You can call me biased, or out of touch, but over the past two years, I’ve
been reading articles and blogs about how Big Data is going away, dying, or
already dead. So what changed?
Is Big Data falling into Gartner’s dreaded trough of disillusionment? Did
someone discover that predictive analytics could have a butterfly effect and
change the course of history and hence, we should abandon these voodoo
analytics practices? Did we figure out that we actually don’t have enough
data to call it “Big” data? Did we already finish analyzing all the data
and we’re all done? Or… are the people calling it dead really just a
bunch of marketers who are looking move on to the next new thought leadership
topic, so they write one final blog to make one final impression just before
they abandon the topic? Bingo. I’m looking at you… industry pundits,
thought leaders, and analysts.
Gartner cited the #1 challenge in Big Data as “Determining how to get value
from big data.”
Did I read that right? And by no a small margin! How to get value from big
data? Shouldn’t it be shocking that such a fundamental question persists
while businesses are spending billions on data analytics capabilities and
infrastructure? If ever there was a solution looking for a problem (or a
rebel without a cause), this is it. How can the most elusive part of big
data be “how to get value?” Shouldn’t someone have thought of this
We all talk about the opportunities to enhance... (more)
There have been a flurry of "green cloud" announcements recently, and that
got us thinking about the relationship between green IT and saving money.
Green is also the color of money, after all, and companies are discovering
that reducing data center costs leads to substantial green benefits. The
cloud takes cost reduction and green even further.
In the first announcement, IBM continues to innovate in cloud and in green,
and it has patented technology for distributing compute workloads for cloud
computing in a way that reduces power consumption. I'd liken it to a load
balancer, b... (more)
Here’s a quick look at what’s out and what’s in for IT in 2014.
What’s out: Mobile, especially Mobile First. What’s in? Experience First.
Mobility has become a means to an end now. People now demand compelling,
engaging, context-aware experiences that catch them in the moment, that
deliver services when they most need or want them. People want an emotional
connection to the companies they do business with, and mobility is definitely
one tool that can be used to deliver that. Certainly, mobility is going to
continue to grow, people are still catching up in certain areas. and it wil... (more)
There are a ton of exciting things also happening in the world of 3D
printing. It’s no longer solely useful for printing action figures. At CES,
for example, a company called 3D Systems was printing 3D candy. They are
doing a deal with Hershey’s to do 3D chocolate. If they can do it for
chocolate, then wider use of 3D printing is sure to follow.
What’s really exciting is that people have been finding a plethora of use
cases for 3D printing in fields such as medicine. There have been stories
just recently about 3D printed patches for skulls. Or, at Wake Forest
University, a resea... (more)