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The User’s Guide To Internet Protocols

How does information really travel over the Internet? Most business owners are familiar with the concept of an “IP address” — a unique label assigned to any connected device — but are less certain about the role of Internet protocols and their part in distributing data across the World Wide Web. Here's a quick rundown of the most important protocols currently in use.

Blog-post by Chris Surdenik, Fri, 03/27/2015 - 19:16

Internet Protocol (IP)

CIO Leadership, Big Data

NHL checks in with big league analytics

Sticking it to fantasy sites

Blog-post by John Dodge,
Community Manager
, Thu, 03/26/2015 - 19:37

The NHL's Stanley Cup playoff will begin soon. Bodies will fly and bang into each other with the extra intensity only playoff hockey can provide. 

CIO Leadership, Big Data

Time for the National Archives to Have a National Email Archive

Required to Keep a True Record of Public Servants' Work on Our Behalf

Blog-post by Robert Smallwood, Tue, 03/24/2015 - 15:57

In my last post I floated the idea of the U.S. federal government creating a new cabinet-level "Department of Information Governance" headed by a Chief IG Officer who would report to the president. Key considerations in my rationale included:

1) There are 15 cabinet-level departments in the Executive Branch which all rely heavily on information yet Information is not represented at the cabinet level;

2) Information is so valuable today it has been called "the new oil" and our government structure should recognize and reflect this fact;

CIO Leadership, Big Data

Data analytics is the job of the ---?

#CIOchat to discuss CIO's roles in Big Data, analytics

Blog-post by John Dodge,
Community Manager
, Tue, 03/24/2015 - 15:43

Is data analytics a place where the CIO can drive better business and IT alignment? That is the question for our #CIOchat this Thursday from 2-3 p.m. ET.

It comes to us from long time ECF blogger Myles Suer, who has written extensively on the subject. In fact, he's published nine meaty posts on Big Data and analytics just in 2015! 


Business Issues, Big Data, Cloud

Will the evolution of ‘cloud’ spark a crowdsourcing riot?

Blog-post by Hayes Drumwright, Tue, 03/24/2015 - 15:11

CIOs today are increasingly finding themselves in the position to adapt social tools in order to harness information and quickly put it into action. As a new generation of IT leaders and management begin to rely on the latest crowdsourcing tools, entirely new corporate structures will emerge and technology-enabled communication will spark a crowdsourcing riot.

Business Issues, Technology, Applications, Big Data, Services

Five Measurements That Every Good E-Commerce Business Should Track

Blog-post by Ron Mouw, Mon, 03/23/2015 - 14:46

Anyone who’s paying attention knows that the recent influx of cheap and readily available data has changed the business world for good. This data revolution certainly extends to the e-commerce sector. Oftentimes, there is so much data available to e-commerce companies, the biggest problem is knowing what data to focus on to drive better results.

CIO Leadership, Big Data

Clinton Email Kerfuffle: Call for Cabinet-level Information Governance

Egregious Email Non-Compliance Requires Strong Action

Blog-post by Robert Smallwood, Thu, 03/19/2015 - 14:53

NOTE: This article is in no way a political one that takes sides, rather it deals with the policy and technology issues around Hillary Clinton’s recent email kerfuffle.

The Clinton email story has been all over the media the last couple of weeks. The scenario involves a number of interrelated issues: information technology, privacy, information security, records management (RM), legal issues, risk, and business issues.

Guess what?

Business Issues, Big Data

The emergence of the analytical CEO

Blog-post by Myles Suer, Wed, 03/18/2015 - 15:22

I remember being an A’s fan during the Moneyball era. When my wife and I saw the movie, we kept asking each other do you remember going to this game or that game. Prior to the movie, neither of us knew what was taking place in the A’s back office. All we knew was it was hard not to want to be part of this team with such a low payroll, kids drumming at every game, and irrepressible will to win even though the odds were stacked against them.

Business Issues, CIO Leadership, Technology, Big Data

Cloud Disaster Recovery: Top of Mind?

Blog-post by John Fakhoury, Tue, 03/10/2015 - 21:34

According to a recent study from research firm Markets and Markets, the disaster recovery as a service (DraaS) market is gaining strength: By 2018, this industry will be worth more than $5.7 billion. Even more impressive is the compound annual growth rate: Over 55 percent in the next few years. So why all the interest — is cloud-based disaster recovery really an improvement over traditional methods?