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Will You Always Save Money with Hadoop?

May 27, 2015 by Tamara Dull

The Big Data MOPS Series.

If you answered “yes” to the question posed in the title, you’re right. Because if you’re talking about the open source Apache Hadoop project (and any related open source project) , you can download the software for free, take advantage of the free licensing, and run it on low-cost commodity hardware.[read more]

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Is This the Biggest Big Data Company You Have Never Heard of?

May 26, 2015 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

In this post I take a look at another company that has put Big Data at the heart of its business. This time I’m taking a look at Acxiom – sometimes called the biggest company you’ve never heard of! You may not have heard of them – but it’s more than likely they’ve heard of you. As the world’s largest processor of consumer information, Acxiom has made a fortune from working out new ways of profiling customers.[read more]

3 Ways Manufacturing Companies Can Boost Efficiency with ERP

May 27, 2015 by Kyle Cebull

For those that operate in the manufacturing industry – efficiency is everything. If you can make your machines produce more product and process and fulfill orders more quickly – you stand to gain a lot from a revenue perspective. But so many manufacturers get caught up in day-to-day issues and lose sight of increasing efficiency in their organization.[read more]

More Than Just a Title: How to Identify a Data Scientist

May 27, 2015 by Linda Burtch

Data scientists apply sophisticated quantitative and computer science skills to both structure and analyze massive unstructured data sets or continuously streaming data, as well as derive insights from the data and prescribe action. The depth of their coding skills distinguishes them from other predictive analytics professionals, and allows them to exploit data regardless of its source, size, or format.[read more]

Top Big Data Challenges Revisited

May 26, 2015 by Timo Elliott

There’s a lot of new technology to master, and it’s changing fast. There are new in-memory platforms like SAP HANA and open source projects like Hadoop and Spark. There are new techniques such as graph databases, text analytics, spatial processing, machine learning, and many more.[read more]

How to Ensure Protection of Critical Business Data

May 26, 2015 by Peter Davidson

Hackers and digital scam artists who make a living out of stealing sensitive business related information from corporate computers have been in existence for as long as the internet has existed. Trade secrets and classified e-mail threads are often published online and sold to the highest bidder by these hackers, which can cause incalculable damage to the reputation and wellbeing of the company in question.[read more]

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Growing Your User Base Using Mobile Analytics

May 22, 2015 by Patrick Gerald

No good business succeeds without analytics. This can be as simple as measuring a store’s walk-ins versus converted customers, or analyzing period earnings YoY. The mobile market is exploding and if developers wish to capitalize on this movement they'd better learn how to leverage analytics platform, improving user experience along the way.[read more]

Were the Election Polls Marred by Poor Quality Data?

May 22, 2015 by Martin Doyle

Election polling companies are reliant on various types of data to come up with accurate predictions. Like any business, they must apply quality control to their data. They must cleanse it, eradicate errors and duplicates, and ensure their contact records are up to date. They need to ensure they don’t call the same person twice, and they must encourage people to give accurate data in response.[read more]

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Mobile and Cloud Computing Are Changing ECM: Are You Ready?

May 22, 2015 by Rehan Sheikh

Enterprise content management (ECM), according to projections, will be a $12 billion industry by 2019. The affordability of SaaS solutions has made ECM reachable for small and medium-sized businesses. Also, the rapid increase in mobile traffic — and the desire to work on enterprise content using mobile devices — is making it necessary to companies to adopt device-agnostic ECM.[read more]

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A Big Data Cheat Sheet: What Executives Want to Know

May 21, 2015 by Tamara Dull
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The Big Data MOPS Series. 

What can Hadoop do that my data warehouse can’t? The short answer is: (1) Store any and all kinds of data more cheaply and (2) process all this data more quickly (and cheaply). The longer answer is: They say that 20% of the data we deal with today is structured data. I also call this traditional, relational data. The other 80% is semi-structured or unstructured data, and this is what I call “big” data.[read more]

13 Retail Companies Using Data to Revolutionize Online & Offline Shopping Experiences

May 21, 2015 by Trips Reddy

Shopping experience. 

According to a report by McKinsey & Company, despite the e-commerce boom, brick-and-mortar stores will still account for approximately 85% of U.S. retail sales in 2025. While slow to catch up with the digital revolution, retail brands are starting to rethink business models and leverage technology to reinvent the in-store customer experience. Interactive digital displays, touchscreens, digital storefronts, magic mirrors, virtual dressing rooms and in-store kiosks (to order out-of-stock items) are transforming how consumers interact with products in physical stores.[read more]

5 Ways the Internet of Things Effects Modern Business

May 21, 2015 by Keith Tully

Anyone keeping up with the growing trend towards smart appliances, whole home security systems and updated car entertainment platforms has noticed that we are in an age where the internet is creeping into everything we use. In fact, some would argue, we aren’t far from an “internet of humans” with wearable technology and other advances in smartphone technology becoming the norm, rather than the exception.[read more]

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Why the Chief Data Officer is the Hottest Job of the 21st Century

May 20, 2015 by Jeff Brown

Cheif data officer.

In 2012, Harvard Business Review boldly named the Data Scientist “The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century.” In 2013, reporters at CNBC gave the same nod to data analysts, saying it was one of the most sought-after positions. Even U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker came out praising the Chief Data Officer (CDO).[read more]

In-Memory Analytic Databases Are so Last Century

May 20, 2015 by Paige Roberts

In-memory analytic databases.

In an article written last year by an industry analyst that I respect, IDC’s Carl Olofson, he gave the impression that in-memory analytics are the wave of the future, the new paradigm for high performance analytic databases. He said, “embrace the new paradigm and plan for it.” For once, I didn’t agree with him.[read more]

What Is Your Life Like in the Cloud? [INFOGRAPHIC]

May 20, 2015 by Sam Bowling

 Life in the cloud.

In today’s digital world there are so many things you can do with the cloud. Cloud computing is quickly becoming the norm for businesses and personal users alike. As a cloud hosting provider, SingleHop is trying to educate users about how the cloud works and how it can be useful for everything from streaming your favorite music and videos, to working remotely from the beach.[read more]

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Big Data Explained in Less Than 2 Minutes ... to Absolutely Anyone

May 19, 2015 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

There are some things that are so big that they have implications for everyone, whether we want them to or not. Big Data is one of those concepts, and is completely transforming the way we do business and is impacting most other parts of our lives. It’s such an important idea that everyone from your grandma to your CEO needs to have a basic understanding of what it is and why it’s important.[read more]

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How to Pivot Your Data

May 19, 2015 by Sai Gundavelli

More than a decade ago, the enterprise was a very different place. Companies had challenges dealing with data growth - application performance issues, growing storage costs, and dealing with application upgrades. Data became more manageable over time, with the introduction of solutions like data archiving. However, the needs of the enterprise are no longer met by standard data archiving.[read more]

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How Top Brands Are Wielding Data and Analytics

May 19, 2015 by MJ Wesner

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You’ve heard that “Big Data is the new competitive advantage.” You know it’s “the next frontier for innovation, competition, and productivity,” and you may even be aware that it’s “no longer confined to the Big Business playbook.” But that’s the problem: how do you take what you know and turn it into something actionable?[read more]