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DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)

Can you Avoid Learning XML

By 2005 XML and its derivatives will be fundamentally redefining the process and technology by which literally every business transaction is conducted. All major software and hardware players in the market are claiming to support XML. But do you (or your colleagues) need to learn it? Will your business survive if you don't? Jeffrey Mann, vice president of Meta Group (, predicts that by 2002 90% of B2B e-commerce will take place using XML. Most software companies agree that there's no future without XML. Most managers agree that if you're investing in a software application to support your business and you need to choose between one that supports XML and one that doesn't, the one that supports it makes more sense. This is probably true, but ask yourself why this is so. If you don't know the answer, you might find yourself investing in bad technolog... (more)

Lowering Health Care Costs Out-of-the-Box

The restrictions placed on the use of wireless devices within hospitals didn't stop this company from deploying a handheld system that would address the leading contributors to escalating health care costs and accidental patient deaths: lack of secure access to clinical data and inability to document and reduce adverse drug reactions and medical errors. Even as legislators and health care leaders attempt to finalize privacy and security parameters associated with HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) regulations, hospitals across the nation are moving forward with technology projects to address a myriad of demands: from the government to increase accountability; from consumers to lower costs; and from within their own industry to facilitate information-sharing. Each of these demands is expected to be met, while still protecting patient confiden... (more)

Choosing the Right Middleware Stack for Your SOA in Health Care

When there are lots of solutions, choosing the right products to build your software is really challenging. Identifying the right combination of middleware products to build your SOA is key to its success. This article discusses an approach to using non-functional requirements in choosing these products, using SOA in health care as an example. Software applications that are fragmented across departments, legacy systems that cannot be retired, and integration challenges due to heterogeneity are no exception in the health care industry. Business processes and sophisticated medical data that go from physicians and hospitals to health plans to pharmaceutical companies to insurance companies make the implementation of IT solutions highly challenging. Service-oriented architecture (SOA) has been identified as a perfect way to meet these challenges and many companies in t... (more)

Enterprise Mashups: The New Face of Your SOA

Enterprise mashups, one of the hottest Web 2.0 technologies today, could impact your SOA in a very positive way. But are you ready for them? How does an SOA architect prepare for this dynamic technology? Do you know what a mashup is and what value it brings to an enterprise? Can you distinguish between a consumer mashup and an enterprise mashup? Equally important, do you understand the difference between a mashup and popular enterprise technologies like business intelligence, data warehouses, portals, and the Enterprise Service Bus? Mashups are not exactly new. Analysts and pundits alike have been talking about "composite applications" since the birth of the Internet. Today there are thousands of consumer-focused mashups. One popular mashup site, Programmable Web, reports that three new mashups have been registered every single day for the last two years. Like many... (more)

Aimia Acquires Excellence in Motivation

MONTREAL and DAYTON, Ohio, Aug. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Aimia (TSX: AIM), a global leader in loyalty management headquartered in Montreal, Canada, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase Excellence In Motivation Inc. (EIM), a privately-owned U.S.-based full-service performance improvement and business loyalty solutions provider, for approximately US $28 million. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close by the end of September 2012. The acquisition will be financed with cash on hand.  The acquisition is part of Aimia's global growth strategy, which includes investing in opportunities that complement its business, accelerating its presence in the U.S. market. The transaction will strengthen Aimia's presence in key vertical markets, including automotive, healthcare, pharmaceutical, high tech and te... (more)

Sun's Blade Ain't Too Sharp

(February 17, 2003) - Sun Microsystems Monday became the last of the majors to finally buckle on blades and in the view of its rivals skated right on to thin ice. As a proof point, Debbie Miller and Susan Davis, respectively the president and VP of product marketing of Egenera, a three-old blade start-up that Sun should theoretically be wiping the floor with, called the new Sun Fire Blade Platform "pitiful."  Huh?  You mean they're not cowering in fear? Evidently not and evidently it's not just an estrogen* rush. Egenera, which has been specifically targeting Sun installations, just can't imagine who's gonna buy the Sun stuff. What Sun wants to put on the market, the Egenera ladies observed, is the equivalent of what blade pioneer RLX Technologies had two or three years ago when it was practically laughed out of town for being wimpy.  The ladies figure Sun must have... (more)

How to Store and Share Your Java Objects

Need to store your Java objects? Files can do this, with a little bit of programming to flatten them. Need to share them with others, guarantee integrity? Traditional DBMSs can do this, if you translate your Java objects to SQL. Need 24x7, scalability, distribution over WANs, flexibility for schema changes? ODBMSs can do this, and they can do it easily, by automatically making your Java objects persistent. We'll present the basics of object databases and contrast them with relational and object-relational; explain how to determine if your application is a good fit for ODBMSs; how to deal with legacy issues and how to use ODBMSs with Java and the Web. Examples, chosen from over 150,000 users in production, are included. Where to Store Shared Information Many software systems and applications deal with information which must outlive the process. There are many ways to ... (more)

XMLT Transforming Technology for E-Business

Depending on which research you subscribe to, the consensus is that B2B e-business transactions are going to explode over the next few years. Forrester Research predicts $2.7 trillion in the U.S. by 2003. GartnerGroup expects $3.7 trillion for 2004, while the Boston Consulting Group, the most bullish, anticipates $7 trillion worth of B2B transactions for the same year. This growth isn't an isolated North American phenomenon. Many similar studies point to rapidly growing e-commerce trends in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. To get a better understanding of what's driving this growth, consider the following economic realities faced by today's businesses: A power company needs to rely on 20 other providers in the power grid to maintain service during peak loads, whereas once the company generated all of its own power. A manufacturer of PCs distributes product through 27,... (more)

Cowabunga! - WebLogic Helps BEA and Its Partners Surf Into the 21st Century

With its annual Executive Symposium held in New York City this month, BEA Systems, Inc., has reinforced its claim to be one of the world's leading application infrastructure software companies by announcing that it has won a contract with the Discovery Information Systems division of AstraZeneca - one of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies. BEA WebLogic Server was selected to provide AstraZeneca with an open platform for application delivery. BEA doubtless hoped that this latest deal was in delegates' minds as they attended the Symposium, presented by BEA in cooperation with the Harvard Business Review. Its very title - "Staying Power" - seemed calculated to underline the San Jose-based company's remarkable corporate resilience. One of the speakers at the Symposium, from BEA partner Accenture, was David Hill, Global Managing Partner for Accenture. Hill's pres... (more)

The Make or Break Role of Information Lifecycle Management

The specter of multimillion-dollar fines for regulatory noncompliance is a definite motivator when it comes to data retention. And there are equally drastic consequences, including negative impact on customer service, costs, productivity, and speed to market if data is inaccessible. But while we're all aware of the urgency of setting policies, implementing technology, and instituting processes to manage data effectively, new complications are increasing the challenges and threatening your business. The problem itself has actually changed shape. The familiar graph showing exponential growth in volume no longer represents the full scope. One issue is the expanding range of types of data that businesses must preserve and access. There are electronic documents such as contracts, invoices, and presentations, as well as CAD/CAM designs and certain types of digitized info... (more)