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"Microsoft is Afraid," Says KDE's Staikos
'They wanted demos of KDE, to see how it works and what we have'

One of the most interesting reports on COMDEX yet to surface comes from George Staikos, core developer and promoter of the Linux-based desktop KDE - one of the 6 winners of an O'Reilly competition to send 6 open source projects to COMDEX.

The prize was a timeshare, if you will, of a small podium in the "Open Source Innovation Center," but that was plenty for KDE, Staikos writes, at the KDE site.

"Among the visitors to the KDE booth were CIOs, CEOs, VPs and presidents of major companies and smaller businesses, students, hobbyists, journalists, and professionals," he writes.

"I was stunned to see executives from Fortune 500 companies coming by for a demo of KDE, saying that it was their favorite desktop and that they hope that we continue to do such a good job so they can adopt KDE for desktop deployments in the future," Staikos continues.

Surprise Visitors...from Redmond

"I was most, and least, surprised by one class of visitor though," he adds. "We had regular visits from Microsoft employees! They wanted demos of KDE, to see how it works and what we have. What an interesting situation. I soon discovered that this was not the only place that Microsoft people were doing investigations."

He goes on to tell how a demo of KDE running on SUSE was used at a Linux Desktop conference earlier in the week and that the conference was attended by two Microsoft staffers who took copious notes on a tablet PC as the panel showed itself broadly supportive of KDE (which Xandros and Lindows uses too, Staikos adds.) According to Staikos the two were General Manager of Microsoft TV Marketing, Alan Yates, and Pascal Stoltz, director of Microsoft's Information Worker Group - the group producing Office, Visio, FrontPage, etc.

"Seems like someone is really interested in Linux on the desktop!" concludes Staikos.

"At first I was thinking to title this report 'KDE at Comdex'," he says. "However, I then changed my mind and started to write a report entitled 'Microsoft is Afraid'."

About Jeremy Geelan
Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

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Great!
Best Wishes.

I think that MS is wondering how to kill the up and coming linux community. Although, how does one that is business savvy kill something that is not related to business. Linux is a child of a lifestyle chosen by brilliant minds. They all have one thing in their minds, hearts, and soul. FREEDOM!!!!

I thank the linux community for setting me free this year, 2004. I was an avid Microsoft evangelist up to the beginning of 2004. Now I never use MS.

To all of you that contributed to it's success to this point, I personally thank you. I will know play my part to free others and contribute to the code!

Sincerely
Jason

For Microsoft, it can be a cheap way of getting
anything that supports Linux off the market. Security
is a big word at MS these days.

This is really systematic. When MS purchased the Virtual PC emulator for Mac, out went emulation of Linux, which was
also supported. Linux companies are probably fairly cheap
for MS these days, compared to marketing costs. Do you
know the price of these multipage color adverts we are
seeing?

By the way, has anyone noticed that Byte magazine went off
the market just after it released it's first articles
critical of Windows?

I am sure that one could go on and on like this!

Just got this message after subscribing to the RAV newsletter. Why would Microsoft purchase a Linux anti-virus product?

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I agree with Mathew on his comment. Linux apps should come out as suit, comaptibility, export and integraty related issues should be given attention, so we can serve with the best.

Must keep in mind when supplier the system/prioduct (***helpful***):
- Good supporting
- Take care users's actual need
- Let user more easy to control their system

Linux is spreading. I feel this is due to a variety of reasons: Low cost, more available application software, ease-of-use and a pretty look & feel, better reliability [no blue screens of death] and speed performance improvements.

Issues that if addressed would speed up the spread of Linux, in my estimation, are: Unfamiliarity of end-users with Linux who don't see it in stores like Gateway, CompUSA, etc., the end-user's legacy perception/assumption that Linux is mainly for programmers and geeks, and the fact that most of the software you see in stores or being advertised is for Windows or Apple platforms.

