Devops is essential to the cloud, and to its payoff

The notion of devops means that you’re streamlining the movement of applications from the point of need to production. It matters not if you’re changing or improving applications or building new ones. Of course, devops arose around the rise of cloud computing, and that’s no mystery. Cloud computing provides a point of central deployment using a… Continue reading Devops is essential to the cloud, and to its payoff

IDG Contributor Network: Think every business should become a software business? Think again

There’s a popular mantra in the tech world these days that every business should strive to become a software business. With technology now central to competitiveness, the thinking goes, organizations must innovate through software to stay ahead. While there’s a germ of truth in this, the thinking is flawed and can lead CIOs to focus… Continue reading IDG Contributor Network: Think every business should become a software business? Think again

IDG Contributor Network: The marvels of an event-based schema

The issue of schema—and what is frequently perceived as its inherent difficulties—is becoming more important every day. Organizations are increasingly encountering decentralized computing environments typified by semi-structured or unstructured external data of varying formats, often requiring integration with internal, structured data for immediate business value. Storing each type of origin source or application data in… Continue reading IDG Contributor Network: The marvels of an event-based schema

IDG Contributor Network: Unlocking the power of today’s big data through governance

People, businesses, and machines are generating data at a staggering pace. The business expectation is that you will use this data to gain insight, increase competitive advantage, and become truly data-driven. Data lies at the heart of this digital transformation and is underway at most organizations. But with so much data, created so quickly and from… Continue reading IDG Contributor Network: Unlocking the power of today’s big data through governance

Cloud migration: The pros and cons of a common platform

Enterprise compute, storage, and database platforms are like rings of a tree. You add new ones each year, and they are mostly different from the last. You use whatever platform is thought to be right at the time. That’s why you have mainframes, minicomputers, client/server systems, distributed systems, and open systems, with any number of… Continue reading Cloud migration: The pros and cons of a common platform

7 essential technologies for a modern data architecture

Jim Scott is director of enterprise strategy and architecture at MapR Technologies. The re-platforming of enterprise IT infrastructure is no small undertaking. Re-platforming is usually sparked by a shifting set of key business drivers, and that is precisely the case today. Simply put, the platforms that have dominated enterprise IT for nearly 30 years can… Continue reading 7 essential technologies for a modern data architecture

Get started with Google Go in Azure

For a language that’s designed for systems-level programming, the Google Go language (Golang) is surprisingly popular. Designed by many of the original C designers, it’s gained a reputation as a tool for developing low-level systems, including many used on Azure. If you’ve run a Docker container, fired up any of Azure’s Kubernetes services, or used… Continue reading Get started with Google Go in Azure

What the ‘versatilist’ trend means for IT staffing

According to Gartner, by 2021, 40 percent of IT staff will be “versatilists,” holding multiple roles. Moreover, most of these roles will be business-related, rather than technology-related, it predicts. Furthermore, by 2019, IT technical specialist hires will fall by more than 5 percent. Gartner predicts that 50 percent of enterprises will formalize IT versatilist profiles… Continue reading What the ‘versatilist’ trend means for IT staffing

Review: Neo4j supercharges graph analytics

Neo4j is both the original graph database and the continued leader in the graph database market. Designed to store entities and relationships, and optimized to perform graph operations such as traversals, clustering, and shortest-path calculations, Neo4j shines at exploring data that consists of huge numbers of many-to-many relationships. To read this article in full, please… Continue reading Review: Neo4j supercharges graph analytics

Rethinking cloud ROI: Come for cost savings but stay for agility

Companies are moving away from the traditional operations-oriented ROI model, and now look toward agility as the core metric to determine value. That’s clear in a new report called “How Enterprises Are Calculating Cloud ROI—And Why Some Enterprises Are Moving Ahead Without It,” from ISACA. Although this is new to many enterprises and analysis firms, it’s not… Continue reading Rethinking cloud ROI: Come for cost savings but stay for agility