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Disrupt or be disrupted. That is the simple choice facing every CEO today, whether they will have their own “Kodak Moment” and be decimated by a digital native competitor. With Toys R Us joining the ranks of businesses that fail to adapt to digital competition it would seem obvious that lacking a clear digital strategy today is a negligent death wish. Cloud Native Competitive Advantage In a VentureBeat article the author envisions ‘the future of enterprise tech‘, describing how pioneering organizations like Netflix are entirely embracing a Cloud paradigm for their business, moving away from the traditional approach of owning and operating your own data centre populated by EMC, Oracle and VMware. Enterprise data centre Instead they are moving to ‘web scale IT’ via on demand rental of containers, commodity hardware and NoSQL databases, but critically it’s not just ab... (more)

The State of the Internet Past and Present

Kudos to JESS3 - a creative agency that specializes in web design, branding and data visualization - for this excellent ‘State of the Internet’ presentation. When you take a step back and consider the mind boggling numbers presented throughout this vid, you realise just how far we’ve come since Nicholas Negroponte of MIT Media Labs said back in ‘97 that “the internet was the most overhyped, underestimated phenomenon in history.” Hindsight is a wonderful thing but how must the guys at Newsweek feel when they look back through their archives and read this piece from Clifford Stoll, published in the magazine on February 27th 1995. “After two decades online, I’m perplexed. It’s not that I haven’t had a gas of a good time on the Internet. I’ve met great people and even caught a hacker or two. But today, I’m uneasy about this most trendy and oversold community. Visionar... (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)

TripIt Launches An API. Travel Sites, Please Use It

TripIt, the helpful travel site that lets you generate an itinerary by simply forwarding the service your Email confirmations from hotels and airlines, has opened up an API for outside developers. The API will give third party applications access to TripIt’s itinerary sysytem, which now accepts data from 350 travel sites. Developers can find all the details for joining the program here. A number of applications have already used the API to implement new features. Expensd, an online service that helps business travelers manage their expenses, will use TripIt to automatically import your transit and hotel expenses. Popular iPhone application FlightTrack will use TripIt to automatically look up your flights to see if they’re on time. And Where I’ve Been, a social network application that plots your travels on a map for your friends to see, will use the API to automat... (more)

Social Network Customers to Monetize Demand

Even during tough economic times, the mobile social networking phenomenon is here to stay. People want to stay connected and in touch while on the go, and the addition of text messaging to social networks makes it possible anywhere, anytime. Especially in times of high job loss, people want to stay in touch with friends, colleagues, past employers, and others to keep up to date on job status and conversations regarding possible work opportunities. Immediately opened when received, text messaging is the fastest growing communications method in mobile social networking today. Brightkite, mig33 and Mobiluck agree -- they've chosen Clickatell as their trusted SMS provider to deliver reliable text messages to millions of their community members around the world. Brightkite, available independently on Brightkite.com or via Facebook, is a mobile location-based social net... (more)

Clickatell to Provide Global SMS Delivery Services

Clickatell announced that Clickatell's SMS messaging and gateway services will be used by mFoundry to enable Text Banking message delivery for mFoundry's three-mode mBanking product. mFoundry offers the most complete solution in the market with integrated SMS, WAP, and mobile applications including native support for iPhone and iPod Touch. Clickatell's carrier grade mobile messaging service, which currently supports over 8,300 customers, will provide Text Banking SMS messaging delivery for mFoundry's mBanking product. Jacob Jegher, senior analyst in Celent's Banking Group, commented, "It is a very exciting time in mobile banking. Soon, people around the world will be using their mobile phone in place of their wallet. We're already seeing many forms of text banking -- including SMS receipts, mobile alerts, money transfers, balance checks, and more -- in the US and e... (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)

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)

JavaOne != javaone

Tonight I’m going back home after attending JavaOne 2010. These are my fresh notes about this event. If you are reading this, you know something about Java. At the very least you know that this is a case-sensitive programming language and the HelloWorld is not the same as helloworld. If you don’t know this much, consider listening my new audio podcasts “Java for Blondes". Attendance On the same note, Sun’s JavaOne was not the same as Oracle’s javaone. This year it’s a small conference. It felt small. Even though it’s a part of the huge Oracle Open World conference (41 thousand attendees), the JavaOne crowd was modest. I don’t have the numbers, but based on my past experience. It seems that only between three and four thousand Java people are here.  At the end of '90s, the peek attendance at JavaOne allegedly was around 15K, and in 2006 - 12K.   Forget about technica... (more)

High Security of TeamDrive Cloud Data Storage Validated by The Data Protection Commissioner’s Office (ULD)

Fraunhofer SIT's criticism of the security of TeamDrive's cloud data storage is unjustified Hamburg - June 12th 2012 - The ULD (Unabhängiges Landeszentrum für Datenschutz Schleswig-Holstein) has issued a statement confirming it upholds TeamDrive's privacy seal certification, an opinion validated by other independent technical and legal experts. According to the ULD, TeamDrive continues to fulfill the stringent security requirements necessary for the privacy seal to be issued. The ULD and other experts welcomed Fraunhofer SIT's detailed study. It gives valuable information about security weaknesses of cloud services. However, with respect to TeamDrive 2.4, the ULD accredited experts - lawyer Stefan Hansen-Oest and IT specialist Andrew Bethke - reject the Fraunhofer SIT's criticisms. In their opinion, the transport and encryption standards used by TeamDrive constitu... (more)