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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 to circumnavigate. 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 ever-more... (more)

The Three-Point Big Data Analytics Action Plan By @ABridgwater | @BigDataExpo #BigData

We can reasonably break down the core imperatives of data analytics into three essential areas. Firms that wish to gain the full potential out of engaging in data analytics today are obliged to at least recognize these rudimentary cornerstones as the central building blocks of data intelligence: Prepare Model Automate By way of clarification, there are probably a whole lot more than three steps to consider here - but calling out this threesome is a prudent step in what (for many IT shops) are still early days with technologies such as Hadoop and its wider world of Big Data. Data ... (more)

The Next Paradigm Shift By @ABridgwater | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

The Next Paradigm Shift: An ‘Immersive' User Interface Major product cycle changes tend to come around roughly every five years or so. The technology industry is fond of labeling these movements as paradigm shifts, but we've all heard too many of those things referenced, so let's not go there. Looking back over the last decade and the emergence of touch, our appetite for richer controls is never long satisfied. As soon as one finger touch arrived we wanted two-finger touch. Pinch and zoom wasn't far behind and multi-user touch soon followed. But it wasn't enough. Forefront or v... (more)

Cloud Is All About Workload By @ABridgwater | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

Forget Location, Location, Location: Cloud Is All About Workload, Workload, Workload What do we know so far about cloud computing? Well, first the hype-cycle slowed down and we started realizing that hybrid cloud (as a combination of public and private resources) was a relatively sensible idea, i.e., from both an expenditure (public) and security (private) perspective. Now we know which data and processing tasks to put where - and when, right? Not exactly, it's still not all quite crystal clear in cloud is it? The nomenclature, taxonomy and classification of the cloud are all part... (more)

Sun’s JavaOne 2009: Business As Usual

In the wake of Oracle's acquisition of Sun Microsystems, many of us questioned whether we would actually see the company's annual JavaOne developer conference and exhibition take place. Industry commentators and analysts have been postulating over possible the emergence of a new and more commercially driven iteration of the Java programming language and platform. Initial signs of this becoming a reality have come with the announcement of a new Java Store to showcase applications in front the 800 million desktop Java technology users worldwide. So it seemed that overall, it's busi... (more)