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
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.
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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
“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
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
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
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)
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)