Scientists and businesses often encounter difficulties in analysing huge data sets, otherwise known as “Big Data”. Its size is forever changing across many landscapes, with the amount of data created each day constantly increasing – now four times faster than the world economy. Every day we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data, which is enough to fill 10 million Blu-Ray discs, which in turn is enough to make a stack the size of 4 Eiffel Towers. Big doesn’t seem to be quite ‘big’ enough a word to describe how data is evolving.
The most astonishing thing about Big Data is the speed at which it is increasing. 90% of the world’s data, for example, was created in the last 2 years alone. The number of people with access to the internet today is equal to the world’s entire population in 1960 (3 billion). Global communication has never been easier and it might not come as much of a shock that there are 204 million emails sent per minute. But there are also 216,000 Instagram posts and 217,000 tweets. This is social and business conversation at its best.
The data collected through all these interactions is helping to shape the way we live our lives. As you can see below in the data graphic by vouchercloud it is helping us to save money (comparison websites, reducing energy bills, monitoring our fuel consumption and tailored coupons based on our previous spending habits). It is helping us to get around more efficiently – urban transport is improved using real time data capture and managing traffic hotspots by changing bus routes or traffic light sequences to ease congestion. Even more topical and important, it is helping us to save lives; streaming patient data to recognise outbreaks of illnesses and disease, identifying those at risk and managing the costs of treating patients.
Data is improving and expanding across mobile, digital media and social media, and Big Data is innovating the future ahead of us.
With the relaunch of Bloomberg Politics this week, Bloomberg is extending Businessweek’s polarizing design aesthetic further into the Web. With splashy homepage visuals, Businessweek-esque pull quotes and a continuous scrolling feature that mimics page turning, the new site feels less like a purely digital site and more like a digital version of the Businessweek print magazine itself.
And Bloomberg is not alone. Publishers across the Web are taking more digital-design cues from their print brethren. Yahoo, for example, calls its tech, food and travel sites “magazines,” and Flipboard also leans heavily on print cues by mimicking page-flipping and by letting readers curate their own custom magazines — covers and all. It’s an approach that Apple also took with its own Newsstand and iBooks apps, which also try to replicate the experience of reading off paper.
Computerworld is seeking to identify the 100 top workplaces for IT professionals for our 22d annual Best Places to Work in IT list. We invite Computerworld readers, HR and PR professionals and other interested parties to nominate organizations, in any industry, that they think are providing great working environments for IT employees, including challenging work, fair pay and ample training opportunities. Nominate a company now through Dec. 14, 2014: https://response.questback.com/idg/bpnoms15/
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Have a look at your smartphone apps. Notice anything peculiar about the ads? In the majority of cases, the only things they’re advertising are … other apps.
Estimates vary, but analysts say a significant majority of ads in mobile apps simply promote other apps. Karsten Weide, an analyst with IDC, pegs the total at between 60% and 75%; mobile ad company Fiksu says it’s between 50% and 85%, depending on the time of year.
What does all this mean for the future of the app business? If most of the advertising dollars are coming from within the industry, is this a bubble about to burst?
Quite the opposite, industry experts say — the numbers show app makers and advertisers simply haven’t yet figured out how to tap this promising business.
Mobile apps overtook desktop browsers earlier this year as the dominant means by which Americans access the Internet.
According to International Data Corporation (IDC), the Networking market in India witnessed growth due to huge investments in 2Q2014 Q-o-Q as well as Y-oY. According to IDC’s APeJ Quarterly Switch and Router tracker, the Ethernet Switch market stood strong at USD 128.4 million in terms of customer revenue during Q2 2014 growing 19.2% Q-o-Q and 29.1% Y-o-Y. The router market, however, witnessed sharp decline from previous quarter that had a spike due to various reasons, by 17.4%. However, the market garnered a total of USD 68.4 M, a 12.3% growth Y-o-Y. Cisco retained its dominance in the Switch & Router market winning deals primarily in the telecom vertical. 2Q 2014 was also attributed to the various announcements and framing of tenders for the government projects that are due to be executed in the coming quarters. Further growth is expected in the coming quarters as well. Large to midsized deals were also visible in the government vertical. SMB segment also witnessed deals in various verticals specially the tier II & tier III banks. Manufacturing, utility and banking were the fastest growing verticals in 2Q and are expected to continue with their spending pattern in the coming quarters as well.
IT has historically been perceived as a cost centre, and therefore a good place for businesses to cut. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
After years of battening down the hatches, firms are willing to spend on IT again, with a recent survey by IDC finding that companies are allocating nearly half of their IT budgets to new projects. But securing funding for these projects can be an uphill struggle, so how can CIOs land the cash needed to make them happen?
Here are some techniques that can work when you’re arguing the case for an IT project.
Make your pitch about three things
When pitching a project, the most important thing is to concentrate on how it will impact the business. “Don’t even think about the technology when you’re putting in for the budget,” said Clive Longbottom, founder of Quocirca.
“Any change can only impact three variables within the business: How are you going to lower the risk to the business, reduce the cost to the business and improve value for the business?” said Longbottom.
“Provided that any argument you put forward fits into one of those three, you stand a much better chance because the business goes ‘this is now an investment, rather than just a technology spend’,” he added.