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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 | @DevOpsSummit #APM #DevOps

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 businesses. 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. Python... (more)

The Data-Driven Enterprise | @BigDataExpo #BigData #DataScience #Analytics

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 covered: 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)

VAI to Exhibit at @CloudExpo | @VAIsoftware #ERP #DigitalTransformation

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 Businesses. 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)

Cloud Computing Turns Virtual Teams Into a Competitive Advantage

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)

IBM Responds to Microsoft's Jabs at WebSphere 4.0

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)

The Role of the Network in Virtualization

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 Web-based applications. 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)

Hybrid Cloud – Taming the Digital Dragon | @CloudExpo #Cloud

In the Gartner white paper Taming the Digital Dragon, they define the Hybrid Cloud model as an enabling blueprint for digital transformation and leadership. 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)

They Have Seen the Future…and It's Linux

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. (Tobias Weisserth) 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)

The Enterprise Service Bus

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)

Developing B2B Applications Using XML and JMS

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 technology. 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. Problem... (more)