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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]

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]

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]

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When Big Data Loses to the Anecdote

November 5, 2013 by Paul Barsch
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risky business

Need to persuade someone to take a course of action? Simply presenting numbers, for numbers sake, will only cause glassy eyes and blank stares from those you are trying to persuade. Keep in mind that while it’s tempting to believe that we “must bring data” and lots of it in order to persuade, sometimes it’s the personal anecdote/s that end up making the final sale.[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]

Balanced Teams Necessary for Big Data Initiatives

November 2, 2013 by Roman Vladimirov

data team

Due to the amount of time that people in the tech and enterprise worlds spend talking about big data and analytics, it can be easy – or even tempting – to undervalue these tools. Once a trend has been present for long enough, it is susceptible to being taken for granted, as has been the case with cloud computing.[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]

Managing Data Scientists

October 25, 2013 by Istvan Hajnal

With the rise of the "data scientist," a lot has been said about the definition, role, qualifications and skills of the data scientist, and how to hire them. A somewhat neglected topic is how to manage data scientists. Indeed, data scientists, by their very nature, are hard to manage.[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]

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The Dirty (Not so Secret) Secret of IT Budgets

September 30, 2013 by Paul Barsch
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When the lion’s share of a IT budget is dedicated towards supporting legacy code and systems, that leaves little room for experimentation and adoption of new technologies. How can IT become more than a just a “game manager” but rather a “play-maker” when it comes to supporting innovation?[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]

Next-Generation ERP Must Take a Giant Leap

September 26, 2013 by Robert Kugel

ERP systems are about to undergo a considerable transformation, driven by the growing availability of technologies that can address the shortcomings of today’s systems. As I noted in my research agenda on the Office of Finance, the demographic shift taking place in the ranks of senior executives and managers will drive demand for a new generation of software.[read more]

Be a Data Presenter

September 8, 2013 by Juice Analytics

It’s tempting to lock our minds and bodies into our comfortable air-conditioned cubicles and churn numbers and crunch data all day long, and then lob it over the cubicle or office walls for our boss or peers to review, without worrying about outcomes, or the possible interpretations.[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]