Insight Partners has announced the acquisition of Swiss software startup Veeam for $5 billion, just months after the private equity firm invested $500 million in the data management company.
Veeam, which posted revenues of $1 billion last year and has 365,000 customers worldwide, helps companies manage data backup and recovery across public clouds and their in-house data centres. Following the deal, Veeam will become a US company.
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The online tech giant has been given free access to NHS data – excluding confidential information – but campaigners say Amazon should pay for it. The Government has been accused of breaching state aid rules by allowing Amazon to have access to public NHS data for free.
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More than 752,000 US birth certificate applications have been discovered in an unsecured cloud storage container, leaving hoards of personal information there for the taking, TechCrunch reports.
The certificates were stored by an unnamed company that enables people to obtain copies of birth and death documents from state governments in the United States.
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Nearly half of students would like to be given access to a voice-activated assistant to help with their studies, new research suggests.
The technology – now common in many smartphones and smart home speakers – is seen as a vital resource among those studying, with 70 percent of those asked claiming they would not be able to cope without an internet connection.
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Google’s buyout of data analytics firm Looker is to be probed by the UK’s competition watchdog to determine the deal’s impact on the UK and other markets.
The tech giant announced the 2.6 billion dollar (£2 billion) acquisition of the California-founded firm in June as part of an effort to expand its Google Cloud business.
Both companies were already working together before the agreement was reached, with around 350 customers such as Buzzfeed, Hearst and Yahoo!
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TikTok has decided not to allow paid political adverts on its platform, as the 2020 US election fast approaches.
The video-driven social media app has made the move amid increased scrutiny over political advertising on other social networks, particularly Facebook.
TikTok attracts millions of people across the world, mostly younger users, making it a potential target to reach first-time voters.
A “historic” agreement on sharing data will “dramatically speed up” investigations into criminals’ online activity, the Home Secretary has said.
Priti Patel and US attorney general William Barr signed the arrangement – the first of its kind – on Thursday evening when she visited Washington DC, the Home Office said.
Ms Patel said: “Terrorists and paedophiles continue to exploit the internet to spread their messages of hate, plan attacks on our citizens and target the most vulnerable.
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Mapping service Waze is to make data gathered from across the UK accessible to local authorities to help them plan transport upgrades in the future.
The tech firm’s maps use crowd-sourced data from users to update on traffic conditions and other live information about road congestion.
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Europe’s top court has told Google it does not have to make the “right to be forgotten” available worldwide.
The measure already allows citizens in EU countries to demand any results about them considered “inadequate, irrelevant or… excessive” to be removed, if the search is carried out in an EU country – even though the web page would still exist, delisting from a search engine makes it harder for people to find.
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On the face of it, there is little to unite the construction and tech sectors. Superficially at least, the construction sector provides a classic example of ‘waterfall management’: strict plans are formed at the outset of a project, and resources are fixed in place, even though the finished product might be three years away. It is a right-first-time, zero defects sector with detailed dependency scheduling. The tech sector, by contrast, is known for its not-afraid-to-fail, agile mindset, eschewing scheduling for creativity. Tech and construction, then, would certainly appear to be strange bedfellows. Times are changing. The proliferation of Building Information Management platforms on construction sites up and down the country neatly demonstrates that tech really can be embedded into the foundations of a building, and by extension, the construction sector. But how do we further embed the two, often conflicting, cultures?
Everyday data continues to grow, showing no signs of slowing down. All of this must be stored, managed and analysed presenting key challenges for businesses. Krishna Subramanian, COO at Komprise explores the approaches to data management. The reality of data growth is staggering. As more technology is being created and areas such as IoT are expanding rapidly, the amount of data that is being produced is increasing exponentially. IDC predicts that the Global Datasphere will grow from 33 Zettabytes (ZB) in 2018 to 175 ZB by 2025.
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The latest extinction rebellion highlighted an increasingly urgent appetite from the public to tackle climate change and ensure greater sustainability.
Brands are no exception to the story. Environmentally-aware consumers don’t just want to make the world a better place; a recent survey from Futerra found the majority (96 percent) feel their behaviour and purchasing choices can fuel real change. These consumers recognise they have a social responsibility to reduce their carbon footprint and this is dictating their purchasing decisions.
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We live in a data-saturated world. But data only matters if you can turn information into action. To get from one to the other, you need to tell a story about your data that any person at your company can understand.
Why? Because numbers and charts don’t motivate people to seek better outcomes. Stories do.
So how do you tell these stories?
Here are ten mistakes to avoid in order to tell a good story (about your data) that will drive strategic business.
According to the 2019 Gartner fourth annual Chief Data Officer (CDO) Survey, the implementation of a data and analytics strategy was ranked the third most-critical success factor when it comes to a CDO’s organisation.
When it comes to data, we’re all aware of the four ‘Vs’ – variety, velocity, veracity and volume – yet for many organisations, their data warehousing infrastructure is no longer equipped to handle them. Additionally, value, the fifth ‘V’, is even more elusive. So, taking into account the scale of data that many modern companies have means that meeting these challenges requires a new approach – with automation being the foundation.
When did Weather Source first hear about Snowflake Data Exchange and decide to get involved?
Snowflake first popped into our mind when we read an article following the massive amount of funding it had secured. And after looking a little deeper, we found that Snowflake’s solution was ideal for our data requirements. In late 2018, our VP of business development contacted Snowflake to discover Snowflake’s proposition of an innovative data marketplace where data providers such as ourselves could showcase our data offerings.
The timing was perfect as Snowflake hired a new Director of Data Sharing, Bryan Naden, who explained the ambition of the Snowflake Data Exchange (SDE) and it instantly struck a chord with us. It was his priority to onboard data providers in advance of the SDE rollout, so we were at the very forefront of this exciting new data initiative.
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Despite a significant amount of investment into analytics programs, many of which are enjoying decent returns, older companies burdened by legacy processes are failing to unlock the true power of analytics.
The holy grail -- applying analytics to create harmonious and continuous improvement in operational efficiency across all business functions -- is frustratingly out of reach.
In an interview with Techerati, Jens Winterberg, Global Analytics & Innovation Manager at Nestlé, put forward his two cents about why older companies struggle to capitalise on data’s possibilities.
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The market has long demanded quicker and more convenient payment methods, and the industry is now answering with ubiquitous payments. Yet at what cost? PSD2 and open banking are now established in the legislative framework, and many third-party providers are springing up with new offerings that democratise access to payments and offer complementary value-added services.
Banks and other financial organisations are already seeing a surge in the volume and value of electronic transactions through digitalisation. And new channels, like PSD2, are set to exacerbate the pressure on existing fraud defences. Faster payments, through SWIFT gpi and other means, virtually eliminate the window of investigation. And, therefore, necessitate automated real-time detection.
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