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Pivotal Looks to Simplify Building 'Business Data Lakes'

Pivotal unveils the Pivotal Big Data Suite, an all-you-can-eat software, support and maintenance platform that's designed to provide access to all the technologies required to build a business data lake with a single pricing metric.

Written by Thor Olavsrud03 April 14 07:22

What VCs Look for in Big Data Startups

Getting ready to pitch venture capitalists on your big data startup? Here's a hint: Don't call yourself a 'big data company' and don't pitch by analogy.

Written by Thor Olavsrud21 March 14 15:46

5 Ways CIOs Can Rationalize Application Portfolios

The pressure is mounting for CIOs and other IT leaders to help the business enable new disruptive technologies like mobile, social, cloud and big data, but many CIOs are struggling to do so because maintaining and supporting legacy applications consumes the lion's share of the budget. Here are five recommendations for rationalizing your application portfolio.

Written by Thor Olavsrud14 March 14 12:54

Helping Data Centers Cope With Big Data Workloads

Big data workloads tend to suck up enormous amounts of compute resources, which can create serious log jams in your data center if the workloads aren't scheduled optimally. Adaptive Computing's Big Workflow is designed to leverage HPC and cloud technologies to help data centers adapt to big data.

Written by Thor Olavsrud25 Feb. 14 18:03

Will Nadella Shake Up Microsoft More Than Expected?

Microsoft yesterday named Satya Nadella to succeed Steve Ballmer as the third CEO of the software giant. The decision followed a protracted search process in which a number of other high-profile executive names had bubbled to the surface, including Ford CEO Alan Mulally, former CEO of Nokia Stephen Elop and former Skype CEO Tony Bates.

Written by Thor Olavsrud05 Feb. 14 18:07

How to Make Your Enterprise as Agile as a Startup

The accepted wisdom is that startups are agile and innovative and large enterprises are followers. But these six IT trends may be changing all that, giving large enterprises the capability to compete as innovators.

Written by Thor Olavsrud28 Jan. 14 22:53

How to Kickstart Your Data-Driven Marketing Efforts

Marketing professionals agree that big data analytics will become a major component of their business over the next several years. In fact, according to a survey conducted by Teradata in March and May last year, 71 percent say they plan to implement big data analytics within the next two years -- all part of taking their data-driven marketing efforts to the next level.

Written by Thor Olavsrud27 Jan. 14 21:17

How to Bring Shadow IT Under Control

Most business units these days are leveraging cloud services, and a majority of them are bypassing IT to do it, according to a new study. While many IT departments want to take charge of provisioning cloud services, it may make more sense to get your arms around compliance and governance first.

Written by Thor Olavsrud16 Jan. 14 15:10

In Pictures: 12 Big Data predictions for 2014

It's been one of the big buzzwords of 2013, but what does 2014 have in store for Big Data? CIO.com looks at 12 ways the technology and the market will evolve in the coming year.

Written by Thor Olavsrud12 Dec. 13 08:47

For CMOs Big Data Can Lead to Big Profits

It's become a common refrain that marketers need to become more data-driven. This infographic breaks down the pressures that chief marketing officers are under and the upside to embracing big data.

Written by Thor Olavsrud21 Nov. 13 18:32

How to close the big data skills gap by training your IT staff

Research firms paint a dire picture of a massive big data skills gap that will get worse over time. But companies like Persado, which uses big data to help marketers optimize their messages, are finding success training their existing staff in the new big data technologies.

Written by Thor Olavsrud02 Oct. 13 16:29

HP consumerises IT infrastructure management platform

HP unveils its HP OneView infrastructure management platform, which boasts a Facebook-inspired interface and automation designed to radically simplify management of data center processes.

Written by Thor Olavsrud25 Sept. 13 16:46

Enterprises confident about tackling big data Initiatives

CompTIA's Big Data Insights and Opportunities study finds that a majority of organisations feel more positive about big data as a business initiative. They also see significant costs associated with falling behind in managing and using data.

Written by Thor Olavsrud25 Sept. 13 13:22