Monday, October 20, 2014

Persistent Systems & Jive Software Join Hands for Digital Transformation

This week in Las Vegas at JiveWorld14, Persistent Systems will showcase its new partnership with Jive Software, Inc, including solutions and integration frameworks for enterprise communication and collaboration. The alliance strengthens the Persistent Systems partner ecosystem with Jive’s industry-leading platform on which enterprises adopt internal collaboration and external community best practices to help their employees, partners, and customers work better together.  
* Jive is a leading provider of modern communication and collaboration solutions for business.
* Through this partnership, Persistent will work with Jive to implement solutions that improve how people and organizations interact and work together as a part of the enterprise digital transformation.
* Persistent is developing integrations with major enterprise IT platforms, a crucial driver of success for Jive and its customers, including unique expertise in bidirectional connectors.
* This further broadens the portfolio of the Social practice at Persistent Systems.
* Find Persistent Systems at JiveWorld14, Oct. 21 – 23 at The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas Booth S7
Aisling MacRunnels, Chief Development Officer at Jive Software remarks, “Working closely with consulting partners is one of the strategic ways we can help our customers achieve ultimate success with their Jive implementations. Persistent has built a practice with integration capabilities that are immensely valuable; and we have already seen great success in working with them and our joint customers to maximize their enterprise communication and collaboration solutions.”
Ranga Puranik, President at Persistent Systems says, “The digital transformation of companies, including how people and organizations work together in new and productive ways, is being shaped by software platforms such as Jive. This partnership strengthens our social and collaboration practice, and builds on our early focus and recent investments in it.”
Jive is the leading provider of modern communications and collaboration solutions for business.  Recognized as a leader by the industry’s top analyst firms in multiple categories, Jive enables employees, partners and customers to work better together. More information about Jive can be found at 
Persistent will be on hand at JiveWorld14, the premier conference for modern communication and collaboration, attended by more than 1,600 Jive customers, developers, thought leaders and technology partners across several industries. This year’s program focuses on how people and organizations can work better together and gain competitive advantage through collaborative workstyles. JiveWorld14 offers more than 60 breakout sessions and hands-on training workshops about topics such as advanced community management, customer and partner communities and internal collaboration. 

Symphony Teleca’s Drives Next Gen Machine Intelligence

Symphony Teleca Corporation, the global innovation and development services company, was recognized by Gartner in two prominent reports: The Hype Cycle for Vehicle-Centric Information & Communication Technology (Vehicle ICT), 2014(1), where it was listed as a sample vendor within the Embedded Software & Electronics Design and the Remote Diagnostics categories; and the Hype Cycle for Operational Technology, 2014(2), included as a sample vendor in the Remote Diagnostics category.
“We’re pleased to be included by Gartner as a sample vendor in its comprehensive Hype Cycle reports which OEMs around the world turn to for insights into what’s driving the next generation of technology innovation,” said Sanjay Dhawan, CEO, Symphony Teleca. “As the number of M2M devices continues to surge in the automotive market and other industries, the real-time analytical insights available through our offerings such as Symphony ORION and InSight Connect VRM enable the operationalization of analytics, letting enterprises take advantage of their potential and deliver solutions that drive customer value.”
Symphony Teleca has seen widespread traction and record growth in its development of revolutionary predictive analytics solutions for machine-to-machine (M2M) and connected devices, recently bringing to market innovative offerings that further the advancement of connected vehicles and remote diagnostics. For example, the Symphony ORION platform gives enterprises the ability to generate real-time insights from large amounts of data generated by connected devices to help automotive and other engineers improve operational efficiency, build competitive products and enable positive business outcomes, including decreased costs for OEMs and improved margins.
Symphony Teleca has recently launched solutions helping customers to unlock the value of the connected car. Its award-winning InSight Connect platform provides remote software and configuration management throughout the in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system lifecycle, covering application, software and firmware over-the-air support. It enables monitoring and diagnostics of connected car data and supports content monetization, big data and analytics applications. Specifically for predictive analytics, Symphony ORION provides a powerful solution for M2M data augmenting the InSight Connect platform. It is one of the few big data platforms geared for the automotive space. Symphony ORION has been successfully deployed across multiple automotive and fleet platforms to help companies predict vehicle maintenance, breakdown and service incidents.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Standardized Autodesk Tech for Architecture, Engineering & Construction Sectors

Autodesk, Inc., a leading firm in 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software announced today that leading BIM services provider, Pinnacle Infotech Solutions, is standardizing on Autodesk BIM solutions across all sectors of its business. Based out of Durgapur in West Bengal, Pinnacle Infotech Solutions delivers BIM services to Architectural, Engineering and Construction industries internationally. The company is standardizing on a single BIM platform in order to achieve an integrated delivery model for its clients, and to improve manpower training and deployment.

