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The Top Five Most-Valued Companies Are Tech - Almost On this first day of August 2016, I saw that the top most-valued companies are tech. companies, and the fifth one is almost there. Here is the list. Apple ($appl): $566 billion Alphabet ($goog): $562B Microsoft ($msft): $433B Amazon ($amzn): $365B Exxon Mobile ($xom): $356B Facebook ($fb): $353B The big move is Amazon’s beating Exxon Mobile (used to be number 1 for many years) to the fourth spot. The switch came after Amazon posted its fifth straight quarter of profits last week as the oil giant’s profits tumbled 59 percent during the same rough period. If Exxon continues its drop, then Facebook will beat it in days. This is quite remarkable! Other than Microsoft and Apple, the other 3 companies are much younger, Facebook being the youngest one. Their rapid rise is due to the growth of the Internet with its associate... (more)

Top Five Digital Trends | @ThingsExpo #IoT #IIoT #M2M #DigitalTransformation

BI Intelligence recently published the Top 5 Digital Trends that is worth looking at. It starts with a dramatic statement, “today, nearly 43% of the world is connected to the Internet, enabling us to talk, share photos, and conduct business halfway across the globe. As a result, we have seen more technological advancements in the past 10 years than we’ve witnessed in the past 10,000 years. And in the next five years, we’ll see even more”. Here are the key trend areas: Mobile – Messaging apps are the new OS. Facebook is winning this as it owns both the Facebook Messenger and What... (more)

Data Lake and Data Refinery | @ThingsExpo #BigData #IoT #M2M #API #InternetOfThings

Data Lake and Data Refinery – Gartner Controversy! Much discussion has been going on the new phrase called Data Lake. Gartner wrote a report on the ‘Data Lake’ fallacy, saying to be careful about ‘data lake’ or ‘data swamp’. Then Andrew Oliver wrote in the InfoWorld these beginning words, “For $200, Gartner tells you ‘data lakes’ are bad and advises you to try real hard, plan far in advance, and get governance correct”. Wow, what an insight! During my days at IBM and Oracle, Gartner wanted to get time on my calendar to talk about database futures. Then afterwards, I realized that... (more)

Amazing Amazon By @JnanDash | @CloudExpo #Cloud

I remember back in 2003 when I had a meeting with the then CTO of Amazon for a couple of hours. He was narrating his vision of SOA (Service Oriented Architecture), where individual business or programming functions (called services) can be stacked up in libraries and get invoked as and when required. This notion of re-usable services was not new (remember subroutines from the mainframe era or stored procedures from the client-server days?). Subsequently we called them “web services” because they were loosely coupled applications that can be exposed as services and easily consumed ... (more)

RocksDB from Facebook By @JnanDash | @ThingsExpo #IoT

I attended a HIVE-sponsored Meetup yesterday evening titled, “Rocking the database world with RocksDB”. Since I had never heard of RocksDB, I was curious to learn how it is rocking the database world. Facebook built this key value store storage layer originally to use for MySQL (instead of InnoDB), as MySQL is used heavily at Facebook. They claim that was not the only motivation. Then in 2013, they decided to open source RocksDB. Last evening’s speaker in an earlier post on November, 2013 had said, “Storing and accessing hundreds of petabytes of data is a huge challenge, and we’... (more)