My 14-year-old son spends a lot of time shopping for stuff online. His least favorite part of online shopping is waiting for his purchases to arrive at our door. Because of this, he often uses functions that allow him to see if the merchandise he wants is available in a local store, then nags me to take him there. (Thanks, retailers!) A growing number of companies are offering these kinds of interactions between online and offline channels as part of an omni-channel strategy, one that is designed to give consumers a consistently good shopping experience, no matter which channels they opt to use (Web, in-store, call center or mobile). Other examples of this include getting receipts via email instead of at the point of purchase and ordering merchandise online and having it shipped to a store for pick-up.
Things move with incredible speed in container space. As recently as October everyone, it seemed, loved them some Docker. You could also have been forgiven for thinking Docker was the only container game in town.
The data storage industry is in no danger of diminished growth anytime soon. The amount of data we need to store is not only growing, it’s growing exponentially. Everything from the smartphone in your pocket to the server in your business creates fresh data streams constantly. And with the advent of the Internet of Things, the avalanche of data will only grow larger. But while data storage as a whole is growing, not every type of data storage media is growing. The venerable storage media of tape is seeing declining fortunes – or is it?
Many folks seem excited about Apple's introduction of Apple Pay and its potential to advance contactless payment technology, by solidifying support for the NFC (Near Field Communication) standard among other things. In a piece on Pymnts.com, Doc Vaidhyanathan, CA Technologies' VP Product Management, Digital Payment, said Apple Pay "confirmed NFC’s position for the communication between mobile devices and points of interaction." CyberSource Senior Vice President Andre Machicao said Apple Pay "has the potential to accelerate the pace of both mobile commerce and mobile payments adoption in the marketplace."
The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of those somewhat rare technology topics that is pretty easy for the layperson to understand, at least on the basic level. But the topic as a whole encompasses enough layers of change for IT to make your head spin. Networking a rapidly growing variety of physical objects to enable data collection and transmission is part of what analyst Rob Enderle calls the third age of IT: digitization. You might also call it a mega-trend. Alongside advances in robotics, mobile technologies and, of course, Big Data analytics, the IoT is one of the most fascinating, fast-moving – and fun – topics we cover at IT Business Edge.
Does this sound familiar? An online service promises to help your small business cut costs, increase productivity, make your coffee and walk your dog. So you hop online to sign up, and then you get to the page where you have to agree to the site's terms of service (TOS). If you're like oh, 99.9 percent of the rest the world's population, you click "agree" without so much as glancing at the actual terms.
Mobile technology. Cloud computing. Big data analytics. The Internet of things. All four technologies are essential to business (and personal) progress. Unfortunately, they are also a threat to our privacy—and to the trust that should exist between businesses and consumers, employers and employees. Privacy of Personal Data is a Top Issue According to research conducted by the Boston Consulting Group, privacy of personal data is a top issue for 76 percent of global consumers and 83 percent of U.S. consumers. Yet, a massive, seemingly endless series of highly publicized breaches has eroded both our privacy and our trust. It feels as if we're holding our breath while we wait for the next theft of personal information to be reported, analyzed and condemned by the citizens of the Web.
It's a given in the cloud computing business that Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the clear and undisputed market leader. Sure, the recent Amazon earnings report revealed a slowdown in the growth rate of its cloud revenue. But it's still growing robustly at 38 percent year over year, albeit down from the torrid 60 percent in the prior quarter. Clearly, AWS is the cloud vendor toward which every other vendor harbors great jealousy.
The surge in innovation that we've seen in the networking industry these past few years is revolutionizing the once-staid realm of routers and switches. Public cloud, private cloud, hybrid cloud, software defined networking (SDN), and network functions virtualization (NFV) have the potential to redefine our concept of enterprise connectivity. But as in life, so it goes in networking: No one needs every new cool app or gadget to come to market. So how should you go about separating what's cool but irrelevant to you from what's cool and worth diving more deeply into?
New terms and new concepts seem to continuously be making their way into the media and onto web sites. For example, the buzz recently has been is around terms like cloud computing, Internet of Things (IoT), Business Process Management, BI, Big Data, cross-platform mobile development, DevOps, Hadoop, and much more. There never seems to be an end to the new terms and new things that developers and other technologist have to learn. While this is great for sites like Webopedia that provide definitions for all these terms, the real question is how much of these new technologies are real and how much is hype? Asked differently, are developers really using this stuff, or is it just fodder for the media to write about?
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