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According to market research firm Technavio, the global Hadoop market is slated to grow at a CAGR of more than 53 percent over the next four years, reaching a value of $27.84 billion in 2019. The big data that enterprises must handle is creating a growing demand for cost-effective solu...
Researchers at Binghamton University recently became the first to create an open source graphics processor unit (GPU). The GPU they created, called Nyami, is appropriate for general purposes as well as graphics-specific work. Nyami is significant in the research, computing and open ...
You might not be a coder, but that does not mean you can’t make valuable contributions to the open source community. Contributing to open source is a great opportunity both for you as an individual and for the community as a whole. It can be extremely satisfying to work with open sourc...
Recently, Forbes contributing writer and enterprise software, application development, and data management expert Adrian Bridgwater discussed how important it is to understand what freedom really means in the open source world. In open source, the word “free” refers to the liberty that...
According to a recent press release, 81 percent of senior IT professionals are planning to move or are already moving to Openstack private cloud. With that said, many customers are also coming forth with concerns about how their cloud infrastructure should be integrated and managed. ...
Just last year, NASA took its first steps towards a new frontier—not space, but open source. Today, NASA is more involved with open source than ever before. It is even using the power of open source to power its Mars VR project, a huge step both for the organization and the open source...
2016 is still in the beginning stages, and many companies and developers are considering going open source to maintain relevancy. If you’re an open source novice and are thinking of making the leap, it’s important to understand the boundaries and regulations before you get in too deep....
As software complexity increases so does its management. The healthcare field is no exception, and by its nature is driven by large amounts of data which require complex IT systems to manage it. Historically, organizations would have purchased platforms to manage these solutions they a...
It appears as though more big names in the technology industry are looking to make the majority of their products open source. Just recently, Microsoft made Chakra, the JavaScript engine used in its Edge Web browser, open source. Even more recently, the company did the same for Live Wr...
Artificial Intelligence (AI)—technology that is adept at identifying images, recognizing spoken words and translating information from one language to another—is the hottest new topic in Silicon Valley. In fact, as of late, both Google and Facebook have found themselves in a race to se...
Apple just recently announced that Swift, its programming language for OS X and iOS developers, which was released last year, would be made open source. Low and behold, the tech giant stood by its promise and, as of December 3rd, 2015, Apple’s Swift language is available for developers...
A nonprofit educational program in the UK called 3Dami focuses on teaching 3D animation to teens between the ages of 14 to 18. Tom Haines, Director of the program, feels that education in the UK involves a lot of regurgitation of facts, and that many students benefit and learn bet...
The open source community has made its mark in the realm of software development, with powerhouses such as IBM, Microsoft and Google all using open source to support various software-based initiatives and developments.  Another large player, however, has recently emerged as a pred...
Historians can be a tough bunch to convince when it comes to the idea that certain technology will be more than just a short-term fad. After all, in the minds of historians, “short-term” usually means less than 100 years of existence. However, the Internet is proving to become a long-l...
The health and social care industry is a highly fragmented and complex industry with medical practitioners, nurses, health professionals, hospitals, clinics, government and non-government agencies all providing health services. The spectrum of health care providers range from individua...
In 2004, the National Cancer Institute funded an open source project to supply biobanks with organizational storage systems for biological samples like blood and plasma. Funding stopped in 2010; however, information technology company, Krishagni Solutions stepped in, toyed with the sof...
Valve, the U.S.-based video game company, altered the gaming field with the 2013 release of its operating system (SteamOS) and Steam Machines, which are hardware platforms for playing computer video games. SteamOS, which was created with Linux, the open source platform, allows smaller ...
Software code is becoming increasingly complex. Today's average high-end vehicle requires close to a 100 million lines of code to operate while Facebook requires just over half that. That’s a lot of code. To meet this demand, many software developers are leveraging open sourc...
The lack of women in the computer science field is not a new development. In fact, only 30 percent of the 707 students studying computer science at Stanford University are female. But the tide may be turning as women are beginning to make their presence known in the open source world.&...
As open source technology becomes more prominent in our world, schools are forced to keep up; what was brand new just a decade ago is surely outdated nowadays. Because of rapid technology adoption, teachers are now preparing students for jobs that don't yet exist. Inde...
