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First it was just about documents, then about collaboration, now it's all about data. Office software is changing, and changing fast. It's moving to the cloud, and moving to the age of big data. Data is growing exponentially everywhere. With this relentless data deluge, every enterprise from global Fortune 50 companies down to SMBs, every government agency, and every R&D lab, now needs a "big data office" solution to ensure that everyone in the organization has instant access to all the information they require, at all times. We're now entering the third generation of office software. The first generation was all about documents - emails, calendars, word processing, presentations, spreadsheets - with products such as Microsoft Office, Google Docs, OpenOffice, Apple iWork, Zoho and others. The second generation was primarily focussed on collaboration - enterprise soc... (more)

The Economics of Big Data: Why Faster Software is Cheaper

In big data computing, and more generally in all commercial highly parallel software systems, speed matters more than just about anything else. The reason is straightforward, and has been known for decades. Put very simply, when it comes to massively parallel software of the kind need to handle big data, fast is both better AND cheaper. Faster means lower latency AND lower cost. At first this may seem counterintuitive. A high-end sports car will be much faster than a standard family sedan, but the family sedan may be much cheaper. Cheaper to buy, and cheaper to run. But massively parallel software running on commodity hardware is a quite different type of product from a car. In general, the faster it goes, the cheaper it is to run. Time Is Money As has been noted many times in the history of computing, if you are a factor of 50x slower, then you will need 50x more nod... (more)

New Survey Shows 3 out of 4 North Carolina Voters Want Next President to Make Advanced Energy an Economic Priority

85 Percent Say Political Leaders Should Do More To Push Advanced Energy; 92 Percent Call It Important for U.S. to be a Leader in Advanced Energy Technologies WASHINGTON, Aug. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Nearly 80 percent of likely voters in North Carolina say that the nation's next President should make growing and developing advanced energy a top economic priority for the nation, according to a new survey released today. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120828/DC63737LOGO) The survey, conducted for the Advanced Energy Economy Institute (AEEI), found that 87 percent of North Carolina voters believe advanced energy – defined as energy products, technologies, and services that are secure, clean, and affordable over the long term – are very important or somewhat important to the nation's future. The survey also found that 85 percent of the state's vo... (more)

'World Cloud Computing Market Revenues to Reach $35.6 Billion in 2013' Says Visiongain Report

LONDON, May 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Visiongain's analysis indicates that the total value of the global cloud computing services market revenues reach $35.6 billion by the end of 2013, driven by increasing adoption of cloud services from the enterprise side. Companies are often held back by an inflexible and complex IT infrastructure that cannot keep up with the evolving needs of business. These restraints result in slow deployment of critical applications and services, limited resources, poor operation management, and unpredictable system integration. Yet cloud computing appears as a very lucrative and commercially interesting solution for many companies. Undeniably, cloud computing is already transforming the business landscape, and will continue to do so as it matures. Although cloud computing is not a new concept, it has emerged as a significant commercial success... (more)

The Realtime Commerce Revolution

Over the next few years, the "realtime commerce" space is set to experience phenomenal growth. Companies such as One Kings Lane, Groupon, LivingSocial, Ideeli and others are developing a whole set of new retail business models. Others such as Amazon and Netflix are developing ever more powerful recommendation engines, and a huge number of companies are looking to develop more accurate models for personalization and targeted advertising. A new "realtime commerce" revolution is underway that will be as profound a shift for the business world as the eCommerce revolution of the 1990s. To be successful in realtime commerce, companies will have to put in place a whole raft of new capabilities, many or most of which will require, and be powered by, new realtime big data analytics platforms. The winners in data-driven realtime commerce will be those that can best handle som... (more)

The Consumerization of Big Data Analytics

With Dropbox, Jive, Yammer, Chatter and a number of other new services, the modern enterprise is rapidly becoming "consumerized". And it's not just business, the same is happening in major web companies, on Wall Street, in government agencies, and in science labs.  Thirty years of bad "enterprise software" experiences is making this transition happen much more quickly than anyone would have expected. The shift to cloud computing is also accelerating the trend, as is the goal of developing a much more "social" approach to business. The other major change that's going on today throughout business, web, finance, government and science, is that every organisation now realizes that it needs to be data-driven. Big data and analytics have the potential to unleash creativity and innovation everywhere - generating new ideas and new insights continuously. To achieve and main... (more)