Pinnacle Infotech Solution’s goal is to be one of the most innovative BIM consulting service providers in the world.  The firm’s initial investment in Autodesk solutions provided a competitive advantage in delivering projects and savings, due to increased efficiency across the supply chain. In addition, the advantages of having an integrated delivery model for clients convinced Pinnacle Infotech Solutions to adopt Autodesk BIM solutions as a standard over multiple competing products in different project stages. Pinnacle Infotech Solutions investments in Autodesk technology include:
Building Design Suite, Infrastructure Design Suite, Plant Design Suite, Fabrication CADmep Suite and Factory Design Suite. As well, Autodesk Consulting will guide Pinnacle Infotech Solutions’ BIM deployment, and share industry best practices around BIM processes and methodologies to improve productivity.

Bimal Patwari, Founder & CEO, Pinnacle Infotech Solutions said, “Pinnacle Infotech Solutions is the acknowledged Global leader in providing  BIM services across key industry sectors of Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Infrastructure.  Pinnacle has  completed more than 4000 large  BIM projects spread across 18 countries in Healthcare, Hospitality, Education, Infrastructure, Commercial, Housing, Transportation, Energy and Industrial sectors .Pinnacle is  committed to maximize value for clients by adopting latest technologies sand innovation. As we aim to grow our business globally, we believe standardizing on Autodesk BIM is a strategic choice to meet this goal.”

Sunil MK, Head AEC, Autodesk India & SAARC said, “Building Information Modeling (BIM) is one of the most significant technology trends in Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC) industries today. A recent survey by KPMG & RICS School of Built Environment stated that BIM adoption is gaining momentum in India with 22 percent of firms in AEC sectors adopting BIM. Given the scale of investments in infrastructure and construction projects in India, BIM would help us derive cost and time savings in such mega-projects, while ensuring sustainability. As a leading provider of BIM services, we are delighted that Pinnacle Infotech Solutions has decided to use Autodesk BIM  to achieve its growth objectives. We believe this will go a long way in promoting the adoption of BIM in India and other emerging markets.”

Qualcomm Mentors & Supports 10 Robotics, IM Companies

Qualcomm Incorporated has announced the Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator, powered by Techstars, a four-month mentorship-driven startup program aimed to accelerate the development of the next generation of robotics and intelligent machines (IM). 

Approximately 10 companies will be selected to participate in the program and will be based on Qualcomm’s corporate campus in San Diego. These companies will build next generation smart machines that combine mechanics and intelligent controls, computer vision, sensors, navigation and wireless communications. 

Qualcomm Incorporated is committing over $1 million in aggregate funding to the program participants. Additionally, the participants will be offered business and technical insight on robotics during the program. Upon completion of the four-month accelerator program, companies will be able to leverage Techstars’ network of over 3,000 successful entrepreneurs, mentors, investors, and corporate partners. 

The Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator, powered by Techstars, aligns with Qualcomm’s current efforts to develop “smarter,” more efficient robotics platforms with more enhanced connectivity built around the Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. These platforms aim to provide an integrated, low power solution for multiple robotics applications. Qualcomm Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

For instance, Qualcomm has already announced work on Qualcomm Zeroth, a technology that enables robots and smartphones to excel at perceptual pattern matching tasks that can be executed fully on device. Last month, Qualcomm demonstrated the Zeroth technology embedded in the Snapdragon Rover, a robot that learned to successfully classify different types of toys including specific models it had never seen before. It was able to then pick them up and sort them into different bins. 

“The scale and pace of smartphone technology development is having a growing impact on many other technology sectors, and robotics is no exception,” said Matt Grob, CTO, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “At Qualcomm, we work to provide entrepreneurs and innovators worldwide with the technologies that will help them transform the way we work, live and play, and this robotics accelerator is just one example of how we are trying to achieve that goal.”  

