The Rise of Big Data Apps And The Fall of SaaS Editor’s note: Raj De Datta is the CEO and co-founder of BloomReach. Follow @BloomReachInc on Twitter. With the influx of information flooding the web – 90% of the web having been created in the last two years alone – web businesses are looking for ways to understand and use big data to drive their business. But the real question is – so what? SaaS was a different delivery model for enterprise software: available for immediate sign-up, it dramatically reduced integration costs, enabling try-before-buy, scalability and shared tenancy with meter-driven pricing. Big data on the consumer side of software is well-understood – Google, Amazon.com, Facebook. Linkedin (NASDAQ: LNKD) is a BDA for the recruiting/talent acquisition software market. BDAs are inherently better than their SaaS equivalents because they have all the delivery model benefits of SaaS, plus a network effect in the data being collected. BDA companies create value differently than SaaS companies. Hello BDAs, Goodbye SaaS.
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Metrics, metrics who has the right metrics – well we have some data and five observations. In the 2012 Gartner Executive Programs CIO survey we asked CIOs several questions about the metrics they use, how effective the metrics were and how effective they were at demonstrating the business value of IT. We shared the data with CIOs over the past year and some interesting insights came up that are the subject of this post. Now, with 2013 planning underway it may help to review the metrics that CIOs see as the most effective in helping to set your metrics for 2013. We asked CIOs which types of metrics they use most often and how effective their metrics were at demonstrating the business value of IT. The chart below summarizes this information by looking at the percentage of IT organizations always using or making each type of metrics mandatory in their organization. Anyone can measure something once, but the chart looks at the metrics that sit at the core of IT. Here are some observations and supporting discussion based on a summary graphic that bring this into perspective.
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Google opens up its Biq Query data analytics service to all — Cloud Computing News For Beginners Welcome! Are you completely new to programming? If not then we presume you will be looking for information about why and how to get started with Python. Installing Python is generally easy, and nowadays many Linux and UNIX distributions include a recent Python. If you want to know whether a particular application, or a library with particular functionality, is available in Python there are a number of possible sources of information. If you have a question, it's a good idea to try the FAQ, which answers the most commonly asked questions about Python. If you want to help to develop Python, take a look at the developer area for further information. Vertical Is The New Horizontal: How The Cloud Makes Domain Expertise More Valuable In The Enterprise Editor’s note: Gordon Ritter is a founder and general partner at Emergence Capital, focused on cloud companies. In the days before the cloud, on-premise software providers that focused on selling into a vertical market were considered second-class citizens to the “big guns” selling into the broader horizontal marketplace. The real “win”—in market share, wallet share and ultimately, profits—was the broadest approach. However, with the advent of the SaaS model, the tables have turned. The Obvious Benefits Some of the drivers are fairly obvious. Going vertical also enables you to capture a larger market share more quickly. Case in point: In just four years, Veeva Systems has eclipsed Oracle as U.S. market share leader for life sciences CRM platforms, simply by specializing in the life sciences industry. New Benefits Emerging While lower cost and larger market share might be “old hat,” new benefits of going vertical are emerging that may be even more powerful. Delivering Layers of Value
Wolfram|Alpha: Computational Knowledge Engine Data Mining Your Desktop Unsocial networking: HP’s Collective Project mines documents to visualize how one employee is connected to colleagues. Social networks like Facebook and Twitter work well because people enjoy sharing their lives with friends. At the office, however, social networking with colleagues can feel forced. Many businesses are adopting social-networking tools in hopes of fostering collaboration, but if employees don’t sign up or participate, the effort fails. To get around this problem, HP Labs has created a workplace social network that builds itself. The Web application, dubbed the Collective Project, tracks internal documents created or opened by about 10,000 Hewlett-Packard employees. “You don’t have to update a profile, you don’t have to declare your interests or expertise, you don’t have to search,” says Ruth Bergman, director of HP Labs Israel, part of the research division of the company. There will, however, be fewer employees to add.
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