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Raise the Big Data Flim-Flam High

July 2, 2015 by Martyn Jones

If there were ever a more apt rallying slogan for the Big Data BS babblers it would be “We BS about Big Data so that you don’t need to think”… and you know what? That’s how it is working.The trouble with the hype is that almost everyone and...[read more]

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Accounting Software Saves Time and Money for Businesses

July 1, 2015 by Rehan Sheikh

When I first opened my business, I thought I was going to have to pay an accountant a large salary to help keep my books balanced. I didn't feel confident in my ability to handle it myself, and I knew that mistakes could cause major problems for the future of my business. When I finally found accounting software that was easy to use, I was able to free up the costs associated with hiring an accountant. With today's programs, anyone can be their own business accountant by choosing the right user-friendly accounting software.[read more]

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How Big Data Is Changing Recruitment Forever

June 30, 2015 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

As it is in many other areas of business, Big Data is helping to take the guess work out of recruitment. Rather than relying on the famous “gut feeling”, those taking a more scientific approach to appointing staff are finding it leads to more suitable people who stay happy and on the job for longer. Just as importantly, candidates hopefully will no longer have to hope that they won’t be overlooked because the interviewer doesn’t like the tie they are wearing, or because they went to the wrong school.[read more]

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Demystifying Self-Service Data and the Future of Business Intelligence

July 1, 2015 by Marius Moscovici

Users can’t afford to send requests and wait days or weeks for a report that could already be outdated. To get the most out of the data your company collects, relevant data points need to be available to all business users when they need it.[read more]

Top 13 Reasons to Have a Smart Intranet Portal

July 1, 2015 by Jagadish Thaker

Any growing organization inevitably runs into the problem of information overflow, unorganized content and a data black hole. Employees across different departments are unable to co-operate efficiently and end up working in silos. This is the time when a business decides that it needs a common platform for its employees, which can be used to bring both, the people and processes together.[read more]

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Data Does Not Equal Intelligence: Predictive Analytics in the Enterprise

June 30, 2015 by Ray Renteria

Modern enterprises run on data. However, much to some executives’ surprise, data itself is incapable of solving business problems. All the bits of information your teams collect are worthless when it comes to improving supply chain processes, fine-tuning marketing campaigns, closing deals or meeting any number of other business challenges, if you don’t understand how to create intelligence from it. To make the most of the influx of data coming into your company, you need to know the difference between data, intelligence and insight, as well as how to apply all three to predictive analytics.[read more]

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5 Hidden Reasons Your IT Team Is Always Late and Over Budget

June 30, 2015 by Baron Schwartz

It’s hard to pinpoint why IT teams are performing poorly because the reasons are hidden. Here are five main issues that may reside deep under your IT team’s skin.[read more]

How Manufacturers Can Use Big Data to Acquire New Customers

June 29, 2015 by Larisa Bedgood

For industrial and manufacturing marketers, the integration of data, technology and marketing is producing a wealth of new opportunities to boost revenue streams. However, figuring out which technologies to implement and which data to utilize has challenged more than one B2B marketer.[read more]

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A Day Late and Big Data Architecture Short

June 29, 2015 by Paul Barsch

In the mad-dash to “do something” in big data without a strategy, IT managers and business users alike seem to continuously jump on the latest technology (today it’s Spark) and thus become inevitable case studies for Gartner’s well documented hype cycle.[read more]

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5 Tips for Protecting Your Data Assets More Effectively

June 26, 2015 by Keith Tully

Actions taken after data has been compromised in any way can have a significant bearing on how matters unfold and how much damage is done as a result. Companies and particularly their IT experts need to be ready at all times to react to and deal with such issues as they arise. There is no way to guarantee that all data breaches can be protected against but a robust contingency plan can go a long way towards ensuring the ramifications are minimized.[read more]

First Look: SAS Factory Miner

June 26, 2015 by James Taylor

I got a briefing on SAS Factory Miner, to be officially released in July. SAS Factory Miner is designed to help organizations scale their analytic efforts, enabling them to solve more problems, faster, more accurately and without adding resources. SAS generally presents the analytic lifecycle with two main loops – a discovery one and a deployment one – both fed with data.[read more]

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Adopting a User Behavior Analytics (UBA) Solution

June 25, 2015 by Idan Tendler

The key to stopping hackers & rogue employees already exists in the enterprise in the form of user related data repositories. With the right analytics that focus on user behavior, security analysts can gain much needed context to better understand the insider threats they face on a daily basis.[read more]

Even Chocolate Needs Smart Data

June 25, 2015 by Andre Bourque

How do you sell chipotle-accented chocolates and truffles with bourbon mash to those in the chocolate-loving populace who dream of pepper-laced confections and Kentucky sauced nuggets? You get smarter. The chocolate business, it turns out, is a lot like other conservative industries. Medical, construction, financial trading, and others are often reluctant to try the latest "new fangled" marketing techniques. Chocolate is the same way.[read more]

Taking the Cloud Apart: What Works for Your Business?

June 25, 2015 by Simon Mitchell

Just like real clouds ‘The Cloud’ is made up of many clouds, some overlapping and some merging into others with no obvious boundaries. Mouse-Over each for an explanation. A Standard Operating Environment (SOE) and a Management Platform (MP) are at the centre of modern IT. With an SOE you can provision new servers in seconds and remove them when you no longer need them. An MP is essential for controlling an infrastructure that may run into thousands of virtual machines.[read more]

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Don’t Let Big Data Become a Big Security Concern

June 24, 2015 by Daniel Matthews

Sometimes it takes massive failure to raise an alarm. The recent pillaging of up to 14 million federal employee social security numbers—which some have suggested was an act of cyber-espionage—is just one example among many in the ‘massive failure’ department.[read more]

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The Importance of Cleaning Up Your Dark Data

June 24, 2015 by Rick Delgado

Few trends have had as big of an impact on businesses as big data. Companies of all shapes and sizes have taken to big data with eagerness as they realize how much it can benefit their organizations. There’s little disputing big data’s impressive advantages, from opening up new avenues of innovation to increasing business productivity.[read more]

Figure Out Why You Should Use Big Data Before You Figure Out How

June 24, 2015 by RK Paleru
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This is about the approaches to “big-data” technology. However, I start with a little detour and analogy on innovation. The purpose of this analogy is to trigger “Enterprise IT Organizations” to think outside convention before embarking on a journey to adopt or build “big-data," “data management,” “data integration” and related services.[read more]