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IT cost reduction objectives are upon us again, and every infrastructure manager knows that the data growth crisis is not only real, it is growing exponentially every day. The impact is severe because data growth 1) degrades the performance of production databases and file servers, 2) drives hardware upgrade requirements, 3) creates availability challenges during upgrade cycles 4) exposes the organization to legal liabilities, and 5) exacerbates the challenges of consumer data privacy and compliance. At the end of the day, IT cost is directly proportional to the amount of data under management. (more)

Becoming Cloud Native: How Web Standards And Open-Source Software Are Revolutionizing Application Development

Opining on cloud data management, blockchain, cybersecurity, and internet freedom. Chairman at Solix Technologies, Inc. and Minds, Inc. Multi-cloud interoperability enables software applications to run and be accessed seamlessly across private and public clouds. Organizations today rely on multi-cloud environments to optimize their infrastructure investment with reduced cost and complexity, while at the same time never compromising on availability, security, or control. As a result, enterprise application portfolios now require full-stack portability across a range of vendor-supplied cloud architectures and on-premise environments. (more)

What is an Enterprise Data Lake?

The rise of multi-cloud, data-first architectures and the broad portfolio of advanced data-driven applications that have arrived as a result, rely on data lakes to store all the data. A data lake is an open source and industry standard repository for storing large amounts of data. Subsequently, an enterprise data lake not only stores data, they also provide enterprise grade services to collect, explore, manage, govern, prepare and build pipelines for enterprise data. (more)

What is Cloud Data Management?

The rise of cloud native software and the broad portfolio of advanced data-driven applications that have arrived as a result require cloud data management systems to collect, organize, govern, and provide universal access to cloud resident data. Cloud data management architectures span private, multi-cloud, and hybrid cloud environments connecting data sourced not just from transaction systems, but from file servers, the internet or multi-clouds. (more)

How To fill your data lakes and not lose control of the data

Data lakes are everywhere now that cloud services make it so easy to launch one. Secure cloud data lakes store all the data you need to become a data-driven enterprise. And data lakes break down the canonical data structures of enterprise data warehouses, enabling users to describe their data better, gain better insights and make better decisions. (more)

The fantastic voyage to digital transformation

Four ways enterprises can strengthen their data management processes with the cloud. Digital transformation is the top priority for over 40 percent of CEOs and corporate boards, and most CEOs are leading the initiative personally, according to a recent survey by British Telecom. And it’s no wonder—because the excitement is driven by what Mckinsey & Co. calls “a mass extinction event”—where over 50 percent of Fortune 500 companies have been acquired, merged, or have declared bankruptcy since 2000. (more)

The rise of the cloud data platform

Some 60 years ago the early adopters of data-driven enterprise implemented Material Requirements Planning (MRP) to improve manufacturing throughput and efficiency. For the first time plant managers used a data platform to foresee outcomes based on optimized plans and schedules. From this great success, the data-driven enterprise evolved to Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Enterprise Data Warehousing (EDW) to meet the ever-growing demands for online reporting, analytics, and improved business intelligence. (more)

Top GDPR challenge: Do you know where your sensitive data is?

As companies worldwide scramble to meet new GDPR data privacy regulations, compliance with the Right to Erasure (Article 17) or more commonly known as The Right to be Forgotten has emerged as a top challenge. The problem sounds simple enough since the DELETE function is a standard feature on most any IT system, but how do you delete data if you do not know where it is? (more)

Are you ready for GDPR?

Are you ready for GDPR? Enforcement of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect on May 25, 2018, and most companies are now launching projects to establish enterprise data management (EDM) control processes. Failure to comply with the list of new rules regarding data security and privacy will be costly as GDPR imposes strict fines and penalties for organizations found to be in non-compliance. (more)