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Big Data

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 According to Forbes, data has a lot of enemies – and the largest group of opponents might just be those of who have simply been forced fed too much media spin on the subject in the first place. The term Big Data has arisen to be defined as an amount of data that will not practically fit into a standard (relational) database for analysis and processing caused by the huge volumes of data created by IoT as well as machine-generated and transactional processes. Some of the enemies of Big Data include – IT architecture, amateur data science, resources (resources that are able to analyze data, draw conclusions and help organizations make better business decisions based on the data), and culture – which are the ways an organization makes  decisions based on what has previously been done successfully, or unsuccessfully.

10 FOLD ICON 15x15  What is Big Data? Like most in tech, it depends on your perspective. Big data is data that’s too big for traditional data management to handle. ZDnet describes Big Data in three V’s: volume, velocity, and variety: these three vectors describe how Big Data is so very different from old school data management. Volume is the V most associated with Big Data because, well, volume can be big. Velocity is the measure of how fast the data is coming in.  For example, Facebook has to handle a tsunami of photographs every day. It has to ingest it all, process it, file it, and somehow, later, be able to retrieve it. The variety depends on the type of data coming in. For example, email messages. A legal discovery process might require sifting through thousands to millions of email messages in a collection. Not one of those messages is going to be exactly like another. Each one will consist of a sender’s email address, a destination, plus a time. The three V’s describe the data to be analyzed. Analytics is the process of deriving value from that data.

The Seven Enemies of Big Data – Forbes

Volume, velocity, and variety: Understanding the three V’s of Big Data  – ZDNet

Hadoop

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 With Pivotal Software Inc.’s announcement that it is formally abandoning Hadoop development in favor of standardizing on Hortonworks Inc.’s platform, the field of active competitors in the Hadoop market has been culled to just a handful. With that as a backdrop, SiliconANGLE checked in with Mike Olson, who co-founded Cloudera, the first commercial Hadoop company, in 2008. Cloudera is considered the market leader in Hadoop-related platforms. With massive funding from Intel Capital and others, it’s well-positioned to see the market through to maturity.

Cloudera’s Olson sees innovation flourishing amid consolidation – siliconANGLE

IoT

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Twin sisters and social entrepreneurs America and Penelope Lopez, are taking up the fight against one of the most revolting crimes on the planet—human trafficking with their Beacon of Hope IoT app. It is the latest in the string of hackathon successes that includes an anti-bullying app and a police body cam with facial recognition. In volume, the cost to set it up would be negligible, and data from Google and Palantir could be used for targeted placement along human trafficking trade routes. Central to the design is a single fact revealed from former victims: the only time victims are away from their captors and alone is when they enter a public bathroom. After a victim acquired a tracker, they would squeeze it to turn it on, broadcasting its unique identifier, which volunteers’ smartphones would pick up and relay to law enforcement and victim assistance non-governmental organizations (NGOs). A rapid response might free the victim.The Lopez sisters will also use the Amazon Dash button as a Button of Hope. Originally designed for reordering products, it has a microcontroller and a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth radio with an AAA battery that is programmed to do just one thing: send a unique identifier over the network to Amazon to order staples such as laundry detergent. Installed in a public restroom, the button would be repurposed to send a signal over the local Wi-Fi network to law enforcement that a victim has temporary sanctuary at a known location.

Using the IoT for good: Beacon of Hope project to help fight human trafficking – Network World

Personalization

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 MediaPost offers a great example of how the concept of personalized marketing has changed over time. 30 years back, a personalized shopping experience would be a family going to a meat market and the butcher knowing the family by face and asking how they are and giving them deals and that in turn makes the family a life time and loyal customer. Today,  marketers are harnessing data because they’re trying to create relationships that are as effective as a local family’s butcher. Targeting and personalization are crucial reasons why more dollars are being spent online than anywhere else, that being said, marketers are in need to find more strategic ways to reach and maintain their loyal customers.

