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How HR Can Use Big Data in a Smart Way (Hint: Most Are Not)

August 4, 2015 by Bernard Marr

HR and people management have been taken over by the data and analytics wave. This part of organisations that has traditionally focused on the softer things such as culture, talent development and employee engagement is now obsessed with data analysis.[read more]

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Attackers Are in Your Network: Leverage Big Data to Get Them Out

July 29, 2015 by Mike Potts

Cyber attacks are detrimental to a company's security. Lancope's StealthWatch monitoring system collects and analyses network data to protect a company's information. Monitoring normal network activity allows the system to quickly detect security threats. This initial detection allows for early action in responding to cyber attacks.[read more]

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How Big Data and Analytics Are Changing Football

July 28, 2015 by Bernard Marr

The use of data in football (or soccer as my American friends prefer to call it) - the most popular sport in the world - has seen huge growth in recent years. The sport is beginning to more fully realize the power of performance analysis and apply objective information more efficiently to gain genuine competitive advantage.[read more]

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It’s Your Life, Starring Your Data

July 27, 2015 by Tamara Dull
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At a recent EPIC Champions of Freedom privacy event, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook finger-wagged some of his Silicon Valley neighbors—without mentioning names Facebook and Google—on how they were using their users’ data. “They’re gobbling up everything they can learn about you and trying to monetize it. We think that’s wrong. And it’s not the kind of company that Apple wants to be,” Cook said.[read more]

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Managing Big Data? Make Sure You Know the Challenges

July 27, 2015 by Gunjan Tripathi
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The ability to collect massive amounts of data has grown exponentially with the advent of the Internet and the number of people who use it. Data collection happens almost as a side effect of other computing activities.[read more]

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The Internet of Things: Realities of an Interconnected World

July 24, 2015 by Emory Paine

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the name for the growing network of physical devices that include embedded sensors to collect and exchange data with users, manufacturers, or other devices. The Nest thermostat, one well-known example, gathers data on home temperature preferences in order to optimize usage. The Fitbit wearable device, which monitors your physical activity, is another common “thing” contributing to the estimated 127 new things connecting to the Internet every second.[read more]

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Top 10 Social Engineering Tactics

July 22, 2015 by Gunjan Tripathi

Social engineering is the process of exploiting the weakest part of your security system: the human factor. Social engineers accomplish their goals by a combination of technical sleight-of-hand, and using personal contact to gain trust. Surprisingly, many of these methods do not use technology at all, or only use technology as an adjunct to personal contact.[read more]

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Is Big Data a Scam?

July 21, 2015 by Bernard Marr

From time to time, you still come across someone with the opinion that Big Data is nothing more than a scam or a fad, which will be forgotten about soon enough. You might not expect to hear this from me, but they’re actually right. Well – half right, at least! I’m not actually a fan of the term “Big Data,” which puts overemphasis on the importance of size.[read more]

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Data Is Changing the Way Enterprises Optimize Employee Productivity

July 21, 2015 by Daan Pepijn

For a very long time, we’ve been viewing data as a collection of valuable information. Yes, that’s what it is. But everything turns around when you start perceiving data as a signal for decision-making. In the enterprise world, data performs the function of informant to the experienced strategist.[read more]

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How Business Users Will Benefit From Joined Up Data

July 20, 2015 by Bruce Robbins

While comparatively the amounts of data that an SME works with are much lower than the current definition of ‘big data’: the technologies that handles both the data held by an SME and the technologies used by the ‘Big Data’ players can be shared. The characteristics of high volume, high variety and high velocity apply to the data sets that typically an SME encounters.[read more]

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The Business Takeaways From the Recent Baseball Hacking Scandal

July 17, 2015 by Rick Delgado

Issues related to cyber security are certainly not new, especially in the business world. In recent years, serious concerns have arisen as companies have struggled to overcome the security threats they face. After major security breaches at businesses like Target, Home Depot, and Sony, the sad reality is that many breaches are difficult to avoid, so another story about cyber security woes shouldn’t have come as a surprise.[read more]

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10 Pains Businesses Feel When Working With Data

July 15, 2015 by Bruce Robbins

Many companies work with large amounts of data and find it leads to an increase in work loads and reduced value as the amount of data gets bigger. As the legacy data mounts up it also becomes very difficult to work with it, back it up and gain insight from it. The way companies manage data is often used as a measure of the management efficiency and maturity of that company.[read more]

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Is AI the Biggest Threat to your Job?

July 14, 2015 by Bernard Marr

The HAL 9000 wants your job. OK, it’s not the HAL 9000 (yet) but all over the world, intelligent machines are replacing jobs at an alarming rate. And the smarter they get, the faster they’re going to be replacing us. What I am talking about here is not a subtle shift to more automation but a real threat to society and the human race.[read more]

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4 Big Companies Using Big Data Successfully

July 14, 2015 by Jessica Oaks
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When you're networking it's all about who you know but when it comes to actually doing business, these days it's all about what you know. That's because business decisions are now more than ever before data driven, and so the companies that are collecting it and analyzing it are the ones poised to rocket past the competition. Want proof? A global study commissioned by CA Technologies revealed that a whopping 90% of firms surveyed are seeing benefits thanks to big data implementation.[read more]

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Is Text Analytics the Next Frontier for Big Data?

July 14, 2015 by Jonathan Buckley

While the idea of text analytics may intimidate some organizations, quite a few vendors have popped up offering their services taking advantage of the technology. It’s a growing industry, one that’s predicted to be worth more than $6 billion by the year 2020. As long as companies start with a small portion of data and know exactly what type of information they want to find out, they’ll place themselves in an advantageous position.[read more]

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Big Data for SMEs

July 9, 2015 by Bruce Robbins

I can see a large number of advantages for SME's in using big data technology on small and private data sets but are there also many reasons for them to look to Big Data itself. A recent survey we ran found that it is the top priority for SME's but first of all; what is big data?[read more]

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Is Privacy Dead? And the Survey Says

July 8, 2015 by Tamara Dull
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In today’s data economy, we’re sharing a ton of personal information about ourselves online. And this privacy discussion is only going to get bigger, especially as companies and government agencies get better at collecting, analyzing, and sometimes selling the data we’re freely sharing with them. Trust is at the heart of the privacy issue and is the glue that will keep the data ecosystem together.[read more]

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Why Projects Fail: The Biggest Pitfalls You Can Easily Avoid

July 7, 2015 by Bernard Marr

A project can fail for any number of reasons — some of which are in your control, some of which aren’t. In fact, I came across this fairly depressing list of 101 Common Causes of Project Failure. (Yikes.) With any project, there are always going to be factors outside your control, but by paying attention to some of the most common reasons projects fail, you can greatly increase your odds of being a success.[read more]

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What Is Big Data and How Useful It Is?

July 6, 2015 by Anand Srivastava
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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]