1. Articles in category: Big Data and Analytics

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    1. Healthcare Is The Last Industry To Be Disrupted, Says KPCB’s Beth Seidenberg

      Tech has changed almost every aspect of our lives, from shopping to transportation. But despite the enormous amount of money Americans spend on healthcare, many treatments are decades old. In an onstage conversation with TechCrunch’s Sarah Buhr at Disrupt today, Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers partner Beth Seidenberg said “healthcare is really the last industry to be disrupted.”

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    2. How Asean organisations are untangling big data storage challenge

      If organisations are to benefit from the promise of big data they must get on top of a legal and regulatory minefield when it comes to storing data. How are Asean IT departments navigating this? Handling and understanding large and complex sets of data has become a business imperative, and is providing answers to business problems among the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean). But to get those valuable insights, organisations in the region face a tangle of legal implications, as well as the technical challenges of storing such a vast volume of data.

       

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    3. Three quarters of companies are investing in big data, but the ROI remains elusive

      More than three-quarters of companies are investing or planning to invest in big data in the next two year. As in previous years, organisations are overwhelmingly targeting enhanced customer experience as the primary goal of big data projects (64 per cent). Process efficiency and more-targeted marketing are now tied at 47 per cent. Perhaps unsurprisingly, as data breaches "continue to make headlines", enhanced security capabilities saw the largest increase, from 15 per cent to 23 per cent

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    4. Advanced analytics: How to select a self-service solution

      Until recently, advanced analytics were the province of statisticians and data scientists, but that's changing with the emergence of self-service options for analytics. Vendors are pursuing two broad approaches: BI meets prediction: Products focused primarily on self-service Business Intelligence (e.g., data exploration, data visualization, dashboarding and reporting) are being enhanced with predictive features.

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    5. Clouds ahead: What an IT career will look like five years out

      IT pros who don't take the time to lift their heads and assess the likely IT landscape five years out may be asking for career trouble. Because one fact is clear: Organizations of all stripes are increasingly moving IT infrastructure to the cloud. In fact, most IT pros who've pulled all- nighters, swapping in hard drives or upgrading systems while co-workers slept, probably won't recognize their offices' IT architecture - or the lack thereof - in five years.

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    6. WhoKnows tells you who at your company knows most about what you’re researching online

      Take a moment to look around at the people you work with. Do you have a good grasp of everything they know and all the topics they’re knowledgeable about? Are you fully aware of all the connections and relationships they can leverage to help you do your job? The likely answer is “No,” and as with everything else in the 21st Century, it turns out that there’s an app for that. WhoKnows bills itself as the “first smart enterprise network” — a repository not just of who works for your company, but of all the topics, expertise, relationships, and ...

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    7. Data warehousing in the cloud — it’s more than logical

      It has been estimated that more than 30 billion connected devices will exist by 2020. If a business isn’t capturing and analyzing all the ‘born on the cloud’ data in this emerging Internet of Things, then they are not getting a 360-degree view of their customers — in fact, they are not even getting a 180-degree of their customers.

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    8. Google Dreams of a World After Apps but It’s a Nightmare for Rivals

      "In an app world, Google is nothing."

      With one search algorithm tweak this week, Google rekindled deep-seated fears that it is doing its damnedest to nuke apps. Maybe. Google earns more money when people are on the mobile Web, not in apps. Publicly, the company has voiced support for solving the nagging problems of apps, discovery and dormancy. Internally, however, chatter is less about crippling apps than imagining a world beyond them.

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    9. Technology And Data Are Spurring A Clash Of Travel Titans

      There’s no way to put this gently, so here it goes: The rapid advancement in digital technology is transforming the cozy world of travel retail into an all-out war for customers. And that’s a good thing for you and me as travelers, because it will ultimately mean more selection, better customization and, potentially, lower prices.

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    10. Application modernisation remains a top CIO priority

      Targeting legacy is a key focus for IT departments as they shift more applications onto the cloud. Modernising core business applications is among the top five priorities for IT departments, a recent study from Gartner has found. The analyst reported that modernisation and digital transformation projects would help fuel a 7.5% growth in enterprise application spending. "The majority of spending is going towards modernising, functionally expanding or substituting long-standing business and office applications with cloud-based software-as-a-service," said Bianca Granetto, research director at Gartner.

