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Welcome to the Cloud Neighborhood

May 15, 2013 by Michael Askin

At its most basic, cloud computing is about the ability to enhance enterprise value through more efficient use of IT resources. One of the more innovative ways to boost capacity and add capabilities in a cloud environment is by the virtualization of services and infrastructure.[read more]


PayPal Winning the Mobile Payments and Mobile Data Race

April 25, 2013 by Todd Nevins

Paypal's mobile payments

PayPal is leading consumers and merchants into a "digital wallet" universe and extending their lead by announcing partnerships with NCR and Discover. PayPal has 15 years of dominating online purchases but even more impressive is that they processed over $14 billion in mobile payments 2012.[read more]

HIPAA Breach Lessons Learned

April 3, 2013 by Thu Pham

While no records were broken when it comes to number of health records disclosed per data breach, the top HIPAA breaches of last year still come with some hard lessons learned about technical and physical security. Protect your healthcare organization from suffering the same fate.[read more]

Indoor Locationing: The Hottest Thing in Tech

March 28, 2013 by Cleve Adams

mobile technology

Apple’s acquisition of WiFiSlam is getting a lot of attention this week. In a nutshell, WiFiSlam specializes in a technology that allows mobile apps to pinpoint users’ locations through the interaction between their smartphones and standard wifi signals – no GPS need apply.[read more]

Big Data: Aspirin for Travelers' Headaches

March 22, 2013 by Ana Andreescu

Big Data travel solutions

Depending on where you are, the words “travel” and “good customer experience” don’t necessarily belong in the same sentence. Big data is poised to change all that: between buying airline tickets, cruises, booking hotels, day trips and more, there’s a wealth of consumer information available.[read more]

Open Data App for the Paris Métro

March 22, 2013 by David Smith

Back when my friends and I lived in different parts of Paris, it was tricky to find a mutually agreeable place to meet, so that we'd all be taking an approximately equally long Métro ride. If only we'd had Jean-Robert's Metro Meeting Point app, the decision would have been an easy one.[read more]

Investing in Data Center Efficiencies: Part One

March 4, 2013 by Thu Pham

Do you know what the greatest operating expense is for data centers? Energy costs. In a year-long examination, The New York Times found that worldwide, data centers use about 30 billion watts of electricity per year. This is roughly the output of 30 nuclear power plants.[read more]

Who’s Afraid of Native Mobile Application Development?

January 28, 2013 by Connie Bensen

Development costs can be a deterrent for CIOs, but CIOs must also remember to find the right balance and not trade it off for developing poor mobile applications that find few takers. In the end, the true measure of success for mobility is the number of satisfied consumers, using engaging and user-friendly applications. And these can be developed on native platforms with higher rate of success.[read more]

Bigger Than Big Data? Mobile User Expectations

December 13, 2012 by Zach Piester

"I’m in the camp that says mobile’s promise lies in our ability to deliver ultra-personalized, contextual content to a wireless user who is increasingly expecting nothing less. I’m less sure about how patient the mobile subscriber will be as we wrap our arms around the Big Data and all that it tells us – if we take the time, and have the right resources, to listen."[read more]

Keeping Singapore Green with Data and Design

November 13, 2012 by Zach Piester

What would happen if data, not politics or purely commercial development, drove the design of our cities and towns? Singapore is a marvel of efficiency, the result of a dedication to data-driven life design and urban planning. The (ART+DATA) Institute is examining how the philosophy of data-influenced design can be applied to the organization of living, with Singapore as the prime example.[read more]

The Hastings Effect: Netflix Big Data Approach Is Transforming Education

October 26, 2012 by Zach Piester

Netflix is known for its personalized recommendations. By analyzing data on what you and other people have watched, they know what movie to recommend to you next. Customers are happy because they get suggestions for movies they like. Netflix is happy because you’re more likely to watch another movie, according to Mohammad Sabah, who spoke at the Hadoop Summit.[read more]

Location Intelligence: Top 12 industries

August 27, 2012 by Lachlan James

Location Intelligence (LI) – the ability to map and compare your spatially significant data with your more traditional metrics captured within a Business Intelligence (BI) solution – has a vast array of potential applications across many industries and job functions.[read more]

Experts: Location Intelligence unlocks the power of your data

August 16, 2012 by Lachlan James

So you’ve heard that over 80 percent of enterprise data has a spatial component. But what’s Location Intelligence (LI) got to do with it? And how can it transform your data from an underutilized asset into a source of competitive advantage?[read more]

Step Into the Smarter Planet Time Machine! For a little Friday...

August 3, 2012 by Jack Mason Approaching holographic with 3-D on LCD and more cleverness at MIT. Plus, how to watch Curiosity's landing on the red planet.[read more]


Private Clouds Are Here to Stay—Especially for Data Warehousing

July 16, 2012 by Paul Barsch

Some cloud experts are proclaiming private clouds “are false clouds”, or that the term was conveniently conjured to support vendor solutions. There are other analysts willing to hedge their bets by proclaiming that private clouds are a good solution for the next 3-5 years until public clouds mature. I don’t believe it. Private clouds are here to stay (especially for data warehousing)—let me tell you why.[read more]