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HP and Hortonworks are integrating Hadoop into more of the HP Haven family to make it easier for developers and data scientists to access business intelligence and analytics as a service.
Now that most companies seek to make the most of their data in order to remain competitive, they need to hire the right analytical personnel. Unfortunately that is becoming difficult to achieve. McKinsey recently released a report on the growing talent shortage. The study explains th...
Businesses of all sizes are inundated with data, and the need to create value from the raw information is growing. The good news is that business intelligence tools are evolving and becoming more affordable, inclusive, and easy to use, especially with the introduction of Self-Service B...
Moscow-based OpenBank, one of the largest private financial services groups in Russia, has built out a business intelligence capability for wholly new business activity monitoring benefits. The next BriefingsDirect deep-dive big data benefits case study interview explores how Moscow-b...
Vichara Technologies in Hoboken, New Jersey is expanding its capabilities in big data from origins on Wall Street into other areas, and thereby demonstrating the growing marketplace for advanced big-data analytics services. The next BriefingsDirect deep-dive big data benefits case stu...
HP analyzes its own vast data warehouses to derive new insights for its global operations, extensive supply chain, sales organization, global marketing groups, and customers.
Back when we were doing DB2 at IBM, there was an important older product called IMS which brought significant revenue. With another database product coming (based on relational technology), IBM did not want any cannibalization of the existing revenue stream. Hence we coined the phrase ...
As programming languages for data computing, both esProc and R language have rich functions to process text files. They have many similarities in basic usage, as well as obvious differences, such as in the aspect of processing files with fixed column width and big text files, reading a...
The focus of a BI professional in an organization is to help get the right information to the right decision makers at the right time. In modern times, Big Data analytics has been one of the primary sources of business intelligence acquisition. Tools like Hadoop have revolutionized the...
BriefingsDirect had an opportunity to uncover more about about such new, agile business services at the recent 2014 Ariba LIVE Conference in Las Vegas when we spoke to Erik Gershwind, President and CEO of MSC Industrial Supply in Melville, New York. MSC has been using the Ariba Networ...
It turns out that a real-time business-process approach to billing, ordering and settlement terms between buyers and sellers benefits both American Electric Power, one of the largest investor-owned electric utilities in the U.S., and its many vendors. BriefingsDirect had an opportunit...
A good Log Management solution is a solution that collects 100% of the logs 100% of the time, stores all this data and provides intuitive searching and reporting mechanisms to better understand some aspects of the changes applied to the actual data. If this solution provides for alerti...
See how a common data architecture and fast SaaS delivery benefits combine to improve the efficiency, cost, and result of IT support of end users. Our examples are intelligent energy-management solutions provider Comverge and how it’s extended its use of Salesforce.com into a self-ser...
As the technology evolves, so do the roles of the IT Department. There is a sea change whereby an effective organization doesn't need those to plug in cables and write endless code as much as to recognize and broker IT needs for the betterment of the enterprise. There are a lot of exp...
It is difficult to ignore Herman Cain’s charisma. Everyone I have spoken to seems to find the Republican presidential candidate likeable. The former Godfather’s Pizza CEO certainly comes across as someone who knows a lot more than how to sell pizza. In last night’s debate in New Ham...
The information architect’s role is essentially is to harmonize all manner of information and make sure it's properly managed and accessible to the people who are authorized to see it. Why is it still difficult for businesses to get the information they want in the way they can use? W...
We now know that HP is basing its future of the business of supporting businesses, and in working to dominate the next growth areas: Information use and management. We knew that HP was in acquisition mode for enterprise software, and it seems the $10 billion apple in HP's eye is UK-ba...
I saw this morning that CNBC had a slideshow on Jobs People Hate. Marketing was mentioned as no. 10, indirectly mentioned as Product Management at no. 3 and coming in at no. 2 was Director of Sales and Marketing. The reasons they are listed? Lack of direction and an absence of oppor...
After working on it for over a year now, I'm happy to say that Buyer Steps is now available to be purchased at Amazon. I have already spoken to a few CEOs about what's in the book and the messages clearly resonate on what their biggest concerns are in regard to marketing and sales. Bu...
Applying BI best practices, using pre-built data models, and developing ongoing reference metrics on business processes to the IT systems that increasingly reflect the business operations themselves portends great productivity and agility benefits. Some 20 years into enterprise resour...
