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Mobile Apps, Business Apps and Network Security

November 28, 2014 by Rick Delgado

mobile apps

Today’s cybercriminals are inventive. They’re creative and find an increasing number of ways to access and exploit personal and professional information. Criminals aren’t respectful of the work-life balance. If we use our personal computer at work, and then bring it home for personal use, our work information on the device is still up for grabs.[read more]

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What Uber and Lady Gaga Can Teach You About Analytics

November 25, 2014 by Bernard Marr

Big Data Guru column. 

Gaga can customize set lists for concerts based on the listening habits of her fans in a particular locale on Spotify—be sure to play this song, leave that one out. She’s taken fan-created artwork, uploaded to her website, and printed it on t-shirts, driving merchandising sales up more than 30 percent.[read more]

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5 Ways Hadoop Can Help Healthcare Organizations and You

November 23, 2014 by Sameer Nori

Hadoop and healthcare

There are many different use cases for Hadoop in healthcare. Some of them include helping doctors, patients, and healthcare organizations include personalized treatment planning, assisted diagnosis, fraud detection, and monitoring patient vital signs. Learn how Hadoop is being implemented in each of these use cases.[read more]

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5 Common Use Cases for Hadoop in Retail

November 20, 2014 by Sameer Nori

Hadoop in retail

Retailers can focus on the shopper as an individual, rather than aiming at the masses and hoping to snag a few. Where there once were customer panels, in-store surveys, focus groups, and guesswork, there is now social media, online search behavior, and easy-access customer input.[read more]

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Protecting Your Business from Shellshock

November 19, 2014 by Rick Delgado

Shellshock

Shellshock is a bug that affects the UNIX-based shell, found commonly in Linux and Apple operating systems. The vulnerability allows attackers to remotely execute code on these machines, leading to data theft, malware injection and server hijacking. Here are a few ways to protect yourself.[read more]

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Warning! When Big Data Turns Bad

November 18, 2014 by Bernard Marr

As with all game-changing technologies, Big Data has the potential to be used for evil, as well as good. There are two common ways that “bad things” will often happen: malice, or maladministration. Sometimes big data technology is misused to deliberately cause harm to others, and sometimes it is simply used incorrectly, therefore causing harm.[read more]

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Spotlight on Traitify: Who The Hell Are You, Anyway?

November 18, 2014 by Shawn Gordon

Traitify

DataWeek/API World this past September earned my ink as an overall exceptional conference, and as a spotlight on big data company SiSense. I did not, however, cover any of the API companies in attendance, other than a brief mention. But one I found super interesting and compelling is Traitify.[read more]

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6 Experts Explain How IT Infrastructure Matters to Your Organization's Data Sets

November 17, 2014 by Aaron Aders

A new interactive infographic by IBM features insights from six industry experts and shows how putting big data to use isn’t just a matter of using the right analytics, but having the right infrastructure in place to accommodate the scale of data being gathered.[read more]

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What Every Business Owner Needs to Know About Data Sovereignty

November 16, 2014 by Ajay Patel

Protecting your data

Lately data protection has become the number one concern for business owners. However, if you want full data protection, you should understand what’s behind data sovereignty. From knowing up-to-date laws and regulations to understanding cloud technology, you can ensure data privacy for your business and your customers.[read more]

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IT MPG: Measuring the Value of IT Is Simple Math

November 14, 2014 by Bob Dvorak

Nearly 65 percent of U.S. organizations reported an increase in IT budgets in 2014, according to the annual SIM IT Trends Study, with the average percentage of revenue allocated to IT this year at more than five percent. But what exactly do we get for all that money?[read more]

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Are You Sweeping Big Data Privacy Under the Carpet? 5 Things to Do Instead

November 13, 2014 by Tamara Dull

Admit it: When you read or hear about big data privacy, you’re ready to move onto the next topic or swipe to the next screen. Or sweep it under the carpet. You know the discussion is important, but let’s be honest: it’s not exciting, it’s sometimes creepy, and it’s not easy to navigate its complexities.[read more]

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Reviewing the Benefits and Drawbacks of Flash Storage

November 12, 2014 by Rick Delgado

flash storage

It’s become clear that flash storage is trending upward and may one day become the dominant storage option for individuals and businesses. With this in mind, it’s important to note why flash storage has increased in popularity while also examining the drawbacks that might prevent it from receiving universal adoption.[read more]

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Big Data Meets Fantasy Football

November 10, 2014 by Gil Allouche

Fantasy sports (image: Pixabay)

Because fantasy sports have become such a lucrative business in the United States, there are numerous platforms that companies are using to grab a share of the market. The 2014-2015 season will signal the entrance of another business, perhaps unexpectedly — big data.[read more]

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Why Hybrid Will Be the Next Chapter for Cloud Adoption

November 10, 2014 by Vineet Jain

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Hybrid solutions open up whole new avenues for IT departments. They allow companies to maintain control over elements that are most important to them while offloading the burden of less sensitive data to the more cost-effective and convenient cloud. By adopting a hybrid solution, IT can have their cake and eat it, too.[read more]

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Storytelling with the Sounds of Big Data

November 10, 2014 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

Trying to internally “sell” the merits of a big data program to your executive team? Numbers and facts probably won’t make the sales pitch complete. You will also need to appeal to the emotional side of the sale by incorporating the sounds of big data.[read more]

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Are You Kidding Me, Facebook? Oh, You Got It Right

November 6, 2014 by Tamara Dull

The Big Data MOPS Series.

Finding the balance between honoring people’s privacy while providing them with an interesting and relevant online experience is tricky, complicated, and an issue of context. What I may consider as a violation of my privacy, you may think nothing of—or what you may consider an invasion of your privacy, I may say, “Wow. That’s cool. And maybe a little creepy.”[read more]

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The Future of Marketing: Combining Big Data with Intuition

November 5, 2014 by Rick Delgado

Big data.

Businesses are investing millions of dollars into big data, betting that number crunching and algorithms will be the silver bullet that’ll change the industry forever. While the ability of computers to make rapid analyses dwarfs the capacity of humans, will computers ever really replace human intuition when it comes to making decisions?[read more]

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Big Data: Gaining Incredible Insights From Employee Records

November 4, 2014 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

Employees are a both a business’s greatest asset and its greatest expense. So hitting on the right formula for selecting them, and keeping them in place, is absolutely essential. One company offering unique solutions to help others tackle this challenge is Evolv.[read more]

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The Buck Stops with the Banks: How Streaming Analytics Detects Fraud and Keeps Customers Happy

October 31, 2014 by Dale Skeen

The buck stops here.

The huge cyber-attack wielded on JP Morgan Chase has affected more than 83 million households and businesses, and it’s widely believed that up to nine additional financial institutions were also infiltrated by the same hackers. The JP Morgan hackers delved deep into the bank’s digital networks, gaining access to names, home addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses.[read more]

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6 Ways Big Data Hadoop Is Helping America Become Energy Independent

October 31, 2014 by Sameer Nori

Energy.

Hadoop is a significant aid in streamlining the oil and gas production industry, from testing and verifying potential drilling sites and oil extraction to ensuring equipment safety and minimizing environmental damage. Below are some specific Hadoop use cases in the oil and gas industry.[read more]