Despite Intel’s having lured Cisco security GM Chris Young to its ranks, Cisco retains a strong security bench and has already replaced its former all-star GM with a solid leader in David Goeckeler.
Intel is obviously looking for faster growth in security than what it has done so far with McAfee in its portfolio, but whether Young can replicate his success in a different culture remains to be seen.
Intel Security poached two high-profile executives from Cisco’s Security Business Group this month, including Chris Young, who was senior VP and general manager of the business unit. Chris Young’s hire came just two weeks after Intel tapped Scott Lovett, Cisco’s former vice president of worldwide security sales, to lead worldwide sales for McAfee. Lovett’s move followed close on the heels of the departure of David Frampton, general manager for Cisco’s Security Access Mobility Product Group. Continue reading “Intel Lures Away Cisco’s Security GM and a Top Sales VP, but Don’t Cry for Cisco”→
Kony highlights new app development framework, Visualizer.
The company looks to mirror same success as competitor Xamarin.
Amid a flurry of MBaaS and mobile backend integration events in recent weeks, Kony turned its attention this week to front-end mobile app development, announcing the newest version of its Visualizer (2.0) mobile app design tool. The cloud-enabled collaboration tool promises to eliminate the costly process of determining and implementing how a mobile app should look and feel. Much of the design around a new app can be lost in translation between all those involved, including the LoB stakeholder, the app designer, the developer, and IT operations. Continue reading “Kony Highlights Its Strengths in Front-end Mobile App Design via Visualizer 2.0”→
The true value of data is not the data itself, the ones and zeros, addresses, and phone numbers. Its real value arises only when you receive timely answers to meaningful questions.
The trick is getting close enough to that data to understand more clearly what the data represents — that is, the actual reality described by but hidden away within data.
There is a great book by Douglas Hofstadter titled Godel, Escher, Bach, in which the author describes a fictional machine capable of using Fermat’s Last Theorem and something called the “mathematics of acoustico-retrieval” to recreate an original musical performance by J.S. Bach as played hundreds of years earlier. Do the math right and you can literally hear Bach himself playing on his harpsichord! Obviously, this is complete fiction, but don’t we attempt the same feat when we use analytics tools to pluck business insights out of the boundless data that permeates and surrounds each enterprise? Continue reading “Effective Analytics Needs Infrastructure Players to Leverage the Gravity of Data”→
The truly open development environment offered by the OpenPOWER Foundation makes the high-performance POWER platform much more accessible and will benefit from the input of participants from all facets of the system design community.
The high cost of midrange systems have always restricted them to high-performance, high availability tasks; but IBM’s program opening up the POWER processor platform to the world could usher in the next generation of affordable 64-bit computing options.
Open is an extremely overused word these days. In the world of cloud in which we live, the primary buzzword is always “open” with everyone falling over one and another to prove just how open they are. But there’s open and then there’s OPEN, as evidenced by IBM’s creation and ongoing support of the OpenPOWER Foundation. Now I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve become wary of vendor claims to “openness”, it usually means “we’ll expose our API’s so YOU can work with US”, but in the case of the POWER processor platform IBM has pulled out all the stops. As a member of OpenPOWER, you can get access to everything—blueprints, code—anything you want going back as far as you want, plus participation in a completely collaborative environment designed to inspire and embrace outside participation. Too good to be true? Not at all, and over 60 companies have signed on as partners so far, with hopefully more to follow. Continue reading “The OpenPOWER Initiative May Actually Chart a Smarter Path for 64-Bit Computing”→
Enterprises are moving beyond foundational collaboration technologies to embrace cloud and mobility options.
Cloud-based contact center services and video are gaining ground with enterprises.
In August 2014, Current Analysis completed primary research regarding current and planned enterprise investment in four areas: cloud, mobility, network and collaboration services. The research utilized a wide ranging survey of enterprise IT executives, most of whom were responsible for defining, evaluating and selecting the providers and services used by their company. The majority of the companies surveyed had between 100 and 5,000 employees, although there were several with up to 10,000 or more employees. Continue reading “Enterprise Uptake of Collaboration Services Gains Ground; Cloud Contact, Mobility and Video Lead the Way”→
• The cloud is here to stay, but do IT buyers responsible for enterprise chat, voice, and video, truly look to the skies in delivering such real-time communications modalities?
• Our new primary research results affirm the importance of the cloud for real-time communications — that is, the importance of the cloud in “all” of its many guises.
Certainly the cloud has already and will only continue to dramatically impact every nook and cranny of the enterprise IT landscape. Whether it’s something as specific as speeding development QA and test cycles, or as general as cutting back on and simplifying hardware expenditures, the cloud has shown itself capable of both mirroring and in many instances improving workloads traditionally housed on premises, within the data center, the server closet or even beneath the receptionist’s desk. Continue reading “Just How Important is the Cloud to Unified Communications?”→
Use of mobility management services is up, with the bulk of service contracts going to IT SPs and mobile operators.
The mix of services in use has evolved to include more M2M, mobile payments and app management.
A new Current Analysis survey, completed in August, asked 650 companies about their use of transformational services including cloud, collaboration and mobility services. The results regarding mobile services show some consistency with, but also some evolving differences relative to, the two previous mobility studies that Current Analysis conducted in 2011 and 2013. Both the 2013 survey and the new study showed that about 60% of companies use external providers or a mix of internal and external sources for mobility management, but some services have grown significantly in usage. As before, companies are primarily seeking services from large IT service providers (33%) and mobile operators (27%) while a lower percentage use VARs, consulting companies, and network equipment or software vendors. The services in use range from mobile strategy consulting to telecom expense management (TEM), mobile device management (MDM), mobile applications management (MAM), enterprise app stores, application development, mobile security, M2M, mobile payments and mobile content management. Of these, TEM, MAM, mobile security, M2M and mobile payments have grown the most in usage or planned usage. Continue reading “Mobility Services Usage Evolves, with IT Service Providers and Operators Gaining Traction”→