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With security and legal concerns being slowly addressed by the industry, lock-in and standards are rapidly becoming the biggest concerns regarding cloud computing. If the cloud industry is to make good on its promise, these will need to somehow be addressed. Let’s examine some recent d...
This week, we’re exploring the problems associated with leveraging traditional monitoring solutions in a Cloud delivery paradigm. There is a common assumption that leveraging a Cloud operating model will save money. We won’t debate the accuracy of this statement (tune into our next i...
As the ideas and concepts behind PaaS platforms continue to evolve, it is becoming quite clear that they those platforms will consist of many facets. These systems will consist of application runtime services (both shared and dedicated), application modeling capabilities, and runtime m...
At some point in the past few years SOA apparently became a four-letter word (as opposed to just a TLA that leaves a bad taste in your mouth) or folks are simply unwilling – or unable – to recognize the parallels between SOA and cloud computing . This is mildly amusing given the heavy...
This post was inspired by the latest announcement made by TIBCO, that they are providing SpotFire Silver - their cloud-BI offering - free for one year. Every few months, another BI player announces such a hosted BI service/product. This comes in addition to number of smaller companies...
A couple of articles that have come out in the last week or so got me pondering the current state of IT Management mentality, and it is somewhat amusing, if you think it through. We’re risk-averse where all imageevidence indicates we don’t need to be, and we’re cutting edge, risk aware...

