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DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140821/138541 "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)

McKinsey Cloud Report Rebutted By Amazon

Last week, at the Uptime Institute IT Symposium in New York City, management consultancy firm McKinsey a well respected professional services company that describes itself as “a management consulting firm advising leading companies on organization, technology, and operations”, released a report with the title “Clearing the Air on Cloud Computing” claiming that large corporations could lose money through the adoption of cloud computing. The report paints cloud computing as over-hyped and maintains that cloud computing services like Amazon Web Services overcharge large companies for a service the companies could do better on their own. They argue that cloud offerings are most attractive for small and medium sized enterprises, large companies will spend less if using traditional data centers.  The whole study was received with skepticism by all people interested in the ... (more)

SOAPSonar - EMAP Certified HP QC Native Integration

According to Gartner's Hype Cycle for Application Development, 2009, SOA Testing has almost traversed the "Peak of Inflated Expectation" and is on a glide-slope towards the "Slope of Enlighment." There is of course a "Trough of Disillusionment" in the middle where most enterprise find themselves in. However, mature enterprise SOA deployments have realized that they have to look at SOA Testing Jason [email protected] ... (more)

.CA – Canadian Grade Cloud Privacy for Digital Economy innovation

One of the key activities to help build out an R&D program here at the CCN, is to start a Kantara working group, called Cloud ID Sec, standing for Cloud Identity and Security. This is  part of building the capability into the roadmap, organizing it locally to create innovation opportunities for Canadian entrepreneurs. You can read more about the Kantara WG in this charter document - Our goal is to define a set of Canadian best practice standards for IDaaS, helping to showcase local start-up tech firms; for example SmartSignin is an IDaaS provider based on an exciting R&D partnership with the University of Toronto. They’re documented in our white paper: Canadian IDaaS. Cloud Identity and Security – Best practices Cloud ID Security can seem somewhat of a dry topic to act as a stimulant for ‘Digital Economy innovation’, but consider just how central your identity is to y... (more)

Business Services: What are they, really?

The TOGAF 9.1 Metamodel has a box that is in the center of the diagram called: Business Services”. Quite often I’m asked: what do we mean by “business services”? Looking at the specification and the definition, we find the following definition: “Supports business capabilities through an explicitly defined interface and is explicitly governed by an organization.” Right, we understand that business capabilities help us to identify what are the services that the business needs with a certain level of granularity, to enable business agility, to be implemented by IT but it does not really explain what it really means and how you identify them. Business capabilities align perfectly with the notion that a service, in the Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) sense, is a black box whose implementation is encapsulated behind a standard interface. In the SOA section of the spec... (more)

IBM to Open SOA Centers for Customers, Business Partners and Students

DUBAI, UAE and LA GAUDE, FRANCE -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 01/15/07 -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced today the plans to open new centers in Dubai and La Gaude, France designed to address the growing demand for skills needed to solve customer business problems using service oriented architectures (SOA). IBM customers, Business Partners and university students are expected to benefit from the eight of these new SOA Leadership Centers (SLC) planned around the world. The Centers will serve as a focal point to harness the SOA skills and expertise from IBM product and services teams, IBM Business Partners as well as universities to address the skills and knowledge customers in key markets need to reach business goals using an SOA. Each center will be staffed by IBM SOA experts and will focus on three key areas: SOA education and training; SOA implementation support; and SOA exhibit... (more)

Microsoft Releases BizTalk Server 2009; Customers Win With Cost-Effective, Simple Enterprise Application Integration

Integration server broadens connectivity and increases productivity. REDMOND, Wash., April 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of Microsoft BizTalk Server 2009, the company's enterprise integration and connectivity server solution. In its sixth release, BizTalk Server is already being used by 90 percent of Global 100 customers to integrate systems and automate processes. BizTalk Server 2009 delivers new capabilities to help customers more effectively integrate disparate systems, enhance end-to-end enterprise connectivity and more quickly exchange data across multiple platforms, resulting in increased efficiency and lower costs. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000822/MSFTLOGO) "In today's economy, it is more important than ever for Microsoft to deliver innovation that drives immediate customer value," said Dan ... (more)

New Avaya Contact Center Solutions Help Companies Master the Omni-Channel Customer Experience

SANTA CLARA, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 03/11/14 -- Latest solution unifies and simplifies multichannel self-service and proactive engagement with a single, software platform Transforms customer service strategies with combined SMS, email, and phone-based campaigns that increase results Intelligently coordinates services and resources based on real-time insights Avaya today announced new and enhanced Customer Experience Management solutions to help businesses eliminate the fragmented, high-effort service that jeopardizes customer loyalty and revenue growth. From a single software platform, new capabilities increase reach and bring every aspect of the customer experience into a seamless, dynamic stream with greater, real-time visibility into interactions and contextual information. The end result is a transformed customer experience built one interaction at a time. Accor... (more)

Amazon Announces Plans to Open Its Fourth Fulfillment Center in Washington; Company Will Create Hundreds of Full-Time Jobs at New Kent Site

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced plans to open a nearly 1 million-square-foot fulfillment center in Kent, Wash. Amazon will create hundreds of full-time jobs at the site when it opens. This will be the company’s fourth fulfillment center in the state. Amazon’s other Washington fulfillment centers are located in Sumner and Bellevue, and a DuPont site is near completion. “We’re excited to bring hundreds of great full-time jobs with benefits to Kent and proud to further invest in Washington state with this new fulfillment center,” said Mike Roth, Amazon's vice president of North America operations. “We are grateful to local and state elected officials who have supported Amazon in bringing a new fulfillment center to the state of Washington.” “Amazon's expansion is great news for the people who will be working in the hundreds of great jobs there, as wel... (more)

Exchange Email Is Mission Critical to Business' Operational Success, SolarWinds Seeks to Simplify the Growing Complexity of Email Management

AUSTIN, TX -- (Marketwired) -- 03/18/14 -- SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI) According to one of the leading research firms in the space, The Radicati Group, the MS Exchange market is estimated to grow to 470 million mailboxes by the end of the year and 85 percent of this market is still on-premise.* This mission-critical application deserves a stronger and more effective means of management. SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI), a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, today announced its continued commitment to providing greater application visibility to its application and server monitoring software, SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor (SAM). The latest version of SolarWinds SAM shines a light on oft-neglected email management with its new AppInsight for Microsoft Exchange, which empowers sysadmins and Exchange admins to proactively prevent downtime of bu... (more)

Looker Partners With Snowplow Analytics to Deliver an Unmatched Cloud Solution for Capturing and Analyzing Event Data

SANTA CRUZ, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 03/19/14 -- Looker, an innovative software company with a unique approach to business analytics, today announced a partnership with Snowplow Analytics, together providing organizations with a powerful end-to-end solution for understanding web event data. A leading event data collection platform, Snowplow allows businesses to capture detailed data from a website or business application and store it in an Amazon Redshift data warehouse. Connecting to Looker's in-database data discovery platform empowers organizations to model the valuable data they're collecting and convert it into actionable insights. Users can now drill into the details of individual customer or event records while performing complex analytics that inform business strategy. "Both Looker and Snowplow take the same approach to driving value from data: we give our us... (more)