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What’s Trending in 2015?

By Meghan Musante Senior Writer, Dell EMC Services August 14, 2015

EMC’s InFocus bloggers are plugging away and continuing to capture the interest of thousands of readers despite the lazy days of summer and its humidity taking hold of Massachusetts, EMC’s home base. As we’ve recently passed the halfway point of the year, let’s take a look at our most popular blog posts so far in 2015.

As you may expect, your readership aligns to the currently trending topics in the IT industry: big data, cloud and IT transformation.

Here’s a recap of this year’s Top 10 Most Popular Blog Posts:

#10. Is the “Data Lake” the Best Architecture to Support Big Data? by Rachel Haines 10
This article explains why the “data lake” isn’t just the latest iteration of the same data hoarding strategies we’ve seen before. Companies like Google and Amazon meet their data needs with robust metadata repositories. Learn how these lessons can be applied to how other enterprises manage their data and more.

#9. What Universities Can Learn from Big Data – Higher Education Analytics by Bill9e
Learn how higher education institutions can benefit from Big Data at multiple engagement points. Data can show us how to leverage student performance and work groups. It can help to increase student engagement and boost referrals. Data can even describe the caveats of teachers and measure their effectiveness when compared to similar teachers. See how!

#8. Big Data Vision Animation
videoThis two-minute animation shows how Big Data analytics is about using data to influence business events as they’re unfolding. EMC Global Services offers data lakes to store and process data so that you can predict what will happen and what you should do before it actually happens. Watch this clip to see an example of how one company correlated soybean shipments in Barcelona with asthma sufferers, and created a new business opportunity at the same time

#7. Big Data and NoSQL: The Problem with Relational Databases by April Reeve7-300x225
There are pros and cons to using relationship databases. This article – the first of four on the topic – begins to describe the NoSQL movement (“NoSQL” standing for “Not Only SQL” and “SQL” standing for “Structured Query Language”) and why it provides a more simple design and better control over availability when compared to relational databases.

6#6.What it Takes To Be a Great Consultant … The Top 10 List by Laddie Suk
Make your client believe you are “knowledgeable,” rather than “opinionated.” Invest yourself in your clients’ issues. Be accountable for your performance. Read this post to learn the other key attributes of effective consultants in the IT and telecom industries, and see why this blog garnered an impressive number of comments.

#5. IT Transformational Storymap by Edward Newman 5
Click on the IT Transformational Storymap infographic for a larger view of what happens to operations, applications and infrastructure along the IT journey. See why the future of IT proves more efficient, offers more control and requires less maintenance in this illustration based on the evolution of automobile factories throughout the last century.

#4. What is Active/Active, and How Can it Improve Business Continuity? by John Linse
4There are two types of active/active architectures: active/active data centers and active/active applications. With both, you have Continuous Availability. This architecture ensures “always-on and always-available” application services, even in the event of a data center outage. Learn more about this transformative approach to disaster recovery and high availability by visiting this post.

#3. Business Analytics: Moving From Descriptive To Predictive Analytics by Billalmost

Business Intelligence tells us what happened in the past while predictive analytics helps us proactively plan. Here, the “Dean of Big Data” explains predictive analytics, provides the helpful example of “Mia” the shopper, and shows us why predictive analytics is necessary for companies to plan for the future.

#2. Your Guide For Moving Applications To Cloud by Scott Bils
airplane 2This article helps guide IT organizations through the considerations of modernizing their application portfolio. It takes a closer look at EMC’s Enterprise Hybrid Cloud solution – then new in October 2014 – and the reasons it proves to be a smart platform for enterprises interested in leveraging the cloud to drive their application transformation.

#1. Understanding Type I and Type II Errors by Bill SchmarzoUntitled
Landing more than 13,200 views, this third article by Mr. Schmarzo in the Top 10 clarifies the differences between Type I and Type II errors, provides examples and shows us the potential cost ramifications. The examples are simplified and include the classic “crying wolf” example (the shepherd not crying wolf and continuing to play Candy Crush is a Type II error) as well as criminal, medical and business related examples. You’ll see why Mr. Schmarzo won’t say which type of error is more costly, but rather adds a Cost Assessment component to each example.

And there you have it – the current Top 10 most popular blogs of 2015. Our page view numbers are as impressive as the list of topics covered by our writers.

Which additional topics would you like our bloggers to discuss? Which industry trends and questions would you like to see described in more detail? We would like to hear from you in the Comments section below. Thank you!


About Meghan Musante

Senior Writer, Dell EMC Services

Meghan is a Senior Writer in EMC’s Global Services division. She is the editorial lead for the monthly Inside Global Services newsletter and the newest member to the InFocus team.

Previously, Meg led sales communication efforts at Genzyme, A Sanofi Company. She also spent 4 years as a staff writer for newspapers in New Mexico and Vermont, and has continued to contribute to FOCUS, the alumni magazine at her alma mater, Westfield State University.

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