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The Dean of the University of San Francisco School of Management, Elizabeth Davis, recently asked me to sit on a Big Data panel at the Direct Sales Association conference. I was given a 5-minute slot to “demystify” Big Data to a non-technical group of about 1,000 people; to help them understand where and how this thing called “Big Data” could help them. Well if you know me, I can barely introduce myself in 5 minutes. But this was particularly challenging for me, as I’m used to talking about Big Data with organizations with at least some level of Big Data experience or understanding (maybe they should get my second book – the “Big Data MBA” – and start there!). So I accepted the challenge, and here is what I said (and yes, I did it within the 5-minute window). Myth #1: Every Business needs a Big Data strategy. Reality #1: You don’t need a Big Data strategy; you need ... (more)

Big Data Life in 2023 | @CloudExpo #IoT #M2M #BigData #ML #Microservices

Instead of writing yet another “Big Data Predictions for the Next Year” blog, I thought I’d do something a bit different. Instead of predicting – like everyone else – what’s going to happen in 2016, let’s instead look out a few years and see how data and analytics might transform our lives and the lives of those around us.  Probably a silly exercise, but a fun way to wrap up 2015 nonetheless. My Morning My wellness band actually woke me up about 15 minutes before my alarm because it had used data about my sleep patterns to determine that I was ready to get up (it automatically t... (more)

It's All Fun and Games (and Data Mining) at JAMDAT Mobile

Anticipation is a key factor in figuring out what will happen in the wireless industry over the next couple of years. As entertainment migrates to the handset, it's predicted that revenues from games on mobile phones will reach $6 billion by 2005. How? Many questions remain, but there are some strong players joining in to find the answers. Do you remember Carnac the Magnificent? One of the most enduring segments of the pre-Leno Tonight Show was arguably host Johnny Carson's portrayal of the mystical Carnac. His turban and cloak-wearing character could divine the answers to yet-t... (more)

Kelkoo Turns Data into Actionable Intelligence with Kognitio WX2

Kognitio has announced that the company has built and is managing a 1.5TB data warehouse for Kelkoo via Data Warehousing as a Service (DaaS). Kognitio is complementing its DaaS service with ongoing consultancy in order to help Kelkoo maximize the use and exploitation of information within its business. DaaS is helping Kelkoo to improve efficiencies within its organization, speed up access to business data and increase the visibility of key metrics to the organization. The service is also making the data more accessible to front-line business users, who can turn it into intelligenc... (more)

Yelling ‘WebApp Firewall’ in a Crowded Data Center

You’ve probably seen the statistics: As of January 2009, almost 90% of the 100 to 150 million Websites are still critically vulnerable to attack according to SearchSecurity.  And Web Application Security Consortium (WASC) reports that 87% of Websites are vulnerable to attack.  Reports also indicate that 400+ new vulnerabilities a month are found (and growing) along with the fact that malware on legitimate Websites has doubled in 6 months.  WhiteHat Security notes that at least 70% of the websites it scans has at least one critical vulnerability and another 63% have flaws that nee... (more)

Lenovo Introduces ThinkVantage Toolbox

Lenovo Session at Cloud Expo Cloud Computing Expo - Lenovo announced the Lenovo ThinkVantage Toolbox on Monday, a new combination of system health, security, and support services to keep ThinkPad laptop and ThinkCentre desktop PCs running safely and efficiently. Built on the proven PC-Doctor diagnostic platform, Lenovo ThinkVantage Toolbox monitors critical system components, notifying the user of problems and offering solutions to quickly repair the system before components fail or data is lost. With its push-button operation and intuitive interface, Lenovo ThinkVantage Toolb... (more)