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GameStop, based in Grapevine, Texas, uses big data to improve how it conducts its business and better serve its customers. The next BriefingsDirect analytics innovation case study interview highlights how GameStop, based in Grapevine, Texas, uses big data to improve how it conducts it...
The true value of the Internet of Things (IoT) lies not just in the data, but through the services that protect the data, perform the analysis and present findings in a usable way. With many IoT elements rooted in traditional IT components, Big Data and IoT isn’t just a play for enterp...
Traditionally IT has been seen as a cost center with nothing but a cost associated with enabling, supporting and maintaining anything IT. IT on the other hand is an integral part of today’s enterprise that often does not have a replacement. IT can however be turned into a powerful prof...
While DevOps is roughly a journey towards the ideals of agility through continuous delivery, there are no set rules for its implementation. How the initiative starts out is subjective to each business, and is a continuous path of improvement and collaboration. Automic CMO, Dr. Chris...
In the consumer IoT, everything is new, and the IT world of bits and bytes holds sway. But industrial and commercial realms encompass operational technology (OT) that has been around for 25 or 50 years. This grittier, pre-IP, more hands-on world has much to gain from Industrial IoT (...
Early in my DevOps Journey, I was introduced to a book of great significance circulating within the Web Operations industry titled The Phoenix Project. (You can read our review of Gene’s book, if interested.) Written as a novel and loosely based on many of the same principles explore...
"PLUMgrid is a software defined networking company - we provide virtual network infrastructure which plugs into any framework you're using," explained Dhiraj Sehgal of PLUMgrid in this SYS-CON.tv interview at Cloud Expo (http://www.CloudComputingExpo.com), held June 9-11, 2015, at the ...
Access is everything. It is the fundamental pillar that determines whether critical enterprise assets are safe or exposed. Knowing the answers to the questions of who is accessing what, where they are accessing that information from, why they are accessing that information and, finally...
Snagajob – one of the largest hourly employment networks for job seekers and employers – uses big data to finally understand their systems' performance in action. The next BriefingsDirect analytics innovation case study interview explores how Snagajob in Richmond, Virginia – one of t...
A panel of experts examines how cloud governance and enterprise architecture can prove essential in the Bimodal IT era, a period of increasingly fragmented IT. Not only are IT organizations dealing with so-called shadow IT and myriad proof-of-concept affairs, there is now a strong rat...
Business Cloud News recently tied up with Sharp Document Solutions to interview more than 715 enterprise IT professionals from across the world for their study on cloud based collaboration. The objective of the study was to look at the level of proliferation of cloud tools in the enter...
Tableau Software and big data analytics platforms come together to provide visualization benefits for those seeking more than just crunched numbers. The next BriefingsDirect big data innovation discussion highlights how Tableau Software and big data analytics platforms come together t...
In my last post, I wrote about the value of IT / business collaboration, and the importance of a common language, a common definition of end-user experience – user transaction response time – as the one performance metric both IT and business have in common. In it, I provided some back...
The time is ripe for high speed resilient software defined storage solutions with unlimited scalability. ISS has been working with the leading open source projects and developed a commercial high performance solution that is able to grow forever without performance limitations. In hi...
Database apps on mobile devices shouldn't stop working when there's limited or no network connectivity. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Bradley Holt, a Developer Advocate for IBM Cloudant, discussed how to bring data stored in a cloud database to the edge of the network (and back ...
Beginning with Ruxit Agent v1.73, Ruxit provides root cause analysis for Node.js errors down to the code level. As with other services, Ruxit marks web requests to Node.js as failed based on the accompanying HTTP error code. Simply click the Failure rate portion of any Node.js service...
Stage setting: Camera is positioned above the treetop of one of three tall poplars. It looks down on the terrace of a pub. It’s evening, but there’s still enough light to see that the terrace is sparsely populated. Camera slowly moves down towards a specific table in the corner… As t...
Most developers learn best by examples, which naturally tend to simplify matters and omit things that aren’t essential for understanding. This means that the “Hello World” example, when used as starting point for an application, may be not suitable for production scenarios at all. I s...
The path of an application from software development to bullet-proof operational deployment has rarely been a smooth one. This is true whether we're talking new applications or maintenance releases of established applications. There's no deep mystery to why this is. The fact is that th...
As a recent graduate, and now professor in the University of Connecticut's Business Analytics and Project Management masters program, I have a lot of conversations surrounding the topic of "Big Data" and questions such as, "What does that term actually mean?" Big Data is a fairly new ...
