April 11, 2013

USB Says New Specification to Double Transfer Speed in the Works
The new specification is an improvement over the existing USB 3.0, which can transfer data at 5Gbps. Most PCs today ship with USB 3.0 ports, while smartphones and tablets have micro-USB ports based on the older and slower 2.0 specification. Mobile devices will get faster signalling rates with micro-USB 3.0 ports in the future.

How to Become a More Decision-Centric Organization
Many organizations’ success or failure is determined by the decisions they make. Insurance companies must make good decisions about which claims to pay or what to charge for a policy. Health care organizations must decide if it is safe to discharge someone or give them a particular medication. Retailers must decide what to stock where and how to promote it to their customers. Telecommunication companies must decide if they want to retain a customer and what offer is most likely to succeed.

A Guide to SQL Server 2012
The arrival of SQL Server 2012 brings both good news and news that’s less good. On one hand, the latest version of one of Microsoft’s best-established products is full of new features, including core support for Windows Server, enhanced auditing features and enhanced PowerShell support. In this free guide from Redmond magazine, learn more about the inner workings of SQL Server 2012, which new features are the most impressive, and how to budget for and manage this new and critical product.

Intel lays out plans for the hyperscale datacentre
The reference hyperscale design will be based around current and upcoming Intel technologies. Intel has already released the sub-10w Atom Centerton S1200 targeted at the microserver market and later this year will release the 22nm Avoton SoC with integrated Ethernet and improved performance per watt over Centerton processors. Avoton samples are with customers and the first systems are expected to be available in the second half of 2013.

Self-service software broadens BI usage, reduces reliance on IT
Self-service applications offer a way to extend the scope and reach of BI deployments while also creating a more personalized and collaborative decision-making environment for information workers, added Claudia Imhoff, president and founder of Intelligent Solutions Inc., a BI and analytics consultancy in Boulder, Colo.

How to Validate the Data Model
In response to my columns on the qualifications of the data modeler and how that can help business, a reader inquired about who is responsible for validating the data model. The answer to this question depends on the type of model being validated. In this column, I will examine the responsibilities for the business data model and in a future column, I will look at the validation responsibilities for the technology data model.

Tech jobs: CIOs look safe, IT managers face chop, chief digital officer is the next big thing
Firms are planning to crank up the hiring of chief digital officers and chief data officers, but it won't necessarily be at the expense of CIOs. In fact, it is IT middle management who look more likely to lose out. Some 19 percent of business leaders expect to recruit a chief digital officer by 2014, while 17 percent foresee a chief data officer appointment, according to a study by Gartner.

More than 6 out of 10 companies approve of personal device use for work
The online survey of 502 U.S. IT and business executives was conducted in February. It also found that the most popular option, cited by 58% of the respondents, was to have a mix of corporate-owned and employee-owned devices. For 53% of those surveyed, the top reason for allowing employees to use or select their own devices was to increase productivity while employees are away from the office.

IT helpdesk must up ante in cloud, BYOD era
The result is users are now accustomed to the idea of self-service in IT and generally do not approach the IT helpdesk, at least not at the beginning until the problem escalates, he noted. Also, with increased awareness of cloud services targeted for enterprises, some business units or departments have become more confident in engaging vendors without asking for IT's help. As such, any IT helpdesk that still provides only entry level type of support with a slow response rate "has no place" in today's corporate environments, Leow stated.

Data skepticism
So, if we really want to do data science, it has to be done by incorporating skepticism. And here’s the key: data scientists have to own that skepticism. Data scientists have to be the biggest skeptics. Data scientists have to be skeptical about models, they have to be skeptical about overfitting, and they have to be skeptical about whether we’re asking the right questions. They have to be skeptical about how data is collected, whether that data is unbiased, and whether that data — even if there’s an inconceivably large amount of it — is sufficient to give you a meaningful result.

Quote for the day:

"No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave." -- Calvin Coolidge

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