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Following Snowden’s Legacy, Booz Allen Contractor Charged with File Theft

“Could face up to 11 years in prison”

Former Booz Allen Hamilton employee Harold Thomas Martin III is accused by the Department of Justice of theft of government property and unauthorized removal of classified documents. Stock of the NSA contractor firm took a dip as the news broke. This further scars the company’s reputation that is already bearing the weight of the Edward Snowden revelations of 2013, bringing to light the mass United States government surveillance program that proved very controversial to the public. Whether the intentions of Martin are political is yet to be seen.

Expose Retaliation Hits BuzzFeed

“Hacking group targets interactive media site”

Hacking group OurMine seems to have targeted BuzzFeed, odd considering the group often sets its sights on digital accounts of CEO’s, venture capitalists, and celebrities. The attack on BuzzFeed focused on manipulating the text or completely deleting certain articles related to the groups reputation, in which the website exposed that OurMine may be a solo hacker teenager from Saudi Arabia.

New Malware Can Monitor Webcam, Microphone

“New piggyback virus can access software”

Malware used for covert surveillance is far from new. The NSA has several programs that can monitor voice or video without the notice of a laptops user. However this is not the case with Apple products, as they have a hardwired indicator that notifies the user when the webcam is on. Now this may no longer be the case. Researcher Patrick Wardle explains that a new piggyback virus is able to access webcam and speaker functions without any notification to the user.

eCommerce Malware Stealing Card Data

“Powerfront, OpenCart among affected”

Researchers are monitoring a cybercriminal campaign that have been plaguing several eCommerce sites since at least March of this year. Dubbed ‘Magecart’ by RiskIQ, the malicious software attacks the payment sources of the internet commerce sites, stealing customer personal information and card data.

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Big Data

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 By 2020, businesses harnessing the power of Big Data should see $430 billion in productivity benefits over competitors not using data, according to International Institute for Analytics.  And today, most companies have the opportunity to bring Big Data to the bottom line. It is therefore not surprising that conversations about Big Data, data analytics and, more recently, cognitive analytics, are dominating corporate conversations. Data analytics finds useful information inside Big Data.  Insights can be descriptive, as when analyzing the percentage of bank customers who use online banking exclusively. Insights can be predictive, as when forecasting the percentage of banking customers who will be using online banking exclusively 10 years from now.  Or insights can be prescriptive, as when recommending whether a bank should expand its online presence or secure commercial space for additional branch offices. Cognitive analytics, a newcomer to Big Data discussion, draws on diverse dynamic learning tools, such as artificial intelligence and artificial neural networks. The horizon for new opportunity through data monetization is vast, as companies transform information collection and use to customer benefit and ultimately, profitability. Although data analytics can tell us the “what,” the “whether” and sometimes the “how to,” redefining data monetization as “leveraging data to generate value” informs corporate conversations with a clearer realization of the monetary value within Big Data.

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 According to Forbes, in 2013 the Journal of Business Logistics published a white paper calling for “crucial” research into the possible applications of Big Data within supply chain management. Since then, significant steps have been taken, and it now appears many of the concepts are being embraced wholeheartedly.Supply chain management is a field where Big Data and analytics have obvious applications. Until recently, however, businesses have been less quick to implement Big Data analytics in supply chain management than in other areas of operation such as marketing or manufacturing. Applications for analysis of unstructured data has already been found in inventory management, forecasting, and transportation logistics. In warehouses, digital cameras are routinely used to monitor stock levels and the messy, unstructured data provides alerts when restocking is needed. Forecasting takes this a step further – the same camera data can be fed through machine learning algorithms to teach an intelligent stock management system to predict when a resupply will be needed. Eventually, the theory is, warehouses and distribution centers will effectively run themselves with very little need for human interaction.

Finding the hidden monetary value of Big Data – The Tennessean

How Big Data And Analytics Are Transforming Supply Chain Management – Forbes

Hadoop

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 The big news in Big Data for the last 12 months has all been about real-time and streaming analytics. Spark, which became a top-level Apache project in 2014, has gained endorsements from every major Big Data player. A new player that’s been stirring up excitement is Apache Flink, a true stream processing engine whose developers recently landed $6 million in financing for their Flink-focused startup, Data Artisans. By 2026, 59 percent of all Big Data spending will be tied to Spark or related streaming analytics as enterprises seek to deploy applications that can make decisions on behalf of individuals. The reasons relate both to speed and simplicity. Hadoop introduced important concepts like moving analytics engines close to the data and incorporating unstructured data into a data lake, but it has developed incrementally into an ecosystem of more than 30 discrete components that can be daunting to coordinate. Spark has added real-time-like features through the Spark Streaming project, but it’s still fundamentally a “micro-batch” architecture for now, meaning that it simulates real-time analytics by processing small volumes of data quickly in batch mode. For most applications Spark is good enough, but true stream processing will demand a combination of Flink and Kafka unless Spark is able to evolve beyond its micro-batch approach by adding per-event streaming.

