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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. 

Big Data Bits: The Strata Edition - Beyond Hadoop Distributions

Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends …

Even though we’ve left the Strata + Hadoop World conference held in New York City last week, the notable news we didn’t report keeps buzzing in our ears, reminding us that we need to share it with you.

SAS, SAP Partner to Boost Big Data Analytics

partner.jpg Now that two competing technology giants have joined forces — SAS, a Cary, N.C.-based developer of analytics software, and enterprise applications provider SAP AG, a German multinational software corporation that makes enterprise software — there's just one question. What’s next?

Open Data is Worth $3 Trillion, New McKinsey Report Claims

Thumbnail image for OpenDataMcKinsey.pngYou don't have to sell Michael Chui on the importance of big data. He knows the amount of data worldwide is exploding, that use of big data is becoming a key basis of competition and growth -- and that we're on the cusp of a critical shortage of data scientists.

Chui is one of the authors of what is arguably the most quoted source of information on big data, a 2011 report from McKinsey & Co. And now he's pushing the envelope on our understanding of a data-driven world with a new report that focuses on the economic potential of open data. "The open and liquid use of data is becoming more and more prevalent," Chui said. And that's a good thing.

Infochimps Delivers Big Data Insights Without the Heartburn #strataconf

Information Management, Infochimps Delivers Big Data Insights Without the Agita #strataconfInfochimps isn’t monkeying around with Big Data, they’re busy delivering insights to customers’ doors. “We’re the ones who let the genie out of the bottle,” says Jim Kaskade, Infochimps’ newish CEO. The genie, of course, is the one who provides strategic insights gleaned from big data, that make your company smarter and more able to act based on knowledge, than the competition.

Hey Salesforce, Hey Oracle, Can You Do This? SAP Infuses Big Data Insights into CRM Apps #strataconf

Now that Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and Salesforce boss Marc Benioff are bosom buddies again, they must have forgotten that they and their companies still have formidable competition.

But they’ll surely be reminded when they wake-up this morning and learn that SAP customers can now infuse big data insights from social apps like Facebook and Twitter into their daily operations, no manual intervention required. This not only promises to free data workers from worrying about things like data cleansing, because SAP’s data services handles that, but it also unlocks numerous data-driven opportunities.

Cloudera Changes the Data Game: 'Watch Us Become a Data Hub' #strataconf

Cloudera watchers would have to be blind to think that the company is only about Hadoop. After all, it not only has over 700 partners that add value to its software, but it has also leveraged a good number of Apache open source technologies to help its customers ask bigger questions and gain more value from their data.

Microsoft's Plan to Bring Big Data to a Billion Users #strataconf

When it comes to big data, Microsoft doesn’t think small. The company wants to bring big data insights to a billion users, said Eron Kelly, the general manager of product marketing for Microsoft’s Data Platform Group.

Needless to say, it’s a big goal, but there may be no company in a better position to achieve it. After all, Microsoft has a footprint of more than a billion Excel users and its Azure cloud service is enjoying triple digit revenue growth. Add red-hot Hadoop, big data and SQL Server to the mix and you’ve got the recipe for what could become a big data powerhouse.

How Marketers Can Capitalize on the Coming Internet of Things

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The so-called Internet of Things? Fugetaboutit ... at least for a while. The Internet of Things refers to a world where everyday physical objects are connected to the Internet and are able to identify themselves to other devices.

According to new research from Forrester, the concept is well developed, but the reality is  three to five years away. But the delay is a good thing:  it gives marketers a chance to optimize the Internet of Things for customer engagement.

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