Talking Data Analytics…

In this installment of ESG’s 360 Video Series, “Talking Technology,” Mike Leone offers his insights into data analytics – it being a popular, almost prerequisite, term these days in any IT corporate or product pitch…its frequency often only matched by a paucity of understanding! Mike points out that the capability of data analytics is to not only make IT itself better (more productive, for instance) but to allow IT to support better operations (such as using insights to make previously unseen opportunities manifest). In an IT world – indeed simply a world! – that is increasingly data-driven, Mike explains how data analytics is not only an integral part of the emerging data platforms space, but can also be deployed in/from/with the cloud. IT has probably never been more complex and demanding than today: even as approaches such as convergence, myriad clouds, containers, and software-definition (etc.) seek to make operations simpler, so to a degree such elements can also obfuscate some of the underlying subtleties and opportunities of the foundational components. After all, while it’s great to focus on purchasing – for instance – application service levels or business outcomes, some understanding of the IT elements (and considerations or choices) that contribute to those is also often useful. That is the purpose of this video discussion series: it offers ESG’s subject matter experts discussing some of the key trends, drivers, and considerations across various IT areas. We aim to do it succinctly and to deliver it in engaging, plain English – while also tying each technology area back to its eventual potential to positively impact both IT and business results. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Teradata’s Analyze This: Any Tool, Anywhere, Anybody

At last week’s ‘The Edge of Next’, Teradata Corporation’s (TDC) annual customer and partner event, the data analytics company made several product, service and business announcements, as well as provided more context on its new AI survey that concluded artificial intelligence is on big business’ agenda, but that significant challenges will have to be overcome before it goes mainstream. While TDC didn’t make a lot of announcements, the ones it did make were fairly significant, including: the Teradata Analytics Platform; Teradata IntelliSphere, with all the tools to ingest, access, deploy and manage a flexible analytical ecosystem; AI services and accelerators; and the Agile Analytics Factory an as-a-service program to accelerate client innovation in advanced analytics, and deliver strategic business outcomes. When asked for the key takeaway from the announcements, Teradata’s Imad Birouty, Director, Technical Product Marketing, said the new products and ecosystem provide analytics flexibility for customers, what the company calls derisking. “There’s no risk to your decision,” he said. “The ability to have technology run on-prem, in the cloud… it takes the shackles off of them.” As companies’ needs change, or they become more familiar with the technologies, tools and deployment options, they change where and how they do analytics, he told IT Trends & Analysis. They may want to start on-prem, but six months later might decide cloud looks more appealing, or vice versa. IntelliSphere is a toolbox that provides all the tools you need to build an analytics system, said Birouty, and you can make all the changes you want without having to rip and replace. “This is a comprehensive portfolio, 10 products in one bundle. As your business needs change tomorrow… you already have all the tools in your toolbox, so change all you want. It gives companies the flexibility for today and tomorrow.” “We’re helping companies to operationalize their analytics, and make it part of your daily workflow.” That’s difficult to do today, added Birouty, and a lot of companies stumble trying to make analytics initiatives successful. Flexibility is essential, said Oliver Ratzesberger, EVP, and Chief Product Officer, Teradata. Customers cannot predict what is coming tomorrow, so the company’s strategy, Teradata Everywhere (originally unveiled in September 2016) provides the necessary flexibility and agility, delivered via four broad concepts: 1/analyze anything; 2/deploy anywhere; 3/buy anyway; and 4/move anytime.Customers can move anytime, anywhere and are not locked in, he said. The products and services are important, but how they are deployed are even more significant, said Ratzesberger. “…when companies step up to take an enterprise view… not department… they drive significant improvement… when all of that comes together that’s when we see order of magnitude increases...

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IT Operations Analytics from the Source

One of the top uses of big data today is IT operations analytics. This makes sense. By nature, IT components are designed to log all of their many status messages, and this information is generated with debug, tracking, and audit purposes in mind. The aggregate output, however, can be a logistical problem in itself. For each device, some poor sysadmin has to decide what level of logging is desired, and then live with the consequences of that decision. Set the logging threshold to “errors only” and important context will be missing when it’s time to diagnose an issue. Set the logging criteria to “everything” and staggering amounts of data will be generated, often too much to process, and certainly much of little or no value. Limit the time period to an hour or a day, and the key information may have been overwritten by the time it’s needed, and then the problem will have to be recreated. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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Dell Debates Big Data in 1, 5, 10 Years

Where will you be on Groundhog’s Day 2016? What about 2020 or 2025? Unless you are Bill Murray or Andie MacDowell, answering this question and predicting the future can be tricky stuff. Yet Dell recently called together some friends to attempt just this sort of long-range prognostication around big data. I was recently joined on a discussion panel by the brilliant Rebekah Iliff (Chief Strategist at AirPR), the ever-curious Jai Menon (Chief Research Officer at Dell), and the lovely Matt Wolken (VP and GM of Dell Software), and then again with a wider group of technologists for a bigger roundtable. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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