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Can the Internet of Things Help You Connect to Higher Profits?

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Businesses that  embrace the Internet of Things (IoT) will be up to 10 percent more profitable by 2025, according to a new study from Verizon (registration required).

Before you rush to make new connections, consider the obvious. Verizon has a vested interest in promoting the IoT. In 2014, the company saw a 45 percent year-over-year revenue growth in its own IoT business — which translated to about $585 million of its $88 billion in revenue in 2014.

Still, the research is interesting.

Verizon, using proprietary data and results of commissioned studies from ABI Research, estimates there were 1.2 billion different devices connected to the Internet last year and that the number will rise to 5.4 billion by 2020 for an annual growth rate of 28 percent.

So how can you tap in to boost your bottom line?

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Are Hortonworks Numbers Better Than You Think?

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When the analysts pore over Hortonworks financial results this morning, company President Herb Cunitz thinks he knows what they will say. Some will note that the Hadoop distro provider beat the street. But others will say it missed the mark when it comes to revenues, as much of the tech press suggested yesterday.

“The street thought we’d come in at $13.5 million and we brought in $16.7 million,” he said.

So why are articles on the web at the moment suggesting that Hortonworks’ fourth quarter revenues were $12.7 million. Fuzzy math?

Not really. It might just be a difference between  GAAP — the acronym for generally accepted accounting principles — and non-GAAP figures, said Cunitz.

IBM Promises a Better Hybrid Cloud at #IBMInterConnect

IBM is making its focus on the hybrid cloud clear at its InterConnect conference in Las Vegas this week.

Big Blue has already announced a series of initiatives, including new releases and new functionality around existing releases, along with news about multiple new data centers. It also revealed plans to move at least half of its cloud development team into is hybrid cloud computing business.

Who Wants an Open Data Platform Anyways?

It turns out that some people do, in fact, want an Open Data Platform.

Despite all of the brouhaha that might have gone down last week, first around Pivotal Software’s Data Event and then at Strata and Hadoop World, some of the vendors and companies that have signed onto the Open Data Platform (ODP) initiative are calling it, “An answer to our Hadoop prayers.” The aforementioned quote comes from Scott Gnau, president of Teradata Labs.

Simon Schmidt, the chief data architect at Union Bank, provided a reason as to why the ODP — a tested reference core of open source Apache Hadoop, Apache Ambari and related Apache source artifacts — was vital for an enterprise like his.

“We can’t maintain an internal staff to do all the testing, compatibility testing and researching of every piece of technology that comes along,” he said, adding that “having some industry people backing these things, giving us the type of indemnification that we require make this (a big data platform) a viable option for us for the long term.”

That statement, perhaps, answers the question that Gartner Analyst Nick Heudecker posed when we interviewed him shortly after the ODP announcement. ”It’s not clear who’s asking for this.”

8 Tech Trends You Need To Know

Digital. Analytics. The cloud. The renaissance of core systems. The changing role of IT within the enterprise.

What do they have in common? They're the five macro forces that continue to drive enormous transformation, according to Deloitte’s recently released sixth Technology Trends report.This year's annual report digs into eight current technology trends, ranging from the impact connectivity and analytics are having on digital marketing to the evolving role of the CIO.

Within the next two years, "each of these trends could potentially disrupt the way businesses engage their customers, how work gets done, and how markets and industries evolve," according to Deloitte's CTO Bill Briggs and Craig Hodgetts, US National Managing Director, Technology.

Does Hadoop Need Saving?

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It was a big week for big data in Silicon Valley where O’Reilly’s Strata & Hadoop World Conference is ending today. The star of the show might have been data scientist Vijay Subramanian of Rent the Runway whose company rents Oscar-worthy gowns (that most of us can’t afford to buy) for our one-night-only Cinderella moments. Or maybe it was data scientist Noelle Sio of Pivotal Labs who volunteered at CrisisTextLine which helps connect teens in trouble with the volunteer counselors who might help them. Or possibly President Barack Obama who streamed in via video to introduce DJ Patil as the United States’ Chief Data Scientist. Never mind all the vendors like Microsoft and MapR who made some impressive announcements.

