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With Dropbox, Jive, Yammer, Chatter and a number of other new services, the modern enterprise is rapidly becoming "consumerized". And it's not just business, the same is happening in major web companies, on Wall Street, in government agencies, and in science labs.  Thirty years of bad "enterprise software" experiences is making this transition happen much more quickly than anyone would have expected. The shift to cloud computing is also accelerating the trend, as is the goal of developing a much more "social" approach to business. The other major change that's going on today throughout business, web, finance, government and science, is that every organisation now realizes that it needs to be data-driven. Big data and analytics have the potential to unleash creativity and innovation everywhere - generating new ideas and new insights continuously. To achieve and main... (more)

What's Really Industry Changing About Cloud Computing?

Bill McColl's "Cloud N" Blog This is an incredibly important time for the cloud computing area. But let’s try and move the discussion of it in the press along from an obsession with new datacenter buildings located by power stations, with the total server numbers at Microsoft and Google, and with Amazon’s hourly pricing for EC2. Interesting though those aspects of cloud computing appear to be to journalists, they hardly represent what is really industry changing about cloud computing. What are some of the new directions in the massively parallel cloud computing space? I’ll mentio... (more)

Cloud Analytics: Dataflow vs Databases

For twenty years, analytics has been viewed as just one specific area within the broader relational database industry. So, analytics has meant databases. Today that view is changing. Over the past year or so, a new movement, the "NoSQL" movement has emerged promoting the advantages of doing a variety of kinds of analytics without using any relational database technologies at all. Whatever one thinks of the capabilities and limitations of distributed key-value stores relative to relational databases, one thing is clear - the stranglehold that SQL has held over all aspects of data an... (more)

Excel Meets The Cloud

Cloudcel on Ulitzer Data is revolutionizing how we live and work, and it's growing exponentially everywhere. Faced with this information explosion, experienced programmers are now using parallel processing tools such as MapReduce/Hadoop, rather than SQL databases, to analyze large repositories of stored, historical data. The next major step in this direction is to bring the full power of advanced data mining and analytics, realtime stream processing, and massively parallel computing to everyone, not just to experienced programmers. The cloud is central to bringing about this radi... (more)

Big Data Goes Mainstream

Virtualization Track at Cloud Expo SQL was the first-generation Big Data tool, and MapReduce/Hadoop was the second-generation tool. Unfortunately, neither of these tools has the characteristics required to break into the mainstream of data analytics, where there are now over 100 million business professionals (non-programmers) grappling with exponentially growing data volumes that they simply can't handle. However, a new third generation of tools for Big Data is now emerging that offer the scalability, parallelism, performance and data flexibility of tools like Hadoop, but, unlik... (more)