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A Look at How Keyless SSL Works

March 28, 2015 by Anand Srinivasan

Secure socket layer.

Secure Socket Layer, or SSL for short, is one of the key elements to providing a safe and secure web transaction. Websites that offer financial services or handle confidential user information have for long used SSL technology to encrypt such sensitive data and thus deter hackers from stealing them.[read more]

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The Data Lake Debate: Questioning the Pro

March 27, 2015 by Anne Buff

The Data Lake Debate.

Technology is not the answer for every big data issue (well any data for that matter). I get it - Hadoop and the concept of data lakes are hot topics. However, just because they are trending in the world of technology does not mean that they will solve critical business issues such as taking full advantage of an organization’s data. I stand firm that data storage, data lake or any other type, is not the essential element for an organization to take full advantage of its data.[read more]

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Big Data: 6 Things a Data Scientist Can Learn from a Pastry Chef

March 24, 2015 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

Data analysis and chocolate cake? Cookies and data visualization? They don’t seem to have much in common — except that they might both show up at a board room table — but being an effective data scientist and a consummate pastry chef have more in common than you might think.[read more]

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Beyond the Bottomline: ERP Tools Are Meant for Ensuring Customer Satisfaction

March 24, 2015 by Daan Pepijn

ERP tools.

Beyond being a mere data analysis tool, another perspective on ERP is that it ultimately serves as a tool for ensuring customer satisfaction. The bottom line in all of these is effective and efficient data management. Better handling of business data to make these more useful in managing business operations will ultimately result in better products or services and improved handling of customer concerns.[read more]

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Winning Strategies for Enterprise Mobile App Development

March 24, 2015 by Glenn Johnson

Mobile apps.

Enterprise mobile apps are being commissioned at a hectic pace across all industries, geographies and business processes. Employees see mobile apps as an essential means of resolving issues raised in phone calls, emails and other messages delivered by smartphones and tablets usually while the employee is ‘off site’ and ‘off duty.’[read more]

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XaaS: Today and Tomorrow

March 22, 2015 by Beata Green

Everything as a service.

You may have heard the terms SaaS (software as a service), infrastructure as a service (IaaS) or PaaS (platform as a service). However, what about XaaS? This acronym stands for “anything as a service.” Simply put, XaaS stands for software, infrastructure and platform as a service when they are all delivered in a single package. When put together, these three services replace those that traditionally were provided by one or more IT departments or companies.[read more]

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5 Non-Standard Ways to Use Cloud Storage

March 21, 2015 by Terry Smith

Cloud storage.

We all get used that cloud storages like Dropbox and Google Drive serve one definite purpose: to keep our data online. Thus, we can easily add, remove, share access, open, or edit files and rest assured that the storage would backup and synchronize all our changes. This is a standard way to utilize a service like this. However, more advanced users are constantly finding new ways to benefit from certain cloud storage options. Have a look at five most non-standard tricks you can do with your Dropbox or Google Drive.[read more]

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The Data Lake Debate: Pro is Up First

March 20, 2015 by Tamara Dull

The Data Lake Debate column.

To data lake or not to data lake? That is the question du jour, precipitated by the big data tsunami that hit our enterprise shores a few years ago. Unfortunately, the answer to this question is not so cut-and-dried, as we can see by this small sampling of headlines: Gartner says beware of the data lake fallacy. Gartner gets the ‘data lake’ concept all wrong.[read more]

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Are You Prepared for Multi-Cloud Challenges?

March 20, 2015 by Jared Jaureguy

Cloud computing.

There’s little question that cloud computing can provide you with innovative and helpful new applications designed to increase your company’s capabilities and productivity. Many businesses end up using multiple services to reach the potential that the cloud promises.[read more]

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Book Review: Bernard Marr's "Big Data"

March 20, 2015 by SDC Staff

Bernard Marr's book, Big Data.

This book takes a very complex subject and makes it accessible and easily digestible. It’s essential reading for anyone wanting to understand how data and analytics can improve their business. But it’s also an invaluable guide for data experts who struggle to communicate their knowledge to colleagues in the boardroom.[read more]

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Can Big Data Analytics Fight Poaching?

March 19, 2015 by Jonathan Buckley

Big data and poaching.

The black rhinoceros is one of the most endangered animals on the planet. In 1970, around 65,000 of them roamed southern Africa, but today, recent estimates say there are just over 5,000 remaining. Poaching of this species has led to an ecological disaster. Without dwelling on the problem, what are the solutions?[read more]

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5 Amazing Companies That Use Big Data to Drive Success

March 17, 2015 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

In this post I look at five companies which have emerged on the scene more recently, but which have built business models on big data and analytics. Some are quickly growing into household names, and some are still only known to big data insiders – but the profiles of all of these companies are likely to rise this year.[read more]

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Things You Might Not Know About Big Data [INFOGRAPHIC]

March 17, 2015 by Matthew Zajechowski

Big data.

Big Data comes from the 2.5 quintillion bytes of data that are created daily by everything from photos posted to Instagram to weather balloons, and it includes data sets with sizes beyond the ability of commonly used software tools to capture, curate, manage, and process data within a reasonable amount of time.[read more]

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You May Not Be as Anonymous as You Think

March 11, 2015 by Tamara Dull

The Big Data MOPS Series.

What may be classified as anonymous may, in fact, be pseudonymous. With pseudonymity, an ID or number of some sort is typically used to tie back to an individual – without revealing any PII, such as the person’s name.[read more]

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Big Data: A Brief(ish) History Everyone Should Read

March 10, 2015 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

What this teaches us is that Big Data is not a new or isolated phenomenon, but one that is part of a long evolution of capturing and using data. Like other key developments in data storage, data processing and the Internet, Big Data is just a further step that will bring change to the way we run business and society. At the same time it will lay the foundations on which many evolutions will be built.[read more]

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By the Data: The Geography of Gender-Based Income Inequality

March 10, 2015 by Josh Knauer

Gender-based income inequality.

Will granular data tell a story not uncovered by national statistics? And is there a way to visualize this issue from another perspective? Using data provided by Simmons Local, we decided to look at males and females making $25,000 or less annually and break down those numbers geographically.[read more]

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Say No to Low Conversion Rates

March 9, 2015 by Gaurav Rastogi

Conversion rates.

The word on the street is that conversion rates are just a numbers game, no matter whether the business model is to convert a free user to a paid customer or a freemium user to a paid customer. You have a lot of free subscribers, and some of them respond to your frequent email reminders and end up converting into paying customers.[read more]

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What Is Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) And Should You Care?

March 9, 2015 by Anand Srinivasan

With significant developments in the area of network functions virtualization (NFV), software defined networking (SDN) and OpenFlow, it is important to see these various products as part of the greater need to design and deploy network services with agility and scale – something that NaaS offers.[read more]

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Abolish Daylight Savings Time

March 8, 2015 by Shawn Gordon

Daylight savings.

The time is long past to leave the anachronistic use of Daylight Savings Time behind us, and here is why. Ultimately, it is the arrogance of politicians that seem to think they are creating or giving you an extra hour of daylight, when in fact they are just controlling everyone's behavior.[read more]

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Big Data Ethics: Rearranging the Puzzlers

March 7, 2015 by Anand Srivastava

Big data.

The modern entrepreneur is completely dependent on the concept of Big Data, overloaded with the Workforce management schematics. This post delves deep into the concept of Big Data Ethics considering the chunks associated with the initiation and procurement. Big Data is an enigma and the ethics need to be understood first in the interest of safeguarding consumer interests.[read more]