Friday Gadget: Concepts for Future Glass Display Applications

I took a few weeks off from Friday Gadget posts as I was on my spring break with my family.  This week I am back with a post the future of displays.

The post today features a concept video from Corning Glass that is actually a couple of years old.  The video is a montage from its “A Day Made of Glass” series of videos that they created in 2011 and 2012.   Even though the video montage I am sharing below was made a couple of years ago, it is very, very relevant today.  The video provides us with a fantastic view of the potential futures of applications that involve glass displays.    Even if you have seen the videos, its worth another look. 

The video was produced to share Corning’s vision on how glass will help create a more connected, collaborative, and interactive world.  The video features a family of four going about a “normal day,” aided by glass-pane tablets and touchscreen walls. But the latest video reveals an even broader view of the role specialty glass could play in the “near future,” reaching out of the home and into hospitals, schools, even parks.

The video is embedded below and is 5 minutes in length.  I guarantee it is worth the time.  It will really get you thinking about how we might interact with information in the future.  As you watch the video, think about the emerging “3rd” computing platform that is made up of technologies like big data, analytics, data visualization, cloud computing, social business, mobile computing, wearables, internet of things, cognitive computing, and human computer interaction.  The video does a great job of showing how all those technologies, when fully integrated into solutions and services, can make a significant impact in our lives.

Corning is, of course, very much focused on selling the future of glass.  Their stated vision is “Interactive glass surfaces, seamless delivery of real-time information, and technologies that enrich your life”.  The company creates and makes specialty glasses that are critical components within the concept products shown in the videos.   The vivid displays, durable touch surfaces, or instant, real-time communications shown in the videos, each require some form of specialty glass.   Learn more about Corning’s innovations in glass.

Top 18 Trends in Application Software Development for 2014

Note:  The following blog was published in March of 2014.  If you are looking for my 2015 tech trends reports head on over to the post: 2015 Trend Reports Are Now Available

 

Below you will find my list of the top trends in 2014 for application software development along with a information about my latest Application Software Development Trends to Watch in 2014 report that you can download out on slideshare.

Trends in Software Development

The emergence of a new computing era built on a secure platform of mobile, social, cloud, and big data/analytics capabilities is impacting business models and processes.  Keeping pace with new trends such as mobile, big data analytics, and the growing move towards cloud-based systems has brought new and more challenging issues to the forefront of application development.   Application software developers must transform old legacy applications to align with fast changing business needs. In today’s environment, application development teams need increased agility, new skill sets, distributed teams, and more complex software engineering methods.

Here then, is my list of top software development trends for 2014

  1. Innovate for the “Third Platform”:  Legacy is old. Developing on the third platform will accelerate in 2014. However, it requires new skills in Security, Social, Cloud, Mobile, Big Data/Analytics, IoT, HCI, Gamification, and Cognitive Computing.
  2. Use of APIs Accelerates: In 2014, we are going to see a huge leap forward in how APIs are put to use to drive innovation and help organizations be more efficient and profitable.
  3. Designing For Hybrids: Developers must design private cloud services with a hybrid future in mind . Must make sure future integration and interoperability are possible, while securing the enterprise at the same time.
  4. IoT & Embedded Systems: Demand for skilled developers who can develop sense and respond systems and other IoT-based solutions increases.
  5. Integrating Front and Back Office: Growing integration requirements between back office IT and operations – for example with smart physical hardware (pumps, switches etc) capturing info relevant to operations, business management; cyber security; etc.
  6. Secure The Enterprise!: With the advent of distributed systems, mobile, IOT, etc, there is no longer a fixed perimeter to fully protect now. The ‘attack surface’ is now huge. Developers will called upon to secure the enterprise.
  7. Software Defined “Everything”: In 2014, the buzz around Software Defined will increase. Enterprises and service providers force clear definitions . Expect numerous product announcements from vendors.
  8. Application Containers: The next big thing is containerizing and virtualizing the application, not just the machine. Watch companies include Docker and ZeroVM.
  9. DevOps Adoption Accelerates: More than just about automating deployments, DevOps requires cultural change, including coordination, collaboration and trust among the teams that participate in the application lifecycle.
  10. Open Trend Continues: Open Source, Open Standards, OpenStack, OpenFlow, Open Compute, and Open Data.
  11. Crowd Sourcing/Funding: Crowd sourcing of everything. Now projects are crowd sourced and crowd funded. Support is now crowd supplied in places like stack overflow.
  12. Hack Days: Becoming more popular as a way to develop innovative new software and features within a tight deadline.
  13. Hadoop: The Hadoop ecosystem is maturing. Expect a whole new set of real-time analysis capabilities.
  14. HTML5 Growth: Businesses have started to truly understand the advantages (and limitations) of HTML5 in the enterprise. In 2014 we will see a new focus toward the ‘write once, play everywhere’ concept.
  15. Secure Enterprise Mobile Apps: Developers need to roll out more secure alternatives to popular mobile apps. New pressures to make sure all enterprise apps are thoroughly vetted from a software security standpoint.
  16. Application Performance Management: Vendors and their customers increasingly scrambling to address and control under-performing application environments.
  17. Consumerization: Enterprise Developers need to keep an eye on what is being developed for Consumers. That next great consumer device, app, or solution may just be what’s needed for the enterprise.
  18. Skills in Demand: Developers who have deep cloud, mobile, big data/analytics and security development skills will be increasingly in demand . Programming skills valued include: 1. Java / Javascript , 2. C# / ASP.NET, 3. C++, 4. Python, 5. PHP, 6. SQL / MySQL, 7. HTML5 / CSS3, 8. Ruby on Rails, 9. Hadoop, 10. iOS / Android (source: Cybercoders).

