Big Data, Business Intelligence & Analytics
Organisations are under constant pressure to increase operational efficiency, develop new products faster, and make the right strategic decisions. The ability to quickly respond to customer needs by adapting products and services is critical. As a consequence, over the last few years, UK companies have invested heavily in business intelligence applications and more recently in ‘big data’ and analytics systems. While there is no accepted definition of big data, it has become a key topic for CEOs and CIOs and a range of new technologies have emerged to deal with the technical aspects of managing large volumes of information. Big data is enabled by technological innovations like cloud storage and advanced analytics – but traditional disciplines also remain essential. Even more important than the technology is the governance and organisation-wide co-ordination required to ‘master’ (or structure) data as far as possible, so that it can be used in a consistent and meaningful way. Equally critical is the approach to analysing the newly available data – often in conjunction with more conventional data – to obtain insight and drive action.
From ZDNet SAP is no stranger to the BI and big data world. Its home grown BI software, its acquisitions of Business Objects in 2007 and Sybase in 2010, and its own development of HANA and HANA Vora make it a true contender. But HANA itself has always been a ... read more..
From Information Age The demand for data scientists across Europe increased significantly during the first half of 2016, according to new data. The latest market analysis from Procorre has shown a 45% increase in the number of data scientist roles across EU countries in the last six months. As the ... read more..
From Computing.co.uk The vast majority of technology professionals find that the analytics tools built-in to critical applications such as CRM and ERP are inadequate. Computing's own research recently asked a pool of UK-based technology professionals at medium to large organisations whether their business-critical applications meet current and future needs, and ... read more..
From InformationWeek IT has been experiencing a bit of a generation gap between so-called digital natives, who grew up with iPhones and cloud computing, and older workers who didn't. Now, a new study from IDG Enterprise says younger workers see a lot more opportunity in big data than their older ... read more..
From ZDNet Microsoft SQL Server 2016, the latest version of Redmond's core operational database, has reached GA. This release, which has been available in public preview for just over a year, is probably one of the biggest releases ever for the product. Major features have been added to the relational, ... read more..
From Computing.co.uk The majority of big data projects don't glean sufficient insights to be labelled profitable, according to consultancy Capgemini and business intelligence company Informatica. That was one of the eye-opening findings in The Big Data Payoff report, produced by the two companies, and covering some 200 senior IT and ... read more..
From TechRepublic Though IT and its functions and responsibilities have changed over the years, there's one area that remains consistent: IT primarily focuses on major enterprise applications and on large machines whether they are mainframes or super servers. When IT deals with big data, the primary arena for it ... read more..
From InformationWeek IT pros, mark your calendars. Microsoft has confirmed it will make the final version of its SQL Server 2016 software generally available on June 1 2016. The newest edition of Microsoft's data management and business analytics software will deliver a few significant new features previously unavailable in older ... read more..
From Computing.co.uk The world's biggest PC maker Lenovo is in the market for data scientists but claims that it is competing with employers scooping up talent with big salaries, yet who don't know what to do with them once they've recruited them. That is the no-nonsense assessment of Mohammed ... read more..
From Information Age The value of big data equity in the UK was estimated at £12 billion a year or 0.7% of the annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2012. Four years flew by and the second report by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) has put the opportunity ... read more..
From InformationWeek The Internet of Things (IoT) generates a lot of data, which organisations can store in the cloud. But how are they keeping it all safe? Many companies are realising they face this challenge and are ramping up efforts to improve data security as they embrace new platforms, including ... read more..
From V3.co.uk UK organisations expect big data initiatives to take an average of 18 to 24 months before seeing a significant return on investment, according to research by V3's sister site Computing. An in-depth survey of hundreds of organisations asked in what period of time they expect to see a ... read more..
From Computerworld.com It's a rare business today that doesn't depend on data in some significant way, but does that mean most companies need a chief data officer? That's a question on more than a few executive minds in this big data era, particularly as analyst firms wax increasingly enthusiastic about ... read more..
