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The fundamental mechanics of business have changed. Well, they haven't quite. The basic laws of supply and demand still govern the economic principles inside which firms in all industries bring goods and services to market inside a common monetary system on an international level. But a change has occurred and it is an information-driven shift. Our core accounting systems used to represent the motherlode of all company information. Onward from there... somewhere around the end of the last millennium we added so-called Customer Relationship Management to the corporate information arsenal and started to build up the commercial data bank. Fast forward into the first decade of the new millennium and we found ourselves deeply entrenched (and enamored with) the world of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). In the ERP-enabled world we started to define Key Performance Ind... (more)

Happiness Is… a Handhold on Hadoop

This post is sponsored by The Business Value Exchange and HP Enterprise Services As we know, the subject of Big Data and the ‘space race' to produce software application development functions that will enable us to extract insight and (therefore) value from the Big Data mountain remains one of the most discussed issues in information technology today. Increasingly prevalent and popular, if not quite as ‘predominant' as some would have us believe, in this arena is Apache Hadoop. This software library is a framework that allows for the distributed processing of large data sets ac... (more)

Is Detachable Hybrid Computing Our Next IT Paradigm?

This post is sponsored by The Business Value Exchange and HP Enterprise Services If you Google "detachable computing" today you will mostly get a selection of links relating to removable storage media. It's a trend that's slowly changing, but detachable computing is also coming closer to meaning the use of laptop devices that function and fully working laptops with a detachable screen that will serve as a tablet when needed. These devices are also known as detachable or hybrid or two-in-one PCs. This ‘trend' within the wider computing firmament has been reflected at various level... (more)

What Is Optimization Anyway?

This post is sponsored by The Business Value Exchange and HP Enterprise Services Good optimization best practice can help a CIO to lower operating costs, increase asset utilization and employee productivity Somewhere back in the mid-nineties we started talking about optimization (or optimisation if you prefer) as if it were some part of the de facto terminology that we use to create and describe the wider IT establishment and the architectural constructs it is composed of. But what on Earth was and is optimization anyway... and why is it important? The What Is pages at TechTarge... (more)

The Commercial Case for Open Source Software

This post is written in association with Pentaho, a commercial open-source (COSS) provider of reporting, analysis, dashboard, data mining and data integration software. The history of open source has already been written and rewritten a couple of times, so there's no need to go back to Genesis chapter one and revisit Linus Torvalds' "just a hobby, won't be big" comments too often. But open source became more than the sum of its parts and the hobbyists grew successful in domains that traditionally belonged to their proprietary relatives. Historical Note: If you do still want the... (more)