Personalization vs. Personal relationships – MediaPost

OpenStack

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Red Hat made it clear a few years ago that it couldn’t rely on its Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) glory forever. It needed a path to transformation and it saw a way with OpenStack and the hybrid cloud. Today it continued its steady march toward fulfilling that cloudy vision with the release of OpenStack Platform 8 and the Red Hat Cloud Suite. The cloud suite offers an integrated package with cloud, DevOps and container tools in a single solution with the kind of management layer you would expect in such a suite. It combines Red Hat OpenStack with Red Hat OpenShift, its container environment and CloudForms for overall management and the ability to add self-service in a private cloud setting. The idea is to provide an integrated package, but recognizing not everyone will want to get the entire solution from one company, it will also offer the pieces individually and work with other offerings.

Red hat continues cloud transformation with new OpenStack and Cloud Platform Suite products – TechCrunch

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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

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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 The big data industry now has many markets for the various categories of products and services that make up the industry. Data Vendors are the companies that sell raw material of pure, unadulterated data for data analytics, and businesses such as Microsoft Azure Datamarket or DatastreamX act as data marketplaces, where businesses can offer their own data for sale as well as buy it in. Infrastructure and Platform Providers are the vendors that offer their installations and services based around the most popular open source big data technologies such as Hadoop and Spark. Big data consulting companies help get analytics projects up and running and make the most data available- these include Cloudera and Hortonworks with Hadoop. Other markets include: general purpose analytics vendors, specialist analytics vendors, and visualization solutions vendors.

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 With valentine’s day coming up the big question is- can data save your love life? Datings apps seem to think so. More than 11% of Americans have tried online dating with a large success rate. Christian Rudder, cofounder of OKCupid, found that the success of data sites and apps isn’t just about finding the right algorithm, but finding the right data, as many online daters may report inaccurate information about themselves. Online dating programs that also ask users to provide permission to scan their other accounts (such as Netflix, Spotify, or Facebook) to refine their searches tend to have higher success rates in providing matches. Other ways that data can improve relationships, at least for the data nerd, is providing insight to where one’s loved one may be spending their time and money the most online, or understand how to become more creative in the Valentines they give by viewing the data reported from major gift providers like 1800flowers.com or 123greetings.

How To Find The Best Big Data Product Or Service Vendors? – Forbes

Can Big Data Save your Love Life? Online Dating Apps say “Yes” – Dataconomy

IoT

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has testified to the Senate that IoT devices could be used by unspecified intelligence agencies to perform a variety of snooping activities, including things like tracking, surveillance, and even finding targets to recruit. Previously, the Office of Personnel Management, Homeland Security, and FBI staff were hacked, revealing the personal contact details of thousands of employees. Because concerns around security are increasing, the FTC is pushing harder towards increased security in the future.

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Cisco warned on Monday of serious flaws it found in an Internet-connected thermostat control, which the company said are typical among products of vendors who aren’t well-versed in network security. The flaws were found in the ComfortLink II thermostats made by Trane. The thermostats allow users to control room temperature from a mobile device, display the weather and even act as a digital photo frame. Trane was notified in April 2014. It patched two of the vulnerabilities in April 2015 and the final one on Jan. 27, a Cisco threat researcher reported.

US intelligence director: IoT can be used to spy, recruit – Slash Gear

Flaws in Trane thermostats underscore IoT security risks, Cisco says – CSO

Self Service and Enterprise

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Several articles today discussed how VMware gave enterprise a BYOD boost with three new tools. Single-Sign On access will leverage Secure App Token Systems for authentication to allow employees instant self-service access to a personalized enterprise application store where they can subscrbe to virtually an mobile, cloud or Windows applications. Workspace One will include consumer-style email, calendar, contacts, content and chat applications that feature invisible security measures. Swipe and touch integrations with Web applications such as Evernote and Gmail as well as third-party tools like Atlassian Jira and GitHub will also be included. VMware also updated its Horizon and Horizon Air tools with new cloud-optimized display protocol and a new hybrid-mode capability in order to simplify application and desktop delivery. With these new tools and updates, VMware hopes to make mobility easier for enterprises to manage.

VMware’s Workspace One targets mobile enterprise with ‘hybridity’ – ZD Net

VMware gives enterprises a BYOD boost with three new tools – CIO

SDN

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 CRN did posted a slideshow of the top leaders in the data center and enterprise for 2016 based on on a number of segments, including Ethernet switch, Ethernet switch silicon, Ethernet switch operating system and SDN control. Some top leaders include Cisco, HP Enterprise, Juniper Networks, and Nuage Networks.

