Finding the Best Vendor Means Treating Bidders Right
Some enterprises believe that technology suppliers are so hungry for business that they will line up for kilometers to respond to an RFP. This is increasingly not the case. We're actually seeing fewer responses to even "good RFPs." There are a couple reasons why...
If You've Got Big Data, You May Want Big Memory
Jas Dhillon, CTO of Taser, explained to me last December how his company has gone from delivering stunning shocks to unruly police suspects to shocking the competition via cloud computing. In continuing to follow Taser's innovative approach, I found a story behind the story of how Taser was able to do this.
Get To Know The Storage I/O Chain
Storage performance problems are often circular challenges. You fix one bottleneck and you expose another one. You can't really fix storage I/O, all you can do is get it to the point that people stop blaming storage for the performance problems in the data center. Getting there requires knowing the storage I/O chain.
CIO's Front-Row Seat In Healthcare History Making
John Glaser, CIO at Partners HealthCare System--which operates several Boston area hospitals, including Massachusetts General and Brigham & Women's, is finishing up his nearly year-long stint as an advisor to President Obama's health IT czar.
From Vision to Reality at SAP's NetWeaver BI Conference
Last week, I was at an SAP Insider conference focused on business intelligence... As I felt once before in attending one of these events, there is a big disconnect between SAP BusinessObjects' lofty vision and customer reality.
GSA Pilots Procurement Wiki
The General Services Administration's BetterBuy project allows vendors to provide online feedback on the RFP process.
Which Storage Protocol Is Best For VMware?
In a recent entry in his blog, StorageTexan asks "why someone would choose to go NFS instead of doing block based connectivity for things like VSPhere?" http://storagetexan.com/2010/03/25/the-debate-why-nfs-vs-block-access-for-osapplications/
and while I gave a brief opinion as a comment on his site, I thought I would take a little deeper dive here. Which storage protocol is best for VMware?
NASA Makes Mars Rover Smarter
AEGIS software autonomously analyzes images taken by the exploratory vehicle's wide-angle camera, speeding data collection.
Is It Time For NoETL?
I've been bemused by NoSQL, the movement that propounds database-management diversity. Is it now similarly time for a NoETL movement, reflecting a new world of liberated, semantically enriched, analysis-ready, mashable data?
Proceed Gradually With Fibre Channel Over Ethernet
There has been some concern recently of Fibre Channel Over Ethernet's (FCoE's) readiness to be deployed as an IT infrastructure. While the technology will continue to develop, it should be suitable for many environments. No one should be suggesting that the move to FCoE is a total rip-and-replace, but more of a gradual move as the opportunity arises.
How Many People Use Advanced Analytics?
Approximately one in three companies implementing traditional BI also uses advanced analytics. In other words, if, say, 3 percent of employees in BI-implementing firms use traditional BI, that would correspond to 1 percent of those firms' employees using advanced analytics...
Forrester Sees 'Smart Computing' IT Growth
Findings at Forrester Research indicate that every 15-20 years, there is a resurgence in IT spending -- and that we are on the cusp of the next big spend cycle, focusing on optimizing the balance sheet. They're calling it "Smart Computing."
Q&A With IBM Software Group's Steve Mills
The 20-plus-year veteran leader of IBM's 65,000-employee-strong software business talks about growth, reorganization, enterprise software diversity and the place of competitors including Oracle and SAP.
FlightCaster Leverages Big Data
The cloud-based service forecasts up to six hours ahead of time if an airline flight is likely to be delayed, using what's known as Big Data techniques.
FCC Tests Spectrum Dashboard
Currently in beta, the tool enables users to search the entire 225 MHz to 3.7 GHz mobile wireless spectrum range.
SLAs Can Make Life Easier
Many times when I am speaking with an IT Manager and I ask what their Service Level Agreements (SLAs) are with their users, I get an eye roll filled answer that generally equates to the revelation that the SLA is implied. There is a belief by many that SLAs are just are not worth the effort. The reality is that SLAs can make life easier and are well worth the effort.
Let Stormy Session On Cloud Standards Be Your Guide
A panel Wednesday at the Cloud Connect show in Santa Clara, Calif. to talk about where cloud standards are going did not go as planned. Whatever the script, it was as if the audience had come prepared to present its point of view, and the panel members were forced to listen.
Following Up On 'Claims and Conjecture'
Last week I posted a blog about "Claims, Conjecture and Outright Lies." It generated a lot of comments as well as soul searching on the part of PR professionals, software marketing types and, I'll admit, myself.
Advantages Of PCI-Based SSDs
The typical path to SSD is by either buying a SAN attached SSD specific storage system or leveraging SSD drives in an alternate drive type in a storage system. For a few years however another form factor has been establishing itself, the PCIe based SSD and there may be some areas where it has a few advantages.
Evaluating Vendors? Kill the Spreadsheets
Over the years, I've learned a hard truth: more details and more complexity in a scoring methodology may not deliver you the right vendor. It can occasionally do the exact opposite. Ideally you should dispense with spreadsheet scoring entirely in favor of a more practical, facilitated decision-making process.
Ning CEO Steps Down
Gina Bianchini, co-founder and public face of the social network builder, has resigned; COO Jason Rosenthal will take over her duties.