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The Perfect Storm: Service Aggregation, Automation and Management

September 17, 2014 by Natalie Lehrer

Perfect storm.

By and large, customers are not ready to create truly integrated private or hybrid models of cloud computing and let me caveat that statement by saying, the largest Regional and Domestic APJC corporations. We would argue that for those who can transition through the quagmire that is end to end infrastructure virtualisation.[read more]

What Are Analytic Marketplaces? [VIDEO]

September 17, 2014 by Steve Bennett

The Naked Analyst. 

The Big Data Analytics World Championship is run by the Professional Services Champions League (PSCL) and involves two online qualification rounds and a Live World Finals event held in Texas, USA in November 2014. Participants from more than 100 countries will compete individually in two online qualification rounds.[read more]

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Big Data: 20 Free Big Data Sources Everyone Should Know

September 16, 2014 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

Any company, from big blue chip corporations to the tiniest start-up can now leverage more data than ever before. Many of my clients ask me for the top data sources they could use in their big data endeavour and here’s my rundown of some of the best free big data sources available today.[read more]

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5 Keys to Successfully Using Big Data

September 16, 2014 by Rick Delgado
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Successfully using big data.

Simply going out to collect data can lead to a business gathering massive amounts of information with little purpose or direction. All companies interested in big data should have a clear goal in mind before collecting that data. With a goal to work toward, companies will know what kind of data they should be going after, helping them form a more defined big data strategy.[read more]

12 Data-Driven Cities Making the Internet of Things a Reality

September 16, 2014 by Tracey Wallace
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Sondo, South Korea.

These top cities are putting data to real use. Some are only ideas, some are helping to rebuild what once was and some are just out for making history. All the same, each and every one of the cities on this list are out to save lives, change their current economies and architectures and truly make an impact on our world and our collective future.[read more]

Big Data and Ford's Faster Horses

September 15, 2014 by Arent van 't Spijker

Horse? Or horseless carriage?

In the late 19th century, a New York City planner put out a warning that by 1950 the city would be completely uninhabitable. The problem, as he saw it, was that at the current growth rates the city would not be able to sustain the growing number of horses.[read more]

What Does the Regression Model Indicate?

September 15, 2014 by Annie Pettit

The only thing that indicated anything is you. YOU looked at the data and the statistical output and interpreted it based on your limited or extensive skills, knowledge, and experience. If I were to review your data, My skills, knowledge, and experience might say that it indicates something completely different.[read more]

Using esProc to Compute the Online Time of Users [PART 2]

September 15, 2014 by Jim King

esProc. 

In last part we mentioned that the Operation Department of the Web Company brought about a new demand: adding new conditions to the way the online time are computed. As IT department was using esProc as the tool for computation, it's easy to handle such changes in requirements.[read more]

5 Technology Trends for the Financial Industry

September 14, 2014 by Kyle Cebull

Tech for finance.

Let’s face it: the financial industry isn’t exactly the most innovative in terms of embracing emerging technologies. Growing regulations and legacy systems have limited the industry to a certain extent and principals are hesitant to adopt new technologies because of the perceived unknown variables.[read more]

Top 5 Things Recruiters Should Ask Their Big Data

September 13, 2014 by Trips Reddy

Recruiters. 

The human capital of any company truly is one of its most valuable assets. But unlike the technological advances in marketing, customer support and sales, recruitment at most companies hasn't seen significant improvements that support analytics-driven, evidenced-based talent acquisition.[read more]

The Interplay of Software and Hardware with Business and Consumers

September 12, 2014 by Robert Kugel

Analytics.

“What’s next?” is the perennially insistent question in information technology. One common observation about the industry holds that cycles of innovation alternate between hardware and software. New types and forms of hardware enable innovations in software that utilize the power of that hardware.[read more]

US Postal Service Facing Cloud Compliance Issues

September 12, 2014 by Natalie Lehrer

US Postal Service.

Many analysts have wondered how a federal agency can be out of compliance when all federal cloud contractors must possess the FedRamp certifications that ensure a certain level of proficiency in cloud computing. The audit report basically asks the same question and it should be noted that the USPS explicitly requires all cloud.[read more]

Prepare to Be Amazed by Immersive Intelligence

September 12, 2014 by Bill Franks

Immersive intelligence.

The range of immersive visual worlds that can be created is limited only by the types of data that exist and how that data can be utilized. In other words, it is virtually limitless. There is no doubt that immersive intelligence is still an edgy idea that hasn’t been widely adopted. However, the technology is here to make it possible and I suspect we’ll start seeing more of it soon[read more]

Test Your Level of Expertise with SAS/R/Python

September 11, 2014 by Kunal Jain

Table to interpret scores. 

Currently R, SAS and Python are the three languages ruling the analytics industry. Expertise in at least one of the three language is a must to build a competitive profile. But mastering only one language might not make you a hot selling property.[read more]

Mining Bitcoins in the Cloud Catches On

September 11, 2014 by Natalie Lehrer

Bitcoin.

Garza recently shelled out over $1 million for the domain name BTC.com and GAW recently bought out ZenMiner for $8 million in order to expand his this growing Bitcoin cloud mining endeavors. At current rates, Garza’s hashlet products are expected to give Bitcoin speculators a return on their investment within 2 months.[read more]

Does Your Research Company Look Like a Scam?

September 11, 2014 by Annie Pettit

Spam.