From V3.co.uk The role of chief data officer (CDO) should be based on four key areas with data at their core, according to Gartner. The analyst house said that the number of CDOs in UK companies rose from 400 to 1,000 between 2014 and 2015, underlining the growing shift to ... read more..
From V3.co.uk Intel expects to save at least $100 million a year on manufacturing processes by 2017 thanks to the use of big data and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies. The figure was revealed in an in-depth report on the company's own IT use, which is managed by 6,319 IT ... read more..
From Computerworld.com Now that 'data scientist' has been named this year's hottest job, it's only natural to wonder if you've got what it takes to fill it. With a median base salary of $116,840 and top rankings from recruiting site Glassdoor for job and career opportunities, the position currently suffers ... read more..
From Information Age The race to drive competitive advantage and improved efficiency through better use of information assets is leading to a sharp rise in the number of chief data officers (CDOs), according to Gartner. As a result, the analyst firm has predicted that 90% of large companies will have ... read more..
From InformationWeek Recent studies have shown that enterprises are embracing advanced analytics and big data projects. But are they getting real value out of these efforts? Or are we headed for a period of disillusionment? Newly private Informatica has refocused on a mission to help enterprises turn their data investments ... read more..
From CIO It's notable enough that close to half of the 25 'best jobs in America' named by recruiting site Glassdoor last week are tech-related, but even more striking is the fact that 'data scientist' tops the list. With more than 1,700 active job openings on the site earlier this ... read more..
From Computing.co.uk Only 46% of senior executives in European and North American businesses have access to their company's most important information and the IT department may be to blame, a new report by PwC and storage information firm Iron Mountain claims. Out of 1,800 senior business leaders in both SMBs ... read more..
From Computing.co.uk Data scientists need to stop playing around and start delivering a measurable return for their organisation, or their jobs will be on the line. That's the view of Gianmario Spacagna, a data scientist for customer and retail banking at Barclays in London, who believes that many of his ... read more..
From ComputerWeekly.com Many organisations are failing to make the most of the data they collect due to a gap between compliance and the data analytics team. Research conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in conjunction with Iron Mountain found that only 4% of businesses were confident their organisations were extracting the full ... read more..
From TechRepublic A majority of big data originates beyond enterprise walls and systems of records (SOR). This data streams in from corporate websites; it emanates from machines and sensors; and in still other cases, it's captured from the internet. Since so much internet and Internet of Things (IoT) data enters ... read more..
From Computerworld UK IT departments and line-of-business users will have access to a set of new tools. IT departments will soon be able to deploy SAP's IT Operations Analytics tool that's designed to help manage modern data centres. Announced on a conference call about analytics for the SAP community, the new offering ... read more..
From Information Age More than two-thirds (71%) of corporate leaders recognise the importance of data to their companies but only 11% have actually generated financial value, according to new research. Conducted by OnePoll in May 2015, the survey of 500 chief executives revealed stark and worrying differences in how data is perceived, ... read more..
From Computerworld UK Gartner research shows that more than half of companies have no current plans to adopt Hadoop-based data analytics, despite large firms like British Airways and Marks Spencer being big fans of the technology. Gartner's 2015 Hadoop Adoption Study has found that investment remains 'tentative' in the face of ... read more..
From Information Age Making the most of information may be a priority for many businesses, but a new study has exposed a lack of understanding between those who manage and those who use information. The study, by storage company Iron Mountain, found that 89% of UK business leaders don't fully understand what ... read more..
From IT Pro EMC has launched the Federation Business Data Lake, a product that merges storage and big data analytics technologies so organisations can more effectively collect, analyse and act on key business information quickly and easily. The solution can be implemented in just seven days, EMC claims, as it makes use ... read more..
From Information Age The capability to blend information from data centres, cloud apps and even Excel spreadsheets on desktops is vital. With surging quantities of business data, leaders must free their analysts with the proper tools and processes to deliver insights in minutes or hours, rather than the days or even ... read more..
From Computing.co.uk Vacancies for people with big data skills in the UK were fewer than in other IT job areas, but salaries are typically higher, according to the Tech Cities Job Watch Report by recruitment firm Experis. The report looks at the hiring demand and salaries within 10 UK cities that are ... read more..