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The phenomena of Big Data continues to grow as companies of all sizes start to realize the potential ROI that comes from the correct use of massive amounts of data. MIT found that firms who can leverage Big Data can achieve 5-6 percent greater productivity and profitability than their competitors. Knowing the most common mistakes made when handling Big Data will help your organization achieve its goals. 1. Lacking a business cause: At the end of the day, every organization has bills to pay and salaries to fulfill. IT leaders are not immune to making the mistake of trying to apply Big Data analytics solutions without knowing how or if the proposed solution even helps organizations achieve their business goals. Focusing on business outcomes first will lead to CIOs identifying the proper Big Data steps to take resulting in a valuable ROI. Companies designing solutions... (more)

Security Threats Continue to Grow

They read like a list of horror stories for businesses big and small alike. Sony’s PlayStation Network is hacked twice, exposing the personal information of 77 million customers. Zappos becomes the victim of a hack that exposes the addresses and phone numbers of 24 million people. Up to 81 million Yahoo email customers’ passwords are compromised, forcing the company to tell its users to reset them immediately. 110 million customers are affected when hackers infiltrate Target, and PIN numbers and credit card information are stolen. But these stories of major security breaches aren... (more)

Five Workers who Will Enjoy a BYOD Policy

Technology changes from one day to the next. Because of this, businesses have a difficult time keeping up with the latest devices. A great way to overcome this issue is to implement a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy. Let's dive in and take a close look at the top seven workers who benefit the most from BOYD. CEOs: CEOs are often known for demanding the latest technological devices. Since many companies can't keep up with their demands, by allowing them to bring their own devices to work, the CEOs get to enjoy the benefit of using devices that they prefer working with. Wheth... (more)

How Big Data Can Boost Public Safety

Unless you are an IT manager, understanding all of the technical details of how big data technology — such as Hadoop Hive or Apache Pig as a Service — works isn’t as important as understanding how big data can be used to improve lives. Public safety, whether it’s reducing crime rates or maintaining roads and bridges, is a huge undertaking with serious consequences when mistakes are made. Big data can provide additional insights (such as the connection between home games and crime rates discussed below) to governments and businesses to help them keep cities safe, and better resp... (more)

Companies That Are Revolutionizing Flash Storage

Flash storage is revolutionizing the way enterprise stores, processes and accesses important data. As opposed to the old methods of storage, most notably hard disks, flash storage is faster and consumes less energy. Flash devices also don't require the amount of space that other technologies do. This is seen in everything from small personal handheld devices to enterprise scale storage systems, such as Hadoop in the Cloud. Enterprise grade flash stands out from the type of flash storage used on a personal scale in that it is even faster, more durable, and more reliable. These be... (more)