Microsoft's marketing extends way beyond the boarders of the Microsoft organization. All the vendors that jumped on the bandwagon and push their products because they want to reach the widest market, which happens to be Windows, all this deluges the end-users and decision makers in companies.

If it's one thing that executives in companies try to avoid, it's problems, upset end-users and disasters from making the wrong choices. For years, the easy route was to go with IBM Big Blue products. You couldn't get fired for that. Nowadays, there are other choices that must be carefully weighted.

Cost is a huge driving factor.

Budgetary pressure forces companies and governments to look for savings wherever they can find them. OpenOffice 1.1 is something that can replace MS Office. This may not mean much to a small company, but the larger ones pay a per seat cost....and when they have thousands or tens of thousands of employees, this adds up quickly. I saw something recently for one organization that estimated they could save something like $32 million in license fees by going to open source and Linux. That's pretty tough to argue against!

End-users quickly adapt to new software if there is a lot of similarity in the look/feel and way the controls work. If most of their existing software can run on Linux (under WINE, or ???), then that's an advantage.

I AGREE M/S IS GETTING VERY AFRAID AND WILL SOON START TO PANIC WHEN WE CHANGE TO LINUX, CAUSE THAT WILL HAPPEN IF M/S DON'T PULL THERE FINGER OUT ,AND I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT PEOPLE ARE CHANGING TO SOME THING STRONGER AND WITH LESS PROBLEMS, YES ?? LINUX ,I AM,

Everyone need survey. Microsoft not only want to survey and monopoly in the world. Microsoft need market share.

Microsoft pull down Netscape. And want to pull down RealPlayer, Adobe PDF, Google, Sony PS2, ..... Microsoft's monopoly hurt others. That's why we have Linux, KDE... open source to break this monopoly. Microsoft and Bill Gate afraid Linux. They are action now. Although you don't like to listen, the truth is "one side want to break monopoly and get the freedom, and other side want to monopoly in the world". What will happen next. Microsoft need to pull down Linux and open source that make him suitible to continue monopoly, such as he do for Netscape before

IMO there is nothing wrong with MS ads. Integration between Unix/Linux and Windows is a topic that needs coverage, and accidentally, they have a good product for that cause. In the real world, you cannot expect to replace all NT/W2K/W2K3 boxes with Linux instantly. They will co-exist for a while, probably for a long time. I aggree with Peter Rasmussen, in that we should not care too much about MS and should not treat them like the big enemy.

@Vijay Ratjo (about M$ advertisements):

I'm not sure whether these ads are such a terribly bad thing.
For one thing, most Linux users interested in these kinds of sites will know to ignore such boring ads.
Second, this will bring much-needed advertising dollars to fund further Linux information articles, and that from a company which everyone would like to see lose some serious money. Isn't that what we all want? :)

OTOH such advertisements might turn away potential Linux users. So while they might not be as attracting as on Windows-only sites, they might be sufficiently harmful.

In other words: I'm still undecided on that one...

I volunteered some at the LTSP booth at Comdex. I also visited a lot with the X.org, OpenOffice, Apache, and Mozilla... I saw Plone and others but didn't even see KDE.

Maybe I was totally oblivious... But then again, the Open Source tables were small and poorly stated on the floor.

Regardless, these booths did generate a lot of traffic...especially OpenOffice, Apache, and LTSP. The Java version of OpenOffice impressed me--it has perfectly acceptible performance. We had Microsoft employees come down and I gave them lots of in-depth technical descriptions of a few areas where I have knowledge.

Then again, I also visited them at the Microsoft Pavilion and talked in depth on many of their products. Visual Studio hasn't advanced much in terms of visual development...they still don't even have automatic layouts or scaling features like QT's spacers or GTK's Java-like layouts.

Their CRM application scared me a lot. It integrates seemlessly with Outlook at provides access of all your customer data to Visual Basic scripts...via email.

Their POS (Point of Sale) application is very rudimentary--which is not good for a market requiring so much customizability. But in the future, when they get better Visual Basic support for it, it might have real potential.

