Enterprise headlines and summaries, 2009-10-04

  • C-JDBC: Flexible Database Clustering Middleware
    We present the design and the implementation of C-JDBC, as well as some uses of the system in various scenarios. Finally, performance measurements using a clustered implementation of the TPC-W benchmark show the efficiency and scalability of C-JDBC.
  • Hadoop World 2009
    It is a 20 step map-reduce job and it runs in about 20 minutes on their production cluster. This is down from a 26 day run (did I get that right?) in the pre-Hadoop days.
  • The Risks And Benefits Of Platform As A Service
    Vendor Lock-In There are a small number of platform-as-a-service vendors today, and most have interests rooted in building a binding relationship through a comprehensive offering. Vendors such as Microsoft have been doing this for decades, and if the vendor remains viable and relevant and responds to the user community, it’s generally a benefit for both parties.
  • Private Clouds: A Valuable Concept or Buzzword Bingo?
    Every once in a while, the machinery of marketing goes haywire and starts labeling all manner of things with inappropriate terminology. The general rationale of most marketers is that if there’s a band wagon rolling along somewhere and gaining some traction in the marketplace, it’s best to jump on it while it’s rolling.
  • Salesforce.com Lands Government Deal
    Salesforce.com (CRM) recently said that its cloud computing applications were selected by the General Services Administration’s (GSA) cloud computing storehouse named Apps.gov. This online cloud computing site introduced by GSA will help US government organizations to buy and use the cloud computing applications already agreed upon by GSA.
  • Cloudera Desktop Announced And More
    Cloudera desktop offers the following applications that could help manage the health of the hadoop implementation, manage data and manage jobs running on it. * File Browser – The File Browser application lets you navigate your Hadoop Distributed File System as easily as your local file system. * Job Browser – The Job Browser enables you to examine the past and present of your MapReduce cluster in detail. * Cluster Health – A wide variety of metrics are collected and displayed in real time to help you pin down problems with your cluster. * Job Designer – Create and submit MapReduce job designs for commonly run jobs and save them for reuse later or by other users.
  • Ex-Employees, Social Networks, and the Reverse Flow of Knowledge
    # New communication channels may be established between the old and new firms # Colleagues from the old firm gain an increased awareness of the new firm as a resource for knowledge [How The OracAlumni Network benefits Oracle as to knowledge. Of course, we are also a channel, as many of us use Oracle products in our businesses.-DBM]
  • Learning from Those Who Left: The Reverse Transfer of Knowledge through Mobility Ties
    These results demonstrate the validity of a social capital approach to knowledge transfer and call into question the conventional wisdom that losing employees means losing knowledge.
  • Silicon Valley sees surge in deal-making
    When Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers all but announces he’s going on a shopping spree, does his list include a smart-grid tech startup, consumer electronics — or both? And what might be next for Oracle’s Larry Ellison, assuming the $7.4 billion deal for Sun Microsystems gets finalized? Mergers and acquisitions, also known as M&A, are back on the front burner in Silicon Valley. Corporate chieftains, venture capitalists, startup entrepreneurs and their attorneys have been busy cooking up deals large and small in an atmosphere that blends calculation, optimism and, in some cases, desperation.
  • The View from HadoopWorld
    Facebook, likely, could care less about a data store, in the commercial sense of that word. They more than have their hands full with the Dear Diary content all of their users, myself included, generate. Ditto Yahoo: 10% of their Hadoop cluster is apparently four thousand machines. But there is no question in my mind that a big part of Hadoop’s future is going to involve the consumption of assets – structured and unstructured – from external sources. Maybe that’s weather data, maybe that’s patent data, maybe that’s financial markets data, and maybe – if you’re a baseball fan with an interest an obsession – it’s data like PitchF/X and HitF/X.
  • IT Failure and Waste
    This presentation describes causes of failed IT projects, provides examples, and discusses solutions. Presented 10/5/09 at the Center for Global Business Law & Ethics, at Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School (Professor Lydia Segal, Program Coordinator).
  • Why Tech Mergers May End Up Hurting the Web
    He lists 20 startups and matches them with five Internet giants.

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