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The What, Why, and How of APIs By Kameerath Kareem For over a decade, Application Programming Interface or APIs have been used to exchange data between multiple platforms. From social media to news and media sites, most websites depend on APIs to provide a dynamic and real-time digital experience. APIs have made its way into almost every device and service available today and it continues to spur innovations in every field of technology. There are multiple programming languages used to build and run applications in the online world. And just like every other language, there is always the need for an interpreter when trying to communicate with someone who doesn’t speak the same language as you.  This is where APIs come into play, APIs act like the interpreter helping different independent services interact and interpret the data shared with each other. APIs Everywhe... (more)

What Is #DigitalTransformation? | @ThingsExpo #AI #DX #IoT #SmartCities

For a phrase that’s being thrown around a lot recently, what does “Digital Transformation” really mean? When someone says that they want to digitally transform their business, what does one really mean, why do they want to do it, and should they approach this “digital transformation” process? First off, let’s start with a definition. If we don’t know what we are trying to achieve, then how do we know how to get there? Or to quote the famous Greek philosopher Yogi Berra: “If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” In a recent blog “How To Achieve Digital Transformation,” I stated with the following definition of Digital Transformation: “The coupling of granular, real-time data (e.g., smartphones, connected devices, smart appliances, wearables, mobile commerce, video surveillance) with modern technologies (e.g., cloud native apps, big data ... (more)

Economic Value of Data (EvD) Challenges | @BigDataExpo #BigData #Analytics

Well, my recent University of San Francisco research paper “Applying Economic Concepts To Big Data To Determine The Financial Value Of The Organization’s Data And Analytics Research Paper” has fueled some very interesting conversations. Most excellent! That was one of its goals. It is important for organizations to invest the time and effort to understand the economic value of their data because data has a direct impact on an organization’s financial investments and monetization capabilities. However, calculating economic value of data (EvD) is very difficult because: Data does not have an innate fixed value, especially as compared to traditional assets, and Using traditional accounting practices to calculate EvD doesn’t accurately capture the financial and economic potential of the data asset. And in light of those points, let me share some thoughts that I probably... (more)

Big Data Business Model Maturity Index Guide By @Schmarzo | @BigDataExpo #BigData

We developed the Big Data Business Model Maturity Index to help organizations measure how effective they were at leveraging data and analytics to power their business models (see Figure 1). What we hadn’t done until now, though, was to translate this index into a set of recommendations or actions to help organizations advance from one stage to the next.  That’s the objective of this blog (and maybe my next book…God forbid!!!):  to give our clients a checklist of actions to facilitate progressing along the Big Data Business Model Maturity Index. Figure 1: Big Data Business Model Maturity Index Understanding The Big Data Business Model Maturity Index The vast majority of organizations with which I meet are stuck in Phase 1:  the Business Monitoring phase.  In this phase, organizations are using Business Intelligence (BI) and data warehousing tools to monitor the busin... (more)

Pet Psychic? Are you kidding?

Have you heard of Sonya Fitzpatrick? She calls herself “The Pet Psychic” and has millions of followers on social media, listeners on SiriusXM radio, readers of her books, and suckers fans who attend her workshops. She is a rather famous U.K. former high-fashion model who has created a great home-based business. When she had her TV show on Animal Planet a few years ago, some guy brought in a kitten and Sonya was in instant communication with it. “Poor little Fluffy is feeling stressed by something,” she guesses. Then she turns to Fluffy’s owner and asks, “Is there anything in this precious little kitty’s world that is causing her anxiety?” The owner starts to weep as he tells about the two Chows that recently moved in next door and are always coming into Fluffy’s yard to “do their business.” That’s all Sonya needed to go on for five minutes about how the two Chows ... (more)

Happy 10th Birthday iPhone – We’ve come so far, but have so far to go.

