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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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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]

Data Controls and Customer Loyalty: How Big Companies Keep Clients

July 16, 2014 by Kristen Paral

Data controls and customer loyalty.

Data controls may go hand-in-hand with maintaining accurate financial information and compliance reports, but IT leaders from some of the nation’s biggest enterprises say they also use controls for something else: Customer retention.[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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WOW! Big Data at Google

June 3, 2014 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

Google has not only significantly influenced the way we can now analyze big data (think MapReduce, BigQuery, etc.) – but they probably are more responsible than anyone else for making it part of our everyday lives. I believe that many of the innovative things Google is doing today, most companies will do in years to come.[read more]

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Facebook's Big Data: Equal Parts Exciting and Terrifying?

February 18, 2014 by Bernard Marr

Big Data Guru column.

This post looks at the gigantic big data repositories Facebook is creating and discusses the exciting as well as terrifying opportunities to exploit that big data. The question is, does big data analytics put too much power in the hands of a commercial company like Facebook?[read more]

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Amazon: Using Big Data Analytics to Read Your Mind

February 6, 2014 by Bernard Marr
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The Big Data Guru column.

This post looks at Amazon's ability to use big data to predict what we will buy in the future. It discusses Amazon's latest patent filing around anticipatory shipping and the implications of increasingly accurate big data analytics.[read more]

MasterCard Applies Big Data to Help Retailers Achieve Better Results

December 20, 2013 by Mark van Rijmenam

Apart from preventing fraudulent behavior and identifying and preventing fraudulent transactions before they occur, MasterCard applies big data in another innovative way. It knows what everyone buys, and they are using big data techniques to offer reports, insights, customer information and forecasts to their merchants.[read more]

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3 Tips for Selling Your Boss on Big Data

December 19, 2013 by Gil Allouche

Big Data pros (thetaxhaven/Flicker)

The key to promoting big data to the higher-ups is to appeal to what they care about most, which means focusing on how analytics will benefit the company’s bottom line. With that tactic in mind here are three tips for selling your boss on big data as a service.[read more]

What Is Coinbase?

December 17, 2013 by Chris Dixon

bitcoin / shutterstock

To proliferate widely, Bitcoin needs a killer app the same way HTTP had web browsers and SMTP had email clients. That’s why I’m excited to announce that Andreessen Horowitz is leading a $25M financing of Coinbase, a service that provides an accessible interface to the Bitcoin protocol.[read more]

Will 2014 Bring the Death of the IT Manager?

December 14, 2013 by Danny Walker
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IT Manager in 2014?

Computer Weekly predicts that IT departments will shrink by as much as 75% over the next five years as cloud accelerates, while Gartner predicts that by 2017, the chief marketing officer will spend more on software than the chief information officer. So does this mean the death of the IT manager in 2014?[read more]

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Solving the Challenge of Customer-Facing Analytics

August 22, 2013 by Ian Nicholson

These factors are influencing a growing demand for customer-facing analytics. Put simply, your customers now expect to connect with your business in a way that allows them to see and understand how they are dealing with you. However, there are many things to consider before providing such a solution.[read more]

What Data Do the Five Largest Tech Companies Collect? [INFOGRAPHIC]

July 21, 2013 by Mark van Rijmenam

What's Google got on you?

Big Data brings big privacy issues. Baynote has created an infographic that shows the vast amounts of different types of data collected by the five largest tech companies in the world -- Google, Apple, Facebook, Yahoo! and Amazon -- ranging from search queries, profile information to even your phone number.[read more]

How Coca-Cola Takes a Refreshing Approach to Big Data

July 19, 2013 by Mark van Rijmenam
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Coca-Cola's Big Data approach (image via The Coca-Cola Company)

Coca-Cola collects vast amounts of data, and they take a refreshing approach in exploiting that data and deriving value from it. Chief Big Data Insights Officer Esat Sezer explains that Coca-Cola takes a strategic approach instead of a tactical approach with big data.[read more]

First Look: Sparkling Logic Update

July 18, 2013 by James Taylor

Sparkling Logic update

I got an update on Sparkling Logic's new Kyoto release, which has a big focus on the user interface and on making the information in the system more accessible. Besides usability improvements, projects can also be exported to different execution engines such as JBoss Drools.[read more]