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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 rea...
We protect our homes with a single front door (generally speaking) don’t we? Should our approach to cyber security be any different? Shouldn’t we be able to look to one single security layer for protection? Given the proliferation and diversity of malware, viruses, hacks, phishing, on...
Information analytics used to be called ‘data mining’ in many circles. Although the term itself has almost been lost in the mists of the last bewildering decade or so of Big Data, we used to think of analytics as a far more static entity when we compare it to modern notions of data exp...
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 int...
So-called ‘paradigm shifts’ happen across the information technology landscape roughly every five years. We can make this statement with enough approximate ambiguity for it still to be of some value in terms of the way an average CIO might look to plan for major infrastructural changes...
The combined notions of open source and the ‘community contribution’ model of collaborative software application development are, of course, not new. The history of open source is actually traced back to early software exchanges between universities driven by academic principles of kn...
It’s not hard to find technology trade press commentary on the subject of Big Data. Variously defined (in non-technical terms) as the cluttered old shoebox of all data – and again (in more technical terms) as that amount of data that does not comfortably fit into a standard relationa...
We talk about optimization a whole lot. There’s cloud workload optimization, there’s mobile optimization for website presentation and there’s every other type of optimization as we move through the ‘full stack’ of information technology from the base logic layer all the way up to the G...
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, right? Actually, that’s kind of not how it works. This thing called ‘optimization’ is one of those often used industry buzzwords...
The journey through IT transformation is an unstructured one, obviously. Fraught with perilous pitfalls and uncertainties for the faint hearted, the progression path toward decoupled, decentralized and essentially virtualized new IT frameworks is no walk in the park – hence the need ...
It’s a funny thing isn’t it? Vendors like to talk about so-called IT transformation in the context of the general move toward new mobile, digital, virtualized, cloud-centric initiatives that take us to the new style of IT we can achieve in the promised land. The trouble with media com...
It’s not hard to feel sorry for Chief Information Officers (CIOs) – the levels at which they need to operate change all the time… and depth and granularity of the dataflows that present themselves change all the time. Just when we thought we had the whole client-server model worked ou...
Do the ‘darker’ channels and means that exist for searching the web in anonymity ultimately spell doom for the wider march towards open data? So-called ‘open data’ is supposed to be an instrument for breaking down information gaps across industries and letting companies share benchmar...
It’s time to talk more vociferously about open data. A better headline for this piece would be: why open data is not an overnight sensation or indeed a turn of a dial or a flick of a switch, i.e., it is not something automatically achieved without some kind of longer term strategic dr...
It’s easy to invent additional C-suite job title designations. We might conjure up Chief Data Analytics-Insight Officer (CDAIO - pronounced “see-day-oh”) for example. Equally, we can see that the role of the CIO quickly gained additional layers some time ago – and we now see the CSO (...
The building processes inside the new mechanics of the cloud are difficult. There, we’ve said it – do we feel better now? Okay so maybe not so much difficult as such, but more complex in many cases… and definitely more varied. The ‘more varied’ element here is simple to understand. So...
There’s a huge push within technology spheres right now to give us the users new things, obviously. So without making this commentary too personal, allow me to make a point. A colleague from the technology industry who shall remain nameless (hello Tom!) sent me a late night email ask...
There’s no point in Googling the term ‘digital blurring’ because it doesn’t really exist. Except that it does… and we all have a pretty good idea of what it means. The bad news is that there are several kinds of digital blurring going on. The good news is that they are all digital and...
There’s a story that needs to be written, in fact it’s not a story it’s a piece of technical analysis. We need to know why Big Data connectivity is not as simple as connecting Lego building blocks. Vendors in the ‘cloud ERP financials’ space are fond of using terms like multi-channel ...
With the advent (or surge in popularity) of cloud computing, our use of the so-called ‘computer operating system’ is coming into question. Given that the cloud exists on the back end to drive power to our ‘endpoint’ devices (in whatever form they may be) today, the way those devices h...
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 eme...
It’s enough to drive a regular IT market watcher to the point of despair. There has been a wide-ranging change in the way business operates driven by technology-driven transformation – could there ever be a more obvious statement to make, ever? The problem is how does it all work? T...
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...
After what feel like an interminable cycle of media frenzy followed by hype and hysteria cycles, the practical elements of real world cloud implementations are starting to become better documented. But what is really different in the cloud? How do software applications behave, live...
Perhaps not quite as clear-cut as a logical AND in the programmatic sense, but the age of the CEO as we once knew it could be over. There’s a simple reason for this, CIOs (and yes of course we do mean Chief Information Officers) are starting to run their operations as business entitie...
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 s...
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 is the age of information analytics. We have (very arguably) reached a point where the insight arising from data analytics can be applied to almost every aspect of a company, in every business vertical. But what shape should that analytics be? Increasingly we talk about embedded a...
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 te...
Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, has published the results of a survey conducted at the beginning of 2014, on ICT usage in enterprises with a special focus on the use of cloud computing services in the EU Member States. Eurostat’s “finding” centered on the “fact...
Scene scenario: 10 am in a boardroom somewhere, second round of coffees served, Danish and donuts untouched, a quiet hush settles. “Well you know what guys? (and, by the use of the term guys I mean to include both sexes here assembled) – the trouble that we have as a company is that w...
Life is difficult. Business life is sometimes argued to be even more difficult. If nothing else, business life is as socially complex as life itself. This truism obviously means that there are different business types – but different in regard to what? Separating the old and the new i...
We talk on this channel a lot about digital transformation, but how far does its scope extend? Just in case you had grown tired and world weary of the whole ‘digital transformation’ terms in the first place (Ed - surely not?), let us reinvigorate it by defining what we mean. The m...
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 ‘ro...
It used to be called a business plan. But management-speak and a few decades of PC-fueled innovation changed that simplistic approach. Bill Gates famously entitled his first book The Road Ahead and although this didn’t officially help coin or endorse the phrase “roadmap,” it didn’t do...
The so-called Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phenomenon has gone hand in hand with the consumerization of IT trend. Both of which sound like strangely disconcerting and confusing terms if taken out of context or presented to a layman or novice for the first time. Of course all we are ta...
The Raspberry Pi is almost ready for market and the manufacturers are reportedly taking a healthy number of pre-orders for the ultra-low price single-board computer designed to fuel interest in programming at school level and beyond. Adrian Bridgwater
User privacy and data security concerns have never been higher. This issue is seriously amplified by the spiraling use of smartphones and the popularity of Android has not come without its pitfalls. Adrian Bridgwater
After Facebook's recent shimmy towards an opportunity to promote the adoption of open source hardware techniques, Graphical Processing Unit (GPU) manufacturer Nvidia has reportedly now also signed up to join the Linux Foundation this month.
Microsoft Research has this week donated its Mayhem simple scripting system for non-programmers to The Outercurve Foundation -- a non-profit group focused on software IP management and project development governance. Adrian Bridgwater