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DBMS Legacies are Very Sticky

by Donald Feinberg  |  December 18th, 2014

Donald Feinberg (@Brazingo) & Merv Adrian (@merv) Every so often, there’s a wave of interest in the “imminent retirement” of one or more legacy database management systems (DBMS). Usually, it’s because someone with very little knowledge of the actual use and distribution of the products becomes enthusiastic about someone’s sales...

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DBMS Legacies are Very Sticky

by Merv Adrian  |  December 18th, 2014

Donald Feinberg (@Brazingo) & Merv Adrian (@merv) Every so often, there’s a wave of interest in the “imminent retirement” of one or more legacy database management systems (DBMS). Usually, it’s because someone with very little knowledge of the actual use and distribution of the products becomes enthusiastic about someone’s sales...

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Gartner 2015 Predictions: Consumer Goods Firms Step Forward on the Path to Digital Business

by Don Scheibenreif  |  December 18th, 2014

As 2014 draws to a close, my Gartner  colleagues Dale Hagemeyer. Steven Steutermann,  and I took time this fall to develop our 2015 predictions for the consumer goods industry.   Together, we cover sales, marketing, and supply chain technology topics and trends important to CIOs,  IT and Supply Chain leaders in the global...

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Bimodal Business leads to Bimodal IT

by Peter Sondergaard  |  December 17th, 2014

In a recent blog post, I discussed the concept of bimodal IT as a way for CEOs and CIOs to manage the digital divide between what IT provides and what the enterprise needs right now. Bimodal IT has been a Gartner focus for our clients the last 18 months In...

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Sony Sued For Losing Unprotectable Data

by Jay Heiser  |  December 18th, 2014

The gist of a new lawsuit against Sony is that by failing to adequately protect social security numbers, they have doomed former employees to a lifetime of credit fraud. "The class-action suit was filed by Michael Corona and Christina Mathis, both of whom had their social security numbers made public after...

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Marketing without Operations Will Fail

by Jennifer Polk  |  December 18th, 2014

Marketing does a great job of telling the brand story, but operations is often the unsung hero. Marketing without operations will fail to meet customers' expectations. Your customers have watched the TV spot, opened your email or seen your banner ads and decided to give you a try, only to be disappointed...

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Gartner Shares Findings from North Pole Inc. Big Data Assessment

by Doug Laney  |  December 16th, 2014

Going into the 2014 holiday season, North Pole Inc. (ticker: XMAS), the leading global distributor of presents to good girls and boys, called upon Gartner to assess and advise on its information related needs and opportunities.  STAMFORD, Conn., December 16, 2014— Over the past quarter, Gartner was again given exclusive access to...

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Are Companies Really Worried About Digital Risk?

by John A. Wheeler  |  December 8th, 2014

As the dust begins to settle on the Sony Pictures Entertainment data breach, we continue to see major threats to corporate digital assets become reality. And they are growing in both size and impact on corporations, well beyond customer personally identifiable information (PII). In Sony Pictures' case, the breach extended...

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The economics of genomics

by Andrew White  |  December 18th, 2014

I saw an interesting article in this weeks Economist (US print edition Dec 13-19).  It was an article in the science and technology section, titled "A history of birds in 48 genomes".  The article explores new research that supports the idea that birds are decedents of one of the dinosaur lines,...

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Google tries to automate data scientists... ?

by Alexander Linden  |  December 18th, 2014

When Google does something, we just have to pay attention these days. These folks brought us so many innovations and now this project, dubbed as automating the data scientists. Is this now another one of those moon-shots?   Why pay those data science folks such high salaries..? let's automate them..! But let’s face it…...

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Two Paths Diverged: A Vision for Sales Enablement

by Tad Travis  |  December 18th, 2014

 This post is relevant to both buyers and sellers of sales enablement systems.  My  hypothesis:  over the next few years, knowledge optimization will be more important to sales enablement programs than process optimization. This year I've talked with many, many dozen sales performance management, sales effectiveness, and sales force automation vendors .  Most of...

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