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For most C-level executives (and most of the rest of the planet too), the concept of ‘risk' is generally first perceived as a negative. The notion of risk as a business positive (or a ‘business enabler' even) is fanciful, flaky and fraught with fallibility - isn't it? This proposition is not as feeble as it sounds and there are a number of reasons why this is so. All the Qs First, let's be essentially mathematical about this for a minute. If John Maynard Keynes, Milton Friedman, Adam Smith or (insert your favorite economics guru here) have taught us anything, it is that business should be about measurement. If we can achieve qualitative and quantitative measures of all dynamic business variables with quality data - then we can start to build an accurate economic model for a firm to exist inside of. We start to own risk and be able to identify it, if not altogether ... (more)

Firms Need a Disaster Personality Test By @ABridgwater | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

The process of bringing firms back from the point of massive systems failure in some form has become known as Disaster Recovery A surprisingly high ‘one in every three' companies is said to have experienced and declared a disaster in the past five years, according to a November 2013 survey that still bears enough relevance to repeat now in 2015. The process of bringing firms back from the point of massive systems failure in some form has become known as Disaster Recovery (DR) - and, we know that this discipline shares a close personal relationship with another core IT industry pr... (more)

Creating the New Big Data Developer By @ABridgwater | @CloudExpo [#BigData]

HP hasn't exactly coined the term Big Data developer. Except, perhaps, it maybe kind of has if you look at the recent tools being rolled out from the firm's HP Software division. All working towards what HP loves to call "business transformation" - the company is now also using the term "new style of IT," by which it of course means cloud-centric (always hybrid) technology architectures aligned to take advantage of Big Data analytics (even in SMBs) and other more cutting-edge elements such as enterprise social activity and collaboration technology. In a mobile-first world always,... (more)

Planet @Hadoop By @ABridgwater | @BigDataExpo [#BigData]

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)

OpenStack Deployment Practicality By @ABridgwater | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

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 that. 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)