Why your big data collection is failing

The world’s enterprise data is doubling every two years, but for most organizations, it isn’t doing much good. One in three businesses relies on incomplete or unreliable data, and only 4 percent are using best practices to get the most out of their data. Unfortunately, most data uncertainty comes from simple mistakes business owners don’t…

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What IT can learn from greeting cards

Most greeting cards are basically the same: cookie-cutter messages in standard formats, each looking like the next. They get the job done, but most are one size fits all. Which is why I recently started using Punkpost, an app that sends personalized, handwritten cards. Even if two cards are the same on the outside, the…

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5 reasons 2-in-1 skeptics should reconsider

Tablets provide flexibility and hands-on experience; Laptops offer power and stability. Each has its advantages. If you combined all that functionality in one device, it could lighten the load of road warriors and make meetings more dynamic. Thus the advent of 2-in-1 devices.

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3 highlights from Google Next ’17

Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is the clear number three player in public cloud behind Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. But it’s standing on a tripod of data, machine learning, and cost advantages, and is counting on those three areas to help them build market share and scale. At the annual Google Cloud Next…

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6 software license terms to consider before moving to the cloud

Some 95 percent of IT professionals have taken to the cloud, according to a recent survey. And if you’re one of them, you might want to check your licensing – you could be breaking your contract. Many organizations aren’t aware that their existing software license terms may include obstacles to migrating applications to a public…

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What you may not know about secondary storage

Secondary: coming after, less important than, or resulting from someone or something else that is primary. It’s not a particularly exciting word, and investing in something with “secondary” in its title may seem like it’s not worth the time or money. Secondary storage, however, breaks that mold—it isn’t all it originally appears.

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3 trends driving health care IT in 2017

The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference is reliably the most significant health care IT conference in the United States each year, bringing together thousands of vendors and tens of thousands of health care IT professionals focused on a common goal: Improving health care efficiency through technology. This year was no different. Here…

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AWS outage: Who’s really to blame?

Amazon’s S3 service outage in the US-East-1 Region yesterday shed light on just how much of the internet depends on that single service in a single region. Dozens of sites that stored assets there failed; sites that stored snapshots of volumes they used to launch instances failed; sites that depended on AWS S3 services in…

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