The Business Intelligence Blog http://www.thebiblog.com Slicing Business Dicing Intelligence Sun, 31 Jul 2011 14:20:56 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v= Is there sunshine ahead for cloud computing? http://www.thebiblog.com/archives/2011/07/is-there-sunshine-ahead-for-cloud-computing.html http://www.thebiblog.com/archives/2011/07/is-there-sunshine-ahead-for-cloud-computing.html#comments Sun, 31 Jul 2011 14:20:56 +0000 Guru Kirthigavasan http://www.thebiblog.com/?p=350

The global cloud-computing market is expected to reach $241 billion in 2020, up from $41 billion in 2010, according to Forrester Research. That long-term potential is reflected in the highflying stocks of companies actively involved in the concept.

A stumbling block, however, is concern over the security of data when a client firm can no longer control it on its own premises. Hackers and crashed systems are, after all, among a company’s worst nightmares.

And while the cloud is a definite boon to smaller firms, more established companies have already made significant investments in equipment and staffing. There is also confusion over what cloud computing really is and who provides it.

The field’s successful pioneer is Salesforce.com Inc., a well-managed company that over the last decade effectively introduced this cost-saving business model. It offered a monthly subscription service that allowed firms to simply go to their Web browsers, point to salesforce.com and begin using it. That turned out to be a good financial deal for its clients as well as for its shareholders.

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The Jargon of the Novel, Computed http://www.thebiblog.com/archives/2011/07/the-jargon-of-the-novel-computed.html http://www.thebiblog.com/archives/2011/07/the-jargon-of-the-novel-computed.html#comments Sun, 31 Jul 2011 14:18:15 +0000 Guru Kirthigavasan http://www.thebiblog.com/?p=348

Scholars in the growing field of digital humanities can tackle this question by analyzing enormous numbers of texts at once. When books and other written documents are gathered into an electronic corpus, one “subcorpus” can be compared with another: all the digitized fiction, for instance, can be stacked up against other genres of writing, like news reports, academic papers or blog posts.

One such research enterprise is the Corpus of Contemporary American English, or COCA, which brings together 425 million words of text from the past two decades, with equally large samples drawn from fiction, popular magazines, newspapers, academic texts and transcripts of spoken English. The fiction samples cover short stories and plays in literary magazines, along with the first chapters of hundreds of novels from major publishers. The compiler of COCA, Mark Davies at Brigham Young University, has designed a freely available online interface that can respond to queries about how contemporary language is used. Even grammatical questions are fair game, since every word in the corpus has been tagged with a part of speech.

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Microsoft Gives the Cloud to Scientists http://www.thebiblog.com/archives/2010/11/microsoft-gives-the-cloud-to-scientists.html http://www.thebiblog.com/archives/2010/11/microsoft-gives-the-cloud-to-scientists.html#comments Thu, 18 Nov 2010 13:32:44 +0000 Guru Kirthigavasan http://www.thebiblog.com/?p=344 More in NYTimes

The software maker has started grafting popular scientific databases and analysis tools onto its Windows Azure cloud computing service. This basically means that researchers in various fields can get access to a fast supercomputer of their very own and pose queries to enormous data sets that Microsoft keeps up to date. For the time being, Microsoft will allow some research groups to perform their work free, while others will have to rent calculation time on Azure via a credit card.

These moves have turned Somsak Phattarasukol, a graduate student at the University of Washington in Seattle, into a big fan of Microsoft.

Mr. Phattarasukol, like many researchers, is accustomed to waiting in line for access to large, public computers and to twiddling his thumbs – sometimes for days – as the machines work on his requests. It’s a frustrating process only made worse as the databases the researchers deal with swell alongside the time it takes to perform the analysis.

Microsoft officially opened access to the scientific bits of Azure this week, but Mr. Phattarasukol got early access to the system. He’s part of a team that’s trying to create a biofuel from bacteria that produce hydrogen gas. The work has required the research team to compare the makeup of various bacterium strains against an extensive protein database, as they try to figure out which bits of genetic code can prompt higher hydrogen gas production.