 

Friday Gadget: Rapport Device Detects and Reacts to Human Emotions

I’ve decided to bring back the Friday Gadget posts after a very long absence. 

I am not really a gadget guy, but I do like to think about what types of products future generations will have that will make their life easier and think about how emerging technologies will be a part of our lives in the future. When I first started blogging back in 2006, every Friday I would post about a concept for a future technology or gadget.   The series of posts were designed to help us all take a step back on a Friday, have a little fun, and help us all imagine how technology can disrupt the future. 

So I am bringing back the Friday Gadget posts.  I am not sure how long the series will last this time, but we will have fun with it while it lasts…

For this first new post , I found a project team that asked the question:  What if your gadgets knew how you were feeling and could then respond appropriately?   A group of designers developed a device they call Rapport that can observe, analyze and react to your facial expressions in order to select a music playlist that suits you the best.  Once you make eye contact with the device, it leans forward and analyzes your facial expression. Taking into account the time of day, it selects a song that it feels might suit your current mood.   The Rapport device starts the playback of the song at a fairly low volume, but will boost the volume if it sees you smiling or excited.

Under the covers, the team utilized 4 different software programs including Visual Studio (stores the facial recognition library and eye tracking code), Processing (runs the facial recognition library), Max/Msp(controls volume and curates music) and Arduino (drives the stepper motors inside the device).

Potential initial applications could include smart homes, retirement homes, entertainment events, and education.  In the future, application developers will utilize emotion detection systems to design robots that understand how better to interact with humans.   Over time robots could learn to understand how different humans react emotionally and treat each person differently based on both visual and auditory inputs. 

For more, check out these resources:   1) Rapport Introduction (Youtube), 2) Rapport Demonstration (YouTube), 3) Emotional Intelligence (Yanko Design), 4) Feeling the Music;  Gadget Reads Emotions to Choose Songs (Gajitz)

Business Analytics Trends and Prediction Articles for 2014

Leading-edge businesses are already embracing advanced analytics solutions and services that can help them identify their most profitable customers, accelerate product innovation, optimize supply chains and pricing, and identify the true drivers of financial performance. These leading-edge businesses will be successfully prepared for the cognitive systems era.

I recently published my trend report Business Analytics:  Trends to Watch in 2014 out on slideshare.   The report provides an overview of Big data and what to watch in 2014.  Below I’ve provided you some articles on this trend that I thought you would want to read.

Source Title
B2C Business 2 Community 2014 – The Year of Predictive Analytics for SMBs
Information Week IT Must Deliver Visual, Mobile-Friendly Data Analytics
Enterprise Apps Today Top Business Intelligence Trends For 2014
Heather Hiles (Pathbrite) Big Idea 2014: Move Over, Big Data—It’s Time for Personal Analytics
Forbes Five Business Intelligence Predicitons for 2014
Cloud times Predictive Analytics is the Next Growing Sector in Big Data Market
International Institute for Analytics Forecasting the Future of Analytics: 2014 Edition
IIIA (IIA) Announces Nine Analytics Predictions for 2014
Information Management 11 Data Visualization Experts You Should Follow on Twitter
Revolution Analytics 14 Analytics Predictions for 2014

 

Big Data Trend and Prediction Articles for 2014

Our appetite for creating, gathering, and storing data continues to grow and grow and grow. This appetite and resulting information explosion is creating all sorts of challenges for information management professionals everywhere. This trend called Big Data. Big Data is an important trend to get right as it lays the foundation for the cognitive systems era we are about to enter.

