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The Six Key Big Data Skills Businesses Need

October 14, 2014 by Bernard Marr
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The Big Data Guru column.

The number of jobs related to Big Data is growing by the day, as more and more companies become aware of the benefits data collection and analysis could have on their profitability. Many of these jobs come with very attractive six figure salaries, and for anyone interested in data and analysis, could provide extremely rewarding careers.[read more]

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3 Tips to Make You a Genius Forecaster

October 13, 2014 by Paul Barsch
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Forecasting is hard, and even those who sometimes get it right, often fail on a continuous basis. But fear not, there are three steps you can take to drastically improve your forecast accuracy, but you’ll have to be willing to put in the work, and possibly put your ego aside to get there.[read more]

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Whose Story Are You Telling?

October 8, 2014 by Tamara Dull

The Big Data MOPS Series.

You have limited (if any) control over what others share about you, but you do have control over what you share about yourself and others. Just because you have someone’s personal information doesn’t mean you have to share or act on it. Remember: It may not be your story to tell.[read more]

The Big Data Industry in Detail: Biggest Players, Biggest Revenues and More [INFOGRAPHIC]

October 17, 2014 by Tracey Wallace

Big data players.

In the big data game, there are hundreds of players. From startups including Umbel and Hortonworks to legacy brands including IBM and Oracle, the race to reach the monetization of big data for clients first is on.[read more]

Data-Driven Business Processes Essential for Optimization

October 17, 2014 by Robert Kugel

Obstacles to information management.

When applying information technology to drive better business performance, companies and the systems integrators that assist them often underestimate the importance of organizing data management around processes. For example, companies that do not execute their quote-to-cash cycle as an end-to-end process often experience a related set of issues in their sales, marketing, operations, accounting and finance functions that stem from entering the same data into multiple systems.[read more]

First Look: FICO Analytic Modeler Suite

October 16, 2014 by James Taylor

Fico.

FICO Analytic Modeler is FICO’s in-browser analytic tool suite – the evolution of the Model Builder product line post the InfoCentricity acquisition. These offerings are part of the FICO Analytic Cloud, a cloud-based environment for building and managing analytic models and deploying analytics into decisioning applications. It also features a marketplace for analytic solutions.[read more]

SAP & IBM Partner to Dominate Enterprise Cloud

October 16, 2014 by Natalie Lehrer

Enterprise cloud.

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty and SAP CEO Bill McDermott recently announced that the two computing innovation giants plan on collaborating in efforts to dominate the enterprise cloud. IBM will leverage it's vast network of data centers located around the globe while SAP provides the front end software that the world's largest enterprises such as Coca Cola have adopted.[read more]

Press Start to Learn: How Gamification Is Changing Education

October 16, 2014 by Rick Delgado

Gamification.

Gamification is the use of game mechanics and design elements for things outside of games. Finding ways to make education more fun has always been part of a teacher’s job, but with a greater understanding of gaming principles, that job is being made easier.[read more]

Missing Data: Whose Problem Is It Anyways?

October 15, 2014 by Annie Pettit

Dodo.

Every statistics package is designed with fancy little features to help you deal with missing data. You can choose to “Exclude cases listwise” or “Exclude cases pairwise.” And if you’re a particularly skilled researcher, you can apply some complicated statistical procedures to impute your missing cases based on the existing data from other people.[read more]

Increasing Importance of Governed Data Access

October 15, 2014 by Lyndsay Wise

Governed data access.

More and more solution providers are starting to integrate the concept of governed data discovery into their product offerings. After years of trying to adopt data governance initiatives as part of a larger data management framework within organizations, software vendors are integrating similar capabilities into their solutions.[read more]

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How to Create Users in Oracle BI (OBIEE) and WebLogic Tutorial

October 15, 2014 by Julie Johnson

Oracle BI.

This short guide will take you through the process of creating new users in Oracle OBIEE and WebLogic as well as introducing security concepts including the use of security groups and application roles to control data access.[read more]

Data Integration Is the Schema in Between

October 14, 2014 by MIKE20 Governance Association

Data integration.

The third of the five biggest data myths debunked by Gartner is big data technology will eliminate the need for data integration. The truth is big data technology excels at data acquisition, not data integration. This myth is rooted in what Gartner referred to as the schema on read approach used by big data technology to quickly acquire a variety of data from sources with multiple data formats.[read more]

Will Big Data Make the Difference in the Volvo Ocean Race?

October 14, 2014 by Mark van Rijmenam

Volvo Ocean Race.

During the last edition, Oracle Team USA used data from 300 sensors on the boat as well as 3,000 variables that ran 10 times per second to win the cup. This resulted in about 1 gigabyte of raw data per boat per day as well as 200 gigabyte of video data that had to be analyzed.[read more]

3 Technologies That Are Changing How Business Continuity Is Handled

October 12, 2014 by Kyle Cebull

Business continuity.

As new technologies emerge, we have to adapt the way that we handle our business continuity processes to accommodate these changing technologies. Each new development presents new challenges in planning, testing and modification of the business strategy.[read more]

How to Keep Your iCloud Account Safe From Hackers

October 11, 2014 by Rick Delgado

Safe iCloud.

Since hackers leaked nude photos of more than 100 celebrities from their phones to the Internet, people have been concerned about the security of the iCloud service, where the photos were stored. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to avoid becoming the victim of a similar attack.[read more]

Who Gets the Call When Your Analytics Process Crashes?

October 10, 2014 by Bill Franks

Analytics matters.

I recently had a meeting with one of the largest companies in the world, where we discussed concerns about ongoing maintenance and, more importantly, ongoing repair required for analytics processes. The conversation helped solidify in my mind a major disconnect that often occurs when organizations deploy an analytics process into a production setting. Let’s walk through that disconnect here.[read more]

Billboards, Brand Awareness and Big Data: What Comedy Central and Gallery Furniture Have in Common

October 10, 2014 by Tracey Wallace

Billboards.

Traditional advertising relies on influencing the influencers, and gaining enough impressions that you can reasonably determine an ad’s spend produced sufficient ROI. As of now, there are no hard numbers to back that up, which is why so many brands put their traditional ad spend to play in areas with proven influencer viability, for instance Times Square, Hollywood or Vegas.[read more]

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How IoT Impacts Business Strategy

October 10, 2014 by Gil Allouche

Business strategy.

The Internet of Things (IoT) hasn’t fully arrived yet, but it’s well on its way. Indeed, now more than ever before companies and individuals are connected to the web in a host of different ways. Whether it’s through traditional means, i.e. smartphone, tablet, computer or through non-traditional means, i.e. appliances, cars, homes, etc., there is a strong force behind IoT growth.[read more]

 

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