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Over the past year I reckon I have spoken to more than a thousand Developers/IT Os/DevOps folk through customer calls, demos of Logentries, at conferences such as Velocity, DevOpsDays, AWS re:Invent as well as a bunch of other more low key meetups across US and Europe. Naturally, on...
It had always been a dream to start a company with my childhood best friend, Rian Gauvreau, but we hadn't been able to truly find a business model that worked for us. In 2007, cloud computing was just beginning to make waves, and while many recognized the opportunities that the cloud p...
For the third year in a row, we worked together with Pacific Crest Securities, an investment banking firm with a specific focus on SaaS, to survey 306 SaaS companies. This represents nearly double the # of respondents from last year, giving us deeper benchmarking data and insights to s...
IT systems will need to adapt, and evolving — or simply adding on to the existing relational database management system architecture — isn’t going to cut it. What does this mean, if not Hadoop or in-memory as the end-all, be-all? TechTarget writer Nicole Laskowski sums it up nicely: Ar...
Back when we were doing DB2 at IBM, there was an important older product called IMS which brought significant revenue. With another database product coming (based on relational technology), IBM did not want any cannibalization of the existing revenue stream. Hence we coined the phrase ...
I've been writing recently about the dimensions of Big Data in the IoT: urgency, importance, frequency, consequences, remedy, cost. You can find my stories on IoT Journal or at my personal website. The big item missing from this list is, of course, size. How big are individual messa...
The Internet of Things (IoT) is giving rise to a whole new set of protocols for API access. Until recently, it was taken for granted that JSON is all-conquering and predominant. In my view, the popularly of JSON for APIs is as much to do with the widespread usage of dynamic languages o...
When Swedish communications services provider TDC needed network infrastructure improvements from their disparate networks across several Nordic countries, they needed both simplicity in execution and agility in performance. Our next innovation case study interview therefore highlight...
The rather stunning deal between Apple and IBM—described as “exclusive” by both parties—has been hailed as a victory for Apple, a victory for IBM, and a “victory for design.” Actually, it's a victory for Big Data. Apple has cultivated an image as the coolest of companies from the t...
The era of Big Data is upon us. The volume, variety and velocity of data now being generated is unprecedented in human history. This poses a challenge for those tasked with data integration: how can we manage all this data, particularly across distributed data centers around the world?...
Operators and Over The Top (OTT) players are embracing partnerships with one another. Each week is bringing announcements of new strategic couplings, designed to match capabilities of both parties to create new products and services for subscribers. With the communications landscape ...
Having an effective BYOD policy is one of the most critical steps to ensuring BYOD success. Learn the basics for securing your company's data and clarifying the process. Employees like the ability to choose. Whether it be choosing the hours they work or whether or not they can teleco...
Companies in many different industries are realizing that applications of GIS (geospatial information systems) can provide competitive and strategic advantages, productivity increases and efficiencies in operations. GIS, when combined with mobile devices like smartphones, tablets, lapt...
Java 8 has been reengineered and the most significant enhancement in this release is Project Lambda Expressions for the Java Programming Language. To be more comprehensive, the standout features of JDK 8 are Project Lambda the Nashorn JavaScript Engine and a new Date and Time API. Al...
Until recently, API clients were assumed to usually be mobile devices. In fact, if you see a diagram on a Powerpoint slide of an API being called, it is usually a mobile app which is doing the calling. Now, we're moving on to the "Internet of Things" (IoT). IoT raises interesting requi...
Much of the dialog over net neutrality seems rather dated. This is understandable, since the debate has been going on since last century. The January 14th Federal Appeal Court decision in favor of the Internet access providers gave those companies (apparently) a degree of latitude to ...
In my last blog, I discussed the debate surrounding the true definition of open and unfettered Internet, and the different interpretations various groups and individuals have on the matter. In this posting, we continue the discussion. The U.S. government has not enacted legislation to...
Image this scenario if you would - you pick-up a prescription at the pharmacy. At the POS (point-of-sale) the pharmacist asks you permission to send you informational video clips related to the medicine you are taking and the health issue you have to your mobile device. You agree. A...
At last, the moment has arrived: the thirteenth and final installment of ZapThink’s annual retrospective and predictions written by one of ZapThink’s original members. ZapThink will live on as a division of Dovel Technologies, and I will continue my thought leadership at an as yet unse...
