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Judith's Balancing Act

A frank dialog about the impact of emerging technologies such as big data, cloud, and security on customer success

Judith Hurwitz

judith hurwitz headshotJudith Hurwitz is an author, speaker and business technology consultant with decades of experience.  Judith's full bio
Over the past couple of months I have been on the road quite a bit, primarily attending a variety of analyst meetings – in addition to project work and book writing. This has given me little time to keep up with my blog writing. I decided to begin by providing an overview of my composite observations about the direction of the software market as part 1. I will then provide observations from a variety of meetings I have attended this spring. Enterprise software vendors at the crossroads. This is a time of transition for enterprise software. In the good old...
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My top seven predictions for 2014

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In December, like everyone else, I decided to present my predictions for 2014. I didn’t publish my predictions in an article or blog. Rather, I decided to experiment. Over a number of days I tweeted my predictions. It was an interesting process. I could avoid the problem of getting too busy and not getting around to finishing the blog. How as my experience? I’d say it was mixed. On the positive side, I continued to tweet ideas as they came into my mind, rather than trying to sit down and come up with my top predictions all at once. On...
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I have long been a proponent of open computing software. Great software can emerge when you can bring together a community of technologists with passion for accomplishing a common goal. I was asked to participate in an online debate on the topic of the pros and cons of open computing on October 29th, that is part of by IBM's Smarter Computing program  I decided to share some of my thinking about open computing and open source in this post. on "the pros and cons of open computing when it comes to cloud, big data, and software defined environments." This post...
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Will VMware be Lucky Again?

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VMware is at an interesting crossroads of its existence. The company has been around for 15 years and has evolved dramatically from the company that filled a niche in the market for non-mainframe server virtualization. In those early days, VMware was small and unintimidating and pretty much the only game in down. Over the next several years it evolved into a powerhouse in server virtualization – in essence owning the market. The company was sold to EMC in 2004 and three years later, EMC took the company public with 15% of the company’s shares. Today, VMware stands at an important...
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I originally published this book in BusinessWeek's Management Section of its online site.   Whenever there are major technology transitions, corporations go through a period in which software developers gain tremendous power. On one hand, it makes sense that those who understand new and complicated technologies need to be out in front. On the other, developers have an agenda that might not align with business objectives. This is where we are today, and it is an uncomfortable time for both IT management and business leaders. The technologies rippling throughout industries—mobile and cloud computing and big data analytics–are causing dramatic and painful...
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  In researching our new book, Big Data for Dummies, it became clear that Big Data is not simply about a specific tool or technique for Big Data analytics.  You would never know this by examining the hype around this emerging market.  Yes, Hadoop is important but it not the entire big data ecosystem.  Big Data is not one tools or manipulating and analyzing huge volumes of data. And Big Data is not about calculating how many individuals on Twitter or Facebook mentioned a certain event.  It is easy to get caught up in the hype and focus on the tools...
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Dell is a company in transition. As we have seen with many companies that have a hardware legacy, Dell is transforming itself into what it calls “an end-to-end solutions and services company that services mid-sized enterprises”.  Software will clearly be the key to this executing on this strategy.    This is not a transition that can be undertaken lightly.  It is complicated not just to obtain the right software but also to change the culture of the organization at the same time.  Dell is moving full steam ahead into the software market under the leadership of John Swainson, a veteran of both...
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April 15, 2013 Boston

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I know you think that this will be an analysis of Big Data or Cloud or something else. But I wanted to pause for a moment and provide my thoughts about the bombing at the Boston Marathon.  A poem:   Normal Were we normal yesterday before we heard about the bomb? Will we ever be normal again? Were we ever normal? We live our lives in snapshots of joy, confusion, and fear. We ache for normal Will we be bored again? Can we grab each other and hug and hope for normal? Will we ever live small insular lives again? No...
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