, or be prepared to find yourself in the unemployment line.
Mon, 12 Oct 2015 00:00:00 EDTSomebody call the buzzword police: we have a serious case of microservices-washing in progress. The term “microservices-washing” is derived from “whitewashing,” meaning to hide some inconvenient truth with bluster and nonsense. We saw plenty of cloudwashing a few years ago, as vendors and enterprises alike pretended what they were doing was cloud, even though it wasn’t. Today, the hype around microservices has led to the same kind of obfuscation, as vendors and enterprise technologists alike are saying they’re building microservices—even though a cursory look at what they’re really up to wouldn’t uncover a single one.
Mon, 05 Oct 2015 19:00:00 EDTUnbeknownst to some, organizations have run infrastructure containers in production for years, reaping benefits on the operational end but not yet providing value for developers. When Docker catapulted containers into mainstream adoption, another type of container emerged — one that’s enormously popular for developers, but not quite ready for Ops. It’s time to close the gap between the promise that Devs see in containers and the operational challenges of actually running them in production. In his session at DevOps Summit, Bryan Cantrill, CTO at Joyent, will demonstrate a third path: containers on multi-tenant bare metal that maximizes performance, security, and networking connectivity.
Wed, 20 May 2015 16:00:00 EDTThings are being built upon cloud foundations to transform organizations. This CEO Power Panel at 15th Cloud Expo, moderated by Roger Strukhoff, Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo conference chair, addressed the big issues involving these technologies and, more important, the results they will achieve. Rodney Rogers, chairman and CEO of Virtustream; Brendan O'Brien, co-founder of Aria Systems, Bart Copeland, president and CEO of ActiveState Software; Jim Cowie, chief scientist at Dyn; Dave Wagstaff, VP and chief architect at BSQUARE Corporation; Seth Proctor, CTO of NuoDB, Inc.; and Andris Gailitis, CIO of DEAC, discussed how important public, private, and hybrid cloud are to the enterprise. How does one define Big Data? And how is the IoT tying all this together?
Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:00:00 EDTGoogle, with one fell swoop, changed their search algorithm and changing the lives (and livelihoods) of billions. Enter Mobilegeddon. With smartphones becoming as ubiquitous as ever, people are increasingly using them for tasks that they used to do on their PCs, like search. And just as in earlier generations, whole countries skipped widespread landline networks to go directly to wireless feature phones, now whole generations of consumers around the world are entirely skipping PCs and directly accessing the internet from their mobile phones (whether smart or feature). According to Akamai’s recent State of the Internet report monthly mobile data usage continued to grow exponentially (outstripping voice data by several orders of magnitude) with a growth rate of 10% just between the first and second quarters of 2014. Of that traffic, Apple Mobile Safari constituted 35.9% of requests and Android Webkit trended toward 32.6% of requests.
Thu, 19 Mar 2015 17:00:00 EDTLog data provides the most granular view into what is happening across your systems, applications, and end users. Logs can show you where the issues are in real-time, and provide a historical trending view over time. Logs give you the whole picture. Boy was I naive. When I first learned about the term PaaS, I threw it away quickly into a metaphorical garbage can. Of course you need your servers I thought. This was about five years ago. But now, I realize how silly that was. While IaaS is still the primary back end for applications, there are many out there that contain a combination of PaaS and IaaS, and a rare handful that are 100% PaaS. And for both of these scenarios the importance of log management and analysis remains. PaaS is an abstraction of the server. A services layer that can run independently of any IaaS and provide specific functionality like a NoSQL backend, MySQL, workers etc. The nice thing about PaaS is that all infrastructure considerations are up to the vendor. And in fact, the infrastructure your PaaS services are running on probably changes frequently.
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:00:00 ESTThere’s Big Data, then there’s really Big Data from the Internet of Things. IoT is evolving to include many data possibilities like new types of event, log and network data. The volumes are enormous, generating tens of billions of logs per day, which raise data challenges. Early IoT deployments are relying heavily on both the cloud and managed service providers to navigate these challenges. Learn about IoT, Big Data and deployments processing massive data volumes from wearables, utilities and other machines.
Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:00:00 ESTThe IoT market is projected to be $1.9 trillion tidal wave that’s bigger than the combined market for smartphones, tablets and PCs. While IoT is widely discussed, what not being talked about are the monetization opportunities that are created from ubiquitous connectivity and the ensuing avalanche of data. While we cannot foresee every service that the IoT will enable, we should future-proof operations by preparing to monetize them with extremely agile systems.
