SOFTWARE: How Apache Kafka is Greasing the Wheels for Big Data. Analytics is often described as one of the biggest challenges associated with big data, but even before that step can happen, data has to be ingested and made available to enterprise users. That’s where Apache Kafka comes in. Originally developed at LinkedIn, Kafka is an open-source system for managing real-time streams of data from websites, applications and sensors. Read more

ACCURACY: Improving the Accuracy of Big Data Analysis. Big data may hold a lot of potential, but it can still be held back if the data being analyzed is inaccurate. Due to restrictions on technology and other business considerations, the analyses companies are getting back may not reflect what is really happening. If businesses want to ensure their big data insights get the desired results, they need to improve the accuracy in their analytics efforts. Read more


RMAD: Rapid Mobile Application Development (RMAD) and its Pros and Cons. Rapid Mobile Application Development (RMAD) is a term introduced by the analyst firm Gartner to describe user-friendly solutions that allow business professionals to build and deliver cross-platform mobile apps quickly and easily, increasing efficiency and time-to-market. Discover the pros and cons of RMAD. Read more

APPLE’S SWIFT: Takes First Steps Toward Android App Development. Developers can use available workarounds today, but the coming open-sourced Swift will be the real enabler. Apple’s Swift language, initially intended for iOS and OS X applications, will become available for Android development as part of Apple’s decision to open-source Swift. But developers can start using Swift now for Android. Read more


ECONOMICS: Why The American Economy Is About To Boom Again: Private Domestic Investment Is Exploding. Here are two good reasons as to why rising business investment could and should be seen as something which is positive for the future. Read more

LEGACY TECH: Legacy Technology Makes Government Less Secure, Less Innovative, Say Federal IT Leaders. Legacy systems impair the government’s ability to secure its information technology, said Federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott. “Most of the technology that the government has invested in and the private sector has produced — most of it had its design point 10, 15, 20 years ago when we didn’t face the kinds of threats that we face today,” said Scott during a panel discussion at the ACT-IAC Executive Leadership Conference Oct. 27. Read more


SaaS: Will Finland’s Solu Lead a Cloud-based Revolution in Computing? Solu brings a more holistic hardware-software experience than the Chromebook and pioneers a new SaaS model, but it needs to survive its Kickstarter first. Read more

NASCIO 2015: CIOs Explore Alternate Sourcing Models. Annual survey reveals a rise in managed services and outsourcing. As government IT departments continue to shutter state-owned and operated data centers, shared services and managed services are on the rise. If this trend continues, in the future states will run shared services organizations that take advantage of managed services and application outsourcing to deliver the bulk of the service portfolio. Read more


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