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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]

Descriptive, Predictive, and Prescriptive Analytics Explained

October 8, 2014 by Ray Major
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Analytics explained.

With the flood of data available to businesses regarding their supply chain these days, companies are turning to analytics solutions to extract meaning from the huge volumes of data to help improve decision making.[read more]

Big Data and Ford's Faster Horses

September 15, 2014 by Arent van 't Spijker

Horse? Or horseless carriage?

In the late 19th century, a New York City planner put out a warning that by 1950 the city would be completely uninhabitable. The problem, as he saw it, was that at the current growth rates the city would not be able to sustain the growing number of horses.[read more]

Big Data Gets Creative: 10 Big Data Kickstarters Turning Data Into Impact

August 28, 2014 by Tracey Wallace

Big data Kickstarters.

It just might be your turn to invest.Knowing that innovative genius doesn't depend on monetary status, we went ahead and rounded up the coolest big data projects being masterminded behind-the-conglomerate-scenes. From art to fitness, books to video games, big data is making a big impact – and it just might be your turn to invest.[read more]

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What's Hadoop? Here's a Simple Explanation for Everyone

June 24, 2014 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

Hadoop is one of those words that is inextricably linked to the concept of Big Data. But what really is Hadoop? This posts aims to demystify the term and explain, in simple and every-day language, what Hadoop is, the key components of it as well as how it came about and is used today.[read more]

Collaboration Is Vital to Success [VIDEO]

June 23, 2014 by Ray Major

The BIg IDEA video series.

The value derived from “Business Intelligence” comes not from the data itself, but the ability to interpret, interact with, and learn from that data. And the best way to accomplish this is to give your people the tools to share their insights and knowledge as simply and easily as possible.[read more]

Introducing the Knowledge Worker [VIDEO]

June 15, 2014 by Ray Major
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BIg idea video.

There’s been a fundamental shift in the workforce over the last 50 years. In years past, many occupations required manual labor and physical work to accomplish daily tasks, where today the majority of the workforce uses the knowledge they've acquired about their business ecosystem to accomplish their job goals.[read more]

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What does Whale Vomit have in Common with Big Data and Analytics?

June 5, 2014 by Ray Major

Whale vomit and value.

Many businesses are figurative whales. They create voluminous amounts of data as a by-product of just existing as a business. Some of the data they collect is valuable to them but, in most cases, they are unaware that much of the data that they collect might have significant value to others. It just sits there unused in the bowels of some centralized data center.[read more]

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When Ideology Reigns Over Data

June 2, 2014 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

Increasingly, the mantra of “let the data speak for themselves” is falling by the wayside. There are dangers to reputations, companies and global economies when researchers and/or statisticians either see what they want to see—despite the data, or worse, gently massage data to get “the right results.”[read more]

Business Intelligence and Your Business: Ignorance Is Not Bliss

May 28, 2014 by Ray Major
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Ignorance is not bliss, you need BI.

Once you have identified the data sources needed, we can use those to impact your business processes. You can measure those business processes using your performance indicators and result indicators - and those in turn support your KRIs and KPIs, which support your critical success factors and ultimately help you achieve your corporate goals.[read more]

Business Intelligence Isn't Just About Technology [VIDEO]

May 21, 2014 by Ray Major

Ray Major.

The purpose of business intelligence is to empower human intelligence, not just build fancy reports. If you look to BI to change the culture of your business and empower humans, instead of just another piece of technology in your organization, you will have a much more successful implementation and see a faster ROI.[read more]

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The Difficult Prerequisite in Data: Determining the 360-Degree View of the Customer

May 9, 2014 by David Cole

Know your customer.

It’s one of the most common challenges many organizations face: how do we capture a more holistic view of our customers’ online and offline interactions? In order to get a clear picture of your customer and their habits, you need to understand how they interact across all platforms. You don’t just want a partial view of how your customers are behaving—you want a 360-degree view.[read more]

Mobile Advertising, Clustering Algorithms, and Your Ticket for a Free Ride

May 4, 2014 by Lillian Pierson

Mobile advertising and clustering algorithms.

Because of some pretty bad-ass data science and Google’s ever-increasing awesomeness, it looks like one day in the not too distant future, we will all be able to get a free (or heavily-discounted) ride. A taxi ride, that is.[read more]

Forget Big Data, We Need Smart Data [VIDEO]

April 14, 2014 by Lachlan James

BI.TV

The interactive portion of this episode directs your attention towards two thought-provoking discussions taking place on LinkedIn. The first conversation was instigated by the question “Why do BI implementations fail?” and can be found on the Business Intelligence Professionals Group.[read more]

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A Complete Guide to Overcoming Executives’ Concerns about Hadoop

April 13, 2014 by Michele Nemschoff
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Overcoming executives’ concerns about Hadoop.

CEOs are often critical of adopting new technology, and for good reason. New technology is expensive and all too often fails to come through and offer any real value to the company. This could present a challenge for IT managers who want to implement Apache Hadoop, the increasingly popular and cost-effective framework for large-scale, data-intensive deployments, into the company’s technology infrastructure.[read more]