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What’s the Point of Big Data Without the Insight? By Yann Guernion The Big Bang Theory is the pre-eminent explanation for the origins of the universe. It proposes, from an explosion of atoms, the universe rapidly expanded and in doing so created everything we know. But it did so in an erratic, haphazard and unstructured way. For every life form, an infinite amount of inhospitable desolate galaxies, planets and black holes were also created. Big Data is often associated with the birth of what is known as the Third Generation of IT and many are now at a crossroads: Do they continue down the current path, hoping to stumble upon a planet Earth as they navigate a sprawling universe of information and data that continually expands in a totally unstructured fashion? Or do they apply longer term strategy, investing now to refine their technology and capitalize on the explos... (more)

Blockchain: Byzantine Generals and Achieving Consensus | @CloudExpo #Cloud #FinTech #Blockchain

When discussing disruptive technologies, the topic of blockchain inevitably enters the conversation. Gartner recently listed blockchain as one of the ‘Key platform-enabling technologies to track.' Approximately $1.4B has been invested in blockchain just this year, according to PwC executive Seamus Cushley. IBM announced this week a Blockchain-as-a-Service Enterprise offering at their Interconnect Conference. While there is a lot of ‘hype vs reality' discussions going on, there is no arguing that blockchain is being taken very seriously across industries and cannot be ignored. In simple terms, blockchain is a digital ledger. You can think of it as a spreadsheet. The blockchain ledger comprises a constantly growing list of transactions called "blocks" - all of which are sequentially connected. Each block has a link to the previous one in the list. Once a block is in th... (more)

What Is a Cloud Broker, Anyway? | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud #WebPerf

What Is a Cloud Broker, Anyway? By Joe Michalowski We've all had that feeling before: The feeling that you're missing something that everyone else is in on. For today's IT leaders, that feeling might come up when you hear talk about cloud brokers. Meanwhile, you head back into your office and deal with your ever-growing shadow IT problem. But the cloud-broker whispers and your shadow IT issues are linked. If you're wondering "what the heck is a cloud broker?" we've got you covered. Cloud Brokers – Like Stockbrokers for SaaS Apps If you've ever invested in the stock market, you know the traditional approach is to work with a stockbroker to invest on your behalf. Your stockbroker is a middleman who can provide key advice as you make decisions on where to invest your money. The same is true of cloud brokers. These third-party companies and consultants mediate between you... (more)

Basics of IoT: Part 1 Data Analytics | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #BigData #Analytics

Basics of IoT 3-Part Series: Part 1 Data Analytics Today, it seems like we’re reading about more advanced and intelligent kiosk implementations across every industry. Whether it is in healthcare with the medication disposal kiosks, Walgreens introduced last fall in 14 locations across Indiana, or it’s the new self-service devices at McDonald’s for automating ordering. Even sporting and entertainment venues are getting in the game by introducing kiosks and integrated mobile solutions to bring new levels of play and competition to sports such as golf and bowling. Managing data flowing to and from these devices back to the enterprise can be complicated, but very powerful when harnessed and channeled through an IoT platform. When it comes to data analytics, there are two common ways operators of large networks of smart vending machines traditionally look at data: Histo... (more)

HTBase to Exhibit at @CloudExpo New York | @HTBase #AI #ML #SDN #SDDC

SYS-CON Events announced today that HTBase will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. HTBase (Gartner 2016 Cool Vendor) delivers a Composable IT infrastructure solution architected for agility and increased efficiency. It turns compute, storage, and fabric into fluid pools of resources that are easily composed and re-composed to meet each application's needs. With HTBase, companies can quickly provision resources and deploy unique, mission-critical, self-designed solutions to add-onto or create any type of infrastructure as per the business requirement. HTBase is the first company to enable a true multi-cloud strategy, enabling organizations to automate movement of data and workloads between private and public clouds. This means that organizations can now move data a... (more)

