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How Serverless Applications Will Change Your Business
News  |  2/29/2016
Can applications be composed almost entirely of microservices in the cloud, running with a smart user device? That's the promise of serverless applications. Here's how they work, and what they'll mean for your business.
VMware CEO Gelsinger Talks IBM Venture, Dell-EMC Deal
News  |  2/29/2016
We sat down with VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger during the 2016 Mobile World Congress to learn more about the company's strategic partnership with IBM. Gelsinger also opened up about how the Dell-EMC deal has been affecting VMware's business, and shared an update on partner relationships.
Google's Hadoop Offerings, Rutgers Analytics Program: Big Data Roundup
News  |  2/28/2016
Google's managed Hadoop- and Spark-as-a-Service offerings have gone to general availability. Rutgers University is offering a big data and data analytics remote learning certificate program. Alteryx is expanding its predictive analytics offerings. We've got all this and more in our Big Data Roundup for the week ending Feb. 28, 2016.
MWC 2016 Paves Path For Connected Cars
Commentary  |  2/28/2016
Autonomous and connected cars were spotlighted at this year's Mobile World Congress. With 44 million of these vehicles expected to hit the road by 2030, tech companies such as Nokia Networks and Qualcomm are joining car manufacturers to roll out state-of-the-art features.
Apple Should Have Same Confidentiality Rights As Attorneys, Priests
Commentary  |  2/27/2016
Technology companies know more about us than our loved ones, attorneys, or priests. To balance the availability of that information in matters of public safety, businesses should have a limited exemption from being required to provide such information.
Smartphones, 5G, VR Trump Wearables, Tablets At MWC 2016
Commentary  |  2/26/2016
Talk about smartphones, the rush to 5G, and virtual reality dominated Mobile World Congress this year. That meant that wearables and tablets had to take a back seat this time around.
Microsoft, Facebook And Google Take Apple's Side In FBI Showdown
News  |  2/26/2016
Tech giants Microsoft, Facebook, and Google parent company Alphabet will file a joint brief to support Apple in its battle with the FBI.
Apple Preps 9.7-Inch iPad Pro For March 15 Event
News  |  2/26/2016
At an anticipated March 15 event, Apple will grow its iPad Pro line to include a new 9.7-inch model, according to a report in 9to5Mac. With overall iPad sales slowing, more Pro options will help Apple with its still-growing enterprise business.
Hadoop Ecosystem Evolves: 10 Cool Big Data Projects
Slideshows  |  2/26/2016
In the 10 years since developers created Hadoop to wrangle the challenges that came with big data, the ecosystem for these technologies has evolved. The Apache Software Foundation is teeming with open source big data technology projects. Here's a look at some significant projects, and a peek at some up-and-comers.
Salesforce Revenue Jumps 25% As Enterprises Go Digital
News  |  2/25/2016
Salesforce has reported big revenue increases for the fourth quarter and full year, citing corporate spending for enterprise apps that goes beyond IT budgets. Executives told analysts that Salesforce is more frequently dealing directly with CEOs who are spending according to digital transformation needs, not IT budgets.
iPhone Encryption: 5 Ways It's Changed Over Time
Slideshows  |  2/25/2016
Apple's battle with the FBI has put iPhone encryption in the spotlight. However, some might be surprised that the company's encryption efforts have evolved slowly and are not that different from those of other smartphone makers. Here's a look at the 5 phases of the process so far.
RHEL On Azure: What Took So Long?
News  |  2/24/2016
Red Hat Enterprise Linux joins the crowd of Linuxes now available on Microsoft's Azure. It's the last to do so. How soon will OpenShift follow?
8 Secret Habits Of Successful CIOs
Slideshows  |  2/24/2016
CIOs today must keep the lights on, but also transform the business to meet the demands of real-time customer requirements. How do they stay productive? How do they find the right people to hire? What traits do they nurture? What secrets keep them ahead of the game? We've collected the top secret habits of successful CIOs here.
Intel, AT&T Agree To Test LTE-Connected Drones
News  |  2/23/2016
Drones connected to LTE will be able to fly farther and more securely, opening new business use-cases. Intel and AT&T are working together to make this happen.
Docker Launches End-To-End Container Management
News  |  2/23/2016
The container engine supplier wants to help usher containers from development into production via IT operations.
Google Cloud Vision API Gives Glimpse Into AI, Machine Learning
Commentary  |  2/23/2016
Hot on the heels of Microsoft's Project Oxford, Google is bringing its Cloud Vision API into beta. The offering allows software developers to create new ways of reading faces and emotions to help push the limits of what can be done with AI and machine learning.
