IBM’s Spending $3 Billion to Connect Internet of Things to Enterprises

The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to emerge as one of this year’s big tech stories. IBM has announced that it will invest $3 billion across four years to build out an Internet of Things (IoT) unit, and the unit’s first job is to build a cloud-based open platform. IBM actually has a lot of tools and experience in the area of sifting and sorting real-time data, and may be able to contribute a lot of momentum to the Internet of Things. Here are details.

IBM has steadily been investing $1 Billion in cloud initiatives and its SoftLayer unit has aggressively opened new data centers around the world, but the latest $3 billion investment in IoT is staggering. According to its announcement:

"With new industry-specific cloud data services and developer tools, IBM will build on that expertise to help clients and partners integrate data from an unprecedented number of IoT and traditional sources. These resources will be made available on an open platform to provide manufacturers with the ability to design and produce a new generation of connected devices that are better optimized for the IoT, and to help business leaders across industries create systems that better fuse enterprise and IoT data to inform decision-making." 

"Our knowledge of the world grows with every connected sensor and device, but too often we are not acting on it, even when we know we can ensure a better result," said Bob Picciano, senior vice president, IBM Analytics. "IBM will enable clients and industry partners apply IoT data to build solutions based on an open platform. This is a major focus of investment for IBM because it’s a rich and broad-based opportunity where innovation matters."

In our interview with the AllSeen Alliance’s Phillip DesAutels, he said: 

“Today I can go to Home Depot and get a smart connected thermostat from Honeywell that is incredibly functional, with remote access, and it doesn’t cost much. I think one of the biggest reasons why we’re seeing all this smart connectivity start to work and become cost-effective is the ubiquity of networks and bandwidth all around us.  There also has been evolution in our understanding of what users want. We know a lot more about the use cases that people want.”

“Tell me when the wash is done even if I don’t hear the alarm. Tell me what song is playing on TV, let me know who is calling me on the phone on my TV. If you’re a leak under my sink, notify me and shut the water off.”

“In five years, I think all of this will be around us everywhere, in everything,” he said. “Predictions that were made three and four years ago have already come true in terms of the ubiquity of bandwidth, connectivity, the availability of radios, and more. We are going to have a lot of power to orchestrate the experiences that we want.”

 IBM appears poised to make some of these dreams come true. The company notes that "90 percent of all data generated by devices such as smartphones, tablets, connected vehicles and appliances is never analyzed or acted on," and adds:

"New IoT services as part of IBM’s Bluemix platform-as-a-service will enable developers to easily integrate IoT data into cloud-based development and deployment of IoT apps. Developers will be able to enrich existing business applications – such as enterprise asset management, facilities management, and software engineering design tools – by infusing more real-time data and embedded analytics to further automate and optimize mission-critical IoT processes."

 

 

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Facebook’s WhatsApp for Android Serves Up Voice Calls

Back when Facebook announced its acquisition of WhatsApp for $16 billion last year, some people were scratching their heads at why WhatsApp would command that price. According to Sequoia Capital: "By using the Internet as its communications backbone, WhatsApp has completely transformed personal communications, which was previously dominated by the world’s largest wireless carriers." The company added that WhatsApp has more than 450 million active users–nothing to shake a stick at.

Now, another important shoe is dropping in the WhatsApp story, as its move to support voice-calls is coming to fruition, as news arrives that users on Android can now make calls in-app to other WhatsApp users.

WhatsApp announced plans to deliver voice calls early in 2014, and over the past several months, the capability began showing up in some Android users’ apps. Now the feature is available to anyone who received a call from another WhatsApp user who had voice-calls unlocked.

Once updated, the app now provides a new tab that allows you to dial friends at the same time you are texting them. That could make the app competitive with applications like Skype, popular for face- and voice-based hangouts.

According to VentureBeat:

"Some reports suggest that the latest official version on Google Play brings the voice-call feature automatically, however based on our tests it was necessary to upgrade to version 2.12.19 directly from the WhatsApp website."

Once this is all working smoothly, WhatsApp promises to be another social path for Facebook to explore as it connects millions of people. Many Android users will want to try the new features out.

 

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Systemd Developers Fork Kernel, Docker Package Management

A wave of minor myocardial infarctions were reported today as Linux users read the news of a systemd kernel fork. Most were treated and released with only one admitted to the hospital with more severe symptoms. Elsewhere, folks are beginning to discuss the feasibility of Docker replacing Linux package management solutions. But there are several obstacles to container package utopia.

