David Kirkpatrick

August 21, 2009

Intro to DaaS

Filed under: Business, Technology — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 3:22 pm

Just when you were getting used to cloud computing and SaaS (software-as-a-service), along comes another buzzy tech player — data-as-a-service, or DaaS.

From the link:

Unfortunately, the business world has given this baby a jargony name: Data as a Service, or its diminutive, DaaS. It rhymes with SaaS, its better-known cousin that stands for Software as a Service. SaaS is the catchall name for on-demand software applications like those on an iPhone. DaaS, in contrast, recognizes that software is becoming a commodity; it’s data mixed with software that’s king.

July 8, 2009

Deciphering the latest tech buzzwords

Filed under: Business, et.al., Media, Technology — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 3:57 pm

A handy list from CIO.com allowing everyone to drill down into the cloud-like synergistic world of information technology buzzwords. Or maybe it just helps you wade through the latest in corporate-speak BS. I’m going for the latter.

Of course there’s a few culprit on this list that have gray whiskers, so it’s not quite the latest in buzziness.

From the link, this one’s a beauty (and one I haven’t heard before unless I actively blocked it from my memory — admittedly a possibility):

Buzzword #6: Prosumer

This one is mercifully used less frequently nowadays by marketing departments, as it stands out as one of the most irritating buzzwords ever concocted. Essentially, it’s a mix of “professional” and “consumer.” A “prosumer” product, therefore, is a product that can meet users’ business and personal needs.

Now that this wicked buzzword has been unleashed upon the world, it is routinely used in PR pitch monstrosities that say things such as: “PressureWashersDirect.com today released its recommendations for the best prosumer gas pressure washers” and “Sony is expanding its industry leading line-up of high-definition video products with two new HDV(TM) cameras designed to meet the needs of professionals and prosumers.”

September 11, 2008

Web 3.0 is here and its name is semantic web search

Filed under: Technology — Tags: , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 8:18 pm

Tech buzzwords must march on and it looks like the concept of semantic web searching may be the face of Web 3.0.

From the CIO.com link:

The ubiquitous keyword mode of Internet search technique is about to be taken over by a new breed of semantic search technology, according to analysts at research firm Ovum.

While keyword search remains the most popular method, it is usually not accurate, with users sometimes getting up to 30,000 hits on a search and then having to sift through a list of loosely related keyword results to find relevant documents.

“This where a new breed of so-called semantic technologies comes into the frame. Unlike ranking algorithms such as Google’s PageRank for predicting relevancy, semantic search dips into the meaning in language to produce highly relevant search results,” according to a report published by Ovum analysts Mike Davis and Madan Sheina.