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Overwhelmed by the volume of Big Data information out there? Step this way…

It’s ironic, isn’t it? Wading through all the information that’s out there about Big Data is probably as overwhelming as trying to make sense of all the data in your own business coming at you from numerous disparate sources – what’s the quality like, is it up to date, is it relevant to me, how [...]

Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2014 by

Microstrategy World 2014: new product packaging, courting LOB users and raising its profile

This week in Barcelona Microstrategy held its European user convention where around 1,200 delegates congregated to hear the company, partners and customers showcase the latest from the BI vendor. Whilst there was a lot to take in at the event it was the company’s announcement about a new packaging scheme designed to simplify pricing for [...]

Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2014 by

The Big Big Data vendor landscape

According to a report produced by CB Insights and IPO advisors Orrick, between 2008-12 VC firms pumped around $5bn of venture capital into Big Data technology vendors. The first half of 2013 alone saw a further $1.3bn of venture funding into the market. We all know that Big Data is Hot, and these are just two more data points [...]

Posted on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 by

IBM analytics’ portfolio looks to the cloud

At its recent Big Data Analytics conference (held in both London and New York) IBM outlined the role of cloud computing as a deployment model for delivering analytics capabilities to its customers. Whilst IBM has never shied away from the cloud model, this year we noticed a very definite shift from the company. Now it’s [...]

Posted on Monday, June 30, 2014 by

Adobe predicts a cloudy analytics future

During its recent EMEA Digital Marketing Summit in London, Adobe outlined several new features to its Marketing Cloud platform that centre around predictive and advanced analytics. This, we believe, marks a more serious and committed focus from Adobe as it seeks to emphasise the role that data and analytics play in helping engage and connect [...]

Posted on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 by

Pegasystems eyes social media analytics with MeshLabs buy

Pegasystems, the BPM platform vendor, has recently acquired MeshLabs, a social analytics and natural language processing vendor based out in Bangalore, India, for an undisclosed amount. A very quick glance at the acquisition would suggest a big part of the draw for Pegasystems is that it gets its hands on a pretty nifty advanced text [...]

Posted on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 by

Searching for Big Insights at Big Data Week

I was at Big Data Week’s London Conference to hear about how bigger and faster data can make our cities smarter, our selves more quantified, and our ‘things’ more interconnected. In fact, the subject of all those billions of instrumented ‘things’, and the deluge of sensor data they threaten to drown us all in, pretty [...]

Posted on Thursday, May 15, 2014 by

AWS: cloudy with outbreaks of gain at the summit?

Last week Amazon Web Services brought its Enterprise Summit to London. The agenda promised customer stories by the bucketload, and we weren’t disappointed. For an event so keenly focused on persuading enterprise customers to stop worrying and learn to love the cloud, AWS sensibly let its customers do a lot of the talking for them. [...]

Posted on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 by

‘Clean data’ vs ‘More Data’

Are you happy with your wash? Or are you deeply troubled by ‘dirty data’? Fear not… your real problem might simply be that you don’t have enough of it! A Big Data outfit might still be for you, as long as you’re careful what occasions you wear it for, and adhere to the washing instructions [...]

Posted on Thursday, May 1, 2014 by

When Big Data uncovers No Data – “not there”, “null”, or simply “nothing worth using”…

I’ve been researching Big Data at MWD for the last couple of months now. In my introductory report* I stuck to the script and focused on technologies for managing Big Data, because that’s commonly what people have the most pressing need to understand… but where there’s Big Data, there’s also often “No Data”. You may [...]

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