I happened to be in India last November when prime minister Modi announced the demonetization program, where 86% of the currency in the form of two paper bills (Rs. 500 and 1000 denomination) were made defunct. People were given time to deposit their existing currencies in the bank. Th...
Mar. 29, 2017 05:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,507
A provocative title for sure! Everyone thinks we just started the era of cloud computing. I recently listened to a talk by Peter Levine, general partner at Andreessen Horowitz on this topic which makes a ton of sense. The proliferation … Continue reading →
Mar. 27, 2017 06:10 PM EDT
I was invited to participate in a panel called “IoT Analytics” last Thursday, March 23rd. This was organized for the IoT Global Council by Eric Schonfeld of Traction Technology Partner (New York). Besides me there were two other speakers: Brandon … Continue reading ...
Mar. 25, 2017 01:49 PM EDT Reads: 131
I watched Sunder Pichai’s recent interaction with the students at I.I.T. (Indian Institute of Technology) Kharagpur, India, where he graduated back in 1992. Besides our common country of birth, I never knew Sunder until his rapid rise at Google a … Continue reading →
Jan. 7, 2017 02:22 PM EST
Clearly Satya Nadella has made a huge difference at Microsoft since taking office in 2014. The stock in 2016 hit an all time high since 1999. So investors are happy. Here are the key changes he has made since taking the role as CEO: Skipped Windows 9 and went straight from Windows 8 t...
Jan. 7, 2017 09:00 AM EST Reads: 2,540
I moderated a panel of three CIOs last Sunday at the Solix Empower conference on the subject of data-driven enterprise. The three CIO’s came from different industries. Marc Parmet of the TechPar group spent many years at Avery Dennison after stints at Apple and IBM. Sachin Mathur leads...
Oct. 2, 2016 05:00 PM EDT Reads: 2,523
I watched Larry Ellison’s keynotes at this week’s Oracle Open world conference in San Francisco. They are definitely serious in pushing their cloud offerings, even though they came in late. But Oracle claimed that they have been working on it … Continue reading →...
Sep. 21, 2016 11:37 AM EDT
While reading the latest issue of the Economist, I was reminded that August 25th. marks an important anniversary for two key events: 25 years back, on August 25, 1991, Linus Torvalds launched a new operating system called Linux and on … Continue reading →
Aug. 28, 2016 08:33 PM EDT
The big move is Amazon’s beating Exxon Mobile (used to be number 1 for many years) to the fourth spot. The switch came after Amazon posted its fifth straight quarter of profits last week as the oil giant’s profits tumbled 59 percent during the same rough period. If Exxon continues its ...
Aug. 10, 2016 04:00 PM EDT Reads: 3,140
So finally it was Verizon paying $4.8B to acquire Yahoo’s core business. Business Insider said, “Yahoo, which was founded in 1994, was one of the world’s leading internet businesses but has gone through tough times in the past several years. … Continue reading &...
Jul. 25, 2016 05:18 PM EDT
Here in Silicon Valley, every day brings some new tech. news that gets your attention. A sample of current news: Uber starts helicopter service in Sao Paolo, Brazil. That city of 20 million people gets horrific gridlocks that can stretch for … Continue reading →
Jun. 22, 2016 12:27 PM EDT
This is big news this morning – Microsoft buying LinkedIn at $26.2B cash. LinkedIn’s stock is soaring by 47% as we write while Microsoft stock is falling! This is one of the biggest acquisitions since Dell’s acquiring EMC few months … Continue reading →
Jun. 13, 2016 12:32 PM EDT
IBM has come a long way from my time – 16 years spent during the 1970s, 1980’s and early 1990s. Hardware was the king for most of my years there and software was merely a means to an end of “hardware … Continue reading →
Jun. 1, 2016 02:56 PM EDT
So this morning at Google’s annual developer conference called IO, a new messaging product called Allo was introduced. Allo integrates Google services like YouTube, Maps, and Search, and will serve up “smart replies” and let users of the app chat with a new … Co...
May. 18, 2016 05:55 PM EDT
After a few years gap, I attended this annual conference called TiEcon. TiE stands for The Indus Entrepreneurs, formed 23 years back by some of the valley technocrats originating from India. This is a non-profit organization to foster and help … Continue reading →
May. 9, 2016 08:02 PM EDT
This morning, at F8 developer’s conference in San Francisco, Marc Zukerberg announced “bots” for Facebook Messenger. Bots are humanlike robots built with AI algorithms that can interact between the user and business. For example, to order a Uber cab, you … Conti...
Apr. 12, 2016 09:47 PM EDT
I attended a meetup yesterday evening at the San Jose Convention Center on the subject “Apache Hadoop, the next 10 years” by Doug Cutting, the creator of Hadoop while at Yahoo, who works at Cloudera now. That venue was chosen because … Continue reading →
Mar. 30, 2016 06:05 PM EDT
I happen to be in Poland and just heard of Andy Grove’s passing away. If you go south from here, cross Slovakia, you will reach Hungary. That’s where Andy Grove grew up in a jewish family. Then came the Nazi … Continue reading →
Mar. 22, 2016 08:19 PM EDT
Back in January, Tech Crunch published an article on this subject called Stack Fallacy, written by Anshu Sharma of Storm Ventures. Then today I read this Business Insider article on the reason why Dropbox is failing and it is the Stack … Continue reading →
Mar. 17, 2016 05:53 PM EDT
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...
