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  • Open Source Insider

    450,000 open source big data connector customers served

    TIBCO stages its annual global convention next week - what used to be called TUCON is now called TIBCO NOW. Yes, we preferred the old name too. Any road up... the firm has just released version 5.6 of its Jaspersoft business intelligence (BI) software -- available for free download on the Jaspersoft Commun...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    IT buyers must demand open standards as balance of power shifts in their favour

    The old cliché about open standards has never been truer - that the great thing about them is there are so many to choose from. Look at the Wikipedia page on the topic, for example. It lists 20 different definitions of what an open standard is, and at least 30 different specifications all of which claim to...

  • CWDN

    Vserv envisions big smart actionable data

    The CWDN blog team recently met up with Dippak Khurana, co-founder & CEO of mobile marketing platform company Vserv. Khurana talks about the-called 'smart data revolution' no less. The smart what? Well, yes, exactly - this term has been defined by Cambridge Semantics as data that is discovered, integrated,...

  • Public Sector IT

    Law to leave wiggle room for public data profiteers

    Forthcoming data laws will put only a loose cap on public bodies seeking to sell public information for profit, according to the head of a UK consultation on their scope.Yet while the law change will also boost the amount of public information being sold for profit, the UK insists it will become harder for...

  • StorageBuzz

    Zadara enterprise bolt-ons show the limits of cloud storage

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  • The Full Spectrum

    Why is Huawei hiding behind Honor?

    Let's be clear. I don't think Huawei is some kind of Chinese fifth column. I think it has consistently demonstrated good faith in its dealings outside China, and I'm generally happy to stand by that.But now something has given me pause for thought.A new smartphone brand has just launched in Europe. It's ca...

  • CWDN

    IBM's data (architecture) developer gets new tools

    IBM makes a direct play for the "data developer" (or perhaps "data architecture developer") this month at its Insight 2014 conference. Not quite a formalised term as such, IBM has previously talked about the "developer DBA", who is obviously a close relative if not in fact the same person. The company is a...

  • StorageBuzz

    Ideas EMC probably hates #96 - Seagate Kinetic drives

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  • CWDN

    Analytical Insight my dear (IBM) Watson

    IBM is reaching out to so-called "data developers" with analytics tools across what is now an increasingly broad portfolio of products - the firm has detailed its news at the Insight 2014 conference. IBM's cadre of products in this field now include: • Cognos Business Intelligence, • SPSS predictive analyt...

  • CWDN

    IBM (superhero) intelligence cybercrime analytics

    IBM has announced new high-speed analysis and criminal investigation software. The product is designed to uncover hidden criminal threats buried deep inside massive volumes of disparate corporate data. Non-obvious relationships, it's complicated IBM i2 Enterprise Insight Analysis (EIA) is said to be able t...

  • Ahead in the Clouds

    Did you believe in any of these cloud computing myths?

    Myths and misunderstandings around the use and benefits of cloud computing are slowing down IT project implementations, impeding innovation, inducing fear and distracting enterprises from yielding business efficiency and innovation, analyst firm Gartner has warned. It has identified the top ten common misu...

  • Downtime

    Met Police take first step in Minority Report implementation

    A technology pilot which has seen the use of data analytics technology to help the Met Police predict which London gang members are likely to commit another crime, is being considered by parliamentary watchdogs to predict the next expenses cheats.Despite the obvious correlation between being in a London ga...

  • Quocirca Insights

    Cloud & mobile security - take aim, save the data

    In all the hubbub around mobile users increasingly making their own choices of operating systems and hardware, something has been lost sight of - it doesn't really matter if you bring your own device (BYOD), a more pressing matter for businesses should be 'where is our data accessed?' (WODA). This issue ex...

  • Investigating Outsourcing

    Is HP lining up the sales of the shell of EDS?

    HP's decision to split the company in two, with its consumer computing and printing departments separated from its software, business servers and IT services operations.The IT giant is not shy to get itself in the headlines. Back in 2008 when it paid $13.9bn for IT outsourcing pioneer, heads turned and the...

  • Downtime

    Good news for JLS fans!

    Good news for fans of 2008 X Factor finalists JLS. Band member Aston Merrygold [wasn't he in Lord of the Rings? Ed.] has won the domain name www.astonmerrygold.co.uk from a cyber-squatter.Domain name registrar Nominet revealed Aston's victory marking the 10,000th domain name dispute it has resolved.The dom...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    Socitm 2014: The digital challenges for local government IT leaders

    A big thank you to Socitm, the society for local government IT leaders, for inviting me to chair their annual conference, which took place last week in Manchester.As a Liverpool FC supporter, the awkward choice of Old Trafford as the venue did at least give me the opportunity to poke some fun at the local ...

