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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

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]

We Need an "Internet of Not Only Customers"

August 8, 2014 by Peter Perera
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Internet for not only customers. 

CRM software vendors tout a similar story-line. “Focus on customers”, they all say. SalesForce, for example, advocates creating an “Internet of Customers” and become a “Customer Company”. But paradoxically, customer fixation may not be how to best improve customer growth, engagement and customer experience. If anything, establish an “Internet of Not Only Customers”. Turn into a “Connections Company”. To help pull this off, CRM software needs to be more context-aware and behave more like a graph database. Knowing customers requires also knowing all their possible contextual identities and corresponding connections to others.[read more]

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The Latest Technological Phase and What IT Pros Should Do About It [INFOGRAPHIC]

August 7, 2014 by Rick Delgado

Big data architect.

In order to take advantage of the big data analytics mentioned above, there has been an increasing demand for data scientists who can make up a big data dream team. Members of this team perform different functions, but they all work together to run and use big data technology.[read more]

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Adapting to Winds of Change

August 6, 2014 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

There’s much work to do before you can take advantage of cloud resources, and just-in-time planning doesn't cut it. With the flexibility, speed and power that cloud offers, there’s really no excuses to let opportunities to capture unplanned demand pass you by.[read more]

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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]

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
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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]