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March 22, 2013  3:00 PM

Small data and big data are joined at the hip

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By James Kobielus (@jameskobielus)

Big data has its discontents. The discontent is taking the form of a backlash against the incessant hype of big data’s most noteworthy rock star approach: Hadoop. The backlash is a necessary reality-check in an otherwise fast-growing space. Often in this industry, when a technology is super-hot, the hype can get in the way of rational decision making, both among users and among solution providers.

Backlashes against hype are inevitable. At times, it almost feels like people discuss big data with the assumption that bigger is necessarily better and that throwing more data at your problems will automatically produce insights. You should be searching for those special problems, often of a scientific nature, that can be solved best through petabyte-scale analytics. You don’t need a data center full of maxed-out storage arrays to derive powerful insights. Gut feel is free, and it often thrives on the scantiest information.

This viewpoint, which is now in the mainstream, is often referred to as “small data,” or as the need for traditional lower-scale analytics platforms to balance the hype for all things “big.” Of course, keeping your BI, performance management, and statistical modeling deployments small and simple can be a challenge. This is especially true as your user base grows; the range of data sources, structured reports, metrics, dashboards, models, visualizations, and downstream applications grows. Throughout the life of your “small data” environment, it will probably continue to grow into “big data” territory on the volume, velocity, and/or variety dimensions.

As your needs scale from small to big, you should have a data platform that you can grow modularly and cost-effectively to keep pace. Big data and small data should be joined at the hip in your strategy–simply a seamless spectrum of analytical platforms, tools, and approaches serving your business.

Big data, small data. Big insights, small epiphanies. It’s all important. And none of it is mutually exclusive.

March 20, 2013  10:38 AM

YouTube IT video of the week: Hitler on the Google Reader shutdown

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Many users remember Hitler’s reaction when he found out that one of his customer databases had been tampered with several months ago. Well, his mood has gone from bad to worse as he learns that Google is shutting down its web-based RSS feed aggregator, Google Reader.

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.

March 18, 2013  1:57 PM

TechTarget’s weekly roundup (3/11 – 3/18)

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Security, security, and more security! Yes, security is a recurring topic in this week’s roundup. Read on to see why it received so much coverage.

1. Private cloud to public cloud migration gets easier, but obstacles remain – Beth Pariseau (SearchCloudComputing)

Even though cloud migration tools are making it easier for enterprises to migrate from a private to a public cloud, Beth Pariseau says many cloud computing customers are just deciding to do it themselves.

2. KineticD urges government agencies to consider cloud backup – Andrew Burton (SearchSMBStorage)

Andrew Burton reports that KineticD, a small/medium based cloud backup provider, asked government agencies to back up their sensitive data to the cloud instead of on portable devices.

3. DoD security panel calls for new cyber-defense, offense – George Leopold (SearchSecurity)

A recent Pentagon advisory panel has recommended that the United States beef up its cyber-security defenses while building ‘an effective response’.

4. Mobile customer service holds customer frustration at bay – Cameron Kittle (SearchCRM)

Have you ever gone through the trouble of logging on to a mobile app to solve a problem but then had to call customer service anyway? Cameron Kittle says that companies can overcome this challenge with an integrated mobile contact center.

5. Bruce Schneier explains why there is no privacy on the Internet – Editorial Team (SearchSecurity)

In this video interview, security expert Bruce Schneier provides three key examples on why there is currently no privacy on the Internet, including the Mandiant APT1 report.

March 13, 2013  12:23 PM

YouTube IT video of the week: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on cyber security

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Since President Obama’s State of the Union address and rumors of the Chinese hacking into American computer systems, cyber security has become a hot topic. During a recent episode of PBS NewsHour, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano discussed the origin of these hackers/cyber attacks and how the government is combating them. Tell us in the comments below how you think we should battle cyber security.

Disclaimer: All videos presented in the “YouTube IT Video of the Week” series are subjectively selected by ITKnowledgeExchange.com’s community manager

March 12, 2013  11:18 AM

Top 10 Twitter users to follow on storage

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Want to know the latest news and updates surrounding storage? We’ve built a list of the top experts and professionals across the Twitterverse that update and share their storage knowledge. Ten of our favorites are listed below; tell us in the comments below if we left anyone off!

  • Stephen Foskett (@sfoskett): Storage expert/IT consultant
  • Stephen O’Donnell (@stephenodonnell): CEO of GreenBytes
  • Greg Schulz (@storageio): Independent IT advisor
  • Calvin Zito (@HPStorageGuy): Storage expert at HP
  • Stuart Miniman (@stu): Analyst for Wikibon
  • Chris Mellor (@Chris_Mellor): Storage writer for The Register
  • Bas Raayman (@basraayman): vSpecialist for EMC
  • Robin Harris (@StorageMojo): Data storage analyst
  • Ed Saipetch (@edsai): Technical Director at Savvis
  • Jay Livens (@JLivens): Marketing Director at Iron Mountain

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

March 11, 2013  12:50 PM

TechTarget’s weekly roundup (3/4 – 3/11)

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This week’s roundup is full of big companies looking to put their own stamp on industries like cloud computing. Read on to find out which ones are involved and more!

1. MSPexcellence aims to help cloud computing service providers, wannabes – Lynn Haber (SearchSystemsChannel)

Looking to become a cloud service provider? Lynn Haber talks about the new cloud advisory group MSPexcellence, which provides a community for solution providers who want to become a cloud computing service provider.

