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Beyond Bitcoin: How Enterprises Can Integrate Blockchain into Business By Kristy Blackmon In 2016, blockchain technology came close to hitting its peak on Gartner's annual Hype Cycle, signaling an imminent shift from an emerging, theoretical technology to widespread adoption. Like cloud, big data, and the Internet of Things (IoT) before it, blockchain is the tech industry's latest Next Big Thing. Analysts and industry experts say it holds immense potential for organizations, but many business leaders don't yet see a practical application for their operations. While a lot of people know blockchain is the technology behind Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other cryptocurrencies, what about enterprise applications in other industries? What exactly is blockchain? The code that makes up blockchain is incredibly complex, and only a few thousand people understand it. On a high level... (more)

[session] #FinTech Analytics | @CloudExpo @KineticaDB #Bitcoin #Blockchain

Bringing Real-Time, Interactive Analytics to the Financial Industry The financial services market is one of the most data-driven industries in the world, yet it's bogged down by legacy CPU technologies that simply can't keep up with the task of querying and visualizing billions of records. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Jared Parker, Director of Financial Services at Kinetica, will discuss how the advent of advanced in-database analytics on the GPU makes it possible to run sophisticated data science workloads on the same database that is housing the rich information needed to drive trading decisions. With the unique multi-core architecture of the GPU, financial computations can be processed efficiently and quickly, making it ideal for financial services streaming datasets. He will share how several financial institutions' quantitative science groups are specifical... (more)

Continuous Intelligence of @SumoLogic | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #AI #ML

Continuous Intelligence Aids in Keeping Apps up to Date The next BriefingsDirect applications health monitoring interview explores how a new breed of continuous intelligence emerges by gaining data from systems infrastructure logs -- either on-premises or in the cloud -- and then cross-referencing that with intrinsic business metrics information. We’ll now explore how these new levels of insight and intelligence into what really goes on underneath the covers of modern applications help ensure that apps are built, deployed, and operated properly. Today, more than ever, how a company's applications perform equates with how the company itself performs and is perceived. From airlines to retail, from finding cabs to gaming, how the applications work deeply impacts how the business processes and business outcomes work, too. We’re joined by an executive from Sumo Logic to l... (more)

The Danger of Pursuing Customer 360 View | @CloudExpo #IoT #M2M #BigData

One of the best parts of my job is talking to a wide variety of customers across a wide variety of industries at a wide variety of different points on their big data journey.  I’ve recently had several customer engagements where the client’s top business initiative is creating a Customer 360 View.  Danger, Will Robinson!!  I think the Customer 360 View business initiative is both dangerous and distracting; it is dangerous because it gives organizations a false goal to pursue, and it is distracting because it diverts the organization’s resources from more actionable and financially rewarding business initiatives. The Customer 360 View is a relic of the old-school Business Intelligence and data warehousing days.  Hate to be so harsh, but for many organizations, Customer 360 View was created as an artificial goal for organizations that could not move beyond the Busine... (more)

Intelligent Automation | @CloudExpo @CloudRaxak #AI #ML #CD #DevOps

Click Here to Download Now! Learn how intelligent automation in the cloud can enable you to transform your business, make your processes more flexible, reduce your security risk and lower your IT security OpEx 40-60%. Forrester's research shows that leveraging the cloud is difficult because of the cost and complexity of security compliance. Regulated industries like financial services (banking, investments, insurance), retail, and healthcare have to maintain compliance with industry standards (FFIEC, PCI-DSS, HIPAA). Forrester's recommendation is that IT automation is the only way to cost effectively leverage the cloud and deliver security compliance on-premise and in the cloud. IBM and Cloud Raxak use automated security compliance to enable enterprises to: Move workloads to the cloud while maintaining continuous security compliance Reduce cloud security costs by ... (more)

AI and Unstructured Data | @CloudExpo #BigData #ML #DL #IoT #FinTech

LogitBot Leveraging Unstructured Data for Improved Investment Strategies The next BriefingsDirect Voice of the Customer digital transformation case study highlights how high-performing big-data analysis powers an innovative artificial intelligence (AI)-based investment opportunity and evaluation tool. We'll learn how LogitBot in New York identifies, manages, and contextually categorizes truly massive and diverse data sources. By leveraging entity recognition APIs, LogitBot not only provides investment evaluations from across these data sets, it delivers the analysis as natural-language information directly into spreadsheets as the delivery endpoint. This is a prime example of how complex cloud-to core-to edge processes and benefits can be managed and exploited using the most responsive big-data APIs and services. To describe how a virtual assistant for targeting in... (more)

