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Can Fossil Analysis Software Help Us Plan Curriculum?

August 20, 2014 by J. Kevin Byrne

Fossil analysis software.

Paleontologists use (free) software (known as PAST) for their statistical analysis. I bumped into it via key-word web-search to support academic planning I was doing. I offloaded it, took a close look, and I discovered I could use a specific menu within it (hierarchical analysis) to help reconceptualize curriculum at my design college.[read more]

Supply Chain Business Intelligence Is More Than Just Technology

August 20, 2014 by Ray Major

Supply chain BI.

Interestingly the technology implementation requires the most hard dollar costs, and returns the least in terms of ROI. The real value in Holistic BI is in garnering the corporate buy in or, in other words, training the people to make better data-driven business decisions based on the data.[read more]

Lessons from How Amazon Uses Big Data

August 20, 2014 by MIKE20 Governance Association

Big data.

Entering the field of big data is no cake walk. Due to the many nuances of big data architecture combined with the fact that it’s so new, relatively speaking, it can be overwhelming for many executives to implement. Or, instead of being overwhelming, there’s simply a lack of experience and understanding. That misunderstanding leads management, all too often, to use big data inefficiently.[read more]

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How Big Data Is Changing Insurance Forever

August 19, 2014 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

Insurers such as Progressive in the US and Prudential in the UK are now pushing for wider acceptance of “telematics” devices, which feed back real-time data on a driver’s behaviour. So young drivers who can demonstrate that they keep within speed limits and do not brake suddenly too often, can pay less.[read more]

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Dear Facebook, It’s Not You, It’s Us

August 15, 2014 by Tamara Dull

The Big Data MOPS Series.

Last week, we reached our 7-year anniversary mark. Have we really been together that long?! Because, honestly, it feels like forever. I’m sorry we didn’t celebrate, but I really didn’t feel like it. Ever since you asked me for my home address a few months ago, my feelings have begun to change. You crossed a line, dude.[read more]

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Gigascience: A Science Journal That Provides Full Data Sets

August 13, 2014 by Hallam Stevens

Gigascience.

Gigascience’s data is useful because it is shared and open. More specifically, it is valuable because it is made available for use and re-use in multiple places and in multiple contexts. The rice genomes might now be used for formulating new rice strains in Africa or for comparison with tulip genomes in Holland.[read more]

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Should the Entire Internet Be Encrypted?

August 19, 2014 by Shawn Gordon

Encrypt all the things!

Until the entire Internet is encrypting all its traffic, solutions like IceBrowser are a good way to protect yourself online. This isn’t about things as mundane as pornography; this is about protecting every piece of information and every footprint you leave out there.[read more]

Text Analytics vs. Other Research Methods [VIDEO]

August 19, 2014 by Tom Anderson

Text analytics.

We believe that Text Analytics is important not just because of its implications within market research or any kind of research for that matter, but because of its value across so many other disciplines as well. All of the marketing research techniques represented in the debate are useful of course, and text analytics can be an aid in every single case.[read more]

Translating the Geek Speak: Is It Time to Dump Your IT Company?

August 18, 2014 by Kyle Cebull

Your IT company?

Not every executive is as technically savvy as the times require. Even the most technically savvy organizations need a way to stay competitive. Emerging cloud technologies, new applications, mobility and other technologies mean that executives and businesses have to rely on their IT partners to guide them in the right direction.[read more]

Panthera Launches Secure Cloud Product Lineup

August 18, 2014 by Natalie Lehrer

Panthera.

Panthera Technologies is a cloud consulting organization located near Baltimore, MD. In a press release, the cloud solutions provider noted that it has added additional cloud services onto its menu of choices. Panthera has added a virtual desktop line-up and a disaster recovery service.[read more]

Comparison of esProc and R Language in Processing Text Files

August 18, 2014 by Jim King

As languages for data computations, both esProc and R language have rich functions to process text files. They have many similarities in basic usage, as well as obvious differences, such as in the aspect of processing files with fixed column width and big text files, reading and writing designated columns, computational performance, etc. The article aims to compare their similarities and differences.[read more]

Got Analytics? Who Will Promote the Industry?