Tue, 12 Aug 2014 23:45:00 EDTExplosive growth in connected devices. Enormous amounts of data for collection and analysis. Critical use of data for split-second decision making and actionable information. All three are factors in making the Internet of Things a reality. Yet, any one factor would have an IT organization pondering its infrastructure strategy. How should your organization enhance its IT framework to enable an Internet of Things implementation? In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, James Kirkland, Chief Architect for the Internet of Things and Intelligent Systems at Red Hat, will describe how to revolutionize your architecture and create an integrated, interoperable, reliable system of thousands of devices. Using real-world examples, James will discuss the transformative process taken by companies in moving from a two-tier to a three-tier topology for IoT implementations.
Mon, 04 Aug 2014 23:30:00 EDTFrom showcase success stories from early adopters and web-scale businesses, DevOps is expanding to organizations of all sizes, including the world's largest enterprises - and delivering real results. In this DevOps Summit Power Panel (http://DevOpsSummit.SYS-CON.com/) on June 9 at our New York City studio, moderated by Andi Mann, DevOps Summit conference chair and VP of Strategic Solutions at CA Technologies, John Willis, VP of Customer Enablement for Stateless Networks; JP Morgenthal, Director, Cloud Computing Practice at Perficient, Inc.; Vanessa Alvarez, Cloud Expo Conference Chair and Marketing Team at Amazon; and Gordon Haff, Cloud Evangelist at Red Hat; discussed how security needs to be embraced and brought into the DevOps movement.
Wed, 02 Apr 2014 15:43:00 EDTDuring the past decade GIS (Geospatial Information Systems) has grown from a term representing simple navigational devices and GPS handsets to something much more complex and useful. In the past ten years the GIS market has steadily grown in numbers of applications, use cases, industry adoption and users. Newly published forecasts for the GIS market predict that the GIS industry will grow at an estimated 8% CAGR through 2016. It is my analysis that GIS applications in both public and private sectors are growing faster than 8%. By researching job announcements on city employment pages, it is obvious there is an increasing demand for GIS analysts, specialists, and technicians. This growth is due to advancements in GIS technology and the realization that GIS applications are important tools for just about every municipal government, engineering firms, industry and organizations with remote and mobile job sites, projects, assets and workforces today. Digital mapping and remote sensing (the use of satellite imagery outfitted with sensors) is delivering increased safety and savings in the form of time, money and resources.
Fri, 21 Feb 2014 09:36:45 ESTAfter losing roughly 25 percent of its search visibility on Google, Expedia’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi stated the importance of knowing what’s going on when it comes to SEO practices. After losing roughly 25 percent of its search visibility on Google, Expedia’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi stated the importance of knowing what’s going on when it comes to SEO practices. In a conference call, Khosrowshahi explained, “We look at all of our practices in Google, our SEM practices. We make sure that the content on from our side is great, our SEO practices, et cetera, and we’re constantly auditing them and making sure that our practices are industry leaders. So really, that’s the only comment I’ll make. Google’s a big partner. We continue to grow with them. And from a long-term basis, we look to continue to grow with them going forward.”
Thu, 18 Jul 2013 15:51:00 EDTMobile searches are increasing every year. Customers are interacting more and more with local companies on their mobile devices. If a local company does not have a mobile-friendly site, they could be missing out on many opportunities. Companies can use local SEO and local engagement tactics to increase mobile traffic and get customers to the business. The mobile experience combined with local search and social opportunities benefits brands and consumers. Your customers are closer than ever and willing to listen to your message, if it's delivered in an engaging way.
Wed, 08 May 2013 11:29:51 EDTGoogle Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt highlights disruptive technology trends and how they impact education, businesses and media. The world has gone from only a small group of people having access to information to having everyone in all corners of the globe accessing every piece of the world's information, according to Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt. Schmidt detailed that change and its impacts on sectors such as education, business and media in an interview with James Manyika of the McKinsey Global Institute. Humans and machines are racing each other to find the most efficient way to carry out tasks, according to Schmidt, who says machines have largely replaced low-wage workers at grocery stores. High-skilled, educated immigrants will hire people in America as well because businesses will want a share of uneducated people, Schmidt says.
Mon, 11 Feb 2013 02:00:00 ESTGoogle’s executive chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt is going to sell 3.2 million shares that he holds in the company that’s currently worth $2.5 billion over the next year to reduce the impact on the market. The move, part of a trading plan filed Friday with the SEC, will reduce his current position by roughly 40% and leave him with 4.4 million shares, or 1.3% of the company.
