Bringing DevOps to Analytics and Data Science
There's no shortage of material about DevOps on the Interwebs. But as you
sift through mountains of information, it appears mostly skewed toward better
and faster web and mobile app development. Look for details on how the
thinking can be applied to the wicked world of data science or analytics and
you'll be hard pressed to find much at all.
This seems odd, because a sustainable business isn't just carved out on the
back of web and mobile apps. It's also dependent on intimately understanding
customer data and pivoting towards the opportunities revealed - with yes, web
and mobile apps.
It's not rocket science; it's data science, and web-scale companies
understand it's fundamental for mega efficient business operations. It
explains why Netflix has gone from stuffing DVDs through the mailbox to
streaming their own shows, ... (more)
Cloud Deployment: Slow and Thoughtful Wins the Race
By Christine Cignoli
This recent research on cloud computing from the Register delves a little
deeper than many of the "We're all adopting cloud!" surveys we've seen. They
found that meaningful cloud adoption and the idea of the cloud-first
enterprise are still not reality for many businesses. The Register's stats
also show a more gradual cloud deployment trend over the past five years, not
any sort of explosion. One important takeaway is that coherence across
internal and external clouds is essential for IT right now. That translates
into tasks like planning better cloud management and application and platform
Here's an in-depth look from PacketPushers at the decisions and process that
go into big IT projects like lifecycle refreshes and cloud moves. There are
some excellent tips on avoiding common i... (more)
To more closely examine the variety of ways in which IT departments around
the world are integrating cloud services, and the effect hybrid IT has had on
their organizations and IT job roles, SolarWinds recently released the
SolarWinds IT Trends Report 2017: Portrait of a Hybrid Organization. This
annual study consists of survey-based research that explores significant
trends, developments, and movements related to and directly affecting IT and
The findings are based on a survey fielded in December 2016 that yielded
responses from 205 IT practitioners, managers, and directors in the U.S. and
Canada, from public and private sector small, mid-size, and enterprise
companies whose organizations are leveraging cloud-based services for at
least some IT infrastructure. The results help illustrate what a modern
hybrid IT organization looks like - notably, ... (more)
What do Delta, United, Marriott and National Car Rental all have in common?
They're some of the most popular and highest-rated brands among business
travelers, according to Certify, and companies are working hard to ensure
that their business clientele - and their tourism and leisure travel guests -
are having the customer experience that boosts their brand and bottom line.
The same goes for travel booking companies too, and they're increasingly
turning to cloud-based services and mobile technologies to keep their
customer satisfaction and brand reputation first in a competitive
marketplace. What companies like TripAdvisor, HotelsCombined or Airbnb have
in common is a strong online presence boosted by technology investments.
Travel Companies Investing in People and Technology
In order to do that, though, companies need to invest in both the people and
the technology t... (more)
Big Data: The Unrecognized Driving Factor in Consumers' Lives
Big Data is literally everywhere, and consumers interact with it daily.
However, it's the marketers who recognize the value of such data and use it
to perfect the customer experience.
Consumers, on the other hand, are often oblivious to their contribution to
the mass data that marketers and businesses use to design their products and
services. They don't realize that their phones actually ping location-based
data to nearby retailers. Browsing history, social media shares, online
transactions, subscriptions, and other online interactions also provide
information that marketers use to know more about their consumers.
Though customers offer data every single day with their online interactions
and mobile use, most don't even realize that they're giving away free
information that marketers can exploit-and it's ... (more)
Most of us have moved our web and e-commerce operations to the cloud, but we
are still getting sales reports and other information we need to run our
business long after the fact. We sell a hamburger on Tuesday, you might say,
but don't know if we made money selling it until Friday. That's because we
still rely on Batch processing, where we generate orders, reports, and other
management-useful pieces of data when it's most convenient for the IT
department to process them, rather than in real time. That was fine when
horse-drawn wagons made our deliveries, but it is far too slow for today's
world, where stock prices and other bits of information circle the world
(literally) at the speed of light. It's time to move to In-Stream Processing.
You can't - and shouldn't - keep putting it off.
[Figure 1, courtesy of the Grid Dynamics Blog]
This diagram may look complicate... (more)
[Opening Scene]: Billy Dean is pacing the office. He’s struggling to keep
his delivery trucks at full capacity and on the road. Random breakdowns,
unexpected employee absences, and unscheduled truck maintenance are impacting
bookings, revenues and ultimately customer satisfaction. He keeps hearing
from his business customers how they are leveraging data science to improve
their business operations. Billy Dean starts to wonder if data science can
help him. As he contemplates what data science can do for him, he slowly
drifts off to sleep, and visions of Data Science starts dancing in his
[Poof! Suddenly Wizard Wei appears]: Hi, I’m your data science wizard to
help alleviate your data science concerns. I don’t understand why folks try
to make the data science discussion complicated. Let’s start simple with a
simple definition of data science:
Data science is a... (more)
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
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)
SYS-CON Events announced today that Auditwerx 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.
Auditwerx specializes in SOC 1, SOC 2, and SOC 3 attestation services
throughout the U.S. and Canada. As a division of Carr, Riggs & Ingram (CRI),
one of the top 20 largest CPA firms nationally, you can expect the resources,
skills, and experience of a much larger firm combined with the accessibility
and attention of a boutique firm.
For more information, visit http://www.auditwerx.com.
The World's Largest "Cloud Digital Transformation" Event
@CloudExpo / @ThingsExpo 2017 New York
(June 6-8, 2017, Javits Center, Manhattan)
@CloudExpo / @ThingsExpo 2017 Silicon Valley
(Oct. 31 - Nov. 2, 2017, Santa Clara Convention Center, CA)
Full Conference Registration Gold Pass and Exhibit Hall ▸ ... (more)
Five Ways ITSM Analytics Improves IT Service Delivery
By Sridhar Iyengar, Vice President, Product Management, ManageEngine
Over the past few years, IT service management (ITSM) has become increasingly
important to an organization's IT strategy, and companies are seeking new
ways to improve IT service delivery and efficiency via better ITSM processes.
This increases the importance of tracking and measuring critical KPIs.
However, due to overwhelmingly large amounts of data, users find it
challenging to manually access, track and analyze critical help desk
information quickly. Using advanced IT analytics, managers can identify blind
spots and hidden gaps in their ITSM process as well as make accurate
decisions by monitoring key metrics.
Here is how advanced IT analytics can make the best of your IT service desk.
1. Minimize the impact of business downtime
Anticipate servi... (more)
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Big Data MBA: How to Monetize Your Data
Data is an unusual currency; it is not restricted by the same transactional
limitations as money or people. In fact, the more that you leverage your data
across multiple business use cases, the more valuable it becomes to the
organization. And the same can be said about the organization's analytics.
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In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Bill Schmarzo, CTO for the Big Data
Practice at Dell EMC, introduced a methodology for capturing, enriching and
sharing data (and analytics) across the organization in a "as-a-service"
cloud model, and discussed the role that the data lake plays in monetizing
the organization's growing wealth of data.
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Bill Schmarzo, author of "Big Data: Understanding How Data Powers Big