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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 will research what they might buy, often right at the store. And I'm not just talking about price comparisons. A potential buyer will do hardcore data sleuthing, looking into the brand's history, scan reviews and seek out input from friends and family before ever putting anything into the sho... (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)

Why 'Bring Your Own Services' Is the Next Big Thing Not to Worry About

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 curta... (more)