Big data has become a big deal as the technology industry has invested tens of billions of dollars to create the next generation of databases and data processing. After the accompanying flood of new categories and marketing terminology from vendors, most in the IT community are now beginning to understand the potential of big data. Ventana Research thoroughly covered the evolving state of the big data and information optimization sector in 2014 and will continue this research in 2015 and beyond. As it progresses the importance of making big data systems interoperate with existing enterprise and information architecture along with digital transformation strategies becomes critical. Done properly companies can take advantage of big data innovations to optimize their established business processes and execute new business strategies. But just deploying big data and applying analytics to understand it is just the beginning. Innovative organizations must go beyond the usual exploratory and root-cause analyses through applied analytic discovery and other techniques. This of course requires them to develop competencies in information management for big data.
Topics: Big Data, Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, Business Performance, Cloud Computing, Cloudera, Customer Performance, Datawatch, Dell Boomi, Financial Performance, Hortonworks, Human Capital, IBM, Informatica, Information Management, Information Optimization, MapR, Marketing, Mulesoft, Operational Intelligence, Operational Performance, Oracle, Paxata, Predictive Analytics, Sales Performance, SAP, Savi, SnapLogic, Splunk, Sumo Logic, Supply Chain Performance, Tamr, Trifacta, Strata+Hadoop
SAS Institute, a long-established provider analytics software, showed off its latest technology innovations and product road maps at its recent analyst conference. In a very competitive market, SAS is not standing still, and executives showed progress on the goals introduced at last year’s conference, which I covered. SAS’s Visual Analytics software, integrated with an in-memory analytics engine called LASR, remains the company’s flagship product in its modernized portfolio. CEO Jim Goodnight demonstrated Visual Analytics’ sophisticated integration with statistical capabilities, which is something the company sees as a differentiator going forward. The product already provides automated charting capabilities, forecasting and scenario analysis, and SAS probably has been doing user-experience testing, since the visual interactivity is better than what I saw last year. SAS has put Visual Analytics on a six-month release cadence, which is a fast pace but necessary to keep up with the industry.
Topics: Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, Business Performance, Cloudera, Customer & Contact Center, Hortonworks, IBM, Information Applications, IT Performance, LASR, Operational Performance, Predictive Analytics, SAS institute, Analytics, Strata+Hadoop
I had the pleasure of attending Cloudera’s recent analyst summit. Presenters reviewed the work the company has done since its founding six years ago and outlined its plans to use Hadoop to further empower big data technology to support what I call information optimization. Cloudera’s executive team has the co-founders of Hadoop who worked at Facebook, Oracle and Yahoo when they developed and used Hadoop. Last year they brought in CEO Tom Reilly, who led successful organizations at ArcSight, HP and IBM. Cloudera now has more than 500 employees, 800 partners and 40,000 users trained in its commercial version of Hadoop. The Hadoop technology has brought to the market an integration of computing, memory and disk storage; Cloudera has expanded the capabilities of this open source software for its customers through unique extension and commercialization of open source for enterprise use. The importance of big data is undisputed now: For example, our latest research in big data analytics finds it to be very important in 47 percent of organizations. However, we also find that only 14 percent are very satisfied with their use of big data, so there is plenty of room for improvement. How well Cloudera moves forward this year and next will determine its ability to compete in big data over the next five years.
Topics: Big Data, Business Intelligence, Cloudera, Hive, Hortonworks, IBM, Impala, Information Applications, Information Management, IT Performance, Location Intelligence, Operational Intelligence, Oracle, Teradata, Zoomdata, Strata+Hadoop
Organizations succeed through continuous planning to achieve high levels of performance. For most organizations planning is not an easy process to conduct. Planning software is typically designed for only a few people in the process, such as analysts, or organizations might use spreadsheets, which are not designed for business planning across an organization. Most technologies only allow you to examine the past and not plan for the future. For decades organizations have tried to focus planning on driving better results through higher participation, but they have usually failed, as technology has not advanced enough to support this business need.
Topics: Business Analytics, Business Collaboration, Business Intelligence, Business Performance, Business Planning, CFO, Cloud Computing, Cloudera, Customer & Contact Center, finance, Financial Performance, Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC), Information Applications, Mobile Technology, Operational Performance, Operations, Sales Performance, Supply Chain Performance, Tidemark, Workday, Workforce Performance, Big Data
The big-data landscape just got a little more interesting with the release of EMC’s Pivotal HD distribution of Hadoop. Pivotal HD takes Apache Hadoop and extends it with a data loader and command center capabilities to configure, deploy, monitor and manage Hadoop. Pivotal HD, from EMC’s Pivotal Labs division, integrates with Greenplum Database, a massively parallel processing (MPP) database from EMC’s Greenplum division, and uses HDFS as the storage technology. The combination should help sites gain from big data a key part of its value in information optimization.
Topics: Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, Cirro, Cloud Computing, Cloudera, EMC, HAWQ, HDFS, Hive, Hortonworks, Information Applications, Information Management, Location Intelligence, MapR, Pivotal HD, Tableau Software, Strata+Hadoop