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As the balance of power shifts from IT to the business, traditional business intelligence (BI) and analytic models are being disrupted.This is the view of IT analyst Gartner, which believes the rise of data discovery, access to multi-structured data, data preparation tools and smart capabilities will "further democratise access to analytics" and stress the need for governance.By 2017, the firm thinks most business users and analysts in organisations will have access to self-service tools to prepare data for analysis - a scenario which could mean additional demand for data racks and cabinets."Data preparation is one of most difficult and time-consuming challenges facing business users of BI and data discovery tools, as well as advanced analytics platforms," said Rita Sallam, research vice-president at Gartner."However, data preparation capabilities are emerging that will provide business users and analysts the ability to extend the scope of self-service to include information management, and extract, transform and load functions, enabling them to access, profile, prepare, integrate, curate, model and enrich data for analysis and consumption by BI and analytics platforms."She claimed that self-service data integration will do for traditional IT-centric data integration "what data discovery platforms have done for traditional IT-centric BI".They will reduce the "significant time and complexity" users face in preparing their data for analysis and, as such, shift much of the activity from IT to the business user, Ms Sallam claimed.However, she suggested that specific skills are required in order for this to work.Ms Sallam offered the view that self-service data integration requires that users master both the technical aspects and the business requirements of joining data together.In addition, Gartner thinks the majority of data discovery tools will have incorporated smart data discovery capabilities to expand the reach of interactive analysis by 2017.The firm said self-service data preparation capabilities "are evolving" and becoming more capable of semi-automating and enhancing the data preparation activity of data discovery.This is making the function more accessible to business analysts, Gartner claimed.Written by Steve Wilkin for Comms Express, number one for data cabinets on the net
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Last Updated: 2015-01-29 13:24:14
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You have to love a bit of research, hey readers?!  Apparently 'new research' (I'm not mocking honestly) claims that we're dumber without our smartphones. I'm for one am not believing this! It is not as if I use it for research, spelling, as a calculator, a SatNav and whisper it quietly - at the odd pub quiz. No, I barely use it! Okay I confess I do of course use and throughly enjoy it to boot!  So maybe Researchers at the University of Missouri are correct, technology has invaded our life. Could I live without my smartphone? According to lead researcher, Russell Clayton I would find it extremely traumatic to be parted from my smartphone, stating, "Our findings suggest that iPhone separation can negatively impact performance on mental tasks."

Gulp!  Clayton went on to say, “Additionally, the results from our study suggest that iPhones are capable of becoming an extension of our selves such that when separated, we experience a lessening of ‘self’ and a negative physiological state."

The tests included the researchers informing the subjects that they were testing a wireless blood pressure cuff, before making them solve word puzzles, which they had to attempt both with and without their faithful iPhones. The study covered 40 iPhone users. Which raises a question from me would Android users also suffer the same separation anxiety? Similar to how we know that mobile phones can interfere with computer functionality etc, the researchers told a little white lie to get the subjects to surrender their phones. They were told their signal was interfering with the signal from the blood pressure cuff. Cognitive function took a turn for the worse when the separation accord and went into hyperdrive when they called the subjects mobile and they are not permitted to answer it. Now I think we could all relate to this. The call could have been from a loved one and not to answer would seem bizarre. Yet the mere presence of a smartphone affected the subjects When asked to perform a series of mental tasks those with their phone stowed away performed 20% more effective than those with a phone within sight.  However for me any study of this nature throws up more questions. For instance is our dependency on smartphones and technology actually damaging? Yes, we go from one app to another app, very rarely pausing for too long, which would conclude that our powers of concentration are being eroded; right? But surely the opposite can also be true? The ability to multitask is an asset we are told. And while life has become more complex technology has indeed made complexity simpler than ever. Were we indeed 'brighter' prior to technology becoming so prevalent? Or indeed do the parameters with which we measure how clever we are need to change with the ever increasing advances in technology? Either way I never like to leave home without my smartphone, the clue is in the title! Until next time....

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Last Updated: 2015-01-22 16:50:00
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