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Jnan Dash

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The Top Five Most-Valued Companies Are Tech - Almost On this first day of August 2016, I saw that the top most-valued companies are tech. companies, and the fifth one is almost there. Here is the list. Apple ($appl): $566 billion Alphabet ($goog): $562B Microsoft ($msft): $433B Amazon ($amzn): $365B Exxon Mobile ($xom): $356B Facebook ($fb): $353B The big move is Amazon’s beating Exxon Mobile (used to be number 1 for many years) to the fourth spot. The switch came after Amazon posted its fifth straight quarter of profits last week as the oil giant’s profits tumbled 59 percent during the same rough period. If Exxon continues its drop, then Facebook will beat it in days. This is quite remarkable! Other than Microsoft and Apple, the other 3 companies are much younger, Facebook being the youngest one. Their rapid rise is due to the growth of the Internet with its associate... (more)

The Data-Driven Enterprise | @BigDataExpo #BigData #DataScience #Analytics

I moderated a panel of three CIOs last Sunday at the Solix Empower conference on the subject of data-driven enterprise. The three CIOs came from different industries. Marc Parmet of the TechPar group spent many years at Avery Dennison after stints at Apple and IBM. Sachin Mathur leads the IT innovations at Terex Corp., a large company supplying cranes and other heavy equipment. PK Agarwal, currently dean at Northeastern University, used to be the CIO for the Government of California. Here are some of the points covered: I reminded the audience that we are at the fourth paradigm... (more)

Netflix – A Global Player | @CloudExpo #BigData #ML #IoT #InternetOfThings

Ten years ago, when I drove on Winchester Avenue in Los Gatos, I saw this new company called Netflix that was renting DVDs of movies. You didn't have to go to a store, but could sign up for home delivery service of DVDs. Now Netflix is building a much bigger headquarters near its old site. It is a huge success story – a disruption to the home entertainment business. When it decided to switch to “streaming only” a few years back, there were lot of doubters. But that’s all in the past. It is a global company now with huge success as a business. Reed Hastings, co-founder and CEO, j... (more)

Amazing Amazon By @JnanDash | @CloudExpo #Cloud

I remember back in 2003 when I had a meeting with the then CTO of Amazon for a couple of hours. He was narrating his vision of SOA (Service Oriented Architecture), where individual business or programming functions (called services) can be stacked up in libraries and get invoked as and when required. This notion of re-usable services was not new (remember subroutines from the mainframe era or stored procedures from the client-server days?). Subsequently we called them “web services” because they were loosely coupled applications that can be exposed as services and easily consumed ... (more)

Closer Look at One NoSQL Database – MongoDB

Among the new crop of NoSQL database products, MongoDB ranks quite high, in my opinion. The company that produces MongoDB is 10Gen, a venture backed new start-up since 2008. But its rapid growth over last 4 years bears testimony to its technical strength. MongoDB’s name comes from the middle five letters of the word “humongous”, meaning big data. It is an open-source, document-oriented storage which is schema-free and can entertain dynamic queries with full indexing. The programming model is BSON – binary encoding of JSON (Javascript Object Notation), a lightweight text-based op... (more)