What worried me a lot was that for GNU/Linux, we have no integrated suite like these.. Microsoft Great Plains and these other applications provide billing/accounting, CRM, POS, and various other features required for small to medium sized businesses and they work seemlessly together. We, in the Free and Open Source communities, are far behind in this respect.

Matthew

First, excuese me for not being childish enough to write 'M$'.

Then, I wouldn't go as far as to say that Microsoft is afraid, because they are too big and too self concentrated to be afraid.

They just haven't yet found a way to nail the Jello to the tree and are still searching.

So, I would think that they are concerned about this odd competition that they can't seem to get hold of, but with share prices still holding up and sales going as strong as ever, Microsoft is not afraid.

But then, people backing software in the Free Software/Open Source camp shouldn't really care about Microsoft. This is no war and Microsoft is not an enemy. This is software development and sometimes even very interesting types of research.

At most Microsoft is annoying because of the exclusive contracts they make with OEMs so we can't get hold of all technical information in an orderly manner, but otherwise:

Microsoft doesn't matter!

If they have some good UI components then by all means let's include them, or rather, let the people that are concerned and interested and skilled enough to do something about it do something about it.

I have no interest in their kind of GUI and finds it very unbalanced and very clunky, but it doesn't mean I won't let others use it, MS products based or Linux software based people.

As long as I can use and make my own software.

Ergo, let MS employees look at and copy whatever they want from KDE, Gnome or whoever, it doesn't matter because they aren't by that (and just that) action taking anything from anyone, and they may actually end up give something back by combining it in ways that the regular KDE/Gnome developers hadn't thought of.

Of course, they, and everyone else should abide by regular copyright laws, but it doesn't mean they shouldn't be able to use other peoples ideas. And I am no believer in software patents so copying of general ideas by anyone is OK by me.

M$ is looking for innovation.
Hee Hee

Wouldnt it be nice if they would share with us.


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"There's plenty of bandwidth out there but it's never in the right place. So what Cedexis does is uses data to work out the best pathways to get data from the origin to the person who wants to get it," explained Simon Jones, Evangelist and Head of Marketing at Cedexis, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
SYS-CON Events announced today that CrowdReviews.com has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 22nd International Cloud Expo, which will take place on June 5–7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. CrowdReviews.com is a transparent online platform for determining which products and services are the best based on the opinion of the crowd. The crowd consists of Internet users that have experienced products and services first-hand and have an interest in letting other potential buye...
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@ThingsExpo Silicon Valley All-Star Speakers Include

MATTHIEU
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AMDG

PAUL
VenueNext

SMITH
Eviot

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goTraverse

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WOOD
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Electric Cloud

