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What Are The Top 10 Blogs of 2014

By Meghan Musante Senior Writer, Dell EMC Services December 31, 2014

Can you believe that 2015 is upon us? New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to take a look back on all aspects of 2014 – from top new events; to the most influential people of the year; to advancements in technology. EMC’s InFocus bloggers have done an amazing job over the past 12 months generating relevant content, encouraging discussion, and of course, capturing the interest of thousands of readers. Let’s reflect on the 10 Most Popular InFocus Blogs from 2014:

#10. The IT Trust Storymap: A Tale of Two Cities by Scott Burgess — The IT Trust storymap infographic and related February blog post captured more than 2,000 views. It’s an interactive perspective using visual metaphors and video to illustrate how trust is at the very foundation of ensuring your data, enterprise and business are protected against security threats and cyber attacks.

#9. Big Data Architectures – NoSQL Use Cases for Hadoop by April Reeve — Did you know the core of the Hadoop framework consists of the Hadoop File System and the MapReduce programming language? The March blog post explains why Hadoop is more than just one tool, and how it handles challenging social media problems that are not exactly well-served with development tools and databases we’re used to.

#8. Three Misconceptions About Big Data by David Dietrich — Discover a trio of of the biggest misconceptions about big data in this January blog. The author has delivered this message via industry conferences, universities and EMC, and now is your chance to clear up any misconceptions about big data and to learn why “it’s just fine to bring a knife to a gun fight.”

#7. What Universities Can Learn from Big Data – Higher Education Analytics by Bill Schmarzo — The “Dean of Big Data” highlights specific examples of how academic institutions like Texas Public Education and the University of New Mexico seized the opportunity to use big data to improve student retention, teacher effectiveness and other factors in this popular July blog. Read why universities need to collaborate, rather than compete, to benefit society as a whole.

#6. A CTO’s Guide to a Knockout Interview by Chris Gaudlip — As Chief Technology Officer for EMC Managed Services, Chris has been involved with a number of interviews. His advice? Be engaging; be spirited; be passionate; be respectful; and be yourself.  Read this October blog carefully to knock your next interview out of the park!

#5. How To Become a Data Scientist – Interview #2 by Frank Coleman — Learn why Senior Data Scientist Joseph Dery would prefer an Etch A Sketch to a whiteboard and why sometimes you have to sacrifice accuracy for explain-ability in this August blog post. Frank plans to publish additional interviews with data scientists and continue to share their experiences and suggestions. BONUS: read Interview #1 with Oshry Ben-Harush.

#4. 5 Ways the Internet of Things Drives New $$$ Opportunities by Bill Schmarzo — This April blog post garnered nearly 3,000 views. Here, Bill takes a look at the EMC Digital Universe Study and how this data doesn’t mean much unless it’s used to uncover new insight about your customers, products, markets and operations. Pay close attention (and take good notes) on how the five main ways the Internet of Things is creating new opportunities for business.

#3. Is the ‘Data Lake’ the Best Architecture to Support Big Data? by Rachel Haines — Transparency, trust, discipline. See how their successful combination can lead to a winning Big Data Management strategy for organizations in this January blog post that remains extremely popular and topical nearly one year later.

#2. Your Guide For Moving Applications To Cloud by Scott Bils — As a Cloud and IT-as-a-Service (ITaaS) Transformation Partner in the Professional Services Delivery organization, Scott has the expertise and insight to describe what IT organizations can accomplish with EMC’s Enterprise Hybrid Cloud (which launched in late October). Here, he takes a closer look at this solution and how EMC Global Services can modernize organizations’ application portfolios.

#1. Business Analytics: Moving From Descriptive To Predictive Analytics by Bill Schmarzo — And the #1 spot belongs to none other than the Dean of Big Data, whose page views surpassed the second place winner by almost double. This January blog describes the differences between business intelligence and predictive analytics.

As the impressive list above illustrates, InFocus bloggers cover a wide variety of topics each and every day. Their expertise and enthusiasm has helped increase site traffic exponentially this year. To wit: InFocus surpassed more traffic in 2014 than 2013 and 2012 combined!

Thus we close the curtain on a banner year and extend a heartfelt “thank you” to our bloggers and an equally important “thank you” to our readers. With your support, interest and participation, we will make 2015 an even greater year for content. Cheers!

About Meghan Musante


Senior Writer, Dell EMC Services

Meghan is a Senior Writer in EMC’s Global Services division. She is the editorial lead for the monthly Inside Global Services newsletter and the newest member to the InFocus team.

Previously, Meg led sales communication efforts at Genzyme, A Sanofi Company. She also spent 4 years as a staff writer for newspapers in New Mexico and Vermont, and has continued to contribute to FOCUS, the alumni magazine at her alma mater, Westfield State University.

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