Hadoop and Big Data

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When I talk to people and companies who are just starting out in big data, I usually hear something about Hadoop. I’ll hear things like “If we are going to get into big data, we’ll need to implement Hadoop” or “we don’t have any Hadoop experience so we’ll need to gain that skill before we […]

Why Convergence?

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“This post is brought to you by End-to-End Solutions for IT Pros and Dell.” When I talk to clients about the technology and systems challenges being faced within their organization, I tend to hear a wide variety of responses. Challenges within the data center seem to exist in just about every client discussion. These challenges […]

The Future of IT is a Converged Future

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 This post is brought to you by the Enterprise CIO Forum and HP’s Make It Matter. The business world today is one of constant change and growth. No where is that more visible than within the data center. Today, the CIO and IT group are working harder than ever to keep their data center running […]

Is Marketing Really Shortchanging IT?

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I just finished reading Marketing’s New Digital Role Is Shortchanging IT. The article had a good premise (e.g., IT and Marketing are fighting for budget) but rather than discuss the real reasons for this current predicament, the author obliquely places the blame at the feet of the Marketing group for ‘stealing’ budget from IT. The […]

Staying Relevant as a CIO

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I received an email this week pointing me to a nice article over on The Enterprisers Project titled “CIO’s: Stay Relevant With This Advice From 7 Veteran IT Executives“. The article leads to a downloadable PDF that describes a roundtable discussion between the following IT veterans: Cynthia Stoddard, NetApp CIO John Marcante, Vanguard CIO and […]

Big Data – It’s not just for revenue

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If you spend any time reading about big data, you’ll find that most articles, blogs and stories refer to big data as a way to generate revenue.  Now, most times you won’t see the word “revenue” used but you’ll see plenty of references to ‘clients’, ‘customers’, ‘new products’ and the like.   I’m guilty of the […]

The Gap between the CIO and CMO – is it narrowing?

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I recently ran across a survey titled “Big Data’s Biggest Role – Aligning the CMO & CIO” that was put together by the CMO Council and SAS. The survey, which contained responses from 237 marketing and 211 IT executives, has some very interesting results. A few of the highlights from the survey: 85% of respondents […]

Finding Value in Data

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If you ask 100 people to define the value that data brings an organization, you’ll most likely get 150 different answers. Yes…that’s right…150 answers. You’ll hear a few good succinct responses but most will give you a few different answers with examples of how their organization ‘uses’ data. There’s a problem with that response though. […]

What’s the difference between Business Intelligence and Big Data?

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I’m often asked the following question: What is the difference between Business Intelligence and Big Data? Before getting into my approach to answering that question, let’s be clear on what we’re talking about. When most people say “Business Intelligence” they’re talking about the class of products that have been implemented in most organizations, not the […]

How do you define the CIO role?

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While doing a bit of research on the role of the CIO for an article I was writing earlier this week, I ran across this definition of Chief Information Officer from Gartner: The person responsible for planning, choosing, buying and installing a company’s computer and information-processing operation. After reading that, I had to check the […]