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This post is written in association with Pentaho, a commercial open-source (COSS) provider of reporting, analysis, dashboard, data mining and data integration software. The history of open source has already been written and rewritten a couple of times, so there's no need to go back to Genesis chapter one and revisit Linus Torvalds' "just a hobby, won't be big" comments too often. But open source became more than the sum of its parts and the hobbyists grew successful in domains that traditionally belonged to their proprietary relatives. Historical Note: If you do still want the history of open source, then the YouTube hosted Revolution OS is about 100 minutes of the best open development commentary you will find. Open source grew up, we know that part. With a rich pedigree of success in the server room, open platforms eventually moved upwards through the commerci... (more)

Open Source Mobile Touch-Based Social Chinese Clouds

If you had to pick a winning news, feature or blog headline to garner maximum reader interest and the widest potential industry relevance these days then how about trying... Open Source Mobile Touch-Based Social Chinese Clouds. Of the eight words in this banner, we can probably say that seven of them (excluding perhaps ‘based') encapsulate the bleeding and leading edge of the IT industry at this moment. Keyword #1: China in your handset Look at the facts, commercial Linux player Red Hat is pushing massively for cloud computing growth in China right now. Extolling the virtues of bot... (more)

Data Is Up, Data Is Down, Data Is on the Move

Data is going up and data is going down. Its endless upward spiral to the cloud is being lauded as the platform and paradigm that we must now adhere to for future IT efficiency. At the same time, data is going down. It is being processed and (crucially here) it is being ‘analyzed' at an in-memory level, where new speed efficiencies outstrip the power of disk-based alternative options. Data is on the move too of course. Mobile data (and most important of all, enterprise mobile data) is tracing a fast-paced location-aware fluid and functional vortex around us as the devices now ke... (more)

Software Developers Must Target the Social Enterprise

Many firms still dismiss the importance of social networking and some of them even ban employees from using these services while in the workplace. They think that "social" starts and ends with Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and other networks that might be best described as informal, consumer level and perhaps even fun. It would be unfair to blame these old traditionalists who have dug their heels in and insisted that their traditional trading systems don't need fixing, let alone reinventing. It has been a so-called ‘paradigm shift' and a change in mindset toward social is sometimes... (more)

The Four-Way Stop at the Cloud Security Crossroads

Cloud security is in a state of flux. Actually it's not really, but discussion is rife across the industry regarding the general state of cloud data and application welfare. Questions flutter around whether particular services are secure, whether multi-tenant clouds can be locked down and whether "spun down" instances of cloud servers will remain secure so that old customer data is deleted and non-accessible. Where are we headed with the general consensus on cloud security just now? A Cloud Is Just a Server Of course we should start out from first principles and look to comments ma... (more)