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5 Ways to Insulate Your Organization from Big Data Pressures

In just a few years, big data has evolved from an emerging trend into a mainstream IT phenomenon. Organizations of all sizes are dealing with larger volumes of data, spread across a broader range of types and locations, compounded by the need to process and manage it all faster than ever before.

Though some might argue that the hype surrounding big data is growing faster than the data itself, one thing is abundantly clear: Businesses can no longer afford to ignore the challenges caused by exponential growth in data volume, velocity and variety -- otherwise known as "the three Vs.”

4 Enterprise Software Drivers For 2014

Enterprise software spending will recover next year driven by the combined forces of cloud computing, data management, mobile applications and social business, according to new research from Gartner. 

Dell, Puppet Labs Team Up on IT Automation

Dell, Puppet Labs Team Up on IT AutomationAfter Dell founder Michael Dell took the company private early in 2013, the company made a move to acquire Quest Software for $2.5 billion. This acquisition is now getting bolstered by an integration with Puppet Labs. Puppet Labs is an IT automation provider, and it will be integrated with Dell's Active System Manager for helping customers do things like deploy workloads and allocate server and storage resources on demand.

6 Predictions for SharePoint, Office 365 in 2014

It's been an interesting year for SharePoint. We've started to see steady adoption of SharePoint 2013, as well as continued usage of SharePoint 2010 and some older versions. And Microsoft’s shift to focus on the cloud and Office 365 left many guessing about the future of the on premises version of SharePoint.

Whatever comes in 2014, I don’t believe SharePoint is going anywhere. But I do think we’ll see more changes.

Will Huddle Note App Hammer Another Nail in SharePoint's Coffin?

Huddle has just announced the general release of Huddle Note, a new iOS application that enables users to create content in the cloud, share it inside or outside the firewall and collaborate with other workers on documents — all from a mobile device. Taking all Huddle’s functionality into account,  the company's management claims it provides a viable alternative to SharePoint.

Hey IBM, Oracle, Pivotal: HP Says Its Big Data Analytics Appliance Is Blazing Fast

HP probably isn’t the first name that comes to mind when you think “big data” or “analytics,” but if the company has its way, all of that changes starting today.

2014 Wish List ... from Rich Blank

2014 Wish List ... from Rich BlankIn 2014, I wish IT wakes up and realizes they need to unbundle ecosystems and stop looking at features. I wish CIOs would think more strategically about re-platforming, and focus more on user experience and overall value delivered to users. -- Rich Blank, solutions engineer with Jive Software.

Title image by Amodiovalerio Verde (Flickr).

IBM Builds 'Cloud of Clouds' On SoftLayer Acquisition

IBM has filed a patent for new cloud storage software, which also comes with the ability to securely migrate data from one cloud to another regardless of who built the cloud. It follows on the heels of its recent announcement that it is releasing industry-specific cloud services that will enable enterprises working in specific verticals move to the cloud quickly and efficiently.

SAP Flexes Its Analytical Muscles, Hints of What's to Come

If it’s true that the future will be won by the companies who leverage their information best, then SAP’s customers will be dancing in dollars.  

Not only because of HANA's in-memory processing capabilities and the big data informed Customer Engagement Intelligence solutions SAP introduced last month, but also because the software giant now provides some of the world’s most powerful predictive analytics capabilities via the integration of its KXEN acquisition.

Millions of Social Networks Accounts Hacked

How about a scare for the weekend? According to internet security firm Trustwave, more than 2 million passwords for social media sites including Facebook and Twitter, as well as passwords for Yahoo and Google, have been hacked and posted online. 

How Is Hadoop Like Teenage Sex? [Infographic]

How is Hadoop like teenage sex? It’s an old riddle whose answer is changing quickly. If you don’t already know what it is, read on. And if you do, read on anyway (and check out the Infographic) because we have some marvelous visual statistics to share.

IBM Launches Industry Specific Cloud Services

IBM has upped its game in the cloud market by expanding its cloud offerings to include customizable services for specific industries — and offering software to match. 

It also announced it will offer a number of fast-start solutions for enterprises. They will be delivered as a service and enable enterprises working those industries to rapidly develop a cloud presence.

HP Beats IBM to Become Top Server Vendor

HP has overtaken IBM to become the world’s biggest server vendor in terms of revenue in the third quarter this year, according to new figures from IDC, a market research company. This follows recent and indirectly related research by Forrester that identified HP as the top private cloud vendor in the market right now.

Reflections on IT Risk, Technology, Risk Management, Internal Audit

All the studies show an increasing pace of change in and around technology. It’s not just that we run the back-office with enterprise software, it is also invading the front office and the products and services offered by organizations around the world.

Forrester Names HP, Cisco, Microsoft Top Private Cloud Vendors

Private cloud computing is going mainstream. It has moved from a technology limited to a handful of innovative enterprises to a technology that has been prioritized for development in the next 12 months by more than half the enterprises surveyed, according to new Forrester research. Differentiation between competing vendors now lies in user experience, ease of use and the provision of hybrid environments. 

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