Way back in 1969, as a kid, I watched a very interesting movie - "2001: A
Space Odyssey." It was a science fiction where a super intelligent computer
program HAL is in charge of a mission to Jupiter which also carries several
astronauts. The program becomes rogue and tries to kill all the astronauts.
The hero survives and manages to disable the program. There is a lot more to
the plot, but the fight between human and computer is still vivid in my
In 1969, such a scenario looked possible. After all 32 years is a lot of time
given the rate of our progress. We are now in 2016, and it appears that
something similar may happen in the next 32 years.
Even the experts have been predicting that Artificial Intelligence or AI will
happen in next 20 years. The irony is that this prediction is being made for
more than 60 years now!
So, earlier it was "unbelievable but v... (more)
Here is an interesting news item which claims that UK online ad spend
overtakes mainstream TV. The same news was corroborated by another post which
stated that spending on online advertising surpasses TV. The news was little
disconcerting because it did not seem to match with my ground level
So, I decided to probe a little deeper and unearthed more data on Internet ad
spend. What I uncovered was more in line with what I perceive to be the real
situation. These reports claimed that the Internet ad spend is less than 10%
of total ad spend which is only a fraction of ad... (more)
If you look at the predictions made for 2012, you will find a new entry which
was not there last year. Be it Gartner, Forrester or McKenzie – “Big
Data” finds a place in the prediction.
So, what is big data? Is it the next path breaking technology which will
change everything or is it just a hype which will die down after sometime?
Let us take a realistic look at what the term big data mean and what problem
it can solve.
What is "Big Data"?
(The Wikipedia page on Big Data is not that good. The clearest explanation I
have found is from O’Reilly Radar – here is the link)
Here is a... (more)
Is Big Data a buzzword with no clear definition? Wikipedia defines Big Data
...a collection of data sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult
to process using on-hand database management tools or traditional data
13 More Definitions of Big Data
Here is a collection of 13 (unlucky?) other definitions of "Big Data" - from
analyst firms, from government organizations, from technology publication and
from technology vendors.
...is defined as high volume, velocity and variety information assets that
demand cost-effective, innovat... (more)
If you have any doubt about it just look at the adoption rate … look at the
study results published … or just try it yourself.
Offshoring also works!
Again, if you have any doubt, just look at the growth of offshoring … look
at the success of the success of the India based IT companies … try to find
a reasonably large company which has no offshore presence.
People or Process … which is more important?
If you are following agile methods then … obviously … people are more
important. In fact it is clearly stated in the Agile manifesto. Off course,
the manifesto does not... (more)