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Altiscale has the RX for Hadoop Headaches

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Hadoop isn’t easy.

Sure, there are vendors out there who will tell you that it is ... Just take this course or that exam. Work with us side-by-side as we “elephantize” your Enterprise, and presto you’re a pro.

No, you’re not.

Not yet, anyway. Regardless of what any of the 268,000 hits you get when you enter the term “Hadoop training” into Google happens to say. And it’s not that these folks are trying to mislead you — they’ve put their heads and their hearts into encouraging and enabling the widespread adoption of Hadoop.

It’s just that becoming a master at Hadoop (Wikipedia definition: open-source software framework for storage and large scale processing of data-sets on clusters of commodity hardware) takes time, experience, trial and error and enough opportunities to generate a continuous record of success. But that’s not all. As a new technology with a vibrant Open Source community, Hadoop keeps changing, so it’s hard to keep up.

How Will the Internet of Things Reach its Potential?

RFID.jpgKevin Ashton coined the term “Internet of Things” [IoT] in 1999. He built the concept primarily on his experience and expectations for Radio Frequency Identification [RFID] adoption. Since then, the IoT concept has grown to encompass any device that uses any type of Internet connectivity. Let's take a look at some of the myths surrounding the IoT and take a look at why it may never reach its potential.

Blue Collar Big Data: The Work Behind Big Data Analysis

Blue Collar Big Data: Did you see the article in the New York Times on January 5 about Pandora and big data? 

It's all about how Pandora serves you particular ads or predict what artists you’ll want to vote for based on your choice of songs. These are the types of articles that make marketer's hearts sing about the promise of big data.

Personalizing Customer Experience with Big Data

Personalizing Customer Experience with Big DataBack in 1991, I trained in a database marketing boot camp. I worked on American Express (AMEX), managing it’s Gold Card direct marketing efforts. AmEx, a leader in personalizing printed communications, had created its most successful program when it highlighted in direct mail pieces that someone was a “Member since XXXX.” Yes, membership had its privileges. But for American Express, this personalization triggered a lift.

Forrester Names SAP, IBM, SAS, Microsoft Tops in BI

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The functions on business intelligence (BI) suites may have become standardized. But enterprises are still prepared to pay big bucks for products that will give them best-in-class data and insights.

In fact, Forrester maintains, enterprises are competing over the quality of the insights they can draw from their data and the customer experience they can offer customers or clients. The other key differentiator is the ability of those BI suites to integrate with legacy enterprise systems.

Polished! Documentum's Golden Crown is Shining

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EMC Documentum has worn a crown of gold in the enterprise content management (ECM) world for quite a long time. In fact, it’s hard to remember a year (if there was one) when analysts at Gartner, Ovum and Forrester didn’t all call the company a leader.

And a leader, it should be noted, is different from a strong performer, a challenger, a contender and a visionary, all terms the analysts apply to levels below "leader." A leader is a product that can already do it all (or at least the important parts) and that analysts recommend, almost without hesitation — a product like EMC Documentum.

Application Integration: the Key to Better Customer Experience with the Internet of Things

Application Integration: the Key to Successfully Improving Customer Experience with the Internet of ThingsThe Internet of Things (IoT) is defined by an enriched customer experience and the ability to engage with customers in completely new ways to increase customer loyalty and delight. IoT solutions are becoming more and more compelling as new sensor technologies enable the real-time collection of massive amounts of data and new analytics technologies make it possible to gain insight from all this data.

But another critical technology is required to knit all the “things” together and create useful products and services that deliver on the IoT promise: application integration.

Big Data and Your Post Holiday Pounds

Big Data and Your Post Holiday PoundsLosing weight and getting fit are among the top five most popular New Year’s Resolutions every year. But resolutions tend to wear out by spring and many people struggle to keep up the energy, enthusiasm and motivation to stick to their goals. A very 2014 solution may be the answer to this problem: data.

EMC IIG Just Built Something Brand Spankin' New

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Walk into an enterprise conference room, say the word “archive” and everyone will duck out the door — unless they're lawyers, policymakers or paranoid. OK, maybe a few anal-retentive folks from IT and records management will stick around, especially if there’s a new product or service being introduced or rumors of an investigation.

Though the latter is the last thing anyone wants, it may be the only times these hard-working, too often unsung, archiving heroes see the fruits of their labor pay off.

After all, it’s because of their hard work that the CEOs who employ them can locate and easily access the critical documents and data they need to keep themselves and their companies out of trouble should questions of negligence, misrepresentation or wrong doing ever arrive.

So let's talk about what EMC is doing about this.

IBM Pumps $1.2B into the Cloud, With SoftLayer at the Core

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When IBM called the SoftLayer acquisition a really big deal last year, it wasn’t talking about the price tag. But until now, it was unclear how all the pieces would fit.

Today, IBM answered many of those questions. It's pumping $1.2 billion into its cloud computing business — and putting SoftLayer at its core. It even brought out IBM SoftLayer CEO Lance Crosby, shown left, to "examine servers" at the IBM SoftLayer data center in Dallas today.

Big Data Bits: SAP HANA Propositions IBM Watson + 3 Hookups + 1 Offshoot

Big Data Bits: SAP HANA Propositions IBM Watson + 3 Hookups + 1 OffshootNot everyone’s hot and bothered by IBM Watson, but SAP’s HANA sure is.

The love child of SAP Chairman Hasso Plattner has taken to the company blog to politely coax IBM Ginni Rometty’s Jeopardy-winning cog (this is the term that IBM is beginning to use for cognitive technology) into a relationship.

“Isn't it a no brainer to get Watson to work on HANA?” writes Vijay Vijayasankar, Global Vice President at SAP Labs.

Jumping on the Internet of Things Bandwagon

Smartphone Apps will Drive the Internet of Things BandwagonIf big data, social media and cloud were the darlings of the buzzword world in recent times, the latest to join the bandwagon is the Internet of Things (IoT).  

Privacy is Overrated: Ask Your Customers and They Will Tell

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Guess what? New research from IBM shows customers are willing to share their personal information, especially if they get something in return.

Excuse us while we yawn ... But doesn't it seem like anyone who ever signed up for something as innocuous as a store loyalty card could explain the same thing? How many people registered for a website during the heady dot-com days, just to get a free water bottle?

And don't even get us started on the phenomenon of too much information on social media, where everyone shares just about everything, for nothing but 15 seconds of fame in return.

So let's overlook the obvious, and see if there are any deeper insights in the research IBM released this week at the National Retail Federation's 103rd Annual Convention and EXPO in New York City.

Internet Of Things Solutions Help Companies Transform Customer Experiences

Internet Of Things Solutions Help Companies Transform and Enhance Customer ExperiencesWe are in the midst of a 20 year business cycle Forrester identifies as the age of the customer. In this era, successful companies will leverage the power of mobility devices, services, applications and big data to transform customer experiences. Internet of Things (IoT) solutions help businesses achieve this transformation using sensors, networks and analytic software to connect objects with computing systems and provide insight and control of the status and activities of assets, products and even people.

5 Tech Trends We'll See More of in 2014

From 2013 Trend to 2014 Workplace RealityEvery year brings plenty of hype around the promise of what new technical advancements and capabilities can bring to organizations trying to transform their businesses. There are also plenty of things that never quite live up to the promised hype. Let’s take a look at what to expect in 2014.

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