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6 Security ‘Must Haves’ For Cloud Computing http://www.thebiblog.com/archives/2010/11/6-security-must-haves-for-cloud-computing.html http://www.thebiblog.com/archives/2010/11/6-security-must-haves-for-cloud-computing.html#comments Thu, 11 Nov 2010 15:30:41 +0000 Guru Kirthigavasan http://www.thebiblog.com/?p=335

According to Gartner, to achieve effective and safe private cloud computing deployments, security, as it exists in virtualized data centers, needs to evolve and become independent of the physical infrastructure that includes servers, Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, Media Access Control (MAC) address and a lot more.

However, it must not be bolted on as an afterthought once companies move from enterprise deployments, to virtualized centers, to private/public cloud.

While the basic components of security in information management remain the same — ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, authenticity, access and audit of information and workloads — a new, integrated approach to security will be required.

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Microsoft Unveils Database Products at PASS Conference http://www.thebiblog.com/archives/2010/11/microsoft-unveils-database-products-at-pass-conference.html http://www.thebiblog.com/archives/2010/11/microsoft-unveils-database-products-at-pass-conference.html#comments Thu, 11 Nov 2010 15:27:33 +0000 Guru Kirthigavasan http://www.thebiblog.com/?p=337

Microsoft released the first community technology preview (CTP) for the next-generation version of SQL Server, codenamed Denali, Nov. 9. But that is just one of several announcements to come out of the PASS Summit 2010 conference in Seattle this week. In addition to unveiling Denali, Microsoft also announced the release of SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse and the new Critical Advantage Program, which offers an end-to-end suite of pretested hardware and software configurations, services and support.

“SQL Server code-named Denali will help empower organizations to be more agile in today’s competitive market,” the SQL Server Team touted on its blog. “Customers will be able to efficiently deliver mission-critical solutions through a highly scalable and available platform. Industry-leading tools will help developers quickly build innovative applications while data integration and management tools help deliver credible data reliably to the right users and new user experiences expand the reach of BI to enable meaningful insights.”

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In Interview – Consider CloudHosting Your Business Intelligence http://www.thebiblog.com/archives/2010/11/in-interview-consider-cloudhosting-your-business-intelligence.html http://www.thebiblog.com/archives/2010/11/in-interview-consider-cloudhosting-your-business-intelligence.html#comments Thu, 04 Nov 2010 06:40:54 +0000 Guru Kirthigavasan http://www.thebiblog.com/?p=332 // Jaspersoft’s experience with more than 100 successful cloud BI deployments has made us realize that a partnership, best-of-breed approach to cloud BI is the best way to go. BI as a service through on-demand SaaS (News – Alert) deployments are generally singular offerings that are overstretched, offer limited flexibility, and generally need to be built from the ground-up, resulting in costly down-time and high implementation costs. One of the best practices that we’ve established from our multiple launches is that customers need to have a cloud hosting-enhanced BI solution with a lean framework. Jaspersoft’s lean architecture based on web-based open standards coupled with experts in cloud management and BI consulting results in a proven solution than can meet a myriad of business needs. ..

More from an interview with Karl Van den Bergh, vice president of product strategy at Jaspersoft.

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Gartner – Worldwide BI and Analytics Market up 4% http://www.thebiblog.com/archives/2010/08/gartner-worldwide-bi-and-analytics-market-up-4.html http://www.thebiblog.com/archives/2010/08/gartner-worldwide-bi-and-analytics-market-up-4.html#comments Mon, 23 Aug 2010 05:26:39 +0000 Guru Kirthigavasan http://www.thebiblog.com/?p=329

“Even though growth was nowhere near the levels of 2008, and by no means immune to the recession, BI showed that it is not as cyclical as many other software areas, recording healthy growth in one of the toughest years recorded in software history,” said Dan Sommer, senior research analyst at Gartner. “The dominant vendors continued to put BI, analytics and PM front and center of their messaging. Organizations largely continued their BI projects, hoping that resulting transparency and insight would enable cost-cuts and improved productivity and agility. However, there is no doubt pressure has intensified on deal sizes and price points on new sales throughout the year.”

