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Gartner: Security and analytics among the top IoT trends

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Gartner: Security and analytics among the top IoT trends

The Internet of Things (IoT) has grown into one of the most important new trends in the IT industry, as more and more companies realise the benefits it can bring to their employee and customer experience. 

Gartner has explained some of the top trends expected to affect the rollout of the IoT in the coming years, including security, analytics, operating systems and wide-area networks. 

The organisation explained that IoT security will be required to protect devices and platforms from information attacks, while encryption will be needed in order to address challenges including denial-of-sleep attacks that are designed to drain device batteries. 

Another big issue is that many devices use simple processors and operating systems that may be vulnerable to attacks from … Read more

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Gartner: Cloud email rising in popularity

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Gartner: Cloud email rising in popularity

Cloud email is rising in popularity across the world, as 13 per cent of identified publicly listed companies worldwide utilise one or two of the main cloud email vendors. 

This is according to Gartner, which found that 8.5 per cent of public companies use cloud email from the Microsoft Office 365 service, whereas 4.7 per cent use Google Apps for Work and the remaining 87 per cent use an on-premises, hybrid, hosted or private cloud email through smaller businesses.

Among organisations using cloud email from Google and Microsoft, Microsoft is ahead in the majority of industries, especially in utilities, energy and aerospace. On the other hand, Google is ahead in industry segments where there is more competition, including software … Read more

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Big data delivers benefits after 18 to 24 months

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Big data delivers benefits after 18 to 24 months

Big data delivers a significant return on investment 18 to 24 months after it is rolled out, a new study has suggested.

Research from Computing found that 38 per cent of respondents expect to see positive benefits from the technology after two years, while 27 per cent said one year and 24 per cent said three years. 

On the other hand, just five per cent of respondents said five years whereas four per cent said it would take more than five. The study also found that Apache Spark is catching up with Hadoop as the top big data platform. 

Over 500 IT workers responded to the nationwide study among businesses that have 100 or more employees from different sectors, including … Read more

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Public Cloud IaaS eclipses true private cloud adoption

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Public cloud IaaS eclipses true private cloud adoption

Public Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) technology implementations are over three times the size of private cloud adoption in the industry, a new study has indicated. 

According to Wikibon, IT organisations are aligning themselves into a position of limited value, as many companies are aiming to introduce technology modernisation initiatives. 

The group found that the overall market size of True Private Cloud implementations is $7 billion (£5 billion), which is significantly lower than the $25 billion value of the Public Cloud market in 2015. 

By 2009-2011, more companies moved towards the hybrid cloud in order to alleviate pressure about losing control over the Public Cloud. This shift in focus led to businesses having simpler access to cloud computing resources. 

Wikibon’s report also … Read more

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The Human Face of Big Data documentary airs tonight on US TV

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The Human Face of Big Data documentary airs tonight on US TV

A popular book about big data has been turned into a documentary and is due to air on the US television channel PBS this evening (February 24th).

The Human Face of Big Data was published in 2012 to much acclaim, with its author Rick Smolan being credited with bringing the topic to a larger audience.

As a photojournalist, Smolan has followed some of the biggest leaps in technological advancement from their inception to widespread rollout in recent years.

He managed to make the topic, which essentially centres around storage and converged infrastructure, into a topic of public interest.

This was mainly achieved through his ability to bring in elements of visual stimulation to what can be a very dry area.… Read more

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Big data is revolutionising the marketing industry

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Big data is revolutionising the marketing industry

Big data is becoming increasingly important to marketers, as they begin to see that it is the future of their industry. Without it, they will find themselves a step behind their competitors, which is a situation nobody wishes to end up in.

While there are many different predictions about just how important the phenomenon will be in the future, there is one that stands out from the crowd. Computer Services Corporation (CSC) has released a forecast suggesting that annual data generation will increase by 4,300 per cent by the year 2020, reports I Media Connection.

What’s more, Gartner corroborated the fact that big data is set to become vital for marketing, stating that chief marketing officers are likely to outstrip … Read more

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TDWI: Almost half of organisations using analytics

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TDWI: Almost half of organisations using analytics

Nearly half (47 per cent) of organisations are now embedding analytics into operational systems, a new study has found. 

Research from The Data Warehousing Institute (TDWI) revealed that 30 per cent of respondents introduce predictive models into business processes within one month, while 58 per cent do it between two and nine months and 14 per cent spend longer than nine months on the process. 

Some of the challenges that businesses face when it comes to introducing and operationalising analytics include poor data quality, an absence of skilled personnel and low budgets. 

The majority of respondents focus on past incidents in their analysis, though 19 per cent of businesses are using analytics to consider what could happen in the coming … Read more

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Could more money be spent on cloud analytics?

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2016
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Could more money be spent on cloud analytics?

Cloud analytics has become an important technology in the IT sector as more companies now rely on it in order to address their business’ performance. 

With more professionals now relying on online storage instead of spending money on hard drive space, it is clear that the technology is being embraced by a number of industries in order to improve security.

A study from Informatica found that 68 per cent of respondents will investigate or deploy cloud analytics solutions in the next year, whereas 74 per cent are set to adopt a hybrid or cloud-only method to analytics across the next three years.

The report shows that cloud analytics adoption is mainly being driven by growing end-user requirements for better analytics, … Read more

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Gartner: Global business intelligence and analytics market rises in value

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Gartner: Global business intelligence and analytics market rises in value

The global business intelligence and analytics market has seen a large amount of activity in recent years, a new study has indicated. 

Research from Gartner found that global revenue in the business intelligence (BI) and analytics market is forecast to reach $16.9 billion (£11.73 billion) in 2016, representing a 5.2 per cent rise from 2015. 

The study suggested that the BI and analytics market has now reached the final stages of a multi-year transition from IT-led, system-of-record reporting to business-led, self-service analytics. 

Because of this, the modern business intelligence and analytics (BI&A) platform is set to meet new requirements for accessibility and analytical insight. This will help to improve the amount of data and detail available to businesses and improve … Read more

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Gartner: 90% of large organisations set to hire chief data officer by 2019

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Gartner: 90% of large organisations set to hire chief data officer by 2019

Some 90 per cent of large organisations are expected to hire a chief data officer (CDO) by 2019, a new study has suggested.

Research from Gartner indicates that increased efforts to drive competitive advantage and better efficiency through improved information assets is expected to result in a rise in the number of CDOs by the end of 2019.

These personnel are expected to face a number of challenges, with the organisation predicting that just 50 per cent will be successful by the end of 2019. A particular difficulty is that the role will be new in most organisations and many new CDOs will be developing their skills on the job.

They will also face the difficult task of creating an … Read more

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