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Incisive Data That Makes Small Companies Grow

November 27, 2015 by Ryan Kidman

Data is changing the game, no matter what industry you’re talking about. Data gives entrepreneurs the ability to look at their business from 30,000 feet, viewing trends and problems in a way that has never before been possible. It’s a technique that recalls the height of Pointillism, that all but forgotten artistic movement by which artists produced amazing works, one tiny dot of ink at a time.[read more]


Compliance Could Be Your Selling Point

November 25, 2015 by Brad Thies

Compliance is a relative term, as every industry has its own rules and regulations. Healthcare has the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, banking has the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and retail has the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard.[read more]


Data in Consumer Finance

November 23, 2015 by Konstantin Rabin

This article will explain you the current state of the data in the field of consumer finance, the major issues in it, what the alternative scenarios are and how it would look in the near future. While the banks are having access to top-notch information about their clients, they are often reluctant to benefit from it or let other companies to do so. However, this is already changing.[read more]


Changes We Can Expect as Big Data Analytics Takes Off

November 23, 2015 by Jonathan Buckley

We find ourselves in the midst of a surge in big data use. The number of businesses, organizations, and institutions now utilizing big data solutions has exploded in recent years, as has the amount of data collected. Some estimates put the total amount of data generated each day at 2.5 quintillion bytes! Such a number is hard to comprehend let alone make use of, and yet organizations have been eagerly adopting big data analytics for their ambitious goals.[read more]


Powering Personalized Medicine with Hadoop and Apache Spark

November 23, 2015 by Jim Scott

The Obama administration plans to dedicate $215 million in the 2016 budget to the “Precision Medicine Initiative.” This project centers on the collection and analysis of data from a projected million volunteers. Funding includes $130 million for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to collect the data for analysis; $10 million to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to architect databases; and $5 million to protect the privacy of the collected data.[read more]


A Closer Look at RDDs

November 20, 2015 by Jim Scott

Apache Spark has gotten a lot of attention for its fast processing of large amounts of data. But how does it get up to speed? The biggest reason that Spark is so fast is its use of the Resilient Distributed Dataset, or RDD.[read more]


The World According to IT: The Star Wars Spectrum of User Intelligence [INFOGRAPHIC]

November 19, 2015 by Lou Ennuso

The IT department of any organization is tasked with supporting users with a wide range of technical expertise, from the highly tech savvy to the not so much. We've taken a look at this spectrum of user intelligence through the lens of one of our favorite film series - read on below to find out how you rank.[read more]


How Media Monitoring Helps You Tap into Big Data

November 18, 2015 by Elizabeth Victor

Big data is a big deal lately across marketing channels, and is also a puzzle for many companies. For many, the amount of data is so “big” that it is hard to decipher through the noise and make sense of it all. This is where media monitoring tools can help you.[read more]


What Does Big Data Mean for the Future of Social Media?

November 18, 2015 by Ryan Kidman

The social media industry has grown leaps and bounds in the past decade, but some challenges have persisted. Major networks such as Facebook have struggled to meet revenue targets. Facebook’s IPO stock price was based off revenue growth figures that have failed to materialize over the past few years, raising concerns that the site couldn’t monetize its users as well as analysts hoped.[read more]


A Look at SparkSQL

November 18, 2015 by Jim Scott

If you’ve been reading about Apache Spark, you might be worried about whether you have to relearn all of your skills for using it to interact with databases. With Apache Spark, whether you’re a DBA or a developer, you’ll be able to interact with Apache Spark in the way you’re used to—while solving real problems.[read more]


Big Data in Big Oil: The Amazing Ways Shell Uses Analytics to Drive Business Success

November 17, 2015 by Bernard Marr

The oil and gas industries are facing major challenges - the costs of extraction are rising and the turbulent state of international politics adds to the difficulties of exploration and drilling for new reserves. In the face of big problems, its key players are turning to Big Data in the hope of finding innovative solutions to these pressing issues.[read more]


Twitter, the Sims, and Big Data

November 16, 2015 by Ioana Sima

One of the first rules of big data, could quite possibly be the following: there is no Big Data. That is – there is no single piece of big data research that is definitive. A research that gives you completely conclusive results, a research that does not generalize, a research piece that will be relevant in its entirety the next day after it has been drafted.[read more]


Control Business Costs with Workforce Analytics

November 16, 2015 by Sarah Smith

When something goes wrong in a company, the availability of analytics data should motivate employers to resolve quickly worker claims and take steps to address problems identified or predicted by their software.[read more]


Working With Your IT Department to Improve Corporate Efficiency

November 13, 2015 by David Schwartz

For a while now, companies have been re-evaluating their commitment to onsite IT because there are other options available that can help them make their business teams more cost effective. Here are 5 ways that IT departments are helping companies improved corporate efficiency.[read more]


3 Ways the Internet of Things Will Change Every Business

November 10, 2015 by Bernard Marr

Have you entered the Internet of Things yet? If you have a FitBit or other activity tracker that talks to your smartphone, you have. If you have a thermostat, alarm system, or lights in your home that you can control with your computer or phone, you have. But even if you haven’t got one of those devices yet, I’m betting you will within the next 5–10 years.[read more]


How Should Companies Approach Big Data Discrimination?

November 10, 2015 by Rick Delgado

Nearly every business strategy introduced these days usually includes some form of big data analytics. This has led to an explosion in the amount of information available to companies and institutions. Never before have they been able to access so much data based on so little criteria.[read more]


Is Cloud Sameness Dangerous to Competitive Advantage?

November 9, 2015 by Paul Barsch

As more companies turn to cloud computing, and use the same applications available from a specific cloud provider, there could be danger of losing elements of competitive advantage wrought by technological advances.[read more]


How to Use Big Data to Improve Your Website’s SEO

November 5, 2015 by Abdullahi Muhammed

You already know you should follow SEO best practices to stay ahead of your competitors. Here are ways to use Big Data to improve your website’s SEO.[read more]


Handling the Information Overload in Marketing With Big Data

November 5, 2015 by Anand Srinivasan

A recent poll among CMOs of a number of large organizations showed that over 70 percent of those surveyed felt ill-equipped to deal with the data coming at them from all directions.[read more]


Big Data, Automation, Mobility: Keys to Growing Your Small Business

November 3, 2015 by Daan Pepijn

For many years, big data has been the darling of the big enterprise world, capturing the attention of mostly the largest of businesses, along with automation and mobility. However, small businesses cannot simply put aside the prospect of adopting new technologies in order to become even more agile.[read more]