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How Serverless Applications Will Change Your Business
News  |  2/29/2016
Can applications be composed almost entirely of microservices in the cloud, running with a smart user device? That's the promise of serverless applications. Here's how they work, and what they'll mean for your business.
Google's Hadoop Offerings, Rutgers Analytics Program: Big Data Roundup
News  |  2/28/2016
Google's managed Hadoop- and Spark-as-a-Service offerings have gone to general availability. Rutgers University is offering a big data and data analytics remote learning certificate program. Alteryx is expanding its predictive analytics offerings. We've got all this and more in our Big Data Roundup for the week ending Feb. 28, 2016.
Hadoop Ecosystem Evolves: 10 Cool Big Data Projects
Slideshows  |  2/26/2016
In the 10 years since developers created Hadoop to wrangle the challenges that came with big data, the ecosystem for these technologies has evolved. The Apache Software Foundation is teeming with open source big data technology projects. Here's a look at some significant projects, and a peek at some up-and-comers.
Google Wants Less Reliable Hard Disks
News  |  2/25/2016
With less reliable hard disks tuned for collective operation, Google believes cloud data can be kept more affordably and securely.
Salesforce Revenue Jumps 25% As Enterprises Go Digital
News  |  2/25/2016
Salesforce has reported big revenue increases for the fourth quarter and full year, citing corporate spending for enterprise apps that goes beyond IT budgets. Executives told analysts that Salesforce is more frequently dealing directly with CEOs who are spending according to digital transformation needs, not IT budgets.
CenturyLink Mounts Multi-Pronged Security As A Service Offering
News  |  2/25/2016
CenturyLink has added server log monitoring and historical analysis of log data for real time protections to its managed security suite.
Legacy IT Systems: Hidden Risks Revealed
Commentary  |  2/25/2016
Don't keep legacy systems around. They introduce hidden risk to your organization. Jonathan Feldman, CIO for the City of Asheville, N.C., offers firsthand advice on how to land that plane before it crashes.
Google Docs Gets Voice Typing, Editing
News  |  2/25/2016
Google's improved speech recognition allows editing and formatting of Docs files with its new Voice typing feature.
BlackBerry Buys Encription Limited For Security Push
News  |  2/24/2016
BlackBerry has acquired cyber-security firm Encription Limited to fortify the offerings in its new Professional Cybersecurity Services division.
RHEL On Azure: What Took So Long?
News  |  2/24/2016
Red Hat Enterprise Linux joins the crowd of Linuxes now available on Microsoft's Azure. It's the last to do so. How soon will OpenShift follow?
Security Concerns Continue Amid Cloud Adoption
News  |  2/24/2016
While most top IT executives at companies of all sizes continue to express concern about the security of data in the cloud, that hasn't slowed their move to embrace this new infrastructure as a home for corporate data. A new survey and report reveal their top security nightmares and provides some recommendations about how to protect data in the cloud.
Apple: FBI Wants Access To Many Different iPhones
News  |  2/24/2016
Despite the FBI's insistence that it's focused on the San Bernardino terrorism case, authorities want access to more than one iPhone.
8 Secret Habits Of Successful CIOs
Slideshows  |  2/24/2016
CIOs today must keep the lights on, but also transform the business to meet the demands of real-time customer requirements. How do they stay productive? How do they find the right people to hire? What traits do they nurture? What secrets keep them ahead of the game? We've collected the top secret habits of successful CIOs here.
Forced Updates: Here Comes Drama And Expense
Commentary  |  2/23/2016
Pushing software updates creates big problems for the enterprise, and CIOs need to use their purchasing clout and register their displeasure.
Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge: An Up-Close Look
Slideshows  |  2/23/2016
Competent and compelling, Samsung's latest smartphones, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, don't break new ground, but they're solid high-end offerings. The company also unveiled a VR camera and other device initiatives.
Mobile App Development Gets Enterprise Friendly Boost
News  |  2/23/2016
The enterprise mobile app market is booming. JAMF, IBM, MobileIron, and VMware -- along with more than 60 partners -- aim to help mobile developers make their apps more enterprise friendly and maintainable. Here's what their community approach can mean for your business.
Zuckerberg Hits MWC To Talk Drones, AI, VR
News  |  2/22/2016
In his keynote address at Mobile World Congress, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared his vision of how drones could be used to deliver Internet services to poor populations, and talked about the future of Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence.
