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Dan Ortega

Dan Ortega

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Dan has had more than 20 years of experience helping customers understand the business value of technologies. His domain expertise spans enterprise software, IoT, ITSM/ITOM, data analytics, mobility, business intelligence, SaaS, content management, predictive analytics, and information lifecycle management. Throughout his career, Dan has worked with companies ranging in size from start-up to Fortune 500 and enjoys sharing insights on business value creation through his contributions to the Hazelcast blog. Dan was born in New York, grew up in Mexico City, and returned to get his B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan.

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How In-Memory Computing Powers Artificial Intelligence

Dan Ortega
by Dan Ortega

Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a concept has been around since the development of computational devices, as early as the creation of Turing machines during World War II. The term itself was first coined by University of Washington professor John McCarthy in 1956, and now, 60+ years later we see the actual commercialization of AI. Why […]

5G and In-Memory Deliver on the Promise of Genuinely Cool Technology

Dan Ortega
by Dan Ortega

Another massive, transformative technology wave is about to hit, and while this won’t be quite as overt as some of the other waves (e.g., mobility, social media), its effect will be much more pervasive and will hit every consumer, business and industry on multiple levels. The next generation of mobile infrastructure, 5G, is in the […]

A Business Level View of Kubernetes, Cloud Migration and In-Memory Technologies

Dan Ortega
by Dan Ortega

There’s a trio of buzzwords that are starting to spend more time in proximity to each other, and are also beginning to surface from the technical to the business world. Each by itself is critical, and when you combine all three, the business-level effect becomes very noticeable. These buzzwords and the business descriptors are: Kubernetes: […]

How Pairing In-Memory Streaming with IoT Will Fundamentally Change Your Business

Dan Ortega
by Dan Ortega

Knock-knock Your business is already under assault, whether you know it or not. It doesn’t matter whether you’re B2B or B2C; the same technology variables are driving pressure on your IT infrastructure. The growth of the global technology ecosystem has always been organic. While new technologies often layer on top of previous enablers (e.g. mobility […]

What CAP Theorem Means to a Business Leader

Dan Ortega
by Dan Ortega

The data we continuously generate and use operates on an incredibly vast scale (think of Google, Amazon, Facebook, that level of data). Because of the breadth and depth of infrastructure required to stream incoming data and execute against it (and to avoid single points of failure), the ingestion and processing of data is distributed across […]

Executing Machine Learning at Scale and Speed

Dan Ortega
by Dan Ortega

One of the current hot topics driving the in-memory domain is the potential associated with the application of Machine Learning technology. Like most marketing-level buzzwords, Machine Learning is something that has high awareness and low understanding, so we’ll walk through the framework of Machine Learning in this blog to add some context on what the […]

How Streaming Microservices Can Advance Your Entire IT Environment

Dan Ortega
by Dan Ortega

Streaming microservices. Sounds pretty cool, right? And like a lot of new technologies, it actually is, and it can have a huge effect on how your business operates. Before we get into the importance of streaming microservices, let’s make sure we’re clear on what we’re talking about. Streaming refers to data entering a system at […]

Understanding the Business Case for In-Memory Technology

Dan Ortega
by Dan Ortega

Any business that is expanding and leveraging transformative technologies, such as IoT or in-memory computing, is already testing the limits of their ability to execute. For vendors who deliver enabling technologies, this is a great opportunity to help innovation leaders really move the needle. Sometimes the business leads will say “we need this in order […]

IMDG vs. IMDB – A Business-Level Perspective

Dan Ortega
by Dan Ortega

The technologies that are most present in our lives are often ones we don’t realize exist, (even within the IT domain), or are poorly understood. In this post I’d like to provide a business-level explanation of the difference between an in-memory data grid and an in-memory database in order to drive a better understanding of […]

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