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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!


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!

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

New Methods for CSPs by Claire McCarthy thumbnailFREE Industry related content: New Methods for CSPs by Claire McCarthy

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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Social homes, big data #publicsectorcloud #bigdataeurope

Housing Associations have got a huge amount of data,” says Matt Leach, CEO of the Housing Action Charitable Trust (HACT), a think-tank for the social housing sector that has become increasingly active in providing services. What is more, adds Leach, they are becoming more and more interested in putting that data to good use.

Speaking at the Cloud World Forum in June, he continued: “They have data on the people that live in their homes; they have data on their homes; they have data on rent payment records; data around anti-social behaviour in their local areas. They have got a bunch of open data, a lot of which is provided by HACT on a service basis. And there’s an emerging interest in data analytics right across the sector.”

However, while housing associations may account for approximately one-in-eight households in England, and have a collective income of about £12bn every year, individually they are not necessarily so weighty. “The social housing sector has around 200 providers of scale and they may have anywhere between 5,000 and 80,000 homes between them,” said Leach.

Putting that into perspective, the average housing association has the turnover of a medium-sized branch of Asda and don’t necessarily have the resources to strike out on big data projects on their own. “So the challenge for HACT was how can we move to an environment where we could give housing associations the same sorts of capabilities as the best organisations had in the private sector?” said Leach.

Basic aggregated cost and performance analytics capabilities have been tried within the housing association sector for a number of years…

Read the full article here.


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Outsourcing IT services to cloud providers #cloudwf

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Birger Steen, CEO of Parallels, the world’s leading enabler of cloud computing services, recently stated that slightly more than half of businesses globally outsource their IT services to cloud providers choosing that over the traditional model of building those services in-house.

Network software company, Spiceworks, says that in the last 12 months it has seen a 10 per cent decrease in companies using on premise IT pushing the base of cloud users to 55 per cent.

But what is cloud all about? Cloud storage services make sure that important files are available 24×7 wherever you are and using whatever device you have at hand, be it a laptop, desktop or a mobile device. You don’t have to worry any more about losing vital information if you misplace your device or your computer dies down.

Cloud saves your files, documents or photos not only on your computer or other devices but also in a date centre on premise. The cloud’s value proposition to companies includes lowered costs and handing of technical headaches to a third party. But barriers to adoption for enterprises include data sovereignty and worries over the stability of handing IT functions over to a vendor.

With the proliferation of online, cloud based storage solutions such as Dropbox and SugarSync accessing data has never been easier. Losing that very same data has also become easier. Data leaks are a serious concern for both large and small business. Apart from violating data privacy and regulatory rules, other concerns such as data confidentiality and integrity come into play.

Data loss becomes a serious problem since the aforementioned services allow users to keep any uploaded data even once they leave the company. Data is no longer under the control of a business’ IT team.

SkySync by 6PM introduces an alternative to the myriad of file sharing services found in the market. It has been designed and built for business. It ensures that you can access your files both online and offline; a true file synchronisation to any device; easy to control and track and a single sign-on integration. SkySync ensures that you can remotely back-up the contents of your file service and remotely wipe your devices.

And if you are worried about having control over confidential information SkySync understands such matters and strives to match its product to your security needs. It makes sure that only authorised files can be opened besides securing data in transit and on every device. It allows one to share documents among colleagues, suppliers, etc while retaining control over company files even on devices that one does not have control on. These include:

Ease of use: Designed from the ground-up, to be easy to deploy and administer, SkySync emphasizes short deployment times and short learning curves while still offering a feature rich product.

Ease of integration: Core to the SkySync implementation is integration. 6PM’s SkySync has been designed to be minimally intrusive to the client’s already existing infrastructure. SkySync can leverage Microsoft Active Directory to control logins and natively integrates with existing windows server file shares to free your existing data, synchronizing across multiple devices while still leaving control firmly in the hands of windows server administrators.

