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How to grow the tech sector in New York

New York has become a hub for technology and startup media companies, but there is still progress to be made on the part of government and businesses to ensure that it remains a leader in those fields. That was a clear takeaway from Capital’s first TAMI Talks event, presented by Cushman & Wakefield, which was held Wednesday evening at the Midtown Loft in Manhattan. In a pair of panel discussions, executives from technology, media and government weighed in on that core issue. …Attracting talent was a recurring theme in both panels…” Via Alex Weprin, Capital New York

 

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Innovation ‘Doesn’t Just Happen’
What’s the best way for companies to tease out innovative ideas and deliver innovative new products and services amid the stresses of day-to-day operations? Hadley Stern, VP of Fidelity Labs, an 80-person incubator for financial services company Fidelity Investments, maintains that “innovation doesn’t just happen.” It needs to be structured. At Fidelity Labs, that structure usually takes the form of 10 or 15 “aspirational but achievable” themes, Stern says, which the company conceives in consultation with its internal technology and other business partners, with outside experts, and ultimately with customers…” Via Rob Preston, InformationWeek

Beyond Disruption: The Age of the Impact Entrepreneur
“…why has bettering the world become a mantra for a new generation of entrepreneurs? More than ever, today’s entrepreneurs are striving to build businesses that make a difference in the world. Businesses that make money — but pursue a path greater than just profit. Call it altruistic-capitalism, or, as I prefer, “impact entrepreneurship.” Impact entrepreneurs are driven by a desire to disrupt the status quo. Doing their bit to push the world forward is what gets them out of bed in the morning…” Via Adam Levene, WIRED

Staying ahead of your competitors with DevOps
The emergence of cloud computing in recent years has introduced a remarkable shift in the enterprise IT landscape. By reducing the amount of effort and time required to provision infrastructure and deploying applications and services, businesses have been able to accelerate development cycles to deliver products to market faster. With cloud technology now ubiquitous, affordable, and easily accessible, how can organisations extract even greater efficiency out of their IT processes and maintain competitive advantages over their rivals? DevOps could be the answer…” Via Ram Lakshminarayanan, ZDNet

 

Microsoft Azure platform ‘much more evolved’ than OpenStack says CTO Russinovich

“Microsoft Azure CTO Mark Russinovich has stated that Microsoft’s cloud computing software standard on Azure is “much more evolved” than the growing industry open source standard OpenStack, suggesting it “doesn’t make sense” for Microsoft to join its peers in supporting the platform. …Russinovich maintains that Microsoft – despite offering its own hybrid cloud software such as Cloud Platform System [CPS] for Dell hardware – is not completely distancing itself from OpenStack. It just “doesn’t make sense at this point” to go there…” Via Peter Gothard, Computing

NetApp’s New Cloud Packages for AWS, SoftLayer, Azure
NetApp, at its Insight North American conference in Las Vegas Oct. 28, joined a growing number of major IT companies in recent months who are introducing new-generation software specifically designed to run hybrid clouds. The No. 2 data storage maker launched a new version of its clustered Data Ontap operating system, Cloud Ontap, a new OnCommand Cloud Manager and NetApp Private Storage for Cloud. The idea is for users to keep as many of their current hardware investments as possible, move the new software into place, and then upgrade the hardware when it’s good and ready to be retired. Why is this significant?…” Via Chris Preimesberger, eWeek

IBM takes its hybrid cloud to a new level with more interoperability, data services
“IBM rolled out a string of new products at its Insight 2014 conference in Las Vegas intended to help organizations make more out of their data wherever it resides, be it on its infrastructure-as-a-service platform or behind the corporate firewall. Laying the foundation for the push is the addition of more configuration options that allow cloud customers to pick and choose the hardware upon which their hosted OpenStack deployments run…” Via Maria Deutscher, SiliconANGLE

 

