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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]

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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]

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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]

Taking Control of Your CRM Data

June 23, 2015 by Martin Doyle

CRMs are supposed to be used to achieve better efficiency. By investing time in the CRM, sales teams should be able to identify leads, retain existing customers and successfully recruit new clients to the fold. Sadly, many CRMs fail to perform well. No system could feasibly solve every problem in your business, but if the CRM is creaking under the weight of dirty data, it could actually be hindering progress.[read more]

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Big Data in Automobiles: Use-Cases for Today and Opportunities for the Future

June 22, 2015 by Anand Srinivasan
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Location analytics is a big thing in General Motors these days. A spatial analysis of the data available with the company showed that their customers will drive two hours to buy a car. However, they may not be ready to drive down so far for a servicing. Also, customers will be ready to drive this far, bypassing a more convenient dealership, if they know they can save $500.[read more]

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Big Data Hadoop Use Cases in the Oil and Gas Industry

June 22, 2015 by Dave Mendle
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While U.S. oil production has begun expanding - so much so that the International Energy Agency predicts that by 2016 the US will surpass Saudi Arabia and Russia - the rest of the world’s oil production has ceased to expand. In an effort to streamline and optimize oil and gas production methods, advances in instrumentation, process automation, collaboration, and data management are being developed.[read more]

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How Big Data Benefits Businesses

June 22, 2015 by Anand Srivastava
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Big data has a huge potential to benefit businesses in any industry. It is much more than just a massive amount of data. Combining sets of data will give businesses real insights that can be used in making decisions and improving their financial condition. Before you can understand how big data can benefit your organization, it is important to know what big data really is. Big data can be best explained according to the 3 Vs – Volume, Variety and Velocity.[read more]

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How Big Data Affects Us Through the Internet of Things

June 19, 2015 by Dave Mendle

Although big data is ever-present in our lives, it can be difficult to understand how much it really has changed our day-to-day living. Let’s take a closer look at how big data has weaved its way into the lives of many consumers today, via the Internet of Things (IoT).[read more]

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What’s an IT Data Warehouse? And Why Do You Need One?

June 19, 2015 by Sadanand Sahasrabudhe

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In the course of running IT operations for your business, systems collect a wealth of data – data that can yield useful insights to help understand how you deliver services, lower costs and drive more innovation. By analyzing this data effectively, you can get a 360-degree view of the IT business.[read more]

5 Ways That Qantas Is Using Data to Delight Customers and Build Loyalty

June 18, 2015 by Trips Reddy

While many retail, sports, manufacturing, healthcare and entertainment companies are already using data to improve customer experiences, the airline industry hasn’t caught up yet. But a handful of airlines are trying to change both this. By using a customer data platform like Umbel to merge web, mobile and social data from multiple sources, and training their staff to use this data better, airlines like Southwest, United and Qantas are using actionable data insights to deliver personalized customer experiences that delight flyers and build loyalty.[read more]

How to Evaluate the Effectiveness of Your IT Infrastructure

June 18, 2015 by Simon Mitchell

Evaluating the performance of your IT infrastructure will enable you to know where it could be performing better and how. If it isn't performing to its maximum potential, you won’t know how much it is costing your organisation by being under par. Your Linux infrastructure may have been state of the art when it was created, but technology is continually advancing and your business has probably changed too.[read more]

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4 Considerations When Choosing a Hadoop Distribution

June 18, 2015 by Dave Mendle

Choosing the right Hadoop distribution can be a tricky process. Many businesses looking to adopt Hadoop in their data infrastructure have a hard time figuring out what really differentiates one distribution from another. With so many options available, it’s easy to get lost in the choices.[read more]

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The Data Lake: A More Balanced Perspective

June 17, 2015 by Tamara Dull

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The recent data lake debate with my colleague, Anne Buff, may be over, but the discussion in many organizations is just getting started. What we learned during the debate—and you may be discovering in your own organization—is that it forces the larger discussion of managing growing volumes of data in a big data world. With the onslaught of big data technologies in recent years, organizations are having to look once again at the underlying technologies supporting their data collection, processing, storage, and analysis activities. And right now, the Hadoop-based data lake happens to be a very popular option.[read more]

Fantasy Sports Betting: The Next 'Big Thing' Thanks to Big Data

June 16, 2015 by Jure Rejec

Big data is revolutionizing the sports betting industry and this is just the beginning. While it may seem that European Fantasy Sports hasn't really picked up as yet, since Europe is known as a historically late adopter, the future looks promising for soccer lovers who seek richer experiences than what is being offered at the moment by well established betting operators.[read more]