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European Commission, IT companies and telcos pump €2.5bn into big data initiatives

Kroes: 'Data is the motor and foundation of our economy'

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 targets cloud, big data with slew of partnerships

Infosys is doubling down on cloud and big data with the recently announced partnerships with Microsoft, Huawei and HDS

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.

Larry Ellison becomes chairman, CTO in executive re-shuffle at Oracle

Oracle's Larry Ellison is going to be much more heavily involved in developing Oracle technology

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.

Yonyou partners with IBM in China

Yonyou is using IBM's DB" and BLU Acceleration to underpin its enterprise software offerings in China

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.

Empirix picks up telco big data analytics provider Verios

Empirix has acquired big data analytics provider Verios for an undisclosed sum

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 CIO: “Our survival depends on data”

Saudi Airlines has implemented a combination of Microsoft technologies in a bid to generate efficiency savings from big data

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 NHS trust deploys cloud-based dashboards

Devon Partnership NHS Trust is using the dashboards to improve mental health services provision

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.

Rackspace, KPMG, Royal Mail announce big data summer school

Rackspace is giving 85 postdoc students training in and exposure to big data technology platforms as used in businesses today

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.

Microsoft, AWS, IBM give climate change researchers free access to cloud resources

The Obama Administration wants to leverage cloud platforms for climate change research

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.

Carphone Warehouse gets into big data through customer journey

Carphone Warehouse is using a number of traditional BI techniques and big data technologies to improve how its staff sell

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.