I recently published my trend report Big Data: Trends to Watch in 2014 out on slideshare.   The report provides an overview of Big data and what to watch in 2014. Below I’ve provided you some articles on this trend that I thought you would want to read.

Source Title
ZDNet Predicting Big Data’s 2014
EMC Tech Predictions for 2014:  Bringing Hadoop to Your Big Data
Inside BigData Big Data Predictions for 2014
EnterpriseApps Today Top Big Data Trends For 2014
Forbes $16.1 Billion Big Data Market: 2014 Preditions from IDC and IIA
Information Week IBM’s Predictions: 6 Big Data Trends In 2014
BCW Big Data Predictions For 2014
Source Talk Five 2014 Big Data Predictions from a Chief Data Officer
Forbes Five Business Intelligence Predicitons for 2014
Thought Experiments 2014: The Year of Data Disruption

 

SteadyServ’s iKeg™ Solution: Leveraging The Third Computing Platform

SteadyServ iKegThe collection of IoT (Internet of Things), Mobile, Cloud, Social, and Data Analytics trends are enabling a whole new era of intelligent solutions for businesses of all sizes.   IDC calls this the Third Platform and Gartner calls it the Nexus of Forces.  Whatever you want to call it, we are experiencing a historical transformation in the computing platform for businesses.  Solution providers must accelerate their ability to develop solutions that leverage these collection of trends.

For an example of a Solution Provider leveraging this new computing platform, have a look at SteadyServ Technologies.  SteadyServ has just launched the iKeg™, a mobile SaaS-based (software as a service) inventory management solution, for the beer industry.   According to  SteadyServ CEO and co-founder Steve Hershberger, “beer sold in retail establishments accounts for a $21bn industry, yet the industry still relies on the inaccurate process of ‘shaking the keg’ – the same method used since the inception of the product.”  SteadyServ has set out to automate beer inventory management.

At the heart of their new solution is a sensor that easily attaches to the bottom of a beer keg.  That sensor can tell a beer distributor or a tavern owner, in real time, exactly how many kegs are in the cooler and how much beer is left in each keg. 

The iKeg™ system actually consists of three parts – the hardware, software and a mobile app.  The hardware combines the aforementioned removable sensor ring and a RFID tag.  Once the RFID tag is scanned, the cloud-based software receives the data from the sensor, tracking how much beer remains, type of beer, age and when it was delivered.  Analytics in the iKeg™ solution measures and reports the real-time inventory of draft kegs, which is all accessible via a mobile app. 

The iKeg™ mobile app allows you to send customizable automatic social alerts to Facebook and Twitter every time a new beer goes on tap. It also provides a number of fully-integrated tools to help promote your establishment, special event or a unique beer that you might want to highlight. Have a look at the mobile app in the video below.

SteadyServ’s new iKeg Mobile App

Pretty neat, isn’t it?

The iKeg™ solution also automates the order and fulfillment process for the entire inventory of draft, bottled and canned beers.   All this information is then tallied with the stock, the next delivery date, previous order information, event information, and past and future beer consumption trends.  In addition, the iKeg™ solution uses advanced machine-to-machine communication technologies to ensure that the system is secure, reliable and highly scalable.  

It seems to me SteadyServ has a bright future ahead.  It’s a perfect example of an innovative solution provider leveraging the IoT (Internet of Things), Mobile, Cloud, Social, and Data Analytics trends.   I see the a whole new era of similar cloud-based solutions that will be developed and implemented as part of this new computing platform.

For more on iKeg™ or SteadyServ, check out their website at http://www.steadyserv.com.  You can also follow SteadyServ on Twitter at @steadyserv or via the hashtag #ikeg.

Business Analytics: A 2013 HorizonWatching Trend Report

Analytics continues to be an important trend in the IT Industry and those companies that focus on establishing a strong analytics capability will be more competitive in the future.

