The evolution of data prep

The evolution of data prep

There is no valid argument against the value of good data preparation as part of an analytics and data management strategy. Organizations require self-service access to valid and reliable data that can be leveraged to make better decisions. Historically, organizations have separated out business and technology decisions and development of business analytics applications. But effective data management requires collaboration between IT and technical requirements and overall business needs. This means taking data acquisition and preparation to the next level by making sure they are managed effectively by IT departments and have business rules that reflect the requirements of business needs. With ...

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Tips on Getting the Most Out of Your 1:1 iPad Education Program

Tips on Getting the Most Out of Your 1:1 iPad Education Program

There is no greater investment we can make in the future than to prepare our children to successfully navigate the challenges of tomorrow. Of course, predicting the workforce requirements of the future is a bit like trying to capture a fly with a cargo net—just when you think you have it, it slips through the holes and buzzes in a different direction. Nonetheless, it’s safe to assume that workforce mobility will be an essential aspect of the coming generation’s career experiences. Mobile technology is already an integral part of nearly every business role, and its use can only be expected ...

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Linux on Power—Poised for Greatness

Linux on Power—Poised for Greatness

For two decades, IBM’s Power Systems family of high-performance servers has been considered the premier alternative to x86-based systems. Combining fast processing, high availability, and rapid scalability, Power Systems are optimized to support big data and cloud architectures. Popularly deployed to run IBM’s AIX and IBM i operating systems, the platform has seen stiff competition in recent years from x86-based Linux systems. In 2013, IBM responded to this challenge by investing a billion dollars into the development of enhancements to the Power line that would support Linux operating systems and open source technologies. This bold move was hailed as a ...

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This morning, EMC’s RSA Security Division announced its intent to acquire Silver Tail Systems. The press release is here. I’ve written about Silver Tail before, going back to one of my first posts on the rise of data-driven security. In a five-part blog series introduced by that post, I described how data-driven security is evolving...

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This week, I’m at a big vendor’s big conference – a conference which, on the surface, may not appear to be primarily about security: IBM’s Information on Demand event in Las Vegas. “But you’re a security analyst.  Why are you going to IOD?” you ask. (And if you didn’t, let me explain:) With over 12,000...

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posted by Tracy Corbo   | October 22, 2012 | 0 Comments

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In Barcelona, Spain at the Citrix Synergy conference, Cisco and Citrix announced an expansion of their current partnership, built around desktop virtualization, into three new areas including:  cloud networking, cloud orchestration, and mobile workstyles. The expanded partnership will include a significant investment in people and resources to develop the technology, provide integration, and validation of...

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posted by Jim Frey   | October 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

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(Author’s note:  Thanks to Tracy Corbo for contributions to this post!) I’ve just returned from Interop in New York, and it seemed like every other sentence spoken there include “SDN.” The networking community is abuzz with talk about Software Defined Networks (SDN), but what does this really mean, in terms of what we should expect...

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After talking about the “grand vision” of the Software Defined Datacenter (SDD) in part 1 of this series and discussing the individual components required to build out the SDD in part 2, this third part will be all about the three core challenges and controversies: Blades vs. Pizza Boxes The miniaturized design of blade servers,...

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In part 1 of this series of four posts, we examined the grand vision of the software-defined datacenter (SDD). In this second post of the series, we will take a look at the core components of the SDD (see Figure 1) and provide a brief evaluation of how mature these components currently are. Figure 1...

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posted by Torsten Volk   | August 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

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The ultimate goal of the Software-Defined Datacenter (SDD), a term coined only a few months ago by VMware’s Steve Herrod, is to centrally control all aspects of the data center – compute, networking, storage – through hardware-independent management and virtualization software. This software will also provide the advanced features that currently constitute the main differentiators...

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For the last several months, I’ve been heads-down on a research project that culminates over a year of investigation into the rise of what I have been calling “data-driven security”: security efforts informed and defined by their reliance on insight – and increasingly enabled by emerging technologies for large-scale data management, as well as by...

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posted by Torsten Volk   | August 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

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When I picked “The Journey to the Cloud” as the working title for one of my fall research projects, I triggered some immediate reactions from colleagues and customers, whose opinions I value. And while I typically do not place too much importance on selecting a working title and also did not intend to just warm...

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Looking back over this year’s blog posts reminds me that I’ve been heavy on Cloud – and Integration-related topics. And a review of my recent “Cloud Integration” survey has convinced me that I’m not finished yet.  As a matter of fact, from an Application Management perspective, the conversation is just beginning. Four of today’s hottest...

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