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The Internet of Things: Realities of an Interconnected World

July 24, 2015 by Emory Paine

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the name for the growing network of physical devices that include embedded sensors to collect and exchange data with users, manufacturers, or other devices. The Nest thermostat, one well-known example, gathers data on home temperature preferences in order to optimize usage. The Fitbit wearable device, which monitors your physical activity, is another common “thing” contributing to the estimated 127 new things connecting to the Internet every second.[read more]

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A Day Late and Big Data Architecture Short

June 29, 2015 by Paul Barsch

In the mad-dash to “do something” in big data without a strategy, IT managers and business users alike seem to continuously jump on the latest technology (today it’s Spark) and thus become inevitable case studies for Gartner’s well documented hype cycle.[read more]

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Online Invoicing Solutions: Boring Billing Just Got Better

June 10, 2015 by Vernessa Taylor

Moving internal billing to online invoicing is a smart business decision. The bottom-line similarities between moving IT operations to the cloud and shifting invoicing to the cloud are many. Then there are a few esoteric reasons, like curing boredom, relieving stress, and reducing errors. Advanced features in online invoicing are making the benefits hard to ignore.[read more]

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Why the Chief Data Officer is the Hottest Job of the 21st Century

May 20, 2015 by Jeff Brown
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Cheif data officer.

In 2012, Harvard Business Review boldly named the Data Scientist “The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century.” In 2013, reporters at CNBC gave the same nod to data analysts, saying it was one of the most sought-after positions. Even U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker came out praising the Chief Data Officer (CDO).[read more]

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Why Returning $1 Trillion to Shareholders is a Bad Idea

May 4, 2015 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

With creaking IT infrastructures and under-investment in other areas such as plants, equipment, employee training and more, excessive share buybacks aren't just a flawed strategy; they are a dangerous one for the future health of companies across the globe.[read more]

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5 Tips for Streamlining the Supply Chain

April 24, 2015 by Glenn Johnson

Supply chain.

Supply chain efficiency helps an organization reduce costs and speed time-to-market. Fifteen years into the new millennium, it is clear to see that advances in technology, increasing globalization and rising customer expectations have made streamlining the supply chain more important than ever.[read more]

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Problems with the Language of Probability

April 6, 2015 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

Using probabilistic terminology to communicate the “likelihood” of an event occurring to those untrained in understanding such terms, can in some instances lead to the ruin of careers, companies and in worst cases—loss of life.[read more]

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Winning Strategies for Enterprise Mobile App Development

March 24, 2015 by Glenn Johnson

Mobile apps.

Enterprise mobile apps are being commissioned at a hectic pace across all industries, geographies and business processes. Employees see mobile apps as an essential means of resolving issues raised in phone calls, emails and other messages delivered by smartphones and tablets usually while the employee is ‘off site’ and ‘off duty.’[read more]

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By the Data: The Geography of Gender-Based Income Inequality

March 10, 2015 by Josh Knauer

Gender-based income inequality.

Will granular data tell a story not uncovered by national statistics? And is there a way to visualize this issue from another perspective? Using data provided by Simmons Local, we decided to look at males and females making $25,000 or less annually and break down those numbers geographically.[read more]

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Four Ways to Develop Customers for Life

February 24, 2015 by Don MacLennan

SaaS.

With the advent of Software as a Service (SaaS) and other subscription-based business models, Don discusses why it’s more pressing than ever to prevent churn. Your business can reach a 20 percent higher multiple in valuation with just a 2 percent reduction in churn.[read more]

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Hygienic Hadoop Data Lakes Not Just Happenstance

February 23, 2015 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

If you work with Hadoop on a daily basis you already know that data cannot simply be dumped into Hadoop’s file system and be of high value to rank and file business users. To be sure, data management is crucial if you’re planning on Hadoop serving as a true lake or “hub” for all your organization’s data.[read more]

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Big Data and Mobile Gaming

February 20, 2015 by Jessica Oaks

Mobile gaming.

Electronic gaming as a whole is now valued at more than 90 billion dollars and the mobile gaming segment is poised to overtake the console industry in the worldwide market as soon as this year. Clearly this is a time of big changes in the gaming sphere. Mobile gaming is blowing up, games are cheap and plentiful, and in many ways there has never been a better time to be a player.[read more]

The Case for a 'New IT' Operating Model

February 4, 2015 by Bob Dvorak

Enterprise IT.

An IT budget is more than dollars and cents; human capital helps power innovation. The new IT operating model embraces a lean, rationalized application portfolio designed to free up resources. Embrace the power of the new IT operating model and drive digital innovation so your company not only survives but thrives.[read more]

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Is Your IT Architecture Ready for Big Data?

January 6, 2015 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

Companies desperately need to assess their current situation and future business needs, and then design and deliver on a IT architecture that will deliver insights from all data types.[read more]

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The World’s Largest, Fastest, Most Agile Supply Chain

December 31, 2014 by Keith Peterson

Supply chain.

There is one shipping firm in the world, maybe the galaxy, that is counted on more than FedEx, UPS, and DHL combined. In fact, this organization has an even more complex supply chain. It takes its own orders, makes its own goods, and ships them all in one night.[read more]