IBM’s Big Data and Analytics portfolio needs more tailoring for life sciences

Andrew Brosnan, Senior Analyst, Health SciencesAt its recent Big Data and Analytics Analyst Insights Summit in Toronto, IBM laid out its portfolio of technologies and services specifically for business analytics. The portfolio is a robust and comprehensive offering, encompassing all types of analytics, with specific tools and technologies across the “stack” for organizations of all sizes.The phrase “easy, fast, and smart” was a recurring theme throughout the event, highlighting IBM’s...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 02 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Security.

Why trade finance is moving to the cloud

The development of cloud technology is opening the door for companies in the trade finance sector to move away from the inherent constraints of paper-based processes.

In Asia, this is particularly compelling, as importers don’t need to invest heavily in hardware and software to use cloud-based trade finance solutions – in some cases enabling them to leapfrog more costly and complex ERP tools.

As such, many operators in these less mature markets are very open to working in the cloud and receptive...

By Tom Rahdar, 01 July 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Consumer, Economy, SaaS .

Time for a change is always now

It is often said that Europeans are more conservative in their outlook with regard to change.

There are occasions when this is a useful cultural trait, like limiting the rampant commercialisation of fine heritage sites or taking care to uphold a traditional method for creating a really good cheese. But when it comes to technology resistance to change it only brings disaster.

Nowhere is this clearer than in relation to cloud computing. The “readiness for the cloud’ debate is so bound up in what we...

By Matthew Finnie, 26 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Enterprise, Industry, Infrastructure.

Bookkeeping in the Cloud

Online accounts technology is putting real-time financial controls and visibility within reach of small and microbusinesses, says Xero UK managing director Gary Turner

Just like web mail or consumer-oriented sites, online accounting software is fast, simple and user-oriented, especially when compared with traditional, desktop accounts software.

Whether a small business is just starting out or enjoying rapid growth, the easy-to-use, affordable technology brings a welcome opportunity to cut down on...

By , 24 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Consumer, Enterprise.

‘MegaWiped’ – Kim Dotcom’s Megaupload data cleared

The now almost household name, Kim Dotcom, has been in consistent battle against the U.S government over his Megaupload business – in case you’ve been under a rock for over a year.

Now the case has taken a new turn as his old Dutch hosting provider LeaseWeb has wiped 600 servers containing “petabytes” of his company’s data; including legal evidence.

Kim has expressed his...

By Ryan Daws, 20 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumer, Government, Industry, Security.

Microsoft server platforms pivot to cloud-first development

Fredrik Tunvall, Analyst, Information ManagmentThe overriding themes of Microsoft’s latest server platform announcements delivered last week at the company’s annual TechEd conference were about design for the cloud. Announcements for Microsoft Windows Server and Systems Center 2012 R2 focused heavily on harmonizing management and deployment tools for cloud and on-premise use. For the newly announced SQL Server 2014, it was about optimized backup and “always-on” integration with the Windows Azure...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 20 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Enterprise.

Genesys accelerates cloud strategy with new Platform On Demand offering

Aphrodite Brinsmead, Senior Analyst, Customer Experience and Interaction

Genesys is making bold moves to strengthen its position in the cloud customer service market. Following its acquisitions of Angel.com in February 2013 and, more recently, SoundBite Communications, Genesys will also offer its own suite of contact center applications in the cloud. The new solution, Platform On-Demand, will be offered in addition to Genesys’ existing partner-led cloud solutions. It is targeted at contact centers with over...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 18 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumer, PaaS, Scalability.

Solving the challenges of hybrid cloud computing

Businesses are increasingly opting for a hybrid cloud model, in which they use both their own virtualized private set up as well as systems hosted by other providers. There are a number of clear benefits, but also challenges, to this arrangement.

On the plus side, with a hybrid cloud setup companies have the opportunity to keep particularly sensitive data within their data center's own four walls, ensuring security, and allowing rapid system customization where required. Those same companies can push less-sensitive data out...

By Luke Wotton, 11 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Private, Public.

Informatica aims to get its “Vibe” back

Tony Baer, Principal Analyst, Software – Enterprise Solutions

Informatica, which pioneered the current data integration tooling market, is seeking to reboot growth by targeting midmarket prospects who have traditionally perceived its solutions as too complex and expensive. The technology linchpin of this strategy is “Vibe,” a service-oriented architecture to deconstruct and make Informatica’s technologies more easily embeddable into third-party tools and/or cloud-based services. This is not the...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 07 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Big Data, Developers, Enterprise.

How much data is generated in one minute? [infographic]

By Christine HeckartWe’ve all heard and understand big data issues: volume, velocity, and variety. But when breaking it down into simple terms, how much data do you think is generated every minute across common platforms? The answers may shock you. Just remember when reading through that all of these transactions occur in one minute, every day.

(Thanks to Domo for the infographic!)

By Source Talk, 30 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Big Data, Enterprise, Infographic.