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Is Your Company Ready to Deploy Business Intelligence Intelligently?

April 22, 2014 by Ray Major

Ready to deploy BI?

Although the majority of data-driven enterprises may have or use BI software or systems, a recent survey we took of IT executives revealed that there is a vast difference between having BI and using BI to the company’s full advantage. There is an even larger chasm between the cost to implement BI and the value realized from those efforts.[read more]

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The Billboard Problem: Why Intelligent Ads Only Live Online, for Now

April 18, 2014 by Samantha Meckler

Billboard.

For centuries, billboard ads have been an ambiguous but undoubtedly treasured way to convert eyeballs into customers. Data-driven business decisions are becoming the way of the world -- and no longer just in theory, so 'guessing as proof' metrics will continue to be exactly what they always have been -- ambiguous and nostalgic.[read more]

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Digi-lution: How Online Data Can Indicate Civil Unrest

April 15, 2014 by Philip Cohen

Digi-lution!

Saying that the Internet is a medium for change, knowledge, discourse, or even civil unrest is a vast understatement, because it's actually a fundamental medium for these things. As much as a decade ago, different countries, politicos, and countries used the Internet to either launch change or to censor and staunch people pushing change.[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]

Low Latency a High Priority When Choosing a Data Center Location

April 8, 2014 by Rachel McAree

Low latency data center location.

Conventional wisdom about network technology dictates that data centers have to be located close to whatever application or user base they’re serving to achieve low latency and ensure applications work correctly. Based on the simple realities of physics – information that travels along fiber optic cables can still travel no faster than the speed of light – distance between a data center and the end user does have a tangible effect on latency.[read more]

How Not to Screw Up Your Data Center Move

April 2, 2014 by Rachel McAree

Your data center move.

It’s usually an inevitable fact: a company will do a once-in-a-career move: they will move their data to a data center. NOTE: This move is going to be disruptive, you and your company will experience downtime, it’s a perilous journey and things can a go wrong.[read more]

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Is Big Data Under Threat by New Internet Magna Carta?

April 1, 2014 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

Big data can deliver mouthwatering value to companies and society, but the NSA revelations about spying on people as well as allegations that large corporations are snooping on customers has tainted the reputation of big data analytics. A growing number of people are now calling for a new Magna Carta for big data, but would that spell the end of the big data movement or a new beginning?[read more]

How Data Will Make Air Travel Safer

March 25, 2014 by Travis Korte

Safer airtravel with better data.

Airlines and air traffic controllers use a lot of information to keep passengers safe, integrating weather readings, physical information about the plane, passenger data, and other kinds of data. But as the uncertainty surrounding Malaysia Airlines Flight 370′s disappearance confirms, better information and ways to act on it will be crucial for the future of air safety.[read more]

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It's Time to Ditch Scarcity Thinking

March 19, 2014 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

The information age has brought persons, businesses and societies elasticity, scalability, and the removal of many earlier capacity constraints. While some worldly things are physically scarce, when living in the information age, we need to retrain our minds to ditch scarcity thinking and instead embrace “sky’s the limit” abundance.[read more]

Architecting Big Data Solutions

March 12, 2014 by John Sanders
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Big data solutions.

In this article I would like to outline, at a high level, the overall thought process for "architecting" big data solutions. The process of developing an architecture is a very personal thing. I don't propose to say that this is the only way - this is simply a framework from which you could launch your own effort.[read more]

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How Microsoft is Protecting the Privacy of its Customers from the NSA

March 11, 2014 by Philip Cohen

Protecting privacy from the NSA.

Microsoft noted that when they update their software, they make the proper preparations to deal with "existing or future lawful demands", and that the company only provided data when the government demanded the data. The leak showed that not only did the NSA have direct access to Microsoft's services through the Prism program, but they also had access to Apple, Google, Facebook, and Yahoo.[read more]

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6 Simple Steps to a Big Data Strategy

March 5, 2014 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

We now live in a world in which the volumes of data are exploding by the second. While some companies are leveraging these data assets very well to generate mouth-watering competitive advantages, most are completely overwhelmed by the amounts of data they are generating and are simply scratching the surface of the other, external data they could use.[read more]

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Technology Training Needs a Hands-On Approach

March 4, 2014 by Paul Barsch
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Risky Business column.

Instead of simply a “core dump” of manuals and online training courses, technical employees should also get “hands on” simulations, boot camps and courses led by advanced robo-instructors to fully hit the ground running[read more]

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Micro-Social Networks: Data with Context

March 1, 2014 by Jean Dobey

Micro-social networks.

For most consumers, social media has become the go-to source for entertainment, news, reviews and much more. The ever-increasing amounts of data shared through social media, however, have made it difficult to find the right information at the right time. A staggering 4.75 billion items are shared by Facebook users daily.[read more]