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How Should Disruptive Technology Help Large Companies?

Julie Meyer, CEO of Ariadne Capital, on the economics that disrupt technology Despite all that you might have heard about Silicon Roundabout, digital entrepreneurs can’t and don’t operate in their own bubble. Importantly, they are able to help the CEOs of large companies push into top gear. They are out there, working on solving the problems that those running FTSE 100 businesses, medium-sized enterprises and multinational organisations are facing. These large companies have scale, distribution, reach, audience and often an established brand and reputation. They can be seen as the highways, while the entrepreneurs and digital industrialists are the [...]
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How Long Before Securities Analysts Become Data Scientists?

As US equity markets closed out 2013 at new highs the future of equity research is facing significant change.  With “price targets” being reset for many soaring social, cloud and big data analytics stocks let’s meet the new software analyst.  But first, a little background. Equity research has marginally evolved with investment styles and trading strategies over the past couple of decades.  The days of primary fundamental research, particularly on the sell-side, faded long ago.  Most analysts don’t have the gumption or the time. Shrinking commissions and heightened regulatory scrutiny yield lower returns on investment, continuing a cycle of [...]
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Big Data confusion slows growth of BI and Analytics

Big Data confusion will constrain spending on business intelligence and analytics software to single digit growth for the next two years, according to Gartner. However, the CIO focus on BI looks set to continue and Gartner has mapped out the progress of the proliferation of Big Data, giving key predictions until 2017. Gartner said that the benefits of fact-based decision-making are clear to business managers in a broad range of disciplines, including: marketing, sales, supply chain management, manufacturing, engineering, risk management, finance and HR. Managing vice president, Ian Bertram, said major changes were imminent in the world of BI [...]
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GM Sees Big Data in Smart Car Future

A GM smart car prototype. Image: GM A GM smart car prototype. Image: GM The car of the future is going to drive itself, brake itself, park itself (more or less) — and be part of a worldwide communications system that will be based on 4G; it will gather and communicate data, that will be used to offer a Facebook-style personalised experience to drivers. That's the vision of the future smart car that General Motors presented at an event in Israel recently, as Gil Golan, director of GM's Advanced Technical Center (ATC) in Israel, shared the company's view of [...]
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