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I recently had the opportunity to give a 10-minute keynote at DataWorks Summit 2017.  I know what most of you are thinking: Schmarzo can barely introduce himself in 10 minutes! What sort of keynote could he give in just 10 minutes?  And to be honest, I too struggled with what to say. But after some brainstorming with my marketing experts (Jeff Abbott, Erin Banks, and Chris Hill), we came up with an idea:  Pose five questions that every organization needs to consider as they prepare themselves for digital transformation.  And while I didn’t have enough time in 10 minutes to answer those questions in a keynote, I certainly do in a blog! So here we go!! Question #1:  How effective is your organization at leveraging data and analytics to power your business model? The Big Data Business Model Maturity Index was developed to help organizations to measure or benchmark their... (more)

No Shirt, No Shoes, No HTTP Service

SOA & WOA Magazine In the “real world” there are generally accepted standards set for access to a business and its services. One of the most common standards is “No shirt, no shoes, no service.” Folks not meeting this criteria are typically not allowed past the doors of a business. But on the web, access to services is implicit in the fact that the business is offering the service. If the HTTP service is accessible, it’s implicitly allowing connections and providing service without any standard criteria for access. This results in access by more than just customers and potential customers. Bots, spiders, and miscreants are afforded the same access to business services as more desirable visitors. This can unfortunately lead to compromise, theft, and corruption of data via myriad injection and attack methods – many of them automated. While gating access to services th... (more)

2015 Big Data Startups By @JimKaskade | @BigDataExpo #BigData

The following are a few  Big Data companies that I was keeping an eye on starting back in January of 2015  (yeah, this is NOT a statistically significant sample)....some for "old times sake" because I knew the founding team and was curious how things were progressing, some because I trust their venture capital partners, and some because they inspire me with an application of the technology that is meaningful (I'm tired of hearing about yet another "Big Data Platform"). Adatao Founder(s): Christopher Nguyen, Mike Bui, Tony Do Headquarters: Sunnyvale, CA Website: www.adatao.com Type of business: Data Intelligence for All Adatao is Big Data 2.0, enabling the convergence of business intelligence, data science and machine learning directly on top of big data. Adatao is leading the Big Data 2.0 charge by making it easy for business users, data scientists and engineers to co... (more)

Getting Greater Business Value from a Web ServiceThinking of bigger and wider opportunities

Okay, so you've developed what you believe is a useful piece of code and exposed it to the world as a Web service. All comers may now rejoice in the warmth and glow of your artful coding. But who are the people and what are the business systems benefiting from your Web service? Are you reaching all the possible consumers of the service? What more would you have to do to make it as useful as possible to an even greater audience? And, to ask a simple but important question, do you even know exactly who's on the other end using the service? The truth is, there's only so far you can go in order to make certain that the people you want to have access to your service are the ones actually using it. Thus begins the careful balancing act between concepts like functionality and performance...and the increasingly important issue of security. Wondering where this is going? Ke... (more)

Data - SOA's Last Mile

According to Wikipedia, “The last mile (or last kilometer) is the final leg of delivering connectivity from a communications provider to a customer. Usually referred to by the telecommunications and cable television industries, it is typically seen as an expensive challenge because ‘fanning out’ wires and cables is a considerable physical undertaking.” The significant complexity, cost, and risk associated with this situation delayed many broadband rollouts until new technology became available that could realize the “last mile.” This powerful and real-world analogy from the world of telecommunications and cable TV succinctly summarizes the current state of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) in the enterprise. It is widely agreed in concept that SOA has the potential to break down barriers between application silos and enable the reuse of business or application-le... (more)

Data.gov Will Redefine Data-as-a-Service

I’ve been in several meetings recently that have hit on the topic of Data.gov.  Data.gov will become a repository for all the information the government collects, and that information will be in turn available to anyone who needs it.   Pretty positive move, if you ask me.   However, the existing data-as-a-service providers that traffic in government data could find that they are soon suffering from relevancy problems.  The core issue is that many existing data-as-a-service players make their living from publishing reconstituted, and cleansed, government data that they charge for.    The rise of Data.gov will mean the commoditization of this information, which will be accessible, both through visual interfaces, and using APIs (Web services), if I understand the government’s vision here.  Thus, overnight Data.gov could become the mother of all data-as-a-service sites, p... (more)

Incompetent government? Data as a Service (DaaS) to the rescue!

DaaS is the answer to the question of public sector data management According to Vcunet.com, 176 government data breaches took place last year, compared to just 80 cases in the private sector. Information Commissioner Richard Thomas said: It is alarming that despite high profile data losses, the threat of enforcement action, a plethora of reports on data handling and clear ICO guidance, the flow of data breaches and sloppy information handling continues. So what does this mean for DaaS?  One big stumbling block to mass uptake is people’s resistance to the idea of having some external entity looking after their data.  It’s actually seen as one of the drawbacks of DaaS.  We’ll briefly explore here a couple of the reasons why it isn’t: Ground rule Be sure to go with a data-as-a-service provider with some track record of competence in data management.  There are too many... (more)

DaaS Podcast

I recently recorded a podcast with Doug Brown of DABCC.  You can find it here . ... (more)

Desktone Builds Momentum in Europe for Cloud-based Virtual Desktops

Desktone, provider of a platform that enables hosted virtual desktops as an outsourced subscription service, today announced a new agreement with CloudGroup BV, Europe’s specialist cloud services company, to build a network of world-class desktops as a service® providers. With this agreement, Desktone, which recently announced a partnership with SCC, one of Europe’s leading service providers, has a strong base from which to penetrate the European market. As part of the agreement, CloudGroup will develop the ecosystem necessary to bring cloud-based virtual desktops built upon the Desktone Virtual-D Platform™ to telecoms operators, service providers, commercial and government organizations across Europe. “We are pleased to partner with CloudGroup to accelerate European market adoption of DaaS,” said Harry Ruda, CEO for Desktone. “CloudGroup is comprised of some of ... (more)

Kapow Technologies and StrikeIron Bring Enterprise Class Web Data Services to SMB Market

PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Kapow Technologies and StrikeIron today announced the immediate availability of Kapow Web Data Services 7.0.0 to address the unique web data access needs of the SMB market. Now any organization that demands enterprise-class web data access and quality, regardless of size and data requirements, can benefit from the power of Kapow Web Data Services on a per use and volume basis. This strategic partnership brings together Kapow's proven web data services technology with StrikeIron's data-as-a-service web platform for delivering business data from the web to any Internet-connected system. With today's announcement, SMBs can now use Kapow Web Data Services 7.0.0 to wrap any website or web application into RSS feeds or REST web services for rapid, automated and structured access to external web data sources - completely e... (more)

Data as a Service Could Drastically Impact Success of SQL Injection Attacks

One of the biggest threats to data integrity is the introduction of malicious content via SQLi (SQL Injection) attacks. Traditional database access methods don’t provide a lot in the way of validating requests and like HTML the vagaries of SQL allow for myriad ways in which a statement can be constructed – and thus exploited. These vagaries, of course, are one factor in the reason why SQLi continues to plague applications and sites driven by user generated content. Another factor is certainly the number of touch points in application code where attacks might slip through. With every new SQLi technique comes the need to update every one of those touch points and ensure they can properly defend against the new variation or technique. But service enabling data sources changes the point of entry. It centralizes access down to a single point of contact. Joe McKendrick n... (more)