2019: Recap On Tech Updates That Made Headlines

The year began with major announcements in big data analytics and growth, such as making use of big data in banking and analysis on how it would …

The phenomenon of year end blues is a real thing and psychology accounts for it. A rush of winter breeze, bunch of holidays, family visits and decoration would be contributors to lightening your mood but sometimes, the opposite happens.

Psychology reasons this with factors such as less sunlight, fear of ending the year and missing things or people that aren’t around anymore. Taking cue from this, your workplace could also be experiencing a gloom with most of your co-workers on leave and the slow pace of work affecting your productivity.

What do you do when you find yourself heading towards blues? You recall every good thing that happened in the year.

Here is all the ‘Good News’ IT sector gave us in 2019:

Big data finds Kubernetes

What most IT experts express as an extremely valuable asset in the IT sector, Big Data doesn’t disappoint. The year began with major announcements in big data analytics and growth, such as making use of big data in banking and analysis on how it would change the IT industry.

Big companies such as Google Cloud and SalesForce acquired companies for data analytics and visualisation shows the growing need for managing Big data.

Development in terms of technology indicates that the application of big data across cloud systems was joined by the use of Kubernetes. Originally designed by Google, kubernetes is an open source container- orchestration system that automates the deployment of applications. It has been of tremendous help to data engineering teams for micro services.

Read more: Why Organizations Want A Kubernetes-Based Container Service For Cloud

Stronger momentum in AI growth

Artificial Intelligence and machine learning have stolen maximum limelight in 2019. There have been so many new AI excellence centres and AI courses being set up across the globe and especially in India. Facial recognition systems, AI based monitoring tools, automation and the move on firms to AI based systems, are some of the major events that outshined in 2019.

Few examples:

  • The Indian police has turned to AI based facial recognition in catching criminals and finding missing children.
  • Uber, Ola, Swiggy have also used AI based tools to understand customer preferences and monitors rides/ delivery.
  • A lot of organisations have automated their regular tasks with AI such as filtering applications. There has been a lot of development in the automated vehicle industry which used machine learning and AI to gather data for response.

This only highlights AI’s deliberation at reaching a revenue of $118.6 billion by 2025 as reports predicted.

Companies investing in IoT like never before

In the words of Jared Newman- “And just like any company that blissfully ignored the Internet at the turn of the century, the ones that dismiss the Internet of Things risk getting left behind.” 2019, however, has been a year where companies have actively indulged in bringing IoT into their workspace and developing more on that base.

  • Microsoft announced its acquisition of Express Logic that provides real time operating system called ThreadX. They have done this with the expectation of increasing their IoT device coverage which includes highly constrained devices.
  • SAP launches their Leonardo IoT platform which easily combines IoT data with data from business processes. This is remarkably good for organisations that are headed towards digital transformation.
  • Cisco, is another high profile company that has placed trust and effort in IoT development with its plan of acquiring Sentryo to improve device visibility and security of their control systems. They also revealed that they will be moving to edge based networks in this year.

The character arc of IoT will be shaping better for the coming year with companies taking interest in it like never before.

Read more: Data, Automation, IoT Will Enable Virtual Societies In 2020: Report

Laws for data privacy on the way

It has been a rather difficult year for companies that store highly sensitive user data such as Facebook, Google, WhatsApp, Twitter, etc. Along with major breaches on social media, even medical and government organisations have been vulnerable to cyber attacks and loss of data.

Read more: 7 High Profile Data Breaches That Shook 2019

2019 has pushed the need for a data protection bill aggressively. Indian government manages to bring a cabinet nod for the Personal Data Protection Bill which is being challenged in the parliament currently. The bill works towards the privacy of data of individuals and sets a framework on how organisations will be allowed to access their data.

Once passed, this bill would define what qualifies as a breach and action that will be taken against it. That’s fantastic news for citizens!

In conclusion…

What has proved to be a start of new developments in 2019 gives a base for 2020 to grow upon. The enthusiastic exploration of Data, AI and ML will fast track digital transformation for companies and regular lifestyles alike. The interest and investment of companies in certain technologies like IoT and automation can create a stronger connection for devices and also human beings. Lastly, with so many emerging technologies and their vast capabilities, legal framework of privacy laws will keep in check the sanctity of the society.

