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The High Cost of Low Quality IT

April 25, 2014 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

Technology purchases and implementations aren't like buying widgets. A half-baked solution full of “second choice” technologies may end up being unusable to end-users, and cut-rate implementations that are seriously delayed or over-budget can translate into lost revenues, and/or delayed time to market.[read more]

What Is Coinbase?

December 17, 2013 by Chris Dixon

bitcoin / shutterstock

To proliferate widely, Bitcoin needs a killer app the same way HTTP had web browsers and SMTP had email clients. That’s why I’m excited to announce that Andreessen Horowitz is leading a $25M financing of Coinbase, a service that provides an accessible interface to the Bitcoin protocol.[read more]

Peter Drucker Correctly Predicted Today's Information Revolution and the Power of Big Data Variety

December 4, 2013 by Mike Urbonas

Peter Drucker.

Today’s information revolution was predicted by Peter Drucker, the father of modern business management – back in 1998! Remarkably, Drucker also foresaw the power of utilizing Big Data variety to enable effective executive decisions leading to business success.[read more]

Is Big Data Changing The Business You Are In Without You Realizing It?

August 12, 2013 by Bill Franks

Consider the Nike+ product line and specifically the Nike+ FuelBand. While the FuelBand is being sold and marketed by what many perceive to be a “clothing company,” it really isn’t clothing at all. It is an electronics product. Yes, Nike is in the high tech manufacturing business.[read more]

Tag, Anyone?

July 16, 2013 by Erica Driver

RFID tag

The nature of data is changing. At the moment organizations gather data from many different sources including loyalty cards, machine logs, sensor arrays, and social media sentiment analysis (even if they don’t always analyze the data enough). But what about the future?[read more]

Metafor Software: Tracking, Alerts, Reporting

June 30, 2013 by Mark van Rijmenam

Metafor Software

Metafor Software helps organizations track unexpected changes happening in the system environment. It provides alerts when anomalies occur, so that users can take action immediately when inconsistencies occur that could result in errors or even downtime.[read more]


"Long Data": The 15-Second Video to Big Data's Snapshot

June 26, 2013 by Todd Nevins

What is Long Data?

Whether Instagram is considered a Big Data or communications company, it is definitely not just a photo-sharing site anymore. Instagram is now packed with Big Data, Long Data, Social Data and Video Data, giving Facebook all of the data they need to get a return on their $1 billion investment.[read more]

Will Google Glass Turn Big Data into Huge Data?

June 16, 2013 by Mark van Rijmenam

Google Glass (Joe Seer /

Will Google Glass be successful? Only time will tell. When the time comes for products like this to become mainstream, it won’t only revolutionize the consumer electronics industry, but the back-end data processing and handling industry as well.[read more]

First Look: OpenL Tablets

June 9, 2013 by James Taylor

Exigen Services OpenL tablets

OpenL Tablets is an open source business rules management system that Exigen has been developing since 2004. The focus of OpenL Tablets is on allowing business analysts to create and manage business rules independently from a technical team.[read more]

Apple's iRadio: What Is Big Data's Role? [VIDEO]

June 6, 2013 by Mark van Rijmenam

Jeff Kelley on Apple and Big Data analytics

Apple’s streaming music service, iRadio, doesn’t seem to be a Big Data story per se, yet, but Jeff Kelley, Wikibon Principal Research Contributor, explains the opportunities Apple has with big data analytics and how it can improve the customer experience with big data.[read more]


Power Matrix: Raising Awareness About New Energy Through Gaming

June 4, 2013 by Cindy Weng

Power Matrix Game (image by Siemens)

I consider Siemens to be one of the most reputable and environmentally-conscious companies around. With their dedication to sustainability, it comes as no surprise that they would raise awareness and teach people about new forms of energy through a new, fun game called Power Matrix.[read more]

Chrome Beta for Android Uses SPDY

May 28, 2013 by Ravi Kumar

SPDY: What is it?

The Chrome beta for Android uses an experimental feature to reduce cellular data usage by 50%. The connections from the mobile device to the proxy now run over SPDY (pronounced speedy), an open networking protocol developed primarily at Google for transporting web content.[read more]


Flipboard Harnesses Social Data to Individualize Online Media

May 2, 2013 by Todd Nevins

Flipboard's social data

Flipboard is a social network online aggregation magazine originally designed out of a brainstorming session between founders Mike McCue and Evan Doll. They posed the question to each other, “What would the web look like if it was designed from scratch?”[read more]

Oracle Brings Enhancements to Business Intelligence

May 1, 2013 by Tony Cosentino

Businesses now ask less sophisticated users to perform analysis and rely on software to help them. In response, Oracle recently announced a new release of its flagship Oracle BI Foundational Suite, as well as updates to Endeca, the discovery platform that Oracle bought in 2011.[read more]

What the Launch of Shows Us

April 24, 2013 by Esteban Kolsky

social advertising in the cloud / shutterstock

Today Salesforce announced the launch of – a social advertising solution that brings the power of Radian6 and Buddy Media (two recent acquisitions made by Salesforce for over $1 billion total that had been floundering looking for a purpose) into an innovative way to use Marketing 2.0.[read more]


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