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(Note: This is the first in a series of posts dedicated to the topic of blockchain technology.) There's a new kid on the block of disruptive technology. Blockchain. A day doesn't go by that you can't find numerous articles about it. Topics range from how JP Morgan is making significant investments in exploring the technology, to the Republican GOP using blockchain to allow online voting in the recent Utah caucus. It's definitely a hot topic of discussion. At times it sounds like blockchain is replacing cloud in discussions as the technology panacea that will solve all problems. On the flip side, one of the first statements I invariably hear when blockchain enters the conversation with clients is, "We're not interested in Bitcoin." For many, the terms blockchain and Bitcoin are synonymous. Blockchain ≠ Bitcoin! In a recent weekend tweetchat (#CIOChat hosted by Myle... (more)

Big Data, IoT and Blockchain: Ready to Follow the Yellow Brick Road? | @ThingsExpo #IoT

Disruption. You can't have a discussion today about business or technology without the term entering the conversation. I think it's become an unwritten rule. It's almost as if no one will take you seriously unless you're talking about business disruption. Or how disruptive technologies can be used to advance business and provide a competitive edge. Take Big Data and the Internet of Things (IoT). Both rank highly on the list of disruptive technologies. As with most technologies, there are areas of great synergy that ultimately provide a yellow brick road to real business value. (... (more)

Blockchain: You Want Me to Trust a ‘Trustless Trust’ System? | @ThingsExpo #IoT

Blockchain: You Want Me to Trust a ‘Trustless Trust' System? (Note: This is part two in a series of posts dedicated to the topic of blockchain technology.) Trust. It's a fundamental aspect of interaction in a civil society - its importance has been ingrained in us since childhood. And it's a concept that's deeply intertwined with our very nature. The level of trust we have with individuals, businesses, and technology affects our lives daily. This is important to remember when discussing new technologies. For example, our level of trust is a critical factor when evaluating a new ... (more)

Business Continuity and the Cloud | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Microservices

The Microwave Culture - Business Continuity and the Cloud We live in a microwave culture. I use this phrase often when discussing business needs with clients, especially in the context of leveraging technology to address those needs. Sometimes I will get a puzzled look, other times I will get some head nods in agreement and understanding. When I use this phrase, I'm talking about how the microwave has affected our culture from an end-user expectation perspective. There is an expectation of getting what I want when I want it, and an immediacy built into that expectation. The micr... (more)

Finding the Right Little Data | @CloudExpo #BigData #ML #InternetOfThings

Over the years, one of my favorite pastimes has been working on the family genealogy. I first started work on it in the early 1990s. At that time, records were not digitized and research involved going to libraries, newspapers, and various local, state, and federal archives. There one would have to sift through reams of old records, documents and microfiche. If you were lucky, someone had created printed indices of the information contained in those documents. These indices, when they existed, were based on manual transcription of the data, and prone to the data quality. This is ... (more)