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Open source software – software freely shared with the world at large – is an old idea, dating back to the 1980s when Richard Stillman started preaching the gospel calling it free software. Then Linus Torvalds started working on Linux in the early 1990s. Today, Linux runs our lives. The Android operating system that runs so many Google phones is based on Linux. When you open a phone app like Twitter or Facebook and pull down all those tweets and status updates, you’re tapping into massive computer data centers filled with hundreds of Linux machines. Linux is the foundation of the Internet. Cade Metz recently wrote in an article, “And yet 2015 was the year open source software gained new significance, thanks to Apple and Google and Elon Musk. Now more than ever, even the most powerful tech companies and entrepreneurs are freely sharing the code underlying their latest... (more)

Amazing Amazon By @JnanDash | @CloudExpo #Cloud

I remember back in 2003 when I had a meeting with the then CTO of Amazon for a couple of hours. He was narrating his vision of SOA (Service Oriented Architecture), where individual business or programming functions (called services) can be stacked up in libraries and get invoked as and when required. This notion of re-usable services was not new (remember subroutines from the mainframe era or stored procedures from the client-server days?). Subsequently we called them “web services” because they were loosely coupled applications that can be exposed as services and easily consumed ... (more)

The Saga of the Unicorns | @CloudExpo #IoT #BigData #Microservices

Unicorn is a term in the investment industry, and in particular the venture capital industry, which denotes a start-up company whose valuation has exceeded (the somewhat arbitrary) $1 billion. The term has been popularized by Aileen Lee of Cowboy Ventures. Fortune magazine counted over 80 unicorns as of January 2015. Now its most likely past 100. But their journey lately has been bumpy. There are signs the "lofty valuations" of these unicorns are cooling. Fidelity wrote down Dropbox by 20%; Snapchat by 25%; and Zenefits and MongoDB by around 50% each. Zenefits had raised money a... (more)

Strategic Technologies as per Gartner By @JnanDash | @ThingsExpo #IoT

I have known Gartner for decades during my IBM and Oracle days. Even though I have observed how they invent new terms for stuff we already know (a bit annoying, but I guess that’s their business), they do a decent job in capturing key strategic trends. In a recent article, I saw ten strategic technology trends and this is how they are grouped: the first three address merging the physical and the virtual worlds and the emergence of the digital mesh (their new phrase); the next three trends cover the algorithmic business, where much happens in the background in which people are no... (more)

Big Data Predictions for 2016 By @JnanDash | @BigDataExpo #BigData

As every year begins, several experts and analyst firms like to make predictions. Let us try to make some observations in an area much talked about lately – Big Data. So here goes: The Big Data quandary will continue as companies try to understand its value to business. Just dumping all kinds of data into a data lake (read Hadoop) is not going to solve anything. There has to be business value on what insights are needed. Therefore much like the Data Warehousing era brought additional tools in the ETL space, there is need for data curation and transformation for practical use bes... (more)