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How GE Is Using Big Data To Drive Business Performance

General Electric – a literal powerhouse of a corporation involved in virtually every area of industry, has been laying the foundations of what it grandly calls the Industrial Internet for some time now.But what exactly is it? In this post I will try...

Posted September 2, 2014    

Big Data Education: Why Learning Will Never Be the Same

It doesn’t matter if you’re a Millennial or a Baby Boomer—classrooms today are starting to look a lot different than when we were kids.Children are being issued tablets or laptops as soon as they enter school, before many can even read. Second...

Posted August 26, 2014    

How Big Data Is Changing Insurance Forever

If you’re a young, male driver, or you have one in your family, you are no doubt aware of the astronomical price of car insurance.This is obviously because drivers in this category are involved in a higher number of accidents, so it seems fair that...

Posted August 19, 2014    

Little Data: The 25 KPIs Everyone Must Understand

I have written about the fact that big data is nothing without it's little brother. Small data or traditional performance metrics are vital to the success of any big data initiative. They help to identify the true objectives of any big data...

Posted August 12, 2014    

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

 That simple scenario that most of us have encountered is a pretty good illustration of both the benefits and drawbacks of the convergence of biometrics and big data.The face recognition software that makes those Facebook tagging suggestions...

Posted August 5, 2014    

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