September 15, 2012

Finding the Dollars in Big Data
“We cannot sell a platform to business, we can only sell solutions to people with a business problem, so we packaged a good sales template for salespeople, a good marketing version, a subscription version almost like apps for mobile.”

Pen and Paper: Killer Productivity Apps
When we take notes, however, we engage another part of the brain that connects to the incoming content, but only for the content that we put into notes. It works for classroom lectures, sales presentations, team meetings, conference calls and task management. Writing it down helps us remember it.

12 must-have Android apps
Narrowing it down to just 12 is a surprisingly difficult challenge, but it's an interesting and enlightening one. So without further ado, here are JR Raphael's must-have Android apps of the moment

Data Science U
This fall, prestigious Columbia University in New York City is offering a course entitled “Introduction to Data Science,” taught by a team under the direction of Google Statistician and Columbia Assistant Professor Rachel Schutt.

EnterpriseDB - competing with giants
EnterpriseDB has been working with the PostgreSQL open source community to make the technology better, faster, more reliable and better able to address customer requirements. Now is the time for the company to take steps to reach out to the suppliers that influence the selection of database product rather than just reaching out directly to customers' technical staff members

Microsoft finds new computers in China preinstalled with malware
Brand-new laptop and desktop computers sold in China contain preinstalled malicious software, which has infected millions of computers around the world, according to an investigation by Microsoft revealed on Thursday

IT spending to grow in 2012 despite economic woes, says IDC
Growth in emerging markets is still relatively strong, but has also been negatively affected, according to IDC. In China, IT spending is now expected to grow by 14 percent, compared to 25 percent in 2011. IT spending is also expected to grow by 14 percent in India and Brazil, according to IDC.

Study highlights importance of security in a virtualized environment
“End users need to be made aware that virtualizing a business environment without implementing adequate security measures may be counterproductive, as it could increase costs and reduce agility,” said Frost & Sullivan Industry Manager Cathy Huang.

7 Deadly Sins Of Big Data Users
There's a good chance you're familiar one or more of the Deadly Sins, which include Sloth, Negligence, Gluttony, Polemy, Imprudence, Pride, and, of course, Torpor.

Who's Really Using Big Data
First, the people we surveyed have high hopes for what they can get out of advanced analytics. Second, it's early days for most of them. They don't yet have the capabilities they need to exploit Big Data. Third, there are disconnects in the survey results — hints that the people inside individual organizations aren't aligned on some key issues.

Quote for the day:

"In a time of rapid change, standing still is the most dangerous course of action." -- Brian Tracy 

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