5 Technology Observations: 9 June 2015

Good morning, I.T. entrepreneurs. Here are five technology news updates, insights, gossip, rumors and plenty more to start your day for Tuesday, June 9, 2015.

Actually, today's update involves 10 items to sip on.

10. What's In A Name?: Want to write a native app for Apple Watch? You can do so using Apple's new WatchOS 2. Hmmm... That name almost looks like OS/2... the IBM operating system that ultimately lost the desktop war to Windows 95....

Intel CIO Kim Stevenson

Intel CIO Kim Stevenson

9. How Does Intel Leverage IT?  This Intel IT Business Review -- an annual report from the chip giant's CIO, Kim Stevenson -- offers some clues. Yes, shadow IT is among the big topics of discussion.

8. Join Me: At 1pm ET/10am PT today for Tech News Today, hosted by Mike Elgan. We'll discuss the latest developments from Apple Worldwide Developer Conference. Also, I'll preview some potential trends at Hadoop Summit.

7. Hackers for Hire: So, you want to hire a few security pros to find and close holes in your software or IT network? Perhaps HackerOne, an online community of on-demand hackers, can help. Or not...

6. Death of Media?: Not really. But Apple -- much like Facebook Instant Articles -- is now preparing a range of publishing and syndication capabilities that may "help" traditional media companies get their content out to more readers and eyeballs... Among the moves: An Apple News App, launching in the fall, that will combine and stream content from more than 50 publications. My reaction? If you consider yourself a "publication" you're hopelessly behind the times anyway...

Reflexion Networks CEO David Hughes

Reflexion Networks CEO David Hughes

5. Congrats: To the Reflexion Networks team -- folks like CEO David Hughes, VP Scott Barlow and Manager Karen Guarino. After weeks of rumors, Sophos today confirmed that it has acquired the email security company

4. Bigger Than PSA: Of course, the PSA (professional services automation) market continues to grow. But I've often said PSA is evolving into more of a total business management (TBA) platform that includes field service management (FSM). By the way, just the FSM portion -- which includes work order management, scheduling and dispatch, inventory and more -- will enjoy a 17.3 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2014 to 2019, leaping from $1.58 billion to $3.52 billion during the forecast period, according to Markets and Markets.

3. Big (Data) Move: Cloudera has hired former Google VP Dan Sturman as its new VP of engineering. He previously focused on Google Compute Engine and Google App Engine, according to Re/Code. I'll be catching up with Cloudera and other Hadoop providers at Hadoop Summit in the next few hours...

Podcast 039: Hortonworks VP Shaun Connolly.

Podcast 039: Hortonworks VP Shaun Connolly.

2. Hadoop Reality Check: Tune into our latest podcast (Episode 039) to hear Hortonworks VP of Corporate Strategy Shaun Connolly explain the state of Hadoop -- the grid-based storage platform for big data and analytics applications. The conversation also covers key trends at this week's Hadoop Summit (June 9-11, San Jose) along with several customer adoption stories. Yes, there also are implications for small businesses that want to make better use of their data.

1. On the Road: I'll be at Hadoop Summit the rest of this week, gathering insights about how businesses are now gathering, storing, protecting, organizing and monetizing their data...

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