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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)

Longtime Adobe Developer Gives Insider's View of Flex & AJAX

"One of the questions that comes up a lot when we’re talking about Flex with web developers is ‘How does this relate to AJAX?’" writes Ely Greenfield (pictured), a long time developer at Macromedia/now Adobe who works with a bunch of very smart engineers (his description!) to design and develop the Flex SDK. In a blog entry entitled "Flex and Ajax: So Happy Together," Greenfield says that hearing this question always brings to mind the image of a 10 year old boy throwing a cat and a chicken into a cardboard box, eyes wide at the thought of the carnage expected to follow. "Flex is a platform for building Rich Internet Applications, and Ajax is a suite of technologies people are using more and more to build RIAs – so we must be competitors, right? My answer is always the same: Flex and Ajax are old friends." Both technologies, Greenfield writes,... (more)

Adobe's Bruce Chizen Isn't Daunted By Microsoft

Now that Microsoft has validated a document format that is not theirs, but one that is Adobe's - PDF - what will become of the Adobe revenue stream normally associated with PDFs?  "What we have done over the last five years is added functionality beyond PDF creation in our product line-up," Adobe CEO Bruce Chizen (pictured)  told an interviewer from the Managing Technology @ Wharton section of the Wharton Business School Web site recently.  "If you look at Acrobat today," Chizen continued, "it is much more than just simple PDF creation. In fact, we have a product, called Acrobat Elements, that just does PDF creation, and it represents a relatively tiny piece of our overall revenue - less than one percent. Most customers choose to buy the more feature-rich products, Acrobat Standard and Acrobat Pro, which do annotations, digital signatures, web capture [and so on]. And... (more)

Converting Back and Forth Between Hexidecimal Strings and Numbers

Jeff Tapper's Blog It's really convenient for anyone coming from an HTML background that we can now provide colors to Flex using html standard syntax for hexidecimal number (#000000 = black, #ffffff= white, etc).  I've recently been building some tools to convert drawings in the flash player to and from SVG format. SVG, like HTML, likes to specify hexidecimal numbers with a "#" prefix, but the flash player drawing API needs hexidecimal numbers to be prefixed with "0x"  To help migrate back and forth between hexStrings and AS numbers, I wrote a few static methods, which are working well for me: package utils {  public class Colors {   public static function hexStringToNumber(hexStr:String):Number{    if(hexStr.length != 7){     return -1;    }    if(hexStr.charAt(0) != "#"){     return -1;    }    var newStr:String = hexStr.substr(1,6);    var numStr:String = "0x"+newStr; ... (more)

TC50: Japanese Companies Take The Role Of Representing Asia

Japan, the world’s third biggest Internet market in terms of web users (following China and the US), disappointed at last year’s TechCrunch40 conference with no company from Nippon presenting in San Francisco at all. But this year, the country bounced back, with a total of three companies having been selected as TechCrunch50 finalists (Opentrace, Tonchidot, Gazopa) and two others as DemoPit companies (Adlibe and Mulodo). These five companies helped show a worldwide audience that development of innovative web services is not geographically limited to the US. TechCrunch50 as a whole turned out to be a very international event, the result of TechCrunch specifically appreciating applications from abroad. Israel, for instance, had a particularly strong showing.  Not only were there more start-ups based outside of North America presenting as TechCrunch50 finalists, DemoP... (more)

Want to learn some of the Adobe Flash CS4 new features ?

I've just finished to read this interesting article on the last issue of  The Edge magazine: Adobe Flash CS4: New features and improved workflow Tha article was written by Doug Winnine that explored some of the biggest features of Flash CS4 Professional and show you how they can improve your workflow. This is a recap of the new features of Flash CS4: Doing more with animation: the new animation model, the workflow is easy. Simply select the frame you want your object to end up on and move the object to its desired location New Flash CS4  Motion Editor Flash CS4 now adds animation of 2D objects within 3D space, entirely within the application — no code required. Flash offers two ways to create 3D animation: the 3D rotation and 3D translation Packaging and sharing motion Bones: Objects such as characters, animals, or mechanical gadgets have skeletons or limbs that re... (more)

Video: Intel and VMware Flex Migration Demo

New technologies are helping the enterprise to save time, money and energy, while eliminating downtime. When virtualization meets the data center,... Read more at VMblog.com. ... (more)

Microsoft, HP very serious about SME's in EMEA

Vendors are gunning for diminutive businesses in the hope that as some build their small start-ups into beefy companies the bosses will stay loyal to the tech they started out with. Just don’t mention the economy, stupid. Microsoft and HP will offer US customers products, training and deployment services for storage, networking and something they have dubbed “server consolidation”. The tech beasts claimed that the tie-in will help customers decrease costs, increase biz agility, improve data access and protection, and raise employee productivity. Which is a big ask. Meanwhile, Hyper-V and MS System Centre support has been added to the industry-standard HP Virtual Connect 10Gb Flex-10 module that works with the Flex-1o NIC found, handily enough for HP, in its sparkly new ProLiant BL495c virtualisation blade server. There’s also a HP and Microsoft partner program, “Fro... (more)

Scripting the HTML DOM from ActionScript 3 within AIR applications - Part 2 (AIR Cookbook Highlight)

