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Hoisting big data to the cloud

Hoisting big data to the cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The general consensus about big data has been that it's too expensive to move. But what if you could use remote backup copies in the cloud for analytics, app dev, and other applications?
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............ So instead of data just sitting in the cloud waiting for disaster so it can restored on premises, why not use virtual copies of that data for big data analytics or dev and test in the cloud?

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Big data is all about the cloud

Big data is all about the cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Picking between Spark or Hadoop isn’t the key to big data success. Picking the right infrastructure is
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........ the cloud is emerging an increasingly popular option for the development and testing of new analytics applications and for the processing of big data that is generated "outside the four walls" of the enterprise.

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The role of predictive analytics within companies in 2015

The role of predictive analytics within companies in 2015 | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Danish physicist and Nobel Prize winner Nils Bohr once stated, “Prediction is very difficult, especially if it is about the future.”

 

This does not stop companies from trying to use data to model what will happen in the future and where they can improve their chances of success in the market.

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From a strategic level, using analytics – and most likely predictive analytics, to be specific – and techniques within the business means that everyone across the company has to have access to data and be more skilled in using it.

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As Cloud Arrives On Main Street, We Need A New Set Of Metrics For Cloud SLAs

As Cloud Arrives On Main Street, We Need A New Set Of Metrics For Cloud SLAs | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
A lot can happen in a year, and in the world of cloud computing, 2014 was a breakout one. Cloud adoption finally experienced a tornado of demand that swept up large enterprises en masse.
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The main objective of a Service Level Agreement (SLA) is to clearly define relationships and set expectations for adequate service levels between the buyer and the seller.

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IBM Using Analytics to Optimize Cloud Computing Performance and Cost Savings

IBM Using Analytics to Optimize Cloud Computing Performance and Cost Savings | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Inventors at IBM have put together a patented technique that takes advantage of analytics to increase the performance of cloud computing service
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IBM’s newest invention is able to automatically take cloud computing resources from different cloud centers, which allows clients to optimize their service performance and lower costs by reducing the amount of manual intervention needed in order to properly allocate software, hardware, and services on the cloud.

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Made in IBM Labs: Creating Analytics "Express Lane" For Cloud Data

Made in IBM Labs: Creating Analytics "Express Lane" For Cloud Data | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

ARMONK, N.Y., Dec. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) inventors have patented an invention that enhances the use of analytics for assessing and directing data in a cloud computing environment, enabling more timely and efficient application processing and management.

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The IBM invention, U.S Patent #8,639,809, "Predictive Removal Of Runtime Data Using Attribute Characterizing,"

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Shields up: Microsoft adds antimalware protection for Azure VMs

Shields up: Microsoft adds antimalware protection for Azure VMs | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Microsoft integrates antimalware services into Azure virtual machines, but only Windows hosts will benefit
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......... the new security extension for Azure VMs "provides an additional layer of security by helping to identify, block and remove malicious software on virtual machines managed by Azure customers."

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Salesforce unveils Wave, its play in cloud analytics

Salesforce unveils Wave, its play in cloud analytics | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Wave uses a search-like medium along with extensive visualizations
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The new service is different from other approaches to analytics: It's search based, with data stored in a schema-less fashion. This allows for rapid, iterative exploration by users who are in search of answers to questions .....

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Twitter Now Shows You Exactly How Many People See Your Tweets — And It's Mesmerizing

Twitter Now Shows You Exactly How Many People See Your Tweets — And It's Mesmerizing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Tweeting is like gazing into the abyss. Now you can find out whether the abyss is retweeting you.
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About 232,000 people saw my tweets in the past four weeks — not bad!

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How to Use Twitter Analytics to Find Important Data

How to Use Twitter Analytics to Find Important Data | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Are you looking for new ways to measure success on Twitter? Get access to Twitter Analytics and find the data you need to track your campaign success.
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Being able to mine your Twitter data for a deeper look at what’s working and what’s not is an important factor in promoting your brand on Twitter.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Leaving Data On The Table

INFOGRAPHIC: Leaving Data On The Table | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

While Big Data enjoys widespread media coverage, not enough attention has been paid to what practitioners think — data scientists who manage and analyze  massive volumes of data.

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Paradigm4 teamed up with Innovation Enterprise to ask over 100 data scientists for their help separating Big Data hype from reality. This Infographic is their summation.

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Sequencing, Cloud Computing, And Analytics Meet Around Genetics And Pharma

Sequencing, Cloud Computing, And Analytics Meet Around Genetics And Pharma | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
By Andy Oram If your data consists of one million samples, but only 100 have the characteristics you’re looking for, and if each of the million samples contains 250,000 attributes, each of which is built of thousands of basic elements, you have a big data problem. This is kind of challenge [...]
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An estimated 80% of patient information in doctors’ records is unstructured. That figure may be skewed by including images (which are huge) but there’s no doubt that doctors prefer to enter information in their own way, that structured fields tend to be overly rigid, and that God often lies in the details.

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Canadian universities tap IBM for multi-school cloud platform

Canadian universities tap IBM for multi-school cloud platform | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

IBM announced this week that the company is delivering a multi-million dollar private cloud platform for a consortium of post-secondary educational institutions in Nova Scotia, Canada. Michael Shepherd, dean of the Faculty of Computer Science at Dalhousie University, where the platform will reside, said the infrastructure will help equip graduates with skills in analytics, which are increasingly in demand.

