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You can call me biased, or out of touch, but over the past two years, I’ve been reading articles and blogs about how Big Data is going away, dying, or already dead. So what changed? Is Big Data falling into Gartner’s dreaded trough of disillusionment? Did someone discover that predictive analytics could have a butterfly effect and change the course of history and hence, we should abandon these voodoo analytics practices? Did we figure out that we actually don’t have enough data to call it “Big” data? Did we already finish analyzing all the data and we’re all done? Or… are the people calling it dead really just a bunch of marketers who are looking move on to the next new thought leadership topic, so they write one final blog to make one final impression just before they abandon the topic? Bingo. I’m looking at you… industry pundits, thought leaders, and analysts. T... (more)

Blockchain and Smart Contracts | @CloudExpo #FinTech #Bitcoin #Blockchain

Blockchain is certainly the rage. No matter the industry, you can't seem to have a technology discussion before the topic is raised. According to Gartner's latest hype cycle for emerging technologies, blockchain is approaching the peak. It is considered by Gartner as one of the ‘Key platform-enabling technologies to track.' Approximately $1.4B has been invested in blockchain just this year, according to PwC executive Seamus Cushley. While there is a lot of ‘hype vs reality' discussions going on, there is no arguing that blockchain is being taken very seriously across industries and cannot be ignored. In its simplest terms, blockchain is a distributed ledger. However, the reality is much more complex than that. Some of my earlier blogs on blockchain examine some of those complexities (‘Blockchain - It's So Much More than Bitcoin', ‘Blockchain - You want me to trust... (more)

How It’s Made: A #ContinuousDelivery Pipeline | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps

How It's Made: A Continuous Delivery Pipeline By Necco Ceresani Software delivery was once specific to the IT industry. Now, Continuous Delivery pipelines are used around world from e-commerce to airline software. Building a software delivery pipeline once involved hours of scripting and manual steps – a process that’s painful, if not impossible, to scale. However Continuous Delivery with Application Release Automation tools offers a scripting-free, automated experience. Continuous Delivery pipelines are immensely powerful for the modern enterprise, boosting production and even customer satisfaction. Getting Started: Measure the Existing Process To get started building a Continuous Delivery pipeline, the IT Manager measures key metrics from the existing software release pipeline. The most important metrics to look at are: Time to Deployment Deployment Frequency Cha... (more)

Ransomware Chronicle

This is a comprehensive report on ransomware-related events covering a time frame of May – December 2016. The incidents herein are visually broken down into categories, including new ransomware, updates of existing strains, decryptors released, and other noteworthy news. Security researchers and users interested in the ransomware subject can now use this all-in-one knowledgebase instead of having to collect data from multiple different sources. New ransomware released Old ransomware updated Ransomware decrypted Other important ransomware related events THE ENIGMA RANSOMWARE SURFACES Targets Russian-speaking victims. Appends the .enigma extension. Creates the enigma_encr.txt ransom note. CRYPTXXX 2.0 EDITION Kaspersky’s free decryptor defeated. Concatenates the .crypt extension. Ransom notes named after victim ID. SHUJIN RANSOMWARE SPREADING IN CHINA Zeroes in on Ch... (more)

Site Reliability Engineering: DevOps 2.0 | @DevOpsSummit #Cloud #DevOps #DataCenter #Monitoring

Site Reliability Engineering: DevOps 2.0 By Saba Anees Has there ever been a better time to be in DevOps? TV shows like “Person of Interest” and “Mr. Robot” are getting better at showing what developers actually do, using chunks of working code. Movies like Michael Mann’s “Blackhat” (2015) won praise from Google’s security team for its DevOps accuracy in a few scenes. Look around and you’ll discover elements of DevOps culture filtering out into wider society, such as people in all walks of life discussing their uptime or fast approaching code lock. On the other hand, perhaps the biggest thorn in the side of DevOps is that developers and operations teams don’t normally get along well. Developers want to rush ahead and compile some groundbreaking code under extremely tight schedules, while operations teams try to slow everyone down to identify systemic risks from acci... (more)

