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John Cooke is MD at Black Pepper Software, a software development specialist.

Mastering Data Visualisation And Data Science

Many organisations now understand the need to use data to deliver insight-driven competitive advantage. But, how can businesses take this deluge of data, derived from multiple sources, and channel it into a user-friendly format for diverse audiences within the business? No matter what sector, operational colleagues need pre-filtered data, presented in an easy-to-understand format.  An organisation can have the best Big Data analytics program around, but if the end user is blinded by science, unable to quickly and easily understand the information produced, the investment in data analysis has been wasted. Don’t proceed without data visualisation User empathy – presenting the right information, to the right people, in the right format so they get real value from the insights – ca...

Have You Been The Victim Of A Cloud Cover Up?

With 90% of all companies predicted to be on the cloud by the end of this year, cloud computing has decisively moved from disruptor technology to IT mainstay. But amid the stampede to virtualisation, it pays to know that not all cloud products are created equal, in fact some are little better than lipstick on a pig. And what’s worse, some unscrupulous vendors are guilty of ‘cloud washing’ – selling unsuspecting customers poor performing ‘cloud-enabled’ products, which provide only a fraction of the benefits of cloud-native solutions. Cloud-Native Versus Cloud-Enabled: What’s The Difference? Cloud-native systems are the real deal, designed to enable a long list of web-centric benefits such as elastic scaling, run-anywhere functionality, single view of the truth and easy, seamles...