Like every large technology corporation today, IBM faces an innovator’s dilemma in at least some of its business. That phrase comes from Clayton Christensen’s seminal work, The Innovator’s Dilemma, originally published in 1997, which documents the dynamics of disruptive markets and their impacts on organizations. Christensen makes the key point that an innovative company can succeed or fail depending on what it does with the cash generated by continuing operations. In the case of IBM, it puts around US$6 billion a year into research and development; in recent years much of this investment has gone into research on big data and analytics, two of the hottest areas in 21st century business technology. At the company’s recent Information On Demand (IOD) conference in Las Vegas, presenters showed off much of this innovative portfolio.
Topics: Analytics, Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, Business Performance, Customer & Contact Center, Data Discovery, Discovery, IBM, Information Applications, Information Discovery, IT Performance, Predictive Analytics, SPSS
A few months ago, I wrote an article on the four pillars of big data analytics. One of those pillars is what is called discovery analytics or where visual analytics and data discovery combine together to meet the business and analyst needs. My colleague Mark Smith subsequently clarified the four types of discovery analytics: visual discovery, data discovery, information discovery and event discovery. Now I want to follow up with a discussion of three trends that our research has uncovered in this space. (To reference how I’m using these four discovery terms, please refer to Mark’s post.)
Topics: Analytics, Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, Business Performance, Cloud Computing, Customer & Contact Center, Data Discovery, Datameer, IBM, Information Applications, Information Builders, Information Discovery, Operational Intelligence, Operational Performance, Oracle, SAP, Splunk
Information technology for business is changing rapidly as organizations demand innovation to help them discover insights and facts. Our research into business technology innovation found analytics to be the top priority in 39 percent of organizations. Businesses feel pressure to be better, faster and smarter in operating processes, and understanding their various types of information is a key to success. Businesses are looking to capture value from all types of information both within the enterprise and on the Internet. In this context technology providers are now using the term “discovery” to capture potential buyers’ attention; it became an area for technology spending in 2012 and likely will be for years to come. In fact my colleague Tony Cosentino has identified discovery as one of the four pillars of big data analytics.
Topics: Big Data, Business Analytics, Business Intelligence, Business Performance, CIO, Customer & Contact Center, Data, Data Discovery, Event discovery, Financial Performance, Information Applications, Information Discovery, Information Management, Location Intelligence, Operational Intelligence, Operational Performance, Sales Performance, Supply Chain Performance, Visualization, Workforce Performance, Analytics
The increasing volume of information within enterprises and on the Internet requires businesses to be smarter and more efficient in how they use it. One large challenge is navigating through information and access to the data underlying key business documents in a way that people actually think and operate. The traditional technology approach is defining a data model with a database and then mapping the data to it and is not capable of dealing with data from diverse unstructured information sources and do not provide navigation or discovery on the information. Fortunately, information technology has advanced to provide ways to build a semantic information framework over a company’s unstructured information assets in the enterprise and on the Internet.
Topics: Business Analytics, Business Collaboration, Business Intelligence, Business Mobility, Business Performance, Business Technology, Cambridge Semantics, Cloud Computing, Customer & Contact Center, Data Virtualization, Financial Performance, Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC), Informatics, Information Applications, Information Discovery, Information Management, Information Technology, IT Performance, Location Intelligence, Operational Intelligence, Sales Performance, Social Media, Supply Chain Performance, Sustainability, Workforce Performance, CIO