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This week, analysts discuss why it’s important to use data to create business strategies to drive revenue; Comcast says it supports net neutrality principles.

In today’s enterprise network, data is being stockpiled in organized data warehouses that don’t allow for any meaningful action. While organizing company data is important, it isn’t productive to leave it in data lakes, says Current Analysis analyst Bob Shimmin. Schmmin believes that analyzing data to drive business strategies that ultimately lead to gains in revenue is what companies need to be focusing on. He uses IBM's Watson Analytics tool as an example of how data visualization and interpretation technologies can make data patterns more usable from a business perspective. With analytics tools, companies gain more insight into "line-of-business" applications such as sales enablement, customer service, fraud detection and enterprise planning. It's in those areas that Shimmin says data can do the most good.

Read more of how Shimmin says to use data as a driver of revenue.

New Relic seeks initial public offering

On a blog for The Wall Street Journal, Clint Boulton says that New Relic Inc. is cashing in on IT performance anxiety as it positions itself for its initial public offering. As with most companies seeking to go public, New Relic is counting on its IPO to generate the funds necessary to continue to expand the company. Boulton says that ever since saving Healthcare.gov, New Relic has received a lot of praise for its performance monitoring tools for websites and mobile applications. Why is it important for companies like New Relic to stake a claim in the performance monitoring market? Boulton writes that according to Gartner Research, enterprise software revenue from cloud, information, mobile and digital business initiatives will grow to $130 billion by 2018. Being able to measure performance is a necessary step in optimizing software capabilities.

Read why Boulton chooses New Relic over similar services from Microsoft and Compuware unit Dynatrace.

Service management key to data center migration

Virtualized Geek blogger Keith Townsend writes that trying to move a data center -- whether it's a dozen servers or 2,000 -- is just about impossible without proper service management. And proper service management is just about impossible without an accurate inventory. As Townsend writes, "Have you ever gotten a call from a friend to help them move? When you arrive no packing has been completed, and they've rented a truck that’s much too small to make a single trip or even just three trips? Frustrating experience, right? Trying to perform or even plan a data center migration without proper service management is the same experience."

Townsend says that proper service management will help you understand every step necessary to move a workload. A good service management foundation will also give you critical insight into inventory data -- something that can change much more quickly than most executives understand. As he writes, "While the number of workloads may remain static the configuration of the servers change dramatically over a short period. It's this gap that catches many migration planners by surprise." To guard against surprises, Townsend recommends the deployment of a dynamic service management tool, and if there is no budget to purchase one, ask for a budget to be created.

See what other advice Townsend has for enterprises evaluating a data center migration.

Comcast says it does support net neutrality

Comcast is sending a mixed message on its stance on net neutrality, writes Brian X. Chen, reporter for The New York Times.. On one hand, it has already accepted higher fees for faster access from content providers like Netflix, an act that violates the principle that Internet access should be equal. In addition, Comcast just released an updated version of its operating system, X1, which could be used to promote content from providers that have agreed to pay for faster access.

This could allow Comcast to become more of a content control gatekeeper, says Chen. The mixed message comes from Comcast's recent declaration that it agrees with President Obama's recent comments that the Federal Communications Commission should adopt the strictest rules possible regarding net neutrality. Regarding the issue of "Internet fast lanes" Brian Roberts, chief executive of Comcast said, "It's not what we want to do, have done or what we think the industry should do."

Read more of Comcast's stance on net neutrality according to Chen.

This was last published in November 2014

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