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How much debt does your IT department owe?

This is a story about IT debt, and it begins with the recent request by the Chinese government asking all foreign companies to disclose the source code for their software (http://g3t.ca/tCIB7P  http://g3t.ca/740LW7)  According to the Chinese, these rules should 'only' affect software and hardware meant for the financial sector. Their given reasons are that the financial sector is so very important for China and they wish to:

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What do real estate and dating have in common?

As mentioned in the previous post, last week I attended the Data Leadership Summit - http://www.datasummit.ca in Vancouver. It brought together a diverse audience to see speakers from different industries with different perspectives and experiences. In my opinion, there were two presentations which were particularly compelling. One was from real estate brokerage Redfin, the other from the online dating service Plentyoffish. I found it interesting that both shared many common themes.

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Rosetta mission (feat. Matt Taylor)

Last week, we witnessed an amazing technology feat. After 10 years in space, (see the timeline here - http://g3t.ca/byvugE) Rosetta space probe released a lander module Philae. Philae landed on a comet 67P and sent us first close up pictures of the comet. Unfortunately, the scientists didn't include the Energizer bunny, nor its batteries and for now the lander has ran out of juice. To our dismay, it landed in shade. The probe sent some data back. We were hoping for more.

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RIP Nokia

Microsoft is killing Nokia. The brand that is. Microsoft announced that it is changing the phone name from Nokia Lumia to Microsoft Lumia. Rebranding will take some time, but with this move, it is evident that the brand is dead.
Nokia was the synonym for mobile phones. However, not many people know that the company was named after village in Finland. Another lesser known fact is that Nokia started as a pulp mill and maker of rubber boots in the 19th century.

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Big Data or Hype?

The Globe and Mail reported that the Maple Leafs are betting big on Big Data. It is surprising that it has taken them this long. Other sport organizations, notably the MLB with its sabermetrics (http://g3t.ca/q1hK49), have been doing it for quite some time. The Maple Leafs started pouring resources into gathering data, analysis, visualization and predictive analytics. They are planning to use it for drafting, contract negotiation, on-ice strategy and style of play.

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