Big Data, unification, and JSON share spotlight at Teradata user conference

Madan Sheina, Lead Analyst, Software – Information Management

Teradata’s data warehousing and analytics strategy continues to be heavily influenced by Big Data, which took center stage at its annual Partners user conference in Dallas, Texas, last week. While Teradata didn’t make any major new product announcements at the event, it did spotlight four areas: enterprise data warehousing (EDW), Aster Data Discovery, unified data architecture, and analytically-driven marketing optimization. For...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 08 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Developers.

Oracle accelerates database and cloud strategy

Tim Jennings, Chief Analyst & Research Fellow, Enterprise IT

Oracle’s September 2013 customer event was notable for a series of announcements designed to help the company’s customers improve the speed and agility of their information systems. The flagship news revolved around Oracle’s core competence of database technology, with forthcoming releases of an in-memory option for Oracle Database 12c that promises to significantly speed up analytic queries, and of an...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 31 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise.

The failures of HealthCare.gov are symptomatic of larger issues with federal IT

Nishant Shah, Senior Analyst, Government Technology

Since its October 1 launch, HealthCare.gov – the $400m portal through which uninsured Americans are supposed to be able to enroll in Obamacare – has experienced widely reported technical problems, prompting President Obama to publicly express his anger over the situation and promise a “tech surge” to fix the site. There have also been Congressional hearings grilling the contractors and federal Health and Human Services (HHS) staff involved....

By Ovum StraightTalk, 29 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Disaster Recovery, Economy, Industry.

SAP and SAS partner for fast big data in-memory analytics

Madan Sheina, Lead Analyst, Software – Information ManagementSAP and SAS announced a new partnership to create a joint product roadmap for in-memory analytics solutions. The aim is to make SAS’s advanced analytics software run smoothly on SAP’s HANA in-memory platform, helping joint customers run bigger, more complex, and faster analysis workloads. The combination of technologies is potentially compelling for customers looking to mine intelligence out of Big Data. However, depending on which...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 28 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Enterprise, Industry.

How Oracle Database 12c embraces in-memory architecture

Tony Baer, Principal Analyst, Software – Enterprise Solutions

At the Oracle OpenWorld annual user conference last week, Oracle announced enhancements to the Oracle Database 12c platform, including a new in-memory option for both analytics and transactional applications and an extension of its engineered systems portfolio to cover backup and logging. The new Oracle Database In-Memory Option is targeted at improving performance with analytics and OLTP (online transaction processing). The in-memory enhancement is in...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 14 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Economy, Enterprise.

How cloud opportunities are set aloft by Ethernet

Ian Redpath, Principal Analyst, Network Infrastructure

The 10th Ethernet World was held in Prague September 30 through October 2. The global enterprise Ethernet service market continues to grow robustly. For full-year 2013, Ovum projects a $34bn Ethernet service market worldwide, growing to $62bn by 2018 at a 13% CAGR. Ovum chaired the cloud services and data center day at the conference. The industry discussion on cloud services continues to mature based on new business model constructs, a growing body of...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 10 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, UnifiedComms, Vendors.

Oracle and Accenture take pharma R&D to the cloud

Andrew Brosnan, Senior Analyst, Health Sciences

Life sciences companies are faced with significant economic challenges that necessitate a change in their business model: the cost of developing new drugs is too high, and the current cost of healthcare is unsustainable. As a result, big pharmaceutical companies must leverage new technologies to extract greater value from their data while reducing the cost of drug development. At this year’s Oracle OpenWorld conference, Oracle and Accenture outlined the R&D...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 10 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Industry, Research.

Teradata 14.10 ups in-memory and in-database analytics

Tony Baer, Principal Analyst, Software – Information Management

The recently released Teradata 14.10 platform adds several features that one-up and surpass some of its newer analytic platform rivals. Highlights include dynamic tiering of hot data into memory, increased support for in-database analytics, better connectivity to Hadoop, and new optimizations for R implementation that fully exploit parallel processing. Some of the enhancements, such as in-memory tiering, in-database analytic functions, and tighter Hadoop...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 30 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Developers.

NYSE’s “Tick as a Service” shows cloud use is growing in the capital markets

Rik Turner, Senior Analyst, Financial Services Technology

NYSE Technologies, the technology products and services arm of the New York Stock Exchange, is teaming with UK software developer First Derivatives to launch “Tick As A Service,” an offering that will enable firms carrying out backtesting on algorithms and compliance checking to access large volumes of historical tick data directly from its facilities. Payment is currently by monthly subscription rather than on a pay-per-use basis, and the data is...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 23 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Architecture, Best Practice, Industry, Infrastructure.

IBM introduces flexibility to Big Data governance

Tony Baer, Principal Analyst, Software – Enterprise SolutionsIBM’s latest Big Data enhancements for its InfoSphere integration and governance product portfolio promote an emerging approach to reconcile Big Data with master data management (MDM). IBM’s official terminology is “building confidence” in Big Data. The innovation is a probabilistic approach based on the idea that when ensuring the validity and sanctity of Big Data, “perfect is the enemy of good.” This is very much in line...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 19 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Compliance, Enterprise, Regulation.