The amount of Big Data being created, collected and stored with our IT infrastructures is growing exponentially. New streams of digital, social, and sensor sourced data is now filling up databases and data warehouses. At the same time, executives are wanting and needing deeper knowledge and insights on all aspects of their business. The execs know that the data exists within their data center that can help them make better business decisions but they need the capability to be able to harvest insights that will help them make better decisions. 

Leading-edge businesses are embracing advanced analytics that can help them identify their most profitable customers, accelerate product innovation, optimize supply chains and pricing, and identify the true drivers of financial performance.

Trends in Analytics for 2013

There’s so much going on in the field of business analytics.  Here are a few of the important trends to watch in 2013

  1. Customer Analytics: Personalized, cross-channel, customer-driven analytics will drive new focus on delivering individualized, personalized digital experiences 
  2. Mobile Analytics. Increased use of mobile will drive requirement for analytics applied to mobile generated data
  3. Social and Textual Analytics. Moving beyond batch listening, Social Business Managers want to be able to analyze social conversations and influencer networks in real time.
  4. Predictive Analytics: New innovative applications of advanced algorithms and modeling techniques will advance the science of predictive analytics.
  5. Real-Time Analytics. As decision makers get a taste for what can be done, they will want that information faster…..and eventually in real time
  6. Interest Grows in Data Visualization: Enterprises learn that managing and extracting insights from Big Data is not enough…you need to be able to display the insights for decision makers.
  7. Self- Service: Decision makers will increasingly want access to simple to use analytic tools that provide visualization rich output. Oh….and they want that output on their tablet.
  8. Hadoop matures: Hadoop functionality improves and CIOs begin to consider it for mission critical applications
  9. Data Scientists: There will be a rush to hire skilled Big Data Scientists, often via services like Kaggle.
  10. Education and Training: Big Data & Analytic Services firms will offer extensive training and certification programs to try to help fill the shortages of skilled Data Scientists.

My Business Analytics Trend Report

For more, check out the SlideShare embed below

Big Data: A 2013 HorizonWatching Trend Report

I’ve embedded my slide deck from Slideshare titled Big Data:  A 2013 HorizonWatching Trend Report below.  This 2013 HorizonWatching Trend Report provides an overview on the Big Data trend.  Summary information about the Big Data trend is provided along with many links to additional resources. 

So what is Big Data?  To me, it refers to how we collect, store, and manage information that comes into an enterprise so that it can be harvested for analysis, insight generation, and decision making.

Big Data is hot right now because 10-15 years ago data was coming in from just a few sources, mainly customer transactions, supply chain transactions, and employee payroll.   Today, data is coming in from everywhere, including other computers and sensors.  In addition,  the huge growth of videos, pictures, audio, social media and other unstructured data is taxing the storage systems and information databases of many data centers.  IT and Business Leaders are trying to figure out how to manage Big Data and leverage it for analysis and decision making.

Trends in Big Data for 2013
Below is a list of 10 trends to watch out for in 2013 around the Big Data topic.

  1. Definition Does Not Matter: The focus turns towards implementation and value
  2. Cost as a Big Data Benefit:  Case studies demonstrate ROI of Big Data.  It is leaner, significantly reduces data integration costs, and opens the door for data exploration
  3. Analytics and Visualizaton: For those implementing Big Data, there will be an increased interest in Analytics and Visualization capabilities.
  4. Data Scientists:  There will be a rush to hire skilled Big Data Scientists, often via services like Kaggle, who are specialist in designing how a firm collects, stores, and manages big data.
  5. Increased Competition: IBM, EMC, SAP, SAS, and Oracle all increase competitive efforts, leading to better solutions and services
  6. Big Data as a Service:  Service Providers emerge to handle the whole stack.
  7. Data Protection:  CIOs implement automated systems to handle all replication, deduplication, backup, and restoration.
  8. Followers Left in Dust:  Organizations that do not implement Big Data solutions risk loosing their competitive edge.
  9. CMOs overwhelmed:  CMOs are not prepared to handle all the big data.  In 2013 marketing needs to learn to work better with IT
  10. Education and Training:  Big Data Services firms will offer extensive training and certification programs to try to help fill the shortages of skilled Data Scientists.

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15 Data Visualization Trends and Prediction Lists for 2013

Visualization1 For the last two blog posts out here I have been highlighting the Big Data and Analytics trends.   These two are very important trends and they lay the foundation for the trend I am featuring today…  Data Visualization.

