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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

Oracle picks up a digital marketing Christmas present: Datalogix

Yesterday Oracle announced its acquisition of Datalogix; a Colorado, US based marketing data technology company that helps brands and online publishers connect to offline consumer purchase data. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Datalogix will complement Oracle’s cloud based Data as a Service offering with additional data about the buying behaviours, demographics and financial […]

Posted on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 by

OpenText snaps up Actuate to plug analytics gap

Last week OpenText announced its intention to acquire Actuate, the open source embedded analytics company for around $330 million. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015. News of an acquisition wasn’t a total surprise for many industry watchers. It was obvious that Actuate has been struggling for a while; in […]

Posted on Monday, December 8, 2014 by

Increase your predictive analytics’ impact : quantify the expected benefits

Our research suggests that whilst many organisations understand the value and power of predictive analytics and its potential impact on business efficiencies, competitive advantage and revenue generation, a high proportion didn’t articulate these ideas and notions within a business case. When asked why, many alluded to the fact that whilst they recognised its purpose, building a […]

Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2014 by

Re:Invent reviewed

I was at Amazon Web Services’ re:Invent 2014 conference in Las Vegas last week. There, the company made a slew of new service announcements – some focusing on application development and deployment (such as AWS CodeDeploy, AWS CodePipeline, and AWS CodeCommit), some on security, compliance and governance (such as AWS Service Catalog, AWS Config, and […]

Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by

It’s big and it’s clever – how savvy marketers hit the target with Big Data and Analytics

Last week my colleague Craig Wentworth and I spoke at the inaugural #CMOEvent near Silverstone in the UK. It was an enjoyable and interactive day with marketing attendees from several industries and the not- for-profit sector. Our talk centred on the impact of Big Data Analytics, in particular the trends influencing and driving how organisations […]

Posted on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 by

Salesforce catches a Wave and rolls out Salesforce Cloud Analytics

This week Salesforce used its flagship user conference Dreamforce to announce the release of its first Cloud Analytics offering: Wave. This is a significant announcement for the CRM giant since the company has faced increasing criticism in recent times for its lack of analytic capabilities. Wave aims to address this gap;  built on the Salesforce1 platform, […]

Posted on Monday, October 20, 2014 by