[session] Chinese Internet | @CloudExpo @CDSGlobalCloud #SDS #DataCenter

Understanding the Inscrutable Chinese Internet If you had a chance to enter on the ground level of the largest e-commerce market in the world - would you? China is the world's most populated country with the second largest economy and the world's fastest growing market. It is estimated that by 2018 the Chinese market will be reaching over $30 billion in gaming revenue alone. Admittedly for a foreign company, doing business in China can be challenging. Often changing laws, administrative regulations and the often inscrutable Chinese Internet combined with ICP registration, the Great Firewall, and BGPs have resulted in a limited foreign market in Mainland China. Today there are more than 60 existing governmental Internet regulations that are implemented by the provincial branches of state-owned ISPs, companies, and organizations. In addition, each province of China h... (more)

American E-Commerce Napping | @CloudExpo #API #IoT #BusinessIntelligence

Is American E-Commerce About to Be Caught Napping with Payment Methods With a slow-growing domestic market and their own consumers increasingly shopping cross border, US e-commerce sites are starting to realize they need to compete globally. But are they ready for it? And are their payment service providers? A.T Kearney´s "2015 Global Retail E-Commerce Index Report "put it in a nutshell: with the global explosion of e-commerce, being able to effectively sell across borders is going to be a key differentiator between the next round of online-retail winners and losers. By being good at selling across borders, the winners will be able to expand into new markets without the cost of having a physical footprint in those markets(1). This will give them the competitive edge over rivals still locked into just their domestic markets. The challenge this poses is especially rele... (more)

The Impact on Ecommerce Customer Experience | @DevOpsSummit #APM #DevOps #DigitalTransformation

Personalization: The Impact on Ecommerce Customer Experience By Matt Keenan The generic customer journey is dead. One size no longer fits all – for both B2C and B2B customers. So how do you make a customer feel special when the internet has all but eliminated differentiating by product or price? According to Gartner, the delivered digital customer experience must be the key differentiator for your organization.1 So it’s no surprise that one of the top initiatives for retailers is to deliver unique and engaging experiences to each and every customer they serve, appealing to their unique wants and needs, on-line and in-store . The first wave of targeting content, or Personalization, consisted of segmenting customers into static, broad groups across channels such as web, email, banner ads, and product recommendations. The premise was that customers can be grouped based... (more)

PlexxiPulse – AEBS

Just before we settled in for the holidays, we announced our partnership with AE Business Solutions (AEBS), a leading IT integration and consulting company serving enterprise organizations throughout the Midwest. We’re thrilled to partner with AEBS and address the rapidly changing data center landscape, converged networking infrastructure and the build-out of public, private and hybrid clouds. AEBS and Plexxi share a common vision –  to transform IT infrastructure and architectures to a scale-as-you-grow software defined data center that delivers on the promise of simplicity, agility and cost efficiencies associated with today’s cloud computing strategies. The partnership allows AEBS to distribute Plexxi Switch, Plexxi Control and Plexxi Connect, as part of its software defined networking solutions portfolio. Below please find a few of our top picks for our favorite... (more)

WordPress for Business

Originally launched as a blogging platform, WordPress now has become an integral part for any business. Business owners today are integrating WordPress to build their business. Launched originally in 2003, WordPress has turned out to probably become the most popular CMS or content management system in the world. These days, it is used by over 74 million websites that publish new posts each second. Regardless of the size of the blog or website, wordpress is one of the most widely used content management system and has become a favorite among businesses due to its being a powerful tool. REASONS WHY A BUSINESS SHOULD SWITCH TO WORDPRESS 1. FREE: Whether one is a blogger or launching a new business online, the fact that WordPress is one hundred percent free is indeed beneficial. Most of all, it is also open source, meaning that one could boost or change the source code to... (more)

Slow Business Apps: What’s the Worst That Can Happen?

The closer the relationship between an application and your revenue, the easier it is to measure the impact of poor performance. This is why, for example, researchers found that an e-commerce site experiences 7% lower conversion rates for just a 1-second delay in page responses. Companies often invest heavily in performance monitoring for their business-to-customer...Continue reading ... (more)