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Whatever happened to those intelligent fridges we were promised? The ones that would send you a message telling you to order more oranges, or notify your online retailer to deliver more dairy. Those clever fridges were the most talked about example of how the ‘Internet of Things' (IoT)...
Your Node.js application may be utilizing a backend database, a caching layer, or possibly even a queue server as it offloads CPU intensive tasks onto worker servers to process in the background. Whatever the backend your Node.js application interfaces with, the latency to these backen...
Had Mark Twain lived today, we might hear him utter the oath lies, damn lies, and analytics. Statistics to be sure may still be used to distort the truth – but now with the sudden explosion of big data, analytics threaten the same fate. I’m not talking about intentional distortion her...
Apache Spark continues to gain a lot of traction as companies launch or expand their big data initiatives. There is no doubt that it’s finding a place in corporate IT strategies. The open-source cluster computing framework was developed in the AMPLab at the University of California at...
Ten years ago I was a programmer working at an insurance company. The hard IT work of an insurance company is claims processing - taking in new members, getting claims, figuring out how they should be payed, and paying them electronically. That meant a big database. We wrote a lot of ...
Citrix announced that the company has been named as a leader in the Forrester Research, Inc. report, The Forrester WaveTM: Server-Hosted Virtual Desktops (VDI), Q3 2015. The report evaluated seven vendors based on 26 criteria, including current offering, strategy and market presence. ...
JavaScript is the language of the Web. There is no other language that can run literally on any old or new device connected to the Internet. On the other hand, there are dozens of languages that compile (a.k.a. transpile) to JavaScript. Why not just writing JavaScript applications in J...
DevOps has traditionally played important roles in development and IT operations, but the practice is quickly becoming core to other business functions such as customer success, business intelligence, and marketing analytics. Modern marketers today are driven by data and rely on many ...
Latest figures from the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) indicate that cloud adoption is at its highest figure to date, with 78 per cent of organisations now having formally adopted at least one type of cloud-based service. TechNavio echoes this surge and in particular the surge in growth of...
Many of the early examples tend to highlight smart cities or home automation. For most enterprises, however, the ability to connect and integrate everything together can solve current problems and open up new opportunities. Most enterprises have complex combinations of legacy systems,...
Dasher Technologies is helping to usher in the democratization of big data value to more players in less time with analytics in a cloud services model
I have three words for everyone in software testing: prioritize, prioritize, and prioritize. You can't test every possible permutation of your software, especially so with APIs and IoT devices where you're placing much of the user experience in the hands of integrators to your core pro...
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...
Today’s connected world is moving from devices towards things, what this means is that by using increasingly low cost sensors embedded in devices we can create many new use cases. These span across use cases in cities, vehicles, home, offices, factories, retail environments, worksites,...
One of the great benefits of utilizing a language like Node.js is the wide assortment of 3rd party modules that are at your disposal. From calculating the validity of credit card numbers, to managing network connections, the Node Package Manager (npm) repository has hundreds of thousa...
It’s not hard to find technology trade press commentary on the subject of Big Data. Variously defined (in non-technical terms) as the cluttered old shoebox of all data – and again (in more technical terms) as that amount of data that does not comfortably fit into a standard relationa...
I was recently watching one of my favorite science fiction TV shows (I’ll confess, ‘Dr. Who’). In classic dystopian fashion, there was a scene in which a young boy is running for his life across some barren ground in a war-ravaged world. One of his compatriots calls out to him to freez...
Scott Guthrie's keynote presentation "Journey to the intelligent cloud" is a must view video. This is from AzureCon 2015, September 29, 2015 I have reproduced some screen shots in case you are unable to view this long video for one reason or another. One of the highlights is 3 data...
Nikolai Fasting: We have a completely different vision. Most BaaS address back-end developers. However, we want to make the back-end obsolete. We are addressing innovative front-end developers who want to be creative. We don’t want them to worry about the back-end. We also offer a br...
Jack Welch, the former CEO of GE once said - “If the rate of change on the outside is happening faster than the rate of change on the inside, the end is in sight.” This rings truer than ever – especially because business success is inextricably associated with those organizations who’v...
