How can you prepare for the big data era? Consider this expert advice from IT pros who have wrestled with the thorny problems, including data growth and unconventional data.
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Massively parallel processing platforms, column-store databases, in-database processing techniques, and in-memory computing options can slash query times from days or hours down to minutes or seconds, but what's the big hurry? As New York ad-delivery firm Interclick has discovered, the most obvious benefit of fast analysis is productivity. Quick responses free up time for more queries, deeper analysis or both. A second benefit is near-real-time insight, whereby analyses can be acted upon while there's still an opportunity. With fast response, Interclick can serve up ads to targeted segments of Web surfers within hours or even minutes of demonstrated behavior. An ad for an airline, hotel chain, or car rental agency, for example, can be delivered soon after someone has visited a travel-related Web site--and before they've made all their arrangements. Interclick's speed enabler is a ParAccel column-store database deployment turbocharged by a 3.2-terabyte-RAM in-memory cluster.
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security EnterpriseTo learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
IT Strategies to Conquer the CloudChances are your organization is adopting cloud computing in one way or another -- or in multiple ways. Understanding the skills you need and how cloud affects IT operations and networking will help you adapt.