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Wasted Data: the Biggest Opportunity You Ever Threw Away

Posted on September 30, 2014 by Georgina Park |Leave a comment|

There’s nothing as painful as the regret over a wasted opportunity.

History is littered with examples of individuals, nations and companies who had a golden opportunity that they wasted...only to see someone else take advantage of it and thrive.

Notable examples include companies like Blockbuster, a one-time powerhouse in the DVD rental market. Not only did they underestimate the significance of the Internet, but they rejected an offer from CEO Reed Hastings who offered to sell them a 49% stake in his company called Netflix. Blockbuster would go bankrupt and have to watch as Netflix surged ahead on the back of the Internet, big data, secure data transfer between users on its online platform...and taking advantage of Blockbuster’s wasted opportunity.

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How the NSA Uses Data Transfer to Fight Terrorism

Posted on September 29, 2014 by Georgina Park |Leave a comment|

Did you know that data transfer is being used in the fight against terrorism? Top secret documents that were obtained by the New York Times have revealed that the National Security Agency (NSA) have used instant data transfer methods as part of sophisticated tracking programs.

Staff at the agency have developed software to identify potential intelligence targets in intercepted text messages, emails and social media posts.

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IT Spending to Reach $2.1 Trillion With the Help of the Cloud

Posted on September 27, 2014 by Georgina Park |Leave a comment|

Total worldwide IT spending will reach almost $2.1 trillion in 2014, according to the newly published International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Black Book.

The report, that provides forecasts for IT spending in 54 countries around the world, tagged IT spending to increase by 4.5% in 2014 at constant currency, or 4.1% in U.S. dollars. A significant proportion of this growth is still being driven by smartphones – IT spending excluding mobile phones will increase by just 3.1% this year in constant currency (2.8% in U.S. dollars).

Aside from smartphones, the strongest growth will come from software, including rapidly expanding markets such as data analytics, data management, and collaborative applications including enterprise social networks.

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How the Internet of Things Will Drive Growth in Connected Devices

Posted on September 25, 2014 by Georgina Park |Leave a comment|

Wireless connected devices are set to double by 2020 and it’s all down to the Internet of Things (IoT).

According to technology market intelligence company ABI Research, wireless connected devices will exceed 16 billion in 2014, about 20% more than in 2013, and then more than double that by 2020 with 40.9 billion devices.

However hub devices such as smartphones and PCs are set to drop from 44% of the wireless connected devices total to 32% by 2020. Meaning the main driver for the increase in wireless devices will be non-hub devices such as sensor nodes and accessories, which are expected to record a 75% growth between now and 2020.

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How High-Speed Data Transfer is Improving Clinical Research

Posted on September 23, 2014 by Georgina Park |Leave a comment|

Clinical research is very much a data intensive trade. From worldwide studies to individual diagnosis and treatment, from testing new drugs to collecting patient information, data access and transfer is a major factor of any clinical study.

It is also a factor that will only continue to grow year on year as more and more information is hoarded. One development driving this ascent of data in clinical research is the unlimited fast file transfer of cloud computing.

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Data Visualisation: Making Sense of Big Data

Posted on September 21, 2014 by Georgina Park |Leave a comment|

While big data sets about its task of transforming industry the world over it couldn’t do it without two of its trusty sidekicks: large file transfer, the vehicle by which big data gets from A to B, and data visualisation, the tools that make big data make sense when it gets there.

Data visualisation is the translation of data into readable, visual and engaging content so that corporate executives, and whoever else, can better understand the significance of the information, as patterns, trends and correlations can be easier exposed through graphical means.

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2 Ways To Send Large Files Securely Across The Internet

Posted on September 19, 2014 by Georgina Park |Leave a comment|

In the beginning, there was Hotmail and a 2MB storage limit.

Not 2MB for an attachment; 2 megabytes of storage for all the emails in your entire email account.

Since then the number of email service providers has exploded, as has the amount of storage space offered. And that’s not even mentioning the increasing number of large file transfer activities being carried out via email.

The problem is that the word ‘large’ is relative.

And whilst large files used to be measured in terms of megabytes(MB) or even gigabytes (GB), today we measure them in units of terabytes(TB).

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15 Cool Big Data Quotes From Industry Influencers

Posted on September 17, 2014 by Georgina Park |Leave a comment|

Like it or not, big data is revolutionising 21st century life. Here are some of the most memorable big data quotes:

 

1. “Data really powers everything that we do” – Jeff Weiner, Chief Executive of LinkedIn.

2. “In God we trust. All others must bring data.” – W. Edwards Deming, American statistician.

3. “The world is now awash in data and we can see consumers in a lot clearer ways” – Max Levchin, co-founder of PayPal.


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The Secret Ingredient Of Every Successful Cloud-Based Company

Posted on September 15, 2014 by Georgina Park |Leave a comment|

It drives profit margin and share price. It is “what consumers are looking for and share with one another,” said Larry Light, CEO of Arcature.

It is a “great force multiplier,” added Tom Ridge, Former US Secretary of Homeland Security.

It will cost you 20 years to acquire and yet “only five minutes to ruin it,” chimed billionaire investor Warren Buffett.

The “it” that they’re talking about is of course the word, “trust.”

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Why China Said “No” To Dropbox

Posted on September 10, 2014 by Georgina Park |Leave a comment|

$16.1 billion dollars.

That’s the size of the big data market in China. It has prompted aggressive cloud-based initiatives in the region by Amazon, IBM, Microsoft, Alibaba and others, all of whom are desperate to carve out a piece of the market.

But one company that has seen the door of market share opportunity slammed on its services (again) is Dropbox.

Censorship monitoring organisation GreatFire.org announced that the file sharing tool has been blocked at 86% for the last 90 days. This comes in the wake of China’s extreme crackdown on Google following the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square movement. And it is the second time that Dropbox’s services have been banned, with the first time being back in 2010.

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