Private on-premise: Unlike other solutions, none of 6PM’s SkySync infrastructure depends on third party servers. Each SkySync deployment is a self-contained installation. Neither the control messages nor the data passes through 3rd party infrastructure. Every bit of communication goes directly to the client installation leaving control once again firmly in the hands of IT, allowing control over all aspects and reducing the risk of data leakage while still allowing employees to be productive and access data anytime, anywhere.

Security: All data between clients and the SkySync server is secured using industry standard encryption standards via SSL. By using 6PM’s SkySync, the number of entry points to your windows file servers is reduced since all requests are first sent to the SkySync Server. It is possible to increase security by allowing only the SkySync Server to communicate directly with the windows file servers.

Feature Rich: SkySync offers features that users have come to know and love, such as apps for popular mobile platforms like Apple iPhone and Android. Other features include public file sharing… meaning users no longer need to use third party services leaving your data safe and secure within your data centre at all times.

You can find out more about SkySync at the Cloud World Forum at the Olympia National Hall in Central London on June 17 and 18 or log onto

Annette Vella is the Public Relations Executive at 6PM. Before joining 6PM she worked as a journalist with one of the leading media houses in Malta writing scripts and features for television, radio and newspapers.


“Europe’s need for cloud security is key service advantage” CEO, COLT


Security is fundamental to Colt’s service offering, says CEO Rakesh Bhasin. Customers can protect their cloud data and decide where information is stored, he tells Alan Burkitt-Gray

Colt is heavily into cloud services — promoting, among the key benefits the company offers, the fact that it is European, that security is high and that customers can control the location of their data.

“We have customers in financial services, in insurance, in government and in health care, and the protection of their information is very important to them,” says Bhasin. And that’s particularly so since the Prism revelations of mid-2013 showed that foreign intelligence services may have access to corporate and personal data.

“We have our own network and our own data centres,” he points out. “The ability to protect data is important for the kind of customer base we have. They can trust us with the security of their data.”

“Security is very fundamental and we put a lot of effort into it,” he says. The need for security will only increase, as more and more software providers move into cloud-based provision. “If they don’t, they are not going to be around very long,” he says. “Cloud is an expansion model for us. But people want to know where the information is. The physical location is very important.”

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Future of databases – the fall of Microsoft and Oracle? MongoDB CEO


What’s with the dinosaurs? It’s a metaphor, dummy…

Max Scheirson, CEO of NoSQL firm MongoDB recently spoke about how there may be something of a revolution nigh in the world of databases (would love to see that trilogy) – at least, as far as the 2-3 decade long dominance of the likes of Microsoft and Oracle.

“The relational database was invented in 1970. You have a technology that was invented over 40 years ago to support accounting-type applications with very regular tabular data, with schema that got updated every couple of years, that were deployed to dozens of users, that ran on a single computer. Now people are trying to use this technology to manage everything from social media to customer contacts and contracts, often being deployed to millions of end users and clusters of machines – and they want to update them every day. If you started off with that goal you never would have designed that [relational] technology, but that’s what people are using.”

Knowing how busy we all are (knowledge that he gets from all the data analysis we’re sure!) Max summed up his hypotheses into 5 reasons:

Reason 1: The advent of big data

The document-oriented, distributed model is better able to cope with large volumes of disparate data that is changing very rapidly.
Reason 2: Priorities have changed
All technology design involves trade-offs. When storage was expensive data models were designed to minimise the footprint on disk. However, development time is now a much more valuable commodity than storage.
Reason 3: Developers have more power
Shireson believes that the last 10 years have seen a sea change in the way that decisions are made within the IT department.
Reason 4: New applications are better suited to the document model
For new projects the application development that we see is more interactive. It pulls in a lot of product information, customer information, social media information… This sort of application often tends to fit better with the document-oriented model.
Reason 5: People want alternatives
The database sector is a boring market because it has been so dominated by the biggest players for so long, and they are some of the biggest tech companies out there

What do you think?

Share Scheirson’s views? Or are you not convinced that organisations as domineering as the above would be so easy ushered from relevance?

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