July 18, 2016

How big data is having a 'mind-blowing' impact on medicine

Research by Ericsson predicted that, while currently only 27% of the population in Africa has access to the internet, data traffic is already predicted to increase 20-fold by 2019—double the growth rate compared to the rest of the world. Terheyden explained while infrastructure may be rather basic in places such as Africa, and some improvements still need to be made around issues such as bandwidth, telehealth has already begun to open up new opportunities, so much so that when compared to the way medicine is practiced in developed countries, it appears archaic. "I know there are still some challenges with bandwidth...but that to me is a very short term problem," he said. "I think we've started to see some of the infrastructure that people are advocating that would completely blow that out of the water.

Harnessing the Data Tipping Point of IoT

It was not a huge leap for the industry to realize that an IoT global network of continuously connected devices would mean that data would not only be created at geometric rates, but that it would become one of the most valuable commodities in the world. And although there are many new start-up companies storing, analyzing and integrating massive lakes of big data created from the IoT, not many have actually considered how the IoT will transform how organizations think and implement data quality and information governance. Wikipedia defines information governance as a set of core disciplinary structure, policies, procedures, processes and controls implemented to manage information at an enterprise level, supporting an organization’s immediate and future regulatory, legal, risk and environmental and operation requirements.

Post-Brexit fintech – don’t just sit there, do something

It has been rightly said that nothing much will happen for a couple of years. Those who said that to reassure don’t know much about the markets. For the FS world, “nothing much happening” while we wait, slow evolution towards an unknown status is the worst kind of climate. Uncertainty isn’t a friend of the markets, and to navigate it, banks and FS institutions will retrench, limit “nice to have” activity, stretch timelines for experiments and investment cycles, diversify and minimise exposure and risk. The aspirational and experimental initiatives will be the first to suffer, not because banks suddenly don’t care, but because they need to protect their staff, shareholders and regulatory standing in order to still be around at the end of the storm to still have aspirations.

French public sector’s never-ending struggle with the cloud

There is no question that the French public sector could benefit from cloud technology. It could allow the government to consolidate its IT resources. Different government agencies currently have their own datacentres, and none of them are used at full capacity. As cloud computing is perfectly suited to fluctuations in capacity, scaling up and down would be quick and easy. It would also provide the flexibility required to implement new services more quickly. As government agencies develop new programmes, they could rapidly implement and deploy the applications to support them. Acknowledging this untapped opportunity, the French government last year released details of a two-pronged strategy to move data and services to the cloud.

Blockchain market outlook: Hype vs. reality

A blockchain system can link to the financial systems of all those distributed companies' ERP systems and/or link to their bank accounts directly and understand the exact cash position at any given time across the enterprise across the globe. You could actually watch it go up and down in real time practically. That kind of knowledge is pretty valuable, and the blockchain enables the financial arm of a company instant or almost-instant access to current information about current assets [and] cash positions and can rapidly roll up consolidated financials. ... So blockchain just gets added to the environment. You don't have to buy anything or redo anything. You just need to integrate at certain points the various financial systems to the blockchain so that it exposes its data to it.

Balancing the Demands of Big Data With Those Of Accurate Data

Gaming, ad tech and e-commerce are three examples of industries that have fully entered the multiverse of heavy, high-value workloads. For these industries, it is equally important to process massive numbers of transactions and retain complete data accuracy, but traditional database technology puts these aims at odds with each other. If B-grade sci-fi has taught us anything, it is that messing with nature—whether it be tweaking with the space-time continuum, or resurrecting dinosaurs—is dangerous business. Similarly, the kind of coding changes required to scale MySQL beyond its natural limits (such as those involved in sharding), or to ensure complete data integrity in NOSQL, wreak havoc on the very applications that the databases are supposed to power, making them fragile and much more complex to manage.

Artificial Intelligence Swarms Silicon Valley on Wings and Wheels

“Whenever there is a new idea, the valley swarms it,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, chief executive of Nvidia, a chip maker that was founded to make graphic processors for the video game business but that has turned decisively toward artificial intelligence applications in the last year. “But you have to wait for a good idea, and good ideas don’t happen every day.” By contrast, funding for social media start-ups peaked in 2011 before plunging. That year, venture capital firms made 66 social media deals and pumped in $2.4 billion. So far this year, there have been just 10 social media investments, totaling $6.9 million, according to CB Insights. Last month, the professional social networking site LinkedIn was sold to Microsoft for $26.2 billion, underscoring that social media has become a mature market sector.

How to go beyond the reboot to provide topnotch tech support

You head out to your vehicle to start your morning commute. You turn the key and the car doesn't start. What's the first thing you do? You grab a container of gasoline, right? No! Well not initially. You will more than likely take other steps to troubleshoot why your car doesn't start. You may check to see if the headlights can come on or turn the key to see if the vehicle's starter turns over. At any rate, your first step is not to put gasoline in the tank. Having a fair understanding of how vehicles operate aided you in your triage. Why not apply this to IT support? When a user gets an error submitting an online form, restarting the browser won't resolve the issue. Analyzing the error message may open a door to a resolution. The user may have been entering text into a numeric field of the online form.

11 Programming Languages For DevOps Success

DevOps depends on two critical pieces: Software development and operational automation. Each of these requires programming and (follow me, here) programming tends to need a programming language. For those trying to chart a career path in DevOps, the question of what language or languages to learn for each side of the equation is key. ... Are you on a DevOps team? Have you led part of a DevOps organization? I'm curious about the tools you or your team have used as part of successful DevOps. I'm equally curious about languages you think are important for people getting into the field in 2016. I'll be hanging out in the comments section below -- once you've reviewed our list, stop by and let me know what you think.

Skills gap leaves firms at risk from cyber attacks

“An insufficient number of specialists entering the IT market has forced organisations to consider effective retention programmes, training existing staff, partnering with educational institutions and developing flexible hiring policies that include both permanent and contract specialists,” he added. The technology sector as a whole is suffering from a skills gap, with many people resorting to up-skilling internal employees to fill vacant roles. Firms are increasingly looking for people with soft skills as well as technical skills. Owen said providing insights from data analysis and communicating IT security issues to others in the firm are important for an IT security employee. Cloud security skills are the most sought after for IT firms, but they are also the most challenging to find among potential candidates.

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