Organizations today are gathering ever-growing volumes of information from all kinds of sources, including websites, enterprise applications, social media, mobile devices, and increasingly the internet of things (IoT).The big question is: How can you derive real business value from this information? That’s where data mining can contribute in a big way. Data mining is the automated process of sorting through huge data sets to identify trends and patterns and establish relationships, to solve business problems or generate new opportunities through the analysis of the data.[ Roundup: TensorFlow, Spark MLlib, Scikit-learn, MXNet, Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit, and Caffe machine learning and deep learning frameworks. | Cut to the key news and issues in cutting-edge enterprise technology with the InfoWorld Daily newsletter. ]It’s not just a matter of looking at data to see what has happened in the past to be able to act intelligently in the present. Data mining tools and techniques … [Read more...] about What is data mining? How analytics uncovers insights
As I’ve outlined in my previous posts, we are in the early stages of a digital enterprise transformation tsunami and data is the new currency. By 2020, IDC predicts 1.7 megabytes of new information will be created for every human being on the planet, every second. That’s more data than five times the print collection of the Library of Congress. Every. Year. Never has there been such a motherlode of data for businesses to use to better serve their users and be more efficient. It is a massive challenge for IT organizations to seize this opportunity and fundamentally transform how they manage data and deliver it as a service to their users. It’s a challenge companies in every industry face, but there are some notable differences in how quickly certain industries have embraced the transformation.Some industries fall into the category of fast “digital transformers”: take the fashion industry, for example. In an article on technology trends shaping the fashion … [Read more...] about Vertically challenged: the pace of digital transformation across industries
Devops is one of the key trends in software development to emerge recently. But the term is often not fully understood.An amalgamation of “development” and “operations,” “devops” describes the organizational structure, practices, and culture needed to enable rapid agile development and scalable, reliable operations. Devops is about the culture, collaborative practices, and automation that aligns development and operations teams so they have a single mindset on improving customer experiences, responding faster to business needs, and ensuring that innovation is balanced with security and operational needs.[ From IDEs to test frameworks: Must-have devops tools for Windows admins. | The InfoWorld review: Chef 12 fires up devops. | Download the Deep Dive: Monitoring in the age of devops. ]For development teams, that usually means standardizing platforms, following an agile development process, and participating in operationally driven initiatives. For … [Read more...] about What is devops? Transforming software development
In the current environment of increasingly aggressive malicious actors looking to infiltrate systems for monetary gain, protecting customer data remains at the top of every major corporation’s priority list. As software companies, we are stewards of that data and must ensure our processes and technology are designed correctly to maintain their trust and comply with the regulations set forth in the countries in which we operate—you can never do enough security.Data privacy rules in the U.S. differ from those in the EU. In the US, we have a patchwork of legislation to protect customer data and ensure privacy, including the United States Privacy Act, Safe Harbor Act and HIPAA, which most American CIOs are aware of. The EU, on the contrary, has recently approved centralized, formal rules to apply across its member countries, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which go into effect on May 25, 2018.With the GDPR, companies must notify authorities and customers of data … [Read more...] about 4 data privacy considerations for preparing for GDPR compliance
Big data and analytics initiatives can be game-changing, giving you insights to help blow past the competition, generate new revenue sources, and better serve customers.Big data and analytics initiatives can also be colossal failures, resulting in lots of wasted money and time—not to mention the loss of talented technology professionals who become fed up at frustrating management blunders.[ Also on InfoWorld: Harness the power of Hadoop—find out how in InfoWorld’s Deep Dive report. | 18 essential Hadoop tools for crunching big data. ]How can you avoid big data failures? Some of the best practices are the obvious ones from a basic business management standpoint: be sure to have executive buy-in from the most senior levels of the company, ensure adequate funding for all the technology investments that will be needed, and bring in the needed expertise and/or having good training in place. If you don’t address these basics first, nothing else really matters.But … [Read more...] about How to avoid big data analytics failures
Java and C continue to lead the Tiobe index of programming language popularity, but both dropped to all-time lows in the just-published August release of the index.The longtime leaders have had to share the programming landscape with a growing number of language options attracting developers, which has caused their slippage in the index. Java’s rating this month was 12.961 percent, a drop of more than six percentage points since August 2016, while C’s rating was 6.477 percent, a year-over-year drop of nearly five points. Java’s rating last month was 13.774 percent while C was rated at 7.321 percent.The Tiobe index measures language popularity using a formula that examines searches on languages in popular search engines such as Google, Wikipedia, and Bing. Tiobe believes Java might be alone in seeing a continuing decline going forward. “Most of the top 10 languages will not go lower, except for Java. It could drop another [five percentage points],” said … [Read more...] about Java and C hit all-time lows in Tiobe language popularity index
“What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work” —Stephen KingRaw talent vs. experience is an age-old conflict, but it has never been more of a hot topic than in the tech industry right now. The number of people with college degrees has grown by over 5 percent in the last decade. Qualifications expire faster, skills become out of date, and adaptability has become king of the jungle. Does this mean experience has to move over to make way for natural talent?When it comes to recruiting in the tech industry, there are typically two schools of thought: those who prefer exciting new talent and those who prefer the security of white paper qualifications and experience in the field. As there is no strict data to say which one works best, employers must make tough decisions to determine if they value one above the other.Talent is more likely to adaptWhen the proverbial **** hits the fan and you find yourself in a high-pressure … [Read more...] about Talent vs. experience: What matters more for a job in technology?