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    11. The Secret Ingredient In The Text Analytics ROI Recipe

      Vendors, the trade press and even popular media are talking about the world’s rapidly expanding body of electronic data. Lots of data equals lots of value, right? The one thing that separates a text analytics success from a text analytics failure is a decent plan. Why doesn’t everybody do this? It’s not that people don’t know how, really not. Perhaps it’s just that when we encounter something new, we don’t always see how it fits in with what we already do each day.

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    12. In a few years, Gartner predicts most businesses will do more building than buying of apps

      In a report released today, Gartner said it believes that by 2020, 75 percent of application purchases by businesses will be related to building apps, rather than buying them. The report covered a very wide range of trends around enterprise software and services, including predictions around the shift to cloud services. In addition to the trend toward custom development, much of Gartner's research showed a significant shift away from on-premises software to new models including cloud services. In fact, it pegged 2020 as a cloud tipping point.

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    13. Yahoo to devs: Forget the browser; mobile is all about apps

      Yahoo's reinvention as a mobile app platform continues as U.S. consumers now spend 90 percent of their mobile device time in apps, and not in the browser. Yahoo is touting the importance of mobile apps over browsers and providing several new tools to help programmers make them. Using data from its Flurry analytics platform, acquired last year, Yahoo paints a picture of growing importance for mobile apps. The company says during April to June this year, U.S. consumers spent 35 percent more time on their mobile devices than the same time period last year, now up to ...

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    14. A Necessary Evil with Bankable Benefits

      Although not as glitzy as big data and IoT, application modernization is a high-priority initiative for organizations across all industry lines, according to the recent CIO Survey. It’s especially significant for financial institutions, for which 73 percent of the respondents see this seemingly tactical maneuver as a must-do over the next 12 months. Why? Because in this digital economy, every bank has to keep up with the “Joneses” within reasonable operating margins and despite regulatory pressure.

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    15. ​Air New Zealand drives digital transformation through analytics

      Airline reports record result, increases capital spending on to technology by 50 percent over three years. Air New Zealand is on a digital mission: To "create a leading digital organisation in Australasia and to be one of the best digital airlines globally." Reporting a record annual result for 2015, today the airline, which is already noted for its adoption of and innovation with digital technologies, said it had set itself the objective to "unleash digital transformation" for customers, sales channels and operations. In that cause, Air New Zealand is replacing the CIO role with a that of a chief digital ...

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    16. What CIOs need to know about digital payments

      Paper checks are so last-century. According to a survey by Blackhawk Network Shopper, digital payments are on the rise and consumers are frustrated when their money does not move at the speed they want. And the impending move to chip-and-pin credit cards by retailers nationwide – which is sure to cause confusion and frustration and longer lines at stores – could give an even bigger boost to so-called mobile wallet systems like Apple Pay, Google Pay and others.

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    17. Let the Third Time Be the Charm

      As expectations and business models continue to evolve, so too must the CIO’s approach to IT. Most organizations have landed in a virtual pressure cooker of IT demands, with business units clamoring for services from an infinite number of locations and mission-critical workloads moving to numerous places—all with an ever-sharp focus on innovation and time to value. Today, more than ever, the CIO’s job is to contain that pressure cooker and avoid costly fragmentation while delivering on the urgent needs of the business. One way CIOs can alleviate the pressure is to transition to what IDC has ...

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    18. We’ll see you, anon

      Can big databases be kept both anonymous and useful? The anonymization of a data record typically means the removal from it of personally identifiable information. Names, obviously. But also phone numbers, addresses and various intimate details like dates of birth. Such a record is then deemed safe for release to researchers, and even to the public, to make of it what they will. Many people volunteer information, for example to medical trials, on the understanding that this will happen. But the ability to compare databases threatens to make a mockery of such protections.

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    19. Data security, the achilles heel of DevOps

      Survey finds speed and quality in software delivery are the name of the game in DevOps. But does data get put at risk? There has been overwhelming momentum to the practice of DevOps in recent years, and for good reason.  However, it takes data to test and ensure that everything is running properly, and all too often that data comes out of live production systems. Once data leaves the data center, there's less assurance that it is being managed in a secure way. 

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    20. Here are the five most over-hyped technologies of 2015 according to Gartner

      Research firm Gartner has long promoted an analytical concept called the “hype cycle.” Basically, the notion is that in the world of technology, people tend to get over-excited about new thingies, and then are disappointed when the new thingies don’t change the world in the blink of an eye. But after that, some of the thingies do actually change the world, given the right evolution and path and some patience. This is where things actually get interesting, if you don’t give up on them.

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