Mobile App Dev: 3 Trends That Will Shake Up Your Strategy
Commentary  |  2/22/2016
Industry analyst Peter Crocker outlines three emerging technology trends that will have you rethinking your organization's mobile development strategy.
Outsourcing Data Science: What You Need To Know
News  |  2/22/2016
More companies are creating data science capabilities to enable competitive advantages. Because data science talent is rare and the demand for such talent is high, organizations often work with outsourced partners to fill important skill gaps. Here are a few reasons to consider outsourcing. What can go right and wrong along the way?
8 Reasons Cloud Email Is A Smart Move Now
Slideshows  |  2/22/2016
If you've been dragging your feet on migrating your company's email to a cloud service, here's why it's time to reconsider.
9 Windows 10 Apps For A Productivity Edge
Slideshows  |  2/21/2016
Microsoft has made productivity a core focus in Windows 10 and Office, but the Windows Store has more tools you can use to get things done.
Tim Cook Vs. FBI: Why Apple Is Fighting The Good Fight
Commentary  |  2/21/2016
A court has told Apple to compromise an iPhone owned by one of the shooters in the December San Bernardino attack that killed 14 people. But Apple should not be required to enlist in the war on bad things.
Spark Spreads, Apache Arrow Accepted: Big Data Roundup
News  |  2/21/2016
Databricks announced a free community edition of Spark along with free training materials. Apache Arrow became a project within the Apache Software Foundation. And SAP announced support for Spark in its Predictive Analytics platform. We've got that and more in our big data roundup for the week of Feb. 21, 2016.
9 Reasons To Crowdsource Data Science Projects
Slideshows  |  2/19/2016
The data science talent shortage has some companies thinking outside the box. Even if your company employs a formidable data science team, you would likely still benefit from third-party ideas or solutions. Data science competitions and other forms of crowdsourcing offer viable means of advancing the art of the possible relatively quickly and cost-effectively. We share some of the possibilities.
Illumio Brings Active Directory To Dynamic Security
News  |  2/19/2016
Startup Illumio can apply individual security policies to application users on premises and in the cloud.
Google Introduces 'Roll Your Own' Option On Compute Engine
News  |  2/19/2016
Google is now offering Custom Machine Type servers that its customers can configure the way they want. While this option had been in beta, the company is now making the service generally available.
NFL CIO: Super Bowl 50 Tech Was A Game-Changer
News  |  2/19/2016
NFL CIO Michelle McKenna-Doyle said Super Bowl 50 was as good as the game has ever been from an operations standpoint.
Tech Entrepreneurs Less Bullish On Economy: Study
News  |  2/18/2016
Entrepreneurs whose companies are growing without venture capital largess are particularly sensitive to economic changes. The latest Bootstrapped Sentiment Survey from Mainsail Partners indicates that these organizations are anticipating an uncertain year ahead.
Cyber-Security: The Best Plan Of Action To Keep Your Data Safe
News  |  2/18/2016
Like a perverse iteration of Newton's third law, every clever cyber-attack action is always followed by an equally clever reaction from the organization targeted. Is that enough to keep your data safe?
Google, Tesla And Apple Race For Electric, Autonomous Vehicle Talent
Slideshows  |  2/18/2016
Apple, Google, Tesla, and Ford appear to be in a bit of a hiring -- and in some cases, poaching -- spree to build up their electric and self-driving car teams. Here is a look at some of the more high-profile comings and goings.
2016 InformationWeek Elite 100 Finalists Revealed
News  |  2/17/2016
We're delighted to announce the 100 companies who made the cut as finalists for the 2016 InformationWeek Elite 100. Final rankings and Best In Show winners will be revealed at this year's InformationWeek Elite 100 Conference in May.
SAP Integrates Apache Spark, Buys Into Mobile Analytics
News  |  2/17/2016
SAP has acquired a mobile business data visualization provider, added Apache Spark support to its SAP Predictive Analytics 2.5 software, and enhanced its SAP HANA Cloud predictive services. Here are the details.
7 Ways PaaS Delivers Business Value
Slideshows  |  2/17/2016
Platform-as-a-Service has a bit of an identity crisis compared to the more popular SaaS and IaaS, but in the right circumstances it's the superior choice.