Exorcising your digital demons

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Big news today. I can finally share with you guys that SiSense has closed a $4M series A investment and that we can finally push forward towards what we've been working on so hard -- a fresh new approach to enabling high-quality business intelligence, in any company. Not just Fortune ...
I've recently come across an interesting online discussion where several posters discuss working with large amounts of data and its implications on business intelligence implementations. I wouldn't have noticed it if one of the posters had not referred to SiSense in one of the comments...
Business intelligence software and services have gone mainstream. In the past, only large enterprises typically invested in BI solutions. These days, however, more and more small and medium-sized businesses are actively looking for ways to tap into their information and use it to incre...
One of the questions I get asked often is how to define and respond to triggers within content marketing programs for B2B complex sales. I wish there was a simple answer to this question because it feels like I'm copping out if I say, "Well, it depends..." Unfortunately, it does. What ...
On Thursday WorkLight announced the availability of the WorkLight Dev Zone with the release of WorkLight 3.3, allowing developers to efficiently build, integrate and optimize multi-channel applications for smartphones, desktops and websites. Developers can now download a free evaluatio...
Kevin's Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter that is made up of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility that I run across each week. I aggregate the information, include the original links and add a synopsis of each article. I also search for the l...
I’m in San Francisco to meet with a leading analyst firm in the technology industry. It is developing a detailed report on platform as a service, which is attracting considerable attention these days. To give you an example of why there is so much interest in these cloud-computing-base...
I recently wrote an article for The Enterprise Mobility Foundation, The Next Step in Business Process Optimization: Mobility. In this article I describe the enormous amount of work that has gone into designing and automating business processes and ERPs like SAP. The conclusion of the...
Welcome to Kevin's M2M News Weekly. This is an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to M2M (machine to machine) and embedded mobile devices that I read each week. I aggregate the information, include the original links and add a synopsis of ...
In my years of editing the copy of citizen journalists and other writers, one of the most persistent problems is where to put commas. Since the use of commas can be quite confusing, I thought I’d spell out a couple of journalistic rules regarding those troublesome punctuation marks. Us...
SOA (Service-Oriented Architecture) seems to be the buzzword everywhere!!! SOA will solve all the problems, everyone wants SOA -- or so I hear. Anyway, I remember similar claims when CORBA was coming to town. It was supposed to change the way IT does business. To me SOA is XML/SOAP bas...
Lately, I’ve been working on some interesting projects involving not just the usual suspects of stream processing, but data mining within high velocity time series. In conjunction with that effort, I’ve been doing a lot of research in the areas of symbolic representation, dimension re...
I had a chance at this year's ODTUG conference to throw an idea out there. It goes against the grain, but sometimes opposite ideas stir useful discussion. From the ADF EMG, the OTN forums, user group conferences, and more, we often hear the statement "set the ADF whale free!" (okay, "w...
Whether you call it Football, Futbol, Fussball, Futebol, Calcio or Soccer – if you are a fan of this game I am sure you are looking forward to the upcoming FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The tournaments web site is http://www.fifa.com/worldcup and allows the fans to follow their team...
The feedback we received from our customers is that this is exactly what they've been looking for. And, they are even looking forward to more simplification. The simpler we can make it for them in their complex life, in their complex environment, whatever comes in from cloud, from virt...
So I'll start this off with a horror story. It involves me, awake at 4am sitting huddled in front of my Macbook Pro. It's got an iPod touch dangling from a USB connection and the wrist rest area on the laptop looks a little dented. I'd been working on some code all day and I was trying...
Scale-out architecture and why it is important when architecting a storage solution. I had an interesting discussion with an architectural firm the other day. Most of the discussion was around scaling for the future. In our discussion we talked about the linear scalability of the ISE...
If a given nation independently developed twelve or fourteen governmental systems that all sat side-by-side and attempted to cooperate but never inter-operate, then anarchy would result. Not necessarily overnight, but issues about who is responsible for what, where a given function is ...
Awareness of the challenges associated with the forthcoming depletion of IPv4 addresses is increasing in the general public. While we’ve been highlighting some of the challenges and solutions to the problem some time now, the issue is getting more and more attention in the mainstream p...
In my previous blog post I talked about the motivations for building mobile applications. In case you don't want to read the entire blog post, the cliff notes go a little something like this: If you have limited time and money to invest in building an application, your first target pl...
Like most architectural decisions the choice between hardware and virtual server are not mutually exclusive. The argument goes a little something like this: The increases in raw compute power available in general purpose hardware eliminates the need for purpose-built hardware. After a...
Chatter, and its ilk quickly sprouting up elsewhere, can foster better, targeted and self-directing collaboration; can spur and capture the data about processes in progress, and can become a service feature within nearly any business application, process or ecosystem. They say we have...
I just learned through Twitter that some ex Amazon guys announced their new company, Nimbula. Quite an interesting company with a few things to think about: (Some answers might already be given by others but I still have to start my actual research). The fact that AWS loses some of the...
Pyxis Mobile is one of those companies that accomplishes great things, but moves under the radar. Gartner recently highlighted Pyxis Mobile in their Magic Quadrant report so moving under the radar may be over. Pyxis Mobile has over 500,000 mobile clients in the field. Most of their ...
What is the values proposition for allowing employees access to web 2.0 resources such as social networks? Every other day, we hear about the risks. Compromised Twitter accounts, phishing via LinkedIN,  malicious Facebook apps were only a sample of an every growing landscape. Most ente...
For the last few years I have had an interest in configuration management of IT infrastructure. While by no means an expert I have a considerable amount of experience with the problems associated with mass server configuration and have come to believe it also one of the most under-serv...
Matthew Ingram at Gigagom blogs about an upcoming Twitter feature called Twitter Annotations. Well, it’s not actually a feature. It’s the ability to attach metadata to a tweet. This is potentially great news, since it will give us a way to add context to tweets and to enable machine-pr...
On Saturday at Indianapolis’ upscale mall — Fashion Mall at Keystone — the Apple Store was its usual self. Elbow to elbow as people tested the new iPad, asked questions about the coming iPhone, got assistance from the Genius Bar, and purchased Macs in record numbers. On the other side...
Google’s latest offering is a hint of things to come and indicates a recognition of devops as a real discipline. Interestingly enough devops is comprised of two disciplines: development and operations. The former traditionally solve problems and address challenges through development, ...
This customer case-study focuses on McKesson Corp., a provider of certified healthcare information technology, including electronic health records, medical billing, and claims management software. McKesson is a user of HP’s project-based performance testing products used to make sure t...
The idea is to make it faster and easier to deploy Subversion servers by reducing administration time. And the promised end result is cost savings. When you think of the cloud, Agile application lifecycle management may not be the first thing that comes to mind. CollabNet is hoping to...
Typically, when an event occurs that causes a stock’s price to drop significantly we would look at that stock as a potential investment. This is not and will not be the case with BP. Our first criteria for investment, is that the business be one of significant quality. BP cannot be con...
As always, when I discuss the actions of a political figure, I begin with the disclaimer this is not a political blog — nor is it intended to suggest an affiliation on my part. I have one... it’s just my belief that you aren’t here for that type of commentary. I’m just using an example...


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