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Tired of getting crappy seats at Southwest? Here's how to make sure you get a better seat all the time using Free and Open Source software. ... (more)

Cloud Brokerage: The Immovable Asset Becomes Movable

This is Part IV in a series by 6fusion Co-founder and CEO John Cowan on the emerging trend of Cloud Brokerage and the impact it will have on the technology industry and markets. Be sure to check out Part I of the series here, Part II here, and Part III here. The IT industry to me looks a lot like the commercial airline industry did many years ago and I think the latter is rife with lessons about the power of a true commodity market. For those of you keeping score, late last year American Airlines’ parent AMR declared bankruptcy.  The Chapter 11 filing of the once largest airline in the world brought to a conclusion the era of disintegration for the legacy commercial airline market.  You can argue about the principal cause for the airline industry’s demise, but ultimately it came down to the fact that the market leaders in the industry refused to adapt to the changes... (more)

Internet of Things – IoT

Cisco would like to use the phrase IoE – Internet of Everything. But the common term is IoT (Internet of Things) these days. It refers to any device that has an IP address, and can communicate. I will be speaking at an IoT Expo in San Francisco on May 5th. and my session is called – Big Data, the oxygen of the Internet of Things. The term IoT is nebulous and involves all kinds of players – device suppliers (wearables, sensors, home appliances, monitors, etc.), backend players with network gears such as routers, hubs, load balancers, and then computing resources, storage, plus a large number of software players. From consumers to enterprises, the impact of IoT will be pervasive. Some new companies such as Kaazing claims to enable the Internet for the IoT. What does that mean? They offer a product called  The Kaazing WebSocket Gateway, an enterprise solution for full-... (more)

Katerina Moutsatsos, Kayikci and SOA World

After almost three months of traveling, I returned home today. When I flew around the island before I touched down, it was one of the most beautiful November days in the Caribbean. I had left home Labor Day weekend and traveled through Greece and Italy for most of October. It was one of the best seasons in Athens and Capri. Last Tuesday I was on a Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul to New York. They must have bought new planes, still Airbus but with a personal entertainment system on every seat with huge plasma touch screens - beats JetBlue big time. This flight is almost 12 hours. For a 36-hour stay in Istanbul, you better try your best to rest before you land in JFK, otherwise the remainder of your day will be completely shot. After going through "Two and Half Man" and the rest of the TV sitcoms, all popular movies including Oceans 13, I continued playing aroun... (more)

Is a Private Cloud Worthwhile?

Much discussion in the cloud computing world has focused on a simple question: Is a private cloud infrastructure worthy of the name? It's been posed in many ways, with some going so far as claiming that there is no such thing as a private cloud. Although discussions like these are all too common in many areas, the question really amounts to little more than counting angels dancing on pin heads. The key issue is whether private cloud-style infrastructure can deliver real benefits like public clouds can. First, let's set out some definitions: The draft NIST definition, perhaps the best we have at this point, states that "Cloud computing is a pay-per-use model for enabling available, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, services) that can be rapidly provisioned and rel... (more)

How Technology is Changing Small Town America

Web 2.0 Journal There was an interesting article by Bill Kauffman in the Wall Street Journal today (October 20, 2009) in the Bookshelf section called Where Home Is, The Heart Isn't. It talks about the book Hollowing Out the Middle by husband and wife sociologists Patrick J. Carr and Maria J. Kefalas that describes a trend where young people of intellect and ambition leave the middle of America for the coastlines. This migration has devastating effects on the middle of America according to the authors. The sharpest insight in the book according to Kauffman is that "small towns play an unwitting role in their own decline" by promoting the idea that fulfilling one's dream means one must leave home for the big city lights along the shores. I live in Boise, Idaho. A small town in the high desert at the base of the mountains far from any oceans. Mobile computing, high sp... (more)

emergn Builds Blueprint for British Airways' Agile Enablement

NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 11/19/09 -- emergn, a specialized consultancy enabling lean and agile principles across the value chain, today announced a series of successful projects with British Airways that have laid the foundation for the airline giant's corporate-wide adoption of lean and agile project management principles. Following project engagements to implement methods for faster, higher-quality web site software development, British Airways has moved forward with emergn to move from waterfall development methodologies to agile methods across multiple areas of the IT estate. emergn's engagement began when British Airways made the decision to find a new method for developing software elements of its web site more quickly and with higher quality. After consulting with emergn's team of experts, the airline industry leader seeded its Air Miles, Revenue Manage... (more)

