1. Articles in category: Big Data and Analytics

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    1. Robots won't definitely take your job - and you'll have more time for personal grooming

      Despite fears over artificial intelligence, so far, according to a new study, technology has created more jobs than it's destroyed. The study by economists at Deloitte looked at the relationship between jobs and the rise of technology since the latter stages of the industrial revolution, using census data for England and Wales between 2011 and 1871. The economists concluded that technology has been "the great job-creating machine". The study argues that the debate over technology and labour has focused too heavily on the former's destructive effects and seeks to redress that imbalance by revisiting old jobs data.

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    2. Disruptive Innovators: Ready, Set, Go!

      The conditions are right for disruptive innovators to take the lead, but are CIOs ready? Their is no doubt that the stats from this year’s CIO Survey make it clear that the time is right for CIOs to get disruptive. As a former CIO I can attest that CIOs have clamored for the chance to transform organizational strategy. And in my opinion, the time is finally right. Think about it – global economies are showing significant signs of recovery, business models are evolving, innovation is taking center stage and the technology of tomorrow is taking shape.

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    3. Alibaba may stoke US paranoia with cloud move

      US disdain for Huawei over cyberspying allegations hasn't been extended to fellow Chinese peer Alibaba, but will the latter stir up similar concerns as it makes aggressive moves into the cloud? Speaking in a tone that presumed Huawei's involvement in cyberspying activities, US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice noted that after China's plans to use Huawei as a Trojan Horse for espionage failed, it learnt the error of its ways and changed its approach, resulting in the success of Alibaba's global operations.

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    4. Big Data Fades to the Algorithm Economy

      Big data is the oil of the 21st century. But for all of its value, data is inherently dumb. It doesn’t actually do anything unless you know how to use it. Oil is useless thick goop until it’s refined into fuel. Big data’s version of refined fuel – proprietary algorithms that solve specific problems that translate into actions – will be the secret sauce of successful organizations in the future. The next digital gold rush will be focused on how you do something with data, not just what you do with it. This is the promise of the algorithm ...

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    5. Subscription services suit modern businesses

      Subscriptions are fast becoming the purchasing solution for the modern business world, with faster access and less on-premise cost a major draw card, according to Robert Enslin president of global customer operations at SAP. Enslin told ZDNet that whilst hesitation for businesses to move to the cloud is still occurring, a subscription-based cloud adoption is proving an effective model for users. "A significant part of our business now is based on the cloud, and we've seen that shift to subscription growing very dramatically. If you look at our software as an on-premise solution, that part is basically flat, if ...

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    6. Europe's tech spending on the rise: Sweden, Ireland, and UK leading the way

      Cautious optimism for Europe as analysts expect to see European tech spending up by five percent this year. Tech spending in Europe is expected to hit five percent this year, according to Forrester Research, up 0.9 percentage points on last year. The Nordic countries, especially Sweden, along with Ireland and the UK will see the best growth on the continent at over five percent, while France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Benelux countries will see a more moderate rise in tech spending, with growth of between one and 3.5 percent. 

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    7. Fintech’s future is fast and furious

      Fintech is hotter than ever with investment tripling to $12.21 billion in the past year, according to Accenture’s 2015 report. Recent Jobs Act legislation is fueling this trend, with deregulation of crowdfunding leading the surge of investments from retail and institutional participants. Lending Club, for example, recorded the biggest tech IPO of 2014, raising some $865 million on the New York Stock Exchange at a valuation approaching $9 billion.

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    8. Huawei supplier ecosystem to help financial industry emulate internet giants

      Huawei, which reported £18bn sales in its latest six-month period – a 30% increase on the same period in 2014 – is targeting large finance firms in Europe with IT infrastructure products and services that can help provide services in ways customers want: online, in real time and always on. But it can’t do this alone, and Huawei has recognised the need to collaborate with other suppliers. At its Finance Summit in Beijing, the company said it will provide the ITC infrastructure for banking customers through an open supplier ecosystem, while other suppliers will add products and services to help the ...

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    9. Big Data and Risk are a Match Made in Heaven

      Traditionally the approach to managing supply chain risk has boiled down to a relatively simplistic guessing game of assessing the likelihood of a problem and its potential impact and then effectively buying insurance with inventory or capacity buffering. In business buzzword-land this all sounds fine, but in practice it still misses the big opportunity which is getting ahead of threats in the first place. This is where big data comes in.

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    10. Why CIOs can’t wait to renegotiate their outsourcing contracts

      As business needs—and the new technologies required to support them—evolve ever more rapidly, outsourcing contracts signed just a year or two ago are already getting stale. That’s why Mayer Brown business and sourcing technology partner Dan Masur is advising companies to revamp their outsourcing deals right now to not only access new options, but also to cut significant costs. “There have been dramatic changes in how services are delivered, and those continue to evolve.

