Cloud computing attention is often paid to moving compute requirements from
the enterprise data center to public clouds. While the technology enables a
number of innovative solutions around mobile and social environments,
analytics is often seen as an in-house solution that requires highly
Cloud providers have upped their game in data analytics. No longer are they
just providing you with an environment, managing the underlying machines,
they are now managing underlying systems - systems specific to your needs
like Big Data. This fits well with mid-sized companies that are hungry for
analytic solutions to enable them to compete with large enterprise
Recently, I sat down with Jonathan Pickard of Analyzer 1. Jonathan has worked
on both the business side and IT side to create game changing business
intelligence solutions, for some of ... (more)
In my research on companies that are transforming themselves by adopting an
integrated SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and cloud) strategy, I came across
a recent blog article by the CIO of Woolworths Limited, Dan Beecham. I will
share some excerpts from it here.
Woolworths is an Australian company that was founded in 1924 in Sydney. Today
Woolworths has more than 3,000 stores across Australia and New Zealand that
span food, liquor, petrol, general merchandise, home improvement and hotels.
Last fall I had the honor of being invited to teach a SMAC strategy session
for Woolworths at their beautiful campus outside of Sydney.
This is what Beecham said about their strategy, "We've decided to move to
Google Apps and Chrome. Changing to a cloud-based suite of tools is a key
part of our strategy to use technology to promote greater collaboration,
productivity and effective... (more)
The United States Congress managed to avoid a default with a last-minute
agreement. But the reboot's still in progress, and many federal government
servers and services remain shut down. The cause of the online blackout is
this set of guidelines released by the Office of Management and Budget, and
in particular their answer to this question:
Q5: What if the cost of shutting down a website exceeds the cost of
A5: The determination of which services continue during an appropriations
lapse is not affected by whether the costs of shutdown exceed the costs of
This might seem ridiculous at first glance, but anyone who builds websites
shouldn't be surprised that they included this directive. Keeping a site
running isn't just a matter of paying hosting bills, and even the most
well-crafted architectures never stop needing a hand a... (more)
Service Level Agreements (SLAs) offered by cloud providers are too often
about Specification and not Service. It should come as no surprise that
vanity metrics, like Availability, are used instead of business metrics
because they are simple to measure and easy to misconstrue. Metrics that
truly matter, like "will I be able to delight my customer," are about as far
removed as one can imagine. It should come as no surprise, then, that in a
recent survey of 740 CIOs and IT Leaders 97% wanted more than a simple
Imagine a company selling a premium new car whose warranty includes 2M piston
revolutions, 10k door latch cycles, and 20k window open and closes. And even
then, with 99.5% availability, you might still be unable to start the car two
days a year, or during winter there might be two weeks where the doors won't
unlock until the sun melts th... (more)
A few months ago, I spoke at the conference where I explained the difference
between caching and an in-memory data grid. Today, having realized that many
people are also looking to better understand the difference between two major
categories in in-memory computing: In-Memory Database and In-Memory Data
Grid, I am sharing the succinct version of my thinking on this topic - thanks
to a recent analyst call that helped to put everything in place
Skip to conclusion to get the bottom line.
Let's clarify the naming and buzzwords first. In-Memory Database (IMDB) is a
well-established category name and it is typically used unambiguously.
It is important to note that there is a new crop of traditional databases
with serious In-Memory "options". That includes MS SQL 2014, Oracle's
Exalytics and Exadata, and IBM DB2 with BLU offerings. The line is blurry
The Catch 22 Between Revenue, Content, and Performance
By Peter Kacandes
A recent Wall Street Journal article discussed the challenges that online
content publishers have in monetizing their content as more and more user
traffic shifts to mobile devices from traditional desktop/laptop
Data from Mary Meeker’s 2015 Internet trends report in particular shows
that the time adult users in the US spend online per day on mobile is up 51%.
And the article cites similar data showing that the time spent on mobile
properties of certain publishers jumped 40% in the last 12 months to 52% of
the time spent viewing their content.
The problem, though, is that revenue from mobile advertising is not rising
nearly quickly enough to offset the decreases from the desktop. There are
several reasons for that, including the limited screen size of mobile, which
limits t... (more)
Azure Data Lake Store in Private Preview
Recently announced Azure Data Lake addresses the big data 3V challenges;
volume, velocity and variety. It is one more storage feature in addition to
blobs and SQL Azure database. Azure Data Lake (should have been Azure Data
Ocean IMHO) is really omnipotent. Just look at the key capabilities of Azure
Native format, distributed data store. No need to pre-define schema
information. From unstructured to structured data handling.
Kilo bytes to Exa bytes OK. Ready for read/write.
At any scale
Scale to match your needs; high volume data handling of small writes and low
latency. Can Aaddress near real-time web analytics scenarios.
Works out-of-the box with Hadoop including services such as HD Insight
Full integration with Azure Active Directory
Supporting identity and access management over all of ... (more)
Social Media like Twitter and Facebook are hot, hot, hot right now — being
used for everything from marketing to market research to customer support.
But for all the buzz, the activity taking place in social media remains hard
to measure, and there are still no clear standards on how to evaluate it. Web
Metrics Guru Marshall Sponder takes you through social media measurement
tools and helps identify the right Web-metrics choices for your business .
Having used both sites for about two weeks, there is still a great deal I am
learning to do with both Ulitzer and Ning, but a reader asked if I would do a
quick comparison, so I will.
The obvious point for me is that the sites have two different objectives for
the writers. For Ning, the writer is trying to be involved in a niche
social network from scratch. For example, I have built my own social
network for marketers and salespeople called BuyerSteps. I created
BuyerSteps as a way for other professionals to join in a conversation around
the 21st century buyer. So, Ning represents a way to build a community.
In the case of Ulitzer, as a writer I am focused on getting readers from
within an existing audience. There are already thousands of readers coming
to the Ulitzer site, so if they are interested in my topics such as
marketing, they will find my articles as ... (more)
This is part 2 of 3 of a continuing series on Social Media Companies. You can
go to Part 1 here. As with the A-G list, if you see any problems with the
data or you believe a company should be on this list, please let me know.
+Social Glue Award
Launched in 2003, hi5 is now one of the world's largest social networks and a
top 20 website globally — with over 60 million monthly unique visitors.
Compete reports 3.2 million U.S. unique visitors every month. Quantcast
reports 49.9 million worldwide visitors, high indexes for male, 12-34,
Hispanic and Asian, has kids, low income and low education score. Alexa has
it ranked as the number 31 site on the Internet with 22.8 minutes per day and
over 20 pages per day per user.
Imeem is a social network that enables users to discover, interact and
with media, including music, video... (more)
This is something similar to the linkbuilding tactic I laid down in my last
post. It’s all about spotting opportunity.
Only last week I used a very simple method to get 500 links from a PR 5 site
with over 3000 links to it. Yes a REAL site. Best of all, I’ve used the
same method to contact 10 other sites with exactly the same request about the
exact same matter. I’ve used this method quite a bit over the last couple
Looking at the SERPS I was interested in, I spotted an expried domain that
was ranking for a term I cherised. The site was actually suspended, and had
been like that for the last six months. There was no content on the site, so
I knew immediately it was the strength of the incoming backlinks alone that
was keeping this high. I could of course look to buy the expired domain (but
it belongs to a competitor – I’m sure if I expressed a value in it... (more)