We often hear that data is the fuel of modern business, but we think that food provides an even better analogy. When we go to fill our car up at the pumps, very few of us prefer a particular brand– we just want a full tank. But when it comes to what we eat, it’s not enough to have a full belly; we need the right sort of food that is both nourishing and tastes good.
By Nick Goode, EVP Product, Sage.
People have been talking about the connected car for years, but the reality is far from the hype. McKinsey & Company estimate that the broader car data-enabled services market could become a $450 - $750 billion market by 2030, representing a dramatic proliferation of new features and services which are relatively nascent today. To get there requires OEMs to think about the opportunity with a fresh perspective, starting with debunking four common vehicle connectivity myths that plague the market.
By Bill Leisenring, CTO Aptiv Connected Services.
When it comes to user data, the rich keep getting richer. The undisputed leader in consumer data, Facebook, had well over two billion monthly active users in 2018, while the West’s leading e-commerce site Amazon boasted 2.6 billion visitors in March alone.
By Eric Shrock, CTO, Delphix.
The expression “dare to know,” or in Latin “sapere aude,” was the motto of the age of enlightenment. In today’s climate of echo chambers, conspiracy theories, and misinformation, this 18th century idea that pursuing knowledge takes courage has never seemed more relevant. Every day we see more examples of how reluctance to accept and act on facts is harming people’s health, livelihoods, and society.
By Doug Bordonaro, Field CTO, ThoughtSpot.
Organisations are driven by big data today – be that personal data, web data or transactional data. Combined, big data provides companies with the information needed to make informed decisions, such as staying on top of trends, targeting customers effectively, providing solutions to problems or analysing insights. So, when data is breached or hacked, it causes major problems both at an operational and at a financial level – and, in fact, if it is not addressed quickly and competently, has the potential to seriously impact a business.
By Frederik Schouboe, CEO, Keepit Group.
Protecting sensitive data is a major concern for most organizations. As part of business as usual, businesses routinely collect, process, store, and transmit data about their customers. Some of this data is necessary for the organization’s core business, while other data may be part of the organization’s profit model (i.e. collecting and selling data for targeted advertising). By Patrick Vernon, technology writer.
Data may be expanding exponentially, but this expansion in itself is not the be-all and end-all. Data is very important, but only because it enables organisations to learn more about their customers and offer them a better service. Therefore – and this is crucial – data allows organisations to make much better decisions. But can the data platform companies are currently using facilitate the right decisions? A recent discussion opened my eyes to some real issues about data use and where some of the challenges lie. Here are my top six takeaways from the discussion.
By Ilanite Keijsers, GTM Lead for global campaigns at SAS.
Addigy’s Founder and CEO, Jason Dettbarn, explains how Apple devices are attracting increasing levels of security attacks, and what measures the company takes to counter these threats, as well as outlining how Addigy can help its customers to be confident and secure when using its Apple-based solutions.
Mike West, CEO of Digital Infrastructure Advisors Ltd (DIAL), outlines the company’s comprehensive data centre service – business advice, legal services, technical and design – alongside what he believes is an overdue, major focus on cybersecurity. In simple terms, Mike thinks that there needs to be more industry-wide understanding and planning around ‘what happens if a data centre goes down thanks to a cyber attack’.
Craig Stewart, Chief Technology Officer at SnapLogic, provides some fascinating insights as to how a combination of data and AI and Machine Learning is already providing major benefits across all industry sectors, not least in helping organisations to address major sustainability challenges; and also in allowing many businesses to capitalise on the IoT opportunity. In summary, Craig believes that few, if any, companies can afford to ignore the advantages of increased data literacy.
Richard Clifford, Head of Innovation at Keysource, talks through some of the company’s recent customer success stories, its new cybersecurity focus, and goes on to provide some great insights into the data centre sustainability debate – with Scope 3 emissions and supply chain collaboration a major focus, alongside hybrid cooling and the edge. Richard also suggests that it might be time to move beyond the PUE metric as a measure of data centre energy efficiency.
Equinix has opened its first Co-Innovation Facility (CIF), located in its DC15 International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centre at the Equinix Ashburn Campus in the Washington, D.C. area. A component of Equinix’s Data Centre of the Future initiative, the CIF is a new capability that enables partners to work with Equinix on trialling and developing innovations. These innovations, such as identifying a path to clean hydrogen-enabled fuel cells or deploying more capable battery solutions, will be used to help define the future of sustainable digital infrastructure and services globally.