I write and speak a great deal about digital transformation, however I don't think I have yet clearly defined it and its relevance to businesses. Let me step back and start by saying my working definition of digital transformation is the application of digital technologies in a manner ...
Whether you’ve bought into it yet or not, the Semantic Web (aka Web 3.0) is coming – and mega-companies are leading the way. Not just the Googles, Facebooks and Apples of the world, but also massive organizations with business models as diverse as Wal-Mart, The New York Times, Dow Jone...
The pace of cloud growth and adoption remains inextricably linked to the pace of cloud education. Whether it’s due to security concerns being allayed or cloud definition confusion being reduced, the small- and medium-business space seems ripe for education-based growth. Add in the cont...
HP has quickly made itself a key supplier of some of the most important technologies of the present corporate era: cloud computing and big data processing. This week here at the HP Discover 2013 conference — despite the gulf of 70 years but originating in the same Silicon Valley byway...
Data has always had a place in politics. Politicians have relied on polls, voter interests and demographics for years. In 2008, the Obama campaign was recognized for its data-driven campaign, but it wasn’t until the 2012 election, when the tools became available, that big data was used...
By creating very deep census data of everything that's happened in the video space, Visible Measures uses unique statistical processes to figure out exactly what patterns emerge within video usage at high speed and massive scale and granularity. Visible Measures measures via a massive...
In my previous blog, I suggested that both Software-Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV), although arguably different in intent and in detail, are nevertheless both driving the evolution of network architecture in the same direction. Network functions are ab...
Organizations are developing the means to develop far better analytics about their customers, as high-performing and cost-effective big data processing enable a steep learning curve from customers on their wants and preferences. This case study panel discussion highlights how various ...
In the first segment of this series, we introduced some key concepts in a network centric operational strategy. In Part 2 we will explore these concepts in greater depth, add some context, and introduce some additional requirements and considerations for you to ponder. Let's now revi...
In the search for business software, companies have a habit of turning to the 800-pound gorillas in the room. Gorillas, however, do not have the motor skills to create applications that meet highly specific needs. Today, companies are more likely to find unique capabilities and achieve...
Taking the alignment of the CMO and CIO beyond strategy into IT Cost Optimization. Without operational excellence and cost optimization—specifically technology asset optimization, whether IT assets or marketing technology assets—cost pressures could limit funding for innovation. With...
I have been writing about the Network Centric Operations approach to mobile field services for the past couple of years and plan to continue with even more enthusiasm. The mobile devices, mobile platforms, communication networks and integration frameworks exists today to revolutionize ...
Consumers are a funny bunch. We want to be first with the latest hot smartphone. We want flawless experiences when we deal with online services and don’t deal with slow responsiveness well. While our want for new devices is good for the device manufacturers, our lack of patience can be...
Mobile is now the first screen of influence for many marketers while adults are spending more time on mobile media than newspapers and magazines. Timeline of Mobile Marketing Middle ages - Town criers are used to spread messages 1876 - First telephone introduced by Alexander Graha...
Using HP Vertica, Guess, Inc. can increasingly predict how to satisfy its shopping customers. At the same time, Guess's IT organization came to grips with adopting and implementing a big-data platform to bring more of a democratization of data and better access to its employees. We'll...
Wake up America – especially the politicians in California, Illinois, and anywhere else where they are considering implementing a high-speed train. High-speed trains are so “last century” and they are not cheap to build or maintain. If they are not used to their maximum capacities and ...
Generally speaking there are two main types of Web CMS architectures: coupled and decoupled. Coupling refers to the relationship between the authoring tools and content delivery of your live site. In a coupled system, the underlying store for content serves both authoring and delivery....
Recently, BMC one of the “big four” software firms was acquired by a group of investors led by Bain Capital. This is good news for Bain as they generally make a lot of money from their purchases before they divest what is unprofitable and milk whatever they can from those stuck with o...
Many in the technology world focus on the technology itself without significant consideration of the data or more importantly, the information. When you dig a bit deeper, the real reason, the business reason we exist is about the data. Just presenting data, however, it not enough. When...
Organizational structures become obsolete just like the technology that they manage. Management structures must be reviewed and replaced just like systems, software and technology – especially in mission-critical applications. In the last decade or so, more organizations have declared...
If an article, 10 years after its initial publication date, is featured in several look backs, reviews, Q&As and still gathers reactions and emotional analysis, it can be concluded it must have struck a chord - or in this case - more an open nerve. In May 2003*, the Harvard Business...