We'd forgive the iPhone 7 for feeling a little under-appreciated, since it seems like all anyone can talk about these days is the next iPhone. After all, 2017 marks the iPhone's 10th birthday, so Apple is reportedly gearing up to make its anniversary edition extra special. We'll keep track of the latest rumors and how plausible they are, and we'll put them in one spot (this one!) so you can pop on over whenever you want to read the latest. If you passed on the iPhone 7 to wait for the iPhone 8-or the iPhone 7s or whatever name Apple decides to use-it sounds like the next phone could be the design refresh you were waiting for. Just don't expect the headphone jack to return. [ Give yourself a technology career advantage with InfoWorld's Deep Dive technology reports and Computerworld's career trends reports. GET A 15% DISCOUNT through Jan. 15, 2017: Use code 8TIISZ4Z. ]What's the latest? The rumor: The new iPhone will come with wireless charging. A note by JPMorgan that was … [Read more...] about iPhone 8 rumors: Wireless charging chips that will support both Qi and PMA
Google has added support for up to six users to its virtual assistant device, Google Home. That's a huge leap in the world of machine learning and artificial intelligence. It solves many problems related to voice-activated virtual assistants, while also creating some serious privacy concerns. I have three Gmail users in my house who all access the same Google Home device, which is linked to my account. It's used for playing music, watching videos through Nvidia Shield, helping with recipes, asking questions, checking appointments, and other such tasks. Here's the problem: I hate it. My Google search history and YouTube playlists are all messed up. It's full of queries by my wife, guests, kids, and our au pair. My private appointments are accessible to anyone who can ask for them. Anyone can activate my Google Home device by yelling from outside the window and taking control of connected devices like oven, lights, and door lock (I was smart enough to not install smart locks). Worst of … [Read more...] about Google Home can now recognize voices. What does that mean for privacy?
Surprisingly, many customer service organizations have yet to put their toes in the water when it comes to social media engagement. In fact, fewer than half of them actively respond to consumer complaints via Twitter and other social media channels, according to Gleanster research. For companies that do actively engage in social media for customer support purposes, the average response time to a consumer complaint is estimated to be more than 24 hours. For many customers, that wait time is 22 or 23 hours too long. Tellingly, an estimated 25 percent of companies have a closed wall on Facebook, preventing consumers from posting direct messages to those brands on their pages. Which raises the question: Why aren't more companies participating in social media to address customer requests and complaints in a proactive manner? The reasons for wanting to join the party would seem to be sufficiently compelling, if only from a cost-savings perspective. In truth, there are at least three reasons … [Read more...] about Building Social Into the Customer Service and Support Infrastructure
Download Ubuntu 17.10 daily builds The release schedule for Ubuntu 17.10 has been announced, and you can now download the daily build ISO images as well. Daily builds can be useful to watch the progress of Ubuntu 17.10, but are not recommended for normal usage due to possible bugs and changes. Marius Nestor reports for Softpedia: As expected, the first daily build ISO images of Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) are based on the current stable release of the operating system, Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus), which means that the Unity 7 desktop environment is still there. But it will be replaced in the coming months when the Alpha 2 milestone hits the streets. Ubuntu 17.10 will be yet another standard version, which Canonical will support for nine months with security updates, until July 2018, so it's the perfect testbed for the GNOME 3 migration. Most probably, Canonical will concentrate on offering users the best GNOME desktop experience ever. Kubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, and Xubuntu also have … [Read more...] about Download Ubuntu 17.10 daily builds
