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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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3 Organizations That Can See the Future with Predictive Analytics

July 26, 2014 by Michele Nemschoff

Predictive analytics.

The ability to foresee the future would certainly be the ultimate competitive advantage. In reality though, no business has a crystal ball for making critical decisions. That’s why all critical business decisions have always carried a certain amount of risk. This risk has always and will always be part of the competitive game.[read more]

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If You Think Data Security is IT’s Responsibility, Think Again

July 23, 2014 by Tamara Dull

The Big Data MOPS Series.

What does Ebay, Living Social and Adobe have in common? These companies, among countless others, have all experienced a significant data breach in the last year. While these breaches have cost millions of dollars to fix, they’ve also cost some executives their jobs. If you don’t think data security is important, especially in this new age of big data, think again.[read more]

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Multi-Channel Retail: Where Big Box Meets Big Data

July 22, 2014 by Charles Settles

Retail and big data.

Amazon’s highly publicized unveiling of their Prime Air project was seen as a warning shot across the bow of logistics giants UPS and FedEx, but Walmart would do well to pay attention too. As noted in part one of this two-part series on multichannel-retail, Walmart’s dominance is as much because of their investment in distribution as it is because of their low cost of goods sold.[read more]

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Businesses Learn the Hard Way When It Comes to Cyber Attacks

July 15, 2014 by Christian Crank

Cyber attacks.

When it comes to how businesses are approaching cyber security, most know what to do in the event of a cyber incident, defending against phishing and social engineering attacks is priority, and concern over company web facing applications is high, according to a recent survey by TrainACE, a cyber security training organization.[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]

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For the Greater Good: Cops Embracing Google Glass

July 12, 2014 by Philip Cohen

Cop wearing Google Glass.

At least two law enforcement agencies are trying or plan to try Google Glass so far. The New York City police department acquired a few pairs to try out, and a number of law enforcement and other government agencies in Massachusetts are interested in the program.[read more]

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4 Things You Should Know About Operation Clandestine Fox

July 10, 2014 by Philip Cohen

Operation Clandestine Fox.

At the end of April, computer security firm FireEye discovered a flaw in the Microsoft web browser Internet Explorer. If hackers are able to exploit this flaw, which the security firm has dubbed Operation Clandestine Fox, it could lead to the entire computer being compromised.[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]

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How MDM Solutions Are Taking Enterprise by Storm

June 27, 2014 by Philip Cohen

MDM solutions.

Many companies are adopting a Bring Your Own Device policy in the workplace. This allows employees to use their smartphones, tablets and wearable devices in the office on the company network for work-related productivity. Though this keeps employees happy and helps decrease company technology costs, all this connectivity leads to new mobile management concerns.[read more]