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European Commission, IT companies and telcos pump €2.5bn into big data initiatives #bigdata

Source: Business Cloud News

The European Commission and the Big Data Value Association have signed a memorandum of understanding that will see the Commission and private sector firms pump €2.5bn into a number of big data-focused initiatives between 2015 and 2020.

The EC said it will put up €500m from the Horizon 2020 fund to help create up to 100,000 new data-related jobs in Europe by 2020, and invest in businesses using data innovatively for energy efficiency optimisation, healthcare service improvement, and industrial machinery applications.

The Big Data Value Association, which represents ATOS, Nokia Solutions and Networks, Orange, SAP, SIEMENS, and several research bodies, and other members of the EC’s Data public private partnership (PPP) including IBM, SAP, Software AG and a number of other organisations, will pump at least another €2bn into the initiatives over the same period.

“Data is the motor and foundation of the future economy,” said EC vice president Neelie Kroes, who signed the MoU along with Big Data Value Association president Jan Sundelin.

“Every kind of organisation needs the building blocks to boost their performance, from farm to factory, from the lab to the shop floor,” Kroes said.

The EC and participating firms will also help create “innovation spaces” as part of the effort, which will offer secure environments for experimenting with private and publicly available data sets.

In October last year the European Council called on the Commission to support more initiatives aimed at helping European businesses compete more ably in the digital economy, as well as other broad related efforts in mobile and cloud computing.

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Join the Analytics and Big Data Congress in London this December and hear how other industries are also improving their consumer insights & operations through data analytics deployment. Including…

  •  Philips representing, Electronics: “Data-Driven Digital Innovation at Philips: a practical case study”
  • Last minute representing, Online Hospitality: “Translate big data to big marketing”
  • P&G representing, FMCG: “Focus on the analytics to succeed with big data & data mining”
  • Asda representing, Retail: “Looking at how big data has impacted the single customer view and how organisations can influence their retention strategy”
  • BBC representing, Media: “Engaging the user: “Television and the 5 P of user engagement”
  • National Grid representing, Utilities: “Building agility into Business Intelligence with federated thinking”

Visit: www.analyticsandbigdatacongress.com for more information!

Mobile, cloud, big data platform helping to contain Ebola outbreak #bigdata

Source: Business Cloud News. October 27, 2014

IBM, working in conjunction with a number of organisations, is using a combination of mobile, cloud and analytics platforms to help Sierra Leone and Nigeria’s public health authorities contain Ebola outbreaks and help coordinate disaster relief efforts in the region.

The partners, which include Sierra Leone’s Open Government Initiative, Cambridge University’s Africa’s Voices project, Airtel and Kenya’s Echo Mobile, are deploying a platform that enables citizens to report Ebola-related issues via SMS.

Those messages are collected along with location-based data and fed into an IBM Connections-based platform that provides insight to governments about the disease’s spread, helping public health authorities identify correlations in the data and emerging outbreaks as they happen in real time.

The platform aims to help emergency workers coordinate and allocate medical resources to areas in need of Ebola-related relief.

“We saw the need to quickly develop a system to enable communities directly affected by Ebola to provide valuable insight about how to fight it,” said Dr. Uyi Stewart, chief scientist, IBM Research – Africa. Using mobile technology, we have given them a voice and a channel to communicate their experiences directly to the government.”

IBM developed the cloud and analytics platform underpinning the service along with Sierra Leone’s Open Government Initiative. Local telco Airtel has set up the toll-free number via which citizens can send SMS messages, while Kenyan start-up Echo Mobile anonymises the SMS data.

Cambridge University’s Africa’s Voices project helped incorporate questions sent via SMS into public service announcements to elicit feedback from citizens in both English and Krio.

According to IBM the organisations are working to extend the platform’s capabilities by incorporating phone signal data to track footfall, enabling scientists to map and accurately predict the disease’s spread.

IBM said it’s already opened up the IBM Connections platform to Nigeria’s Lagos State Government, which hosts an Ebola Operations Centre that coordinates disease containment efforts on behalf of the Nigerian government and other organisations.

The goal, IBM said, is to create a cloud-based Ebola Open Data Repository which will provide governments, aid agencies and researchers with free and open access to valuable data related to the Ebola outbreak.

This isn’t the first time IBM has coordinated technology deployments in a bid to support disaster relief initiatives. The company granted access to its SmartCloud platform to support both post-Haiti and Chile quake efforts in 2010.

The Analytics and Big Data Congress 2014 Brochure is now available! #Bigdataws

We are delighted to announce that the Analytics and Big Data Congress brochure is now available for you to download today!

With 100+ attendees already registered and an impressive speaker line-up, we are excited for this year’s congress taking place in London between 2-3 December and hope you can join us!

The 5th Analytics & Big Data Congress will bring together experts from technical and business functions to discuss their challenges, needs, misconceptions and ultimately find common ground to collaborate and ensure they can make the most of their data.

Join this 2 day event to learn about best practices applied by your peers, ask for expert advice, explore state of the art tools and discuss successful methodologies!

Visit the event website for more information!

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Interview with Analytics and Big Data Speaker, Carl Wiper from the Information Commissioner’s Office #bigdataws

2013_Feb_Carl_WiperIn the build up to the Analytics and Big Data Congress taking place in London between 2-3 December, we caught up with Speaker Carl Wiper from the Information Commissioner’s Office. Read on for his view on the World of Analytics and Big Data!

a) What does your role at the ICO involve?

