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Growing Your User Base Using Mobile Analytics

May 22, 2015 by Patrick Gerald

No good business succeeds without analytics. This can be as simple as measuring a store’s walk-ins versus converted customers, or analyzing period earnings YoY. The mobile market is exploding and if developers wish to capitalize on this movement they'd better learn how to leverage analytics platform, improving user experience along the way.[read more]

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Mobile and Cloud Computing Are Changing ECM: Are You Ready?

May 22, 2015 by Rehan Sheikh

Enterprise content management (ECM), according to projections, will be a $12 billion industry by 2019. The affordability of SaaS solutions has made ECM reachable for small and medium-sized businesses. Also, the rapid increase in mobile traffic — and the desire to work on enterprise content using mobile devices — is making it necessary to companies to adopt device-agnostic ECM.[read more]

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A Big Data Cheat Sheet: What Executives Want to Know

May 21, 2015 by Tamara Dull

The Big Data MOPS Series. 

What can Hadoop do that my data warehouse can’t? The short answer is: (1) Store any and all kinds of data more cheaply and (2) process all this data more quickly (and cheaply). The longer answer is: They say that 20% of the data we deal with today is structured data. I also call this traditional, relational data. The other 80% is semi-structured or unstructured data, and this is what I call “big” data.[read more]

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Why the Chief Data Officer is the Hottest Job of the 21st Century

May 20, 2015 by Jeff Brown

Cheif data officer.

In 2012, Harvard Business Review boldly named the Data Scientist “The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century.” In 2013, reporters at CNBC gave the same nod to data analysts, saying it was one of the most sought-after positions. Even U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker came out praising the Chief Data Officer (CDO).[read more]

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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]

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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]

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How Top Brands Are Wielding Data and Analytics

May 19, 2015 by MJ Wesner

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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]

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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]

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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]

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

May 13, 2015 by Tamara Dull
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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]

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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]

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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]

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The Growing Relationship Between Drones and Big Data

May 12, 2015 by Jonathan Buckley

Drone.

Big data seems to be everywhere, used by every industry, and embraced by every organization. While that’s admittedly a bit of an exaggeration, it’s become clear in the past few years how valuable big data can be no matter where it is used. At the same time the big data trend has grown in popularity, the use of drones has also taken off, in a manner of speaking.[read more]

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5 Questions to Ask as You Prepare for a Compliance Audit

May 12, 2015 by Brad Thies

For most cloud service providers, a compliance audit is, at best, a necessary evil — the root canal of the business world. Like a root canal, it can be a painful process that you regret about halfway through, even if you know it’s good for you. But just as you can avoid root canals with proper dental hygiene and regular checkups, the pain of compliance audits can be avoided with proper preparation.[read more]

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Business VoIP: Could B2C Applications Overrun Enterprise Focused Services?

May 11, 2015 by Anand Srinivasan

Business VoIP.

In a recent quarterly earnings call, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook Messenger now accounts for close to 10% of all global mobile Voice over IP calls. With WhatsApp, an application that Facebook acquired for $19 billion, having introduced VoIP calling over their platform, the adoption rate of VoIP is at an all-time high. The exponential growth has telcos across the world raise their voices for laws that will enable them to bypass net neutrality issues and protect their revenues.[read more]

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Expert Speak: 6 Highlights and Lessons from the 2015 CDO Summit

May 8, 2015 by Trips Reddy

The 2015 CDO Summit.

The CDO Summit 2015 (at the Thomson Reuters office in New York City) hosted Chief Digital Officers, Chief Data Officers and other C-suite digital leaders from a range of industries including retail, finance, healthcare and technology. Organized by the CDO Club, a packed day of sessions, panels and knowledge-sharing highlighted original research, the CDO jobs landscape and the challenges faced by CDOs as they focus on digital transformation at their companies.[read more]

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Is VoIP Offering You Any Real Benefit?

May 8, 2015 by Richard Smith

Experts opine that instead of the myriad benefits offered by VoIP, we still need to have a disaster recovery system in place in order to make VoIP future ready. Hosted VoIP systems, for instance, allow several points of protection in order to support communication recovery. There should be enough scope for rerouting calls to other locations as well.[read more]

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How Restaurants Are Using Big Data

May 6, 2015 by Rick Delgado
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With the rise of big data, many industries have seen just how beneficial using large amounts of information can be in improving their businesses. From retail to healthcare to sports to financial, each industry has found something valuable about big data in enhancing both the big picture and the smaller details.[read more]

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Big Data Anonymous: Ask Data Experts Your Burning Data Questions

May 5, 2015 by MJ Wesner

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We'd like to alert the Smart Data Collective community to a unique opportunity: the chance to ask a panel of internationally renowned data experts all your burning data questions. It's a part of the The Social Shake-Up, which we're hosting in Atlanta this June.[read more]

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The 7 Most Unusual Applications of Big Data You've Ever Seen!

May 5, 2015 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

It’s all well and good to talk about customer experience and managing inventory flow, but what has big data done for me lately? I’ve rounded up seven of the most interesting — and unique — applications for big data I’ve seen recently and how they may be impacting your life.[read more]