Welcome the Data Scientist, your next CEO

I attended a round table with Actian recently, one of a series it has been running around the world.  Nominally on the subject of business analysis, it seems that at one of the US events, a comment that data scientists would become the next generation of CEOs seemed to get a warm reception. Inside my […]

Big Data To Play Major Role In Network Security

Depending upon your perspective, it’s been a really bad or a really good few weeks for security. However, while the outlook remains bleak — both for the existing and pending victims, and for the insurance industry — there is a ray of hope with a greater focus on security, and the role that Big Data […]

Why Is The CMO Spending So Much On IT?

Do you believe the recent spate of articles in magazines such as Forbes that state that within five years CMOs will spend more on IT than CIOs do?  Having run network organizations at two Fortune 500 companies, the thought that CMOs will spend more on IT than CIOs do makes the hair on my head […]

Tape Is Cloud-Ready, But Are Cloud Users Tape-Ready?

When I write about tape drives, I usually get two very different sets of reactions. At one end are the jokes about lost data and 48-hour retrieval times. At the other are the comments, usually made in response to the first lot, along the lines of “When was the last time you used a tape […]

Are Smart Cities Something for Citizens to Embrace or Fear?

I attended the inaugural Internet of Things World Forum the last week of October in Barcelona, Spain.  Part of the Forum was a walking tour of the city to show off all of the great IoT innovation that the city has implemented over the past few years to make Barcelona one of the smartest cities […]

Three Pitfalls to Cloud On-Ramping

You’ve decided that you’re going to move to an external cloud platform.  You’ve provisioned the platform with the applications you need, and you’re ready to go.  Except for the few quazillion bytes of existing data that are sitting in your existing data center and need to be moved over to the new platform. A while […]

Why The Future Needs Local CDN

Content delivery (or distribution) networks (CDN) are generally perceived as being of concern only for wide area networks (WANs).  The idea is that relatively static content can distributed to be held as close to a user as possible so as to reduce the stress on a single server that would result from videos, music, and […]

The Telco’s Role in Big Data

Big Data has been one of the hottest IT trends over the past few years. If it’s true that networking and IT are coming together, then Big Data should provide a significant opportunity for communication service providers. I haven’t yet forecast this market out myself, but I have seen several analyst forecasts looking at Big […]

If You’re Not The Disruptor, You’re Going To Be Disrupted!

I recently came across a couple of lists of disruptive technologies that are forcing businesses to ‘adapt or die’. Disruptive technologies have been around since fire and the wheel, and more recently, the mainframe/minicomputer/PC/tablet and smartphone, or tape/disk and flash. While there are always casualties when markets are disrupted, how is that different from the […]

Faster Financial Networks Need Big Data Analysis For Compliance

“It only takes four seconds to invest thousands of million of pounds”, said Jérôme Kerviel, the now-imprisoned rogue trader. While it makes me wonder whether I’m in the right business, or on the right network, his and other similar stories do emphasize the very thin red line between huge success and ruinous behavior in the […]