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5 Big Data Hadoop Use Cases for Retail

September 30, 2014 by Sameer Nori

Hadoop for retail.

How does Apache Hadoop help retailers? Apache Hadoop is not just a data storage and processing framework - it is an transformational platform, especially for retailers who want to analyze customer data and improve revenues and the general customer experience.[read more]

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Which Will Win? Flash or Hard Drive Storage?

September 24, 2014 by Rick Delgado

Hard drive.

The storage technology of choice will likely come down to what the storage is used for and where it’s intended to go. Both hard drive and flash storage have a lot going for them, so it will be up to businesses and individuals to use what they think is best for what they do and await new innovations for the future.[read more]

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CAPEX Deferred Eventually Makes the Company Sick

September 22, 2014 by Paul Barsch
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Risky Business column.

Instead of investments in IT, machinery, buildings and more, CEOs and CFOs are content to predominantly spend cash on stock buy-backs and/or dividends. Deferring CAPEX spend, or “sweating the assets” will work for a little while, but it’s not a strategy for long-term success.[read more]

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The Societal Shift of Self Driving Cars

September 18, 2014 by Shawn Gordon

Self driving cars.

We are currently approaching a cross roads in transportation that we really haven’t seen since the transition from the horse drawn carriage to the internal combustion engine automobile. Namely, the self driving car. Google, quietly and with no fanfare, until announcing in August 2012 that they had logged over 300,000 miles of accident free autonomous driving.[read more]

US Postal Service Facing Cloud Compliance Issues

September 12, 2014 by Natalie Lehrer

US Postal Service.

Many analysts have wondered how a federal agency can be out of compliance when all federal cloud contractors must possess the FedRamp certifications that ensure a certain level of proficiency in cloud computing. The audit report basically asks the same question and it should be noted that the USPS explicitly requires all cloud.[read more]

Netflix Will Be 100% Cloud by 2015

September 6, 2014 by Natalie Lehrer

Netflix in the cloud.

Netflix is already setting up its New Year’s Resolutions. By the beginning of 2015, Netflix expects to be run 100% in the cloud. This business goal for Netflix is something the team feels is entirely doable. The technology team at Netflix mentions that they are focused on delivering Enterprise IT as a Service.[read more]

Who Is Paying the Bill for Data Breaches? [INFOGRAPHIC]

September 3, 2014 by Mark van Rijmenam

The bill for data breaches.

Recently we saw the biggest data breach ever, when over a billion account credentials where hacked from over 420.000 websites. Some 1.2 billion username and password combinations and 542 million unique email accounts were stolen according to the New York Times.[read more]

Wave of Cloud Security Concerns After Another Celebrity Leak

September 1, 2014 by Natalie Lehrer

Cloud security concerns.

Posters on 4chan and Reddit are claiming that the celebrities were hacked through Apple’s iCloud platform, but this has yet to be verified. Though Apple does not exactly offer the highest security protocol, with end to end 128-bit AES encryptions, the inclusion of videos to the ransom makes the weaknesses of iCloud as the only culprit highly improbable.[read more]

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5 Powerful Ways Retailers Can Leverage Big Data and Hadoop

August 30, 2014 by Michele Nemschoff
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Leverage big data and Hadoop.

Big data isn’t just for developers and analysts in the technical arena. In today’s digital age, big data has become a powerful tool across industries. In fact, many retailers are experiencing major growth thanks to the big data industry. According to research by Monetate, retailers have big plans in store for big data. Let’s take a look at big data initiatives throughout the retail industry.[read more]

IBM’s Watson Officially Available to Public

August 29, 2014 by Natalie Lehrer

Watson.

IBM has mentioned that it will release Watson as a cloud service for all to use. Watson has been released into the cloud in test and limited release scenarios. Today marks the first time that any organization can reap the benefits of having Watson run in their cloud.[read more]

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Building Information Technology Liquidity

August 25, 2014 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

In the financial world, liquid assets can allow companies to react and capitalize on market opportunities. Liquidity in IT means that companies have enough extra compute firepower, people resources and are agile enough with IT processes to respond to unplanned events and demand, in whatever shape, form or order they arrive.[read more]

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Data Science: What Companies Need to Know

August 23, 2014 by Kristen Paral

Data science.

Take a look at Google, Uber, Amazon or Airbnb. All of them are utilizing big data and data scientists to derive business insights and making quantum leaps in their respective business models. Many companies don’t understand the full value of what data science can deliver, revolutionizing their big data into actual results.[read more]

Vantage Cloud Simplifies Cloud Compliance

August 21, 2014 by Natalie Lehrer

Simplified cloud compliance.

Actiance is a global leader in information security. With a press release, the security giant has released details on its new secure cloud offering called Vantage Cloud. What is Vantage Cloud? The idea behind Vantage Cloud was to create a system that gives granular control mechanisms to administrators in order to achieve ultimate compliance.[read more]

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Should the Entire Internet Be Encrypted?

August 19, 2014 by Shawn Gordon

Encrypt all the things!

Until the entire Internet is encrypting all its traffic, solutions like IceBrowser are a good way to protect yourself online. This isn’t about things as mundane as pornography; this is about protecting every piece of information and every footprint you leave out there.[read more]

How Consumers Foot the Bill for Data Breaches

August 9, 2014 by Matthew Zajechowski

Data.

Whether data breaches happen to individuals, companies or whole government organizations, they are rarely if ever cheap to deal with or in any way funny. In all of these cases, somebody is going to end up paying for the costs of a breach and usually that person is the end user or consumer of a given company’s products.[read more]