Systemd continues to be distrusted by many in the Open Source world while others have uncomfortably accepted its presence in their everyday lives. However, when news broke this morning that systemd developers have forked the Linux kernel and plan on developing a whole distribution around it, repercussions were felt community-wide. As Distrowatch.com reporter Jesse Smith said this morning, "It appears as though the systemd developers have found a solution to kernel compatibility problems and a way to extend their philosophy of placing all key operating system components in one repository." Smith quoted systemd developer Ivan Gotyaovich saying, "There are problems, problems in collaboration, problems with compatibility across versions. Forking the kernel gives us control over these issues, gives us control over almost all key parts of the stack. We will soon have GNU/systemd, [a] much simpler, unified platform."

The news was too much for a certain segment of the Linux community who flooded emergency services lines for assistance with symptoms ranging from numbness in extremities to severe pain in the gluteus maximus. The crisis was reported to the CDC who declined to issue an alert stating the crisis seems to be subsiding on its own already. A hospital spokesman is due to issue a statement any time now, but as of yet, no fatalities were reported.

One patient was asked about their experience and said before losing consciousness again, "This is getting scary. They clearly have Linux-world domination on their minds!" One sobbing bystander said, "We told ya so just doesn’t seem to cut it." Some actually packed their belongings and headed West with one saying, "systemd makes it easy to run to the open arms of the BSDs." This has obviously rocked the Linux world to its core and the landscape will never be the same again.

Elsewhere, Serdar Yegulalp today asked, "Could container technologies like Docker be used to solve Linux’s long-standing conundrums with package management? Might containers provide a path away from dependency hell and competing (and incompatible) package standards?"

Yegulalp spoke with industry insiders who none sounded very enthusiastic. Red Hat manager Lars Herrmann said, "It isn’t the best course of action." Another told him it though the functions are quite different, Docker could become the standard "for how systems are imaged."

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Is Hadoop Replacing the Data Warehouse? Survey Says Not So Much

Snowflake Computing, a cloud data warehousing company that only recently emerged from startup stealth mode, has announced the results of an independent, national survey of more than 315 technology and analytics professionals with responsibility for corporate data initiatives. Conducted by Dimensional Research, the goal of the research was to understand the state of the data warehouse and Big Data initiatives – including experiences, challenges and trends in data warehousing and data analytics.

The survey turned up some surprises. For example, nearly two thirds of the respondents said that they believe Hadoop will not have any impact on their legacy data environments.

“The State of the Data Warehouse” research findings indicate that data warehousing is still viewed as a critical business component, in spite of its challenges. An overwhelming majority of data professionals characterize their data warehouse as very important for business operations (72 percent), and expect an increasing level of investment in data warehousing at their organization (70 percent). However, 97 percent of respondents stated major challenges when it comes to data warehousing.

Despite these challenges, Hadoop is not viewed as a practical replacement for the data warehouse. A majority of data professionals (64 percent) would not consider Hadoop as a possible replacement for any portion of their data warehouse. In fact, 91 percent expressed concerns about using Hadoop, with 71 percent citing lack of specialized expertise as a key concern.

In addition, interest in Big Data looks to ber high but still in its early stages. The study showed that while 70 percent of respondents were interested in a Big Data initiative, only five percent of respondents actually had a fully deployed initiative and just 11 percent are in pilot.

“Hype has created confusion about what is really happening with Big Data initiatives,” said Diane Hagglund, principal at Dimensional Research. “Although interest in Big Data is high, this study found that most organizations still have not implemented Big Data initiatives. Further, this study found that Big Data initiatives and Hadoop have not diminished the importance of the data warehouse–data warehousing remains critically important and will not be replaced by Hadoop.”

Here is a summary of some of the key survey findings:

- 99 percent of respondents say their data warehouse is important to business operations

- 70 percent are increasing their investment in data warehousing

- 97 percent face challenges with their current data warehousing solutions

- 91 percent have considered a Big Data investment

- Yet only 11 percent have a pilot in place, and only five percent have fully deployed their Big Data initiative

- 96 percent say Hadoop will not replace their existing data warehouse

- Just 12 percent have easy access to Hadoop expertise (by contrast, 93 percent have easy access to SQL expertise)

-  93 percent see value in the potential benefits of cloud data warehousing

- 32 percent have a cloud-based data warehouse today

- 79 percent of those with data in the cloud bring it into the data warehouse, although only nine percent bring all data in

“Although the Big Data buzz has led to speculation about the future of data warehousing, this survey confirms that the ‘death of the data warehouse’ has been greatly exaggerated,” said Bob Muglia, CEO of Snowflake Computing. “The data warehouse remains critically important, but as this survey shows the market has a critical need for a modern data warehouse, one designed to take advantage of the cloud and eliminate the complexity of current solutions, without requiring scarce new skills and expertise.”

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