How big data improves - and complicates - predictive analytics

By Andy Flint, FICO

Analytics depends on data — the more, the merrier. If we’re trying to model, say, the behaviour of customers responding to marketing offers or clicking through a website, we can build a far stronger model with 10,000 samples than with 100.

You would think, then, that the rise of Big Data and its seemingly inexhaustible supply of data would be every analyst’s dream. But Big Data poses its own challenges for modelling. Much of Big Data isn’t what we have historically...

By Andy Flint, 12 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

Oracle unveils faster Exalytics platform

Madan Sheina, Lead Analyst, Information Management

Oracle recently unveiled a faster version of its Exalytics in-memory analytics database. The company claims the X3-4 version delivers up to 25× performance improvements over its predecessor, thanks largely to pure and simple hardware upgrades – i.e. more memory. Ovum does not doubt the sheer speed of Exalytics, particularly for data analysis where ASAP is simply not quick enough. We see the most immediate applicability for such an ultra-responsive...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 12 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Hardware.

SDN and going “beyond the cloud” top digital trends for 2013, says Accenture

Software defined networking (SDN), as well as moving “beyond the cloud”, are two of the seven technology trends which will change the game for enterprise, according to the latest industry report.

For companies looking to take the next step and move ahead of the competition, establishing a sophisticated digital strategy is paramount. This much we already know of course, but IT consultancy firm Accenture has gone a step further and noted the trends underpinning it – with SDN featuring...

By James Bourne, 29 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Hybrid, Research, Virtualisation.

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.

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.

Actian goes on a Big Data acquisition spree

Tony Baer, Principal Analyst, Software – Enterprise Solutions

Actian, the vendor formerly known as Ingres, has suddenly put itself on the map through rapid-fire acquisitions of Pervasive Software, ParAccel, and Versant Software. The die was cast more than two years ago with its acquisition of Vectorwise, a fast, single-node analytic database. Actian’s goal is to assemble a mini-stack that includes a data integration engine and different data platforms for different transactional and analytic use cases. With the...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 09 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, M&A.

Advanced analytics and data storage: You can’t use what you can’t see

There is currently quite a buzz around the concept of advanced analytics, as organisations look to predict future outcomes more effectively, based on a detailed understanding of what has actually happened in the past rather than testing theoretical hypotheses based on statistical analysis.

Put simply, the better the analysis, the better-informed decisions will be around anticipating – and responding effectively to - future demand.      

Like many emerging management tools,...

By Alistair Mackenzie, 03 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Big Data, CRM, Data & Analytics.

BI bites into a bigger slice of Oracle’s Red Stack

Madan Sheina, Lead Analyst, Information Management

Oracle recently held its third annual Industry Analyst World conference at its Redwood Shores headquarters, and it came as no surprise to Ovum that business analytics featured as one of six major track themes (aligning nicely with our Big Data and Analytics Super Theme for 2013). Oracle’s business intelligence (BI) and enterprise performance (EPM) portfolio is undoubtedly impressive in both breadth and depth. Having spent much time and effort rationalizing and...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 02 May 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Big Data, Data & Analytics.

Proactive security is required in highly regulated industries

Andrew Kellett, Principal Analyst, Infrastructure and SecurityMaintaining security that meets the risk and compliance requirements of the enterprise is a constant challenge. Systems and networks are becoming more open and accessible, but at the same time, threats have become more advanced, persistent, and complex. This is a particularly important issue in highly regulated markets such as financial services, where failure to protect sensitive information will have a negative effect on the business and how it is...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 22 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Hacking, Infrastructure, Security.

How to make cloud computing pay

Relying on cloud computing strategies to free up dollars and time that can quickly be re-invested in product and service innovation emerged as the highest priority for respondents in a recent Rackspace survey.

While cost reductions were significant, the greatest contributions were seen in investments in innovation (48%), new product & service development (45%), and boosting sale efforts (38%).

Rackspace recently commissioned a study with market research firm Vanson...

By Louis Columbus, 11 April 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Migration, Research.