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SAP & IBM Partner to Dominate Enterprise Cloud

October 16, 2014 by Natalie Lehrer

Enterprise cloud.

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty and SAP CEO Bill McDermott recently announced that the two computing innovation giants plan on collaborating in efforts to dominate the enterprise cloud. IBM will leverage it's vast network of data centers located around the globe while SAP provides the front end software that the world's largest enterprises such as Coca Cola have adopted.[read more]

Press Start to Learn: How Gamification Is Changing Education

October 16, 2014 by Rick Delgado

Gamification.

Gamification is the use of game mechanics and design elements for things outside of games. Finding ways to make education more fun has always been part of a teacher’s job, but with a greater understanding of gaming principles, that job is being made easier.[read more]

Missing Data: Whose Problem Is It Anyways?

October 15, 2014 by Annie Pettit

Dodo.

Every statistics package is designed with fancy little features to help you deal with missing data. You can choose to “Exclude cases listwise” or “Exclude cases pairwise.” And if you’re a particularly skilled researcher, you can apply some complicated statistical procedures to impute your missing cases based on the existing data from other people.[read more]

Increasing Importance of Governed Data Access

October 15, 2014 by Lyndsay Wise

Governed data access.

More and more solution providers are starting to integrate the concept of governed data discovery into their product offerings. After years of trying to adopt data governance initiatives as part of a larger data management framework within organizations, software vendors are integrating similar capabilities into their solutions.[read more]

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How to Create Users in Oracle BI (OBIEE) and WebLogic Tutorial

October 15, 2014 by Julie Johnson

Oracle BI.

This short guide will take you through the process of creating new users in Oracle OBIEE and WebLogic as well as introducing security concepts including the use of security groups and application roles to control data access.[read more]

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The Six Key Big Data Skills Businesses Need

October 14, 2014 by Bernard Marr
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The Big Data Guru column.

The number of jobs related to Big Data is growing by the day, as more and more companies become aware of the benefits data collection and analysis could have on their profitability. Many of these jobs come with very attractive six figure salaries, and for anyone interested in data and analysis, could provide extremely rewarding careers.[read more]

Data Integration Is the Schema in Between

October 14, 2014 by MIKE20 Governance Association

Data integration.

The third of the five biggest data myths debunked by Gartner is big data technology will eliminate the need for data integration. The truth is big data technology excels at data acquisition, not data integration. This myth is rooted in what Gartner referred to as the schema on read approach used by big data technology to quickly acquire a variety of data from sources with multiple data formats.[read more]

Will Big Data Make the Difference in the Volvo Ocean Race?

October 14, 2014 by Mark van Rijmenam

Volvo Ocean Race.

During the last edition, Oracle Team USA used data from 300 sensors on the boat as well as 3,000 variables that ran 10 times per second to win the cup. This resulted in about 1 gigabyte of raw data per boat per day as well as 200 gigabyte of video data that had to be analyzed.[read more]

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3 Tips to Make You a Genius Forecaster

October 13, 2014 by Paul Barsch
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Forecasting is hard, and even those who sometimes get it right, often fail on a continuous basis. But fear not, there are three steps you can take to drastically improve your forecast accuracy, but you’ll have to be willing to put in the work, and possibly put your ego aside to get there.[read more]

3 Technologies That Are Changing How Business Continuity Is Handled

October 12, 2014 by Kyle Cebull

Business continuity.

As new technologies emerge, we have to adapt the way that we handle our business continuity processes to accommodate these changing technologies. Each new development presents new challenges in planning, testing and modification of the business strategy.[read more]

How to Keep Your iCloud Account Safe From Hackers

October 11, 2014 by Rick Delgado

Safe iCloud.

Since hackers leaked nude photos of more than 100 celebrities from their phones to the Internet, people have been concerned about the security of the iCloud service, where the photos were stored. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to avoid becoming the victim of a similar attack.[read more]

Who Gets the Call When Your Analytics Process Crashes?

October 10, 2014 by Bill Franks

Analytics matters.

I recently had a meeting with one of the largest companies in the world, where we discussed concerns about ongoing maintenance and, more importantly, ongoing repair required for analytics processes. The conversation helped solidify in my mind a major disconnect that often occurs when organizations deploy an analytics process into a production setting. Let’s walk through that disconnect here.[read more]

Billboards, Brand Awareness and Big Data: What Comedy Central and Gallery Furniture Have in Common

October 10, 2014 by Tracey Wallace

Billboards.

Traditional advertising relies on influencing the influencers, and gaining enough impressions that you can reasonably determine an ad’s spend produced sufficient ROI. As of now, there are no hard numbers to back that up, which is why so many brands put their traditional ad spend to play in areas with proven influencer viability, for instance Times Square, Hollywood or Vegas.[read more]

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How IoT Impacts Business Strategy

October 10, 2014 by Gil Allouche

Business strategy.

The Internet of Things (IoT) hasn’t fully arrived yet, but it’s well on its way. Indeed, now more than ever before companies and individuals are connected to the web in a host of different ways. Whether it’s through traditional means, i.e. smartphone, tablet, computer or through non-traditional means, i.e. appliances, cars, homes, etc., there is a strong force behind IoT growth.[read more]

Big Data Equals Big Jobs: New Educational Programs to Help You Snag the Sexiest Jobs in the Industry

October 9, 2014 by Trips Reddy

Education and big data.

Whether you look at companies in finance, retail, healthcare, entertainment, sports or education, their big data needs will only grow in size and sophistication which in turn means they’ll need the right people and tools to gain a competitive edge and stay ahead of the game.[read more]

5 of the Most Common IT Security Mistakes to Watch Out For

October 9, 2014 by MIKE20 Governance Association

IT security mistakes.

