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Salesforce Buys Tableau: Next Wave Analytics Consolidation

Salesforce Buys Tableau: Next Wave Analytics Consolidation

Salesforce buys Tableau, and Google buys Looker, kicking off a new wave of consolidation in the analytics and BI space. If you’ve been to a big vendor-neutral tech conference focused on analytics and BI over the last few years, it’s hard to miss the two companies in a horse race for the biggest, most enthusiastic […]

How to Convince Wary Customers to Share Personal Information

How to Convince Wary Customers to Share Personal Information

Burned by past abuses, consumers are guarding their data with an iron fist. You can win back their confidence and gain the insights that provide targeted services. Image: James Thew – stock.adobe.com Customers are becoming increasingly wary of sharing any information about themselves, including their shopping habits and preferences. And who can blame them? Many […]

The Impact of Convergence on IT Strategies

The Impact of Convergence on IT Strategies

According to industry hype, the latest emerging technology will change everything. No technology is an island, however, which is where things get interesting. Emerging technologies tend to be marketed as “The Answer” to whatever challenge an organization faces, but no technology can drive business success independently, since it must operate within context of the organization’s […]

Post-Hadoop Data and Analytics Head to the Cloud

Post-Hadoop Data and Analytics Head to the Cloud

Data and analytics in the cloud era may favor platforms based on platforms that are more flexible than Hadoop. But that doesn’t mean there’s no future for the early big data technology. Has Hadoop gone the way of 8-track tapes and Betamax? The technology that engendered so much excitement and optimism about the potential of […]

Diversity in IT: The Business and Moral Reasons

Diversity in IT: The Business and Moral Reasons

Everyone talks about diversity, but progress is slow in the real world of business and IT. Sometimes humans talk a good game, but don’t follow through on their promises. Or, it might just be that many of us are well-meaning but unable to achieve a goal because of practical, real-world limitations. A couple of days […]

AI-Powered Security: Lulling Us Into Misplaced Confidence?

AI-Powered Security: Lulling Us Into Misplaced Confidence?

While artificial intelligence and machine learning hold promise in cybersecurity initiatives, there are some gaps that enterprises need to consider. Everybody’s touting artificial intelligence as the new cybersecurity bulwark. For anti-malware and anti-hack defenses, AI’s power lies in its ability to proactively monitor, identify, and remediate almost any type of cyberthreat. Automated systems can’t have […]

Getting Machine Learning into Production: MLOps

Getting Machine Learning into Production: MLOps

Machine learning upstart DataRobot, which pioneered the AutoML category, acquired ParallelM to help organizations move their models into production. Your organization may look like it is well on the way to a machine learning future. Your team is beyond the basics. They are now creating machine learning models that could impact real business problems. Yet […]

7 Technologies You Need to Know for Artificial Intelligence

7 Technologies You Need to Know for Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is actually a term that encompasses a host of technology and tools. Here’s a closer look at some of the more important ones. 1 of 7 Artificial Intelligence. Everybody wants it. Everybody knows they need to invest in pilots and initial projects. Yet getting those projects into production is hard, and most companies […]

How to Get Hands-On with Machine Learning

How to Get Hands-On with Machine Learning

If you really want to understand the capabilities and limitations of machine learning, you have to get hands-on. Here’s a short list of options for beginners. Everyone should have a conceptual understanding of machine learning, so they can communicate more effectively with practitioners. To really understand what machine learning can and can’t do, you have […]

Find an IT Security Career by Getting Lost

Find an IT Security Career by Getting Lost

Check out this Interop keynote video where Graham Holdings’ Stacey Halota describes the twists and turns of her career and the challenges that security and privacy teams face. There must be 100 adages that run along the lines of when things seem to be going bad a new door opens and things go right. You […]