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Let us face it, there are many technological innovations taking place right now and we're not short of buzzwords. Some years ago it was the cloud, last year was Big Data and this year it seems to be the Internet of Things. Beneath all the noise, what matters is whether these things are truly game changers or just noise. Let's take a look at the reality. Back in the days of our ancestors, the Neanderthals, there was probably a lot of hype around as well. New spear design, new flint stones (not the cartoons), or arrowheads must have made waves. This passed down the ages and possibly a few thousand years ago created hype around things like the invention of the wheel and irrigation systems. A few hundred years ago, innovation moved more into warfare and technology inventions such as better weapon design, the invention of gunpowder and maybe better ways to identify dis... (more)

2016 the Year of Granularity | @CloudExpo #Cloud #IoT #ML #BigData

A recent business conversation led to the establishment of the fact that the datacenter business is becoming much more cutthroat than ever. Price wars, advanced offerings, upsells and what not are the usual tactics that have been used, but now competing forces are pressuring data center providers to go beyond the usual and utilize something new. Data center businesses are now relying more and more on leveraging strategic footprints, global presence and larger capabilities to educate and work with customers at a local level. In the United States alone, there are an estimated 3 mil... (more)

Invaluable Lessons from @CloudExpo | @IanKhanLive #Cloud #IoT #BigData

Three Invaluable Lessons from Cloud Expo Just over a week ago I received a long and loud sustained applause for a presentation I delivered at this year's Cloud Expo in Santa Clara. I was extremely pleased with the turnout and had some very good conversations with many of the attendees. Over the next few days I had many more meaningful conversations and was not only happy with the results but also learned a few new things. Here is everything I learned in those three days distilled into three short points. When trade shows are not a waste of time I am not very aggressive by nature... (more)

Would You Use Your Car to Plow a Field? By @IanKhanLive | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Ask anyone who is working with data "What is your biggest challenge?" The answer most of the time is "the inability to use our data fully." This and similar statements signify one common thread of pain. With data growing at 44% over the next 10 years, it goes without saying that your business is going to be inundated with data from all sides. With "making a profit" on the minds of over 35% of SMB survey respondents, it goes without saying that the challenge is multi-fold with being able to sustain the business and ensure profitability being prime. How Is SMB Analyzing Data One o... (more)

Three Simple Steps to Really Succeed in 2016 By @IanKhanLive | @CloudExpo #Cloud

If you were too busy with things and unable to give the desired attention to planning the right steps for your business in 2016, fear not. You're not alone, and yes welcome to the party! With too many things going on, I could completely believe if you said you don't have time to breathe. The boss wants the reports, the customer wants the installation while the sales teams have been asking for help on some technical stuff. You can only do as much as you do. With so much going around us, it's also sometimes hard to keep up with what really matters. Here is how to achieve planned su... (more)