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)
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 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)
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)
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)
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 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
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)