Data management

This weather update is brought to you by IBM.

Weather is no longer just conversation while paying for your coffee, or chatting around the water cooler – it is becoming big business. That’s why IBM recently bought the Weather Channel for reported $2 billion. And it is also another manifestation of Big Data creating opportunities for companies to capitalize on. IBM has made Big Data and analytics the next mountain it wishes to climb. They understand that a company of any size will need vital sets of information in…

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How to harvest 1.2 billion usernames and passwords

Welcome to this week’s Technology Updates, a vibrant mix of hot topics and future trends. The future is here. Last week it was revealed that Russian hackers harvested 1.2 billion usernames and passwords from numerous websites. You should get really upset. People are continuously lectured by security experts on how to create a secure password with upper case, lower case letters, special characters and numbers. Yet, the lack of security of these websites is outrages. The simplicity of the attack…

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The Big Question About Big Data

Predicting the future isn’t quite a mug’s game anymore. It was once the province of futurists who talked like evangelists and fortune-tellers who paradoxically could never seem to leverage their predictive abilities with a lottery ticket at their local convenience store. Today, lots of folks are into the prediction racket these days – “predictive analysis”, anyway, with an eerie degree of accuracy. It’s all thanks to Big Data – that ambiguous little term every vendor is using to sell their…

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