By John P. Mello Jr. Jun 10, 2014 7:26 AM PT As if the discovery of the Heartbleed flaw weren't enough woe for OpenSSL, more than half a dozen additional defects have been discovered in the code used to protect communication on the Web. Among them is one dubbed "Cupid" by its discoverers. The flaw can be used to compromise enterprise networks. Like Heartbleed, Cupid uses a malicious heartbeat packet to compromise a TLS connection. TLS, or Transport Layer Security, is used to secure communications on the Internet. However, in Cupid's case, that TLS connection is being made over EAP, which is used to establish a WiFi connection. EAP, or Extensible Authentication Protocol, is an authentication framework used on WiFi networks and for point-to-point connections such as virtual private networks, or VPNs. "Cupid is heartbleed in different clothing," Kevin Bocek, vice president of product marketing at Venafi, told TechNewsWorld. Bugs Galore Because Cupid can be used to attack VPN … [Read more...] about Cupid Fires Arrow at OpenSSL’s Heart
By John P. Mello Jr. Jun 16, 2014 10:47 AM PT The Internet of Things has come under attack by pranksters in recent days. The events could signal tumultuous things to come as more and more everyday objects connect to the Internet. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has advised the customers of digital sign maker Daktronics to "take defensive measures" following a series of cyberpranks on the company's traffic signs. The DHS action was prompted by the hack of a digital traffic sign in San Francisco that warned motorists of a "Godzilla Attack." Meanwhile, a number of traffic signs across North Carolina started displaying "Hack By Sun Hacker." The DHS' Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team cautioned cities and others using the signs to update access credentials and harden communications paths to the signs. Lax Security Traffic sign pranks may seem to be a minor annoyance, but it's very likely they're just the beginning of woes to come as the Internet of … [Read more...] about Godzilla Foreshadows Trouble for Internet of Things
What was Linux like ten years ago? Linux has improved by leaps and bounds over the last decade, and more and more people have come to appreciate its power and flexibility. But a redditor recently wondered what it was like to run Linux ten years ago, and he got some very interesting responses from Linux veterans. Jari _45 started the thread with this question: As a new user I would like to ask more experienced users what are the differences in Linux nowadays and 10 years ago. EDIT: I am continuously reading all your responses and I really appreciate them. More at Reddit His fellow redditors shared their impressions about the Linux experience from ten years ago: [ Give yourself a technology career advantage with InfoWorld's Deep Dive technology reports and Computerworld's career trends reports. GET A 15% DISCOUNT through Jan. 15, 2017: Use code 8TIISZ4Z. ] 609: "Ubuntu was really starting to get established around 2006-2007 and it definitely drew in a new crowd of people getting … [Read more...] about What was Linux like ten years ago?
Is Linux good for gaming? Linux has come a long way from where it started, and it's certainly made progress when it comes to gaming. But there are still folks who doubt the ability of Linux to run games. One redditor recently asked about gaming on Linux, and he got some very informative responses in the Linux subreddit. JooJoona started the thread: [ Give yourself a technology career advantage with InfoWorld's Deep Dive technology reports and Computerworld's career trends reports. GET A 15% DISCOUNT through Jan. 15, 2017: Use code 8TIISZ4Z. ] I'm planning on building a reasonably high end gaming PC. The problem is that I hate Microsoft, and would like to get completely rid of all their nonsense if possible. The only choise for an OS in that case would be some kind of Linux, I reckon. So how does Linux compare with Windows in regards to gaming? How is performance? How is Steam on Linux? How much would I be restricting myself when it comes to the number of games available if I choose … [Read more...] about Is Linux good for gaming?
