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Since most any two words can and will be put together in this world, what with us being Homo Loquens and all, it is easy just to shrug when you hear new colloquies like 'social software,' 'social networking' or 'social computing' and dismiss them as just three more inevitable permutations in a world of whirling words and phrases. But this time, trust me, things are different. I would go so far as to say that "social computing," far from being just a random word-combo along the lines of wannabe duos like "air walking," "base jumping," "text messaging" and suchlike, is that fabled "New New Thing" (a reference to Michael Lewis's invaluable book of that name, documenting Netscape's Jim Clark's serial webpreneurship in the heady days of the Internet Boom 1.0). In other words, Social Computing is about to turn the Web world upside down. Before I explain how and why, let us ju... (more)

NoSQL – The Trend for Databases in the Cloud?

SQL seems to be somewhat old fashioned when it comes to scalable databases in the cloud. Non-relational databases (also called NoSQL) seem to take over in most data storage fields. But why do those databases seem to be more popular than the "classic" relational databases? Is it due to the fact that professors at universities "tortured" us with relational databases and therefore reduced our interest - the interest of the "new" generation for relational databases? Or are there some hard facts that tell us why relational databases are somewhat out of date? I was at a user group meeting in Austria, Vienna, one month ago where I talked about NoSQL databases. The topic seemed to be of interest to a lot of people. However, we sat together for about four hours (my talk was planned for one hour only) discussing NoSQL versus SQL. I decided to summarize some of the ideas in a... (more)

In 2014 Big Data Investments Will Account for Nearly $30 Billion - Eventually Accounting for $76 Billion by 2020 End

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 - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140821/138541 "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)

1st Annual Government IT Expo: Call for Papers Deadline July 15

SYS-CON announces the Call for Papers for the 1st Annual Government IT Conference & Expo (GovITExpo), to be held October 6, 2009 in Washington, DC. Submissions are welcomed from exceptional speakers who are also infrastructure, architecture, and software engineering experts who have first-hand experience in the development, procurement or implementation of IT for Government or Federal agencies. The submissions process is 100% online: Call for Papers Now Open - Submit Your Speaking Proposal Here ! (Deadline July 15, 2009) The conference program will have three tracks: 1. Cloud Computing & Virtualization  2. Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) 3. Security & Compliance Topics to be covered in Washington, DC at GovITExpo will include: TRACK ONE: Cloud Computing & Virtualization Government as a Service Collaboration in the Cloud Automation Cloud Computing Hurdles Scalability H... (more)

The Cloud Computing Kettle Heats Right Up

4th International Cloud Expo Photo Album on Ulitzer The past month has seen an unprecedented concentration of Cloud-related articles, events, tweets, and - above all - product launches, partnership announcements and M&A moves. So is Cloud Computing, after three years, finally coming to the boil? Here, by way of allowing you to judge for yourself, SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal brings you a timeline of the trajectory of the Cloud so far. NOVEMBER 13, 2006 Jeff Bezos' Risky Bet - BusinessWeek publishes a cover article on Amazon's "Elastic Compute Cloud" (EC2) - a totally new on-demand, pay-as-you-go storage and computing service launched earlier that year, in August 2006. [From the article: "Bezos wants Amazon to run your business, at least the messy technical and logistical parts of it, using those same technologies and operations that power his $10 billion online ... (more)

Announcing the CTOvision Podcast Series

By BobGourley CTOvision.com, a blog focused on the needs of interprise decision-makers, provides technology context and assessments via newsletters, blog posts, white papers and social media feeds. With this post we are announcing our latest offering, a podcast series which captures content you can listen to on the go.   One of the great things about a podcast is you can listen while in your car. Once you subscribe to a feed it is automatically updated in your device. So you can get updates and track tech trends, reports and commentary during your commute. Our feeds are available via any device which can play a podcast (which these days means just about all of them). iTunes users can find our podcast series here. All others can subscribe via our Podcast RSS feed.  Please check our podcast out and let us know what you think. Have an idea for a topic we should cove... (more)

Commander of U.S. Cyber Command and National Security Agency Director, General Keith Alexander, To Keynote Day One of Black Hat USA 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, May 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Black Hat, the world's leading family of information security events, announced that Gen. Keith Alexander -- Commander, U.S. Cyber Command/Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) -- will present the Day One keynote address at Black Hat USA 2013. Black Hat USA will take place July 27 – August 1, 2013, at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. For more information and to sign up for early registration by May 31, please visit http://www.blackhat.com/us-13/. (Logo:  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130514/SF13260LOGO) A highly regarded advocate of battlefield visualization and "data fusion" for more useful intelligence, Gen. Alexander has led NSA/CSS since 2005. NSA/CSS gives the nation a decisive edge to make information and information technology an asset for the United States and a liab... (more)

Workplace Collaboration Pitfalls to Avoid

Collaboration is a terrific way to get our jobs done faster and more efficiently, but there are pitfalls to be aware of such as muddled vision, consensus paralysis, and impaired decision making.... Follow The Fast Track on Twitter: http://twitter.com/intuitquickbase & Google+ at https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/106377964303068533661/+quickbase ... (more)

Foundry Communications beefs up digital and goes global with international affiliates and £500,000 investment.