Spark muscling in on Hadoop’s territory, says Wikibon analyst – SiliconANGLE

IoT

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Gizmodo reports that the state of Victoria is working with IT and communications companies to test out Narrowband-Internet of Things (NB-IoT) systems in its sewer and water systems. Huawei, Optus and Vodafone are partnering with the state agency South East Water for the trial in urban areas that include Melbourne. NB-IoT is a low-powered, low-cost radio technology that allows thousands of connected devices and infrastructure elements to gather and share data, regardless of the location. The three-month trial seeks to provide operators with access to granular, real-time data to better the safety, reliability and efficiency of Victoria’s sewer and water infrastructure. The trial will see NB-IoT sensors placed on sewer manhole covers to inform city workers of unauthorized access, to reduce the risk of injury and damage to water assets. NB-IoT technology will also be fitted to rainwater tank management systems to monitor storage levels amid efforts to optimize stormwater runoff and rainwater harvesting

IoT gets down and dirty in Australian smart sewers trial – ReadWrite

eCommerce

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Neil Chandler, CEO of financial services at UK firm Shop Direct makes a statement that arguments reality and tactile technology will be the next change in online shopping. He states that Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are just one or two years away from changing the way consumers shop online. He gives the example that augmented reality would enable consumers to see how a sofa would look in their living room or how would they look in a piece of clothing.

Virtual Reality only two years away from being used in e-commerce industry, says Shop Director FS CEO- Computing UK

 

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Big Data

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Previously confidential documents have shed light on just how much data the UK’s intelligence services have been sifting through for over a decade. The types of data gathered by the intelligence services are wide ranging – Privacy International which revealed the documents said the agencies had the potential to requisition medical records and confidential information shared with a doctor, travel records, financial records, population data, commercial data, and feeds from internet and phone companies including billing data or subscriber details, content of communications and records from government departments. The agencies use this data to spot individuals of interest who might otherwise remain invisible. Following the Edward Snowden revelations, many tech companies improved protection for customer data flowing over the internet, making it hard for spies to tap in. And consumers are increasingly using end-to-end encrypted communications, which not even the companies providing the service can read, shutting out the spies again. As a result hacking and big data analytics will be big areas of interest for intelligence agencies. Data scientists and hackers will be as important to intelligence agencies from now on as old-fashioned spies.

Big data, bigger brother: The rise of James Bond, data scientist – ZDNet

Hadoop

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Technavios market research analysts predict the Global Hadoop Market to grow at a CAGR of more than 53% over the next four years. Several factors such as data explosion in enterprises and demand for cost-effective solutions to meet big data analytics needs contribute to the growth of this market. However, the market is witnessing a lack of trained and talented technical experts. Companies are unaware of the technologies concerned and skills required for managing big data. As per the forecast, this market will witness a gradual shift towards Software as a Service (SaaS)-based Hadoop solutions as it helps enterprises save cost and gain a better user experience.

Breaking News Of Global Hadoop-As-A-Service(HDaaS) Market to grow at a CAGR of more than 53% From 2015-2019 – openPR

IoT

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Dell is teaming up with a number of companies for what it calls its “IoT Partner Solutions Program”. Those involved, at least initially, are GE, Microsoft, OSIsoft, PTC, SAP and Software AG. “The program builds an ecosystem of partners to help customers navigate the fragmented IoT landscape and identify the right technologies to develop their IoT solutions”, Dell announces. There’s a lot involved in this — Dell claims it will combine its network of Independent software vendors along with the company’s range of IoT assets like intelligent gateways and embedded PCs, security and manageability tools, data center and cloud infrastructure, and data integration and analytics software. Dell is also working with Microsoft and Blue Pillar on solutions for the power grid, a seemingly endless vector for presumed attack, at least if you believe the media hype. Dell claims that “Additional partners are adding tremendous value through their specialized areas of expertise, including Azeti, Blue Pillar, Datawatch, Eigen Innovations, Flowthings, Flutura, GE, Kepware, Lynx Software, Microsoft Azure, OSIsoft, Relayr, SAP, Software AG, and ThingWorx”.

Dell teams with Microsoft and others to launch IoT Partner Solutions Program – BetaNews

eCommerce

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 MThe world of eCommerce is blowing up in the UK and the online retail industry is expected to grow by 10.5% this year and reach 173.7B euros. Today, the eCommerce Foundation released a study that shows over 43M Brits shopped online last year, of which 20% used a mobile device and on average British online shoppers sent 3,653 euros.

Ecommerce in the UK to reach 174 Billion in 2016 – eCommerce news UK

 

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Big Data

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Google’s Sidewalk Lab has teamed up with the U.S Secretary of Transportation to tackle one of the United States most troubling issues: traffic. The two organizations will work together on a big data traffic monitoring and analysis system called “Flow,” which is expected to be commercialized as a software product. The system will use data from cell phones and consumer mobility apps such as Google Maps, along with roadway sensors and other information sources to shape how people and goods move in the future. Sidewalk Labs will also address other “urban ills,” including  cost of living, obesity and fossil fuel dependency.

