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When people think of mainframes, they typically envision ancient, obsolete technology running arcane spaghetti code – systems that IT management would love to retire if only they could free themselves from the clutches of legacy. While there is an element of truth in this perspective, mainframes remain to this day the workhorse of core transaction processing within many industries. In many cases the technology in these systems is modern or even surprisingly cutting edge. Furthermore, retiring mainframes may not even appear on the long-term roadmap. However, while mainframes aren’t going anywhere any time soon, mainframe experts are. As this critical workforce retires, many enterprises are experiencing a skills crunch, requiring creative human resource and technology solutions. Once again, human challenges trump technology issues in enterprise IT – but enterprises ... (more)

Creepy Big Data Marketing By @TheEbizWizard | @CloudExpo [#BigData]

The Big Data Marketing Creepiness Factor We've all been there: on our lunch hour we surreptitiously visit our favorite My Little Pony fan site. Then hours later we bring our laptop to a meeting and project our client's corporate web site for all to see - and right there at the top is a banner ad for My Little Pony: The Movie. How did that site know about our secret fetish? How embarrassing! How creepy! When a marketer identifies a user's web behavior or search terms in order to subsequently serve relevant ads on other sites is an example of retargeting. The goal is to catch consu... (more)

What Is a Digital Professional? By @TheEbizWizard | @CloudExpo [#BigData]

What Is a Digital Professional? I’ve started using the phrase digital professional, in particular in my recent article dinging Amazon’s cloud division Amazon Web Services (AWS) for not having a clear digital strategy. However, I haven’t been very clear on what I mean, so it’s time to put a finer point on this terminology. The role of digital professional begins back in the 1990s with the rise of the web professional: people who worked on web sites in some capacity. Some of them were technical, able to sling HTML or JavaScript or perhaps Perl back in the day. Other designated as ... (more)

Hortonworks Big Data IPO By @TheEbizWizard | @CloudExpo [ #BigData]

Hortonworks Big Data IPO: Where are the Margins? Enterprises run on data, so it’s no surprise that big data – and in particular, big data platform Hadoop – are today’s enterprise software battleground. This week’s news that Hadoop vendor Hortonworks filed their S1 with the SEC, indicating their intent to go public, ratchets this battle into high gear. Yet, while Hortonworks and its primary competitors Cloudera and MapR are at the center of the skirmish, this battle is over more than which platform is better. Hadoop is open source, which means it’s free to use, and furthermore, ... (more)

A Review Of @SnapLogic By @TheEbizWizard | @CloudExpo [#BigData]

SnapLogic: From ETL to VVV Squeezing value out of data in the enterprise has always pushed the limits of the available technology. Furthermore, when business needs exceed available capabilities, vendors push to innovate within the processor, storage, and network constraints of the day. This inherent stress between enterprise demands and vendor innovation gave rise to the Extract, Transform, and Load (ETL) marketplace over twenty years ago. Business realized that building complex, ad hoc SQL queries on increasingly large databases would grind them to a halt, thus requiring an al... (more)