What I’m Reading on 09/16/2014

IBM’s New Watson Analytics Wants To Bring Big Data To The Masses | TechCrunch “Watson Analytics is a cloud application that does all of the the heavy lifting related to big data processing by retrieving the data, analyzing it, cleaning it, building sophisticated visualizations and offering an environment for communicating and…

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What I’m Reading on 05/13/2014

Visual Studio goes cross platform with Cordova integration from Microsoft | Ars Technica “At its TechEd conference today, Microsoft announced the next step in its “mobile first, cloud first” strategy with a preview of Apache Cordova support in Visual Studio. Cordova is a toolkit for building apps for iOS, Android,…

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For the Love of Big Data: What is Big Data?

Several weeks ago I was on the panel “Privacy and Innovation in the Age of Big Data” at the International Association of Privacy Professionals in Washington, DC USA. My role was to present the attraction and value of data but not to constantly interrupt myself with “but, but, but” for policy…

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For the Love of Big Data: What issues can analytics present?

Several weeks ago I was on the panel “Privacy and Innovation in the Age of Big Data” at the International Association of Privacy Professionals in Washington, DC USA. My role was to present the attraction and value of data but not to constantly interrupt myself with “but, but, but” for policy…

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For the Love of Big Data: Approach to policy can determine outcomes

Several weeks ago I was on the panel “Privacy and Innovation in the Age of Big Data” at the International Association of Privacy Professionals in Washington, DC USA. My role was to present the attraction and value of data but not to constantly interrupt myself with “but, but, but” for policy…

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What I’m Reading on 02/25/2014

IBM News room – 2014-02-24 IBM to Acquire Cloudant: Open, Cloud Database Service Helps Organizations Simplify Mobile, Web App and Big Data Development – United States “IBM (NYSE:IBM) today announced a definitive agreement to acquire Boston, MA-based Cloudant, Inc., a privately held database-as-a-service (DBaaS) provider that enables developers to easily…

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What I’m Reading on 01/17/2014

Red Hat | Red Hat and the CentOS Project Join Forces to Speed Open Source Innovation “This collaboration strengthens Red Hat‘s proven business model by extending the Red Hat open source development ecosystem. Red Hat anticipates that taking a role as a catalyst within the CentOS community will enable it…

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What I’m Reading on 12/05/2013

Mashery Gets Into The Hackathon Business – ReadWrite “Mashery, which Intel acquired back in April, specializes in managing application programming interfaces, or APIs—bits of code that allow apps to communicate with cloud services and one another. Hacker League founder Mike Swift (aka Swift) announced the transaction in a round of…

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What I’m Reading on 11/15/2013

Amazon WorkSpaces delivers Windows desktops on demand | Virtual desktop – InfoWorld “WorkSpaces provides cloud-hosted Windows 7 desktops in four virtual machine configurations, but current VDI solutions may still have an edge in terms of flexibility” tags: windows amazon desktops IBM News room – 2013-11-14 IBM Watson’s Next Venture: Fueling…

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What I’m Reading on 10/31/2013

Google Apps, once a leader, faces growing cloud app rivals – Computerworld “Seven years later, complacency has diluted that innovative spirit, and Google Apps now trails competing suites from IBM, Cisco and Microsoft in areas like enterprise social networking (ESN) and unified communications (UC).” tags: google google apps Posted from…

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What I’m Reading on 10/22/2013

Ubuntu Touch: The smartphone Ubuntu Linux arrives | ZDNet “Never forget that Ubuntu Touch is what Canonical, Ubuntu’s parent company, sees as Ubuntu’s real future. The Linux desktop is great, but it shows little sign of paying back Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth’s investment. Ubuntu’s commercial future lies with the OpenStack…

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What I’m Reading on 10/04/2013

UNIX tips: Learn 10 good UNIX usage habits “When you use a system often, you tend to fall into set usage patterns. Sometimes, you do not start the habit of doing things in the best possible way. Sometimes, you even pick up bad practices that lead to clutter and clumsiness.…

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What I’m Reading on 08/03/2013

