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June 4, 2013  9:23 AM

Data science should be free of intrusive regulation

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

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By James Kobielus (@jameskobielus)

Data science is a substantial body of skills and practices. It is certainly a profession in the broadest sense of the term, what Merriam-Webster defines as a “calling requiring specialized knowledge and often long and intensive academic preparation.”

But is data science, or should it become, a profession in the more narrow sense debated in this recent article? That sense, as stated in the first paragraph, involves having “a code of professional conduct and self-regulation.” In other words, the debaters define a “profession” as essentially what doctors, lawyers, and certified public accountants belong to in most advanced societies. If you don’t certify in some formal way in your jurisdiction, you can’t legally practice your chosen profession.

I really don’t think we should regulate data science as a profession. There is a big difference between data science and the aforementioned regulated professions. The primary difference is that data scientists–like the other fields to which it’s akin–rarely provide personal services to the general public. In other words, data scientists seldom render services for which the consumer-protection safeguards associated with strict certifications might be necessary. Data scientists are usually either paid employees who only do work for their employers, or are contractors who serve the needs of private or public-sector clients.

Yes, of course, organizations trust that their data scientists know their field and apply its practices with integrity. But the standard free-market mechanisms (e.g., employment contracts, firing with cause, etc.) are usually sufficient to weed out the non-performing or dishonest data scientists.

Those who argue for data science to become a certified, self-regulating profession with an official code of conduct tend to seize on privacy protection as the compelling issue. But none of them can ever point to examples of rogue, dishonest, or unscrupulous data scientists who run amok and abuse some ill-defined public trust. Usually, the main culprit is not the data scientists themselves but the business decision makers who direct them to engage in intrusive target marketing and other practices that may step over a privacy line.

Formal certification of data scientists would be regulatory overkill. Also, as someone noted in the article, legal certification requirements tend to create artificial entry barriers, inflate prices, and stifle innovation in the regulated industry. None of that would be in the public’s best interests.

June 3, 2013  2:39 PM

TechTarget’s weekly roundup (5/27 – 6/3)

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

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Last week the terms SoMoClo, Open Source Switches and Project Blitzkrieg all forced their way into our collective consciousness.  Find out why these topics and others are of such importance by reading this week’s roundup!

1. Get to know SoMoClo: Social, mobile and cloud technologies – Colin Steele (SearchConsumerization)

SoMoClo refers to social, mobile and cloud technologies, but that’s just the simple definition. SoMoClo is a movement, and IT has to meet it head on.

2. Facebook talks about Open Compute’s open source switch project – Shamus McGillicuddy (SearchNetworking)

Facebook execs Frank Frankovsky and Najam Ahmad discuss why Open Compute is designing a switch that’s open source.

3. How enterprises can prepare for Project Blitzkrieg-style DDoS attacks – Nick Lewis (SearchSecurity)

Expert Nick Lewis offers security measures that enterprises, particularly financials, can utilize to fend off Project Blitzkrieg-style DDoS attacks.

4. Microsoft updates its hybrid cloud with Windows Server 2012 R2 – Cliff Saran (ComputerWeekly)

To encourage developers to build hybrid cloud applications, Microsoft is offering up to $150 per month of Azure services to people running Visual Studio.

5. New BI stack tackles data load at Boston Children’s hospital – Jack Vaughan (SearchDataManagement)

Boston Children’s Hospital upgraded its business intelligence architecture to boost enterprise reporting, a move that also required retraining users.


May 29, 2013  11:57 AM

YouTube IT video of the week: Newt Gingrich on cell phones

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

In one of the more humorous videos of the series, we see Newt Gingrich really confused about something: Cell phones. On his personal YouTube channel, Gingrich discusses what the modern day cell phone should really be called. Do you think Newt is off-based with his argument or is he really confused? Perhaps there is a more up-to-date name that he is missing? (HINT: Smartphone)

Disclaimer: All videos presented in the “YouTube IT Video of the Week” series are subjectively selected by ITKnowledgeExchange.com community managers and staff for entertainment purposes only. They are not sponsored or influenced by outside sources.


May 28, 2013  1:44 PM

TechTarget’s weekly roundup (5/20 – 5/27)

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

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The TechTarget writers focused on all sorts of crazy stories in this week’s roundup including a particular racing team looking to gain an edge using in-memory analytics. Find out who it was and more!

1. IT leaders can learn from users’ concerns about Tumblr-Yahoo deal – Scot Petersen (SearchContentManagement)

Following Yahoo’s recent agreement to acquire the blogging site Tumblr, Scot Petersen looks at why bloggers will be worried about their content and what IT executives can learn from the situation.

2. AWS FedRAMP certification fast-tracks Amazon cloud for U.S. government – Brandan Blevins (SearchCloudSecurity)

Big news for AWS as it became the biggest cloud provider to earn FedRAMP certification, which makes the transition to AWS easier for U.S. government agencies.

3. McLaren uses high-speed data analytics to gain Formula 1 edge – Brian McKenna (ComputerWeekly)

While the McLaren Group continues to dominate on the racetrack, Brian McKenna says that it’s now looking to high-speed data analytics to gain a competitive edge for its racing team.

4. Cloud migration obstacles remain for heavily regulated industries – Adam Hughes (SearchCloudComputing)

Even while a cloud migration sounds great in theory, many industries including financial, government and healthcare must overcome database breaches and regulatory issues before migration.

5. #MITCO tweets and tips on architecting the enterprise of the future – Nicole Laskowski (SearchCIO)

Want to know what happened at the 10th annual MIT Sloan CIO Symposium? Here are the six must-read tweets from the event!


