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Large technology manufacturers that focus on channel sales through distributors and resellers have traditionally operated with informal processes, using tools like spreadsheets and information driven by anecdotal stories from channel partners, unstructured data, and the "gut instinct" ...
At the onset of 2015 it seems that Business Intelligence software has become a nearly consensual part of any data-driven organization. Today companies large and small are realizing, more than ever, that "data is power", and that harnessing this power requires the right tools for the jo...
The illustration in the beginning of this post depicts the Internet of Things (IOT). You can guess (correctly) that I think that this technology is significant and important. In my opinion it is a revolution. I do not know if IDC's Internet of Things prediction is right for 2015, bu...
In terms of requirements, IoT systems require the ability: to gather, process and store all the data from a wide range of different of sensors; to produce alerts on certain conditions being detected in the incoming data; to analyze or view historical data with incoming sensor data.
The follow up article to Welcome to the Age of the Consumer: No Opinion Matters More Now we go into how to take advantage of those essential first few days or even minutes that you have your potential customer’s attention in order to follow through on heightened expectations of ste...
Already, in the few short years that cloud has been in the mainstream IT conversation, we've seen the rise of "bare metal" cloud (thus ending the illusion of cloud's infinite capacity to users), the substitution of virtualized machines by Docker containers, and most recently, the poten...
Your customers can process information faster every day, which makes them inherently more demanding. In fact, as B2B tech guru Ken Rutsgy says, probably, “Your customers know more about your solution than your sales guys.”
So congratulations, somehow you've managed to wangle your way onto one of the many DevOps conferences being held around the world. Why not you might say? DevOps is not only hot it's the approach many enterprises are now exploring as the means to help accelerate the delivery of high qua...
Today’s web-based applications are highly demanding, so the databases that hold their vast stores of information are not only expected to be very flexible in nature (supporting various data formats), but also to manage extreme performance and scaling. In this article I compare NoSQL to...
Apple reported record sales in the most recent quarter, thanks to its upgraded iPhone line. But it was almost alone among the big technology firms in doing so. Profits reported for the same period, have fallen at Google as well … Continue reading →
Juliet’s lament is often mistakenly thought of as ‘where are you Romeo?’ when it actually means, ‘Why must you be a Montague?’ It is Romeo’s family and their struggle against the Capulets that keeps these two star-crossed lovers apart. Beacons, like Romeo, also have a bit of a name – ...
The growing consumerism of our society is always a hot topic this time of year. Discussions about whether or not retailers should open on Thanksgiving to the monitoring of 'Christmas Creep' by various blogs and websites can be seen everywhere. However what gets lost in the shuffle...
In the last blog, we explored real world examples of smart cities and highlighted one such example in the São Paulo state of Brazil. What makes this an exciting model for other cities to evaluate and perhaps emulate is that it touches many city services that we can all relate to. It al...
The "internet of things" is not coming. It's here. Driven by the introduction of low-cost "things" that are actually useful, Silicon Valley's promised land of a wirelessly-linked network of everyday objects is slowly becoming a reality. And for those who see the data-gathering potent...
Now that most companies seek to make the most of their data in order to remain competitive, they need to hire the right analytical personnel. Unfortunately that is becoming difficult to achieve. McKinsey recently released a report on the growing talent shortage. The study explains th...
Businesses of all sizes are inundated with data, and the need to create value from the raw information is growing. The good news is that business intelligence tools are evolving and becoming more affordable, inclusive, and easy to use, especially with the introduction of Self-Service B...
November is here. The leaves are falling, the sun is setting at a ridiculously early hour and this week a time honored American tradition will take place. And no, silly, I'm not talking about Thanksgiving. I'm talking about Black Friday. Black Friday is the Friday after Thanksgiving...
If you thought the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) craze was a headache, just wait until button cameras, smart watches, and spy glasses (already here) are a daily occurrence in the office. Workplace #Wearables will be a huge challenge in the coming years as more devices, clothing and pret...
Cryptocurrencies have gained traction in the past half-decade for a variety of reasons. Bitcoin has become the most popular cryptocurrency in the world due to its sudden rise in value and acceptance within the international marketplace. You might be wondering: What does cloud computing...
The IT infrastructure of modern businesses require a number of seemingly never-ending cycles to track assets. As these assets go through different stages of usefulness or functionality, IT teams must constantly manage the process, which takes them away from other more important tasks a...