Thu, 17 Jan 2013 11:00:00 ESTWhich ecosystem am I talking about? IBM had ruled and still rules the mainframe ecosystem . But the game changed! Microsoft lorded over the desktop ecosystem. It still does but we all know that the game is changing again. You would be pardoned if you think that the new game in town is the smartphone and tablet ecosystem. Most people think that way. For sometime it did look like that. But the real new ecosystem is not about the hardware and really about the hosted services … and clearly, Google is winning. Remember, what happened when Apple replaced Google map with its own? Does it matter to Google if iPhone sells more that Galaxy as long as Google services runs on iPhone? How much more usable would Windows phone have been if all Google services ran smoothly on it? Have you met a person who knowingly chooses Bing over Google search?
Mon, 07 Jan 2013 04:00:00 ESTThe Federal Trade Commission said Thursday that it had come to a couple of so-called “landmark agreements” with Google that end the agency’s big, almost two-year investigation into the antitrust complaints made against the search giant. The deal absolves Google of stacking its search results in favor of its own properties and thereby stifling competition, a winning decision for Google that has Microsoft ticked off. Alas, Redmond hoped Google would be embroiled in a major antitrust case. One of the two consent decrees forbids Google to seek injunctions from the federal courts or the International Trade Commission against “willing licensees” of the standards-essential patents (SEPs) it acquired in its $12.5 billion takeover of Motorola Mobility, patents that are supposed to be available to all takers on fair, reasonable, non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms.
Mon, 10 Dec 2012 08:00:00 ESTKodak might finally get to unload its 1,100 digital imaging patents. It’s been struggling for months to get somebody to take them off its hand so it can get out of bankruptcy jail. But it will have to settle for less than the $2.6 billion it hoped for after Nortel got that astronomical $4.5 billion for its portfolio, a feat that got needy patent holders like Kodak salivating. Quoting “two people with knowledge of the situation” Bloomberg says Apple and Google, two unlikely playmates, have put in a joint bid worth upwards of $500 million.
Mon, 10 Dec 2012 04:30:00 ESTGoogle last week canned the cloud-delivered Google Apps that have been free for individuals and businesses groups of 10 users or less. All businesses of any size will now have to pay $50 a person a year, or $5 a month per person, for the premium Google Apps for Business service. Until last year only companies with more than 50 users had to pay. Google said the millions of people who currently use the free version will continue to get it free. The subscription-only switch just applies to new customers who will get more bang for their buck than the free version offered.
Tue, 04 Dec 2012 07:00:00 ESTGoogle has bought Ontario-based BufferBox, a service for delivering e-commerce goods to physical kiosks. Terms were not disclosed. It lets online shoppers pick up parcels at grocery and convenience stores in the Toronto area. Google means to transition its product search to a paid commercial model in the US and push retailers to buy space on its new Google Shopping service.
Sun, 02 Dec 2012 07:45:00 ESTA Mexican court told Yahoo Friday that it owes $2.7 billion in a breach of contract, breach of promise and lost profits suit arising from contracts related to a Yellow Pages telephone listings service. It’s apparently not a final decision.
Mon, 22 Oct 2012 06:15:00 EDTThe Federal Trade Commission has wrapped up its year-or-more long antitrust investigation into Google’s search practices and it may sue. Reuters said last Friday that four out of the five FTC commissioners believe Google illegally abused its power in search at the expense of competitors. The commissioners will reportedly make a final decision by the end of the year. Google is alleged to have favored its own products. It recently paid the FTC $22.5 million for misrepresenting how it collected user data from Apple’s Safari browser.
Fri, 19 Oct 2012 07:15:00 EDTGoogle Q3 numbers were released early Thursday utterly surprising a market high on its business, which has driven its stock to all-time highs. It missed big on both the top and bottom line, instantly creating a big sell-off of its high-flown stock, losing $19 billion in market cap, before it was halted at the company’s request at $687.30, down roughly 70 bucks or 9%. It was not clear what was going on and whether the company actually intended an early release since it’s unusual for a company like Google to post its numbers during the trading day. The release also looks like a draft with a placeholder for a quote from Larry Page.