10 FOLD ICON 15x15  Although consumers have become more aware of the ongoing fight to end obesity in our country, the epidemic still continues. The Guardian outlines nine ways in which businesses can help tackle the epidemic, including using customer data with restaurants and grocery stores. Data which tracks people’s food purchasing behaviour and personal health could, for example, be used in class action lawsuits against food companies that have knowingly sold “bad” food and contributed to diet-related diseases. The same customer data can also be used positively to help promote healthier shopping baskets, something that British multinational grocery and general merchandise retailer, Tesco, is already looking into.

Google looks to big data to cut traffic and create new product– Silicon Beat

From sugar tax to big data: 9 lessons about tackling obesity– The Guardian

IoT/ IIoT

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Swisscom, a major telecommunication company in Switzerland, said it’s currently deploying a nationwide network designed to support the Internet of Things. The company plans to have their initial rollout scheduled for the end of the year. The network will be set up to use technology based on the Low Power Wide Area Network standard from the LoRa Alliance, which Swisscom joined in January 2015. The Low Power Network forms the basis for the IoT and thus for smart cities, energy efficient buildings, machine-to-machine networking and new digital application. Apps with high data requirements, such as cars, remote maintenance or real-time control systems, will in the future also use the mobile network. Swisscom said 98% of its customers are covered by its LTE network, which supports 73% of its mobile data traffic.

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 It is evident that 2015 saw a major shift with the IoT, and many companies took their products up to the next level with integrated connectivity and internet capabilities. According to Gartner, by 2020 at least 25 billion devices will be connected, and this number is only expected to grow year-on-year. In order to prepare for this anticipated growth, businesses need cost-effective technology that can quickly help them make sense if this data. One example is using proven data analysis automation,  which is the quickest way a business can get a final reading of all the data, and can help businesses avoid compromises and the risk of losing intelligence from perishable data sets. IoT is starting to find its place within the market and businesses that want to gain a competitive edge need to take advantage of the new wave of resources it will bring.

Swisscom moves to deploy nationwide IoT network– RCR Wireless News

What organizations should be doing now to turn IoT data into information– Information Age

eCommerce

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 The eCommerce market in Brazil is growing rapidly. According to E-bit Informação, the number of eCommerce orders in Brazil that were made via mobile devices reached 14.3% in December, which was up from 10.1% in June. However, the figures don’t include purchases made via mobile apps, so the total retail mcommerce share is likely somewhat higher. Personalized retargeting company, Criteo, reported that in Q4 2015, 18.6% of all ecommerce transactions across its user base in Brazil were mcommerce, which was up from 10% a year earlier. Most of those transactions occurred on mobile phones, Criteo found: 15.0% of the total, vs. 3.5% on tablets. eMarketer estimates that retail ecommerce sales in Brazil will reach $22.12 billion this year, up 13.5% over 2015. That figure will amount to just 3.6% of total retail sales in the country.

Ecommerce in Brazil Gets more Mobile – eMarketer

Software Defined Networking

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Paypal has undergone a significant transformation in recent years, embracing the open-source OpenStack platform as the core foundation for its operations. Yet when it comes to software defined networking, Paypal’s direction is not as concrete. “SDN is a great technology to have but we don’t use technology because it’s cool,” Jigar Desai, VP of cloud and platforms at PayPal said during a keynote at the Open Networking Summit 2016 event. “We use it because we need it.” One use case for SDN deployment at Paypal is in support of security isolation zones across different business units and domains. Another use-case is to logically isolate cloud resources by making use of SDN. Since Paypal is already using OpenStack, they want to be able to enable SDN through the OpenStack Neutron networking project. PayPal has had many challenges with SDN technologies over the years, but they still “love SDN” and are looking to work more with it in the future.

ONS: Why Paypal Loves SDN – but Doesn’t Use it in Production – Enterprise Networking Planet

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Your daily digest of “All Things Big Data” gathered, collected and researched by your very own 10Fold Big Data Practice team.

Big Data

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Data scientists are in high demand, and at the same time they are in short supply. This is due to data science being a relatively new field, and universities are only just starting their own programs to train up a new generation of big data experts. Because of this high demand, good data scientists command high salaries, and bringing a full time data scientist on at a small business with a low budget simply isn’t a choice. However, there has been a shift to using freelance data scientist. Instead of hiring full time data science professionals to oversee all big data projects within an organization, the company instead hires on a per project basis. This is especially important for smaller businesses, since the time between big data projects at that level can often be lengthy. Passing over the full time option means a business wouldn’t have to worry about paying a big data expert when they have nothing for them to do. This added flexibility also leads to choosing data experts based off of their individual talents. For example, if a big data project requires hiring a data scientist with expertise in sales, the small business can do so. Their fees aren’t based off of a salary but rather on the milestones reached in the project.

10 FOLD ICON 15x15  According to VentureBeat, Attivio raised $31 million to help companies make sense of big data.  The Massachusetts-based startup promises to “accelerate data discovery,” which they announced today when they closed the $31 million deal. The investment will help the company meet investors’ expectation of turning profitable “later this year.” Oak Investment Partners invested in Attivio and had this to say, “Our increased investment underscores our belief that Attivio has game-changing capabilities for enterprises that have yet to unlock the full value of Big Data.” This is a big year for Attivio, who also highlighted such recent business victories as landing lab equipment maker Thermo Fisher Scientific as a client and partnering with medical informatics shop PerkinElmer.

