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Why the Fall of 2G Could Be Disastrous for Businesses

October 29, 2015 by John Horn

The wireless spectrum is limited, and cellular carriers are doing everything in their power to maximize its efficiency. Between January 2007 and December 2013, mobile data traffic grew by more than 50,000 percent, and that number is only expected to keep rising. Customers constantly demand newer, faster technology.[read more]


Overcoming the Wearable Tech Battery Life Challenge

October 26, 2015 by Rick Delgado

The way many people and companies are talking, wearable technology could very well be the wave of the future, taking consumers worldwide by storm the way smartphones did just a few years ago. Wearable devices have certainly grown in popularity in the past year, as evidenced by the increase in available products.[read more]

The USA Is Building the World's Fastest Supercomputer

September 30, 2015 by Xander Schofield

The United States president, Barack Obama, wants a new supercomputer for the United States and signed an executive order for that purpose. The initiative is known as the NSCI (National Strategic Computing Initiative) with the goal of ending up with an exaflop supercomputer, which means a machine that is around thirty times faster than the current one.[read more]


Redefining Loyalty Programs with Big Data and Hadoop

June 11, 2015 by Dave Mendle

A loyalty program should not be about points, rewards, or status. While these perks may attract consumers, they don’t foster loyalty. The focus of these programs should be to collect useful data that can be used to build relationships that benefit both the consumer and the brand.[read more]


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]


Data Lakes and Network Optimization: What’s Next for Telecommunications and Big Data

March 31, 2015 by Sameer Nori


Relational data warehouses served communications service providers well in the past, but it’s time to start thinking beyond columns and rows. Unstructured data will be the fuel that powers risk management and decision-making in the near future. And to use all sorts of data to its fullest potential, we need new ways of storing, accessing and analyzing that data.[read more]


5 Technologies You Ought to Adopt in 2015

January 1, 2015 by Rick Delgado

2015 tech.

These five technologies show how much potential for change there is in 2015. At the same time, innovations not even on the radar will likely be noticed as well. Your business needs to be ready to understand and even adopt these technologies if you want to make major strides over the coming year.[read more]

Healthcare Insurance Regs Must Keep Up with Tech Advances

November 26, 2014 by Joshua New

health tech / shutterstock

The promise of Apple's HealthKit: as adoption of wearables increases and health insurers rely more heavily on biometric data, consumers and industry alike will benefit from better healthcare outcomes and lower costs. However, this healthcare advance won’t happen unless insurance regulations keep up with the technology.[read more]

Self-Healing Virtual Machines Coming to Datacenter Near You?

November 18, 2014 by Natalie Lehrer

One of the more exciting inventions in data center technology has been developed by a team of computer scientists from the University of Utah. The invention is being called A3 which is short for Advanced Adaptive Applications. When unusual activity is detected, A3 tries to automatically repair the code infraction.[read more]

Police Body Cams to Use Government Cloud to Store Data

November 15, 2014 by Natalie Lehrer

Police body cams

Vievu, an innovator of police body cams, has announced that they have plans to begin selling cloud connected body cams that is fully compliant with government cloud regulations. The cloud body cams allow police officers to avoid the hassle of dealing with traditional storage means.[read more]


Fine-Tuning Manufacturing Operations with Big Data and Hadoop

October 6, 2014 by Sameer Nori

Manufacturing pperations and Hadoop.

Your organization is a lean, mean Six Sigma machine. The corporate culture is centered on continuous improvement, with everyone well versed in Kaizen. Your supply chain is well oiled, which should provide assurance about product quality. And yet you wonder: is it possible to improve operations even further?[read more]


Hadoop in Advertising & Media: Is Data Analytics Making Old Media New?

October 1, 2014 by Sameer Nori

Hadoop in advertising and media.

Imagine the chance to truly connect with a customer. Imagine if you knew what movies and television shows they watched, and not only when, but how often. Imagine knowing what screen they watched it on and how they shared it socially. Imagine knowing what they like, or dislike, and knowing it in real-time.[read more]


5 Big Data Hadoop Use Cases for Retail

September 30, 2014 by Sameer Nori

Hadoop for retail.

How does Apache Hadoop help retailers? Apache Hadoop is not just a data storage and processing framework - it is an transformational platform, especially for retailers who want to analyze customer data and improve revenues and the general customer experience.[read more]


Which Will Win? Flash or Hard Drive Storage?

September 24, 2014 by Rick Delgado

Hard drive.

The storage technology of choice will likely come down to what the storage is used for and where it’s intended to go. Both hard drive and flash storage have a lot going for them, so it will be up to businesses and individuals to use what they think is best for what they do and await new innovations for the future.[read more]


CAPEX Deferred Eventually Makes the Company Sick

September 22, 2014 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

Instead of investments in IT, machinery, buildings and more, CEOs and CFOs are content to predominantly spend cash on stock buy-backs and/or dividends. Deferring CAPEX spend, or “sweating the assets” will work for a little while, but it’s not a strategy for long-term success.[read more]