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Where in the World Does All this ESRI World Data Come from?

July 31, 2014 by Shawn Gordon

ESRI World Data.

ESRI does have data sets of their own that are available both for free, and for licensing. They have their own demographers who come up with various cool products like “Tapestry”, which shows life groups and their habit patterns, so you could research in there and discover NASCAR fans are good at recycling.[read more]

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Big Data: The 4 Layers Everyone Must Know

July 29, 2014 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

There is still so much confusion surrounding Big Data. I thought it might help to clarify the 4 key layers of a big data system - i.e. the different stages the data itself has to pass through on its journey from raw statistic or snippet of unstructured data (for example, social media post) to actionable insight.[read more]

IBM to Power California State’s CalCloud

July 28, 2014 by Natalie Lehrer

IBM.

IBM will provide Infrastructure-as a-Service to the State of California, with a private-public cloud service called CalCloud. The State of California will be the first State in US to have a private cloud specifically for government agencies and municipalities. IBM landed on this deal after losing the $600 million CIA deal to Amazon last year.[read more]

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The Rule of Three Works for IT

July 14, 2014 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

The rule of three is a teaching, writing or presenting device where a key concept is broken into three easy to remember pieces. Does the rule of three apply to the fields of technology and business? Going forward, let’s be sure to use more tricolons in our training materials, internal presentations and customer whitepapers.[read more]

SkyHigh receives $40M Investment for Cloud Security Lineup

July 3, 2014 by Natalie Lehrer

SkyHigh.

Cloud security startups are booming and SkyHigh Network’s recent $40 million venture capital infusion is evidence of this boom. The Cupertino, California based SkyHigh Networks gives system administrators insight into which cloud apps end users are utilizing on their desktops.[read more]

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Big Data Is Changing Every Industry, Even Yours!

July 1, 2014 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

For a business, the ability to have its production, stock control, distribution and security systems all connected and talking to each other will mean greater efficiency and less waste. Every area of industry is learning to reap the benefits of big data analysis, and it looks certain that finding innovative methods of gathering, recording and analyzing data is going to play a big part of business in the foreseeable future.[read more]

In House vs. Cloud: What's the Future of IT for Businesses?

July 1, 2014 by Danny Walker

Cloud or in-house IT?

Until recently, most businesses have had to manage their own IT systems. This has either meant employing a team of technical experts or paying for expensive consultants. The reliance on computer hardware and software means that any problems which crop up need to be addressed swiftly in order to keep day-to-day business running smoothly.[read more]

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Practice Fusion's Partnership with Merck Shows the Future of Medical Data

June 30, 2014 by Cameron Graham

Medical data.

Practice Fusion recently partnered with vaccine manufacturer and drug company Merck to launch an online healthcare portal for physicians called Population Health Management. The idea is that the roughly 112,000 medical professionals who use Practice Fusion’s free EHR program will be able to compare their patient’s vaccination rates to those of neighboring practices.[read more]

The Cloud Storage Wars in 2014 [INFORAPHIC]

June 27, 2014 by Zach Taiji

Cloud storage wars.

By 2016, the cloud storage industry is expected to generate over $4.04 billion in revenue, according to a forecast by Statista - and it’s only going to go up from there. More than 70% of businesses and IT professionals have already implemented cloud storage solutions or plan to in the near future, and 3 out of 4 IT professionals attribute cloud storage as the #1 reason for migrating to the cloud.[read more]

Why Migrating from Proprietary Software to Linux Is Cutting Costs for Ecommerce

June 26, 2014 by Simon Mitchell

Migrating from proprietary software to Linux.

Migrating eCommerce to Linux isn't new; Amazon did it in 2001. At the time they saved $500 on software for each server, but the real driver was that they could use commodity X86 boxes rather than proprietary UNIX servers, saving around $50k per server.[read more]

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How Big Data Will Change Marketing Forever

June 17, 2014 by Bernard Marr
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The Big Data Guru column.

Companies have been collecting data on us for decades, but since we all went online - and in particular since we got social online - the amount we give away about ourselves and the number of ways a business can exploit that information, have exploded.[read more]

Cloud Innovations in Higher Education [INFOGRAPHIC]

June 17, 2014 by Zach Taiji

Cloud innovations in higher ed.

With the advancement of technology, Cloud computing has become a huge driving force for the enterprise and public sector in recent years. Inevitably, colleges and higher education institutions have also started to make use of the technology.[read more]

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Creating a More Efficient Data Center

June 16, 2014 by Cameron Graham

Efficient data centers.

Once you start thinking about how much electricity it takes to power the servers that house all this information, the sheer magnitude becomes clear. To put it in perspective, one large data center can use as much electricity as a small town. What constitutes a “large” data center? A typical data center may be over 15,000 square feet.[read more]

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How Amazon Uses Big Data to Boost Its Performance

June 10, 2014 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

We all know that Amazon pioneered e-commerce in many ways, but possibly one of its greatest innovations was the personalized recommendation system – which, of course, is built on the big data it gathers from its millions of customer transactions. Amazon has grown far beyond its original inception as an online bookshop.[read more]

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WOW! Big Data at Google

June 3, 2014 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

Google has not only significantly influenced the way we can now analyze big data (think MapReduce, BigQuery, etc.) – but they probably are more responsible than anyone else for making it part of our everyday lives. I believe that many of the innovative things Google is doing today, most companies will do in years to come.[read more]