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Most of us have moved our web and e-commerce operations to the cloud, but we are still getting sales reports and other information we need to run our business long after the fact. We sell a hamburger on Tuesday, you might say, but don't know if we made money selling it until Friday. Th...
[Opening Scene]: Billy Dean is pacing the office. He’s struggling to keep his delivery trucks at full capacity and on the road. Random breakdowns, unexpected employee absences, and unscheduled truck maintenance are impacting bookings, revenues and ultimately customer satisfaction. He k...
My team embarked on building a data lake for our sales and marketing data to better understand customer journeys. This required building a hybrid data pipeline to connect our cloud CRM with the new Hadoop Data Lake. One challenge is that IT was not in a position to provide support unti...
Every organization collects, stores and retains portions of dark data. It's the digital equivalent of emotional baggage which hangs around after every user interaction, transaction, and customer engagement. In fact, not using data effectively is costing United Airlines almost $1 Billio...
Okay, let me get this out there: I find the term “Citizen Data Scientist” confusing. Gartner defines a “citizen data scientist as “a person who creates or generates models that leverage predictive or prescriptive analytics but whose primary job function is outside of the field of stati...
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 u...
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 l...
A capability model is a structure that represents the core abilities and competencies of an entity (department, organization, person, system, and technology) to achieve its objectives, especially in relation to its overall mission and functions.
Business Intelligence has matured as a core competency necessary to sustain competitive advantage. Organizations of every size and industry are generating valuable data with each interaction, and that data can be captured, analyzed, and turned into business insight. These organizations...
One question I frequently get is: “How do I become a data scientist?” Wow, tough question. There are several new books that outline the different skills, capabilities and technologies that a data scientist is going to need to learn and eventually master. I’ve read several of these b...
Are your applications getting in the way of your business strategy? It’s time to rethink your IT approach. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Madhukar Kumar, Vice President, Product Management at Liaison Technologies, will discuss a new data-centric approach to IT that allows your dat...
Connected cars, factory equipment and household products communicating over the Internet is increasingly becoming a reality – one that might soon elicit headlines like “Is the Internet of Things a big bust?” That’s because it’s one thing to connect a device to the Internet and direct ...
I like this word re-imagination from Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends presentation. We are seeing so many aspects of our life being transformed by the internet. Take for example, ordering a cab to go somewhere. Either we phone for a yellow cab here in California or if you are in New York...
You’ve heard the great promise of business intelligence: data visualization will completely change the way you think about your business. We strive for those life-altering “aha” moments that completely shift the way we think, and help move us forward in a way we just couldn’t before du...
Document viewing has had significant impact on the legal market. This is especially true when it comes to eDiscovery, which is the electronic exchange of information in the discovery process during litigation. For legal matters it is critical to preserve and organize data as well as ea...
There is no doubt that Big Data holds infinite promise for a range of industries. Better visibility into data across various sources enables everything from insight into saving electricity to agricultural yield to placement of ads on Google. But when it comes to deriving value from dat...
Salesforce.com bought a shadowy three-year-old Israeli data mining start-up called BlueTail in July according to All Things Digital, and made co-founder and CTO Alon Talmor chief data scientist at its Data.com unit. The joint’s other co-founder Koby Ben-Zvi is now VP, product strateg...
Raqsoft, a software provider for data analytics and structured data computation is going to launch esProc in the next month, aiming at enhancing enterprises' efficiency for decision making and reducing management cost. This tool is innovative in simplifying complex data computation and...
What is Application Performance Management (APM)? Like a lot of good questions, it depends on your business needs. What is the goal of an ideal APM? Does it mean 99.999% availability? Perhaps it is a favorable overall end user experience when using the application but, as compared t...
I’m one of those people who take my work home with me. I know, I know… there’s that whole work-life balance thing that I’m always “struggling” to overcome. But, I haven’t yet. I am kind of sorry about it, but at the same time… not deeply sorry. Anyway … I’ve wanted to put this concept...
R is an incredibly comprehensive statistics package. Even if you just look at the standard R distribution (the base and recommended packages), R can do pretty much everything you need for data manipulation, visualization, and statistical analysis. And for everything else, there's more ...
