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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]

Defining Business Intelligence 3.0

April 11, 2014 by Lachlan James

Business intelligence 3.0.

So what exactly is Business Intelligence 3.0? Is it a mass of meaningless marketing messages, a collection of multiple BI advancements, or does it represent a single technological shift that many have misconstrued? Well, according to Bill Cabiro, it’s none of the above. Cabiro contends that BI 3.0 represents two things: A changing philosophy regarding BI user types and an amalgamation, or confusion, of terms.[read more]

7 Important Types of Big Data

February 26, 2014 by Michele Nemschoff
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Types of big data.

Big data is a term thrown around in a lot of articles, and for those who understand what big data means that is fine, but for those struggling to understand exactly what big data is, it can get frustrating. There are several definitions of big data as it is frequently used as an all-encompassing term for everything from actual data sets to big data technology and big data analytics.[read more]

LeWeb: The Collaborative Economy Future with Crowd Companies

December 13, 2013 by Timo Elliott

Jeremiah Owyang at LeWeb

At LeWeb Paris Conference this week, Jeremiah Owyang spoke on the next big wave of business disruption: "Today’s physical and digital world are blending. The last 10 years focused on democratizing media, resulting in the disruption of business communications, the music industry, and even government communications."[read more]

The BI Collaboration Challenge [VIDEO]

November 20, 2013 by Lachlan James

BI.TV is your vendor agnostic fortnightly recap of global BI and analytics news.

Episode nine of BI.TV explores a series of opinions, best practice advice and research around five key analytics areas, including Collaborative BI, Dashboard design, Mobile BI delivery, Big Data uptake and engagement, and executive level reporting.[read more]