Cloud Computing: IBM opens Watson to the world

 Grazed from SteelersLounge.  Author: James Hoffman.

One obvious use case is marketing - an application built with Visual Insights could give a company a more rounded view of what its customers are interested in. IBM's cloud development partners have created systems for query support for card payments, customer support Q&As for financial services, live event media aggregation "as a service" social marketing and apps for the entertainment and marketing industries.

Big Blue wants Watson to be used on mobile devices, cloud services and connected systems. The company also previewed its Watson Knowledge Studio, where the company will open up its machine learning and text analytics capabilities in a single tool. In addition to the new capabilities, IBM announced that it is establishing a new Watson hub located in San Francisco, which will also serve as the new global headquarters for IBM commerce...

Analytics Becomes Next Great Cloud Service

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Mike Vizard.

When it comes to analytics there are primarily two types of use cases. The first generally involves fairly sophisticated end users that access analytics applications via a traditional user interface. Less conventionally, however, more users of other types of applications are starting to invoke analytics engines via an application programming interface (API).

Case in point is Salesforce, which at the recent Dreamforce 2015 conference announced that it has opened the programming model surrounding the Salesforce Wave Analytics Cloud. Anna Rosenman, senior director of product marketing for Salesforce Wave Analytics Cloud, says that while the first version of this cloud offering was aimed primarily at line of business users, Salesforce is now also focusing on recruiting independent software vendors (ISVs) to make use of Salesforce Analytics Cloud as part of applications that invoke Salesforce customer records...

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C-suite executives at mid-market firms investing in analytics, cloud

Grazed from CIO. Author: Thor Olavsrud.

C-suite executives in mid-market firms are increasingly involving themselves in technology decision-making, and they are focusing on cloud and analytics, according to a new report by Deloitte Growth Enterprise Services. "In the middle market, technology really has become a C-suite issue," says Stephen Keathley, national technology leader of Deloitte Growth Enterprise Services and principal of Deloitte Consulting.

"The numbers are way up for executives that are actively involved in their company's technology decisions." Between May 29 and June 15 of this year, market research firm OnResearch polled 500 executives at mid-market companies on Deloitte's behalf. The poll focused on the role and value that technology plays and how it influences business decisions in the middle market...

Cloud Computing: Aria Embeds Analytics within Billing Management Service

Grazed from TalkinCloud. Author: Mike Vizard.

In a digital economy business models are constantly in a state of flux. Other than the fact that they generally involve some form of subscription revenue no one is ever quite sure how to best price a particular good or service. As a result, there tends to be a lot more reliance on analytics applications to make sense of the overall digital economy.

Aria Systems today announced that it is making it a lot simpler to take advantage of those analytics by embedding Aria Revenue Analytics software inside its cloud service for managing billing. Designed to make it simpler to support multiple types of billing models, Adeeb Shanaa, senior vice president of products and engineering for Aria Systems, says Aria Revenue Analytics will provide a way for organizations to more easily discern, for example, which customers have the greatest lifetime value...

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,, 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?

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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...