SGI has partnered with Kalev H. Leetaru of the University of Illinois to create the first-ever historical mapping and exploration of the full text contents of the English-language edition of Wikipedia, in time and space. The results include visualizations of modern history captured ...
Networks have become a strategic asset, the life blood of organizations. Once considered a “techy thing,” networks are now mission-critical for every member of the organization – from the IT manager to the marketing VP to the CEO. An increasing number of companies now recognize the imp...
What will be the top IT challenges and trends for the property and casualty, health, and life insurance industries in 2012? X by 2, a consulting firm specializing in enterprise and application architecture for insurers, has named nine, not ten, because the industry has enough to handle...
Fuzzy Logix, LLC, a provider of advanced analytical solutions, today unveiled its state of art analytical appliance, the Tanay ZXnW Series. This appliance is built with multiple NVIDIA Tesla C2070 GPUs and is pre-loaded with a quantitative library which includes Mathematical and Statis...
HP Enterprise Services UK Limited on Thursday announced BP International Limited has signed a five-year outsourcing services agreement valued in excess of $400 million. Under the agreement, HP will deliver consistent global data center services that enable BP to standardize and consol...
Immunet, the developer of next-generation security and Cloud AntiVirus technologies, on Tuesday announced it has reached over 500,000 users of its free AntiVirus product, Immunet Protect. Immunet Protect 2.0 launched in June 2010 and received a 4.5 star rating from CNET. Immunet provid...
IBM on Thursday announced plans to enlist some of the company's leading scientists and technologists to help medical practitioners and insurance companies provide high-quality, evidence-based care to patients. As part of this initiative, IBM is collaborating with clinicians in medical ...
Pentaho Corporation, the open source business intelligence (BI) leader, on Wednesday announced plans to deliver the industry's first complete end-to-end data integration and business intelligence platform to support Apache Hadoop. The Pentaho BI Suite features a single visual developme...
Watch how BIG-IP ASM v10.2 can prevent Cross-site request forgery. Shlomi Narkolayev demonstrates how to accomplish a CSRF attack and then shows how BIG-IP ASM stops it in it's tracks. The configuration of CSRF protection is literally a checkbox.
Reduce latency, extend the distance required between data-centers and enable an enhanced disaster recovery solution. This week, we shot some videos and in this one, learn how F5's WAN Optimization can enhance Oracle's Data Guard solution. I talk with Chris Akker, Solution Engineer, abo...
Learn how F5's BIG-IP LTM/APM helps in conjunction with Oracle Access Manager centralizing web application authentication and authorization services, streamline access management, and reduce infrastructure costs Watch how BIG-IP APM can reduce TCO, lower deployment risk, and streamline...
Intellectual Property is one of a company’s most precious assets and includes things like patents, inventions, designs, source code, trademarks, trade secrets and more.  These formulas, processes, practices and other inside information can differentiate your brand and give a compe...
Now is the time to examine the TCO migrating from Unix to the more cost-effective open systems platforms. This white paper explores the costs associated with legacy data centers and the benefits of migrating to an open systems architecture.
I want to take a quick break from 26 Short Topics to share a bit of history you might not know about. This has nothing to do with technology, security or our awesome BIG-IP solutions but felt compelled to honor both my grandparents and service men/women everywhere today.
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 Tool...
They say nobody else can hand you everything you need in minutes. There’s nothing comparable. Still they’re expecting only the usual single-digit percentage upgrades to their paid software. Infobright’s self-managing software is supposed to reduce administrative effort by up to 90%, le...
This article provides a step-by-step approach to cloning the DB2 Universal Database (DB2 UDB) across platforms and describes the usage of DB2 utilities that help to accomplish the task. There is no direct support in DB2 UDB for cross-platform backup and restore operations. It means one...
..or, what I did on my twitter vacation the other day.  This brief break from 26 Short Topics about Security is brought to you by bit.ly, twitter, security and You.  I’ve been using bit.ly for a little while both to shorten links and be able to track clicks placed on twitter (and other...