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A Big Data Cheat Sheet: What Executives Want to Know

May 21, 2015 by Tamara Dull

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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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 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]

The Hadoop Honeymoon Is Over

May 16, 2015 by Martyn Jones
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Listen up Big Data playmates! The ubiquitous Big Data gurus, tied up in their regular chores of astroturfing mega-volumes, velocities and varieties of superficial flim flam, may not have noticed this, but, Hadoop is getting set up for one mighty fall – or a fast-tracked and vertiginous black run descent. Why do I say that? Well, let’s check the market.[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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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]

First Look: IBM Decision Optimization Cloud

May 17, 2015 by James Taylor

IBM’s advanced analytics portfolio contains its descriptive analytics, predictive analytics and prescriptive analytics products (everything from Cognos to SPSS to optimization and decision management). Within this portfolio is IBM’s decision optimization portfolio that contains the solver technology embedded in many IBM and external products.[read more]

All Is Not Lost: Finding Value In Marketing Attribution Data

May 15, 2015 by Bill Franks

In my last blog, I laid out some facts that call into question the extensive effort many organizations put into attributing individual customer sales to individual marketing touch points via common attribution methods. To summarize, Suresh Pillai, head of Customer Analytics & Insights for Europe at eBay, showed that all reasonable attribution algorithms led to effectively the same aggregate credit to each marketing lever and also the same credit as a random method.[read more]