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Changing Your Mind About Big Data Isn’t Dumb

December 8, 2014 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

While big data technologies have enjoyed plenty of hype, there’s a new reality setting in regarding getting more value from big data investments. With this in mind, it's OK to step back for a moment, pause your programs for a time if necessary, and—yes, even change your mind about big data.[read more]

Gaming the Forecast

November 24, 2014 by Michael Gilliland

John Mello

Business forecasting is a highly politicized process, subject to the biases and personal agendas of all forecasting process participants. John Mello provides a useful taxonomy of seven such games that bias the forecasting process and degrade forecast accuracy.[read more]

Why Algorithmic Accountability Is Needed Now

November 21, 2014 by Rishi Shah

Algorithmic black boxes / shutterstock

Facebook and Google operate in black boxes, shrouded by advanced algorithms that encourage us to gradually consume more information and generate higher ad revenues. But they should not be allowed to hide behind the language of technology, using algorithms as an excuse for lack of transparency.[read more]

Technology Innovation: 3 Tips for Dealing with Closed-Minded Executives

November 21, 2014 by Kyle Cebull

What do you when you’re behind the curve? When the standard tactics that might convince another CEO to update technology just aren’t working? Here are our best, straight up, tough love tactics for dealing with closed minded executives.[read more]

3 Ways to Adapt to the Shift Toward Online Privacy (Ethically, Nonetheless)

November 17, 2014 by Rishi Shah

Online privacy / shutterstock

The push toward online privacy continues to gain momentum. Those of us in the industry need to be prepared as the transition occurs so that we have strong business practices in place, understand how data collected today is different from data collected yesterday, and figure out real value exchanges.[read more]

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6 Experts Explain How IT Infrastructure Matters to Your Organization's Data Sets

November 17, 2014 by Aaron Aders

A new interactive infographic by IBM features insights from six industry experts and shows how putting big data to use isn’t just a matter of using the right analytics, but having the right infrastructure in place to accommodate the scale of data being gathered.[read more]

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Are You Sweeping Big Data Privacy Under the Carpet? 5 Things to Do Instead

November 13, 2014 by Tamara Dull

Admit it: When you read or hear about big data privacy, you’re ready to move onto the next topic or swipe to the next screen. Or sweep it under the carpet. You know the discussion is important, but let’s be honest: it’s not exciting, it’s sometimes creepy, and it’s not easy to navigate its complexities.[read more]

Social Business and Digital Strategy

November 13, 2014 by Michael Fauscette

digital transformation

Social business, collaboration, community and content: is there real business value tucked away in those words? Are businesses really feeling the pressure to do some things differently, and by changing can they be more competitive, grow faster and be more successful?[read more]

How to Get Started with Value Add Forecasting

November 6, 2014 by Ray Major

Value add forecasting.

So the promise of using statistical algorithms, forecasting and predictive analytics is now added to the list of a company’s number one priorities. There is a sense of urgency surrounding this new high profile initiative. One may ask, “What’s next?” Well, here are a few steps that you will need to take to deploy your forecasts successfully.[read more]

The Ethics of Data, Visualized [INFOGRAPHIC]

November 3, 2014 by Tracey Wallace

Ethics of data.

Here, we break down how all the world feels about big data, the internet and how these two entities are affecting worldwide privacy and security. Turns out, most people are still are on the fence when it comes to how they feel about data collection and use.[read more]

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Whose Story Are You Telling?

October 8, 2014 by Tamara Dull

The Big Data MOPS Series.

You have limited (if any) control over what others share about you, but you do have control over what you share about yourself and others. Just because you have someone’s personal information doesn’t mean you have to share or act on it. Remember: It may not be your story to tell.[read more]

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A Cautionary Tale: Are You Clicking Your Privacy (or the Privacy of Others) Away?

October 1, 2014 by Tamara Dull

The Big Data MOPS Series.

The big data privacy discussion is subtle, complex and complicated – and we each have a role to play. What’s yours going to be? This is my adapted version of the popular "Feathers in the Wind" tale attributed to Rabbi Levi Yitzhak of Berdichev.[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]

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]

Top 5 Things Recruiters Should Ask Their Big Data

September 13, 2014 by Trips Reddy

Recruiters. 

The human capital of any company truly is one of its most valuable assets. But unlike the technological advances in marketing, customer support and sales, recruitment at most companies hasn't seen significant improvements that support analytics-driven, evidenced-based talent acquisition.[read more]