The top five vendors continued to make up most of the market with 71 percent market share. “The large vendors held their own. As IT is consolidating, BI spending often went to a few strategic vendors. However, the application-centric vendors didn’t have the same up-selling momentum as they did in 2008,” said Mr. Sommer.

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101 Ways to Sabotage Your Predictive Analytics Project http://www.thebiblog.com/archives/2010/05/101-ways-to-sabotage-your-predictive-analytics-project.html http://www.thebiblog.com/archives/2010/05/101-ways-to-sabotage-your-predictive-analytics-project.html#comments Wed, 19 May 2010 01:22:32 +0000 Guru Kirthigavasan http://www.thebiblog.com/?p=326 And there is the first five here. Interesting Read, I liked it.

The strategic approach and project design for predictive analytics is substantially different than the other areas of business intelligence. Unlike a data warehouse design, which is similar to an engineering project, predictive analytics and data mining are a discovery process. And while several consortiums have standardized formal processes to accommodate discovery and iterative process, the practice remains riddled with common pitfalls.

Those who make the effort to educate themselves on the industry-standard approach to predictive analytics are nearly assured to reap residual returns – long before their counterparts who typically rush to acquire a tool and dive headlong into the data.

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Noetix Chosen as a Finalist for the Stevies 2010 http://www.thebiblog.com/archives/2010/05/noetix-chosen-as-a-finalist-for-the-stevies-2010.html http://www.thebiblog.com/archives/2010/05/noetix-chosen-as-a-finalist-for-the-stevies-2010.html#comments Tue, 18 May 2010 15:20:38 +0000 Guru Kirthigavasan http://www.thebiblog.com/?p=324 For more, here is the press release

Stevie Award judges nominated Noetix based on an essay submission detailing the exciting year the company experienced in 2009 including record profitability in the first half of the year and the acquisition of business analytics company, Jaros Technologies Corp., in October. Noetix also introduced Noetix Analytics for Oracle E-Business Suite, an affordable packaged analytics solution that significantly reduces the manual effort of implementing a data warehouse. This new addition to the Noetix family of products supports the company’s dedication to maximize customer investments in enterprise applications as well as other BI tools. More importantly, it provides a data warehousing solution to meet the long-term needs of Noetix customers.

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Dominant Player in Cloud Computing? http://www.thebiblog.com/archives/2010/02/dominant-player-in-cloud-computing.html http://www.thebiblog.com/archives/2010/02/dominant-player-in-cloud-computing.html#comments Wed, 17 Feb 2010 09:18:57 +0000 Guru Kirthigavasan http://www.thebiblog.com/?p=321 Read Write Web makes a study at Cloud Computing and analyzes the future leader in this area. Interesting Read.

In a way, this runs against the grain of existing technology landscape and our history with successful innovations. Maybe that is why we love the idea of the cloud itself?

It’s too big to own: One big reason to doubt a single dominant force in the cloud is that it feels like owning the Internet. Even Cisco with its strengths can’t make such a claim. Perhaps the cloud is the perfect market, where the barriers of entry are low enough that continual evolution will occur.
It’s a movement, not a layer: Another argument against the cloud having a dominant player is its fuzzy definition. There are many parts and pieces to it, and it’s not clear today what it would mean to “win” the cloud computing market.

Portability will keep vendors in check: If customers demand solutions where they can move from vendor to vendor freely, it will impact the landscape. Companies with cloud solutions in the marketplace could be required by these customers to remove barriers to moving data and services between different entities. Additionally, standards and best practices may emerge that allow companies and individuals to move freely between providers. In this world, it will become a fluid market that prevents vendor lock and promotes pricing and trust as brand differentiators.

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