Top 10 SDN Market Leaders In The Data Center And Enterprise In 2016 – CRN

OpenStack

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Timothy Prickett Morgan of The Next Platform provides a broad look into OpenStack, defining it as an an automation framework for Linux that just happens to allow Windows instances to run on KVM. Morgan highlights an interview with Mirantis, to discuss the history and current forecast for the cloud tool, noting many distributors have disappeared, including Nebula, which was founded by a NASA team, and Metacloud, which was snapped up by OpenStack. Still, he notes, some OpenStack companies that are growing include Mirantis and Rackspace.

In the trenches with OpenStack – The Next Platform

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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 With the Super Bowl just around the corner, it has been a hot topic in the news. The integration of big data into the game has started to make drastic differences when it comes to technique and safety improvements. For example, NFL players will now find sensors on their pads and helmets that collect real-time position data and indicate if a player might have suffered a damaging hit to the head. Besides helping the players be safer and the coaches analyze plays in a more timely manner, big data is also helping sports analyst keep track of the statistics of the game. They can now track distance traveled on the field, position held on the field, how the weather effected the plays, and predicting individual player matchup.  Lastly, big data is also changing how people advertise during/around the game. Research shows that most online chatter that occurred about the Super Bowl XLIX occurred after the super bowl took place, proving that post-game was a prime time for advertisers to take advantage of. Research also showed that the hot topic on social media was about the commercials, brands and halftime shows, not about the actual game. So for the financially well-off brands that do advertise during the game, this is a good opportunity to take advantage of.

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Big data is no longer just a buzzword word but a requirement for businesses to have in order to grow and thrive. The struggle today, though, is not acquiring a large amount of data but making sense of it. Companies need to understand how to implement the correct data management plan for their business so they can store the data properly and leverage as much information as possible. Memeburn discusses four steps on how to properly leverage the power of big data: first, processing one’s data at the point of collection in a local setting; second, interconnecting data from all sources, such as sales, marketing, manufacturing, production, and so on; third, encouraging employees to give real-time feedback; and fourth, making sure all new initiatives are tested before they are fully deployed across the business.

How the Super Bowl uses Big Data to Change the Game – Forbes

Big Data: the reality for smart businesses – Memburn  

Hadoop

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 As a continuation of recognition of Hadoop’s 10th birthday, Information Week created a slideshow that covers the top 10 events that have driven the growth of this technology. The slideshow higlighted Cloudera, which is one of the three companies that provided the main commercial distributions of open source Hadoop. The slideshow also noted that Cloudera, Hortonworks and MapR all released their own distribution of Hadoop, yet Apache Software Foundation didn’t released their version 1.0 until much later, during January 2012. Lastly, InformationWeek reflected on the first year of Strata+Hadoop World conference in 2012, noting that it has now become a series of events hosted around the world.

Hadoop at 10: Milestones and momentum – Information Week

IoT

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 IoT Evolution announced USA Technologies, a mobile payment platform provider, as winner of their 2015 Smart Machine Innovation Award. USA Technologies is responsible for a cutting-edge, end-to-end mobile system called EPort Connect. Eport Connect is “smart technology infrastructure that enables owners and operators to use analytics to gain insight into consumer purchasing behavior and their business, while simultaneously building loyalty with consumers in real time.” The company believes that with these advancements, they will drive improvements in the self-serve retail market.

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 IoT is more than just metrics and data, it being seen to help improve human welfare. The United Nations’ International Telecommunication Union and Cisco recently released a report titled, “Harnessing the Internet of Things from Global Development.” It covers a range of solutions that could occur with the help of IoT technologies for developing economies spanning energy, healthcare, and agriculture and natural disaster relief. For example, a networked temperature sensor on refrigerator containing vaccines or medicines can maximize the safety and efficacy of medicine, or a smart hand-pump that improves access to waters in villages and monitors the purity of the water. Small smart devices like these are helping to ensure the quality of life in developing countries.

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 In a new edition to its 2016 predictions series from leading industry analysts and executives, RSR Wireless News notes a major trend in IoT with the ability to deploy solutions internationally, meaning that any smart, connected device will be designed and developed as a global product and will be able to work anywhere and everywhere a customer wants to do business.

