Hadoop and HealthCare is a pairing that can help patient outcomes become much more positive. Everyone who is a health care provider from the nurse aids, doctors, pharmacists, large corporate medical providers all the way to State and Federal governments could be using this but, many are not. Big data sounds impressive and is the “Bright Shinny” thing. The Hadoop elephant is slowly plodding though the ranks of these providers, and it scares them. The lack of the “Structure” in the data makes some think it not very usable, highly inaccurate and less intuitive to consume. The IT departments say “It’s Not SQL, it’s not relational”. Others think it’s necessary to convert all the structured SQL based databases to Hadoop Document databases. Some other worry about how they combine two different beasts together. This article from Richard Proctor outlines just some of the way the elephant in the room should be a new tool for innovation in health care; it is a multi-part article and worthy read.
Now this is a switch. Usually, it the Board of Water and Light holding us hostage with the monopoly they have. Last night was a “Big Storm” and it appears that lightening didn’t just strike the ground, it struck at BWL as well. This article in the Lansing City Pulse outlines how BWL will end up paying the ransom, it about mathematics. This sucks for BWL but, it brings the question of how old is the security at BWL that they can be held for ransom. Are the control systems used to monitor and distribute water and light as poorly secured? Just saying.
Agile vs. Waterfall A list of exactly what Agile does differently than Waterfall, by Agile Zone. I have to admit Micheal’s diagram of the differences between the two lifecycles methods is great. It’s not about writing 100-page documents and casting 200-step project plans, it about developing quickly and iteration, fixing stuff that is wrong early and delivering working software quicker. For some companies agile is a most excellent adventure for other companies it’s just not possible.·
I am having a special sale on “Coin Toss” applications. I will write one for you for only $500k and I will even toss in a second one for just additional postage and handling. If you act within the next hour we will include the extra feature where the app will change color depending on your mood. Think of it as a mood ring for TSA agents. We are waiting for your call at 1-800-you-dumb. Offer not legal in smarter countries like Canada, Brazil and most of the rest of the world.
Feds lack managed response to a large-scale cyber attack. GAO report cites lack of coordination between feds and civilian authorities in the event of a significant cyber assault. This article from Network World is more scary to me right now because I’m listening to the second book in the Daniel Suarez series “Daemon” where the Feds lack managed response to a large-scale cyber attack from the Daemon.
I’ve been told by friends to stop being the early adopter for technology thingies. I’m on step 4 of the 12 step Technology Anonymous (TA) program but, I still help trying out the latest database thing, in this case, SQL Server Management Studio 2016. Yea… should have waited, most of my existing PowerSell scripts that backup and sync stuff across my development and staged areas just kinda stopped. I’d like to thank Drew for his post about this! Helped me get my SQLFoo back in the groove again. I promise I will not miss another TA meeting.