The Benefits of Hiring Freelance Big Data Experts – Smart Data Collective

Attivio Raises $31 Million to Help Companies Make Sense of Big Data – VentureBeat

Hadoop

10 FOLD ICON 15x15The global Hadoop market is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 53% over the next four years. Several factors such as data explosion in enterprises and demand for cost-effective solutions to meet big data analytics needs contribute to the growth of this market. However, the market is witnessing a lack of trained and talented technical experts. Companies are unaware of the technologies concerned and skills required for managing big data. As per the forecast, this market will witness a gradual shift towards Software as a Service (SaaS)-based Hadoop solutions as it helps enterprises save cost and gain a better user experience.

Global Hadoop Market 2015 – Industry Analysis, Shares, Size, Research, and Forecast to 2019 – Digital Journal

 

IoT

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 IoT is progressively gaining momentum throughout the Middle East and Africa (MEA). This is helping the Middle East due to the continuous drop in oil prices, which is causing governments and businesses to cut their spending budgets. Despite these new restrictions, MEA governments and businesses are looking to diversify their investments into long-term smart technology initiatives that will help enhance their competitive advantage and improve their levels of customer satisfaction. This objective has meant that IoT spending has been largely resilient to the growing budget cuts currently sweeping across other areas of the economy.

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Consequently, a number of countries in the MEA region are being challenged to meet growing demands for power in order to facilitate the expansion of various business sectors. At the same time, the advocacy surrounding sustainable and clean energy today is spurring growth in smart utilities investments. As a result, the country is seeing an increase in the deployment of so-called Smart Grids (both for electricity and gas) due to the energy management improvements that they provide. Such investments will see IoT spending related to utilities in MEA increase 14 percent year over year in 2016 to total $647.94 million.

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 According to “The Future is Connected” report from SITA – the leading global IT provider to the air transport industry – 83 percent of air travel passengers have smartphones, which allows the unifying technology to provide a connected end-to-end experience. “Half of airlines expect to have IoT initiatives up and running over the next three years. Meanwhile, airports are building the infrastructure to support IoT. Together, this will deliver improved operations and will lead to a change in the passengers’ experience,” said Nigel Pickford, director Market Insight, SITA. Smartphones are reshaping travel behavior and with growth rates of around 80 percent or more at the check-in and boarding pass stages, it is clear that air travelers are keen to use this unifying technology.

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 According to The Economist, sensor-filled “beans,” developed by Andrew Holland, an electronics engineer from Swaffham Bulbeck, could provide an answer to many a farmer’s prayers. Mixed into the contents of the beans are sensors that help report continuously on the temperature and humidity (both of which encourage rotting if they are too high) and on carbon-dioxide levels, which reflect the amount of insect breath exhaled, and thus the level of infestation. If the beans do well at monitoring grain, Holland hopes their other applications will make them an important part of the much-discussed IoT. Ultimately, some believe these beans will help link many things (such as food crops) not currently connected electronically.

‘Internet of Things’ to Transform Air Travel Experience Globally: Report – Zee News India

Cool Beans – The Economist

IIoT

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Bosch is working together with partners to combine the technical standards of Germany’s “Industrie 4.0” platform and of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) for the first time. This is concerning many people, because if all the energy-intensive machinery in Bosch’s Homburg plant runs at the same time, it can potentially lead to very high electricity consumption at peak times. As a result,the increase in electricity pushes up the cost of manufacturing the hydraulic valves. By using software to manage production and electricity consumption as effectively as possible, energy demand can be optimized and peak loads reduced by up to ten percent. The partners combine their expertise to optimize energy consumption at the plant. Bosch continuously collects data from all the machinery in the plant, generating a stream of information about the electricity consumed in the process of manufacturing the hydraulic valves for agricultural machinery.

Bosch combines “Industrie 4.0” platform and Industrial Internet Consortium standards for the first time – Automotive World

eCommerce

10 FOLD ICON 15x15UK-based, B2B ecommerce software company, On Demand Solutions,  has now launched an ecommerce software solution for B2C retailers. The new solution focuses especially on small and medium-sized companies, and has omni-channel functionality. Additional features allow smaller ecommerce players a responsive online storefront, and ability to control multiple webstores through one CMS, enabling clients to sell their products through multiple marketplaces. Features of these webstores include social media links, intergration with MailChimp, product reviews, vouchers, best-selling items and integration with Google Adwords, Amazon and Ebay. It also integrates with ERP back office software including SAP Enterprise, SAP Business One, Sage 200, Sage 1000 and Astute.