August 17, 2014 by Ted Cuzzillo

Got analytics?

Business people have everything. They’ve got data, and often it’s clean. They’ve got tools, and many are easy to use. They’ve got visualizations, many of which help. They’ve got domain knowledge, at least most do. What some front line observers find they lack is analytical thinking.[read more]

Enhance Customer Retention and Acquisition Strategies with Insurance Data Analysis

August 16, 2014 by Gayle Nixon

Attacting and retain customers.

To better attract and retain customers, leading insurance companies must establish strategies that focus on improving their customers’ experience and optimizing their underwriting and pricing practices. This is easier in theory than reality as a recent study from Bain & Company concludes - insurance carriers are usually only good at one strategy, not both.[read more]

What Makes a Good Chief Data Officer? [INFOGRAPHIC]

August 15, 2014 by Mark van Rijmenam

Chief data officer?

The board room seating arrangement is about to change in many organisations. With the vast amounts of data being created on a daily basis and the organisations acknowledging the value in data-driven decision making, there is room for the Chief Data Officer.[read more]

A Pitfall to Avoid When Funding Big Data Analytics

August 15, 2014 by Bill Franks

Funding big data analytics.

If analytics are to continue to become more strategic and grow in impact to organizations, then there must be a mechanism to distinguish between IT costs that are truly overhead and those that can be tied to revenue. The costs of analytic systems must be directly associated not just with IT, but with the business processes and products they support.[read more]

A Look at Cyber Security Trends for 2014

August 14, 2014 by MIKE20 Governance Association

Cyber security.

We’re now more than halfway through 2014, and as with any year, the world of technology has been rapidly progressing and evolving. This year, there’s been more discussion than ever about numerous topics such as the benefits of big data, the Internet of Things, mobile technology, and how to make the most of cloud computing.[read more]

Revamp: Maybe It’s Not Time to Bury Blackberry

August 14, 2014 by Rachel McAree

Blackberry.

Alright we couldn’t believe that headline either, until we started looking into Blackberry’s new revamp, and it’s quite a revamp and rebrand. Blackberry naysayers take note: maybe the new handheld platform called BES10 short for Blackberry Enterprise Service 10 has a real chance to of chance of changing the way we BYOD.[read more]

The Future of Big Data Will Be Data

August 14, 2014 by Mark van Rijmenam

We live in exponential times, where new technological inventions are followed rapidly by innovative applications for consumers and businesses. The common denominator with all of these new applications is that they are generating vast amounts of data.[read more]

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Big Data: Making an Impact at the Post Office

August 13, 2014 by Gil Allouche

Postal truck.

While the USPS is struggling, big data is exploding. The technology is taking significant steps forward at an extremely rapid pace, making it more and more enticing to numerous different sectors. Big data analytics is becoming especially important because of the speed and accuracy with which the analyses can be performed.[read more]

Improving Security on the Internet of Things

August 13, 2014 by April Sage

Internet of things.

IoT refers to the interconnection of computing devices – everything from heart monitor implants to remote home thermostats – that transfer data without human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. Essentially, anything that can be assigned an IP address and given the ability to transfer data over a network is part of the IoT.[read more]

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Little Data: The 25 KPIs Everyone Must Understand

August 12, 2014 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

Without good KPIs it is difficult to create good big data initiatives. I spend my work life helping companies around the world with their big data and KPI initiatives and have developed a list of top level metrics I consider global best practice examples.[read more]

Similarities and Differences Between Predictive Analytics and Business Intelligence

August 12, 2014 by Dean Abbott

Predictive analytics vs. BI.

BI and PA are important but complementary disciplines. BI is a much larger field and understandably so. PA is more of a specialty, but a specialty that is gaining visibility and recognition as an important skill set to have in any organization. Here’s to further collaboration in the future![read more]