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You can call me biased, or out of touch, but over the past two years, I’ve been reading articles and blogs about how Big Data is going away, dying, or already dead. So what changed? Is Big Data falling into Gartner’s dreaded trough of disillusionment? Did someone discover that predictive analytics could have a butterfly effect and change the course of history and hence, we should abandon these voodoo analytics practices? Did we figure out that we actually don’t have enough data to call it “Big” data? Did we already finish analyzing all the data and we’re all done? Or… are the people calling it dead really just a bunch of marketers who are looking move on to the next new thought leadership topic, so they write one final blog to make one final impression just before they abandon the topic? Bingo. I’m looking at you… industry pundits, thought leaders, and analysts. T... (more)

What’s In and What’s Out for IT in 2014

Here’s a quick look at what’s out and what’s in for IT in 2014. What’s out: Mobile, especially Mobile First. What’s in? Experience First. Mobility has become a means to an end now. People now demand compelling, engaging, context-aware experiences that catch them in the moment, that deliver services when they most need or want them. People want an emotional connection to the companies they do business with, and mobility is definitely one tool that can be used to deliver that. Certainly, mobility is going to continue to grow, people are still catching up in certain areas. and it wil... (more)

The Data Lake Has Landed | @ThingsExpo #BigData #DevOps #IoT #M2M #API

The Data Lake Has Landed I'm in hi-tech marketing. I live in a sea of buzzwords, business jargon, and acronyms (most of which are actually abbreviations, but I've learned to let that one slide). They spread faster than a virus in a daycare center. I hear people on conference calls saying things like "Dave, let's double click on that thought and explore it further." Seriously? Do what? Do I sound like that? Or, I'll read marketing materials that say things such as "...Our full stack enterprise-grade cloud solution for business acceleration speeds time-to-value, increase margins, ... (more)

How to Save Money While Doing Green IT

There have been a flurry of "green cloud" announcements recently, and that got us thinking about the relationship between green IT and saving money. Green is also the color of money, after all, and companies are discovering that reducing data center costs leads to substantial green benefits. The cloud takes cost reduction and green even further. In the first announcement, IBM continues to innovate in cloud and in green, and it has patented technology for distributing compute workloads for cloud computing in a way that reduces power consumption. I'd liken it to a load balancer, b... (more)

Big Data Technology - the Rebel without a Cause | @BigDataExpo #BigData #DataLake

Big Data Technology - the Rebel without a Cause Gartner cited the #1 challenge in Big Data as “Determining how to get value from Big Data.” Did I read that right? And by no a small margin! How to get value from Big Data? Shouldn’t it be shocking that such a fundamental question persists while businesses are spending billions on data analytics capabilities and infrastructure? If ever there was a solution looking for a problem (or a rebel without a cause), this is it.  How can the most elusive part of Big Data be “how to get value?” Shouldn’t someone have thought of this “before?... (more)