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22 Key Big Data Terms Everyone Should Understand

December 16, 2014 by Bernard Marr
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The Big Data Guru column.

I have attempted to provide simple explanations for some of the most important technologies and terms you will come across if you’re looking at getting into big data.[read more]

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Big Data and the Internet of Things: Two Sides of the Same Coin?

December 10, 2014 by Tamara Dull
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The Big Data MOPS Series.

What is the relationship between big data and the Internet of Things? There is clearly a relationship between big data and IoT. The Mauritius conference helps confirm that. In fact, I would propose that big data is a subset of the IoT discussion.[read more]

Data Is for Life, Not Just for Christmas

December 19, 2014 by Martin Doyle

Christmas data.

The data you collect this Christmas will fuel your efforts in the year to come, and the quality of that data will influence your successes and failures. As such, it makes sense to collect that data properly, nurture it correctly and store it responsibly.[read more]

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Cyber Security: Locking Out the Grinch from Your Application Network

December 18, 2014 by Bob Dvorak

Security.

How do you leave your chimney open for Santa while keeping the Grinch safely locked out? The right application management strategy can help outline where vulnerabilities lie and how to fix security weaknesses, minimizing your organization’s overall attack surface.[read more]

3 Ways Santa Claus Uses Big Data This Holiday Season

December 18, 2014 by Mark van Rijmenam
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Santa town.

Retailers can benefit from Big Data in multiple ways and these three use cases are only the beginning. In the coming years we will see more examples of retailers using Big Data to improve their quality, improve contract management or improve their marketing and communications.[read more]

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5 Ways Smart Use of Credit Data Can Save Businesses Money

December 18, 2014 by Mark Halstead

Credit data.

There are an ever-expanding variety of ways in which big data and analytics of all kinds can save and make money for companies in a huge range of industries. But how exactly can seamless and straightforward access to comprehensively credit data save your business money?[read more]

Signs the Cloud Isn’t Right for Your Business

December 17, 2014 by Kyle Cebull

What's different about you?

When you work on files in the cloud that are very large, it can be difficult to work on them through a browser or remote connection. Companies that do graphic design or deal with big data can sometimes have this difficulty and may want to reconsider the cloud for their organization.[read more]

Does the Future Lie with Embedded BI?

December 17, 2014 by Eran Levy

BI.

In the near future we might see BI take another direction: Rather than companies merely purchasing dashboard reporting software for the purposes of internal usage, we’ll be seeing a surge in companies looking to integrate advanced analytics and reporting into their own products. Welcome to the world of embedded analytics.[read more]

5 Reasons Amazon Is Taking Over SEO

December 17, 2014 by Larry Alton

Amazon.

Search engine optimization (SEO) in the US may as well be called “pandering” (or perhaps Panda-ing) to Google, and that makes sense. Google is by far the most popular general search engine in the US, and the best practices it demands from SEO professionals will (or should) be equally as effective with any other search engine. However, there’s a new kid on the block (kind of) and his name is Amazon.[read more]

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New Generation of Technology Will Rely on Analytics, Study Shows

December 16, 2014 by Jeff Brown

“We are in a time of profound change for business, technology and IT leadership,” said Leon Kappelman, Ph.D., Professor at the University of North Texas and SIM’s lead researcher and Professor of Information Systems at the University of North Texas. “Results show the focus of IT organizations and their leaders is changing, with a new emphasis on business value, strategy, innovation and speed.”[read more]

IoT Field Notes: How Do People Start?

December 16, 2014 by James MacLennan

Pass GO!

When introducing the idea of “information as a product or service,” it’s fascinating to see how different companies want to start. I don’t mean start the conversation – that part of the process seems to take care of itself. I will send emails and engage in phone & hallway conversations to gauge initial interest; when we sit down for our first chalk talk, the IoT Framework helps to keep things going.[read more]

Next-Gen Business Analytics Paving the Way to Success in 2015

December 15, 2014 by Sandro Saitta

Next-gen business analytics.

Business analytics give arrangements which help to settle on key choice and business strategies by gathering expansive data and information. You would find that it does have not simple but complex data like profits, losses, transactions, marketing return, customer feedback and so forth.[read more]

Detroit’s Tech Renaissance Enhanced by Infrastructure Development

December 15, 2014 by April Sage

If the burgeoning economic renaissance in the city of Detroit is to fully take root, there’s some serious infrastructure work to be done. And not just “infrastructure” in terms of fixing the crumbling roads or creating mass transportation options, like the M1 Rail streetcar project.[read more]

Alfred Hitchcock and a Classic Forecasting Scam

December 15, 2014 by Michael Gilliland

Alfred Hitchcock.

Suppose you received an email from a self-proclaimed forecasting savant, advising you of a big upset in the upcoming mayoral election...and it turns out to be correct. You then get an email picking the underdog in the next championship boxing match...which is right again.[read more]

Open Data Grey Areas

December 14, 2014 by MIKE20 Governance Association

Open data.

“The trustworthiness of open data,” Boswarva explained, “depends on the particulars of the individual dataset and publisher. Some open data is robust, and some is rubbish. That doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with open data as a concept. The same broad statement can be made about data that is available only on commercial terms. But there is a risk attached to open data that does not usually attach to commercial data.”[read more]

Getting to the Business of Big Data: Overcoming the Marketer's Dilemma

December 13, 2014 by Gayle Nixon

Big data.

Before you push data into any new marketing technology, ask yourself how confident you are in the accuracy and completeness of that data. Every data error diminishes the potential return on investment you could receive from that new technology.[read more]

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From Police to Partner: The Changing Role of IT

December 12, 2014 by Tom Smith

IT security / shutterstock

IT professionals must adopt a new role that strikes a balance between employee needs and preferences and security. Here are four things you need to effectively become a partner rather than a policeman, while maintaining a secure company infrastructure.[read more]

How Much Longer Until Flash Storage is the Only Storage?

December 12, 2014 by MIKE20 Governance Association

Flash storage.

In terms of trends, few are as clear and popular as flash storage. While other technology trends might be more visible among the general public (think the explosion of mobile devices), the rise of flash storage among enterprises of all sizes has the potential to make just as big of an impact in the world, even if it happens beneath the surface.[read more]