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I used to think that Privacy mattered - that it was a big deal. I've come to the conclusion that privacy is a very complex, multi-dimensional thing.  People willingly give up their privacy all the time.  Privacy is increasingly "not a big deal". Evolution of "Privacy" As people go on-line more and more, there's an evolution in how people view their privacy. People willingly give up their current location on FourSquare, their opinions on Twitter, their friends on Facebook their business background on LinkedIn. People are ok with giving up astonishing amounts of their privacy. The "Third Rail of Privacy" People are willing to share more and more information about themselves - in essence "trading" it for some sort of value received (which may or may not be tangible) - so long as they're not surprised by what comes out of it. What people really hate is being surprised. Peo... (more)

$3 Trillion Problem: Three Best Practices for Today's Dirty Data Pandemic

In survey after survey, about half of IT executives consistently agree that data quality and data consistency is one of the biggest roadblocks to them getting full value from their data. This has been consistently true all since the Chinese invented the abacus. I suspect it will be true long after quantum computing has solved every other problem that humanity faces.   Incorrect, inconsistent, fraudulent and redundant data cost the U.S. economy over $3 Trillion a year - an astounding figure that is over twice the amount of the 2011 Federal Deficit. Similarly, many experts estima... (more)

Netflix Shocker: Confidence Crisis

Boomberg's Cliff Edwards reported the facts well: Netflix Inc. (NFLX) dropped the most in seven years after the video-rental service said it lost 800,000 U.S. subscribers in the third quarter, more than expected, and predicted more cancellations over a price increase. Netflix plunged 37 percent to $75.28 at 9:39 a.m. New York time, for the biggest intraday decline since October 2004. The stock closed at an all-time high of $298.73 on July 13, according to Bloomberg data. The outlook suggests Netflix has been unable to contain a subscriber revolt over a price increase and aborted p... (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)

Internet of Things and Wearables in 2015 By @SoftwareHollis | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

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)