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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.

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.

November Brings the Perfect Storm for Tablet Buyers

generictablet.jpgOctober saw its traditional raft of mobile device launches, but November is when the sales will really fly. It's when all those buying for the holidays enter the market.

With Black Friday looming, expect buy buttons to be clicked and registers rung at record speeds. And it is likely to be tablets all the way as second and third screens become the norm in homes and among the most requested tech gift ideas. 

With so many high-class models to choose from, the field has never been more open. So which will win in the battle for sales?

MetaVis Bashes Google with Office 365 Migration Tool

Microsoft has just taken another pop at Google, this time with the help of MetaVis Technologies. MetaVis, which develops software to help organize SharePoint and Office 365 environments, launched a new migration wizard that can quickly move content from Google Apps to Office 365.

With the expanded MetaVis Architect Suite customers can migrate File Shares, Google Drive, Exchange Public folder or SharePoint content to SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint Online.

File Share Won't Solve Enterprise Content Management Problems

The fragmenting Enterprise Content Management (ECM) systems market has file share vendors eager to take the place of production-ready ECM suites. But agile and effective as they may be, file share applications fall flat when compared with an Enterprise CMS for securely managing content.

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.

Microsoft Upgrades Search for SharePoint Online

In keeping with its push to be the productivity suite of choice, Microsoft announced today two new search features for SharePoint Online, which will be rolled out globally over the next few days. The new Content Search Web Part (CSWP) enhances overall search functionality and result displays, while Cross-Site Collection Publishing (CCP) gives users the ability to publish content on multiple sites from the same content source.

Office 365 Gets Social CRM with Nimble Integration, Passes 2M Subscriber Mark

Microsoft continues its push to increase the functionality of Office 365 with the announcement of a partnership with Nimble which brings customer relationship management (CRM) to the productivity suite. The news coincided with Microsoft's report that Office 365 home subscriptions have hit the 2 million mark. 

Nokia Back in Smartphone Game with 8.8 Million Units Sold in Q3

Customer Experience, Mobile, Nokia Back in Smartphone Game with $8.8M Quarterly SalesNokia's play to stay in the smartphone game is paying off as buyers flock to its wide range of Windows Phone 8 devices packing great camera technology. 

With its upcoming acquisition by Microsoft, the $7.2  billion deal looks to be a good value with sales increasing by a million per quarter and some hot new models on the way. 

The Strata Conference, Big Data Myths and Customer Insight #strataconf

Human Face of Big Data.jpgThere are plenty of reasons to avoid talking about big data. It makes people anxious, confused and quizzical. Sometimes, two minutes into a conversation, you realize the person you're speaking with doesn't have a clue about big data. Other times, the conversation lapses into such elaborate technobabble that it's impossible for someone without an advanced degree in analytics to follow.

So why are so many people flocking to the O'Reilly Strata + Hadoop World 2013 big data conference in New York City this week?

Microsoft Commercial Business Thrives, But Ballmer Still Remains a Question

Microsoft's sales and profits are up. In the first quarter since the company announced a major reorganization and shared the news that CEO Steve Ballmer is retiring, the Redmond, Wash.-based technology giant reported a jump of 17 percent in net income in the fiscal first quarter to $5.2 billion or 62 cents per share.

While the company's commercial wing grew revenues by 10 percent to $11.2 billion, consumer revenues, including devices, grew only 4 percent to $7.46 billion. 

Apple vs. Microsoft: the Buyers Will Decide

A row is brewing between the two tech titans, initiated by Apple's' comments about "confusion" among its rivals during the recent iPad unveiling. Microsoft shot back, claiming "standardization" and "productivity" are on its side. Who do you think is right  — or should both companies shut up and just let consumers decide? 

Microsoft Office Is Still the Productivity Suite Leader

For Microsoft, Forrester's recent report on productivity suites and alternatives to Office 2013 just couldn’t get better. It shows that while there are alternatives to Microsoft Office, most enterprises aren’t even looking at them. It also shows that if Office 2013 still hasn’t gained the traction Microsoft would like it to, it is only because most users are still on the 2010 version. 

Metalogix Acquires Idera's SharePoint Tools

Metalogix has been steadily buying up hefty swaths of the Microsoft SharePoint ecosystem -- and it's now bought up Idera's SharePoint business. It includes tools that focus on backup, maintenance, security and governance.

Nokia Joins the Windows RT Party with it's Lumia 2520 Tablet

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Alongside its Windows Phone phablet, Nokia officially entered the tablet market with a 10.1" device at Nokia World in Dubai.

The $499 SnapDragon-powered machine runs Windows RT 8.1 and offers both 4G and Wi-Fi, plus a full 1080p HD display.

How does it compare to Microsoft's own Surface 2 RT tablet? Let's take a quick look at the spec sheets.

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