May 22, 2013  8:27 AM

YouTube IT video of the week: Google CEO Larry Page

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

During last week’s Google I/O conference, many attendees were shocked when CEO Larry Page made a surprise visit. During his speech, Page took several shots at his competitors (Oracle and Microsoft in particular). But he also looked at society in general and how technology could help in many areas including health care and food supply. Bloomberg reported the reaction from Page’s speech.

Tell us in the comments below your thoughts on Larry Page’s speech.

Disclaimer: All videos presented in the “YouTube IT Video of the Week” series are subjectively selected by ITKnowledgeExchange.com community managers and staff for entertainment purposes only. They are not sponsored or influenced by outside sources.


May 20, 2013  7:12 AM

TechTarget’s weekly roundup (5/13 – 5/20)

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

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Our TechTarget writers covered stories from major companies including BlackBerry and Amazon this week. Check out why they were in the news and more in our weekly roundup!

1. Amazon’s Jeff Barr digs into AWS pricing, uptime on user group tour – Jessica Scarpati (SearchCloudProvider)

In an interesting public relations move, Amazon’s Web Services Chief Evangelist Jeff Barr has doubled down on customer outreach with a road-trip tour of 14 AWS user groups throughout the U.S. to answer questions on AWS pricing and performance.

2. As IT pervades the enterprise, here comes the chief procurement officer – Nicole Laskowski (SearchCIO)

With the rise of the chief procurement officer (CPO), Nicole Kaskowski looks into how the roles of IT and the CIO must adapt to the new position.

3. NetApp promises bring-your-own-device security without using the cloud – Dave Raffo (SearchStorage)

BYOD security without the cloud? It sounds crazy but NetApp is using technology from its ionGrid acquisition to let users securely access data stored on NetApp storage systems through endpoint devices.

4. BES 10 upgrades hinge on mobile management capabilities – James Furbush (SearchConsumerization)

During this week’s BlackBerry Live conference, the company delivered some new features and provide a free upgrade path from BES 7 to BES 10. However, many customers still remain unsure about whether they should make the upgrade.

5. Overheard on Twitter: At Interop, users still seeking SDN definition – Michelle McNickle (SearchSDN)

As software-defined-networking became the big topic at the recent Interop conference, many IT professionals and customers still seek the basic SDN definition before they can implement it.


May 15, 2013  9:37 AM

YouTube IT video of the week: Google Glass

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

In a special edition of  ‘IT video of the week’, our video doesn’t come from YouTube but from Hulu as Saturday Night Live took a stab at Google’s next big thing: Google Glass. During SNL’s Weekend Update, comedian Fred Armisen portrayed tech correspondent Randall Meeks and tested out the new product.

Tell us in the comments below if you think Google Glass will be a hit or miss for the company.

Disclaimer: All videos presented in the “YouTube IT Video of the Week” series are subjectively selected by ITKnowledgeExchange.com community managers and staff for entertainment purposes only. They are not sponsored or influenced by outside sources.


May 14, 2013  10:30 AM

Top 10 Twitter users to follow on mobile

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

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Apple, BlackBerry, Google and Android….we’ve built a list of the top experts and professionals across the Twitterverse who share and report their mobile knowledge. Ten of our favorites are listed below; tell us in the comments below if we left anyone off!

  • Paul Golding (@pgolding): Chief mobile scientist
  • Bob Egan (@bobegan): Founder of The Sepharim Group
  • Mark Guim (@markguim): Blogger at The Nokia Blog
  • Ben Smith (@bensmithuk): Mobile tech blogger at Wireless Worker
  • Richard Hyndman (@geekyouup): Android developer advocate at Google
  • Ben Wood (@benwood): Mobile industry analyst at CCS Insight

Follow them all (and other mobile experts) through our Twitter list.


May 13, 2013  2:27 PM

TechTarget’s weekly roundup (5/6 – 5/13)

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

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Hybrid, BYOD, SDN…these are only some of the mainstream concepts that our TechTarget authors were writing about this week. Find out why these concepts were such big highlights in this week’s roundup.

1. The organization of the future: Not just hybrid IT, but hybrid people – Scot Petersen (SearchContentManagement)

Over the past few years, hybrid has become a very popular term (Hybrid cars, hybrid clouds, etc.). Since many of these concepts have changed the way we go about our lives, Scot Petersen thinks we should start considering one more concept: The hybrid IT job.

2. What’s the point of your BYOD program? – Colin Steele (SearchConsumerization)

During last week’s Interop conference, BYOD was a major discussion between attendees and speakers, including the main question: What’s the point of a BYOD program?

3. Eight hackers charged with $45m cyber fraud – Warwick Ashford (ComputerWeekly)

U.S. federal authorities have charged eight hackers in connection with a $45 million debit card fraud scheme.

4. Five SDN problems aired by analyst Jim Metzler – Michelle McNickle (SearchSDN)

Yes, software-defined networking is exciting, but analyst Jim Metzler discussed five SDN problems that companies need to address before they can invest in it.

5. Windows 8 updates, mini Surface tablets on the horizon – Diana Hwang (SearchEnterpriseDesktop)

Even while Microsoft has confirmed it will debut the next Windows 8 update at the Microsoft Build 2013 developer conference in June, the jury is still out as to whether the next update will get enterprises to adopt the operating system.


May 8, 2013  11:33 AM

YouTube IT video of the week: The IT Crowd returns!

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

Great news for The IT Crowd fans as the British show will be coming back for a special one-episode finale! The show, which follows the IT department staff in the fictional company Reynholm Industries, has been off the air since 2010. Here is one of our favorite scenes from the critically acclaimed comedy.

Tell us in the comments below if you’re looking forward to the return of The IT Crowd.

Disclaimer: All videos presented in the “YouTube IT Video of the Week” series are subjectively selected by ITKnowledgeExchange.com community managers and staff for entertainment purposes only. They are not sponsored or influenced by outside sources.


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