  • CWDN

    What to expect from IBM Insight 2014

    The first rule of technical conferences is: conferences start before the conference. Generally on social media and also in terms of events often now labelled as "day zero" gatherings, we know that events start before they start. IBM's big blue data What was once called IBM Information on Demand (IoD) is no...

  • ITWorks

    Calling all UK tech firms and evangelists: Skills London 2014 needs you!

    This is a guest blog by Barrie Hadfield, CTO of Workshare and London First board member. The UK tech sector continues to enjoy its greatest year of growth yet, becoming known as the 'silver economy' by many investors. With this success comes endless career opportunities for highly skilled graduates and new...

  • Downtime

    Don't worry developers - some of you are normal people after all!

    For any software developers worried about their social status - fear no longer. Apparently, some of you are quite like normal human beings after all!In a not-at-all patronising piece of research sent to Downtime, hosting company 34SP.com found that in fact as many as 28% of developers actually spend their ...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    A bad week for retailers, or a good week for digital retailing?

    It's not been a great week for retailers. Look at Tesco - terrible; online sales grew by a whole 11%. And ailing DIY chain Homebase too - digital revenue up by 12%. Of course, you might only have seen the headlines about Tesco's profit decline and accounting errors, or Homebase shutting a quarter of its st...

  • Public Sector IT

    Geo data geared for stage-2 privatization

    The UK's public mapping data has been put on the road to privatization after the Ordnance Survey opened talks to become a govco.The controversial plan contradicts official claims that the UK is committed to turning its most valuable public data sets into open data. Such data is already being sold for profi...

  • David Lacey's IT Security Blog

    One day wonders

    Last week Dr Hugh Thompson of Blue Coat and RSA fame was in London. I was fortunate to find a slot with him to meet up and exchange ideas. I like Hugh because he's not like the regular, dull vendors or CSOs that churn out the accepted security mantra. And he understands the importance of the human and poli...

  • David Lacey's IT Security Blog

    Security and the Internet of Things

    Whether you like the term or not the so-called Internet of Things is generating a huge amount of interest, and a growing amount of security research, including great opportunities for forward-looking security practitioners. The label of course is simply a passing fashion. Just like EDI or Knowledge Managem...

  • Open Source Insider

    Free work style analysis test

    Don't be disappointed, Jive Software's new WorkType Finder is not a personality test says the firm's exec VP Elisa Steele. We increasingly analyse our lifestyle today (especially so given the rise of the so-called Internet of Things) to calculate where we can digitise, automate and bring technology innovat...

  • Quocirca Insights

    BMC - turnaround or more of the same?

    A little over a year ago, BMC was not looking good.  It had a portfolio of good, but tired technology and was failing to move with the times.  Internal problems at various levels in the company were leading to high levels of employee churn.  Things did not look good. Led by CEO Bob Beauchamp...

  • CWDN

    How to build a community application platform

    Social reality number #1: companies today need individual employees to be ambassadors of the firm's brand. Social reality number #2: the job title 'head of community' is now very real. Social reality number #3: the IT industry is selling software to build professionally branded and 'gamified' communities. ...

  • Public Sector IT

    UK needs "mature debate" on open data, says senior official

    The UK's open data programme looks like it has hit a wall after a senior official intervened to call time on its release of the nation's most valuable public data assets.As the campaign bugle call for prime minister David Cameron and chancellor George Osborne, open data was at the heart of their plans to d...

  • Downtime

    Last QUANGO in town

    Downtime remembers the days when any organisation with a solid coupling with the government could be simply labeled a QUANGO and they were more than happy with that. There were QUANGOs, QUANGOs for QUANGOs and QUANGOs for QUANGO QUANGOs. But now it appears to be a dirty word. QUANGOs no longer want to be ...

  • CWDN

    JiveWorld 14: notes from day zero summit

    Jive Software kicked off its JiveWorld 14 event this October with an informal 'day zero' style executive summit. Initial sessions focused on using communication and collaboration solutions like Jive to span the communications challenges arising between baby boomers, Gen-X, Gen-Y & the so-called millennials...

  • CWDN

    JiveWorld 14: one language for baby boomers, Gen-X, Gen-Y & millennials

    Jive Software kicked off its JiveWorld 14 event this October with an informal 'day zero' style executive summit hosted by the firm's sharply dressed man CEO Tony Zingale. Jive is a company that specialises in modern communication and collaboration solutions for business - it produces an enterprise platform...