2. Software quality assurance testing: First mobile steps – Matt Heusser (SearchSoftwareQuality)

Software testing expert and ITKE blogger Matt Heusser gives users several ideas on how to jump start software quality assurance testing for mobile devices.

3. EMC, Intel unveil Hadoop distributions, but how many is too many? – Jack Vaughan (SearchDataManagement)

With EMC and Intel entering the big data field with their new distributions of Hadoop, Jack Vaughan looks to see if there’s any room in an already crowded field.

4. The advantages of cloud computing must be clarified to be implemented – Harvey Koeppel (SearchCIO)

As more enterprises start turning towards the cloud, Harvey Koeppel says CIOs need to be clear on chosen cloud applications before they’re implemented.

5. VMware preps vCloud-based public cloud service – Beth Pariseau (SearchCloudComputing)

VMware is looking to throw its name into the cloud service industry with its vCloud-based public cloud, but many industry experts believe this is a ‘Hail-Mary’ pass to compete with AWS.

March 6, 2013  11:46 AM

YouTube IT video of the week: Yahoo bans telecommuting

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer recently made headlining news by discontinuing the company’s telecommuting policy and calling workers back to the office. Many experts believe this is a huge gamble for Mayer as other companies, such as Google and Apple, will be looking to swipe disgruntled employees away from Yahoo. PBS News Hour recently discussed Mayer’s decision and if it will help or hurt innovation.

Do you agree with Mayer’s decision to ban telecommuting? Join the discussion in the forum or let us know in the comments below.

Disclaimer: All videos presented in the “YouTube IT Video of the Week” series are subjectively selected by ITKnowledgeExchange.com’s community manager

March 4, 2013  4:33 PM

TechTarget’s weekly roundup (2/25 – 3/4)

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TechTarget writers covered many interesting topics last week, including how a certain NFL team is using SAP analytics. Read on to learn about some of the top stories from around the network.

1. Can I share my webcam with multiple programs simultaneously? – Stephen Campbell (SearchUnifiedCommunications)

Video expert Stephen Campbell discusses several ways you can share your webcam with multiple programs at once. However, he gives one warning: Be careful of malware!

2. New Samsung Android devices take on iOS for enterprise mobility – James Furbush (SearchConsumerization)

Even though the latest Samsung Android devices are popular in the consumer market, James Furbush says it’s going to be a while before they make a mark in enterprise mobility.

3. Business intelligence and data warehousing trends aired at TDWI event – Editorial Team (SearchDataManagement)

Did you miss this year’s TDWI World Conference and BI Executive Summit? Not to worry, the SearchDataManagement editorial team’s podcast details all the major topics of the summit.

4. Bruce Schneier on data privacy and Google’s feudal model of security – Editorial Team (SearchSecurity)

The SearchSecurity editorial team recently interviewed security expert and author Bruce Schneier on why Google, Apple and other companies have adopted a feudal model of security and the resulting data privacy concerns.

5. 49ers scout for better football players with SAP analytics – Todd Morrison (SearchSAP)

As NFL teams prepare for next month’s amateur draft, the San Francisco 49ers are looking to improve their draft-day decisions by using a new, cloud-based SAP analytics application.

March 1, 2013  3:14 PM

IT infographic: How IT departments deal with BYOD

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

As more enterprises introduce BYOD into their companies, many IT departments are worried how the implementation will take place and the effects it will have. This infographic from Comms-care discusses why businesses are installing BYOD and the biggest risks involved.

Tell us in the comments below how your company is implementing BYOD.

February 28, 2013  9:48 AM

Star-studded events in March 2013

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Did you ever think you would get the chance to see Carrie Underwood, Peyton Manning or even Bill Clinton in person? Well, you’re in luck as they will be at respective IT conferences during March. Find out if can go see them live!

1. The SharePoint Technology Conference (March 3-6, San Francisco, California)

2. IBM Pulse 2013 (March 3-6, Las Vegas, Nevada)

3. HIMSS13 (March 3-7, New Orleans, Louisiana)

4. Disrupting Dublin (March 4, Dublin, Ireland)

5. TechMentor Conference (March 4-8, Orlando, Florida)

6. Disrupting London (March 5, London, England)

7. Disrupting Amsterdam (March 6, Amsterdam, Netherlands)

8. Disrupting Berlin (March 7, Berlin, Germany)

9. XChange Solution Provider 2013 (March 10-12, Orlando, Florida)

10. TechTarget: The Consumerization of IT (March 12, Seattle, Washington)

11. TechTarget: The new rules of backup and data protection (March 14, Los Angeles, California)

12. Gartner CIO Leadership Forum (March 17-19, Huntington Beach, California)

13. Gartner Business Intelligence & Analytics Summit (March 18-20, Grapevine, Texas)

14. Gartner Master Data Management Summit (March 20-22, Grapevine, Texas)

15. TechTarget: CW500 Club (March 20, London, England)

16. TechFuse 2013 (March 21, Minneapolis, Minnesota)

17. TechTarget: Desktop Virtualization 2013 (March 21, Tampa, Florida)

18. IEEE International Conference on Cloud Engineering IC2E 2013 (March 25-28, San Francisco, California)

19. TechTarget: Desktop Virtualization 2013 (March 28, Phoenix, Arizona)

We’ll be sharing IT events each month here on the Enterprise IT Watch blog. Got an event to add to our list? Let us know via Twitter (@ITKE) or email. Going to one of these events? Share your takeaways (and photos) with us!

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