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Debit-card marketing services provider, Cardlytics,in adopting a new analytics platform, gained huge data analysis capacity, vastly reduced query times, and swiftly met customer demands at massive scale. The next edition of the HP Discover Podcast Series delivers an innovation case st...
In the last MetraTech blog I introduced you to the Conferencing and Collaboration (C&C) market and highlighted the way in which C&C players uniquely approach the market. I challenged you to think about what was possible if IT didn’t have “no” in their vocabulary; to imagine the possibi...
To say that mobility is affecting the way enterprises do business is akin to suggesting the planets revolve around the sun. These are not unproven theories, they are undisputed facts. However, while the modern model of the solar system was established long ago, the effects of enterpris...
This is one cool book. If you are starting to use Scrum, read it. If you are using Scrum, read it. If you are just wondering what Scrum is all about, read it. It gives the best insight into the workings of Scrum I have seen in a book. The chapters are laid out in a really nice to read...
Pfizer Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company that develops, manufactures and markets medicines for both humans and animals. As the world’s largest drug manufacturer, Pfizer operates globally with 111,500 employees and a presence in over 100 countries. Worldwide Pharmaceutical Sciences ...
I have been a fan of the Martin Fowler Signature Series for a long time. This book fit into the series great and filled in a missing link in the series. One of the things I liked seeing was that the author does not think web services are a silver bullet. Right off the bat he warns tha...
What does American Express, Foursquare, Etsy, and NYC OPEN Government all have in common? They all need to innovate through data...and they need to go outside to do it big. At first glance one cannot help take note of the almost impossible task of merging the words "American Express"...
Enterprise CFOs are taking an increasingly active role in managing the IT decision making process. As a result, IT professionals need to be prepared to quickly show how innovative technology investments equate to real business value. According to a recent industry report, only 5 percen...
Web applications are vulnerable to multitude of security attacks. This exposes the underlying businesses and the consumer data wide open to public view.However for the internet application multiple programming practices need to be followed to prevent such attacks. This paper details i...
A well-done project management is one of the keys to a project's success. I'm pretty sure every one of us manages projects using some kind of tools. But the right project management tool does not replace the knowledge and experience of a project manager. It only helps him in the proces...
Amazon recently added Oracle database hosting capability to its RDS service offering. You can rent an Oracle database in pay-as-you-go fashion now. We are going to explore if corporations should be utilizing Amazon RDS, how it should be used, where possible savings are and what potenti...
If Amazon, Bank of America and Microsoft can’t contain service outages before they become colossal PR problems, the rest of us mere mortals have much to fear. It's a safe bet that some time in the next 60 days, another major consumer Internet service will make the headlines for melting...
I am neither pro-crowdsourcing nor anti-crowdsourcing. Some projects are crowdsource-appropriate, and some are not. How do you tell the difference? What are the advantages and disadvantages of crowdsourcing? For the record, I am neither pro-crowdsourcing nor anti-crowdsourcing. For...
Four of the top five global energy companies rely on data virtualization to provide the diverse information required across a range of strategic initiatives and business-critical IT projects. Discovering new upstream sources, smoothly delivering products through downstream distributio...
Product Line Engineering Resource Kit is a kit of reusable assets made for use with SPARX EA on Software Product Line projects. I recently decided to update the Product Line Engineering Assets I reuse from project to project. In the past I reused a baseline project that contained a fo...
It came as no surprise to us when an organization contacted us and let us know that they are taking the REST-based SOA approach we discussed, and that it actually works. We recently spoke with the US Coast Guard (USCG) about their SPEAR (Semper Paratus: Enterprise Architecture Realizat...
Representational State Transfer, commonly known as REST, is a style of distributed software architecture that offers an alternative to the commonly accepted XML-based web services as a means for system-to-system interaction. Many of you know me as one half of the ZapThink team – an ad...
Unit testing is a best practice in any modern methodology, including Agile development. With automatic unit testing in place, if we introduce a bug into the software, one or more tests will fail and we'll know about it immediately. We've been writing in C++ for almost 30 years now, an...
Discovering news drugs and devices is key to success in pharmaceuticals and biotech. To help achieve this goal, life science companies look to IT. Unfortunately, the large IT investments have already been made have resulted in data silos and complexity which slow down future projec...
Response times are in many – if not in most – cases the basis for performance analysis. When they are within expected boundaries everything is ok. When they get to high we start optimizing our applications. So response times play a central role in performance monitoring and analysis. ...
