5 Technology Observations: 16 June 2015

Good morning, I.T. entrepreneurs. Here are five technology news updates, insights, gossip, chatter and plenty more to start your day for Tuesday, June 16, 2015.

Actually, today's update involves nine items to sip on.

9. DNS Settings: Well, I woke up to a bunch of DNS errors this morning. The After Nines site is still functioning but I've got a call in to our hosting provider's help desk to see what's going on. That's the funny thing about wanting absolute control of your website. It also comes with absolute responsibility for keeping it live. We wouldn't want it any other way.

Will Apache Spark leapfrog Apache Hadoop?

Will Apache Spark leapfrog Apache Hadoop?

8. Just Sayin': On the one hand: We told you so. On the other, here's the latest info about IBM rallying around Spark -- an open source effort that allows businesses to analyze information (i.e., big data analytics) in real-time. Some folks think Spark will upend Hadoop. I'm not so sure. I suspect they'll coexist quite well.

7. Shrinkage: Withdrawals are now exceeding new contributions to 401(k) plans. Time to blame the Millennials for saving too little? Nope. The culprit is Baby Boomers -- who are withdrawing money in retirement. That's no big deal -- until you consider that steady 401(k) deposits help to stabilize (and even steadily lift) the stock market...

6. Amazon's Cloud for Small Business: At first glance, Amazon Web Services is for startups that want to rapidly deploy IT workloads -- or for larger companies that want to shift from CapEx to OpEx workloads. Traditional small businesses, in stark contrast, have mostly stuck with SaaS offerings rather than IaaS -- mostly because they need applications and don't quite understand how to manage infrastructure on their own. But perhaps that's changing...

Oracle CEO Mark Hurd

Oracle CEO Mark Hurd

5. Oracle Cloud Momentum: How many customers are adopting Oracle's cloud? We'll get an update on June 17, when the company announces quarterly results...

4. Join Me Today: I'm set to guest anchor Tech News Today -- hosted by Mike Elgan -- at 1:00 p.m. ET/10:00 a.m. PT today. Tune in as we cover consumer IT news and the latest surprises from Apple, Facebook, Google and more.

3. Forcing the Mobile Mindset: The New York Times is blocking employees from viewing its home page -- instead, forcing employees to visit the site from smartphones and tablets. The one-week experiment is meant to make the Times' staff more mobile conscious. Read between the lines about tech adoption, and it's safe to say the Times' readers are ahead of the Times' own staff... 

2. Internet of Things Funding: Samsung invested in Sigfox. And Actility has raised $25 million from a range of European firms. What's the common theme? The Internet of Things, of course...

Glint CEO Jim Barnett

Glint CEO Jim Barnett

1. Join Me Tonight: Learn how to measure your staff's morale -- and motivate employee teams. Get the tips from Glint CEO Jim Barnett on Podcast Episode 40 -- set to debut at 9:01 p.m. ET/6:01 p.m. PT tonight (Tuesday, June 16).

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