IBM Launches Cloud-Based Big Data Service

IBM is out with a new big data service for the cloud. The tech giant said on Tuesday its service, called IBM Navigator on Cloud, will allow business content to be more usable across the enterprise.

The company noted that an estimated 2.5 billion gigabytes of data are generated every day by companies, with 80 percent being composed of such unstructured content as contracts, claims forms, permit applications and social media. To utilize this data, companies need to access a variety of sources.

The new service, IBM said, will allow knowledge workers to more effectively collaborate by synchronizing content and making it available from any browser, desktop or mobile device. Navigator on Cloud, available in the IBM Cloud Marketplace and built on the company's SoftLayer cloud platform, offers Enterprise Content Management capabilities to users who are generally familiar with content management tools.

'Unmet Need'

As an example, IBM noted that a field maintenance worker on a mobile device can call up the latest schematics for a piece of equipment, take photos of a part in need of repair, update a repair document, and synchronize all of this back to the cloud for other workers on other mobile devices to use immediately.

Doug Hunt, general manager of Enterprise Content Management at IBM, said in a statement that the service fulfills "an unmet need in the marketplace by providing a new service that combines enterprise grade security, governance and integration with mobile and Web apps that are easy to interact with and use." Users, he said, get a "simple and easy experience to learn, try, and buy."

Roger Kay, an analyst with industry research firm Endpoint Technologies Associates, noted for us that IBM is "using SoftLayer as their delivery layer," as they build up their cloud capabilities. He said the service "isn't entirely new, as it's adapting a...

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