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One World, Many Data Centers: The World Cup and Social Media

June 16, 2014 by Rachel McAree

The World Cup and social media.

The 2014 FIFA World Cup is the most technologically advanced sporting event in history. NASA even built the ball for use in this year’s cup, known as the Brazuca, after complaints from players on the 2010 ball being “built like a beach ball.” So far, the all of the countries, except for Iran, have Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and Instagram accounts.[read more]

John Oliver’s War, the FCC and How You Can Help Keep the Net Neutral

June 5, 2014 by Rachel McAree

John Oliver’s war for net neutrality.

You can actually make a direct impact on how the future of the Internet will be run, and in an unprecedented move activists and tech giants have joined forces to get you to go here and tell the FCC to “KEEP MY INTERNET NEUTRAL." So, why do we care: when cable companies compete, “little” companies get the chance to be found on the internet.[read more]

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Big Data = Big Money: The ROI of Business Intelligence

May 15, 2014 by Charles Settles

The ROI of business intelligence.

In today’s business environment, moving slowly to leverage new technology can be a death sentence. Almost as damaging is the adoption of poorly understood technology in order to not “fall behind” competitors, which often results in huge spending and little to no financial return.[read more]

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Emerging Cloud Technologies

March 19, 2014 by Natalie Lehrer

New cloud technologies.

The cloud is an ever-changing infrastructure that is continuously being applied to different facets of life in order to provide benefits to human kind. There is a lot we can learn from hard data and many of the traditional limits of computing such as power, space and cost have been eliminated due to the elastic nature of cloud computing.[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]

Survey Says Only 7% of European Companies Rate Big Data as Relevant [VIDEO]

September 23, 2013 by Lachlan James

Welcome to BI.TV, your vendor agnostic fortnightly recap of global Business Intelligence and analytics news, views and reviews. In this episode, we’ve covered an eclectic mix of news and opinion, relating to Big Data hype; the practical application of location analytics; BI user group identification and engagement; misconceptions about BI deployment; the human element of BI; as well as self-service BI purpose and usefulness.[read more]

BlackBerry: Innovation Alone Isn't Enough

August 16, 2013 by Michael Fauscette

Earlier this week BlackBerry announced that it was seeking a buyer or strategic partner as a way forward and out of its multi-year decline. The path from high flying tech leader to "for sale sign" is a sad one and one that is pretty complex to explain.[read more]

Salesforce.com Is Full of Surprises

July 11, 2013 by Richard Snow

Salesforce.com

Anyone who follows Salesforce.com is used to surprises, but over the last couple of months the company has come up with some that go beyond the usual. At a recent user conference in London, two messages struck major chords with me.[read more]

Datawatch Acquires Panopticon for Big Data Discovery and Visualization Across Business Processes

June 22, 2013 by Mark Smith

Panopticon Software

Datawatch has made news with its acquisition of Panopticon, a Swedish provider of business visualization and analytics for not only data but events and messages as well. Panopticon’s innovations in analytical discovery are not widely recognized yet, but they'll get recognition moving forward.[read more]

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"Acqui-Hiring" Hits Big Data to Tackle the Talent Shortage

June 3, 2013 by Todd Nevins

Acqui-hiring talent

The concept of a growing company short on talent acquiring another company simply to fill those open spots is not a new one. Yahoo acquired 10 small companies prior to Tumblr and within days of the acquisitions, shuttered them and rolled the employees into different divisions of Yahoo.[read more]

What the Launch of Social.com Shows Us

April 24, 2013 by Esteban Kolsky

social advertising in the cloud / shutterstock

Today Salesforce announced the launch of Social.com – a social advertising solution that brings the power of Radian6 and Buddy Media (two recent acquisitions made by Salesforce for over $1 billion total that had been floundering looking for a purpose) into an innovative way to use Marketing 2.0.[read more]

Don't Gloat Over Excel Model Failures

April 23, 2013 by Paul Barsch
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Two noted economists, Kenneth Rogoff and Carmen Reinhardt, recently made an Excel spreadsheet error that led to some grave miscalculations. But just because mathematical calculations are wrong, it doesn’t mean a particular idea isn’t directionally sound.[read more]

Informatica's Master Data Management Strategy

March 14, 2013 by Andy Hayler

Informatica sees a lot of potential in the notionally rather mature area of data integration, with hand-coding still the norm in many companies, especially in less developed markets. Informatica’s MDM offering is based on two acquisitions, Siperian and now Heiler.[read more]

Informatica: Establishing Order from Information Chaos

March 14, 2013 by Mark Smith

I recently attended the annual Informatica analyst summit to get the latest on that company’s strategy and plans. The data integration provider offers a portfolio of information management software that supports today’s big data and information optimization needs.[read more]

R Script Tracks Bookies' Favorites for the Next Pope

March 5, 2013 by David Smith

Tired of manually running a python script to scrape the latest bookmaker odds on the next Pope, R user AJ (an analytical research manager at a large healthcare company) instead created an R script to track the odds on the Papal successor.[read more]