“We have already had a number of successful robotics companies coming out of Techstars and are excited to see what this new batch of companies will achieve given the support they’ll receive from Qualcomm, particularly given the Company’s deep expertise in mobile,” said David Cohen, Managing Partner, Techstars. “Robotics is a hugely untapped frontier that is quickly becoming a focus for Techstars given recent tech advances that let machines be prototyped faster and easier than ever before.”

Those companies interested in participating in this accelerator program can submit their application starting today at The application submission process will be open from now until February 22, 2015. The program will commence in May 2015 and conclude in September 2015 with a Demo Day, where each team will have the opportunity to present their work to investors, industry leaders, and the community at large. 

Semiconductor Capital Spending Sees 11% Jump in 2014

Worldwide semiconductor capital spending is projected to total $64.5 billion in 2014, an increase of 11.4 percent from 2013 spending of $57.8 billion, according to Gartner, Inc. Capital equipment spending will increase 17.1 percent in 2014, driven by strong memory average selling prices and increased demand for consumer products.

For 2014, Gartner's forecast for semiconductor equipment has been increased slightly from the previous forecast. Longer term, Gartner expects modest growth through the semiconductor cycle, with just a modest pause in the equipment market expected in 2016.

"While capital spending outperformed equipment spending in 2013, the reverse will hold true for 2014," said David Christensen, senior research analyst at Gartner. "Total capital spending will grow 11.4 percent in 2014, compared with 7.1 percent in our prior forecast — a result of Samsung increasing its announced spending plans to $14 billion. Equipment spending will increase 17.1 percent, as manufacturers pull back on new fab construction and concentrate on ramping up new capacity instead."

In recent years, the equipment industry has realized significant consolidation, as major vendors have acquired complementary and competitive companies. As equipment advancements will lead to higher development costs, the trend of industry consolidation should be expected to continue.

Foundries will continue to outspend the logic integrated device manufacturers (IDMs) in 2014. Foundry spending is expected to increase by 4.5 percent in contrast with the 0.3 percent decrease in total logic spending. However, the longer-term outlook for total foundry spending shows a flat profile, as predicted mobility market saturation will dampen the need for new foundry capacity and creates an environment where existing capacity is upgraded to the latest node. The memory capital expenditure (capex) outlook remains strong for 2014 with a 40 percent increase anticipated in the current forecast, compared with a 25 percent increase in the previous quarter's forecast. Memory manufacturers are currently enjoying a strong pricing environment, which sets the stage for renewed spending growth.

The current DRAM undersupply will continue through 2015, moving back into an oversupply in 2016 as new wafer capacity is added to the market. Since the last forecast Samsung Electronics has announced that it will be using one floor of its newly completed S3 fab in Suwon, South Korea, for DRAM production. In late December 2013, SK Hynix announced that it would invest $1.7 billion at its Icheon, South Korea, complex to build a new fab shell and clean room. This leaves a scenario in which both of the South Korean vendors are bringing on new DRAM wafer capacity, pushing bit supply growth to 36 percent in 2016. This combined with the mild demand growth in the same period moves the market into oversupply.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

IBM & SAP Partner to Accelerate Enterprise Cloud Adoption

SAP SE and IBM have announced that SAP has selected IBM as a premier strategic provider of cloud infrastructure services for its business-critical applications — accelerating customers’ ability to run core business in the cloud. The SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service is now available through IBM’s highly scalable, open and secure cloud. SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud will expand to major markets with the addition of the IBM cloud data centers. This is expected to enable customers to deploy their SAP software around the globe in a faster and more secure environment that is backed by IBM's proven cloud capabilities.

“We look forward to extending one of the longest and most successful partnerships in the IT industry,” said Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP. “The demand for SAP HANA and SAP Business Suite on SAP HANA in the cloud is tremendous and this global agreement with IBM heralds a new era of cloud collaboration. We anticipate customers will benefit from this collaboration and expansion of SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud."

