How McKinsey’s 2016 analytics study defines the future of machine learning

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  • U.S. retailer supply chain operations who have adopted data and analytics have seen up to a 19% increase in operating margin over the last five years.
  • Design-to-value, supply chain management and after-sales support are three areas where analytics are making a financial contribution in manufacturing.
  • 40% of all the potential value associated with the Internet of Things requires interoperability between IoT systems.

These and many other insights are from the McKinsey Global Institute’s study

By Louis Columbus, 05 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers.

Matson, AWS, and overcoming the cloud lock-in challenge for big data

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Shipping giant Matson made news back in November with its major migration to Amazon Web Services (AWS). Matson’s recent announcement to go ‘all in’ with AWS is another example of large enterprises realising the intrinsic value of the public cloud.

But merely getting set up on one of the large cloud providers is now table stakes – everyone has a pilot. True cloud success is another matter.

It took years to complete...

By Prat Moghe, 03 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Big Data, Case Studies, CIO, Infrastructure, Vendors.

How small businesses can succeed with their big data projects

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It’s no secret that businesses are excited about the possibilities they can gain from big data; large corporations have been tapping big data analytics for years as a way to increase revenue and improve efficiency.

Small businesses, on the other hand, may feel a bit left out of the trend. Big data, after all, sounds like a complex strategy using the latest technology to discover important insights. In other words, it’s something that feels like is out of reach. But that...

By Rick Delgado, 17 November 2016, 2 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management.

Why six million developers are creating big data and advanced analytics apps today

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  • 2 million developers are working on IoT applications, increasing 34% since the last year.
  • Over 50% of the developers working on IoT applications are writing software that utilizes sensors in some capacity.
  • 4m enterprise developers play decision-making roles when it comes to selecting organizational IT development resources. Another 5.2 million hold decision-making authority for selecting IT deployment resources.
  • 4m developers (26% of all developers globally) are using the cloud as a development environment today
  • The APAC region leads the world with approximately 7.4m...

By Louis Columbus, 14 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Developers, Software.

How to bridge the data analytics gap between vendors and customers

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A new whitepaper from the Asia Cloud Computing Association (ACCA) argues there is a gap between data analytics services offered by vendors and the requirements of Asia Pacific organisations looking to engage them.

The findings, which appear in the paper ‘Data Analytics to Bridge Knowledge Gaps’, finds that 62% of companies surveyed use data analytics to some extent, yet less than half use analytics for making financial decisions and only 5% use it for human resources...

By James Bourne, 26 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Research.

x.ai launches professional version of its AI personal assistant

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Artificial intelligence (AI) software provider x.ai has announced the launch of the Professional version of its personal assistant product.

The personal assistant, Amy – or twin brother Andrew – schedules meetings on behalf of users, saving plenty of admin time. All users need to do is connect their calendars to x.ai, and cc Amy or Andrew, who does the rest.

The beta version was launched in June 2014, and since then the New York-based...

By James Bourne, 17 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

The power of machine learning and artificial intelligence in the data centre

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Data is everywhere – masses of it. And it’s helping businesses to make better decisions across departments. Marketing can utilise data to discover the effectiveness of email campaigns, finance can analyse past trends to make predictions and projections for the future, and sales can target their follow-up with detailed information on prospective customers.

But data is only useful when business tools transform it into valuable information. Data intelligence through algorithms...

By Richard Jenkins, 12 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Centres.

Why preparation is key to securing your cloud migration

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The benefits of big data are real. And with so many businesses looking to migrate their data to the cloud, they want to make sure everything arrives safely and intact. After all, much of this data contains sensitive and proprietary information, and the prospect of moving it from the safety of the corporate firewall to a cloud environment is cause for concern.

Still, as data volumes continue their exponential growth, moving vast sets of structured and unstructured data from the restrictive...

By Rick Delgado, 11 October 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Infrastructure, Migration, Vendors.

More money in big data initiatives, Gartner argues – but is the ROI still unclear?

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The big data landscape is approaching a state of maturation: according to the latest note from analyst house Gartner, more money is being invested in big data but fewer companies are deciding to commit.

The research, which polled almost 200 members of the Gartner Research Circle, found that 48% of companies have invested in big data this year – up 3% from this time last year – but also argued that only a quarter (25%) plan to invest in the coming years, down from 31%...

By James Bourne, 10 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Enterprise.

Big data technology market speeding up – with NoSQL and Hadoop at forefront

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The big data technology landscape is varied and vast – and a new report from Forrester examines the key strands, with non-relational databases taking the bulk of the honours.

The report, claimed to be a first of its kind from the analyst firm titled Big Data Management Solutions Forecast 2016 to 2021, argues NoSQL and Hadoop will see the biggest growth during the five year period, with the markets growing 25.0% and 32.9% per year respectively. The analysts also claim that the big...

By James Bourne, 03 October 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure, Research.

