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  1. Cloud Computing at the Heart of UEFA Business Plan

    July 6, 2012 by admin

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    While the eyes of most of the world, well, Europe at the very least, were trained on Poland and Ukraine last month for the UEFA Euro 2012 championships, the governing body were revealing that cloud computing is right at the very heart of their business plan, allowing them to ensure that all of their IT infrastructure continues to run smoothly.

    With many of the viewers of the tournament, which was won by Spain after beating Italy 4-0 in the final, (for those who didn’t watch it, it was less of a “beating” and more of an “assault” on the Italians), watching online, it just went to show how even football needs to focus on digital technology with people finding new ways of watching the world’s most popular sport. (more…)


  2. “Don’t Throw Any Data Away”

    June 29, 2012 by admin

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    At this week’s big data summit held in London, a common view was that companies should be very careful before making the decision to throw any data away as there is potentially immense value in what is known as the “data exhaust.”

    For many months now, I have been promoting big data and emphasizing just how important it is that the data is used for the right reasons and in the right way, so it was great to read about my peers giving similar opinions. Professor Mark Whitehorn, who is the chair of analytics at the University of Dundee in Scotland, said that “even information which might seem insignificant, can be incredibly useful with the correct use.” (more…)


  3. Big Data, Big Focus on Consumer Privacy

    June 22, 2012 by admin

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    With so many companies investing in big data systems in order to understand certain factors relating to their business, concerns are increasing that the privacy of the consumers whose data is being looked at is being ignored. While the handling and use of data such as the names of the consumers is not illegal, if you’re not careful with what you do, you could end up in some pretty deep, and hot, water. (more…)


  4. The Internet is Growing Rapidly, and We’re Changing with It

    June 15, 2012 by admin

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    With the amount of information available online increasing at an almost untrackable rate on an hourly basis, what is being dubbed as “the next big thing” ends up being “the big thing” before it even has chance to be “the next.” Not so long ago, laptop computers and super thin MP3 players were the must-have gadgets, now, it’s all about tablets and smartphones. Who could even predict what could be next?

    Two of the buzz words at the moment in the tech industry are ‘big data’ and ‘cloud computing’, two areas which I have taken a particular interest in over the past few years. (more…)


  5. Oracle CEO Promises the “Most Comprehensive Cloud on Earth”

    June 8, 2012 by admin

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    During a webcast event earlier this week, Larry Ellison the CEO of Oracle announced that the company were ready to offer “the most comprehensive cloud on planet Earth.”

    Ellison said that the brand’s Public Cloud has “been a long time coming”, and will encompass Oracle’s Fusion Applications delivered as both software as a service (SaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) features, which include the Java Cloud Service and Database Cloud Service. It will also be the base for Oracle’s Social Network as they expand into a series of tools to make their enterprises much more “Facebook-like.” (more…)


  6. Are We Ready for Big Data?

    June 1, 2012 by admin

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    There has been a huge explosion in the amount of data available from web server logs, social networks and online records in the last couple of years, and it seems that almost everyone associated with the technology world is talking about big data.

    It is expected that this huge system will become mainstream this year, moving away from its roots which were previously firmly embedded within the science labs and a small number of technology firms, and into the big wide world. But are we ready for it? (more…)


  7. Survey Reveals 70% of Businesses Currently Using, Considering or Planning Big Data Projects

    May 25, 2012 by admin

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    A recent global survey has revealed that organisations are viewing big data as a highly profitable business prospect as opposed to another IT challenge, and they are now either making waves with their new asset, or discussing it as a potential addition to their existing business.

    The survey by data integration software provider Informatica Corporation, showed that almost 70% of businesses are either currently using, considering using, or planning to use big data projects, with 44% thinking about using it, 13% testing it, and 20% currently running big data projects. (more…)


  8. Categorising Big Data

    May 18, 2012 by admin

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    The big data era is just beginning and while more and more are dipping their toes into the water and investing in what is potentially industry changing technology, others remain understandably confused as to what it actually is.

    I’ve said on many occasions on the this blog that it is technology built to deal with the ever-expanding nature of data and that also has the ability to transform what may previously have been seen as “useless” or “irrelevant” information into data that could bring about “the next big thing” and turn a business around. (more…)


  9. How Big Data – ‘The Next Big Thing’ – Became ‘The Big Thing’

    May 11, 2012 by admin

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    When rumours start to spread about new technologies in the pipeline, such as the latest iPhone or iPad from Apple or 3D-TV, the column inches in the press start to expand. Almost overnight, concepts go from ideas within the massive brains of computer boffins to press releases giving details of the specifications and release date.

    Stores and customers then plan for the arrival of “the next big thing” and the tents start to spring up on the pavement as the midnight release grows ever closer. But while the excitement and anticipation around the latest i-whatsit from Apple is completely understandable, what made ‘big data’ into ‘the next big thing’? (more…)


  10. Efficiency – the Key to Using ‘Big Data’ Successfully

    May 4, 2012 by admin

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    The amount of information available is growing at such a rate of knots that there is no way of controlling it using standard technologies. The days of businesses and large corporations being able to store all of their vital documents and details on a memory stick or within a filing cabinet are long gone, thrown out with the cassette player, the Filofax and the dungarees.

    The main reason for this information becoming so incredibly overbearing is the sheer volume of the stuff out there, and the number of uses for it all. What may have been seen previously as one piece of relatively useful information, could now be one of the most vital pieces of data in the future of the company, provided that it is used the right way. (more…)