Driving value from Big Data Analytics

How much insight can your business derive from the data it gathers? In today’s digital economy, data comes from a vast array of sources from both inside and outside your organisation: some you’re familiar with, others less so; some nice and clean, others that should probably come with a health warning. All of which when […]

Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by

Pivotal first amongst equals on the Open Data Platform

Ever thought the world of open source Big Data components was, well, a little uncoordinated; a little too open? If you had the budget, the talent, and the inclination you could always harden your own enterprise infrastructure – taking raw open source tools and making them work the way your business needs them to (with high availability, […]

Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by

Don’t think digital transformation needs to be on your agenda? Think again

Received wisdom is often a dangerous thing. For years, it was received wisdom that new enterprise technology shifts would be first undertaken by financial institutions, telecoms companies and the technology sector itself. When it comes to the embrace of the current wave of digital technologies, we’re seeing something completely different. Retailers, publishers, travel and transportation […]

Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 by

What’s in it for me? Articulating the benefits of social collaboration

When you’re putting together your business case for social collaboration, your focus must categorically be on how implementing this type of technology – and the enabling the cultural change that must accompany it – will bring benefits to your particular organisation. This is your top line purpose, it’s necessary to get funding and executive buy-in, […]

Posted on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 by

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) acquires Pentaho to accelerate ‘social innovation’ on the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things has been a big part of Pentaho’s game plan for a while now. The company has always sought to position its big data integration and analytics platform at the nexus of sensor data, social media, location data, customer transactions, and so on – both providing a means of blending multi-dimensional data […]

Posted on Friday, February 13, 2015 by

IBM ConnectED 2015 – Lotusphere’s swan song?

A couple of weeks ago IBM hosted its annual collaboration and digital experience-focused user conference in Orlando, Florida. Formerly called Lotusphere and then IBM Connect, this year the event received another makeover, with a cut-down agenda and focus, and another new name – IBM ConnectED 2015. IBM Verse, the company’s new email offering due for general release at […]

Posted on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 by

Microsoft swoops for Revolution Analytics: another boost for the mainstreaming of R

At the end of last week Microsoft announced its intention to acquire Revolution Analytics, a commercial software provider of the open source R statistical programming language. The acquisition provides Microsoft with a robust set of commercial R offerings that will, no doubt, further its growing ambitions in the analytics space most notably around statistical analysis and advanced data visualisation and exploration. But […]

Posted on Monday, January 26, 2015 by

Box enjoys a bullish IPO, but where will all the cash go?

So, enterprise content collaboration vendor Box finally went public last week. The hotly-tipped IPO of early 2014 cooled somewhat mid-year – a combination of turbulent times for tech stocks and a luke-warm reception for Box’s numbers in its original S1 filing. The company gambled on a final round of venture funding over the summer to […]

Posted on Monday, January 26, 2015 by

Egnyte integrates analytics to optimise file sharing and collaboration

When we covered Egnyte’s enterprise file sync and share (EFSS) offer in an On the radar report back in May 2014, we commented that – in order to make good on its growth ambitions - the company would soon have to settle on how it chose to differentiate itself in a crowded and rapidly commoditising market. All around, […]

Posted on Friday, January 23, 2015 by

It’s not ALL about collaboration ALL of the time

While we are far from being in a position where collaboration is a foundation of every company culture, we have reach a point where it is generally recognised, accepted even, that better collaboration means better business. Whether it is about making the most of your people’s knowledge and skills, or about creating new, innovative ideas […]

Posted on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 by