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SaaS has come a long way from “hype” to “norm”.

Blog-post by Karthikeyan Vazhavandan, Fri, 02/27/2015 - 07:44

Gartner has predicted 18-20% growth in SaaS market, and expects it to hit US $22.1 billion by the year 2015. They have also measured that SaaS adoption rate has increased many fold in the last few years (almost 71% of enterprises use SaaS solutions).

Business Issues, Big Data

Financial Transformation is really about fixing the business

Blog-post by Myles Suer, Wed, 02/25/2015 - 22:21

According to Strategy and Business, the “CFO role is expanding to include being the company’s premier champion of strategic discipline.” It is no wonder that financial transformations are so much in vogue these days. According to The Conference Board, 81% of the companies that it surveyed are involved in a major financial transformation initiative.

CIO Leadership, Big Data

V Tech Toys

Blog-post by Name Withheld, Wed, 02/25/2015 - 11:11
V Tech toys provide educational fun at its best. Whether your child is just starting out crawling, maybe taking their first steps, wanting their own camera or laptop or whatever stage they are at then there is a V Tech toy to suit. The V Tech toys to suit all ages. All kids want to pinch their Mom and Dad's camera at some point. The V Tech camera is extremely durable and is designed with little ones in mind. It also has games included on there which are great for long car journeys.

Technology, Big Data

Data Quality Determines Decision Outcomes

Big data does not change the relationship between data quality and decision outcomes. It underscores it.

Blog-post by Gabriel Lowy, Tue, 02/24/2015 - 20:54

Big data does not change the relationship between data quality and decision outcomes.  It underscores it.

The elegance of analytics systems and processes lies not in the gathering, storing and processing of data.  Today’s technology has made this relatively easy and common.  Rather it is in the integration and management to provide the highest quality data in the timeliest fashion at the point of decision – regardless of whether the decision maker is an employee or a customer. 

Technology, Applications, Big Data, Mobility

The Internet of Things and The Principle of Great Expectations

Blog-post by GH Rao, Tue, 02/24/2015 - 20:20

The Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to touch every aspect of our lives - from our bodies to our communities to our work places to a fully connected world. It also promises to improve our well-being, raise our quality of life, increase productivity, and foster better cooperation and collaboration. In 2020, there will be $8.9 trillion in IoT-related revenues, IDC estimates.


Business Issues, Big Data

The state of predictive analytics

Blog-post by Myles Suer, Tue, 02/24/2015 - 18:20

Recently, I got to attend the Predictive Analytics Summit in San Diego. It felt great to be in a room full of data scientists from around the world—all my hidden statistics, operations research, and even modeling background came back to me instantly. I was most interested to learn what this vanguard was doing as well as any lessons learned that could be shared with the broader analytics audience. Presenters ranged from Internet leaders to more traditional companies like Scotts Miracle Gro.

CIO Leadership, Big Data

Big Data implementations growing but slower that anticipated

Lack of Big Data skills and compliance/security are the biggest obstacles.

Blog-post by John Dodge,
Community Manager
, Fri, 02/20/2015 - 19:13

While CIOs and enterprises are "excited" about Big Data analytics and supporting technologies such as Hadoop, they lack the "skills and resources" and to pull them off, according to a new survey results from SnapLogic and TechValidate.

Technology, Big Data

2015 storage predictions: Big Data, object storage, flat backup

Part II of II.

Blog-post by Craig Nunes, Wed, 02/18/2015 - 20:27

1. Big Data Continues to Challenge Storage System Vendors. Why? Data-aware storage combined with an integrated, big data-like search function can address the pain of unstructured data growth and management.

Technology, Big Data, IT Infrastructure

Archiving Big Data to Support GRC Initiatives

Why should a CIO engage with the governance group at the start of an archiving project?

Blog-post by Dr. Werner Hopf, Tue, 02/17/2015 - 14:43

While many organizations are racing to figure out the best analytical approach to extract business value from Big Data, most are still trying to determine how to deal with very practical concerns related to storing such large volumes of information. Further complicating matters is that much of this data is heavily regulated by numerous outside entities, each with a say in how long it must be retained and in what format it must be saved.

Business Issues, Big Data

Analytics as Business Strategy

Blog-post by Myles Suer, Wed, 02/11/2015 - 20:19

As I have been reading books and posts recently regarding analytics, I have noticed one thing from just about everyone including myself that has published on the topic. We assume that the reader has a working knowledge of business strategy and its implications to analytics. Given this, I have decided to remedy this within this post.