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The next BriefingsDirect Voice of the Customer digital transformation case study highlights how online travel and events pioneer lastminute.com leverages Big Data analytics with speed at scale to provide business advantages to online travel services. We'll explore how lastminute.com manages massive volumes of data to support cutting-edge machine-learning algorithms to allow for speed and automation in the rapidly evolving global online travel research and bookings business. To learn how a culture of IT innovation helps make highly dynamic customer interactions for online travel a major differentiator, we're joined by Filippo Onorato, Chief Information Officer at lastminute.com group in Chiasso, Switzerland. The discussion is moderated by BriefingsDirect's Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions. Here are some excerpts: Gardner: Most people these days... (more)

[slides] #FinTech for Success | @CloudExpo @CloudRaxak #Blockchain #AI #ML #DL #DX

Speaker Bio Sesh Murthy is the Co-Founder and CTO of Cloud Raxak. Before Cloud Raxak, he was the Vice President of Cloud Innovation at IBM Global Services. He has 29 years of experience in creating value for customers in cloud and technology services. His expertise includes cloud architecture and security, management service automation, strategic outsourcing, software, sales, and distribution. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here Enabling FinTechs for Success through Business-Driven Cloud Security FinTechs use the cloud to operate at the speed and scale of digital financial activity, but are often hindered by the complexity of managing security and compliance in the cloud. Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Sesh Murthy, co-founder and CTO of Cloud Raxak, showed how proactive and automated cloud security enables FinTec... (more)

EARP to Exhibit at @CloudExpo NY | #BigData #IoT #AI #ML #DX #FinTech

SYS-CON Events announced today that EARP Integration will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. EARP Integration is a passionate software house. Since its inception in 2009 the company successfully delivers smart solutions for cities and factories that start their digital transformation. EARP provides bespoke solutions like, for example, advanced enterprise portals, business intelligence systems and mobile applications for international enterprises across different sectors such as Energy and Utilities, GreenTech, MedTech, FinTech, Facility Management and Housing, Automotive Manufacturing, and Sport. EARP also cooperates with international software houses by providing them with highly qualified and well-selected, multilingual teams for bigger projects. For more informa... (more)

Striim to Exhibit at @CloudExpo NY | @StriimTeam #Analytics #IoT #AI #DX

SYS-CON Events announced today that Striim will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Striim is pronounced "stream", with two i's for integration and intelligence. The company was founded in 2012 as WebAction, with a mission to help companies make data useful the instant it's born. The leaders behind the Striim platform thrive on building technology companies that raise expectations for how the world does business. The team include core executives from GoldenGate Software (acquired by Oracle in 2009), Informatica, Oracle, SnapLogic, Embarcadero Technologies, PubNub and WebLogic. It is led by Ali Kutay who was an angel investor, president and CEO of WebLogic, as well as Chairman and CEO of GoldenGate Software. Striim handles ingestion of a wide variety of fast data (in... (more)

Scalability vs Price Challenge in Cloud | @CloudExpo #DataCenter #Storage

There are several reasons why businesses migrate their operations to the cloud. Scalability and price are among the most important factors determining this transition. Unlike legacy systems, cloud-based businesses can scale on demand. The database and applications in the cloud are not rendered simply from one server located in your headquarters, but are instead distributed across several servers across the world. Such CDNs also bring about greater control in times of uncertainty. A database hack can be easily averted by shutting down the breached server and only rendering from servers that are still secure. Cloud businesses are also typically inexpensive compared to legacy systems. Cloud servers like AWS host millions of applications on their data centers and this dramatically brings down the cost per unit of storage. Setting up your own server can be quite expensi... (more)

Scorecard for #SaaS | @CloudExpo #DevOps #AI #SaaS #FinTech #DataCenter

Updating the Balanced Scorecard for the Saas World: Subscription Scorecard The balanced scorecard (BSC) is a tool that organizations have used for many years to measure strategic, operational and financial performance. The concept behind the BSC is simple: a company and/or business unit prioritizes a set of 15 to 20 financial and non-financial metrics across four quadrants linked to the company's market and operations strategy in order to measure and manage performance. While the BSC is a good organizing framework and remains relevant today, it needs a major shift to be effective in a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) world where traditional BSC measures don't adequately gauge and predict performance. SaaS companies have a constant window into how customers use their products as well as an opportunity to gain insight and add value at continuous customer touch points. Whe... (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)

IT Teams and Business Outcomes | @DevOpsSummit @Plutora #AI #DevOps

Idea to Delivery: Three Ways to Align IT Teams with Business Outcomes By Simon King Business is demanding better, faster delivery of value from IT so it can compete in a market that’s moving at breakneck speed. How can IT accelerate business outcomes if it’s taking nine months to complete projects? First and most important, align IT teams with business goals: acquire new customers, retain current customers, and boost revenue. When IT understands its role and significance in supporting those outcomes, it will earn a seat at the executive table. Scheduling is critical Transaction systems need to be rock solid, which is why platform releases are often six or nine months in the making. Business logic may need to be adjusted on a quarterly basis to support business changes while the User Experience layer may demand continuous updates for competitive reasons. Pace layer ma... (more)

Make Sense of Your Data with Analytics | @BigDataExpo #BI #BigData #Analytics

Make Sense of Your Data with Analytics By Pritika Ramani, Product Analyst, ManageEngine The reality of data ubiquity is here-data is buried in operational statistics, machine logs, stacks of overflowing tickets and customer details, among other things. How can any user get valuable information amid this rapid influx of data? Imagine a situation where your firm's revenue takes a hit owing to an unexpected failure in some business process. It would be a nightmare for IT admins to sift through the interminable piles of data to deduce exactly why and where the problem occurred. To save time and their sanity, they need a solution that instantly analyzes data and detects the problem for them. Enter IT analytics. Analytics tools unify data from different IT functions and transform it into actionable information that can improve process efficiencies. By providing visibility ... (more)

[session] Total Cost of Ownership and the Cloud Adoption Lifecycle | @CloudExpo #BI #Cloud #Agile

Total Cost of Ownership and the Cloud Adoption Lifecycle Cloud adoption is often driven by a desire to increase efficiency, boost agility and save money. All too often, however, the reality involves unpredictable cost spikes and lack of oversight due to resource limitations. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Joe Kinsella, CTO and Founder of CloudHealth Technologies, will tackle the question: "How do you build a fully optimized cloud?" He will examine: Why TCO is critical to achieving cloud success - and why attendees should be thinking holistically about cloud cost management. The critical elements of a sound governance program (e.g., tagging, implementing lights on/lights off policies). Real-world examples of companies that have driven cost savings, governance, and security through automation. Speaker Bio Joe Kinsella is CTO and Founder of CloudHealth Technologies. ... (more)

[session] @VodafoneIoT to Present at @ThingsExpo NY | #AI #DX #IoT #M2M

IoT Deployment and Development in Business In order to meet the rapidly changing demands of today's customers, companies are continually forced to redefine their business strategies in order to meet these needs, stay relevant and continue to see profitable growth. IoT deployment and development is integral in this transformation, and today businesses are increasingly seeing the value of investing their resources into IoT deployments. These technologies are able increase ROI through projects such as connecting supply chains or enabling smart office capabilities for employees. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Erik Kling, VP of IoT New Business Development at Vodafone, will discuss how through IoT deployment we are consistently seeing large scale business transformations and companies uncovering new opportunities. Speaker Bio Erik Kling has more than 20 years of exper... (more)