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As we are approaching the year end in 2013, we have seen significant growth of big data this year in the rear mirror. Looking forward, what will be the forecast for the upcoming new year? Where are technologies headed in 2014? There are many interesting movements and activities in the technology frontier. It is exciting that more open source innovations are steadily changing the paradigm. The following items are predicted to be the Top 5 hot areas next year: Connection, Hybrid, Analytics, SDX, and Mobile (CHASM). Connection: The Internet of everything enables people, devices and everybody objects to be connected on Internet, which has been changing our life styles. Lightweight technologies such as MQTT will facilitate the use of wearable/embedded devices and sensors in constrained networks. Hybrid: Cloud computing continues to expand, particularly in the field of the... (more)

Big Data Maturity Model

Big Data Maturity Model (BDMM) is a qualitative method to show the growth and increasing impact of big data capabilities in an IT environment from both business and technology perspectives. It comprises  a set of criteria, parameters and factors that can be used to describe and measure the effectiveness of the big data adoption and implementation. 5 levels of maturity are defined: Advanced, Dynamic, Optimized, Primitive, and Tentative (ADOPT). The definitions of all these levels are listed below: Primitive: initial stage of disconnected activities in an unorganized fashion Tentativ... (more)

Big Data, Big Service, and Big Ecosystem

In a recent panel session I chaired, a question was raised from audience in the Q&A part about how to relate Big Data and Big Service. There are basically two aspects in this: Big Data as a Service, and Big Data for Big Service. Big Data as a Service: BDaaS is to a large extent Big Data cloudification. We build Big Data as a capability to collect, transform, import, store, process, query, analyze, explore, predict, export, search,visualize, and display a large amount of data. Then we expose this capability as a service in a SaaS fashion, so users can leverage it to quickly solve... (more)

Cloud Taxonomy and Ontology

There have been a lot of discussions on cloud computing. The fundamental question is how the cloud services can be logically organized from a capability perspective? A structured way is needed to provide a taxonomy to classify a vareity of XaaS offerings, which extends the traditional SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS areas. Here is a dome model for cloud services (click image to enlarge). Detailed definitions with examples can be obtained by contacting the author. Contact Tony Shan (tonycshan@gmail.com) for more info. ... (more)

Cloud Engineering

The emerging cloud computing is gaining more attention nowadays and is expected to mature over the next few years. A question is raised as to whether the engineering of cloud computing is a disruptive innovation. In other words, is the discipline of cloud engineering a convergence of the traditional IT-related engineering practices, such as software engineering, systems engineering, web engineering, service engineering, and platform engineering? Or is the cloud engineering in its own domain, dealing with the unique challenges faced by the cloud computing, like multitenancy as an ... (more)