Is this a case of Big Brother watching you?


Alvin Toffler had predicted that in the Third Wave – Post Industrial Society, actionable knowledge as a primary resource. In some sense, knowledge is more freely available today than any other time in history – thanks to the internet, thanks to Wikipedia, thanks to Google, thanks to TED … thanks to all of us who have … Continue reading

Does having more data allow you to make better decision?


Not necessarily! “…data on its own is just numbers, and numbers can’t run a company…” “…the quest to assemble relatively unimportant information can actually distract us from the few relevant facts…” “…small data sets won’t always give you the full picture, but the most impactful conclusions often actually require the least data…” “…the world contains … Continue reading

What is the Definition of Big Data?


Is Big Data a buzzword with no clear definition? Wikipedia defines Big Data as… …a collection of data sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process using on-hand database management tools or traditional data processing applications… 13 More Definitions of Big Data Here is a collection of 13 (unlucky?) other definitions of “Big Data” … Continue reading

Gartner Releases 2 Top 10 Predictions for 2013 – What are they really saying?


Gartner has released 2 set of predictions for 2013 – back to back: Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2013: Technologies and trends that will be strategic for most organizations in 2013 Top Predictions for IT Organizations and Users for 2013 and Beyond: Economic risks, opportunities and innovations that will impel CIOs to move to the next … Continue reading

Gartner Hype Cycle 2012 – Emerging Technologies


Here is a summary of the Gartner Hype Cycle for “Emerging Technologies” for 2012 – what is stated explicitly, what can be inferred. This Hype Cycle is suppose provide insight into emerging technologies that have broad, cross-industry relevance, and are transformational and high impact in potential. Most crowded hype cycle on emerging technologies in last … Continue reading

Gartner Hype-Cycle 2012 – Cloud Computing


[Update: Summary of Gartner Hype Cycle 2012 on Emerging Technologies is also available – have a look.] Let me read between the lines of Gartner Hype-Cycle for Cloud Computing – 2012. According to my reading this is what Gartner really wants to say. I agree with 4 of them, am doubtful about one and disagree … Continue reading

Big Data – Is it a solution in search of a problem?


If you look at the predictions made for 2012, you will find a new entry which was not there last year. Be it Gartner, Forrester or McKenzie  – “Big Data” finds a place in the prediction. So, what is big data? Is it the next path breaking technology which will change everything or is it … Continue reading

Trend in Cloud Computing Adoption – 2012


What can we expect from cloud computing in 2012? Where will cloud computing be one year from now? Basic premise of (1) economy of scale, (2) pay what you use and (3) better utilization through sharing will remain intact – though some reports challenging the extent of cost saving will emerge. Amazon will extend its … Continue reading

Gartner’s 11 IT Predictions for 2012 to 16 – What does it really mean?


Gartner release 11 IT Predictions for 2012 to 2016 on 1st December, 2011. It covers the usual gamut of technologies – Cloud, Social Media, Mobile, Outsourcing, IT Budget and Security. The new addition to this list is “Big Data”. (see this, this & this) Typically, such predictions points to disruptions that may happen in the … Continue reading