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Content posted in February 2017
How I Pulled Myself Out of the Waterfall
Commentary  |  2/28/2017
Mark Thiele hates waterfalls. Not the ones found in nature, of course, but the traditional, sequential method of software development known as the waterfall model, in which a project flows downhill from one group to another in slow, rigid stages.
Three Major Trends Shaping the Future of Machine Learning
Commentary  |  2/28/2017
Many new machine learning technologies, architectures, and algorithms being proposed, but here are three macro trends that will become game changers in ML.
How to Convince Reluctant Admins to Embrace Cloud
Commentary  |  2/27/2017
The anti-cloud grew is still out there. Here are some helpful tips to show them how the cloud has evolved and why it might be right for your organization.
Three Little Words For Payday: Big, Data, DevOps
Commentary  |  2/24/2017
Recruiting firm Randstad's annual salary survey shows data pros are in the upper stratosphere, and DevOps experience is starting to justify a premium.
What You Need To Know About OpenStack
Commentary  |  2/23/2017
OpenStack has evolved to a point where it is producing benefits for IT organizations and service providers, but also is surrounded by myths.
Top 10 Must Have Self-Service BI Governance Capabilities
Commentary  |  2/23/2017
If self-service business intelligence initiatives are on your agenda, follow these 10 best practices for ensuring proper governance.
Product Management Should Be At The Core Of Every Company
Commentary  |  2/22/2017
At the heart of product management is the ability to discover the customers' pain and then leading the way in solving that pain in the best way possible.
Survey Shows US CIOs Getting A GDPR Headache
Commentary  |  2/21/2017
US companies that don't have a presence in Europe still have to be sure that they comply with the EU's privacy laws regarding personally identifiable data.
How To Choose Between Virtual Desktop Deployment Models
Commentary  |  2/21/2017
Many companies are turning to virtual desktops in the cloud to support end user computing, and they have multiple models to choose from.
Guiding Principles For Closing The Cloud Gap
Commentary  |  2/20/2017
The portion of your IT portfolio that hasn't yet moved to the cloud represents your "cloud gap."
What's Cognitive Computing, And What's That Noise Overhead?
Commentary  |  2/17/2017
Soon after an IBM round table on cognitive computing in San Francisco, the need for it at that location became abundantly clear.
What A Chief Analytics Officer Really Does
Commentary  |  2/17/2017
There has been plenty of talk about the need for a chief analytics officer or chief data officer. But do you ever wonder what they do for a living?
Your Big Data Strategy Needs DevOps
Commentary  |  2/16/2017
Many big data analytics teams choose to not use DevOps methodologies, but there are real benefits to applying DevOps concepts to those big data initiatives.
IoT And Privacy: Turning Pitfalls Into Benefits
Commentary  |  2/16/2017
The Internet of Things (IoT) offers a host of conveniences and automation to both business and consumers. But new privacy and compliance responsibilities are part of this package deal. Here's how to make the most of it.
IT Budget Staying The Same? Here’s What To Do Differently In 2017
Commentary  |  2/15/2017
If your IT budget is staying flat, there are techniques for getting more bang from the same bucks in a new age of IT.
How Cross-Functional IT Teams Can Work Toward A Common Goal
Commentary  |  2/15/2017
Breaking down the silos is critical in an enterprise IT strategy, and there are ways to get different IT and business groups on the same team.
Why Digitization Requires A New IT Operating Model
Commentary  |  2/14/2017
As enterprises advance in the world of digital business, the old project-based IT model is due for change.
Is Outsourcing The Key To Data Analytics Success?
Commentary  |  2/14/2017
If the IT group isn't up to the task of implementing analytics, it's worth checking out the possibilities of outsourced analytics.
Coding: In Search of Imperfection
Commentary  |  2/13/2017
Learn why bad code is generally much better than no code all, except maybe in matters of life and death.
Agile Development And The Red Line: At A Point Of No Return
Commentary  |  2/10/2017
Red line (noun): A safety limit. The furthest limit of what will be tolerated or considered safe. A point beyond which a person or group is not prepared to negotiate. The point of no return.
Untangling (And Understanding) DevOps
Commentary  |  2/10/2017
Everybody's talking about DevOps, but how many really understand how to build or deploy an effective strategy?
Disaster Recovery In The Cloud: Key Considerations
Commentary  |  2/9/2017
The cloud offers many backup options for enterprises. Here are some factors to weigh.
IoT And Big Data: Success Comes Down To A Solid Strategy
Commentary  |  2/9/2017
A Verizon report highlights how big data complexity and a shortage of data science talent are hurdles for an IoT implementation, but we also have to remember the key best practice of having a business goal as part of any analytics initiative.
Self-Service Analytics Are A Necessity
Commentary  |  2/8/2017
Users want answers to burning questions, but IT and the data team can't tackle them all at once. Self-service analytics help organizations triage problem-solving by providing many of the insights business users need.
Microsoft Earnings Report Can't Disguise Amazon Cloud Size
Commentary  |  2/8/2017
Google and Microsoft are sometimes portrayed as overtaking Amazon Web Services; better read between the lines.
IT Transformation Checklist: 10 Steps to Success
Commentary  |  2/7/2017
When launching a IT transformation project, there are some steps you definitely don't want to take, and 10 steps that could lead to success.
From “Reluctant Accountant” To IT Dream Job: 5 Career Lessons
Commentary  |  2/6/2017
Curiosity, connections, and a search for the right fit are some of the keys to working your way into the job you really want.
4 Trends In 2017 That Every Developer Needs To Understand
Commentary  |  2/3/2017
Developers need to be ready for the opportunities that quantum computing, big data, and mixed reality might bring to all computing sectors, including commercial computing, in 2017.
Big Data Facts Highlight Its Trendsetting Surge
Commentary  |  2/2/2017
As big data takes hold in the business world, the cloud enables small and mid-sized businesses to take advantage of the concept.
Data-Driven Effectiveness Is A Team Sport
Commentary  |  2/2/2017
Smart people and the best technology aren't enough to drive a data-driven culture. It's all about people and collaboration, which is easier said than done. If you're serious about affecting change, consider these best practices.
What To Consider When Hiring Data Science Talent
Commentary  |  2/1/2017
Dealing with the data science talent crunch isn't just about competing for talent; it also requires the right data science strategy to help the analytics team be effective and efficient.


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