Archive for NIST

The Problem with Big Data

…is the same problem that has always existed with data: it is often wrong, outdated, or incomplete. Whenever I ask supply chain professionals, “What was the most difficult and time-consuming part of your software implementation project?” the answer I get is almost always the same: collecting and cleaning the data. This was true fourteen years ago when I first started asking the question, and it’s still true today. Several years ago, I interviewed ten CIOs […]

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What Defines a Mature Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Application?

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is researching how software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions and cloud computing are being used and deployed today and how these technologies will evolve in the future. Because SaaS is so prevalent in the transportation management systems (TMS) and mobile resource management (MRM) markets, I thought it would be worthwhile to dive into NIST’s research and writings on this topic. My first reaction is that the term “cloud computing” makes […]

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