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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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Which Will Win? Flash or Hard Drive Storage?

September 24, 2014 by Rick Delgado

Hard drive.

The storage technology of choice will likely come down to what the storage is used for and where it’s intended to go. Both hard drive and flash storage have a lot going for them, so it will be up to businesses and individuals to use what they think is best for what they do and await new innovations for the future.[read more]

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The 5 Sexiest Big Data Jobs Available Today

September 23, 2014 by Bernard Marr
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The Big Data Guru column.

It’s been estimated that by 2015, almost two million people will be employed in big data jobs in the US. Hal Varian, Google’s chief economist, is quoted as saying “…the sexy job in the next 10 years will be statisticians” and Tom Davenport, Distinguished Professor at Babson College, believes that a data scientist has the sexiest job of the 21st century.[read more]

Oracle Financials Is in the Cloud

September 23, 2014 by Robert Kugel

Longer ERP replacement cycles.

The biggest challenge – and greatest opportunity – in the ERP software market lies in developing a multitenant cloud ERP offering that provides ample functionality and configurability to address the requirements of a majority of the market.[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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CAPEX Deferred Eventually Makes the Company Sick

September 22, 2014 by Paul Barsch
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Risky Business column.

Instead of investments in IT, machinery, buildings and more, CEOs and CFOs are content to predominantly spend cash on stock buy-backs and/or dividends. Deferring CAPEX spend, or “sweating the assets” will work for a little while, but it’s not a strategy for long-term success.[read more]

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Big World, Big Data: The Modern Day Impact on Traditional Industries

September 22, 2014 by Monte Zweben
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Big data.

While Big Data has the power to change the world, you have the opportunity to use it to change your own operations. Incremental, data-driven change may not get the headlines, but it could get your business to the head of its field.[read more]

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Takes New Role: What Does it Really Mean?

September 22, 2014 by Michael Fauscette

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison.

There has been a bit of discussion today around the positives and negatives of co-CEO's, and in fact, Oracle's biggest competitor, SAP had struggled with that dual headed approach in the past. It is probably worth noting that Hurd and Catz are not Co-CEOs, they each hold the title and their specific areas of responsibility are clearly defined.[read more]

SAP Buys Concur for $7.4B for Travel & Expense SaaS

September 21, 2014 by Natalie Lehrer

SAP buys concur.

Concur is one of the leaders in corporate travel and expense technology. Inside of the Concur app, employees can instantly upload receipts into the cloud which will allow their expenses to be paid or reimbursed by the company. Concur also allows organizations to get specific deals through partner agreements which allows certain organizations to get better deals on preferred airlines and hotels for employee travel.[read more]

Why Are Organizations Still Struggling with Their Data?

September 20, 2014 by Lyndsay Wise
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Struggling with data.

The data infrastructure exists to support Big Data, operational data streams, data quality practices, and the list goes on. Best practices exist for organizations to follow to achieve a strong information management framework and tie data to business processes enabling decision makers the ability to take actions on the insights they’ve gleaned.[read more]

How to Achieve Big Success from Big Data [INFOGRAPHIC]

September 19, 2014 by Mark van Rijmenam
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Big success from big data.

A new study revealed that companies with Big Data experience are satisfied with business outcomes and that Big Data is revolutionizing the way companies do business. In fact, 92% of the companies surveyed are fully satisfied with the business outcomes of their Big Data initiatives.[read more]

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Potential Hurdles Limiting the Internet of Things

September 19, 2014 by Rick Delgado

The internet of things.

The hype surrounding the Internet of Things (IoT) is immense. The basic premise behind the IoT is to connect everyday objects to the internet through tiny sensors, allowing them to communicate with businesses, consumers, and each other.[read more]

Watson Analytics: The Data Scientist Accelerator

September 19, 2014 by Lillian Pierson

Watson analytics.

On Tuesday, September 16, at Times Square New York, IBM announced the forthcoming release of its Watson Analytics platform. This freemium SAAS offering is positioned to be a *true* game-changer in the fields of big data analytics, business intelligence, and data science.[read more]

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The Demise of the Data Scientist: Heresy or Fact?

September 18, 2014 by Richard Boire

Data scientist. 

One article from an IT leader of a well-respected U.S. organization hypothesized that data scientists will in the future become like switchboard operators:obsolete. The primary reason for this declining demand according to the author was that increased automation and operationalization of business processes will not require the technical skills of the data scientist.[read more]

Big Data Proves Mobile Is Where Your Audience Is: Where Are You?

September 18, 2014 by Tracey Wallace

Mobile phone.

In 2012, Americans spend just 6% of their media diet with print, but that those pages attract 23% of all ad spend. Mobile, on the other hand, took up 12% of the typical American’s media diet, yet only pulled in 3% of all ad spend. That left a whooping $20B opportunity in mobile advertising revenue alone.[read more]