Posts Tagged ‘IT’

Meet The Metadata Governance Challenge

How’s your company’s metadata governance strategy? When it comes to the business planning and software development lifecycle, it’s likely it could be more solid, one company says.

“There are a ton of companies making a lot of money now providing raw storage as things like e-commerce, mobile, and cloud technologies generate big volumes of consumer and behavioral data,” says Henry Olson, director of product management at Embarcadero Technologies.  “But many organizations can’t make effective use out of it. There’s an obscurity problem that people can’t find stuff or know what to make of what they do find.”

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Ask the Author – IT of the Future: Semantic Cloud Architecture

Image of the paper cover - I.T. of the Future: Semantic Cloud ArchitectureRecently, we published Yefim “Jeff” Zhuk’s article, “IT of the Future: Semantic Cloud Architecture.” The paper has been a very popular free download (available here).

One of the readers, Lev Gorodinski (CTO, EPaySpot), approached Jeff directly with some questions and the two engaged in a conversation filled with insights that they wanted to share with our readers. They are kindly allowing us to republish the thread in its entirety.

Photo of Lev GorodinskiLev Gorodinski: I’ve read the article and have some bigger picture questions and comments which likely warrant several discussions. Overall, I am interested in methodologies which aim to bridge the gap between knowledge and its technical manifestation and am therefore interested in the subject matter.

The term “sandbox” in BASE may create the impression that it isn’t a production level system. I think that both the goal of BASE to “Decrease the number of manual operations required for business changes” and its notion of a “playground” are essential to making it ready for production. This will allow an agile and iterative development and exploration process.

Photo of Jeff ZhukJeff Zhuk: The primary purpose is setting a common ground where business analysts and developers can collaborate on real business tasks. For some companies this ground can serve in production and other companies might feel more comfortable to use it as a playground for safe development and testing before copying to production. The role of the playground will be growing without growing maintenance cost.
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NetBase Expands SAP Relationship: Sign Of The Growing Social Enterprise — And The Need For IT To Take Bigger Role In It

At this week’s SAP Sapphire conference. NetBase will be taking its relationship with the enterprise vendor to the next level. Last December the two paired up to bring NetBase’s social intelligence (SI) to SAP BusinessObjects’ business intelligence (BI).

Coming up now is a complete integration of the NetBase technology into SAP’s Social On Demand customer relationship management (CRM) console. “Having access to social data is becoming critical to every part of the organization,” says NetBase chief marketing officer Lisa Joy Rosner. So, “social media [becomes] just one more data point” for which the enterprise must account.

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Ten Grand Challenges of IT

Mike Bergman recently shared a list of the top ten challenges facing IT over the last ten years and the amazing strides that have been made in each area. Bergman states that in the last ten years, “a whole slew of Grand Challenges in computing hung out there: tantalizing yet not proven. These areas ranged from information extraction and natural language understanding to speech recognition and automated reasoning. But things have been changing fast, and with a subtle steadiness that has caused it to go largely unremarked. Sure, all of us have been aware of the huge changes on the Web and search engine ubiquity and social networking. But some of the fundamentally hard problems in computing have also gone through some remarkable (but largely unremarked) advances.” Read more

WAND Releases New IT Department Taxonomy

WAND, Inc recently announced the release of its latest enterprise taxonomy library, the Information Technology Department Taxonomy: “Designed specifically for IT departments, this new information technology taxonomy gives a major jump-start to any enterprise content project that is organizing IT related documents. With over 1,700 categories and several hundred synonyms, the Information Technology Department Taxonomy contains a multi-level hierarchy of important IT and software terminology such as software titles, IT certifications, software development, programming languages, IT administration, and more. The vocabulary includes core information technology concepts and it can easily be extended and customized with organization specific terminology.” Read more

Democratizing Information with Semantics

In a new article by Mike Bergman, Bergman discusses the power of the semantic web to democratize information: “I think one of the most pervasive and important benefits from semantic technologies in the enterprise will come from the democratization of information. These benefits will arise mostly from a fundamental change in how we manage and consume information. A new ‘system’ of semantic technologies is now largely available that can put the collection, assembly, organization, analysis and presentation of information directly in the hands of those who need it most — the consumers of information.” Read more

Threat Management – Cyber Security Part 3

Threat Management is still a relatively new concept; there is no industry standard definition for it. In fact, the few people who are talking about it right now tend to view it from at least two very different perspectives – one a product focused approach to unifying perimeter security tools and two, a practice-focused management paradigm. As it evolves, Threat Management will eventually encompass both of those perspectives and will likely become perhaps the single most important element within any given Cyber Security solution.

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