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What Makes a Good Chief Data Officer? [INFOGRAPHIC]

August 15, 2014 by Mark van Rijmenam

Chief data officer?

The board room seating arrangement is about to change in many organisations. With the vast amounts of data being created on a daily basis and the organisations acknowledging the value in data-driven decision making, there is room for the Chief Data Officer.[read more]

A Pitfall to Avoid When Funding Big Data Analytics

August 15, 2014 by Bill Franks

Funding big data analytics.

If analytics are to continue to become more strategic and grow in impact to organizations, then there must be a mechanism to distinguish between IT costs that are truly overhead and those that can be tied to revenue. The costs of analytic systems must be directly associated not just with IT, but with the business processes and products they support.[read more]

A Look at Cyber Security Trends for 2014

August 14, 2014 by MIKE20 Governance Association

Cyber security.

We’re now more than halfway through 2014, and as with any year, the world of technology has been rapidly progressing and evolving. This year, there’s been more discussion than ever about numerous topics such as the benefits of big data, the Internet of Things, mobile technology, and how to make the most of cloud computing.[read more]

Revamp: Maybe It’s Not Time to Bury Blackberry

August 14, 2014 by Rachel McAree

Blackberry.

Alright we couldn’t believe that headline either, until we started looking into Blackberry’s new revamp, and it’s quite a revamp and rebrand. Blackberry naysayers take note: maybe the new handheld platform called BES10 short for Blackberry Enterprise Service 10 has a real chance to of chance of changing the way we BYOD.[read more]

The Future of Big Data Will Be Data

August 14, 2014 by Mark van Rijmenam

We live in exponential times, where new technological inventions are followed rapidly by innovative applications for consumers and businesses. The common denominator with all of these new applications is that they are generating vast amounts of data.[read more]

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Big Data: Making an Impact at the Post Office

August 13, 2014 by Gil Allouche

Postal truck.

While the USPS is struggling, big data is exploding. The technology is taking significant steps forward at an extremely rapid pace, making it more and more enticing to numerous different sectors. Big data analytics is becoming especially important because of the speed and accuracy with which the analyses can be performed.[read more]

Improving Security on the Internet of Things

August 13, 2014 by April Sage

Internet of things.

IoT refers to the interconnection of computing devices – everything from heart monitor implants to remote home thermostats – that transfer data without human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. Essentially, anything that can be assigned an IP address and given the ability to transfer data over a network is part of the IoT.[read more]

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Gigascience: A Science Journal That Provides Full Data Sets

August 13, 2014 by Hallam Stevens

Gigascience.

Gigascience’s data is useful because it is shared and open. More specifically, it is valuable because it is made available for use and re-use in multiple places and in multiple contexts. The rice genomes might now be used for formulating new rice strains in Africa or for comparison with tulip genomes in Holland.[read more]

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Little Data: The 25 KPIs Everyone Must Understand

August 12, 2014 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

Without good KPIs it is difficult to create good big data initiatives. I spend my work life helping companies around the world with their big data and KPI initiatives and have developed a list of top level metrics I consider global best practice examples.[read more]

Similarities and Differences Between Predictive Analytics and Business Intelligence

August 12, 2014 by Dean Abbott

Predictive analytics vs. BI.

BI and PA are important but complementary disciplines. BI is a much larger field and understandably so. PA is more of a specialty, but a specialty that is gaining visibility and recognition as an important skill set to have in any organization. Here’s to further collaboration in the future![read more]

How Big Data Can Help the Sales Team

August 11, 2014 by MIKE20 Governance Association

Sales.

There is still much progress to be made for sales teams looking to make use of big data. The potential is there, and those that have taken advantage of it are already seeing the great results. With a more effective sales team, businesses will prosper and be more productive, gaining new customers all the time while keeping the customers they already have.[read more]

From Human Screen to Machine: Predictive Analytics Helps Avoid a Major Point of Hiring Failure

August 11, 2014 by Mike Kennedy

Employees bring in revenue, rescue a customer, make your products, deliver goods, and sustain your profitability going forward. Identifying the right people, and avoiding the wrong ones, is an imperative to business sustainability. But how is initial candidate screening handled at your organization? Many employers take an approach that isn’t at all what we expected.[read more]

Why Your Business Needs Unified Comms

August 11, 2014 by Jon Smith

Unified comms.

UC improves efficiency, collaboration and customer service through the integration of voice, video and data. We all know about Skype, but UC takes the concept to a whole new level as it enables different types of communication services such as phone, instant messaging and videoconferencing to be run on the same network as PCs.[read more]

Google Will Soon Favor Websites Using HTTPS Connections

August 10, 2014 by Asher Ross

HTTPS connections.

While there may be SEO benefits related to installing an SSL certificate for general use, there can be some drawbacks for webmasters of using SSL certificates. Firstly, depending on the strength of the certificate required to protect your website, the cost of implementing it can vary greatly.[read more]

How Consumers Foot the Bill for Data Breaches

August 9, 2014 by Matthew Zajechowski

Data.

Whether data breaches happen to individuals, companies or whole government organizations, they are rarely if ever cheap to deal with or in any way funny. In all of these cases, somebody is going to end up paying for the costs of a breach and usually that person is the end user or consumer of a given company’s products.[read more]

3 Ways to Become a Data Scientist

August 8, 2014 by Linda Burtch
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Data scientist.

