Analytics

Analytics, Cloud Computing Dominate Internet Of Things App Developers' Plans

Grazed from Forbes.  Author: Louis Columbus.

 79% of Internet of Things (IoT) app developers spend at least 25% of their time with analytics or databases,  and 42% work on Big Data or advanced analytics projects.  55% of IoT developers primarily connect devices through the Cloud, with 32% connecting through a hub or middle tier.
 
26% of IoT developers most associate cloud computing with the Internet of Things and are 3X more likely to use the Cloud as a development environment.  These and many other insights are from the Internet of Things Study 2015, Volume I by Evans Data Corporation. Evans Data Corporation (EDC) maintains an international panel of developers who were contacted for this study...

Cloud Computing: Microsoft's Business Intelligence Service Gets a Power Boost

Grazed from TopTechNews.  Author: Dan Heilman.

An updated version of Microsoft’s Power BI service will be released July 24, the company announced Friday. The goal of the updated service is to enable business users to benefit from business intelligence and analytics without requiring sophisticated help from analysts, data scientists, or other tech staff.
The new set of business-intelligence tools will replace Microsoft's current Power BI for Office 365 service. Also available on July 24 will be Power BI Desktop -- formerly known as Power BI Designer.
 
Enhancements to the Power BI Desktop include new visualizations; visualization formatting; more source support to include Zendesk, Intuit Quickbooks Online and AppFigures, among others; and direct connection to SQL Server Analysis Services tabular models for data exploration...

Cloud Computing: SAP Kills Two Birds With One Stone, Integrating Predictive Analytics with Big Data & IoT

Grazed from Forbes.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Last month, global software giant SAP SE announced that its Predictive Analytics Software has been upgraded to include integration for big data and Internet of Things (IoT) analytics. The stronger integration of SAP HANA analytics with IoT serves the increasing number of customers that apply analytics to the enormous amount of data generated in IoT applications. From an analytics standpoint, customers will now be able to gain insights into big data derived from IoT. On the other hand, IoT enterprises will be able to gain analytical insights that were insofar not available as easily.

This gives SAP a dual advantage in the two budding and highly sought after markets, namely predictive analytics and IoT.  SAP has been aggressively making a push into IoT , and the latest update to its Predictive Analytics software further expands its product portfolio in the IoT market. It also gives the company another step up against competition from leading cloud computing vendor, Salesforce.com, which is targeting the cloud analytics market as its next growth frontier...

Better Analytics Must Address Cloud Computing's Remaining Challenges

Grazed from InformationWeek. Author: Bob Violino.

Without proper analytics in place, many cloud services customers are wasting resources, struggling with compliance and suffering from outages and unexpected costs, according to a new study from Forrester Research. The study, sponsored by enterprise cloud hosting provider iLand, shows that all of the 275 IT decision makers and senior business executives surveyed in the United States, United Kingdom and Singapore said they’ve experienced at least one negative financial or operational impact due to missing or hidden metadata.

These negative business impacts include outages, wasted resources, unexpected costs and challenges reporting to management. “Companies aren’t just using the cloud—they depend on it,” the report says. “Nevertheless, cloud providers fail to keep cloud users happy. As companies expand their use of cloud services, they need to be confident that their cloud providers aren’t holding anything back, and are committed to their success.”...

Unifying the big content, big data divide

Grazed from CCI.  Author: Mika Javanainen.

While cloud computing is credited with offering more effective ways to utilise applications, it can also further complicate the task of document and content management with the introduction of new sets of information silos.  Many companies are encountering issues with ‘dark data’ because they maintain multiple information silos in the cloud and on-premises that contain business-critical data sets that other systems cannot leverage. These repositories often contain massive amounts of Big Data (structured data) and Big Content (unstructured content).

To effectively connect these silos and ensure information workers have fast access to all of the content they need, it’s important to first understand their differences. Structured data (Big Data) is information that resides in various databases and business systems such as CRM and ERP solutions -- much of which is often maintained by different lines of business and isolated to specific users and applications...

Oracle's Cloud Business Grows on Big Data: Time to Invest?

Grazed from Nasdaq.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Oracle's third-quarter fiscal 2015 results gained significantly from the cloud business. The company's earnings surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate, while revenues came in line. We believe that the rapid adoption of engineered systems and cloud suites will drive the top line in 2015.

Oracle commands a dominant position in the enterprise software and database management system (DBMS) software market. According to market research firm Gartner, global spending on IT infrastructure is estimated to grow 2.4% to $3.8 trillion in 2015. Among infrastructure, DBMS is expected to gain significantly driven by Big Data and digitalization initiatives. We believe Oracle is positioned well in the DBMS software market to gain from this trend...

IBM, UK to Collaborate on Big Data

Grazed from Datanami.  Author:  George Leopold.

The British government and partner IBM are investing £300 million (more than $456 million) to promote big data and cognitive computing research aimed at helping U.K. businesses engage with customers and suppliers.

Among IBM’s contributions to the big data project announced this week is a package of technology and “onsite expertise” valued at £200 million, including access to its Watson cognitive computing platform and at least 24 IBM researchers. They will work with U.K. big data scientists...

Google cloud strategy focuses on analyzing big data

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Sharon Gaudin.

Google may not have caught up to Amazon in the cloud market, but that's OK, according to a Google executive. The company is heading in a slightly different direction with cloud computing that involves helping customers analyze their data. "It's not about catching up to [Amazon]," said Brian Stevens, vice president of cloud platform at Google.

"It's not just about lifting and shifting servers and such. It's not about doing exactly the same thing you've been doing. It's about doing things in a new cloud way." That could change the way companies do business. It also could help Google become a cloud powerhouse. Stevens, who spoke with Computerworld during Google I/O, the company's annual developer conference, said he wants the company's cloud offering to do more than simply enable enterprises to stop buying their own servers...

Cloud Computing: IBM Watson gets smart in the oil refinery business

Grazed from ComputerWorld. Author: Joab Jackson.

Australian energy company Woodside Energy hopes to strike a gusher in its own backyard -- a gusher of information, that is. The company plans to improve the efficiency of its refinery plants by using IBM's Watson cognitive computing services to gather and share insights from its own engineers.

Woodside "wants to take the knowledge of their senior engineers and make it available, with the support of Watson, to a broader range of employees," said Ed Harbour, IBM vice president of the company's Watson Group. The two companies will partner to create a search engine, or "cognitive advisory service," that can be used by Woodside's engineering teams to ask complex questions about facilities management and design, according to IBM...

Cloud Based Analytics - Coming Clash of the Titans

Grazed from DataScienceCentral. Author: Naagesh Padmanaban.

From all indications, 2015 is well on its way to becoming the year of cloud computing. The feverish pitch of activities at key players on one hand and the data as well as observations of industry pundits affirm this. There are apparently a handful of reason to keep the IT industry leaders awake at night.

For starters, per , 2014 revenues for cloud services grew by 60 percent. The global cloud computing market, per Forrester, is expected to grow to over $191 billion by 2020. IDC also foresees a robust market for cloud computing services. The cloud computing stacks - Infrastructure as a service (Iaas), Platform as a service (Paas) and Software as a service (Saas) – are all driving the healthy cloud computing market growth...