With worldwide spending on cloud services and infrastructure growing by 23% in 2015 to $118B, it is clear that cloud services are here to stay. Yet, the rate of cloud adoption varies by companies and markets around the world. With thousands of outages and hijacks across the Internet ev...
Who would have thought that providing a better experience for people viewing internet content would be so controversial? You may know by now that Apple announced a new Safari release bringing content blocking extensions to iOS and Mac OSX, emphasizing user experience and the impact of...
Enterprises and IT organizations around the world are excited about the agility promises of hybrid cloud computing, but they remain concerned about the potential for ungoverned sprawl and its attendant downstream effects such as hidden costs, increased performance risks, and potential ...
In 2013, Scandinavian research group SINTEF announced that 90 percent of all data ever created was generated during the two previous years. That time frame continues shrink as the rate of data creation increases exponentially. Mobile devices, computers, gaming systems and even your car...
Consider that the benefits derived from proactive monitoring do not necessarily come from just one tool, albeit tool selection is a key element, but it is not the only one. “A fool with a tool is still a fool” – Grady Booch. Listening to what your business partners need from an applic...
Approved this February by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), HTTP/2 is the first major update to HTTP since 1999, when HTTP/1.1 was standardized. Designed with performance in mind, one of the biggest goals of HTTP/2 implementation is to decrease latency while maintaining a hig...
"To us DevOps is actually a movement that at the very center is about developers and IT operations teams collaborating in a framework that drives agility, drives the ideation to production readiness in a seamless manner," explained Monish Sharma, Director in PwC's consulting business, ...
Web-scale companies like Facebook and Google are popularizing a new title within IT operations teams: the Site Reliability Engineer (SRE). For some, this role is referred to as a Production Engineer, while others have even more obscure titles, like Airbnb’s “Developer Happiness Enginee...
SaaS businesses can be overwhelmingly complex. If the multi-tenant, cloud-based technology isn’t enough, there’s the recurring revenue model which creates all kinds of challenges from accounting to sales compensation to funding. Then, there’s the marketing. Getting noticed on the Inter...
Node.js is an open source runtime environment for server-side and network based applications. Node.js contains all the components needed to build a functioning website. But, you need to think of Node.js as a big tool box. As with any other art form, going to the tool box over and ov...
United Airlines flights nationwide were grounded early Wednesday morning, creating delays and long lines at airport terminals. The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) also suspended trading on Wednesday and stayed down for nearly four hours. Minutes later, The Wall Street Journal's (WSJ) ho...
During my first trip out to the Blue Box office in Seattle this week, I thought about the coast-to-coast flight while relaxing at 40,000 feet. A journey of thousands of miles made completely routinely in about five hours. I remembered one of my favorite computer games as a kid—The Oreg...
Software is eating the world. The more it eats, the bigger the mountain of data and wealth of valuable insights to digest and act on. Forward facing customer-centric IT organizations, leaders and professionals are looking to answer questions like how much revenue was lost today from pl...
Nobody wants to be in the news with headlines like this, but it happens. I’d like to share an interesting experience I had when meeting on site with an anonymous customer. I’ve since noticed this same problem a few times, concerning email marketing, conversion impact, nervous operators...
Since the ITIL guidelines to robust software engineering were perfected in the 1990s, the agile manifesto has been fulfilled. Speed is often now king, as many modern day enterprises stay ahead of the competition with continuous delivery. DevOps, the spearhead of the agile movement, dir...
If you are the VP of Sales, it is quite likely you want and need to know up to date sales numbers, pipeline status and forecasts. If you are meeting with a prospect to close a deal, it is quite likely that having up to date business intelligence and CRM information would be useful. L...
Do the following statements sound familiar? "We know who our online audience is." "We don't need to look beyond application and network management tools for good website performance." "Our Cloud provider is delivering adequate availability and security." "Switching providers mean...
This week we're attending SYS-CON Event's DevOps Summit in New York City. It's a great conference and energy behind DevOps is enormous. Thousands of attendees from every company you can imagine are focused on automation, the challenges of DevOps, and how to bring greater agility to so...
Mobile devices. Cloud-based services. The Internet of Things. What do all of these trends have in common? They are some of the factors driving the unprecedented growth of data today. And where data grows, so does the need for data storage. The traditional method of buying more hardware...
I’ve long taken inspiration from Peter Drucker’s caution that “if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” It’s no wonder that leaders of business disciplines such as HR, finance, marketing and sales consistently use metrics, reports and dashboards to assess their business and aid i...