Why more than half of companies are now making serious investments in big data analytics

  • Big data adoption reached 53% in 2017 for all companies interviewed, up from 17% in 2015, with telecom and financial services leading early adopters.
  • Reporting, dashboards, advanced visualization end-user “self-service” and data warehousing are the top five technologies and initiatives strategic to business intelligence.
  • Data warehouse optimization remains the top use case for big data, followed by customer/social analysis and predictive maintenance.
  • Among big data distributions, Cloudera is the most popular, followed by Hortonworks, MAP/R, and Amazon...

By Louis Columbus, 05 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Enterprise.

AWS takes a musical approach at re:Invent with machine learning, serverless and IoT key

More than 20 announcements flowed at AWS re:Invent today, including updates on machine learning, databases and the Internet of Things (IoT) – not to mention a couple of big-name customer wins.

The theme for Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy was around builders. Unlike the previous year’s keynote, where it was about superpowers, this presentation had a slightly more mundane – and musical – approach.

Technology builders are like musicians, Jassy explained. Some guitarists may play...

By James Bourne, 29 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Big Data, Infrastructure, Software.

Meg Whitman to step down as HPE chief exec: Analysing the company’s fortunes

Meg Whitman is to step down as CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), bringing down the curtain on a six-year tenure and overseeing one of the largest corporate breakups of recent years.

Whitman had in July stepped down as chairwoman of HP’s board of directors, remaining chief executive of HPE, and had previously faced speculation about her role as the chief executive’s seat at Uber dramatically became available earlier this year.

Whitman’s replacement will be HPE president Antonio Neri, a 22-year HP...

By James Bourne, 22 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Economy, Infrastructure, Vendors.

Cloud Analytics Academy aims to give companies extra BI and data warehousing expertise

Say hello to the Cloud Analytics Academy. The program, launched today by Snowflake Computing alongside Amazon Web Services (AWS), Looker, Talend and WhereScape, aims to help executives lead their organisations in data warehousing, BI, and more.

The curriculum is designed by Kent Graziano, Snowflake chief technical evangelist, with the partnering companies chipping in with their expertise.

There are three courses; the ‘executive fast track’ is the one-size-fits-all course with five sessions on key...

By James Bourne, 16 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Developers.

How to create a software engineering approach to big data analytics

Big data analysis can provide continuous business intelligence to managers, enabling sophisticated monitoring of current activities, and helping them to make smarter, faster decisions based on fact data and hidden trends and patterns. But while managers may think it’s cool, rushing to implement “a big data analytics” program can get you into trouble.  There are many architectures, tools, and algorithms to sort through, and you’ll need to manage stakeholder expectations. Software...

By Phil Laplante, 08 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Developers, Software.

Future-proofing IT for the fourth industrial revolution: How hybrid cloud fits the bill

Philip Hammond proclaimed in this year’s Spring Budget speech that the fourth industrial revolution is “well and truly under way.” Building on the third industrial revolution that saw the rise of electrons and IT to automate production, this new digital wave is characterised by a fusion of technologies that blurs the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres.

As noted by Hammond, everyone will need to be “agile and bold” to embrace this revolution. But what does...

By Peter Godden, 27 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Hybrid, Infrastructure.

MapR secures $56 million in funding as it celebrates ‘outstanding’ financial quarter

MapR Technologies, a data management platform provider, has announced an equity round of $56 million (£42.5m) from existing investors.

The company said it would use the money to “continue product innovation of the industry’s first modern enterprise platform for all data, accelerate country and regional growth to fulfil the demand for the MapR Converged Data Platform throughout APAC and Europe, and bolster MapR’s thriving global partner community.” According to CrunchBase, the...

By James Bourne, 11 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Economy, OpenSource, Platform.

Cloudera and Okta bang drum for cloud IPOs with positive Q2 financial results

As companies make a move for their initial public offering (IPO), the investor page goes up, the bell gets rung on the NYSE, and, perhaps most importantly, their financial results have to be displayed for all to see.

Cloudera and Okta, two companies who declared their intentions to go public within weeks of each other in April, have announced their second quarter 2018 financial results, with both companies beating expectations.

Cloudera, a big data software provider, announced total revenues of $89.8 million...

By James Bourne, 08 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Economy, Infrastructure, M&A.

Microsoft acquires Cycle Computing to bolster high performance computing on Azure

Microsoft has announced the acquisition of Connecticut-based Cycle Computing to help provide easier access to high performance computing (HPC) in Azure.

Cycle has been in business since 2005 and provides orchestration software running both off the primary public cloud providers as well as in private cloud environments. Its core tenet is that ‘greater access to compute enables people to ask bigger questions, faster answers and a better world’, in the company’s own words.

According to the...

By James Bourne, 16 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Infrastructure, M&A, Microsoft.

AWS aims at enterprise data migration with Migration Hub and Glue launches

At the AWS Summit in New York, Amazon Web Services focused predominantly around enterprise migration – and launched two new products aimed at taking the difficulty out of data analysis and transfer.

The cloud infrastructure giant announced the launch of AWS Migration Hub, a tool which aims to help organisations migrate their assets from on-prem data centres to Amazon’s cloud, as well as the general availability of AWS Glue, a product first announced in December last year which eases the process of...

By James Bourne, 14 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Architecture, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Migration.