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Drew Bartkiewicz

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Since the very beginnings of trade and commerce, it has been a commonality that most information exchange between buyer and seller, customer and business, was treated as a discrete, confidential, and almost intimate affair. Trust was earned, not given. Consider the not so distant history of the local American bank. Banks have been collecting personal information about their customers for decades, harkening back to consultations over a notepad, paper deposit slips, and hand-written applications. The reputations of applicant and banker, buyer and seller, were local reputations, with personal and professional references limited to the confines of the community and the reality of proximity. Banks large and small managed piecemeal, disconnected snapshots of personal information in random, unstructured, and ultimately inefficient processes that took place without fanfare... (more)

APIs in Your Eyes with the Augmented Reality Wave of Bigger Data

Augmented reality (AR) is coming, not for flash or fashion (sorry Google Glass), but because of the overload of big data bombarding the human mind, in work and in our lives. We are about to reach a tipping point in the evolution of information technology, sparked by the intersection of big data and the natural capacity of the human mind and body to think, and accomplish our life's tasks. Since 1995, data is being produced, processed, and aggregated at such volumes that we are now reaching diminishing returns in our worker's ability to actually do something with it.  The average c... (more)

The Web of APIs = the Web of the Future

In 2009 I attended an event with the World Economic Forum on the future of the Internet, both from an economic and technical perspective. Over the last 12 months two trends are becoming even more apparent: (1) the Internet will require more innovative forms of risk hedging beyond just security, and new concepts like CloudInsure will emerge for businesses depending irreversibly on digital technologies. And (2), the cost and complexity of Internet technology will be massively transformed downward by this little known technology advancement called APIs (application programming inter... (more)

API Strategy 2012: For the Cloud, by the Cloud

In 2010 Delyn Simons, formerly the head of eBay's highly successful developer program stated, "Behind every good app is an API." In 2012, the projection is that "behind every successful app there will be a number of APIs that power it." Apps are becoming big business, with more than 250 million app downloads on Christmas day alone and a record number of Android, iPad, and iPhone sales during the holidays. The world has been mobile for a decade, but now the mobile world is so omnipresent and dynamic that it is altering business and culture at impressive rates. With the explosion o... (more)

Risk Evaporation: Cyber Risk Visibility for Cloud Computing Futures

Financial Risks Patterns in Cyber Space Every aggregation industry in the world involves risk transfer and substantial (in the billions) insurance markets for catastrophic financial or legal events - except for cloud computing. Traditional industries that leverage insurance markets range from banking to property to energy to transportation- yes, even rental cars. However the cloud computing industry is an emerging aggregator industry with enormous promise and equally large unseen risks. Prediction: a massive risk transfer market for cloud-computing will soon take hold through the... (more)