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The Natural Capital project deploys cloud, big data to better quantify the value of nature

Microsoft is teaming up with several US universities to use cloud and big data technologies to forward natural conservation efforts

The Natural Capital Project, a ten-year partnership between Stanford University, The Nature Conservancy, the World Wildlife Fund and the University of Minnesota to determine the economic value of natural landscapes is using Microsoft’s cloud and big data technologies to help analyse and visualise data that can help municipal policy-makers improve the environment in and around cities.

Where does cloud fit into the Internet of Things?


The Internet of Things (IoT) is set to become one of the most transformative technological and commercial opportunities yet, with a range of IoT services already hitting the market. Some analyst houses are forecasting deployed connected devices to number in the tens of billions in just a few years, leading to the development of a new generation of interconnected solutions.

Camden Council uses big data to help reduce fraud, save money

Camden Council is using big data to tackle fraud and save cash as its budgets slim

Camden Council is using a big data platform to create a ‘Residents Index’ to help tackle debt collection, illegal subletting and fraud.

IBM opens IoT, cloud, big data studio in Shanghai

IBM has opened another studio in Shanghai to target IoT, cloud and big data development

Based at IBM’s Yangpu and Zhangjiang offices, the hub will host local IBM Design and Interactive Experience teams as well as digital service designers and developers.

Microsoft jumps into the data lake

Azure Data Lake

At the company’s annual Build conference this week Microsoft unveiled among other things an Azure Data Lake service, which the company is pitching as a hyperscale big data repository for all kinds of data.

Business Cloud News magazine Issue 2 | March/April 2015


Business Cloud News is proud to announce the second issue of BCN is now available online. In this issue we focus on the two interrelated trends – which create equally entangled issues and questions – and the cloud’s role therein: Big Data and the Internet of Things.

Orange launches €20m venture fund for early-stage digital startups

Orange is setting up a fund to invest in digital startups

Orange has set up a Digital Ventures fund aimed at providing early-stage investment to companies developing innovative solutions around evolving strategic areas like cloud, big data, internet of things and security.

Cloud, IoT, Big Data: The industry’s top predictions for 2015

A roundup of the top IT industry predictions for 2015

This year was all about growth in platform as a service, omnipresent encryption, the integration of analytics into everything, and the increasing popularity of hybrid cloud management solutions. Now all of the buzz now seems to be shifting towards the Internet of Things, open source cloud, and Linux containers, with enterprise IT departments scrambling to keep up. With this in mind, here is a roundup of what tech analysts, industry veterans and shameless prognosticators say is in store for us in 2015.

IBM boosts patent portfolio with cloud, big data optimisations

IBM is bolstering its IP portfolio with cloud, analytics patents

IBM has boosted its patent portfolio by scoring two patents – one detailing a technique to speed up how data is processed and analysed in real-time data streams, the other relating to how analytics can be used to automatically shift workloads to lowest-cost cloud services within and between cloud datacentres

WPP to bolster big data, collaboration efforts in $1.25bn IBM deal

IBM has inked a $1.25bn deal with WPP to help it deploy big data and cloud-based collaboration technologies

Communications and marketing services group WPP is expanding its partnership with IBM, signing a $1.25bn seven-year deal that will see the tech giant help WPP expand its use of big data and cloud-based collaboration services.