Happy Friday everyone. Here are notable stories from this week:
Dell to Go Private in 2014
In a $24.4 billion deal, Dell, with the help of private equity investors and Microsoft, will be going private in the second quarter of Dell’s 2014 fiscal year. Dell continues to see strong growth in it’s servers business, but with consumer products losing 23 percent, Dell’s bottom line has suffered.
“We can deliver immediate value to stockholders, while we continue the execution of our long-term strategy and focus on delivering best-in-class solutions to our customers as a private enterprise,” he wrote. “Dell has made solid progress executing this strategy over the past four years, but we recognize that it will still take more time, investment and patience.”
Do you expect to see more companies follow Dell’s lead by going private? Is your company cutting back on PC purchases in favor of smartphones and tablets?
Kindle Fire owners will now be able to purchase apps with new virtual currency — Amazon coins. If you’re a developer though, this won’t affect how you get paid for app downloads, Amazon is venturing into digital currency to offer different purchasing methods besides credit cards.
Developers will still get their 70 percent cut from each purchase made, whether it’s from credit card or Amazon Coins. According to the Amazon Coin FAQ, one Amazon Coin is worth one cent, so an app that is valued at $2.99 is worth 299 Amazon Coins.
Is virtual currency the wave of the future in major tech suppliers?
As the battle over data storage continues, it seems the real winners may just be the users, as the strategy of enticing new members with perks continues. Google Drive recently announced it will add a new service to it’s storage service, which includes the ability to host websites by storing the source code – HTML, JS, and CSS. A small move some say, but it’s something new.
Google’s goal here is of course to get more and more people using Google Drive over competing services. If your current cloud storage service can’t do this, we doubt you’ll switch, but if you’re already using Google Drive, you may find yourself using it more than Dropbox or SkyDrive.
All though a small move, do you see Google Drive becoming a bigger player for cloud storage? Does your company have a policy on storing data on publicly-accessible services? If so, how do manage tricky issues such as compliance and data security?
With the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s recent award of $3 million to Continuum Analytics, a data visualization and data processor, Python looks to be getting a big popularity boost. With the job market boom in big data, it seems many companies are looking to Python to advantage those with less programming skills, but stronger backgrounds in mathematics.
“Python is a very easy language to learn for non-programmers,” said Peter Wang, president of Continuum Analytics. That’s important because most big-data analysts will probably not be programmers. If they can learn an easy language, they won’t have to rely on an external software development group to complete their analysis, Wang said.
Do you see Python becoming a more prominent go-to programming language? What do you think are the big issues with big data — analyzing the data or visualizing the results?