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By Katie Kennedy MIT has created a robotic cheetah that has the ability to run and jump like a real animal. The robo-cheetah is built with a new algorithm that allows it to leap in a lively manner, while navigating the terrain of a grass lawn. This cheetah can run up to a speed of 10 m...
By Charles Hall There are 2 upcoming events that might be of interest to anyone in the federal space: Next Friday, February 6, in Charleston, SSC LANT/CDCA will have their quarterly Industry Day Event. It’s free (even has a free lunch!).  A link to the agenda is provided below.  They w...
By Bob Gourley Learn how organizations are using big data integration or how they plan to use it as well as an assessment of more general aspects of data integration and technologies that big data requires. Content covers: The importance of data integration for big data analytics Vario...
By May Gourley This is a second in a series of posts about the program R. In my last post (see:R is a Language and Environment for Statistical Computing and Graphics) , I explained what R was. For those who are interested in starting a project in R, the steps to download a copy of your...
By Bob Gourley The Feb 17-20 Strata Hadoop World in San Jose has an incredible line up of speakers and hot topics. Attending is a great way to track the latest in the community, learn (and share) lessons learned and find the most capable technologies ready for enterprise use. If you re...
There are officially now more mobile devices in the world than people – the number crossed over in 2014 somewhere around 7.19 billion mark. Our craving to be connected 24/7 wherever we are means that mobile devices are multiplying around five times faster than we are. Our wired up live...
By Bob Gourley Editor's note: I've previously mentioned how proud I am to be associated with Invincea as an advisor. The press release below underscores some of why I am so excited to be on their team. --bg From: http://www.invincea.com/2015/01/invincea-announces-breakthrough-grow...
Everyone has done it, used some kind of wild way to remember user names and passwords. Let’s face it, the rules for managing passwords is overwhelming. People are required to remember numerous sets of credentials for all of the systems and applications they need to access their job and...
Cyber threats are becoming more advanced, persistent, and focused. The threat landscape is rapidly changing, and evolving faster than ever. Today it is difficult to determine who is winning: either those behind the cyber threats, or those fighting to prevent and remediate the threats. ...
By Bob Gourley Pentaho will be holding a special Big Data Blueprints session 5 Feb in Arlington VA.  We most strongly suggest this activity for federal agency and system integrator architects seeking to optimize their current data holdings. From the invite: Get started with our bluepri...
By Bob Gourley Pentaho Online Demo Series: 3 and 17 Feb 2015 Dive Into The Pentaho Agile Business Analytics & Data Integration Platform in Action This brief product demo will show why more and more organizations of all sizes are turning to Pentaho to seamlessly deliver deep BI insi...
By Charles Hall As technology executives, we're often challenged with managing policy requirements and keeping up with technology to support them, while working with limited budgets and a shallow pool of qualified staff.  DataPoint Solutions is hosting a free workshop to address these ...
By Bob Gourley If you will be in Boston 30-31 Mar this is the place to be, the 2015 Chief Data Strategy Forum. Here is more from IQPC: Driving Improved Decision-Making Through Data-Centric Business Intelligence Considering the progressive impact and significance of data in business env...
By May Gourley Enterprise technologists supporting data scientists and statisticians have no doubt heard of R. But what is it really? With this post we are starting a series that will take you from an introduction to a tutorial that shows you how to download R to an ability to run a sa...
By Lewis Shepherd Editor's note: we saw this post on Lewis Shepherd's blog (ShepherdsPi.com) and requested Lewis share it with you here. -bg In my seven happy years at Microsoft before leaving a couple of months ago, I was never happier than when I was involved in a cool “secret projec...
By Bob Gourley The webinar below should be of interest to any enterprise technology professional in any industry. That is a broad statement but the webinar hits on a huge issue that concerns just about everyone who contributes to mission successes with technology. Cybersecurity profess...
The President showed respect for something many American's may not have heard of, but you dear readers know very well: Coding! In the context of education he remarked that "we’re connecting community colleges with local employers to train workers to fill high-paying jobs like coding, a...
By Katie Kennedy CTOvision.com's publisher and a co-founder of Cognitio Bob Gourley was interviewed by Federal News Radio in a broadcast that aired on 20 January 2015. Gourley discussed open data and new approaches to bringing it all together to meet enterprise missions, data security,...
By Kord Davis Open Humans Network is launching soon. Led by Jason Bobe and Madeleine Ball of PersonalGenomes.org, OHN attempts to break down health data silos through an online portal that will connect participants willing to share data about themselves publicly with researchers who ar...
By Bob Gourley This year's STEM symposium focuses on the "parent factor" when it comes to STEM education. Many sessions will help parents learn more ways to engage kids in the field. The 2015 K-12 STEM Symposium is a free, exciting and all-day forum that equally engages children, paren...