As a tech geek I was an early adopter of the iPhone. I joke around with my friends that I thought of it before anyone else. Way back in 2005, a few years before the release of the iPhone, I picked up an iPod, and said “One day this thing will be all glass and it will be colour, and we will do email, music and we’ll take photos with it.” True story. How genius I know. But back to the birthday girl…or boy. So, the iPhone turns 10 today and what is clear to me now, is that the real genius is the application ecosystem that’s exploded on the back of the iPhone’s existence. Fast forward 10 years – there are now 2.2 billion applications in the Apple app store. There is an app for everything these days, and we as consumers are spoilt for choice. Remarkable on the back of innovative hardware, Apple became a software behemoth and this year they netted a cool $29 billion in rev... (more)

From #BigData to #FastData | @CloudExpo #DevOps #AI #APM #Monitoring

Fast Data, Fast Monitoring By Christopher Tozzi Big data is old news. Today, the key to leveraging data effectively is to do fast data. In a similar fashion, traditional incident management-which entails collecting and analyzing large volumes of monitoring information-is no longer enough. Organizations must also now do "fast monitoring," which means not only collecting monitoring data; but making it actionable in real-time. This post examines what fast monitoring means, and explains how incident management teams can implement this approach to realize great benefits. Defining Fast Data To understand the concept of fast monitoring, you have to understand fast data - one of the newest innovations in the big data world. Very simply put, fast data is big data done in a fast way. Whereas big data traditionally meant storing large amounts of information and analyzing it lat... (more)

How Digital Thinking Separates Retail Leaders from Laggards

George Lucas, creator of Star Wars, once said, “You can’t do it unless you can imagine it.” In our latest research on the future state of work in the retail sector, we find many industry executives struggling to imagine where the future is leading them and their organizations, not to mention the role digital technologies will play along the way.Traditional retailers are challenged by rapidly emerging new business models, such as Amazon Go and Facebook’s launch of its digital commerce platform, Marketplace. Moreover, pioneering companies in the sharing economy (i.e., Uber) are expanding from their initial markets into areas such as food delivery, while insurgent retailers, such as Sun Basket, are combining digital and social media platforms, mobile apps and massive volumes of new data to encroach on retailers’ territory. These nontraditional competitors are changing ... (more)

In 2014 Big Data Investments Will Account for Nearly $30 Billion - Eventually Accounting for $76 Billion by 2020 End

DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140821/138541 "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)

How to Create an Inbound Link to Your Website for SEO

I have to admit--I'm hooked on Website Grader by HubSpot (www. websitegrader. com). The information I get on optimizing my website is pretty cool. I had never configured a 301 redirect (so if someone types careerdesigncoach.com instead of www.careerdesigncoach.com, they end up on my website and not get an error message) until I submitted my website for a grade. For a free website, the advice you receive on optimizing your website is pretty fantastic! One of the items they grade are your inbound links to your website. I learned the importance of this in my certification as an Online Identity Strategist. Currently, I have 316+ inbound links. Part of Google's algorithm for ranking your site (this algorithm or secret sauce changes, so I'm not sure how much weight it is given), is to assess how many inbound links you have for your website. photo credit: Mathieu Ramage ... (more)

Twitter: It’s Not Just About Lunch

A recent Sprint commercial about the “Now Network” noted that 26% of viewers had no idea what “twittering on Twitter” means. Yet, it’s clear that Twitter awareness is growing by leaps and bounds. Of course, this doesn’t mean opinions about Twitter are all positive. Many still hold the view expressed in this Twouble with Twitters video. As well, as Steven Johnson stated in his favorable Time magazine piece, “The one thing you can say for certain about Twitter is that it makes a terrible first impression… It's not as if we were all… saying, ‘If only there were a technology that would allow me to send a message to my 50 friends, alerting them in real time about my choice of breakfast cereal.’"  In fact, when I first started using Twitter, I wondered, to borrow words from Andy Warhol, if Twitter was not just a way to become more “deeply superficial.” All that is chang... (more)