Feb. 25, 2016 01:00 PM EST Reads: 2,677
I attended a HIVE-sponsored Meetup yesterday evening titled, “Rocking the database world with RocksDB”. Since I had never heard of RocksDB, I was curious to learn how it is rocking the database world. Facebook built this key value store storage layer originally to use for MySQL (ins...
Feb. 14, 2016 05:00 PM EST Reads: 1,767
I was out of the country when my old colleague from IBM days, Ed Lassettre passed away last November. I only found out earlier this month about his demise from a mutual friend from IBM Almaden Research. Ed was one … Continue reading →
Jan. 27, 2016 01:09 PM EST
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 s...
Jan. 24, 2016 01:00 PM EST Reads: 1,937
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. Th...
Jan. 16, 2016 10:00 AM EST Reads: 2,441
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: Big Data quandary will continue as companies try to understand its value to business. Just dumping all k...
Jan. 14, 2016 09:00 AM EST Reads: 2,247
Forbes just said this in an article, “As Uber plans a $2.1 billion funding round that would bring its total capital raised to almost $10 billion, the ride-hailing app is hoping to fetch a valuation as high as $68 billion. … Continue reading →
Dec. 4, 2015 05:22 PM EST
Back in 2008, three young men applied to Y Combinator (YC), a school for startups, looking for help with their tiny firm, AirBed and Breakfast, a website that helped people rent out inflatable mattresses in their living rooms during conferences. … Continue reading →
Nov. 30, 2015 04:37 PM EST
The concept of a ‘data lake’ was coined by James Dixon of Pentaho Corp. and this is what he said – If you think of a datamart as a store of bottled water – cleansed and packaged and structured for easy consumption – the data lake is a large body of water in a more natural state. The co...
Sep. 30, 2015 03:30 PM EDT Reads: 9,575
This is a new term I learned this week, thanks to the Forrester analyst Mike Gualtieri. Terms like Translytics or Exalytics (Oracle’s phrase) do not roll off the tongue that easy. Mike defined Translytical as , “single unified database that supports transaction and analytics in real ti...
Sep. 30, 2015 01:45 PM EDT Reads: 1,483
I attended my first Cassandra Summit 2015 this week at the Santa Clara convention center. I was quite surprised to see more than 6000 people attend this event, much bigger than last year (2000 attendees) with 130 sessions. It was … Continue reading →
Sep. 24, 2015 06:42 PM EDT
HP (Hewlett Packard) is in the news today. The company (HPQ) is splitting itself into two separate companies on Nov 1st. – HP Enterprise (HPE) and HP Inc.(HPI). The first one will include the server line, consulting, and related software whereas … Continue reading →
Sep. 16, 2015 08:04 PM EDT
Apple continues to amaze. Excitement build-up. Total secrecy. Rumor mill in full works. Then the day comes like this morning! A perfectly scripted, 2-hour extravaganza packed with new products and features. The Steve Jobs tradition lives – perfect execution of … Continue re...
Sep. 9, 2015 05:08 PM EDT
August 10, 2015, saw the dawn of a new era at Google. It announced a huge restructuring of the company. An umbrella holding-company called Alphabet was created to manage a portfolio of separate companies each with its own CEO. Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin elevated themselves to ...
Aug. 21, 2015 09:00 AM EDT Reads: 3,628
I just read a new booklet from O’Reilly called The Software Paradox by Stephen O’Grady. You can access it here. Here is a direct quote: “This is the Software Paradox: the most powerful disruptor we have ever seen and the creator of multibillion-dollar net new markets is being commerc...
Jul. 5, 2015 11:00 AM EDT Reads: 2,945
There is a whole area in the Data world, called by various names – data integration, data movement, data curation or cleaning, data transformation, etc. One of the pioneers is Informatica which came into being when Data Warehouse became a hot topic during the 1990s. The term ETL (extra...
Jun. 30, 2015 09:45 AM EDT Reads: 1,903
I am posting an article by Somesh Dash, General Partner at IVP, published today in Tech Crunch. _______________________________________________________ In 1989, the creators of “Back to the Future 2” imagined a 2015 very similar to the one we live in today … Continue reading U...
Jun. 15, 2015 11:48 AM EDT Reads: 189
Over the last couple of years, something dramatic has happened in how the new generation communicates. Gone are the days of email. Now it is mobile messaging – it is global and becoming the de facto means of communication. Why? Global messaging leaders are: WhatsApp, Facebook Messenge...
Jun. 5, 2015 08:00 AM EDT Reads: 2,979
This week, the 2014 ACM Turing award was given to Michael Stonebraker, professor of computer science and engineering at MIT. Mike spent 29 years at University of California, Berkeley, joining as assistant professor after his Ph.D. in 1971 from the … Continue reading →
Mar. 31, 2015 12:51 PM EDT Reads: 221
Recently I listened to a discussion on Big Data Visualization hosted by Bill McKnight of the McKnight Consulting group. The panelists agreed that Big Data is shifting from the hype state to an “imperative” state. For start-up companies, there are more Big Data projects whereas true big...
Mar. 17, 2015 10:15 AM EDT Reads: 3,130
I attended a Meetup yesterday in Mountain View, hosted by The Hive group on the subject of Lambda Architecture. Since I had never heard about this new phrase, my curiosity took me there. There was a panel discussion and panelists came from Hortonworks, Cloudera, MapR, Teradata, etc. L...
Mar. 11, 2015 08:00 AM EDT Reads: 4,158