Innovation, PaaS, and Health Records – Apprenda Marketwatch


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The Steady Rise of Platform as a Service

The demand for faster application development, desire for increased employee mobility, and the need to overcome barriers impeding mobile-first development are driving the use of Platform as a Service (PaaS), according to a new survey from Progress Software…Some 700 IT decision-makers from mid-sized organizations worldwide participated in the survey earlier this year, with 228 of the respondents being a CIO, CTO or similar high-level IT decision-maker…” Via Karen Frenkel, CIO Insight



Organizing for Radical Innovation
What is the best way to organize a company’s resources for radical innovation? One thing is clear: it requires a distinctly different approach – as well as different organizational structures – compared to incremental innovation…it’s often really hard for a firm to organize itself around a disruptive new idea — particularly if it will potentially cannibalize the legacy business…Radical innovation calls for radically different organization structures – where it can be supported, funded and driven from the very top of the organization as part of the company’s longer term strategy for growth and renewal…” Via Rowan Gibson, Innovation Excellence 

Playing the Field: The Sport of Today’s Venture Capital for Innovation
“…VCs are hesitant to place big bets on the untested start-up, often holding back until the later stage financing rounds to make a significant play. And they are more likely to hold on to their stock at the time of the IPO. Even with that change in investing patterns there’s still cause to celebrate: VC investments for the first half of 2014 reached US$37.8b, the highest first-half total since 2001. Our August 2014 edition of Venture Capital Insights analyzes global VC investments and exits from 2008 through 1H14. We’ve also looked at the dollars required to scale a venture-backed company in the enterprise and consumer sectors and current ownership status of those venture-funded companies…” Via Bryan Pearce, WIRED

Will Electronic Health Records Ever Be Usable?
EHR usability has been greatly ignored by vendors, and last week the American Medical Association issued eight usability priorities in an attempt to address the issue. This directive comes as a result of a joint study by the RAND Corporation and the AMA highlighting EHRs as a significant detractor from physicians’ professional satisfaction. The issue of usability is has reached a critical point, with many doctors hiring scribes to enter information into EHRs while they perform their duties in an effort to save time. In fact, a recent survey by the American College of Physicians found that EHRs cause physicians to lose on average 48 minutes per clinic day, or five hours per clinic week…” Via Stephanie Kreml, InformationWeek


What You Need To Know About ‘Bash:’ The Dangerous Bug That’s Been Hidden In The Web For 20 Years

A newly discovered bug could make it possible for hackers to remotely issue commands to Web servers — which could mean big trouble for companies whose servers are affected, according to a few cyber security experts. The issue, which is currently being called the “Bash” bug or “Shellshock,” was discovered by the security team at software company Red Hat on Wednesday. Some experts are calling the Bash bug an even larger threat than the Heartbleed vulnerability, which was discovered in April and is still known to be affecting thousands of devices…” Via Lisa Eadicicco, Business Insider

As Bash damage spreads, experts warn of network attacks and an internet meltdown
Reports on the latest Bash bug have gone from bad to worse, as damage from the bug spreads and many early patches are proving ineffective. Unlike Heartbleed, Bash attacks allow for remote code execution, allowing an attacker to exploit the vulnerability for malware distribution. Most attacks from the bug will target web servers and network devices, with experts saying that PHP-based web applications will be particularly vulnerable…In the short-term, we’re left with a race between IT crews and malware-spreading attackers. Patches have been issued for various Linux distributions, but many in the community believe those patches will only be useful to buy time for a more permanent fix…” Via Russell Brandom, The Verge

Concern over Bash vulnerability grows as exploit reported “in the wild” [Updated]
The vulnerability reported in the GNU Bourne Again Shell (Bash) yesterday, dubbed “Shellshock,” may already have been exploited in the wild to take over Web servers as part of a botnet. More security experts are now weighing in on the severity of the bug, expressing fears that it could be used for an Internet “worm” to exploit large numbers of public Web servers…The vulnerability was addressed by the maintainer of Bash, Chet Ramey,  in an email to the Open Source Software Security (oss-sec) mailing list. An unofficial patch that fixes the problem has  been developed, but there is as of yet no official patch that completely addresses both vulnerabilities…” Via Sean Gallagher, ARS Technica


Symantec promotes Michael Brown from interim to permanent CEO

Symantec has found itself a new permanent chief executive officer, although there wasn’t much of a shakeup in the end. Interim CEO Michael Brown has been given the green-light and will now permanently remain in his post. Brown joined Symantec’s board after the merger with Veritas Software in July 2005. He also previously served as CEO of Quantum. Brown took the reins on an interim basis earlier this year amid the immediate ouster of then-CEO Steve Bennett…” Via Rachel King, ZDNet

Acronis Bolsters Cloud Offerings Via Acquisition
Thanks to Acronis’ latest acquisition, fretting about potential downtime might be a thing of the past for the vendor’s customers. Acronis recently announced its acquisition of nScaled, a provider of Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS). The deal is a win-win for both Acronis’ partners and customers, allowing solution providers to offer a well-rounded cloud backup portfolio and giving customers the option of restoring operations to the cloud in the event of a disaster. Sources at Acronis point out that time is of the essence when a system failure takes place. With nScaled’s DRaaS, customers don’t have to wait for replacement hardware to restore data; they can complete the restoration off-premises, in a cloud environment, instead…” Via Michele Pepe, Channelnomics

Further Q&A from AWS vs Azure Webinar
Last week I conducted a Gartner webinar comparing Amazon Web Services against Microsoft Azure.  You can watch the replay here. There were an incredible number of questions that came in electronically during the webinar and I was unable to get to all of them in time.  Here are some additional questions submitted with a brief answer from me.  I have purposely not edited the submitted questions…” Via Kyle Hilgendorf, Gartner


The Best Cloud-Based Enterprise Software Startups To Work For In 2014

Enterprise software start-ups continue to be an area attracting significant new investment and generating many new jobs.  Tracking the myriad of start-ups and quantifying private company growth is exceptionally challenging using manual methods however…The best cloud-based enterprise software startups to work for are indexed by total funding and Glassdoor rankings in the following matrix…” Via Louis Columbus, Forbes

IBM SoftLayer woos startups running Amazon Web Services, Rackspace
IBM’s cloud team has been on a mission to prove to startups that its SoftLayer infrastructure and BlueMix platform as a service are viable, economical options to Amazon Web Services, Rackspace and others. Toward that end, IBM hosted a Ted@IBM event in San Francisco this week to strut its stuff in the hotbed of startups. And it’s touting a couple customer wins as proof points for SoftLayer momentum: MutualMind, which helps businesses monitor customers’ social networking interactions, and Vivocha, a customer engagement SaaS product…” Via Barb Darrow, GigaOM

HP’s SDN App Store went to market
HP this month announced its HP SDN App Store, launching what the firm claims to be ‘a new wave’ of open software-defined networking (SDN)…Users can now purchase specific network applications and download them to their environment for testing and live deployment. The Computer Weekly Developer Network blog spoke directly to HP’s Stephane Kahloun for more insight on this story — Khaloun is senior global product marketing manager, SDN, HP Networking…” Via Adrian Bridgwater, Computer Weekly Application Developer Network


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