“The hot IT buzzword of 2012, big data has become viable as cost-effective approaches have emerged to tame the volume, velocity and variability of massive data” – Edd Dumbill, O’Reilly Radar.
That’s how the program chair for the O’Reilly Strata Conference explains the Big Data surge. But I had a friend recently ask, “What’s the big deal, and why now? And, give it to me in laymen’s terms, please.” It got me thinking about the Big Data shift and the significance of it in relatable and simplified terms. Let’s start with the “Why now?”
Why the Shift?
One of my peers, Barry Morris, CEO of NUODB, states it this way, “Historically a lot of computer data came from fingers and keyboards.” In the past, this information was structured in a database so data analysts could model it and managers could get reports about the health of their business. You’d ask things like, “What were last year’s top selling products in the Northwest?” and be able to generate some graphs about it.
In the Big Data era, knowing that isn’t enough to produce a meaningful strategy to remain competitive. Along with sales data, we now have an abundance of other meaningful data. As Barry explains, ”Increasingly, data has been auto-generated from networks, web sites, supply chains, sensors, markets, system logs etc.”
Reviews, shares, and sentiment from social networking sites, information from partners and suppliers, as well as their social and operational data all come into play. So if you’re that strategic retailer trying to gauge the Northwest region’s top selling products for next year, you now need to make use of all the information relevant to your business. Failing to do so, could mean missing anticipated trends, and consequently, next year’s sales target.
Skywiper, as CrySys calls the virus, may have been active for as long as five to eight years. It uses five encryption methods, three compression techniques and at least five file formats. Its means of gathering intelligence include logging keyboard strokes, activating microphones to record conversations and taking screen shots, CrySys reported.
IBM will develop advanced technologies for what will be the world’s largest radio telescope, operational in 2024
IBM is developing new data management and analysis technologies for what will be the world’s largest radio telescope. The Square Kilometre Array (SKA), due to become operational in 2024, will produce so much data that even tomorrow’s off-the-shelf computers will have difficulty processing all of it, the company predicted.
"This is a research project to find out how to build a computer system," to handle exabytes’ worth of data each day, said Ton Engbersen, an IBM researcher on the project.
The Netherlands has granted IBM and the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) a five-year grant of €32.9 million (US$43.6 million) to design a system, with novel technologies, that can ingest the massive amounts of data that SKA will produce.
Funded by a consortium of 20 government agencies, SKA will be the world’s largest and most sensitive radio telescope, able to give scientists a better idea of how the Big Bang unfolded 13 billion years ago. SKA will actually be comprised of 3,000 small antennas, each providing a continual stream of data.
Mobile Web browsing continues to take off, with smartphones and tablets accounting for 20 percent of Web traffic in the U.S. and Canada, according to a new report.
The analysis, from online advertising network Chitika, finds that those stodgy old PCs still produce just under 80 percent of Web traffic, with smartphones accounting for 14.6 percent and tablets making up 5.6 percent.
Other findings of note, Windows Phone now accounts for a third as much traffic as BlackBerry devices. Undoubtedly its market share is far less than that, but its more powerful browser and larger screen likely make it more conducive to Web surfing.
Also, as it has seen in the past, Chitika said that tablet and mobile phone Internet usage peak in the evening hours. That’s when people leave their computers for a bit and pretend to have a real life, while nonetheless staring at their phones or sitting on the couch watching TV and simultaneously pawing an iPad.
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CEO’s are finally embracing social media’s role in engaging business and customers, according to a recent IBM Global CEO Study.
For businesses, social media is currently the least-utilized method for connecting with their audiences. The hierarchy of
connecting is as follows: face-to-face interactions, websites, channel partners, call centers, traditional media, advisory groups, and then, finally, social media.
However, social media is expected to jump to the number two spot within three to five years — and traditional media will plummet to the bottom of the list — according to IBM’s report of their findings.
Out of the 1,709 CEOs interviewed for the study — hailing from 64 countries and 18 industries — only 16% currently participate in social media. However, that percentage is expected to grow to 57% within the next five years, according to the IBM analysis.
As Mashable previously reported, these numbers coincide with the “conservative optimism” regarding social media engagement for businesses. More than half of business owners (64%) believe in social media as a useful tactic for marketing — they just aren’t willing to jump into it full-force yet.
THE days of chief executives leading organisations from the comfort and privacy of their corner offices are over, according to an IBM study that has found social and online media is fundamentally changing how companies engage with staff and customers. Full article.
Technology is now driving more organizational change than any other force — even the economy. New connections are bringing great expectations. The view that technology is primarily a driver of efficiency is outdated, and CEOs now see technology as an enabler of collaboration and relationships — those essential connections that fuel creativity and innovation.
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One outcome of social business, which isn’t talked about much, is how it can enable better marketing — from creating content that matters and the creation of a cross- functional command center for real-time moitoring… to a collaborative analytics framework for consistent metrics. Another benefit: the creation of centers of excellence for management of communities and policies. Via Britopian
Sandia National Laboratories’ Automated Expert Modeling & Student Evaluation (AEMASE, pronounced “amaze”) is being provided to the Navy as a component of flight simulators.
Components are now being used to train Navy personnel to fly H-60 helicopters and a complete system will soon be delivered for training on the E-2C Hawkeye aircraft, said Robert G. Abbott, a Sandia computer scientist and AEMASE’s inventor. The work is sponsored by the Office of Naval Research.
AEMASE is a cognitive software application that updates its knowledge of experts’ performance on training simulators in real time to prevent training sessions from becoming obsolete and automatically evaluates student performance, both of which reduce overall training costs, Abbott said.
Sandia National Laboratories computer scientist Rob Abbott, left, and computer software developer Jon Whetzel show how the Automated Expert Modeling & Student Evaluation (AEMASE) cognitive software application will be used to help train Navy personnel on flight simulators (credit: Randy Montoya)
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