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A few years ago, if you had asked a group of C-Level executives to project which software delivery trend would be more important for organizations, most would have ranked DevOps ahead of containers. DevOps promised to profoundly refocus and reenergize software teams while containers looked like an interesting new way to repackage resources that were already there. Today, the rankings have flipped.

Posted May 05, 2021

Data is a critical company asset that has continued to grow exponentially for over a decade. However, to create game-changing business value, data not only needs to be analyzed, but it needs to be utilized.

Posted April 15, 2021

In the future, 2021 may be viewed as a sharp turning point when companies recovered from the dramatic changes of 2020 and moved from surviving to thriving. Recently, John O'Brien, CEO and principal advisor, Radiant Advisors, spoke with BDQ about the challenges and opportunities for organizations as they emerge from the seismic shifts of the past year.

Posted April 09, 2021

After a wild and turbulent 2020, the new year has ushered in a renewed commitment to establishing or improving corporate governance. Yet, positive energy aside, our traditional approach to endorsing governance of data, analytics, or AI remains fraught. As a result, governance initiatives springing from an earnest desire to do right (e.g., responsible AI), as well as the need to not do wrong (e.g., regulatory/compliance), struggle to enlist broad coalitions of the willing.

Posted April 05, 2021

The full potential for companies that digitally transform is predicted to be $100 trillion by 2025. This astonishing value would be reached through the combination of digital technologies—mobile, cloud, AI, sensors, and analytics, among others. These are accelerating progress exponentially, said the World Economic Forum, but this growth can be realized only if there is collaboration between business, policymakers, and non-governmental organizations.

Posted April 05, 2021

As the world of data analytics continues to evolve and reshape after a tumultuous 2020, the need for agility is rapidly driving a new era in data culture in which it is imperative to handle data immediately and at scale. While emphasis on self-service data and analytics has been top-of-mind for some time now, the shift to self-sufficiency is held back by culture, not technology. With the new year pushing more robotics process automation at all levels of the business—and for all data users—organizations are becoming more acutely aware that true enablement isn't just about tools and tech. It's about people.

Posted April 05, 2021

The world changed over the last year. Future historians will complete their theses focusing on different quarters or even specific months of 2020. But one of the most overused cliches in thinking about this period of time has been the idea that "the more things change, the more they remain the same." Let's consider sports in 2020. Major League Baseball had a 60-game season, the NBA finals were played in October, and cardboard cutouts took the place of fans in every sport. However, the Lakers won the NBA finals, the Dodgers won the World Series with the Yankees playing deep into the playoffs, and Tom Brady went to his 10th Super Bowl. The more things change …

Posted April 05, 2021

Securing information systems and data is a foundation for any organization. Detection of insider threats can be a considerable challenge for threat detection systems and security analysts. This is due to the difficulty of determining non-normal actions from internal system behavior data.

Posted April 05, 2021

Today, the idea of picking up the phone to call a travel agent to plan out a vacation seems archaic. It used to be that everyone used a travel agent, but nowadays it's an occupation that caters mainly to the wealthy. Yet there was something about it that was uniquely valuable, something that the legions of vacation-planning websites and travel-booking apps—powered by oceans of data and cutting-edge algorithms—haven't been able to fully replicate.

Posted April 05, 2021

Multi-cloud is changing the way we manage data. It's seen as a way to build a more resilient diversity of services while ensuring a greater degree of independence from a single vendor. At the same time, it takes skill to get everything aligned. In recent years, multi-cloud has become a popular approach, with 93% of enterprises using a multi-cloud strategy, according to the latest Flexera/RightScale survey on cloud adoption. The survey found that respondents use an average of 2.2 public and 2.2 private clouds.

Posted April 02, 2021

Conventional data management systems are fundamentally ill-suited for the world of data as it exists today. These systems, based with few exceptions on the relational data model, are broken because they integrate based on data location at the storage layer. While this approach worked reasonably well for the past 25 years, the world today has far too much data to use data location in storage as the basic lever.

Posted April 02, 2021

Data may be at the heart of all digital engagements, but most enterprises are still behind the curve when it comes to effectively identifying and managing it. That's the takeaway from the latest survey of 419 enterprise executives from BARC, which finds continuing challenges with identifying and surfacing the data assets needed to succeed in today's digital economy.

Posted April 02, 2021

Faster decision making enabled by access to role-appropriate information is the goal of organizations striving to become data-driven. At the same time, there is strong pressure on companies to ensure data quality and trustworthiness, as well as to maintain data security to avoid breaches and risk regulatory non-compliance.

