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. These are the applications and data that run today's enterprise
- and they're a mess.
A week doesn't go by without some major vendor doing a press release that
discusses unlocking the value in the mountains of structured and unstructured
data that companies love to accumulate. For most of us,... (more)
Wearables - Will 2015 Be the Year They Take Off?
Luxury Swiss watchmaker Mont Blanc shows off their "smart watch band" for
your fussy $5000 mechanical watch - what an potentially foreshadowing
development in the wearable market. To date, wearables have been such a
disappointment in the market. It seems like every year for the past 3 years
has been "the year Apple might ship an iWatch", and the market is rife with
ugly and semi-functional wearable devices that rarely manage more than a
3-star rating on Amazon.
Will 2015 be any different?
When the first generation of smart watch... (more)
SaaS and Cloud Sprawl - What IT Doesn’t Know Can Definitely Hurt You
The advancement of technology has led to widespread Cloud data and SaaS
application usage throughout enterprises - ask anyone who uses applications
such as Dropbox, Salesforce, Jive, Marketo, NetSuite, Google Apps, Twitter,
Workday or any of the thousands of other software titles out there. And CIOs
are largely unaware of the "SaaS Sprawl" in their organizations - and
unprepared for the implications of this invasion.
These Cloud applications are available for just about every role in a company
- from human resou... (more)
I’ve been using Steve Jobs and Apple as examples in my software blog
dedicated to the creation of Great Software. Although Steve Jobs is thought
of as being the Mac/iPhone/iPad/iPod guy, he’s also a software hero. At
least he’s one of my software heroes.
Steve Jobs’ Apple doesn’t just build products. They understand the market
and the consumers better than anyone else. And then they create something
that defines and totally owns that market. Their deep understanding of the
needs, wants and priorities of the consumer and their “make no
compromises” approach allows them to do this... (more)
After the publication of "Crowdsourcing - A Best Practice or a Worst
Practice", I had some back and forth conversations with Jim McKeown and Jack
Hughes (Communications Director and TopCoder founder, respectively) from
TopCoder on the merits and the shortcomings of the article.
They had some significant value to add in this area - especially where it
concerned the "questions to ask if you're considering crowdsourcing" - a list
of questions designed to help readers ascertain if crowdsourcing would be
appropriate for them, and if so, strategies for minimizing risk and
maximizing s... (more)