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CDOs: Sparking innovations with big questions | #IBMCDO

CDOs: Sparking innovations with big questions | #IBMCDO

One of the biggest challenges faced in organizations is asking the right questions, both internally and to clients. Part of the role of the CDO is to empower employees, no matter where they are in the organization, to never be afraid to ask those crucial questions. The answers will then provide the information that will spark future innovations. Caitlin Lepech, Communications and Client Engagement executive, IBM Chief Data Office, at IBM, joined Dave Vellante (@dvellante), cohost of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, during the IBM Chief Data Officer Strategy Summit, held at the Boston Copley Marriott in Boston, MA, to... more »
How to position the CDO role to best use data | #IBMCDO

How to position the CDO role to best use data | #IBMCDO

During the IBM Chief Data Officer Strategy Summit, held at the Boston Copley Marriott in Boston, MA, discussion centered on the current role of the Chief Data Officer (CDO), where the role is going in the future, and the changing view around data analytics. To talk about these topics, and more, Gene Kolker, VP and CDO of Global Technology Services at IBM, and Seth Dobrin, director of Digital Strategies at Monsanto Co., spoke with Dave Vellante (@dvellante) and Stu Miniman (@stu), cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, during the event. Being more digital The conversation began with a general overview of the summit. Dobrin really... more »
Inside the CDO role: Data as art; governance as insight | #IBMCDO

Inside the CDO role: Data as art; governance as insight | #IBMCDO

“Practitioner of data art” may not be the first words that come to mind when hearing the title “data architect,” but that is the way some enterprises are starting to see it. To some, it’s rapidly becoming clear that a creative mind is necessary to do well in this field. “You always have to look at the data and see how can you use the same data to drive new things in an enterprise,” said Mojgan Ahmadi, VP of Data Architecture, Database at People's Bank. And to do that you have to keep your eye on a wide range of data... more »
Surfers wanted: How will companies ride the coming wave of data technologies? | #IBMCDO

Surfers wanted: How will companies ride the coming wave of data technologies? | #IBMCDO

Chief Data Officers (CDOs) are a small elite in technology, but their numbers are swelling. Not long ago, theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, interviewed staff from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock about the special CDO training program the school is rolling out. And theCUBE learned that the real driver of demand for CDOs is the mega wave of Big Data science, technologies, platforms and applications currently breaking. Companies know that these tools hold enormous potential, but they need people with specialized skills to bring understanding and priorities to what might seem like a big mess to them. During the IBM Chief Data Officer Strategy Summit, Dave... more »
How can data boost a business to the top tier? | #IBMCDO

How can data boost a business to the top tier? | #IBMCDO

One key of IBM’s success is how its different sectors partner and work together. The three pillars of the company's operation include: 1) data engineering and data science, 2) governance and policy, and 3) business integration. To discuss these three pillars, as well as other topics about the Chief Data Officer (CDO) role, Caitlin Lepech, Communications and Client Engagement executive, IBM Chief Data Office, at IBM, and Dave Schubmehl, research director, Cognitive Systems and Content Analytics, at IDC, spoke to Dave Vellante (@dvellante) and Stu Miniman (@stu), hosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, during the IBM Chief Data Officer Strategy Summit in Boston, MA. “The Chief Data Officer... more »
Reports: Twitter in acquisition talks with Salesforce, Google and others

Reports: Twitter in acquisition talks with Salesforce, Google and others

After years of buyout rumors, Twitter Inc. has been approached by several potential buyers and may receive a formal acquisition bid before long, according to a CNBC report. Anonymous insiders who leaked the news to the channel said Software as a Service (SaaS) giant Salesforce.com Inc. and Google Inc. parent Alphabet Inc. are among the suitors involved in the talks. The price tag could be as high as $30 billion, according to Recode. Twitter is also looking at a "revamping" of the company that could include asset divestitures and layoffs, according to The New York Times, which said it's working with two investment... more »
Democratizing data, with less tell and more show | #IBMCDO

Democratizing data, with less tell and more show | #IBMCDO

The role of Chief Data Officer (CDO) is new enough that fellow employees feel a bit fuzzy about it. To them, there is the company, with its day-to-day shopkeeping, and then there is the CDO, who occasionally steps out of the sterilized data lab to hand down some mathematical algorithms. But now companies are finding that to optimize Big Data, they have to make it real to everyone in an organization. To do that, new methods for translating it into plain English -- or, better, non-verbal forms -- are helpful. Sign language Allen Crane, assistant VP of Applied Analytics at USAA, spoke... more »
The evolving CDO role: Innovator and disruptor | #IBMCDO

The evolving CDO role: Innovator and disruptor | #IBMCDO

While the role of Chief Data Officer (CDO) is a relatively new one, it is inherently one that changes rapidly, as it must conform to new data inputs and ever-evolving technologies. So what is the CDO’s role today and how will the role change in the future? To answer these questions, Bob Picciano, senior VP of Information and Analytics Group at IBM, and Inderpal Bhandari, global CDO at IBM, spoke to Dave Vellante (@dvellante) and Stu Miniman (@stu), cohosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team, during the IBM Chief Data Officer Strategy Summit held at the Boston Copley Marriot in Boston, MA. The CDO’s role and initial... more »
The new CDO position: Gender gap narrows | #IBMCDO