But instead the halls were filled with talk about the news that Pivotal Software made when it open sourced the components of its big data suite (which we predicted and is unquestionably good news for everyone) and announced the Open Data Platform (ODP), an initiative that brings together GE, Hortonworks, IBM, Infosys, Pivotal, SAS, AltiScale, Capgemini, CenturyLink, EMC, Splunk, Verizon Enterprise Solutions, Teradata, and VMware (and is open to other companies that want to join).

Big Data for Geeks and Non-Geeks, Thanks Microsoft

Microsoft aims to do one thing better than anyone else: bring the power of productivity tools, big data, machine learning and data driven insight to both every day Jacks and Jills and geeks, and makes it look simple. How does it propose to do that? There’s Bing that tells Cortana who will win the World Cup and the Super Bowl, Delve that surfaces the content that’s most relevant to you without your needing to ask, Power BI that puts data driven insights and impressive, informative viz’s at your fingertips, Hadoop and machine learning delivered in the cloud, on premises and even on a silver platter (OK, maybe we’re going a bit too far). 

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Manufacturers Stand on the Cusp of a Big Data Boom

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Despite what the hype surrounding big data might lead you to believe, the widespread existence of data is not a new concept, nor has there been some sudden "aha!" moment when decision makers realized that data could be put to use to better their businesses. Data -- and lots of it -- has always existed, and companies have always understood that it has value. There just wasn’t a whole lot they could do about it.

That is, of course, until the development of so-called big data technologies -- a wave of new tools that make it possible to store, integrate and analyze data more efficiently and affordably than ever before. These technologies have transformed data analysis from a cost-cutting mechanism into a primary vehicle through which companies make money and find new revenue streams.

When people talk about the power of big data, they’re really talking about this transformation. And perhaps no industry is a better embodiment of it than manufacturing.

EMC, Hippo Partner on Content Management for the Digital Era

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It's long been a dream of content management solution providers from both sides of the street to offer Enterprise Content Management (ECM) and Web Content Management (WCM) capabilities under one roof to help companies optimize their information assets and provide enhanced customer experiences.

And while it's an impressive vision, single vendors have seldom realized it. Managing enterprise information — and leveraging it to inform and present web and (now) digital experiences — are different things.

EMC Documentum tried to do both with Web Publisher, a product it ceased developing in 2010. Alfresco tried as well, but it now seems to be steering customers toward its web content platform partners.

The better solution: collaborative efforts between WCM and ECM providers to deliver best of breed solutions for their mutual customers. And that’s precisely what the teams at Hippo and EMC’s Enterprise Content Division (ECD) are doing today as they bring to market an enhanced integration between Hippo's web content management system (WCMS) capabilities and EMC Documentum’s ECM platform.

EMC/VMware Spinoff Pivotal Tests Big Data's Golden Rule

What’s good for the community is good for business. This is the new golden rule. Or at least that seems to be the case in the world of big data, where most commercial solutions are open source at their core.

“Enterprises don’t want lock-in,” said Michael Cucci, a marketing manager at EMC/VMware spinoff Pivotal Software, during an interview last week. He added that companies want to be able to influence the future of the technology that they use to drive their businesses. In fact it's practically a must. “It has to be open source or the conversation doesn’t begin,” he explained.

With realizations like this, how do you sell (even the best) a big data platform that’s largely proprietary?

It turns out that maybe you don’t.

What Big Secret Will Pivotal Unveil Next Week?

While it’s no secret that Pivotal is making a big announcement on Feb. 17 during which it will evangelize about a new, “groundbreaking” approach to big data, who exactly is showing up to its party remains to be seen, as is what they will be open sourcing and how they will be spinning it.

But here’s the deal, as time passes, people talk and wheels turn in everyone’s heads. Who will Pivotal’s “special industry guest” be? Does it really know “What’s next in big data”?  

Big Data Gets Smarter [Infographic]

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Data scientists may be scarce, but big data news certainly isn’t. Quite frankly it’s hard to keep up with it all.

While in a world of unlimited space and time we’d be able to shed light on everything that’s notable, we can’t because our world is a bit more limited. So what we’ve chosen to do this week is bring you the stories we would have covered in long form had we had the bandwidth.

IBM Shuffles the Deck with Revamped Partner Program

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It looks as if IBM is taking a page out of Microsoft’s book. Last night it announced the launch of its new One Channel Team operations strategy, as it works to turn itself around after some poor quarterly figures.

According to Marc Dupaquier, general manager for IBM Global Business Partners, IBM developed this strategy to align core IBM business units around a single channel team.

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