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In an article for Forbes magazine published Monday, defense industry analyst Loren Thompson turns his lens on shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls and its place in the defense industry two years after its spinoff from Northrop Grumman into an independent business. Thompson writes that Northrop, without realizing it at the time of the acquisition, bought a valuable franchise that was the Navy's sole-producer of aircraft carriers and the only maker of small aircraft carriers used by the Marine Corps. Northrop acquired Huntington Ingalls from Litton Industries to gain new military electronic business lines and unexpectedly picked up the Western Hemisphere's largest warship maker in the process, according to Thompson. Since 2011, Huntington Ingalls' stock has jumped 150 percent and its operating margin hit 6.1 percent in the first quarter, Thompson writes. Huntington Ingalls ... (more)

SAP Releases Business Intelligence Bundle

SAP has engineered a new tool to help organizations make sense of big data using business intelligence reporting and analysis software. The offering based on the SAP HANA platform combines process technology and operational intelligence solutions to contextualize big data insights, SAP said Wednesday. “The full value of big data only comes when you embed its insights in your business processes,” said Sanjay Chikarmane, senior vice president and general manager of global technology solutions at SAP. “With the new intelligent business operations offering, we aim to help organizati... (more)

Booz Allen's Mark Gerencser: Big Data – A Dream or a Potential Nightmare?

Harnessing Big Data offers companies the potential to use analytics to upgrade product and service lines, adapt to consumer needs and better understand the impact of their business decisions, Mark Gerencser writes in an upcoming issue of University of Maryland, University College's Achiever magazine. But, Big Data's "big implications" for business growth are joined by pitfalls and obstacles that can work against a firm's best interests, rather than deliver improved value. To start, its a complex issue. "It is not only big volume, it's also big in variety and velocity-meaning d... (more)

Federal Big Data Spending Soaring

Federal agencies spent close to $4.9 billion on Big Data resources during fiscal year 2012 and that number could grow to $5.7 billion in 2014. Research firm Deltek estimates federal big data spending will grow to $7.2 billion by 2017 as agencies strive to handle ever-increasing volumes of data, E-Commerce Times reports. John Higgins writes that one initial challenge agencies face currently is coming up with a definition of "Big Data." Alex Rossino, a Deltek principal research analyst at Deltek, told attendees at a March 14 conference that traditional analytics tools and computing... (more)

ICE Drops Blackberry for iPhone

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement started to provide its employees up to 17,000 iPhones for work and personal use as the agency moves to replace its Blackberry devices. ICE selected the iPhone after evaluating other types of smartphones such as Android devices and analyzing Blackberry maker Resarch in Motion's business model and innovation rate, GovExec reports. Mobile security company Good Technology is helping ICE roll out the iPhones after previously helping the Department of Homeland Security protect its technology, data and applications from unauthorized people such a... (more)