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TD Ameritrade Chief Data Officer Discusses Appointment #MITIQ

TD Ameritrade Chief Data Officer Discusses Appointment #MITIQ

In their ongoing coverage of MIT Data Quality conference, Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly spoke with Derek Strauss, Chief Data Officer, TD Ameritrade. The three discuss his responsibilities as CDO and the importance of data science to the financial services industry. Strauss was actually sought after to be TD Ameritrade’s CDO, a position created for him. He ventures that the percentage of people carrying the title CDO is small, perhaps less than 10%. Vellante suggests, presumably, financial services would be an area that would adopt that role sooner. Strauss explains that the need for a CDO was “enterprise wide.” The company had... more »
Cloud Computing Still In the Early Innings, Despite the High Score

Cloud Computing Still In the Early Innings, Despite the High Score

While "software-defined everything" is currently demanding a lot of attention, the journey to the cloud is still a dominant mega-trend. Wikibon Senior Analyst Stu Miniman explains that cloud computing is still in its early days, though it’s been greatly talked about for over five years. “It is by no means, kind of a steady state market.  There’s logic turn going on, lots of changes, lots of players coming into the market, lots of companies radically changing their environment, and  most enterprises have some play in the cloud.  But it’s definitely [the] early, early days still despite the fact that we’ve been talking... more »
What The Healthcare Industry Can Learn From Baseball #MITIQ

What The Healthcare Industry Can Learn From Baseball #MITIQ

SiliconANGLEs theCUBE welcomed the co-chair of this year’s MIT Chief Development Officer Information Quality Symposium, Peter Anlyan of Anlyan Consulting. Wikibon’s Jeff Kelly and Dave Vellante spoke with Anlyan about his involvement with MITCDOIQ, his background and how to most effectively work with your team to maximize their productivity. Anlyan joined the MITCDOIQ team a few years ago after having attended in previous years. Currently, Anlyan’s firm consults in the healthcare industry and he immediately recognized parallels between challenges faced in his own industry and the field of information science. Prior to starting his consulting firm, Anlyan worked for two decades as... more »
Using Information as a Core Strategic Tool | #MITIQ

Using Information as a Core Strategic Tool | #MITIQ

On their never-ending quest for knowledge, Dave Vellante and Jeff Frick arrived at the MIT campus for the MIT CDOIQ Symposium, where they broadcasted live for theCube interview sessions, talking with several key people in the industry. The theme of the Symposium was "Big Data Demands Good Data" and, to elaborate on that, they caught up with Richard Wang, Former Army Deputy CDO & Director of the MIT Information Quality Program. Wang organized the first edition of the International Conference on Information Quality in 1996 and, since then, has published a number of books which helped establish the term "Information Quality". Soon after... more »
Wearable "Wow" Overshadows Smartphones, Slows Sales

Wearable "Wow" Overshadows Smartphones, Slows Sales

According to analysts at UBS AG, interest in upgrading smartphones has significantly declined as the “WOW” factor wears off in anticipation for flashy wearable devices. Last year, about 68 million people upgraded their smartphones. Though the number is still impressive, it's down by 9 percent compared to the year before. "They haven't thrown anything out that's just like, 'Wow,' " said Conner Green, a consumer who won’t be upgrading his Samsung Galaxy S2 anytime soon.  "There is a cycle every four or five years. It will be a few years before a breakthrough and people buy phones like when Apple first introduced... more »
MIT Engineering Professor Discusses the Good, the Bad and Future of Data Analysis #MITIQ

MIT Engineering Professor Discusses the Good, the Bad and Future of Data Analysis #MITIQ

In their ongoing coverage of the MIT Information Quality conference, Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly spoke with Stuart Madnick, MIT Professor of Engineering Systems. The three discuss the value of big data, exploring the importance of quality data and interpretation. The three also review the emergence of the Chief Data Officer (CDO). Madnick describes one of the amazing things about big data as its ability to give insights into things that we’ve never been able to see before. As an example, he explains the saying, “We can see what you’re thinking.” This expression refers to the ability of data scientists to... more »
The Secret Ingredient to Startup Success? Craziness

The Secret Ingredient to Startup Success? Craziness

Michael Wolfe, a serial entrepreneur who currently serves as the CEO of user relationship management firm Pipewise, raised a very good point on Quora. He theorized that “it is possible to create a good startup with a good idea, but great startups are often the result of ideas that would have seemed ridiculous if you had heard them prior to seeing them working.” There is certainly no shortage of companies with value propositions that may appear convincing in light of their success, but are in fact completely bizarre. Wolfe lists Google as one example: at the time of its founding in... more »
Bring Security to the Data : The Most Effective Way | #MITIQ

