What matters most in business intelligence 2019: Key enterprise use cases

  • Improving revenues using BI is now the most popular objective enterprises are pursuing in 2019
  • Reporting, dashboards, data integration, advanced visualisation, and end-user self-service are the most strategic BI initiatives underway in enterprises today
  • Operations, executive management, finance, and sales are primarily driving business intelligence (BI) adoption throughout enterprises today
  • Tech companies’ operations and sales teams are the most effective at driving BI adoption across industries surveyed, with advertising driving BI adoption across marketing

These...

By Louis Columbus, 17 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Research, Software.

How to get your data scientist career up and running: A guide

Note: The most common request from this blogs’ readers is how to further their careers in analytics, cloud computing, data science, and machine learning. I’ve invited Alyssa Columbus, a data scientist at Pacific Life, to share her insights and lessons learned on breaking into the field of data science and launching a career there. The following guest post is authored by her.

Earning a...

By Louis Columbus, 14 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Software.

Dropbox revamps as enterprise collaboration space to help users conquer ‘work about work’

Dropbox has launched a significant redesign, repositioning itself as an enterprise collaboration workspace and moving away from its file storage heritage.

The move will see Dropbox aim to be a one-stop-shop. The relaunched desktop app will enable users to create, access and share content across the Google and Microsoft portfolio, opening Google Docs and Microsoft Office files, offer synchronised search, alongside partnerships with...

By James Bourne, 13 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Software, Storage.

Microsoft and Oracle partner up to interconnect clouds – with retail customers cited

Here’s proof that cloudy collaboration can happen even at the highest levels: Microsoft and Oracle have announced an ‘interoperability partnership’ aimed at helping customers migrate and run mission-critical enterprise workloads across Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud.

Organisations who are customers of both vendors will be able to connect Azure and Oracle Cloud seamlessly. The Oracle Ashburn data centre and...

By James Bourne, 05 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Software.

How to improve privileged users' security experiences with machine learning

Bottom line: One of the primary factors motivating employees to sacrifice security for speed are the many frustrations they face, attempting to re-authenticate who they are so they can get more work done and achieve greater productivity.

How bad security experiences lead to a breach

Every business is facing the paradox of hardening security without sacrificing users’ login and system access experiences. 

By Louis Columbus, 31 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Compliance, Security, Software.

How to improve supply chains with machine learning: 10 proven ways

Bottom line: Enterprises are attaining double-digit improvements in forecast error rates, demand planning productivity, cost reductions and on-time shipments using machine learning today, revolutionising supply chain management in the process.

Machine learning algorithms and the models they’re based on excel at finding anomalies, patterns and predictive insights in large data sets. Many supply chain challenges are time, cost and resource constraint-based, making machine learning an ideal technology to...

By Louis Columbus, 22 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Software.

Enterprises rethinking their Oracle relationships, argues Rimini Street

The majority of Oracle customers are 'currently or actively planning to reduce their spend' with the software giant citing cost, maintenance, and aggressive sales tactics, according to a new report.

The study, published by enterprise software support firm Rimini Street and titled 'Why Enterprises are Rethinking Their Oracle Relationship and Cloud Strategy', explored respondents' relationships with Oracle as well as appetite for its SaaS offerings.

More than three in five (61%) of those...

By James Bourne, 03 May 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Infrastructure, Software.

How augmented analytics is turning big data into smart data

Smart data is generated by filtering out the noise from big data that's generated by media, business transactions, Internet of Things (IoT), and data exhausts from online activity. Smart data can uncover valuable commercial insights, by improving the efficiency and effectiveness of data analytics.

Furthermore, vast amounts of unstructured big data can be converted into smart data using enhanced data analytics tools that utilise artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML)...

By David H Deans, 29 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Collaboration, Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Research, Software.

The state of cloud business intelligence 2019: Digging down on Dresner’s analysis

  • An all-time high 48% of organisations say cloud BI is either “critical” or “very important” to their operations in 2019
  • Marketing and sales place the greatest importance on cloud BI in 2019
  • Small organisations of 100 employees or fewer are the most enthusiastic, perennial adopters and supporters of cloud BI
  • The most preferred cloud BI providers are Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.

These and other insights are from Dresner Advisory Services’ 

By Louis Columbus, 17 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Research, Software.

Uncovering the insight behind Gartner’s $331 billion public cloud forecast

Gartner is predicting the worldwide public cloud services market will grow from $182.4 billion in 2018 to $214.3bn in 2019, a 17.5% jump in just a year.

