Earlier this month, we spent a day at the 5th Big Data Insight Group Forum, which was sponsored by Google in partnership with Ancoris. The event provided an opportunity to share experiences and insights with colleagues from more than 150 organisations. What most struck us from the event is just how much data is now available that could inform our decisions – and how it's often just a small fraction of that data that gives us the key insights.
As one of the speakers, Scott Drawer, UK Sport's head of research and innovation, commented in his presentation: in sport, "Performances typically move on less than 1% – that is what will make the difference." Scott talked about how the coaches working with the British cycling team are analysing not only vast quantities of data generated with each turn of the pedal during every single training session and race, but also looking at softer data such as what athletes are saying on Facebook and Twitter to gauge how their mood affects performance.
While UK Sport has a clear view of the kind of data it needs to analyse, the headache for many businesses lies in figuring out which pieces of the wealth of data available to them are the 1% that will have a significant impact on their bottom line – and how to build an ROI to justify the cost of looking for that and analysing it. That's where Google and Ancoris come in: with Google BigQuery, you can quickly start searching for business insights from massive amounts of data without any upfront hardware or software investments. You can even dip a toe in the Big Data water for free if you're querying less than 100GB of data per month.
That means companies of all sizes can pilot the Big Data approach without needing to invest a lot of money up front, identify where best to focus their efforts, and build a strong business case for using Big Data more extensively. And if one thing was clear from this month's event, it was that – just like the British cycling team – businesses that make effective use of Big Data will be winners.
UK-based cloud services provider and Google Premier Enterprise Partner Ancoris has completed the acquisition of Bracknell-based Google Cloud development specialist Appogee.
The acquisition brings Google Cloud Platform and Android development, Lotus Domino migration skills and further enterprise project management experience into the Ancoris stable.
Ancoris is developing an ecosystem of products based around the Google Cloud with applications such as Google Apps for Business and through partnerships with other product developers in the Google Marketplace.
This addition will enable Ancoris to build custom applications for specific customer requirements using cloud computing.
Founded in 2010, Appogee was among the first Google Cloud Service Partners in the UK, developing cost effective apps using Google App Engine, Apps Script and BigQuery.
David McLeman, Managing Director of Ancoris said: "Google is opening up its Cloud Platform and this move means that we can now help our customers take full advantage by providing application development, big data query capabilities and cloud storage to meet the increasingly dynamic demands of their businesses."
Appogee has developed several products including Appogee Leave, an absence/holiday management application built entirely on Google App Engine and fully integrated with Google Calendar.
Appogee Leave is now used by hundreds of Google Apps customers worldwide including high profile UK customers such as Trinity Mirror Group. They also have many years of experience with Lotus and expertise in migration of applications from Lotus Notes to the Google platform.
Stuart Keeble, General Manager of Appogee, who becomes CTO at Ancoris said: "Appogee is an excellent fit with Ancoris. We are happy to be able to continue the good work we started at Appogee following our acquisition. With Google covering an ever broader range of enterprise computing capabilities, the Appogee team are excited to be able to introduce new ways of working to our clients both through our products and our custom applications built on Google Cloud Platform."
Mark Hodgson, Head of Global Partner Programs at Google, commented: "The move reflects the pattern of our customers expanding from initial use of our packaged solutions like Google Apps for Business, to developing on our Google Cloud Platform to create innovative, cost-effective and highly scaleable IT applications."
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