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...Continue reading
Godfrey Sullivan’s Keynote for this year’s Splunk User Conference had the audience buzzing with excitement as Splunk Version 6 and Splunk Cloud were announced. Both offerings are intended to allow business users to gain more actionable insight from Splunk’s ability to capture, store and search nearly any type of log-data. Fraud detection for financial services companies was one of the featured Splunk use cases, along with smart grid technology. In addition, one of the founders of Splunk’s most recent (and first) acquisition, BugSense spoke during the keynote. After spending the day talking with current Splunk customers, partners and executives, I had the following...Continue reading
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...Continue reading
One of the biggest benefits from a big data analysis is the ability to find answers to new types of questions and then quickly take action to improve business results. For example, a retailer can leverage social media data to analyze customer reaction to a marketing campaign and make immediate changes rather than waiting several weeks to review results from traditional marketing data sources. Various big data sources such as Twitter feeds, audio files, or emails are analyzed and the resulting patterns that emerge can provide important business value for companies.
Increasingly, leaders understand there is enormous value in integrating...Continue reading
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...Continue reading
There has been a lot of discussion lately about "service virtualization", however the term alone can make your head spin. Are we talking about server virtualization? What types of services are involved? What does virtualization have to do with testing? I'd like to quickly clear up any confusion you may have. Service virtualization is used to simulate the behavior of components in an application so you can perform an accurate and timely test in a world of complex interrelated applications. Production services that may not be available for integration testing can be virtualized so the testing can take place at...Continue reading
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...Continue reading
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...Continue reading
Big data management is one of the major challenges facing business, industry, and not-for-profit organizations. Data sets such as customer transactions for a mega-retailer, weather patterns monitored by meteorologists, or social network activity can quickly outpace the capacity of traditional data management tools.