Rise And Fall Of The Chief Data Officer
Commentary  |  2/16/2016
The C suite is expanding with more roles dedicated to data and analytics. The Chief Data Officer, or CDO, is one of these roles seen more often in some industries than others. The position may evolve with time. We explain some of the dynamics that cause CDOs to succeed and fail.
8 Ways To Secure Data During US-EU Privacy Fight
Slideshows  |  2/15/2016
After months of legal uncertainty over transatlantic data flows, the European Commission and the US have agreed on a new framework called the EU-US Privacy Shield. But because no text is available yet, there's no way to interpret it. Here's what organizations need to know now.
Gartner's BI Reboot, Everybody Loves Spark: Big Data Roundup
News  |  2/14/2016
Gartner completely reworked its Magic Quadrant for BI and analytics, Hortonworks saw a big revenue jump, and support for Spark skyrocketed. That, and more in our Big Data Roundup for the week ending February 14. Plus, why crush is better than chocolate.
Windows 10 Update Site, IoT Incubation: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  2/13/2016
Microsoft this week launched a website for Windows 10 updates, gave Insiders a new preview option, and announced a total of 74 Android device partners.
How eBay's Kylin Tool Makes Sense Of Big Data
News  |  2/12/2016
When eBay needed to gain more value out of masses of Hadoop data, the company created its own an open source tool called Kylin. Now Kylin is an Apache Foundation project.
Google Runs Custom Networking Chips
News  |  2/12/2016
Google engineers contributed open source code to the LLVM compile project, revealing the company's use of in-house silicon.
Transforming An Antiquated Business Intelligence Process
Commentary  |  2/12/2016
The personal story of how one executive transformed an unused business intelligence system.
Google Gives Away 2GB Of Storage To Promote Security
News  |  2/11/2016
Google does its part for Safer Internet Day with its giveaway. Also, Gmail users will start seeing warnings when message senders can't be authenticated and when they don't support transport encryption.
VMware vRealize Suite 7 Enhances Data Center, Cloud Management
News  |  2/11/2016
VMware's newly released vRealize Suite 7 includes six components meant to bring more intelligence to virtual workload management, whether companies are using their own clouds or a public cloud.
Hadoop Distributor Hortonworks' Revenue Growth Blasts Off
News  |  2/11/2016
Hortonworks reported an annual revenue increase of 165%, but losses still outpace sales. Company executives promised a hard push to bring those numbers closer together in 2016.
Windows 10 Updates History Site Launched
News  |  2/10/2016
Microsoft's new Window 10 update history website will contain notes on each update and serve as a hub for information on older releases.
VMware VSAN 6.2 Offers Pathway To Hyper-Converged Infrastructure
News  |  2/10/2016
With the release of its Virtual SAN 6.2 offerings, VMware is looking to make it easier for customers to create and run a hyper-converged infrastructure within their data centers. The company is also introducing "Ready Nodes," which are plug-in data center modules with virtual storage.
Apache Spark Ignites Big Data Adoption
News  |  2/10/2016
Apache Spark is among the Hadoop ecosystem technologies acting as catalysts for broader adoption of big data infrastructure. Now, Looker -- a vendor of business intelligence software -- has announced support for Spark and other Hadoop technologies. The goal? To speed up access to the data that fuels business decision making.
CIO's Journey: From IT To Cloud Service Provider
News  |  2/10/2016
Rhonda Winter held three CIO posts in Indianapolis, including one overseeing IT for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the home of the Indianapolis 500. Then she decided to join Bluelock and provide future cloud services to enterprise CIOs.
Education IT: Hot Tech Trends To Watch
Commentary  |  2/9/2016
Cloud, big data, and security are all big factors in education IT this year. At the same time, there is a cultural shift taking place not only among the student body, but within the demographics of the IT departments themselves.
Gartner BI Magic Quadrant: Inflection Point Has Arrived
News  |  2/9/2016
Reflecting the fundamental transformation in the market, Gartner has changed how it evaluates vendors in its 2016 Magic Quadrant for BI and Analytics. Only three vendors survived the cut and stayed in the Leaders Quadrant. Here's a look at the changes.
Super Bowl 50 Gets Analyzed, Tableau Spooks Investors: Big Data Roundup
News  |  2/7/2016
Data analysts got to work on Super Bowl 50, Tableau Software's earnings spooked investors on Wall Street, and OpenText released a tool for measuring sentiment about the US presidential elections. These are some of the stories you'll find in our big data roundup for the week ending February 7.
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