The new CDO position: Gender gap narrows | #IBMCDO

One of the most interesting discussions set to take place at this week's IBM Chief Data Officer Strategy Summit in Boston, MA, is the change in demographics in the tech world. A recent study showed that half of Chief Data Officers (CDOs) are women. A large number of women are graduating with computer science degrees and yet end up as CDOs. While an extremely difficult role that is often nicknamed “miracle worker,” it is a less technical one. It may well be a hiring issue, pointed out Stu Miniman. Miniman (@stu) and Dave Vellante (@dvellante), hosts of theCUBE, from the SiliconANGLE Media team,... more »
The rise of women in tech: A shifting computer science curriculum | #GuestOfTheWeek

The rise of women in tech: A shifting computer science curriculum | #GuestOfTheWeek

The technology skills gap isn't a mere gender issue, but an educational challenge as well. Women are racing to fill those positions, seeing the opportunity to catch up to the number of men employed in computer science. Federal data shows that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Dartmouth College awarded over half of their engineering degrees to women. Additionally, Harvey Mudd College boasts over half of its computer science students are women, and Carnegie Mellon University is catching up to that, at 48 percent. Leading the efforts to educate all people about computer science is Alison Derbenwick, vice president of Oracle... more »

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- David Floyer

Industrial IoT, the largest segment of the Internet of things (IoT) with the highest potential value, will require a deep integration between modern IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operations Technology). Modern IT technologies, to be truly extensible to OT, will need a hybrid cloud approach, with by far the majority of data and processing residing at the so-called "Edge". Architectures and software written by industrialists for industrialists, such as GE Predix, are showing how that can work.

- George Gilbert

The big data arena is at a crossroads. Use cases and tools are proliferating faster than most big data teams are gaining experience. In establishing the big data business capabilities required to cut through the complexity, CIO’s must balance the accessibility of integration of traditional SQL DBMS’s versus speed of innovation in the mix and match open source big data ecosystem.

- Peter Burris

In the big data domain, businesses are trying to solve complex problems with complex and novel technology -- and often failing. Simplifying the packaging of big data technologies will streamline big data pilots and accelerate big data time-to-value. CIOs looking to establish differentiating big data capabilities need to consider Single Managed Entities to help solve the complexity problem.

- David Floyer

Oracle M7 technology is meeting or exceeding the announcement performance claims against previous generation. Even taking very conservative assumptions, the business case for migration from T5 to T7 servers is good. Wikibon concludes that for Oracle software and the servers they run on, the adoption of M7 technology (and T7 server technology) is best practice for these high value compute areas.

- David Floyer

The premise tested in this research is that high value applications and software should be run on more capable converged performance-optimized infrastructure, even when they constitute a small proportion of the total workload. In contrast, cost-optimized infrastructure will save on short-term hardware costs, but will incur much higher overall costs long-term. The conclusion strongly recommends IT executives adopt a default of performance-optimized converged infrastructure for all mixed workloads when even a small proportion includes high-cost software and/or high-value applications.

- George Gilbert

Big data pros need to identify which data feedback loops in their machine learning applications can deliver sustainable differentiation through network effects. Starting early is critical because getting to scale is likely to create the "winner takes most" competitive dynamics that have become so common in tech industries. The biggest sin is to wait for the tooling to become automated enough for all competitors to jump in.

- Ralph Finos

The public cloud competitive environment remains turbulent, but sectors show signs of crystallizing a longer-term market structure.. SaaS remains turbulent with SaaS vendors successfully gaining share vs. incumbent licensed software providers who must migrate their core products to cloud-friendly offerings and/or acquire native SaaS applications to shore up their applications leadership positions. Public cloud IaaS segment leadership is crystallizing to a handful of viable providers as a function of scale requirements. PaaS is just formulating and finding its way, but is likely to gravitate towards a wide variety of development models suited for different application types and public cloud platforms.

- David Floyer

For enterprise executives trying to achieve aggressive RPO and RTO SLAs , Wikibon believes that batch backup appliances (PBBAs) will give way to real-time, continuous data protection systems that aggressively support very large memory application memory. Practitioners requiring close to RPO zero and aggressive RTO SLAs should plan for an integrated data protection approach that effectively eliminates the concept of storage-led backup and shifts thinking to a application-led virtual point-in-time recovery model. The database and file system vendors will be the predominant suppliers of this technology, and understanding their roadmaps and commitment to support application-led recovery strategies is crucial to both database and data protection technology selection.

- George Gilbert

Mainstream enterprises are beginning to deploy machine learning applications that add differentiation to traditional products and services. But the complexity of their big data infrastructure is becoming a problem. Big data pros need to deploy a digital business platform (DBP) to support modern applications and then extend the DBP to machine learning applications.

- Peter Burris

IT shops that want to achieve modern IT status will have to address the "IT iron triangle" constraining transformation.