I work in the Policy Delivery department of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). This involves researching new developments, such as the growth of big data and open data, and working out the implications in terms of data protection and freedom of information. We then produce guidance documents to help practitioners to comply with the Data Protection Act and the Freedom of Information Act.

b) What do you foresee as being the growing challenge you will face in your role over the coming 3 years, and how are you preparing to face this?

Developments in technology, including the growing capability of big data analytics and the Internet of Things, mean that personal data is being collected and used in new ways that may not be apparent to the people concerned. The challenge for us is to understand how the data…

To download the full free interview, please visit: www.analyticsandbigdatacongress.com/speaker-interview-with-carl-wiper-information-commissioners-office

Join Carl Wiper along with senior analytics and big data experts from; Asda, BBCNational Grid, Vodafone, Walt Disney Company… and many more! at the Analytics and Big Data Congress taking place in London this December 2014!

Click here to register for a free enterprise pass!

Speaker Interview with Dan Senter, Reporting Centre of Excellence Manager, National Grid #bigdataws

dan senter picIn the build up to the Analytics and Big Data Congress taking place in London between 2-3 December, we caught up with Speaker Dan Senter from the National Grid. Read on for his view on the World of Analytics and Big Data!

Dan Senter is Reporting Centre of Excellence Manger for the Shared services division at National Grid, international electricity and gas company based in the UK and northeastern US.  Dan has worked in business intelligence, change management and business transformation for the last 12 years, with specialist training in statistical analysis, data management, lean six sigma and PRINCE 2 project management. Prior to National Grid Dan was Head of Business Intelligence for Balfour Beatty Services amongst other roles there in Operations and Business Improvement and previous to this worked in manufacturing as a Continuous Improvement Coach at Tata Steel and Senior Development Engineer at Outokumpu Stainless. He has an MBA from Nottingham Trent Business School and an MEng in Materials Engineering from Birmingham University.

What has your experience with data analytics been?

I first got into analytics through my involvement in Business Improvement initiatives where I was working in a business implementing Lean methodologies. One of the fundamental elements to Lean is to always manage by fact, which means decisions are made based upon data… As a consequence many of the projects I worked on both started and ended with understanding the data, analysing it and developing ways to empower the business to take better decisions based upon what the data was telling them. Since those very early days at the start of my career working in business improvement I have moved wholly into the space of Business Intelligence working with businesses to improve the way in which they transform their data into meaningful information and enable them to make better quality decisions.

Do you think it is important for organisations to invest in analytics? If yes, why?

In short yes… Many if not all organisations are looking for more ways to understand their customers, their markets, their competitors, their own performance and much more. To do this businesses need the right combination of tools, data and knowledge to complete this analysis. As the volumes of data and speed in which it is being created more work is needed to ensure we focus of the things than can generate most valuable insights.

Why is there a fuzz about agility in Business Intelligence?

BI tends to have a bad name… In many organisations BI has been something owned by IT and ‘done to’ the business using traditional waterfall processes where all requirements are captured upfront to then be subsequently delivered. The nature of BI is that you never really quite know exactly what you need or could have until you start to see some data or transformations of data. Therefore the traditional approaches have ended up with increased and the end products not really fit for purpose. Business intelligence needs to be within the business with IT to support with the tools and the BI team working close to the business in translating requirements to n small deliverable insights. Development should be done following a balance of iterative emergent discovery to help the business use information as soon as it becomes available and feedback to refine future outputs.

More about the event!

The 5th Ananalytics-bd-143x154alytics & Big Data Congress is your ultimate chance to meet and learn from end-user leading organisations. Consumer insights, marketing, analytics, data experts and more are coming together to provide an in-depth business value case for Analytics and Big Data.

An agenda led by practical examples, advice and real world evidence, with an emphasis on engaging content and interactive formats, delivered by experienced market leaders.

Analytics and loyalty by Gilles Ubaghs #bigdataws

Mobile-based loyalty programs, coupons, and other offers are increasingly viewed as the catalyst to help drive the shift to mobile wallet use at the point of sale. However, these services are likely to fall on deaf ears unless wallet providers make use of applied analytics capabilities and offer targeted ….

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Analytics & Big Data Europe Congress – Registration now open!

analytics-bd-300x220We are delighted to inform you that registration for the Analytics and Big Data Europe Congress, taking place at the Kensington Close Hotel in London between 2-3 December 2014, is now open. (*Free to attend for Enterprises and Telcos!)

The Analytics & Big Data Europe Congress   is your ultimate chance to meet and learn from end-user leading organisations. Consumer insights, marketing, analytics, data experts and more are coming together to provide an in-depth business value case for Analytics and Big Data.

An agenda led by practical examples, advice and real world evidence, with an emphasis on engaging content and interactive formats, delivered by the experience market leaders.

Download the Draft Agenda here!

www.analyticsandbigdatacongress.com

Network and discuss key challenges and opportunities with industry experts:

  • Best in class methodologies to institutionalise big data analytics in your organisation
  • What is your role in driving a cultural shift to a data driven decision making?
  • Draw actionable consumer insights based on your data analytics capacity
  • Integrate analytics with marketing strategy & CRM to build a loyal, long lasting relationship with your clients
  • Discussing advanced technologies such as the Internet of Things and Machine Learning to your IT strategy and how to monetise on them
  • Evaluate the need for a strong digital presence of the organisation: The Web and Social Media
  • Developing and retaining the hard-to-find expert, talented employees
  • Identify how big data analytics can improve efficiency in different departments through successful case studies

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Using data to create and monetize new offers or improve performance and customer engagement has been a focus for communications service providers (CSPs) in the last few years. CSPs have huge data repositories at a network, operational, service, application, and customer level, and use analytics suites to obtain actionable insights…

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We hope you can join us!

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