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The Hidden Waste and Expense of Cloud Computing

The benefits of shifting business applications to Web-friendly cloud services is proving far more complex than lining up a partner and flipping a switch, say executives who have made the transition. Absent proper expense controls, they say the cloud can be exceptionally wasteful of expensive resources… Some common mistakes include ordering too much computing power, failing to program software shutdowns in off hours, not using monitoring tools to keep tabs on wasted computing cycles, or allowing programmers to believe cycles are free. … The ability to manage cloud costs is becoming a priority for businesses as the technology moves deeper into the mainstream…” Via Clint Boulton, WSJ

Still Trending After All These Months
As 2015 gets underway, let’s have a look at the technologies, trends and concepts that are likely to have the biggest impact on IT departments and data centres in 2015. Of courses, most of these ‘trends’ are not new. They’ve already reached a certain level of maturity which means they are certain to feature in our decision-making throughout the year. Platform as a Service was always seen as the domain of the developer. The key enabler in 2015 that will take PaaS from being ‘cool’ to being ‘used’ tech is the commoditization of development. Using PaaS will enable the company to deliver services faster, without needing to worry about the normal infrastructure overhead of more traditional IT service delivery. This will help companies leverage PaaS to derive a competitive edge…” Via David Fearne, Data Center Dynamics

How Large Companies Can Leverage Startups to Innovate
What exactly is the definition of innovation and how can large companies leverage the ecosystem of startups to transform their organization? I recently had the opportunity to engage with three experts on startups and corporate innovation to wrestle with this very question. While the word “innovation” means different things to different people, our expert panel agreed that startups can help large corporations develop and offer new products, new processes and ultimately cultivate a more innovative mindset to help organizations become more capable in the way that they solve problems, add value and serve their customers….” Via Vala Afshar, Huffington Post


Is it fair to ask: can you outsource innovation?
There was an interesting story on the front page of the U.S. Print edition of today’s Wall Street journal, the Business & Tech section.  The article is called, Why GM Hired 8,000 Programmers. The article suggests that 2 year ago GM had ended a $3bn IT outsourcing deal.  Now the firm has built and deployed some innovative commerce-driving web site solutions to differentiate itself in the market. … On reflection I think the question, “can you outsource innovation?” is the wrong question.  I think you can use outsourcing to help fund innovation; and some services offered by outsourcing vendors can be consumed in some innovation.  But the idea that a core business differentiation or innovation can be outsourced is hard to accept, for anything but the shortest amount of time possible. …” Via Andrew White, Gartner

Banking on technology
Competition in the banking space is fierce as financial institutions of every shape and size vie for customer attention. …For financial institutions, technology can pave the way to growing a client base, but the road to success is often winding and fraught with obstacles. The channel can help banks navigate the field of complex systems, software and solutions they need to streamline operations and build innovative product and service portfolios that appeal to an increasingly savvy customer. Industry watchers predict that banks will be spending an appreciable amount of money on technology in 2015. Here’s where they’ll focus their investments…” Via Michele Pepe, Channelnomics

Cognitive computing is changing healthcare: slowly
“…After over a year of research, we are capable of saying that cognitive computing is important to healthcare and is more than a science project.  What we have found is that there is a divide between big health care business and smaller ones. The big businesses, the ones that are true centers of excellence in the provider, payer, and drug research arena are using the advances of cognitive computing machine learning and big data to innovate in fundamental ways. We also see the march to the main stream, as is always true in healthcare will be slow. So, while IBM and Memorial Sloan Kettering might be deploying its Watson’s Oncology Advisor trained by Memorial Sloan Kettering’ to a hospital network that spans four nations, we do not have the peer reviewed research to show that the outcomes for those who use the advisor are better…” Via Skip Snow, Forrester



IBM, G.E. and Others Create Big Data Alliance
A key element of the big data business is getting what much of computer technology secretly craves: Normality. On Tuesday, several companies involved in analyzing digital information announced a common set of standards for Hadoop, perhaps the most widespread framework for technology analysis. The companies, including General Electric, Hortonworks, IBM and Verizon, said they would develop their products and services on a common core of Hadoop’s key components. Common standards often follow early development of software and hardware. If more companies use the same stuff, it usually helps with things like learning and certification, application development, and new products…” Via Quentin Hardy, NY Times

How a $125 billion dollar market is evolving
In 2014 we saw an increasing number of enterprises engage with and implement big data strategies. Simultaneously, big data pioneers made some big plays that further inspired big data adoption and use. The underlying theme is that machine learning and cognitive computing is the next big development in big data. Big data could be a $125 billion dollar market in 2015 according to our friends at IDC and it shows no signs of slowing down. Intelligent data applications, natural language processing and predictive semantic search are all fast becoming a reality from the aggregates of data we produce in enterprise applications, the Internet of Things, or mobile. …” Via Ken Anderson, GigaOM Research



In another brilliant move, IBM just budgeted $1 billion to take down EMC
On Tuesday, IBM announced that it is investing $1 billion over the next five years in a hot new area of enterprise tech called “software-defined storage.” This is important and interesting for a whole bunch of reasons — and shows that CEO Ginni Rometty has her competitive game on. She’s got a plan to move her massive 400,000-ish strong workforce from shrinking businesses and towards growth areas, even though it’s painful, with a number of quiet layoffs involved. … IBM’s $1 billion commitment is the second big recent move it made to eat EMC’s lunch. In December IBM cozied up with Cisco shortly after Cisco divorced its former close partner EMC. …” Via Julie Bort, Business Insider

