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Intelligent Transportation Systems for Midsized Cities

November 24, 2015 by Julie Hunt

When intelligent transportation systems are discussed, the focus is usually on mega-cities (populations of 10 million or more). But midsized cities (anywhere from 250,000 to 1 million people) face many of the same issues as larger cities, especially regarding forward-thinking planning for transportation systems. In fact, midsized cities are still a significant untapped market for intelligent transportation systems.[read more]

Top 5 Graph Visualisation Tools

November 24, 2015 by Zygimantas Jacikevicius

Data visualisation is the process of displaying data in visual formats such as charts, graphs or maps. This method is commonly used to grasp more meaning out of a snapshot of data which in other approaches might require sorting through piles of spreadsheets and great quantity of reports. With the amount of data growing rapidly it is more important than ever to interpret all of this information correctly and quickly to make well-informed business decisions.[read more]

Big Data Analytics: Unlock Breakthrough Results - Step 2

November 24, 2015 by James Parnitzke

This post is part of a larger series to provide a detailed set of steps you can take to unlock breakthrough results in Big Data Analytics. The simple use case used to illustrate this method will address the perplexing management challenge of platform and tool optimization. This step is used to identify the types and nature of the operating models used within the analytic community.[read more]


A Closer Look at RDDs

November 20, 2015 by Jim Scott

Apache Spark has gotten a lot of attention for its fast processing of large amounts of data. But how does it get up to speed? The biggest reason that Spark is so fast is its use of the Resilient Distributed Dataset, or RDD.[read more]

3 Ingenious Use Cases for Business Intelligence Tools

November 20, 2015 by Eran Levy

One of the most exciting things about a formerly-niche technology becoming mainstream is the way it mutates and evolves by means of its end users’ ingenuity. One famous example could be the case of a product that was originally meant for cleaning coal residue from wallpaper, and eventually came to be the Play-Doh today’s children know and love.[read more]

Why Companies Are Not Engaging With Their Data

November 20, 2015 by Bruce Robbins

A look at a number of recent reports and surveys shows that while there is an appetite for using data more wisely, and an intention amongst top executives to use data more there are still many companies not using data as effectively as they could.[read more]


Data in Consumer Finance

November 23, 2015 by Konstantin Rabin

This article will explain you the current state of the data in the field of consumer finance, the major issues in it, what the alternative scenarios are and how it would look in the near future. While the banks are having access to top-notch information about their clients, they are often reluctant to benefit from it or let other companies to do so. However, this is already changing.[read more]


Changes We Can Expect as Big Data Analytics Takes Off

November 23, 2015 by Jonathan Buckley

We find ourselves in the midst of a surge in big data use. The number of businesses, organizations, and institutions now utilizing big data solutions has exploded in recent years, as has the amount of data collected. Some estimates put the total amount of data generated each day at 2.5 quintillion bytes! Such a number is hard to comprehend let alone make use of, and yet organizations have been eagerly adopting big data analytics for their ambitious goals.[read more]


Powering Personalized Medicine with Hadoop and Apache Spark

November 23, 2015 by Jim Scott

The Obama administration plans to dedicate $215 million in the 2016 budget to the “Precision Medicine Initiative.” This project centers on the collection and analysis of data from a projected million volunteers. Funding includes $130 million for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to collect the data for analysis; $10 million to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to architect databases; and $5 million to protect the privacy of the collected data.[read more]

Lower Big Data Hardware TCO with Hadoop

November 19, 2015 by Jim Scott

Apache Hadoop unquestionably delivers ROI by increasing the flexibility of data management/storage, processing, and analytics abilities. And it’s logical to assume that “commodity” servers translate into cost savings. But the truth is that while Hadoop can and does deliver significant cost reductions and revenue gains, much depends on the actual deployment.[read more]

Big Data Increasing the Demand for Skilled Analysts Across All Industries [INFOGRAPHIC]

November 19, 2015 by Sivakumar Soundararajan

Big Data has undisputedly ruled businesses worldwide, transforming them with its various helpful features. However, its inaccuracies and drawbacks have resulted in its attracting its fair share of criticism. Every major revolution faces severe criticism. The Big Data revolution did too.[read more]


The World According to IT: The Star Wars Spectrum of User Intelligence [INFOGRAPHIC]

November 19, 2015 by Lou Ennuso

The IT department of any organization is tasked with supporting users with a wide range of technical expertise, from the highly tech savvy to the not so much. We've taken a look at this spectrum of user intelligence through the lens of one of our favorite film series - read on below to find out how you rank.[read more]


How Media Monitoring Helps You Tap into Big Data

November 18, 2015 by Elizabeth Victor

Big data is a big deal lately across marketing channels, and is also a puzzle for many companies. For many, the amount of data is so “big” that it is hard to decipher through the noise and make sense of it all. This is where media monitoring tools can help you.[read more]


What Does Big Data Mean for the Future of Social Media?

November 18, 2015 by Ryan Kidman

The social media industry has grown leaps and bounds in the past decade, but some challenges have persisted. Major networks such as Facebook have struggled to meet revenue targets. Facebook’s IPO stock price was based off revenue growth figures that have failed to materialize over the past few years, raising concerns that the site couldn’t monetize its users as well as analysts hoped.[read more]


A Look at SparkSQL

November 18, 2015 by Jim Scott

If you’ve been reading about Apache Spark, you might be worried about whether you have to relearn all of your skills for using it to interact with databases. With Apache Spark, whether you’re a DBA or a developer, you’ll be able to interact with Apache Spark in the way you’re used to—while solving real problems.[read more]

How the Healthcare Industry Can Save Big with Big Data

November 17, 2015 by Xander Schofield

When it comes to big data, just about every industry can benefit in some way or another. The healthcare sector is just starting to realize the potential value of big data, and the next several years will illustrate just how powerful and useful it can be to have detailed records of all kinds of patients over time.[read more]

How Is Mobile Technology Impacting the Food and Beverage Supply Chain?

November 17, 2015 by Keith Peterson

Mobile technology is positively affecting businesses across the globe, allowing for real-time data transmission, instant collaboration, and the ability to access key business metrics from just about anywhere. With mobile supply chain applications, business owners in the food and beverage industry have greater insight into their everyday workflow – accessing data on the fly, enabling them to make better decisions faster.[read more]