Baton Rouge Flood Map: Using IT Know-How In Emergency Situations
The Department of Information Services in Baton Rouge used geographic information systems and data from 911 calls, search-and-rescue efforts, and more to create a map visualization of the impact of recent floods in the region. The story is a prime example of how IT professionals can put their knowledge to work in emergency situations.
Wireless Broadband Alliance Launches WiFi Roaming Project
The Wireless Broadband Alliance's City WiFi Roaming project aims to provide public WiFi users in cities around the globe with the ability to roam between different public wireless networks. Some of the host cities that are part of this public, private partnership include New York, San Francisco, and San Jose.
8 Salesforce Buys Boost Analytics, Machine Learning Portfolio
SaaS-based enterprise application and CRM giant Salesforce has accelerated its acquisition pace recently, snapping up eight companies, large and small, over the past several months. Here's a look at some of the deals and what they reveal about Salesforce's strategy.
Apple's AI Plans, MapR Raises $50M: Big Data Roundup
Hadoop distributor MapR raises new round of equity funding and hints at possible IPO, Salesforce acquires another analytics startup, PwC partners with Coursera on a data analytics course, and Apple CEO Tim Cook talks AI and more in our Big Data Roundup for the week ending Aug. 21, 2016.
Gartner: Public Sector CIOs Need Digital Transformation Vision
A report from IT research firm Gartner says public sector CIOs need to promote a compelling vision for digital transformation and make change inclusive. If successful, the results could transform the type of services government agencies can offer citizens.
Intel's Joule Maker Board Targets IoT Developers
The Intel Joule developer module will help enterprises, developers, and everyday tinkerers tap into the internet of things. The chip maker also detailed its vision for 5G networks at its Developer Forum show.
13 Ways Machine Learning Can Steer You Wrong
Applying machine learning and artificial intelligence to your decision-making can help your business stay competitive. But a lot can go wrong along the way. Without the proper checks and balances, machine learning efforts can spiral out of control, exposing your organization to risks. Here are 13 pitfalls to avoid.
Tim Cook: Privacy Is Worth Protecting
Apple CEO Tim Cook leans on the Founding Fathers to suggest the company did the right thing when asked by the FBI to unlock a terrorist's iPhone. It's an issue that affects IT professionals who need to protect company data, as well as consumers and their personal information.
IT Pros: Cloud Providers Shouldn't Turn Over Encrypted Data
While some IT professionals believe that cloud computing vendors should turn over encrypted data to government agencies, 55% believe that it is not right, according to a new survey from CSA and Bitglass. The report also found that confidence in cloud vendor security is growing.
10 Cool Machine Learning Startups To Watch
Machine learning is technology that trains software so developers don't have to code it by hand. The number of new companies in the category has grown exponentially over the past few years. Here are 10 machine learning startups worth a closer look.
HPE Doubles-Down On HPC With SGI Acquisition
Hewlett Packard Enterprise has acquired another high performance computing company with a long history in Silicon Valley -- SGI -- in a deal worth $275 million. Here's what the acquisition indicates about HPE's strategy going forward.
9 Enterprise Mobility Management Tools For IT Pros
Choosing the right EMM suite requires IT organizations to understand their needs and the capabilities of the various options. These nine options were featured in Gartner's 2016 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites. They serve as a starting point to help you find the right tools for your IT needs.
Appeals Court Blocks FCC's Public Broadband Expansion Plans
This week, a US appeals court ruled the FCC overstepped its bounds by trying to override state laws that prevent the creation of municipal broadband services. The FCC claimed these new services would provide jobs, as well as better service for businesses and individuals.
IoT Market Could Top $3 Trillion By 2025, Report Finds
IT departments take note: The internet of things market is picking up speed, with new technologies like LPWA paving the way for broader adoption. Even though a new study shows that spending on IoT could reach $3 trillion by 2025, security remains a concern.
10 Ways Bots Can Improve Your Business Processes
Businesses use bots to engage with customers, online and via social media, because they're a cost-effective way to respond instantly to simple queries. As the technology improves, bots are finding their way into more use-cases where human judgment and effort were traditionally required. Are bots right for your business? Here are 10 examples to help you decide.
Federal Source Code Policy Requires Agencies To Share Code
The objective behind the White House's Federal Source Code policy is to ensure all agencies make custom-developed source code available for re-use across government. The aim is to make the government work more like developers in the private sector and to encourage sharing and collaboration.
Big Data, Cloud Demand Drive IT Job Growth
IT job numbers grew in July, but not as fast as they did during the rest of 2016. Yet big data and cloud trends will continue to drive job growth going forward, according to CompTIA researchers.
10 IoT Security Best Practices For IT Pros
IT professionals have to treat internet of things (IoT) vulnerabilities as they would vulnerabilities in databases or web applications. Any flaw can bring unwelcome attention, for those making affected products and those using them. Any flaw may prove useful to compromise other systems on the network. When everything is connected, security is only as strong as the weakest node on the network.
Hortonworks, Tableau In The Spotlight: Big Data Roundup
Data visualization and business intelligence platform provider Tableau and big data Hadoop distributor Hortonworks reported their earnings this week. Here's a peek inside the state of the business of big data technologies in our Big Data Roundup for the week ended August 7, 2016.
9 Tips For Hiring Data Science Talent
Data scientists are the new corporate rock stars. Companies in all industries know they need a strong bench of data science talent to have any hope of becoming the next Uber or Netflix. With more demand than supply, here's what you need to know about recruiting the best and brightest.
Cloud Infrastructure Market: AWS, Microsoft, Google, IBM Dominate
A crowded field of cloud competitors, including AWS, Microsoft, Google, and IBM, dominated the global cloud infrastructure market in the second quarter of 2016, according to Synergy Research. For IT pros, however, there's plenty of choice when it comes to IaaS, PaaS, and hosted cloud.
Google's Cloud Lets You Bring Your Own Encryption Keys
By supplying their own encryption keys, organizations can reduce the chance that an outside party will be able to gain access to their data, at least while it's at rest. Now Google's cloud platform offers the option.
HPE Reportedly Considers Going Private
Has HPE put itself or its software business up for sale? Multiple reports note that a group of private equity companies are interested in buying the software business, or taking the entire company private. What would either deal mean for IT?
Uber Drivers Under Algorithmic Management: Study
A study of Uber drivers finds that the company's algorithms amount to managerial control. However, it's not clear whether Uber's arrangement with its drivers can be applied to other organizations, including IT-oriented industries.