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What Is Big Data and How Useful It Is?

July 6, 2015 by Anand Srivastava

What is big data? This term has gained popularity in the present and it is used sometimes to define the exponential data development and availability, both structured and unstructured. Big data might be as important to business and community as the web has become. Why? It is simply because if there will be more data, it may result to more precise analyses.[read more]

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7 Key Features IT Should Look for in Enterprise Mobility Software

July 2, 2015 by Daniel Kraft

It’s safe to say that the traditional model of “going to work” is a ticking time bomb. Service providers and freelancers are replacing full-time employees, and people are changing careers faster than ever. Companies require employees to be available 24/7, but they can align work with the priorities of their personal lives, working from many places. Clearly, organizations are undergoing some soul-searching for the ideal structure, and mobility is key.[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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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Users can’t afford to send requests and wait days or weeks for a report that could already be outdated.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]

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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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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]

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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]

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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]

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Big Data: The Amazing Numbers in 2015

June 23, 2015 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

Big data is growing — in fact, the sector is growing so fast and we are producing data so voraciously, that no one can afford to ignore it as a “fad” any more. And, it’s going to affect all companies, large and small, across all segments of the market — from healthcare to public safety, and retail to wholesale.[read more]

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Privacy Concerns Are Slowing Big Data Adoption Within Healthcare

June 23, 2015 by Jonathan Buckley

The problem is a lack of transparency and openness that exists in the healthcare system. Most patients don’t understand how their information is being used, or what data is shared. They don’t know if their identities remain private and if hospitals are treating their documents carefully with proper security measures in place. That’s a lot of ambiguity for such important and sensitive material.[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]

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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]