The six ways machine learning is driving profits in the enterprise

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The introduction of connected machines into industrial environments has raised quality standards, led to increased profits and improved the maintainability of both manufacturing equipment and end products. Manufacturers that have integrated their production floors with other aspects of the business (including design, sales and supply chain) are seeing the largest benefits as the machine learning aspect of connected networks trickles into all areas of the business.

Here is a look at six...

By Alex Vilner, 27 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure.

Anything you can do, AI can do better: Making infrastructure smarter

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Data flows and artificial intelligence (AI) are changing the globalised supply chain by sending data around the world. Using the cloud as the data transport method requires more efficient data acceleration. AI is infiltrating many places, and it’s not just about replicating human performance and taking jobs, or streamlining processes. It also helps make technology smarter.

AI can be part of IT infrastructure. David Trossell, CEO and CTO...

By Graham Jarvis, 22 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Infrastructure.

The latest analytics, big data and BI forecast and market estimates, Q316

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  • Big Data & business analytics software worldwide revenues will grow from nearly $122B in 2015 to more than $187B in 2019, an increase of more than 50% over the five-year forecast period.
  • The market for prescriptive analytics software is estimated to grow from approximately $415M in 2014 to $1.1B in 2019, attaining a 22% CAGR.
  • By 2020, predictive and prescriptive analytics will attract 40% of enterprises’ net new investment in business intelligence and analytics.

Making enterprises more customer-centric, sharpening focus on...

By Louis Columbus, 12 September 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Research.

The top 100 best practices in big data – revealed

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The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) has today released a mammoth document detailing the 100 best practices in big data security – running the gamut from traditional cybersecurity measures to cutting edge cryptographic technologies.

The document discusses each tip at more of a cursory than comprehensive level, offering a few sentences on why and how organisations should implement them. The report goes through 10 areas with 10 tips for each, from real-time security and compliance...

By James Bourne, 26 August 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Security, Vulnerabilities.

Encryption of cloud data is great – but it’s not a magic bullet

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The headlong stampede of enterprise data into the cloud has passed by.

A few years ago I might have written it was ‘underway,’ but this would grossly understate the situation.  Data which was once stored on premise has left the building, the twinkling lights on the tin box in your racks are slowly blinking out. Data osmosis is taking place, draining life force from these antiquated shells into vast data-centres run by some of the largest companies on earth.   It...

By Ed Macnair, 23 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Regulation, Security.

How hybrid cloud will enable streams of data to flow freely

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The world of business is changing. Disruptive shifts in power are forcing everyone to question the established status quo. In particular, savvy chief executives are tasking IT organizations to help create compelling customer experiences, support new business models and adopt agile operational processes.

That's why the vast majority of IT and business leaders are joining forces on the organizations’ most pressing commercial needs and wants. They seek an open and flexible...

By David H Deans, 15 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

Boeing and Ryanair looking to take advantage of cloud and big data platforms

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The airline industry has traditionally been ripe for technological innovation – and a couple of examples have hit CloudTech’s inbox with regard to how different providers are currently utilising big data and cloud.

Boeing has announced an agreement with Microsoft to build a cloud-based platform for its range of analytics tools, aiming to transition many of the airline’s commercial aviation applications into the Microsoft Azure cloud.

Among the applications ready to move into...

By James Bourne, 19 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Case Studies, Infrastructure, Platform.

Who should be in charge of big data analytics: the CIO, CFO, or a specialist?

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A new report from big data analytics provider Mu Sigma argues that higher performing companies are four times more likely to use a consistent approach to big data analysis, while consensus is divided on whether the CIO or CFO should be in charge.

The findings come from a survey of 150 large enterprises which turn over at least $500 million (£377.2m) a year, and draw some interesting conclusions on how large firms prioritise their data crunching. 23% of those polled said the CIO...

By James Bourne, 13 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, CIO, Data & Analytics, Data Management.

Why the healthcare industry's move to cloud computing is accelerating

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Physicians are targeting breast and ovarian cancer through research that crunches massive amounts of information from more than 2,000 DNA sequences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The data set is gigantic — more than 100 terabytes — and the analysis happens aboard a secure cloud-based platform through Amazon Web Services.

“By using AWS, we can store source files securely and cost-effectively with significant durability and accessibility,” 

By Karin Ratchinsky, 27 June 2016, 2 comments. Categories: Big Data, Case Studies, Data & Analytics, Industry.

How IoT, big data analytics and cloud continue to be high priorities for developers

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  • 56.4% of developers are building robotics apps today.
  • 45% of developers say that Internet of Things (IoT) development is critical to their overall digital strategy.
  • 27.4% of all developers are building apps in the cloud today.
  • 24.7% are using machine learning for development projects.

These and many other insights are from the Evans Data Corporation Global Development Survey, Volume 1 (PDF, client access) published earlier this month. The...

By Louis Columbus, 27 June 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Developers.