The AIR 1.5 Cookbook contains many useful recipes. I want to take some time to highlight some of the useful (and cool) recipes that are included in the book. You can order your copy of the AIR 1.5 Cookbook from Amazon. You can also start to look for the book in your local bookstore over the next week. The following ActionScript class accesses and manipulates the HTML DOM to dynamically change the elements of the HTML content that is loaded in an HTMLLoader object. The class is a subclass of the Flex Framework’s UIComponent class and can, therefore, also be used in this environment: package com.oreilly.aircookbook.ch5 { import flash.events.Event; import flash.html.HTMLLoader; import flash.net.URLRequest; import mx.core.UIComponent; [Event(name="complete")] public class AccessDOMElements extends UIComponent { private var _html:HTMLLoader; public function AccessDOMElements() {... (more)

The reboot of journalism

The last piece on journalism got a lot of reads, but more importantly, unveiled some areas where I need to repeat things I've been saying for a long time. It's my fault -- I get into the habit of being misunderstood, and I expect it will always be so. But two things happen: 1. The world changes and 2. I get better at explaining. Apparently I am one of the very few who think we're in the middle of the reboot of journalism, not at the start. It's not in the future, it's been happening for a long time. But as all things one is in the middle of, it can hard to see that it exists. Ask the fish to describe water -- he'll say there is no such thing. Ask a mammal to describe air or ask someone who is living through a transformation of journalism to explain, they can't. This is no one's fault, it's just human nature. The closer you are to something, the harder it is to see. ... (more)

Rhodes approach of NATIVE smartphone apps written with web standards validated

Recently Nitobi (the company behind PhoneGap) announced that they had been acquired.    Congratulations to Andre Charland, Brian Leroux, and the rest of the PhoneGap team.   We have always said that if you don’t need the data synchronization, Model View Controller pattern, industrial capabilities such as realtime barcode and NFC, and broadest device support that Rhodes offers – PhoneGap is a great option (effectively identical to Rhodes).   Both Rhodes and PhoneGap support writing great user interfaces using HTML (for NATIVE apps not web apps), especially combined with HTML5 styling libraries such as jQuery Mobile and Sencha Touch.   All while still providing full device capabilities and all the other advantages of a true native app. Right now other mobile frameworks and platforms such as Adobe Flash/Flex/AIR and Appcelerator promote their own proprietary UI librar... (more)

IoT & Smart Cities Stories
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.
"MobiDev is a Ukraine-based software development company. We do mobile development, and we're specialists in that. But we do full stack software development for entrepreneurs, for emerging companies, and for enterprise ventures," explained Alan Winters, U.S. Head of Business Development at MobiDev, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Rodrigo Coutinho is part of OutSystems' founders' team and currently the Head of Product Design. He provides a cross-functional role where he supports Product Management in defining the positioning and direction of the Agile Platform, while at the same time promoting model-based development and new techniques to deliver applications in the cloud.
The many IoT deployments around the world are busy integrating smart devices and sensors into their enterprise IT infrastructures. Yet all of this technology – and there are an amazing number of choices – is of no use without the software to gather, communicate, and analyze the new data flows. Without software, there is no IT. In this power panel at @ThingsExpo, moderated by Conference Chair Roger Strukhoff, Dave McCarthy, Director of Products at Bsquare Corporation; Alan Williamson, Principal ...
Apps and devices shouldn't stop working when there's limited or no network connectivity. Learn how to bring data stored in a cloud database to the edge of the network (and back again) whenever an Internet connection is available. In his session at 17th Cloud Expo, Ben Perlmutter, a Sales Engineer with IBM Cloudant, demonstrated techniques for replicating cloud databases with devices in order to build offline-first mobile or Internet of Things (IoT) apps that can provide a better, faster user e...
In his keynote at 19th Cloud Expo, Sheng Liang, co-founder and CEO of Rancher Labs, discussed the technological advances and new business opportunities created by the rapid adoption of containers. With the success of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and various open source technologies used to build private clouds, cloud computing has become an essential component of IT strategy. However, users continue to face challenges in implementing clouds, as older technologies evolve and newer ones like Docker c...
The Founder of NostaLab and a member of the Google Health Advisory Board, John is a unique combination of strategic thinker, marketer and entrepreneur. His career was built on the "science of advertising" combining strategy, creativity and marketing for industry-leading results. Combined with his ability to communicate complicated scientific concepts in a way that consumers and scientists alike can appreciate, John is a sought-after speaker for conferences on the forefront of healthcare science,...
Disruption, Innovation, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Leadership and Management hear these words all day every day... lofty goals but how do we make it real? Add to that, that simply put, people don't like change. But what if we could implement and utilize these enterprise tools in a fast and "Non-Disruptive" way, enabling us to glean insights about our business, identify and reduce exposure, risk and liability, and secure business continuity?
To Really Work for Enterprises, MultiCloud Adoption Requires Far Better and Inclusive Cloud Monitoring and Cost Management … But How? Overwhelmingly, even as enterprises have adopted cloud computing and are expanding to multi-cloud computing, IT leaders remain concerned about how to monitor, manage and control costs across hybrid and multi-cloud deployments. It’s clear that traditional IT monitoring and management approaches, designed after all for on-premises data centers, are falling short in ...
"The Striim platform is a full end-to-end streaming integration and analytics platform that is middleware that covers a lot of different use cases," explained Steve Wilkes, Founder and CTO at Striim, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 20th Cloud Expo, held June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.