Last week on Research: big data and human risk, quarterly wrap-ups


The past few months have been a volatile period for tech: the NSA and PRISM scandal, the downfall of Fisker, and Google’s $1.3B acquisition of Waze were just a few of the big stories that broke during the second quarter of 2013. It’s a lot to keep up with – luckily, GigaOM Research’s analysts have been tracking the most important news, analysis, corporate shake-ups, mergers, and more. Our latest batch of quarterly wrap-ups provide a cheat sheet for all you need to know about the past three months in the cloud, data, mobile, social, cleantech and connected consumer markets.

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Cloud: Proactive compliance: Using big data analytics to manage human risks
Steve Hunt

Steve Hunt looks at how financial institutions are using increasingly affordable technologies like cloud commuting and parallel processing to monitor and detect potentially suspicious activity across vast numbers of complex transactions each day. This monitoring has become particularly important both compliance requirements following the global financial meltdown of 2008, but Hunt contends that many of the systems currently in place are still insufficient for detecting many of the more subtle cases of fraud, money laundering, and other suspicious activities. Instead, he advocates that financial institutions take a proactive approach, using big data and predictive analytics tools to detect patterns in unstructured and semi-structured data, capitalizing on techniques commonly used by government intelligence agencies. Hunt analyzes the compliance challenges, current practices, and common threats that are affecting the financial sector today and provides a list of recommendations for CIOs and CSOs who are considering implementing this proactive approach towards compliance.

Data: Cloud and data second-quarter 2013: analysis and outlook
David Linthicum and Jo Maitland

Analysts David Linthicum and Jo Maitand take a look at the past three months in the cloud, infrastructure, and big data sector, with a particular focus on some of the big news items to affect the market landscape. While the NSA leaks and the PRISM scandal dominated the quarter’s headline – and stirred up questions about cloud privacy and data privacy across international borders – the sprig quarter also saw some major acquisitions, such as the IBM/SoftLayer deal. Linthicum and Maitland also highlight other big executive shake-ups, emerging trends, and funding I/PO news for the cloud and data market, and present a near-term outlook and select key takeaways.

Mobile: Mobile second-quarter 2013: analysis and outlook
Colin Gibbs

Analyst Colin Gibbs provides an overview of the turbulent mobile landscape in his latest wrap-up. The past quarter saw a number of important consolidations (such as those between SoftBank and Sprint as well as T-Mobile and MetroPCS), as well as a few major acquisitions (Google’s $1.1 billion deal with Waze). It was also a busy time for consumer products: Apple rolled out its controversial iOS 7 redesign at WWDC in June, Facebook and Twitter launched major mobile initiatives, and Zynga and Blackberry continue to lose market share. Gibbs looks at some near-term trends and developments that may shake up the mobile market, and closes with key takeaways for the mobile market ahead.

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