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Multi-Channel Retail: Where Big Box Meets Big Data

July 22, 2014 by Charles Settles

Retail and big data.

Amazon’s highly publicized unveiling of their Prime Air project was seen as a warning shot across the bow of logistics giants UPS and FedEx, but Walmart would do well to pay attention too. As noted in part one of this two-part series on multichannel-retail, Walmart’s dominance is as much because of their investment in distribution as it is because of their low cost of goods sold.[read more]

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The Rule of Three Works for IT

July 14, 2014 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

The rule of three is a teaching, writing or presenting device where a key concept is broken into three easy to remember pieces. Does the rule of three apply to the fields of technology and business? Going forward, let’s be sure to use more tricolons in our training materials, internal presentations and customer whitepapers.[read more]

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Retail is Dead. Long Live Retail!

July 14, 2014 by Charles Settles

Using data for retail.

Walmart has several strategies to grow their ecommerce operation. Their distribution system is already the model upon which others are built — including Amazon’s. They have already been leveraging their supply chain management system, built on collaborative, vendor-managed inventory, to secure their place as the largest retailer in the world.[read more]

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Practice Fusion's Partnership with Merck Shows the Future of Medical Data

June 30, 2014 by Cameron Graham

Medical data.

Practice Fusion recently partnered with vaccine manufacturer and drug company Merck to launch an online healthcare portal for physicians called Population Health Management. The idea is that the roughly 112,000 medical professionals who use Practice Fusion’s free EHR program will be able to compare their patient’s vaccination rates to those of neighboring practices.[read more]

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Beware of Big Data Technology Zealotry

June 23, 2014 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

Invariably, there are hundreds of additional arguments proffered by big data vendors and technology zealots inhabiting organizations just like yours. However, there are few crisp binary choices in technology decision making, especially in today’s heterogeneous big data environments. Beware big data zealots that counsel you otherwise.[read more]

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Creating a More Efficient Data Center

June 16, 2014 by Cameron Graham

Efficient data centers.

Once you start thinking about how much electricity it takes to power the servers that house all this information, the sheer magnitude becomes clear. To put it in perspective, one large data center can use as much electricity as a small town. What constitutes a “large” data center? A typical data center may be over 15,000 square feet.[read more]

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What does Whale Vomit have in Common with Big Data and Analytics?

June 5, 2014 by Ray Major

Whale vomit and value.

Many businesses are figurative whales. They create voluminous amounts of data as a by-product of just existing as a business. Some of the data they collect is valuable to them but, in most cases, they are unaware that much of the data that they collect might have significant value to others. It just sits there unused in the bowels of some centralized data center.[read more]

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When Ideology Reigns Over Data

June 2, 2014 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

Increasingly, the mantra of “let the data speak for themselves” is falling by the wayside. There are dangers to reputations, companies and global economies when researchers and/or statisticians either see what they want to see—despite the data, or worse, gently massage data to get “the right results.”[read more]

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Ramifications of IT Infrastructure Everywhere

May 20, 2014 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

Most people don’t notice that information technology pervades our daily lives. Some IT infrastructure is in the open and easy to spot, however plenty of IT infrastructures are nearly invisible as they reside in locked network rooms or heavily guarded data centers. Let's take off the covers of this often invisible underpinning and examine just a few ramifications of IT infrastructure everywhere.[read more]

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Wearable Tech in the Current Healthcare System

May 16, 2014 by Zach Taiji

Wearable tech.

Adapting to and adopting these technologies can be done; however, there is a cost in terms of money and time, and a need for a strong champion in hospitals and clinics to drive change. There will also be an extensive FDA review process for wearable technologies, which may result in longer adoption times for some of these devices.[read more]

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Big Data = Big Money: The ROI of Business Intelligence

May 15, 2014 by Charles Settles

The ROI of business intelligence.

In today’s business environment, moving slowly to leverage new technology can be a death sentence. Almost as damaging is the adoption of poorly understood technology in order to not “fall behind” competitors, which often results in huge spending and little to no financial return.[read more]

Mobile Advertising, Clustering Algorithms, and Your Ticket for a Free Ride

May 4, 2014 by Lillian Pierson

Mobile advertising and clustering algorithms.

Because of some pretty bad-ass data science and Google’s ever-increasing awesomeness, it looks like one day in the not too distant future, we will all be able to get a free (or heavily-discounted) ride. A taxi ride, that is.[read more]

The High Cost of Low Quality IT

April 25, 2014 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

Technology purchases and implementations aren't like buying widgets. A half-baked solution full of “second choice” technologies may end up being unusable to end-users, and cut-rate implementations that are seriously delayed or over-budget can translate into lost revenues, and/or delayed time to market.[read more]

Harvard Gets Access to Twitter Data Stream to Predict Foodborne Illness Outbreaks

April 24, 2014 by Cameron Graham

Twitter data. 

Harvard Medical School, in partnership with the Boston Children’s Hospital, recently secured a research grant to help them find new ways to track outbreaks of foodborne illnesses. Unlikely most grants though, this one isn’t a monetary award, nor did it come from a government agency or research foundation. Instead, the reward is access to tweets.[read more]

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A Brazen Expose on Big Data in the Government Sector

April 19, 2014 by Lillian Pierson

Big data in the government sector.

Good, strong, data-savvy leadership is the answer to the government data woes. Government leaders are the only ones that have the power to mandate and enforce effective adoption of data driven decision-making at the managerial level. Leaders will have to mandate IT to let internal business analysts, staff, and managers have and use their data freely.[read more]