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Information analytics used to be called ‘data mining' in many circles. Although the term itself has almost been lost in the mists of the last bewildering decade or so of Big Data, we used to think of analytics as a far more static entity when we compare it to modern notions of data exploration. As we have built up our contemporary post-millennial methodologies for data analytics, we have brought forward real time interactive analytics practices to the fore. Real time speed Although so-called ‘real time' is never really real (i.e., it is only as fast as computer processing and information communications pipes will travel), it is fast enough to give us the opportunity to act upon data as it is created, in situ. In areas such as retail (to pick a very good example, although there are many others), real time interactive analytics gives us a chance to act upon data as i... (more)

Internet of Things and Embedded Analytics By @ABridgwater | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

Embedded Analytics: Inside Apps, Inside Processes Now is the age of information analytics. We have (very arguably) reached a point where the insight arising from data analytics can be applied to almost every aspect of a company, in every business vertical. But what shape should that analytics be? Increasingly we talk about embedded analytics, but what do we mean? Should we be embedding analytics inside a) applications themselves, or should we b) look to embed analytics as business rules inside complete corporate processes - or should it be both? Embedded (application) analytics Th... (more)

Enterprise Security and Gaining Insightful Insight into “Insight”

Security specialists are fond of using expressions like "robust protection" and "multi-layered defenses" when it comes to setting out their stall and telling us exactly how they are able to protect our data and applications. Looking closer at enterprise security, we see that lower down the buzzword pecking order for some reason is the word "insight" in its various forms. It seems insight means more than one thing in information technology these days, but perhaps it's no coincidence that every meaning or interpretation of the term essentially falls somewhere under the umbrella of e... (more)

The Non-Analytics Company Is History

The fundamental mechanics of business have changed. Well, they haven't quite. The basic laws of supply and demand still govern the economic principles inside which firms in all industries bring goods and services to market inside a common monetary system on an international level. But a change has occurred and it is an information-driven shift. Our core accounting systems used to represent the motherlode of all company information. Onward from there... somewhere around the end of the last millennium we added so-called Customer Relationship Management to the corporate information ... (more)

Forking Hell, Why Unification Matters By @ABridgwater | @ThingsExpo #IoT

Leaving aside (most of) the deeper technical details of the situation, an interesting development occurred in the open source community this week. Under the auspices of The Linux Foundation, a new ‘neutral' coding community emerged as a result of the coming together of the Node.js and io.js developer groups who will now collaborate to merge their respective code bases. Forking machinations The smaller io.js group was formed to be a ‘fork' as a result of higher-level vendor machinations and lower-level developer incongruities. Node.js is a platform built on Chrome's JavaScript runt... (more)