USA Technologies’’ payments Platform Wins IoT Evolution Award – PYMNTS

The Internet of Things for developing economies – CIO

2016 Predictions: Global connectivity will power the IoT in 2016 – RCRWireless

Cognitive Computing

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Cognitive computing and machine learning are making huge waves in the retail industry. A recent IBM survey shows that 91% of retail industry executives are familiar with cognitive computing and believe it will play a disruptive role in the industry, and 94% of respondents will invest in the technology in the near future. Cognitive computing is opening a new door in the retail industry, helping retailers gain a deeper understanding of their customers, which then allows them to build a closer relationship with their brands and buyers.

Retail’s cognitive future– The Point of Sale news

OpenStack

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Today PLUMgrid announced its reseller partnership with Rackspace. Rackspace will resell PLUMgrid’s full SDN product line which includes its Open Networking Suite for OpenStack, CloudApex, and support and trading services. PLUMgrid’s products have also been validated to run with Rackspace’s Private Cloud powered by OpenStack service.

RackSpace to resell PLUMgrid OpenStack SDN – Network 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 The Huffington Post compared the massive onslaught of data coming from digital sources to the Gold Rush, noting that as a result of this ever-expanding abundance of data, big data is increasingly the focus at most companies. International Data Corporation estimates that spending on big data technology and services will hit $125 billion in 2015, and is likely to experience double-digit growth for several years to come. Currently, firms are overwhelmed by the “big” in big data, and searching for ways to focus on “smart” data with tangible results.

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 China’s Alibaba Group Holding Limited is stepping up its efforts to take on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure in the cloud with new multi-billion dollar partnership with Nvidia Corp. that will see  Alibaba’s AliCloud adopt Nvidia’s chips to run the new services. While AWS and Microsoft are unlikely to be concerned yet, they will surely start keeping tabs on AliCloud.

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Syncsort, 250 prominent respondents including data architects, IT managers, developers, business intelligence and data analysts were surveyed by big data services provider, Syncsort, on big data trends to watch in 2016. The three biggest trends are: Apache Spark production deployments, Conversion from other platforms to Hadoop, and Leveraging Hadoop for advanced use cases.

 

The Big Data Gold Rush: Will Wall Street Be Left Behind? – Huffington Post

Nvidia to power AliCloud’s new Deep Learning and Big Data services – SiliconANGLE

New Hadoop survey makes big data predictions for 2016 – ZD Net

Hadoop

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 A new report by Forrester Research’s big data analysts say that adopting Hadoop is mandatory for any organization that wishes to do advanced analytics and get actionable insights on their data. With an estimated 60 % to 73% of enterprises’ data going unused for business intelligence and analytics, Forrester predicts that as many application developers and delivery professionals are already adopting Hadoop “en masse,” Hadoop adoption by large enterprises will eventually reach 100%. The research and analyst firm included Cloudera, Hortonworks, and MapR among the top tier vendors of Hadoop software, with IBM and Pivotal rounding out Forrester’s top five picks.

The top 5 Hadoop distributions, according to Forrester – Network World

IoT

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 RCR Wireless News examines the relationship between LTE and the Internet of Things, noting that IoT is not really one-size fits all. Because of this, LTE categorizes data rate transmissions by uplink and downlink speed (Category 0 caps both uplink and downlink at 1 megabit per second; Category 1 caps uplink speeds at 5.2 Mbps and downlink speeds at 10.3 Mbps). The article goes on to report that 3GPP is working on standards for three new cellular IoT technologies, and Nokia, Ericsson and Intel are working together to develop and bring to market the products needed for the commercialization of NB-IoT.

LTE and IoT – RCR Wireless

Advanced Analytics 

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 With assistance from Accenture, the U.S. Food and Nutrition Services has turned to advanced analytics software from SAS to spot possible fraud, such as trafficking Electronic Benefit cards and skimming cash, which typically occurs at smaller urban and rural stores. The agency’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP) has stepped up efforts to root out abusers by focusing on stores and individuals engaged in such fraudulent activity by sifting through tens of thousands of transactions per month and data mining them for patterns. Once abusers are caught, the FNS dispenses penalties ranging from a 12-month disqualification to permanent exclusion from the program, depending on the severity of the violation. Individuals can also receive penalties, including a loss of benefits.

