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DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)

Learning from SOA Mistakes

Today, global businesses are increasingly turning to Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) for their information technology infrastructure and applications. SOA is becoming an increasingly practiced approach to building software solutions as it can support integration and consolidation of activities in complex enterprise systems. This year the percentage of functioning SOAs has almost doubled, according to Evans Data Corporation's latest Web Services development survey: "Twenty-four percent of respondents (the sample data set being 400) are saying they currently implement SOA, an 85% increase from last year." The survey also shows that Web Services are now experiencing more comprehensive implementation, with 30% of respondents predicting they will be using more than 20 services in the next year - a 58% increase from current levels. Twenty-five percent of respondents ... (more)

IBM's Josh Corman on Cloud Security - SYS-CON.TV Interview

View Joshua Corman, principal security strategist in IBM's Internet Security Systems division, in discussion with Cloud Computing Expo chairman Jeremy Geelan, on SYS-CON.TV - recorded live at the 2nd International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo held in New York City, March 2009. Click here to see Joshua Corman on SYS-CON.TV ... (more)

Le TCO des Clouds Publics est-il toujours inférieur à celui des centres de calcul privés ?

  J’ai souvent cité dans ce blog les travaux, très sérieux, de la société d’études de marché Saugatuck, dirigée par mon ami Bill McNee, qui sont pour l’essentiel consacrés aux infrastructures Cloud et aux usages SaaS, Software as a Service. Dans ce billet, je fais référence à l’une de leurs dernières études, qui analyse avec précision le TCO (Coût Total de Possession) des solutions d’infrastructures gérées en interne vis-à-vis des solutions externalisées. Pourquoi ? Les études quantitatives sur ces sujets sont rares, et j’entends trop souvent des discours théoriques sur ces sujets, qui ne sont pas basés sur des mesures précises.   L’étude de Saugatuck   Pour faire le point sur le TCO des infrastructures serveurs, Saugatuck vient de publier une analyse comparative détaillée des offres de trois «Clouds publics, IBM, Rackspace et Dimension Data. Saugatuck, comme t... (more)

Two Digital Transformation Time Bombs

Adjectives like "swashbuckling" and "romantic" rarely if ever apply to enterprise technology, so the fact that "rogue" IT is now a Thing should give one pause. Errol Flynn swooping down from a yardarm, disarming smile on his too-handsome face? Hardly the image you'd expect bringing your iPhone to work would elicit. Yet rogues there be, sneaking digital contraband into their cubicle, unbeknownst to IT Big Brother. And while we all like to bend the rules, if only to shake up our Dilbertian existence with a fleeting moment of swashbucklery, rogue IT goes far beyond your secret Angry Birds at work addiction, or dare we say, that contraband DropBox account your entire team surreptitiously shares. Rogues, after all, come in all shapes and sizes. When the rank and file practice a bit of derring do, it's one thing. When Big Brothers themselves - the executives who steer ... (more)

ABSOLUT VODKA Launches Mobile Drink Application for iPhone and Google Android

STOCKHOLM, July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- ABSOLUT VODKA has launched Drinkspiration by ABSOLUT, a sophisticated drink application combining the latest mobile technology with GPS, Twitter and Facebook. Drinkspiration by ABSOLUT is an interactive encyclopaedia of recipes that helps you find and share personalized drink recommendations based on spirit, taste, weather, time of day, bar vibe, sound volume, real-time drink trends and much more. Currently available as a free app for iPhone and iPodTouch users, Drinkspiration is the #1 free app in Sweden and has been downloaded 43,000 times in its first 13 days on the iTunes App Store. A version created for Google Android will be unveiled at the Android Market later this summer. To view the Multimedia News Release, please click: "Have you ever found yourself in a bar without really know... (more)

Sun Microsystems' Tech Days Conference World Tour Kicks Off in Brazil

Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ:JAVA) today announced the details of the Sun Tech Days worldwide developer conference for 2009-10 at Sun Tech Days is a multi-city world tour designed to showcase how the developer community can leverage Sun technologies, services and products to drive the next generation of industry innovation. Since 1998, the Sun Tech Days worldwide conference has brought together hundreds of thousands of developers and students to learn about technology from industry experts. Sun Tech Days are loaded with technical content, practical "how to" information, examples of real-world solutions, tips on application performance tuning, hands-on training and more. The theme for this year's Sun Tech Days program is "Innovation for the Enterprise" and the first stop for the 2009-10 world tour is in Sao Paul... (more)

ARRAY Information Technology Selected by U.S. Air Force for $960 Million NETCENTS-2 Contract Vehicle

Array Information Technology (ARRAY) announced today that it was selected by the U.S. Air Force to participate in the Network Centric Solutions-2 (NETCENTS-2) contract vehicle worth up $960 million in task orders. ARRAY was selected as one of 12 small businesses eligible to bid for a range of Information Technology services that will make it quicker and easier for warfighters to obtain innovative information technology services and capabilities covering the full spectrum of operations and missions. The contract vehicle includes task orders for a wide range of Application Services such as system development, sustainment, migration, integration, training, help desk support, testing, and operational support. Other services include exposing data from Authoritative Data Sources to support web-services or Service Oriented Architecture constructs in Air Force enterprise en... (more)

Amazon Cloud Player – Now in Your Car

(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Now it’s getting even easier to enjoy music in your car—starting today, Amazon Cloud Player is available in Ford SYNC Applink-equipped vehicles. Ford owners can now wirelessly connect the Amazon MP3 app on their Android smartphone to the SYNC connectivity system to access and enjoy their entire Cloud Player music library in their car using simple voice commands or the audio controls. Ford Applink-equipped vehicles include the 2013 Ford Fiesta, Mustang, Focus, E-Series, C-MAX Hybrid, Expedition, Fusion, F-150 and Super Duty models. For more information, customers can visit Customers will love the integration of Amazon Cloud Player and SYNC Applink because they will be able to: Access their music playlists with the convenience of using voice recognition or dashboard controls Play music stored in Cloud Player or play back mu... (more)

SOA Governance Best Practices – Architectural, Organizational, and SDLC Implications

The fact that you're reading this article means that you are probably planning a service-oriented architecture (SOA) initiative and recognize that some level of governance is required in order to be successful. If you are like most people in this position, you are also somewhat confused as to the meaning of SOA governance. Governance is the current buzzword, and combining governance with SOA creates a phrase that every independent software vendor (ISV) wants a piece of. How do you sort out what is marketing hype from what is truly valuable and relevant to your organization's SOA efforts? Governance Scope Within an IT Organization Much of the hype around SOA governance has been focused on operational governance. Defining, tracking, and managing factors like service-level agreements (e.g., average response time, peak response time, average throughput, peak throughput) ... (more)

SOA Best Practices - Four Steps to Securing Your Web Services

Dr Adam Kolowa (pictured), Founder & CEO of Parasoft and panelist at SYS-CON Events'  "SOA Web Services Power Panel" at SOA Web Services Edge Conference & Expo - June 5-6, 2006 - in New York City, writes: Security has the inherent nature of spanning many different layers of a Web Services system. Web Services vulnerabilities can be present in the operating system, the network, the database, the Web server, the application server, the XML parser, the Web Services implementation stack, the application code, the XML firewall, the Web Service monitoring or management appliance, or just about any other component in your Web Services system. Therefore security testing, which is important for any software application, is even more crucial for Web Services. This article explores security issues specific to Web Services and illustrates the engineering and testing best practic... (more)