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There are seven key megatrends driving the future of enterprise IT. You can remember them all with the helpful mnemonic acronym CAMBRIC, which stands for Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Mobility, Big Data, Robotics, Internet of Things, CyberSecurity. In this post we dive deeper into Artificial Intelligence. Artificial Intelligence is the discipline of thinking machines. The field is growing dramatically with the proliferation of high powered computers into homes and businesses and especially with the growing power of smartphones and other mobile devices. Artificial intelligence software is assisting people in most every discipline. The many functions of AI are considered by many to be threatening many human jobs across multiple industries, but others consider it a great producer of jobs since it will help create entirely new industries and free more human... (more)

Integrate #Blockchain into Business | @CloudExpo #IoT #AI #FinTech #Bitcoin

Beyond Bitcoin: How Enterprises Can Integrate Blockchain into Business By Kristy Blackmon In 2016, blockchain technology came close to hitting its peak on Gartner's annual Hype Cycle, signaling an imminent shift from an emerging, theoretical technology to widespread adoption. Like cloud, big data, and the Internet of Things (IoT) before it, blockchain is the tech industry's latest Next Big Thing. Analysts and industry experts say it holds immense potential for organizations, but many business leaders don't yet see a practical application for their operations. While a lot of people know blockchain is the technology behind Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies, what about enterprise applications in other industries? What exactly is blockchain? The code that makes up blockchain is incredibly complex, and only a few thousand people understand it. On a high level... (more)

Cloud Usage Forecast to Quadruple by 2020 | @CloudExpo #Cloud #DataCenter

Cloud Computing Usage Forecast to Quadruple by 2020 Hybrid IT is a catalyst of progressive organizations. In fact, two-thirds of surveyed leaders say a blend of traditional and cloud infrastructure enables a strategic competitive advantage, according to a market study by the IBM Center for Applied Insights. That said, savvy leaders are using hybrid cloud to power their digital transformation agenda, going beyond cost reductions and productivity gains. They’re also using cloud as a foundation for next-generation initiatives -- such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and Cognitive Computing. New Insights into Emerging Cloud Trends According to findings from the latest Cisco Global Cloud Index (GCI), cloud service traffic is expected to rise 3.7-fold - that’s up from 3.9 zettabytes (ZB) per year in 2015 - to 14.1 ZB per year by 2020. The ongoing growth of cloud computing is... (more)

Rubikloud: Empowering Retailers with Machine Learning-Driven Decisions

An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief Rubikloud helps retailers make data-driven decisions via two primary products. Its Promotion Manager provides retail marketers with the data they need to run successful mass promotions across multiple channels. Rubikloud’s Customer Lifecycle Manager focuses on known customers and prospects, giving retailers the ability to manage and optimize loyalty-based programs. Both products leverage big data technologies to combine multiple, disparate data sets across the retailer’s enterprise, move those data sets to the cloud, and then apply machine learning to distil essential insights that drive effective decision making. Rubikloud’s customers generally divide their efforts to focus on anonymous vs. known prospects, and therefore, the vendor’s products align with these different audiences. However, as retailers undergo digital transformation an... (more)

A Short History of Programming – Part 2 | @DevOpsSummit #Java #AI #ML #DevOps

Code Compiled: A Short History of Programming - Part 2 By Omed Habib This is the story of software. The initial blog in this series was all about the structural formation of programming languages. We went all the way back to steampunk days to see how the framework for programming grew out of Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine in the 1840s. We ended up with a list of the most active programming languages in use at the moment. Now we’ll take the next logical step to examine what programming has done for enterprises and SMBs. We’ll also trace the effects of shockwaves in the world of databases, communications, and mobility. Technological Change Blindness There’s a strange phenomenon known as change blindness that describes how normal people don’t notice massive, obvious changes in their environment. It can emerge from gradual shifts or very rapid transformations that ar... (more)

Software Defined Cloud Bulk Object Storage Trends News

Updated 3/7/2017 Cloud, Bulk, Object Storage Trends News Welcome to the Cloud, Big Data, Software Defined, Bulk and Object Storage trends news page, part of the objectstoragecenter.com micro site collection of resources. Software defined, Bulk, Cloud and Object Storage exist to support expanding and diverse application data demands. There are various types of cloud, bulk and object storage including public services such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) Simple Storage Service (S3), Google, Microsoft Azure, IBM Softlayer, Rackspace among many others. There are also solutions for hybrid and private deployment from Cisco, DDN, Dell EMC, Fujitsu, HDS, HPE, IBM, NetApp, Noobaa, OpenStack, Quantum, Rackspace, Scality, Seagate, Spectra, Storpool, Suse, Swift and WD among others. Cloud products and services among others, along with associated data infrastructures including objec... (more)