ODSNet launches B2C ecommerce software solution – Ecommerce News UK

Software Defined Networks

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Yesterday, Microsoft announced it is giving away free software it designed for its own internal use called Software for Open Networking in the Cloud (SONiC). SONiC is software used to run software defined networking,  which threatens to overturn Cisco’s stranglehold on the network switch industry. SDN takes features that an expensive switch offers and puts them into software, making networks easier to program, update and change. Microsoft is giving SONiC software away as part of its work with the Open Compute Project (OCP), an organization founded by Facebook to build open source hardware for data centers the same way that the people behind the Linux operating system do with free, open source software. The two big companies that are not working with SONiC are VMware and Cisco – which could mean trouble for them in the future.

Microsoft just joined Facebook and fired a huge shot at Cisco – Business Insider

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Your daily digest of “All Things Big Data” gathered, collected and researched by your very own 10Fold Big Data Practice team.

Big Data

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Over the last couple weeks big data has made a big impression over the medical industry. This week, president Obama promoted expansive medical data is the key for future cures. “My hope is that this becomes the foundation, the architecture whereby 10 years from now, we can look back and say that we have revolutionized medicine in areas like cancer or Alzheimer’s or some of the diseases that caused so much pain and suffering for so many families across the country,” Obama told medical professionals Thursday at the Precision Medicine Initiative Summit at the White House. Its his hope that the medical industry can utilize big data to accelerate medical data more rapidly.

10 FOLD ICON 15x15  IoT was a large topic at both the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas earlier this year, as well as this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. With overloads of smart kitchens, smart cars, smart clothes, smart shoes and more- there has been a lot of discussion about the future of IoT and 5G. 5G is currently trending with its ability to support hundreds of thousands of connections for massive sensor deployments. 5G is predicted to happen before 2020 with a large demand for it already.

IOT Is The Killer App For Big Data – Forbes

Obama: ‘Big Data’ Medical Research Is Key to Future Cures – The Blaze

IoT

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 IoT was a large topic at both the Consumer Electronics show in Las Vegas earlier this year, as well as this week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. With overloads of smart kitchens, smart cars, smart clothes, smart shoes and more- there has been a lot of discussion about the future of IoT and 5G. 5G is currently trending with its ability to support hundreds of thousands of connections for massive sensor deployments. 5G is predicted to happen before 2020 with a large demand for it already.

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Mobile World Congress has generated more eye-catching business technology this week, especially IoT devices. PCMag has put together the memorable features from the show including multiple IoT wearables. IoT Journal has also put together an article about all the major announcements at MWC – including telecom companies, Ericcson, Telular, and more.

This week’s 5G buzz indicates IoT is finally kick-starting – VentureBeat

The Most Eye-Catching Business Tech at MWC 2016 – PCMag

IoT News from Mobile World Congress – IoT Journal

eCommerce

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 eCommerce has a number of advantages over traditional retail. However, it lacks a competitive advantage in one glaring area. Whereas online products must be viewed through the screen of a device, in-store products can be touched and held. While eCommerce businesses can’t let customers physically interact with products, they can do the next best thing: provide them with immersive video content. Social Video increases conversions with better penetration, integrating CTAs, conducive to shorter content, consumer acceptance, and increases ability to boost content.

The Role of Social Video Marketing in eCommerce Sales – Huffington Post

Network Function Virtualization

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Cisco has hopped on board announcing an NFV solution built out of Cisco UCS Servers, Nexus switches, and a “hardened and automated” version of RedHat OpenStack. Other companies with NFV announcements include: Cavium, Kontron (A German based company), and ETSI.  

NFV players push their wares to mobile operators at MWC – The Register

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Your daily digest of “All Things Big Data” gathered, collected and researched by your very own 10Fold Big Data Practice team.

Big Data

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 In a two-part series about how technology is helping companies reach gender equality, Kieran King, Global Vice President of Loyalty Strategy at Skillsoft, is interviewed in Forbes about how Big Data is helping companies improve their diversity efforts. Kim notes that the sources of such big data is extensive, especially if things like race, gender, age, location and tenure within the department are being examined. Companies analyze this data through a combination of analytical software tools, as well as the talents of data scientists that can help create diversity strategies. Additionally, Kim notes that a lot of research has proven that balance leadership in an organization results in statistically outperforming peers/competitors, especially those in a traditional male-dominated leadership structure. Organizations that focused on building out their Diversity and Inclusion programs through data analytics showed the best predictive capability of company performance. Kim also explains that big data can support building the pipelines for women in leadership by identifying qualified candidates that may be outside the traditional structure that organizations might look.

10 FOLD ICON 15x15  ComputerWorld examines the big data frenzy of recent, noting trends like the data lake and the tools, such as Hadoop, that propose to make the process of creating a data lake an easy process. However, Gartner predicts that by 2018, “70 percent of Hadoop deployments will fail to meet cost-savings and revenue-generation objectives due to skill and integration challenges,” and “80 percent of data lakes will not include effective metadata management capabilities, making them inefficient.” The big secret to succeeding at data management  is being able to acquire, ingest, transform, secure, master, govern and blend it before consuming it.

How Big Data is Helping Move Women To The C-Suite – Forbes

Big Data. Big Value. Big Promise. Big Secret. – Computer World

IoT

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Among the news coming out of Mobile World Congress this week is the news of Cisco’s inevitable purchase of IoT technology company, Jasper Technologies, for $1.4 billion. However, until this agreement is made official, Jasper is still signing more deals with partners to make its IoT technologies work even better. The company is partnering with mobile tech vendor, Germalto, home security system manufacturer, Telular, and Post Luxembourg, a delivery and network company that provides mobile service to France’s PSA Peugeot Citroen.