Posted April 02, 2021

Ben Sharma, co-founder and chief product officer of Zaloni, spoke with BDQ about the challenges companies are facing in their efforts to gain value from data.

Posted March 11, 2021

VMware has announced portfolio updates to help customers modernize their applications and infrastructure, including new releases of vSphere 7 and vSAN 7 to help IT teams support new and existing applications with infrastructure that is developer and AI-ready.

Posted March 09, 2021

In 2020, companies across every industry were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, many new business models emerged, including curbside deliveries, contactless-service, and virtual fitness training, to name a few. With 2021 well underway, let's take a look at the new business and technology habits that we can expect to endure even after the pandemic is over.

Posted March 08, 2021

Franz Inc., an early innovator in artificial intelligence (AI) and supplier of graph database technology for knowledge graph Solutions, is releasing Allegro NFS Server 7.0 for Windows with 64-bit performance and support for all current versions of the Windows operating system.

Posted February 17, 2021

The new release improves the balance between performance and cost and enhances an organization's ability to deploy and manage new services with benefits for all InsightEdge portfolio platforms.

Posted February 17, 2021

A new survey reveals that 87% of respondents lack the budget necessary to analyze their growing data stores despite the widespread recognition that a business' success today lies in being able to take the data it possesses and use it to make decisions.

Posted February 17, 2021

Software AG has entered into a collaboration agreement with Automation Anywhere to make scalable automation achievable for more businesses. Software AG's ARIS platform will bookend Automation Anywhere RPA with process mining and process management, helping to improve the discovery of automation opportunities and then management of automated processes.

Posted February 17, 2021

Radiant Advisors' John O'Brien explained modern data architecture at Data Summit Connect Fall 2020.

Posted February 16, 2021

DataOps is seen as a key approach for supporting insight-driven culture at organizations seeking to extract more value from their data. However, DataOps is still somewhat open to interpretation. DataKitchen's Chris Bergh talked to BDQ about how the DataOps methodology has evolved and how customers are using it now.

Posted February 08, 2021

While many companies are using IoT for reasons numbers one and two, few have embraced it for reason number three—disrupting with new business models. Despite top management stating that digital is important (20% of all top strategic initiatives in annual reports now include the word "digital")—and that IoT is one of the most disruptive and necessary technologies to shape their markets—in reality, they are mainly using it to manage costs by improving efficiencies and enhancing customer experience by augmenting existing products. This is severely limiting organizations' ability to gain new value.

Posted January 18, 2021

As Charles Darwin famously posited, it is not strength but rather the ability to adapt that is critical for survival. We see examples of this all around.

Posted January 18, 2021

For ethics to take root, sustainable governance practices must be infused into the fabric of an organization's AI ecosystem.

Posted January 18, 2021

The tectonic technology shifts we saw with the advent of Hadoop will not be seen again for quite a long time, but don't get too comfortable because the development of new tools and technologies to support the data science space isn't slowing down any time soon.

Posted January 18, 2021

The real value of cloud lies not just in its ability to reduce infrastructure costs, but in the opportunities it presents to rethink the business.

Posted December 14, 2020

Data miscommunication happens all the time between databases. Let's look at what you need to build machine learning models at scale, what the current options are, and why "feature stores" are becoming a new trend in this space.

Posted December 14, 2020

The primary role of database ‘custodian' continues to be the main emphasis of their jobs but increasingly, DBAs are expected to take on additional responsibilities.

Posted December 14, 2020

The cloud-tipping point for database technology had already occurred by the beginning of 2020, but what was a gradual migration to the cloud is now looking increasingly like a sprint.

Posted December 08, 2020

As applications continue to grow in scale and complexity, so does the challenge of supporting them. From geo-distribution, to high-volume transactions and the processing of new data sources and types, modern applications require speed, scalability and flexibility—whether in the ground or the cloud. DBTA recently held a roundtable webinar to educate IT decision-makers and practitioners about the new data management technologies and techniques for speed and scalability.

Posted November 13, 2020

While executives often express their desire to be data-driven in their decision making, a new study finds that the reality is that two-thirds of CEOs are still making decisions based on gut feel.

Posted November 13, 2020

Instana, a provider of APM and observability solutions for cloud-native and microservice applications, now offers the ability to monitor and trace applications using Google Cloud Run, Pub/Sub, and Storage technologies.

