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Bigger, Better, Faster, Stronger: The Future of Big Data

2014-31-October-Big-Foot-Bionic-Man.jpg[W]e can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world’s first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better. Stronger. Faster.

One of the most popular TV shows in the mid '70s was the Six Million Dollar Man, which told the story of astronaut Steve Austin, who after an accident was rebuilt as a superhuman cyborg, combining the best of the human mind and robotic enhancements. This "Better. Stronger. Faster." has become a foundational theme in describing the benefits of technology. Whether you prefer the wording of the 1970's version or the 2007 Daft Punk "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger," the basic themes resonate with organizations that want to improve the value and power of their technologies.

Big data is no exception. Although we have used the three Vs of Volume, Variety and Velocity as a basis for defining big data for over a decade, the truth is that each of these Vs is solved through different technologies -- there is no one solution to solve all of these problems. This conflation of big data characteristics has only become confusing since the phrase "big data" truly took off in 2011.

Building for Office 365? Microsoft has APIs for That #TEE14

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Our final dip into the Microsoft TechEd Europe meeting in Barcelona this week comes in the shape of new APIs for Office 365. These will enable developers to create applications that build on and tap into the Office 365 platform.

While the release of new APIs outside of a very small developer community is rarely going to stop the presses, the long-term implications for the ongoing development of Office 365 with this announcement is significant.

Free the Web From Google, Cage the IT Gorillas #OWF14

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PARIS — The final note for today from Paris and the Open World Forum (OWF): Let’s de-Google the Internet. If that didn’t catch your attention, then this will: It can be done.

It’s almost a given that at any gathering of open source workers there’s going to be a lot of shouting about taking the web back, and putting Microsoft, Google, IBM, Apple and all the other IT gorillas back in their cages.

From previous experience, this usually takes place after about the fifth glass of wine, beer or whatever your particular poison happens to be (OK, after the second glass, if you don’t do it often).

OWF is no different, except the call to free the web from Google came during one of the sessions this afternoon. Pierre-Yves Gosset of Framasoft, a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of free, libre and open source software and culture, pointed out that not only should the web be freed of control by the big companies, but that it should also be decentralized.

Big Data Projects: Taking Care of the Foundation

2014-30-October-Building-Blocks.jpgAll programs need a foundation, and big data programs are no different. Preparing an organization for big data requires a lot of the same capabilities for small data, content management and other information management and access programs. The challenge lies in making it real for the organization and paying for long term capabilities with short term benefits.

In the City of Love, Microsoft Courts Open Source #OWF14

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PARIS — Let’s face it. One of the things you don’t expect at an open source party is Microsoft. However, Microsoft is here at the Paris Open World Forum (OWF) and outlined its position on open source through the offices of Frederic Aatz, Director of Interoperability Strategy at Microsoft.

What does that title mean in English? You could describe him as the guy that gets things to work together — which was reflected in his message: Microsoft and open source need to get along.

Open Source, the US and French Pastries #OWF14

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The seventh Paris Open World Forum (OWF) opened today in … well, where you might expect — Paris. And this year it’s all about reclaiming data. Not just about the data you use to carry out everyday business tasks, but about the kind of data that gets lost when IT companies close down the source.

Interestingly, even the password for access to the Wi-Fi system here underscores the drive of this conference, which is, according to Florent Zara, OWF president, is about demonstrating how enterprises and users can regain control of their data.

You May Have Opened the Door to Your Biggest Business Threats

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It only takes one employee to create a monumental security nightmare. And that person may already be wreaking havoc at your organization.

A quarterly analysis by Skyhigh Networks, a cloud visibility and enablement company, found one user who uploaded gigabytes of data to high-risk cloud services — opening the company up to malware or a massive leak of confidential information.

This wasn’t the only security problem uncovered in the Cloud Adoption and Risk Report. Created by Skyhigh and Cloud Security Alliance, it looked at usage and risk metrics for 13 million enterprise employees from 350 organizations.

Buy the Wrong Software? A Fix Can Cost $700,000

information management, Organizations Ignore Quality When Buying Enterprise Software

A website only runs in Flash and doesn't work on Macs.

