Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Sway, Microsoft's new Office app, free

Sway, Microsoft's new Office app, opens up to everyone | PCWorld:

"Microsoft's Sway sits somewhere in between Word, PowerPoint, and a Web editor, part of a new breed of blended apps that combine features from existing products. With Sway, users can quickly create documents that can be quickly supplemented with images and text, with Sway even providing input on design changes."

Microsoft Sway

Office Sway - Create and share amazing stories, presentations, and more

Announcing Office Sway: reimagine how your ideas come to life - Office Blogs

Microsoft’s new Sway app is a tool to build elegant websites | The Verge

IoT: HP, Printing, Security Platform

Hewlett-Packard Designates Printing A First-Class IoT Security Platform:

"Printers and Multi-Function Devices (MFDs) now have more in common with PCs and servers than the printers of old. In today’s printers we find PC-class processors running a Windows or Linux operating system, storage, displays, scanners, networks, mobile access, cloud based modes and even integrated HTML-based browser and email clients
Simply put, enterprise IT needs to treat printers as “equal citizens” on the network—just like we treat personal computers, laptops and smartphones."(Courtesy HP)
HP MFP with keyboard and card reader

IoT: more about Things than about Internet

The Internet Of Things' Best-Kept Secret
"The Internet of Things is more about the things than about the Internet
...The Internet is not going through a radical transformation ...It’s evolving. 
But the step-function change is happening in the things
Creating, operating, and servicing smart, connected products is what the Internet of Things is all about,
Today, part of the product is hardware and part of it is software and part of the software is in the product and part of it is in the cloud and the cloud has a whole new computing architecture. You need a data center before you can sell the first widget now.
But why connect the product to the Internet? “The number one reason,” says Heppelmann, “is to service them better. The number two reason is to operate them better.” But the sum of the changes is greater than the parts, resulting in improved, even new, business models. It’s a business transformation driven by digitization."

IoT: Graph Databases: Meaning from Internet of Things

Graph Databases: Making Meaning From the Internet of Things:

"Graph databases are essential to discovering, capturing and making sense of complex interdependences and relationships, both for running an IT organization more effectively and to build the next generation of functionality for businesses. They are designed to easily model and navigate networks of data, with extremely high performance, which is why they have been so popular with social networks such as Facebook and LinkedIn already. And now they are increasingly being adopted by forward thinking companies looking to extract maximum value from the Internet of Things."

From the creator and CEO of Neo4j... IoT is a good for marketing...

Graph Databases could be useful for IoT, assuming they can fit required data in memory, since sharding / clustering does not work very well for a graph db (yet).

Maybe those new super-large Azure VMs can help...