“Dad, if my character dies in the game, would I die in the real world?”
What a beautifully naive question that my son, Trevor, asked me during a
son-dad conversation about how games might change over the years.
Earlier last year, Mattel’s CEO, Bryan Stockton, was fired. After three
years, it was clear that Mattel was continuing to be challenged with sales
weakness, and lower gross margins, which drove down shareholder value.
As parents, we ALL know that it’s a very competitive toy aisle, and our
kids are much different than we were at their age.
Mattel’s toys haven’t been “good enough” at a time when peers like
Hasbro and Lego continue to report higher and higher sales. It’s not just
Mattel. Nintendo, the one-time market leader video games brand best known
for legendary characters like Super Mario, has been struggling to keep up
with the times as mobile gaming explode... (more)
Bynet Team Photo (left to right, top to bottom) Top Row: John Wright, Jim
(Hjerpe) Kaskade, Sumit Sharma, Dennis Russell, Bob McMillen, Bottom
Row: Paul Micheletti, Lawrence Ladao, Serdar Yilmaz, Bob Moussavi, Doug
Jack Shemer & David Hartke – True Legacies
Whenever Jack visited me, he used to leave sticky notes on my desk with
nuggets of wisdom. For example, “Keep people you trust close to
you.”…or, “Key values for Teradata where: Pride, Enthusiasm, Importance
of the Individual, Teamwork and Open Communications, Ethics, Dedication,
Quality, Support, Success, and Entr... (more)
The security community has a growing number of influential and important
people, especially as the industry rises to meet the need to address more
advanced security threats, such as targeted attacks. But how does a company
in the security industry truly identify the influential people? And then once
identified, how does one use influential voices to help promote their brand?
In this study, we answer the first question - how to identify the most
powerful voices in your industry, focusing on the security space, and as part
of this we provide you a list of people to follow for the b... (more)
Fraud is definitely top of mind for all banks. Steve Rosenbush at the Wall
Street Journal recently wrote about Visa’s new Big Data analytic engine
which has changed the way the company combats fraud. Visa estimates that its
new Big Data fraud platform has identified $2 billion in potential annual
incremental fraud savings. With Big Data, their new analytic engine can study
as many as 500 aspects of a transaction at once. That’s a sharp improvement
from the company’s previous analytic engine, which could study only 40
aspects at once. And instead of using just one analytic model, ... (more)
What do you get when you combine Big Data technologies….like Pig and
Hive? A flying pig?
No, you get a “Logical Data Warehouse”.
My general prediction is that Cloudera and Hortonworks are both aggressively
moving to fulfilling a vision which looks a lot like Gartner’s “Logical
Data Warehouse”….namely, “the next-generation data warehouse that
improves agility, enables innovation and responds more efficiently to
changing business requirements.”
In 2012, Infochimps (now CSC) leveraged its early use of stream processing,
NoSQLs, and Hadoop to create a design pattern which combined r... (more)