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How I Pulled Myself Out of the Waterfall
Commentary  |  2/28/2017
Mark Thiele hates waterfalls. Not the ones found in nature, of course, but the traditional, sequential method of software development known as the waterfall model, in which a project flows downhill from one group to another in slow, rigid stages.
Three Major Trends Shaping the Future of Machine Learning
Commentary  |  2/28/2017
Many new machine learning technologies, architectures, and algorithms being proposed, but here are three macro trends that will become game changers in ML.
Build the Right Team for Big Data Success
News  |  2/28/2017
You may have been successful with a center of excellence for your business intelligence or analytics practice. But big data success requires a different approach, a bus.
Why Marketing Is So Smart, Yet So Dumb
Commentary  |  2/27/2017
Marketing analytics has evolved with the increase in volumes of customer data. But can this increase in data really help us get a full view of the consumers?
How to Convince Reluctant Admins to Embrace Cloud
Commentary  |  2/27/2017
The anti-cloud grew is still out there. Here are some helpful tips to show them how the cloud has evolved and why it might be right for your organization.
How to Avoid Big Data Mistakes
News  |  2/27/2017
If data is important to your company, then creating a data governance program is as essential to the business as an accounting program.
Workers Welcome AI But Remain Skeptical About Its Benefits
News  |  2/24/2017
Survey by Atlassian finds wide worker expectbations of working alongside AI software and discomfort with the prospect.
Three Little Words For Payday: Big, Data, DevOps
Commentary  |  2/24/2017
Recruiting firm Randstad's annual salary survey shows data pros are in the upper stratosphere, and DevOps experience is starting to justify a premium.
Catastrophe Hits Your Datacenter – But Users Don't Notice
Partner Perspectives  |  2/23/2017
Many large, network-dependent organizations are deploying OpenStack together with Red Hat Ceph Storage because they are inherently high-available solutions.
How Cybersecurity Analytics Are Evolving
Commentary  |  2/23/2017
Cyber security continues to be an arms race as organizations race to protect against new kinds of attacks. Here's how analytics IS making a difference.
What You Need To Know About OpenStack
Commentary  |  2/23/2017
OpenStack has evolved to a point where it is producing benefits for IT organizations and service providers, but also is surrounded by myths.
Evernote Completes Migration To Google, Data Center Shutdown
News  |  2/23/2017
The online user content capture system, Evernote, has moved 2.9 PBs of data into the Google Cloud and shut down its primary data center.
Top 10 Must Have Self-Service BI Governance Capabilities
Commentary  |  2/23/2017
If self-service business intelligence initiatives are on your agenda, follow these 10 best practices for ensuring proper governance.
Algorithms' Dark Side: Embedding Bias into Code
Commentary  |  2/22/2017
Do algorithms and AI eliminate bias or do they encode the biases of models? New work on AI policies is designed to shine the light on the black box of model design and use.
Product Management Should Be At The Core Of Every Company
Commentary  |  2/22/2017
At the heart of product management is the ability to discover the customers' pain and then leading the way in solving that pain in the best way possible.
Bloomberg Adds Machine-Learning To Apache Solr Search
News  |  2/22/2017
Bloomberg has created an open source way to use machine-learning models to weight searches, then add their values to the Solr search engine.
Survey Shows US CIOs Getting A GDPR Headache
Commentary  |  2/21/2017
US companies that don't have a presence in Europe still have to be sure that they comply with the EU's privacy laws regarding personally identifiable data.
How To Choose Between Virtual Desktop Deployment Models
Commentary  |  2/21/2017
Many companies are turning to virtual desktops in the cloud to support end user computing, and they have multiple models to choose from.
Guiding Principles For Closing The Cloud Gap
Commentary  |  2/20/2017
The portion of your IT portfolio that hasn't yet moved to the cloud represents your "cloud gap."
CompTIA Adds Cyber Security Analytics Certification
Commentary  |  2/20/2017
Career prospects are hot for both data analytics pros and cyber security specialists. Now CompTIA IS introducing a certification that combines these specialities to apply analytics to cyber security.
Containers May Work With, Or In Place Of, Private Cloud
News  |  2/20/2017
OpenStack is presented as a good container management environment; what if container managers can manage the infrastructure as well?
What's Cognitive Computing, And What's That Noise Overhead?
Commentary  |  2/17/2017
Soon after an IBM round table on cognitive computing in San Francisco, the need for it at that location became abundantly clear.
What A Chief Analytics Officer Really Does
Commentary  |  2/17/2017
There has been plenty of talk about the need for a chief analytics officer or chief data officer. But do you ever wonder what they do for a living?
Your OpenStack Cloud Is Only As Good As The Linux You Install It On
Partner Perspectives  |  2/16/2017
OpenStack services and drivers require a robust and integrated Linux operating system for top-performing functionality.
Your Big Data Strategy Needs DevOps
Commentary  |  2/16/2017
Many big data analytics teams choose to not use DevOps methodologies, but there are real benefits to applying DevOps concepts to those big data initiatives.
How Third Parties Can Hurt Your Marketing Analytics
Commentary  |  2/16/2017
Are your digital marketers creating gaps in customer privacy? They could be unless they vet tags and third-party app access. Here's how to do the vetting.
