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Hey Cloudera & MapR: Open Data Platform is the Real Deal

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If you thought the Open Data Platform (ODP) was just a bunch of hype, think again.

This morning at the Hadoop Summit in Brussels, three big data crunching giants — Hortonworks, IBM and Pivotal Software — are making big news.

The three will announce that their Hadoop platforms are all standardized on identical versions of Apache Hadoop 2.6, as well as Apache Ambari, and available on the market. The aforementioned configuration is known as ODP.

“We’re all shipping the same version,” Anjul Bhambhri, vice president, Big Data and Streams at IBM, said during a pre-release interview.

These 3 Vendors Help You Get Smart With BPM

Business process management (BPM) can improve your organization's efficiency and its ability to adapt to changing market conditions.

Now new software suites are taking these tools to the next level.

They are enhancing support for greater system and human intelligence within business processes — and helping business transformation leaders, business process directors and solution architects become more agile and responsive to change change.

But what is the best intelligent business process management suite (iBPMS) on the market? According to Gartner’s just released Magic Quadrant for iBPMS (iBPMS), three vendors lead the pack.

3 Vendors Lead the Wave for Big Data Predictive Analytics

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Enterprises have lots of solid choices for big data predictive analytics.

That’s the key takeaway from Forrester's just released Wave for Big Data Predictive Analytics Solutions for the second quarter of 2015.

That being said, the products Forrester analysts Mike Gualtieri and Rowan Curran evaluated are quite different.

Data scientists are more likely to appreciated some, while business analysts will like others. Some were built for the cloud, others weren’t.

They all can be used to prepare data sets, develop models using both statistical and machine learning algorithms, deploy and manage predictive analytics lifecycles, and tools for data scientists, business analysts and application developers.

The Future of Smart Cities Depends on Who You Ask

Gartner and IBM are at odds over a potential collision between the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart cities.

Gartner researchers think a large number of IoT related devices will be tied into smart cities by the end of this year. But Katharine Frase, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of IBM Public Sector claim the two are close but will remain separate for the time being.

Gartner estimates that 1.1 billion connected things will be used by smart cities in 2015, rising to 9.7 billion by 2020. The predictions are included in a new report that curiously overstates the case by 300 million entitled Smart Cities Will Include 10 Billion Things by 2020.

The High Cost of a Data Breach Data: Do You Have $5M to Lose?

The average security breach costs between $3 million and $5 million. That's the alarming word from a new report on the importance of cybersecurity on enterprise IT from BDNA, a Mountain View, Calif.-based IT data intelligence provider.

The findings are part of a quarterly State of the Enterprise report that covers issues affecting enterprise IT, including security and asset management.

In addition to the costs of a security breach, the report makes a number of other bold and unsettling observations.

In fact, it notes that any organization with data almost surely has hackers sniffing around the premises as well.

Make Room for Gartner's BI and Analytics Platforms MQ Leaders

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Twenty four is a crowd -- yet that’s how many vendors made it into Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence (BI) and Analytics circa 2015.

For enterprises that are shopping for BI and Analytics solutions, choice may seem like a good thing until you consider what evaluating that many vendors might look like -- most of us wouldn’t even consider trying on 24 pairs of jeans.

Ready for a Bite? First Fruits of IBM-Twitter Deal Ripen

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IBM and Twitter announced the first concrete results from a five-month-old partnership.

The new offerings include a number of cloud-based services that mine Twitter data, as well as new developer tools.

IBM is running the new data analytics services on top of its artificial intelligence technology and IBM BigInsights for Apache Hadoop, one of its big data platforms.

The goal is to help enterprises not just identify relevant Twitter data, but also exploit it.

IBM Buys Denver Startup, Wants to Make Its Supercomputer Even Smarter

IBM has acquired AlchemyAPI, a Denver startup that boasts it makes sense of the world's unstructured data. The company, a pioneer in artificial intelligence-based (AI) text analysis, offers a cloud platform that helps companies analyze text, images and video.

IBM said the buy will give its Watson Group access to machine learning technology. It will also give IBM access to a much bigger, ready-made user base — some 40,000 developers who are already using the AlchemyAPI platform.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. But the purchase is in line with IBM's objective to make its Watson technology more profitable. Watson, a supercomputer, can sift huge amounts of data, learn from the results and respond to spoken questions. 

AlchemyAPI will be used to build cognitive apps, which learn as they interact with people and enhance IBM's objective of creating more human-like computing services.

Gartner's Look at Advanced Analytics Vendors: Are You Using a Winner?

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Hats off to Gartner for resisting the temptation to call Advanced Analytics “Analytics 3.0” because no one knows what that means. Some say that 3.0 suggests “analytics for all," referencing “all” as average workers.

Advanced Analytics, by Gartner's definition, are anything but that, according to the Magic Quadrant for Advanced Analytics Platforms (registration required).

Instead, Gartner defines them as “the analysis of all kinds of data using sophisticated quantitative methods (for example, statistics, descriptive and predictive data mining, simulation and optimization) to produce insights that traditional approaches to business intelligence (BI) — such as query and reporting — are unlikely to discover."

In other words, advanced analytics are the scalpels used by highly trained data scientists.

Cool Stuff You're Missing at Mobile World Congress #MWC15

So what if it’s a little cloudy in Barcelona, Spain today. The high is 76 degrees Fahrenheit. Those of us who live in the US Northeast would certainly enjoy the reprieve from the snow and the cold.

But the weather isn’t the reason that we’d be near the shores of the Mediterranean today. The Mobile World Congress is the draw.

It’s the event where vendors like Samsung are unveiling iPhone rivals, where Microsoft is revealing its revamped mobile play and IBM is showing off the spawn of its marriage to Apple … and so much more.

IBM Finally Builds a Solid Cloud Platform #IBMInterConnect

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After nearly two years of attempting to redefine “cloud” to mean “the hodgepodge of services IBM has cobbled together,” IBM this week put forward a clear and respectable vision of a viable software-defined data center that organizations can actually, finally put to use.

“It all is going to come down to digitization,” said Don Rippert, IBM's general manager for cloud services strategy during a keynote session Monday at IBM’s InterConnect 2015 conference in Las Vegas.

He was referring to the IBM philosophy put forth in October 2013 in a report entitled, “The Customer-Activated Enterprise.” The report explains that modern customer experiences are only feasible by engaging customers on a digital level.

“You’ve heard it over and over again,” said Rippert. “We’re going to keep saying it until you guys demand we stop saying it or until you believe it — I don’t know which. The beatings will continue until morale improves.”

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.

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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What's IBM-Silverpop's Digital Experience Pathway in 2015?

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Anyone anxious to see what's coming out of IBM's acquisition of behavioral marketing specialist Silverpop will have to wait a few more months.

Officials have some news to announce regarding the Silverpop technology but won't release it until later in the year.

But they aren't sitting still, according to Bill Nussey, CEO of Silverpop, which now operates under the IBM ExperienceOne customer experience platform.

"The last eight months we've probably put more connection points in both from a business and product view than you can even count," Nussey told CMSWire. "The vision we brought to IBM is intact but amplified greatly."

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