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The Big Game & IT Security – Game On

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IT security owes a lot to the game of football. We have huddles to determine strategy. We have defense. Our job is to keep the other team away from our ball. We have a game plan. Sometimes, we fumble, but winning is so sweet! In honor of the big game this weekend, we thought it would be fun to take a look at how IT security and football have changed over the last 50 years.


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Improving Data Security through Big Data Analytics

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Anyone working in IT knows the headlines that security breaches create. The cost is measured in money, of course, but also in a commodity that is harder to recover once it’s lost: Trust. Brands can suffer tremendous blows when they do not safeguard their customers’ information or the interests of stakeholders. The ripple effects can continue for some time.


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The Digital Façade: Laying the Foundation for Outstanding Customer Experiences

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Experienced homeowners are fully aware houses must be built on strong foundations. While decorative shutters or a slate roof may provide curb appeal, both are inconsequential if the supporting infrastructure isn’t properly constructed. The same can be said for the digital façade companies put in place to win and retain customers. Premier digital customer experiences are those fully supported by highly reliable, secure, and high performing infrastructures.


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When Going Global With eCommerce, Ensure a Localized Customer Experience

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Global opportunities abound today for businesses large and small. As a global middle class continues to form and grow, the global eCommerce opportunity is expected to expand to more than $3.5 trillion in the next five years, according to market researcher eMarketer. The eCommerce portion of total retail sales is growing as well. eMarketer estimates that 2015 global eCommerce already  accounts for 7.5 percent of global retail sales, and is forecasted to grow to 12.4 percent by 2019.


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ThinkGig Readers Weigh In: In Data We Trust

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Noted American engineer and Professor W. Edwards Deming one said: “In God we trust…All others must bring data”. Never before has this statement been more accurate – especially as global industries enter an unprecedented “Digital Transformation”, all based on the power of effectively collecting, storing, managing and protecting business-critical information.


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Why CenturyLink’s New SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud Partnership is a Big Deal

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We recently announced that we signed a global premium supplier partnership agreement with SAP to deliver CenturyLink infrastructure and IT services capabilities to support customers’ SAP HANA® Enterprise Cloud environments. This is a big deal. This partnership is significant because it answers two potentially confounding questions that many enterprise IT managers are facing today: How, specifically, will I realize the potential of data analytics? And, how can I really, in concrete terms, make the cloud a driver of business advantage?


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Transforming Healthcare Through a Statewide Network

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Healthcare is big. Really big. According to researchers at the Altarum Institute the US spent about $3 trillion on healthcare in 2014.


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Ask the Architect Evangelist: Use Cases for Big Data in the Cloud

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People ask me, “Hey, why should I use the cloud to predict market direction or analyze customer churn? I’m already doing it on-premises. What’s so special about the cloud?” In that narrow context, they may be right. If you’re simply replicating an existing on-premises capability in the cloud, you may not be gaining all that much. In this fourth blog of my series describing my work as an Architect Evangelist, I want to offer another way of looking at big data use cases using cloud technologies.


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