VARAN-
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GE

SRIDHARA-
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METRIC
Linux

MONTES
Iced

ARIOLA
Parasoft

HOLT
Daitan

CUNNING-
HAM

ReadyTalk

BEDRO-
SIAN

Cypress

NAMIE
Cisco

NAKA-
GAWA

Transparent
Cloud

SHIBATA
Transparent
Cloud

BOYD
Neo4j

VANDER-
MINDEN

Flatiron
Strategies

JAME-
NSKY

Embotics

KOCHER
Grey Heron

SPROULE
Metavine

BLACK
SQLstream

WARD
DWE

MILLER
Covisint

EVAVOLD
Covisint

MEINER
Oracle

MEEHAN
Esri

WITECK
Citrix

LIANG
Rancher Labs

BUTLER
Tego

ROWE
IBM Cloud

SKILLERN
Intel

SMITH
Numerex
@ThingsExpo New York All-Star Speakers Include

CLELAND
HGST

VASILIOU
Catchpoint

WALLGREN
Electric Cloud

HINCH-
CLIFFE

7Summits

DE SOUZA
Cisco

RANDALL
Gartner

ARMSTRONG
AppNeta

SMALLTREE
Cazena

MCCARTHY
Bsquare

DELOACH
Infobright

QUINT
Ontegrity

MALAUCHLAN
Buddy Platform

PALIOTTA
Vector

MITRA
Cognizant

KOCHER
Grey Heron

PAPDO
POULOS

Cloud9

HARLAN
Two Bulls

GOLO
SHUBIN

Bit6

PROIETTI
Location
Smart

MARTIN
nfrastructure

MOULINE
Everbridge

MARSH
Blue Pillar

PARKS
SecureRF

PEROTTI
Plantronics

HOFFMAN
EastBanc

WATSON
Trendalyze

BENSONOFF
Unigma

SHAN
CTS

MATTELA
Redpine

GILLEN
Spark
Coginition

SOLT
Netvibes

BERNARDO
GE Digital

ROMANSKY
TrustPoint

BEAMER
GoTransverse

LESTER
LogMeIn

PONO
-MAREVA

Google

SINGH
Sencha

CALKINS
Amadeus

KLEIN
Rachio

HOASIN
Aeris

SARKARIA
PHEMI

SPROULE
Metavine

SNELL
Intel

LEVINE
CytexOne

ALLEN
Freewave

MCCALLUM
Falconstor

HYEDT
Seamless

@ThingsExpo Silicon Valley All-Star Speakers Include

SCHULZ
Luxoft

TAMBURINI
Autodesk

MCCARTHY
Bsquare

THURAI
SaneIoT

TURNER
Cloudian

ENDO
Intrepid

NAKAGAWA
Transparent

SHIBATA
Transparent

LEVANT-LEVI
testRTC

VARAN NATH
GE

COOPER
M2Mi

SENAY
Teletax

SKEEN
Vitria

KOCHER
Grey Heron

GREENE
PubNub

MAGUIRE
HP

MATTHIEU
Octoblu

STEINER-JOVIC
AweSense

LYNN
AgilData

HEDGES
Cloudata

DUFOUR
Webroot

ROBERTS
Platform

JONES
Deep

PFEIFFER
NICTA

NIELSEN
Redis

PAOLALANTORIO
DataArchon

KAHN
Solgenia

LOPEZ
Kurento

KIM
MapR

BROMHEAD
Instaclustr

LEVINE
CytexOne

BONIFAZI
Solgenia

GORBACHEV
Intelligent
Systems

THYKATTIL
Navisite

TRELOAR
Bebaio

SIVARAMA-
KRISHNAN

Red Hat
Cloud Expo New York All-Star Speakers Included

DE SOUZA
Cisco

POTTER
SafeLogic

ROBINSON
CompTIA

WARUSA
-WITHANA

WSO2 Inc

MEINER
Oracle

CHOU
Microsoft

HARRISON
Tufin

BRUNOZZI
VMware

KIM
MapR

KANE
Dyn

SICULAR
Basho

TURNER
Cloudian

KUMAR
Liaison

ADAMIAK
Liaison

KHAN
Solgenia

BONIFAZI
Solgenia

SUSSMAN
Coalfire

ISAACSON
RMS

LYNN
CodeFutures

HEABERLIN
Windstream

RAMA
MURTHY

Virtusa

BOSTOCK
IndependenceIT

DE MENO
CommVault

GRILLI
Adobe

WILLIAMS
Rancher Labs

CRISWELL
Alert Logic

COTY
Alert Logic

JACOBS
SingleHop

MARAVEI
Cisco

JACKSON
Softlayer

SINGH
IBM

HAZARD
Softlayer

GALLO
Softlayer

TAMASKAR
GENBAND

SUBRA
-MANIAN

Emcien

LEVESQUE
Windstream

IVANOV
StorPool

BLOOMBERG
Intellyx

BUDHANI
Soha

HATHAWAY
IBM Watson

TOLL
ProfitBricks

LANDRY
Microsoft

BEARFIELD
Blue Box

HERITAGE
Akana

PILUSO
SIASMSP

HOLT
IBM Cloudant

SHAN
CTS

PICCININNI
EMC

BRON-
GERSMA

Modulus

PAIGE
CenturyLink

SABHIKHI
Cognitive Scale

MILLS
Green House Data

KATZEN
CenturyLink

SLOPER
CenturyLink

SRINIVAS
EMC

TALREJA
Cisco

GORBACHEV
Systems Services Inc.