IBM, Open Source Robotics Foundation Partner for DARPA’s Cloud-Based Robotics Challenge | ExecutiveBiz “Open Source Robotics Foundation has picked an IBM company, SoftLayer Technologies, to co-host the first cloud-based robotics challenge  for the development of software that allows a simulated robot to perform first responder tasks.” tags: ibm open source…

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Daily links for 03/05/2013

IBM, OpenStack, and the cloud IBM Makes a Big Bet on OpenStack in the Cloud – Arik Hesseldahl – News – AllThingsD “The open source software for running cloud computing installations just got a big new name in its camp: IBM.” tags: openstack cloud ibm IBM Launches OpenStack-Based SmartCloud Orchestrator…

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IBM, standards, and the cloud

I just figured out that I’ve been involved with standards for almost one-third of my life, since the mid-1990s. During that time, I’ve been employed by IBM but I’ve also worked collaboratively with other people in the IT industry on standards efforts in groups like the W3C and OASIS. I…

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Conference: Gartner Business Intelligence & Analytics Summit

This conference is included in my list of Upcoming Events and Conferences. “The Gartner BI & Analytics Summit is the premier business analytics event providing must-have insights, frameworks and best practices for maximizing the business impact of information management and business analytics programs. The summit offers a new agenda structure…

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Daily links for 12/06/2012

What’s Amazon’s enterprise strategy for the cloud? | Cloud Computing – InfoWorld “Amazon Web Services is doing well with startups and midsize businesses, but pricing structure, security, and privacy issues are holding it back from gaining traction with enterprises” tags: amazon cloud strategy enterprise Top 25 developers make half of…

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Daily links for 08/30/2012

IBM Brings Big Data Analytics, Cloud to US Open Tennis – IT Infrastructure – News & Reviews – eWeek.com “During the two-week event, IBM will apply its predictive analytics, cloud computing and mobile technology expertise to connect tennis fans to what is happening on the courts at the USTA Billie…

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Daily links for 06/26/2012

Manage application services with virtual application patterns “In the IBM® PureApplication™ System environment, a virtual application pattern is the critical element that allows a user to rapidly set up and manage cloud application infrastructure; a virtual application pattern describes an application, and employs the tools to build the appropriate infrastructure…

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Daily links for 06/12/2012

Microsoft Adds Linux To Azure Cloud Platform “Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT) on Thursday is unveiling new Windows Azure cloud services, including support for Linux-based operating systems. Microsoft, which thought of Linux as a rival, will now offer several Linux distributions. They are Suse Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2, openSUSE 12.1, Ubuntu 12.04 and…

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Mobile, smarts, an airport, and AI

How the constant presence of a smartphone along with some analytics could have improved one travel experience, albeit with caveats on privacy and centralized personal data storage. Several months ago I was connecting through a large US midwest airport on my way home to New York from California. I had…

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Daily links for 05/30/2012

Technology Leaders Support OASIS Standards for Open Data Protocol – MarketWatch “Based on that demand, Citrix Systems Inc., IBM Corp., Microsoft Corp., Progress Software, SAP AG and WSO2 are proposing an Open Data Protocol (OData) Technical Committee (TC) in the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), an…

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Daily links for 05/02/2012

IBM Introduces New Foundation For Mobile Computing – MarketWatch “IBM has been steadily investing in the mobile space for more than a decade, both organically and through acquisitions: building a complete portfolio of software and services that delivers enterprise-ready mobility for clients. Increasingly, enterprises are reaching beyond their traditional IT…

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Daily links for 04/12/2012 – OpenStack Foundation Edition

Leading Technology Companies Support Formation of OpenStack Foundation – MarketWatch “Today nineteen leading technology companies announced their plans to become Platinum or Gold members of the OpenStack® Foundation, an independent and long-term home for OpenStack, the open source cloud operating system. AT&T, Canonical, HP, IBM, Nebula, Rackspace, Red Hat, and…

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Daily links for 04/11/2012 – IBM PureSystems Edition

IBM News room – 2012-04-11 IBM Sets the Stage for the Next Era of Computing “IBM (NYSE:IBM) today announced a major step forward in a new, simpler era of computing with the introduction of a new category of “expert integrated systems.” This new family is the first with built-in expertise…

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Introducing PureSystems, IBM’s expert integrated systems family

