Four in Ten Retail and E-commerce Organizations Struggle to Find the Most Efficient Tools for Data Acquisition

More than 40% of retail and e-commerce organizations have struggled to find the most efficient tools or tech stack for data acquisition over the past 12 months to help them rapidly analyze data in real-time resulting in actionable business insights; with 39% of respondents struggling to find reliable partners to outsource their web scraping activities to and 40% finding it challenging to ensure the quality of the data they were collecting.

Survey: Businesses are struggling to manage hybrid cloud environments

Cambridge UK, December 9 – The big move to the cloud is bringing as many challenges as opportunities, a major database monitoring survey from Redgate has found. With 80% of organizations now using a mix of cloud and on-premises database environments, the survey shows that the focus of data professionals is shifting to addressing the difficulties of migrating to the cloud ahead of improving the performance of their database estates.

Netacea research: Skewed analytics cost businesses as much as click fraud

Manchester, UK—December 2021—Netacea, the bot detection and mitigation specialist, today announced results from a new report that shows skewed analytics caused by bots cost businesses just as much as click fraud, despite click fraud’s much bigger profile.

Bots are used by hackers to buy goods before other customers, hack accounts using stolen passwords, check the validity of stolen card details and steal content or prices by bulk scraping. But even if they do not do damage directly, bots can skew data that leads marketing teams to make bad decisions. Analytics skewed by bots can hide what real customers are doing, making it impossible to target genuine audiences.

End of Life for Drupal 8

This is old news but I thought still worth mentioning. Last month Drupal 8 reached its end-of-life. This means that all versions of Drupal 8 core and Drupal contributed project releases that are compatible with only Drupal 8 have been marked unsupported and are no longer supported by the Drupal security team.

Drupal 8.0.0 was first released on November 9, 2015. The last version was released on November 17, 2021. With the end of life approaching, I also updated my two websites from Drupal 8 to Drupal 9.

My Lack of Blogging in a Pandemic

Blogging has always been a way for me to express myself creatively as I hide away in my home office for "me time". Unfortunately, the COVID-19 Pandemic changed all that with my day job requiring maximum telework which in turn transformed my creative personal space into a remote office that work owned eight hours a day. For my mental and physical health, once those work hours are up I have made the conscious decision to walk away from the computer. I now find it more necessary to find something else to do that doesn't involve screen time. This shift in priorities unfortunately reduced my writing time.

Need Flexibility? Let Intelligent Automation Be Your Yoga Master

London, UK – 1st December 2021 The “new normal”. If you’re cringing in your seat or rolling your eyes, then you agree it’s time to retire this phrase and send it off to perpetual ignominy. The “new normal” has been around long enough. It’s reality. And it’s not going anywhere.

The pandemic is just a part of life now, and many organizations are still struggling to perform amid wildly dynamic conditions. One could even say there’s an “outbreak” of underperformance in many companies, with board members raging just as much as Covid. They want results, not excuses.