VMware & Nokia Celebrate Vergence Labs "World Changing" Social-Video Electric Eyewear With Coveted "Technical Innovation Awards"

PALO ALTO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 06/26/12 -- If you aren't already aware of the cutting-edge social video streaming glasses, Epiphany Eyewear, being developed by Vergence Labs (http://www.vergencelabs.com), here's your chance to get in on the ground floor. Vergence Labs is creating computer enabled eyewear -- video recording and video streaming glasses with software that integrates with the mobile app ecosystem and the social web. "Picture it as stylish glasses that will let you touch a button on the frame, and stream your point of view to apps like Instagram or SocialCam, then post your experience onto Facebook and Twitter," explained Erick Miller, founder and CEO. For these recent advancements, VMware and Nokia awarded Vergence's Chief Science Officer and co-founder, Jon Rodriguez, two coveted Technical Innovation awards at the Stanford University computer scienc... (more)

Santa Quits Smoking In New Edition Of Best-Selling Christmas Classic

NEW YORK, Oct. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A new edition of the classic children's book, Twas The Night Before Christmas, is being released amidst controversy. Child advocate Pamela McColl has edited out references of Santa smoking a pipe, something he has been doing for 189 years. This edit raises the question: Are we compelled to alter a best-selling institution, especially when in doing so may save lives? "The intent of the edit is to secure the future of the most famous poem in the English language and to put a spotlight on what can be done to help prevent youth from taking up smoking," says McColl. "The poem has had a "haircut" in order for it not to become obsolete." The deleted verse is as follows:  "The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, and the smoke, it encircled his head like a wreath." "In a world that understands the inherent dangers of nicotine, ... (more)

Dana Edwards and Meera Rao Join Union Bank’s IT Division

Union Bank, N.A. today announced that Dana Edwards has joined the bank as executive vice president and Chief Technology Officer and Meera Rao has joined the bank as senior vice president, Chief Enterprise Architect. Edwards is responsible for leading the Information Technology Group, which supports more than 10,000 employees and manages all aspects of technology for retail banking, commercial banking and corporate services, while Rao is responsible for four areas of information technology architecture including: business architecture, data architecture, application architecture and technical architecture. Both are based in Los Angeles and will report to Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Information and Operations Officer John Itokazu. “Our IT operations will be greatly enhanced by the addition of these two natural leaders,” said Itokazu. “We look forward to ... (more)

Film, Film Craft, Branded Content & Entertainment, Titanium and Integrated Lions Winners Announced

- USA Takes Three Grands Prix in Film, Branded Content & Entertainment, Titanium & Integrated - France Wins Film Craft Grand Prix Singapore, June 23, 2012 - (ACN Newswire) - The final night of the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has concluded with the Film, Film Craft, Branded Content & Entertainment, Titanium and Integrated Lions Awards Ceremony. Of the 3475 entries in the Film category, the jury,led by Tham Khai Meng, Worldwide Chief Creative Officer of Ogilvy & Mather, shortlisted 257 entries of which 11 were awarded Gold, 19 Silver and 39 Bronze Lions. The Film Grand Prix was awarded to Creative Artists Agency Los Angeles for its entry 'Back to the Start' for Chipotle. Creative Artists Agency Los Angeles also took the first-ever Branded Content & Entertainment Grand Prix for 'Cultivate Campaign' for Chipotle. During the ceremony, the inaugural Li... (more)

New Website Offers Charlotte Coupons And Discounts From Groupon, Living Social, Coupons.com, And Yelp

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Sept. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Wouldn't it be great to look for coupons and deals in Charlotte at just one web site, rather than searching multiple sites and getting more emails than you ever have time to open? That site has arrived. CharlotteCoupons.com collects coupons and deals in the Charlotte area from Groupon, Coupons.com, Yelp, and Living Social all in one place. The site also offers exclusive local coupons and rewards that are available only at CharlotteCoupons.com. You'll find deals for arts and entertainment, automotive needs, beauty and spas, food, hotels and travel, nightlife, restaurants, shopping, sports, and outdoor activities. CharlotteCoupons.com notifies you of nearby deals and makes it easy to share deals with family and friends. Later this month, a downloadable, free mobile app will be available from the site for instant coupon... (more)