How big data is a key part of Intel’s data centre vision

Madan Sheina, Lead Analyst, Information Management, Tony Baer, Principal Analyst, Enterprise Solutions

Intel recently shared its long-term strategic vision of how corporate data centers will evolve. Big Data processing plays a central role, driven by a future of escalating data volumes from mobile, cloud, and “Internet of Things” sources. Intel is starting to pull together a portfolio of offerings as a foundational infrastructure for analyzing Big Data. Not surprisingly, this is a hardware-centric...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 13 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Hardware, Storage.

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.

Unified comms and collaboration is increasingly important for insurers

Barry Rabkin, Principal Analyst, Insurance Technology

Unified communications and collaboration (UCC) capabilities are becoming increasingly important for insurers and companies in other industries in the rapidly emerging digital marketplace. To determine how enterprises around the globe are using or planning to use UCC, Ovum interviewed over 1,320 enterprise ICT decision-makers in 18 countries in 4Q12 and 1Q13. Ovum’s recently published report The Future of Unified Communications and Collaboration: Insurance...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 06 August 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, UnifiedComms, Vendors.

Integration remains a barrier to SaaS adoption

Saurabh Sharma, Senior Analyst, IT Solutions

The ever-increasing significance and adoption of software-as-a-service (SaaS) in enterprise IT has concealed the issues inherent to the shift from a traditional model for software delivery to an “as-a-service” model. Despite the emergence of similar delivery models (i.e. integration-as-a-service), integration remains a barrier to SaaS adoption. The situation has not improved much over the last couple of years, as IT still does not consider integration as a...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 01 August 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, SaaS .

NSW state government in Australia mobilises cloud services pilots

Steve Hodgkinson, Research Director, Public Sector TechnologyThe New South Wales state government in Australia is taking visionary but practical steps towards cloud services adoption via a program of pilot projects. The projects recognize the need to treat cloud services as an emerging trend to be investigated and evaluated hands-on. It is a practical organizational learning exercise, not an ideological quest or a whole-of-government “grand plan”. Cloud services adoption is best driven at an agency-by-agency...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 19 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Government, Migration, Mobility.

Cloud changes how identity management services will be consumed

Andrew Kellett, Principal Analyst, Software – IT SolutionsIn a recent report on the impact of cloud computing and identity-as-a-service (IaaS) on the identity and access management (IAM) sector (Cloud: Transforming the IAM Industry,July 2013), Ovum highlights the issues that traditional IAM vendors are being forced to address. The report demonstrates why the cloud will be a game changer for IAM over the next two years.

The report also shows that traditional platform vendors are coming under pressure...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 19 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Industry, Infrastructure.

Oracle CAF targets dynamic cloud app development and deployment

Michael Azoff, Principal Analyst, Ovum, Software Solutions Group

Oracle Cloud Application Foundation (CAF) is an out-of-the-box, pre-integrated cloud infrastructure solution built around Oracle WebLogic Server (WLS). Release 12c of Oracle CAF is now generally available and is designed for building cloud-based, dynamic enterprise applications. In addition to WLS 12c, the release comprises Oracle Coherence 12c, Oracle Tuxedo 12c, Oracle Traffic Director/Web Tier 12c, and Oracle Virtual Assembly Builder, along with...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 18 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Enterprise, Infrastructure.

Colt must clarify its cloud services positioning

Ian Brown, Senior Analyst, IT ServicesLike many of its peers in the telecoms industry, European network provider Colt is building up its IT services portfolio, of which cloud is an integral part. Network operators such as Colt own two key assets for the delivery of cloud computing: networks and data centers. They also have a key motivation for turning to the cloud: declining revenues in their legacy communications businesses.

Colt’s differentiator as a cloud provider is its expertise in cloud...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 16 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Industry, Vendors.

Big data and “data communities” are key in crisis response and prevention

Nishant Shah, Analyst, Government TechnologyUsing connection technologies to facilitate response to humanitarian emergencies has become a well-established and rapidly evolving practice by governments, international organizations, non-profit organizations, community groups, and individuals. Using such technologies in the preventionof violence and catastrophe has been more difficult, owing to lack of political will, operational gaps between receiving warnings and mounting responses, and the difficulty of measuring the results of...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 11 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Big Data, Disaster Recovery.

Oracle and Salesforce partnership offers less than meets the eye

Carter Lusher, Research Fellow & Chief Analyst: Enterprise Applications Ecosystem

On June 25, 2013, Oracle and Salesforce.com sent out press releases about how they had agreed to a strategic partnership to integrate their Salesforce.com and Oracle clouds. The press release was followed up on June 27 with a press conference held by both CEOs. The announcement generated a considerable amount of press and blogosphere buzz, with the general tone being that it is game-changing.

However, nothing in the announcement...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 05 July 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise, Salesforce.