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My favorite writer, Gil Press, sums it up with, “It’s Official: The Internet Of Things Takes Over Big Data As The Most Hyped Technology” where he talks about how Gartner released its latest Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, and how big data has moved down the “trough of disillusionment,” replaced by the Internet of Things at the top of the hype cycle. The term Internet of Things was coined by the British technologist Kevin Ashton in 1999, to describe a system where the Internet is connected to the physical world via ubiquitous sensors. Today, the huge amounts of data we are producing and the advances in mobile technologies are bringing the idea of Internet connected devices into our homes and daily lives. Definitions of IoT Has Expanded Internet of Things was a popular concept dating far back to articles like  Scientific American in 2004. RFID and sensor techno... (more)

Era of Analytic Applications – Part 1

I was talking to one of the prominent General Partners at a Venture Capital firm here in Silicon Valley over the holidays…discussing how the Cloud market is evolving. We both agreed that 2013 will mark yet another shift in the evolution of web applications. I personally simplified this view of cloud evolution by defining its progression in the following periods...dating back to these noteworthy events: ISP Era: Software Tool & Die is founded in 1989 ASP to SaaS Era: TeleComputing founder coins ASPs in 1996 IaaS & PaaS Era: Amazon EC2 is Launched in 2006 Analytics Application Er... (more)

Is There a Place for Big Data in SMB Markets?

Is Big Data destined for only the top 3,000 companies worldwide? What about medium or small companies who are equally as data-driven? Is there a place for Big Data in SMB markets? When I talk to SMB companies about their use of public cloud services, it’s a no-brainer. Pay as you go, lower costs upfront, quick time-to-market. With private and public cloud solutions, both big and small companies benefit. So what about big data platforms? Is there an equivalent opportunity, or is Big Data only suited for Big Companies with Big Problems? I think Big Data applies to all, and here’s wh... (more)

New Cloud Ecosystem

I was touring what reminded me of the Cheyenne Mountain nuclear bunker – one of the safest places on earth. Except in this case, this was one of the safest places for your enterprise data on earth. “The entrance will open, you will drive in, and an armed guard will be out to escort you.” That was the beginning of my tour of a Tier 4 datacenter, furthest from any natural disaster. 100% guaranteed up time. I was staking out where we would launch our newest version of the Infochimps Big Data cloud service - our enterprise cloud service would soon be launched in the most trusted data... (more)

Big Data Predictions for 2013

My prediction for 2013 is that competitive advantage will translate into enterprises using sophisticated Big Data analytics to create a new breed of applications - Intelligent Applications. "It's more than just insights from MapReduce", a CIO from a fortune 100 told me, "It's about using data to make our customer touch points more engaging, more interactive, more intelligent." So when you hear about "Big Data solutions," you need to translate that into a new category of "Intelligent Applications." At the end of the day, it's not about people pouring through petabytes of data. It'... (more)