Posted November 12, 2020

What do prison guards, dental hygienists, and barbers have in common? They all have jobs that rely on physical proximity and carry a high risk of exposure to diseases, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Posted September 14, 2020

Never have charts and graphs been more prominent in the collective public consciousness. The increased focus on data-driven insights has, just as so much in life, been both positive and negative.

Posted September 14, 2020

No matter where you live in the world, your life has been impacted by the technology and innovation conceived of in Silicon Valley. The wealth that has been created has been enormous. A popular British newspaper once published an article suggesting that if Silicon Valley were a country, it would be among the richest on Earth.

Posted September 11, 2020

When talking about data science, most people feel as if they are in one of two camps as far as data size. The first is really small data—hundreds of megabytes to a few gigabytes. The second is gigabytes to terabytes. Notice I didn't say "big data," nor did I say "petabytes." The source datasets may start at petabyte-scale, but keep in mind that data is often very raw, and most of it is ignored.

Posted September 11, 2020

Big data has been around in one form or another for a long time, but lately, due to current events and intensified pressure, there has been greater attention focused on data-driven approaches to manage operations and understand customers. Recognizing that value has shifted to the digital realm, businesses have been looking to technologies that will take them to the next level.

Posted September 11, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis has presented some new hurdles—but they are ones that many innovative companies are actively working to overcome. Forward-looking companies aren't sitting the year out waiting for the business climate to improve. They are actively seeking ways to expand their reach and take advantage of new opportunities.

Posted September 10, 2020

It will take time for many organizations to resume "busi­ness as usual"—making it more important than ever for them to think fast, but strategically, about their digital transformation efforts and which tools and solutions will best help them succeed.

Posted September 10, 2020

Launched in June during the COVID-19 crisis, Ahana is a Presto-based analytics company founded by Steven Mih and Dipti Borkar, experts in open source and distributed data systems. Recently, Mih and Borkar discussed the analytics challenges data professionals are facing now and their involvement with the Presto Foundation.

Posted August 24, 2020

The annual Data Summit conference went digital earlier this year, becoming Data Summit Connect. The online event in June featured live presentations by executives from leading IT organizations who engaged attendees with compelling presentations and spirited discussions on a variety of topics including data analytics and privacy, knowledge graphs, and AI and machine learning. The following are key points distilled from the 3-day webinar series.

Posted August 11, 2020

Ensuring that applications are performing optimally has always been important. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many organizations have sped up their cloud plans and are now relying on new tools to ensure that their cloud-based applications are performing with the right levels of availability, performance, and security. Bruno Kurtic, founding vice president of product management and strategy at Sumo Logic, recently discussed current trends in cloud workload management and how new tools can improve continuous cloud app observability.

Posted August 06, 2020

At Data Summit Connect 2020, Clay Jackson, senior database systems sales engineer, Quest Software Inc, discussed how hybrid cloud—combining public, community, and private cloud, and features of SaaS and IaaS—provides the best of both worlds for organizations migrating their data.

Posted July 24, 2020

At Data Summit Connect 2020, Lee Rainie, director, internet and technology research, Pew Research Center, projected the future of information sharing online and its social, cultural, and economic impact as foreseen by analysts and experts surveyed by Pew Research.

Posted July 20, 2020

At Data Summit Connect 2020 Bruno Kurtic, founding VP, strategy and solutions, Sumo Logic, explained how digital transformation and the drive to differentiate has made every company a software business.

Posted July 13, 2020

At Data Summit Connect 2020, Thomas Cook, director of sales, Cambridge Semantics, described the laborious process of manually discovering, sorting, cleaning, and conforming silo'd data that consumes the lion's share of data scientists' time, and how new approaches are improving the process.

Posted July 10, 2020

Today, with a quick screen tap on a personal handheld processor, people seeking a ride can open a cloud-based app and connect with a drivers who can pinpoint an exact pick-up location via GPS, arrange a dropoff, and make a payment without the need to physically exchange cash or card.  Who would have imagined this reality when just 40 years ago, before the internet was mainstream, the only computing interface was conducted on a green-screen "dumb terminal" limited to display and data entry? Nevertheless, this current moment is the reality for only a fleeting period of time before a new, transformative—and disruptive—technological era begins.

Posted June 30, 2020

CCPA took effect on Jan. 1, 2020, following the May 25, 2018, launch of the landmark global compliance regulation GDPR. When California begins enforcing CCPA on July 1, 2020, any for-profit entity doing business in California that collects, shares, or sells California consumers' personal data will be governed by CCPA.

Posted June 29, 2020

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