5 Technology Observations: 17 June 2015

Good morning, I.T. entrepreneurs. Here are five technology news updates, insights, wild predictions and observations to start your day for Wednesday, June 17, 2015.

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

9. Apache Hadoop vs. Apache Spark: That has been the hot topic of discussion at Spark Summit in San Francisco this week. Here's some background on the two big data platforms -- and why I ultimately think they'll co-exist. By the way: Keep a close eye on Databricks, which hopes to revolutionize the big data world the way Red Hat transformed the server operating system world.

8. Speaking of Big Data and Hadoop: I spent most of last week huddled with Hortonworks' executive team in San Jose. I also learned how big companies like Home Depot, Symantec and Verizon leverage Hortonworks. I'll share more insights soon.

7. Early Start: Some readers have noticed that my morning blogs are debuting earlier in the day. The simple explanation involves my goal to spend late afternoons with my family during the summer. Oh, and I'm also working on... stay tuned.

6. The LastPass Hack: Is it really safe to store all of your passwords in a central online repository? We covered that -- and more -- during Tech News Today on June 16. In case you missed it here's the broadcast:


5. Free Tech Education: LinkedIn is offering free Lynda.com courses for the first time -- a sign that the business social network also wants to dominate the online training market as well. My spin? To complete in the online training market you need to own the underlying platform and the content that sits upon it. But building such a platform likely involves a multi-million-dollar investment... a big risk considering so many folks expect "free" guidance on the web...

Business.com CEO Tony Uphoff

Business.com CEO Tony Uphoff

4. Media's Evolution: Everybody loves a great scoop and unique insights. But media companies like Business.com are now obsessed with data, algorithms and information. CEO Tony Uphoff explains why... and provides a roadmap for anybody building a modern online business. Hmmm...

3. Apple, MobileIron and MDM Partnership: Long after the mobile device management (MDM) craze subsided, Apple is working with MobileIron to help enterprises manage iPhones and iPads. Sure, MDM is still a growing market opportunity. But it never quite became the ecosystem play that I expected. Still, the Apple-MobileIron relationship is welcome news for those trying to get a grip on BYOD and mobile management.

2. Time to Converge Secondary Storage: That's what Cohesity -- a startup -- says. You already know about primary storage -- the systems you use daily to find, retrieve, edit and then save information. But the hidden challenge involves a range of secondary storage silos -- where your less-frequently-used data resides. To bring all that data together in a more manageable, more cost effective manner, Cohesity has raised $70 million and emerged from stealth mode today.

Our latest podcast guest: Glint CEO Jim Barnett

Our latest podcast guest: Glint CEO Jim Barnett

1. How to Boost Team Morale: First, you need to find a way to measure your team's mood without alienating them or impacting their privacy. Glint CEO Jim Barnett explains how in Podcast Episode 40. And don't forget to check our podcast center every Tuesday for a new conversations with IT entrepreneurs who share practical tips on sales, marketing, technology, funding and business building.

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