“This announcement is a significant milestone in the deployment of enterprise cloud,” said IBM Chairman, President and CEO Ginni Rometty. “It builds on our two companies’ long history of bringing innovation to business, and extends IBM’s position as the premier global cloud platform. Our secure, open, hybrid enterprise cloud platform will enable SAP clients to support new ways to work in an era shaped by Big Data, mobile and social."  

Together, IBM and SAP have the expertise, solutions and cloud infrastructure to deliver SAP business solutions on the IBM Cloud. SAP brings the power of real time through in-memory computing capabilities of SAP HANA combined with the ability to run mission-critical business applications, like SAP Business Suite, in a cloud environment. IBM brings enterprise depth and the open architecture of IBM Cloud Managed Services and SoftLayer — enabling customers to securely manage SAP workloads from trial to production on a consistent infrastructure, with transparency and control over where data resides. In addition, customers will benefit from the technology and services from both companies that offer industry-specific best practices, enabling customers to transform their organizations. SAP and IBM customers of all sizes will benefit from this joint collaboration of two of the most trusted companies in the industry.

Key Benefits to Enterprises of All Sizes Are Expected to Include:
* Customers can take advantage of SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud with the global footprint of IBM Cloud. This enables customers to put data to work with SAP HANA and business applications in the IBM Cloud built for speed, transparency and control.
* SAP HANA will run on IBM Cloud to provide an open-standards-based approach that will help create the foundation to more easily integrate existing technology investments with new workloads.
* IBM and SAP are committed to security for enterprise customers in the cloud. The IBM Cloud provides visibility and control to enable enterprises to apply and extend their security best practices into a cloud environment.
* Companies will now have additional reach and scale to more easily start locally and scale globally with cloud capabilities and also comply with data residency and other regulatory mandates.

Juniper & Akamai Show Elastic CDN Solution

SDN & OpenFlow World Congress) -- Today Akamai Technologies, the leading provider of cloud services for delivering, optimizing and securing online content and business applications, and Juniper Networks, the leader in network innovation, are demonstrating an Elastic Content Delivery Network (CDN) system designed to enable network operators to address network scalability challenges driven by the rapid increase in video traffic. The proof-of-concept demonstration will leverage Akamai's virtualized Aura Licensed CDN (LCDN) software and Juniper Networks Contrail Controller for software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) to dynamically scale up and down network resources to support content spikes resulting from the broadcast of large events. The technology is also designed to accelerate service creation for service providers utilizing CDNs to launch innovative multiscreen video services that help drive subscriber acquisition and loyalty.

Video consumption has shifted dramatically from a relatively predictive and controlled model to one that is highly dynamic, driven by large traffic spikes during online live and on-demand events. Streaming large live events and popular on-demand titles can cause significant network congestion that leads to a poor subscriber experience, brand erosion and customer turnover. To meet customer demand for multiscreen video services, network operators are increasingly migrating their delivery architecture to CDN-assisted IP video to scale delivery and stay current with the latest technologies. Additionally, many operators are now looking at virtualization of the CDN network function as a key component in scaling delivery.

To address the scalability challenge, Akamai is collaborating with Juniper Networks to demonstrate the industry's first on-network Elastic CDN. Unlike previous approaches which required dedicated hardware, long lead times and extensive planning to add capacity, the Elastic CDN solution running on virtualization platforms leverages Juniper Networks Contrail to quickly configure virtual network resources within a virtual CDN, and allows additional caching capacity to be deployed in minutes instead of weeks. The Elastic CDN is highly distributed and virtually networked to enable efficient use of resources. Operating in an OpenStack environment, the combined solution is designed to help reduce time and cost associated with adding new caching capacity to the network, decreasing both capital and operational expense.

The technology demonstration will feature key attributes designed to address the limitations of statically provisioned video architectures, specifically:

* Scalable caching within the operator network -- Building on virtualization technology, caches are decoupled from dedicated hardware and can be deployed in minutes to meet variable traffic demands.
* Distributed resource pool -- Caching capacity can be added to existing data center resources throughout the network, or more cost-effectively deployed into new micro data centers closer to the subscriber edge.
Automated networking -- Network virtualization technology designed to ensure connectivity between disparate caching resources. Through intelligent analytics and network performance monitoring, Quality of Service (QoS) levels are closely tracked to enable a network operator to monitor and improve the end user experience.