Capriza, your ticket to mobilizing desktop business apps, raises $27M

Apparently it pays to provide tools to simplify enterprise software for mobile consumption. That’s how things look today, with startup Capriza announcing a $27 million funding round. … Now Capriza can spend money to bring in more business while also continuing to improve the use of back-end applications on any device, said Ty Lim, the startup’s vice president of marketing. The funding also comes just as competition is intensifying. … There’s also competition from IBM Worklight, MoNimbus, PowWow, and SkyGiraffe, not to mention the efforts by companies to try on their own to make desktop apps mobile-friendly…” Via Jordan Novet, VentureBeat

Tata Tackles Hybrid Cloud Connections
Tata Communications today debuted its approach to offering flexible connectivity for cloud services with IZO, a platform that delivers multiple flavors of public Internet connections as well as dedicated private connections, all aimed at global enterprises with diverse endpoints for their cloud applications. Like many of its competitors, Tata Communications Ltd. is seeing increased demand for flexible yet predictable and secure connectivity for virtualized enterprise applications, says John Hayduk, president of product management and service development…” Via Carol Wilson, Light Reading

 

Developing FROM the Cloud

Microsoft describes its Visual Studio Online offering as being “based on the capabilities of Team Foundation Server with additional cloud services.” Productivity across teams is a competitive advantage that is not just nice to have anymore, and a big key to productivity is providing the tools needed for Agile development. The drive to do more, faster with less resources is a powerful force and causes teams of all sizes to regularly assess their options…” Via Patrick Hynds, SD Times

The Cloud Computing Model Brings Significant IT Cost Savings, According to Research
When cloud-based contact center systems were first introduced, the early adopters were looking for ways to be more agile with customer service. These solutions allowed them to be flexible in using distributed agent pools and home-based agents. Today, more and more companies are moving to the cloud model, and there is evidence that cost is the major driver for these switches. …A recent Frost & Sullivan (News – Alert) report detailing the cloud contact center marketplace in Australia has found an average IT cost savings of 12 percent through the use of cloud computing services. Couple this with the upfront costs saved in the purchase price of the solution, and the savings are significant…” Via Tracey Schlemetic, Five9

Game Of Applications: A Song Of Speed And Strategy
Time to market is imperative in the age of applications — of that there is no doubt. Second place is the first loser, and getting a viable product out the door before the competition is the most tangible and visible sign that you’ve won. But being king only means more people trying to knock you off your perch. I’m not saying slow down. I’m saying move fast in a strategic way. CIOs get this. “Projects delivered on time” came in at number six among the Top 10 CIO Priorities in The Society for Information Management’s 35th IT Trends Study, behind business concerns such as increasing the value of IT to the business, contributing to strategy and customer satisfaction, and innovation…” Via Lori MacVittie, InformationWeek

 

The Main Difference Between Google’s Rising Star Sundar Pichai And CEO Larry Page, Summed Up In One Paragraph

“…According to one former Google employee, the move seems natural — mainly because Page and Pichai offer two very different types of skill sets that complement each other. Maarten Hooft, a partner at the venture capital firm Quest Venture Partners who worked at Google for six years, between 2006 and 2012, described it like this when speaking to Business Insider: If I [were] to highlight one differentiator, [it’s that] Larry can take on that blue sky vision. He’s not afraid of setting an audacious goal. Whereas I think Sundar is more of a great operator…” Via Lisa Eadicicco, Business Insider

VMware Acquires Database Vendor Continuent To Give Its Hybrid Cloud A Boost
VMware said Wednesday it has acquired the assets of Continuent, a database clustering and replication vendor, and plans to integrate the technology with its vCloud Air public cloud. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Continuent, of San Jose, Calif., has raised $5.8 million in funding since its founding in 2004. Continuent’s advanced clustering and replication technology can be used for “high availability, disaster recovery, multi-master operation and real-time data warehouse loading to MySQL,” Ajay Patel, vice president of hybrid cloud application services at VMware, said in a blog post Wednesday…” Via Kevin LcLaughlin, CRN

 

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