IoT Made My Disney Experience Better
/ Jan 8, 2015 0 COMMENTS

My last IoT blog was focused on how the Internet of Things isn’t really about connected devices but rather about how to create new experiences using the connected endpoints. A short while ago, my wife and I took her niece and nephew to Disney World and the connected experience that Disney offers is fantastic, so…

The IoT is About New Experiences, Not Just Connected Things
/ Jan 6, 2015 0 COMMENTS

2014 was a big year for the Internet of Things (IoT). Much of the focus of IoT has been on the topic of connected things. I actually wrote about connected devices in this blog on five different IoT solutions that we might find useful. I touched on a few connected devices but there are literally…

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Do We Store Too Much Data – Or Too Little?
/ Sep 30, 2014 0 COMMENTS

The world’s data stores are growing at an alarming rate. Market researchers at IDC have estimated it at 40 percent per year, which will take us from 4.4 zettabytes in 2013 to 44 zettabytes in 2020 – a zettabyte is 10^21 bytes. That’s a thousand exabytes, or a million petabytes. The costs for business are…

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5 IoT Solutions We Can Use – And One We Can Live Without
/ Sep 9, 2014 1 COMMENTS

The industry is all a-buzz over the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT).  Cisco did a study last year that sized the opportunity at $14.4 trillion over the next decade, meaning there’s plenty of opportunity for startups and traditional companies to use IoT as a significant growth engine.  Over the past few months, though,…

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Internet of Things Shifts Computing From the Cloud to the Fog
/ Jul 10, 2014 0 COMMENTS

Mark Twain is rumored to have once said, “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco”. And if you’ve ever been to San Francisco any time of the year, you’ll know that one of the distinguishing characteristics of the city is how cool, damp, and foggy it can be.  I’ve been…

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Getting Close-Up And Personal With Streaming Analytics
/ Jun 5, 2014 0 COMMENTS

The creation of Hadoop in 2005, with its ability to store and process Big Data, helped companies and governments to identify anomalies and trends in the huge volumes of user activity data they collect as more and more transactions and interactions go on-line, even in brick-and-mortar shops. The ability to exploit the ‘wisdom of crowds’…

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Welcome the Data Scientist, your next CEO
/ Feb 10, 2014 0 COMMENTS

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…

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Big Data To Play Major Role In Network Security
/ Feb 7, 2014 0 COMMENTS

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…

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Why Is The CMO Spending So Much On IT?
/ Jan 23, 2014 0 COMMENTS

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…

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Tape Is Cloud-Ready, But Are Cloud Users Tape-Ready?
/ Nov 13, 2013 0 COMMENTS

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…