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Policy and Governance

Data Privacy Issues Can't Be Overlooked

January 10, 2014 by Roman Vladimirov

Privacy policy.

Businesses in all sectors are finding more uses for their big data on what can seem like an everyday basis. For example, in a recent blog post by Forrester Research, many of the world's biggest brands, ranging from BMW and John Deere to the Starwood network of hotels, are pursuing initiatives allowing them to essentially sell data to their customers or clients to help bolster their users' experiences, in a variety of ways.[read more]

Will 2014 Bring the Death of the IT Manager?

December 14, 2013 by Danny Walker

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]

Obstacles to Personal Genetic Testing in the U.S. and Abroad

November 14, 2013 by Travis Korte

There is no reason people should not be able to pay to have their genes sequenced, particularly now that companies such as 23andMe have helped make personal genomics so inexpensive. Broader adoption of personal genetic testing would not only provide more individuals with information on their health profiles and genealogical histories, it would contribute to a dataset that could eventually help medical researchers investigate treatments to many genetic diseases.[read more]

XBRL: How to Save a Good Idea from a Bad Implementation

November 10, 2013 by Travis Korte

XBRL implementation at the SEC.

If the problems with the U.S. Health Insurance Marketplace website have taught us anything, it is that implementation problems can overshadow the good ideas underlying government initiatives. The same problem is occurring right now with the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) adoption of XBRL, and critics must take care not to reject the idea of open financial reporting standards in light of a flawed implementation.[read more]

A Cautionary Tale of Data Governance

November 4, 2013 by Guy Cuthbert

interconnected world

It's many times harder to sell a potential improvement than to allay a potential risk, so perhaps the following apocryphal tale of a hypothetical global product organization might serve to highlight the potential risk, and consequential cost, of ignoring master data management in this interconnected, automated, global marketplace.[read more]

CERN: A Case Study in "Big Science" Data Management

October 29, 2013 by Travis Korte

nuclear research

The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) became a poster-child for organizing and processing enormous quantities of data during its search for the Higgs boson and other physics investigations, but scaling up is not the only data hurdle the organization has had to jump.[read more]

The Biggest Threat to Cyber Security and What to Do About It

October 8, 2013 by Jon Smith

Tech leaders have long been telling anybody who will listen that the biggest cyber security threat they face is not state-sponsored, geopolitical or clandestine. It is in fact much closer to home. Accordingly, 53 per cent of senior company executives said the main risk to corporate data and computer systems is from their own employees. A case of human error, carelessness or ignorance? In some cases it’s a combination of all three.[read more]

Projected Growth Rates of the BI Software and Big Data Analytics Markets [VIDEO]

October 7, 2013 by Lachlan James

In this episode, we take a look at the current and projected growth rates of the BI software and Big Data analytics markets. To complement these statistical findings, we then offer some tips for initiating business analytics initiatives and deciphering Return on Investment and Total Cost of Ownership.[read more]

The Department of Commerce Should Establish an Office of Data Innovation

September 30, 2013 by Daniel Castro

Photo credit:  Tim Evanson

The Department of Commerce should proactively search for more opportunities to unlock the potential of data-driven innovation. The importance of data to the U.S. economy continues to grow. For example, in the United States the economic value from health care data is estimated at $300 billion annually.[read more]

Using Data for K-12 Education

September 3, 2013 by Travis Korte

The use of advanced analytics on educational data could encourage numerous positive outcomes such as increased individualized learning, enhanced test-preparedness, improved identification of cheating, better course design, and reduced costs across school districts.[read more]

How Big Data Can Help the Developing World Beat Poverty [VIDEO]

August 2, 2013 by Mark van Rijmenam

The United Nations sees the possibilities of big data: in 2009, the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the initiative Global Pulse. Global Pulse serves as an innovation lab that brings together different stakeholders, such as big data scientists, data providers, governments and development sector practitioners.[read more]

Encrypting Backup Data for HIPAA and PCI Compliance

July 26, 2013 by April Sage

Stored data is a top target by hackers, especially the type of data that can be used for fraud and medical identity theft – within the healthcare industry in particular, encrypting stored data to meet HIPAA compliance is one way to avoid the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule and keep data secure.[read more]

4 Benefits for the Public Sector when Governments Start Using Big Data

July 25, 2013 by Mark van Rijmenam

Transparency within governments can be improved as well as time and money required by government officials and citizens to comply with tax regulations can be reduced. A lot of government tax agencies store personal data, which is copied all over the public sector. Over and over again, citizens have to complete new forms with information most governments already have.[read more]

The NSA, Link Analysis and Fraud Detection

July 25, 2013 by Dean Abbott

The recent leaks about the NSA’s use of data mining and predictive analytics has certainly raised awareness of our field and has resulted in hours of discussions with family, relatives, friends and reporters about what predictive analytics can (and can’t) do with phone records, emails, chat messages, and other structured and unstructured data.[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]


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