It is good to see a Fortune 500 company such as MasterCard concerned with the competitive capabilities of small businesses and pushing for their ability to leverage big data analytics like it does.
Big data analytics and the collection of data don't require atomic-scale storage and processing yet, but if the current pace of networked data growth continues, it will soon. And IBM can't do it alone.
The worldwide business process outsourcing (BPO) market is forecast to increase at a 5.7 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR), reaching $209.4 billion in 2017, according to the latest stats from research firm IDC.
With so many varieties of data and variables to consider in building an effective predictive model, the first task should be to assess the viability of that data and confirm a particular variable's relevance before going further.
Aegis, IBM, Teleperformance and West are the leading vendors in the contact center business process outsourcing (BPO) market, according to IDC's MarketScape report.
Microsoft continues to dominate a sluggish enterprise software market, according to the latest stats from IDC. Microsoft had a 17.1 percent share of the enterprise software market based on revenues in 2012, down from a 17.4 percent share in 2011.
If we follow the money and see that it isn't going into multi-million dollar TV spots or Elton John performances at trade shows or trade shows at all, then we can begin to believe this is a real market with real solutions to real--and occasionally profound--problems.
The proliferation of mobile devices in the enterprise was identified as the top technology trend that will have an impact on corporate competitiveness, according to a recent survey of 400 business and IT executives by IBM.
Two acquisitions this week show that time may be of the essence in the big data space, as companies large and small rapidly begin to broaden their portfolios and expertise through acquisitions.
IBM is set to put its money behind the next big trend in storage, sparked in part by the requirements of big data.