HP adds scale to open-source R in latest big data platform
HP has announced the launch of Haven Predictive Analytics, an open-sourced big data platform that it says will bring more machine learning and statistical analytics power to companies dealing with large data volumes. The platform is powered by a new version of HP’s Distributed R, which is based on the statistical modeling language R. HP says the new offering enables developers to analyze much larger data sets than was previously possible — up to the Petabyte level. HP says that while R is an open-source language used by millions of data scientists, it has been, up to this point, inherently limited. It’s that increased scale that HP stresses as providing a new level of predictive analytics capabilities. …” Via Natalie Gagliordi, ZDNet

SAP’s 10-year HANA gamble: A life without the big boys
SAP was gung-ho about its HANA-or-nothing database play for the next version of its software crown jewels earlier this month. The enterprise and software giant rolled out what it claimed was its biggest launch in decades – SAP S/4HANA. The system is built to run on one single database – SAP’s HANA. Previously, SAP has relied upon Oracle, Microsoft and IBM to store data held in its ERP, CRM, supplier and product management suite. But take a step back from February’s launch and you realise SAP has given itself 10 years to get more than 200,000 customers on its in-memory system. …” Via Gavin Clarke, The Register

Welcome To The New, More Open Microsoft
My how times have changed. It wasn’t that many years ago that Microsoft was seen as the epitome of the evil empire. Closed. Proprietary. Anti-competitive. But with changing times, changing leadership and fundamental shifts in technology and the technology industry, we’ve seen a new Microsoft arise, one which is far more open to partnering with its competitors. Today’s example of this change is the news that came from Redmond today that Microsoft’s Office suite will now work with third party cloud services. This might sound like a small thing, but it’s actually a big deal…” Via Ben Kepes, Forbes



Infosys to Buy Automation Technology Company Panaya
Infosys Ltd. on Monday said it would buy privately-held automation technology provider Panaya Inc. in an all-cash deal for an enterprise value of $200 million. Enterprise value usually includes the target company’s debt, in addition to the value of any preferred shares, but excludes cash and cash equivalents. Infosys didn’t provide further details of the terms of the deal. Through the acquisition, Infosys will be able to use Panaya’s automation and artificial intelligence technologies, which would lead to higher employee productivity, it said in a statement. …” Via Dhanya Ann Thoppil, WSJ

Cisco’s Chambers: We’re Pulling Away From Competitors In SDN
Many of Cisco’s rivals point to SDN as a possible Achilles’ heel for networking giant Cisco Systems, but with impressive second-quarter earnings results released last week, CEO John Chambers says his company is now pulling away from competitors. Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) portfolio, which includes the hardware products Nexus 3000 and Nexus 9000 as well as the Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC), has grown from 580 customers two quarters ago to 1,700 this quarter, Chambers said during a conference call Feb. 11 with Wall Street analysts. The Nexus 9000 passed the 1 million installed port mark this quarter, less than one year after the first shipments, with a 350 percent year-over-year growth for the pair of nexus products, he said….” Via Mark Haranas, CRN

Hadoop Adoption? Moving, But Not Necessarily Forward
Gartner’s quarterly Hadoop webinar in February 2015 showed that adoption of Hadoop is not rising quite as dramatically as some might believe. It’s flat compared to Q42014. Of nearly 1200 attendees, 465 shared their thinking with us via the usual polling, and the Deployed percentage was the same. Not that surprising for only 3 months between polls. And Q1 is not a big month for most software, especially a category that is at best generating a few hundred million dollars in revenues. …” Via Merv Adrian, Gartner

CoreOS fuses Docker and App Container, to Docker’s dismay
CoreOS made waves when it announced a container format, App Container, as a suggested alternative to Docker. Now the company has tweaked the App Container format, appc, to be interoperable with version 1 of the Docker image format. It also has submitted a pull request to allow Docker to support App Container images. This is either a laurel branch extended by CoreOS to the existing Docker community to win them over or a bid to allow greater adoption of CoreOS’s container system side-by-side with the dominant technology. As such, folks at Docker are suspicious. …” Via Serdar Yegulalp, InfoWorld


Fujitsu: We’re flinging all our internal gumble onto OpenStack
Fujitsu is going to migrate its internal IT to an OpenStack cloud platform to save 35 billion yen and get world-leading creds for OpenStack expertise and commitment. The new group-wide cloud platform will involve about 640 large-scale and complex systems across 13,000 servers globally. The staged transition starts this month and is scheduled to be completed within five years with the 35 billion yen savings coming from a reduction in total cost of ownership … This is probably the single most momentous and significant OpenStack commitment across the entire IT industry, and probably beyond. OpenStack supporters will be thrilled.” Via Chris Mellor, The Register

OpenStack comes up huge for Walmart
For those skeptics who still think OpenStack isn’t ready for prime time, here’s a tidbit: @WalmartLabs is now running in excess of 100,000 cores of OpenStack on its compute layer. And that’s growing by the day. It’s also the technology that ran parent company Walmart’s prodigious Cyber Monday and holiday season sales operations. If that’s not production, I’m not sure what is. …” Via Barb Darrow, GigaOM



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