What is Big Data?
Small data – is single-source, often batch-processed, and locally managed. So what is big data? It is multi-source, requires connecting between data sources, multi-structured, real time, and uses information in aggregate. This is a huge difference from traditional business intelligence (BI). So what are some of the interesting things found in healthcare from big data analysis? People with higher pain scores tend to crash more. Credit scores, of all things, tell you whether patients will take their medicine.
Windows 8 hits 100 million sales
Microsoft report passing the 100 million mark in licence sales for Windows 8 since its launch in October 2012. Despite doubters casting aspersions in the early days of release, Windows 8 seems to have greater staying power, given the sheer weight of sales now. This may be spurred on by news of the expiry of earlier versions of XP in April 2014. Businesses who have not reviewed their OS platforms should discuss the various options sooner rather than later, or find themselves in deep water.
It’s official – we’re up in the clouds!
In an effort to expedite government cloud (G-Cloud) progress, the U.K. government plans to formally adopt a “cloud-first” procurement policy. And it would like to see the entire British public sector follow suit. US federal agencies adopted cloud last December and two thirds of SMBs in the UK already use and invest in cloud storage solutions. This is a clear indicator of widespread confidence in cloud as the future storage solution.
Smart Phones for Emerging Markets, the key to phone supremacy?
Nokia have unveiled their latest Asha phones designed for emerging markets (low on price, high on feature), ideal to those unable to purchase high end brands such as iPhones, Galaxys and Lumias. With a brand new OS, Asha phones make the big and all-important jump from feature phone to smart phones. This could see them leap over Samsung’s current No1 position in shipment numbers, but crucially smartphone market share.
Cloud security fundamental to BYOD
A recent study suggests that cloud computing plays a vital role in the success of BYOD in the work environment. The study stated that although 54% of respondents identified BYOD as an area for growth, 78% stated that the trend could pose a ‘significant’ risk to information security. We believe that with increased efforts to educate users on cloud computing, fears surrounding BYOD may begin to dispel and the benefits, including operational costs and user experience, can be rewarded.
NHS to become paperless by 2018
Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has announced his plans for the NHS to become paperless by 2018. The NHS will be joining a list of organisations already paperless, including 38% of Fortune 1000, saving them costs of up to £4.4 billion. We believe that this is overly ambitious and the concept of a fully paperless office is far from reality.
Gartner show shift in PC market
This week Gartner have stated how there is a current “structural shift” in the PC market as tablet demand continues to grow. The research firm has stated that shipments of PC’s are down by 4.9%, due to users opting for tablet devices instead of laptops and PC’s. So what does this mean for mobile device management? We believe that this shift will continue through 2013 and into 2014 with mobile devices becoming more prevalent in the workplace as they become more adaptable for the workforce.
What technology skills will be needed in 2013?
MSP mentor have released a list for top technology skills needed in 2013. Topping the list for in-demand technology knowledge include; business intelligence, mobile projects and cloud technology. These skills can cover a multiple of sins including, virtualisation, big data and app development. We believe a number of organisations have already made the move in understanding mobile and cloud technology. However, business intelligence is still seen as a specialist area, and requires a different level of expertise and investment for organisations to fully understand and capitalise on this opportunity.
Virgin Media announced its offering of free Wi-Fi service for the London Underground during the Olympics. With the end of this free service imminent, Virgin Media have enlisted both Vodafone and EE (the UK’s first 4G provider) as partners. From early next year only customers of these networks will be able to gain access. This long overdue increased Wi-Fi service confirms the demand to be ever mobile and always available.
HP and Autonomy – $5 billion write off
HP has accused Autonomy of inflating their financial value before the acquisition. It seems that HP’s eagerness to capitalise on Big Data may have seen their governance standards slip, costing them over $5 billion. This should be a warning to other technology giants to think carefully before taking drastic steps to try and get a foothold into future technologies.
Bring Your Own…
BYOD is changing the way users live and work, and as many organisations see its steady increase, a new angle has emerged. The BYOS (Bring Your Own Service) trend incorporates the cloud, allowing end users to introduce apps and services that allow file synchronization for the movement of data across numerous devices. Our concerns remain with security. Until organisations are able to offer a secure IT environment, the safety of company information can’t be guaranteed.