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Data Collection Made Simple [VIDEO]

April 17, 2014 by Tracey Wallace

Simple data collection.

Activation apps put the power of smart data collection into the hands of executives, while maintaining user security and privacy. The concept is simple: allow companies to utilize social authentication absolutely anywhere they so chose to collect identity data information in less than half and hour, and without having to involve a tech team.[read more]

An Introduction to Unstructured Data

April 17, 2014 by Radhika Subramanian

Unstructured data.

Organizations everywhere are beginning to feel mounting pressure to collect and store any form of data they can get their hands on. From nonprofits collecting data on the populations they serve to social media giants looking for ways to monetize, data of any kind is the raw good that most organizations this century will look to spin into piles of gold.[read more]

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5 Top Tools for Government Tech [INFOGRAPHIC]

April 16, 2014 by Zach Taiji

Tools for government tech.

Cloud computing and SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) tools can be great solutions for local and state-level governments with limited resources, since most solutions are affordable, scale to specific needs and allow employees to access secure data from anywhere. As governments get larger in size (federal), there are even custom-built and propietary solutions.[read more]

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How Big Data is Changing IT Careers

April 16, 2014 by Rick Delgado

Changing IT careers.

A revolution is underway in the business world, one that’s creating whole new opportunities and challenges for those involved in technology and other related fields. The revolution is centered around big data, and it’s having a big effect on information technology. IT professionals are accustomed to playing a vital role in many businesses, but that role is quickly transforming in new ways.[read more]

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A Guide to Maintaining Consumer Trust When Using Big Data

April 16, 2014 by Gil Allouche

Consumer trust and big data.

With the ever-increasing occurrence of data breaches in different companies and sectors across the world, consumers are becoming more and more concerned about their privacy and how companies are using and protecting the consumer information they gather.[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]

Big Data Needs to Work Toward Security Solutions Now Before It’s Too Late

April 15, 2014 by Tracey Wallace

Big data and security solutions.

In the effort to protect data rights, transparency is key. What will you be doing with a user’s data? How might that change overtime? How will you alert users to data breaches (if it happens) or changes in your use policy? In protecting data rights, your users become an extension of your brand — and thus an asset to secure.[read more]

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Top Apps and Programs to Protect Google Nexus Devices

April 15, 2014 by Jessica Oaks

Protect Google Nexus devices.

As people's computing and online habits migrate from desktop devices to mobile devices, so too goes the way of the hackers and online predators. Though you may feel unprepared to thwart such risks, there are actually a number of different apps and programs to help protect your smartphone.[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]

SAP HANA Brings ROI of More Than 500% for the University of Kentucky

April 14, 2014 by Timo Elliott

SAP HANA brings ROI.

“The university believes that SAP HANA will help it realize other benefits, such as improved staff utilization rates, efficiencies in budgeting, and even revenue-producing mobile applications, although this study has not quantified these potential benefits because they are less near term in nature.”[read more]

The Great Debate: SAS vs. R

April 14, 2014 by Linda Burtch

SAS vs. R.

Despite hearing more about R from clients and candidates than ever before, determining whether R was actually more popular than SAS proved difficult. A quick Google search for “R vs. SAS” returns more than a few pages dedicated to each side, as well as several heated LinkedIn discussions relating to the topic, with no definitive answers.[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]

When Machine Learning Isn’t Learning

April 12, 2014 by Bill Franks
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When machine learning isn’t learning.

I have no issue if the market wants to label algorithms that are based on iterative rules as machine learning. I do wonder, however, how many people are just following the hype and do not understand that what they think is an algorithm that is learning and adapting is really just a set of complex rules.[read more]

No, Hadoop Is Not Going To Replace Your Data Warehouse

April 11, 2014 by Timo Elliott

Hadoop and your data warehouse.

The real opportunity of new technologies like Hadoop and In-Memory processing is to enable new, more flexible, analytics-focused, actionable applications. And that takes much more than just a platform. Organizations want best-practice business applications capable of analyzing big data and putting it in the hands of people on the front line of your organization that need it, via cloud and mobile devices.[read more]

Defining Business Intelligence 3.0

April 11, 2014 by Lachlan James

Business intelligence 3.0.

So what exactly is Business Intelligence 3.0? Is it a mass of meaningless marketing messages, a collection of multiple BI advancements, or does it represent a single technological shift that many have misconstrued? Well, according to Bill Cabiro, it’s none of the above. Cabiro contends that BI 3.0 represents two things: A changing philosophy regarding BI user types and an amalgamation, or confusion, of terms.[read more]