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Tracking the Megatrend of Cloud Computing 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 first of these trends, Cloud Computing. We succinctly describe Cloud Computing as the scalable delivery of computational resources. Models of cloud compute include public clouds, private clouds and blends in between. Architectures are in place now that leverage tiers of clouds that can exist in multiple sizes and locations, including homes, businesses and datacenters. A snapshot of the trend right now indicates: Efficiencies of this architecture are driving compute costs down. Commercial Cloud Computing providers are know widely know... (more)

Pentaho Continues To Innovate: Data Science Pack Operationalizes Use of R and Weka

By Bob Gourley SAN JOSE, Calif., June 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Hadoop Summit – According to the O’Reilly Data Scientist Salary Survey, R is the most-used tool for data scientists, while Weka is a widely used and popular open source collection of machine learning algorithms. Today, Pentaho Corporation announced the Data Science Pack, a toolkit to operationalize these two commonly used technologies. Through Pentaho Data Integration (PDI), data scientists can offload the drudgery of the data flow process with analytic components for R and Weka, so organizations can spend more time on... (more)

If You Drive a Car, or Know Someone Who Does, You Must Read This... By @BobGourley | @ThingsExpo #IoT

Thanks to the professional, virtuous work of security researchers Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller and some fantastic reporting on this research by Andy Greenberg of Wired Magazine, we have long known that theoretical hacks against cars are no longer theoretical. They are real. Many connected cars can be hacked and they can be hacked from long distance. And the threats include threats to safety. The publicity brought to these issues was incredibly important and helpful. Zero action would have occurred without it. Now, almost a year after the research was initially published, the... (more)

Open Hybrid Clouds | @CloudExpo #Cloud #BigData #IoT #ML #Microservices

How Open Hybrid Clouds Will Change Cloud Computing By Rick Delgado The cloud has evolved quickly. Businesses have weighed the perks of private, public, and even hybrid clouds. If those options weren’t enough, here comes the open hybrid cloud. An open hybrid cloud leverages the benefits of accessing data and processes across private and public implementations, while facilitating open source development. It is a model that has expanded within the military. In the search for costs savings, the Department of Defense has experimented with many new cloud models. On-premise, government... (more)

The Role of the CTO: Four Models for Success

One of my favorite examinations of the role of the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) is Tom Berray’s”Roles of the CTO: Four Models for Success. ” If you are an enterprise CTO or any technologist looking for career context I strongly recommend it to you for its situational awareness and context. Tom writes of CTOs in four models: The Infrastructure Manager The Big Thinker The Technology Visionary and Operations Manager The External-facing Technologist These well defined models were based on discussions with hundreds of technologists as well as written surveys.   It remains the definit... (more)