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The 'Dark Data' Dilemma: Finding the Elephants in the Room

darkdata.jpgEveryone is talking about big data. And, if you have ever watched Discovery Channel you probably know a little about dark matter and dark energy. But dark data? Is this just some new marketing buzzword, or is it a real problem?

Who Decides What Tech to Buy?

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No matter what way you look at it, IT departments and Chief Information Officers (CIOs) still control technology purchasing decisions in most businesses. Despite evidence to suggest that the business side is increasingly involved in IT decision making, the buck generally stops at the CIOs desk.

According to new Forrester research, business-controlled technology decisions — meaning business executives choose, implement and run applications without CIO involvement — was as low as 6.3 percent in 2013, despite repeated claims over the past year by CIOs that they are losing control of IT budgets.

Who Leads the Big Data Market? (Probably Not Who You Think)

Go to a big data tech conference, approach any ten people and ask them to name the technology that’s driving the industry. Most of them will say Hadoop.

Ask them to name the vendors who are driving Hadoop’s development, adoption and growth and they’ll say Cloudera, Hortonworks, MapR and they might even throw Pivotal, Intel, Microsoft HDInsight or WANdisco onto the list

Next, ask them which technology vendors are reeling in the bucks while riding the big data wave and they’ll probably name a few of the aforementioned providers. And get this: if they do that, they’ll be wrong.

Quick Start Guide to Enterprise Content Management Usage Patterns and Solution Options

Planning and rolling out enterprise content management (ECM) for your organization can quickly get bogged down and complex unless you streamline the process early on. If you can define a standard ECM portfolio with clear “routes” for supplementation and other customization, this process will be much easier.

What the NSA Can Teach Us about Finding Documents: 6 Tips on Metadata

NSAmetadata.jpgHow come the NSA knows who I spoke to last Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. and for how long, yet I can’t find the phone number of a colleague I called last night?

It’s simple -- metadata.

A Record Manager's Takeaways from LegalTech 2014

A Record Manager's Takeaways from LegalTech 2014The 2014 LegalTech conference began and ended with its signature hoopla and fanfare: Sessions were attended, parties were had, prize giveaways happened -- most notably one which involved a group of vendors pooling resources to underwrite a cherry red Mercedes Benz for a lucky winner (not me). LegalTech has truly become the Academy Awards for law firm administrative types.

Will Alliance with AT&T Bring IBM Closer to the Internet of Things?

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The $19 trillion Internet of Things (IoT) may be closer than you think. Two of the world's biggest companies -- IBM and AT&T -- just entered into a global alliance to develop solutions to support the IoT. 

According to a joint statement from the two US giants, the companies are combining their analytic platforms, cloud and security technologies "with privacy in mind" to gain more insights on data collected from machines in a variety of industries.

The alliance will focus on creating new solutions initially targeted for city governments and midsize utilities — organizations that intend to integrate and analyze vast quantities of data from assets such as mass transit vehicles, utility meters and video cameras, Mobeen Khan, executive director of Mobility Marketing at AT&T Business wrote in a blog post.

What You Should Know About DocuSign's Integration with Office365

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DocuSign is bringing its electronic signature apps to Office 365. While it’s not a game-changer for Microsoft given Office 365’s traction in the enterprise, it will likely create heightened interest among businesses that might normally have an aversion to cloud computing.

Most business deals that are done through the cloud also need to be signed off with an e-signature cloud application like DocuSign or Adobe’s EchoSign app for Reader — a fact often overlooked.

The Business Benefits of Hybrid Online File Sharing

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Fie sharing is making inroads into the enterprise content management (ECM) market as business users look for easier ways to shunt content around the enterprise. But recent research shows even the file sharing market is evolving with many users now looking for hybrid cloud/on-premises solutions, as opposed to the pure cloud-based approach.

In effect, many online file sharing (OFS) users are now looking for ways to store at least some of their data on-premises as an alternative to storing that data in third-party data centers, reversing the current trend to move everything to the cloud.

Watch Your Back, MongoDB - Couchbase is Coming After Your Customers

Watch Your Back, MongoDB - Couchbase is Coming After Your CustomersAnd Datastax, you may be next.

Sure the headline seems a little dramatic, but we’re not exaggerating at all.

Making the Case for Search Training and Support

searchtraining.jpgIf search is so easy, why is there a new book over 200 pages long on Google Search Secrets? 

 

5 Reasons Customer Relationship Management Is Still Hot

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Customer relationship management (CRM) technologies may not be making headlines — but they haven’t gone away. In fact, according to Gartner, demand for CRM is growing. To provide integrated customer experiences, businesses are focusing on technologies that enable targeted customer interactions in multichannel environments. 

Microsoft Tries to Relieve Security Fears with Office 365 Makeover

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Microsoft appears to be getting jumpy about the security of Office 365 and Yammer. That is not to say that there have been any recent events to make users nervous.

It’s just that over the past two days, Microsoft has announced the introduction of multi-factor authentication for Office 365, including security enhancements for those using Yammer in SharePoint.

My Hadoop is Better Than Yours: It's MapR's Turn #strata

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The commercial vendors behind Hadoop don’t actually taunt each other in the press, but they do say things like we’re the only…we don’t do that… they’re doing this…

Of course each of them has to differentiate themselves from the next and show potential customers why their branded commercial Hadoop distribution is not only fast, but also Enterprise-grade, secured and flexible.

Will Microsoft Beat the Legacy Enterprise Resource Planning Meltdown?

Gartner recently warned enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors to move to the cloud or face extinction. Microsoft beat the rush last June, when it pushed its Dynamics GP ERP solution to the cloud. This week it announced that Dynamics GP's next major release will be unveiled in November.

Microsoft Dynamics GP is a mid-market business accounting and ERP Software package that uses either Microsoft SQL Server 2005, 2008 or 2012 to store data. The current version of Dynamics GP 2013 (Version 12) was released by Microsoft in December 2012, evolving from a pure client-server application to a web-enabled application.

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