  • Gartner predicts the worldwide public cloud service market will grow from $182.4bn in 2018 to $331.2bn in 2022, attaining a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.6%
  • Spending on infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is predicted to increase from $30.5bn in 2018 to $38.9bn in 2019, growing 27.5% in a year
  • Platform as a service (PaaS) spending is predicted to grow from $15.6bn in 2018 to $19B in 2019, growing 21.8% in a...

By Louis Columbus, 15 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Public, Research, Software.

HPE secures Nutanix and Google Cloud hybrid cloud partnerships

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has been busy on the partnership front of late. The company has announced deals with Nutanix, to deliver an integrated ‘hybrid cloud as a service’ to market, as well as with Google Cloud around simplifying hybrid cloud adoption.

Both partnerships will utilise HPE GreenLake, the company’s consumption-based IT model. Nutanix’s Enterprise Cloud OS software will be delivered...

By James Bourne, 10 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Software, Vendors.

Bitglass secures $70m series D funding to further enhance CASB space

Cloud access security broker (CASB) Bitglass has announced a $70 million (£53.6m) funding round aimed at consolidating its leadership of the CASB and cloud security market.

The round, a series D, included a new investor in the shape of Quadrille Capital, as well as existing investors Future Fund, New Enterprise Associates (NEA), Norwest, and Singtel Innov8. NEA, as regular readers of this publication will be aware, is a regular investor in the cloud space, with...

By James Bourne, 08 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, Security, Software.

The five key things every executive needs to know about identity and access management

  • For new digital business models to succeed, customers’ privacy preferences need to be secure, and that begins by treating every identity as a new security perimeter.
  • Organisations need to recognise that perimeter-based security, which focuses on securing endpoints, firewalls, and networks, provides no protection against identity and credential-based threats. Until they start implementing identity-centric security measures, account compromise attacks will continue to provide a perfect camouflage for data breaches.
  • 74% of data breaches start with privileged credential...

By Louis Columbus, 08 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Loss, Data Management, Enterprise, Security, Software.

SD-WAN and cloud: A marriage made in heaven or a match made in hell?

Paul Stuttard, director of Duxbury Networking, argues in South African online magazine IT Web that SD-WAN is a marriage made in heaven. Why? SD-WAN technology has the ability to optimise the cloud, while speeding up access to cloud-based applications, he claims. Stuttard further explains that just 10 years ago organisations were advised to prepare for the impact of cloud computing on their networks.

By Graham Jarvis, 02 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Infrastructure, Software.

Gartner and Synergy studies show continued cyclical cloud spend

The cloud industry continues to go up and up – both in terms of global public cloud revenue and spending on data centre hardware and software.

Those are the key findings from two separate research studies, from Gartner and Synergy Research respectively.

Gartner found the worldwide public cloud services market is set to hit $214.3 billion (£164.1bn) in 2019, up 17.5% from...

By James Bourne, 02 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Data Centres, Infrastructure, Research, Software.

How AI and big data analytics keep the most innovative companies ahead of the pack

Alphabet/Google is now the most innovative company in the world according to Boston Consulting Group (BCG), unseating Apple’s 13-year dominance of their annual rankings.

  • Alphabet/Google is now the most innovative company in the world according to BCG, unseating Apple’s 13-year dominance of their annual rankings
  • Strong AI innovators are over three times more likely to have deep expertise in big data analytics
  • The ten most innovative companies in the world extensively use AI and platforms today to grow faster than competitors and markets

By Louis Columbus, 01 April 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Data & Analytics, Software.

AWS makes S3 Glacier Deep Archive available for coldest cloud storage needs

It was promised at last year’s re:Invent, and now it is here: Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced the general availability of S3 Glacier Deep Archive, aimed at being the lowest cost storage in the cloud.

When the company said it was the cheapest around, it wasn’t kidding; offering prices at only $0.00099 per gigabyte per month, or $1 per terabyte per month. This level, as with other cold storage, is aimed at organisations...

By James Bourne, 28 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Management, Software, Storage.

How the HR industry has seen cost optimisation with SaaS: Exploring next steps

It is always interesting to see how different industries are seizing the opportunity of cloud adoption as well as coping with its challenges. As far as the HR industry is concerned, a new report has asserted that enterprises have realised the cost savings of software as a service (SaaS) and are now focused on building the next steps.

The study, from Information Services Group (ISG), polled more than 250 companies, ranging in...

By James Bourne, 25 March 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Research, SaaS , Software.