The Week in Links: Big Data Is No Longer the Biggest Deal

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Welcome to “The Week in Links,” where we’ll feature a series of business and tech-focused articles that really got people talking this week.

  • What’s new with the Internet of Things?
  • How can hybrid cloud help governments better engage with citizens?
  • Why should retailers take a good look at location-based technology?

The answers to these questions, as well as the latest on other important business and IT trends, are discussed in this week’s articles. Read on: Read more…

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From Fad to Fundamental: The Evolving Applications of Tech Trends

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dronestechWhat do you get when you cross 200-mph winds, thousands of bytes of data, and one unmanned aerial vehicle?

The perfect storm.

A recent Forbes article outlines the latest in hurricane forecasting technology: A three-foot disposable drone nicknamed “The Coyote” as part of the the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s research initiative. This small but powerful bot will circumvent the storm, streaming a constant feed of data showcasing the way energy collects in the heart of a tempest.

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Meeting Connectivity Demands of Tech-Centered Schools

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classroomtechThere’s no doubt that technology is constantly transforming education. From tablets and smartboards in the classroom to online learning tools stored in the cloud, schools, teachers and parents understand the need for proper funding to keep these programs running.

Thanks to recent news of the Federal Communications Commission approving changes to the E-Rate program, which provides discounted telecommunications, Internet access, and internal connections to eligible schools and libraries. The move means Wi-Fi funding is set to increase $1 billion a year over the next two years, and will see an annual “funding target” for that amount for years after that.

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Why Your Business Needs Its Own App Store

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Welcome SXSWPressingModernResizeto Fresh Tech Market. May I take your order?

Yes, I’ll have the CDN package with 2GB of private peering, but hold the IPv4. I only need IPv6, and my two developers will have their own instance of hyperscale cloud. Also, does the cloud provide Hadoop support for my Apache Environment? If so, please add block storage, and add 300GB on one and 100GB on the other. Then I will have a combo of proactive DDOS and network-based firewall.

This conversation might sound out-there in terms of IT application marketplaces. But is it?

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How To Harness The Cloud For Business Success: Tips From Structure 2014

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Cloud cover. That’s the technology forecast at many enterprises.

And it’s a good thing, because as more IT resources become cloud-based, businesses see more agility, mobility, cost savings, and competitive advantages. To see the most benefit, however, IT and business leaders must be sure they have the infrastructure needed to handle this increased cloud use.

A good place to start? GigaOM’s Structure 2014 conference, being held this week in San Francisco. Attendees — and those following along online — will dive into some important IT questions for enterprises, particularly related to infrastructure, hybrid clouds, and app security. Let’s take a look:

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Success in Store for Retailers Embracing Technology

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Technology is inherent in online retail. From start to finish, online merchants rely on tech and data to make sales — and keep selling.

When it comes to brick-and-mortar retail, however, innovation and commerce haven’t always been so connected. But traditional retailers have been making strides, using technology to improve the in-store customer experience. And, in turn, their bottom lines.

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Why The Internet Of Things Is Quickly Moving From Big Idea To Big Deal

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The Internet of Things is moving — quickly — from big idea to real big deal, thanks to technology catching up to the vision.

Things like inexpensive semiconductors, telecom operators with excess capacity, and a new generation of open source data infrastructure mean developers are moving forward to make IoT — the connectivity and communication among objects, users, and the Internet — a reality. And it’s a big reality: By 2020, IoT will include 26 billion units installed and incremental revenue exceeding $300 billion, Gartner estimates.

But like any technological progress, there are potential pitfalls. Let’s take a look at some of the challenges enterprises should heed, particularly when it comes to networks, data, and security — and what enterprises can do to be ready.

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WIRED Conference 2014: How to Rethink Your Business

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What do you get when you gather leading technology thinkers, give them a theme — “Rethink” — and ask them to share their thoughts?

An insightful montage of ideas for succeeding in the digital economy, of course. Welcome to WIRED BizCon 2014.

The annual meeting of thought leaders discussing disruptive business practices and innovation took place recently in New York, and we were there to participate and be a part of the conversation.

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