Warning, Smart Data Discovery Tools Could Make You (Look) Dumb

Brad Shimmin

Brad Shimmin

Summary Bullets:

• The current crop of data discovery and visualization tools is getting smarter, requiring less analytical expertise to shepherd the business user quickly from question to insight.

• However, without some tutelage and guidance, advancements such as guided discovery and recommended visualizations could ultimately lead to less informed business decisions.

Earlier this month, TIBCO updated cloud-borne business intelligence (BI) software, adding Recommendations to TIBCO Spotfire Cloud. The goal is to make it easier and faster for a broader swath of users to dive for valuable business insights within the dark waters of big data. With the addition of a built-in analytics intelligence wizard (TIBCO’s words), Spotfire Cloud with Recommendations will now automatically suggest visualizations based upon the data selected for analysis. That’s a good thing, right? Read more of this post

New and Exciting Times are Ahead in Browser-based Communications as IP Exchange and WebRTC Mature

Joel Stradling

Joel Stradling

Summary Bullets:

• The Web Real-Time Communications (WebRTC) standards body is dedicated to establishing a common set of protocols for WebRTC applications on browsers, mobile platforms, and IoT devices.

• OTTs look to wholesale carrier IPX to add crucial Quality of Service (QoS) metrics to WebRTC tools, opening new possibilities for highly reliable and enterprise-grade solutions.

The Internet has introduced some pretty exciting life-changing things since its creation. Its relentless evolution continues to impact everything we do. WebRTC holds considerable promise to impact our lives further as browser-based voice, video and chat, becomes possible on any connected device. WebRTC already allows browser-to-browser video, with developer Bistri for example reporting strong traction and rapid growth in browser-instigated video calls. For wholesale carriers that have invested considerably in IPX, the attention to WebRTC applications from OTTs is causing everyone to sit up. This is because as WebRTC applications proliferate, the inherent QoS in IPX combined with imaginative new applications dreamed up by OTTs should drive both traffic and revenues onto IPX-enabled networks. The addition of mobility, including LTE, to the mix just makes the prospects that much more enticing, with video calls possible and the possibility for browsers to ‘talk to each other’ in the Internet of Things (IoT) and mobility ecosystem. Read more of this post

UCaaS Market Dynamics in Asia-Pacific

ITCB-HarishTaoriSummary Bullets:

  • Cloud-based products and services are the most important priority for APAC enterprises, where they are currently investing or plan to invest in the next 12-24 months.
  • Service providers (SPs) with integration capabilities and the ability to federate across unified communications (UC) platforms may have a competitive edge with their UCaaS offerings.

Current Analysis’ 2014 Enterprise Investment Plans Survey highlighted that workloads such as e-mail/calendar, UC and productivity applications are the first to move to cloud. Furthermore, many enterprises appear open to using UC running on public cloud services – good news for major providers such as Microsoft, Google and AWS. A high proportion of enterprises already use some collaboration services such as audio and web conferencing; cloud-hosted contact center and video collaboration are among the most anticipated investments in the next 12 months. Read more of this post

Cloud Trends in 2015 Include Single-Source Cloud Stack Offerings

Charlotte Dunlap

Charlotte Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • With enterprises consuming an increasing proportion of their IT resources through the cloud, the ability of a provider to offer multiple elements of the cloud stack is an immediate differentiator.
  • Top IaaS and PaaS providers are expanding outside of their comfort zones to deliver more complex, multilayered solutions that meet multiple needs within a customer organization.

The need to access next-generation data management, analytics, high-performance and scalable infrastructure, and application development and deployment technologies from a single source is driving interest in providers that can deliver the complete cloud stack. The IT department’s need to centralize management and security of new and traditional applications migrating to the cloud is prompting a keen interest in having access to both the IaaS and PaaS components of the cloud stack. Read more of this post