Dynamic Digest: Week of 3/7

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Welcome to the Dynamic Digest, a weekly recap of the latest news happening in our industry. Want the pulse of what’s going on in enterprise software and analytics, performance management, cloud computing, data, and other like topics? We got you covered!

This week in the world of technology, the White House launched a new data-driven initiative, Google finally joined Facebook’s Open Compute Project, Bosch looked to the cloud to boost its IoT platform, and a recent poll revealed a split over the Apple encryption case across the country.

How the White House ‘Opportunity Project’ wants to use open data to improve communities – TechRepublic, March 10

Calling all developers, the White House wants you! On Monday, the White House announced the launch of The Opportunity Project, an initiative focused on leveraging open data to improve communities and provide more opportunities for American citizens. In a national effort to “improve economic mobility,” the initiative was launched in conjunction with the release of the platform, which provides technologists, local governments, and community organizations easy access to local datasets and tools. The idea is to make both local and national data more easily accessible and digestible so developers and community leaders can resolve issues and provide opportunities in local communities, including sustainable transportation, affordable housing, neighborhood safety, increased employment, etc. To start, eight cities have confirmed participation and contributions from digital non-profits and 12 private sectors, including Redfin and Zillow, have been made. Although the White House received a high volume of participation from both public and private organizations, the project issued a call to action, encouraging citizens to build new tools, offer additional data sources, encourage community engagement through utilizing open data, among other requests. The project was launched ahead of President Obama’s SXSW technology presentation.

Key takeaway: President Obama is no stranger to technology – discussing the matter in his recent State of the Union address and now being the first sitting president to address South by Southwest (SXSW), where he encourages technologists to bring ideas for modernizing the government. The Opportunity Project is an incredible initiative that utilizes existing data to help citizens improve cities and individuals across the nation. If this program can empower individuals to truly take control and better their communities, it will be a true testament of the power of data.

Google joins Facebook’s game-changing project that’s eating the $140 billion hardware market – Business Insider, March 9

All aboard the Open Compute bandwagon! On Wednesday, Google announced its decision to jump aboard the game-changing (and controversial) Open Compute Project (OCP) that Facebook formed five years ago. OCP, a project aimed to accelerate infrastructure development through efficient open source hardware, encourages the share of server designs and other data center equipment. Since its founding in 2011, major enterprise and cloud companies, including Dell, IBM, and Microsoft, have supported and contributed to the project. Google’s first contribution includes design offerings for building greener, more sustainable and energy-efficient computer racks. Additionally, Google hopes to work with the OCP community to share designs for better storage disk solutions, computer servers, and network management tools.

Key takeaway: The project is meant to spark creativity and collaboration amongst engineers, inventing new ways to build computer servers, storage, and networks in a more efficient and cost-effective way. However, it’s always interesting when companies join the same initiative, despite being intense competitors in certain markets. Now that both Google and Microsoft are on board, the next appropriate question is – where is Amazon?

Bosch looking to smart devices to get ahead in the cloud – Reuters, March 9

The IoT competition is heating up. Robert Bosch GmbH (or Bosch), the lead supplier of automotive components, just launched its own cloud for the Internet of Things (IoT). Bosch made the announcement in Berlin on Wednesday at their annual IoT conference, ConnectedWorld. CEO Volkmar Denner described the cloud announcement as “a major milestone,” focused on undergoing digital transformation to keep up with the pace of technological change, in addition to fully leveraging the potential of data generated from its machines. Bosch plans to compete with the major cloud players, including Amazon, Google, and Microsoft. With more than five million devices currently connected through Bosch’s IoT Suite, the manufacturing company may indeed give U.S. tech giants a run for their money. Already a manufacturer of a variety of goods, the added cloud will provide Bosch the infrastructure and scalability required to take full advantage of embedding sensors into its products. The cloud will be operated out of a computing center in Germany, and will provide service for only in-house solutions until about 2017.

Key takeaway: The decision proves Bosch’s determination to transform from a traditional manufacturing company to a manufacturing and information technology group, using data from its machines to drive customer experience and relevancy. Interestingly, the company hopes to attract customers with its promise to secure and protect, given the strict European security regulations. Will Bosch join the IoT and cloud computing big leagues?

New Poll Shows Americans Side With Apple in Encryption Fight – Re/code, March 9

A nation together or a nation divided (and no we aren’t talking politics)? According to a new poll conducted by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News, Americans remain largely divided over the Apple encryption battle with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Interestingly, an earlier poll conducted by Pew Research Center showed the majority of citizens siding with the FBI. The new research, which surveyed 1,200 registered voters, displayed a slight shift in public opinion. While the full poll results have yet to be released, the data shows 42% of Americans believe Apple should cooperate with the FBI’s request while 47% believe Apple should not. Biggest supporters of Apple came from independents, with 58% siding with Apple. Additionally, the country remains divided on two broader issues – national security and privacy interests, with 47% of those polled worried the government “won’t go far enough,” while 44% said they feared the government would go “too far.” The survey asked 1,200 registered voters and despite the intense debate the past few weeks, one thing remains true – the country is split.

Key takeaway: Despite weeks of intense back and forth debate between Apple and the FBI, public opinion has only shifted slightly. The battle has sparked widespread national interest, with law enforcement officials and much of Silicon Valley weighing in on the matter. While the public has differing sentiments, Americans can all agree on one thing – there needs to be a much bigger discussion on digital security and investigatory powers.

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Brooke Bonime

Brooke Bonime

Brooke is a part of the AppDynamics marketing team. A Seattle native and University of Oregon graduate,Brooke is passionate about writing, traveling, cooking, music and social justice. Connect with her on Twitter @BrookeBonime.

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