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19 January 2012 Last updated at 14:17 ET By Jason Palmer Science and technology reporter, BBC News Simple laboratory-based quantum computers may yet find a way to the desktop
Big Data—the ability to collect, process and interpret massive amounts of information—is one of today's most important technological drivers. While companies see it as a way of detecting weak market signals, one of the biggest potential areas of application for society is health care.
figshare , originally launched in January 2011, is re-launching today with some new features. figshare aims to be a repository for scientific figures, raw datasets, videos and more.
Being online to serve your customers is not enough anymore. You have to spy on your customers and prospective clients, as well as anyone else you can get data on, and mash it all up to do big data analytics to drive more revenues and profits.
What if current buyers of enterprise IT became the most important IT suppliers? Consider this scenario: By the end of this decade, a number of established and emerging enterprises will become big data-driven entities, expanding beyond their narrowly defined “industries” to become full-fledged IT players, working with or competing with traditional IT vendors to develop and deliver IT solutions for a wide range of customers. There has been only one previous restructuring of the IT industry and analyzing it may help shed light on the next one.
Business intelligence and analytics have again become the top technology priority for CIOs, replacing cloud computing, according to a survey of 2,335 CIOs conducted by Gartner. Business intelligence lost the top spot on Gartner's list to virtualization in 2010, but returned this year. "I think it dropped off the top for a couple of years because expectations were really high, and they weren't really met," said Dave Aron, vice president and a fellow in Gartner's CIO Research group. The underlying technology wasn't necessarily the culprit, but reasons for the disillusion were more on a corporate level. Companies not having the right business focus, or making sure that business intelligence efforts were really used right, according to Aron. The reason business intelligence has made a comeback is because a lot of the trends CIOs hear about now, including more real-time data, big data and social networks, means there is a huge opportunity again.
When it comes to digital storage, it has always been a race for the smaller ones. Now, researchers at IBM have unveiled the smallest data storage device taking nanotechnology to a totally different level.
Enterprises may be harboring continued doubts about cloud-based storage systems, but the onslaught of big data may begin to override those doubts.
I recently presented, "The Moneyball Approach to Big Data - Creating an Unfair Advantage," at the Wall Street Technology Association's Hot Technologies Forum in New York.
John Bantleman, CEO, and Deirdre Mahon, VP of marketing, of RainStor , introduced me to some enhancements the company was just about to announce.
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The FBI wants “to determine the capability of industry to provide an open source and social media alert, mapping, and analysis application”, the agency said in a request for information (RFI) “The application must have the ability to rapidly assemble critical open source information and intelligence that will allow SIOC [Strategic Information and Operations Center] to quickly vet, identify, and geo-locate breaking events, incidents and emerging threats”, the RFI explained.
Get ready to start paying for your lunch with your smartphone and to welcome another tablet into your home. According to analysts with Deloitte & Touche LLP, 2012 will bring about the end of unlimited Internet , the increased proliferation of touchscreen tablet computers and the rise of smartphone wallets using near field communications (NFC) technology. On Tuesday, Deloitte representatives will release the company’s annual technology forecast, sharing the 10 major trends the professional services firm believes will shape the worlds of technology, media and telecommunications in 2012.
Truth be told, big data is not a big or new concept. The ideology behind big data has been around since the early days of mainframes and scientific computing.
The concept of cloud computing is both old and new.