January 28, 2013

SaaS data loss: The problem you didn’t know you had
The most common reason for SaaS data loss emerged to be end user deletion. This is easy to do; SaaS providers may provide multiple warnings about making sure the data changes are desired before the application is closed, but end users will still make mistakes. The second most common cause of data loss is where one employee over- writes a data element shared by others.

Helpful Forecasting Resources
This is the last post of the series on forecasting. Up to now, subjects such as varying factors, methods and evaluation criteria have been studied. This post lists key references in the field of time series prediction, particularly using Support Vector Regression (SVR). Note that some of these resources are not free:

Convergence of data, cloud to impact sourcing strategy
"Social, information, mobile and cloud shouldn't be considered in isolation as market forces," said Linda Cohen, vice president and distinguished analyst, Gartner. "The convergence of these forces, which Gartner calls the Nexus of Forces, is what drives real business value. The Nexus of Forces converge in several ways: cloud, mobile and social solutions enable the distribution of information, social media usage and behavior drive mobile and information solutions, and cloud can be a foundation for information, social and mobile solutions."

Understanding Value: It’s the Perspective
Lean is a primarily a product dominant thinking methodology. Lean was based primarily on the Toyota Production Process, which was an avid follower of Dr. Deming. Lean became more problem/solution orientated and another outgrowth of Dr. Deming, Systems Thinking, moved more to the Peter Senge approach illustrated in The Fifth Discipline. A crude analogy at best but viewing implementing each method, you could either choose between the Systems Archetypes or the Lean way, PDCA/PDSA.

Big medical data
Certainly, the term was in heavy use around MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), which in 2012 launched a new big-data initiative called bigdata@CSAIL. Several of the researchers affiliated with bigdata@CSAIL are developing new techniques for processing medical data, to make it more accessible to both physicians and patients and to find correlations that could improve diagnosis or choice of therapies.

Effective Leadership & Personal Success Through Scripting
Schedule an hour now to think about the poor or emotional decisions that have compromised your effective leadership or management decisions. Write down what you should say and what you should not say for various scenarios that you find yourself in. Refer to that document occasionally, and add to it as needed. Later, subtract the decisions that become second nature, or in other words, that you master.

OpenStack cloud backers hope 2013 is the year of user adoption
An open source cloud management platform for public or private clouds, OpenStack has spent the last two and a half years building up an impressive resume of companies that have singed on as backers. From HP, Dell, Cisco, IBM, Rackspace and others have all hitched their wagons to OpenStack. Now, the question for 2013, experts say, is seeing if customer adoption of the platform rises to the same level of interest that the vendors have showed in embracing the technology.

Government backs 8 top technologies to fuel growth
Willetts said £189 million would go to big data and energy efficient computing, to boost research capacity for analysing big data sets, in areas like earth observation and medical science. There will also be £25 million of additional funding for the National Space Technology Programme for the development of commercial products and services using space technology and data from space-based systems.

Andreessen on enterprise: has he got it right?
Having morphed from 'the man who took on Microsoft and lost' but ultimately made a pot of money to respected technology investor, we now hear him speak thoughtfully about the future of enterprise vendors. It's a salutary read and one that I suspect will fall on deaf ears for many enterprise vendors.

Hortonworks Sandbox Opens Up Enterprise Apache Hadoop To Newbies
For the Hortonworks Sandbox, a team of the original architects, developers and operators of Apache Hadoop, will regularly update the learning materials providing access to new content showcasing both partner solutions and increasingly sophisticated tutorials. Additionally, users can upload their own datasets to test and validate the use of Apache Hadoop within their own data architectures.

Quote for the day:

"A leader is not an administrator who loves to run others, but one who carries water for his people so that they can get on with their jobs" -- Anonymous

"The art of communication is the language of leadership." -- James Humes

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