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60 Minutes Got It Wrong: Data Brokers Aren’t Evil

July 2, 2014 by Tamara Dull
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The Big Data MOPS series.

Have you heard of About the Data? It’s a website that lets consumers see what personal data’s been collected and is being used to drive the online ads they see and offers they receive. It’s a free service provided by Acxiom, a supplier of marketing data for businesses. Yes, a data broker.[read more]

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Introducing the Big Data MOPS Series

June 25, 2014 by Tamara Dull
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The Big Data MOPS Series.

Big data – or whatever you prefer to call it – is a game changer. And not to mince words: If you’re not using big data to improve your business – e.g., revenues, profits, operational efficiencies, decision making, etc. – then don’t do big data. It’s not worth the time, money or hassle.[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]

When Privacy is Good Business

June 13, 2014 by Tracey Wallace

Need privacy?

Big data can be scary. After all, its suggested implications seek to replace human foresight with predictive analyses given that humans simply cannot compute such massive amounts of information. Essentially, big data is a superhuman that lives in a cloud and comes across to those that use it most often in an easily understandable, visual platform that highlights the exact next step needed for the promised ROI.[read more]

2020: US Banks Are Betting Big on Analytics

May 31, 2014 by Naagesh Padmanaban

US banks and analytics.

Most US Banks – small and big are on board this transformational journey. These initiatives involve great investments and outcomes are keenly tracked. Many careers are at stake. But those that succeed will form the backbone of US Banks 2020. This obviously will result in intense competition and change the banking landscape in the US forever.[read more]

Agile Data Warehousing

May 19, 2014 by Benjamin Harden
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Data warehousing.

The most common thing I hear is that you can’t build a warehouse using Agile because it is impossible to iterate over a data model. Modeling changes are going to happen regardless of the delivery methodology so learning to deal with change is important even if you are delivering in a waterfall environment. If change is going to happen, why not embrace it early and make it part of the way you work?[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]

State Secrets Laws Inhibit Open Data

May 6, 2014 by Travis Korte

State secrets.

In the United States and much of Western Europe, government data, such as economic indicators, government budgets, and agricultural information, is available to the public under freedom of information laws. While this data is not always accessible via bulk download in machine-readable formats, individuals can usually request and expect to receive it.[read more]

Attention Retailers: How to Avoid Being Attacked

April 28, 2014 by Ryan Fahey

Are your computer systems secure?

This past January, Michaels became aware of a large number of customers reporting that credit cards they’ve used at the retailer were incurring fraudulent charges. Michaels CEO Chuck Rubin announced that they were conducting an investigation.[read more]

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Digi-lution: How Online Data Can Indicate Civil Unrest

April 15, 2014 by Philip Cohen

Digi-lution!

Saying that the Internet is a medium for change, knowledge, discourse, or even civil unrest is a vast understatement, because it's actually a fundamental medium for these things. As much as a decade ago, different countries, politicos, and countries used the Internet to either launch change or to censor and staunch people pushing change.[read more]

Forget Big Data, We Need Smart Data [VIDEO]

April 14, 2014 by Lachlan James

BI.TV

The interactive portion of this episode directs your attention towards two thought-provoking discussions taking place on LinkedIn. The first conversation was instigated by the question “Why do BI implementations fail?” and can be found on the Business Intelligence Professionals Group.[read more]

How Data Will Make Air Travel Safer

March 25, 2014 by Travis Korte

Safer airtravel with better data.

Airlines and air traffic controllers use a lot of information to keep passengers safe, integrating weather readings, physical information about the plane, passenger data, and other kinds of data. But as the uncertainty surrounding Malaysia Airlines Flight 370′s disappearance confirms, better information and ways to act on it will be crucial for the future of air safety.[read more]

Architecting Big Data Solutions

March 12, 2014 by John Sanders
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Big data solutions.

In this article I would like to outline, at a high level, the overall thought process for "architecting" big data solutions. The process of developing an architecture is a very personal thing. I don't propose to say that this is the only way - this is simply a framework from which you could launch your own effort.[read more]

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6 Simple Steps to a Big Data Strategy

March 5, 2014 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

We now live in a world in which the volumes of data are exploding by the second. While some companies are leveraging these data assets very well to generate mouth-watering competitive advantages, most are completely overwhelmed by the amounts of data they are generating and are simply scratching the surface of the other, external data they could use.[read more]

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Technology Training Needs a Hands-On Approach

March 4, 2014 by Paul Barsch
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Risky Business column.

Instead of simply a “core dump” of manuals and online training courses, technical employees should also get “hands on” simulations, boot camps and courses led by advanced robo-instructors to fully hit the ground running[read more]