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Two quick reasons why Microsoft acquired Datazen

This week Microsoft announced the acquisition of Datazen, a mobile business intelligence (BI) and data visualization tool provider that pushes data to devices including those running on Windows, iOS and Android devices. For those not familiar with the company, Datazen is a small Toronto based software company that started out in 2002 developing user interface and data visualization technology. […]

Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2015 by

Self-governing teams: how TransferWise organises for success

Last week Computing staged a Big Data Analytics Summit here in London. One of the main themes of the day centred on examining what it takes to become a data-driven enterprise. One presentation that certainly hit the mark with the audience came from Nilan Peiris at TransferWise; a start-up using peer-to-peer matching to reduce the cost of international […]

Posted on Thursday, April 2, 2015 by

Big Data, small devices, same cloud

Last week’s Cloud Expo Europe was again ‘co-located’ (see what they did there…?) with Data Centre World meaning that, as a trade fair, exhibitors collectively covered everything from fuel polishers, heat exchangers, fire suppression systems, racks, cables, fibre and microwave links for datacentre aficionados; through all the “as-a-Service” merchants (from IaaS and PaaS up to Communications […]

Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2015 by

Cometh the data, cometh the opportunity – the inexorable rise of data-driven analytics in healthcare insurance

Like all industries, the business of insurance is evolving to capitalise on the affordances of a data economy – and healthcare insurance is no different. Companies riding the transformational waves (of social media, mobile devices, analytics, and cloud computing) to become a digital enterprise are innovating with how they use data to reinvent their core […]

Posted on Monday, March 16, 2015 by

LV’s secret to analytics success: the marketing and analytics team double act

At the end of last month I had the pleasure of participating in the Customer Analytics for Retail Financial Services conference in London. It was a well attended event with representatives from the insurance and banking sector including Knab, Swiss Re, and Liverpool Victoria (LV) and touched on a vast array of topics including qualitative versus quantitative […]

Posted on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 by

Helping tame the Big Data Analytics ‘wild west’

This week my colleague Craig Wentworth and I are running a webinar on Driving Value out of Big Data.  We’re sure it’s going to be an interesting event since it helps shine a light on how data, in all its forms, when combined with analytics and aligned to your business goals  can serve up a goldmine of […]

Posted on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 by

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

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

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