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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]

First Look: SAS Factory Miner

June 26, 2015 by James Taylor

I got a briefing on SAS Factory Miner, to be officially released in July. SAS Factory Miner is designed to help organizations scale their analytic efforts, enabling them to solve more problems, faster, more accurately and without adding resources. SAS generally presents the analytic lifecycle with two main loops – a discovery one and a deployment one – both fed with data.[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]

Even Chocolate Needs Smart Data

June 25, 2015 by Andre Bourque

How do you sell chipotle-accented chocolates and truffles with bourbon mash to those in the chocolate-loving populace who dream of pepper-laced confections and Kentucky sauced nuggets? You get smarter. The chocolate business, it turns out, is a lot like other conservative industries. Medical, construction, financial trading, and others are often reluctant to try the latest "new fangled" marketing techniques. Chocolate is the same way.[read more]

Taking the Cloud Apart: What Works for Your Business?

June 25, 2015 by Simon Mitchell

Just like real clouds ‘The Cloud’ is made up of many clouds, some overlapping and some merging into others with no obvious boundaries. Mouse-Over each for an explanation. A Standard Operating Environment (SOE) and a Management Platform (MP) are at the centre of modern IT. With an SOE you can provision new servers in seconds and remove them when you no longer need them. An MP is essential for controlling an infrastructure that may run into thousands of virtual machines.[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]

Figure Out Why You Should Use Big Data Before You Figure Out How

June 24, 2015 by RK Paleru
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This is about the approaches to “big-data” technology. However, I start with a little detour and analogy on innovation. The purpose of this analogy is to trigger “Enterprise IT Organizations” to think outside convention before embarking on a journey to adopt or build “big-data," “data management,” “data integration” and related services.[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]

Taking Control of Your CRM Data

June 23, 2015 by Martin Doyle

CRMs are supposed to be used to achieve better efficiency. By investing time in the CRM, sales teams should be able to identify leads, retain existing customers and successfully recruit new clients to the fold. Sadly, many CRMs fail to perform well. No system could feasibly solve every problem in your business, but if the CRM is creaking under the weight of dirty data, it could actually be hindering progress.[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]

The Rise and Risk of BYOD (INFOGRAPHIC)

June 19, 2015 by Chris Falgout

The BYOD trend presents its own concerns when it comes to protecting confidential workplace data. As the trend continues to gain steam, CIOs and IT departments are faced with a whole different set of variables due to the variety of devices and the relative level of security that comes with each device. The push to be able to your own mobile device to work is also a push to house personal information and apps alongside company data. It can be a risky endeavor.[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]

How to Evaluate the Effectiveness of Your IT Infrastructure

June 18, 2015 by Simon Mitchell

Evaluating the performance of your IT infrastructure will enable you to know where it could be performing better and how. If it isn't performing to its maximum potential, you won’t know how much it is costing your organisation by being under par. Your Linux infrastructure may have been state of the art when it was created, but technology is continually advancing and your business has probably changed too.[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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The IoT and Big Data Are Teaming Up to Push Healthcare Further Than Ever

June 17, 2015 by Jared Jaureguy

In the move to take healthcare to the next level, no conversation would be complete without a discussion on the impact of big data. With so many hospitals and health institutions using electronic medical records now, the amount of data being collected on patients has reached record numbers. Hospitals are well aware of the importance of big data and how it can help in the prevention and treatment of diseases and other health problems.[read more]

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The Real IT Crowd: Finding a Valuable IT Leader

June 17, 2015 by Rehan Sheikh

The long-defunct yet cultishly popular British comedy series “The IT Crowd” can teach modern companies quite a bit about their IT departments Usually, IT teams are dramatically removed from the regular goings-on of a business, and its individuals are rarely beloved by the rest of a company’s employees. Dealing specifically with the installation and upkeep of the company’s various devices and networks, IT departments have periods of intense activity and responsibility interspersed with the opposite. Finally, highly specialized IT professionals are regularly lead by a manager who has absolutely no experience with IT.[read more]

Big Data: 5 Smart Questions You Must Answer to Succeed

June 16, 2015 by Bernard Marr

The Big Data Guru column.

The world is getting smarter. We’ve got smart phones, smart vacuum cleaners, even smart yoga mats. The marriage of data and technology is radically changing our world and making it smarter. And business must become smarter too. Big data is one big way businesses are meeting this challenge, but all too often I see companies diving in without first creating what I call a SMART framework within which to approach their data needs: Start with strategy, Measure metrics and data, Apply analytics, Report results, and Transform your business.[read more]

Fantasy Sports Betting: The Next 'Big Thing' Thanks to Big Data

June 16, 2015 by Jure Rejec

Big data is revolutionizing the sports betting industry and this is just the beginning. While it may seem that European Fantasy Sports hasn't really picked up as yet, since Europe is known as a historically late adopter, the future looks promising for soccer lovers who seek richer experiences than what is being offered at the moment by well established betting operators.[read more]

3 Ways Counterintuitive Data Can Negatively Affect the Customer Experience

June 16, 2015 by Tara Kelly

Marketing and brand management is more data-driven now than ever before, surpassing the record highs of even up to a few years ago – and that’s a good thing. Knowing who your customers are, what types of interactions they prefer, and where their interests lie is essential in a world in which the capacity to generate data is growing exponentially. For businesses, harnessing that data effectively can be transformative, both for a company’s relationship with existing and prospective customers, and for its bottom line.[read more]

Privacy Policy: 3 Things to Consider Before You Click 'I Accept'

June 15, 2015 by Sima Thakkar

As shown in the recent Oscar-winning documentary Citizenfour, people were up in arms about the NSA tapping people’s phone calls under the pretense of protecting the freedom of American citizens. Whistleblower Edward Snowden’s primary mission was to point out that personal information was unethically being handed over to the government without the permission of millions of U.S. citizens. But what about when you do give permission?[read more]

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How Businesses Should Adapt to the Consumerization of IT

June 15, 2015 by Vishal Gupta

Think about how many of your employees use their personal devices for work. How many use their cell phones to check company email? How many use personal computers to work on files during a business trip? If you estimate at least half, you’re not far off. In fact, across all industries, about 40 percent of employees use their personal devices for work-related purposes.[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]