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We have a vast, interconnected platform accessible on-demand, through APIs. This should be the canvas for innovation.

In every era of technology-powered business, a new set of rules emerges. The pioneers discover them and shape them, and for the next period, the business world plays by those rules. A recent infographic frames the past 30 years into four broad eras, starting with the computing era, moving to the networked and connected eras, and landing where we are today in the interconnected era. What are the rules of this era? Are any patterns emerging? What skills will be needed? What infrastructure is required?

In my view, we are entering a new phase–one in which imagination, design, and marketing will become paramount. Computer science and engineering will take a backseat to data science and data engineering as creators of differentiating value. I suggest turning to futurist and innovator Ray Kurzweil for guidance about how is this playing out, who will win, and how to prepare.
In every era of technology-powered business, a new set of rules emerges. The pioneers discover them and shape them, and for the next period, the business world plays by those rules. The Kurzweillian victors will be companies that win the race toward finding the highest-level componentry to support a differentiated business model. Being first is the crucial factor for success; with first-mover advantage, you can leverage data engineering, network ...
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A close look at recent changes in Oracle’s license auditing practices and its sales staff commissions structure reveals that Oracle is indeed increasing the pressure on existing clients. How much impact these new practices have on boosting Oracle’s cloud earnings and possibly alienating its existing customer base is not easy to discern. But the change in policy indicates that something has changed in Redwood Shores. To understand what’s happening, we need to dig into the arcane world of Oracle licensing.
Yesterday, Oracle reported earnings that missed expectations. While cloud revenue was up there was weakness in software license revenue. These disappointing earnings bring two questions into focus: What is Oracle doing to enhance their earnings in the face of growing challenges to its core business model? Is the growth in Oracle’s cloud business real or just a different way of billing?
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IOT Data is changing how products are developed and extending the scope of products in a variety of ways. Examples from Coke, Trane, Bosch, PTC, All Traffic Solutions, ThingWorx, a PTC Business
The data provided by the Internet of Things (IoT) is fast becoming an essential tool for product development. Five examples that I studied recently all take different approaches but show how the data collected from a product can remove much of the guesswork about consumer needs and provide a foundation for empirical decision-making. In addition, the added data collected is changing the nature of many products. As much as we all like to summon the...
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Time for CIOs to fight against short-termism
In today’s New York Times, Laurence D. Fink, the CEO of BlackRock, explained his critique of financial short-termism to columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin. CIOs should use the same arguments that Fink makes to make a case for long-term investment in technology to their CEOs and CFOs. Here’s what I would do.
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Why External Web Data Is Getting Vastly More Valuable. The reason: the cost of harvesting data has dramatically dropped meaning more data fits in this equation: 

(Value of data extracted) > (Cost of extraction and maintenance)
New forms of automation are changing the economics of external web data, making such data more valuable and a promising source of valuable insights. Both companies who use data and those who sell it are increasingly finding that gaining access and making use of such data is easier than ever. In other words, there is a world of web data that may help your business. It is time to go and find it because the cost of using it is lower than ever.
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Hitachi Data Systems announced today it was purchasing Pentaho, the open source data integration and analytics company, in a move that shows the growing importance of technology to support data supply chains.

James Dixon, cofounder and CTO of Pentaho who coined the term “data lake”, and the rest of the crew at Pentaho have pursued a focused vision based on a core belief in value of open source technology and excellent execution of the open core model for capturing license revenue. By creating a system for data integration, adding components for visualization and management, but at the same time not ignoring basic food groups such as reporting, Pentaho is a key technology for integrating many different sources of data.
Hitachi Data Systems announced today it was purchasing Pentaho, the open source data integration and analytics company, in a move that shows the growing importance of technology to support data supply chains.
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Big Data Meets Business Lending: How can a more detailed model of a business be a two-way street, bringing benefits to borrowers. Kabbage and Credit Junction must find a way to make this happen.
As we become immersed in the new world of big data, analytics, and data supply chains, business relationships — especially new forms of relationships based on flows of data between lenders and borrowers — are going to change dramatically. A new breed of lender, not just traditional banks, will have more information about the businesses they’re lending to than ever before; likewise, businesses will have extensive details about lending practices. T...
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Can Hortonworks Dominate The Hadoop Market?@danwoodsearly critique of @hortonworks CEO Bearden’s bullish case

"So, if you are a company that is seeking to use Hadoop, you have plenty of choices. In the face of so many ways to use Hadoop, why will the open source distribution model win big? In a recent interview, Rob Bearden, CEO of Hortonworks, explained his team’s strategy for dominating the Hadoop market."
So, if you are a company that is seeking to use Hadoop, you have plenty of choices. In the face of so many ways to use Hadoop, why will the open source distribution model win big? In a recent interview, Rob Bearden, CEO of Hortonworks, explained his team’s strategy for dominating the Hadoop market.
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Hortonworks is blazing a trail as the first Hadoop company to go public. The company reports earnings for the second time on May 12. What will we learn? 
Hortonworks, the first of the Hadoop vendors to go public, is reporting earnings for the second time on May 12. What are we likely to learn?
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Hadoop has introduced a lot of agility into the world of analytics and data integration. But through a variety of technologies, some of which were born to serve Hadoop, the SQL empire is now striking back to claim agility. A new group of technologies have been developed to address some of the long-standing challenges with the data warehouse ecosystem and with SQL databases in particular. By putting these technologies to work in intelligent and appropriate ways, it is now possible to move just as fast in the world of SQL as you can anywhere else.
Hadoop has introduced a lot of agility into the world of analytics and data integration. But through a variety of technologies, some of which were born to serve Hadoop, the SQL empire is now striking back to claim agility. A new group of technologies have been developed to address some of the long-standing challenges with the data warehouse ecosystem and with SQL databases in particular. By putting these technologies to work in intelligent and ap...
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Got Developers? Does Your API Strategy Match Your Metrics?

The importance of developers has been widely recognized. Books like the The New Kingmakers: How Developers Conquered the World and The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business celebrate the role developers play in changing the world.

Less is written, however, about how to attract developers to your API. What’s the best way to reach developers (who we all know hate marketing)? Where should you focus your efforts?

http://www.evolvedmedia.com/got-developers-does-your-api-strategy-match-your-metrics/
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Listen To Your Product: Design Lessons From Fiddler On The Roof. Both Fiddler and @awscloud emerged from listening, not top down design
One of the great pleasures of Alisa Solomon’s book, Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof, is the story of how Broadway and dance legend Jerome Robbins led the writing and composing team to discover the essential message of the show: Tradition! But upon further reflection, and consideration of some coaching I’m going through for my business and the way that Amazon Web Services develops products, I’ve realized that Robbins m...
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    Principal Analyst and Editor, 2010 - present
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    Principal Analyst and Editor, 2002 - present
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Principal Analyst and CTO of Evolved Media and CITOResearch.com
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I'm a tech guy and a writer who is interested in learning about how to make technology work and how to capture knowledge, make it useful, and spread the word.
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I've written lots of books about technology. I read widely and cook even more widely.
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  • University of Michigan
    BA Computer Science, 1978 - 1982
  • Columbia University
    MS Journalism, 1988 - 1989
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