Taking the Middle Road: The Need for Hybrid Clouds

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Taking the Middle Road: The Need for Hybrid Clouds Hybrid cloud involves the use of public cloud and private cloud architectures working together. The key here is “working together”, instead of having two silos of inoperable clouds. In theory, it combines the best of both the worlds, though in practice it is hard not to […]

4 Big Data Myths – Part I

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It was cloud then and it’s Big Data now. Every time there’s a new disruptive category it creates a lot of confusion. These categories are not well-defined. They just catch on. What hurts the most is the myths. This is the first part of my two-part series to debunk Big Data myths.

Myth # 4: Big Data is about big data

It’s a clear misnomer. “Big Data” is a name that sticks but it’s not just about big data. Defining a category just based on size of data appears to be quite primitive and rather silly. And, you could argue all day about what size of data qualifies as “big.” But, the name sticks, and that counts. The insights could come from a very small dataset or a very large data set. Big Data is finally a promise not to discriminate any data, small or large.

It has been prohibitively expensive and almost technologically impossible to analyze large volumes of data. Not any more. Today, technology — commodity hardware and sophisticated software to leverage this hardware — changes the way people think about small and large data. It’s a data continuum. Big Data is not just about technology, either. Technology is just an enabler. It has always been. If you think Big Data is about adopting new shiny technology, that’s very limiting. Big Data is an amalgamation of a few trends – data growth of a magnitude or two, external data more valuable than internal data, and shift in computing business models. The companies mainly looked at their operational data, invested into expensive BI solutions, and treated those systems as gold. Very few in a company got very little value out of those systems.

Big Data is about redefining what data actually means to you. Examine the sources that you never cared to look at before, instrument your systems to generate the kind of data that are valuable to you and not to your software vendor. This is not about technology. This is about completely new way of doing business where data finally gets the driver’s seat. The conversations about organizations’ brands and their competitors’ brands are happening in social media that they neither control nor have a good grasp of. At Uber, Bradly Voytek, a neuroscientist is looking at interesting ways to analyze real-time data to improve the way Uber does business. Recently, Target came under fire for using data to predict future needs of a shopper. Opportunities are in abundance.

Myth # 3: Big Data is for expert users    

The last mile of Big Data is the tools. As technology evolves the tools that allow people to interact with data have significantly improved, as well. Without these tools the data is worth nothing. The tools have evolved in all categories ranging from simple presentation charting frameworks to complex tools used for deep analysis. With rising popularity and adoption of HTML 5 and people’s desire to consume data on tablets, the investment in presentation side of the tools have gone up. Popular javascript frameworks such as D3 have allowed people to do interesting things such as creating a personal annual report. Availability of a various datasets published by several public sector agencies in the US have also spurred some creative analysis by data geeks such as this interactive report that tracks money as people move to different parts of the country.

The other exciting trend has been the self-service reporting in the cloud and better abstraction tools on top of complex frameworks such as Hadoop. Without self-service tools most people will likely be cut off from the data chain even if they have access to data they want to analyze. I cannot overemphasize how important the tools are in the Big Data value chain. They make it an inclusive system where more people can participate in data discovery, exploration, and analysis. Unusual insights rarely come from experts; they invariably come from people who were always fascinated by data but analyzing data was never part of their day-to-day job. Big Data is about enabling these people to participate – all information accessible to all people.

Coming soon in the Part II: Myth # 2 and Myth # 1.

Cloud Infographic: What Type Of Cloud Hosting Do You Require?

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Whitepaper: Reaping New Value from Existing ECM Solutions with the Cloud

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Reaping New Value from Existing ECM Solutions with the Cloud For many organizations, enterprise content management has been an unrealized dream and the source of technological and budgetary challenges. Most large companies have invested millions in ECM solutions, but many are less than satisfied with their results. Even those that are happy with their deployments typically see them used by only […]

Cloud Computing: Leading From The Front – Part 1

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Cloud Computing: Leading From The Front – Part 1 Cloud computing is not just a trend. It is changing the way IT organizations drive business value. In a short span of time, cloud computing has changed the way in which businesses and individuals consume computing resources. Cloud signifies a fundamental shift from a traditional model […]

Food, Water, Shelter, Cloud: The New Essential For Budding Entrepreneurs

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Food, Water, Shelter, Cloud: The New Essential for Budding Entrepreneurs Thanks to cloud computing, entrepreneurship has never seemed so inviting. The cloud instinctively sizes itself to the needs of a business, eradicating overspending. In addition, its ease of access and zero expenditure on capital significantly simplify launch time. Even Forbes is proclaiming cloud computing’s advantages […]

IPaaS: Integration Platform as a Service. Buzzword Or Has Real Substance?

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IPaaS: Integration Platform as a Service. Buzzword or has real substance? As enterprises have started using various cloud services such as Salesforce.com, Google apps, etc a new problem has crept up in the form of “cloud silos”. This has complicated the integration of various components in the enterprise with each other. Thus, a new set […]

Bill Gates Caves In To The Cloud?

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Bill Gates Caves In to the Cloud? Apparently, even Bill Gates battled his own personal Bogeyman. A new article penned by Austin Edwards, aka “The Motley Fool,” alleges that the technological legend was forced into an early retirement by a fear of the then unknown and upcoming “cloud.” Apparently Mr. Gates had sent a foreboding […]

Cloud Computing To Fuel Job Creation In High Tech Industries

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Cloud Computing to Fuel Job Creation in High Tech Industries, says London School of Economics Not long back I had written about a UK study where Chief Information Officers (CIOs) had described cloud computing as having had the biggest positive impact on businesses in 2011 (See: Cloud Computing “Most Positive for Businesses”: UK Study ). […]

Latest Trends Of The Cloud Computing World

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Latest trends of the cloud computing world There is no doubt about the worldwide cloud adoption. According to the National Inflation Association, cloud computing is currently a $74 billion industry that accounts for 3 percent of global IT spending, and it’s expected to become a $150 billion market by 2013. Moreover, cloud computing is creating […]