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Cyber Security: Locking Out the Grinch from Your Application Network

December 18, 2014 by Bob Dvorak

Security.

How do you leave your chimney open for Santa while keeping the Grinch safely locked out? The right application management strategy can help outline where vulnerabilities lie and how to fix security weaknesses, minimizing your organization’s overall attack surface.[read more]

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5 Ways Smart Use of Credit Data Can Save Businesses Money

December 18, 2014 by Mark Halstead

Credit data.

There are an ever-expanding variety of ways in which big data and analytics of all kinds can save and make money for companies in a huge range of industries. But how exactly can seamless and straightforward access to comprehensively credit data save your business money?[read more]

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22 Key Big Data Terms Everyone Should Understand

December 16, 2014 by Bernard Marr
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The Big Data Guru column.

I have attempted to provide simple explanations for some of the most important technologies and terms you will come across if you’re looking at getting into big data.[read more]

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New Generation of Technology Will Rely on Analytics, Study Shows

December 16, 2014 by Jeff Brown

“We are in a time of profound change for business, technology and IT leadership,” said Leon Kappelman, Ph.D., Professor at the University of North Texas and SIM’s lead researcher and Professor of Information Systems at the University of North Texas. “Results show the focus of IT organizations and their leaders is changing, with a new emphasis on business value, strategy, innovation and speed.”[read more]

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From Police to Partner: The Changing Role of IT

December 12, 2014 by Tom Smith

IT security / shutterstock

IT professionals must adopt a new role that strikes a balance between employee needs and preferences and security. Here are four things you need to effectively become a partner rather than a policeman, while maintaining a secure company infrastructure.[read more]

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Power to the Tablets: The BYOD Bullseye

December 11, 2014 by Rick Delgado

BYOD.

The transition to BYOD won’t be easy, but it’s certainly a path employers should invest in. The benefits of allowing employees to use familiar devices, coupled with new tech improvements, will improve business operations and quality of work.[read more]

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Employee Analysis: How Growth in Employee Strength Relates to Profits

December 11, 2014 by Nilesh Jethwa

Employee analysis.

In this article, we will perform some analysis on the employee related metrics from the top tech companies. All of the top tech companies are selected based on their current market capitalization with the exception of Yahoo. The year 2014 is not included as part of this analysis.[read more]

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Big Data and the Internet of Things: Two Sides of the Same Coin?

December 10, 2014 by Tamara Dull
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The Big Data MOPS Series.

What is the relationship between big data and the Internet of Things? There is clearly a relationship between big data and IoT. The Mauritius conference helps confirm that. In fact, I would propose that big data is a subset of the IoT discussion.[read more]

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Is Risk Assessment Using Big Data the Future?

December 10, 2014 by Anand Srinivasan
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Risk assessment.

A recent research study conducted by Infosys Labs found that the accuracy of risk assessment using traditional parameters like demographic data and credit history increases when this data is augmented with social data.[read more]

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The 6 Things Everyone Needs to Know About the Big Data Economy

December 9, 2014 by Bernard Marr
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The Big Data Guru column.

Big data is moving on. We’re moving past the stage where it’s something only trailblazers and early adopters are on board with, towards a time when if you aren’t analyzing data to help you make better business decisions, you’re in danger of being left behind.[read more]

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What the Ebola Crisis Has Taught Us About Big Data

December 9, 2014 by Gil Allouche

Ebola.

There is tremendous potential for big data analytics in healthcare. Hospitals and pharmaceutical companies are already using it for research and diagnoses. There is also tremendous potential in using big data for disease prevention. Back in March, HealthMap predicted an Ebola outbreak about 9 days before the World Health Organization (WHO) formally announced the epidemic.[read more]

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Changing Your Mind About Big Data Isn’t Dumb

December 8, 2014 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

While big data technologies have enjoyed plenty of hype, there’s a new reality setting in regarding getting more value from big data investments. With this in mind, it's OK to step back for a moment, pause your programs for a time if necessary, and—yes, even change your mind about big data.[read more]

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3 Cloud Misunderstandings That Can Hamper Migration

December 8, 2014 by Suraj Kumar

Cloud.

Like any other technology, the cloud has strengths and weaknesses and it’s important not to forget this. Problems can occur when your sole focus of attention is on the benefits the cloud can bring to your business, and you choose to ignore the weakness of the cloud model you have chosen.[read more]

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Scary Security Concerns With the Internet of Things

December 5, 2014 by Rick Delgado

IoT.

Internet security is already a multibillion dollar industry, and having to add new features in order to grant greater protection for the new IoT promises to make this industry ever more expansive. However, this means that the burden of promising to provide the utmost in security is even greater than before.[read more]

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Leveraging the Cloud to Optimize Software Testing

December 4, 2014 by Anand Srinivasan

Software testing.

Like every other aspect of technology servicing, software testing too has been seeing a gradual migration to the cloud over the past decade. A 2010 study by Fujitsu revealed that testing and development tools were the second most widely used cloud applications (website services being the first).[read more]

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Is SMS Text Marketing Still Important?

December 3, 2014 by Jessica Oaks

SMS Text Marketing.

Smartphones have not only changed the way people live, but also the way they communicate. It is estimated that there are 4.55 billion people worldwide using mobile phones regularly of which 1.75 billion are smartphone users. It is imperative for marketers to claim a piece of that pie.[read more]

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Big Data: The 3 Essential Investments You Must Make

December 2, 2014 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

Big data can bring big benefits to businesses of any size. However as with any project, proper preparation and planning is essential. You’ll need to invest in some tools to do the job – collect, store and analyze data – to achieve the ultimate objective of gleaning insights which will lead to better decision-making and improved performance.[read more]

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Creating an Action Plan for BYOD 2.0

December 2, 2014 by Rick Delgado

BYOD 2.0.

New devices will continue to emerge, so a company must ultimately create a BYOD plan that is flexible. Because new technology is always rolling out, companies should review their plans and policies often, and make the necessary adjustments to reflect these changes.[read more]

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How Data Visualization Can Benefit SMBs

December 1, 2014 by Cameron Graham
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Data visualization.

Data visualization is a term mostly associated with big brands and corporations. Companies like Target, Deloitte, GitHub and Time Warner Cable all use data visualization tools to analyze and interpret information about their customers, allowing them to better target their marketing and sales efforts, improve internal processes. For many small businesses, data visualization is still a foreign concept.[read more]

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How Big Data Can Revolutionize the ECM Industry

December 1, 2014 by Anand Srinivasan

Electronic Content Management.

A truly semantic web may not be possible unless there is a desperate need for businesses to implement them on their websites. And that is only going to come from the evolution of the enterprise content management (ECM) industry.[read more]