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  • 05/12/16--02:55: Data gets on fleek*
  • Forget trying to bring all of your data sets together into a new wardrobe of information. Instead, a new generation of data blending tools can give you a fast-fashion update that answers your real-time insight needs. David Reed takes a front row seat to find out how.

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    Big data may be the talk of the boardroom but most firms in Europe are ploughing far more money into business intelligence (BI) and data warehousing software initiatives than on packaged applications such as CRM, according to the  2016 TechTarget IT spending priorities survey.


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    Majestic has one of the largest indexes of the web outside of Google. In this session at the DataIQ 2016 Summit, Dixon Jones, Marketing Director of Majestic Analytics, revealed how this data is being used by hundreds of thousands of people to score and understand pages and entities on the Internet and how to use this for practical business intelligence.


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    Company bosses are being urged to recruit full-time data experts to cope with the growing business information workload, with nearly half of all firms increasing their spend on BI by more than 10% during the past year.

    According to a study by recruitment specialist Robert Walters, 54% of employers said that they would hire a contractor to cope with a significant increase in workload for the department, compared to just 33% who would increase permanent headcount.


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    Vista Retail is an instore technology company which supports clients in the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors through the supply of instore and point-of-sale technology, as well as back office infrastucture and peripherals. Everything needed to ensure a retailer is able to process transactions, in fact.

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    Digital transformation is central to how City of Wolverhampton Council is maintaining its services on a reduced budget. As well as citizen-facing changes, improved business intelligence and visual analytics for staff have also been brought in, as head of ICT Andy Hoare told DataIQ.

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    Research by Alteryx has shown that many business decision makers still lack trust in the data insights they are getting - and that it takes too long for those insights to arrive. There is a very real financial impact from this delay, with US companies losing more cash than their UK peers.

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    Enterprise planning vendor Anaplan is continuing to draw users away from their Excel ivory towers as they look to become more agile in their scenario planning and decision-making. CEO Frank Calderoni told DataIQ how innovation is growing the tech unicorn.


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    Global provider of passenger, ramp and cargo handling services, Menzies Aviation, is upgrading its business intelligence and analytics solution to provide staff across the organisation with mobile access to critical operational data. Its goal is to allow all staff, from operational managers, cargo managers and safety officers, to get actionable insight via any device on or off-site.


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    There are ten data science and machine learning technologies that Gartner says are on the up this year. Here are explanations of the first five of them.


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    Belief in the value of data and analytics continues to be backed with hard cash as investors put money behind UK start-ups addressing core issues. Peak has just taken in £2.5 milllion to build out its data analytics-as-a-service, while Infosum banked $5 million to pursue its collaborative insight platform. Elsewhere, artificial intelligence start-ups are said to be launching at a rate of one every week.


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    Concluding an explanation of the eleven data science and machine learning technologies that Gartner says are on the up this year, Toni Sekinah reviews the remaining six.


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    If you run your business on spreadsheets, it is hard to transfer knowledge and easy to miss something important, like Ryanair just did. It could so easily have been avoided, argues David Reed.


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    UK-based food delivery business Deliveroo has migrated its data warehouse into the cloud with a solution from Snowflake. Having grown its business intelligence team from two to 14 members in the space of a year, the company needed to ensure real-time access to data to support decision making and new restaurant acquisition.


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    As Qlik launches its 27-country "Visualise your world" customer tour, David Reed spoke to UK and Ireland managing director, Simon Blunn, about how the newly-private BI software vendor is riding the wave of self-service analytics.

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    The Government has been urged to help the UK become the clear world leader in the development of artificial intelligence (AI) – to boost productivity, advance healthcare, improve services for customers and unlock £630bn for the UK economy.


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    Business transformation was one of the outcomes expected from the big data revolution. But it needs a new suite of technology to unleash the locked-in potential of data, models and forecasts. David Reed reports.

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    UK businesses are falling behind their European rivals by failing to embrace established technologies - such as CRM and cloud computing - which is both undermining productivity and stunting growth.


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    UK businesses are already falling behind other countries in the effective use of data, due to a dearth of chief information officers. However, if it is bad now, the triple whammy of Brexit, Open Banking  and GDPR is likely to exacerbate the problem as pressure mounts on companies to manage and use data more transparently and effectively.