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 ARM has revealed what is described as an “ultra- efficient” processor for use in embedded applications and IoT connected devices. The company claims that the new processor brings the performance and efficiency of ARMv8-A architecture to small embedded and IoT systems. The Cortex-A32 is designed to be configurable in multiple ways, from single-core to quad-core, adding a level of scalability which allows it to be used for a range of IoT applications.

 

IoT vendor Jasper announces more partnerships – ComputerWorld

ARM unveils ‘ultra-efficient’ Cortex-A32 processor for IoT applications – ZDNet

eCommerce

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Online sales accounted for more than half of total retail sales growth in 2015, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. Huffington Post recommends 17 tools they believe will help eCommerce platforms become more successful. Some notable tools include: Clicky (a web analytics tool that allows users to access system information in real time), Chalmark (a user interaction tool that allows users to get feedback on designs before those designs are implemented), and PrestaShop (an open source eCommerce content management tool that comes with over 275 for any size business).  

17 Ecommerce Tools that Will Drive Sales and Generate Revenue – Huffpost Business

Software Defined Networking

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 One of the hot topics earlier this month at Avaya’s annual Executive Partner Forum in San Diego was software defined networking. SDNs provide an excellent opportunity to gain share on Cisco and the rest of the field for Avaya resellers. Network World and Avaya brainstormed five steps that organizations should take to deploy an SDN.

  • Simplify the environment
  • Deploy a network fabric to enable edge automation
  • Enable application automation
  • Enable orchestration
  • Enable open orchestration

5 steps to a software defined network – Networld World

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Your daily digest of “All Things Big Data” gathered, collected and researched by your very own 10Fold Big Data Practice team.

Big Data

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Forbes details PBS’s latest documentary, “The Human Face of Big Data,” about the collection and analysis of data to predict the onset of potentially deadly infection in premature babies. This collection and analysis of relevant data to this infection, titled Project Artemis, shows how data can lead to better outcomes, or in this case, even save lives. However, this potential can only be realized if we clearly establish what we want to learn from the data, and begin collecting more of it. However, the author points out that what the documentary doesn’t correctly explain is that “big data” doesn’t necessarily mean “best data,” pointing out the lack of diversity in the research shown in the documentary.

10 FOLD ICON 15x15  Big data solutions have become persuasive and transformational elements in the insurance industry. They have enabled insurers to leverage advanced analytics to distillate data, especially customer data, from a broader range of sources and extract more insightful and actionable information they can use to improve pricing, claims settlement, risk options and more customer-centric products. Insurers that take advantage of big data’s ability to effectively integrate disparate sources of customer information more effectively will create a learning engine. Alternately, as customers increasingly leverage multi-channels and devices to access their information, insurers must quickly match them to a product and be prepared to manage all regulations accordingly. Insurers who can embrace regulatory challenges and implement effective strategies to interpret the growing amount of customer data available will stand to gain a significant competitive advantage.

A New Documentary Reveals A One-Dimensional Face of Big Data – Forbes

Big Data and Insurance: How Insurers are Leveraging Big Data to Transform the Industry – InsideBigData

IoT

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Nokia Growth Partners has just announced a new $350 million fund focused on IoT — and sponsored exclusively by Nokia. The fund will primarily invest in promising companies surrounding the Connected Enterprise, Consumer Solutions, Connected Car and Digital Health, and will also enable technologies with a focus on capabilities in big data and analytics. Nokia’s focus will be on driving new opportunities via IoT in a collaborative and open way.

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Singtel and Ericsson are also embracing an IoT initiative, announcing their collaboration on enabling Singtel’s 4G network for the IoT, including a trial of narrowband IoT technology during the latter half of 2016. Instead of using cellular networks for the IoT, narrowband low-power, long-range, wide-area networks that use available, unlicensed radio spectrum could allow for extended coverage and less complex devices with higher battery life, meaning more connected devices overall. According to Ericsson, 28 billion connected devices are expected by 2021. Such devices requiring long battery lives and better coverage include temperature, air quality, and flood water sensors – all which are focuses within the new collaboration.

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 The Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF), a new, non-profit foundation dedicated to creating open standards for the IoT, says its main goal is to “help unify IoT standards so that companies and developers can create IoT solutions and devices that work seamlessly together.” OCF is fronted by big-name tech companies including Cisco, Intel, Microsoft and Samsung. The foundation is an expansion and a rebranding of a previous non-profit foundation that sought to achieve the same goal – the Open Internet Consortium – but its new guise covers more markets and so has a greater chance of gaining broad acceptance for whatever it develops. The OCF hopes to have certified products on the market by the end of the year.

