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Connecting the Data Dots Keeps These Companies Alive

August 27, 2014 by Tamara Dull

The Big Data MOPS Series.

What do the following companies have in common: Google, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Orbitz, Airbnb, Angie’s List, Match.com, OpenTable, and Uber? They’re all online; they have no brick-&-mortar presence. If their website or mobile app is unavailable, it’s as if they don’t exist.[read more]

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Big Data Education: Why Learning Will Never Be the Same

August 26, 2014 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

Big data and technology is probably not going to be the panacea for all of education’s woes. I believe that it is critical that we build the technology alongside the vital role of great teachers and not alienate them through the use of data and analytics. In the end, as with every industry, understanding and applying the data and analytics processes to education will yield positive results and ultimately benefit teachers and students.[read more]

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Spark the Flame: The Power Behind Real Time Analytics

August 26, 2014 by Gil Allouche

Real time analytics/Deviantart.net 

Real time data analytics is like a burning fire. Consider this analogy. Once a spark catches, several chemical and physical changes occur. The fuel (data) is processed while heat (or data outcomes) is simultaneously emitted. Once the process of data streaming begins, it is seamless and very efficient. The process will continue to be efficient as long as data is fed into the system.[read more]

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Building Information Technology Liquidity

August 25, 2014 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

In the financial world, liquid assets can allow companies to react and capitalize on market opportunities. Liquidity in IT means that companies have enough extra compute firepower, people resources and are agile enough with IT processes to respond to unplanned events and demand, in whatever shape, form or order they arrive.[read more]

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Data Science: What Companies Need to Know

August 23, 2014 by Kristen Paral

Data science.

Take a look at Google, Uber, Amazon or Airbnb. All of them are utilizing big data and data scientists to derive business insights and making quantum leaps in their respective business models. Many companies don’t understand the full value of what data science can deliver, revolutionizing their big data into actual results.[read more]

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We’re Traveling at the Speed of Cool to Creepy

August 22, 2014 by Tamara Dull

The Big Data MOPS Series.

It is no longer good enough to make the connection or get the account. The challenge now for companies/brands/apps is to demonstrate that they are trustworthy, respectable, and care about safeguarding what customers have shared with them—i.e., their personal data.[read more]

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How Companies Use Big Data Successfully

August 22, 2014 by Jessica Oaks

Big data.

One of the greatest benefits afforded businesses by data analysis is that decisions can be made not based on hunches, but on hard numbers. As soon as a company realizes this, it can start taking concrete steps to address legitimate and documented needs – customer needs, internal needs, logistics needs, and more.[read more]

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Can Fossil Analysis Software Help Us Plan Curriculum?

August 20, 2014 by J. Kevin Byrne

Fossil analysis software.

Paleontologists use (free) software (known as PAST) for their statistical analysis. I bumped into it via key-word web-search to support academic planning I was doing. I offloaded it, took a close look, and I discovered I could use a specific menu within it (hierarchical analysis) to help reconceptualize curriculum at my design college.[read more]

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How Big Data Is Changing Insurance Forever

August 19, 2014 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

Insurers such as Progressive in the US and Prudential in the UK are now pushing for wider acceptance of “telematics” devices, which feed back real-time data on a driver’s behaviour. So young drivers who can demonstrate that they keep within speed limits and do not brake suddenly too often, can pay less.[read more]

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Should the Entire Internet Be Encrypted?

August 19, 2014 by Shawn Gordon

Encrypt all the things!

Until the entire Internet is encrypting all its traffic, solutions like IceBrowser are a good way to protect yourself online. This isn’t about things as mundane as pornography; this is about protecting every piece of information and every footprint you leave out there.[read more]

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Dear Facebook, It’s Not You, It’s Us

August 15, 2014 by Tamara Dull

The Big Data MOPS Series.

Last week, we reached our 7-year anniversary mark. Have we really been together that long?! Because, honestly, it feels like forever. I’m sorry we didn’t celebrate, but I really didn’t feel like it. Ever since you asked me for my home address a few months ago, my feelings have begun to change. You crossed a line, dude.[read more]

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Big Data: Making an Impact at the Post Office

August 13, 2014 by Gil Allouche

Postal truck.

While the USPS is struggling, big data is exploding. The technology is taking significant steps forward at an extremely rapid pace, making it more and more enticing to numerous different sectors. Big data analytics is becoming especially important because of the speed and accuracy with which the analyses can be performed.[read more]

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Gigascience: A Science Journal That Provides Full Data Sets

August 13, 2014 by Hallam Stevens

Gigascience.

Gigascience’s data is useful because it is shared and open. More specifically, it is valuable because it is made available for use and re-use in multiple places and in multiple contexts. The rice genomes might now be used for formulating new rice strains in Africa or for comparison with tulip genomes in Holland.[read more]

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Little Data: The 25 KPIs Everyone Must Understand

August 12, 2014 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

Without good KPIs it is difficult to create good big data initiatives. I spend my work life helping companies around the world with their big data and KPI initiatives and have developed a list of top level metrics I consider global best practice examples.[read more]

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The Latest Technological Phase and What IT Pros Should Do About It [INFOGRAPHIC]

August 7, 2014 by Rick Delgado

Big data architect.

In order to take advantage of the big data analytics mentioned above, there has been an increasing demand for data scientists who can make up a big data dream team. Members of this team perform different functions, but they all work together to run and use big data technology.[read more]

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Data Scientist: Sexiest Job on the Planet

August 7, 2014 by Ray Major

Data scientist.

If you paid close attention, you could see it coming. The tortoise eventually beats the hare, but it does take time. Allow me to make my case using the following more or less chronological, non-linear and highly selective history of the modern era.[read more]

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Adapting to Winds of Change

August 6, 2014 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

There’s much work to do before you can take advantage of cloud resources, and just-in-time planning doesn't cut it. With the flexibility, speed and power that cloud offers, there’s really no excuses to let opportunities to capture unplanned demand pass you by.[read more]

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Big Data and Biometrics: Why Your Face Matters More than Ever

August 5, 2014 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

Monday morning after a weekend barbecue, you upload some photos of the event to Facebook, and the website prompts you to tag your friends in the photos—with eerie accuracy, or occasionally, with amusing suggestions, like asking if your own photo is a picture of your brother or your son.[read more]

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How to Create an OBIEE Dashboard Tutorial

August 2, 2014 by Julie Johnson

OBIEE dashboard tutorial.

This tutorial will show you the basic steps required to build an Oracle OBIEE dashboard. By building on these principles you will be able to create dashboards to meet the specific needs of your users and to give you instant oversight of your business data.[read more]

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Where in the World Does All this ESRI World Data Come from?

July 31, 2014 by Shawn Gordon

ESRI World Data.

ESRI does have data sets of their own that are available both for free, and for licensing. They have their own demographers who come up with various cool products like “Tapestry”, which shows life groups and their habit patterns, so you could research in there and discover NASCAR fans are good at recycling.[read more]