Data lakes are here to stay. In a recent lab validation brief, IDC stated “data lakes should be a part of every big data workflow in the enterprise.” And in a recent blog post, EMC’s own Hadoop champion Paul Maritz proposed three ways a business can view data lakes and offered up “What CIOs Need to Know about Data Lakes.” However, as in most things in the real world, a one size fits all approach seldom works—and implementing data lakes in your organization is no exception.
The movement towards a more elastic, service-consumption model for IT—often based on or around open source technologies—continues to expand and proliferate. IT seems to have gotten the message: it’s time to stop focusing purely on control and stability. Instead, enable rapid innovation or get out of the way! Continue reading
Nation-state cyber-attacks will continue to evolve and accelerate but the damage will be increasingly borne by the private sector – In 2014, nation states around the world increasingly pushed the boundaries of cyber assault to control their own populaces and spy on other nation-states. With no one actively working on the development of acceptable norms of digital behavior on the global stage – a digital Hague or Geneva Convention, if you will – we can expect this covert digital warfare to continue. Increasingly, however, companies in the private sector will be drawn into this war either as the intended victims or as unwitting pawns in attacks on other companies.
That is essentially one of the predictions I offered in my annual end of year letter published on Dec. 2, 2014. Little did any of us know at that time that officials at Sony Pictures Entertainment and the FBI were in the midst of feverishly working to determine the full extent of an unprecedented cyber-attack that was subsequently attributed to North Korea. Continue reading
Over the last three decades in this industry, I’ve seen many impressively disruptive waves of technology, but I have never witnessed as many waves hitting simultaneously as we are seeing today.
While we can and will pursue many of these, as CIOs in a hypercompetitive global environment, we have to catch the wave that makes the biggest impact on enabling the business and accelerating our revenue and business growth. In 2015, I predict the highest priority for CIOs is digitization. Continue reading
More than ever, I’m excited by the changes occurring in the IT landscape. This year, I see two major technology inflection points occurring simultaneously: data lakes and hybrid clouds.
The reason I believe this will hold true is because of the vast amount of data that has been and continues to be generated – driving demand across all aspects and types of storage. Specifically, unstructured data is seeing storage growth more than double every two years, while structured and semi-structured data is experiencing 20%+ annual growth.
This growth is being experienced across all industries, from financial services and life sciences to healthcare and manufacturing. And, organizations’ increasing reliance on data for intelligence-based decisions makes storage the most essential component of the infrastructure stack. Continue reading