Open source software development continues to follow the theme of innovation and collaboration. It enables the sharing of code among users, empowering developers to bring new products to market faster and with greater ease. For example, it allows industries such as healthcare, finance...
The digital nature of our world has created a need for more adaptable network operating systems (NOS’s). Networks handle large amounts of data every day, which has created a need for on-demand scalability. As such, HP has teamed up with a variety of supporters, including Arista, Broadc...
Any doubts that one may have about the quality of code produced through open source can be vanquished for the moment—as we follow Netflix’s utilization of open source in its products. You can’t argue with the results. Since the international provider of on-demand Internet streaming be...
With the recent proliferation of open source code projects, it’s easy to see why many organizations feel that leveraging open source is the way of the future. After all, companies as prominent as Google and Intel utilize it to assist with their software development, as does financial s...
The use of open source software has broken out across a number of industries, including healthcare, video gaming and government. And now the finance world is taking note. Open source software adoption brings with it a variety of benefits, including a faster time to market and the coll...
Today's software applications are increasingly complex, containing a mix of proprietary, third party and open source components. Smart developers are no longer coding from scratch but are grabbing snippets here and there and incorporating them into their code base, freeing up those de...
Today, the decision to use open source versus developing proprietary software, has not only been widely accepted among developers and businesses alike but it has become instrumental in the continuity of successful software production. There are increased pressures on developers and it ...
For Stephen Hawking, speaking is a process. It requires elaborate software that enables the professor to input text, send commands to apps on his computer, and verbally communicate using voice synthesis. Assistive Context-Aware Toolkit (ACAT) is the software that enables all this. It w...
Open source development has had a significant impact on many industries as it's very nature breeds more collaborative and innovative software. Once software is “open” (vs. proprietary), it becomes accessible to contributions from developers worldwide. One of the benefits of open source...
Open source code has paved the way for a bright and innovative future for video game development. Developers are no longer limited by their imaginations alone, as open source makes it possible for any individual to contribute to video game code creation, helping shape and bring the gam...
In 2005, a licensing deal between Major League Baseball (MLB) and Take-Two Interactive, a rival developer of EA Sports, permanently disenfranchised EA Sports from leveraging MLB related assets in its products. EA Sports’ “MVP Baseball 2005” became the last official title in the company...
How is open source used in the large enterprise environment? A recent study from WIPRO and Oxford Economics titled “The Open Source Era” provided insights into that question. The report revealed that 21 percent of enterprises use open source software and 25 percent have deployed it in ...
Recently, Lockheed Martin open sourced its in-house cyber threat detection tool. The platform, called Laika BOSS, will soon be accessible to the open source community at large. This advanced malware detection tool has shown such powerful performance at Lockheed that the defense company...
At the recent Open Daylight Summit, Margaret Chiosi, the Distinguished Network Architect said, “We don’t need money. We need participants. We need people to work on use cases and bust things out.” In other words, the open source community is at a point where it needs inv...
Open source software is creating a strong presence in nearly every industry and market imaginable, from healthcare to telecommunications to government—and now, the sciences. Open source is being leveraged in scientific fields to improve procedures, data analysi...
It was recently reported that the Colorado-based startup, SlamData is working on creating an enterprise version of its open source analytics platform. Their solution allows users to see and understand NoSQL data and this will now enable larger businesses to visualize data&nbs...
Recently, the Sunlight Foundation, the Congressional Data Coalition and the OpenGovFoundation announced that constituents of the U.S. House of Representatives can now choose open source software over proprietary software to better suit their technology requirements and projects. “...
Open source code is one of the most vital drivers of the U.S. technology industry. We depend on open source code to economically and rapidly create software that is more complex, in many ways more secure, more resilient and more aligned with the needs of everyday software users than pr...
The Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to be one of the most powerful technological innovations to date. In fact, its reach will be so extensive—encompassing billions of connected endpoints across the globe—that it will completely change the way companies and consumers connect ...
If we turn back time two years, the healthcare industry was beginning to get its feet wet in the big data analytics pool. According to research from PwC, in 2013, 79 percent of healthcare executives anticipated increasing their technology spends in the areas of analytics, improved elec...