 

Nokia Growth Partners Announces $350M Fund Focused On IoT – TechCrunch

Singtel and Ericsson trialling narrowband networks for IoT – ZDNet

Top new IoT foundation (yeah, another one) to develop open standards – The Register

eCommerce

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Alibaba-backed digital payments and eCommerce company, Paytm, could soon permeate the luxury space by launching an online and mobile ecommerce platform exclusively for luxury products. The company has roped in marquee luxury brands like Gucci, Fendi, Furla and Burberry for its mobile luxury platform Anasa, and is courting more brands. Sources said Paytm is referring to Anasa as a first-of-its-kind luxury mall on mobile which can provide “the right environment and market positioning to showcase luxury brands” to high net-worth individuals, or HNIs.

Paytum plans to launch eCommerce platform for luxury products ropes in Gucci, Furla, and Burberry – Economic Times

Software Defined Networking

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Today Nokia announced its plan to acquire Canadian security company Nakina Systems. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Nokia plans to use Nakina to support customers facing security threats from mobile broadband expansion, software-defined networks, cloud services and the Internet of Things. Nokia also intends to use Nakina’s technology to add identity access, configuration management and orchestration services to its security portfolio.

Nokia buys Canadian security software vendor Nakina Systems – ZDNet

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Your daily digest of “All Things Big Data” gathered, collected and researched by your very own 10Fold Big Data Practice team.

Big Data

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Big Data is transforming the way we view medicine by means of clinical trials and studies. Clinical trials work by testing how well a treatment works and identifying any side effects. However, these trials require participants who meet rigorous scientific standards. This is where big data can help. By mining the world of practice-based clinical data — actual patient records — for information on who has what condition and what treatments are working, doctors could learn a lot about the way they care for individuals. Many different companies are searching for a way to enable healthcare providers to learn from practice-based evidence to individually tailor care. Electronic Health Records have been around for a while but with data stored across a number of different  systems and formats, they are not designed with analysis in mind. A future which combines both evidence based and practice based medicine is likely to produce the best outcome for patients.

10 FOLD ICON 15x15  Women in tech have always been outnumbered by men, but this disproportion could be encouraging more females to enter the tech workforce. According to CNET, less than 17% of the tech industry is made up of women. Recently, Big Data and statistic fields have been attracting a surprising amount of females. It’s been noted that women are achieving more than 40% of statistic degrees, and new career paths in data science now hold multiple opportunities for women. The rise of women in the world of data could also be due to the belief that women typically excel in communication and problem solving, two main areas that are required for data-oriented roles.

How Big Data is transforming medicine – Forbes

Are Big Data Career Paths Attracting More Women to Tech? – Huffington Post

Hadoop

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Hadoop has grown to two significant phases of maturity, defined by how companies first used it and what tools emerged to create a vibrant ecosystem in the process. When it became clear that Hadoop has the ability to provide real business value, many departments started building workloads for business intelligence and reporting to extract meaningful insights. Hadoop is currently in its third phase within enterprise environments. We’re starting to see multi-department uses within organizations. It also comes with a whole new set of requirements that Hadoop has not considered prior. Applications don’t exist yet that will run on Hadoop but it is predicted that will be in the future.

The Phases of Hadoop Maturity: Where Exactly Is it Going? – Data Informed

 

Docker/ Containerization

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Containers are all the rage among developers, who use the open source software to build, test and run applications. The technology offered by companies such as Docker are not on the radar of most Fortune 500 CIOs, suggesting that it has a ways to go before it gains traction in large enterprises. Most CIOs are unfamiliar with abstract technology and express skepticism. Some of the comments from a live audience poll conducted at a recent Wall Street Journal event indicate that some CIOs believe that the VMs running their private or hybrid clouds are sufficient.

CIOs aren’t ready for Docker and container technology – CIO

IoT

10 FOLD ICON 15x15  Among smart watches, smart appliances, smart homes, and smart buildings come smart cities. The market for smart cities is expected to grow from $52 billion last year to $148 billion by 2020. More than 200 smart city projects are underway around the world, fueling the demand for products and services from IoT vendors, service providers, and platform companies and consultants. North America is expected to dominate the IoT in smart cities over the next several years.

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 IBM just launched a tool called Quark for IoT development. Quark is based on IBM Streams, a product for processing large amounts of live data. Quark is just beginning, although IBM is hoping that by making it open source the community will catch on and help with its development. IBM has an existing suite of tools and services useful for the IoT – such as Watson – but it’s clear the company plans to continue its leadership and won’t slow down progress as competitors like Cisco bolster their own enterprise-level IoT solutions.

IoT Smart Cities Market Heading to $148 Billion – Media Post

IBM launches Quark tool for IoT development – Developer Tech

eCommerce

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 In the last decade, the amount of people shopping online has exploded. The US alone was responsible for 31.7% of global e-commerce sales in 2015. Forbes looked at the their predictions for the trending eCommerce products for 2016 and beyond and decided major tips and tools for launching eCommerce businesses. These include: consumer behavior research, product research, and product ideation.

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Several articles covered Indian eCommerce company, Snapdeal’s $200 million in new funding, led by Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, the Canadian investment vehicle with over $150 billion in assets. The new investment puts Snapdeal’s valuation in the $6.5-$7 billion range, making it the second most valuable startup in India, after Flipkart. Snapdeal says that the capital raised will be used to further build out its technology platform, logistics, payments, and back-end infrastructure.

