The technology industry is fond of rounding out the year with predictions for
the twelve months ahead. It's almost as if our arbitrary notion of
calendar-driven time should be guaranteed to herald the arrival of the next
paradigm shift or platform change.
Of course we know that in reality, change and development happens
continuously and this is especially so in IT. Rather than a ‘what to expect
in the year ahead' discussion, let's instead look at some of the darker
truths that currently stem from the data universe we are all currently trying
Arguably one of our biggest mistakes in terms of our use of technology is the
rush to data. Data data data, we have to have it. To be clearer, now that we
know something about what so-called ‘Big Data' is supposed to be... we seem
to be happiest when building new data stores and identifying new and
Buy a cloud, any cloud you like and stick it on whatever application and data
storage, management and/or analysis workload you like - that's all it takes,
Actually, that's kind of not how it works.
This thing called ‘optimization' is one of those often used industry
buzzwords that unfortunately gets way overused to the point where its initial
method and meaning becomes dangerously diluted.
What is workload optimization anyway?
Any cloud workload can essentially be broken down into four component
elements, or characteristics if you prefer:
Compute, computation and processin... (more)
Many firms still dismiss the importance of social networking and some of them
even ban employees from using these services while in the workplace. They
think that "social" starts and ends with Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and other
networks that might be best described as informal, consumer level and perhaps
It would be unfair to blame these old traditionalists who have dug their
heels in and insisted that their traditional trading systems don't need
fixing, let alone reinventing. It has been a so-called ‘paradigm shift' and
a change in mindset toward social is sometimes... (more)
The rise of Big Data and the monolithic systems that are now being built on
increasingly cloud-based data models is a reality we cannot ignore.
This reality has popularized discussions relating to the core component
mechanics of many firms' IT stacks.
Key among these technologies is ERP, or Enterprise Resource Planning to
afford it its full moniker. The term can be taken to be a relatively broad
expression as it encompasses software applications that oversee the
management of suppliers, customer service, order tracking and all manner of
demand and supply-related indicators...
This post is sponsored by The Business Value Exchange and HP Enterprise
There are only two certainties in life - death and taxes, said Benjamin
Franklin. What the theorist and founding father clearly meant was: There are
only three certainties in life - death and taxes and information security
In the constantly changing dynamic world of malware, viral attacks, spam,
phishing, zero days attacks and targeted exploits we know only one thing for
sure - tomorrow will bring new insight.
This somewhat generic introduction is merely offered to whet the appetite a... (more)