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The primary challenge with big data? Figuring out what to do with so much data, of course. Collecting them, storing them, and even moving them around — no problem. Squeezing value out of them is another story. IT operations analytics (ITOA) data is a case in point. We’ve now figured out how to generate and collect vast quantities of data, from log files to infrastructure metrics to bug-tracking data to real-time business data. Somewhere in all that dross are the gems of insight — the golden nuggets of information that can help us crack the toughest ITOA nuts, from identifying root causes of complex issues to predicting what’s going to happen next to actually preventing such problems in the first place. Over the last few years, a number of big data analytics innovations have entered the marketplace to be sure — and perhaps the most promising of all is machine learnin... (more)

Three Sexy Enterprise Infrastructure Innovators

You rarely see the words ‘sexy’ and ‘enterprise infrastructure’ in the same sentence, I’ll admit. Nevertheless, this week I had the opportunity to meet with several innovative startups in this typically asexual space, and the three I’m writing about here were all too happy to show off their plumage. Evidence that sexiness is in the eye of the beholder. What makes such a vendor sexy? I look for a well-differentiated offering that solves a hard problem. I’m also highly sensitive to the overuse of buzzwords – a measured dose is fine, as long as they can walk the walk as well as ta... (more)

Net-Centricity: SOA in Battle

ZapThink recently conducted our Licensed ZapThink Architect Bootcamp course for a branch of the United States Department of Defense (DoD). As it happens, an increasing proportion of our US-based business is for the DoD, which is perfectly logical, given the strategic nature Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) plays for the DoD. SOA is so strategic, in fact, that SOA underlies how the DoD expects to achieve its mission in the 21st century -- namely, defending US interests by presenting the most powerful military presence on the globe. Furthermore, the story of how SOA became so st... (more)

Best Practices for SOA: Building a Data Services Layer

These days nearly every sizable organization has either implemented some form of SOA or has it on their roadmap. They quickly find that SOA efforts tend to expand like spider webs, eventually touching every corner of IT as well as the business itself. Due to the vital role that data plays both in business and systems operations, database architects, information specialists, data integration experts, and anyone responsible for data persistence in an organization are increasingly being called on to contribute to their organization’s SOA initiatives – whether or not this was intende... (more)

The Cloud: Floor Wax or Dessert Topping?

Who can forget Saturday Night Live’s classic Shimmer Floor Wax and Dessert Topping skit? Yes, Chevy Chase oozes, it’s a floor wax and a dessert topping. The humor results not just from the dissimilarity of the two products, but because so many vendors try to be good at too many things, even though they often end up being mediocre at all of them. Software vendors have been taking the floor wax/dessert topping approach to their respective markets for years, of course. ZapThink followed this trend closely in the SOA space during the ‘00s, as the dominant players were rolling up the... (more)