The third CloudWATCH Concertation meeting looked at future directions for software services and cloud in Europe, highlighting new opportunities for novel research and innovation to ensure Europe remains a world leader. The EC are investing heavily in research and innovation.
Would-be cloud buyers and sellers play a high-stakes game of musical chairs. Buyers need technology, developer cred, and customers. Sellers need to be part of a big offering. Not everyone is going to win.
Far and away, the industry that pops up the most in discussions of big data is health care. It’s not surprising, if you think about it. Lots of disparate sources of data, much of it unstructured. An industry dying to become more cost-effective – or, at least, less wasteful. And an onslaught of new devices designed to automate the process of collecting data, on order to keep professionals from having to be on hand to do so.
Amazon Web Services turned a lot of heads recently when it launched a machine learning platform aimed at making predictive analytics applications easy to build and run, joining cloud juggernauts Microsoft and Google with similar ML offerings. It turns out the cloud is very well-suited for this critical type of big data workload. Here are five reasons why.
Banks are going through difficult times. This is an era of sheer regulatory pressures and record monetary fines amidst switching customer expectations & loyalties. While these issues are important, there is yet another force challenging the traditional models and is shaping the current banking environment and it is ‘Digital Disruption’.
Microsoft managed to double commercial cloud sales for the fourth consecutive quarter.
The marginal improvement was thanks to yet another strong quarter of cloud growth and the acquisition of Nokia in 2014, the impact of which is now starting to trickle through into results.
After years of IT work to support major merger and acquisition (M&A) activity, global chemicals company Solvay is now focusing on innovation to drive more internal efficiency. The Belgium-based firm, which operates in 55 countries, saw its workforce double from 15,000 to 30,000 in 2011 after it acquired chemicals company Rhodia. As a result, Solvay had to make changes and improvements to its IT set-up.
Google launched a couple of updates to its cloud-based big data products at the Hadoop Summit in Brussels on 16 April. These included the launch of the open beta of Cloud Dataflow, Google’s new service for processing huge amounts of data, as well as an update to BigQuery, which will make the company’s bid data database service available in Google’s European data centers and introduces row-level permissions.
The growth of cloud computing has seen a number of businesses question whether on-premise solutions are still a viable approach to take. According to SoftwareAdvice, 88 per cent of software buyers preferred on-premise solutions in 2008, while in 2014, 87 per cent preferred cloud services.