It's Friday and that means it's time for our weekly feature where we search the Web looking for 5 interesting, funny and poignant links for developers and IT Pros.
If you missed our other post this week, Group to Launch Mobile Developer Alliance
, please check it out. It looks at a new group that is forming this month at the Consumer Electronics show geared toward mobile developers and their needs.
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And here we go with this week's links:Why Ice Cream Sandwich won't be able to save Android tablets
One writer tries some pre-release versions of the upcoming release of Android on his Motorola Xoom and concludes that while it's a huge improvement over the previous version, it's still lacking in many ways and won't be the version that propels Android tablets into the big time (except perhaps the Kindle Fire).Could coding be the next mass profession?
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Coding could be the next big jobs source -- if schools start providing the early training that's needed. The fact is there are jobs and a huge demand for programmers out there. As the author points out, it's a lot better than low-end jobs with lousy pay and no career path.Analytics' Real Issues for 2012
- Internet Evolution
While many believe analytics is the next big thing, especially in light of the rise of Big Data, the social web and a desire to understand customers and competitors better, this author thinks ultimately the enterprise will proceed as it always has: slowly and cautiously.The Top 5 Reasons Your App Isn't Selling
- Sourcebits Blog
You put all that time and effort into developing a mobile app and it's not going anywhere. The question is why? It could be as simple as bad marketing or it could by your app just sucks.IT pros lament: Low pay, no perks
Why is the turnover so high among young IT and developer pros? Well, the answer is fairly obvious, they are moving to companies that offer better pay and benefits (duh!). The lesson here is if you want to keep your people, the days of getting them cheap and working them to the bone could be over. Time to pay up.Photo by Ron Miller. Used under Creative Commons License.
Just last week, I wrote a post about the meaning of the HP-Autonomy and Oracle-Endeca deals in the context of bringing meaning to big data in the enterprise. Just this week at IBM's Information on Demand & Business Analytics Forum in Las Vegas, Big Blue announced a big data analysis system of its own -- And it didn't require any high profile acquisition.As I wrote last week, this smacks of a trend and it should because companies are dealing with more and more data across multiple systems both inside and outside the firewall every single day. That IBM has a solution should not come as a surprise to anyone.In typical IBM fashion, this solution spans products in a series of offerings that are designed to help users get at the most important data to help them to best accomplish their jobs.As is typical in these offerings, it's not just looking at data inside the organization, it's analyzing Twitter and Facebook and even video and weather data to try and make sense of how it all fits together for your particular organization's needs with what appears to be an emphasis on customer sentiment and building a better understanding of what your customers are saying.
The fact is, there is so much data out there and that's become more of a curse than a blessing. In fact, an IBM study of 1700 Chief Marketing Officers found that a full 71 percent stated they were unprepared to deal with the amount of data they have to process today.
IBM's solution includes a Hadoop data analysis tool, IBM claims can be up and running in 30 minutes (call me skeptical), and an iPad app that lets users find and analyze this data from the iPad on the fly from anywhere there is an Internet connection. There's also a cloud-based app for those who want to pay as they go.
It even includes a web site for educational purposes where users can learn about how to use these tools most effectively. All of this is typical IBM when it comes to a product launch of this type.
As we know by now knowledge is power in business and the more you can cull about your customers the better you can understand and present information to them that they care about. But it's clear this about more than just learning more about how people shop. There's a lot of data in every enterprise and if you can find ways to understand and exploit that data -- all data, regardless of where it lives or what its purpose -- you can run your business more efficiently.
And that's where I think this is ultimately leading, building a broad understanding of all the content inside and outside the firewall. It's a tall task, but these products show that vendors believe they can begin to tackle it and find ways to help you control the content.