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April 5, 2013

Adopting Big Data - Challenges and Success Factors

Big Data comprises of 3-V factors; namely Volume, Velocity and Variety.  However, considering well understood benefits reaped on adopting Big Data in enterprises, one could be tempted to club another -V (Value) to the existing troika. Mckinsey Global Institute Big data study says that 'The total amount of data created and replicated in 2009 was 800 exabytes -- enough to fill a stack of DVDs reaching to the moon and back' (source: Mckinsey global institute. Big Data: The next frontier for innovation, competition, and productivity. May 2011). Though Big Data adoption is well established in industry segments like Retail, Financial and Insurance, and Manufacturing etc, there is still a need to continuously innovate and implement factors that guarantee success and enable rising returns. The primary challenge in Big Data implementation is the need to handle high voluminous data (that exist in multiple storage sources and multiple data formats ) at the speed it is received and processing to generate intelligent business insights. This leads to an even more complex problem to solve - that of management aspects, where the enterprise structure and processes will need to change in response to findings from Big Data analysis to enable the enterprise to evolve and reap business benefits.

 

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October 7, 2012

Big Data, Cloud and Analytics

Big Data is the biggest buzzword today as it poses enormous challenges, complex problems that technologists around the world are busy trying to solve. Big Data refers to huge sets of structured and unstructured data. Structured data is the one which can be classified and stored in a pre-defined table schema. For example, when we submit an online payment form, the required metadata information is known before hand and can be stored in a well defined schema. Semi-structured or unstructured data on the other hand, is more like a free form data which does not adhere to any particular schema and is hard to parse and process. Examples are Twitter hash tags appearing in tweets, Facebook updates, comments and mentions, logs, topics and sub-topics that go in a wiki page etc.

 

Organizations capture data from various sources relevant to their business. Captured data volume has grown rapidly in last several years and managing data has always been a difficult problem to solve. Big Data adds complexity to this problem in mainly following ways:

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July 11, 2012

How Real is Cloud Adoption

Last week of May 2012 saw industry leaders get together in Bangalore for the first ever Cloud Connect in India. The Cloud Connect conference is one of the most comprehensive and in-depth cloud conferences to have the presence of some of the leading cloud experts, analysts and IT professionals all under one roof. The primary theme was adoption of cloud in the business context. Though there was a broad consensus that cloud is a game changing paradigm and provides tangible benefits in terms of monetary savings, many speakers highlighted the relatively low adoption by industry, associated challenges and doubts. As per separate surveys conducted by Symantec and KPMG, despite being high on the radar for CIOs, only about a fifth of organizations have adopted cloud in one or the other form.

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March 9, 2012

Media on Cloud - Challenges and Opportunities

Online media consumption trends indicate an exponential increase year on year with online video being ubiquitous today. Various vertical industries have gone online with media features, having realized that consumers today prefer consuming video (or animations) than plain text. You may have noticed how the publishing industry has joined the bandwagon. There are hardly any popular news sites that do not have video components starting at visitors to the site - videos of recorded news, interviews, citizen journalist mobile videos etc. Services like online video surveillance enable you to watch over your house as you travel across the country (or globe). Watching high definition movies online is gaining popularity with services like Netflix being prominent contributors to the online phenomenon.  Corporates have realized the need to contribute to carbon emission cuts and have realized personalized meetings across continents using IP based video conferencing technologies. The music industry has also realized the potential of music over the internet and, as a result, cloud based music services and internet streaming services are popular music delivery models today.  Evidently there is a lot of media travelling as IP packets all around the internet. There are however challenges, challenges that need to be addressed around bandwidth, processing, streaming and rendering

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October 7, 2011

Cloud Computing - Planning for the non-promise of High Availability

More and more businesses today are experimenting with moving their applications into the cloud - a key motivation being, to be able to leverage highly available and redundant cloud infrastructure at reduced IT costs. However, sporadic failures over this year in cloud services provided by the cloud computing Big-3 have indicated that companies have to factor-in downtime in their application deployment strategy, irrespective of the advertised promises of high availability. A failure in Amazon's EC2 cloud service, early this year, had resulted in many internet sites being down throughout the day as per a report here. Microsoft's Office 365 cloud service and Google's Gmail and Appservices too have had their share of downtimes this year.

 

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February 10, 2011

The cloud in mobility use cases

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. launched the first iPad-only newspaper - The Daily - last week with the idea of targeting the growing segment of people around the world who are educated and sophisticated who would expect content to be delivered anywhere anytime, without having to be tethered to a physical newspaper or the television. Businesses today have realized the need to exploit mobile devices to target a wide and sophisticated market place. The industry is witnessing a scramble to join the bandwagon called the mobile device enablement (hardware, software, networking etc) and servicing industry. The need to be one-up in a new and highly competitive industry has spawned solutions that enable more and more complex use cases around mobile devices. Most use cases typically involve some sort of collaboration. With mobile devices being pervasive and in the hands of a growing knowledgeable user base, there is a need for the backend to support the potentially massive but varying scalability needs -   what better than cloud computing to do the trick.

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July 19, 2010

Privacy of Data in the Cloud

There is no executive meeting today in the software industry where the 'cloud' word is not used. As the industry gets more and more familiar with the intricacies of cloud computing and the accompanying economical benefits and risks, the concerns of data security remains to be one of the major hindrances towards wide scale adoption. However, to assuage such fears, companies are coming up with some innovative ideas (some technology-oriented, some process-oriented) to provide the necessary confidence towards cloud adoption.

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