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Is the Cloud Secure Enough for the Financial Industry?

September 29, 2014 by Kyle Cebull

The cloud.

What you have to remember when you’re considering a switch to cloud services is that the companies that you’re hosting with invest millions (sometimes billions of dollars) to ensure the security of data. If you’re taking the appropriate measures to be sure that your employees are following compliance standards and set up data security precautions, the cloud can absolutely be a viable option for any financial industry organization.[read more]

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How Big Data Is Shaping the Future of Email Marketing

September 29, 2014 by Anand Srinivasan

Email marketing.

Despite the numerous eulogies written for email as a communication medium, they still remain one of the most preferred tools among retail marketers. With big data, email marketing can get a lot more personalized. One interesting evolution that the use of big data in email marketing will bring about is the gross reduction in what I call "legal spam."[read more]

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Big Data Privacy Is About You, Me, Them, and Us

September 24, 2014 by Tamara Dull

The Big Data MOPS Series.

Today, we live in an always-on digital world. We work online. We socialize online. We shop online. We bank online. We support causes online. Not to mention, we drive on toll roads with our EZPasses, go to Disney World with our MagicBands, and check our personal stats with our Fitbits. We are living in a big data world.[read more]

Transforming Data Into Action [PART 1]

September 29, 2014 by Michael Fauscette

Finding the action.

Businesses do certainly need to become more data driven and in fact the business model for the Information Age is something we've referred to as "sense and respond." Moving from the old "make - sell" business model to the new sense and respond model requires data across all your business functions.[read more]

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Big Data Helps Mobile Gaming Companies

September 28, 2014 by Jessica Oaks

Big data and gaming.

Big data helps gaming companies like Zynga update their games, decide which features should be maintained and which should be improved, and deliver personalized user experiences. If today's mobile processor technology enables console-like graphics on tablets and smartphones, it must also be recognized that today's cloud-based video games enable real-time development and unparalleled personalization.[read more]

What Could IBM's Watson Do for Your Organisation?

September 27, 2014 by Mark van Rijmenam

IBM's Watson.

Watson, the artificially intelligent supercomputer developed by IBM, is helping companies uncover their Big Data secrets. With the launch of Watson Analytics tool, businesses from around the world can now leverage the technology that enabled IBM to win Jeopardy. Recently they launched a set of cloud based analytics tools that use Watson’s artificial intelligence technology.[read more]

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5 Ways Big Data Impacts the Insurance Industry

September 26, 2014 by Gil Allouche
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Insurance.

As technology improves, so too does the ability to predict future diseases. And predicting future diseases is extremely important for health insurance companies. With big data, companies are now finding ways to monitor patients’ current health status while still looking at their potential for future diseases.[read more]

The Importance of BI Specific Skill Sets

September 26, 2014 by Lyndsay Wise

BI.

BI implementations are becoming more commonplace as organizations realize they cannot overlook the management of and access to their data in order to facilitate better decision-making. What this means for many is the re-evaluation of resources, skill sets, and project planning to ensure that the proper resources exist to support BI and analytics development.[read more]

Google to Spend $773 Million on Dutch Data Center

September 26, 2014 by Rachel McAree

New data center.

All right, we know that what Google does is usually groundbreaking, but in an attempt to out-Google themselves, the company broke ground yesterday on a 600-Million Euro (approximately $773 in U.S. Dollars) datacenter.[read more]

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Gaining an ‘Unfair Advantage’ with Predictive Analytics

September 25, 2014 by Kristen Paral

Predictive analytics.

Predicting the future is no longer just science fiction. Data tools today are smarter, faster and more intuitive than ever before, and data scientists are making what was once viewed as futuristic capability a reality in today’s organization.[read more]

The Internet Needs a Bill of Rights Before It's Too Late

September 25, 2014 by Tracey Wallace

Digital marketing and advertising ecosystem.

The Internet is our greatest shared resource, and recently, it's status as a forever renewable resource has been called into question. To thank for that? Lawmakers and lobbyists looking to make a quick buck or two off of a service we have all come to know as "utility."[read more]

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Is Big Data the Silver Bullet for Advanced Supply Chain Analytics?

September 25, 2014 by Ray Major

Analytics.

Leveraging “Big Data” is coming up more and more as a “must have” in conversations I’m having with clients and prospects, not only in the food and beverage industry, but in other industries that have supply chain applications as an integral part of their operations.[read more]

Big Data, Big Payoff? Why Your Company Needs Data Literate Employees, Now

September 24, 2014 by Rishi Shah

Employees.

Big data profitability depends on your employee's data literacy. Big data won't go away anytime soon, and neither will humans. In the end, it is humans who need to set up data collection and visualization systems, ask questions of the data, and take meaningful action on that information. Your big data platform is just a tool.[read more]

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Which Will Win? Flash or Hard Drive Storage?

September 24, 2014 by Rick Delgado

Hard drive.

The storage technology of choice will likely come down to what the storage is used for and where it’s intended to go. Both hard drive and flash storage have a lot going for them, so it will be up to businesses and individuals to use what they think is best for what they do and await new innovations for the future.[read more]

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The 5 Sexiest Big Data Jobs Available Today

September 23, 2014 by Bernard Marr
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The Big Data Guru column.

It’s been estimated that by 2015, almost two million people will be employed in big data jobs in the US. Hal Varian, Google’s chief economist, is quoted as saying “…the sexy job in the next 10 years will be statisticians” and Tom Davenport, Distinguished Professor at Babson College, believes that a data scientist has the sexiest job of the 21st century.[read more]

Oracle Financials Is in the Cloud

September 23, 2014 by Robert Kugel

Longer ERP replacement cycles.

The biggest challenge – and greatest opportunity – in the ERP software market lies in developing a multitenant cloud ERP offering that provides ample functionality and configurability to address the requirements of a majority of the market.[read more]

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Robot HR: How HR is Contributing to Unemployment

September 23, 2014 by Shawn Gordon

Did human eyes ever see your resume?

We have all these tech companies screaming for more H1B visas and in reality, there is probably plenty of talent right here in the US, but HR is standing in the way of the two active parties in many cases, or lawyers in the way in others. There has to be a better way to connect interested companies with willing talent.[read more]

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CAPEX Deferred Eventually Makes the Company Sick

September 22, 2014 by Paul Barsch
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Risky Business column.

Instead of investments in IT, machinery, buildings and more, CEOs and CFOs are content to predominantly spend cash on stock buy-backs and/or dividends. Deferring CAPEX spend, or “sweating the assets” will work for a little while, but it’s not a strategy for long-term success.[read more]

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Big World, Big Data: The Modern Day Impact on Traditional Industries

September 22, 2014 by Monte Zweben
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Big data.

While Big Data has the power to change the world, you have the opportunity to use it to change your own operations. Incremental, data-driven change may not get the headlines, but it could get your business to the head of its field.[read more]