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When a CIO or a CTO thinks of the applications they support it is almost always in terms of a "portfolio" When a research company named Gleanster poll executives about agile data management they discovered an interesting trend. Companies are reporting an increase in portfolio sizes wi...
Hortonworks went through an IPO last Friday, December 12, 2014. It’s initial price of $16 soared by 60% immediately after. Today the stock price is $24.70 with a market cap of $1.02B. Another billion dollar club member. They compete with Cloudera and MapR in packaging the open source H...
Our last post defined customer lifetime value (CLV) as the metric critical in measuring the success or failure of a recurring revenue program. In order for your company to routinely return significant revenue, maximizing CLV needs to be at the top of your priority list. A CLV-supported...
Email is a mission critical application that is relied on to power business communication and collaboration capabilities on a day-to-day basis. It is a vital component of modern business and being able to send and receive email is of paramount importance. If you were to make a list of ...
It’s always been my philosophy that we should make it as easy as possible for our prospects to write us checks. Sounds flippant, but I believe it is sound business philosophy. It’s been interesting to me to see how customers have wanted to buy infrastructure software, and how it has ...
To automatically resolve email incidents, you'll want to set up your monitoring service to send an email at the onset of an incident (Trigger Emails) as well as when the system returns to normal (Recovery Emails). These two sets of emails are linked by an Incident Key, a unique identi...
DevOps podcasts are a thing and they are here to stay. Whether you are traveling, working, or just love talk radio, these Top 8 DevOps Podcasts are a great way to keep up with the industry and listen to what the experts are saying.
It is important that operations be in the loop when it comes to planning any software deployment. They need to know when the project starts, not at the last minute about your new deployment. Ensure that operations is aware of any infrastructure changes needed well in advance. If the op...
Perhaps not quite as clear-cut as a logical AND in the programmatic sense, but the age of the CEO as we once knew it could be over. There’s a simple reason for this, CIOs (and yes of course we do mean Chief Information Officers) are starting to run their operations as business entitie...
I have the unique opportunity to work alongside some very smart people where we conduct research, collect data, analyze and write about it. Our focus tends to be on technology and its impact on people, businesses, societies and economies. As a result of many discussions with technolog...
Regardless of the business or industry you’re in, there’s no doubt that a successful year is at the forefront of your strategy. And at the helm driving that success is revenue. But not just any kind of revenue… we’re talking recurring revenue. When an average of 80% of a company’s futu...
Information has a shelf life. Its value diminishes quickly with the passing of time. In a world of moving customers, employees, vehicles, subcontractors, materials, suppliers, etc., knowing what is happening at a precise time is critical for decision-making, scheduling and planning. If...
In this short video we discuss how Code Halos strategies can be embedded into websites to provide personalized experiences. I write often here about "Code Halos" trends today in mobile apps, websites and across many other channels. Code Halos are the data that surrounds each of us t...
Despite valiant efforts of the Dutch ICT association, the local ministry of economic affairs and tireless encouragement from (now former) EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes, my home country, the Netherlands, has been struggling to gain cloud momentum. Not an uncommon characteristics in Europ...
Once again after a couple weeks off and the calendar odometer flipping another year, I’m sitting here with a blinking curser wondering what to write about. And the thing that pops into my head are Things. The Everythings. While 2014 was the hype year for the Internet of Things (IoT), a...
To date, wearables have been such a disappointment in the market. The market is rife with ugly and semi-functional wearable devices that rarely manage more than a 3-star rating on Amazon. Will 2015 be any different? Thirty days into my Pebble experience, I'm somewhat hooked - and eag...
I arrived early for the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) here in Las Vegas, in hopes of finding innovations for the Internet of things (IoT) that promise to disrupt enterprise business models. After attending a few pre-conference press events, I must say I’m underwhelmed. ...
Other technologies covered were: the huge growth in Internet users from 2B now to the over 5B. This will bring new cultural, political and economic ramifications. Smartphones will continue to be disruptive with newer and newer usage across the world impacting our daily lives. Robotics,...
My favorite writer, Gil Press, sums it up with, “It’s Official: The Internet Of Things Takes Over Big Data As The Most Hyped Technology” where he talks about how Gartner released its latest Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, and how big data has moved down the “trough of disillusion...
The potential adoption of Internet of Things in industries like manufacturing, healthcare will definitely bring much needed automation and agility into the operations, but if they are not properly planned out these initiatives may lead into an explosion of data whose magnitude will ...
As the holiday rush is winding down, I sit here reflecting on all the companies that lost business/revenue during the busiest time of the year. Loss of business not because of technology failure, although this is always a manifestation of a problem, but because of process failure in or...

