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

IDG Contributor Network: Designing a latency-free enterprise

In an era of constant connectivity, consumer expectations of businesses run high. Latency—the delay inherent between a desire and pursuant request for information and its ultimate return—creates frustration, inhibits success and can impact customer experiences and ultimately customer satisfaction. Long story short, we live in a real-time world and no one wants to wait. Latency… Continue reading IDG Contributor Network: Designing a latency-free enterprise

Google Cloud Platform services guide: The right tools for the job

Launched in 2011, Google Cloud Platform (GCP) has had to do some catching up to market leader Amazon Web Services (AWS), its most direct competitor as a purer cloud play. But Google had no experience servicing large enterprise IT, and so has spent several years playing catchup. To read this article in full, please click… Continue reading Google Cloud Platform services guide: The right tools for the job