Oracle announced Larry Ellison will step down from his current role as chief executive officer to take on executive chairmanship of the company as well as the role of chief technology officer. The move will also see co-presidents Mark Hurd and Safra Catz jointly take the helm as CEO.
The European Commission and the Big Data Value Association have signed a memorandum of understanding that will see the Commission and private sector firms pump €2.5bn into a number of big data-focused initiatives between 2015 and 2020.
Infosys announced a series of partnerships – with Microsoft, Huawei and Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) – that will see the Indian outsourcing giant redouble its efforts to capture a growing share of demand for cloud and big data technologies and services.
Yonyou Software has announced a strategic collaboration with IBM that will see the ISV used IBM’s database and big data technologies to underpin it software solutions in China.
Network performance specialist Empirix has acquired real-time analytics firm Verios Software & Systems for an undisclosed sum. Combining the two product suites, Empirix said it aims to create a service operation centre management suite that will analyse and troubleshoot wireless network customer experience from end-user devices to the core network in real time.
Saudi Airlines, one of the largest airlines in the Middle East, has recently completed the implementation of a combination of Microsoft’s on premise cloud-based business intelligence solutions in a bid to improve how the airline analyses, visualises and shares operational data. Muhammad Albakri, chief financial officer and chief information officer of Saudi Airlines said the move has enabled the company to improve operations and generate savings in the tens of millions.
Devon Partnership NHS Trust announced that it will deploy cloud-based dashboards in a bid to provide more patient data to clinical and non-clinical staff across the organisation.
Hosting and cloud services provider Rackspace announced the launch of Science to Data Science (S2DS), a summer school for PhD students aimed at training them for jobs using big data technologies.
The initiative will see the Obama Administration leverage the scale and reach of some of the world’s largest cloud service providers in the hopes of drawing broader community involvement with the research.
With retail operations in 8 countries and a growing portfolio of telecommunications services, Carphone Warehouse is currently Europe’s largest independent mobile retail outfit. Paul Scullion, head of business intelligence at Carphone Warehouse explains to Business Cloud News how the company is using a combination of big data technologies to help improve retail customer service and eventually, help telcos improve their offerings.