Citius, Altius, Fortius: The Data Olympics
Nothing reflects the spirit of the Olympics better than motto “Citius, Altius, Fortius” (“Faster, Higher, Stronger”) created by Pierre de Coubertin when the International Olympic Committee was formed in 1894. As the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games unfold, it’s astonishing to see the spirit of excellence of all the participants. But “Citius, Altius, Fortius” doesn’t apply only to sports. Atos has been helping the Olympic games take place since the 1992 games in Barcelona, and as Business Technologists we take the Olympics as a source of inspiration.
Just like this year there are new events - like snowboard slopestyle and half-pipe skiing - if there were an IT Olympics, then Data Analytics would certainly be one of the new events. We’ve seen great advances in the field recently, as the popularity of the term “Big Data” can attest. Here at Atos, we continually push the information of our customers, and the analytic processing that can be done on it, to be faster, higher and stronger.
“Citius”. Faster. Taking less time to take business decisions can change the way companies work. And moving towards real-time is where the action in the Big Data technology field is these days. A lot of the work has focused in big volumes of data at rest that was the “sweet spot” of popular technologies like Hadoop. To move towards a real-time view of data, new technologies (like Spark, or the Typesafe Stack) and new analytic methodologies are needed. It’s not easy, but great rewards, like the optimization of traffic in big cities, may come from these real-time analytic models.
“Altius”. Higher. We’re already seeing a trend for the convergence of High Performance Computing (HPC) with the world of Big Data. Combining huge and cheap storage with high computation power, initiatives like the ITER Cloud data center we manage at Tenerife combine the best of Cloud, Big Data and High Performance Computing. Cloud-based Analytics lets companies flexibly assign the compute resources they need – ramping up to higher capacity when they need a fast answer for high business value. This is the data center we are using for Helix Nebula, one of the many European initiatives for achieving higher results in Big Science and Big Research. We think the convergence of Big Data and Cloud is one of the more transformative changes in the field of IT technology.
“Fortius”. Stronger. Distributed data architectures combine the strength of many machines to distribute and analyze information. But it is the strength of the business value that decides if a technology is important. We combine that technological strength with business strength in solutions like Data Analytics as a Service. Not only because it avoids the need to deploy complex infrastructures, but also because it provides access to complex-to-get “packaged knowledge” from data scientists that are specialized in specific problems for an industry. With DAaaS, we have a strong combination of expertise we have in industries like Oil and Gas and Discrete Manufacturing with the underlying infrastructure.
These are just three different examples of the evolving Big Data Analytics event. Like different events at the Olympics, the needs of customers can be very different so we’re always improving what we do. One thing is certain: our Business Technologists will keep pushing the boundaries of what can be done to help our customers to get the most value from their information. “Citius, Altius, Fortius”.