Boris Evelson of Forrester recently published a blog post titled It's The Dawning Of The Age Of BI DBMS. I took note that in this post he classified Vertica, ParAccel and Sybase IQ in a category he named ‘Columnar RDBMS’, and that started off a friendly email exchange as to what the he...
Data center facilities are poised for the next wave of IT innovation as enterprises look for competitive advantage beyond racks and stacks and begin running out of space in their existing facilities. The data center is the factory of the new cloud economy and is a major inflection poi...
When we get engaged with prospects that are interested in our performance management solution we walk them through a Proof of Concept. We let them install dynaTrace on their own prior to the actual POC. During the POC we ask them to exercise typical use cases on their application that ...
As I had mentioned earlier, there is a paucity of free sample questions for the TOGAF 9 foundation or the part 1 test. I had created one set earlier and there are two other set available for free. Here is another set of 40 questions. Entire business group or corporation comprising of...
If you plan to appear for a TOGAF foundation level certification or part 1 exam, one of the difficulties you will face is a lack of free sample questions. Some questions are provided as a part of the study guide, but if you want to more practice then you will have tough time locating a...
Enterprise architecture ought to be about the entire enterprise, because that’s what the name implies. If it’s really about IT, it ought to be called enterprise IT architecture. It is my impression, from what I read and hear in many enterprise and business architecture blogs and forum...
The Israeli BI market, or 'the Pond', as it is referred to by the locals is a good example of how the BI market looks like in most parts of the world. A few months ago, I wrote an article about the relationships between business intelligence platform vendors and their distribution net...
Are you giving 100% at your job? 110%? If you said yes, you’re depriving yourself, your business, or your employer of your creative potential. Manufacturing facilities are not intended to run at 100% capacity all the time; plant managers understand the risk of trying to run at full ca...
Nearly every small, medium or large organization is heading down the path of adopting disk-based data protection as a way to solve their legacy problems of backup to tape. But what many of these organizations have yet to recognize is that as they adopt disk to store these post-producti...
If you are new to TOGAF, you may be wondering how this process is different from what you do in a typical “Requirement Analysis” phase of software development. Once I tell you that the many of the techniques recommended in TOGAF are what you are already using, like UML modeling techniq...
As enterprises struggle to remain profitable in an ever-changing risk environment, the current economic crisis has elevated the need for effective business risk management. Information security is a key parameter that affects business risk. The academic definition of information securi...
Data-driven businesses are facing some tough challenges in today’s rapidly changing information landscape. As decision cycles continue to shrink, companies need to act on information within hours and minutes rather than weeks and days. At the same time, the volume of data that needs to...
Silly question – or is it? How do you judge if a methodology can be classified as agile methodology? Can Iterative or Spiral development methodology be classified as agile? What about Six Sigma or Lean process? On what basis will decide will you decide? If you go by the Forrester class...
The XC10 and XI50 Integration is compelling. The idea behind the XI50-XC10 integration is to enable faster look-up of cached data and reduced processing at back-end tiers, with use of XC10 as a general purpose caching appliance. The XI50-XC10 integration has opened up many possibilitie...
When it comes to protecting unstructured data, such as spreadsheets, documents, images and other data on file servers, most organizations acknowledge that their existing processes and risk profiles are less than ideal. Unfortunately, IT personnel – rather than data owners – are typical...
This article is going to help you discover some key differences between vendors based on what they share on their Websites – and what they don’t. Read between the lines while looking at BI vendor Websites to quickly figure out which business intelligence vendors are probably right for ...
As architects, we spend far too much time debating the type of framework that we may want to use in order to deliver the business value or build the enterprise architecture. However there is an intrinsic assumption that we all make about the qualities of people involved in executing E...
The goal for any company is to create value for their customers. Selling through the channel can be an important sales strategy for any vendor if harnessed and prioritized correctly. While this approach can drive additional revenue and open up new sales opportunities, working in the ch...
Since the inception of BI and consequent entrance of OLAP technology into the space, the need for BI has been rapidly growing. Recognizing that OLAP-based solutions were (and still are) hard to introduce into a wider market, thought leaders and visionaries in the space have been since ...
The hype surrounding in-memory BI has caused BI consultants, analysts and even vendors to spew out endless articles, blog posts and white papers on the subject. However, the concept of in-memory business intelligence is not new. So why all the hype now, what are the pros and cons of di...