Apple takes first bite at social media analytics

Madan Sheina, Lead Analyst, Software – Information Management

Apple has acquired social media search and analytics start-up Topsy Labs to better understand the needs of users of its smartphone and tablet devices and cloud services. Topsy specializes in analyzing the Twittersphere in realtime, gleaning customer sentiment and trends such as most-often-tweeted terms, key influencers on specific topics, and reaction to marketing campaigns.

Some of Topsy’s capabilities are likely to be pushed into...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 03 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise Mobility, iOS, Mobile Analytics, Social.

The Internet of Things: Between fear and hype

The Internet of Things (IoT) is hardly a new concept; we have been waiting for it to become reality since Kevin Ashton first proposed the concept back in 1999, but it has always seemed “just a few more years” away, like hydrogen cars or fusion power. Recently that’s all changed and connected smart devices are becoming increasingly common sights, from connected smoke alarms to personal fitness trackers and smart TVs.

Of course, as with all new developments these days the hype around how connected...

By David Akka, 12 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Cloudera plots its path forward with enterprise data hub strategy

Tony Baer, Principal Analyst, Software – Information Management

Two years ago, we wondered what Hadoop would be when it grows up. Back then, it was a matter of what were the components that defined the Hadoop stack. Today, the question is more about Hadoop’s role in the enterprise analytics ecosystem.

At the recent Strata/Hadoop World conference in New York, Cloudera announced a new enterprise data hub strategy. More than an update of the enterprise data warehouse, the hub becomes the logical...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 21 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Design, Development, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile Analytics.

Why in-memory data grids are a must-have for enterprise integration

In-Memory Data Grid (IMDG) computing is increasingly used by enterprises to deliver fast, robust compute capability across the organisation. Having previously only been used by large companies such as financial institutions and internet giants, the cost of the technology has now reduced to the point that it should underpin your business application integration.

Why? IMDGs offer seamless clustering and failover capabilities, out of the box; guaranteed message delivery and error recovery; and elastic scalability with...

By David Akka, 07 November 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Cloud , Enterprise Mobility.

Enterprises need to use more than Hadoop to analyse big data, says research

One in three enterprises are currently using Hadoop software for big data implementations, with another third saying they were planning to deploy within 12 months.

That’s the top-line finding from an IDC study, sponsored by Red Hat, which examines companies’ big data strategies – but found that many organisations are “forced” into augmenting Hadoop deployments with commercial add-ons because it’s not enterprise-class resilient yet.

The reasons for using Hadoop were...

By James Bourne, 01 November 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Big Data, Cloud , Development, Enterprise Mobility.

Is Splunk a company in transition with Hunk release?

Big data cruncher Splunk has today announced the general availability of its Hunk analytics product, which is a full-featured integrated analytics platform for Hadoop.

Just a few weeks after the announcement of Splunk Enterprise 6, the availability of Hunk gives the company’s ecosystem a more rounded offering, with the platform built on patent pending virtual index technology.

Like Splunk 6, Hunk allows all departments of the...

By James Bourne, 29 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Development, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile Analytics.

The reality of mobile data: Unreliable...even where you might least expect it

Here at 5app we have been conducting some tests to determine the real-life data connectivity that the public can expect from mobile data networks. The results surprised us:

  • Even on major motorways there are sections with no data connection;
  • You can still fail to make a connection even in central London due to congestion;
  • You may get several different IP addresses over a period of time;
  • Requests that do work can take over a minute to respond;
  • Data doesn’t always get through.

Methodology

We used a mobile phone to run a web page that uses GPS to detect your current location. Every 10 seconds...

By 5APP, 28 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Development, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile.

ICO reasserts BYOD guidelines after Royal Veterinary College data breach

Remember the report from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) back in March detailing how workers often had a “laissez-faire” attitude to personal device policies?

Well, now the office is saying ‘I told you so’, following an investigation into a data breach at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) which ended up breaking the Data Protection Act.

The investigation (

By James Bourne, 18 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, BYOD, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Splunk unveils Enterprise 6, unlocks data analytics for whole business

Big data darling Splunk has released the latest iteration of its enterprise platform, which gives all facets of the workforce the chance to access key data and operational intelligence.

The move takes a step towards business commoditisation, bridging the gap between IT and the rest of the organisation.

“We understand that the most successful organisations in the world give equal access to the data, regardless of skill level, to drive smart decisions that have true business impact,” said Splunk CEO...

By James Bourne, 02 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, CIO, Development, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile Analytics.

Huddle survey advocates data protection, not device

It’s increasingly becoming a post-PC landscape – and the latest industry report has fired out a warning shot for CIOs who are tempted to take their foot off the gas in keeping employee devices secure.

Nearly three quarters (73%) of the 2000 respondents to a US survey by cloud collaboration provider Huddle admitted that they had downloaded personal apps onto their corporate-owned devices, with 62% ‘fessing up to smartphone downloads and 45% doing likewise on enterprise-issued...

By James Bourne, 03 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, BYOD, CIO, Cloud , Enterprise Mobility.