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Internet of Things and Big Data - Who Owns All the Data? We've been doing it for years, decades for some. How many websites have you created accounts on? Your bank, your credit card companies, social media sites, hotels and travel sites, online shopping sites, and that's just the start. We do it often without even thinking about it, quickly entering our personal information, our data, in a plethora of systems. Sometimes we're not even aware of the information we are providing. It could be very personal information (think of the security questions you provide answers to for protecting your information on these systems), to information about your behavior, your interests (websites visited, internet search topics). While possibly concerning from a privacy perspective, you had some level of control. For the backend systems involved, the volume and variety of the data w... (more)

Cloud Wars: Two Years Later | @CloudExpo #Cloud #DigitalTransformation

A little over two years ago, I wrote about the ongoing cloud wars with all of the 800lb gorillas in the room jockeying for position. At the time, IBM and Amazon were having what equated to a public cage match battle over a cloud contract with the CIA (IBM Steps back from CIA deal) as well as various ad blitzes, including IBM running ads on buses in Las Vegas during Amazon's premier re:Invent conference. Meanwhile, Gartner released their magic quadrant report on Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), describing the market as still evolving and maturing. They placed Amazon AWS and Mic... (more)

Blockchain as a Service – The New Weapon in the Cloud Wars? | @CloudExpo #Cloud

(Note: This is part of a continuing series of posts dedicated to the topic of blockchain technology.) The cloud wars rage on. The room is full of 800lb gorillas that have been battling over market share and supremacy for several years now. You know who the key players are - Amazon, Microsoft, Google and IBM - all still standing.  Three year ago, Gartner described the market as ‘still evolving and maturing'.  However, last year, they described the market as ‘in a state of upheaval' with many providers shifting their strategies as they struggle to obtain market share. Pricing bat... (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)