What Is Interactive Analytics Anyway?
The information technology sphere undergoes what we like to call a paradigm
shift, sea change or plain old ‘upheaval' roughly every five years or so.
Don't ask anybody why this half decade cyclicality exists; it just has to be
so. Accept that reinvention happens constantly and that major seismic shifts
are tangibly felt by us human beings roughly every 1826.21 days... and we can
These major swings bring us to a new point of realization in terms of the way
we work with technology in the enterprise space (and in the consumer space
too for that matter) today.
The firm that used to deny the importance of the Internet has gone online.
The firm that used to center itself around a single operational hub and
premises has gone mobile. The firm that used to decry, belittle and disparage
the use of social media ... (more)
Goodness there is a lot of talk about cloud computing. This ‘talk and
chatter' is part of the problem, i.e., we look at it, we prod it and we might
even test it out - but do we get down to practical implementation, deployment
and (if you happen to be a fan of the term) actual cloud ‘rollout' today?
Cloud offers the promise of a new era they say - and a new style of IT at
But this again is the problem and we know that cloud can only deliver on the
promises it makes if it is part of a well-coordinated eﬀort that brings
together both existing IT infrastructure and these new se... (more)
What Kinds of People Live on Planet Hadoop?
Labor market analytics firm Wanted Analytics recently assessed the market for
technology professionals and found that demand for people with proficient
levels of Hadoop expertise had skyrocketed by around 33% since last year - it
is true, Hadoop is hard technology to master and the labor market is not
exactly flooded with an over-abundance of skilled practitioners.
Hadoop has been called a foundational technology, rather than ‘just' a
database by some commentators - this almost pushes it towards being an
‘environment' rather than it bei... (more)
Database Revolutions, Reloaded
The evolution of the database is under constant upheaval, discussion, debate
and (if you will excuse the expression) 'analysis.'
This basic truth is now more relevant, pertinent and pressing than ever due
to the prevalence of Big Data (and the need to impose analytics of insight
upon it) driven by social, mobile, cloud and of course the Internet of
Today then, as a staple of our IT infrastructure, databases have been around
for over 50 years now with first references of the term dating back to the
very early 1960s. Given that half c... (more)
This post is sponsored by The Business Value Exchange and HP Enterprise
We talk a lot about so-called ‘business transformation', but what do we
really mean by this expression and how does it change the way (as workers)
now operate on the shop floor?
Read any history of the industrial revolution and you will understand the
massively impactful swings that our workplace went through from the 1800s
through to the introduction of the automatic lathe around the turn of the
As ignominious and dull as it sounds in the age of the digital revolution,
the arrival ... (more)