Cloud Computing: Redefining Analytics based Marketing Activities at the 2nd Annual Smart Data Summit, Dubai

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The Middle East’s biggest Smart Data Summit, reopens its doors with an even more exciting second edition featuring stimulating presentations, roundtable sessions and case studies from an array of global experts, sharing their thoughts on enhancing customer experience across industries and sectors using smart data and analytics. This 2 day summit will be held at Sofitel Dubai The Palm Resort and Spa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates during May 25-26, 2015.

 Over 300 delegates across the GCC and worldwide are expected to attend the Smart Data Summit, which will explore the future of data management and how smart data and analytics can drive revenue growth. Focusing on using analytics to ensure superior customer experience and loyalty, the summit’s topics explore the myriad ways in which predictive big data and analytics can have a very real impact on business performance in industries such as retail, telecom and services...

More Than Half of Enterprises Have Cloud-Based Analytics Strategy

Grazed from TalkinCloud.  Author: Chris Talbot.

An end-user research study conducted by Enterprise Management Associates(EMA) uncovered data that shows more than half of enterprises consider cloud-based analytics important to their businesses.

The firm's report,"Analytics in the Cloud", found that 32 percent of respondents indicated they had adopted cloud-based strategies for analytics — and that those strategies were considered important to their business. An additional 24 percent of respondents said they had adopted cloud-based analytics strategies that were essential to their businesses...

Cloud Computing: 3 steps to buying an analytics solution

Grazed from StrategicSourcerer.  Author: Editorial Staff.

In the practice of indirect procurement, purchasing software to support various departments and operations is a concern those in charge should take quite seriously.  However, the consideration grows much more complex in regard to big data analytics. According to a 2013 report conducted by SNS Research, global investment in data analysis solutions is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 17 percent between 2014 and 2020.

This technology comes in many forms, and iterations are often constructed to befit the needs of certain verticals, such as manufacturing or health care. For instance, a business specializing in qualitative data analysis tools may deliver solutions through cloud computing, a practice known as software-as-a-service.  Listed below are three steps procurement officers should follow when surveying big data analytics tools...

IBM Patents Real-Time Analytics for Cloud Data

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Darryl K. Taft.

IBM announced it has patented an invention that enhances the use of analytics for assessing and directing data in a cloud computing environment, enabling more timely and efficient application processing and management. The IBM invention, U.S Patent #8,639,809, "Predictive Removal of Runtime Data Using Attribute Characterizing," analyzes data from a variety of sources to avoid performance lags and processing delays.

Since not all data is equal and resources for processing, storing and managing information are finite, real-time analytics can be useful in expediting this process, IBM said. "Processing data in a cloud is similar to managing checkout lines at a store—if you have one simple item to purchase, an express lane is preferable to waiting in line behind someone with a more complicated order," IBM Inventor Michael Branson, who co-invented the patented technique with John Santosuosso, said in a statement...

Cloud Computing: IBM Launches Public Beta Version of Watson Analytics

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The recent launch comes after the private beta was made available in Sep 2014. To date, Watson Analytics has nearabout 22,000 registered members. The new service will be made available under a cloud-based freemium model through Apple's iOS, Google's Android services as well as through the web.

Watson is an artificially intelligent computer system capable of answering questions posed in natural language. Watson Analytics is a cognitive service and it automates the once time-consuming tasks such as data preparation, predictive analysis, and visual story-telling for business professionals...

Cloud Computing: Want to make data scientist money? Learn data science tools

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Editorial Staff.

O’Reilly Media released the results of its second-annual data science salary survey on Thursday (available for free download here), and the results were not too surprising. Essentially, it shows that people who work with tools designed for big data, machine learning, statistical computing and cloud computing make more money — often between $20,000 and $30,000 more a year, based on median incomes — than people whose jobs only involve tools such as SQL and Excel.

In that regard, the survey doesn’t really tell us anything new. All the talk over the past couple years about competitive recruitment and high salaries for data scientists was true, and it was true precisely because companies want the people who know how to work with new technologies. They want this decade’s data scientists — people who can build AI systems or pipelines for streaming sensor data — not last decade’s data analysts...

Unlocking the potential of big data in the cloud

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Cloud computing and Big Data are the two top innovation hubs in ICT. Together they have the potential to become pivotal enhancers of social transformation and economic development for many years to come. Two ICT initiatives are filling technology headlines these days, promising to revolutionize computing, business practice, education and most areas of knowledge one can think of.

On the one hand, Big Data is an emerging paradigm for large scale distributed data management that aims at being able to process large amounts of data beyond the possibilities of traditional database technologies. On the other hand, cloud computing is born as a paradigm for distributed computing systems whose goal is to offer software as a service over the Internet...

Cloud Computing Applications vs. Workplace Security

Grazed from Midsize Insider. Author: Marissa Tejada.

New research indicates that cloud computing applications are proving to be a challenge for IT professionals. Part of the problem, it turns out, is that employees are overriding IT policies and bypassing the IT app approval process.

Keeping Up With the Growth

According to a recent report by GigaOM and CipherCloud featured in The Whir, cloud usage is predicted to grow 126.5 percent this year. Software as a Service (SaaS) in particular is predicted to grow at almost 200 percent. Yet IT professionals who have put an approval process in place are finding that 38 percent of employees are bypassing their security efforts, and 81 percent are using unauthorized SaaS applications. As a result, keeping track of cloud apps is a challenge...

Computerworld's 2015 Forecast Predicts Security, Cloud Computing And Analytics Will Lead IT Spending

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Louis Colombus.

IT spending for security technologies will increase 46% in 2015, with cloud computing increasing 42% and business analytics investments up 38%. . Enterprise investments in storage will increase 36%, and for wireless & mobile, 35%. Cloud computing initiatives are the most important project for the majority of IT departments today (16%) and are expected to cause the most disruption in the future.

IDG predicts the majority of cloud computing’s disruption will be focused on improving service and generating new revenue streams. These and other key take-aways are from recent IDG Enterprise research titled Computerworld Forecast Study 2015. The goal of the study was to determine IT priorities for 2015 in areas such as spending, staffing and technology. Computerworld spoke with 194 respondents, 55% of which are from the executive IT roles...

How big data is fueling a new age in space exploration

Grazed from VentureBeat.  Author: Ilya Golubovich.

In 2018, a group of organizations from all of the world will begin construction of the largest radio telescope ever built, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).  With one million square meters of collecting area and enough optical fiber to wrap around the Earth twice, this marvel of modern engineering will be sensitive enough to detect airport radar on a planet 50 light years away.

SKA will also generate 700 terabytes of data every second, equivalent to roughly 35 times the data stored in the Library of Congress. At full capacity, the SKA’s aperture arrays are expected to produce 100 times more data than the entire Internet. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that such a deluge of information creates a big data problem, perhaps the biggest we have ever encountered...