Archive for February, 2013

For Debra Logan of Gartner, Big Data is “a solution looking for a problem”

Big Data confusion


22 February 2013 –  Ok, it is an open and shut case. Big Data is all the rage. But now if only someone had to clue what to do with it. The trouble is most businesses may be failing to ask the right questions, according to analyst extraordinaire Debra Logan of Gartner.

NOTE: I first met Debra at ZyLAB Universe 2011  and we have stayed in touch since. She is one of the organizers behind the DESI workshop on predictive coding and other machine learning algorithms  to be held in Rome, Italy in June and if the stars align I will be conducting a video interview with my crew from Project Counsel Media and we’ll be able to chat about a number of topics.

Many are looking at big data — large datasets from multiple sources — and trying to figure out what it is, according to Debra. As she said in a recent London roundtable debate “what is it that a massive set of data tells you about a particular problem that a more reasonable set of … Read more

Wall Street debates: just how do you value data center stocks?



21 February 2013 – A favorable feature article in Barron’s can lift some stocks with a “Barron’s Bounce,” while a tough critique will also be felt in the markets. Last Saturday Barron’s followed up on a slide in Rackspace shares by taking a critical look at the methods used to value data center companies on Wall Street. That kicked off a series of articles in the financial press and blogosphere debating the merit of data center investments.

For more from Data Center Knowledge here’s a review of this week’s action (click here).… Read more

Want to analyze the President’s State of the Union speech? Then use some data visualization software

13 February 2013 – The State of the Union address by the U.S. President is a particularly apt data set to explore for clues about the change in political language: it is a remarkably consistent form available annually over the entire history of the United States. Article II Section 3 of the Constitution inaugurates the practice:

[The President] shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient …

Very quickly, the address acquired a conventional form as a yearly message delivered by the office of the president, at the beginning of the year, to the Congress, the representatives of the people. This consistent structure, which endures over the course of U.S. history, is what allows for a useful comparison between actual instances of the address. Such comparisons would be difficult to make otherwise between more random fragments of political discourse not regulated by a uniform temporal frame and an archetypal structure of address.

In the ceremonious address in congress, … Read more

Mapping translations of “Othello”: another great use of data analysis/data visualization

8 February 2013 – I am always on the look out for examples of data analysis, algorithms and data visualization used in unique ways. Last week at a data analysis/data visualization workshop in London I learned about a collaborative, multi-disciplinary project called “Version Variation Visualisation” (VVV) through a venture called TransVis which is a digital humanities approach to analyzing the multiplicity of Shakespeare re-translations.   Its data is nowhere near complete, but it is a starting point for the creation of a global map of Shakespeare’s influence in the world.

TransVis collects, digitizes, analyses and compares translations and variations of literary works. In an initial prototype VVV they use analysis methods, interfaces and visualization tools to explore 37 translations of Shakespeare’s Othello into German with more works translated into other languages to come.  It is a joint effort by Tom Cheesman of Swansea University, along with Kevin Flanagan and Studio NAND.
The map is more of a browser to see where specific publications were written, rewritten and published. All culturally important works are translated over and over again. The differences are … Read more

Get Your Head in the Cloud: your personal use of the cloud

It has been brought to my attention that there are still some hold?outs on the Cloud revolution. The Citrix Cloud Survey Guide found that 54% of respondents claimed to never have used Cloud computing (although the survey also found that 95% of them actually do use the Cloud but don’t know it). These individuals refuse to use the Cloud to back?up data, share photos or provide remote access to their data. Instead, they carry zip drives and email themselves documents. So, this one’s for you, lovers of technical nostalgia, join the Cloud, the view is great from up here!

How Does it Work?

First, decide which files you want to add. Music, photos, that half?finished novel, your resume…all make great additions to the Cloud. Not only will you be able to access the information remotely but it is also protected in case your device meets with an untimely end. Next, choose a provider. Apple users are generally partial to iCloud. Create an account, register all your devices and the iCloud application will walk you through the entire process of selecting … Read more

Domino’s Pizza cloud computing use offers food for thought

4 February 2013 – The lure of a takeaway pizza is well-known and thanks to technology it’s becoming ever easier to order whenever the mood takes you. Smartphones and tablets let us place orders from any location via dedicated apps and one firm that’s seen the rise perhaps better than any other is Domino’s Pizza.

We were at the Cloud Expo in London last week and we had the chance to hear Domino’s chief information officer, Colin Rees, talk about the cloud.  It now sees over 50 percent of its orders placed online, and 20 percent are coming from mobile applications on Android and iOS devices, according to the firm’s chief information officer Colin Rees.  He explained how the firm has embraced the benefits of cloud computing to ensure it can cope with the growing demand placed on its ordering systems.

Domino’s, understandably, has fairly predictable demand windows, that revolve around a peak between 5pm and 9pm and particularly on Fridays, Saturday and Tuesdays – when it runs its two for £10 deal. As a result, the firm has increased … Read more

VMware Vs. Microsoft: The Next Chapter

4 February 2013 – VMware’s fourth-quarter earnings, reported Jan. 28, set a record and came in ahead of analyst expectations. The next day, its stock, which had been trading at $99.10 just before the announcement, took a stunning hit, losing 20% of its value within a short time after the opening of trading.  Several analysts had predicted VMware’s fourth-quarter earnings would disappoint because the market for virtualization products was nearly saturated and Microsoft was moving in to steal the customer base.

VMware has led a somewhat charmed life with investors up to this point. It’s been presumed to be the leader of a business with a lot of potential growth. Instead, VMware came up with a conservative forecast of new license sales, a key indicator of its prospects, of 8-11% for the first quarter of 2013, as well as slower overall sales in the first half.
On the third day, its stock began to recover. Some investors clearly thought that VMware, under a new CEO and having just lost its CTO, was laying off employees as foretaste of things to … Read more

The Future of Higher Education and Cloud Computing

2 February 2013 – Although colleges and universities have been using “cloud-based” applications for years (e.g. email), the cloud computing trend is quickly evolving into a premium model for data storage and exchange. According to technology research company Gartner, more than 50 percent of Global 1000 companies are predicted to store confidential data in the public cloud by the end of 2016. The cloud is proving itself as being a techtrend that’s here to stay.

Higher educational institutions recognize that adopting the latest technologies and solutions is essential to staying competitive and retaining students. Cloud computing can actually help institutions reduce high expenditures on hardware, software and IT maintenance. Cloud computing provides businesses with a centralized, virtual data center that is accessible to faculty and admissions personnel, for example, at any time and any location.

For more from the edudemic website click here .Read more