Today IBM introduced the PureSystems family to simultaneously simplify yet make more powerful the hardware and software that organizations use to power their datacenters, cloud, and other computing environments. From the press release: With the introduction of the new PureSystems family, IBM is unveiling three major advances that point to…

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Daily links for 01/20/2012

Red Hat releases third version of its Enterprise Virtualisation platform – Update – The H Open Source: News and Features “As before, the RHEV hypervisor, which is only a few hundred megabytes in size, virtualises using KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) and integrates many RHEL core components – however, the new…

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10 predictions for enterprise mobile for 2012

Yes, it’s that time of year of for predictions for what we might see in the next twelve months. Being in the IT business and in a company like IBM, I’m somewhat hamstrung in what I can say regarding the future because of confidentiality, but here’s my attempt at some…

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Daily links for 12/07/2011

Win 8 app store revealed: more money for devs, beta in late February “In San Francisco today, Microsoft started talking up the Windows Store, the online marketplace for Metro-style Windows 8 applications. With Apple‘s Mac App Store and iTunes Store already operational and selling both computer and tablet applications, Microsoft…

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Daily links for 11/19/2011

At last: The results. (Tech Trends Report) “In July, IBM developerWorks conducted a survey of over 4,000 IT professionals, faculty members and students from among the developerWorks community. We asked respondents about their view of the future of technology, including questions on business analytics, mobile computing, cloud computing, and social…

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Getting started with mobile in the enterprise: The IBM Mobile Technology Preview

Over the last 15 years of my career, I’ve seen several ideas or technology trends capture a significant amount of customer, press, and analyst attention. There was Java, XML, web services, SOA, and cloud. In and around all those were standards and open source. To me, the unquestionably hot technology…

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Daily links for 11/08/2011

Amazon’s Kindle Reader covers browser bases, adds Firefox | ZDNet “Amazon’s Reader HTML5 experiment is worth watching given that many observers ultimately expected the Web to replace mobile apps at some point. However, that replacement cycle could take years, but it’s clear that publishers want to control their own app…

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Daily links for 09/08/2011

Amazon Cloud SDKs for Android, IOS Exit Beta Testing | PCWorld Business Center “Using the SDKs developers can make API (application programming interface) requests directly from a mobile application to Amazon‘s Web Services. Developers can integrate their applications with a long list of services, including Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Simple…

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Daily links for 08/11/2011

Caching IBM Redbooks | WebSphere eXtreme Scale Best Practices for Operation and Management “This IBM® Redbooks® publication contains a summary of the leading practices for implementing and managing a WebSphere® eXtreme Scale installation. The information in this book is a result of years of experience that IBM has had in…

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Daily links for 07/15/2011

Oracle Involuntarily Partners with IBM to Create an IBM Mainframe World | Blogs | ITBusinessEdge.com “You know the funny thing about technology is that it tends to go in cycles. What hurt the mainframe the most was the market’s move to decentralize and put performance closer to the user. However,…

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IBM to donate Symphony code to Apache for consideration

Six weeks ago I noted here that Oracle had to decided to offer the codebase for OpenOffice.org, the open source word processing, presentation, and spreadsheet software suite to the Apache Software Foundation. Two weeks after that, Apache voted to accept the proposed project for incubation. Now, one month later, IBM…

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European WebSphere Technical Conference in Berlin

IBM has announced the European WebSphere Technical Conference for 2011. The conference will be held from October 10th to the 14th in Berlin, Germany. From the website: The 2011 IBM European WebSphere Technical Conference, which combines the WebSphere and Transaction & Messaging Conferences of the previous years into one seamless…

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ApacheCon North America 2011 theme announced

I just received this news from the folks at the Apache Software Foundation: The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of nearly 170 Open Source projects and initiatives, today announced “Open Source Enterprise Solutions, Cloud Computing, and Community Leadership” as the theme for ApacheCon North America.…

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New position within IBM

It’s been effective for a week, so I guess I can spill the beans here and say that I’ve shifted to a new executive position within IBM, namely to be the Vice President for WebSphere Foundation Product Management in the Software Group. I’ll have more to say about this over…

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Some remarks on OpenOffice going to Apache

