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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 different types of data from flat files to streaming video and at a wide range of input speeds and refresh frequencies," writes the managing partner of Booz Allen Hamilton‘s (NYSE: BAH) commercial practice and more-than-30-year company veteran. Part of navigating the complexity of Big Data and... (more)

Mobility, Cloud, Analytics Highlight Federal IT Trends

IBM has identified mobile devices, cloud computing and four other trends that are looking to shape the federal information technology of the future, according to Jane Snowdon, director and chief innovation officer at IBM Federal. In an op-ed for Federal Times, Snowdon writes that mobility will continue to forge ahead to help enterprises and industries get closer to their customers, improve communication and elevate productivity. Cloud computing seems “inevitable” as well, Snowdon says, as companies migrate from traditional, legacy systems to cope with big data. Snowdon also poin... (more)

Colin Mahony: HP Works to Make Data Transitions More 'Hadoop-Like'

In an interview published on IT-Director.com, HP Vertica General Manager Colin Mahony speaks with Dana Gardner on how he is working to guide Vertica's analytics platform nearly two years after HP closed its acquisition of the business. Mahony updated the website on how the business aims to help its customers make the appropriate trade-offs as they seek to achieve performance or analytics functionality for performance. He pointed to the promise of Hadoop, a distributed file system he says can rudimentary analytics and transform processed data without requiring the user to develo... (more)

Forecast: Big Data Will Drive Demand for Optical Interconnects

Communications Industry Researchers projects the market for fiber optic interconnection will rise from $1.1 billion in 2013 to $2.2 billion in 2018, with big data and green practices driving the growth. CIR's latest industry report provides forecast and guide for revenue generation from rack-based and board-to-board optical interconnects and looks at the activities of BinOptics, Avago, Neophotonics and other providers, CIR said Wednesday. The research firm cites processors, copper cables and videos as typical drivers of optical communications growth. According to the forecast, p... (more)

Report: Big Data Market Poised for Continued Growth

A MarketsandMarkets report forecasts that use of big data technology will have an annual growth rate of 25.52 percent and its global market value will potentially reach $14.87 billion by 2018. The report categorizes the big data market by products and services, regions and vertical sectors as well as analyzes market drivers and restraints, MarketsandMarkets said Wednesday. Needs such as business process upgrades, the rise of unstructured data sources and the demand for predictive analytics are among the factors the firm expects to fuel growth for the market. MarketsandMarkets sa... (more)