Would You Put Your Data Warehouse/Analytics Platform In The Cloud?..IBM Watson Analytics

Recently, IBM announced that it was launching Watson Analytics.  This solution is supposed to make analytics available for every department-especially non-IT groups.  Watson analytics is touted as a cloud based analytics platform that allows you to store, manipulate, analyze data, historically and predictively, to see what’s occurring and what may occur.  The beauty of this solution is that you basically upload your data to the IBM cloud and all the tooling and intelligence is there to crunch the information.  Below in blue text is an excerpt from an IBM blog, as well as some articles on what’s included in the Watson Analytics platform .

This made me think about a topic we have been discussing at NES for over a year now-cloud based analytics and data warehouse solutions.  We have been thinking about creating a secure, cloud based platform for organizations that would store, manage and analyze their mission critical information.  In fact, we went as far as building a pilot to demonstrate the value of the approach to our customers.

This seems like a great approach and there are already companies out there doing this.  However, when we created our pilot and approached some of our small to mid-sized customers. They were very reticent to store mission critical information in the cloud. (We chose the SMB market, as we felt these organizations typically have the greatest challenge building and managing their environments) We selected organizations that had the need of offloading the complex information management tasks that they were faced with, but may not be as concerned about privacy as say a healthcare provider, or a financial institution.

There was always some interest on the customer’s part, but at the end of the discussion they always seemed more comfortable having their mission critical data on premise.  I find this interesting since almost all data in one form or the other is stored in the cloud to some extent (medical info, credit card, etc).  Yet when it came to the topic of taking the data warehouse/single view of the truth to the cloud, we encountered resistance.

Perhaps having the backing of an organization like IBM will build the trust needed with the masses to take this “golden information” to the cloud.  If given the opportunity, would you trade the complexity of managing your on premise analytics platform, for the promise of simplicity offered through the cloud?

“Unlike analytics offerings designed primarily for data scientists and analysts predominantly focused on visualization, IBM Watson Analytics automates steps like data preparation, predictive analysis, and visual storytelling for business professionals across data intensive disciplines including marketing, sales, operations, finance and human resources. This solution will allow users to upload their data to a cloud-based platform and receive predictive insights for business people to leverage”

Read more at
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/44843.wss

http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexkonrad/2014/09/16/ibm-hopes-to-lure-new-data-hungry-customers-with-freemium-watson-analytics-tool/

To learn more about how your organization might benefit from data management, “big data”  and analytics, please visit our website at www.nesystems.com, or contact me using the information listed below.

NES is a data and analytics consulting firm. We have been focusing on data centric technology for 34 years. Our solutions and services are designed to fit organizations of all sizes. For more information regarding NES, please visit our website at www.nesystems.com, or contact me using the information below.

Liam O’Heir

Vice President

NES

508-269-2909

liam.oheir@nesystems.com

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