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Business leader, best-selling author and Hall of Fame speaker Scott McKain joined Ulitzer with his blog syndication at http://mckainviewpoint.ulitzer.com. Scott McKain is the Co-founder and Principal of The Value Added Institute, a think-tank that examines the role of the customer experience in creating significant advances in the level of client loyalty. He is Vice Chairman of Obsidian Enterprises, a dynamic holding company with 19 companies in diverse industries, that was named one of the "fastest-growing companies" in America, and is also Vice Chairman of Durham Capital Corporation. Scott's new book, "The Collapse of Distinction: Stand Out and Move Up While Your Competition Fails" has already reached the #1 spot on Amazon.com's list of Customer Service Bestsellers! He is the author of two #1 additional business bestsellers (Amazon.com & 800-CEO-READ): "What Custo... (more)

Getting it right with data attribution

There have always, it seems, been people for whom attribution and citation really matter. Some of them passionately engage in arguments that last months or years, debating the merits of comma placement in written citations for the work of others. Bizarre, right? But, as we all become increasingly dependent upon data sourced from third parties, aspects of this rather esoteric pastime are beginning to matter to a far broader audience. Products, recommendations, decisions and entire businesses are being constructed on top of data sourced from trusted partners, from new data brokers, from crowdsourced communities, or simply plucked from across the open web. Without an understanding of where that data came from, and how it was collected, interpreted or maintained, all of those products, recommendations, decisions and businesses stand upon very shaky foundations indeed. ... (more)

In 2014 Big Data Investments Will Account for Nearly $30 Billion - Eventually Accounting for $76 Billion by 2020 End

DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140821/138541 "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)

Dolphin Announces Open API With Over 50 Add-ons Including Dropbox and Wikipedia

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 06/28/12 -- GOOGLE I/O -- Dolphin Browser, the most popular third-party browser on Android and iOS and only Gesture and Voice enabled browser, today announced the launch of Dolphin Garage, which opens the Dolphin Browser API to allow for third-party development. Dolphin also announced four new Add-ons from Dropbox, Pocket, Evernote and Wikipedia that show off Dolphin Garage's powerful capabilities. In addition, Dolphin Garage also supports Web apps based on Adobe's PhoneGap, which enable faster HTML5 Web app deployment. Dolphin Garage gives developers access to more than 150 Dolphin internal APIs including various browser user interface interactions, while also providing a runtime sandbox environment to allow developers to create their own experiences within Dolphin Browser. Powered by Dolphin Garage, users can now seamlessly exp... (more)

Ulitzer FAQ Published

"In just over ten days, I had thousands of readers of my articles on Ulitzer, mainly on marketing and sales. It would be nearly impossible to get that at Ning for a new community site!" What is Ulitzer? Ulitzer is a brand new social media tool for creating, delivering, and consuming content on the Web. Anyone can create topics, magazines, and subject-based portals on Ulitzer, pre-populate them with over one million articles available, and launch a new Ulitzer topic in minutes. "In just over ten days, I had thousands of readers of my articles mainly on marketing and sales.  It would be nearly impossible to get that at Ning in ten days for a new community site!" John Ryan - http://johnryan.ulitzer.com Ulitzer vs. Ning - a Quick Review Ulitzer’s Amazing First 30 Days in Public Beta Can Anyone Apply To Become a Ulitzer Author? Yes, it's for anyone who wants to have a person... (more)

Google Says "Cloud Computing Is" ...

SOA at Cloud Expo Techcrunch reports that Google has some implicit suggestions about newspapers, based on the drop-down suggestions it gives when you begin a search with "Newspapers are." It's a nice example of the hive mind at work. But check out the first suggestion Google gives you if you type "Cloud Computing is" into a Google search bar. I won't spoil the surprise here. Interestingly, Google used to give similar suggestions for "SOA is", but the results are now a lot less frank and confrontational than they were a month ago. Does this show a change in general attitude about SOA, or is it just that Google cleaned up the results? hmm. ... (more)

Google Moves Its Chinese Search to Hong Kong

Having failed to persuade Red China to let it operate in the country unfettered by self-censorship--as if the smart money figured would happen--Google has made good on its January 12 threat, and stopped censoring its Chinese site. Instead, it's redirecting the traffic to servers in Hong Kong, a former British protectorate where the Communists' grip, for the moment, isn't quite as strong under a sort of  "don't ask, don't tell" partition. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! Although Google claims it's legal, neither it nor anybody else is sure how long this dodge is going to last, or if it will be effective at all, given China's filters. In making the announcement, Google's general counsel David Drummond admitted on a blog that the Chinese government "could at any time block access to our services." But it looks like Google will try ... (more)

Mobile Expert Interview Series: Sybase's Bryan Whitmarsh

This morning I was able to catch up with SAP Mentor Bryan Whitmarsh for an interview.  I conducted a video interview with Bryan last year at Sapphire which you can watch here.  Bryan works for Sybase's product management team and reports to Tony Kueh, who I interviewed last week.  Bryan lives in Boise, Idaho (also my fair city), which he has called home since 1992, when he moved here from the Seattle area. Note: These are not Bryan's exact words, rather my notes from our interview. Kevin:  What is your role and area of responsibility at Sybase? Bryan: My title is Mobility Product Management.  Last year I was focused on mobile email, but this year I am working with the platform team on SUP (Sybase Unwired Platform).  It is my job to interpret the market, meet with customers, communicate the road map, both internally and externally, define product requirements and help ma... (more)

Hurricane Irene: GIS, Social Media, and Big Data Shine

As Katherine Maher pointed out on Twitter, no one gets credit when contingency plans work. And it is truly amazing how much government-citizen information collaboration has evolved–not to mention the growth of data journalism even in the most traditional news outlets. The average citizen had a wealth of accurate (and useful) hurricane information to choose from. There was also plenty of data to be used for those seeking to tinker, and very useful Twitter/Flickr/YouTube overlays on Google Earth interfaces. Anyone unlucky enough to turn on their television was assaulted by an overwhelming wave of hysteria and action shots of news anchors bravely intoning into the camera that it was windy and raining–an astonishing revelation, undoubtedly, to the millions told to evacuate. Alex Howard of O’Reilly Radar has a very helpful list of Hurricane Irene tracking links from bo... (more)

[aspen][2b2k] Ideo’s Tim Brown

Tim Brown of Ideo is opening his Aspen Ideas Festival talk with a slide presentation called “From Newton to Design”. He says he’s early in thinking it through. He points to a problem in how we’ve thought about design, trained designers, and have practiced design. The great thing about designing simple products is that you can know almost everything about them: who made them, who they’re for, how they were produced, etc. But as products get more complicated, it gets harder even for a team of designers to really understand what’s going on. They get so complicated that there are lots of places design can fail. When we go out to urban planning , that becomes even more obvious, he says. He shows Union Sq. when it was designed and how wildly NYC has grown around it. Or, at the Courtyard Marriott chain, every element of the user’s experience has been thought through. He ... (more)

Extending and Augmenting Hadoop

In the last two years, the Apache Hadoop software library has emerged as a veritable Swiss Army knife of data management and analytical infrastructure. The Hadoop toolset has been positioned as a universal platform for all types of commercial and organizational analytical needs. Hadoop is an ideal solution for use cases in which the data is easily partitioned and distributed. For example, consider keyword searches, a major component of SEO. Simply identifying and counting distinct words in text data is a central part of the process for keyword-based searches. No matter how many pieces of text you have, each document, article, blog post, or other piece of content is distinct from the other. In order to enable keyword search, a program then computes the number of words in each distinct document or item of text. Clearly, this can be done in isolation: to count the num... (more)