'Unbounded IT' Draws On Internal, External Resources, Says Deloitte
News  |  2/16/2017
Deloitte Consulting report on the future of IT sees 'Unbound IT' aligned with the 'kinetic enterprise' and able to tap external tech resources.
IoT And Privacy: Turning Pitfalls Into Benefits
Commentary  |  2/16/2017
The Internet of Things (IoT) offers a host of conveniences and automation to both business and consumers. But new privacy and compliance responsibilities are part of this package deal. Here's how to make the most of it.
IT Budget Staying The Same? Here’s What To Do Differently In 2017
Commentary  |  2/15/2017
If your IT budget is staying flat, there are techniques for getting more bang from the same bucks in a new age of IT.
How Cross-Functional IT Teams Can Work Toward A Common Goal
Commentary  |  2/15/2017
Breaking down the silos is critical in an enterprise IT strategy, and there are ways to get different IT and business groups on the same team.
HIMSS: Harnessing Analytics for Healthcare
Commentary  |  2/15/2017
Healthcare organizations have already provided some of the most interesting and promising applications of advanced analytics use cases. The HIMSS 2017 event next week in Orlando will provide a window into what's next.
9 Industries Hiring IT Pros Now
Slideshows  |  2/15/2017
If you're looking for an IT job this year, you might want to start with these types of companies, perhaps focusing on the job types that are hot in a given sector.
Private Cloud Merits 2nd Look As Container Environment
News  |  2/14/2017
Jonathan Bryce, executive director of the OpenStack Foundation, says Project Zun gives enterprise IT a new reason to reconsider OpenStack for private clouds.
Postmodern Analytics: The Emergence of 'Alternative Facts'
Commentary  |  2/14/2017
If we observe competing truth claims in analytic methods, tools or work products, then are the truths absolute or relative?
Why Digitization Requires A New IT Operating Model
Commentary  |  2/14/2017
As enterprises advance in the world of digital business, the old project-based IT model is due for change.
Is Outsourcing The Key To Data Analytics Success?
Commentary  |  2/14/2017
If the IT group isn't up to the task of implementing analytics, it's worth checking out the possibilities of outsourced analytics.
Coding: In Search of Imperfection
Commentary  |  2/13/2017
Learn why bad code is generally much better than no code all, except maybe in matters of life and death.
Deloitte: These Emerging Technologies Will Play Critical Roles
News  |  2/13/2017
Deloitte Consulting cites seven emerging technologies as critical to the future of IT: dark analytics, mixed reality and blockchain included.
How To Tackle Today's Data Quality Challenges
News  |  2/13/2017
If your data quality is suspect, your analytics program may also be doomed. Here's a look at today's data quality challenges and how to tackle them.
Agile Development And The Red Line: At A Point Of No Return
Commentary  |  2/10/2017
Red line (noun): A safety limit. The furthest limit of what will be tolerated or considered safe. A point beyond which a person or group is not prepared to negotiate. The point of no return.
Ponemon: Doubt Dogs IT On Security Tools, Spending
News  |  2/10/2017
The Ponemon Institute shows how IT security staffs want better technology tools and better skill sets to ward off invasive threats.
Untangling (And Understanding) DevOps
Commentary  |  2/10/2017
Everybody's talking about DevOps, but how many really understand how to build or deploy an effective strategy?
Disaster Recovery In The Cloud: Key Considerations
Commentary  |  2/9/2017
The cloud offers many backup options for enterprises. Here are some factors to weigh.
Amid Constant Change In IT, Interop Emphasizes Full Spectrum IT And Community
News  |  2/9/2017
Interop ITX (formerly known simply as Interop) has shed its old skin as a purely networking and infrastructure focused show and has implemented a community-driven approach to build an agenda that reflects the evolving IT landscape.
IoT And Big Data: Success Comes Down To A Solid Strategy
Commentary  |  2/9/2017
A Verizon report highlights how big data complexity and a shortage of data science talent are hurdles for an IoT implementation, but we also have to remember the key best practice of having a business goal as part of any analytics initiative.
Are Your Home Appliances Analyzing You?
Commentary  |  2/8/2017
Home appliance manufacturers have latched onto the promise of IoT, adding smart sensors to help consumers track their appliances. Will the data generated and the analytics enabled end up changing how appliances are made in the future?
Self-Service Analytics Are A Necessity
Commentary  |  2/8/2017
Users want answers to burning questions, but IT and the data team can't tackle them all at once. Self-service analytics help organizations triage problem-solving by providing many of the insights business users need.
Microsoft Earnings Report Can't Disguise Amazon Cloud Size
Commentary  |  2/8/2017
Google and Microsoft are sometimes portrayed as overtaking Amazon Web Services; better read between the lines.
Analytics Used to Detect Online Harassment
Commentary  |  2/7/2017
In conjunction with Internet Safety Day, the Wikimedia Foundation has released two new public data sets of online harassment in Wikipedia edits. The Foundation leveraged machine learning to detect harassment.
IT Transformation Checklist: 10 Steps to Success
Commentary  |  2/7/2017
When launching a IT transformation project, there are some steps you definitely don't want to take, and 10 steps that could lead to success.
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