Mon, 03 Sep 2012 09:00:00 EDTIn the Enterprise 2.0 white paper I wrote a few years ago, I built on the core concepts of what Andrew McAfee had introduced, primarily the integrated role of Cloud Computing and also the overlap with BPM (Business Process Management). I have started bringing this up to date for 2012 through the concept of Private Cloud 2.0
Thu, 30 Aug 2012 07:00:00 EDTOne of the headline themes of our next webinar is ‘ESaaS’ – Enterprise Search as a Service. Enterprise Search is software like Google, that you apply internally to search your own web sites and intranets, and hosting it as a Cloud service is therefore called ESaaS. This is tremendously powerful software that can be used [...](image)
Tue, 21 Aug 2012 09:00:00 EDTI got this Google alert the other day and it caught my attention because it talked about configuring IPFIX and the link went to a pdf on Juniper XGS 5000 IPFIX Support. Apparently the Juniper Networks Security Network Protection XGS 5000, a next generation IPS now supports IPFIX but really, it’s NetFlow. I got sort of excited because I love finding out about new gear that supports NetFlow or IPFIX. I clicked on the link and in the first paragraph I read: “Juniper Networks Security Network Protection XGS 5000, a next generation IPS, is an example of a device that sends flow traffic in IPFIX flow format.” YEE HA! I want to get me some. I kept reading and and saw this “IPFIX provides more flow information and deeper insight than NetFlow v9.” Which isn’t exactly true. Although IPFIX is a bit more open to the Internet community than NetFlow and IPFIX allows for variable length strings among other things, NetFlow is still very much used to send information that provides incredibly deep insight. Never the less, I kept reading thinking I was going to run into something on JFlow Network Traffic Analysis. What I found was even more interesting:
Mon, 13 Aug 2012 06:00:00 EDTGoogle will pay a historic fine to settle U.S. government charges that it violated privacy laws when it tracked via cookies users of Apple’s Safari browser. The US$22.5 million civil penalty is the largest ever secured by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for a violation of one of its orders, the FTC said on Thursday. [...]
Wed, 18 Jul 2012 08:45:00 EDTGoogle is an advertising company first and foremost, but the big revenue the company sees from ads is funding the rest of the company’s efforts — efforts that have brought us great products and services like Gmail, Google Maps and the company’s new Nexus 7 tablet. Search remains Google’s core product, of course.
Tue, 22 May 2012 01:15:00 EDTYahoo Sunday finally cut a deal with Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd. It’s agreed to sell half its 40% stake back to the Chinese e-commerce company for at least $6.3 billion in cash and $800 million in preferred stock. Alibaba will also pay Yahoo $550 million up-front and royalties for operating Yahoo China for at least four years. The companies have been trying to negotiate a deal for the last two year through four Yahoo CEOs, whichever way you count. Alibaba is supposed to go public by the end of 2015, which will give Yahoo the opportunity to dispose another 10% of its shares. Either Alibaba will buy them at the IPO price or Yahoo will sell them in the IPO. Yahoo bought its stake in Alibaba in 2005 for $1 billion. If Yahoo had only been as astute in valuing Microsoft’s $47.5 billion acquisition offer four years ago. Microsoft offered $33 a share for Yahoo, which hasn’t seen the upside of 20 bucks a share since. Alibaba represents a hefty piece of the US company’s $19 billion market cap. The Chinese company is looking for $2.3 billion from existing investors to pay the tab and the amount Yahoo realizes depends on how equity financiers value Alibaba. It needs a valuation of $35 billion-$40 billion to pay Yahoo $7.1 billion; $45 billion would give Yahoo $7.6 billion and $50 billion $8.1 billion. Alibaba was valued at $32 billion in September. According to Yahoo CFO Tim Morse Yahoo intends to pay capital gains taxes on the deal, netting at least $4.2 billion after taxes and return “substantially all” of that to shareholders. The deal is expected to close in the six months. Alibaba runs Alibaba.com, its core B2B site, as well as two of China’s biggest online shopping sites Taobao and Tmall, the first for small merchants and second for established brands. One of its biggest problems is logistics, which basically stink in China. Payments are also a problem, according to Bloomberg, and it’s facing share-eating competition. Being Chinese, counterfeit goods are a constant issue. Alibaba spun off its Alipay payment unit last year to a company controlled by Alibaba founder Jack Ma without telling Yahoo and claimed later that the Chinese government wouldn’t license an electronic payment service that wasn’t entirely Chinese-owned. It eventually made some restitution. It’s believed Alibaba may want to expand its payments position. Softbank still owns 30% of Alibaba. It and Yahoo have agreed to dilute their voting rights below their combined 50% share ownership, giving Ma the control he craves. Yahoo will be able to make other investments in China if it chooses. Yahoo and Alibaba are also reportedly talking about strategic initiatives.
Thu, 17 May 2012 11:51:00 EDTGoogle has enhanced its search service to augment search results with sets of associated facts, an improvement that demonstrates greater understanding of queries. Google calls this innovation a Knowledge Graph.Just as Facebook’s social graph is a set of associated data about people and their friends, Google’s knowledge graph is a set of associated data about [...]