There are hundreds, possibly thousands, of companies out there looking for people to answer surveys. Some of these companies are legitimate marketing research companies that truly want to hear opinions from people. Other companies are less than upfront and may be more interested in marketing to people or selling products.[read more]

5 Levels of Big Data Maturity in an Organization [INFOGRAPHIC]

September 10, 2014 by Mark van Rijmenam

Big data maturity.

Once the IT department is capable of working with Big Data technologies and the business understands what Big Data can do for the organisation, an organisation enters level 3 of the Big Data maturity index. Business adoption will result in more in-depth analysis of structured and unstructured data available within the company, resulting in more insights and better decision-making.[read more]

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Don’t Let Internal Obstructionists Derail Your S&OP Initiative

September 10, 2014 by Ray Major

Obstructionists.

I recently ran across an article by Tracy Parsons where she identified obstructionist within an organizations as people who are “Paid by the No.” I found that statement to be not only quite funny, but also quite accurate. We’ve all experienced them.[read more]

Analytics Fortify Resilient Midmarket Companies

September 10, 2014 by Julie Hunt

Midmarket companies.

Midsized companies are much more in touch with customers and their own employees. They are truly interested in nurturing both of these relationships because they know that the right employees foster distinctive and positive interactions with customers.[read more]

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The Top 10 Big Data Quotes of All Time

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

Over the years of working in the field of analytics and big data I have collected thousands of quotes and snippets highlighting both the transformational nature of the phenomenon as well as many of the perils. A client has recently ask me to send him my top 10 big data quotes of all time and this is the list I came up with.[read more]

Why Apple’s Announcement is More than Just About a New Phone

September 9, 2014 by William Newman

Apple's new phone.

I am more interested in the location-based service and commercial wallet components that will begin to make their way into the full Apple line of products. Most users have been accustomed to using apps to provide 2-D and 3-D barcodes to check in to airline flights, buy coffee, or secure reward points in loyalty programs.[read more]

Non-Consensual User Data Tests Violate Fundamental Rights

September 9, 2014 by Tracey Wallace

Your data.

It might sound cliche, but what big data needs is the enforcement of the Golden Rule: treat my data as you would want yours treated. For most people, that means allowing for the ability to consent to a study, or opt-out of collection entirely if they so choose.[read more]

Cisco Announces “Significant Innovations” in its Unified Computer Servers Exclusively for Data Centers

September 8, 2014 by Rachel McAree

Artist rendering of Cisco’s newest UCS rack.

The sheer vastness of Cisco and it being a household name has had some companies reaching out to Cisco to update their UCS program. The new program and innovations in the servers, specifically for datacenters promises to new market segments, and avail itself with the new UCS Mini Modular System for small enterprise.[read more]

How Data Science Is Making Dreams Come True

September 8, 2014 by Katie Wahlman

Data science.

By unifying the millions of data points collected using a visualized distributed data warehouse, and thus turning disparate data into meaningful insights, Disney is able to eliminate the guesswork and make data-driven improvements to rides and attractions, transform the experience of waiting in line, and more effectively manage park flow.[read more]

Why Mistrust from the iCloud Leak Isn’t Necessarily a Bad Thing [VIDEOS]

September 8, 2014 by Natalie Lehrer

iCloud leak.

If nothing else, this celebrity leak should challenge this generation to rethink whether they want social media. Should it return to its’ original roots as a networking platform, to connect and share in the experiences of their friends? Or rather as a stage, whereby they are willing to broadcast all of themselves in the vain hope of being seen or heard, and therefore feel important?[read more]

How Big Data Will Take the Role of the CIO to the Next Level

September 7, 2014 by Mark van Rijmenam

CIO.

Becoming a data-driven organisation is not an easy task. Developing a Big Data strategy is not all about the required IT, but also about the culture within an organisation. The required IT for a Big Data strategy is a means to an end and not an end in itself.[read more]

Netflix Will Be 100% Cloud by 2015

September 6, 2014 by Natalie Lehrer

Netflix in the cloud.

Netflix is already setting up its New Year’s Resolutions. By the beginning of 2015, Netflix expects to be run 100% in the cloud. This business goal for Netflix is something the team feels is entirely doable. The technology team at Netflix mentions that they are focused on delivering Enterprise IT as a Service.[read more]

The Non-Fault in iCloud: Why You Shouldn’t Shut Down Your Account

September 5, 2014 by Rachel McAree

Jennifer Lawrence.

Keep this in mind: the old rules still apply, and they really apply to the Cloud: once on the Internet FOREVER on the Internet. Keep your photos safe, use as much encryption as possible, and when in doubt: use a camera – just remember that if you take your digital pictures off the camera and put them onto your Cloud-backup-ed device they will go to the Cloud.[read more]

3 Big Data Use Cases to Kickstart Your Data-Driven Initiatives

September 5, 2014 by Tracey Wallace

Creative ways to utilize your big data.

In 2014, the logistics of big data have, for the most part, been solved. There are plenty of platforms and how-to articles that can easily point you in the direction of collecting your data and then funneling it through an ad tech platform or program to increase your online ad ROI.[read more]

Data Breach and Spear Phishing

September 5, 2014 by Sundeep Kapur

Data breach.

The news about the Target data breach and other breaches are obviously areas of grave concern. ‘Not much,’ is what some experts are saying, but the thing we need to be careful off is that this information doesn’t get used against you in the form of personalized spear phishing.[read more]