This is a short blog with a harsh message for Big Data vendors.
Camera fades in to Pastor Schmarzo heading to the pulpit…
What does the future hold for today’s Big Data vendors? Hundreds of
startups are rushing into the Big Data market to stake their claim to a
market that IDC predicts will reach $187 billion by 2019. Dang, that’s a
big market, especially considering that the Global Business Intelligence
market will only reach a trifling $20.8 billion by 2018 or the long-running
ERP applications market is expected to reach a trivial $84.1 billion by
2020. Yes, the big data market opportunity is very exciting indeed!
However, there is one little, teeny-weeny challenge for big data vendors
trying to realize this financial bounty. The Gartner chart below summarizes
this challenge very nicely (see Figure 1).
Figure 1 Source: Gartner
Many Big Data vendors are focused ... (more)
Python: Beyond Just Web Apps
By Omed Habib
Python has long been a go-to language for developers creating cutting-edge
web applications. However, Python’s advantages of power, versatility,
flexibility and ease of programming have made it a favorite language in a
multitude of applications, industries, and niches.
Examples of Python being used outside the world of Web apps include:
The development of an ERP/CRM named ERP5, developed by Nexedi for use in
government agencies, the apparel industry, and other warehouse-based
A self-contained marine navigation light from Carmanah Technologies. This is
a good example of how Python is helping to power the move away from dedicated
computers to the new era of the Internet of Things.
Substantial portions of the semiconductor facility at the Phillips
manufacturing plant in Fishkill, New York are run on Python.
I moderated a panel of three CIOs last Sunday at the Solix Empower conference
on the subject of data-driven enterprise. The three CIOs came from different
industries. Marc Parmet of the TechPar group spent many years at Avery
Dennison after stints at Apple and IBM. Sachin Mathur leads the IT
innovations at Terex Corp., a large company supplying cranes and other heavy
equipment. PK Agarwal, currently dean at Northeastern University, used to be
the CIO for the Government of California. Here are some of the points
I reminded the audience that we are at the fourth paradigm in science (as per
the late Jim Gray). A thousand year ago, science was experimental, then few
hundred years back science became theoretical (Newton’s law, Maxwell’s
law..), fifty tears ago, science became computational (simulation via a
computer). Now the fourth paradigm is data-driven sci... (more)
SYS-CON Events announced today that VAI, a leading ERP software provider,
will exhibit at SYS-CON's 18th International Cloud Expo®, which will take
place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
VAI (Vormittag Associates, Inc.) is a leading independent mid-market ERP
software developer renowned for its flexible solutions and ability to
automate critical business functions for the distribution, manufacturing,
specialty retail and service sectors. An IBM Premier Business Partner, VAI is
the 2012 IBM Beacon Award Winner for Outstanding Solutions for Midsize
VAI continues to innovate with new solutions that leverage analytics,
business intelligence, mobility and cloud technology to help customers make
more informed business decisions in real-time and empower their mobile
workforces. VAI is headquartered in Ronkonkoma, NY, with branch off... (more)
Collaboration in the cloud is the future of business. Web 2.0 and cloud
computing make it possible to solve the final challenge of coordination and
management. If you're inside a larger enterprise, you can use collaboration
in the cloud to compete with lean, nimble startups, or to better coordinate
across different groups, offices, and divisions.
We've heard all the buzzwords before. Virtual companies. Offshoring. Free
agent nation. But this time, it's for real. The future of business is no
longer enormous, vertically integrated titans (anyone check Ford's stock
price recently?), but rather small, nimble, federations.
