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September 25, 2015  5:49 PM

Will big data make kids smarter?

Fred Churchville Fred Churchville Profile: Fred Churchville
Big Data, Big Data analytics, Data Analytics

From Big Data Innovation Summit 2015, Boston

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I recently wrote a blog post about how big data is being leveraged in the public sector. But that is not where the use of big data analytics for the public good ends – today’s educators are teaming up with data scientists to determine how these analytics can be used to create tools to help students get more out of their education. Continued »

September 18, 2015  2:31 PM

Developers say: “Give us more documentation!”

Fred Churchville Fred Churchville Profile: Fred Churchville

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Remember when you were young, and your parents demanded that you leave a note if you left the house? Well, now today’s developers and your parents have more in common than ever.

What do developers want more than anything? According to the Developer Insights Report released by Application Developers Alliance, it’s documentation. The report, conducted in conjunction with IDC, points out that one of the top reason development projects fail is because of changing or poorly documented requirements. Continued »


September 16, 2015  1:08 PM

How do you run a country using big data?

Fred Churchville Fred Churchville Profile: Fred Churchville
Big Data, Big Data analytics, Data Analytics, Data governance

From Big Data Innovation 2015, Boston

How do you lower the cost of sequencing a human genome? Big data. How do you accurately predict the movement and severity of deadly weather patterns like hurricane Sandy? Big data. How do you create heat maps to I.D. high risk areas and plan for large-scale emergency operations?

See a pattern developing? Big data analytics are being leveraged in all sorts of ways within the public sector in order to tackle “big picture” problems that go way beyond traditional CRM applications, like tracking how often a customer buys batteries at WalMart. Continued »


September 15, 2015  6:19 PM

How big data could help prevent food shortages

Fred Churchville Fred Churchville Profile: Fred Churchville
Big Data, Big Data analytics, big data applications, Data Analytics

From Big Data Innovation 2015, Boston

In 2014, Randy Dowdy, a farmer from Georgia, set the highest yield ever in the National Corn Growers Association National Corn Yield Contest with 503 bushels per acre. What was the secret behind his record breaking yield? According to Erik Andrejko, head of Data Science at the Climate Corporation, it is a result of data science – using big data to support decision making processes that are crucial to production results. Continued »


September 11, 2015  9:18 PM

Red Sox aim to make big plays with big data

Fred Churchville Fred Churchville Profile: Fred Churchville
Big Data, Big Data analytics, Data Analytics

From Big Data Innovation 2015, Boston

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Ted Zue of the Red Sox organization explains how big data is being put to use at Fenway at the 2015 Big Data Innovation Summit, Boston

How is big data impacting America’s favorite pastime? Continued »


September 1, 2015  3:46 PM

Five API management products worth noticing

Fred Churchville Fred Churchville Profile: Fred Churchville
API, API management, Apigent Technologies, Application Programming Interface

With API management becoming increasingly important in the enterprise application development space, it’s not a bad idea to consider your options when it comes to a vendor. Forrester recently named their top API management vendors, and here are five that I think are interesting players in the field: Continued »


August 31, 2015  2:57 PM

Really, how mature is mobile development?

Fred Churchville Fred Churchville Profile: Fred Churchville
Application development, Mobile Application Development, mobile application management, Mobile development

“There are two types of companies out there: those who use mobile appropriately and those who are still scratching their heads.” – Matthew David, Senior Manager of Mobile Management at Kimberly-Clark

The release of a survey by Red Hat regarding the hiring practices of today’s organizations when it comes to mobile development brought to mind the following question: While it’s hard to find a company that doesn’t have plans to ramp up mobile capabilities these days, how “mature” are today’s companies when it comes to mobile? Continued »


July 22, 2015  3:58 PM

The culture of microservices: Conway’s law and two pizza boxes

Fred Churchville Fred Churchville Profile: Fred Churchville
Application development, Development tools, DevOps, Microservices, SOA, SOA applications

The idea of microservices appears to be quickly gaining fame among today’s enterprises, however some IT experts warn that organizations may not be “culturally” prepared to leverage this new paradigm in a way that is beneficial for their business. Continued »


July 13, 2015  6:48 PM

Developers: What does open source mean for your career?

Fred Churchville Fred Churchville Profile: Fred Churchville
Application development, Open source, Open source applications

What do developers need to do in order to make the most of open source software in their organizations? Are there certain steps they can take in order to ensure open source has a positive impact on their career?

I met up with James Falkner, developer at the professional open source company Liferay, to talk a little about this subject. Here are a few things Falkner says developers should be doing: Continued »


July 3, 2015  2:57 PM

Let’s innovate: Uncovering hidden powers of the smartwatch

Fred Churchville Fred Churchville Profile: Fred Churchville
Application development, Mobile & Enterprise Application Development, Mobile Application Development

Scouring the Internet reveals a number of heated debates about devices like the Pebble smartwatch. Is it useful? Useless? Will wearables become the way of the future – or an embarassing fad of the past? Continued »


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