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Hadoop World 2011 is upon us. Once again the community, with the consistent/polite/leading/persistent coordination of Cloudera, has built a great agenda with the right speakers and great attendees for what is now the “must attend” Big Data event. For those who are attending, I can’t wait to see you there. We are going to be treated to some GREAT keynotes from masters community-focused thinkers like Doug Cutting, Hugh Williams, James Markarian, Larry Feinsmith and Mike Olson. But now we all face a real problem. We have to decide which breakout tracks to attend. This is where it gets hard. As for me, I decided to attend the sessions that would have a direct impact on my ability to understand the mega trends in the community. I also thought hard about who the readers at CTOvision.com are, as well as the researchers are that hit the CTOlabs.com site and decided to atte... (more)

Kindle Version of The Cyber Threat Provided Free 23 and 24 April

Thanks to Amazon.com we are able to provide our readers with a free copy of the Kindle version of our book on The Cyber Threat during a special two day promotion running 23 and 24 April. The book was written to provide actionable insights into the cyber threat specially aimed towards the leader who should know more about threats to protect business objectives. You can read this version of the book on any Mac, PC, Tablet, or Smartphone. To receive your free copy visit http://ctolink.us/TheCyberThreat on 23 or 24 April and select the free Kindle option. Please help us spread word o... (more)

How Platfora Is Transforming Hadoop

When talking with the less-technical people in your enterprise, which may include end users and many others on the leadership team, it always pays to have non technical expressions to describe new capabilities. Here are some thoughts on Platfora that may be of use in discussions like that. Here is how to describe Platfora to a non-technical person: Platfora gives users a better ability to interact with information. They can ask their own questions, follow their own theories, run their own “what-if” scenarios, and ask unbounded questions in iterative ways over their data. To a us... (more)

Chrome Netbook OS; Tablet PCs; LBS; Open Source

2010 will undoubtedly be a year of technology innovation. In 2009, Twitter revolutionized the way we get news, it brought us closer to those who were a part of the news, almost making traditional media irrelevant. I don’t know who (or what) will be the Twitter of 2010, but below are a few predictions for the coming year. Google’s Chrome Netbook OS will be a hit. Their OS will mostly be dependent on a Google Account. A Google Account opens up their full Google Apps suite, which includes email, calendar, word processing, and MS Office like functions. Google’s renditions of their c... (more)

Don’t forget to register for FOSE 2013

By Ryan Kamauff FOSE is the nation’s premier event for government technology professionals who need tools, resources, and best practices to transition to the cloud, mitigate cybersecurity threats, and achieve the goals of the DGS while managing uncertainty and the critical need to make it all happen on-time and on-budget. “The heavy impact of sequestration and across the board budget cuts has put stress on agency training opportunities,” said Mike Eason, Vice President, Public Sector Events, 1105 Media, Inc. “We are responding by offering high-level training and educational pro... (more)