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Getting Started with Big Data? Here are Your Tips for Success [SLIDESHARE]

September 30, 2014 by Rick Delgado

Big data tips.

If one thing has become clear in the past few years of big data hype, it's that getting started with big data is more complicated than implementing Hadoop, and the concept of big data requires more company buy-in than an investment in a piece of technology.[read more]

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Who Are the 7 Most Data Rich Companies in the World?

September 30, 2014 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

Some companies really get big data. Not only do they realize size matters – they understand you also have to know what to do with it. Here’s a list of seven companies I think are at the top of the game, when it comes to cutting-edge use of data to strategically achieve business goals.[read more]

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5 Big Data Hadoop Use Cases for Retail

September 30, 2014 by Sameer Nori

Hadoop for retail.

How does Apache Hadoop help retailers? Apache Hadoop is not just a data storage and processing framework - it is an transformational platform, especially for retailers who want to analyze customer data and improve revenues and the general customer experience.[read more]

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How Big Data Is Shaping the Future of Email Marketing

September 29, 2014 by Anand Srinivasan

Email marketing.

Despite the numerous eulogies written for email as a communication medium, they still remain one of the most preferred tools among retail marketers. With big data, email marketing can get a lot more personalized. One interesting evolution that the use of big data in email marketing will bring about is the gross reduction in what I call "legal spam."[read more]

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Big Data Helps Mobile Gaming Companies

September 28, 2014 by Jessica Oaks

Big data and gaming.

Big data helps gaming companies like Zynga update their games, decide which features should be maintained and which should be improved, and deliver personalized user experiences. If today's mobile processor technology enables console-like graphics on tablets and smartphones, it must also be recognized that today's cloud-based video games enable real-time development and unparalleled personalization.[read more]

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5 Ways Big Data Impacts the Insurance Industry

September 26, 2014 by Gil Allouche
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Insurance.

As technology improves, so too does the ability to predict future diseases. And predicting future diseases is extremely important for health insurance companies. With big data, companies are now finding ways to monitor patients’ current health status while still looking at their potential for future diseases.[read more]

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Gaining an ‘Unfair Advantage’ with Predictive Analytics

September 25, 2014 by Kristen Paral

Predictive analytics.

Predicting the future is no longer just science fiction. Data tools today are smarter, faster and more intuitive than ever before, and data scientists are making what was once viewed as futuristic capability a reality in today’s organization.[read more]

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Is Big Data the Silver Bullet for Advanced Supply Chain Analytics?

September 25, 2014 by Ray Major

Analytics.

Leveraging “Big Data” is coming up more and more as a “must have” in conversations I’m having with clients and prospects, not only in the food and beverage industry, but in other industries that have supply chain applications as an integral part of their operations.[read more]

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Big Data Privacy Is About You, Me, Them, and Us

September 24, 2014 by Tamara Dull

The Big Data MOPS Series.

Today, we live in an always-on digital world. We work online. We socialize online. We shop online. We bank online. We support causes online. Not to mention, we drive on toll roads with our EZPasses, go to Disney World with our MagicBands, and check our personal stats with our Fitbits. We are living in a big data world.[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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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The Societal Shift of Self Driving Cars

September 18, 2014 by Shawn Gordon

Self driving cars.

We are currently approaching a cross roads in transportation that we really haven’t seen since the transition from the horse drawn carriage to the internal combustion engine automobile. Namely, the self driving car. Google, quietly and with no fanfare, until announcing in August 2012 that they had logged over 300,000 miles of accident free autonomous driving.[read more]

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Big Data: 20 Free Big Data Sources Everyone Should Know

September 16, 2014 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

Any company, from big blue chip corporations to the tiniest start-up can now leverage more data than ever before. Many of my clients ask me for the top data sources they could use in their big data endeavour and here’s my rundown of some of the best free big data sources available today.[read more]

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5 Keys to Successfully Using Big Data

September 16, 2014 by Rick Delgado
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Successfully using big data.

Simply going out to collect data can lead to a business gathering massive amounts of information with little purpose or direction. All companies interested in big data should have a clear goal in mind before collecting that data. With a goal to work toward, companies will know what kind of data they should be going after, helping them form a more defined big data strategy.[read more]

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Don’t Let Internal Obstructionists Derail Your S&OP Initiative

September 10, 2014 by Ray Major

Obstructionists.

I recently ran across an article by Tracy Parsons where she identified obstructionist within an organizations as people who are “Paid by the No.” I found that statement to be not only quite funny, but also quite accurate. We’ve all experienced them.[read more]