Foss Post reviews Ubuntu Budgie 17.04 Ubuntu 17.04 has gotten quite a bit of media coverage in recent days. But one new spin of Ubuntu might be worth considering if you’re a fan of the Budgie desktop. Ubuntu Budgie 17.04 combines the power of Ubuntu with the unique Budgie desktop environment. M. Hanny Sabbagh has a full review of Ubuntu Budgie 17.04 for the Foss Post: [ Give yourself a technology career advantage with InfoWorld's Deep Dive technology reports and Computerworld's career trends reports. GET A 15% DISCOUNT through Jan. 15, 2017: Use code 8TIISZ4Z. ] Budgie is a new desktop interface forked out of GNOME Shell. It is developed by the Solus team. It uses GNOME technologies beside their own modifications to give a better user experience. Ubuntu Budgie is an Ubuntu-based distribution which uses Budgie desktop interface as its default. It’s an official Ubuntu flavor. Ubuntu Budgie 17.04 was the first release of this distribution, which was released 3 days ago. In … [Read more...] about Ubuntu Budgie 17.04 review
Is it safe to install North Korea Linux? North Korea’s version of Linux (Red Star OS) has gotten quite a bit of media coverage, and it’s also attracted the attention of some Linux users. One user wondered in a Reddit thread if it was safe to install Red Star OS to check it out. Behemoth9 started the thread with this post: Is it safe to install Red Star OS? I've seen people install it and get it running in a VM and stuff and it looks interesting but does it report home? I really want to give it a whirl but I'd rather not have Kim Jong Un watching me. I know that it comes with a ton of built in spyware but does it work outside of the DPRK? More at Reddit His fellow Linux redditors responded with their thoughts about North Korea Linux: [ Give yourself a technology career advantage with InfoWorld's Deep Dive technology reports and Computerworld's career trends reports. GET A 15% DISCOUNT through Jan. 15, 2017: Use code 8TIISZ4Z. ] TheMsDosNerd: “I don't know about Red … [Read more...] about Is it safe to install North Korea Linux?
The most popular instant messaging platforms with cyber criminals are Skype, Jabber and ICQ, according to a new report released this morning. Meanwhile, consumer-grade platforms like AOL Instant Messenger and Yahoo IM have fallen out of favor, while newer, more secure consumer oriented platforms like Telegram and WhatsApp are also gaining popularity. [ Safeguard your data! The tools you need to encrypt your communications and web data. Maximum-security essential tools for everyday encryption. InfoWorld's encryption Deep Dive how-to report. | Discover how to secure your systems with InfoWorld's Security Report newsletter. ]The newer platforms are more user-friendly and more convenient, but also offer greater security, said Leroy Terrelonge, Director of Middle East and Africa Research at Flashpoint, which recently released a report about the communication platforms cyber criminals have been using over the past four years. The research is based on discussions conducted on hundreds of … [Read more...] about Report: Cybercriminals prefer Skype, Jabber, and ICQ
Yesterday I wrote a story about millions of Samsung IoT that are vulnerable to attacks due to zero-day security holes. I have been extremely critical of IoT vendors ignoring the importance of updates and security, putting millions of users at risk. In the case of Samsung, what bothered me the most was that these devices are running Tizen OS, a Linux-based open source operating system that’s hosted by the Linux Foundation.I reached out to the Linux Foundation to discuss the security of the project. Here is an edited version of my interview with Nicko van Someren, Chief Technology Officer, The Linux Foundation.SB: Being a Linux Foundation project, what’s the right place for researchers to report security bugs?[ Give yourself a technology career advantage with InfoWorld's Deep Dive technology reports and Computerworld's career trends reports. GET A 15% DISCOUNT through Jan. 15, 2017: Use code 8TIISZ4Z. ]NvS: Like all LF projects, the right place for researchers to report … [Read more...] about Can you trust Linux-based Tizen OS?
I love IoT. I also love mixed reality, and I can see how the two will transform the world around us and take us out of this ugly mess of laptops and smartphones, etc. But IoT vendors like Samsung are ruining it for me, and for everyone else. Samsung makes its money by manufacturing and selling devices. I love Samsung hardware and an own couple of their IoT devices, but I despise their software. Their attempt to create their own crappy and substandard replacement of Google software is hurting the company. Samsung is ruining IoT for me. [ Give yourself a technology career advantage with InfoWorld's Deep Dive technology reports and Computerworld's career trends reports. GET A 15% DISCOUNT through Jan. 15, 2017: Use code 8TIISZ4Z. ]According to Israeli researcher Amihai Neiderman, Samsung's Linux-based Tizen OS has more than 40 zero-day flaws. Many of these allow an attacker to remotely compromise Tizen OS powered devices. Tizen OS powers Samsung’s smart devices, including my 4K … [Read more...] about Samsung’s IoT devices are a hacker’s dreamland