We talk about optimization a whole lot. There’s cloud workload optimization, there’s mobile optimization for website presentation and there’s every other type of optimization as we move through the ‘full stack’ of information technology from the base logic layer all the way up to the G...
Through this series I've considered the changes disruptive technology is having on traditional models, the routes businesses are taking to embrace transformation and the skills challenge they are facing as a result. It's clearly a complex and all-encompassing challenge for business lea...
The IoT market is on track to hit $7.1 trillion in 2020, according to an IDC's study. Are we ready for this massive demand? How can we deal with the challenges? Some firms choose to take no action by claiming they are too busy with what they are doing. Some organizations blindly jump ...
This is a new term I learned this week, thanks to the Forrester analyst Mike Gualtieri. Terms like Translytics or Exalytics (Oracle’s phrase) do not roll off the tongue that easy. Mike defined Translytical as , “single unified database that supports transaction and analytics in real ti...
The mobile tsunami has arrived and app dev is experiencing similar growing pains experienced in past decades. Choices in standards, architecture, device priorities, and a broad landscape of device types pose significant challenges for IT today. This eBook draws from the experience of ...
Go ahead. Name a cloud environment that doesn't include load balancing as the key enabler of elastic scalability. I've got coffee... so it's good, take your time... Exactly. Load balancing - whether implemented as traditional high availability pairs or clustering - provides the mean...
“Life,” according to a saying often attributed to John Lennon, “is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” Nowhere is this truer than in IT – especially in the world of ops. Operations staffs spend much of their time firefighting infrastructure emergencies. These un...
Big Data is the revolution the business world has been waiting for. The transformation that has taken place among many companies due to the adoption of Big Data analytics simply can’t be understated. Organizations of all types have looked into the many ways in which big data can help t...
My favorite writer, Gil Press, sums it up with, “It’s Official: The Internet Of Things Takes Over Big Data As The Most Hyped Technology” where he talks about how Gartner released its latest Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, and how big data has moved down the “trough of disillusion...
Buy a cloud, any cloud you like and stick it on whatever application and data storage, management and/or analysis workload you like – that’s all it takes, right? Actually, that’s kind of not how it works. This thing called ‘optimization’ is one of those often used industry buzzwords...
You don't have to look far to see evidence of open source software's impact on IT as a whole. It starts with large open source projects like OpenStack, Cloud Foundry, and Hadoop and continues to smaller but widely deployed components like OpenSSL and MySQL. I know what you're thinki...
Large organizations engaged in enterprise release management seldom have a single "enterprise release manager." Instead of a single, "enterprise-wide" responsibility, most large, decentralized organizations assign responsibility for more strategic, release management functions to seve...
The goal of any DevOps solution is to optimize multiple processes in an organization. And success does not necessarily require that in executing the strategy everything needs to be automated to produce an effective plan. Yet, it is important that processes are put in place to handle a ...
Full 360 uses big data and analytics to improve their applications support services for the financial industry -- and beyond.
Now that we’ve had a few years of cloud adoption under our belts, I thought it was a good time to take a look at how some of the cloud models are performing. Public cloud has it’s own great case study with Amazon AWS, and private clouds see strong supporters with forward-thinking IT t...
The processes for IT, facilities and human resources (HR) are broadly similar and do overlap, such as with commencement and exit procedures, and can easily be brought together in a single tool to manage. However, even when doing so and when supporting departments have their own tools a...
This year marks the 80th birthday of Fujitsu, and we continue with an accelerated drive of putting innovation in action. The company was originally founded in 1935 as a producer of telecommunications switches and spread out into computers and many other areas of Information and Communi...
The New Data Center has arrived. Over the past decade we have seen the migration from physical servers to virtual machines and now to public cloud, private cloud and hybrid cloud. Each of these migrations has taken a similar path. Test, dev and non-critical workloads are the first to m...
According to a survey published by Gallup, just over 13 percent of employees globally are actually "involved in, enthusiastic about and committed to their work and workplace." The rest of the global workforce is not just indifferent - a good chunk of them are also "actively disengaged"...
Today’s business ecosystems span across multiple organizations, security perimeters and trust zones, increasing the number of attack vectors. With the migration of enterprise applications to the cloud, attack surfaces have expanded significantly. Compounding the problem, today’s wave o...