An online photo-sharing service is slow due to lack of scalability for a high volume of concurrent users.

A memory leak goes undetected through manual code reviews, functional testing and performance testing.

This is the software world. Things go wrong.

Office 365 Strengthens Mobile Device Management #TEE14

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Cloud first, mobile first. Remember that one? If you don’t, let us remind you that it’s the new Microsoft mantra that was chanted first by Satya Nadella on his first public outing as the company's new CEO.

Earlier this week at TechEd Europe, Microsoft talked a lot about securing social business in the cloud through Data Loss Prevention (DLP). Yesterday it talked about managing mobile data.

But this wasn’t just about managing mobile data and devices in a general sense, with a doff of the hat to Microsoft’s work on Windows Phone. This was about managing mobile devices and data specifically for Office 365.

EMC Should Sell Documentum, HP Should Buy It

EMC made big news yesterday when it announced its hybrid cloud play. Headlines raced across the wires saying things like “EMC Frantically Pivots Toward the Cloud” and “EMC Moves Fast To Retain Relevance And to Survive - More Acquisitions Announced.” This isn’t us making the drama. The eye-grabbers come from TechCrunch and Forbes respectively.

Not one of the articles mentioned Documentum. In fact, it doesn’t seem to play a role in EMC’s survival. And this isn’t just what the lack of media attention to EMC’s Enterprise Content Management play suggests. In EMC’s quarterly call with investors last week, neither EMC CEO Joe Tucci nor his lieutenants (David Goulden, CEO of EMC Information Infrastructure and CFO Zane Rowe) uttered the name of its spawn at all.

Breaking Down Big Data: The Value in Metadata

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I never met a data that I didn’t like.” -- Internet Meme

As a Partner at Optimity Advisors, my role is to work with clients to make data likeable: identifiable, discoverable, usable and ultimately, valuable. Companies are struggling to manage big data in a landscape of rapidly increasing production and diverse formats. The ability to collect and analyze internal and external data can dictate how well an organization will generate knowledge, and ultimately value. How can you start planning for this value?

Let's Get the WCM out of the ECM

2014-29-October-Split-Wood.jpgFor years now, it's been obvious to many web professionals that Web Content Management (WCM) requires a Content Management System (CMS) designed specifically for managing web content. The evolution of WCM systems has been rapid and has grown, forcing a change in terminology to include “experience” in the vendor’s preferred Three Letter Acronym (TLA).

In the meantime, the Enterprise Content Management (ECM) space is fighting to maintain its relevance as the end-all, be-all of content management. The all or nothing approach worked well a decade ago but people are demanding changes from software at a rate that large ECM vendors cannot deliver. Rather than make the changes that need to be made to their offerings, these vendors are holding onto old mindsets. The industry needs to realize that ECM and WCM have gone in different directions and need to permanently sever their bonds.

EMC Gets a Hybrid Cloud Play, Will Anyone Buy?

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EMC has been blasting its trumpets about the cloud for at least four years. It might even be longer, as anyone who has been to an EMC World from 2010 onward can testify. And frankly, even most Las Vegas locals probably equate EMC with cloud because banners have been plastered around the airport, the Sands Convention Center and even the strip for a week each May since 2011, when the company holds its annual user conference.

And while all that’s fine and good, ask the average IT pro what EMC does and they’ll tell you it’s a storage company.

WordPress, Squarespace Offer Content Management To Google

When Google rebranded its Enterprise Business as Google for Work, it signaled a return to the small business space. Now WordPress and Squarespace have announced they have joined the Google for Work Partner Program — a logical step in this refocus.

The partnerships give Google for Work users access to two of what are arguably the most agile small business content management systems (CMS) on the market.

IBM Security App Focuses on Multi-Dimensional Analysis

IBM introduced new high-speed analysis and criminal investigation software yesterday that is based on multi-dimensional analysis and can scale to almost any level the user needs.

Called IBM i2 Enterprise Insight Analysis, the application is designed to find "non-obvious relationships" buried within a corporation's IT — an environment typified by hundreds of terabytes of data and trillions of objects.

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