COLLISON
Apcera

PRABHU
OpenCrowd

LYNN
CodeFutures

SWARTZ
Ericsson

MOSHENKO
CoreOS

BERMINGHAM
SIOS

WILLIS
Stateless Networks

MURPHY
Gridstore

KHABE
Vicom

NIKOLOV
GetClouder

DIETZE
Windstream

DALRYMPLE
EnterpriseDB

MAZZUCCO
TierPoint

RIVERA
WHOA.com

HERITAGE
Akana

SEYMOUR
6fusion

GIANNETTO
Author

CARTER
IBM

ROGERS
Virtustream
Cloud Expo Silicon Valley All-Star Speakers

TESAR
Microsoft

MICKOS
HP

BHARGAVA
Intel

RILEY
Riverbed

DEVINE
IBM

ISAACSON
CodeFutures

LYNN
HP

HINKLE
Citrix

KHAN
Solgenia

SINGH
Bigdata

BEACH
SendGrid

BOSTOCK
IndependenceIT

DE SOUZA
Cisco

PATTATHIL
Harbinger

O'BRIEN
Aria Systems

BONIFAZI
Solgenia

BIANCO
Solgenia

PROCTOR
NuoDB

DUGGAL
EnterpriseWeb

TEGETHOFF
Appcore

BRUNOZZI
VMware

HICKENS
Parasoft

KLEBANOV
Cisco

PETERS
Esri

GOLDBERG
Vormetric

CUMBER-
LAND

Dimension

ROSENDAHL
Quantum

LOOMIS
Cloudant

BRUNO
StackIQ

HANNON
SoftLayer

JACKSON
SoftLayer

HOCH
Virtustream

KAPADIA
Seagate

PAQUIN
OnLive

TSAI
Innodisk

BARRALL
Connected Data

SHIAH
AgilePoint

SEGIL
Verizon

PODURI
Citrix

COWIE
Dyn

RITTEN-
HOUSE

Cisco

FALLOWS
Kaazing

THYKATTIL
TimeWarner

LEIDUCK
SAP

LYNN
HP

WAGSTAFF
BSQUARE

POLLACK
AOL

KAMARAJU
Vormetric

BARRY
Catbird

MENDEN-
HALL

SUPERNAP

SHAN
KEANE

PLESE
Verizon

BARNUM
Voxox

TURNER
Cloudian

CALDERON
Advanced Systems

AGARWAL
SOA Software

LEE
Quantum

OBEROI
Concurrent, Inc.

HATEM
Verizon

GALEY
Autodesk

CAUTHRON
NIMBOXX

BARSOUM
IBM

GORDON
1Plug

LEWIS
Verizon

YEO
OrionVM

NAKAGAWA
Transparent Cloud Computing

SHIBATA
Transparent Cloud Computing

NATH
GE

GOKCEN
GE

STOICA
Databricks

TANKEL
Pivotal Software


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@SteveMar_Msft
General Manager of Window Azure
 
How does Cloud Expo do it every year? Another INCREDIBLE show - our heads are spinning - so fun and informative."
@SOASoftwareInc
 
Thank you @ThingsExpo for such a great event. All of the people we met over the past three days makes us confident IoT has a bright future."
Yasser Khan
CEO of @Cnnct2me
 
One of the best conferences we have attended in a while. Great job, Cloud Expo team! Keep it going."

