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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.
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.
Microsoft Azure, Office 365 Get Boosted Security With New Tools
News  |  2/26/2016
Microsoft touts Azure Security Center's new security management and reporting options, and rolls out new cloud app security.
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.
Apple Claims FBI iPhone Cracking Demands Are Unconstitutional
News  |  2/26/2016
Apple argues in a court filing that the government is asking for "boundless" power in its bid to get the company to help the FBI unlock an iPhone used by one of the shooters in the San Bernardino terrorist attack.
Google Wants Less Reliable Hard Disks
News  |  2/25/2016
With less reliable hard disks tuned for collective operation, Google believes cloud data can be kept more affordably and securely.
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.
CenturyLink Mounts Multi-Pronged Security As A Service Offering
News  |  2/25/2016
CenturyLink has added server log monitoring and historical analysis of log data for real time protections to its managed security suite.
Google Docs Gets Voice Typing, Editing
News  |  2/25/2016
Google's improved speech recognition allows editing and formatting of Docs files with its new Voice typing feature.
Spotify Now Rocks On Google's Cloud
News  |  2/24/2016
Despite early fears over public cloud security and uptime, large companies like Netflix and Spotify are increasingly embracing the notion of moving all their systems onto the public cloud. Here's why.
Asus Settles FTC Charges, Agrees To 20 Years Of Supervision
News  |  2/24/2016
Asus has settled charges leveled against it by the FTC. The agency accused the router maker of putting the home networks of "hundreds of thousands of consumers" at risk. The company has agreed to 20 years of supervision.
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?
Security Concerns Continue Amid Cloud Adoption
News  |  2/24/2016
While most top IT executives at companies of all sizes continue to express concern about the security of data in the cloud, that hasn't slowed their move to embrace this new infrastructure as a home for corporate data. A new survey and report reveal their top security nightmares and provides some recommendations about how to protect data in the cloud.
Apple: FBI Wants Access To Many Different iPhones
News  |  2/24/2016
Despite the FBI's insistence that it's focused on the San Bernardino terrorism case, authorities want access to more than one iPhone.
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.
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.
Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge: An Up-Close Look
Slideshows  |  2/23/2016
Competent and compelling, Samsung's latest smartphones, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, don't break new ground, but they're solid high-end offerings. The company also unveiled a VR camera and other device initiatives.
Mobile App Development Gets Enterprise Friendly Boost
News  |  2/23/2016
The enterprise mobile app market is booming. JAMF, IBM, MobileIron, and VMware -- along with more than 60 partners -- aim to help mobile developers make their apps more enterprise friendly and maintainable. Here's what their community approach can mean for your business.
IBM Expands Swift Use, Partners With GitHub, Unveils 'Connect' Offerings
Commentary  |  2/22/2016
At the InterConnect conference, IBM announced new partnerships with VMware and GitHub as well as expanded use of Apple's Swift. The moves extend IBM's reach into the cloud and mobile development.
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?
8 Reasons Cloud Email Is A Smart Move Now
Slideshows  |  2/22/2016
If you've been dragging your feet on migrating your company's email to a cloud service, here's why it's time to reconsider.
Tim Cook Vs. FBI: Why Apple Is Fighting The Good Fight
Commentary  |  2/21/2016
A court has told Apple to compromise an iPhone owned by one of the shooters in the December San Bernardino attack that killed 14 people. But Apple should not be required to enlist in the war on bad things.
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.
Illumio Brings Active Directory To Dynamic Security
News  |  2/19/2016
Startup Illumio can apply individual security policies to application users on premises and in the cloud.
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.
NFL CIO: Super Bowl 50 Tech Was A Game-Changer
News  |  2/19/2016
NFL CIO Michelle McKenna-Doyle said Super Bowl 50 was as good as the game has ever been from an operations standpoint.
Apple Vs. FBI: Tech, Politics Weigh In On iPhone Case
News  |  2/18/2016
With a Tweet, the founder of WhiteHat Security may have nudged Google's CEO to take a side, and the rest of the world is beginning to do the same.
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.
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.
Apple Fights FBI Over Disabling Security In San Bernadino Case
News  |  2/18/2016
The FBI wants Apple to help it crack the passcode of an iPhone owned by one of the shooters in the December San Bernardino attack that killed 14 people. But CEO Tim Cook says this demand would "undermine the very freedoms and liberty our government is meant to protect."
IDC: Global IT Spending Slashed To $2.3 Trillion In 2016
News  |  2/17/2016
Worldwide tech spending is expected to take a huge hit in 2016, with China posting its first-ever annual decline, according to an IDC report.
Secrets To Successfully Leading A Diverse, Distributed Workforce
News  |  2/17/2016
The workplace has become more diverse and dispersed. Managers need to adapt by listening, embracing curiosity, and finding way to encourage engagement.
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.
7 Ways PaaS Delivers Business Value
Slideshows  |  2/17/2016
Platform-as-a-Service has a bit of an identity crisis compared to the more popular SaaS and IaaS, but in the right circumstances it's the superior choice.
IBM z13 Mainframe Brings Encryption To Hybrid Cloud
News  |  2/16/2016
IBM has introduced a new mainframe for mid-size enterprises that's designed to offer data encryption without slowing down system performance.
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.
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.
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 Runs Custom Networking Chips
News  |  2/12/2016
Google engineers contributed open source code to the LLVM compile project, revealing the company's use of in-house silicon.
Google Gives Away 2GB Of Storage To Promote Security
News  |  2/11/2016
Google does its part for Safer Internet Day with its giveaway. Also, Gmail users will start seeing warnings when message senders can't be authenticated and when they don't support transport encryption.
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.
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