Earlier today, Oracle announced that they would be donating source code for OpenOffice to the Apache Software Foundation to start a new incubator project. It’s been an interesting road to get to this point over the decades, with well and not-so-well publicized twists and turns, but I’m glad we got…

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Daily links for 05/31/2011

Linaro: Now a Year Old, the Linux Effort Begins to Deliver | PCWorld Business Center “Linaro was launched at Computex in 2010 by ARM, IBM, Freescale, Samsung, ST-Ericsson and TI with the mission of reducing fragmentation, increasing optimization and making it easier for OEMs and ODMs to develop Linux-based products.”…

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KVM News Today: Meet the Open Virtualization Alliance

Today a whole lot of companies, including BMC Software, Eucalyptus Systems, HP, IBM, Intel, Red Hat, Inc. and SUSE, announced the creation of the Open Virtualization Alliance. From the press release: … today announced the formation of the Open Virtualization Alliance, a consortium committed to fostering the adoption of open…

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Daily links for 05/11/2011

Canonical switches to OpenStack for Ubuntu Linux cloud | ZDNet “OK, it’s not too surprising that Canonical, Ubuntu Linux’s parent company, has switched to OpenStack for its Ubuntu cloud foundation technology. After all, Canonical started flirting with OpenStack back in February. What is surprising is that Neil Levine, who as…

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Daily links for 04/07/2011

OMG Announces Cloud Standards Customer Council “OMG® today announced the formation of the Cloud Standards Customer Council (CSCC). OMG is also announcing that CA, IBM, Kaavo, Rackspace and Software AG have joined the CSCC as Founding Sponsors. The Cloud Standards Customer Council is an end user advocacy group dedicated to…

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Daily links for 03/30/2011

Amazon on Cloud Player: we don’t need no stinkin’ licenses “Amazon launched Cloud Drive and Cloud Player on Tuesday morning, offering US-based Amazon customers 5GB of online storage to use for whatever they please. If they buy an album from Amazon MP3, however, they get 20GB of storage for the…

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Daily links for 03/04/2011

iPad 2 has Samsung fixated on “inadequate” aspects of new Galaxy Tab “The iPad 2 that Apple announced this week is already making competing manufacturers second-guess themselves. Samsung in particular is feeling pressure to step up to the iPad 2’s level—”we will have to improve the parts that are inadequate,”…

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Daily links for 03/01/2011

GPL and the Apple App Store [vlc-devel] FSF position on GPLv2 & current App Store terms “There have been changes to the terms since our original blog post on the topic. I confirmed that the changes did not affect the GPLv2 analysis before I blogged about Rémi’s enforcement action, but…

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Daily links for 02/02/2011

Why Yahoo Is Discontinuing Its Hadoop Distribution: Cloud Computing News « “The big data marketplace has contracted a bit, as Yahoo is ceasing development of its Yahoo Distribution of Hadoop and will be folding it back into the Apache Hadoop project. The company announced the decision in a blog post…

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Mostly obvious predictions for open source in 2011, or are they?

I’ve been reading many of the lists of predictions for free and open source software in 2011. Most of them are pretty obvious: many of the things that were significant in 2010 will continue to be so in 2011. The obvious tweak to this is to ask whether such-and-such will…

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Daily links for 12/22/2010

Microsoft to Reveal New Version of Windows – WSJ.com “Microsoft Corp., feeling pressure from hit products like Apple Inc.’s iPad, is crafting a new operating system that deviates from the software giant’s heavy reliance on chip technology pioneered by Intel Corp., according to people briefed on Microsoft’s plans. The company next…

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Daily links for 12/21/2010

Eucalyptus Systems Partners with Red Hat for Hybrid Cloud Offerings “Eucalyptus Systems, creators of the Eucalyptus private cloud platform, has announced a partnership with Red Hat to offer cross-cloud compatibility and expanded platform choice in the cloud. The two companies are working together to provide Eucalyptus support for Red Hat…

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Daily links for 12/16/2010

Open source rivals continue to chip away at IE share in 2010 | ZDNet “According to Net Applications’ figures for November 2010,  Internet Explorer’s share of the market has declined another five percent to 58.44 percent in November, compared to about 63.62 percent during the same month last year.  In…

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