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“Cloud is now providing incredible opportunities for collaborative research across Canada,” said Dan Fortin, president of IBM Canada"

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Applying Big Data Analytics To IaaS

Applying Big Data Analytics To IaaS | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
To give IT organizations more visibility into those dormant virtual machines iLand, a provider of infrastructure-as-a-service IaaS offering based on VMware, has updated its Enterprise Cloud Services portal to expose a raft of big data analytics that help customers optimize usage of the iLand cloud.
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Running on top of an implementation of the open source Cassandra database, Lilac Schoenbeck, vice president of product management and marketing for iLand, said that idea is ...

 

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Self-Service BI is a major problem

Self-Service BI is a major problem | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Matillion survey of 10,000 senior decision makers around BI shows that delivering self-service reporting and data analytics is their biggest challenge.

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The survey, which can be found here (registration required), focused on one single question: "What is your biggest challenge around management" and respondents were given seven options to choose from.

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IBM Watson Cloud Gains Eyes, Ears, And A Voice

IBM Watson Cloud Gains Eyes, Ears, And A Voice | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
IBM Watson developer cloud adds speech-to-text, text-to-speech, visual recognition, and decision services. Will businesses build their own Jeopardy apps?
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Further detail can The Watson Developer Cloud already offered eight services that could be described as human-like or even superhuman, such asbe found of ..........

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WOW! #Watson Cloud Gains Eyes, Ears, And A Voice!

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INFOGRAPHIC: Next-Gen Analytics Are Transforming Retail Management Systems digitally through MS Dynamics AX; but Is Your Company Really Transforming Digitally?

INFOGRAPHIC: Next-Gen Analytics Are Transforming Retail Management Systems digitally through MS Dynamics AX; but Is Your Company Really Transforming Digitally? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
We all are aware that “Change is the only constant” and so is the case with digital transformation. We all know& are afraid of, one of the biggest barriers, every transformation that brings along known and unknown degree of risks, changes that are planned and unplanned.In my last few articles; Social CRM - Your ICE Bucket Challenge – we discuss...
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Are we all really ready, & are our enterprises all set to cope up with these digital transformations & welcome new Microsoft Dynamics For Retail?

 

Guest post: Thanks to @Alpesh Patel for the article

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Where Cloud Computing Jobs Will Be In 2015

Where Cloud Computing Jobs Will Be In 2015 | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
There are 3.9 million jobs in the U.S. affiliated with cloud computing today with 384,478 in IT alone.  The median salary for IT professionals with cloud computing experience is $90,950 and the median salary for positions that pay over $100,000 a year is $116,950. Globally there are 18,239,258 cloud computing jobs, [...]
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When it comes to choosing a cloud environment, enterprises have a lot to consider.

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Intelishift's curator insight, December 16, 2014 7:07 PM

Are you ready to update your resume?

 

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How Cloud Computing Imperfections Work With Real Businesses

How Cloud Computing Imperfections Work With Real Businesses | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

HP has this week announced its HP Haven OnDemand big data analytics facility served up on the firm’s own Helion cloud.

 

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“Cloud software application development will always be hybrid with some tools used online, but a proportion always held locally,” said David Chalmers, chief technologist, VP EMEA at Hewlett-Packard

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How to setup Google analytic for small business website - Cgcolors

How to setup Google analytic for small business website - Cgcolors | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Google Analytic is a product of Google which is free for business website owners where you can analyze your website traffic, website behavior, traffic source, traffic location (city, country), leads report etc. Google analytic setup is different for both websites – eCommerce and simple. You can learn it from Google Analytic Help and you can …
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"You can learn it from Google Analytic Help and you can setup your business website easily. I am providing here some important Google analytic functions and features here"

 

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How to Build a Strong Career with SAS Certification?

How to Build a Strong Career with SAS Certification? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The largest market share holder in advanced analytics, SAS, known as Statistical Analysis System Software is used for advanced analytics, business and data management along with predicting course of
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SAS is used in 136, operating at over 70,000 sites. That’s why you can discover new opportunities and seize them confidently if you opt for an SAS certification.

 

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How to Use Google Analytics Acquisition Reports to Know Where People Are Coming From

How to Use Google Analytics Acquisition Reports to Know Where People Are Coming From | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Do you want to know where to spend your time and money? Here's how Google Analytics Acquisition reports can help you drive traffic and sales.
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In this article I’ll share how Google Analytics Acquisition reports can help you drive traffic and sales.

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This article addresses the use of Google Analytics in terms of measuring online media effectiveness of advertising.

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VIDEO: Amazon Web Services Moves Beyond Developer Tools

VIDEO: Amazon Web Services Moves Beyond Developer Tools | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Amazon Web Services is known for many things, but all of those have to do with developer services like cloud computing instances, databases and storage...
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While Amazon itself has long offered some kinds of web apps for its e-book and music service, for example (and one could probably argue that Amazon.com is also a web app), Zocalo is a step in a very new direction for AWS.

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How to Use +Post Ads from Google: What Marketers Need to Know

How to Use +Post Ads from Google: What Marketers Need to Know | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Have you heard of Google +Post ads? This article shows you what Google +Post ads are and how to use them to promote your content to a wider audience.
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With Google +Post ads, you pay to promote your valuable Google+ content as an ad on relevant third-party websites. You can promote any of your public content—pictures, videos, updates, hangouts—everything!

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INFOGRAPHIC: Big Data Survey: What Are The Trends?

INFOGRAPHIC: Big Data Survey: What Are The Trends? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Nearly 1,600 Jaspersoft Community Members Participate in Second Jaspersoft Big Data Survey - San Francisco, February 4, 2014 - Jaspersoft, the Intelligence Inside applications and business....
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Very interesting results.

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