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In the Age of Cloud, Big Data, Mobile and Social, Could Amazon Emerge a Leader?

When EMC CEO Joe Tucci addressed a crowd of 15,000 attendees at EMC World last year, he made a somewhat startling prediction: a number of today’s computing giants won’t survive the current period of disruption.

Amazon Changes the Big Data Game with Kinesis: Leaves Competition Speechless (For Now)

It’s likely that neither big data vendors nor developers slept well last night because they were all probably thinking about Kinesis, Amazon’s fully managed service for real-time processing of streaming data at massive scale (like that generated by Twitter and the Internet of Things). It was introduced in Las Vegas yesterday at Amazon’s re:Invent Conference and brought on the same kind of enthusiasm among developers as the first iPhone brought to consumers.

DataStax Gets It: Help Developers Do What They Love - Win the Business

Mega tech executives like Larry Ellison don’t know this quite yet, but developers will be the kingmakers of the big data era. Gone are the days when software vendors win business by wining and dining C-level execs and presenting them with glossy request for proposal responses that took months to prepare.

Evolv Claims Big Data Can Improve Employee Performance

big data.pngCan big data help increase the performance of your workers? A new report from Evolv claims it can.

The company's Q4 2013 Workforce Performance Report found adoption of “a big data approach to workforce performance leads to measurable improvements, such as higher customer satisfaction, increased sales, more efficient recruiting and better retention.”

Big Data Isn't a Science Experiment, It's About Impact

Not everyone can stand before a conference with “Hadoop World” in its title and tell the crowd of enthusiasts that Hadoop isn't the right solution for every Big Data problem.

Microsoft Abandons Controversial Employee Review System

Microsoft is abandoning its controversial stack ranking employee review and compensation system, which encourages workers to compete rather than work collaboratively. The move comes just months before Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer plans to retire.

If you were cynical, you might think the review system and Ballmer's imminent departure are related. Is Ballmer unwilling to review his controversial 13-year tenure at the helm? Maybe, but it is probably pushing the analysis of this change a little too far.

The Internet of Things Will Change Everything, Including the Economy

Sure the development of the Internet of Things has a way to go before it becomes a  reality. But IT research firm Gartner already estimates it will be worth $1.9 trillion by 2020. Gartner also predicts the Internet of Things will create an entire new economy based on interconnectivity of devices.

Big Data Gets Sticky #strataconf

Ok, everyone knows that data scientists are sexy, but what about local TV reporters who can’t keep themselves from saying words like Hadoop, MapReduce, NoSQL, JSON and petabyte?

Pivotal Launches Multi-Cloud Enterprise Platform-as-a-Service

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This morning, long before the developers attending re:Invent, Amazon Web Services (AWS) annual conference, open their eyes, EMC and VMWare spin-off Pivotal will make an alluring announcement. The news — Pivotal One, “the world’s first next-generation multi-cloud Enterprise PaaS” (Platform-as-a-Service) will open for business on Friday. Coincidence? I think not.

C-Suite Affects Financial Returns on Analytics, Big Data

New research from IBM shows a lack of support from the C-suite is the biggest obstacle to the development of business analytics and big data management. This is compounded by skepticism about the value of the data and the shortage of big data and analytics talent.

Facebook Open Sources Presto: Jump In to Check It Out But Don't Jump to Conclusions

For anyone who doesn’t yet know, Facebook open sourced “Presto” yesterday. What's Presto? It’s a distributed SQL engine for big data reported to run magnitudes faster than most of today’s widely used technologies that were built to handle such workloads. They include the likes of Apache Open Source HiveCloudera’s Open Source ImpalaStinger (supported by Hortonworks) and Pivotal’s Hawq, among many others.

The Twitter IPO: All You Need to Know

You might have heard: Twitter had an IPO today. It achieved a market capitalization of $25 billion to $26 billion, even though the company has yet to hit $1 billion in revenue and has not earned a dime of profit. But clearly, people were excited.

Better Human Understanding, Not Big Data, Is the Future of Business

Better Human Understanding, Not Big Data, Is the Future of Business"The idea that business is strictly a numbers affair has always struck me as preposterous. For one thing, I’ve never been particularly good at numbers, but I think I’ve done a reasonable job with feelings. And I’m convinced that it is feelings -- and feelings alone -- that account for the success of the Virgin brand in all of its myriad forms.” -- Richard Branson

Data-driven marketing. That phrase is used as if it means truth driven. That facts (data) drive decisions.

But there’s danger in an obsession with being data driven.

Pricey Twitter Hits the NYSE Today at $26 A Share

twitter_ipo.jpgTwitter becomes one of the most high-profile US initial public offerings since Facebook today. After raising its starting price range once, it boosted the share price even higher, causing concern among some investors.

Is a mere social messaging service that's still losing money and will only generate revenue of about $620 million this year really worth $18 billion? That's the big bet investors will have to decide. The company is not profitable, and it is not expected to be so until at least 2015.

IBM Boosts Big Data Portfolio, Enhances Predictive Analytics Offerings #ibmiod

IBM just announced a number of upgrades to its predictive analytics technologies. They focus on squeezing business insight from sources of information that many enterprises are still only trying to manage. 

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