IBM’s Watson Analytics: How it makes sales and marketing’s job easier

Yesterday IBM unveiled Watson Analytics, a freemium data science tool for businesses of all sizes utilising the power of Watson’s supercomputer technology.

As we reported, for a company which isn’t averse to bigging itself up, Watson Analytics appears to be a release of which Big Blue is particularly proud, with IBM exec Oliver Oursin calling it a ‘breakthrough’.

The main...

By James Bourne, 17 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Analysis, Analytics, Data.

IBM introduces Watson Analytics, gives data science mass appeal

IBM has launched Watson Analytics, offering what is claimed as instant access to powerful big data visualisation and analytics capabilities to anyone in the business.

Instead of using programming languages or complex algorithms on the front end, Watson interacts with the user in natural language and comprehends key questions, including ‘What are the key drivers of my product sales?’, ‘Which benefits drive employee retention the most?’...

By James Bourne, 16 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Data.

Harnessing the power of Google’s cloud: Google BigQuery Analytics book extract

This is an edited extract from Google BigQuery Analytics, by Jordan Tigani and Siddartha Naidu, published August 2014 by Wiley, £30.99.

When you run your queries via BigQuery, you put a giant cluster of machines to work for you. Although the BigQuery clusters represent only a small fraction of Google’s global fleet, each query cluster is measured in the thousands of cores. When BigQuery needs to grow, there are plenty of resources that...

By Jordan Tigani and Siddartha Naidu, 15 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Data, Developers.

IBM pumps up big data offering on its cloud marketplace with ECM

IBM has announced a new big data service available on its app-store-esque IBM Cloud Marketplace from today, called IBM Navigator on Cloud.

The service, an IBM press release boasts, “is transforming how organisations engage with business content and make it more usable and interactive across the enterprise to deliver better results and improve decision making.” In plain English, this means employees can synchronise data and content across any browser, desktop and mobile device.

“IBM is...

By James Bourne, 25 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Data, IaaS.

How big data is set to boost the effectiveness of analytics in banking

Jaroslaw Knapik, Senior Analyst, Financial Services Technology

Big Data will dramatically enhance key areas in banking such as fraud analytics, customer analytics, and web analytics. It does not replace banks’ current analytical infrastructure, but extends its scope: it has become conceivable to conduct analyses based on all data, not just a sample.

Big Data also extends the range of data types that can be covered, the problems that can be addressed, and the user groups able to use it within a single...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 16 June 2014, 2 comments. Categories: Analytics, Industry.

Why Big Trust is Big Data’s missing DNA

Mark Little, Principal Analyst, Consumer

In the rush to monetize customer data, companies risk diminishing the trust people have in services and brands. Sustaining and growing people’s trust in services is not just about “doing the right thing,” but also makes commercial sense. Telcos and OTT players have worked to establish a satisfactory level of trust with their customers, but as Big Data creates new opportunities for monetizing customer data, even a little more aggression in its...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 18 February 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Analysis, Analytics, Data.

In-memory stepping up to big and fast data analytic crunch

Madan Sheina, Lead Analyst, Software – Information Management

Interest in in-memory computing platforms is rising. Until now, the primary driver has been the “need for speed,” helping companies to process relatively modest data sets more quickly.

Both traditional and newer in-memory vendors are looking to scale-up these capabilities with innovative platforms that promise to meet the increasing demand for more accelerated, operationally driven analytics against Big Data residing in Hadoop...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 06 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Analysis, Analytics, Data.

Cloud management and analytics - finally the IaaS market heats up

While it is fun to watch the 800 lb Gorilla squash every one, Amazon has to face competition at some point.

Even just for the sake of something to write about! While AWS is fundamentally amazing, it’s now quite a well established and therefore boring facet of the market. It’s far more interesting to explore who might rise to give them serious threat, and how.

My bet is on Google, who else. They’re eating the whole world so why...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 30 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, IaaS, Opinion.

Box buys dLoop to intelligently secure cloud content

Madan Sheina, Lead Analyst, Software – Information Management

Box hopes to give subscribers greater analytic insights into, and control over, the content stored in its cloud service following its acquisition of privately held dLoop for an undisclosed sum. This is a move that Ovum has been predicting for some time, and will make Box more attractive to the enterprise customers who are becoming increasingly interested in online storage and collaboration services like Box, but who also put a sharp focus on...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 13 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Data, Strategy, Trends.

IBM’s data discovery initiatives culminate in Project Neo

Fredrik Tunvall, Analyst, Software – Information Management

At its recent Software Analyst Insights summit in Stamford, Connecticut, IBM gave analysts an in-depth look at the products and underlying strategy of its extensive business analytics (BA) portfolio. A product that caught Ovum’s eye is IBM’s recently announced visual data discovery tool, codenamed “Project Neo.” The solution is the result of IBM Labs coalescing some of the company’s latest in-memory database,...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 03 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Data, Virtualization.