Analytics and Big Data for Infrastructure

I had an interesting conversation a few weeks ago and was asked where am I placing my big bets for the future of IT.  I’ve been very interested in Big Data and Analytics for awhile now and this question made me think about how I needed to evolve to reflect that.  I think the next big thing for me in IT is going to be applying the concepts of Big Data and Analytics to cloud services and cloud infrastructure.  This is going to be especially important for service providers, and I’ve been recommending to my customers that they become service providers and service brokers before their customers find some others in the marketplace, so it’ll be applicable to nearly ever sizable IT organization. Continue reading Analytics and Big Data for Infrastructure

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Analytics and Creativity

These are some thoughts on learning styles, education, predictive analytics and creativity, but to get there I need to share some background.  One of the things I appreciated most about my high school education was the fact that the curriculum was developed with the express goal of teaching us how to think rather than teaching us by rote.  There was no “new math” or studying to the test or things like that, thankfully, as that is definitely not one of my learning styles.  Unfortunately that did me a bit of a disservice when I went to college, because engineering school it seemed to me was all about rote or “plug ‘n chug” as my instructors referred to it.  This was especially true of the hard sciences.  I loved Physics and really wanted to continue to explore that further, but Physics in college is about applying the right equation and nothing could be more boring to me.  Gone was the mystery of the universe, instead it was insert tab A into slot B.  Now, I could’ve slogged through it until a Master’s or Doctoral program when things get interesting again, but why on earth wait?  So I changed my major to Computer Science where you solved problems creatively, if you were so inclined, by writing awesome software.

There is a point after this preamble, I promise.  I’ve been very excited about the possibilities that exist in the realm of Big Data, or as I prefer to think of it Big Information trending toward Big Knowledge.  EMC has been doing great stuff in this space and our consulting organization is helping customers with some incredible solutions.  Analytics is becoming a core value creator to many companies and it is a new channel for IT to contribute to shareholder value and business agility.   Continue reading Analytics and Creativity

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Why Information is like Cognac

Nectar of the godsWith apologies to Chuck Hollis at EMC and James Governor at RedMonk I decided to take a crack at this whole “Why Applications are like fish and Data is like Wine” meme by extending it to posit that Information is like Cognac. Now, I’m not usually one to kick a dead horse but I think that all the talk of Big Data has maybe obscured something that I view as a problem with Big Data: knowledge workers don’t consume data, they consume information. I see Big Data as a problem quite frankly, and the IDC Digital Universe Study put it in context. If Big Data is the problem, Big Information is the goal, and to get there we need automation and analytics. So if you’ll bear with me I’ll share how I think Information is like cognac.
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