September 24, 2013

Microsoft's Surface 2 Tablet Follows Faithfully in the Footsteps of Failure
Despite the fresh name and a handful of helpful tweaks, the Surface 2 is still saddled with the same ho-hum value proposition and half-baked Windows RT operating system as the original Surface RT--a disaster that ended up costing Microsoft nearly $1 billion in write-downs. The Surface 2 doesn't look any more appealing.

Intel's Haswell-Y promises PC performance in tablets
Lately Intel has been focused on its Atom processor and tablets, but there’s another new chip in its family that could prove to be equally important. The latest Haswell-Y processors use so little power that they are now a viable option for tablets and 2-in-1 devices. The focus on power efficiency in Core processors is nothing new. Even before laptop shipments eclipsed desktops for the first time five years ago, Intel began working on power and it has long offered a line of low-voltage Core processors--typically rated at around 15 watts compared with 37 watts for standard notebook chips.

Using predictive analytics to make your data actionable (part 1)
Predictive analytics can only be actionable if incorporated into operational processes. Businesses do not just need the power to know, they need the power to act. If they are able to work through the challenges highlighted above, they will be well on their way to developing the crystal ball that is proven to deliver tremendous value and insight that drives growth.

Tips for Tuning the Garbage First Garbage Collector
This is the second article in a two-part series on the G1 garbage collector. You can find part one on InfoQ July 15, 2013: G1: One Garbage Collector To Rule Them All. Before we can understand how to tune the Garbage First garbage collector (G1 GC), we must first understand the key concepts that define G1. In this article, I will first introduce the concept and then talk about how to tune G1 (where appropriate) with respect to that concept.

Indifferent innovation
If only customers were smart enough to use the products in the way in which they were designed to be used, everything would be hunky-dory. What we as innovators need to understand is that instead of ridiculing customers who use products in unorthodox ways or for unintended uses, we should be asking: why? Why are people using our product in these unintended ways? What could they possibly gain from doing that? And, what could we learn if we'd simply understand that, to misquote Kotler, people don't want drills, they want holes.

Gartner: 64% of organizations looking at Big Data projects this year
“For big data, 2013 is the year of experimentation and early deployment,” said Frank Buytendijk, Gartner research vice president. “Adoption is still at the early stages with less than 8% of all respondents indicating their organization has deployed big data solutions. 20% are piloting and experimenting, 18% are developing a strategy, 19% are knowledge gathering, while the remainder has no plans or don’t know.”

Health IT Advocates Press for Interoperability
The push for greater interoperability around EHR systems was one of three "asks" the health IT advocates lobbied for in their meetings with lawmakers and staffers. They are also prevailing on members to champion a nationwide strategy for identifying patients and accurately matching them to their EHRs, citing industry estimates that between 8 percent and 14 percent of medical records contain faulty information that results from misidentifying the patient.

Selling SaaS: Operational requirements for consumers vs. businesses
The key to successfully selling Software as a Service (SaaS) across all market segments is recognizing and addressing the different operational requirements among different buyer groups, which often stem from the value propositions that drive SaaS in the consumer, SMB and enterprise market segments.

We Need a New Approach to Solve the Innovation Talent Gap
Observing this problem, I’ve begun wondering: What if there was a talent exchange model that wasn’t people and skill centric, but rather project and role centric? Said differently, I think the existing talent evaluation models should be reversed. Right now the model starts with people, then skills, then accomplishments. Validating the information is getting better (due to innovations such as LinkedIn’s endorsed skills), but most accomplishments are not vetted.

Java exploits seen as huge menace so far this year
"Of the top five most targeted vulnerabilities, four are found in the Java development, either the Runtime Environment (JRE) or the browser plug-in," according to the report, based on information about attacks detected through F-Secure's sensors and telemetry systems. The company notes that it's not surprising Java is an appealing target since "next to the Windows operating system (also a popular target for exploits), Java is probably the second most ubiquitous program in an organization's IT setup."

Quote for the day:

"Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless." --Thomas A. Edison