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Big Data Explained in Less Than 2 Minutes ... to Absolutely Anyone

May 19, 2015 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

There are some things that are so big that they have implications for everyone, whether we want them to or not. Big Data is one of those concepts, and is completely transforming the way we do business and is impacting most other parts of our lives. It’s such an important idea that everyone from your grandma to your CEO needs to have a basic understanding of what it is and why it’s important.[read more]


How to Pivot Your Data

May 19, 2015 by Sai Gundavelli

More than a decade ago, the enterprise was a very different place. Companies had challenges dealing with data growth - application performance issues, growing storage costs, and dealing with application upgrades. Data became more manageable over time, with the introduction of solutions like data archiving. However, the needs of the enterprise are no longer met by standard data archiving.[read more]


How Top Brands Are Wielding Data and Analytics

May 19, 2015 by MJ Wesner

Data & analytics/shutterstock

You’ve heard that “Big Data is the new competitive advantage.” You know it’s “the next frontier for innovation, competition, and productivity,” and you may even be aware that it’s “no longer confined to the Big Business playbook.” But that’s the problem: how do you take what you know and turn it into something actionable?[read more]

First Look: IBM Decision Optimization Cloud

May 17, 2015 by James Taylor

IBM’s advanced analytics portfolio contains its descriptive analytics, predictive analytics and prescriptive analytics products (everything from Cognos to SPSS to optimization and decision management). Within this portfolio is IBM’s decision optimization portfolio that contains the solver technology embedded in many IBM and external products.[read more]

The Hadoop Honeymoon Is Over

May 16, 2015 by Martyn Jones

Listen up Big Data playmates! The ubiquitous Big Data gurus, tied up in their regular chores of astroturfing mega-volumes, velocities and varieties of superficial flim flam, may not have noticed this, but, Hadoop is getting set up for one mighty fall – or a fast-tracked and vertiginous black run descent. Why do I say that? Well, let’s check the market.[read more]

Employee Training and Other Ways to Protect Your Company’s Valuable Data

May 15, 2015 by Rick Delgado

Employee training.

In the last decade, companies have seen new business opportunities thanks to the advancement in technology. However, these technologies can also pose extreme threats to valuable data of businesses that not only breach their confidentiality and trade secrets, but cause them to lose millions. Along with technology, employees pose equal cyber security threats of company data.[read more]


5 Smart Data Tips for New CIOs to Drive Business

May 15, 2015 by Bob Dvorak

Whether its day one or day 501, it’s practically vital for CIOs to make a splash and prove their worth. While business executives tend to dismiss the CIO as a strategic partner, the emergence of new digital tools, the need for reliable data and a growing demand for analytics have provided CIOs ammo to prove otherwise.[read more]

All Is Not Lost: Finding Value In Marketing Attribution Data

May 15, 2015 by Bill Franks

In my last blog, I laid out some facts that call into question the extensive effort many organizations put into attributing individual customer sales to individual marketing touch points via common attribution methods. To summarize, Suresh Pillai, head of Customer Analytics & Insights for Europe at eBay, showed that all reasonable attribution algorithms led to effectively the same aggregate credit to each marketing lever and also the same credit as a random method.[read more]


The Internet of Things Is Moving from Science Fiction to Science Fact

May 14, 2015 by Jared Jaureguy

Increased connectivity, smart homes, wearable watches and innovative connected devices are quickly changing the way we think, function and live. The "things" consist of a panoply of devices that provide a perceived value or service to consumers. The devices are intuitive, functional and provide a practical function. The IoT is not some far-fetched, future reality that has yet to be realized.[read more]

Cloud ROI: Business and Financial Gains

May 14, 2015 by Annie Bustos

Cloud ROI.

A significant benefit of moving resources to the cloud and cloud ROI is the resulting gains in collaboration and efficiency. Any cloud based service is fundamentally created in order to offer the user access from any location and to share information quickly and easily. Easy access to services by any staff member then encourages discussion and collaboration which leads to better decision making and a more productive workforce.[read more]

NICE Systems Engages Analytics to Optimize Customer Experience

May 14, 2015 by Richard Snow

Our next-generation customer analytics research shows that many companies use spreadsheets to try to reach this goal. However, these personal productivity tools simply cannot deal with the complexity of customer engagement. I recommend that companies assess how NICE Engagement Analytics can help them improve the customer experience and business outcomes.[read more]


What’s Up with Big Data? Let’s Look at the Trends

May 13, 2015 by Tamara Dull

The Big Data MOPS Series.

While there’s no question that the buzz of “big data” is still going strong, how well is big data actually catching on? To answer this question, we’ll review some of the recent research to see what’s trending in the world of big data. Despite the challenges organizations are facing in this growing big data market, they’re (hopefully) in it for the right reasons—i.e., to discover new insights that will keep them in the game for many years to come.[read more]

On Not Knowing Sentiment Analysis

May 13, 2015 by Martyn Jones

Sentiment analysis.

If you know all about Sentiment Analysis, you’ve come to the right place. Because I don’t have a clue if what I know about it is accurate or not. I started to do a bit research into this Sentiment Analysis lark, in particular with the theoretical idea of using it to analyse and draw conclusions from comments on Pulse – assuming that this is what it can be used for.[read more]


Secure Video Conferencing

May 13, 2015 by Richard Smith

With so many video conferencing options available, it can be difficult to decide on the right solution for your enterprise. According to a recently published study by the Wainhouse Research Group, enterprises are struggling to keep up with an increasingly changing workplace. The study shows that by 2020, Millenials will make up at least half of the global workforce, and with that demographic change will come differences in procedures, tools, and working preferences.[read more]


The Big Data Health Partnership Between Apple and IBM

May 12, 2015 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

Apple and IBM have released details of their partnership which will allow iPhone and Apple Watch users to share data to IBM’s Watson Health cloud-based healthcare analytics service. The initiative will potentially bring the benefits of crowd-sourced, Big Data-driven healthcare to millions. The ground-breaking deal could also lead to further advances in healthcare as IBM’s Big Data-crunching engines gain access to real-time activity and biometric data from potentially millions of people who use Apple’s devices around the world.[read more]