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Is This the Biggest Big Data Company You Have Never Heard of?

In this post I take a look at another company that has put Big Data at the heart of its business. This time I’m taking a look at Acxiom – sometimes called the biggest company you’ve never heard of!You may not have heard of them – but it’s more than...

Posted May 26, 2015    

Big Data Explained in Less Than 2 Minutes ... to Absolutely Anyone

There are some things that are so big that they have implications for everyone, whether we want them to or not. Big Data is one of those concepts, and is completely transforming the way we do business and is impacting most other parts of our lives....

Posted May 19, 2015    

The Big Data Health Partnership Between Apple and IBM

Apple and IBM have released details of their partnership which will allow iPhone and Apple Watch users to share data to IBM’s Watson Health cloud-based healthcare analytics service.The initiative will potentially bring the benefits of crowd-sourced...

Posted May 12, 2015    

The 7 Most Unusual Applications of Big Data You've Ever Seen!

It’s all well and good to talk about customer experience and managing inventory flow, but what has big data done for me lately?I’ve rounded up seven of the most interesting — and unique — applications for big data I’ve seen recently and how...

Posted May 5, 2015    

How the Internet of Things and Big Data Are Changing Our World

The Internet of Things (combined with big data) is reaching further into our lives every day. And while some of these innovations are just super cool, others may need to get the kinks ironed out before they become part of our everyday lives.I just...

Posted April 28, 2015    

Big Data: How Netflix Uses It to Drive Business Success

Legendary Hollywood screenwriter William Goldman said “Nobody, nobody – not now, not ever – knows the least goddam thing about what is or isn’t going to work at the box office.”He was speaking before the arrival of the internet and Big Data, and...

Posted April 21, 2015    

How Big Data and Analytics Are Changing People Management Forever

Google has regularly been voted the best company in America to work for – its staff get free meals, generous paid holidays, access to “nap pods” for power-napping during the business day, and are even encouraged to grow their own fruit and...

Posted April 7, 2015    

How Big Data and the Internet of Things Make Our World Smarter

The Internet of Things (combined with big data) is reaching further into our lives every day. And while some of these innovations are just super cool, others may need to get the kinks ironed out before they become part of our everyday lives.I just...

Posted March 31, 2015    

Big Data: 6 Things a Data Scientist Can Learn from a Pastry Chef

Data analysis and chocolate cake? Cookies and data visualization?They don’t seem to have much in common — except that they might both show up at a board room table — but being an effective data scientist and a consummate pastry chef have more in...

Posted March 24, 2015    

5 Amazing Companies That Use Big Data to Drive Success

In this post I look at five companies which have emerged on the scene more recently, but which have built business models on big data and analytics. Some are quickly growing into household names, and some are still only known to big data insiders –...

Posted March 17, 2015    

Big Data: A Brief(ish) History Everyone Should Read

The history of Big Data as a term may be brief – but many of the foundations it is built on were laid long ago.Long before computers (as we know them today) were commonplace, the idea that we were creating an ever-expanding body of knowledge ripe...

Posted March 10, 2015    

Why We Must Declare War on Data Obesity

We probably all know that obesity is becoming a big (pardon the pun) problem in the developed world and just becoming bigger. While we obviously need food to survive, Westerners in particular have access to so much food now that it has become...

Posted March 4, 2015