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SAP Buys Concur for $7.4B for Travel & Expense SaaS

September 21, 2014 by Natalie Lehrer

SAP buys concur.

Concur is one of the leaders in corporate travel and expense technology. Inside of the Concur app, employees can instantly upload receipts into the cloud which will allow their expenses to be paid or reimbursed by the company. Concur also allows organizations to get specific deals through partner agreements which allows certain organizations to get better deals on preferred airlines and hotels for employee travel.[read more]

Why Are Organizations Still Struggling with Their Data?

September 20, 2014 by Lyndsay Wise
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Struggling with data.

The data infrastructure exists to support Big Data, operational data streams, data quality practices, and the list goes on. Best practices exist for organizations to follow to achieve a strong information management framework and tie data to business processes enabling decision makers the ability to take actions on the insights they’ve gleaned.[read more]

How to Achieve Big Success from Big Data [INFOGRAPHIC]

September 19, 2014 by Mark van Rijmenam
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Big success from big data.

A new study revealed that companies with Big Data experience are satisfied with business outcomes and that Big Data is revolutionizing the way companies do business. In fact, 92% of the companies surveyed are fully satisfied with the business outcomes of their Big Data initiatives.[read more]

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Potential Hurdles Limiting the Internet of Things

September 19, 2014 by Rick Delgado

The internet of things.

The hype surrounding the Internet of Things (IoT) is immense. The basic premise behind the IoT is to connect everyday objects to the internet through tiny sensors, allowing them to communicate with businesses, consumers, and each other.[read more]

Watson Analytics: The Data Scientist Accelerator

September 19, 2014 by Lillian Pierson

Watson analytics.

On Tuesday, September 16, at Times Square New York, IBM announced the forthcoming release of its Watson Analytics platform. This freemium SAAS offering is positioned to be a *true* game-changer in the fields of big data analytics, business intelligence, and data science.[read more]

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The Demise of the Data Scientist: Heresy or Fact?

September 18, 2014 by Richard Boire

Data scientist. 

One article from an IT leader of a well-respected U.S. organization hypothesized that data scientists will in the future become like switchboard operators:obsolete. The primary reason for this declining demand according to the author was that increased automation and operationalization of business processes will not require the technical skills of the data scientist.[read more]

Big Data Proves Mobile Is Where Your Audience Is: Where Are You?

September 18, 2014 by Tracey Wallace

Mobile phone.

In 2012, Americans spend just 6% of their media diet with print, but that those pages attract 23% of all ad spend. Mobile, on the other hand, took up 12% of the typical American’s media diet, yet only pulled in 3% of all ad spend. That left a whooping $20B opportunity in mobile advertising revenue alone.[read more]

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The Societal Shift of Self Driving Cars

September 18, 2014 by Shawn Gordon

Self driving cars.

We are currently approaching a cross roads in transportation that we really haven’t seen since the transition from the horse drawn carriage to the internal combustion engine automobile. Namely, the self driving car. Google, quietly and with no fanfare, until announcing in August 2012 that they had logged over 300,000 miles of accident free autonomous driving.[read more]

How Do I Become a Data Scientist?

September 17, 2014 by Kunal Jain

Path of data scientist.

I started my career as an analyst without any knowledge about the tools I was going to work on – all I knew was how to create basic models in Excel. I had not heard about Pivot tables and didn’t know something like conditional formatting even existed in Excel![read more]

The Perfect Storm: Service Aggregation, Automation and Management

September 17, 2014 by Natalie Lehrer

Perfect storm.

By and large, customers are not ready to create truly integrated private or hybrid models of cloud computing and let me caveat that statement by saying, the largest Regional and Domestic APJC corporations. We would argue that for those who can transition through the quagmire that is end to end infrastructure virtualisation.[read more]

What Are Analytic Marketplaces? [VIDEO]

September 17, 2014 by Steve Bennett

The Naked Analyst. 

The Big Data Analytics World Championship is run by the Professional Services Champions League (PSCL) and involves two online qualification rounds and a Live World Finals event held in Texas, USA in November 2014. Participants from more than 100 countries will compete individually in two online qualification rounds.[read more]

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Big Data: 20 Free Big Data Sources Everyone Should Know

September 16, 2014 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

Any company, from big blue chip corporations to the tiniest start-up can now leverage more data than ever before. Many of my clients ask me for the top data sources they could use in their big data endeavour and here’s my rundown of some of the best free big data sources available today.[read more]

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5 Keys to Successfully Using Big Data

September 16, 2014 by Rick Delgado
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Successfully using big data.

Simply going out to collect data can lead to a business gathering massive amounts of information with little purpose or direction. All companies interested in big data should have a clear goal in mind before collecting that data. With a goal to work toward, companies will know what kind of data they should be going after, helping them form a more defined big data strategy.[read more]

12 Data-Driven Cities Making the Internet of Things a Reality

September 16, 2014 by Tracey Wallace
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Sondo, South Korea.

These top cities are putting data to real use. Some are only ideas, some are helping to rebuild what once was and some are just out for making history. All the same, each and every one of the cities on this list are out to save lives, change their current economies and architectures and truly make an impact on our world and our collective future.[read more]

Big Data and Ford's Faster Horses

September 15, 2014 by Arent van 't Spijker

Horse? Or horseless carriage?

In the late 19th century, a New York City planner put out a warning that by 1950 the city would be completely uninhabitable. The problem, as he saw it, was that at the current growth rates the city would not be able to sustain the growing number of horses.[read more]

What Does the Regression Model Indicate?

September 15, 2014 by Annie Pettit

The only thing that indicated anything is you. YOU looked at the data and the statistical output and interpreted it based on your limited or extensive skills, knowledge, and experience. If I were to review your data, My skills, knowledge, and experience might say that it indicates something completely different.[read more]