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There is a famous TED video by author Matt Ridley called “When Ideas Have Sex.” Paraphrased, the line that I love goes, “When ideas are having sex, innovation happens.” While these three fast-paced technologies (social, cloud and mobile) are themselves children of many years of progress, they are here to stay, evolve and generate much needed changes in our healthcare system. Across all continents, we are increasingly living in a hyper-connected world where we get our news on Twitter and store our files in the cloud. I foresee a near future where we buy our healthcare (at least Level 1 Triage) like we buy iTunes songs on our mobile devices via Apple iCare. This is the era of the perfect storm, with healthcare consumers driving the change and adopting these everyday, taken-for-granted technologies into the archaic system we have now. I recently heard the comment, “Th... (more)

Big Data: The Hadoop Business Case

By Jeremy Glesner Since the birth of Hadoop in 2005-06, the way we think about storing and processing information has evolved considerably. The term “Big Data” has become synonymous with this evolution. But still, many of our customers continue to ask, “What is Big Data?”, “What are its use cases?”, and “What is its business value?”. The Internet is overloaded with definitions, characteristics, and benefits; however, few discussions synthesize all three of these topics in one place. This paper answers these questions, and proposes a total cost calculation framework for CTOs and ... (more)

MYCIN, Watson, and AI History

By AdamElkus Over at Wired, a headline blares “Artificial Intelligence Is Now Telling Doctors How To Treat You.” Sounds unique, novel, and even scary. Those AIs are replacing humans, to the point where even the detailed knowledge of the physician is superseded by a Dr. HAL! The article talks about Modernizing Medicine database and IBM’s Watson supercomputer. One big problem with that headline (and the general thrust of the story): AI have been telling doctors how to treat you for quite some time. A long time ago, in a galaxy far away, Edward Shortliffe created the expert system ... (more)

NIST Issues Draft Guide To Cyber Threat Information Sharing

I love and respect NIST and I just want to come right out with that so you know where I am coming from. Now add on top of that the fact that they have just issued a draft document that discusses items at the intersection of three of my passions, Cyber Security, Technology and Intelligence, and you can see why I am so excited.  So, with my bias in mind, I report the following: NIST has just produced a draft special publication that I believe is the best thing I have ever read from their organization. The document is SP 800-150, the Guide to Cyber Threat Information Sharing. This... (more)

@CloudExpo | Embrace #DBaaS to Speed Up Mobile App Development

By Chip Childers As enterprises work to rapidly embrace the mobile revolution, both for their workforce and to engage more deeply with their customers, the pressure is on for IT to support the tools needed by their application developers. Mobile application developers are working with a massive variety of technologies and platforms, but one trend that stands out is the rapid adoption of NoSQL database engines and the use of Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) platforms and services to run them. Gartner has predicted that by 2017, 20% of enterprises will have their own internal mobile... (more)