7 ways the cloud provides flexibility for big data

 Grazed from Dell.  Author: Brian T. Horowitz.

To manage 50 billion market events — nearly a petabyte of stored data — the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) turned to the Cloudera Enterprise big data platform along with an Amazon Web Services infrastructure.  FINRA is an independent regulator overseen by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Apache Hadoop, an open-source framework written in Java that enables storage and processing of large data sets, powers Cloudera Enterprise.
The Cloudera platform will help FINRA adhere to the requirements for dynamic monitoring of financial markets and allow the organization to scale for future growth.  The AWS cloud service FINRA uses is compatible with applications such as Dell Cloud Manager, as well as Dell Managed Cloud Services...

CloudPhysics Releases Exploration Mode Which Lets VMware Users Identify the Root Cause of Infrastructure Issues Within Minutes

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CloudPhysics, provider of data-driven insights for smarter IT, today released Exploration Mode, which is available as part of its award-winning analytics solution for VMware users. CloudPhysics' new Exploration Mode enables admins to identify the root causes of server issues, by easily and interactively displaying resource consumption patterns and environment changes over time.

Infrastructure is increasingly complex, and change is constant -- whether immediate, or slower, more insidious configuration drift. A recent CloudPhysics survey indicated that 68% of application disruptions are due to configuration issues, rather than software or hardware failures. Prior to Exploration Mode, when a change-driven problem surfaced in the infrastructure, IT admins were unable to "replay" the environment across time to correlate events or changes that may have caused the problem.

ExtraHop Introduces Explore Search Appliance for Turnkey Big Data Analytics

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ExtraHop, the global leader in real-time wire data analytics for IT and business intelligence, today announced the fifth generation of its platform. The company's latest innovation positions ExtraHop as a pioneer in real-time stream analytics for all data-in-motion with market-leading dynamic discovery and universal observation capabilities. These features, when paired with the new ExtraHop Explore appliance, deliver sophisticated historical search and multi-dimensional analysis of all wire data. Extended Open Data Stream capabilities include support for Kafka and REST, delivering correlation and contextualization to extract value from a wider array of datasets.

In his October 2015 report, "Causal Analysis Makes Availability and Performance Data Actionable," Gartner Research VP Will Cappelli wrote: "Recognition that more data does not equate to availability and performance process improvement is cascading across global enterprises. As a result, users have begun to insist that any ITOA solution should focus not only on the ingestion, storage and access to data, but also on tools for making that data meaningful and actionable."

MBA Careers: Cloud Computing, Big Data At Heart Of Accountancy Transformation

Grazed from BusinessBecause. Author: Seb Murray.

The technologies behind cloud computing and data analytics are set to alter the future of the accountancy landscape and with it the careers of future CFOs. As the big accounting firms — among them PwC, KPMG, EY and Deloitte — face growing challenges from disruptive tech companies like Google and SAP, their employees must master new digital tools.

Nick Frost, partner at KPMG in the UK, says: “To deal with this real threat we must become the best at accountancy-based or financial process data analytics.” The biggest growth in demand is for budding auditors who can trawl through vast quantities of big data using advanced analytics. “Big data is starting to take hold on the industry, with the Big Four leading the way,” says Alex Stremme, assistant dean at Warwick Business School...

Cloud Computing: IBM opens Watson to the world

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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...