Zuckerberg Hits MWC To Talk Drones, AI, VR
News  |  2/22/2016
In his keynote address at Mobile World Congress, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared his vision of how drones could be used to deliver Internet services to poor populations, and talked about the future of Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence.
Outsourcing Data Science: What You Need To Know
News  |  2/22/2016
More companies are creating data science capabilities to enable competitive advantages. Because data science talent is rare and the demand for such talent is high, organizations often work with outsourced partners to fill important skill gaps. Here are a few reasons to consider outsourcing. What can go right and wrong along the way?
9 Windows 10 Apps For A Productivity Edge
Slideshows  |  2/21/2016
Microsoft has made productivity a core focus in Windows 10 and Office, but the Windows Store has more tools you can use to get things done.
Spark Spreads, Apache Arrow Accepted: Big Data Roundup
News  |  2/21/2016
Databricks announced a free community edition of Spark along with free training materials. Apache Arrow became a project within the Apache Software Foundation. And SAP announced support for Spark in its Predictive Analytics platform. We've got that and more in our big data roundup for the week of Feb. 21, 2016.
Yahoo Forms Committee To Explore Possible Sale, Options
News  |  2/19/2016
Yahoo has formed a strategic committee, made up of its independent board members, to reach out to interested parties in transacting a deal as the company faces greater pressure from activist shareholder Starboard Value to sell its core assets.
9 Reasons To Crowdsource Data Science Projects
Slideshows  |  2/19/2016
The data science talent shortage has some companies thinking outside the box. Even if your company employs a formidable data science team, you would likely still benefit from third-party ideas or solutions. Data science competitions and other forms of crowdsourcing offer viable means of advancing the art of the possible relatively quickly and cost-effectively. We share some of the possibilities.
Google Introduces 'Roll Your Own' Option On Compute Engine
News  |  2/19/2016
Google is now offering Custom Machine Type servers that its customers can configure the way they want. While this option had been in beta, the company is now making the service generally available.
Gartner Magic Quadrant Advanced Analytics: Fast Growth Continues
News  |  2/18/2016
The Gartner Magic Quadrant Advanced Analytics report shows the market is growing quickly for platforms that use data and algorithms to predict, prescribe, optimize, and simulate. A big name has moved into the Leaders quadrant for the first time this year.
Tech Entrepreneurs Less Bullish On Economy: Study
News  |  2/18/2016
Entrepreneurs whose companies are growing without venture capital largess are particularly sensitive to economic changes. The latest Bootstrapped Sentiment Survey from Mainsail Partners indicates that these organizations are anticipating an uncertain year ahead.
Cyber-Security: The Best Plan Of Action To Keep Your Data Safe
News  |  2/18/2016
Like a perverse iteration of Newton's third law, every clever cyber-attack action is always followed by an equally clever reaction from the organization targeted. Is that enough to keep your data safe?
Google, UK Face Scrutiny Over 'Sweet' Tax Deal
Commentary  |  2/18/2016
Some members of British Parliament are complaining that Google owes far more than the $189 million tax bill paid to the UK government.
Google Closes Play For Education, Admits Collecting Student Data
News  |  2/17/2016
Google is shuttering its Play for Education division. At the same time, the company responded to requests for information from US Senator Al Franken, who has been asking questions about how much student data Google collects and how the company uses the data.
2016 InformationWeek Elite 100 Finalists Revealed
News  |  2/17/2016
We're delighted to announce the 100 companies who made the cut as finalists for the 2016 InformationWeek Elite 100. Final rankings and Best In Show winners will be revealed at this year's InformationWeek Elite 100 Conference in May.
SAP Integrates Apache Spark, Buys Into Mobile Analytics
News  |  2/17/2016
SAP has acquired a mobile business data visualization provider, added Apache Spark support to its SAP Predictive Analytics 2.5 software, and enhanced its SAP HANA Cloud predictive services. Here are the details.
Palantir Buys API-Maker Kimono Labs
News  |  2/16/2016
Palantir buys Kimono Labs, giving its teams "unmatched support" and resources to tackle new projects. The acquisition will add to Palantir's ability to collect data for analysis and data sets that reside in silos.
Amazon Moves Suggest Package Delivery Is On Its Mind
Commentary  |  2/16/2016
With stakes in delivery companies in France and the UK, and airplane leases reportedly under discussion, Amazon appears to be moving toward its own package delivery services. And that's not the only business the company may be looking to disrupt.
Rise And Fall Of The Chief Data Officer
Commentary  |  2/16/2016
The C suite is expanding with more roles dedicated to data and analytics. The Chief Data Officer, or CDO, is one of these roles seen more often in some industries than others. The position may evolve with time. We explain some of the dynamics that cause CDOs to succeed and fail.
