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Big Data in Motorsports: How F1 And NASCAR Compete on Analytics

October 13, 2015 by Bernard Marr

Velocity is one of the defining characteristics of Big Data, and there are few situations in which speed is more imperative than motorsports. From NASCAR to Formula One and grassroots karting, teams and race organizers are employing ever more sophisticated data-driven strategies to shave split-seconds off lap times and provide a more thrilling spectacle for audiences.[read more]


The Apocalypse of Abundance: 5 Steps to End the Insanity of Information Overload

October 8, 2015 by Luca Scagliarini

If you're like many of the people I know, the things you once enjoyed most about the Internet now make you feel overwhelmed or even left behind because you can't keep up--there's simply too much of everything.[read more]


5 Disruptive Technology Advancements Which Will Change Business as Usual

October 7, 2015 by Peter Davidson

A disruptive technology can be defined as an innovation that will help to develop new value networks and markets. However, these new technologies will eventually disrupt the existing value network and markets, displacing earlier technologies. Disruptive technology will often force companies to change the way that they approach their businesses, and if an organization cannot adapt, they will likely risk becoming irrelevant or losing market share.[read more]


Saving Money and Lives With Predictive Maintenance

October 2, 2015 by Saar Yoskovitz

It’s more important than ever to think about how we can employ predictive maintenance to keep everything, from our air conditioners to our cars, in working order. Most people only know of two ways to maintain machines — reactive maintenance or preventative maintenance. But these aren’t always the best or most cost-efficient processes.[read more]


Hadoop and Spark: Better Together

October 1, 2015 by Jim Scott

The various online reports about the end of Hadoop as a big data framework bring to mind Mark Twain’s notable quote about the reports of his demise being an exaggeration. Hadoop is very much alive, and numerous organizations continue to make it a key component of their big data and analytics initiatives.[read more]


Securing Your Data by Protecting It Against Spam

September 30, 2015 by Ryan Kidman

Interestingly, most site owners out there do not actually think about security. That is a really bad thing because of the fact that websites are constantly being attacked by hackers. Every single website owner out there needs to think about security. Right after you create a blog you have to know what has to be done. Remember that even low profile sites can be attacked thousands of times per minute. You need to be protected at all times.[read more]


Of Big Data, the IoT, and Trust: Tales from Google's Nest

September 29, 2015 by Bernard Marr

Formed by ex-Apple engineers, Nest Labs develops products designed to bring Big Data and the Internet of Things into our homes via its smart thermostats and fire alarms. The company was bought out by Google last year for $3.2 billion, which sees its products as central to the inevitable drive towards “smart” homes with connected data systems designed to make our lives more comfortable, while simultaneously cutting down on wasted energy.[read more]


Apache Spark Use Cases

September 28, 2015 by Jim Scott

Sure, Apache Spark looks cool, but does it live up to the hype? Is there anything you can actually do with it? Actually, there are some pretty cool use cases going on right now.[read more]


How Big Data is Changing the Sports Fan’s Experience [INFOGRAPHIC]

September 25, 2015 by Matthew Zajechowski

Big data is helping to define and improve in-person experience of sports fans. Big data and wearable technology are combining to offer fans a better, more informed in-person game experience. First, wearable technology has grown tremendously over recent years. Athletes, coaches, and trainers have embraced wearable technology as a way to monitor and improve athlete performance, from gauging metrics like heart rate or timing reactions to monitoring the body for signs of concussion or fatigue.[read more]


Big Data and Information Security

September 24, 2015 by David Schwartz

Big data is becoming an increasingly important part of the business plan for companies in many different industries. Analyzing large customer datasets and other kinds of data with tools like Hadoop reporting lets companies save money as well as boost revenue by targeting their marketing better, designing products to better appeal to their customers, make better predictions, and so on. On the other hand, this rise in the use of big data has coincided with the rise of advanced persistent threats to data security.[read more]


Docker and DevOps: The Skills Needed to Get Ahead in the Cloud Market

September 24, 2015 by Rick Delgado

Cloud computing can be a highly competitive market, both for the companies that provide a cloud service and the employees that help those companies excel. To better compete, employees whose jobs are associated with the cloud often need to adopt and cultivate a long list of valuable skills that providers and other businesses will want to see from their workers. Given the evolving nature of the cloud industry, this list is constantly changing, with some skills receiving more attention and importance than others.[read more]


Game-Changing Real-time Uses for Apache Spark

September 23, 2015 by Jim Scott

Apache Spark, hosted on Hadoop, is great for processing large amounts of data quickly, but wouldn’t it be even better if you could process data in real time? If your business depends on making decisions quickly, you should definitely consider the MapR distribution, which includes the complete Spark stack including Spark Streaming.[read more]


Leveraging Metadata for (Really) Big Data

September 23, 2015 by Don DeLoach

The word “metadata” has different meanings for different people. Most people think of this as the embodiment of big brother grabbing information about everything we do and say. More fundamentally, metadata is really data that describes other data. In essence, it allows for quicker insight or easier interpretation of the data than one might get from analyzing all of the data at an atomic level.[read more]


Spark vs. Hadoop: Not Enemies, but Sidekicks

September 21, 2015 by Jim Scott

While you might have been hearing about Apache Spark and all of the things it can do, you might be wondering whatever happened to Hadoop? After all, MapR is still one of the biggest Hadoop distribution providers. While you might think that Apache Spark might be replacing Hadoop, that’s anything but the case. Spark represents the next step for Hadoop.[read more]


Big Intelligence: BI Meets Big Data, with Apache Drill

September 18, 2015 by Jim Scott

A new world of data exploration and insights is here. Out with the old and small data, in with the new, Big Data. Data analysts have become one of the greatly demanded occupations of our new digital age. Come learn about a few of their tools of the trade.[read more]


How to Use Data to Improve SEO and Pay Per Click Results

September 18, 2015 by Ryan Kidman

As technology improves, so does the amount of tech data we can access. You want to make smart decisions about technology to generate business. The problem is that you’re swimming in a sea of available data. If you can’t determine which forms of information are useful, you’ll waste a huge amount of time and money. Use these tips to improve your SEO and PPC results.[read more]


Is Your Disaster Recovery Plan Enough to Protect Your Network, Data & IT Assets?

September 17, 2015 by Daan Pepijn

Disaster recovery is nothing new for enterprises. Those with on-premises infrastructure will often invest in additional disaster-recovery tools, such as remote backups, archives, etc. However, for small businesses, disaster recovery may be deemed costly or an unnecessary expense.[read more]


Recent Hacks Raise Questions Over Big Data Safety

September 16, 2015 by Jared Jaureguy

American big business has been plagued by a series of major security breaches. Beginning with the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) this wave of major data breaches has led to the theft of millions of confidential documents, many of which containing account information such as payment & billing information. This security breach has put millions at major risk of identity theft.[read more]


How Excel Can Help You Measure Value and Engagement

September 16, 2015 by Sean Mallon

Knowing how much the value of each customer to your site is worth is crucial, especially if you buy advertising and need to track whether or not you are making a profit as a result of your marketing spend. Knowing how much money you can dedicate to advertising whilst still being able to at least break even is important, and it’s more and more vital that you are aware of the long term value of your customers.[read more]


The Amazing Ways Big Data Drives Success at Rolls Royce

September 15, 2015 by Bernard Marr

Rolls-Royce manufactures enormous engines which generate huge amounts of power, as they propel airplanes and ships across skies and oceans. It is an extremely high-tech industry where failures and mistakes can cost billions – and even human lives. It’s no surprise then that the company – which split from its automobile manufacturer...[read more]