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Hadoop Is A Recursive Acronym

by Merv Adrian  |  October 13th, 2014

Hopefully, that title got your attention. A recursive acronym - the term first appeared in the book Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid and is likely more familiar to tech folks who know Gnu - is self-referential (as in "Gnu's not Unix.") So how did I conclude Hadoop, whose name origin...

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Ebola Virus Workplace Preparedness and Response Best Practices

by Roberta J. Witty  |  October 17th, 2014

Note: Gartner does not normally post detailed solutions via its publicly available blogs. After all, we are in business to provide solutions to our clients. However, issues of public safety deserve broad distribution in the public interest. Therefore, occasional exceptions are made to our normal blog policy. This post is...

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Data Quality Improvement

by Saul Judah  |  October 17th, 2014

Several discussions I have recently had indicate that people continue to have challenges with getting their enterprise data quality towards a more mature state. I am seeing organizations continue to struggle with securing resources to improve the quality of their critical data.   Often this is because they are unable to...

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"Forward Guidance" versus the Peril and Pleasure of Ignorance

by Andrew White  |  October 17th, 2014

I was dismayed after reading two articles.  One in yesterday’s US print edition of the Financial Times, the other from today's Wall Street Journal. Bank of Canada turns sceptical on forward guidance The Bank of Canada was an early adopter and pioneer of "forward guidance".  This practice has become popular...

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10 Proof Points - Why Customer Experience Is the Next Big Thing

by Laura McLellan  |  October 17th, 2014

If you’re bombarded as much as most marketers are with pushed content, then you’re probably skeptical of one more claim for the “next big thing”. Every marketing technology and service provider, every specialized association and publication, and every “independent” pundit has at one time or another proclaimed the “next big thing”...

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CEOs and CIOs - what's your "techquisition" strategy?

by Mark Raskino  |  October 16th, 2014

I am intrigued when I see a company in a traditional industry, acquire some kind of digital or information technology business. It's a very modern M&A sub-trend I'll call  "techquisitioning". We did not see much of it during the original dot com and e-business boom of the early 2000's. However, there...

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Introducing the Programmable Economy, the Value Graph and Other Elements of a Post-Bitcoin World

by Ray Valdes  |  October 15th, 2014

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Acting on MSSP Alerts

by Anton Chuvakin  |  October 16th, 2014

Have you seen the funnel lately? (source: https://flic.kr/p/fxKbT) In any case, while you are contemplating the funnel, also ponder this: what do you get from your MSSP, ALERTS or INCIDENTS [if you are getting LOGS from them, please reconsider paying any money for their services] What’s the difference? Security incidents...

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International Data Quality Summit: Context is Crucial, but People are Paramount

by Alan D. Duncan  |  October 15th, 2014

Last week I headed to sunny Richmond, Virginia to attend the International Data Quality Summit, co-hosted by the International Association for Information and Data Quality (IAIDQ) and the Electronic Commerce Code Management Association (ECCMA). A practitioner-led event, this four-day conference provided an opportunity for approximately 150 data professionals to share experiences,...

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Getting Your Arms Around DevOps - DevOps Patterns and Practices

by Cameron Haight  |  October 13th, 2014

I receive lots of inquiries from our clients around the subject of "what is DevOps?" Their interest goes beyond needing a simple definition to wanting to know what constitutes it. After much searching, I couldn't find exactly what I was looking for so I developed the graphic below awhile ago...

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House of Cards and the Difference Between Loyalty and Advocacy

by Jake Sorofman  |  October 15th, 2014

I was late to the House of Cards party. In fact, I almost didn’t show up. Quite consciously, I determined I wouldn’t submit to the siren song of this algorithmically derived leviathan for fear of its well documented addictive qualities. But then I got curious. Really, how bad could it...

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