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US Postal Service Facing Cloud Compliance Issues

September 12, 2014 by Natalie Lehrer

US Postal Service.

Many analysts have wondered how a federal agency can be out of compliance when all federal cloud contractors must possess the FedRamp certifications that ensure a certain level of proficiency in cloud computing. The audit report basically asks the same question and it should be noted that the USPS explicitly requires all cloud.[read more]

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The Top 10 Big Data Quotes of All Time

September 9, 2014 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

Over the years of working in the field of analytics and big data I have collected thousands of quotes and snippets highlighting both the transformational nature of the phenomenon as well as many of the perils. A client has recently ask me to send him my top 10 big data quotes of all time and this is the list I came up with.[read more]

Prepare to Be Amazed by Immersive Intelligence

September 12, 2014 by Bill Franks

Immersive intelligence.

The range of immersive visual worlds that can be created is limited only by the types of data that exist and how that data can be utilized. In other words, it is virtually limitless. There is no doubt that immersive intelligence is still an edgy idea that hasn’t been widely adopted. However, the technology is here to make it possible and I suspect we’ll start seeing more of it soon[read more]

Test Your Level of Expertise with SAS/R/Python

September 11, 2014 by Kunal Jain

Table to interpret scores. 

Currently R, SAS and Python are the three languages ruling the analytics industry. Expertise in at least one of the three language is a must to build a competitive profile. But mastering only one language might not make you a hot selling property.[read more]

Mining Bitcoins in the Cloud Catches On

September 11, 2014 by Natalie Lehrer

Bitcoin.

Garza recently shelled out over $1 million for the domain name BTC.com and GAW recently bought out ZenMiner for $8 million in order to expand his this growing Bitcoin cloud mining endeavors. At current rates, Garza’s hashlet products are expected to give Bitcoin speculators a return on their investment within 2 months.[read more]

Does Your Research Company Look Like a Scam?

September 11, 2014 by Annie Pettit

Spam.

There are hundreds, possibly thousands, of companies out there looking for people to answer surveys. Some of these companies are legitimate marketing research companies that truly want to hear opinions from people. Other companies are less than upfront and may be more interested in marketing to people or selling products.[read more]

5 Levels of Big Data Maturity in an Organization [INFOGRAPHIC]

September 10, 2014 by Mark van Rijmenam

Big data maturity.

Once the IT department is capable of working with Big Data technologies and the business understands what Big Data can do for the organisation, an organisation enters level 3 of the Big Data maturity index. Business adoption will result in more in-depth analysis of structured and unstructured data available within the company, resulting in more insights and better decision-making.[read more]

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Don’t Let Internal Obstructionists Derail Your S&OP Initiative

September 10, 2014 by Ray Major

Obstructionists.

I recently ran across an article by Tracy Parsons where she identified obstructionist within an organizations as people who are “Paid by the No.” I found that statement to be not only quite funny, but also quite accurate. We’ve all experienced them.[read more]

Analytics Fortify Resilient Midmarket Companies

September 10, 2014 by Julie Hunt

Midmarket companies.

Midsized companies are much more in touch with customers and their own employees. They are truly interested in nurturing both of these relationships because they know that the right employees foster distinctive and positive interactions with customers.[read more]

Why Apple’s Announcement is More than Just About a New Phone

September 9, 2014 by William Newman

Apple's new phone.

I am more interested in the location-based service and commercial wallet components that will begin to make their way into the full Apple line of products. Most users have been accustomed to using apps to provide 2-D and 3-D barcodes to check in to airline flights, buy coffee, or secure reward points in loyalty programs.[read more]

Non-Consensual User Data Tests Violate Fundamental Rights

September 9, 2014 by Tracey Wallace

Your data.

It might sound cliche, but what big data needs is the enforcement of the Golden Rule: treat my data as you would want yours treated. For most people, that means allowing for the ability to consent to a study, or opt-out of collection entirely if they so choose.[read more]

Cisco Announces “Significant Innovations” in its Unified Computer Servers Exclusively for Data Centers

September 8, 2014 by Rachel McAree

Artist rendering of Cisco’s newest UCS rack.

The sheer vastness of Cisco and it being a household name has had some companies reaching out to Cisco to update their UCS program. The new program and innovations in the servers, specifically for datacenters promises to new market segments, and avail itself with the new UCS Mini Modular System for small enterprise.[read more]

How Data Science Is Making Dreams Come True

September 8, 2014 by Katie Wahlman

Data science.

By unifying the millions of data points collected using a visualized distributed data warehouse, and thus turning disparate data into meaningful insights, Disney is able to eliminate the guesswork and make data-driven improvements to rides and attractions, transform the experience of waiting in line, and more effectively manage park flow.[read more]

Why Mistrust from the iCloud Leak Isn’t Necessarily a Bad Thing [VIDEOS]

September 8, 2014 by Natalie Lehrer

iCloud leak.

If nothing else, this celebrity leak should challenge this generation to rethink whether they want social media. Should it return to its’ original roots as a networking platform, to connect and share in the experiences of their friends? Or rather as a stage, whereby they are willing to broadcast all of themselves in the vain hope of being seen or heard, and therefore feel important?[read more]

How Big Data Will Take the Role of the CIO to the Next Level

September 7, 2014 by Mark van Rijmenam

CIO.

Becoming a data-driven organisation is not an easy task. Developing a Big Data strategy is not all about the required IT, but also about the culture within an organisation. The required IT for a Big Data strategy is a means to an end and not an end in itself.[read more]

Netflix Will Be 100% Cloud by 2015

September 6, 2014 by Natalie Lehrer

Netflix in the cloud.

Netflix is already setting up its New Year’s Resolutions. By the beginning of 2015, Netflix expects to be run 100% in the cloud. This business goal for Netflix is something the team feels is entirely doable. The technology team at Netflix mentions that they are focused on delivering Enterprise IT as a Service.[read more]

The Non-Fault in iCloud: Why You Shouldn’t Shut Down Your Account

September 5, 2014 by Rachel McAree

Jennifer Lawrence.

Keep this in mind: the old rules still apply, and they really apply to the Cloud: once on the Internet FOREVER on the Internet. Keep your photos safe, use as much encryption as possible, and when in doubt: use a camera – just remember that if you take your digital pictures off the camera and put them onto your Cloud-backup-ed device they will go to the Cloud.[read more]

3 Big Data Use Cases to Kickstart Your Data-Driven Initiatives

September 5, 2014 by Tracey Wallace

Creative ways to utilize your big data.

In 2014, the logistics of big data have, for the most part, been solved. There are plenty of platforms and how-to articles that can easily point you in the direction of collecting your data and then funneling it through an ad tech platform or program to increase your online ad ROI.[read more]