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    11. Using technology to re-invent business process services

      The wind of change is blowing through the business process outsourcing (BPO) services industry. The days when technology simply supported a service provider’s delivery as an underlying platform are numbered. Instead, the focus is on technology as a key part of service delivery, not only supporting services but also delivering far-reaching efficiencies, enhancements, modernisation and business outcomes. We are already seeing examples of buyers doing this for themselves.

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    12. Without enterprise architects, digital economy may descend into chaos

      Enterprise architecture began emerging as a keystone to business technology engagements only within the past decade. For many organizations, EA is essential for doing things the right way from the start, rather than trying to untangle messes of expensive, incompatible and underused systems -- and underserved end users -- later on. 

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    13. The Next Industrial Revolution Should Happen In America

      Internet’ is poised to overhaul the way companies manufacture goods, in turn changing our everyday interactions with products. Imagine yourself , sitting around a picnic table with a group of friends. One of them just landed a coveted manufacturing gig right after getting her master’s degree, and is now pulling in $200,000 a year. Another is complaining that the new $8,000 Ford Fusion he custom-designed online wasn’t delivered within the promised three-day window. He was stuck taking the driverless bus around town. Brave new world? Not really.

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    14. CIOs need to reboot supplier relationships

      While large amounts of IT spending still goes to maintaining systems from the big four software providers - IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP - all the real innovation seems to be coming from elsewhere. At the same time, experts are talking about "bimodal" or two-speed IT, where back-office IT systems that support corporate "systems of record" applications, are separated from a more agile, customer-facing IT function, working directly with the business on social, cloud, big data and mobile initiatives - so-called systems of engagement. As a result, what it means to be in IT is changing. 

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    15. The bring-your-own-device fad is fading

      U.S. companies are moving away from the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend that kicked off in earnest five years ago and had workers using their personal smartphones and tablets for work duties, according to a new study. An online survey conducted in April and May of 375 U.S. IT professionals in various private businesses found that 53% allowed no BYOD, up significantly from 34% in 2013.

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    16. The obstacles to software-as-a-service adoption in banking

      Security is seen as a top obstacle to using software-as-a-service (SaaS) products for three-quarters of business technology decision makers at banks, according to a global survey. Banks have adopted cloud relatively slowly in comparison with firms of similar sizes in other sectors, and Forrester’s latest research reveals why.

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    17. Analytics Of Things -- What Does It Mean, And Where Is It Taking Us?

      Not too many years ago, “big data” was a new and unfamiliar phrase that cropped up before anyone really defined it. Now there’s an even newer concept out there: what I call the “Analytics of Things.”  Like the nifty terms that came before, however, finding an exact definition is not a big concern for me. Let’s instead go right to the fun part and consider the new possibilities that the AoT enables – for myself and other analytics practitioners working to create next generation analytics, and for the rest of the world as we begin to see the innovations ...

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    18. Flipkart wants to predict fashion trends with your photos

      The Flipkart e-commerce app could be getting a whole lot smarter about the fashion interests of its users. Punit Soni, Flipkart’s recently appointed chief product officer, today laid out an impressive vision for the app. Flipkart’s mobile app already lets users take pictures of clothing they like and then bring up that clothing in order to buy it. Soni, who spent more than eight years at Google before joining Flipkart in March, thinks the company could go much further.

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    19. HP tries to make sense of the 'super-disrupted' storage market

      'Super-disrupted' is not a word I'm used to hearing, but I heard it a lot when talking to Chris Johnson, HP's general manager for storage in EMEA. He used it half-a-dozen times when ZDNet spoke to him recently, while expounding HP's view of the evolving storage market. Over the course of an hour Johnson spelled out HP's plan for storage, which could be summed up in one word: flash. 

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    20. The Fall and Software Rebirth of Middlemen

      Silicon Valley was mostly successful in its quest to disrupt the middlemen, but now it is bringing them back with a vengeance. New software platforms, using natural language processing and machine learning, are creating all the convenience of middlemen, but with that Valley efficiency (unlike every time you try to take 101 at 5pm). This re-bundling of network consumer services bodes well for a simpler, less hectic life.

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    21. How Google tries to keep 'sneaky' spam from your inbox

      How Google tries to keep 'sneaky' spam from your inbox

      Google is using smarter technology to help keep your Gmail inbox free of spam but at the same time ensuring that legitimate messages get through. On one end, Gmail is using artificial intelligence to better detect "sneaky" spam that would otherwise get through, Google product manager Sri Harsha Somanchi said Thursday in a blog post outlining the new ways in which smarter technology is being employed to create better spam filters.

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