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Head to Head Comparison: Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) versus Finisar (NASDAQ:FNSR)

Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) and Finisar (NASDAQ:FNSR) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will …

Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) and Finisar (NASDAQ:FNSR) are both computer and technology companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their institutional ownership, valuation, earnings, risk, dividends, analyst recommendations and profitability.

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent recommendations for Intel and Finisar, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Intel 8 12 16 0 2.22
Finisar 0 3 0 0 2.00

Intel currently has a consensus target price of $56.37, suggesting a potential downside of 6.18%. Finisar has a consensus target price of $22.50, suggesting a potential downside of 5.34%. Given Finisar’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe Finisar is more favorable than Intel.


This table compares Intel and Finisar’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Intel 27.46% 28.28% 16.11%
Finisar -3.48% 4.62% 3.07%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

65.3% of Intel shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 99.7% of Finisar shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.0% of Intel shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.1% of Finisar shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

Volatility and Risk

Intel has a beta of 0.91, indicating that its share price is 9% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Finisar has a beta of 1.52, indicating that its share price is 52% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares Intel and Finisar’s revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Intel $70.85 billion 3.69 $21.05 billion $4.58 13.12
Finisar $1.28 billion 2.23 -$53.22 million $0.59 40.29

Intel has higher revenue and earnings than Finisar. Intel is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Finisar, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.


Intel beats Finisar on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.

Intel Company Profile

Intel logoIntel Corporation offers computing, networking, data storage, and communication solutions worldwide. It operates through Client Computing Group, Data Center Group, Internet of Things Group, Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group, Programmable Solutions Group, and All Other segments. The company offers microprocessors, and system-on-chip and multichip packaging products. It also provides NAND flash memory products primarily used in solid-state drives; and programmable semiconductors and related products for communications, data center, industrial, and military markets. In addition, the company develops computer vision and machine learning, data analysis, localization, and mapping for advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous driving. Its platforms are used in notebooks, systems, and desktops; cloud, enterprise, and communication infrastructure market segments; and retail, automotive, industrial, and various other embedded applications. It serves original equipment manufacturers, original design manufacturers, industrial and communication equipment manufacturers, and cloud service providers. Intel Corporation has a collaboration with Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (publ) to develop software defined infrastructure for network functions virtualization, distributed cloud, and 5G applications. The company was founded in 1968 and is based in Santa Clara, California.

Finisar Company Profile

Finisar logoFinisar Corporation provides components and subsystems to networking equipment manufacturers, data center operators, telecom service providers, consumer electronics, and automotive companies in the United States, China, Malaysia, and internationally. The company’s optical subsystems primarily include transmitters, receivers, transceivers, transponders, and active optical cables, which provide the fundamental optical-electrical or optoelectronic interface for interconnecting the electronic equipment used in wireline networks comprising switches, routers, and servers, as well as wireless networks, such as antennas and base stations. It also offers wavelength selective switches that are used to switch network traffic from one optical fiber to various other fibers without converting to an electronic signal. In addition, the company provides packaged laser, receivers, and photodetectors for data communication and telecommunication applications; and passive optical components for telecommunication applications. It markets its products through direct sales force, as well as distributors, manufacturers’ representatives and resellers, and system integrators; and to the manufacturers of storage systems and telecommunication equipment, as well as to their contract manufacturers. Finisar Corporation was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.

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Top 10 information management stories of 2019

And MapR, the third of the most prominent distributors of big data storage … data analytics using super computers is making new types of science …

Consolidation and acquisition marked the supplier side of the IT industry in respect of information management in 2019.

Hadoop distributors Cloudera and Hortonworks sealed their marriage, announced in 2018, while on the business intelligence (BI) and analytics side of the market, Tableau was sold to Salesforce, and the sale of Looker to Google was also announced. And MapR, the third of the most prominent distributors of big data storage system Hadoop, collapsed into HPE.

On the user side of the market, we saw the continued search for business value from the big data revolution that has been proceeding since at least the birth of Hadoop in 2006. Computer Weekly was represented on a springtime visit to Silicon Valley, where we discovered a group of companies attempting address gaps in the value chain from data sources to business insight.

