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Analytics Can Focus Safety Programs
THE COMBINATION of data mining and predictive modeling can help companies reduce injuries on the job and save money, according to
a report by Deloitte Consulting that was
released last month.
Deloitte dubbed the technology “safety
analytics” and said it can help a company
focus its safety programs on the biggest
hazards and the people who are most at risk.
The concept goes well beyond just looking
at injury reports. Predictive modeling “can
help identify potential accident sites and
victims before incidents occur, allowing
companies to put strategies in place that
focus on prevention,” the report said.
For example, the report cited a national
waste management company that improved
its safety record after pulling together and
analyzing years of data on employees, com-
pensation claims and risk characteristics for
Only 10% of large corporations are
considering the public cloud as a
place to store even their lowest tier
of data for archive purposes, according to a survey by TheInfoPro, a
market research firm.
The survey of 247 Fortune 1000
corporations was released last
month. Asked about storage-as-a-service, 87% of the respondents
indicated that they had no plans to
use the public cloud, 10% said that
they would use it, and 3% indicated
that they weren’t sure.
Large corporations are worried
about turning their data over to
an external service; they’re also
concerned about performance, said
Marco Coulter, an analyst at TheInfoPro. “We’re seeing infrastructure in
the cloud. We’re seeing applications
in the cloud, email in the cloud, HR
and CRM in the cloud, but [storage]
is the piece that doesn’t make sense
for them,” he said.
Coulter added that, given the
survey results, it isn’t surprising that
cloud storage vendors such as Iron
Mountain, Cirtas and EMC have recently pulled back from the market.
Private cloud adoption was a dif-
ferent story, however, with most re-
they face virtually
no obstacles or
challenges when it
comes to deploying private clouds.
The survey also showed that automated data tiering is one of today’s
hottest storage initiatives.
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