USDA Uses Advanced Analytics to Fight Fraud – Baseline

Personalization

10 FOLD ICON 15x15  Growth marketing and user engagement platform, Iterable announced it has closed a $9.2 million Series A round of funding to help close the personalization gap between what consumers want and what marketers can deliver.  Research shows that personalization has a high return on investment, which brings a big opportunity to vendors to reach consumers, however 80% of consumer-facing companies don’t understand their customers beyond basic demographics and purchase history. With its new funding, Iterable also plans to accelerate growth, extend the functionality of its platform, and grow its team.

Iterable raises $8M to help marketers bridge the personalization gap – Venture Beat

OpenStack

10 FOLD ICON 15x15  A report issued by the OpenStack Foundation, “Accelerating NFV Delivery with OpenStack,” makes a case for using OpenStack to replace the costly, proprietary hardware often employed with NFV, both inside and outside of telecoms. The paper also shows how many telecom-specific NFV features — such as support for multiple IPv6 prefixes — are being requested or submitted by telecoms that are OpenStack users. The survey also lists network function virtualization as the second-largest OpenStack technology. To that end, even if OpenStack is a major force in NFV, the question is whether enterprises interested in NFV/SDN will adopt OpenStack as their solution.

OpenStack digs for deeper value in telecoms, network virtualization – Info 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 Big data continues to be an anti-trust issue after the European Union’s Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager argued that data by tech firms, most notably those with US headquarters, are competitively harmful. Vestager believes that with only a few companies controlling the data needed to satisfy customers and cut costs, then they will have the power to drive rivals out of the market.

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Big data has affected many industries recently including the US legal system. The US legal system generates a huge amount of data with an average of 350,000 new cases brought to US courts annually. The first big data tools that have become available to lawyers generally focuses on billing, time management, marketing and customer relations functions. Digitalization and big data will undoubtedly bring large benefits to the legal profession in the future- freeing up mountains of case files in filing cabinets.

​How Big Data is Disrupting Law Firms And the Legal Profession – Forbes

When did Big Data become an Anti-trust issue? When a European Commissioner decided it is – Diginomica

IoT

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona is just five weeks away. When the doors open there will be progress reports on upcoming 5G wireless standards, an explosion of wearables, and plenty of excitement around the IoT. IoT will have a significant presence at MWC, especially in discussions. The topics that matter most revolve around standards for the devices and the wireless frequencies on which they’ll transmit their data.

Mobile World Congress 2016: 5G, IoT And Politics On Tap – Informationweek

eCommerce

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Over the last 24 months we have seen Bitcoin emerge as mainstream. This transition is largely due to the acceptance of currency by influential eCommerce sites such as Lord & Taylor, Virgin Galactic, and NewEgg. But the announcements by these companies were dwarfed shortly after when Dell, and Apple announced they would be accepting Bitcoin.

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 eCommerce startups have not have the easiest season with recent signs of strain. Online retail has been Amazon’s playground with everyone else playing in the dirt. Recently Boxed Wholesale, which sells Costco-sized groceries and household goods online and via mobile, just nabbed $100 million in financing, defying both the odds facing eCommerce startups and a sharp downturn in investors’ mood. This may attract a new audience from Amazon’s playground.

 

eCommerce at Large Coming Around to the Idea of Bitcoin – Cryptocoins News

Exclusive: Boxed, The E-Commerce Startup For Costco-Sized Order, Nabs $100M From Investors – Forbes

OpenStack

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Mirantis’s OpenStack training courses surged in popularity in 2015, a likely sign of increasing adoption of the open source computing platform. Mirantis launched OpenStack training in 2012. In the past year its program expanded to include two new courses, fifteen additional locations and 5,000 students. Training doesn’t mean organizations are adopting the open source cloud computing platform at a higher rate but that engineers are interested in learning OpenStack, whether or not employers are deploying it.  It’s likely that more demand for training means higher OpenStack adoption especially because Mirantis’ training is designed to be vendor-agostic.

Mirantis: Demand for Open Source OpenStack Cloud Training Surged in 2015 – The Var Guy