That visit also provoked the question: what is the balance, for enterprise IT, between complementing and replacing traditional databases? An article by Lindsay Clark assayed an answer to that question later in the year.

The question of how modern BI and analytics software – roughly speaking, software that post-dates the heyday of traditional BI software in the early 2000s – shapes up to non-relational big data is addressed and suggests that data integration is the enduring, difficult problem for CIOs to solve.

Here are Computer Weekly’s top 10 information management stories of 2019.

1. MapR collapse into HPE harbinger of big data tech trough of despair?

The collapse of big data pioneer MapR into HPE this year could be the fate of an also-ran. But might it also be a sign of the crash of a Hadoop-related meteor shower that included Hortonworks and Cloudera?

2. Tableau sticking to data mission under Salesforce

Tableau president and CEO Adam Selipsky told the company’s European user conference in Berlin in June 2019 that the Salesforce acquisition would not affect its mission of “seeing and understanding data”.

3. Google buys Looker to deepen enterprise software arsenal

In a move that could signal the fleshing out of Google’s cloud enterprise applications strategy under former Oracle executive Thomas Kurian, Google announced, in June 2019, its intention to buy Looker, a business intelligence (BI) platform supplier. On the close of the $2.6bn all-cash acquisition, Looker will join Google Cloud.

4. Silicon Valley startups look to plug gaps in data value chain

A group of California-based startups and early-stage data management companies are promising CIOs ways to plug gaps in the data-to-insight value chain.

5. Alternative databases set for mainstream adoption?

The rise of non-relational databases has been a feature of the data management landscape in the wake of big data – but is their purpose to complement or replace relational databases?

6. How modern business intelligence shapes up to big data

Business intelligence and analytics strategies have evolved in recent years in the face of big data. Here, we got a supplier CEO perspective, some analyst counsel, and testimony from Nationwide, Schroders and King.

7. Southern Water’s centralised data team geared for silo busting

Southern Water has centralised its data specialists and overhauled its data management and business intelligence technology to support business decision-making at scale.

8. Universities use data analytics to tackle student mental health

UK universities are turning to data analytics software to tackle student mental health. Are there duty of care lessons that can be applied to other sectors?

9. How supercomputing is transforming experimental science

NERSC lead data scientist Debbie Bard talked about how large-scale data analytics using super computers is making new types of science possible. She was speaking just ahead of a speech at the DataTech conference in Edinburgh in March 2019.

10. Data firms join forces to help Path beat malaria

Tableau, Mapbox, Exasol, and Alteryx announced a commitment to put $4.3m into backing an anti-malaria scheme in sub-Saharan Africa run by health charity Path.

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FXXJ reveals blockchain-powered investment management platform

Fa Xian Xian Ji Investment (FXXJ), an investment company based in Beijing announced its recent technological endeavour of a blockchain-powered …

FXXJFa Xian Xian Ji Investment (FXXJ), an investment company based in Beijing announced its recent technological endeavour of a blockchain-powered investment management platform. The technology platform would enable higher system efficiency and simplification of its user management, leading to lower infrastructure costs and higher investment returns.

FXXJ, through this latest development in investment and asset management using blockchain technology can impact stock trading marketplaces and the way financial data is stored and transmitted around the globe.

FXXJ began experimenting with blockchain integrated systems in 2018 and has been managing its portfolios using blockchain technology entirely since early 2019, according to Chinese reports. The company in a statement mentioned that with the reduction of inefficiencies through the usage of blockchain technology, its investors are able to realize massive benefits via minimal fees and higher investment returns.

“We are still in the early days of the financial sector’s adoption of blockchain technology and the digitalization of securities,” an FXXJ spokesperson commented. “By seamlessly assimilating blockchain technology and our AI core, we are able to attain true efficiency and set the standard for the financial industry. This also ensures FXXJ will be in prime position when the masses adopt the blockchain standards that we’ve set”

FXXJ was established in 2016, with the objective to achieve maximum investment returns from equity trading and has invested in other key areas such as quantum computing and artificial intelligence. The company’s business scope includes investment management, investment consultancy, and investment technology development, among others. The company develops predictive analytics systems based on the concept of AI-powered investment.

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