Talking Data Analytics (ESG 360 Video Series)

In this installment of ESG's 360 Video Series, "Talking Technology," Mike Leone offers his insights into data analytics - it being a popular, almost prerequisite, term these days in any IT corporate or product pitch...its frequency often only matched by a paucity of understanding!

Mike points out that the capability of data analytics is to not only make IT itself better (more productive, for instance) but to allow IT to support better operations (such as using insights to make previously unseen opportunities manifest). In an IT world - indeed simply a world! - that is increasingly data-driven, Mike explains how data analytics is not only an integral part of the emerging data platforms space, but can also be deployed in/from/with the cloud.

Topics: Data Management Big Data Analytics ESG 360 Video Series

Picking a Winner for the Best Cloud

Stop me if you've heard this one: five major cloud service providers walk into a bar. They make a bet that the one with the best enterprise cloud will get free drinks for life. The bartender tells them he already knows who will win. They are astonished as none of them has yet had a chance to boast about their server specs, cost per gigabyte, network quality, security features, uptime record, support teams, number of data centers, or any other common claim or metric. How can he possibly have predicted the outcome?

Topics: Data Management Big Data Analytics Cloud Platforms & Services

Second half predictions for big data & analytics

As summertime rolls on, we can enjoy a little sun, a little rest, and a big opportunity to reflect on the key trends to watch in the second half of 2016. Here are a few of my predictions of what comes next:

Topics: IoT Data Management Big Data Analytics machine learning

Predicting the unthinkable

The UK has voted to leave the European Union. The Republican party has voted Donald Trump as their presidential nominee. Few predicted these things would happen. Why not?

We at ESG do a lot of surveys and interviews in our research. Sometimes this is a broad view of market sentiment, sometimes it's a very specific question that needs answering. Technology vendors and buyers alike rely on our work to guide their most strategic decisions. We pride ourselves on careful survey design, controlled selection of qualified respondents, and thoughtful analysis of the findings. Our methodology isn't just SurveyMonkey and $5 Starbucks gift cards going out to 1,000 Shakespearean monkeys with 1,000 keyboards. Yet there are a couple of inherent limitations in asking humans their opinions.

Topics: Data Management Big Data Analytics

Information Security: The Most Important IT Initiative in 2015

At an elementary level, IT is all about using technology to enable the business. This really hasn’t changed, even back in the early days when IT was called data processing or management information systems. 

In today’s IT world, business enablement is driving a few meta-trends. Cheap hardware and open source software are driving big data analytics to the mainstream. Organizations are abandoning the costs and constraints of on-site IT systems as they move applications and systems to the cloud. Mobile devices are becoming the primary compute platform for users, automating business processes and changing application development.

Topics: Cloud Computing Big Data Analytics cloud security

Enterprise Hadoop with VCE and Isilon

What happens when you combine two field-proven, widely-adopted technologies from tech power houses? You get a super flexible, scalable Hadoop platform to address your big data analytic needs. And the best part is that it really doesn’t matter where you currently fall on the Hadoop adoption spectrum. Deploying a traditional Hadoop distribution? Expanding one that’s already deployed?  Starting a brand new Hadoop implementation to merge with your existing IT infrastructure? VCE and Isilon have come together to make your life easier.

Topics: EMC VMware Data Management Big Data Analytics ESG Validation Services

Big Data Strategy

‘It was easy to cover up ignorance by the mystical word “intuition.”’ Foundation’s Edge, 1982, Issac Asimov

Business-driven Outburst of Demand for Analytics AKA Big Data
More than ever, businesses and non-profits crave meaningful, timely, and actionable information, preferably on a continuous basis if possible. One victorious analytics project is not the objective; one good project begets the desire for more projects plus a deeper desire for increasingly real-time analytics.

Topics: Enterprise Software Data Management Big Data Analytics

Tibco and LogLogic: An Interesting and Revealing Acquisition

Over the past few years, a number of independent Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) vendors were acquired by bigger players. In late 2010, HP scooped up market leader ArcSight for $1.5 billion. Last year, McAfee purchased Nitro Security while IBM acquired Q1 Labs.

Topics: IBM Cloud Computing Cybersecurity Information and Risk Management McAfee Enterprise Software SIEM Big Data Analytics

Socializing Big Data Application Development

Between EMC's announcement of the Pivotal Labs acquisition and the incredible presentations so far at GigaOm's Structure Big Data conference in NYC, there is a strong continuing theme with Big Data this week (one that I am a strong advocate of): it is all about the apps and the people who use them.

Topics: EMC Data Management Big Data Analytics

The Intersection of Security Intelligence and Big Data Analytics

It's official, the security industry has jumped on the "big data" bandwagon with both feet. How do I know? Well, I'm participating in a panel discussion on this topic at RSA and I believe there are 2 other sessions on the topic. I guess anyone headed to San Francisco later this month should be prepared to get a big dose of big data.

Topics: IBM Cybersecurity Information and Risk Management McAfee Data Management SIEM Big Data Analytics