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Data Quality: Cash Drain or Cash Gain?

October 23, 2014 by Martin Doyle

Cash drain.

According to a 2009 Gartner study, businesses estimated that they are losing an average of $8.2 million per year because of poor data quality. Five years on, we are storing, managing and relying on more data than ever before. It’s more important than ever to mitigate the risk of poor data quality by investing in solutions that work.[read more]

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A Closer Look at CloudFlare and Incapsula: Next Generation CDN Services

October 22, 2014 by Anand Srinivasan
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CloudFlare and Incapsula.

Today a new generation of CDNs built to harness advancements in hardware, networking and cloud computing. These next gen CDNs are radically different in architecture from their predecessors, and are designed to consolidate multiple technologies for website acceleration and security into a full-blown application delivery solution.[read more]

Are Government Agencies Complying with FedRAMP?

October 20, 2014 by Natalie Lehrer

FedRAMP.

The report published by the inspector generals and NextGov is alarming for American citizens. From both an information security perspective as well as a “Bang for your tax dollars” perspective, the auditor’s findings conclude that the risks found also “increases the risk that agencies could misspend or ineffectively use government funds.”[read more]

Missing Data: Whose Problem Is It Anyways?

October 15, 2014 by Annie Pettit

Dodo.

Every statistics package is designed with fancy little features to help you deal with missing data. You can choose to “Exclude cases listwise” or “Exclude cases pairwise.” And if you’re a particularly skilled researcher, you can apply some complicated statistical procedures to impute your missing cases based on the existing data from other people.[read more]

Increasing Importance of Governed Data Access

October 15, 2014 by Lyndsay Wise

Governed data access.

More and more solution providers are starting to integrate the concept of governed data discovery into their product offerings. After years of trying to adopt data governance initiatives as part of a larger data management framework within organizations, software vendors are integrating similar capabilities into their solutions.[read more]

Who Gets the Call When Your Analytics Process Crashes?

October 10, 2014 by Bill Franks

Analytics matters.

I recently had a meeting with one of the largest companies in the world, where we discussed concerns about ongoing maintenance and, more importantly, ongoing repair required for analytics processes. The conversation helped solidify in my mind a major disconnect that often occurs when organizations deploy an analytics process into a production setting. Let’s walk through that disconnect here.[read more]

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Whose Story Are You Telling?

October 8, 2014 by Tamara Dull

The Big Data MOPS Series.

You have limited (if any) control over what others share about you, but you do have control over what you share about yourself and others. Just because you have someone’s personal information doesn’t mean you have to share or act on it. Remember: It may not be your story to tell.[read more]

Data Ownership Ushers in Dawn of the Private API

October 8, 2014 by Tracey Wallace

Data ownership.

Twitter, once the industry leader in the public API space, announced their public API 2.0 version, which is much more restrictive toward third-party developers, and is causing the shuttering of multiple startups including the popular TwitPic. Essentially, Twitter is attempting to drive more users to adopt the company’s own channels by restricting third-party users like TwitPic, ultimately resulting in better monetization and control for Twitter itself.[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]

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A Cautionary Tale: Are You Clicking Your Privacy (or the Privacy of Others) Away?

October 1, 2014 by Tamara Dull

The Big Data MOPS Series.

The big data privacy discussion is subtle, complex and complicated – and we each have a role to play. What’s yours going to be? This is my adapted version of the popular "Feathers in the Wind" tale attributed to Rabbi Levi Yitzhak of Berdichev.[read more]

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Gaining an ‘Unfair Advantage’ with Predictive Analytics

September 25, 2014 by Kristen Paral

Predictive analytics.

Predicting the future is no longer just science fiction. Data tools today are smarter, faster and more intuitive than ever before, and data scientists are making what was once viewed as futuristic capability a reality in today’s organization.[read more]

The Internet Needs a Bill of Rights Before It's Too Late

September 25, 2014 by Tracey Wallace

Digital marketing and advertising ecosystem.

The Internet is our greatest shared resource, and recently, it's status as a forever renewable resource has been called into question. To thank for that? Lawmakers and lobbyists looking to make a quick buck or two off of a service we have all come to know as "utility."[read more]

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Big Data Privacy Is About You, Me, Them, and Us

September 24, 2014 by Tamara Dull

The Big Data MOPS Series.

Today, we live in an always-on digital world. We work online. We socialize online. We shop online. We bank online. We support causes online. Not to mention, we drive on toll roads with our EZPasses, go to Disney World with our MagicBands, and check our personal stats with our Fitbits. We are living in a big data world.[read more]

Big Data, Big Payoff? Why Your Company Needs Data Literate Employees, Now

September 24, 2014 by Rishi Shah

Employees.

Big data profitability depends on your employee's data literacy. Big data won't go away anytime soon, and neither will humans. In the end, it is humans who need to set up data collection and visualization systems, ask questions of the data, and take meaningful action on that information. Your big data platform is just a tool.[read more]

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Robot HR: How HR is Contributing to Unemployment

September 23, 2014 by Shawn Gordon

Did human eyes ever see your resume?

We have all these tech companies screaming for more H1B visas and in reality, there is probably plenty of talent right here in the US, but HR is standing in the way of the two active parties in many cases, or lawyers in the way in others. There has to be a better way to connect interested companies with willing talent.[read more]

 

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