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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)

Making Wap and ColdFusion Play Nicely Together

New toWBT's International Advisory Board, Ben has also joined WBT as ColdFusion editor. After all, for years he's been enlightening readers of SYS-CON Media's ColdFusion Developer's Journal. Here he gives WAP developers ideas to consider when powering WAP by ColdFusion. ColdFusion is becoming a popular server for powering WAP applications. There are many reasons for this, starting with the fact that it's cross-platform and client-independent, has a massive installed base, and dominates in intranets and extranets (which is also where WAP has gained significant momentum). The single most important reason for ColdFusion's popularity as a WAP back end is that it's so easy to learn and use. The CFML language is tag-based (much like WML), so developers comfortable writing WML feel comfortable with CFML in no time at all (and vice versa). ColdFusion does have its roots in ... (more)

Getting Ahead of the 3G Pack

The early days of NTT DoCoMo's pioneering third-generation mobile phone service are proving to be a trial in more than one sense of the word. The 3G WCDMA (wideband CDMA) service, called FOMA, was supposed to offer a dramatic leap in technology and "stress-free communications," as the Japanese operator claimed in an advertisement placed earlier this year. They had promised a state-of-the-art mobile phone service, with dramatically faster transmission speeds and effortless downloading of video and music on the go. Instead, FOMA has been greeted with a barrage of criticism over reported bugs and what some believe are even more serious problems. A survey by DoCoMo of some of the 4,500 users of FOMA for the two months since trial services began at the end of May has shown disappointing results. The main problems have been a low connection rate, screen freezing, overheate... (more)

World Scoop: Wireless Technology Will Soon Be Helping to 'Protect America'

By one of those strange confluences of events that from time to time engorge those of us who commentate on the fast-moving world of i-technology for a living, the past month has provided me with a rare opportunity to scope out the past, present, and immediate future of wireless as we move into only the third year of the 21st century. In short, I have been on the hoof, on the road for WBT. And what a month it has been. From Copenhagen to Amsterdam to New York, from New York to Boston and back, then from New York to Orlando, and from Orlando to Washington to New York to Seattle ­ it was a typical travel itinerary in today's globalized business world, and one that in the past might have tried the patience of even the hardiest road warrior. But in 2002, thanks almost entirely to wireless technology deployed within a variety of business and technological contexts from ... (more)

Symbol 1700 PDA Scanner

Need an industrial-strength PDA scanner for commercial applications? One that even a fat-fingered Teamster can use? How about a PDA scanner that can be dropped on a factory floor and still be able to scan a warehouse full of inventory? If you have an application where frail scanning hardware need not apply, look into the Symbol 1700 PDA with an integrated SE900 bar-code laser scanner. It's a PDA for people who don't usually use PDAs. The Symbol 1700 is meaty, beefy, big, and bouncy, and thrives in unforgiving industrial environments, long after more-wimpy scanners scream uncle. The Symbol 1700 is so tough, I wouldn't be surprised if it could be used as a truck tire stop (not tested). The Symbol Palm Terminal (SPT) 1700 product family is a series of pen-based terminals that are based on the Palm Computing Platform and offer integrated bar-code scanning and wireless ... (more)

Imark Launches Roadshow Aimed at SMB Audience

High-tech leaders who found themselves wading through a sea of unfocused exhibits and thousands of unqualified buyers in an effort to connect with legitimate IT buyers now have an alternative to the technology mega-show model of the 1990s: Imark Communications’ NEXT Tech Tour. "What we’re seeing now is that the market has shifted to a one-to-one sales model, and companies are seeking more deliberate exchanges with their customers," said David Korse, Imark Communications president and CEO. "The NEXT Tech Tour’s vertical focus allows vendors in the technology sector to generate demand for their products and build solid relationships with current and prospective customers in a meaningful way." The NEXT Tech Tour is a roadshow exclusively focused on security, storage, and mobility/wireless technologies. IT professionals from midmarket companies attend advanced conference... (more)

Code & Data Trends in Wireless

For years, the density of embedded memory in mobile handsets has followed Moore's Law, basically doubling about every two years. As new features including color, Javaenabled applications, and cameras enter the market, the average flash memory density has begun to grow at a faster rate. Predicting how much flash and RAM memory to include in phones designed to ship in 2004 and 2005 has become an all-important issue for handset designers and carriers.With the risk of inventory obsolescence and memory price volatility, it is important to select the appropriate memory density and feature set to meet market requirements. Handset designers need to ask themselves: What features will be adopted over the next two years? And how much memory will those features need? Fortunately for the industry, near-term feature adoption trends for the bulk of the wireless market are somewha... (more)

A Game in the Hand? - WBT talks to Spiffcode and Handmark about mobile-game development