ArrivedOK Flight Arrival Tracker Goes Commercial

ArrivedOK, the personal flight arrival tracker finishes the phase of public beta and goes commercial now. ArrivedOK tracks air travelers' cell phones in a mobile network when it is turned on after landing and instantly sends those tailored 'Arrived OK' messages to the designated recipients via SMS, email, and social media. The automated flight plan systems do not provide accurate reporting about flight arrivals all the time, which was demonstrated on November 19, 2009 when the glitch in US air traffic control network caused flight delays across the nation. Unlike other tracking services that use centralized flight status data, ArrivedOK tracks one's actual appearance in the destination airport using individual mobile phone status. "Even as a paid service, ArrivedOK SMS alerts allow the subscribers bypassing the heavy international roaming charges." - says Andrey Der... (more)

Progress Software Announces 2009 Fourth Quarter Results

Progress Session at Cloud Expo Progress Software Corporation on Tuesday announced results for its fourth quarter ending November 30, 2009. On a generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) basis, revenue for the quarter was $136.8 million, down 2 percent (5 percent at constant currency) from $139.4 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008. On a non-GAAP basis, revenue totaled $136.9 million, representing a 4 percent decrease (7 percent at constant currency) over the year ago period. Software license revenue decreased 7 percent (10 percent at constant currency) to $52.0 million from $56.1 million in the same quarter last year. On a GAAP basis, operating income increased 202 percent to $25.8 million from $8.5 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008. Net income increased 158 percent to $16.7 million from $6.5 million in the same quarter last year. Diluted ... (more)

SAP’s Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2009 Results Exceeded Expectations

Economics for Investors SAP AG announced its preliminary financial results for the fourth quarter and full-year ended December 31, 2009. U.S. GAAP software and software-related service revenues were euro 8.20 billion (2008: euro 8.46 billion), a decrease of 3%. Non-GAAP software and software-related service revenues were euro 8.21 billion (2008: euro 8.62 billion), a decrease of 5% (5% at constant currencies). U.S. GAAP total revenues were euro 10.67 billion (2008: euro 11.57 billion), a decrease of 8%. Non-GAAP total revenues were euro 10.68 billion (2008: euro 11.73 billion), a decrease of 9% (9% at constant currencies). U.S. GAAP software revenues were euro 2.61 billion (2008: euro 3.61 billion), a decrease of 28% (27% at constant currencies). Full Year 2009 Non-GAAP revenue figures exclude an acquisition-related deferred support revenue write-down of euro 11 mil... (more)

On Kevin Smith, Southwest Airlines, and a UCE

Twitter on Ulitzer So… Kevin Smith has announced he will never fly Southwest Airlines again. And, it’s a top story on CNN. Thank goodness his important statement removed trivial stories about the economy, health care and terrorism from the front page. (Yes…I’m being sarcastic.) In today’s world of Tweets and IM’s, I find it fascinating how instantaneously your organization’s perception in the minds of customers and prospects can be evaluated — or, perhaps even more importantly, reevaluated. When a flight attendant, reportedly following the instructions of the aircraft’s captain, required film director Kevin Smith to deplane a Southwest flight from Oakland to Burbank, a firestorm was created. As you probably know, Smith immediately took his complaint about his treatment to his fan base on Twitter. Smith, you see, was deemed to be in violation of Southwest’s “passen... (more)