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Best Practice Linux Guide: Your Cloud Strategy

July 3, 2015 by Simon Mitchell

The Cloud is becoming an all-encompassing presence on the Internet. Whether it’s public, private or hosted, your organisation will undoubtedly be under pressure to not only adopt some form of Cloud strategy to keep up with competitors but will also increasingly experience internal pressures to adopt new tools and techniques such as continual integration tools and concepts such as containers.[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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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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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 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]

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]

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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

The Big Data MOPS Series.

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]

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Is Your Data Big?

June 15, 2015 by Dave Mendle
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So you’ve heard all the buzz about data. It’s big. Apparently, big data is all around us. That’s what they say anyway. Truthfully, it can be difficult as a business owner to identify where you stand in the grand universe of big data. How big is your data? How are you using it? Would you benefit from using the right big data technology? In short, how do you know if your business is part of this big data revolution? Well, let me help you answer that.[read more]

10 Reasons Why Now Is the Time to Get into Big Data

June 12, 2015 by Rick Delgado

Big data is a key that'll explain specifically what your consumers really think about your product. Big data is even being used in medical research for companies that do personalized medicine or companion diagnostics, and need to analyze large amounts of biological data. You'll be able to use your insight to easily get a better picture of your customers based out of different geographic areas and belonging to different demographic groups.[read more]

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Using Recommendation Engines to Reduce Subscription Service Churn

June 12, 2015 by Dave Mendle

Recommendation engines are the digital version of the pot of gold at the end of the Big Data rainbow. Imagine being able to know, in near-time, what your customers really want and when they want it. For a subscription service, the gold is even brighter: You can deliver your customers’ desires directly to them, leading to a dramatic reduction in churn.[read more]

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Redefining Loyalty Programs with Big Data and Hadoop

June 11, 2015 by Dave Mendle

A loyalty program should not be about points, rewards, or status. While these perks may attract consumers, they don’t foster loyalty. The focus of these programs should be to collect useful data that can be used to build relationships that benefit both the consumer and the brand.[read more]

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The Myth of Multiple Intelligences: Its Impact on eLearning

June 11, 2015 by Rehan Sheikh

In 1980, Dr. Gardner said “The potential utility of computers in the process of matching individuals to modes of instruction is substantial.” Though Gardner is likely incorrect regarding individuals’ learning styles, he was notably ahead of his time in predicting the power of eLearning. Today, more and more courses are moving online; not only do universities and community colleges increasingly provide all-online degree programs to busy workers looking to improve, but high schools and lower education levels are moving to the Web.[read more]

Hadoop Can't Do That

June 2, 2015 by Paige Roberts
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I just got back from a little executive summit conference in Dallas for Chief Data Officers. Frustratingly, I heard a lot of folks telling me what Hadoop CAN’T do. If you asked most people if water could cut through steel, they would probably tell you it can’t. They would be wrong, too.[read more]

Data = Opportunity: But Are You Monetizing Information?

May 28, 2015 by RK Paleru
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In 2001, Gartner analyst Doug Laney, coined the term “big-data”, to articulate the impending explosion in Volume, Variety, and Velocity (“the 3 Vs”) of data in society. Much has been talked since about big-data. Today the term big-data is primarily used to describe “how” technology can handle these large and disparate sets of data, not “what” can be done with big-data.[read more]