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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]

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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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Beware of Big Data Technology Zealotry

June 23, 2014 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

Invariably, there are hundreds of additional arguments proffered by big data vendors and technology zealots inhabiting organizations just like yours. However, there are few crisp binary choices in technology decision making, especially in today’s heterogeneous big data environments. Beware big data zealots that counsel you otherwise.[read more]

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MDM Industry Becoming New Standard for IT

May 30, 2014 by Jessica Oaks

Mobile device management.

As more businesses implement a bring your own device (BYOD) policy, companies are turning to mobile device management (MDM) to maintain and secure company data. MDM is now becoming an industry standard for IT. MDM is a strategy that uses software to manage, monitor, secure and support mobile devices used by employees.[read more]

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Ramifications of IT Infrastructure Everywhere

May 20, 2014 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

Most people don’t notice that information technology pervades our daily lives. Some IT infrastructure is in the open and easy to spot, however plenty of IT infrastructures are nearly invisible as they reside in locked network rooms or heavily guarded data centers. Let's take off the covers of this often invisible underpinning and examine just a few ramifications of IT infrastructure everywhere.[read more]

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Smart Meters Kill Wifi, Not People

May 13, 2014 by Shawn Gordon
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Smart meters kill Wifi.

There is a lot of hype and hysteria about the smart meters the electrical companies have been rolling out, however there is a very real problem and not a lot of people know about it and the power companies have done its best to keep it quiet. Namely, how they stomp all over WiFi signals.[read more]

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Server and Network Updates: Are You Making the Right Move With Your Next Upgrade?

May 1, 2014 by Kyle Cebull

Server.

The first, and most important, step is to evaluate your current technology and its usage to identify any shortcomings in both efficiency and reliability. This process starts with surveying your employees. They are the ones that interact with the systems on a daily basis and are the foundation for your business.[read more]

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]

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A Complete Guide to Overcoming Executives’ Concerns about Hadoop

April 13, 2014 by Michele Nemschoff
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Overcoming executives’ concerns about Hadoop.

CEOs are often critical of adopting new technology, and for good reason. New technology is expensive and all too often fails to come through and offer any real value to the company. This could present a challenge for IT managers who want to implement Apache Hadoop, the increasingly popular and cost-effective framework for large-scale, data-intensive deployments, into the company’s technology infrastructure.[read more]

New Report Reveals Portable External Hard Drive Led to Data Loss

March 27, 2014 by Daniel Casarin

Data loss in Ottawa.

In January of 2013 a data loss event occurred inside a Canadian federal government office involving the loss of private data of nearly half a million Canadians. A new report commissioned by interim privacy commissioner Chantal Bernier reveals that data was lost from a portable hard drive that was left unsecured for extended periods of time and lacked password protection and encryption.[read more]

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6 Simple Steps to a Big Data Strategy

March 5, 2014 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

We now live in a world in which the volumes of data are exploding by the second. While some companies are leveraging these data assets very well to generate mouth-watering competitive advantages, most are completely overwhelmed by the amounts of data they are generating and are simply scratching the surface of the other, external data they could use.[read more]

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When is CAPEX Coming Back?

February 17, 2014 by Paul Barsch
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Risky Business column.

Companies have stockpiled cash on their balance sheets instead of spending it on upgrading and/or building new facilities or buying new equipment. Six years since the global financial crisis, long lost CAPEX still hasn’t come home. The better question is: Will it ever?[read more]

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How MapR’s M7 Platform Improves NoSQL and Hadoop

January 31, 2014 by Michele Nemschoff

MapR’s M7 platform.

M7 removes the trade-offs organizations typically face when looking to deploy a NoSQL solution. Here’s a look at how the M7 platform is making NoSQL and Hadoop easier, faster and more dependable. Since enterprises already have several disparate data systems, having the ability to unify NoSQL and Hadoop under a single scalable cluster eliminates data silos and provides administrative simplicity.[read more]

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Giants vs. Startups: Who is the Future of Enterprise Technology?

January 26, 2014 by Rick Delgado

The future of enterprise tech.

The world of enterprise technology is largely hidden behind all of the products and services businesses provide to consumers, but enterprise technology is critical to the success of businesses, and lately there have been some huge shakeups in that space.[read more]

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Now Lawyers Can Use the Cloud, Too

January 10, 2014 by Andre Bourque
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A lawyer using the cloud.

I was having lunch recently with an attorney friend of mine and wanted to share a document with him. Since he already had Gmail, I suggested we just share it on Google Drive as it wasn’t sensitive data...turned out he'd never even heard of Google Drive. Storage may not be particularly glamorous, but it is what makes everything happen. And the latest cloud-on-premise, hybrid solutions can make lawyers and the like more productive with secure data.[read more]