December 04, 2012

Hype, “Big Data”, and Towards a More Pragmatic Analytics
Sadly, many such (Big Data) initiatives are doomed to failure. Many companies will task IT with coming up with a big data initiative, but won’t really involve the business at all. Many of these cases will result in IT going out and buying a product, installing it on desktops (or perhaps even tablets), and subsequently declaring victory.


Interview and Book Review: NoSQL Distilled
NoSQL Distilled, authored by Pramod Sadalage and Martin Fowler, covers NoSQL databases as well as the concept of Polyglot Persistence that is becoming popular with the emergence of various NoSQL data stores. They cover the data models supported by NoSQL data stores like Aggregate Data Models including Key Value, Document, and Column-Family Stores. They also discuss the Relationships concept and Graph Databases that support the relationships between data entities.


Clueless officials hamper cybersecurity law-making
Governments need to determine the purpose of any proposed cybersecurity law and what problems it is supposed to address before approving the legislation. Those that fail to do so will experience backlash from their citizens, which is something countries such as the Philippines and India are going through.


Web to Windows 8: Security
Web developers transitioning from the browser to Windows Store apps bring certain habits with them. While Web developers can tap in to their existing knowledge of JavaScript, some capabilities are new and require a shift in thinking. Security is one such fundamental difference.


Attackers can abuse Yahoo developer feature to steal user emails, other data
Attackers can read emails, contacts and other private data from the accounts of Yahoo users who visit a malicious page by abusing a feature present on Yahoo's Developer Network website, says an independent security researcher.


Your Front-Line Employees are Your Brand!
Companies spend a great deal of time and money building advertising campaigns, social media strategies, and other promotional vehicles to build brand equity. For many firms, though, their front-line employees represent the most significant way that customers experience the brand. Those employees become crucial ambassadors for the brand.


Don’t Chase Everything That Shines
This interview with Sandra L. Kurtzig, chairwoman and C.E.O.of Kenandy, a software management firm based in Redwood City, Calif., was conducted and condensed by Adam Bryant.


Why The Time is Right for MapReduce Design Patterns
At this point users have had time to determine what works well and what does not. I could have come up with a bunch of patterns that nobody has ever used before, but there would be no point to it. With a more mature community of experts that has repeatedly identified and solved problems, the most common solutions have developed into design patterns.


Inside Facebook’s North Carolina Data Center
Facebook has built two enormous data centers here to power its growing Internet infrastructure. The two-story structures each span more than 300,000 square feet. In an area dotted with modest restaurants and stores, the server farms resemble aircraft carriers dropped onto the landscape.


4 Reasons Why You Should Not Use Free Email Hosted Outside India
There could be grave risks involved in taking for granted the use of free email services, especially those hosted outside India. Here PCQuest give four reasons why you should choose a paid email provider



Quote for the day:

"Some people change their ways when they see the light; others when they feel the heat" -- Caroline Schoeder