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In this end-of-the-year edition of the Talking Data podcast, Senior Executive Editor Ed Scannell joined me to speak with Mike Matchett, founder and principal analyst of the Small World Big Data consultancy, as we rambled through some of the signal events of big data in 2018.
Mergers and acquisiti…READ MORE
When planning a team collaboration strategy, chat apps are a necessary part of the conversation. Team chat apps adoption has ramped up in the last two years, across organizations of all sizes, according to a study from technology marketplace company Spiceworks.
While businesses are hopping on t…READ MORE
On the face of it, cloud storage should be an ideal candidate for an “excess capacity”, “sharing economy” business model.
Otherwise termed “Uberization”, we’ve seen the rise of apps and services that seek to marry excess capacity in cars, homes etc to those looking to use it, and ge…READ MORE
In this contributed post, MJ Chun, director of product, Anki, explains why children need to be exposed to science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) from a young age.
Coding was added to the UK curriculum in 2014 but we recently undertook some research which revealed 43% of parents strugg…READ MORE
In a recent online presentation, Check Point Software Technologies founder and CEO Gil Shwed stated that “we are at an inflection point” when it comes to cybersecurity.
Shwed’s statement came on the heels of Check Point’s release of its 2018 report that found 97% of surveyed companies were unprep…READ MORE
Editor’s note: In this opinion piece, industry analyst Zeus Kerravala shares his thoughts on open data centers and Extreme Networks’ approach. Extreme Networks is a client of Kerravala’s ZK Research, a consulting firm based in Westminster, Mass.
Open is an overused word in the networking industr…READ MORE
Volkswagen alerts us to missing ethical thinking in the otherwise powerful concept of data-driven business. Thanks Guys!
One of the most intriguing examples of being supremely data-driven came recently from, of all places, the automobile industry. I refer to the emissions-rigging escapade of …READ MORE
Ikigai is a Japanese word and concept that roughly translates as the reason for one’s life.
Author Anthony de Mello wrote about the concept in his book Taking Flight. De Mello wrote about exploring your responses to the four elements in the diagram below. He said that where all four overlap is ik…READ MORE
The holiday season is fast approaching, when IT and DevOps professionals around the world answer a perennial question at the family dinner table: What does an IT person do?
While you might only face down this puzzled, “But what does an IT person do?” question at Thanksgiving or a particularly chi…READ MORE
Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference this week showed some new iOS 12 features that could be exciting for Apple users in the enterprise.
Several features of the new iOS may help improve productivity for business users, by limiting distractions and improving workplace communications. Apple’s i…READ MORE
Nowadays, the term unstructured data pops up everywhere. It owes its popularity for a large part to the success of big data, to successful technologies such as NoSQL and Hadoop, and to formats such as JSON and XML. Unfortunately, different definitions for unstructured data exist. All these different…READ MORE
Although low-code software development platforms are a hot area of software development, many pro developers and enterprise development shops eschew these tools.
John Rymer, an analyst at Forrester Research in San Francisco, recently debunked two primary myths about low-code development tools tha…READ MORE
LAS VEGAS – A large portion of VMware customers face a decision as the end of support for vSphere 5.5 draws near: Risk foregoing commercial support and security updates or pay up for a 12-month support extension.
With just a couple weeks left until the Sept. 19, 2018 deadline, organizations are…READ MORE
Business automation is booming as organisations shift to a digital-first model with the aim of improving customer experience and increasing productivity at an unprecedented scale, all while driving down costs.
Automation is already helping to improve customer interactions in data-rich industry se…READ MORE
A friend of mine recently had to inform his staff of a new password policy requiring all of the following: Upper and lower case letters, a number, a special character, at least 12 characters in length and had not been used in the last six months. Someone sent him this meme in reply:
Announced in October, Dell’s $67 billion bid for EMC is likely to disrupt the status quo for both companies– but what does Dell stand to gain from the purchase?
As a traditional server hardware vendor, Dell seems to be angling to take a bigger piece of the hybrid cloud and data center infrastructu…READ MORE
SSD’s are the one of the most expensive storage devices when measured by the GB but they are the least expensive when measured in terms of IOPs.
Using SSD in addition to tradition fibre channel and SATA drives can significantly improve the performance of your storage systems and bring your storag…READ MORE
The following is a roundup of last week’s SearchCIO and SearchCompliance content.
With digitization, unpredictability comes with the territory. This is epitomized by Gartner’s revised IT spending forecast for 2017, which shows a modest increase in worldwide spending, but less than originally pr…READ MORE
With the push to deliver Office and Windows as services, Microsoft subscriptions will be a reality in most IT departments one way or another. But not all organizations are good candidates for going all-in.
Microsoft will continually update Windows 10 rather than release another version going forw…READ MORE
Top 10 Sectors Account for 70% of Total Spend.
Public administration tops the spend on IT & Telecom by large UK enterprises (1000+ employees). In 2017 public administration contributed over 20% of all such spend. The top 3 spenders represent almost a half of the UK outgoings. This i…READ MORE