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Business to Community recommended 9 ways to get the ABCs of eCommerce right. They are 1) analytics, 2) behavior analysis, 3) customer service, 4) discounts and offers, 5) eCommerce platform, 6) feedback and testimonials, 7) gateway (payments), 8) hacking and security, and 9) inventory management.

Tips and Tools for Launching Your eCommerce Business – Forbes

India’s Snapdeal raises $200 million to challenge Amazon and Flipkart – VentureBeat

Snapdeal raises $200M more to fuel up for India’s ongoing e-Commerce battle – TechCrunch

9 Tools to Get the ABCs of eCommerce Right – Business2Community

Openstack

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Rackspace has announced a new OpenStack-as-a-Service option in partnership with Red Hat, whose enterprise Linux distribution powers the new cloud platform. The platform is a hosted implementation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform, Red Hat’s main product for building open source private and hybrid clouds using OpenStack. While Red Hat’s OpenStack distribution has been available for more than two years, the Rackspace hosted offering provides another way for enterprises to deploy OpenStack as a service rather than a platform they maintain themselves. Rackspace says this is important as a way to speed OpenStack adoption.

Rackspace adds hosted Red Hat OpenStack to Cloud Services – The Var Guy

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Your daily digest of “All Things Big Data” gathered, collected and researched by your very own 10Fold Big Data Practice team.

Big Data

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 To finance big data initiatives, businesses need to invest in tools or services such as software or malware. Companies may also need to invest in new staff members which can increase costs dramatically. In order to maximize big data needs on a budget, Huffington Post recommends organizations think about the strategic objectives and the insight they’re looking for from big data, make use of the resources they already have (such as data sources, data storage, data analysis and data output), look for savings on software, and take advantage of big data as a service (BDaaS) with cloud-based services.

How to do Big Data on a budget – Huffington Post

Hadoop

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Hadoop is in high demand according to the latest earnings report from Hortonworks Inc. Hortonworks is the only Apache Hadoop distribution company that is publicly traded. Its Hadoop distribution competitors, Cloudera and MapR, are both venture-funded companies that don’t publish financial results. Hortonworks’s earnings report comes a week after big data visualization company Tableau spooked Wall Street investors with its quarterly results, which showed significant growth yet disappointed analysts on one key performance indicator — setting off the negative market reaction.

Hadoop Vendor Hortonworks Triples Revenue in Q4 – SiliconANGLE

IoT

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 U.S. Director of national intelligence, James Clapper, said in a statement to the Senate on Tuesdays that intelligence services may use the wide array of IoT devices for identification, surveillance, monitoring, location tracking, and targeting for recruitment, or to gain access to networks or use credentials. However, a recent study from the Berkman Center for Internet and Society claims these same intelligence agencies could also use IoT devices to illuminate an environment that was previously viewed as “going dark” due to new forms of encryption being used in consumer products and services.

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Microsoft’s partnership with HCL Technologies for an Incubation center is hot topic again this week. Microsoft is working with HCL Technologies to drive enterprise adoption of the IoT by leveraging the Azure IoT Suite. The idea is to use real-time analytics, sensory data, and rapid collaboration to let customers see how IoT can affect their business value.

We might use your IoT stuff to spy on you – Naked Security

Microsoft, HCL Partner for IoT Incubation Center – Informationweek

eCommerce

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 B2B buyers are looking for an eCommerce experience that is comparable to buying consumer goods. B2B buyers often make purchases on B2C websites when products are available, so the opportunity to sell to businesses exists for B2C online merchants. Reasons for switching to online purchasing include the convenience of being able to purchase 24 hours a day and the speed of completing the transaction.To make the B2B sale, ecommerce merchants should provide the following:

  • Publish detailed relevant content and make sure it is easily accessible for the prospective buyer in all sales channels
  • Use graphics and video to showcase products
  • Include a live chat feature in case the buyer needs more information — this is more appealing to many buyers than having to talk to a salesperson
  • Use tracking, monitoring, and measurement tools. Analyzing buyer behavior can predict conversion as well as repeat purchases and help to make any necessary changes to the buying process.

How to Attract B2B Buyers to Ecommerce – Practical eCommerce

OpenStack

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Today Rackspace announced that it has been certified by Red Hat to manage Red hat OpenStack deployments in data centers. This will allows organizations to deploy OpenStack cloud platforms on-premises around Red Hat’s brand of Enterprise Linux, and hire Rackspace to manage them. However, there is a challenge with this partnership, as anyone selling OpenStack private clouds to enterprises will require a massive install base of VMware and Microsoft software in enterprise data centers.

Rackspace Continues its Quest to Support Everyone Else’s Cloud – Barb Darrow

Rackspace to Manage Red Hat OpenStack Clouds On-Premises – CMS Wire

Rackspace Debuts Red Hat OpenStack For Private Clouds – CRN

What’s Behind Rackspace’s Private OpenStack Cloud – Data Center Knowledge