From #BigData to #FastData | @CloudExpo #DevOps #AI #APM #Monitoring

Fast Data, Fast Monitoring By Christopher Tozzi Big data is old news. Today, the key to leveraging data effectively is to do fast data. In a similar fashion, traditional incident management-which entails collecting and analyzing large volumes of monitoring information-is no longer enough. Organizations must also now do "fast monitoring," which means not only collecting monitoring data; but making it actionable in real-time. This post examines what fast monitoring means, and explains how incident management teams can implement this approach to realize great benefits. Defining Fast Data To understand the concept of fast monitoring, you have to understand fast data - one of the newest innovations in the big data world. Very simply put, fast data is big data done in a fast way. Whereas big data traditionally meant storing large amounts of information and analyzing it lat... (more)

Big Data Business Model Maturity Index Guide By @Schmarzo | @BigDataExpo #BigData

We developed the Big Data Business Model Maturity Index to help organizations measure how effective they were at leveraging data and analytics to power their business models (see Figure 1). What we hadn’t done until now, though, was to translate this index into a set of recommendations or actions to help organizations advance from one stage to the next.  That’s the objective of this blog (and maybe my next book…God forbid!!!):  to give our clients a checklist of actions to facilitate progressing along the Big Data Business Model Maturity Index. Figure 1: Big Data Business Model Maturity Index Understanding The Big Data Business Model Maturity Index The vast majority of organizations with which I meet are stuck in Phase 1:  the Business Monitoring phase.  In this phase, organizations are using Business Intelligence (BI) and data warehousing tools to monitor the busin... (more)

[slides] The Right #AWS Services | @CloudExpo @BMCSoftware #TrueSight

Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here It's Complicated - Choosing the Right AWS Services Without a clear strategy for cost control and an architecture designed with cloud services in mind, costs and operational performance can quickly get out of control. To avoid multiple architectural redesigns requires extensive thought and planning. Boundary (now part of BMC) launched a new public-facing multi-tenant high resolution monitoring service on Amazon AWS two years ago, facing challenges and learning best practices in the early days of the new service. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Michael Moran, a Senior Architect, TrueSight R&D, at BMC Software, shared those lessons learned and how to balance cost control with the many choices of service, storage, and compute paradigms. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Speaker Bio M... (more)

[slides] Identity Management in #IoT | @ThingsExpo @Covisint #M2M #AI #ML

Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Identity Management in IoT What happens when the different parts of a vehicle become smarter than the vehicle itself? As we move toward the era of smart everything, hundreds of entities in a vehicle that communicate with each other, the vehicle and external systems create a need for identity orchestration so that all entities work as a conglomerate. Much like an orchestra without a conductor, without the ability to secure, control, and connect the link between a vehicle's head unit, devices, and systems and to manage the lifecycle of people, systems and devices, transportation and fleet services are at risk of having connected, yet disparate systems. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Fortunately, there are cloud identity solutions available to help securely manage and improve transportation and fleet services. In... (more)

Building the Internet of Things | @ThingsExpo #IoT #IIoT #M2M #API #AI

It's been way too long, but the next in the series of IoT "Build-along-at-home" videos is done. In this edition I will show you the "Hello World" project for interacting with the IO ports on your Raspberry Pi. Please click here to watch the video and as always, comments and questions are appreciated and welcomed! Watch the video on YouTube here if you prefer! Also, it is in the video, but my GitHub library of code for all the projects we will be doing in the video series can be found here: Git Hub Repository If you are the type (like me) who just likes to figure stuff out on their own, I have heavily commented the code for you so you can get started quickly without the video, but it will help you with the hardware assemblies! Also I am already working on the next projects, using the moisture sensor (the original project), and another future project using a sound sen... (more)

Converging IT and OT at the Speed of the IoT | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M

Converging IT and OT at the Speed of the IoT The rolling thunder of digital transformation waits for no business. It will make short work of any organization that does not evolve rapidly. CEOs must quickly define where their organizations can compete for success and lead them on that journey. If they can't-or won't-change, they risk fading away like the slow-moving dinosaurs confronted with a habitat-destroying meteor. The IoT's Precipitous Changes Leading analyst Gartner forecasts that 8.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2017, up 31 percent from 2016, and will reach 20.4 billion by 2020. There is already $1.9 trillion dollars' worth of economic value related to the sale and usage of IoT technology. The impact crater of this technology shift must not go underestimated. A recent study showed that 40 percent of companies at the top of their industr... (more)