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Microsoft Launching Azure Machine Learning as a Service

by Alex Giamas on  Sep 16, 2014

Microsoft recently announced Azure ML, a machine learning cloud based platform that helps predict future events based on past performance. Microsoft has been using machine learning for years for Bing, Xbox and other products but this is the first time that internal technologies are consumerized and deployed as cloud services. Ersatz Labs is also trying to build a PaaS for Machine Learning.

IBM: 70% of Enterprises Are Using Big Data, Cloud, Mobile and Social

by Abel Avram on  Aug 26, 2014 3

With Raising the game - The IBM Business Tech Trends Study (PDF) IBM has evaluated the current adoption landscape of 4 key technologies in the enterprise: Big Data & Analytics, Cloud, Mobile and Social, comparing today’s adoption with 2012’s and Pacesetters against Dabblers.

DockerCon 2014 Highlights

by Chris Swan on  Jun 12, 2014

After the launch of Docker 1.0 there was more to come. The conference t-shirts said ‘Containers everywhere!’, with plenty of evidence of that from the large Bay area service providers. There were also some additional launches - libswarm ‘a minimalist toolkit to compose network services’, libchan ‘an ultra-lightweight networking library’, and more partners getting involved with libcontainer.

Tesora DBaaS Platform Becomes First Trove-Based OpenStack Distribution to Support MongoDB

by Alex Giamas on  May 27, 2014

Tesora, previously known as Parelastic is developing a DBaaS for OpenStack. Tesora has partnered with the OpenStack Trove community and its DBaaS solution has had support from day zero for MySQL. Now it has added support for MongoDB offering SQL and NoSQL databases to be deployed side by side..

IBM's Nick O'Leary Demos Node-RED for the Internet of Things

by Steffen Opel on  May 26, 2014

Nick O'Leary presented Node-RED, an open-source project focused on the Internet of Things (IoT), at the last QCon London. The project, created by IBM's Emerging Technology team, provides a browser-based environment for visually "wiring together hardware devices, APIs and online services in new and interesting ways".

To Have and Have Not StackMob- Part 2 of 2: The Road Ahead for Mobile Backend Services

by Martin Monroe on  Apr 21, 2014 2

The step-by-step app creation tools provided by backend services such as StackMob enable developers to create mobile apps that they would not otherwise be technically proficient enough to produce. With Stackmob gone, app developers may be searching for a replacement.Here's a look at some of the remaining options for those and other developers looking to find a mobile backend service provider.

A Roundup of Cloudera Distribution Containing Apache Hadoop 5

by Alex Giamas on  Apr 18, 2014

Cloudera recently released the latest version of its software distribution, CDH5. Almost 20 months after the last major version, CDH4 seems like ages in the Big Data world. We take a look at new features this release brings and the future direction of Cloudera after the latest round of investment from Intel and Google Ventures.

CouchDB Progresses As IBM Acquires Cloudant

by Alex Giamas on  Mar 21, 2014

IBM announced recently a definite agreement to acquire the major contributor to the CouchDB project, cloud database startup Cloudant. Adding CouchDB to IBM’s arsenal of technologies together with SoftLayer acquisition and MongoDB partnership creates an ecosystem of technologies bringing IBM in direct comparison with Amazon. A comparison of CouchDB, DynamoDB and ObjectRocket shows the strong points

IBM Launches Contest for Cognitive Mobile Apps using Watson

by Sergio De Simone on  Mar 03, 2014

At the Mobile World Congress, IBM has announced a developer contest for developers to create mobile consumer and business apps powered by IBM Watson cognitive computing platform. The winners of the IBM Watson Mobile Developer Challenge will receive design consulting and support from IBM to gain access to the market.

Applying Use Cases in Agile: Use Case 2.0, Slicing and Laminating

by Ben Linders on  Feb 13, 2014 1

To incrementally develop and deliver products using agile software development, requirements are gathered and organized into a product backlog. A requirement technique that is used in agile software development is use cases. Some techniques to apply use cases for managing product requirements in agile are use case 2.0, slicing and laminating.

A Few Highlights from QConSF2013- Part 1 of 2

by Martin Monroe on  Nov 30, 2013

On each day of the 3-day conference at the inviting environs offered at the Hyatt there was a jam-packed schedule of speakers, exhibits and activities that made for some difficult decisions as to which tracks and what happening to attend.

IBM Backs Cloud Foundry

by Dan Woods on  Aug 14, 2013

IBM announced its support for Pivotal's Cloud Foundry last month through a partnership in the continued development of the popular, open source Platform-as-a-Service. The announcement comes as one in a string of backings from IBM for cloud-related open source projects.

Mobile Dev, Big Data Analytics Take Center Stage at IBM Impact 2013

by Nitin Bharti on  Apr 20, 2013

At its annual customer conference in Las Vegas, IBM unveiled a number of new enhancements to its “MobileFirst” portfolio of products including data analytics support, mobile cloud services, cross-platform testing capabilities, as well as a series of updates to their core products to better support the mobile ecosystem.

IBM Mobile First- MBaaS, Big Data and Then Some for Enterprise

by Martin Monroe on  Apr 09, 2013 6

IBM has assembled a comprehensive portfolio of applications whereby enterprises can catch up to today’s current mobile computing trends. Mobile First is designed to enable enterprise to get their share of the billions of dollars that the firm maintains is being left on the table by the organizations that are not gearing up for this trend.

Big Data – Distinguishing Between Hype and Reality

by Abel Avram on  Nov 02, 2012 1

A recent IBM survey makes an attempt to distinguish between hype and reality when it comes to Big Data. Its findings include: 28% of the companies have started a Big Data pilot or implementation, 47% plan for it, while 24% try to learn about it.

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