Update On The Megatrend of Mobility

Bob Gourley There are seven key megatrends driving the future of enterprise IT. You can remember them all with the helpful mnemonic acronym CAMBRIC, which stands for Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Mobility, Big Data, Robotics, Internet of Things, CyberSecurity. In this post we dive deeper into the trend of Mobility. This is the greatest leap in humanity's ability to stay connected since the advent of spoken word. The only thing that would be better than this always on continuously connected super computer in our pocket would be ESP. This trend is causing irreversible change to all cultures. A snapshot of the trend right now indicates: The trend is providing all humanity with a mobile, connected supercomputer With 100's of sensors and millions of applications which can fuel and support use cases we have yet to begin to imagine User location and its history ... (more)

The Data-Driven Enterprise | @BigDataExpo #BigData #DataScience #Analytics

I moderated a panel of three CIOs last Sunday at the Solix Empower conference on the subject of data-driven enterprise. The three CIOs came from different industries. Marc Parmet of the TechPar group spent many years at Avery Dennison after stints at Apple and IBM. Sachin Mathur leads the IT innovations at Terex Corp., a large company supplying cranes and other heavy equipment. PK Agarwal, currently dean at Northeastern University, used to be the CIO for the Government of California. Here are some of the points covered: I reminded the audience that we are at the fourth paradigm in science (as per the late Jim Gray). A thousand year ago, science was experimental, then few hundred years back science became theoretical (Newton’s law, Maxwell’s law..), fifty tears ago, science became computational (simulation via a computer). Now the fourth paradigm is data-driven sci... (more)

Enterprise Encryption: Enabling Velocity and Profitability

If you’re running a business, there’s a good chance you’re focused on reaching certain end goals. Two of those goals likely include both velocity and profitability. The Oxford Dictionary defines velocity as “the speed of something in a given direction” and profitability as “the degree to which a business or activity yields profit or financial gain.” Generally, the former – in some capacity, regardless of the industry – is necessary to achieve the latter. I bring this up not to give you a vocabulary lesson, but because these are two adjectives that tend to pop into my head when I think about enterprise encryption – especially effective enterprise encryption. If you can’t say the same I understand; after all, encryption is typically most closely associated with concepts like data security, compliance, data breach prevention and insider threats. ClickToTweet: Enterp... (more)

Steamlined Data Refinery | @ThingsExpo #BigData #IoT #M2M #API #SDR

Yesterday I attended a session in Palo Alto on the subject of Data Refinery and the speaker was Will Gorman of Pentaho. I did not realize that Pentaho was acquired by Hitachi Data Systems couple of months ago. The terms “data lake” was coined by James Dixon of Pentaho. I wrote a blog on this subject last year. As soon as the term started to appear in the data lexicon, other interesting terms such as “data swamp” appeared. The term data lake has been coined to convey the concept of a centralized repository containing virtually inexhaustible amounts of raw (or minimally curated) data that is readily made available anytime to anyone authorized to perform analytical activities. The often unstated premise of a data lake is that it relieves users from dealing with data acquisition and maintenance issues, and guarantees fast access to local, accurate and updated data with... (more)

Vendors Survival: Will Dell Survive until 2025?

More than six years ago I wrote a post titled: Vendors Survival: Will EMC Survive until 2018?  The trigger for writing that post was an article by Jason Hiner, the Editor in Chief of Zdnet. According to Hiner "EMC, the world’s leading storage vendor, is flush with cash and has the opportunity to make a big move". Hiner thought of two possible big moves: 1. Dell and EMC merge i.e EMC would buy Dell 2. Cisco buys VMware I thought that the two moves suggested by Hiner will not be realized in 2009.  AS far as EMC Survival was concerned, I thought that the keys for the company's survival until 2018 are keeping its leadership in the Storage market and adapting to Cloud Computing.  I do not know if Cisco will acquire VMware, but on October, 12, 2015, Dell announced a deal with MSD and Silver Lake to buy EMC for 67 billion USD in Cash and stock.  VMware owned partially (80%) by E... (more)