By Bob Gourley If you are into technology and government and want to find ways to enhance your ability to serve big missions you need to be at this event, 25 Feb at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner. Register here. Here are the details: Interact with your colleagues at the 4th Annual Clo...
By Kord Davis "Simply hiring expensive data scientists isn’t enough. To create real business value with data scientists, top management must learn how to manage them effectively." In September 2014, Jeanne G. Harris (coauthor of Analytics at Work, Harvard Business Press, 2010) and Vija...
By Randy Siegel On January 14th, Reuters broke an exclusive story purporting to have information that Samsung Electronics was in advanced talks to purchase Blackberry for ~$.75B.   If true, such a deal would surely represent a game-changer for mobile security conscious government and p...
By Bob Gourley Eddie Garcia is regarded as one of the nation's greatest Big Data security architects. At Gazzang he led engineering teams through successful fielding of secure hadoop deployments where security was provided without sacrificing performance. Now a security engineer with C...
By Katie Kennedy The video below and at this link was produced by The Verge to highlight one of the most interesting gadgets presented at the Consumer Electronics Show. It is a proof of concept not available for sale yet, but a developer kit has been built and will be released in March...
By Kord Davis MIT Technology Review recently published a paper on an emerging discipline called "Human-Data Interaction (HDI). A nascent field of study, this paper can provide individuals and organizations a solid introductory framework to motivate discussion and action around the rela...
By Bob Gourley “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ― Margaret Mead Editor's note: I've been in the position to observe both NGA and DigitalGlobe as organizations and have also been honored...
By Katie Kennedy Intel was a keynote at CES 2015. This video gives you a glance into the future. Technology is reaching a point where very little human interaction is needed. No longer will you need to find your keys to get into your house, or physically touch your computer to give it ...
By Katie Kennedy The video below is brought to you by The Verge, a Vox media property that seeks to examine the intersection of technology, science, art and culture. The video was produced at CES2015. It highlights a new device by Parrot called RNB6. It is an after market device that c...
By Katie Kennedy The video below is provided by CNET and covers various electronics at the Consumer Electronics Show. It is an early highlights review, but had enough interesting foreshadowing we wanted to bring it to your attention.  CNET’s Donald Bell and Bridget Carey run through th...
By Bob Gourley Eddie Garcia is regarded as one of the nation's greatest Big Data security architects. At Gazzang he led engineering teams through successful fielding of secure hadoop deployments where security was provided without sacrificing performance. Now a security engineer with C...
By Kord Davis Our world is awash in data and information about it. And the impact to our individual lives is increasing every day. Data breaches impact our financial security, personal privacy, and reputations, innovations in data services are being developed continuously, and our laws...
By Bob Gourley Here are some of the technology stories we are tracking: Ulrich Beck, Sociologist Who Warned of Dangers of Technology, Is Dead at 70 Mr. Beck shot to national and international fame in 1986 after the publication of his book “Risk Society: Towards a New Modernity,” which ...
By Bob Gourley The total federal budget is about $3.9 Trillion. Of that, about $1 Trillion is “discretionary” meaning it is something that the current government planners (Congress) government has a choice on. About $79 Billion of this is for IT. That is huge! Many firms with great tec...
By Bob Gourley Our senior analyst Chris Scott has produced a special recap of meetings she had with senior DoD leaders during AFCEA’s TechNet in Honolulu for CTOvision Pro subscribers providing insights into coming procurements. For more on her update see: Insights Into DoD Missi...
By Bob Gourley We received word on this activity from Dr. Jennifer Buss of the Potomac Institute. She asked that we help spread the word since CTOvision Readers have been so helpful with requests like these in the past. Please look this over and if you can provide technologies that add...
By Bob Gourley CTOvision Pro is a subscription based research and analysis service that provides more in depth research, analysis and reporting than our main CTOvision site does. If you have not given it a try yet, try it free for seven days by Signing Up Here. With this post we provid...
By Andrei Soroker The landscape of real-time workspace collaboration products has changed dramatically over the past year. And it will continue to change, gain prominence, and influence the way teams get work done. Efficiency in communication – ultimately – means more money...
By Bob Gourley Our fastest growing service is our feed of threat news called The Daily Threat Brief. If you have yet to try this report out please sign up. During this season of giving we would also like to encourage you to spread the word to others. The operating thesis for this repor...
By Bob Gourley Editor’s note: I have been very excited to have the opportunity to observe the MACH37 team up close as one of their team of mentors.  It is great being associated with Rick Gordon, Dan Woolley, Robert Stratton and Ledger West and the many virtuous firms they help a...