Self-Service Analytics Is Replacing Traditional BI | @CloudExpo #Cloud #BusinessIntelligence

Why Self-Service Analytics Is Replacing Traditional Business Intelligence By Pritika Ramani, Product Analyst, ManageEngine Modern organizations typically use several IT tools to monitor their applications, networks and other IT components in real time. Unfortunately, this leads to independent data islands, which creates a one-dimensional view of IT. In order to make strategic decisions, organizations need an IT operational analytics tool to analyze data from multiple sources, spot trends and make better decisions. While there are several analytics tools in the market, most tend to be either complicated or expensive to use. Self-service analytical tools, on the other hand, offer a rare combination of simplicity and affordability, making them popular among users. With the emergence of these comprehensive tools, every IT user can access data from various silos, get unifi... (more)

Excel for #BigData Analysis | @CloudExpo #BI #Analytics #DigitalTransformation

HTI Labs in London provides the means and governance with its Schematiq tool to bring critical data services to the interface users want. The next BriefingsDirect Voice of the Customer digital transformation case study explores how powerful and diverse financial information is newly and uniquely delivered to the ubiquitous Excel spreadsheet edge. We'll explore how HTI Labs in London provides the means and governance with its Schematiq tool to bring critical data services to the interface users want. By leveraging the best of instant cloud-delivered data with spreadsheets, Schematiq democratizes end-user empowerment while providing powerful new ways to harness and access complex information. To learn how complex cloud core-to-edge processes and benefits can be better managed and exploited we're joined by Darren Harris, CEO and Co-Founder of HTI Labs, and Jonathan Glas... (more)

Delivering Comprehensive Intelligent Search | @CloudExpo #BI #Cloud #DigitalTransformation

WWT Took an Enterprise Tower of Babel and Delivered Comprehensive Intelligent Search The next BriefingsDirect Voice of the Customer digital transformation case study highlights how World Wide Technology, known as WWT, in St. Louis, found itself with a very serious yet somehow very common problem - users simply couldn’t find relevant company content. We'll explore how WWT reached deep into its applications, data, and content to rapidly and efficiently create a powerful Google-like, pan-enterprise search capability. Not only does it search better and empower users, the powerful internal index sets the stage for expanded capabilities using advanced analytics to engender a more productive and proactive digital business culture. Here to describe how WWT took an enterprise Tower of Babel and delivered cross-applications intelligent search are James Nippert, Enterprise Se... (more)

[session] If #IoT Is the Meteor, Is #OT the Dinosaur? | @ThingsExpo @Cisco #AI

If IoT Is the Meteor, Is OT the Dinosaur? In his session at @ThingsExpo, Sudarshan Krishnamurthi, a Senior Manager, Business Strategy, at Cisco Systems, will discuss how IT and operational technology (OT) work together, as opposed to being in separate siloes as once was traditional. Attendees will learn how to fully leverage the power of IoT in their organization by bringing the two sides together and bridging the communication gap. He will also look at what good leadership must entail in order to accomplish this, and how IT managers can be the drivers of change within their organizations. He also will discuss the skill sets needed to ensure that the full power of the IoT can be harnessed. Speaker Bio Sudarshan Krishnamurthi is a Senior Manager, Business Strategy, at Cisco Systems with over 20+ years of experience in the technology industry. He leads the Business... (more)

Business Model Transformation | @CloudExpo #BigData #DigitalTransformation

Business Model Transformation and What it Means to the Data Industry I recently read an MIT Sloan Management Review article by Clayton Christensen’s recent book titled “The Hard Truth About Business Model Innovations.” While the article is full of great observations about business model transformation, the most important motivation for business model transformation is found at the end: “..our understanding of the business model journey allows us to see that, over the long term, the greatest innovation risk a company can take is to decide not to create new businesses that decouple the company’s future from that of its current business units.” We use the Big Data Business Model Maturity Index as a vehicle for engaging with our clients about how they can leverage data and analytics to transform their business models (see Figure 1). Figure 1: Big Data Business Model Ma... (more)