Big Opportunities for Big Data

big data opportunities in government
July 20, 2017

What’s next for the Federal IT landscape? For starters, by 2020 there will three times as many devices as there are people in the world, growing the volume of data to petabytes, exabytes, and even zettabytes. Knowing what we’re up against, government agencies are reshaping their approaches to better manage this data deluge. But today’s big data buzz is not new — for more than twenty years, big data has…

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De-mystifying Cognitive Computing Part Three: What is the relation to Data Science?

data science
July 11, 2017

So far in this blog series, I have identified the driving factors for cognitive computing and the differences between artificial intelligence and cognitive. Having a better grasp of cognitive computing context is valuable, but let’s focus on how you can apply it to your end-customers for solving their data-driven issues. Who or what would benefit from cognitive technologies? When business analyst or research scientist is too limiting The terms “data…

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De-mystifying Cognitive Computing Part Two: Artificial Intelligence vs. Cognitive Computing

AI
July 5, 2017

Often in parallel with cognitive, you hear artificial intelligence (AI) referenced which seems to blur the lines of distinction between the two. In part one of the de-mystifying series, I discuss the driving factors for cognitive computing, let’s now break down this notion that AI and cognitive computing are one and the same.  In fact, there is an explicit difference between AI and cognitive computing. AI could be considered an…

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Data Analytics and IoT Innovation Buzzing This Spring

data analytics iot
June 6, 2017

May was a busy month for Data Analytics and IoT with conferences including IoT World, IBM Vision, Informatica World and SAP Sapphire.  As industry leaders descended upon California and Florida, Tech Data was onsite to press the flesh, talk to customers, and gain a deeper understanding of business needs and use cases. To kick off the week of conferences, our Data Analytics and IoT Strategic Business Unit “took over” our…

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BDaaS: Not just another “As a Service” for Cloud and Data Analytics

bdaas data analytics
May 15, 2017

The popularity of “as a service” offerings continues to grow, and it seems like you can pretty much find anything as a service—there’s almost an “aaS” for every letter of the alphabet. One you may know in theory but not necessarily by name is “BDaaS,” or Big Data as a Service also considered to be data analytics managed services. While Big Data continues to flourish in the global market, solution…

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Data is the New Currency. Are You Prepared to Invest?

data analytics
April 27, 2017

Data is, and will continue to be, at the core of our digital world.  Considering data as a currency not only validates the importance of data, but strategically shows a smarter use for it.  Actionable insights from unified data are key for advancing digital experiences and improving business decisions.  However, critical data is often found outside a company’s firewall or sometimes lost within an organization’s internal silos. It’s as if…

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The difference between backing up and archiving data – and why it matters to your customers

data archiving
March 27, 2017

As your customers’ businesses continue to grow and accrue new data, they must also address the need for long-term storage that’s secure and efficient. Many organizations will look to backup certain files, but it’s important to note that backups are ideally used to address short-term (less than 90 day) needs. Backups provide copies of data files in the event of system failures and disasters. Most systems create multiple copies of…

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Big data in 2016 vs 2017 – What’s changed and what’s to come?

big data analytics
February 14, 2017

Last year, I gave a presentation to industry executives where I discussed my five big data predictions for 2016. I don’t make a lot of predictions personally, but I enjoy understanding the merits of why others would do so. I thought it would be interesting to revisit these thought-provoking predictions and posit some thoughts of my own for 2017. #1: The rise of the Chief Data Officer By now we…

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3 important considerations for the booming IoT market in 2017

2017 IoT Market
February 7, 2017

IoT is one of the latest and most buzz-worthy acronyms to enter the technology scene in the last year. IoT, or the Internet of Things, is a term for the concept of embedding computing devices like sensors into everyday objects to allow those objects to send and receive data. Seize opportunities in the growing IoT market while minimizing risk The market for IoT devices and services is rapidly expanding. Gartner…

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Tis the Season to Slide into SLED

cloud-computing-government
September 27, 2016

In my recent posts, I’ve focused on initiatives in the Federal space and steps Avnet Government Solutions is taking to protect Uncle Sam’s goods. As summer wraps up I wanted to drill down on the other side of the public sector. Last month we attended XChange SLED University and then road tripped to the Sunshine State for NASCIO a couple weeks ago. The state, local and education (SLED) industry provides…

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Are healthcare companies hoarding data? Help your customers prioritize, regulate and simplify data with information governance

healthcare information governance
July 28, 2016

There’s a real fear when it comes to deleting data. No matter how obscure or obsolete information may seem, many healthcare organizations view data deletion as a risk they could be deleting research that holds the key to the next major medical breakthrough. The cost of data storage – is it worth it to keep data “just in case?” Storing all data can sometimes seem like it’s the right thing…

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How to Navigate the New Era of IT with Avnet (Infographic)

avnet infographic
May 2, 2016

Unlike traditional IT, the New Era of IT isn’t being driven by a single, new trend or technology entering the marketplace. Instead, it’s being driven by the maturation and convergence of several technology trends at the same time: Cloud. Big Data & Analytics. Converged Infrastructure. Security. Mobility. The Internet of Things.

Learn how you can secure your place in this New Era of IT in this infographic from Avnet.

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Avnet’s Solution Team Launches 4 New Sales Plays to Lead the Channel to Success

chess
March 10, 2016

Avnet has released four new sales plays that are designed to drive your hardware, software and services sales and align with a solution approach. These plays were selected after many discussions with IDC analysts to identify high growth areas of the market, Avnet Suppliers to align with their solution strategies and many of our trusted partners who told us where their customers are focusing.

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