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Problems with the Language of Probability

April 6, 2015 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

Using probabilistic terminology to communicate the “likelihood” of an event occurring to those untrained in understanding such terms, can in some instances lead to the ruin of careers, companies and in worst cases—loss of life.[read more]

Want 60 Million Customers? Here’s How Netflix Does It

April 20, 2015 by Robert Passikoff


Netflix posted a 24% sales gain with a subscriber base of over 60 million users Wednesday, with attendant revenue growth just shy of last quarter’s 26%. Some of that -2% has to do with “currency-related transactional losses with the strength of the U.S. dollar affecting international revenue.[read more]

In the Digital Economy, the Customer Experience Is Critical

April 20, 2015 by Richard Snow

Customer service.

Advertising and marketers tell us we now live in a “digital economy.” That implies the economy is based on and depends on digital technologies. It certainly is true that many consumers, especially younger ones, have changed the ways they interact with each other and businesses; they are now more likely to use digital channels of communication, particularly email, websites, text messaging, instant messaging and social media. In this digital world, where customers can search globally for products and services and change suppliers instantly, it is critical for companies to focus on the customer experience.[read more]

Leaders' Perspectives on Big Data

April 20, 2015 by Nik Rouda

Big data.

I recently started a blog series based on research done by interviewing a number of leaders for big data and analytics initiatives. The first part in that blog series on leaders' perspectives on big data was specifically about business goals. This time we’re going to look a little more at the more technical objectives of big data, by which I mean technology goals.[read more]

Social Collaboration Barriers in SMBs and Enterprises

April 19, 2015 by Annie Bustos

Social collaboration.

Social collaboration tools should be the way forward in enterprises of all sizes. Email is inefficient and broken. Social networks, by comparison, are too public, but we’ve all grown familiar and comfortable with how they function. Which makes social collaboration tools a natural fit, except many companies are still struggling with implementation and adoption.[read more]

IBM Opens Up Its Threat Data as Part of New Security Intelligence Sharing Platform

April 18, 2015 by Sarah Smith


IBM has joined an increasing number of vendors who are pushing for real-time cybersecurity information sharing among private and public organizations, researchers and other network defenders. On Thursday, the company opened up over 700 terabytes of data about vulnerabilities, attacks and other threats through a new cloud-based threat intelligence sharing platform called IBM X-Force Exchange. Other organizations can use the platform to share or confirm their own data, so they can more efficiently respond to security incidents.[read more]

5 Unusual Ways Businesses Are Using Big Data

April 17, 2015 by MIKE20 Governance Association

Parking lot.

Big data is where it’s at. At least, that’s what we’ve been told. So it should come as no surprise that businesses are busy imagining ways they can take advantage of big data analytics to grow their companies. Many of these uses are fairly well documented, like improving marketing efforts, or gaining a better understanding of their customers, or even figuring out better ways to detect and prevent fraud.[read more]

5 Reasons the Cloud and Mobile Are Inevitable

April 17, 2015 by Kyle Cebull


A lot of people think that, like the internet, the cloud is just a fad. Sorry to burst your bubble, but this so-called fad is gaining some serious momentum. According to a recent article, throughout the next five years, a 44% annual growth in workloads for the public cloud is expected. With Millennials demanding that small businesses revolutionize their processes and workflows, more and more companies are jumping into the cloud to help streamline workflows and bring mobility to their workforce.[read more]

Data Is Coming: Game of Thrones Meets Business Intelligence

April 17, 2015 by Richard Thelwell

Game of Thrones.

This week saw the eagerly awaited return to our screens of Game of Thrones, arguably one of the most popular TV franchises of all time. In the worlds both of TV and of business, the use of data analytics is becoming increasingly prevalent. So what can shows like this teach us about the role of analytics and business intelligence in our organisations?[read more]

Big Data Buzz or Big Data Fuzz?

April 16, 2015 by Ben Edge

The buzzword Big Data has gathered an increasing amount of momentum over the last few years. In fact the number of organizations who have implemented a big data or data discovery solution has increased from 58% to 73% over the last two years. More and more organizations have innovated to include a big data offering in their portfolio in an attempt to grab a slice of the proverbial pie.[read more]

How Big Data Is for Marketers

April 16, 2015 by Larisa Bedgood

Big data for marketers.

According to Google Trends, in 2011, the hype of big data had just begun. In 2015, the hype still exists, yet big data has evolved beyond hype! Companies are using big data to turn a profit in real practical ways. Even companies in different industries, such as retail and manufacturing, are using big data to grow revenue. Big data projects do have reported ROI and positive outcomes, especially for sales and marketing purposes.[read more]

Exploratory Analysis with Excel

April 16, 2015 by Alex Bankoff

Analysis with Excel.

When it comes to data science, we often find that people first start out learning using Microsoft Excel. Inevitably, as students progress, Excel starts to appear quaint as they transition to more powerful systems like R or Python. After a while, however, a lot of people end up coming back and realizing that maybe Excel isn't so bad after all.[read more]

How Well Do You Know Open Source Projects? Take Our Quiz

April 15, 2015 by Simon Mitchell

Open source projects.

We’ve created a fun quiz highlighting some of the more random Open Source (OS) project and program names hot in the Linux and OS space right now. Test your knowledge and find out how savvy you are when it comes to OS. Once you’ve uncovered your score and taken some good advice as to how you can improve your knowledge, share your results and test your fellow Open Sourcers too ...[read more]


Malicious Tool Provides Attackers with a New Type of Zombies

April 15, 2015 by Sophie Davidson

Cyber criminals.

An interesting concept which has really emerged only lately - IoT, or: “the Internet of Things”, has recently been in the scope of cyber criminals and internet security specialists. The IoT is a vision, rather than an actual network. It's the notion that with increasingly more devices empowered by communication facilities, those devices inevitably end up as entities in a network scheme.[read more]

When the Right People Correlate the Right Information, Expect a Masterpiece

April 15, 2015 by Mike Urbonas

Arthur Aufderheide.

Organizations with genuine passion for its mission have a substantial innate advantage when developing and/or utilizing BI technology. They will uncover more/better/faster new data correlations revealing new business answers drawn from new big data, information management, data analytics and other technologies. This is because they will relentlessly ask more new, piercing questions about their business.[read more]


Media & Entertainment Industry Casting Call: High Resolution Digital Assets Offer New Role for Petabyte Storage

April 14, 2015 by Russ Kennedy


Data size is quickly outpacing storage space in the media and entertainment industry, and object-based storage can play a pivotal supporting role to help companies meet growing challenges[read more]


How to Clean Up the Mess: Surviving a Data Breach

April 14, 2015 by Neill Feather

Data breach.

Here’s a scary thought: Nearly half (43%) of all companies experienced a data breach last year, most of which took weeks to discover. For many businesses, these data breaches were catastrophic to the point of bankruptcy (the average cost of a single compromised record being more than $194).[read more]