Historically, the cost of coordination has outweighed the benefits of
agility, which is why the virtual corporation had a hard time breaking
through. But today's cloud technologies, with their ability to bridge the
gaps between firms, and between busine... (more)
In an exclusive to the WebSphere Developer's Journal News Desk, Stefan Van
Overtveldt, program director, WebSphere Technical Marketing, IBM, commented
on the IBM vs Microsoft debate that's been raging over the superiority of
their respective platforms for creating Web services. He holds that
Microsoft's original white paper belittling WebSphere 4.0 was fatally flawed
from the start due to its premise, which, in his words, "is missing the
point." Before Van Overtveldt's complete response, let's look at highlights
of the verbal battle:
Microsoft launched the initial salvo with a white paper that compared the
creation of Web services (using the PetStore.com scenario) using Visual
Studio.NET versus IBM WebSphere v4.0. To support their claim that .NET has a
significant advantage over WebSphere, Microsoft hired an independent
consulting firm to develop a Web service with... (more)
Virtualization is becoming an increasingly important concept, not only to IT
staffs, but to CIOs and line-of-business managers as well. Aspects of the
"new economy" that contribute to the need for virtualization range from a
globally distributed workforce of users who expect more control over when and
how they work, to an increasing emphasis on service, worldwide competition,
and the notion of the "borderless enterprise," where employees, customers,
and partners share significant information and business processes. Another
contributing factor is IT complexity involving power and cooling limits, low
asset utilization, manual provisioning, inside and outside security, and
To address these expansive changes, the IT infrastructure needs to evolve
from an "accidental architecture" that delivers basic connectivity to silo'd
departments with fortre... (more)
In the Gartner white paper Taming the Digital Dragon, they define the Hybrid
Cloud model as an enabling blueprint for digital transformation and
They give it such an elaborate name because their definition goes far beyond
the normal industry use of the term, a mix of on-premise and public Cloud
computing, whereas Gartner instead defines a Hybrid Cloud business model.
Their central thesis is that the Hybrid Cloud model is key to the CIO
strategy to ‘renovate the IT core’, modernizing the legacy estate to
enable new digital strategies and thus provide the tool set for meeting the
challenge of digital native competitors.
Gartner characterizes this change as:
“All industries in all geographies are being radically reshaped by digital
disruption — a “digital dragon” that is potentially very powerful if
tamed but a destructive force if not. It’s a CIO’s dream c... (more)
Dozens and dozens of developers left their detailed responses to
the forward-looking questions posed by editor-in-chief Kevin Bedell.
Here we have gathered a brief selection of some of the earliest replies.
Look for further interim updates in the course of the week. The full results
will be appearing in the January issue of LinuxWorld Magazine.
Which Linux application area do you believe will grow the fastest in 2004?
Office applications and gaming software. Linux is ripe for the desktop.
Embedded Linux, on phone sets, PDAs, and other cool gadgets. Several classic
RTOS vendors will openly join the Linux wagon. (Peter Satera) Linux in the
embedded security and multimedia sectors; i.e.: Linksys-like routers and
media players like the Prismiq. (Matt Garber)
OpenOffice is doing great already, so I'll go with non-office software that
is the open source ... (more)
In the past there seemed to be two more or less exclusive routes to
integration: "roll your own" or buy an EAI product. Typically, developers
would choose the first option for maximum flexibility, while project managers
preferred the second, for consistency and security.
Now, XML and Web services standards can offer lower cost options for
enterprise integration, and have helped to promote the emergence of a new
class of integration tool, the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB). Over the last
year the ESB has emerged as a "middle way" between these two approaches,
providing a developer-friendly integration platform, open to all the latest
Java standards and components, without sacrificing the benefits of a packaged
approach to integration.
This article goes behind the scenes to look at why an ESB can be a useful
part of your integration toolbox, and looks at some of the key... (more)
This article explains the use of XML and Java messaging technology in
intra-enterprise or inter-enterprise (B2B) applications.
XML technology allows for a common representation of a wide variety of data
and is quickly becoming a leading standard for data representation on the
Web. It's difficult to imagine any new Web application effort, or data
representation effort for that matter, proceeding without involving XML
Java Message Service (JMS) is a specification from Sun that enables Java
developers to write enterprise applications that will be portable across
various message-oriented middleware (MOM) products. When used together, these
two technologies provide a compelling option to develop business-to-business
applications. This article is intended for enterprise-solution architects
seeking answers to the questions in the B2B integration arena.