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When I talk to CIOs, they usually complain that the trend of Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD, is undermining their ability to keep their organization's infrastructures and data secure. Every employee who comes to work with his or her smartphone or tablet and pulls up sales reports, help tickets and other corporate data creates a small hole in the IT armor companies have spent billions to build. Over time, the argument goes, the holes become a dangerous sieve. My response to those worries: BYOD is a force of nature, so you better not get in its way. And it's just raising the curtain on another, even bigger trend that follows right behind it. Let's call it BYOS, short for "bring your own services." You see, more than half the companies polled by market researcher IDC already have employees use their own devices, and they support them. It's an inflection point in the ... (more)

2014: The Year the Entire Cloud Becomes Your Data Warehouse

Now that Big Data has become a household name, 2014 will be the year companies demand solid proof that data can help their decision-making and their bottom line. As the entire web becomes a seamlessly connected data warehouse, I predict that organizations will have the power at their fingertips to connect and query dozens of data sources in the moment. I have identified four key trends in business intelligence and cloud computing for 2014: 1. The entire web becomes the data warehouse. Companies large and small are finally able to say good riddance to big capital expenditures in o... (more)

What I Mine Is Yours

Don't correct me if you've heard this one before: Information wants to be free. The Internet, cloud services plus mobile devices offer limitless possibilities to experience this freedom. With Big Data, information wants to be relevant, too. There are now more mobile phones in the world than people, so querying and interacting with data has become ubiquitous and affordable. That vast ocean of structured and unstructured tidbits online is talking to us. Are we listening? The empowered consumer can discover nearly anything, anywhere and anytime with a few taps or clicks. Consumers w... (more)