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Why Returning $1 Trillion to Shareholders is a Bad Idea

May 4, 2015 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

With creaking IT infrastructures and under-investment in other areas such as plants, equipment, employee training and more, excessive share buybacks aren't just a flawed strategy; they are a dangerous one for the future health of companies across the globe.[read more]

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Data Lakes and Network Optimization: What’s Next for Telecommunications and Big Data

March 31, 2015 by Sameer Nori

Telecommunication. 

Relational data warehouses served communications service providers well in the past, but it’s time to start thinking beyond columns and rows. Unstructured data will be the fuel that powers risk management and decision-making in the near future. And to use all sorts of data to its fullest potential, we need new ways of storing, accessing and analyzing that data.[read more]

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5 Technologies You Ought to Adopt in 2015

January 1, 2015 by Rick Delgado
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2015 tech.

These five technologies show how much potential for change there is in 2015. At the same time, innovations not even on the radar will likely be noticed as well. Your business needs to be ready to understand and even adopt these technologies if you want to make major strides over the coming year.[read more]

Healthcare Insurance Regs Must Keep Up with Tech Advances

November 26, 2014 by Joshua New

health tech / shutterstock

The promise of Apple's HealthKit: as adoption of wearables increases and health insurers rely more heavily on biometric data, consumers and industry alike will benefit from better healthcare outcomes and lower costs. However, this healthcare advance won’t happen unless insurance regulations keep up with the technology.[read more]

Self-Healing Virtual Machines Coming to Datacenter Near You?

November 18, 2014 by Natalie Lehrer

One of the more exciting inventions in data center technology has been developed by a team of computer scientists from the University of Utah. The invention is being called A3 which is short for Advanced Adaptive Applications. When unusual activity is detected, A3 tries to automatically repair the code infraction.[read more]

Police Body Cams to Use Government Cloud to Store Data

November 15, 2014 by Natalie Lehrer

Police body cams

Vievu, an innovator of police body cams, has announced that they have plans to begin selling cloud connected body cams that is fully compliant with government cloud regulations. The cloud body cams allow police officers to avoid the hassle of dealing with traditional storage means.[read more]

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Fine-Tuning Manufacturing Operations with Big Data and Hadoop

October 6, 2014 by Sameer Nori

Manufacturing pperations and Hadoop.

Your organization is a lean, mean Six Sigma machine. The corporate culture is centered on continuous improvement, with everyone well versed in Kaizen. Your supply chain is well oiled, which should provide assurance about product quality. And yet you wonder: is it possible to improve operations even further?[read more]

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Hadoop in Advertising & Media: Is Data Analytics Making Old Media New?

October 2, 2014 by Sameer Nori
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Hadoop in advertising and media.

Imagine the chance to truly connect with a customer. Imagine if you knew what movies and television shows they watched, and not only when, but how often. Imagine knowing what screen they watched it on and how they shared it socially. Imagine knowing what they like, or dislike, and knowing it in real-time.[read more]

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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]

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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]

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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]