Amid the slew of articles offering advice on Big Data, Joab
Jackson's, Five Things CIOs Should Know About Big Data. stood out because of
how absolutely spot on it was.
The five points he makes nearly always come up in our conversations with
customers and prospects:
You will need to think about big data. What we're seeing now is that the
price of entry to big data, at least from a CapEx standpoint, is pretty low.
Open source tools like Hadoop, Cassandra, MongoDB, MapReduce and others,
combined with the relatively low price of cloud computing, means
organizations that may not have been inclined to collect, store and analyze
their data volumes are now more willing and able to do so. Useful data can
come from anywhere. Data that used to be "dropped on the floor" is one way to
categorize big data. Gazzang CEO, Larry Warnock, likens to big data to a
giant fishing net t... (more)
There are a few absolutes when it comes to school. First, lunches will
always be terrible. Second, your locker will be too small to fit your
oversized textbooks. Finally, there's a high likelihood that some of
your student data will be stored in the cloud.
This student data includes demographic information, test results,
transcripts, email exchanges, grades, attendance history, contact information
and more. It's a sensitive mix of detail that, if exposed, could prove
damaging to the affected students and the educational institution. According
to privacyrights.org, more than 1.8 ... (more)
Remember when being “sent to your room” was considered one the harshest
punishments a parent could dole out?
I certainly hated it, and I’m pretty sure my kids don’t like it much
either. For whatever reason, this form of punishment – the ultimate act of
isolation – seems to have stood the test of time. It’s also a great way
to quickly introduce your children to the seven stages of grief:
Stunned silence Screaming Kicking Pouting Kicking again Wailing Acceptance
But in today’s hyper-connected, always-on society, the whole notion of
isolation is quickly becoming obsolete. So much so t... (more)
I have a pretty decent amount of data about Disney World (where to stay, when
to visit, how to beat the crowds to Space Mountain, etc.), and in turn,
Disney knows a lot about me (my age, where I live, how many times I’ve
visited the park, etc.).
This information may seem trivial, but it’s essential (or so we think) for
an experience that’s optimized for our enjoyment. In fact, Disney has made
a big bet on this idea. You might have seen stories about Disney’s new
“vacation management system” which is designed to learn even more about
park visitors and, in turn, improve upon their... (more)
Health care organizations are moving infrastructure and data to the cloud at
a fairly rapid pace. A recent study suggests the cloud computing market in
health care is expected to reach $5.4 billion by 2017. Enticing as the cloud
is, when dealing with highly sensitive and regulated information, it's
important to proceed with caution.
The good news for pharma companies, biotech firms and research hospitals -
organizations most likely to move heavy big data payloads to the cloud- is
that there are some security best practices that can protect data at rest in