September 16, 2014

Aligning Business & Technology Strategies
“The biggest factor here is interdepartmental communication. Obviously technology affects every area of the business. You have the accounting team using software and resources to maintain the books; marketing teams using technology platforms to reach consumers, sales teams using CRMs and other tools to manage appointments and meetings—so it’s important that all of their technology needs are communicated to IT. IT should then vet these needs to ensure they align with the overarching technology strategy currently being deployed,” Odegard explained.

20 funniest cartoons on Big Data
Crayon is all about innovation and fun. So, this time, we thought we should publish some of the funniest cartoons on Big Data. Here is a collection of Dilbert’s 20 funniest cartoons on Big Data, data mining, data privacy, data security, data accuracy etc… Have fun!!!

How the Internet of Things changes our lifestyle
The Internet of Things, in general, refers to uniquely identifiable objects and their virtual representations in an Internet-like structure. If all objects and people in daily life were equipped with identifiers, they could be managed and inventoried by computers. This tagging of things, besides using radio-frequency identification (RFID), may be achieved through such technologies like near field communication (NFC), barcodes and QR codes. In the IT world today, the term Internet of Things is used to describe the advanced connectivity of devices, systems and services that goes beyond machine-to-machine communications; it covers a variety of protocols, domains and applications.

How the Technology Ecosystem Puts Power Back in the Hands of the CIO
The modern IT environment requires easy access to new solutions for a number of reasons not the least of which is agility. However, as indicated above, the traditional approach is the enemy of agility. So, if you need agility, and you need to manage your costs and solution requirements what can you do? You must have access, access, access, and then maybe a little more access. Access to solutions in a diverse and in-proximity environment is a foundational must. Without proximity, you can’t possibly adopt, change, increase, or decrease your selection choices as quickly, safely or cost effectively.

IBM takes Watson freemium: Time for bring your own analytics?
Under the freemium model, Watson Analytics is available on the desktop, Android and Apple's iOS via a Web site. IBM would charge for more sophisticated analysis, but the tiers and pricing model is still being worked out. IBM's challenge will be to highlight insights and entice users to drill down into the data and ultimately pay. Altshuler said that IBM is looking to get Watson Analytics into the hands of as many people as possible.  For instance, Watson Analytics could ingest 20 spreadsheets and data from Salesforce, Teradata and Oracle systems to start making connections and answering questions in a natural language format.

Basho Advances NoSQL Riak Enterprise 2.0 With Search, Advanced Data Types
The two big additions in version 2.0 are enhanced search functionality and advanced data types. The update also comes with some security enhancements and simplified configuration management. The enhancements position Riak 2.0 as a platform for a wider variety of applications. ... Apache Solr has been leveraged for search in 2.0 giving better performance. “With this powerful search capability, we can now support different apps within the organization,” said Coppola. “It moves us from point solution to platform.” The 2.0 release also includes support for new distributed data types, including sets, flags, register and maps.

HIPAA Violations: Don't Be A Headline
A HIPAA breach will affect most departments in an organization so it is important to establish a crisis management team composed of department heads including public relations, human resources, IT, legal, and finance. Each participant should provide relevant information pertaining to the incident. For example, IT can provide an audit log highlighting a device's security posture at the time of the breach. It is important to ensure that a detailed communications plan is in place and that employees are aware of how they should respond to questions about the breach.

Big Data's Big Impact on Enterprise IT--The Open Group Panel Discussion
A panel of experts explores how big data changes the status quo for architecting the enterprise. Learn how enterprises should anticipate and correct the effects and impacts of big data, as well the simultaneous impacts of cloud and mobile computing. The panel was part of The Open Group Conference on Jan. 29, 2013 in Newport Beach, California.

Intel's Kim Stevenson on creating insight and value
"Everything Intel has always done is complicated, but the big difference in an SoC is that you have to integrate different blocks, each of which is developed to its own schedule. And these parts have to be integrated and tested, just as a typical large manufacturer would need to do," she says. By analysing the engineering process for SoC designs, Stevenson says, the IT team identified around 25 projects which could help the business by reducing the cycle time.  One of these projects involved optimising the compilation of engineering changes.

An Alliance of Major Players to Guide Open-Source Software
Open source is a popular approach to software, in which anyone can contribute to and use the code. Formal approval of changes comes from agreed-upon authorities who speak for the group. It is considered a good way to build software with fewer bugs, and such software makes up much of the world’s mobile and computer server operating systems, as well as many other applications. “There is a problem here we all feel is not getting better anytime soon,” said Jay Parikh, global head of engineering at Facebook. “We feel there is a speed at which things have to move.”

Quote for the day:

"Company cultures are like country cultures. Never try to change one. Try, instead, to work with what you've got." -- Peter Drucker