To become a data scientist, you don’t need to have postgraduate degrees, or 20 years experience, or be proficient with every data-related technique and tool under the sun. What you need is to have enough baseline knowledge and experience, and the skill to constantly adapt and learn. Bootcamps, in our opinion, are the perfect medium for making the transition.[read more]

We Need an "Internet of Not Only Customers"

August 8, 2014 by Peter Perera

Internet for not only customers. 

The enduring purpose of a business is indisputably to create and keep customers. That bedrock was first famously laid down by Peter Drucker and Theodore Levitt sometime around the 1960s or ‘70s. Accordingly, CRM software vendors promote fixating on customers. SalesForce, for example, says create an “Internet of Customers” and become a “Customer Company.”[read more]

How to Get Management to Pay Attention to Your Research Results

August 8, 2014 by Annie Pettit

Research results.

Provide the solution. You found the key point which means you probably also know the solution. Take the initiative to think through all the possible solutions. Which ones would cost more or less? Which ones would require a smaller or greater headcount? Which ones would take more or less time? Identify the two or three best possible solutions and layout out their key points.[read more]

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The Latest Technological Phase and What IT Pros Should Do About It [INFOGRAPHIC]

August 7, 2014 by Rick Delgado

Big data architect.

In order to take advantage of the big data analytics mentioned above, there has been an increasing demand for data scientists who can make up a big data dream team. Members of this team perform different functions, but they all work together to run and use big data technology.[read more]

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Data Scientist: Sexiest Job on the Planet

August 7, 2014 by Ray Major

Data scientist.

If you paid close attention, you could see it coming. The tortoise eventually beats the hare, but it does take time. Allow me to make my case using the following more or less chronological, non-linear and highly selective history of the modern era.[read more]

Russian Hackers Steal More Than 1 Billion Passwords in Record-Breaking Data Breach

August 7, 2014 by April Sage

Credit card.

Hold Security, a firm credited with uncovering significant data breaches – such as the one at Adobe Systems in October 2013 – has uncovered a record-breaking hack of 1.2 billion username and passwords from multiple websites.[read more]

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Adapting to Winds of Change

August 6, 2014 by Paul Barsch

Risky Business column.

There’s much work to do before you can take advantage of cloud resources, and just-in-time planning doesn't cut it. With the flexibility, speed and power that cloud offers, there’s really no excuses to let opportunities to capture unplanned demand pass you by.[read more]

Engagement or Experience?

August 6, 2014 by Michael Fauscette
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User experience.

Building experiences for people that encourage engagement and meet expectations could increase engagement, and if creating engagement is your goal then that is as good as it gets in my opinion. Create the potential and increase it’s chances through individualization enhanced through technology.[read more]

Why Sentiment Analysis Engines Need Customization

August 6, 2014 by Scott Van Boeyen

Sentiment analysis engines.

There was a time, not too long ago, when the general population would have bet their life savings that flying cars and human-like robots would exist by the year 2014. There are definitely no flying cars, and robots aren't exactly how we pictured them. However, we do have artificial intelligence that can understand what people are saying.[read more]

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Big Data and Biometrics: Why Your Face Matters More than Ever

August 5, 2014 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

Monday morning after a weekend barbecue, you upload some photos of the event to Facebook, and the website prompts you to tag your friends in the photos—with eerie accuracy, or occasionally, with amusing suggestions, like asking if your own photo is a picture of your brother or your son.[read more]

Big Data Jargon We All Need to Reign In, Right Now

August 5, 2014 by Tracey Wallace

What do you really mean by "digital," and is there really anything today that is not digital? Does digital just mean connected? Does it mean a device? What do I mean when I call a company a digital company? Do you only need have a website to be considered such?[read more]

Why Data Should Be a Business Asset: The 1-10-100 Rule

August 5, 2014 by Martin Doyle

The 1-10-100 rule.

If you run a business, or even just run a household, you’ll understand that chaos creates waste. How many times have you rushed to find an important document, such as a birth certificate, only to have to pay out for an emergency replacement? How many hours have you wasted searching for lost keys, lost passports and lost letters?[read more]

IDE and Debugging Function Comparison Between esProc, Perl and Python

August 4, 2014 by Jim King

esProc, Perl, and Python.

For debugging and control function, Perl and Python provide more complete debugging function. esProc lacks the step in/out, but the actual experiences does not differ greatly. esProc is obviously superior to Python, and Python is more convenient than Perl for the monitoring variable.[read more]

Businesses Must Make Self-Service Reporting a Priority

August 4, 2014 by Robert Kugel

Response to change.

Self-service reporting is fast becoming a standard capability within businesses. It’s part of a generational change that is redefining corporate computing. People beyond a certain age still expect information to be given to them. Younger people want to get the information they need themselves and expect to have the ability to do so.[read more]

The Next Generation of Predictive Analytics

August 4, 2014 by Tony Cosentino

Big data analytics.

Our benchmark research consistently shows that business analytics is the most significant technology trend in business today and acquiring effective predictive analytics is organizations’ top priority for analytics. It enables them to look forward rather than backward and, participate organizations reported, leads to competitive advantage and operational efficiencies.[read more]