As we look ahead to 2019 and that all-important “year of the future” 2020, what’s ahead for cloud computing? What should organizations be on the lookout for? Cloud goes all in Sooner or later, the bandaid of moving systems over piecemeal has to come off. Whenever possible, organizations are moving away from the lift-and-shift strategy and looking to refactor or rebuild entirely, according to Gartner. More than half of enterprises already using cloud now will have an “all-in” cloud strategy …

Now that we’ve had half a year to process the Spectre and Meltdown flaws released in January, what’s been done about it? Are we now “safe” or are there other CPU flaws out there that we just don’t know about? Unfortunately, there’s always the risk of as-yet unknown vulnerabilities that could be exploited for malicious purposes. But in the meantime, security researchers and other organizations are working hard on fixes to make the Internet (and in this case, computer architecture itself) …

Whether you use a PC or a Mac, if you are like me, you must rely on Windows Explorer or the Mac Finder to visualize and search your files and data as they are stored on your computer. These tools provide a user-friendly and intuitive way to manage all types of files and documents. They allow you to create new ones, move existing ones around, delete some, rename some, search their content, view metadata describing them, or even open and …

Machine Learning has become more ingrained into our everyday lives, from smart assistants to detecting credit card fraud. In this post, we’ll talk about what machine learning is and some specific announcements related to Microsoft’s Azure Machine Learning tools. Back to basics Let’s start with what machine learning is. Machine learning is a type of artificial intelligence (AI), where computers take data and “teach” themselves through algorithms and statistical analysis to be more accurate in their analysis of that data and …

Serverless computing, where operational resource management is left to the cloud provider, has been exploding in popularity. According to Right Scale’s 2018 State of the Cloud report, it’s the fastest growing extended cloud service, at 75 percent rate year over year. That growth has led to more curiosity and use of serverless architectures and Function as a Service from the two biggest cloud providers, AWS and Microsoft. In this post, we’ll look at AWS Lambda and Microsoft Azure Functions architectures …

What is edge computing?

Posted on January 30, 2018 by

The IoT revolution  is in full swing, bringing with it an army of devices (about 5.6 billion in three years) never before connected to the internet, including thermostats, motion detectors, and automobiles. With all the data that IoT devices generate, the need to process and analyze some of it closer to its creation point has become more important. That need has brought about a new model of cloud computing called Edge Computing. How does this new model change the way …

We talked a little about serverless computing, and its basic building blocks known as functions in an earlier post. Functions have their own service, conveniently called Function as a Service (FaaS). What are functions, and how do they relate to serverless computing? FaaS is the concept of serverless computing using serverless architectures. It especially affects software developers, who can leverage this concept to deploy an individual “function”, action, or piece of business logic. These functions are expected to start within milliseconds …

The internet is moving from an exchange of information to an exchange of value. E-commerce, online banking, healthcare, and human resources are just some of the industries that offer services in exchange for value. And it’s not just monetary value, either. Data has become extremely valuable as well. To conduct these value-based transactions, people use cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, and their underlying technology: blockchains. In this post, we’ll explain what a blockchain is, how it works, and its potential uses. …

What is business intelligence?

Posted on September 5, 2017 by

According to Gartner, global revenue in the business intelligence market is forecast to reach 18.3 billion in 2017, and grow to 22.8 billion by the end of 2020. Let’s review what business intelligence is and why it’s important. Business intelligence is defined as analyzing data using a technology-driven process to help companies make more actionable decisions. Some people use business analytics to mean the same idea as BI, while others think of business analytics as part of a larger family, …

Machine learning FAQ

Posted on August 24, 2017 by

Machine learning is a powerful tool that can help businesses, the technology departments that power them, and ordinary people provide better services or create better experiences. In this post, we’ll review what machine learning is and why it’s so important to businesses. What is machine learning? Basically, it’s a type of artificial intelligence (AI), where computers take data and “teach” themselves through algorithms and statistical analysis to be more accurate in their analysis of that data and any pattern predictions …

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