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NRF Dreaming on Such a Summer Day

by Robert Hetu  |  July 24th, 2014

Six months from now, rather than enjoying a beautiful summer day, I will join thousands as we brave the cold of New York for the National Retail Federation. Reflecting on the consumerization that is impacting retailing, not to mention digitalization, I started thinking about expectations. Last January there was a...

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The New World After Big Data Changes It

by Nick Heudecker  |  July 24th, 2014

Guest Post from Mark Beyer We all understand that big data will “become normal” and expected sometime near 2018. The disruption of the new processing style and the resulting infrastructure now has to mature. The new vendors that have emerged are proclaiming their victory over tradition. At the same time...

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Things That Aren't Risk Assessments

by Ben Tomhave  |  July 24th, 2014

In my ongoing battle against the misuse of the term "risk," I wanted to spend a little time here pontificating on various activities that ARE NOT "risk assessments." We all too often hear just about every scan or questionnaire described as a "risk assessment," and yet when you get down...

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SDN Is More than Agility

by Andrew Lerner  |  July 24th, 2014

Conversations around SDN are starting to pickup and we're seeing more tire-kicking and trials from mainstream clients. The bulk of the SDN conversations are around agility (i.e., I want to provide cloud-based services to my constituents but the network provisioning takes a long time). SDN can certainly help here, but there are non-SDN...

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SIEM and Badness Detection

by Anton Chuvakin  |  July 24th, 2014

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away … at the very dawn of my security career I attended a presentation by somebody who is now a notable incident response expert. Well … who am I kidding? He was a notable IR expert back in 2000, way…way before...

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Analytical Marketers Discern Patterns; Visionary Marketers Create Them

by Jake Sorofman  |  July 24th, 2014

The fact that human beings are uncomfortable with ambiguity shouldn’t come as any great surprise. We are, as a species, wired to seek order where it doesn’t exist—to turn vast expanses of cognitive clutter into orderly arrangements that tell coherent stories that we can readily comprehend and assimilate into our...

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Hadoop Investments Continue: Teradata, HP Jockey For Position

by Merv Adrian  |  July 24th, 2014

Interest from the leading players continues to drive investment in the Hadoop marketplace. This week Teradata made two acquisitions - Revelytix and Hadapt - that enrich its already sophisticated big data portfolio, while HP made a $50M investment in, and joined the board of, Hortonworks. These moves continue the ongoing...

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P2P & Small Business Lending Platforms

by Rajesh Kandaswamy  |  July 24th, 2014

  P2P lending is growing rapidly while companies that use big data in lending for small businesses have emerged.  Lending Club and Prosper are the largest P2P lenders in the US. CAN Capital and Kabbage are two of the leading small business loan providers. The next step in P2P lending...

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Yahoo Buys into Flurry’s Mobile Marketing Analytics to Bolster “Mobile First” Credentials

by Mike McGuire  |  July 23rd, 2014

Yahoo wants us to know they’re a “mobile first” company. How do you prove that commitment to mobile? You go buy a mobile marketing analytics and mobile-ad network like, say, Flurry.  And that’s just want Yahoo did the other day, reportedly plunking down between $200 million and $300 million (according...

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The State of Enterprise Information Architecture

by Mike Walker  |  July 23rd, 2014

In my opinion, the importance of Enterprise Information Architecture (EIA) cannot be overemphasized. We are in an information driven world, full stop. This becomes even more clear as we look into the future of technology. As you can see from the Gartner 2014 strategic technologies list (http://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/2603623), many if not...

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Avoid Change Fatigue in Digital Business Transformation

by Elise Olding  |  July 23rd, 2014

Too much change. I hear it from clients and conference attendees. It’s causing change fatigue. Change fatigue is characterized by an inertia or paralysis in the organization that affects each individual's ability to embrace the next set of changes. Digital business is all about change. Get good at dealing with...

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