Getting ready for the third “Industrial Revolution”: Database 2010-2015

I searched the internet for “connect and forget”. Wonderbox.net offer is described as a “revolutionary computer server”… I think of wonderbox as a “computing appliance”, but Wikipedia limits the definition to storage and network only. The endpoints are better defined: The PC continues being the most productive device to create digital content while information appliances…

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Database automation and appliances

10 years ago IT professionals considered database technology “mature” and analysts were preparing to slide it into a commodity status… But on the Exabyte era, we depend on databases to run packaged applications, custom solutions, end customer data storage and the web itself. Managing hundreds of TBs continues a challenge to traditional software-only solutions Reference…

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The ‘addicted to data’ decade is still in its infancy

“Content is king” is the golden rule of the SEO. The semantic web is all about data.  Any web or traditional application has no value without data. Few people have discussed the future of Data, Pat Halland being one of the most prolific ones. Data is and will be everything: An internet scale document living…

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Opportunities in (I.T.) Chaos

I just finished reading “The next wave of technologies” by Phil Simon. A great read! It proposes a new Enterprise 2.0 – not related to earlier Web 2.0 related definitions: IT organizations will adopt several new technologies. Cloud computing. No need to provide more details on this one, benefits outweigh problems. PCs took over 10…

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The Web 3.0 has finally arrived… It’s The Cloud

The 2008 trending topic everyone was talking about was the Web 2.0. On October 23 that same year, Amazon EC2 dropped the Beta label and the story accelerated: Less than 4 months after commercial availability of elastic computing there were over 22 definitions for Cloud computing. Today, there is still no common understanding for the…

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A social media ecosystem maturity model

How is Social Media evolving on emerging countries? What countries are leading and how they compare between them? It’s common to find basic benchmarking on the web: total number of facebook users, twitter activity and other. But research on new technologies is always limited on emerging countries. Let me propose a model for evaluating the…

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The IT battlecloud

We all know that CRM and Collaboration are two workloads that have moved to the cloud. This article compares 10 hosted CRM solutions. The battle is now on the cloud. Productivity. Three years ago Microsoft Office was going to be killed by the browser. Today, startups are gone and Gorillas are there: Microsoft Office Web…

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The new Business Intelligence frontiers: Individual and Civilization

I just realized that blogs will soon be obsolete artifacts. Let me explain why: For over 10 thousand years “writing, painting and talking” have been the most basic communication tools we use to describe our lives. In the early computing days storage was very limited; I remember tools like WinDirStat to understand how precious storage…

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Emerging markets: Is the cloud truly global?

As we evolve to a hybrid of internal and external IT Services, companies on developed markets have invested significantly on infrastructure, so they are not rushing to outsource operations. Emerging markets have lower data center investments…Are they more fit to consume cloud services? Can we use the same tactics to reach them? Over the last…

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Technology for preventing the pandemic

The Microsoft Disaster Response is an internal group that assists governments and organizations on global emergencies. The Mexican subsidiary and community volunteers are now working on developing emergency support systems for the Influenza A(H1N1) and H1N1, including: RSS, e-Mail, SMS delivery to the three screens. Notifications on the PC, phone and TV coming from news…

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