Microsoft Lumia 650 Runs Windows 10, Costs $200
News  |  2/15/2016
Microsoft's Lumia 650 is aimed at business users on a budget who want access to Microsoft's suite of mobile Office applications. For IT professionals, the new smartphone offers an easier way to manage the devices remotely.
AT&T's 5G Plans Include Software, Education, Empathy
News  |  2/15/2016
AT&T executives have been getting uncharacteristically personal, in efforts to emphasize to employees the need to push themselves and keep learning as the company moves toward 5G and beyond.
Mobile Apps Drive Car Rentals, But Not Sales
Commentary  |  2/15/2016
The days of teenagers anxiously awaiting the moment they get their driver's license are long over. Now, a ride on demand and even a car delivered to your door is just a mobile app away. It's a major shift in the auto industry.
8 Ways To Secure Data During US-EU Privacy Fight
Slideshows  |  2/15/2016
After months of legal uncertainty over transatlantic data flows, the European Commission and the US have agreed on a new framework called the EU-US Privacy Shield. But because no text is available yet, there's no way to interpret it. Here's what organizations need to know now.
Gartner's BI Reboot, Everybody Loves Spark: Big Data Roundup
News  |  2/14/2016
Gartner completely reworked its Magic Quadrant for BI and analytics, Hortonworks saw a big revenue jump, and support for Spark skyrocketed. That, and more in our Big Data Roundup for the week ending February 14. Plus, why crush is better than chocolate.
AT&T Plans 5G Technology Tests Later This Year
News  |  2/13/2016
AT&T is planning to test super speedy 5G technologies by the end of the year in homes and offices in Austin. The 5G testing comes at a time when data-hogging video that can slow networks down accounts for more than half of the data traffic on AT&T's networks.
How eBay's Kylin Tool Makes Sense Of Big Data
News  |  2/12/2016
When eBay needed to gain more value out of masses of Hadoop data, the company created its own an open source tool called Kylin. Now Kylin is an Apache Foundation project.
Google Plans VR Headset That Won't Rely On Smartphones
News  |  2/12/2016
The race for dominance of the virtual reality market continues as Google plans to introduce a more sophisticated headset to market. Unlike Cardboard, this new VR headset won't rely on a smartphone, according to reports.
Google Expands 'Right To Be Forgotten' To More Websites
News  |  2/11/2016
In a bid to assuage European objections over "right to be forgotten" issues, Google will scrub search results from more of its websites in Europe.
VMware vRealize Suite 7 Enhances Data Center, Cloud Management
News  |  2/11/2016
VMware's newly released vRealize Suite 7 includes six components meant to bring more intelligence to virtual workload management, whether companies are using their own clouds or a public cloud.
Hadoop Distributor Hortonworks' Revenue Growth Blasts Off
News  |  2/11/2016
Hortonworks reported an annual revenue increase of 165%, but losses still outpace sales. Company executives promised a hard push to bring those numbers closer together in 2016.
Google Killing Off Flash-Based Ads By June
News  |  2/10/2016
While Adobe Flash is little loved, its retirement has been a slow one. Google has announced steps to speed the process, and it will switch over to an HTML5 format in June.
VMware VSAN 6.2 Offers Pathway To Hyper-Converged Infrastructure
News  |  2/10/2016
With the release of its Virtual SAN 6.2 offerings, VMware is looking to make it easier for customers to create and run a hyper-converged infrastructure within their data centers. The company is also introducing "Ready Nodes," which are plug-in data center modules with virtual storage.
NHTSA: Google's AI 'Driver' Can Qualify For US Roads
News  |  2/10/2016
In a letter to the search giant, the NHTSA indicates its support for Google's self-driving vehicles by stating the computer that pilots the car can be considered a driver.
Apache Spark Ignites Big Data Adoption
News  |  2/10/2016
Apache Spark is among the Hadoop ecosystem technologies acting as catalysts for broader adoption of big data infrastructure. Now, Looker -- a vendor of business intelligence software -- has announced support for Spark and other Hadoop technologies. The goal? To speed up access to the data that fuels business decision making.
IoT Reality: Smart Homes Not Smart Enough Yet
Commentary  |  2/10/2016
The Internet of Things needs standardization and easier programming options. Until then, the promise of IoT for consumers remains unfulfilled.
CIO's Journey: From IT To Cloud Service Provider
News  |  2/10/2016
Rhonda Winter held three CIO posts in Indianapolis, including one overseeing IT for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the home of the Indianapolis 500. Then she decided to join Bluelock and provide future cloud services to enterprise CIOs.
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