Securing the enterprise is no easy task. Every day it seems like there are dozens of new security risks out there, threatening to shut down your company’s systems and steal valuable data. Stories of large corporations suffering from enormous data breaches probably don’t help calm those fears, so it’s important to know the risks are real and businesses must be able to respond to them.[read more]

Spotlight on SiSense: BI Without the Bandwidth

October 9, 2014 by Shawn Gordon

Spotlight on SiSense.

I was at DataWeek/API World in mid-September 2014 (last week at the time of this writing) and saw some interesting things, almost entirely around Big Data. The two items that stood out for me, were the Graph DataBase system Neo4j (which I wish I had time and a reason to dig into more), and SiSense, who absolutely blew my mind.[read more]

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Whose Story Are You Telling?

October 8, 2014 by Tamara Dull

The Big Data MOPS Series.

You have limited (if any) control over what others share about you, but you do have control over what you share about yourself and others. Just because you have someone’s personal information doesn’t mean you have to share or act on it. Remember: It may not be your story to tell.[read more]

Data Ownership Ushers in Dawn of the Private API

October 8, 2014 by Tracey Wallace

Data ownership.

Twitter, once the industry leader in the public API space, announced their public API 2.0 version, which is much more restrictive toward third-party developers, and is causing the shuttering of multiple startups including the popular TwitPic. Essentially, Twitter is attempting to drive more users to adopt the company’s own channels by restricting third-party users like TwitPic, ultimately resulting in better monetization and control for Twitter itself.[read more]

Descriptive, Predictive, and Prescriptive Analytics Explained

October 8, 2014 by Ray Major
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Analytics explained.

With the flood of data available to businesses regarding their supply chain these days, companies are turning to analytics solutions to extract meaning from the huge volumes of data to help improve decision making.[read more]

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8 Amazing Big Data Companies You Should Know, But Probably Don’t

October 7, 2014 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

The Big Data industry is changing weekly and unless you pay very close attention to who’s who in the maelstrom of emerging big data innovators, these upstarts might have slipped under your radar. Expect to hear more about some of them, and the technologies, services and applications they are developing, in the near future. Of course in the fast currents they are trying to swim in, others may sink without a trace![read more]

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Enabling Smart Marketing With Big Data

October 7, 2014 by Anand Srinivasan
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Big data.

As a marketer, it is easy to get caught in the loop of endless buzzwords and jargons about how 'brand equity' and 'alignment' ensure that your 'cutting edge' technologies bring about greater 'engagement'. But the 'bottom line' is that you just have to establish a strategy that is profitable for your company.[read more]

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How Does the New iPhone 6 Use Cloud Storage?

October 7, 2014 by Rick Delgado

New iPhone 6 and cloud storage.

The new iPhone 6 is out and already receiving some impressive reviews from publications and Apple fans. The device, along with its counterpart the iPhone 6 Plus, has been selling extremely well, with more than 10 million units sold in the first week of release.[read more]

How Big Data Helps Bar Owners Sell More Beer

October 6, 2014 by Mark van Rijmenam

Big data and bars.

The local bar owner can now start using data generated by serving beer and this data reveals great insights and drives profit for the bar. Sensor in the brewing equipment generates all sorts of data and this data is transmitted via WiFi to a computer that analyses all the data in real-time. The data is then visualized on an App that can be used by the bar owner.[read more]

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Fine-Tuning Manufacturing Operations with Big Data and Hadoop

October 6, 2014 by Sameer Nori

Manufacturing pperations and Hadoop.

Your organization is a lean, mean Six Sigma machine. The corporate culture is centered on continuous improvement, with everyone well versed in Kaizen. Your supply chain is well oiled, which should provide assurance about product quality. And yet you wonder: is it possible to improve operations even further?[read more]

AT&T Dives Head First into the Cloud

October 6, 2014 by Natalie Lehrer

AT&T and the cloud.

AT&T is perhaps one of the oldest and most respected international telecommunications companies in the world. Although AT&T has a multi-billion dollar empire, the telecom provider has had an epiphany of late: Either adapt with the cloud or be left behind.[read more]

A Cloudburst of Financial Advisor CRM Options: What to Look For

October 5, 2014 by Alok Misra

Financial advisor CRM options.

Look for a vendor who is invested in your success. CRM providers have traditionally been happy to sell you their product, before sending you to a consultant for fitting it to your needs. This model is changing in the cloud – the CRM vendor is expected to make the product work for you.[read more]

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The N-gram and the Book "Uncharted: Big Data as a Lens on Human Culture"

October 4, 2014 by Hallam Stevens

Uncharted: Big Data as a Lens on Human Culture

Between 2007 and 2010, graduate students Erez Aiden, Jean-Baptiste Michel and Yuan Shen developed a tool for analyzing Google’s digitized books. Known as the N-gram viewer, their tool essentially just counted the number of times a word or phrase appeared in all the digitized publications for a given year.[read more]

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What CEOs Need in Their BYOD Tool Chest

October 3, 2014 by Rick Delgado

BYOD.

There’s the question that bring your own device (BYOD) is here to stay. A year ago, many were predicting widespread adoption of BYOD policies, allowing employees to use their personal devices for work. The promise of a happier workforce and more productivity certainly drove many to including BYOD in their companies.[read more]

Blackboard Debuts Cloud Based Learn App

October 3, 2014 by Natalie Lehrer

Learn app.

In addition to Learn now being available under the popular SaaS model, Learn remains available for educational institutions who would rather use a managed hosted solution or an unmanaged onsite version of Learn to suit the educational institutions needs of its students. Learn's SaaS version was announced earlier this summer at a BBworld conference.[read more]

 

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