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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    

Big Data News Bulletin: The Stories You Can't Miss in Feb/March 2015

D J Patil announced as first Whitehouse Chief Data ScientistBarack Obama is said to have hand-picked D J Patil as the US Government’s first ever Chief Data Scientist.Patil made his name working for a long list of Silicon Valley tech companies...

Posted February 26, 2015    

Careful: Don't Drown in Your Data Lake!

You’ve probably heard of data warehousing, but now there’s a newer phrase doing the rounds, and it’s one you’re likely to hear more in the future if you’re involved in big data: ‘Data Lakes’.So what are they? Well, the best way to describe them is...

Posted February 25, 2015    

10 Amazing Data Analytics Platforms Everyone Should Know About

The past few years has seen an explosion in the number of platforms available for big data analytical tasks.The open source Hadoop framework is free to use, but very technical to set up and not specialized towards any particular job or industry. To...

Posted February 18, 2015    

Big Data: What's a Brontobyte Again?

If you bought your first home computer in the early days – the 80s, or even the 70s if you were a very early adopter, you will probably remember when storage space was measured in kilobytes (1,000 bytes) or megabytes (1 million bytes).The first...

Posted February 11, 2015    

Big Data: Careful! When Correlations Go Crazy

In the world of big data, strange truths about the world begin to emerge. Orange cars are the most reliable used cars to buy. Prepaid phone card sales can predict unrest in Africa. And women with larger breasts spend more money online.That last one...

Posted February 4, 2015