September 05, 2012

Orange turns Samsung Galaxy S III into 'Quick Tap' payments device
The system is based on near-field communication (NFC) technology, which is fast becoming a staple feature of smartphones, and now Quick Tap has come to the flagship Android smartphone of the day

How Four Financial Giants Crunch Big Data
According to Allen Weinberg, co-leader of the Banking and Securities Technology and Operations practice at research group, McKinsey & Co, financial services organizations often scratch their heads when it comes to rationalizing investments in big data. After all, they argue, isn’t this something they’ve been investing in for years—albeit without the fancy buzzword?

Big Data: The Current State of ETL into and on Hadoop
Organizations can now leverage Hadoop to cost-effectively store and process massive amounts of data on the order of petabytes without having to resort to the bad habits of hand-coding ET

India IT firms need to keep faith in software, services
Despite their recent poor performances, India's top IT vendors should still focus on innovating in software and services but find lucrative niches to capitalize.

Data Monetization in the World of Big Data
Digital media companies like Yahoo, Google, Facebook, and Twitter have worked to master the data monetization process. They have to, as their entire business is built on data. These companies work with bytes, unlike most other companies who work with atoms to build physical products like shoes, tractors, houses, and burrito bowls with double chicken and guacamole.

Beauty is in The Eye of the Beholder
In this InfoQ presentation, Alex Papadimoulis attempts to define ugly code, how one can recognize it, providing advice on avoiding writing such code and refactoring old code to get rid of it.

Windows Identity Foundation in the .NET Framework 4.5 Beta: Tools, Samples, Claims Everywhere
With .NET 4.5, WIF ceases to exist as a standalone deliverable. Its classes, formerly housed in the Microsoft.IdentityModel assembly & namespace, are now spread across the framework as appropriate.

Outsourcing Weathers IT Skills Gap with the Cloud
Cloud computing and as-a-service are emerging as a viable choice over staff offshoring as a way to address the gap in IT skills with enterprise application development and data programs, according to a new market assessment.

IBM SmartCloud Enterprise Webinar
What's new in SmartCloud Enterprise? Release 2.1, that's what—from new service level agreements to data centre upgrades. See it in action during our Webinar on Septermber 6.

The Future of Big Data: Crawling Over Broken Glass?
The early adopters were not the people in the glass houses, the data center managers. Rather, they were marketing managers and other business executives, eager to circumvent the ever-so-slow IT department and have complete control of new applications, especially the new data mining tools that allowed them to gain new insights from the big data explosion of the late 1980s and early 1990s.

The purpose of Enterprise Architecture
Enterprise architecture is in reality one of the most powerful management approaches that can be used by an organisation. It is not intended to be used (only) at a solution or project level but for the big decisions that an organisation’s leadership team have to make.

Quote for the day:

"Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world." --Joel Barker

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