TensorFlow on a MBP


How to get TensorFlow running on a MacBookPro running Sierra As I have been working with clients, one thing is becoming incredibly true - Machine Learning and AI are becoming pre-requisite skills.  Certainly modern clouds including Amazon, Azure and Google are providing GPUs or even TPU's to assist researchers, engineers and corporations take advantage of training and evaluation acceleration.  One easy and active way to move forward is with TensorFlow,…

Toward a Digital [Enterprise] Horizon


Change is everywhere, it’s accelerating, and most companies today recognize that disruption has come to their industries, fueled by advances in digital technologies and more collaborative outside-in cultures. Indeed, many have already begun a digital transformation to ensure that their business is not left behind. The technology side of true digital transformation is about bringing information into the fabric of every transaction with a client, partner, employee and process. Digital…

Predictions: 6 IT trends that will drive 2017


It's hard to have a discussion about 2017 without a clear definition of "DIGITAL".  In my mind, Digital is the application of contextualized information to improve experience and outcome, whether consumer or employee, an informed decision brings all available information to the point of decision to attempt to guide and de-risk that decision.  As a result we are building services in the cloud for agility and scale, composing with independent services…

Journey to the Digital Enterprise


Over the past year, we have all seen signs that "Digital" is moving past the consumer focused startup, and past the CMO and their digital-social agendas into a much broader enterprise strategy discussion.  Many digital strategies center around bringing information into "for purpose" integrations [often visualized], and into decision/recommendation environments.  By expanding the information, the analytics and new consumerized apps, mass-customized [and context aware] experiences are becoming the norm. The Digital…

The need to extend SIAM for the Digital Enterprise


In the new "as a Service" Enterprise, we talk aggressively about Service Integration becoming a combinator of core enterprise services, contextual services, and utility services (see Simon Wardley’s mapping taxonomy).  Core enterprise services, those that support the core industry: ERP for manufacturing, Core Banking for retail banks, Policy Management for insurance and the like; provide access to core transactional services that operate to the industry regulations and corporate policies.  Contextual…

Channeling My Inner Groundhog: Predictions for 2014


More [Data, Cloud, Cyber], Faster and Secured 2013 was a big year for the cloud, mobile technology, big data and social media. What’s in store for the new year? I’ve identified six information technology trends that are poised to make a big difference in your IT operations and strategies. Here’s what I expect to see in 2014 <crosspost to CSC.com> Update(s): BYOT: Also, look at tefficient's recent 1h2013 mobile data usage…

Infochimps joins the CSC troop


Today, I am finally able to talk about a really cool company, that we've been working with to bolster CSC "Big Data" Solutions in the marketplace.  One of the first valuable useful use-cases is to enable big-fast data clouds to be automagically built;  In effect, to build a data lake haystack "as a Service": "without a haystack, there is no needle to find"... And, to enable our customers to quickly…

An Awesome New Role


I've been invited to join an amazing executive team at CSC.  Mike Lawrie, the CEO and his team have asked me to lead the technologists at CSC toward three declared technical foci: Big Data, Cloud and Cyber-Security. Let me first say that I am incredibly thankful to EMC, an amazing leadership team and some massive talent.  During my 6 years I have seen massive innovation (from within), transformation (through execution),…

Puppet, DevOps and Big Data


I was really excited to be asked to be one of the really cool Keynotes at PuppetLabs' PuppetConf this year.  My initial excitement was that I saw that the DevOps movement, capitalized by the system administrator to make their life easier, had parallels in the life of a software developer and information architect as they tried to create automation and reproduce-ability within their own domains. Reflecting on trying to simplify,…

wwHadoop: Analytics without Borders


This week at EMC World 2012, the EMC technical community is launching a community program called World Wide Hadoop.  I am really excited to be a part of a collaboration across the EMC technical community that has been looking to extend the "borders" of our Big Data portfolio by building on the success of our Greenplum Hadoop distribution in offering the open source community the ability to federate their hBase…