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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]

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]

Will Obama Be the Last Open Data President?

November 17, 2014 by Joshua New

President Barack Obama

Barack Obama has taken a series of executive actions to further the ideal of open government through data, and there is still much to be done. It remains to be seen if the progress made over the past few years will continue in future administrations, or if President Obama will be the last open data president.[read more]

Meeting the Business Technology Needs of Midsized Companies

November 14, 2014 by Julie Hunt

Current technology trends are important for all organizations. Most midsized companies have these technologies at the top of their lists: Mobile, Analytics, Cloud, and Security. And each year many midsized organizations dedicate more budget for technology as a strategic investment, as Deloitte noted in a recent study.[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]

DataKind + TeraData = A Perfect Data-Do-Good Partnership

November 11, 2014 by Lillian Pierson

data science

Just as data science is applied to drive major success in business, it’s also being applied to improve or resolve major social issues. That’s the mission and focus of DataKind, a non-profit that organizes data science volunteers, so that they can lend expertise to social organizations, civic groups, and non-governmental organizations.[read more]

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Storytelling with the Sounds of Big Data

November 10, 2014 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

Trying to internally “sell” the merits of a big data program to your executive team? Numbers and facts probably won’t make the sales pitch complete. You will also need to appeal to the emotional side of the sale by incorporating the sounds of big data.[read more]