Gaming on the move has always been the poor cousin of console and desktop gaming, generally limited to the various incarnations of Solitaire or basic puzzle games. It wasn't until Nintendo's GameBoy that companies started to take handheld games seriously. But even with dedicated hardware, the capabilities were very limited, and taken up only by teenagers and younger, never achieving the lifestyle acceptance that Sony managed to embody with PlayStation. The inclusion of "Snake" on all Nokia handsets has certainly had an impact on what people expect from a handheld. While very basic in game play, Snake still offers a real-time (as opposed to turn-based) game where reactions are key. But with PDAs rapidly becoming phones, and increases in memory and processors outstripping the ability of most of us to buy them, the device in my pocket now has as much processing power ... (more)

Wireless Drives Bullish Intel, Overall Chip Sales

Notebook computers now outsell desktop systems. Sales of mobile phones are expected to reach 750 million worldwide this year. Intel ups its revenue projections. The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), one of the key predictors of the global IT business, upgrades its outlook. Mobile wireless systems like the IBM ThinkPad are driving a rosy industry picture. All these signs point to a wireless communications wave that is driving current growth in the IT industry. Intel's rosy revenue picture was attributed to wireless by many analysts. The SIA's report  projected that worldwide semiconductor sales will hit a record $226 billion this year, also predicted sales in excess of $300 billion by 2008, with the association's CEO George Scalise saying,  "higher sales have been driven by better than expected demand in a number of important end markets, including personal c... (more)

Nokia: World's 6th Most Valuable Brand; Only Cellphone Maker in Top 10

"By constantly developing new technologies to support the increasing convergence of work and play on mobile devices, Nokia is both reinforcing its leadership and helping shape the wireless future," said Eddy Rizk, Senior Communications Manager, Nokia Middle East and Africa, as it was announced that, according to the BusinessWeek magazine / Interbrand Global Brand Scorecard released this month, Nokia is the sixth most valuable brand on earth. The Scorecard - which looks only at brands valued at US$1BN or higher - values the Nokia's brand at $26.45BN in 2005, 10% higher than the valuation for 2004. Nokia - which launched 34 new handsets in the first six months of 2005 alone - is a possible takeover target, according to a newspaper report today which suggested that Cisco wishes to take over the $71BN Finnish giant. The Global Brand Scorecard news comes at a good time. J... (more)

VeriSign Acquires m-Qube For $250 Million

VeriSign, Inc., a provider of intelligent infrastructure services for the Internet and telecommunications networks, announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire m-Qube, a mobile channel enabler that helps companies develop, deliver and bill for mobile content, applications and messaging services. The acquisition of m-Qube complements the recently acquired 3united and Kontiki, extending VeriSign’s digital content platform to enable carriers, Internet portals, media companies and consumer brands to provide anytime, anywhere, any device delivery of mobile and broadband services, says the company. m-Qube delivers messaging and content services that can reach more than 200 million wireless subscribers in North America. The company’s intelligent application platform powers mobile storefronts and marketing campaigns for customers including Sony Pic... (more)

CloudEXPO Stories
Poor data quality and analytics drive down business value. In fact, Gartner estimated that the average financial impact of poor data quality on organizations is $9.7 million per year. But bad data is much more than a cost center. By eroding trust in information, analytics and the business decisions based on these, it is a serious impediment to digital transformation.
"Cloud computing is certainly changing how people consume storage, how they use it, and what they use it for. It's also making people rethink how they architect their environment," stated Brad Winett, Senior Technologist for DDN Storage, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
The cloud competition for database hosts is fierce. How do you evaluate a cloud provider for your database platform? In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Chris Presley, a Solutions Architect at Pythian, gave users a checklist of considerations when choosing a provider. Chris Presley is a Solutions Architect at Pythian. He loves order – making him a premier Microsoft SQL Server expert. Not only has he programmed and administered SQL Server, but he has also shared his expertise and passion with budding DBAs as a SQL Server instructor at Conestoga College in Kitchener, Ontario. Drawing on his strong disaster-recovery skills, he monitors production environments to swiftly detect and resolve problems before they arise. A self-described adrenaline junkie, Chris likes tackling the biggest database problems and putting out the toughest fires – and hitting the road on his motorcycle.
Bill Schmarzo, author of "Big Data: Understanding How Data Powers Big Business" and "Big Data MBA: Driving Business Strategies with Data Science" is responsible for guiding the technology strategy within Hitachi Vantara for IoT and Analytics. Bill brings a balanced business-technology approach that focuses on business outcomes to drive data, analytics and technology decisions that underpin an organization's digital transformation strategy.
Digital Transformation: Preparing Cloud & IoT Security for the Age of Artificial Intelligence. As automation and artificial intelligence (AI) power solution development and delivery, many businesses need to build backend cloud capabilities. Well-poised organizations, marketing smart devices with AI and BlockChain capabilities prepare to refine compliance and regulatory capabilities in 2018. Volumes of health, financial, technical and privacy data, along with tightening compliance requirements by FTC, CUI/DFARS, EU-GDPR and the underlying National Cybersecurity Framework suggest the need for a ground-up re-thinking of security strategies and compliance actions. This session offers actionable advice based on case studies to demonstrate the impact of security and privacy attributes for the cloud-backed IoT and AI ecosystem.