Big Data and Analytics are such powerful trends in the media that Data Visualization often gets overlooked…or is an afterthought.  It should not be that way.  You can do a great job of implementing Big Data and Analytics solutions but if you can’t display the insights to decision makers in a format that helps them quickly understand the insights and the implications of those insights, then you are not helping them make business decisions. 

Here then,  I am sharing with you 15 articles/blogs that discuss the opportunities and challenges ahead in 2013 for the Data Visualization trend.

Source Title of Article / Blog Post
3D Visualization World Trends in 3D Visualization – From Technology To Services
Active Reports Server Latest trends in data visualization
Andrei Pandre Happy New 2013!
CIMdata Trends in Visualization
docstore Data Visualization – Importance and Market Trends
EidoScope trends in data visualization
ilkutterzioglu.com Ben Fry on past and future of visualization trends
Intechopen.com New Trends in Virtual Reality Visualization of 3D Scenarios
Landor Associates Trend five: Data visualization
Mindjet Data Visualization Trends Favor Simple Design
Mindjet Visualization Trends Revealed in Info is Beautiful Awards
Research Trends Part 3: Data analytics & visualization
Smartplanet.com ‘Information is Beautiful’ shortlist illustrates data visualization trends
Spotfire The Data Analysis of a Data Scientist
Xconomy Roambi Sees 2013 as Pivotal Year for Data Analytics, Visualization

30 Analytics Trends and Predictions Lists for 2013

Analytics - insight Today I have another list of articles and blog posts that focus on trends and predictions for 2013.   Today I focus on Analytics.

When I first started at IBM I was selling small computers to small businesses which had never had a computer before.  The one application that helped sell many of those systems was Sales Analysis.  The small business owners were always excited to see the types of Sales Analysis reports available because it was too hard to develop those types of Sales Analysis reports manually.

Today, analytics continues to be an important trend in the IT Industry.  There is allot of focus being placed on Analytics because the amount and type of data has grown exponentially.  Today’s businesses must implement new analytical solutions and develop new skills in order to generate the intelligence and insight necessary to describe, predict, and improve business performance.

Leading-edge businesses are embracing advanced analytics that can help them identify their most profitable customers, accelerate product innovation, optimize supply chains and pricing, and identify the true drivers of financial performance.

Here then, is a list of 30 articles that provide information on what the important trends are within the Analytics space over the next year.  Come back tomorrow and I will have another similar post on another important trend for 2013.

Source Blog / Article Title
Bio-ITWorld 2013 – The Year of Data-Driven Decisions
CIO.com 5 Business Analytics Tech Trends and How to Exploit Them
Forrester Top 10 BI Predictions for 2013 and Beyond
Frost & Sullivan ‘New Intelligence’ to Sustain Greater Customer Loyalty
Future of CIO Top Five BI/Data Analytics Trends
Gartner BI and Analytics Market Trends – 2020 Vision
GigaOM Big Data Analytics is hot and getting hotter; 5 trends explain why
GreenTech Media The Top Trends in Smart Grid Analytics
Hop’s Thoughts Emerging Analytics Trends
IBM 3 Trends in Business Analytics
Infinitive 13 Trends Shaping Digital Analytics in 2013
InfoBuild Five Trends Shaping the Future of Business Analytics
InfoGov Community The Big Trend in 2013: Social Analytics
Information Management Analytics in 2013: Smarter Business Uses and Some Big Data Deaths
Information Management What Do Ongoing BI Trends Mean for 2013?
InformationWeek ‘Business Analytics is a key priority for us in 2013’: Hero MotoCorp CIO
InformationWeek.com Big Data Analytics Trends: SAS CEO Jim Goodnight
Insurance Networking News Analytics in 2013: Smarter Business Uses and Some Big Data Deaths
Insurance Networking News BI, Analytics Top 2013 IT Budget Priorities
Insurance Networking News Top 5 Trends for 2013 — Analytics
International Institute for Analytics 2013 Predictions for Analytics
Ovum 2013 Trends to Watch: BI and Analytics
SAP Key Trends in Analytics: The Future Role of Big Data, Predictive and Mobile
SAP Understand Key Trends in Analytics
Search Business Analytics Note to self: Business intelligence, analytics trends to watch in 2013
Search Engine Watch 2012 Analytics Year in Review & Predictions for 2013
Smart Data Collective Analytics Predictions 2013 by Alberto Roldan
Tableau Software Top 10 Trends for Business Intelligence: Our Outlook on 2013
Virtual-Strategy Magazine M2M Meets Big Data Analytics – 2013 Prediction
Webtrends Blog Emerging Trends in Analytics and Digital Marketing

32 Big Data Trends and Predictions Lists for 2013

big-data-pratica In this post you will find links to 32 different articles and/or blog posts that all discuss the trends that will happen around the trend of Big Data.

