October 01, 2014

The innovation dilemma: Who really calls the shots on new tech?
Modern IT goes beyond tactical issues, traditional sourcing models and resources, said Justice: "It is about aligning technology to people and processes to meet business goals (no matter where the service comes from) by continually aligning, vetting and leveraging technology options as they evolve." John Gracyalny, VP IT at SafeAmerica Credit Union, said the CIO is the right person to make these decisions "if, and only if" they are as well versed in business as they are in technology. "The day of the pure technologist is long gone," he added.

A Simple and Effective Algorithm for Anonymizing Location Data
The study of human mobility can potentially unlock great value for both commercial players, as well as the public sector. Location data can, for example, assist city traffic planning, and intelligent trans portation [9], as human movement patterns are not likely to significantly change over time [3, 22, 20, 18]. Individuals can also directly benefit from location-based services which provide personalized services to smartphone and tablet users, such as navigation, tracking, and recommendations for entertainment or new friendships. These location-based services heavily rely on the availability of location data.

Re-architecting the Data Center for the Digital Service Economy
Shannon Poulin, the Vice President of the Data Center Group; General Manager of the Datacenter Marketing Group; and General Manager of the Enterprise IT Solutions Group at Intel Corporation, is responsible for driving Intel's enterprise data center business. In this keynote Shannon will provide Intel's vision for re-architecting the data center for the digital service economy and highlight how Intel is investing in key technologies that will help enable enterprises to access the increased efficiency and agility of software defined infrastructure.

The 5 Sexiest Big Data Jobs Available Today
It’s been estimated that by 2015, almost two million people will be employed in big data jobs in the US. Hal Varian, Google’s chief economist, is quoted as saying “…the sexy job in the next 10 years will be statisticians” and Tom Davenport, Distinguished Professor at Babson College, believes that a data scientist has the sexiest job of the 21st century. So what are these sexy jobs? Here’s a quick look at some of the positions available today that might allow you to break into the glamorous and exciting world of the big data professionals:

5 Big Data Hadoop Use Cases for Retail
Now, Apache Hadoop provides the necessary technology and data pipeline for analyzing customers as individuals and creating individual marketing campaigns accordingly. Rather than guessing, gambling, and hoping campaigns succeed, businesses can make observations on retail data and focus on the individual shopper. Not only does this reduce the amount of time spent researching; it can lower marketing budgets significantly and allows ads to reach the right people. It’s not just about ad campaigns. There are a vast number of applications that can be built using Hadoop, from analyzing the customer to analyzing the brand, five of the most common of which are detailed below.

Google Execs Have Ideas on How to Run Your Business
Most companies think that the set of stuff that needs to be done is much more onerous than it really is today, and that’s because they’re not thinking in terms of information, reach, and computing power. They’re thinking in terms of the inputs that go into the old 20th-century manufacturing world. If you look at software today, much software is built on open standards. We have much more powerful APIs. It’s very easy to do things, like the guys at Waze did or the guys at Uber did, to put information together and accomplish something very significant with a very small number of people.

Microsoft to detail more of its next-generation developer story in November
Microsoft will hold an invitation-only developer-focused event, targeted primarily at the CXO community, on November 12 in New York City, several sources of mine have said. That event coincides with the third, developer-focused day of the company's planned "Future Decoded" event in London. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is one of the speakers at the three-day Future Decoded conference. ... The next Microsoft Build conference isn't slated until April 2015 (no exact dates yet), Microsoft officials disclosed yesterday. But in the interim, the Softies are continuing to roll out updated versions of a number of Windows developer tools.

Information Governance: Principles for Healthcare (IGPHC)™
Called the Information Governance Principles for Healthcare (IGPHC), the framework is aimed at governing information across all organizational functions. Adapted from ARMA International’s Generally Accepted Recordkeeping Principles, IGPHC includes established practices from relevant areas such as quality improvement, safety, risk management, compliance, data governance, privacy and security.  AHIMA defines information governance as “an organization-wide framework for managing information throughout its lifecycle and for supporting the organization’s strategy, operations, regulatory, legal, risk, and environmental requirements.”

Open source is starting to make a dent in proprietary software fortunes
This isn't good for incumbent vendors. As the report signals, "The popularity of open-source software has reached a point such that almost every incumbent and publicly-traded proprietary software vendor has an emerging privately held open-source rival that is targeting it." Still, a market like Business Intelligence is so large that an up-and-coming open-source vendor can easily get lost as a rounding error. At least for now. Where open source is having a near-term impact, according to the report, is "more in the data management and infrastructure software sectors." Still, others are also feeling the heat:

Chief analytics officer: The ultimate big data job?
Not every organization hiring a CAO is a digital pioneer, but many have matured to the point where they need to take a more strategic approach to analytics. Often, these businesses have deployed pockets of analysts and data scientists across the organization -- in marketing, IT, operations or finance -- but they aren't yet harnessing the collective wisdom or economies of scale. These companies are the prime candidates for a CAO. "When you start thinking about how to organize your analytics better and how to get more bang for the buck, you'd better be thinking about hiring a chief analytics officer," says Bill Franks, CAO at data-services firm Teradata.

Quote for the day:

"Truth alone will endure, all the rest will be swept away before the tide of time." -- Mahatma Gandhi

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