@Peak_Ten


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@ThingsExpo Blogs
This is the time of year when everyone makes his or her predictions for 2018. I have my predictions as well, but wanted to do something a bit more fun. So I thought I’d look backwards to the state of technology 50 years ago to gain some insights that we can use to make projections about 2018. That is, what “predictions” made in the 1950’s might tell us about 2018. However, it’s really hard to find predictions about the future made in the 1950’s. There was no Internet or Social Media or Reality TV, so I found the next best proxy…sci-fi movies! I decided to review the most popular sci-fi mo...
Our cities have been connected since the dawn of urbanization in the Indus Valley and on the plains of Mesopotamia nearly ten millennia ago. Cities exist to gather and connect people, bringing us together into communities and joint ventures that need complex networks of communication. But in recent years the connected city has come to mean something more. Today and in the future, the connected city will not just be about people connecting with people, but people with machines, people with people via machines, and perhaps most importantly, machines with machines.
The time of year when crystal balls get a viewing and many pundits put out their annual predictions for the coming year. Copying off since 2012, rather than thinking up my own, I figured I’d regurgitate what many others expect to happen. Top 10 Cyber Security Predictions for 2018 – Infosec Institute kicks off this year’s Top 10, Top 10 list with a look back at their 2017 predictions (AI, IoT, etc.) and dives head first into 2018 noting that Ransomware will be the most dangerous threat to organizations worldwide; cryptocurrency will attract fraudsters looking to mine; cloud security will (ag...
The Internet of Things will challenge the status quo of how IT and development organizations operate. Or will it? Certainly the fog layer of IoT requires special insights about data ontology, security and transactional integrity. But the developmental challenges are the same: People, Process and Platform. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Craig Sproule, CEO of Metavine, demonstrated how to move beyond today's coding paradigm and shared the must-have mindsets for removing complexity from the development process, accelerating application delivery times, and ensuring that developers will become hero...
A strong declaration from a historically antagonist foe should put chills in the hearts of Americans preparing themselves for the world ahead: Russian President Vladimir Putin says the nation that leads in AI will be the ruler of the world [1]” … The ruler of the world! From the article (with some modification to avoid political landmines), we get the following: “The development of artificial intelligence has increasingly become a national security concern in recent years. It is China and the US (not Russia), which are seen as the two frontrunners, with China recently announcing its ambi...
This month, an AI (artificial intelligence) system passed a medical exam in China for the first time. I wonder how its bedside manner will be? In addition, Saudi Arabia granted citizenship to a robot named Sophia. With all these rapid advancements, I think it is time we explore the spiritual life of robots. Up till recently, programmers coded and configured algorithms, AI, automation and machine learning system and took personal responsibility for all the code. Today, however, AI has escaped the confines of human oversight and has been empowered and employed to self-program, self-optimize, ...
Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) have been the subject of much discourse in the last several years. They were widely anticipated in the gaming and entertainment industries, but in marketing and corporate settings, the benefits were murky at best. Today, these technologies are becoming more of a reality in all areas of business. For example, the new IKEA® shopping app leverages augmented reality to help shoppers determine how certain popular items will look in their homes – no trip to a crowded megastore necessary. Marriott® deployed virtual reality for customers to see its hot...
"Evatronix provides design services to companies that need to integrate the IoT technology in their products but they don't necessarily have the expertise, knowledge and design team to do so," explained Adam Morawiec, VP of Business Development at Evatronix, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
As we end 2017, I’m tired of writing “lecturing” blogs about what organizations should be doing to master data monetization in order to power their business models and achieve digital transformation. While the objective of every organization should be to master big data and data science (artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning) to drive “data monetization,” let’s take a breath and have some fun. My recent ankle surgery afforded me the opportunity to binge watch “Game of Thrones.” As I watched the impending battle between the White Walkers and humanity, I couldn’t help but ...
For better or worse, big data has irrevocably altered the digital landscape. The explosion in variety, velocity, volume and value of information presents an abundance of previously unimaginable opportunity. But it also creates a number of challenges that need to be successfully navigated. This reshaped technical world poses the following question to organizations: do you risk presenting, stale, incorrect or erroneous data to your customers? Because, with 2.5 quintillion bytes of data now being created every day, finding a way to manage and harness such potential is a new experience for everyo...
Net Neutrality rules were originally enacted to ensure that all Americans would have equal access to a free and open Internet. We can argue about what Net Neutrality rules did and did not accomplish in a moment, but now I want to explore the most sensational of all the post–Net Neutrality fears: the death of the Internet. If you’re still reading, you know that the FCC voted to repeal Net Neutrality rules (aka the Open Internet) and replace it with the “Restoring Internet Freedom” order. The outcry from the Open Internet camp has been loud, hyperbolic, hypothetical, and mostly based on the fun...
When shopping for a new data processing platform for IoT solutions, many development teams want to be able to test-drive options before making a choice. Yet when evaluating an IoT solution, it’s simply not feasible to do so at scale with physical devices. Building a sensor simulator is the next best choice; however, generating a realistic simulation at very high TPS with ease of configurability is a formidable challenge. When dealing with multiple application or transport protocols, you would be looking at some significant engineering investment. On-demand, serverless computing enables deve...
“Why incur the expense of generating and collecting all of this IoT data if you’re not going to monetize it?” Organizations are racing to embrace the Internet of Things (IoT) as the pundits create “visions of sugar-plums dancing in their heads.” McKinsey Global Institute released their study “The Internet of Things: Mapping the Value beyond the Hype” in June 2015 that highlighted the staggering financial value that IoT could create! (See Figure 1.)
Recently I read somewhere this statement – As we end 2017 and look ahead to 2018, topics that are top of mind for data professionals are the growing range of data management mandates, including the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation that is directed at personal data and privacy, the growing role of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning in enterprise applications, the need for better security in light of the onslaught of hacking cases, and the ability to leverage the expanding Internet of Things.
There is a war a-brewin’, but this war will be fought with wits and not brute strength. Ever since Russian President Vladimir Putin’s declaration that “the nation that leads in AI (Artificial Intelligence) will be the ruler of the world,” the press and analysts have created hysteria regarding the ramifications of artificial intelligence on everything from public education to unemployment to healthcare to Skynet. Note: artificial intelligence (AI) endows applications with the ability to automatically learn and adapt from experience via interacting with the surroundings / environment. See the b...
What's disruptive innovation, and why does it matter to leaders in the C-suite? It's how the savvy non-conformist will target market opportunities. How does this happen, when established companies seem to have the advantage? Creative software developers can quickly apply new technologies and digital business models to capture untapped demand.

