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Big Data: The 4 Layers Everyone Must Know

There is still so much confusion surrounding Big Data. I thought it might help to clarify the 4 key layers of a big data system - i.e. the different stages the data itself has to pass through on its journey from raw statistic or snippet of...

Posted July 29, 2014    

The Amazing Ways Big Data Is Now Used in HR

Employees are a both a business’s greatest asset and its greatest expense. So hitting on the right formula for selecting them, and keeping them in place, is absolutely essential. One company offering unique solutions to help others tackle this...

Posted July 22, 2014    

3 Ways Big Data Is Changing Financial Institutions Forever

Big data and financial services are natural match – after all, with nothing to manufacture, and no physical product to sell, data is the bedrock the industry is built on. On top of that, most of their business is quantitative – they mainly deal in...

Posted July 15, 2014    

The Amazing Big Data World of Kaggle and the Crowd-Sourced Data Scientist

If you’re looking for a company which seems to embody all the principles of big data entrepreneurship under one roof, then look no further than Kaggle.Crowd sourcing, predictive modelling, gamification – Kaggle has it all - and has worked out how to...

Posted July 8, 2014    

Big Data Is Changing Every Industry, Even Yours!

“You can never have too much data – bigger is always better” – the words of Amazon’s chief technology officer Werner Vogels.His company is certainly a pioneer in big data – as I’ve previously covered – but all areas of industry, old and new, are...

Posted July 1, 2014    

What's Hadoop? Here's a Simple Explanation for Everyone

When you learn about Big Data you will sooner or later come across this odd sounding word: Hadoop – but what exactly is it?Put simply, Hadoop can be thought of as a set of open source programs and procedures (meaning essentially they are free for...

Posted June 24, 2014    

How Big Data Will Change Marketing Forever

On paper, big data is any marketer’s dream come true – thanks to the internet, if a business wants to know about its customers, more information is available to them than ever before.Companies have been collecting data on us for decades, but since...

Posted June 17, 2014    

How Amazon Uses Big Data to Boost Its Performance

Amazon is a big data giant, which is why I want to look at the company in my second post of my series on how specific organisations use big data.We all know that Amazon pioneered e-commerce in many ways, but possibly one of its greatest innovations...

Posted June 10, 2014    

WOW! Big Data at Google

Big data and big business go hand in hand – this is the first in a series where I will examine the different uses that the world’s leading corporations are making of the endless amount of digital information the world is producing every day.Google...

Posted June 3, 2014    

Big Data and Analytics In Sports: A Game Changer

If there is one area in which big data is literally guaranteed to be a game-changer, it’s sports.Sports have for a long time been accompanied by a wealth of statistics – what’s different today is the amount of data and the multitude of ways that we...

Posted May 27, 2014    

Big Data, Analytics and Criminals

To a criminal, life must have seemed so much simpler before the advent of big data. Back then, if you weren’t caught red-handed at the crime scene, or your license plate wasn’t taken down as you made a speedy escape, you could probably feel safe....

Posted May 13, 2014    

Is Big Data Under Threat by New Internet Magna Carta?

This year we have seen the 25th birthday of the World Wide Web (WWW) and next year we will see the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. The Internet has given us the ability to collect and leverage big data and the Magna Carta was the first...

Posted April 1, 2014