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Autotask Audit: The Interesting and Uncertain Future of Big Data and Mom-and-Pop Shops in the Cloud

September 05, 2014  
Here’s a look at what’s happening this week in the world of ITSPs, MSPs and Enterprise IT departments.

CloudTweaks: The Uncertain, Yet Interesting Future Of Big Data
By Staff Writer
Huge amounts of data are accumulating all around us, from cell phones and computers, and (in some places) even from the very ground we walk on. For those on the cutting edge of technology, this means the potential for both profit and peril.

CNBC: Mom-and-pop shops fly to the cloud
By Ari Levy
A new crop of emerging cloud players is creating software for the millions of mom-and-pop shops, pulling some into the digital world for the first time. Goodbye paper spreadsheets and time punch machines.

Channel Insider: M&As Pick Up Steam in Cloud, Mobile, Analytics Spaces
By Michael Vizard
Mergers and acquisitions in the tech sector mirror the transitions companies undergo as they address industry advances. A new report from Ernst & Young illustrates the frenzied pace M&As in the IT space grew in the second quarter—and reflects the industry's increasing focus on the cloud, mobility and big data.

CIO: A Strategy for Strategy: Figuring Out How to Figure Out What IT Should Do Next
By Thornton May
Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must outrun the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn‘t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle — when the sun comes up, you‘d better be running. Many CIOs and their organizations, lacking not only the harsh tooth-and-claw reality of nature but also a real IT strategy, never really wake up.

InfoWorld: When big data is truly better
By James Kobielus
Take advantage of scale when past experience indicates greater analytic value will result. But big data is not a hammer -- nor is every problem a nail.

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