February 18, 2013

Highly Regulated Companies Tiptoe Into Social Media
Banks are embracing social media despite the fact that the financial services industry may be subject to the strictest compliance requirements and regulatory mandates. In just one example, in January 2010, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) published guidelines for blogs and social networking sites that, among other things, outline specific record-keeping responsibilities and supervision requirements.

Enterprise Architecture Practitioners Significantly Influenced $1.1 Trillion
"Overwhelmingly we find EA practitioners focused on delivering on business value and strategic transformation," said Philip Allega, managing vice president at Gartner. "Gone are the days of just 'doing EA' with little value or impact. Sixty-eight percent of organizations surveyed stated that they are focusing their EA program on aligning business and IT strategies, delivering strategic business and IT value, or enabling major business transformation."

Facing Inconvenient Truths, the Mantle of Leadership?
As a leader you might think suffering at work isn’t applicable to you and your team. If your team is engaged, motivated, with a clear purpose, a great work/life balance and works harmoniously together, you could be in the small majority of leaders who actually help to relieve suffering at work. If you think you are, ask your team. If they confirm your perception, congratulations: If not, would you listen and face an inconvenient truth?

Big Data Has Huge Network Implications
Fast-forward to 2013 and Big Data is already starting to shake the foundations of the IT industry, with huge implications for the network market. According to new research from IDC, Big Data technology and services will grow at a 31.7% compound annual growth rate, around seven times the rate of the overall IT market, with revenues reaching $23.8 billion in 2016.

Stop Hyping Big Data and Start Paying Attention to ‘Long Data’
Datasets of long timescales not only help us understand how the world is changing, but how we, as humans, are changing it — without this awareness, we fall victim to shifting baseline syndrome. This is the tendency to shift our “baseline,” or what is considered “normal” — blinding us to shifts that occur across generations (since the generation we are born into is taken to be the norm).

Enterprise Sector Opens Up To Post-PC Era Devices
According to a survey by Forrester Research the enterprise sector loves post-PC era devices. Forrester's annual Mobile Workforce Adoption Trends survey reveals how much information workers in the enterprise sector love Apple's iPhone, Google's Android and Windows Phone amongst other platforms. The survey also reveals how much these workers are eyeing tablets and smartphone devices based on Windows platform.

American Express Lets Twitter Users Shop Via Tweet

Cardmembers can sync their eligible cards to Twitter by going to sync.americanexpress.com/twitter and adding a billing and shipping address. Starting Monday, users can tweet #BuyAmexGiftCard25 to purchase a US$25 Amex gift card for $15. The system sends users a confirmation tweet in their @ Connect tab within 15 minutes, and after the user tweets back to confirm the purchase, the product will ship to the address on file via two-day shipping, courtesy of American Express.

Is your PaaS composable orcontextual? (Hint: the answer matters)
Parts of an IT environment should be composable, but there will always be elements where the relative stability of contextual extension makes more sense. And composable systems can leverage API-driven systems that themselves are designed primarily for extensibility via contextual approaches. The key is to think about each system from the perspective of how it will be used, and to target its extensibility mechanism based on needs.

R and Data Mining: Examples and Case Studies
This chapter introduces some basic concepts and techniques for data mining, including a data
mining procedure and popular data mining techniques, such as clustering, classi cation and association
rules. It also presents R and its packages, functions and task views for data mining. At
last, some datasets used in this book are described.

Help Wanted: Defining a Business Intelligence Leader
here are great external resources from TDWI and Robert Half International. Finally, here's a description of a senior BI architect/manager/executive I've used in the past. Would love to hear from everyone on what's missing, what can be added, changed, etc.

Quote for the day:

"The only way to get ahead is to fail early, fail often, and fail forward." -- John Maxwell

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