Bring Security to the Data : The Most Effective Way | #MITIQ

Ely Kahn, Co-founder and Vice President of Business Development at Sqrrl, discussed data quality and data security with theCUBE co-hosts Dave Vellante and Jeff Kelly, live at the MIT CDQIQ Symposium. Data quality had been a big issue and lead to the development of the Accumulo database, Kahn explained. Accumulo was initially an NSA project and Sqrrl is an NSA spin-off. When it comes to data quality, one aspect is "simply getting access to the data you need," the second being to make sure the data is clean. Intelligence analysts in the NSA and CIA had great difficulty getting to the information they... more »
Introducing PouchDB: The JavaScript database that Syncs

Introducing PouchDB: The JavaScript database that Syncs

There are so many JavaScript caching database around, but if you are looking for something new and dynamic, go for PouchDB. This new minimalist JavaScript database allows you to build applications that work both offline and online. Besides, applications save data locally allowing you to use an app even offline, and synchronize data between clients so you have up to date data wherever you go. Isn’t it great? PouchDB is Open Source, JavaScript minimal library, inspired by Apache CouchDB. The best part is that it is lightweight and easily embeddable. In fact, it is just a script tag. You can easily... more »
Bitcoin Weekly 2013 July 17: Kipochi--Bitcoin and Africa

Bitcoin Weekly 2013 July 17: Kipochi--Bitcoin and Africa

This week, the Africa has been bright in the news about Bitcoin and how a decentralized cryptocurrency could go a long way to hooking into the cashless society burgeoning there. As mobile technology takes hold and mobile payments become more prevalent--where a large portion of the population don’t have bank accounts, but an equally large portion own and use mobile devices for payments. It’s a fertile ground for a technology like bitcoin to provide a competitive solution to payments. Kipochi: Bitcoin for Mobile Users in Kenya Kenya has a fast-growing mobile user base and, like most of Africa, little to no central banking,... more »

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- David Floyer

The premise for this research is that high value computing has unique compute, network and storage infrastructure requirements. The key systems requirements are low or very low latency, high bandwidth and high availability designed to lower software costs, improve time-to-value and help maintain high levels of data integrity and system availability. Wikibon researched the differences between performance optimized and cost optimized systems for a sample high-value compute environments, and concluded that the total 3-year cost of a sample cost-optimized configuration and software were 63% high than a performance optimized configuration. The key differences are higher costs for performance optimized hardware, but lower costs for the software required in high value compute application, as well as lower operational costs.

- Brian Gracely

As the market for Hybrid Cloud services and solutions evolve, every vendor and cloud provider is attempting to align their offerings to market demands. Wikibon looks at the current offerings and provides guidance to vendors on how to succeed in this market.

- George Gilbert

In this report we look at ad-tech as an example of Systems of Intelligence. Using ad-tech applications, combinations of advertisers, ad agencies, consumers, and publishers -- the advertiser’s marketing ecosystem -- collaborate in real time to personalize an optimal customer interactions with the brand. One software company pioneering video ad-tech, Altitude Digital, pulls all these different pieces together, and highlights the types of function big data ecosystem apps must support.

- David Vellante

On May 12, 2016 at 12 Noon EDT, several CxOs will gather to discuss how to best communicate to Boards of Directors on the topic of cyber security. Has a failure = fire mentality led organizations to "sandbag" the threat? Is security a shared responsibility across the business or does it fall on the shoulders of a few security gurus? How should CxOs be changing the way they communicate about cyber in the digital age?

- Brian Gracely

In this Trip Report from OpenStack Summit 2016, the Wikibon team looks at five critical areas for OpenStack - Community, Consumption Models, Revenues, New Use-Cases and the OpenStack technology ecosystem,

- Brian Gracely

While automation is often looked at as a way to reduce IT costs, it has far-reaching impacts for Digital Business Platforms. Wikibon looks at how automation improves the ability to experiment with new ideas, improve market responsiveness, improve overall application security and better align development and operations requirements.

- Brian Gracely

With the release of the Native Hybrid Cloud solution, EMC is offering customers the ability to rapidly build new applications. But will the lack of embedded operations slow the adoption of the product and slow customer deployments?

- David Floyer

The x86 microprocessor has reached a limit in how much an application can be speeded up. Intel can no longer rely on economies of scale to drive market share in processors. Future advances will come from designing the microprocessor and software-in-silicon together. There are multiple large niches that have opened up to new processor/software approaches, including mobile, IoT servers, specialized servers for the cloud, telecommunications servers and large system servers for large database and big data applications. New winners in this space are likely to come from companies like Apple, Amazon, Fujitsu, Google, Hitachi, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle.

- Peter Burris

Wikibon was the Analyst Partner at the recent GDS CIO Summit, US in Denver, Colorado. This is the trip report from that session.

- Brian Gracely

Understanding how to accelerate “Idea to Execution Time” (I2ET) may become the most important measurement of any Digital Business Platform. Wikibon explore the core attributes needed to be successful in rapidly developing and deploying new business applications.