Monday 14 October, 2013 Manchester agency, The Foundry, more than doubles the strength of its digital marketing resource with top talent and unique new services. As Digital Marketing takes an increasing share of brand budgets all over the world, The Foundry has made a substantial investment in the future. Internationally recognised digital marketing experts Barrie Moran and John Heffernan join the team as Digital Strategy Director and Digital Marketing Sales Director. A stronger Research & Planning function is led by ex-McCann expert strategist Julie Neilson. Virtual offices in Scotland and The Midlands, plus new affiliate offices in Europe, the US and Asia will all increase the agency’s global reach. The Foundry’s presence at world marketing events and in the trade press will receive a boost, with new support staff being recruited, ready to deliver a range of innovativ... (more)

Eight cans of lager for £6? Not good news for everyone.

Tuesday 12 November, 2013 A young Plymouth woman whose alcohol addiction led to a period of trouble with the police is coming clean about her own experiences to ensure others don’t follow suit. Sarah Whitcher, 26, started drinking at the age of 18. Coupled with a troubled home life, she soon found herself bingeing and causing trouble – actions often forgotten by the next morning. After checking into a rehabilitation centre two years ago, Sarah was left unsupported on release, with no family and more importantly, local support services to turn to; something she wants changed. Working with Fixers, a charity which supports young people to ‘fix’ the future, Sarah has created a short film, serialising her experiences to raise awareness of the dangers which alcohol can present. Today, Sarah understands that her problem with alcohol is due to an addiction which changes her per... (more)

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – January 19, 2014

Welcome to Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility in Asia.  Asia is predicted to be the fastest area of growth for enterprise mobility between now and 2016. Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Cyber Security News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here! According to Cisco Thailand and Indochina’s Vatsun Thirapatarapong, an overview of the information and communications technology market in 2014 shows the Asia-Pacific region is expected to see shining growth, expanding 5.5 percent to $767 billion.  Read Original Content China’s TechFaith is launching Thunder, the company’... (more)

CloudEXPO Stories
As you know, enterprise IT conversation over the past year have often centered upon the open-source Kubernetes container orchestration system. In fact, Kubernetes has emerged as the key technology -- and even primary platform -- of cloud migrations for a wide variety of organizations. Kubernetes is critical to forward-looking enterprises that continue to push their IT infrastructures toward maximum functionality, scalability, and flexibility. As they do so, IT professionals are also embracing the reality of Serverless architectures, which are critical to developing and operating real-time applications and services. Serverless is particularly important as enterprises of all sizes develop and deploy Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives.
At CloudEXPO Silicon Valley, June 24-26, 2019, Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with expanded DevOpsSUMMIT and FinTechEXPO programs within the DXWorldEXPO agenda. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of business. Only 12% still survive. Similar percentages are found throughout enterprises of all sizes.
The use of containers by developers -- and now increasingly IT operators -- has grown from infatuation to deep and abiding love. But as with any long-term affair, the honeymoon soon leads to needing to live well together ... and maybe even getting some relationship help along the way. And so it goes with container orchestration and automation solutions, which are rapidly emerging as the means to maintain the bliss between rapid container adoption and broad container use among multiple cloud hosts. This BriefingsDirect cloud services maturity discussion focuses on new ways to gain container orchestration, to better use serverless computing models, and employ inclusive management to keep the container love alive.
Today most companies are adopting or evaluating container technology - Docker in particular - to speed up application deployment, drive down cost, ease management and make application delivery more flexible overall. As with most new architectures, this dream takes significant work to become a reality. Even when you do get your application componentized enough and packaged properly, there are still challenges for DevOps teams to making the shift to continuous delivery and achieving that reduction in cost and increase in speed. Sometimes in order to reduce complexity teams compromise features or change requirements
Here to help unpack insights into the new era of using containers to gain ease with multi-cloud deployments are our panelists: Matt Baldwin, Founder and CEO at StackPointCloud, based in Seattle; Nic Jackson, Developer Advocate at HashiCorp, based in San Francisco, and Reynold Harbin, Director of Product Marketing at DigitalOcean, based in New York. The discussion is moderated by Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions.