Weekly Business Review: Intel, IBM, MicroStrategy, Information Builders

Lots happened the past week in the social media, social business, big data and business intelligence world. Read below the most interesting happenings and developments that caught my particular attention. According to IBM, telco’s future is social, Intel invests in Carnegie Mellon University and MicroStrategy partners with MapR.  What news did you find the most interesting?

Social media and social business

The telecom’s future is social

Insights by IBM’s Global Industry Leader for Telecommunications.

According to the recent IBM Institute of Business Value survey, named “Telecom’s Future is Social,” of more than 1,100 businesses worldwide, 85 percent of the CSP respondents say they have not prepared for the cultural shift when embracing social media within their organization. And for those who are already engaging in social media, only 25 percent are actually able to track the return on investment (ROI) of their efforts.

Worldwide, 79 percent of telco consumers say that they rely on social media resources such as online reviews and product forums to obtain information about communication products and service providers. Specifically, a majority of consumers prefer using social media tools for online research, rather than turning to CSP websites, promotions or retail channels.

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45 percent recommends products on social networks

Rakuten’s e-commerce index has discovered that over a third of Brits (36 per cent) share products with their social network; while globally 45 per cent recommend products.

It was discovered that Brits are the biggest online spenders, with an average spend of £1,088 per person each year, ahead of the US, France, and Germany. The index research also found that the UK leads the usage of mobile amongst Western countries with 12 per cent of people regularly using a smartphone, tablet, or other mobile device to shop, followed by the US (10 per cent), and Spain (9 per cent).

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Big data

Intel moves deeper in the software industry by releasing Hadoop distribution for its own chips

Intel has released its own Hadoop distribution in a move intended to accelerate adoption of the big data platform while ensuring more of those workloads run on Intel’s own Xeon processors.

The Intel Distribution for Apache Hadoop includes core pieces of the data analysis platform that Intel is releasing as open-source software, as well as deployment and tuning tools that Intel developed itself and which are not open source.

Organizations will be more willing to expand their investments in Hadoop if they know there’s a consistent distribution backed by a big, stable vendor like Intel, said Boyd Davis, general manager of Intel’s data center software division, at a launch event in San Francisco Tuesday.

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Big data analytics simplified by Information Builders

Information Builders, a leader in business intelligence (BI) and analytics, information integrity, and integration solutions, today announced that it is helping its customers harness the potential of big data through advanced analytics capabilities. As organizations continue to grapple with larger sets of structured and unstructured data, the company’s solutions provide the necessary tools for obtaining real-time insights from this information, regardless of its size, form, or source.

Information Builders has introduced new technologies to simplify the analysis of large data sets in three key areas:

  • Social Media Analytics
  • Search-Based Analytics
  • Data Visualizations

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Business intelligence

Cubeware introduces central resource of BI best practices, tools and apps

Cubeware, a provider of complete business intelligence software solutions, today unveiled BISTRO, (Business Intelligence Store Real-time Operations), a business intelligence (BI) applications store that provides a new approach to the complex, unwieldy world of BI software and solutions.

Over the past 15 years of delivering successful BI implementations, Cubeware and its business partners have amassed an in-depth repository of effective BI apps and solutions that has proven successful for customers across a range of various industries and vertical markets. BISTRO offers these solutions as licensed software, which is based on proven technology and backed by a global partner ecosystem that is currently used by hundreds of businesses.

Wolfgang Seybold, Cubeware CEO, said:

“The BI market is ripe for innovation. There is tremendous demand for a BI app store that offers everything needed to deploy customized BI solutions. BISTRO stands apart as the first BI app store that provides the critical elements necessary to assemble complete BI solutions customized to fit a wide variety of specific vertical markets. By working with our business partners, we are sharing the workload by providing the technology foundation for our partners to offer their vertical market expertise that gives customers such great value.”

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MicroStrategy partners with MapR Sign Technology to deliver BI integration with Hadoop

MapR Technologies, Inc., a Hadoop technology leader, and MicroStrategy Incorporated, a leading worldwide provider of business intelligence (BI) and mobile software, announced at the O’Reilly Strata Conference that the two companies have signed a global technology alliance agreement.

John Schroeder, CEO and co-founder, MapR Technologies, said:

“The growing number of organizations using Hadoop will find this integration an attractive way to easily unlock the value previously hidden deep in data in order to improve decision-making and gain a competitive edge. The combination of MicroStrategy’s BI platform, which provides a range of enterprise reporting, predictive analytics and management dashboards, coupled with the performance, dependability and strength of the MapR Distribution, changes the fundamentals of Big Data analysis.”

MicroStrategy President Paul Zolfaghari, said:

“Leading organizations can turn their Big Data stored in Hadoop into an even bigger competitive advantage with integrated, highly optimized solutions from MicroStrategy and MapR. MicroStrategy’s global customers have some of the biggest data stores and count on us to analyze their enterprise data in powerful, innovative ways. Together, with leading technology vendors including MapR, MicroStrategy has simplified the mystery of uncovering value from Hadoop data, and offers a proven, scalable business analytics solution for businesses to win in the market and outsmart their competitors.”

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Cloud computing

Forbes chooses AppDynamics as best cloud computing company to work for

AppDynamics, the next-gen Application Performance Management solution that simplifies the management of complex apps, announced it has been selected by Forbes Magazine as the number one cloud computing company to work for in a comparison of top cloud computing companies.

Forbes determined the rankings based off of scores from Glassdoor.com, factoring in the percentage of employees who approve of their CEO and the percentage of employees would recommend their company to a friend.

According to the survey, 94% of employees would recommend AppDynamics to a friend, and 100% of employees improve of AppDynamics’ CEO as of February 22, 2013. AppDynamics continues to experience rapid growth, with the company recently securing a $50 million series D financing round. The round was financed by Institutional Venture Partners (IVP), Greylock Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and Lightspeed Venture Partners.

Jyoti Bansal, Founder & CEO of AppDynamics, said:

“Our mission at AppDynamics is to disrupt the $20 billion/year IT Operations Management market and build the next great software company with more than $1 billion/year of revenue. To accomplish that, it’s essential to build a strong culture that attracts world-class talent and enables that talent to perform at their best. Being recognized as the best company to work for in a list that contains great legendary companies like Amazon, VMware, Salesforce.com is a great achievement and I am honored and humbled by it. It is a great testament to the talent we have at AppDynamics that we can have such a strong focus on achievement but also a culture of having fun, promoting innovation at all levels, and a maniacal focus on the customer.”

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Carnegie Mellon University’s innovative Parallel Data Lab receives funding from Intel

Carnegie Mellon has received $487,500 for cloud computing research from Intel, the world’s largest manufacturer of semiconductor products. For more than a decade, Intel has supported novel research by CMU faculty, including research into embedded computing designed to transform future experiences in the home, car and retail environment.

PDL Director Gregory Ganger, the Stephen F. Jatras Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at CMU, said:

“This financial support affords us an excellent platform for open collaboration research into the underlying technologies so essential to allowing cloud computing to reach the promise of dramatically improving efficiency, ubiquity and productivity for all scales of user–facing applications across many areas of information technology.”

Ganger also is a co-principal investigator of the Intel Science and Research Center (ISTC) for cloud computing at CMU along with Phil Gibbons, an Intel research scientist and an adjunct professor in computer science.

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