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Data Analysis Can Transform HR Department Processes

April 10, 2013 by Roman Vladimirov

The benefits of data analysis have become well-documented. What used to be primarily an IT-driven interest has extended into the realm of marketing, sales teams and C-level executives. But there is another department that should be just as mindful of data analytics: human resources.[read more]

Zynga: A Big Data Company Masquerading as a Gaming Company

April 5, 2013 by Mark van Rijmenam

Big data gaming

Online game developer Zynga operates at such a large scale that on a regular day, Zynga delivers one petabyte of content. They have built a flexible cloud server center that can easily add up to 1,000 servers in just 24 hours. So, big data is truly big at Zynga, but how do they cope with it?[read more]

Big Data and the Big Opportunity to Reform Education

April 4, 2013 by Ana Andreescu
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Big Data education opportunities

Students, from enrollment to grades to the clubs they join, generate as much data as any of us. Schools are already working towards using this data to improve education, the way they handle different student demographics, and even the way they research fields like literature.[read more]

Digital Heirlooms: What Lasts in a Digital Age?

April 2, 2013 by John Jordan

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Where do our cloud-identities go when businesses fail? What will be the fate of digital personae after we die? We may well confront a paradox: we make more images than ever before, yet in the future, we could have less of a visual inheritance. What lasts in a digital world?[read more]

Your Phone, Big Data and the Cloud

March 28, 2013 by Ana Andreescu

Mobile Cloud

Soon enough, thanks to the evolution of big data, the cloud and mobility, mobile devices will have the data they need in order to send the right notifications, just when you need them, ranging from whether a client is nearby to how warm your home is.[read more]

Cloud Security: Vetting Applications and Cloud Providers for Compliance and Security

March 18, 2013 by April Sage

The latest report from the Ponemon Institute sought to analyze trends in cloud computing security among organizations that use SaaS and IaaS. It found that only 43 percent of organizations audit or assess cloud computing resources before deployment.[read more]

SAS Innovates into the Big Data Analytics Era

March 18, 2013 by Tony Cosentino

SAS Institute held its 24th annual analyst summit last week in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The 37-year-old privately held company is a key player in big data analytics, and company executives showed off their latest developments and product roadmaps.[read more]

Informatica: Establishing Order from Information Chaos

March 14, 2013 by Mark Smith

I recently attended the annual Informatica analyst summit to get the latest on that company’s strategy and plans. The data integration provider offers a portfolio of information management software that supports today’s big data and information optimization needs.[read more]

Create a "Best-of-Breed" ERP Solution within Cloud Community

March 9, 2013 by Ephraim Cohen

It has never been easy to piece together best-of-breed solutions in the On-Premise environment. With this in mind, why should anyone assume that it is easier to integrate different applications and create best-of-breed solutions just because the system now leverages the Cloud?[read more]

SnapLogic: Making Big Data Integration as a Service a Hadoop Reality

March 5, 2013 by Mark Smith

SnapLogic, a provider of data integration in the cloud, last week announced Big Data-as-a-Service to address businesses’ needs to integrate and process data across Hadoop big data environments. I look forward to seeing SnapLogic’s 2013 technology advancements.[read more]

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7 Key Terms for Negotiating Your Cloud Contract

February 28, 2013 by Tom Caper

Although cloud computing may be all about digitization and virtualization of your business data, the contract negotiation required for establishing a working relationship between two parties is still a completely human-based process. Here are 7 key terms to consider.[read more]

Moving to the Public Cloud? Do the Math First

February 22, 2013 by Paul Barsch

A manufacturing executive claims that many companies “didn’t do the math” in terms of rushing to outsource key functions to outside suppliers. Are companies making the same mistake in terms of rushing to public cloud computing infrastructures?[read more]

Dear Oracle: Cloud Multitenancy DOES Matter

February 21, 2013 by Alok Misra
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When prominent people, such as Meg Bear of Oracle, make claims that cloud multitenancy doesn't matter, it may either be because they’re old school (and haven’t yet grasped the realities of the cloud), or because they’re just making a self-serving statement. In this case, I'd guess it's the latter.[read more]

When Does Cloud ERP Start Saving Money?

February 19, 2013 by Ephraim Cohen
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Companies that implement a cloud ERP solution are yielding significant and tangible cost reductions. However, to imply that organizations will find implementations to be a joyous and happy time, simply because of “the cloud,” is to set expectations that are nearly impossible to meet.[read more]

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10 Things You're Doing in the Cloud (and May Not Know It) [INFOGRAPHIC]

February 19, 2013 by Andre Bourque

A recent survey conducted by Wakefield Research revealed that most respondents think the cloud is “an actual cloud, the sky, or something related to weather”; 32% think the cloud “is a thing of the future.” So is it? In fact, many of us interact with the cloud on a daily basis, and may not even realize it.[read more]