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17 Feb 2014
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The CEO's Perfect Storm: Demographics, Data, and Devices Change Everything [34968]
By Mark V. Hurd

Mark writes, "While the business world went through some unexpected turbulence in 2013, I believe three major factors are going to make 2014 even more disruptive and challenging for CEOs.

This perfect storm for the CEO includes unprecedented shifts in workforce demographics, the ongoing surge in data volume, and the rapid emergence of the 'Internet of Things' in which tens of billions of devices will be infused with intelligence and connected to our online world.

These profound changes will provide great opportunities for forward-looking leaders who can get out in front of these disruptive forces and exploit them to create new and higher-value products and services, smarter and more-capable workforces, and more-intimate engagements with customers..."
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20 Jan 2014
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Tutorials Introducing Big Data [34579]
5 to 10 minute tutorials with Marty Gubar, Director Product Manager, Oracle Big Data

Here are some direct links to access a good set of ~ 5 to 10 minute tutorials about 'Big Data' to introduce some of the software stack and to help you identify which is the right tool for a job:

For more information, visit: http://www.oracle.com/bigdata
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16 Jan 2014
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Evolution to the Strategic Technology Trends for 2014 [34478]
Thoughts on Gartner's 'Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends'

Michael Snow writes, "This time of year is always a reflective time as we look back and look forward to the new year. As I've been thinking about thought leadership and some of the interesting webcasts we've hosted over the past couple of years (look to next post for a review of these), I was thinking about those trend predictions that emerge every year. I just recently watched Gartner's most recent webcast they offer each year on the 'Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends' that enterprises should be planning for over the next 3 years.

It's interesting to note the evolution of not only the language used to describe the trends, but the consolidation of many of them into single trends in the comparison chart I created below from the past 3 years. As technologies have emerged from the Hype cycle's 'Peak of Inflated Expectations' and start sliding down into the 'Trough of Disillusionment' there seems to be some strategic consolidation and commodification as expected..."
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16 Jan 2014
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Oracle 2013 Technology Year In Review [34485]
Forbes Blog Post

Breanne Cooley writes, "As the world becomes more and more digital, technology is changing the face of IT education. In the past, students signed up for classes and went to education centers to learn. While today's students can still go to a classroom if they prefer, it's becoming more and more popular to take training on digital devices, including desktops, laptops and tablets. Plus, it's now possible to access lab environments and classroom materials on those same machines..."
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10 Jan 2014
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The Top 10 Strategic CIO Issues For 2014 [34383]
By Bob Evans

Bob Evans writes, "CIOs have never had such a glorious - and challenging - opportunity to deliver significant, enduring, and transformational business impact and customer value as they do today.

But it's not a job for the faint of heart. Any CIO pining for a return to the good old days of bonuses based on server-uptime and SLA enforcement should consider swapping out the CIO title for a new one: senior director of infrastructure.

Consider these new paradigm-busting business models that have CIOs' fingerprints all over them:..."
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02 Jan 2014
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What is High Availability? [34298]
Asks Todd Little

"As companies become more and more dependent upon their information systems just to be able to function, the availability of those systems becomes more and more important. Outages can costs millions of dollars an hour in lost revenue, let alone potential damage done to a company's image. To add to the problem, a number of natural disasters have shown that even the best data center designs can't handle tsunamis and tidal waves, causing many companies to implement or re-evaluate their disaster recovery plans and systems. Practically every customer I talk to asks about disaster recovery (DR) and how to configure their systems to maximize availability and support DR. This series of articles will contain some of the information I share with these customers..."
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