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App deployment should be viewed as a comprehensive, end to end process.But we treat it today like each silo is a fork in a project that never merges back together, causing disjointed operations, reporting, measurement and ultimately, failure to meet business priori...

2014 was the year I finally switched to an iPhone all thanks to the broken screen on my much loved Lumia 720. I got an iPhone 5s in June and my iOS app collection from my iPod Touch (2nd gen), iPad 2 & iPad mini made the switch pretty much seamless. I’m making this post inspired by a s...
DevOps Summit at Cloud Expo 2014 Silicon Valley was a terrific event for us. The Qubell booth was crowded on all three days. We ran demos every 30 minutes with folks lining up to get a seat and usually standing around. It was great to meet and talk to over 500 people! My keynote was we...
As the years passed, and we entered 2014, not only did cloud computing mature as a business model, but senior management began to increase their awareness of various aspects of cloud computing, including the financial benefits, standardization of IT resources, the characteristics of cl...
"The year ahead brings accelerated disruption, as those technologies which we spoke about last year as being emergent -- have now begun to evolve to practical application," stated Puneet Gupta, Brillio's Chief Technology Officer. "We are seeing the industry's rapid adoption of next-gen...
The amount of information available is increasing exponentially. Last October, David J. Cappuccio of technology research firm Gartner predicted that in the next five years, the average business will experience an 800 percent increase in its data capacity. How will organizations collect...
I'll explain the difference between two major categories in in-memory computing: In-Memory Database and In-Memory Data Grid. A few months ago, I spoke at the conference where I explained the difference between caching and an in-memory data grid. Today, having realized that many people...
About 15 years ago I fainted. It was the only time in my life that I fainted. The reasons were probably, blood donation a day before, Work from 7:00 until 19:00 and participation in the the thirty-third day of the Omer period ceremonies of my children (I stood for a long time beside...
If you listen to the persistent murmur in the market surrounding the Internet of Things right now, you'd believe that it's all about sensors. Sensors and big data. Sensors that monitor everything from entertainment habits to health status to more mundane environmental data about your h...
Most forward-looking CEOs have already made their move to prepare for the future that they foresee – where business technology is a key deciding factor for them to attain ongoing commercial prosperity. This new digital-propelled environment will profoundly change business processes, al...
Just last year, a CA Technologies and Vanson Bourne survey revealed that DevOps was not a sure-fire hit— 16 percent of senior IT professionals did not know what DevOps was, and an additional 18 percent had no plans to adopt it. Fast forward one year and the results tell an entirely new...
Cloud computing seems to still be one of the reigning buzzwords in high-tech these days. Everything is either “in the cloud”, “powered by the cloud”, or some variation on the theme. I remember when hosted email was just that: hosted email. Today, such offerings are considered cloud off...
Last week as I was writing Amazon Declares War on VMware, VMware was preparing to announce the acquisition of a pro services team to aid in cloud migration (see coverage in CRN): VMware Acquires Professional Services Firm To Boost Cloud Migration, DevOps Expertise. You can get my thoug...
Many projected use cases for IoT won’t directly generate revenues. To achieve greater efficiency, companies are deploying IoT sensors internally throughout their organizations to optimize their use of everything from computer servers to lighting to HVAC systems to employee productivity...
As this year comes to a close, let's take one last look at the most pervasive cloud computing trends -- including increased usage across the different cloud service models, the key business drivers and the impact of agile innovation strategies.

Cloud computing adoption has m...
Many workloads are already in the cloud: Most organizations today run at least some workloads in the cloud. For newer organizations, they will often run ALL of their workloads in the cloud. For cloud-based workloads, sending log data to a cloud-based logging provider is not quite as bi...
The book The Cyber Threat was written to provide business and government executives insight into the nature of the dynamic adversaries attacking our networks. Understanding the Cyber Threat is critical to preparing your defenses prior to attack and also instrumental in mounting a de...
While there could be more similar use cases, the point here is IoT while bringing new innovation and benefits also brings new risks. These risks much different from earlier innovations, because when in earlier cases it is mostly the enterprise financial, reporting and other data pr...
Successful hacks can paralyze websites, enable corporate or personal data to fall into the wrong hands and potentially damage the image, reputation and sales pipeline of the organization under attack. For many, this begs the question ‘Why us?’ To find out, let’s delve into the psyche o...