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October 22, 2013

Is an Open Computing Ecosystem an Engine for Innovation?

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 […]

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October 1, 2013

Splunk Offers a Powerful Platform — Will They Capitalize on the Opportunity for Growth?

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 […]

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September 17, 2013

Will VMware be Lucky Again?

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 […]

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September 17, 2013

Is Data Quality Relevant for Big Data?

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 […]

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August 29, 2013

How Powerful is the Software Developer in Your Organization?

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, […]

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April 30, 2013

What is Service Virtualization?

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 […]

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April 29, 2013

IBM’s Big Data Strategy: the sum of the parts

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 […]

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April 28, 2013

Dell’s Next Move: Turning Software into Gold

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 […]

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April 16, 2013

April 15, 2013 Boston

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 […]

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January 30, 2013

The Emergence of Big Data Security Intelligence

What’s Driving Big Data Security Intelligence? There is a new generation of security offerings that can anticipate threats and prevent them in real-time.  This new generation of offerings is emerging because of an increase level of risk.  Traditionally, security systems have worked by collecting and analyzing logs and then setting alerts to trigger action when […]

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