Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) technology (which employs the use of chip and PIN based cards) has been in existence since 1992[i], and has now become the global standard in many countries around the world including Europe, Canada, and Asia. In fact, more than 84 percent of the cards issued in Western Europe are chip and PIN[ii]. The USA, however, remains the last G20 country to continue using the traditional magnetic...read more
What is IoT? It’s not an easy question to answer. In fact, there’s quite a bit of confusion concerning what it actually is. If we look to history, it started with a set of devices and sensors connected to each other. Then, these devices were connected to the internet. This allowed the devices to be accessed remotely. Then came a phase when each device started to talk with the other bringing about machine-to-machine communication.read more
Last week I had the chance to attend Strata’s Big Data conference in New York City. This is one of the marquis events on the subject of Big Data, possibly the largest of its kind. There were a few clear trends that I was able to observe at the conference, trends that will influence both vendors and adopters of Big Data in very distinguished ways.
First of all, Big Data is now a true commercial reality....read more
IT leaders -- and the executive teams they report to -- have been bombarded with a virtual “shock and awe” campaign around Big Data. IDC estimates that the 1.8 zettabytes —1.8 trillion gigabytes — of information generated in 2011 will grow by a factor of nine over the next five years. Gartner has a similar take when looking at the segment, predicting that the Big Data market, now valued at $5 billion in revenues annually, will explode to $53 billion by 2016.
The initial reaction, and rightfully so, is “...read more
New age communication technologies have helped bring together multiple modes of communication. Multimodal and multi-device “live” communications have become common, with presence and availability, text chats, social media, IM, collaboration, conferences in text, voice and video, from the comfort of our laptops, tablets and smartphones. The promise of real time live communication is finally being fulfilled.
However, the communication platforms, frameworks, protocols and apps from...read more
This provocative title might imaginatively take you in the direction of a bunch of people gathered for a social cause, releasing balloons as a symbol of peace. But Google has begun to change the definition of balloons and given them more reasons to float on air.
Oh yes! Google has recently launched Project Loon, which will send internet-enabled balloons into the stratosphere to provide high-speed connectivity in remote areas. Around two-thirds of the world's population has been...read more
Hadoop is a great foundation for a data lake. It provides the highly scalable distributed file system (HDFS) that opens the potential floodgates for storing a massive variety and volume of information not possible before, or to using prohibitively expensive database management systems.
Business managers are enamored, for good reason, with the idea of having fast and direct access to all the data they could ever want, without having to depend on IT or wait for a slow enterprise...read more
A prospective industry view suggests that the role of CDM personnel is in a state of flux. This role is not only about accomplishing routine activities like designing case report forms (paper CRF/eCRF), annotating CRFs, designing databases, entering, validating and coding data, locking databases, and creating CDISC/analysis datasets, but also about stepping forward to meet all the expectations of the pharma fraternity. Here’s a quick list of some of these expectations:
- Augment the process...
Most global logistics organizations today have typically outgrown the trend of acquiring smaller local companies and are instead depending on a host of disparate systems for their daily operations. But as the scale of their business rapidly increases, the need to address issues around data integrity, visibility, and real time information gathering becomes even more critical.
The Key Challenges
The lack of real time information is a major issue, hindering an...read more
If you listen to the evangelical proponents of NoSQL, Hadoop (HDFS) centric, columnar and semantic database management systems, you would be convinced that we are at the dawn of a new age in computing that breaks the bonds of traditional relational database management systems (RDBMS). The question is, are we?
For those of us that have been around a...read more
In a tough economic situation, many software companies are focused on reducing their overheads. Unfortunately, software validation is often one of the first areas to feel this pressure. But with the explosion of hardware and software products and services in today’s hyper-connected world, producing high quality products with lower budgets is proving to be quite a challenge.
The execution and validation of manual/automated test cases can be a very time consuming procedure, especially for large pieces of...read more
There is a lot of rhetoric on the recent call for “Make in India” riding on the hopes and aspirations of a billion+ people. While much has been written on policies, infrastructure and investments to make this happen, I would like to take a page from the “Clean India” campaign and talk about how each and every one of us can do our little bit to create the “pull” factor to make this dream a reality.
Here are five simple habits which every Knowledge Worker (myself included) can inculcate to improve the...read more
Internet of Things, or IoT, represents a major departure in the history of the Internet. No longer limited to connecting virtual applications on computing devices, the Internet has begun to power billions of everyday devices in the physical world - from parking meters to home thermostats, to biosensors. In trying to grasp why there’s been this explosion in the number of digitally connected objects, I...read more