The Community Edition lowers the cost barrier to entry for big data power tools for more developers, data scientists, and other data professionals. EMC recently introduced a free Community Edition of the EMC Greenplum Database, its massively parallel processing (MPP) database, along w...
Now, we see a lot of internal process issues that are much, much better. We have a lot more electronic invoicing. We had virtually no electronic invoicing before. Even in cases when a supplier could give us an electronic invoice, we didn’t have any sort of pre-approval going on.
Salesforce.com is upping the ante on cloud storage services by going far beyond the plain vanilla elastic, pay-as-you-go variety of database and storage services that have come to the market in the past few years. Salesforce.com is upping the ante on cloud storage services by going fa...
The business strategy is to manage centrally and operate locally. IT had to follow the strategy. Our main IT platforms are developed with the objective to be global. Global doesn’t mean managing everything centralized, but to manage the IT platform as centralized, because it's better f...
Applications success comes down to innovation and speed, because you can innovate forever and never actually release the product. For us, getting it out the door is very, very important. The topic of ALM will be a big one at next week's HP Software Universe conference in Barcelona. In...
What we’ve launched with this vision is to put the foundations in place to make that possible and take a journey with our clients both from the business side and government side and help them move down that particular path, find ways to navigate these challenges and these trends, and t...
Kapow’s “browser-based data integration” approach eliminates the need for IT to use APIs for data integration, saving time and money by avoiding manual coding costs. Kapow Katalyst automatically extracts, transforms, integrates and migrates data to and from any application and device. ...
The way things evolved, you started with an application, and integrations were an afterthought; they got bolted on. ... They kept on adding more and more and more layers of vendors, and the more the poor enterprise IT customers are trying to peel it, the more they start crying -- cryin...
Now, with the cloud solutions, there is very little IT on either end. I'd imagine that it's even easier now than it was with the paper system before, because we can communicate to their end-users that we’re out here, and we’re ready to be bought from. Businesses are increasingly using...
The Instant-On Enterprise, as HP defines it, is a data-driven organization that leverages technology for everything — but specifically to better address the ever-evolving needs of end-users. customers in innovative ways -- has to mean more than business as usual from technology suppl...
HP today announced how combining and simplifying the parts of IT infrastructure makes the solution value far higher on either end of the applications distribution equation: At branch offices and the next-generation of compact and mobile all-in-one data center containers.
According to the survey, data proliferation and the need to better manage it are at the root of many of the challenges being faced by financial institutions of all sizes. Look for a sharp uptick in cloud computing from financial services firms over the next two years, along with simil...
As cloud-delivered services become the coin of the productivity realm, how those services are managed as they are developed, deployed, and used -- across a services lifecycle -- increasingly determines their true value. And yet governance is still too often fractured, poorly extended a...
Sonoa Systems, a provider of application programming interface (API) solutions, has changed its name this week to Apigee. While Sonoa originally offered a free API tools and management platform, Apigee now offers three product lines for enterprises, developers, and API providers of al...
My take is that these purchases are for more than the engines that drive analytics -- they are for the engines that drive SaaS, cloud, mobile, web and what we might call the more modern work loads ... data intensive, high-scaling, fast-changing and services-oriented. IBM is snapping u...
Aster Data nCluster 4.6 includes a column data store and provides a universal SQL-MapReduce analytic framework on a hybrid row and column massively parallel processing (MPP) database management system. Aster Data has taken big data management and analytics to the next level with the a...
For me the real value for HP is in gaining a comprehensive platform and portfolio via ArcSight for total systems log management. Being able to manage and exploit the reams of ongoing log data across all data center devices offers huge benefits, even the ability to correlate business ev...
Expect a vendor slugfest on the lower end of the data warehousing and BI market in the next few years. It will be fascinating to see how these vendors will both enter the entry-level markets, while also seeking to maintain the high-end pricing for the largest users. There could be a va...
The traditional business intelligence ecosystem is built on the numerous strategic partnerships that exist between BI software vendors, which provide the technology, and value added resellers (VARs), which provide customized solutions based on that technology. As in all partnerships, ...
The increasingly essential role of networking in data center transformation (DCT) needs to stop being a speed bump and instead cut complexity while spurring on adaptability and flexibility. As data center planners seek to improve performance and future-proof their investments, the ne...