The Industrial Revolution in the 18th to 19th centuries was a period during which predominantly rural societies in Europe and America became industrial and urban. Advances in steam technology, transportation, mass production and the telegraph collectively transformed industry and socie...
#IoT #IDM #SDAS #infosec As the Internet of Things continues to expand (and it is expanding rapidly) the issue of access to applications is going to get a lot more messy. One of the benefits of cloud, so I'm told, is it is "easy access" for everyone. Indeed, it matt...
Moscow-based OpenBank, one of the largest private financial services groups in Russia, has built out a business intelligence capability for wholly new business activity monitoring benefits. The next BriefingsDirect deep-dive big data benefits case study interview explores how Moscow-b...
In the last blog, we looked at the impact of Internet of Things on industry and society, just like the Industrial Revolution did before it. But to date most smart city projects, such as green areas, smart trams, bike-sharing schemes and smart electricity grids, have been of relatively ...
We’re nearing the end of 2014 and most smart CEOs already know their IT transformation game plan for 2015 – more digital differentiation woven into the fabric of their essential operations. Every enterprise is now a digital business, regardless of the industry. That’s why digital servi...
When people think of mainframes, they typically envision ancient, obsolete technology running arcane spaghetti code – systems that IT management would love to retire if only they could free themselves from the clutches of legacy. While there is an element of truth in this perspectiv...
Change is constant, and over the last decade the nexus of two trends in particular has transformed the enterprise. Mobile technology and cloud software are fundamentally changing the way we interact internally within businesses, and externally with partners and customers. Never befor...
What does the data landscape look like at Facebook with its 1.3 billion users across the globe? They classify small data referring to OLTP-like queries that process and retrieve a small amount of data, usually 1-1000 objects requested by their … Continue reading →
It does not take much to understand the benefits of the DevOps culture, processes, and tools. However, implementing DevOps in your organization is not as obvious and usually involves more than simply setting up tools. You have to convince team members, map old processes to new, and ma...
I’ve started using the phrase digital professional, in particular in my recent article dinging Amazon’s cloud division Amazon Web Services (AWS) for not having a clear digital strategy. However, I haven’t been very clear on what I mean, so it’s time to put a finer point on this termino...
The adoption of cloud services such as storage, CRM, etc., are a given at this point. One of the faster growing sectors, though, is in human resources management (HRM), sometimes known as human capital management, which is an approach to employee staffing where people are looked at as ...
Amazon Web Services (AWS), the Amazon.com cloud computing juggernaut, wrapped up its annual reInvent conference in Las Vegas last week. Host to many thousands of AWS devotees, hundreds of exhibiting partners, and dozens of press and analysts – but not myself. You see, I wasn’t invited....
What is Cloud Computing & what are its advantages & disadvantages. Join us for this installment of our Technical Insight series as expert Learning Tree instructor Kevin Jackson examines the following questions- How can Cloud Computing help your business and do you need to be concerned ...
Life is difficult. Business life is sometimes argued to be even more difficult. If nothing else, business life is as socially complex as life itself. This truism obviously means that there are different business types – but different in regard to what? Separating the old and the new i...
Since the announcement of Docker approximately 18 months ago there has been an explosion of new technology in this space. Although the list is becoming very long, here I will outline five evolving Docker-related technologies that are driving the direction that cloud technology is going...
It may not seem like much. After all, it’s only 160 words on a webpage. But we believe that clearly stating our position on social media harassment and putting a process in place to respond to it will help us reduce and prevent it over time. For one, it’s a tangible way of promoting th...
Despite the data privacy protections supposedly conferred by regulations like HIPAA and HITECH, consumers’ confidential health and personal information is still not safe enough. That’s the lesson to be learned from Franklin, TN-based Community Health Systems’ (CHS) August 18 regulatory...
Last week, while in San Francisco, I used the Uber app and service four times. All four experiences were great, although one of the drivers stopped for 30 seconds and then left as I was walking up to the car. He must have realized I was a blogger. None the less, the next car was just a...
The hype around the wearable tech industry has steered many consumers straight to Amazon in search of a fitness gadget that will tell them how healthy or unhealthy they act on a regular basis. Some feel they can’t become healthier unless they are tracking their progress every step of t...
Last week I told you about my family’s experience with an under the skin glucose sensor that tracks blood sugar levels. While this Internet of Things trend often takes the form of a thermostat, light bulb or coffee machine, the medical field has been using sensors for a while and it is...