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Earlier this month I attended the IBM Impact conference in Las Vegas.  The core theme of Impact was "Smart SOA" and how cloud computing comes together in the enterprise, with the emphasis on private clouds.  The core notion of private clouds for IBM is really about extending their experience in virtualization, which is vast, into the more modern world of cloud computing.  They hope to sell some hardware and software in the process.  IBM considers private clouds strategic to its platforms.  The movement to private clouds plays right into its hands.  Recently they are announced a new software appliance called IBM WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance which is "A secure appliance that provides speed and repeatability for deploying WebSphere environments into a private cloud."   Or, we can call it virtualization-in-a-box, to be more accurate. IBM and many others define private... (more)

Apple iPad May Overtake Amazon Kindle

A recent survey of e-book reader owners and intenders shows that prior to the release of the iPad, Apple ranks just behind Amazon in the US and UK in terms of preferred brand; and if the iPad provides a compelling eReader experience, it may overtake Amazon’s Kindle. Details may be found in the Strategy Analytics Wireless Device Lab report, “US & UK eReader Owner and Intender Survey 2010.” Current e-book reader owners report being extremely satisfied with their devices. Four out of five US owners prefer e-book readers to physical books. Potential e-book customers prefer: Ease of access to books; Ease of content transfer; and Newspaper and magazine availability. “While brand name is still an important factor for current owners when choosing their next e-book reader,” commented Chris Schreiner, Senior Analyst at Strategy Analytics. “Consumers buying their first e-book... (more)

Predictive Policing with Big Data

Police Departments nationwide have been using data and statistics to drive policing since the 90s in an approach founded by the NYPD named CompStat was credited with dramatic reductions in crime and increases in efficiency. CompStat, a process and philosophy rather than a single technology or software, uses databases and GIS to record and track criminal and police activity and identify areas that are lagging or need more attention. While it provides much more information than “primal policing”, CompStat has advanced little beyond simple spreadsheets and mapping software. Inspired by recent innovations in Big Data and Apache Hadoop and businesses like Walmart or Amazon using analytics to determine future demand, departments across the country and worldwide are looking to take this approach to the next level and go from tracking crime to predicting it. The first depart... (more)

Mobility News Weekly – Week of April 22, 2012

The Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly Also read Field Mobility and M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Marketing News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly AT&T and T-Mobile won some praise from PCWorld after the publication released the results of a nationwide test to find the fastest cellular networks. AT&T’s 4G LTE network clocked the fastest averages, though Verizon’s LTE network edged out its rival for upload speeds. Read Original Content Collabera, a leading end-to-end information technology consulting, services and solutions company, has announced a strategic partnership with Verivo ... (more)

Video in 140 Characters?

According to Wikipedia, “Twitter is an online social networking service and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based messages of up to 140 characters, known as ‘tweets.’” Twitter’s brand personality is that of a service that allows us to communicate with each other in short, text-based messages. One could argue that it has fundamentally changed the way people communicate around the world. Twitter has also been cited as an important factor in the Arab Spring and other political protests. That is an amazing attribute that brands that have been around much longer, and generate a lot more revenue, would be proud to boast about. Twitter But, according to a recent article in Adweek, the “company, along with multiple Hollywood producers… are in serious talks about the possibility or launching several original video series via Twitter. The o... (more)

Is HTML5 Replacing the App Store?

Last week I downloaded the new native application version of Facebook mobile for my iPhone.  I must admit that I like the native application far better than the HTML5 version.  The HTML5 version was jerky, slow to load, and scrolling up and down the news feeds was rough.  The native version is much smoother and faster.  The winner of the Facebook mobile challenge is definitely the native application version. Now for the news... According to the article “HTML5 vs. Flash for Gaming and Internet” from Gamer Syndrome, HTML5 is quicker and simpler than Flash and its benefits greatly outweigh the limitations.  Read Original Content Research from InformationWeek Reports reveals that 74 percent of organizations have or will build custom mobile apps, and 52 percent of those building native apps say that until HTML5 matures, they can’t get the functionality they need in a brow... (more)

SAP TechEd - PBDC

** Hot News ** PowerBuilder Developers Conference - Breakout Sessions October 15-19, 2012, Las Vegas, Venetian Hotel SAP has finally released a lust of the presentation sessions that will be appearing at the PBDC sub-conferenece within the main SAP TechEd Conference. Here is a list of of the major presentation titles that we will be seeing at the conference: Using .NET Assemblies with SAP Sybase PowerBuilder SAP Sybase PowerBuilder Techniques and Experiences in Industry — Manufacturing Execution Systems Creation and Consumption of Web Services with SAP Sybase PowerBuilder Techniques for Storing User-Created DataWindows and Graphics in the Database Developing Enterprise Applications for the Film and TV Industry with SAP Sybase PowerBuilder Migrating Classic SAP Sybase PowerBuilder Applications to the Web Using Appeon Using InfoMaker as Part of an Enterprise Reporting ... (more)

Mobile Commerce News Weekly – Week of October 6, 2013

The Mobile Commerce News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news, articles and links related to mobile commerce and marketing, mobile payments, mobile money, e-wallets, mobile banking, mobile ads and mobile security that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting market size and market trend information. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly IBM has acquired Xtify, a mobile messaging platform specializing in rich-content texts and push notifications. Xtify software has the ability to trigger messages depending on time or geographic location, as well as demographic data. Read Original Content By 2017 top retailers expect 76.5 percent of sales to come through stores, 14.6 percent via e-commerce and 6.5 percent through mobile,... (more)

How to Put Your Storage Cloud to Work

Cloud storage has become the preferred choice for those who want the best.  The storage area is limitless and the security that it provides is the best in the market.  However, that is not the reason why businesses use cloud storage.  More and more people are turning to cloud storage as it offers flexibility and meets the constantly changing demands of businesses all over.  Of course, the fact that it is extremely economical and easy to use is also a decisive factor.  Perhaps that is why even individuals are turning to cloud storage and are finding innovative uses for cloud storage. As a cloud can store endless amounts of data, people are using it for their personal uses and are backing up personal memories like photos, videos, voice recordings and even family histories.  Millions are finding cloud storage a boon for storing all their email attachments and while free... (more)

Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of January 12, 2013

The Field Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to field mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia 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 a new report from Navigant Research, utility spending on IT systems for the smart grid will grow from $8.5 billion in 2013 to $19.7 billion by 2022. Read Original Content A study by Markets and Markets observes the fleet management market is expected to grow from $10.91 billion in 2013 to $30.45 billion by 2018, at an Com... (more)

Mobility News Weekly – Week of January 26, 2014

The Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly 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 Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here! Apple sold 51 million iPhones during the last three months of 2013, up from 47.8 million a year earlier. But Wall Street analysts were expecting closer to 57 million iPhones, after Apple launched its new iPhone 5S and 5C smartphones in China simultaneously with the United States and Western Europe for the first time this fall. Re... (more)