The Big Data trend refers to storing, managing and extracting insights from the growing flood of data created by individuals and organizations.  The volume of data has been increasing in the past 5 years, mainly because of unstructured data, but also because of other trends – mobile, social, and consumerization.   Unstructured data includes emails, pictures, video, social media and other information that is not ordered in (or cannot be readily entered into) a traditional database-style model.   The unstructured data requires new ways of storing and processing data.

If you explore the articles and blog posts below, you will have a good feel for what the top trends are within Big Data for 2013.

Source Title of Article / Blog Post
ARN Big Data to be big in 2013: EMC
BizTech2.com Big Data-as-a-Service To Pick Up In 2013: IDC
Business2Community Top Five Big data Trends for 2013
CMSWire 2013: The Year of Big Data, Major Shifts & Convergence
CMSWire Prediction for 2013 and Beyond: Big Data Finds its Andy Warhol
ComputerWorld Where are big data and BI heading in 2013?
Dzone Big Data Predictions for 2013
eConsultancy Big data’s 2013 challenge: making it small
Enterprise Systems Top 3 Trends in Enterprise and Big Data
FinChannel.com Trends for 2013: ‘Big Data’ Gets Bigger
Forbes 5 Ways Big Data Will Change Lives In 2013
Forbes Big Data’s Big Opportunity in the Bleak Economy of 2013
Forrester Big Data predictions for 2013
Gartner Gartner Says Big Data Creates Big Jobs: 4.4 Million IT Jobs Globally to Support Big Data By 2015
Gartner Gartner Says Big Data Will Drive $28 Billion of IT Spending in 2012
Gazzang 2013 The Year Big Data Goes Big-Time
GovPro Governments will invest in big data projects in 2013
HortonWorks Apache Hadoop: Seven Predictions for 2013
ICC Top Five Reasons Big Data Means Big Business in 2013
IDC Big Data Solutions Gain Momentum in 2013; Choosing The Best First Project Will Be Critical, Says IDC
Information Week 5 Big Data Predictions For 2013
InformationWeek 13 Big Data Vendors To Watch In 2013
InvestorPlace In 2013, Big Data Is Set to Get Even Bigger
IT Business Edge The Top Five Reasons Big Data Means Big Business in 2013
ItWire Big data blasts off in 2013
Rainstor Top Big Data Predictions for 2013
Roambi Big-Data Analysis Is Top Investment Priority for 2013 as Half of Key Business Data Goes to Waste
Talentim HR Trends. No.1: Big Data
The Telegraph Big data was big in 2012, it will be bigger in 2013
VMBlog.com SnapLogic 2013 Predictions: Salesforce.com will enter Master Data Management (MDM) space
ZDNet Big Data 2013: Industry Players’ Forecasts

Come back here tomorrow and I’ll have another post with more research I’ve done that I will share with you.

Big Data Resources: IBM Websites, Social Platforms, White Papers and Presentations

Big data Big Data has emerged as an important trend for enterprises.  Big Data refers to how we collect, store, and manage information that comes into an enterprise so that it can be harvested for decision making. 

The reason it is an important trend is that not only has the amount of data been increasing rapidly, but the type of data has been changing dramatically. 10-15 years ago data was coming in from just a few sources, mainly customer transactions, supply chain transactions, and employee payroll. Today, data is coming in from everywhere, including other computers, mobile devices, cameras, and sensors. In addition, the huge growth of videos, pictures, audio, social media and other unstructured data is taxing the storage systems and information databases of many data centers.  These trends continue to put pressure on IT departments to determine how best to design the storage infrastructure and the database warehouses in order to make it easy for the analytic tools to harvest the data for decision making.

There’s much to learn about the Big Data trend.  It is causing disruption not only in the technology tools themselves, but the processes and skills required to make sense of all the data and turn it into insights that can be used for decision making.  

To help you learn more about this trend, I’ve assembled the list of resources below.   There are links to current reports, websites, and social accounts all developed and managed by IBM.  If you see something that is missing, let me know and I will revise this post.

IBM Websites 

IBM Accounts on Social Platforms

IBM White Papers, Presentation and Other Content