Moreover, the most disruptive new companies will eventually reshape entire industries, swiftly pushing aside the legacy incumbent players -- it's a form of Digital Darwinism. The global networked economy will blossom, thanks to the pervasive In...
"IBM is really all in on blockchain. We take a look at sort of the history of blockchain ledger technologies. It started out with bitcoin, Ethereum, and IBM evaluated these particular blockchain technologies and found they were anonymous and permissionless and that many companies were looking for permissioned blockchain," stated René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
In his session at 21st Cloud Expo, Carl J. Levine, Senior Technical Evangelist for NS1, will objectively discuss how DNS is used to solve Digital Transformation challenges in large SaaS applications, CDNs, AdTech platforms, and other demanding use cases. Carl J. Levine is the Senior Technical Evangelist for NS1. A veteran of the Internet Infrastructure space, he has over a decade of experience with startups, networking protocols and Internet infrastructure, combined with the unique ability to iterate use cases, bring understanding to those seeking to explore complicated technical concepts and ...
22nd International Cloud Expo, taking place June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and co-located with the 1st DXWorld Expo will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy. Meanwhile, 94% of enterprises are using some form of XaaS – software, platform, and infras...
So data warehousing may not be cool anymore, you say? It’s yesterday’s technology (or 1990’s technology if you’re as old as me) that served yesterday’s business needs. And while it’s true that recent big data and data science technologies, architectures and methodologies seems to have rendered data warehousing to the back burner, it is entirely false that there is not a critical role for the data warehouse and Business Intelligence in digitally transformed organizations.