The Best Practices are No Longer the “Best” Practices – Part II

Earlier this week, I shared my views about best practices and cybersecurity. Now I want to move beyond best practices as your sole defense. The traditional cybersecurity mindset is one of prevention, believing threats cannot penetrate — and this is why security plans fail. It’s easy to assume defenses are successful against an insidious threat. Metrics will show an effective compliance program, intrusion detection and access denial. Yet to take for granted that the threat is gone, rather than having simply moved to another path within your network, is foolhardy. Assuming there are numerous threats to your security measures that are coming in a dynamic and continuous fashion may seem paranoid, but just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean ... [ Read More ]

In-Memory Analytics: Going With the Pitch

In the immediate aftermath of an enthralling World Series (go Giants!), it’s not surprising that it’s taking a while to get out of baseball mode. I did not have the benefit of growing up with America's pastime, but I do know there’s quite a bit of strategy in the game. The value of getting the matchup part of the strategy right is evidenced by the cutting-edge research in this space, but that’s a topic for another day. Another concept brought up at various points in the World Series that I found intriguing was batters “going with the pitch” to increase their chances of a positive result on the play. This means recognizing the pitch and hitting the ball to right or left field depending on what kind of pitch was thrown, in the direction ... [ Read More ]

How financial institutions can “nano-target” their customers using graph analytics

As we’ve discussed previously on this blog, when we talk about customer analytics, it’s easy to think of retailers. Stores want to dissect who their customers are and what they do, both of which revolve around patterns. Demographics, web site usage, and product buying all allow businesses to predict future customer behavior. This, in turn, gives businesses the opportunity to develop products and services to suit specific customer segments. And then marketing can better “nano-target” to the customers with a high propensity to buy. However, it’s not just the supermarkets and clothing stores that can benefit from improving their customer analytics. As a solution architect in financial services, I see the industry transforming from ... [ Read More ]

Semantic Data Models to the rescue…for Oil and Gas

In my previous blog article, I talked about the data management challenges facing the Oil and Gas industry and how the joint industry project, IOHN, picked semantic technologies as way to bring this data together. In this article, I want to tell you why semantic technologies are proving so useful for data integration. In the IOHN information platform, each source is represented in the form of graph data, which according to W3C standards for distributed data, means RDF and SPARQL. This allows for an open-ended data management structure, where new data sources can be brought into the architecture. The graph nature of the linked data structure supports novel queries, without needing to re-structure the data for each new kind of query that ... [ Read More ]

Data Integration Challenges in the Oil and Gas Industry

The oil and gas industry has been a hotbed of activity in information integration over the past five years.  The activity began to come into focus in 2008, when the W3C organized a workshop [1] hosted by Chevron on data integration challenges in the oil and gas industry. In many ways, the data integration challenges of the oil and gas industry are similar to those in many other industries - large disparate datasets that have to be combined to provide industrial-quality insight.  The W3C Oil Gas and Chemicals Business Group even modeled its organization to some extent on that of the Health Care and Life Sciences group, because of perceived similarities in those industries [2]. The oil and gas industry has galvanized around a single ... [ Read More ]