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A completely new computing platform is on the horizon. They're called Microservers by some, ARM Servers by others, and sometimes even ARM-based Servers. No matter what you call them, Microservers will have a huge impact on the data center and on server computing in general. What Is a Microserver...and What Isn't Although few people are familiar with Microservers today, their impact will be felt very soon. This is a new category of computing platform that is available today and is predicted to have triple-digit growth rates for some years to come - growing to over 20% of the server market by 2016 according to Oppenheimer ("Cloudy With A Chance of ARM" Oppenheimer Equity Research Industry Report). According to Chris Piedmonte, CEO of Suvola Corporation - a software and services company focused on creating preconfigured and scalable Microserver appliances for deployin... (more)

To Heck with 'Big Data,' 'Little Data' Is the Problem Most Face | @BigDataExpo

To Heck with “Big Data”, “Little Data” is the Problem Most Face "Big data" gets all the press - but for the vast majority of people who work with data, it's the proliferation of "little data" that impacts us the most. What do I mean by little data?  I'm referring to the proliferation of various SaaS and Cloud-based applications, on-premises applications, databases, spreadsheets, log files, data files and so forth. Many organizations are plagued with multiple instances of the same applications or multiple applications from different vendors that do essentially the same thing.    ... (more)

Legacy Modernization

IT exists to support the business - and in best-of-class IT departments, this truism is embedded deeply into the departmental culture. Yet in so many cases, this self-evident truth gets lost in the mayhem of building, maintaining and supporting the myriad of complicated and brittle legacy application systems that have been put together over the years to support the enterprise's business. Legacy Application Modernization is a transformative initiative that has the potential to not only change the way IT supports the business, but to change the very nature and culture of IT. IT Cu... (more)

Why Product Positioning Is Useless

Yes.  Product Positioning is mostly useless.  A waste of time.  Simply because it’s so very rarely done well at all. Surprisingly, few people understand the basic concept of product postioning.  They don’t realize that proper product positioning is the foundation of marketing.  They tend to believe that product positioning is a trivial marketing fluff exercise that belongs in some PowerPoint presentation  – which will never be taken seriously by anyone (if seen by anyone at all). Done correctly, product positioning is the most important thing a marketing person can do.  The do... (more)

Is Everything I Know About Crowdsourcing Wrong?

Crowdsourcing Visibility Soars If you haven't heard about Crowdsourcing, you will soon. Crowdsourcing is increasingly in the news, and if you take stock in Google Trends, interest in the topic is increasing at a phenomenal rate. I wrote an earlier article on this topic entitled  Crowdsourcing - a Best Practice or a Worst Practice?, as well as a follow-on article that was largely contributed by TopCoder, Inc. founder Jack Hughes: Maximizing Crowdsourcing Success. For those not familiar with the term, Wikipedia's article opens with the following definition: "sourcing tasks tradit... (more)