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October 2014, Volume 2, Number 5

Find your way with big data and the cloud

In one magical stretch of highway near Boston, you're simultaneously going north on Massachusetts Route 128 and south on Interstate 93 while in fact heading due west. Sometimes making decisions about cloud computing can be like that. You want to be going in the right direction with cloud in your organization, but you're not certain which direction that is. Throw in technologies like big data analytics and Hadoop, and you may start looking for an exit ramp. Answers to a lot of the questions that center on the cloud depend on what your business is -- and how big it is -- writes Jack Vaughan in this edition of Business Information: "But many mainstream organizations don't view managing data in the cloud the way the Web wunderkinds do." As the saying goes, it's a young man's game, and when it comes to cloud, newer companies have less invested financially and physically in their technology infrastructure. It's not that big companies like Citigroup don't like the cloud -- they do -- it's just that they are so big, they can build their...

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