Big data is quickly emerging as one of the most significant trends throughout the IT industry. Research continues to show that big data is impacting businesses worldwide, and firms that have the tools to manage this influx of information are better off than those overwhelmed by the movement. Market research firm IDC recently highlighted the importance of big data on a global scale.
If there is one constant throughout the IT industry, it is that businesses continue to deal with massive amounts of data, ultimately impacting how firms store and analyze this information. Big data may be confusing to many organizations, but it does offer many advantages, according to The Guardian's John Burn-Murdoch.
Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) may lack the resources and spending prowess of large corporations, but they can still leverage some of the most innovative technologies out there. In many respects, cloud computing can help companies achieve this goal, and a new study conducted by Strategy Analytics found that SMBs are particularly keen on utilizing public clouds.
Big data is not only changing how businesses interact with information, but also the need for skilled professionals to manage critical IT infrastructure. Market research firm Gartner recently predicted that 4.4 million IT jobs will be created to support big data initiatives by 2015, with nearly 2 million positions in the United States alone.
Businesses with effective business intelligence (BI) tools are better able to understand what is going on with their databases, enabling firms to make informed decisions. Looking ahead, several trends are expected to take shape and impact the BI landscape, ITWeb recently reported.
There are a number of areas in which companies must shore up to ensure their databases are secure at all times. One issue, however, is that firms often use default settings, which can expose more vulnerabilities than most realize, according to a recent Dark Reading report.
Some businesses are still be grasping the concept of cloud computing, while others are already benefiting from using hosted environments in a number of ways. Bill.com recently surveyed more than 350 chief financial officers and found that successful deployments can help companies reduce costs by as much as 70 percent and workloads by 50 percent.
Database security is crucial for any firm, but the upcoming presidential election may throw a new wrinkle in how governments protect sensitive information. Dark Reading recently reported that experts have been saying for years that cybercriminals have the ability to manipulate voter databases as the battle for the White House nears a close.
Cloud computing is on the minds of many businesses throughout the world, and many firms have already benefited from the technology by lowering operating costs and improving employee collaboration. However, some companies are rushing into their cloud deployments and not taking the necessary steps needed to ensure their systems are protected, a recent CipherCloud survey revealed.
The rise of big data throughout the IT industry is making it challenging for businesses to store and analyze information coming through their databases. Market research firm Gartner recently revealed that big data will drive $28 billion in global IT spending in 2012. By 2013, this figure is forecast to total $34 billion.
Big data is currently sweeping through the IT industry at a staggering pace, making it crucial for businesses to keep up with the trend in order to effectively utilize the information stored on their databases. A recent survey of corporate executives by the Economist Intelligence Unit and sponsored by Alteryx found that nearly 80 percent said employees need to access big data so they can make educated decisions.
One reason Microsoft products are so popular in corporate settings is because of their smooth integration with one another. This is especially true for Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server 2012, which can help companies improve performance levels and experience other benefits, according to SQL Server Pro's Michael Otey.
Although industry professionals believe small and medium-sized businesses can benefit from innovative technologies like cloud computing, some SMBs feel they lack the background to leverage such solutions. MYOB recently highlighted this situation, explaining that of the 79 percent of SMBs it polled that do not use the cloud, nearly half said it is because they do not have the necessary knowledge to adopt it.
Companies have a tough task on their hands regarding database security, and some threats are more dangerous than others. Dark Reading's Adrian Lane recently explained that businesses should fear SQL injection incidents more than they do malware even though vendors will often say the latter is the bigger issue.
Oracle databases are considered the industry standard for many businesses throughout the IT market. CIO recently reported that the vendor's new platform, Oracle 12c, will offer companies many improvements over previous releases. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison spoke at the OpenWorld conference, explaining that a new feature called pluggable databases allows several systems to run on the same software.
The amount of data U.S. businesses are storing is reaching epic proportions, causing firms to expand their data centers to keep up with this development. Market research firm IDC recently announced, however, that the number of centers nationwide has been declining since 2009, totaling approximately 2.9 million in 2012.
A new whitepaper by Navint is the latest study revealing that cloud computing continues to change the IT landscape. More importantly, the technology is meeting expectations of its most important user base. Of the CIOs polled by the company, 90 percent said the solution's forecast savings completely met their expectations. Another 64 percent of respondents said the cloud has improved operational effectiveness and efficiency since deployment.
Cloud-based business intelligence solutions offer businesses many advantages, including ways to keep up with changing IT trends and options to lower operating costs. In an interview with TechTarget, industry expert Alan Fang talked about how these systems are so helpful for clients utilizing such services.
Regardless of how large a corporate database is, companies must secure these systems to ensure malicious parties do not gain access to sensitive information. Dark Reading's Tim Wilson recently highlighted ways small and medium-sized businesses can help DBAs defend even the smallest databases from continued attacks.
Any way you slice it, cloud computing is taking the IT industry by storm as companies continue to search for innovative ways to boost efficiency without breaking the bank. A recent survey conducted by T-Systems on behalf of market research firm IDC found that more than 25 percent of U.S. businesses expect the cloud to help lower IT spending, while 21 percent said the technology will replace legacy systems. Another 14 percent anticipate the cloud will improve overall application flexibility.
Businesses have long been dealing with rising data consumption and creation. However, the problem is only getting worse. Speaking at the recent Oracle OpenWorld conference, Mark Hurd, co-president of Oracle, explained that global data volumes will rise to approximately 50 times their current size by 2020, Bloomberg reported.
Last week, in Part I of my series on Paranoid DBA Practices, we learned that our jobs are somewhat unforgiving and we do make a mistake from time to time. This week, we will discuss what can we do to reduce the chance of an error occurring.
Cloud computing is currently one of the hottest topics throughout the IT industry. While some experts used to question the solution's validity in a constantly changing market, most now agree the technology is not a flash in the pan and will continue reshaping how companies operate worldwide.
Cybercriminals continue to utilize malnets, which are web-based servers used to track malicious activity in corporate environments, to control infected PCs and botnets and distribute spam. Proxy appliance manufacturer Blue Coat Systems recently released findings of its report detailing how hackers are wreaking havoc on businesses through sophisticated attacks, InformationWeek reported.
Big data is changing the IT landscape not only because it is impacting how businesses sort through this abundance of information, but also how a firm's database administration operates and performs. Database Journal's Lockwood Lyon recently indicated that companies and DBA departments can ensure efficiency even in the face of big data.