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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]

Will Obama Be the Last Open Data President?

November 17, 2014 by Joshua New

President Barack Obama

Barack Obama has taken a series of executive actions to further the ideal of open government through data, and there is still much to be done. It remains to be seen if the progress made over the past few years will continue in future administrations, or if President Obama will be the last open data president.[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]

3 Ways to Adapt to the Shift Toward Online Privacy (Ethically, Nonetheless)

November 17, 2014 by Rishi Shah

Online privacy / shutterstock

The push toward online privacy continues to gain momentum. Those of us in the industry need to be prepared as the transition occurs so that we have strong business practices in place, understand how data collected today is different from data collected yesterday, and figure out real value exchanges.[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]

Police Body Cams to Use Government Cloud to Store Data

November 15, 2014 by Natalie Lehrer

Police body cams

Vievu, an innovator of police body cams, has announced that they have plans to begin selling cloud connected body cams that is fully compliant with government cloud regulations. The cloud body cams allow police officers to avoid the hassle of dealing with traditional storage means.[read more]

Miss the Right Connections at Your Own Peril

November 14, 2014 by Bill Franks

connection analytics / shutterstock

Part of what makes the analysis of connections so powerful is that while virtually every metric typically used for analysis focuses only on facts about each individual entity, the analysis of connections makes it possible to also understand each entity’s relationships to others[read more]

Meeting the Business Technology Needs of Midsized Companies

November 14, 2014 by Julie Hunt

Current technology trends are important for all organizations. Most midsized companies have these technologies at the top of their lists: Mobile, Analytics, Cloud, and Security. And each year many midsized organizations dedicate more budget for technology as a strategic investment, as Deloitte noted in a recent study.[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]

Social Business and Digital Strategy

November 13, 2014 by Michael Fauscette

digital transformation

Social business, collaboration, community and content: is there real business value tucked away in those words? Are businesses really feeling the pressure to do some things differently, and by changing can they be more competitive, grow faster and be more successful?[read more]

It's Time to Get Serious About Using Sensitive Data to Save Lives

November 13, 2014 by Joshua New

unlocking sensitive data / shutterstock

The use of sensitive data to address healthcare needs has a demonstrated history of being effective and necessary, and going forward, researchers and others working on healthcare issues should be encouraged to further embrace the use of sensitive data to save lives.[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]

Big Data Requires Integration Technology

November 12, 2014 by Mark Smith

Big Data and Integration Tech

I’ve already explained how big data can be ineffective without integration, and we conducted more in-depth research into the market, resulting in our benchmark research on big data integration, which reveals the state of how organizations are adopting this technology in their processes.[read more]

7 Trends That Can Define the Future of Cloud Computing

November 12, 2014 by Stan Roach

cloud computing

One reason for everyone's huge confidence in cloud computing is that it is one of the most disruptive technologies to have emerged on the scene in the last decade. Let’s see if the seven trends given here can justify industry optimism about the cloud.[read more]

3 Business Questions Big Data Helps to Answer

November 11, 2014 by Bernard Marr
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Before you start collecting and analyzing data, it’s important that you know what questions you want to answer. Here are three important business questions that big data can help to answer, along with examples of how companies are already answering them using big data.[read more]

15 Companies from Airports to Retail Already Using Beacon Technology

November 11, 2014 by Trips Reddy

Beacon technology

Despite the fact that iBeacons have become the buzzword of the offline marketing world, there are growing privacy concerns among consumers, which are perpetuating unfounded myths and slowing down implementation in many cities, including New York. Here are 15 examples of companies already using various types of beacons.[read more]

DataKind + TeraData = A Perfect Data-Do-Good Partnership

November 11, 2014 by Lillian Pierson

data science

Just as data science is applied to drive major success in business, it’s also being applied to improve or resolve major social issues. That’s the mission and focus of DataKind, a non-profit that organizes data science volunteers, so that they can lend expertise to social organizations, civic groups, and non-governmental organizations.[read more]

What Are Your Big Data Application Options?

November 10, 2014 by MIKE20 Governance Association

big data options / shutterstock

Hadoop is an excellent tool for collecting and sorting massive volumes of data, but businesses must also use analytics and visualization tools on top of Hadoop in order to reap the full benefits from big data. Here’s a quick list of apps to successfully manage and leverage the massive amounts of information generated as organizations grow.[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

cloud adoption / shutterstock

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]

The Half-Life of Data [INFOGRAPHIC]

November 9, 2014 by Martin Doyle

In science, the half life of a given substance could be milliseconds. It could be many thousands of years. The half life of data has been measured, and it may be shorter than you were expecting. Now, turning to B2B, we have a whole new set of challenges to face. In additional to personal data decay, we have decay associated specifically with business.[read more]

4 Ways Big Data Will Make You Happy

November 8, 2014 by Mark van Rijmenam

One of the major trends within the Big Data is the quantified-self. The quantified self enables us, through smart gadgets, to track our lives and to collect data. Analysing this data can give us control over our lives if we know how to deal with it. If we understand why we sleep so restless or if we know why we are so tired every day, it can make us happier because we feel better.[read more]

How to Master Google Analytics

November 7, 2014 by Dave Schneider

Google Analytics.

There’s a term in the industry known as “analysis paralysis.” Sometimes this is the downfall of people who own websites. The idea behind this is that webmasters will look at their analytic data and become so wrapped up in it that they don’t know where to start so they don’t take any action at all.[read more]

Deliver an Excellent Customer Experience Using Big Data

November 7, 2014 by Jason Bowden
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Customer experience and big data.

Customer data and management is an important aspect of any online business. Obtaining a customer insight is crucial to business marketers and the majority of big enterprises are using big data for their business in today’s online marketing industry. IT executives harness the competence of their businesses to deliver high quality customer experience using big data.[read more]

Data Visualization: A Scientific Treatment

November 7, 2014 by Peter James Thomas
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Data visualization.

Imagine an organisation which (as you would expect) tracks the volume of sales of a product or service it provides via a number of outlets. Imagine further that it launches some sort of promotion, perhaps valid only for a week, and notices an uptick in these sales. It is extremely tempting to state that the promotion has resulted in increased sales.[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]

How to Get Started with Value Add Forecasting

November 6, 2014 by Ray Major

Value add forecasting.

So the promise of using statistical algorithms, forecasting and predictive analytics is now added to the list of a company’s number one priorities. There is a sense of urgency surrounding this new high profile initiative. One may ask, “What’s next?” Well, here are a few steps that you will need to take to deploy your forecasts successfully.[read more]