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This post is sponsored by The Business Value Exchange and HP Enterprise Services A newly established firm sent out some basic information collateral to introduce itself this summer - and a new type of business model would seem to be emerging. The company here in question described itself as a non-integrated silo-based business that was disparately fragmented into a variety of separate business units each with their own non-standard information stream. Working across an international base of operations, the new business promises to evidence "innovation through diversity" by using a wide variety of operating systems and software applications. With no provisioning for ecologically aware practices at this stage, the business may be open to "business transformation" processes that could elevate some of its technology stack to cloud-driven service-based operations, but ... (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)

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)

Business Management 3.0 and the Data-Driven Workforce

This post is sponsored by The Business Value Exchange and HP Enterprise Services 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 last century. As ignominious and dull as it sounds in the age of the digital revolution, the arrival ... (more)