In an excellent post, CIO Isaac Sacolick asks, what technologies work best for decentralized data scientists? It's a great question.  As he aptly describes it, working with data in a decentralized environment presents a challenging scenario: But what happens when these resources are scattered across multiple departments. One department may have an expert data scientist, another may have a small group doing internal reporting, and a third group might have outsourced its analytic function. If data scientists in the organization are decentralized with different goals, skills, and operating models, can IT still provide...

It seems that implementing stronger security standards is not without risk.  As the New York Times recently noted, Apple’s move to add full disk encryption to iOS 8 and remove any built-in backdoors has not won kudos from the N.S.A. and F.B.I.: The National Security Agency and the nation’s law enforcement agencies have a different concern: that the smartphone is the first of a post-Snowden generation of equipment that will disrupt their investigative abilities. This development has already generated some interesting commentary in legal circles.  Cyberlaw professor Orin Kerr calls it, “Apple’s...

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity….” – Dickens It’s an exciting time to be a part of the data ecosystem.  Mix together a surge of new data sources along with cheap storage and the ability crunch data quickly – and you have a limitless recipe for the mind-boggling cocktail of new data-related tools and solutions arriving on the landscape. How not to...