Getting ahead of the game with analytics

There’s no denying that ‘analytics’ is getting more and more airtime these days. The ability to harness raw data and turn it into analytical insight that can be used to drive business action means that the promise of analytics is creating huge interest across a diverse range of use cases and industries – whether that’s […]

Posted on Thursday, May 28, 2015 by

Adobe Summit: taking analytics up a gear

Adobe Analytics gets a boost During its recent EMEA Digital Marketing Summit, analytics once again played a big role in the story Adobe was telling. This time round the digital marketing software giant introduced two new analytics additions: contribution analysis and customer attributes – alongside a new strategic partnership with Microsoft relating to Dynamics CRM. […]

Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 by

EVRYTHNG: ‘Facebook pages’ for connected products

You’re exploring how connected products and the Internet of Things might bring opportunities to your business. Perhaps you’re a supply chain player and you want better visibility; perhaps you’re a consumer brand and you want to create new kinds of engagement with customers (circumventing retailers); perhaps you’re a white goods manufacturer wanting to find ways […]

Posted on Friday, May 8, 2015 by

IBM’s Customer Analytics proposition: it’s complicated

You may already know that IBM has embarked on a major transformation programme. At the centre of this is an attempt to focus on a set of core strategic initiatives as a way of shifting its business to more lucrative, higher-margin technologies – including those for Big Data and analytics, cloud, mobile, social and security. […]

Posted on Friday, May 1, 2015 by

SAP HANA: Real-time platform processing at the transaction / analysis nexus

SAP’s Big Data strategy is focused on real-time business decision-making, at the nexus of (unsurprisingly, given its enterprise operations heritage) transaction and analytic processing. SAP’s Big Data play is SAP HANA’s convergence of database and business application capabilities – enabling transactional processing, text analysis, predictive analysis, data virtualisation, spatial processing, streaming data processing and more […]

Posted on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 by

More heavy-lifting for hire, as AWS urges its customers to rise up [the chain] and be valued

I was at Amazon Web Service’s Summit in London last week, and the phrase of the day (indeed, pretty much AWS’ phrase of the moment – as the Summit tour wound its way across the globe) is “all-in”. As in, the extent to which AWS’ customers are nailing its colours to their masts and choosing […]

Posted on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 by

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