People & Relationships Just as Important as Data for… CDOs

Organizations are increasingly coming to the realization that data is a core strategic asset, the new source of competitive advantage. Success in today’s economy is predicated on how organizations leverage data as much as any other corporate function. The challenge organizations face, then, is how to leverage this asset to its maximum potential in ways that are as efficient as possible and also minimize risk. This is no small feat. It...

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IBM and Apple Partner: Now Comes the Hard Part

For their recently announced collaboration, Apple and IBM on paper make perfect partners. One is nearly exclusively a consumer electronics company and the other is nearly exclusively an enterprise provider of back end solutions. In other words, the pair closely fits the model for best partnerships; those that have very little overlap and where each’ members goals are closely aligned. But while it is often really easy to announce a...

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Can Other Vendors Take On Apple and IBM?

Overall, while many interpreted last week’s Apple and IBM announcement as essentially finishing the race for enterprise mobility, I see it more as the starting gun for what is likely to become a massive, worldwide effort to deliver enterprise level applications and solutions on a growing variety of mobile platforms. Apple and IBM plan to and likely will be key players in those markets, and the pair should be congratulated for finding...

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RSA Web Threat Detector Extends Mobile Fraud Capabilities
Jul23

RSA Web Threat Detector Extends Mobile Fraud Capabilities

With mobile transactions growing more than 50% year-over-year (27% of all transactions in 2013), and mobile devices accounting for over 30% of all fraudulent transactions recorded by RSA in the first half of 2014, clearly mobile security is a growing concern. So EMC’s security arm has released Web Threat Detection 5.0, an enhanced version of the product formerly known as Silver Tail. Mobile threats are nowhere now, but they are...

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The Apple and IBM Partnership: Missed Opportunity

IBM needed to and did communicate that they have a reliable infrastructure and business model backing up iOS. Although IBM did speak of 100+ new native iOS applications that will leverage big data and analytics, these applications will only begin to surface in the fall of 2014. It’s a shame that IBM didn’t spend more time addressing the framework now in place to support development of these applications or provide some commentary on...

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Big Switch Networks Heats Up SDN Arms Race With Cloud Fabric
Jul22

Big Switch Networks Heats Up SDN Arms Race With Cloud Fabric

Just over a $1 trillion will be spent on networking hardware and software over the next 5 years, and both vendors – with the possible exception of Cisco – and customers are hoping that Software Defined Networking (SDN) and BFF Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) will capture a growing piece of that money. Big Switch Networks, which started down the SDN path in late 2009, and was working with its originator, Stanford University, 6...

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