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When the Right People Correlate the Right Information, Expect a Masterpiece

April 15, 2015 by Mike Urbonas

Arthur Aufderheide.

Organizations with genuine passion for its mission have a substantial innate advantage when developing and/or utilizing BI technology. They will uncover more/better/faster new data correlations revealing new business answers drawn from new big data, information management, data analytics and other technologies. This is because they will relentlessly ask more new, piercing questions about their business.[read more]

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Problems with the Language of Probability

April 6, 2015 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

Using probabilistic terminology to communicate the “likelihood” of an event occurring to those untrained in understanding such terms, can in some instances lead to the ruin of careers, companies and in worst cases—loss of life.[read more]

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Abolish Daylight Savings Time

March 8, 2015 by Shawn Gordon

Daylight savings.

The time is long past to leave the anachronistic use of Daylight Savings Time behind us, and here is why. Ultimately, it is the arrogance of politicians that seem to think they are creating or giving you an extra hour of daylight, when in fact they are just controlling everyone's behavior.[read more]

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Why Are Mid-Market Companies Waiting to Embrace Big Data?

February 7, 2015 by Mithun Sridharan
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Big insight.

Though many companies endorse the potential benefits of Big Data, very few are actually giving this development some serious thought. Particularly, many mid-market companies view this trend with much skepticism and closely seek confirmation from their risk affine industry peers. Among the numerous factors that hamper Big Data adoption in this sector, the most dominant is the Penguin Effect.[read more]

Business Analytics Error: Learn from Uber’s Mistake During the Sydney Terror Attack

January 24, 2015 by RK Paleru
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Uber.

Recently, as a sad day of terror ended in Sydney, a bad case of Uber’s analytical approach to pricing came to light - an “algorithm based price surge.” Uber’s algorithm driven price surge started overcharging people fleeing the Central Business District (CBD) of Sydney following the terror attack.[read more]

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Changing Your Mind About Big Data Isn’t Dumb

December 9, 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]

Collaboration Between Teams Using the Same Data in Different Ways

December 8, 2014 by Peter James Thomas

Collaboration.

The title of the discussion thread posted was “Business Intelligence vs. Business Analytics: What’s the Difference?” and the original poster was Jon Dohner from Information Builders. To me the thread topic is something of an old chestnut and takes me back to the heady days of early 2009. Back then, Big Data was maybe a lot more than just a twinkle in Doug Cutting and Mike Cafarella‘s eyes, but it had yet to rise to its current level of media ubiquity.[read more]

Data Innovation in Africa

December 6, 2014 by Travis Korte

Africa.

While many commentators have focused on data-driven innovation in the United States and Western Europe, developing regions, such as Africa, also offer important opportunities to use data to improve economic conditions and quality of life. Three major areas where data can help are improving health care, protecting the environment, and reducing crime and corruption.[read more]

Big Data Ethics and Your Privacy [INFOGRAPHIC]

November 29, 2014 by Mark van Rijmenam

Internet saturated nations

Unlike a few years ago, a lot more people understand that services like Google, Facebook or Twitter are not free of charge, but are paid for with our data. How do we feel about that? How do we feel about privacy and security? And what are some of the common Internet values related to privacy?[read more]

The Future of Big Data, Visualized [INFOGRAPHIC]

November 24, 2014 by Tracey Wallace

Future of big data

We'd start a public petition for blog posts about big data to stop using the "every day, we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data" stat if we could. In this infographic, we break down how the industry has changed over time, and show the projected path for the years to come.[read more]

Celebrating the Philae Landing [INFOGRAPHIC]

November 22, 2014 by Peter James Thomas

How much did Philae cost us?

We landed on a comet and will – fingers crossed – begin to understand more about the formation of the Solar System and potentially Life on Earth itself as a result. Whether or not you think that is good value for money probably depends mostly on what sort of person you are.[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]

Three Challenges Europe Faces in Becoming a Competitive Big Data Market

November 21, 2014 by Mark van Rijmenam

Europe / shutterstock

The European Commission is working hard on developing a competitive European Big Data market. Last week, as a result of this, the European Digital Forum convened the High-Level Roundtable on Europe’s Digital Future. Here's my vision of how Europe can enable forward-looking, data-driven startups to unleash the vast potential of data.[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]

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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]